1 - Quinton Spain: I knew I could work here
Quinton Spain is the newest offensive lineman to join the plethora of players the Bills have brought in this offseason. Spain agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills last week and will compete for a starting job after finishing up his time with Tennessee.
Spain prides himself on being undrafted. On social media he goes by the name “Mr. Undrafted” and a reminder to himself that every team passed on him in the 2015 draft. Spain has already proved that all teams missed in their evaluations of him by becoming a starter in his rookie season.
“I want to be the last offensive lineman in the league from that draft class,” Spain said on 'One Bills Live.' “That’s motivating me to keep playing.”
In four seasons with the Titans, Spain made 48 starts and appeared in 50 total games. His first career start came on Oct. 11, 2015 against the Bills where Buffalo won 14-13.
Spain should fit right in with the city of Buffalo. Spain’s favorite moment from his four seasons in Nashville was the NHL’s Predators run in the playoffs.
“When I came on my visit here, as soon as I walked in the building here everyone was so nice and it felt like family,” Spain said. “I felt like family, I just got married so I’m big on that and it just blew me away. Everyone was happy and had smiles on their faces and I knew I could work here.”
The Bills have added a half-dozen linemen this offseason but the competition doesn’t deter him. Nothing is guaranteed at this point for his spot on the team.
“It’s going to be a great competition and I just want it like brotherhood,” Spain said. “I hope we can get on and I hope I can bring everyone together like I did in Tennessee and have that bond. If you have that bond then you know you can count on that guy beside you.”
2 - This Josh Allen stat that will surprise you the most
Josh Allen is heralded for his arm and ability to throw deep, but is criticized at times for his attempts at making short throws. But, Pro Football Focus says otherwise. Josh Allen is one of the best at making short passes.
On short passes (0-9 yards) Allen was the NFL leader in passing grade when throwing outside the numbers on the left side with a 81.5 grade in 2018. That’s better than any other quarterback in the NFL. Houston’s Deshaun Watson was the best between the numbers at 91.7 and Denver’s Joe Flacco was the best throwing outside the numbers to the right side at 82.4.
Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen have been building their rivalry on who can throw farther but maybe the real competition is who can throw better from short.
3 - Former Bills announcing draft picks
The NFL announced that current and former players will announce day two draft selections for their teams. Former Bills Eric Wood and Stevie Johnson will announce the team’s second and third round picks, respectively.
Wood and Johnson represent the success a player can have in the NFL no matter where they were drafted. Wood was a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft, playing 120 career games for the Bills. Johnson was a seventh-round pick in 2008 and turned into Buffalo’s No. 1 receiver in his time here.
Wood helped to end the Bills’ 17 season playoff drought, with the final game of his career being in the 2017 NFL playoffs. Johnson accumulated multiple 1,000 plus yard receiving seasons and ranks ninth on the Bills’ all-time receiving yards list.
Former Bills Larry Centers, Terrell Owens, James Lofton, Shawne Merriman and Brad Smith will announce picks for other teams.
The NFL draft begins on April 25, Wood and Johnson will be announcing their picks on day two of the draft, April 26.