The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their three-day long minicamp at One Bills Drive Thursday afternoon. Now, the players can rest up, study film and prepare for training camp which begins July 26. With three weeks of OTAs and three days of minicamp now in the books, there have been some players that have stood out in a positive way, while there has been some interesting storylines worth following also.
Here at Cover 1, we highlight the biggest standouts and top storylines worth keeping an eye on while waiting for camp to begin.
Tremaine Edmunds, Josh Allen hype legit
When the Buffalo Bills traded up to select Tremaine Edmunds, the move was met with cheers and joy, while Josh Allen’s name being called drew some grumblings. Edmunds was a highly touted prospect that was just 19-years old on draft day. He was utterly dominant in two years as a starting linebacker for Virginia Tech and the 6-foot-5, 252-pounder already has incredible expectations to meet.
Allen certainly looks the part, standing 6-foot-5, 232-pounds and possess a n absolute rocket for an arm with underrated athletcism and speed to make plays with his legs.
However, his career 56.2-completion percentage has scared many off as very few quarerterbacks with a below-60-percent completion rate have enjoyed success.
But after working with the third team for essentially all of OTAs, the rookie finally got to showcase his ability with the first-team offense in a limited capacity during each of the previous two days.
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— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) June 14, 2018
He received high praise from LeSean McCoy and Tre’Davious White in media appearances but Allen seems well aware of the criticism surrounding him. Allen is doing everything he can to ensure that he’s working as hard as possible and its the drive you can visibly see in the young passer. If he can put it all together, Buffalo will be set for seasons to come.
Behind Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills have open WR battle
The wide receiver position is a big question mark for the Bills. The team traded for Kelvin Benjamin last season and Zay Jones should take a step forward as he enters his second year with Buffalo. Benjamin is a big, physical target that is established as the No. 1 receiver and is looking to bounce back after playing through a meniscus injury last season.
This offseason, Zay Jones underwent surgery and his absence opened the door for veteran free agent addition Jeremy Kerley to show off his nifty route running skills.
Buffalo signed veteran slot receiver Jeremy Kerley in free agency, but the 29-year old has hardly been a difference maker in his seven-year career. The 5-foot-9, 188-pounder has caught 268 passes for 3,109 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s a reliable slot receiver but lacks explosiveness and isn’t really a gamechanger.
Buffalo used their sixth and seventh-round draft picks on Clemson’s Ray Ray McCloud and Austin Proehl, respectively. Additionally, undrafted free agent Robert Foster out of Alabama has looked impressive so far as well.
McCloud caught 127 passes for 1,226 yards and four touchdowns in three years with the Tigers. He’ll provide special teams value also, as he averaged 9.7 yards-per-punt return and 29.4 yards-per-kick return in his career.
Prohel is the son of Ricky Proehl, a 17-year NFL veteran, and the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder played four years for the Tarheels with the Tarheels where he caught 91 passes for 1,265 yards and five scores. He’s small in stature but has adequate speed and wins with his precise route running. He should be able to contribute both outside and in the slot.
Proehl wins the release. Puts the DB out of phase and he can not recover. Concidientally enough, they interviewed his pops right after this TD where they discuss Austin beating man coverage. https://t.co/fUuJvUZRod pic.twitter.com/PxSjzhu2Qk
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) May 12, 2018
Andre Holmes, Rod Streater, Kaelin Clay, Brandon Reilly and Quan Bray will be competing for roster spots as well.
Buffalo Bills OL overhaul means up to 4 jobs up for grabs
The Bills offensive line will be drastically different than what the team’s been accustomed to in recent years. During the offseason veteran center Eric Wood retired while left guard Richie Incognito was released after a personal incident and left tackle Cordy Glenn was traded.
Dion Dawkins is slated to fill in at left tackle, where he performed admirably during his rookie season. However, all four remaining spots on the offensive line appear to be up for grabs. Russell Bodine appears to have the leg up over Ryan Groy as both split reps with the first-team at center while Groy has also seen time at left guard, where Vlad Ducasse has lined up. Third-year lineman John Miller is in fantastic shape and ready to return to his 2016 self after finding himself benched last year.
Marshall Newhouse could potentially push Jordan Mills for the right tackle job. It’s difficult to really get an idea of how the lineman fared, considering there hasn’t been hitting, but the constant shuffle signals a lot of competition come late July.