Quick Hits: Offensive line has a plan for Sunday, but still working combinations

Buffalo Bills practice at One Bills Drive, September 2, 2019.  
  Photo by Bill Wippert
Rookie offensive lineman Cody Ford and others practice at One Bills Drive, September 2, 2019. Photo by Bill Wippert

1. Offensive line has a plan for Sunday, but still working combinations

On Monday, coach Sean McDermott said they had yet to come down on a final landing spot for rookie Cody Ford on Buffalo’s offensive line. On Wednesday, McDermott was not all that interested in tipping his hand to the Jets before the game.

“I think we’re just looking at it right now and you’ll see five guys out there and he’s worked both, which is good,” said McDermott of his starting five on the offensive line. “We’re going to move (Ford) around and continue to move guys around and get it set.

“Versatility up front is important too. Position flexibility, I think we’ve built some of that through the preseason and getting those guys and building the continuity now is also important. But these guys understand their roles, whether it’s playing guard or tackle in this case with Cody. I think the best football for that group is ahead of them, but we’ve got to continue to build it.”

When asked if they have a plan in place for Sunday’s game, McDermott gave indication that they do, but that they’ll be finalizing things over the next couple of days.

“We’ve got it figured out and so we’re just going to continue to shape the plan as we go forward,” he said. “But we have a well laid out plan in terms of what today and tomorrow will look like and we’ll go from there.”

2. Devin Singletary a pro in a rookie’s body

The big decision by Buffalo’s front office to release veteran RB LeSean McCoy during final roster cuts last week was a big indication of how far they believe rookie RB Devin Singletary has come and how ready they feel he is to perform at the NFL level.

Coach McDermott elaborated on why the team’s third-round pick gives them confidence in what he’ll be able to do for their offense.

“Some of what he did in college he’s been able to do at our level, albeit a limited sample,” McDermott said. “The thing I love the most is he’s very conscientious day to day. He’s a pro in a rookie’s body just in terms of his approach to the game, his daily approach to what we do. He’s accountable and on time. Just some of the intangibles have stood out to me off the field in a short amount of time.”

3. Andre Roberts to miss Wednesday’s practice

The Bills are a relatively healthy bunch entering Sunday’s season opener against the Jets, but there was a notable addition to the team’s injury report Wednesday.

“Just one injury update,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “Andre Roberts has a quad injury and will not practice, so he’ll be day to day at this point.”

The injury presumably happened in practice on Monday. He joins TE Tyler Kroft as the only non-participants at practice.

McDermott was asked who would replace the team’s primary kick and punt returner if his injury keeps him out of Sunday’s game, Buffalo’s head coach said they would just take things a day at a time.

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