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[Social Robotics] [default] Buffalo had a "very good grade" on their second-round pick"

Sethu Vijayakumar
The Buffalo Bills traded up two spots in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft for the right to select Oklahoma offensive lineman Cody Ford. In doing so LeSean McCoy Jerseys Stitched , they moved from 40 overall to 38, and they gave the Oakland Raiders a fifth-round draft choice that they originally acquired in a trade with those same Raiders.For the Bills, the move was a no-brainer. They had to improve their offensive line this offseason, and they’ve done so, with Ford slotting in as the final piece to the puzzle. Thanks to his versatility, the only question regarding the 6’3”, 329-lb Ford is where along the line he will play. General manager Brandon Beane answered that question soon after making the selection. Beane said that although the Bills like Ford’s versatility Youth Kyle Williams Jerseys , the team intends to play Ford at the position he started 14 games last season, right tackle. When discussing the reasons for trading up, Beane spoke about Ford as if he were only a tackle.“It was starting to get thin,” Beane said. “We honestly thought when Carolina traded right in front of us, tackle was one of their needs as well. They went with a tackle, they just wanted a different tackle. We felt fortunate to get Cody.”When they saw the Jacksonville Jaguars draft Jawaan Taylor and the Carolina Panthers draft Greg Little, a bit of panic must have ensued in Buffalo’s draft room. Beane and company had their man in Ford Kyle Williams Jerseys Stitched , but they needed to find a willing buyer in order to move up to secure him. Enter the Raiders, who took the same fifth-round choice they gave Buffalo last summer in a trade for backup quarterback A.J. McCarron.Pro Football Focus was high on Ford during his time with Oklahoma, and they rated him the fourth-best run blocker among offensive tackles in the 2019 Draft. Ford’s pass-blocking grade was excellent, as well, as the analytics outlet gave him an 80 as a pass-blocker to go with a 91 as a run-blocker.Adding Ford to a revamped offensive line that includes new additions Mitch Morse, Quinton Spain, Ty Nsehke Youth Doug Flutie Jerseys , and Spencer Long gives Buffalo plenty of competition along a unit that underwhelmed in 2018. Next read: Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Josh Allen is week-to-week with an elbow injury, and the starter for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts is anyone’s guess. Literally anyone, as head coach Sean McDermott didn’t commit to any player for starting, saying “all options are on the table”.In regards to Allen, who took an MRI scan on the elbow he injured when Jadeveon Clowney ran into it, the rookie passer is probably a long shot to play on Sunday. Most of the time, when McDermott uses the phrase “week-to-week Doug Flutie Jerseys Stitched ,” a player will miss at least one game in recovery. Given that Allen’s only a third of the way through his rookie season, it’s hard to imagine the team starting him without a full week of prep on the practice field. If his pain and swelling reduces between now and Wednesday, things might change.On Peterman, McDermott was challenged by reporters to explain his confidence in the embattled young quarterback. Saying “I understand where you’re coming from on that,” McDermott praised Peterman’s early performance and his touchdown to Zay Jones, but said the second half (of his play) was “unacceptable”. That McDermott did not immediately send a message of “Nathan’s our backup and he’s the next man up” suggests that the Bills coach is feeling the heat from Peterman’s awful clutch performance.The question for Anderson starting on Sunday will obviously center on preparation. A consumate professional, Anderson understands the week-to-week grind of the NFL Youth Jim Kelly Jerseys , but has only a handful of starts since his season as Cleveland’s starter in 2007. He just joined the roster, and both McDermott and Brian Daboll noted that Anderson is studying the offense and trying to acclimate as quickly as he can.Practice reps suddenly take on a major importance in preparation for the match against the Indianapolis Colts, with Allen’s availability and an Anderson-Peterman pecking order to sort out before Sunday.
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