Exhibition football is upon us, and on the 14 year old heels on the heartbreaking 13 point loss, a rivalry is renewed once again as the Bills and Redskins square off in FedExField Stadium (yes, according to the Redskins website it is actually called FedExField Stadium).
Expect the Bills to come out fast and furious as Dick Jauron, known for his charisma and emotion, is sure to play the game tape from Super Bowl XXVI, then add a speech on par with Rockne and Gehrig to help motivate these player for this grand game.
Already out of the game for the Bills are holdout Jason Peters, as well as injured players Josh Reed, Donte Whitner and Angelo Crowell. Jauron stated today the Bills first offensive unit will get 15-20 snaps, depending on the "flow of the game," which is coachspeak for once they score or sustain a drive, they get to sit and JP and the boys get a lot of work.
Expect the defense to put in more time, but that may or may not be by their choice, as Jason Campbell and the Redskins have already played one game and may be more polished than the Bills.
Things Bills fans can actually look for out of the game:
How the Bills new look defense (even without key parts Crowell and Whitner) look against an opponent who is in their second preseason game and will have a bit more to throw at them than a first week's opponent might
How the Langston Walker experiment at left tackle is going, as he should be lining up against Jason Taylor.
How the entire offensive tackle situation is going, can Kirk Chambers be a starter? Can Matt Murphy prove to be another diamond in the rough like Peters ended up being? When does panic time set in?
The new offensive scheme is allegedly based on a yac/rac system, so expect a lot of dink, dunks, slants and screens.
The Tight End battle, as Derek Schouman, Derek Fine, Robert Royal and Courtney Alexander are all in a heated battle on the depth chart.
If Ko Simpson and Poz look alright or if they could still be nursing injuries from last season.
The Cornerbacks depth after Greer, McGee and McKelvin. If Corner and Peterson can solidify those last spots.
Watch for James Hardy, but more specifically Steve Johnson needs to shine in the action he will see late in games to get a spot.
If Hamdan or Baker can push for a 3rd QB to make the team.
These shall continue to develop throughout the exhibition season.