The real NFL offseason is here. No, not the period of time where teams are reshaped and front office personnel earn their paychecks. It's the official NFL summer.
Players are off the field until the end of July and beginning of August when training camp begins around the league. News around the league will be relatively quiet, and that's likely to be the case here in Buffalo with a roster that seems pretty set.
Bills GM Brandon Beane seemed to have a successful offseason so far and the Bills, many think, are in a good position to have a winning record and make a run at a playoff spot. That'd be a nice improvement from last season.
Let's take a look at who had the best spring and early summer with the Bills:
- The defense. After losing Kyle Williams to retirement the Bills beefed up their defensive line by adding tackle Ed Oliver, who projects to turn into one heck of an NFL pass rusher. Jay Skurski pointed out in his observations from spring practices earlier this month that Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer were all over the field giving Josh Allen fits. The defense is returning 10 of 11 starters and is healthy. A slow start will not be tolerated.
- Josh Allen. Sure, Allen hasn't looked great at times during drills, but there's no doubt he's one of the big winners here. Not only is this his first real offseason knowing he's the No. 1 quarterback, but Beane went out and got him weapons. The Bills added now-injured tight end Tyler Kroft and wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley. Beasley may end up being the second-year QBs favorite target. Allen's offseason has been productive and featured a little fun, too.
- Brian Daboll. The aforementioned additions only make the offensive coordinator's job easier. The Bills completely retooled their offensive line, too, a unit being led by first-year OL coach Bobby Johnson. A slow start might be expected since some of the offensive line has been banged up and Kroft will miss time, but the offense should almost undoubtedly show some major improvement in 2019.
A story of writing, football and Buffalo: It's not Bills-related but it's plenty Buffalo and football. Erik Brady told the story of Canisius High's John Urschel and Louisa Thomas, who became an unlikely couple when Thomas, a writer, went to profile Urschel, a math whiz and NFL offensive lineman.
UB running back Emmanuel Reed transfers to Maine: Emmanuel Reed, who played for the last three seasons at the University at Buffalo, will join the University of Maine. Reed is the fourth player to transfer out of the program this year.
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