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Bills Today: Front office enters evaluation mode

Posted Jan 10, 2018

Here's the Bills news of note for Jan. 10th.

1 - Front office enters evaluation mode
The Bills have multiple areas to address this offseason, whether it’s free agents, coaches, etc. Head coach, Sean McDermott, will make sure to check all of those boxes as the evaluation process is now underway. 

“That’s correct. We’re going to look at everything,” said McDermott. “That’s what we’ve got to do. You know me by now. I’m a methodical guy in my approach, in our approach. We’re going to take a hard look at everything and make sure we’re doing the right thing going forward.”

McDermott is going to take a hard look at the team from top to bottom. And yes, that includes the coach himself. 

“I think I was hired this week or this Friday a year ago. I’m anxious to build on what we did. The second year through it for me as a head coach, there’s a lot I want to improve on as well,” he said. “Not only in what I do, but also our procedure, our approach. You guys know me, I take a lot of notes. We’re going to go through those notes and make sure we’re doing everything at a certain type of level. A standard, and that’s a standard of winning.”

The new regime of McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane made their mark on the organization in year one. Less than a week into the offseason, and they’re ready to put a stamp on their second season. 

“We literally just started evaluating. We spent all day Monday just talking to players, just some recon of plans for them in the offseason, feedback,” said Beane during Tuesday’s press conference. “Sean and I are really going to sit down over the next few days and start evaluating a lot of things that happened this year and how we’re going to take it going forward.”

2 - Benjamin looking at four to six week recovery
A majority of his time in Buffalo was spent battling through a nagging knee injury. Now that the season is complete, Kelvin Benjamin can take time to properly tend to that injury. 

“I’m going to get surgery and start rehabbing,” said Benjamin. “It’s four to six weeks (recovery).”

Benjamin is having his knee scoped after suffering a torn meniscus midseason. The injury occurred in Week 11, and he was inactive for the next two games. Though, he played the final five games of the season playing through the injury.

In those five games, he recorded 13 receptions, 164 yards, and one touchdown.

“I’d be lying if I said he was himself and 100 percent. He wasn’t,” said McDermott during Tuesday’s press conference. “This will be a big offseason for Kelvin. Brandon [Beane] and I both know and people around the league know when healthy what Kelvin is capable of doing. Unfortunately, he wasn’t healthy in particular after that Chargers game.”

“But I’ll tell you what, the young man toughed it out. There is some leadership shown by him doing that. This will be a big offseason for Kelvin. I know he’s anxious to get started. We’re anxious to see him get healthy and be ready to go.”

In total, Benjamin played seven games with the Bills this season. He finished with 17 catches, 226 yards, and one touchdown during his first year in Buffalo. 

If you add his eight games with Carolina, Benjamin finished the season with a total of 49 catches, 701 yards, and three touchdowns.

“I don’t think I did a lot on the field, because of injury. It was an adjustment,” Benjamin said. “I like it. I like it here in Buffalo. I’ve got the season here next year, so I’ll prepare in the offseason and get my body back right and come back and focus.”

3 - Draft capital gives Bills flexibilityAs of now, the Bills will have eight picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. With multiple picks, specifically in the early rounds, the team has a lot of flexibility to bolster their roster. 

“The good thing is we have a lot of draft capital,” said General Manager Brandon Beane. “We can stay there and pick, we can move up, we can move back, we can do a lot of different things.”

The GM confirmed on Tuesday that the Bills have: two first-round picks (21st & 22nd), two in the second round, one in the third round, one in the fourth, and two fifth-round selections. They currently don’t have picks in the sixth and seventh round.

The Bills have a lot of wiggle room in this year’s draft. They can trade some early-round picks and move up if that’s the route they want to go. Or they can stay put and rack up young talent. Regardless, it’s too early to make that call. 

“It’s so early in the process. We’ve seen these college guys on the field, but we’ve yet to meet any of them to know who they are,” said Beane. “It’s too early for me to answer what we’d do. But yes, we will go where we need to go to get the right players.”