We’re already almost at the start of the 2019 NFL season! The countdown is on as teams will go through a month of training camp/preseason before week 1 begins. Some teams, like the Buffalo Bills have a lot of depth at some positions, which makes for some great training camp battles to watch. Here are the 5 training camp battles to watch for the Buffalo Bills.
Backup RB. The Bills brought in multiple RBs this year, including Frank Gore, TJ Yeldon, Senorise Perry, Devin Singletary, and Christian Wade. The Bills could easily keep 4 RBs with the 4th back mainly playing Special Teams. That could be a problem for TJ Yeldon if the Bills decide to keep an extra Special Teams RB. Yeldon has never played Special Teams in his career, which would make it tough for him to secure a roster spot. If the Bills decide to play their cards like that, Senorise Perry could be in line to fill the last RB roster spot.
Starting RG/RT. The Bills added a good amount of Offensive Line talent this year, including Cody Ford, Mitch Morse, Ty Nsekhe, Laadrian Waddle, Spencer Long, Jon Feliciano, and Quinton Spain. This comes after a disappointing 2018 season for the guys up front. The right side of the line is a position to watch with the additions of Cody Ford & Ty Nsekhe most likely filling in those positions somewhere. Buffalo could move Ty Nsekhe inside and plug him in at RG if needed, with Cody Ford playing RT.
Starting TE. The Bills made quite a few additions to the TE position; including Tyler Kroft, Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney, Dawson Knox, and Keith Towbridge. Tyler Kroft’s broken foot will give one of these young TEs a better chance to make the team. 3rd round TE Dawson Knox has been drawing a lot of buzz around town after mini-camp, with many wondering if he’ll secure the starting job by week 1. With these additions, could this potentially mean that fan favorite Jason Croom could be the odd man out? He’ll have a steep hill to climb this summer.
Punter: Yes, Punters are people too. That just so happens to be the case in Buffalo. They have a couple of young Punters in Corey Bojorquez & Cory Carter who can kick the ball for miles. Carter showed flashes of talent last summer before tearing his ACL early in the preseason. Bojorquez showed some flashes of brilliance (and lack of it) during the few games he played with Buffalo, before he too suffered a season-ending injury. If Punter battles don’t get you excited for the season, we don’t know what will.
WR: The Bills, much like previous years, had WR problems for the entire 2018 season. They answered that with a few receiver additions of their own; including Cole Beasley, John Brown, Andre Roberts, David Sills, among others. If coach McDermott and coach Daboll can help gel these receivers with Josh Allen, the Bills offense could go from 30th in the league to the middle of the pack.
Buffalo Bills training camp begins on July 25th. They also have joint practices with the Carolina Panthers before their week 3 preseason matchup.