E.J. Manuel, like a fine wine, will come of age in his second season starting at the helm with the Buffalo Bills. He got a sample last year of the NFL and the Buffalo’s play calling system before having his season end with an injury. After resting and rehabbing, the young man from Virginia Beach should be ready to shoot pure buckshot from that shotgun of an arm that he possesses. He definitely has some easy-to-see targets around him that he can find in the most intense moments of the game.
The Bills front office listened to Smokey Robinson’s Mama and did some “shopping around” this spring when other NFL teams cleaned their rosters. Buffalo acquisition of Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows that somebody up there is listening. It was a smart move on many levels. First, he is a big receiver with good hands. Second, he is a homeboy coming home. Williams is from Buffalo and played his high school ball there before going off to Syracuse. That alone should move some tickets and make a great sideline story. In addition, Buffalo did it big in the draft for the first time in many years and picked WR Sammy Watkins. He has the size and quickness. And if Manuel could look past the days when Clemson and Florida State tussled in the ACC, it should be lots of 6 point action happening in B-LO!! LOL! Nobody is saying it, but lots of old school Buffalo Bills fans are hoping Watkins won’t be like his former Clemson alumni Perry Tuttle, who donned a Bills uniform in the early 1980’s and turned out to be a draft bust at the receiver position.
By the way, let’s not forget the backfield of the Bills is mighty real. You got a combination in the backfield of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. There hasn’t been a duo so dynamic since Batman and Robin, although Robin (Jackson) is getting a bit long in the tooth. Both of those players are rumbling, tumbling, and pounding the pavement for the extra yards to move that marker for the first and ten. Add in Bryce Brown, whom the Eagles were able to unload, and we could see the best depth this team has seen in years. Season that entire offensive flavor with a defense that consists of Brandon Spikes and Mario Williams and you clearly smell what the Bills are cooking! A playoff run, possible division championship, and dare I say it: another chance for the big dance!! Come on Bills bring that Lombardy trophy home. Do it for Jim Kelly, Ralph Wilson Jr., and all those who lived and died those four Super Bowl appearances in the 1990’s.