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Bills add competition for Moorman

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2014 – 1:51 pm

The Bills continue to tinker with their offseason roster as they signed P Jake Dombrowski Wednesday. The Harvard product has spent time with a couple of NFL clubs over the past year or so,  including Jacksonville, since graduating from Harvard in 2012. It’s competition now for veteran punter Brian Moorman, who re-signed early in the offseason.

Moorman had a good season for Buffalo in his return to the team, but it’s clear that the personnel department believes that competition brings out the best in everyone on the roster. Dombrowski had a solid college career and has certainly shown he can hit the long ball. Hang time and directional kicking will be something to look for when spring OTAs open up.

 


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NFL moving Pro Bowl to Arizona next year

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2014 – 1:39 pm

It’s not a permanent move, but the NFL is shifting the Pro Bowl to Arizona next February.

That according to CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora, who tweeted as much Wednesday afternoon.

In recent years the Pro Bowl has also been played in South Florida.


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Thad Lewis back at old stomping grounds

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2014 – 12:09 pm

Bills QB Thad Lewis is back on campus at his alma mater today (Wednesday).

Lewis has been working out and training with his former college coaches at Duke most of the offseason where he played for the Blue Devils and head coach David Cutcliffe. He tweeted out a photo of himself with Cutcliffe and his former OC Scottie Montgomery.

The John Murphy Show had Cutcliffe on the show this past season to talk about Thad Lewis when he had him as a player at Duke.


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OT Kouandjio has lengthy pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 3:01 pm

After his knee was reportedly rejected by some NFL clubs at the combine, Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio set out to convince NFL scouts otherwise. That opportunity came on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa.

NFL.com reported that Kouandjio apparently asked scouts in attendance if there was anything they wanted to see him do in addition to what he had planned for his pro day workout. Scouts put him through a battery of position drills.

He also confirmed that he’ll have a private workout with Tampa Bay. Kouandjio also reportedly improved his vertical leap by six inches from 25 to 31 inches.

Some believe Kouandjio could still be a late first round pick if his knee checks out.


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DE Wynn hoping to land starting role

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 2:52 pm

Bills newest DE Jarius Wynn, who signed Tuesday, has found it difficult staying with one club after his first three seasons in Green Bay. He’s suited up for three teams in the past two seasons, so he’s determined to earn himself a starting role so he can be a bigger contributor to Buffalo’s defense week in and week out.

“I guess the biggest thing has been the opportunity,” said Wynn when asked what is hardest about playing for multiple teams in a short period of time. “Getting the opportunity to really just showcase my talent. I want somebody to give me a realistic opportunity to come in and play and that would be the best thing.

“That’s what I think has been the problem. I’ve been grateful to whatever team allowed me to get on the field and show my talent. I feel like I have shown my talent in different situations, but I never just had an opportunity to really just play (week in and week out).”

Wynn played a steady rotational role for Dallas last season and saw some similar playing time early in his career with Green Bay, but entering his sixth NFL season Wynn wants more.

“I feel like in Dallas I played 30 percent and I think I did pretty good,” he said. “So I feel I have shown and proven that I can play in this league and be part of a rotation. But I’m not looking to come in and be part of a rotation. I want to come in and win the starting position and showcase my talent and be able to help my family out.”

 


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What the first 100 mock drafts have told us

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 11:59 am

There has been a steady stream of mock drafts for the better part of the last month and with a month still to go before day of the 2014 draft, they only figure to increase in frequency. The crack staff at Buffalobills.com has crunched the numbers on some of the projected picks for the Bills at nine overall and there are some clear favorites among the prognosticators.

Having now charted 100 mock drafts, here are a few of the more interesting notes and numbers that have emerged from our research:

1 – OT is for me
Forty mock drafts project that the Bills will select an offensive tackle. Linebacker has been projected as the Bills’ pick 22 times, good for the second most projected position to the Bills. Tight end and wide receiver have each been projected as the Bills pick 18 times.

