1. Tre’Davious White motivates kids in his hometown
Tre’Davious White is proud to be from Shreveport, Louisiana. He was an All-State selection at Green Oaks and earned All-SEC honors while at LSU. On Saturday, he went back to Shreveport’s Independence Stadium to host his second annual football camp. Over 100 kids were in attendance wearing his name and No. 27.
“It’s a blessing. It keeps me going. It motivates me to continue to do great things,” White said. “I know a lot of people are looking at me for inspiration. That’s all I really care about.”
Before introducing himself, White directed the campers to the stands to appreciate the people who brought them and came to support them.
For White the camp serves to reconnect a community and help the area of Shreveport.
“It’s going to take a collective effort. It’s not going to happen overnight,” White said. “We have to make sure we don’t get frustrated if results don’t come as soon as we want.
“We need to do it as a community -- continue to do great things and motivate the kids. It’s all about the youth. Whatever they see, that’s what they’re going to do. They will do positive things and have a positive attitude.”
White has just completed his third round of minicamp and OTAs with the Bills. The success that he’s had in Buffalo and the reception he receives when he goes back home was hard to imagine as a child.
“I knew I had a chance, but I didn’t know me making it would have this sort of impact on an entire area, an entire city,” White said. “It motivates me each and every day to make the right choices.”
2. NFL Network analyst: Bills are most deserving of championship this year
There are 12 NFL franchises that haven’t won a Super Bowl in the 53-year long Super Bowl era. The Bills have come up empty in four tries in the Super Bowl and NFL analyst Shaun O’Hara believes that the longtime fans of the Bills are deserving of one this season.
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O’Hara was a three-time All-Pro selection for the New York Giants and part of the offensive line that won Super Bowl XLII with the Giants. O’Hara knows that winning starts in the trenches and Buffalo’s revamped o-line could be the key to success this season.
Or who knows, maybe there’s just something in the waters of Lake Erie with the Toronto Raptors winning their first NBA Championship last week.
3. Wyatt Teller excited for competition along O-line
Wyatt Teller started the final seven games of 2018 as a rookie at left guard. The 2018 fifth-round pick is already working with his second offensive line coach with Bobby Johnson and a mess of new faces along the line.
"It's definitely crazy," Teller told The Buffalo News. "I mean, the guys they brought in, there's a reason. They wanted to bring along competition."
Teller doesn’t know if he’ll be starting at left guard to begin the 2019 season but understands why the Bills brought in the number of players they did.
"But they're always trying to get the best talent, the best players out there,” Teller said. “If you look at that as a negative, you'll never go anywhere. But if you look at it as competition, and it's only going to get you better, then the sky's the limit. And I think that our offensive line is good. I mean, we have a lot of great parts, we have good communication. It's just putting it all together and having the best five out there."
With multiple linemen missing time during early offseason training sessions, Teller has had the opportunity to play at multiple positions and with different groups. O-line coach Bobby Johnson keeps a spreadsheet of which player gets what reps.
"Just from my viewpoint, it's a rep chart, not a depth chart," Teller said. "The last time I checked, we're not playing this Sunday. We've got two months to go. There's so much to think about. If you're focusing on that, who's going to start game one, then you're already in the wrong mindset. So the best thing I can say is just keep it day-by-day and play-by-play and whatever happens, happens."