1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who is the fastest WR?
CB: Here are the 40 times of each player from their pre-draft testing, fully recognizing that for some veteran players this was up to five or six years ago.
Robert Foster 4.41
Austin Proehl 4.41
Brandon Reilly 4.42
Zay Jones 4.45
Rod Streater 4.46
Quan Bray 4.50
Kaelin Clay 4.51
Malachi Dupre 4.52
Andre Holmes 4.53
Ray-Ray McCloud 4.53
Jeremy Kerley 4.56
Kelvin Benjamin 4.60
Cam Phillips 4.84
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Can a QB on the roster provide a more consistent passing offense than Tyrod Taylor? Where do you think the passing offense will rank by seasons end? Top 10, middle, or to align with previous seasons…bottom 3 in the league? I’m hoping for middle (15 to 18)
CB: While I think it’s fine to hope for middle of the pack in terms of passing game rank for the Bills in 2018, it’s almost impossible to peg where they’ll end up for a host of reasons.
First, this is the first year with Daboll’s offense, so it will take time to really have it humming in the regular season.
Second, without knowing who the starting quarterback is, much less how he’ll perform in this offensive scheme, it’s a challenge to accurately predict where they’ll end up too.
I think everyone knows it can’t be 31st again. That’s just not good enough.
That being said, I think your range of 15 to 18 is reasonable to hope for knowing all the elements that will be new this season (scheme, QB, play caller).
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Many will gauge the success of this year’s draft by how Edmunds and Allen pan out….to me this draft will be defined by the success of Taron Johnson, Siran Neal, and Wyatt Teller. Do you think they will have impact this year?
CB: Of the three draft choices you mentioned I think the player to most likely have an impact this season is Taron Johnson. He’s currently battling with Phillip Gaines for the slot corner role, and I’m anticipating that to be one of the tighter position battles.
Teller and Neal both have good potential, but for Teller, there are a couple of vets in front of him at guard and Neal appears to have the biggest transition to make coming from a small college program at Jacksonville State.
Part of his issue is the long-term plan for him is to have him fill multiple roles defensively (corner, safety, slot, hybrid LB) and that is going to take time. So I don’t see him on the field much this fall on defense. He’s got a lot of learning to do.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Bodine over Groy baffles me. Groy bigger and did extremely well replacing injured Wood in past. Cincy media long reported Bodine as soft against beefy D-lines in Cinci. What jumps out at u why Bodine, other than maybe game starts (albeit not good ones) and familiarity w/McCarron?
CB: First and foremost, Bill, it’s early. For linemen, the real football doesn’t begin until the pads go on. Yes, Bodine has been primarily running with the first team at center in OTAs, but as OC Brian Daboll said Thursday, “It’s a rep chart, not a depth chart.”
You’re right that Groy is a bigger more massive lineman than Bodine, but the behemoth defensive tackles are becoming fewer and further between. With more spread formations and up tempo offenses, giant defensive tackles aren’t commonplace like they were at the turn of the century.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you think Keith Ford has what it takes to be our 2nd RB? I love Shady but I don’t think we have 3dwn RB if he goes down.
CB: While I’ll admit I need to see more of Keith Ford before passing judgment on his playing ability, I will disagree with your assessment that there isn’t another three-down back on Buffalo’s roster. I believe Travaris Cadet’s game is most similar to McCoy’s on the roster.
That’s not to insinuate that Cadet is on McCoy’s level, but he’s not far off. He’s a shifty runner, who can make defenders miss and he is an accomplished receiver out of the backfield.
Ford is fighting an uphill battle for a roster spot with vets like Ivory and Cadet behind McCoy and a special teams ace in Taiwan Jones.
Tags: Fan Friday, Keith Ford, passing offense, Russell Bodine, Ryan Groy, Siran Neal, Taron Johnson, wide receiver, Wyatt Teller
Posted in Inside the Bills
1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you think that the signing of Micah Hyde rules out a Safety in the first round of this year’s draft?