2 – Popular names, big games
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron and Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews have been the most common Bills’ pick in the mocks, with each player being projected to the Bills 18 times in the first 100 mock drafts. Michigan OT Taylor Lewan (16), Clemson WR Sammy Watkins (9) and Texas A&M WR Mike Evans (9) have also been frequently projected as the Bills’ pick.

3 – Late surge
Considering the continually evolving nature of team needs, we have also broken down the mocks into separate time periods. Since the free agency period began on March 11, the most projected player to the Bills has shifted to Michigan OT Taylor Lewan (10). Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews (9), North Carolina TE Eric Ebron (5) and Texas A&M WR Mike Evans (5) have all been commonly projected to Buffalo as well.

4 – Latest polls
Offensive tackle has continued to be a popular pick for the Bills, accounting for seven of the last 10 mock drafts compiled:

o   Bleacher Report (April 1, Dan Hope) – Texas A&M WR Mike Evans

o   SI.com  (April 1, Doug Farrar) – Buffalo LB Khalil Mack

o   NFL.com (April 1, Bryan Fischer) – Notre Dame OL Zack Martin

o   Yahoo! Sports (April 1, Shaun King) – Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews

o   WGR 550 (April 2, Joe Buscaglia) – Texas A&M WR Mike Evans

o   USA Today’s The Big Lead (April 2, Jason McIntyre) – Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

o   ESPN.com (April 3, Mel Kiper Jr.) – Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

o   Pro Football Talk (April 7, Mike Florio) – Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews

o   SB Nation (April 7, Dan Kadar) – Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews

o   Sideline View (April 8, Lance Zierlein) – Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

5 – Can I get seconds?
Seven mock drafts have included second round selections.  Selections include: Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (3), Wisconsin LB Chris Borland (1), Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief (1), UCLA G Xavier Su’a-Filo (1) and Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson (1).

6 – Who had who first? 
The first mock draft charted was on December 18, 2013 from ESPN’s Todd McShay projecting the Bills to take Michigan OT Taylor Lewan.

Special thanks to the Bills media relations department for diligently charting the mocks.


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Sleeper RB West getting lots of attention

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 11:24 am

Towson RB Terrance West, who had a solid if not spectacular workout at the NFL combine in February, had his pro day Monday on the Towson campus and reportedly drew scouts from 22 NFL clubs.

As the Baltimore Sun reported, West, who rushed for better than 2,500 yards and 42 TDs in 2013, brought the Tigers all the way to the FCS title game last season. At 5’9″ 230 pounds West is built like a bowling ball with tree trunks for legs.

The Bills were one of the teams represented at the pro day. There one of several teams that figure to be making him a consideration come rounds three and four in May. West ran a 4.54 40 time in Indianapolis had 16 reps on the bench, a 33.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump.


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Mike Williams on the fire within

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 10:09 am

Bills newest WR Mike Williams says his level of motivation is at its peak when people doubt him. Being moved off the Bucs roster has him supremely motivated for the 2014 season.

Williams has always played with an edge since he went in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft.

“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder ever since college. Coming out of college I had 11 receivers taken over me,” said Williams. “I’ve always said I’m going to beat all of them out every year, every team that took them over me.”

Now Williams is ready to add Tampa Bay to the list of teams he’s looking to prove wrong.

“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “I’m going to go out and prove that they made a mistake and that this was a great decision with the Buffalo Bills.”


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UB’s Mack visiting Jags and Rams

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 8:11 am

It has been widely predicted that UB pass rusher Khalil Mack will be a top five pick next month. If pre-draft visits are any indication that prediction could be dead on the mark.

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Mack has pre-draft visits scheduled with Jacksonville and St. Louis this week.

Those two clubs pick second and third on May 8th and Mack is clearly in the mix there.


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Mike Williams fired up to play with EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2014 – 5:15 pm

Any receiver with Mike Williams’ skill set is going to be pretty happy to play with a strong-armed quarterback. So when asked about the prospect of playing with EJ Manuel this fall, Buffalo’s newest receiver was understandably excited.

