The NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, but for now the focus remains on next week's NFL Draft. As we approach the draft, the [BN] Blitz newsletter will feature a reader question answered daily by a member of our team. You can leave questions in the comment section below. Here's today's Q&A with Vic Carucci.
Tyler Ford asks: Seems like very little interest in WRs – both in FA and draft visits. Is the reason that they’re waiting to “match” them to the new QB? Will they keep with last year’s trend of big, contested catch guys?
Vic Carucci: The perception might be different if this draft had an abundance of receivers with first-round credentials, but it doesn’t. There are still plenty of good players at the position, although this probably won’t be a year where teams target them with the same zeal as the past three drafts when 13 wideouts were taken within the first 32 picks. I expect the Bills to choose a receiver at some point after they’ve addressed more crying needs on defense and the offensive line.
For now, it looks as if they’re happy working the fringes of free agency for pickups such as Jermey Kerley and Kaelin Clay to go along with incumbents such as Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones. I think the Bills should proceed cautiously with leaning too heavily on Benjamin or Jones to carry the load. Benjamin’s history of health issues should remain a major concern, as should Jones’ recent bizarre behavior and recovery from shoulder surgery.
I don’t put much stock in the idea that the Bills are waiting to “match” receivers to a new quarterback. If you’ve picked the right QB, you don’t have to worry about matches because he should be good enough to make his receivers effective. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.
Assessing the current QBs: Jerry Sullivan writes that AJ McCarron is confident his time has come, and Jay Skurski details how Nathan Peterman put his nightmare rookie season behind him.
'Star-maker': Lorenzo Alexander believes the rest of the Bills defense will benefit from the addition of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, via Nick Veronica. Related: Alexander identifies Bills' biggest draft needs.
What they said: Read transcripts from Tuesday's interviews with Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander, Micah Hyde, AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman.
NFL Draft preview: Top 10 outside linebackers and where the Bills stand at the position.
Draft trade simulator: A deal to get the Bills up to the No. 5 pick.
Visiting: Kansas pass rusher Dorance Armstrong Jr, the 20th player reported to have visited Buffalo so far. Teams are allowed 30 visits, to be completed by today.
ESPN's Louis Riddick on QB Josh Allen: "He’s the guy who from an accuracy standpoint will look like a Hall of Famer one play and then look like he’s going to break your heart."
Daily Drive Podcast: Former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky on Josh Allen.
Released: DE Cap Capi.
EVENT: Huddle with News sports writers Tim Graham, Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski this Friday to talk draft strategy and all things Bills in the shadow of the Buffalo History Museum’s exhibition, “Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports.” Bring your own Buffalo sports treasure and have local appraiser Rob Schilling tell you its worth.
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