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Fan Friday 6-24

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2016 – 11:24 am

The offseason break for the players is underway. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

Thanks for your tireless work on covering the Bills! Here is my question. Will the Bills be able to carry Seantrel Henderson on the Non Football Injury list, while he is attempting to gain his strength, build his weight back up and determine if he can resume his football career? This will open a roster spot for the team through camp and maybe beyond.

CB: Yes, the non-football injury list is an option for Buffalo with Henderson should your scenario prove to be the case come training camp. Henderson was at 306 during minicamp when he was doing workouts in the weight room on his own in practices. He wants to get up to 325 to 330 pounds when he’s back playing again. We’ll know if the five and a half weeks between now and training camp proves to be enough time for him to accomplish that. If not, the NFI list would seem to be a distinct possibility.

 

2 – Chris,

I’m curious if you think P Colton Schmidt had trouble holding for K Dan Carpenter last season?  In his interview with Brian Moorman he mentioned how difficult it was for him to hold kicks, since he never did it in college.  Is it possible the chemistry wasn’t there between the FG kicker and the holder, and the unit suffered as a result?

Thanks,
Ed

CB:
I give Schmidt a lot of credit for being so honest. There were at least two misses for Carpenter last season that I recall which could’ve been attributed to a less than ideal hold by the Bills punter. One was because the snap was off line and there wasn’t enough to get the ball down and spin the laces out, though I can’t remember the game. On the whole though I felt Schmidt acquitted himself well on holds.

I felt the chemistry was pretty solid between the two with the operation of the kick. I expect it to be even better this year based on what I saw in the spring practices.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think that the defense can make it back to a top tier defense in the NFL?
Troy Davis

CB: This is one of the questions we intend to address during our Camp Countdown, which commences on July 4th. I think there are a host of reasons Buffalo’s defense has a chance to be a top 10 unit again. Much of the talent is still on this roster from the last two times they finished in the top 10 (2013, 2014).

They have upgraded their defensive coaching ranks with the addition of Rob Ryan, John Blake and Ed Reed.

Fixtures in the middle of their defense are healthy again (Aaron Williams, Kyle Williams). Rookie additions look poised to make an impact early (Ragland, Washington and eventually Lawson). And no longer is Ryan trying to blend his proven defensive scheme with elements of Jim Schwartz’s scheme that some players clung to in 2015.

 

4 – Chris,

Thanks for keeping those of us on the away team up on how our Bills are doing.

I haven’t heard anything about Nick O’Leary since the one game last year. What’s the story?

Thanks again for all you do.
Go Bills
Ken Remington

CB: O’Leary is a tight end who didn’t see quite as much action in the spring practices as other tight ends battling for the No. 2 job behind Charles Clay. Blake Annen, who we profiled on Buffalobills.com recently and Chris Gragg got the most work after Clay during the team periods of practice. Both run well and offer more size and athleticism than O’Leary. What O’Leary needs to do is highlight his versatility as much as possible when put in a move tight end role or H-back set.

With true fullbacks on the roster though that task may prove difficult. It’s clear the offensive staff was giving Annen and Gragg most of the reps after Clay. Jim Dray is the clear blocking tight end for this offense. So O’Leary has to have a strong camp to outperform one of the other tight ends and stick.

 

5 – Chris,

The Bills just signed another FA RB??  With the uncertainly at both the RG & RT positions, and almost NO depth to provide any real backup for either position, Whaley is worried about RB’s. Wait until there is a injury to the OL. The Bills need to get their act together in a hurry.  What say you??

Fan in TN

CB: After taking a breath you probably saw the main reason Boom Herron was signed as a free agent. Karlos Williams weight gain and lack of availability in the practice setting was the main reason. Without him taking reps, it would’ve put additional strain on the backs still healthy.

After watching five running backs go down to injury last summer at training camp at the same time, I think you could understand why they made the move.

Offensive line has some depth. Granted none of them are household names, but there’s a veteran C/G in Fernando Velasco, a backup guard in Ryan Groy. Cyril Richardson is still on the roster after serving on the practice squad last year.

