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  1. Shaun Mason

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    2013 Pittsburgh Steelers

    After a terrible 3-6 start last year, the previous coach was fired and new head coach Shaun Mason was brought in to light a fire under the tail of the Steelers. The veterans on the team responded, with the team going 6-1 under coach Shaun Mason. Unfortunately, the team did well enough to move them down the draft board, but missed out on the playoffs. They look to improve on last years 9-7 mark and make a dent in the AFC playoff picture.

    Key Losses
    DT Casey Hampton - The quintessential space eater in the 3-4. Hampton simply wanted too much cash to remain a viable option for the Steelers.
    FS Ryan Clark - Clark kept getting exposed in coverage and a trade for Shawn Nelson made him expendable.
    RT Willie Colon - A workhorse for years, age and contract demands finally caught up to him.
    RE Brett Keisel - The emergence of Cameron Heyward and a hefty contract made him trade bait.
    CB Bryan McFadden - After being burned constantly, coach Mason tired of his antics.

    Key Resignings
    HB Rashard Mendenhall - Even with a down year last year he was simply too valuable to let go.
    WR Antionio Brown - His emergence as the number 2 receiver and his incredible work ethic impressed the coaching staff.
    TE Heath Miller - An iconic Steeler he wanted to retired in Pittsburgh.

    Key Additions
    CB Devante Morris - The coaching staff was huge on him prior to the draft and he fell into their lap. He will start at corner.
    DT Chris Heim - With the departure of Casey Hampton the Steelers needed another man eater in the middle of the defensive line.
    FS Reggie Nelson - Aquired in a trade with the Bengals, Nelson will fit the scheme perfectly.
    RT Zach Streif - Will start in place of departed Willie Colon.
    DE Marcus Spears - Huge body will play defensive end opposite Cameron Heyward.

    Depth Chart
    QB - Ben Roethlisberger

    RB - Rashard Mendenhall
    FB - David Johnson

    WR - Mike Wallace
    WR - Antonio Brown
    WR - Emmanuel Sanders
    TE - Heath Miller

    LT - Marcus Gilbert
    LG - Ramon Foster
    C - Maurkice Pouncey
    RG - Dom Gunter
    RT - Zach Strief

    DE - Marcus Spears
    DT - Chris Heim
    DE - Cameron Heyward

    OLB - LaMarr Woodley
    MLB - Lawrence Timmons
    MLB - Daryl Washington
    OLB - James Harrison

    CB - Devante Morris
    FS - Reggie Nelson
    SS - Troy Polamalu
    CB - Curtis Brown

    KR/PR - Dior Taylor
    K - Joe Nedney
    P - Daniel Sepulveda
     
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  2. Emmdotfrisk

    Emmdotfrisk Working half days on my days off.

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  3. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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  4. antcap24

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    2013 Atlanta Falcons

    The Falcons are riding back to back Super Bowl appearance and are geared up for another run. Despite a poor showing in the Super Bowl, Matt Ryan is poised to comeback and make a run at another MVP type season. The Falcons for the 2nd straight have not been able to make any real splash in FA due to their cap situation. Again this year, they had to make tough decisions on key players to work themselves under the cap.

    Key Losses
    DE John Abraham - Last year had a solid 19 sacks for the Falcons, but as his age and contract keep soaring, this was a must cut for the Falcons.
    CB DeAngelo Hall- The Falcons gave up a 1st rounder last to aquire Hall to give them a hand in the secondary, but unfortunately he was a cap casuality as the Falcons needed to work over 20 million of their cap.

    KR/PR- Leon Washingtion- Washington had a great playoff game verse the Lions as a replacement for Rodgers, but unfortunately that does not keep him a job in Atlanta. His contract was very favorable to a cut as he failed to sign a heavy signing bonus last year in Free Agency. Washington rumored to have fired his agent.

    Key Resignings
    OT- Sam Baker - Baker was a priority on the Falcons list as his 90 rate skills on the O line are greatly needed.
    SS-William Moore - Moore is a personal favorite in Atlanta as he does a lot of things well, and is often overlooked. His 6 INTs last year was best amongst his team. Falcons wanted to keep him as their SS for a few years to come.


