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3 hours ago, stevewin said:

Regarding Josh's playing time - one thing people should realize is it is possible for Josh to play with minimal risk of injury based on the plays they call.  Especially if one thing they want to work on is communication with Dorsey, they can do a lot of runs and quick hitting passes w/ max protect which gives him reps but doesn't put him at risk for being hit

  

   And Josh Allen is one of the top faces of the NFL now.  Fans across the league follow what news is generated about him.  They are certainly going to protect Josh via the refs at every opportunity.  The would be no lack of response to a cheap shot on Josh Allen like when Gronk took his shot at White. If anyone attempted that on Allen. I'd bet that player would be suspended by the league and if there were any injury because of it well then i d fear there would be numerous casualties in the slugfest that would ensue.

 

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Alphadawg7 said:

 

This is gonna be tough, nothing against him, but this wont be an easy roster to make. 

 

Obviously, Diggs and Davis are going no where, and neither is Shakir given there is 0% chance they could successfully stash him on the PS, not to mention, he has been having an outstanding camp too.  McKenzie as well, he isn't likely going anywhere at this point unless Beane decides he needs to make a trade to make room for someone, then McKenzie might be the only guy who would have any trade value (as they are not trading Davis, Diggs, or Shakir).  But other than that, its safe to pencil these 4 in.  

 

Then you probably still have Crowder and potentially a KR specialist.  Recently McKenzie and even Shakir have taken snaps as the primary returner, so if one of them locks down the job as a primary returner, then that makes the path easier for Hodgins to make the roster.  But we already know they were not happy with McKenzie last year as a returner, and while Shakir did some in college, it wasn't what he was known for.  

 

So if we keep those 4 above, plus Crowder and a KR guy, that would mean we would have to keep 7 WRs for Hodgins to have a chance to make the team.  And that 7th spot will likely also have to be someone who can prove they can be a reliable contributor on ST too.  So not only is Hodgins competing as a WR against guys like Tavon, Stevenson, Kumerow, Pau'u, etc...he also competing to show he can be good on ST, something Kumerow for example has already proven he can be.  

 

Ive always liked Hodgins potential, so be cool to see him keep growing and make the team.  But assuming there are no injuries or surprise cuts/trades at WR, then he likely needs to see us keep 7 to a real chance to make this team, and at the same time prove he can be relied upon on ST.  

I haven't seen him, so I really don't know, but the problem is what does Hodgins add?   If it turns out that he's an excellent ST guy, well, that would help his cause a lot.  But if you take a three-year look at the roster, Diggs, Davis, and Shakir will still be on the roster, and Hodgins probably isn't taking snaps from any of those three.   At that point, Hodgins will be in his sixth season, and by then the Bills will have a better choice to replace Diggs, if Diggs starts to slide.   

 

So, in the short term, what is he?  Depth for Diggs-Davis-McKenzie-Crowder-Shakir?   I think he has stand out for the next three weeks to win that job, either receiving or special teams, and ideally both.  

 

I also think Shakir will be the punt returner by the end of the season.   He's shown very good hands, and he seems smart and dependable.  I think McKenzie will start the season returning, and Shakir will continue to jugs work and practice in the backup KR role.  If McKenzie falters, Shakier will be the guy.  

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55 minutes ago, stevewin said:

The D is pissed they were told to lay down for the red and blue practice 😛 

 

I don't think they were "told to lay down", but I think the player participation was managed to "put their second best foot forward"

 

I had the same thought that the D read the press clippings and it "put a little ***** in their grits"

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2 hours ago, hemma said:

 

Kumerow was on O for 116 snaps, ran 46 routes, was targeted 6 times, caught 2 for a total of 28 yards, had 1 drop that was a likely TD.

—- I don’t think his 28 yards on offense will be missed.

 

He played 15 games on STs and made 5 solo tackles, which was 6th on the team.  

There was a day when 5 tackles would have made him an  ST ‘must keep’, but I think those days are behind us.

 

I think Hodgins offers more upside than 28 yards and I think there are others that could kick in as much or more than 1 tackle every third game.

 

just my opinion.  I guess we’ll see.

 

 

 

ST stats don't at all tell the story on contributions.  The coaches have continuously praised Kumerows ST contributions where each player has a specific role on every kick.  Containing your lane and forcing the returner into the coverage to force a tackle is just as important, if not more important than the player who actually gets credited with the tackle most the time.  The vast majority of ST tackles are a direct result of not giving a pathway for the runner to find a lane.   

