As training camp battles rage on, the Buffalo Bills will see plenty of competition along the interior offensive line. Realistically, there are five players battling for three starting spots. Training camp practices and preseason games will ultimately provide the necessary evidence for coaches to decide who will play and who will sit.
In our latest installment of our “90 players in 90 days” series, we profile a rookie Buffalo drafted to compete for a spot on the interior line right away.
Name: Wyatt Teller
Height/Weight: 6’4” 314 lbs.
College: Virginia Tech
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Teller’s contract is a four-year deal worth a total of $2,714,123. In 2018, his cap hit will be $480,000 if he makes the final roster.
2017 Recap: Analysis of Teller’s senior season varies in an interesting way. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Teller gave more effort and was more consistent during his junior campaign in 2016 than he was in his senior season; however, Teller was named first-team All-ACC in 2017, while his 2016 season only garnered honorable mention status. Regardless of his own analysis, Zierlein still projected Teller as a third or fourth round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Positional outlook: Teller is one of four guards on the roster, as he joins Vladimir Ducasse, John Miller, and Ryan Groy at the position. Groy, of course, is locked in a battle with newcomer Russell Bodine for the starting center job, so depending on the outcome of that positional battle, Teller is looking at either one or two players standing between him and a starting spot as a rookie.
2018 Offseason: WKBW’s Joe Buscaglia listed Teller as the second-team right guard after the first day of training camp, with De’Ondre Wesley (whom the Bills officially list as a tackle on their roster) serving as the second-team left guard. Teller has participated in all offseason activities to date.
2018 season outlook: Given Teller’s college resume, his size, his strength, and the overall lack of bodies at his position, it’s almost a given that he will make the final roster. His college highlights show a player with solid intelligence in pass blocking. His incredible physical strength and above-average mobility makes him an intriguing prospect who should develop into a good player at the NFL level.