Bills Sign Free Agent Linebacker Gerald Hodges

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.

The NFL ODDS peg New England at over 12.5 wins in the upcoming season.  Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com puts the returning Super Bowl champions at over 12.5 – 130.  Only 4 other teams are projected to break 10 wins:  Pittsburgh and Seattle at 10.5 and Green Bay and Oakland at 10.  The current line on over/under wins is as follows:

TEAM WINS (OVER ODDS) WINS (UNDER ODDS)
ARIZONA CARDINALS OVER 8.0 -105 UNDER 8.0 -125
ATLANTA FALCONS OVER 9.5 -125 UNDER 9.5 -105
BALTIMORE RAVENS OVER 9.0 -105 UNDER 9.0 -125
BUFFALO BILLS OVER 6.0 -130 UNDER 6.0 EVEN
CAROLINA PANTHERS OVER 8.5 -140 UNDER 8.5 +110
CHICAGO BEARS OVER 5.5 EVEN UNDER 5.5 -130
CINCINNATI BENGALS OVER 8.5 EVEN UNDER 8.5 -130
CLEVELAND BROWNS OVER 4.5 EVEN UNDER 4.5 -130
DALLAS COWBOYS OVER 9.5 -150 UNDER 9.5 +120
DENVER BRONCOS OVER 8.5 -105 UNDER 8.5 -125
DETROIT LIONS OVER 8.0 EVEN UNDER 8.0 -130
GREEN BAY PACKERS OVER 10.0 -130 UNDER 10.0 EVEN
HOUSTON TEXANS OVER 8.5 -130 UNDER 8.5 EVEN
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OVER 9.0 -105 UNDER 9.0 -125
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS OVER 6.0 -125 UNDER 6.0 -105
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OVER 9.0 -105 UNDER 9.0 -125
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS OVER 7.5 -115 UNDER 7.5 -115
LOS ANGELES RAMS OVER 5.5 -115 UNDER 5.5 -115
MIAMI DOLPHINS OVER 7.5 -130 UNDER 7.5 EVEN
MINNESOTA VIKINGS OVER 8.5 EVEN UNDER 8.5 -130
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS OVER 12.5 -130 UNDER 12.5 EVEN
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS OVER 8.0 -125 UNDER 8.0 -105
NEW YORK GIANTS OVER 9.0 -105 UNDER 9.0 -125
NEW YORK JETS OVER 5.0 -115 UNDER 5.0 -115
OAKLAND RAIDERS OVER 10.0 -125 UNDER 10.0 -105
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES OVER 8.0 -125 UNDER 8.0 -105
PITTSBURGH STEELERS OVER 10.5 -115 UNDER 10.5 -115
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS OVER 4.5 -125 UNDER 4.5 -105
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS OVER 10.5 -115 UNDER 10.5 -115
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OVER 8.5 -105 UNDER 8.5 -125
TENNESSEE TITANS OVER 8.5 -115 UNDER 8.5 -115
WASHINGTON REDSKINS OVER 7.5 -125 UNDER 7.5 -105

Once again the NFL ODDS are not with the Buffalo Bills.  The line predicts they will win just 6 games this year.  That is profoundly disappointing, given the realignment of management with the firings of Rex Ryan and Doug Whaley and the hirings of Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane.  Evidently the Las Vegas handicappers do not put stock in a potential Bills turn around.  Discouraged but not down, we loyally remain 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have named Terrance Gray Director of College Scouting.  He most recently was a scout for Minnesota.  Earlier he worked in the NFL office in New York City and for Kansas City.  THE HIRING OF GRAY ESSENTIALLY COMPLETES THE BILLS FRONT OFFICE.  A FEW ADDITIONAL SCOUTS MAY COME ON BOARD.  GENERAL MANAGER BRANDON BEANE HAS MOVED SWIFTLY AND SMARTLY TO HIRE SEASONED PROS.  HEARTENED BY THE QUALITY OF HIS PERSONNEL DECISIONS, WE SUPPORT THE NEW REGIME AS 1BUFFALO.

Quarterback Nathan Peterman has signed his rookie contract.  He becomes the final member of this year’s draft class to sign on board.  He will compete for a roster berth along with Cardale Jones and TJ Yates for a spot behind Tyrod Taylor.  CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW GENERAL MANAGER BRANDON BEANE FOR SIGNING ALL 6 DRAFT PICKS.  BEANE WASTED NO TIME IN GETTING THEM UNDER CONTRACT.  ENCOURAGED BY HIS DETERMINATION AND DELIVERY, WE UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.

