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GreggTX

A Silver Lining...

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...In a dark cloud. The Bills have been awful lately, but unnoticed during this swan dive is the fact that both of our 2nd round picks are starting to step up their play -- especially Dawkins. He has been particularly strong these past 2 Sundays according to PFF which put him in the top 3 performers at LT while Mills was getting eaten alive. Say hello to your new LT. If Glenn's foot gets back to normal and he's moved to RT, we'll have solid bookends for years to come.

 

Zay Jones' rise hasn't been as dramatic because of the hyperextended knee, but he looks like he's 'attacking' the ball rather than waiting for it to arrive and give defenders a chance to get a hand in the way.

 

Throw in the fact that White has been playing as well as any rookie and perhaps we've got a good start on an improved roster for 2018.

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Well I'm desperate for a silver lining right about now, and I think you're right.   However, the cloud's a whole lot darker than that, my friend.   

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Impossible. Some posters here said that the draft was terrible, White was barely average, everybody sucks.

 

 

i think we have a bright future. Just let it happen.

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7 minutes ago, Shaw66 said:

Well I'm desperate for a silver lining right about now, and I think you're right.   However, the cloud's a whole lot darker than that, my friend.   

Whenever you feel that way, just remember that we gave away a lot of underproducing talent and have yet to cash in on the extra cap space and draft picks. You gotta factor that into the equation.

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A tiny little thimble of Kool Aid tastes good but it leaves you loopy.  Plenty of capable sailors were on the Titanic. 

I just wish we would hit on some of these FA signings, maybe Cadet might be the start of something. 

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9 minutes ago, Mike in Horseheads said:

Milano has played decent also, I wish they's get him back out there

 

I was going to add that and forgot. Good catch.

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30 minutes ago, Big C said:

Other positive is that Cadet looks like the backup RB we have been messing. 

Maybe so. I wouldn't be surprised if they traded Shady and signed or drafted a much younger replacement for next year either.

Just now, HomeskillitMoorman said:

I think what you're not understanding is how sad it is that that's all we really have going for us. 

We have a lot of good young talent in the secondary and a fair WR corps. We still have great picks coming up in the draft and we've freed up cap space by moving underachievers.

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Most importantly, they now have the cap under control. Glenn and K. Williams will be gone at the end of the season. Will Clay and Shady be back? Now they just need to draft a QB early and OL help...

 

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3 hours ago, GreggTX said:

Whenever you feel that way, just remember that we gave away a lot of underproducing talent and have yet to cash in on the extra cap space and draft picks. You gotta factor that into the equation.

They need 3/4 of a defensive line, three linebackers and three or four offensive linemen. 

 

Plus a quarterback.  

 

There aren't enough draft picks to fill all those holes.   And I don't what free agents will be interested in a team that collapsed under its rookie head coach. 

 

I think the future for the next couple of years is bleak.   Happy to be convinced otherwise, but the only convincing I'm buying is on the field.  First test is whether McDermott can turn this season around.   KC is reeling, and they'll probably beat the Bills.   How early inthe first half do you think the Pats game will be over?   Is there any question that it's over by halftime?  

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28 minutes ago, Shaw66 said:

They need 3/4 of a defensive line, three linebackers and three or four offensive linemen. 

 

Plus a quarterback.  

 

There aren't enough draft picks to fill all those holes.   And I don't what free agents will be interested in a team that collapsed under its rookie head coach. 

 

I think the future for the next couple of years is bleak.   Happy to be convinced otherwise, but the only convincing I'm buying is on the field.  First test is whether McDermott can turn this season around.   KC is reeling, and they'll probably beat the Bills.   How early inthe first half do you think the Pats game will be over?   Is there any question that it's over by halftime?  

Can't stay on topic can you? OP's was this years draft

 

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4 hours ago, GreggTX said:

...In a dark cloud. The Bills have been awful lately, but unnoticed during this swan dive is the fact that both of our 2nd round picks are starting to step up their play -- especially Dawkins. He has been particularly strong these past 2 Sundays according to PFF which put him in the top 3 performers at LT while Mills was getting eaten alive. Say hello to your new LT. If Glenn's foot gets back to normal and he's moved to RT, we'll have solid bookends for years to come.

 

Zay Jones' rise hasn't been as dramatic because of the hyperextended knee, but he looks like he's 'attacking' the ball rather than waiting for it to arrive and give defenders a chance to get a hand in the way.

 

Throw in the fact that White has been playing as well as any rookie and perhaps we've got a good start on an improved roster for 2018.

 

Erm, from what I saw, Dawkins spent much of Sunday being pancaked, punched in the throat and otherwise shunted aside by Bosa.  I don't know where PFF gets its grades but IMHO the LT's job is to keep defenders off his QB and if he doesn't get it done, he didn't make the grade.

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4 hours ago, JohnBonhamRocks said:

More like a folding table to hide under during a hurricane than a silver lining on a dark cloud, but yeah, I like it. 

You forgot to mention the folding table is on fire.

 

:lol:

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1 hour ago, Mike in Horseheads said:

Can't stay on topic can you? OP's was this years draft

 

Look at the post I was responding to.  His post was about next year's draft. 

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I hope Dawkins is getting better, but it is so hard to tell. The PFF ratings are good, but he still doesn't seem to pass the eye test. Maybe its just because we (I) only notice when it goes bad, but he sure seemed to struggle in LA. 

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13 hours ago, Shaw66 said:

They need 3/4 of a defensive line, three linebackers and three or four offensive linemen. 

 

Plus a quarterback.  

 

There aren't enough draft picks to fill all those holes.   And I don't what free agents will be interested in a team that collapsed under its rookie head coach. 

 

I think the future for the next couple of years is bleak.   Happy to be convinced otherwise, but the only convincing I'm buying is on the field.  First test is whether McDermott can turn this season around.   KC is reeling, and they'll probably beat the Bills.   How early inthe first half do you think the Pats game will be over?   Is there any question that it's over by halftime?  

 

I agree with you assessment of the current/near future state of the Bills.  I thought it was pretty clear, from the onset of the McBeane era, that this was "the process."  It's necessary.  It needed to be torn down and it needed (needs) to get worse before it gets better.

 

Personally, I think it's a better plan than the Ralph Wilson MO of just keeping the team "good enough," to provide false hope when season tickets went up for sale.

 

No more "one big FA splash signings," to excite desperate fans.

 

They're doing it right and it's going to take 2-3 years.  The sooner fans come to terms with that, the more they'll be able to watch it happen.

 

Go Bills!

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37 minutes ago, Gugny said:

 

I agree with you assessment of the current/near future state of the Bills.  I thought it was pretty clear, from the onset of the McBeane era, that this was "the process."  It's necessary.  It needed to be torn down and it needed (needs) to get worse before it gets better.

 

Personally, I think it's a better plan than the Ralph Wilson MO of just keeping the team "good enough," to provide false hope when season tickets went up for sale.

 

No more "one big FA splash signings," to excite desperate fans.

 

They're doing it right and it's going to take 2-3 years.  The sooner fans come to terms with that, the more they'll be able to watch it happen.

 

Go Bills!

We have no idea if they are doing it right, yet. Looks like the same ineptitude to me.

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2 hours ago, JM2009 said:

We have no idea if they are doing it right, yet. Looks like the same ineptitude to me.

 

I think it looks like that to fans who insist on instant gratification, when that isn't a realistic expectation.

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