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  1. My dad and I were at the 1963 playoff game vs. the Patsies in the Rockpile. It had snowed a foot the week before the game, and our seats were impressions of garbage cans pressed on top of the snow in the Bleachers. Only bright spot in the game for the Bills was a 93 yard TD from Lamonica to Dubenion. Brutal cold day. Even in the two championship years, 1964 and 1965, there was always an undercurrent of a QB controversy.
  2. At the time, I think Darby and Gilmore were regarded as a pretty competent duo.
  3. Once again, it appears that any time Derrick Henry runs between the tackles, any type of block is allowed.
  4. Gilliam also blocked SIX kicks in college, so it's likely that every opposing special teams coach is giving him extra attention when he lines up on the kick or punt block team. Nice tool to have in the tool kit.
  5. Perhaps Deebo 2.0? Nice tool for Josh's toolkit if he figures out how to pass block.
  6. To stir the pot a little, OBJ and Tre White were teammates at LSU.
  7. Poyer is making his case for that new contract.
  8. Jim was thicker and faster tho, 6-2, 232. according to Belichick, ran a 4.5 40 in pads from a 3 point start, He was bigger and faster than most LB's of that era. Also played with a quiet rage on the field.
  9. Green Bay is a smaller market than Buffalo, and they have what is considered one of the better stadiums in the league, funded through a sales tax.
  10. PFF ranks him on a par with Saffold, good run blocker, poor pass blocker. Insurance if Boettger's rehab is behind schedule, or if Bates doesn't produce when named the starter. Spent two years [2017-2018] at Carolina before the Jets.
  11. Of the current roster, 25 players were drafted by the Bills since McD was hired in 2017. 21 are regulars who play nearly every game unless injured. Jim and Pat yesterday on Sirius-NFL were saying that a coach/front office is doing well if they have 15 of their draft choices still on the roster.
  12. Bills had 12 punts in the last four games, 5 vs. Carolina and 7 vs. the lowly Jets in the last game, wrapped around the 2 no punt games. That translates to 51 on the year. If you have to punt 12 times vs. Carolina and the Jets who were both out of the playoffs, doubt you will be anywhere near 35. KC had 40 punts last year which is the low for a 17 game season.
  13. All he needs is the red contacts to scare the defense on game day.
  14. A big one I would add...weather, esp in the OP. Think Patriots night game this past season. Can't control it, but that was a deciding factor in the game. This year we are at Miami in the peak of Hurricane season, also at Chicago on Christmas Eve and at Cinci the night after New Years, site of the second coldest game in NFL history and probably playing for home field in the playoffs.
  15. Competition committee decides the rules: Rich McKay (Chairman) – president and CEO, Atlanta Falcons [Coaches' son] Katie Blackburn – executive vice president, Cincinnati Bengals Chris Grier – general manager, Miami Dolphins Stephen Jones – executive vice president, Dallas Cowboys John Mara – owner, NY Giants Ozzie Newsome – executive vice president, Baltimore Ravens [Former Player] Frank Reich – head coach, Indianapolis Colts [Former Player] Ron Rivera – head coach, Washington Commanders [Former Player] Mike Tomlin – head coach, Pittsburgh Steelers [Former Player] Mike Vrabel – head coach, Tennessee Titans [Former Player] This is the current competition committee, notice the number of former players on it. All of the former players have a ring [Reich & Tomlin as coaches, Newsome as an exec].
  16. Shakir is also an insurance policy if Gabe were to go down with injury or becomes too expensive when he hits free agency [e.g. Tyreek Hill]. I think with Josh's big contract, that drafting will become super important as it will give the team (over the 4 years they control the draftees) 15-20 cost controlled regulars.
  17. I have four guys signed that are not on your list. Assume they would all be "reds" Keith Corbin WR CJ Brewer DL Prince Emili DL Ja'Marcus Ingram DB
  18. I think that's what McBeane is building here, do your job, do it well, and don't embarrass the team, right person, right job.
  19. Re: Terrell Bernard likely replaces Dodson or Andre Smith I thought Bernard was the Milano backup/(down the line replacement). Dodson and Smith are both bigger LB's and core special teamers (+250 snaps each last season). With the departure of AJ Klein, there should be an open spot in the linebacker room on the 53 man.
  20. Wonder if the Bills will ever get to 90 on the roster? Loaded roster, athletic draft choices at positions of need. Still 4 spots open. Agents probably advising players who want to make a roster to go elsewhere.
  21. Summarizing; and ignoring the Edmunds, Poyer, and to some extent Crowder mentions; here are the "bubble" players mentioned above Dodson Epenesa Ford Gilliam Duke Johnson Kumerow Matakevich McKenzie Haack Hart Taiwan Jones Moss Andre Smith Stevenson Sweeney will be interesting to see how many make the 53, and how many are active on game day
  22. Interestingly Quessenberry played more snaps last season than anyone on the Bills roster. Doubt he is cut.
  23. Just found this article. Pretty interesting stuff, also explains why Stout went well ahead of Araiza. Also answers some of my question about analytics and punting. https://phillycovercorner.com/2022/03/whats-the-value-of-a-good-punt-and-some-more-jordan-stout/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-the-value-of-a-good-punt-and-some-more-jordan-stout Stout rarely has touchbacks, nearly twice as good as the average NFL punter.
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