The Buffalo Bills will be fielding a new-look offense in 2018. With a brand new offensive coordinator in Brian Daboll, a new quarterback in rookie Josh Allen, and a handful of new faces on the offensive line, there is widespread optimism for a more exciting and productive offense than what was fielded last year. But with so many new faces on offense, what can fans expect in 2018?
With training camp around the corner, here are five bold predictions for the Bills’ 2018 offense.
Josh Allen will be Buffalo Bills’ Week 1 starter
Sure, Josh Allen may be considered a project and is seeing reps with the third-team offense in OTAs, but it’s clear that the Bills are impressed with the No. 7 overall draft pick, and surely hope that the former Wyoming Cowboy can play sooner rather than later.
With his experience playing in a pro-style offense combined with his physical tools and the reports of him “blowing minds” during OTAs, Allen should handily beat fellow quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman in the preseason and ultimately be named the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback for opening day.
Wyatt Teller and John Miller will earn starting roles at LG, RG
After losing Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito and Eric Wood this offseason, Buffalo needs their linemen to step up and prove themselves capable of holding down a starting job on what appears to be a suspect unit on paper.
Assuming second-year lineman Dion Dawkins and Jordan Mills remain at left and right tackle with free agent acquisition Russell Bodine starting at center, I see John Miller and rookie fifth-round draft pick Wyatt Teller winning the battle for the starting left and right guard spots. Miller struggled early last season before he was ultimately benched, but he has been working with the first-team offense during OTAs thus far and is hoping to rebound and get back on track in a blocking scheme that favors his style of play.
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Teller has seen time at both guard positions with the second team thus far through OTAs, and he’s simply too talented to not beat out Vlad Ducasse as they compete to start at left guard.
Austin Proehl will make Buffalo Bills’ 53-man roster
Wide receiver Austin Proehl was a day three selection in the 2018 NFL draft and should have a productive preseason and training camp. The former North Carolina Tarheel is undersized but talented enough to impress when given the opportunity.
Proehl has the speed to threaten each level of the field and should develop a rapport with Josh Allen, as both will see extensive time together as backups in practice and while squaring off with opponents’ backups.
He’ll be catching passes from Allen in the preseason, and both will help each other on their way to bigger roles next season. Kelvin Benjamin is the only proven boundary wide receiver on the roster; Proehl has a shot to become part of the rotation early.
Kelvin Benjamin will reach 1,000 receiving yards and have a huge year
Entering his contract year as the Buffalo Bills’ clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin is out to prove that he can play at a high level as the team’s primary receiving weapon on offense. Buffalo traded for Benjamin at the deadline, but the massive 6-foot-5 wideout struggled because he dealt with injuries and shuffling at quarterback.
He played through a meniscus injury for the majority of his time with the Bills but showed flashes of playmaking ability, especially on contested catches.
Benjamin is easily the best receiver that Josh Allen has ever had, and the aggressive passer should be able to maximize Benjamin’s ability to win in one-on-one situations. Bills fans can expect a big season from the former Panther, and I believe he will deliver.
LeSean McCoy will earn All-Pro honors
He’s 30-years old and has accumulated over 10,000 rushing yards in his career. He’s been a bell cow since his days with the Eagles, and that has continued since joining Buffalo.
There are certainly valid reasons to be concerned about McCoy’s ability to remain productive, but No. 25 is still very motivated in his chase for 12,000 rushing yards and will undoubtedly be the focal point of the Bills’ offense once again.
No running back has run for more yards than McCoy since he was traded to Buffalo in 2015 (3,300 yards), and with a creative OC in town, he will be primed for even more production running and receiving.
The modified offensive line could be a challenge, but I strongly believe we’ll see another great season from the veteran in 2018, where he will again be the heart and soul of the Bills’ offense and earn All-Pro honors for the third time in his career.