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10 hours ago, BobChalmers said:

 

Meh - Ansah is a dubious pickup - I'm hoping this means that's over.

 

So many good rookies to be had at DE/Edge

 

We have enough needs that I’d be happy to sign a player like Ansah and then use our high picks to shore up other areas.  I’d be excited to see him and Olivier added to this line.  That’d make for a formidable pass rush. 

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11 hours ago, Rufridr101 said:

I like beano approach keeps everyone on their toes.  Players better stay hungry. 

he's also just filling out the 90 player roster for camp

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16 hours ago, freddyjj said:

Agreed. Same weight (245 lbs) as Lorenzo Alexander and 2" taller.  Really see OBD looking to try him as Zo's backup this year.  Some amazing #s at Combine in 2015.  Good edge setter versus Run at SAM per 49ers reports.  Basically a one year audition.  

 

4.60 SEC in 40
35.0 INCH vertical
123.0 INCH broad jump
7.07 SEC 3 cone drill
4.16 SEC 20 yd shuttle
11.81 SEC 60 yd shuttle

 

http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/eli-harold?id=2552494

 

 

Out of all those stats, I would be more impressed if his benching count was really high to make up for the lack of weight. Comparing to Lorenzo is a tall order. He is more of a unicorn than the standard.

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2 minutes ago, DieHardBillsFan said:

Out of all those stats, I would be more impressed if his benching count was really high to make up for the lack of weight. Comparing to Lorenzo is a tall order. He is more of a unicorn than the standard.

Sorry forgot to list - 24 reps - not bad for a LB

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16 hours ago, freddyjj said:

49ers drafted him to be a 3-4 OLB so size / speed (4.61 40) there to be SAM possibly?  Maybe backs up Zo (played SAM in 24 starts in 16/17 with 49ers) or competes for backup DE.   Was a backup DE in Detroit last year with no starts .  

 

Availability and versatility in a depth player is a good thing!  He did sack Tom Brady twice vs Pats last year!  Beats the Pats LT Brown badly here!

 

 

The best part of this clip is Brady, at the tail end, looking over, ostensibly, to the refs for a flag... typical Patsie move: it didn't go my way? Ref... why not?

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@ROCBillsBeliever  I forgot to say yesterday that I did a bit more reading and clip watching of Harold's time in Detroit. I was wrong, and you were right. He DID play SAM in Detroit. He HAS played it in a 4-3 defense. Mea culpa.

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11 hours ago, Mark Vader said:

Money.....the great equalizer.

Funny old world isn't it?

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18 hours ago, YoloinOhio said:

Ziggy has his shoulder checkup this week or next week I heard. He won’t sign anywhere until then but I think there’s a chance he comes here

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Blitz newsletter: Could the Ziggy Ansah decision determine Buffalo's first pick?

 

The Bills and any other team interested in signing defensive end Ziggy Ansah have been a "holding pattern" for a few weeks now.

 

The holdup, according to Ansah's agent, is that teams wanted more info about his surgically repaired shoulder.

 

That information is due by mid-April.

 

Some mocks, including Mel Kiper's, have the Bills taking Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the ninth pick. But if the Bills like the medical report and sign Ansah before the draft, it's possible they'd address a different need.

 

However, with both Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson heading into the final year of their contracts in 2019, anything is possible.

 

One thing is certain, though: it's a good year to be a defensive end or edge rusher.

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11 hours ago, ScottLaw said:

They signed a guy who has 9 career sacks.

 

Serioisly? Now Dline and edge rusher are less of a need? 😅

I'd guess you misperceive how McBeane operate.   

 

They want team players who have certain physical skills.   This guy has physical skills.   I'd guess they look at him and think "he will fit our schemes and make plays."  They aren't looking for stars in free agency; they're looking for good athletes who will do their job.  Their objective is to have a team full of good athletes who will do their jobs, and then they sprinkle in a few stars wherever they find them.  

 

I'd guess this guy will see significant playing time, unless they find someone better.   But they aren't going chasing after someone better - they can live with Harold.   

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Posted (edited)

...kid has certainly dealt with adversity and seems stronger for it....good luck young man.....:thumbsup:.....

 

Sal Maiorana, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Published 4:30 p.m. ET April 10, 2019 | Updated 5:00 p.m. ET April 10, 2019

 

Dealt with sad adversity

Harold endured a tragic year when he was a junior in high school. Within two months his nephew passed away from an enlarged heart condition, and his mother died of pancreatic cancer.

“Thinking back, how my mom raised me to be a strong man, I feel like I’ve been through so much in my life and I’m only 24,” he told ESPN last year. “There’s nothing that can happen to me that hasn’t already happened.”

MAIORANA@Gannett.com

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1 hour ago, Logic said:

@ROCBillsBeliever  I forgot to say yesterday that I did a bit more reading and clip watching of Harold's time in Detroit. I was wrong, and you were right. He DID play SAM in Detroit. He HAS played it in a 4-3 defense. Mea culpa.

 

No worries, bud! 

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1 hour ago, Shaw66 said:

I'd guess you misperceive how McBeane operate.   

 

They want team players who have certain physical skills.   This guy has physical skills.   I'd guess they look at him and think "he will fit our schemes and make plays."  They aren't looking for stars in free agency; they're looking for good athletes who will do their job.  Their objective is to have a team full of good athletes who will do their jobs, and then they sprinkle in a few stars wherever they find them.  

 

I'd guess this guy will see significant playing time, unless they find someone better.   But they aren't going chasing after someone better - they can live with Harold.   

Didn't Marv have this same mentality as GM? 

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So if I'm reading things right about his past playing DE and OLB (in a 4-3) he could be depth for both Hughes and Lorax.

That could make him a pretty good depth guy.

We all know how much Beane and McDermott like the multiple position players.

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On 4/10/2019 at 5:15 PM, SmokinES3 said:

I hate to be the one to go there, but he was an Initial kneeler with Reid and Kaepernick. 

 

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I'd still like us to sign Ziggy and line him up opposite Jerry.  Then draft Oliver to replace Kyle. Everyone else is rotational depth.....

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On 4/11/2019 at 9:08 AM, freddyjj said:

Sorry forgot to list - 24 reps - not bad for a LB

Not bad for a "lighter" guy with decent height. 

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On 4/10/2019 at 5:16 PM, SmokinES3 said:

It's a thankless job but somebody has to do it.

Thank you.

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On ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 12:13 PM, YoloinOhio said:

 

 

His contract numbers finally came in to Spotrac and came in cheap.

895k with 90k guaranteed and a cap hit of 735k.

 

71 signed and Beane still has 31 million in cap space.

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On 4/11/2019 at 12:56 PM, ColoradoBills said:

So if I'm reading things right about his past playing DE and OLB (in a 4-3) he could be depth for both Hughes and Lorax.

That could make him a pretty good depth guy.

We all know how much Beane and McDermott like the multiple position players.

He could also take over for Alexander on ST's. ..leaving lorax fresher for his full time defensive spot.

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On 4/19/2019 at 11:54 AM, ColoradoBills said:

 

His contract numbers finally came in to Spotrac and came in cheap.

895k with 90k guaranteed and a cap hit of 735k.

 

71 signed and Beane still has 31 million in cap space.

More than reasonable, in fact Beane is cheap....

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