Every summer leading up to training camp Buffalobills.com examines 25 of the more pertinent issues facing the team as they make their final preparations for the upcoming regular season. This year we wanted to focus on a few different areas that impact the team off the field in addition to what takes place on the field. From now until report day at training camp we’ll address these subjects one at a time. Here now is the latest daily installment as we closely examine some of the answers the Buffalo Bills have to come up with between July 18 and the Sept. 7 opener at Chicago.
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It will help that the QB-WR duo has worked on the chemistry between each other since last season.
“I try to get Woody the ball as much as possible,” Manuel said. “I want to give him opportunities to get the ball in his hands because he is great after the catch. Once he catches the ball, he can make something happen just like Sammy can.”
“I did a lot of footwork drills, I did a lot of route running, and I got stronger during the offseason,” Goodwin said on the John Murphy Show.
Goodwin worked more in the slot during preseason practices, which requires the knowledge of a wider array of routes than the Texas product was used to last season. With perhaps even more competition at the position than last year, Goodwin should be one of the more intriguing players to watch at training camp.
“I feel like I’ve been productive when healthy, and I’m back to being healthy,” Moeaki said. “I just need to take it one practice at a time and focus on the details and show what I can do.”
Considering the commitment the Bills have to the running game, they will likely be using a lot of two tight end formations, where Moeaki can team up with
Moeaki appeared in just one game for the Bills in 2013, so this training camp could be the first time many fans will see him catching passes in a Buffalo uniform.
Dixon has proven to be a versatile player, lining up at fullback in 2013 with San Francisco and also showing good hands and instincts catching the ball out of the backfield so far during OTAs and minicamp. He is confident that given the opportunity, he could be more than just a short-yardage role player.
“I’m just out to prove that I’m one of the best players in this league,” Dixon said. “I really do feel like that. I haven’t got the opportunity to show that, but I really do feel like I’m one of the best players in this league, and that’s why I came here, to get some more opportunities and show that.”
Another standout playmaker in OTAs and minicamp, Chris Hogan, seems to be in more of a defined role this season. He will likely be taking the majority of his snaps in the slot receiver position and has crafted his game to excel in that role with the Bills.
“There’s a lot more involved in being a slot receiver. You’ve got to be able to read the coverage because your routes can change depending on what coverage they give you. There’s a little more thinking involved,” Hogan said.
The key for Hogan will be making sure to keep up the high level of play he has already proven capable of this offseason once the pads come on and the physicality of practice ramps up even more.