I respect the concern for a lack of depth. Undrafted rookies usually aren’t the answer for depth in a win now type of season. I think early in camp if it’s obvious their young depth players aren’t coming along I expect they’ll address things up front.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – June

Posted by Kelly Baker on June 23, 2016 – 12:01 pm

Name: James Gutillo

Hometown:  Buffalo, NY

Season Ticket Member Since:  3/1/1981

Favorite Current Bills:  Kyle Williams, LeSean McCoy and Eric Wood

Favorite All-Time Bills:  Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith

Favorite Bills Memory: When the Bills beat Miami on the road in the 1989 season opener and Jim Kelly rushed for the game winning touchdown.

Favorite part of Sundays at Ralph Wilson Stadium:  Tailgating atmosphere with friends and family.

Best part of being a Bills Season Ticket Member: The opportunity to have the same great seat, sitting around the people you know each game to watch your favorite team.

Favorite Bills Season Ticket Member Perk: Bills Bucks card to use at the stadium on merchandise.

Favorite Tailgate Ritual: Eating good and drinking sensibly.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank James for his 30+ years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our second Season Ticket Member of the Month. In addition to James being selected as Season Ticket Member of the Month, James will receive 2 pregame on field passes to a home game, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, email us the account number, name, and the reason for your nomination to Tickets@bills.nfl.net. Please use the subject line, “STM of the Month Nomination.” A new Season Ticket Member will be recognized and featured each month for the 2016 season.


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Former Bills player debuts on America’s Got Talent

Posted by Kelly Baker on June 22, 2016 – 5:24 pm

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Former Buffalo Bills long snapper Jon Dorenbos, made an impressive debut on the hit NBC television show “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday, June 21. Standing before a panel of celebrity judges consisting of Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Mel B, Dorenbos turned on the magic—literally.

Dorenbos, who played for the Bills from 2003-04, received applause from the critics and the crowd as he showcased his knack for card tricks.

A current member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dorenbos will enter his 14th NFL season this fall and take with him some marvelous moments from the offseason.


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Dareus just happy to be in same defense

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2016 – 2:19 pm

He’s been with the Bills since the team made him their third overall draft choice in 2011. Every year he’s been in a Bills uniform however, he’s been forced to learn a new defensive scheme. The 2016 season will mark the first time in his six-year career that he will be operating in the same defensive system.

Dareus, in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, talked about having a new defensive coordinator with a new defensive scheme each of his first five years with Buffalo. It made life difficult and kept Dareus from playing fast. Now entering year two in Rex Ryan’s scheme, Dareus feels comfortable and believes that’s also the case for his fellow defensive teammates.

“It feels good as a defensive lineman to be looking back at your defensive backs and they’re talking,” Dareus said. “They’re coming down and talking to us and having that camaraderie where we have that relationship now. It’s the second year we’re playing in the same defense, that’s the first time in my NFL career that’s happening. I don’t have to think as much. I don’t have to spend as much time trying to help this guy or them help me. We can just flow with each other. It gives you that comfort that you want.”


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Rob Ryan: CB Corey White is a gamer

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2016 – 8:53 am

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com today, one of the main reasons Corey White was signed by the Bills was because of Assistant head coach Rob Ryan’s familiarity with the cornerback. He coached him in New Orleans for three seasons and says there’s a lot to like about the veteran DB.

In a recent appearance on the John Murphy Show, Ryan explained what he likes about White’s game and why he thinks White will like playing in Buffalo’s defense.

“Corey’s a very good football player and I think he’s going to love it here,” Ryan said. “He’s going to love the head coach, number one. This is a tough kid, he’s a hard-nosed kid, but he needs somebody to believe in him and he’s got that here in Buffalo.”


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NFL asks spec. teams coaches for kickoff input

Posted by Chris Brown on June 21, 2016 – 9:19 am

According to a report in USA Today, NFL head of officiating Dean Bladino held a conference call with all 32 NFL special teams coaches for an open forum on more potential rules changes for kickoff plays.

The league has already ratified the rule change that will bring touchbacks out to the 25-yard line in 2016 instead of the 20-yard line. The rule change was made in the hopes that fewer teams would attempt returns with a greater reward for a touchback. Many special teams coordinators however, believe the rule change will have the opposite effect.

