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three-year, $18 million contract — much more than Detr
08-14-2019, 10:55 AM,
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three-year, $18 million contract — much more than Detr
ORCHARD PARK http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline....rds-jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Coming off a 17-player haul in free agency, Brandon Beane has plenty of options entering the NFL draft. And the Bills general manager isn’t going to restrict himself to focusing on one or two positions when it comes time for Buffalo to make the No. 9 selection.Name a position outside of quarterback, after Buffalo selected Josh Allen with its first pick a year ago, and Beane won’t rule it out. And that includes an offensive lineman, even though Buffalo added seven newcomers already this offseason.“I wouldn’t say it’s less likely, no. I think there’s some good ones,” Beane said.“Guys, I’m serious. We’re taking the best player,” Beane added, before noting he and his scouting staff will hold several in-house mock drafts to prep for the draft. “I feel confident that we’ll get a good player at nine. And I’ll be curious how these mocks go, but I can see a lot of scenarios of (selecting a player from) either side of the ball.”With that in mind, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Buffalo to select an offensive tackle such as Florida’s Jawaan Taylor, should he be available. Then there’s the option of the Bills addressing their defensive line with Houston tackle Ed Oliver, or adding a pass-rusher, such Michigan’s Rashan Gary.Tight end, a position long lacking in production in Buffalo http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline....gay-jersey , might even be on the table with Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson being linked to the Bills in various mock drafts.Beane’s point is Buffalo’s roster is in a much better place when it comes to competitive depth and salary structure entering his third year. The change is the result of Beane spending the past two years purging high-priced contracts and underperforming players, and rebuilding through youth by stockpiling draft picks.The overhaul resulted in the Bills taking a step back in going 6-10 a year after a 9-7 finish in which they sneaked into the playoffs to end a 17-year drought.The benefits were evident a month ago. With more than $70 million in salary cap space available, Beane took an aggressive approach by filling numerous needs in free agency. He focused mostly on surrounding Allen with more talent by upgrading what had been a patchwork and inexperienced offense.After center Mitch Morse, the most notable additions were receivers Cole Beasley and John Brown, who join a relatively untested group of receivers made up of Zay Jones and Robert Foster.With a defense that allowed the second-fewest yards in the league returning mostly intact, the expectation now is for Allen to build off a promising finish to his rookie season and help the Bills take the next step toward being a contender.Coach Sean McDermott isn’t buying into the notion the newcomers make the Bills any better.“Right now, they’re just names on paper,” McDermott said. “What we have to do is find a way to bring these names that are on the paper and bringing them to life.”DRAFT ASSETSThe Bills have 10 selections, with seven spread over the final four rounds. With only one second- and third-round pick, it makes it difficult — but not impossible —for Buffalo to move up in the first round as it did twice a year ago. Don’t rule out the Bills combining their later-round picks to trade up should the opportunity present itself.WHEELING AND DEALINGBeane spent the first round last year maneuvering up the draft board. He traded up five spots to select Allen with the No. 7 pick, and then moved up six draft positions to select Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds at 16.MOCK MISSAsked about how many times his in-house mock draft finished with Buffalo landing both Allen and Edmunds, Beane said: “I think we were zero for zero.”Though he always considered the likelihood of trading up to select Allen, not once did he consider being in a position to move up and select Edmunds. “We always made a pick at 22 or, we used that pick to move up, so we didn’t have it,” he said.WHO’S LEFT?With defensive tackle Kyle Williams retiring after 13 seasons http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com...own-jersey , the Bills have five players left who were on the roster since coach Rex Ryan’s final year in 2016.And of those five, defensive end Shaq Lawson (a first-round pick in 2016), is the lone player drafted by Buffalo who remains. Defensive end Jerry Hughes, acquired in a trade in 2013, is now Buffalo’s longest-serving active player.AGE-OLD QUESTIONBeane doesn’t consider drafting a running back a high priority even though Buffalo’s backfield currently features 30-year-old LeSean McCoy and 35-year-old free-agent addition Frank Gore. The GM said if he doesn’t select a running back, there are still several free-agent prospects available. ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions linebacker Steve Longa’s season-ending knee injury represents a setback for a position group that already is a potential problem area.Detroit used a first-round pick on Jarrad Davis last season and he appears to be a liability in pass coverage.The Lions signed veteran free agents Christian Jones and Devon Kennard on the same day in March, hoping they can be 16-game starters for the first time in their careers.Davis, though, is the key because general manager Bob Quinn took him 21st overall in 2017 to play middle linebacker.The former Florida star is strong against the run. Davis had 96 tackles last season, the most by an NFL rookie or first-year player. But against the pass, he struggled last season and has seemed to again during training camp and in the preseason.The latest example came Friday night when the New York Giants capped a 17-play, 79-yard, nine-minute drive with a touchdown pass that exposed Davis’ weakness.Davis Webb threw an 8-yard pass to running back Wayne Gallman, who easily got separation from Davis on a simple pass route in which he ran to the left and cut back over the middle. By the time Gallman caught the ball, Davis was about 3 yards behind him.“You’re just going to refer to one play in the game http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com...ker-jersey , but there’s definitely some things there that we can coach better,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “And, I can coach better to help him.”The Lions added Jones and Kennard, banking on them being an upgrade from Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow.Oakland signed Whitehead a three-year, $18 million contract — much more than Detroit would’ve offered. Worrilow signed with Philadelphia and had a season-ending knee injury during offseason workouts.The 6-foot-4, 256-pound Kennard was a starter 11 times last season for the New York Giants, who used him as a starting linebacker in 35 games over four seasons. He had four sacks last season and has had 9½ sacks over his career.The 6-3, 244-pound Jones started 11 games last season and 31 times over four years for the Chicago Bears. He had a career-high 11 sacks last season and has had 15 over his career.Both players are fits as standup linebackers or edge rushers in Patricia’s defense.“Kennard does a great job for us, doing whatever we ask him — coming off the edge, dropping in coverage,” Detroit safety Glover Quin said. “Christian is big, physical, athletic guy who can run downhill.“Having that type of size and speed is going to help us throughout the year be able to do different things and be able match up and hopefully create some problems for the offense.”NOTES: DE Cornelius Washington and CB Antwuan Davis were released and CB Dexter McDougle, CB Sterling Moore and OL Beau Nunn were signed.
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