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A Legend’s Departure?

The current longest-tenured Buffalo Bill will most likely play his final home game at New Era Field this weekend. Defensive tackle and multi-time team captain Kyle Williams, after being swayed from retirement by teammates, returned for his 12th season with the Buffalo Bills this year.

 

At 34 years old, Williams has registered 607 defensive snaps this year, according to Pro Football Focus. Of his 353 passing snaps, Williams ranks 22nd among defensive tackles in pass rushing productivity with a 5.7 rating, which includes 26 total pressures, good for 14th overall.

 

 

In his 12th season Williams has played himself into a Pro Bowl ballot. If voted in, it will be his sixth appearance overall and second consecutive.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) runs with the ball past Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

 

Williams’s return to the team was greatly influenced by the hiring of Sean McDermott this offseason. Solely based on his performance on the field, it is evident that Williams personifies what McDermott wants out his players; hard work, aggressiveness, leadership, grit, and consistency are all a part of the famous “process”. To be one of the few players not involved in the large overhaul just speaks to the reputation he has built over his career.

He will most likely go down as one of the all-time great Buffalo Bills players, and without a doubt a huge fan favorite. The love that fans have for this team does not go unnoticed by Williams.

Following the “Snowvertime Classic” last week against the Indianapolis Colts, Williams said, “Before I answer any questions, I want to say that our fans and the people here are the toughest damn people in the world. They’re why I’ve been here so long, and the reason I enjoy being here so much.”

But for his long-time consistency and efficiency, his efforts have not rewarded him with meaningful games in late December. Williams has not seen a playoff game and has rarely seen a winning record with the Bills. In the past, with three games left in the regular season he and his teammates have been playing for pride.

This year with three games left on the schedule and tied for a second wildcard spot, the team is playing to end one of the longest playoff droughts in all of sports.

So, in what might be his final home game as a member of the Buffalo Bills, a matchup against division rival Miami Dolphins this week would be fitting.

Although, for a player who could be considered one of the all-time great Buffalo Bills, a playoff appearance would be the perfect salute to cap-off a career.

 

 

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Two high-end defensive prospects mocked to the Bills

Nov 11, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith (3) closes in on Auburn Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson (21) during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 40-17. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

 

It’s that time of year where NFL Mock Drafts start to roll out. Obviously, a lot can change over the next few months, but mock drafts can be fun to discuss. The Bills have a ton of needs, but in ESPN Insider Todd McShay’s first mock draft he had the Buffalo Bills selecting Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the 15th pick overall, and with their other first round selection (21st overall) defensive tackle Vita Vea from the University of Washington.

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If Smith makes it to 15, the Bills should absolutely scoop him up. Linebackers with his combination of speed, quickness, and awareness do not come around often. Smith is an experienced player who has played in 36 games in the SEC, a conference that has an abundance of talent, and yet his athleticism still stood out. Most great players are great athletes, but Smith is more than just a great athlete. His greatest trait is his ability to key and diagnose and shut plays down.

 

Those mental processing skills are in the elite category, up there with some of the best linebackers to come out of the draft. He sticks to his keys, quickly diagnoses run-to-pass, and simply has that ‘click and close’ mentality that you want in your linebacker. He is a centerpiece defender, someone to build around, and at a position that the Bills are in desperate need of.

 

Defensive tackle Vita Vea would be another defender and position that the Bills need to overhaul. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams will likely retire after the season, and the Bills really have no top tier talent outside of him. The Bills are especially lacking a guy that can play nose tackle.

Nov 25, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive lineman Vita Vea (50) pressures Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) during the second quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

We have seen what losing a stout defender up the middle did to the run defense when Buffalo traded away Marcell Dareus. Vea has registered 93 tackles, 60 of which are solo tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks in 36 games. At 6’4, 340 pounds he is that space eater that the Bills’ 27th-ranked run defense needs.

For a big guy, he shows flashes of explosiveness off the ball and the ability to convert that to overwhelming power — power that can and will collapse pockets.

 

Teams will no doubt have to double him in pass rushing situations, because his power will cause issues for a majority of guards.

 

Brandon Beane helped construct a very good defense while in Carolina. A couple of those building blocks were defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and linebacker Luke Kuechly, both guys that were drafted in the first round. Snagging LB Smith and DT Vea early in the 2018 NFL Draft would not be surprising. They are the types of players that would help reshape the makeup of the Buffalo Bills’ defense.

