Bills' Dawkins thinks the new offensive line is coming together

June 18, 2018
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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - The perception of former Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn is he was injured a lot. Glenn missed 11 games last season and five in 2016, but before that, he had started all 16 games for three consecutive seasons.

After six years with the Bills, Brandon Beane traded Glenn to move up in this year’s draft. It gave Beane the currency to move up again and take quarterback Josh Allen.

When Glenn sat out last season, the Bills found out that 2017 second-round pick Dion Dawkins could play well at the left tackle position. Dawkins started 11 games and made Glenn and his salary expendable.

The Bills also lost Eric Wood and Richie Incognito, so the offensive line could be shaky this season. They were together for the first time in OTAs with different combinations being tried. With the players out there in shorts with no pads, the line couldn’t develop that cohesiveness needed on the field, but Dawkins told me they were doing it in other ways, “From being around each other, we’re growing a bond off the field as well as on.

“After practice we’ll all go and eat or we’d all catch a movie or go to the mall or go cart racing, so it’s basically just team bonding.”

Sean McDermott feels bh can build the culture he wants for this team if the players are willing to go the extra mile with each other. McDermott said, “I think anytime you share moments together, you start to build a cohesiveness and some chemistry and rapport with one another. So what Dion mentioned is that they’ve been hanging out a little bit and I think that’s good. Those are good signs.

“We have to continue to go through and get to know one another and understand where one another has come from and our backgrounds respectively and build this team, bringing it together. That’ll happen over the course of time as you go through moments like training camp and where we get a chance to get away a little bit in fellowship with one another on and off the field.”

The team is all together once it gets to St. John Fisher on July 25. Dawkins looks forward to just being their with his teammates, “We’re all one and we’re all away together so that should force us all to come together and as one group and it’s just going to build a lot of chemistry around the building.”

Dawkins said he’s spending this week with his mom and then will get back to training for a month before camp starts.