For all the promise assigned to rookie running back Joe Mixon, he produced just nine yards on eight carries in his debut. The Bengals’ tailback depth, with Mixon supporting accomplished veterans Cheap Ireland Jerseys Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, amassed only 75 yards on 21 carries, or 3.6 per rush.
However, the most galling development was the woeful performance of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who completed 16 of 31 attempts for 170 yards with four interceptions. He posted a 28.4 passer rating and, by that metric, delivered his worst showing since Nov. 6, 2014, when he passed for 86 yards with three interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Former NFL GM Jeff Diamond, a Sporting News contributor, went as far as to write that McDermott and Beane are risking their jobs in overhauling the roster they inherited.
Buffalo on Monday announced the signing of a fourth quarterback, Joe Webb, with whom McDermott and Beane are familiar from their days in Carolina. Webb will back up rookie QB Nathan Peterman, who is slated to start Sunday’s 2017 season opener against the Jets if Tyrod Taylor can’t be cleared in time.
The Bills’ QB issue comes amid the unpopular ousting of players like Cheap Jerseys And Jordans Jonathan Williams, Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby and Reggie Ragland. McDermott on Monday was asked whether he expected Buffalo to have so few holdovers from its 2016 roster.