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Kelvin Fisher: Reloading not Rebuilding – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 24, 2015 – 9:36 pm

 

Watching the clock tick away as we approach the 2015 NFL Draft. We relived the 2014 draft and asked the listeners if they would do it all over again…would you trade up to draft Sammy Watkins? Because of that trade, the Bills are without a first round pick this year. Therefore, the Bills brass gearing up for the challenge to “make a mark” with their choices this year.

Bills Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher sat down in-studio to discuss just that. Fisher went through the list of possible targeted position groups, the process of setting up their draft board, and why the team is in a great position to draft for depth not need.

“At this point when you’re just taking the best player, now you know you’re reloading your team not rebuilding. When you’re rebuilding you’re always trying to find needs because you have demands for those needs whereas when you’re reloading you’re basically getting your second team guys that should be starters maybe with any other team or even with your team but you’re reloading. So, every year if you lose a guy there’s no sweat of your back. You know that this guy is good enough to go in and start.”

At the top of the second hour we were joined by Bills defensive back Corey Graham. Graham just finished up his participation in this year’s NFL Franchising Boot Camp. Graham joined 22 other current and former players who are seeking advice to be successful off the field. The program provides a learning experience for players who are considering entering the business world when they leave the game of football.

tempCM2_3173--nfl_mezz_1280_1024“I’m in the stage of my career where I’m preparing myself for after football. Every year I’m going to be trying to do something to help myself out to make the transition after football a lot easier. I hear a lot of guys tell me about how tough it is after football so I don’t want to go through the same things as other guys go through.”

Graham also looked back to when he was drafted in the fifth round in 2007 by the Chicago Bears, saying being selected in the late rounds put a “chip on his shoulder” and is continuously trying to prove himself.

We rounded out the show by listening into ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. as he laid out his thoughts on this year’s Draft including the pressure for teams to find that “franchise” quarterback. To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills have rep of being open for business

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2015 – 12:48 pm

In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ Series presented by BENRUS, we outlined how an influx of new general managers in the NFL has changed the conversation on how to build a roster and acquire talent. Bills GM Doug Whaley has been one of the more aggressive deal makers in the NFL over the last league year (March to March) making eight trades. Whaley feels in the NFL draft that could serve as an advantage for the Bills.

“We’ve built a reputation that we’re open for business any time, any day, anywhere,” said Whaley. “When we’re looking to make a trade it’s a little more difficult because in the end they hold the cards. They hold the assets you’re trying to acquire. So you’re going to probably have to give up a little more than you want, hopefully not.”

Whaley said earlier this week that Buffalo is more likely to trade down than up due largely to the lack of assets to swing a trade. In an interview with Buffalobills.com, Whaley explained the key to a good deal.

“Just the part where everybody in the deal feel comfortable and no one feels slighted,” Whaley said. “That’s where the negotiation comes in and that’s the art of the deal. I rely heavily on (Bills Sr. VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf because he’s been doing it for so long because a lot of it is numbers with the draft chart. A lot of it is gut feel too. A team might come to us and say, ‘We want this guy and we’re willing to give up this.’ And we might say, ‘Well that doesn’t quite work for us, but how about this?’ So you just go back and forth.”


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Fan Friday 4-24

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2015 – 11:32 am

Veteran voluntary minicamp is up this week beginning Tuesday and will roll us right into the draft Thursday night. Remember to stay close to Buffalobills.com online and on your mobile devices for full coverage of the Bills 2015 draft class as it happens. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any shot the Bills can get in on Rivers? Something like EJ and this year’s 2 and 5 or EJ and next year’s 1?

RealSteveRhodes

CB: The Philip Rivers trade chatter exists because of the quarterback’s comments, not the GM’s. Rivers has backed off his comments recently. That doesn’t mean that teams won’t be inquiring about the veteran QB’s availability. In a down year for quarterbacks it’ll be interesting to see what NFL clubs would be willing to offer, but I think the asking price would be very high if Tom Telesco even entertains an offer in the first place.

