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Official 1st round NFL draft order released

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2016 – 2:37 pm

The NFL has officially released the first round draft order for April’s 2016 NFL draft.

New England doesn’t have a first-round pick as their selection at 29 was forfeited due to the Deflategate scandal.

2016 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

(Does not include trades)

 

#

 

Team

 

Win

 

Loss

 

Tie

Winning

Percentage

 

Win

 

Loss

 

Tie

Strength of

Schedule

1.   Tennessee Titans 3 13 0 .188 126 130 0 .492
2. Cleveland Browns 3 13 0 .188 136 120 0 .531
                   
3. San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 135 121 0 .527
4. Dallas Cowboys 4 12 0 .250 136 120 0 .531
                   
5. Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 121 135 0 .473
6. Baltimore Ravens 5 11 0 .313 130 126 0 .508
7. San Francisco 49ers 5 11 0 .313 138 118 0 .539
                   
8. Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 120 136 0 .469
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 124 132 0 .484
10. New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 128 128 0 .500
11. Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 140 116 0 .547
                   
12. New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 129 127 0 .504
13. Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 130 126 0 .508
14. Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 .438 131 125 0 .512
15. Los Angeles Rams 7 9 0 .438 135 121 0 .527
16. Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 137 119 0 .535
                   
17. Atlanta Falcons 8 8 0 .500 123 133 0 .480
18. Indianapolis Colts 8 8 0 .500 128 128 0 .500
19. Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 130 126 0 .508
                   
20. New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 113 143 0 .441
                   
21. Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 119 137 0 .465
22.   Houston Texans 9 7 0 .563 127 129 0 .496
                   
23. Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 129 127 0 .504
                   
24. Cincinnati Bengals 12 4 0 .750 122 134 0 .477
                   
25. Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 129 127 0 .504
26. Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 133 123 0 .520
27. Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 136 120 0 .531
                   
28. Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 127 129 0 .496
                   
29. New England Patriots* 12 4 0 .750 121 135 0 .473
                   
30. Arizona Cardinals 13 3 0 .813 122 134 0 .477
                   
31. Carolina Panthers 15 1 0 .938 113 143 0 .441
                   
32. Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 128 128 0 .500

 


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Fan Friday 2-12

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2016 – 11:36 am

The new league year is underway and deadlines for offseason business is closing in. Let’s get to your questions this week from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

How soon do you think we’ll either re-sign @68INCOGNITO or @cordyglenn77? Hopefully both. Any word?

EJMiller707

CB: I believe the Bills will make every effort to return both of them to Buffalo’s offensive line. But as we know it takes two to get a deal consummated. Initial talks have begun, but things typically don’t get down to brass tacks until the week of the NFL Combine. That’s when Jim Overdorf and Doug Whaley can meet face to face with agents who are in Indianapolis for the week. It’s then that concrete parameters are usually set and more intense negotiations ensue.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills

If McCoy is suspended, however long it is, how well could the Bills run the ball without him with Williams and Gillislee?

sam_decoste

CB: I understand the concern about Buffalo’s run game, and if there is a real possibility that there will be time where they will be without the services of McCoy in 2016, then the team will probably have to address the void in some way, shape or form. And they’d have to do it by acquiring a versatile back.

The Bills could survive a couple of games with Williams and Gillislee, but truly contending could prove difficult if a McCoy absence lasts longer than that. That being said the Bills were 3-1 with McCoy out of the lineup last season.

 

3 – Chris,

Hypothetical of course.  Just what if, with all the defensive needs and offensive tackle needs, Laquon Treadwell and/or Connor Cook were available at pick 19?  How are we going to fill our need at receiver?  Not in free agency as per Whaley’s statement and later in the draft will not fill that need either.

Jim (Skaneateles)
CB: I think it’s too early to determine right now how filling receiver would be addressed. Doug Whaley made it clear that he believes they have sufficient talent on the roster now to fill the No. 2 WR role with a collection of players, Robert Woods chief among them. What that statement says to me is – while in an ideal world the Bills would love to have a legit No. 2 WR to line up opposite Sammy Watkins, it’s just not a top priority.

You can’t fill every hole in one offseason and right now Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito, defensive line and linebacker are all clearly ahead of No. 2 receiver on the team’s offseason priority list. With a measure of uncertainty at safety one might even put that position ahead of No. 2

So where the Bills are is if the higher priority needs can be effectively addressed between now and the draft and the right opportunity presents itself, then perhaps drafting a WR capable of filling that role could happen. I just wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it.

