Inside The Bills

Fan Friday 5-4

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2018 – 12:16 pm

The Bills certainly made the 2018 NFL draft interesting, especially for round one. Here are your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, Now that the draft is over. What is your make of it? Thanks

John Supple
@JohnSupple2

CB: In taking a look at Buffalo’s 2018 draft class, I was impressed with what Brandon Beane was able to pull off in round one. Getting his future franchise QB and a top 10 non-QB talent in the class was masterful. I don’t think many of us anticipated that Buffalo would be making two picks in round one when all was said and done. They not only did that, but traded up twice and still made it happen. Remarkable.

I liked the Harrison Phillips pick a lot. Dude is stupid strong and depending on which stat service you reference had 100 tackles last year as a nose tackle at Stanford. An insane number for a player who was consistently lining up head up on the center in a zero or head up on a guard (two technique) in a 3-4 front.

Both Taron Johnson and Siran Neal flashed at the Senior Bowl. Neal might need a little time on the job making the jump from FCS ball, but Johnson looked like he belonged.

I think the sleeper pick is Wyatt Teller, who could compete for that vacant left guard spot.

I’m very interested to see where Ray-Ray McCloud lines up because Clemson moved him around a lot. I also want to see what kind of return ability he brings to the table.

Proehl as a route runner is as tight as I’ve seen in a seventh-round pick in a while.

What would I change? I don’t know that I’d change much. Buffalo was limited in what they could on day two after the two moves up in round one, and it’s hard to argue with the Phillips pick, since he was one of my favorite prospects in the entire class.

You could argue there was some better talent in terms of size at receiver on the board when they took McCloud, but it’s not a major issue as I see it.

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Has there been ANY evident interest shown to your knowledge in any of the remaining free agent receivers (Dez, Decker, etc…)?

Cole Parker
@Cpark9901

CB: I believe the Bills are going to wait for the right fit. While I don’t argue that the number of proven receivers on Buffalo’s roster is limited, that doesn’t mean you just sign a veteran free agent because he has experience. I doubt they sign Eric Decker because they had the chance to do so last offseason when he was a cap casualty and passed then.

Dez Bryant, as Brandon Beane said, is a player who can still help an NFL club, though not in the game breaking way that he used to. There was a great write up detailing his lack of separation on a Dallas-based site I read last week. I believe that is why interest for the veteran wideout has been limited across the league to say the least.

You need to remember where Buffalo is at with this build. Having young receivers on their roster they’ll want to get them reps to develop. A veteran on this roster, even for one season, can compromise that development because he’s then stealing those reps.

That’s not to say the Bills wouldn’t sign a veteran receiver, but it’s my belief they want to see their young receivers perform in OTAs before they ascertain whether they need to add a veteran presence.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is the consensus biggest hole left on roster at this point?

Bryan Watson
@RealBryanWatson

CB: I think the personnel department has done a credible job of plugging the biggest holes with capable talent. There is still a lack of proven talent at receiver and linebacker, which could cause some fans a bit of concern. Cornerback is another area where they might be a bit light on proven depth.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

When will we get to see Allen throw ?

Mike Reisch
@MReischMike

CB: That will happen next week when the Bills have their rookie minicamp with the first practice scheduled for Friday. Look for the video report – Bills Minute – on buffalobills.com to see clips of Allen throwing at practice.

 

5 – Chris,

David Culley is a QB coach with much more experience coaching WRs than QBs. Will the Bills bring in a QB consultant or specialist to groom our new franchise quarterback?

—Big Al
Rockford IL

CB: I asked GM Brandon Beane in a one-on-one interview, who would be spending the most time with Josh Allen to ensure he’s getting the one-on-one development time he needs to maximize his treasure trove of physical talent. Here was his answer.

“We understand all his strengths and he has a lot of them,” said Beane of Allen. “Like all these guys everybody has various flaws and Josh knows them and has been working on them. You could even see in the Senior Bowl he had cleaned up his footwork working with (his quarterback trainer) Jordan Palmer.

“It doesn’t mean he’s fixed and ready to go, but he’ll continue to do those things. (Offensive coordinator) Brian Daboll and (Quarterbacks coach) David Culley will work on all the fundamentals with him. Josh is going to come in here and he knows he’s got work to do physically, mentally to catch up on the playbook. He’s got a lot to do. We’ll do that on his timetable.”


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Beane on free agent WR Dez Bryant

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2018 – 8:34 pm

Bills GM Brandon Beane was asked about the potential pursuit of free agent WR Dez Bryant, who was recently released by the Dallas Cowboys. Beane offered the following.

“We’ll look at everything,” said Beane. “We have looked at Dez on tape, but I wouldn’t take it any further and I don’t know where that would go. We’re looking to get better at all positions and receiver is one, so if we thought that was the right fit for us we would potentially pursue it.”

Buffalo drafted a pair of receivers on day three of the NFL draft taking Clemson WR Ray-Ray McCloud in round six and North Carolina WR Austin Proehl in round seven.


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Fan Friday 3-23

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2018 – 10:13 am

Happy spring Bills fans. Still waiting for the snow to exit for good here in the B-lo. On to your questions from Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are they trading up in the draft?

Bryon Decker
@bryon1963

CB: I think this is an interesting question only because there are many possible answers. First, I do think GM Brandon Beane will try to trade up. The problem is no one at the top of the draft wants to move down to 12.

I think there’s a good chance Buffalo has to take a rung-by-rung approach to use a ladder analogy. If your ultimate goal is to get to the Giants pick at two, the most important thing is to find out how far down the board New York is willing to move.

