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  2. Bad miss there. Maybe he just needs some more time to build chemistry/trust with Sanders.
  3. Breitbart Columnist: Pack it in, everyone. Breitbart's John Nolte is onto our dastardly plan. He's figured out our secret plan to kill off the Right by encouraging them to get the vaccine. Is this because he thinks the vaccine is part of Bill Gate's plot to depopulate the world? Or that it's poison? No! He says he is vaccinated himself and is a great proponent of the vaccine. He just thinks that we're encouraging conservatives to get the vaccine because we know that if we tell them to get the vaccine, they will deliberately not get the vaccine just to spite us — and has been pushing this theory in several columns as of late. This is from one column where he claims that Howard Stern mocked some anti-vaxxers who died of COVID in order to reverse psychology Trump supporters into not taking the vaccine, so they all die. Would it though? Is that really a normal human response to things, or are Republicans just assholes? That would be quite the theory, except we all started out very nice and excited for the vaccine, hoping (and in fact kind of assuming) that most everyone would get it and we'd all be able to go back to our lives. It's the refusal of these dopes to get vaccinated that has ruined that, so yes, we're all a little peeved. I can't personally bring myself to be snide about anyone dying because I am extremely superstitious* and don't want to put the malook on myself or anyone I care about, but I get where it comes from. In another article this month, Nolte suggested that Biden was purposely trying to get the Right to own us by not taking the vaccine as well, when he said that he needed to protect the vaccinated from the unvaccinated. I mean, I don't know that we care about owning anyone? The irony is — I have occasionally considered creating a sock puppet account and floating this exact theory in some of the far-right message boards I monitor. Why? Because I actually really do want people to get the vaccine and apparently the only way they will do anything is if they think they are "owning us" by doing so. So you know what? Let me just state right here and right now that every single time an anti-vaxx Trump supporter gets a vaccine, I, personally, a super far-left feminist am totally owned. "Foiled again! They saw right through all of the reverse psychology I have been doing!" I will cry into the air, possibly even turning into a corncob as it happens. In addition to that, I would also really hate it if they all decided to stop being super racist and believing in batshit conspiracy theories, and also support reproductive rights, single payer health care, unions, just cause terminations, ending right-to-work laws, prison abolition, subsidized childcare, subsidized college and everything else that is good. I would hate it so much! Argh! Also, just in case this shit works, I really hope none of them give me a million dollars. That would just be the worst. Stephen and I will be back here at 3:30 for our livestream (he's trying to figure out how to make some of you mods in the chat so we don't have a troll problem like last time, so hopefully things will go more smoothly!). For now, feel free to open thread it up.
  4. The subreddit's rules state: Nominees / recipients must have a history of PUBLIC statements that are anti-vaxx, anti-mask, etc. The statements must have been made public prior to that person receiving hospital care. "Public Statements" include media appearances / interviews, social media posts, opinion pieces in print media, etc. Post-hospitalization second-hand statements made by friends / relatives do not count. Suffering the consequences of believing Covid misinformation is not sufficient to merit a nomination / award. Propagation of Covid misinformation, or public declaration of being anti-vaxx / anti mask is necessary. So, basically, it consists of posts about people who were dumbasses, made stupid choices, etc. You know, they fucked around and found out, Covid-style. I am sharing this because I want every motherfucker that comes in here spouting off about vaccines to know that spreading that disinformation has a very steep price: The lives of those too fucking stupid to know better.
