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Whaley weighs in on state of Bills QB position

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2015 – 1:42 pm

On Buffalobills.com today (Wednesday) we covered Rex Ryan’s planned approach in handling the team’s open quarterback competition come spring practices and training camp in the summer. Out at the league’s owner meetings in Arizona, GM Doug Whaley also weighed in on the state of the Bills QB position.

Whaley, while comfortable with where the position sits right now in terms of numbers, is not closing the door on upgrading the position further if the opportunity presents itself.

“We’re going to leave all options open. But right now, we are comfortable going in with a competitive situation with the four guys we have on the roster now,” said Whaley. “Again, we’ve always said we will leave no stone unturned because it is a quarterback-driven league. So until we have a definitive answer at that position, we’re going to keep searching. But we think with the added year of EJ [Manuel] and the competitiveness that Matt Cassel is going to bring in and then Tyrod Taylor and then Jeff Tuel, I think with those four guys somebody is going to rise to the top.”


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Bills were jumping when they landed McCoy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2015 – 1:37 pm

It’s been widely reported that Buffalo’s trade for LeSean McCoy happened quickly. In the span of about a half hour the trade was completed. What hasn’t been revealed is just how excited the Bills front office was when they landed the dynamic running back.

In an interview on NFL Network’s Total Access show, GM Doug Whaley shed some light on the jovial nature of the room after they had completed the trade for LeSean McCoy.

“There was more than a ‘holy cow’ moment,” said Whaley. “There was a lot of jumping around, a lot of hugging and a lot of celebration.”

Whaley, who previously explained how the trade went down to Buffalobills.com, mentioned who called from the Eagles front office to initiate the talks.

“I got a call from Ed Marynowitz from Philadelphia and he proposed the trade,” said Whaley. “At the time, they were looking for picks and we didn’t have any ammo because we traded our first round pick this year for Sammy Watkins. So we told him to look at our roster and he called back in about 10 minutes and the deal was done. It was unbelievable. It was a great testament to the Eagles organization, Chip Kelly and Ed. For us, we were actually at an off-site meeting with everybody that needed to be informed about it with our owners and our head coach and our offensive coordinator and our president. It just came together like that. It was unbelievable.”


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Clay not an individual stats guy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2015 – 12:53 pm

Over the past two seasons Bills TE Charles Clay has 127 receptions good for the sixth-most among tight ends during that span. But don’t ask Clay for any individual goals as he joins Buffalo’s roster.

All my goals are more pretty much team oriented,” said Clay. “The longer I’m around and the more I talk to you, you’ll kind of get a feel that I’m not one to be into so into individual things. That I’m more of a team guy so like I said, whether I have to go into a game and catch 15 balls or whether I have to go into a game and just catch one or maybe even not as long as we win, I’m completely fine,  you won’t hear a sound. You won’t hear a peep from me.

“I’m just one of those team guys at the end of the day, I’m looking to go out there and play as hard as I can and give one hundred and ten percent and leave everything on the field and as long as I do that and we walk off with a win then I’m satisfied.”


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Bills 2015 draft picks in total

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2015 – 9:13 am

With the compensatory picks now awarded to the NFL clubs who qualified, we now know not only what slot the Bills will pick in each round they have a choice, but the pick overall as well. Here’s a rundown of Buffalo’s 2015 draft choices.

The Bills have six choices in all, but they are without a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick. They have a pair of draft choices in round six, with one coming from the Minnesota Vikings in the Matt Cassel trade.

Round 1 – no pick
Round 2 – 50th (18th in round)
Round 3 – 81st (17th in round)
Round 4 – no pick
Round 5 – 155th (19th in round)
Round 6 – 187th & 193rd (12th – from Minn. & 18th in round)
Round 7 – 234th (17th in round)

Buffalo’s 9-7 record was tied with three other NFL clubs, Kansas City, San Diego and Houston. The Bills were last among those four clubs based on tiebreakers. The rules are with each round the four tied clubs rotate up, with the top club rotating to the bottom.