A good number believe kickoff teams will attempt to kick short of the goal line in an attempt to pin the opposing return team deep in their territory and avoid the end zone altogether.

Either way it appears that the league is already exploring ways to further improve the safety for one of the most violent plays in the game.

“What I like is that Dean has created a process involving the special teams coaches that allows us to have a free forum of ideas to further discuss the play and potential for modification of the play in years to come,” said NFL Chairman of the Competition Committee Rich McKay. “And I’m optimistic that we’re going to get some creative ideas that will allow the play to continue and potentially make the play safer.”

Blandino reportedly asked for special teams coordinators to submit ideas to further reduce the high speed collisions that take place on kickoff plays. Among the suggestions were.

  • Starting the kickoff team from a stationary position at the 35-yard line, with no run-up;
  • Mandating eight players on the return team line up a set distance closer to the ball, such as in front of their own 40- or 35-yard line;
  • Outlawing all wedges;
  • Outlawing “attack” blocks;
  • Treating balls like punts if they hit the ground beyond the return team’s 40-yard line, so they could be downed by the kicking team, not recovered as live balls; and
  • Eliminating the “K” ball

These ideas could lead to more rule change proposals for kickoffs in 2017. Such proposals could be approved and ratified as soon as next March.


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Rob Ryan: We want to build Bills for long haul

Posted by Chris Brown on June 20, 2016 – 2:34 pm

When Rex Ryan was hired as Bills head coach he said it was his last stop. It was and is his intention to coach here for a number of years, be very successful and retire. Now with his brother Rob Ryan on board as Assistant head coach/ Defense he shares that approach.

“This is his 20th season, or something like that,” said Rob Ryan of his brother Rex’s coaching resume’. “Mine the same way. Every time you move, you want it to be the spot that you can finish your career, have your 10 great years and then go out on your own terms. That’s what he wants to do here. That’s the vision here.

“He’s trying to build a continual winner and that’s what it is. The way you see the team assembling right in front of you, it’s got to be exciting. It really is. You had free agency, you had Shady McCoy. You get Tyrod Taylor, who’s going to be a great quarterback. You got Sammy Watkins already here from the draft. The way this draft was run, it’s awesome. So everything is being done the right way and it’s fun to be around it. It has energized everybody. Look, I’m running out of decals. It’s seven, eight teams, so I know what it feels like and it feels great. Just feels awesome.”


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Watkins in Buffalo this summer to get healthy

Posted by Chris Brown on June 20, 2016 – 9:31 am

Bills WR Sammy Watkins missed all of the spring practices due to a surgically repaired foot. Now in the rehab process Watkins’ plan is to remain in Buffalo most of the summer to stay close to the medical and athletic training staff to make sure he stays on track with everything so his foot is right come training camp and the preseason.

In a community appearance in Toronto over the weekend, Watkins was asked by TSN if he’ll be ready for training camp and Watkins talked about his plans of staying close to One Bills Drive.

“The important part is getting on the field and staying healthy,” he said. “So, basically my whole summer will be staying in Buffalo getting better.”

Watkins also plans to do a full physical assessment to maximize his performance on the field and help keep his body strong and healthy through the course of a 16-game season.

“Once I figure my body out and do the assessment I need to do, I’ll figure out what type of food, everything I need to do to keep myself on the field,” he said.


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Fan stories from Atwal Father’s Day contest

Posted by Kelly Baker on June 19, 2016 – 9:46 am

The Buffalo Bills and Atwal Eye Care are proud to announce the runner up winners of our annual Father’s Day Contest!

Congratulations to Joshua Bates, Stephen LoGrasso, Jr. and Joseph Cardinale, whose Bill-themed father/child memories earned them each one autographed mini helmet!

