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Marcell goes paintballing for charity

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 23, 2014 – 6:29 pm

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Bills DL Marcell Dareus stepped out last weekend for a little fun in the name of charity in his home state of Alabama.

He and a handful of other NFL players took part in Saturday’s TAP Paintball Tournament hosted by his former Alabama Chris Rogers. The third annual celebrity paintball event benefited the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama and Together Assisting People, a nonprofit that helps at-risk youth, specifically athletes.

“Words can’t describe what it feels like seeing this guys you played with,” Rogers said. “Kids look up to these guys. It’s an incredible feeling having these guys out here supporting and believing in the cause.”

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Posted in Community, Inside the Bills, Off the Field

OT Martin a late riser?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2014 – 1:44 pm

One of Buffalo’s most recent pre-draft visitors, Notre Dame OT Zack Martin has been pegged as a perfect fit for Miami’s depleted offensive line after the trade of Jonathan Martin and departure of Richie Incognito after last season’s locker room problems that made national headlines. The problem with that line of thinking is Martin, according to some draft analysts might be off the board several picks before Miami is on the clock at 19.

NFL.com draft analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah were asked about the fit of Martin to the Dolphins at 19 in round one in a recent conference call with the media. Both said they would not be surprised if Martin went earlier than that.

“I think if you look on NFL.com or if you look at any mock draft that’s ever been constructed, it’s mandatory that Zack Martin goes to Miami,” Jeremiah said. “When you start putting these things together, you just kind of go, okay, he’s there, they take him, but I will say as we get closer to the draft, there’s certain names… I talked to a general manager the other day, and his name came up, Zack Martin, and he asked me what I thought. I said, ‘I don’t see how Miami could pass on him. He’s too clean.’ And he said, ‘I don’t think he’ll be there when they pick at 19.’

“I think he’s definitely somebody that’s on the move to the point where when you look at Giants are picking at No. 12, maybe that would be surprising a month ago. That wouldn’t shock me if Zack Martin went all the way up that high.”

“I think Zack Martin was going to Miami with the first mock draft, and we might do 100 of them and I’m not sure we ever take him off of that spot,” said Davis. “But if what we’re hearing is accurate, and it seems like there’s a good amount of credibility to it, there are a number of places he could go prior to Miami, and a lot depends on what people see him as; do you see him as a tackle; do you see him as a guard; do you know that they worked him out as a center, as well.

“So Daniel started with the Giants at 12. If St. Louis keeps that pick at 13 and all the premier tackles are off the board already and they went in a different direction with their second pick not being traded or what have you, Zack Martin could make sense there. That’s not out of line.”

Martin’s Senior Bowl performance quelled a lot of teams concerns that his arms, which are a less than ideal 32 7/8ths inches, would limit him as an NFL tackle. Martin performed very well against top flight competition there and in his four years at left tackle for the Irish. So it seems that there are a good number of teams believe in Martin as a first round tackle prospect and the Bills may be one of them.

 


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Manuel’s Confidence High: JMS Recap 4/22

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 22, 2014 – 9:57 pm

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workouts picOffseason workouts have begun at One Bills Drive. Plenty of players were on hand including quarterback EJ Manuel. Manuel is entering his second season with the team and has now experienced a full NFL offseason. During that time he rehabbed his knee and worked with QB trainer Steve Calhoun on improving his foot work and his mechanics. Manuel also led private workouts with a handful of his teammates in both California and Florida.

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“It was all Bills stuff. Coach Hackett would have been proud. We were running practices per say. We got a lot of work done and the biggest thing is that this is our offense. Coach Hackett is our coach but he is not out there making plays. It’s owning up to us as the players to be out there making changes at the line and stuff like that. We need that kind of rapport with each other to do that stuff second nature.”

Manuel also discussed the new offensive coaches on the staff including QB coach Todd Downing. He is hoping that Downing can push him into a 5,000 yard passer.

 

Jerry Hughes visited the studio to discuss his breakout season where he racked up 10 sacks and his anticipation of the new defensive scheme under coordinator Jim Schwartz. Hughes believes getting things going early with the offseason workouts will be beneficial.

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“It just helps us out to get our brain back active. Coming back to a new scheme, we have to get the ball rolling so that way we can work things out so by the time we’re actually on the field come training camp we are able to move as one cohesive unit.”

Hughes also touched on how his hybrid position will allow him to get after the quarterback no matter where he’s lined up.

