Inside The Bills

2018 Jim Kelly Camp scholarship winners

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 14, 2018 – 9:29 pm

The 31st annual Jim Kelly Football Camp will kick off at New Era Field on June 24 and run until June 28. The camp, which began in 1988, brings in over 500 participants each year to learn from Kelly and his knowledgeable instructors. Divided up into three different age groups, the camp allows young athletes to practice football fundamentals and develop their skills.

This year, the following individuals have been selected to receive the Jim Kelly Football Camp scholarship:

Michael A. from West Seneca, N.Y.

Joseph  F. from West Seneca, N.Y.

Skye F. from Buffalo, N.Y.

Anthony G. from Hamburg, N.Y.

Kendall G. from West Seneca, N.Y.

Maddox K. from Castile, N.Y.

Brett K. from Great Valley, N.Y.

Adam P. from Alden, N.Y.

Conor T. from Tonawanda, N.Y.

Grason W. from West Seneca, N.Y.

Congratulations!

For more information on the Jim Kelly Football Camp and for details on how to register your child, visit here.


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Bills 50 Yard Finish 5K to take place at New Era Field on June 23

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 14, 2018 – 4:27 pm

Bills fans, the 50 Yard Finish 5K will return to New Era Field on Saturday, June 23! The seventh annual event will kick off at 9 a.m., with a course that starts on Abbott Road in front of New Era Field and finishes with participants going through the player tunnel onto the 50-yard line. A Children’s Fun Mile will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Fans wishing to take part in the fun can register online by clicking here. Online registration will close the morning of Friday, June 22. Those looking to register after that time must do so in person during packet pick-up hours at the ADPRO Sports Training Center, which will take place on Friday, June 22, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 23, from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration for the 5K is $40 and the Children’s Fun Mile is $15. The first 1,200 registrants will receive a race shirt and a finisher medal. Current registrants include residents from 24 different states, as well as Canada and Germany. IMPACT Sports Performance will attend to lead all runners in a prerace warmup at the start line.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation and the Buffalo Sports Commission Amateur Athletics Foundation.

We look forward to seeing you at New Era Field!

For more information, please visit here.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – June

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 13, 2018 – 3:24 pm

On Sunday mornings at 7 a.m., Anne Sischo and her husband drive an hour and a half to New Era Field from Jamestown, New York, where they spend all day tailgating and even have elaborate dinners with 50 to 60 other Bills fans. Shortly after they arrive, Sischo greets her friends with homemade cookies that she bakes for each game. Sischo and her husband tailgate until the team starts warming up, which is when they head to their seats to spend time with friends who’ve turned into family. This routine may feel familiar to the Sischo family because they have been making the trip for the past 27 years.

She explained, “We know everybody in our section so it’s like coming back to family. It’s nice to see everyone and talk about their lives.”

They enjoy the company of their friends in the stands, as well as on the field. Since their seats are in the first row, they have come to know the camera crew as well. They have been featured on television and in commercials many times and always get their photos taken. The Sischo duo truly feels at home when coming to Orchard Park.

However, the memories they’ve made at Bills games extend far beyond the action on the field. The Bills are a huge part of the family’s life and something they have always looked forward to. Sischo stressed this significantly when she explained that she is a breast cancer survivor. During her courageous battle with the disease, Sischo, who had routine treatment appointments on Thursdays, still attended games on Sundays.

“It would help me get through everything, it was really a good thing to look forward to,” she said.

It’s things like this that make being a Bills Season Ticket Member so enjoyable for Sischo. Last year, she was honored on the field as a breast cancer survivor. Of course, Sischo also likes using her Bills Bucks Card, which gives her a discount at The Bills Store. However, the most meaningful perk of being a Season Ticket Member is her supportive and dedicated account representative.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Anne for her many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of June. In addition to Anne being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, she will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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Bills staying patient with open roster spot

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2018 – 11:03 am

With the Eric Wood situation resolved and his retirement official as it pertains to the Bills roster, there is an open spot. Buffalo currently has 89 players on their roster. Head coach Sean McDermott explained that there is approach is to be patient and if the right opportunity comes along to make a signing at that time.

