Here’s what national media have to say about the Bills at the beginning of training camp.
John Brown will be an immediate help
Chris Wesseling of the Around the NFL podcast spoke highly of new Bills wide receiver John Brown and believes he’ll be the best weapon Buffalo has this season.
John Brown draws more camp hype than just about any receiver no matter what team he’s on. Last year before Joe Flacco was benched, John Brown was on pace for over 1,000 yards, he was their best red zone receiver, he was going to catch 75-80 passes and now he’s in Buffalo where the quarterback has a stronger arm than Joe Flacco and turned Robert Foster into a legitimate deep threat last season. Now John Brown is that threat. He’s also an intermediate threat because he’s a really good route runner, he’s also a red zone threat because he’s slippery and elusive there. He’s going to be easily the best weapon on this Bills offense.
Devin Singletary is the rookie to watch
NFL analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah believe that Bills third-round pick Devin Singletary will be the impact rookie to watch in 2019 on the Move the Sticks podcast.
Devin Singletary. The reason why is because the old running backs the have with McCoy and Gore can we still count on those guys to be a contributor? If we can’t then maybe we get the young guy Devin Singletary in the mix as quickly as possible to compliment Josh Allen. - Bucky Brooks
Every year I have a player that I give a good grade to and I have him right in the middle of my top 50 and then they have a poor spring and I reluctantly drop them out. Fast forward six months later I’m going I’m an idiot and should have kept this kid there. Devin Singletary could be that guy for me this year. – Daniel Jeremiah
Sean McDermott a willing learner
Former NFL quarterback Jim Miller was impressed with Sean McDermott’s willingness to bring in different perspectives from the football world to become a better coordinator. Miller referenced a story on One Bills Live from when McDermott was in Carolina and brought in college coordinators to help him defend run-pass option plays.
He's always striving to get better and learn new concepts. His ability to communicate is second to none. I love here in Buffalo how he gets all the players to stand up, they kind of give their testimony. Hey, Where have you been? What got you drawn to the love of the game? How much do you love football, that type of stuff. And I think that really resonates with a lot of the players here so I credit him a lot. – Jim Miller OBL
Don’t sleep on Tremaine
Sports Illustrated’s MMQB asked its writers which second-year player is set to take off in the 2019 NFL season. Appearing on the seven-player list is Bills first-round pick in 2018, Tremaine Edmunds.
With Leighton Vander Esch, Roquan Smith and Darius Leonard all approaching superstardom, it will be easy to forget the other gifted linebacker from the 2018 draft. Edmunds looked every bit like the NFL’s youngest player early in 2018, especially in zone coverage, where he struggled with his drops, route recognition and eye discipline. But as the season progressed, so did the talented linebacker. Each week you saw more flashes of the smooth speed that convinced Buffalo to draft Edmunds in Round 1. You also saw better play recognition (including in coverage). The Bills are a well-coached defense with a scheme predicated on aggressive looks and a solid, not overly expansive, array of different coverages each week. It’s a situation conducive to developing talented young players. Edmunds will reap those benefits and shine in 2019. — Andy Benoit
Josh Allen can improve his accuracy
NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell appeared on One Bills Live last week. Cosell spent time this offseason reviewing tape of Josh Allen’s rookie season and saw improvement throughout. There are still concerns about his accuracy from some analysts, but Cosell feels that Allen will get better.
There's a lot of people – smart, reasonable people – who disagree on [whether a quarterback can improve his accuracy in the NFL]. I think if a quarterback plays with really good mechanics, and his accuracy is not great, then that's what it is. But I think that Josh’s mechanics can improve dramatically. I think because of his strong arm, he has a tendency for his lower body and his upper body not always to work in sync. That has to happen, then we'll be able to make a better determination.