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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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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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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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Preston Brown goes strict on diet

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2017 – 7:32 am

Preston Brown has been a very durable players since he’s put on a Bills uniform. In fact in his first three NFL seasons he hasn’t missed a game. But he wanted to improve heading into season four, so he made a change to his offseason regimen.

Known for carrying candy in the sweatshirt he’d routinely wear under his practice jersey, Brown scrapped candy from his diet and is eating a lot healthier.

“No candy at practice anymore,” he said. “No little stuff like that. I have a chef now. I’m trying to eat healthy. A lot of green stuff. It’s been different to try and make sure my body can maintain through the whole season. It was my idea. Nobody really said anything. All I do is chew gum now, no candy.”

When asked what prompted the decision Brown explained.

“I just think I need to peak more as the season goes and not go down,” Brown said. “I feel like my play drops later in the year, so I need to make sure I keep my energy level up and make sure I keep helping the team win games instead of being a liability out there. I want to keep getting better every game.”


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Pegula goes low key with GM/coach meetings

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2017 – 7:09 pm

When you’re an owner and CEO of two major league franchises your time can be short, so one would think that Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula would need to have regimented schedule to have time for all the interactions that need to take place between his front office staff for the two clubs and the head coaches. But Pegula prefers to do just the opposite and meet on an impromptu basis with Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott.

“It’s very casual,” said Pegula. “I like things low key, so I may walk into (Sean McDermott’s) office unannounced and talk for an hour. Or he may go in my office or Brandon or whomever. That’s the way I like to do things, rather than be all official and say, ‘Hey we’re going to have a meeting next Tuesday at two o’clock.’ Because I may not be there because something else has come up.”

The approach makes sense knowing Pegula, and his wife and co-owner Kim, can be pulled in any number of directions at a moment’s notice with all their companies, holding and properties that demand their attention.


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Dareus values his relationship with Kyle

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2017 – 4:00 pm

As we covered on Buffalobills.com in our Top 3 things to know about day 5 at Bills camp, Marcell Dareus is determined to have a big bounce back season in 2017. The new scheme has him believing he can have a major impact on the game. But the first thing Dareus mentions when he talks about why he’s pumped up for the 2017 season is that he knows Kyle Williams will be lining up next to him for a seventh season.

“I just really want to be prepared for what we’re going for and what we got planned for this year. Kyle Williams coming back was a good thing for me, so I just want to do the best I can for him and my teammates,” Dareus said. “I just want to come in, in shape and ready to go. From there, it’s just falling into that role and being the best person and teammate I can be for my teammates.”

As a young player Dareus relied on Kyle for on field direction if there was an adjustment pre-snap. Now they are so accustomed to lining up together they just use a lot of non-verbal communication to create havoc.

“This is our seventh year playing together. I haven’t been in too many situations without him. I mean, we’ve been doing pretty well together and having fun out there,” said Dareus. “He would be my ‘work wife.’ And we have good communication, so we don’t fight and we don’t argue. We just kind of go with the flow.”

Of course if Kyle Williams finds out that Dareus called him his ‘work wife,’ we just might have the first throw down in this seven-year relationship.


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Dead legs setting in

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

After about a week of camp there’s a condition a lot of players experience. Dead legs.

Even though players are in shape, those who run the most (receivers and defensive backs) and those who grind the most (offensive and defensive linemen) develop a feeling where their legs feel heavy and sluggish, as if they’re just dead weight. Zay Jones was feeling it Tuesday.

“Yeah,” Jones admitted to Buffalobills.com. “Trying to be smart. The coaching staff has done an unbelievable job of putting as schedule in place where we can get our legs back underneath us. Just got to get in the training room and be a true professional and make sure we take care of our bodies.”

Players often get massages and use the cold tub to revitalize the legs. This time of year it’s not uncommon to take two trips to the cold tub per day instead of one.

“Whatever it takes,” Jones said. “We have an unbelievable training staff that caters to us night and day. So fortunate to have that with the Bills and just trying to take care of our bodies and do the smart things and be ready.”


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How coach McDermott looks at padded practices

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2017 – 12:09 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was certainly excited to see the pads on his players in practice Saturday. In his estimation it’s where some of the best player evaluation can take place.

(Saturday) the truth serum is on the table because the pads come on,” he said. “You want to be patient with the evaluation this time just because it’s been to this point two-hand touch like I mentioned.”

The line play up front in particular can be more accurately evaluated and McDermott likes what he’s seen from his starting edge rushers thus far.

