1 – @ChrisBrownBills Will Greg Salas see himself inserted into the Hogan role in the offense, or will the Bills look to the draft/FA?
CB: As we covered on Buffalobills.com this week Salas is certainly a bona fide candidate to assume the role previously held by Chris Hogan. He has a familiarity with receivers coach Sanjay Lal and he’s a very clever receiver with size and strong hands.
There are other wideouts on the roster (Greg Little, Jarret Boykin) who figure to be part of that competition as well, but Salas has experience in that kind of role albeit limited experience.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills Chris what’s the plan with little salary cap they have left? They are in need of lot position LE MLB ROLB WR RT.
CB: I think a lot depends on what’s still out there and whether they deem it a fit in their defense. I don’t see right tackle being addressed with good news recently about Seantrel Henderson’s undisclosed illness. Indications are he’s managing well and should be good to resume his career after his 2015 season was cut short. The Bills have also tendered RFA OT Jordan Mills, so odds are he’s back in the fold as well.
Buffalo had their first defensive free agent visit in safety Robert Blanton, who would provide good depth at the position at an affordable price. I would also anticipate a heavy defensive draft for Buffalo and now that they have two extra compensatory picks in the fourth and sixth rounds they’ll be able to address some more holes.
And before you dismiss mid to late round picks remember that Nigel Bradham was a fourth-round pick, Karlos Williams was a fifth-round pick and Seantrel Henderson was a seventh-round selection.
But I think the Bills will look for affordable options in free agency knowing there’s not much cap room to play with having to commit a bit over $5M to their rookie pool.
CB: I think with Rob Ryan expected to oversee more of the defensive formulation week to week during the season you can anticipate more frequent blitzing. That’s been his M.O. Now that doesn’t mean they won’t turn to other means of generating a pass rush, but I feel most comfortable in anticipating a higher percentage of blitzes knowing Buffalo only blitzed about 20 percent of the time last season.
4 – Chris, you da man!
Your coverage and insight keep me and other bills fans going during the offseason.
I’m wondering if you think it makes sense to take treadwell at 19 if he falls? I keep hearing about how deep the draft is at D-line so we still may be able to get value with some later picks. I think treadwell and Watkins are perfect compliments to each other and giving a young QB as many weapons as possible is never a bad move in my eyes. If he’s there, do you think it’s a real possibility? Thanks!
CB: Thanks for the kind words and your readership. In a draft where the receiver talent is not good (Arizona HC Bruce Arians called it the worst WR draft he’s seen in 20 years) it’ll be interesting to see if Treadwell’s value gets inflated due to a lack of supply.
If he lasts to 19 overall where the Bills sit I don’t see Buffalo taking even the best wideout in the draft. I just believe there will be plenty of value at positions of more dire need on defense for the Bills to choose from. I’m not saying that need will trump value, I just think there will be players of comparable value to Treadwell at 19 that will lead Buffalo in a different direction there, presumably defense.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is trading McCoy an option?
CB: It’s not a realistic option at this point because moving him off your roster would leave more than $15M in dead cap money on Buffalo’s books. McCoy’s 2016 base salary was also guaranteed effective March 9th. So while some might be disenchanted with what transpired off the field and in a knee jerk fashion want to release the running back, I think we need to let the legal process take its course before anyone passes judgment of any kind.
Tags: 2016 NFL draft, Fan Friday, Greg Salas, LeSean McCoy, pass rush
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