Buffalo Bills: Dalton Kincaid gets resiliency from his 5-second rule

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If Buffalo Bills rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid happened to be a quarterback, he would certainly be cut out for the mental aspect of it.

Coming out of Utah, Kincaid was a team captain and someone highly-respected within the locker room. He was already a professional before hitting the NFL stage. It's part of the reason why Brandon Beane liked him, aside from his on-field talents.

Kincaid is the type of player who never gets too high, or too low, based on a single play. Is he passionate? Of course. Does he show emotion? Absolutely. But, is he going to let one play define him or allow his demeanor to be affected going forward?

Not a chance.

Following Day 1 of the Bills' rookie minicamp, Kincaid was able to have some time with the Buffalo media. One particular member asked him a question about this aspect of his game; the mental aspect. His answer was simple, yet something he lives by.

Buffalo Bills rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid lives by a 5-second rule

"You're very even-keeled, whether it's a good play, a play you want back, you don't ever get too struck by it ... Have you always been that way, or where does that come from?" Kincaid was asked.

"I kind of got it in high school. My receiver coach there, coach Cody, called it the five-second rule," Kincaid said. You can't really do anything about the past. You can be angry about it, or happy about it for five seconds, but at that point it doesn't really matter. All you can do is really think about the next play.

"I definitely keep more internal, just so it's kind of in here (motioned to his head) rather than expressing it in actions, I guess."

Say what you want about private high schools, as there are definitely plenty of kids who turn the opposite way from what those institutions try and instill. But, Kincaid seemed to run with what he was taught at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas.

The faith-based teaching and attempt to build a firm foundation based on integrity seemed to work in Kincaid's favor. When hearing him speak, you can definitely sense that he's a mature young man. The type of coaching he received in high school, based on the little we've heard about his receiver coach, has brought him a long way.

For rookie tight ends, that's good advice given by his high school coach. Rookie tight ends don't typically blossom right away. In fact, that's a position that takes a while to develop in the NFL. As long as Kincaid continues to live by his 5-second rule, he'll be just fine.

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