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Expert personnel takes on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2014 – 1:22 pm

NFL.com solicited the opinions of a pair of NFL scouting directors to get a handle on what should be expected from NFL clubs with second-year head coaches including of course the Bills with head coach Doug Marrone. Their takes on Buffalo’s potential fortunes in 2014 make a lot of sense.

Here was the assessment of both an AFC and NFC scouting director on the potential fortunes of the Bills this fall.

NFC scouting director: “EJ Manuel — is he really the guy? The formula here is, the best friend to a young quarterback is a run game, and they trade up for Sammy. Is EJ really good enough? … Defensively, they’re good; they’ve got probably the best interior combo in the league, though you don’t know the situation on (Marcell) Dareus — will he be suspended? And they took steps to shore up the run defense.”

AFC scouting director: “A lot will depend on how well (Manuel) can develop and improve. I like their defense, though; it can keep them in games. The run game can keep them in games. … They can be competitive. And the addition of Sammy will be very interesting to see. There’s no discounting his ability — it’s how he got the football at Clemson, and how that differs with how he’ll get it with the Bills. The redesigned perimeter game with him and (Mike) Williams will be interesting.”


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