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Bills Today: Chris Simms praises McDermott and Beane


*1 - Chris Simms praises McDermott and Beane *Three days removed from the NFL draft and Bleacher Report released updated power rankings for all 32 teams. The Bills were put at 17 on the list, but Simms said that the Bills will develop and be better off by the start of the year.

The Buffalo Bills are at No. 17, though their roster is better than the 17th-best in the NFL. The big thing for me is the quarterback position. Will *AJ McCarron be the starter this season? Will Josh Allen unseat him? We don't know. Allen is supremely talented, but could easily get off to a bad start, and McCarron is unproven.*

Don't get me wrong, Allen was my favorite quarterback in the draft and can be a superstar. The Bills got their next Jim Kelly, but he is going to take time to develop.

Along with the success in the draft, Simms is seeing a change in Buffalo’s culture as well. He believes Sean McDermott’s work on the field and in the locker room, and Brandon Beane’s work in the front office, is making the Bills a force to be reckoned with.

I love what Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane are building, though. Adding guys *like *, *Star Lotulelei and Trent Murphy was smart. These are proven players that fit McDermott's defensive scheme. Buffalo also added one of the draft's best defenders in linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.*

We've seen what guys like Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly can do in McDermott's defense, and Edmunds will be the most gifted linebacker McDermott has ever coached.

Simms ended off by saying, not only did the Bills end the drought last season, but he can see them becoming regulars in the playoffs for years to come.

*2 - UDFA Robert Foster’s connection to the Bills<u5:p></u5:p> *It is always a free-for-all after the NFL draft with hundreds of undrafted players becoming free for any team to talk to. The Buffalo Bills snagged one right away that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has some history with.

Robert Foster from the University of Alabama is a wide receiver who knows what it is like to play under Daboll, and now, he has a chance with the Bills.

“Robert Foster was a name that Brian Daboll coached down at Alabama, and he was real fired up once he didn’t get drafted,” said Brandon Beane in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550. “You know it’s weird, you get down to that seventh round and your crossing your fingers on some guys.”

Last season, Foster ended his career at Alabama with 35 catches for 389 yards and three touchdowns.

*3 - Lorenzo Alexander wants kickoffs to stay in football *It’s a debate that has been around the game for a few years now. Should kickoffs be eliminated from football? Are they too dangerous. For Bills linebacker, Lorenzo Alexander, the NFL should “maintain the integrity of Special Teams” and keep kickoffs in football.

In a tweet posted on Alexander’s twitter, the Bills captain had this to say about kickoffs.

“It’s an essential part of the game, and really been woven into the fabric of the culture of football,” he said. “I understand there’s been discussions of taking it away, but I think that would be a huge mistake… I think it’s a play that’s exciting, the fans love, it deals with field position and it’s also a scoring play.”

Lorenzo then reminded people that some players make their whole career on special teams including Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame, Steve Tasker.

“By taking away kickoffs, kickoff returns you’re really changing the game, and really impacting so many guys, not just guys like myself, just a lot of players and coaches as well.”

Kickoffs will be discussed today and tomorrow at the NFL summit, at the NFL’s headquarters in New York.

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