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Roman: All 4 QBs to get starter reps

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2015 – 4:37 pm

In the early stages of what both Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have called an open quarterback competition it sounds like the four QBs on the roster will rotate through with the first unit.

“I think all four are doing a very nice job in our meetings and in communicating, as we are in a teaching phase,” said Roman on Monday. “They’re all going to have ample opportunity to get out there and practice.

“Everyone will have a chance to work with the first team and everybody’s going to have ample opportunity to put their best foot forward. When we start evaluating then we’ll start to play around with things a little bit, who’s with the first team the one day, and the next day, and so forth.  We’ll have a good feel for it as we go.”

 


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Dunbar: Bills D-line has underrated depth

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2015 – 2:49 pm

Everybody knows that Buffalo’s starting defensive line has three Pro Bowl players and a fourth who has 20 sacks in the last two seasons. But what about the second wave of defensive linemen?

Bills new defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, is just getting to know his new players, but he believes he’s got a second wave of D-linemen that surpass the quality he had when coaching the Jets defensive line.

“I think (Jarius) Wynn, Stefan Charles  and some of the guys we have (Corbin Bryant) I’m looking back at what we had in New York, not to take shots at anybody, but the depth they have here is better than the depth that I had with the Jets,” said Dunbar. “You had a lot of guys who played a lot here last year. The backups in New York didn’t play as much as they backups did here. That might’ve been my fault, but they didn’t, so I like what we have and some of the guys we brought back here I’m pretty happy with what we have.”

Dunbar has had some talented defensive lines in his time as an NFL assistant. He had the ‘Williams Wall’ in Minnesota with Pat and Kevin Williams along with Jared Allen and Ray Edwards. He then had the Jets with Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson anchoring New York’s DL. Now however, he might have not only the most athletic collection of defensive linemen, but among the deepest.


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Bills QBs impressed in classroom

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am

Last week was first week of the voluntary offseason conditioning program, which features strength and conditioning training and classroom work as the new coaching staff works with the players to install the new offensive and defensive systems. Buffalo’s quarterbacks were all in attendance last week and made a good first impression on offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

In an interview on ESPN’s Inside the Huddle with John Clayton, Roman gave indication of how prepared his signal callers were for the first week of classroom work.

“After just a week of working with these guys I was very happy to find out how dialed in these guys are in their preparation, all four of them really. I couldn’t be more happy from that standpoint,” Roman said. “When we get out on the field we’ll roll the balls out and see what transpires. We’ll let those guys compete and I think we’ll have a great competition at the position. Really, Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel all impressed me in the meetings.”


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Roman: McCoy fits any run game scheme

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2015 – 11:11 am

Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman is known as a creative offensive mind. When it comes to his anticipated feature back LeSean McCoy however, he doesn’t have to draw something up to fit the dynamic back.

In an interview with ESPN’s John Clayton on Inside the Huddle, Roman explained that McCoy’s game adapts to any type of run game scheme a coordinator could draw up.

“The thing about LeSean is if you watch him back in college at Pitt he was in a two-back downhill offense and he looked extremely special doing that,” said Roman. “Then when he went to Philadelphia and Andy Reid was there he looked special doing that and then when Chip Kelly got there he looked special doing that. So the long and short of it is it doesn’t really matter what you do with him. The guy is super talented and we’re beyond thrilled that we can work with him.”

With the Bills expected to run a good deal of two tight end sets, Clayton asked Roman if McCoy could adjust from running in a wide open scheme in Philadelphia to what is anticipated to be more of a traditional offensive scheme in Buffalo.

“Again when you go back and watch him even in college running out of more traditional sets with a couple of tight ends in it, it doesn’t matter with him,” said Roman. “That’s what impresses me about him, how adaptable he is and what a natural back he is.

“I think we’re going to run him out of all the aforementioned formations. It’s not like you have to worry about him not being able to do something well. Far from it. I’m a run to daylight kind of guy. I like to give backs freedom to hit the hole and if nothing is there be a football player and I think you’d have to look far and wide to find a guy that does that better than him.”


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Fan Friday 4-10

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2015 – 2:33 pm

The preseason schedule is out with the 16-game regular season slate soon to follow. More on that below. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

#bills when will the 2015 regular season be out?

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CB: The precursor to the regular season schedule, the preseason schedule was released this past Thursday. It often signals that the release of the regular season schedule is coming soon. All indications are that the league will release the regular season schedule some time during the week of April 19th.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Petty or Grayson would be the perfect game managers for Buffalo’s new offense. Thoughts please???

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CB: Bryce Petty and Garrett Grayson are in that second tier of quarterback prospects after the top two. Both could merit consideration in round two. While I like Petty’s football IQ I still think there will be a steeper learning curve for him than Grayson, who played in a pro-style offense.

Grayson has had to read coverages and progressions. Petty has not. And while I don’t doubt that’s something Petty has been working on it’s just not the same as when the real bullets are flying.

If you believe one of them could come in as a rookie and effectively execute Buffalo’s new offense, which has a myriad of pre-snap shifts, motions and formations I think you might be expecting too much.

Frankly for 2015 you’re better off with either Matt Cassel or EJ Manuel in my opinion, which is why I’d be surprised if Buffalo invests in the quarterback position high in the draft, if at all this spring.

