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Rex Ryan Talks Incognito, McCown and Patriots at NFL Scouting Combine

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If there was one thing to take away from Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan’s time addressing the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, it was that he’s seemingly quite excited for the start of baseball season. After filibustering about the game on the diamond to start his press conference, Rex Ryan continued to make baseball references—largely in regards to questions about players who are currently members of other NFL teams—throughout his 15 minutes at the podium.

“My first year [as head coach of the New York Jets] I would have done this and I would have swung at that pitch,” Ryan said while lining up to imitate a baseball stance, “and probably been fined for tampering or something like that,” in response to a question about New England Patriots and former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who could potentially become a free agent this offseason if released by New England. “There’s no way I’m going to talk about somebody else’s player, so I refuse to do that.”

Ryan also made references about not swinging at pitches again when he was asked about New York Jets running back and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez, another former Jet.

In more noteworthy business, Ryan did address a number of other topics, including the recent signing of Richie Incognito, the visit earlier this week by free-agent quarterback Josh McCown and the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory.

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Buffalo Bills Release Keith Rivers After One Season with Team

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Signed to a two-year contract last offseason, veteran linebacker Keith Rivers was released Tuesday after one year with the Buffalo Bills.

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Report: Free-Agent QB Josh McCown Discussing Deal with Buffalo Bills

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Josh McCown could be the next quarterback on the Buffalo Bills' roster. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

Josh McCown could be the next quarterback on the Buffalo Bills’ roster. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s uncertain who the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback will be in 2015, but the franchise might be set to add a signal-caller to the roster before free agency even begins. Josh McCown, a 12-year NFL veteran released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, is currently in Buffalo and in talks to potentially sign a deal with the team Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Rodak.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Michael Crabtree

Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Michael Crabtree would add size and physicality to the Buffalo Bills' receiving corps. (Photo: Kelley L. Cox — USA Today Sports)

Michael Crabtree would add size and physicality to the Buffalo Bills’ receiving corps. (Photo: Kelley L. Cox — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

The 2015 free agency class is stocked full with talent and out of all the positions, wide receiver may be the deepest. The Bills already have a duo of outside receivers in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, but after the Mike Williams project was a complete failure, they could look to add another target to their aerial attack in the upcoming signing period.

Pending free agent Michael Crabtree from the San Francisco 49ers is a wide receiver that could be available at a price Buffalo would be willing to pay. Wide receiver is not one of the Bills’ biggest positions of need, but adding a player with Crabtree’s physicality and talent would make the Bills offense a more dangerous unit.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Julius Thomas

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills are willing to spend big on a free-agent tight end, they might be able to lure Julius Thomas away from the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills are willing to spend big on a free-agent tight end, they might be able to lure Julius Thomas away from the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

When the NFL free agency period begins in March, Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos will be the most coveted tight end of the class. It’s no secret he’s in line for a substantial pay increase after racking up 24 receiving touchdowns over the last two seasons and becoming an integral part of the Denver offense.

The Broncos have until February 16 to use their franchise tag and if they do not use it on Thomas, there is a great chance he hits the open market and sets off a bidding war.

Since 2013, Julius Thomas has caught 72 percent of the passes thrown his way and has averaged one reception and thirteen receiving yards more per game than any tight end on the Bills roster. He has hauled in nearly one touchdown per game (0.92 per game, to be exact) in that same time frame. Those numbers might not jump out at you, but apply that increase in production to each Bills game and it could make a huge difference.

A part of Thomas’ success can be attributed to playing with Peyton Manning and a stockpile of weapons in Denver,  like outside receivers Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. It also has a lot to do with the tight end’s great ball skills and large frame, which has made the former Portland State University basketball star a top red zone target.

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