While McDermott may be familiar with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his tendencies in the pocket, the one difference this year, is McDermott has never competed against running back Christian McCaffrey. As the day went along, some Bills storylines presented themselves heading into the upcoming game. Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess have to work more on being viable wide outs.
McDermott, who spent the past six seasons as the Panthers' defensive coordinator, had high praise for Carolina defensive tackle Kawann Short. Brandon Beane, the former Panthers assistant general manager, is now GM for the Bills.
Former Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert was adored by fans (who nicknamed him "Toldozer") because of his refreshing, witty personality and dance moves in the end zone.
However, all that goes to the side when the Bills and Panthers square-off Sunday. On Thursday 9 of 10 analysts chose the Bengals over the Texans so let's hope they make the same mistake again this week.
McCoy fully dressed for practice, but in brief comments with reporters afterward, he would only say he "attended practice" and was not going to discuss injuries.
"Yes. Thank you. That's a good way to put that, I like that", Rivera said. "He's a heck of a player, a guy I've seen a lot of film on".
In Carolina, it will be the main focus of my attention. Keep an eye out on all the new faces. "The defense, in particular, is very talented, they do a great job schematically and they're extremely fast so we'll have our hands full". They look to prove the win vs the Jets was not a fluke. They would love to do the same against the Panthers, especially on the road. "Just trying to lead this team in the right direction".
The defense is the key in this game. An ankle injury has defined his offseason and preseason, to the point where he wasn't able to participate in much of it.
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It was the 11th time McCoy surpassed 100 yards in 28 games with the Bills since being traded to Buffalo in 2015. He rested nearly all Pre-Season and began last week looking incredibly rusty.
Bona fide stars like Luke Kuechly and solid veteran leaders like Julius Peppers, Thomas Davis, and a whole lot of in between-ers, makes up this defensive foundation.
Buffalo opened room on its roster by releasing cornerback Greg Mabin. The Bills were without a true answer as a backup middle linebacker, and Jenkins has experience playing both the outside and inside linebacker spots in his National Football League career. With the addition, the Bills now have seven linebackers on the team, and before the Jenkins arrival, the Bills had a severe lack of regular season experience past their starters.
The last meeting between these teams resulted in a 24-23 victory for Buffalo up in NY. Buffalo leads the all-time series, 5-1. While it's a disappointing line for owners, Olsen is usually as consistent as they come on a game-to-game basis.
Tyrod Taylor will have a rushing touchdown.
Buffalo finished one spot ahead of Carolina last week, holding the Jets to only 214 total yards.
Next week, the Buffalo Bills return to New Era field to host the Broncos!
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