By Jay Skurski
It’s early, but it’s looking like the Buffalo Bills may have hit a pair of home runs in the second round of this year’s draft with linebacker Kiko Alonso and wide receiver Robert Woods.
Woods stepped up after halftime for the Bills, making a pair of catches that covered 43 yards on the team’s opening drive of the third quarter, helping to set up a field goal. Later in the quarter, Woods made a terrific catch to complete a two-point conversion following Fred Jackson’s touchdown. That tied the game at 14-14.
Costly flag: The Bills have had plenty of issues with penalties this season, but the costliest flag so far may have been the one issued to fullback Frank Summers in the third quarter. Summers was called for defensive holding before a Carolina punt, giving the Panthers an automatic first down. Four plays later, Cam Newton connected on a 40-yard bomb with Ted Ginn Jr. for a touchdown.
Injury issues: The Panthers have been hit hard by injuries in the secondary. Cornerback Josh Thomas suffered a concussion in the second quarter, then the Panthers lost cornerback Josh Norman and safeties Charles Godfrey and Quintin Mikell in the third quarter. Mikell later returned to the game.
First turnover: Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel's first career turnover came late in the third quarter. Manuel was sacked by Mikell, fumbling in the process. The ball was recovered for Carolina by former Bill Dwan Edwards.
taggedEJ Manuel | Frank Summers | Fred Jackson | Kiko Alonso | Robert Woods