1 - Frazier's expectations high for DT Washington
After being drafted by the previous regime in Buffalo, Adolphus Washington has shown enough to the new Bills staff to warrant some confidence. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier recently communicated his thoughts on the former Ohio State Buckeye.
"He's doing well," said Frazier. "I was just talking to him about the consistency that he's shown."
Although Frazier believes that Washington is on the right track, he also believes that there needs to be a sense of urgency from the third-year defensive tackle.
"It's a big year for him, and he knows that," he said. "He's going into his third season, a lot of eyes are on him, and we need his production."
Washington has started in 21 of his first 30 games in the NFL, also rotating in to give some veteran players some much needed rest. Coach Frazier also recognized Washington's importance and impact on veteran defensive players such as Kyle Williams.
"We don't want to have to play Kyle an overabundance of snaps," said Frazier. "We need a good rotation, and he can provide that for us and not have a big drop off when Kyle's not in the game."
There are some question marks surrounding Washington, but Frazier has big plans for him in 2018.
"We want to have a system where we're rotating our front," he said. "He's going to be a big part of our success. We need him to really be consistent and just keep rising and not have plateaus."
2 - Pennington thinks highly of Allen
Bills fans know Chad Pennington well, as Pennington suited up for the Jets from 2000 to 2007, and the Dolphins from 2008 to 2010. Although Pennington is a former rival of the Bills, he recently spoke about his thoughts on Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
"I know that he [Allen] is a really good kid," said Pennington. "I know that the upside physically is off the charts."
Pennington first met Allen at the 2018 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, and he talked about Allen's most important attributes in translating to the NFL game.
"You can never teach size, strength, and physicality," he said. "He has all of the tangibles that you would want in a pro-style quarterback."
Pennington knows a thing or two about persevering and what it takes to be successful in the NFL, as he is a two-time comeback player of the year award winner; once in 2006 and again in 2008. Pennington was once the NFL's all-time leader in career completion percentage, however, he was surpassed by Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2014. Pennington spoke about how Allen possesses some of the same qualities as him.
"Mentally, he grasps the game," he said. "He wants to learn more, and that is always a positive. You have to have guys in your quarterback room that love football."
Bills fans should be happy to hear that former NFL quarterbacks like Pennington believe that Allen has what it takes to be successful in the NFL.
Photos from Day 9 of 2018 Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors and Ferris.
3 - Proehl's thoughts on training camp
Seventh round pick and former North Carolina Tar Heel, Austin Proehl, is experiencing his first NFL training camp as a player in 2018. However, his father Ricky, played 17 seasons in the NFL and gave Austin his first exposure to the NFL at a young age. The younger Proehl spoke recently about how he is enjoying his first camp as a player.
"It is going great," said Proehl. "It is an unbelievable pleasure to be out here with this great group of players and coaches."
Proehl played four years for the University of North Carolina as a wide receiver and return specialist and he is hoping to carve out a similar role with the Bills. However, Proehl understands that there are a lot of men in the wide receiver group battling for a chance to make the 53-man roster.
"There is definitely a lot of competition," he said. "More competition is always good. You have to fight for your spot every day and compete for every rep."
Bills wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie has coached and played in the NFL for a total of 37 years, and like Austin's father, had a son who played in the NFL. Terry's son Brian was drafted by Cleveland in 2009, and last played in the NFL with Atlanta in 2013. These similarities allow for the younger Proehl and eldest Robiskie to connect on a deeper level.
"He has coached a great number of big time receivers in the NFL," said Proehl of Robiskie. "He's made my timing better, my route running better; he has been a great asset for me."
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