2018 All-Pro Stephon Gilmore (Prove Me Wrong)

Stephon Gilmore – Belichick’s big spend at cornerback, who spent the first part of his season being scrutinised by fans.

However, Gilmore eventually found his rhythm and the scrutinising fans focussed on a new target; Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl benching. With Butler moving on to Tennessee, Gilmore is now the top cornerback in New England and will need to rise to the challenge whilst training rookie Duke Dawson.

Starting Corner is a new role for Gilmore, however, he seems to be feeling good about the new position, and is excited about his next year in New England.

“Yeah, any time you go through something a second time, it’s always better,” Gilmore said, via the Boston Herald. “But, at the end of the day, you still have to go out there and do your job and compete at a high level every year. That’s what it’s about. Obviously, I feel more comfortable being around the guys, being around my teammates. I’m looking forward to it.”

Gilmore finished his 2017 season with 50 tackles, and 2 interceptions, however, was far more active on defence that statistics show (fans will remember his clutch end-game against the Jaguars in the AFC title game).

The Patriots traded for Jason McCourty and drafted two corners to go with Gilmore, Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe. With five active corners (so far) it is fair to say that a fair amount of shuffling is in order before the new season starts. Although it is never easy to predict how the Patriots may choose to align their secondary, it seems likely that Gilmore will be in the centre of whatever they do and this could potentially be the year that the talented corner reaches his full potential.

Similarities Spark Rumours

A recent report from ‘Jack Mills’ (Mayfield’s Agent) stated that The New England Patriots were considering taking Mayfield if he dropped to number 2 overall.

“We had another team, which is going to surprise you, another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day at No. 2 if he’s available,'” Mills said. “And it was the Patriots.” – Boston Herald

Obviously, these comments are only rumours however, Josh McDaniels did fly to Texas to work out Mayfield prior to the draft which could have been for more than just ‘covering bases.’

Mills continued, “They had 23 and 31 (in the first round) and two seconds. And we thought — I don’t know — that’s going to be a heck of a move to get up that high from where they are. And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was a reality or not.” – Boston Herald

The Patriots are obviously looking for their future GOAT but did not pull the trigger in the 2018 draft, was this because they were hoping for Mayfield? or did they really not value the talent in this draft class?

Currently, the Patriots have Brady, Hoyer and Etling on their roster and could quite easily start in September without altering the depth here. However, there is another quarterback floating around the league who Mayfield has been compared to – Mr Johnny Manziel.

Here at the ‘Hudson Halftime Report’, we have a theory that Belichick and the Patriots organisation were holding off till after the draft to pull the trigger on signing Manziel, in case they got the fresher option of Mayfield. However, now that Mayfield has moved on, the potential signing of Manziel is a no-risk, (potentially high reward) no brainer for New England.

As long as the Patriots can trust Manziel to tone down his ‘off-field’ actions and to not cause locker room problems the $150k base salary for Manziel seems like a dream come true. This signing would also create a battle for QB3/2 that would hopefully push new signing Etling to become his best.

So what do you think? Should the Patriots pull the trigger on Manziel? Would you like to see Johnny Football as a Patriot?

Johnny-Manziel

 

Patriots Draft Analysis

The past 3 days have been FILLED with sports news thanks to the NBA playoffs and the annual NFL draft. However, this time it’s Bill Belichick crazy draft antics that get priority over ‘Scary Terrys’ Celtics run.

The New England Bulldogs

The Pats had two first round picks and which they used to select Offensive Tackle ‘Isaiah Wynn’ (23rd overall) and Running Back ‘Sony Michel’ (31st overall). Going into the draft The Patriots needed to fill multiple holes, (drafting the future GOAT) and two of them could potentially be filled with these picks. Isaiah Wynn will replace Brady’s blindside after the departure of the stud, Nate Solder and after picking up Georgias best tackle what do you do? You pick up their best Running Back. Here at The Hudson Halftime Report, we believe Michel is the second coming of Alvin Kamara, who as you know is the current reigning ‘offensive rookie of the year.

