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Season Ticket Member of the Game – Kevin Hicks

Posted by Buffalobills.com on August 21, 2017 – 4:14 pm

The year is 1991 and the Buffalo Bills are taking on the Los Angeles Raiders for the AFC Championship title. It’s January in Buffalo, so needless to say, the air is cold and the wind is strong, but even the 29-degree wind chill could not keep die hard Bills fan Kevin Hicks from the game.

Unfazed by the cold, Hicks sat in section 335 and witnessed franchise history, as the Bills beat the Raiders 51-3 sending the team to Super Bowl XXV. When reminiscing about the game, Hicks can’t help but recall his all-time favorite player, quarterback Jim Kelly.

These days, Hicks, who is a Buffalo native, proudly attends games to cheer on the team and to see his current favorite player in action, center Eric Wood. Even though Hicks has been a Bills Season Ticket Member for years, he continues to enjoy each game as if it were his first. One of Hicks’ favorite parts of game day at New Era Field is the tailgate. He also looks forward to the pregame ceremony. “There’s always something new every week,” said Hicks.

As a loyal Bills fan, Hicks and some of his friends from college reunite each Sunday in Tonawanda to ride a red, white, and blue Bills themed bus, that they purchased and decorated themselves, to New Era Field. For Hicks, Bills games give him a chance to reunite with old friends and even start new traditions with his family members. Hicks explains he uses his Bills Bucks card to treat his nephew to gear at The Bills Store.

Whether it be riding in style to a tailgate, the ever-changing pregame ceremonies, or just being able to enjoy the company of friends and family, Hicks’ dedication to the Buffalo Bills does not go unnoticed.

Congratulations, Kevin!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Kevin for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Kevin being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Vikings versus Bills game on Aug. 10, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, please fill out the form located here.


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Boldin: It wasn’t a decision made all of a sudden

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2017 – 12:16 pm

For anyone who thought the decision made by Anquan Boldin to retire had anything to do with the state of the Bills couldn’t be more off the mark. Boldin in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio Monday morning, not only refuted that notiong, but laid out how his passion for his humanitarian work has come to outweigh his passion for football.

“For me it wasn’t a decision that I made all of a sudden. It was something I had been dealing for a couple of years,” Boldin said. “I always felt football would be my passion and get me past a lot of things. Just seeing the things that transpired over the last week or so, what happened in Charlottesville, not what happened in Buffalo, I think for me there’s something bigger than football at this point. It’s kind of shocking for me to say that because football has been something I dedicated my life toward, and never thought anything would replace the passion I had for that, but this has.”

Boldin also said he didn’t sign with Buffalo just to play with Sammy Watkins.

“I feel like we still had the talent on the offensive side of the ball and as a team overall to get the job done,” he said.

But the events in Charlottesville last week, left an impact on him that he felt could not go unanswered.

“For me I’m uncomfortable with how divided we are as a country,” said Boldin. “Is it something that’s new to us? No. Is it something we’re just starting to experience? No, but to see just how divided we are, I’m uncomfortable with that. Do I expect everybody to feel the same way I do? Of course not.

“People have different passions about different things. Humanitarian work is something I’ve been working on for years. Advocating for equality, criminal justice reform. Those are things I’ve been working on for years. It’s not a fly by night decision for me. It’s something I’ve been dealing with for years and something I’m willing to dedicate my life toward. Do I think I can solve all the problems that we have in this country? Of course not. But I do think I have a duty to stand up and make my voice heard and be a voice for those who don’t have a voice.”

Boldin said Bills head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane were disappointed when he told them he was retiring from football, but respected his decision.

“They wished me nothing but the best, and I appreciated that,” Boldin said.

 

 

 


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Matthews: Too early to tell if I’ll play in preseason

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2017 – 11:49 am

Bills WR Jordan Matthews, who spoke with the media for the first time Sunday, about his current status following the chip fracture in his sternum is optimistic about being ready to go for the season opener Sept. 10th for the Jets. As for the two remaining preseason games that’s a bit tougher call at this point.