“I am pretty excited about rushing the passer. I know we’ll get an opportunity to do that, so it will be fun.”

 

The Bills also hosted 3 pre-draft visits on Tuesday including Georgia Southern’s Jerick McKinnon. The hybrid quarterback/running back is expected to be a mid-round draft pick. The team’s color analyst Terry Harvin called-in to discuss the prospect. McKinnon is smaller in stature but has the strength among the draft’s best.

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“His strong point is certainly his speed, but also is his strength. Three out of four years he won our Iron Works Award, which is our top strength and conditioning in the weight room. For a quarterback to win that award is pretty impressive. If you get a chance to see him you’ll understand why. He led all the running backs at the combine with the bench press. Thirteen of the top fifteen bench presses were offensive lineman and he was a running back and he was eighth. That tells you about his strength, it’s pretty amazing.”

You can hear more for Harvin and Tuesday’s complete John Murphy Show, below:

(Manuel – 26:00, Harvin – 41:22, Hughes – 01:05:00)


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Top 30 prospects invited to NFL draft

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 22, 2014 – 7:47 pm


A record 30 top prospects are confirmed to attend the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the NFL announced today.

Those prospects, who are expected to be selected on Thursday or Friday night, include four quarterbacks – Blake Bortles (Central Florida), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M).

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Odell Beckham, Jr. WR Louisiana State
2) Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
3) Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
4) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama
5) Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
6) Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
7) Kony Ealy DE Missouri
8) Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
9) Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
10) Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
11) Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
12) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
13) Ra’Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
14) Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
15) Cyrus Kouandjio T Alabama
16) Cody Latimer WR Indiana
17) Marqise Lee WR Southern California
18) Taylor Lewan T Michigan
19) Khalil Mack LB Buffalo
20) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
21) Jake Matthews T Texas A&M
22) Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
23) Morgan Moses T Virginia
24) C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
25) Calvin Pryor S Louisville
26) Greg Robinson T Auburn
27) Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
28) Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State
29) Jason Verrett CB Texas Christian
30) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

2014 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES

WHAT: 79th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City (Between 50th and 51st Streets).

WHEN: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, May 8 (Round 1).
7:00 PM ET, Friday, May 9 (Rounds 2-3).
Noon ET, Saturday, May 10 (Rounds 4-7).

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 PM ET. In 2013, the first round consumed three hours and 33 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 11:00 PM ET. The second and third rounds took three hours and 55 minutes in 2013. The draft will conclude by approximately 7:30 PM ET on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took seven hours and 26 minutes in 2013.

DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.

ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, May 8; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, May 9; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, May 10.

There will be 256 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 13 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.

The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 224 regular choices in the seven rounds –

Round 3: Pittsburgh, 33; Green Bay 34, Baltimore, 35. Round 4: Detroit 33; Baltimore, 34; Houston, 35; Detroit, 36; New York Jets, 37; Baltimore, 38; Atlanta, 39; New England, 40. Round 5: Pittsburgh, 33; New York Giants, 34; Baltimore, 35; Green Bay, 36. Round 6: New York Jets, 33; New York Jets, 34; Houston, 35; Cincinnati, 36; New York Jets, 37; St. Louis, 38; Pittsburgh, 39. Round 7: Dallas, 33; St. Louis, 34; St. Louis, 35; Dallas, 36; Cincinnati, 37; Atlanta, 38; Dallas, 39; Atlanta, 40; Houston, 41.

St. Louis (Nos. 2 and 13) and Cleveland (Nos. 4 and 26) have two selections in the first round. Indianapolis and Washington do not have first-round picks. All other teams have one first-round selection.

TIME LIMITS: Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 7: Five minutes per selection.

TELEVISION: NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN 2 will televise the draft on all three days.

INTERNET: On Thursday, May 8 at 8:00 PM ET and Friday, May 9 at 7:00 PM ET, NFL.com Live will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft from Radio City Music Hall. On Saturday, NFL.com Live will stream NFL Network’s coverage of Rounds 4-7 beginning at Noon ET. Throughout the live stream broadcasts, NFL.com’s “Cover it Live” blogging tool offers fans a unique forum to voice their opinions and interact with fellow fans and NFL Network analysts.

The popular “Fan War Rooms” are back, offering innovative ways for fans to follow the Draft, and allowing them the opportunity to discuss a team’s strategy and immediately react once a player is selected.

