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Watkins hoping to play Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2014 – 6:25 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins practiced on Monday with his teammates for the first time since leaving the team’s preseason finale on the second offensive series. Watkins re-aggravated his bruised ribs, but is confident he’ll be out on the field on Sunday in Chicago.

“I feel just about normal. I had a great practice (Monday),” Watkins said. “I felt normal. It felt pretty good out there.”

When asked if he’ll continue to wear the flak jacket he wore in the game last Thursday, Watkins indicated that they’ll do everything to protect his ribs.

“We’ll try just about everything; whatever helps me. We’re just going to see how fair I can go and I just think pain tolerance I have to get through and be prepared for,” he said. “It’s just the soreness of it. Nothing happened to the ribs, so you’ve just got to go out there and be strong and finish the game. If I need to take a breather or take two or three plays off from being hit then that’s what I’m going to do.”  

When asked if he anticipates playing on Sunday, Watkins answered in the affirmative.

“Of course. That’s a winner’s mentality,” he said. “I’m hoping I’m going to be out there on the field playing, getting reps with the guys and go out there and try to fight for a win.”

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Marrone confident Orton will be ready Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2014 – 6:18 pm

He will only be serving in a backup capacity in the season opener at Chicago, but head coach Doug Marrone believes a week is enough time for veteran QB Kyle Orton to be ready to execute the game plan if something happened to EJ Manuel.

“I think you’d be surprised what he can do,” said Marrone Monday. “We’ll work during the week and see how much he feels comfortable handing it. Probably more than you would think because of his experience.”

Orton was in agreement that he would be ready for Sunday’s game in his role as backup to EJ Manuel having been through a similar situation before when time was short.

“I did a midseason switch to Kansas City where you’re kinda right in it right away,” said Orton. “Mentally, I’m going to be fine. I got some good work in today physically and we’ve got six days to go. I’ve really put a lot of work in the last 48-72 hours. Physically it went really good (Monday), and I’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”

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Captaincy nothing new for Corey Graham

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2014 – 2:55 pm

Corey Graham was named one of six captains for the 2014 Bills by his teammates, which were announced Monday by the club. Named as a captain entering his first year with Buffalo was certainly an honor, but serving as a captain is nothing new for the veteran defensive back.

“I’ll pretty much be the same person I’ve always been,” Graham told “I’ve been a captain pretty much everywhere I’ve been. I’ve been nominated a captain in Chicago. I was also a captain in Baltimore. So I’ve been a captain everywhere I’ve been so it’s nothing new to me. I just try to lead by example and play as hard as I can and help guys any way I can.”

Buffalo also had another captain named who just joined the team in the offseason in veteran LB Brandon Spikes.

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DE Smith former teammate of Michael Sam

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2014 – 9:02 am

Bills DE Jacquies Smith, who we profiled on today after he made the 53-man roster has a pretty noteworthy former college teammate, who could land on another NFL roster or practice squad soon.

Smith was a college teammate of Michael Sam, who was cut by the Rams on Saturday. Much like Sam, Smith was fighting for a roster spot at a position where there was a lot of talent and depth. Smith made Buffalo’s roster Saturday.

Smith and fellow teammate Aldon Smith were starters while Sam was their backup.

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Bills roster by position 2006-2014

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2014 – 8:42 am

With the 53-man roster reached on Saturday here’s a look at the position breakdown not only of the team this season, but the last eight seasons prior to see how some of the position numbers have varied over the years.

For the third straight season the Bills have chosen to carry a kickoff specialist. In 2012 it was 7th-round pick John Potter. In 2013 it was Dustin Hopkins, but he suffered a groin injury in the week leading up to the opener and never kicked. In 2014 it’s Jordan Gay.

Buffalo goes into Week 1 with just five linebackers knowing that Nigel Bradham is unavailable for Week 1, and does not count toward a roster spot. Counting Bradham there will be six LBs, which is the same number Doug Marrone and his staff went with last season despite playing more four linebacker looks in their defensive front in 2013.

The linemen count on both sides of the ball went up by one from eight to nine and the RB/FB group numbered five for the first time since 2007.

