Tonight, the Cleveland Browns take on the for their second preseason game of the year. To help preview this week's game, I reached out to Brian Galliford from Buffalo Rumblings and exchanged five questions with him. Enjoy!
Chris: "The Bills are starting Tyrod Taylor against the Browns this week. If we were to poll Bills fans today on who they want to start Week 1, what would the results look like?"
Brian: "Today? I think Taylor would be the favorite, based on his play in the preseason opener against Carolina, followed in order by Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel. I still believe that Cassel is the odds-on favorite to start, but there's no question that Taylor's athleticism makes him a favorite amongst fans. He can be very fun to watch."
Chris: "Charles Clay was a hot commodity at the tight end position this offseason, and Buffalo took advantage of circumstance and lured him away from the Miami Dolphins. How has Clay's first camp as a member of the Bills gone?"
Brian: "He started off quietly, but has started to make more noise throughout the last wee-plus. When his number has been called, he has looked like a dramatic upgrade over what the Bills have had at tight end in previous seasons. Buffalo is being intentionally conservative with what they're showing schematically this preseason, so Clay's role and production will be of particular interest to me when the games start to count."
Chris: "Besides quarterback, is there a position battle going on in camp for a starting role?"
Brian: "The only other job that's really up for grabs is at right tackle, where two 2014 NFL Draft picks - Cyrus Kouandjio (Round 2) and Seantrel Henderson (Round 7) - are currently competing. Henderson, who started all 16 games there last year, is winning the competition for now. He will start there against Cleveland. But unlike last year, Kouandjio is putting up a good fight for the gig."
Chris: "You attended one of the Bills-Browns joint practice sessions. How was the atmosphere? What was the ratio of Bills:Browns fans in attendance? Are you in favor of joint practices for NFL teams?"
Brian: "It was actually pretty boring, to be honest. For all of the talk from both sides about not being bullied and whatnot, the prickliness between the Bills and Browns was minimal, with only a couple of brief, minor dust-ups to speak of. Other than the fact that some of the helmets were orange, and there was double the amount of players, it felt like a normal practice, without much in the way of hitting. It's hard to see the benefit of that particular setup, aside from simply practicing against different players for a change. There were a fair number of Browns fans there, but I'd say over 90 percent were still sporting red, white, and blue."
Chris: "Tell us about at least two undrafted free agent or late-round draft picks who have been making noise this camp and Browns fans should pay attention to during a portion of Thursday's preseason game."
Brian: "If they let him play, rookie receiver A.J. Tarpley (Stanford), is going to be the backup middle linebacker for the foreseeable future thanks to an injury that occurred this week, so we'll be watching him very closely this week up in Buffalo."(undrafted, South Florida) has been one of the biggest stars of camp for the Bills. He deserves way more playing time than he was given against Carolina, and it feels a little bit like the Bills are trying to hide him from other teams' scouts. Another undrafted free agent, linebacker
Thanks again to Brian for taking the time to answer my questions.