CB: While that would seem logical I don’t know that you can make that conclusion knowing the draft approach of the Bills under GM Doug Whaley. They typically go with the best player on the board having seen them operate the last few years in the draft room. So I don’t think it precludes them from taking a safety in round one if the value is right.
That being said, if they have grades on two players who are really close and one is a safety and the other is a corner or receiver then they’d likely go with the greater positional need.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills with the departure of Lynn and Roman why do the #Bills still continue to throw free agent $$ at the FB position?
CB: I’m going to let coach McDermott handle this one since he answered it directly at his press conference Thursday evening.
“Fullback is a big part of this offense, and let’s say this: it’s not limited to playing the fullback position,” said McDermott. “There’s versatility within that position, and what Mike brings to the table – as you mentioned, Mike Tolbert. I had the chance to be around Mike for a number of years in Carolina and I know what he brings to the table in terms of leadership, intangibles again, and what happens in that locker room on Monday through Saturday.
“So that’s a big part of it, and then Mike’s versatility on the field with the ability to play fullback, line up at fullback and then also transition to the halfback position and carry the football, and he’s done that extremely well. I had a front-row seat to observe what Mike’s skill set is, both on and off the field, and that was key for us. You’re talking about a guy that’s been to a Pro Bowl, and that’s really no different to [Patrick] DiMarco, in this case.”
3 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see the #bills signing more big name free agents? If so, at what position?
CB: I don’t necessarily expect big household type names. Their cap situation is getting a bit tight. But I do see them trying to fill a few more positional holes on the roster. It wouldn’t surprise me if receiver or offensive tackle were on the list after incurring some losses at receiver and some uncertainty at tackle (Mills a free agent, Henderson-health).
4 – @ChrisBrownBills How do you think the Bills are going to adress the WR position? They lost talent there the past two offseasons and it hasn’t been replaced.
CB: As briefly mentioned above I expect the Bills to address the receiver position in some form in free agency, likely with a player they can sign to a fiscally responsible contract (one that doesn’t cripple their cap situation). And I would anticipate them trying to grab another in the draft.
The numbers situation there demands some attention with two free agent losses already (Woods, Goodwin).
5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is Groy a realistic option for Right Tackle? #bills
CB: Donald Jones and I discussed this very topic when I was on the John Murphy Show Thursday. I think we first need to see what additions are made if any at the offensive tackle position in free agency or the draft before we can gauge just what kind of option he would be on the edge.
From a skill standpoint I think he certainly has the size (6-5, 320) and ability to play on the edge. He’s lined up there at times in a pinch. Sometimes it was as an overload tackle in run formations. We all know he can play guard or center. Whether Groy can play right tackle full time for 16 games is a question really only OL coach Juan Castillo and the offensive staff can answer knowing this offense is going to change.
I think Groy really came a long way as a player last season and he impressed me in his last seven games at center. But I think we need to let the dust settle in free agency and see what the Bills acquire before we pencil him in for edge duty.
Tags: 2017 NFL draft, Fan Friday, Micah Hyde, Mike Tolbert, NFL free agency, Pat DiMarco, Ryan Groy, wide receiver
Posted in Inside the Bills
With Marcus Easley undergoing surgery sometime soon and James Hardy on the shelf for a week to 10 days, Buffalo will be down to seven receivers for the Friday night preseason contest. Beyond that Gailey said they’ll wait and see if they need to add numbers at the position.
“I don’t know. We’ll have to see. We have a short week next week so it’s not like we can go out and do a ton between the next two ballgames,” Gailey said. “We’ll make a decision probably during the week next week whether we need to address that for the long term or not.”
Usually coaches like to have enough legs in camp to run routes so as not to overwork their starters, which can make them more susceptible to injury. But Gailey and his staff will have some time next week to weigh their options with a short week before the next preseason game in Toronto the following Thursday.
Tags: James Hardy, Marcus Easley, wide receiver
Posted in Inside the Bills