Beck Water Posted November 27, 2022 Share Posted November 27, 2022 3 minutes ago, 2020 Our Year For Sure said: James Cook for me. He flashes potential here and there but I'm not excited to see him playing a significant role now on a team fighting to win a championship. He's too easy to bring down, for one. Bulk up in the offseason and apply what he's learned and try again next year. I trust Hines more and at this point in time he brings more to the table. OK, fair enough, you have a reasonable, thought-out answer. And yet, Cook has 369 yds/scrimmage (4th on the team of players not named Allen) and 6.7 yds/touch; that's better than Hines managed in his 2 best years 2018 and 2020. Cook has better yds/rush than Singletary at 5.6 vs 4.5 (which may reflect when and how he's used), and again, better than Hynes with Indy this year (4.9) or in Hines best years. I think Hines, to fans, is the "new shiny" "greener grass" who just has to be better than what we've got - doesn't he? Well, maybe. Or maybe not. Personally, I think Beane traded for Hines for exactly the role he's filling: 1) take over at KR/PR, improving the return game and freeing Shakir to focus on becoming the best receiver he can be this season. 2) learn the offense and be ready to fill in at RB or in the slot/as the gadget guy if (avert) injuries strike. The Bills currently have the #2 offense in the league by most parameters - PPG, Y/G, plays/g, 1D/g - and the difference is slight - 2 PPG, 5 y/g, 3 pl/g. #3 in y/pl and again difference is slight, 0.2/y per pl Where the Bills stink most markedly is in turnovers per game - where we are tied for 30th in the league at 1.73/game. This suggests to me that where the Bills need to raise their game is in the turnover arena, and largely in INT. "Only Josh Allen can Beat the Bills". Now maybe part of that is more creative play design that schemes guys open more. And maybe that involves Hines, or maybe it involves better use of the guys who've been here all along, grinding. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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