  5. By the time he Sanders got by the Safety, the pressure was coming...in the freeze shot, he certainly looked like he had time, and agreed last year would have been a TD
  6. Something you may have gleaned over the last several years is that Donald Trump does not take criticism—constructive, real, or imagined—very well. One major example of his paper-thin skin would obviously be his reaction to the American people denying him a second term in office, which of course resulted in him inciting a violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol. For those who’ve had their brains scrambled by the 45th president, let us just say here and now that that is not a normal way to respond to such an event. Smaller examples of Trump’s inability to deal with anyone saying anything about him less glowing than “you’re an Adonis with a 390-point IQ” would include the many times he turned on people he had hired and praised, and then, after they gave their unvarnished opinion of him, called them “dumb as a rock,” “mentally retarded,” “clueless,” or a “lowlife.” Naturally, it was in no way surprising that his reaction to the news that General Mark Milley reportedly took steps to stop him from starting a war with China and a nuclear war with any number of countries was characteristic of Trump, i.e. batshit crazy with a string of terrifying run-on sentences to boot. According to The Daily Beast, after The Washington Post and CNN reported that Peril, a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, details a pair of calls Milley made to assure China that despite the then president being insane, the U.S. would not start a war against the country, and that if he was going to attack, Milley would give his counterpart a heads up, Trump called several close associates and demanded they go on TV to declare Milley should be charged with treason. And of course, they did: Following his appearance on Newsmax, Trump released a typically deranged statement that simultaneously accused Milley of committing a treasonous act and claimed the entire story was made up, which read, in part: Incidentally, Trump spoke to Woodward extensively for the veteran reporter’s 2020 book, Rage. Presumably it was the revelation in that book that the 45th president purposely lied to the country about COVID-19 that caused him to decline interview requests for Peril. In other Milley news, the general can likely expect an earful from Trump’s conservative lackeys in Congress when he testifies later this month. Per Axios: While Republicans may be out for blood, at present Milley’s job is apparently safe. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters: “I can assure you all that the president knows General Milley. He has been chairman of the Joint Chiefs for almost eight months of his presidency. They’ve worked side by side through a range of international events. And the president has complete confidence in his leadership, his patriotism, and his fidelity to our Constitution.”
  7. Thanks for that, when he threw it I had a feeling it would have been a big play, was mad they didn't give a different camera angle
  8. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images A big win over the Miami Dolphins didn’t move the needle very much The Buffalo Bills bounced back in a big way this past Sunday, trouncing the Miami Dolphins 35-0 in their second game of the 2021 NFL season. After dropping the opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo needed a big win, and the Dolphins were all too willing to oblige them. The victory didn’t convince many of our power rankers that the Bills belong back in the rarified air of the top-four of the league, however, as most of our rankings have the Bills somewhere around the bottom of the top ten. We’ll start with the top ranking, as ESPN kept Buffalo ranked No. 5 this week. Alaina Getzenberg named running back Devin Singletary as the Bills’ biggest fantasy football surprise, noting the third-year man’s fantastic yards-per-carry average through two games (6.42 yards per carry, good for fourth among running backs). With Singletary’s 46-yard rushing touchdown last week, he is now one score away from tying his career high for rushing touchdowns—two, set his rookie year—and Getzenberg thinks that Singletary should continue to benefit from a “starter’s” share in Buffalo’s offense. Vinnie Iyer at The Sporting News has Buffalo ranked No. 7 this week, one spot ahead of their ranking last week. While Iyer also has some compliments for Devin Singletary, he notes that the big story with the Bills this year has been the resurgence of the team’s defense, which struggled last year, especially in the early going. Iyer writes that this has taken pressure off of quarterback Josh Allen as he looks to settle in to a groove this year. Dan Hanzus at NFL Network also has the Bills ranked No. 5, which is one spot higher than the team was ranked last week. He notes that the Bills “took out a week of frustration” on Miami in a game that showed the true pecking order of the AFC East: it’s Buffalo and then it’s everybody else. Hanzus wrote that landing three hits on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the game’s first two drives set the tone for what was an entirely one-sided game from start to finish. Dalton Miller at Pro Football Network ranked the Bills No. 9, one spot behind the No. 8 Kansas City Chiefs. His intro states that he ranked teams solely on their record, small sample size be damned. Miller added that the Bills “must have been angry to start Week Two,” as they came out ready to end the game on the first few possessions of the game. The Bills allowed just 3.1 net yards per play, an incredibly low number. Miller writes that Buffalo may be one of the NFL’s elite, but with a .500 record early, he just isn’t ranking them there yet. Nate Davis at USA Today has the Bills ranked No. 9 this week, up one spot from their placement last week. Davis writes that quarterback Josh Allen has been “decidedly ordinary” through the season’s first two games, but he feels that the run game and the defense should be encouraging signs for Bills fans. Justin Leger at Yahoo! has the Bills ranked No. 8, up one spot from their previous ranking. He called the victory over Miami a much-needed bounce-back following their season-opening loss to the Steelers. Leger added that we’ll “find out if the Bills are officially back on track, or if they simply benefitted from an early Tua Tagovailoa injury and a sloppy overall performance from Miami.” Finally, Josh Schrock at NBC Sports has the Bills ranked all the way down at No. 12. He writes that Josh Allen is “completing just 55.9 percent of his passes and averaging just 5.4 yards per pass attempt.” While he acknowledges that the Bills have played two good defenses, he writes that the start is still “troubling...for a team that is expected to be a legitimate AFC title threat.” Schrock’s conclusion feels like box-score scouting gone too far, but that’s just, like, my opinion man. View the full article
