By no means were the Bills the only team who spent time with Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield at the Senior Bowl, but according to SI.com Robert Klemko, Buffalo was one of four teams he met with extensively.
Two of the other teams he met with at length were in Buffalo’s division, the Jets and Dolphins, who both pick ahead of the Bills in round one. Here was Klemko’s reference to Mayfield’s meetings in Mobile.
Mayfield is here to meet with teams that might actually draft him, and he’s had extensive meetings with four of them; the Saints, Bills, Jets and Dolphins. And they put him through the ringer, teaching him some of their offensive concepts and asking him to recall them an hour later.
“That’s the only upside for me [being here],” Mayfield says of the meetings with teams. “I’m confident I can show exactly what I’m about, how much I care about football and how I’d do anything to win. And not just that. Put me on a board and let me show you how much I know about the game. Let me show that I can pick information up, take it and run with it. Getting in front of these people was so important, even bigger than the three years of film I put together.”
Mayfield likely won’t be the only quarterback prospect with whom the Bills meet between now and late April. In fact Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph confirmed he had a meeting scheduled with the Bills in Mobile this week. It’s part of their due diligence, and their extensive time with Mayfield only helps to complete the evaluation.
Tags: 2018 NFL draft, Baker Mayfield, Senior Bowl
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He’s expected to be at the North Team’s practice today at 3:30, but Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield’s arrival at the Senior Bowl was delayed.
Mayfield, according to Senior Bowl Executive Director, Phil Savage, was delayed due to a personal family matter. The Oklahoma QB went home to Austin, Texas over the weekend.
He was scheduled to arrive in Mobile in time for practices, but fellow QB prospect Josh Allen, who is also on the North Team said at his press conference last evening that he had yet to meet him.
The Denver Broncos requested more time with Mayfield when he arrived as he presumably needed to meet with the Denver Broncos coaching staff to get prepared for today’s practice. The Broncos are coaching the North team this week.
Mayfield will be the first Heisman winner to participate and play in the Senior Bowl since Tim Tebow in 2007.
Tags: Baker Mayfield, Senior Bowl
Posted in Inside the Bills
It’s come down to Week 17 Bills fans. Let’s hope for a win and some help. Here is this week’s edition of questions and answers from Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.
1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who is our left tackle next year? Any chance they can trade Glenn in draft for higher/additional pick?
CB: I think with the second half of the season that Dion Dawkins has put together it would be hard to see them changing that next season. That means Cordy Glenn, who has one of the highest cap figures on the roster could be a potential candidate for a trade.
The issue there however, is proving that he’s got a clean bill of health after all his foot and ankle problems. If they can do that then he could be a viable trade option.
If in fact such a scenario comes to pass it would not be a poor reflection on Glenn at all. He’s been a solid left tackle for the Bills in his time here and earned the contract he got.
But as the players know it’s a business in the end and if a club can find a more affordable way to fill an important position like left tackle without much difference in performance they would be wise to do so. Dawkins is on his rookie contract.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Would you rather slip into the playoffs this year or miss out and have a toe to toe battle with NE for the divison (and likely wildcard) next year?
CB: I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t have both. As coach McDermott said this week, every year is so different because the construct and development of your team changes so much from one year to the next.
So why not get into the playoffs this year and challenge the division champs next year? Bills fans don’t have to settle for one or the other.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Due to Baker Mayfield’s lack of measurables, do you feel Buffalo can stay where they are in regards to draft position and select him with their first 1st rd pick?
CB: Mayfield’s height will be the biggest bone of contention with Mayfield. There aren’t many six-footers who have excelled in the NFL. Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are the exceptions.
Mayfield has the bowl game coming up and the Senior Bowl in late January to impress the NFL scouting community one more time.
Many feel he will impress, make effective amends for some of his off the field issues and move up the board.
Unfortunately quarterbacks always rise up the board come draft night because they’re such a coveted commodity. So seeing Mayfield last into the late teens on draft night seems to be unlikely as I see it.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
What purpose does Colt Anderson serve? He’s super injury prone and you cut a decent young safety for no reason
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CB: Colt Anderson is a core special teamer, who was re-signed this past offseason to serve primarily in that role.
Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman likes having veteran players he can trust on his units. Anderson is one such player.
I too believe Trae Elston is a player who has some promise, but they released him in another roster move earlier this season and were able to bring him back. I wouldn’t be surprised if they re-signed him as a future free agent in January.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Draft a young quarterback in the first round or make a run at Kirk Cousins?
CB: if there is any chance that Kirk Cousins is realistically attainable you make the deal over drafting a QB. He’s a proven commodity. You don’t get that with whomever you might be able to draft.
Cousins is entering the prime of his career and has been in the top five in passing yards I believe each of the last three years, with his production this year perhaps his most impressive work with a severely reduced cast around him.
If you can get Cousins without paying through the nose you go get him.
Tags: 2017 playoffs, Baker Mayfield, Colt Anderson, Cordy Glenn, Fan Friday, Kirk Cousins, Trae Elston
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