    Key Additions Via Draft
    DT Isikeli Wallace- The Falcons undersized DT were exposed by the Jets in the Super Bowl and needed some "beefing up". Wallace projectes to give them need size.

    HB Quayshawn Willis- This 3rd round selection was highly sought after by the Falcons for his attributes he brings. With 95 Speed and 98 Trucking he should be a nice complement to our featured scatback in Rodgers.

    Key Addition Via Free Agency

    WR Rashad Snow - Falcons wanted him badly last year as their rival Panthers took him a few pick before in the 2nd last year. When Snow was released, Falcons wanted to do their best to bring him home. After winning a bidding war with the Saints, the Falcons welcome his 6'4 215lb frame. His 96 speed, 99 CIT, 98 Agility should provide Ryan with another weapon.

    CB Terance Newman - Although getting up their in age, the Falcons feel they can get one more productive year out of his tank as they get him with a bargain price.

    TE Jordan Cameron - This A potential TE may be the heir apparent to Tony Gonzalez. Falcons felt the need to get a young TE in which they can groom for the years to come, so the offense does not miss a beat.


    Depth Chart
    QB - Matt Ryan- MVP candidate year in and year out

    RB - Jacquizz Rodgers- Now has 99 ACC, 99 AGI, 99 ELU.
    FB - Leonard Weaver- Great pass threat out of backfield

    WR - Roddy White- Still Roddy White.
    WR - Julio Jones- Progressed nicely. His 99 CIT, 99 AGI, 98 JUMP are all upgrades to his now 90 rating.
    WR - Harry Douglas- Got injured last year. In competiition battles at #3 with Taylor and Snow.
    WR- Dominique Taylor- Filled in nicely for Douglas when he went down last year. His 98 speed in now combined with improve CTH and RTE attributes
    WR- Rashaad Snow- Listed at #5 to start season, but rumors have him fighting for #3 or #4 spot. A Julio Jones clone.
    TE - Tony Gonzalez- Ageless Wonder.

    LT - Sam Baker
    LG - Joe Banks
    C - Todd McClure
    RG- Justin Blalock
    RT - Tyson Clabo

    DE - Ray Edwards
    DT - Justin Babineaux
    DT- Isikeli Wallace
    DE - Ricky Sapp

    OLB - Sean Weatherspoon
    MLB - Curtis Lofton
    OLB - Dontay Moch

    CB - Brent Grimes
    FS - Thomas DeCoud
    SS - William Moore
    CB - Terance Newman

    KR/PR - Quayshawn Willis
    K - Ryan Succop
    P - Matt Bosher


    Overall Outlook-
    Falcons are very average on Defense. Although trying to make it a priority, the cap situation, and lack of draft picks handicapped the ability to get talent.
    Offensively the Falcons may be even more explosive this year as they kept all the pieces in place. The players progressed well, and added another threats in the arsenal in WR Snow and RB Willis.

    Falcons also have a BRUTAL schedule this year.
    They open up with out the gate:
    Lions
    Saints
    Redskins
    Panthers

    Should be a good test to see if they can remain towards the top of the Power Rankings
     
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    2013 Houston Texans

    The Texans had a successful season last year by reaching the AFC Championship game, but falling to the Jets. They shook up the roster slightly at the skill positions and traded away their 1st and 2nd round draft picks to help plug holes in the lineup.

    Key Losses -
    WR Andre Johnson - Had a great start to the season last year, but was injured in week 11 and missed the remainder of the season and playoffs. His absence was felt, especially against the tough D of the Jets. He was a part of a trade to acquire Chris Johnson
    HB Arian Foster - The stud HB was sent to the Giants as a part of a big trade. he had a great year and the Texans reluctantly parted with him in an effort to get younger at a position and get a slight upgrade.
    LT Duane Brown - Another casualty of the Giants trade
    FB Laurence Vickers - The 3rd player in the Giants trade. He is aging, but still progressed this year. Hopefully his loss wont be felt too much.
    OLB Connor Barwin - Our '5th' LB, he is an explosive LB who was a great depth and special teams player. He went to the Titans as part of the Chris Johnson trade.
    DT Tommie Harris - Our starting DT last year was regressing and was never a good scheme fit. This was a position needing to be addressed.
    WR Jacoby Jones - The slot WR and Andre Johnson fill in last year mostly disappointed last season. His shortcomings made us address the WR position this offseason

    Key Resignings -
    QB Matt Schaub - There were some rumors at possibly trading Schaub as the Texans were seeking a younger or stronger armed replacement, but the signal caller returns to action
    SS Glover Quin Jr - The starting SS had a solid year last season and the Texans made sure he returned.