  9. Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images Three-year bridge deal for the young defenseman On the first day of training camp, the Buffalo Sabres announced they’ve agreed to terms with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. The three-year contract carries an AAV of $6 million. IT’S DONE! We’ve agreed to terms with Rasmus Dahlin on a three-year contract with an AAV of $6 million. Details: https://t.co/NqqhKJpHXv pic.twitter.com/yHQMA4WxCL — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) September 22, 2021 His last contract had an AAV of $3.775 million. Dahlin was the lone restricted free agent remaining for the Sabres. Per CapFriendly, the terms of the deal are as follows: 2021-22: $3M base salary + $2M signing bonus 2022-23: $5.8M 2023-24: $7.2M It’s a bridge deal with one RFA year, and two arbitration-eligible RFA years. Dahlin will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights at the end of the contract. The terms of the deal also bring the Sabres to the lower cap floor, with $17.6 million in cap space tied up. As we evaluate this deal, don’t forget to take a look back and read Joe Yerdon’s piece from August about what a new contract with Dahlin could look like. So - what are your early thoughts on this deal? Did the Sabres overpay? Is a bridge deal a good idea, or a terrible idea? Could Dahlin wind up like Sam Reinhart in a few years? View the full article
  10. same logic as you use pal. I dont waste my time debunking your stupid shit.
  11. McSWEENEY’S Hi, if you are reading this essay then congratulations, you are still alive. And if you are alive, then you have either gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, or you still have the opportunity to get the vaccine against COVID-19. And holy fuck, if you aren’t fucking vaccinated against COVID-19, then you need to get fucking vaccinated right now. I mean, what the fuck? Fuck you. Get vaccinated. Fuck. The fucking vaccine will not make you magnetic. Are you fucking kidding me? It just fucking won’t. That’s not even a fucking thing, and that lady who tried to pretend the vaccine made her fucking magnetic looked like a real fucking fuckwad and a fucking idiot, so get fucking vaccinated. Jesus. Fuck. The vaccine also doesn’t have a fucking 5G chip in it. What the fuck do you think a fucking 5G chip is, fucknuts? You think it’s like some invisible nanotechnology they can suspend in a liquid and then just put in your fucking blood and then it what, exactly? Fucking floats around in your body going on Instagram and telling the government you went to the grocery store? No one fucking cares where you go, you absolute fucking fuck-barf. Fuck off with that. Fuck. Oh, you’re afraid of fucking side effects? Fuck you. You know what has fucking side effects? Fucking aspirin, fucking Tylenol. You could be fucking allergic to pineapple, you fucking fuckwit. Everything has side effects. You’re being a big fucking baby with a huge diaper full of fucking diarrhea, complaining about maybe feeling slightly tired for a day or two while your asymptomatic COVID case you get and pass to some innocent fucking kid could wind up killing them or someone else. Fuck you, you fucking selfish fucking shit-banana, you unredeemable ass-caterpillar, you fucking fuck-knob with two fucks for eyes and a literal poop where your heart should be. You want a two-month-old to wind up on a fucking ventilator instead of you, a fucking adult, getting a fucking sore arm for a day? What are you, a pitcher for the Yankees? A fucking concert pianist? An arm model? Get the fuck out of here! Fuck you. Get vaccinated. Fuck. Fuck you! You think vaccines don’t fucking work? Oh, fuck off into the trash, you attention-seeking fuckworm-faced shitbutt. This isn’t even a point worth discussing, you fuck-o-rama fuck-stival of ignorance. Vaccines got rid of smallpox and polio and all the other disgusting diseases that used to kill off little fucks like you en masse. Your relatives got fucking vaccinated and let you live, and now here you are signing up to be killed by a fucking disease against which there is a ninety-nine-percent effective vaccine. You fucking moron. Go in the fucking ocean and fuck a piranha. Fuck. Fuck that. Fuck you. Get vaccinated. Oh, you say you have a genuine allergy or medical condition that prevents you from receiving a fucking vaccine? That’s fine. I’m clearly not talking to you. I fucking love you. Fuck. Look, if you have been forwarded this essay from a friend or loved one, then there are two possibilities. Either you are a normal, regular, sensible fucking person like me who got fucking vaccinated at the first possible moment, and this essay channels all your fucking rage and sadness and is therefore cathartic OR, and I really hope this isn’t the fucking case, you AREN’T fucking vaccinated, and someone sent it to you because you fucking fucking fuck, you need to get fucking vaccinated. And rather than being fucking offended that someone is trying yet again to get you to take the fucking vaccine, you should understand that someone fucking loves you enough to try one last motherfucking time to get you to take the fucking vaccine before you fuck off to heaven, or hell, or some in-between place that’s just like a fucking mall or something where everything is free, including and especially the soft pretzels. So, congratulations! There is ONE person remaining in your life who wants to fucking save you from drowning in your own fucking lungs, you fucking fuckshit fuckdick, so for god’s sake, get your fucking ass out of your chair, go to the fucking pharmacy, and get a fucking vaccine, you absolute conscienceless fucking fuck fuck fuck. Get it. Get the fucking vaccine. Fuck you. Fuck fuck fuck. Fuck. Fuck you. Fuck!