Pos.       2006       2007       2008       2009       2010       2011       2012       2013       2014
QB            3              2              3              3              3              3              4              2              2
RB            4              5              4              3(1 sus)   4              4              4              4              5
WR          6              5              6              6              5              5              4              6              6
TE            3              3              3              3              2 (1 sus)  3             3              3              3
OL            9              8              9              8             9              8              9              8              9
DL            8              10           9              9              7              7              8              8              9
LB            7              7              6              7             10           11             7              6              6(1 sus)
DB           10           10           10             11             10           9                10           12           10
ST            3              3              3              3              3              3              4              4              4

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Business side of the 53-Man Roster – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 29, 2014 – 9:36 pm



The Bills released 10-players this afternoon inching towards the final 53-man roster as the deadline comes on Saturday. With the season opener just over a week away, we asked the listeners to weigh in on the team’s possible final roster and their thoughts on today’s cuts.


As moves around the league trickle in, we decided to reach out to Sports Illustrated’s contributing writer to the MMQB Andrew Brandt. He recently wrote an article on the business side of putting together an NFL roster describing it as, The Most Wonderful Time of All. Brandt broke down the difference between the overall roster and the 46 that make it to the field on game day. He also discussed how finalizing your roster plays a big role on your salary cap and there’s more that goes into it than one would think.

Doug Whaley

“People think it’s just 53 players on your cap but it’s a lot more than that. It’s all the charges from players you cut, that you have given bonuses to that are pro-rated and stay on your cap. It’s all your injury settlements. It’s all your guys on I-R who could be big, big chunks of money like a Sam Bradford, 13 million dollars and it’s all your practice squad guys. You’re really accounting for close to 70 players by the time it’s over not 53 and as a cap manager, you have to think that way.”


Brandt talked about assembling the practice squad as well and how teams and scouts will be constantly evaluating their own team and others around the league.


Those that have been watching the preseason have been seeing a lot more yellow on the playing field with a major increase of penalty calls. Ben Austro, the editor and founder of Football Zebras called in to discuss just that. He admits that there’s a big point of emphasis with illegal contact and defensive holding. He mentioned that the VP of officiating Dean Blandino made a point of emphasis that the way they call the game in the preseason won’t change when the regular season comes around.

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“These points of emphasis are essentially a seed planted in their head, so if they see this they’re going to call it because they (the officials) just went over it in the clinic. As the preseason progresses, you’re going to see those calls come out in real situations and they’re going to be evaluated on it. The grades don’t count for preseason but what they do is establish here’s what the head office is determining is a foul, is not a foul and so that four week preseason really helps the officials fine tune what came out of the clinic and in a practical life situation how they’re going to call it and how they’re going to rule it and then how are they going to grade it.”


We looked back on Thursday night’s preseason finale with highlights from Murph’s radio calls courtesy of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network. We also listened back to author Brad Schultz and his book “The NFL, Year One” which looks back on the 1970 season and the dawn of modern football. To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click below.




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Fan Friday 8-29

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2014 – 8:36 am

The preseason is now in the books and rosters will all be down to 53 by Saturday at 4 pm. For now let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills do you have an early projection for which wideouts will make the team?


CB: I honestly believe the wide receiver position is pretty cut and dry in terms of personnel. Most of them have solidified their roles either on offense or their contributions on special teams. I think the bigger question is how many do they keep?

In Doug Marrone’s first season as head coach the Bills kept six receivers. I think this time around there is a realistic chance they keep seven. Now that obviously means they would have to trim from another position, presumably on offense. Do they only keep two quarterbacks? Do they keep one less tight end?

The Bills will also have an extra roster spot to play with knowing that Nigel Bradham will presumably go on the reserve suspended list and not count toward the 53-man roster.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills Will Coach Hackett be on sideline or in booth this season?


CB: The Bills offensive coordinator made a move down to the sidelines last season and intends to stay there. He’s been on the sideline all preseason so I’ve got no reason to think that will change this coming week.


3 – Chris:

Thanks for your coverage on the team!
I have a question on the Bills Offensive philosophy in short yardage and Red Zone.  It appears (at least in the preseason) that the Bills are going the stay with the tight formations on short yardage and goal line situations (basically power on power) why don’t they use the spread more?  Not to bring up previous situations but the Bills seemed more consistent and successful (under Chan Gailey) spreading the defense which opened more running lanes and the middle of the field. Do you see the Bills incorporating some of that offensive thinking?


CB: I think what you saw in the preseason is only some of what you should expect in the regular season. The Bills have spent the better part of the last two offseasons trying to increase their size and girth on the offensive line. That was done with winning those short yardage battles by plowing straight ahead in mind. In all likelihood that will be the approach a good amount of the time this season, but I wouldn’t rule out some spread looks as well.


