Taylor, Coleman, and Allen vs. Mayfield: Bills at Browns loaded with storylines

There are a lot of things to watch for in preseason game No. 2

Sal Capaccio
August 16, 2018 - 12:33 pm

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Boy, for a preseason game, Friday night's Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns contest is loaded with plenty of storylines that intertwine the two teams. Let's take at the three biggest:

  • Tyrod's revenge

Tyrod Taylor won't have a chance to play the Bills this regular season since the two teams aren't on each other's schedules. So, short of facing one another in the playoffs, Friday night will be the only chance this season for the former Bills' signal-caller to go against his old team. Despite spending three years as the starting quarterback in Buffalo, and being at the helm when the organization broke it's infamous 17-year playoff drought, Taylor was shipped off to Cleveland for a third round draft pick last March. There's no doubt that, even in a preseason contest with limited opportunities, he'd love to put a couple scores on the board and show the Bills they made a mistake.

  • Coleman's return

In a similar type of situation as Taylor is Bills' wide receiver Corey Coleman, facing his former team for the first time since being dealt to Buffalo for a seventh round draft pick. A big difference, however, is that Coleman just arrived a little over a week ago and is still getting acclimated to his new surroundings, teammates, and playbook. Also, as seen on HBO's Hard Knocks, Coleman was frustrated with his diminishing role in the Browns' offense and essentially told head coach Hue Jackson the team should trade him. He got his wish. But now, in Buffalo, it's put-up or shut-up time for the former first round draft pick. He possesses the speed the Bills sorely lack at wide receiver, but can he grasp the offense well enough to stay on the field and consistently catch the ball? He'll have his first chance to prove both Friday night in the same stadium he spent the first two seasons of his career.

  • Allen vs. Mayfield

While the Bills are dealing with their own quarterback competition and trying to figure out where Josh Allen fits on the depth chart, Friday night's game will be a lot more than that to many poeple when it comes to how the rookie quarterback will be measured. Allen, the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, will share the stage with No. 1 overall selection Baker Mayfield. Browns head coach Hue Jackson has made it clear that Taylor is his starter, so Mayfield isn't in the same type of competition as Allen, but he had a strong showing last week that had many people buzzing and he's looking to prove he can play right away, if called upon. Allen had a solid debut in his first preseason game, as well, and judging by his reps in practice this week, it looks like he may be leading the second-team offense. If that happens, we'll most likely get at least a couple of series' of Allen and Mayfield, two of the more polarizing draft prospects, quarterbacking their teams at the same time and against one another.  

Who said preseason games are dull?

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