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  1. McD Likes him. Can't blame him. https://buffalonews.com/2020/01/16/buffalo-bills-new-york-giants-brian-daboll-joe-judge/
  2. I was feeling almost a bit down for a bit, but I decided not to let any nonsense bring me down, and man was I rewarded for it!!! Like Johnny Cochrane said in the OJ trial(imagine it in his accent), "This is a blockbuster! This is a breakthrough!!!" Tulsi is not scared of shit, she went after the "great beast" Google, and now after Satan herself!! Yeah, the peace candidate Tulsi can fight when necessary, she is still active duty! You people remind me of the jews who had the chance to pick Jesus or the murder Barabas to set free, and of course ALWAYS choose the latter, and letting the former be executed. That aside, seeing this news and knowing that justice will be served has me stoked!!!! 22 Jan, 2020 16:44 Get short URL what, me lie? © Reuters / Brendan McDermid / Mario Anzuoni 48 Follow RT on Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing two-time White House runner-up Hillary Clinton over her claim that Gabbard was a “Russian asset,” alleging that the lie hurt not just her campaign but the entire election. Clinton “lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard… publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent” when she claimed Gabbard was "the favorite of the Russians," the campaign alleges in the suit, filed on Wednesday in the federal Southern District of New York. While Clinton isn’t technically running against Gabbard in the 2020 contest, the filing drily notes that the role of president is “a position Clinton has long coveted, but has not been able to attain.” ALSO ON RT.COM‘Innocent mistake’? CNBC replaces Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard with generic Asian man, white senator The filing alleges Clinton harmed not just Gabbard but also “American voters” and “American democracy” by pushing the baseless smear, citing “scientifically conducted opinion surveys” indicating that millions of potential voters believed Clinton’s claims due to her status as a political insider and authority figure with likely access to non-public information. Over 200 articles have been published amplifying the smear since Clinton first uttered it in an October episode of Democratic strategist David Plouffe’s ‘Campaign HQ’ podcast, and the campaign estimates the former secretary of state’s attacks cost Gabbard $50 million in lost donations, lost votes, and reputational damage. While Clinton never retracted the inflammatory claim that Gabbard was working for the Kremlin – despite a formal request from the Hawaii congresswoman’s campaign – her representatives did attempt to retrospectively muddy the waters. After Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill verified that she was indeed referring to Gabbard with a snarky “if the nesting doll fits” after Clinton’s initial comments in October, he subsequently backpedaled, trying to claim that Clinton meant Republicans – not Russians – were pulling the candidate’s strings. The resulting “corrections” streamed unevenly through the media, confusing no one bar a few copy-editors. The Gabbard campaign has requested a jury trial in addition to legal restrictions on republishing the smear, and also seeks at least $50 million in compensatory, punitive and special damages. The filing painstakingly lays out Gabbard’s history of service to her country, indicating that Clinton could not possibly have believed the Iraq war vet and House Foreign Relations Committee member was “the favorite of the Russians,” and must therefore have been deliberately lying. It cites Clinton’s “long-time grudges” as the likely rationale for the attack, recalling that Gabbard resigned her post as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in protest and voiced support for Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders after it emerged that the DNC had put its thumb on the scale in the 2016 primary contest to help the former New York senator. ALSO ON RT.COMPaging pot, this is kettle: ‘Nobody likes him,’ Hillary Clinton says of ‘divisive’ Bernie Sanders Clinton has not publicly responded to the lawsuit as of Wednesday afternoon. The former First Lady has shown no signs of letting go of 2016-era rivalries, however, recently claiming in an interview that “no one likes” or wants to work with Sanders, who recently polled as the most popular member of the US Senate. https://www.rt.com/usa/478916-tulsi-russian-asset-clinton-lawsuit/
  3. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...looming-issues 2021 NFL CBA negotiations: The nine biggest looming issuesDan GrazianoESPN Staff Writer Jul 3, 2019The important thing to know about the current state of collective bargaining talks between the NFL and its players union is that the sides are, in fact, talking. This is a big deal because if you go back 10 years to the tail end of the previous CBA, they weren't. The owners had decided to opt out of the deal and lock out the players after 2010 in an effort to swing the revenue split back in their favor. They did just that. This time around, with two full seasons left to play before the CBA ends, the two sides have already begun talking and are scheduled to ramp up talks this summer. There's even some motivation to get the new deal done before the 2019 season starts, which would head off any chance of an ugly work stoppage and allow the league to lean hard into its "NFL 100" marketing campaign and renegotiate its TV deals in peace. That all sounds great, but it's not likely to be that simple, right? This is a complex negotiation with pitfalls, impasses and points of agreement, the specifics of which no one can foresee from this side of it. Collective bargaining, for the vast majority of you who've had no direct experience with it, is not a cut-and-dried series of issue-for-issue concessions. To some extent, everything has a price. And if you're, say, the NFLPA, and a couple of months from now you find out that one of the owners' main priorities is a thing you didn't expect, that might change your mind about a thing on which you didn't expect to compromise. It would be a mistake to enter a negotiation such as this with a single make-or-break issue in mind, and the experienced negotiators involved here understand that. With all of that in mind and with full knowledge that there's a long way to go on this and we don't know on which issues the major compromises will eventually be made, let's look at some of the main issues around which these CBA talks could revolve. Think of it as a handy guide for following the talks to come. It would be our pleasure if you'd keep it bookmarked and refer to it as necessary over the coming months. The two macro categories into which these issues fall are pretty simple: economic and non-economic. They've been dealt with separately in talks so far -- both in talks between players and owners and in talks between staffers for both sides. The NFLPA has asserted publicly that it isn't interested in conceding on economic issues, so that's worth remembering as we begin with the economic ones. The revenue splitThe current CBA provides that the players' share of revenue average at least 47% of all league revenue over the 10-year life of the deal. It is here that the NFLPA takes some of its most significant criticism over the 2011 deal because the main top-line success of the owners' lockout strategy was to reduce the players' share from where it was in the 2006 deal. In that deal, players got 60% of league revenue, but the NFLPA would point out that this is not an apples-to-apples comparison because under the previous agreement, the players got a share of net revenue (meaning after the owners took money off the top), while the current one grants the players a share of the gross revenue and gives the players more say in how much the owners take off the top, when and for what purpose. Regardless, you can expect the players' side to push for an increase in the players' share of gross revenue in the next deal. This is as simple a principle as you're likely to encounter in the coverage of the negotiations. The players would like to get more of the money the league generates, and the owners would like to keep it the way it is.The takeaway: Odds are there will be some (or several) financial concessions made on one side or the other that affect the final resolution here, and one of the biggest from the owners' side is the one we'll deal with in the next section. Stadium creditsHistorically, the CBA has provided NFL owners the ability to take money off the top of the revenue pile, before splitting it with players, to use for new stadium construction or stadium renovations. The owners effectively ran out of that money during the first half of the current deal; at this point, they would be unable to take out more stadium credits without pushing the players' share of gross revenue under 47%, which isn't allowed. This is seen by many connected with the talks as the main reason the owners are interested in doing a new deal as soon as possible -- they need money to help with stadium projects in places such as Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Carolina, Washington and even Los Angeles, where Rams owner Stan Kroenke would likely enjoy a bit of league-sponsored help with his project. If stadium credits are, indeed, the owners' main motivation for doing a deal soon, then they are the fulcrum for most, if not all, of the economic issues in this eventual agreement. The NFLPA will be open to the idea of fresh stadium credits, but it will also want to establish a price for them. Just to throw out some random numbers: If, for example, the owners upped the players' revenue share to 53% but were allowed to use as much as 3% for stadium credits, that would get the players' minimum revenue share up to 50% and likely would be a palatable deal for them. Apart from the raw numbers, it'll be important to remember that the players probably won't want to give back on some of the controls the 2011 deal established on the owners' ability to take out money for stadium costs. The current stadium credit rules require the owners to earmark the money for specific uses and show a minimum return on the investment. Union executive director DeMaurice Smith suggested in an interview with ESPN last summer that the players could seek, if the owners want to take stadium costs out of the players' end, to have a say in where and how those stadiums are built. That might be far-fetched, but it goes to show how the players feel about the stadium credit issue: They know it's important to the owners and think it's ground on which they might be able to secure other financial concessions.The takeaway: The extent to which the owners are willing to concede on other issues will tell you how important the stadium credit issue is to them. The feeling is that it's paramount. The players likely will agree to a new round of stadium credits, but in return, they should be able to make gains on other issues such as those outlined below.The franchise tag, fifth-year option and fully funded ruleThe surprisingly commonly held notion that the players could somehow secure fully guaranteed contracts as a condition of the next CBA is rooted in fantasy. Nothing in the NFL's CBA prohibits fully guaranteed deals, just as nothing in the CBAs for the NBA or MLB requires them. Fully guaranteed deals became the accepted norm in those sports because, over time, players and agents insisted that they would not sign without them.To this point, the only veteran NFL player who has secured a fully guaranteed deal is Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, who have negotiated extensions since, have declined to push the issue far enough to secure full guarantees, and until such players do, it's hard to imagine NFL deals looking anything like those in the NBA or MLB anytime soon.That said, the NFLPA this offseason has sought and received feedback from players and agents on possible changes to the game's economic structure that could help them negotiate more favorable deals. The salary cap itself is the biggest restriction on player earning power, but the players don't believe the owners will consider a conversation about eliminating that, so the attention turns to other salary-restricting mechanisms such as the franchise tag, the fifth-year option on first-round rookie contracts and the league's antiquated "fully funded rule."Of those three, the fully funded rule is probably the one the players would have the best chance to completely eliminate because there's no modern reason for it to exist. The rule requires teams to hold in escrow any portion of a player's contract that is fully guaranteed. For instance, when Cousins signed a three-year, $84 million contract that paid him $25.5 million in the first year, the Vikings had to deposit the remaining $58.5 million into an account to ensure that