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Some talent still left on the board

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2018 – 11:49 am

As day three of the 2018 draft opens, here’s some talent still on the board at some perceived positions of need for the Bills. Buffalo has five picks today, 121, 154, 166, 187, 255.

Cornerback
Grant Haley – Penn State
Davontae Harris – Illinois St.
Taron Johnson – Weber St.
Darius Phillips – Western Michigan
Kevin Toliver – LSU

Linebacker
Genard Avery – Memphis
Jeff Holland – Auburn
Joel Iyiegbunwe – Western Kentucky
Leon Jacobs – Wisconsin
Matthew Thomas – Florida St.

Offensive line
G Colby Gossett – Appalachian St.
OT Jamarco Jones – Ohio St.
G Cole Madison – Washington St.
C/G Scott Quessenbury – UCLA
G Sean Welsh – Iowa

Wide receivers
Deon Cain – Clemson
Daurice Fountain – Northern Iowa
DaeSean Hamilton – Penn St.
Allen Lazard – Iowa St.
Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame


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Beane: Wait won’t be easy; leaving options open

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2018 – 7:09 pm

Bills GM Brandon Beane was a wheeler-dealer on day one of the draft in landing QB Josh Allen and LB Tremaine Edmunds. Here on day 2, the Bills hold pick 96 in round three. For Beane and the Bills front office the waiting will be the hardest part.

“It will be (tough). We’re going to try to be patient. It will be hard,” Beane told Buffalobills.com. “We’ve got some guys on the board that we like. We know they’re probably not going to fall to us, some of the guys that we still have on our board in the second round. We’ll be patient and see what happens. We’ve got a lot of picks for Saturday, so we’ll try to keep most of those. We’ll just see how it falls. If there is a guy that we really like who’s sticking we won’t be afraid to go get him.”

Beane feels they have enough ammunition with six picks (five on day three) to make a move if they deem it worthwhile.

“It’s really just following your board. We set the board and we follow the board,” he said. “If there’s a guy who is sticking out, no matter what position it is we’ll take it, otherwise if it’s close we’ll lean to need.”


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A look at draft capital for teams picking in top 20

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2018 – 3:05 pm

Here’s a look at the draft capital that NFL clubs have, picking from one down to the Bills second pick in round one at 22, heading into night one of the 2018 NFL draft.

We list total number of picks, rounds in which they have multiple picks, overall pick numbers and rounds where they do not possess a pick.

1 – Cleveland Browns – 9 picks (2 – 1s, 3 – 2s)
1, 4, 33, 35, 64, 114, 150, 175, 188 (no 3rd or 7th round picks)

2 – NY Giants – 6 picks (2 – 3s) 
2, 34, 66, 69, 108, 139 (no 6th or 7th round picks)

3 – NY Jets – 6 picks
3, 72, 107, 157, 179, 235 (no 2nd round picks)

4 – Cleveland Browns

5 – Denver Broncos – 8 picks (2 – 3s, 2 – 4s, 2 – 5s)
5, 40, 71, 99, 106, 133, 149, 160 (no 6th or 7th round picks)

6 – Indianapolis Colts – 9 picks (3 – 2s)
6, 36, 37, 49, 67, 104, 140, 178, 221

7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 7 picks
7, 38, 102, 144, 180, 202, 255 (no 3rd round picks)

8 – Chicago Bears – 7 picks (2 – 4s)
8, 39, 105, 115, 145, 181, 224 (no 3rd round picks)

9 – San Francisco 49ers – 9 picks (2 – 3s)
9, 59, 70, 74, 128, 143, 184, 223, 240

10 – Oakland Raiders – 11 picks (2 – 5s, 4 – 6s)
10, 41, 75, 110, 159, 173, 185, 212, 216, 217, 228

11 – Miami Dolphins – 8 picks (2 – 4s)
11, 42, 73, 123, 131, 209, 227, 229

12 – Buffalo Bills – 9 picks (2 – 1s, 2 – 2s, 2 – 3s)
12, 22, 53, 56, 65, 96, 121, 166, 187 (no 7th round picks)

13 – Washington Redskins – 8 picks (2 – 5s)
13, 44, 109, 142, 163, 205, 231, 241 (no 3rd round picks)

14 – Green Bay Packers – 12 picks (2 – 4s, 3 – 5s)
14, 45, 76, 101, 133, 138, 172, 174, 186, 207, 232, 239

