Bills Briefs: 3-4, McCoy, Incognito, Wade

Posted on March 16, 2010 by Patrick Moran

ESPN AFC East blogger Tim Graham had an excellent post Monday regarding what type of 3-4 defense the Buffalo Bills may attempt to run in 2010.  In the column Graham cited several reasons, including public tweets by cornerback Drayton Florence that the Bills may try to emulate the style of defense the University of Alabama runs under their coach, Nick Saban.

I don’t want to give the column away as it’s well worth investing your time to give it a full read (you can read it by clicking here), but it seems that strong safety, inside linebacker and defensive tackle will be the critical positions to make the defense work.

Of course Alabama had a pair of hot defensive prospects in linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive tackle Terrence Cody.

♦♦ Chris Steuber of Scout.com is reporting that Bills will host University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy on April 11 and 12. He’ll then meet with the Rams on the 13th and 14th according to Stebuer’s report.

The Bills are very likely to address the quarterback position via the draft with a pick other than the ninth overall selection they hold. It’s already been reported they will also host Tim Tebow.  The Bills will probably take a quarterback sometime between the second and fourth rounds.

McCoy lacks arm strength but seems to have the accuracy and intangibles that head coach Chan Gailey likes.

♦♦ The Miami Herald reported that short-lived Bills guard Richie Incognito visited with the Miami Dolphins on Monday night and the visit will continue through today.

Incognito became a free agent when the Bills failed to place a tender on the then-restricted free agent.  Miami actually put a claim on Incognito when he was released by St. Louis last season but the Bills were awarded him because of a worst record.

He started in three games for Buffalo late last season and committed three holding penalties.

The hot tempered guard also visited with Cincinnati earlier on Monday.

♦♦ Still no word on the Bills level of interest in free agent outside linebacker Joey Porter.  He visited Arizona last week but no deal was reached.  While a lot of fans may be against the idea of Porter coming to Buffalo, he has at least one supporter in Jim Kelly, who publicly said the team needs aggressive players like Porter.

Unless the market completely dries up without Porter finding a home, his landing in Buffalo is a long shot.  Porter has said numerous times his preference is to play out on the West Coast so he can be closer to his family.

Former Bills wide receiver Josh Reed still hasn’t visited with any other team besides the New England Patriots.  Word is the Patriots would like to sign him to take Wes Welker’s spot while he recovers from his major knee injury.  Nothing has been reported yet but we expect a deal with the Patriots to eventually get done.

♦♦ The Bills are still keeping their eyes open for a veteran wide receiver.  One name that may soon surface is Kansas City Chiefs free agent Bobby Wade.  The Chiefs signing of Jerhem Urban makes it unlikely he’ll return.

Wade could be a strong candidate to take the place of Reed in the slot.  Wade had 36 catches for 317 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 12 games for the Chiefs last year.

There’s been no reported interest by the Bills to this point, but the lack of veteran receivers left in the market and the Bills need for another veteran could soon bring the two together.

♦♦  Of course the visit of free agent linebacker Andra Davis is continuing today.  Denver reporter Josina Anderson has been in steady contact with Davis’s agent, and Anderson has been kind enough to stay in contact with me.  As soon as we find out anything we’ll immediately pass it along.

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