Hard to believe we’re into June already. We’ve got some uniform tidbits and some roster talk this week so let’s get to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and keep them coming.
1 – Chris,
I would like to hear your opinion between Kellen Heard and Michael Jasper. Heard was added to the roster late last season. He is listed as 6’6″ 355lb. DT, signed off of the Raiders practice squad. Then there is the newly drafted Michael Jasper whom I believe is listed as 6’4″ 375. Also listed as a DT. I guess the question is shouldn’t we be just as excited about Heard as Jasper. I am thinking that Heard slipped into the team late last year and mostly unnoticed, but he is a very big man. Jasper was drafted during one of the more exciting times of the season, “the draft”. Your thoughts between these two men.
CB: Well I think it’s clear that both players have a hill to climb to crack this roster. The two of them are likely to be going head to head for what could be the last spot on the active roster at defensive line. Last year Buffalo’s coaching staff kept seven defensive linemen. Right now the top 6 are Carrington, Dareus, Edwards, Johnson, Troup and Williams leaving one spot available provided the rest of the roster falls in such a way to allow for a seventh defensive lineman.
Heard benefits from being here for about six weeks last season. He has familiarity with the system. Jasper is coming in cold and without having played defensive line the past two years. Both are intriguing, but they’ll have to really impress to crack what has quickly become a pretty solid defensive line depth chart.
2 - Chris, everyone keeps talking about how awesome Kyle Williams in articles and blogs and such. I never remember seeing him really stand out last year. I have trouble getting excited about the guy. Can you please do a video montage of some of the plays Kyle Williams made last year to show off what he did well? This I think would go a long ways to getting myself and many Bills fans excited about 2012.
CB: Funny you should ask this question Rob. We have plans to do video pieces on Buffalobills.com of the Top 10 performances from 2010 and Kyle’s game against the Steelers in Week 12 last season is on that list when he had 10 tackles and a couple of sacks and dominated Steelers linemen Chris Kemoeatu and Maurkice Pouncey.
The best part is we have members of Buffalo’s coaching staff breaking down the plays with me in the film room to provide insight on each and every highlight from the players.
The 10-part series will begin on Buffalobills.com on Tuesday June 14th and aside from a brief interruption with our coverage of the uniform unveiling will run through mid-July. So keep an eye out for it. We’re real excited about it.
3 - Chris,
By now, we all know that the regular home and away jerseys are changing. And thanks to Madden, most of us know what they are changing too. But I saw the THROW BACK jerseys are all on sale for the same price as the discontinued jersey, I have to ask…… Is that going away too?
Steven J. Huber
CB: I’ve been told that he team will not be wearing an alternate third jersey in the 2011 season. Just a home and away jersey.
4 – Why did the Bills pick June 24th as the day to unveil the new jerseys?
CB: There were two main factors in June 24th being selected and both of them involve timing issues. The first was late June was the absolute earliest that the new jerseys would be available from Reebok. That’s why the new jerseys were not used during the NFL draft when Marcell Dareus was up on stage at Radio City Music Hall. They weren’t available yet
Changing uniforms in the NFL is an 18-month process with a countless number of stages and steps. It’s not a quick turnaround by any means.
The second timing issue has to do with the Ralph Wilson Stadium turf. Shortly after June 24th the old turf is being pulled up for the new turf scheduled for installation for the 2011 season. Obviously an event on a torn up football field does not provide for the best of venues knowing there will be field access for fans that attend the uniform unveiling.
Hope that clears it up for you.
5 – Chris,
Thanks for all you do. What do you think taking Johnny White in the draft means for the RB situation? Is there possibility for trade with him here?
Also, assuming Fred Jackson starts, can he push for the 2nd RB, starting over C.J.?
Max, Lakeview N.Y.
CB: I think in this day and age of the NFL you need a stable of backs. Last year in the preseason we watched Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson go down in the first half of their first preseason game leaving only C.J. and at the time Chad Simpson.
Most NFL clubs carry three backs on their 53-man roster because it is such a punishing position along with a fullback.
So I’m anticipating White to be the third back behind Fred and C.J. and for him to spell them once in a while when they need a break or in the event of injury while also contributing on special teams where he’s a pretty darn good asset in the opinion of Bills special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven with whom I spoke recently. And thanks for the kind words.
Tags: 2011 uniforms, C.J. Spiller, Fan Friday, Fred Jackson, Johnny White, Kellen Heard, Kyle Williams, Mike Jasper, throwback jerseys
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