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Connors: Bills are “one of the hunted”-JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 27, 2015 – 9:33 pm

Wrapping up the week here at One Bills Drive. A quiet day around the building and the league. We asked the listeners tonight to give their wish list for the season opener and which team they would like to see the Bills open up against. There were plenty of responses from Rex vs. the Jets, to kicking off the season with the Patriots, to even a matchup with Kiko Alonso and the Philadelphia Eagles.

kevin connorsSpeaking of the Bills schedule, the Bills have opened up their 2015 Bills Schedule Challenge, where you can attempt to correctly predict all 16-games and the bye week. ESPN SportsCenter anchor and a huge Bills fan Kevin Connors gave it a shot. Connors called in at the top of the second hour to discuss plotting out the Bills season and why he thinks the Bills are going to take the next step after their offseason moves.

“The changes that we’ve made, this roster, when you look around the NFL, there are not a whole lot of rosters better than what we have. Now, you can win the offseason and that doesn’t mean anything when week one roles around but for a change we’re going into the season one of the hunted. I look forward to having that reputation around here at ESPN for a while.”

Bills safety Duke Williams joined us as well. Williams has been hard at work during this offseason out in Nevada and is looking forward to interacting with the new coaching staff when the players report for their voluntary workouts on April 6th. He talked about that and reuniting with defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson. With the recent departure of Da’Norris Searcy in free agency, Williams has a chance to slip into that open spot at safety. He talked about filling that starting role.

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“I think it’s that time. We weren’t able to keep Da’Norris and I think it’s time for me to step up and be that guy this year. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been working towards it and that’s what I expect coming into 2015.”

Rounding out the show, we reached out to Toronto Sun NFL Reporter John Kryk. Kryk spent this past week at the NFL Owner’s Meetings tempAP864413705456--nfl_mezz_1280_1024in Arizona where he gathered information on the possibility of relocation in the NFL. From Clark Hunt, owner of the Chiefs to Bills owner Terry Pegula, owners spoke of the discussion to have a team across the border.

“Three owners told me independently that the Toronto market is a market they’d like to get to. It’s just, as always, the big ‘how.’ How do we get there? There are a lot of obstacles in the way.” Kryk said. “The biggest problem with Toronto right now, as is in LA for the past twenty years, is that the NFL is not going to come unless there is an NFL worthy stadium but no one is going to build an NFL worthy stadium unless the NFL is going to come.”

To hear more from Kryk and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills labeled playoff sleeper

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Former NFL QB turned NFL analyst Chris Simms is high on the Bills after their flurry of offseason moves from the hiring of Rex Ryan to the trades for LeSean McCoy and Matt Cassel. In fact Simms went so far as to say that the Bills have one of the most talented rosters in the league.

Simms called Buffalo’s defensive line the best in the league and also mentioned Stephon Gilmore and Preston Brown, then pointed out the skill position talent on offense, in which he listed Watkins, Woods, Clay, McCoy and Harvin.

“We didn’t even list Fred Jackson there,” shouted an excited Simms.

Simms also addressed the quarterback position. He believes Matt Cassel will win the job and lead Buffalo to the playoffs for the first time in 16 seasons.


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Fan Friday 3-27

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2015 – 1:03 pm

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks Bills fans. Let’s get to what’s on your mind with your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Given the #Bills have only 6 picks N 2 in the top 150 how aggressive should we expect them to be in Undrafted Free agency?

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CB: I don’t expect the Bills to be especially aggressive in undrafted free agency. Here’s why. The roster is probably as deep as it has been in 10 years. There’s a good chance some of their late round draft choices do not even make the 53-man roster, let alone any undrafted rookie free agent signings.

That being said I believe they will sign a handful of college free agents, but unless some unexpected prospect goes undrafted and slips into the undrafted pool I don’t expect the Bills to go crazy once the draft is over.

 

2 – Chris,

I think Doug Whaley is a very good GM, but sometimes I wonder if he said what he really meant to. A question I had on the press conference he had a little while ago.

He said we would be a run heavy, play great D team until we had a franchise QB. That sounded like he was saying that EJ Manuel was not that guy. If he is saying that they no longer have faith in him. That would be new information.

