1. Harrison Phillips and teammates provide a dream experience for Buffalo kids
This past Saturday, Harrison Phillips hosted over 100 at-risk special needs youth at the ADPRO fieldhouse in association with Playmakers Character and Leadership Academy.
Phillips, eight other members of the team, and 50 local high school players coached the kids through drills, had fun and shared a meal.
“The city of Buffalo is doing a heck of a job raising our youth knowing that they’re out here on their days off paying it forward. Just appreciation is what I’ll leave with,” Phillips told WKBW Buffalo. “Probably getting to see all the kids smiles, knowing that this is probably something none of these kids would ever dream of doing, being a football player for a day.”
The Playmakers focuses on changing young lives with academics, character building and physical activity. Phillips is working with the Playmakers to host three free one-day football camps. One in Buffalo, one in Omaha and one in Sacramento.
The Playmakers wrote this on their Facebook page.
We met some tremendous special needs parents who had a blast with us playing football with the kids. The Bills staff were tremendous to us, The Bills players were amazing giving a Saturday for what we're up to.
The day was about the 100 kids that were there. They made us laugh, cry and much more. We have now established "Harrison's Playmakers" in Buffalo and will be back. Thank you to the over 50 volunteers who made the day possible.
2. What Buffalo’s rookies have to do in year one according to B/R
Part of drafting is not only just acquiring talent but also acquiring players who fit the team and organization as well. General manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have rebuilt the Bills’ roster with players that believe in the same philosophies.
Bleacher Report gave each group of rookies a specific goal to help their teams improve in 2019. For Buffalo, it was simple.
Continue to build around Josh Allen.
The Bills landed the “steal of the draft” when Ed Oliver fell to them at No. 9 adding to an already stingy defense. But, Buffalo’s main focus had to be to acquire talent on the offensive side of the ball like they did throughout the offseason.
The Bills spent significant money in free agency to fortify their offensive front and add weapons in the passing game. They continued to do so with the three draft picks after Oliver.
Second-round pick Cody Ford adds yet another name to a growing list of new offensive linemen. At 6'4", 329 pounds, Ford is a big and physical blocker who can start at right tackle or guard. A pair of third-round picks, running back Devin Singletary and tight end Dawson Knox, should also become early contributors.
3. Help me Josh Allen, you’re my only hope
May the fourth be with you, and may New York’s only quarterback take in a New York Yankees game.
The Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes throw-off may have to take a temporary backseat between who can throw a baseball farther with Allen and Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge.
Although, Allen may not be the Yankees’ best good-luck charm. Taking on the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees lost at home against the Twins for the first time since 2016 defeating them 7-3.