It’s my belief your trade proposals above would have to be improved to make a deal even remotely possible. Not having a one to offer this year I think removes Buffalo from consideration, and that’s if San Diego even decides to talk turkey. In a down year for quarterbacks I wouldn’t want to be hitting the reset button at that position, especially when my QB was an NFL MVP candidate for the first half of the season in 2014.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

2 players #Bills need this draft. MyCole Pruitt and Chris Bonner, what’s your thoughts, opinions?

mattgolden03

CB: While I think there are a lot of things to like about Pruitt’s skill set, I don’t know that he’s a match for what Buffalo is looking for at tight end. Buffalo has the versatile playmaker in Clay and a potential athletic understudy in Marqueis Gray. Chris Gragg is a good straight line athlete, so what’s left? In a power run scheme Buffalo needs a tight end that is an accomplished blocker. If they can offer short to intermediate pass catching ability all the better.

Prospects in this year’s draft class who fit that bill as I see it are Ohio State’s Jeff Heuerman and Delaware’s Nick Boyle. Heuerman probably comes off the board in day two and Boyle on day 3. Good, high character players as well.

As for Chris Bonner, I wouldn’t be opposed to using a seventh-round pick on the D-II QB prospect. For a 6-7 quarterback I’m impressed with the way he makes himself small in the pocket to avoid pressure, and then the feet he has for a 6-7 man, Bonner is pretty good at extending plays.

The basics of his arm mechanics are good. He’s got an over-the-top delivery. What he lacks right now is touch on the ball and arc. Too often he throws a laser no matter what type of route he’s targeting. Dropping throws in the bucket on deep outs or putting more loft on an over the shoulder pass are the things he needs work on.

What I think I like best about Bonner’s game is the way he’s able to avoid the inside rush in the pocket, keep his eyes downfield and re-set his feet to deliver the ball. His throws aren’t always great, but a feel for pocket pressure is tough to find in young QBs. I’m confident some NFL team will try to develop him.

 

3 – Chris,

What positions do you expect the Bills to target? With RB out of the way, do you see tight end as logical choice? Given they are trying to win this year it would make sense to draft someone to plug n’ play to start. The Bills could use depth on defense but it is more likely they will target a guard or tight end? Or where do you seem them going elsewhere with #50?

Sean Robbins

CB: I think offensive line will be a major focus at 50 and if the right value is there at offensive tackle or guard I believe that’s where they go. Players I like for the Bills at 50 (assuming of course they’re still on the board) are G/C A.J. Cann, OT Cedric Ogbuehi (provided the knee checks out), OT Donovan Smith and G Laken Tomlinson.

If none of those prospects are on the board at 50 I think that’s when best on the board truly comes into play. A good all-around OLB/DE would make the most sense for me knowing Manny Lawson is entering the final year of his contract, but I think defensive back, inside linebacker, defensive tackle are all on the table there if the offensive line options are gone.

 

4 – Hi Chris,

I’m a longtime Bills fan now living in Kentucky and really appreciate all the hard work you do reporting the happenings at One Bills Drive. It seems the Bills with the support of the Pegula’s have assembled an all-star coaching staff.  Are there any league rules that limit or restrict the number of assistants a team can hire or that can be on the sidelines during a game?

Thank you,
Mark from Louisville

CB: Thanks for the kind words. To my knowledge there is no limit to the number of assistants a club can have on a coaching staff. And you’re right it is an all-star staff.

 

5 – Chris,
First of all thanks again for the great coverage of the Buffalo Bills. My question is about the offensive line and in particular the two starting tackles from the 2014 season. I recall either Doug Whaley or Rex referring to guard and tackle as a need, I thought the addition of tackle was interesting. I know the Bills have seen Cordy Glenn as a tackle in the past but I’ve heard many times that he could be one of the best guards in football if kicked inside. With a new staff and o-line coach do you think they may see as a guard? If this were to be the case that leaves a hole at left tackle clearly. Leading to my next question which is do you think Seantrel Henderson could swing over to the left side? I thought he had his rookie woes early against some top flight talent (Houston game against Watt) but got better as the season went on. Do you think he could be a starting left tackle? This move would also lead me to believe that Cyrus Kouandjio could have a legitimate chance at winning the right tackle spot. Thanks again, I look forward to your insight on these potential moves.

Go Bills!
Phil Dabowl

CB: I think all options are open. Doug Whaley, Rex Ryan and my conversation with offensive line coach Aaron Kromer are all consistent. They will look to find what the best combination of five linemen is best for the starting offensive line. That means no move is off the table.

