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  1. Our buddy Richie is being released in a Cap Saving move. He was due $5,475,000 this year. According to reports, he is healthy, taking his meds, and still playing at a high level. PFF gave him a grade of 81 for 2020. Higher than any Guard on the Bills roster. Would he play for less than $5 million? I think we paid Spencer Long $5 million a year.....
  2. A lot of this will be wrong...as free agency will change a great deal, plus no way we land DL Leonard Williams, OG Gabe Jackson and CB Troy Hill. So substitute your favorites... Quarterback (3): Josh Allen, Davis Webb, Jake Fromm - no change Running back (4): Zack Moss, Devin Singletary, Antonio Williams, Javian Hawkins, Louisville (draft pick) Wide receiver (5): Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, Isaiah Hodgins, Dax Milne, BYU (draft pick) Tight end (4): Dawson Knox, Reggie Gilliam, Tommy Sweeney, Tommy Tremble, (#93) Notre Dame (draft pick) Offensive tackle (4): Dion Dawkins, Ryan Bates, Trey Adams, Liam Eichenberg (#30) (draft pick) Offensive guard (4): Cody Ford, Jon Feliciano, Ike Boettger, Gabe Jackson (free agent) Center (1): Mitch Morse (Bates and Feliciano are backups) Defensive end (5): Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, A.J. Epenesa, Darryl Johnson, Leonard Williams (ok, fantasy) Defensive tackle (4): Ed Oliver, Star Lotulelei, Justin Zimmer, Harrison Phillips, Linebacker (6): Tremaine Edmunds, A.J. Klein, Tyrel Dodson, Tyler Matakevich, Andre Smith, Chazz Surratt (#61) (draft pick) Cornerback (6): Tre’Davious White, Dane Jackson, Taron Johnson, Siran Neal, Troy Hill (Free Agent), Avery Williams, Boise State (draft pick) Safety (4): Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde, Jaquan Johnson, Tariq Thompson, San Diego State (draft pick), Specialists (3): K Tyler Bass, LS Reid Ferguson, P Michael Palardy (Bills save money over tendering Bojo)
  3. ...to take the BEST Tight End in the Draft? Let's get back to the "K" gun... in quotes for a reason...
  4. Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia 6'7" 350lbs 35.5" inch arms He just turned 22 this month. He started all 14 games as a redshirt freshman at right tackle earning Freshman All-American and SEC All-Freshman accolades. As a sophomore he missed 3 games with an ankle injury, but was named a second-team Associated Press All-American despite the missed time. He declared for the draft and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 1st round of the 2020 draft (pick 29) His NFL rookie year, 2020 Year of the Covid, was a disaster. He got a DUI, got in the doghouse with the coaches, showed a lack of maturity, was on the COVID list and so now Tennessee has put his name out as "we are taking trade offers". Would you trade a conditional pick for him? If he does well in 2021, let's say plays X number of snaps, you will give Tennessee a 3rd round pick for him. If he plays under that # of snaps, it stays as a 4th round pick. Risks? Yes. But he was a late 1st rounder so his salary is low. If he turns out, you have him for at least 4 years. Plus, a 4th round pick is not a huge risk.