  12. The Trump family has a long history of taking in adversaries through the court system suing people with the objective to get them to back off because they can’t afford to pay for a long, protracted battle in court.
  13. The Bills have signed much-maligned offensive lineman Bobby Hart to their practice squad. He takes the spot vacated when Jack Anderson was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' 53-man roster Tuesday.
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  15. Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images Finally, the boys are back in town. Away we go with the 2021-22 season. Here’s the Buffalo Sabres camp invites (pdf). Looks like we’ll hear from Kevyn Adams and head coach Don Granato Thursday morning at 8:30 and 9:15 respectively. Not seeing anything surprising or interesting with camp. Jack is expected to come and get his LTIR paycheck and we see Aaron Dell has grabbed #80 since Ryan Miller was formally retired by the vocal DBTB andTwitter crowds. Other than that? Let’s see if UPL beats out the goalie crew ahead of him and hopefully see JJ Peterka and Quinn sniffin’ roster spots. Dahlin is still unsigned and not hearing much on that front. Not worth speculating on this, but I guess we’ll keep waiting to see what his pay day becomes. Around the NHL, we see that Kaprizov has returned to the Wild with a 9 million dollar pay day (which I think is more than an entire KHL teams salary cap? Hah) as well as Robert Thomas (2 x 2.8) and Elvis (5 x 5.4) staying with the Blues and Wild. Next year’s goalie crop got a little weaker, but was probably never realistic on being an option here. View the full article
  16. Telling the truth? Like defrauding people at Trump University? Yea, that's a great "logical" deduction you made there. Lol clown.
  17. Couldn't agree more. The constitution was here long before any of you, if you don't like it leave.
  18. Notice how Eric didn't say a word in that quote about being innocent of the allegations? When you're guilty, you attack the process or the investigators. Donald and his brood almost always attack the process or the investigators and clam up about the evidence against them.
  19. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images A lotta laundry, but a good outcome of course Yeah, I know. Dropping 35 points on a division rival and allowing zilch in return is pretty cool and all. But what’s REALLY important is reducing offensive holding penalties. That’s where the real football discussions start! Let’s get to it. Standard and Advanced Metrics Penalty Counts When it comes to overall penalties called, the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins were neck and neck (right hand columns). There were a pair of offsetting flags, and two of the Bills’ infractions were declined. As a result, the “usual” stat of assessed count looks pretty skewed in Buffalo’s favor. As a philosophical discussion, a primary reason to worry about true count (all called penalties) is to look at tendencies. A quick glance suggests Buffalo improved over last week’s eight flags versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. When it comes to called, they only fell from ten to nine. The Bills so far really aren’t showing any indication of changed ways. Penalty Yards As expected, the assessed yards pretty closely follow the counts. The Dolphins gave up a lot more yards via penalty than the Bills did. True count adds in yards negated or otherwise impacted by penalty. This week we have a penalty harm failure, which I’ll elaborate on a bit below. It’s the reason for Buffalo’s “negative” yards impacted that gives us a smaller true yards bar than assessed. Penalty Harm Buffalo Bills Several of these don’t require much explanation. Dion Dawkins’s holding call was offset by one on Xavien Howard. Tre’Davious White’s defensive holding call was declined because the Dolphins preferred the 16 yards they had gained on the play to the five the flag would have granted. Justin Zimmer’s roughing call was declined due to Siran Neal’s defensive pass interference. Speaking of which, I had a request to take a look at Zimmer’s as it felt it might have been a bad call so here it is. The defender is allowed to make contact through their first step after the ball is released. I slowed it down frame-by-frame and I think Justin Zimmer is fine. Incidentally, this is why A.J. Epenesa was legally allowed to clobber Tua Tagovailoa. The defender isn’t allowed to flop their weight or “stuff” the QB on the way down. It’s possible that the ref thought Zimmer’s glancing (at most) contact had some extra weight but I doubt it. It seems clear Zimmer didn’t flop on Jacoby Brissett. Defenders need to be wary of the head and neck area of the QB and I think this is why the penalty was called. From behind it might be hard to see that Zimmer is pretty well at the chest, and I do believe the flag came from behind. So...yes. This is a bad call. Luckily it wasn’t assessed. Unluckily it wasn’t assessed