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Joe Ferguson as Mark Sanchez, Don Beebe on overrated Bills list

By Tim Graham

NFL.com has been naming the most underrated and overrated players for each team. The Buffalo Bills' all-time lists were posted today, and they look solid to me.

Feel free to add your thoughts or list some omissions in the comments section below.

Here are the winners and losers, with a snippet from author Patrick Crawley's review:

Overrated

Drew Bledsoe: "Bledsoe was expected to be Jim Kelly 2.0. Instead, he was just another Joe in a decade-long line of disappointing Bills quarterbacks."

Don Beebe: "He's a memorable player and an inspirational one. He's just not quite as impressive as the mythic persona that's been built around him."

Peerless Price: "Price has one great season (94 catches, 1,252 yards receiving, nine touchdowns) causing the speed-starved Atlanta Falcons to cough up a first-round pick to pair him with Michael Vick."

Joe Ferguson: "He was Mark Sanchez before Mark Sanchez."

Shane Conlan: "The most damning piece of evidence against Conlan? The Bills didn't skip a beat without him. After he left in 1992, they actually improved their league defensive ranking."

Underrated

Fred Smerlas: "Smerlas was point man on the so-called 'Bermuda Triangle' defense that paved the way for Buffalo's success in the early 90s."

Butch Byrd: "He had 40 [interceptions] in seven seasons. Even if you totaled the seven best seasons of Hall of Famers Deion Sanders (36) and Rod Woodson (38) they can't match that."

Howard Ballard: "He went on to start 80 straight games at right tackle for a Bills offensive line that set high marks for success, peaking with back-to-back 2,000 yards from scrimmage seasons for Thurman Thomas in 1991 and 1992."

Kenneth Davis: "The consummate 'deliver when it counts' guy, Davis scored seven postseason touchdowns in his six seasons with the Bills."

Aaron Schobel: "He had four seasons with 10-plus sacks, including back-to-back double-digit sack seasons in 2005 and 2006 -- the only Bills player other than Bruce Smith to do so."

Poll: Greatest inside linebacker in Bills history?

By Tim Graham

Brian Urlacher's retirement turned this morning's front page of NFL.com into a tribute to the Chicago Bears legend. Analysts and players reviewed his Hall of Fame credentials and debated where he ranks among the all-time great inside linebackers.

That led me to wonder about the Buffalo Bills' best inside or middle linebacker.

The list of candidates is rather short.

Who ya got?

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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