“Playing in the preseason, that’s going to be a little bit of a harder guestimate because they’re going to want to feel comfortable and confident, that I’m going to be able to out there and not only perform, but also come out healthy,” said Matthews. “It’s a game that doesn’t count, essentially. It still matters, it just doesn’t count. So, if a game doesn’t count towards your record, obviously, the coaches, the training staff and me included, we all have to be smart about it.”


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Vikings game announced

Posted by Buffalobills.com on August 18, 2017 – 4:31 pm

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Jerry Moore from Bradford, Pennsylvania, has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Vikings game. The jackpot was $27,335, with a winning ticket for $13,668.

As a Bills Season Ticket Member since 2010, Moore has made a habit of buying 50-50 raffle tickets each game. After many years of playing the raffle, Moore is thrilled to have finally won. “I didn’t think it was mine; I didn’t believe it,” stated Moore. Moore and his wife will be taking a trip to Disney in a few weeks with his prize earning.


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McDermott sticking with Tyrod

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2017 – 1:42 am

Head coach Sean McDermott was asked about any potential quarterback depth chart changes for next week’s preseason game in Baltimore. Buffalo’s sideline boss made it clear that while he’ll evaluate everything, he’s sticking with Taylor.

“I thought Tyrod moved the ball last week and we had some penalties,” said McDermott. “(Thursday night) I don’t think we moved the ball and couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively early in the game. So you look at the big picture and you evaluate, so we’ve got a lot of work to do as an overall football team. We’ve got to do that to continue to get better. Work on our fundamentals and work on our techniques and get into a rhythm. That’s what we need to do.

“We’re always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position including the quarterback position. We’re going to evaluate the film. I’m going to evaluate the job I did and then we evaluate the job that each of us and continue to get better as a unit.”


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Tyrod takes blame for lack of offensive rhythm

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2017 – 1:40 am

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor fully recognized that the starting offense was lacking rhythm and pointed the finger only at himself postgame Thursday night.

“We did some good things on the field, but we left a lot of plays on the field and that starts with me,” he said. “I take it upon me to correct whatever needs to be corrected. Building chemistry, whether it’s staying late with guys and getting on the same page. We’re all learning something new, but we’ve had it long enough now where there’s no need to make excuses. We’ve got to do whatever we have to do to get it right moving forward.”

Taylor said on his first interception which came off a tipped pass, the defensive player came into the passing window as he was delivering the ball, so there was no opportunity to pull the ball down. It was just perfect timing by the defender.


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McDermott links penalties to positioning

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2017 – 1:39 am

It wasn’t the reason the Bills were flagged all 15 times they had penalties enforced in Thursday night’s game against Philadelphia, but head coach Sean McDermott believes one major factor in their penalty tally was lack of proper positioning by players.

“It’s really positioning that gets you in trouble,” McDermott said. “So we need to establish better position. That means moving our feet and then playing with our hands inside. We’ll continue to work on that and sometimes you see this early in the season. That said I’m not happy about where we are.

“Good teams don’t beat themselves. Obviously we need work on technique and we’ll go hard at that this week like we’ve been attacking it, so we’ve got a lot of work to do. That’ll be one of the areas.”


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Streater has toe injury, Anderson has setback

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2017 – 1:38 am

It certainly didn’t look promising for Rod Streater when he was carted off the field in the second half Thursday night. After making a catch the cornerback trying to cover him stepped on him. The result was a toe injury according to head coach Sean McDermott.

No word if the toe was dislocated or if X-rays were taken. Streater has been putting together a solid camp and preseason and made a couple of more plays Thursday night. He’ll be re-evaluated Friday.

Bills S Colt Anderson just came off of Active PUP this week and began practicing. He was supposed to play Thursday night, but he re-injured his foot before the game.

“Colt Anderson did not play,” said McDermott. “He had the foot in pre-game warmups. It was the same foot he had before.”

Undrafted rookie TE Jason Croom had an ankle in and S Trae Elston left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return.

All four players will be re-evaluated on Friday.


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Zay hoping to make more plays Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2017 – 12:36 pm

Bills rookie WR Zay Jones is hoping to have more of an impact on the game Thursday against Philadelphia than he did in his preseason debut last week. Jones only got eight snaps in last week’s game, so there was minimal opportunity to produce. He wasn’t targeted in the passing game, so he’s eager to get on the stat sheet.

