McCaffrey was in for 70 percent of the offensive snaps (47 of 67) against the 49ers. Granted, it's the smallest of small sample sizes, but Dareus' 1/11th through one game is a lot less than it used to be.
My prediction: After nearly hitting the score last week (I predicted 23-16, real score was 21-12) I'm going to stick with the optimism and say the Bills take home a 20-17 win in a defensive battle.
What he said they have is an offense with packages that include McCaffrey, some of them with the former Stanford running back as the primary target. "That's just philosophically, again, what we believe in".
The numbers back up McDermott's philosophical claims. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was particularly hopeful about defensive tackle Vernon Butler, who missed the season opener after injuring his knee in the preseason. McCoy teams with fellow Pro Bowler and former Panther Mike Tolbert, the dancing bear had a touchdown last week. He also caught a team-high five passes for 38 yards.
The Bills opened this season with a 21-12 win over the Jets, covering at minus-7.
Kyle Williams participated in 79.7% of plays in 2016 and that number only fell to 74% for the Jets game.
Four players who were on the Carolina roster previous year are now with the Bills and another went the other direction. McCaffrey patterned much of his game after the Bills' five-time Pro Bowler.
- During Wednesday's practice, all players were on the field for at least the individual portion of practice except for one man: defensive tackle Jerel Worthy. "It'll be a good thing for us for one of the first times to really pick and choose and have the guys up that we feel are ready to roll", Rivera said. He went on to say that he doesn't take player salaries into consideration when doling out play time, which I believe and now expect the trend to continue. It's not about me. Back in that stadium and just seeing the people that I just left not too long ago.
Did not practice: Charles Johnson (veteran day off). Hardly any team ever has.
"It was a little challenging trying to get the ball rolling and working moves, wanting to get to the QB, trying to flash here, flash here, throw your fastball".
"You've got a lot of guys on this team that came from Carolina", said safety Jordan Poyer, who had an interception and a sack against the Jets. Now you've got him over here, you're motioning him over here, you're running this and that action.
"We're using them to our advantage and guys like Webb (No. 3 quarterback Joe) coming in and giving us tips on the quarterback ... it's huge". They know they'll be facing a Bills team that looked pretty darn good last week, not to mention the fact they'll be lining up against former teammates and coaches.