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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TRACKING TRAINING CAMP
Bills Digest was there for all the big moments at training camp. Here are some observations …
‘We're constantly trying to evolve'
For more on what’s happening within Buffalo’s offense, here are some highlights from offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s recent press conferences.
‘On the field you must flip that switch'
Here are some highlights from head coach Sean McDermott’s recent press conferences.
ALLEN GETS HISTORIC DEAL
Bills QB now under contract through 2028
Right back in the swing of things
It’s fair to say that this year’s Bills training camp looks wildly different from those of the past.
1st & Ten with STEFON DIGGS
Stefon Diggs had one of the best seasons ever by a Bills receiver in 2020, and he’s looking for an encore. Diggs was clearly amped up and ready to go as the Bills began their preparations for the new season, leading the huddle and supporting his teammates as they kicked off training camp in Orchard Park. Diggs recently touched on his goals for the upcoming season for both himself and the team in an informative discussion with members of the media. Here are the highlights from that discussion.
RUNNING BACKS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Aaron Jones, Packers 5-9 • 208 pounds • 27 years old A fifth-round steal in the 2017 draft out of UTEP, Jones is equally proficient in the running and passing games. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards the last two years, and caught 49 and 47 passes, respectively. He’s also a touchdown machine with 30 TDs the last two years (25 rushing and 5 receiving). The son of two career Army officers, he’s a tough, driven player and the kind of guy players want on their team.
THE RIGHT STUFF?
Keeping two important starters is a priority as the right side of the O-line hits free agency
QUARTERBACKS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Dak Prescott, Cowboys 6-2 • 235 pounds • 27 years old A solid starter who has a nice TD-INT ratio over his first five seasons (104-40), Prescott is an accurate thrower and very mobile. However, he’s coming off a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, so it remains to be seen if this will impact his game moving forward.
TIGHT ENDS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Hunter Henry, Chargers 6-5 • 250 pounds • 29 years old A very talented player, Henry has had issues staying healthy, unable to complete an NFL season, including missing the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. But when healthy, he’s a terrific all-around tight end who really connected with Justin Herbert in 2020 with 60 catches. Henry is very good at finding holes in zone coverage.
Offensive line an early season concern
AROUND THE AFC EAST
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DON DIAMONT RETURNS TO Y&R!
Don Diamont admits he was surprised when he heard that Y&R wanted B&B’s Bill Spencer to cross over to Genoa City.
Howard's performance should be saluted
We were fortunate to witness a truly dominant performance this season by cornerback Xavien Howard. It wasn’t only his 10 interceptions, tying a longstanding team record and the most in the NFL since 2007, it was the way he played with such confidence and at such a high level of efficiency.
How should season be remembered?
The Dolphins clearly saved their worst for last, losing against the Buffalo Bills, 56-26, in a game that could have meant a trip to the playoffs. Instead, it provided a hollow ending to an otherwise encouraging season.
B&B/Y&R CROSSOVER PREVIEW!
Y&R’s Summer and Kyle arrive in Los Angeles for her get-together with B&B’s Wyatt, which she hopes will lead to an even bigger meeting with his dad, media giant Bill Spencer.
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