“As far as the roster goes, the approach that Brandon (Beane) and I take is that we talk every day and really, it’s not about, and you’ve heard us say this before, it’s not about getting to 90, it’s the right 90,” he said. “We’d rather be patient at this point and just make sure it’s the right player at the right time. I know Brandon and his staff are continuously evaluating that and I know that, when they find the right opportunity, they’ll jump on it.”


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Fan Friday 6-8

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2018 – 10:55 am

Just mandatory minicamp left after today. Here are your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

McDermott and Daboll seem like a good match. Any observations on them together and do you see any differences from the previous OC? Thanks Chris!

Timothy Filutze
@timothy_filutze

CB: I’ll begin by saying I think the big plus that Daboll brings is he is more relatable to the players than former OC Rick Dennison was. Dennison could interact with the players, but developing a relationship seemed a bit more difficult for him at times. That is not the case with Daboll and the players on offense as I outlined in my story on him last week.

But I’ll let coach McDermott explain the give and take he and coach Daboll have enjoyed thus far.

“We try and take the approach of ‘iron sharpens iron’ really where I’m learning from him, he’s learning from me I this case,” McDermott said. “Again, we’re all learning from one another, so if you just start there, you usually have the start of a pretty good recipe.

“He has an ability to think at a higher level and he understands trends in terms of what’s going on, what’s trending in and around the NFL. Obviously, there has been an adjustment because the system is different than the system we used last year. I believe the players are really buying into what we’re doing and what Brian is doing as well as the entire offensive staff for that matter.”

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Many experts have the Bills taking a big step back this year in terms of wins. Is the reason totally due to the ?? at QB? To me the Bills roster appears much more solid and much deeper than last year, except possibly at WR, which can still change.

Steve Noble
@SteveNo12471507

CB: I think because the quarterback position is an unknown, and there is a new offense going in, it does lead many national pundits to forecast struggle for the Bills. This is commonplace for national reporters, who don’t cover the team on a daily basis. They look at the team on paper, examine the player losses and if in their estimation they outweigh the additions, they often predict doom for that team.

With all the unanswered questions on offense, there is an inherent fear of the unknown by prognosticators. Now in their defense, it’s not like some of those concerns they harbor are unfounded.

There will need to be a good number of players that have to step into more prominent roles this season on the offensive line, defensive end, linebacker, quarterback and wide receiver.

That is a long list.

Couple that with a schedule that has the Bills on the road for five of their first seven games and you can see why the prediction people are down on Buffalo.

The defense will be much improved with the additions made there.

I think the key to Buffalo’s 2018 season will be finding a definitive answer at quarterback and how quickly the offense can get to a point where they’re executing the new scheme in a consistent fashion week to week.

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why is Allen working with the nobodys?

Adam creery
@Adamcreery4

CB: Josh Allen is working with the third team offense because he’s playing catch up. AJ McCarron and Nate Peterman had a three-week head start on learning the new offensive scheme and running plays on the field.

All indications are that Allen is a quick study, but bringing him along steadily is clearly the plan that’s in place. This coaching staff will not rush him through just to line him up with the starting unit.

They will base their decisions on who he’ll line up with solely on Allen’s progress day by day.

When coach McDermott was asked if he’d consider giving Allen reps with the second team or first team in the mandatory minicamp, he wouldn’t rule it out, but it’s apparent they aren’t going to rush him through anything.

“It’s a fluid situation; it’s all part of doing what’s best for A, our football team and B, Josh’s development overall,” said McDermott in how they’re bringing him along. “I’m not going to say I’m not going to do it, it’s just what’s the right thing to do at the right time based on our plan.”

4 – Hey Chris,

I was wondering with guys like Zay Jones & Logan Thomas having surgery’s & not being able to participate in OTA’s do they still show up every day & do the class room stuff with their respective groups in order to further their knowledge of the in coming scheme seeing as there is a new OC & a new offense being installed ?

Thanks for your time !!

