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Bills Today: Which undrafted rookie is most likely to make the roster?

Posted May 11, 2018

Here's the Bills news of note for May 11th.


1 - Which undrafted rookie is most likely to make the Bills roster?       
Yesterday, the Bills announced the signings of 12 undrafted free agents. In a spot where players are looking to overcome the adversity of not being drafted by a team, these 12 will still all have the opportunity to battle for a spot on the roster. But from the dozen, which one is most likely to make the Bills roster? According to Bleacher Report, it’s cornerback Levi Wallace.

Levi Wallace already understands what it takes to earn his way onto a roster before becoming a dominant performer.

Wallace walked onto the Alabama Crimson Tide program. He left as arguably the SEC's best cover corner by allowing a 47.3 quarterback rating into his coverage in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus.

The Buffalo Bills aren't committed to Vontae Davis or Phillips Gaines beyond the upcoming season. Wallace, Tre'Davious White and fourth-round pick Taron Johnson can form a solid trio.

Last season, Wallace recorded three interceptions with one ending up as a pick-six. Now he will look to become a part of the long-term future in Buffalo.

2 - How to best utilize Josh Allen
The newest quarterback in Buffalo will have a lot of weight on his shoulders when he steps on the field. Bills fans are hoping Josh Allen will become the franchise quarterback in due time. But how can Sean McDermott, Brian Daboll and the rest of the Bills coaching staff best utilize their rookie out of Wyoming? Steve Palazzolo and Zac Robinson from Pro Football Focus gave their insight as to what kind of offense the Bills should build around Allen.

For Robinson, the Bills coaching staff’s history with a comparable QB in Cam Newton leads to why Allen could fit perfectly into the system in Buffalo.

There is much more projection involved as far as fit, besides size/athleticism and hand measurements for inclement weather if you are in to that, for what the Bills plan to do with Allen. It may be an old school way of thinking in today’s pass-centric NFL but for Allen to have success, he will need to be a product of a good running game. As he showed with some success at Wyoming, Allen can be expected to be involved in the running game in a Cam Newton type of role – and with Sean McDermott’s background in Carolina seeing how that was constructed mixed with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s recent year with the quarterback run game at Alabama – it adds up.

Allen’s strengths lie at the intermediate middle part of the field, in the bootleg game outside the pocket where his vision is more clear, as well as outside the numbers on timing routes, which is why a running game could be vital for generating offense around these areas. A heavy play action vertical game to use Allen’s arm will be key as well.

Palazzolo wants the Bills staff to take notice of Allen’s arm and the power he has in it. Allen could add a deep threat element to an offense that has been missing it for a few years.

Allen ranked below average in the draft class in all but one throw type: vertical leads (think seams, posts and corners). He has plenty of work in the quick game and on underneath routes, but he can drive the ball vertically down the field with velocity and he ranked fourth out of 10 draft-class quarterbacks with an accuracy percentage of 52.0. The Bills must take advantage of Allen’s ability to create big plays down the field, and providing opportunities to let Allen unleash his arm on seams and posts is the best way to maximize his skillset.

3 - Praise for Brandon Beane’s maneuvers
Three days removed from his one-year anniversary with the franchise, Brandon Beane continues to look for ways to improve the Buffalo Bills franchise. In his short tenure as the Bills GM, Beane has already made several bold moves. This offseason, Beane continues to build the roster into what he hopes will become a powerhouse team for years to come.

In March, Beane traded left tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals, along with the 21st selection in the 2018 draft, for the 12th overall pick. The move led to the Bills drafting Josh Allen at seventh overall, and Bleacher Report regards the move as one of the best this off season.

The real boon of the Bills' offseason took place when they traded veteran offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and the No. 21 pick to the Bengals in exchange for the No. 12 pick. If that doesn't happen, they likely don't land Allen. It was a no-brainer deal for Buffalo, who no longer had much use for the oft-injured Glenn after 2017 second-round pick Dion Dawkins emerged in the left tackle spot as a rookie.

By trading a player who had lost most of his value to them, the Bills saved nearly $5 million in cap space and greatly increased their odds of landing their first franchise quarterback in over a decade.

Bravo, general manager Brandon Beane.

Since Jim Kelly retired, the Bills have not had a steady starting quarterback, but now Allen will be coming to One Bills Drive hoping to be the face of the franchise in the near future.

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