First of all, Happy Labor day, Bills Mafia! As we look down the barrel of a week one bout versus the up-and-coming New Jersey Jets, let’s take a moment and, perhaps, be grateful for the massive changes the Bills roster has undergone these last few months at two important positions: the offensive line and wide receiver/tight end.
The Offensive Line
The most urgent need the Bills had this offseason was to fix a turnstile offensive line, and Beane made changes. Let’s take a look at the offensive lineman who started much of the year on the 2018 roster:
LT: Dion Dawkins
LG: Vlad Ducasse
C: Russel Bodine
RG: John Miller
RT: Jordan Mills
Only Dion Dawkins is still on the team from that starting group. Other players that started games at the O-Line were Wyatt Teller (now in Cleveland), Ryan Groy (Saints), Jeremiah Sirles (free agent), etc.
After a solid rebuild, the Bills offensive line has talent across the board, and they should be a prodigious upgrade in 2019:
LT: Dion Dawkins
LG: Quinton Spain
C: Mitch Morse
RG: Cody Ford (Rookie)
RT: Ty Nsekhe
The Bills now have at least average, possibly above average, starters across the line and solid depth in players like Spencer Long and Jon Feliciano.
Wide Receiver / Tight End
Last year, the Bills had one of the worst receiving groups in the league if not the worst. When the year started, here were the names of the pass catchers that would start the year or see playing time throughout the year:
There are more, but you get the idea. Now, having recognized and addressed the needs at the receiver position, Beane created a solid roster with decent depth at both wide receiver and tight end. Here is what the 2019 roster is comprised of:
John “Smokey” Brown
Duke Williams (PS)
Tommy Sweeney (Rookie)
Dawson Knox (Rookie)
Jason Croom (IR)
For both the offensive line and for the pass-catching group, there aren’t many big-name stars, but the quality and depth at these positions are vastly improved from 2018 to 2019, and with Josh Allen entering his second season, he has the weapons and protection necessary to make the Bills offense a force to be reckoned with.
Here is my advice to Josh Allen about the new-look Bills offense:
Any attack made by the AFC East against this team would be a useless gesture, no matter what data they’ve obtained. This team is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it.