Well I know there will be questions about the trade, but there are some other issues on your mind too. Remember submit questions to AskChris@bills.nfl.net and it could appear here.
1 - Hello Chris and thanks for the continued updates. I’ve been a Bills season ticket holder from Rochester for years (and again this year) and have just moved to Charlotte NC so your updates are very welcomed. A lot has been made of the Bills lack of TE. David Nelson came on at the end of last season and most of his catches seemed to be out of the slot and up the middle of the field. What are your thought on him possible putting on a few lbs as he ages and becoming a solid TE for the Bills in the future.
Thanks for you continued coverage.
Dave, newly transplanted to NC
CB: Ironically David Nelson has bulked up, to 221 pounds, which is about 13 pounds of lean muscle more than last season. That being said I don’t see him as a tight end in this offense. A lot of what he’s asked to do in the slot is similar to that of a tight end anyway and now with 13 more pounds on his frame he’ll be able to block more effectively. But he’s still 25 pounds shy of a typical NFL tight end, so I don’t see that as a true option for him. I feel like you take away from his game if you do that.
2 - I am sure you will get this question alot. With the new CBA have the Bills free agency plans changed? Will they be more active?
CB: Buddy Nix said flat out that the new CBA and all of its rules have not changed their approach to building the team the way they see fit. So in essence no their free agency plan will stay the same, no quick fixes, no big splashes.
3 - Hey Chris-
I know that free agent signing cant be made offical till friday at 6 but what do you think about Tyler. I really like Thigpen, he did okay in K.C. I was also wondering if he could push out Fitz, I fell that Buffalo needs to let all players fight for their jobs. We saw it back in the 2009 preseason with Edwards and Fitz, Fitz outplayed Edwards in the preseason but they still started trent becuse they said that Fitz was never there to unseat Trent and then Trent goes out and drops to 2-5 before we end the season at 6-10
CB: The key to the signing of Tyler Thigpen was the fact that he had a foundation of knowledge in Buffalo’s system. With no spring workouts to get a new QB up to speed, getting one who knew the system coming in was a must. As for this season however, Fitz is the starter, end of story and Thigpen has been told as much.
4 - Chris,
I understand that Lee Evans was not a big part of the offense last year. I understand that we have a lot of depth at the receiver position. How can we justify letting Lee Evans go for a 4th round pick? I believe he’s worth at worst a 3rd round pick and I don’t see how we get better this year or in the future with this move. Lee Evans is a consummate pro. Please shed some light on this for all of us.
CB: The market value for receivers has been very depressed ever since Randy Moss with four good years left in him was acquired by New England from Oakland for a fourth-round pick. So increasing the value in return was not going to happen.
As for justifying the trade, all I can say is I have it on good authority that Evans wanted to move on. I don’t know that he asked for a trade, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
I don’t know that the offense will produce more right away without Evans, but I do think that in time this receiving corps will outproduce Evans over his last two seasons. My pick to ultimately replace Evans in the ‘X’ receiver role is Marcus Easley.
5 - Chris, a lot has been made of Maybin showing up to camp weighing only 228 lbs, but I want to know about Dareus. I know he is a big man, but I read he weighed in around 340ish. Did he show up to camp heavy and overweight? I thought he played last year at least 20 lbs lighter than that. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop,
CB: Yes, he did report to camp at 343 pounds, but by those I’ve spoken to he can carry it. It hasn’t affected his agility or stamina. I suppose we’ll know for sure by watching him in the preseason games, but I haven’t seen it affect his play at all. He was 319 at the combine though.
Tags: Buddy Nix, CBA, David Nelson, Fan Friday, Lee Evans, Marcell Dareus, Tyler Thigpen
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