Mr. T from Nashville via Barker NY

CB: The answer is yes. They have to be on site anyway for rehabilitation assignments with the athletic training staff, and they do attend position meetings and offense and/or defense meetings. Logan Thomas is already walking around without any assistance, so that’s encouraging.

I just haven’t crossed paths with Zay in the building of late.

 

5 – Chris:

Great work during the draft and year round.

A couple questions:

1) With the new OC and the player acquisitions in Free Agency and the draft do you think the Bills are planning to go to more of a spread offense this year? This may help Josh Allen in reading Defenses and opening more running lanes by taking players out of the box.

2) I expect the Bills to play more of a 4-2-5 Defense. This means more use of Milano, Stanford and Vallejo. I also expect Siran Neal to be listed as a Safety but eventually (a year or two) gain enough size to play LB like Carolina Shaq Thompson. Your thoughts?

Joe
Blasdell

CB: Your first question is an interesting one. I remember when Chan Gailey was head coach he often used a four-wide, one-back set to spread the field to create easier reads for Ryan Fitzpatrick in the pass game, while also creating more natural rush lanes for the backs.

It worked very well for the most part.

It’s hard to determine now if Brian Daboll wants to lean in the spread direction, especially with a quarterback competition to evaluate. Not knowing who your No. 1 QB is makes it more challenging for an OC to put a singular identity on an offense.

As for the defense, the Bills are in a nickel defense close to two-thirds of the time based on the passing nature of the game these days. Coach McDermott often says your nickel corner is basically a starter on defense, based on how often they’re in nickel defense.

I expect the nickel LBs to be Edmunds and Milano this season. Stanford and Vallejo are good options in reserve as both can run and cover.

As for Neal, I can see him playing a hybrid LB role, but full-time LB is something I’m going to hold judgment on. I’d like to see how he can change his body composition next offseason before I’m convinced that’s a role he could take on.


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Fan Friday 6-1

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2018 – 11:28 am

Two weeks of OTAs down, one to go. Here are your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who is the fastest WR?

Randall
@Randallj86

CB: Here are the 40 times of each player from their pre-draft testing, fully recognizing that for some veteran players this was up to five or six years ago.

Robert Foster 4.41
Austin Proehl 4.41
Brandon Reilly 4.42
Zay Jones 4.45
Rod Streater 4.46
Quan Bray 4.50
Kaelin Clay 4.51
Malachi Dupre 4.52
Andre Holmes 4.53
Ray-Ray McCloud 4.53
Jeremy Kerley 4.56
Kelvin Benjamin 4.60
Cam Phillips 4.84

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Can a QB on the roster provide a more consistent passing offense than Tyrod Taylor? Where do you think the passing offense will rank by seasons end? Top 10, middle, or to align with previous seasons…bottom 3 in the league? I’m hoping for middle (15 to 18)

Michael Kielma
@bubble_head716

CB: While I think it’s fine to hope for middle of the pack in terms of passing game rank for the Bills in 2018, it’s almost impossible to peg where they’ll end up for a host of reasons.

First, this is the first year with Daboll’s offense, so it will take time to really have it humming in the regular season.

Second, without knowing who the starting quarterback is, much less how he’ll perform in this offensive scheme, it’s a challenge to accurately predict where they’ll end up too.

I think everyone knows it can’t be 31st again. That’s just not good enough.

That being said, I think your range of 15 to 18 is reasonable to hope for knowing all the elements that will be new this season (scheme, QB, play caller).

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Many will gauge the success of this year’s draft by how Edmunds and Allen pan out….to me this draft will be defined by the success of Taron Johnson, Siran Neal, and Wyatt Teller. Do you think they will have impact this year?

Steve Noble
@SteveNo12471507

CB: Of the three draft choices you mentioned I think the player to most likely have an impact this season is Taron Johnson. He’s currently battling with Phillip Gaines for the slot corner role, and I’m anticipating that to be one of the tighter position battles.

Teller and Neal both have good potential, but for Teller, there are a couple of vets in front of him at guard and Neal appears to have the biggest transition to make coming from a small college program at Jacksonville State.

