An uptick for screen game?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2014 – 9:42 am

The Bills haven’t had a ton of success in the screen game on offense this season. In recent years the offense was pretty efficient on screens. This past week against Miami may be a sign that their getting back to executing it more effectively.

Buffalo ran a handful of screens in the Dolphins game, including the first bubble screen of the season to Sammy Watkins. The more traditional screen plays to backs was also called with Bryce Brown the primary ball carrier.

“It’s definitely something we’ve got to execute a bit better,” said Kraig Urbik. “Early in the season we were not doing a good enough job at that. We’ve got to when it’s not always an obvious screen down. If it’s 3rd-and-15 the screen isn’t always going to be as effective. We’ve been mixing it in on regular down and distance and doing a better job of that and guys have been paying more attention to executing on screens, because it’s been a huge part of our offense the last couple of years.”

Buffalo called screen plays last Thursday night on non-traditional down and distance situations. They called one on 1st-and-10 and Bryce Brown got five yards. They also called one on a 2nd-and-6 play and Brown picked up 16 yards.

“Bryce did a lot of good things and he’s a good running back,” said Urbik. “We have to get that part of our game amped up a little bit more.”

Knowing the fierce pass rushes the Bills have faced this season if they’re able to continue to improve in their screen game execution it could help to neutralize oncoming pass rushers, especially if Brown and/or Fred Jackson can really make them pay.


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