1 – Chris,
I know the Bills need some help at linebacker, would it ever be a possibility that Mario move to outside linebacker and have a backup defensive end play where Mario played? What are your thoughts.
CB: While addressing a perceived deficiency is important for a personnel department, it’s not the best idea to take a premier player and reduce his effectiveness for your defense to satisfy that perceived deficiency.
If you take Mario Williams and move him further away from the ball, you reduce his effectiveness as a pass rusher. Williams is coming off his most productive season. More often than not I expect Buffalo’s defensive staff to keep him up on the line as a true defensive end.
Does that mean that Mario will never line up at OLB in what is expected to be a multiple and hybrid front? No. He’ll probably see some time in a stand up LB role, but I expect it to be at the line of scrimmage.
Having Mario Williams drop might make sense as a decoy on a play or two, but Mario Williams is getting paid a lot of money to go get the QB, so he’s not the answer to address a LB deficiency.
2 – Hi Chris, big fan of fan friday, keep up the good work.
Been a huge Bills fan forever and currently part of the Bills Mafia in Ft. Lauderdale.
From your previous Fan Friday your thinking 5 receivers, so if you lock in Watkins, Harvin, Woods and Easley-I believe is a lock because of his new contract and special teams that’s 4 so does that mean Hogan or Goodwin are battling for final receiver spot or are you not counting Easley as a receiver in this scenario?
Thanks buddy, keep up great work and god job with the Bills Focus pieces.
CB: I indicated that keeping only five receivers was a possibility if they decide it’s more important to keep four tight ends for their offensive scheme. I don’t know if it’ll be absolutely necessary for them to do that knowing they’re keeping a fullback.
If it comes down to just five wideouts it’s probably Hogan and Easley as 4 and 5. If it’s six Goodwin is the guy that probably sticks. Rex Ryan has an appreciation for Goodwin’s speed and that is likely to trump a fourth tight end when it comes to roster decision time, but Goodwin has to maintain his level of play from the spring in training camp and the preseason when the pads are on and cornerbacks get considerably more physical.
Thanks for the kind words.
3 – Chris,
First and foremost, I really like the way you keep us informed. Your answers are very specific and detailed, no fluff. You really know what is going on with all things Bills, and it is appreciated.
I’m intrigued with two undrafted players, Tyson Chandler and A.J Tarpley. These type of players can be good finds and really round out our depth. Can you comment on each and your opinions as to where they land–the 53 man roster or the practice squad.
Thanks again Chris for your excellent coverage, we appreciate it.
CB: I appreciate the sentiments. Tyson Chandler is a player that I think could have a future in this league, just not in 2015. For a man his size I think he’s got pretty good feet. He just needs time to develop and I anticipate him winding up on Buffalo’s practice squad. He’s got some tools that warrant investment.
Tarpley is a guy that has to make his hay on special teams. He’s a heady player who has to have the camp and preseason of his life to leapfrog young players on the depth chart like Randell Johnson and Jimmy Gaines. Practice squad is probably his best bet.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
going into training camp, who has the inside track on the 7th starting position for the front 7 on D?
CB: What’s interesting here with this question is most people assume that Buffalo will have a true 3-4 front and in this hybrid scheme I don’t see that being the case. The way they lined up in camp they had four across the front with Mario, Kyle, Dareus and Hughes and at the second level it was Lawson, Brown and Bradham. I think that’s a lock for the front seven no matter how they decide to line up.
5 – Good morning, Chris.
I am hoping for some reassuring insight on the recent history of Wayne Hunter. Reports say he last played for the Rams in the 2012 season. Has he been out of football that entire time? It is disconcerting to think an aging player who has not been on a team in two years might be considered worth signing, even if he was added for training camp numbers. Is that customary, and no big deal, or does it reflect a desperation about the O-Line that is even worse than expected?
As always, your coverage of the Bills is outstanding, and a necessary staple for fans who love the team. Keep it up!
CB: Hunter is an insurance signing. Partly due to Seantrel Henderson’s spring, in which he didn’t make the first impression he had hoped on the new offensive staff. Henderson has time to redeem himself, but the Bills want a vet they feel they can rely on in the event of injury.
You need to look at Hunter as veteran insurance as a possible swing tackle, extra tight end in short yardage situations. Nothing more, nothing less.
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