1 - Giants reporter discusses Bills trading up for second pick
The Bills recently dealt left tackle Cordy Glenn, the 21st pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and pick No. 158 in the fifth-round to the Bengals in exchange for the 12th overall pick and pick No. 187 in the sixth-round. Buffalo's sitting much prettier after making the move to No. 12, but that doesn't mean they're done climbing the board.
One team who could potentially move back in the draft to acquire picks is the New York Giants, as they currently own the second overall selection. ESPN Nation reporter for the Giants, Jordan Raanan, joined the John Murphy Show on Tuesday and talked about how the Bills could acquire the Giants first-round pick.
"I think in order for the Bills to make it happen, they might have to move up from 12 first," said Raanan. "I believe when you look a couple of years ago, you look at the Eagles they got to number two, right? The Eagles started further down, then kept trading up until they were able to pull off that trade to get to number two. I think that may be the case here if you're the Bills and you're trying to get to the number two overall pick."
Something that's interesting between the Bills and Giants is their Carolina connection. Current New York Giants general manager, Dave Gettleman, was the GM in Carolina from 2013-2016. In all four of those years, Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott were with the Panthers organization.
For Beane's final two seasons in Carolina, he served as the team's assistant GM under Gettleman. Could that connection play a role in a potential trade?
"I think the only benefit it has is that, these are two guys who are able to communicate, and they might be open to communicating more than two guys who might not know each other as well," said Raanan. "I think it helps. In a way I think you could say, 'Okay, maybe they're a little more likely to make a deal because those two obviously have a previous working relationship and know each other well.'"
2 - Loyal fans factored into Newhouse's decision to join BillsTo kick off the work week, the Bills added depth to the offensive line by signing tackle Marshall Newhouse to a one-year deal. A day after putting pen to paper, Newhouse addressed the media on a conference call.
"At this point being released by the Raiders was a shock in the moment and then you take inventory and the next question is now where? That's what you pay your agents for," said Newhouse. "As a player you're paying attention and explaining what you like and don't like, needs and wants.
"So, Buffalo was definitely on my radar, so having taken my visit and touring the facilities and seeing their vision and their culture and the things they're looking to do, it was a big factor."
Newhouse played collegiately at Texas Christian University and has been in the NFL for eight seasons (2010-2017). Since entering the league, he's played for the Packers (2010-2013), the Bengals (2014), the Giants (2015-2016), and the Raiders (2017).
As an eight-year veteran, Newhouse knows about Buffalo's ever so passionate fan base. That also factored into his decision to becoming a member of the Bills.
"And just the fan base. I've played in four places, but the fan base here is renowned for their loyalty and respect for the game," he said. "Their ability to have fun and remember football is a sport and a game. Obviously, they want to win, but sticking by their team. That is something that does not go unnoticed by guys around the league."
3 - Humber ready to build off successful season with the BillsOn Tuesday, linebacker Ramon Humber agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Bills that will bring him back to Buffalo for a third season. In 2018, Humber will look to build off one of the best seasons of his 10-year career.
Humber played in 13 games a season ago and started in nine of those contests, which was a career-high. He performed well at the linebacker position and proved he's more than a special teams player.
In 2017, Humber finished third on the team with 89 total tackles. That more than doubled his previous career-high (43) set in 2014.
Last season, the 5-11, 222-pound LB set single-game highs in defensive tackles (12), tackles for a loss (two), forced fumbles (one), sacks (one), and passes defended (one). This was due to Humber's increased play on the defensive side of the ball, as he played 51-percent of the snaps.
Humber should compete for a starting LB spot and at the very least will bring depth to the position. In addition, he'll continue to bring a strong presence on special teams.
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