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  1. In all honesty….who gives a flying fuck about 2023. If the Bills win the fucking Super Bowl this season…all 4 can go and fuck themselves.
    9 points
  2. Was well prepared and did her job very well.
    7 points
  3. Can you imagine if conservatives did this? They would sell it as white nationalist terrorism reliving January 6th all over again. Hell, even Biden said that MAGA was the most extreme movement he's ever seen and he lived through the Weather Underground!
    7 points
  4. Did ya hear about Mike Tyson complaining about the experience to airline customer service? Yeah, he chewed their ear off. . . .
    7 points
  5. Can I request that you at least stop doing this dumb bullshit to posts that are responding to me? I'm here for conversations, and you make having them more tedious than it already is.
    6 points
  6. Well said. Why Funding Ukraine Is Just Dead Wrong Quietly, thoughtlessly, and ominously, America is sleepwalking towards a nuclear war. Two weeks ago, the Biden Administration asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia. But in a divided Washington, the Uniparty has united in agreement that $33 billion is not enough. On Monday, Republicans and Democrats in Congress struck a deal to send Ukraine $40 billion in aid. Leaders unveiled the bill text on Tuesday, and voted on it within hours. The bill raced through the House in the dark of night, with unanimous Democratic support. Of course, the phony left-populist poser Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” were on board. Republican support was overwhelming as well, but a few members did bravely stand against the tide. They were 57 strong. Matt Gaetz led the charge. MTG was right there alongside him. On the other side, Nancy Pelosi wants to take food out of her neighbor’s mouths to buy weapons of war from Ukraine. Forget the babies who can’t get baby formula thanks to the federal government’s shenanigans. Let them eat Javelins? We certainly don’t recall reading that one in the Bible. For now, the aid package has been held up thanks to a gutsy objection from Sen. Rand Paul. Still, one senator can’t block it forever. Adding in the several billion America has already sent to Ukraine, America is poised to spend $43 billion on this conflict in just seven months. And we’re not just sending Ukraine weapons. The U.S. Congress has volunteered our tax money to pay the salaries of its officials, as if they were long-distance contractors of the federal government. In a way, that’s exactly what they are. He who pays the piper, calls the tune. Huge numbers are always getting thrown around in Washington, so it’s worth pausing to evaluate just what $43 billion means. The $43 billion is roughly three times the final cost of President Trump’s unfinished border wall with Mexico. If this U.S. aid were a national military budget, it would be the 10th-largest military budget in the world, just ahead of South Korea and well above countries like Italy, Australia, and Iran. Even if one excludes the non-military portions of the package, it exceeds the defense budgets of Israel. Speaking of Israel, this six-month aid package exceeds all U.S. aid to Israel over the past decade. $43 billion is more than the cost of any of the first eight years of the war in Afghanistan. $43 billion handily exceeds the current budget of the Department of Justice, which has some 113,000 employees. It’s almost double the budget of NASA. CNN has more details: Included among the legislation’s allocations for defense is $6 billion to assist Ukrainian military and national security forces, according to a fact sheet released by House Democrats. The expenditure will go toward training, weapons, equipment, logistics and intelligence support as well as other needs. There will also be almost $9 billion to help restock US equipment that has been sent to Ukraine. That comes as many lawmakers have raised concerns about replacing US stocks of weapons the US is giving to Ukraine, especially stingers and javelin missiles. … The bill also includes $6 billion in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funding, another way the Biden administration has been providing Ukraine with military assistance. USAI funding allows the administration to buy weapons from contractors and then provide those weapons to Ukraine, so this method does not draw directly from US stocks. To address humanitarian needs, the bill will include $900 million to bolster refugee assistance, including housing, trauma support, and English language instruction for Ukrainians fleeing the country. The measure provides an additional $54 million that will be used for public health and medical support for Ukrainian refugees. And keep in mind, this is only to cover through next September. If the war is still grinding on then, and President Biden comes back asking for another $40 billion to cover another five months, America will end up spending $83 billion in one year on a war that our own soldiers are not even fighting in. For comparison, 1991’s Gulf War, which the U.S. actually fought