“With respect to Shaq, I think he’s done a phenomenal job, you know,” McDermott said. “You wish he had all of last season under his belt. He has the injury there and the challenge, but the way he’s attacked that, the way he’s attacked the offseason and I like what he and Jerry [Hughes] are doing on the opposite sides of each other. They’re coming off the ball well, they’re aggressive. With the system, he’s getting a feel for the system and those two are fun to watch. Those guys are coming off the ball with a lot of twitch and when you can do that up front, that sets the tone for everything else behind it.”


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Absence of cut down to 75 is fine w/Bills brass

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2017 – 1:13 pm

This summer there will be no roster reduction from 90 to 75 a week prior to the cut down to 53. The NFL vanquished the roster cut down to 75 after coaches and clubs voiced a desire to hold on to as many players on their roster as possible, for as long as possible, knowing injuries can happen at any time with two preseason games still on the schedule historically after the cut to 75. Bills head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane were both glad to see the cut down to 75 disappear.

“It’s nice not to have to cut down,” McDermott said. “Again, we talked about the timeline earlier when it was brought up. You get a longer look at some players, you get more bodies in camp so it takes some wear and tear off some players that would still be in camp at that point in time, so I like that that got passed and that should help all teams, really.”

While Beane is glad to see the cutdown to 75 go too, he does have the foresight to realize it will translate to more work for his personnel department on the back end when the cut to 53 is made.

“I actually like it. I was a proponent of doing that in Carolina,” Beane said. “I think it just helps us. Sometimes guys are banged up, so the last two preseason games, it gives us another week to get guys healthy and another week to maybe see a guy that hasn’t played as much, and give him one more chance in the fourth game. I think it’s a great move by the league to do that. Now, it makes it, that last cut harder and we’re going to have to do a little more work not only on our own roster, but evaluating the other teams rosters a week later. There’s 15 additional guys per team that we have to look at.”


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Fan Friday 7-28

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2017 – 10:13 am

Camp is underway at St. John Fisher. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Hi Chris,
First off I just wanted to thank you for keeping me informed over the years being a displaced, and soon to be reunited, WNY Bills fan. I look for your stuff daily!

This is pertaining to Mike Tolbert. I see a lot of hype on Pat DiMarco, which is understandable. I see nothing on Tolbert. Will he even make the roster? Living in SD for the last 30 years I have followed the Chargers as well and really like Tolbert. I was wondering if you think he will make the cut, and if he does will be utilized at all?

Thank you
SD Bills fan
RH

CB: I think Tolbert is going to be given every opportunity to make this roster. He’s seen as a valuable locker room presence by Sean McDermott. Building the culture here is job one for McDermott and Tolbert could be one of his best allies in the locker room to cultivate that. Now he also has to be able to contribute on the field.

I believe he’s underrated as a receiver out of the backfield and can serve as a short yardage and goal line back. Add in his abilities on special teams and I do think there’s a way to have both Tolbert and DiMarco on the roster.


2 –
Dear Chris:
I’ve looked over our roster and have noticed a lack of depth particularly at DE and safety, and I’m not so sure about Will linebacker either. Are the Bills still looking to add guys? What are your thoughts?

Sincerely, John from Pennsylvania

CB: With respect to defensive end I tend to agree with you. The starters are solid with Lawson and Hughes, and Lorenzo Alexander could line up there on obvious passing downs. But Ryan Davis and Max Valles are the second teamers. Davis has NFL experience, but has been a role player for most of his career. Valles has never appeared in an NFL regular season game.

So it’s understandable to feel uneasy as a fan when there is no proven track record for the guys the team will be counting on behind the starters.

At safety they improved their depth this week with the signing of Bacarri Rambo, whose entering his fifth season in the league. But much like defensive end there is a lot of unproven talent there. I like what I’ve seen from Joe Powell, but again behind starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer there isn’t much NFL experience.

WILL linebacker is improved with the addition of Gerald Hodges in free agency and draft choices Matt Milano and Tanner Vallejo will likely be battling for second string roles.

The bottom line is with a new GM and personnel department and a new coaching staff the roster turnover on the back half of the roster will be particularly high as the decision makers try to shape the squad in the image they feel fits the team identity and demands the best.

You can’t fill every position with supreme depth in your first year on the job, but that won’t mean that Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott won’t be trying to do so.


3 –
@ChrisBrownBills

Moving the chains is so important in West Coast offense. Could we see Daikiel Shorts edge out guys like Powell and Lewis? Can Shorts be anything but slot?

Dean Kindig
@TCBILLS_Astro

CB: Shorts is a sleeper player for sure in this camp. He can play outside in my opinion. He’s 6-1, 202 and knows how to gain separation right before the catch point. The key here will be his ability to execute the route assignments consistently. This is a precision and timing offense, so if Shorts can be dependable for his quarterbacks and make plays in the process, he’ll have a shot. At the very least I see this kid landing on the practice squad.


