Issues Along the Offensive Line
Cody Ford has struggled mightily the last few days of training camp. His biggest issue appears to be with speed rushers off the edge. His direct back-up, Ty Nsekhe, has shown thus far in camp and in his career that he can handle speed rushers in an adequate fashion. Today Nsekhe split right tackle reps with Cody Ford 50/50. I believe it is in everyone’s best interest to move Ford into guard and play to his strengths. The Mitch Morse situation could also play a role in kicking Ford inside.
Morse missed practice for a second straight day. Sean McDermott confirmed to the media that he is in the concussion protocol. While he is apparently in Stage 3, Morse has a history of concussions. This is something that could linger with him for the entirety of his time in Buffalo. Offensive lineman are not skill position players. They take massive hits on every play, not a select few.
His direct backup Spencer Long was also out with a minor knee injury. That left Russell Bodine to take the reps at the center, and what we saw was oddly familiar to his performance last season. He isn’t an NFL player. He was consistently pushed back into the pocket on multiple plays today. It may serve the Bills best tomorrow to let Feliciano shift over to center and transitioning Cody Ford into guard. They have a perfect situation to do it without embarrassing anyone.
Highs and Lows for Josh Allen
Per Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic, the offense worked mostly on passing today. The goal of the day was to put Josh Allen in unfavorable situations such as long down and distances. The results were very up and down for the second-year signal-caller. The Athletic charted his passing today as 12-21 with multiple interceptions.
He continues to flash potential, completing many of his 12 passes down the field for big gains. One of those plays was a beautiful bomb by Allen and an acrobatic catch by Andre Roberts. Allen will have to continue to work on his consistency if he wants to build on his statistics from the back half of last season.
Bills Secondary Depth Still an Anomaly
Tre White continues to look like he may take the next step into elite territory. Micah Hyde has been very good as well, and today the Bills got a taste of what life would be like without him. Hyde sat out team drills and in his place, Kurt Coleman took the first-team reps at free safety. This confirms my thought that Coleman will be the primary backup at both Safety positions.
This opens the door for Siran Neal to make the roster as the fourth safety. Neal more than likely couldn’t play the centerfield role needed by a true safety. He did, however, play the sole nickel corner role with the second team today and has been taking first-team reps on special teams all training camp. In fact, Neal didn’t play any safety in camp today. Marlowe and Johnson both ran with the second unit with Coleman up a unit for Hyde.
Other News and Notes
- TJ Yeldon hasn’t even sniffed the field with the first unit, even without Shady.
- Isaiah McKenzie made some plays from the slot today.
- Shaq Lawson and Mike Love continued to stand out with Jerry Hughes getting a rest day.
- Ed Oliver and Jordan Phillips are now at a 50/50 split for first-team reps.