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Sal Capaccio
May 23, 2018 - 9:39 pm
Although Buffalo Bills players and coaches have been on the field for their first round of organized team activities for a couple of days already, Thursday will be the first chance we get to see the team in action. The voluntary session will be the third of 10 OTA sessions allowed throughout a four...
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And just like that, the Buffalo Bills are back on the field for the official start of the 10 days they are allowed for organized team activities, or OTAs. 

These practices are part of “Phase 3” of the league’s offseason workout rules, which consists of four weeks of the team’s offseason program. During each session, 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted, but no live contact is allowed.

Every quarterback draft class is put up against one another as time goes on. Who had the best career? Who won the most Super Bowls? Who wound up as the biggest bust of the group and who exceeded expectations?

For some classes, those comparisons start almost immediately because of the hype surrounding the group as they all enter the league together. That’s most likely going to be the case with the 2018 class after five signal-callers were drafted in the first round, and 13 of them were selected overall.

Wyatt Teller is glad he never had to line up against or block Tremaine Edmunds in an actual football game. But he certainly had to in practice several times, and the very first was the most memorable.

Teller and Edmunds, teammates at Virginia Tech for the last three years, were both selected by the Buffalo Bills in this year’s draft. As an offensive lineman, Teller sometimes had to block Edmunds. In 2015, as a sophomore, that meant he got a chance to show the freshman linebacker what big-boy college football was all about. It didn’t go quite as planned.

Back at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he wouldn't draft a quarterback simply based on what system new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will run and how each individual quarterback would fit into that. After all, the quarterback is hopefully going to be lining up under center for the team for the next decade, while coordinators rarely have a shelf-life with one team for even half that many years.

“Some people believe in building through the middle, some believe in building through the edge on the perimeter.”

That’s what Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott said in his post-draft press conference last Saturday night. And it’s clear by looking at this Bills’ offseason which strategy McDermott is adhering to heading into the 2018 season.

Consider these moves, all made since the start of free agency:

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Buffalo sports fans had one of the best offseason weekends they’ve ever had. Many NFL Draft experts say the Bills had a great draft, getting what they believe is a franchise quarterback, as well as maybe the best linebacker in the draft. 

The Bills also took a defensive tackle in the third round that many think will be a steal. Harrison Phillips was projected, by many, to be in the top-50 of the draft. Buffalo took Phillips with the 96th overall pick that they had acquired from Philadelphia in the Ron Darby trade.

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Many fans were calling for a wide receiver to be drafted at some point by the Buffalo Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft. When all was said and done, the Bills came away with two receivers selected with their final picks of the draft.

In the sixth round, the Bills landed on receiver Ray-Ray McCloud out of Clemson with the 187th overall pick.