in, cost the country just $14 billion in 2022 dollars. Yet incredibly and depressingly, the consensus at the top of the GOP is that $43 billion for Ukraine is the single best and most important use of America’s dwindling wealth. So far, most Republican criticism of Ukraine aid has focused on the wastefulness of it. With rampant inflation and shortages at home, a sieve on the border, and exploding crime rates, sending tens of billions of dollars to Ukraine is irresponsible, like a struggling middle class household splurging on a luxury car. But we will go further. Even if America had unlimited wealth to throw around, sending $40 billion to Ukraine would be just plain wrong. Sending aid to Ukraine doesn’t make America safer, happier, or better off. It doesn’t even make Ukraine happier or better off. Instead, Americans are paying $40 billion for the “privilege” of raising our exposure to nuclear war, and condemning Ukraine to endless war. If the Biden Administration cared about protecting America’s well-being, then instead of financing Ukraine’s war effort, it would be working for a negotiated end to the war by the quickest means possible. Ukraine’s pre-war GDP was just $155 billion, so America’s latest aid package is equal to more than one-quarter of their economy. In America, a similar figure would be more than $5 trillion. America is not “supporting” Ukraine. Ukraine is totally and completely dependent on American support to continue effective resistance. If America stopped supplying President Zelensky’s war effort, he would have to make peace immediately. By extension, that means America has almost complete leverage in terms of telling Ukraine what peace deal it should accept. America should be using this power to negotiate with Russia, reach an agreeable long-term solution to the conflict, and then urge— even compel—Ukraine to accept it. Instead, Biden is encouraging Ukraine to reject any peace deal, and writing a blank check to ensure the war can go on as long as possible. This isn’t being done to help Ukraine, though. It’s only being done to hurt Russia, with the Ukrainians themselves seen as expendable cannon fodder. Rep. Dan Crenshaw even said so explicitly on Twitter Wednesday, bragging that the Ukraine war is a great way to spend money because it kills Russians, doesn’t kill Americans (for now), and the Ukrainian deaths as part of the bargain don’t count: So far, one of the only leaders to realize this, in fact, is former President Trump. Via Newsmax: Former President Donald Trump on Monday urged Ukrainian and Russian leaders to sign a peace deal soon, or ”everyone will be dead.” ”It doesn’t make sense that Russia and Ukraine aren’t sitting down and working out some kind of an agreement. If they don’t do it soon, there will be nothing left but death, destruction, and carnage,” Trump said in a statement Monday. ”This is a war that never should have happened, but it did. The solution can never be as good as it would have been before the shooting started, but there is a solution, and it should be figured out now—not later—when everyone will be dead!” Even legendary left-wing academic Noam Chomsky acknowledged that Trump is the only statesman of note in the West who has pointed the path towards an early end to the war, instead of perpetual conflict: When the Ukraine war first broke out, it was the biggest news story in the world, and such a dramatic development that it finally banished Covid-19 from the national consciousness. Diehard Current-Thing supporters finally moved on from masks and vaccines, and instead hung Ukraine flags alongside the Pride flags outside their windows. Most Americans were supportive of the Ukrainian cause, but they also made it clear they were not willing to fight a direct war with Russia, let alone a nuclear one, on Ukraine’s country’s behalf. After a few weeks of excitement, it became clear that the Ukraine war was going to be a slow-moving slog rather than a thrilling blitzkrieg, and our attention wandered as it inevitably does. For most Americans, Ukraine has become old news. But if Americans have largely moved on, Washington certainly has not. In fact, for Washington, America’s lack of attention has provided an opportunity to escalate America’s involvement in the war. With the public looking away, there is no political pressure to avoid constantly escalating America’s involvement in a far-off conflict that by rights should be none of their concern. Every day, America does more and more to justify the label of co-belligerent in the conflict. In the past two weeks, both the First Lady and the Speaker of the House have made surprise visits to the country. Now, along with moral support, America is planning to essentially bankroll Ukraine’s entire war effort. In New York Times write-ups, former military officials boast about how silly it is to worry about over-escalation. America, they say, has nothing to fear from supplying heavier and heavier weapons for a war against a nuclear power: [F]or Washington at least, concerns about supplying arms that Russia might consider “escalatory” have ebbed — as has the initial