Joshua Bates:

Christmas Eve, 2011 – the Bills were playing Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. The tickets were a Christmas present for my son and myself from my Brother-in-law, and it was going to be my son’s first ever Bills game! Unfortunately, the day before the game my son woke up sick and was sick all day. But, he was determined to head to the Ralph and root for his team, so that morning we woke up early and made the 3 hour trek to Buffalo. Not wanting to let his illness get the best of him, we tailgated with grilled cheese and tomato soup and made our way into the stadium. We managed to make it through the first quarter, but midway through the second quarter I noticed he wasn’t looking too hot. We scrambled to the bathroom (the longest trip of my life) and made it just in time. Looking at my little trooper’s face as he turned pale and green, we both knew our trip was over. We headed to the gates and were half way across the parking lot when the stadium erupted as the Bills scored a touchdown. We made it to the car and I turned on the radio as we started our long journey home. John Murphy described the thumping we gave the Broncos our entire trip home! Looking in my rear view mirror at my son as he was trying to sleep, I felt terrible that his first Bills game was such a disaster. But, as I pulled in the driveway and scooped him out of the car, he sleepily says to me, “Awesome game Dad.” I will never forget that day with my little Bills fan!

Stephen LoGrasso, Jr.:

Having been on active duty army for 8 years and being so far away, I passed my love for the Buffalo Bills down to my son Ayden by having him keep me informed on our team. During my last deployment, Ayden told me he needed a jersey so he could be just like me on gamedays. I bought him his favorite player’s jersey, and ever since we have had a great Sunday tradition. We do our touchdown dance together every time we score and every Sunday he wakes me up at 7am so we can get ready and I can do his hair with our team colors and get our jerseys on and make our snacks. We then take our game day selfie and go throw the pigskin around till about 15 minutes to kickoff. He now has a hard time deciding on Watkins and Tyrod as his favorite player but the emotion he has, it makes me proud to have him as my gameday partner and cannot wait to take him to his first game this year when we return home for the first time in 5 years.

Joseph Cardinale:

David Marciniak is not my father, but I think you should hear his story. Back in 2008-2009 I was privileged to meet such a great man. He was an extremely hard worker in the Catholic Health System, a dedicated missionary for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy on the East side of Buffalo, and a loving husband and father to nine (9 – yes you read that correctly!) children. Oh yeah, he is a grandfather to four as well! He would always be smiling or cracking jokes throughout the house regardless of the situation. I remember one time he told me that he enjoyed the chaos of the house. He wouldn’t fret over the spilled milk on the rug, old crayons and toys stuffed in the couch, or the children bickering over who was going to be using the computer next. We would regularly get together for Sabres and Bills games and share memories. We would tell stories and get into sports debates and other things such as faith. He was almost like a second father to me. What was truly amazing was that no matter how busy his schedule was he would always find time to have date night with the love of his life Michelle. Recently, David and the rest of the Marciniak family experienced a major tragedy. Michelle, his loving wife, unexpectedly had a hemorrhagic stroke and had surgery to remove a mass that was found on her brain. This has left her unable to speak and with limited mobility. She has endured so much, and it’s just the beginning. David and his family have a tough road ahead. What is even more amazing is his attitude about the entire situation. He said “Let’s not be sad that one journey has ended, let’s be thankful that another journey has begun!” Recently, he has started plans to alter their house so that Michelle can get around easier. I know Dave would appreciate being recognized. His entire family would be thrilled!

We hope that they and all Bills fans enjoy a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. For a look at our grand prize winner, watch the video below:


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Ragland: Preston Brown is our defensive leader

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2016 – 2:51 pm

On the final day of Bills minicamp, assistant head coach/Defense Rob Ryan heaped praise on mike LB Preston Brown saying he’ll be a star. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, rookie LB Reggie Ragland, who lines up next to Brown at inside linebacker, called Brown the defensive leader.

“It’s awesome working with Preston,” said Reggie Ragland. “He’s the leader of our defense. Whatever he says goes. I know if I don’t know something I know I can ask him. There were a couple of times in minicamp where I had a blank on a play call coming in from the coach and I’d ask Preston, ‘What do we have on this?’ And he’d tell me right away, ‘We got this.’ He’s helping me out so much.

“As I’ve been out there working with the ones it’s been coming to me a lot faster because of him. He helps me out a lot.”


