Well, that was some day, wasn't it?
The Buffalo Bills on Monday said goodbye to beloved veteran running back Fred Jackson in the morning, then followed that up in the afternoon by announcing Tyrod Taylor will be their starting quarterback. The News' Tyler Dunne recapped both stories from One Bills Drive. Here's the one on Taylor and here's the one on Jackson. Columnist Bucky Gleason was also inside the locker room on what he writes was a day typical of the Bills.
What can be done for an encore?
Here are three things to watch for at Tuesday's practice.
1. How much will the skill players participate? Now that Taylor is the starter, the coaching staff must try to get him as much work as possible with the players who will join him on the field Sept. 13 against Indianapolis. That means running back LeSean McCoy, wide receivers Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Percy Harvin and tight end Charles Clay. All of them have been either held out or limited in recent practices. The sooner they get up to full speed, the better.
2. Bubble watch. The team cut down to 75 players Monday, but must make 22 more roster moves to get down to their 53-man roster by Saturday. That means Thursday's preseason finale in Detroit will be a final chance to prove those players on the bubble are worth keeping around.
3. The running backs. Now that Jackson is gone, the No. 2 job behind McCoy seems to be wide open. Boobie Dixon, Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams all have a big opportunity in front of them. Williams has been out after having an undisclosed surgical procedure, which means Dixon and Brown should get plenty of reps in practice.