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On the Bills, Josh Allen’s contract, a pass-happy attitude, and ten takeaways

NEW YORK’S ORCHARD PARK
— Before head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane arrived in Buffalo, the Bills had gone 17 seasons without entering the NFL playoffs. In McDermott and Beane’s four years in charge, the Bills have made the playoffs three times.
The Bills finished 13-3 last season and proceeded to the AFC Championship game before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs. There’s reason to believe the team is now well-positioned for long-term success.
Beane has the most MTMS (Moves That Make Sense) in the NFL.
McDermott has demonstrated a willingness to change with his team.
The Bills’ foundation appears to be stable, despite the fact that things in the NFL may change quickly.
During a visit to the Bills’ training camp and meetings with McDermott and Beane earlier this month, the franchise signed Allen to a new $258 million contract that will keep him under contract until 2028.
Check out our 2021 Playbook 1 deep dive for more information.
When it comes to rebuilding, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution.
But, the Bills’ plan when Beane and McDermott took over may be used as a model in the modern NFL: identify core players, move on from others, and establish a healthy cap situation. Take a chance on a rookie quarterback. Put that quarterback in a position to succeed by putting together a solid supporting cast.”It was protect him, number one,” Beane told The Athletic.
“Then there’s weapons.”

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Ugo Amadi keeps pace as nickel cornerback for the Seahawks; Geno Smith has a terrible night.

LAS VEGAS — In a 20-7 preseason loss to the Raiders on Saturday night, the Seahawks used only a few starters.
This provided sufficient chance for Seattle’s young players to demonstrate their worthiness for a roster place.
Several players did, but others did not. Seattle, like every other NFL team, must trim its roster to 85 players by Tuesday.
Then, on August 1,
It is necessary to reduce the number of players to 80.
The ultimate reduction to 53 active players will take place on August 1st.
On Saturday night, these are the players that raised their stock and those who did not.RisersLB

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Preseason OT watch list for the 2022 NFL Draft includes Evan Neal, Charles Cross, and Nicholas Petit-Frere.

The last two NFL Draft classes have been the answer to a league’s prayers for young, talented offensive lineman performance, with eight tackles taken in the top 20 picks.
Will the 2022 class continue this pattern at a position where numerous teams have a critical need?
Possibilities
The top five offensive tackles on this list aren’t the most well-known players, but they all have the potential to be first-round picks in April if they keep improving.
(Note: The asterisk denotes draft-eligible freshmen.)
NFL teams keep heights and weights on file for each player, which may differ from school rosters.) 1
*Evan Neal, Alabama (6-7, 357) Greatest Trait: Unusual size/moves There aren’t many players in the NFL or college who have Neal’s blend of natural size, flexibility, and movements.

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The Raiders should focus on developing three young players.

The Raiders were able to establish a nice youthful core for Jon Gruden’s first few years back in the club after stockpiling first-round picks in recent rounds.
Gruden is now in the fourth year of his ten-year contract, and he needs to impress Mark Davis.
It’s been a long and arduous rebuilding process, and the team must make the playoffs in each of the next two seasons if Gruden’s contract is not to be considered a complete failure.
Fortunately for the Raiders, despite their lack of wins, they have developed an intriguing young core that will be the foundation for their success in the coming seasons – assuming Gruden can put it all together.
Daren Spencer (@DarenSpencer) August 10, 2021 Youth talent for Raiders regarded among top in NFL https://t.co/zdMlMvE6Fh via @theraiderswire — Daren Spencer (@DarenSpencer) August 10, 2021
#1 – Trevon Moehrig, Safety The Raiders have had a difficult time repairing their secondary, and they have made significant mistakes at safety.
Yet, by selecting Moehrig in the second round of the most recent draft, they appear to have struck gold.
Moehrig was drafted 43rd overall, but he possesses first-round talent and will be a key member of the Raiders’ defense once he on the field.
He’s the type of free safety that NFL teams have been vying for in recent months: he can sit in MOFC deep coverage and assist cornerbacks over the top.
Sooner rather than later, he’ll be a star.
Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders #2 – Maxx Crosby, EDGE Crosby has 17 sacks in his first two seasons with the Raiders and is looking like the actual star of the EDGE position drafted in 2019.
At the very least, he’s far superior to Clelin Ferrell, who was selected fourth overall but hasn’t lived up to the hype.
Crosby has been disruptive against the majority of offensive lines he’s faced in his first two seasons, and with Yannick Ngakoue taking some of the heat off him, he’ll be trying to return to double-digit sacks in 2021.
He possesses more than enough talent to accomplish this.
#3 – Henry Ruggs, WR So, Ruggs didn’t quite deliver what you’d expect from a first-round wide receiver.
Yet his spurts were exhilarating, and his talent has been well-known since his Alabama days, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards of the #Raiders are making great progress in training camp via @TheAthletic https://t.co/j5SRzmoRcW — Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 4, 2021 He’s about to take the next step in his career as Derek Carr’s top target.
His speed and quickness will provide a challenge to opposing teams, and a year of experience will undoubtedly benefit him in reaching the level that the Raiders anticipate of him.
Prem Deshpande edited the piece.

