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Bills Back in Action at St. John Fisher

"We weren't good enough in a couple phases last year."

July 25, 2019 - 4:15 pm

PITTSFORD (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - It doesn't seem too long ago that there was a three-way competition for the starting quarterback position. One year later, much has changed.

"It's extremely different," said second-year QB Josh Allen. "Knowing that I'm getting the number-one reps, whenever the ones are out there, those are my reps. Going back to last year, it was like I don't know, maybe I'm getting a couple of threes or twos here and there, or maybe I'm switched into the ones for a play or two here or there, so just the feel of the whole thing and getting those reps are extremely crucial."

Head Coach Sean McDermott admits that wasn't up to par on offense last year, and he's looking to the development of his second-year quarterback as a catalyst for improvement in that area.

"Obviously, we weren't good enough in a couple phases last year, and on the offensive side of the ball, and I give Brandon Beane credit for bringing players in that we feel can help us," said McDermott, but that remains to be seen," said McDermott. "There's a lot of challenges right now, and the great part about it is we're about to practice for the first time, and we'll get a good feel...for what we've got."

One of the most intriguing storylines for this training camp, the 20th time at St. John Fisher, is the offensive line. The word "overhaul" may be too conservative a term to describe the complete teardown and subsequent building up of the offensive line during the offseason, and one of the major additions to the line is experienced center Mitch Morse.

"The first signing that we made here, or resigning, was Eric Wood two years ago in the preseason," said General Manager Brandon Beane. "That shows you the value and importance of leadership, and Mitch has done everything. He had the unfortunate setback with the injury, but we saw what a pro he was this spring in how he handled it and worked his way back."

Morse's name may be the only one on the offensive line written in ink for Week 1's starting lineup against the New York Jets. McDermott understands that the position group was completely revamped, and it may take some time to iron out the remaining four positions on the line.

"The sooner the better," began McDermott when asked about figuring out the offensive line puzzle. "When you look at the complexion of our team, I would say defensively we have more continuity than we have offensively at this point in time, and that's okay. We have to handle it a little bit differently, so offensively we're going to try to find it as soon as we can but also be respectful of the position battles that are going on and giving everyone ample opportunity to show us what they've got."

There is still a long way to go (45 days) before the Bills are in New Jersey to play the Jets for Week 1, so right now, players are simply focused on individual and team improvement every day.

"I know there's still a lot that I've got to learn in this game, a lot that I've got to do to improve," said Allen. "I'm going to work my tail off until I get where I need to be to help this football team win games."

Listen to the full interview with Allen below:

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