So for example, in round one Houston picked 16th, San Diego 17th, Kansas City 18th and Buffalo 19th. Come round two, Houston moves to the bottom of the group (19th) and the other three clubs slide up a spot, which is why Buffalo picks 18th in round two.


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JMS From Duff’s Famous Wings in Niagara Falls

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 24, 2015 – 11:11 pm

 

We took the show on the road Tuesday evening. We set up shop at Duff’s Famous Wings on Niagara Falls Boulevard. A big crowd on-hand to receive plenty of giveaways and to have their say on the show sharing their Bills related thoughts and opinions.

IMG_2064Former Bills All-Pro guard Ruben Brown was in attendance to sign autographs and etched out some time to sit down with us. Brown will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December from his years playing at Pitt. He shared his humble response to that honor. Brown has been a close observer of the Bills this offseason and talked about the current needs up front on the offensive line.

Joining Ruben Brown was special teams ace/Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker. Tasker joined us at the top of the second hour. Of course he’s qualified to talk about special teams and he discussed the improvement that was seen from the Bills unit last season and his thoughts on standout performer Marcus Easley. He also talked about how it was Marv Levy who taught him the interworking’s of playing the special teams position. Tasker went on to weigh in on the Bills free agent acquisitions, including Percy Harvin and Charles Clay. He also said that the Bills are prime to “win big.”

Finally, speaking of newly signed tight end Charles Clay, he joined us to round out the show. Clay talked about the whole process of having the transition tag placed on him and the courting the Bills did to bring him to Buffalo. He said “he couldn’t be happier” to be here. He also talked about why he chose to come to a team that is on the upswing after numerous changes this offseason.

“It was huge. Buffalo was always a team I absolutely hated playing against. I hated going to Buffalo because I knew how rowdy the stadium got. I knew how tough that defense was and then to have a guy like Rex Ryan come in, who players love to play for and then see the moves he made on offense, getting LeSean McCoy, getting Percy Harvin, and even bringing in my guy Richie Incognito to go with some of the weapons they already have in Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. It’s impressive. Then you bring in a veteran quarterback to come in and compete with a young quarterback. It will be an exciting time. I can’t wait.”

 

To hear more from Clay and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show from Duff’s Famous Wings in Niagara Falls, click here.


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Bills new TE not feeling pressure of big deal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 5:52 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay now has a contract that puts him in the upper echelon of tight ends in the league in terms of average annual salary. Is he feeling the pressure to live up to the deal as he begins the next chapter of his career with Buffalo?

Clay says for him it’s not about outside pressure or the pressure of a big contract to perform.

“I don’t feel like anyone could put as much pressure on me that I put on myself,” Clay said. “I’m going to go out and work hard every single day. What I won’t do is go out and start pressing. Trying to prove why I got the contract and things like that. Once you start doing that is when guys start to mess up.

“What I plan on doing: I’m going to go out and play as hard as I can which is what I always do. I don’t feel any added pressure. I already set high standards for myself. I’m going to work hard and do everything I can to help this team win no matter what that is. Whatever I have to do, that’s what I’m willing to do so I’ll just go from there.”

 


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Clay: Waiting was the hardest part

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 5:48 pm

Bills new TE Charles Clay wasn’t trying to mimic Tom Petty’s hit song, but as Miami’s transition player, the waiting truly was the hardest part of his free agent process this spring, especially when he was set on joining the Bills.

Clay first had to wait about a week before finally signing Buffalo’s offer sheet. Then there was more waiting to see if Miami would match the offer sheet. The Dolphins ultimately pulled the plug after just two days confirming they would not match, even though they could’ve gone a full five days. Still, it was much too long for Clay.

“It was strange simply because you take that visit and everything went so well from meeting coaches to meeting people around the facility. I was so excited to have that opportunity that I wanted to sign right away and then signing that offer sheet and then having to wait,” Clay said via conference call Tuesday. “Then it’s kind of like taking a step back and just having to wait on everything to play out, but at the end of the day it all worked out just how I wanted it and like I said, I couldn’t be happier.”

