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he Bills addressed nose tackle in free agency by bringing in former Panther Star Lotulelei, which is step one toward fixing a defense that finished 31st in run defense DVOA. Next up are the linebackers. Lorenzo Alexander turns 35 in May, and the only other player on the depth chart at linebacker who is a known quantity at this point is journeyman Ramon Humber. It's very possible that, with no talent injection, the players who start alongside Alexander are a late-round pick and an undrafted free agent; not exactly the most reliable combo. It's hard to forecast what the Bills will do since so much of their offseason is [url=http://www.officiallightningproshop.com/Jake_Dotchin_Jersey]Jake Dotchin Youth jersey[/url] about what they do at quarterback, but Sean McDermott's defenses in Carolina invested heavily in coverage, off-ball linebackers.
Not a need: Running back Between LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory, Travaris Cadet and Patrick DiMarco, the Bills have a steady collection of backs with a versatile combination of skill sets. In an ideal situation, these backs will all be utilized ... as spectators on every McCoy carry.
Goedert showed up on the Brookings, South Dakota, campus in 2013 amid little fanfare. He redshirted his first year, then caught 34 passes over his next two seasons as he added 60 pounds. From the beginning, however, Goedert brought with him undeniable assets: big hands and a star's mindset in deploying them. To find gloves that fit, the school submitted a special order to Under Armour for size XXXL. With those mitts, attached to 34-inch arms on a 6-5 frame, Goedert could reach over any FCS defender.
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Goedert opted to stay for his final season, and Stiegelmeier's assistants dug in to supplement their offense with plays that could maximize a tight end who had the advantage in any matchup. They used him as an "X" receiver in the red zone. They studied how the Kansas City Chiefs deployed tight end Travis Kelce, adding a tight end shovel pass to the playbook. They even made plans to hand Goedert the ball as a true running back; as a junior, he had taken a handoff 17 yards for a touchdown against Southern Illinois. "One-on-one, he's super tough to guard," tight ends coach Luke Schleusner said. "And it's not just size; he has quick feet to go with it."
Goedert participated in a pro day as a junior, running the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds without training to perfect his time. He hasn't run another since. He suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear on Jan. 23, the first day of Senior Bowl practice, and did not work out at the scouting combine. Fully recovered by his pro day on March 30, Goedert opted out of the 40 but did all other drills.
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In truth, if there is any question about Goedert as the draft approaches, it's that his recent tape doesn't show much of the traditional in-line blocking NFL teams like to see. South Dakota State coaches had too many ideas for him as a receiver and scheme-buster to give him conventional blocking assignments. "I'm not going to say it would have been wasting him," offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness said, "but it would have been almost like wasting him."
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