CB:  I think your assumption is a bit misguided. What Whaley said about the offensive approach is accurate. What he also said about a franchise quarterback is also accurate. After 14 NFL starts he, along with everyone else, doesn’t know if EJ Manuel can be the team’s franchise quarterback. It’s not enough of a sample size to know for certain.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe Manuel could become a franchise QB. Here’s a good comment from Whaley to peg where he and the team stands on EJ heading into 2015 when he was asked about Manuel heading into his third year.

“A guy that has had some ups and some downs and a guy that knows that he has to produce,” Whaley said. “He’s excited. We’ve talked to him. He knows that this is a crucial year for him. He knows he has to step his game up to be consistent. We’ve seen flashes of good things. We’ve seen flashes of some things that he needs to improve on. We know he’s going to put in the work to be the best player he can be.”

 

So by having all this new offensive talent around the quarterbacks and a top five defense, not to mention solid special teams, the quarterback doesn’t have to be franchise caliber right now. If Manuel can win the job and develop into a franchise signal caller in a year or two, then all the better.

 

3 – Chris,

Do you see Randell Johnson as a player on the rise that might fit Rex’s defensive system? He’s raw and a good athlete from what I remember. With Rivers gone and Spikes up in the air, could Johnson see more of a presence on defense? He seems like a good fit on the outside as a pass rusher in 3-4 system.

CB: I don’t think Brandon Spikes’ future impacts Johnson because they have different roles. Johnson at this point is going to be serving as a depth player at LB behind guys like Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes, depending on how the defensive staff chooses to line him up.

Johnson’s length is an asset in a Rex Ryan scheme at OLB. What also helps him is he has some experience from his college days as an outside rusher at Florida Atlantic. I just think it’ll be hard for him to get on the field on defense with all the veteran talent in front of him.

 

4 – Chris,

What do you think of Brandon Bridge as raw QB? Has the arm, body, and speed but its truly developmental. I know all the throws aren’t there yet but he has giant arm? With Roman’s work with Colin, do you seen him as maybe the best fit for the Bills in the draft?

CB: You’re right he is a developmental prospect all the way. He has a lot of the physical tools that NFL talent evaluators look for in a QB. The question is how long will it take? He’s only got 373 career pass attempts in college. He’s played in all of 20 collegiate games. And for his career he’s completed just over 50 percent of his passes. To say he’s green would be an understatement. I’d be wary of a quarterback who needs to step it up as much as he does when it comes to ball location, completion percentage and reading defenses. You just don’t know what he is and is not capable of, so he’s a difficult projection. I’d be surprised if he goes before the sixth round.

 

5 – Hey Chris,
I enjoy all the coverage you and the team provide throughout the year for bills fans everywhere.

With the best player available draft process that seems to be what all the perennial contenders use, does need play into the equation at all?

Thanks again for all your great coverage.

Justin from Eden
Transplanted to Lynchburg Virginia

CB: Yes, need does play into the equation. As Doug Whaley and many other GMs have said before you go with best player on the board, but if there are a couple of prospects on your board closely ranked and one is at a position of need, in that instance you would lean toward your positional need.


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Bills players return April 6th

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2015 – 11:00 am

The Bills players will finally meet with Buffalo’s new coaching staff on Monday April 6th. That’s when the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program commences.

Having a new coaching staff affords Rex Ryan the opportunity to start his team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program earlier than other NFL clubs who did not have a coaching change. He will also have the opportunity to hold an additional voluntary veteran minicamp as a new coach with the Bills.

The voluntary offseason conditioning program will run four days a week. We’ll have full coverage of Monday’s voluntary report day here at One Bills Drive on Buffalobills.com to let you know who is on hand. Select players will be available for comment at 12 pm with Rex Ryan addressing the media at 1 pm on Monday.


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Rex: We’re not complete yet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2015 – 4:05 pm

Although Bills head coach Rex Ryan is very optimistic about his team’s fortunes in 2015, he did admit this week that his squad is not complete just yet.

While out at the NFL’s owner meetings, Ryan acknowledged that there are some adds they’d like to make.

“There are a few things that we probably need that we’re looking at,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to say we need something specific and take away our competitive advantage. We’re not complete yet. We have the draft in front of us and I know we don’t have a first round pick, but there are some good players and it’s a deep draft at several positions. We’re not done improving our team.”