NFL Fan Pass provides a unique way to experience the NFL Draft with unparalleled access leading up to and during the event. Fans will be able to see exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the players attending New York City, in addition to inside access to Draft parties and events.

MOBILE: The NFL Mobile app from Verizon streams NFL Network’s 2014 NFL Draft Coverage in its entirety throughout the three days of the NFL Draft. Also available through NFL Mobile is a live draft tracker, and all news and video on-demand featuring draft and team analysis.

Draft Xtra – a feature of the NFL Mobile app – offers a comprehensive second-screen companion to NFL Network and NFL.com Live’s coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft. Draft Xtra will have both on-demand and live video featuring Elliot Harrison and Bucky Brooks conducting numerous interviews with NFL draftees, NFL greats and fans in attendance at Radio City Music Hall. Additionally, Draft Xtra will provide player profiles and fan participation components.

2014 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

Team Win Loss Tie Winning Percentage Strength of Opp Win Opp Loss Opp Tie
# Schedule
1 Houston Texans 2 14 0 0.125 0.559 143 113 0
2 St. Louis (from Washington) 3 13 0 0.188 0.516 131 123 2
3 Jacksonville Jaguars 4 12 0 0.25 0.504 129 127 0
4 Cleveland Browns 4 12 0 0.25 0.516 131 123 2
5 Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 0.25 0.523 134 122 0
6 Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 0.25 0.553 141 114 1
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 0.25 0.574 147 109 0
8 Minnesota Vikings 5 10 1 0.344 0.512 130 124 2
9 Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 0.375 0.52 133 123 0
10 Detroit Lions 7 9 0 0.438 0.457 115 137 4
11 Tennessee Titans 7 9 0 0.438 0.504 129 127 0
12 New York Giants 7 9 0 0.438 0.52 132 122 2
13 St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 0.438 0.551 141 115 0
14 Chicago Bears 8 8 0 0.5 0.465 117 135 4
15 Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 0.5 0.469 119 135 2
16 Dallas Cowboys # 8 8 0 0.5 0.484 123 131 2
17 Baltimore Ravens # 8 8 0 0.5 0.484 123 131 2
18 New York Jets 8 8 0 0.5 0.488 125 131 0
19 Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 0.5 0.523 134 122 0
20 Arizona Cardinals 10 6 0 0.625 0.531 136 120 0
21 Green Bay Packers 8 7 1 0.531 0.453 115 139 2
22 Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 0.625 0.453 115 139 2
23 Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 0.688 0.445 114 142 0
24 Cincinnati Bengals 11 5 0 0.688 0.48 122 132 2
25 San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 0.563 0.496 127 129 0
26 Cleveland (from Indianapolis) 11 5 0 0.688 0.484 124 132 0
27 New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 0.688 0.516 132 124 0
28 Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 0.75 0.494 126 129 1
29 New England Patriots 12 4 0 0.75 0.473 121 135 0
30 San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 0.75 0.494 126 129 1
31 Denver Broncos 13 3 0 0.813 0.469 120 136 0
32 Seattle Seahawks 13 3 0 0.813 0.49 125 130 1

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Banks mock goes TE for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2014 – 11:25 am

SI.com’s Don Banks has his latest mock draft up and he’s gone tight end for Buffalo at ninth overall.

Not surprisingly its UNC TE Eric Ebron, who also made a pre-draft visit to Buffalo. Here was Banks assessment.
9. Buffalo — Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
As much sense as Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan continues to make for the Bills, who need to improve their protection of second-year quarterback EJ Manuel, finding an explosive receiving weapon to exploit the middle of the field should also upgrade Manuel’s game. The draft’s top tight end prospect could pose matchup problems for defenses and give Buffalo a potent one-two punch at the position in tandem with the reliable Scott Chandler.


Posted in Inside the Bills

BDC 4/22: Bills Begin Offseason Program

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 22, 2014 – 9:59 am

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DAILY REPORT
– The Bills began their voluntary offseason conditioning program this morning.

– The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank’s “Predict the Picks” contest,a 2014 NFL Draft contest that will reward one fan with an exclusive meet and greet with the Bills first pick is currently ongoing.

Fans can enter the contest at buffalobills.com/predictthepicks, where they will be asked a series of 10 multiple choice questions specific to the Bills 2014 NFL Draft moves. The contest runs through May 7, with the NFL Draft beginning the next day. The Bills own the 9th overall pick in this year’s Draft.