Part of his issue is the long-term plan for him is to have him fill multiple roles defensively (corner, safety, slot, hybrid LB) and that is going to take time. So I don’t see him on the field much this fall on defense. He’s got a lot of learning to do.

 

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Bodine over Groy baffles me. Groy bigger and did extremely well replacing injured Wood in past. Cincy media long reported Bodine as soft against beefy D-lines in Cinci. What jumps out at u why Bodine, other than maybe game starts (albeit not good ones) and familiarity w/McCarron?

Bill N
@williamkevin24

CB: First and foremost, Bill, it’s early. For linemen, the real football doesn’t begin until the pads go on. Yes, Bodine has been primarily running with the first team at center in OTAs, but as OC Brian Daboll said Thursday, “It’s a rep chart, not a depth chart.”

You’re right that Groy is a bigger more massive lineman than Bodine, but the behemoth defensive tackles are becoming fewer and further between. With more spread formations and up tempo offenses, giant defensive tackles aren’t commonplace like they were at the turn of the century.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think Keith Ford has what it takes to be our 2nd RB? I love Shady but I don’t think we have 3dwn RB if he goes down.

Egg
@Ratatuip

CB: While I’ll admit I need to see more of Keith Ford before passing judgment on his playing ability, I will disagree with your assessment that there isn’t another three-down back on Buffalo’s roster. I believe Travaris Cadet’s game is most similar to McCoy’s on the roster.

That’s not to insinuate that Cadet is on McCoy’s level, but he’s not far off. He’s a shifty runner, who can make defenders miss and he is an accomplished receiver out of the backfield.

Ford is fighting an uphill battle for a roster spot with vets like Ivory and Cadet behind McCoy and a special teams ace in Taiwan Jones.


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Alexander’s ACES Foundation to host Bowling Benefit

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 30, 2018 – 10:30 am

An active member in the Western New York community, Bills veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and his ACES Foundation will be hosting Buffalo’s Bowling Benefit on Saturday, June 9 at 12 p.m. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at Strikers Lanes in West Seneca, New York, will benefit the ACES ACCESS initiative – a program focused on collaboration and relationship building with the South Park High School Football team and The Belle Center.

For more information on how you can register to participate, please visit here.

 


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – May

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 29, 2018 – 9:09 am

Football certainly means family for Martin Bazinet, who has been a Bills Season Ticket Member since 2006 when he moved to the Toronto area from Montreal. Bazinet’s love for the Bills, however, dates back much farther. Watching the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes with his father in the 1970s, Bazinet became a big Marv Levy fan. Levy, head coach of the Alouettes at the time, led the team to two championships and was named the Coach of the Year in 1974. When Levy embarked on the next chapter of his coaching career with Buffalo in 1986, Bazinet quickly developed a passion for the Bills. Under Levy’s tutelage, the Bills won four consecutive AFC Championships in the 90s, solidifying Bazinet’s fandom forever.

Bazinet has been making memories on Sundays at New Era Field ever since. Some of his fondest include attending his first-ever Bills game with his son Charles in 2006, last season’s snow game against the Indianapolis Colts and watching the team advance to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Week 15 snow game featured blizzard-like conditions, which made it tough to see the field. Despite the cold and snow, Bazinet explained that it was all worth it in the end.

“Just being able to say that we were there from kickoff to the end of the game [is great],” said Bazinet.

For the duo, game days at New Era Field start several hours prior to the first snap. Driving from Canada for each home game requires them to wake up early, which not only affords them enough time to cross the border, it gives them an opportunity to set up their one-of-a-kind tailgate.

“I’m a foodie,” explained Bazinet. “I work for a spice and flavor company. My tailgates are not typical… I prepare my menu in advance. We’re talking rack of lamb, braised lamb shank, lobster roll…Depending on the weather. I like to have something that is a little bit fun. Normally I prepare extra portions because…You make friends when you’re there in the parking lot tailgating…We share and we chat.”

