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11 hours ago, H2o said:

They fail to mention that 6 of Clayborn's sacks came against the Cowboys when he was facing a backup LT. He's not really worth throwing much money at. I'd rather take a shot on Aaron Lynch. 

As long as he comes in "in shape" and healthy I'd rather kick the tires on Lynch as well.  After thinking about it more here's my FA wishlist.

 

DT - Star Lotulelei

DE - Aaron Lynch

CB - Kyle Fuller - prefer his measurables over Gaines

OL - Justin Pugh

 

I know we ain't signing 4 Free Agents but I figure Lynch should be cheap.

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If we use a lot of draft picks to move up for a QB we absolutely have to have a free agency like that. Very solid list btw

5 minutes ago, NewEraBills said:

As long as he comes in "in shape" and healthy I'd rather kick the tires on Lynch as well.  After thinking about it more here's my FA wishlist.

 

DT - Star Lotulelei

DE - Aaron Lynch

CB - Kyle Fuller - prefer his measurables over Gaines

OL - Justin Pugh

 

I know we ain't signing 4 Free Agents but I figure Lynch should be cheap.

 

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10 hours ago, Alphadawg7 said:

 

The redskins also struggle to catch the ball and aren't a very good coached team.  I get your point of view, but I also don't think the Redskins are all that great of a team overall nor are coached well.  So, I am in the camp that its not really fair to hang the record only on his shoulders.  I mean Brees, Rivers, Stafford, Ryan, Luck, etc also don't have great records other over the last 5 years overall.  It wasn't all their faults either.  Brees is clearly a superior QB to Cousins and the rest of the list, and this is the first time he has been in playoffs in 6 years.  Cousins is not that far off and comparable to all those other guys though, and they all have few playoff appearances among them and win less than they should.  

 

Everyone is always fixated on pinning the W/L record mostly on the QB, but its not even close to accurate.  

 

All fair points, especially pinning the win/loss record on him.

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12 hours ago, Alphadawg7 said:

 

The redskins also struggle to catch the ball and aren't a very good coached team.  I get your point of view, but I also don't think the Redskins are all that great of a team overall nor are coached well.  So, I am in the camp that its not really fair to hang the record only on his shoulders.  I mean Brees, Rivers, Stafford, Ryan, Luck, etc also don't have great records other over the last 5 years overall.  It wasn't all their faults either.  Brees is clearly a superior QB to Cousins and the rest of the list, and this is the first time he has been in playoffs in 6 years.  Cousins is not that far off and comparable to all those other guys though, and they all have few playoff appearances among them and win less than they should.  

 

Everyone is always fixated on pinning the W/L record mostly on the QB, but its not even close to accurate.  

 

Your thought is that the Redskins don't really see themselves for what they are - which then causes them to not fully commit to Cousins?

 

If that's the case - what a massive failure.  

 

In your scenario why would Brees be superior to Cousins?

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1 hour ago, White Linen said:

 

Your thought is that the Redskins don't really see themselves for what they are - which then causes them to not fully commit to Cousins?

 

If that's the case - what a massive failure.  

 

In your scenario why would Brees be superior to Cousins?

 

I don't have a high regard for Jay Gruden or that staff, and definitely dont have a high regard for Redskins FO either.  

 

I dont know what you mean by "my scenario", but not really sure what needs to be explained about the statement of Brees is superior to Cousins considering Brees is Superior to about 99% of all QB's who have ever played in the NFL.  

 

Bottom line is this, its not a stretch of the imagaination to say we would have been a double digit win team this past year with Cousins considering we won 9 with the TT and Peterman.  We win the Car, Cincy, and Charger games most likely with Cousins in addition to the other 9 we still won, thats a 12 win season right now.  Adding Cousins and then all these draft picks and some other FA's to a roster capable of 12 wins with a competent coaching staff seems like a pretty good decision to me.  This Bills roster is better than the Redskins with a better coaching staff.  

 

I used to be in the "No to Cousins" camp too...but after watching what this team did this year despite all the talent that we got rid of, a bad OC, injuries to WR's, and a middle of the pack QB...adding Cousins to this and using all those picks on a rich draft sounds pretty good to me now.

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On 1/13/2018 at 1:21 PM, Alphadawg7 said:

 

I don't have a high regard for Jay Gruden or that staff, and definitely dont have a high regard for Redskins FO either.  

