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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by Forward_Lateral View Post
    Austin is there to show Stevenson the job won't be just handed to him.
    The main thing Stevenson needs to do in camp/preseason is protect the ball. As long as he does that, and make a play or 2 he should be fine.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    I just don't see how Austin fits. He hasn't returned kicks much over the last several years and Crowder should have the slot job locked down. I guess he would be better depth than Stevenson.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by Forward_Lateral View Post
    Austin is there to show Stevenson the job won't be just handed to him.
    I believe this to be the case.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Train View Post
    Camp always sorts it out. Answers all the questions.
    This.

    He's vet camp competition for those with a certain skillset. If he beats any of them out, we have a better player than one of them. If he doesn't, well, one of them is better. It just stands out more because he's a "name" guy, or was, once. We can afford to dabble, going into camp.

    I don't really make much of it. Camp will sort it out.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    He's just a camp body and competition for what will probably be just 1 open spot. The top-4/locks are Diggs, Davis, Crowder and McKenzie. I think Shakir is also a lock because they will probably lose him if they cut him to try and stash him on the PS, unless he absolutely sucks in TC and PS games.
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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Austin will be the return guy. Stevenson out.
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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    The only reason I can think of is the Bills have a number of WRs in mind for training camp.

    They waived undrafted FA Malik Williams to clear a roster spot for Austin.

    The Bills lost a lot of experience when Sanders and Beasley left. And McDermott has a history of not trusting rookies and makes an effort to protect them until they gain experience and trust.

    They are probably going to keep seven WRs on the roster for 2022 like they did for 2021.

    These are most likely cast in stone...

    1. Diggs
    2. Davis
    3. Crowder
    4. McKenzie
    5. Shakir

    The other two will come from...

    Stevenson
    Kumerow
    Hodgins
    Gentry

    And now, Austin.

    Gentry and Hodgins are on thin ice.

    Kumerow is valuable on special teams. Stevenson could be a lock if he nails down the return spot.

    Going to be a very interesting training camp for valuable spots on one the most solid and talented rosters in the NFL.
    I'd be very surprised if Kumerow doesn't make the team.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Im already done with Stephenson. His speed and athleticism doesn’t translate, he looks slow and has no elusiveness. The difference between him and McKenzie is night and day
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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian'eh! View Post
    I'd be very surprised if Kumerow doesn't make the team.
    He has value on 'teams and he was effective helping the run game get going at the end of the regular season. I'd be surprised also.
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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian'eh! View Post
    I'd be very surprised if Kumerow doesn't make the team.
    I think you are right.

    That means its likely that Stevenson, Hodgins, Gentry and Austin will be battling for the last WR spot.

    And its also likely that one (and maybe two) WR will be stashed on the practice squad.

    I suspect that the final roster (of active players at WR) will be:

    1. Diggs
    2. Davis
    3. Crowder
    4. McKenzie
    5. Shakir
    6. Kumerow
    7. Austin

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    If Hodgins continues to have injury issues, he'll get cut this year. Gentry and Stevenson would be safe on the PS.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    What this tells me is that the slot is important to their plans, and that they're sick of having a key player at that spot too injured to execute said plan. We have three of them now. And i think they're all pretty good at different stages of their careers.
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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    I'm starting to wonder if McKenzie isn't as much of a lock as most of us think he is. It really wouldn't be that much of a hit to cut him even with the new 2 year deal he just signed. Crowder is going to be the primary slot WR and they do value Kumerow a lot on special teams. I think Shakir is close to being a lock too based on how highly they graded him and that he'll be a cheap cost control player for the next four years. Maybe it will be McKenzie and Austin fighting for the last spot if they only keep 6.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

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    I'm starting to wonder if McKenzie isn't as much of a lock as most of us think he is. It really wouldn't be that much of a hit to cut him even with the new 2 year deal he just signed. Crowder is going to be the primary slot WR and they do value Kumerow a lot on special teams. I think Shakir is close to being a lock too based on how highly they graded him and that he'll be a cheap cost control player for the next four years. Maybe it will be McKenzie and Austin fighting for the last spot if they only keep 6.
    McKenzie has a not unsubstantial dead cap hit of $950K post June 1, 2022 cut . And hes got $650K guaranteed.

    Austin would be zero. With zero guarantees. He signed a deal that pays him NFL minimum salary for a 9 year vet.


    Not sure if McKenzie is a lock, but it would be a fairly big surprise if he is cut. His deal is structured for a more likely 2023 cut, but not for 2022.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    A $1M dead cap hit is chump change these days. Beane wouldn't blink an eye at it, considering the Bills had over $70M in dead cap in 2018. And it would save almost the same amount of money against the cap.

    The WR position will be interesting this year.

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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    Tavon has juice

    Wide receiver Tavon Austin made a very good impression in a short amount of time since signing with the club a couple weeks ago. He once again moved well, ran good routes, and showed great hands, both in individual drills and connecting with the quarterbacks in the team portion of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11.
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    Re: Bills Sign WR Tavon Austin

    I can see him making it at least as a return man. Anything as a WR would be gravy.

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