15 – Arizona Cardinals – 8 picks (2 – 3s)
15, 47, 79, 97, 134, 152, 182, 254

16 – Baltimore Ravens – 8 picks
16, 52, 83, 118, 154, 190, 215, 238

17 – L.A. Chargers – 7 picks
17, 48, 84, 119, 155, 191, 251

18 – Seattle Seahawks – 8 picks (4 – 5s)
18, 120, 141, 146, 156, 168, 226, 248 (No 2nd or 3rd round picks)

19 – Dallas Cowboys – 10 picks (2 – 4s)
19, 50, 81, 116, 137, 171, 192, 193, 208, 236

20 – Detroit Lions – 6 picks
20, 51, 82, 117, 153, 237

21 – Cincinnati Bengals – 11 picks (2 – 3s, 3 – 5s)
21, 46, 77, 100, 112, 151, 158, 170, 249, 252, 253

22 – Buffalo Bills


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Jim Kelly set to return to Buffalo on Wednesday

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 25, 2018 – 9:31 am

After undergoing surgery to remove oral cancer from his jaw, Jim Kelly is set to return to Buffalo on Wednesday.  Kelly’s surgery took place in New York City and he was released from the hospital about two weeks ago.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback posted the following message on his Instagram account on Tuesday.


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Bills 2018 Draft Special to air on April 25

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 24, 2018 – 9:18 am

Bills fans, it’s almost that time of year again! The NFL Draft is around the corner and so is the Bills 2018 Draft Special, presented by New Era.

The annual 30-minute special will air on Wednesday, April 25 on WKBW Channel 7 at 7 p.m. and again on MSG at 8 p.m. Throughout the show, fans will watch as Radio Voice of the Bills John Murphy and Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker bring you expert analysis and an in-depth look at what to expect throughout the draft.

Additionally, fans will hear directly from Bills General Manager Brandon Beane as he shares his thoughts on draft prospects and Buffalo’s plans. Assistant General Manager Joe Schoen and Director of College Scouting Terrance Gray will also give a behind-the-scenes look at how Buffalo’s draft board is put together.

For this and much more, make sure you tune in!


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Mayock looks at both sides of franchise QB fence

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2018 – 2:07 pm

He doesn’t deny that it has been and will be a polarizing topic in the 2018 draft and after the 2018 draft, but the franchise quarterback debate is a healthy one, due mainly to what happened in the playoffs this past season. That’s why NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock decided to poll NFL clubs with what he outlined in his national conference call Friday.

“Last year three of the top 12 picks were quarterbacks and all three were trade ups on draft night,” Mayock said. “The year before the Rams went all the way up to number one to get Jared Goff and the Eagles went from 13 to eight to two to go get Carson Wentz. It’s a quarterback-driven league. I think it’s going to be a crazy first eight, 10, 12 picks.”

Mayock then provided some statistics to point out the value that a franchise quarterback can provide for a team.

“To underscore the importance of a franchise quarterback think about these two numbers. When the Houston Texans had DeShaun Watson in the lineup they averaged 35 points per game. When they didn’t they averaged 13. When the San Francisco 49ers had Jimmy Garoppolo, they won five in a row and average 29 points per game versus an average of 17 points per game when they didn’t have him. So the quote franchise quarterback conversation is riveting.”

But then Mayock took a look at the other side of the coin, examining, what for lack of a better term were three journeyman quarterbacks who went deep into the playoffs in 2017.

“When you look at Case Keenum, who goes to an NFC championship game, Blake Bortles, even though he was a high pick he was not considered a high level franchise QB, goes to the AFC championship game, and Nick Foles goes to the Super Bowl and wins with the Philadelphia Eagles. Is that an aberration? Or is it a trend?

“Those quarterback conversations I’ve had with most of the league over the last month and trust me it’s been fascinating.”


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Fan Friday 4-20

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2018 – 11:04 am

The last Fan Friday before the 2018 NFL draft. Buffalo has a lot to work with. Cross your fingers that they get everything they’re after. Here are your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
What’s your gut feeling? Trade up or stay put at 12? And, if you had to guess – who’s the QB prospect they want?

John Green
@JGreen_PRsports

CB: I believe the Bills will exhaustively work to find the right move that they believe works best for them in terms of positioning and value. Whether they feel that has to happen before the draft or after it begins is the big question for me.