Word is they covet DE Bradley Chubb (in wake of JPP trade to Tampa) and G Quentin Nelson. Both are likely to go in the top 5 to 7 depending on how the run on QBs plays out at the top of the board.

So the Giants likely do not want to move out of the territory where they know they can get at least one of them. That means their floor for moving down is probably pick 6, which now belongs to Indianapolis.

It’s very likely that the Bills will have to make an initial move into the top 10 first to an area that’s appealing to the Giants in terms of moving down. So a trade with the Colts at 6 is probably step one, before you can talk turkey with the Giants about their pick at two.

The alternative is overpaying from your current spot at 12 to get straight up to 2. That likely means giving up both your ones this year, your one next year and probably something else.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Although you never say never, it looks like the Bills may not be able to get in to the Top 3 of the draft at any price – if the QB(s) they like go off the board, what might a Plan B for the Bills at QB look like now that Taylor is in Cleveland?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: As unappealing as your scenario might sound to Bills fans, Buffalo’s front office must have a contingency plan or plans. That contingency plan is probably taking the best player available at 12, and then they have to determine whether they believe one of the second-tier QBs is someone they can develop into a starter.

Do Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph have what they believe it takes to progress and be a successful starting quarterback in a couple of years? Are they worth the investment?

If they don’t believe they are, then you may have to explore other options if you think you need more than AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman at QB. Do you trade for Nick Foles?

These are all things that have to be considered and weighed by the front office.

The good news is this. GM Brandon Beane is a personnel man who doesn’t tie his emotions to what does or does not happen regarding transactions involving his team or around the league. He’s a cool customer who doesn’t panic. I’m confident he’s thought this whole thing through hundreds of times and has more than one plan in accomplishing what he has set out to accomplish in this year’s draft.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What are your thoughts of the Bills using Shaq Lawson as trade bait to sweeten the pot of any attempt to move up in the draft?

The Duke Of Blasdell
@laduke1969

CB: Trading Lawson isn’t a realistic option. The main reason being that his cap hit right now is $2.8M. If the Bills were to trade him, his cap hit would more than double at $6.07M per overthecap.com and spotrac.com, two of the more respected salary cap monitoring sites.

GM Brandon Beane has worked hard to clean up what was a salary cap mess when he arrived. Moving Lawson via trade would be counterproductive.

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why have the bills been completely absent in the WR market? It’s a pretty significant need

Bromandudeguy
@Bromandudeguy2

CB: It’s a valid question, especially for a passing offense that ranked 31st in the NFL last season. Kelvin Benjamin fully healthy gives you a number one, though he’s not the traditional number one receiver that most clubs have. After that it’s a mixed bag with Zay Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, Brandon Reilly, Quan Bray and Malachi Dupre.

I never believed the Bills were going to be early players in the free agent market for a receiver. Knowing it’s not a strong class of wideouts in the draft, a lot of teams overpaid for receiver talent on the free agent market.

I do admire the Bills resolve to not join the spree of overspending, but there’s no question they need help at the position.

This isn’t an excuse as much as it is a fact. When you’re cleaning up a bad cap situation and you’re trying to fill out a roster that has multiple holes, it’s hard to plug them all in one offseason. Receiver, quite frankly, may just have to wait a bit to be sufficiently addressed.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Getting sick of QB talk, so I’m interested in who the best MLB prospects are in the upcoming draft. If Beane/McDermott have something other than a QB in mind, which LB could you see them spending the #12 pick on?

Joshua Smith
@YhoshLM

CB: Unfortunately it’s a pretty thin crop. There’s essentially one legit MLB prospect per round. If the QB thing doesn’t work out and the Bills stay at 12, Georgia’s Roquan Smith would be a hell of a consolation prize to drop into the middle of your defense. Guy is day one starter and playmaker.

After him the drop off is significant.

Texas’ Malik Jefferson is talented, but he’s too aggressive and doesn’t read plays well. Often overpursues and can be fooled by good QBs.

Virginia’s Micah Kiser is as sharp as a tack, but doesn’t have the coverage skills to be a three-down LB in Buffalo’s system.

Iowa’s Josey Jewell is an intriguing player who looks like he checks all the boxes. Even though he’s not fast on the watch, he plays faster and checks all the boxes. He’s probably a third-round prospect.

Azeem Victor from Washington was suspended twice this past year so he probably doesn’t fit coach McDermott’s profile. Wisconsin’s Jack Cichy is a nice player, but missed all of last season with a torn ACL and has an injury history before that.

Memphis’ Genard Avery has some great workout numbers, but I just don’t see it translate to his play on tape.

Hopefully some of the OLB prospects like Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch and Georgia’s Lorenzo Carter can project inside. Otherwise it’s slim pickings.

 


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Fan Friday 3-16

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2018 – 1:10 pm

Free agency is rolling as is the trade market. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills or on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

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

Lead the Stampede
@Jack_WanderS

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?

David Ayotte
@Dhayotte75David

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?

JW Mills.
@JWMiller8050

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?

Mike Bourg
@Mic_bg

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?

Josh McCarty
@Josh_McCarty28

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.


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Kyle’s approach unchanged

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2018 – 3:28 pm

Not that it would surprise anyone who has followed even a part of Kyle Williams’ NFL career. Now on board for his 13th season with the Bills, the defensive tackle pledged to come in an even better version of himself for the 2018 season.

“I believe wholeheartedly that you don’t win games and championships by looking at paper and who you have or don’t have. That’s why you play the game,” said Williams. “That’s why you build a team and hold guys accountable to a standard that you have and you go out there and compete your tail off and try to make it happen. A lot will happen between now and when we kick the football off in September. So my job is to get ready to play. Work out and get bigger, faster and stronger and get ready to come in and lead these guys and bring this team as close together as possible so we can compete for a championship.”


