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  1. 2 hours ago, HappyDays said:


    It would be taxpayer money from the whole state, not just Erie County. Our tax dollars have gone to NYC infrastructure. NYC taxpayers will be okay if some of their tax dollars go to a new stadium in Orchard Park. Ideally by building a big new stadium you'll invite more events to Buffalo which in turn will bring business to Buffalo. It isn't a project that exclusively benefits the Pegulas. Infrastructure spending has trickle down benefits. I bet once the official deal is in place the average NYS taxpayer will barely notice a difference.


    I can't tell if this is sarcasm, but if it isn't, it ought to be

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  2. 1 hour ago, Mango said:

    If getting $1.5B in tax payer dollars after a pandemic where people lost their entire livelihoods, family, friends, children, etc. is important enough to the Pegulas to pick up an take the Bills out of Buffalo. They’re welcome to leave. 

    I understand this is the start of a negotiation. But I can’t get behind billionaires asking for billions in a billion dollar industry so that they can keep making billions, while still in the thwarts of a pandemic. Meanwhile some are still struggling to get by and ultimately he’s asking for their tax dollars to keep money in his pocket. 


    That’s pretty much how I see it myself.


    I appreciate that the Pegulas bought the Bills and built a marvelous new training center and hired a GM and coach who seem to have turned the thing around.


    But they are multi-billionaires with mansions and a yacht.  If they need $1.54 billion of taxpayer money as the price of keeping the team in Buffalo , Nuts.

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  3. Sal Capaccio’s take on the practice.  

    Similar Kumerow love

    Similar comments to the effect of “Dawkins, we Miss You, Get Well Soon!”



    With starting left tackle Dion Dawkins still on the Eeserve/COVID-19 list, free agent signee Bobby Hart received some reps at that spot with the first unit on Saturday. Hart was up and down, getting beaten badly on one play by defensive end A.J. Epenesa, who most likely would have had a sack on the quarterback if it were allowed.

    The defense would have had another sack from Micah Hyde as well, after the safety snuck into the backfield to get to Allen.



    On another throw, Allen hit wide receiver Jake Kumerow with a perfectly placed ball, just over cornerback Levi Wallace, who had very good coverage. The ball was in a perfect spot to not only allow only Kumerow to catch it, but then continue to run.

    Speaking of Kumerow, despite all of the depth and competition the wide receiver group has, it’s looking like it’s going to be very hard to keep him off the final 53-man roster. He continues to get open and make plays.







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  4. Matthew Fairburn Athletic artcle



    Offensive line notes

    With Dion Dawkins still on the COVID-19 list, Bobby Hart spent a lot of time with the first-team offense at left tackle. The results were not great. Spencer Brown is another candidate for the backup left tackle job, and the Bills should hope that he’s able to win it. Brown showed off his power during one-on-one blocking drills. He’s far from a finished product, but his physical talent has been more noticeable with pads on. Meanwhile, Hart was beaten on multiple occasions while working with the first unit. Dawkins’ value to this line can’t be overstated.


    I think there are a few hints that the Bills may be using stadium practices in front of fans to do some roster evaluation.

    Ryan Bates, who is still here, filled in for Dawkins in a couple of games last season and looked capable.  I’m told Bobby Hart looked lost out there.  Spencer Brown is still learning.  (Fairburn doesn’t mention Bates in his article)


    If the answer is “Bobby Hart”, I’m not sure what the question was



    Jake Kumerow takes advantage


    Kumerow had already gotten off to a hot start in training camp, but he was really able to make his mark with Diggs on the sideline. Kumerow worked in with the first team and caught multiple passes from Allen including an impressive touchdown grab. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has said Kumerow was Green Bay’s second-best receiver in camp last year, and Kumerow is bringing that same energy to camp in Buffalo. This is a tough wide receiver depth chart to project with as much talent as Buffalo has, but Kumerow has put himself in the conversation to make the 53-man roster. Maybe general manager Brandon Beane can call the Packers and see if they want to trade for Kumerow to appease their star quarterback.

    “He’s like an all-around good receiver in every aspect: blocking, catching, running after the catch,” Jackson said. “He just sneaks up on you really. You don’t really see it off the rip, but when he’s out there running it’s like crazy. He can run, he can catch and he can do it all. His size (6-foot-4) is deceiving. You don’t think bigger guys are fast but he’s really fast. He gets up on you quick when you’re playing off and when you’re pressing, he can take that speed release and he’s gone.”


    Bolded echoed some points guys have made here.  I wasn’t impressed by the video clips of his TD catch - he bobbled the catch and created an “air ball” he himself hauled in, but in live action that could easily become an INT.  OTOH it’s interesting what Jackson has to say about Kumerow’s speed.  I think the concern for Kumerow in GB was that he caught some passes then he kind of disappeared for the rest of the 2019 games he played in, indicating that once teams had some film on him they erased him.  But of course, a player can take that experience and figure out what they have to improve, and do it, which may be something Kumerow has done.

  5. 19 minutes ago, Stank_Nasty said:

    Who actually has the energy to hate a 5th round pick. Bit dramatic I think. 


    I don't even think it's a matter of energy, it's a matter of understanding data and track record...let's pick a team which I believe most people would acknowledge to have a long track record of drafting well.  I'm gonna take the Baltimore Ravens. 