 

Note: QB Sam Darnold selected #1 overall, QB Josh Rosen #2 overall, QB Josh Allen #5 overall, QB Baker Mayfield #19 overall.

 

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Why It Worked | LeSean McCoy’s 21-yard Walk-off Touchdown

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the football defended by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

Running back LeSean McCoy, hit a home run in the week 14 game versus the Colts with a play call that has had success this season. That concept is called ‘Duo’.

‘Duo’ is often confused with inside zone because it looks very similar. But instead of the offensive linemen stepping and blocking in the same direction of the play and the center working towards the Mike LB, on ‘duo’ they typically block down, against the play direction, and the center is identifying and working toward the Will or weak side linebacker. Those down blocks are why it is commonly referred to as a gap run with no puller.



 

With 1:38 left in overtime and the Bills faced with a 3rd-and-3 situation, Dennison dialed up ‘duo’.

They send out 12 personnel, but offensive lineman Ryan Groy takes the place of the tight end.

Center Eric Wood has a shaded defensive tackle, so he and Vladimir Ducasse secure the tackle, and Vlad works to the backside linebacker.

According to Richie Incognito, the frontside was set up perfectly as the defensive tackle was in a wide 3 technique, which allowed Richie to widen the hole, Dawkins to overtake the tackle, and then put Richie on a nice track to the inside linebacker.

On the snap you see Richie step with his outside foot and go hip-to-hip to bang the tackle over to Dawkins and then climb to the second level.

Shady presses the line of scrimmage with patience and then hits it en route to the walk off touchdown. This was the icing on the cake for what was a tremendous day on the ground.

Take a look at how the Bills have utilized the concept this season and how it was perfectly executed to give the Bills their 7th win of the season.

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Bills vs Colts: Whimsy, Weather, and a Win

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White (27) dances on the field during a timeout in a snow storm against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

 

The week 14 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts on any other day probably wouldn’t have gotten the attention that it did. But on this blustery Sunday, Buffalo’s reputation for treacherous conditions lived up to the hype and really added an element of excitement to this game.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the football defended by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

It wasn’t a high scoring affair, but then again, with Nathan Peterman and Jacoby Brissett getting the starts no one expected it to be.

 

The field conditions made it nearly impossible to focus on the Xs and Os, play calls, personnel mismatches, or injuries. The storm really forced us to enjoy the game for what it is: A GAME.

It was a game that came down to who could make a play when their team needed them to, regardless of talent level. I think these guys are the ones who stepped up and deserve to be recognized:

DE Ryan Davis

Even though he only played in 28 snaps, per Pro Football Focus (PFF), I believe he was the most consistent pass rusher. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett put it in the air on 22 occasions, and Davis was able to register four QB hurries and one sack, on top of one tackle and two run stops.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) drops back to pass as Buffalo Bills defensive end Ryan Davis (56) pressures during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

 

It wasn’t always pretty and the ends were more concerned on keeping Brissett in the pocket, but he was able to win his 1-on-1 matchups with power and tenacity. His motor and awareness helped hold Brissett to 69 yards passing. Davis’s production was crucial, as the Bills only blitzed Brissett one time.

 

LB Matt Milano

Rookie linebacker Matt Milano really showed why he deserves to be the starter. Milano is typically that heat seeking missile type of athlete who will from time to time miss a tackle due to lack of control, but on Sunday in that environment, Milano was fantastic. He led the team with 10 solo tackles, two assists, and six stops.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Matt Milano (58) and middle linebacker Preston Brown (52) tackle Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) as he runs the ball during the second half at New Era Field. Buffalo defeated Indianapolis 13-7 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

His athleticism stood out even more in the snow. He somehow was able to diagnose running back entry points with the snow falling, avoid blocks with quick awareness and by contorting his body, and flash his closing speed on a day on which not many could. Buffalo has named Milano the starter for week 15 versus the Dolphins. Bills fans should expect this kid to hold the job for the foreseeable future.