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Fan Friday 6-17

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2016 – 11:36 am

Spring practices have come to a close. Just six weeks until training camp. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Has Dez Lewis secured a place on the roster? And does he have any exp of kick/punt returning? #bills

Dave G@freshie1975

CB: We will have a feature story on Dez Lewis this Monday on how he has advanced his game entering his second season. I think if Lewis continues on his current path he will undoubtedly be on the 53-man roster. But what he did in the spring has to continue in training camp when the pads go on, especially for a 6-4 receiver like Lewis. In fact Lewis’ game should go up another notch knowing how he can assert his physicality on the field. Hopefully that proves to be the case. As I wrote today in ‘What we learned about the Bills in offseason practices’ he has the inside track on the No. 3 receiver role.

His punt/kick return experience is minimal. He had just two punt returns in college and no kick returns.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills how serious is Karlos’s weight issue. Have Gilislee and J Williams over taken him in terms of a roster spot#bills

Dave G@freshie1975

CB: There is no debating that Karlos has a formidable task in front of him. He has so much weight to lose that Rex Ryan said this week that getting him back to his playing weight by the start of training camp might be too much in too short a period of time.

His weight loss has to come in stages. So in late July when players report it’s unlikely that Williams will be at his playing weight of 230 pounds. Depending on what his report weight is Williams practice regimen could be limited to avoid the risk of injury. When you’re carrying excess weight, especially at a position like running back you’re risk of injury increases significantly, with hamstrings being the most susceptible to problems.

So I would expect a similar approach early in camp with Williams where he’s doing individual position drill work and then going to the side to work with the strength and conditioning staff to continue to shed weight.

As for the running back pecking order, it’s clear that the offensive staff is high on Jonathan Williams. In minicamp with LeSean McCoy’s ankle injury keeping him out of team work and Karlos Williams weight keeping him out of team work, Jonathan Williams was first in the rotation at the position followed by Mike Gillislee.

Jonathan Williams has a lot of the same physical skills of Karlos Williams. If Karlos Williams’ weight loss process last into the preseason I think it’s very possible that Jonathan Williams is your backup running back and Gillislee remains the third back as he was last season.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you think Kyle Williams will be more effective in a shared rotational role with Adolphus Washington?

i carn’t spel@NickTheCrowe

CB: I believe that Kyle Williams will still be a starter on this defensive line in 2016. Will he play as many snaps as Marcell Dareus or Adolphus Washington? Probably not. But I expect him to start at right defensive end next to Dareus and kick inside at times on obvious passing downs. Washington will man left defensive end with Dareus on the nose.

It’s my belief that Williams is still a very effective and productive player even at 33-years old. I suppose we won’t know for sure until we see how he looks in training camp in return from a bad knee injury that required surgery. But most seem to forget this guy is a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman. He’s a grinder. So I don’t see a rotational role for him unless that knee injury robbed him of his trademark explosiveness off the snap.

 

4 – Chris,

Does it concern you that Rex is simplifying his scheme to appease his players?  It concerns me that we won’t be running the same system that has such a long track record of success, because players aren’t smart enough to pick it up.  How did the Jets defense pick it up in the first year, but here we are in year two in Buffalo and they have to simplify the checks.  Not very encouraging.  Maybe this team needs to put a greater premium on intelligence, like Belichick does; you have to be a college graduate to be a Patriot.

Mike S.

CB: After talking to Preston Brown about that very thing I’m not concerned. I asked Brown directly as to whether the defensive scheme has been pared down. He said the only part of the defense that has been “altered slightly” (his words) is there aren’t quite as many pre-snap checks on certain down and distances. Otherwise Ryan’s defensive scheme is largely the same.

The key difference this year is Ryan is no longer blending elements of the old Jim Schwartz scheme from 2014. Rex tried to blend elements of Schwartz’s successful scheme in 2014 with his own as an olive branch to the defensive players who were successful and productive in that system. By midseason he knew it was a mistake.

So going into this season it’s Ryan’s more traditional 3-4 system that has a proven track record in this league for 15-plus years. What’s more the players have completely committed themselves to learning the scheme. So I would not be concerned about the effectiveness of Rex’s scheme. I think it will work with a lot more success this season for the reasons mentioned above.

