Team personnel is more the forte of Bills general manager Brandon Beane. Following roster cuts over the weekend, Beane broke down the series of roster transactions the Bills went through over the past few days himself, but Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott gave some insight onto things from a coaching perspective as well,
Here are three things we learned from McDermott following roster cuts:
Bills head coach Sean McDermott. (James P. McCoy/The Buffalo News via AP, Pool)
Can’t give ’em an inch
Across the NFL this week, teams have already started to release their depth charts ahead of the season-opening weekend en route. Heck, Buffalo’s first opponent, the Jets, dropped theirs already. Throughout training camp, McDermott & the Bills have been on top of reports coming out of training camp. We didn’t see the reporting we are used to. In particular, mentions of the depth chart, we put on lock down.
Evidently there’s a Wednesday deadline for teams to release their depth charts.
For the Bills, the biggest question marks on their roster sit along the offensive line. Who’s playing where without Jon Feliciano in the lineup? We can speculate that Cody Ford will move from right tackle to fill in at guard, but then on the outside it could be a few different options such as Ty Nsekhe and Daryl Williams. We’ll find out the answers on Wednesday, it appears. When asked if the O-line depth chart has been settled, McDermott said he’s going to take this one to the finish line.
“I think we’ll know a bit more after practice today… I’ll get that to you guys on Wednesday,” McDermott said. “I’ll get that to you guys as soon as I can on Wednesday.”
But no worries, guys (and the Jets). We’re almost there.
Bills running back Patrick DiMarco. Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Mum on DiMarco
Like the depth chart, McDermott didn’t have much to say about fullback Pat DiMarco being placed on injured reserve. But in this case, it makes more sense. DiMarco, a team captain for the Bills, might have a pretty crummy end to his Bills career. Since he was placed on IR before roster cuts, his season is over, and he was entering the final year of his career. Considering it was a neck injury, DiMarco might not play ever again, even.
“I won’t get into too much but I’ll just comment that on Pat overall, he’s one of the special guys that I’ve been around in my coaching career,” McDermott said. “He was here when we got it started and helped us get it started. Never want to see a guy going through what he’s going through.”
“I won’t go into detail on that, I want to be fair on Pat,” McDermott added.
Without DiMarco, the Bills will have Reggie Gilliam in the team’s fullback role. While McDermott still insisted that Gilliam is a fullback, that’s kind of just… whatever. DiMarco didn’t really have a very big role on the offense, anyway.
Bills quarterback Davis Webb. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
After roster cuts were all said and done, the Bills kept four quarterbacks. Three, Josh Allen, Matt Barkley and Jake Fromm, stuck around on the active roster while Davis Webb is on the practice squad. Beane gave a bit more detail into why the Bills decided to do that, explaining that even if some think Fromm had a poor preseason, it’s too hard to give up on a guy during a COVID-19 offseason when… nothing was business as usual.
In terms of McDermott, he was specifically asked if maybe Webb would be a… “quarantined” quarterback. Per McDermott, he hadn’t made up his mind with that just yet.
“We discussed that. Nothing definitive right now. We’ll be managing that the best we can and try to remain smart,” McDermott said.
The leading candidate for that would be Webb, but previously Webb has been described as a bit of a quarterback coach type of guy in the Bills locker room, so keeping him around and “hands on” could be the preference here. If there’s a detection of coronavirus on Buffalo’s roster, it doesn’t sound like McDermott would sit around on his hands, though. Webb might be told to work from home for a couple of days just to be safe.
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