The Buffalo Bills took a step backward for the 2017 season Friday and instead began a long-term effort to restock the roster through the draft.
Make no mistake about it: Acquiring Jordan Matthews to replace Sammy Watkins and E.J. Gaines to replace Ronald Darby leaves the Bills in a lesser place with just a month until the regular season begins.
Bennett showed his appreciation for Britt’s gesture.
“I think it was very touching for me, a very emotional moment to have that kind of solidarity from someone like Justin Britt who’s a very known leader in our locker room.
It seems like they’ve gotten this one under control, though, thanks to those Dirt Devils.
For Pittsburgh, that means sorting out a loading receiving depth chart and a young, explosive defense. The Steelers added dynamic USC wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of the NFL draft, making players like Sammie Coates and Justin Hunter potentially expendable. On the other side of the ball, 2017 draftees T.J. Watt and Cameron Sutton will try to work their way into a starting lineup hellbent on returning the unit to its Steel Curtain roots.
The Giants have a bit more roster uncertainty. After fielding the league’s 29th-ranked rushing attack last fall, New York remains in dire need of a true No. 1 tailback to emerge from the ether. Second-year back Paul Perkins got the nod at starter after a brief but intriguing rookie season, but he’ll need to prove he can handle the duties of a featured back. Behind him, veterans Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa, and Shaun Draughn offer an uninspiring platoon. One name who could emerge from the ether is former Clemson back Wayne Gallman, who slipped to the fourth round of the 2017 draft but ran for 3,400 yards — and a national championship — with the Tigers.