 

4 – Chris,
With The Rams moving to LA, do you think there’s a possibility that the AFC division’s might change? If so, do you think they’ll move the Bills out of the AFC East. Maybe to the AFC North (which might make more sense)?

Thanks,

Mike Barwick

CB: I would not anticipate realignment at all. The Rams play in the NFC West, so their current division location makes even more sense geographically with Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle all in their division.

 

5 – CB,

If the team moves on from Bradham, Demario Davis is a player that has been linked to the Bills. Can the team afford Davis, who knows Rex’s scheme well and be the ‘field general’ in the front seven. He won’t be a huge player on the market but maybe more worth it to the Bills than other teams. Would he bit a fit next to Preston Brown?

Josh P.

CB: I think he would be a consideration, but as Doug Whaley has said they won’t be early spenders in free agency. They’re looking for dust settle guys. If Demario Davis is pursued by other clubs early Buffalo will not get into a bidding war, especially for a linebacker that many NFL talent evaluators see as a two-down player.


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Radio host resigns in wake of panning Bills female hire

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2016 – 10:32 am

Cleveland sports radio host Kevin Kiley was not on the air this morning after announcing on a Cleveland TV station that he had actually submitted his resignation effective at the end of February back in November prior to his misogynist remarks on his radio show last month in which he called the Bills hiring of Kathryn Smith as quality control special teams coach.

Appearing on a local Cleveland TV station Thursday night Kiley explained that he will never be censored for his beliefs and opinions. He said he expected to work through the end of the month as his so called resignation indicated, despite claiming that it has been difficult to work at radio station WKRK.

“I’ll be ending I think at the end of the month maybe at the end of this show, we’ll find out,” said Kiley. “I have never been censored in 35 years and I should not have been censored for this. Demand the truth. We’ll see how they feel about the truth if I’m on the air (Friday morning) or not, if they appreciate the truth.”

Apparently WKRK felt differently as Kiley was not on the air this morning.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was asked about Kiley’s comments that hiring a female for a football coaching position was “absurd.” Ryan said his comments did not even deserve a response.

Kiley has previously said that no woman should be appointed as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selectors Committee or serve as an NFL official.

 


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Ohio St. & Notre Dame top Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 2:33 pm

More than 100 colleges and universities will be represented by prospects at the 2016 NFL Combine, but there are a handful of schools with more representation than most.

Topping the invite list at this year’s Combine is Ohio State with 14 Buckeyes invited to Indianapolis. Notre Dame had the second-most invites with 10. Alabama and UCLA each had nine.

As one can see below the SEC conference still dominates in terms of number of Combine invites with nine SEC schools getting five invites or more. Five Pac-12 schools, four ACC schools, four Big 12 schools and three Big 10 schools had five invites or more.

Top NFL Combine invites by school
Ohio State – 14
Notre Dame – 10
Alabama – 9
UCLA – 9
Auburn – 8
Clemson – 8
Florida – 8
Georgia – 8
Michigan St. – 7
Oklahoma – 7
USC – 7
Arkansas – 6
Baylor – 6
Florida St. – 6
Mississippi St. – 6
Ole Miss – 6
Stanford – 6
Texas A&M – 6
TCU – 6
Utah – 6
West Virginia – 6
LSU – 5
Miami – 5
N.C. State – 5
Oregon – 5
Penn St. – 5


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NFL Combine invite list released

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 2:08 pm

Here’s the breakdown of the 2016 NFL Combine invite list by position just released today by the league.

A total of 331 college prospects were invited to this year’s Combine, which is on the high side. Not surprisingly, in a draft that’s said to be very deep at defensive line there are 59 defensive linemen scheduled to be in Indianapolis. Wide receiver and cornerback are the top two individual position groups in terms of numbers with 43 and 35 respectively.

Here are the position breakdowns by number. The NFL Combine begins in Indy on Wednesday Feb. 23, and we’ll have full coverage on Buffalobills.com presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

QB – 18
RB – 29
WR – 43
TE – 15
OT – 25
G/C – 28
DT – 31
DE – 28
ILB – 15
OLB – 27
CB – 35
S – 24
K – 6
P – 6
LS – 1

 


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Report: TCU’s Boykin invited to combine as QB

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 10:05 am

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is not seen by many NFL talent evaluators as a legitimate quarterback prospect in the pros, but Boykin will get the opportunity to change some minds at the NFL Combine.

According to Draft Insider, Boykin has been invited to the NFL Combine later this month in Indianapolis and will be one of the quarterbacks. Boykin has been training to make a transition to wide receiver, a move that many scouts have recommended as his best path to a pro career.

