OFFENSIVE LINE
Bills Digest|August 2020
OFFENSIVE LINE
How much will continuity help? How much will the break hurt?
Mark Ludwiczak

Fixing the offensive line was priority No. 1 for the Bills last year. Buffalo went with four new starters up front following a targeted offseason spending spree along with added veteran depth behind the starting five.

It paid off in dividends. With players like Mitch Morse, Jon Feliciano, Dion Dawkins and Quinton Spain leading the way, the Bills had a tremendous turnaround up front, giving Josh Allen the necessary support to take a major step forward in his second season.

Continuity is generally considered important along the offensive line (even though the Bills had very little last year; that would generally be considered the exception to the rule). How much will the Bills’ continuity up front help them heading into 2020? And will the extended break have any adverse effects?

“It’s interesting because you look at it and there is added value in continuity, right? You look at, we all hope we’re better in the second and third years of our job than we were in the first year. And I think if you’re a true pro that’s what happens,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said. “And so when you have a group like we had last year that for the most part had not played a snap, or many snaps together as we headed into the season, I thought that they really did some good things and took some significant strides as a group. And now to be able to have that group back and then to add a piece or two in there is valuable to us. It is a veteran group that we do have. There’s a lot of work to do between now and the time we kick it off in September, so we recognize that. But overall we’re very comfortable with the group that we have and I’m anxious and excited to watch these guys take another step under Bobby Johnson and the other coaches we have there.”

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