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McCoy, Karlos practicing 

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2015 – 2:47 pm

Buffalo’s RB contingent appears to be getting healthier as well. 

Much like the receiver group the running back group is getting healthier. 

LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are both participating in practice. McCoy is trying to return from a hamstring injury while Williams is returning from a surgical procedure. 

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Bills WRs back participating

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2015 – 2:39 pm

A bunch of Buffalo’s top wideouts did not play in Thursday’s preseason finale, but they are participating in Friday’s practice. 

Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins, Chris Hogan and Percy Harvin are all participating in practice. 

The only non-participant is Marquise Goodwin, who is watching from the side. He has a rib injury.  

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Where roster sits after Friday cuts

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2015 – 2:04 pm

Here’s a look at a position by position breakdown of Buffalo’s roster, which sits at 57 players after the latest round of player cuts.

Leodis McKelvin was put on Reserve/NFI and Deonte Thompson was waived injured so they no longer count toward the roster total.

Our position by position listing shows right now the Bills are a bit heavy at wide receiver and tight end and a bit light at cornerback, but with Corey Graham on the roster he could play corner if needed.

QB (3) – Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor
RB (5) – Bryce Brown, Boobie Dixon, Jerome Felton, LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams
WR (7) – Marcus Easley, Marquise Goodwin, Percy Harvin, Chris Hogan, Marcus Thigpen, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods
TE (5) – Charles Clay, Chris Gragg, MarQueis Gray, Matthew Mulligan, Nick O’Leary
OL (8) – Dalton Freeman, Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Richie Incognito, Cyrus Kouandjio, John Miller, Kraig Urbik, Eric Wood
DL (8) – Corbin Bryant, Red Bryant, Alex Carrington, Stefan Charles, Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Mario Williams
LB (7) – Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown, Randell Johnson, Manny Lawson, Kevin Reddick, Tony Steward, A.J. Tarpley
CB (5) – Ron Brooks, Mario Butler, Ronald Darby, Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey
S (5) – Corey Graham, Jonathan Meeks, Bacarri Rambo, Aaron Williams, Duke Williams
Spec. Teams (4) – Dan Carpenter, Jordan Gay, Colton Schmidt, Garrison Sanborn

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One Buffalo Unyts Blood Drive week continues

Posted by on September 4, 2015 – 12:54 pm

Thank you to donors who came out at the One Buffalo Blood Drive at HARBOR CENTER on Wednesday!  Over 200 units have been collected so far.

Couldn’t make it Wednesday?  There’s still time to get your One Buffalo New Era Cap and other special offers.


Friday, September 4 until 2:00 p.m.

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Saturday, September 5

Unyts Southgate Neighborhood Donation Center – Southgate Plaza 7am-3pm

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Unyts Donate Life Walk – Delaware Park near Amherst and Colvin 10am-2pm


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Fan Friday 9-4

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2015 – 12:08 pm

It’s a tough time of year for players as NFL dreams end for so many including at One Bills Drive. But we press on with your questions on email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

Can you explain what the Bills will do going forward with Leodis? It looks like he won’t be on opening day roster, so can they put him on the PUP list or the short IR list? He is yet to practice/put on pads. How severe of injury is he recovering from? How long away is he from getting into shape/being ready to play? I like Darby starting but where is depth since Robey won’t play outside.


CB: One option is the Reserve/PUP list. If that is a choice they make with the cornerback it likely means that he was closer to being out six weeks than two or three. Reserve/PUP means that McKelvin would be eligible to return after Week 6 of the regular season, which would be Tuesday Oct. 13th. If they placed him on injured reserve/designated to return he would not be able to come back until the second half of the season and all indications are he would be back before that time.

Reserve/PUP probably makes the most sense if he’s still two or three weeks away because with all the time he’s spent off his feet he’ll need another two or three weeks to get back into game shape and sharpen his technique.


2 – Chris,

Do any of the three RBs that were signed have a chance at pushing for a roster spot in that crowded of a pool?


