Here's the Bills news of note for July 29th.
**1 - GM Beane puts timetable on potential Boldin signing
**General manager Brandon Beane stated that the free agent signing of 36-year-old veteran WR Anquan Boldin is still possible in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. He shared that there is still a back-and-forth dialogue with the Boldin camp. But, Beane stated that there is also a deadline for the deal.
"I'm not going to lay out the exact timeline, but at some point we'll have to know if we're going to move forward with these guys or not," said Beane.
Sean McDermott, during his press conference before the first practice of training camp, stated that Boldin would be a good asset to acquire.
"Anquan is a good football player, certainly a well-established football player in this league," said McDermott. "We all know that. I had a nice visit with Anquan. We're always going to look to add good football players, no different in this case."
The Bills could certainly use the talents of Boldin. Although the Bills have potential at the wide receiver position, they have very few known commodities. Boldin wouldn't only provide a veteran presence, but he would offer steady contributions.
In 2016, Boldin was very productive for the Detroit Lions. In a slot role, Boldin was able to contribute 67 receptions for 584 yards and eight touchdowns. Those eight scores led the Lions last year.
2 - WR Shorts called the best undrafted free agent at Bills camp
In a list of the best undrafted free agent for every team in the NFL, Bleacher Report picked WR Daikiel Shorts for the Bills is Daikiel Shorts. Here’s what he had to say about the rookie.
At 6'1" and 202 pounds, Shorts is a shifty, elusive receiver who was especially effective in the slot for West Virginia. His 874 receiving yards from the slot ranked seventh out of 71 draft-eligible receivers in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus.
Shorts played four seasons for the University of West Virginia before entering the NFL this past offseason. He was very productive during his time with the Mountaineers. After a successful freshman year, Shorts really showed his potential during his junior and senior years.
In his junior year, Shorts had 45 receptions for 528 yards and five touchdowns. Shorts improved upon those numbers his senior year totaling 63 receptions for 894 yards and five touchdowns.
Listed at 6-1, and 202 pounds, Shorts certainly has the size it takes to succeed in the NFL. He also ran a reported 4.59 40-yard dash, and had no problem getting deep in college. Last season, Shorts' longest touchdown was 53 yards. As Tomlinson stated, Shorts worked very efficiently out of the slot. Being rather lanky, this could create a match-up nightmare if Shorts can translate his production to the NFL.
Above all, there is a large opportunity for Shorts. The Bills' wide receiver depth, although filled with potential, is widely unproven. If Shorts can flash in training camp and the preseason, he could find his way onto the final 53-man roster.
3 - John Miller named the Bills most underrated player
Pete Prisco, of CBS Sports, named each team's most underrated player. His choice for the Buffalo Bills is third-year guard John Miller. Here’s what he had to say about Miller.
After a tough rookie season in 2015 where he made 12 starts, Miller came back in 2016 and improved greatly in both his run blocking and pass protection. At 6-foot-2 and 315 pounds, he is a strong inside part of their run game, and that is his strong suit.
Miller was selected by the Bills in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was noted as a player that had a very high ceiling, but would need to grow into the NFL game. Miller's greatest asset in college was his strength. He was considered one of the better run-blocking guards in his draft, as he showed great strength at the point of attack.
After an up and down rookie year in which he started in 12 games and played through a lingering ankle injury, Miller began to reach his potential. Miller started 16 games last season and was a key factor in the Bills having one of the best running attacks in the NFL.
Miller has never received the appropriate recognition for his role in the Bills rushing attack. The reasons for this are rather simple. Miller plays guard, a thankless position that often goes unheralded.
If Miller can put together another successful season in 2017, he will certainly become a more recognizable name in the league.
Photos from the second practice of 2017 Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors & Ferris.