    Key Additions -
    HB Chris Johnson - Acquired in a trade, CJ is one of the elite HBs in the league with unmatched speed and quickness. A threat to any defense on any down
    WR Hakeem Nicks - A younger big target WR that allowed us to shop Andre Johnson. He isnt quite as fast as Johnson, but has some of the best hands in the league and creates match up problems for defenses.
    T Jah Reid - This young talent at OT was acquired from a trade with Baltimore. He has a lot of potential and replaces Duane Brown at the all important tackle position. Should be a starter there for years to come.
    WR Denarius Moore - A young quick WR with good hands who will be an upgrade over Jones. He can be an outside WR if called up and will be perfect in the slot.
    WR A.J. Charles - Drafted in the 3rd round, Charles has some definite upside and great athletic ability. He has some returner skills as well and should get some time on special teams as he develops as a route runner.
    HB Mike Goodson - Our biggest Free Agency acquisition, Goodson is a great athlete with hands that will spell CJ and be a 3rd down threat as well. We felt we needed an upgrade over Slaton here.
    DT Brian Price - Our new starting DT, though he regressed some going into his 3rd year instead of improving as we'd hope. Price is still young with a ton of upside, and fits the 3-4 scheme much better than did Harris.

    Depth Chart -
    QB - Matt Schaub - As described above, aging QB who is accurate with an above average arm

    HB - Chris Johnson - One of the best HBs in the league
    FB - James Casey - Former TE who hopes to replace Vickers, we hope he is up to the task

    WR - Hakeem Nicks - One of the best young WRs in the league, big frame and sure hands
    WR - Torry Sanders - Rookie sensation WR, Sanders improved well in the offseason and is one of the most dangerous speed WRs in the league.
    WR - Denarius Moore - A quality 3rd WR, we are excited about this upgrade
    TE - Owen Daniels - Aging but still a quality TE who is a great threat and servicable blocker.

    LT - Eric Winston - He makes the move over to the left side with the departure of Brown
    LG - Kasey Studdard - Average gaurd, he takes over for the aging and wearing down Wade Smith
    C - Chris Myers - He has taken a step backwards, but still has some great blocking skills
    RG - Brandon Anderson - 2nd year guy who has made great strides in the offseason and surpassed Brisiel to take the starting nod
    RT - Jah Reid - He and Anderson are the youth movement on the line

    RE - Telvin Wallace - 2nd year player who had a breakout offseason. Prototype 3-4 end with great strength. Had 7 sacks as a rookie
    DT - Brian Price - A project with a lot of upside, he is the lowest rated guy on D
    LE - JJ Watt - He enters the ranks of the elite 3-4 DEs this year. A monster at the point of attack.

    LOLB - Brooks Reed - 3rd year guy who has really developed the last 2 seasons. He is explosive and a good tackler. Coming off a 9 sack 3 FF season
    MLB - Demeco Ryans - Ryans is a seasoned vet and still going strong. A great presence in the middle.
    MLB - Brian Cushing - Cushing is coming off a solid year. A LB with good range, he had 6 sacks and 4 FFs and can make plays all over the field.
    ROLB - Mario Williams - Explosive pass rushing specialist. He regressed slight, but is still explosive and gives QBs nightmares.

    CB - Jonathan Joseph - A great lockdown corner with speed. Joseph had 5 ints last year and blanketed WRs
    CB - Brandon Harris - Harris is entering his 3rd year and has surpassed Jackson as our 2nd best CB on the roster. We love his 94 man coverage. He was the Nickel CB last season
    CB - Kareem Jackson - A solid CB who could start for many teams, he will go into a Nickel role this upcoming season behind the surging Harris.
    FS - Dontravious Taylor - 2nd year FS who started last year as a rookie. He led the team in tackles and is all over the field.
    SS - Glover Quin Jr - Glover took a small step back this season, but is still an above average SS.

