*1 - Bills CB likes what he sees from Josh Allen *His dance moves, his energy and his defense helped skyrocket the Bills into a playoff spot last season, and Tre’Davious White continues to make a name for himself but this time it’s when he represented the Bills on the NFL Network. He told Up to the Minute LIVE that so far, the Bills are doing exactly what they need to be doing while finishing up their second week of OTAs.
“We just continue to get better and better as a team going into the second week,” said White. “We did a great job last year of just laying a foundation of what coach McDermott is all about, what this team is going to be about going forward for years to come. So, I feel like with the new guys we have got coming in and with the guys we have coming back, we’re off to a great start in our second week.”
But for White, the questions quickly turned toward the Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen, and he had great things to say about the QB out of Wyoming.
“Josh Allen has been doing a great job throwing that ball. And I’d say he has a great arm,” said White. “He’s been throwing it around. Be on the lookout for Josh Allen, he’s going to be one of the best young quarterbacks in this league for a long time.”
White even has a little bit of a warning for any defender that might end up trying to pick off one of Allen’s passes.
“[His arm is] great. It’s one of the best I’ve seen. At a young age, and for him just coming into the league, he’s been zipping that thing. It comes with a lot of heat behind it. So, he’s going to break a lot of guys fingers this year.”
*2 - Bills new Director of Player Personnel fits Buffalo’s culture *Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane believe the culture change in Buffalo is a never-ending process because there is always room to improve. When the Bills went out looking for a new Director of Player Personnel, they wanted to find a “culture fit.” They found former Panthers linebacker, and Seahawks personnel man, Dan Morgan.
When Morgan joined One Bills Live, he touched on what it meant to fit the culture of the Buffalo Bills.
“It’s hard work, and humble people,” said Morgan. “Guys who want to work hard, have success in the organization. We got to do that in Seattle as far as building a roster, working your butt off and finding those diamonds in the rough. We did that a lot in Seattle and I’m definitely looking forward to doing that here.”
After retiring due an ankle injury, the former first round pick started from the bottom in a position with the Seattle Seahawks. Morgan was making $40,000 a year while chauffeuring players to and from the airport. But for him, it was all about the game he loved.
“I knew I wanted to stay in football. This is what I love," he said. "I love watching tape, I love evaluating, I love helping organizations bring in good players and I’m just definitely happy to be here.”
Now, Morgan handles the players on the Bills roster, and the possible additions to it as well. Even now, Morgan has a list of options for Beane and company to mull over if an addition or cut is needed.
“We have an emergency list, so basically we have guys that we want to work out," Morgan said. "We have guys who are true emergency, veterans that can come in and play right away. The work out guys, we like to bring in, work these guys out and then kind of compare to the guys we feel are on the bottom of the roster. You know, we’re just always looking to get better, looking to churn the roster, and that’s what you got to do to be a championship team.”
*3 - Who is the Bills most exciting UDFA addition? *It’s never easy to be a walk-on in college, but it’s even more difficult when you go to one of the best football programs in the country. Bills cornerback Levi Wallace not only walked on to the Alabama roster, but he became a starter covering some of the best players on the opposition’s rosters and shutting them down.
When Bleacher Report made a list of each team’s most exciting undrafted free agent signing, Wallace was their choice for the Bills.
Wallace (6'0", 179 lbs.) recorded two sacks, three interceptions and led the Crimson Tide in pass breakups with 15 once he seized the starting role. As many know, Alabama loads its defense with highly recruited prospects every year. The Arizona native simply had to wait his turn.
Wallace has an opportunity to claim a roster spot and take some early snaps in a reserve role. His persistence in sticking with the Alabama program as a reserve for three years highlights his patience and willingness to work his way up the ladder at the professional level.
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