Fans who correctly answer 80 percent or more of the questions will be entered to win the contest’s grand prize, a meet and greet with the Buffalo Bills’ first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition, 50 fans who answer at least half of the questions correctly will receive an official 2014 Bills Draft cap by New Era.

THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
April 22, 1995 — RUBEN BROWN IS BILLS’ 1995 NO. 1 PICK
OL Ruben Brown from Pittsburgh was the Bills’ No. 1 pick (14th overall) in the 1995 NFL Draft.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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Bills C Eric Wood works on his bench press as OG Kraig Urbik provides him a spot. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Tony Moeaki, Buffalo Bills Tight End on the John Murphy Show
On the upcoming offseason activities:
“I have everything to prove. I’m excited to get back and just get out there for OTA’s and prove what I can do. I want to show I can help the team in different ways and take it one day at a time. I want to work hard and let the chips fall where they may.” 

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- Bills agree to $3 million settlement in fan’s text-message lawsuit

AP- Reed joins group trying to keep Bills in Buffalo

Buffalo Business First- Bills’ price in texting lawsuit $3 million

BuffaloBills.com- DB Kyle Fuller has pre-draft visit with Bills

BuffaloBills.com- Bills fans predict the 2014 schedule

Video/Audio/Photo
BuffaloBills.com
2014 Draft Preview: USC WR Marqise Lee

WGR550
Bills Draft Outlook: Offensive Tackle
Bills host Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller on visit

WIVB
Mike Evans lands in Buffalo
Trump enlisting locals in pursuit of Buffalo Bills
Reed joins group trying to keep Bills in Buffalo

WGRZ
Buffalo Fan Alliance Announces Advisory Board

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Doug Flutie runs the Boston Marathon

Buffalo News Press Coverage Blog
Andre Reed joins fan fund-raising project designed to aid Bills
Bills again linked to No. 1 pick

Pro Football Talk
Eric Ebron believes the Lions and Bills are interested in drafting him
Bills continue to take a close look at Kyle Fuller

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
Ranking the Buffalo Bills’ draft needs
Reed joins group trying to keep Bills in Buffalo
Bills hosting CB Kyle Fuller on visit
Exploring Bills’ trade-up scenarios

NFL.com Around the League
Jim Kelly returns to Buffalo for cancer treatment

Buffalo Rumblings
NFL Draft 2014: Kyle Fuller visits Buffalo Bills
Andre Reed joins Buffalo Fan Alliance advisory board
2014 NFL Draft: which Texas A&M star makes sense for Buffalo?
2014 NFL Draft talk tonight on Buffalo Rumblings Live

AFC East Daily
Bills continue to put premium on CB with Fuller visit

Bleacher Report
2014 Draft Sleepers Who’d Fit Perfectly with the Buffalo Bills


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

Doug Flutie runs the Boston Marathon

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 21, 2014 – 6:09 pm

Former Bills QB Doug Flutie might be a few years past his days as a professional athlete, but he isn’t done competing. Flutie ran the Boston Marathon today in 5:23:54.

The winner of the Heisman Trophy while at Boston College, Flutie says he is a die-hard Red Sox fan and raised his family outside of Boston.

He tweeted after he finished the race, “Mission complete! Thank you Boston!”


Posted in Inside the Bills

Kelly’s plans change for the better

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 19, 2014 – 9:22 am

After planning to come home to Buffalo to spend Easter with his family last Wednesday then changing course a day later, Jim Kelly’s plans have changed again – this time for the better.

As reported by the Buffalo News, Kelly is scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. today at Prior Aviation in Cheektowaga.

He plans to return to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for treatment following the weekend.

Jim completed his first round of chemo on April 8th and is set for more chemo, radiation and potentially surgery to follow, according to the hospital.


Posted in Inside the Bills

Kirwan mock goes local for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2014 – 6:34 am

The Bills have long been handed offensive tackles and wide receivers in 2014 mock drafts. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan took a different approach.

Kirwan went for Buffalo’s less talked about need of defensive end. With Jerry Hughes entering the final year of his contract, the Bills may need to have another option opposite Mario Williams unless they can get an extension completed with Hughes, who burst onto the Buffalo scene with 10 sacks last season after the trade with Indianapolis. Here was Kirwan’s take on the Bills pick at nine.

9. Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo: Doug Marrone knows the value of a 10-year starter at left tackle but with Matthews gone the local pass rusher is a solid option. They may consider Taylor Lewan instead.