At this point however, Boykin will not be running any routes or catching any passes at the Combine. That will have to happen at the TCU pro day and in personal workouts.


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Where defensive fixes will be made

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 9:19 am

As we covered on Buffalobills.com today, the defensive staff will be hard at work devising new solutions to the problems that opposing offenses presented during the 2015 season. Here are some of the areas where Buffalo’s defense was compromised that the coaches will likely be prioritizing as areas to address in the coming weeks.

19th in total first downs allowed
21st in red zone defense (60% success rate allowed)
23rd in third down defense (40.5% conversion rate allowed)
27th in completions of 20 yards or more (59)
30th in points allowed on opponent’s first second half possession (53 points allowed)
31st in sacks (21)

The Bills also had their share of positive stats on defense. Perhaps the most inexplicable is their defensive prowess at the end of the first half. Buffalo’s defense was first in the league in points allowed at the end of the first half permitting just 20 all season, less than half the NFL average (53). But as listed above that stinginess disappeared when they came back out for the start of the third quarter with opponents putting up 53 points on their first possession of the second half against Buffalo last season. That ranked 30th and was almost double the league average (28).

Other areas where the defense was solid were total takeaways, where they ranked 11th and points allowed on an opponent’s first possession where they ranked ninth. Buffalo was also 10th in passer rating allowed (83.3) and teams were afraid to run against the Bills on first down as evidenced by the following. Buffalo opponents ran the ball just 37 percent of the time in the first half of games against the Bills, the lowest figure in the league. Opponents overall run percentage against Buffalo of 39 percent ranked 10th.


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New mock goes defensive playmaker for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2016 – 3:27 pm

USA Today put together their second mock draft post-Super Bowl and they’ve got the Bills taking a defensive playmaker at pick 19.

Their mock has the Bills taking Clemson DE/OLB Shaq Lawson with the 19th overall pick. Here was their analysis.

19. Buffalo Bills – Shaq Lawson, DE/OLB, Clemson: You know Rex and Rob Ryan will be clamoring for defensive help, especially for a team that was so surprisingly inept at generating pressure on quarterbacks. Lawson isn’t as talented as incumbent Mario Williams, who’s likely on his way out of town, but his every-down effort would provide a boost.

 


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Report: Bills coach Reed was pursued by Kentucky

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2016 – 1:23 pm

New assistant DBs coach Ed Reed will begin his coaching career in the NFL with the Bills. Despite not having any coaching experience the Bills weren’t the only team pursuing him.

According to a Courier-Journal report, the Kentucky Wildcats made inquiries with Reed to see if he’d be interested in joining their coaching staff as secondary coach. Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops, who coached Reed at the University of Miami, reportedly reached out to Reed to gauge his interest.

Per the report Reed informed Stoops that he prefers to begin his coaching career at the NFL level.


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NFL Combine: no prospects with criminal convictions

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2016 – 10:57 am

The NFL Combine could wind up having fewer prospects on hand later this month after the league announced via memo to its 32 member clubs that college players with misdemeanor or felony convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses won’t be invited.

Also players who refuse to submit to a background check will not be invited. Those players with convictions would not be allowed to attend the NFL draft as the memo reportedly stated that the policy applies to “any league-related event.”

According to a USA Today report, NFL Executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent wrote the following in his memo in reference to the policy.

“It is important for us to remain strongly committed to league values as we demonstrate to our fans, future players, coaches, general managers, and others who support our game that character matters.”

Players who fall into this category are permitted to participate in pro days, personal workouts and regional combines.


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Cal QB Goff plans to throw at NFL Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2016 – 12:12 pm

One of the most highly touted quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL draft class is ready to participate in full in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine.

Cal QB Jared Goff in an interview with ProFootballTalk said it’s his plan to throw at the NFL Combine later this month.

“I’m going to do it all,” said Goff. “I’ll throw and I’ll do it all. I think it’s the right thing to do. I’ve got nothing to hide. Go out there and throw and have some fun.”

A good number of highly ranked QBs over the years choose not to throw at the NFL Combine claiming that it serves them no benefit due in part to the fact that they’re throwing to receivers they’ve never worked with before.


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Bills statement on LeSean McCoy

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2016 – 11:50 am

The Bills issued a brief statement on LeSean McCoy Monday. It reads as follows.

We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time.


