With major free agent moves rolled up in the Mario Williams signing we’ll be looking more toward the draft for big additions, especially at pick 10. There could be a minor signing or two, likely one of Buffalo’s own FAs. We’ll see. In the meantime let’s get to your questions at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.
1 - Hey Chris,
After seeing Brad Smith pick up more than a handful of 3rd and short conversions early in the season last year, it seems as though the offense scrapped that formation because of the lack of depth at the WR position and need for smith to line up there (and reducing wins dramatically). Are the Bills planning on using the “wild bill” formation again for short yardage for the upcoming season. Also after showing lots of potential at the outside receiver last preseason, is Marcus Easley healed and ready for this season?
CB: I believe that Brad Smith’s role in the offense will be expanded. Chan Gailey often lamented the fact that with free agency crammed into a two-week span right before training camp opened that there was no time to incorporate Smith’s talents into the offense.
You’re right he was pretty effective converting short yardage situations as the Wildcat QB and I would expect that is still a part of the offense. It’s possible he could line up at wideout at at times, but as long as the receiving corps stay healthy I believe Buffalo’s offensive staff have some other ideas in mind.
As for Easley, he’s one of those receivers that’s likely to allow Smith to focus on running plays from the quarterback position at times than receiver. He’s medically cleared from his condition, which has been effectively medicated and all indications are that he’ll be ready for spring workouts.
2 - Chris:
What do you think of Michael Brockers, DT, LSU?? Is he good enough size wise and speed wise to convert to DE and be the answer to the Bills need for Pass Rusher??
He could be the surprise answer to this very important need, rushing the passer….. How does he look at the Combine??
Tim in TN, Go Bills
CB: He’s strictly a DT. He’s not capable of moving outside to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense, which is what Dave Wannstedt is running. He’s also a young player coming out early and needs some development. He has a ton of potential and will probably be a top 20 pick, but he is not an end. Ran a 5.36 at the Combine.
3 - Hey Chris,
First of all thanks so much for answering the fans questions its really nice to know everything that goes on with the Bills. With that i wanted to know that if the Bills had plans to add a QB to the roster before trianing camp? also if the Bills get the pass rusher they want as a free agent and bring back Stevie, is there any way they trade up for RG3? i heard the Bills interviewed him at the combine and was just wondering if it was possible to get what looks like a great player in RG3?
Thanks so much again,
Josh Syracuse, NY
CB: Buddy Nix said drafting a quarterback is always possible because you can never predict if the right one for the value on the board at the time is going to be there. Yes, they visited with RGIII, but trading up to get him is not going to happen per Nix. Buffalo’s GM doesn’t like to part with picks and you saw the king’s ransom Washington coughed up to move up there. The Bills also interviewed Brock Osweiler so there are going to be several QB possibilities in the draft. The question is, does the right one for the Bills show up on the board when they’re on the clock? That’s the only way it happens.
4 - Hey Chris,
Sitting at number 10, I feel we will have a lot of options, not only in the pass rush department , but at tackle, receiver and corner as well. Any of those positions offer some pretty appealing players. I know it’s impossible this early to say what will happen, but who has caught your eye in Indy this week? I hear the receiver crop is pretty deep out there.
Thanks for your time and keep up the great work!
Kyle in PA
CB: I think there’s good value at offensive tackle at 10. Iowa’s Riley Reiff and Stanford’s Jonathan Martin could both be on the board at that time and I think offer good value at 10. I don’t believe there’s good value at 10 for the pass rush, which may explain why the Bills pushed so hard to land Mario Williams in free agency.
Assuming LSU’s Morris Claiborne is off the board prior to the 10th pick I don’t see good value at 10 at cornerback. Wide receiver is a possibility, but it’s hard to know if the Bills believe a prospect like Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd is worthy of the 10th pick in terms of value.
The receiver crop in the draft is deep, but there aren’t many speed merchants. Big-bodied players, but not many that run exceptionally well. That’s why the value at the position is between rounds 2 and 4.
When I was at the combine I was very impressed with Martin the OT. I wouldn’t mind them taking him at 10th overall.
5 - Chris,
What is the talk about Bryan Scott? I think he is a big part of the team. Not only on the field, but off the field as well. He is a great role model and would love to see him re-signed by the team. Do you have any insight on this.
A huge bills fan from western ny
CB: No question Bryan Scott played an important role for the Bills in their nickel package last season and is a model citizen off the field. Buddy Nix told me earlier this week that the team made him an offer, but had not heard back from Scott’s camp. He’s a free agent now. Scott has told me that Buffalo is his home as he sees it so he’d obviously like to be back.
I wonder if the Bills new 4-3 defense changes his value to the club defensively. Though Dave Wannstedt said he wants LBs that can run. In the nickel package Scott could still play an important role. I think the Bills want him back, just at their price.
Tags: 2012 NFL draft, Brad Smith, Bryan Scott, Buddy Nix, Fan Friday, Marcus Easley, Michael Brockers, RGIII
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