Rotoworld's Nick Mensio watches every Buffalo Bills game on tape review and offers his impressions of the team and its players.
Patterson just ran a 4.37 at the Combine and Rotoworld linked that info to a tape review of 6 of Patterson games in which Evan Silva watched every catch he made twice. The full link is a great read and has me wondering "what if" the Bills took him at 8 and somehow managed to trade back up to get Glennon or Smith to pair with him. Here are a few of the more interesting comments: "Cordarrelle Patterson is a freak. There were times he looked genuinely un-tackle-able on tape. I charted him with 29 open-field opportunities across six games. He made the first defender miss on 20 of them. Many receivers are explosive vertically and run fast in a straight line. Patterson is explosive both vertically and laterally, and physical as all get out. I loved how he got skinny through tight spaces, regularly sending would-be tacklers grasping at air as they left their feet. Patterson's run-after-catch ability might be the best I have ever seen from a college wide receiver." And "I think I read somewhere that Patterson is a poor route runner. Could've fooled me. He ran a full route tree in Tennessee's pro-style offense, executing the curl, hitch, skinny post, slant, back-shoulder fade, and deep-in as an X receiver, and the out-and-up and shallow cross from the slot. Just once did I see Patterson seem to blow a route; versus Vanderbilt. I couldn't tell if the miscommunication was on him or Tyler Bray. Patterson shot in and out of breaks. He used a crossover to evade press coverage off the line of scrimmage. His body control was fantastic both along the sideline and in the open field." With the re-making of the WR corp, what are Rumbler thoughts on this receiver?
Glennon does get a comparison to Boomer Esiason though.
Trade talk on Darelle Revis is becoming red hot each passing hour today and Chris Wessling reports the Bills are one of the teams involved in a "gold rush" to get him: "The New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are said to be among the teams "highly interested" in Revis." He goes on to remove the Patriots from that list saying the Jets would never make that happen. That leaves the Bills as one of five teams. Of course, its all rumor but this should give us a place to discuss two things in a hypothetical what if. If you are the Bills GM, are you (1) willing to give up the 8th pick to make this happen, losing out on a top QB and also giving the Jets back to back picks at 8 and 9 with which to bring that top QB to the division to play against us and (2) which top free agent target are you letting go in order to pay Revis? Levitre? Byrd? None?
They probably won't be too thrilled about my directing more Bills fans through their blog - they really don't like us after all - but this personal story is a bit too cool not to link. Try and be respectful if you say whats up.
Peter King's Unsung Lineman in Monday Morning Quarterback: Cordy Glenn, T, Buffalo. C.J. Spiller followed up a 169-yard performance last week with a 123-yarder Sunday against Kansas City, becoming the first back since Jim Brown in 1963 to have an average of more than 10 yards per rush after two weeks of a season. Against K.C., Glenn had a key block on the opening touchdown, a short pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Scott Chandler, and a few minutes later sprung Spiller on his first touchdown run of the day, a five-yarder, with a crushing block. And on the third scoring drive by the Bills, Glenn made a block to help spring Spiller for 27. Not bad for the 41st pick in the draft, starting as a rookie at the toughest spot on the line.
Hello, all. Buddy Nix caused quite a stir with comments insisting that Ryan Fitzpatrick will not continue to struggle as he did in Week 1 and that Buffalo is confident things will be different...
Hello, friends. It's been a long time since I've thrown up a fanpost but since you all seem kind of down about the last game, I've decided to compile some notes I was taking last night and during a...
This would be an incredible way to fill our other starting WR spot. Harvin has asked for the trade, the Vikings dont want to give it to him. Question to Bills fans, does Buddy Nix have the ammunition - or desire - to make them an offer they can't refuse? Note: The article here says its about money but other sources are also saying he is additionally unhappy about being played on only 58% of their offensive snaps. Update: Harvin Tweet: "Fans I said I have issues to be worked out money not at all being the problem...I've dne everything asked and more..."
Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft, whose opinion I respect very much, has finally released his final positional rankings for the 2012 NFL draft. He has scouting reports and notes on each. Some quick notables: Riley Reiff is the third ranked OT, Vontaze Burfict is the 7th ranked MLB, Stephen Hill is the 11th ranked WR and Stephen Gilmore is the 4th ranked corner.