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McShay goes LB in latest mock for Bills at 19

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2016 – 9:11 am

He projected one of the best linebackers in the entire draft class to the Bills with pick 19 in his second mock draft of the pre-draft season. That linebacker however, is coming off a major knee injury and his medical exam will carry huge weight at the NFL Combine in a couple of weeks.

ESPN’s Todd McShay picked Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith to Buffalo at 19 overall in his second mock draft. Here was his assessment.

19. Buffalo Bills

Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

This selection comes with some risk because of Smith’s knee injury, but if the Bills’ doctors clear him, Smith would be a great pick. He took his game to the next level this past season and is an elite athlete. Smith has experience playing inside and outside and would fit well as the weakside off-ball linebacker in Rex Ryan’s defense. Other options here: Alabama DT Jarran Reed and Ohio State OLB Darron Lee.

Obviously if Smith’s medical is discouraging and it seems unlikely that he can help this coming season that could change things dramatically for his draft stock. Knowing there could be options like Reed and Lee might keep Buffalo from taking a big risk on a player with tantalizing potential, but bona fide health concerns.

In McShay’s first mock he had the Bills taking Ohio State OT Taylor Decker


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Asst. DBs coach Ed Reed has Darby pumped

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2016 – 2:25 pm

One of Buffalo’s newest coaching staff additions has cornerback Ronald Darby pretty pumped up for the 2016 season.

At the Senior Bowl this week supporting his former high school teammate Tavon Young, a cornerback from Temple, Darby commented on the addition of Ed Reed to the coaching staff.

“Ed Reed-great player, a Hall of Fame type player,” said Darby. “A guy I looked up to. One of my favorite players. This is going to be great learning from him.”

Darby believes Reed will only help the secondary in getting more and more comfortable with Ryan’s defensive scheme, having played most of his career in it at Baltimore and then in his final season under Ryan with the Jets.

“We’ll have a lot of time to practice and get right for it,” said Darby.

 


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Darby supporting HS teammate at Senior Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2016 – 12:25 pm

Bills CB Ronald Darby never played in the Senior Bowl, since he declared for the 2015 NFL draft as a junior eligible. But he made it down to Mobile this week to support a former high school teammate.

Maryland CB Tavon Young had a strong week at the Senior Bowl practices as he broke up several passes. Young went to high school with Darby in their native Maryland.

“He and I played DB together, also on offense at Potomac High School in Maryland,” Darby said. “He’s one of my closest friends, and we both play the same positon. So through college, we’d talk each other up, criticize each other, trying to get each other better. We also ran track at school. Our track team we broke the Maryland state record in the four by 100, we won the four by 200, I won the 100 and the 200. We had a real good track team. We won the states.”

Darby was one of the fastest players in the country when he came out of high school in 2012. Darby went to Florida State while Young enrolled at Temple.

Young is forecast as a mid to late round draft choice due mainly to his stature. Despite being a feisty player, who can play press and isn’t afraid to support the run, his 5-9, 180-pound frame has him being typecast as a nickel or dime defender only. Darby however, doesn’t see that as a negative.

“Even if you’re like 5-8, 5-9, the nickel is like a starter now,” said Darby. “You have three wide receivers on the field most of the time now, so the nickel is a starting position.”

 

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Fan Friday 1-29

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2016 – 11:23 am

Senior Bowl on Saturday and Pro Bowl on Sunday with three Bills participating. As for today let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills for this week’s edition.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Reported that DeMario Davis, ILB for the #Jets is set to hit FA. Had down yr, but excelled w/ Rex. Top FA target?

BrettsterBills

CB: Yes, I did see that. According to the reports the Jets intend to re-sign Erin Henderson instead of Davis. To me they’re not all that different. Henderson is just two years older and will likely come cheaper. Most NFL scouts see Davis as a two-down linebacker. As you mentioned he had a down year and struggled when put in coverage situations. Personally I think Nigel Bradham is a more versatile linebacker.

As Doug Whaley said, they’re looking for dust settle guys. If Davis goes untouched through the initial wave of free agency, which is certainly possible, and his price isn’t exorbitant then he could be an option.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills is there still a working group studying long-term stadium options for the Bills? What’s the latest?

lophus89

CB: To my knowledge the New Stadium Working Group still exists, but I will reiterate what Bills President Russ Brandon shared at the Prospectus Premiere event Thursday night about the prospects for a new stadium.