they'd be able to pay the guarantees.This rule is used by teams as a common excuse when they tell agents that they can't guarantee more money, but it's ridiculous. It's a holdover from four or five decades ago, when the league wasn't as financially healthy as it is now and there was a legitimate chance that teams might not be able to make their payrolls. Obviously, with league revenues hovering in the $15 billion-per-year range and teams being sold for more than $2 billion, this is no longer a concern, and as a result, players and agents would like to see the rule (and, therefore, the excuse) abolished.The owners like the franchise tag, which allows each of them to hold one player per year off the free-agent market, and aren't interested in making it go away. But the union could seek alterations to the way the tag is applied, the cost of applying it and other means of discouraging teams from leaning on it.Same with the fifth-year option, which allows teams to keep their first-round picks off the market (and delay the use of the franchise tag on them) for a year after their four-year rookie deals expire. Rookie compensation was a major priority for the owners 10 years ago, and as a result, the CBA includes a rookie wage scale that limits salaries at the top of the draft and the fifth-year option system that further delays the major payday for first-round picks. If you're looking for places where the players might seek financial concessions from the owners in exchange for something such as stadium credits, this is where they might find some solutions.The takeaway: The best way to combat the tyranny of the franchise tag would be to get the owners to agree to shorten the length of rookie contracts and allow players to hit free agency sooner. (Patrick Mahomes wouldn't mind being franchised this year or next, for example, but in Year 6?) I don't think that will happen, but it wouldn't surprise me to see the fully funded rule abolished, the franchise tag position designations altered and the price of using it -- especially more than once -- to increase.An 18-game regular seasonThis seems like it was legislated (and discarded) years ago, but sources say it has indeed come up in some of the early discussions this time around. Some owners remain in favor of expanding the season from 16 games to 18, eliminating two preseason games in the process. At this point, the issue remains a nonstarter for the players, whose research tells them that an 18-game season would reduce the average career length from 3.4 years to 2.8 (no small drop-off, given that three years is the point at which players become vested in post-career pension and benefits plans) and would add only about $10 million in revenue per team per season. But we add this here as an example of a fringe issue that could, conceivably, come into play if something unforeseen were to change. There's a price for everything, right? If the owners wanted an 18-game season badly enough to offer players, say, 70% of the revenue pot, the players would have to listen. But it's extremely unlikely that the sides find common ground on this issue.The takeaway: No chance this happens.Lifetime health care for players and their familiesThis is a perfect example of an issue that seems easier than it is. The concept of lifetime health care is one that every player would support in theory, and some have already been vocal about their support. But there are a couple of issues that make it an unlikely goal. First of all, a lifetime health care policy would not cover workplace injuries, which would be the primary reason a former NFL player would need health care. If you need a knee replacement at age 45 for an injury you suffered playing football when you were 30, that's going to require a successful workers' compensation claim. The NFLPA routinely encourages players to file workers' comp claims on any injury they suffer, minor or major. But many players don't file, in part because of fear that the team (as many employers do, across many industries) would contest it. Every NFL team gets a salary-cap credit out of the overall revenue pool to cover its workers' comp insurance, but the problem is every team gets the same amount, despite the fact that the laws governing workers' comp claims differ from state to state. While the credits the teams get ostensibly make it easier for players to collect on these claims, in practice it doesn't work that way. Let's simplify and say, for example, that the Browns and Bengals pay $1 million a year in workers' comp insurance because the workers' comp laws in Ohio are more favorable to employers, but the 49ers, Raiders, Chargers and Rams pay $4 million a year in workers' comp insurance because the laws in California are more favorable to workers. This means the credit, which is a flat number, doesn't help the California teams as much as it helps the Ohio teams, making the California teams more likely to contest a claim. During the 2011 CBA negotiations, the NFLPA proposed a new system that would allocate the workers' comp credits proportionally, instead of as a flat rate, which means the teams with higher insurance costs would get more than the teams with lower insurance costs. But the measure failed because (surprise!) the teams in states with lower insurance costs wouldn't approve it. Then things got really ugly, as teams in California, Louisiana and other places lobbied legislatures to pass laws that would make it difficult for pro athletes to qualify for workers' comp. You might remember Drew Brees lending his name to the opposition to such a law in Louisiana. Even if players could secure "lifetime health care" for themselves and their dependents, that wouldn't solve their biggest problem, which is care for health issues resulting from workplace injuries. What the union tells its members at this point is that the Affordable Care Act has made it far easier for people with preexisting conditions to obtain health care, so it pushes former players toward the ACA as a solution to this problem. As for non-injury lifetime health care, the NFLPA says it did the research into the potential cost and found it prohibitive. One NFLPA source said the union went to "four or five" different major health care providers, and only one of them was willing to do the actuarial work and offer an estimate. The estimated cost of lifetime health care for players and their families was between $1.5 billion and $2 billion per year. Carving that amount out of the players' share of revenue under the current CBA, the union estimates that the players' share would effectively drop from its level of about 47% to about 43%. That's a heavy cost at a time when the players are interesting in increasing their proportional share of league revenues. Would it be worth it? Probably not. If the union's research into former players is accurate, the majority of former NFL players will end up finding another job and getting health care through that. The current CBA offers players and their families five years of post-career health care designed as a bridge to that theoretical next job, and the NFLPA says it encourages those who don't find post-career employment to sign up for health care under the ACA. The upshot on lifetime health care as a CBA issue is that it sounds great, but when push comes to shove, it might not end up being worth the cost. The takeaway: It doesn't sound like the NFLPA thinks this is a place it needs to push. Don't expect this to happen.The drug policyThis is one of the non-economic issues on which there should be some optimism for significant change. The recent joint announcement by the NFL and NFLPA about new mental health programs indicate that the two sides are working together on issues regarding players' long-term health and well-being, and potential changes to the drug policy could continue to demonstrate that. Take, for example, marijuana. There seems to be strong feeling on both sides that the current punishments on the CBA books for marijuana violations are extreme and outdated, and some on the owners' side have even suggested eliminating marijuana testing altogether. The two sides are exploring the best way to address this issue, including adopting something like the NHL model, which tests players for marijuana but does not punish them for using it. The idea there would be to use the marijuana testing as a diagnostic tool to identify players who might be using the drug to mask an injury or deal with some off-field issue with which they could use more help (perhaps under the new mental health initiatives). Again, it's important to remember that it's unlikely that the players would accept an owner concession on a non-economic issue such as marijuana in exchange for a financial concession. But part of these talks will involve improvements to the league's drug policy, and it appears that both sides are willing to discuss ways to make it better.The takeaway: Expect the penalty for marijuana use to be significantly smaller, if not completely eliminated, under the new deal.Commissioner's discipline power There have been complaints from players for years over the fact that commissioner Roger Goodell has complete control over player discipline, and those complaints have grown more intense since the league established the personal conduct policy in 2014 without a collective-bargaining negotiation with the union. It's unlikely that the players can get the league to scrap that personal conduct policy and replace it with a collectively bargained one as part of this agreement, but some people close to the talks believe that Goodell is at least willing to engage in a discussion with the union about neutral arbitration for discipline matters. Again, everything has a price, and if the NFLPA is willing to concede something on an issue of importance to the owners, it's possible that this agreement could see a change to the way discipline is administered.The takeaway: Historically, the union hasn't made this a high-priority item because a very small percentage of players run into discipline issues at some point in their careers, and the union would rather fight on issues that affect all players. But because of the high profile of some of these cases -- and the belief among players that if Tom Brady could get burned by this system, anyone can -- it's an issue on which I expect the NFLPA to seek a change. I also think they can get one -- again, depending on the cost in terms of concessions. I never understood why Goodell wanted to do that part of the job anyway, and I wouldn't blame him if he were tired of it.Player health and safety The players' big victory in the most recent CBA was securing a reduction in offseason work requirements, significantly reducing the amount of time they are required to be at the team facility. This has become a bone of contention with coaches and fans who complain about players exercising their rights to stay away when they don't have to be there, and owners have heard those complaints from their coaches. It's certainly possible that owners could seek, on behalf of their coaches, to roll back some of the gains the players made on this issue the last time. But considering the financial significance of some of the other issues, it's hard to imagine them fighting that hard for it. It's even harder to imagine the players giving back on the gains they made in this area. Some have floated the idea of relaxing rules that limit contact between coaches and first-year players, and it's possible you could see some tweaks such as that, but there aren't likely to be major rollbacks of offseason rules. Otherwise, the NFLPA will continue to press on issues that it has been pressing on during the agreement, such as the concussion protocol, holding teams accountable for violating the aforementioned offseason work rules and upholding standards on issues such as field conditions, which came into play this past season when the planned Mexico City game between the Chiefs and the Rams had to be moved to Los Angeles.The takeaway: Don't be surprised if the NFLPA pushes for -- and gets -- specific punishments established for teams that violate the concussion protocol and offseason workout rules. These issues have been amended via joint agreement during the life of the current deal, and they could end up being legislated officially in this one.Former player benefitsThis is another area in which the NFLPA claims some degree of victory in the 2011 negotiations, as the CBA established a "Legacy Fund" to which team owners make contributions. The fund benefits more than 4,700 former players who were vested in the league's pension program prior to 1993. Sources on the NFLPA end of the talks say they expect to try to build on that and push for further improvements to former player benefits in the next deal.The takeaway: If the owners were willing to contribute here last time, there's no reason they won't be again. This is an issue on which both sides can come out looking good.