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Whaley weighs in on state of Bills QB position

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2015 – 1:42 pm

On Buffalobills.com today (Wednesday) we covered Rex Ryan’s planned approach in handling the team’s open quarterback competition come spring practices and training camp in the summer. Out at the league’s owner meetings in Arizona, GM Doug Whaley also weighed in on the state of the Bills QB position.

Whaley, while comfortable with where the position sits right now in terms of numbers, is not closing the door on upgrading the position further if the opportunity presents itself.

“We’re going to leave all options open. But right now, we are comfortable going in with a competitive situation with the four guys we have on the roster now,” said Whaley. “Again, we’ve always said we will leave no stone unturned because it is a quarterback-driven league. So until we have a definitive answer at that position, we’re going to keep searching. But we think with the added year of EJ [Manuel] and the competitiveness that Matt Cassel is going to bring in and then Tyrod Taylor and then Jeff Tuel, I think with those four guys somebody is going to rise to the top.”


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Bills were jumping when they landed McCoy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2015 – 1:37 pm

It’s been widely reported that Buffalo’s trade for LeSean McCoy happened quickly. In the span of about a half hour the trade was completed. What hasn’t been revealed is just how excited the Bills front office was when they landed the dynamic running back.

In an interview on NFL Network’s Total Access show, GM Doug Whaley shed some light on the jovial nature of the room after they had completed the trade for LeSean McCoy.

“There was more than a ‘holy cow’ moment,” said Whaley. “There was a lot of jumping around, a lot of hugging and a lot of celebration.”

Whaley, who previously explained how the trade went down to Buffalobills.com, mentioned who called from the Eagles front office to initiate the talks.

“I got a call from Ed Marynowitz from Philadelphia and he proposed the trade,” said Whaley. “At the time, they were looking for picks and we didn’t have any ammo because we traded our first round pick this year for Sammy Watkins. So we told him to look at our roster and he called back in about 10 minutes and the deal was done. It was unbelievable. It was a great testament to the Eagles organization, Chip Kelly and Ed. For us, we were actually at an off-site meeting with everybody that needed to be informed about it with our owners and our head coach and our offensive coordinator and our president. It just came together like that. It was unbelievable.”


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Clay not an individual stats guy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2015 – 12:53 pm

Over the past two seasons Bills TE Charles Clay has 127 receptions good for the sixth-most among tight ends during that span. But don’t ask Clay for any individual goals as he joins Buffalo’s roster.

All my goals are more pretty much team oriented,” said Clay. “The longer I’m around and the more I talk to you, you’ll kind of get a feel that I’m not one to be into so into individual things. That I’m more of a team guy so like I said, whether I have to go into a game and catch 15 balls or whether I have to go into a game and just catch one or maybe even not as long as we win, I’m completely fine,  you won’t hear a sound. You won’t hear a peep from me.

“I’m just one of those team guys at the end of the day, I’m looking to go out there and play as hard as I can and give one hundred and ten percent and leave everything on the field and as long as I do that and we walk off with a win then I’m satisfied.”


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Bills 2015 draft picks in total

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2015 – 9:13 am

With the compensatory picks now awarded to the NFL clubs who qualified, we now know not only what slot the Bills will pick in each round they have a choice, but the pick overall as well. Here’s a rundown of Buffalo’s 2015 draft choices.

The Bills have six choices in all, but they are without a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick. They have a pair of draft choices in round six, with one coming from the Minnesota Vikings in the Matt Cassel trade.

Round 1 – no pick
Round 2 – 50th (18th in round)
Round 3 – 81st (17th in round)
Round 4 – no pick
Round 5 – 155th (19th in round)
Round 6 – 188th & 194th (12th – from Minn. & 18th in round)
Round 7 – 234th (17th in round)

Buffalo’s 9-7 record was tied with three other NFL clubs, Kansas City, San Diego and Houston. The Bills were last among those four clubs based on tiebreakers. The rules are with each round the four tied clubs rotate up, with the top club rotating to the bottom.

So for example, in round one Houston picked 16th, San Diego 17th, Kansas City 18th and Buffalo 19th. Come round two, Houston moves to the bottom of the group (19th) and the other three clubs slide up a spot, which is why Buffalo picks 18th in round two.