Over the years, Bazinet has come to enjoy the many benefits associated with his membership. Not only does he get to watch firsthand as his favorite current Bills players LeSean McCoy and Kyle Williams take the field, he truly feels that he is a part of the team.

“The stuff you guys do in terms of communication [is a great perk],” explained Bazinet. “…Receiving a letter or statement from the owners or from the team management…You do a great job of making us feel like we’re a part of it. That’s the reason why I say, ‘We’…I think of myself as one of the team members. Having season tickets plays a role in that, the commitment that is there on my end, but I feel acknowledged by the team.”

Bazinet also appreciates the user-friendly online resources available to help him with the seat relocation process. Something that he has done now three times throughout the course of his tenure, Bazinet finds it extremely convenient to be able to select available seats on his own.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Martin for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of May. In addition to Martin being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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One Buffalo Pet Adoption event to take place June 16

Posted by Megan Zenger on May 24, 2018 – 10:00 am

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Note: We strongly encourage anyone interested in adopting a pet to fill out an adoption application prior to attending the event. Links to the applications are included at the end of this story.

Mark your calendars for the One Buffalo Pet Adoption event on Saturday, June 16, 2018! Local animal shelters and rescue groups will come together under one roof at the KeyBank Center for the area’s largest pet adoption event. Interested adopters will have the opportunity to find the “One” to complete their family.

Event Information:

Date: June 16, 2018

Time: 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Location: KeyBank Center

*Free parking in the KeyBank Center Parking ramp

Participating rescues and shelters (subject to change):

Each shelter and rescue group has their own adoption process and set their own fees. If you are serious about adopting at the event, please see below for our list of participating rescues and shelters and complete an application in advance of the event.  Interested adopters should bring valid ID, money to cover the adoption fee and if you rent your home, a letter from your landlord confirming you may have a pet.


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Bills release Incognito from res/retired list

Posted by Chris Brown on May 21, 2018 – 3:59 pm

The Buffalo Bills have released Richie Incognito from the reserve/retired list.

Incognito already was not occupying a roster spot for the club after the team designated him reserve/retired. Now he is not affiliated with the current roster in any way going forward.


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Fan Friday 5-18

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2018 – 1:01 pm

OTAs get rolling next week. Here are your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you think that Josh Allen has a legitimate chance to start for the Bills this season? Additionally, do you think the Bills themselves hope it’s Mcarron for this season? #FanFriday

GJohnston
@Johnston_GB

CB: I think the fact that coach McDermott has called it an open competition makes it a possibility, but even coach and GM Brandon Beane have cautioned that Allen has some catching up to do.

I don’t think anyone can debate that Allen is the most physically gifted of Buffalo’s three quarterbacks, but at the NFL level that only takes you so far.

Allen comes across as a player that knows and can process the game, but it’s unquestionably a step up in competition that he hasn’t experienced before.

We all really need to see him execute in an NFL atmosphere on the field to see if he can make steady progress and perform consistently. If he can do those things then he legitimately has a chance.

As for your question about hoping McCarron plays this season, I think the only hope coach McDermott has is that who he starts at quarterback is a difficult decision because the competition is a tight one.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you feel they are done at addressing the WR position?

Paul Jeffrey III
@paulthegreat9

CB: As GM Brandon Beane said they’re always looking to upgrade their roster wherever they can and however they can. He did give indication that he anticipates some veterans could be out on the market later in the free agent period.

If that comes to pass I would anticipate the Bills kicking the tires on receiver prospects.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you see the two new receivers that we drafted making the way into starting lineup with (Benjamin, kerley, Jones). Josh Allen vs AJ McCarron? Who do we think can win more games?


Jacob Kurtz
@JacobbMarley

CB: Again, much like the quarterback position, who has a starting role at receiver will be predicated on who performs best at the position through the course of the spring, summer and preseason games. Coach McDermott has created a culture of competition up and down the roster because competition brings out the best in terms of what a player has to offer.

With respect to Allen and McCarron, none of us have seen enough of either of them at this level to be able to determine who is going to start, much less who would win more games.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

What’s behind stockpiling so many defensive linemen? Is it purely a “competition” at training camp thing?