4 –
@ChrisBrownBills

Any insight to the Stevie hoopla? Is this really a thing?

Geoff Harkins
@GeoffHarkins

CB: Everything I’m hearing about Stevie Johnson is he’s happy in retirement. John Murphy Show co-host Donald Jones, a former teammate of Stevie’s still talks to him a lot and there doesn’t appear to be any desire on Johnson’s part to try to resuscitate his NFL career. As much fun as it was to watch Johnson play, his offseason training regimen was basically playing basketball. His herky-jerky route running style was effective, but put an enormous amount of strain on his groin muscles and as he got older he missed time on the field with the 49ers and Chargers the last few seasons. Now 31, and with a lot of off the field interests, I see Stevie enjoying other pursuits rather than football.


5 –
Chris:
Cardale Jones is traded for a conditional pick. What does the mean exactly? Conditional on his making the team? Conditional on how many games he plays in? Making the practice squad count?

I read it was for a late round pick. Does that mean it can be 5th – 7th round?

Thanks very much
Tom
CB:
The team doesn’t confirm trade terms, but I’ve heard from my sources that it’s a conditional 7th round pick

What the terms are to improve the standing of that pick could be anything. It could be if he wins the backup job it improves to a sixth-round pick. It could be if he makes six starts it improves to a fifth-round pick. It could be any number of conditions that the Chargers and Bills came up with to make the trade suitable to both parties.

 


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Watkins: My job is to stay around here forever

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2017 – 11:52 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins is entering a contract year after the club did not pick up his fifth-year option. Watkins isn’t offended by not having his option picked up. Quite the contrary. He said he would rather earn a new long term contract with his play, and he’d like to stay in Buffalo for a long time.

“I love Buffalo. They drafted me first round, fourth pick,” Watkins said. “My job is to stay here for a while. That’s the goal. You don’t want to change teams. My job is to stay around here forever. That’s the goal.”

Even though the team chose not to pick up the option it hasn’t changed what the club thinks of their top receiver. Their plan going forward is to steadily build up Watkins’ conditioning as they move through training camp and the preseason.

“We know the type of player Sammy is and he’s a great young man,” said GM Brandon Beane, who had not been hired prior to the fifth-year option decision. “I think we just want to build him up until he’s comfortable with a full slate like he would normally be.”


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McDermott bros. worked for Eagles at same time

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2017 – 12:18 pm

Sean McDermott’s coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles is well documented, but what most don’t know is his older brother Tim McDermott came to work for their hometown Eagles as well as their Chief Marketing Officer.

What’s ironic is that even though they worked in the same building the two brothers rarely saw each other, let alone had lunch together during the time they both worked for the Eagles.

“We really didn’t see much of each other,” Tim McDermott told Buffalobills.com. “It wasn’t more than a handful of times that we saw each other or had lunch or something like that. I think it was just the nature of him being on the coaching side and me being on the business side. I think at the same time we wanted to make sure that we respected that we were on different sides of the house and were always respectful in not overstepping boundaries or anything.”

Tim McDermott provided some valuable insight on to just who is brother is and what makes him tick in an exclusive on the Bills head coach on Buffalobills.com today.

 


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McDermott’s dad, a coach ahead of the curve

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2017 – 11:45 am

It’s well known by now that Sean McDermott’s father, Rich McDermott, was a college head football coach himself. Coaching and training his two sons may have been his most enjoyable coaching job. And to say he was on the cutting edge of training would be an understatement.

Sean’s older brother Tim McDermott recalled many times where their dad would come home with some form of new training equipment that they had never seen before as he spoke with Buffalobills.com for a story about Buffalo’s new head coach.

“My dad from a very early age… 30-plus years ago in today’s day in age we have all this technology and sports performance equipment, parachutes, resistance trainers or sleds. Thirty years ago my dad would have us in the backyard with a handmade sled,” said Tim. “Something he put together. It was like a wood block sled, with a dowel in the middle of it where he would put metal weights on it. There would be a chain hooked to one side and it would wrap up to a weightlifting belt and then back to the other side with another chain and we’d put it around our waist. And there was a hill in the backyard and my dad would say, ‘Go!’ And we would just run with it up the hill.

“Whether it was that or one day he came home with a parachute, that today’s day in age it’s more normal to see that kind of resistance training. But he comes home with this parachute that he had somebody make for him. He was ahead of his time when it came to all that stuff. I think as we were growing up, working out, training, having discipline, it was part of who we were and definitely part of who Sean was. That meant you don’t always go out on a Friday night or a Saturday night because you’re at a gym. That was very much the norm.”


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