Where The Bills Front Office Went Wrong: Wyatt Teller

Since 2017, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has certainly done an excellent job drafting and signing free agents. Some of his more notable moves include drafting Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds, extending Tre’Davious White, and trading for Stefon Diggs, all key members of the current Bills roster. Despite these positives, he has also made a few questionable decisions, from trade busts to not resigning some important players. One particular Beane miscue stands out: giving up on guard Wyatt Teller, now with the Cleveland Browns

Teller was a member of the stacked 2018 Bills draft class, which included Allen, Edmunds, Harrison Philips, Taron Johnson, and Siran Neal, along with undrafted free agents Levi Wallace and Robert Foster. Despite having an ideal size for an NFL interior lineman and being selected to the first-team All-ACC team his senior year, he fell into the Bills’ hands in the fifth round. Starting his rookie season as a backup, Teller later earned the starting job over veteran Vladamir Ducasse for the Week 10 win against the New York Jets, a game in which he showed promise.

After the horrendous overall play by the offensive line, the Bills overhauled their lineup of linemen in the offseason. Beane’s notable free-agent acquisitions included center Mitch Morse, guards Quinton Spain & Jon Feliciano, and tackle Ty Nsehke, while also drafting left guard Cody Ford out of Oklahoma. With these signings, it was pretty clear that Teller was not part of the Bills’ 2019 plans. On August 29th, the Bills dealt Teller and a 2021 7th round pick to the Browns in exchange for this year’s 5th (later flipped for Diggs) and 6th round picks (Tyler Bass).

Teller had a similar start experience in Cleveland, in which he earned the starting spot later on in the season. He even got revenge against his former team in a week 10, 19-16 victory. His most notable moment in 2019 came on a run block in which he performed a somersault block against the New England Patriots – an “uncommon technique”, to say the least. 

So far, 2020 has been a breakout season for Teller. After retaining his starting spot from last season, Teller has solidified himself as a strong interior lineman. Since the start of the season, Teller has been a three-time member of PFF’s team of the week, and has maintained an overall grade of 94.4, making him the highest-graded guard in all of football. On top of that, he has also been a key blocker for one of the best running back tandems in all of football, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, a unit that has already accumulated over 907 rushing yards. Despite missing a few games, Teller has clearly proven himself as a dominant guard,

Here are a few of his highlights that have Browns fans raving about their starting right guard:

Unlike the Browns, the Bills have had very little success with their running game. Indeed, it has been the weakest part of the offense, as they’ve accumulated not quite half of the Browns’ total on the ground. Devin Singeltary’s best rushing performance this season was only for 71 yards, and so far has only one rushing touchdown this entire season. This has been a problem addressed by Singletary himself and coach Sean McDermott. Other than that, their most efficient rusher has arguably been Josh Allen himself. And the interior offensive line has been the weakest and biggest question mark of the Bills’ offense all season. Jon Feliciano has yet to play due to an injury, Quinton Spain has seen the field less and less despite the three-year extension this offseason  (until yesterday’s release – an even worse decision), Brian Winters’ play has been less than remarkable, and on top of all of this, Cody Ford went down with a knee injury on Monday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. No question about it: the Bills need some fortification on the interior.

Although this may not be Beane’s worst move during his stint in Buffalo, the loss of Teller has clearly had a domino effect, where one seemingly small move triggered bigger problems. I knew this was a bad front office decision the minute I read the report. Teller has been an integral member of a strong rushing offense, an area in which the Bills have struggled mightily and are desperate for help, and has a bright future in this league. Put this one on the negative side of the ledger for Beane & Co.

1 thought on “Where The Bills Front Office Went Wrong: Wyatt Teller

  1. Why did they waste a draft kick on Bass? Bass kicked 68% in college his last year. 0/1 50+. He was 4 for 6 in the 30’s missing a 32 and 33, so were guaranteed he will struggle with XP’s (which he has). Everyone is making excuses for Bass, but he’s just kicking like he did in college. Yeah you wasted a draft pick on a bad kicker – it happens. So, what is the plan to fix it?

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