<div id=“content_id“>WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL Free AgencyOpinion2019 Buffalo Bills free agencyBuffalo Bills brass making the right movesNew Womens Thurman Thomas Jersey ,474commentsThis is a football ops team that appears to know what it wantsEDTShareTweetShareShareBuffalo Bills brass making the right movesWith news of new Buffalo Bills free-agent signings coming in rapid-fire succession throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday, it’s been a great time to be a fan of the team. At the close of the 2018 NFL season, Bills fans realized that the team had major work to do if it wanted to compete in 2019. Bills fans also knew that the team, led by general manager Brandon Beane, had plenty of salary-cap space with which to add players.While there was cautious optimism throughout Bills’ fandom, we heard an awful lot of the same old refrains: Buffalo isn’t a destination city for free agents, so the team has to overpay players to come. They also would be used as leverage to drive up deals, ultimately watching coveted targets sign with rivals after shopping a competitive offer from our beloved Bills. And also, after a mediocre-at-best free-agent period last season, there were legitimate questions about the Bills’ Pro Personnel department and its ability to evaluate NFL talent. Well, if the early returns are any indication, it’s safe to say that the team is on the right track.Anyone watching a Bills game last season knew that the team needed to revamp its offensive line—and that the wide receivers were a hodgepodge of average-at-best players combined with some younger, “upside” types. Those same people also knew that the team had issues at tight end. In short, the Bills needed an offensive face lift—for the second consecutive year—and fans were skeptical as to whether the front office would deliver changes.This skepticism is borne from years of neglected rosters and failed regimes. Depending on your age, it’s possible that you haven’t witnessed a truly competent Buffalo front office since the late 1990s, when John Butler and A.J. Smith were still around before moving west with the San Diego, now Los Angeles, Chargers. If you’re a young pup http://www.thebillslockerroom.com/authentic-bruce-smith-jersey , you may not remember any groups before the Tom Donahoe era; or worse, your first Buffalo memory may involve Marv Levy’s failed turn as general manager. Maybe it’s the Russ Brandon debacle that you turn to as the epitome of failed regimes, or maybe it’s Buddy Nix trashing his starting quarterback on a prank phone call, or Doug Whaley overpaying (and overdrafting) players who never panned out in Orchard Park.Whatever the case, our Bills fan PTSD runs deep when it comes to trusting that the front office is doing things well. It feels like we’ve been opining for offensive-line help since George W. Bush’s presidency, and wide-receiver help for at least the last five years, and quarterback help since…well, since Jim Kelly called it a career. So when Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott came in preaching about a “Process” that would take at least three years, we rolled our eyes. We mockingly made “The Process” a catch-all for every move, failed or otherwise, that happened under their watch. The only people more stunned by Buffalo’s 2017 playoff berth than its fans, arguably, were its decision makers, and they told us to temper our expectations in 2018. They were right, but we didn’t listen. Bills fans were angry and embarrassed as we watched the latest incompetent front office/head coach tandem bungle yet another promising young quarterback’s development. How could the Los Angeles Rams have Sean McVay and Jared Goff, the Kansas City Chiefs have Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, and we were stuck with Sean McDermott and Josh Allen? Even the poster-child for NFL incompetence, the Cleveland Browns Color Rush Darryl Johnson Jersey , had Baker Mayfield and the wherewithal to fire perennially awful head coach Hue Jackson. Bills Mafia was negative.How were we supposed to trust this regime to spend over $80 million in salary cap space? Its defensive-minded head coach, who said that the team merely had to threaten to score 21 points per game in order to compete in an NFL where the 16th-best scoring offense scored 23.1 points per game, would ruin the whole thing. The general manager did nothing to help the offense the previous offseason, leaving the young quarterback, Josh Allen, swinging in the breeze with inferior talent around him. While the Rams were adding players like Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods, the latter of course a former Buffalo Bill, we were adding players like Isaiah McKenzie and Victor Bolden Jr.But then, a funny thing happened. Buffalo’s front office went out and did exactly what it set out to do. Yes, they signed yet another geriatric running back, adding the somehow simultaneously aged and ageless Frank Gore. Yes, they signed a tight end, Tyler Kroft, whose career numbers won’t command much attention. They also added a former first-round pick at corner, Kevin Johnson, to compete with young Levi Wallace on the outside. They added Washington swing tackle Ty Nsekhe. They signed one of the top two centers on the market, Mitch Morse. They signed two wide receivers, John Brown and Cole Beasley Youth Darryl Johnson Jersey , whose skill sets fit exactly what the team needs. They’ve signed two interior offensive linemen, Spencer Long and Jon Feliciano, who can serve as either starters or backups on what should be a much better unit.Sure, it’s only March, and it’s possible that the Bills’ front office has once again invested in all the wrong players. But when was the last