Michel and Wynn have both shown great attitude and leadership on an off the field, which could have potentially increased their draft stock with New England. They also have a huge amount of chemistry, with Michel totalling huge yards whilst running behind Wynn, this could be due to them being roommates for the last few years. These picks were obvious needed replacements for Lewis and Solder and The Georgia stars will be joining former teammates David Andrews (Starting center) and Malcolm Mitchell (2nd-year receiver).

Heir to the Throne

Many fans and critics thought the Patriots were going to select Lamar Jackson after meeting with him on multiple occasions. However when Jackson was still on the board at pick 31, Bill passed on the mobile-QB. Once Jackson passed by, the Hudson brothers thought Kyle Laulleta (Richmond) was a sure-fire lock for the Patriots, however once again another round passed without a QB.

Instead of the analyst picks, Bill selected Danny Etling (LSU) who dropped to 219th overall. After Googling this guy, and figuring out who the hell he is, we can safely say that Etling is not ready to start in the NFL, but looking at his tape shows a potentially bright future. Etling has a 120.9 passer rating when throwing deep which is 4th overall compared the rest of the Qbs in the Draft. Etling’s accuracy still needs work but with a year or two behind the GOAT, there is a chance he develops into a starter in the NFL, and potentially more. Let’s be honest at least it isn’t Hoyer.

Bill Has a Type…

Small, good-looking, white, wide receivers (that should be the Patriots slogan).

Braxton Berrios (standing at just 5,8″ and weighing 184 pounds) is a slot receiver who sounds just like a clone of Danny Amendola and a prototype Brady target. The Miami prospect was drafted 210th overall which in my opinion was a steal for one of Miami’s leading receivers and team captain.

What else does Bill like? Versatility. Another feature that will have attracted Bill is that Berrios is lethal when returning kicks/punts, a position that’s been fumble-worthy for the Patriots after since Edelman stopped fielding kicks. (Does anyone else get PTSD remembering Cyrus Jones fielding kicks?) Braxton joins a very deep receiver depth chart, but hey a small, white dude always will find a spot on the roster; get ready to see this guy used often.

The Pats also added some big defensive players in the late-round that should help lighten the load for Donte Hightower who is coming of injury this season.

The Patriots were very active in the NFL draft with more trade downs than picks but filled much-needed positions and are finally beginning to take shape for the upcoming season. It will be nice to see some old faces returning from injury also, providing an automatic lift to the roster. We can expect Belichick to make some more moves before the regular season starts, and we will keep you up to date with all our thoughts and analysis on future moves.

Interview with @YoungGronk

This week we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing the biggest Patriots fan ever @younggronk. Since last season @younggronk has been striking fear in other fan bases and has amassed a group of fanatical followers on Instagram. He also has done some amazing work for local charities, with the support of football stars such as Tedy Bruschi, and Ty Law.

Check out the interview below to see what makes @younggronk such a star, and what is in store for the future. Also, Follow his page @younggronk for a chance to win one of his brand new exclusive young Gronk tees courtesy of the Hudson Halftime Report.

Hey YG, Thanks so much for agreeing to do an interview for The Hudson Halftime Report. For guys that don’t know you can you introduce yourself real quick? Who is the man behind Young Gronk?

First off, I want to thank The Hudson Halftime Report to reach out to me to do a little one-on-one interview with the man behind Young Gronk.

YG and Brian (my real name) are the same exact person. I’m just that out-going, here to have fun, be loud and exciting personality. The Young Gronk persona really started back after the Patriots lost the 2015 AFC title game to the Denver Broncos. At first, YG was more of an inside joke between my friends. Between 2013-2015 I had a major weight loss (From 300lbs to 195lbs) and people started to say that I looked like Rob Gronkowski. What ended up solidifying the name Young Gronk was when I had an interview with NESN before a Bruins game on February 9th, 2016 and a reporter called me “Young Gronk”. After that, I started to roll with that name.