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Fan Friday 3-9

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2018 – 11:34 am

Free agency is the next item on the NFL offseason docket. The market opens Thursday afternoon at 4 pm. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills or on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What other players may be on Buffalo’s radar that were recently cut? Seems like the plan is to fill out the roster with low cost value players that won’t count against the comp formula. Also, do you anticipate the Bills signing any of their FAs to more than a vet minimum deal?

Michael McMasters
@kidmickey85

CB: I know a lot of Bills fans are chomping at the bit for RB DeMarco Murray, but I believe the Bills have their veteran backup to McCoy in Chris Ivory. If I had to guess, I think it’s more likely that any future additions at running back take place in the draft.

As for signing a free agent to more than a veteran minimum deal, I think it could happen, but not more than two to three times this offseason.

As much as the Bills want to fill out the roster, they’re also trying to achieve a salary cap future that provides them with more flexibility.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Gut feeling. Do they make a deal to get into that top 6-8 and draft a qb?

Mike F
@NYCJayhawk

CB: It’s hard to believe they won’t at least try to move up the board, IF the board falls a particular way. And that’s a big if. If a player or players they covet are off the board quickly, or sooner than they anticipated, I think that would negate any effort to move up the board.

However, if one of the prospects the Bills hold in high regard slips even a little bit further than anticipated, I could see them making a run at him.

Where on the board does that happen?

That’s hard to peg. Brandon Beane did say at the Senior Bowl that he didn’t want to pay a king’s ransom, and in most cases that’s what is required to get into the top five. Does that mean they’re only looking at the back half of the top 10 as a target area?

I don’t think there are any absolutes because the draft is such a fluid, ever changing entity.

When you have 32 teams thinking 32 different things about 250-300 different players, the unanticipated is bound to happen.

I wish I could give you a definitive answer, but with the draft the whole thing is a crapshoot.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

First of all, it was great seeing you and John at the combine! Could you comment on Lamar Jackson? I was a little disappointed in what I saw… seemed tentative

Steve Olsson
@steve_olsson

CB: Good to meet you guys too. I think Lamar Jackson was as advertised. While his completion percentage did improve his junior year, it’s still a part of his game where the consistency must improve. His ball location doesn’t often allow his receivers to gain yards after the catch, often forcing them to adjust to the pass.

Anticipation throwing is not something that’s frequently witnessed on his game tape. He is far and away the quarterback prospect with the greatest ability to extend the play, but I think he will need time to adapt to the pro game.

He reminds me of a shorter Colin Kaepernick, and in the right scheme he could be dynamic. I just wonder how quickly he’ll take to the NFL game, knowing some of the parts of his game that need refinement.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chances they keep Tyrod and draft Lamar Jackson in a scenario like Kansas City did last year.

Timothy Filutze
@timothy_filutze

CB: I don’t think you can rule anything out. The reason why is you don’t know, exactly anyway, how the free agent QB market will unfold and what that will prompt some teams to do if they miss out on a free agent QB they had their eye on (See: Cousins).

It could prompt them to make a trade offer for a QB like Nick Foles or Taylor.

Even Brandon Beane can’t predict what’s going to happen, which is why he said he expects Taylor to be on the roster right now. But if he gets an offer for Taylor that he can’t refuse, that could obviously change things.

As for Lamar Jackson, I think the Bills, much like every team right now, are entertaining all options if they believe it upgrades their quarterback position.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Should the Bills look to add a bigger hitter at SS and move Hyde down to the slot corner position?

Coach
@MoneyAce1984

CB: If you can find a 220-pound safety who can hit and also cover then you can consider that. But where the league is now, the primary prerequisite for a strong safety is to have the ability to cover and not just tight ends and backs, but slot receivers as well.

This has weeded out a lot of bigger safeties who lack cover ability. Ten to 15 years ago 220-pound strong safeties were more prevalent in the league. Now 220-pound players are lining up at linebacker.

The passing league has mandated greater emphasis on finding athletes, who can run, cover and hit on defense. This often means lighter, faster players.

So I don’t see finding a bigger safety who can hit as a priority for the Bills this offseason.

 


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Fan Friday 3-2

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2018 – 11:39 am

It’s our live from the NFL Combine edition of Fan Friday. Let’s get to your questions from Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Hello Chris,

I really look forward to getting your insight every Friday. My question is in regard to the salary cap situation. From what I have seen the Bills cap situation gets very good in 2019. Do you sense that Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott may opt to fill holes this year other than at QB, since the price of franchise free agents is expected to be quite high with the demand from other teams you have cited and the price in draft capital the Bills would have to give up to move to a top five slot in the draft?

Thanks,
Mike V.


CB:
Yes, you are correct, the Bills salary cap situation should improve even further in 2019. With respect to quarterback I don’t think their cap situation is going to keep them from pursuing one if they know it will upgrade the position.

I understand your premise, but quarterback trumps everything as I see it, so if you have the opportunity to land what you believe to be an answer at the position, you take a swing.

GM Brandon Beane told me this week that they will consider free agent options at QB and compare those options to the QBs they have on the roster. Now I don’t expect them to be in what will be a bidding war for Kirk Cousins, but there will be other viable options out there.

The same principle applies in the draft. If you’re convinced that one of the QB prospects is the long term answer at the position, you make every effort to land him. If that means parting with the draft capital you’ve accumulated it’s worth it.

Of course, all that being said there has to be a willing trade partner. It’s a two-way street.


