Bills fans have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of the screen game in the offense the last two years. If Tuesday’s practice here at St. John Fisher is any indication, they can start putting that anger at ease.
Screen passes were the primary focus of the offensive installation period. Screen passes to running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. They all got into the act.
In one installation session, Greg Roman’s group ran 20-25 plays (against no defense), all of them were a different form of screen pass, and they never ran the same play twice from the same formation. That’s the staple of the Roman offense - a lot of different formations for variations of the same play.
The screen pass theme continued in 7-on-7 work when Sammy Watkins was the frequent target of passes down the line or after a short hitch route. There was definitely a conscious effort to make the second-year wideout a focal point of those plays.