Rather than go into hyper detail with all of the FA stuff in one spot, I decided to make a separate piece for Taylor (dropping this afternoon) and then lump the bigger news up-to-date that had dropped prior to the gun going off on NFL free agency.
Prior to yesterday, one of the bigger needs I saw on the offensive side of the ball would have been fullback, but as part of the flurry of news the Bills have acquired the services of a new fullback, Pat DiMarco formerly out of Atlanta:
I’ll drop some fun stuff on our new #Fatback (thanks Joe) – both schematically and with the assistance of the Aaron Freeman of Falcfans.com but for now, know the Bills got a guy that fits perfectly into their offense, having been a key cog in the Kyle Shanahan scheme. Teaming him with McCoy and the returning Taylor only adds to the dynamism that can come from the 2017 Bills backfield.
Evan Silva is picking up what I’m laying down in this regard:
And then, as if I couldn’t get more excited about the #LargeAdultSons of Anarchy coming to Buffalo, the Bills annouce they’ve signed Mike Tolbert, bringing me to #FatbackNirvana:
Two All-Pro fullbacks signed in one day? My heart goes pitter patter.
And, not to be outdone, they grabbed a potential competitor for the right tackle spot as well:
Ducasse isn’t going to be someone to set the world afire, but having depth and size that can play G/T is paramount going into training camp, with Kouandjio’s issues at right tackle and the suspension/health issues of Seantrel Henderson. Somewhere, Rex Ryan is throwing a chicken leg at a TV, hearing about Ground and Pound 2.0 getting set up in Western New York. He probably would have thrown the chicken anyway, but that’s a story for another day.
The Bills also acquired a new kicker:
Hauschka not only replaces Carpenter at kicker, but will also prevent Gay from being needed as a kickoff specialist again, ending that on-again, off-again relationship for the time being. As Stephen Culley of Bills Wire noted to me, Bills special teams coach has had a preference for elder statesmen at kicker:
Finally, to anyone that wants to get angry that Stephon Gilmore went to New England, don’t be this guy. NEVER get to be this guy.
#StayClassy folks. I’ll have my own little farewell to Stephon deal tomorrow, but for now stay frosty and don’t fall for the fake Twitter accounts, they get even the best of us!