T.O. makes no waves after tepid Bills debut
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"Give a lot of credit to their defense," Edwards said. "Those guys are sitting back there pretty deep, and a lot of times we're going to look to the interior guys. We knew they were going to take away
Edwards has taken a lot of flack for checking down too quickly in the past. He was quick to abandon his downfield reads on Monday night. He threw only three or four balls that traveled more than 20 yards in the air. That worked well against a New England defense that did not look disciplined or speedy against screen passes. Will those passes work against a defense that game plans for them? It's hard to imagine that New England's
In his limited touches, Owens looked like the player we're used to -- one bad drop, two athletic downfield plays and one offensive interference that the officials could have overlooked. The interference was very typical T.O. -- shoving cornerback
Edwards said he's going to go back to the film and see if there are any opportunities he should have looked Owens' way. If the young quarterback means that, he'll probably have to hang in the pocket a little longer and be willing to take some hits, like New England's
The Bills were downtrodden after the loss, but certainly have a reason to be hopeful. Everyone expected a blowout and they were a fumbled-kickoff return away from the win. The offensive line, which was a national joke after they cut left tackle
Now that the coaching staff knows this offensive line can play, they need to start seriously working on incorporating Owens and Evans. Even though T.O. will probably say the right things later this week, we all know his good behavior has a time limit.
The Bills players had a well-rehearsed stock answer on Owens after the game, good for any meltdown that might come their way.
"He's a competitor," Evans said. "Having a guy like that in the locker room and on the field with us ... frustrated or not, he still raises the level of our game. We need to feed off of that. He's obviously a big-time weapon in our offense and we need to get him the ball."
Everyone in Buffalo knows the good and the bad that comes with T.O. Even though he barely touched the ball on Monday, he made the Bills a better team. Keep a close eye and we'll see if that's enough to keep him content -- if the offense doesn't get more vertical in the coming weeks.