  5. Inside the Bills Sean McDermott wasted little time in laying out what he hoped to see this offseason. The Buffalo Bills’ head coach has delivered the franchise its first AFC East championship since 1995, but he knows doing so again won’t be easy. “It is tough to stay there,” McDermott said. “Staying power and sustained success, we've had some of it, but there's always challenges every year and they're different every year.” For the Bills this offseason, one of those challenges is the salary cap. Although the final number has not been set by the NFL, the Bills are likely going to be right up against the cap – and that’s before the business of free agency and the draft even begins. “It starts with the mentality of trying to keep as much of the pieces of our team together as possible,” McDermott said two days after the Bills’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. That’s not going to be easy for General Manager Brandon Beane and his staff. With 14 pending unrestricted free agents on the roster, the Bills have some serious maneuvering to do to bring back even some of them. “Teams that can put the team first and continue to put the team first are teams that will stay together and win year after year,” McDermott said. With that in mind, here is a look at each of the 14 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the NFL league year begins March 17, along with the percentage chance of the Bills and GM Beane being able to retain them: Matt Barkley: 80% The Bills haven’t needed to use Barkley much over the last two years because – knock on wood – Josh Allen has stayed healthy. Nevertheless, Barkley does have a valuable role. He’s a trusted sounding board in the quarterback room who has developed a great relationship with Allen. The healthy dialogue between the two during the practice week and on the sideline during games is beneficial to the Bills’ starter. The Bills have Jake Fromm, a fifth-round draft pick in 2020, who could compete to be the No. 2 quarterback and there will be the usual glut of backups on the open market – some of whom might arguably be better on-field options – but if the Bills value what Barkley brings to the locker room, they should be able to keep him. Jon Feliciano: 70% It’s somewhat surprising the Bills haven’t already retained Feliciano. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll loves Feliciano’s toughness and versatility. Whenever center Mitch Morse has gone out of the lineup, Feliciano has shifted over from guard to center. Feliciano’s teammates voted him the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, which is given to one player on each of the NFL’s 32 teams who serves as a role model to others based on his courage, sportsmanship and ability to inspire others. Allen is a big fan, too. Feliciano did have an interesting tweet Friday when he posted, “12 games no sacks.” Perhaps negotiations aren’t going as smoothly as expected. Nevertheless, it would be a surprise if he were to depart. Taiwan Jones: 75% Jones didn’t do much offensively (just four snaps), but he played a big part on special teams, quietly helping transform that unit to one of the league’s best. The Bills jumped from 28th to eighth in veteran NFL writer Rick Gosselin’s annual ranking of special-teams units, which are recognized as the league standard. The Bills might want to try to add a fourth running back who could do a little more if needed on offense, but the team has prioritized quality play on special teams. For that reason, Beane should have plenty of interest in bringing Jones back. Tyler Kroft: 5% Kroft originally signed a three-year contract with the Bills, but that was reworked after the 2019 season to eliminate the final year, which makes him an unrestricted free agent this month. He had a pair of touchdown catches in a Week 3 win against the Los Angeles Rams, but was a healthy inactive four times in the second half of the season. The same was true in the postseason. His wife, Lexi, tweeted about “round two” of free agency a few days ago, a good indication that the Krofts fully expect Tyler will hit the open market. Don’t expect him back. Dean Marlowe: 90% Marlowe has been with head coach Sean McDermott for six years. He knows the system and is a reliable backup to starting safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. He does not figure to command a big salary on the open market, either, so this should not be a complicated negotiation. Isaiah McKenzie: 60% He has nicely settled into the fifth receiver role, averaging about 15 snaps per game. McKenzie is a decoy on many of those plays, using jet-sweep motion to keep defenses honest. He also has some return ability, which he showed off in Week 17 when he returned a punt for a touchdown against Miami. If Andre Roberts isn’t re-signed, that could be a primary factor in McKenzie's return. Matt Milano: 50% Easily the most difficult decision Beane faces. Milano’s impact on the defense is hard to overstate. He’s the type of three-down linebacker whom every NFL team seeks. The fact he developed into that role as a fifth-round draft pick made him all the more valuable because his rookie contract was peanuts in NFL terms. Now, however, Milano’s contract figures to be more like caviar. Can Beane fit a deal in the range of $12 million per season under a tight salary cap? He’s going to have to get creative, because Milano figures to get at least that amount on the open market. The Bills have seemingly braced for his potential departure by using the line he’s “earned the right” to test free agency, which is the same thing that was said about Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips last year before they left. The Bills could keep Milano by using the franchise tag, which is projected at $15.6 million for linebackers, with the hopes of working