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Bills Select QB Josh Allen with the 7th Pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

The Bills are hopeful they have found their QB of the future, as Thursday night the team picked up Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the 7th overall pick in the NFL Draft.


Here’s a quick scouting report on Allen:
Allen was one of college football’s breakout quarterbacks during the 2016 season. He put his great skill set on display as he led a potent offense. Allen completed 56 percent of his passes that season for 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also ran for 523 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Allen was a redshirt sophomore, so he could have entered the 2017 NFL Draft, but he decided to return for his junior year.

In 2017, Allen completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. He notched five rushing touchdowns as well. Against weak opponents, Allen played well, but he struggled in games against Hawaii, Oregon and Iowa. Allen missed Wyoming’s last two regular-season games with a shoulder injury. WalterFootball.com was first to report that Allen would enter the 2018 NFL Draft, and he announced his intent to declare after Wyoming’s bowl game.

In speaking with a few team sources, I said to them that Allen is more of a skill set than a quarterback at this point of his development, which they agreed with. They also thought my analogy of him being like a young pitcher called up to the big leagues who is more of a hard thrower than a pitcher was accurate.

Bills One of Three Teams Who Have Reportedly Contacted Denver About the 5th Overall Pick

All the predictable suspects have called the Broncos about trading into their No. 5 overall slot in the NFL Draft, Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reports.

The Miami Dolphins, who have the No. 11 pick, have called. The Buffalo Bills, who have the No. 12 selection, have checked in. The Arizona Cardinals, who have the No. 15 pick, have phoned.

All three teams need a quarterback and they know the Broncos, with their No. 5 draft selection, may well be in a position to have the last of the Big 4 quarterbacks available.

The Big 4 QBs: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen. Perhaps in that order, perhaps not.

Bills QB AJ McCarron Not Worried About Teams’ Plans of Possibly Drafting a New QB

Quarterback AJ McCarron isn’t losing any sleep over the Bills likely drafting a quarterback next week, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.

“Listen, I can’t worry about that because it creates mental clutter for myself. So if I create mental clutter for myself, I can’t become the best player, the best teammate that I need to be for this team,” McCarron said Tuesday during a break in Buffalo’s offseason workouts.

“My focus, like I said, is to be the best leader, the best teammate, the best servant for the guys that are in this locker room, and that’s what I’m trying to be,” McCarron told reporters. “So for me to worry about ifs and what could happen, it’s just not a part of my DNA. I’ve never been that way and won’t ever do it.”

After enduring a flat market in free agency, McCarron inked a low-level deal with the Bills after spending the past four seasons as Andy Dalton’s backup in Cincinnati.

In Buffalo, he’s set to compete with second-year arm Nathan Peterman for the starting role, but the quarterback room is far from finished. Bills general manager Brandon Beane made it clear this week that finding a franchise arm is the unquestioned top priority in Western New York.

“You’ve got to have a franchise quarterback,” Beane said Monday. “That’s one of the main jobs of a GM is to find a franchise quarterback, it’s a quarterback league, I’ll say it every single time. You have to have one.”

These words came after the Bills shipped Tyrod Taylor to the Browns and handed McCarron a two-year, $10 million contract. That’s a pact reserved for backups and bridge passers, but McCarron isn’t in the mood to be categorized.

“Everybody has labels for you … I can’t sit there worried about what somebody else thinks about me — a bridge quarterback or not that good of a quarterback — whatever it is,” McCarron said. “I know I trust in myself. I have self-confidence. I think that’s what makes people successful, and not worry about what my teammates and coaches think. I just go from there. I don’t worry about labels.”

Bills Are Not Saying Much About the Retirement of OL Richie Incognito

Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were largely silent Monday about Richie Incognito, Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News reports.

The Bills’ general manager and coach largely sidestepped any questions about the team’s former left guard, who announced his retirement last week.