That being said it’s my belief that Cordy Glenn is the best tackle on this roster right now. The coaches might feel differently and they have a trained eye for what works best far better than I do. Asking Seantrel Henderson to flip to the left side is not outlandish, but I think in his second NFL season might be a bit premature.

There’s little question that Henderson has the physical skill set to play on the left side, but his NFL readiness for that position is the key question. I think Cyrus Kouandjio will also be given every opportunity to be an offensive tackle for this team as opposed to guard.


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Mayock: Day 1 readiness an issue at OT

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2015 – 8:50 am

While the general consensus heading into the 2015 NFL draft is that it is a deep class of offensive tackles, there are no truly elite pass protectors in this year’s draft. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock broke down the OT class and explained why there’s a lot more of the ‘very good’ than the ‘great’ this year.

“As far as the offensive line class, let me put it to you this way; after Brandon Scherff, who was a tackle at Iowa and is going to get kicked inside and will probably go in the first 10 or 12 picks, after him, there’s an awful lot of question marks.

“Now, that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of talent, because there is. But I could take, for instance, Ereck Flowers (Miami), D.J. Humphries (Florida), Andrus Peat (Stanford) and T.J. Clemmings (Pitt). And all are gifted first round tackles but I can poke a hole in every one of those kids, either from a technique perspective or an off the field perspective or whatever.

“So what’s happened this year is that after Brandon Scherff and some teams like Cam Irving who could be a center, the kid from Florida State but as far as the tackle group is concerned, man, they’ve been pushed down a little bit in the first round, not because of talent, but because they’re not all ready to play day one.

“For instance, the reason I have La’el Collins as my No. 1 tackle is because out of that whole group he’s the only one where I bang the table and say: I think I know exactly what I’m getting. I’m getting a starting right tackle that can kick inside and play guard, but I’m getting a starter day one and he’s a body mover, I know what I’m getting. All those other guys have question marks, and I think they’re getting pushed down to the second half of the first round.”

That’s somewhat good news for the Bills, who could use a tackle in this year’s draft. With the top end talent this year getting pushed down to the latter half of the first round, and knowing the depth of the class, there should be a decent amount of capable prospects to choose from in rounds two and three should they choose to go in that direction.


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Bryan Scott: “One door closes, another opens”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 23, 2015 – 9:28 pm

 

As the Draft approaches, we brought in the Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos to discuss the makeup of the current roster and what lies ahead. Monos went down the list of the offseason acquisitions and the role head coach Rex Ryan played in bringing in the added talent. He went on to talk about next week’s Draft and what possible position groups he thinks the team might target.

DSC_4762“Let’s stack it by best player and we’re going to take the best player at fifty, whether it’s a corner, safety, or even defensive end. Nobody thinks about us on defense buy why can’t you have more good players and more depth.”

Monos also discussed the possibility of trading up or down without a first round pick but added that they’ve been successful finding starting caliber players in the middle to late rounds of the draft.

At the top of the hour, former Bills LB/Safety Bryan Scott joined us to discuss his upcoming appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, Friday night at 8pm. Scott is now co-owner of NEONE USA where he will be pitching his product, NEONE high tech shoe insoles to the “Shark” investors. Thinner than a dime, these insoles absorb shocks and evenly disperse excess energy when on your feet. Scott discussed this transition and supplied some advice for those looking to follow suit.

bryan-scott-resigns-story“When I was in the league I had some really good coaches and older guys that would always say ‘The NFL is more of a job, it’s not a career’ because it does not last very long. If you’re blessed to stay in it for a long time, one thing is for certain. If you’re a player now, one day you will become a former player. Don’t make it your life. Enjoy it, live in the moment but just understand that one day it will end and when it does other doors will open. One door closes, another opens.”

Finally, we rounded out the show with Jason Goodman, a member from the Bills Fan Advisory Board. The group held their latest meeting Thursday night and Goodman discussed the potential changes they may implement this upcoming season, including the effort to improve WIFI inside the stadium. Other items discussed were the wait time at the gates and prohibited items like tobacco products.

