Tucker: 'It's between the Bills and Jets for second in the AFC East'

July 11, 2019 - 8:13 pm
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We're now two weeks away from Buffalo Bills training camp getting underway at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York.

The Bills are hoping to make another push for the playoffs after a 6-10 finish in the 2018 season that saw the team go through a lot of growing pains.

This offseason has been an active one for the Bills with a number of moves to bolster the lineup via free agency, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The primary focus of those moves is to provide second-year quarterback Josh Allen with as many weapons and assets as possible to put him in the greatest spot to succeed.

On the defensive side of the ball, despite the departure of 13-year veteran Kyle Williams because of retirement, they are poised to have another strong outing this season. The Bills were also able to fill the void left by Williams with the drafting of defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

RADIO.COM NFL Insider Ross Tucker joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Thursday to discuss the Bills' offseason moves. Tucker also provides his thoughts the Melvin Gordon holdout, as well as an alarming story that happened while he played for the Bills.

Here's some of what Tucker had to say:

Tucker on his optimism for the Bills this year:

"I'd say I'm pretty optimistic. I think that they have a good chance to build on what they did last year. I thought they were a lot better last year than I thought they would be. I think it's between them and the Jets for second in the AFC East. And I wouldn't be surprised, especially with all the upgrades they made in free agency, the offensive line, some of the weapons for Josh Allen, I wouldn't be surprised if they're very firmly in the wild card mix in December."

Tucker on what he likes most about the Bills' offensive line upgrades:

"I think you can argue that they overpaid for Mitch Morse. I think he's a fine player, [but] with his injury history, I don't know that I would have given him the money that they did. I think what I actually like the most about what they did is just the volume that they put on it, whether it's Morse or Long or Cody Ford via the draft; I'm a big fan of Ty Nsekhe, I think he's a really good player. You bring in LaAdrian Waddle, Quinton Spain, I mean, the reality is, they're going to be able to get five good guys out of that and really, they're going to be able to have eight guys that you can win with. And so, if a guy or two gets hurt, they're going to have a veteran guy who's played who won't lose the game for you."

Tucker on the amount of depth at receiver:

"It just feels like they went from a team with hardly any depth on the offensive side of the ball to now, very real depth. I mean at receiver, John Brown, Zay Jones, Cole Beasley, Robert Foster... now you have four guys that have shown that they can play at a pretty high level in the NFL whereas last year, at times it felt like it was just Jones or just Foster. Bringing in John Brown to be the speed threat, Beasley in the slot I think should help out Josh Allen quite a bit."

Tucker on the Bills' running back depth:

"And then running back, you had LeSean [McCoy], you bring in Frank Gore, you bring in T.J. Yeldon, you bring in Devin Singletary... they really don't have a position where you say, "If this one guy gets hurt, the season's over." Probably with the exception of Josh Allen, and ultimately, they're doing whatever they can to try to take advantage of Allen being on his rookie deal, and they're trying to give him the best chance to make a big step forward in year two."

Tucker on Brian Daboll:

"I'm a big fan of his. I thought he did some really good things a year ago with Josh Allen. He took advantage of Josh's legs more than I ever thought that they would, and I thought Josh even threw the ball better than expected based on what his statistics had been at Wyoming. But this will really be sort of the referendum on Daboll and his offense. I mean, they're just so much more talented now on that side of the ball, and it's the second year for Josh Allen that if they don't take that big step, then a lot of that is going to fall on Daboll's shoulders. It's his turn and his time to make sure it all works out."

You can listen to the entire interview below:

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