Garnet Barnsdale
@gocashking

CB: I believe it is largely rooted in developing competition. Most of us could probably figure out who the top six defensive linemen are going to be who are going to be active on game days, but competition for the last one or two positions is how Buffalo found Eddie Yarbrough last season.

So it’s a healthy exercise and may the best man win.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

What’s our starting offensive line looking like now? Any change on the right side?

Sexual Pancake
@KeeslerThe

CB: If the Bills had to play a game tomorrow, they’d go with what they know. They know that Ryan Groy can play guard or center and that Russell Bodine can play center. They also know Dion Dawkins can play left tackle, Vladimir Ducasse can play right guard and that Jordan Mills can play right tackle.

That’s probably your starting five if you had a game this weekend, but they don’t. So with the exception of Dion Dawkins, the other four positions are subject to change based on the competition that exists on the roster.

Marshall Newhouse, John Miller and Wyatt Teller probably represent the most noteworthy competition.


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Rundown of Bills tryout players

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2018 – 11:15 am

Here’s the list of the 30 players participating in Buffalo rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

QB Ryan Zapoticky – #14 – Shippensburg
RB Shane Tucker – #22 – Middle Tennessee St.
FB Zach Olstad – #20 – Winona St.
WR William Scott – #4 – N.C. A&T
WR Marcus Johnson – #6 – Slippery Rock
WR Josh Simmons – #7 – Prairie View
WR K.J. Maye – #10 – Minnesota
TE James Rome – #40 – Georgia
TE Charlie Callinan – #41 – Boston College
TE Ishmail Wainright – #44 – Baylor
OL Wilson Bell – #50 – Auburn
OL Arturo Uzdavinis – #51 – Tulane
OL Jacob Flores – #53 – Dartmouth
OL David Goldsby – #63 – Buffalo
DL Khalil Sommerville – #68 – Buffalo State
DL Terrence Summers – #69 – Middle Tennessee St.
DL Garrett Hughes – #71 – New Mexico
DL Jimmy Bean – #72 – Oklahoma St.
LB Micah Awe – #48 – Texas Tech
LB Dale Warren – #60 – Tennessee Chattanooga
LB Eric Boggs – #62 – Appalachian State
LB Kenneth Olugbode – #64 – UCONN
LB Brandon Smith – #66 – Penn State
LB Zach Bassuener – #74 – Minnesota-Duluth
CB Dorian Williams – #33 – Princeton
CB Chris Hardeman – #42 – Houston Baptist
S De’Andre Coley – #25 – Arkansas
S DaShaun Amos – #26 – East Carolina
S Lucas Webb – #39 – Tennessee Chattanooga


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Jersey numbers for undrafted signings

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2018 – 10:37 am

Here’s a look at the jersey number assignments for the Bills undrafted rookies, who all officially signed Friday.

DE Mat Boesen – 43
OT Ike Boettger – 65
CB Ryan Carter – 46
K Tyler Davis – 9
G Gerhard De Beer – 67
RB Keith Ford – 35
WR Robert Foster – 8
DE Mike Love – 56
WR Cam Phillips – 5
OT Mo Porter – 77
LB Corey Thompson – 52
CB Levi Wallace – 47


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Austin Proehl vs. Ricky Proehl

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2018 – 12:53 pm

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com, former NFL WR Ricky Proehl has had a profound impact on his son, Austin’s football career. The Bills seventh-round pick, Austin Proehl put together a pretty strong combine workout at the regional combine in Tampa Bay this past spring (he wasn’t invited to Indianapolis). We thought it’d be fun to compare Austin Proehl’s combine workout up against his dad, Ricky’s workout. Here’s what we found.

Ricky Proehl measured 5’11’ and 181 pounds with 29.5-inch arms and 9.5-inch hands. Austin Proehl measured 5’9 1/8″ and 182 pounds with 29-inch arms and 8.5-inch hands. Here were their workout figures.