We also heard from ESPN’s Jon Gruden as he shared his thoughts on the Bills and the quarterback class in this year’s draft and even some jokes from President Obama as the Super Bowl champ Patriots were honored at the White House. To hear all of that and more from Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Kiper: QB a possibility for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2015 – 10:20 am

The Bills said back in January from a sheer numbers standpoint they would have to add at that position. At the time they only had EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel on the roster. Buffalo addressed the position by trade and free agency, acquiring Matt Cassel from the Vikings and signing Tyrod Taylor as a free agent. Now with the draft upon us, will they address quarterback again?

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper believes it’s a possibility that Buffalo takes a quarterback. In his recent piece on NFL team needs entering the draft Kiper listed quarterback first for the Bills and suggested that Buffalo strongly consider taking one in the second or third round. In a national conference call earlier this week, Kiper explained his thinking and mentioned Baylor’s Bryce Petty specifically.

“I just felt like for Buffalo at that point, (Bryce) Petty a possibility in the second round,” said Kiper. “You bring in another quarterback to compete. Not sure about EJ Manuel, they brought in a veteran (Matt Cassel) you’ve got Tyrod Taylor as well. So I thought just bring in a guy like that. For the Bills they’ve got needs other than quarterback and if they feel they’re okay with their quarterback situation they could look for an offensive guard or an inside backer. Round two is where I think Petty could go. Could he go in round three? Sure, but I think a quarterback at some point in the first four rounds would at least have to be a possibility for the Bills.”

At this point the Bills do not have a first or fourth-round pick, so rounds two and three would be where Kiper’s suggestion would have to take place.


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Draft history: BlueRock Energy Players of the Week

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 23, 2015 – 9:00 am

BLUE-ROCK-graphic-4-01As we get a closer to the Draft take a look at where some of the Buffalo Bills BlueRock Energy Player of Week winners entered the league.

Be sure to check out the Buffalo Bills Player of the Week presented by BlueRock Energy the morning following every Bills game in 2015.  You can cast your vote to determine who the winner is every week here: www.bluerockenergy.com/potw


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Jeremiah goes LB for Bills in 2 rd. mock

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2015 – 2:27 pm

NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has put together a full two-round mock draft and has gone to the defensive side of the ball for the Bills with their first pick at 50th overall.

Jeremiah went with an outside linebacker at pick 50 taking UCLA’s Eric Kendricks. Here was his brief take on the pick.

50. Buffalo: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Comment: Kendricks is instinctive and athletic in coverage.

Jeremiah likely sees that Manny Lawson will be entering the final year of his contract with Buffalo in 2015, and that coupled with the release of Keith Rivers and trade of Kiko Alonso gives credence to the possibility of a linebacker being taken on day two, if not round two, in round three.

 

 


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Whaley on 2nd tier of QB prospects

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2015 – 12:49 pm

Just about everybody knows that Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are the top two quarterback prospects in this year’s draft class, but how NFL clubs stack the quarterbacks after that on their draft board is a matter of personal preference.

That’s Bills GM Doug Whaley’s opinion. In an appearance on the Howard Simon show this week on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley laid out some of the QB prospects he thinks belong in the second tier.

“You’ve got Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson,” said Whaley. “Those two guys are pretty good. (Sean) Mannion from Oregon State. Theres a clump of those guys where we say, ‘Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.’”

When asked specifically about UCLA’s Brett Hundley, who some clubs have ranked in that second tier, Whaley said the following.

“Guys like Brett Hundley are going to have a longer shelf life to try and get in and produce because he is more of I like to say an athletic thrower where Bryce Petty is more of an athletic passer,” said Whaley. “Those guys will take a little longer, like a Brett Hundley. But he’s in that group, it just depends. (For example) Brett Hundley in the Seattle Seahawks offense might be more attractive to Seattle, so that’s why I say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.”

In contrast to Petty, who Whaley believes will have to adapt to a pro-style offense.

“You like his deep ball and his short game. You don’t like that it seems everything (in his offense) was pre-determined,” said Whaley. “He’s done some things on the field, but we’ve not seen him do things that we’re going to ask him to do. That’s where the question mark comes, and that’s where the balancing act of where do you have that value, can he do it, can’t he do it, you think he can and can’t’ so where do you put that value?

