YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- Buffalo Bills

It’s been a baffling couple of months for Buffalo Bill fans.  They made a head scratching coaching change by selecting the offensive minded Chan Gailey.  Gailey will try to fix a miserable offense.  He hasn’t coached in the NFL since 1999.  In the NFL Draft, instead of going for a need, they take the best running back on the board in C.J. Spiller.  They already have established backs in Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson, but out of the 3 Spiller is the best. 

 Quarterbacks

 Trent Edwards- 110/183  60.1%  1,169 yds  6 td  7 int  73.8 rat 

Edwards is a mobile quarterback who is very accurate and has the ability to make most of the throws.  The dilemma with him is how ultra conservative he is.  Instead of taking a chance here or there, he constantly hits the check-down receiver.  I’m not sure whether or not he doesn’t have the confidence, or the arm strength. 

 

(Trent Edwards) 

Others- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Levi Brown 

Fitzpatrick has a big arm and can get the ball downfield.  He has a fairly long delivery, and isn’t the most accurate.  He also locks onto receivers a bit too much. 

Levi Brown is a 7th round developmental project from Troy. 

GRADE- 7 

 Running Backs

C.J. Spiller- ROOKIE 

Spiller is simply electrifying.  In my opinion, I think Spiller is the 2nd fastest running back in the NFL, behind only Chris Johnson.  He has great vision to go along with his speed.  Chan Gailey has already been drawing up some plays specifically for Spiller to try and create some mismatches. 

 

(C.J. Spiller) 

Fred Jackson- 237 car  4.5 avg  1,062 yds  2 td  46 rec  371 yds  2 td 

Jackson made most of his chance to start as teammate Marshawn Lynch was suspended for the 1st 5 games of last season.  He’s not the most athletic, or possess game changing speed, but he’s versatile, agile and knows how to hit the hole.  He has fantastic hands out of the backfield. 

Others- Marshawn Lynch, Corey McIntyre 

Lynch’s future is a question mark.  He has ability, but will he be motivated as he looks to be the 3rd running back on the depth chart.  He’s a power runner who lowers his shoulder pads and lays the boom.  He has a good burst to go along with his power. 

McIntyre is a veteran fullback. 

GRADE- 7.5 

Receivers

Lee Evans- 44 rec  612 yds  13.9 avg  7 td 

Evans is a burner, and can get deep on any defense.  The dilemma is getting him the ball.  Edwards isn’t a guy who likes to throw the deep ball.  

 

(Lee Evans) 

Steve Johnson- 2 rec 10 yds  5.0 avg  

Buffalo cut their losses, and got rid of 2008 2nd round disappointment James Hardy.  Johnson seems to be more of a slot guy, but has good quickness. 

Roscoe Parrish- 3 rec  34 yds  11.2 avg  

Parrish is a small, speedy receiver in the mold of Devin Hester. 

TE- Shawn Nelson- 17 rec  156 yds 9.2 avg  1 td 

Nelson will miss the 1st 4 games of the season due to suspension.  He’s a natural receiver who has size and speed. 

Others- Marcus Easley, Derek Schouman, Jonathan Stupar 

Easley is a 4th round pick from Connecticut.  

Schouman and Stupar will battle to see who will start for Nelson the 1st 4 weeks. 

GRADE- 6.75 

 Offensive Line

LT- Demetrius Bell 

Bell struggled with injuries and play last season.  The tackle spots were wrecks last season, so we could see a merry go round of starters at both tackle spots.  Rookie Ed Wang, and Jamon Meredith are other options to start at left tackle. 

LG- Andy Levitre 

Levitre has a very high football iq.  He’s not the most athletic guard. 

C- Geoff Hangartner 

Hangartner plays with good technique and is quick off the snap.  He tends to get overpowered by bigger defensive tackles. 

RG- Eric Wood 

Wood had a fine rookie season until suffering one of the worst looking leg injuries I’ve ever seen in week 10.  He’s a tough, competitive and aggressive player. 

Eric Wood Eric Wood #70  of the Buffalo Bills readies for a play against the Chicago Bears on August 15, 2009 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. 

(Eric Wood) 

RT- Cornell Green 

The Bills went out and got Green in the offseason.  He’s not a great tackle, but he’s a veteran and he’s a huge improvement to what they had last season. 