I did most of my shenanigans via Snapchat in the 2016-2017 season before taking it onto Instagram. During my time on Snapchat, I went to the White House for the Patriots Super Bowl Celebration, the NBA Finals in Cleveland, and a few Patriots practices. These snaps made the main stories a few times in which each one would have over 500k views! I felt that I knew what I could do could go viral but I was gaining nothing out of it.

My real breakout was travelling to Pittsburgh for the Steelers vs Patriots in December of last season. After the Patriots beat them in that wild finish, I posted a video on Instagram which got 60,000 views! At the time, I only had roughly 300 followers. After talking with my best friend @GreenRunsDeep, he said you need to get yourself on Instagram more often for content purposes. From there on out I’ve been trying to be more outgoing and post more content than ever!

At the end of the day, I’m just being me and not trying to be someone I’m not. I love that my page can take a persona and maybe turn it up a notch but at the end of the day, what you see on the Young Gronk page is Brian. I was recently in New Orleans for Wrestlemania 34 and even GRD said to one of my buddies how it’s funny that the stuff that I posted is just Brian being Brian. Even if I had 50 followers, I would still be doing the same thing, just having fun!

So, we here at the Halftime Report love your Instagram page @younggronk and have been following you for a while. One of the things that really boosted your following was your support of Tom Brady’s Best Buddies charity, can you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to get involved with the charity and what you have done to support it?

After the Super Bowl loss it was sort of a moment of, “where do I go from here?”. One of my big things was doing giveaways to the supporters that follow me from Day 1 (which I still do here and there). One of the first steps that helped with the Gronk Spike Challenge was gaining the following from both Tedy Bruschi and Ty Law. Both were very new to Instagram and I helped promote their pages with the help of other Patriots fan pages (TomFckinBrady, PatsPerfect, Foxboro_Faithful87, Nation.Pats, etc). What was awesome with Tedy Bruschi is that his page went from 1700 to 10k followers in a 24-hour span! Ty Law doubled his follower count but is not as active on it as Tedy.

I was at work one night and one of my co-workers, Dan Joly, was helping me pitch ideas for the next project I could work on during the off-season. He said, “You have Tedy and Ty following you, it would be great if you could get those two together to do something bigger.” We both agreed that I do a lot to give back to the supporters of my page, so we should do something together, as one, to give back to a bigger cause. It then hit us that Best Buddies and the Patriots have a long-standing relationship with one another. Dan said, “Your YG, you should do something with a Gronk Spike and call it the ‘Gronk Spike Challenge’”.

Taking his advice and brainstorming the idea, it finally came to life. At the time while this was going on, I started to partner up with Time_ism0ney as we both had people directly message us that we should pair up on a project. He’s had some viral videos in the past and has that similar out-going, over the top personality as me. After some talks, we both filmed our videos and both actually donated to Best Buddies. Our goal was to hopefully get both Ty Law and Bruschi involved. Within one week they responded and the whole month of March became one of the busiest times in both our lives.

It’s awesome to now work with Best Buddies directly and hopefully do future projects together. For time_ism0ney, it hits close to home as one of his family members has a developmental disability. For myself, in the line of work that I do and I was in Boy Scouts growing up, I’ve worked closely with children that have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For both of us, this will not be some onetime thing that we do. I’ve enjoyed the time working with Best Buddies thus far and hope to continue working with the organization for years to come. They’ve invited both of us to come out for the Walk Run and Ride on June 1st and 2nd to participate in the event. We have so much behind the scenes as well with them and I just can’t wait to keep working with it moving forward!

You gotta tell us a little bit more about your signature outfit? What inspired the cargo shorts and war paint? And more importantly, will there eventually be Young Gronk signature cargos? haha

hahaha. So I’m the type of guy who will wear the same outfit every day. I rarely buy new clothes. I just love the cargo shorts because I’m always on the go and having the extra pockets help out when you’re carrying a bunch of things at once.