out a long-term contract that substantially reduces his 2021 cap hit. That decision will need to be made by Tuesday's deadline to apply the tag. Losing Milano would sting. He’s not an easy player to replace. We’ll call this one a coin flip. Trent Murphy: 5% In hindsight, the Bills made a mistake keeping Murphy on the roster for 2020. They would have been better off taking the cap savings that would have come by cutting him. The defense likely wouldn’t have noticed much of a dropoff had it rolled with Darryl Johnson Jr. and A.J. Epenesa at defensive end. It’s understandable the Bills didn’t want to rush Epenesa along as a rookie, but keeping Murphy around ended up being an expensive insurance policy. The money that would have been saved by releasing him would have helped the team’s cap crunch this offseason. Murphy played in 10 games, making nine starts and finishing with 19 tackles and two sacks. He was a healthy inactive six times in the regular season and twice in the playoffs. It was clear at that point he wasn’t long for Buffalo. Josh Norman: 20% It’s hard to say enough good things about Norman as a person. The work he put in to support small businesses in Buffalo impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic was extraordinary, especially for a player so new to the community. It’s too bad the media couldn’t interact with Norman more. He’s an exceptionally good interview subject who never shied away from a question and it would have been great for fans to hear from him more often. Norman has a bright future whenever he decides his playing days are done. A second season with the Bills, however, seems unlikely. Norman dealt with hamstring injuries that limited him to just nine games in 2020. He started three times, finishing with 24 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception that he returned for a touchdown in Week 17 against Miami. Ty Nsekhe: 55% The Bills didn’t have to call on Nsekhe much in 2020, as the veteran offensive tackle played just 54 offensive snaps. Nsekhe turns 36 during the 2021 season, so it’s doubtful he’ll find another contract like the Bills gave him before the 2019 season – two years, $10 million. If the Bills want to bring him back, it will likely have to be in the $1.5 million range. If so, they’d be bringing back a player they know well who is plenty familiar with OC Daboll’s system. Andre Roberts: 30% The 33-year-old has been solid in his two years as the Bills’ primary kick and punt returner. Although he has failed to reach the end zone, he’s provided sure hands and consistently given the team solid starting field position. He plays a minimal role on offense – he played just 62 snaps – so the Bills might want a bit more versatility out of their sixth receiver. Daryl Williams: 25% Beane did a terrific job of acquiring Williams last year on the cheap. The former Carolina Panther played 1,048 snaps at right tackle, winning the job in training camp and pushing Cody Ford inside to guard. Williams did so while earning just $2.5 million. At 28, he set himself up for a nice payday during this round of free agency. Unfortunately for the Bills, he likely priced himself out of Buffalo – unless Beane prioritizes re-singing Williams over Milano. With the Panthers expected to put the franchise tag on Taylor Moton, Williams is arguably the best right tackle available. It would not be a surprise to see him get more than $10 million per season. Brian Winters: 15% The Bills signed Winters after he was released by the New York Jets in August. Winters played in all 16 games and started nine, but ended the season as a backup after Feliciano returned from his torn pectoral muscle. With Ford expected back along with the potential returns of both Feliciano and restricted free agent Ike Boettger, there is not a big need to re-sign Winters. T.J. Yeldon: 10% Yeldon has spent most of the past two seasons on the sideline, having played just nine games, including three in 2020. He’s produced at a decent level when called upon, rushing for 133 yards on 27 carries and catching 14 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown. Yeldon, though, hasn’t been able to push for more playing time, with the Bills choosing their third running back based on contributions on special teams. Yeldon doesn’t turn 28 until October, but the Bills might want to bring in a later draft pick in a cost-cutting measure to push Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. That makes Yeldon’s return unlikely.
  6. All Market Value figures are from Spotrac. Shaquil Barrett (Tampa) $19.7 million______PFF grade 70.7 Bud Dupree (Steelers) $18.2 million_______PFF = 60.2 Yannick Ngakoue (Ravens) $15.5 million____PFF = 70.0 * JJ Watt (Arizona) signed $14.5 million Leonard Floyd (LA Rams) $13 million______PFF = 69.0 Markus Golden (Arizona) $13.5 million_____PFF = 59.9 Leonard Williams (NY Giants) $11 million__PFF = 79.8 + 13 sacks + 32 pressures Melvin Ingram (Chargers) $11 million______PFF = 72.3 Haason Reddick (Arizona) $11.6 million____PFF = 72.8 Trey Hendrickson (Saints) $10 million____PFF = 72.1 + 10 sacks Romeo Okwara (Lions) $10 million_______PFF = 68.8 + 10 sacks Carl Lawson (Bengals) $8.8 million_______PFF = 76.3 + 6 sacks Takkarist McKinley (Raiders) $8.4 million___PFF = 69.6 K.J. Wright (Seattle) $7 million___________PFF = 75.3 Jadeveon Clowney (Titans) $6.5 million____PFF = 74.9 + 0 sacks Solomon Thomas (49ers) $ 5.5 million_____PFF = 49.5 Jordan Jenkins (Jets) ? PFF = 69.5 Undervalued? Ryan Kerrigan (Washington) ? played only 397 snaps, had 5.5 sacks How much can the Bills afford to spend on a Free Agent EDGE rusher, if they decide to sign one? Beane tapped out of the JJ Watt auction. Who do you think is a good fit? I like Leonard Williams, Hendrickson, Okwara, and Carl Lawson. Leonard Williams at $11 million might be a bargain.
