1 - Who are the top pass catchers in 2019 NFL Draft according to Sports Illustrated
Part of fixing the Bills’ 31st ranked passing attack in the NFL last season not only includes the further development of Josh Allen but includes getting him more weapons to throw to. While this year’s NFL draft does not boast any projected Top-10 talents according to draft analysts there is still talent to be found. Here's a summary of what Sam Brief from Sports Illustrated wrote about the top receiving talent in this year's draft.
WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
N’Keal Harry from Arizona State was a “cheat code” eclipsing 1,000 yards receiving the past two seasons. Harry made Odell Beckham Jr type catches and is describes as having “world-class agility” and “glue hands.” What makes Harry such an exciting prosepect is his size. At 6’4” Harry can play the outside wide out position and be a legitimate threat in the red-zone.
WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Marquise Brown from Oklahoma has been the number one option for back-to-back Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Brown boasts elite speed with a 4.33 40 time. His speed makes him a deep threat as well as a run-after-catch weapon.
TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
T.J. Hockenson from Iowa won the Mackey Award this season for the best tight end in college football. Hockenson has potential to boost the passing game and the offensive line as “the best blocking tight end in this draft class.”
Hockenson has soft hands and elite route-running ability in the pass game. He can make tough catches with defenders hanging on him or interfering with him. He’s a complete player and one of the most pro-ready offensive skill-position players in the draft.
2 - Bill Polian to the Buffalo News: Josh Allen has a world of talent
Bill Polian, former Bills general manager and current co-founder and head of football for the new Alliance of American Football opened up about the direction of the Bills and Josh Allen.
“I thought about as expected and I thought that the arrow was up toward the end of the year,” Polian said. “I heard Hubie Brown on a college basketball broadcast the other night and it reminded me what a sage he is. He was asked about a player that was a one-and-done guy and came into the NBA and he said, “Well, he's got a world of talent. He’s still learning the game.” That could be applied to Josh as well. He's got a world of talent. He’s got a lot to learn.”
Polian expressed his confidence in current Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane. Polian called the staff “tremendous” and feels it’s a matter of time before it is all put together.
“There’s no question that this executive and coaching team have a plan,” Polian said. “It’s sound, they know what they’re doing.”
Polian then finished off talking about the Bills impending cap room. Polian knows that the Bills should not “play with it” and apply it to get the best return on investment. It was the same strategy that he and Marv Levy worked to assemble to Super Bowl teams they’re known for.
3 - NFL.com names Josh Allen’s hurdle as Bills’ season-defining play
Josh Allen blew up the internet and gave his official hello to the NFL when he hurdled Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr in the Bills Week 3 upset victory. Buffalo blew out the Vikings and Allen’s hurdle to convert a 3rd-and-10 was the cherry on top of a first quarter that produced a 17-0 lead stunning fans across the country. Adam Rank from NFL.com ranked every NFL team's season-defining play and he chose Allen's hurdle for the Bills.
“But the play everyone talked about was when Allen jumped over Barr like he was on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ or something”, Adam Rank of NFL.com wrote. “Allen experienced many highs and lows during his rookie season. This was a literal high. LITERAL.”