My original cargos lasted from 2013 to 2018. Here’s a YG Exclusive about that pair; after the Super Bowl 52 loss, I had a video in mind that I would burn the cargos to move on. GRD told me I couldn’t do such a thing because they were part of my signature look! Unfortunately, I was at Launch Trampoline Park and totally ripped them in the crotch! It was time to let go.

Anytime I take a loss, I see it as a chance to change things up and move forward. It was finally time because YG needed an updated look. I needed a brand new pair of cargos. On top of that change, we now have Young Gronk Nation t-shirts (limited edition as only 30 were made and are for sale). In addition, I have a SPECIAL SURPRISE that I will unveil down in Dallas at the NFL Draft that I will be rocking for the entire 2018 season! Keep your eyes out on April 26th!

I will say this, I get a lot of laughter about wearing cargos. People say its out of style. BUT. When I was in New Orleans for Wrestlemania 34 I saw at least 10% of people rocking the cargos. I felt at home hahaha.

One of our favourite things from last season was when you travelled to Philly and called out fans before the Super Bowl – this took a lot of balls but was hilarious to watch, what was the thought behind the trip? What were you aiming to do in Philly?

To answer this question in the shortest possible way, the idea was to Troll the entire fanbase of Philly. The whole Philly trip could be a novel on its own!

Going into the AFC/NFC title weekend, myself, @GreenRunsDeep, and @TGunz_ all had the idea if we got a Patriots/Eagles matchup we would drive down to Philly in the very early morning, film 5 videos, and release one each day to make it seem like I was down there for the entire week. I knew some out catch on right away but others wouldn’t…..which happened hahaha.

As I stated before, I did a lot of my videos via Snapchat and was featured in the main story several times throughout the year which gained a lot of views. I felt like I could get something that would go viral. I wrote out 5 scripts for the videos hoping one would gain viewers and go viral.

When the cheesesteak video got released, I got a lot of heat from it, from both Eagles and Patriots fans (Which I will mention in a bit). Yet, I hit my goal. Laces out (Barstool Sports Football Page) shared the video on both IG and Twitter which had over 1.5 million views. I even had the NBC Philly Affiliate write an article about me as well as Barstool Sports Philly (Google: Gronk Spike Cheesesteak). Funny enough, ESPN and Bleacher Report were going to share the video, BUT, I made Barstool reference in the video “One Bite, Everyone Knows the Rules”, so none of those outlets shared it. It was a good learning lesson to make sure you cover all corners if you want something to go viral.

I knew in the back of my mind if we lost that this will blow up in my face. Yet, in my mind, it’s all about how you can bounce back from the loss. If you’re a Pats fan and you say to me “that’s not the Patriot way! You need to be Humble” I say GTFO. We’re fans of the game. Not players. Belichick isn’t my coach or my dad. The Pats won 5 Super Bowls. You SHOULD have a little chip on your shoulder. And what the biggest thing is ACCEPTING DEFEAT. I was first in line to come out and take that L. I posted a picture of me even holding an L instead of the cheesesteak! Its funny to see the same Pats fans who say I wasn’t humble be the first in line to find any excuse to cry over the loss.

I had a lot of fun doing it and it won’t be my last time in Philly for sure. I never knew that throwing food on the ground would have the same effect as if I punched a newborn baby. People take things too seriously. I reply to anyone who DMs me. I think what’s funny is after the whole debacle and loss, I actually made a few friends that were born and raised Eagles fans and understood where I’m coming from in terms of making the videos. I set the bar high for myself before the Super Bowl so we will see what’s next when the 2018 season comes.

 What is the future for @younggronk? What can fans expect to see in the upcoming season from your page? Despite your new merchandise that is, a sample of which we will be giving away to one of your followers!

