With just two days of Training Camp in the books, football is back and the Buffalo Bills are looking as sharp as ever. Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott, and the players have been great during their press conferences to kickoff Training Camp. For the most part, the media and the team has put the covid talk behind them and now the focus has shifted to football.
In regards to what has been shown on the field, plenty of things remain the same. Josh Allen still looks good in shorts. Stefon Diggs is still a dog and likes to floss. And Dion Dawkins is still The Shnowman. With all that said, vaccine talk may not be a distraction within the locker room, but covid is still a thing that can derail progress.
Dawkins and Ike Boettger both went on the Covid Reserve List on the first day of Training Camp. As unfortunate as this is, it has allowed recent third-round draft pick Spencer Brown to take some reps as the starting left tackle. Just a shred of silver lining to a tough situation. Hopefully Dawkins and Boettger have a speedy recovery and can get back to football activity.
Buffalo Bills Franchise QB – Josh Allen
As mentioned before, not much has changed. Our guy still looks good in shorts and he still slings the pigskin. Allen has reportedly looked very sharp to start off Training Camp. He mentioned earlier in the offseason that he identified areas in his game that he wanted to improve. And, early on, it seems like he has. He has thrown some interceptions here or there, but I’d rather him make those mistakes and get the answers as to why he made those mistakes in practice rather than a game. Apparently, he made an impressive deep post throw to Cole Beasley that had recent Wide Receiver addition Emmanuel Sanders in awe.
Buffalo Bills Rookie Edge Rushers
Gregory Rousseau and Carlos “Boogie” Basham have been the talk of the Buffalo Bills offseason after taking them back-to-back with the team’s first two picks. It was obvious that the Bills needed to be better at generating pressure, but ultimately sacking opposing Quarterbacks.
Although Rousseau only had one true year of playing Defensive End under his belt, he managed to finish the nation with the second most sacks behind Chase Young in 2019. Basham on the other hand was also extremely productive in college as he had a tackle for loss streak extending 22 games, which included sacks.
During just the past two days, both have flashed in a positive light. Rousseau continues to show that he is an absolute physical freak. But to double down on that, he also has a great mental makeup. Coaches have raved about his coachability and his ability to learn quickly. He hasn’t made any miraculous plays, but he fits right in and doesn’t appear to be lost or overwhelmed by the next level.
Basham had one specific play that deserves talking about. He tipped a Josh Allen pass at the line of scrimmage, intercepted it, and returned it for a touchdown. A pretty impressive combination of events from a Defensive End. When Micah Hyde was asked about it, he said that everyone that didn’t know the rookie’s name before that moment knows it now.
Micah Hyde says he was told by vet his rookie year that they wouldn’t know his name until he made plays.— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) July 29, 2021
Hyde says he knows Boogie Basham’s name after rookie tipped and intercepted Josh Allen pass and returned for TD.#BillsCamp #Bills
Air Raid Hour Recap
In the most recent episode of the Air Raid Hour, Judge and Tilt breakdown the significant events from the first two days of Buffalo Bills Training Camp. I just shared my thoughts on the general overview of Training Camp so far and highlighted the rookie edge rushers. Judge and Tilt go into detail on what has happened so far at each position group. If you didn’t catch it live, you can watch the replay of the Air Raid Hour linked and embedded above.
As always, go Bills!