Only a couple of more weeks until camp opens at St. John Fisher. Trying to really whittle down my inbox at AskChris@bills.nfl.net before camp knowing the questions will really be flying then. Let’s get started.
Do you expect the Bills to keep six safeties?
CB: No, I don’t see how they justify keeping six. They kept five last season and that sounds right to me. I think provided no one suffers a season-ending injury in the preseason the five safeties will be Whitner, Scott, Wilson, Wendling and Byrd. Wilson and Wendling primarily because of their value to special teams.
With the addition of Maybin and the need at linebacker do you see the Bills trying either Copeland Bryan or Chris Ellis at linebacker this season? I know Ellis was considered a tweener in last year’s draft and Bryan is small for a DE.
Gregg in Atlanta
CB: I highly doubt we’ll see Copeland Bryan at LB. I suppose Ellis is a possibility, but I don’t see it happening. However, I think Maybin could line up at LB in passing situations. In an effort to get Maybin on the field as much as possible on passing downs, I think Perry Fewell will make use of him not only as an end, but a rush LB. We’ll see.
3. Chris, During spring practices Trent Edwards said they were practicing a lot of dink and dunk plays. Over the past few years I have been getting sick and tired of these plays. Do you think with the addition of T.O. the Bills will finally take shots downfield?
Thanks, Eric, Hamburg
CB: I think you may have misheard Trent. If memory serves we were asking him about getting blitzed a lot, which was the case in one particular practice. He said he doesn’t like it dinking and dunking as much as he had to, but sometimes it’s necessary when the blitz is coming as much as it was in that particular practice.
Perry Fewell really let the dogs loose and the O-line was still in the midst of developing chemistry.
I do believe that with Owens and Evans outside that the Bills will try to go downfield more often, but we have to remember that early in the season the line may not be able to hold up effectively while still jelling and so deep passes downfield may not happen as often as you would like. The reason why is the result of taking that approach when the line is still coming together could be an injured QB.
4. Chris, you’ve wrote alot about “would be” sacks, and I was wondering how the offensive line is doing? Do you think that they show any early signs of meshing well together? I know that it takes time to get the cohesiveness down, but I feel this season’s sucsess hinges on just that happening. On paper they have a team that can contend for a playoff birth, but I really think that it comes down to the o-line.
Thanks…Bryan – Canandaigua NY
CB: As far as terminology and assignments, the linemen, particularly new guys (McKinney, Hangartner, Levitre, Wood) handled things well. They also did well with the up tempo pace. The blocking assignments and team work where the real chemistry is developed will have to wait until training camp and the preseason when the pads are on.
I’m hopeful there’s enough time for the starting five (when chosen) to pull it all together in time for the opener. You’re right that the success of the offense will hinge on that because if they can’t give Trent enough time, it doesn’t matter who is out there running routes.
At least they’ve got an extra preseason game to work, with the HOF game. But with five guys in five new positions it’s going to take some time. It doesn’t just happen.
5. I was wondering if the bills were thinking about using Roscoe Parrish in the Wildcat. I don’t think he’s gonna get a lot of catches this year and if he can use that quickness we see when he returns punts he could be pretty effective in the Wildcat.
CB: I think it’s possible, but unlikely. The only reason why is if he has to tuck and run he could get crushed. In principle it’s a good idea because the Wildcat works best when you have someone running it that is a threat to pass as well as run. Roscoe was a former high school quarterback and throws a heck of a ball. But his stature I think might rule him out among the coaches.
The perfect Wildcat guy would have been Walter Payton. My favorite player growing up, Payton could do it all. Threw I think for 8 career touchdowns. L.T. is another guy that’s a good fit. Miami’s Pat White is a bit scary to think about too.
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