Free agent wide receiver Rod Streater is visiting the Bills.  The 5 year veteran most recently played for the 49ers.  Earlier he joined the Raiders as an undrafted free agent.   Streater had a standout year in 2013, with 60 receptions for 888 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He started his college career in Western New York at Alfred State and then transferred to Temple.  STREATER HAS SPEED AND SIZE AT 6-2, 220 POUNDS.  HE HAS A SHOT AT COMPETING FOR A ROSTER BERTH.  FOLLOWING THE PERSONNEL MOVES WITH GREAT INTEREST, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

The Bills will host free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges.  The 4 year veteran spent the last 2 seasons with San Francisco.  He was rated 21st among linebackers by Pro Football Focus last year.  Drafted in the fourth round in 2013 by Minnesota, he was traded to the 49ers in 2015.  He also has a visit scheduled with the Giants.  THE ADDITION OF HODGES WOULD ADD DEPTH TO THE BILLS LINEBACKER CORPS.  PLAYERS OF HIS ABILITY DO NOT REMAIN UNSIGNED FOR LONG.  LOOKING TO THE FRONT OFFICE TO GET HIM ON BOARD, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have hired Dennis Hickey as the senior college scout.  He is the former general manager of the Dolphins.  Hickey was a scout for Tampa Bay for 18 years before being hired by Miami.  After several losing seasons he was replaced as GM by Chris Grier.  HICKEY BRINGS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO THE BUFFALO SCOUTING DEPARTMENT.  AS GM OF DIVISION RIVAL MIAMI HE KNOWS HIS WAY AROUND THE AFC EAST.  LOOKING TO HIM FOR INSPIRED COLLEGE SCOUTING, WE OPTIMISTICALLY REGROUP AS  1BUFFALO.

The Bills are not wedded to quarterback Tyrod Taylor.   While he is likely to be starter this year, his long-term prospects are uncertain.  That management negotiated a 10 million dollar reduction in his contract confirms their lack of commitment to him.  How Taylor will fare under new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is unclear.  Taylor played for Dennison in Baltimore.  There are 3 backups vying to dethrone Taylor.  Nathan Peterman, Cardale Jones, and TJ Yates, who played for Dennison in Houston, are all contenders.  WITH 2 FIRST ROUND PICKS NEXT YEAR, THE BILLS MAY LOOK TO THE DRAFT FOR THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION.  TAYLOR IS AT BEST A TRANSITIONAL CARETAKER WHO LIKELY WILL BE GONE IN 2018.  LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TO THE QUARTERBACK DILEMMA, WE STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.

The Patriots are favored to win the 2018 Super Bowl.  The NFL ODDS are with New England to repeat as national champion.  The current Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook put them at 3 – 1 to sweep the Super Bowl.  The Patriots are favorites by an average of 6.5 points in each game next year.  Tom Brady and company are the oddsmakers choice to win it all.  At the other end of the charts the Browns are projected to lose every game by an average of 6 points and have 300 – 1 odds of pulling off a Super Bowl upset.

The opening and current Super Bowl odds for all 32 NFL teams are as follows:

Team Opening odds Current Odds
New England Patriots 6-1 3-1
Dallas Cowboys 10-1 8-1
Green Bay Packers 12-1 10-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 10-1 12-1
Oakland Raiders 20-1 12-1
Seattle Seahawks 12-1 12-1
Atlanta Falcons 16-1 14-1
Denver Broncos 20-1 20-1
New York Giants 25-1 20-1
Kansas City Chiefs 20-1 25-1
Minnesota Vikings 25-1 25-1
Arizona Cardinals 25-1 25-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-1 25-1
Baltimore Ravens 25-1 30-1
Indianapolis Colts 25-1 30-1
Carolina Panthers 20-1 30-1
Miami Dolphins 40-1 30-1
Houston Texans 60-1 30-1
Philadelphia Eagles 60-1 30-1
Detroit Lions 60-1 40-1
Tennessee Titans 40-1 50-1
Cincinnati Bengals 50-1 50-1
Washington Redskins 50-1 50-1
Los Angeles Chargers 80-1 80-1
Jacksonville Jaguars 80-1 80-1
New Orleans Saints 80-1 100-1
Buffalo Bills 80-1 100-1
Chicago Bears 100-1 100-1
Los Angeles Rams 100-1 100-1
New York Jets 100-1 200-1
San Francisco 49ers 300-1 300-1
Cleveland Browns 300-1 300-1

Bills fans have little reason for hope.  The current line lists them at 100 – 1 to win the Super Bowl.  Their struggles are compounded by having to play the odds-on favorite Patriots twice in AFC East action.  Once again the NFL ODDS are not with the Bills.  Hoping beyond hope for a colossal upset, we bravely seek comfort as 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have signed first-round draft pick Tre’Davious White.  The rookie cornerback inked a 4 year, 9 million dollar deal.  White expressed gratitude to his parents.  He intends to purchase a home for his mother, LaShawnita Ruffins.  The Bills also signed second round draft pick Zay Jones.  NEW GENERAL MANAGER BRANDON BEANE IS WASTING NO TIME GETTING HIS PLAYERS ON BOARD.  SO FAR HE IS MAKING ALL THE RIGHT MOVES.  CONFIDENT THAT A NEW ERA HAS ARRIVED, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.


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