PLAYER 40 TIME VERTICAL BROAD JUMP 20-YD SHUTTLE 3-CONE DRILL
Ricky Proehl (1990) 4.58 34 inches 9’9″ 4.01 N/A
Austin Proehl (2018) 4.45 34 inches 9’5″ 4.07 6.75

It’s interesting to see some pretty comparable numbers. Perhaps the most impressive number of the ones listed here for Austin Proehl is his 6.75-second three cone drill. Anything sub seven seconds is a strong time in that drill. A 6.75-second time is outstanding and speaks to his change of direction skills. It would’ve been the 10th best time at the NFL combine.


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Individual game tickets on sale now

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 8, 2018 – 12:02 pm

Bills fans, the 2018 season is around the corner and what better place to watch all the action than live at New Era Field?

Individual game tickets are now available to the general public for purchase. Additionally, group tickets (12 or more) are on sale. If you are interested in taking advantage of our discounted group pricing, please call our Ticket Office at 1-877-228-4257.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Get your tickets now by clicking here.


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My One Buffalo IG tickets presale offer starts today at noon

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 7, 2018 – 8:52 am

Beginning today, Monday, May 7, at 12 p.m., fans who have downloaded the My One Buffalo mobile application can take advantage of an exclusive presale offer on individual game tickets. Located in the Bills section of the app, fans can then select the offer displayed in the menu. The presale will conclude tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. To take advantage of this special offer, as well as gain access to the other perks associated with the My One Buffalo app, click here. Through this presale, fans can purchase up to 11 tickets.

Additionally, starting May 8, at 9 a.m., group tickets (12 or more) will be on sale. If you are interested in taking advantage of our discounted group pricing, please call our Ticket Office at 1-877-228-4257. Individual game tickets will also be available to the general public for purchase on May 8, at 12 p.m.

For more information on Bills tickets, click here.


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Fan Friday 5-4

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2018 – 12:16 pm

The Bills certainly made the 2018 NFL draft interesting, especially for round one. Here are your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, Now that the draft is over. What is your make of it? Thanks

John Supple
@JohnSupple2

CB: In taking a look at Buffalo’s 2018 draft class, I was impressed with what Brandon Beane was able to pull off in round one. Getting his future franchise QB and a top 10 non-QB talent in the class was masterful. I don’t think many of us anticipated that Buffalo would be making two picks in round one when all was said and done. They not only did that, but traded up twice and still made it happen. Remarkable.

I liked the Harrison Phillips pick a lot. Dude is stupid strong and depending on which stat service you reference had 100 tackles last year as a nose tackle at Stanford. An insane number for a player who was consistently lining up head up on the center in a zero or head up on a guard (two technique) in a 3-4 front.

Both Taron Johnson and Siran Neal flashed at the Senior Bowl. Neal might need a little time on the job making the jump from FCS ball, but Johnson looked like he belonged.

I think the sleeper pick is Wyatt Teller, who could compete for that vacant left guard spot.

I’m very interested to see where Ray-Ray McCloud lines up because Clemson moved him around a lot. I also want to see what kind of return ability he brings to the table.

Proehl as a route runner is as tight as I’ve seen in a seventh-round pick in a while.

What would I change? I don’t know that I’d change much. Buffalo was limited in what they could on day two after the two moves up in round one, and it’s hard to argue with the Phillips pick, since he was one of my favorite prospects in the entire class.

You could argue there was some better talent in terms of size at receiver on the board when they took McCloud, but it’s not a major issue as I see it.

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Has there been ANY evident interest shown to your knowledge in any of the remaining free agent receivers (Dez, Decker, etc…)?

Cole Parker
@Cpark9901

CB: I believe the Bills are going to wait for the right fit. While I don’t argue that the number of proven receivers on Buffalo’s roster is limited, that doesn’t mean you just sign a veteran free agent because he has experience. I doubt they sign Eric Decker because they had the chance to do so last offseason when he was a cap casualty and passed then.

Dez Bryant, as Brandon Beane said, is a player who can still help an NFL club, though not in the game breaking way that he used to. There was a great write up detailing his lack of separation on a Dallas-based site I read last week. I believe that is why interest for the veteran wideout has been limited across the league to say the least.

