Inside The Bills

Fan Friday 5-18

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2018 – 1:01 pm

OTAs get rolling next week. Here are your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you think that Josh Allen has a legitimate chance to start for the Bills this season? Additionally, do you think the Bills themselves hope it’s Mcarron for this season? #FanFriday

GJohnston
@Johnston_GB

CB: I think the fact that coach McDermott has called it an open competition makes it a possibility, but even coach and GM Brandon Beane have cautioned that Allen has some catching up to do.

I don’t think anyone can debate that Allen is the most physically gifted of Buffalo’s three quarterbacks, but at the NFL level that only takes you so far.

Allen comes across as a player that knows and can process the game, but it’s unquestionably a step up in competition that he hasn’t experienced before.

We all really need to see him execute in an NFL atmosphere on the field to see if he can make steady progress and perform consistently. If he can do those things then he legitimately has a chance.

As for your question about hoping McCarron plays this season, I think the only hope coach McDermott has is that who he starts at quarterback is a difficult decision because the competition is a tight one.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you feel they are done at addressing the WR position?

Paul Jeffrey III
@paulthegreat9

CB: As GM Brandon Beane said they’re always looking to upgrade their roster wherever they can and however they can. He did give indication that he anticipates some veterans could be out on the market later in the free agent period.

If that comes to pass I would anticipate the Bills kicking the tires on receiver prospects.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you see the two new receivers that we drafted making the way into starting lineup with (Benjamin, kerley, Jones). Josh Allen vs AJ McCarron? Who do we think can win more games?


Jacob Kurtz
@JacobbMarley

CB: Again, much like the quarterback position, who has a starting role at receiver will be predicated on who performs best at the position through the course of the spring, summer and preseason games. Coach McDermott has created a culture of competition up and down the roster because competition brings out the best in terms of what a player has to offer.

With respect to Allen and McCarron, none of us have seen enough of either of them at this level to be able to determine who is going to start, much less who would win more games.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

What’s behind stockpiling so many defensive linemen? Is it purely a “competition” at training camp thing?

Garnet Barnsdale
@gocashking

CB: I believe it is largely rooted in developing competition. Most of us could probably figure out who the top six defensive linemen are going to be who are going to be active on game days, but competition for the last one or two positions is how Buffalo found Eddie Yarbrough last season.

So it’s a healthy exercise and may the best man win.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

What’s our starting offensive line looking like now? Any change on the right side?

Sexual Pancake
@KeeslerThe

CB: If the Bills had to play a game tomorrow, they’d go with what they know. They know that Ryan Groy can play guard or center and that Russell Bodine can play center. They also know Dion Dawkins can play left tackle, Vladimir Ducasse can play right guard and that Jordan Mills can play right tackle.

That’s probably your starting five if you had a game this weekend, but they don’t. So with the exception of Dion Dawkins, the other four positions are subject to change based on the competition that exists on the roster.

Marshall Newhouse, John Miller and Wyatt Teller probably represent the most noteworthy competition.


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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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