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Bills Today: Linebacker Deon Lacey wants to be part of Buffalo’s optimistic future

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1. Bills linebacker Deon Lacey wants to be part of Buffalo’s optimistic future

Deon Lacey signed a one-year deal to return to Buffalo on Thursday and immediately joined One Bills Live to talk about his reasons to return to Buffalo for what will be his third year.

“I told my agent I want to stay with the Bills. I didn’t want to go anywhere else,” Lacey said.

Lacey has been a reserve linebacker and a key member of the Bills’ special teams. He has appeared in all 32 games for the Bills over the last two seasons, totaling 16 tackles.

Lacey wants fans to know that the Bills are better than the record indicates, and he wants to be a part of one of the most optimistic times for the franchise in recent memory. He says that everybody in the locker room wants to come to work every day and win, that’s why he loves the Bills so much.

Lacey will be a key component to new special teams coordinator Heath Farwell game plan. Although they have yet to talk about what will be new for this season, he his excited to see what is in store.

Even with the new rules, Lacey loves to play on kickoffs as it can set the tone for the game by dictating field position. Lacey will return to Buffalo late in March and will continue to spend time with his kids and train during his time off.

2. B/R: The draft mistake Bills cannot make

Draft classes are defined by their successes as much as they are defined by their failures. The Bills did an excellent job of finding talent in last year’s draft by acquiring impact players on both sides of the ball that should encourage fans for the future success of the franchise.

Some teams are not always able to find the right impact players each year. Bleacher Report wrote this column to assess the mistakes each NFL team should avoid in the 2019 draft.

Bleacher Report writes that the Bills should avoid placing emphasis on skill positions and instead place their focus on the offensive line.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane mustn't become enamored with skill-position players. Yes, Buffalo desperately needs upgrades at running back and wide receiver, but the foundation of quarterback Josh Allen's potential success will be built along the offensive line.

Right now, the Bills look to have long-term pieces in place with tackle Dion Dawkins and guard Wyatt Teller. The newly signed Spencer Long will provide a veteran presence on the interior. However, right tackle Jordan Mills and guard John Miller are set to become free agents in March.

Buffalo will certainly have its options to add pieces along the offensive line with the ninth pick. Recent mock drafts have the Bills selecting Alabama T Jonah Williams or Florida T Jawaan Taylor with the No. 9 pick overall.

3. Where does Marv Levy rank among the greatest coaches of all time?

Marv Levy was the architect behind the Bills dynasty in the early 90s. Levy holds the all-time win record for Buffalo with 112 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Athlon Sports picked the top 25 NFL head coaches of all-time and Levy found himself among the likes of Vince Lombardi, John Madden and Bill Parcells on the list.

Levy was placed at the no. 23 position, in between George Allen and Hank Stram. Here is what Athlon Sports wrote.

How do you make it to four straight Super Bowls? Through great coaching. Despite coming up short on Super Sunday, Levy’s Bills went 58-19 (including playoffs) from 1990-93.

Levy certainly deserves his placement on the list as a member of the Hall of Fame and organizing one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports.

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