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Fan Friday 4-21

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2017 – 12:14 pm

The draft is almost here! On to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Will O.J. Howard make it to the bills at pick ten?

Jordan Branch
@BuffaloBranch83

CB: I think every Bills fan should hope so. Buffalo would be running the card up to the table if he was still on the clock. Howard in my estimation is one of the six truly elite prospects in this class along with Garrett, Thomas, Fournette, Adams and Lattimore. You could make a strong argument for Hooker, Allen and McCaffrey too, but those are the top six as I see it.

In order for Howard to get to 10, I think at least one of the quarterback prospects has to come off the board in front of them. Ideally two of the perceived top QBs go in the top 10. That would push more of the truly elite talent down the board so the Bills have a chance to get one.

Cross your fingers.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills What is the likelihood of Buffalo trading back into the first round?

The Polish Mafia
@AdamPia

CB: If you’re talking about moving back into the bottom of round one, I just don’t see it. Here’s why. More than one NFL talent evaluators has confirmed for me that the difference in talent level and upside from player 11 or 12 and player 49 or 50 is negligible. So to give up what is already a limited stash of draft choices (currently six) to move back into the bottom of round one to get a player who likely won’t be all that different from one you will get at 44 in round two seems ill advised.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills If the Bills pick up the option for MG, can they allocate some of that $4m into a signing bonus so it won’t be such a heavy cap hit?

JuJu
@JuAintRight

CB: As I understand it the Bills have to match the terms of the contract, which would eliminate any option to restructure the deal initially. I have to check and see if and when, for example they want to extend his contract further to spread out cap hits, when they would be allowed to do so.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

If u were 2 use cereal 2 convince Whaley/McDermott who 2 draft #1, what cereal (best cereal) wld u use and who would u be convincing them 2 draft?

Joshua Smith
@YhoshLM

CB: To answer this question accurately I think you’d need to know what players were available when Buffalo was on the clock. I take my cereal very seriously. I’d prefer Lattimore or Adams and would go with Rice Chex and Cap’n Crunch on those. Lattimore can check anybody he lines up against and Adams can run and hit.

In round two I’d go with Honey Smacks (formerly known as Sugar Smacks) because I want them to take WR Zay Jones there. So the Frog on the box signals my affinity for Jones. I ‘Dig ‘Em.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, I know it wouldn’t b a pick that would go over with most Bills fans? But can u c the Bills drafting McCaffrey?

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: You’re right it wouldn’t be popular, but it wouldn’t be a reach or outlandish pick at all. I’m pretty confident McCaffrey goes in the top 10 somewhere. Personally I don’t think he gets past Carolina at eight. The reason why he’s so valuable is because in addition to his elite physical skill set is he can legitimately be lined up at receiver in addition to running back. He can also help on returns.

So a player with his multi-faceted production and athletic measurables to match signals top 10 talent. Not to mention his dad had a successful career in the league with Denver.

If the Bills pick him the narrative will be, ‘here they go again replacing running backs like they did with McGahee and Marshawn and Spiller.’ If the Bills don’t match the Gillislee offer sheet that line of criticism will be even louder.

What will be lost in such a scenario is the veritable matchup nightmare McCaffrey would be no matter where he lines up on the field. I believe he’s an elite talent, so he fits the value at 10.


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A look at Buffalo’s 2017 opponents

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 20, 2017 – 11:16 am

Bills fans, the wait is almost over. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET the Buffalo Bills 2017 schedule, presented by Ellicott Hotels, will officially be announced. In the meantime, here’s a look back at highlights from the last time the Bills played each of the 2017 opponents.

Home 

Miami Dolphins

 

New England Patriots

New York Jets

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Oakland Raiders

 

Denver Broncos

 

New Orleans Saints

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Indianapolis Colts

On the Road

 

Miami Dolphins

 

New England Patriots

New York Jets

 

Kansas City Chiefs

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Los Angeles Chargers

 

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

 

Cincinnati Bengals

 


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Bills prompting Browns to trade up?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2017 – 3:51 pm

There has been a lot of talk the past week that the Bills have a lot of interest in North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky. The Browns, who are in dire need of a quarterback, but won’t take one with their top pick, reportedly have made overtures to the Jets, who have the sixth pick, to trade up from their second spot in round one at 12 to leap frog Buffalo.

