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Vlog 21: Benjamin to the Bills and Ajayi to the Eagles

The Carolina Panthers traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills for a 3rd and 7th round pick in the 2018 draft.

I personally didn’t think the Panthers would be dealers before the deadline, but what do I know.

Check out my thoughts on the trade.

Watch: Tyrod Taylor x Toyota Camry commercial

I was watching TV and noticed Toyota Camry commercial and noticed Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor was a former backup for the Baltimore Ravens and got a shot to start last year for the Bills. It was pretty cool to see him get some national exposure.

I wonder if they gave him loaded Camry? Check out the commercial.

Ryan, Taylor experience is starting off well in Buffalo

During the offseason the Buffalo Bills made a few changes they fired Doug Marrone, starting quarterback Kyle Orton retired again. The Bills brass knew Orton wasn’t the quarterback of the future, but that left doubt under center. The Marrone experience didn’t leave Bills fans thinking that Marv Levy was back in new form that’s for sure.

Fast forward, they have brought defensive mastermind Rex Ryan to be the head coach, so that gives the Bills some stability especially in the AFC East, as Ryan knows what he has to do to turn a team around and navigate through New England. The former Jets coach seemed like an odd hire from the outside looking in being that the Bills had a good defense, but seemed to need offensive help.

Tyrod Taylor was brought in to compete for a starting position, but he wasn’t even the key addition behind center, that was Matt Cassel who the Bills received via trade from the Minnesota Vikings. Taylor who was a Raven last year came to Buffalo just for a chance to play. Being in Baltimore the only way he was going to play meaningful minutes is if Joe Flacco got hurt and you can’t wish injury on any man so he did what was right to have a chance to see more playing time. After one week in the NFL season it seems that Taylor has made the correct decision to bolt to Buffalo. Taylor got soak game up on the Ravens bench for four years, now he’s running the Bills offense. He is an unknown, but has a strong arm and can take off when the play breaks down; if you followed Tyrod when he was at Virginia Tech you saw a skill set that had a chance to be productive in the NFL.

The Bills will play smash mouth football, but there will be games that Taylor has to make critical plays and if he do that or exceed expectation the Bills could be very dangerous. During his first game he went 14 of 19 for 175 yards 1 touchdown no interceptions and 45 yards on the ground. The key to that stat line is the efficiency and no turnovers.

I know it has only been one week, but I salute Ryan on giving Taylor a shot because we all know who Matt Cassel is and E.J. Manuel hasn’t panned out. Taylor is a wildcard, but sometimes you need a good wildcard to be successful.

 

 

NFL: 2015 Predictions AFC East

In this 8 part series I will be compiling my thoughts and predictions for each division in the NFL as they embark on their 2015 seasons. This article will focus solely on the AFC East, the home of the current SuperBowl Champs, the New England Patriots. Let’s begin.

tombradyWhen the confetti fell last February and the Pats were living on cloud 9, a horrible storm was brewing inside the metaphorical cumulus. “DeflateGate” as it is widely known, was the catalyst in a downward spiral of a summer. Knowing Tom Brady and potentially Bill Belichick could be in trouble, names started dropping from the roster, some on their own accord. Revis made his rapid return to The Jets, surprise breakout star Kyle Arrington was released along with veteran Brandon Spikes, to mention a few. Not much was brought in to replace these missing links to success for the team, that mixed with Tom Brady sitting the first four games is a disaster in the making for these defending champions. However, the last Patriots team to play more than back to back games without #12 was the 2008 squad that went 11-5 without their leader playing the entire season. A good omen perhaps?