2 –
Hey Chris,
Do you think Buffalo would be willing to trade a package of high draft picks for the opportunity to select any of the quarterbacks besides Darnold, Rosen and Allen?  Also, do you think they would be willing to try and sign Sam Bradford in free agency? I know he gets hurt all the time but he can still throw the ball as good as any of the other free agent quarterbacks.  Thank you.

Alexander, Toronto

CB: I think the general consensus in the league is Darnold, Rosen and Allen are the three top prospects. So trading up a package of high draft picks as you suggest for one of the other QB prospects besides those three seems unlikely.

Mayfield’s measurables and the widespread belief in the NFL community that Lamar Jackson should consider wide receiver as his NFL position figure to have them come off the board somewhere between 11 and 25.

I realize it only takes one team to think otherwise to change that, but that appears to be what a good number of teams are thinking.

As for Sam Bradford, yes he still has a good deal of arm talent, but his lengthy injury history will be a deterrent for some teams. I think Bradford is an option if you have a world class offensive line in terms of pass protection.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Brandon Beane mentioned wanting to get a power RB to complement McCoy. Do you foresee Buffalo filling this need in F/A or the draft? With guys like Stewart and Ivory available and guys like Freeman and Chubb projected to be 3rd to 4th round picks, which route do the Bills take?

Michael McMasters
@kidmickey85

CB: This is a decision that will depend on whether a free agent RB agrees to the price that Buffalo is willing to pay. Otherwise the Bills will turn to the draft. It’s one scenario where the team will be dealing from a position of strength because there are multiple options in both the draft and free agency.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, can u see the Bills targeting C Ryan Jensen in FA? OL coach J.Castillo coached him in Balt.

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: Jensen stepped into the starting lineup for the Ravens in 2017 as a fifth-year player. I can’t pretend to know how he fared this season. I didn’t see enough of Baltimore’s games.

I will say that head coach Sean McDermott in an appearance on the John Murphy Show admitted that Ryan Groy is the heir apparent at center for Buffalo in terms of replacing Eric Wood.

Now I don’t think that rules out the Bills perhaps pursuing another interior offensive lineman in free agency, but I get the sense that they like Groy, who is entering the final year of his current deal. So I could see them having Groy start in the pivot, see how he fares and if he’s performing well perhaps they extend him.

Yes, Jensen is only 26, but I think he’ll be looking for starter type money and I get the sense the Bills are looking for interior depth that could grow into starting roles down the line with players who are affordable. That’s more likely to be found in the draft where the interior offensive line depth is very strong this year.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

What might be a realistic compensation value for Cordy Glenn if the Bills decide to trade him?

Coach
@MoneyAce1984

CB: This one is hard to answer because different teams will place a different value on landing a starting caliber left tackle. For the teams that need an immediate answer at the position, the value would be higher. For a team that has a young left tackle on their roster that isn’t ready yet, the price they’d be willing to pay would be less because they believe they have a player that could fill the role in a year or two.

I think a good jumping off point would be what Seattle gave to Houston for Duane Brown, which ultimately became a second and third-round pick with a fifth-round pick going with Brown to Seattle. Brown is a 32-year old offensive tackle. Glenn will turn 29 in September.

Glenn is also under contract for three more seasons.

So between his age and his contract I’d like to think the Bills would be asking for at least that much, if not a bit better.


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Fan Friday 2-16

Posted by Chris Brown on February 16, 2018 – 11:33 am

Lets’ get right to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Hi Chris,

Many thanks for all the updates and info this past season. With all the focus on the upcoming draft is there any chance the Bills look to keep Tyrod with a new OC whose scheme may better fit Tyrod’s skill set? Then look to fill holes with all the draft picks they have acquired and/or hope one of the non-top 5 QB’s are still there at 21/22? I realize it is early in the process as GM Beane noted and a lot could change.

Thank you.
Bryon
Plattsburgh, NY

 

CB: You’re right that a lot can change between now and the week after the NFL draft. That being said, I think there is a real possibility that Tyrod Taylor remains the starter. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the quarterback position in terms of what could be available in free agency and who is affordable in a way that doesn’t cripple a team’s cap situation.

As for new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, he certainly comes in with very recent experience working with a mobile quarterback in Alabama’s Jalen Hurts.

I’m sure there will be a lot of conversations among the offensive staff this offseason as to what, and with whom, their best approach would be to move the offense forward. The passing game was frankly substandard last season. Can Daboll help to improve it with Taylor in the lineup?

That’s the big question.

The next question is what other quarterback talent can the Bills realistically acquire in terms of price tag and/or draft capital.

There may not be defined answers on the draft capital question until a week or two before the draft. And with more demand than supply concerning free agent QBs, the price to acquire one is going up and some teams are likely going to overpay.

I get the sense that Bills GM Brandon Beane isn’t big on overpaying, even at QB.

 


2 –
Hi Chris,

Do you think the Bills will draft another wide receiver? Or do you believe that Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones, Deonte Thompson, and Brandon Tate are sufficient?

Your thoughts,
Tony Falzone
Daytona Beach, FL

CB: Perhaps the most important factor about your question is 60 percent of the players you mentioned are impending free agents. Matthews, Thompson and Tate all have expiring contracts come March.

It’s hard to know what each of those players is thinking, although I do know that Thompson enjoyed playing in Buffalo this past year having spoken with him.

Matthews needs a high-volume passing attack to maximize his value. Over the last three years the Bills are dead last in the league in pass attempts at just over 29 per game. Unless there’s a dramatic shift planned by offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, or a significant change at QB, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jordan Matthews looks elsewhere.

Let’s not forget too that he’s coming off a pair of offseason surgeries, so he may have to sign a one-year prove it deal, and that would only increase his need to find a high-volume passing attack.

