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Rico Report: Threats to the Buffalo Bills, Surprise Cut Candidates



On the latest episode of The Rico Report, our host was joined by The Rev and Z-Bot. The trio discuss some heaters. Is trading for Kadarius Toney an option? Who’s the biggest threat to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC? Who are some cut candidates? Let’s get into it.

Could Kadarius Toney Land In Buffalo? (15:38)

The news came out that the New York Giants are looking to trade controversial WR Kadarius Toney following a tumultuous rookie season. Should the Buffalo Bills have an interest? He has great kick and punt return capabilities, and a useful skillset on a rookie contract. Personality issues aside, he could be an asset.

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It’s hard to blame Toney for his issues, considering the utter dysfunction that was Joe Judge’s Giants. With a new coach and front office personnel, the roster is going to see massive turnover very soon. Much like the Bills’ rebuild, starting in 2017, this could simply be a fire sale so they can build the roster in their own image. Toney has value right now, and could net some assets. If unmoved, they could hold him, or he’d make for a high-profile cut candidate.

Biggest Threats To The Buffalo Bills: AFC (35:30)

The Buffalo Bills are coming off two excellent chances to make the Super Bowl, and both shots were ruined by the same team: The Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs may have lost their fastball, but they’re phenomenally coached and always make the right calls when they need to. Opponents have to play 60 minutes of great football to beat them. Even then, it isn’t guaranteed. Kansas City may not be as imposing without Tyreek Hill, but they’re still one of the best in the NFL.

The Buffalo Bills were the biggest threat to themselves last season, and the AFC was ours to lose. Then, we lost it. Coaching errors and a few missed tackles were all the difference, and those lessons will linger for a long time.

What about the Los Angeles Chargers? Rev brought up a great point. They have everything they need to get to the AFC playoffs and, even if they don’t win their division, they’re sneakily good. With a powerhouse defensive line and excellent receiver core, they could, potentially, take us down. But will they? It remains to be seen.

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The Indianapolis Colts were the only team to beat the Bills convincingly last season, including the playoffs. Now, they have acquired QB Matt Ryan. If any roster in the NFL was ‘a quarterback away’, it’s Indy. And they’ve signed CB Stephon Gilmore to boot. They boast a loaded roster, they’ve already battered us once, and who’s to say they can’t do it again? With that said, we’re better too. We won’t be caught sleeping again, but keep an eye on the Colts.

Surprise Cut Candidates (1:20:03)

Up next: Surprise cut candidates. DE Shaq Lawson returned to us this offseason. However, in a revamped defensive line, he may be the odd man out. Of course, Lawson provides some leadership and could be a great veteran presence, having notable experience with the team already, but his play and upside are limited. The Buffalo Bills invested in star power with Von Miller and youth with our wealth of draft picks. The same could be said for Jordan Phillips. The two of them came to Buffalo as a unit to play together.

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The wide receiver room is also loaded. That means we may be parting way with some combination of Jake Kumerow, Isaiah Hodgins, Marquez Stevenson, and/or Tanner Gentry. With a potential draft pick inbound, it’ll be a tough unit to crack into, loaded with cut candidates. Luckily, we don’t have to cut everyone. With all this talent, we have plenty of low-level trade bait as well. Though, if the Buffalo Bills don’t open their checkbooks for Tremaine Edmunds or Jordan Poyer, they could be part of a high-profile move too.

The Rest Of The Show

Rico and the boys also touched on the state of the AFC East (56:04), some draft stuff (1:06:17), and went over the situation with Jordan Poyer one last time (1:30:25). For all this and more, check out the latest episode of The Rico Report on the Buffalo Fanatics YouTube channel.