“Some people think he should go in the second round. Some people think he may take longer or may not be able to do that, and that’s why its harder now to scout these quarterbacks, because you can’t see them do what you want them to do.”

 


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Gruden on Bills QB competition

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2015 – 10:28 am

ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden weighed in on the impending Bills quarterback competition that will ensue next week during the team’s voluntary veteran minicamp.

On a national conference call this week, Gruden believes EJ Manuel could be aided by the addition of offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

“They’ve signed some quarterbacks. They’re going to have a three or four-man battle for the position,” Gruden said. “EJ Manuel is still a young player. I think the offensive coordinator coming over from San Francisco (Greg Roman) has dealt with a mobile quarterback in Colin Kaepernick so maybe that will stimulate and help EJ.”

Gruden is also a big fan of Ryan as an NFL head coach.

“I’ve always liked Rex Ryan,” he said. “I’ve spent a lot of time over the years with the Jets coaching staff (when he was there) studying football. I really like his system. Getting Rex Ryan will be exciting for Bills fans and I think players will respond to him.”


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Some interesting facts on the Bills 2015 slate

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2015 – 8:11 pm

The Bills schedule has some exciting matchups this fall, with some big name QBs in early, back-to-back primetime games against division opponents and a run through almost the entire NFC East in a month. Here are some of the more noteworthy items. 

1 – Champs in early
Buffalo opens the season against a division champion (Indy-AFC South) followed by the Super Bowl champion (New England). The good news is Rex Ryan is 5-1 in home openers as a head coach. 

2 – If you can’t beat ’em…
Between Week 3 and Week 10 the Bills have seven games with six coming against non-playoff clubs from 2014. Cincinnati is the only postseason qualifier they’ll see in that span as the other six clubs (Miami twice) had a combined record of 23-57. 

3 – Familiar primetime faces
The Bills primetime games are not only back-to-back, but represent the first time Buffalo has more than one primetime game on their schedule since 2009. They had two primetime games that season and they were against the same two division opponents that season as they are for 2015 (New York and New England). 

4 –  AFC East Express
Coming off of their Week 8 bye the Bills better be well rested because they’ll have three straight games against division opponents and they’ll do it in rapid succession. With Buffalo playing Miami in Week 9, followed by a Thursday night game against New York in Week 10 and a Monday night game at New England in Week 1, the Bills will have three division games in the span of 15 days. 

5 – Road warriors
The Bills better get used to hotel beds come November and December. Over the six weeks of games from Week 10 to Week 15, Buffalo will have five of those six games on the road, including three straight at New York, New England and Kansas City. 

6 – Good for ground and pound
As the weather turns in the second half of the season the Bills anticipated ground and pound offensive approach could be a perfect fit for the venues on the schedule late in the year. Six of Buffalo’s last eight games take place north of the Mason-Dixon line, with the other two in Washington and Kansas City. 

7 – NFC rinse and repeat
Buffalo knew they were facing the NFC East as their cross conference division in 2015. They probably didn’t think they’d face three of those four teams in consecutive weeks. Aside from their matchup with the Giants in Week 4, Buffalo will square off against Philadelphia, Washington and Dallas in successive weeks from Week 14-16.


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London game covers almost half Bills’ air miles

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2015 – 6:30 pm

The Bills won’t have too many long flights to their away games in 2015. Their furthest trip state side this season is their annual flight to Miami to face the rival Dolphins. Buffalo’s international game against Jacksonville however, has trumped that Miami trip by a wide margin.

As seen below Buffalo’s total air miles for the regular season this fall is a pedestrian 14,954, and it would’ve been among the lowest in the league were it not for the London trip. In fact Buffalo’s international tilt with Jacksonville accounts for almost 50 percent of the team’s air mileage this season (47.3%).

Bills 2015 Air Miles
Destination One way miles Roundtrip miles
Philadelphia 278 556
New York 281 562
Washington 296 592
New England 393 786
Tennessee 632 1,264
Kansas City 867 1,734
Miami 1,190 2,380
London (Jax.) 3,540 7,080
Totals 7,477 14,954

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Bills won’t be free agent players next year

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2015 – 1:02 pm

The Buffalo Bills made some exciting trades and some aggressive moves in free agency this offseason that has the team poised to bring an end to their playoff drought. But don’t expect the flurry of activity to happen again in 2016.

