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Letters for May 4

Offensive line has to be priority in this week’s draft

Office lunch rooms and local watering holes will be popular places this week to discuss which position the Bills should address with their No. 1 pick. The fact that bothers me the most is that the Bills offensive line gave up the fifth most sacks in the NFL last year. When you consider that E.J. Manuel and Thad Lewis are mobile QBs, that doesn’t say much for the offensive line.

Erik Pears is a liability and must be replaced at right tackle. Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan are the most likely tackles to fall to Buffalo at No. 9. Round two of this draft could easily be renamed “Guards-R-Us.” Remember these names: Xavier Su’a-Filo, David Yankey, Gabe Jackson, Brandon Thomas and Cyril Richardson. Any of these would be a major upgrade over Kraig Urbik.

Some fans say that you can get O-linemen in the late rounds or off another team’s scrap heap and coach them up. Oh really? That’s how you get to be 5th worst in sacks – with guys like Pears, Colin Brown, and Doug Legursky. You don’t see the Patriots surround Tom Brady with linemen like that.

This draft should be about helping E.J. Manuel accelerate his development. Linemen may not be the sexist picks, but they are necessary. They would give him an extra second or two in the pocket to go through his reads and make the correct decision downfield.

Dennis Weber


Ramsay should be recognized in FNC

The beloved Dr. Jack Ramsay, former Buffalo Braves coach, has passed on. His resume speaks for itself and was well liked inside and outside the circles.

Recognition for Dr. Jack’s legacy, along with the Buffalo Braves, are long overdue for recognition and banners should be hanging at First Niagara Center to honor them.

John Jendrysek

Orchard Park

Kudos to Jerry Sullivan for pushing Braves banners

Just want to send a shout-out to Jerry Sullivan for pushing to get a Buffalo Braves banner hanging in First Niagara Center.

Those great years including some playoff games and I had the pleasure to enjoy several games during their brief existence. It’s interesting to me that a person from New England who was not even here during the ’70s is the one promoting this great idea.

It’s all about Buffalo sports history and the current L.A. Clippers ownership controversy making national headlines only serves to remind us that the Clippers were originally the Braves. Keep pushing, Jerry, and thanks.

Lou Speranza


Subban had last laugh on booing Bruins fans

To boo or not to boo. That is the question.

Watching the first playoff game between the Bruins and Canadiens posed the question. The Canadiens’ P.K. Subban was booed loudly, especially early in the game, every time he touched the puck. Did that booing help his normally good game even more? He only had two goals, one was the winner.

I think players react and try harder when at away games and booed. Maybe fans should cheer the hometown players even more instead of jeering opposing players.

Pat Delaney


Bills-Browns could be another ‘memorable’ game

I completely agree with Jerry Sullivan’s predictions for the 2014 Bills season.

The season’s record is correct. However, there is one miniscule error in one final score. I’m referring to the Browns game on Nov. 30. The final score is correct but it does not go to overtime. The Browns kick the winning field goal in the fourth quarter as time runs out.

Go Jerry.

Marietta Cooley


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