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From 2011-2017 Devin Singletary Buffalo Bills Jersey , the Buffalo Bills had only one center. Eric Wood, the team’s first-round draft choice in 2009, manned the pivot for the final seven years of his career. However, he began his professional career at another position: right guard. The reason? The center position is remarkably difficult for a young player to handle.If you remember the man who played center next to Wood for those first two years, then you’ll know that he wasn’t a phenomenal player, but he was a reliable veteran. Geoff Hangartner came to Buffalo as a free agent following the 2008 season. His rookie contract had just expired with the Carolina Panthers, and the Bills needed someone to play center while they allowed their young prospect to develop.The current iteration of the Buffalo Bills find themselves in a similar position. Last year, they signed Russell Bodine, a four-year veteran whose rookie contract had expired with the Cincinnati Bengals. This year, the Bills need to replace at least two starters along the offensive line, as underwhelming veterans John Miller and Jordan Mills are unrestricted free agents. Bodine was adequate, though unspectacular, at center, and rookie Wyatt Teller was inconsistent at left guard. Even Dion Dawkins, the second-year left tackle, struggled at times.In short Color Rush Devin Singletary Jersey , the Buffalo offensive line group was a mess for most of 2018. As they look to reshape and rebuild the unit, they will need to seek new blood from both the free-agent pool and the draft in order to provide the kind of protection necessary. If the Bills want to make positive strides next season, they cannot entrust the center position to a rookie. They must sign a free agent—a veteran—to help Josh Allen along in his development.A veteran center can do wonders for a young quarterback. The most important thing he can do (aside from the obvious, which is to block well) is help the quarterback set and define protections before the snap. This is part of Allen’s game where he absolutely needs work, and it was his greatest struggle early on in the 2018 season. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll did well to help Allen via scheme in the latter portion of the year, and Russell Bodine deserves some credit for helping Allen, as well. If the Bills truly want to improve the center position, they probably won’t be able to do so immediately via the NFL Draft. Prospects like Elgton Jenkins, Michael Jordan, and Ross Piersbacher may develop into fine NFL players, but to ask them to step into the middle of Buffalo’s offensive line with the responsibilities of a professional center is asking an awful lot. While Allen made great strides over the second half of the season, he is still a young, raw prospect who needs help. Buffalo could help him tremendously by pursuing a veteran center to pair with him for the next few seasons. Could Buffalo do what they did with Wood, drafting a center in the early-to-middle rounds and playing him at guard while he learns the game? Absolutely. However, expecting that rookie to pair with a quarterback who will make his 13th career start in Week 1 of 2019 and communicate with what should be an almost entirely new offensive line is an awful big ask of any rookie.The Bills haven’t started a rookie center since 1986. Of course, that year the team paired Kent Hull with another rookie Youth Devin Singletary Jersey , Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. While both men were playing in their first NFL season, they each had played for at least two years professionally in the USFL prior to that time. Hull came to the NFL understanding protections and blocking schemes, just like any veteran free-agent signing would.In 2019, the Bills should again sign a veteran free-agent center rather than drafting one to start immediately. On paper, the Buffalo Bills have one of the worst and inexperienced offenses in the NFL. Outside of LeSean McCoy, there isn't an established starter on the offensive side of the ball. With 80-something million dollars in cap space for the 2019 season, this free-agency period will be telling as to how the 2019 season will go. There’s a need at almost every position offensively other than...quarterback—the first time we have been able to say that in quite some time. Listed below are my rankings of offensive position needs for the 2019 season (click on the position group to read our State of the Bills Roster series article):1. Guards/CentersRussell Bodine, Ryan Groy, Wyatt Teller, Vladimir Ducasse and John Miller aren't cutting it. The Bills struggled with quarterback pressure all season as well as moving the ball on the ground. Josh Allen was the Bills’ leading rusher, and their top two running backs combined for just 899 yards. 2. TacklesDion Dawkins had a very promising rookie season and looked like he would be the left tackle for the next 10-15 years. Dawkins admitted that he got complacent over his second season and his play declined. I don't think we can write him off for the future, but he is one to keep an eye on going into his third year. Jordan Mills, on the other hand, is one of the worst right tackles in football. He has consistently been a weak spot on the Bills’ offensive line and an upgrade over him would benefit the offense as a whole. 3. Wide Receivers Zay Jones, who will be a third-year second-round pick and Robert Foster, a second-year undrafted free agent are the top pass-catchers for the Bills in 2019 at this point. Foster has shown upside not only as a deep threat but as a complete receiver and Jones has a lot of up and down days. Both can be quality guys in the NFL Womens Devin Singletary Jersey , but they both lack the clich茅, “number-one-receiver” traits. Neither of them have the ability to dominate a game like DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown or Michael Thomas can. The Bills need to work on finding a guy with similar demeanor for the sake of helping Josh Allen turn a corner. 4. Running BacksLeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory are both on the wrong side of 30. Marcus Murphy and Keith Ford aren't going to be long-term starters for anyone in the NFL. The Bills have to get younger at the position to help in the run game. Free agency is a good option to sign a veteran guy like Tevin Coleman, who can do it all, or they can look to the NFL Draft. This year the draft doesn't have running backs with first-round talent but who cares. NFL teams seem to find long term starters in the second and third-rounds of the draft and this class is loaded with guys expected to go in that area. 5. Tight EndsCharles Clay, Logan Thomas and Jason Croom combined for only 55 catches and 520 yards for the season. Yikes. The Bills don't have that security blanket that a lot of teams have, and with Josh Allen rolling into his second season, it’s a need to find a big, reliable target for him.6. QuaterbacksJosh Allen is obviously the starter, Matt Barkley is a serviceable backup and Derek Anderson is on the roster just to help Allen in the film room. After Allen came back from his injury in the middle of the season, we got a taste of what the future could hold for him and the Bills. Having a consistent group of guys like Barkley and Anderson is an important factor on how Allen will grow from year to year. For the first time in a long time, it looks like the Bills have found their long-term solution at the most important position on the field. Do you agree with Dylan’s ranking? Put yours in the comments section.

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