  4. What Brandon Beane is looking for in wide receiver prospects at the Senior Bowl - copyright The Athletic - By Matthew Fairburn Edited for length..for complete article, visit The Athletic.com “It looks like a deep class, which is great for us,” Beane said between practices. “You’re not going, ‘Man if we don’t draft one in the first round, we’ll never get one that can help us.’” So far under Beane, the Bills haven’t drafted a receiver before the sixth round. Beane’s scouting philosophy is rooted in a few basic principles. He believes strongly in getting an in-person look at players. Whether that’s a live game during the fall or an event like the Senior Bowl. The Bills’ third-year general manager also likes to meet a player off the field. He’s looking for the right personality traits to make sure he’s drafting a player who is both an extreme competitor taking football seriously and also one who will assimilate well to the locker room culture the team has in place. “That’s where this process from now until April with privates, pro days, combine and Senior Bowl can help narrow down and try to figure out, how smart is he?” Beane said. “Sometimes they don’t know everything, but they can learn. Maybe the school made it simple for everybody, but once we got the guy in the room we say, ‘Man, he can learn.’ We taught him and he can repeat it right away.” “We were just talking about this because, for a lot of these guys, it’s the first time they’ve faced press coverage,” Beane said. “You want to see how they do and how they react. There’s so much free release in a spread offense, so how is a guy going to deal with the length and the strength of some of these corners that play in the league? Can he get off press or is this guy a slot only? There are some good guys here where you know he’s never going to win outside. There’s a certain value you put on a slot-only guy. They have value, but they’re less versatile. “There’s that, plus the coverages. NFL coverages are way more disguised, harder for these guys to read. And there are certain route concepts where a guy does need to know the coverage to know what he’s going to do. He may have options in his route based off of Cover 2 or Cover 3, man or zone.” “Some of these schools, we joke that the guy has three routes: a go, a stop and a curl,” Beane said. “There’s a lot more intricacies when they get to the NFL with the route running. So physically, can they do it? Do they have the skill set, or is this a straight line guy who can’t get do anything else? Also, you have to figure out the mental. Are they only lining him up on the left side. I’ve seen a guy one year in the SEC where they only lined this guy up on his sideline, so they could tell the guy what they were running or somebody would give a signal of what the defense was. You have to figure out whether it’s the system or are they trying to hide the player?” Two WRs at the Senior Bowl who fit the Bills’ mold on and off the field are Collin Johnson of Texas (team captain) and USC’s Michael Pittman Jr. (captain and special teams ace).
  5. I'm grateful they showed where each player was picked, which gives you an idea what is possible, even outside the first round. Really happy for Josh Jacobs, who was homeless growing up, as featured on this season's Hard Knocks. For the mocking Gruden/Mayock took on here, they seem to have drafted quite a class of grinders. If he returns fully healthy, I wouldn't be shocked to see Jacobs lead the NFL in rushing as early as next season. One of SeanDelevan's famous 3 word phrases would be a fitting reply to this article. :) Jeff LegwoldESPN Senior Writer The 2019 rookie class had a lot of intrigue, and with the NFL's regular season well behind us, we ranked the best of the best in the year's group. We asked six writers and analysts -- Matt Bowen, Mike Clay, Jeff Legwold, Cam Mellor, Kevin Seifert and Field Yates -- to rank the top 10 rookies throughout the season; then we tabulated the results using Heisman-type scaling for each set. The product features nine players taken in the first 51 picks last April, and although it didn't contribute to his ranking -- this is regular season only -- the top seed served as a defensive force in helping power his team to the Super Bowl. We also looked at two first-year players who closed the season well and saw their stock rise, and two whose stock declined in the final month. But first, here is our final ranking of the top 10 rookies of the 2019 regular season, starting with that Super Bowl-bound pass-rusher. 1. Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers Stats: 47 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble Drafted: No. 2 overall Previous rank: 1 Bosa was second in sacks and No. 1 in quarterback hits for the top pass defense in the league during the regular season. He was an especially fierce presence in the pass rush down the stretch, with nine QB hits over the final four games. Football fans will get another look at the top rookie in the Super Bowl, when his Niners face the Chiefs. 2. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders Stats: 242 carries, 1,150 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns Drafted: No. 24 overall Previous rank: 2 Jacobs missed the final three games of the season with a shoulder injury and a skin infection. But he still finished eighth in the league in rushing and led all rookies in yards on the ground, consistently breaking tackles and providing yards after contact. 3. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals Stats: 3,722 passing yards, 544 rushing yards, 24 total touchdowns, 12 interceptions Drafted: No. 1 overall Previous rank: 3 He threw four of his 12 interceptions in back-to-back games (Weeks 13 and 14), but the body of work over the course of the season at the most difficult position for a rookie puts him at No. 3. Murray and Cam Newton are the only rookie quarterbacks in league history to have passed for at least 3,500 yards and rushed for at least 500. play 0:50 Fitzgerald: Murray's talent is out of this world Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald gives high praise to QB Kyler Murray on his rookie season. 4. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans Stats: 52 receptions, 1,051 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns Drafted: No. 51 overall Previous rank: NR In the 11 games that Ryan Tannehill started at quarterback for the Titans, Brown had four 100-yard games, caught six of his eight touchdowns and averaged at least 15 yards per catch seven times. And he topped 20 yards per catch four times during that stretch. Some in the league believe Brown was actually the NFL's best rookie by the time Week 17 rolled around. 5. Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins Stats: 58 receptions, 919 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns Drafted: No. 76 overall Previous rank: 6 McLaurin made many cornerbacks pay the price for trying to press him at the line of scrimmage. And while his production dipped some in the weeks immediately following fellow rookie Dwayne Haskins Jr. being named starting quarterback, McLaurin eventually had at least seven targets and averaged at least 14 yards per reception in three of the final five games. EDITOR'S PICKS Re-drafting the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL draft: New picks for 1-64 Nick Bosa's dominant rookie season not a surprise to the 49ers 6. Josh Allen, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars Stats: 44 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles Drafted: No. 7 overall Previous rank: 5 He has some work to do in the run game, but Allen was drafted to impact the pass rush and was the league's only rookie to nudge his way past 10 sacks this season (the Raiders' Maxx Crosby finished right at 10). Allen should get more snaps overall moving forward -- he played 58% or fewer of Jacksonville's defensive snaps in its final seven games -- when he improves his work on early downs. 7. Devin Bush, ILB, Pittsburgh Steelers Stats: 109 tackles, 1.0 sack, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble Drafted: No. 10 overall Previous rank: 4 After playing at least 90% of the defensive snaps in four of the first seven games (and 89% in another), Bush lost some coverage snaps in the season's second half as Mark Barron saw more time in down-and-distance situations. But this is a player with dynamic closing speed who will flourish over the long haul in the Steelers' scheme. 8. Erik McCoy, C, New Orleans Saints Stats: 16 starts, 93.3% pass block win rate Drafted: No. 48 overall Previous rank: 8 McCoy played all but six snaps this season -- he briefly left a Week 8 win over Arizona just before halftime -- for the league's No. 3 scoring offense. The Saints also tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed in the league and averaged 4.6 yards per rush in run plays over the center. NFL PrimeTime on ESPN+ NFL PrimeTime continues this postseason with extended highlights and analysis following the conclusion of each day's playoff games. Watch on ESPN+ 9. Elgton Jenkins, G, Green Bay Packers Stats: 14 starts, 95.0% pass block win rate Drafted: No. 44 overall Previous rank: 9 Jenkins took over as the Packers' starting left guard in Week 3 and didn't miss a snap the rest of the way. He did not allow a sack all season in one-on-one situations, and the Packers averaged at least 5.2 yards per carry in run plays over the left guard or behind the left guard and center. Jenkins' 95% pass block win rate -- the percentage of blocks sustained for at least 2.5 seconds, an ESPN metric powered by NFL Next Gen Stats -- was the best of any rookie. 10. Dexter Lawrence, DT, New York Giants Stats: 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble Drafted: No. 17 overall Previous rank: 10 After playing at least 70% of the defensive snaps in a five-game stretch from Week 10 to Week 14, Lawrence was on the field less and had just four tackles combined in the final three games. But he was an early-down force for much of the season and his potential was easy to see. Just missed Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Sanders, who played through an MCL sprain in the Eagles' playoff loss to the Seahawks, flashed lead-back potential throughout the season. He averaged at least 5.7 yards per carry in four games, and his 50 receptions made him the only rookie running back to reach that total this season. He finished with 1,327 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns. Gardner Minshew II, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Minshew responded to his benching well and rebounded with seven touchdown passes and only one interception in his final four starts of the season. He consistently showed premium deep-ball accuracy throughout the season. Minshew closed the season with 3,271 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. Also received top 10 votes: Juan Thornhill, Jamel Dean, Marquise Brown, Maxx Crosby, DK Metcalf, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Dalton Risner, Mecole Hardman, Deebo Samuel STOCK UP Get the best of ESPN sent to your inboxThe ESPN Daily delivers the biggest sports news and moments every weekday. Sign me up! Privacy PolicyRead the Latest DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Metcalf had six games with two or fewer catches, but you could see his comfort level rise more and more as the season wore on. He consistently wins contested catches, and as his route tree grows, so will his touchdown totals. If the postseason were factored in here, Metcalf might have made the top-10 list -- he posted 219 receiving yards on 11 playoff catches for the Seahawks. Chase Winovich, OLB, New England Patriots: Winovich didn't start a game this season for the Patriots, but New England also led the league in total defense and scoring defense, with plenty of veteran depth. Winovich was still one of the most efficient defenders in the league in terms of production per snap. Four times this season he had a sack in a game where he played 17 or fewer snaps. STOCK DOWN Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants: Look, everyone understands it was no picnic playing behind the Giants' offensive line this season and that the team won just two games after September. But the ball was simply not Jones' friend, as he led the league in fumbles (17) and lost 11 of them. Put 12 interceptions in 12 starts on the pile, and his offseason should include a lot more emphasis on ball security. Brian Burns, OLB, Carolina Panthers: Everything changed after Burns underwent a surgical procedure on his wrist during the team's bye week in October. Before the surgery, he had 4.5 sacks in six games, including four starts. After the surgery? Burns started just once, and he had four games in which he didn't record a tackle and four in which he played 16 or fewer snaps. And he had three sacks over the final 10 games. One of new coach Matt Rhule's biggest tasks on defense is to reintegrate Burns. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28522667/nfl-rookie-rankings-nick-bosa-beats-four-offensive-first-year-stars-top-spot
  6. Watched it twice over the weekend. Who else has seen it? Ranks right up there with Pulp Fiction. So damn good. DiCaprio and Pitt are tremendous. That last half hour cannot be topped. Just my opinion. Any others?