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JMS From Duff’s Famous Wings in Niagara Falls

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 24, 2015 – 11:11 pm

 

We took the show on the road Tuesday evening. We set up shop at Duff’s Famous Wings on Niagara Falls Boulevard. A big crowd on-hand to receive plenty of giveaways and to have their say on the show sharing their Bills related thoughts and opinions.

IMG_2064Former Bills All-Pro guard Ruben Brown was in attendance to sign autographs and etched out some time to sit down with us. Brown will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December from his years playing at Pitt. He shared his humble response to that honor. Brown has been a close observer of the Bills this offseason and talked about the current needs up front on the offensive line.

Joining Ruben Brown was special teams ace/Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker. Tasker joined us at the top of the second hour. Of course he’s qualified to talk about special teams and he discussed the improvement that was seen from the Bills unit last season and his thoughts on standout performer Marcus Easley. He also talked about how it was Marv Levy who taught him the interworking’s of playing the special teams position. Tasker went on to weigh in on the Bills free agent acquisitions, including Percy Harvin and Charles Clay. He also said that the Bills are prime to “win big.”

Finally, speaking of newly signed tight end Charles Clay, he joined us to round out the show. Clay talked about the whole process of having the transition tag placed on him and the courting the Bills did to bring him to Buffalo. He said “he couldn’t be happier” to be here. He also talked about why he chose to come to a team that is on the upswing after numerous changes this offseason.

“It was huge. Buffalo was always a team I absolutely hated playing against. I hated going to Buffalo because I knew how rowdy the stadium got. I knew how tough that defense was and then to have a guy like Rex Ryan come in, who players love to play for and then see the moves he made on offense, getting LeSean McCoy, getting Percy Harvin, and even bringing in my guy Richie Incognito to go with some of the weapons they already have in Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. It’s impressive. Then you bring in a veteran quarterback to come in and compete with a young quarterback. It will be an exciting time. I can’t wait.”

 

To hear more from Clay and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show from Duff’s Famous Wings in Niagara Falls, click here.


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Bills new TE not feeling pressure of big deal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 5:52 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay now has a contract that puts him in the upper echelon of tight ends in the league in terms of average annual salary. Is he feeling the pressure to live up to the deal as he begins the next chapter of his career with Buffalo?

Clay says for him it’s not about outside pressure or the pressure of a big contract to perform.

“I don’t feel like anyone could put as much pressure on me that I put on myself,” Clay said. “I’m going to go out and work hard every single day. What I won’t do is go out and start pressing. Trying to prove why I got the contract and things like that. Once you start doing that is when guys start to mess up.

“What I plan on doing: I’m going to go out and play as hard as I can which is what I always do. I don’t feel any added pressure. I already set high standards for myself. I’m going to work hard and do everything I can to help this team win no matter what that is. Whatever I have to do, that’s what I’m willing to do so I’ll just go from there.”

 


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Clay: Waiting was the hardest part

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 5:48 pm

Bills new TE Charles Clay wasn’t trying to mimic Tom Petty’s hit song, but as Miami’s transition player, the waiting truly was the hardest part of his free agent process this spring, especially when he was set on joining the Bills.

Clay first had to wait about a week before finally signing Buffalo’s offer sheet. Then there was more waiting to see if Miami would match the offer sheet. The Dolphins ultimately pulled the plug after just two days confirming they would not match, even though they could’ve gone a full five days. Still, it was much too long for Clay.

“It was strange simply because you take that visit and everything went so well from meeting coaches to meeting people around the facility. I was so excited to have that opportunity that I wanted to sign right away and then signing that offer sheet and then having to wait,” Clay said via conference call Tuesday. “Then it’s kind of like taking a step back and just having to wait on everything to play out, but at the end of the day it all worked out just how I wanted it and like I said, I couldn’t be happier.”

 


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No compensatory picks for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 9:59 am

The Bills draft pick total remains at six after the league handed out their 32 compensatory draft picks for the 2015 draft Tuesday. The 32 compensatory picks were handed out to just 14 NFL clubs.

To initially qualify for compensatory picks a team must have a net loss of free agents from the previous offseason. Buffalo did not have that with the signing of Corey Graham, Brandon Spikes, Chris Williams, Keith Rivers and Boobie Dixon last spring.

Their biggest free agent loss last offseason was Jairus Byrd, and the size of his contract in New Orleans might have qualified Buffalo to land a seventh this year, had there been extra picks to go around provided the Bills were near even on their free agent balance sheet.