    KR - Danieal Manning/AJ Charles - These guys are going to compete for returning duties. Manning had a great year returning last year, so he has the edge to keep his job. Both are great athletes
    K - Dan Bailey
    P - Chaz Henry

    Overall Outlook - We are very excited about our prospects this year. We have made some improvements at key positions and have developed some of our younger talent. We should have some of the most dangerous weapons in the league and some solid players on defense. The biggest concern is the strengthening of the competition in the division. New ownership with the Titans, and the surging Jags have us worried. The Colts also barely missed the playoffs last year. This could be the toughest division in the AFC, and may give the NFC South a run for their money as well.
     
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  6. antcap24

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    Shaun Mason Thanks for giving us a nice template to follow. It made it so much easier to cut and paste and enter our information
     
  7. Shaun Mason

    Shaun Mason Somebody you used to know.

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    I wouldn't call it nice, but your welcome.
     
  8. fuzzyl0gic

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    2013 Carolina Panthers
    After an appearance in the NFC championship game in coach Fuzzy's first season as HC, the 2012 season was a bit of a disappointment with the Panthers just missing the playoffs at 10-6. In the NFC South, you can't make mistakes and hope to make the playoffs. The Panthers hope with the progression of their young players and a few additions, they can take the division by storm this year. Because of cap issues, the Panthers had to cut some elite talent​
    Key Losses
    WR Steve Smith - Smith was getting up there in age, and the Panthers simply didn't have the cap space to keep him. He will be missed.​
    OT Jordan Gross - Gross was an outstanding blocker, but his age and contract needs were too expensive.​
    LG Travelle Wharton - Wharton was over-paid and getting up there in age as well.​
    WR Snow - Coach Fuzzy must have had a long night at the bar after cutting this guy, fans are not sure why Snow isn't returning to Carolina after a great year.​
    CB Captain Munnerlyn - Good riddance! For whatever team that picked him up, enjoy watching catch after catch sailing right over this midget's head.​
    Key Re-signings
    HB Jonathan Stewart - Stewart had a great season last year, and he will remain the starter for the Panthers. The coaching staff loves his work ethic.​
    WR Brandon Tate - The NC native was picked up in a trade from the Bengals last year, and he was re-signed for a 3 year deal. He has nice speed and catching abilities.​
    RE Michael Johnson - Johnson was also acquired last year in a trade with the Bengals. At 6'7", he has great speed and size and is a good fit for the Panther's 3-4 scheme.​
    Key Additions via Draft
    CB Denzel Tate - Tate was taken by the Panthers in the first round. They had a few other targets, but they were quickly snatched up as everyone needed help at CB this year. He was a pleasant surprise, he stands at 6'2" with 88 speed and 90/87 man/zone coverage abilities. He will be replacing the horrid Munnerlyn who was cut from the team this year. He should aid the Panthers slow down some of the heavy passing attacks they couldn't seem to stop last year.​
    LT Charles McClure - The 77 OVR rookie will be replacing Jordan Gross. He stands at 6'8" 326 lbs with great run/pass blocking abilities, as well as great strength. The coaching staff hopes he can progress to be as great as Gross once was.​
    RG Darrian Walls - Walls will be replacing Wharton. He is a bit more of a raw talent that McClure, but still has great potential. He is very strong and has good run blocking abilities. He may get the start this year.​
    HB Wess Hess - By FAR the most exciting addition via the draft to the Panthers roster. Coach Fuzzy was ecstatic when Hess was still available in the second round (with a pick from the Bengals via a trade). The Panthers have NEVER seen this kind of speed in the backfield (96), and Hess can also run routes and catch the ball better than most of the starters at WR. Look for Hess to be heavily utilized along with the bruising Jonathan Stewart for a nice 1-2 punch. Hess will also make an impact in the passing game, and give Cam another target.​
    WR Samson Fields - He will be a return specialist along with Hess. He has 99 speed, but he won't be good for much else besides returning kicks.​
    Key Additions via FA
    Only 2 signings done in FA, a backup LG and a backup LOLB. Nothing too exciting here.​
    Depth Chart
    QB - Cam Newton (88 OVR)​
    RB - Jonathan Stewart (87)​
    FB - Brady Bennett (85)​
    WR - David Gettis (84)​
    WR - Brandon Tate (78)​
    TE - Greg Olsen (86)​
    TE - Zach Miller (89)​
    LT - Charles McClure (77)​
    LG - Mark Setterstrom (76)​
    C - Ryan Kalil (94)​
    RG - Geoff Schwartz (83)​
    RT - Jeff Otah (87)​
    DE - Greg Hardy (80)​
    DT - Terrell McClian (83)​
    DE - Michael Johnson (79)​
    LOLB - Thomas Davis (83)​
    MLB - Jon Beason (97)​
    MLB - Dan Connor (84)​
    ROLB - James Anderson (89)​
    CB - Davasia Walls (84)​
    FG - Bradley Beasley (85)​
    SS - Charles Godfrey (86)​
    CB - Deonte Ambles (83)​
    KR/PR - Wess Hess and Samson Fields. These rookie speedsters are unproven and untested, hopefully they can return a few for TDs. Especially against the Falcons.​
    K - Olindo Mare (88)​
    P - Jason Baker (71)​
    Projection: With the cap situation this year, the Panthers had to cut elite talent and go with young players. They will have the money to spend on big names next year, but this year may be tough for the Panthers to compete. The glaring weaknesses are a mediocre defensive/offensive line, and no elite talent at the WR position. Can the TEs and the newly added Hess supplement the passing game enough to bail the Panthers out in tough games? We shall see. Cam HAS to throw less INTs this season to win more games. His accuracy has improved greatly, so there is really no excuse anymore.
     