I feel that I have my hands on a lot of things right now. Right now I’m working with both Best Buddies and Launch Trampoline Park. As that is going on, I’m working on promoting Tedys Team Touch Football Game on May 19th in Cranston Rhode Island. Tedy Bruschi was diagnosed with a mild stroke in 2005 and was able to recover and make it back on the field to play for a few more seasons, including another Super Bowl Appearance. This May will be his second annual Touch Football Game where proceeds to the event go to the American Stroke Association. I have donated $1000 to this event and will be participating by playing in the game which I am ecstatic for. Who knows what former or current players will show up to the event! Last year Jacoby Brissett was the QB for the event on both sides but I feel like Tedy has a little something extra up his sleeve this year!

As for the summertime, I plan on gearing up for the upcoming 2018 season. Maybe go to a few practices. Start brainstorming some content. Plan out dates for my away games next year. I keep a notebook at home where I jot down ideas of what I would like to do and hopefully make those a reality.

For sure, I will be doing some extensive travelling next season. I already have the Tennessee Titans circled on the calendar as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and Detriot Lions. Those 4 games I hope I will be able to attend on the road. The schedule comes out Mid-April and I will be buying my plane tickets right away!

The future is always changing though. Things come up as I move forward. Its one of those things where you just need to tune in and see what YG does next!

 

Okay, let’s get two last questions from you before you go –  Which one player would you like to see the Patriots take in the upcoming draft? What is your season prediction for our Patriots next year?

I will be at the NFL Draft this year in Dallas and it’s very interesting going to it as the Patriots hold TWO first round draft picks. Our obvious need is a new offensive lineman. I’ve said it numerous times I’m not much of a college football guy so I can’t get into too much about who is better than who. BUT, one of the first-round picks should be spent on O-line as we just lost both Solider AND Fleming. There’s a huge hole to fill.

There’s been a lot of talk about finding Brady’s replacement. Drafting a QB is a MUST. Not only to keep pushing Brady to his top level to know he can be replaced but at the same time, McDaniels needs to develop a guy for his future. Could Brady outlast the draft pick for the next 4 seasons like Jimmy G? Sure. But we always need to plan forward. I know it’s a super longshot, but I would LOVE to get Baker Mayfield. I love his passion for the game and he could learn a hell of a lot playing under Brady and company. Another name being tossed around is Lamar Jackson. The guy is an absolute stud. Belichick could see the QB game-changing a bit. Look what DeShaun Watson did last year before getting hurt. I would love to just see a very mobile QB playmaker in this offence.

The top pick that I WANT but I know we won’t get….Derrius Guice. The Patriots are loaded at the RB position with Burkhead/Hill/White/Bolden/Gillislee. I actually love the Jeremy Hill pick up as I think he will be an absolute stud this year. I just have this GUT feeling Guice will be the rookie RB of the year. Maybe even drafting him and slowly build him for the future would be great. He’s got a lot of wear and tear from college. Look at a guy like Derrick Henry. He played behind Demarco for two seasons to learn the system, rest up, and be ready. Now heading into 2018 Henry is ready to be the bell cow. I could see Guice in a similar role for that as Hill has a 1-year deal and Burkhead has an Opt Out in 2020.

As for the prediction for the upcoming season, that’s easy! 12-4!!! Hahaha. Some say the schedule isn’t that easy but look at some of the Road Games they have; AFC East-Titians-Steelers-Bears-Lions-Jaguars. Not that scary of a road trip as people think. I’m happy Minnesota and Green Bay are coming to New England which gives the Patriots the Advantage. End of the day….who are we even worried about in the AFC? There’s going to be one or two teams that make that run at the end of the season but the road to Super Bowl 53 will go through New England. The Patriots will be down in Atlanta February 4th, 2019 and so will Young Gronk as Brady and company celebrate their 6th Super Bowl Championship!

Grading the AFC East offseason…So far

Miami Dolphins

Biggest move: Signing of Josh Sitton

Juice says goodbye to the beaches of Miami and hello to the winless Browns

Above Average, but still not good.

The Fins have made a lot of preseason moves, some very controversial, losing and signing in players in much-needed positions. Last year Miami placed 29thin rushing averaging only 86.8 yards per game. Miami lost key offensive linemen including 3-time Pro-Bowler Pouncey and versatile tackle and guard Bushrod. However, with the $7million the Phins saved with these moves, Miami traded for center Daniel Kilgore and veteran guard Josh Sitton.

The Dolphins brought in a couple of sturdy receivers in Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola who combined for 1213 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in the 2017 regular season both playing from the 3rd string or lower on the depth chart. However, the Phins also lost one of their most consistent players in Jarvis ‘juice’ Landry when they traded him to the Browns for a 4th round pick in 2018and a7th in 2019 (which in my opinion is way too low a price for him.)

Miami still has a Quarterback problem to sort out even after the signing of Brock Osweiler, with the (already low) productivity of Tannehill being in question after his injury. The Dolphins have the 11th overall pick in the draft and could look to sort their problem with the Oklahoma Sooners Heisman winner Baker Mayfield who has shown interest in playing with the Phins on social media. Overall the Dolphins have had a confusing offseason with some very good moves and some more questionable ones. They still have some holes to fill such as Running back and Quarterback but strengthened key needs for the future season. However, that doesn’t make up for the loss of key players so my overall grade so far is…

Fraser’s Grade: C+
Liam’s Grade: C-

New England Patriots

Biggest move: Loss of Nate Solder

Edelman’s looking for a new roommate as New England say goodbye to Danny

 Waiting for the next undersize, white, Superbowl hero.

The 5x Super Bowl champions have had crazy offseason, as usual. The departure of Pro Bowl and Super Bowl 49 hero Malcolm Butler and shifty running back Dion Lewis to the Tennessee Titans will cause a bit of a sting around the Patriot nation and bring a question to those areas for the future season. However, New England also brought in players to fill holes in much-needed positions even though they only ranked 25thoverall in cap space with $15 million and many unrestricted free agents to resign.

The Biggest loss for the Patriots is the loss Nate Solder who been protecting Brady for 6 years with very little injuries along the way. The former All-Pro left New England to play for the struggling New York Giants and left the G.O.A.Ts blindside protection to experienced left tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who just signed a 1-year extension with the organisation. With the help of legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia Waddle had a productive last season when Solder was injured but will not be able to bring what Solder does to the locker room.

The Patriots filled some holes on defence with the signings of big defensive end Adrian Clayborn and twin brother of Devin, Jason McCourty. The Patriots defence finished 29th overall with the 3rd worst pass defence and 13th worst run defence. McCourty in his last season with the Winless Browns had 14 pass deflections and 3 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. His added athleticism and chemistry with his brother should bolster the Patriots pass defence and Clayborn will provide a much-needed improvement to the struggling D-line, partnering with newly acquired former First-rounder Danny Shelton and rising star linebacker Marquis Flowers, who I believe will become a solid, Pro Bowl worthy linebacker next season.

The Patriots offseason is fully underway and the mental genius of Belichick is paying off once again. With the draft coming up New England should look to add another Left Tackle to add to the depth chart rotation and possibly add another late-round Wide Receiver to make up for the recent departure of Danny Amendola and remove some of the strain from Edelman who is returning from an ACL injury this season.

James Harrison is supposedly in talks with New England about re-signing for the 2018 season, and this is a move I would like to see happen. I also would like to see another young quarterback on the roster, because there is no way Hoyer is the future of New England. Bill has supposedly shown interest in Kyle Lauletta from the University of Richmond, so a combination of him and another young gun (Maybe Manziel?) could provide a good competition for second string.

Frasers Grade: B+
Liam’s Grade: B-

New York Jets

Biggest move: Trade up to 3rd overall pick via Colts

Old man McCowan ain’t no Tom Brady

Wait… the Jets done good?

