2022 Top 25 Buffalo Bills 25 and Under: No. 13 Tommy Doyle
Last year, the Buffalo Bills drafted two offensive tackles with Spencer Brown being selected in the third round and then the Bills drafted Tommy Doyle out of Miami University with their next pick in the fifth round.
Doyle was similar to Spencer Brown in the fact that he is a big offensive lineman at 6’8″ and 320 pounds with incredible athleticism for the position. He would be given a Relative Athletic Score (RAS) of 9.9 out of a possible 10, which was the 12th highest score among offensive tackles since 1987.
As the season went along, the Bills found a way to capitalize on that athleticism and while he never was a starter, Tommy Doyle’s role expanded as he became that extra offensive lineman on run plays almost like a blocking tight end.
In the final five games of the season, including playoffs, Doyle would play nine or more snaps in four of those games. He also caught a touchdown in the AFC Wild Card Round against the New England Patriots.
What is Tommy Doyle’s role in 2022 with the Buffalo Bills?
Now entering his second season with the Buffalo Bills, Tommy Doyle’s role could once again be changing with this team. During OTAs with Rodger Saffold not in attendance, it was Doyle who was stepping in at guard next to Dion Dawkins.
While Tommy Doyle is unlikely to be a starter at guard, this is just another way he potentially could help the team. The interior of the offensive line has some depth questions with Ike Boettger unlike to be ready to start the year and Cody Ford who struggled last year. However, the team did recently sign Greg Van Roten which should factor into this position.
There certainly is an opportunity for Tommy Doyle to help the depth at this position if the Buffalo Bills want to keep him there. However, if he doesn’t Doyle should still be able to contribute as the backup right tackle as well as keep his role as that extra offensive lineman in short-yardage situations.