AFC East: Peerless Price
A few notes on the Bills' surprising offensive eruption against one of the NFL's best defenses:
- Ryan Fitzpatrick was 29-of-43 for 374 yards and four touchdowns for a 106.1 passer rating.
- He became the first Buffalo quarterback with back-to-back games of at least three touchdowns since Jim Kelly in 1990.
- Fitzpatrick has thrown a touchdown pass in seven straight games, longest streak of his career and longest for any Bills quarterback since Drew Bledsoe went 10 consecutive games in 2002.
- The last Bills quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards was J.P. Losman in November 2006.
- Lee Evans caught six passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first player in Bills' history with at least three receiving touchdowns in multiple games.
- Evans topped 100 yards for the first time since November 2008.
- Steve Johnson also had a career afternoon with eight receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown.
- Johnson has a touchdown in four straight games, the longest streak since Evans in 2006. One more next week would tie Elbert Dubenion's club record set in 1964 and tied by Eric Moulds in 1999 and Evans in 2004.
- The Bills had two 100-yard receivers for the first time since Evans and Roscoe Parrish in September 2006 and first time on the road since Peerless Price and Josh Reed in September 2002.
- Rian Lindell kicked a 50-yard field goal with four seconds left in regulation, only the 14th time since 1983 a kick of at least 50 yards forced overtime.
Here is a look at two of the biggest position battles at Buffalo Bills camp:
McKelvin wasn't drafted No. 11 overall to watch from the sidelines, yet he's not a lock to unseat Jabari Greer, a veteran who always seems to shine on the practice field and will get an even bigger head start because the rookie is unsigned.
The Bills, still trying to find a replacement for Nate Clements, hope they've found one in McKelvin, making the Troy University stud the first DB taken in the draft. He's a lockdown corner, a hitter and a sensational return man. He'll need to develop better awareness to become a total player.
That's where Greer has an edge. Although he didn't become a starter until last year, he has been a steady player in his four NFL seasons. Greer might be the safer choice right now, but undrafted free agents can keep a blue-chipper off the field only so long.
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The Bills haven't possessed a formidable No. 2 receiver since Peerless Price was opposite Eric Moulds. Now they need a threat to complement Lee Evans, whose production dipped last year partly because there wasn't another go-to option.
Hardy was drafted to provide a much-needed big target. He's 6-foot-6, and that will look delicious to Trent Edwards after a year of throwing to three WRs who are 5-foot-10 or shorter. Fantasy alert: Hardy, the fourth receiver off the board at No. 41, could be a monster in the red zone.
But there's always a catch. Hardy doesn't have the greatest mitts, and drops could become an issue while trying to decipher NFL speed and schemes. If he can't shine in camp, Reed will be there to fill the role. He's entering his seventh season, and his 51 catches were only four behind Evans' team lead.
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