The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive lineman Jamil Douglas to a one-year deal. The sixth-year guard spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans.
Coming out of Arizona State, Douglas was taken in the fourth round in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Despite starting 6 of the 16 games he played in as a rookie, he was released in mid-October of his sophomore season. Since then, he has been on four other teams, only playing in a handful of games, and won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots before being picked up by Tennessee.
Douglas saw the field frequently as a member of the Titans. He played in 15 games in 2019, five of which he started, and 14 in 2020, including the week 5 game against the Bills.
Personally, it’s hard to get upset about this move. I definitely don’t hate it, as Douglas proved to be solid depth with the Titans, so it’s not a bad move. However, Douglas did not perform too well last season, finishing with a PFF grade of 37.6 . But it’s hard to get a good grade when you’re on the field every so often, as Douglas only played just less than 9% of the team’s total snaps.
But to reiterate, this move is purely for depth, just like all of the other signings Brandon Beane has made this past week.
Competition-wise, Douglas will have to fight for a roster spot over guys like Ike Boettger, Ryan Bates, Jordan Devey, Trey Adams, and newly signed Bobby Hart for a backup role. Expect the Bills to keep around four of those six on the active roster.
Douglas will look to be in a similar role he was in with the Titans for the Bills. Another depth chart-focused move by Brandon Beane is helping the Bills fill in their roster and highlight the areas they need to focus on for the upcoming NFL Draft.
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