The Buffalo Bills kicked off "Phase Three" of their offseason program with the start of organized team activities (OTAs) on Monday. Today's OTA session was the first of 10 total allowed by the NFL for each team, and Buffalo will continue its preparations via these sessions over the next three weeks. The season starts now, as some would say. Bills rookies and veterans got to share the field for the first time since being compiled via holdovers, free agency, trades and the NFL Draft. For more on the outlook for Buffalo ahead of 2019 as well as some other AFC East foes, Pro Football Hall of Fame Writer John Clayton joined the Bulldog for a conversation. The Bills have gotten some good press during the offseason, and while Clayton doesn't quite see them reaching the postseason this year, he believes they may make some serious noiose as soon as 2020.
Clayton on the state of the Buffalo Bills:
"You knew it was going to take time for Josh Allen. He may take a similar path as [Bears quarterback] Mitchell Trubisky. It's not going to be a 4,000-yard passing type of year. The Bills will need to run the football. Give the front office credit, though; could they have gotten more players for him? The two teams that did the best this offseason were the Bills and the Arizona Cardinals. They added via volume. Buffalo didn't over-spend. That's where teams get into trouble during free agency."
"I don't think they're a playoff team, but this is the turnaround year in my opinion. They've gone about change in a very smart way."
Clayton on the state of the New York Jets:
"If somebody is going to call them in need of a runningback, I believe they'll listen to Le'Veon Bell discussions. Bell fits perfectly into [head coach] Adam Gase's offense, but you have a coach that doesn't believe in paying runningbacks. I could easily see him trading Bell. [Bell] can't feel good. He already has a coach that's not fully in his corner. It doesn't seem as though Bell cares. He's not there. Even with a new coach and a new offense, Bell is still not there."
"Sam Darnold is a ahead of Josh Allen. They do have a coach that is really good with quarterbacks. Gase got the most out of Jay Cutler and Ryan Tannehill. The Jets have been spending for a couple of years, but there's a greater risk of problems with all those big personalities."
Clayton on the state of the Miami Dolphins:
"It's pretty clear with a better group of quarterbacks next year, they will likely take one and dump Josh Rosen. That would be three teams in three years for him. There's nothing around him. Talk about getting an unfair reputation. Nobody has less Pro Bowlers coming into this year than Miami."