Bills Starters show well against Jags

August 27, 2011 Updated Aug 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM EDT

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August 27, 2011 Updated Aug 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM EDT

Orchard Park - It's historically considered the most important dress rehearsal of the pre-season, and the Bills starters on offense passed with flying colors. The first team offense looked like a different unit against the Jacksonville Jaguars after really struggling through the first couple of weeks.



I GET IT.. it's only the preseason. But after being held without a touchdown in six series through the first two exhibition games, Ryan Fitzpatrick and company put up 208 yards of offense, and 17 points in their first three series against Jacksonville. Fitzpatrick led the way completing 11 of 12 passes for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.



Head Coach Chan Gailey said earlier in the week that for the first time this preseason the Bills specifically studied, and game planned for an opponent. It worked out.



WR Marcus Easley was a big part of that game plan, he started opposite Stevie Johnson on Saturday night and finished with 5 catches for 51 yards and an 11-yard TD grab, the Bills first of the preseason.



Stevie Johnson finished with 4 catches for 76 yards and a 52 yard TD catch from Fitzpatrick. The highlight of the night.



Other thoughts-



-After a week of talking about not knowing his place in the offense, the Bills made sure that Fred Jackson got his touches against the Jags.
Jackson started the game at RB and finished with 9 carries for 33 yards, to go along with a catch for 30 yards. Jackson, as often is the case, ran with purpose and looked like a starting running back. C.J. Spiller also had some solid runs, including back-to-back jaunts of 7 and 6 yards on the the Bills 4th drive.. he finished with 4 carries for 21 yards.



-Demetrius Bell started at LT for the first two series against the Jaguars. Bell had been splitting reps with Andy Levitre during the week. Bell didn't give up a sack, but the Bills used several quick throws and slants to make sure that Fitzpatrick wasn't standing in the pocket for long. Levitre then moved in at LT for the next three series.



-Kyle Williams signed a huge contract extension on Friday and then made an impact against the Jags sacking David Garrard in the second quarter, I spoke with Bills GM Buddy Nix on the sideline during pregame warm ups and he told me "Kyle represents the type of player we want and want our players to be" when asked about the importance of the deal.



-Bills LB Shawne Merriman did not play on Saturday. Bills DE Marcell Dareus did he was credited with one tackle