Inside The Bills

Why Ola won’t be overwhelmed if he has to play

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2016 – 2:27 pm

As we covered in our feature story on Bills new OT Michael Ola, he’s a well-traveled offensive lineman. He also has a good deal of experience. That’s why if he has to step into the lineup on Sunday due to injury or some other circumstance the game won’t be too big for him.

Bills offensive assistant Pat Meyer, who has known him since he coached Ola in the CFL in Montreal, believes Ola’s versatility and high football IQ explain why so many teams have signed him to their roster to help them in a pinch.

“He’s intelligent so he understands it,” Meyer told “He studies and works at it so all that put together with his ability to be long. He’s long-armed and he’s stout enough to play inside at the guard position. That made him versatile. Anytime you can be more versatile and play two or three or four different positions it’s going to make you more marketable.”

Ola’s career bio is a journey through many levels of football the past five years, but all that experience (seen below) has only made him a better player in Meyer’s mind.

“He’s learned a lot from a lot of different people and good coaches,” said Meyer. “That’s smart. You take things that you learn from one coach and apply it and you do the same thing with other coaches you’re around and you end up having a nice toolbox you can work from.”

Here’s a look at his career.

2012 – Jacksonville Sharks (Arena League)
2012-13 – Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
2014 – Miami, Chicago
2015 – San Diego, Detroit
2016 – Detroit, Seattle, NY Giants, Buffalo

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