But with 10 of the 14 NFL clubs this year being awarded multiple compensatory picks due to their net free agent losses, the 32 compensatory selections were distributed to qualifying clubs in short order. Here’s a look at the teams that are benefiting now after losing some quality talent in the free agent market last offseason.

Kansas City Chiefs: 3rd round (98), 5th round (172), 5th round (173), 6th round (217)
Denver Broncos: 4th round (133), 6th round (208), 7th round (250), 7th round (251)
Seattle Seahawks: 4th round (134), 5th round (170), 6th round (209), 6th round (214)
Baltimore Ravens: 4th round (136), 5th round (171), 5th round (175)
Houston Texans: 5th round (174), 6th round (211), 6th round (216)
New England Patriots: 3rd round (97), 7th round (253)
Cincinnati Bengals: 3rd round (99), 4th round (135)
San Francisco 49ers: 4th round (132), 7th round (254)
Carolina Panthers: 5th round (169), 6th round (213)
Green Bay Packers: 6th round (210), 6th round (212)
St. Louis Rams: 6th round (215)
Pittsburgh Steelers: 7th round (252)
Indianapolis Colts: 7th round (255)
Arizona Cardinals: 7th round (256)


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TE Clay weighs in on Bills QB situation

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:44 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he would hold an open quarterback competition for the starting role for his offense. So what does new tight end Charles Clay think of what he and his other offensive teammates have to work with at QB?

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday, Clay when asked about Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel specifically, laid out his thoughts on Buffalo’s roster of quarterbacks.

“I think those are two qualified guys. EJ being a young guy and bringing in Matt Cassel, who has been around the league and knows the ropes and can kind of guide him,” Clay said. “It’s always good to have that competition to have someone push you. And not even just those two, they signed Tyrod Taylor and brought him in to throw him in there. You’ve got guys who can add a completely different dimension to your offense. Guys who can move around, and having that veteran leadership in Cassel, a guy who has done it and a guy who smart, knows defenses and knows how to read coverages to kind of bring those guys along while also pushing them, it’s good. It’ll be good to get up there and work with those guys and pick their brains. I can’t wait.”


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Talent in Bills locker room intrigued Clay

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:37 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay knew Buffalo was seriously interested in bringing him onto their roster, but when he saw the other moves the team was making to add big time talent to the roster he was getting more and more excited.

Clay, in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, explained how Buffalo’s other acquisitions had him thinking about the possibilities for the Bills offense in 2015.

“You see those moves they were making and you get a sense of guys who want to win,” said Clay. “LeSean (McCoy), a great leader and a great back and you add Percy (Harvin), a dynamic game changer at any point in the game. Then you throw in an O-lineman like Richie (Incognito), I played with Richie in Miami and I know the kind of toughness he brings to the game. He’s a great guy to have on your team. He’s one of those guys you hate to go against because he’s so tough, but he’s a guy when he’s a teammate he’s going to go to war for any one of his teammates so he’s a great guy to have around.”

On his free agent visit to Buffalo, Clay quickly developed a feel for the city and how supportive the fan base is in Western New York.

“I was on a visit there for three days and you can get a sense of it. They’re passionate about their team,” said Clay. “Buffalo was always a place that I hated going and visiting and playing because I knew how passionate those fans were and how loud that stadium got. It’s always a tough place to play. So being on the other side now and being able to play there it’ll be a good feeling. I’m excited. I can’t wait.”


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Clay appreciated Bills 1st class treatment

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:23 pm

Bills newest TE Charles Clay is excited to get this new chapter in his football career started with the Bills after Miami chose not to match Buffalo’s contract offer. And while the money probably said enough, it was the first class treatment by Buffalo that convinced him.

In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Clay appreciated how much his talents were valued by the Bills.

“It was a good feeling. It’s always a good feeling to be wanted by someone,” he said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that Buffalo gave me. Throughout the whole process they definitely showed me that they valued me and it was a good feeling.

“When you have a team come along and they’re showing that they value you, and you look at some of the moves they’ve made in Buffalo, you get a sense that they want to win and they want to win right away. Having that new staff and new owners that city is excited about that team and it’s something that I love to be a part of. I’m excited and glad to get this opportunity.”

