After two straight losses on the road, the New England Patriots return home to Gillette Stadium today to take on the Buffalo Bills. And while the Patriots are favored and already defeated their AFC East rivals 25-6 earlier this season, the game projects to be an interesting one considering that both squads have undergone significant chances since their week eight encounter.
Two of them are featured prominently in the latest episode of the Belistrator: rookie quarterback Josh Allen and rookie wide receiver Robert Foster.
"Like everything the Bills do, they're very aggressive & well-coached in this unit."— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 21, 2018
BB previews Buffalo's special teams unit & more on the Belestrator. pic.twitter.com/8XjuDtFLKz
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback-turned-color commentator Scott Zolak break down three different aspects of the Bills, with Foster’s ability as a pass catcher being one of them. “Very fast, explosive,” Belichick said about the undrafted rookie who has caught 19 passes this year but for 468 yards — an average of 24.6 yards per catch — and two touchdowns. “He’s really come on, having a good year for them.”
New England’s coach also broke down the aforementioned Allen. “Very athletic player that can make all the throws,” Belichick said about the seventh overall selection of this year’s draft, who — like Foster — missed the first Patriots versus Bills meeting earlier this season. “This guy’s got a lot of poise in the pocket. He can make all the throws, got a very good arm and good delivery.”
Belichick and Zolak also extensively talked about another Bills first-rounder: Tremaine Edmunds, who was picked with the 16th overall selection by Buffalo this year. “Edmunds, the rookie linebacker, surely had a good year for them,” Belichick said. “He’s had a solid year for them both in the running game and in the passing game, they also like to blitz him a little bit. He’s done a good all-around job for them this season.”
The duo also highlights Buffalo’s kicking game as an area in which the 5-9 team has been successful this season.