Rico Recap: Could the Buffalo Bills land Chandler Jones? – BF network

Last night Rico was joined by the newest member of the Buffalo Fanatics: The Rev! Together, they tackled the latest NFL news, from Deshaun Watson to the state of the AFC. A lot of new talent has come to our conference, but it’s mostly in the AFC West. Things got tougher for the Chargers, Raiders, Broncos and, most importantly, the Chiefs. With four contenders battling each other to make the playoffs, the Buffalo Bills have an easier route to the top. Russell Wilson and Khalil Mack can benefit Buffalo by making Kansas City’s regular season much tougher. Sure, the race may be harder to win, but it’s harder for everyone, and much harder for our new rivals. They also break down the Tremaine Edmunds situation and tell us all about Chandler Jones.

Chandler Jones Rumors (20:40)

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Rumor has it that Chandler Jones is supposed to choose between the Bills and the Broncos. It’s not about the money, apparently, as the aging veteran just wants to win a championship. What better place to do it than here? It would be a welcome homecoming for the Rochester native.

He would be a huge addition to the squad and provide instant impact on the edge that the roster still lacks. Buffalo’s rotation may need to change, but that would be for the best. His sack production could make all the difference in the playoffs. Chandler Jones is already a viable future Hall of Famer and has enough in the tank to provide a major boost. It is worth paying.

Evan Engram is another name the Bills are interested in. It offers an advantage, with plenty of speed to offer. Engram is able to make plays out of the slot and open up the offense to lead 12 people, like Rob Gronkowski would, but in a different way. Admittedly, he’s not the best tight end out there, but he does significantly improve our depth at his position if signed.

Process or Problem: Linebackers (39:00)

Now we are in the heart of the matter. Matt Milano is a lock. He’s a great linebacker on a long-term, team-friendly deal. What more can be said? The 2017 draft pick has developed well and could be the best guy we have in the linebacking core. Capable of covering any position and endowed with good instincts, he is always close to the ball. Milano is a slam dunk to stay long with the Buffalo Bills. Andre Smith is also a heavy hitter and a core special team member. Maintaining this effective unit is crucial to our long-term success.

Tyrel Dodson was recently extended and gained more time on the pitch. He excelled during his stint in 2020 with Edmunds and Milano struggling with injuries to start the year. The investment in the young player should pay off. Rico and Rev hit a host of other names, like Joe Giles-Harris and Tyler Matakevich.

Tremaine Edmunds (49:42)

Tremaine Edmunds on the cover
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Now on to the man of the hour: Tremaine Edmunds. There have been rumors of a potential trade with the Steelers, but no credibility for them so far. For now, he is playing on his fifth year option. He’s probably guarded by the team, but his cap will be significant if he’s not traded. The only other option to make it financially manageable would be to extend it, but do we want that? He is going to expect a lot of money and we may not be able/willing to give it to him. Is he an impact player who justifies a huge contract? We are still not sure yet.

He has a lot of good traits, but still makes rookie mistakes. Edmunds came into the league young and inexperienced, and he’s still young, but he hasn’t developed well enough. Edmunds could be used differently, but we don’t know if he would work in a different role. He’s the most polarizing player on the roster and it’s impossible to please everyone. Plenty of advanced stats support his playstyle and roster impact, supporting both the secondary and top seven in nearly equal measure. It also has a decent trading market, but are we creating a problem where there is none? We are trying to improve the team and we cannot punch holes without losing the championship. Apologies for the pun.

Defensive Line Rotation: Chandler Jones (1:09:05)

The last big file is on the table. Chandler Jones plays a lot of snaps, and bringing him in would either result in him getting paid well for fewer snaps or a fundamental shift in defensive line philosophy. The Buffalo Bills’ rotation was effective in keeping our defensive linemen healthy and fresh, but it kept them from warming up. It produces an increased rate of pressure, but results in less bagging and forced fumbling. He can’t sign with Buffalo without the guarantee that he gets more shots. Chandler Jones could also buy into the rotation philosophy and agree that staying fresh is good for his career and his game. We’ll find out soon enough.

Finally, Rico and Rev touched on a controversial topic: the early drafting of running backs. Could Breece Hall be a worthwhile investment at Pick #25? You could say that’s a high pick for a running back, but we have a history of very picky running backs that work well for us. Thurman Thomas, Antowain Smith, Marshawn Lynch and more are all impact players who have done a lot for the Buffalo Bills. It might be worth going for a difference maker at the running back. Can a cornerback, receiver or defensive tackle make more of a difference in this draft than a ball carrier? We’ll see.

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