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[BN] Blitz newsletter: With Incognito retired (right?), the Bills could target these offensive linemen

Interior offensive line suddenly became a big area of need for the Bills this week following Richie Incognito's retirement (Incognito tweeted late Friday night that the retirement was off, but we're not sure how serious to take that yet).

But the good news for the Bills is that the draft appears to be strong and deep at this position.

Only two interior offensive linemen – guards or centers – have been drafted in the top 10 in the last decade, but Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson could find himself drafted there. The Bills likely won't address this need in the early rounds, but Mark Gaughan wrote that quality mid-round prospects include Nevada's Austin Corbett and Auburn's Braden Smith (in the third round), LSU's Will Clapp, Humboldt State OT/OG Alex Cappa and Virginia Tech's Wyatt Teller (in the late third to fifth) and Washington State's Cole Madison (in the fourth or fifth).

Jim Kelly update: Kelly will be released "shortly" from his New York City-area hospital, according to his doctor. Here is more detail on Kelly's complicated surgery.

Jay Skurski's Bills Mailbag: Asked for a player who could be unexpectedly cut this summer, Skurski picked defensive end Jerry Hughes.

Path to the Passer: Even the best quarterbacks use consultants to fine-tune their mechanics and provide a bridge to the NFL. "With the amount of balls that guys throw when they become professionals, they have to do a really good job of taking care of that arm," former pro and current consultant John Beck said. "You can have a clean and efficient motion, but if you're not doing proper training, proper exercising, proper arm care and recovery, that arm can slowly start to hinder in performance. Ligaments and tendons become over-used."


A Bills priority: Getting more elusiveness behind LeSean McCoy: Mark Gaughan points out that in addition to the Bills' major needs on offense, they also lack shiftiness in the players they do have (minus McCoy, of course).

Daily Drive Podcast: Draft focus beyond quarterback.


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