CB: Unfortunately no, but I would consider Bronson Hill or Cierre Wood for the practice squad. I like the preseason production they provided.


3 – Chris,
After both preseason games I believe that EJ has looked great so far. If not for about five drops his stat line would be more impressive than it already is. He seems accurate, he’s had good pocket awareness, and when he steps up he’s still looking to throw not just tuck it and run. He seems like he’s got the ability to run and throw where the other two QB’s rely on one or the other.

My question is how does he look throughout practices? I know you guys only show the highlights so does he look bad the rest of the time. For him not to be getting any first team reps playing the way he is confuses me.
Thanks for keeping a geographically challenged Bills fan up to date!

Jonathan H.

CB: In training camp when we were able to watch practice start to finish he wasn’t as consistent as Cassel and Taylor. Now that consistency improved as camp went along and you’ve obviously seen what he’s done in the games. Personally I just think that  EJ is a gamer, meaning he’s not going to look like the best player in practice, but when the lights come on and it’s game time, that’s when he plays his best.

While you’d like to see that consistency he’s shown in the preseason games also be present on the practice field, if you could only have one, you’d like him to be at his best in the game than practice.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Is Dan Carpenter fixable in the short term? Hamstring for K no cakewalk repair.


CB: Carpenter has been medically cleared to play so I don’t think it’s the physical nature of the injury that’s affecting him. Carpenter’s issue is his mechanics. The bottom line is he’s rusty from missing two and a half weeks of training camp with the injury. In my opinion he just has to get his rhythm back with his swing and he’ll be fine. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Why would anyone release Fred Jackson. Can someone tell us the real reason. That’s like the pats getting rid of Tom Brad


CB: As much respect as I have for Fred Jackson I also recognize that NFL clubs have to sometimes make tough decisions like this. I genuinely believe that the front office and coaching staff openly wondered if there was going to be a role for Jackson that used him often enough as they have in the past.

I think LeSean McCoy, when healthy is going to be an every down back, including third down. He’s a capable pass protector and a dangerous threat out of the backfield as a receiver.

With third down no longer seen as a role for Jackson it wouldn’t surprise me if they worried that there could be weeks where Jackson would be inactive. I think it would be more of a disservice to do something like that to Jackson and all he’s done for this team over the years.

So while it hurts everybody right now, including my wife who has called Jackson her favorite player for years, it’s better to give Fred the opportunity to really contribute for another club that has a bigger role in mind for him.

As Rex Ryan said himself he believes Fred can still play, but it sounds like he was going to be behind too many other backs on this roster to be a factor on the field week to week.

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Practice squad eligibility list

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2015 – 8:56 am

Every year around cutdown time we pass along the practice squad player eligibility list. Here is this year’s version.

We didn’t list everybody because some players are obviously going to make the 53-man roster (e.g. Preston Brown, Sammy Watkins). But we did include some players who will probably make the roster, but we listed them here just in case knowing they’re at a position of depth (e.g. Marquise Goodwin). We also included some players who were early cuts already.

LB Michael Buchanan
G William Campbell
CB Ross Cockrell
CB Ronald Darby
WR Andre Davis
DE IK Enemkpali
C Dalton Freeman
LB Jimmy Gaines
K Jordan Gay
WR Marquise Goodwin
TE Chris Gragg
TE MarQueis Gray
DT Justin Hamilton
OT Seantrel Henderson
RB Bronson Hill
WR Chris Hogan
LB Andrew Hudson
LB Randell Johnson
OT Terren Jones
OT Cyrus Kouandjio
OL Alex Kupper
S Kenny Ladler
DE BJ Larsen
WR Dezmin Lewis
TE Chris Manhertz
QB EJ Manuel
S Jonathan Meeks
G John Miller
S Wes Miller
G D.J. Morrell
CB Merrill Noel
TE Nick O’Leary
WR Tobais Palmer
S Bacarri Rambo
LB Kevin Reddick
DE Cedric Reed
G Cyril Richardson
CB Nickell Robey
RB Ricky Seale
QB Matt Simms
LB Tony Steward
CB Rod Sweeting
LB AJ Tarpley
WR Deonte Thompson
DT Jeremy Towns
RB Karlos Williams
S Duke Williams


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How the roster has broken down since 2006

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2015 – 7:03 am

With roster cuts expected to come down Friday or Saturday, here’s a look back at how previous coaching staffs broke down their final 53 by position. We go all the way back to 2006.

