ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - Buckle up Bills fans, this year the offense is taking it up a notch.
"The better we get. The more we have of the understanding of the offense, the faster we can go," offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. "So as you guys know me, I always want to go fast. Always want to get more plays in and have more fun."
Hackett is having fun so far through Organized Team Activities watching his second year quarterback EJ Manuel connect with 2014 first round pick Sammy Watkins.
"He's a guy we have to get the ball to a whole bunch," Hackett said. "It's funny, because we talk about it in our room, good players just naturally start getting the ball. Whether you call a play for them or not. I think it just shows here in practice just kind of what we've done. I mean, it might not be necessarily his number, but EJ just naturally finds him. Throws it to him earlier. He goes up and catches it. I mean it's so exciting. Just even for practice for me, I'm kind of like 'Ooo, what's he going to do next?"
With the big trade to move up and draft Watkins comes large expectations from the front office. They believe Watkins is the missing piece to the offensive puzzle that can push the Bills into the playoffs. Hackett knows those expectations and embraces them.
"Oh I love it. That's how it should be," Hackett said. "It's offense, we score points. I mean, that's the fun part. There's so many opportunities, looking back at a last year and being involved in last year on the different things that we did with the multiple quarterbacks, with the multiple players and the young team, we could've been so much better. And I think that it's more exciting. It's not necessarily that there's pressure, I think we put that on us every week because we knew we could be so much better."