 

Kumerow without question has a leg up on Hodgins from a ST perspective.  So if it came down to Kumerow or Hodgins, it wont matter if they feel Hodgins offers more as a WR that will never see the field, it will absolutely come down to whether or not they believe Hodgins can contribute on ST and if they have someone who can fill Kumerows role.  Not to mention, Kumerow doesn't have the same injury concerns Hodgins has.  

 

To show just how meaningless these lower bench WR's are in terms of offensive contributions...As essentially the 5th WR on the depth chart the last 2 years, everyones favorite McKenzie has averaged just 25 receptions for 240 yards a SEASON as a backup slot WR, with blazing speed, and playing in the number 1 offense in the AFC the last 2 years.  Last year, outside the NE game, McKenzie had just 9 rec and 53 yards total in the other 16 games of the year.  Nobody else behind him had even 100 yards on the season.

 

This year, we likely have Diggs, Davis, McKenzie, Shakir, Crowder making up the top 5 WR's, of which someone is barely going to have any production.  The 6th and 7th WRs (if we keep 7) wont likely see the field as a receiver much at all.  Not to mention we have Cook which will likely increase the total targets to RB's this year, plus Knox and Howard playing a lot of 2 TE sets.  

 

So whoever the 6th and 7th WR's are (if we even keep 7) will definitely be guys who they feel can be good and reliable ST players too.  There is a reason why they tell these guys deeper down the bench across the roster that if you want to make this team you do it on ST.  

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9 minutes ago, Shaw66 said:

I haven't seen him, so I really don't know, but the problem is what does Hodgins add?   If it turns out that he's an excellent ST guy, well, that would help his cause a lot.  But if you take a three-year look at the roster, Diggs, Davis, and Shakir will still be on the roster, and Hodgins probably isn't taking snaps from any of those three.   At that point, Hodgins will be in his sixth season, and by then the Bills will have a better choice to replace Diggs, if Diggs starts to slide.   

 

So, in the short term, what is he?  Depth for Diggs-Davis-McKenzie-Crowder-Shakir?   I think he has stand out for the next three weeks to win that job, either receiving or special teams, and ideally both.  

 

I also think Shakir will be the punt returner by the end of the season.   He's shown very good hands, and he seems smart and dependable.  I think McKenzie will start the season returning, and Shakir will continue to jugs work and practice in the backup KR role.  If McKenzie falters, Shakier will be the guy.  

 

I put this out there: I'm not 100% persuaded Crowder makes the team

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I'm not, either, but he's the only really proven slot receiver on the team.  McKenzie seems to be the presumptive starter now, but Shakir is the only other guy who may be suited to play the slot effectively, and the Bills have to be really excited about him to slot him into that role to start the season.  Maybe he can be the backup slot guy and make Crowder expendable, but that would be unusual for McDermott, who likes his veterans. 

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2 minutes ago, Shaw66 said:

I'm not, either, but he's the only really proven slot receiver on the team.  McKenzie seems to be the presumptive starter now, but Shakir is the only other guy who may be suited to play the slot effectively, and the Bills have to be really excited about him to slot him into that role to start the season.  Maybe he can be the backup slot guy and make Crowder expendable, but that would be unusual for McDermott, who likes his veterans. 

I’d be pretty surprised if Crowder doesn’t make it, he got a decent contract to come in and has a track record of pretty high level play.  Maybe McKenzie really is taking over the job and not letting him win, which would be great.  Shakir sounds like a guy they won’t be able to stash and they like, so I guess anything is possible.

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1 hour ago, ScottLaw said:

I don’t think anyone should be worried about the defense… they are absolutely stacked… if the team struggles at times this year it will due to offensive struggles IMO.

If you’re correct… championship !!!

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3 hours ago, AmishRifle said:

Completely agree.

 

My other thought on this is why give the Colts a look at Allen?  The Colts are a potential playoff game for the Bills this year.  I’d rather risk showing Allen versus Denver is PreSeason Week 2  than giving the Colts anything. 

Why do you think the Colts won’t have eyes on all three preseason games, and every game there after? 

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3 hours ago, muppy said:

70-75 yard punt. Can you imagine this guys kicks at high altitude like say Denver? LOL

lol someone needs to gift #17 a Harley. I mean he would look great anywhere. But put him on a bike like that I'd frame it for my wall just sayin' 🙂

 

Can I get you a tissue or a tube sock? 

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