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First-round draft picks Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey , quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, might be the Buffalo Bills' most high-profile rookies making a notable impact this season.ff contention, the Bills (5-9) are getting a promising glimpse into the future in seeing the initial signs of their commitment to rebuild through youth starting to pay off at numerous positions.It begins with Allen, who improved to 4-5 after his 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster in the fourth quarter rallied Buffalo to a 14-13 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.Then there's Edmunds, drafted 16th overall and nine spots behind Allen, who has a team-leading 98 tackles and anchoring a defense which ranks second in the NFL in yards allowed.And the depth of youth now serving Buffalo extends to lower-round draft picks, such as defensive tackle Harrison Philips and guard Wyatt Teller, and even an undrafted rookie in Foster."I don't want to ever get comfortable, but it's comforting to know that when you come back in the spring, we have a good feel for who Robert is," coach Sean McDermott said Monday. "For all of them, it's really two to three-week interview and we can see what we've got and then we can build on top of it if we need to."The Bills got a long look at many youngsters against Detroit with six rookies playing at least 60 percent of the snaps. They included Keith Ford, who ended the game as Buffalo's last healthy running back and finished with a team-best 46 yards rushing in his NFL debut.All totaled, 11 rookies saw playing time, including six undrafted free agents. The youth movement is expected to continue over the final two weeks of the season, with Buffalo preparing to play at AFC East-leading New England on Sunday."Obviously Terrance Smith Jersey , we haven't won as many games as we wanted to win, but the fact remains that we're trying to build this football team, I feel, the right way," McDermott said. "That's the type of culture that we're trying to build in that you have to earn things here."It'll be up to the players to determine whether they deserve to stay beyond this season.Foster learned that the hard way in October when the Bills waived and then re-signed him to their practice squad. McDermott described the move as being a wake-up call for a young player who wasn't providing enough effort during and after practice.Foster responded. In five games since returning to the active roster, Foster has combined for 19 catches for 438 yards and two touchdowns. He's become Buffalo's first player to top 100 yards receiving three times in one season since Sammy Watkins in 2015."Just continue to work the craft and be accountable to the team," Foster said, referring to the chemistry he's established with Allen.Foster made such a good impression, the Bills released veteran receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes two weeks ago to provide Foster and another newcomer, Isaiah McKenzie, more playing time. McKenzie, a second-year player, has 17 catches for 173 yards and also scored a touchdown rushing in five games since being acquired off waivers.On defense, undrafted rookie cornerback Levi Wallace, made his fifth consecutive start, while linebacker Corey Thompson Khalen Saunders Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , another undrafted rookie, played a career-high 20 snaps in place of injured starter Matt Milano.Wallace showed his inconsistencies. He was out of position in the end zone when Matthew Stafford hit a wide-open Andy Jones for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Wallace also had a potential interception ripped out of his hands by Lions receiver Kenny Golladay for a 24-yard reception during Detroit's second touchdown drive.It's all part of the learning process, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said."The good thing is that he was in position to make the play," Frazier said. "I've got to believe, over time, Levi is going to make more of those plays as he continues to gain strength and get more confidence in what he's doing."NOTES: McDermott provided no updates on the status of starting running back LeSean McCoy (left hamstring) and backup Chris Ivory (left shoulder), who did not play Sunday. ... McDermott said tests confirmed running back Marcus Murphy dislocated his left elbow in the second quarter. This is part one of a three-part weekly film analysis on the performance of Patrick Mahomes.Records are meant to be broken. Len Dawson’s single-season touchdown pass record of 30 finally fell on Sunday. It should’ve been broken a long time ago. In 2017, the Chiefs finally broke a 34-year streak of not drafting a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft with the selection of the man who knocked Dawson off the mountaintop with his 31st touchdown (in just 10 games), Patrick Mahomes. Dawson’s record started 19 years before the Chiefs selected Todd Blackledge and lasted until Mahomes was given the keys to this organization. There’s a correlation between that gap in investing at quarterback and the streak extending to over a half-century. Finally, the Chiefs tried to do the one thing that has reaped Super Bowl success more than any path, and Mahomes quickly etched his name atop the list the first chance he got. In 10 games, the young signal-caller has amassed 31 touchdowns and halted the sad streak just one year short of receiving a discount on coffee at McDonald’s.The kid is making up for all the lost time this city hasn’t had a quarterback to call its own in unprecedented fashion. I can’t wait to watch how many times he surpasses his own number.Something goodWe’ll talk about the record-breaking throw Wednesday, but let’s look at the drive that tied it.The first throw of the game was an excellent ball and a well-designed play by Andy Reid. On the first few steps, the optics of the play look a little like a slant-flat combination off the run-pass options the Chiefs have leaned on this season. It’s actually a play-action shot with mirrored 9-flat mirrored concepts.The Cardinals are in Cover 1 (man coverage with a single high safety deep) and Mahomes is patient with the run action. He also gives a pump fake before re-setting and delivering.Tyreek Hill gives a little nod like he’s breaking on a slant before running a fade route. Patrick Peterson bites and Hill has separation down the sideline. The placement on this throw is perfect. Mahomes throws the ball with drive, so that Tre Boston can’t get there to contest it. Also impressive is the fact that he’s facing pressure as he throws. Any less velocity and Hill gets smoked for a likely incompletion. This throw was correct usage of the arm talent. Two plays later, Mahomes ties Dawson.The Cardinals are in a split-safety coverage look and the Chiefs are lined up in empty with Hill as the number three receiver to the wide side of the field. Against middle-field open looks like this one Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys 2019 , splitting the safeties with a receiver up the middle can be lucrative, especially if it’s someone as fast as Hill.Mahomes checks the outside release vertical and Kelce on a choice route in the boundary. The safety in the boundary honors the vertical down the sideline and when Mahomes brings his eyes back to Hill, he sees that Boston has maintained alignment between the hash and numbers, leaving a big space to deliver a ball. Mahomes throws a perfect up-and-down ball over the underneath defender for a touchdown. Great find, great ball to tie the record.Something badYou never want a trick play wasted.The Chiefs have tried to lull people to sleep with motions back into the backfield of running backs before only to hit them with plays like this. Yes, defenses even have to pay attention to simple things like that when they play Kansas City. Hill and Chris Conley are pretending to correct Hunt’s alignment on the play and Mahomes tries to quick-snap while Hunt “corrects” himself and throws the ball to him for a first down. Unfortunately at least three players weren’t set on the play and the Chiefs were called for an illegal shift. The very smart and handsome @HisDirkness on Twitter double checked to confirm that the receivers were, in fact, not permitted to be pointing or moving on the snap. Even if the receivers had been set, this play likely still gets called for an illegal shift because Mahomes isn’t set either. You never want plays like this to be wasted because of the quarterback. It very well could have been Mahomes’ fault on this play as he initiates the snap before he himself is set. Little things like this never need to be the fault of the quarterback. One of the phrases thrown around by coaches is that quarterbacks should be perfect on the little things. This was a little thing. Quarterback anecdoteEvery week, I add a quick note about something I’ve picked up about the quarterback position through my time learning and playing the game.Quarterbacks will often communicate protection rules to the receivers pre-snap. If players that aren’t accounted for in the protection blitz, certain receivers are designated to adjust their routes to beat quick pressure. If you heard Mahomes yell “hot off these two” this week as the first half was winding down, he was communicating whoever was hot that they need to adjust their route if the two players he indicated are to blitz. Understanding and communicating protections is just one of several things that are required of quarterback pre-snap.
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