That according to NFL draft site, WalterFootball.com. According to their report, sources say that the Browns and Jets are talking about a trade that would have the Browns moving up from the 12th pick to the Jets’ selection at No. 6 in order to take a quarterback with Trubisky the primary target. Here’s the rest of their report.

In order to move down, the Jets want the 33rd-overall pick (second round) and the selection at No. 108 (fourth round). Those are the first choices on the second and third days of the draft. Leading off those days of the draft, New York would have some highly coveted picks that could allow them to trade down again with a team that is desperate to land a player they didn’t think would make it to that spot.

Cleveland is trying to trade its second-round pick, No. 52 overall, and the first selection in the fifth round, No. 145. With the sixth pick, the Browns are believed to want Trubisky. Cleveland is concerned that the Jets or the Bills (at pick 10) would take Trubisky before Cleveland is on the clock at 12.

Even if Trubisky goes off the board earlier to the 49ers (2) or the Bears (3), the Browns may want to do the trade in order to land Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson before Buffalo is on the clock. 


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Patriots extend Gillislee offer sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on April 18, 2017 – 2:00 pm

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport the New England Patriots have extended Bills restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet.

Per Rapoport it’s a two-year deal worth $6.4M.

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The Bills now have five days to match the offer to keep Gillislee in Buffalo. If they choose not to match the offer the Bills would be compensated with New England’s fifth-round pick.

Buffalo tendered Gillislee with an original round tender last month. Gillislee rushed for 577 yards on 101 carries to average 5.7 yards per rush and was second on the team among non-kickers in scoring behind LeSean McCoy with nine total touchdowns.


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Seahawks gamer named Madden 17 Club Series champ

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 17, 2017 – 7:21 pm

The first-ever Madden 17 Club Series Championship held over the weekend certainly lived up to the hype. Fans from around the country tuned in to watch as the eight winners from the Bills, Steelers, Jaguars, Vikings, Chiefs, 49ers, Patriots and Seahawks tournaments took the national stage for a chance to advance to the final round.

David Katz “Bread” who represented the Bills in the match put on quite a performance against Pittsburgh’s “Misery” in the quarterfinals.  Although he was not able to come away with the victory, Katz’s play earned him $2,500 and 175 series points.

The winner of the championship, Seattle’s “Killer Mike” battled San Francisco’s “Monsta” in the exciting finale. With the win, “Killer Mike” took home $10,000, 350 series points and earned a place in the Madden 17 Championship that will take place later this month.


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What to watch for: Madden 17 Club Series

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 14, 2017 – 3:59 pm

With the first annual Madden 17 Club Series Championship kicking off tomorrow, here’s a one-stop shop guide for everything you need to know.

Get to know the players

Similar to the NFL athletes who prepare tirelessly to compete on Sundays, these Madden experts are ready to put their skills to the ultimate test. These players aren’t just your average video game lovers. Their Madden 17 aficionados, who’ve logged some serious man hours and turned their passion into much more than a hobby.

When the quarterfinals kick off, we’ll see four head-to-head matchups. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars ‘Trueboy’ vs. Seattle Seahawks ‘Killer Mike’
  • Pittsburgh Steelers ‘Misery’ vs. Buffalo Bills ‘Bread’
  • Minnesota Vikings ‘I Be Strafing’ vs. Kansas City Chiefs ‘LT’
  • San Francisco 49ers ‘Monsta’ vs. New England Patriots ‘ShutItDown’

The winners from each game will advance to the semifinals and get one step closer to the highly coveted championship round.

What to watch for

Bag of Tricks:

Representing their favorite teams on the big stage, the players are sure to pull out some unexpected trickery to get a leg up on the competition. Our very own ‘Bread’ is known to have a thing or two up his sleeve, so don’t be surprised if he’s got something in store.

Big Plays:

There’s nothing more exciting in the NFL than a game-changing play. The same is true in Madden 17. Whether you’re looking for crazy catches or momentum-swinging turnovers, this group of players will make it happen.

What’s on the line?