“It’s great. It’s going to be a pleasure,” said Williams. “Looking at his college career and seeing that he never lost a bowl game. He’s a winner so to be around a guy like that and his arm strength is tremendous. I can’t wait to start working with him. Just tell him to get (the ball) out there.”

 


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Williams pleasantly stunned by trade

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2014 – 5:09 pm

When Mike Williams first heard he was traded by the Bucs to the Bills just about anyone could’ve knocked him over with a feather.

“If I would’ve been standing up I probably would’ve fainted or something,” Williams told Buffalobills.com. “Actually I was sitting down when my agent called me.”

Williams wasn’t shocked he was moved in a trade. He knew with Lovie Smith as the team’s new head coach that changes were afoot and he could be one of them. He just didn’t expect to land in Buffalo.

“A lot of guys down there started getting moved around,” he said. “You always know with a new coach there was going to be change and they wanted new things.”

Williams was still pinching himself Monday at One Bills Drive after passing a physical and making the trade official. Playing for the team in the city where he grew up is still something he has yet to fully absorb.

“It’s like a dream to me. It’s a dream come true. It’s like I’m living my dream right now,” said Williams. “I feel like I’m going to wake up and be back in Tampa. It feels good to be back home and playing for the Buffalo Bills and doing what I always said I wanted to do and that’s put Buffalo back on the map.”


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Williams healthy for spring workouts

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2014 – 5:05 pm

Whether it’s the start of the offseason conditioning program in a couple of weeks or OTAs in May Bills new WR Mike Williams says he’ll be healthy and full go for it all.

Williams 2013 season was cut short by a torn hamstring. He appeared in just six games last fall and missed Tampa’s Week 14 matchup with Buffalo. At a Monday afternoon press conference after the trade with the Bucs officially went through Williams said he’s fully healthy.

“I’m good,” said Williams. “I’m going to be ready for all the offseason workouts and things like that. So I’ll be 100 percent straight for that.”

 


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Mike Williams jersey number

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2014 – 3:38 pm

Bills newest WR Mike Williams has chosen the jersey number he’ll wear for Buffalo.

Williams said he’ll wear jersey number 19 for the upcoming season.

The receiver said he has been texting with new teammate Stevie Johnson the past few days.


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Report: OL prospect Thomas tears ACL

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2014 – 2:10 pm

It’s not the kind of news any NFL prospect wants to get just a month before the NFL draft, but Clemson OL Brandon Thomas got the worst news he could hear concerning the start of his pro career.

According to ESPN NFL analyst Adam Caplan, Thomas tore his ACL last week.

Thomas was forecast as a third or fourth round prospect prior to the injury. The ACL tear could easily drop him to the fifth or sixth round.


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Mrs. Wilson thanks fans for paying respects

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2014 – 3:02 pm

Mary Wilson, the widow of Bills founder and Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson spent almost an hour thanking fans as they made their way through the Memorial Celebration set up in the Bills Fieldhouse Saturday. The first two fans she thanked were Dennis Brown and Regina Moultrie.

“That’s was a big shock. She came up and said, ‘I like your outfit’ and I wasn’t really paying attention because I’m waiting to sign the (registry) book and I’m like, ‘Oh thank you.’ And then I’m looking at Regina and she’s making this face and I turn around and say ‘Oh God,’” said Brown. “But she was really, really nice. That was really, really nice.”

Brown, who made his way to Canton back in 2009 to watch Ralph Wilson’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony was touched by Mrs. Wilson’s presence as was fellow fan Regina Moultrie, who also felt the display in the Bills Fieldhouse was a fitting tribute.

“I think they did him well. There’s a lot of history here that I didn’t know,” Moultrie said. “For all I knew he was just the owner of the Bills. I found out a lot of things in the past week and a half from the news reports. It’s just amazing to see so many people come out and then Mary Wilson gave me a hug, so that was pretty amazing.”