Kirwan has had Lewan as his pick for the Bills for a while and he had Jake Matthews going to Atlanta at six in his mock draft.


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Kaufman Ready for Tight End: JMS Recap 4/17

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 17, 2014 – 10:16 pm

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Next week marks the start of OTA’s for the Buffalo Bills. Players will return to One Bills Drive for the voluntary workouts. The topic of discussion for tonight’s show focused on what player has the most to prove or needs to show the most improvement?

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One of those players could be receiver Brandon Kaufman, who joined the show to discuss his offseason. He has put on close to 30 pounds since last year’s training camp. The added size is welcomed as he has been in discussion with coaches about a possible switch to tight end.

“I feel good about it if the position change happens. I definitely think that’s where I can be most productive with this team especially. I will like that opportunity.”

Kaufman also thinks he can add more to the special teams unit. He will join his teammates on Tuesday when OTA’s begin.

 

 

Kaufman’s teammate, tight end Tony Moeaki also called-in to talk about the upcoming season. Moeaki did not play much after being signed late last season after suffering shoulder and knee injuries. He said that the two games he appeared in with Buffalo gave him confidence moving forward with the Bills offensive system.

“I have everything to prove. I’m excited to get back and just get out there for OTA’s and prove what I can do. I want to show I can help the team in different ways and take it one day at a time. I want to work hard and let the chips fall where they may.”

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Moeaki spent time during the offseason with around a half-dozen Bills players in California. Quarterback EJ Manuel led the workouts with preplanned routes and plays. He said it was very productive.

It’s exactly three weeks away from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft. We continued our draft preview with Ourlads GM and National Scout Dan Shonka. The team from Ourlads are releasing their new mock draft with their own evaluation of each prospect. Shonka and his team have only one quarterback going in the first round, that being Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M to the Browns at number 26.

Shonka also has Jake Matthews, Manziel’s teammate at Texas A&M, going second overall to the Rams. You can hear the complete interview and the rest of The John Murphy Show, below:

(Moeaki – 25:15, Shonka – 40:40, Kaufman – 1:02:38)


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Jeremiah: TE Ebron is elite talent

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2014 – 9:17 pm

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron is the consensus top tight end prospect in the draft this year, but is he one of the elite talents in the class? NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks so.

“Eric Ebron, I think he’s one of the premier players in this draft. I have him as my 13th overall player. It’s rare you’d say a tight end is worth a top-10 pick, but I wouldn’t have any problem at all if he was a top-10 pick in this draft class.”

Ebron, who made a pre-draft visit to Buffalo a couple of weeks ago, could be a consideration for the Bills and apparently Jeremiah has no problem with Ebron coming of the board at that point. Jeremiah compared Ebron to Vernon Davis and even feels that Ebron gets in and out of his routes better than Davis.

He did say he’s concerned about some of his drops, but feels he offsets that with some special one-handed catches.

“I think he’s kind of tailor-made for today’s brand of football at the tight end position,” said Jeremiah. “I think he’s going to be outstanding.”


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Experts see LB Mosley as a top 10 prospect

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2014 – 8:10 pm

There have been some questions among the draft prognosticators on whether Alabama LB C.J. Mosley is stout enough to handle the middle LB role in a 4-3 defense. And one draft analyst sees him coming off the board in the top 10 after being widely projected as a mid-first round pick.

First and foremost NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis both believe Mosley is scheme versatile and can handle a true MLB role.

“I think he can play in either defense. Mosley, I think he doesn’t get talked about enough. When you watch him on tape, you talk about guys being clean players, I don’t have a lot of negatives when I watch him. I thought he could play in a 3-4 defense, I thought he could take on blockers better than he gets credit for, I think he’s ideally suited to be a MIKE in a 4-3,” said Jeremiah. “In today’s game that MIKE LB has a lot of coverage responsibilities, I think he’s good in coverage, a good blitzer, but the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts. I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. So I think hes one of those guys who can play in either defense, ideally for me I’d like to see him as a MIKE in a 4-3.”

Charles Davis agreed on Mosley’s fit for a 4-3.