As for the QB prospect they want, I’m going to tell you it’s been like Fort Knox upstairs. GM Brandon Beane has made it clear to his staff to keep a tight lid on things and Beane himself has said the circle of people who are in the know about their draft leanings is very, very small.

Beane knows how important this draft is to their long range vision for this team. So it doesn’t surprise me at all that they’ve been as tight lipped a group as I’ve seen pre-draft.


2 –
@ChrisBrownBills
Who is your favorite QB prospect? Not who you believe the Bills would take, but who would you take Chris?

Brett Triplett
@BrettsterBills

CB: I’ve been on record for a while saying I like Josh Rosen the most in this class. I’d be happy with a couple of other QB prospects too. He just has the passing skills that you need in a QB at the NFL level. Accuracy, ability to read defenses, solid mechanics, smarts. I also think his personality criticisms are overblown.

I know I’m in the minority, but I’ve also got Mason Rudolph in my top four. I really like his body of work and skill set.

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

In your gut, if the Bills are faced with a “doomsday scenario” of 4 QBs taken in the first 5 picks (and Buffalo not being one of them), do you think the Bills take Jackson at 12, or do you think they wait for the next tier of Rudolph/Lauletta/White/Falk, etc?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: I have to think Jackson would be an option, but what I grapple with concerning Jackson and matching him with the Bills is his skill set is very similar to that of the quarterback they just traded to the Browns. The only big area where Tyrod Taylor and Lamar Jackson differ in terms of their passing skill sets is Jackson seems to get through his progressions more consistently and his strength is hitting targets between the numbers (middle of field).

Taylor’s strength was hitting targets outside the numbers, but he wasn’t as effective over the middle.

So I’m not convinced the Bills would draft a QB with a similar set of skills to that of Taylor.

I would hope Mason Rudolph would be a consideration in light of my aforementioned comments about him. As for Lauletta, there’s nothing with him that will wow you, but he is consistent and makes plays.

White and Falk are players who probably aren’t coming off the board until round 3 at the earliest and that’s late round 3 as I see it.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, good morning. My question is what do you expect the Bills to target in rounds 4-6 assuming some of the pressing positions get addressed early (qb,lb,wr)?

Tony Chimera
@ChimeraTony

CB: I think with the depth at cornerback, running back and the interior offensive line, those are logical positions that will have viable options to choose from on day three.

We have to remember that Vontae Davis is only signed for one season. So cornerback is a position in need of depth with E.J. Gaines, Shareece Wright and Leonard Johnson no longer on the roster.

In fact, I think cornerback could be addressed sooner than day three if the right prospect comes up when the Bills are on the clock.

Guard prospects go about 15 deep with draftable grades, so there should be developmental talent come day three. And there are running backs to be had, who could contribute in a reserve role in that range.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Chris, with the Bills having the 2nd most draft capital besides Clev. Do u think the chances r good that the Bills move up to draft a QB? Nobody should b able to outbid us?

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: While that is true in terms of draft capital in the 2018 draft, the great equalizer for the other NFL clubs in terms of trade capital are future draft picks.

For example, a team like the New Orleans Saints down at pick 27 really only have the draft capital in their 2018 arsenal to get up to 20 in round one. But if they decide to offer a first-round pick in 2019, suddenly they have the ammunition to get up as high as pick four, if you weigh the Saints first-round pick in 2019 to be a middle of the round value.

So if a team is desperate enough, or competitive enough, they could be willing to part with future assets to level the trading playing field.

 


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Bills set on sale dates for individual game tickets

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 19, 2018 – 8:01 pm

Bills fans, mark your calendars! Not only have the Buffalo Bills released the 2018 schedule, presented by Ellicott Hotels, they’ve also announced individual game ticket information.

Beginning on Monday, May 7 at 12 p.m., fans who have downloaded the My One Buffalo mobile application can take advantage of an exclusive presale offer on individual game tickets. The presale will conclude the following day, Tuesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. To take advantage of this offer, as well as gain access to the other perks associated with the My One Buffalo app, click here.

On Tuesday, May 8 starting at 9 a.m., group tickets (12 or more) will be on sale. If you are interested in taking advantage of our discounted group pricing, please call our Ticket Office at 1-877-228-4257. Individual game tickets will also be available to the general public for purchase on May 8 at 12 p.m.

