The Buffalo Bills know there are still areas for improvement. Despite their status as Super Bowl favorites, there are question marks on this team.
The biggest of which could very well be their offensive line. Although having some experienced names on the unit, expectations for the Bills’ position group are mixed. Recently, ESPN ranked Buffalo’s line as the 17th-best in the NFL.
The good news is that unit took a huge step forward during Wednesday’s practice.
While we won’t know how good they will be until actual games are being played, the Bills are finally getting their projected starters on the field at the same time.
That would mark the first time the five linemen get work together.
First time I’m seeing the #Bills expected starting OL together during team work.— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) August 10, 2022
While there are no big names on this unit – actually, it has no former first-round picks – they’ve proven to be a decent group. Even in the running game, an area the Bills struggled with last season, there are indications of the offensive line doing its job.
Warren Sharp’s season preview provides a hint at that with the following stat:
“In 2021, Buffalo’s running backs picked up at least three yards before contact on 24% of attempts, the league’s 10th best rate.”
Even as the most pass-happy team from 2021, the Bills need to improve their running game. Brian Daboll’s offense abandoned it at times last year, probably the right thing to do, by the way. But at times, not being able to run the football proved costly for Buffalo.
Giving another dimension to a Josh Allen-led offense would scream danger to opposing defenses across the NFL.
The bottom line is they need these practice reps and they need them now. Good to hear the gang is together in camp now. Plus, as Mitch Morse pointed out last week, the starters’ absences gave the Bills an opportunity to give their young backups some work.
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