Bills GM Doug Whaley all but confirmed that with the high-priced players they signed (McCoy, Harvin) and the high-priced players they re-signed (Hughes) or extended (Kyle Williams) they won’t be in a position to spend like that again next March.

“Next year the Bills fans should take vacation during free agency,” Doug Whaley told the John Murphy Show. “Our free agency now, because we’ve drafted so well turns to our own players. Marcell Dareus, Cordy Glenn, Nigel Bradham, Stephon Gilmore that will be our free agency next year. We’ll turn into the Green Bay Packers.”

Whaley knows Dareus and Gilmore will command high price tags based not only on their production, but the position they’ll play with Glenn and Bradham not far behind. That’s why the personnel department is hopeful they can land a contributing player or two late in the draft, who will be far more affordable knowing a lot of cap dollars will be tied into the elite core of players.

“With the guys we’ve paid this year and brought in and the guys we’re going to try to re-sign next offseason those guys are going to be high-priced players,” said Whaley. “So to balance that out you have to hit on some fifth, sixth or seventh round players to have that, for lack of a better term, cheap labor and balance out that top heavy end of the price structure in the cap situation with our top end players.”

 


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Whaley on why moving back in draft makes sense

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2015 – 12:45 pm

Each year every draft is different in terms of the caliber of players it contains. Bills GM Doug Whaley stated at Monday’s pre-draft press conference that they’re more likely to trade back than trade up if such an opportunity arose during the draft. Yes, part of the reason is because they’ve got limited ammunition to swing a deal with just six draft choices. But there’s another factor.

In this year’s draft pool, there’s a healthy consensus among league personnel executives that the difference in the caliber of the prospects from 25 to 75 is not significant. So an opportunity to move back is something that NFL clubs, including the Bills, would be open to discussing in that range.

“I will feel more sure about that after we finish setting our board this week,” said Whaley on the John Murphy Show this week. “But in a preliminary look at it we would have no adverse effect in the caliber of player we get if we move down some. Then we can pick up picks for later on this year or possibly next year.”


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Unyts Bucket List Bash

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 21, 2015 – 9:40 am

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Come celebrate life at the 4th Annual Bucket List Bash presented by One Buffalo!

It will be an evening filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences benefiting Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue & community blood center.

To purchase presale tickets (before 4/24 at 2 p.m.) click here.  Tickets will be available at the door.

Some of the Bucket List stations:

Walk the Red Carpet, Look Into Your Future
Get a Tattoo, Win Big in Vegas
Be a Game Show Contestant, Save a Life
Become a Wine Connoisseur, Be a Brew Master
Get In Good Spirits (Vodka and Whiskey tasting)
Make a Memory, Eat Your Way Around the World

See you there!


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2015 – 5:24 pm

Heres where you can find Bills executives on the radio on Tuesday. 

7 am – KISS 98.5 FM – Janet & Nick – GM Doug Whaley. 

7:15 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon show –  GM Doug Whaley 


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Whaley on tight end need

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2015 – 5:21 pm

The Bills held their pre-draft press conference Monday. During the free agent period the Bills signed TE Charles Clay, released Scott Chandler and let Lee Smith sign with Oakland. With four tight ends on the roster, Whaley was asked if there was a need to add one or two more heading into training camp.

“From talking to Coach (Greg) Roman, he’s a multiple tight end guy, so the more tight ends you get—he says sometimes he might use four on game day being active,” said Whaley. “It would not affect us. We have some young guys who are on the squad now that we’re excited to see how they progress. But if that tight end is the guy sticking out there in the second or third round or whenever, and we want to get him—it’s like a salesman.  When you’re a salesman, your boss never says, ‘Stop selling.’  Coaches never say ‘Stop getting me good players.’”

More important than a versatile tight end like Clay, the Bills would appear to need an in-line blocker type for their power run game.

 


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Rex’s role in draft decisions 

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2015 – 2:54 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan and GM Doug Whaley are two men that see eye to eye when it comes to building a football team from personnel to playing style. So what does that mean for the level of input Ryan will be asked to provide when it comes to draft prospects?

Whaley at the team’s pre-draft press conference Monday indicated that Ryan will be able to weigh in just like the other coaching staffs.