Thompson and Tate should be affordable options to bring back to the fold. Hopefully a full offseason helps Kelvin Benjamin blend into the passing game more effectively and Zay Jones takes a big step in season two of his career.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What position do you see the Bills making their biggest-dollar signing at in free agency, presuming they look to make another Micah Hyde-level signing?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: I don’t get the overwhelming sense that the Bills will be big spenders in free agency. GM Brandon Beane has made it clear he is still trying to get the Bills cap in a more flexible position and sees free agency as a means to set themselves up for the draft.

To me that means filling some positional holes with value-based signings, not big splash type moves.

If there were to be a signing the level of Micah Hyde this offseason I think it would be at linebacker, defensive tackle or cornerback. And to be clear, not all three, but rather at one of those three positions. That is where they are short on numbers when it comes to starting-caliber players.

It’s reasonable to believe Beane would like to have a starting-caliber player plugged in at one of those positions prior to the draft at the very least.

 

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There are numerous reports out there that the Bills have been scouting Josh Rosen extensively, do you think the Bills perceived high interest in him is smoke and mirrors, or will do what’s necessary to go get him?

Michael McMasters
@kidmickey85

CB: To be truthful I’d be disappointed if the Bills didn’t scout Josh Rosen and every other top quarterback prospect extensively. Buffalo’s scouting department wouldn’t be doing their level best if they didn’t scout each QB prospect extensively. It’s par for the course.

To what lengths would the Bills go to land Rosen, or any other QB prospect that may be at the top of their board?

That’s tough to peg, only because I believe it will largely depend on how the top of the board unfolds.

I don’t see the Bills paying a king’s ransom to get to the top of the board. There are just too many other holes for the team to address. Solving the quarterback position for the long term is perhaps the most important hole to fill, but a dozen other teams are looking to do the same thing.

That drives up the cost of doing business to accomplish that.

I think GM Brandon Beane feels out the market both in free agency and the draft and then makes a judgment call on whether it’s worth paying the price to address the QB position in a way that would satisfy him and head coach Sean McDermott.

I realize that’s probably not a pinpoint answer, but it’s the best I can do at this point.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any chance the Bills draft a 1st round QB AND seek a big name free agent like a Foles, Cousins, or Bridgewater?

Jason Carroll
@jasonlikesfun

CB: I would be surprised if they did both.

The reason why is, if you’re drafting a QB in round one, you’re pretty convinced he’s your long-term answer at the position going forward. If he’s not then you shouldn’t be drafting him in round one.

The thought process is much the same with the free agent QBs you mentioned. If you’re going to land a free agent like Cousins or Bridgewater (provided he’s ruled a free agent – NFL Management Council has to determine this) you’re going to be either be paying franchise QB type money or parting with assets for Foles (who is under contract) that indicates you believe him to be franchise caliber.

If you’re willing to do that in free agency I think you’re committing to that player long term at the position. So drafting a QB in round one as well seems counterintuitive, especially when there are plenty of other positional holes to be filled on the roster.


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Fan Friday 2-9

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2018 – 11:44 am

The 2018 offseason is in full swing now with the Super Bowl behind us. Lets’ get to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
IMO their biggest hole, besides QB is at LB. Do you feel they will address this in FA or the draft? I believe we need a experienced MLB.

Tim Feathers
@tbill538

CB: Linebacker is unquestionably a hole because of who they could potentially lose to free agency. Preston Brown and Ramon Humber are both free agents. That’s two starting caliber players. Obviously, they could re-sign one or both, but it will be interesting to see if Brown wants to test the market, knowing a player’s second contract is usually the big money one.

Also the Bills would undoubtedly like to get faster at the linebacker position. I believe the team’s decision on Brown will ultimately determine their course of action at linebacker. If he’s back I see them supplementing the position primarily with the draft. If not, it’s likely to be a mix of free agency and the draft.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will Bills look to replace Brian Gaine? I really liked their front office acquisitions last off-season and hope they try and maintain multiple quality personnel and GM types
BC72
@bchud1972

CB: I think that’s to be determined. With Lake Dawson also up for the Panthers GM job, Buffalo could lose two members of their scouting department. I think when GM Brandon Beane knows whether Dawson is back or not he’ll then assess the duties of those men and decide if they need to replace either by promoting from within and hiring from the outside.

You are right though, Beane assembled a heck of a staff in year one, and the pursuit of some of his hires is a strong validation of that.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

With the money that Smith and Jimmy G got, so the Bills a) pickup TT option and draft a guy to sit behind him for a year similar to Smith or b) pickup his option and trade him as it would still, at $18 million, be cheaper than signing some of the higher end FA right now?

Ryan Cox
@RyanACox34

CB: Getting Tyrod to renegotiate his deal last offseason was an astute move by the Bills. Though some still see the $18M cap hit as tough to swallow, it’s a very reasonable deal. And the chance of them going another season with Tyrod at QB while drafting a QB to groom is possible.

It’s hard to predict which way it will turn, knowing there will be quarterback options in free agency, potentially by trade if the Eagles are willing to listen to offers for Nick Foles and in the draft.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Would you personally trade the #Bills’ 21, 22, and RD3 to Denver for the fifth-overall pick if Rosen and Darnold are off the board?

Dean Kindig
@TCBILLS_Astro

CB: I personally wouldn’t. I think those two are by far the top two QB prospects from all the scouting people I’ve talked to around the league over the last few months. Unless you feel players like Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph are right there with them and still on the board I don’t make that deal.

I think you only give that draft capital up for one of the best QBs in the draft, not QB three or four, especially since I feel there is a drop off that’s more sizable than pick 2 to pick 5.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills
What are the chances they re-sign Gaines?

