“Coming back to YES is like never having left. Even when I have not been in the band, I have always felt part of it.” – Rick Wakeman
The Buffalo Bills are getting the old (so-called) band back together. I am not referencing A.J. Klein, Shaq Lawson or Jordan Phillips, all on their second stints with the Bills. I am not reaching by including some depth players on and off of the practice squad. I could… I’m not.
“He fell silent. For several moments they all did, and the quiet had the feel of a deliberate thing. Then Eddie said, ’All right, we’re back together again. What the hell do we do next?’” –Stephen King
Aaron Kromer, the Bills offensive line coach, is indeed on his second assignment in Orchard Park. I guess he could be part of the reunited band since he coaches on the offensive side of the ball. He could… He is not.
“I’m fast. To give you a reference point, I’m somewhere between a snake and a mongoose. And a panther.” – Dwight Schrute
Proclaiming the Bills are getting the band back together simply references “SMOKE” John Brown, the speedy wide receiver, as well as slot receiver Cole Beasley. Josh Allen is salivating. Both players have come out of retirement over the past couple of weeks. This is not like Perry Farrell’s retirement from Jane’s Addiction several times. He left the band and started new bands like Porno for Pyro and Satellite Party. It could be said that some of the greatest reunions were The Police, Led Zeppelin, The Pixies and Blur.
“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
After not being re-signed by Buffalo after last season, Beasley finally hooked on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 21, 2022. That lasted a matter of days as he announced his retirement on October 5th. He did not leave Buffalo as a washed up liability. He recorded over 80 receptions in 2020 and 2021 as a member of the Bills Mafia. His retirement did not last very long as he signed to the Bills practice squad this week.
John Brown left the Bills after the 2020 season. He headed to Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Denver and Tampa Bay last season, where things did not work out for more than weeks at each stop. He caught on with Buffalo for the reunion tour on November 26, 2022. It pays off to stay in shape.
“I try to stay in decent shape always. I pride myself on staying at least a month away from really good shape.” – Jim Carrey
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week
The Buffalo Bills can actually clinch a playoff spot Saturday against the Miami Dolphins with a win. There are several ways they could tie against the fish and still earn a playoff spot with other teams’ assistance.
The Bills could clinch the AFC East with wins against the Dolphins and Chicago Bears.
The Bills are converting 48.7% of their third downs, which is second-most in the NFL.
Bills Long Snapper Reid Ferguson is the AFC’s leading vote-getter at that position.
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