McKelvin scares me. Every time he's been in the starting line up he's been just awful. I've said before that I can see offensive coordinators developing entire game plans around exploiting McKelvin. Until he can prove otherwise he's just not a starting caliber cornerback. Some have made the observation that in the latest defensive system McKelvin will be better because he won't have to think. My first thought after McKelvin's initial interview with Chris Brown was, "I hope he's a football savant." Brian took umbrage with people questioning McKelvin's intelligence but then why would McKelvin possibly doing better in a system in which he doesn't have to think? Is there anything wrong with a professional athlete being less than bright? I'm not equating being inarticulate with being a dolt. Taylor Swift isn't well spoken but she's good enough at what she does to have more money than all of us (combined) will ever see. Back to McKelvin doing well in one-on-one matchups... Will he? Was he always a step or more behind in the previous defensive schemes because he was having to transition from some sort of zone to man? I recall him being toasted more times than I care to count on go routes where a simple hitch by the WR completely threw McKelvin off. Will he suddenly be able to handle double moves? Is he going to need a lot of safety help? Will this defense give it to him? I find myself hoping that someone legitimately beats McKelvin out for the #2 CB position. Are you in the same boat or do you trust him in this defense? Anyone want to cop to being a long time believer in McKelvin?
Chris Brown over at buffalobills.com has a story up on Terrell Sinkfield. He has a lot of good things to say about Sinkfield, beyond just his straight line speed.
Sinkfield isn't just a go-route guy. He fights for the ball in traffic, catches the ball well outside his body frame, has great feet along the sidelines and end lines and ran a good number of crossing routes. He played at a lower level of college ball, but he's been in the NFL setting having signed after the draft with Miami and later Green Bay.
So Sinkfield is super fast, fights for the ball, doesn't need the ball delivered in a tight window, has great feet and runs more than go routes. Okay, so why did Miami let him go? I've only heard of 3 of their WRs. The same is true of the Green Bay WR unit. They've got a lot of guys but looking at the list (7 rookies) there are only a couple who are familiar names. How is it that Sinkfield couldn't stick on either roster? If he was as complete a player as Brown seems to think you'd figure that he could have made one of those rosters.
I looked at the Jets' roster from last season to try to get an idea of the slots the Bills might dedicate to the defense in 2013. That team had 7 DL (4 DE, 3 NT), 4 DE/OLB, 5 ILB, 4 CB and 4 S for a total of 25 roster spots. Right now it looks like the Bills have six guys who can make the case for being interior defensive linemen (Branch, Carrington, Dareus, Ross, Troup, Williams) and two that figure to stick to the final roster at DE (Hughes, Williams). Does Buffalo have 5 guys capable of playing ILB? Right now Brian has Alonso, Moats and White on his depth chart but Pettine may be looking for another pair. I'm guessing the OLB/DE guys could be Lawson, Dowtin, Bradham...but can't see Scott being effective in that role. That could leave Buffalo looking for another OLB/DE. Could it also mean that Scott's best shot at remaining with the team to be listed as an ILB? Buffalo should have the bodies to fill 5 CB slots, with Gilmore, McKelvin (warts and all), Brooks along with two of Rogers, Robey, Heath, Butler. It gets really interesting, to me anyway, at safety. I'd been under the impression that Pettine used a lot of different guys at safety. Apparently the Jets started 2012 with just 4. In a fit of uncharacteristic optimism I'll speculate that Byrd returns and the Bills keep Searcy and Aaron Williams. If there's just one safety slot remaining, who gets it? Williams and Meeks were just added in the draft. Does one get cut or are the numbers shuffled to allow for a 5th safety?
I didn't see the Hall of Fame ceremony but I heard that Ralph Wilson was there and didn't look good. That's not exactly news in that he's up there in years. (I do know a 91 year old guy who is out on a cattle roundup right now so some really old folks can still outride guys half their age.) I was happy when the Bills extended their lease for effectively seven years. I wonder now if it could turn out to be a really bad thing for the fans. If someone else buys the team in 2-4 years it would allow for plenty of time for a stadium to be built in southern California. If I remember right that LA group was committed to both building a stadium as well as outright buying a team-including paying off whatever lease penalty the team would be hit with in order to leave early. If that group, or another like it, don't mind staying in place for a couple of years they could walk into a brand new first class facility. Until the earthquake destroyed it, of course...
Hamstring injuries can recur in players, particularly those who attempt to come back early. I suspect that the coaches want Johnson out on the practice field with Kolb and Manuel to develop the much vaunted chemistry. At the same time, they have to worry about a relapse. The Bills could keep up to 7 WRs (9 OL, 2 QB, 3 RB, 3 TE) and still allow for 26 defenders. With Johnson, Woods, Goodwin, Graham, and now Smith locks to make the final roster that only leaves 1 or 2 more slots. Unless he stinks up the joint you'd figure that Rogers will get one of them-the team seemed very pleased to get him as an UDFA. If there is a 7th WR slot (and it could easily go to a 4th RB or TE), I'm still pulling for Easley, He Who Must Not Be Named II. He brings special teams value and I hope the guy gets a shot somewhere.