Zach Kozoduj
@koz9130

CB: I think there’s a legitimate chance they’ll make an effort to re-sign him. It all depends on the supply and demand in free agency. The market will have some decent talent available if players don’t re-sign with their current clubs (e.g. Malcolm Butler, Rashaan Melvin, Trumaine Johnson), but I don’t think the Bills want to pay giant money.

Gaines durability issues (he’s missed 26 games over last 3 seasons) figure to make him a more affordable option, plus he’s just 26-years old. So his affordability makes him a realistic re-sign candidate. The only thing that changes that is if they can find a more durable player without having to pay significantly more.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Kirk Cousins talks opportunity, landing spots

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2018 – 3:53 pm

Washington QB Kirk Cousins believes he will be hitting the free agent market come mid-March after his team acquired QB Alex Smith from Kansas City via trade (trade won’t be official until March). Cousins was on Sirius XM NFL Radio at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis today and is intrigued by the opportunity to hit the free agent market.

“It was a surprise. I was working out in my hotel room in Minneapolis and after I finished my workout I had a ton of text messages and saw the news. It came as a surprise. I hadn’t heard anything,” said Cousins of the Alex Smith trade. “In this league and my story I’ve learned that curve balls come all the time.

“I expect to be a free agent come March 14th. We’ll see how that plays out, if it does it’s a unique opportunity I look forward to. I haven’t had a chance to choose where I play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State so I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”

With respect to what he might be looking for in a new team, Cousins offered the following.

“I think it’s a pretty short checklist. At the end of the day I want to win. That’s the plan,” he said. “There are a lot of variables that decide do we think we can win, but that will ultimately what makes the decision.”

Cousins appeared to keep his options open as he referenced the sudden turnaround in Jacksonville as an example of how any team can suddenly become a winner. He seems to be indicating that he could join almost any team and help them become a winner like Jacksonville was this past season.

“In this league the winning thing comes and goes,” he said. “You look at what Jacksonville was able to do and no one expected them to do that back in July. But they put together a good team and went all the way to the AFC Championship game. So a lot can change year to year. I believe there are a lot of places you can win because it does change so much year to year.”


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Fan Friday 2-2

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2018 – 3:45 pm

Happy groundhog day Bills fans! The offseason begins in earnest after Super Bowl weekend. Let’s get prepared with your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will the #Bills go after Kirk Cousins?

Jon-Erik
@jonerik0619

CB: I think it’s difficult to provide a straight answer to this question. The reason why is this is a very unique situation. I can’t remember the last time a quarterback of this caliber, without an injury issue (See: P. Manning, Brees) had a strong chance of hitting the free agent market.

While I think it would be only natural for the Bills to be interested in a player who over the last three seasons ranks third in completion percentage (67%) fourth in passing yards (13,176), eighth in touchdowns (81) and is tied for first in pass plays of 25 yards or more (113), the first question is does he make it to the free agent market?

There’s a good chance that one of the many teams interested in Cousins will blink and try to orchestrate a trade with Washington for Cousins to avoid competing with the other clubs for his services in free agency.

Having not seen the Beane-McDermott duo in action for a full offseason it will be interesting to see what they value more.

If they do in fact have a strong interest in Cousins, are they more willing to give up draft capital to land the QB via trade?

Or are they more willing to compromise cap space by outbidding competitors for Cousins should he hit the free agent market and hold onto their draft assets?

Knowing the Bills have a lot of holes to fill, their draft assets would appear to be a priority, but the chance to land a QB with franchise-caliber numbers (whether you believe in Cousins or not) could trump that.

That’s what makes the Cousins sweepstakes so compelling. What are teams that need a proven producer like Cousins at QB willing to give up to get him?

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chances they trade up w/#Broncos if Denver gets Cousins? Also, opinion on Lamar Jackson’s NFL projection?

Lars Lewis
@larslewis12

CB: Again a major hypothetical. The price to move into the top 10 this year might require more than most years because of the demand to get into prime quarterback territory this year. The price is likely to be too steep to get into the top 10. I believe if a QB slips for whatever reason down to 10 or 11, then I believe a trade up is more likely,  but the Bills won’t be alone in that kind of pursuit.

As for Lamar Jackson, I’m in the Bill Polian camp on the Louisville QB. He’s a ridiculous and rare athlete with the ball in his hands. But I don’t think Jackson is a quarterback in the NFL. His accuracy still isn’t consistent enough to keep drives alive in the NFL.

I do think he can be a Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

A recent mock draft had the Bills drafting back-to-back DTs in the first round and addressing QB in the 2nd round. Do you think there’s any chance of that happening?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: The draft is so far off and so many things can happen between now and then that just about anything is possible. Right now the Bills have only Adolphus Washington and Ricky Hatley under contract at DT. If Kyle Williams chooses to continue playing then I think back-to-back DTs become unlikely. But if not, there is a gaping hole in the middle of the defensive interior. So it’s not outlandish to think that could happen.

QB in the second round is also possible if they can’t get up the board to prime QB territory. There are so many variables with trades and free agency that you can’t narrow down the possibilities at this point.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you see Ryan Groy taking over the starting Center position or do the Bills need to add one in the draft?

Coach
@MoneyAce1984

CB: As we addressed in our filling the void story on Buffalobills.com this week, I believe Groy is the odds on favorite to take over the starting center role. Drafting a center isn’t a common occurrence unless there’s a stud in round one or a good value on day two (See Minnesota’s: Pat Elflein).

I do expect the Bills to address the depth of their offensive line both at tackle and on the interior. A versatile player who can duplicate what Groy did as a backup center and swing guard would be a good add.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills.