When asked what he’s looking to get out of the game against the Eagles, he went with the team goal first before his own personal goals.

“A win. A catch under my belt. A little bit more playing time, hopefully, so I can truly experience more of the game,” said Jones. “I got a few reps, but I’m still a rookie. I’m still going through growing pains, with a lot of things I still need to work on. I’m not where I want to be, I’m not perfect, but I know this team is helping bring me along.”


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Wood: the daily work must continue

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2017 – 2:19 pm

Although training camp is wrapping up at St. John Fisher on Tuesday for the Bills, there is a lot still on the team’s to-do list. One player who has been through his share of camp prep under a number of different coaches is Eric Wood, who agrees the team has to keep grinding when they return to One Bills Drive.

Wood, much like coach McDermott, wasn’t happy when they got off to a slow start in practice Monday.

“The lack of execution early for the offense was kind of the same old – we had a couple offsides, a dropped ball on third down – it’s just little stuff that keeps drives going that takes points off the board. That stuff obviously needs to be eliminated; We have a long way to go before the regular season, we’re not going to quit working now.”


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Gaines already knew a CB on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2017 – 8:20 pm

Newly acquired CB E.J. Gaines knew a couple of coaches on Sean McDermott’s staff because they were previously with the Los Angeles Rams. Defensive line coach Mike Waufle and tight ends coach Rob Boras. But he also knew a cornerback on Buffalo’s roster coming in the door.

“I actually was good friends with Shareece Wright before I came and everything, so that’s a good thing being in the corner room,” said Gaines after practice Sunday. “He’s definitely teaching me some of the game plan and some of the techniques that coaches want us to use so that’s good.”

Wright had to leave practice Sunday with a thumb injury. He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday.


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Don’t jump to conclusions on Ragland

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2017 – 12:20 am

Much has been made of Gerald Hodges apparent move ahead of Reggie Ragland on the Bills depth chart at middle linebacker. After Thursday’s preseason game, head coach Sean McDermott helped paint the picture in terms of what Ragland is working against in his return to football.

“Reggie is a young player who is coming off of an injury and is only going to continue to get better. I thought he did some good things in the game tonight,” said McDermott.

“If you think about it, I haven’t played in a football game in a year and a half, since the National Championship game of my senior year at Alabama,” said Ragland. “It was a great feeling. I’m happy to be back out there playing. It was one of the best times I had in a long time.”

When asked if Ragland could be moved to outside linebacker it sounded like McDermott didn’t want to put something else on the young linebacker’s plate, knowing he’s coming back from a major injury and in a brand new scheme that he’s never played in before.

“Right now it’s in Reggie’s best interest and our best interest that he play at that inside position,” he said.


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Why LeSean McCoy didn’t play Thursday night

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2017 – 11:09 pm

LeSean McCoy was dressed, but didn’t play a single snap on Thursday night in the team’s preseason opener. Head coach Sean McDermott explained why.

“I’ve been around LeSean as you guys have heard me say for a long time. I like where he is at this point in training camp in terms of getting himself ready to play for the season,” said McDermott. “I wanted to get a good look at the other backs and I was impressed with the way some of those running backs performed.”

The decision by McDermott makes sense. McCoy has looked dynamic in camp practices and doesn’t need to be exposed to risk of injury when he’s showing well in practices. Plus getting a long look at the backs further down the depth chart will help the offensive staff make the best decision on who to keep for the 53-man roster.


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Boldin among those who won’t dress

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2017 – 5:33 pm

There are a number of players who won’t dress for tonight’s preseason opener and newly signed WR Anquan Boldin is one of them. 

Boldin has participated in all of one practice since signing with the team on Monday. 

Among other notable players who won’t dress for tonight’s game are 

Cordy Glenn

Kevon Seymour – foot

Ryan Davis – concussion 

Shaq Lawson – groin

Jeremy Butler – concussion


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Ellicott Hotels selects winner for season ticket giveaway

Posted by Buffalobills.com on August 10, 2017 – 11:53 am

Ellicott Hotels selected Deanna Russo as this year’s Season Ticket Giveaway winner. Deanna was randomly selected from tens of thousands of entries to win four 2017 season tickets in the Jim Kelly Club.