As for all the waiting that took place before he finally was locked up with Buffalo, Clay said he understood the process, but is glad there’s no more waiting.

“I’m glad it’s finally over and I’m about ready to get to work now,” he said.


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Bills blackouts few & far between of late

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 3:20 pm

The NFL’s owners have voted to scrap the TV blackout rule for the 2015 season at their owners meetings in Arizona today. With the blackout rule lifted, at least for this season, we thought we’d look back at just how many games were blacked out over the past decade.

Believe it or not Bills fans that like to watch games from the comfort of their own home have not been the victim of TV blackouts all that often over the last 10 years. Here’s a look at the year-by-year blackout counts for the Bills since 2005.

Year Blackouts
2014 0
2013 1
2012 2
2011 3
2010 3
2009 0
2008 0
2007 0
2006 4
2005 0
 Total 13

So since 2012 there have been a total of just three blackouts, none of which occurred last season. The 2014 year was the first since 2009 that there were no blackouts. For 2015 at least it won’t be an issue.

In 2014 there was not a single game blacked out in the league, which may have helped to prompt the lifting of the rule.


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NFL blackout rule going away for 2015

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 2:35 pm

There’s an early headline coming out of the NFL owners meetings in Arizona and it concerns the TV blackout rule.

According to a number of reports the blackout rule has been done away with by the owners for the 2015 regular season.

The policy had long required that games be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff to lift a television blackout in that team’s TV market for home games.


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Expanding playoffs on table at owners meetings

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 12:59 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t put odds on the likelihood of the NFL playoff pool expanding from 12 teams to 14, but he did confirm that the number of clubs that qualify for the postseason will be debated heavily at this week’s owners meetings.

In a one-on-one interview with MMQB’s Peter King, Goodell said the following.

“The expansion of the playoffs will be discussed. There are a lot of factors that go into it. One, we want to be right when we do it … It’s something that we think has got a lot of merit from a competitive side, because it would actually add more teams to the race as you get toward the end of the season. There’s the broadcasting side of it. When would you play that extra game? [A seventh playoff team in each conference would leave] one bye for the first seed in each conference.”

Goodell admitted that a Wild Card game could appear on a Monday night, though college football’s national title game could be a conflict.

The Commissioner also said stadium ticket sales are an issue too knowing that if a team closes the regular season with two home games and then has three home playoff games after that it could be a lot to ask of the fans based in northern climates.

“We have a lot to balance,” Goodell told King.


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Rex: QB competition is open

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 4:00 pm

The Bills have added a pair of quarterbacks over the past few weeks in Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. When asked where the quarterback position now stands with offseason workouts on the horizon, head coach Rex Ryan said the competition is open.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan explained where things stand at QB for his squad.

“It’s going to be open. It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there,” he said. “We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel. He’s done some pretty good things in this league. He’s got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (quarterbacks coach) David Lee here. I love the fact that he’s a gym rat and he’s smart. With our offense being multiple we’ll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that.

“With Taylor that’s going to be a young man, he’s probably the fastest quarterback in the league. He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at. Then Tuel. We’ve got guys there to work with. That’ll be the important thing. There will be competition, but a person has to earn the job. It hasn’t been handed to somebody.”

A lot of outside observers assumed that Cassel would be handed the job, but that’s not how Ryan is running things.

With four quarterbacks on the roster, most think it will be hard for Ryan and his offensive staff to not at least whittle the competition down to just a pair of quarterbacks going into training camp knowing there just aren’t enough reps to go around and get an accurate assessment of each QB.

Ryan however, intends to run practices a bit different than Bills fans have seen in the past with two offensive units and two defensive units going at the same time on two different fields at St. John Fisher.

“When we get to training camp we’ll do a lot of things on two fields,” Ryan said. “It won’t just be the offense going and the defense going, we’re going to be working on two fields. That’s how you develop young quarterbacks. We’re blessed to have guys on our staff who can really develop quarterbacks.  Greg Roman, Chris Palmer and this is how they did it. You switch whoever is running with the twos on one field and then the ones are on another field. That’s how you get better. We’re going to have that.

“We have some young quarterbacks and we want to make sure that everybody gets the right amount of reps. We’ll have the exact same practice that we have on field one as field two so everybody gets the same reps. You just basically double them up.”


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