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Zay Jones sidelined by injury

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2017 – 11:20 am

The early signs were encouraging from Bills second-round pick Zay Jones. But Jones sustained an injury in Tuesday’s OTA practice and did not participate Wednesday and again today (Thursday).

The Bills have confirmed that Jones sustained a knee injury and is week to week. It has been described as a knee sprain. 


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Cordy Glenn update

Posted by Chris Brown on May 17, 2017 – 4:04 pm

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn missed five games last season, including the last three of the year, as he dealt with ankle problems that began way back in training camp last summer. He gave an update as to how he’s doing now that OTA practices have begun in an appearance on the John Murphy Show.

“Right now I’m just attacking the rehab process real hard and trying to be ready for the season,” said Glenn. “We’re expecting big things this year. So I’m looking to do my part.”

Knowing Glenn is rehabbing right now, it’s likely that he’s not participating in on field activities just yet. We’ll know for sure at OTA practice Thursday.

 


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Fan Friday 5-12

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2017 – 5:11 pm

Happy Mother’s day to all the moms out there. Big weekend for the Bills with rookie minicamp. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

IYO what’s the first move, Bills related, that our new GM need to do?

Jean-Pierre
Jobin@jp_bills

CB: He’s got to get a pro personnel department assembled and then a college scouting department hired right after that. The business of the NFL doesn’t stop, so Beane knows he has to hit the ground running and get his front office departments in place sooner rather than later.

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

What’s going on with Boston? Did he come in for a visit, is he going to join the team?

Jamal
@mrmajic73

CB: He signed with the Chargers.
3 – Dear Chris:

With the draft now complete 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, as I know names like Jairus Byrd and Gerald Hodges are still available. What are your thoughts? Do you think the Bills will kick the tires on these guys?

Sincerely, John from Pennsylvania

CB: Defensive end is an underrated positional need in terms of depth, more so even than safety I believe. Will linebacker is another. These are areas where new GM Brandon Beane will really have to beat the bushes to find talent that fits.

Byrd is an interesting idea as is Hodges, but I think the price will have to be right knowing Buffalo doesn’t have a ton of money left under the cap.

They were after Boston as mentioned above, but he signed with the Chargers.

Beane will need to use his expertise to find good bargains who can improve the depth at DE and S and somehow some way find a player capable of challenging for that starting WLB role.

4 – Chris,

At one point, McDermott said that his number 2 receiver was already on the team.  That didn’t encourage me.  With Sammy still on the mend and with Zay Jones likely the slot receiver, who will be number 2?  Do either of the recently signed undrafted wideouts show any promise?

Paul B.

Lancaster
CB: OTAs begin next week and we’ll have a better handle on what’s on the roster at that point. I think you should not rule out Zay Jones as a No. 2 receiver. He could very easily line up at flanker opposite Sammy if he puts together a strong spring and camp. Andre Holmes is likely to be his stiffest competition along with Philly Brown.

We’ll get a better feel for it over the next two weeks.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will the Bills have a Kids day game this preseason?

Tim Szczodrowski
@T_Szczodrowski

CB: From what I’m hearing it’s going to be the preseason opener, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. The team will issue details soon.


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Gettleman calls Beane ready for GM role

Posted by Chris Brown on May 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm

Carolina GM Dave Gettleman, who willingly handed Bills new GM Brandon Beane more and more responsibility over the four years they worked together in the Panthers front office, feels Beane is more than ready to take on the demands of a general manager’s job in the NFL.

“I’m thrilled that Brandon has been selected as general manager of the Bills,” Gettleman said in a team statement. “He has worked his way from the bottom up and is prepared for this. He is thoughtful, meticulous, and a leader. He was instrumental in what we have been able to accomplish in Carolina in the past few years, winning three division titles, an NFC Championship and earning a Super Bowl appearance. His wide variety of knowledge and experience will serve him well in Buffalo. I wish Brandon nothing but the best.”


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Marty Hurney: The Bills hit a home run

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2017 – 7:56 pm

Ex-Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who was a mentor of newly named Bills GM Brandon Beane, was just as happy for the Bills organization as he was for Beane when he was made the 13th GM in team history. 

“The Bills hit a home-run here,” said Hurney. “Brandon has a feel for every facet of the football side of things – from personnel to the salary cap to operations to everything. You name it he has been involved with it. He has a great feel. He is one of the hardest workers you will find. He is one of the most competitive guys you will find, but that’s what drives him. He is exceptional.”


