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Infant Cody Ford Jersey , John Ross trade rumors, Shaq Lawson’s future, and more."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapOpinionNotesPodcastsBillieve Podcast: 2019 NFL Combine, John Ross trade, Shaq LawsonNew,3commentsBreaking down the NFL Combine, John Ross trade rumors, Shaq Lawson’s future, and more.ESTShareTweetShareShareBillieve Podcast: 2019 NFL Combine, John Ross trade, Shaq LawsonOn the latest edition of Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast, host John Boccacino is joined by co-host Anthony Marino to talk NFL Combine, discuss a potential trade for a wide receiver not named Antonio Brown, break down the future of DE Shaq Lawson, and address an important vacancy on the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2019 season that no one is talking about. The NFL Combine is in full swing in Indianapolis, with the NFL Network providing around-the-clock coverage of college standouts running the 40-yard dash, lifting weights, documenting their height and weight, and measuring their hand size. It is also the scene where coaches set up private meetings with the members of the Class of 2019 NFL Draft to get to know them and figure out if they fit into the team’s draft plans. After offering up their thoughts on the Combine, Boccacino and Marino turned to trade talks, specifically for speedster and former Combine star John Ross, whom the Cincinnati Bengals tabbed with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ross reportedly is on the trading block, and GM Brandon Beane should definitely investigate ways to acquire Ross, who despite battling an assortment of injuries would still hold value in Buffalo’s offense opposite wide receiver Robert Foster on the outside. Ross, who ran the fastest 40 time at the combine (4.22 seconds) appeared in 16 games (11 starts) for the Bengals, catching 21-of-60 targets for 210 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two seasons.Another hot-button topic on the podcast: the future of Lawson. Buffalo must decide what to do with Lawson’s fifth-year option. The team hasn’t exercised a fifth-year option since 2015 when it picked up cornerback Stephon Gilmore’s option. Should Beane deal the emerging edge rusher for a second- or third-round pick rather than open up the checkbook and pick up his option? Lawson was the 16th pick of the 2016 Draft. If the Bills exercise his option, he would play the 2019 season under the terms of his original contract (his cap hit will be $3.27 million), then be paid in 2020 what the average of the third through 25 top salaries at his position was in 2019. If the Bills give Lawson the fifth year, his salary would likely fall in the range of $10-$11 million for the 2020 season. Lawson took a step forward last year Youth Andre Reed Jersey , splitting time at left defensive end with Trent Murphy and finishing with four sacks, 30 tackles 11 QB hits, six pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Marino seemed comfortable dealing Lawson for a third rounder in the 2019 Draft, while it would take a second rounder for Boccacino to move on from Lawson, and even then, he feels that might not be worth a trade. Lastly, our podcasters shared the news that the Bills have a job opening heading into the season: they are seeking a passionate fan to play the role of Billy Buffalo, the team’s mascot, at home games and events in the community. What do you think, Bills fans? Should Buffalo make a deal with Cincinnati for John Ross? How about Shaq Lawson, would you deal him for a 2nd/3rd round pick or pick up his fifth-year extension? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section, and check out our podcast for thoughts on these topics and more on the latest Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast.SoundCloud | iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | Podbay | PodfanaticSubscribe, rate, and review our Buffalo Rumblings podcast now and leave your comments below. You can also download an MP3 version of the podcast by signing up for a free account at SoundCloud. We’re looking for feedback and want to hear from you! NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)OPEN CAMP: July 26, Foxborough, MassachusettsLAST YEAR: New England lost twice in its first four games but recovered to win 11 of its final 12 behind MVP season of quarterback Tom Brady. He impressed at age 40, throwing for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He did so despite reported issues between himself, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft following midseason trade of backup Jimmy Garoppolo to 49ers. Defensive inconsistency was ongoing issue and it caught up with Patriots in Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia. It included surprise benching of cornerback Malcolm Butler, one of several players to sign with new teams during free agency.IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: RB Jeremy Hill, RB Sony Michel, QB Danny Etling, DE Adrian Clayborn, WR Jordan Matthews, OT