The Bills will begin their on field preparations for the 2009 season on Monday as their organized team activities (OTAs) get underway next week with a three-day session that runs through Wednesday. But there are a lot of questions as the 2009 roster begins to take shape with respect to roles. Buffalobills.com tries to look ahead and get closer to some possible answers.
The offseason might be most important for this unit. With the possibility of five new players at all five positions, they’ll need every snap they can get this offseason if they’re to hit the ground running in September.
Expected to man the left tackle spot is
Left guard is more of an up in the air position. Typically at the outset of OTAs the veteran players get the benefit of the doubt and are plugged in with the starting unit. That means that
At center free agent signee
Right guard is likely to be manned by first-round pick
At right tackle, former starting guard
Receiver pecking order
Wide receiver might be the position of deepest talent on the roster, which is also going to lead to some difficult decisions come late August with respect to the final corps.
Will T.O. show?
Terrell Owens said earlier this offseason that he does plan to attend some of the voluntary OTA sessions this spring, but which ones and when?
That’s a question only Owens can answer, which he did on his Twitter account where he said he would be in town next week for OTAs. In all likelihood that means Owens will be on hand Monday.
It’s clear that Owens recognizes the importance of developing timing and chemistry with
What about Schobel?
Schobel typically makes it to a fair portion of the offseason workouts, but coming off a serious foot injury the question is will he be participating more?
The veteran pass rusher is obviously a proven player, but he’s expressed more than once a greater motivation to excel coming off the injury, mainly to prove the doubters wrong. Whether that means he’ll be on hand for more of the team workouts remains to be seen.
In all fairness there is fierce competition at every position, but some particular spots will have more than one quality option.
At running back, knowing
At the free safety spot, veterans like
The role for starting tight end is a wide open field of young players with
Nickel corner is another role that looks as though it will be hotly contested. Veteran free agent
Expanded no huddle?
There has been more than one report this offseason citing “team sources” that the Bills will make greater use of the no huddle portion of their playbook in 2009. Discerning whether or not that is the case from the practice setting however, is too difficult.
Working on execution within a scheme in practice is a completely different animal than preparing for a particular opponent during the regular season and executing a game plan. So no matter how much no huddle might be witnessed on the practice field, it holds very little significance in determining if more no huddle will actually be used when the games count.