“It definitely did shock me,” Bills safety Corey Graham said, per Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. “To have the lead like that and let those guys come back in a key situation like that, it sucks. As a defense, you’ve just got to get stops, and those guys made the plays and we didn’t. It really, really hurt, especially to lose like that. It sucks.”
The Bills spent the first two-and-a-half quarters pounding away at Oakland with the NFL’s top-ranked ground game. Controlling both sides of the ball, Buffalo seemed poise to put the cherry on top of a Rex Ryan masterpiece after running Mike Gillislee barreled into the end zone to forge a 24-9 lead with 9:01 to play in the third quarter.
With workhorse Karlos Williams suspended for the first four games of the season and cheap jerseys china and LeSean McCoy expected to get limited reps in training camp after battling ankle issues during minicamp, the Bills needed a versatile running back to get them through the summer months and early fall.
The move makes sense assuming Bush can get the Bills to the point where Williams is back, in-shape and healthy. While their offense stars the likes of Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins, there’s no question that the ground game is the lifeblood of Buffalo’s offense.
Biermann, 30, spent his first eight seasons in Atlanta, piling up seven sacks over the past two campaigns before the Falcons chose not to re-sign him this offseason. Bills coach Rex Ryan had Biermann in for a visit in March, setting the table for Monday’s signing.
In Buffalo, Bierman has a chance to see meaningful snaps right away at outside linebacker, where Manny Lawson, IK Enemkpali and rookie Shaq Lawson have all been lost to injuries.
Harvin has dealt with migraines throughout his career — a career that now appears over after seven years in the NFL with the Vikings, Seahawks, Jets and Bills. The 2009 first-rounder also missed a rash of games in previous campaigns due to a chronic hip injury.
“He was doing whatever he could to try to play, but I don’t know if that was in his best interest,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said Monday, per the team’s official website. “We were trying to make sure he’s well.”
This offseason has been about Ryan going back to his roots and what he knows best — a familiar move for the head coach when his back is against the wall. After repeatedly saying earlier in his career that he wouldn’t hire his twin brother, Rob, Ryan made him an assistant to the head coach this offseason. Roman was one of the few members of the Bills staff who did not have a long track record with the head coach. Lynn, receivers coach Sanjay Lal, defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, linebackers coach Bobby April III, quarterbacks coach David Lee and others have a more established rapport which is seemingly why there was only one move made on Friday afternoon.
Lynn taking control of the play calling could mesh better with Ryan’s overall vision for the team. Ryan always had a run-first philosophy and traded away linebacker Kiko Alonso shortly into his tenure for the chance to acquire All-Pro LeSean McCoy. Ryan advocated for big spending across the offensive line to build a time-gobbling bully that would pair nicely with a tenacious pressure defense.
Expect McCoy’s snaps to be limited in Miami. Shady has played 75.8 percent of Bills snaps through six games, an average of 47.5 per contest — that number could be cut in half.
McCoy sits second in the NFL in rushing yards with 587. He also ranks second with six rushing TDs and 5.6 yards per carry. Shady sparked the Bills’ four-game win streak with shifty runs into the second level.