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Chat w/ NickBat: Rumblings Editor Sean Murphy

Dark horse roster candidates and future contributors

Sean Murphy, one of Buffalo Rumblings editors, joins Nick as they talk about Sean’s player profiles in the 91 in 91 series on the website, who he has developed a soft spot for as a future contributor to the Buffalo Bills, and how we sees specific roster battles playing out as of now.

Here is a link to the 91-in-91 scouting reports profiling every player on the Bills’ roster.

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91 players in 91 days: QB Matt Barkley

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The backup to Josh Allen has been a solid veteran presence to help the young starter develop

The backup quarterback of any NFL team often enjoys quite a few perks. For the Buffalo Bills, the backup quarterback is often the most popular guy on the team, as anyone who heard fans clamor for Frank Reich to start over Jim Kelly can attest (yes, this actually happened, although I’m not sure exactly how serious these people were).

Backup quarterbacks often...

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Kyle Williams leads American Century Championship after Day 1

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Kyle’s the man!

Former Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams leads the American Century Championship following Day 1. He is five points ahead of defending champion and heavy favorite Tony Romo, who is tied in second place with former major league pitcher John Smoltz.

Williams shot a 70 on the day, three strokes better than Romo and two better than Smoltz. The ACC is a modified stableford scoring system, meaning different points are awarded for...

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Camp preview: right tackle spot up in the air with solid OT depth

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What’s going to happen at right tackle in training camp?

The Buffalo Bills invested plenty in their offensive line last offseason, signing seven players, drafting one, and handing out contracts that totaled just over $87 million. Only one player, Dion Dawkins, even remained on the 2019 roster after playing along the offensive line for the 2018 Bills.

This offseason, they kept their top four offensive tackles from a year ago and added...

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2019 Worst Bang for the Dollar Bills: TE Lee Smith

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Even as a sixth lineman, he made a lot of money.

Every team overpays for free agents. It’s the nature of the business that you can’t always predict future results, and even if you do, you sometimes end up overpaying for them. The Buffalo Bills are no exception and during the 2019 season they had a group of underwhelming players.

Number five on our list is tight end Lee Smith. Smith had a valuable role as the sixth offensive lineman on the team but...

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Analysis: Predicting turnovers for the Buffalo Bills in 2020

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What might the turnover situation look like for the Bills this season?

As noted in last year’s guesswork, turnover differential is one of the better statistics when it comes to wins and losses in the NFL. Buffalo Rumblings noted earlier this year that the +4 differential from 2019 was likely a contributing factor in the playoff-worthy season for the Buffalo Bills. That look at differential didn’t really give a good prediction for the upcoming season,...

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The Bruce Exclusive: the cornerback myth of “bigger is better”

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Bigger isn’t better; it’s just different

On this episode of “The Bruce Exclusive”, Bruce takes on the myth that more height is always better when it comes to cornerbacks. What are the positives and negatives of height as it relates to cornerbacks and is there a sweet spot for cornerbacks in the NFL? What advantages do shorter cornerbacks have?

The Buffalo Bills cornerbacks are almost exclusively 5’11” and 6’0”. It’s...

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91 players in 91 days: DE A.J. Epenesa

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Buffalo’s top 2020 draft pick figures to play a key part in the team’s defensive line rotation

The Buffalo Bills have invested more resources in their defensive line than any team in the NFL. According to Spotrac, Buffalo has $61.6 million tied up in their defensive line for 2020, nearly $9 million more than their closest competitors, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Not only did Buffalo spend “beaucoup bucks” (hat tip to Mr. Musico for that phrasing) on...

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Epidemiologist “pessimistic” for college football, but pros can “pull it off”

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Programs just don’t have the resources or willingness to do what needs to be done.

As the entire country longs for reliable semblances of normal life like live sports, the first televised football games that would be coming are likely not going to take place, says Dr. Zach Binney, an epidemiologist from Oxford College at Emory University.

NCAA football graces our TV screens in late summer a few weeks before the NFL starts and primes the pumps for pro...

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NFL players bash jersey-exchange bans amid pandemic

Banning athletes who spend hours playing a contact sport that involves tackling and breathing on each other seemed to touch a nerve with some players.

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Bills camp preview: safeties

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Buffalo has two of the league’s best, and one has a new contract.