The Jets had a surprisingly good season by their records last year, finishing with a record of 5-11, obviously, in terms of competing teams, this is not a ‘good’ season however many critics were predicting a 0-16 season. I knew what Josh McCown could do though, I always believed in him.

Although Josh had a productive season throwing for an impressive 2926 yards and 18 touchdowns through 14 games, McCowan is not getting any younger and will be 39 this Independence Day. The Jets seem to be looking to re-build and McCowan is not ageing like Brady, so his future in the league is always in jeopardy; the Jets seem to have acknowledged this and made moves in the upcoming draft. The trade to 3rd overall pick is smart as it gives the Jets lots of prospects at quarterback; selections including the controversial Baker Mayfield and USC leader Sam Darnold. Although in the mix, I don’t believe they will get a shot at drafting Josh Rosen who if doesn’t go first pick to the Browns, surely goes second pick to the Giants.

The Jets also signed former All-Pro rookie Teddy Bridgewater who is coming of a near career-ending ACL injury. I like Teddy B and the stats show that he was a good Quarterback throwing for 3231 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 (the year before he got hurt). I have a soft spot for the guy but it will be a tough road back to the top and the Jets may still have to look elsewhere for their franchise Qb.

The Jets are rebuilding well but I don’t see them doing anything spectacular this season but give it a season or two and we might see playoff contenders that make the AFC East competitive. If they keep Todd Bowles I don’t doubt they’ll go far.

Frasers Grade: B-
Liam’s Grade: C+

Buffalo Bills

Biggest Move: Trading of Tyrod Taylor

The Buffalo Bills are the new Cleveland Browns

This years 0-16 team, the Cleveland Browns Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have been very quiet this offseason, most media news from the team has been filled with rookie receiver Zay Jones’s criminal activity rather than trade moves. However, one of the major moves from the Bills is moving on from Tyrod Taylor.

The Bills GM has never seemed to like Tyrod, benching him at multiple points over the past 2 seasons even though Tyrod had thrown for 5822 yards and 31 touchdowns in just 30 games. During these seasons Tyrod also used his athleticism to get out the pocket rushing for 1007 yards and 10 touchdowns. Although maybe not franchise quarterback numbers, it shows that Tyrod is highly productive under centre. The Browns have gotten themselves a quarterback that their inevitable First Round pick rookie can sit under for a year, learning the ropes without the weight of the Cleveland QB curse on his shoulders. Whilst on the other side, the Bills have to put their hopes in either Nathan ‘pick’ Peterman, who will not be able to run a race let alone a struggling offence for a year, or A.J McCarron, the untested, unproven ex-Bengal. The Bill will surely make moves in the draft for a QB however even if they do select a future QB with the 12th Overall pick, the absence of any experienced Qb on the roster to mentor them should send warning signals to Bills fans everywhere.

The only positive thing the Bills seem to have done this offseason is bolstering their defensive line with the addition of Star Lotulelei and Trent Murphy. The Bills placed 29th in rush defence last year so these additions should help fill a huge need. However, although they sorted their defensive troubles up front, the Bills also traded cornerback E.J Gaines to the Browns (who seem to be on an AFC east yard sale) so they will need to pick up another slot cornerback (and if you’re playing the Pats twice a year you need a good one) in the draft or later in free agency.

The Bills offseason, in my opinion, has been woeful so far. They have excellent wide receivers but no solid quarterback to throw to them and have one of the best running backs in the league in LeSean ‘shady’ McCoy but also lost their starting left tackle. The whole organisation seem to be going two steps forward four steps back, taking tips from the Browns it seems. General manager Brandon Beane said “we are very low on money” so the Bills are going to need to perform a miracle in this year’s draft to even dream of making back to the playoffs or even posting a winning season in 2018.

Frasers Grade: F
Liam’s Grade: D-

Stay tuned for your favourite teams’ division that will be coming soon! What would you rate the teams mentioned so far? let us know below!