Whose stock is rising and whose is falling for the Buffalo Bills?
Following each of the team's games this season. we'll keep track of that on the BN Blitz blog.
The list of heroes is long following a dominating, 41-14 victory over the rival Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. The list of goats? That's predictably much shorter.
• Tyrod Taylor: The Bills' quarterback was nearly flawless in his first career road start, going 21 of 29 for 277 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 136.7. It didn't matter if it came on a designed rollout, play action or simply from the pocket, Taylor was decisive and accurate with where he wanted to go with the football. It would be hard to ask for any more from him.
• Karlos Williams: The rookie running back from Florida State now has a touchdown in each of the Bills' first three games. His 41-yard score in the fourth quarter put an exclamation point on the win. Taylor carried the ball 12 times for 110 yards and that touchdown, while the rest of the Bills' rushing attack managed just 41 yards on 22 carries. It's hard to imagine what the Bills' running game would look like without Williams.
• Preston Brown: It's clear by now that the Bills have two very, very good linebackers in their defense. Brown, who handles the play-calling duties for the defense as the middle linebacker, had a pair of interceptions Sunday. The second one, which came in the second quarter, was returned 43 yards for a touchdown that gave the Bills a 24-0 after the extra point. Through three games, he has 25 tackles, three passes defensed, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a touchdown. He's also able to stay on the field in any situation – as is fellow linebacker Nigel Bradham – which gives the defense a ton of flexibility.
• LeSean McCoy: The Bills' franchise running back, McCoy managed just 16 yards on 11 carries. He did have a 10-yard touchdown catch that accounted for his only reception, but it was clear the nagging hamstring injury that McCoy has been dealing with was bothering him. A 41-14 victory means McCoy's lack of production won't be a huge issue, but it's fair to wonder when the team may start giving Williams some of McCoy's carries – especially if he's not 100 percent.
• Leodis McKelvin: How can a player who has yet to take a snap this season be on this list? When his replacement continues to look good. Rookie cornerback Ronald Darby had his second interception of the season Sunday and defended four passes – increasing his season total to eight. Darby is making it increasingly difficult for the Bills' coaching staff to take him out of the lineup when McKelvin returns.
• Bacarri Rambo: He finished with seven tackles, which tied for second on the team, but Rambo makes the list because the two biggest hits he delivered Sunday were on Darby. Clearly they were accidental, but in a game in which very little went wrong for the Bills, they were enough to make fans hold their breath.
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Bills coach Rex Ryan will address the media at 1 p.m. Monday, when he is expected to provide an injury update to wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and rookie guard John Miller (groin).
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