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How does Montez Sweat match with Buffalo?
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Aug 12 2019, 6:24 am - By liny195

"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNotesScouting ReportsBuffalo Bills NFL Draft CoverageMontez Sweat fits the Buffalo Bills prototype at defensive endNew Authentic Dawson Knox Jersey ,26commentsHow does Montez Sweat match with Buffalo?EDTShareTweetShareShareMontez Sweat fits the Buffalo Bills prototype at defensive endLooking at the Buffalo Bills’ roster, defensive end might not scream out as a need. When you dive in to the contracts and numbers, it becomes clear that a defensive end is definitely in the mix for round one of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jerry Hughes is entering the final year of his deal. Shaq Lawson is likely entering the final year of his deal. Trent Murphy was not good at generating pressure a year ago and struggled coming back from injury. Eddie Yarbrough was benched in favor of undrafted rookie Mike Love down the stretch. A top-end pass rusher could really help out.Enter Montez Sweat, the Mississippi State defensive end. He has the ability to generate pressure and can get to the quarterback. Team fitSweat recently announced he wouldn’t be attending the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, so he could spend that time with his family who helped him reach this goal. If that’s not a process answer that screams Sean McDermott, I don’t know what is.In the early part of his college career, Sweat was suspended by Michigan State, reportedly for marijuana use. He eventually transferred to junior college and subsequently Mississippi State, but has kept on the right side of team rules since leaving the Spartans. Unlike other pass-rush options like Brian Burns Dawson Knox Jersey Boys , Sweat fits the bill for a McDermott pass rusher, as well. At 6’6” and 260 lbs, Sweat is the same size as Trent Murphy, the largest new piece of the defensive end puzzle since McDermott’s arrival. His arms are longer than Murphy’s—which should help to keep defenders off him.Carolina only drafted two defensive ends while Sean McDermott was defensive coordinator: Kony Ealy in 2014 and Frank Alexander in 2012. Ealy measured 6’4” and 273 lbs at the Combine and Alexander was 6’4” and 270 lbs.Player comparisonSeveral draft analysts compare Sweat to Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter, but we’re going to look at Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney, the former first overall pick of the Houston Texans, came into the NFL Combine at 6’5” and 266 lbs, with 34 1/2-inch arms. He also turned in similar otherworldly results during the track and field testing at the Combine. Hunter is lighter and has shorter arms than both Sweat and Clowney. Sample play: SAM blitzBy Dan LavoieWith his dangerous strength and speed, Sweat commands extra attention around the edge, including with his assignments on the strong side of the formation. Because he has the strength to push back a double team or the speed to split it White LeSean McCoy Jerseys , he’s a great focal point for this SAM blitz. The strong side linebacker will also rush from the same side as Sweat, hoping to create a free rushing lane for one of the two. The defensive end on the other side plays contain, cleaning up the quarterback if he’s flushed from the pocket. Sweat is marked with his college number nine.Allowing Sweat to come in and learn during the final year on the contracts of Hughes and Lawson would be a great start to his career, while replacing the similarly sized Trent Murphy on pass-rush downs could be a great short-term option to get him acclimated to the NFL. If his medical checks out and if he’s truly past the suspension from three years ago, Sweat seems like a great fit in Buffalo. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Coming off their best offensive performance of the season — and an extra week of rest — the Buffalo Bills have their starting quarterback back.Josh Allen will make his return against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Sean McDermott said on Monday.Allen was a full participant on the practice field as the Bills returned from the Week 11 bye with a shortened 45-minute session. "I'm excited," Allen said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity."Allen missed four games after suffering an elbow injury in Buffalo's Week 6 loss to the Houston Texans. The first-round pick returned to the practice field prior to the team's bye week, but did not play in Week 10 against the New York Jets.The Bills have maintained that Allen, chosen seventh overall last spring LeSean McCoy Jerseys 2019 , would return to the lineup when healthy — but that decision was not necessarily an easy one for the Bills.Matt Barkley started for Buffalo against the Jets and provided the team with its best performance under center this season, throwing for 232 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 41-10 win."You look at everything," McDermott said. "That's part of my job, my responsibility is to do that. (General manager) Brandon (Beane) and I spoke about it. We certainly were impressed with the way Matt handled things, but at the end of the day Josh is our starter and we're excited to have him back."Allen wore a black sleeve on his right arm at practice on Monday, which he said he could wear in games moving forward. He remained in Buffalo to rehabilitate his injury during the team's bye and felt the extra time off was significant in his recovery."The difference that I feel in the elbow right now compared to two weeks ago is a very big difference," Allen said. "I'm thankful that I was able to sit out for one more week. … I'm making throws where I don't have to second-guess, putting the ball where it needs to be. And when I'm making the throws there's no grabbing or pulling in there and it feels fluid."Allen's return is just the latest change for Buffalo's last-ranked passing attack. The Bills have made several moves in recent weeks with an emphasis on adding speed and youth at wide receiver, which paid off against the Jets.Deonte Thompson was signed during the team's bye week. Thompson came out of nowhere to earn a significant role on offense last season White Kyle Williams Jerseys , making 27 receptions for 430 yards and a touchdown. He signed with Dallas this offseason as a free agent and was released by the Cowboys on Nov. 9."Things weren't working out over there," Thompson said. "It's a great opportunity for me to come back here and get on the field and make some plays. … Coming back here was a no-brainer for me."Thompson's signing comes after a breakout performance by undrafted rookie Robert Foster. With three catches for 105 yards against the Jets, Foster became the first Bills receiver to top 100 yards in more than a year — since Thompson's 107 yards on Oct. 22, 2017."Brandon and I talked a couple weeks ago and we thought we were lacking in the speed department on offense so that's been an emphasis the last couple of weeks," McDermott said. "You saw some of that up against the Jets. That just opens things up a little bit."The early returns on Allen have been mixed so far in Buffalo. The QB has shown flashes with his strong arm and mobility, but he has been largely inconsistent as a passer. In six games, Allen has thrown for 832 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions."I've been saying it — I think we're close," Allen said. "We went out and we executed very well against a good Jets defense. … That just speaks volumes to the guys that we have in this locker room."
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