Despite a blizzard, the Buffalo Bills were busy on Wednesday. The team added three new faces to their roster in offensive guard Chris Williams, corner back Corey Graham and linebacker Keith Rivers. What do fellow NFL fans and writers think of the newest Buffalo Bills? Let’s take a look.
Chris Williams – 4 years/$13.5 million
Ooof, I do not like the Chris Williams signing for the Bills. 5th-worst @PFF grade of any LG last year.
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) March 12, 2014
How does Chris Williams keep getting jobs in the NFL playing football?
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) March 12, 2014
Okay, the Pro Football Focus (PFF) crew certainly doesn’t like the signing. As Pete Damilatis pointed out, Williams was the 5th-worst LG in the league according to the analytics site. That said, a change of scenery can go a long way. Jerry Hughes was buried on PFF following his 2012 season with the Colts. Last season, Hughes was one of the best 3-4 OLB’s in the league.
— Stephen Letizia (@StephenLetizia) March 12, 2014
Bears fans still hold a bit of a grudge it seems. Chicago selected Williams 14th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, but his career never panned out with the Bears. Injuries were a big part of Williams’ lack of success in Chicago. The Bears released the left guard on October 16, 2012. Williams played the last two seasons in St. Louis. His career has been a disappointment to this point, but perhaps Doug Marrone can work some magic with Williams and revitalize his career.
Corey Graham – 4 years/$16 million
With the Corey Graham addition, the #Bills have 4 of the top 55 CB’s in the NFL in lowest passer rating against for 2013. 3 in the top 20.
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) March 13, 2014
Great information here from Joe Marino. Buffalo’s corner back position is suddenly somewhat deep after adding Corey Graham. Having strong corner back play is important in Jim Schwartz’s defense and Graham’s addition certainly helps.
Wow. Corey Graham? Nice one, #Bills
— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) March 12, 2014
Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News was happy with the move. Some people actually thought this tweet was sarcastic, but Harrington later confirmed that he truly liked the signing. Harrington doesn’t sugar coat things, so it’s encouraging to see him approve of one of the Bills’ free agent signings.
Would have loved to see Corey Graham back in Baltimore. Nothing but good things to say about him. Buffalo got a great player
— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) March 12, 2014
Lindsey covers the Ravens for the Purple Reign Show podcast. Multiple Ravens fans also had good things to say about Graham as a corner back and special teams player.
There’s little doubt that Graham was Buffalo’s best free agent signing on Wednesday.
Keith Rivers – 2 years/$5 million
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 12, 2014
Raanan covers the Giants for NJ.com and his take is understandable. In 27 games with the Giants, Rivers finished with 57 total tackles, two passes defensed and one interception. While I understand Raanan’s take, there’s no doubt that Rivers is a depth signing.
This Rivers fellow ranked favorably on a pretty good Giants defense http://t.co/VkwwhIFbWU
— Matthew Coller (@MatthewWGR) March 12, 2014
Rivers’ advanced stats are actually pretty decent as noted by WGR’s Matthew Coller. The new Bills linebacker fared well compared to his former teammates at the position in New York. The analytics provided from the site gives you a different perspective of Rivers’ play.
@ChrisTrapasso At 28, still can help a team out and start, has yet to reach full potential with either Cincy/NYG, great locker room guy
— Doug Rush (@Doug_Rush) March 13, 2014
Doug Rush, a writer for Giants 101, told Chris Trapasso the following on Rivers. At 27 years old, I’m not sure if Rivers will ever reach his full potential, but adding locker room leaders is never a bad thing.