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Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Monday: Running backs continue to be a popular pickby Anthony Marino on March 30, 2020 at 12:48 pm
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Some of the top RBs could be on the board at 54 This week’s edition of Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Monday includes some of the top running backs available in the draft. With Devin Singletary and T.J. Yeldon being the only two backs on the roster to receive touches last year, it’s easy to speculate that general manager Brandon Beane may look to the draft to replace Frank Gore. Some of the latest mock drafts also address needs at offensive tackle, defensive end, and wide receiver—and you can check the latest updates below. Seven-Round 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers help Tom Brady with O-linemen and RB, Patriots take Round 3 QB - CBSSports.comThe Bills pick Curtis Weaver EDGE (Boise State) with their second-round selection. Four-round 2020 NFL mock draft: Buccaneers nab RB in Round 2 - NFL.comThe Bills pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB (LSU) with their second-round selection. 2020 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills add offensive weapon, address CB, add Syracuse EDGE in 7-round mock - newyorkupstate.comThe Bills pick J.K. Dobbins RB (Ohio State) with their second-round selection. Bills seven-round mock draft: How free agency shook things up – The AthleticThe Bills pick Prince Tega Wanogho OT (Auburn) with their second-round selection (Subscription required). 2020 NFL mock draft: Updated 3-round projections with trades - Draft WireThe Bills pick Julian Okwara EDGE (Notre Dame) with their second-round selection. Reid's 2020 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 | The Draft NetworkThe Bills pick Jonathan Taylor RB (Wisconsin) with their second-round selection. Mocking The Bills: Addressing offensive needs early in the 2020 NFL Draft - Buffalo RumblingsThe Bills pick Brandon Aiyuk WR (Arizona State) with their second-round selection. NFL Draft 2020: 10 realistic targets for Buffalo Bills in 2nd round - syracuse.comWhile this is not a mock draft, it is a great compilation of names to consider.
Comparing contracts for Shaq Lawson, Jordan Phillips, and their Buffalo Bills replacementsby Matt Warren on March 30, 2020 at 12:21 pm
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images Did the Bills upgrade? Heading into this offseason, whether or not to pay free agents Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips was a hot topic among Buffalo Bills fans. Both produced well in 2019 and the team’s defense was pretty good, so wanting them back made sense. Now that we’ve seen what they made on the open market, we can compare their contracts to the deals Buffalo signed with free agents Mario Addison, Vernon Butler, and Quinton Jefferson to replace them. Jordan PhillipsArizona CardinalsThree years, $30 million$14.5 million fully guaranteed over two seasons Shaq LawsonMiami DolphinsThree years, $30 million$21 million fully guaranteed over two seasons Mario AddisonBuffalo Bills Three years, $30.45 million$13.25 million fully guaranteed in year one Vernon ButlerBuffalo BillsTwo years, $15 million plus incentives/escalators$7.8 million fully guaranteed in year one Quinton JeffersonBuffalo BillsTwo years, $13.5 million$6.25 million fully guaranteed in year one After looking at all five contracts, what stands out the most is the difference in guaranteed years on the contract. Lawson’s first two seasons are all fully guaranteed while Phillips’s is fully guaranteed in year one and half his 2021 salary is guaranteed. The Bills didn’t give out any guaranteed money past year one in any of their contracts. Looking at the average annual salaries, the two former Bills will average $10 million per season while Buffalo’s new trio is at $8.42 million. Collectively, it’s $20 million per season for the old Bills and ~$25 million per season for the new three, so it’s not accurate to say “Buffalo signed three players for the price of two”. What the Bills were able to do is add flexibility in 2021 if the signings don’t work out. By bypassing the hefty guarantees in year two of the deals, Buffalo gave themselves an out in each of the contracts. The Dolphins and Cardinals are counting on at least two good seasons from their newest free-agent defensive linemen.
Bills’ fan confidence is sky-high following initial free agency periodby Matt Warren on March 30, 2020 at 11:20 am
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images You could say we Digg the work they’ve been doing. The Buffalo Bills are seemingly in win-now mode, and their bold offseason has fans of the team feeling pretty darn confident. After being at just over 80% fan confidence following the 2019 season, Bills fans are near 100% following the first wave of free agency. During the intervening time frame, Buffalo traded for wide receiver Stefon Diggs, signed several potential starters and wave players on defense, and were able to maintain their entire offensive line from a year ago (not to mention all their major position coaches and coordinators). For their effort in free agency (and the trade is lumped in here), the Bills earned high marks from fans. More than 60% of voters gave the Bills an “A” with about one-third giving them a “B”. Part of the reason for the fan confidence has to do with the rest of the AFC East, where the New England Patriots lost future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fan confidence for New England is hovering around 50% and they earned much lower marks on free agency: Fans of the New York Jets are much more confident than they were at the end of the season, jumping from roughly 10% all the way up to nearly 80% of Jets fans being confident in the direction of the team. The Miami Dolphins’ numbers aren’t as dramatic in their rise, but they finish higher near 90%.