“The way the game is being played now, I don’t think we’re worried about size as much anymore,” said Davis. “Because you don’t have so many teams that you’re worried about all that downhill stuff coming at your MIKE LB. His ability to run, diagnose, hit, supercedes everything else. His ability to run and stay on the field for 3 downs, CJ Mosley is that type of player. I know recently at Alabama big LBs that have haven’t played up to capabilities perhaps, but I don’t think CJ Mosley is one of those guys, I really like him a bunch.”

That would make him a fit for the Bills new 4-3 front under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Mosley has been forecast as a mid-first round pick, and it sounds as though the NFL Network’s draft analysts might think even more highly of him than that.

Davis mentioned Mosley specifically in relation to where the Bills are picking at nine.

“I think the momentum is building towards him moving more toward the top of the draft,” said Davis. “I think Buffalo is a place he could easily go in the top 10 and be that guy.”


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Kelly’s plans change: spending Easter in NYC

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 17, 2014 – 2:22 pm

Shortly after his brother Dan shared the news that Jim Kelly planned to return to Buffalo to spend Easter with his family, his wife Jill tweeted that Jim won’t be able to make it home after all.

He had planned to spend the weekend in Buffalo before returning to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for treatment.

Jim completed his first round of chemo on April 8th and is set for more chemo, radiation and potentially surgery, according to the hospital.

Jill has been active in her updates on Jim’s condition on social media and put this photo of the two of them on Instagram last night, thanking the community for the overwhelming support and their #PrayersForJK.

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Posted in Inside the Bills, Off the Field

Kiper goes OT, DE in 2 rd mock for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2014 – 12:36 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has put a new two round mock together. He’s got an offensive tackle and defensive end going to Buffalo.

Here’s what Kiper wrote about his two picks for Buffalo.

No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
I just really like this fit both in scheme and need, and Matthews is the best player left on the board at this point anyway. Despite my early belief that Cordy Glenn would be better on the right side, he’s been a good player at left tackle, which means Matthews likely comes in as the needed solution on the right side. The transition from left tackle to right and vice versa tends to get tossed about as something that’s no big deal, but it can be a tough one for players, which makes Matthews that much more valuable, because he’s demonstrated an ability to, frankly, dominate on either side.

No. 41 – DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
The pass rush is a sneaky need for the Bills, because while they have Mario Williams, they’re thin on the edge if he’s out. Lawrence gives them a much-needed piece to build a deeper rotation. He can have impact.


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BDC 4/17: Bills Draft Winfield 15 Years Ago

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 17, 2014 – 9:22 am

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DAILY REPORT
– The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank’s “Predict the Picks” contest,a 2014 NFL Draft contest that will reward one fan with an exclusive meet and greet with the Bills first pick is currently ongoing.

Fans can enter the contest at buffalobills.com/predictthepicks, where they will be asked a series of 10 multiple choice questions specific to the Bills 2014 NFL Draft moves. The contest runs through May 7, with the NFL Draft beginning the next day. The Bills own the 9th overall pick in this year’s Draft.

Fans who correctly answer 80 percent or more of the questionswill be entered to win the contest’s grand prize, a meet and greet with the Buffalo Bills’ first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition, 50 fans who answer at least half of the questions correctly will receive an official 2014 Bills Draft cap by New Era.

THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
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April 17, 1999 — CB ANTOINE WINFIELD IS BILLS’ 1999 NO. 1 PICK
CB Antoine Winfield from Ohio State was the Bills’ No. 1 pick (23rd overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft. Winfield would go on to play 14 years in the NFL, playing in 191 games and picking off 27 passes en route to three Pro Bowl appearances (2008, 2009, 2010).

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills Running Back
On adjusting his playing style:
“That definitely gives me the opportunity to be out here three or four more years and competing with these guys and getting this thing turned around. That’s the number one goal, getting this thing turned around and giving this city something to be excited about and that’s what I want to do before I’m out of here.” 

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- State official says Open Meetings Law applies to new stadium group

AP- Bills great Kelly hoping to spend weekend at home

BuffaloBills.com- Shane Conlan still has football on the brain

Video/Audio/Photo
BuffaloBills.com
2014 Draft Preview: Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
The John Murphy Show April 16

WGR550
Buscaglia: NFL Mock Draft #4

ESPN
Cowherd on Bills future

NFL.com
Is Donald Trump a good fit for Buffalo Bills?

