Anytime a new quarterback enters the starting lineup there is an adjustment to be made by the other 10 players on offense, especially when the new signal caller hasn’t had a lot of snaps with the first unit. Such is the case for the Bills this week with Thad Lewis now in at quarterback. Here is where some of the changes lie for the other 10 on Buffalo’s offensive unit.
“Major things that we’ll just have to get used to are just snap counts and things like that. The way he calls the cadence, how he takes control of the no-huddle,” said Fred Jackson. “As far as play calling I don’t see much changing at all. We’ll just have to do whatever we can to make him comfortable. Do whatever we can as skill positions to make his job easier.”
For Jackson and C.J. Spiller that means providing an effective ground game for Lewis to work off of with play action passing and some deep shots here and there.
“If we can get the running game started early it’ll take a lot of pressure off of him. Take a lot of pressure off our receivers and make their job easy,” Jackson said. “That’s what we want to get done. That’s what myself, C.J. (Spiller), the offensive line, what we’re going to pride ourselves on is going out and being able to get this running game going early and taking a lot of pressure off of those guys.”
Of course lining up with an unproven quarterback, Jackson and Spiller are expecting a lot of eight man fronts from the Bengals on Sunday. But that’s much of what they’ve seen the past few games with a rookie QB in the lineup anyway.
“It’ll be the same situation,” said Jackson. “They’re going to do everything they can to get us out of the running game and make him beat them. I know that’s the challenge he’s looking forward to. It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to. To be able to establish that running game like we’ve been able to thus far this year and hopefully we can continue to do that and get better at doing it.”
Tags: Bills-Bengals, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Thad Lewis
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