In 2015 Buffalo will have an extra roster spot for a week while Marcell Dareus serves his one game league imposed suspension.

Pos.       2006       2007       2008       2009       2010       2011       2012       2013       2014
QB          3              2              3              3            3              3              4              2              2
RB          4              5              4              3(1 sus)   4              4              4              4              5
WR         6              5              6              6              5              5              4              6              6
TE           3              3              3              3              2 (1 sus) 3             3              3              3
OL           9              8              9              8              9            8              9              8              9
DL           8              10           9              9              7              7              8              8              9
LB           7              7              6              7              10           11           7              6        6(1 sus)
DB          10           10           10                11           10           9              10           12           10
ST           3              3              3              3              3              3              4              4              4

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Rex sounds off on kicker

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2015 – 11:15 pm

Bills head coach wasn’t happy about a few things he witnessed in the team’s preseason finale Thursday night in Detroit. Foolish penalties and fumbles were among those mentioned, but when it came to missed field goals it was clear that irked him more than anything else.

Dan Carpenter hit a 43-yard attempt, but his 40-yard attempt in the second half clanged off the right upright. It left Carpenter 3-6 on field goals in the preseason. He also missed an extra point from the new 33-yard distance. Ryan was unhappy to say the least.

“Certainly we’ve got some issues, hell we can’t make a field goal so we better be looking for any guy who has ever kicked a football in his life. They will get an opportunity here,” said Ryan. “I’m tired of seeing us miss a field goal. We’ve got a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don’t get it. We’ll certainly be looking out there. I don’t know if anybody is out there, but nobody gets this job by default, and certainly you’ve got to earn your way out here. Very disappointed in that and I don’t care who knows it.”

Carpenter has kicked with a 90 percent success rate in his two seasons with Buffalo.

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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2015 – 6:27 pm

Here are the Bills inactives for tonight’s preseason finale against the Lions. 

WR Robert Woods

WR Chris Hogan

WR Percy Harvin

CB Stephon Gilmore

RB LeSean McCoy

RB Boobie Dixon

RB Karlos Williams

LB Tony Steward

WR Deonte Thompson

TE Charles Clay

WR Marquise Goodwin

DE Mario Williams

DT Marcell Dareus

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Looks like Bills will see Brady in Week 2

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2015 – 10:32 am

After more than seven months of legal wrangling New England QB Tom Brady has won in the arbitration case with the NFL regarding his four-game suspension for Brady’s perceived role in the Patriots’ Deflategate scandal stemming from the AFC Championship game. That means the Bills will see the perennial All-Pro quarterback in Week 2 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Judge Berman in New York nullified the league’s four-game suspension of Brady allowing the quarterback to play immediately in Week 1 next week against the Steelers. Here is the key wording of the ruling.

Based upon the foregoing and the applicable legal authorities, the Court hereby denies the Management Council’s motion to confirm the award and grants the Player Association’s motion to vacate the Award, thereby vacating the four-game suspension of Tom Brady, effective immediately.   

The league is expected to appeal the case in New York’s second circuit, and fighting for a stay on the ruling is another option for the NFL, but at this point it seems unlikely that Brady will be kept off the field for the start of the 2015 regular season.

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What Rex would like to see less of vs. the Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2015 – 10:25 am

He’s mentioned it more than once this preseason as an area where he’d like to see more discipline. Head coach Rex Ryan is far from pleased with the team’s penalty total through the first three preseason games.

Buffalo’s 31 penalties in three games is tied for seventh-highest in the league this preseason among teams that have only played three preseason games. It reached its peak in the Cleveland game with 12, but the Bills were able to cut that in half against Pittsburgh last weekend. Still, averaging more than 10 a game is not even close to acceptable in Ryan’s eyes.