4 – Chris,

So far through the preseason games, the Bills run defense looks a lot better than it has in years. I feel a big reason for that has been the addition of Brandon Spikes at MLB (and of course, Jim Schwartz as DC). I know Spikes signed a one-year deal with the Bills in the offseason, do you see the Bills offering him a long-term contract extension sometime during the season? I would love to see Spikes re-signed as I feel he’s been a great mentor to the younger players on the team, as well as being a great MLB.

Thanks for the great coverage on the Bills!

Steve B.
Fredericksburg, VA
CB: There’s no question that Spikes is a guy that younger players follow. They respect his instincts for the game. To further illustrate that I’ll let LB Ty Powell explain it himself.

“Me and Preston Brown are usually side by side, following Spikes and stuff,” said Powell. “Spikes has a lot of knowledge of the game, he has great instincts, so we just follow him around.”

The young linebackers on the roster are just trying to soak up whatever they can about playing linebacker in the NFL from Spikes.

As for an extension I would expect that to be a wait and see situation, but the run defense is probably the most encouraging thing about this team to come out of the preseason.


5 – Hello Chris,

Love the work you do for the Bills and Fan Friday. I am wondering if the I-formation seen in preseason, is what we will be mainly seeing by the Bills. With all the talent they have a wideout, Williams, Woods, Goodwin, seems crazy they wouldn’t stick to more of a spread offense? Plus this would create space for Spiller. Maybe they are just not showing much of their packages at this point but still. Thanks for the Bills Coverage.


CB: My suspicion is that while that is a part of their offensive playbook we won’t see nearly as much of it in the preseason. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has always been about putting his five best playmakers on the field for the offense. That should mean more wideouts on the field more often come the regular season.

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Why Chandler and Gilmore sat out

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2014 – 8:24 am

In the preseason finale Thursday almost all the starters opened the game on offense and defense. There were however a couple of missing pieces from the lineups on each side of the ball. The offense was missing their starting tight end and left guard. The defense was missing their starting cornerback opposite Leodis McKelvin. Here’s why.

Scott Chandler was reported by the team to have a knee injury. Meanwhile Stephon Gilmore was reported to have a groin injury. The severity of each injury is not known and it’s presumed that both injuries were sustained in practice during the week.

Rookie LB Randell Johnson also suffered an ankle injury. He was a game time decision Thursday and tested it pre-game, but could not go.

WR T.J. Graham also came out of the game with an ankle injury.

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QB Palmer makes no excuses

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2014 – 12:29 am

He had just two days to learn an offensive system here in Buffalo after being immersed in Chicago’s for the better part of the last calendar year. It made executing Buffalo’s offense a big challenge for even a veteran like Jordan Palmer, but following his three interception performance he only pointed at himself.

“It was a crazy couple of days. It wasn’t coming from the streets; it was fresh out of another offense but at the same time it’s the NFL and I’ve been doing this for a long time and I needed to do a better job moving the team better and protecting the ball better and so it was frustrating when you couldn’t do that,” Palmer said. “It was not a good example for the other two quarterbacks we have on the team and it is unfortunate I couldn’t protect the ball better and move the team better.”

Palmer tried to set realistic goals for his opportunity Thursday night.

I really wanted to have first and foremost no mental errors. The information I owned, I wanted to not see ghosts and make stuff up and panic at all so that was definitely one goal,” he said. “The other goal was to just move the football and not throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns because all that stuff is irrelevant in this situation. It goes to move the team so I think that’s what was frustrating.”

When offered the opportunity to use his newness to the offense as an excuse Palmer didn’t bite.

“I wasn’t panicky, I wasn’t confused, ‘Who’s this guy? Where’s this guy going?’ Whether it was an incompletion or a turnover it was kind of a different story on each one,” said  I didn’t know he was going to run that angle, he’s right, so it was a timing thing. There were different reasons as to why things didn’t go right, but I own all of them. I’m the quarterback , I’m the one back there pulling the trigger so I’ve got to make better decisions and move the team and score and I’m frustrated I couldn’t do that.”

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Why Marrone still looking for kickoff guy

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2014 – 12:18 am

With the preseason coming to a close head coach Doug Marrone is still trying to nail down a kickoff specialist for his squad. They claimed P/K Jordan Gay off waivers this week and he had a kickoff to start the second half. It went to the goal line and he had a punt. Marrone sees a big advantage in having a kickoff specialist.

“Last year we led the league in kickoff returns against us,” said Marrone. “I just think you’re playing with fire with that. I think you can have a big advantage for a couple of reasons. One, you can take that phase out of the game meaning that your 30-something spots that you use for special teams two coverage teams and kickoff return and punt. If you’re a team that can kick it out of the end zone 90 percent of the time you’re taking out a lot of shots (on your guys) and you’re saving a lot of reps and you’re taking a lot of opportunities away from the other team.”

