For this week’s Practice Squad Power Rankings, I feel compelled, by my dad and people like him, to write about the Buffalo Bills.
My dad is 71 years old and has been a nutty Bills fan since the team’s inception in 1959. He was in attendance for one of Buffalo’s AFL titles in the mid-’60s. Since then, let’s just say he’s seen some, uhhh well, you know.
And while the Bills have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and become of one of the AFC’s most stable franchises, the Sean McDermott era has yet to eradicate the residual effects of 17 years without the playoffs, four-straight Super Bowl losses, and just six winning seasons from 1970 to 1989.
You see, many Bills fans have been conditioned to be extraordinarily knee-jerk about any development that moves the needle in any direction. When Josh Allen flashed late in his rookie season of 2018 — to most of the collective Bills faithful, those games signaled he was ready to be championed as the next Jim Kelly. When an offensive line featuring two backups gets demolished by a weak Jaguars defensive front in a 9-6 loss, a doomsday scenario arises in their brains akin to wings and Labatt Blue losing their taste.
Buffalo’s aggressive GM Brandon Beane surprisingly didn’t swing a trade before the deadline, but I have a solution for him and nervous Bills fans who firmly believe the interior of the offensive line needs to be addressed — NOW.
Phil Haynes, who’s patiently waiting for another NFL opportunity on the Seahawks practice squad. My man has been at or near the top of The PSPR for weeks now for a reason.
The nearly 6-foot-4, 320-plus pounder tested like a high-caliber athlete at the 2019 combine after an illustrious, 47-start career at Wake Forest. While he’s battled injuries over the past two seasons after being Seattle’s fourth-round pick, he does have playoff experience, believe or not.
Haynes played left…