Here's how Sean McDermott summed up the Buffalo Bills' performance through two preseason games Thursday night:
"Well, I think there's been some good things that we've done," he said. "There's been some things that we need to continue to work on. We want to win games."
That's something that hasn't happened. The Bills dropped to 0-2 in the preaseaon with Thursday's 20-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
"There's a process involved in the preseason and with our football team as we go through the season," McDermott said. "I've talked about that since Day One. There are mile markers along the way to winning football games. We're hitting some mile markers as a team. We're coming together. And we're learning some valuable lessons."
Here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after the second preseason game:
• RB LeSean McCoy – The Bills could have taken McCoy out of the game after their first offensive play and fans would have been happy. He hit the juke stick and left former Bills cornerback Ronald Darby at his feet on the way to a 13-yard gain. McCoy would finish the night rushing four times for 21 yards in playing a full quarter of action – more time than most Bills fans wanted to see him in the game given how important he will be to the team's success in the regular season.
"He popped some good runs in there and they gave him some good holes," McDermott said. "I know he wanted to play. Being back in Philadelphia, it was important to him. And it's important for all of us that he gets into a rhythm now and gets himself ready for Week One."
• DE Jerry Hughes – The spin move that Hughes put on Eagles left tackle Lane Johnson to get free for a sack was, as Larry David would say, "pretty, pretty, pretty good." That's two sacks in two preseason games for Hughes, who looks like he's going to thrive back in a 4-3 defense. The challenge for him will be keeping his cool and avoiding the costly personal-foul penalties he's shown a penchant to take.
• DT Jerel Worthy – The box score shows just one tackle, but that's not an indication of how tough Worthy was Thursday. He was a disruptive presence at the line of scrimmage for the Bills, and looks to be the top defensive tackle behind starters Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams.
• QB Tyrod Taylor – Yes, his protection was awful. But that's not entirely to blame for Taylor's performance. The Bills' starting quarterback finished the night 8 of 18 for 53 yards, two interceptions and a 12.0 rating. Taylor looked lost without No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins, failing to find any rhythm whatsoever (again, the constant pressure didn't help in that regard). In addition to the two interceptions, Taylor had two more passes that could have easily been picked off.
"I was disappointed in the rhythm of the offense," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "Tyrod obviously had some plays that he would like back. We all d0."
• LT Seantrel Henderson – The offensive line missed left tackle Cordy Glenn in a big way Thursday night. After a good start to training camp, Henderson has struggled in both preseason games – and that's putting it mildly. It doesn't make a lot of sense for the team to keep running him with the starters right now since he has to sit out the first five games of the regular season because of a suspension. Glenn remains week-to-week and the team has to hope he's ready for Week One, because the offensive line looks like a mess without him.
• RB Joe Banyard – Seven carries for 37 yards and two catches for 28 yards are solid numbers, but Banyard didn't take care of the ball after a short completion over the middle, allowing it to get knocked out of his hands for a turnover. That type of sloppiness is exactly what he needs to avoid.