Beane: Allen will 'be more calm, more comfortable going into Year 3'

August 04, 2020 - 10:42 am
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After an long offseason of virtual meetings and being unable to participate in team activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buffalo Bills are finally back in Orchard Park for the start of team activities at One Bills Drive.

Players had been reporting to Orchard Park for the past couple of weeks to undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests to get cleared to start workouts and other activities at their training facilities. This year's training camp is a unique one for the Bills with it being held at One Bills Drive due to the coronavirus.

Now the players have started their preparations towards the 2020 regular season, which will see limitations in workouts to start training camp, as well as no preseason games leading up to Week 1. That will not only present multiple challenges for the players, but also for the coaches and the rest of the team staff.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Tuesday to talk about some of the challenges that his team will face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his outlook for quarterback Josh Allen in Year 3, the look of the offensive line without Jon Feliciano, and more.

Here is some of what he had to say:

Beane on the reported agreement to sign guard Brian Winters:

"We definitely inquired about him and working on scheduling a visit for him, but people jump to conclusions on things. A guy like that, you do have to talk parameters of what a deal would look like, generally with the agent before you're going to get him up here. We'll see.

"As I was explaining in my press conference the other day, it's such a long process right now. Before we can even physical him, he's got to come up here, get at least one negative COVID test, physical him at another facility (not at our place), and then test him again. It takes time to do any of these transactions. We're optimistic, but until guys get through all that process, it'd be premature to say that he's a Bill."

Beane on the plan of Cody Ford on the offensive line:

"I'd tell you his Position 1 is right tackle, but the great thing about Cody is we think he can play guard, and we don't think it's a drop in his play or anything like that. He got all those reps at right tackle in the season last year, but last preseason he got snaps [at right guard]. Sometimes we were trying to figure out the best five, and we put him at right guard and Ty Nsekhe at right tackle.

"We like versatility, so we'll move all of our guys around. Rarely do we have a guy that is a one-whole player. Mitch Morse is probably one of the only ones that is going to play center only. Dion Dawkins is going to play left tackle. But the rest of those guys are going to move around and play both guards or guard-tackle, center-guard... We're going to put the best five out there, the same motto as we had last year. If it's better with Cody at right guard, he'll play there. If it's better with him at right tackle, he'll play there."

Beane on Josh Allen's leadership in the offense:

"You never can see how someone truly leads. You know they have leadership and you see it on the field, but you don't get to see their habits, you don't get to see if this guy is bringing others along and setting things up. We've heard the various things that would allude that that's the kind of personality he is, but just Josh setting up that visit for those guys to go down to Florida in an offseason like this, you like it anyway, but especially an offseason like this where we couldn't get our guys together. He had some help from the other quarterbacks, but that just shows how much he cares... Guys just really respond to him, and I think it's on both sides of the ball. He's not just an offensive leader, he's a team leader."

Beane on expectations of Allen heading into Year 3:

"I think he improved in the shorter accuracy and decision making, taking what the defense gives you. [He needs to] continue to do that and then improve on the long ball. Hopefully adding [Stefon] Diggs is another guy who can track it well, it a great route runner and will give him some opportunities. Obviously John Brown can get deep as well and some of these other guys, but I think just continuing to improve his overall game, but don't let it drop off. Don't improve the deep ball, you work on that so much, and then you regress somewhere else. Another year in the system, another year [in the NFL], I think he's just going to be more calm, more comfortable going into Year 3 of Brian Daboll's system."

Beane on Tre'Davious White:

"[Cornerback] is a premium position. It really is. This is such a passing league now, and so it is important. Rarely do teams have two, but if you have one, you can usually help with the other. Tre is definitely up there, and I think he's getting recognition. It was nice to see even his peers voted him in on the [NFL's Top-100 list], I think he was No. 47 or something like that. Tre will probably tell you that was too low for him. He thinks he's probably higher than 47, and I wouldn't argue with him. I'm a big fan of Tre White on the field, off the field, and what he brings to our team. He's definitely a guy that I was referring to that you don't him want to walk out of here.You want to keep him long-term, but at the end of the day, it's got to be right for him and right for us. At the right time, hopefully we're able to make that happen."

You can listen to the entire interview below:

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