WIVB
Jim Kelly hopes to spend Easter at home

WHEC
Jim Kelly planning to spend Easter in Buffalo

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Who Hates Fantasy Football? JMS Recap 4/16Ruben Brown tackles concussion awareness

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
Kelly to go home before resuming treatment
Catching up on Buffalo Bills news
NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills
Bills draft preview: Defensive tackle

Buffalo Rumblings
Jim Kelly planning Easter weekend off from cancer treatment
NFL Draft 2014: Buffalo Bills have Round 1 pre-draft visitor trend

AFC East Daily
At 33, Fred Jackson replacing speed with brute force

Bleacher Report
Assigning Odds to Every Potential Buffalo Bills 1st-Round Pick

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Oregon football spring practice: Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills watches practice


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Who Hates Fantasy Football? JMS Recap 4/16

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 16, 2014 – 9:52 pm

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Chris Johnson signed on with the New York Jets Wednesday. That news led us to to ponder, which team has the best running attack in the AFC East? The consensus had the Bills atop the list with CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson leading the way.

Comedian Jim Florentine joined us in the first hour of the show. Florentine grew up a Miami Dolphins fan and gave his view of the Bills/Dolphins rivalry. He also opened up on why he despises Fantasy Football.

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“If you want to gamble, just go to the Casino. I don’t like going to a sports bar and guys with laptops are out eating appetizers in khaki’s. I don’t know what that is. It doesn’t make sense to me.”

 

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Author Nathan Frederick calls in to talk about his new book “Draft Daze.” The book chronicles the 2012 draft, giving an in-depth look at each player taken that year. Frederick does his research by introducing various personalities associated with the NFL Draft.

“The draft has so many moving parts that you can’t tell that story without talking to an agent or a player. I really wanted to cover it from as many perspectives as possible.”

Frederick explains how the NFL Draft has now developed into a reality TV event with all the uncertainty associated with it. He also says there will be continuing changes to make the draft viewing better, including more integration of social media. “Draft Daze” also includes commentary from analysts Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay.

 

 

 

Finally, Dr. C. Keith Harrison, Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida discusses his new report dealing with female spectators and influences in the NFL. The report examines the NFL game day experiences for female spectators. Dr. Harrison is the principal investigator and lead researcher on how to better that experience. After collecting data for over 2 years, Dr. Harrison found that 51% of those attending an NFL game are of the female population.

“We don’t know things about women and how they consume, influence, and experience sport because we haven’t asked them.”

The report is available at www.nflplayerengagement.com/

The John Murphy Show can be heard in its entirety below:

(Florentine- 22:30, Frederick-40:00, Dr. Harrison-01:02:00)


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Ruben Brown tackles concussion awareness

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 16, 2014 – 5:28 pm

Former Buffalo Bills guard and nine-time Pro Bowler Ruben Brown appeared on the John Murphy Show Wednesday night to discuss is new found role as an impact voice in the Heads Up Football initiative – a comprehensive youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to further strengthen youth player safety.

Brown now serves as a Heads Up Football Master Trainer, hosting events in his home state of Virginia and in the Buffalo area. He teaches youth football coaches throughout the region proper tackling techniques, equipment fitting, concussion awareness and heat and hydration information that they then pass on to their players.

“The main focus on the techniques in the program is trying to tell kids not to use their heads to tackle,” Brown said. “Your head should always be up so you can see where you’re going. When your head is down the only thing you can see are your feet or your opponent’s feet, and you’re in a vulnerable position with your head down. The crown of your head is exposed, and that’s the most vital part on your body when you’re playing a collision sport.”

Brown’s new role will allow him to have a significant impact on the development of youth football in his hometown and the way coaches deliver the Heads Up message.

“We want to encourage all the coaches that are in football to join this because the NFL, USA Football, the NCAA, professional trainers, athletic trainers – everyone has come together to bring a consensus on the practices of teaching young kids how to be involved in football from tackling to hydrating, what to eat, how to prepare, what you’re doing before you put pads on,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of training steps that they want to get out to the public so we can have our players play the game safer.”


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BDC 4/16: Predict the Picks

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 16, 2014 – 8:44 am

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DAILY REPORT

– The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank’s “Predict the Picks” contest,a 2014 NFL Draft contest that will reward one fan with an exclusive meet and greet with the Bills first pick is currently ongoing.

Fans can enter the contest at buffalobills.com/predictthepicks, where they will be asked a series of 10 multiple choice questions specific to the Bills 2014 NFL Draft moves. The contest runs through May 7, with the NFL Draft beginning the next day. The Bills own the 9th overall pick in this year’s Draft.