because Siran Neal’s defensive pass interference gave up 16 yards and two free downs (flags occurred on third down). Not that it led to a Miami score or anything though. Darryl Williams was called for two false starts. These penalties are boring to review, with the more exotic of the pair being a mere four yards assessed or half the distance to the goal. Yawn. Cody Ford’s holding call was also half the distance to the goal for eight yards. If you thought “four is half of eight” you’ll be delighted to be reminded that these occurred back to back with Ford’s call first. That’s just a neat fact. Ford also negated a four-yard run. On 2nd & 2, it also wiped out a first down for a total of 2.2 Harm (8 yards assessed + 4 yards negated + 1 down). Levi Wallace was called for taunting and it’s worth another look. To be fair, I cut the clip a little early. In addition to the incomplete pass in front of the receiver’s face, Wallace jaws a bit on the way up. It’s possible he said something truly awful that justifies the flag. More than likely though this is just another example of this year’s point of emphasis gone wrong. BOOOOOOOOOOO! [Note: Skarekrow was flagged for taunting on that paragraph and lost 15 words] And now to point out a failure in my metric. The Vernon Butler defensive offsides is an anomaly that seems to not be an anomaly this year as we had a similar one last week. The Dolphins earned seven on the play, but took the five-yard penalty for a net loss of two yards, making it look like a “good penalty.” From a field-position perspective that’s accurate, but it doesn’t take into account the down the team gets back. I can go into the longwinded explanation in the comments if anyone desires, but the short version is that penalty harm is supposed to be a simple system and the “fix” could complicate things further than I’d like. Instead, it’s easier to take the “L” from time to time and just be candid that my metric isn’t perfect. The Bills racked up 9.0 Harm total, which is juuuuust on the right side of the 10.0 that’s usually a good indicator line between good and bad days. Miami Dolphins The false starts were definitely uninteresting here. Brandon Jones’s unnecessary roughness (late contact with Allen) was yardage only. Let’s rapid fire most of the rest... Austin Jackson was called for scootin’ down the field too soon. In addition to the five yards assessed, it wiped out a 14-yard gain and a first down (from second) for 2.9 Harm. Brandon Jones was also called for holding on special teams (which is the same as the offense version). It was ten assessed yards and wiped out three yards on the punt return. Robert Hunt’s holding call was ten assessed and seven negated on offense. The face mask call on Justin Coleman was the usual 15 yards and one free down for 2.5 Harm. Emmanuel Ogbah’s call for unnecessary roughness was half the distance to the goal for eight yards and gave up a free down. And finally we have Jacoby Brissett’s intentional grounding flag. I saw some confusion on this one and similar calls this week, and elected to take a look to make sure we could get the facts on this one straight. I think for the most part there wasn’t much confusion on a good many aspects of the rule. The ball doesn’t make it to the line of scrimmage, but that doesn’t matter anyway as Brissett is still in the tackle box. And it’s clear there’s no eligible receiver anywhere near the spot the ball hits. Most of the questions I saw revolved around the fact that A.J. Epenesa was draped over Brissett like a curtain. So I came up with a rhyme/song to help with the rule: ♪ Throwing then pounding, won’t get you grounding. Contact before throwing, a down you’ll be blowing. ♪ Put in non-children’s verse, the idea is that if you start a throwing motion and then a defender makes contact the interpretation is the throw was impacted by the hit/contact. Intentional grounding isn’t called. If the defender has made contact and then you try to throw the ball it doesn’t get that same benefit so it’s a flag. Phew. That was fun. The Dolphins as a team earned 14.7 Harm, which puts them in “bad day” territory. View the full article
  20. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Buffalo Bills former quarterback reunion tour is officially cancelled. Buffalo was supposed to see Ryan Fitzpatrick (Washington Football Team) and Tyrod Taylor (Houston Texans) in back-to-back weeks but now neither player is going to be available for their team when they come to Orchard Park. On Tuesday, the Texans placed Taylor on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. The minimum stay is three weeks, meaning he won’t be available in Week 4 when Houston comes to town. With Deshaun Watson still on the shelf, Davis Mills is the starting quarterback for the Texans with Jeff Driskel as his practice squad backup. Mills is the Texans’ third-round pick from the 2021 NFL Draft. Fitzpatrick dislocated his hip in Week 1 and was also placed on injured reserve. It will be Taylor Heinicke’s third NFL start this weekend. If you’re looking for more former Bills QBs, they can’t see Nathan Peterman and the Los Vegas Raiders until the playoffs and A.J. McCarron’s Atlanta Falcons until the Super Bowl. Matt Barkley is on the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad. View the full article