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Undrafted RB Johnson makes PFF rankings list

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2017 – 10:46 am

One of Buffalo’s undrafted rookie signings appears on the ProFootballFocus rankings list for a couple of their key advanced metrics.

In their pass blocking efficiency category running back, and UB product, Jordan Johnson ranked 48th in pass blocking efficiency among all college running backs. It was just two spots behind Dalvin Cook, a second-round pick of the Vikings.

On 125 pass blocking snaps, Johnson gave up just two sacks and a QB hit for a rating of 92.4.

He also ranked 54th among all college backs in elusive rating. He forced 27 missed tackles rushing and two missed tackles receiving in 2016 for an elusive rating of 37.7.

Considering 30 running backs were drafted, Johnson’s numbers do not appear that far off.


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Peterman a former teammate of Bills undrafted TE

Posted by Chris Brown on May 5, 2017 – 12:12 pm

Bills fifth-round pick Nate Peterman now has a former college teammate on the roster with him, except he didn’t go to Pitt.

Peterman, who spent his first two college seasons at Tennessee before transferring, was teammates with Bills undrafted free agent signing Jason Croom.

Croom and Peterman were teammates for two seasons in Knoxville. Croom caught almost half of his college receptions in his first two seasons for the Vols, so it’s likely at least a few of those came from Peterman, though he only completed 20 passes in his time at Tennessee.

Croom is a converted wide receiver, but can grow into his frame (6-5) to be a more effective in-line blocker. He ran a 4.69 40-time at his pro day.


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Fan Friday 5-5

Posted by Chris Brown on May 5, 2017 – 11:45 am

The NFL draft is now in the rear view mirror, and there a GM search underway. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, do u see the Bills possibly reaching out to Eliot Wolf, Scot McCloughan or Louis Riddick about the GM opening?

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: I believe the Bills initially cast out a wide net, but it will probably be whittled down quickly to a handful of candidates whose philosophy on building and sustaining a roster lines up as parallel as possible to that of head coach Sean McDermott.

As for Eliot Wolf, Scot McCloughan and Louis Riddick it’s hard to know what will appeal most to the Pegulas. Knowing they went with a young, energetic and driven head coach in Sean McDermott, could they be looking for a similar type in a GM? Or do they go in the opposite direction and find a roster builder with a ton of experience.

Wolf has that even though he’s just 35-years old.

McCloughan, who also cut his teeth in the Green Bay organization in the personnel department under Wolf’s dad, Hall of Famer Ron Wolf, was just pushed out of the Washington organization after personal problems reportedly surfaced for the second time in his career. I don’t know that he’d be a consideration.
Riddick would appear to be a natural consideration having worked with McDermott before in Philadelphia. He was a scout with the Eagles and rose to the position of Director of Pro Personnel there in the span of two years. They worked together for three years there.

Brandon Beane has already interviewed.

It’s certainly no one’s call but the Pegulas, but a strong football guy would be good so coach McDermott doesn’t get spread too thin between coaching and personnel. Someone that can capably run the college and pro scouting departments.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Well now that they not picking up Sammy 5th yr option, do you think he’s really gonna play hard or no?

Kia
@Bufbillsfan4lif

CB: I think you might be missing the whole point of why the Bills did not pick up the fifth-year option on Watkins. It’s a question of being healthy, not respect for his talent.

I know that coach McDermott made it clear to Watkins in his talks with him that they value him and want him to be a part of this team for the long term, but they can’t risk guaranteeing $13.2M knowing if his injury re-occurs, the one he has yet to fully recover from a year later, that they’re on the hook for that money next year whether he plays or not.

If they didn’t have to make this decision until mid-September, they might have a better idea of what to expect from Watkins health-wise. But he’s not even cleared for football related activities, so there’s no way to know now. It would be a fiscally aggressive risk to put up that kind of money not knowing how fast and how effectively his foot is going to come through his second rehabilitation after surgery.

And if he is healthy and plays all 16 games and has a monster season, you sign him to a big long term deal or the franchise tag is there if necessary and he remains in the fold.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Out of the recent draft picks, who will have the biggest impact this upcoming season?

Cierra Livecchi
@Seeairuhyo

CB: My pick is Zay Jones. I was in Mobile and watched him all week at the Senior Bowl and while he wasn’t the only player who impressed me, what stood out to me was how complete his game seemed to be. I didn’t witness a drop by him all week, his route running was sharp for the most part. The only part of his game that was hard to get a handle on in the practice setting was his blocking.

Interviewing him down there and at the NFL Combine it’s evident to me that he’s got his head on straight. His dad was an NFL player, so his biggest influence is someone who knew what it took to be a professional. It has to give the Bills confidence that Zay will know how to carry himself as a professional too.

Also in terms of opportunity the No. 2 receiver role is going to be up for grabs. Andre Holmes and Philly Brown are probably his stiffest competition. Jones is just so consistent I think he has a real shot at that job and if he lands it I think he has the biggest impact.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will Ragland start? Or will it be Preston B. In the middle with Humber and Alexander on the outside?

korey kennedy
@koreykennedy3

CB: We’re a long way from determining starting roles, primarily because Ragland still isn’t fully cleared to participate in the offseason conditioning field work, let alone football related activities. We’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks when OTAs start.

Here’s the thing that I believe a lot of people are overlooking. Many simply assume that whoever is not the MLB between Brown and Ragland will be on the bench.

I’d be very surprised if that proves to be the case.

I believe that whoever loses out in the battle for the starting MLB job will be the team’s starting strong side linebacker. Brown played there some in college at Louisville. And Ragland was used as a blitzer at Alabama so he’s been on the edge as well.

From what I’ve heard Alexander will be a jack-of-all-trades linebacker in this defense. His role will be largely determined by the opponent that week, down and distance and game plan. ‘Zo could sub in more on the strong side or the weak side depending on the week.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills

With that extra 1st rd pk in next yrs draft. Do u feel they will use it as ammo to move up (if needed) to get a QB?

CHRISTian McCaffrey
@BroJackson_

CB: I think we have to pump the brakes on expecting to get a quarterback. First, we have to see what Tyrod does this season.

Second, and probably more important, most of the top quarterbacks in college do not have to declare for the draft. USC’s Sam Darnold, perceived to be the most highly touted, will be a redshirt sophomore next year. He could easily go back to school and come out in 2019.

Rosen will only be a junior, Allen a junior and both of them after two years have started in 19 and 16 games each.

Knowing the perceived best talents could stay in school, I think you focus on what the extra first round pick gives you, which is options. That’s what counts here.

If there are top flight QB prospects in the draft class and you want to move up the board to get one, the Bills should be able to do it.

If they’re not in the class, the Bills will still have the ammo to move up or down the board as they see fit. Having options means power. To have that in round one can help you upgrade your roster in a hurry.

 


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Bills could have competition for Barnidge

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2017 – 8:26 am

The Bills hosted free agent TE Gary Barnidge on Wednesday, but there could be competition for the veteran tight end.

NFL Network’s Mike Garofalo is reporting that two other NFL clubs have interest in Barnidge as well.

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The Panthers have a history with Barnidge, since he spent the first four years of his career in Carolina. The Jaguars are a bit tight end needy after trading Julius Thomas to Miami, though they did sign Oakland free agent Mychal Rivera.


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Way too early 2018 mock draft picks QB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2017 – 8:55 am

The 2017 NFL draft is barely in the rear view mirror and there are already some 2018 mock drafts circulating. Buffalo will have two picks in the first round next year via their trade in this year’s draft with Kansas City. FOXSports.com’s 2018 mock has the Bills taking a quarterback with the first of their two first-round selections.

The bad news is the mock has Buffalo picking seventh overall, which would mean another year without a playoff berth, but looking past that, the mock has USC QB Sam Darnold first off the board to the Jets with the number one pick.

They then have Cleveland, the Rams and the 49ers all taking defensive players before Chicago takes an offensive tackle at five and Washington at six takes Wyoming QB Josh Allen. At pick 7 here is FOXSports.com’s mock selection for Buffalo.

7 – Bills: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Bills move on from Tyrod Taylor and go with Rosen, who showed flashes of greatness when he was healthy at UCLA.

Rosen, who was a sophomore last season, played in only six games last season. Poor pass protection kept him under fire and eventually led to a season-ending throwing shoulder injury. Suffice to say Rosen, and his throwing shoulder will be closely monitored this fall.

Another QB to watch that not many are talking about is Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham. The transfer from Baylor is expected to start for the Tigers this year, and many believe he’ll have great success and become a top prospect.

