Bills head coach Sean McDermott addressed the media Tuesday morning ahead of day 2 of organized team activities.
OTA’s began yesterday at New Era Field and injuries were already a hot topic of discussion. McDermott says newly signed free agent tight end Tyler Kroft suffered a broken foot in drills yesterday. He would not elaborate on how long he would be out, but says that it is the same foot he injured last season with the Bengals. Kroft is scheduled to have surgery on that broken foot today.
In addition center Mitch Morse and wide receiver Cole Beasley both had recent surgeries and are not practicing as well as center Russell Bodine, running back Frank Gore. Good news on the injury front was that linebacker Matt Milano is back at practice and is “full go”.
Another topic of discussion was defensive end Jerry Hughes and the extension with the Bills that has been agreed to but not signed yet. McDermott said,”when you just look at the stats, if you pull up the tape we talk about sacks versus affecting the quarterback, everyone wants the sack numbers but just as important at times is how you affect the quarterback. Whether it’s getting him off his spot, his vision, his arm in the way the ball comes out, there were a number of those over the past years since I’ve been around Jerry and you know we value pass rushers.”
McDermott also discusse how sophomore quarterback Josh Allen has looked very early in the OTA’s, saying, “it seems like he undestands the work that he has to and we have to do this offseason to get us where we need to get to as a football team. He’s done a great job putting his arms around some of the players that we did sign through free agency, some of our draft picks and I think that’s a great quality to have in terms of the humility that Josh possesses in his DNA and how he was raised. That’s the first step in leadership.”
The Bills have organized activities for the next three weeks before a mandatory minicamp.