For more information on Bills tickets, click here.


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Bills release DE Cap Capi

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2018 – 10:45 am

The Bills made a roster move Tuesday, releasing DE Cap Capi.

Capi was signed to the practice squad last November. He was subsequently called up to the active roster and appeared in the last four games of the 2018 season for the Bills.

Capi registered five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.


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Jones close to full return from shoulder surgery

Posted by Chris Brown on April 16, 2018 – 5:09 pm

Bills WR Zay Jones had shoulder surgery in January to repair a torn labrum. He reported to One Bills Drive for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program. Head coach Sean McDermott provided an update on his rehabilitation.

“Not quite 100%, but he’s working like some of the other players,” McDermott said. “We do have some guys that are still working, rehabbing, Zay being one of them.”

As for Jones’ off the field incident involving police, McDermott said the team is “satisfied” with where things now stand after speaking with Jones directly.

“The biggest thing right now is where we go moving forward and how we handle our business moving forward,” said McDermott. “Listen, people go through situations and, like I said before, I was disappointed. The biggest thing is that we were able to talk about it and come to a point where we all agree we need to move forward. I’m excited about the future for Zay.”


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – April

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 16, 2018 – 3:58 pm

Saxon Graham, an Orchard Park native, has been proudly supporting the Buffalo Bills for over five decades. After a stint away from the region, Graham, who had season tickets in the 1960s, renewed his membership during the 1998 season and has had them ever since. Although he currently lives in Florida, Graham still makes time to come home and cheer on his favorite team. From the old Rockpile, to New Era Field, Graham has witnessed Bills history unfold and made many lasting memories over the years.

His journey as a fan has featured many highlights, including attending Buffalo’s first game in Orchard Park after the team relocated. Coming up, Graham and his wife will add a new chapter to their Bills fandom as they attend the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas. Selected by the Bills as the Season Ticket Member to represent the organization at the event, Graham will join other members from around the NFL for the Season Ticket Member Draft Experience program.

Each year, the initiative gives the chosen members an opportunity of a lifetime. Complete with a chance to walk down the NFL Draft Red Carpet on opening night, the group also gains additional behind-the-scenes access, including an up-close look at all the action. Graham, who is excited to show off his Bills pride, can’t wait to see what happens.

“I like the direction that Beane and McDermott are taking…we’ll see what happens,” said Graham. “I used to live in Houston, so I know Dallas well but I haven’t been to Jerry’s [Jones] stadium yet.”

Congratulations, Saxon!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Saxon for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of April.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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Jim Kelly released from the hospital

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 14, 2018 – 7:23 pm

The following statement was issued by Dr.  Mark Urken, Head and Neck surgeon at Mount Sinai West, on the status of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

“Mr. Kelly was discharged from the hospital today after an extremely favorable recovery. The speed of that process, considering the extensive nature of his surgery, was a function of his toughness, the firmness of his resolve, his faith and the support of his family. All of those factors will continue to serve him well as he moves on to the next phase of his rehabilitation.”

 


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New Era Field to light up in honor of veterans

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 13, 2018 – 3:43 pm

If you’re driving by New Era Field this evening, you’ll notice that the towers which surround Buffalo’s home playing field are lit red, white and blue. The gesture is a show of support for a group of 50 local veterans who will travel from Buffalo to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 14, on a special Buffalo/Niagara Honor Flight hosted by M&T Bank and the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

The group, which is made up of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, will make its way to D.C. to visit several national memorials built to commemorate their service. Traveling with the veterans are eight volunteers from M&T Bank, as well as Bills o-linemen Ryan Groy and Dion Dawkins.

In addition to the lights at New Era Field, the community will notice several other buildings donning the patriotic colors. On Saturday evening, to welcome the veterans home, M&T Bank, The Electric Tower, City Hall, Peace Bridge and Niagara Falls will also be lit red, white and blue.

 


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Fan Friday 4-13

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2018 – 11:50 am

Happy Friday the 13th Bills fans! The draft is fast approaching. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
For a team without a consensus starting QB for the last 22 yrs, does trading up to take 1 of a deep class of QB prospects in the 2018 draft constitute “reaching”? Can Beane/McDermott afford to kick this can down the road?

