Free agent wide receiver Jeremy Machlin is set to visit the Bills. He is available following his surprise release last week by the Chiefs. The question on management’s mind is at what cost? The Bills have some salary cap space to work with. MACHLIN IS BUFFALO’S STRONGEST PROSPECT AT RECEIVER. THE RANKS ARE THIN DUE TO SAMMY WATKIN’S RECURRING HEALTH ISSUES. HAVING PLAYED UNDER COACH McDERMOTT AT PHILADELPHIA, MACHLIN WOULD BE A GOOD FIT. LOOKING FOR DIRECTION FROM THE FRONT OFFICE, WE REGROUP AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills are looking to sign wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. The 2014 Pro Bowler was released by the Chiefs after an injury ridden season. Maclin is being actively recruited by his good friend, LeSean McCoy, and Tyrod Taylor. Over the past 3 years he has recorded 216 receptions, 2,942 yards, and 20 touchdowns. He played for Sean McDermott when both were with Philadelphia. MACLIN’S SIGNING WOULD BRING MUCH NEEDED DEPTH TO THE RECEIVER CORPS. SAMMY WATKINS HAS STRUGGLED WITH INJURIES. ROOKIE ZAY JONES IS UNTESTED IN THE PROS. SEEING THE WISDOM OF BRINGING HIM ON BOARD, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.
ESPN Insider sees Tyrod Taylor making the greatest leap forward among NFL quarterbacks. It cites Taylor’s accomplishments on the field. He has thrown only 2 interceptions in 816 passes. He has rushed for 1,148 yards over the past 2 seasons. Taylor has achieved this with injuries plaguing Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy. He moreover worked with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison when both were with Baltimore. TAYLOR WILL NEED A STANDOUT SEASON TO SECURE HIS POSITION. THAT HE AGREED TO A 10 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT REDUCTION SHOWS THE FRONT OFFICE IS NOT SOLD ON HIM. LOOKING AT LONG LAST FOR A FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK, THE FAITHFUL RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.
The BASEBALL ODDS have the Chicago Cubs favored to repeat as World Series Champions. OddsShark puts them at +500 to win it all. Trailing behind them but gaining ground are the Houston Astros at +550. They hold a dominant 11 game lead in the American League West. Perennial powerhouses Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians are also contenders. The sports book line puts the Indians at +700 to take the World Series. The Red Sox are in the pack at +750. The line on the Los Angeles Dodgers is +1000, having beaten the Cubs last week. The Los Angeles Dodgers are staked at +1200 following their 5 game winning run. The Washington Nationals are pegged at +750 to triumph in the World Series. They have opened a commanding lead over the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves in the National League East.
There is hot competition among the dominant teams thus far into the season. The BASEBALL ODDS have already established the favorites. Buffalo fans continue to turn out in record numbers to support the minor league Bisons. There is a long tradition of local enthusiasm for America’s Favorite Past Time. Keenly following the action in the pros, and wagering on the top contenders, we are all 1BUFFALO.
Rookie cornerback Greg Mabin has been signed by the Bills. The undrafted rookie had been signed by Tampa Bay but was released due to injury following minicamp. To make room on the roster the Bills released safety Jonathan Dowling. Mabin played college ball at Iowa. AT 6-2, 200 POUNDS MABIN HAS THE SIZE COACH McDERMOTT IS LOOKING FOR IN A CORNERBACK. HIS SIGNING IS A GAMBLE BECAUSE OF HIS HAMSTRING. HOPING FOR THE BEST, WE MONITOR HIS PROGRESS AS 1BUFFALO.
Yahoo Sports predicts that 2017 will be yet another rebuilding year for the Bills. The prospects for a winning season are dim given the overhaul of the front office with new head coach, coaching staff, and general manager. The uncertainty over Tyrod Taylor’s future clouds the team’s prospects. Injuries plaguing Sammy Watkins cast doubt on the star wide receiver’s contract status. FANS ARE LEFT TO WONDER HOW MUCH MORE THEY HAVE TO ENDURE. THE PLAYOFF DROUGHT NOW EXTENDS INTO ITS 17th YEAR. FRUSTRATED AND STYMIED, THE FAITHFUL STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The Bills rookies traveled by bus to Niagara Falls and New Era Cap. The annual rite of spring introduced them to area landmarks. The day concluded with a stop at Canalside. The newest players are settling in after organized team activities and rookie minicamp. THE GOODWILL TOUR WAS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS. THE NEWBIES ARE ADJUSTING TO THEIR ADOPTED HOMETOWN. LOOKING FOR PRODUCTION FROM THESE YOUNG RECRUITS, WE ARE HOPEFUL AS 1BUFFALO.
Penalties continue to plague the Bills. Last season the team was penalized 112 times, down from the league leading 143 in 2015. The defense was totally undisciplined under the fired Rex Ryan. New head coach Sean McDermott is a disciplinarian. Carolina had the least penalized defense under his direction last year. McDERMOTT EXPLAINED THAT THE MARGIN OF WINNING IN THE NFL IS SO SMALL THAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD PENALTIES. THE BILLS CAN NO LONGER ALLOW SUCH COSTLY BLUNDERS. LOOKING FOR FEWER PENALTY MARKERS, WE EXPECTANTLY REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
Bills cornerback Ronald Darby has been named to the best Under 25 squad by Pro Football Focus. He earned the recognition based on his standout rookie season. In 2015 he had 68 tackles, 21 defensed passes, and 2 interceptions. He was honored as Defensive Rookie of the Year. Last season his performance faltered. He recorded 69 tackles and 12 defensed passes. CONGRATULATIONS TO DARBY ON THIS SINGULAR ACCOLADE. HE IS THE BILLS PREMIER CORNERBACK NOW THAT STEPHON GILMORE HAS SIGNED WITH NEW ENGLAND THROUGH FREE AGENCY. SHARING IN THE PRIDE OF HIS RECOGNITION, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have signed free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges. The 4 year veteran played most recently for San Francisco, posting 83 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions last year. He started his NFL career with Minnesota. To make room on the roster, Buffalo released cornerback Charles Gaines. THE SIGNING OF HODGES ADDS DEPTH TO THE LINEBACKER CORPS. COACH McDERMOTT IS PURSUING SEASONED PROS THROUGH FREE AGENCY. LOOKING FOR THEM TO CONTRIBUTE ON THE FIELD, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.