GRADE- 6.75 

 Defensive Line

LDE- Marcus Stroud- 56 tck  2 sck  8 p def 

Stroud is athletic for a defensive tackle.  He will slide over to end in the 3-4.  He can rush the passer and play the run. 

 

(Marcus Stroud) 

NT- Kyle Williams- 66 tck  4 sck  1 ff 

Williams is not your prototypical nose tackle.  He’s strong and powerful, but may not be strong enough to play the nose. 

RDE- Dwan Edwards- 47 tck  1 sck  1 p def 

Edwards was brought in from Baltimore where he was a bit underrated.  He’s not that powerful, but he plays with fire and is good in pursuit. 

Others- Spencer Johnson, Alex Carrington 

Johnson will see time in the rotation.  He plays with good leverage. 

Carrington is a 3rd rounder from Arkansas State. 

GRADE- 7 

Linebackers

LOLB- Chris Kelsay- 62 tck  5 sck  1 ff 

Kelsay will move from defensive end to outside linebacker in the 3-4.  He’s athletic and plays with good range.  

LILB- Andra Davis- 90 tck  3.5 sck  3 p def 

Davis is a veteran who has experience playing the 3-4 inside linebacker position in Denver.  He can have trouble shedding off bigger blockers. 

RILB- Paul Posluszny- 110 tck  1.0 sck  3 int  4 p def  3 ff 

Posluszny is on the verge of becoming a star in this league.  He’s tough, plays with a mean streak and is a very sure tackler. 

 

(Paul Posluszny) 

ROLB- Aaron Maybin- 18 tck  1 ff 

With the release and retirement of Aaron Schobel, 2nd in team history with 78 sacks, Maybin will get to start.  Maybin had a very disappointing rookie season, but I think the positional change will benefit him greatly.  He has a good burst and a quick 1st step.  

Others- Kawika Mitchell, Keith Ellison 

Mitchell and Ellison are both versatile and can play any linebacker spot. 

GRADE- 7.25 

Secondary

LCB- Terrence McGee- 48 tck  1 int  7 p def  

McGee is at his best anticipating and reacting to the throws from the quarterback.  He lacks size and can get outmuscled by bigger and taller receivers. 

RCB- Leodis McKelvin- 11 tck  1 p def  

McKelvin is an athlete.  He’s another corner who has good instincts to go along with solid closing speed. 

 

(Leodis McKelvin) 

CB- Drayton Florence- 60 tck  1 int  11 p def 

Florence did a solid job filling in for an injured McKelvin last season. 

FS- Jairus Byrd- 45 tck  9 int  11 p def 

As a rookie, Byrd tied the NFL lead in interceptions with 9. 

SS- Donte Whitner- 57 tck  2 int  5 p def 

Whitner and George Wilson will fight it out for the starting safety spot.  Whitner is a hitter who’s a liability in coverage. 

Others- George Wilson, Ashton Youboty, Reggie Corner 

Wilson is the better cover guy between he and Whitner. 

Youboty and Corner provide solid depth at cornerback. 

GRADE- 8 

Special Teams

  

PK- Rian Lindell- 28/33 56 lg 

  

Lindell is a veteran who has always handled the tough conditions in Buffalo well. 

  

P- Brian Moorman- 90 punts  46.6 avg  25 in 20  73 lg 

  

Another special teamer who handles the tough conditions in Buffalo well. 

  

KR- Leodis McKelvin- 5 ret  24.2 avg  33 lg 

  

McKelvin or the dynamic Spiller could return kicks. 

  

PR- Roscoe Parrish- 24 ret  5.5 avg  31 lg 

   

Parrish has good vision returning kicks. 

   

  2010 PREDICTION- 3-13

The Bills are becoming another Detroit Lions with what they’ve done over the last decade.  The Lions struggled trying to find that franchise quarterback (Stafford may be the answer), and kept mistakenly drafting wide receivers in the 1st round.  The Bills still have yet to find a franchise quarterback, but instead of drafting wide receivers, they keep opting for running backs.  Just like Detroit, the last time Buffalo has made the postseason was 1999. 

Offensive MVP- C.J. Spiller 

Defensive MVP- Paul Posluszny 

Breakthrough- Leodis McKelvin 

Overrated- Jairus Byrd 

Underrated- Terrence McGee

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