Topic: The Bills significantly upgraded the interior of their

offensive line this offseason." OpinionState of the Bills RosterNotesState of the Buffalo Bills roster Womens Jordan Poyer Jersey , centers/guards: massive overhaul upgrades interior o-lineNew,60commentsThe Bills significantly upgraded the interior of their offensive line this offseason.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:State of the Buffalo Bills roster, centers/guards: massive overhaul upgrades interior o-lineTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailThe Buffalo Bills had a problem along the offensive line. The Bills lost three of the five starters from the 2017 season opener coming into the 2018 season. Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito, and Eric Wood all started that victory over the New York Jets to kick off the 2017 season, and none of the three were with the team to begin offseason activities in 2018.The Bills already had in-house replacements for Glenn and Incognito, permanently making Dion Dawkins the left tackle and re-inserting John Miller into the lineup at guard. They signed Russell Bodine to play center. They thought that the offensive line would allow the team to run a smash-mouth, run-oriented offense.Narrator: Well, they thought wrong.The Bills struggled to move the ball at all, partly due to poor quarterback play for most of the season, but also due to issues with protection. Buffalo’s leading rusher was Josh Allen, the team’s rookie quarterback. The top two running backs on the depth chart, LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory, combined to carry the ball 276 times for 899 yards—a brutal 3.26 yards-per-carry average. What did they do about it? They signed six free agents and drafted a potential starter along the offensive line. They threw all they could at the wall and now we get to see what will stick.With the biggest addition coming at center, we’ll start our offensive line preview with the interior linemen.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="JBg9W4">Mitch MorseContract status for 2019: Signed four-year deal this offseason; $10.94 million cap hit ($20.4 million if cut)Age: Turned 27 on 4/21/192018 playing time: 11 games (11 starts), 678 snaps (64.88% of offensive total), 60 ST snaps (12.96%) for the Kansas City ChiefsKey 2018 statistics: 4 penalties, 0 sacks allowed for Kansas City ChiefsSigned to the largest contract for a center in NFL history, it’s fair to say the Bills have high expectations for Morse coming over from the Chiefs. He helped mentor Patrick Mahomes over the last two years, and Buffalo is hoping he can do the same for Josh Allen.Spencer LongContract status for 2019: Signed a complex three-year deal this offseason; $3.94 million cap hit ($1.3 million dead cap if cut)Age: 28 (Turns 29 on 11/8/19)2018 playing time: 13 games (13 starts), 805 snaps (80.42% of offensive total) for the New York JetsKey 2018 statistics: 4 penalties, 3.5 sacks allowed for New York JetsAfter a down year dealing with a wrist injury in New Jersey, Long was optioned for release by the Jets. In Buffalo http://www.thebillslockerroom.com/authe … ine-jersey , he has lined up as first-team guard throughout the spring, so he seems to have the inside track to a starting spot. He also provides center depth, a key handcuff for Morse who has missed 14 games over the last two seasons.Wyatt TellerContract status for 2019: $633,530 cap hit ($190,593 dead cap if cut)Age: 24 (25 on 11/21/19) 2018 playing time: 8 games (7 starts), 475 snaps (44.85% of offensive total), 27 ST snaps (6.15%)Key 2018 statistics: 5 penalties, 0 sacks allowedThe second of Buffalo’s fifth-round draft picks in 2018, Teller slid into the starting lineup and was adequate in his first taste of NFL action. While it is certainly impressive that a rookie fifth-rounder was able to crack the starting lineup, the ineffectiveness of the unit as a whole is the greater reason for the coaching staff’s willingness to give Teller a chance. Also, the team dropping out of contention allowed Teller to slide in and gain experience. His spot in the starting lineup is by no means assured in 2019. Quinton SpainContract status for 2019: Signed this offseason; $2.05 million cap hit ($200,000 dead cap if cut)Age: 27 (28 on 8/7/19) 2018 playing time: 15 games (15 starts), 856 snaps (86.82% of offensive total), 49 ST snaps (11.69%) for the Tennessee TitansKey 2018 statistics: 5 penalties, 1 sack allowed for Tennessee TitansThe former multi-game starter for the Titans, Spain languished in free agency for a long time before signing in Buffalo. He’s been hurt for a large chunk of spring workouts, so it’s tough to say where he’s going to slot in. Within the contracts they gave out this offseason, they aren’t paying him as much as the other two free agent guards.Jon FelicianoContract status for 2019: Signed this offseason; $3.45 million cap hit ($3.9 million if cut)Age: Turned 27 on 2/10/19922018 playing time: 13 games (4 starts), 227 snaps (21.79% of offensive total), 57 ST snaps (12.87%) for Oakland RaidersKey 2018 statistics: 3 penalties, 0 sacks allowed for Oakland RaidersA spot starter for the Raiders, Feliciano was never able to make the next step into Oakland’s starting lineup. Buffalo signed him early in their free agency process and gave him a hefty pay bump, making him the second-highest paid guard on the team. His cap hit will go up if he’s cut Phillip Gaines Jersey , and Buffalo sank a significant amount of guaranteed money into his contract. It’s likely he’ll be on the roster because of it.Vladimir Ducasse Contract status for 2019: $2,083,334 cap hit ($83,334 dead cap if cut)Age: 31 (32 on 10/15/19) Playing time: 10 games (9 starts), 563 snaps (53.16% of offensive total), 28 ST snaps (6.38%)Key statistics: 4 penalties, 0 sacks allowedDucasse began 2018 as the team’s starting left guard, moving over from the right side after Richie Incognito was released in the offseason. Ducasse was who we thought he was, mixing in solid play with poor moments throughout the season. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Teller after the bye week. With only $83,334 in dead cap money, the Bills could certainly decide to part ways with the veteran; however, the fact that they haven’t means it’s entirely possible that the coaching staff wants to keep him around as insurance. Russell BodineContract status for 2019: $2.875 million cap hit ($500,000 dead cap if cut)Age: Turned 27 on 6/30/19Playing time: 10 games (10 starts), 588 snaps (55.52% of offensive snaps), 5 ST snaps (1.14%)Key statistics: 3 penalties, 0 sacks allowedBodine signed with the Bills last offseason, after having started all 64 games of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals prior to this season. Of course, he missed the second half of the 2018 season due to a leg injury—the first time he has missed time due to injury as a professional. Bodine was not great, but he was the best the team had. With Morse in the fold and Long able to play both guard and center, Buffalo won’t have a need for Bodine unless there is an injury to one of those two free agents. His days in Buffalo appear to be numbered.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="Y6nNjA">Positional OutlookThe Bills saw a dire need on the interior of their offensive line and responded. They didn’t do projections with rookies, either. Instead they went with proven NFL talent. They signed four interior linemen with starting experience to pair with the three players already on the roster with starting experience. All seven will compete at the start of training camp for three starting spots and two backup roles. That means two players will likely be on the outside looking in when final cuts are announced, and the Bills will be better for it. Josh Allen has the big arm. He has the size. And, now Womens Marshall Newhouse Jersey , he has the opportunity to take over as Buffalo’s starting quarterback.Bills coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday the rookie will make his first career start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.Allen replaces second-year pro Nathan Peterman, who struggled badly in a 47-3 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. Peterman threw for 24 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Allen in the second half.McDermott declined to elaborate on his thought process behind the decision, instead saying it was “the right move” for his team more than 10 times.“I don’t feel the need, honestly, to elaborate,” McDermott said. “We talk a lot in-house about decisions and things and what we’ve got to do and the right move at the right time, and right now, with all respect to your question, this is the right move for us.”The move is a jarring and significant change for Buffalo, which planned on bringing along the strong-armed, raw passer at a calculated and methodical rate before inserting him into the lineup. Chosen seventh overall this spring, Allen has ideal physical tools but has been considered a developmental prospect at the position.The Bills, however, were forced into making a change following one of the worst losses in franchise history.“Whoever’s the quarterback, we’ve got to roll,” running back LeSean McCoy said. “I’m confident in Josh. He’s very talented, he’s extremely smart, intelligent. So I’m happy with the move. Nate’s a good friend of mine, he had his shot. We’ve got to move on. That’s the type of business this is.”Allen did his best to downplay the significance of his first career start while acknowledging that it was a lifelong dream.“I’ve got game experience and now I’m just starting a game,” Allen said. “I’m just looking to do my job, try and be 1/11th of this team and this offense, and just help this team in any way possible to win football games.”“Obviously I’m super excited and thankful for the chance to be the starter of this team. This is something I’ve dreamed for a long time. But now that it’s here, come Sunday I’m just trying to do my job. I’m not trying to do too much. Trust in those around me and ultimately trying to be the quarterback that this team needs.”Allen got a taste of regular-season action Sunday against Baltimore http://www.thebillslockerroom.com/authe … ips-jersey , entering the game when it was well out of reach in the third quarter. He showed some flashes while enduring his share of growing pains, completing 6 of 15 passes for 74 yards while being sacked three times.McDermott saw some positives in that time, noting Allen wasn’t overwhelmed by the circumstances.“I thought his command of the offense was there,” McDermott said. “There were some things that he did well in getting us in and out of the huddle. Those are the things you don’t take for granted when a young player’s out there. And then after the snap, executed fairly well at times, and there were other times where we need to execute better.”It’s not just the quarterbacks who struggled against Baltimore, however, and the Bills will need a lot more from their other positions to have any chance of rebounding against the Chargers. The Bills were blown out by Los Angeles last season, 54-24. That was Peterman’s first career start, when the QB tossed five interceptions in one half. Now the Chargers will face Allen in his first career start.“The one thing I’m going to talk to the offense about, especially the skill guys, is that (the key) for a rookie quarterback to have a good game is to make it easy on them,” McCoy said. “Catching the ball, giving him confidence, moving the chains … everything to get that extra advantage is critical and big for a rookie’s confidence.”“If I had to draft a quarterback, I would draft a kid like him,” McCoy added. “He’s mobile, he’s tall, he’s strong. He’s not afraid, he’s smart and has a big arm.”NOTES: The Bills claimed guard Ike Boettger off waivers from Kansas City on Wednesday. Boettger joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent this spring but was released as part of final cuts on Sept. 1. Buffalo released cornerback Ryan Lewis to make room for Boettger. … The Bills also signed Kyle Peko to their practice squad, releasing offensive lineman Gerhard de Beer.___