With minicamp closing in and the preseason growing ever closer everyday, the final chance to make a good impression for certain players is fast approaching. With young players, this period is even more important as it is their last chance to show their overall level of talent and skill while also impressing the coaches in the process.
Taking a closer look at three of the Buffalo Bills youngest players, we will evaluate these players and why we as fans should watch them during the coming weeks and months.
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Nathan Peterman — Rookie — Quarterback
A mid-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills during the 2017 NFL Draft, many believe that Nathan Peterman could be the heir apparent to take over as the Bills starting quarterback. With some believing that Tyrod Taylor could be kept on a short leash in terms of performance, Peterman needs to prove that he is ready to start his rookie season.
Taking advantage of the coming practice windows to both learn the offense and impress the coaching staff, Nathan Peterman could do a lot for himself by having a good preseason. Showing that he has what it takes to start for the Bills, Peterman can put the pressure on Taylor and allow the coaching staff to have a fallback option.
However, should Peterman struggle, it could then result in his own loss at a starting spot down the line this season.
Matt Milano — Rookie — Linebacker
Another mid round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, Matt Milano was a big time linebacker for Boston College. Despite being undersized for the position, Milano has the heart and will to succeed at the NFL level. While he shouldn’t be a starter this season, he will be a player to watch during the weeks and months ahead.
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If Milano can prove that he has the talent needed to start one day, Milano could earn himself a role spot with the Bills this season. However, some below average performances or struggling against size and Milano could quickly find himself on the way out in both Buffalo and in the NFL.
Jordan Johnson — Rookie — Running Back
Added as an undrafted free agent following the team’s draft, Jordan Johnson went to both a local high school and the University of Buffalo. Making him a player all fans of the Bills must cheer for, Johnson has a chance to complete the trifecta and be an important player at all three levels of football in the city of Buffalo.
Considering his talent and running style, Jordan Johnson should be a player that the team keeps a close eye on. A good fit for third down and short yardage runs, Johnson could fill the role left by Mike Gillislee in Buffalo. While he will have to compete against second year running back Jonathan Williams, Johnson should have an above average chance to fill the role.