  7. Tuesday Jan 21st is the first practice, followed by Wednesday and Thursday and then the Game on Saturday. Below are the WRs scheduled to be at the Senior Bowl this week, and it will be a great chance to see how they perform against top CBs. Brandon Aiyuk, KJ Hill and Quartney Davis are the highest projected draft picks, middle to the bottom of the 2nd round or so. Round projections next to names. Wide Receivers - North Team Quartney Davis, Texas A&M (2nd) KJ Hill, Ohio St (2nd Rd) Michael Pittman Jr, USC (3rd Rd) Chase Claypool, Notre Dame (3rd/4th) Denzel Mims, Baylor (3rd/4th Rd) Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty (4th) James Proche, SMU (5th/6th) Wide Receivers - South Team Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State (2nd) https://nflmocks.com/2019/12/14/2020-nfl-draft-brandon-aiyuk-report/ Collin Johnson, Texas (3rd) Devin Duvernay, Texas (3rd) Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt (4th) Austin Mack, Ohio State (6th/7th) Jauan Jennings, Tennessee (6th) Van Jefferson, Florida (5th/6th) Bonus Pick : Hybrid WR/RB Antonio Gibson, Memphis, 6'2" 220lbs. 4.4 forty. Late rounder.
  8. Josh played in his 29th game today. He will be a 3 year veteran in just a few short months. Yet, against a bottom 10 defense, he threw 52%. Maybe we just need to accept that this is who he is, and hope that on an individual game basis that his running skills and playmaker nature overcomes his lack of accuracy. I don’t know. Just feeling so defeated. This was a Texans defense that Drew Lock shredded - 81% for 300+ yards and 3 TD’s.
  9. It seems the Pegulas have gotten their share of mockery(from some) on here. One might wonder when, if ever, Ralph/Trump/Bon Jovi(lol at that trio) would have made these changes and had this type of vision and commitment? I feel we are blessed as fans to have them at the helm now, and think the differences from Ralph are certainly self-evident. Having two owners is kind of interesting, and I wonder if anyone else gets the feeling that while Terry has other business matters to attend to, Kim actually handles the majority of the Bills/NFL stuff? I was only half joking all of those times I mentioned she belonged on the Range's banner as much as Terry(although I sincerely think his photo served better for comedic value). As some may have noted by the commercial, Kim also serves the NFL's desire to tap more of the female market than even Wilt Chamberlain did. I recall posting an article when the wellness center opened, and wondering if it might pay some major dividends. This season, the only player considered a significant loss might be Harrison Phillips(which some may remember I kind of predicted, for the exact game it happened in, because I was shown a toll would be required). Hopefully the vastly improved health stays as a trend and not an anomaly. Go Kim, go Bills!! Player health and safety is important to the Bills and Sabres By Matt Warren Jan 17, 2020, 10:15am EST Buffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula recently sat down with the Sports Innovation Lab’s “The Fluid Fan Podcast” to discuss her background, her role at Pegula Sports and Entertainment, HarborCenter, and a bunch of other topics. Included in the talk was a conversation about Pegula’s role within the league structure on the Super Bowl Committee and as a member of the NFL’s business committee. Part of that work has led her down a technology path she discussed in detail in the podcast. The Buffalo Bills have been leaders in the field of wellness and recovery technology and she spends several minutes of the interview discussing the changes they made and why. “A lot of [the new innovation] is around player health and safety,” said Pegula. “I think that is one tool where maybe from a fan perspective you don’t necessarily get to see that technology at work but certainly having our players healthier on the field, more making their recovery quicker, making the game safer, the fans do get the trickle-down effect of that. [Fans] just sometimes don’t get to see the behind the scenes and the technology it takes to get there. [There is] a lot of great work in that area from different helmets, targeting and tracking where hits are and what that does to the body, to everything from understanding their workload because of factors in their body whether it’s fluids, salt intake, heart rate, all of those things. I think it’s just fascinating. And I think it has to be as important as part of the game as even understanding the skill set of the game. If our players are not on the field, they’re not healthy, they’re not performing at their optimum level, we all feel the effects of that.” The Bills were remarkably healthy in 2019. While many players had surgery following the season, they were all able to stay on the field with Buffalo losing very few player-games to injury. In 2018, the Bills announced they were spending $18 million on an upgrade to their rehab and wellness facility in Orchard Park. The facility opened in April of 2019 and includes hyperbaric chambers, saunas, underwater treadmills, sleep therapy, and a host of other amenities. “We just opened up this past year our sports performance center, said Pegula, discussing the facility. “It was not only a revamping of our traditional strength and conditioning with the weights but we also added in a massive recovery wellness area that introduces our players to things like red light therapy to floating pools to cryotherapy, all different modalities of recovery and wellness. [It is] especially for the veterans, giving them those extra tools to play in the league longer or to prepare better so that injuries don’t come along. [We] spent a lot of dollars, time, and resources not only into the equipment but into the people that understand that, so our sports science team that work there in conjunction not only with our trainers and doctors, but with our players to understand our bodies and to do things to prevent.” Pegula was quick to discuss the other members of her organizations, as well. She mentioned one of her first orders of business after buying the Buffalo Sabres was to take the training staff and equipment managers out to lunch to get to know them better and discuss what they needed. That level of commitment permeates both organizations now, says Pegula. “We’re really fortunate that this is a buy-in that you have to have not only at the ownership level but from the GM and your coaches to integrate that into part of the team and the whole process that it takes to play a game. We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve been able to build that up and we’re really proud of that area.” You can listen to the entire interview here. https://www.buffalorumblings.com/2020/1/17/21070239/buffalo-bills-owner-kim-pegula-discusses-training-and-wellness-changes
  10. https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-called-his-generals-a-bunch-of-dopes-and-babies-in-a-fit-of-rage-book-claims?ref=home Here he is, your president-- Commander Bone Spur!
  11. I wonder if this is one Panther that Lit and others wouldnt be bitter about getting? by Brandon Croce17 hours ago Follow @BrandonCroce Luke Kuechly made a surprise announcement earlier this week when he said he was retiring from the NFL. However, his time in the NFL may not be over and the Buffalo Bills should try to add him to their coaching staff. There is no question that Luke Kuechly was one of the best linebackers in the NFL over the past eight years. At only 28 years of age, it seemed the former Carolina Panthers star still had a number of years left in the league. This is why the announcement of his retirement took so many by surprise. However, Kuechly’s time in the league may not be over as he has thought about coaching or consulting in the future, according to Mike Garafolo. 202 people are talking about this If this is the case, the Buffalo Bills and Sean McDermott should try to find a way to add him to their coaching staff. McDermott was Kuechly’s defensive coordinator in Carolina for the first five years in the NFL. During that time, Kuechly won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was an All-Pro three of those seasons and a Pro Bowler for all five. If there is anyone that knows McDermott’s defense as well as the Bills’ head coach, it may be Luke Kuechly. The addition of Kuechly would also be great for Tremaine Edmunds, who will be entering his third season in the league. The chance to bring him to mentor and coach Edmunds would be invaluable for the young linebacker. The two meet prior to the 2019 season when the Bills went down for joint practices with the Panthers. Kuechly came away from those practices impressed by what Edmunds was able to do on the field. 65 people are talking about this Unfortunately for the Bills, if Kuechly does decide to take up a coaching role, they will have some competition. Kuechly’s former head coach, Ron Rivera, is now in Washington and would likely also want to add the former All-Pro to his coaching staff. NEXT: Former Bills involved in championship weekend The addition of Luke Kuechly to this coaching staff due to his connection to Sean McDermott and also to help Tremaine Edmunds as a mentor seems like a no-brainer for the Buffalo Bills. https://buffalowdown.com/2020/01/18/buffalo-bills-add-luke-kuechly-coaching-staff/
  12. Coincidentally, the player they have listed as #1 is the same player I posted an article yesterday about BillsMafia recruiting/his tweet in reply to his GM talking about a deal being in the works. To clarify the title, some Bills are on the list. By Matt Parrino | mparrino@nyup.com The exact dollar figure is $89.03 million - that’s the amount of cap space the Buffalo Bills have to work with as they begin navigating a 2020 offseason that must yield playmakers and protectors for quarterback Josh Allen. The Bills had their most successful season in two decades in 2019, but that success was spoiled when a second-half collapse against the Houston Texans led to a first-round exit after blowing a 16-point lead on the road in just the team’s second playoff game of this century. There are holes to fill on Bills general manager Brandon Beane’s roster. He has nine draft picks but with so much money to spend he can also look to fill those holes on the free agent market. There are plenty of potential targets and NYUP.com gathered the Top 50 and broke things down a bit for you to argue why each player may be a fit for the Bills. Let’s start at 50 and work our way to what should be the Bills’ top target in free agency. 50. Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots AGE: 27 There was a lot of opportunity for Phillip Dorsett in New England this season with its lack of weapons but the five-year veteran didn’t wow with his numbers. He did have a career high five touchdowns. Dorsett could be an option if the Bills fail to lock up a few of the higher profile receiver free agents or even some in the second tier. 49. Kenny Wiggins, G, Detroit Lions AGE: 31 Kenny Wiggins has been mostly a backup piece for the Lions but he almost fits the mold of a Jon Feliciano from last season: an unheralded free agent who could potentially land on the Bills’ radar. Wiggins can play guard or tackle and has 38 career starts in seven NFL seasons. 48. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers AGE: 31 Tampa Bay apparently wants to bring back pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, but if the two sides can’t work out a deal he may be a player the Bills can look at for additional help on the edge. He posted 8.5 sacks in just 10 games in 2019 and continues to be a force against opposing passers. 47. Michael Schofield, G, Los Angeles Chargers AGE: 29 More position flexibility comes with G/T Michael Schofield, who started 66 games in five seasons between the Denver Broncos and the Chargers. Schofield played every snap for the Chargers in 2019. 46. Leonard Williams, DE, New York Giants AGE: 26 Bills fans have seen a lot of Leonard Williams the past few seasons and he’s been pretty inconsistent playing for a pair of two bad teams in the New York Jets and New York Giants. He gets pressure but his sack numbers leave a lot to be desired. He’s likely going to command a decent annual salary, which probably means the Bills should look elsewhere. But if he is even a fringe fit for Beane and company it could be an avenue to pursue if some of the higher end pressure rushers are off the market. 45. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets AGE: 26 Robby Anderson spent four season in New York always on the verge of breaking out. It never really happened, whether it was injuries or other factors. Now he’s up as a UFA and the Bills could actually use a pass catcher with his size and speed (he’d be Buffalo’s tallest receiver). Even though this free agent class isn’t very deep or even top heavy, Anderson could be a bit of an afterthought. The Jets will likely try and keep him but if he chooses to leave there might be some interest from the Bills considering they probably won’t have to break the bank to sign him. 44. Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles AGE: 25 Bills running back Devin Singletary was good in 2019 but Bills coach Sean McDermott was adamant that teams need two running backs to be effective as an offense. Frank Gore likely won’t be back and veteran Jordan Howard could be a solid replacement because of his running style, toughness, and experience. His stop in Philadelphia wasn’t a very good one - outside of a 96-yard outburst against the Bills in Week 8 - but he’s just two years removed from one of his two 1,000-yard seasons. 43. Andrus Peat, G, New Orleans Saints AGE: 26 Andrus Peat is a versatile offensive lineman who’s playing in the Pro Bowl after a strong 2019 campaign. He’s played every offensive line position in his NFL career except center and would add some experience and size if the Bills were to target him to free agency. 42. Kevin Johnson, CB, Buffalo Bills AGE: 27 Bills cornerback Kevin Johnson was good at times in 2019 and probably is a candidate to return in 2020 as the team’s No. 2 cornerback. He’s going to likely be searching for a multi-year deal and it’ll be interesting to see if the Bills liked what they saw enough in 2019 to extend him with Levi Wallace still on the roster (who started all 16 games) and nine draft picks. 41. Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns (RFA) AGE: 25 At first glance Kareem Hunt probably doesn’t seem like a culture fit with his off-the-field problems, but the Bills did reportedly do some due diligence when Hunt became available when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. He showed in Cleveland this season that he can be a dynamic second runner and pass catcher out of the backfield. Pairing Hunt with Singletary would potentially be the best case scenario of any runners on the free agent market. He’s restricted though so the Browns would have to let him walk. 40. Devin Funchess, WR, Indianapolis Colts AGE: 26 The Carolina connection always keeps Devin Funchess in the conversation but he’s been largely ineffective in the NFL. The Bills could take a flyer on him but it seems like a Kelvin Benjamin situation at this point. Buffalo needs a No. 1 receiver and Funchess isn’t pushing for that role if signed. 39. LaAdrian Waddle, T, Buffalo Bills AGE: 28 The Bills were high on LaAdrian Waddle after they signed him last offseason away from the New England Patriots. A training camp torn quad injury derailed his first season and now he may be back in the mix in 2020. He has swing tackle potential and will provide some competition if re-signed. 38. Robert Quinn, DE, Dallas Cowboys AGE: 29 Robert Quinn turned in his best season in a while, totaling 11.5 sacks with the Cowboys. He hadn’t gone over 10 in a season in four years and now stands to get rewarded. He’ll be one of the more affordable pass rushers available at around $11-$12 million annual salary and the Bills need pass rushers. If they strike out on some of the premier guys Quinn could be a solid backup plan. 37. Gerald McCoy, DT, Carolina Panthers AGE: 32 If Jordan Phillips leaves via free agency, Gerald McCoy could fit right in. He played for Sean McDermott mentor Ron Rivera last year in Carolina and would bring quite a presence on the interior of the Bills d-line in a rotation and at times next to Ed Oliver. 36. Jamie Collins, LB, New England Patriots AGE: 30 Jamie Collins brings pass rush ability and stuffed the stat sheet in his return to New England in 2019. He’s likely going to re-sign there but his penchant for forcing fumbles and his well-rounded game could be a nice addition to a Bills defense that’s looking to replace Lorenzo Alexander. 35. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (RFA) AGE: 24 Austin Ekeler probably isn’t leaving Los Angeles because he’s a restricted free agent and the Chargers might let Melvin Gordon go. That’s why Ekeler is so far down this list. If he was up for grabs the Bills should pounce because he’s a speed back that would pair perfectly with Devin Singletary. He has 4.4 speed and scored 11 touchdowns combined in 2019 (three rushing and eight receiving). 34. Bud Dupree, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers AGE: 26 Bud Dupree exploded as a pass rusher in 2019, going over 10 sacks for the first time in his career and helping set the tone for one of the best defenses in the league all season long. The Bills probably won’t spend the dollars it’ll take to get Dupree, who’s going to get around $17 million per season, but again, a pass rusher. You need one really good one. 33. Daryl Williams, T, Carolina Panthers AGE: 28 The Bills seemed linked to Daryl Williams during the free agent process last offseason and after some struggles at right tackle in 2019 it may be time to revisit a potential arrangement with Williams. He started 12 games for the Panthers last season and could come at an affordable rate compared to some of the other tackles on the market. He’s had injury concerns over the course of his career but the Bills seem to like to take players in that situation. 32. Michael Brockers, DT, Los Angeles Rams AGE: 29 If the Bills can’t sign Jordan Phillips or get another defensive tackle at a reasonable price, Michael Brockers could be in play. He had just three sacks last season but his 63 total tackles were a career high. Playing next to Aaron Donald, Brockers helped more in the run game. He could be quite a force next to Ed Oliver. 31. Brian Bulaga, T, Green Bay Packers AGE: 31 Brian Bulaga actually started 16 games for the first time since 2016 this year but he was banged up in the playoffs. He missed the Packers’ Divisional Round win vs. Seattle but was able to return for the Conference Title game. Bulaga has been a fixture in Green Bay and probably isn’t leaving but if he hits the market the Bills are going to love his veteran leadership and what he’ll bring to the room. Plus he’d be an upgrade at right tackle. 30. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals AGE: 31 The Bills added former Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft last offseason but Tyler Eifert is the one that has the real upside. If Buffalo could add Eifert they could move on from Kroft, who was largely ineffective in 2019. Can Buffalo Bills pay own free agent Jordan Phillips, who said this week he’s ‘Top 3 DT’? Phillips finished second in the NFL for sacks (9.5) by a defensive tackle in 2019. 29. Jordan Phillips, DT, Buffalo Bills AGE: 27 Jordan Phillips had a career season and the Bills love what he brings in the locker room. But Ed Oliver is the three technique of the future and Phillips is going to command some significant dollars. The Bills probably won’t be in that market to pay big money for a backup interior defensive lineman. Phillips could get a big deal somewhere else but if it doesn’t materialize the Bills will surely look to discuss a new deal at a reasonable price. 28. Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns AGE: 25 Rashard Higgins popped a bit in 2018 with over 500 yards receiving and four touchdowns but was the lost receiver in 2019 once Odell Beckham Jr. got to town. He’s an unrestricted free agent with loads of talent and at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds he could be a nice option at receiver for the Bills. 27. Byron Jones, CB, Dallas Cowboys AGE: 27 The Cowboys have a lot of mouths to feed and if they give Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper big money, they may not be able to hang on to cornerback Byron Jones. The Bills would be swinging big if they took a run at Jones but he’d immediately make Buffalo’s cornerback duo arguably the best in the NFL. 26. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers AGE: 33 Emmanuel Sanders doesn’t seem like the perfect fit because he’s another small, fast receiver with slot experience. But if he’s available at the right price he did some nice things with San Francisco in his time there after a trade from Denver in 2019. The Bills can probably tab a few better options but Sanders wouldn’t be a bad backup plan if it comes at the right price. 25. James Bradberry, CB, Carolina Panthers AGE: 26 With All Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White on the verge of signing a big deal after the coming season or beyond with the Bills, how much Beane is willing to allocate elsewhere at the position remains to be seen. The Bills have been funneling in undrafted free agents and veterans who don’t cost a lot opposite White the past few seasons. Going after a corner like Bradberry would be a move to solidify the defensive backfield. But with needs on the defensive and offensive lines, receiver, running back and potentially tight end, it’s hard to predict where Beane will choose to spend his money. Bradberry wants a big deal this offseason after a career high three interceptions in 2019. 24. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers AGE: 27 When Melvin Gordon began his hold out ahead of last season many Bills fans started clamoring for Buffalo to make a move to trade for the disgruntled ball carrier. He’s likely in line for a contract that would pay him roughly $11 million per season over about four years. That’s crazy money to have tied up in a running back that would be over 30 by the time the deal ends. But Gordon is a playmaker that can impact games when running the ball and catching the ball. If his demand dips into the single digits it would be worth a conversation at One Bills Drive. 23. Bradley Roby, CB, Houston Texans AGE: 28 Bills fans should be familiar with Bradley Roby because he almost had two interceptions off Allen in the AFC Wild-Card match up. He’s quite a man defender and even though the Bills play mostly zone his skill set would be quite an upgrade at the No. 2 cornerback position. Roby is likely going to get upwards of $8-$10 million per season, likely pricing him out of Buffalo’s range. But getting a reliable No. 2 cornerback should be a priority for Beane and company. 22. Graham Glasgow, G, Detroit Lions AGE: 27 Graham Glasgow is another lineman with position flexibility, playing center and guard during his four seasons with Detroit. Depending on the contract he’ll command, he could be a replacement should Quinton Spain sign elsewhere this offseason. 21. Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans AGE: 25 At 6-foot-2 and with 4.55 speed, Tajae Sharp would bring some size and speed with him to Buffalo. He’s another one of the second tier receivers that could be an under the radar gem for the Bills. Sharpe didn’t have a ton of opportunities in Tennessee this season behind rookie breakout star A.J. Brown and holdover Corey Davis. He finished with 25 catches for 329 yards and a career high four touchdowns. 20. Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE, Seattle Seahawks AGE: 27 It’s amazing, for as good of a pass rusher as Jadeveon Clowney is and has been in his career, he’s never recorded double digit sacks in a season. He played 13 games in Seattle after getting traded from Houston and had just three last season. Whichever team signs Clowney is going to have to break the bank and there’s just more value out there, especially in the draft. 19. Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts AGE: 27 Eric Ebron battled injury in 2019 before shutting it down for the season in late November. He should be an affordable high end tight end option after a monster year in 2018 that resulted in 13 touchdown catches. He’ll likely get an average annual salary of around $7 million, per Spotrac.com, but it’s going to be front loaded with little past the first year or a bit more guaranteed. For that price the Bills may want to entertain adding Ebron, who’s familiar with offensive line coach Bobby Johnson. The more weapons for Allen the better. 18. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans AGE: 26 Derrick Henry is coming off a dominant season and a playoff run where the Titans leaned heavily on their bell cow back to reach the AFC title game. Henry would be quite the tag team partner for Devin Singletary, but the price tag for his services is likely going to be astronomical. Henry had 1,540 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns in 2019. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry in three playoff games, totaling close to 500 additional yards. The Titans are expected to try and retain his services but if he hits the market it’s going to be interesting to see who targets the elite back. 17. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs AGE: 25 If you haven’t heard much about Kansas City’s Demarcus Robinson it’s because he’s stuck behind a pair of No. 1-caliber receivers: Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. When Hill was out earlier this season Robinson made some noise and has turned in a nice season ahead of becoming a free agent. He caught 32 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns. The Bills are going to have some options if they choose to target receivers in the second and third tier. Robinson could be an interesting addition if they don’t get one of the top three pass catchers. 16. Matthew Judon, LB, Baltimore Ravens AGE: 28 Matthew Judon is about to get big time money - we’re talking between $15 and $17 million per season. His ability to rush the passer is something every defense craves and he’d be quite the addition to McDermott’s defense. Judon had 33 hits on the quarterback last season. the Bills edge rushers combined for 38. Going after Judon is the kind of move that teams only make if they feel they’re close - one player away, if you will. Beane said he never thinks that way so overspending to woo Judon to Buffalo doesn’t seem like the most likely scenario. 15. Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers (RFA) AGE: 24 San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida flashed all his talent in 2019 but a penchant for coughing up the football could have him on the outside looking in to a crowded backfield. Raheem Mostert has been the breakout star of the playoffs and the 49ers signed Tevin Coleman to a free agent deal last offseason. That could mean the team is ready to let Breida play elsewhere. The Bills could be a perfect landing spot for him so he can work in tandem with Devin Singletary. 14. Brandon Scherff, G, Washington Redskins AGE: 28 Brandon Scherff is arguably the top guard on the market so he’s going to get paid. He’s spent five long years in Washington and would probably love a fresh start with a contender. He may get franchise tagged so that second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins can have some continuity but with a new regime in place they may look to go young across the board. 13. Breshad Perriman, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers AGE: 26 Talk about a breakout season. Actually it was really only a month when Tampa Bay’s Breshad Perriman had his coming out party. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were out with injury and Perriman performed like a legit No. 1 receiver in their absence. No free agent receiver with at least 20 catches last season averaged more yards per reception then Perriman (17.9). If the Bills think Green and Cooper are too rich for their blood than Perriman would be quite the consolation prize. 12. Quinton Spain, G, Buffalo Bills AGE: 28 In his first season with the Bills, left guard Quinton Spain was quite the upgrade. He was so good that he didn’t allow a single sack all season. He signed a one-year deal after four years in Tennessee and now is looking for a payday. The Bills may be able to work out a friendly deal because Spain fit so well and seemed to get along nicely in Buffalo. There is certainly upgrade potential on the market but locking up Spain makes a ton of sense for stability and continuity in front of Allen. 11. Shaq Lawson, DE, Buffalo Bills AGE: 25 Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson had the best year of his career and it came in a contract year, making him an interesting option on the free agent market. He had 6.5 sacks and was the Bills’ best run defender on the edge. Of the Bills’ big three free agents, Lawson makes the most sense to bring back. Losing his juice and production in both areas of the game would be a blow unless the Bills can replace him with a big time pass rusher. Lawson should stay under eight figures per season, where his teammate Jordan Phillips may get reach that number on the market. 10. Dante Fowler, LB, Los Angeles Rams AGE: 26 It was a bit of a letdown of a season for the Los Angeles Rams but Dante Fowler had a career year, finishing with 11.5 sacks and earning himself a big payday. Fowler took the Rams’ defense to the next level after arriving from Jacksonville last season. Once Fowler joined forces with Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, his game went to the next level. Pairing Fowler with Bills interior lineman Ed Oliver could be quite a dynamic pass rushing duo for McDermott and his defense. 9. Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers AGE: 25 The only reason Hooper is so much higher on the target list than Hunter Henry is because the Los Angeles Chargers tight end just can’t seem to stay healthy. He’s never played a full season in his four years with the Chargers after they selected him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. When he is playing he’s a dynamic pass catcher and would immediately form a top tier tight end combination with Bills’ Dawson Knox. At around $8 million per season he could be a cheaper option than Hooper and the back end of the deal will probably be even easier to get of for the team. 8. Jack Conklin, RT, Tennessee Titans AGE: 25 Look what a dominant offensive line did for the Tennessee Titans during their run to the AFC title game. Bills right tackle Cody Ford is a bit of a project on the outside. He had some good moments and some frustrating times, particularly in pass protection, in 2019. Conklin is going to get big dollars and that contract is probably more than the Bills can stomach, even with all the cap space. If Beane decided to reach into the team wallet on the offensive line, Conklin could be a reason why. 7. Joe Thuney, G, New England Patriots AGE: 27 It’s hard to figure whether Beane would be willing to spend north of $10 million per season on another offensive lineman one year after giving center Mitch Morse big money. Quinton Spain and Jon Feliciano were good in 2019 but Thuney is one of the best in the business and would immediately upgrade the Bills’ offensive line. Left tackle Dion Dawkins is going to command a new deal after next season so tying up too much on the line doesn’t seem in line with Beane’s approach. Still, Thuney is an elite player at his position and worth positioning him as such. 6. Anthony Castonzo, LT, Indianapolis Colts AGE: 32 Don’t the Bills have a left tackle already? Yes. And Dion Dawkins was good in 2019. But the issue may be that Buffalo isn’t set at right tackle. Dawkins has plenty of position flexibility and getting a top tier left tackle would be a game changer for Allen. Castonzo was brilliant in front of Andrew Luck in 2018 when the Colts made a playoff run. Back then Bills offensive line coach Bobby Johnson was an assistant in Indianapolis and may be a reason Castonzo would consider a free agent deal with the Bills. This isn’t a necessity signing as much as it’s a luxury signing. Usually these types of players at such a vital position don’t become available. Castonzo is contemplating retirement but if he returns in 2020 the Bills should take a look. 5. Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals AGE: 25 Bills fans are familiar with this former Miami Dolphin, who took full advantage of a move out west last season via trade to jump start his career. Drake’s production in eight games with the Cardinals was the closest he’s come to his rookie year performance that had many believing he was a future feature back. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the combine and has the kind of breakaway speed that would pair perfectly with Bills breakout running back Devin Singletary. Drake averaged 5.2 yards per carry with the Cardinals and his eight touchdowns in eight games was one less than he had totaled his entire career in Miami. Drake is likely to cost around $6 million a season, which could be a bargain for the Bills. Buffalo Bills GM prioritizing receiver talent in offseason | 10 free agent & NFL Draft options The Bills have almost $90 million in cap space and nine draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. 4. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals AGE: 32 It seems like A.J. Green has been connected to the Bills for years, or at least he’s been a fan favorite target for years while wasting away in Cincinnati. He didn’t play a snap in 2019 while dealing with a foot injury and that’s the rub with Green: if a team signs him can he stay healthy? He’s played all 16 games just one season out of the last four. He’ll likely come at a much more affordable price tag than Cooper and for half the years. Under the right circumstances (a two year deal around $19 million that has an out after a season) he could be the ideal fit for the Bills, who can then turn around and still attack the position in the draft. When healthy Green is a bonafide No. 1 receiver with six seasons of 1,000 yards or more and three seasons with double digit touchdowns. 3. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys AGE: 26 Amari Cooper sits at No. 3 because it’s a bit of a pipe dream that A) He’d become available considering the Cowboys traded a first round pick to the Raiders to acquire him, and B) The Bills would be willing to shell out the cash. He’s going to get around $20 million per season and, while he’s a talented receiver, that’s a high price to pay for a receiver who’s never caught more than 83 passes in a season and who’s never registered double digit touchdowns. With a receiver class that’s as deep at the 2020 draft class is, wisdom suggests passing on a big contract in free agency and looking at a more affordable deal and targeting a playmaker or two in the draft. 2. Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons AGE: 25 The Bills have a promising young tight end in Dawson Knox but what’s wrong with the proposition that the rich can’t get richer? Buffalo needs to build around Allen and give him weapons at every position. Hooper is the type of tight end that doesn’t become available very often. He started just 10 games last season but put up eye-popping numbers, hauling in a career high six touchdowns on 75 receptions that went for 787 yards. He played in 13 total games total while dealing with an MCL injury. Hooper’s deal is going to come in around $9/$10 million per season but if just half or less is guaranteed it’s a deal that is quite advantageous for the Bills. They currently have Tyler Kroft under contract for two more seasons but can cut him and save $5.6 million. He was underwhelming in his first season with the Bills. See Buffalo Bills News's other Tweets 1. Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Jacksonville Jaguars AGE: 24 The Bills have some money tied up on the defensive line but it makes sense considering McDermott believes that’s where games are won and lost: at the line of scrimmage. Buffalo was a great defense in 2019 but the pass rush was inconsistent. Yannick Ngakoue has finished with at least eight sacks in his last three seasons. Ngakoue won’t come cheap. He’s expected to command a four- or five-year deal worth around $17 million per season, per Spotrac.com. But looking at this year’s Super Bowl teams, both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers paid big time pass rushers when they signed Frank Clark and Dee Ford to similar deals. The Bills must get after the quarterback more in 2020 and Ngakoue seems like the perfect fit to elevate the line’s ability to do so. https://www.syracuse.com/buffalo-bills/2020/01/nfl-free-agents-2020-top-50-targets-for-buffalo-bills.html
  13. Spoken in a fast disclaimer voice: "ingrates and illegals not eligible". The link address may not look familiar, but this is directly from the Buffalo Bills, UNLIKE the jersey @thinwhiteduke won. Matt Barkley posted it on his twitter. Heck, I'll just post the tweet along with the link.. By the way, is it possible for anything other than an anti-Trump or pro-Trump post to get any love on here these days?!?!? lol Speanking of ingrates, I just realized many of you will neither want nor deserve a Tre White jersey. ;) The questions are fun, and quick. https://tradablebits.com/tb_app/448128#