 

I dont know what you mean by "my scenario", but not really sure what needs to be explained about the statement of Brees is superior to Cousins considering Brees is Superior to about 99% of all QB's who have ever played in the NFL.  

 

Bottom line is this, its not a stretch of the imagaination to say we would have been a double digit win team this past year with Cousins considering we won 9 with the TT and Peterman.  We win the Car, Cincy, and Charger games most likely with Cousins in addition to the other 9 we still won, thats a 12 win season right now.  Adding Cousins and then all these draft picks and some other FA's to a roster capable of 12 wins with a competent coaching staff seems like a pretty good decision to me.  This Bills roster is better than the Redskins with a better coaching staff.  

 

I used to be in the "No to Cousins" camp too...but after watching what this team did this year despite all the talent that we got rid of, a bad OC, injuries to WR's, and a middle of the pack QB...adding Cousins to this and using all those picks on a rich draft sounds pretty good to me now.

 

At what cost?

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Gonna have to draft a LB.  I think the speed Wr, two Dts and maybe Edge rusher could be had in FA.  LB and QB I target early in the draft.  Athletic bakers dont make FA.  

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1 hour ago, Mat68 said:

Gonna have to draft a LB.  I think the speed Wr, two Dts and maybe Edge rusher could be had in FA.  LB and QB I target early in the draft.  Athletic bakers dont make FA.  

 

The one DT that should be pursued in Star Lotulelei.

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Just now, 26CornerBlitz said:

 

The one DT that should be pursued in Star Lotulelei.

Yes.  The connection is there the need is obvious.   I would be shocked he if he doesnt sign here.  Still they need another body as well that is why I said 2 Dts.  They will bring in a mid level FA like Thorton last year.  

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Just now, Mat68 said:

Yes.  The connection is there the need is obvious.   I would be shocked he if he doesnt sign here.  Still they need another body as well that is why I said 2 Dts.  They will bring in a mid level FA like Thorton last year.  

 

I can see them spending a 1st or 2nd round pick on a DT as well. 

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Just now, 26CornerBlitz said:

 

I can see them spending a 1st or 2nd round pick on a DT as well. 

I wouldn’t hate that, although I think they need to go LB pretty high too.

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Probably no one cares but what is Jamaal Charles up to?  He looked real good at the beginning of the season.  Is he someone that could get some carries behind McCoy?

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3 minutes ago, GoBills808 said:

I wouldn’t hate that, although I think they need to go LB pretty high too.

 

Absolutely. 

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Offseason Outlook

The defensive line is in need of some work, but I think that the interior line is far more dire a need than the edge. At least the Bills have three NFL-caliber defensive ends under contract for next season. It’s arguable that none of the defensive tackles Buffalo currently has under contract would find themselves earning any meaningful snaps in other places. Especially if Williams decides to retire, the Bills are in bad shape up the middle.

The team would be wise to invest heavily in the position, both with free-agent dollars and draft picks. I would not be at all surprised to see the Bills go after some free agent defensive tackles. Sheldon Richardson, Dontari Poe, DaQuan Jones, and Dominique Easley are all free agents, and while the latter two are coming off of injury (a torn biceps for Jones and a torn ACL for Easley), they could still help. Pursuing a familiar force like Star Lotulelei of the Carolina Panthers would be a possibility, as well. Signing a big-name might not be the way the front office wants to play it, but adding someone whose mere presence means that he’ll be double-teamed will only help the rest of the defense to make plays.

 

The 2018 NFL Draft is loaded with interior defensive linemen, and with the Bills in possession of five of the first 96 picks in April, taking a defensive tackle isn’t out of the question; in fact, it should be a top priority. Vita Vea, Da’Ron Payne, Harrison Phillips, Maurice Hurst, and many others could step right into the Bills’ lineup and help the team in starting a new kind of playoff streak next season.

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On 1/12/2018 at 6:29 PM, Alphadawg7 said:

Sign Bridgewater (and then draft a QB still in first 2 rounds).  Not only is he a guy who can potentially start while we groom a rookie, he still has potential to be a franchise QB as he showed flashes before the injury.  

Been saying this for a while now.  I have no idea what his injury status is or the likelihood of re-injury, but if he has even the remote opportunity to continue his career, I'd want to take the chance and sign him.

