The third episode of the ‘Buffalo Bills: Embedded’series was aired on Facebook Watch last night. It was the longest of the series so far, and the docuseries emulating HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ had a bit of everything. From the team’s on-going three-way battle for starting quarterback to the team’s night practice at New Era Field, the episode was entertaining and showed the team in a new aspect. Here are my three favorite moments from this week’s episode of Buffalo Bills: Embedded.
Buffalo Bills: Embedded shows Josh Allen’s charisma, leadership
Buffalo Bills: Embedded opened with a scene of quarterbacks Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman and AJ McCarron working out and interacting with their teammates and coaches. Both Peterman and McCarron look like great teammates to have around but Allen was clearly the highlight. Whether speaking with coaches, addressing the media or simply interacting with fans, he was always polite and having a good time.
But it’s not just about being a good guy, it looks like everyone around him is infected by his great attitude. He makes the guys feel comfortable with his presence and they embrace Allen’s leadership as the result. Good to see the young Bills signal-caller already so settled in the city and organization this early.
Wide Receivers Trying to Earn Their QBs Trust
The episode showed veteran wideout Kelvin Benjamin embracing a leadership role and setting an example for the handful of young players rounding out the position group. At the same time, the fifth-year veteran is working hard to build some chemistry with his three quarterbacks. On one particular practice rep, Benjamin was a bit late out of his break running a timing route, resulting in an interception by Vontae Davis. The 6-5, 260-pounder was quick to apologize to McCarron, who made it clear that he wasn’t worried about it. The veteran passer reassumed his trust in the big-bodied wideout. Later in the practice, they connected on a beautiful crossing route, with Benjamin beating Tre’Davious White on the play.
The other wide receiver featured in the episode was Brandon Reilly. a second-year player fighting to earn a spot on Buffalo’s 53-man roster for the second-straight season. Reilly was listening to Nathan Peterman’s advice and doing his best to correct his mistakes. His adjustments resulted in some very well run routes and good plays at that practice. With the fourth and final preseason game approaching, Reilly needs a big day to have a shot at the 53-man roster. His chemistry with Peterman can help.
A Team Built Like a Family
This team really enjoys being together. No matter if it was in the scene of the rookies walking around the town or In the team meetings or practices, the atmosphere in this team is really good. The last part of the episode showed the night practice at the New Era Field. But before going to the field, the team had a dinner to interact with each other (with no cell phones allowed) and a team meeting where they received the newest team captain.
It was Drew Agahiu, a child patient of the Oishei Children’s Hospital, who choose to play CB and follow Tre’Davious White all around the field during practice. The kid scored the first Bills TD on the year on a pick-six and had the best day of his life around the Bills’ players.
We knew cornerback Drew Agahiu would be a star when we signed him to a special one-day contract.
He was that and so much more. pic.twitter.com/C23qDFVu9U
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) August 11, 2018
This is a really great environment built by McDermott and his staff. They’re demanding yet friendly, the veterans are helpful to the young guys and the fanbase embraces their team. It’s really a bond between all the city which results in an atmosphere that few franchises around the league have. they still have a long way to go, but this Bills team has the right attitude and is trending in the right direction.