1. NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson picks this team to win the AFC East
Well good morning football to you too Michael Robinson. The GMFB analyst wants everyone to know that on June 3rd, 2019 he predicted that the Buffalo Bills will be the winners of the AFC East in 2019.
“I like the Buffalo Bills. Now it’s June and this could change next week,” Robinson said. “But right now I got the Buffalo Bills winning the AFC East. You’ve heard it right here, the Buffalo Bills will win the AFC East.”
It would mark the first division title for the Bills since 1995. Buffalo is expected to take at least a step forward this year with all of its free-agent acquisitions and the development of talent they already had but Robinson’s prediction still comes off as bold.
“They had all of these offseason additions. First of all, Frank Gore, he’s going to be a Hall of Famer - I blocked for him,” Robinson said. “He’s going to be able to talk to ‘Shady’ (LeSean McCoy), and say, ‘Look, bro. You need to run a little harder.' Or whatever the case may be. Cole Beasley, always open, a nice guy that’s going to be open for Josh Allen whenever he gets in trouble. Then they took care of the offensive line. They took care of the line of scrimmage: Spencer Long, Mitch Morse, Ty Nsekhe, LaAdrian Waddle ... and Cody Ford. I love the pickup. And then Ed Oliver on the defensive side to push that pocket that Tom Brady likes to have.”
2. Commissioner Goodell addresses Bills stadium question
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was a participant at the 33rd Annual Jim Kelly Golf Tournament in Batavia on Monday and was asked about the future of the Bills in Orchard Park, and the prospect of a new stadium.
“They’re doing the work and talking about what it takes and what they do need,” said Goodell in reference to Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula. “What works in Dallas doesn’t work in Buffalo necessarily. The reason I’m supportive is I want to make sure this franchise remains stable here and remains competitive. I think it’s great for this community and we’ve been able to do these stadiums in such a way that creates a tremendous economic benefit too. I want the Bills to be successful and I want them to continue to be competitive here in Buffalo.”
Goodell was referencing the Bills current efforts on exploring all stadium options. The Pegulas have commissioned market research study firm CAA ICON to determine the best option with over 30,000 people already surveyed. At the NFL owners meetings, Terry Pegula stated how he thinks the answer could be a “scaled-down” version of the stadiums being built around the country, specifically Los Angeles and Dallas
Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly was also asked about the prospects for a new facility for Buffalo’s NFL team.
“I can’t see one downtown,” Kelly said of a new stadium. “I think it’s just too much building but you never know. I love where we’re at. I don’t think we need one right away. I’d rather keep it in Orchard Park, my ride is only five minutes away.”
Within Orchard Park is the Bills’ brand new state-of-the-art sports performance center that debuted this spring, which was an investment made by the Pegulas out of their own pocket. New York State has also provided over $150 million in funding for stadium refurbishments and improvements in recent years.
3. Lorenzo Alexander: We rallied around [Josh] Allen
The Bills had four different starting quarterbacks last season, Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman, Matt Barkley and Derek Anderson.
Allen was thrusted into his first NFL game from the bench and the Bills had to call upon veterans like Barley and Anderson when Allen got hurt mid-season. The revolving door at QB led the Bills down a path toward a top draft pick and not the NFL playoffs.
“Playing from behind, you really don’t have an opportunity. I think we have four different guys start games for us last year,” Alexander said on the Jim Rome Show. “That’s really why we were 6-10.”
But with Allen healthy during the final stretch of the season the Bills went 3-3 beating the Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins in the process.
“I think the team started rallying around (Allen) and we want to obviously use some of that juice we finished the season off with and transition it to next year,” Alexander said.
With a stable quarterback the sky is the limit for the Bills.
Check out photos from Bills safety Micah Hyde's Charity Softball Game on Sunday, June 2.