Bills head coach Sean McDermott talked to the media Tuesday morning before another team workout at New Era Field.
McDermott discussed the battle for the cornerback position opposite Tre’ White. He talked about free agent signee Kevin Johnson and his ability to make plays on the ball. “He’s had a tough career as far as the challenges with injuries, that said, what I’ve seen to this point is a young man who is extremely focused, works extremely hard, is smart, plays the game the way we want it to be played, and has gotten his hands on some footballs this spring to this point, which is important to us as far as taking the ball away and playing good defense” McDermott said.
He also discussed the challenges second year players Robert Foster and Levi Wallace face after successful first seasons. “The challenge will be different, there’s tape out there on them now, much like a pitcher in baseball, they’re not going to be sneaking up on anyone this season, and so they need to continue to challenge themselves and remain confident that their role might be slightly different this year than it was last year.”
McDermott also touched on the relationship being formed between new quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey and starter Josh Allen. “Josh has had a solid spring, he continues to grow and evolve which is what is to be expected for a young quarterback and Ken has had a big role in that” McDermott said.
McDermott was asked about the injury to free agent tight end Tyler Kroft what it means to the young tight ends now on the roster, “it’s a chance for our young guys to get out there and get a ton of reps, so we’ve been able to see more of Tommy and Dawson and their rep counts have been higher now, so they’re exposed to more football for us to evaluate and for them to get the feedback off of the film..”
Coach McDermott was asked if he is excited to see what linebacker Tremaine Edmunds can do in his second year, “he’s a pretty young guy, guys coming out this year are older than Tremaine, to watch him physically mature from the time he left until the time we saw him a few months ago, he’s been working, it’s been nice to see, it doesn’t surprise me knowing him, he works at things, it’s important to him. I’ve watched him take leadership steps this offseason since he’s been back.”
Finally, McDermott was asked about Jim Kelly discussing sitting in some meetings with Brian Daboll, Ken Dorsey and Josh Allen, “it boils down to us trying to find anyway possible to improve our football team, we look at any way to improve our football team and this is no different, Jim’s a Hall of Famer, and to me it would be ignorant of us not to have a relationship with Jim and sometimes ask him what he thinks, we’ve got a young quarterback, take a look.”