Just some quick thoughts on the game yesterday. I don’t want to end with the Ugly, so, I’ll start there.
Taylor Decker’s performance yesterday - I’m not ready to throw Decker as a player on the ugly list, but his performance yesterday was UGLY. He wasn’t ready for Mack, but, truthfully, there are NFL tackles who might not be ready for Mack. I think the early abuse got in his head and he never fully recovered. I believe he will get better (at least I hope so).
Armani Reeves’ performance yesterday - Again, one bad performance doesn’t mean he goes on the trash heap as a player. Neutz is a very good player who had 1,000+ yards last year. Reeves got picked on a bit, but, he can learn from that.
The second quarter (and pretty much the second half as well) - The Bucks started so quick, I think they got complacent, coaches and players alike. While I understand a lot of the offense was kept under wraps, it seemed like when we were struggling the zone read was called fifteen times in a row. I would have like the playcalling to have been a little more diverse in those situations, but, I understand why it wasn’t.
Kahlil Mack - Damn, that kid is good. I wouldn’t be upset if the Steelers took him in the first round next year, but I don’t think he’ll be there at 32. ;)
Braxton Miller - Had the one pick, but, as he explained, that was a blind throw where Mack should have been cut. Threw the ball much better, only had one “bad” throw that I can remember (the overthrow when Smith was wide open). Was hesitant to run early, but I think that was because he wanted to show off his arm. I remember one play in particular that he had 6 seconds to throw, he almost started to run (you could tell by his feet), and then he stopped and found a receiver for a 6 yard gain. He did show that when he needs it, it’s still there.
Jordan Hall - 21 carries, 159 yards. Great game for a great kid.
The Defense - Only gave up 13 points, and 1 touchdown was set up by a short field and aided by a penalty. Allowed some soft coverage, but both corners were new starters. The line got push on pass plays, but, the Buffalo offense was designed to get rid of the ball quickly. Bottled up the running game.
Just my thoughts. I’m sure there are others who deserve to be in one of these categories, but these stood out to me.