He essentially said at this time there are no planning meetings, no land grabs and no feasibility studies taking place. The Bills have a lease that runs until 2022 and the state and county just invested a sizable amount of money into renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

If you remember the New Stadium Working Group was quickly assembled in the wake of Mr. Wilson’s passing because the future of the franchise in Buffalo was uncertain. The NSWG would need to have answers in the event that a new owner sought to relocate the team during the one year opt out portion of the lease in 2020 to help convince the new owner to keep the team in Buffalo.

Once the Pegulas successfully purchased the Bills that threat went away. Terry and Kim Pegula are committed to the city and keeping the team here. So the urgency to map out a future home for the Bills just isn’t there at this time.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills do you think the hiring of Rob Ryan will benefit the Bills or just lead to another rebuild?

Cmoney111196

CB: Here’s why I see the addition of Rob Ryan as a benefit. Rex implicitly trusts his brother in every facet of football. With Rob as Assistant head coach/Defense, Rex will be able to focus more on the big picture responsibilities of being a head coach. Rex can hand the reins of the defense to his brother and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman during the course of the week and on Sunday Rex can still call the plays.

I also believe Rob will serve as an added motivator for Rex. Both of them are very disappointed with how their 2015 seasons went with respect to defensive performance. Putting the two of them together will only inspire them more to redeem themselves in 2016 with Buffalo’s defensive unit.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills What’s the better option? WR in free agency or the draft?

orlandoweise

CB: Here are the things you need to consider when assessing whether the Bills sign a receiver in free agency or acquire one in the draft. First, where is receiver on their positional priority list?

Sure Doug Whaley would like to add a bona fide No. 2 receiver to work opposite Sammy Watkins, but that comes at a price when dealing with free agents. I think the steps we’ve seen the Bills take already at receiver signing Greg Salas, Jarrett Boykin and Greg Little is similar to that of their approach at quarterback last year.

Create a competitive environment and hope you can strike gold with a player stepping up and filling a role at a very affordable price. All three of those players bring size to the equation, which is another element that Buffalo is looking to add to their receiving corps.

The free agent class at receiver is limited at best. Free agents, who are likely to still be available when the dust settles are players like Rishard Matthews, Brandon Gibson and Darrius Heyward-Bey. They are not going to be names that excite you. So Buffalo took the proactive approach and signed a few reserve/future free agents in Salas, Boykin and Little in the hopes that one emerges.

Now one of those guys might not be the true No. 2. Heck, I think Robert Woods is probably better than all of them. But if Woods can work primarily in the slot opposite Charles Clay and one of the three aforementioned wideouts can prove they deserve the job outside opposite Sammy Watkins you could be in business.

Is that a big ‘if’? It most certainly is, but with a tight cap situation, two starting offensive linemen to re-sign and some holes to fill on defense that might be the only realistic course to take.

I know this is a long way of saying it, but if the Bills are going to add any more talent at receiver it’s probably coming via the draft.

 

5 – Chris,

My question is about the future of Stephon Gilmore. I understand he is under contract until the end of next year, but after that do you think they’ll extend him?

He is going to want top 3-5 CB money.

If we can sign Glenn and need a huge contract for Taylor, where is this money coming from to sign a top 3 CB?

Not to mention there is no way to sign Gilmore and Darby if he continues to play at this level.

The way I see it, is the writing is on the wall with Gilmore. He plays out next year, wants top 3 money and there will be a team willing to give it to him. With his replacement on the team. I see this as his last year with Bills!! Thoughts?

Dave from Buffalo

CB: I wouldn’t throw in the towel on Gilmore being gone after 2016 just yet. By picking up the fifth-year option on Gilmore they’ve given themselves time to address his contract long term. The average salary of the top cornerback contracts is just over $11M per season.

I don’t debate that it will be a sizable investment to keep him long term. You’re right Tyrod Taylor will be the other big contract. The thing with Taylor’s contract and Gilmore’s is you can spread the money out over a six or seven-year period, which lessens the blow to the team’s cap.

Also helping is the fact that the salary cap is going up at a rate of close to $10M per season with the revenue continually pouring in. Add in the fact that the only other notable contracts that will be up in 2017 are Robert Woods and Manny Lawson, who will be 32-years old at that time, and it’s reasonable to think you can get Gilmore and Taylor done.

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QB Wentz: playing in Senior Bowl was no brainer

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2016 – 9:10 am

The Senior Bowl will air on NFL Network Saturday at 1:30 pm. One of the headliners will be North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz. Coming from an FCS school the opportunity to play against the best in the senior class was something Wentz wanted to do as soon as the invite was made.

