Looking to build off of a wildly successful 2020 campaign, the Buffalo Bills are a hot pick to make even more noise in the AFC this season. Led by quarterback Josh Allen, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, a stout defense, and a strong 2021 NFL Draft class, they look to yet again take the AFC East divisional crown and threaten the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC title.
Having addressed their defense early on by selecting Miami defensive end Greggory Rousseau, the Bills utilized their eight draft picks to address weak points across their roster. As well as general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have built this roster, there were still some areas that needed help, which is exactly what they did in this year’s draft.
The front office decided to triple up on offensive line help (two tackles and one guard) and double up on defensive line (two ends), they left positions like linebacker and running back alone, content with what they already had on their roster. However, after the draft was completed they were still able to add some unexpected talent to the team via the undrafted free agent route.
See which offensive player is being talked up as one of the better UDFA options to sign after the draft.
Tight End – Bowling Green
Players coming out of a mid-major college, such as those a part of the Mid-American Conference, find it a bit harder to make the league, but the MAC has produced its fair share of professional athletes. As recent as Sept. 2020, there were 69 players in the league that came out of the MAC, and Quintin Morris is looking to add to that total.
Having made the transition from wide receiver to tight end, Bowling Green’s Morris showed crisp hands and an ability to split the field vertically, even if the stat sheet did not show it. Across his final two seasons (the two years he spent at TE), Morris put up a combined line of 75 catches for 897 yards and 4 TDs (55 catches, 649 yards, and all 4 scores came in his junior campaign).
Morris joins the Bills as an undrafted option, and the role he could potentially walk into looks to be great for his skill set and size. While towards the bottom in terms of height (6’2) among the roster’s tight ends, he comes in as the second-heaviest option (252 lbs.), which could very easily give him a leg up if he can combine his physicality in the run game with his receiving abilities.
There are currently five TEs on the roster for Buffalo – Reggie Gilliam, Jacob Hollister, Dawson Knox, Morris, and Tommy Sweeney. Of these five, likely only Hollister and Knox are sure bets, meaning that Morris has a great chance to swoop in and claim that TE3 role. With his ability to line up all over the offense, both inline and in the backfield, Morris could (at times) fill the under-utilized fullback role that no one currently does.
Allen needs to find other targets outside of Diggs, and adding a bonafide, under-the-radar option in Morris would do wonders for the offense – while not guaranteed to have any sort of large role in the offense right out of the gate, Morris has the skills and body makeup to play himself into a bonafide offensive pass catcher.
Buffalo’s offense is one of the league’s stronger options with Allen and Diggs, yet they could certainly benefit from adding another option – while the climb certainly can be a tough one, Morris has everything that he needs to make it work.