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  1. Exactly, not everyone on the OL is going to be a pro bowl player, it's important to have role players. Chris Williams is a huge upgrade in talent over last years starters Colin Brown and Doug Legursky. Exactly, not everyone on the OL is going to be a pro bowl player, it's important to have role players. Chris Williams is a huge upgrade in talent over last years starters Colin Brown and Doug Legursky.
  2. Great signing by the Bills , and fills the hole of a run stuffing MLB that can take on blockers and disengage from them. Plus he has a nasty attitude that is contagious on defence. I would have liked a longer length contract, but we don't know if the 1 year deal was Spikes idea or the Bills managements idea. The Bills have good cap room next year to resign him if they want, and I'm sure they will also draft a MLB in the draft(with better range and coverage ability) to groom in case Spikes gets injured this season and to provide competition for next year.
  3. Rivers started 8 games at SLB for the Giants. Rivers is a talented player that hasn't produced to the level he is capable of. IMO he is a better SLB in the 4-3 than Manny Lawson, they can compete for the spot but Rivers should win it. Lawson is a better OLB in the 3-4. Lawson gives them versatility as a DE, because he can also drop into coverage occasionally giving DC Jim Schwartz to use zone blitz's. The defence was great at producing sacks and playing better pass defence but got killed in run defence, look at the 2nd Patriots game for an example of why the run defence has to improve.
  4. I agree with Joe Buscaglia, Spikes is a very good run defender and the Bills biggest problem last year was stopping the run. Look at the 2nd game versus the Patriots for an example of bad run defence. With Kiko Alonso being moved to WLB and K.Rivers playing SLB the Bills need a 2 down run stuffer and that's what Spikes is. He excels at being a run stopping specialist, and has a nasty attitude. Combine that with his good relationship with former position coach and current Bills DL coach Pepper Johnson and this move makes sense. The way I interpreted Whaley's comments on Powell is that he is a good special teams player and good in coverage, so he is a asset in coverage packages. I don't think they are content with Powell as the starting MLB on obvious running downs. The fact they are bringing in B.Spikes is a sign of that. Hopefully they sign Spikes.
  5. He had 53 receptions for 655 yards and 2 TD's after coming back from a torn knee. He is a good not great receiving TE with size. He is a good weapon in the redzone and on jump ball situations. He had 53 receptions for 655 yards and 2 TD's after coming back from a torn knee. He is a good not great receiving TE with size. He is a good weapon in the redzone and on jump ball situations.
  6. Chris Williams is an average player but an upgrade over Doug Legursky and a huge upgrade over Colin Brown. The Bills may bring in a rookie OG in the mid to late rounds to compete with Williams but the Bills are in a good position with a Veteran like Williams at LG in situation that the rookie can't start right away. I agree with bcs, that RT is a priority in the daft and they will take a talented RT with LT skills in the 1st or 2nd round. Chris Williams is an average player but an upgrade over Doug Legursky and a huge upgrade over Colin Brown. The Bills may bring in a rookie OG in the mid to late rounds to compete with Williams but the Bills are in a good position with a Veteran like Williams at LG in situation that the rookie can't start right away. I agree with bcs, that RT is a priority in the daft and they will take a talented RT with LT skills in the 1st or 2nd round. The Bills should be in a position to draft one of: Jake Matthews , Greg Robinson or Taylor Lewan . All three have top 10 talent and one of them should drop to the Bills 9th overall with A.Barr(OLB UCLA), B.Bortles(QB C.Flordia),J.Clowney (DE S.Carolina),S.Watkins(WR Clemson), J.Manziel(QB Texas A&M), K.Mack(OLB Buffalo) T.Bridgewater(QB Louisville), J.Gilbert (CB Oklahoma ST.), E.Ebron(TE N.C.) all possible top 8 picks.
  7. They are both good signings. Keith Rivers played SLB for the Giants last year, starting in 8 games. He is a very physically talented player who was drafted 9th overall by Cincinnati Bengals in 2008 and has under achieved in his career so far. This is good news IMO because he is capable of playing a lot better and the DC will be able to squeeze more production out of him than he has shown so far. Corey Graham is a CB with size who could challenge McKelvin for the starting CB spot opposite of Gilmore. With the proliferation of spread offenses in the NFL you need talented nickel and dime CB's to match up with the talented #3 and #4 WR's, so having McKelvin or Graham playing the #3 CB spot is a positive. Graham made the 2011 pro bowl as a special teams player so he will upgrade the play of the special teams coverage teams as well. Worst case scenario he plays the #3 CB spot at a high level and upgrades the special teams coverage teams.
  8. It's a good signing to bring back Chandler. He's a reliable safety blanket for young QB Manuel. He doesn't have the speed to stretch the seam of the defence but he is still a very good receiving option with size, and a large catching radius. He is a mismatch on most safeties and linebacker and dangerous in the redzone.
  9. IMO Byrd is in the mold of Troy Polamalu, and that means you retain him no matter the cost. I would obviously try and resign him to a long term deal, but if that can't get worked out, you franchise him and then continue to try and work out a long term deal. You don't let young talent like Byrd walk for nothing, and then try to replace the same hole you created in the first place by not re upping him. Byrd is going no where.
  10. http://www.buffalorumblings.com/buffalo-bills-analysis-all-22/2014/2/13/5407624/jim-schwartz-defense-wide-9-43-under-adrian-peterson
  11. RT Pears regularly got manhandled by athletic edge rushers. LG Legursky regularly go manhandled by athletic DT's. Both positions must be upgraded in the offseason, if the Bills want to do better offensively next season. RT Pears regularly got manhandled by athletic edge rushers. LG Legursky regularly go manhandled by athletic DT's. Both positions must be upgraded in the offseason, if the Bills want to do better offensively next season. They are very undervalued by PFF, both players are among the top at there respective positions. They are very undervalued by PFF, both players are among the top at there respective positions.
  12. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10451445/nate-burleson-released-detroit-lions http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5226/louis-delmas I'm a big fan of Jarius Byrd and want him resigned, but in the event that doesn't happen Louis Delmas would be a great plan B and current DC Jim Schwartz would be reunited with his star FS. Make no question Byrd is the better player and I think he should be paid like a top 5 FS, but if that doesn't happen Delmas can step right in and play at a high level.
  13. Some interesting info on Jared Veldheer: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/02/13/free-agent-duel-veldheer-vs-houston/ Veldheer can step in and play LT at a high level right now, the Bills already have Cordy Glenn at LT, so they can plug him in at RT and have 2 blue chip bookends in there prime. IMO you have to have 2 athletic OT's since DC's move the best pass rusher around to get advantageous match up, and usually the slowest OT is the RT, in this case both OT's would be amazing and limit the mismatches in pass protection. Some interesting info on Jared Veldheer: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/02/13/free-agent-duel-veldheer-vs-houston/ Veldheer can step in and play LT at a high level right now, the Bills already have Cordy Glenn at LT, so they can plug him in at RT and have 2 blue chip bookends in there prime. IMO you have to have 2 athletic OT's since DC's move the best pass rusher around to get advantageous match up, and usually the slowest OT is the RT, in this case both OT's would be amazing and limit the mismatches in pass protection.
  14. Pepper Johnson could also be the potential DC for the Bills if Schwartz leaves for anther team. Read more at: http://nesn.com/2014/02/pepper-johnson-patriots-players-had-trouble-reading-bill-belichick/ So he has learned under Bill Belichick and now he will learn under Jim Schwartz. It's always good to have contingency plans in place.
  15. Richardson dominated the line of scrimmage for the Jets this season. New York gets more national media attention than Buffalo so Richardson probably got more exposure than Alonso. IMO Alonso should have won Rookie of the year. He should use this as motivation for next year.
  16. Chris Hairston is a better player than Erik Pears, so if Hairston passes the team physical he should be on the 53 man roster and Pears should be cut. Pears was exposed versus athletic edge rushers and the Bills can do better than him at RT. I expect the Bills to draft a RT early in the draft to compete with Hairston. At worst Hairston is a good swing OT. A lot depends on how the Scott Chandler situation plays out in what the Bills do with Moeaki. If the Bills resign Chandler than Moeaki will compete with Chris Gragg for the #2 pass catching TE. Lee Smith is a great blocking TE and should make the final roster. Kolb is almost guaranteed to be cut. GM Doug Whaley is very high on Thad Lewis and may bring in anther veteran QB to compete with him for the #2 QB spot. Kolb's concussion history and high cap number means he is done. Stevie Johnson is a good not great offensive player. The Bills are better team with him on the roster than him off it. I expect the Bills to draft a WR high in the draft to compliment Robert Woods and Johnson in the 3 WR sets. Look for one of: Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Jordan Matthews to be selected at 9th overall.
  17. He won't be cut. He is versatile and scheme diverse. He can play Strong Outside Linebacker aka SAM in the 4-3 defence. He is athletic and can play in space. So needless to say I don't agree with the writer of the article Mike Rodak.
  18. There are a couple of different strategies possible for filling the holes in the line up. You can address the WR and TE in free agency and the RT and LG in the draft or vice versa. A lot also depends on how management and the coaching staff view Chris Hairston at RT. If he is healthy I believe can be a serviceable RT and is a much better player than Pears as a pass protector and just as good in the running game. They have to have a good back up swing OT in this scenario in case Hairston gets injuried and the back up has to step in for a couple of games. Pears was a turnstile at RT and will not cut it as a starting RT, I won't be surprised if he is cut in the offseason. He has too high a cap number for his ability, he is at best a back up RT. Doug Legursky is a good back up OG but I don't want him as a starter. The play of the LG must improve if you want success in the running and passing game. Legursky got exposed in the Tampa Bay game versus G.McCoy and the same thing happens versus any athletic DT. I'm not sure if they will sign someone in free agency or draft someone, but either way the Bills don't have a starting LG on there current roster. I would love to get Eric Decker , he is a big target, with a wide catching radius and a very good route runner. He fits the mold of the big WR that GM Whaley wants to get for Manuel. If the Bills want to go for a WR in the 1st round at 9th overall look for Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans.
  19. It's a compliment to the job that Pettine has done with the defense that they are interviewing him for a head coaching job. I don't see him getting hired anytime soon since this is only his 1st year as a DC with out Rex Ryan on the same team. If I were a GM , I would want to see Pettine have success for a long period of time with out Ryan on the same team before I was confident that he was responsible for the improvement of the defense. It's important for GM Doug Whaley and HC Doug Marrone to have a short list of good DC in case Pettine does eventually leave to take a HC job.
  20. Alex Carrington is not a pro bowl player and I have never sold him as one. He is an athletic DL that is an excellent fit as a 5 technique DE in the 3-4 or a LDE or DT in the 4-3. He can rush the passer and stop the run, but is far from an elite player. He has a lot of potential and I think he would be worth resigning for the Bills rotation on the DL.
  21. Resign J.Byrd and A.Carrington. Then upgrade the RT, LG and SILB positions. followed by the TE and WR positions.
  22. first and foremost the Bills must resign Alex Carrington and Jarius Byrd. You have to keep the young talent on your team. Carrington is underrated as a run defender and his loss hurt the Bills run defense. Byrd is a dynamic playmaking FS, who makes the players around him bettter. He is in his prime right now and playing at a high level. I think he can have a career as good or better than Troy Polamalu, so it will be a priority to sign him to a long term deal. The bills biggest needs are at LG, RT and SILB(strongside ILB beside Alonso). I would target Jared Veldheer from Oakland or Rodger Saffold from St.Louis. You want athletic OT that can handle athletic edge rushers and still be a mauler in the running game. Both of these guy fit those parameters. More expensive options would be: Branden Albert from Kansas City, Jordan Gross from Carolina, and Eugene Monroe & Michael Oher from Baltimore. There is one key player the Bills must go after since there is a big difference between him and the other interior OL. Alex Mack from Cleveland is hands down the best interior OL in free agency. He is a center but I believe he can play LG at a very high level or C and have Eric Wood play LG. It's highly unlikely that Cleveland management lets him hit free agency but if they do the Bills must go after him, like they did after Mario Williams. Mack is one of the best if not the best Center in the NFL, he is scheme diverse and versatile to play in any scheme and is a load at the point of attack. Matt Slauson is off the market, the Bears resigned him to a 4 year $12.8 million contract. If Mack is not available in free agency cheaper options at LG would be: Chris Spencer from Tennessee (an under the radar interior OL, athletic former 1st round pick that has played C, RG and can play LG), Jon Asamoah from K.C. , Vladimir Ducasse from the NY Jets, Rich Ohrnberger from S.D. (he has the ability to play Center which is an added value.) The SILB position must be upgraded, A.Moats and N.Bradham didn't cut it and were exposed in the running game all year long. The Bills GM must upgrade the talent playing beside Alonso. Some Options are: Brandon Spikes(2 down run stuffer), Karlos Dansby from Arizona(doesn't have a lot of thread left on the tires, would be a 1 or 2 year stop gap solution), DJ Williams from Chicago.
  23. It's half coaching and half execution IMO. The Bills need to improve the play of the ILB beside Alonso, or the big thumper ILB. Alonso is the athletic ILB or weak ILB. The player playing the strong ILB position most of the year was A.Moats and later on N.Bradham and neither did a good job. If the Bills upgrade the linebacker coaching and the talent at the ILB position, then the big plays against the run should be limited. Brandon Spikes is a free agent that I think is the perfect fit for the ILB position beside Alonso and hopefully the Bills get him in free agency.
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