With Buffalo’s second first-round pick, the mock has the Bills taking a top end running back.

19 – Bills (From Chiefs): Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Shady McCoy’s replacement — Guice is the game breaker the Bills will make the focal point of their offense in 2018.


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Why Tre’Davious chose No. 27

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2017 – 1:04 pm

The reason why first-round pick Tre’Davious White chose jersey number 27 for his Bills uniform seem pretty obvious, but there were too many tie-ins for him to ignore it.

White, who wore 18 at LSU, had it down to two choices, No. 20 and No. 27. The cornerback ultimately chose 27 because he was drafted 27th overall in round one on April 27th.


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AFC East draft review

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2017 – 12:49 pm

Taking a look at the incoming draft classes of Buffalo’s division rivals there’s a ton of new talent on the rosters of the AFC East.

The Bills did a solid job of addressing some positional needs, particularly with their first three picks. Here’s a look at what Miami, New England and New York were able to pull together with their draft choices last weekend.

MIAMI
Rd 1 – OLB Charles Harris – Missouri
Rd 2 – ILB Raekwon McMillan – Ohio St.
Rd 3 – CB Cordrea Tankersley – Clemson
Rd 5 – G Isaac Asiata – Utah
Rd 5 – DT Gavon Godchaux – LSU
Rd 6 – DT Vincent Taylor – Oklahoma St.
Rd 7 – WR Isaiah Ford – Virginia Tech

The Dolphins did a good job over the first two days to help their defense. Harris can be the heir apparent to 35-year old Cameron Wake. McMillan will allow Miami to move Kiko Alonso outside to reduce his wear and tear and Tankersley could compete for a top four role. Isaiah Ford is an underrated receiver who can make difficult catches in a crowd.

NEW ENGLAND
Rd 3 – DE Derek Rivers – Youngstown St.
Rd 3 – OT Antonio Garcia – Troy
Rd 4 – DE Deatrich Wise – Arkansas
Rd 6 – OT Connor McDermott – UCLA

The Patriots got an unheralded pass rusher in Rivers and a promising tackle in Garcia. I saw Garcia all week at the Senior Bowl and despite a lean athletic frame, he is naturally strong and had no problem bowing up and holding off pass rushers.

NEW YORK
Rd 1 – S Jamal Adams – LSU
Rd 2 – S Marcus Maye – Florida
Rd 3 – WR ArDarius Stewart – Alabama
Rd 4 – WR Chad Hansen – Cal
Rd 5 – TE Jordan Leggett – Clemson
Rd 5 – DL Dylan Donahue – West Georgia
Rd 6 – RB Elijah McGuire – Louisiana-Lafayette
Rd 6 – CB Jeremy Clark – Michigan
Rd 6 – CB Derrick Jones – Ole Miss

The Jets secondary was clearly a focus. Size at corner was the priority even though they didn’t address the position until the end of the draft, but Clark and Jones are both over 6-2. Their passing weapon picks through the middle rounds were pretty good. Stewart and Hansen catch everything and Leggett is a gamer at tight end.

 


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Bills know they could be in for a wait

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2017 – 12:48 am

After making their second trade of the day on Friday the Bills know they’ll be sitting around for a while here on day three of the NFL draft, unless some unusual opportunity to move up surfaces.

Buffalo has not pick in round four and their first pick is more than halfway down the board in round five, with the selection they got from New England at 163 overall.

“It is a long time and we knew that was part of what we evaluated when you make this kind of move,” said head coach Sean McDermott of parting with their top two fifth-round picks to move up and get Dion Dawkins at the bottom of round two. “That’s the other end of the deal. You’re going to sit around for a while. At the same time the caliber of the player has to be good enough in our evaluation that we feel good about it, and that was the case with Dion.”


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Bills trade up to pick 37

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2017 – 7:37 pm

The Bills made their second trade in as many days, this time to move up from their pick at 44th overall to pick 37th overall in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams.

Buffalo acquired pick 37 and pick 149 in exchange for the Bills pick at 44 and 91 near the bottom of round three.


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On day 2 Bills hoping for starting caliber prospects

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2017 – 6:09 pm

Buffalo has three picks on day two of the draft tonight at 44, 75 and 91 overall. Head coach Sean McDermott in an appearance on the John Murphy Show explained what caliber of player they’re hoping to land with each of those three choices tonight.