  7. Bills offseason questions The Buffalo Bills face more than one big decision at linebacker this offseason. The impending unrestricted free agency of Matt Milano has rightfully garnered much of the attention, but General Manager Brandon Beane also has to concern himself with another matter: What to do about the fifth-year option on Tremaine Edmunds’ rookie deal? The Bills have until May 3 to pick up the option. Because Edmunds was named to the Pro Bowl for the 2020 season, his fifth-year option will be equal to the transition tag for a linebacker in the 2021 season – projected to be about $13.4 million. If they choose not to pick up the option, their middle linebacker will enter the final season of his contract in 2021. In previous years, teams had a loophole that they could exploit when it came to the fifth-year option for first-round draft picks. The old collective bargaining agreement between players and the league stipulated that the option was guaranteed for injury only. That meant teams could pick up the option, but essentially change their mind, because as long as the player was healthy, he could be released before the start of the new league year. If a player’s performance dipped or there was a coaching change that resulted in the player no longer being a scheme fit, teams could avoid the option. The new CBA does not allow that. If the Bills pick up Edmunds’ option, they’re guaranteeing him more than $13 million for the 2022 season. Beane and head coach Sean McDermott will need to be convinced in what they have before doing that. “I think Tremaine would say the same thing, that he really grew this season,” McDermott said at his end-of-season news conference. “He’s grown in his first couple seasons here together and I’m excited about what the future holds for his development. I think more than anything, the area I saw him grow the most in was just his impact as a leader, his impact in terms of his personality coming out a little bit more on our defense and his intensity. “If you want to be a really good player, you’ve got to play at a very intense level all the time, from the beginning of the season to the end. Tremaine worked through a couple challenges early in the season with an injury or two and I thought that that would be a good learning experience for him, as well. So, these are all growing opportunities for our young linebacker.” As McDermott mentioned, Edmunds fought through a shoulder injury suffered in the season opener. He missed the Week 2 win against Miami, but was back the following week and played 93% of the snaps in games in which he was active (a big chunk of the snaps he missed came in Week 17 against Miami when the Bills took it easy on most of their starters). “When he banged his shoulder up that first game, he got back out there, I think it took him a while,” Beane said. “I think it was his first injury he played with. I think he struggled with it, but I thought he played overall solid down the stretch. “Are there more plays out there? Probably so, but he makes the Pro Bowl. I think that's legit. I think he's respected by his peers. I think sometimes in your own fan base or your own house, sometimes you can be more critical of your own than seeing how they compare across the league.” That’s what you would expect to hear from Beane and McDermott. Until the option is picked up, though, it’s fair to assess both sides. Here is why the Bills will pick up the option – or maybe why they won’t: The case for Edmunds is entering his fourth season, but he’s still just 22 years old. He turns 23 the day before the Bills have to make their decision on his option. “We still have a lot of confidence in him and where he'll grow into,” Beane said. It is reasonable to think that Edmunds still has untapped potential, even with 50 NFL starts (regular and postseason). While $13 million is a huge jump from the $4 million Edmunds will count against the Bills’ cap in 2021, it’s not an impossible number to fit under what is expected to be an increased salary cap in 2022. McDermott has talked this offseason of a desire to keep the core of this team together, which makes sense, given it fell one win shy of the Super Bowl. Edmunds is a team captain and the signal caller of the defense. He’s a huge part of what they do and who they are defensively. It took until the second half of the season, but Edmunds’ play improved as his shoulder injury healed. He played well in postseason wins over Indianapolis and Baltimore, finishing with 18 tackles, two quarterback hits and three passes defensed. Depending on what happens with Milano later this month, the Bills may want some stability at linebacker, and picking up Edmunds’ option provides that. It also gives them one more season to evaluate whether they want to offer him a long-term extension. The case against The last game Edmunds played in the postseason might have been his worst of the season. In a game that the Bills needed him to play like