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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Does Kyler Murray's football decision help the Bills at all?

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner and Oakland A's draft pick, announced Monday he will forgo baseball to focus on his football career.

If Murray ends up being selected high in the first round, that could be good news for the Bills and every other team at the top of the draft.

The Bills aren't in the running for another quarterback, but if Murray gets drafted before the Bills come up at ninth overall, that means one more player they're interested in could still be on the board. And if Murray hasn't been selected by the time the Bills come up, that could increase the value of the Bills' pick in a trade down.

If Murray falls in the draft, maybe this scenario will end up being irrelevant. But imagine the dream situation: The Raiders want Murray, but they get greedy and want another top-10 pick, too. They own three first-rounders, picks 4, 24 and 27. Would they package 24 and 27 to swap with the Bills at 9? The Jimmy Johnson trade chart scores the Bills' pick at 1,350 points and the Raiders two picks at 1,420 – a winning trade for the Bills, but only by the value of about a fourth-rounder (the value-based trade charts used in our draft trade simulator view it is a bigger win for the Bills). Maybe that'd be close enough for the Raiders to pull the trigger.

In case you missed it: Mark Gaughan opened a two-part series looking at Josh Allen's accuracy, including a way for him to find some "easy" completions. "People are playing Josh a little bit different than they play some other people, whether it’s a deeper safety, the corners bailing off," Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said. "I think we can help ourselves, too, by taking what they give us on some of those verticals."



Ex-Bill Christian named to AAF team of the week: Former Bills tight end Gerald Christian was named the top player at his position during the first week of play in the Alliance of American Football, a new league co-founded by Bill Polian. Christian caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Arizona Hotshots' 38-22 win over the Salt Lake Stallions. That earned him a place on Pro Football Focus' AAF Team of the Week. Christian played three games with the Bills in 2016, catching one pass. He was a 2015 seventh-round pick by the Cardinals out of Louisville. A number of ex-Bills are playing in the AAF, including punter Colton Schmidt, cornerback Rob Brooks and linebacker A.J. Tarpley, who seemingly had a change of heart after retiring just one year into his career due to concussion concerns.

Photo of the day: The image of the day on social media was a workout photo of Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, a potential first-round pick who stands 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. We knew he was muscular ... but he looks massive even next to other massive people.

A CBS Sports mock draft projected Metcalf to the Bills after trading down to 13th overall. It remains to be seen whether Metcalf trusts the process enough to become a McBeane selection, but he certainly has a build that will play in the NFL. The best comment on the photo: "each ab is much larger than my biceps."


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