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The toughest contests feature young players at pivotal moments in their careers, according to the Bills’ 53-man roster estimate.

With a few small tweaks, the 2021 Buffalo Bills squad will resemble the 2020 Buffalo Bills roster. When Sean McDermott spoke to media the day after the team’s AFC Championship Game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he highlighted his goal to retain as much of Buffalo’s roster intact as possible.
McDermott and Brandon Beane did just that this offseason.
Only wide receiver John Brown, who started for the Bills against the Chiefs, is no longer with the organization.
With a tight salary constraint and a handful of expiring contracts, Beane and his staff managed to assemble a squad that they believe has a potential to build on the team’s inspirational season in 2020. This season, the roster battles will largely feature depth players and younger players at turning points in their respective careers.
With practice due to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, here’s a last pre-camp prediction for the Bills’ roster.Quarterback (2): Josh Allen, Mitchell Trubisky The NFL has decided to keep the enlarged practice squad standards in place for 2020, which could force the Bills to keep only two quarterbacks.
Until one of them suffers an injury, Josh Allen and Mitchell Trubisky are virtually locked into the top two slots on the depth chart.

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Clay Travis is against mandatory vaccinations for NFL players and other athletes.

On Friday night, Clay Travis, co-host of “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show,” appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” to discuss his thoughts on coronavirus rules in sports.
RICK DENNISON, VIKINGS COACH, IS OUT AFTER REFUSING TO GET THE COVID VACCINE: REPORT CLAY TRAVIS: The NFL is going about it the wrong way.
These are healthy, young players.
They should be immunized if they wish to.
We don’t have to keep testing all of these players if they don’t want to.
Covid isn’t a threat to them.
I understand that some people are offended by this, but it is an important message in the world of athletics.
We no longer need to be concerned.
We have the information.
You are not at risk from Covid if you are young and healthy and participate in sports.
Now, if you feel in danger, you can be vaccinated, but I don’t believe any of these policies are necessary.
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Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals could benefit greatly from this technology in their NFL careers.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA (AP) —
On the first Wednesday morning in July, the Junipero Serra Catholic High football team is busy training inside its stadium across the street from campus, tucked away in the Saddleback Mountains.
Nearby, the school’s track team has just finished their practice.
However, across the field, only a few yards from all the 14-, 15-, and 16-year-olds, is an operation that may help determine who wins the next Super Bowl and turn another perennial NFL doormat into a playoff team.
Josh Allen is hitting a trio of receivers 25 yards downfield with one flawless pass after another.
While the Bills star works on his mechanics, private quarterback coach Jordan Palmer stands nearby, watching every move as two other young NFL quarterbacks warm up.

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The first concern at Steelers training camp is whether the offensive line will be the team’s undoing.

The Steelers might have the greatest defense in the NFL — and, for the record, they could have the best defense in the NFL — and it wouldn’t matter. They could have a room full of extremely gifted offensive weapons, a fully healthy Ben Roethlisberger, a new and imaginative offensive coordinator in Matt Canada, and a reinvigorated desire to play physical football up front, and it wouldn’t matter if the offense couldn’t score.
It’s closer to the truth than you might think.