time you remember the Bills being a major player for so many highly valued free agents? When is the last time that Buffalo felt like a destination rather than a place to rehab a career before leaving for greener pastures? Maybe it’s time to give this front office its due. Maybe we should take a moment and acknowledge that they had a plan, they stuck to it, and they are now executing it to the fullest extent. Maybe it’s time that we learn to trust the football people again in Western New York. They understand that they have a young quarterback with all the tools, and they understand that he needs help. They have acquired a ton of that help already, which sets them up to draft the best football players available in the NFL Draft in April. Unlike previous regimes, they won’t have to reach and pick a wide receiver in the top five, nor will they have to take a running back in the top ten. The cupboards are not so bare that the team has to reach; instead, they can snag good football players at all their other positions of need—interior defensive line, edge rusher, offensive tackle, and tight end. To quote our own resident draft guru, Dan Lavoie, from a Slack discussion earlier this week: “Anyone want to take a guess as to where the real blue-chip draft prospects are in this draft?”For once, it seems that the Bills have a group of decision makers who “get it.” They inherited a roster rife with bloated contracts for underwhelming players Womens Darryl Johnson Jersey , and have gone through the messy, dirty work of turning over that roster. Yes, it’s only March, but it’s fitting that on the precipice of spring, the season of change and rebirth, the Bills would reshape their roster and their image in one fell swoop. Hope springs eternal in March for NFL teams, but this feels different. This feels like a giant leap forward after so many years of treading mud.It’s nearly springtime in Western New York, Bills fans. Let’s be excited. How would Jawaan Taylor fit with Buffalo?“WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL DraftAnalysisNotesJawaan Taylor could be the dominant blocker the Buffalo Bills need on their offensive lineNew,21commentsHow would Jawaan Taylor fit with Buffalo?EDTShareTweetShareShareJawaan Taylor could be the dominant blocker the Buffalo Bills need on their offensive lineWhen the Buffalo Bills began their offseason, no area of the team was a larger need than offensive line. Since that time, the group has been completely overhauled, but many of those players are signed to short-term prove-it contracts. There’s still room for a highly talented player to come into the room and establish himself as a long-term starter.At offensive tackle in particular, Dion Dawkins is entering the third season of his four-year rookie deal. He’s been playing left tackle, but he’s not locked into that spot. Ty Nsekhe on a two-year deal, LaAdrian Waddle on a one-year deal, and backups Jeremiah Sirles and Conor McDermott are the main competition for offensive tackle right now.Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor might have the talent to be Buffalo’s first-round pick. He’s an excellent athlete and has an encouraging mix of run-blocking and pass-blocking skills.Team FitThe way that Taylor would best fit with Buffalo’s “process” can be summed up with his weight. From 380 lbs as a high-school junior, Taylor dropped to 312 lbs four years later when he weighed in at the NFL Combine. He put in the work to transform his body and it paid off. He’s also a cold-blooded killer when blocking on the field.Taylor was benched for a single series due to a violation of team rules, but that was his only infraction. He also made the SEC All-Academic Roll in 2018.Taylor doesn’t quite have the gargantuan size of the 6’8” 330-lb Ty Nsekhe Authentic Darryl Johnson Jersey , but the 6’5” 312-lb tackle has a massive wingspan and would comfortably fit within Buffalo’s prototype thresholds at offensive tackle.As a player who only played right tackle (aside from a two-game stint at left tackle), Taylor doesn’t match up with all of Brandon Beane’s quotes about “versatility” on the offensive line. Most of Buffalo’s linemen were cross-trained with at least two positions, so Taylor is a bit behind the curve in that regard.Player ComparisonLance Zierlein of NFL.com compared Taylor to former first-round pick Vernon Carey. The 6’5” 340-lb tackle started 107 games in his career for the Miami Dolphins. In terms of measurements, another good fit might be Morgan Moses. Moses measured 6’6” and 314 lbs, with 35 3/8” arms—and he’s started four seasons at right tackle in Washington.Sample play: Swap Trick Right Up 16 Boad (aka Fly Sweep)Jawaan Taylor’s athleticism will really shine when running plays can put him on the move and ask him to block fast players in space. This running play, a designed fly sweep, is a great example. It’s not an easy assignment for Taylor—he’s asked to combo block the three-technique defensive tackle, then climb to the second level and block the weak-side linebacker. A pulling guard, working with the tight end, hopes to take out the defensive end, while the TE or RB needs to block the strong-side linebacker.If everyone blocks well, including those crucial second-level blocks, then the flanker receiver (John Brown coming across the formation) will have a wide-open lane to run through.In this day and age, right tackle is almost as valuable as left tackle on an offensive line. Taylor has the upside to eventually be a Pro Bowler at the position, but the Bills might have a logjam at the position in 2019 if they draft him. If that can be worked out, Taylor might be the long-term blocker Buffalo needs in front of Josh Allen.</div>
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