Although the rest of us have been saturated by the chaos, Kory Biermann hasn’t been with the Buffalo Bills long enough to absorb it all.
To ask Biermann about the drama would be unfair, which is a shame. He’s experienced the grand theater produced by the entertainment industry, and the NFL churns out some of the most provocative reality drama around.
Before they played the New York Giants in Saturday’s preseason exhibition at New Era Field, the Bills cut running back Karlos Williams for being too fat and announced defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was checking into drug rehabilitation.
The NFL is investigating Manny Lawson, a starting outside linebacker because of attrition, and might suspend him. IK Enemkpali, the goon the New York Jets waived last year for sucker-punching quarterback Geno Smith, was Lawson’s top backup before last week’s season-ending knee injury.
So here’s Biermann. The Bills signed him Monday to a one-year contract, introducing him to another reality show.
Biermann’s wife, Kim Zolciak, is a leading lady on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Zolciak has competed on “Dancing With the Stars.” Their family is the subject of Bravo series “Don’t be Tardy,” which is entering its fifth season.
Now Biermann finds himself with an intriguing role on “Breaking Bills.”
He played well Saturday, making four tackles on defense and another on special teams. He and defensive end Lavar Edwards shared a sack.
Biermann credited defensive coach Rob Ryan and outside linebackers coach Jeff Weeks for helping him understand “about 95 percent of the playbook.”
“I understand the big parts of the defense,” Biermann said, “and I’ll get the little ones as we go along.”
Biermann said he had multiple employment options but wouldn’t divulge the teams. Asked why he chose the Bills, he flashed a megawatt smile and replied: “I got my reasons.”
A wide-open path to playing time is most obvious.
“I was waiting for the right opportunities and the right staff,” Biermann said. “I wanted to go somewhere that I felt was a good fit. I’m excited to be here.”
Biermann is entering his ninth season after spending his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons. He had only 2.5 sacks last year. He posted a personal-best five sacks in 2009 and tallied 4.5 in 2014.
“I knew what I had done in previous years had shown enough to teams,” Biermann said. “Someone was going to need my services. It’s part of the business. It’s a waiting game sometimes.
“You’ve got to weigh your options and do what’s best for you and help a team win.”
And maybe help the Bills navigate whatever dramatic plot lines yet to unfold.
Tyrod Taylor made the play of the game on the Bills’ second possession.
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins blitzed free from Taylor’s left. Taylor spun clockwise, juking Jenkins to the turf, and rolled left. Taylor spotted tight end Charles Clay behind a defender and spotted the throw for a 59-yard gain to the Giants’ 4-yard line.
Taylor was all of the offense until that point. When that drive concluded -- after fullback Jerome Felton caught a dump pass and fumbled into the end zone - Buffalo had rushed five times for minus-4 yards.
Big if true
A week after the Bills stuffed the Indianapolis Colts to 1.3 yards a carry, they held the Giants to 1.9 yards minus a strange 67-yard Bobby Rainey run in the fourth quarter.
Yes, it’s preseason. Yes, the stats include third-stringers ramming third-stringers.
But there’s a certain mentality to developing a dominant run defense, an elusive aptitude around these parts in the 21st century. With all of the volatility Buffalo has encountered, this is an encouraging start.
Remember when it was a foregone conclusion in some draft fanatics’ minds Buffalo would select Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in 2013?
The belief was rookie head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nate Hackett, both straight from Syracuse, would reunite with Nassib and plug him right into their system.
The Bills traded back and drafted Florida State’s EJ Manuel. The Giants took Nassib in the fourth round.
In their hotly anticipated showdown (end sarcasm), Manuel completed eight of his 13 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. One of his throws should have been for another touchdown, but officials ruled Greg Little bobbled on his way to the ground, a questionable call.
Manuel also tossed to Dez Lewis for a two-point conversion.
Nassib completed two of his 12 throws for 25 yards.
That’s below average.
Journeyman defensive back Corey White, with cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman sidelined by an ankle injury, played three quarters and recorded a game-high four pass breakups. The entire Giants team cobbled five pass breakups.
White had a forced fumble canceled out by an illegal-formation penalty in the third quarter, and he chased down Rainey to prevent a touchdown on the 67-yard breakaway.
Bills co-owner Kim Pegula tweeted a cool photo from the field before kickoff. She stood between line judge Sarah Thomas and Bills special teams assistant Kathryn Smith.
Thomas is the NFL’s first female full-time official. Smith is the first female full-time assistant coach.
Kim Pegula, of course, isn’t the first female owner. But she could make a historical impact if she chooses to get involved with causes to promote much-needed diversity around the league.
We good here?
Saturday afternoon seemed messy for the reeling Bills, but I don’t see it that way.
The organization took steps to restore some order among its players, who have embarrassed themselves and the club with poor decisions and various transgressions.
Dareus showed good judgment for a change by agreeing to rehab. The Bills made a statement to the rest of the roster by dumping a player who just a few months ago was considered significant to their chances for success.
For the first time in a while, the concept of accountability didn’t feel like lip service.