Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott said on Thursday that at least two and as many as three starting spots were still up for grabs. With at least one of those battles, he’s full of it, but the other is still very nebulous, even to reporters.
Against the Green Bay Packers, the Bills played their starting offensive line into the third quarter. Left tackle Dion Dawkins, center Mitch Morse, and right tackle Daryl Williams all played 43 snaps alongside Jon Feliciano, who seems to have locked down the left guard spot. At right guard, Cody Ford took 22 snaps and Ike Boettger took 21. They split starters reps right down the middle, with Ford continuously getting the first crack.
McDermott wouldn’t commit to either player, saying that the competition was healthy. In the same answer he said continuity is important.
The other position battle that isn’t really a position battle comes at cornerback, where Levi Wallace was challenged by Dane Jackson. Neither player was dressed for the game against the Green Bay Packers because of injury, but Wallace has run clearly ahead of Jackson all offseason. Despite that, McDermott played coy.
“They continue to battle,” said McDermott. “Currently you’ll see Levi out there and you’ll see Dane at times.”