Keith Archie
@ASCREEN07

CB: I think we are all of the belief that all the stockpiling of Buffalo’s draft capital, which is at a record level in terms of assets, was not done to add nine players to the roster (their total number of picks). It was done to provide them with the ammunition to get a quarterback in this year’s class.

For a plan that has likely been a year in the making, I find it hard to believe that the Bills will not make every attempt to trade up to grab one of the QB prospects they feel is worth the price of moving up the board to select.

Although there will be a couple of options in next year’s draft at QB – Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, Washington’s Jacob Eason, Missouri’s Drew Lock – those players, with the possible exception of Stidham, have to show dramatic improvement on the field in 2018 to be in the same category as the QBs in this class.

Now is the time to strike and the Bills have the assets to make it happen.


2 –
@ChrisBrownBills
How do you think Ryan Groy fits into our plans moving forward? Especially without Incognito.

Mark Kammerdeiner
@billsfannum1

CB: I think we’ll have a better idea on that post-draft. It’s my contention that the Bills will add some youth to their offensive line in the draft. The question is will they make additions early in the draft or late? That will likely be determined by what assets they choose to part with in a trade up scenario in round one.

If they add an interior lineman relatively early (rounds 1-3), and it’s a guard who has a chance to start right away then I think Groy is competing for the starting center role. If it’s a late round addition, then I think Groy is more likely to line up in a starting guard role and will compete with John Miller.


3 –
@ChrisBrownBills
Are the Bills interested at all in Mason Rudolph or Lamar Jackson? Is it even possible that they stay at 12 and take either of those guys or are they definitely going after one of the other four? Namely Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen.

Waves
@BethelWaves11

CB: I believe the answer to this is in Buffalo’s preparation. They’ve scouted and done their due diligence on all of the top 6 quarterback prospects. Truth be told there’s something to like about all six of the top QBs, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they were intrigued by any one of these top QB prospects.

I’m sure they probably have two that they covet the most, but when you’re sitting at 12 you have to know for certain who you believe is ready to compete for the starting job now and who is a year away and slot your quarterback prospects accordingly.

As for your question of if it’s possible they take Jackson or Rudolph at 12, in the draft anything is possible, especially at the QB position, where in most cases on draft day their value tends to get pushed up the board because teams get nervous about missing out.

There are a few cases over the years where a QB slides, but more often than not QB value moves up, which is why Rudolph even in the 12-20 range of round one wouldn’t surprise even though most values on him as little as two weeks ago had him late one to early two.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Hey Chris, what’s the plan for the Middle LB spot? I’m sure they’re going to take someone with one of their first 3 picks, but was curious who you’d think would be a fit, especially if they trade up? I like Jewell from Iowa in Round 2 assuming they make jump up in round 1.

Michael Morgante
@md_morgante

CB: This is a position I’m legitimately concerned about because the draft is thin at true ‘mike’ linebacker types. Knowing they could part with draft assets to address QB, I worry that some of the better options at MLB won’t be there for Buffalo.

I do like Jewell as a prospect because of his productivity and instincts, but he might not have all the requisite measurables to excel as a three-down MLB. He has some coverage liabilities to his game in terms of lateral movement and change of direction skills, so I wonder where the Bills value on him would lie.

I believe there are some outside linebacker prospects who could project to ILB, like BYU’s Fred Warner or Vanderbilt’s Oren Burks. NFL teams will have to try to see if some of these OLB prospects are capable of moving inside because the ILB crop is so thin.

Burks is a guy I think could easily project inside because he’s played there before and possesses the cover skills necessary to that position.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why is it taking so long to move to top 5? Everyone knows the #bills are looking to trade

Chetan Rakieten
@chetanrakieten

CB: I don’t know this for sure, but I would think that the Bills, or any other team interested in possibly moving into the top 10 or top 5, have laid the groundwork for a possible trade with another club, but a lot of those decisions are predicated on what players come off the board first.

Let’s just say hypothetically that the Bears want RB Saquon Barkley, but don’t think they’ll get him at 8. Maybe they don’t have the assets to get up to 2, so they’ve talked with Browns at four and the Broncos at five.

Even if they have a deal in place with the Broncos at 5 to move up, there is no sense of pulling the trigger on a deal unless they know Barkley is available. So if Barkley somehow slides past the Browns at four on draft day, then the Bears call the Broncos and pull the trigger to move up to five to take the RB.

That’s why a lot of trades do not happen until draft day.