“There are a lot of great players on the board and we have to find those players,” he said. “It’s important that we’ve done our homework and have done the right evaluation on these players and identify them and get them at the right spot. We’ve got some needs to fill yet, so we’re going to find the best players we can along with the combination of the guys who can win off the field for us.”

In a draft that’s considered deep at cornerback, safety, wide receiver and tight end, the odds of landing starting caliber talent is realistic.

“You want to look for players in the first three rounds that have starting ability. Whether they do when they come in remains to be seen, but have that starter ability. Then after that the draft falls from there. That doesn’t mean that a fifth-round pick isn’t going to come in and start. If they earn the right to start that’s what we’re going to do.”

 


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McDermott: We could’ve moved back again at 27

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2017 – 5:09 pm

The Bills were clearly comfortable making a big move down the draft board in round one from 10 to 27 after their trade with Kansas City. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Friday, head coach Sean McDermott revealed that there were opportunities to move down the board again from 27 Thursday night.

“People were calling to take us out of the first round,” McDermott said. “I’m not a big fan of that with the situation we’re in right now. Tre (White) was sitting there, a good football player, we weren’t willing to get out of that spot.”

McDermott did not reveal which teams were calling them to get up to their pick at 27, but knowing that teams like the Browns and 49ers swung trades to get back into the bottom of the first round, it’s likely that those two teams contacted Buffalo about their pick at 27 last night.


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Other teams tried to get Bills pick at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2017 – 5:03 pm

Head coach Sean McDermott said there was a lot of interest in their pick at 10 on Thursday. Kansas City was ultimately the team that completed a trade with Buffalo, but other teams were certainly trying to do the same.

McDermott in an appearance on the John Murphy Show Friday confirmed that there were other teams calling Buffalo trying to get their pick at 10.

“We had a couple of teams that were calling and Kansas City was the best offer at the time,” he said. “There were some other players on the board that we could have easily taken, good players and that was probably the hardest part about it.”

Buffalo moved down 17 spots to 27, but was very happy with the player they got in Tre’Davious White.


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Bills trade back to 27 in deal with Chiefs

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2017 – 9:15 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott told Buffalobills.com earlier in the day that there were a lot of teams interested in their pick at 10. Before they were on the clock Buffalo swung a trade with Kansas City giving up their pick at 10 in exchange for the Chiefs pick at 27, their third-round pick (91st overall) and their first-round pick in 2018.


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Mike Williams the most popular Bills mock pick

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2017 – 4:08 pm

It’s been about four months worth of mock drafts and we’re mercifully at the end of the fake thing as the real thing starts tonight. Looking back at a very busy mock draft season, we review the most popular picks for the Bills in round one thanks to the Bills media relations research team.

As seen below Clemson WR Mike Williams was the most popular pick by far with his college teammates QB DeShaun Watson the next most popular selection.

Times Selected
Player Times Selected
WR Mike Williams 106
QB DeShaun Watson 72
S Jamal Adams 44
WR Corey Davis 39
QB Mitch Trubisky 28
CB Marshon Lattimore 25
TE OJ Howard 25
S Jabrill Peppers 23
LB Reuben Foster 16
DE Derek Barnett 16
QB DeShone Kizer 14
WR John Ross 14
FS Malik Hooker 13
OT Cam Robinson 12
OT Ryan Ramczyk 10
CB Marlon Humphrey 10
DE Solomon Thomas 7
QB Pat Mahomes 6
CB Sidney Jones 5
DT Jonathan Allen 5
LB/ DE Tim Williams 3
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster 2
DE Malik McDowell 2
CB Gareon Conley 2
CB Cordrea Tankersley 1
CB Desmond King 1
RB Leonard Fournette 1
CB Jalen “Teez” Tabor 1
QB Brad Kaaya 1
WR Cooper Kupp 1
RB Dalvin Cook 1
LB Haason Reddick 1

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Bills 1st round picks by position

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2017 – 8:38 am

The Bills hold the 10th pick in the NFL draft tonight. We took a stab at who we think the Bills will take in round one in our mock draft. Here’s a look at the most popular positions selected by Buffalo in the first round in their history.

As seen below running back is the winner in round one for the Bills, running back is the winner followed closely by cornerback and wide receiver.

Pos.  Number
RB      9
CB      7
WR    7
DE     6
S        4
DT     3
LB     3
QB     3
TE     3


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