Bills Open 2017 Training Camp at St. John Fisher College
It’s the Buffalo Bills 18th season at St. John Fisher College and once again optimism is in the air, especially with new Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott. The Bills must address offensive line weaknesses with Eric Wood and Jordan Mills being expendable. Hopefully rookie Dion Dawkins can win the starting right tackle position and allow Jordan Mills to come off the bench in a reserve role. That would be the best role for Jordan Mills and injured Eric Wood returning to the center position would Bills Open 2017 Training Camp at St. John Fisher College be a big mistake by Bills coaches. Ryan Groy should start at center position because of his strong run blocking skills along with being able to upgrade the offensive line. Eric Wood should be cut and his position on the roster given to a quality free agent who can help the team in another position.
Bills middle linebacker position competition between Preston Brown and second year player Reggie Ragland should be very interesting. I also like the cornerback position with Micah Hyde, Ronald Darby, and rookie Tre”Darvious White making the roster but who will be the nickel backs along with being key role players on special teams? We will soon find out if second year player Kevon Seymour, along with free agents Shareece Wright, and Leonard Johnson can make a name for themselves on a wide open secondary unit. Bills secondary will perform much better this season because the defensive line is intact and will be playing a 4-3 defensive scheme which means Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes, and Lorenzo Alexander will be more focused on rushing the passer instead of dropping back into coverage. This 4-3 scheme will force opposing quarterbacks to throw the ball sooner and Bills defensive line is still one of the best in the NFL. It’s very sad that they were wasted for two years by a horrible Head Coach named Rex Ryan, who did not know what he was doing with a good defensive unit that fit a scheme he was not capable of coaching or leading to wins.
The Bills wide receivers group is literally wide open for several players to step up and take a spot on the active roster. Sammy Watkins must produce this season and hopefully will be injury free in order to have a productive season. I also like Rod Streater and Andre Holmes, both played for the Oakland Raiders in recent years and can make big plays along with Philly Brown, Jeremy butler, Dezmin Lewis, and Walter Powell. These guys all have problems with consistently holding on to the football. It might come down to who drops the least amount of passes.
Due to a very unpopular move of not resigning Mike Gillislee, the Bills are in a position of looking for a quality back up to LeSean McCoy. We will keep an eye on newcomer Cedric O”Neal and second player Jonathan Williams, who must step his game up in order to make the team. There are always some diamonds in the rough and I will be looking for them throughout training camp. The Bills New Head Coach is used to an aggressive defensive unit and is better suited to employ an attacking style defense in Buffalo. Keep in mind this is McDermott’s first NFL Head coaching job and we will have to wait and see how he reacts under the pressure of a live NFL game. I will be on twitter and Facebook from training camp George Radney @Georgeradman to follow with updates throughout the upcoming NFL season.