“It feels real good to be a Bills fans today,” said Brown.

For those fans that Mrs. Wilson could not personally thank Mrs. Wilson issued the following statement.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Bills fans and people everywhere for their tremendous outpouring of love for Ralph. Their heartfelt condolences and warm wishes have truly been a comfort for me, Ralph’s daughters Christy and Dee Dee, Mary Owen and the entire Wilson family during this difficult time.

“Ralph loved his life and he had a great full life that touched so many people in a variety of ways. He loved his family and his many friends. He loved his Buffalo Bills and he loved the fans. Before he passed, he told me that he wanted people to celebrate his life after he was gone. He wasn’t big on tears. And so that’s why we are referring to events such as the one today as “celebrating” the life of Ralph Wilson.

“This man accomplished so many things during his time and most of them have been well documented in the past couple of weeks. But the one thing that everyone has mentioned in their kind words was his sense of humor and that certainly was one of his most endearing qualities. Ralph most likely would have offered a funny quip about today’s event. But at the same time, he would have been profoundly touched by the fans outpouring of emotion.”


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Marrone spoke of affinity for Williams recently

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2014 – 12:36 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was asked about Mike Williams down at the league meetings in Orlando last week. It was clear then, even before the wheels really got turning on today’s trade and Buffalo’s acquisition of Williams, that the Bills sideline boss had an affinity for the receiver as a person and a player. Here’s what he said.

“I’ve always had a lot of respect for Mike. I thought Mike was a heck of a football player,” said Marrone. “We had a lot of conversations. There were a lot of good things that were going on. I had obviously gotten a lot of calls before the draft that year and I told those guys that Mike would do well. We’ve been disconnected from when he left to his time in Tampa, but I liked Mike. I really did. I wish him well. I talked to Jason (Licht) just the other day to see if he was okay because I care about him.”

 


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Fan Friday 4-4

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2014 – 12:24 pm

The 2014 draft is just over a month away and the pro days are winding down. Among the big ones left are Penn State (April 8), LSU (April 9) and Georgia (April 16).

For now here are some of your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Chris,

If a scenario happens where say the big 3, Clowney, Mack and Watkins were gone and either/or Bortles, Bridgewater and Manziel fell to the Bills at #9. Do you see any chance the Bills would have interest? I’m of the mind that we need to give EJ Manuel a healthy and fully educated season to see if he’s the man. That being said if a team sees a potential franchise QB drop into their lap I guess you do have to consider it.

Enjoy your work Chris,
Thanks Wally James
Fredericksburg ,VA

CB: That’s an interesting scenario you’ve painted. I think the Bills have been clear that they are all in on EJ Manuel as their franchise quarterback. As tempting as it may be to draft Johnny Manziel if he is there at nine, you have to look at this the way the Bills or any other NFL franchise would.

They invested more than a year of research, scouting, testing and projecting to make their determination that EJ Manuel is fully capable of being their franchise quarterback and excelling for them on the field. That kind of commitment mandates that you do everything you can as an organization to help him succeed. Drafting a quarterback ninth overall this year, no matter who it is, does not achieve that mandate.

If the value at nine is right for a player who can more effectively help EJ Manuel on the field this year on offense then another player will be the pick. Not Johnny Manziel. If the value is not right then I see the Bills moving back to allow another club to trade in to take Johnny Manziel and gain valuable picks in the process, not unlike they did last year (See: Kiko Alonso).

 

2 – Chris,
Thanks for all you do. With all of the cuts of high priced veterans (Revis, Peppers, etc) do you anticipate Mario Williams to survive the length of his contract in Buffalo?   Or do you anticipate the Bills parting ways to free up $16+ million in cap space.

-Jim

CB: High-priced players sometimes do not see the end of lucrative contracts, and you’ve provided more than one example above. When contracts aren’t guaranteed, as is the case in the NFL, there are no guarantees a player will see the end of it with the club that signed him.

