“A lot of the stuff was small details, not getting our depth on some routes and stuff like that,” said
As for how their bodies feel, there doesn’t seem to be any concern by the players about recovering in time for Friday’s game. It’s due in large part to the limited playing time for most of the offensive and defensive units.
“I can’t wait to get back out there Friday,” said
Chandler, Goodwin plan to play
Buffalo went into last Sunday’s game with just three tight ends in
“I feel good physically. I felt a little rusty (earlier this week),” said Chandler. “Just getting back in the swing of it I feel pretty good. I think I got enough time off where the groin healed. I’m just looking to get back in there and contribute.”
“Just looking forward to getting out there and get a few plays,” said Goodwin. “I didn’t get to play in the first one so I’m just looking forward to this one.”
“I just want to score. That’s the big thing,” said
Knowing it was only their first preseason outing with four more to play, center
“I have a lot of confidence with where we’re going. A lot of the mistakes were easily correctable,” he said. “There were some mental errors and such, that moving forward will get corrected. It’s not necessarily guys getting beat as much physically as it is some mental stuff.”
Buffalo’s offensive front will get a supreme test when it comes to protections as Carolina’s defensive front led the league in sacks with 60 in 2013. The Bills backs have been working on their protection assignments all week.
“It’s going to be a great test for us and one we’re looking forward to,” said
Setting the edge
Coming out of the Hall of Fame game, the starting defensive unit was very effective. They sent the Giants three and out on their first possession and got a sack and forced fumble that they recovered. The turnover led to a field goal for the Bills.
“I think the defense, as far as the first unit, went out and dominated. As far as the whole defense, I think we definitely have some improvement, some stuff we need to clean up,” said
The defensive players were not happy with their performance against the run toward the tail end of the first half. The Giants averaged 4.3 yards a carry on the ground through the first two quarters with Andre Williams’ 21-yard carry ultimately leading to a touchdown.
“We just didn’t really have a great edge of the defense,” said
They ranked second in the league in defense and led the league in sacks. The Panthers also ranked second in the league against the run and second in points allowed surrendering just over two touchdowns a game (15.1).
Carolina’s top two draft choices were Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin and Missouri DE Kony Ealy. The Panthers targeted experienced veterans in free agency including WR Jerricho Cotchery, CB Antoine Cason and SS Roman Harper.