Buffalo Bills: 3 reasons why offensive line will be “X” factor in 2023

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3.) The Buffalo Bills have a true running back committee

With a running back room that features second-year back James Cook, and veterans Damien Harris and Latavius Murray, the Bills will roll into the 2023 season looking to develop a consistent run attack that doesn’t always involve Josh Allen. Even though the league has become pass-first, teams still need a run attack to help set up the pass.

In the past few seasons, the Bills offensive line has not been able to contain blocks consistently to allow the backs to get to the second and third level on the defense. 

The Bills have been able to form a pocket on a pass but when it comes to the run, there seems to be miscommunication of who is supposed to pick what assignment. One advantage that this offensive line has is that there is a change of pace when it comes to what back is in the backfield.

If it is Cook, it may be outside the tackles which is more of a zone blocking scheme. If it is Harris or Murray, it more than likely is going to be to pick up the extra short yardage so they will need to stay low and push the pile for the backs. 

When it comes to the run game, the Bills offensive line will need to step up their game and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer needs to find a way to help develop the run attack, especially when the snow starts to come down.