Might be cheaper (mid-round pick?) and more efficient to take a Janoris Jenkins like character risk on a corner without having to spend a first or second, right? Blurbs from the article: A league source has told PewterReport.com that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made starting cornerback Aqib Talib available via trade...It is unknown what Tampa Bay’s asking price is for Talib, but Bucs general manager Mark Dominik does want additional picks...Talib, who was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, has led the team in interceptions over the past four years with 17, including two returned for a touchdown. The 26-year old Talib is loaded with physical talent and superb instincts, but has seen his last two seasons with the Bucs cut short due to injury. Keep in mind he has a June trial date and may either be found guilty or face NFL suspension as a result. What do you think Rumblers? Worth the risk? Would Nix take on a character like him? He has instant starter talent.
Gil Brandt has now joined Bucky Brooks in declaring Riley Reiff the 10th best player in the NFL draft. Brooks' big board can be found here: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82814011/article/trent-richardson-ranks-as-no-3-prospect-in-2012-nfl-draft?module=HP11_cp Brandt wrote this: 10. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (8) "Reiff has been well coached in fundamentals. He has very good quickness and footwork and was an outstanding wrestler in high school, going 131-1. He will play in the NFL for a long time."
To all those trying to fire up the "woe is us Bills fans" story again on this blog, let this be a reminder that our season is still one that has had us cheering for a team head and shoulders better than most any NFL fan would have anticipated. We are in the thick of a playoff race, a half game out of first place in the AFC East, with a young roster which has seen almost every man contributing and which has developed a special bond with the fans. its been a great year and it could continue to get better. To throw our hands up when the going got tough and start talking about a new QB or the upcoming draft when we are a half game behind the Patriots is the exact opposite of what this team and fanbase should be doing right now. The Bills feed off of us, their home record and Ralph Romp are evidence of this. Let's start cheering again. SQUISH THE PHISH!
Questioner tried to veer Warner into talking about how tough teh Jets D will be for the Bills and he turns right into how tough Fred Jackson will be for the Jets D. Love it his take on our offense. Thats all Chan!
Chan: Kelvin Sheppard is sitting and ready to take over role at ILB and will take majority of snaps.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 17, 2011
Over the next few weeks you are going to get a lot of observations, notes and reflections regarding the Bills in pre-season as we gear up for Year 2 with Chan the Man and the Amish Rifle. After the...
According to ESPN Dallas, under the expected new CBA rules, the Cowboys tender offer on free agent LT Doug Free has become void and worse for them, under the new expected setup the team will be 18 million over the cap. The article notes that Free was always the Cowboys number 1 free agent target but that now there is a chance he gets away. Just another free agent to keep an eye on....
RT Tyson Clabo and RG Harvey Dahl are arguably the best OT and best OG available in free agency this year and both are Atlanta Falcons. According to this article, the Falcons may not have the money to sign them both with high salaries to go to CB Brent Grimes (tendered and will soon get long term deal)and CB Dunta Robinson (who just got a massive deal last year). Behind Clabo and Dahl the Falcons have boasted one of the best run blocking offensive lines in football and they are pretty good pass blockers as well. Clabo should be one of the marquee names the Bills try to go after this off-season and I wouldnt mind Dahl either who is a monster run blocker. In fact, they are both monster blockers. Either would be a great haul.
Its always easy to criticize OBD when a draft pick goes sour but its really only fair when you follow a guy you really wanted as well to see how things would have been if you had gotten your way. Obviously, myself and most of you would have made the better call with Orakpo over Maybin. But last year I was very upset when the Bills didnt get a chance at Trent Williams because Washington took him at 4 A year later, its looking like questions about his work ethic and dedication that popped up in college might be surfacing in the NFL. This is not a good sign for a rookie that went in the top 5 but looked overwhelmed and confused on the playing field. "Some of Williams‘ teammates wondered aloud Wednesday why he hasn’t been to any of the team’s seven informal practices during the lockout.....[he] is under contract, presumably has enough loot from his first-round deal to catch a flight and is coming off an uneven rookie season. He also doesn’t have the veteran status that allows certain other players to skip these unsupervised, voluntary workouts without grabbing teammates’ attention. Buzz about Williams‘ absence built Wednesday, and some players privately questioned why he, in particular, isn’t working out with them". Just a little update.