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    [quote="fuzzyl0gic, post: 861324, member: 369"

    WR Snow - Coach Fuzzy must have had a long night at the bar after cutting this guy, fans are not sure why Snow isn't returning to Carolina after a great year.​
    CB Captain Munnerlyn - Good riddance! For whatever team that picked him up, enjoy watching catch after catch sailing right over this midget's head.​
    KR/PR - Wess Hess and Samson Fields. These rookie speedsters are unproven and untested, hopefully they can return a few for TDs. Especially against the Falcons.​
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    Thank you for Snow:D

    Really sad to see Captain Mini go.. He was a fan favorite in Atlanta:p

    Wess Hess looks like a better version of what you liked to do with Goodson. Should be a nice addition to your squad.:mad:
     
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    Yeah it was an impulse decision to cut Snow; I thought to myself I could go get a better guy in the draft or FA (I wanted a good route runner/possession type receiver instead of sheer speed) but it didn't really pan out that way. When I drafted Hess, I had no idea he had those great catching abilities. With Keller allowing me to put him at the 4th WR on my depth chart he will really help out in the passing game. Hopefully he doesn't fumble as much as Goodson.

    I'm really interested to see how my corners do against your passing game now. They are so young, will only get better. Denzal Tate will be covering Snow no doubt.
     
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    I like your defense alot. You LBs are all fast and do really well covering. Your Rookie FS Beasley last year was really good and only going to get better. I think your corners with another year under their belt will definitely be tougher to beat.

    Looking at your squad it appears your D line may not create a lot of pressure, and may be susceptible to the run. But I felt that way last year and the speed of your LB compensated for that. Should be interesting matchup.
     
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    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    The RB at the #4 spot isn't set in stone - I'm just waiting to hear other opinions on it. I just said that I was okay with it.
     
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    If he has better catching abilities than my WRs, and there isn't an issue with the defense matching personal because it shows 3 WRs, I really don't see a logical argument against it.
     
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    Hey Shaun, why don't you let the Steelers go so I can picked them up, LMAO. At least I don't have to play against my boys too often since I'm in the NFC.
     
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    Thank you for Snow:D

    Really sad to see Captain Mini go.. He was a fan favorite in Atlanta:p

    Wess Hess looks like a better version of what you liked to do with Goodson. Should be a nice addition to your squad.:mad:[/quote]

    I was trying to get Snow, but I had to settle for Ochocinco, Snow was a bit out of my price range this season after making some other moves. He is a beast and I will have to keep my eye on him whenever we might up.
     
