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none is tied as close to winning and losing as well: if a team finds a good passer Stephen Gostkowski Jerseys Stitched , its odds of having success increase. The Buffalo Bills have not had a lot of success ever since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly decided to retire, lacking the necessary stability at the game’s pivotal offensive position. Through the years, the team started multiple quarterbacks but none proved to be of the franchise type.This offseason, the Bills took a shot at the next candidate to finally fill this role by choosing Wyoming’s Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick of the draft. However, the selection has not yet brought the desired results so far this season: not only did the rookie – as was expected – struggle with among other things consistency, he also was knocked out of the Bills’ week six game because of an elbow injury.Allen missed last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts because of the issue and will reportedly also miss next Monday’s game against the New England Patriots. In his place, veteran backup Derek Anderson, he of a 70.5 career passer rating, will start the two AFC East rivals’ first meeting of the year. Anderson, who just joined the Bills earlier this month, will therefore become the 13th quarterback to start a game against Bill Belichick’s Patriots.The 35-year old now joins a group reflective of Buffalo’s struggles at the quarterback position the past two decades – one that includes players such as Rob Johnson, Kelly Holcomb, Trent Edwards, Thad Lewis and most recently Tyrod Taylor. Anderson and Allen, likely to become the 14th passer to start against New England later this season http://www.patriotslockerroom.com/authentic-jeremy-hill-jersey , are the latest additions to this litany of mediocre Bills quarterbacks. Meanwhile, the team’s opponent this week is the NFL’s model when it comes to consistency.Overall, just five passers started for Belichick’s Patriots throughout the years, with only four of them also starting at least once against Buffalo: Drew Bledsoe, who went on to also start for the Bills against New England, Matt Cassel, Jacoby Brissett and of course Tom Brady. There is arguably nothing that shows the difference between the two teams since 2000 than this. Maybe Allen and Brady's closing window will lead to a reversal of roles in the future. But until then: enjoy it, New England for this is not to be taken for granted. Harris’ leadership and ability to cover TEs, roam the box, and play in the kicking game makes him a potential Day 2 pick."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementTop 10 Patriots Draft Fits #10: Boston College Safety Will HarrisNew,5commentsHarris’ leadership and ability to cover TEs, roam the box, and play in the kicking game makes him a potential Day 2 pick. EDTShareTweetShareShareTop 10 Patriots Draft Fits #10: Boston College Safety Will HarrisBob DeChiara-USA TODAY SportsThe safety position is a low-key need for the Patriots, especially considering that both Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung will be 32 this upcoming NFL season. Both players were solid performers in the Patriots’ 2018 championship run and the glue of the Patriots secondary. While they are still playing at a high level, the Patriots should look to start grooming their replacement. Fortunately Youth Matthew Slater Jerseys , one such player fits the bill and plays about 45 minutes northeast of Foxborough. That player is Boston College safety Will Harris. Combine DataHeight: 6’1”Weight: 20740: 4.415-10-5 Shuttle: 4.123-Cone: 6.91Vertical: 36.5”Standing Jump: 10’3”Long Shuttle: 11.422018 Stats12 G, 75 tackles (43 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 INT, 2 FRCareer Stats47 G, 225 tackles (139 solo), 7.5 TFL, 5 INT, 6 FR, 7 PDStrengthsScheme VersatilityStrong Athletic TraitsPhysical TacklerCan Cover TEs/RBs/SRs in Man4-Down Utility2-Year CaptainWeaknessesMediocre ball production numbers (5 INTs, 7 PD, 6 FR in 47 G) despite high athletic traitsNot the best instincts for the play developing around him in zoneReasons Why the Patriots Would Draft HimHarris is a natural athlete who would be an asset in the secondary and in the kicking game. At 6’1” 207, he’s big enough to stick with TEs and RBs in coverage while also handling the box duties as well. The Patriots’ best teams had that type of player who could cover TEs, RBs, and also play in the box against the run with Rodney Harrison and Patrick Chung. In addition to playing a box rule in single-high or 3-deep schemes Matthew Slater Jerseys Stitched , he has enough speed and athleticism to play the deep half in a 2-deep scheme. The versatility to be able to be productive in man vs. zone makes him a solid fit for the Patriots, who like to change their defensive scheme to take away the strengths of the opponent. On top of the potential versatility at play, the senior safety was also named a team captain for the Eagles for 2017 and 2018. Here he is in the Senior Bowl blanketing one of the Pulpit’s favorite slot receiver prospects Andy Isabella (who ran a 4.31 40, 4.15 20SS, and 6.95 3C) in single coverage. Harris is an instinctive player who gives 100% effort on every play and hits like a truck when he tackles players in the box or the open field. His willingness to be physical and the ability to make open field tackles makes him also a great fit for the kickoff and punt coverage units, where his 4.41 speed is an asset. Reasons Why the Patriots Would Not Draft HimI have to think he’s on the Patriots’ board somewhere, the only question is if he’s available in the range the Patriots are comfortable taking him. I would also not be surprised if he’s on Detroit, Tennessee, or Miami’s radar as well given his versatility on the back-end. At the same time, the Patriots might not be too interested at the safety position with Obi Melinfonwu and Duron Harmon at the position behind the aforementioned McCourty and Chung. Given that Harmon saw a reduced role against the speed of the Chiefs and the Rams and Melinfonwu pretty much didn’t play much at all, that’s very little of a concern for me. Duke Dawson is also a potential factor in the safety mix, although he’s a smaller DB at 5’11” 197 and isn’t as quick-twitch as Harris despite excellent production as a slot corner. Who He Needs to Beat Out: Obi Melinfonwu, Duke DawsonRookie Year ProjectionGiven the potential 4-down utility at play, Harris can contribute right away in the kicking game where his 4.41 speed would be an asset in kick/punt coverage. There isn’t much room for him in the safety rotation behind McCourty, Chung Kenny Britt Jersey , and Harmon, but given that two of those players will be 32, you have to consider the potential long term at the position. On top of the special teams snaps, Harris will see some action at the safety position both in preseason and late in games in which there is a blowout or the team has nothing to play for in the final week of the season. Longer Term ProjectionHarris the natural replacement for Chung as a hybrid SCB/SS/extra linebacker role. He boasts the athleticism and size to be able to handle such an important role. Even as he becomes a major part of the safety rotation, Harris will also see a solid amount of special teams snaps in kick/punt coverage as well as the FG block unit due to his speed and quick-twitch athleticism.Grade: 4/5 Future StarterRound: 3rdPut Harris on your short list of potential 2nd round safety reaches, although he is bigger, more physical, and more athletic than the last two reaches at the position. While he faces an uphill battle to find a spot in the safety rotation, I believe his ability to play multiple roles in the secondary makes him a better fit than some of the defensive backs currently on the roster and after the trio of McCourty, Chung, and Harmon there aren’t any locks to a potential 53-man roster.
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