Found May 06, 2013 on Queen City Sports:
Some fans were upset about Jones not returning to the Bills. February 7: The Bills announced that they would not tender Donald Jones. February 22: Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Bills will not tender David Nelson via Twitter. Social media? Two separate eruptions from Bills fans. With the Jones news, it was close to a 50/50 split among Bills fans. Half were happy to see him go, while others were disappointed in Buffalo’s decision. Most felt that Jones’ exit meant that Nelson would surely be tendered by the team. Nelson was coming off of a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 1 against the New York Jets. However, in 2011 Nelson caught 61 passes for 658 yards and five touchdowns. The Nelson news received more backlash than Jones’ non-tendering. Perhaps it had to do with fans expecting Buffalo to keep one of the wide receivers. It may have had to do with Nelson’s impressive 2011 season. For whatever reason, this move was bashed by Bills fans. Confession: I was a part of the Nelson “uproar.” As a slot WR, I thought Nelson was very good and had potential to grow even further in the role. He had the surest hands of any wide receiver on the team and seemed like Ryan Fitzpatrick’s safety valve. He was just a player who seemed to find a way to get open. In time, I realized it was just a part of the business. Nelson was a good receiver for the Bills in 2011, but across the NFL landscape there were dozens upon dozens of wide receivers who were better players. While he had sure hands, he didn’t possess the speed and elusiveness you look for in an impact receiver. Simply put, neither Jones nor Nelson were quality receivers. Bills fans want to believe that every player on the roster are quality players. We want to believe that other teams would love to have these players, but in reality many of us Bills fans settle for status quo. We find reasons to like and defend a player, seeing through rose colored glasses so to speak. It’s time we as a fanbase stop. Second Confession: I have no idea if the Doug Marrone era is going to work out. Okay, that one was obvious. However, I really like the personnel that has come aboard since he’s joined the Bills, both in free agency and the draft. One area I especially like? The wide receivers he added in the 2013 NFL draft. In round two, Buffalo started the wide receiver overhaul by adding Robert Woods of USC. Woods was the best route runner in the 2013 NFL draft. He played in a pro-style offense and is a player that you can instantly insert into your starting lineup out of college. Receivers like this are rare, especially in the second round. Woods not only runs outstanding routes, but he has great hands, speed and can be elusive with the ball in his hands. There’s no doubt in my mind that Woods is an incredible upgrade over either of the non-tendered receivers. In round three, Buffalo added Marquise Goodwin of Texas. The pick left me feeling indifferent. Goodwin felt a lot like our 2012 third round pick, T.J. Graham. Now Goodwin wasn’t as much of a reach as Graham was, but their skill-sets are similar. Both are insanely fast receivers who need to work on just about every other part of their offensive games. To Goodwin’s credit, he was misused at Texas. He could have put up Tavon Austin like stats on certain teams, but not under Mack Brown. At the Senior Bowl, Goodwin blew away NFL personnel during practices. His speed and athleticism were on display. Matt Miller, lead NFL draft writer of Bleacher Report said: Marquise Goodwin’s stock will be all over the place, team-to-team, but I’d grab him in Rd 2. That athleticism can’t be coached. Right now, the verdict is still out on Goodwin, but he has the ability to take snaps away from Graham this season. Once the draft was over, Buffalo continued to add talent to their WR depth chart by signing UDFA Da’Rick Rogers. In 2011 Rogers led the SEC in receiving for Tennessee but he was dismissed from the team in 2012. Rogers ended up playing at Tennessee Tech where he finished with 893 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Rogers went undrafted due to character concerns. He failed multiple drug tests at Tennessee and was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after his freshman year at Tennessee. On talent alone, Rogers was a first to second round pick. GM Buddy Nix agreed with this assessment saying the team had a 1st-2nd round grade on the troubled receiver. In late February, I compared Rogers to former Bills great, Eric Moulds. Two months later, Bills scout Tom Roth made the same comparison. Excuse me while I pat myself on the back. Okay, I’m back. Rogers is extremely athletic and has displayed great hands. He does a nice job of catching the ball at its highest point and he’s hard to bring down in open space. If Rogers stays out of trouble, he has a chance to have a better career than any wide receiver on Buffalo’s roster, including SJ13. He is THAT talented. None of the 2013 draft picks are guaranteed to pan out in the NFL, but on paper, Buffalo upgraded their WR corps significantly. Jones isn’t guaranteed a spot on the Patriots and no one knows how well Nelson will rebound from his ACL surgery. I wish them both well with their new teams, but all fans of the Bills should be ecstatic about the additions of Woods and Rogers. Buffalo replaced two social media fan favorites with two of the most talented wide receivers in the draft. At the end of the day, talent wins football games, not tweets with fans.       The post No Donald Jones? No David Nelson? No Problem. appeared first on Queen City Sports.
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