4 Buffalo Bills Who Helped Themselves the Most Against the Washington Redskins
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There are plenty of bubble players on every NFL team and the Buffalo Bills are no different. Many jobs will be won based upon their performance in the preseason. In Thursday night's sloppy loss to the Washington Redskins, a few players improved their chances of making the team. There are still three games to played, but here are four players that improved their chances of making the team.
Johnny White Averaged Five Yards Per Carry
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Johnny White, RB: Johnny White is currently listed as the team's fourth string running back. I don't see any scenario where the Bills carry four running backs, so White is battling for a roster spot against Tashard Choice.
In limited action, Johnny White averaged five yards her rush for a total of twenty-five yards. These numbers don't jump off of the page, but alternatively, Tashard Choice averaged 1.8 yards per carry (nine carries for sixteen yards). White has also impressed in training camp showing great burst and ability to find holes.
Chris White is trying to come back from a torn ACL
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Chris White, LB: It was a good night to have the last name White apparently. The former sixth round pick of the 2011 draft is on the outside looking in currently in terms of a roster spot, but his play Thursday night was encouraging. Coming off of a 2011 season where he tore his ACL, Chris White didn't miss a beat. He ended the night second on the team with five tackles, three solo and two assists, as well as a pass defensed.
Scott McKillop has been very impressive for the Bills
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Scott McKillop, LB: Two weeks ago I felt that Scott McKillop was going to be one of the Bills final cuts, but he has impressed me thoroughly since that time. I'd like to imagine that the coaching staff has also taken note of his consistent play. Scott McKillop led the Bills in tackles against Washington, finishing the night with seven tackles, four solo and three assists. He moved fluidly on the field and is also a valuable special teams player. Defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt thinks highly of McKillop:
“He’s an exceptional player,” said the veteran coach. ”He graduated in three and a half years so he’s a smart kid. He was a first team All-American. Led the nation in tackles. Tough guy that can play outside or inside. As a rookie he led the 49ers in tackles on special teams.”
McKillop being a dual-threat should help him secure a spot on the Buffalo Bills final roster.
John Potter About to Send a Ball Out of the End Zone Photo Credit:Rick Stewart/Getty Images
John Potter, K: On a 53 man roster it is hard to justify carrying two kickers. John Potter may be the exception to the rule due to his powerful leg. The Buffalo Bills would benefit from keeping Potter due to his ability to kick the football into or out of the end zone. In his first chance to show Bills fans what he brings to the table, Potter impressed. John Potter sent all three of his kickoffs out of the end zone and Bills General Manager Buddy Nix was impressed:
“This guy is a kickoff guy he kicked through the uprights kicking off and if you can make, or kick the ball in the end zone and make them start on the 20 it gives you a much better chance defensively,” said Bills General Manager Buddy Nix.
When asked if keeping two kickers on the team was an option, coach Chan Gailey said:
“It could be. I didn’t say it’s a guarantee, but it could be.”
Gailey was careful on how he worded his response, but at this point carrying two kickers would benefit definitely benefit the Buffalo Bills.