 


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No compensatory picks for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 9:59 am

The Bills draft pick total remains at six after the league handed out their 32 compensatory draft picks for the 2015 draft Tuesday. The 32 compensatory picks were handed out to just 14 NFL clubs.

To initially qualify for compensatory picks a team must have a net loss of free agents from the previous offseason. Buffalo did not have that with the signing of Corey Graham, Brandon Spikes, Chris Williams, Keith Rivers and Boobie Dixon last spring.

Their biggest free agent loss last offseason was Jairus Byrd, and the size of his contract in New Orleans might have qualified Buffalo to land a seventh this year, had there been extra picks to go around provided the Bills were near even on their free agent balance sheet.

But with 10 of the 14 NFL clubs this year being awarded multiple compensatory picks due to their net free agent losses, the 32 compensatory selections were distributed to qualifying clubs in short order. Here’s a look at the teams that are benefiting now after losing some quality talent in the free agent market last offseason.

Kansas City Chiefs: 3rd round (98), 5th round (172), 5th round (173), 6th round (217)
Denver Broncos: 4th round (133), 6th round (208), 7th round (250), 7th round (251)
Seattle Seahawks: 4th round (134), 5th round (170), 6th round (209), 6th round (214)
Baltimore Ravens: 4th round (136), 5th round (171), 5th round (175)
Houston Texans: 5th round (174), 6th round (211), 6th round (216)
New England Patriots: 3rd round (97), 7th round (253)
Cincinnati Bengals: 3rd round (99), 4th round (135)
San Francisco 49ers: 4th round (132), 7th round (254)
Carolina Panthers: 5th round (169), 6th round (213)
Green Bay Packers: 6th round (210), 6th round (212)
St. Louis Rams: 6th round (215)
Pittsburgh Steelers: 7th round (252)
Indianapolis Colts: 7th round (255)
Arizona Cardinals: 7th round (256)


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TE Clay weighs in on Bills QB situation

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:44 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he would hold an open quarterback competition for the starting role for his offense. So what does new tight end Charles Clay think of what he and his other offensive teammates have to work with at QB?

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday, Clay when asked about Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel specifically, laid out his thoughts on Buffalo’s roster of quarterbacks.

“I think those are two qualified guys. EJ being a young guy and bringing in Matt Cassel, who has been around the league and knows the ropes and can kind of guide him,” Clay said. “It’s always good to have that competition to have someone push you. And not even just those two, they signed Tyrod Taylor and brought him in to throw him in there. You’ve got guys who can add a completely different dimension to your offense. Guys who can move around, and having that veteran leadership in Cassel, a guy who has done it and a guy who smart, knows defenses and knows how to read coverages to kind of bring those guys along while also pushing them, it’s good. It’ll be good to get up there and work with those guys and pick their brains. I can’t wait.”


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Talent in Bills locker room intrigued Clay

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:37 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay knew Buffalo was seriously interested in bringing him onto their roster, but when he saw the other moves the team was making to add big time talent to the roster he was getting more and more excited.

Clay, in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, explained how Buffalo’s other acquisitions had him thinking about the possibilities for the Bills offense in 2015.

“You see those moves they were making and you get a sense of guys who want to win,” said Clay. “LeSean (McCoy), a great leader and a great back and you add Percy (Harvin), a dynamic game changer at any point in the game. Then you throw in an O-lineman like Richie (Incognito), I played with Richie in Miami and I know the kind of toughness he brings to the game. He’s a great guy to have on your team. He’s one of those guys you hate to go against because he’s so tough, but he’s a guy when he’s a teammate he’s going to go to war for any one of his teammates so he’s a great guy to have around.”

On his free agent visit to Buffalo, Clay quickly developed a feel for the city and how supportive the fan base is in Western New York.