What do u think will happen with Cordy Glenn? #GoBills

People Over Profit 🏽️@Jiillyy

CB: The first thing that has to happen is he has to get healthy after undergoing a procedure on his foot. All indications are he is doing well in his rehabilitation and will be ready for the start of the offseason conditioning program in April.

He has proven that he’s a solid starting left tackle in this league. If the Bills are committed to clearing more cap space, Cordy Glenn would be a logical option knowing his cap figure is the second-highest on the team for 2018 next to Tyrod Taylor.

There are always teams looking for quality pass protectors, so if that proves to be the plan moving forward it would not be difficult to find interested parties.

 


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Fan Friday 8-4

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2017 – 11:15 am

We’re less than a week away from the first preseason game. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Bruce Ellington was just released by Niners. Any chance we pick him up or kick tires in him?

Jose Torres
@Sweetcubanito

CB: I don’t think you can rule anything out when it comes to GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott’s diligence in re-shaping and upgrading this roster. If they think there is even the slightest chance that a player like Ellington can upgrade their roster they’ll bring him in for a workout. And that could lead to a signing.

Ellington is on the smallish side at 5-9 and 197 pounds. A lot of writers out in San Francisco were expecting him to have a breakout season in 2016, but he tore his hamstring in the preseason and it cost him the entire season.

If the Bills have an interest there will be an extensive physical performed with that hamstring a major focus.

I did have the opportunity to watch a lot of Ellington in college at South Carolina, and he was a clutch player for the Gamecocks. I still remember his six-catch, 140-yard and two touchdown performance in the bowl game against Wisconsin in 2012.

The game of a successful college receiver doesn’t always translate to the NFL, but it’d be interesting to see what Ellington could offer. When you’re his size you have to be an exceptional athlete and Ellington is. He runs in the mid-4.4s, has almost a 40-inch vertical and has excellent change of direction skills.

He’s just 25-years old. So I’d be in favor of working him out and seeing how he looks. If he’s better than anyone I’ve got on the roster now why not take a look?

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Heard possible rumors of Bills trading Reggie Ragland. Also he hasn’t had that great of a camp so far. What’s the scoop with RR?

Beast of the East
@Luther4212

CB: This is obviously always subject to change, but as of Thursday I have it on good authority that not one call had been placed to the Bills inquiring about Reggie Ragland.

I think people have to realize that Ragland is coming off a major injury. No one has seen him on game film in two years. Why another NFL club would have interest in a player on which there is no game film since an ACL injury and who has no NFL experience is curious to me.

NFL personnel people usually want concrete evidence that a player is fully recovered and capable before they’re willing to part with any assets of their own.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Lots of talk about Streater in WR competition. Haven’t heard much on Holmes how’s he look? #bills

Fitz
@afitz54

 

CB: Streater, as we’ve covered in our Top 3 things to know at Bills Camp reports has had a strong first week. He’s been as involved in the passing game as any other receiver on the roster. That means two things, first, he’s getting consistent separation from defenders and the quarterbacks trust him.

Unfortunately Andre Holmes has not made plays through the first week when they’ve been there for him. He had a defender beat on a deep post and Taylor put the ball right over his shoulder and he couldn’t complete the play, which would’ve gone for a touchdown. There have been a couple of other plays he didn’t finish through the course of the first week.

There’s a lot of time left between now and the start of the regular season. They haven’t even played a preseason game yet and that’s where players can really help their case, but Holmes has to start making some plays in practice and carry it into the preseason games.

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

How many running backs and full backs will the Bills keep?

Greg Alongi
@galongi

CB: This is going to be a tricky one. My belief is they’ll keep five.

I think the locks right now are McCoy, J. Williams, DiMarco and Tolbert. Tolbert might be a 10-year vet, but the guy can still get to the corner when carrying the ball and should have a role as a short yardage and goal line back. He’s also better as a receiver out of the backfield than I initially thought.

So Joe Banyard, Taiwan Jones, Cedric O’Neal and Jordan Johnson will essentially be fighting for one roster spot as I see it. And special teams will have a hand in determining who it is.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who will be the nickel cornerback in your opinion, and will Rambo move up the depth chart at safety?

zak Mendoza
@Zdozer

CB: It’s only a week of practice at camp so far, but Kevon Seymour may be making a move at nickel corner. He was sprinkled in for some first team nickel reps in the slot on Thursday, and Leonard Johnson got most of those through the course of the first week.

We’ll see if they continue to alternate first team nickel reps at Friday evening’s practice and over the weekend on Sunday. Right now it’s too close a race to call and again preseason game performance will have a lot to say about who winds up landing that role.

As for Rambo, he’s been rotating in with the second team at safety the last couple of days, but that’s been mainly due to the fact that Shamiel Gary has moved up to first team with Micah Hyde held out with his sore hip.

Rambo has to be assignment sound to convince the defensive staff that he can be trusted out there knowing he’s new to the system. This defense needs a player with his experience, so if he can be sharp on the field, he’ll wind up one of the backup safeties behind Hyde and Poyer. Again preseason game performance will be key.

 


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TE Barnidge to work out for Jags

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2017 – 6:48 am

He’s been using his time waiting for what he feels could be an opportunity to start. Free agent TE Gary Barnidge apparently sees the Jacksonville Jaguars as a team where potentially starting is realistic. That’s why he’s working out for the Jags today. 

That according to First Coast News. Barnidge, who made a free agent visit with the Bills back in May, has been holding out for an opportunity to step into a starting role. 

