1. Offensive players gathered for training in Florida
If you've been following Bills players this offseason on social media, it's easy to see quite a few have set up camp in Florida to train. The group grew on last Thursday and Friday to include the Bills quarterback room of Josh Allen, Matt Barkley, Davis Webb and Jake Fromm. In addition to the QBs, several others joined together to train including Stefon Diggs, John Brown, Cole Beasley, Andre Roberts, Robert Foster, Isaiah McKenzie, Ray-Ray McCloud III, Gabriel Davis, Isaiah Hodgins, Nick Easley, Devin Singletary, Dion Dawkins, Dawson Knox, Jason Croom, Tommy Sweeney and Nate Becker.
Most of these players haven't trained together yet this offseason but understand the importance of building team chemistry while One Bills Drive remains closed to players. Allen and Diggs are two out of the group who are working together for the first time.
The group of offensive players gathered at NFL trainer Pete Bommarito's private field in Florida to do on-field work. The owner of Bommarito Performance Systems joined One Bills Live last week to talk about the unique situation that has brought several Bills to his complex. Bommarito said Diggs, who he has been training, put word out to his teammates that he had access to a space where they could all work.
"Pretty much every offensive skill player is here right now and they're doing their thing — implementing their playbook and getting on my field, things like that," Bommarito said. "After the football, a lot of them are coming in and using my medical systems, nutrition system, doing the weight training stuff with us but right now trying to simulate as much as the football stuff as possible."
Bommarito explained there has been a lot of changes at his facility in order to follow government mandates due to COVID-19 like moving the weight room outside to practice social distancing. While following NFL rules, Bommarito said he is doing what he can to make the situation feel similar to OTAs for the group.
"We try to be very respectful to teams," Bommarito explained. We just make sure that our number one job is to keep them in shape, get them strong, get them fast, get them agile, but not bombard them with tons of position work where their bodies are just wrecked by the time they get to OTAs or training camp."
Bommarito said he is glad to offer the support players need during this time by providing a field, weight room, the ability to rehab and more.
2. Tre'Davious White amongst the best coverage corners in NFL
Is Tre'Davious White one of the best corners in coverage? No question. What can be debated is where White ranks amongst the best in the NFL. Around the NFL writer Nick Shook looked at the 10 best in coverage based on several metrics including passer rating allowed, catch rate allowed below expectation, tight window percentage, target rate, average separation yards, ballhawk rate and coverage-success rate. The candidates considered also needed to have a minimum of 300 coverage snaps and a minimum of 40 targets. White earned himself the No. 4 spot based on those metrics.
White has blossomed into the No. 1 corner Buffalo hoped it was getting when it made him a first-round pick out of LSU in 2017. White faced 84 targets in 2019 and consistently refused to allow defenses to succeed when throwing in his direction, as evidenced by his six interceptions, 17 passes defensed, passer rating allowed (38.9) and catch rate allowed below expectation (-8.4 percent). White forced a tight window at a higher rate than the two Patriots above him on this list even though he played press coverage at a much lower rate. He stashes himself in a receiver's hip pocket and refuses to leave it, and his ballhawk rate (20.2 percent) is close to that of Gilmore, the No. 1 player on this list. Enough said.
3. Is this Bill destined to be a star in 2020?
The Comeback put together a list of 10 young NFL players who could turn into stars in 2020. Running back Devin Singletary is the lone Bills player who made the list. In 12 games last season, the running back finished with 775 rushing yards from 151 attempts and had 29 receptions for 194 receiving yards with four total touchdowns.
Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary: Veteran LeSean McCoy is gone, paving the way for the 2019 third-round pick to take the reins in 2020. Singletary averaged a superb 5.1 yards per carry as a rookie.
Singletary's 5.1 yards per attempt ranked first in the league for a rookie running back and fourth overall.