Are you excited yet?
The Buffalo Bills are 1-0 in the preseason after a 24-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night at New Era Field. To steal a line from Patriots beat reporter Jeff Howe on Twitter, you can't go 23-o if you don't win the first one.
In all seriousness, though, here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after the preseason opener:
DE Darryl Johnson: The seventh-round draft pick out of North Carolina A&T got a chance to run with the second team after Jerry Hughes sat out. Johnson made the most of the opportunity, finishing with three tackles, one sack and one pass defensed.
S Jaquan Johnson: Another of the Bills' drafted rookies, Johnson has been stuck on the third team during training camp, but with Micah Hyde being held out, there was an opportunity for a little more playing time for all the safeties behind him. That included Johnson, the Miami product selected in the sixth round in April. He led the Bills with eight tackles, including one for a loss, and also had another tackle on special teams.
"Great baller, man," fellow safety Dean Marlowe said of Johnson. "Young dude reminds me of a pit bull. Great physicality. He's learning the game, and I love working with him."
QB Matt Barkley: The Bills' backup quarterback was solid in leading a pair of touchdown drives. Barkley finished the game 9 of 14 for 126 yards, one touchdown and a 117.0 passer rating. There is comfort for the Bills in knowing that Barkley is behind starter Josh Allen.
"It’s important that Matt is sharp and I thought he was tonight for the most part," coach Sean McDermott said.
K Stephen Hauschka: It was a bad start to the preseason for Hauschka, who hit the left upright on a 34-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter, denying the starting offense any points on what was a good drive. Hauschka also looked shaky on his first extra point, which barely snuck in. Hauschka ended the 2018 season on a miserable note, and Thursday night's performance is enough to make you wonder what's really going on.
C Russell Bodine: The bad news for Bodine started even before the game, when Jon Feliciano lined up with the starting offensive line during warmups. That spot had been occupied by Bodine in the practices leading up to Thursday. It's telling that the coaches went with Feliciano instead of Bodine in place of injured starter Mitch Morse. Once the game started, things didn't get any better for Bodine. He sailed a snap over the head of Barkley, which resulted in a turnover inside Bills' territory.
TE Tommy Sweeney: The rookie seventh-round draft pick got the start, but was targeted just once and dropped a catchable pass. Sweeney did a nice job during training camp, so it's important not to overreact to one play, but as the Bills wait for Tyler Kroft, Jason Croom and Dawson Knox to return, there will be some concern about the play at tight end.
Story topics: Darryl Johnson/ Dawson Knox/ Dean Marlowe/ Jaquan Johnson/ Jason Croom/ Jerry Hughes/ Jon Feliciano/ Josh Allen/ Matt Barkley/ Mitch Morse/ Russell Bodine/ Sean McDermott/ Stephen Hauschka/ Tommy Sweeney/ Tyler Kroft