Buffalo’s rookie class has been instrumental in delivering big plays so far this season. Whether it’s EJ Manuel’s Week 2 game-winning TD pass to Stevie Johnson, Kiko Alonso’s two INT game in the win over Baltimore or Marquise Goodwin’s 40-yard TD catch last Sunday to force overtime. Now those rookies are getting some national publicity.
Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab made mention of them in his weekly winners column. Here’s what he wrote.
Kiko Alonso and Buffalo’s draft class: The Bills lost 27-24 in overtime to the Bengals, but there’s not much shame in losing to a good team while starting a quarterback (Thad Lewis) who was on the practice squad last week. What’s apparent is that the Bills have a heck of a rookie class.
Alonso, a prime candidate for defensive rookie of the year, had 22 (!!!) total tackles from his middle linebacker spot. Athletic receiver Marquise Goodwin, criminally underused at Texas, scored a 40-yard touchdown with 1:08 to tie the game. Receiver Robert Woods has had his moments, and of course quarterback EJ Manuel looks like he belongs. You can build a consistent winner with draft classes like these.
Considering the Bills lost Sunday’s game, this is pretty nice praise for a draft class that has made solid contributions from the start of the season.
Tags: EJ Manuel, Kiko Alonso, Marquise Goodwin, Robert Woods
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