 

QB Joe Webb

Who would’ve imagined that special teamer and former quarterback Joe Webb would lead the Bills to a win? The jack of all trades player who threw for 5,771 yards and 37 touchdowns in college made plays with his arm and legs when the Bills needed it most. On the first set of third downs in overtime, Dennison dialed up a QB draw and a naked QB keeper to convert.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Webb (14) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during overtime at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Bills went on to punt. but got the ball back with 2:25 left on the clock. On another third down play call Webb displayed tremendous mental toughness and poise. With the ball on the right hash and the Bills in a 2×2 set, Webb took the snap, held the safety with his eyes, scanned the field, and found WR Deonte Thompson streaking for a 34-yard gain.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson (10) catches a pass against the Indianapolis Colts during overtime at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

 

Webb finished the game 2/6 with 35 yards and one interception, but no one can deny how clutch he was in overtime.

 

RB LeSean McCoy

Last but not least, the star of the game was hands down LeSean McCoy. He finished the game with 32 carries for 156 yards and one touchdown. He tied his career record for yards after contact with 122, a feat that was also accomplished in week five of last season against the Rams. McCoy’s vision, change of direction, and footwork gave him the ability to make cuts that were too much for defenders to handle.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) in a snow storm during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

Shady finished the game with eight forced missed tackles and three runs of over 20 yards. The team relied on him to carry them into the win column, and he delivered.

 

Honorable mention:

WR Kelvin Benjamin

 



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Scouting Notes | LB Micah Kiser Vs. Indiana

Draft season is upon us, so I will be periodically watching film on some of the upcoming prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. Typically, I choose players that I believe may fit the Buffalo Bills’ scheme, players on whom I have received some information, or just prospects who are interesting to me. Usually I will watch at least four games of a prospect before I come to final conclusions on their traits and will then assign a grade. During my film sessions I take copious, detailed notes, so I will try to share them with you in a manner that is digestible. These notes will not be final conclusions. Instead, they’re just pieces of information that I carry with me. Sometimes they will carry little weight in my final thoughts on a prospect because those traits may or may not shine through over the course of a season. With that said, enjoy the process and here are my notes from:

Oct 28, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers linebacker Micah Kiser (53) looks at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

LB Micah Kiser – Virginia vs. Indiana

 

  • During research, I discovered that he was awarded the Campbell trophy.

The award, known as the “Academic Heisman,” recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation from a pool that included all NCAA divisions and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

  • Game statistics – 14 total tackles, 4 solo, 2 sacks, 1 pass deflection.
  • Initial impression is that he had the thick upper and lower body similar to Bills LB Preston Brown. Moved and played in similar fashion, as well.
  • Appeared to be a run first defender. Average downhill burst once he recognized run, will fill his gap and force the cutback, but didn’t appear to have that ‘fire your gun’ mentality.

 

  • Average athleticism, feet/change of direction, quickness.
  • Appeared to be the most comfortable and biggest asset at or near the line of scrimmage. His play speed and processing seemed to be quicker and sharper. Eyes over hands and his play speed helped him disengage quicker, but still lacked an attack mode.

 

  • Brings power behind his pads when he tackles. Leads with pads and a jolt then wraps up. But not does not close the gap in an attacking manner.

 

  • Below average diagnosing run vs pass and had trouble tracking the ball on play action passes. Was a tad late on split flow action with running back going in one direction and a receiving threat coming across the formation into his area.

 

  • The offense appeared to attack him with those types of concepts several times when they needed a play.

 

  • But later in the game, on 4th down, he reads the play well. Offense sends WR in motion in an attempt to pick off Kiser or cause him to lose sight of his assignment. He remains disciplined, immediately reads the RB running to the flats, gets on his horse, and even registers a pass deflection.

 

  • Short, choppy backpedal, doesn’t cover much ground, but has his eyes in the correct areas. Average man turn or ability to open his hips to wide receivers (resembles Preston Brown’s athleticism).
  • Was often utilized as a blitzer. Delayed blitzes, cross dog blitzes, blitzes off the edge.
  • Consistently timed his blitzes well, but didn’t display much as far as pass rush moves or bend.

 

  • Displayed good physicality during his blitzes. On one of his QB sacks, he let the guard pick up the Mike LB on the cross dog blitz so that he would be 1-on-1 with the running back. That ‘hunt’ mentality showed itself, as he knew he had the weaker opponent. Put his helmet into the chin of the smaller player, bench pressed him out of the way, and brought the QB down.

