Tomorrow, the Bills will take on the Packers in the final pre-season game of this year. This game will be played in Buffalo and will show us a lot of what’s in store for this year. The coaching staff announced yesterday that Josh Allen will be playing in this game. I believe he won’t play more than two drives, but still nice to see QB1 in action for the first time this year. Along with Allen, many starters will play in this game if they weren’t in contact with the trainer who tested positive for Covid-19 this week.
Players Out for the Game
The receiver room and the defensive tackle room were torn apart by close contacts and injuries this week. This week, players who are unlikely to play include Cole Beasley, Isaiah McKenzie, Star Lotulelei, Vernon Butler, Gabe Davis, and Harrison Phillips. With that being the case, there are some players that you should be keeping your eyes on. On the defensive line, Justin Zimmer and for the receivers, Steven Sims.
For Zimmer, this is a massive opportunity to show off his talent and get a high snap count for a game to show endurance. Look for him to fill holes in the run and to make some big plays along the line. In the passing game, I want to see some pass rush moves from him and see if he can create pressure from the interior. Zimmer shows some good use of hands in the run game. If he can translate that to rushing the passer, this could be a good sign to come. If he can prove to the coaching staff that he can handle a high snap count and that he has use as a pass rusher. I believe he will lock up a roster spot.
New Addition Steven Sims
Steven Sims was signed earlier this week from the Washington Football Team. He is a slot receiver but also has experience in the return game. In 2019 for the Football Team, he put up over 800 kick return yards in 32 attempts. He had a respectable average of over 25 yards a return. Last year he was also one of their punt returners. He didn’t put up the most incredible stats, but having experience there definitely helps his case. Expect him to take over both of the return duties in this game.
Sims is a good route runner in the receiving game and has some good speed to go along with it. Expect him to take a large number of snaps from the slot. He needs to prove that he can be consistent catching the ball. Fans of the Football Team have said he has drop issues. Another item to watch for is his deep route running. As stated earlier, he is a faster player and needs to stretch the field and prove he can take the top off the defense.