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    I was trying to get Snow, but I had to settle for Ochocinco, Snow was a bit out of my price range this season after making some other moves. He is a beast and I will have to keep my eye on him whenever we might up.[/quote]

    Its funny because I do not know how I am going to use Snow at this point. He does not prject well with his attributes to be a true slot guy. I have Douglas and Taylor for that. White and Jones obviously are my #1 and #2. So he may see action in 4 WR sets. My current pb does not use a whole lot of those due to using the TE Gonzalez in most sets.

    So well see. Its a nice problem to have. Its even better not to have to guard him 2 times a year on the Panthers squad
     
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    Its funny because I do not know how I am going to use Snow at this point. He does not prject well with his attributes to be a true slot guy. I have Douglas and Taylor for that. White and Jones obviously are my #1 and #2. So he may see action in 4 WR sets. My current pb does not use a whole lot of those due to using the TE Gonzalez in most sets.

    So well see. Its a nice problem to have. Its even better not to have to guard him 2 times a year on the Panthers squad[/quote]

    Yeah, very nice problem to have.
     
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    I guess neither one of us has the pleasure to control our personal teams.
     
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    You will actually have mixed feeling of beating up on your team twice a year.
     
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  23. Keller

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    2013 Buffalo Bills
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    The roster turnover in Buffalo may finally be nearing completion. Many players have been cut or traded in the past few offseason's and now, the Bills front office has finally pushed their chips all in for the upcoming season.

    Key Losses -
    FS Jairus Byrd - Was traded to rival New England in exchange for key addition CB Devin McCourty
    OLB Shawne Merriman - Was traded as well in the package deal for McCourty. His run stuffing abilities will be sorely missed as he was great at sealing the edge.

    Key Resignings -
    LG Andy Levitre - A servicable guard the Bills could simply not afford to lose.

    Key Additions -
    CB Devin McCourty - Enters the CB pantry that is virtually empty. Former 1st round pick Dallas Alford did not pan out, neither did Leodis McKelvin, who was traded last year. There wasn't a team with a bigger need at CB than Buffalo and they set their sights high hauling in the ultra talented McCourty.
    CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - Buffalo made DRC the highest paid player at his position in order to lure him to the old rust belt town. DRC brings much needed athleticism and will pair with McCourty to instantly give Buffalo one of the top duo's in the league.
    FS Bryant Skinner - Buffalo traded an arm and a leg to move up to the #1 pick in the draft in order to select Skinner. All indications are that he will be worth it, drawing instant comparisons to Ed Reed. Skinner has a unique blend of speed and coverage ability for a safety and the Bills expect to utilize him every way possible.
    WR Arrelious Benn - was acquired via trade mid last season, right at about the point where the Bills offense began to turn the corner. Don't under estimate his impact on the offense's success this year.
    DT Albert Haynesworth - With the Bills switch to a 4-3, they desperately needed either a defensive end or a defensive tackle. It was rumored they were targeting several DE's in the draft and free agency but came up empty handed - leading to the signing of Haynesworth from free agency. Haynesworth will play the 3 technique, a role he is at his best in, while Dareus is left to to try his had at RE in the Bills new defensive front.
    LB Gary Guyton - Guyton's athleticism was valued tremendously in free agency and he will be given every opportunity to battle with incumbent starter Kelvin Sheppard. Sheppard is not thought of to be a great fit in the Bills new 4-3 defense and Guyton's athleticism will give him an edge.

    Depth Chart -
    QB - Ryan Mallett - Continues to improve after a rough first 2 seasons in Buffalo. Expect efficiency and the occasional "wow" moment, when Mallett's elite arm strength allows him to make some breathtaking throws.

    HB1 - CJ Spiller - The unquestioned lead horse in the backfield, Spiller will catch balls and break the occasional run but he leaves a lot to be desired running between the tackles.
    HB2 - Johnny White/Noel Devine - Both players will battle for a role, White being the only physical back on the roster, he will be in line for short yardage duties.
    FB - Corey McIntyre - Average blocking FB. Underrated but not under appreciated in the Bills offense.

