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  1. Where did I say I have an issue with Foster playing special teams? Maybe re-read the question and actually try to answer it. Pretend for a moment that Duke Williams does not exist. Heck, forget Robert Foster exists. Try answering "What does a good ST Gunner look like?"
  2. I tried to word this so it would not become another "Duke Williams" post, bit have clearly failed. I am interested in actual answers pertaining to special teams. "Foster had some good (5) tackles" is not the depth of explanation I was hoping for.
  3. I have read on this board and heard on broadcasts that Robert Foster is a good "Gunner" on special teams, so I decided to go stat hunting online and found..............mostly nothing. This year Robert Foster has 5 tackles and NO OTHER special teams stats available. I readily admit that 5 tackles is pretty much a meaningless stat, because it's a lousy way to measure ST performance. On ST defense it's important to get down field quickly to force fair catches, clog return lanes and take out blockers. On ST offense, it's creating the wedge (or what's left of it in the modern NFL) and clearing lanes for the return guy. All valid special teams skills, but all pretty difficult to measure and quantify. Are there advanced analytics or film breakdowns anywhere that look at this? I know there are many smaller sports media outlets that do all 22 reviews and would love to see a breakdown of what a "good" gunner does.
  4. So coach him not to be a hotdog. Also, a little hot-doggery is acceptable if you back it up with performance. See: Shaq Lawson.
  5. It's ludicrous to me that with just 4 starts, Williams is our #4 WR in terms of production and after Brown (2) and Beasley (2) is the only other pass catcher to produce a 100 yard game. I am baffled at the huge gap between the production of Buffalo's top 2 vs everyone else. We have a 1 and a 2, but really, Buffalo does not have an actual WR3. The Don Beebe. The Josh Reed. The Marquise Goodwin. The guy who is good for maybe 400 to 500 yards and 3 TD on a season. McKenzie comes close, I guess, if you add in the jet sweeps and reverses, but not really as a pass catching WR. Does a team really even need a WR3? I'm not sure, but if they do I think Williams could be that guy. Good size, good hands, good effort after the catch, and good blocking. Good work ethic. Ok route running. But most importantly, produces when given a chance. Has a little bit of that "it" factor. I'm not a coach, so I don't have clue why Williams has not seen the field more this year or why, in general, the Bills don't seem to have a WR3, but it would be nice to have someone who could fill that role going into the playoffs.
  6. Wow. Pretty hot take on one catch. Remembering now while I stay off the game thread. 99% negative.
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