Bills vs. Jaguars Preseason Preview: 5 Things to Watch...Seriously
There's a quarterback battle between Blaine Gabbert and David Garrard; a developing running back situation with Maurice Jones-Drew sitting out; and even a red flag with Ryan Fitzpatrick's recent level of play at the quarterback position.
With that being said, here are five things to seriously watch when the Bills and Jaguars kick off on Saturday.
Buffalo Bills Receivers
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With Lee Evans now playing for the Baltimore Ravens, who's Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing to?
I love Steve Johnson, but this Buffalo Bills receiver corp is going to need some help. They've suffered multiple injuries thus far, and they don't have a true No. 2 receiver.
The Bills just recently signed five-year veteran Ruvell Martin, but I wouldn't bank on him starting alongside Johnson.
Look for Donald Jones, David Nelson and Roscoe Parrish to make their cases for a starting spot this Saturday.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick went 6-of-17 against the Denver Broncos last Saturday. With those 17 attempts, he only threw for 44 yards.
I'm sorry, but that's not getting it done.
While the O-line could've played better (we'll get to that soon), Ryan flat-out has to play better.
After his horrendous outing on Saturday, look for Ryan to step it up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Buffalo Bills Offensive Line
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The Buffalo Bills offensive line left Ryan Fitzpatrick out to dry against the Denver Broncos.
Ryan was scrambling for his life against the Broncos' defensive pressure. He was hit multiple times and got sacked once.
He was already having an off day; a shaky offensive line only made it worst.
The O-line has to step it up against the Jacksonville Jaguars if the Bills want any shot of beating the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Blaine Gabbert vs. David Garrard
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There's no shortage on quarterback battles this preseason, and Blaine Gabbert is trying to make his case for becoming the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Gabbert is a young, athletic quarterback with a nice arm. David Garrard, on the other hand, just came off a carer year (2,734 yards, 23 TD) and has nine years of experience in the NFL.
While he most likely will not start Week 1, look for Gabbert to make this quarterback battle with Garrard a little more interesting than most.
With Maurice Jones-Drew missing Saturday's game, Rashad Jennings will make a push for more carries this year.
His carries shot up from 39 in 2009 to 84 in 2010. I don't see why his carries cannot continue to hading upwards this season.
Two-back situations tend to get sticky at times. We'll see how this situation begins to unfold on Saturday.