Its not uncommon to see Buffalo Bills alumni visiting camp to offer tips to young players or help the coaching staff. However, when you see a guy like Kyle Williams taking a vested interest in Bills 2019 first-round pick Ed Oliver, you cant help but be optimistic. Williams joined the Bills for Tuesday’s practice as a “guest coach” helping with the defensive line.
“It feels good,” said Williams. “I love the Buffalo Bills and to be invited back to help our guys out is a blessing and I’m happy to be here.”
Oliver and second-year DT Harrison Phillips were seen picking Williams’s brain and receiving technical pointers throughout practice. To Oliver and Phillips in particular, Williams’s presence in practice and in the film room can be invaluable to the two young players and may be a major factor in their development going forward.
Oliver spoke to the press after practice about what Williams being around camp means to him.
“Its like having a cheat code,” said Oliver. “To all the guys that played with him it’s just like a big brother coming home, but to me I was just in awe. I’m trying to learn everything I can.”
Going into the second week of camp, Ed Oliver had not taken a lot of reps with the first team, but has shown flashes of being the guy. Tuesday, Oliver was a consistent fixture in the rotation being used primarily in pass rush situations. Its expected that moving forward in camp, Oliver will continue to improve and slowly be integrated into a first-team spot.
Kyle Williams wasn’t the only alumnus at practice Tuesday. Former Bills linebacker and Wall of Famer Daryl Talley was seen at St. John Fisher giving advice and working with second-year linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Talley was a major piece of the Bills’ Super Bowl defense and has spoken highly of Edmunds in the past and seems to have taken a vested interest in the young linebacker. Like Williams, Talley has a wealth of knowledge that guys like Tremaine Edmunds can only benefit from.