You need to remember where Buffalo is at with this build. Having young receivers on their roster they’ll want to get them reps to develop. A veteran on this roster, even for one season, can compromise that development because he’s then stealing those reps.

That’s not to say the Bills wouldn’t sign a veteran receiver, but it’s my belief they want to see their young receivers perform in OTAs before they ascertain whether they need to add a veteran presence.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is the consensus biggest hole left on roster at this point?

Bryan Watson
@RealBryanWatson

CB: I think the personnel department has done a credible job of plugging the biggest holes with capable talent. There is still a lack of proven talent at receiver and linebacker, which could cause some fans a bit of concern. Cornerback is another area where they might be a bit light on proven depth.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

When will we get to see Allen throw ?

Mike Reisch
@MReischMike

CB: That will happen next week when the Bills have their rookie minicamp with the first practice scheduled for Friday. Look for the video report – Bills Minute – on buffalobills.com to see clips of Allen throwing at practice.

 

5 – Chris,

David Culley is a QB coach with much more experience coaching WRs than QBs. Will the Bills bring in a QB consultant or specialist to groom our new franchise quarterback?

—Big Al
Rockford IL

CB: I asked GM Brandon Beane in a one-on-one interview, who would be spending the most time with Josh Allen to ensure he’s getting the one-on-one development time he needs to maximize his treasure trove of physical talent. Here was his answer.

“We understand all his strengths and he has a lot of them,” said Beane of Allen. “Like all these guys everybody has various flaws and Josh knows them and has been working on them. You could even see in the Senior Bowl he had cleaned up his footwork working with (his quarterback trainer) Jordan Palmer.

“It doesn’t mean he’s fixed and ready to go, but he’ll continue to do those things. (Offensive coordinator) Brian Daboll and (Quarterbacks coach) David Culley will work on all the fundamentals with him. Josh is going to come in here and he knows he’s got work to do physically, mentally to catch up on the playbook. He’s got a lot to do. We’ll do that on his timetable.”


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2018 draft class jersey numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2018 – 2:45 pm

By now most Bills fans know that Josh Allen will be wearing jersey number 17. Here’s a look at the number choices for the reset of the Bills 2018 draft class.

QB Josh Allen – 17
LB Tremaine Edmunds – 49
DT Harrison Phillips – 99
CB Taron Johnson – 24
S Siran Neal – 29
OL Wyatt Teller – 75
WR Ray-Ray McCloud – 3
WR Austin Proehl – 87

Proehl is wearing the same jersey number that his father wore with the Carolina Panthers.


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Calling all Kid Reporters!

Posted by Megan Zenger on April 30, 2018 – 12:11 pm

If you have a curious kid who loves football and the Buffalo Bills, we have a great opportunity for your child to go behind the scenes at One Bills Drive to showcase all the cool events and programs the Bills offer. The Bills are looking for kid reporters ages 7 to 13 to cover their upcoming 2018 season, from training camp to the very last home game.

If you think your child has what it takes, submit a video of him or her showing off his/her personality here.

A select number of finalists will be invited to the ADPRO Sports Training Center for a second-round audition, where they will have the opportunity to interview a Buffalo Bills player.

The deadline for submissions is May 18th, 2018. Winners will be notified by July 20th.

Conditions apply, please view the Official Rules by clicking here.


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Beane on free agent WR Dez Bryant

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2018 – 8:34 pm

Bills GM Brandon Beane was asked about the potential pursuit of free agent WR Dez Bryant, who was recently released by the Dallas Cowboys. Beane offered the following.

“We’ll look at everything,” said Beane. “We have looked at Dez on tape, but I wouldn’t take it any further and I don’t know where that would go. We’re looking to get better at all positions and receiver is one, so if we thought that was the right fit for us we would potentially pursue it.”

Buffalo drafted a pair of receivers on day three of the NFL draft taking Clemson WR Ray-Ray McCloud in round six and North Carolina WR Austin Proehl in round seven.


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