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Buffalo Bills are “good” or not endures. I believe the needle moved in the right direction on Sunday against the New England Patriots. The Bills’ defense held the high-powered New England Patriots to 16 points (seven of which came off a blocked punt). Sean McDermott has proven that he consistently has a defensive scheme that befuddles late-stage Tom Brady. Brian Daboll added to his CV that he can put his offense in position to succeed; if only the deep throws to Zay Jones were on target or T.J. Yeldon could’ve held on to the trick-play pass from John Brown.Positives in the lossThe built-in measuring stick to determine the skill of any AFC East team is comparing how they match up with the Patriots. The Bills held their own on Sunday [url=]Youth LeSean McCoy Jerseys[/url] , losing by fewer than seven and holding Brady to one of the most statistically poor performances of his career.If you had any concerns about the Bills’ defense on Sunday, they’ve disappeared as fully as Manti Te’o’s girlfriend. Even without their starting nickel CB, Taron Johnson, or almost-starting DT Harrison Phillips, the defense proved to be an elite unit against what some believe to be the best offense in the NFL. Brady’s two substantial pass plays consisted of a 26-yard lob to James White despite Matt Milano being in perfect coverage and a 31-yard shallow cross where the refs decided that offensive pass interference was more of an abstract concept rather than an actual rule. Outside of those plays, the Bills suffocated the Pats. They grabbed the first interception of Brady’s season and forced nine punts on 12 possessions (not counting the final three plays where the Pats kneeled out the clock).The Bills’ offense remained uncategorizable. Brian Daboll called plays that put his players in positions to succeed. In return, his players left yards and points on the field. The touchdown drive to open the second half was a thing of beauty that caught the Pats flat-footed. The trick-play throw from Brown to Yeldon was everything the Bills needed at that point in the game. Zay beat his man on multiple throws but the ball wasn’t where it needed to be. The only hope is that with time some consistency will come between Josh Allen, his line, and his receivers. To be continued...Only one outcome moves the needle towards “good” next weekGood teams bounce back when they take it on the chin. The Bills hung in tough on Sunday but couldn’t complete the comeback. Now they need to buck up and move forward.Sean McDermott preaches culture to deafening volumes. That culture must manifest resilience to be worth anything. The Bills’ players were remarkably on-message in the locker room post game about this loss not defining them. That’s good. When a loss festers and begins to change a team’s internal image of itself, bad things can follow.The Bills go on the road to play the very beatable 2-2 Tennessee Titans. If the Bills are the “good” team that has a clear path to the playoffs [url=]LeSean McCoy Jerseys Stitched[/url] , it starts with getting another important AFC road win against a team that has wildcard dreams of its own.Even if top-tier backup Matt Barkley is under center, failing to rise to the occasion next week will drop the Bills to 3-2 heading into the bye and the positive stock for this team will begin to take on water. A “good” team beats the teams they should, even on the road. And the Bills can make another significant deposit in the “good” account of fans’ minds. Or they can do the exact opposite. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Cornerback Kevin Johnson required little introduction upon signing with the Buffalo Bills this spring while attempting to put behind his injury-troubled past with Houston Texans.Johnson was already familiar with Bills defensive backs coach John Butler, who held the same role during Johnson’s first three seasons in Houston. And then there was the surprising warm welcome the 2015 first-round draft pick received from Bills starter Tre’Davious White.“I was like, ‘Man, I’m happy you’re here because you remind me so much of myself,'” White said, recalling the first conversation he had shortly after Johnson signed a one-year deal with Buffalo in March. “I was like, ‘That’s what I need. I need somebody that’s going to push me in practice.'”Though the two never played together or knew each other for that matter [url=]Youth Kyle Williams Jerseys[/url] , White became a big fan after Johnson was selected by Houston with the 16th pick out of Wake Forest. White, then entering his junior season at LSU, was such a student of football he would study each of the top cornerback selections to see how he compared and what he needed to work on to improve his own game.What stood out about Johnson was his remarkable footwork.“His footwork is crazy. He has elite quickness, elite change of the direction,” White said. “It’s just unfortunate the injury stuff that he can’t control has shorted him up to this point and time. But when he’s on the field and he’s healthy, he’s a great, great corner. He’s going to be good for us.”The sentiment is shared by Johnson, who is competing for the starting job opposite White, and attempting to kick-start a career after a series of injuries limited him to playing a combined 19 games in his past three seasons following a promising rookie year.“It’s frustrating, but through all that I feel like I’m battle tested because of it [url=]Kyle Williams Jerseys Stitched[/url] ,” Johnson said, referring to his past.“I don’t necessarily say I feel I have to prove anything. But for me, I want to finish what I started,” he added. “And that’s just something that motivates me.”Johnson’s versatility stood out during his first season with Houston, for whom he had 11 starts in 17 games — including one in the playoffs — while splitting time at all four secondary positions.The troubles began when he missed the final 10 games of the 2016 season after breaking his foot in a 26-23 overtime win against Indianapolis. Johnson was credited with 10 tackles and a pass defended in that game while missing just one snapplaying through the injury — while knowing it would likely be his final game of the season.The following year, Johnson missed four games with a sprained knee. And then came last year, with his season ending during the Texans’ opener when he sustained his second concussion in a month’s span.Houston elected to release Johnson rather than pick up the fifth-year contract option, valued at $9 million.The 26-year-old Johnson met with several teams before signing a one-year contract with Buffalo.Reuniting with assistant coach Butler played a factor, as did the chance to play in a defense that favors defensive backs, and finished allowing the second-fewest yards in the NFL last season. Getting recruited by White didn’t hurt [url=]Youth Doug Flutie Jerseys[/url] , either.“That was awesome. This is a respect thing,” Johnson said of having a fan in White. “I’ve got the same mutual respect for Tre’ and his ability to play the game.”While White’s starting spot is locked up, Johnson’s future is less certain. He’s competing with returning starter Levi Wallace and free-agent addition E.J. Gaines, who returned to Buffalo after spending last season in Cleveland.Johnson has shown glimpses of his ability during spring practices, in which he had three interceptions before the Bills opened their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday. Butler said he sees the same physical abilities the 6-foot Johnson displayed during his firstthree seasons in Houston. The only question is whether he can stay healthy.Johnson said he’s not once felt sorry for himself over what’s happened.“I believe in myself,” Johnson said. “I don’t think I ever shook my head. I just embraced it all. And I think that’s what makes me me now.”NOTES: C Mitch Morse has begun practicing after having surgery to repair a groin injury shortly after signing with the Bills. … WR Cole Beasley practiced on a limited basis after having a similar operation as Morse. … WR Robert Foster was held out of practice after hurting his foot last week.
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