The Morning Charge: Dealing with busts during the season

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The Buffalo Bills front office has to deal with some decisions on disappointing players this year. That and more in today’s Morning Charge.

Brandon Beane made a big move during his first few months on the job with the Buffalo Bills by trading for Kelvin Benjamin.

This came after Beane had already traded away Sammy Watkins. Cut to today and both players are members of the Kansas City Chiefs.

He inherited LeSean McCoy on the roster, but the veteran back has been awful all year and could be elsewhere in 2019.

There seems to be a tricky balance between giving veterans continued chances and focusing on the future. Beane decided he had enough with Benjamin and let him go before the season ended, but held onto McCoy at the trade deadline during a season that clearly wasn’t headed toward another playoff berth.

I think Beane has handled the situation well in that he has compiled a roster filled with both veteran players and young players who were both drafted and undrafted. Some teams who are rebuilding strip the team of all veterans, and that usually has disastrous results. The losses pile up and result in a high pick, but there isn’t much development taking place.

We take a look at the concept of busts and more in today’s edition of The Morning Charge.

Buffalo Bills News:

Biggest busts during the 2018 season (BuffaLowDown, Steven Kubitza)

A recent article looked at the biggest busts on every NFL team this season. Unfortunately, the Bills had several players on the list.

A quick update on the national power rankings (BuffaLowDown, Steven Kubitza)

The Bills are obviously low in the rankings, but are in a good position to make a quick rise at the start of the 2019 season.

Bills place Taron Johnson, Matt Milano on IR (PFT, Charean Williams)

Two defensive players are now officially on IR. This is never a good thing, but at least it is at the end of the season. It also opens two rosters spots and gives some younger players a chance to prove they belong on the team in 2019.

Jets’ DE calls hit on Bills’ Hauschka ‘totally legal and fair play’ (The Buffalo News, Vic Carucci)

If you want to deal with more anger about the dirty hit on Stephen Hauschka, this article is for you.

No matter what anything on the Jets thinks, that was a dirty hit.