Former Bills QBs receive votes of confidence this offseasonby Matt Warren on March 30, 2020 at 11:15 am
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports They are everywhere. Several former Buffalo Bills quarterbacks were in the news this offseason for the right reasons; their teams gave them a vote of confidence in one of a few different ways. Tyrod Taylor is now the presumptive opening day starter for the Los Angeles Chargers after the departure of long-time starter Phillip Rivers. While most expect the chargers to take a quarterback in the top ten of this year’s draft, Taylor will be the veteran mentor for the offseason just as he was for the Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield after the Bills traded him. In Florida, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the lead dog for the Miami Dolphins until they draft their quarterback of the future. The Dolphins are expected to pull the trigger on a QB at number 5 overall (though that could still change). Fitz has been in this position before but always find a way into the lineup. Further down the list, some backups received new deals this offseason starting with Nathan Peterman. He signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason as one of their four quarterbacks. It’s an Exclusive-Rights Free Agent contract, so none of it is guaranteed and it didn’t contain a signing bonus. AJ McCarron also re-signed with his old team, inking a deal with the Houston Texans. His $4 million is almost all guaranteed and half of it was already paid in a signing bonus as he serves as the Houston Texans’ veteran mentor to Deshaun Watson. (Joe Webb was also on Houston’s roster last year, but is currently a free agent.) Cardale Jones didn’t fare so well in the XFL, throwing seven picks against four touchdowns. He has not signed with an NFL team since the premature end of the XFL season.
Billieve: Buffalo’s Super Bowl window and exploring the Carolina Connectionby John Boccacino on March 30, 2020 at 11:04 am
The time for the Bills and Josh Allen to win is now. On the latest episode of the Billieve Podcast, host John Boccacino and co-host Jamie D’Amico explore the rare position the Buffalo Bills find themselves in these days: with a legitimate shot at appearing in (and hopefully winning) a Super Bowl. General manager Brandon Beane and Buffalo’s front office along with head coach Sean McDermott and the entire coaching staff have guided the Bills to two playoff appearances in the last three years following a 17-year playoff drought. But more needed to happen to lift the Bills into the realm of legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Thanks to smart money management and shrewd talent acquisition, Buffalo entered this offseason with 80+ million in salary cap space—ample money to address its needs. Through the initial wave of free agency, the Bills have already shored up many of their holes, trading for Stefon Diggs, a top-flight wide receiver for quarterback Josh Allen. Now, there are no more excuses for Allen and the offense, as Buffalo has three of the best route-running receivers out there in Diggs, John Brown, and Cole Beasley. The offense no longer is a liability. Second-year running back Devin Singletary is an explosive weapon as a dual-threat out of the backfield, while Dawson Knox showed enough glimpses of his potential to make Buffalo think it has finally found a solution at tight end. The offensive line has the continuity that comes from returning the same five starters for 2020, and with more depth than ever before. A defense that was tenacious in 2019 gets a boost from the signing of edge rusher Mario Addison and fellow defensive linemen Quinton Jefferson and Vernon Butler to go with emerging star Ed Oliver and veterans Jerry Hughes, Trent Murphy, and Star Lotulelei. Newly signed linebacker A.J. Klein will try and replace Lorenzo Alexander in a linebacker room that already includes stud Tremaine Edmunds and the talented Matt Milano. The safety tandem of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer is among the best in the NFL, while Buffalo is banking on former Pro Bowler Josh Norman returning to form and joining Pro Bowler Tre’Davious White to give Buffalo an outstanding cornerback duo. Sure, the Bills still have work to do—Buffalo could use upgrades at backup running back and backup quarterback while searching for an improvement at punter—but for the first time since the last of the Bills’ four straight Super Bowl appearances, Buffalo has legitimate dreams of a Super Bowl. We dive into how the Bills have positioned themselves for a deep playoff run, then explore the Buffalo-Carolina connection, which has seen the Bills sign 21 former Carolina Panthers’ players over the last three years, and why the team’s bringing in so many former Panthers could bode well for the 2020 season. Check out the latest Billieve Podcast for answers to these questions, then leave your thoughts on what else Beane needs to do to get this team to the Super Bowl in the comments section below. Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Blitzed Bills, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, Circling the Wagons, and the Nick and Nolan Show: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone Editor’s note: If you’re viewing this article on Apple News, the embedded audio will be removed. Click through to the site in your browser or listen on iTunes.