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15 minutes ago, SlimShady'sGhost said:

pleasant  yes .. a surprise?  after the WR upgrades?  

 

Not surprised at all.   It was bound to improve IMO 

Right.  I would have been surprised if that HADN'T happened.

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13 minutes ago, Shaw66 said:

Right.  I would have been surprised if that HADN'T happened.

 You expected a 10-11 point improvement right out of the gate? 

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A few for me:

  • Batted passes at the LOS - does anyone know how many we had last year after two games? The entire season? I don't remember seeing anywhere near this many.
  • TE blocking - not only do Smith, Knox, and Sweeney do it, but they seem seek it out/crave it. It's awesome to see guys take pride in that aspect of the game when so many don't
  • Morse pulling - holy crap, having a mobile center is awesome. He gets out in front of the play SO quick. I love seeing Morse/Spain, or Morse/Feliciano out front in front of Singletary
  • The mean streak our OL plays with - we seemed to have a bunch of pushovers last year. There's still kinks to be worked out, but I'd rather have a mean OL with minor issues than a passive OL with minor issues
  • Shaq Lawson - he's definitely motivated to get that next contract and I've been pleasantly surprised with his effort/play
  • Josh Allen - he plays with confidence and he doesn't go for the hero ball every play. He still makes bonehead plays every now and then, but he seems to be growing in that regard, which is great.
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6 hours ago, BuffaloMatt said:

I know productivity is not always measured with your # being called by the commentators or showing up on the stat line but I have not heard #55 as much as I expected especialy with the new additions this year. 

two good left tackles. don't worry, cordy is out this week.

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Just now, junior12thman92 said:

Batted passes at the LOS

I'm seeing this a lot more in many games, not just Bills games.

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So many guys but....

 

Singletary         (we all expected it, but still, with only 12 carries in the pre-season, not much of a frame of reference)

Dawson Knox  (playing well in a limited role without much of a training camp)

Mitch Morris    (his ability to pull from his center position has directly resulted in the primary block on two TD runs.   Pretty good for a guy who some thought was finished).

Shaq Lawson  (still bringing the fire we saw in preseason)

Bojo                  (two good weeks after almost playing himself off the team in preseason)

Darryl Johnson   (carrying over a good preseason into being a regular rotational contributor on the DL)

 

 

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I won't say it's a surprise, I have always had faith in Josh.  But we were all hoping he would make a big jump in year 2.  You never know until the season plays out.  Josh really seems to be getting a better grasp each and every game.  He's smart.  He's athletic.  He's big.  He has a cannon.  And he has swag.  What else would you want in a QB?  Go Josh!  Go Bills!

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4 minutes ago, Pete said:

I won't say it's a surprise, I have always had faith in Josh.  But we were all hoping he would make a big jump in year 2.  You never know until the season plays out.  Josh really seems to be getting a better grasp each and every game.  He's smart.  He's athletic.  He's big.  He has a cannon.  And he has swag.  What else would you want in a QB?  Go Josh!  Go Bills!

I think he'll have a hiccup in a game or two this season.  And I'm not talking about a mistake here and there, but a couple of games where he slumps.  I think it remains really important for the fans to continue to have patience with Allen as he grows and matures.  We might be seeing too much too soon and I hope we all temper our expectations some.  

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Besides Felacio and Bojo, it's not really "surprises" as that was the plan,  but still sooooo pleasant to see it become a reality


 

Josh often has a pocket to throw from, and while not a surprise, when he doesn't , he scrambles like the best of them. 

 

Feliciano nasty efficient blocking and Morse pulling like a 240 pound dude.

 

TE play. All of them! At least medium long pass routes. I haven't watched their blocking closely TBH.

 

Defense. Yes they are as good as last year but we never know for sure if that will keep happening

 

 

And yes for me as well, Dabbol making creative full use of all his new toys. Bills O is very unpredictable and that's good!

Bills O doesn't have true "big names" but the talent is so spread out it's tough to defend for sure, especially combined with the playcalling.

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2 hours ago, ganesh said:

Levi Wallace continuing to hold off Kevin Johnson from the starting CB.

 

If he plays as he did Sunday not sure how much longer that lasts. 

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On 9/17/2019 at 6:02 AM, eball said:

What are some things even the optimistic fans among us are pleasantly surprised by after two weeks?  I'll throw out a few:

 

-- Daboll's scheming and playcalling

-- Bojo!

-- Lee Smith (and overall TE play)

-- Shaq Lawson (and overall DL depth)

-- Feliciano

-- productivity of John Brown (did anyone expect 14 catches in two weeks?)

 

Discuss.

-- Micah Hyde and Trent Murphy are off to a great start

-- Devin Singletary and Isaah McKenzie are looking really good.

-- Despite the continuing efforts to build a solid OL, we're already much better than 2018.

-- Zay Jones was wide open on 2 of Allen's worst throws. He missed out on 2 big gains.

 -- Most Bills fans didn't want to admit how bad Allen truly was last year, but it's clear that both he and the rest of the offense have made strides. I look forward to seeing JA get even better. The accuracy still needs a lot of work, but it's also been the area where JA has improved the most.