For each of the tournament’s players, the stakes are high. Not only will the champion earn some serious bragging rights, they’ll take home $20,000 and 500 series points. However, the rest of the all-stars won’t be going home empty handed.

2nd Place – $10,000 and 350 series points

3rd – 4th Place – $5,000 each and 250 series points

5th– 8th Place – $2,500 each and 175 series points

Tune in on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. PST to watch it all unfold.

  • Quarterfinals / Semifinals:
    • Twitch: EAMADDENNFL
    • YouTube: EASPORTS
    • Facebook Live: EASPORTSMADDENNFL
  • Finals:
    • NFL Network (6pm PST): Cable and validated digital products
    • Twitch: EAMADDENNFL
    • YouTube: EASPORTS
    • Facebook Live: EASPORTSMADDENNFL

 


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NFL to crown a Madden 17 champ on April 15

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 13, 2017 – 10:18 am

Bills fans, for the first time ever, the NFL will be crowning a Madden 17 champion!

The Madden 17 Club Series Championship, held in Burbank, Calif. on April 15 at 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. PST, will feature some of the nation’s most talented gamers. The event will be broken down into three rounds and consist of the winners from each of the eight participating club tournaments.

Representing the Bills in the Golden State is David Katz—also known as ‘Bread’—the winner of the Buffalo Bills Madden 17 Series Championship that took place in February at (716) Food and Sport. Throughout the day-long contest, Katz found himself up against some serious competitors. Playing for $10,000 in cash and prizes, and bragging rights of course, Katz defied the odds and pulled off a huge comeback win.

With the victory, Katz has earned the chance to prove himself on the national stage. Wish him luck as he takes on ‘Misery’, the Pittsburgh Steelers victor, in the quarterfinals.

Don’t miss out on the action! Here’s how you can watch:

  • Quarterfinals / Semifinals:
    • Twitch: EAMADDENNFL
    • YouTube: EASPORTS
    • Facebook Live: EASPORTSMADDENNFL
  • Finals:
    • NFL Network (6 p.m. PST): Cable and validated digital products
    • Twitch: EAMADDENNFL
    • YouTube: EASPORTS
    • Facebook Live: EASPORTSMADDENNFL

 

 


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‘Zo to tap into ex-Panthers intel on expectations

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2017 – 12:52 pm

Lorenzo Alexander feels more comfortable being a vocal leader in his second year with the Bills. But he wants to do it within the constructs of head coach Sean McDermott’s expectations. That’s why he plans to tap into the knowledge some of the ex-Panthers on Buffalo’s roster to make sure he’s got a full understanding of the new head coach’s methods and messaging.

“That’s why they’re here,” said Alexander of free agent signees Mike Tolbert, Leonard Johnson and Philly Brown. “Coaches often bring guys from other places where they’ve been because they understand the expectation level. They understand the culture that he wants and what he means when he says certain things. So they can definitely be sounding boards for his message and I can also talk to them as well for things like, ‘What does it mean when he says this?’ Or, ‘How did you guys do that here?’ Or ‘What did that picture look like in your locker room?’ And maybe we can take some of those tidbits that they learned from what he did in other places and apply it here so we can win.”

Alexander and the three ex-Panthers signees are among a group of players we profiled on Buffalobills.com as Bills culture makers under coach McDermott entering the 2017 season.


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Predict the Pick 2017

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 10, 2017 – 9:00 am

Bills fans the 2017 NFL Draft is less than a month away. You know what that means? It’s time to pick who you think the Bills will take first!

Predict the Pick, presented by M&T Bank, gives fans the opportunity to share their thoughts on one of the NFL’s most popular events. Fans who correctly predict Buffalo’s first Draft pick, will have the chance to meet him.

Don’t miss out! To make your pick, click here.

The contest will remain open until Wednesday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m.


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Fan Friday 4-7

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2017 – 11:30 am

Draft day is closing in. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Could the Bills be legitimately in the hunt for Sherman?

Crowe
@KookaberraCrowe

CB: I don’t see Buffalo as a realistic trade partner with the Seahawks. Here’s why.

