Dawkins: Left tackle is ‘my favorite position on the field’

December 22, 2017

The Buffalo Bills continue to prepare for a tough game this Sunday against the New England Patriots on Christmas Eve. While a loss won’t eliminate any opportunities to make the playoffs, it would be great for the Bills to win a meaningful game this late in the season.

Even though this is only his first season in the National Football League, Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins already understands what these upcoming games mean to the team and the city of Buffalo. The rookie offensive lineman knows that in order to beat the Patriots, it's all about doing your part in the offense to help get that all-important win on the road.

"It's basically just [doing] your job well, [knowing] all of your assignments and just know where you have to be on the field and what your role is," Dawkins said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR Friday morning. "It's nothing different and nothing special."

Buffalo's second round pick (63rd overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Temple University has appeared in all 14 games played so far this season, getting the chance to start in nine of those games. He will play out the rest of the season for starting left tackle Cordy Glenn, who is on injured reserve with an ankle / foot injury. Dawkins has been pleased with how his first season with the Bills has played out so far.

“I would say that my first year has been really good,” Dawkins said. “I’ve got a great opportunity and I embrace it.”

Dawkins appreciates the support he’s received from his teammates this season including guard Richie Incognito and center Eric Wood.

“Those guys are the key to my development,” Dawkins said. “They’re my embattle coaches who are making me aware of certain situations in a game. I just kept my mouth shut and listened to the guys and did my part.”

While playing for Temple, Dawkins showed his versatility with the ability to play on either side of the line, and even got some time playing as a guard this season. Specifically though, Dawkins enjoys playing the left tackle as he feels that position is best fit for him.

“I am extremely comfortable,” Dawkins said. “I understand that I have to play so well because I’m not the textbook tackle. I know that my play can speak louder that statistics or size.”

As discussed in The Blind Side, the left tackle position is the second most important position in football because of the increased responsibility when protecting the quarterback. Even though this position comes with a lot of pressure, Dawkins does not let that slow him down.

“Playing with a lot of pressure always keeps me on my toes and up on my game,” Dawkins said. “I am one of those players that like that intenseness on a daily basis.”

You can listen to the entire interview with Howard and Jeremy below: