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, but his last big play on the field came on offense.Williams came into the game at fullback in the final minutes with the Bills up 42-17 and caught a nine-yard pass from Josh Allen to the delight of a home crowd. That crowd spent the rest of the game serenading the longtime Bills star after he announced on Friday that this would be his final game.The win leaves the Bills with a 6-10 record and quarterback Josh Allen provided some reasons for hope about better marks in the future. Allen threw three touchdowns and ran for two others, which is something that only 13 other quarterbacks have done in a single game during the Super Bowl era. One of Allen’s touchdown runs was a 30-yarder and that’s the longest scoring run of the year by any quarterback.There wasn’t much to be hopeful about on the Dolphins side. Ryan Tannehill turned the ball over three times as the offense produced 10 points — Allen also threw an interception that Reshad Jones returned for a touchdown — and the Dolphins’ fight was hard to find after Kiko Alonso touched off a brawl by hitting Allen late.Word this week in Miami was that the Dolphins are prepared to look for a new starting quarterback and there’s been speculation that they could decide to part ways with executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum and/or head coach Adam Gase as well. The ugly nature of Sunday’s loss won’t help make anyone’s case for more time, although there was plenty of ugly football to hold against them before the first play in Week 17. Even in a crowded positional group, Dillard could earn a starting role on Buffalo’s roster."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL DraftBuffalo Bills NFL Draft CoverageAndre Dillard would be a fitting left tackle, if the Buffalo Bills can make roomNew,24commentsEven in a crowded positional group, Dillard could earn a starting role on Buffalo’s roster.EDTShareTweetShareShareAndre Dillard would be a fitting left tackle, if the Buffalo Bills can make roomAndre Dillard may not have been the first name on everyone’s minds when offensive tackle rankings were compiled back in January, but the senior’s had a great couple of months Jeremy Kerley Jerseys 2019
, and is now all but locked into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Coming out of pass-happy Washington State, how does this left tackle stack up with Buffalo’s team prototype? Let’s evaluate.Team FitIn recent memory, the Buffalo Bills tended to focus on huge, powerful players who could push a pile when adding their linemen. And to a certain extent, Sean McDermott’s most recent offensive tackles fit that mold:6’4” 320 lb Dion Dawkins6’8” 305 lb Conor McDermott6’6” 315 lb LaAdrian Waddle6’8” 330 lb Ty NsekheThe 6’5” 315-lb Dillard, with shorter 33.5” arms, doesn’t perfectly fit that physical mold. He also doesn’t possess a stout run-blocking acumen. However, the team’s more recent signings (including center Mitch Morse and running back Frank Gore) have definitely been known for their pass-blocking efficiency, so the team may be changing its mindset in that department.A redshirt senior who had a great week at the Senior Bowl White Micah Hyde Jerseys
, Dillard is definitely on Buffalo’s radar. His outstanding athletic ability also can’t hurt. The biggest issue might be a positional logjam. Dillard’s best fit is at left tackle. That’s where Dion Dawkins has been playing. If Dawkins moves, where does he go? Right tackle (where Nsekhe would be slated to start)? Left guard (where Quinton Spain was expected to battle Wyatt Teller)? Right guard (Spencer Long)?Player ComparisonSpeaking of Dillard’s athletic talent, he rates as “elite” in that department with a SPARQ score better than 97 percent of all offensive linemen. The best match is probably Atlanta Falcons tackle Jake Matthews, who also measured 6’5” and 315 lbs with 33.5” arms. Matthews had an excellent Combine workout, was a vaunted pass protector out of Texas A&M, and recently signed a five-year, $72 million deal with his team.Another good comparison is former Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross, who measured 6’5” and 300 lbs during his draft year. Gross was another outstanding pound-for-pound athlete.Sample Play: Pistol Spread Left 67 Seam Illinois FlareThis play call features a five-step drop for Josh Allen. Depending on the defensive formation, there’s a hot read to the TE on a hook route built into the 67 protection. Otherwise Micah Hyde Jerseys 2019
, he will read left to right, hoping to land a 12+yard gain with either of his first two targets.This play sends out five receivers and stresses the defensive coverage, but that also puts pressure on each of the linemen to hold their blocks. Andre Dillard, playing left tackle, will be one-on-one against a defensive end protecting Allen’s blindside on a deep drop. It’s the kind of play that highlights Dillard’s quick feet and clean pass protection technique.Dillard may not seem like a clear fit for Buffalo at first glance, but the team’s more recent focus on pass protecting linemen over run blocking linemen suits him well. If he can navigate the logjam at the position today, he makes a lot of sense as the team’s first-round pick.