Seattle is looking to cut their payroll and get younger. Draft picks are what they are after in exchange for Sherman. With the Bills possessing just six picks in this year’s draft, which is known as a deep class with great value in rounds two through four, I can’t see the Bills parting with picks to inherit a 30-year old corner making the kind of money Buffalo themselves chose to avoid when they let Stephon Gilmore walk.


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@ChrisBrownBills

What do you think the bills biggest need is heading into the draft? #fanfriday #gobills

I Just Want To
WIN@JKolba


CB:
I’m not trying to hedge here, but I believe it’s linebacker and cornerback. They need premium athletes at both positions, which is why I think if the value is right that’s what they look to address early in the draft.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is there anything at this (admittedly very early) point to differentiate Sean McDermott from his lengthy list of unsuccessful predecessors?

Paul Lane
@BfloBizDATA
CB: While I think it’s easy to differentiate coach McDermott from his immediate predecessor knowing their approach to coaching is diametrically opposed, we all know that his abilities on game day as a coach are complete unknowns. No one has seen him operate as a head coach on the sideline on game day.

So while there have already been several encouraging signs (assembling a proven staff, connecting with players, clear vision for the team, adding a specific kind of player talent) all people care about in the NFL are the results. And until everyone sees how he arrives at those results there’s no way to differentiate coach McDermott from those who came before him.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Kyle Williams will need to be replaced soon and has been injured more often the last few years. Which draft 17 or 18 do they replace him in?

Michael Cybulski
@Brockv5Michael
CB: First, I would like to point out that with the exception of the 2015 season when he played in six games, Kyle Williams has played in 15 games or more in four of the last five seasons.

That being said I do believe that depth on the interior of the defensive line is an underrated positional need for Buffalo in this draft. Unfortunately the depth on the defensive line is better on the edge than on the interior in this class.

I could see them looking for a good mid-to-late round value at defensive tackle. I like UCLA’s Eddie Vanderdoes. He performed well at the Senior Bowl and could still be there in round five. That’s right where Buffalo landed Kyle Williams back in the 2006 draft.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills

If Joe Mixon is still available late, do you think the Bills would draft him? What round would be good enough value to offset PR headache?

Andy
@AndyThinksStuff

CB: Mixon is going to be in different places on a lot of teams’ draft boards, and there will be some boards where he doesn’t appear at all. Knowing the talent that Mixon possesses I believe round four is where a lot of teams will feel comfortable selecting him. As you know Buffalo doesn’t have a fourth-round pick, so I don’t know if the Bills will ever have the opportunity to match the risk with the value.

And as we’ve seen in the past there is usually one team that is willing to roll the dice and takes such a prospect a lot earlier than most anticipate.


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Lorenzo Alexander pays visit to local elementary school

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 6, 2017 – 11:37 am

He’s only been back in Western New York for a few days, but that hasn’t stopped Bills Pro Bowl linebacker Lorenzo Alexander from making a difference in the community.

On Tuesday, April 4, Alexander and his ACES Foundation, paid a special visit to Pembroke Intermediate School to meet with Mr. Brown’s fourth grade class.

“When I got back we went out there…We signed autographs for the kids, spoke to them about commitment and consistency and building relationships,” said Alexander. “I really liked the school and they’re doing a lot of great things out there.”

Reflecting on the afternoon, Alexander, this year’s Call to Courage Award recipient, explained that his main message to the young students was about character development.

“That’s what it’s always about – character,” said Alexander. “Being a great person, taking care of your classmates, your community and yourself and staying healthy – all the things you want to emphasize with kids. I emphasize with my own children.”

As far as his plans for the remainder of the offseason—in-between his duties on the field—Alexander aims to spend as much time giving back as he can.

“I think being my second year here, being more comfortable, how well the city embraced me last year and just the community, I wanted to get engaged sooner in that regard and give back when I have time in the offseason…”


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New mock goes LB for Bills at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2017 – 1:19 pm

The choices for the Bills at pick 10 have ranged from QB to safety to wide receiver to linebacker. There’s been a common name associated with the Bills regarding linebacker prospects at 10 in Reuben Foster. But the latest mock draft from Rotoworld went with a different linebacker for Buffalo in round one.

Rotoworld.com’s draft analyst Josh Norris went with Temple’s Haason Reddick, who has been of the biggest pre-draft risers since his monster week at the Senior Bowl in late January. Reddick proved himself capable of moving from a defensive end role at Temple to an off the ball linebacker. A solid workout at the Combine only helped boost his draft stock all the more.

Here was Norris’ reasoning for his Reddick pick for Buffalo.

10. Buffalo Bills – LB Haason Reddick, Temple – Linebacker is a pivotal position in Sean McDermott’s defense, and athleticism is a critical factor for linebackers to star in the system. Neither Preston Brown or Reggie Ragland scream “range” like Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Reddick offers that athleticism (93rd percentile) as well as possible blitzing or pass rushing possibilities.


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New Era Field tours kick off on Friday, April 7

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 4, 2017 – 10:47 am

Bills fans, what better way to kick off spring than with a fun-filled tour of New Era Field?

Tours begin on Friday, April 7 and run every other Friday until July, with time slots available at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Additional dates are offered every other Sunday, starting in August and continuing through October.

This exclusive Bills Experience provides fans with an up-close look at the facility’s suites and clubs, the field and much more!

Secure a spot on our next tour through the Bills Experience section in your Buffalo Bills or My One Buffalo mobile applications!

For details on pricing and Season Ticket Member discounts, click here.


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Report: Bills to work out QB Mahomes

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2017 – 1:22 pm

The Bills restructured the contract of Tyrod Taylor and will have him in the fold for the foreseeable future, but it clearly won’t preclude them from kicking the tires on some of this year’s quarterback prospects. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Buffalo will hold a private workout with Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes.

According to Rapoport  the workout will take place next week. The Bills are one of 18 teams to schedule either a private workout or pre-draft visit. The private workouts that have already taken place were with Arizona, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans.

Mahomes most recently had a pre-draft workout with the NY Jets on Sunday.

The Texas Tech QB is seen as the wild card in this draft class. Though he has major mechanical flaws, his athletic talent is undeniable and that has some teams taking a much closer look.


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Fan Friday 3-31

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2017 – 12:35 pm

The NFL draft is a month away! Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills If we stay put @ 10 because lack of trade partner how much can we gain trading back in second round, pick wise?

@taylor_degeorge

CB: A lot of it would depend on where the Bills would be moving back too. If they slide back 10 spots to pick 54 in the draft, for example, it would require an additional late third or early fourth-round pick going to Buffalo to make the value work. If Buffalo was to move all the way to the bottom of round two it would require a high third-round pick in addition to make that work.

In essence Buffalo could conceivably recoup an additional third-round pick or a fourth-round pick (something they currently don’t have) to move back in round two.

That might not seem like much, but in this draft it’s valuable knowing the depth at a handful of positions in this class.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills Can you offer some insight on Zach Brown’s situation and why the Bills let him move on? Seemed like a good, young, Pro Bowl LB. Thanks!

Justin Crow
@jcrowrva

CB: I think what often stands in the way of a player the caliber of Zach Brown reaching a new deal, with the Bills, or anyone other team for that matter, at this stage of free agency is simple. It’s money.

No NFL team including the Bills has signed Brown to this point because his asking price is probably too high.

I understand where Brown is probably coming from. His value has probably never been this high since he was a second-round pick as a rookie. He led his team in tackles, played most of the season with a broken hand and went to the Pro Bowl (albeit as an alternate).

He probably believes that should count for something and I don’t disagree with him.

But ultimately players can’t control what the market is willing to pay, and it’s clear three weeks into free agency that the market is not in line with what Brown wants to play for at this point.

3 – @ChrisBrownBills wouldn’t Ruben Foster make sense to make the defense complete and dynamic?

Michael Minutella@MichaelMinutel4

CB: Reuben Foster is a dynamic player and linebacker is unquestionably a need position for the Bills. He is certainly fast enough and has the range to be a weak side linebacker in a 4-3 system. Foster has also demonstrated the necessary cover skills to fit that role. It’s a player who certainly makes sense at 10 and likely fits the value there.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills If the Bills were to go DB at 10, realistically (assume Adams Latt Hooker gone) who would be your pick #bills

Bill Carr@billcarr_10

CB: I think other options that could be considered at 10 at defensive back would almost exclusively be corner at that point if the top two safeties are off the board. Lattimore is the only lock top 10 cornerback, but another consideration could be Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey.