Trent Brown, OL Isaiah Wynn, CB Jason McCourty Ed Oliver Buffalo Bills Jersey , DT Danny Shelton,IMPORTANT LOSSES: Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandin Cooks, CB Malcolm Butler, CB Johnson Bademosi, RB Dion Lewis, OT Nate Solder, OT Cam Fleming.CAMP NEEDS: Wide receiver will be hot topic. After sitting out 2017 with torn right ACL, Julian Edelman is suspended for first four games of regular season for violating NFL policy on performance enhancers. Combined with losses of Amendola and Cooks in trades to Dolphins and Rams, respectively, it leaves Chris Hogan (34 catches, 439 yards, five TDs) as top returning wide receiver. Something also must be done to solidify defense that needs more edge rushing and someone to start alongside Stephon Gilmore at cornerback.EXPECTATIONS: Even with offseason roster changes, Patriots enter camp as team to beat in AFC East. All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski considered retirement in offseason; he and Brady skipped voluntary offseason workouts. But both returned for mandatory minicamps and say they are focused on helping New England reach what would be its fourth Super Bowl in five seasons. One of biggest question marks will be how linebackers coach Brian Flores does in new role as defensive play caller.—BUFFALO BILLS (9-8)OPEN CAMP: July 26, St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, New YorkLAST YEAR: Under first-year coach (Sean McDermott) and GM (Brandon Beane), Buffalo overcame major roster overhaul and midseason quarterback shuffle to win four of last six games and clinch playoff berth to end 17-year postseason drought. Bills snapped longest active streak of missing playoffs in North America’s four major professional sports. At 29, LeSean McCoy was offensive workhorse with 1,138 yards rushing and 448 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Revamped secondary, including first-round pick Tre’Davious White, keyed patchwork defense by finishing tied for sixth in NFL with 18 interceptions.IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Rookie QB Josh Allen, QB A.J. McCarron, rookie LB Tremaine Edmunds, DT Star Lotulelei, DE Trent Murphy, CB Vontae Davis, WR Jeremy Kerley Buffalo Bills Jersey 2019 , RB Chris Ivory, OLs Russell Bodine and Marshall Newhouse, and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.IMPORTANT LOSSES: QB Tyrod Taylor, LT Cordy Glenn, C Eric Wood, RG Richie Incognito, WR Jordan Matthews, CB E.J. Gaines, LB Preston Brown and FB Mike Tolbert.CAMP NEEDS: Many center on how quickly new-look offense finds chemistry with new starting quarterback. Two big holes to fill on line and offense lacks established depth at receiver behind Kelvin Benjamin. Plus Buffalo is introducing new philosophy under Daboll. All eyes are on Allen, first-round pick out of Wyoming, and how long it will take to develop behind former Bengals backup McCarron and returning backup Nathan Peterman.EXPECTATIONS: Defense should be improved entering its second season, and with plenty of reinforcements. Can offense develop threat beyond McCoy, who turned 30 on July 12. Though long-term future looks bright, given young core of talent on roster, early projection is Bills might take step back in Year 2 of McDermott and Beane’s rebuilding process.—MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-10)OPEN CAMP: July 26, Davie, FloridaLAST YEAR: Dolphins regressed in second season under Adam Gase. As rookie coach he led them to 10 wins and playoff berth, but in 2017 Dolphins never recovered from quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s season-ending knee injury in training camp, and deteriorated into wildly inconsistent, undisciplined team. They led to start fourth quarter in only two games and were outscored by 112 points, fourth worst in NFL. Owner Stephen Ross decided to keep organization’s core leadership intact, but Gase and executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum may need turnaround to keep jobs beyond this year.IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, G Josh Sitton, DE Robert Quinn, WR Danny Amendola, WR Albert Wilson, C Daniel Kilgore, TE Mike Gesicki, RB Frank Gore Color Rush Ed Oliver Jersey , RB Kalen Ballage, QB Brock Osweiler.IMPORTANT LOSSES: DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Jarvis Landry, C Mike Pouncey, G Jermon Bushrod, K Cody Parkey, QB Jay Cutler, QB Matt Moore, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons.CAMP NEEDS: Dolphins will count on two players with no NFL experience to assume significant roles. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, their most promising rookie in 2017, is back after knee injury in first exhibition game ended his season. Fitzpatrick is expected to make immediate impact after being taken with 11th overall pick in April. Most of all, Gase needs to keep Tannehill healthy as quarterback comes back from two serious injuries to left knee since December 2016.EXPECTATIONS: Tannehill became starter as rookie in 2012 and has
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