That being said the Bills are among the most fiscally responsible teams in the league and rarely put themselves in a position of having to fire sale the roster. The last time it happened was in 2000 when late GM John Butler, being so tied to Hall of Famers Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed compromised the team’s salary cap health until he unfortunately had to cut all three on the same day.

It served as a lesson to this organization to not fall into such a situation again.

So while I certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a day coming when the Bills do decide to part ways with Mario Williams prematurely, I think they also try to maintain a measure of responsible spending to allow for a couple of lavish contracts on the roster.

 

3 – Chris,
As always thank you and everyone who help to inform Bills nation. My question is on the defensive side,  now that Byrd is gone for sure who do you see stepping up next to Williams? I know Searcy saw a good deal of time last season in spot duty for Byrd early on(along with Leonhard), but do you see him as a full time starter? I really like him as a third safety you can put in the box and play on special teams personally.

Do you think Duke Williams could be the next guy or Meeks maybe? Or maybe a replacement could be found in the draft. Also what do you make of the defensive end position as a sleeper positional need? Do you see any of the “tweeners” (Hughes or Lawson among others) possible switching to or back to the d-end position? Or do they stay at linebacker? Look forward to hearing what you think thanks again!
Will

CB: Doug Marrone has given indication that Corey Graham will be given an opportunity to play safety alongside Aaron Williams, so he’ll be part of the competition and I like the open-minded thinking there. He’ll be in direct competition with Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks. I really liked what I saw from Williams in both the practice setting and the preseason last year. I think his athleticism caters well to the versatility you need nowadays at the safety position. He played corner at Nevada so coverage assignments down on the line aren’t an issue for him.

We just didn’t see enough of Meeks last year with the injury to know what he can offer. Searcy while capable of playing safety really carved out a niche for himself as a nickel LB. He had a very productive season there so I’m not sure the coaches will want to mess with that.

As for defensive end, I think the priority is getting Jerry Hughes signed to a long term deal as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. Provided they can get a deal done they should be okay there.

With coach Marrone saying at the league meetings last week that they’ll primarily be a 4-3 front defensively I do see Hughes and Lawson joining Mario Williams as the primary defensive ends in Jim Schwartz’s defense. Whether they decide to add through the draft remains to be seen, but that’s a pretty darn good trio.

 

4 – HI CHRIS,
I am absolutely delighted that the Bills have re-signed K Dan Carpenter,but I am perplexed as to why the Dolphins released him. Was he a problem in Miami or was it a money situation??
Regards from
Richard
Los Angeles

CB:
The Dolphins found him expendable because they drafted a kicker in the middle of the fifth round last year in Caleb Sturgis. Miami was apparently disappointed in Carpenter, who had struggled a bit early in the 2012 season and was hurt for the last two games that year. The investment in Sturgis practically predetermined how the “competition” was going to turn out in Miami last summer.

What I enjoyed was watching Carpenter succeed on almost 92 percent of his attempts, almost half of which came from 40-yards plus. He finished tied for 10th in the NFL in field goal accuracy and only two kickers ahead of him (Gostkowski, Tucker) had more attempts from 40-yard plus than him.

Meanwhile Sturgis finished 29th in field goal accuracy at 74.6%.

From 40-yards plus last season Carpenter was an impressive 14-for-17 (82.3%) including 4-for-6 from 50-yards plus. Sturgis was 11-for-17 (64.7%) and he played half his games in Miami. Carpenter had seven games in Buffalo.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

I have a hypothetical question for you. If Sammy Watkins was still available when the Bills are picking do you think they may pass on him because he is reportedly to be represented by Eugene Parker? I think it would be a fair observation to say that Eugene Parker is developing a reputation for causing the Bills front office grief when it comes to contract negotiations with Jairus Byrd and Jason Peters being prime examples.