When Deanna saw the sweepstakes on the Buffalo Bills Facebook page, she thought “Why not?  I probably won’t win, but let’s enter anyhow!”  She was wrong!

Winning this giveaway is very exciting for Deanna.  “Football is in my blood” she says. Deanna has been a Bills fan her entire life, watching every game with great hope and pride in her team.

Deanna plans on sharing her tickets with her husband and father, also die-hard Bills fans. Deanna is giving her father a special birthday gift this year – the opportunity to attend the Bills vs. Broncos game on September 24.

Thank you to Ellicott Hotels for providing this Bills fan free season tickets! To learn more about Ellicott Hotels, visit ellicotthotels.com.

 


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Boldin ready to help Watkins excel

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2017 – 6:18 pm

GM Brandon Beane takes about how the Boldin signing will have a ripple effect on other players on the roster. How to be a pro’s pro and tricks of the trade. On Tuesday Boldin agreed that he can help Sammy Watkins and his personal game. 

“Hopefully I can help him take his game to the next level,” Boldin said. “Honestly, that all depends on him. I can’t make anybody do anything, the only thing I can do is share my experiences and give him advice about different things that I’ve been through and different things that I’ve seen and experienced throughout my 15 years.”

Boldin will also take some of the heat off Watkins in a receiving corps that still has a lot to prove aside from Watkins and Boldin.  


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Steve Smith Sr. addresses Bills WRs

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2017 – 7:14 pm

After Sunday’s practice, former Ravens/Panthers WR Steve Smith Sr. on assignment covering the Bills at camp, took time to address the wide receivers. Needless to say his words had an impact.

“First and foremost, that man’s a legend,” said rookie Zay Jones. “Whenever he’s talking, mouths are closed. He was just giving us some tips, really just encouraging us – future Hall of Famer. It was just really good for a young guy like me to hear.”

Sammy Watkins was more blunt about the subject matter that Smith discussed with them.

“Just the business, just to stay here another day and try to come in every day and make a play,” said Watkins. “The course of just making it a business. The DBs are not our friends. I love (the Bills DBs) to death, but at the end of the day I’ve got to feed my kids and I’ve got a legacy I’m trying to chase. He was just telling us you’re not a bad guy if you’re an a–hole basically. It was a good speech.”


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The Return of the Blue + Red – Weather Advisory

Posted by Buffalobills.com on August 4, 2017 – 12:20 pm

Please be advised that there is inclement weather in today’s forecast for The Return of the Blue + Red practice, presented by Bud Light at New Era Field.  The practice time remains scheduled for 5:30 pm. If severe weather in the area becomes a safety concern there may be a rain delay during practice or cancellation at that time. Please check buffalobills.com, Buffalo Bills Twitter or our Buffalo Bills Facebook page throughout the day for updates.


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Fan Friday 8-4

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2017 – 11:15 am

We’re less than a week away from the first preseason game. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Bruce Ellington was just released by Niners. Any chance we pick him up or kick tires in him?

Jose Torres
@Sweetcubanito

CB: I don’t think you can rule anything out when it comes to GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott’s diligence in re-shaping and upgrading this roster. If they think there is even the slightest chance that a player like Ellington can upgrade their roster they’ll bring him in for a workout. And that could lead to a signing.

Ellington is on the smallish side at 5-9 and 197 pounds. A lot of writers out in San Francisco were expecting him to have a breakout season in 2016, but he tore his hamstring in the preseason and it cost him the entire season.

If the Bills have an interest there will be an extensive physical performed with that hamstring a major focus.

I did have the opportunity to watch a lot of Ellington in college at South Carolina, and he was a clutch player for the Gamecocks. I still remember his six-catch, 140-yard and two touchdown performance in the bowl game against Wisconsin in 2012.

The game of a successful college receiver doesn’t always translate to the NFL, but it’d be interesting to see what Ellington could offer. When you’re his size you have to be an exceptional athlete and Ellington is. He runs in the mid-4.4s, has almost a 40-inch vertical and has excellent change of direction skills.