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Offensive players not concerned

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2014 – 12:09 am

The Bills offense knows they didn’t finish the preseason the way they wanted to, but it hasn’t dampened the unit’s confidence in their ability to move the ball and score points.

Bills C Eric Wood said preseason results shouldn’t be shaking anyone’s belief on the offensive side of the ball.

“You just have to put it behind you and not lose your confidence,” said Wood. “I have a lot of confidence in this offense. We’ve put in a ton of work and I’m not going to get down because of a couple of preseason games.”

RB Boobie Dixon admits there were some struggles at times this preseason, but he’s convinced they’ll be straightened out by the opener in Chicago.

“We’ve really just got to watch the film and then we’ll figure that out,” he said. “Right now it’s just that everybody’s got to stay positive and stay together. We can’t let all the outside noise throw us off track. It wasn’t pretty but it was the pre-season still. We’ve got the regular season coming up and we’ve got a chance to write it next week so that’s what we’ve got to focus on.”

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Lions inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 6:49 pm

The Lions are sitting seven of their starters on offense tonight in the preseason finale with the Bills. Here’s their inactive list

QB Matthew Stafford
WR Golden Tate
RB Reggie Bush
S Don Carey
CB Rashean Mathis
S James Ihedigbo
C Dominic Raiola
OT Rob Sims
WR Calvin Johnson
TE Brandon Pettigrew
DT Ndamukong Suh
DE Jason Jones
LB Kyle Van Noy

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Gragg to start against Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 5:56 pm

With Lee Smith injured and Tony Moeaki still not 100 percent fellow TE Chris Gragg figures to see a lot of playing time against the Lions. Gragg hasn’t seen a lot of time with the starters, but that’s going to happen in the preseason finale.

Gragg is going to start with Scott Chandler also inactive tonight. In this final preseason game, Gragg just wants to tighten up some of the nuances of his personal game.

“Really just my details,” Gragg told “I want to be focused on every play, not to have little mistakes. I haven’t had any big outrageous mistakes, but little things. Stepping this way or making sure I catch the ball with my hands and tuck it under my outside arm. It’s some of those little things that we’ve been harping on, those are the things that are going to help us get to that next step.

“I’ll get some time out there with EJ and I want to make sure our timing is going great so we can go out there and make plays this season.”

Gragg has heard coach Marrone’s call for the other players on offense to be better around QB EJ Manuel. The second-year tight end knows what his head coach means.

“That means that we want to make it easier for him,” said Gragg. “We want the line to protect, the receivers to run the right routes and then EJ just has to deliver the ball. We want as little as possible on EJ because I know he has to do a lot. He’s a quarterback in the NFL. So we want our professionals at the other spots as great as they can be so they can make EJ’s job easier.”

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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 5:54 pm

Here are the inactives for the Bills for their preseason finale tonight against the Lions.

CB Corey Graham
CB Stephon Gilmore
CB Mario Butler
TE Scott Chandler
CB Bobby Felder
S Jonathan Meeks
TE Tony Moeaki
TE Lee Smith
G Chris Williams

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Schwartz’s ‘D’ looks ready for real games

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 4:45 pm

They say that preseason statistics don’t hold a lot of water, but Buffalo’s defense under Jim Schwartz looks ready for the regular season.

Through four preseason games the Bills defense ranks 11th in red zone defense (50% TD rate), ninth in pass defense (192.5 yds/gm), fourth in total defense (273.5 yds/gm), third in run defense (81 yds/gm) and is first in yards per carry allowed (2.75).

Schwartz’s charges are also 14th in points allowed (20.3), which is the category Buffalo’s new defensive coordinator has at the top of his list. They’re also third in interception rate (4.31%).

Where Schwartz wants his unit focused is on tightening their third down defense. Their conversion percentage allowed of better than 46 percent is not where they want it heading into the regular season.

“That’s a big down for us. That’s something where we must get off the field so we need players smart enough and with good game situation skills and can manage situations like that,” Nickell Robey told “That’s one part of the thing that we have to get in this tune-up game. I feel like tackling is another emphasis that we have to get, stopping the run is the first one because in order to stop the pass you’ve got to stop the run. But getting off on third downs has to happen.”

Buffalo’s defense made corrections in practice this week based largely on some of the failed efforts to stop the third and longs last week against Tampa.

