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Bills dismantle Bears in Week 2 exhibition: 4 Observations

Written by Jeremy Turner-Montgomery

On Saturday, the Bills appeared to be a team in regular-season form behind quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s 228-yard performance in his return to Chicago. Sean McDermott’s team dominated the Bears in all three phases of the game-winning 41 to 15. Domination was the only word to describe the contest: the offense moving the ball quickly for scores or the young defensive line putting constant pressure on Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Buffalo’s defense could sack the Bears quarterbacks 4 times, including an interception by Defensive Back Nick McCloud.

Devin Singletary continues to shine

 (AP Photo/David Banks)

Singletary had another stellar preseason showing despite only touching the ball 3 times. He carried the ball 2 times for 21 yards, with one being a 14-yard touchdown run on 4th and short with 9:54 remaining in the 1st quarter. Singletary also added 1 reception for 5 yards which were his 2nd reception of the preseason after scoring on the other against the Lions last week. So far in the preseason, the 3rd year back has tallied 63 yards rushing on 10 carries for 6.3 yards per attempt while displaying a newfound burst. Singletary seems to be taking the lead in the running back competition with Zack Moss, who returned from injury Saturday.

Jacob Hollister might be on his way to the starting Tight End position

(Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

Hollister was signed and dubbed Josh Allen’s college Tight End, but he showed he could be more than against the Bears. Hollister had 3 receptions for 53 yards, with his longest reception of 26 yards in the 3rd quarter. With a big game in the final preseason contest at home against the Packers next week, Hollister might be in line to take a bulk share of snaps at the tight end position when the regular season begins September 12th against the Steelers.

Rousseau does not seem to be a “Project”

 (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

For the second straight week Bills rookie Defensive End Greg Rousseau wreaked havoc on the opposing team’s quarterback. In week 2, Rousseau played 9 snaps, tallying 3 tackles, 1 sack while accounting for 3 quarterback pressures. Many projected Rousseau to be a project player, but in just 2 preseason games, he already has a total of 6 quarterback pressures, 2 sacks, and 2 quarterback hits. Rousseau’s performance thus far could put the Bills in a challenging position when deliberating whether to or not keep veterans Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison.

Isaiah McKenzie shows off improved route running

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

One of the areas that receiver Isaiah McKenzie had to improve in going into the 2021 season was route running. The 4th year receiver had 7 receptions for 72 yards and returned 3 punt returns for 51 yards, with the longest going for 35 yards. He showed an improved route tree operating in fellow receiver Cole Beasley’s role in the middle of the field. McKenzie did have one hiccup muffing a punt that was ultimately recovered by the Bills. His performance should all but lock his roster spot in after signing a 1 year 1.15 million contract in the offseason.

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