a star, Edmunds struggled mightily against the Chiefs. That’s a microcosm of his career to this point. For all of the physical gifts the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder possesses, Edmunds has yet to blossom into the player the Bills thought they were getting when they traded up in the first round of the 2018 draft to acquire him. While he has made back-to-back Pro Bowls – the first as an injury replacement in 2019, then being voted to the game (even though it wasn’t played because of the pandemic) last season – it’s hard not be left wanting more from Edmunds. Those physical tools, which teammates rave about, and his draft status have saddled Edmunds with some pretty lofty expectations. He hasn’t always met them. Edmunds has too often taken poor angles to the football and has been slow to react to plays. While he led the Bills with 119 tackles, his impact plays were minimal. Edmunds made just four tackles for loss, and did not record an interception, forced fumble or fumble recovery. Analytics website Pro Football Focus ranked Edmunds 44th out of 51 linebackers who played at least 600 snaps. Quarterbacks had a passer rating of 129.9 when throwing to receivers Edmunds was in coverage against, the third-highest figure in the NFL. Edmunds had just three passes defensed, despite being in coverage on 491 snaps, according to PFF. If the Bills declined Edmunds’ 2022 option and he had a huge year in 2021, the team could always bring him back by using the franchise tag. Beane has declined the option before, failing to exercise it on defensive end Shaq Lawson for the 2020 season. The big difference there, of course, is that Lawson was not drafted by Beane, whereas Edmunds is one of the GM’s biggest acquisitions.
  8. https://coldfrontreport.com/bills-extend-micah-hyde/?fbclid=IwAR25rX9kVfdTN_hGZea_zB09O-zSuzx31bo_AZpgPDfgBWayLvXATi6s0M0 the not so great part? In a cap strapped year Bills drop the ball. Great news he is locked up 2 more yrs!! Love Hyde as all Bills fans should. But WTH completely stupid if deal did not lower his cap# this yr. That is why you do these deals. Player gets more overall money. More yrs, more cash up front in sign bonus 1st yr and team gains cap. Win win and everyone is happy. Did they get Buddy Nix out of bed to negotiate this deal??
  9. Sabres GM Adams: UNIONDALE – General Manager Kevyn Adams watched from the lower bowl inside Nassau Coliseum as coach Ralph Krueger ran the Buffalo Sabres through a practice Friday afternoon. When Krueger stepped off the ice after the 30-minute practice, Adams left his seat and followed the coach down the tunnel. The two men have been working in lockstep since Adams replaced Jason Botterill in June. Only 21 games into their first season together, Adams is faced with his first crisis on the job. The 46-year-old must decide why a team led by superstar talents Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall is sitting last in the National Hockey League with 15 points. As of Friday afternoon, Adams was not ready to say Krueger isn’t the problem and did not give his coach a vote of confidence. “Everything is being evaluated," Adams said during a 30-minute news conference. “Ralph and I talk every day, multiple times a day. We’re very honest with each other. He understands the situation we’re in is unacceptable and the players do, everybody does. It’s just flat-out not good enough.” The Sabres have scored the fewest 5-on-5 goals in the NHL, their defensive-zone structure is being picked apart and even their most talented players are dealing with a lack of confidence. When Krueger left the ice, his assistant coaches, including Don Granato – who returned to the bench for a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night – ran players through drills. Adams expressed anger and frustration while declaring that ownership gave him “full authority” over all hockey decisions. Adams did not sound like a general manager willing to keep a coach for the sake of continuity, though he added that he’s enjoyed building a relationship with Krueger. With that in mind, here are four takeaways from Adams’ talk with the media: 1. Roster upgrades won’t be easy: Adams sounded as puzzled as Krueger that this roster isn’t producing, particularly at 5-on-5. At the onset of the offseason, the Sabres’ goals were to improve 5-on-5 scoring, special teams and character. Adams noted Friday that their offseason additions – Hall, Eric Staal, Tobias Rieder, Cody Eakin, etc. – have fit well in the dressing room. The Sabres also successfully fixed their special teams, as their power play and penalty kill entered Friday ranked third and ninth, respectively. However, the Sabres have a negative-22 goal differential at 5-on-5. Adams is exploring possible roster upgrades via trades – the deadline is April 12 at 3 p.m., Eastern – but mandatory quarantines complicate matters. “It’s an interesting time right now,” Adams said. “I’m on the phone every