ryan tannehillA few weeks back an article was published stating that brain trust from Harvard University have placed the Seahawks and The Miami Dolphins as this years final. Though I can see the accuracy of this prediction based solely on the defensive juggernauts they have in the backfield. The truth is that Ryan Tannehill just can’t win those crucial games. He’s the Matt Ryan of the AFC. Outstanding in regular season match ups, posting earth shattering numbers more than not. Therefore, the pressure on the Miami offense equipped with Tannehill’s arm, fail to gain any traction resulting in them being outside looking in come playoff time. The key factor in if the Dolphin’s sink or swim, will be the addition of heavily scrutinized, Ndamukong Suh. After setting sails to the sunny beaches of Florida, it’s truly time to see if Suh is the terror on the field he can be, without the cheap shots and dirty plays. Some believe this is the Dolphin’s best chance to win a few playoff games in a very long time.
NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York JetsBack in 2013, a gigantic news story broke out of The Jets locker room. The all star Darrelle Revis, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and all fingers pointed to loud mouth Rex Ryan as the ultimate reason for his departure. Heated words were thrown from both camps and everyone believed the bridge back to MetLife was not only burnt but engulfed in flames. Albeit when word broke of Revis returning to his rookie team, shock was not a word that crossed many minds. With no more Rex at the helm, it was a clean slate for Darrelle. Two other superstar athletes that signed contracts with the Football Jets were Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. If Geno Smith can prove doubters wrong and not lose his starting gig yet again, the targets he had to choose from are plenty. He will have a solid defense behind him so the proverbial ball is in Mr.Smiths court.
Four. The most hated number in Bills history. Four times has Buffalo made it to the big dance, only to be rejected like a high school senior. Forget the fact that team led by Jim Kelly did it in four consecutive years, some clubs haven’t even experienced a Super Bowl date. For the first time in  years, this lowly bitter cold franchise will attempt to bring home the first Lombardi trophy for the city, stomping out the history of losses in the finals. Ranked in the top 3 defenses in the league, Buffalo has the secondary to do some serious damage. Their second week will be the most important game of the season as they look to expose a Brady-less squad against New England. Although the questions still surround their offense, LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin are enormous additions to a feeble offensive attack.
Final predictions are as follows:
Buffalo        12-4
Pats             11-5
Miami         9-7
Jets              9-7

LeSean McCoy has a new quarterback in Buffalo

A day after the world was shocked Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles shipped off star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonzo the Bill made another move. This time they acquired a quarterback to help out a position in need, but who did they acquire? Drum roll please Matt Cassel from the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings will receive two undisclosed picks from the Bills and will also send an undisclosed pick with Cassel to Buffalo.

I bet Bills fans are excited (laughs), we’ve seen this story before how many times can teams be tricked by the Cassel jig? Sort of like Ron said talking about Josh McCown early in the week, looks at the Browns. Cassel had one good year with the Patriots led them to a double digit winning season the year Tom Brady got his knee torn to shreds  and then started reaping monetary benefits all over the board. The Chiefs cashed him out, that didn’t work out, the Vikings gave him a shot, that didn’t work out and now the on the rise Bills are going to entrust their team with Cassel. Does this make sense? I know almost every team is one quarterback away from being a legit contender, but Cassel isn’t the answer and will never be the answer.

I’m not mad that he keeps cashing checks, but if you are in the front office of a team you have to know he isn’t the direction you want to head.

Cassel will have weapons LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins to work with so maybe that will help. Can Rex Ryan and Greg Roman get the most out of Cassel? Only time will tell, but they better be trying to draft a quarterback in April or working hands on with E.J. Manuel if you get what I’m saying.

Cassel had a career high in yards in 2008 with 3,693 with the Patriots and a career high in touchdowns in 2010 with the Chiefs.

Welp, the jig is in Buffalo now how soon will Buffalo and its fans realize what they are in for?

 

2015 NFL Draft: 5 most likely candidates to draft Marcus Mariota

Guest Writer : Aaron Palmer

Twitter= @palmerthegenius

1. New York Jets (1-4)

Through the first four weeks of the season, if you asked an avid NFL fan what team looked the best, they’d probably say the Cincinnati Bengals (3-1). If you asked them what what team looked the worst, they would likely tell you the Rex Ryan led New York Jets. A head coach who could possibly be on the hot seat, A rattled Geno Smith who can’t hold on to the ball, and a wild-card Mike Vick on the bench are all pieces that could lead the Jets to taking a quarterback with their first pick in next years draft. Winning only one of their first four games also helps their case. The only winless teams so far are Jacksonville and Oakland, who drafted quarterbacks early last year.

