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One week until Bills training camp

Training Camp starts on Thursday, July 26th

July 05, 2018 - 11:32 am

Derek Kramer
@DerekKramerWGR

 

The Buffalo Bills are now just one week away from training camp at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Fresh off breaking an 18-year playoff drought that was a dark cloud over the franchise, the Bills head into the 2018 season with similarly low expectations like they were given last year, when they finished 9-7.

This season's team has plenty of questions surrounding their roster, but in the spirit of three weeks until training camp, here are three pressing questions on the Bills heading into the 2018 season:
 

1.) WHOSDAQ?

"Who's the quarterback, though?"

Come on, everyone knows this was going to be the top question surrounding the Bills.

The Bills head to St. John Fisher College with a three-headed quarterback group of free agent addition A.J. McCarron, last year's backup Nathan Peterman and rookie Josh Allen. McCarron is the favorite, as the former backup in Cincinnati to Andy Dalton. Peterman, in his second year, may be the most polarizing of the group after throwing five interceptions in the first half of his first career start. Allen, selected seventh overall by the Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft, is seen by some as a project that would be best served sitting out some time to start the season.

Throughout OTA's and mini camp, McCarron and Peterman have been splitting first team reps, with Allen mostly on the third team while getting some snaps with the starters.
 

2.) Replacing some big names - and bodies - on the offensive line

The retirement of center Eric Wood, the release of guard Richie Incognito and the trade of tackle Cordy Glenn have left the Bills without three of their most consistent offensive linemen from last season's roster.

With the left tackle position, the Bills think they have their answer in second-year tackle Dion Dawkins, who started 11 games for the injured Glenn last year and held his own.

As for the center and left guard spots, there are several players who can take the roles. At center, the versatile Ryan Groy and free agent addition Russell Bodine are fighting for the starting spot. At guard, John Miller is looking to bounce back after losing his spot to Vlad Ducasse last year. Miller has some competition in Groy and rookie Wyatt Teller.


3.) Who helps wake up the pass rush?

Buffalo's defense was a large reason for their success in breaking the playoff drought, with a break-but-don't-bend defense that thrived off of turnovers.

However, one part of the defense that was very underwhelming was the defensive line, more importantly the lack of a pass rush from their front four.

With a group of defensive ends that didn't have much depth, Jerry Hughes was given a lot of attention and only tallied four sacks. The Bills added Trent Murphy in free agency and Shaq Lawson has seemingly found a new drive to succeed in the NFL. If Murphy and Lawson can assist Hughes and create a rotation, and the Bills' new defensive tackles in Star Lotulelei and Harrison Phillips can help Kyle Williams with pressure up the middle, the Bills won't have to rely on the timely blitzing to create a majority of their pressure.


You can see the entire Bills training camp dates and times, as well as the themed days at training camp HERE.

WGR Show schedule at Bills training camp


Thursday, July 26

  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - One Bills Live (John Murphy and Steve Tasker)
  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Schopp and the Bulldog


Friday, July 27

  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - One Bills Live (John Murphy and Steve Tasker)
  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Schopp and the Bulldog


Saturday, July 28

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Sports Talk Saturday with Sal Capaccio and Nate Geary


Sunday, July 29

  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Sports Talk Sunday with Sal Capaccio and Nate Geary


Wednesday, August 1

  • 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Howard and Jeremy
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - One Bills Live (John Murphy and Steve Tasker)


Thursday, August 2

  • 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Howard and Jeremy
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - One Bills Live (John Murphy and Steve Tasker)


Friday, August 3

  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - One Bills Live (John Murphy and Steve Tasker)
  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Schopp and the Bulldog


Sunday, August 5

  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Sports Talk Sunday with Sal Capaccio and Nate Geary


Tuesday, August 7

  • 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Howard and Jeremy
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - One Bills Live (John Murphy and Steve Tasker)


Sunday, August 12

  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Sports Talk Sunday with Sal Capaccio and Nate Geary


Tuesday, August 14

  • 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Howard and Jeremy
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - One Bills Live (John Murphy and Steve Tasker)


Wednesday, August 15

  • 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Howard and Jeremy
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - One Bills Live (John Murphy and Steve Tasker)
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