Buffalo Bills Stock Watch: 3 Up, 3 Down For Week 3
Buffalo Bills Week 3 Stock Watch
It was a rough game for the Buffalo Bills this Sunday as their offense sputtered and they lost to the New York Jets by a score of 27-20. It was one of those close games that didn't seem all that close. As the stock watch indicates the Bills were beaten down badly in the trenches all game long. The big men along the fronts were dominated by the Jets on both sides of the ball. A defensive line that had six sacks against the Carolina Panthers a week ago was manhandled by the Jets' offensive line. On the other side an offensive line that has kept E.J. Manuel upright all season long was decimated by the Jets' front seven. If the Bills want to keep Manuel developing and give him a chance to win games they need to play much better along the lines.
As far as Geno Smith's big day goes I can't get too down on such a depleted secondary. Sure Justin Rogers played like a dog, but he is supposed to be the fourth cornerback on this team, not the No. 1 guy. It still doesn't take away from the fact that he was atrocious on Sunday, but if anyone gets a pass because of injuries it's the secondary.
It was tough finding guys whose stock is actually up this week, but there were a few optimistic performances. Veterans Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson get an honorable mention this week for playing hard and producing while the rest of the team struggled so much to move the ball. Here is whose stock is up and whose is down after the Bills' week 3 performance against the Jets.
Stock UP: TE Scott Chandler
Chandler's stock was down last week, but he bounced back against the Jets. He looked timid and lethargic coming off of ACL surgery in the first two weeks, but on Sunday he finally played crisp and confidently. He had five receptions for 79 yards and scored the Bills' only TD on a 33-yard grab. He should be an asset to Manuel if he can play like this every week.
Stock DOWN: The Offensive Line
The offensive line play was absolutely offensive for the Bills on Sunday. After only giving up one sack the entire season so far the unit gave up eight. Even guys like Cordy Glenn and Eric Wood, who have played extremely well in the first two weeks, were manhandled by the Jets' front seven. They need a better showing and they need to start this weekend versus the Baltimore Ravens.
Stock UP: K Dan Carpenter
Carpenter was a last-minute signing after rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins was injured before the season, and after missing one in the opener he's been perfect. While the Bills struggled to convert on 3rd downs all day long Carpenter made sure that the Bills put points on the board, going 4-for-4 in FG attempts.
Stock DOWN: The Defensive Line
This unit looked nothing like the one that sacked Cam Newton six times last week. The D-Line could not produce any pressure on Geno Smith at all, and he took advantage of the Bills' depleted secondary. Kyle Williams, who has played very well so far this year, was particularly invisible on the day. Things will get tougher for this unit with the loss of starter Alex Carrington.
Stock UP: S Jim Leonhard
Like Carpenter, Leonhard was brought in right before the season to help a depleted part of the roster. He is supposed to be a veteran presence in the absence of Jairus Byrd in the secondary, and he's filled that role nicely. He was an everyman on Sunday, playing cornerback and returning punts after injuries decimated the Bills. He's been an asset on the field for the Bills and he shouldn't lose too much playing time when Byrd returns.
Stock DOWN: CB Justin Rogers
Obviously Rogers has been thrown to the wolves with injuries to the three CBs ahead of him on the Bills' depth chart. Rogers isn't supposed to be a guy that can cover the team's No. 1 receiver, but he can't cover anyone out there. He has some of the worst metrics of any defensive back in the league this year, and it would be a legitimate question to ask if he even has a spot on the roster when some of the other guys get healthy.