Breaking down new-look Bills: Simplicity to benefit Tyrod Taylor, evolving roster

So maybe the Bills won’t snap their 17-year playoff drought, the longest of any team in all four major American sports leagues, in 2017. At this point, Buffalo will take a lack of dysfunction as a step in the right direction.

The same-page relationship between new coach Sean McDermott and new general manager Brandon Beane signals such a step for the first time since Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the team in 2014. And the Bills are not wasting time — the inevitable roster overhaul began well before Beane arrived.

Gone is the Rex Ryan regime, including the former coach’s unrealistic injections of hope. The general manager and scouting staff with which Ryan and, evidently, the owners largely disagreed was milked for all they were worth and shown the door after the 2017 NFL Draft.

“[James] said there’s a new sherrif in town. So I’m excited to see what’s next.”

One interesting takeaway from Wade’s quote — aside from the fact players keep piling on Barkley — is the fact he called him “that guy on TV.” One, it’s enjoyably pettiness, and two, it’s the same thing Joel Embiid called Barkley earlier this month after the 76ers star wasn’t selected to the All-Star Game.

Why he fits: The Braves turned to a couple of veteran pitchers to anchor their rotation this season; R.A. Dickey has been solid, but they had to release a struggling Bartolo Colon. Atlanta has been pointing to legitimate contention in 2018 for a while now, and adding Verlander to the rotation would be a true veteran boost. The Braves have a ton of promising pitchers in their organization, the type Denver Broncos Cheap Jerseys of pitchers who would interest the Tigers very Discount Yankee Jerseys much. They’re a dark horse.

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