Niagara Gazette


October 5, 2009

BILLS DVR REWIND: Jackson gives Bills best chance to win

Notes collected while wondering during the weekly DVR rewind when the 2010 NFL season starts ...

• I realize he’s rusty, but why the Bills continued to stick Marshawn Lynch in the game Sunday is beyond me. Running back hadn’t been the problem through the first three weeks, and with Jackson in the lineup, the Bills were effectively moving the ball in the first half. They didn’t finish their drives, but were moving the ball.

When Lynch came in, though, the offense grounded to a halt.

On his first play (he came in during the second series), the hole was left and although it wasn’t a monster, it’s exactly the kind of seam Freddy Jackson has turned into 7- and 8-yard gains thus far. Lynch got one.

Jackson returned on the next series and got 6 yards on an even smaller hole than the one Lynch had. A series later, the Bills pitched it to him and he sped to the right side. Jackson didn’t simply run into the line, instead waiting for a crease. It opened as Shawn Nelson held his block on the outside, sealing off Jason Taylor, and Jackson broke it up for 9 yards.

Lynch did finish with a team-high five catches, but Jackson’s better in that respect, too. If the team ever learns to send him in motion, Jackson would be a tough matchup on the outside for a linebacker. Or if a defense shifted, that would match Jackson on a corner and a receiver on a linebacker or safety. Either way, it’s a mismatch the Bills can take advantage of.

Lynch doesn’t have the type of speed that could get deep on a defensive back.

They say there’s no loyalty in pro sports, and this is a position that’s too important to toy with. There’s no reason to let Lynch go, but to sit Jackson — for any amount of time — just doesn’t make sense right now.

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