“Um, you know, not going to really get into detail,” Beane said. “Richie’s on the reserve/retired list, which is not a part of our 90-man roster. That’s really where we’re at.”

Incognito has been on a Twitter rampage lately, saying that he was going to end his retirement, then asking the Bills to release him from his contract – by contacting the agency that he allegedly fired.

Beane said Incognito would have to request through the commissioner to be reinstated if he did want to play again – although it’s fair to wonder if the team would even be interested after his recent avalanche of tweets.

“I don’t think it’s really the time to get into it,” Beane said when asked about Incognito’s behavior on social media. “Let’s leave it as is. Sean and I would like to focus on any draft questions you’ve got, or players that are here on the 90-man.”

Beane did say the losses of Incognito – center Eric Wood, who was forced to retire due to a neck injury – and left tackle Cordy Glenn does not change how they will approach next week’s draft.

“Not to our draft strategy, no,” Beane said. “There’s all sorts of surprises that happen. I can’t say that Sean or I had an idea that those three changes would all happen when we walked off the field in Jacksonville, but you’re constantly having to adapt and adjust.

“It’s like a guy going down for injury. What’s our next-best avenue? Who’s out there? … We’re always going to continue to try and fill those roles. We tried to do some things in (free agency). We brought in Marshall Newhouse and Russell Bodine, so we did fill a couple of those. And then we’ve got some guys on the roster that we’re happy with, and we’ve got the draft.”

Bills to Workout USC QB Sam Darnold on Friday

The Bills top evaluators and coaches will head out to Los Angeles on Friday for a private workout with USC quarterback Sam Darnold, Ian Rappoport of NFL Network reports. They pick No. 12, but want to evaluate him in case they move up and he is available.

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph To Have a Private Workout for the Bills

The Bills will have a private workout with former Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph, this after he had a workout with the Patirots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com.

Rudolph’s contact with NFL teams to this point also has included visits or workouts with the Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cincinnati Bengals.

New Bills CB Vontae Davis Says He’s Healthy and Ready for 2018

Injuries derailed Vontae Davis‘ stint in Indianapolis. As the veteran cornerback prepares to begin his career in Buffalo, Davis says he’ll be ready to go when the Bills open offseason workouts April 16, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“Everything is good, man,” Davis said this week, via the Buffalo News. “I’m making tremendous strides, tremendous progress. I’m on schedule to go, we’re going into OTAs next week. There’s no limitation, I’m able to do everything.”

Davis’ “no limitations” comment comes a month after he said he expected to be limited to open workouts. The Bills could take it slow with the 29-year-old corner, who has missed 13 games over the past two seasons.

A nagging groin injury ended Davis’ 2017 campaign after he participated in just five games. He was cut by the Colts and subsequently underwent surgery.

Bills GM Brandon Beane Looking to Trade Up in the Draft to Snag a QB

Bills GM Brandon Beane is trying to trade up in the first round in hopes of selecting a franchise quarterback, Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports.

“Brandon is trying like hell to get up and get a quarterback,” said one general manager who has spoken to Beane recently. “I’m convinced he’ll trade up twice more if he has to. It reminds me of (Eagles general manager) Howie (Roseman) a few years ago (when he was moving up to land Carson Wentz).”

Several general managers LaCanfora spoke to believe there is still ample opportunity for the Giants and Bills to make a move – Bills general manager Brandon Beane worked under Giants GM Dave Gettleman in Carolina for a spell – and no one is convinced that the Bills are done wheeling and dealing.

Of course. Gettleman isn’t interested in dropping all the way back to 12th overall, where the Bills currently sit after their trade with the Bengals. But if Beane can split the difference somewhat, then odds are quite good the Bills and Giants could be trade partners. If, say, the Broncos aren’t convinced there is a quarterback worth taking at the fifth spot, that would be a perfect launching point for Beane. And that would be a sweetspot for Gettleman.

“If Beane gets the five, I know he can get to two,” said the general manager who has been in contact with Beane.