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  1. I wonder if the GM and coaches are projecting the depth chart as much as is being done on this board, or if they are simply stockpiling quality O-linemen and will let it shake out in camp. Injuries that haven't happened yet, and COVID-related absences, will likely be a factor.
  2. Thanks to Mr. Papadopoulous for posting this. It must have taken a fair amount of time to put this together. Knox appears quite a bit in the earlier ones. Let's hope he improves as a 2nd year veteran. I was surprised by how often Beasley appeared, as he has a reputation for being sure-handed. I suppose you have to take into account how many targets these guys get. If you catch 95 out of 100 thrown to you, but these video clips only show your 5 drops, it may be an inaccurate reflection on the receiver. That said, if you look at it solely from the QB perspective, it tells a more realistic story.
  3. I don't know a lot about Winters. Here's what I do know: 1. The Bills have lots of cap room this year 2. The Bills lost their projected starting RG to injury a few days ago 3. Winters is a guard with lots of starting experience and he was signed to a 1 year deal with the Bills Whether Winters starts or is a capable backup, it works out for the Bills. If he's terrible in camp and he's shot due to injuries, they can release him with no ramifications beyond this year. I don't see any downside to this signing. After all these years, it is great to be a team that is willing and able to make smart moves like this. Not only do we have the necessary cap space to sign him, we are also seen as an attractive destination for veteran FAs who have options on where to sign.
  4. A few comments on this: It isn't the best broadcast team out there, but looks to be pretty good and much better than what they've had in recent years I'm not a big fan of the 3-man booth. Too many voices. Levy - I've always liked him. He does a good job, knows his stuff, seems to really enjoy the game(s) when he's broadcasting them. He used to do a great job on NHL games for ESPN. He's from Long Island, he went to college at SUNY Oswego, and seems to be knowledgeable about the Buffalo teams and fanbase. There are a lot of WNYers who go to Oswego, so maybe that has something to do with it, or it simply might be that he grew up a sports fan in NY state. Regardless of the reason, he's not one of the national media guys who you see saying inaccurate or disparaging things about Buffalo or its teams. Griese - He was the starting QB when Michigan won the national championship in 1997. His backup? Tom Brady. Just an interesting fact. I though his NFL playing career was ho-hum, but he's been pretty good as a broadcaster. He has certainly played enough football at the highest levels to have credibility and he's well-spoken. Riddick - Very knowledgeable about the NFL, both on the field and behind the scenes. Solid presence on camera, and also well-spoken. He's a little more understated than some of the blowhards that do the NFL, which is a very good thing.
  5. Well, he needed a job, and they offered him one....
  6. Baseball is less than a week in and is already cancelling games due to the virus. Baseball also has much less physical contact than football and smaller rosters and staff (so fewer people involved, so less chance of the presence or spread of the virus). As much as I want to have NFL football this fall, I don't think it looks very promising. My comments have nothing to do with anyone's greed, one way or another. I don't see any "evil" on the part of the NFL. For the players, coaches and other staff, this is their job and their source of income. Plus, money aside, everyone - players, coaches, owners, and fans (including me) loves football and wants to see it played. I'm just pessimistic that it will happen.
  7. They might as well be, as they have screwed me twice by not delivering me the tickets I bought for events through their site. 😄
  8. Perhaps investing in renewable energy (wind, solar, etc.) might be where the smart money is going, if your prediction for next year proves to be correct. That said, politics and personal preferences aside, I would like to see the Pegulas' investments do well so that they have lots of excess cash to invest in the Bills, Sabres, and downtown Buffalo development.
  9. I love football and the Bills and really hope it comes back. The realist in me says that they either start on time and have to suspend or cancel the season due to the spread of the virus to too many players or they will have to delay the start for a few months until the conditions with the virus improve (curve flattened everywhere, vaccine invented, etc.)
