Bills' McDermott feels the Giants will be better

September 11, 2019
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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - I’m sure it’s no surprise that one of the first things Sean McDermott talked about in his weekly press conference was Giants star running back Saquon Barkley. He only got 11 carries against the Cowboys in Week 1, but he averaged just under 11 yards per-carry. McDermott knows what he’s up against, “I think he’s an incredible player. It’s the first time spending any amount of time studying coaches film, he’s strong, fast, lateral quickness, great vision, great balance, very rarely do you see one guy bring him down, so it’ll be a big challenge for us.”

In Week 1 for the Bills, Devin Singletary had four carries for 70 yards to go with five catches for 28 yards. Frank Gore only had 20 yards on 11 runs and no pass receptions.

When asked who his No. 1 running back is, McDermott said, “Frank Gore, then we bring in Devin and then T.J. [Yeldon].”

Despite him saying Gore is No. 1, Singletary started the game against the Jets. McDermott followed that up with, “Whoever helps us win games, that’s who our featured back is and whoever is going to carry the load whether it’s matchup wise, or game plan wise or health wise sometimes that comes into play too.”

The Giants lost the game in Dallas, 35-17. Despite that, McDermott feels New York is better than that, “This is a really good football team. The game got away from them last week, which sometimes games tend to do.

“They had the No. 1 ranked offense in the preseason and then top-five or top-six overall in the first week, so they’re a real good challenge.”

Some get uneasy with how much Josh Allen runs and the style he does it with. Allen has the mentality that he’s a football player and he’s going to gain as much as he can.

Many wonder why he doesn’t slide more and McDermott said, “When you’re in the pilot’s seat, you’ve got to do what you feel is right with the situation and the angles and I think just to say, hey go out and lower your shoulder 100% of the time is wrong and to say go out there and slide 100% of the time is wrong too because there are so many different situations.

“He knows the importance of protecting himself and he also understands he has good instincts as well.”

Allen used the blocking of tight end Lee Smith to get some good gains against the Jets, as did Singletary. McDermott likes what Smith brings to the team, “He’s an instrumental piece in terms of what we’re doing, he’s a big time leader and connector to my message in the locker room.”

In the Giants' Week 1 loss in Dallas, Eli Manning went 30-of-44 for 306 and a touchdown with no interceptions. McDermott sees no slippage in his game, “You just turn the tape on and from preseason to the first week of the regular season, he’s having a phenomenal year.

“I spent a lot of time going against him years ago when I was in the NFC East and to me, he’s playing as good as he’s played.”

As far as Wednesday’s practice goes, McDermott said Tyler Kroft was limited, while Andre Robert and Taron Johnson did not practice. Guys that got, what McDermott calls, vet days were Lorenzo Alexander, John Brown and Ty Nsekhe. Johnson has a hamstring injury and is day-to-day.