He’s just 25-years old. So I’d be in favor of working him out and seeing how he looks. If he’s better than anyone I’ve got on the roster now why not take a look?

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Heard possible rumors of Bills trading Reggie Ragland. Also he hasn’t had that great of a camp so far. What’s the scoop with RR?

Beast of the East
@Luther4212

CB: This is obviously always subject to change, but as of Thursday I have it on good authority that not one call had been placed to the Bills inquiring about Reggie Ragland.

I think people have to realize that Ragland is coming off a major injury. No one has seen him on game film in two years. Why another NFL club would have interest in a player on which there is no game film since an ACL injury and who has no NFL experience is curious to me.

NFL personnel people usually want concrete evidence that a player is fully recovered and capable before they’re willing to part with any assets of their own.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Lots of talk about Streater in WR competition. Haven’t heard much on Holmes how’s he look? #bills

Fitz
@afitz54

 

CB: Streater, as we’ve covered in our Top 3 things to know at Bills Camp reports has had a strong first week. He’s been as involved in the passing game as any other receiver on the roster. That means two things, first, he’s getting consistent separation from defenders and the quarterbacks trust him.

Unfortunately Andre Holmes has not made plays through the first week when they’ve been there for him. He had a defender beat on a deep post and Taylor put the ball right over his shoulder and he couldn’t complete the play, which would’ve gone for a touchdown. There have been a couple of other plays he didn’t finish through the course of the first week.

There’s a lot of time left between now and the start of the regular season. They haven’t even played a preseason game yet and that’s where players can really help their case, but Holmes has to start making some plays in practice and carry it into the preseason games.

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

How many running backs and full backs will the Bills keep?

Greg Alongi
@galongi

CB: This is going to be a tricky one. My belief is they’ll keep five.

I think the locks right now are McCoy, J. Williams, DiMarco and Tolbert. Tolbert might be a 10-year vet, but the guy can still get to the corner when carrying the ball and should have a role as a short yardage and goal line back. He’s also better as a receiver out of the backfield than I initially thought.

So Joe Banyard, Taiwan Jones, Cedric O’Neal and Jordan Johnson will essentially be fighting for one roster spot as I see it. And special teams will have a hand in determining who it is.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who will be the nickel cornerback in your opinion, and will Rambo move up the depth chart at safety?

zak Mendoza
@Zdozer

CB: It’s only a week of practice at camp so far, but Kevon Seymour may be making a move at nickel corner. He was sprinkled in for some first team nickel reps in the slot on Thursday, and Leonard Johnson got most of those through the course of the first week.

We’ll see if they continue to alternate first team nickel reps at Friday evening’s practice and over the weekend on Sunday. Right now it’s too close a race to call and again preseason game performance will have a lot to say about who winds up landing that role.

As for Rambo, he’s been rotating in with the second team at safety the last couple of days, but that’s been mainly due to the fact that Shamiel Gary has moved up to first team with Micah Hyde held out with his sore hip.

Rambo has to be assignment sound to convince the defensive staff that he can be trusted out there knowing he’s new to the system. This defense needs a player with his experience, so if he can be sharp on the field, he’ll wind up one of the backup safeties behind Hyde and Poyer. Again preseason game performance will be key.

 


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McDermott breaks down return candidates

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2017 – 2:50 pm

The Bills just signed Taiwan Jones to add to the return candidate pool. McDermott said they wanted to add speed to the return group with Jones who has been clocked as low as 4.33 in the 40. So what does he like about the other primary return candidates like Brandon Tate and Rashad Ross?

“Both have done a good job,” said McDermott of Tate and Ross. “Brandon’s been out a little bit with the injury there, it’s good to get him going again; He’s done a great job in getting healthy again. I like what he brings to the table in the return game and then he gives us line of scrimmage value as well as a receiver. With Rashad it’s the same thing; you look at his ability in the return game and the speed element, and the vertical game with the receiver part of it. Both are working extremely hard and adding good competition right now.”

It’s likely that preseason game performance will be the biggest determining factor in terms of who can separate from the other two.


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