After spending the first half of his rookie season on the sideline, offensive lineman Wyatt Teller was eager for a chance to prove that he belongs in the NFL.
Once he finally received that opportunity, he seized it and didn’t look back.
After being inactive for eight consecutive weeks, the former Virginia Tech Hokie made his NFL debut in Week 9, playing on 17 snaps in Buffalo’s 41-9 loss to the Bears. Teller saw a dramatic increase in playing time the next week, getting the start at left guard and playing on 100 percent of the Bills’ offensive snaps in their Week 10 win in New York.
Teller largely played well in his first career start, excelling as a pass blocker on an offensive line that allowed just one sack. Pro Football Focus gave the rookie a 71.3 pass blocking grade in Week 10.
Even after his strong outing, Teller is eager to improve.
“Even with the great win we had, you can still find imperfections in your game, mistakes,” Teller said. “Plays you want back. I had more plays I want back then I wish. That’s the mindset, constant improvement and getting better. The sky’s the limit. Obviously, a goal is to keep on starting.”
Teller’s role on the offensive line will be something to keep an eye on after the bye. If the rookie is able to string together a few solid performances, he will perhaps establish himself as a foundational player in Buffalo, someone that the team can pencil in on their offensive line for the foreseeable future.