Morse: Josh Allen is 'well on his way to being a superstar'

The new Bills center joined Howard and Jeremy on Wednesday as the team has started mandatory minicamp

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June 12, 2019 - 10:03 am

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Since Eric Wood was forced to retire following the 2017 season, the Buffalo Bills have been searching for a new center to help lead the offensive line into each game.

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Last season, duties were split between Russell Bodine and Ryan Groy, but neither will able to adequately fill the shoes that Wood left to fill.

This offseason, the goal was to try and address that hole on the offensive line with some experience on the free agent market. That answer ended up being Mitch Morse from the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 27-year-old center ended up signing a four-year deal with the Bills this offseason after spending the first four years of his career in Kansas City. In his tenure with the Chiefs, Morse ended up playing in 49 games, including 11 last season on one of the NFL's top team in the regular season.

This offseason has gotten off to a bit of a slow start for Morse as he underwent core muscle surgery and was forced to be limited through much of the Bills' organized team activities over the past several weeks. However, Morse was able to be a full participant for the first time this offseason as mandatory minicamp got underway at One Bills Drive on Tuesday.

Morse took the time on Wednesday to join the Howard and Jeremy Show and talk about how he's adjusted to life with the Bills, as well as his growing relationship with quarterback Josh Allen.

Here is some of what he had to say:


Morse on injuries in OTAs and minicamp:

"I hate to say this because it's a cliche, but injuries are part of the game. Guy are going to get hurt, and it's a terrible part of the game, but it is [what it is]. We're pretty fortunate, for the most part, that most of these injuries are not season ending and that a lot of these guys will be back for training camp. It's not the worst-case scenario. We'd rather be out there,but as injuries go, it couldn't have been better."


Morse on getting to know the starting quarterback on a new team:

"I think it starts with getting to know the guy off the field and how he thinks, what makes him tick. On the field, it's just understanding how he analyzes a play. Each person has a script that they go through in their head when they get a play, how they correlate it to everyone, how they relay that information, and then how they put it to use. How they break down defense, how they go about it. Just understanding how he goes about that to see how I can help him relay information, maybe from what I'm seeing so that I can help him out or maybe how he's going to give me information to give to the offense. It's going to be back and forth like that."


Morse on what he's working on with Josh Allen:

"It's just the little intricacies of each play. It's not like I'm going to be sitting back there and telling him what I see on defense. He's got a great bird's eye view and he's a very intelligent player and well on his way to being a superstar. Whether it is off the field when we look at blitz tapes or seeing how he looks at it and seeing how I look at certain defenses, it's being clear and cut with communication is going to be the biggest thing between us."


Morse on his time spent with the Chiefs:

"These last few years, I was very fortunate to have quarterbacks like Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes. What I learned is that to be successful in the league, you have to have a quarterback. I think Josh fits all the boxes. I think he's well on his way to being a very good quarterback. There's still a lot of work to do as a full offense and he'll say the same thing, but we're looking forward to doing that."


Morse on the type of player Josh Allen is:

"He's got a special talent. The cool thing is that in Josh, I see this incredible competitive nature, this great arm talent, and the will to want to be great. To be honest, that's most of the battle. I know that it's tough being a quarterback, especially being a young quarterback, but he's got last year to draw on and I think he can be really special this year."


You can listen to the entire interview below:

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