 


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Check out the Bills 2018 NFL Draft cap!

Posted by Megan Zenger on April 12, 2018 – 4:00 pm

What better way to get excited for the NFL Draft than by purchasing the 2018 Bills Draft cap from New Era! On Thursday, April 12, New Era unveiled each of the NFL’s 32 team caps, which will be worn by draftees when they shake NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand. You too could wear this stylish cap, featuring a cool new design, including a popular Bills slogan on the inner lining. To purchase your cap, visit The Bills Store, the New Era Flagship Store or shop online at shopthebills.com or neweracap.com.

 


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Bills history with two 2nd-round picks

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2018 – 10:31 am

A while back we profiled Buffalo’s draft history when they’ve had a pair of first-round picks. This spring Buffalo, at least at the moment, also has two second-round picks. Here’s a look at the 14 times that the Bills have had a pair of second rounders and how they fared with their selections.

The years where the Bills fared the best was in ’76 when they drafted a pair of linemen who each played 10 seasons or more. In ’79 they got a Wall of Famer in Smerlas and a Defensive Rookie of the Year in Haslett.

Cribbs was a gem in ’80, but made a horrible decision to go to the USFL. Schobel and Henry were an underrated pair in 2001. Schobel is second in team history in sacks and Henry was more productive than given credit for, and did it behind a subpar and rebuilding offensive line.

Woods finally had his breakout season, somewhere else. Byrd made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and Levitre has had a long and productive career, even if more of it has now been spent in Atlanta than Buffalo. More time will be needed to judge Jones and Dawkins, but Dawkins rookie year at LT was very encouraging.

Here’s the list, including 1994, when Buffalo had three, second-round picks.

1975 – LB Bob Nelson, DB Glenn Lott
1976 – DE Ken Jones, OT Joe Devlin
1978 – DE Dee Hardison, DE Scott Hutchinson
1979 – DT Fred Smerlas, LB Jim Haslett
1980 – RB Joe Cribbs, QB Gene Bradley
1981 – DB Chris Williams, WR Byron Franklin
1985 – G Mark Traynowitz, WR Chris Burkett
1987 – CB Nate Odomes, DB Roland Mitchell
1994 – WR Bucky Brooks, TE Lonnie Johnson, LB Sam Rogers
2001 – DE Aaron Schobel, RB Travis Henry
2002 – WR Josh Reed, DE Ryan Denney
2009 – S Jairus Byrd, G Andy Levitre
2013 – WR Robert Woods, LB Kiko Alonso
2017 – WR Zay Jones, OT Dion Dawkins


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Jim Kelly continues to make progress

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 6, 2018 – 3:04 pm

Dr. Mark Urken, Head and Neck Surgeon from Mount Sinai West, provided the most recent update on Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s health.  Kelly is recovering from oral cancer surgery that took place on Wednesday, March 28.

“Mr. Kelly continues to make solid progress in his recovery from extensive surgery for his oral cancer.  He has been moved out of the intensive care unit and made that transition by walking, on his own, from the unit to the inpatient floor where he will continue the next phase of care. He is still several days away from resuming swallowing and taking nutrition by mouth.”

Jill Kelly, Jim’s wife, added the following.

“Dr. Urken and his team continue to provide excellent care and support for Jim and our family. As we navigate through this next phase of healing we will continue to trust God…one day at a time, one prayer at a time. We would appreciate your continued prayer support.”


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Fan Friday 3-30

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2018 – 11:30 am

Happy Easter Bills fans. Here is the latest edition of Fan Friday with your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

QB, Middle Linebacker, & Wide receiver are the obvious choices as to which positions will most likely be addressed in the early stages of the draft. Aside from those is there a position that may be taken early that could be a surprise to most of us?

DarrellF29
@DarrellF29

CB: I think defensive tackle is a position that could be addressed if there’s a good value when they’re on the clock in round one or two. Cornerback is always a position where every team is looking to add depth, but knowing it’s very deep at corner this year, they’re likely to wait on that.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

What sort of linebackers have the Bills been looking at in the second round of free agency, and what might they look at on the draft for that position?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: I think you saw that GM Brandon Beane confirmed at the owners meetings this week that free agent LBs Will Compton, Karlos Dansby and Mike Minter have all made free agent visits.