Fans who correctly answer 80 percent or more of the questions will be entered to win the contest’s grand prize, a meet and greet with the Buffalo Bills’ first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition, 50 fans who answer at least half of the questions correctly will receive an official 2014 Bills Draft cap by New Era.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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NFL.com’s Marc Sessler compiled his list of players poised to bounce back big in 2014 and named C.J. Spiller as one of his strong bets. Click here to check it out.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills Running Back on Sirius XM NFL Radio
On adjusting to being an older running back:
“Coach Wheatley is a guy that I learned from. He was known for his speed. He said when he lost a step, he transitioned his game and added weight to be able to take on blockers and tacklers when he couldn’t outrun them. You definitely transition into different areas and facets of your game to be able to play. I added a little bit of weight. I never was the fastest guy, but when you do lose a step so to speak, you have to be able to take advantage of other parts of the game. I’ve always prided myself on being a physical running back, and I have to be now more than ever.

DAILY LINKS

Niagara Gazette- Let’s go Buffalo!

New York Daily News- Donald Trump says Bills will stay in Buffalo if he buys team

BuffaloBills.com-  Age is just a number to Fred Jackson

BuffaloBills.com- Draft Profile: TE Niklas eager to begin pro career

BuffaloBills.com
2014 Draft Preview: North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
The John Murphy Show April 15
Bruce Nicholas Looks Back at the Bills Drafts

WGR550
Bills Draft Outlook: Safety

 Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills functional depth chart, pre 2014 NFL Draft

CBS Sports
Are you willing to trust C.J. Spiller this year?


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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 15

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 15, 2014 – 10:40 pm

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A variety of draft talk on tonight’s show. We look back on the drafts of the late 1970′s and early 1980′s.  Then switch gears to talk about the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, focusing on the wide receiving corp. Rounding out the show is former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown, who is now leading the way for safety in youth football.

From 1979-1985, Bruce Nicholas was the Buffalo Bills assistant director of player personnel. During that time he was part of the Bills draft class in 1979 that saw the team select first overall but eventually never sign their top pick, Tom Cousineau. Although, that year brought in such greats as Jerry Butler and Fred Smerlas.jerrybutler2

“It was a great beginning for us in ’79 to get 4 or 5 really good players. Even though Cousineau did not sign with us, we were able to trade the rights to him later and come up with beneficial players.”

That trade was to Cleveland which eventually landed the Bills Jim Kelly in the 1983 draft.

 

 

 

 

 

ESPN Draft Analyst Kevin Weidl returned to the show to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft. Tonight’s focus was on the wide receiver group. Weidl says this year’s class in one of the deepest he can remember.

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“You look at the top 16 of our wide receivers ranked, 14 of them are underclassmen. It is a very deep class. There is a wide variety that come in all shapes and sizes and a lot of different fits.”

Weidl also says that high talent receivers could be available in the fourth or fifth round, which you wouldn’t have seen in previous drafts.

0ap2000000258961Finally, former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown calls in to discuss his new gig as a master trainer for USA Football’s Heads Up Program. The program is designed to teach safety to those in youth football which includes proper tackling tactics.

“The main focus on the technique is to try to tell kids not to use their head to tackle. Your head should always be up so you can see where you’re going. You’re in a vulnerable position when your head is down.”

Brown says he also wants to encourage coaches in football to join the program to create better practice plans using correct fundamentals.

The John Murphy Show from Tuesday April 15 can be heard in its entirety below:

 


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C.J. picked to have a big bounce back year

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2014 – 5:27 pm

While the NFL.com report that the Eagles called the Bills to inquire about C.J. Spiller perked up the ears of Bills fans, you might be more encouraged about the outlook for Spiller’s 2014 season with Buffalo.

NFL.com’s Marc Sessler says that C.J. Spiller is one of his strong bets to bounce back big in 2014. Here’s what he wrote.

RB CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills: Spiller is running and cutting on the ankle that bothered him all last season and told the team’s official site last month, “I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012.” One former scout suggested the X-factor was never healthy during a campaign that saw Spiller fall from 6.0 yards per carry in 2012 to 4.3 one season ago. Spiller’s 456 yards after contact in 2013 were a shadow of the 742 he dialed up the year before, but that didn’t stop Chip Kelly and theEagles from wanting him in a trade. Buffalo wasn’t about to part ways with their most explosive weapon.


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