“I think we’ve had too many penalties, so those things have been killing us,” said Ryan. “We’ve got to do a better job of that. In particular the self-inflicted penalties. It’s tough enough in this league when you’re not hurting yourself. Non-aggressive penalties so we’ve got to learn from it. You’ve got to eliminate all communication errors and self-inflicted penalties. If we do that we’ll be good.”

Here’s a look at the most penalized teams thus far this preseason.

Baltimore – 43
Chicago – 41
New Orleans – 40
Pittsburgh – 37 (4 preseason games played)
Jacksonville, St. Louis – 36
NY Jets – 34
Miami – 33
Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia – 31
Minnesota – 31 (4 preseason games played)

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Bills nicked players rehabbing back in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 6:43 pm

The Bills do not intend to play their starters at all Thursday night against the Lions in Detroit. With some of their injured players they took it a step further not having them make the trip at all.

The plan is to allow them to spend more time rehabbing their respective injuries at One Bills Drive rather than traveling back and forth to Detroit.

Among the players who will be working at One Bills Drive are Charles Clay, Marcell Dareus, Boobie Dixon, Marquise Goodwin, Deonte Thompson, Karlos Williams, Mario Williams and Robert Woods.

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NFL FLAG Essentials with Thurman Thomas

Posted by on September 2, 2015 – 6:38 pm

Fuel Up Photo

Thurman Thomas joined the American Dairy Association on September 2nd to train 100 Buffalo City School District physical education teachers on the NFL FLAG Football program as a part of the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative. The training, hosted at City Honors High School in Buffalo, was hosted by SHAPE America and comprised of the teachers learning how to run the NFL FLAG curriculum in their classroom.

During the NFL Draft, Commission Goodell and others announced the second year of distribution for “Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL FLAG Essentials Kits” in 2015 to physical education teachers across the country.

Buffalo was 1 of 10 NFL markets selected to receive NFL FLAG Football Essentials kits and will receive 46 kits that will be distributed to all of the Buffalo Public elementary schools.

These NFL FLAG Essentials Kits will help increase students’ physical activity in-school and at home through a package of equipment, curriculum, online training, and recognition.

NFL, USA Football, and Fuel Up to Play 60 are expanding their commitment to youth health and wellness by giving NFL FLAG Essentials Kits to over one million students across 2,500 schools nationwide for the 2015-16 school year.

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BENRUS Best Dressed – Jerry Hughes

Posted by Buffalo Bills on September 2, 2015 – 6:05 pm

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As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Hughes received the simplistic, yet stylish BENRUS Infantry Watch.  BENRUS watches, apparel and accessories are available for purchase at

Check out more photos of Bills players boarding for the Motor City.


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Bills newest additions on the trip

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 4:37 pm

Buffalo’s two newest roster members, who were claimed late Tuesday afternoon, are on the trip today. 

OL Dalton Freeman and LB Kevin Reddick are with the team in Detroit. 

How much playing time they will get if any is another story. 

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What if Mario was a wideout?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 2:46 pm

Sports Illustrated recently did a photo shoot with a number of NFL stars around the league with the focus being what position they would play besides their chosen one. DE Mario Williams was the Bills player who participated in the photo shoot.

Williams chose wide receiver as his alternative position.

“I’d be the type of wideout who would go deep and across the middle—that’s where all the physical stuff goes on,” said Williams. “I have the size, speed and ability to separate from a defender. My touchdown dance? I’d put the ball down and get right back to the huddle. Act like you’ve been there before. . . . The coaches have never really said anything about [playing me at receiver], but with Coach Rex, who knows what could happen.”


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Carpenter to use Detroit to get back on track

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 9:22 am

Bills K Dan Carpenter has been one of the most accurate kickers in the league the last two seasons and he’s been kicking half his games in Buffalo. A hamstring injury at the outset of training camp however, has the veteran kicker eager to get back on track and have his kicking motion locked in for the regular season.