 

Why limit yourself to one chance in finding your franchise QB?  If Bridgewater can somehow make a complete comeback from injury, and you take a guy in Round 1 (whether you trade up or not), you have 2 young, talented guys on your team and we can just hope that at least 1 in the answer!  Give yourself an additional opportunity to find the long-term answer.  If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, but it's a chance I'd like to take.

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3 hours ago, sven233 said:

Been saying this for a while now.  I have no idea what his injury status is or the likelihood of re-injury, but if he has even the remote opportunity to continue his career, I'd want to take the chance and sign him.

 

Why limit yourself to one chance in finding your franchise QB?  If Bridgewater can somehow make a complete comeback from injury, and you take a guy in Round 1 (whether you trade up or not), you have 2 young, talented guys on your team and we can just hope that at least 1 in the answer!  Give yourself an additional opportunity to find the long-term answer.  If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, but it's a chance I'd like to take.

 

Exactly my feelings too.  He is the perfect example of buy low.  Bring him in, and double down with a rookie and let them battle it out.  If he can get any of his pre injury form back and put those past him, there is definite upside towards a potential quality starting QB.  Then you still have an asset in the rookie who can either still out play Teddy and take the job over, or be a valuable trade chip if Teddy takes the job and never lets go.  

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6 hours ago, Alphadawg7 said:

 

Exactly my feelings too.  He is the perfect example of buy low.  Bring him in, and double down with a rookie and let them battle it out.  If he can get any of his pre injury form back and put those past him, there is definite upside towards a potential quality starting QB.  Then you still have an asset in the rookie who can either still out play Teddy and take the job over, or be a valuable trade chip if Teddy takes the job and never lets go.  

 

Sounds like a plausible plan to move forward in 2018. 

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The Bills need a quick infusion of talent at the linebacker position, as it was often the middle of the field that was exploited in both the passing game and the running game this season. If Milano is penciled in as a starter, that leaves at least two positions to be filled, preferably by ‘backers who can both play zone coverage and play solidly against the run.

 

The best available free agents, arguably, are former Buffalo Bills. Nigel Bradham may not have fit in Rex Ryan’s hybrid 3-4 defense, but he was phenomenal in Jim Schwartz’s attacking 4-3. He is a free agent, and while it’s unlikely that he leaves the Philadelphia Eagles (where Schwartz is once again his defensive coordinator for now), he would certainly fill a gaping hole in his old digs. The same could be said of Zach Brown, who manned the middle linebacker spot for Buffalo in 2016. Other free agent options include Demario Davis, Jon Bostic, Anthony Hitchens, and Avery Williamson.

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On 1/15/2018 at 9:42 PM, sven233 said:

Been saying this for a while now.  I have no idea what his injury status is or the likelihood of re-injury, but if he has even the remote opportunity to continue his career, I'd want to take the chance and sign him.

 

Why limit yourself to one chance in finding your franchise QB?  If Bridgewater can somehow make a complete comeback from injury, and you take a guy in Round 1 (whether you trade up or not), you have 2 young, talented guys on your team and we can just hope that at least 1 in the answer!  Give yourself an additional opportunity to find the long-term answer.  If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, but it's a chance I'd like to take.

 

I like the overall strategy.  We'll see what the Vikings do in the offseason.  They're kind of in the catbird seat for QB, at least they have options.

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The Buffalo Bills had a big problem rushing the passer during the 2017 NFL season. They only managed 27 sacks, “good” for 29th in the league. With Jerry Hughes set to count $10.4 million against the salary cap next season, one would expect more production than his 4 sacks this season.

 

If they do decide that Hughes isn’t worth the price tag, the Bills will have plenty of options to consider in the free agent market.

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http://www.espn.com/nfl/insider/story/_/id/22122388/nfl-ranking-top-50-potential-free-agents-2018

 

Just some of the players who might be of interest to the Bills.

7. Andrew Norwell, G

Team: Carolina Panthers | Age entering 2018 season: 26

 

29. Paul Richardson, WR

Team: Seattle Seahawks | Age entering 2018 season: 26

 

33. Nigel Bradham, LB

Team: Philadelphia Eagles | Age entering 2018 season: 29

 

46. E.J. Gaines, CB

Team: Buffalo Bills | Age entering 2018 season: 26

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