day with all the different teams around the league and everybody’s having conversations. I think what’s interesting is with all the protocols and quarantine, it’s going to be a challenging year. And so I think you’re seeing more conversations happening, even though the deadline’s still over a month away. … “My job is to take the emotion at times out and figure out solutions to improve. Sometimes that means short term, sometimes that might be for the longer term. That’s what we’re working on.” Though Adams did not detail which areas he’s looking to improve, he shouldered the blame for this roster not having enough “grit.” 2. Eichel isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and a rebuild isn’t in the cards, as of now: The Sabres aren’t looking to “rebuild,” according to Adams. He repeatedly said this team needs to be “better” and he has noticed that all five players on the ice routinely aren’t following Krueger’s system. The disconnect has reignited trade speculation around Eichel, the 24-year-old captain who has two goals in 19 games. Adams would not say if Eichel is playing through an injury. It is clear, though, that Adams currently has no interest in trading Eichel and clarified again that teams called the Sabres about Eichel during the offseason. At no time did Adams actively field offers for Eichel, who is under contract for five more seasons. Adams also told the media that Eichel has never asked for a trade, and the two have continued an “open dialogue.” “Like, I said this in the summer and I’ll say it again, Jack is one of the best players in the world, period,” Adams said. “Are people going to make a phone call and ask? Of course. And that’s the extent of it. “For me, Jack is someone that is just – when you see him going and you see the dynamic difference maker he can be, there’s not many in the league like him.” 3. No clear stance on Skinner: Adams would not say if he agreed with Krueger’s decision to bench Jeff Skinner for three consecutive games, adding that coaches have different methods to "motivate players.” Skinner, a 28-year-old left wing with six more years on a contract that counts $9 million against the salary cap annually, has zero goals and one assist in 19 games this season. He has not scored in over a calendar year. Skinner has spent most of this season on the fourth line and barely has a role on the power play. Adams called his conversation with Skinner’s agent, Don Meehan, “healthy” dialogue. Meehan represented Adams for part of his playing career. Adams also had conversations with Skinner and Krueger, the latter of which included Adams’ perspective. Adams spoke glowingly about Skinner’s work ethic and professionalism during the benching. “My job as a general manager is to be part of the process to talk to Ralph about things that I’m seeing,” Adams said. “Ralph’s going to make those day-to-day decisions on the lines and who plays with who and how players are used. But we talk about it, and you know what? What I have seen out of Jeff is really impressive, though, because there was not one minute of him hanging his head or being negative. He worked through it with (director of player development) Matt Ellis on the ice doing extra work. He’s come out of it and obviously he’s had his chances, the puck just hasn’t gone in the net for him.” 4. Goaltending not a priority: The Sabres continue to evaluate possible upgrades in goal with Linus Ullmark out at least one month, Adams said. However, Adams does not see goaltending as a significant problem. Entering Friday, the Sabres were tied for 24th in 5-on-5 save percentage. Carter Hutton has a 1-6-1 record with an .891 save percentage, while Jonas Johansson is 0-2 with a .902 save percentage. According to Evolving-Hockey.com’s goals saved above expected, a metric that accounts for the quality of shots faced, Ullmark and Hutton rank 25th and 27th, respectively, among the 46 NHL goalies to appear in at least eight games this season. The Sabres rank 23rd in the NHL in suppressing shot quality at 5-on-5, meaning their defensive-zone coverage is doing a poor job limiting opponents’ scoring chances. “That is not why our record is what it is," Adams said of goaltending. "We’ll always look for ways to improve, but overall, I think they’ve been solid.”
  10. The Bills reportedly will take a visit from STREET veteran punter Michael Palardy. (PS he is a good punter) If the Bills end up signing him, and obviously letting Bojorquez float in free agency, it means Beane is going to make an effort to earn Compensatory Picks. If we lose Daryl Williams, and Matt Milano, plus a few more like Josh Norman and Bojorquez, etc, AND we do not sign too many Free Agents we will have a shot. It will be interesting. ** Wild idea would be signing Gabe Jackson, who is a street vet, and letting Feliciano go in Free Agency, that also would help our Comp Pick calculation. Sure hope we resign Feliciano, but only Beane and McDermott know the plan.