  10. I was at that Rams game too. Paid a king's ransom for seats and was a mile away from the action. The stadium is a true pit - old and rundown. The seats were rusty, etc. and the acoustics, scoreboard, and everything about it was bad. At least the Bills won the game - one of the few highlights of the Rex era. The tailgating was also weak. Stadium parking was limited and was $100+. We ended up paying $50 to park in some guy's driveway about a half block from the stadium lot and it ended up being OK, but nothing close to the full tailgating experience you get in most NFL venues and certainly nothing compared to what you get in Buffalo.
  11. I attended a game at the Chargers' soccer field. It is a small and intimate experience and the concessions area had picnic tables where you could hang out, eat, have a drink, etc. Very different from any NFL venue I have ever visited, but a good experience. Other than what was on the field - that was the infamous Peterman game....I love New Era and have had great experiences there, but it probably has the ranking it deserves. The bathroom situation is terrible (hello birdbath) and the concourses are extremely narrow and jam packed to the point of almost being dangerous. I would hesitate to take a child or elderly person to a game for those reasons. The acoustics also aren't the best and I hate the sunburn I always get when I'm on the "sunny" side. That said, the sight lines are fantastic and the pre-game and in-game atmospheres are definitely among the best.
  12. I went to a college game at Jerruh World in Dallas. Their jumbotron was undoubtedly a spectacle, but it distracted my attention from watching the game on the field. I kept shifting my eyes between the screen and the field. It was very distracting and took away from my overall enjoyment of the game.
  13. With a strong defensive effort, the Bills can compete with almost anyone in the league, even with a backup QB at the helm. Barkley is no world beater, but he's an NFL veteran who has been with the team long enough to know the playbook very well. We should have a good OL, good RBs and good pass catchers, so I don't think the entire thing unravels if Barkley has to play a few games. I don't see us outscoring the Chiefs, but that's only one game. There's no reason we can't compete with the bottom 25 or so teams with a backup QB if the defense plays well. And if Fromm somehow rises to the occasion and beats out Barkley as a rookie, then he's got some talent that will help us. Fromm has played well against the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, etc., in high pressure games in huge noisy stadiums, so perhaps the moment wouldn't be too big for him. (I still think Barkley beats him out and remains the #2 for one more year and I also think there won't be full noisy stadiums this year.)
  14. I disagree with the OP's take. New England: Newton, if healthy, is the starter. If he isn't healthy, you're left with Stidham who has no NFL experience to speak of and Hoyer who is up there in years and is a career backup type of guy (arguably in the mold of Barkley, but I'll give you that he's more accomplished). Miami: Fitz and a rookie coming off of a bad injury. Jests: Darnold and Flacco. Darnold and Allen have different skill sets, but are arguably at about the same point in their careers. I think that Allen has more upside. Flacco is undoubtedly more accomplished than Barkley, but it's been a number of years since he's been at the top of his game. He is old, slow and brittle. He reminds me a little bit of Drew Bledsoe in his final years. He certainly isn't a guy to be feared. The Bills have a promising young starter on the upswing in Allen, a middle of the road backup in Barkley and a developmental rookie with potential and upside in Fromm. (I won't bring Davis Webb into the mix.) The Bills also have a really good defense, so the backup QB might only need to manage the game and hold down the fort until an injured stater came back. Barkley has a small sample size with the team, but the one meaningful game he started, he played really well. I think that he could take the reins and keep the team afloat for a few weeks. So, I don't agree that this is a huge hole that could ruin the season any more than if any other team lost its starting QB for an extended period of time. The Kurt Warner and Nick Foles stories are few and far between. Most #2 QBs are #2s for a reason. Sure, a Dalton, Newton or Flacco type may have been better than Barkley, but the Bills have reasons they didn't go in any of those directions and I trust the judgment of the current management and coaching staff.
  15. This is no big deal. First of all, she's the owner and can do what she wants. Second, she's just getting a flavor of the in-game coaching experience. She's in no way involved with coaching the team. Many of the moves she's made with the Sabres are worthy of questioning, but it's hard to find fault with anything she's done with the Bills in the last 3 years, including this. In a well-known business book, the key to success starts with "getting the right people on the bus." The Bills have the right people on the bus. The Sabres clearly don't, and only time will tell if, after this year's changes, they will.
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