Brandon Spikes, Mike Williams Highlight Best Vines in Buffalo Bills Loss To Buccaneers

The Buffalo Bills suffered an ugly 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the team’s fourth preseason game. While the offense looked sloppy and the defense inconsistent, there were still several players that stepped up to make big plays.

Instead of writing a typical recap, here at BillsMafia.com, I decided to take a look at a few plays that were Vine-worthy.

Nigel Bradham Easing Pain of Kiko Alonso Loss

Nigel Bradham has been waiting for his chance to shine, and while that chance had to come at the expense of Kiko Alonso, the third-year linebacker looks ready. Bradham is one of the most athletic linebackers in the league, when considering combine measurables and he looks like the prototypical weakside linebacker that 4-3 teams covet.

In the following clip, Bradham shows off not only his speed and physicality, but his instincts to read his keys and shoot the gap.

Cyril Richardson Making Strides

The Bills were able to select Baylor’s left guard Cyril Richardson in the fifth-round after a poor week at the Senior Bowl caused him to slide down in the draft. Throughout training camp and preseason, Richardson has continuously shown improvement, to the extent that he started at left guard against the Bucs. Richardson was tasked with handling Gerald McCoy, one of the best three-technique pass rushing defensive tackles in the National Football League, and did a good job anchoring and keeping him in front of him in pass protection.

Brandon Spikes Showing Value Brought To Run Defense

Brandon Spikes headlined the Bills’ free agent acquisitions, and the former New England Patriot hasn’t disappointed. Spikes racked up five tackles (four stops) and broke up a pass last night, showing the energy and physicality that the team desperately needed prior to his signing.

While he slipped up in coverage against Doug Martin, Jim Schwartz did a good job of keeping him downhill for the most part, negating his lack of lateral quickness in coverage situations.

In the following clip, Spikes reads the run and explodes through the gap, thanks to Marcell Dareus eating his block by the center. Spikes delivers a big hit for a loss.

In coverage, Spikes made up for his fall with a beautiful pass breakup. Spikes dropped into a deep zone, covering the seam route by rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Spikes was able to read the quarterback’s eyes and make a play on the ball.

Mike Williams Making An Impact

The Bills were table to acquire Mike Williams, a troubled, yet talented wide receiver with size during the offseason for a sixth-round draft pick from the Buccaneers. Against his former team, Williams made three tough catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

His catches were exactly the type that the team couldn’t make over the past few years, due to the lack of a big, physical receiver that can win in contested situations.  In the following clip, EJ Manuel rolls out of the pocket, keeping the play alive, and is able to find Williams on the sideline. Williams elevates to make the tough grab, while getting his toes in-bounds to secure the reception.