1 – @ChrisBrownBills
I know Beane said the money is spent…but can they still bring back a few vet minimum guys like Leonard Johnson or Cedric Thornton or Deonte Thompson? All were nice contributors and should not cost much
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CB: Beane did say today that they would be able to do some small signings. In my mind that includes things like veteran minimum deals for players like the ones you mentioned. Probably one-year deals.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you think bills slow play the draft or swing for the fences? He has now said both ways. Last year he said no price too high for a franchise QB now he saying if a guy falls. What’s your gut saying?
CB: I think Brandon Beane said he doesn’t know whether they’ll move up in the draft or not because there is no way to predict that. The reason why is there is no way for him to know for sure if there will be a willing trade partner in the area where he might feel he has to reach to get the quarterback he might want.
That’s the one variable that no one can count on. There may be a team interested, there may not. So as much as you may want to move up there, if you don’t have someone willing to trade out, it’s not going to happen.
I do believe if the Bills truly want to get the quarterback they may or may not covet, they have to get up to the Giants spot at two.
When Washington did that in the 2012 draft, they executed the trade in the middle of March, six weeks before the draft. They had the sixth pick and to move up just four spots they gave up their pick at six to the Rams and first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 and a second-round pick.
Then in the 2015 draft Philadelphia moved up from pick 8 to pick 2 just 10 days before the draft, giving up a third and a fourth-round pick in 2015 along with a first-round pick in 2017 and second-round pick in 2018.
If they want to make such a move, I think the Bills do it closer to the draft like the Eagles.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
We know they are moving around to draft a young QB but what’s their plan at WR?
CB: Right now on the roster they have Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Malachi Dupre, Andre Holmes, Zay Jones, Brandon Reilly and Rod Streater.
I would anticipate with the WR market thin and lacking in the upgrade department that the Bills will draft a wideout at some point in the draft. There are not a lot of speed receivers in this year’s class, but a healthy number of productive players whose talent should translate well to the next level when it comes to gaining separation.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Chris, what is the plan for the interior o-line? Who’s the starting center or is that coming via draft?
CB: The starting center is expected to be Ryan Groy, who started the last seven games of the 2016 after Eric Wood broke his leg. He’s a great alternative.
The Bills do need to add some youth to the interior and it couldn’t hurt to add some depth at offensive tackle with Cordy Glenn traded to Cincinnati and Seantrel Henderson signing with Houston.
The good news is this is a very good draft class of interior lineman. So finding some new, young talent shouldn’t be terribly difficult.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
After the Glenn trade, experts assume the Bills are going to go up even higher. Is it possible they stay at 12, take one of the big 4 if they fall or just take Lamar Jackson, and then use all of their picks to inject youth into what is currently a very old roster?
CB: Anything is possible in the draft. Beane is excited knowing if he can’t move up the board that he’s going to get a better prospect at 12 than he would’ve gotten at 21. I doubt they take Lamar Jackson at 12. I don’t think many teams value him that high.
If they stood pat and used all of their picks they could do some real damage and build their roster quickly. They’re the only team in the league with six picks in the top 100. Cleveland is the only team that comes close with five picks in the first two rounds.
Tags: 2018 NFL draft, Brandon Beane, Cedric Thornton, Deonte Thompson, Fan Friday, NFL free agency
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The Bills signed free agent DT Cedric Thornton just this week, but with Jerel Worthy ruled out of today’s game with a concussion, the veteran defensive tackle will see time on the field for Buffalo today.
“I put in a lot of work this offseason being able to adapt when I came here. They said they’re going to rotate me in Sunday. So I feel good about my preparation this offseason and training camp. They have a few things that are different here from Dallas, but I feel I’ll be effective.”
Thornton is one of just four healthy defensive tackles along with Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Adolphus Washington.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is a proponent of rotating defensive linemen in and out of the lineup to keep the starters fresh throughout the game. Thornton, despite being in Buffalo for less than a week will be rotating in against the Jets.
For Thornton however, his transition to the Bills has been easy.
“Everything it just felt like I’ve been here forever,” Thornton told Buffalobills.com “I came in and the guys were telling me about themselves. They opened up to me real well, the D-line group. They accepted me like I’ve been here through training camp and all that, so it’s not been a problem making this transition. We’ll just see about Sunday.”
When asked if he’ll be able to blend in, Thornton doesn’t want to just blend in. He feels he’ll be able to execute feeling he’s got a good handle on the scheme.
“Not blending in, but standing out within the mix and just being accepted,” he said. “We’ve got a great plan. It’s just how we react, when we get hit in the mouth and they get hit in their mouth. We’re going to try to continue to stick to our plan. Whatever play they call I’m going to continue to go out there and be effective and get a win.”
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Posted in Inside the Bills