 

  • Virginia lost this game 34-17. Kiser didn’t impress me in this game and most of his tackles were assisted tackles. I like his thick frame, but that frame matches his run defender mentality. Didn’t see much in terms of coverage versus Indiana.
  • Plays inside linebacker in the Cavaliers’ 3-4 defense.
  • After one game, I do not think he is a fit for the Buffalo Bills’ defensive scheme.

 

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Is Eddie Yarbrough Up to the Task?

Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Buffalo Bills defensive end Eddie Yarbrough (54) and outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (57) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Is Eddie Yarbrough a future starter?

With second year defensive end Shaq Lawson done for the season with an ankle injury, another young player will have a shot to prove himself. Eddie Yarbrough won over the coaching staff during preseason with strong showings, especially rushing the passer, and now he will get the bulk of the snaps at Shaq’s left defensive end position.

 

Despite leading the team in sacks this season with 4, Lawson wasn’t the dominant force rushing the passer (-7.1 Raw PFF pass rush grade) the team expected when selecting him in the first round of last year’s draft. In fact, his best contributions this season were setting the edge and defending the run (4.2 PFF run defense grade). That’s the impact I think the Bills will miss as the season moves forward. Lawson finished his season with 32 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 4 sacks, playing 58.7% of defensive snaps.

 

Yarbrough played 36.75% of the defensive snaps this season so far, but already has 27 tackles and one sack. He’s not as powerful as Shaq against the run (+2.6 PFF run defense grade), but he’s still good and, despite playing fewer snaps, already has 16 stops credited to his name, against Shaq’s 18.

 

The pass rushing department is where I think Yarbrough has shown more promise. With fewer opportunities he has eight QB hits against Shaq’s two and 14 total pressures against Shaq’s 18. Yarbrough shows a good repertoire of pass rushing moves, often winning with technique and smarts, changing the pace of his rushes and always making opposing offensive tackles think about what’s coming next.

 

It will be very interesting to see how he takes advantage of more opportunities alongside Kyle Williams, Adolphus Washington, and Jerry Hughes.



 

With HC Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane not showing much patience with previous regime guys and his somewhat unimpressive production, Shaq Lawson’s place in the starting lineup for the 2018 season isn’t set in stone. Eddie Yarbrough will have a nice audition to prove he can be a viable option at the left defensive end spot for this team, and it will not surprise me if, with more snaps, he becomes a realistic option as a starter for the Bills next season.

 

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A Legend’s Departure?

The current longest-tenured Buffalo Bill will most likely play his final home game at New Era Field this weekend. Defensive tackle and multi-time team captain Kyle Williams, after being swayed from retirement by teammates, returned for his 12th season with the Buffalo Bills this year.

 

At 34 years old, Williams has registered 607 defensive snaps this year, according to Pro Football Focus. Of his 353 passing snaps, Williams ranks 22nd among defensive tackles in pass rushing productivity with a 5.7 rating, which includes 26 total pressures, good for 14th overall.

 

 

In his 12th season Williams has played himself into a Pro Bowl ballot. If voted in, it will be his sixth appearance overall and second consecutive.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) runs with the ball past Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

 

Williams’s return to the team was greatly influenced by the hiring of Sean McDermott this offseason. Solely based on his performance on the field, it is evident that Williams personifies what McDermott wants out his players; hard work, aggressiveness, leadership, grit, and consistency are all a part of the famous “process”. To be one of the few players not involved in the large overhaul just speaks to the reputation he has built over his career.

He will most likely go down as one of the all-time great Buffalo Bills players, and without a doubt a huge fan favorite. The love that fans have for this team does not go unnoticed by Williams.

Following the “Snowvertime Classic” last week against the Indianapolis Colts, Williams said, “Before I answer any questions, I want to say that our fans and the people here are the toughest damn people in the world. They’re why I’ve been here so long, and the reason I enjoy being here so much.”

But for his long-time consistency and efficiency, his efforts have not rewarded him with meaningful games in late December. Williams has not seen a playoff game and has rarely seen a winning record with the Bills. In the past, with three games left in the regular season he and his teammates have been playing for pride.

This year with three games left on the schedule and tied for a second wildcard spot, the team is playing to end one of the longest playoff droughts in all of sports.

