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in Buffalo they have made massive changes to the Buffalo Bills’ roster. They’ll continue to do that this off-season as they look to get back to the playoffs. One way of adjusting the roster is via free agency. Beane had his first full off-season to really go after free agents this past year. Let’s see how those additions fared.Below ExpectationsStar LotuleleiTrent MurphyVontae DavisAJ McCarronJeremy KerleyKaelin ClayMarshall NewhouseIt’s a bit unfair to lump Star and Trent Murphy in with a handful of guys that are no longer on the Bills roster (including one that walked out on his team in the middle of a game) LeSean McCoy Jerseys Stitched , but like those guys, they both had disappointing seasons. They were not complete busts, but they did not live up to the money the Bills paid them. The team made Star the 13th-highest-paid defensive tackle in the league, but Pro Football Focus has him as the 103rd-best defensive interior player this season. The story is very similar with Murphy. He is the 37th-highest-paid defensive end and the 89th-ranked edge defender. The cap hits for these two make their performances disappointing.The rest of this group contributed about as much to the Bills’ season as I did. They combined for two total starts, one tackle, and two receptions for seven yards. Vontae Davis infamously quit and retired at halftime, AJ McCarron lost the quarterback competition and then was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a fifth-round pick, Jeremy Kerley was waived after Week 1 Youth Kyle Williams Jerseys , Kaelin Clay was waived before the season began, and Marshall Newhouse was traded for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2021 after Week 3. Jon Gruden might be crazy, but I don’t think even he would give a fifth-round pick for my rights, so maybe these guys did contribute more to the Bills than me.Met ExpectationsChris IvoryPhillip GainesRafael BushOwamagbe OdighizuwaJulian StanfordTerrence FedeTenny PalepoiThe bar for most of these players to meet expectations was pretty low as a lot of them were projected as second- and third-team guys. The two that stand out are Chris Ivory and Phillip Gaines. Ivory performed admirably as a backup running back, sometimes even looking like a better fit for the offense than LeSean McCoy. Gaines was brought in to compete for the nickel corner back position, but he actually ended competing and winning the CB2 job over Vontae Davis. He didn’t last too long there as he was released after Week 9 while leading the league in penalty yardage.Exceeded ExpectationsRussell BodineAfter Eric Wood’s abrupt retirement, it was expected that Ryan Groy would take over as the starting center. That’s indeed what happened and Groy started the first two weeks of the season. After two bad performances from Groy, the Bills switched it up and went with Bodine. He would remain the starter until he was injured in Week 13 and placed on injured reserve. Pro Football Focus graded him as the 19th-best center this season.Brandon Beane and Co. have nine times more cap room this off-season as compared to the last year at this time. Hopefully all that extra dough will yield much better results on the field in 2019 and beyond. How would Jawaan Taylor fit with Buffalo?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL DraftAnalysisNotesJawaan Taylor could be the dominant blocker the Buffalo Bills need on their offensive lineNew Kyle Williams Jerseys Stitched ,21commentsHow would Jawaan Taylor fit with Buffalo?EDTShareTweetShareShareJawaan Taylor could be the dominant blocker the Buffalo Bills need on their offensive lineWhen the Buffalo Bills began their offseason, no area of the team was a larger need than offensive line. Since that time, the group has been completely overhauled, but many of those players are signed to short-term prove-it contracts. There’s still room for a highly talented player to come into the room and establish himself as a long-term starter.At offensive tackle in particular, Dion Dawkins is entering the third season of his four-year rookie deal. He’s been playing left tackle, but he’s not locked into that spot. Ty Nsekhe on a two-year deal, LaAdrian Waddle on a one-year deal, and backups Jeremiah Sirles and Conor McDermott are the main competition for offensive tackle right now.Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor might have the talent to be Buffalo’s first-round pick. He’s an excellent athlete and has an encouraging mix of run-blocking and pass-blocking skills.Team FitThe way that Taylor would best fit with Buffalo’s “process” can be summed up with his weight. From 380 lbs as a high-school junior Youth Doug Flutie Jerseys , Taylor dropped to 312 lbs four years later when he weighed in at the NFL Combine. He put in the work to transform his body and it paid off. He’s also a cold-blooded killer when blocking on the field.Taylor was benched for a single series due to a violation of team rules, but that was his only infraction. He also made the SEC All-Academic Roll in 2018.Taylor doesn’t quite have the gargantuan size of the 6’8” 330-lb Ty Nsekhe, but the 6’5” 312-lb tackle has a massive wingspan and would comfortably fit within Buffalo’s prototype thresholds at offensive tackle.As a player who only played right tackle (aside from a two-game stint at left tackle), Taylor doesn’t match up with all of Brandon Beane’s quotes about “versatility” on the offensive line. Most of Buffalo’s linemen were cross-trained with at least two positions, so Taylor is a bit behind the curve in that regard.Player ComparisonLance Zierlein of NFL.com compared Taylor to former first-round pick Vernon Carey. The 6’5” 340-lb tackle started 107 games in his career for the Miami Dolphins. In terms of measurements, another good fit might be Morgan Moses. Moses measured 6’6” and 314 lbs, with 35 3/8” arms—and he’s started four seasons at right tackle in Washington.Sample play: Swap Trick Right Up 16 Boad (aka Fly Sweep)Jawaan Taylor’s athleticism will really shine when running plays can put him on the move and ask him to block fast players in space. This running play, a designed fly sweep Doug Flutie Jerseys Stitched , is a great example. It’s not an easy assignment for Taylor—he’s asked to combo block the three-technique defensive tackle, then climb to the second level and block the weak-side linebacker. A pulling guard, working with the tight end, hopes to take out the defensive end, while the TE or RB needs to block the strong-side linebacker.If everyone blocks well, including those crucial second-level blocks, then the flanker receiver (John Brown coming across the formation) will have a wide-open lane to run through.In this day and age, right tackle is almost as valuable as left tackle on an offensive line. Taylor has the upside to eventually be a Pro Bowler at the position Youth Jim Kelly Jerseys , but the Bills might have a logjam at the position in 2019 if they draft him. If that can be worked out, Taylor might be the long-term blocker Buffalo needs in front of Josh Allen.

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