Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: A 4x100 relay team in the making, Kyle Williams' future, a challenger for Dan Carpenter - The Buffalo News

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Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: A 4x100 relay team in the making, Kyle Williams' future, a challenger for Dan Carpenter

1. The Bills could field one hell of a 4x100 relay team if they wanted. With new running back Dri Archer joining wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Kolby Listenbee, the Bills have three players with Olympic-caliber speed. Goodwin, in fact, might participate in Rio, while the ever-confident Listenbee said he could if he wanted to. The fourth member of the relay squad could be No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins, who with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash time might be considered the "slow" member of the team. What does all that speed mean? It's too early to forecast. Goodwin hasn't been able to stay healthy the past two seasons, Archer never found a role with the team that drafted him (Pittsburgh, in the third round in 2014) and Listenbee comes in as a rookie with limited experience running routes at TCU. Nevertheless, their speed is something that defenses will have to respect, and if nothing else could serve as an intriguing decoy for offensive coordinator Greg Roman to utilize.

2. On Tuesday, WKBW's Joe Buscaglia published an article listing five players who could be in danger of being cut by the Bills. While agreeing with all five of his candidates, I'll add another name to the list – one that likely won't be popular with fans: Kyle Williams. Let me be clear – I don't think it's likely. But the possibility has to be mentioned. Williams is scheduled to have a salary-cap hit of $6.25 million in 2016, and the Bills could save $4.75 million of that by releasing him. For a team that still needs to work out a contract extension with cornerback Stephon Gilmore – and has a big decision coming on what to do about quarterback Tyrod Taylor – that's a big chunk of change. Buffalo also added a player in the third round of the draft in Ohio State's Adolphus Washington who could easily be viewed as Williams' eventual replacement. Let me also be clear  – I wouldn't be in favor of this move, unless it's undeniably clear that Williams isn't capable of returning to a high level of play after he suffered a knee injury last season. I believe the Bills missed his leadership in the locker room almost as much as his contributions on the field after he got hurt. There isn't a more respected player in the room.

3. It's worth it for Bills fans to familiarize themselves with Marshall Morgan. He's the undrafted free agent signed by the Bills who will push Dan Carpenter for the kicking job. Morgan finished his career at Georgia ranking third in program and SEC history with 407 points. He made 64 of 84 (76.2 percent) field goals with the Bulldogs, and had a long of 56 yards. If there is a concern, it's that Marshall's final two seasons did not build on a promising sophomore year in 2013, when he made 22 of 24 field goals. As a senior last year, he made just 18 of 25 attempts, and none from beyond 50 yards. Even though Carpenter missed a maddening six extra points last year, he still was successful on 23 of 27 field goals. His 84.8-percent career conversion rate blows away Marshall's college stats, so Carpenter has to be considered the favorite going into training camp.

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