There are some obvious questions facing the Bills roster that the coaching staff will try to begin to answer as voluntary OTAs get underway Tuesday. Buffalobills.com takes a preliminary look at five of the more pressing issues the team will have to find answers for as the majority of the roster assembles on the field for the first time under new head coach Chan Gailey.
1 - What will be the quarterback rotation?
Gailey has declared the job of starting quarterback an open competition and even stated that rookie seventh-round pick
Whether that extra exposure to Gailey’s scheme will make him first in the rotation come Tuesday is tough to figure. In all likelihood Gailey and his staff will have the two veteran quarterbacks ahead of Brohm in the rotation.
The main reason why is Gailey and his offensive staff have been on the practice field with Brohm already. They’ve also had the opportunity to review Brohm’s practice tape, and Brown’s for that matter. Gailey, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins and quarterbacks coach George Cortez need to get an up close and personal feel for how
To do that they’re going to need to give the two veteran signal callers more of the reps through this first set of practices this week. Who gets more reps with the first unit will bear watching.
2 – Where will Spiller spend his time?
Gailey has made no secret that top pick
To take full advantage of Spiller’s skills Gailey intends to get the talented playmaker out in space as often as possible. There are ways to do that from out of the backfield obviously, but it’s expected that Spiller will also line up in the slot and be in the mix on kickoff returns.
When he lines up at all of those different spots is the question.
Through the rookie minicamp, Spiller lined up only in the backfield as the coaching staff installed the base offense over those three days. When the staff decides to expose Spiller to the different roles he’s expected to play come the regular season will largely be determined by how effectively the Clemson product absorbs all the play call assignments being given to him.
It’s likely to be a step-by-step process, with the running back assignments being the foundation in terms of run fits, protection responsibilities and finally routes. When he has a firm grasp of that, we then might see him line up wide and work to master those other roles.
That might not happen however, until June.
Being a rookie, it’s anticipated that he’ll be lining up behind Jackson and Lynch when it comes to the running back rotation.
3 – What’s the depth chart at receiver?
Going into OTAs the leading candidates to line up opposite Lee Evans are third-year receivers
Free agent signee
4 – How does left tackle shake out?
This is a position that has an incumbent in
If he is able to participate in practice he’s expected to line up as the starting left tackle from the outset. His stiffest competition will come from
If Bell is unable to practice Meredith will run with the first unit.
Behind Meredith is rookie fifth-round pick
All of the other tackles on the roster will spend their time on the right side. Free agent veteran
5 – Who fits where in the safety puzzle?
The safety position is arguably one of the deepest on Buffalo’s roster with the top four on the squad all possessing starting experience. It was also one of the most jumbled positions last season due mainly to injury. It compromised a lot of roles and even forced one safety to play out of position last season.
Under a new staff in 2010 however, some roles look as though they’ll be changing. Whitner will be returning to his more familiar strong safety role and he’s expected to be the starter heading into OTAs. Behind him will be veteran Bryan Scott and converted linebacker
At free safety Jairus Byrd would be running with the first unit if he was all the way back from his hip surgery. That’s not expected to be the case however, during the first week of OTAs. So it’s anticipated that George Wilson will step in with the starting unit at free safety.
OTA practices this week will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Buffalobills.com will provide full coverage, which can all be found on the home page.