As the coronavirus continues to drag on, this limits NFL teams’ ability to get players in for visits and physicals. Despite all this, the Buffalo Bills continue to make moves with the signing of OT Evan Boehm on Tuesday night. This signing continues to bolster the offensive line with versatility as Boehm has demonstrated the ability to play both guard and center, starting at both positions in the NFL. Boehm brings with him a wealth of talent and some injuries, but minor concerns that Bills Mafia should not be worried about.
So pumped for this next coming season! Heading to Buffalo to be apart of a great team and great organization! Can’t wait to get to up there and get to work @buffalobills #billsmafia https://t.co/wGV1ByopRf— Evan Boehm (@BIGboehmTHEORY) April 14, 2020
Dating back to his time at Missouri, Boehm was able to start 52 consecutive games, setting the record in his senior season. This iron man streak was achieved despite playing through a high ankle sprain suffered in the first game of the season. Even after having a sub-par season due to injury compared to his 2014 season, he was still drafted in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals.
Appeared in 16 games, starting one game, seeing all his time at right guard. He did not show up on any injury report and did not appear to suffer any known injuries.
Appeared in 15 games, starting eight at right guard. Once again, he did not show up on the injury report and did not appear to suffer any known injuries. For unknown reasons, he did not play in the Week 12 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cut by Arizona, signed to Los Angeles Rams practice squad. He spent a month on the practice squad before getting signed to the Indianapolis Colts active roster. He appeared in 11 games, starting four with playing time at center, not suffering any injuries during his time with the Colts.
Traded to the Miami Dolphins for a seventh-round draft pick late during training camp. He appeared in 13 games, starting eight, appearing at both center and guard. He suffered a hip injury in early November that became nagging according to reports, but details are lacking regarding the specifics of the injury itself. He also suffered an ankle injury before the Week 16 match-up that caused him to miss the game. Reports indicated that he was healthy enough to play but appeared to be held out as a precaution.
Bills Injury Impact:
Boehm comes to the Bills as a well-traveled, versatile offensive lineman. He has demonstrated the ability to play in a variety of offenses during his time in the league and does not bring with him an injury history that others on the team currently have. According to records, he has only missed one game due to injury, appearing in 55 games with 21 starts. The veteran doesn’t exactly bring a significant upgrade to the depths of the offensive line, but he does fit in line with players who have played multiple positions with starting experience.
While he is not a guarantee to make the Bills’ roster in 2020, he should contend for a depth position and, with a strong camp, provide an insurance policy in case of injury or trade bait for other teams. Injury wise, he demonstrates no concerns for future injuries outside of the injuries seen on the offensive line such as the bruises, strains, and sprains typically observed. The Bills continue to find players who fit their system and build their roster effectively as they contend for a division title in 2020.