4 Things to watch for: Bills vs. Bengals at New Era Field Sunday

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  1. Josh’s Job

The rookie will get his turn to lead the Bills first team offense against the Bengals. Josh Allen played well in the first two games of the preseason and a strong outing in the regular season ‘dress rehearsal’ could cement his spot as the starter against the Ravens. This is Josh’s job to win on Sunday. If he plays well I don’t believe there’s anything Nathan Peterman can do to win the starting QB spot.

  1. Plug the holes

The defense struggled to stop the run in Cleveland and needs to show improvement against the Bengals.  This was an issue in 2017 so the Bills focused on fixing their run defense this offseason by adding several new pieces to the front seven. The Bills frontline “D” will be on the field for a big chunk of the game and that means some important playing time and experience for rookies Tremaine Edmunds and Harrison Phillips.

  1. Stay Healthy

It sounds pretty simple but there’s fine line between getting the starters ready to go for the regular season and risking injuries to key players. Kyle Williams(knee), Trent Murphy(groin), LeSean McCoy(groin/hip), AJ McCarron(shoulder) are among several starters who have been hit with injuries. The regular season is just two weeks away and it’s important that more valuable pieces to get “dinged” between now and their trip to Baltimore.

  1. Just Kickin’ it

The Bills made an interesting roster move this week signing punter Jon Ryan for a late-preseason competition with Colton Schmidt. Schmidt has held the job since 2014 and has punted six times this preseason with a net average of 41.3 yards(ranks 13th). The Bills backup punter Cory Carter suffered a torn ACL in Cleveland so the team needed to add a punter for the preseason. Sean McDermott likes competition and position battles and here’s another example.

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