The Buffalo Bills had a very disappointing preseason on offense, leaving fans anxious about what's to come in the regular season, but the confidence in the locker room is high.
EJ Manuel has looked less than impressive in a season that has plenty of high hopes, leading the Bills to sign veteran quarterback Kyle Orton out of retirement. Fred Jackson, however, says he isn't worried at all.
“Everybody in this offense we’re confident in what their abilities are,” Jackson told Buffalobills.com. “We didn’t game plan anybody (in the preseason). We went in there with very vanilla playbooks, nothing game-planned, we didn’t break down defenses, certain situations and things like that. It’s game week, we’re going to do that now. We’re going to try to attack tendencies and things like that. Knowing the guys we have and what plays they are capable of making, we feel like we can score against anybody in this league.”
Jackson's statement is bold, but expected coming from a leader from the offense. Buffalo may have the most talent on offense that they've had since their last playoff appearance in 1999. Unfortunately, the weakest position appears to be the most important one, as Manuel has only looked sharp against reserve players. Still, Manuel says his focus is on the Chicago Bears, and not how he performed in the preseason.
“I have to go out there and do what I need to do and continue to prepare this week,” Manuel told Buffalobills.com. “That’s why I say I want to keep my focus on Chicago because that’s the most important thing. I can’t control what’s happened in the past. You have to move and look forward. Chicago is our first opportunity, my first opportunity, for this regular season and I want to come out there and start it off how we want to.”
The confidence in the locker room may be high, but until that confidence translates into production and wins, Bills fans will continue to be nervous.
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