  14. Does Beane give better interviews than McDermott? Some stuff was already highlighted, much was of my own doing for those who wish to skim. By Mark Gaughan Published January 21, 2020|Updated January 21, 2020 MOBILE, Ala. – It was 37 degrees at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday for the first day of Senior Bowl practices. Two-thirds of the players who will get drafted in the first round of April’s NFL draft were not on the field because they’re underclassmen. The best receiver in town wasn’t practicing due to injury. And the South squad had just lumbered through a disjointed, pre-snap-penalty-filled 90-minute workout. Yet Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane had no trouble laying out the many benefits his scouts get from the annual all-star event while holding court with reporters between the North and South practice sessions. A reminder to fans: Let’s not get too carried away with the first-round decision. “There’s good players out here, there really are, all up and down,” Beane said at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “Sometimes guys don’t get drafted high because they weren’t used a certain way in college or maybe they were injured or they transferred. Things just didn’t mesh. But we see it every year, guys that don’t get drafted or guys that are drafted late, they come in and you say how did this guy fall? So it’s our job make sure we comb through every player here and make sure we know them the best we can. It’s part of the process.” “But we’ll go back and watch these practices even in April before the draft. If we’re trying to say this tackle vs. this tackle,” Beane said. “They played in two different conferences, they never faced the same competition. How did they fare against the same guy here for a week or so?” ADVERTISEMENT There are 119 players in Mobile for Saturday’s game. The Bills drafted five players in 2018 who played in the game: Josh Allen, Harrison Phillips, Taron Johnson, Siran Neal and Wyatt Teller. In 2019, the Bills took underclassmen with their first five picks – Ed Oliver, Cody Ford, Dawson Knox, Devin Singletary and Vosean Joseph. Two Bills picks, Jaquan Johnson and Tommy Sweeney, played in the Senior Bowl. “This puts a bow on some of the seniors for now, where we can really focus our efforts on all these underclassmen who are coming out,” Beane said. “But we’ll circle back to these guys. We want to hit that fourth-round pick just as much as we want to hit the first-round pick. There’s value throughout the draft and you see it. We’ve got guys playing who were undrafted.” A big benefit to the Senior Bowl is coaches and scouts can conduct as many one-on-one interviews with players as possible. At the NFL scouting combine in February, each team is limited to 60 15-minute interviews. So every senior they interview in Mobile is one less player they need to meet at the combine in Indianapolis. “Definitely, this allows us a chance to talk to guys, seniors for the most part, which allows us to focus more on the underclassmen (at the combine)," Beane said. “There still will be some seniors there that aren’t here. But it definitely allows us to check some boxes and knock guys off.” "The combine is more limited because their time is so slotted,” Beane said. “It’s very regimented. Here its more loose and you’ve got more time. ... If you want 12 with this guy and 25 with another guy, you can do it.” What to do with nine picks? The Bills have two fifth-round picks and three sixth-round picks this year, for a total of nine. They have no seventh-rounder. It was dealt to acquire receiver Corey Coleman. The trade that sent Teller to Cleveland gave the Bills a fifth and a sixth. The other sixth came in the trade that sent Russell Bodine to New England. Can nine rookies make the roster of a Bills team that went 10-6? Not likely. “It’s a good question,” Beane said. “I remember in Carolina, as our roster got better towards some of those better years we had, it was: Are we gonna spend this sixth-round pick on a guy who’s really going to make our roster? You do weigh that. Part of that will be as we get through this process in March and April, how deep is the draft? How deep is it truly? Some of it will come down to medical as well. There will be some guys we have good grades on that we would like to take, and our medical guys will have major concerns on them. You do want to see how deep the draft is before you decide how far you can go, before you’re drafting guys and saying this guy’s probably going to be a practice squad guy at best.” “You don’t want to draft a guy who you know, looking at your depth chart, that there’s no way barring injury that this guy is making it,” Beane said. “To your point, maybe we use a later asset for a future pick or to trade up in this year’s draft.” A sluggish start. Maybe the unseasonable chill had something to do with it, but the South team’s 90-minute practice was choppy. There were a lot of pre-snap penalties, and a lot of balls hitting the ground. The North’s session looked a little crisper. “It gets better every day,” Beane said. “It’s like when we start in May and June. It gets better, the timing. And these guys, it’s their first day. The coaches have taught them all new stuff, all new concepts, and they’re working with new players. ... Again, you see how guys deal with adversity, which is important.” Key injuries. The top receiver on the rosters is Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk, who could be picked in the latter half of the first round or in the second round. He could be a target of the receiver-needy Bills at No. 22. Aiyuk is in Mobile and is meeting with teams but he is not practicing due to injury. Other noteworthy players who were scratched from practice due to injuries announced on Tuesday were: Auburn tackle Prince Tega Wanogho, Utah defensive tackle Leki Fotu and California safety Ashtyn Davis. All three could be second-day picks in the draft. Testing the market. Free agency starts on March 18. It’s likely that the Bills’ two most in-demand players set to become free agents, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and defensive end Shaq Lawson, will want to see what offers are on the open market before making a decision. Beane didn’t speak specifically to Phillips or Lawson but acknowledged the obvious. “Some of these guys, we’ve had preliminary discussions with their agents,” the GM said of impending free agents. “Like we said at the end of season press conference, some of these guys, I know they’re going to want to see what their market is. They’ve earned the right to go to free agency. If we come up with something that they feel, doing their research, is of their market value or greater, then I’m sure they’d sign beforehand. It doesn’t mean that if it goes to March and we haven’t got them signed that we won’t get it done. Sometimes guys truly have to get a feel for what their market is before they want to make a decision, if they’re going to stay.” “We have to set a value, just like we do with the UFAs we’ll sign from other teams,” Beane said. “We have to put a value, and if they go outside of that value that we put on them, then we have to be willing to let them walk and understand now we’ve got to find a replacement for them.” https://buffalonews.com/2020/01/21/brandon-beane-senior-bowl-mobile-nfl-draft-2020-scouting-free-agents/
  15. Just wondering who are the best CB's and which will the Bills be selecting with their 1st Rd pick?
  16. Steven A makes some interesting comments about how Belichick used Brady, while making his case. Remembering how even Bledsoe bounced back after leaving the Bills, I wouldn't mind Brady going somewhere other than the Titans, despite Kellerman's response. (the link didn't auto-embed, and embed codes don't work on this board...any help Lit/anyone? The board generally works much easier than he old one, but not for this) http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=28523133 <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.espn.com/core/video/iframe?id=28523133&endcard=false" allowfullscreen frameborder="0"></iframe>
  17. McDermott will be watching the Super Bowl from a defensive point of view. Why? Because defense is all he knows. its his baby, it’s his passion. Therefor he will be watching KC and SF with the eye of “how would I stop them?”. And his answer is “defense”. watching these two teams, among others, light up the score board just reinforces his belief that the Bills will need to beef up defense. I don’t think he’s even fucking cognizant to the fact they you need to outscore them. so that’s why the first two picks will be defense....probably DE and LB. And some will say “well we need those!” Just remember that when you see those two kids chasing Mahomes, Watson, Jackson, around the field and losing games 17-13. Been saying it all season long....I think MOST of us will be disappointment come draft weekend. Offense will be addressed like it was last season. Scrubs, free agents, backups, journeymen and late rounders. Some of you forget that the Bills have NEEDED a WR for like 4 years now...and each of those years I’ve bitched about the Bills need to draft one....and every time...they don’t. Expect it again.
  18. With the current rules making the chance of recovery so abysmal, I'm glad they are already looking into a replacement, whether or not this becomes it. The new false start standard might be of interest as well. Kevin SeifertESPN Staff Writer The NFL will experiment with an alternative to the onside kick during Sunday's Pro Bowl, an indication that the league is still considering the option despite the fact that owners rejected it last year. As in past years, there will be no kickoffs at all in the Pro Bowl. The twist this year is that teams will have two options after scoring. The first is to give the ball back to the opposition, which would start its drive at its 25-yard line. The new, second option for the scoring team would serve as a substitute for an onside kick. It would allow it to run one additional play from its own 25-yard line. If the scoring team gains 15 or more yards, it would retain possession. If it falls short, the opposition would take over at the dead ball spot. Essentially, it will be a fourth-and-15 play. 561 people are talking about this Onside kicks have been more difficult to recover since the NFL's 2018 overhaul of the kickoff. Among other changes, the new rule prevented the kickoff team from getting a running start before the kick. Onside kick recoveries dropped from the league's historic rate of about 21% through the 2017 season to 7.7% in 2018 and 12.9% in 2019. The Denver Broncos proposed a similar change last winter, but owners voted it down in March. The NFL does not always adopt Pro Bowl rule changes, but the presence of the onside kick alternative is an indication that at least some league decision-makers would like to see it in action. Also this year, Pro Bowl officials will be instructed to use a different standard for false start penalties on receivers who are flexed from the line of scrimmage. It will not be a false start if a receiver flinches or lifts one foot off the ground, provided he resets for one second and/or keeps one foot on the ground. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28530361/nfl-experiment-alternative-onside-kick-pro-bowl
  19. Hopefully the Bills win the Superbowl and are drafting 32nd....if not..... * I believe the Bills will NOT draft a WR in the 1st round. Too many good ones available in the 2nd, and 3rd round. * OT would be ideal, but the best OTs probably will be gone by the time the Bills pick. So don't force it. * Don't rule out a Defensive Back. And quite frankly, Stephon Gilmore, Tre White, Antoine Winfield, Nate Clements all were good value in the 1st. Kristian Fulton | CB | LSU - I know, a Corner? If he is the best player available, another player as good as Tre' wouldn't be the worst value. Trevon Diggs | CB | Alabama Another Corner that would be good value in the 20's. CJ Henderson | CB | Florida Another 1st round CB. Tyler Biadasz | OL | Wisconsin - No, he is not an OT, but if he is available in the 20's, he will definitely be at the top of the BPA list. Mekhi Becton | OT | Louisville - The pre-draft process will reveal if he should go this high. Yetur Gross-Matos | EDGE | Penn State - The Bills might need to move up to get him, if they feel he is worth a move. K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE | LSU - Bills do need to get more outside pass rush.