2. Tennessee Titans (1-4)

Ken Whisenhunt started off this season off with essentially no quarterback. Jake Locker has been injury prone all throughout his short NFL career. His backup, Charlie Whitehurst has never been anything more than…a backup. This leads one to believe that Whisenhunt, known to be a quarterback whisperer, will draft his own guy after what looks to be a long season for the Titans.

3. St. Louis Rams (1-3)

Before the season, the Rams, with their fierce defense, looked like a possible NFC West contender. That was until quarterback Sam Bradford went down with a season-ending injury in the preseason. Their depth now consists of veteran journeyman Shaun Hill, sophomore Austin Davis, and rookie Garrett Gilbert (sixth round pick). Davis and Gilbert both had been cut by the Rams then signed again after Sam Bradford injuries. With that said, it would take an amazing performance from on of them to prevent Jeff Fisher and Les Snead from taking a signal-caller high in next year’s draft.

4. Miami Dolphins (2-2)

Joe Philbin seems to be on a short leash with the Dolphins, along with his quarterback Ryan Tannehill who was always thought to have been drafted way too early. The jury is still out though as they are not completely in shambles just yet. The 2013 bullying scandal, Underachievement by the quarterback, and receiver Mike Wallace (who not too long ago received a huge contract) looks to be the downfall of The Philbin era. Then opening the door for a new face for their franchise.

5. Buffalo Bills (3-2)

At the beginning of the season Doug Marrone seemed content with having EJ Manuel as his quarterback. One may question why, when his play has been less than stellar thus far. If this continues, he will be gone, along with his head coach. The teams talented defense and arsenal of offensive weapons (Sammy Watkins, CJ Spiller, Mike Williams, Robert Woods) leaves Manuel and the system as the weak link. Kyle Orton was recently given the starting job, but he will not be the long-term answer. This really doesn’t work in their favor, since they traded away their 2015 first-round pick to Cleveland in the Sammy Watkins deal.

Sammy Watkins Shows off Nifty Footwork

I am still scratching my head wondering why the Cleveland Browns didn’t select Sammy Watkins in the NFL Draft, but that’s another story for another day. The rookie out of Clemson has been a YouTube sensation this off-season, due to a series of catches that has mesmerized football fans around the country. The Buffalo Bills are quietly building a nice team, and drafting Watkins gave them a player that has the potential to be a superstar wide receiver. Watkins has been a one-hand catching machine, but in this video he shows off his nifty footwork. This is probably the first time in a long time that Bills fans are excited to get the season started. Check out Sammy do work in the video below.

S/O to Next Impulse Sports for the footage.

Supporting Jim Kelly During his Battle with Cancer

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During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s there were a plethora of Quarterbacks in the NFL that changed the culture of the league. Fans normally hear the names of Joe Montana, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, and Dan Marino, but I think that Jim Kelly is often lost in the shuffle.

The Hall of Fame Quarterback from the “U”started off in the defunct USFL, and ended his illustrious career with the Buffalo Bills. While in the NFL Kelly’s Bills were arguably the second best team in the 1990’s, but they failed to win a Super Bowl after four attempts.

Not winning a Super Bowl would have put a dark cloud over anybody, but that can’t be said for Jim Kelly. Even though he didn’t win a Super Bowl, Kelly helped changed the culture of football in Buffalo. Since his departure from the team the organization has not been the same.

NFL teams around the league are playing the same style of offense that was adopted by Jim Kelly. Twenty years ago Buffalo called it the “K-Gun”, and now everyone calls it the hurry up or spread offense. Jim Kelly’s accolades on the field are second to none, and it seems like Jim Kelly the person is even better than Jim Kelly the quarterback, which says a lot.

Kelly’s teammates and family embrace him like no other, and with recent news of his cancer battle and the support that he has received shows the role he played on individuals outside of football.

Jim Kelly is battling a second recurrence of oral cancer. News broke that Kelly’s cancer is pretty aggressive, but in recent news his wife stated that the Cancer is curable, and will not need any surgery as of now (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/surgery-hall-famer-jim-kelly-cancer-fight-article-1.1735783).

It sucks to see anyone go through cancer, and I hope for the best for Kelly and his family. Cancer Sucks! #PrayersforJK