Bills offense filled with questions

It starts, but doesn't end with the quarterback

Howard Simon
May 22, 2018 - 2:39 pm

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​As the Buffalo Bills take the field for the first of 10 organized team activities, new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll certainly has his work cut out for him. The biggest question is who will be the starting quarterback, but that is far from the only question on the offensive side of the ball.

In fact, you can make the argument (and I'd agree) that there's only one starting player that comes without any questions at this point: running back LeSean McCoy. He's a proven top-level NFL player who you know what to expect from but he's the only one.

McCoy might be wondering what kind of season he will have with an unknown at quarterback, an offensive line in the process of a makeover, a starting tight end with a knee issue, the top wide receiver coming off an injury-plagued season and the No. 2 receiver coming off a tough rookie season.

At this point, McCoy is the only guy on offense you can count on. I'll bet many of you are thinking, "Hey, what about Dion Dawkins?" He certainly looked good when forced into the starting spot at left tackle due to Cordy Glenn's injuries, but Dawkins has a very small sample size and is still in the category of, "I think (or hope) he will be okay."

When the media is allowed to watch Thursday's session, all eyes will be on Josh Allen and understandably so, but when we get to training camp, there will be so many more story lines to watch.

With the retirement of Eric Wood and the abbreviated retirement, now release of Richie Incognito, the Bills are looking at four of the five starting spots up front being up for grabs this summer. Even though I wouldn't put Dawkins in the "count on him" category just yet, I'd be surprised if he isn't the starting left tackle. But left guard, center, right guard and right tackle are all there for the taking.

But I digress.

The story of the Bills' 2018 season will be about the quarterback position. I wouldn't read much into the depth chart as OTAs open up. I'd expect Allen to be third strong quarterback right now because that's what general manager Brandon Beane said after the draft. I don't think the workouts over the next few weeks will solve anything at that position. The only possibility would be Allen showing enough positives that the Bills decide to make the quarterback competition in the pre-season a two man race between Allen and A.J. McCarron, leaving Nathan Peterman as the odd man out. The more likely scenario is the Bills giving all three guys a fair shot in August.

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