That wouldn’t be the case in Buffalo with Charles Clay as the entrenched starter. But in Jacksonville after Julius Thomas was traded to Miami there is just a collection of largely unproven tight ends and an aging Marcedes Lewis on their roster. 

Barnidge won’t sign for peanuts so it will be interesting to see what the Jags are willing to commit to the veteran tight end after their busy offseason of free agent spending. 


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McDermott weighs in on Maclin

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2017 – 3:49 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was already onto the next item on his agenda.

Jeremy Maclin’s decision to sign with Baltimore wasn’t the move they hoped the receiver would take, but McDermott doesn’t dwell on such things.

“We went through the process, with Jeremy in this case, just like we go through the process with a lot of guys,” said McDermott. “At the end of the day, we’re going to do what’s best for this football team and so – within our parameters and what fits for us. Sometimes, that works out in the end. Sometimes it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’ve moved forward and then, obviously, Jeremy has as well – and we wish him well. In this league, you can’t get too high or too low. You’ve got to be mentally tough and understand the big picture at all times.”


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Fan Friday 6-8

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2017 – 11:36 am

OTAs come to a conclusion today with mandatory minicamp to follow on Tuesday. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is the latest update on Jeremy Maclin? What percentage would you say Bills have of signing him?

Beast of the East
@Luther4212

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.

Brandon Gallagher
@bgallagher2610

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?

Jackson Mitchell
@Jacksonmitch816

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

GJohnston
@Johnston_GB

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.

 


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Maclin leaves Ravens visit without a deal

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2017 – 2:53 pm

Free agent WR Jeremy Maclin has finished his visit with the Baltimore Ravens and left without a contract. The news isn’t all that unexpected.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec is reporting that Maclin’s visit has wrapped up with the Ravens and there was no contract.

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As suspected Maclin is going to take his time make a decision. As the most talented receiver on the market right now there is no incentive to rush into a signing.


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Ravens have bigger cap challenge in bid for Maclin

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2017 – 8:53 am

On the heels of free agent Jeremy Maclin’s  visit with the Bills Tuesday are reports of a scheduled Wednesday visit with the Ravens. 

The attraction for a free agent receiver with the Ravens is the prospect of being Joe Flacco’s top target. Breshad Perriman hasn’t established himself as a consistent threat early in his career and Mike Wallace is a one dimensional receiver. Maclin could be a true number one there. 

The problem for the Ravens is they wouldn’t be able to pay him like a number one unless they released a player with a big salary on their roster. 

Baltimore has just $3.6M of space under the cap per overthecap.con calculations. Buffalo has $9M more in space ($12.6M). 

That could largely impact Maclin’s decision unless he’s satisfied with taking a one-year deal in the hopes of putting up big production and cash in next year in free agency when 32 clubs can bid for his services instead of just a few. 

If he’s looking for more than a one-year commitment from a club that could also change who has the edge in landing him. 


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Report: Maclin to visit Bills Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2017 – 6:33 am

The interest in free agent WR Jeremy Maclin could gain some traction today for the Bills organization. The club will reportedly meet with the receiver on Tuesday.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Though the Ravens may be interested their cap situation is extremely tight with only about $2M in cap space currently available. Buffalo has almost $13M in cap space at this time.


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Free agent TE Barnidge doesn’t want to settle

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2017 – 11:03 am

Free agent TE Gary Barnidge, who made a free agent visit to the Bills last month, is still waiting for the right fit. He’s received interest from Carolina, Denver and Jacksonville too, but it’s clear that none of these teams are ready to hand him a starting job. If they did he’d be under contract by now. But Barnidge doesn’t want to settle for just a roster spot.

In an interview with Patriots.com, he was adamant that he believes he can still contribute in a big way to an NFL offense in the passing game. He’s only two years removed from a 1,000-yard receiving season that included nine touchdowns and a Pro Bowl nod. Barnidge is 31-years old, but his time on the field early in his career was limited.

“My first seven years in the league, I didn’t play that much, so my legs are good to go,” he told Patriots.com. “I’ve still got good years left.”

Eric Wood, who knows Barnidge well, did his best to recruit Barnidge along with Richie Incognito, as they hung out at the Kentucky Derby shortly after his free agent visit to One Bills Drive. But in Buffalo it’s obvious that Charles Clay is the top tight end. Barnidge would likely be second on the depth chart, and with a strong workload anticipated in the passing game for Pro Bowl FB Pat DiMarco, opportunities in the Bills passing attack could be limited.

The situation might not be much better in Jacksonville (Marcedes Lewis, Mychal Rivera) or Carolina (Greg Olsen). And while Denver might present the best opportunity at his position, their quarterback situation is very unsettled knowing a competition is set to ensue. Barnidge already dealt with that last year in Cleveland.

“I’ve got to just sit and wait,” Barnidge said. “Wherever I can get an opportunity and contribute, that’s been the motto of my career. I didn’t expect to, but I’m waiting again to show what I can do.”


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Streater’s physical gifts are there

Posted by Chris Brown on May 24, 2017 – 10:22 am

It’s puzzling to see the lack of opportunity for Bills new WR Rod Streater through the course of his NFL career. He didn’t get much attention coming out of Temple because his production was far from eye popping. What was eyebrow raising however, were his workout figures for a player his size (6-3, 215).

At his pro day in advance of the 2012 NFL draft, Streater clocked a 4.37 40-time, a 37.5-inch vertical, and an 11-foot two-inch broad jump.

Part of the reason his production suffered in college was because at that time Temple was a heavy run team. Where it benefited Streater was in terms of blocking, an area where the receiver excelled. Knowing Buffalo’s run game relies on its receivers to block downfield, Streater’s blocking skills could be the difference in making the roster.


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