3 things we learned about the offense during Bills training camp

A.J. Epenesa (57) and Dion Dawkins (73). Buffalo Bills Training Camp scrimmage at Bills Stadium, August 27, 2020. Photo by Bill Wippert

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll spoke with media on Friday, a day after the Bills Training Camp scrimmage. Daboll detailed his confidence in Josh Allen, explained how the offense needs to improve and touched on several players who have made an impact in camp. 

Here's three things to know about the offense from training camp.

1. Josh Allen is earning trust around the building

In Thursday's scrimmage, Josh Allen completed 33 of 45 passes for a completion rate of 73 percent. The QB had two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and an interception. Daboll noted it was crucial to spend a good portion of the scrimmage on the passing game to work on chemistry with receivers in a windy Bills Stadium.

From an offseason over Zoom to a shortened training camp, Daboll has witnessed Allen's development as a leader and growth as a quarterback every day regardless of the obstacles in place.

"He grows every day," Daboll explained. "He's dedicated to his craft. He's an excellent leader. He understands what we want, he goes out there and he tries to do it on a daily basis. He's got great relationships with the people in the building, not just his teammates, but with everybody in the building.

"He's leading our football team. So just like he and I always say, we take it day by day. We try to get better than the day before. And it's never perfect, we're a long way away from that. But we have good communication, we give and take. I have a lot of trust and faith in Josh."

2. Brian Daboll believes this is more important than continuity

The Bills return several starters on offense ahead of the 2020 season, but for Daboll that's not the most important piece to offensive success.

"Continuity is not as important as playing well and doing your job," Daboll said. "You can be together for a long time and go out there and not play well, coach well or do things well, and it really doesn't matter. Our whole focus is taking each day as they come and really making the most out of them. The more things you can do on a consistent basis, you give yourself a better chance."

Daboll explained that continuity certainly plays a part in the chemistry between quarterbacks and receivers, which is something the group has worked on every day. After Thursday's scrimmage running back Devin Singletary spoke to how frequently the team has worked on it, saying the passing game timing with Allen and receivers has been "on point" throughout camp.

There are many positives from the offense during training camp--Allen's consistency, new offensive weapons or solid running back options, but Daboll thinks the offense can be even better than what they've shown this month.

"We have to keep doing things better," Daboll said. "They are a good group of guys to work with, starting as men off the field. A group of guys that are committed to trying to do things day in and day out the right way, who are hungry, who are hard workers, who are smart and who understand that it takes everybody to keep this ship sailing. We need to keep grinding, we need to keep improving each day and we need to correct the things that weren't as good the following day."

3. How Dion Dawkins contract extension is helping the team

Right before training camp practices began, left tackle Dion Dawkins signed a contract extension. This extension isn't just helping Dawkins. Daboll thinks Dawkins' presence and work ethic has had an effect on several players.

"Dion is another guy, when I first got here, I think he's grown so much as a young man but as a player for us and as a leader," Daboll explained. "He's done a great job with his line teammates, with his offensive teammates and collectively with the entire team. He's very hungry, he's driven. I'd say hungry is a really good word for him. And that's a good thing to see. He's a young player that's a good player for us and knows that there's a lot of room for improvement. He just grinds at it every day."

When it comes to figuring out the best five offensive linemen for Week 1, Daboll said they will continue to mix and match players on the line throughout practices. Daboll stressed the importance of position flexibility on an offensive line and the need to have multiple players ready in case of injury.

Scroll through to see the best photos from today's Bills training camp scrimmage, presented by Connors and Ferris.

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