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Bills Today: Which draft prospect did Mayock compare to Richie Incognito?

Posted Mar 5, 2018

Here’s the Bills news of note for Mar. 5th.

1 - Which draft prospect did Mayock compare to Richie Incognito?
NFL Media draft expert, Mike Mayock, recently compared an offensive lineman prospect in this year’s draft to Bills left guard Richie Incognito. That’s a respectable comparison, considering Incognito’s a four-time Pro Bowler on the O-Line.

The prospect Mayock compared to Incognito was Will Hernandez, a 6-2, 348-pound LG. He was a four-year starter at UTEP and became the most highly-decorated offensive lineman in program history.

“I see Richie Incognito,” said Mayock via the NFL Network’s Twitter account. “They both have this nasty edge. They’re maulers in the run game. You think they’re not going to be good pass protectors because of their feet, but they have really solid feet.”

On Friday, Hernandez wrapped up his workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was put through the paces to show scouts throughout the league that he’s worthy of the comparison to Incognito.

Hernandez ranked highly in a handful of the Combine’s drills. His best performance came in the bench press, where his 37 reps ranked first among offensive linemen. Additionally, he ranked seventh in the three-cone drill (7.59) and eighth in the 40-yard dash (5.15).

Mayock sees Hernandez entering the league and making an impact just like Incognito did in his rookie season. In Incognito’s first year, he started all 16 games with the St. Louis Rams.

“I think Hernandez is a day one starter in the NFL,” said Mayock. “You want to get in a fight in a phone booth? That’s the guy right there. Will Hernandez.”

2 - Bills are thankful to have Rod Streater back on board
On May 24, 2017, the Bills signed wide receiver Rod Streater. However, he suffered a toe injury in the preseason and the result was the two sides reaching an injury settlement. Still, Streater showed enough for Buffalo to bring him back in 2018.

“I really liked Rod when we signed him last year and his progress in our offseason program,” said head coach Sean McDermott on the John Murphy Show. “I really liked his DNA and thought he was a good fit here.”

The 6-3, 195-pound WR has played five seasons (2012-2016) in the NFL. He spent his first four years in Oakland and then went across the bay to play for San Francisco in 2016. In 52 career games, Streater’s recorded 127 receptions for 1,755 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“Rod has had a career where he bounced to a couple of different teams,” said McDermott. “I thought he was having one of the better preseasons and training camps at receiver and then he went down with the injury.”

Streater’s injury occurred in the Bills second preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had two receptions for 40 yards in that game before he suffered the injury that ended his 2017-2018 season.

Streater clearly proved enough in the preseason, as the Bills signed him to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 1, 2018.

“I’m happy and thankful that he’s back on board,” said McDermott. “I’m glad we’ll have him as part of the mix.”

3 – McDermott on rule discussions by Competition Committee
Days before the NFL Combine, members of the NFL Competition Committee met to discuss tweaking some rules this offseason. That included, clarify what a catch is and changing the defensive pass interference penalty.

“That’s a hot topic out here, right?” said head coach Sean McDermott. “I’m just looking for consistency. Whatever they decide, and I’m sure we have a long way between now and then, and respecting the process, is the consistency, whether it’s that rule or any rule.”

Regarding a catch, a popular recommendation is to eliminate the “going to the ground” element of the rule, according to That means that Dez Bryant’s famous non-catch in the playoffs would have been a catch.

With respect to defensive pass interference, they’re contemplating making a big change to the rule. Currently, the ball gets placed at the spot of the foul. Often this resulted in a 40 of 50-yard penalty. A potential change would be making defensive pass interference a 15-yard penalty, like college football.

So, what’s McDermott’s stance on all these potential rule changes?

“For all those questions my answer is the same,” he said. “Let’s define the rule and let’s be consistent.”


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