“From the day I got the invite, I knew I wanted to play in this game,” Wentz said. “I’m a competitor, and I wanted to come out here and compete and show what I was capable of doing. The only thing was making sure I was going to be healthy. With the wrist injury in the middle of the season, I had to make sure I was healthy. But it was a no brainer.”

Wentz also said at this point it’s his plan to throw at the NFL Combine next month in Indianapolis.

“That’s the plan. We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’ll talk to some people and make some decisions. But knowing myself, I’m going to push to do everything.”

Wentz is forecast to come off the board in the top half of round one this spring.


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LeSean McCoy’s goals for 2016

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2016 – 4:23 pm

Bills Pro Bowl RB LeSean McCoy spent the day on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Connecticut on Thursday and perhaps his most interesting comments were those made about his team and personal goals for the upcoming 2016 season.

In an appearance on NFL Live, McCoy was asked about his goals for the Bills and himself for 2016. First and foremost McCoy said a big key is to keep everybody healthy.

“We’ve got big time players on our offense, but we were never all healthy at the same time,” said McCoy. “Charles Clay, Tyrod Taylor, myself, Sammy Watkins, we all missed games around the same time. So if all of us can get together and play together injury-free we can put numbers up and get wins. I think this coming year if we can just keep everybody healthy we’ll have a big chance.”

On a personal level McCoy wants to deliver the kind of production he expects from himself for the team. He felt the hamstring injury that lingered from training camp followed by the late season knee injury kept him from being the type of player that Bills fans expected when he was acquired from Philadelphia via trade.

“It was tough. I think just being hurt and injured, not going out there and competing and helping your team out or putting the type of numbers up and putting everything together,” he said. “There were times where I felt I played well and then I’d get hurt. So I couldn’t really perform like I wanted to. I’m sure all the fans from Buffalo getting a player like myself wanted to see what I was going to bring to the table and I fell short. There are times you wish you could rewind things and have them be different.”

Heading into 2016, aside from staying healthy, McCoy wants to step forward as a player that holds other accountable to make sure the commitment to winning is present in every single player, every single day.

“Just for the offense, we have our second year in Greg Roman’s offense. He’s an offensive genius, so I want to learn the offense better and also be a leader,” McCoy said. “In Philadelphia I was that leader for our offense and our team. This year it was a new team and things were different.

“Now I feel like I’ve settled in and I’m jelling with the team and the coaching staff. So this year I feel I need to be a better leader, so that’s something I look forward to doing.

“I’m just looking forward to winning this next year. Everything I have I owe to football. Let’s get this Buffalo thing rolling like it should be.”

 

 

 

Personal expectations fit how first year went

 


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Taylor: “I want to be the long term guy”

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2016 – 1:17 pm

His comment came as no surprise, but in an interview at the Pro Bowl with Around the NFL Wednesday night, Bills QB Tyrod Taylor said he’d love to be the long term answer for Buffalo at the most important position.

Of course I want to be the long-term guy,” Taylor said. “I love playing for the organization, I love playing for the coaches, I love being around the guys. Like I said, I want to be the long-term guy for them. Ultimately that’s up to them. I know I’m under contract for another year, but right now I’m out here just taking it all in.”

Taylor will be participating in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, as he’ll be replacing Cam Newton, who advanced with the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

Bills GM Doug Whaley said on the John Murphy Show this week that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of signing Taylor to a long-term contract extension before next season.

“Since we’ve got him under contract, he’s on the list, but a little way down because we want to get the guys who are unrestricted done first,” said Whaley when asked if getting a long term deal done with Taylor is on their priority list. “But it’s one of those things where I will say that if we come up with a deal that works for both parties we wouldn’t be opposed to doing it.”

Taylor has one year remaining on his current contract with Buffalo.


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Whaley: Aaron, Graham to return as safety combo

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2016 – 12:50 pm

The Bills finished the 2015 season not completely certain that Aaron Williams would be able to continue his playing career after he suffered a neck injury that cost him most of the 2015 season. But Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on the John Murphy Show confirmed that Williams is good to go for the 2016 season.

“We’re leaning on the medical staff and we were assured by them that if we were in the playoff hunt (this past season) that Aaron would’ve been cleared to play,” said Whaley. “Medically he’s cleared and ready to go. Again those neck things are always tricky and we’d have to see once he gets out there and starts playing how he’s feeling. We do need some depth there, but I think this year another year of Corey Graham playing back there moving from corner to safety now he’s opening his eyes up to see the whole field so another year of learning that will help us too.”


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