worry that Ukraine will use longer-range weapons, like jet fighters, to attack Moscow itself and set off a bigger war. … Some argue the Americans are being too cautious. “Seven weeks ago, they were arguing over whether to give Stinger missiles — how silly does that seem now?” said retired Lt. Gen. Frederick B. Hodges, the former top U.S. Army commander in Europe. “We have been deterred out of an exaggerated fear of what possibly could happen.” [NYT] In the past two months, Stinger missiles and rifles have turned into large battle-armed drones and heavy howitzers. In the months to come, that could give way to fighter jets and more. But even more dangerous than weapons might be the ever-increasing collaboration between Ukraine and U.S. military intelligence. While it matters little for the actual battlefield situation, Russia’s most high-profile embarrassment of the war has been April’s loss of the old Soviet guided-missile cruiser Moskva. According to the Financial Times, the ship’s loss enraged Vladimir Putin, and pushed him to abandon negotiations for more aggressive war goals. Vladimir Putin has lost interest in diplomatic efforts to end his war with Ukraine and instead appears set on seizing as much territory as possible, according to three people briefed on conversations with the Russian president. Putin, who was seriously considering a peace deal with Ukraine after Russia suffered battlefield setbacks last month, has told people involved in trying to end the conflict that he sees no prospects for a settlement. … Putin said peace efforts were at a “dead end” and was infuriated after Ukraine sank the Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, according to two people. “There was hope for a deal. Putin was going back and forth. He needs to find a way to come out of this a winner,” one of the people said. After the Moskva sank, “Putin was against signing anything. [ . . . ] after the Moskva he doesn’t look like a winner, because it was humiliating,” the person added. [FT] Now, predictably, self-important parasites in the U.S. military establishment have leaked that the U.S. played a central role in the Moskva’s sinking, providing the intelligence that allowed Ukrainian forces to make the attack. Even after the outbreak of war, Russia’s initial negotiating position was rather lenient: It was the same demands for Ukrainian neutrality and recognition of the status quo in Crimea and Donbass that Russia had sought before its invasion. In effect, America’s intelligence services have scuttled the chance for an early peace, and they are too stupid and egotistical to even hide their responsibility for doing so. Back in 2020, anti-Trump commentators claimed that entirely unsupported rumors that Russia was paying bounties for the Taliban to kill U.S. troops amounted to an “act of war.” If that’s the case, then how is Russia supposed to view the completely confirmed role of the United States in the deaths of at least twenty-seven Russian sailors? Right now, the U.S. still has hundreds of troops in eastern Syria. If Russia retaliated by helping extremists in that country to kill U.S. troops, how is the U.S. supposed to react? Thankfully, we haven’t had to ask that question, because so far, Russia has chosen not to militarily retaliate against America’s steadily-escalating involvement in Ukraine. It may well be that Russia will never retaliate. But every time the U.S. chooses to escalate, it is rolling the dice again. When America gambles in this way, it is not gambling with America’s wealth, or its credibility, or even the lives of its soldiers. It is gambling with civilization itself. Russia still has nearly 6,000 nuclear warheads in its stockpile, including more than 1,500 currently deployed and ready for use. Given the stakes of the Ukraine conflict, even a one-in-a-thousand risk of escalating to nuclear war is incredibly irresponsible. As we wrote back in January in a piece entitled, “The Globalist American Empire Would Rather Risk Nuclear War Than Admit Its Own Arrogance”: Even if Russia did conquer and annex all of Ukraine (something it has shown no interest in doing), America’s security interests would remain unchanged. Ukraine doesn’t supply the United States with any irreplaceable natural resources. It doesn’t sit alongside a critical trade route or geographical position. It isn’t physically proximate to the United States. Ukraine matters to America’s domestic security as much as Iraq, Syria, Libya, or Venezuela; i.e. not at all. Just like all four of those other countries, a war over Ukraine would have nothing to do with protecting America’s safety, its prosperity, or its values. Instead, it would be a product of a cloistered foreign policy elite that is not content with controlling one country and instead seeks to boss around the entire planet. READ THE REST… For the past decade, Washington warhawks have fearmongered about Russia’s plans to build a new Soviet Empire by force. Others have surmised about Vladimir Putin’s plans to restore the borders of pre-1917 Russia, which would require invading not just ex-Soviet republics but also Poland