  20. Mobile, Alabama (WGR550) - “It’s always an interview.” That’s how Brandon Beane described the scene here this week as the Bills general manager, his front office and coaching staff evaluate players all while at the Senior Bowl. And he’s not just referring to the actual interviews they have with prospects. “We have scouts that are tracking these guys, and runners trying to get a hold of them, and how do they treat those people? Was the guy a pain in the butt to get over to our interview? Did he not show, or was he not responsive to texts? If it’s showing up now, it’s probably going to show up if you draft him.” Beane touched on a few different topics related to the Bills: On the number of players requiring postseason surgeries: Beane said players across the league often get second opinions on things once the season is over, and sometimes elect to have certain procedures done on their own. He said he doesn’t expect any players to not be ready for training camp, barring any setbacks. On possibly extending the contracts of LT Dion Dawkins, CB Tre’Davious White, and LB Matt Milano, all who will be going into the final year of their contract (the Bills can exercise the 5th-year option on White): The GM didn’t want to get into any specifics on any player, but said “We’ve said all along we want to draft, develop, and sign, and that clock has finally started.” He said there’s no rush to sign them right now and the team needs to go through their process of pending free agents first. On the team’s pending free agents (including DE Shaq Lawson, OG Quinton Spain, and DT Jordan Phillips): He said they’ve had preliminary discussions with some of those players’ agents, but also that some of them are going to want to test their market value and that they’ve earned the right to do that. He said that doesn’t mean if the player goes to free agency that they still can’t or won’t re-sign him. On new DL coach Eric Washington: “He’s one of the best D-Line coaches I’ve been around. He’ll bring a toughness and an edge. He’s a big-time leader. He fits what Sean (McDermott) and I are trying to do, and I think he’s going to be a big asset for coach (Leslie) Frazier.” The Range is my outlet! lol https://wgr550.radio.com/articles/news/beane-addresses-bills-pending-fas-senior-bowl-process
  21. By Vic Carucci Published 5:26 p.m. January 21, 2020|Updated 4 hours ago MOBILE, Ala. – The Buffalo Bills don't have any major concern about the three players who underwent surgery in a two-day span last week, General Manager Brandon Beane told reporters at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. It was the first time a team official commented publicly on the status of defensive tackle Ed Oliver, right offensive tackle Cody Ford and right guard Jon Feliciano. On Jan. 15, Oliver announced via Twitter he had undergone surgery that was later revealed to be a core-muscle procedure. On Jan. 16, Ford tweeted that he had undergone surgery that was later revealed to be a shoulder repair. Soon thereafter, Feliciano posted on his Twitter account that he had surgery for what was later reported to be a torn rotator cuff with which he had played for the entire 2019 season. Beane wouldn't commit to the exact time when the three would be medically cleared to practice. However, he did say the team was expecting to have Oliver, Ford and Feliciano on the field by the start of training camp in late July. "We never try to put too big of timelines on it, but some of these guys will be in those red (noncontact) jerseys in the spring, when you see them in May (for offseason workouts)," Beane said between South and North squad college all-star team practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. "But the way we have it planned now, as long as nobody has a setback, everybody that I'm aware of would be at camp ready to roll. Again, barring a setback or anything like that." ADVERTISEMENT The GM said it wasn't unusual for the players to wait until right after the Bills' Jan. 4 wild-card playoff loss against the Houston Texans to have the procedures. "I think, like anything, guys play through things all over the league," Beane said. "If you look across the league, this is now the teams that are out of (the playoffs), you go get second opinions. Our doctors, after the season, we'll take X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, whatever needs to be done. "And then a lot of times, their agents will have them go to get a second opinion somewhere and see if we can agree on what needs to be done. Sometimes, it's elective. It may be the doctor says, 'You can get it cleaned up and you're done with it or you can brace it and continue to play the way you did in-season.' "So sometimes it's elective on the player, but we also, for certain players, do recommend they get whatever procedure done to clean it up." • • • Beane said the Bills are "really excited" to have Eric Washington as their new defensive line coach. The Bills hired Washington to replace Bill Teerlinck, who left the Bills to take the same position with Virginia Tech's football program. Washington, who had been the Carolina Panthers' defensive coordinator, became available after the Panthers fired coach Ron Rivera and replaced him with Matt Rhule. Washington had been the Panthers' defensive line coach from 2011 to 2017. During most of that stretch, Beane was Carolina's assistant GM and Bills coach Sean McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator. "He’s one of the best D-line coaches I’ve been around," Beane said. "He will bring a toughness, an edge. He’s a big-time leader. I think when you guys meet Eric, you’ll be very impressed. "Obviously, he’s done well, if you look at Carolina’s D-line since he came in in 2011. He’s a good man, a good family guy. He fits what Sean and I are trying to do, and I think he’s going to be a big asset for (defensive coordinator Leslie) Frazier." https://buffalonews.com/2020/01/21/buffalo-bills-brandon-beane-ed-oliver-cody-ford-jon-feliciano-senior-bowl-nfl-football-news-2020/
  22. By Matt Parrino | mparrino@nyup.com Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell made headlines on Tuesday when he told Jaguars.com that a deal with pending free agent Yannick Ngakoue was in sight. “It’s a deal that we feel like could take a little bit of time but should be done hopefully relatively easily," Caldwell said. Not so fast, it appears. Ngakoue took to Twitter late Tuesday night with a cryptic tweet which seems to be a rebuttal to Caldwell’s assertion. “Don’t believe everything you hear,” he tweeted. 216 people are talking about this Bills Mafia has been recruiting Ngakoue on social media for months with its team in such a strong situation as relates to cap space this offseason. Ngakoue had eight sacks in 2019, a number which would have led all Buffalo Bills edge rushers. The Bills have some loose ends at defensive end with their own Shaq Lawson up as an unrestricted free agent. Veterans Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy are still under contract but Murphy can be cut with little dead cap ramifications. Expectations are that young defensive tackle Ed Oliver will become more of a force rushing the quarterback in 2020. Getting a pass rusher on the outside of Ngakoue’s caliber could turn Buffalo’s great defense into the elite unit in the NFL. Free agency begins on Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. Two days prior the legal tampering window opens for teams to start negotiating with agents and players. https://www.syracuse.com/buffalo-bills/2020/01/bills-mafia-fa-favorite-yannick-ngakoue-sends-cryptic-tweet-after-gms-comments-on-potential-deal.html
  23. Still hard to understand why we didn't draft this kid. The only reason I've heard that he even dropped is because he played in an "Air Raid" type of offense in college. Should we be pissed at the Bills for passing on a Once in a Generation type of talent?
  24. Nick Wojton 21 hours ago There are a few big questions looming for the Buffalo Bills. What should they do with some of their top free agents? Among the best in that bunch are two defensive linemen, Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips. Both have a lot to consider in regard to a potential contract. Both had career seasons in Buffalo in 2019 and led the Bills in some big defensive categories. Most notably, Phillips had a team-high 9.5 sacks. Lawson had Buffalo’s most tackles for loss with 13. Plus, whoever didn’t lead those categories, was second in the other. These guys were important pieces for the Bills’ defensive line. So what could they cost? Well, Spotrac gave their recent projections to potentially lay a foundation for us. The salary cap website estimates that a contract for Phillips could be worth $6.1 million per year. Comparable contracts via Spotrac include the Rams’ Michael Brockers, the Saints’ Malcom Brown and the Bucs’ Beau Allen. In regard to Lawson, he could be the one that costs the Bills a bit more, Spotrac projects. His market value could be $7.6 million per season. Some bigger names are comparable for Lawson, namely the Cowboys’ Robert Quinn and the Jets’ Henry Anderson. While such deals could be a pretty penny for the Bills, the Bills are slated to have approximately $90 million in cap space this offseason. That’s the fourth-most for any team in the league. But the Bills have to consider other extensions and draft picks to come in the future, so it’s still a few difficult decisions facing the Bills. https://billswire.usatoday.com/2020/01/20/buffalo-bills-jordan-phillips-shaq-lawson-free-agent-value/
  25. The JADS crowd won't like this, especially when you consider the crappy offense he has had to work with for year 1, and the subpar unit of year 2. Looking at those dates, I suspect he may even be a bit higher as of now, and is likely to climb further if the offense is addressed in the offseason. . By Staff Published January 20, 2020|Updated January 20, 2020 Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen ranks No. 25 in NFL player identified merchandise sold from March 1 to Nov. 30, according to the NFL Players Association. Allen is the only Bills player in the top 50. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes led in sales in the period and is expected to remain the leader when totals are in for all of 2019. He supplants New England quarterback Tom Brady, who was No. 1 the last two years and is now No. 2. The sales figures include items such as jerseys and apparel, bobbleheads, video games and other items produced by more than 75 official NFL licensees. Allen was No. 29 on the preseason list so his standing is not a huge surprise, given his performance for the Bills. ADVERTISEMENT Allen was ranked No. 46 in the final 2018 rankings and was ranked fourth among rookies, behind Saquon Barkley (No. 3), Baker Mayfield (No. 26), Sam Darnold (No. 40) and ahead of Leighton Vander Esch (No. 47). https://buffalonews.com/2020/01/20/buffalo-bills-josh-allen-nflpa-merchandise-sales-jerseys-hats/
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