Remember that feeling of the last day of school before summer vacation?
Reporters covering the Buffalo Bills got to experience that Thursday when minicamp wrapped up. Welcome to the dead season on the NFL calendar. Teams have about six weeks off before reporting to training camp, a break when the non-stop news cycle of America’s most popular sport slows to a crawl.
Before we head to the golf course, however, we’re answering your questions on the Bills in our third edition of the mailbag.
Let’s get to it:
What are the starting base LB week one?
— Buffalobred (@Merckbillsmafia) June 16, 2017
In the spring, it was Ramon Humber on the weak side, Preston Brown in the middle and Lorenzo Alexander on the strong side. We can all agree Alexander’s spot is the safest of that group. Brown and Humber figure to get serious challenges from Reggie Ragland and Gerald Hodges, respectively.
Keep in mind that the team will likely be in sub packages the majority of the time, meaning a linebacker will come off the field. Hodges, who was signed late in free agency, has been working both inside and outside. Given his athleticism, he would make sense as a nickel linebacker because of his coverage skills. So while Humber might be the starter, it’s possible Hodges ends up playing more. The middle linebacker competition will be one of the most interesting to watch. Ragland only recently started taking full team reps, so it’s not a big surprise he wasn’t with the starters in the spring.
My prediction is that by Week One, he is. So I’ll go with Alexander-Ragland-Humber.
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