Carpenter has missed two of his four field goal attempts this preseason as well as an extra point from the new distance. It’s got head coach Rex Ryan a bit worried.

“I’m concerned. He’s missed a couple of field goals and an extra point,” said Ryan. “That’s concerning because he’s missed a lot of camp. We need to see him kick better quite honestly. We’re one of the only teams in the league that keeps a kickoff specialist, and you do that to make sure you’re giving your kicker a chance to focus on one thing and that’s field goals.

“In fairness to him he hasn’t been out there the whole time. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time. We all know he’s been a big money kicker and not everybody can kick in our conditions. So the fact that he’s made them in those times gives you some comfort, but I don’t like seeing missed kicks ever.”

Carpenter himself admits that he always gets concerned himself when he doesn’t feel like his mechanics are consistent.

“Yeah, I am worried every day,” he said. “It doesn’t matter you are getting compared to guys whether they are in your camp, out of your camp, in someone else camp, on the street, it doesn’t matter. There is always someone out there wanting your job and you got to do your job to keep it.

Carpenter hopefully finds his groove at Ford Field, which is a field that was very good to him last season. In Week 5 he hit a game-winning 58-yarder to beat the Lions. He then returned in the Snow-vember game that was moved and against the Jets he hit a 53-yard field goal and was good on all five extra-point attempts.

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Run & stop the run not an issue for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 2:50 am

Granted it’s the preseason, but the Bills have made it clear from the beginning that under Rex Ryan their identity is going to be based on running the football on offense and stopping opponents from doing the same. Through three games in the preseason they’ve been solid at both.

After putting up 156 rushing yards against Pittsburgh last Saturday the Bills now rank tied for second in the NFL with 147.7 yards per game this preseason.

2015 Preseason – Rushing yards per game
1. Philadelphia Eagles 150.7
2t. Buffalo Bills 147.7
2t. Washington Redskins 147.7
4. Cincinnati Bengals 137.3
5. San Francisco 49ers 134.0

Meanwhile on defense after only allowing 43 yards rushing against the Steelers, the Bills now rank second in the NFL in run defense. Through the first three preseason games, Buffalo is allowing 68.3 rushing yards per game:

2015 Preseason – Rushing yards allowed per game
1. Washington Redskins 48.7
2. Buffalo Bills 68.3
3t. Arizona Cardinals 75.3
3t. Green Bay Packers 75.3
5. Atlanta Falcons 82.0

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Where Dixon feels he’s at in return from calf

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2015 – 12:57 pm

Bills RB Boobie Dixon is working his way back into the offense from a calf injury that’s kept him out for three weeks. Dixon isn’t 100 percent yet, but feels he’s closer.

“I think it picked up a little bit. I kind of opened it up some on some of my runs,” said Dixon. “I think it’s 75 (percent) going towards 80. Now I’ve just got to keep on preparing like I’m still hurt. Keep on getting my treatments and keep on working out hard and keep my cardio sessions up and I’ll be good.”

Dixon is hoping he gets to play in the preseason finale Thursday night.

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Tyrod’s college coach not surprised

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2015 – 9:48 am

Tyrod Taylor was named starting QB of the Bills on Monday. It’s been a long wait for Taylor to hold a role like the one he has with Buffalo after a lengthy quarterback competition, but his college head coach Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech isn’t the least bit surprised by it.

In fact Beamer believes Taylor did the one thing for his game that he think can actually improves a quarterback’s accuracy.

“I’m proud of Tyrod. I felt like he’s always gotten better,” said Beamer. “Coming out of high school his throwing motion was a little bit different, but he kept working on it, kept working on his release. I don’t know if you every improve accuracy, that’s debatable, but I think by his motion he improved his accuracy and he’s made himself into a tremendous quarterback. What he can do athletically and with his mind, you put those in there, he’s a smart guy, a competitive guy, he’s dependable. It doesn’t surprise me, but it doesn’t surprise me that he won the starting job.”

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