One of the more puzzling trends to emerge from Sunday’s 22-0 defeat by the Buffalo Bills at the hands of the Green Bay Packers concerns the playing time of starting weakside linebacker Matt Milano. Milano Buffalo Bills Womens Hoodie
, who was all over the field during Week 3’s shocking 27-6 upset win over the Minnesota Vikings, continues to endure a timeshare with veteran Ramon Humber, despite Milano out-performing Humber. One week after earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors—awarded for Milano’s strong performance that included a sack, a fumble recovery, and an interception in Minnesota—expectations were that he would take over more snaps at the weak-side linebacker. Indeed, while Milano’s snap count rose from 71 percent to 72 percent vs. Green Bay Womens Customized Buffalo Bills Jerseys
, Humber is still seeing his share of snaps in defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s 4-3 defense. Milano hasn’t been diagnosed with an injury, meaning the decision over playing time comes down to head coach Sean McDermott and Frazier. When asked by the media during Monday’s press conference why Humber was getting snaps over Milano on certain defensive series, Frazier expressed his desire to continue getting both players time on the field. “We just wanted to be able to rotate [Ramon Humber] at times. Matt still gets the majority of the snaps, and sometimes Ramon will come in and get an opportunity,” Frazier said. “But [Humber] is a good football player. We want to be able to get him on the field at times. Obviously, Matt has made some plays for us http://www.billscheapshop.com
, and we’ll continue to expect him to. But we also at times want to be able to get Ramon out there and take a look at him, as well.”Through four games, Milano ranks second on the team in total tackles (24), while Humber has only seven total tackles. Milano also has two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, and the aforementioned sack on the year. Thanks to his all-around effort in Week 3 Buffalo Bills T-Shirt
, Milano became the first member of the Bills to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors since cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman in Week 5 of the 2016 season. 13-year veteran Derek Anderson will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, head coach Sean McDermott announced at his Wednesday press conference. Josh Allen’s injury and Nate Peterman’s awful performances catapulted the recently-signed veteran into the starting role within a week of his signing.Allen remains week-to-week with an elbow sprain, and will not practice on Wednesday. After receiving a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Allen and the Bills decided he shouldn’t plan for surgery, but will still miss several weeks resting and rehabbing the arm.McDermott noted Anderson’s leadership and presence in setting him up as the starter (those intangible qualities were originally why Anderson earned positive reviews as a mentor for Allen). Saying that Peterman’s performance was “always part of the decision,” McDermott noted that starting Anderson was “the best decision for our team right now.” He remarked on Anderson understanding the playbook Buffalo Bills Hats
, noting that he and Brian Daboll had worked together in Cleveland in 2009. (That Anderson completed 45 percent of his passes in that season, for 4.9 yards per attempt, with 3 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, was glossed over.)Now the Bills will begin a new stage of Allen’s career - having him sit on the bench and absorb the way a veteran QB prepares for each game, without the impact of losing his starting job. That stage will begin as Buffalo takes on the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.