1 - New Bills O-line ready for aggressive styleThe Buffalo Bills have an offensive line that will look different from last season. Along with the departure of players like Eric Wood and Richie Incognito, the Bills have added players that will come in and look to make an impact on the roster. One of those players is nine-year veteran, Marshall Newhouse. A former Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers, the 6-4, 330 lb. tackle from Dallas made the Bills his fifth career NFL team after playing for the Packers, Bengals, Giants and the Raiders.
Newhouse joined One Bills Live yesterday, and he shared what it's like to be a player who has played so many different systems.
"I'm in year nine and having been with five different offensive line coaches, I mean; each guy has their own way, especially offensive line because it's heavy, heavy positioning," said Newhouse. "So, from team to team there are guys who emphasize getting your feet there. Some guys emphasize hands. Some guys emphasize both. Some guys they just want the more grit-type of player.
"So, all different styles, but coach Castillo's, from him with some of the team building stuff we're doing. He's a fiery guy and I think players follow kind of what their coach's personality is. And if that is any indication I think we're going to be a pretty salty group."
Along with Newhouse, center Russell Bodine joined the Bills this offseason. On the same day One Bills Live polled Bills fans on what type of offense they wanted to see, Newhouse believes the Bills will have a group that can handle all the dimensions of an NFL offense.
"We're going to be a matchup type offense," said Newhouse. "We're going to be an aggressive, 'can-do a lot of different things well' offense. We can go fast. We can take our time. We can do a lot of things up at the line.
"[Daboll] is going to ask a lot of our quarterbacks, but he's going to ask a lot of everyone else. I imagine all the terms and techniques and stuff, he threw them in a bucket, and just threw the bucket out on the floor the first day. Just like, 'Guys, I need you to know this. I need you to learn this. In and out.' Then we go out on the field and practice it outside."
Newhouse and the rest of the Bills have been hard at work at One Bills Drive working out, and building the comradery that every team needs for success.
Check out photos of the Bills offensive line.
2 - NFL projects the Bills starting lineupDuring draft day press conferences, Sean McDermott told media that he wants to build a team that players need to compete every year for a job. When that happens, it leaves speculation as to who will be at what position to start the year. The NFL's Gregg Rosenthal decided he was going to project the starting lineups for all 32 teams this season, and here is what he had for the Bills.
*QB: AJ McCarron *
*RB: LeSean McCoy *
*WR: Kelvin Benjamin *
*WR: Zay Jones *
*WR: Jeremy Kerley *
*TE: Charles Clay *
*LT: Dion Dawkins *
*LG: John Miller *
*C: Russell Bodine *
*RG: Vladimir Ducasse *
RT: Jordan Mills
*DE: Jerry Hughes *
*DT: Star Lotulelei *
*DT: Kyle Williams *
*DE: Trent Murphy *
*OLB: Matt Milano *
*MLB: Tremaine Edmunds *
*OLB: Lorenzo Alexander *
*CB: Tre'Davious White *
*CB: Vontae Davis *
*S: Micah Hyde *
S: Jordan Poyer
Key projections have A.J. McCarron winning the open competition at quarterback, and Bills rookie, Tremaine Edmunds winning the starting job at middle linebacker. Here is what Rosenthal had to say about some of his decisions.
General manager Brandon Beane indicated after the draft that a veteran or two could be added to one of the least experienced receiver groups in football…
Bills coach Sean McDermott spun magic in the secondary last year -- White, Poyer and Hyde all return after excellent seasons. Now, the team is counting on McDermott to turn Davis' career around. There isn't much depth at the slot corner position.
It's hard to completely remake a defense in two offseasons, but Edmunds is the type of linebacker who can change Buffalo's entire profile on Sundays, like Luke Kuechly did for McDermott in Carolina.
3 - Shady's style paying offWhen the Bills let LeSean McCoy run the ball, fans are excited to see how he uses the entire width of the field. McCoy is one of the best running backs in the past decade when it comes to moving left to right. Pro Football Focus provided the stats to prove it.
Since 2006, McCoy has the fourth most forced missed tackles with 424. Only Marshawn Lynch (651), Adrian Peterson (502) and Frank Gore (445) have more.
Since trading for the running back in 2015, McCoy has become a focal point of the Bills offense. Turning 30 in July, the Bills will look for the six-time Pro Bowler to continue to juke, jive and reach the end zone.
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