Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Monday, July 30, 2018 | BataviasBest.org
Following the first few days of Buffalo Bills Training Camp little has changed in terms of what we anticipated heading into this past Thursday afternoon. That being said, there were a few things that I picked up during the course of the short week:
This is truly a three-way QB competition
To those of you who believed the Bills were limiting this QB competition to AJ McCarron and Josh Allen: hold your horses.
This has been the definition of a three-way quarterback competition through the first four days of camp, with McCarron getting the majority of the first-team reps (19), while Nathan Peterman has been second in line for snaps with the first unit (17), and Josh Allen has been third in terms of repetitions (9).
A factor which may play into Allen’s lack of first-team snaps could be the fact that the first team defense has shown themselves to be truly elite through the first week, and perhaps the organization wants to limit Allen’s snaps against that level of defense this early in his career.
Which leads me to my next point: I think this defense has a chance to be the best in the league this season.
First-team defense is elite
A few key acquisitions during the offseason and the unit’s performance thus far during training camp has led me to believe that the first team defense is becoming, in my mind, one of the better units in the NFL. Star Lotulelei and Vontae Davis, both former stars in this league, come in hoping to improve this group which finished 26th in total defense last regular season.
Another item to note concerning the defense, albeit a minor item, is that Shaq Lawson appears to be on the outs in terms of his spot on the first-team.
Newcomer Trent Murphy has seized the top-spot at left defensive end, as the unrestricted free agent was brought in in hopes of improving the Bills’ efforts on the edge and has performed well thus far during camp. Prior to his signing with the Bills Murphy had been recovering from injury since a breakout campaign in 2016 during which he recorded 9 sacks.
LeSean McCoy is NOT talking
Another item of note surrounding the Bills early-on in Training Camp is the fact that LeSean McCoy is not talking about recent allegations which frame him as a domestic abuser, and much more.
McCoy will be one of the top-backs in the NFL if he is on the field this season, and a Bills offense which is extremely limited as far as talented is concerned needs him badly in 2018-2019.
Speaking of the offense…
Brian Daboll’s new-look Bills offense is going to work a lot different than last year’s
Following a year which the Bills offense was nothing more than uninspiring, Brian Daboll comes in looking to revamp Buffalo’s attack on the fly with little to work with in terms of talent surrounding the quarterback position. This year’s offense will feature plenty of shifts, trades, and motions, in hopes of providing whoever ends up as the team’s starting QB with matchups which work in the team’s favor.
I’m sure there is more that I left out, but the above items are what struck me the most concerning the early days of Bills Training Camp.
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