This week’s preseason opponent for the New York Giants is the Buffalo Bills. With that in mind, let’s turn to our friends at SB Nation’s Buffalo Rumblings to learn more about the Bills. Chris Trapasso of ‘Rumblings’ was kind enough to answer our questions this week.
Ed: What are your thoughts on the Tyrod Taylor contract? Are you really comfortable that he is the quarterback of the future for the Bills, that they can win with him?
Chris: I'm comfortable with it, and I think most Bills fans and those covering the team are, especially because, right now, it's a one-year, $9.5 million dollar contract. If he plays well, he'll make a ton of money after that, but the Bills will gladly give him the money at that point.
Ed: Rex Ryan is always a divisive guy. I have seen some speculation that this is a make-or-break year for him, that he could be out if Buffalo doesn't make the playoffs. Do you think that's accurate, and what are your overall thoughts on Ryan?
Chris: Honestly, I've wavered back and forth on this. When things start to go badly in Buffalo, the level of complaining reaches a fever pitch. If the Bills don't make the playoffs, many people will want Rex fired. However, especially if Buffalo misses the postseason by a game or two, I don't think owner Terry Pegula will want to let him go, because he does seem committed to the idea of continuity.
Ed: Any young players we should watch for who have been particularly impressive thus far in training camp and the preseason?
Chris: Out of nowhere ... Walt Powell. He's out of Murray State and was with Rex with the Jets as a rookie in 2014. Primarily lauded as a punt returner, Powell has had the most impressive camp among the Bills' secondary wideouts, and he led the team in receiving last week against the Colts.
Ed: The Bills haven't had much luck with injuries to their top two picks, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland. Your thoughts on those injuries, and what is the speculation regarding when Lawson might be able to play?
Chris: They're impactful, obviously... but aren't absolutely catastrophic simply because they're both rookies. Without a definitive timetable laid out by the team, it's assumed Lawson will either return in October or by Week 6.
Ed: What is a reasonable expectation for this team in 2016? Playoffs or no playoffs?
Chris: Like I've thought the last two years -- 2014 is when the roster got considerably better -- this Bills team is among the group of like 3-5 teams in the AFC that can battle for a wild card spot and should be in contention in December.