Two of Buffalo’s big offseason signings made a quick impact in their Bills preseason debuts.
Shawne Merriman picked up back-to-back sacks on Bears’ Caleb Hanie late in the first quarter Saturday night.
Sure, caveats apply. It was the Bears. Both sacks could arguably be called “coverage sacks.” We are still impressed.
Merriman showed a great motor fighting through blocks on both plays. He showed some power before tossing Hanie to the ground. It’s only a small start, but it’s something. And we haven’t seen much of anything from Merriman in years.
Buffalo picked up Merriman on waivers last year, but this was the first time he suited up for a game.
The Bills also showed they will use free agent acquisition Brad Smith plenty. They brought him in to take snaps in two early third down situations. He took the direct snap both times and rushed for first downs.
Buffalo should get plenty of value from Smith between his return skills and his running/quarterback ability.
UPDATE: The Bears have a reclamation projection having a good night too. Two sacks for Amobi Okoye.