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Aaron, C.J. named as top breakout candidates

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 9:48 am

The Bills have a lot of young talent on their roster with starting experience. Two such players hold so much promise that they made a list of top breakout candidates for 2014.

On a Top 25 Breakout Players list for 2014 put together by Rant Sports, S Aaron Williams was listed 16th. RB C.J. Spiller meanwhile was ranked number one overall. Here is what was written about each of them.

16. Aaron Williams, SS, Buffalo Bills
A disappointment in his first two NFL seasons, Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams came on strong in 2013. Williams’ game still needs some refinement, but he showed he has the talent to succeed and should be ready to improve even more in 2014.

1. C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
Once upon a time, C.J. Spiller was viewed as perhaps the most dangerous playmaker in the entire NFL. However, after some major consistency and injury problems, Spiller’s reputation has fallen off a bit. That said, Spiller still has the talent to become one of the best running backs in the NFL, and I think 2014 is the year Spiller will put it all together.


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Gabriel: The Making of a 53-Man Roster – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 27, 2014 – 9:47 pm


It’s the eve of the final preseason game for the Buffalo Bills, a game where certain players are fighting for a roster spot. We asked the listeners who is on the bubble, who is their bubble player to make the team or not make the team? We received some interesting scenarios on that. We also heard from quarterback EJ Manuel and head coach Doug Marrone who discussed the playing time for the starters tomorrow night, his quarterback, and the leadership coming from the team.

Eric Ebron

Our first guest was Jim Brandstatter, the radio color analyst for the Detroit Lions. Brandstatter gave us a preview of tomorrow night’s preseason game as the Lions come to Ralph Wilson Stadium. He talked about former Lions head coach and now Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and his time in Detroit and what led to his dismissal. He touched on quarterback Matthew Stafford who had a disappointing season last season and Stafford’s new tight end target, Eric Ebron. Ebron, the rookie out of North Carolina has been a big target in the preseason and is showing his potential value for the Lions.


“What the Lions thought he would be is what he has become. It’s a matchup problem for a defense. He can lineup as a fullback, as a wing like an H-back. He can become detached from the line of scrimmage, kind of like a flex tight end or wide receiver. He gives the defense a lot to look at and he’s got great size and decent speed, so if he gets a matchup against a linebacker or safety, he can beat them and I think that’s what the Lions were looking to add.”


Brandstatter discussed the defensive side of things for the Lions including their defensive front that includes Ndamukong Suh and the recent demotion of Nick Fairley.


As the weekend approaches and the deadline looms for roster cuts, we were joined by Western New York native Greg Gabriel who talked about the making of the 53-man roster. Gabriel is a former NFL team scout and that includes time with the Bills. His recent post on National Football Post discusses who makes the final call on the final roster, breaking down who will fit in each position, and if money is a factor for certain players. When making the call on a certain player, Gabriel says the importance of game play doesn’t always out-weigh what’s being showcased on the practice field. (10 min in)


“It’s part of the equation not the total equation. There’s practice every day. What you do in practice, what you do in the class room that counts. That counts sometimes even more than what happens in games. You can’t control what happens in a game time situation. You go into a preseason game and you want to get someone fifteen snaps but because of the flow of the game you just can’t do that, so you’re not able to evaluate that situation but you have been able to evaluate him every day in camp and on top of that you know what he’s doing in the class room, you know how he picks up your offense and defense, you know what his work habits are, you’ve worked with him every day. It’s really a two part equation and I’m going to say it’s more practice than the preseason games.”


Gabriel also touched on the importance of special teams and how those final roster decisions may rely on how a player can help on special teams.

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To round out the show, we were re-joined by Bills VP of Operations and Guest Experience Andy Major. Major updated us on the renovations at the stadium and the feedback he received after the team’s first home game last Saturday. Major said the “wow-factor” for the fans has come from the new Bills Store that is a center stage visual. He also talked about the ease fans had getting into the stadium from the new entry gates. He answered various questions from listeners of the show and discussed what is ongoing with the renovations including various updated signage and how fans can give their feedback on their game day experience.


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Cutler not thrilled with Palmer joining Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2014 – 9:23 am

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler wasn’t jumping for joy that his former teammate and fellow quarterback Jordan Palmer found another job in the league after he was released on Sunday. That’s because Palmer signed with the Bears Week 1 opponent, the Buffalo Bills. Cutler believes there will be some intelligence gathering on Chicago’s offense by Buffalo’s defensive staff with Palmer.

