Bills Mandatory Minicamp Begins Today

Will Allen see time with first unit?

June 12, 2018 - 5:37 am

BUFFALO (WBEN) - The Bills begin their mandatory three-day minicamp today, which, at its conclusion will be the last time the team meets for organized activities until training camp next month.

Head Coach Sean McDermott was asked last week whether Josh Allen could see any time with the starters this week, and to nobody's surprise, he offered a very Sean McDermott answer.

"We'll just see, it's a fluid situation," he said. "It's all part of doing what's best, 'A' for our football team, and 'B' for Josh's development overall. I'm not going to say that I'm not going to do it, it's just 'what's the right thing to do at the right time based on our plan?' But overall, AJ [McCarron] and Nate [Peterman] will run with the 1's and Josh with the 3's."

Allen doesn't appear too bothered who he's playing with, or even how often for that matter. However, one thing he remains focused on is the quality of his reps.

"That's the coach's decision," said Allen. "I'm here trying to get better, trying to learn, trying to be the best teammate possible. That's what I'm going to do until I hear otherwise. You know, I'm not really focusing on who gets reps when or where, I'm just focused on my reps that I get - I'm going to try to do them the right way and paying attention to every detail."

The rookie quarterback also shed some light on what kind of coach the team is getting in first year offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

"Daboll is full of energy, he's a very enthusiastic guy, he knows his stuff, and when we're sitting down there and watching what we're watching, it's very very good stuff," said Allen. "It's going to correlate to everything we do this season."

On the defensive side of the ball, free-agent acquisition Star Lotululei, who played for McDermott in Carolina, says the system in Buffalo is very similar.

"I was with McDermott in Carolina, and it's pretty much the same system," he said. "There's different kind of lingo here and there, but for the most part, it's the same thing as what I did in Carolina, so it's not too bad. The biggest thing is just getting used to playing with new guys, a new defensive line group, so that's been the biggest not challenge, but the biggest difference."

Former first round pick Shaq Lawson, who is now heading into his third season, says the Bills defensive unit has a chance to be solid.

"This group could be special," he said. "We added a lot of guys, drafted a couple of defensive guys - [Harrison Phillips, Tremaine Edmunds] - some missing pieces that we needed to make this defense a lot better."

Live contact is not permitted for this three-day session, but 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are allowed. McDermott will speak to the media around 11:30 a.m., and practice will follow at noon.

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