So, in what might be his final home game as a member of the Buffalo Bills, a matchup against division rival Miami Dolphins this week would be fitting.

Although, for a player who could be considered one of the all-time great Buffalo Bills, a playoff appearance would be the perfect salute to cap-off a career.

 

 

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Two high-end defensive prospects mocked to the Bills

Nov 11, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith (3) closes in on Auburn Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson (21) during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 40-17. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

 

It’s that time of year where NFL Mock Drafts start to roll out. Obviously, a lot can change over the next few months, but mock drafts can be fun to discuss. The Bills have a ton of needs, but in ESPN Insider Todd McShay’s first mock draft he had the Buffalo Bills selecting Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the 15th pick overall, and with their other first round selection (21st overall) defensive tackle Vita Vea from the University of Washington.

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If Smith makes it to 15, the Bills should absolutely scoop him up. Linebackers with his combination of speed, quickness, and awareness do not come around often. Smith is an experienced player who has played in 36 games in the SEC, a conference that has an abundance of talent, and yet his athleticism still stood out. Most great players are great athletes, but Smith is more than just a great athlete. His greatest trait is his ability to key and diagnose and shut plays down.

 

Those mental processing skills are in the elite category, up there with some of the best linebackers to come out of the draft. He sticks to his keys, quickly diagnoses run-to-pass, and simply has that ‘click and close’ mentality that you want in your linebacker. He is a centerpiece defender, someone to build around, and at a position that the Bills are in desperate need of.

 

Defensive tackle Vita Vea would be another defender and position that the Bills need to overhaul. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams will likely retire after the season, and the Bills really have no top tier talent outside of him. The Bills are especially lacking a guy that can play nose tackle.

Nov 25, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive lineman Vita Vea (50) pressures Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) during the second quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

We have seen what losing a stout defender up the middle did to the run defense when Buffalo traded away Marcell Dareus. Vea has registered 93 tackles, 60 of which are solo tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks in 36 games. At 6’4, 340 pounds he is that space eater that the Bills’ 27th-ranked run defense needs.

For a big guy, he shows flashes of explosiveness off the ball and the ability to convert that to overwhelming power — power that can and will collapse pockets.

 

Teams will no doubt have to double him in pass rushing situations, because his power will cause issues for a majority of guards.

 

Brandon Beane helped construct a very good defense while in Carolina. A couple of those building blocks were defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and linebacker Luke Kuechly, both guys that were drafted in the first round. Snagging LB Smith and DT Vea early in the 2018 NFL Draft would not be surprising. They are the types of players that would help reshape the makeup of the Buffalo Bills’ defense.

 

Note: QB Sam Darnold selected #1 overall, QB Josh Rosen #2 overall, QB Josh Allen #5 overall, QB Baker Mayfield #19 overall.

 

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Why It Worked | LeSean McCoy’s 21-yard Walk-off Touchdown

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the football defended by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

Running back LeSean McCoy, hit a home run in the week 14 game versus the Colts with a play call that has had success this season. That concept is called ‘Duo’.

‘Duo’ is often confused with inside zone because it looks very similar. But instead of the offensive linemen stepping and blocking in the same direction of the play and the center working towards the Mike LB, on ‘duo’ they typically block down, against the play direction, and the center is identifying and working toward the Will or weak side linebacker. Those down blocks are why it is commonly referred to as a gap run with no puller.



 

With 1:38 left in overtime and the Bills faced with a 3rd-and-3 situation, Dennison dialed up ‘duo’.

They send out 12 personnel, but offensive lineman Ryan Groy takes the place of the tight end.

Center Eric Wood has a shaded defensive tackle, so he and Vladimir Ducasse secure the tackle, and Vlad works to the backside linebacker.

According to Richie Incognito, the frontside was set up perfectly as the defensive tackle was in a wide 3 technique, which allowed Richie to widen the hole, Dawkins to overtake the tackle, and then put Richie on a nice track to the inside linebacker.

On the snap you see Richie step with his outside foot and go hip-to-hip to bang the tackle over to Dawkins and then climb to the second level.

Shady presses the line of scrimmage with patience and then hits it en route to the walk off touchdown. This was the icing on the cake for what was a tremendous day on the ground.

Take a look at how the Bills have utilized the concept this season and how it was perfectly executed to give the Bills their 7th win of the season.

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