“I was on a visit there for three days and you can get a sense of it. They’re passionate about their team,” said Clay. “Buffalo was always a place that I hated going and visiting and playing because I knew how passionate those fans were and how loud that stadium got. It’s always a tough place to play. So being on the other side now and being able to play there it’ll be a good feeling. I’m excited. I can’t wait.”


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Clay appreciated Bills 1st class treatment

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:23 pm

Bills newest TE Charles Clay is excited to get this new chapter in his football career started with the Bills after Miami chose not to match Buffalo’s contract offer. And while the money probably said enough, it was the first class treatment by Buffalo that convinced him.

In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Clay appreciated how much his talents were valued by the Bills.

“It was a good feeling. It’s always a good feeling to be wanted by someone,” he said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that Buffalo gave me. Throughout the whole process they definitely showed me that they valued me and it was a good feeling.

“When you have a team come along and they’re showing that they value you, and you look at some of the moves they’ve made in Buffalo, you get a sense that they want to win and they want to win right away. Having that new staff and new owners that city is excited about that team and it’s something that I love to be a part of. I’m excited and glad to get this opportunity.”

As for all the waiting that took place before he finally was locked up with Buffalo, Clay said he understood the process, but is glad there’s no more waiting.

“I’m glad it’s finally over and I’m about ready to get to work now,” he said.


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Bills blackouts few & far between of late

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 3:20 pm

The NFL’s owners have voted to scrap the TV blackout rule for the 2015 season at their owners meetings in Arizona today. With the blackout rule lifted, at least for this season, we thought we’d look back at just how many games were blacked out over the past decade.

Believe it or not Bills fans that like to watch games from the comfort of their own home have not been the victim of TV blackouts all that often over the last 10 years. Here’s a look at the year-by-year blackout counts for the Bills since 2005.

Year Blackouts
2014 0
2013 1
2012 2
2011 3
2010 3
2009 0
2008 0
2007 0
2006 4
2005 0
 Total 13

So since 2012 there have been a total of just three blackouts, none of which occurred last season. The 2014 year was the first since 2009 that there were no blackouts. For 2015 at least it won’t be an issue.

In 2014 there was not a single game blacked out in the league, which may have helped to prompt the lifting of the rule.


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NFL blackout rule going away for 2015

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 2:35 pm

There’s an early headline coming out of the NFL owners meetings in Arizona and it concerns the TV blackout rule.

According to a number of reports the blackout rule has been done away with by the owners for the 2015 regular season.

The policy had long required that games be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff to lift a television blackout in that team’s TV market for home games.


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Expanding playoffs on table at owners meetings

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 12:59 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t put odds on the likelihood of the NFL playoff pool expanding from 12 teams to 14, but he did confirm that the number of clubs that qualify for the postseason will be debated heavily at this week’s owners meetings.

In a one-on-one interview with MMQB’s Peter King, Goodell said the following.

“The expansion of the playoffs will be discussed. There are a lot of factors that go into it. One, we want to be right when we do it … It’s something that we think has got a lot of merit from a competitive side, because it would actually add more teams to the race as you get toward the end of the season. There’s the broadcasting side of it. When would you play that extra game? [A seventh playoff team in each conference would leave] one bye for the first seed in each conference.”

Goodell admitted that a Wild Card game could appear on a Monday night, though college football’s national title game could be a conflict.

The Commissioner also said stadium ticket sales are an issue too knowing that if a team closes the regular season with two home games and then has three home playoff games after that it could be a lot to ask of the fans based in northern climates.

“We have a lot to balance,” Goodell told King.


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Rex: QB competition is open

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 4:00 pm

The Bills have added a pair of quarterbacks over the past few weeks in Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. When asked where the quarterback position now stands with offseason workouts on the horizon, head coach Rex Ryan said the competition is open.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan explained where things stand at QB for his squad.

“It’s going to be open. It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there,” he said. “We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel. He’s done some pretty good things in this league. He’s got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (quarterbacks coach) David Lee here. I love the fact that he’s a gym rat and he’s smart. With our offense being multiple we’ll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that.