From an outsiders prospective if the Bills were to select Watkins and he performs as expected, then we would only have him for the length of his rookie contract before he ventures off to “greener pastures”. Do you think teams are impacted by who the players selects as their agent when deciding who to draft particularly in the first round?

Regards
Matt
CB: I don’t believe that NFL clubs factor in the agent for the player when assessing their grade for the player on their draft board. Knowing that I tend to believe the Bills and every other NFL team chooses a player based on his ability on the field, potential, character makeup, passion for the game and fit for their team. So if Sammy Watkins is on the board at nine, which I don’t think will happen, then I see the Bills running the card up to the podium with his name on it.

Your point is a valid one, but the opportunity to get one of the best prospects in the entire class at a position of need trumps any concern you might have about him staying with the team for his second contract.


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Mike Williams has motive to play his best

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2014 – 12:07 pm

Bills newest receiver Mike Williams pending the passing of a physical is the second player added to the roster who is a Buffalo native. And head coach Doug Marrone has made it obvious that’s it’s not by accident.

“I’m real big on people that want to be in Buffalo, that want to play well,” Marrone said. “What I look for are people who want to come to Buffalo and play for a cause great than themselves and play for the people and play for the region. I think that’s important. And I want players who have a chip on their shoulder with something to prove. We all have to do that. We’ve all obviously been out of the playoffs for 14 years and we’re looking for a player who plays with a chip on their shoulder.”

Marrone figures to have that in both Graham and Williams, who will be motivated to play at their best in front of family and friends every week playing for the Bills and their native city. Williams also is coming off a down season after missing most of the year with a torn hamstring, so he’ll be eager to re-establish himself as a playmaker.

“I like the fact that they’re from Buffalo,” Marrone said. “There’s a lot of added pressure when you’re playing in your own hometown.”

 


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Marrone: Williams history at ‘Cuse is just that

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2014 – 12:04 pm

Mike Williams

Bills head coach Doug Marrone saw a familiar receiver added to his roster Friday, pending a physical, with the trade acquisition of WR Mike Williams from Tampa Bay. Williams played his college ball at Syracuse, but left the team prior to the 2009 season knowing he’d be facing a suspension after breaking a curfew with three other teammates. There were other off the field transgressions as well, and so Williams never played for Marrone, whose first season as head coach of the Orange was in 2009. As far as Marrone is concerned, the past is in the past. He’s giving Williams a clean slate with the Bills.

“With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us,” said Marrone. ” Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League. We look forward to getting Mike into the facility and start our work preparing for the 2014 season once the players are free to report on April 22.”

As for what Marrone feels Williams can add to the Bills passing attack, Buffalo’s sideline boss likes his stature and athletic ability.

“Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group,” said Marrone. “We feel Mike is a player who has the ability to help our team improve.”

 


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Kiper mocks Bills 1st 3 picks

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2014 – 2:44 pm

Mock drafts are flying in left and right this time of year as the 2014 draft is just over a month away. ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has taken on the task of making mock picks for all 32 teams in the league through the first three rounds. His picks for Buffalo are pretty interesting as he addressed some of the perceived top positional needs for the team.

Here’s how things fell in Kiper’s mock picks for Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills
Top needs: RT, WR, S, TE

Round 1 (9) OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Round 2 (41) TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Round 3 (73) WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers

Analysis: I’d like to find a good matchup threat in the passing game for my young quarterback. But keeping him healthy is the first concern, and getting Lewan — who easily could have been a top-two pick last season in a thinner draft — at No. 9 is a good value at a position of need. The draft is deep with pass-catchers, and I take advantage of that in Round 2, taking Seferian-Jenkins even ahead of Jace Amaro. Scott Chandler is a pretty good player, but “ASJ” is at another level athletically, and his presence could also allow Buffalo to involve some two-tight end looks. I’m taking a shot on a big target in Round 3. At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Coleman provides great length and the ability to make plays over defenders. I also see safety as a need, but building around EJ Manuel wins out here based on how the board played out.


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