Pro Football Focus ranked their top 15 and bottom 15 pass blockers at both LT and RT based on a forumla of all their snaps. No Buffalo Bills feature on any of the lists except Mansfield Wrotto, who is the 15th worst pass blocker at RT.
The link takes you to the SportingNews WarRoom page because the following is an excerpt from their draft preview magazine. The person in the cubicle next to me was reading it so I snatched it (naturally) and found some bits to share with the Rumblers. Their positional rankings and scouting are based on War Room Scouts and SportingNews claims they are based on watching film of every single game in college. To demonstrate how this scouting has given them some unique results the magazine lists Jimmy Smith as the best cornerback prospect, Mark Ingram as the fourth best running back, Marcel Dareus is their third rated DT, and they claim the offensive tackle class gets a grade of A+ with Anthony Castonzo as a top 10 talent and Solder and Tyron Smith joining him as elite prospects in their mind. As you can see, they arent afraid to tell you what they think. So here are their QB thoughts: Strongest Arm: Cam Newton - Newton has rare, elite arm strength and has consistently shown the ability to throw the ball way down the field with excellent zip and accuracy. There is no question that he has the arm strength that few NFL quarterbacks possess." Most Accurate: Cam Newton - While Newton made a lot of throws last season at Auburn that he will never even try in the NFL, he was remarkably accurate on film. What was most impressive was his ability to make throws of 20-plus yards accurately. He did so when he needed to make touch passes and when he was called to put a lot of zip on the ball. Despite these incredible reviews, Cam Newton was still ranked fourth on their QB prospect list with Gabbert as 1, Kaepernick as 2, and Ponder as 3. They graded these guys different facets out of 9 and to give you an idea: Arm Strength: Newton (9), Gabbert (8), Kaepernick (7), Ponder (5) Accuracy: Newton (8), Gabbert (7.5), Kaep (7), Ponder (6) Field Vision: Ponder (8), Kaep (7), Gabbert (6.5), Newton (5.5) Running Ability: Newton (9), Kaep/Gabbert (8), Ponder (7.5) Intangibles: Ponder (9), Kaep (8.5) Gabbert (8), Newton (5.5) Other: Quickest Release - Nathan Enderle (Idaho), Most Dangerous Runner - Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech), Most Battle-Tested - Greg McElroy (Alabama) SportingNews says the risk is too high with Newton and that no QB with his types of red flags has ever become successful in the NFL. Go buy the magazine if you're interested in more, or just steal it from a co-worker like I did! These guys definitely go out on some limbs and I found it refreshing and worth the read through.
Normally I don't care for these but this I had to share with you guys. Pat Kirwan went back to the 2004 draft and re-did the first ten picks if the teams knew then what they knew now. In his re-do, to what will be a shock to some Bills fans, Lee Evans goes higher than he did to us at 13 - with him jumping up to pick 6 in hindsight. Some good perspective of what observers outside of Buffalo think 6. Cleveland Browns Actual pick: Kellen Winslow Do-over pick: Lee Evans The Browns were looking for a game-breaking receiver, and Evans is a solid guy who is still playing in Buffalo. Winslow, meanwhile, had to be shipped to Tampa Bay because he just wasn't a good fit with the new Cleveland coaching staff. Evans has gone through multiple changes but just keeps performing.
Moon took particular exception to the part of Nawrocki's evaluation that labeled Newton's smile as "fake." "How do you judge a player on his smile, whether his smile is fake or not?" Moon asked. "I've never heard anything like that in all my years of listening to evaluations on players or anybody, whether their smile is fake or not and you've never met the kid. If you're going by what general managers have to say, most of those general managers spend 15 minutes with him at the combine, so how are they going to get a real good sense of who this kid is by that?" -------------------------------------------------------------- "(I) talked to a lot of people in the Auburn program and a lot of people throughout Cam's career," Nawrocki said. "Talking to NFL sources, just tracking down his background. "I'd rather not go into any specific sources, but anybody that questions what was written can go back and do the homework.
I think I've been very clear on how much I love Robert Quinn as a prospect. In this video segment, Bucky Brooks breaks down the tape of these tow guys to offer his opinion on which one is the better pass rusher. I love Quinn because of how awesome he is when it comes to using his hands against blockers and his speed and burst for a guy his size. But Bowers is bigger and stronger and explosive himself. In my humble opinion, this might be the biggest positional draft debate - including over Newton vs. Gabbert and Peterson vs. Amukamara.
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