and Finland. But the events in Ukraine in the past three months vindicated Revolver’s analysis and have demonstrated that fears of a neo-Soviet empire are fundamentally absurd. Russia has taken thousands of casualties and lost 3500 vehicles attempting to take over the impoverished eastern third of Ukraine, a region that speaks Russian, has many sympathetic locals, and which is directly adjacent to Russia and its logistical support networks. Russia following up on this struggle by invading wealthier, more distant, and more hostile neighbors who are also full members of NATO would be ridiculous, and if Russia did it anyway, it is even more ridiculous to fear that they might win. The Ukraine war has demonstrated conclusively that Russia is incapable of materially threatening the United States or its core allies by conventional military means. As a result, Russia only endangers America to the extent that our own leaders choose to risk nuclear war. The only reason Saddam Hussein’s Iraq killed a single American is because America chose to start a war and lose thousands of lives fighting it. Similarly, the only way Russia can threaten America’s existence is if America’s leaders deliberately provoke it, turning manageable diplomatic disputes into a possible nuclear war. As far as Americans are concerned, that is the only major outcome of America financing the war. Americans are paying billions of dollars to marginally increase the chances that they and all of their family members die horribly in a nuclear war. That’s it. This military aid isn’t encouraging a peace deal; in fact, U.S. aid has hardened the resolve of both countries and pushed them further away from the negotiating table. This aid isn’t saving Ukrainian lives. Rather, by allowing the war to go on indefinitely, it simply ensures that more will be killed. America holds all the cards in the Ukraine. Biden could bring both sides to the negotiating table and end the war just by threatening to turn off the weapons spigot. But instead, America has sent the message that it will fund Ukraine indefinitely and without restriction, all just to deplete and humiliate Russia. In the process, America pushes Russia further into a corner and invites nuclear war. If this seems familiar, it should, because permanent war is America’s strategy in many other places—the passive-aggressive strategy of a fading empire. In Afghanistan, America had given up on ever defeating the Taliban well before the humiliating collapse of the Kabul government in August 2021. Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw described America’s posture pre-withdrawal position in Afghanistan as a “residual force” “propp[ing] up” the Kabul government while conducting occasional warfare, and for him, this was a good thing. Similarly, in Syria, America’s actual strategy was to keep the war going as long as possible without a winner, no matter how much of a human calamity the conflict caused. With no end in sight for the war in Syria, the Obama administration continues to approach the conflict in a way that is prolonging the fighting. As it pursues its stated goal of removing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power, the Obama administration is implementing a policy that keeps the Syrian regime and the many different opposition forces in the country locked in a deadly stalemate. … CIA director John Brennan has provided more insight into the administration’s strategy. Addressing the fact that the administration has continued to support a number of opposition groups that are fighting to overthrow the Syrian government, Brennan explained that the administration only provides the opposition groups with just enough resources to keep them fighting. “I think what we’re trying to do is to make sure the moderate opposition continues to stay strong, puts the pressure on the regime,” Brennan said. “We don’t want the Syrian government to collapse,” he added. “That’s the last thing we want to do.” [The Wire] This isn’t bravery, or “toughness.” It is morally monstrous. It is the reckless action of a declining superpower which feels entitled to control the entire world, and believes in the right to cause perpetual warfare in regions where it cannot have its way. It is the decision to throw away tens of thousands of lives in a war that doesn’t have to be fought at all. Real toughness is standing up to the military industrial complex and regime commissars cheerleading us into another war against American interests, not saber rattling against a nuclear adversary because the Regime has decided this is the next Current Thing. Americans have had enough of the fake “toughness” that has in the past twenty years to brought us to the edge of ruin. We have had enough stalemates to exhaust half a dozen lesser powers. With the end of the Afghan War, America finally had a chance to rest and recover the strength and wealth it has spent decades squandering. Now, the Biden Administration and both parties in Congress are determined to avoid that, and start financing a new war that is far more existentially dangerous than those that came before.