 

5 – Dear Chris:

Thank you for all of your coverage that you do on the Bills day after day, hope you continue the game day chat box, very helpful.

My question is regarding Shaq Lawson; is there a timetable for his return as of yet? What for surgery/operation was done on his shoulder? Could he potentially miss the start of the regular season and most of training camp, as reports I have read so far have indicated, or could he potentially rehab his heart out in time to make the end of training camp, as shoulder injuries can take time to heal. This is very much concerning me as I have not much info on how long it could be until he gets back to full health.

Sincerely
John from Pennsylvania

CB: I think the most important thing is that Shaq’s surgery was successful. Now the rehab process begins, but rehabbing from this procedure is going to take time, typically four months or more knowing each case is different. So I believe it’s likely that Lawson misses training camp and the preseason. The team has stated he’s also likely to miss the early stages of the regular season.

What benefits the Bills coaching staff is they have time to adjust their plans for the loss of Lawson from their defensive lineup. It’s reasonable to believe he’ll be good to go for at least the second half of the season. At what point in the first half of the season he returns is a timetable that can’t be pinned down until he’s further along in the rehab process.


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Bills rookies not on break yet

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2016 – 10:51 am

While the Bills veteran players have headed for the hills for their six-week break before training camp at St. John Fisher, the rookies haven’t quite finished their work yet.

Rookies have to hang another week at One Bills Drive. Rookie LB Reggie Ragland outlined what the rookies on Buffalo’s roster still have on their to-do list.

“We have to stay another week because the Rookie Symposium is next week,” said Ragland in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “We’re doing that on our own. So next week we’re going to work out a couple of days, then do the Rookie Symposium and then on Friday we start our break.”


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Murph & Gronk up for bid at WGR golf tourney

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2016 – 4:31 pm

Bills radio play by play man John Murphy and rookie FB Glenn Gronkowski are both up for bid as playing partners in the WGR Sportsradio 550 Celebrity golf tournament.

Murph and Gronk can be bid on to play with them as part of your foursome at the tournament on July 11th at Fox Valley Country Club at this link.


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Offensive assistants mess with Roman

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2016 – 4:26 pm

So on Wednesday, the second to last day of Bills minicamp, head coach Rex Ryan had a drawing where one player and one coach would be given the last day of minicamp off as a reward. The winners were Corey Graham and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Ryan had to practically force Roman out of the building, and though he wasn’t on site on Thursday, he was checking in frequently. So his fellow offensive assistants decided to have a laugh at his expense.

“He already called or texted a million coaches,” said Ryan after the final practice Thursday. “I haven’t texted him back yet, but (offensive line coach Aaron) Kromer had a great one. He texted him back and goes, ‘Hey. Best practice we’ve ever had. I don’t know what the difference was, but there was a difference today. A different feel.’ And the next guy gets in there, same type of deal. ‘Hey, we were shredding it today. Tyrod was shredding it today.’ By the way, he was. We’re letting him know that to kind of pump him up like that.”

Obviously Roman is held in extremely high regard by his fellow assistants, but on the football equivalent of the last day of school his offensive coaches couldn’t resist.


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Rex very hands on with the offense

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2016 – 3:20 pm

Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman called it a common misconception. The idea that Bills head coach Rex Ryan leaves everything offense to his top offensive play caller couldn’t be further from the truth. That according to Roman himself.

“I think Rex [Ryan] and I are totally on the same page as it comes to offense,” Roman said. “He and I collaborate on how our offense is put together and how we are going to go about doing things every week. And don’t fall for that trap, Rex is acutely aware of everything we do on offense.

“I think we talk long and hard for a long time about our vision for the offense. Now what players are available, what players we have, who comes forward, what draft pick, that might change the plays we run, but our basic philosophy is very similar. I have the best job in America working for Rex.”


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Roman: Really like where we’re at

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2016 – 2:57 pm

Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman was doing a lot of installation with his offensive system last year at this time. Now in 2016, Roman and his offensive unit have hit the ground running. The difference that he sees on the field is night and day.

