After a crazy play in which Donte Moncrief appeared to catch a touchdown (it was reversed on replay review because he was down at the 1-yard line), and Bills cornerback Levi Wallace and Moncrief refused to let go of the ball on the simultaneous reception, there was a fight.
Bills outside linebacker Shaq Lawson and Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette threw punches at each other, which is an easy ejection. Then they were led to the same tunnel.
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Lawson was led off the Bills sideline to the tunnel and Fournette was led to the tunnel at the same time. Lawson and Fournette were shouting at each other as they got near each other, still heated from the exchange of punches.
With team personnel around each player they had to be separated as they went up the tunnel. Presumably there had to be security between the two locker rooms to make sure nobody went and confronted the other in the locker room.
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Usually the NFL treats ejections as suspensions, and its rare that an extra suspension is added on after a player is ejected. The NFL will certainly look at this case, including the words exchanged up the tunnel.
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The play itself was overturned. There was the humorous scene of Moncrief and Wallace both refusing to let go of the ball for what seemed like a couple minutes as the two teams brawled around them on the ground.
Then the Jaguars had a touchdown taken off the board, though Moncrief was given credit for the catch. Without Fournette the Jaguars couldnt punch in the touchdown, a penalty took a touchdown off the board, then the Jaguars missed a short field goal.
Too bad the Jaguars havent shown more fight on the field as Fournette did throwing punches at Lawson or jawing at him in the tunnel afterward.
I dont know what the history is. Im not going to pretend like I know, but here was something there, he said. I feel like Fournette was going after Shaq the whole game, just talking junk to Shaq. I know Shaq, hes not quiet. Im surprised we cant hear him right now. Hes not a quiet guy. But thats my teammate, and I understand the circumstances he was in. … As a man, you have to defend yourself.
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Buffalo fans have had the privilege of watching Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks for the better part of the last decade.
Williams and Hughes combined for nine tackles and five quarterback hits in the 24-21 victory. The two combined for a sack on Blake Bortles early in the fourth quarter, a play that forced a Jacksonville punt.
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The 35-year-old Williams finished the game with the stronger stat line, totaling seven tackles and 1.5 sacks. The interior defender, however, feels as though his chemistry with his defensive line neighbor propelled him to a strong outing.
We had known through the week that there were going to be some spacing issues, and if we can get one on ones, or two on twos in a lot of space, thats where he and I are really good, Williams said. We were able to take advantage of it there. Its always good playing next to a guy like that.
Chemistry is something that Williams and Hughes have had the opportunity to develop over the years, as theyve been teammates since Hughes arrived in the 2013 season. Playing with a player of Williams caliber is something that Hughes takes pride in.
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Weve been playing with each other for so long now, so whenever Kyles on my side, I have a feel for him, Hughes said. I know where hes at, I know how he gets off on the ball. So, whenever we start to do those twists, its just fun, because its just two guys working off each other.
6) McKenzie, Foster providing a huge boost to the offense – In the interim of adding to the offense, the Bills are in the process of finding out who can play right now and perhaps into the future. Over the last two weeks, both wide receivers Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie provided a huge response to a challenge given to young players to show the coaching staff and front office what they can do. Foster came close to gaining 100 yards for the second straight week, while registering yet another big play as he did against the Jets. His reception on the 75-yard touchdown pass was an excellent throw, but his adjustment to the ball and the confidence to bring the pass in calmly while darting into the end zone to finish the play, that goes a long way for the front office when they are deciding what they need to do on the offensive side of the ball. On top of it, McKenzie has turned himself into a specialty play weapon that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has designed several plays for and is working into the offense more every week. McKenzie's abilities as a returner especially shine through as well, making him into a gadget player that the Bills hadn't previously had. You cannot overstate McKenzie's impact on the team, because in just two games, he has completely supplanted rookie sixth-round pick Ray-Ray McCloud on the depth chart, has taken all his reps on offense, and took the role on special teams they originally drafted McCloud to have. He might have had some fumbling issues in Denver which led to his release, but McKenzie has been a terrific addition to the Bills and one that the front office deserves credit for.
Levi Wallace wasnt exactly a household name in the lead up to the 2018 draft. The walk-on turned starter at Alabama was looked at as a jack of all trades, master of none; a reliable defender who didnt really excel at one thing in particular.
Its only fitting that Wallaces NFL opportunity came as a walk on, of sorts. The cornerback signed with the Bills after going undrafted and spent the first nine weeks of the 2018 season on Buffalos practice squad. In need of a steady player who could lineup opposite TreDavious White, the Bills promoted Wallace to their active roster ahead of their Week 10 contest with the Jets.
The veteran tight end has not practiced all week due to a hamstring injury. He missed the teams game against the New York Jets prior to the bye, but he still is not healthy enough to play. Jason Croom and Logan Thomas will handle duties at the position today. The Bills used offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles as a sixth lineman on multiple snaps against the Jets, so I would expect that to continue with Clay out again.
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Wallace not only got the start at cornerback just days after being promoted, but he played on 100 percent of Buffalos defensive snaps, as well, the only defender to do so.
The rookie started at cornerback for the Bills again in Week 12, totaling five tackles. After the 24-21 win over the Jags, safety Micah Hyde praised his teammate, stating that hes carried his momentum from the practice squad over into the starting lineup.
Boys a playmaker, man, Hyde said. Hes another stud, another young stud that we have. Hes played a lot of good football in his day. People may say hes a rookie free agent coming in, but we know what type of stuff hes able to do.
Hes done it all year for us, ever since he got here. Hes been making plays on scout team. Were excited for what he brings to the table.
“I have to lead this team through this tough challenge of this adversity, and we have to continue to go out there and play with the same type of emotion, the same type of enthusiasm with each other,” Marrone said. “And if we keep doing that and working away, we will find a way to win.”
Less than 10 minutes into his second game in a Buffalo uniform, Isaiah McKenzie accomplished a lifelong goal.
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He took a handoff on an end around and strolled into the end zone from six yards out, scoring the first touchdown of his professional career.
He went 15-17 in two seasons in Buffalo before opting out of his contract after a 9-7 finish in 2014. The opt-out option, including a $4 million payout, kicked in because of an ownership change once Terry and Kim Pegula bought the Bills after Ralph Wilson died.
That felt great, McKenzie said. Ive been (in the end zone) in preseason, but this is the regular season. To help this team win and get in the end zone, it felt great.
Though McKenzies only been with the Bills for three weeks, hes already made quite an impact. He totaled 121 yards on nine touches in his debut, a 41-10 rout of the Jets. The second-year wideout carried this momentum over into Week 12, picking up 75 yards on nine total touches in Buffalos win over the Jags.
Im very comfortable, McKenzie said. Im working every day. Im learning new things, still learning the offense and things like that. Just doing my job the best way I can.
Rookie quarterback Josh Allen had the opportunity to play with McKenzie for the first time on Sunday. Allen, who found the wideout twice throughout the contest, feels as though McKenzie has already carved out a spot for himself in the Bills lineup.
Thats what Isaiah brings to the table, Allen said. Hes extremely quick and gets zero to 100 as quick as you can.
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Being cut by the Broncos and the highs and lows hes been through, to see him fit a role and hes excelling in it so its good to see that.