Cosell: Allen was 'poised, composed, the game was not too fast for him'

Greg Cosell from NFL Films joined One Bills Live on Friday to preview the Bills-Giants matchup at MetLife Stadium

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The Buffalo Bills are hoping to get to the 2-0 mark for the first time since 2014 on Sunday as they travel to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on the New York Giants.

Last week, the Bills offense looked shaky for nearly three full quarters of action against the New York Jets. However, Buffalo came back from down 16-0 to score 17 unanswered points and take the season-opening win.

A huge reason for the comeback against the Jets was the play of quarterback Josh Allen, who led the Bills on three scoring drives towards the end of the game. The game-winning drive resulted in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Allen to wide receiver John Brown with just three minutes remaining in the game.

Greg Cosell from NFL Films and ESPN's NFL Matchup joined John Murphy and Steve Tasker on One Bills Live on Friday to look back a bit at Buffalo's Week 1 win over the Jets, as well as preview the Bills' upcoming matchup with the Giants.

Here is some of what Cosell had to say:

 

Cosell on quarterback Josh Allen's play in Week One:

"Very impressed, what I found very fascinating was their first 18 plays, through their first three possessions, were called passes. Very interesting game plan and I thought Josh was poised, composed, the game was not too fast for him mentally, I liked the kinds of throws they asked him to make. They were short throws, they were timing throws, the kinds of throws that we always talked about that he had to do better in order to become a consistent quarterback. I thought, for the most part, he was pretty accurate, good ball placement. These were throws that demanded pace and touch and he made these kinds of throws. It was interesting and fun to watch."

 

Cosell on the usage and ability of rookie running back Devin Singletary:

"He only had four runs with all those snaps, but I like Singletary... and I think that you'll see more of him. He's got some juice to him, you see the run where he bounced it outside, you see the lateral quickness. He'll definitely be part of the rotation, how many runs he gets, that will be determined on a week to week basis, I'm sure it will be a function of the opponent as well.

"He was on the field for those first 18 snaps, he played 70% of the snaps. You're not out there unless the coaching staff believes that you can be out there and they trust what you can do. I think we'll see more of him with the ball in his hand moving forward."

 

Cosell on how to stop Giants running back Saquon Barkley:

"Look, that guy is terrific... we can sit here and debate how much he should or shouldn't get the ball. The sense I get is that the Giants offense should run through Saquon Barkley. It hasn't, really and it certainly didn't last week, in a game that was closer than the score.

"He's one of those backs that can line up as an I-back and be a phenomenal runner, you can detach him from the formation, he's an excellent pass receiver. He obviously has phenomenal contact balance, can run through people, run after catch ability. There's nothing that Saquon Barkley cannot do. I think you game plan starts with Saquon Barkley, from a defensive perspective. And when I say that, I'm thinking more in terms of tactically, how you approach it. Get an extra guy in the box, making sure that there is always an unblocked defender."

 

Cosell on the Giants passing game with several injuries at the wide receiver position:

"Some would argue that their receiving corps wasn't top line to begin with but [Sterling] Shepard's out, [Cody] Latimer is questionable, you said [Darius] Slayton being out, he's a rookie from Auburn. They're very thin, so, you could easily see them line up with two tight ends a lot in this game, use Barkley as a wild card, move him around. I think they're going to come out and run the ball."

 

Cosell on the Giants' defensive struggles last week against Dallas:

"I think they were mental [mistakes] and I think they're fixable. Coaches coach, players play. So, it's going to be coached, the question is how do the players react on the field on Sunday? But those were fixable errors, they were mental errors, not recognizing things, not playing with their eyes. You're seeing a touchdown here, nobody seven, eight, nine yards of the receiver."

 

Cosell on how to attack a struggling Giants defense:

"The one thing you want to be careful of, if you're the Bills, is you're playing a defense that you're playing a defense, overall, that's not really good. To me, you don't want to step outside of what you think you can do. Because you're not playing a defense that, theoretically, can take away a lot of things. So, instead of saying 'hey, let's try this this week', you stay with your approach, you continue to build on what you do well, you continue to build with Josh Allen with the kind of throws and play calls you believe he can do well."

 

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