  11. Most expect Matt Milano will leave in Free Agency. Which means the Bills could be looking to add a linebacker in the draft. Who are some good options? 1st Round LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa LB Nick Bolton, Missouri 2nd Round LB Jabril Cox, LSU - Cox made a number of plays in coverage by virtue of his burst and length per Profootballnetwork LB Baron Browning, Ohio St - Browning is one of the highest-upside linebackers in the 2021 NFL Draft per PFN LB Chazz Surratt, North Carolina - Surratt was in the upper tier of linebackers on the field at Mobile per PFN LB Pete Werner, Ohio St - Werner is a fascinating fit as a 4-3 SAM backer 3rd Round LB Dylan Moses, Alabama - He has true sideline-to-sideline range LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky - Davis is long, rangy, and explosive. Needs more development LB Garret Wallow, TCU - Wallow has plenty of promise, but he remains raw. It could boil down to value. If the Bills / Beane value an OT or EDGE or CB in the 1st and 2nd round, he might wait until the 3rd round. Good chance one of the players above will become a Buffalo Bill.....
  12. How-do and how about that? I managed to stagger from my self-built bed of ironwork scraps at a respectable afore-noon time and also to not disremember my password. Will wonders not never cease? And although my tongue is like a ashtray lined with asbestos and the home-concocted premium-grade bourbon of yester evening is still circulating vicious fast within me, I do believe I've started off on the right foot this fine new day. It's been a while since I started up a thread. Some of you young 'uns are like not to recollect me. The last time I slapped together a new thread here was way back in 1978 or thereabouts. I was practically still in dungaree overalls then with the peek-but-don't-you-look back flap down. So, I ses to my Elly Which Way (as I call her), "Elly Which Way, I do believe it's high time I got on the Range and wrote me up a new thread." "Yer crazy in the head as usual," she ses. "Just you get back to yer sleepin'-in and moonshine-debauchery dreaming and leave me be with your high-assed talk of starting a new thread as if you could ever pull yerself together to do something like that or otherwise make something of yerself." I rose up on my setting appendage horrified and looked with agoggled eyes back at Elly Which Way a full minute afore I could compose myself to make a counter reply of sufficient potency as befits me. Well, to cut short, for that atrocious act of disrespect I saw fit to issue a immediate threat to her with the knuckle side of my good hand. But, much to my chagrin, she one ups my threat and professes to fetch the skillet to pound me into submission or, failing that, to set her old hunting dog on me. So I succumbs to her tyranny but anyway leaved the bed to go make this-here thread yer reading right now. I jest hope the thread's going well so far and living up to the inspiration that first come to me when I awoke. Crissake. I just membered I didn't get to the subject as yet. Got to have a subject, said my old schoolroom teacher of yesteryear who was both swanky and book-learned as they come. Well, here's something. This here is a authentic video of Josh Allen hisself, even if so happens to be presented by a enemy Dolphins fan:
  13. McBeanes picks in the first 3 rounds, with the exception of Josh Allen(thank god) have been underwhelming...maybe even average to ok....BUT compared to later rounds? Staggering. Look at the dudes who have been picked past round 3: Gabe Davis Tyler Bass Dane Jackson Daryl Johnson Taron Johnson Wyatt Teller Matt Milano I am NOT saying all these dudes are BETTER than our first 3 round picks...BUT a lot of those guys above have made bigger impacts on games than those dudes. So what the fuck? What’s the deal?
  14. *Pre-Draft Meeting* WR Dax Milne, BYU 6'0" 190lbs 70 recs / 1188 years / 8 TDs in 2020 - projected as later round pick ".....Dax Milne shows good proactive athleticism as a route-runner and does a good job at the top of the route. He typically defeats press with foot quickness, stacks the DB, and gets back on his route stem. He will track the football in the air and shows good extension and strong hands at the catch point. He is a hyper-competitive player who has made a lot of big plays in his career...." TheDraftNetwork This is the another WR the Bills are meeting with...who has special teams ability.