“With Taylor that’s going to be a young man, he’s probably the fastest quarterback in the league. He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at. Then Tuel. We’ve got guys there to work with. That’ll be the important thing. There will be competition, but a person has to earn the job. It hasn’t been handed to somebody.”

A lot of outside observers assumed that Cassel would be handed the job, but that’s not how Ryan is running things.

With four quarterbacks on the roster, most think it will be hard for Ryan and his offensive staff to not at least whittle the competition down to just a pair of quarterbacks going into training camp knowing there just aren’t enough reps to go around and get an accurate assessment of each QB.

Ryan however, intends to run practices a bit different than Bills fans have seen in the past with two offensive units and two defensive units going at the same time on two different fields at St. John Fisher.

“When we get to training camp we’ll do a lot of things on two fields,” Ryan said. “It won’t just be the offense going and the defense going, we’re going to be working on two fields. That’s how you develop young quarterbacks. We’re blessed to have guys on our staff who can really develop quarterbacks.  Greg Roman, Chris Palmer and this is how they did it. You switch whoever is running with the twos on one field and then the ones are on another field. That’s how you get better. We’re going to have that.

“We have some young quarterbacks and we want to make sure that everybody gets the right amount of reps. We’ll have the exact same practice that we have on field one as field two so everybody gets the same reps. You just basically double them up.”


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If not Sanchez, Rex would’ve drafted Harvin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 12:49 pm

The Bills recent signing of Percy Harvin raised questions in the minds of some as to just what type of teammate the Bills would be welcoming into their locker room. Both Bills head coach Rex Ryan and receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who both coached Harvin in New York with the Jets, said Buffalo’s current players will be inheriting an exemplary teammate. In fact Ryan did a lot of homework on Harvin when he was coming out of college because he had plans to make the dynamic offensive threat a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan said Harvin would’ve been the Jets’ first-round pick in 2009 had they not made a call to move up and get Mark Sanchez.

“When he came out we did a lot of research on him,” said Ryan of Harvin. “Percy was the guy we were going to draft if it wasn’t Mark Sanchez. We spent like a week (at the University of Florida). So we knew everything about him. I was really comfortable with it. When we brought him in (by trade with the Jets last season) he was everything we thought he’d be. That was a great teammate and a super competitive guy and a great guy to be around.”

In 2009 the Jets had the 17th overall pick in round one. They traded it to Cleveland along with their second-round pick at 52 and three players (Kenyon Coleman, Brett Ratliff and Abram Elam) to move all the way up to fifth overall to take Sanchez. Had they stayed at 17 Ryan said they would’ve taken Harvin, and he would’ve been there. Harvin didn’t come off the board until the 22nd pick to Minnesota.

Ryan believes in Harvin’s will to win and feels he’s a solid teammate as well. That was echoed by Lal, who appeared on the John Murphy Show this week.

“I don’t know that I know what makes him tick, but he and I hit it off from the beginning,” Lal told the John Murphy Show. “We think alike about how players should be coached. I have great respect for what he does and he wants to be coached and coached hard. He just wants to improve and help the team win. That’s the impression that I got.”

Ryan knows about Harvin’s past in Seattle where he had a couple of run-ins with teammates, but things went real well under Ryan with the Jets for Harvin. Ryan even gave an example of what his Jets teammates thought of him.

“One of the highest awards is the Ed Block Courage award that the players vote on and he finished second in the voting after being on the roster just four weeks so that should tell you what his teammates thought of him,” Ryan said.


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Bills cited as free agency winners

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 12:16 pm

As the national pundits review what has happened in the first two weeks of free agency they’re already tabbing which clubs are the free agency winners. Near the top of the list for most has been the Bills.

Here’s what NFL.com thought of the Bills in listing them among their free agency success stories this offseason.

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New owner Terry Pegula has not been afraid to spend. He nabbed coach Rex Ryan quickly, and has continued to spend on Jerry Hughes, LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, Percy Harvin, and Matt Cassel. Some of these contracts have been too big, but there’s no denying that the Bills have upgraded the talent on a roster that was already loaded defensively. Most teams have added pieces to the puzzle, but the Bills have re-signed, acquired, or picked up difference makers. Anything short of a playoff appearance will be a disappointment.