    6 points
  7. How about Ukraine gives us all their records on the children of Biden, Pelosi, and Kerry before we let these corrupt people in our government stump for billions that I can assure you Americans do not want to send out at this current time. I wanna know the deals they have and how much they've made...and I also wanna know what their qualifications were to land those lucrative positions? They are crooks. Our own corrupt swamp and Ukraine...working to scam we the people. Fuck them and their money laundering scheme.
    6 points
  8. For years we got screwed facing a myriad of teams coming of their bye weeks. So fuck it, we deserve the good graces now. I'm still not a fan of the obsession to have us on prime time ON THE ROAD. Don't understand why they don't give us more home games. Highmark is always rocking. Even more so on prime time.
    6 points
  9. This Proxy war is going to end badly for the U.S. we are depleting our weapons stock, sending billions to prop up Ukraine , and are ourself on the brink of financial collapse. When we have to enter this War on the ground, we will be broke, without our highest tech weapons, and will be betrayed by the corrupt Ukrainians- Zelensky is no hero. all the while China sits back and waits us out. -plus we are full speed ahead with NWO initiatives. what this adds up to is a loss of sovereignty and freedom. and the masses have their blinders on. call me crazy - I hope I am.
    6 points
  10. good he was talking valuable snaps away from the 37 defensive ends we’ve drafted the last few years.
    6 points
  11. A proper 17th birthday present! Anticipation!
    6 points
  12. Nice of him to take the fall, but everyone knows it was the coaching
    6 points
  13. Also, American doctors announced they will give free lobotomies to big-mouth Canadians in need….
    6 points
  14. What's sad is liberals injecting politics into everything on earth until it's completely ruined. Can't even go to a Bills message board without hearing your corrosive bullshit, apparently. Thanks!
    6 points
  15. THIS IS THE ONE BOYS!! TRUMP IS GOING TO JAIL THIS TIME!!!1!
    6 points
  16. It was worth it. Look at this guy. How could you not want to punch this face?
    6 points
  17. CNN was a carriage channel with the cable services. They have to carry it. With streaming you have to compete. Sadly, they cannot
    6 points
  18. Right wing extremist Trumpsters and Tucker lovers are the ones creating this culture of hate. Just look they supported the January 6th terrorist attack. Their guns need to be taken away. They are a danger to society.
    5 points
  19. I think she is hot so I will miss her.
    5 points
  20. Trump won't pay. He'll outfox the leftist homos like he always does.
    5 points
  21. NOTE TO STACEY ABRAMS – FIND A GOOD LAWYER: True the Vote Announces They Are Releasing Addresses of ALL Ballot Trafficking Stash Houses The virtual premiere for the movie ‘2000 Mules’ was held last night live from Las Vegas. In the film, Dinesh D’Souza and True the Vote provide answers and evidence on the stolen 2020 Election. The explosive documentary was released on Tuesday at select theaters across the nation. According to the evidence discussed in the movie, if you factor in just the Mule ballot traffickers: Trump won with 305 electoral votes. That does not even count all the other fraud that occurred during the election like the mysterious ballot drops at 3 in the morning or the questionable machines. In April, TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk went on with Joe Hoft on 93.3 FM to discuss the movie. Kirk, who is featured in the film, said this about the evidence collected for the film, “They saw that some of these mules would visit these drop boxes every night. And then go to Stacey Abrams’ headquarters and then go back to the drop boxes. The movie discusses the Democrat-linked stash houses but does not mention any names or locations. Last night Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips announced they will be releasing ALL the addresses of the stash houses. Stacey Abrams may want to find a good lawyer. On Saturday night political columnist Brian Cates posted this on the stash houses: Tonight during the virtual premiere of 2000 Mules, Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips announced they will be releasing ALL the addresses of the stash houses run by the NGO’s that were orchestrating this massive criminal racketeering operation in multiple states. This also helps explain how a radical Marxist candidate like Rafael Warnock can win in Georgia. It’s about time for Democrats to lawyer up.
