1 - McDermott outlines plans for new-look offense and rebuilding the defenseThe Buffalo Bills head coach is a man who believes in continuity. He believes in trusting the process. On One Bills Live Tuesday, he said he also believes the team is heading in the right direction in his second year with the franchise. He now expects an easier transition for his players heading into this season.
“I think when you look at players in their second year of just being around our building, that won’t be new, so there’s a comfort level with that,” said McDermott. “Being comfortable can be bad, but in this case I think it’s good.”
This offseason, general manager Brandon Beane, along with McDermott had the difficult task of updating the roster. One key area that’s been updated is the Bills defensive line.
“Our defensive line, we believe in building it up front,” said McDermott. “Your defense is typically only as good as your defensive line. So, we’re going to go as they go. We’ve got to do a better job this year of stopping the run and fitting the run, which takes all 11 of our guys including our corners. Then obviously affecting and pressuring the quarterback with our four-down rush.”
On offense, the Bills hired new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll back in January. Since then, he has been putting together a new scheme that McDermott expects to add more layers to the Bills attack.
“With respect to the new system, without giving away too much, you’re going to see a system that takes advantage of situations and matchups where and when we can,” McDermott said. “An offense is a little bit more multi-dimensional as opposed to what we saw last year. We’ll get into the preseason where the fans will be able to see that through training camp and I can’t wait to see the fans up at St. John Fisher. We’re excited to be there. A lot of work to do between now and then, but I think they’ll be pleased with where we are.”
Until the fans see players back at St. John Fisher, the team will continue learn and develop over the next few weeks as the veterans of the team begin to work with the rookies.
2 - High praise for Bills rookie linebacker It’s becoming harder and harder for any shadow to hide the prize Buffalo picked up with the 16th pick in the 2018 draft. Tremaine Edmunds is quickly gaining praise throughout the scouting community for the potential he possesses. Doug Farrar of Bleacher Report is the latest to recognize the ability Edmunds brings to the Bills defense.
But when it comes to pure athletic possibility, there's no player in this class like Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. If the Bills maximize what he can do from several spots, he has a great shot at a Defensive Rookie of the Year-level impact with his team…
Edmunds, who blew up the scouting combine by running a 4.54 40-yard dash at 6'5" and 253 pounds, is far more than a workout wonder. In three years with the Hokies (two as a full-time starter), he amassed 112 solo tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles.
He turned 20-years-old on May 2, but has already been tested by Sean McDermott by putting him in command of a huddle during rookie minicamp. His mobility and maturity gives the Bills a player that other teams will take as a matchup nightmare for years to come.
What makes Edmunds special is he has every bit the mobility and range of those smaller linebackers in a bigger package. As one NFC regional scout told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein: "Good luck with your player comp on this one. They don't come like him. I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed. You're better off comping him with a basketball player."
The Bills will begin blending Edmunds into the mix with veterans during the next few days, seeing where he will fit come September.
Check out photos of the Bills defensive line.
3 - Who is Buffalo’s next breakout star?
Last year, Buffalo found players from the outside for their defense, that then became go-to guys on the roster. Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde and Tre’Davious White all were in their first season with the Bills last year, and they all made a name for themselves during it. Hyde was even named to the ‘NFL’s Top 100’ two nights ago.
This year, the Bills next breakout star may come from within, and according to Bleacher Report, don’t be surprised if it is Shaq Lawson.
Two years after coming into the league as the No. 19 overall pick, we're still waiting for defensive end Shaq Lawson to pay dividends on the Buffalo Bills defensive line. He's recorded six career sacks and fought through injuries in that span.
In his junior year at Clemson, Lawson looked the part of a solid bookend pass-rusher for a team that needed a dominant defender to set the edge. Head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier can develop the third-year pro into an impact player, but it starts with him staying on the field.
The 6-3, 267 lb. DE will be looking to avoid the injury bug while living up to his being a first-round selection in 2016. He will be competing for a starting job alongside Eddie Yarbrough, Trent Murphy, Marquavius Lewis, Terrence Fede and Owa Odighizuwa.
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