    WR - Steve Johnson - Excellent possession WR who can get off the jam and keep the chains moving on the 3rd down. Will quietly have a really nice year.
    WR - Arrelious Benn - Desperately needed weapon across from Johnson, Benn is a lot like Johnson. He's difficult to jam off the line and can make tough catches in traffic.
    WR - Jawaun Sales - Former 2nd rounder, Sales does 1 thing and 1 thing only. Go deep. He will be THE deep ball threat in the Bills offense. Expect big ypc numbers.
    WR - Taylor Price/Marcus Easley - Each will battle for a role, depending on the matchup the Bills are up against. Both players are quite different from one another and the Bills like have various options.
    TE - Jonathan Hammonds - Under utilized in the pass offense, this pass catcher can be a difference maker if the Bills ever decide to get him involved.

    LT - Demetrius Bell - he has probably reached his peak this season after another year of progression. Adequate but not spectacular, like all Bills Olineman.
    LG - Andy Levitre - Starting for his 5th season in a row.
    C - Eric Wood - Starting for his 5th season in a row as well. Every starter from last season returns - maybe they will find strength in continuity.
    RG - Marcus Cannon - Progressed nicely after starting all last season.
    RT - Chris Hairston - Progressed nicely after starting last season as well. May make the move to LT next year, depending on Demetrius Bell.

    RE - Marcell Dareus - A force, but is playing a it out of position as a 4-3 end. He is certainly capable, but playing on the interior would suit his skill set more. Unfortunately the Bills just have no better options available.
    DT - Kyle Williams - Continues to play at a high level. His motor never stops.
    DT - Albert Haynesworth - The Bills will gamble on his skill set as a 3 technique and pay him fairly for it. I wouldn't be surprised to see a real resurgence out of Sir Albert, given the role he will be in.
    LE - Trevor Scott - Not a real explosive player but progressed well and has shown that he is capable of making plays against NFL right tackles.

    LOLB - Martez Wilson - A better run stuffer than anything, Wilson will be asked to use his range to cover a lot more than he's used to this year. We'll see how he does. Interesting transition to the 4-3 defense begins here.
    MLB - Gary Guyton/Kelvin Sheppard - Ones more rangy and ones better against the run. Expect the Bills to use both, depending on what they're seeing from the offense.
    ROLB - Jack Burch - The departure of Merriman means this is Burch's job to lose. He's untested but he's athletic and the Bills like his mean streak.

    CB - Devin McCourty - Will play against most teams #1 option.
    CB - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - has elite speed for the position and will matchup against teams speed WR's.
    CB - Markese Andrews/Dallas Alford - Alford is a former first rounder but Andrews has shown better cover skills to date. It'll be interesting to see how this battle turns out OR the Bills will decide who plays based on matchup.
    CB - Tremaine Brock/Elisha Terrell - Terrell is only a rookie but has very good coverage skills and athleticism. Brock is no slouch though. Both will be asked to make plays at some point this season.
    FS - Bryant Skinner - #1 overall pick in this years draft. He will be special and will be asked to do a lot as a rookie. Expect average numbers but don't let the numbers fool you, he gives the Bills defense a LOT of flexibility, which is why he was so coveted by the Bills Front Office.
    SS - DaNorris Searcy - Returns as starter and possesses good coverage skills and strength at the point of attack. He's a bit slow to react and slower in coverage so he will be down in the box a lot.

    KR - Noel Devine - Good speed and elite elusiveness. Should be tough to bring down and could break a few big plays.
    K - Rhys Lloyd - One of the biggest legs in the league. All he does is bomb kicks - his accuracy leaves something to be desired.
    P - Brian Moorman - Very seasoned, very good punter. Still has excellent speed too, which is pretty unique. Fake punt anyone?

    Overall Outlook - The Bills could not be more excited about this season. With all of the marquee additions to the defense and the offense finally rounding the corner, the Bills seem to think they are in prime position to make a run at the defending champs. It remains to be seen if this team can make some noise but no one can say they haven't at least tried. They make big splashes in the draft, a big splash with trades and the biggest splash in free agency. They were aggressive this offseason, but will it pay off or come back to haunt them?
     
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    SimFBallCritic Walk On

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    You guys are doing it way big with these Team Previews, hats off. Shout to Shaun for supplying the blueprint. If I get the time I will be sure to post mine.
     
  25. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    Everyone likes to talk about their team right before the upcoming season. Expectations are high and everyone's optimistic!
     

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