Beyond him I don’t know that the value fits at 10 for another defensive back. LSU Tre’Davious White is someone to consider, but there seems to be mixed opinion on him so I don’t see him going quite that high. Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie I think is going to come off the board sooner than some might expect, but 10 is probably too early.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is Preston Brown a good fit at the outside linebacker role in the new defense or is he too slow?

@JaredBailey23

CB: First, I think you’re jumping the gun a bit here in assuming that Preston Brown is going to play outside linebacker. I think Reggie Ragland and Preston Brown will each be lined up at middle linebacker and let the coaches decide who ultimately lines up where. Knowing the entire defensive staff is new I anticipate that this will take some time in the spring to spell out specific roles.

All that being said, if Brown was to move outside I think he could be a fit on the strong side, a spot he played some in college at Louisville. He’s certainly strong enough to set the edge and fill the other duties of that position. He wouldn’t be as good a fit in the weak side role which requires top end speed, range and cover ability.


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Bills fans and alumni weigh in on the 2017 schedule

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 29, 2017 – 4:46 pm

Each year, the Buffalo Bills Schedule Challenge, presented by Ellicott Hotels, offers Bills fans an opportunity to share their thoughts on the upcoming season. With the 2017 Schedule Challenge well underway, thousands of Bills supporters have already joined in on the fun.

Take a look at a few of the most common answers among fans:

-64% think the Bills will open the 2017 regular season at New Era Field

-42% think that the Miami Dolphins will be the first AFC East opponent that the Bills play at home

-52% think the Bills will play in two primetime games

-58% think the Buffalo will host a primetime matchup

In a recent appearance on The John Murphy Show, Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker also jumped into the conversation.

After taking the Challenge, here’s how the Bills legend thinks the 2017 campaign will play out:

-The Bills will open up the 2017 regular season on the road against division opponent the Miami Dolphins

-The Bills will have two primetime games and neither will be hosted at New Era Field

-Buffalo’s bye week will come in either Week 4, 5 or 6

How do your answers stack up against the competition? Take the quiz now to find out!

The Schedule Challenge ends on Friday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m.


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USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program now open

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 23, 2017 – 9:53 am

The 2017 USA Football Grant Program enables youth football leagues and scholastic teams to upgrade equipment, improve playing fields, recover from natural disasters and acquire life-saving equipment.  Applications for equipment, field and product grants are awarded to 501(c)(3)  tax – exempt youth, middle school and high school football programs throughout the United States.

Along with the grant program, USA Football has several other initiatives including the Heads Up Football initiative which the Bills proudly support in Western New York.  Though the USA Football Grant Program is available to any youth or school sponsored football organization, programs signed up and engaged in Heads Up Football are eligible for larger grant amounts.

Those wishing to submit a USA Football grant application will have until Wednesday, April 12 to do so.

For more information on USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program and to apply, please visit here.

 


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‘It’s morphin’ time’ with K. Williams’ daughter

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 22, 2017 – 5:21 pm

For “Power Rangers” fans everywhere, the hype for the newest movie is real. With the film set to hit theaters on Friday, March 24, generations of loyal supporters are jumping into the conversation.  Recently, Sports Illustrated turned to a few NFL players’ kids to get their take on the pop-culture craze and to ask the new cast some of their burning questions. Joining in the fun was none other than Kyle Williams’ 10-year-old daughter Kate.

The results? You guessed it, adorable.


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Mayock updates his top 5 by position for draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2017 – 2:14 pm

He put his first list of his top five at each position for the 2017 draft class just before the NFL combine. Almost a month later, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has re-issued his top five by position list from the 2017 talent pool and there has been some movement at some need positions for the Bills.

Chief among them cornerback where Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore moved up to the top spot from being ranked second in the initial Mayock rank. Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey moved up from three to two, while Washington’s Sidney Jones, Florida’s Teez Tabor and LSU’s Tre’Davious White slipped out of the top five completely. Jones’ drop is probably due largely to his Achilles injury suffered at his pro day.