“Year one to year two in any program is where you expect the greatest leaps,” Roman said. “Really like where we are at, I like our players commitment, I really like how we are working, communicating, and functioning more efficiently as a unit and that is certainly what you hope for in year two.”

Roman attributes the smoother execution of the offense to having an entrenched starter in Tyrod Taylor, who has done everything in his power to improve his game.


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Coaching interns at Bills minicamp

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2016 – 1:08 pm

The Bills like most NFL clubs have coaching interns this time of year and at training camp. Here’s the group of 2016 Bill Walsh minority coaching fellowship interns at 1 Bills Drive this week.

OFFENSE
David Clowney                Former WR / Passing Game Coordinator at ASA College, Miami, FL
Jordan Hogan                  WR Coach at Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY
Timmy Chang                  OC/QB Coach at Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA

DEFENSE
Drew Coleman                Former DB, DB Coach at TCU, Ft. Worth, TX
Michael Bankston           Former DL, Rite of Passage School, Phoenix, AZ
Jeremy Gold                     Oracle Charter High School, Buffalo, NY
Seth Joyner                      Former Pro Bowl LB

SPECIAL TEAMS
Louie Aguiar                     Former punter


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Goodwin grateful for Bills Olympic support

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 4:31 pm

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin knows how lucky he is. In a league as cut throat as the NFL, being given the opportunity to take a hiatus from football to pursue his Olympic dream of a gold medal in the long jump is a rarity. But head coach Rex Ryan and his offensive coaches have supported Goodwin’s dream wholeheartedly and the receiver is grateful for the organization’s backing.

Goodwin who was given the freedom to skip mandatory minicamp knowing he’s embroiled in Olympic training, decided on his own to attend minicamp though he won’t be practicing this week.

“The whole staff has been very supportive,” Goodwin said. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity that’s been presented to me. It’s one of those deals where I have to come see my teammates. I have to come see the coaches, and it’s good to be around. It wasn’t mandatory for me really, Rex kind of let me off the hook, but I thought it would be good to just come see the team and be around. (I’m) trying to feed off of the energy that they have here. I hadn’t seen those guys for awhile, so seeing them kind of uplifted my spirits.”

Goodwin realizes that transitioning on the fly back to football will be a challenge, but its one he feels he can accomplish having done it before when he was in college.

“I’m not new to this; this isn’t my first time transitioning from track to football, or football to track,” Goodwin said. “In the 2012 Olympics, I came right off the plane and went to practice at UT (University of Texas) and hopped right in with no hesitation, no problems. I know this is the NFL and I respect that, and I respect the work that my teammates have been putting in, but I don’t really feel like I’m going to be too far behind because I’ve been working too.

“I think it’ll be a smooth transition. I’m probably the most fit I’ve been in my life. I’m at a healthy weight. I feel good, I feel great, and it’s just a great time for me.”


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Update on Sammy, Henderson, Shaq

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 3:55 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan provided an update on the rehab status of three players who won’t take part in mandatory minicamp. Sammy Watkins is coming off foot surgery, Shaq Lawson had shoulder surgery and Seantrel Henderson is coming off a pair of surgeries for his medical condition. Here’s where they stand.

“We’ll start with Sammy-he’s out of the boot and that’s good,” said Ryan. “He’s in here all the time. Every time you turn around there he is. He is working his tail off to get out there. Same thing with Shaq.  Seantrel’s is different-it wasn’t an injury, it’s a medical deal. We’ll see how it is. I can tell you this-he wants to get back on the field in the worst way and we’re all pulling for him.”

Watkins is not expected to do anything at the outset of training camp. Lawson probably won’t participate in training camp either. Henderson’s status doesn’t really have a timetable as the offensive tackle works to put weight back on his frame and get stronger.


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Cordy Glenn has minor injury

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 3:35 pm

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn was not participating in practice Tuesday due to what Rex Ryan termed a minor injury last week. Glenn was getting some work done in the weight room instead as he works to get back on the field. Ryan isn’t concerned about Glenn’s situation.

“He’s got something,” said Ryan of Glenn unsure of the nature of the tackle’s injury. “He’s been in the training room early in the morning. If we were playing a game on Sunday he’d be out there.”

 


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