-- Levi Wallace will be replaced by an early pick in the next draft. Then you'll really start to see this D rock.

-- Why no love for McDermott? He made some mistakes early on, but how many HC's are doing any better right now? (Besides BB). Both Coordinators too.

-- So far our kicking game has been WAY better than our opponents.

-- Dawson Knox just learned that when Josh Allen is throwing the ball into a tight window, you need to get your hands up a little quicker. It doesn't take long for the ball to arrive.

-- JA may not be the most exciting news on O thus far. Brown and Singletary are giving him a run for his money.

-- The place is gonna be rockin' when the Pats show up.

--  Siran Neal has also been a pleasant surprise so far.

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2 hours ago, Alphadawg7 said:

 

I have actually been a bit frustrated at times with Dabolls playcalling.  It hasn’t been all bad by any means, but I found myself frustrated last parts of 2nd quarter and early 3rd qtr week 1.  Week 2 I felt he got too complacent and conservative in the 2nd half where it allowed Giants to get back in the game too. 

 

But, that being said he also made nice adjustments after those spells where I was frustrated and got the O back on track in each game.  So still quite high on Daboll overall.

 

I would also add Singletary to your list and yes, I did expect 14 catches by Brown first 2 weeks.  I thought he was going to be a 80+ catch, 1200 yard season with 8+ TDS this year.  

This was discussed on WGR and it was mentioned that, since they felt the game was in hand, they chose not to show any more of the offense than necessary. 

 

I thought that was an interesting take that I had not considered. 

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3 hours ago, eball said:

 

I should have included this in my original post.  Six drives of 70+ yards for TDs in just two game is stupendous for this team.

 

5 TDs on 5 trips in the red zone!

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8 hours ago, Kirby Jackson said:

Siran Neal was EVERYWHERE on Sunday 

Especially on ST's. Had a couple Tasker-like coverage tackles.

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9 hours ago, BuffaloMatt said:

I know productivity is not always measured with your # being called by the commentators or showing up on the stat line but I have not heard #55 as much as I expected especialy with the new additions this year. 

 

He played well vs Jets. Solder seemed to handle him fairly well, but there was a heavy rotation it seemed. Saw a lot of shaq, Trent and even Johnson. 

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8 hours ago, Dat said:

Wide receivers who actually get separation, but also realize that we have a QB who can scramble and know to keep playing, find an open spot and show him their number or work back towards him.

 

This

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What's surprising!

 

1. 3rd Down. For years the Bills have failed to convert on 3rd and failed to stop on 3rd down. This year we've been doing it on both sides of the ball. Man, I hope this continues.

2. TE's Sweeney and Knox. Wasn't expecting much after Kroft went down, especially from a 7th rounder, but both have looked good blocking downfield and receiving.

3. The Swagger.  I haven't seen a Bills team in a long, long time that has had a confident swagger and doesn't panic or make stupid mistakes or stupid coaching calls in crucial situations. For years and years when it mattered, we would do something stupid to make my head spin and my turrets come out.

4. RT. I figured we had this problem solved and both Ford or Nsekhe would be way better than Mills. I haven't seen it yet. I think we will soon, just hasn't come together yet.

5. Gore. I love and respect his game and career, but he looks slow and old. I'm not sure why we feed him so much. I'd like to see a lot more Devin and some Yeldon. 

6. DiMarco. Why are we throwing screens to him for no gain. I'm surprised we used this play multiple times.

7. (future surprise) Beating the Patriots week 4 by 14 points. I thought we'd fold but YES YES YES... GO BILLS!

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8 hours ago, Seven-N-Nine said:

 You expected a 10-11 point improvement right out of the gate? 

I expected his season average to be 10 points better.  I didn't think about when it would happen, but I guess to finish there he would pretty much have to start there.  I didn't think he'd start slow and grow to 80% in order to average 64.  So yeah, from the beginning. 

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I’m seeing a couple posts about Morse pulling.... IMO that really shouldnt be much of a surprise. The dude just got PAID and if anyone watched his reels from KC his mobility and pulling arguably stuck out more than anything else. 

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Read this thread and there's one conclusion: THE WHOLE TEAM IS A PLEASANT SURPRISE.  

 

But I gotta say, I wasn't surprised. 

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12 hours ago, Stank_Nasty said:

I'll start by saying I loved that signing from the beginning but I wasn't expecting quite as complete a wr as he's been so far.

 

crisp routes and he really seems to WORK them.

 

Yeah i admit this is probably just me being ignorant but i always thought of John Brown as a pure vertical threat. But he does everything right, even the little things. I don't think he has dropped a ball and his target to catch ratio must be around 90%. The deep comeback/out route from Allen to Brown has been an easy 1st down every time.

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Shaq has been mentioned, but I love what he’s doing.  Who had him pegged as the guy who would emerge as one of the standouts on this defense, and a leader?

 

I don’t think it’s a fluke.  He looks relentless out there at times.  

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