Here's what I think ...

The Bills have done a very good job in making their starting positions much more competitive than last year. I've said that Drew Bledsoe concerns me because he's not fleet-footed, but I certainly think he will be good for this young team – if he gets the time he needs to throw passes. I would have felt comfortable with Alex Van Pelt behind center. But Bledsoe has much more potentital …

I think veteran weakside linebacker Eddie Robinson is a major upgrade over Jay Foreman. From a leadership standpoint, middle linebacker London Fletcher is above Sam Cowart, but I don't think he has the natural ability that Cowart has, even with Cowart coming back from injury. I still think Fletcher will be better than the platooning of Brandon Spoon and Kenyatta Wright, which occurred much of last year following the Cowart injury …

I would like to see the Bills keep Jay Riemersma. Now Dave Moore is a good blocker, but Riemersma is one of the top-10 pass-catching tight ends in the league, even with a reception slump last year. I see some two-tight end formations featuring the duo …

I don't think Buffalo will keep John Fina around after June 1. Steve Tasker thinks Fina will make a good backup – and that may be true – but the salary cap savings Buffalo can get by cutting him is too enticing to pass up: $3 million …

Everyone knows Buffalo needs a new undertackle to line up next to nose tackle Pat Williams, and a new left end to replace Phil Hansen. From what I saw at the April mini-camp, there was no one on the roster at this point who could really be productive in those roles.

I'm also concerned about free safety, with Travares Tillman manning the position. Granted, Tillman was a second-round pick two years ago, but I don't think he's going to be the kind of interceptor Buffalo needs at free safety. In fact, even with strong safety Bill Jenkins, I consider Buffalo's safety positions to be below average.

Overall, Buffalo has undoubtedly improved its linebacking this off-season. It still has to improve at safety and on the left side of the defensive line. I fear that the team will have the same problems stopping the run as last year – just not to the extent of last year. But, in general, the Bills have improved defensively – the unit is just not a powerhouse yet …

As for rumors of Buffalo's interest in Falcons running back Jamal Anderson, those are indicators that Buffalo coaches and management are not all that sold on Travis Henry's work ethic and self discipline.

On Jan. 21 ShoutNewspaper.com ran a piece from a Bills source regarding how coaches were angered because Henry apparently had missed the team flight for the final game in Miami. Buffalo PR officials denied everything, saying that the coaches were never more pleased about Henry's production and abilities last season.

But if everything were hunky-dory, do you think there'd be rumors of interest in Jamal Anderson? Now the Bills will simply say they're trying to improve competition at RB, but the team already has Shawn Bryson, Sammy Morris and Curtis Alexander, who is NFL Europe's leading rusher. We at Shout! think these are signs that Henry better be on his best behavior in Buffalo this season.


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