1. B/R named this offensive lineman the team’s biggest offseason acquisition
The Bills’ primary focus of the offseason has been to acquire protection along the offensive line. Buffalo added Mitch Morse, Ty Nsekhe and Spencer Long, Jon Feliciano, Quinton Spain and LaAdrian Waddle to the line, but one acquisition stands above the rest.
Bleacher Report named Morse the biggest acquisition of the Bills’ offseason. Buffalo acquired tons of talent on the offensive side of the ball with receivers like Cole Beasley and John Brown but Morse’s play at center is the “key new ingredient” in Buffalo.
That's because what the Bills will need more than anything for Allen is continuity and reliability across the offensive line. Teams are learning to build from the inside out so the quarterback is first comfortable with who's snapping him the ball and then who's protecting him, and then who he's throwing to. _
Morse will be responsible for those snaps as well as that protection, and he's got the ability to become something special for Allen in Orchard Park. Per Ben Cooper of Pro Football Focus, Morse's "81.2 pass-blocking grade ranked sixth among centers in 2018, and he was one of four centers with 600-plus snaps who did not surrender a sack."
Morse missed time last season but said he is cleared and ready to play for the upcoming year. At age 26, Morse could be the key to Josh Allen’s success under center for years to come.
Click through to see photos of Buffalo's 2019 free agents in Bills gear on their first day at One Bills Drive.
2. Micah Hyde excited to bond with Bills fans at his charity softball game
Micah Hyde is hosting a charity softball game on June 2 to benefit his foundation the IMangINe for Youth. On Thursday, Hyde and other Bills took to the grounds of Sahlen Field to take some early batting practice and talk some trash.
“I feel like we, as a defense, are going to smash the offense,” Hyde said. “We know that the defense is a lot more skilled, so we’re ready to show the fans of Buffalo.”
Hyde was joined at the field by Levi Wallace, Zay Jones and Dion Dawkins.
The bases and fences will be moved in a little bit, Hyde predicted it to be a high-scoring affair with the defense crushing the offense 22-10. But, the offense has a secret weapon up its sleeves. Jones played baseball in high school and college and could be to the softball diamond what Tre White is to a goal crease.
Hyde hopes that it becomes an annual event in the same fashion that it was when he played in Green Bay.
“In my opinion, I feel like Bills Mafia is louder, prouder, more excited than what they have up north,” Hyde said. “I feel these stands can get filled. It’s a day where we all just have fun, laugh, joke around. We interact with the fans. You might see me up in the crowd, talking to some kids, throwing some baseballs out. It puts our faces out there in front of the community, and I feel it’s very important.”
3. Is Josh Allen the AFC East’s best golfing quarterback?
We already know that Josh Allen could have been a star in the 110-meter hurdles, but could he have also been a star on the PGA tour?
Allen already won the Wrangler Celebrity Charity Shootout against other NFL players and coaches during the Super Bowl in Atlanta winning $10,000 toward the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Last week, Allen hit the fairways of Augusta, Georgia. Allen, the Jets’ Sam Darnold and Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick competed in a closest-to-the-hole challenge.
The Bills will face the Jets in Week 1 and Miami in Week 7 to decide the division but who’s the best golfer? Check out this video.
With the 2019 NFL Draft one week away, we take a look at Bills draft history and particularly 'Draft Diamonds.' Check out photos of Bills players that were drafted in the later rounds and had celebrated careers. Bills draft coverage is presented by ECMC.