Washington’s Kevin King, Ohio State’s Gareon Conley and UCLA’s Fabian Moreau round out the new top five at corner.

At receiver East Carolina WR Zay Jones moved up one spot from five to four, swapping places with E. Washington WR Cooper Kupp.

And at linebacker, Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham and Florida’s Jarrad Davis swapped places, with Davis moving up from four to three and Cunningham sliding back.

A lot of times Mayock alters these positional ranks based on what he’s hearing from NFL club executives directly. Here’s a look at all of his position listings.

Quarterback
1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
3. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
4. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
5. Davis Webb, California
Running Back
1. Leonard Fournette, LSU
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
3. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
4. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
5. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
Rise: Fournette (2), McCaffrey (3), Perine (NR)
Fall: Cook (1), Joe Mixon, Oklahoma (5, added to special exceptions)
Wide receiver
1. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
2. Mike Williams, Clemson
3. John Ross, Washington
4. Zay Jones, East Carolina
T-5. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
T-5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
Rise: Jones (5), Smith-Schuster (NR)
Fall: Kupp (4),

Tight end
1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
2. David Njoku, Miami
3. Evan Engram, Ole Miss
4. Gerald Everett, South Alabama
5. George Kittle, Iowa
Rise: Everett (5), Kittle (NR)
Fall: Jake Butt, Michigan (4, added to special exceptions)
Offensive tackle
1. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
2. Garett Bolles, Utah
3. Antonio Garcia, Troy
4. Roderick Johnson, Florida State
T-5. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
T-5. Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M
Interior OL
1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
2. Cam Robinson, Alabama
3. Dan Feeney, Indiana
4. Dion Dawkins, Temple
T-5. Ethan Pocic, LSU
T-5. Pat Elflein, Ohio State
Rise: Dawkins (5), Elflein (NR)
Fall: Pocic (4)
Interior DL
1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
2. Caleb Brantley, Florida
3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
4. Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
5. Chris Wormley, Michigan
Edge rusher
1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
4. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
5. Tim Williams, Alabama
Rise: Thomas (4), McKinley (5)
Fall: Williams (2)

Linebacker
1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
2. Haason Reddick, Temple
3. Jarrad Davis, Florida
4. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
5. Alex Anzalone, Florida
Rise: Davis (4)
Fall: Cunningham (3)
Cornerback
1. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
2. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
3. Kevin King, Washington
4. Gareon Conley, Ohio State
5. Fabian Moreau, UCLA
Rise: Lattimore (2), Humphrey (3), King (NR), Conley (NR), Moreau (NR)
Fall: Sidney Jones, Washington (1, added to special exceptions), Teez Tabor, Florida (4), Tre’Davious White, LSU (5)
Nickel
1. Budda Baker, Washington
2. Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
3. Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
4. Desmond King, Iowa
5. Damontae Kazee, San Diego State
Safety
1. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
2. Jamal Adams, LSU
3. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
4. Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
T-5. Marcus Williams, Utah
T-5. Marcus Maye, Florida
Rise: Peppers (3), Melifonwu (5), Williams (NR), Maye (NR)
Fall: Hooker (1) , Budda Baker, Washington (4, added to nickel)
Special exceptions
1. Adoree’ Jackson, USC
2. Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
3. Sidney Jones, Washington
4. Jake Butt, Michigan
5. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Additions: Jones (previously No. 1 CB), Butt (previously No. 4 TE), Mixon (previously No. 5 RB)
Moved: Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado (3, moved to nickel), Desmond King, Iowa (4, moved to nickel)
Fall: Adam Shaheen, Ashland (5)

 

 


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Murph honored with Lifetime Achievement award by Medaille

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2017 – 7:26 pm

Medaille College held its annual awards ceremony where they honor some of the region’s finest in media and law enforcement. Bills play-by-play man John Murphy was one of two recipients of a Lifetime Achievement award.

Murph’s Lifetime Achievement award from Medaille was in recognition for his radio and television play-by-play work. He has been the Bills play-by-play radio broadcaster for the last 14 seasons, and served as color commentator to the late Van Miller for 17 seasons on Bills radio broadcasts. Congrats Murph!

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