    5 points
  22. It’s time to blow up the two party system. The division is only getting worse. I think it’s possible to election individuals with their own personal opinions about how to make things better.
    5 points
  23. Maybe Lit can’t confirm that you and Lemonaids aren’t the same person, but we all can confirm that whoever fuck you and the like are, are fucking useless idiots.
    5 points
  24. Smoking opium again, huh? LOL! You guys bash Russia for death and destruction then you bash them for not causing death and destruction fast enough. Honest to god, some of you have no shame.
    5 points
  25. List some factual side by side. Sadly, you cannot. This is why you do not
    5 points
  26. Everything he says goes back to coaching. We had to defend outside! .... why? they had timeouts. We played soft. You don't say!! .... who the fuck told you to play that? We thought they were throwing deep? .... again. Why? They didn't need 6. They needed 3. Frazier and McD. We all know it. No consequences. Everyone just moved on like it never happened. Still pissed 3 months later.
    5 points
  27. My only problem with this is that there are parts of Africa that have experienced generations of genocide and I’ve never seen the Pope get involved
    5 points
  28. I happily stand corrected. The same people that believe the Bible has a place in your hotel room but would be appalled if there was a copy of the Koran next to it.
    5 points
  29. Saw this posted on a Jets forum and started laughing so hard I could have peed myself.
    5 points
  30. Abortion could impact my neighbor’s potential child fuckwad. So it does compare. Hands off my body when it comes to protecting unborn but hands on when it comes to covid. It is a perfect comparison. Tell me, are you a fat fuck, ugly as sin, or weak and mealy like Bill Gates? Nobody that has anything going for them corresponds like this. I guarantee, you would not call me a fuckwad to my face. DICK.
    5 points
  31. And now we get to watch ugly, unfuckable, 300+lb women protest over abortion. Great. Thanks SCOTUS.
    5 points
  32. *Gabe Davis and his 4 TD playoff game enters the chat*
    5 points
  33. These Athletic posts need to be copied and pasted. Not everyone has accounts.
    5 points
  34. That guy should run for president. Fumigate the wokeness from this country.
    5 points
  35. None of this can be argued with. So, I expect nothing but smears from the usual suspects...
    4 points
  36. This is maybe the closest we've been to a potential outbreak of nuclear war in over a generation. It should be unthinkable, but for some people, it's not. Maybe it's all but forgotten by the leaders of today, but back in the day there was something quaint and old-fashioned called MAD, or Mutually Assured Destruction. Playing nuclear chicken with the Russians is a very bad idea. Kinzinger is an imbecile and lunatic for his sabre-rattling. Biden is an imbecile and lunatic x 10 for his many inflammatory remarks and his own retarded sabre-rattling. Christ, but he may just be stupid enough to go along with this AUMF madness.