  21. Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Forward is coming off his best season yet for the Sabres The Top 25 Under 25 is a collaboration by members of the Die By The Blade community. It was a combination of six staff writers and over 485 fans that ranked players under the age of 25 as of August 10, 2021. Each participant used their own metric of current ability and production to rank each player. Make no mistake, throughout his entire career with the Buffalo Sabres, Tage Thompson is going to be measured by the yardstick that he came over in the Ryan O’Reilly trade, and short of winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, he will always be found short. Now that we have put that aside, let’s take a look at how he did last season. On a floundering Sabres team, Thompson actually had some decent games last season and ended up eight highest in scoring among all forwards with most of those points coming at even strength. However, he also spent good chunks of time as a healthy scratch, so it’s not all roses. Thompson was widely expected to be either a throw-in on a trade involving one of the Sabres big guns or else targeted by the Seattle Kraken for the expansion draft this summer, but neither has materialized and while he still has two more seasons under contract, this is looking a lot like a career-making or breaking season for the player. The forward has all the physical tools needed to be successful at this level, but the time for him to get it all together from a mental perspective is running out fast. #25 Casey Fitzgerald #24 Aaron Huglen #23 Linus Weissbach #22 Aleksandr Kisakov #21 Albert Lyckåsen #20 Erik Portillo #19 Devon Levi #18 Matej Pekar #17 Oskari Laaksonen #16 Isak Rosen #15 Jacob Bryson #14 Ryan Johnson #13 Mattias Samuelsson View the full article
  22. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Rousseau with an early breakout; Brown sees the field in limited capacity The Buffalo Bills’ defense was largely dominant and the offense capitalized enough to record a 35-0 shutout of the Miami Dolphins. While the passing offense didn’t light up the stat sheet and still seemed slightly off, the rushing attack made up for it. On defense, A.J. Epenesa and a certain rookie first-round pick had breakout performances, while the secondary held steady and even came down with an interception of backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett after Tua Tagovailoa was knocked out of the game. More about how each rookie performed against the Dolphins below. DE Gregory Rousseau Rousseau recorded his first dominant performance of his career against the Dolphins. Whether it was against Miami left tackle Austin Jackson or right tackle Jesse Davis, the rookie got solid push with his pass rush all game. His first sack however, was the result of him acting as a spy against the quarterback. After dropping into coverage and seeing Jacoby Brissett step up and start to vacate the pocket, Rousseau immediately pounced and tackled the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. His second sack was the result of him keeping his eyes on the quarterback and taking advantage after A.J. Epenesa flushed Brissett into his waiting arms. DE Carlos Basham Jr. Basham’s name again appears on the inactive list. Although, unlike last week, Efe Obada was not active for the game either. This will be worth tracking as the season progresses. OT Spencer Brown Similar to last week, Brown managed to see the field for a handful of snaps during plays that demanded an extra lineman. He was in on Josh Allen’s long pass play to Stefon Diggs, but sort of whiffed on his assignment against linebacker Elandon Roberts. OT Tommy Doyle With Brown active and seeing the field, Doyle was listed as inactive against the Dolphins, which should be a weekly occurrence this season, barring injury. WR Marquez Stevenson Stevenson remains listed on IR with a head injury and will stay there for at least another week. S Damar Hamlin Hamlin actually made it onto the field in the fourth quarter, thanks to the fact that it was a blowout by then. He wasn’t involved in plays much, although he did have a pass break up on the running back to force a fourth-down try. OG Jack Anderson Anderson remains on the team’s practice squad, and was protected for that purpose again this week. Expect this to continue throughout the season. Editor’s note: At the time of writing, Jack Anderson was still part of the Bills’ practice squad. With Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive lineman Brandon Brooks headed to IR, the Eagles have signed Anderson to their 53-man roster. View the full article
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