1 – @ChrisBrownBills
What is the latest update on Jeremy Maclin? What percentage would you say Bills have of signing him?
Beast of the East
CB: Maclin is going to take his time to make a decision in what appears to be a two-horse race between the Bills and Ravens. He wants to talk to his wife about where the best fit might be. Maclin has a wedding to go to this weekend, so I don’t get the sense that a decision is imminent.
Looking at both clubs, nationally people believe that the Ravens history of being a contender gives them an edge, but over the last three years the Ravens record is 23-25 and the Bills record is 24-24. You could certainly argue that there are more playmakers on offense in Buffalo than Baltimore.
As for percentages, I base this on gut feel, not any information I have on what Jeremy Maclin wants because only he knows what’s important to him. I just think what the Bills have to offer in terms of opportunity and team success with him as an addition is a bit better than the Ravens.
With that in mind I’d peg it at 60 percent.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
How does Sammy look? Hopefully he has a healthy season.
CB: Watkins is clearly not pushing himself right now. He was operating at half to three quarter speed in practice this week. At this point in time there’s no sense in really putting a lot of torque on his surgically repaired foot.
What did encourage me was whenever Sammy was lined up for a rep, Tyrod Taylor made sure to step under center to throw to him in individual position drills even if he wasn’t up in the quarterback throwing rotation. Knowing snaps are scarce with Watkins, Taylor is making a point of getting every one he can to re-establish their chemistry.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who is the sleeper UDFA that could make the team?
I Just Want To WIN@JKolba
CB: It’s still not real football here in the spring with no pads on and no thud type practice. All that being said I think punter Austin Rehkow will push Colton Schmidt for the punting job and is helped by the fact that he can also kick off and kick field goals in a pinch.
One of the tight end prospects (Jason Croom, Keith Towbridge) could have a chance just from a numbers standpoint and the lack of proven players at the position.
RB Jordan Johnson has flashed at times, but doesn’t get many snaps in practice. Brandon Reilly and Daikiel Shorts have both made plays too, but when the pads go on they’ll have to demonstrate an ability to get consistent separation when the corners can get more physical.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Are the Bills taking a win now or long term approach?
CB: As head coach Sean McDermott said himself their decisions are split 50-50 between short term and long term. It’s evident to me that McDermott wants to be competitive and win games now, but there is an organizational eye also cast toward the future.
So I think you’ll see a mix of roster decisions to serve both of those ends moving forward.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you see the Bills making a play for Barnidge even if they sign Maclin? What about Decker if they miss on Maclin? #FanFriday
CB: I think that could only happen if Barnidge took a veteran minimum deal, and that’s one reason why he’s still unemployed. He’s waiting on starter type money. I would anticipate Decker to do the same. His situation is a bit different because he’s coming off shoulder surgery, but still he’s going to command starter type salary and I don’t think the Bills can fit more than one of those onto their roster in a fiscally responsible way knowing Sammy Watkins is going to be a long term contract decision next offseason.
Tags: Austin Rehkow, Eric Decker, Fan Friday, Gary Barnidge, Jeremy Maclin, NFL free agency, Sammy Watkins, Sean McDermott
Posted in Inside the Bills
Two weeks ago Leodis McKelvin got beat for a touchdown when Washington TE Jordan Reed from a slot position worked against him and widened his coverage before cutting inside and underneath him for an easy touchdown in a loss for the Bills. Two weeks later the New York Jets tried the same exact play hoping to be just as fortunate as Washington was. They weren’t.
Down 19-17 with just over 10 minutes to play, Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s pass intended for Eric Decker on a 2nd-and-10 from the 14-yard line was picked off by McKelvin for a crucial turnover.
“Yeah he made a really good play,” said Decker of McKelvin. “That was something we put in and we saw a previous team run and scored a touchdown and whether he picked it up from formation or just got a good jump. He got inside on a post route and made a big play.”
McKelvin admitted it was the same exact route Jordan Reed ran against him two weeks ago.
“Last time I widened out. This time I stayed straight, seeing it coming and jumped it and got the great reward for it,” said McKelvin. “When Decker tried to widen me out, if I widened out he could’ve gotten back up underneath me. It was pretty much the same thing that we did and noticed two weeks ago and I remembered. So you’ve got to remember what beat you two weeks ago or beat you in any other game and that is what you go with. They did it again and they paid for it.”
“I think Leodis made a nice play,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “He sort of read the route a little bit and Leodis did a nice job on that one. Obviously, a huge point of the game and I wish I had that one back.”
Tags: Eric Decker, Leodis McKelvin, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Posted in Inside the Bills