As for the draft, inside linebacker is thin this year with about one legit prospect per round. Outside linebacker is a bit deeper, but in terms of who they’re looking at the only real answer I can provide is prospects who fit the prototype of what the defensive scheme demands.

The major prerequisite in terms of skill set is the ability to run and cover. If a linebacker prospect can’t drop and cover excelling in this scheme is more difficult.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, can u see the Bills looking into the RFA WRs that r available? Maybe W.Snead or C.Meredith?

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: The options you mention make sense mainly because both were tendered by their clubs as the original draft round tender ($1.9M), so if they are signed away from their current clubs, no compensation needs to be provided since both Snead and Meredith were undrafted rookies.

The tricky part is you’d arguably have to pay one of these receivers more than the $1.9M they were tendered at. Plus, Meredith and Snead was something more than a one-year deal.

Buffalo has about $15M under the cap and with nine draft picks right now they’ll need to devote about $10M to their rookie pool. GM Brandon Beane always likes to leave a nest egg so they have money to sign players in preseason or during the season in the event of injury.

So if what Meredith and Snead are looking for is far north of $2M per year, I don’t know that the Bills can be players for either of them.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any “Williams” in the draft we should be aware of?

David Ayotte
@Dhayotte75David

CB: The only one that comes to mind is Texas OT Connor Williams. He’s projected as a first-round pick by many draft prognosticators. Some teams see him as a guard because he has only 33-inch arms. But he shouldn’t last much past the early stages of the second round according to many NFL talent evaluators.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Thanks for all the inside scoops and off-season details, for the thousands of fans like myself… How much is Brian Daboll involved this time of yr? (Who can he talk to, work with, etc?) Can he talk to/work with McCarron/Peterman?

Brian Rossignol
@BrianRossignol1

CB: Daboll is currently working with the staff of offensive assistants he inherited to get everyone on the same page with his offensive scheme. I’m sure he’s also contributing with respect to draft prospects through film review and reports, but as far as McCarron and Peterman, he can’t talk to them about ‘X’s and ‘O’s until they come back for the initial stages of the offseason program in mid-April. That’s by rule under the CBA.

 


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Giants approach with 2nd pick

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2018 – 3:14 pm

NY Giants GM Dave Gettleman has a pretty pivotal pick in the 2018 NFL draft with the second selection overall. He’s said he’s open for business, but the general consensus is if Gettleman does trade out of the second pick, he doesn’t want to move down much. Gettleman appeared on the Adam Schefter podcast this week and explained how he’ll look at pick two overall if he in fact makes his pick there.

Gettleman referenced the time when he was a scouting intern with the Bills under GM Bill Polian and how it has influenced him as a GM making draft choices.

“I’m an intern with the Buffalo Bills. Bill Polian is the GM,” said Gettleman. “It’s the 1987 draft and we had the third pick and we’re discussing the players. We’re discussing the players and we had a veteran DB coach by the name of Dick Roach. A heck of a coach. Everybody is talking and Dick jumped in and said, ‘Listen, in my mind, we’re not looking for the third-best guy in this draft. We’re looking for a player who is worthy of being the third pick of any draft. It’s stuck with me all these years and he’s 100 percent right. So that’s what I’m doing.”

Gettleman at the NFL combine also said that he expects to draft “a Hall of Famer” with the second overall pick, which seems to go along the same lines of his above lesson learned.

He was then asked about taking a quarterback at two and what he would need at that spot to take one. Here was his response.

“At the end of the day, if you’re taking a quarterback at two, is he going to make everybody better? Is he worthy of being the second pick of the draft. Is he the guy with 2:39 left in the Super Bowl and you’re down by four, is he taking you down the field? That’s what you have to ask yourself. You can’t hope that he can do it. You’ve got to know in your gut this guy can do it. I’ve talked to (former Giants GM) Ernie Accorsi a million times about Eli (Manning) and he said, ‘Dave, I knew.’”

 


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Report: Foles staying put in Philly

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2018 – 9:01 am

Philadelphia QB Nick Foles was rumored to be on the trade block for the right price, but apparently that price was too steep for any team that had remote interest in the Super Bowl MVP, and now it appears Foles is a lock to be on the Eagles roster for the 2018 season.

That according to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

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Foles will serve as valuable insurance for the defending champs if Carson Wentz’s ACL rehab should hit a snag along the way, though the latest is Wentz is recovering well from his knee injury last November.


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