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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What will the Bills' biggest draft needs be in April?

When you think about the Bills' current roster, what holes do you feel like they'll need to hit early in the draft? That was an interesting question posed to Jay Skurski in this week's Bills mailbag.

The top five positional needs in Skurski's opinion are quarterback, defensive tackle, wide receiver, cornerback and guard. Running back got an honorable mention, but I would've put that one higher and moved receiver down. I think LeSean McCoy definitely still has gas in the tank, but the organizational depth at running back is weak. April sounds like the right time to address that issue and start thinking about who will be carrying the ball after Shady.

From doghouse to starter: Adolphus Washington knew that new Bills coach Sean McDermott may not have much patience for a player who had a brush with the law during the offseason. But McDermott was patient and understanding with Washington, who was eventually cleared of wrongdoing in a firearm charge, and it has paid off for the second-year defensive lineman.

Injury reports: Things aren't looking good for Zay Jones to play this weekend, although the Bills are holding out hope. As for the Saints, two key starters are still ailing.

Above average: Tyrod Taylor is the NFL's all-time leader in interception percentage ... with an asterisk.

How many wins does it take to earn a wild-card spot? We usually think of 10-6 as the magic number, but could 9-7 do the trick? A color-coded chart breaks it down for you here.

What should teams do on fourth and goal from the 1? This situation came up in the last Bills' home game. I think they should always go for it unless it's a situation where getting three points has an obvious and immediate benefit, such as going up two possessions in the final two minutes.



Bills safeties will be under the gun vs. Drew Brees, the Master Manipulator: "Throwing off DBs is just one of the many skills that he has," Micah Hyde said. "He uses his vision to hold the safety in the middle of the field. He does a lot of things to try to keep you from not being able to get a jump on the ball. That's why he's one of the best in the league."

Jay Skurski's Bills-Saints Scouting Report: Drew Brees is simply holding off Father Time.

Unlikely QB showdown: Drew Brees and Tyrod Taylor rank in top 10 of Pro Football Focus' quarterback rankings.

Podcast: Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski discuss whether the Bills truly are a playoff-caliber team.

Vic Carucci's Take Five: Can Bills prevent the Jets disaster from getting in way of redemption?

More honors for Tre: Bills' CB Tre'Davious White was named to the PFF Midseason All-Rookie Team. Last week, however, was his worst game of the season, PFF said.

How does Drew Brees play in cold weather? Apparently under 60 degrees is considered a cold-weather game, LOL.

Merch Tent: This Thurman Thomas throwback shirt is for a good cause.

Podcast II: The Daily Drive asks: Do stats tell the story?

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