ESPN Visits Bills Camp...Leaves Unimpressed

I don’t always agree with everything ESPN does, like playing patsy to a coward like LeBron James, but they do have a lot of resources and provide a mostly objective view on sports’ teams. ESPN recently visited Bills’ camp, and needless to say they leave Bills’ fans with little hope for optimism.

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27: Erik Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons tackles Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Fred Jackson will once again have a lot of weight to carry on his shoulders in the Buffalo offense

From the reports that crew has done, it seems that the Bills will be trying to employ a smash-mouth ground game and focusing their offense around that. Seeing as the Bills have spent first round picks on running backs and guards in the first rounds of recent drafts, this would appear to be the approach that makes the most sense. Now this approach is not pretty, and generally you can’t win championships without a competent passing attack, but the Bills’ goal this season is to improve. Hopefully, the Bills won’t continue to ignore the widely-regarded most important pieces of an offense, like tackle and quarterback, but with the team set, let’s get Freddy Jackson some carries.

On defense, John Clayton was less than optimistic about the Bills’ transition. Apparently, Aaron Maybin has been leaving the impression with ESPN that he is still too light to be an effective pass rusher. If he learns to stay onsides on kickoff coverage, it will at least be one step in the right direction. Now some of you might say that John Clayton looks like a hairless weasel and I don’t care what he says, but I feel like he is generally pretty insightful, and doesn’t sugarcoat his observations.

I have not yet been to Bills’ camp, but I recommend balancing your following of the Bills in camp by reading both from the Buffalo Bills’ official web site, and following national coverage (ESPN, for example) from a more unbiased medium. Just keep in mind that ESPN’s own Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Gregg Easterbrook, always says there is usually a surprise team in the NFL every season that does not appear in prime time television. So Bills’ fans have that going for them…which is nice…maybe?

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