  15. Recently Brandon Beane was on a podcast with Cris Collinsworth and had this to say regarding Cornerback to play opposite of Tre' White: “Dane Jackson is a young man that we believe will be able to compete to start next year. We’re obviously gonna bring in competition for him. But he’s a guy we’ve got high hopes for..." What he DIDN'T say is Dane will compete with someone on the roster, i.e. Josh Norman. The conclusion would be that Beane will try to bring in a Veteran CB to compete (sorry Josh). Here are some random FA Cornerbacks that may fit the budget: CB William Jackson, Cinncy - $6 million a year? Age 28, PFF = 71.4 CB Mike Hilton, Pittsburgh - $6 million a year? Only 27 years old, not injury prone. 3 INTs last year. PFF = 68.9 CB Cameron Sutton, Pittsburgh - $6 million a year? Only 27 years old, PFF = 68.6 CB Ronald Darby, Washington - $6 million a year? PFF = 76
  16. If the Bills are serious about signing JJ Watt, they will need to find the money to do so. It would certainly make it more likely that Matt Milano would leave via Free Agency. Plus in order to find the Cap to pay JJ Watt, the Bills would probably have to release Quinton Jefferson (saving $6 million) and Mario Addison (saving $4 million). (I don't know how to go about doing post June 1 cuts...) Those 3 moves would be one way to make it possible to sign JJ Watt. Do you vote to do what is necessary to sign Watt?
  17. The Bills will have one of their allowed "Pre-Draft" meetings (by Zoom) with OL Teven Jenkins. Doesn't mean the Bills will draft him, but it does mean they are looking at him and probably other OTs like him. Most likely they would have to take him at pick 30 since the Bills don't pick again until #61. (Or, if they wait until the 2nd round, they would probably have to move up to get him). He is 6'6" 320lbs. and played primarily RT at Oklahoma State (fifth year senior) in their Air Raid offense. ".....A well above average finisher, Jenkins is the type of offensive lineman that attempts to humiliate players in the opposite color jersey. The echo of the whistle doesn’t slow down his process and he continues on with his process until he wants to conclude. As a run blocker, he’s able to create considerable amounts of movement when able to gain momentum prior to engagement points. Jenkins' athleticism and lack of overall range may create questions about his potential at offensive tackle and there will be some teams who grade him as a guard as a result...." - TheDraftNetwork
  18. The Bills will have one of their allowed "Pre-Draft" meetings (by Zoom) with WR Dazz Newsome. Doesn't mean the Bills will draft him, but it does mean they are looking at him and probably other WRs like him. i.e. Middle Rounds 5'11" 190lbs. 48 punt returns, 535 yards, 11.1 YPR, 1 TD "Had a a productive four-year career at UNC. Newsome primarily operated from the slot, where he projects best at the next level. Newsome is a good route-runner with excellent separation quickness, has terrific hands, outstanding ball skills, and is a fearless competitor. He’s excellent at creating yards after the catch and is truly a threat to all levels of the field. He is also a proven punt returner." - TheDraftNetwork
  19. Vikings released veteran TE Kyle Rudolph. How we signed him yet!? LOL Maybe we should just follow him on social media and freak out when he posst something that has red and blue in it!
  20. Any interest? Not sure what kind of money he wants, but if we lose Milano?
  21. Watch Now: Former New York Rangers goalie and current MSG Network analyst Steve Valiquette pulled no punches Tuesday night when asked for a thought or two on the Buffalo Sabres. He gave five or six of them and they weren't pretty. Host John Giannone started the post-game segment by saying the game ended the way it had to for the Rangers, with their 3-2 victory in Madison Square Garden. But Valiquette quickly interjected. "Not very much pushback from the Sabres either," he said. "I think the Buffalo players should be wearing ski masks on the 15th and 30th of every month (the NHL's paydays) because there's no way you can have that star power and then not have any pushback. I mean, they look like they've quit on their season. "It's sad to see because Buffalo is one of my favorite cities to travel to, it's close to where I grew up (in suburban Toronto). Unbelievable people there, hard working people. They must have a hard time watching that team play hockey. I mean, there was a lot of selfish one-and-done plays. They didn't make it hard on the Rangers at all." The Sabres outshot the Rangers, 5-3, in a controlled third period and only had one chance at a tying goal, by Sam Reinhart, as Carter Hutton was pulled for an extra attacker on two occasions in the late going. "The Rangers packed it in in the third period but did Buffalo even make an effort to get into 'the house'? I think they're very easy to play against," Valiquette said. "I think that's a dreadful hockey team. They should be embarrassed."
  22. Can we archive or delete all the JJ Watt threads? as if they never happened? What a waste of emotions and energy!
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