“We always want to incorporate the coaches scouting process and their thoughts on players into what we’ve done,” said Whaley. “We started this process last May. We value what the coaches’ opinions on players and especially how they see them using them once they get to be Buffalo Bills. So we’ve done that with every coaching staff we’ve been a part of.”

 

 

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Richardson: “I’d love to be a contributor” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 17, 2015 – 9:30 pm

 

Wrapping up another week here at One Bills Drive. The players were off for the weekend as they finished their offseason workouts on Thursday. We caught up with a few players before they departed and got their opinions on their new teammates and the new system being put in place. We also brought in the new Bills beat reporter for WGR Sports Radio, Sal Capaccio who came on to talk about his new gig and the experience he will bring to the job.

Cyril RichardsonFirst up, Bills second year guard Cyril Richardson joined us in-studio. Richardson was thrown into the starting lineup last season when Chris Williams went down with an injury. He recapped his first year in the league and how that experience helped him hone in on what he needs to work on this upcoming season. Richardson was adamant about wanting to play a role along the offensive line 2015 and it starts now putting in the work.

“I would love to be a contributor in this offense and I’m going to put the work in to get there. Right now, it’s just putting in the hard, gritty work that’s needed and that’s really listening to the coaches and figuring out how we want to run this offense.”

Richardson candidly described his experience ten years ago when he was living in New Orleans and how Hurricane Katrina uprooted his family, destroying their home, and eventually forcing them out of the area. He talked about how he took the positives out of the situation which guided him to where he is today.

tempDSC_7034--nfl_mezz_1280_1024With Friday’s announcement that the 2015 NFL schedule will be released sometime next week, we reached out to UB professor Dr. Mark Karwan who is part of a group of researchers trying figure out a mathematical equation that might interest the NFL to help create more fairness in their scheduling. This comes after the public complaint from the Buffalo Bills during the 2013 season that saw the team facing more teams coming off a BYE week or with more rest than normal. It won’t be a factor this year but the hope is to be part of their equation in the near future. Dr. Karwan went on to discuss the findings from the study.

“From the 2002 to the 2014 seasons, looking at the data, you had teams like the Bengals and the Steelers with fourteen or fifteen games against rested opponents over those thirteen seasons and the Falcons and Bills with twenty eight and twenty nine games. So, it did not even out over a long period of time, which one might hope would be the case. In fact, the Bills had a terrible run over a few years in a row that help build from twenty to twenty nine in just about two to three years.”

The NFL Draft now just two weeks away. The Draft experts continue to share their opinions on this year’s class. We listened in to ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay to get his thoughts on the Marcus Mariota trade rumors, the possible run on offensive linemen late in the first round, and why RB David Cobb could be a value pick come the middle rounds.

To hear that and the complete John Murphy Show from Friday, click here.


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Rex looking most forward to O-line work

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2015 – 2:16 pm

He’s a defensive coach by trade and a head coach by opportunity, but heading into his team’s first voluntary veteran minicamp in less than two weeks, Bills head coach Rex Ryan is looking forward to working with the offensive line the most.

One can understand why Ryan might be paying a bit closer attention to what offensive line coach Aaron Kromer and offensive coordinator Greg Roman decide to assemble up front on offense for the Bills. It’s a picture that is far being in focus. Knowing that his defense returns 10 of 11 starters from last season and has a special teams unit with most of its playmakers back from last year’s number two ranked unit, it makes sense that Ryan intends to spend some time around the offensive line as it takes shape.

“These three days that we have coming up…this voluntary minicamp before the draft…the thing that I’m most excited about is being with the offensive line,” Ryan said. “Being with Aaron Kromer; their position coach, Greg Roman; their system and things like but we have to get to know these players and all that.

“How the meetings that we’ve had, the classroom time carries over to the practice field. Can guys sustain it, carry it, things like that. We’ll see how all that goes. I think it’s too early to say that, ‘Hey: we’re going to plug this player in this spot. That player in that spot.’ I think that’s too early to tell right now. This will be more about teaching how we look at things. How we do things fundamentally and then get it out there collectively.”

Next to determining the starting quarterback, deciding on the starting five up front is probably the second biggest question mark heading into training camp this summer.


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