Bills OC Brian Daboll said he is working on ways to install new plays into their system with Josh Allen and pointed out that they getting accustomed to around “15 new guys on offense.”
“You start over, you reinstall things, tweak things,” Daboll said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “I’ll give him input as to some of the stuff that he likes or didn’t like. I mean, he’s out there doing it. We have almost 15 new guys on offense. It’s not just the talent and all those things. It’s how can we develop relationships with the people that we’re working with. That’s important, because you’re going to hit some tough times here and there. And he’s such a good leader in that regard.”
Daboll added that Allen is still eager to improve and has already “turned the page” on last year’s finish.
“He is really the same guy every day since he’s been here,” Daboll said. “He’s got an underdog mentality. He’s a grinder, he’s never satisfied. He loves to practice. He’s competitive in the meeting rooms. He’s not relying on what happened the year before or anything like that. That’s what I appreciate about him, too. He’s turned the page really quick.”
Daboll mentioned that they have “tried to tailor the system” around Allen and progressively adjusting the playbook to favor his skill set.
“We’ve talked a little bit about some in-breaking routes and things like that,” Daboll said. “Each year, he’s obviously learned a little bit more about the system. We’ve tried to tailor the system specifically to him. We add things and take things out. We’ve got a lot of good give and take between the two of us in terms of things he feels comfortable with, and maybe things we can do a better job of.”
Dolphins’ seventh-round OT Larnel Coleman pointed out that his 85-inch wingspan helps in pass protection and that his athleticism comes through on the field.
“You will definitely see it in my pass-blocking game,” said Coleman, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I’ve got to use my arms to keep defenders off my quarterback. You’re definitely going to see me use it in those situations…. Being a UMass guy, I’m a really underrated guy. I think all of my athleticism from prior sports [including basketball] is going to really help me shine.”
Coleman reiterated that he feels his background in basketball helped his development as an offensive tackle.
“I’ve loved basketball since I was a kid… Defensive basketball is the same thing as playing offensive line or at least playing tackle. I feel like a lot of that athleticism is definitely going to translate to the field, and it has been, I think, as you can see on my film. I’m real athletic, so I can do just about everything.”
Jets OC Mike LaFleur believes all of New York’s running backs can “be productive” in their system. Their current group includes Tevin Coleman, Josh Adams, Ty Johnson, La’Mical Perine, and fourth-rounder Michael Carter.
“I do think they all could be productive backs in this system,” LaFleur said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.
Jets HC Robert Saleh also thinks the committee approach is best for their team and named the Titans’ Derrick Henry as one of the few players who can totally carry the load.
“There are a few guys,” Saleh said. “Derrick Henry still does it; there’s a few of those. If you have one, you have one. You never want to force the issue. You want to share the load, and it gives those guys a chance to have longevity in their career.”