1 - White knows the Bills and Edmunds will be ready come kickoffIt seems that the people at the NFL Network enjoy the energy Tre'Davious White brings, just like the fans in Buffalo do, because he made another appearance this week, this time with Good Morning Football. While on the show, White told the hosts the direction he sees the Bills going next season.
"Our team did a great job just believing in the coaching staff and believing in our guys upstairs in the duration that they have gone with the team," said White. "You know, it paid off last year. So, this year is not going to be any different with the new quarterbacks we have coming in. Those guys have been competing at a high level. I feel like all the vets and all the guys we have here from the team last year, they've been doing a great job of just getting behind those guys, and just showing them the Bills way."
Becoming a star in the league last season as a rookie, the Bills may have another defensive rookie standout on the horizon in Tremaine Edmunds. Peter Schrager told White to get Bills fans excited about the 6-5, linebacker out of Virginia Tech and this is what he had to say.
"This is an alpha-male here," said White. "The guy goes sideline to sideline, he's a 4.4 guy. He has tremendous range, athleticism and his knowledge of the game is next to none. I feel like by training camp, he's going to be probably one of the best young linebackers in this league. This guy, since the first day he got here, he's commanded the huddle on the defensive side of the ball. And you can tell by OTAs and the offseason that he's been getting tremendously comfortable in the playbook, and every day he's getting better and better. And by that first game, he's going to be knocking folks around."
2 - Nathan Peterman talks about the QB competitionHe may be taking first-team reps during OTAs, but Nathan Peterman has been rarely viewed as part of the team as the whole by the media. That said, he is still very much a part of the team, and when Howard Simon and Jeremy White asked about how he feels being overlooked, Peterman said he doesn't care what the media has been saying.
"I don't listen to media, or what's going on much because I think it's kind of just a distraction of where I want my focus to be, and I want my focus to be right here in the walls, on the field, between those lines and really just on me getting better every day," said Peterman.
As a second-year player, Peterman is still growing into his own, but he is being put on a level playing field with first-round draft pick Josh Allen and A.J. McCarron as all three are eyeing the starting quarterback position while also learning Brian Daboll's new playbook. Still, Peterman has no bad blood built towards his teammates.
"The good thing is, with all of us is, that we all get along pretty well, and can all talk about the schemes and things easy with each other," said Peterman. "So, there's no hurting in the communication there. So, it's all open, and everybody's trying to help each other and really just do the best for the team."
Now, as the third week of OTAs is past the halfway point, all three quarterbacks are still looking to learn and develop relationships with their offense, but for Peterman, he refuses to look too far into the future.
"It's kind of just day-by-day how things play out. I think that's really the best approach you can take, just day-by-day, rep-by-rep," said Peterman. "Really just trying to win that next rep. And it's more of a competition… against yourself I think, and against the standard of excellence that you have for yourself and trying to beat that every single day."
Check out photos of the 2018 Buffalo Bills as they kick off week 3 of OTAs in Orchard Park, NY.
3 - Which UDFA is catching eyes?It seems like analysts can't help but take notice of Bills cornerback and undrafted free agent signing, Levi Wallace. A walk-on at Alabama, and the equivalent of a walk-on in the NFL, Wallace is causing somewhat of a stir as more and more analysts see the rookie CB as a threat to rise through the ranks of the Bills depth chart. According to Bleacher Report, NFL Networks's Mike Garafolo is one of those analysts.
"He is very undersized, but I watched him on the field," Garafolo said. "What he lacks in physicality, he makes up on the mental side. He was breaking on a lot of the routes. Don't discount Levi Wallace making this team and being an impact player."
Wallace began his collegiate career as a walk-on and played sparingly across his first three seasons, but he moved into Alabama's starting lineup as a senior. He picked off three passes in 2017 and led the Crimson Tide with 15 pass breakups.
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