With Kyle Williams retiring, Buffalo lost one of its best leaders in the locker room. Granted, leadership is not exactly lacking with weathered veterans still on the roster. Lorenzo Alexander and Jerry Hughes provide excellent guidance, but for this team to take a step forward, young cornerstones will need to have the confidence and capability to lead grown men.
Well, good news Buffalo: Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds are following suit, as each has received significant praise during OTAs. Sean McDermott said in a recent press conference that Edmunds leadership is growing, which is essential to him eventually running the defense. Leslie Frazier is clearly excited about Edmunds too, commenting kindly about his confidence within the defensive scheme. As for Allen, Kyle Williams called him a “leader of men, and people”. If that doesn’t get you excited as a Bills fan, I don’t know what does. Allen looked crisp in the little film that leaked from OTAs, displaying tight footwork and accurate passes, while also looking great in shorts… Nonetheless, arguably the two most important players on roster appear to be developing into the future leaders of this team.
The Injury Bug
Zay Jones. Cole Beasley. Ty Nsekhe. Mitch Morse. Quinton Spain. The list goes on and on, with some limited and some unable to practice entirely. However, it COULD be worse. This injury bug in the middle of the regular season would be backbreaking, leaving the team entirely devoid of many of its top talents. It’s obviously not good right during OTAs, even McDermott would attest to that. He made a comment on the lack of continuity the injuries have caused, but slowly guys have been getting healthy. Luckily, none of the injuries, save Tyler Kroft’s, seem to be serious. The team will have plenty of time to create chemistry over the summer. Let’s quickly pray to the football gods that this bug does not carry into the regular season.
A Former First Rounder Beginning to Emerge
One of the more intriguing stories of entering OTAs was who would begin to position themselves as the second starting cornerback. There’s plenty of talent vying for the spot, and it seems like a former first rounder has begun to distinguish himself. Kevin Johnson has spent much of his career injured, but there’s no denying his talent.
McDermott was asked a question about the ongoing cornerback battle, and played company man by having kind words to speak for many of the players battler for the spot. He lingered for a while on Johnson though. According to the coach, Johnson has been all over the field, tipping passes and creating turnovers. McDermott also spoke highly of his mental toughness and attitude. If anyone can spot secondary talent, it’s McDermott, who has groomed Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Norman, and Tre White, among others. Johnson is competing with two other players who have started in the secondary under the current regime, but it’s looking like he will make a strong claim to be the third.