The Bills had seven picks in the 2016 and only two are still on the roster: defensive end Shaq Lawson, who is fighting for a roster spot and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington who, is expected to see significant playing time in the middle of the defensive line while rotating with veteran Kyle Williams.
Washington credits Williams and some of the other vets on the line for his development as he gets set for a third season.
“When I first got in the league I thought I was pretty mature. But, that’s a different type of level of maturity right there, when you can get to those guy’s level,” Washington said. “Those are like — when you say professional football player — those are the guys you think about. I’m just trying to get to that level and get to where they are.”
“It’s a big year for him and he knows that,” added DC Leslie Frazier. “It’s his third season, a lot of eyes on him and we need his production. We don’t want to have to play Kyle an over-abundance of snaps. We need a good rotation and he can provide us with that and not have a big drop off when Kyle is not in the game. We want to have a system where we are rotating our front.”
“He’s another big guy who can move and has all the tools physical,” Star Lotulelei said. “I wasn’t here with him last year but from film and stuff he’s improved just in in his whole attitude in coming out here. He wants to work. He wants to improve.”
“My mindset right now is the best it’s ever been since I’ve been in the NFL,” Washington added at the end of practice on Monday. “I’m going to continue to do things right — listen to Kyle, listen to the other vets, listen to the coaches and just keep building.
The Bills continue training on on Wednesday. Practice is set to begin at 8:45 a.m.