Here are a few things worth mentioning about the Panthers upcoming Buffalo Bills opponent.
Bills Safety Jaruis Byrd missed the Bills home opener last week due to injury. It looks like he may miss this week as well.
"I'm just waiting on my feet, honestly," Byrd said. "Whenever they get ready and get right, that's when I'll be able to go out there. I have to be 100 percent to be out there and be ready to go."
Byrd said his treatment plan for his feet includes orthotic inserts in his shoes, creams and stretching. He did not know when he'll be able to return to playing.
Byrd suffers from Plantar Fascitis, an inflammatory foot condition that affects the heel. The bad news for Byrd is that in most chronic cases, this is a degenerative condition that may not heal. Byrd is also not happy about his fanchise tag, and could be jockeying for a trade.
ESPN did an article on grading the Bills Cornerbacks
Reliability: D. There's some experience here, especially with McKelvin, but it remains one of the younger positions on the Bills' roster. Four of the top five options are currently injured or were injured at some point during training camp, and the remaining player, Robey, is a rookie. It's a combination of injury history and lack of experience that earns the position this grade. When the game is on the line, nobody really knows how these players will fare.
Overall, they had very poor grades. Going from Seattle corner backs to Buffalo cornerbacks should be an advantageous one for the Panthers wideouts. Armanti Edwards and Domenik Hixon are both healthy and should see playing time. If there is a game where they can prove their worth, this is it.
Buffalo News is concerned about the Bills third down efficiency...
Third-down conversions doomed the Bills’ up-tempo game plan. The Bills went 4 of 13 on third downs, which had an average of 6.6 yards to go. They needed to gain only 1 or 2 yards on five of those third downs, and did so only twice.
If the BIlls struggled on third down against against a weak Patriots defense, expect them to struggle even more against the Panthers.
According to Buffalo News, EJ Manuel plans on throwing deep against the Panthers..
EJ Manuel wasn't coy about the Buffalo Bills' offensive objectives Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
In response to a question about throwing deep on the Panthers, Manuel said, "It's extremely important. You want to stretch the field, and that's what we plan on doing."
Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas had a poor showing against Seattle, but I do not expect that to happen two weeks in a row. Sunday's game is a homecoming for Thomas, who attended university at Buffalo. Thomas will bring his A game, no player wants to perform poorly in his college town.