Bills: Some old problems crop up in preseason game number one

There were some good things that went on too in the loss to the Vikings

Paul Hamilton
August 11, 2017 - 2:29 am

(WGR 550) - I always start any preseason article I write with, "It's only preseason, and you really can't take too much away from it."

Sean McDermott coached his first game with the Bills and his team lost to Minnesota, 17-10.

McDermott found out quickly the mess he inherited from Rex Ryan. By mess I mean the undisciplined, dumb penalties that Ryan had no idea how to correct. At times, I think Ryan was dumb enough to encourage some of it.

It started on Buffalo's first drive. Tyrod Taylor opened with three straight strikes to Sammy Watkins gaining 29 yards. Jonathan Williams busted off a nine-yard run, but Richie Incognito stalled the drive with a needless holding penalty. Williams was by the hole, and Incognito reached out and pulled his man back. It's just a dumb play that Rex Ryan didn't seem to care about.

Buffalo had 10 penalties for 106 yards and McDermott was not pleased at all, “Good Teams don't beat themselves and we beat ourselves numerous times tonight and we've got to get that corrected in order to go where we want to go.”

“I want the players to play not afraid to make a mistake. You go out there and you're aggressive, I can deal with at times aggressive penalties. That said, the pre-snap and the post whistle penalties I can't handle.”

Honestly, it's the first game and now that McDermott has seen it, I think he will get it corrected and this team will not take itself out of games with some of the dumbest penalties I've seen.

Seantrel Henderson almost got Taylor killed as he missed his man for a sack. Henderson was beaten badly for two sacks.

In one quarter of work, Taylor produced a 42-yard Stephen Hauschka field goal. He was 5-of-8 for 46 yards. Four of the five completions went to Watkins.

I thought the first team defense looked very sharp. Jerry Hughes and Eddie Yarbrough each had a sack, with Yarbrough filling in for the injured Shaq Lawson. Yarbrough has had a very good training camp and is making a very early bid to make this team and contribute.

McDermott had the defense getting Sam Bradford on the move and flushed him towards the sidelines causing bad throws.

I thought number one pick Tre'Davious White put in some good work in his first NFL action.

Nate Peterman came in trailing 17-3. The rookie overcame some early bumps and engineered a 13-play, 79 yard drive that ended in a well placed fade pass to Dez Lewis in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Peterman's first NFL pass was a completion to Logan Thomas. I really liked how he avoided a couple of sacks by keeping his head and getting rid of the ball as he was going down. He saved the offense some other sacks with his elusiveness going 26-yards on four scrambles. He recognized when plays were not there and he took off gaining a few valuable first downs.

Peterman was handed two other chances to tie or win the game and he didn't come through.

Right after the Lewis touchdown, safety Joe Powell had a ball thrown right to him. He picked it giving Peterman and the offense the ball at the Minnesota 30. With a 4th and 10 from the Vikings 17, Peterman found a wide open Taiwan Jones for a first down, but Jones turned and ran before he secured the catch and the ball was dropped.

Peterman had some very good throws including a 16-yarder to Daikiel Shorts on a 4th and 6.

Overall he was 13-of-25 for 112 yards and I think closed the gap between himself and T.J. Yates. Yates has been below average in camp and wasn't any better in the game.

Now don't forget all these observations came in preseason game number one. Yes, the penalties are bothersome, but there's plenty of time to fix it. 

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