Dawkins taking things day-by-day with the new offense

June 13, 2018 - 12:14 pm

The Buffalo Bills are in the middle of mandatory minicamp this week at One Bills Drive, finishing up the final phase of the team's offseason workouts.

During this time, the team has gotten the chance to get in some light work ahead of training camp and the start of the 2018 season. A majority of the players have been in Buffalo working out with one another, getting to know new teammates and getting to know new members of the coaching staff.

The offense has been hard at work this offseason, learning a completely new system under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. In addition, the Bills are in the process of finding their new starting quarterback between A.J. McCarron, Nathan Peterman and 2018 first round pick Josh Allen.

While the Bills have been aggressively working to get down the new offense, starting left tackle Dion Dawkins knows that the process will take some time for the unit.

"It's never easy," Dawkins said with Jeremy White on WGR, Wednesday morning. "It's definitely harder because we have a whole new offense. It's not like we're coming in with the same playbook, so it's a totally different life. [We're] taking it just day-by-day."

Dawkins is entering his second season in the National Football League after getting drafted out of Temple in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Last season, Dawkins played in all 16 regular season games for the Bills, and ended up starting in 11 of those games. Dawkins also made a start for the Bills in the AFC Wild Card round against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The big 6' 5", 320-pound offensive tackle got some work on both the left and right side to start the 2017 season under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, but ended up taking over starting duties on the left side when Cordy Glenn was plagued by a foot injury. Heading into the 2018 season, Dawkins is expected to be the starting left tackle for the Bills after the team traded Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals during the offseason.

While the offense is continuing to work on getting down the new offensive system, Dawkins feels confident in how the offense will operate under Daboll.

"It's just different," Dawkins said. "It's a whole different person behind the steering wheel, so I just see it as a brand new driver.

"He has the swagger and he wants to win. He just wants to go out there and just achieve. He has no fear, and he's going to let it show in Game 1."

As for the quarterback position, it has been primarily a two-man race for the starting quarterback position between McCarron and Peterman. However, Allen has some time to enter the mix after getting some work with the first-team offense on Tuesday at One Bills Drive.

Even though Dawkins has only known Allen for a couple of months with the Bills, he sees something in the young rookie that leads him to believe that he will succeed in the NFL.

"The kid is special," Dawkins said. "He's a hard worker, he's very smart. He's definitely intelligent with his conversations, he's just different. He's a giant kid, he's fast, has a strong arm and just very athletic. I like the kid."

"He's a professional already, I would say. He's just growing day-in and day-out, he's studying, and he wants to get better. He's definitely just stacking days and making great plays."

You can hear Dawkins' entire interview with Jeremy below:

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