“It’s not an ideal situation,” Cutler told the Chicago Tribune Tuesday. “It’s not exactly what you’d want. He can give them a few things I’m sure. He’ll be meeting with (Bills defensive coordinator Jim) Schwartz pretty much immediately.”

When asked about what Palmer would be able to share with Buffalo’s defensive staff Cutler said there are some important elements and indicated that some changes might be necessary.

“He knows snap counts, some of the stuff we do with some of our checks, what plays we like,” Cutler said. “But they still have to defend it. So I don’t think we’ll change much if anything. Maybe a few tweaks here and there. But we’ll just have to go play football.”

Bills head coach Doug Marrone downplayed the intelligence gathering angle on Tuesday indicating that it wouldn’t be pursued by him with Palmer.

“No (I won’t),” said Marrone. “But I do have a lot of respect for Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer. They’re good coaches and they do a good job so I know he was coached well. I’m not part of that hey let’s bring the guy in and get information. I think that would be very disrespectful to Jordan if I did that honestly. My conversation with Jordan was, ‘I’m happy to see you and happy to meet you. I’m going to give you an opportunity to get a position. We’re going to do whatever we can to get you ready for this game and play you.'”

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The Hunger Inside Corbin Bryant – JMS 8/26

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 26, 2014 – 9:31 pm



The Bills wrapped up another practice in preps for their final preseason game. Joining the team was Jordan Palmer, recently signed quarterback who was released by the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He spoke to the media following today’s session. We heard from Palmer and head coach Doug Marrone to begin tonight’s show. We also asked the listeners what they want out of a backup QB and if that guy is currently on the Bills roster.


At the bottom of the first hour, we were joined by defensive lineman Corbin Bryant. Bryant is entering his second year with the Bills. He discussed the success of the Bills defensive line and why the players that surround him have been so influential to him. He also talked about the approaching roster cuts. He reflected on his career path and the persistence he has to stick it out on an NFL roster.


“I’m always going to have the hunger, even when I was a rookie trying to make it when I was in Pittsburgh. You never want to be satisfied in this league because there are always guys coming in trying to take your place, so if you’re always hungry like you’re an undrafted free agent at the bottom of the totem pole, I think you’ll always have success.”


Bryant also discussed what he likes to do off the field, which includes reading and working out.


At the top of the hour, we were joined by Murph’s partner on the radio broadcast, color analyst Mark Kelso. Kelso has done his fair of studying this year’s Bills team and weighed in on plenty of topics and issues, including quarterback EJ Manuel.

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“I don’t think he’s just letting it go and playing with just the freedom that he would if he wasn’t concentrating on all those things. I think when the regular season begins, he forgets about those things when game time shows up. When game time shows up you can’t think about your foot work. You can’t think about stepping in to every throw. You have to let it go. You have to believe what you see and I think that’s exactly what will happen. I think he’s made progress this offseason and certainly all the situations that occurred from an offensive perspective in the first half the other night (vs. Bucs) were just partly his fault.”



Kelso talked about the defensive side of the ball as well. He mentioned specifically Corbin Bryant who mentioned has “had a very fine preseason” and how the team has improved when it comes to defending the run. He also discussed how fans should watch the final preseason game and what to look for.

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Finally, with many fantasy football enthusiasts gearing up to draft their team, we brought in CBS Sports Senior Fantasy Football Writer Jamey Eisenberg. Eisenberg talked about his breakout players to look for along with some possible busts. He took listener calls regarding the value for certain picks and who and when you should pick a player. When it came to the Bills, Eisenberg mentioned Fred Jackson as a value pick.



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Palmer confident EJ will succeed

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2014 – 5:50 pm

Bills newest QB Jordan Palmer is very familiar with EJ Manuel having traveled in some of the same quarterback circles over the last three years. They were even counselors together at former NFL QB Trent Dilfer’s ‘Elite 11′ camp. Palmer has seen enough of Manuel and his game that he’s confident he’ll be a successful NFL starting quarterback.

“I’m very confident,” said Palmer of Manuel being a success. “The first thing you have to be, if you’re going to be young, talented and given the reins of an organization, is you have to be all-in. This has to be your life, this has to be your job,  this has to be everything to you. I know EJ well enough to know that this is. So right there, you’re ahead of a good number of guys.

“Talent wise—the guy can make every throw, he’s a great athlete. He’s a smart, really conscientious quarterback.  Really thinking through things, and then the talent around him. I can go on and on why I’m confident in EJ.  I’m excited to come here and build on that confidence and get to see it in person now.”

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