    4 points
  37. You Subscribe Following NFL Draft 2022 Big Board Cities NFL NBA MLB NHL Soccer NCAAF WNBA • • • Don’t let Kaiir Elam’s stats fool you: Torrian Gray offers a fuller picture of Bills’ top pick By Tim Graham 1h ago ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft to take a cornerback who intercepted a single pass last season. Well, whoopity-doo! Kaiir Elam as a sophomore two years ago broke up the fourth-most passes in the country. Now, there’s a big stat … Precious few NFL Draft analysts predicted Elam would be selected as early as 23rd on Thursday night. In the 1,375 simulations compiled at NFLMockDraftDatabase.com, Elam on average was taken 29th, but he was not a consensus pick at any slot through the first or second rounds. Fans most frequently heard predictions about Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. and Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon. So when Bills general manager Brandon Beane traded up two spots for Elam, many fans went looking for information, eyeballed the college statistics and wondered what’s what. Elam’s former University of Florida position coach had a logical explanation for a lack of interceptions. Elam is so exceptional at press, man-to-man coverage that he disrupted receivers before the ball could be thrown — and eventually quarterbacks stopped throwing in his direction at all. “It’s hard to get interceptions out of press,” said former NFL safety Torrian Gray, the former Florida cornerbacks coach now working for the University of South Carolina “But, man, he made some really impressive interceptions out of press.” Elam recorded six interceptions in 35 games for the Gators, but he broke up 26 passes. Beane stressed Elam is equally adept at covering receivers farther off the line. Elam’s self-scouting report is that he’s comfortable playing both styles but admitted he has to refine his technique at each. “Press is more you imposing your will, basically knocking off timing of the receiver,” Elam said. “Playing off is more reactive and you have to be locked on your technique. “You have to believe you have the ability to stick with this guy and ultimately take the ball away every single rep. Then you can do it: mindset, trust your technique, have the intangibles to go out there and do it and be able to run with the guys in this league and stop on a dime.” Elam ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, a time that likely clinched him as a first-round talent, regardless of what the draftniks thought. Buffalo doesn’t freely hand out first-string assignments to rookies. Beane stressed Dane Jackson, who started six regular-season games last year and two more in the playoffs, won’t be easy to surpass on the depth chart. But opportunities for interceptions should exist for Elam, especially when two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White fully recovers from reconstructive knee surgery. “He’s got ball skills,” Beane said of Elam. “You see when he’s had opportunities. It’s going to be easier for him the less he’s playing press. When you’re playing off, you’re reading your guy; you’ve got eyes on the quarterback.” As a freshman, Elam snagged a career-best three interceptions while starting five of 13 games. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore, sliding into the vacancy created by 2020 No. 9 draft choice C.J. Henderson. Elam picked off only a pair of passes that year, but he broke up 13 of them to lead the SEC. “My most memorable play of Kaiir’s was when he was in the boundary against Vanderbilt,” Gray said. “He knew the guy was going to give him a double move and take off to the end zone. He told me before the play because we were coming out of a timeout.” Vanderbilt receiver Chris Pierce, who in the first quarter had beaten Elam for a touchdown despite draping coverage, did exactly what Elam envisioned. Pierce juked up the seam and got behind him by a step in the end zone, but Elam made a dynamic leap to deny a 23-yard TD and secure the interception. “That’s what we studied all week,” Gray said, “and at that point in the game he knew it was coming, like, ‘Wow!’ His IQ is impressive, but then he has the ability to finish plays.” Gray recalled Elam arriving on campus a remarkably polished 18-year-old. Elam’s father, Abram, played safety for seven seasons with five clubs. Uncle Matt played three years for the Baltimore Ravens. Even so, Gray noted Kaiir Elam’s maturity must be hardwired as much as it was learned. “He was like a professional, coming out of high school,” Gray said. “Most true freshmen don’t have the attention to detail and the want-to to learn your system, learn your playbook, give themselves the best opportunity to contribute as soon as possible. “He was in SEC condition the day he arrived. Kids just don’t do that as freshmen that often. They show up and say, ‘I didn’t realize how different this would be! I’ve got to get in shape!’ And he was vocalizing his leadership. “He’s different than anybody I’ve coached.” Gray flatly forecasted Elam will make a smooth transition into the NFL but with consistency needed. Elam has practiced the past couple of years against NFL targets such as tight end Kyle Pitts (fourth pick last year), receiver Kadarius Toney (20th last year) and receiver Van Jefferson (57th in 2020) and has defended a slew of opposing SEC superstars on Saturdays. Beane mentioned “his tackling at times was a little shaky” but added that shouldn’t be a significant concern once exposed to the demands of head coach Sean McDermott, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and secondary coach John Butler. “He’s a pro’s pro,” Gray said. “I have no concerns that he’s going to be able to handle his business. He’s got to learn the ropes, going from the college game to the pro game. “But his approach won’t be an issue. 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    4 points
  38. I loved this pick when I mocked it to the Bills in January and still love it now that it has come to pass.
    4 points
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