The Jets were another team from the AFC East listed as a free agency winner as they successfully revamped their secondary.


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Fan Friday 3-20

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 11:14 am

Another busy week of free agency for the Bills. We’ll obviously know more on Charles Clay soon. For now your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are we looking at a WR1 with Harvin? Watkins WR2. Woods WR3. Harvin, starting combo? Are they looking to add another WR through draft?

killerbeekevin

CB: I still think Sammy Watkins remains the number one option in Buffalo’s passing game despite the signing of Percy Harvin. Harvin is probably the number two receiver outside in light of the money invested in him. The Harvin acquisition was done to discourage defenses from doubling Watkins.

Woods and Hogan probably work out of the slot more. If Clay becomes Bills property he works the seams and the flats underneath.

As for drafting a receiver, I think that’s one position you can cross off the list unless some phenomenal talent slips to them that wasn’t expected. The reason why is looking at Buffalo’s depth chart right now your top five wideouts look like this.

Watkins
Harvin
Woods
Hogan
Easley – for special teams

After that you’ve got Goodwin, Thigpen, Brown, Holley, Thompson and Palmer. Do the Bills keep six receivers this year? Knowing they will be carrying a fullback and need numbers at tight end for Greg Roman’s offense I don’t think seeing six receivers on Buffalo’s 53-man roster is as likely as it was under the previous coaching staff.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

ummm can I just throw this out there? Philip Rivers. Buffalo Bill?

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CB: You’re welcome to throw it out there. Yes, Rivers’ contract is up after the 2015 season, and he has said he has little incentive to sign an extension with San Diego. His lack of interest stems from the prospect of the Chargers possibly moving to Los Angeles as they’re currently operating under a year-to-year lease in San Diego.

If he’s not open to negotiating an extension, the Chargers can make use of the franchise tag, which would present San Diego with a cap hit of more than $20M. He’ll be 34-years old in 2016.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said he has every intention of keeping Rivers a Charger moving forward. So I don’t see him going anywhere unless some phenom quarterback prospect falls in San Diego’s lap.

 

3 – Chris,
Chris, I’ve seen at least on draft site list LT as a major priority for the Bills. Is there any discussion of moving Cordy Glenn to G?

CB: I think offensive tackle is a distinct possibility in the draft for Buffalo, especially with how they’ve addressed some of their other perceived positional needs like tight end and running back in free agency, though I could see a back or tight end taken somewhere on day three.

Offensive line (tackle or guard) and linebacker are probably the two most pressing positional needs. As for the future position for Cordy Glenn, guard was raised as a possibility under the previous coaching staff.

I think the likelihood of that resurfacing as a possibility hinges on one thing, how much they address the tackle position between now and training camp.

Right now they have just three true offensive tackles on their roster in Glenn, Henderson and Kouandjio. If they draft one on day two they’ll have four and even then I don’t know that they consider such a move for Glenn.

Is it possible? There’s always a chance, especially with a new coaching staff. Is it likely? I don’t think so, based primarily on numbers at the position.

 

4 – Chris,

I don’t understand why people are saying that the Bills need to draft a running back?
Especially not with a high draft pick when there are more pressing needs on the offensive line. Aren’t Fred Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon enough?
LeeD

CB: I think the running back need has been reduced, but I’m not opposed to the Bills drafting one late. Here’s why. Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown are both entering the final year of their contracts. Sure it’s possible one might re-sign, but I doubt that both do.

What’s wrong with using a day three pick on a running back that you feel has a chance to push for a roster spot who might surprise you? Late round backs are finding more and more NFL jobs on 53-man rosters than at most other positions. Worse comes to worse you might be able to sneak such a back onto your practice squad, and have someone in reserve who knows the system should a rash of injuries strike.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

Great job keeping all these Bills fans way out here in the Pacific Northwest in the know when it comes to our Bills!

