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David Onyemata, born in Lagos, Nigeria, had a spectacular collegiate career in Canada, was picked fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and is now starring for the Saints in his second professional season. New Orleans was eager to select the former Manitoba standout, as the Saints front office traded their 2016 and 2017 fifth-round picks to move up with Washington to …

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The Bills acquired Kelvin Benjamin at the trade deadline for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons may not be so obvious — his impact on Buffalo's downfield passing attack. They may have already gotten help in that area with Deonte Thompson, who has four receptions of 20 or more yards in three games, but how much downfield presence does Benjamin offer? Let's t…

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In one of the more highly touted running back draft classes in recent memory, a group that featured Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, Saints third-round pick Alvin Kamara has been a multi-faceted producer for New Orleans. Let's examine Kamara and his path to being the do-everything runner in the Saints backfield. He spent two years at Tennessee, and was one …

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Ramon Humber returned from injury against the Jets and wasn't the same player he had been in the previous two games before being sidelined. After back-to-back overall grades of -1.8 to begin the season, the Bills veteran linebacker had two straight contests with positive overall grades (+1.1 vs. Broncos, +2.6 vs. Falcons). On Thursday Night Football in Week Nine, Hum…

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The Bills are 4-0 at home and 1-3 on the road thus far. Here are the statistical splits about how those numbers break down: PASSING YARDS PER GAME Home: 210.3 Away: 163.5 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS Home: 6 Away: 4 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME Home: 151.0 Away: 82.8 RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS Home: 5 Away: 1 SACKS ALLOWED Home: 7 Away: 19 RUSHING Y…

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Cordy Glenn had a game to forget against the Jets on Thursday. On 55 pass-blocking snaps, he allowed a whopping seven quarterback pressures (one sack, six hurries), the most he's allowed in a single game as a professional. The previous high for quarterback pressures allowed by Glenn was five, which occurred on four separate occasions: Home against Chargers in 20…

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Plenty of choices for The Big Number from penalties to sacks, but let's go with 63 — the Bills' total rushing yards. The Bills finished with 22 carries to get those 63 yards, an average of 2.9 yards per carry. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was the Bills' leading rusher with 35 yards. LeSean McCoy, who has had some of his best games on Thursdays in his career, ran for…

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Last week, I debuted my study of Tyrod Taylor's passing from inside and outside the pocket in 2017. The initial results were a bit surprising, especially given the consensus thought that he struggles as a pocket passer. After a sound albeit unspectacular game against the Raiders in Week Eight, here are his updated figures. Inside the Pocket 108 completions, 159 at…

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Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams are the headliners on the Jets defense, but there's another front seven player who's enjoying a fine season and flying under the radar. Steve McLendon, a free-agent signee by New York in 2016, is one of the NFL's premier run defenders at the defensive tackle position. A season ago, he played 167 run snaps and made 20 "stops" …

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Does Kelvin Benjamin have an issue with drops? The newest Bills wide receiver is 6-foot-5, with big 10 1/4-inch hands, but has certainly experienced some issues with catching the football despite the array of highlight reel receptions he's made in his professional career. But just how "bad" is his drop issue? Let's take a look. Catchable Targets - Drops 2014: Ca…

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Against the Raiders, Tyrod Taylor had his second game of the 2017 season with a completion percentage over 70. He completed two of four passes for 58 yards on throws to the right beyond 20 yards, good for a passer rating of 95.8. Taylor misfired on both of his throws between 10 and 19 yards to the right, which equated to a rating of 39.6, his lowest at any location on t…

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Another game, another impressive showing for Tre'Davious White. Buffalo's rookie faced the unenviable task of dealing with Amari Cooper all afternoon in Week Eight. While the former Alabama wideout came into the game against the Bills struggling in his third professional season, he was fresh off a 11-reception, 210-yard, two-touchdown explosion against the Chiefs in Wee…

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By the stat sheet and the grade book, LeSean McCoy had his best game thus far in the 2017 season against the Raiders. In Week Eight, the Bills feature back got a +2.9 overall grade for his efforts against the Raiders, the second-highest grade of any running back in the NFL. It narrowly eclipsed his +2.8 grade he received in the win over the Broncos in Week Three. …

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Since the bye, the Bills have had seven takeaways to just one giveaway in their two games – upping their season turnover differential to a NFL best +14, with no team in sight, nearly double the second-place Jacksonville Jaguars, at +8. But the Bills ability to create turnovers on offense and limit them on defense is not just seasonally exceptional, it is historically exc…

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The prospect of playing the Thursday night game on the road is one that coaches don’t particularly enjoy. Players are tired from Sunday’s game and even Victory Monday turns into a work day as the visiting team needs to cram game-planning into Monday and Tuesday before heading to the plane. Asked about what the biggest challenge was, Bills coach Sean McDermott sad, …