    Picks since 2016 include Matt Judon (Whoooop whooop!), Jermaine Eluemunor (still in league with Dolphins after stint with NE),  Jordan Lasley (never played a down), Daylon Mack (has bounced around 5-6 team practice squads), and Broderick Washington Jr.


    The latter showed some promise and was seeing playing time last year, but made the news this spring for the wrong reasons:



    So basically you have a star, a dud, two fringe players who have seen playing time (one may be a head-case), and a perennial PS candidate.  That's quintessential Round 5 stuff, right there: about 20% odds of getting a good to great player, maybe 50-50 odds overall of getting a guy who might develop into a guy who can play in the NFL, if he can dedicate himself to improving and keep his head in the right place.



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  6. 11 hours ago, transplantbillsfan said:

    Some of us older folk (and full disclosure... I'm 40) have already experienced that and are seeking Ws on the biggest stage in sports.






    5 minutes ago, JaCrispy said:

    I hated the Fromm pick since day 1...knew it was only a matter of time til he was out of the league...Just never seemed like NFL quality...


    Well, most round 5 picks do have a short league lifetime....at any position.  The Bills picked him because by the end of the 5th round, he was sticking up on their draft board, and they knew they needed an upgrade at backup QB, nothing wrong with taking a shot for that in the 5th IMO.



  7. 15 minutes ago, YattaOkasan said:

    Just to clarify if Fromm is on the PS we can’t counter if he gets an offer.  But I agree he or Webb is safe on the PS


    Where did you get this information that we can't counter?  As far as I know, it's incorrect - if another team makes an offer to your practice squad guy, you ARE allowed to match it (but the same restrictions about needing to put the player on the active roster for 3 weeks apply)


    I think angst about PS'ing Fromm is another Fosteresque Bills Fan-ism.  Other teams passed on him at least 4x.  There's a new crop of promising QB from this year's draft. 

    Here's his draft profile for reference:




    For reference, bear in mind that Davis Webb was a 3rd round pick in 2017.


    6 minutes ago, Chandler#81 said:

    No practice today, right?



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  8. 37 minutes ago, DolFAN93 said:

    Tua's looking good in TC despite their absence; finally looks healthy and has some guys that can get open downfield. Both he and Waddle have been the talk of the first few days of camp.


    Enchanting!  Then if Tua looks so marvelous, all the talk of how the Dolphins are trying to deal for Watson must be baloney, yes?

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  9. 1 hour ago, Limeaid said:

    Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham had back surgery on Friday



    Yikes, that's a huge setback for any potential career.


    3 hours ago, Zerovoltz said:

    Chiefs camp update 7/30/2021


    More glowing reviews on twitter and elswhere for G Trey Smith.  (steal of the draft)




  10. 1 hour ago, Chandler#81 said:

    Looks like Kay needs a spanking!..


    I thought she had a point 🤷‍♂️


    I mean, it's a great throw, whoo hoo - but we knew after last season Josh can make amazing throws.   


    The question is, can the defense do its part and can we have enough run game that we're not so one dimensional.


    58 minutes ago, MiltonWaddams said:

    Looks like Kay needs a sandwich.


    Steak and potatoes

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  11. 2 minutes ago, SCBills said:

    Seems like every write up so far this week has McKenzie looking fantastic.


    I'm always torn on how good I think he is, but it's good to hear our WR5 is out there making plays - especially if he's able to lock down the PR/KR role.


    McKenzie improved a lot on his route running last season.   By all accounts he seems to have taken another step.

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  12. Coach Sal takes on practice:



    More detail on the Oliver-Brown skuffle:


    About midway through the session outside the ADPRO Sports Training Center, during one of the 11-on-11 team portions of practice, defensive tackle Ed Oliver and rookie offensive tackle Spencer Brown got locked up after a play. Punches were thrown. Oliver ripped Brown’s helmet off. Then the 6-foot-8, 311-pound Brown dove on top of the 6-foot-1, 287-pound Oliver. Other players came running in and a huge pile was created with the two near the bottom. Everything seemed to get separated pretty quickly and both players returned to their respective sidelines.

    After practice, when asked about what happened, Oliver shrugged it off with a smile and said, “just a little scuffle, competition.  I had to be the first one (to fight in camp), like always (laughing).  It is what it is. Just friendly competition. I might go into the locker room and we might go eat together, you never know.  We’re family in the locker room.  It’s just competition.”


    Kumerow and Gentry impress:


    As he continues to be part of the storyline coming out of the Aaron Rodgers saga in Green Bay, noted as one of the players Rodgers did not like the Packers getting rid of last year, wide receiver Jake Kumerow continues to impress at Bills’ camp, both in one-on-one drills and in regular offensive team work against the defense.


    Another receiver that has caught some attention is Tanner Gentry, quarterback Josh Allen‘s former teammate at the University of Wyoming. He’s been very consistent in his route running and ability to catch the football.


    Sal says Rachad Wildgoose looks good.  I can't remember who said it, but earlier someone else said UDFA Oliajah Griffen looked ahead of him.


    While most of the talk at cornerback centers around the competition between Levi Wallace and Dane Jackson for the starting spot opposite Tre’Davious White, rookie Rachad Wildgoose is turning some heads, as well. He seems to be involved in the action all the time.


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