My question is looking back one more time at last season. What in the world happened to Mike Williams? He seemed to be developing into that deep middle guy and goal line end zone threat. If I’m not mistaken wasn’t his last catch an 80-yard bomb from E.J. Manuel at the tail end of that heartbreaking loss to Houston? Why did he fall off so quickly in favor of Chris Hogan?

Glenn

CB: Mike Williams’ issues stemmed from his lack of reliability in executing his assignments on offense. Whether it was in practice or in games Kyle Orton made it pretty clear that he didn’t feel he could trust him. Chris Hogan was the complete opposite. He was a reliable player that didn’t have many miscues when it came to executing assignments.

Now Hogan’s emergence wasn’t solely due to Williams’ less than ideal professionalism. I believe he would have moved past Williams in the lineup at some point last season. Williams’ indifference to putting in extra time with the new quarterback in the lineup effective Week 5 just accelerated that process.


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Lal: “Most competitive guy I’ve been around”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 19, 2015 – 9:46 pm

More news from One Bills Drive to begin tonight’s show. Charles Clay has officially signed his offer sheet from the team and the Dolphins will not match that offer, confirming the next weapon added to the Bills offense. We asked the listeners to weigh in on the Clay move and also pitched for their thoughts on the possible rule changes that could come up for discussion at next week’s NFL Owners Meetings. There was plenty of reaction on that topic, specifically on what should be in play for video replay.

Yesterday, the move for wide receiver Percy Harvin was announced. Bills wide receiver coach Sanjay Lal sat down in studio to talk about Harvin. The two were both in New York last season and Lal discussed their relationship. He said the versatile wide receiver is one of the “most competitive guys” he’s been around. He talked about Harvin’s competitive nature.

percy-harvin-story“He practices extremely hard and when he has the ball in his hands he finishes the run, puts his shoulder down to deliver a blow, never wants to come out of the game.”

Lal went on to say that Harvin has all the tools to be a polished outside receiver. He also went down the list of other guys on the roster including Sammy Watkins, saying the sky is the limit for the second year wide-out and that no limits will be placed on him.

As free agency begins to wind down, we reached out to Steve Palazzolo from Pro Football Focus. He recently had a post on the site recapping and grading the free agent moves in the AFC East. Palazzolo was impressed by the moves by all the teams in the division, including the Bills, who he says have surrounded their quarterback with plenty of offensive weapons.

Finally, Ben Austro from FootballZebras.com joined the show to discuss the possible rule changes up for debate at next week’s Owners Meetings. He mentioned the possibility of what could be done with video replay and also touched on the hot topic of the catch/no-catch scenarios. To hear the complete Ben Austro interview and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Kyle Williams named to Senior Bowl HOF

Posted by Dallas Miller on March 19, 2015 – 7:30 pm

(image via spokeo.com)

(image via spokeo.com)

The Reese’s Senior Bowl will welcome three new members into its Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, including former LSU and current Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, per an announcement from the Senior Bowl.

Former Alabama and San Diego Chargers linebacker Woodrow Lowe and former Auburn and Kansas City Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson will also be honored at the ceremony in Mobile, AL.

“Kyle is one of those special players that just understands what it takes to be successful regardless of circumstance,” said Senior Bowl president Phil Savage. “He was highly respected at LSU and everyone in the league recognizes him as one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL.”

“I am honored knowing all the great players that have participated in the game,” Williams said. “To be elected to its Hall of Fame is a great honor.”

The former LSU Tiger played for both Nick Saban and Les Miles in Baton Rouge, capturing a national title with the Tigers in 2003.

Though he was an All-American his senior season, he was thought to be too small and not athletic enough to play at the next level. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and has spent the past nine seasons proving his doubters wrong. He has been selected to four Pro Bowls in his nine seasons, and has been named an All-Pro three times.

He has racked up 34.5 sacks in his career, the most in club history for a defensive tackle, and anchors one of the top lines in the NFL.


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