I took a little prorogation from football talk on the radio with OTA’s this week as well as the owners solid decision on the “taking a knee protests” that occupied so much of the prorogation last season. Our break from football post draft talk, the Buffalo Sabres lottery win, the NBA playoffs as well as the magical story line in the NHL of the current team built by a hockey architect against the team he previously assembled playing for the Stanley Cup.
A hopeful big movie has come out. The new stand-alone Star Wars movie, “SOLO”. This second stand-alone movie since the Disney acquisition of the Star Wars franchise provided to me two out of two quality movies that I found to be more enjoyable than episode 7 and 8 of the current trilogy. I like to see the Star Wars movies the day before the official release because I can not stay away from spoilers. Rogue One was a total surprise to me with characters who the actual actor had passed away many years ago but because of prequel timelines, the character was starring in a movie made in 2016 after not appearing in a Star Wars movie since 1977. The art of computer generated scenes is amazing, but also so convincing as I sat there thinking they somehow found an actor who looked identical that of the character in 1977 interacting with currently filmed dialog.
Well Solo had one huge cameo twist that I won’t spoil, but indeed reinforced my strategy of going to see the movie before spoilers are out. It was advantageous again because when the surprising cameo scene came upon us almost at the extremity of the movie, I was shocked, and it really had me thinking in a way that if it was not part of the movie, I would have still left satisfied, but not blown away. Proving what a Star Wars fan I can be is that I sat there watching the credits in disbelief as my fiancé was all happy and satisfied with the basic content of the movie surrounding our Wookie friends and Han Solo.
Basically, since I started writing this article, the first year of Rex Ryan, or “A Force Awakens” we have been treated to four Star Wars movies in that timeframe, two stands alone and two in the current trilogy. That’s a lot of Star Wars in a short time, like twenty years’ worth in the old scheduling system.
The young Han and Lando’s pure youth and inexperience resembled Josh Allen and many of the other rookie’s getting interviewed as they get accolated to an entire new world to them in a new city, new friends, new coaches and total unfamiliar everything. As always, the latest Star Wars motion picture did not disappoint as did hearing and listening to the latest members to join the Bills by means of the draft, free agency and even undrafted signings.
The Bills need some help at wide receiver and on the offensive line and no force awakening, of the light or dark side, will fix that without managerial intervention providing help in those positions of turnover and weakness. Having any of the three quarterback’s playing without some proven targets is not setting them up to succeed. None of these quarterbacks are in any position of their career to make average or unproven low draft picks or undrafted free agents better strictly on great quarterback play, like Tom Brady does with numerous receivers annually if not weekly.
Things We Know about The Buffalo Bills This Week:
- Tremaine Edmunds has been plugged right into the action of Buffalo’ defense at middle linebacker, which wasn’t shocking. Possessing a high football IQ, Edmunds fit right in coordinating the defensive huddle from play to play.
“Tremaine is a freak. The first day I met him, he’s 6’5″, I’m looking up at him,” said Lorenzo Alexander. “He’s very intelligent and mature for his age. Obviously, the legacy he has with his dad and his brothers, he’s been around this game. He understands it and gets it and really cares. He might be swimming a little bit initially which is expected because we’re a lot further along than we were at this time last year. But he’s persistent and he’s picking it up very quickly. So, I’m happy with his demeanor and his approach to the game every day. I’m really looking forward to seeing him when we let him loose and he’s hitting people and covering people and making a huge impact.”
- Kelvin Benjamin did the exact opposite of expressing concern over the uncertainty of the starting quarterback position.” I’ve always prided myself on catching any ball from any quarterback,” he said. “That was one of the reasons that Carolina drafted me. I can catch an inaccurate ball. So, I’m always going to be there to catch the ball no matter who is throwing it.”
I don’t know if he was implying that one, possibly two or even three quarterbacks on the roster have an accuracy issue. Hopefully that quarterback issue was sent down the interstate 90 along Lake Erie three hours for a third-round pick. Tyrod Taylor is in all too familiar territory as now it’s been public ally mad official that the Cleveland Browns tried getting a certain Super Bowl MVP from Philadelphia to be the guy to bridge the way to avoid rushing the rookie quarterback they planned on drafting. When they were rejected by the Eagles, this is when Buffalo struck gold getting rid of the salary, bonus and quarterback who they were pretty much done with when he threw for under 50 yards in a game which was why he ended up benched until his replacement completed his 5th interception.
–Scott Bryk is a contributing writer for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Follow him on Twitter at @skotbrick1970.