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Buffalo Bills UDFA center ready to ‘crush some skulls’ in bid for 53-man roster spot

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Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Bates runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Bates runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

 
 

By Matt Parrino | mparrino@nyup.com

Orchard Park, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Matt Barkley was set to take the field last Friday night in Carolina to lead the second team offense against the Panthers when he turned and looked at the man who was set to line up at center in front of him

That man was undrafted free agent Ryan Bates, who the Bills acquired the Friday prior in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Prized free agent center Mitch Morse has been in the concussion protocol since the early days of training camp and the Buffalo offensive line has been hit with a rash of injuries.

The circumstances pushed Bates to the front of the line behind guard/center Jon Feliciano, who was in at center with the first team. Making matters more complicated was the fact that Bates hadn’t played a snap at center since his freshman season at Penn State in 2015.

Knowing Bates’ head was probably spinning with all the changes and now expectations of playing, Barkley turned to him before they took the field and simply said, “You know how to crush some skulls. Let’s just go play.”

That’s exactly what Bates did for all of his team-high 51 snaps against the Panthers. By all accounts, including Barkley and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the rookie did a great job. Pro Football Focus gave Bates’ performance the second-highest pass blocking grade in the game with a 81.7 behind only starting left tackle Dion Dawkins (83.5).

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1 hour ago, John from Riverside said:

Anyone know how well this guy played?

By all accounts, including Barkley and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the rookie did a great job. Pro Football Focus gave Bates’ performance the second-highest pass blocking grade in the game with a 81.7 behind only starting left tackle Dion Dawkins (83.5).

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Could be a nice pick up for a guy who would not have made the team...

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I believe the Bills had their eye on Bates since the Draft. He will at least make the practice squad.

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Interesting choice of words for the backup C

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2 minutes ago, gjv001 said:

I believe the Bills had their eye on Bates since the Draft. He will at least make the practice squad.

 

 

...potentially more late day "McBeane gold".........damn this gang is good.....

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15 minutes ago, John from Riverside said:

Anyone know how well this guy played?

He played Preseason well....

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10 minutes ago, HOUSE said:

By all accounts, including Barkley and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the rookie did a great job. Pro Football Focus gave Bates’ performance the second-highest pass blocking grade in the game with a 81.7 behind only starting left tackle Dion Dawkins (83.5).

 

Well, why didn’t you say so???

 

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9 minutes ago, GG said:

Interesting choice of words for the backup C

Revealing his evil plan to take over the starting C position....

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2 minutes ago, Boca BIlls said:

He played Preseason well....

 

Preseason may not count, but it can matter!

 

Let’s hope this is one of those steals you look back on in 10 years as legend! A real “Jerry Hughes deal”! 

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11 minutes ago, GG said:

Interesting choice of words for the backup C

 

Better to be the crusher than....the crushed. That just might land you in concussion protocol.....😢

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1 minute ago, Augie said:

 

Preseason may not count, but it can matter!

 

Let’s hope this is one of those steals you look back on in 10 years as legend! A real “Jerry Hughes deal”! 

You are quite the wordsmith, my friend...

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8 minutes ago, aristocrat said:

Might go to prison for that 

 

Not if they are using Antonio Brown’s helmet! It invites such events. 

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15 minutes ago, Augie said:

 

Preseason may not count, but it can matter!

 

Let’s hope this is one of those steals you look back on in 10 years as legend! A real “Jerry Hughes deal”! 

For a guy that seemingly came in late as camp fodder he played well with the 2s in a preseason game that's a pretty good statement for him to make.

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21 minutes ago, ColoradoBills said:

Kudos to Matt Barkley for helping to keep the guy loose.

 

IDK.   He probably said the same thing to Morse the first day of training camp and look how that turned out...

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5 minutes ago, Warcodered said:

For a guy that seemingly came in late as camp fodder he played well with the 2s in a preseason game that's a pretty good statement for him to make.

 

I’d say the FO may have done a terrific job here identifying another gem, but there is a certain crowd who would be hiding in the bushes to jump on that if the long shot didn’t pay off. It’s way too early, but I like good news! OLines across the league are full of guys who were once afterthoughts. 

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4 minutes ago, Augie said:

 

I’d say the FO may have done a terrific job here identifying another gem, but there is a certain crowd who would be hiding in the bushes to jump on that if the long shot didn’t pay off. It’s way too early, but I like good news! OLines across the league are full of guys who were once afterthoughts. 

 

...Meatball (different regime but a 5th), Milano (5th), Neal (5th), Teller (5th), potentially Joseph (2019 5th).....seems like McBeane finds gold in them "late day rounds"......throw in his UDFA signings as well....this gang is GOOD IMO......

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21 minutes ago, OldTimeAFLGuy said:

 

...Meatball (different regime but a 5th), Milano (5th), Neal (5th), Teller (5th), potentially Joseph (2019 5th).....seems like McBeane finds gold in them "late day rounds"......throw in his UDFA signings as well....this gang is GOOD IMO......

 

I’ve heard somewhere (Cowherd maybe?) that HALF the players in the league were undrafted. I don’t know what the exact % is, but OL in particular has a lot of guys who seemingly came out of nowhere. 

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