The Buffalo Bills boast one of the NFL’s strongest secondary groupings. The team struggled against the pass in 2017, which was the first year head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier arrived. Since that initial season, they have steadily improved as the team’s “brain trust”—which includes general manager Brandon Beane—has had time to add players to...

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Buffalo Bills 2010s All-Decade team: Head coach

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Who was the best coach of the past decade?

Through the 2010s, the Buffalo Bills had four different head coaches. Six, actually, if you count the last game of Perry Fewell’s interim coaching on January 3rd, 2010, and Anthony Lynn’s one-game audition at the end of 2016. Chan Gailey coached the team from 2010 to 2012, Doug Marrone helmed it in 2013 and 2014, Rex Ryan in 2015 and 2016, and Sean McDermott closed out the decade from 2017 to...

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What if Josh Allen’s development doesn’t slow down?

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A twitter suggestion has us diving into a statistical what if that we’d be happy to see come to fruition

As regular readers for the last couple years have seen, Buffalo Rumblings has tried to predict what Josh Allen’s future will look like based on analytical models. Here’s the prediction and results from his rookie year to second year. The year-two-to-three projections are out, but the results obviously aren’t in. If you remember, or...

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The Bruce Exclusive: the myth of running to set up the pass

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A myth no matter how you slice it

On this episode of “The Bruce Exclusive”, Bruce tackles three possible meanings to the phrase “run to set up the pass” and outlines why he believes all three interpretations to be a myth and that running does not set up the pass in the NFL today.

It’s a cliche you’ll often hear from announcers and commentators, but is it actually true? Bruce breaks it all down in his latest episode.

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91 players in 91 days: WR Ray-Ray McCloud III

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The 2019 camp standout looks to make the team in 2020

The Buffalo Bills have a stacked wide receiver group. The last time that you could really say that about Buffalo, arguably, was...2004? 1991? Whether you pledge your allegiance to Eric Moulds and Lee Evans or you stand with Andre Reed and James Lofton, one thing is clear: from top to bottom, the 2020 Bills’ receiving group has the potential to be among the top receiving corps in franchise...

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Plays that defined 2019 Buffalo Bills: Home games quarterfinals

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Vote and decide which play will be the defining moment of the 2019 season?

Now that we’ve established a play to define each game of the 2019 season, it’s time to crown a season champion. This time we’ll focus on the home games with bracket seeding determined by the percentage of votes each play received. Note that we voted to eliminate the Week 17 New York Jets game to make a cleaner bracket. Rather than have lopsided brackets, the Wild Card game...

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Camp preview: Bills felt comfortable at tight end this offseason

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The Bills have some young players with big potential here

In an attempt to add weapons for second-year quarterback Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills overhauled their tight end position entirely in 2019. Buffalo released Charles Clay, who had signed a big contract prior to the 2015 season. They drafted two players and signed two more, as not one person who played tight end for Buffalo in 2018 did so in 2019.

This offseason, they did the complete opposite as...

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All-22 analysis: 2019 Buffalo Bills’ forced fumbles

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Sometimes luck is all about what you make of it.

One of the most thrilling aspects of sports is that at any moment something unexpected and awesome can happen. Like the Buffalo Bills forcing a fumble. For moments like these there’s no such thing as “too much.” Buffalo was credited with 16 forced fumbles last season but should we expect to see similar numbers moving forward? Let’s check the tape to see if there’s such a thing as “making your...

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Buffalo Bills 2010s All-Decade Team: Season of the decade

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Which year was the best year of the past decade?

When we ran this exercise for the Buffalo Bills of the 2000s, the goal of picking a single season was “to find the single best team the Buffalo Bills fielded in the last ten years.” You can use your own judgment to choose, but we’re continuing the tradition as we look back on the past decade and picking a single great year to represent the Buffalo Bills of the 2010s. Here are your choices:

2014...

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The Bruce Exclusive: How the Patrick Mahomes contract affects Josh Allen

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Spoiler: not much

On this episode of “The Bruce Exclusive”, Bruce dives into the newly-minted Patrick Mahomes contract and its structural oddity for the Kansas City Chiefs. Is this a new trend for QB contracts? What effect if any does it have on the Buffalo Bills and their potential negotiations with Josh Allen down the road?

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