Buffalo will go into Sunday’s game with just three offensive tackles. Cordy Glenn and Cyrus Kouandjio will start and then newly signed OT Jordan Mills will be serving as the swing tackle. Needless to say a trans-Atlantic trip and cramming a playbook into his brain has been a heavy lift this week.
Mills was in Detroit when he got the call that Buffalo was going to sign him and didn’t have much time to pack for the trip.
“I had to be out the next afternoon, so I had to get everything ready and packed,” Mills told Buffalobills.com. “The flight left at six and it was an eight-hour flight and when I got here I had been up for 23 hours straight. I got here and the coaches were great and all accepting. The players and everything it’s good camaraderie around here.”
Mills is thankful that Buffalo’s offensive line coach is Aaron Kromer, who coached him for two seasons in Chicago.
“The first two years Kromer was my O-line coach and teaching me techniques. So coming here was nothing new in terms of the techniques that he wanted,” he said. “I already basically had everything in my mind. I just had to refresh and knock the rust off because it has been almost a year or so.
“But knowing what they do within the offense and not having a new offensive line coach and new techniques. So having known coach Kromer and coach Pat Meyer previously helped me out a lot.”
As far as Greg Roman’s playbook goes he is using translation techniques from the previous system he was in to remember what the terminology in Buffalo’s system means. As he gets more and more acclimated to Buffalo’s language things will get better. In this short week however, knowing he’s a play away from being on the field, Mills is just focused on studying this week’s game plan inside and out.
“Yeah you can pretty much say that. It’s just basically getting in the playbook,” he said. “I’ve had late nights and early mornings. It’s difficult, but it’s part of the game and it comes with it.”
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