 

3 – Chris,

Given the current coaching staff’s desire to build a tough running team and a physical team,  do you see Justin Blalock as a possible signing to fortify the offensive line now that he is a free agent? Also, what are your thoughts of giving money to signing Mark Ingram over say resigning Spiller. Ingram has shown he can move the chains with power, rip off long runs with quickness and catch the ball.

Thanks,
Patrick

CB: While Blalock is a more than capable veteran guard I don’t believe the Bills want to add any more veterans up front. They have three veteran guards right now in Incognito, Urbik and Chris Williams. It wouldn’t surprise me if they felt that adding another would compromise the growth of a younger player like Cyril Richardson. So if they do add at the guard position I believe it’ll be in the draft, even though I see offensive tackle as a position more in need of depth than anywhere else on the line.

 

4 – Chris,

The Kouandjio article was encouraging to see.  I like to know that some players are working all year to be better and hope it works out for the kid.

What was his problem exactly last training camp?  Was he out of shape? Difficult time reacting? Diagnosing?  You would think his college experience gave him good game speed experience.  Thanks and can’t wait for this season to start!

Steve K
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CB: Yes, John Murphy’s article, which followed an interview with Kouandjio by phone certainly painted a picture as to how hard the second-year lineman is working. He was training out in Arizona all winter working on his techniques and getting coaching from former NFL OL LeCharles Bentley.

Kouandjio didn’t place blame anywhere but on himself for how his rookie season went. He said he didn’t think he had a strong enough mindset as he began his NFL career. To a certain degree that’s understandable. He turned 21 just last July and is still young in the game. Stepping up to the NFL level was probably a bit different even than what he experienced as a starter at Alabama in the SEC.

In the conversations I’ve had with him he sounds like his whole approach to the game has changed and he’s going full bore into his second NFL season. Add in the fact that he has hit it off quickly with new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer and he’ll be an interesting player to watch in training camp when the pads go on.

 

5 –  Chris,
FIve years ago I wanted the Bills to draft Ryan Mallett. He was a 1st round prospect, a Heisman candidate, a coach’s son, and a big QB like Big Ben. He fell to NE in the 3rd round, what happened? Why did the Bills not bring him in as compaction with EJ?

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CB: There’s no debating that Ryan Mallett has a rocket arm for a quarterback. His over the top delivery looks great. Here’s the problem with his game. First, his accuracy. His career completion percentage of 53.2 percent is an issue, which shouldn’t happen for a quarterback with superior arm strength. His decision making is also suspect, especially when he has to get rid of the ball quick. Now every QB is subject to a bad decision or two when hurried. His have been more frequent over the years.

Perhaps the most important skill he’s lacking for Buffalo’s offense is the ability to extend the play. He is a pocket quarterback only. If the pocket breaks down and he can’t get rid of the ball the play is dead. That is not the case with each of the quarterbacks currently on Buffalo’s roster. It leads me to believe that offensive coordinator Greg Roman prefers some measure of mobility in his QBs to extend plays if and when protection breaks down.

Finally, there’s even less of a book on him than EJ Manuel. He’s played in just seven NFL games to EJ’s 14 career starts. If you bring in another unknown quantity at QB you run the risk of not finding out about exactly what he or Manuel can be.

 


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OT Glenn among the fittest of Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2015 – 11:10 am

The vast majority of Bills players reported to the voluntary offseason conditioning program in great shape this week, but there was one in particular who really impressed Buffalo’s strength and conditioning staff.

In an appearance on KISS 98.5 radio, Bills strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Ciano singled out one Bills player who looked like he did the most this offseason.

“I would have to say the guy that has impressed me the most the first week would be Cordy Glenn,” said Ciano. “I thought he did a great job. He came back in great shape and looks excellent. He’s really worked hard.”

When asked what had the strength and conditioning staff so impressed with Glenn’s conditioning Ciano said the offensive tackle’s commitment to the program.

“He followed the program at home, did a great job with the nutrition,” said Ciano. “He did a great job lifting and running and comparing him to himself last year he really looks good.”


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Chris Gragg: Comparing himself to Charles Clay

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 9, 2015 – 9:32 pm

 

The Bills wrapping up their first week of voluntary workouts. They will resume activities next Monday. We began the show hearing from LeSean McCoy and his first impressions of working out with his new teammates, getting a fresh start, and the added talent on the Bills roster. That led us to the topic of the night. We asked the listeners, who will have the most rushing touchdowns this season?

CM7_6840It’s a new look for the Bills tight end group with the departures of Scott Chandler and Lee Smith. The addition of Charles Clay along with the return of Marqueis Gray and Chris Gragg leaves the team with a pretty solid group. Gragg sat down with us in studio to discuss his return from injury, feeding off a fairly positive 2014 season, and his comparison to new teammate Charles Clay.

“I don’t feel there’s a difference. I feel like me and him do the same things. My short time in the league, I’ve been asked to play a lot of positions. I’ve played fullback, H-back, tight end, I’ve been split out a little bit and he’s done the same things down there in Miami. That’s one of the things Greg Roman wants us to know is that us at tight ends, he wants athletic tight ends and that we’re going to be moving all around.”

reich-chargersAt the top of the second hour we were joined by former Bills backup QB and now Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Reich is gearing up to host the annual Call to Courage Awards Breakfast which will go to this year’s recipient, former Bills tight end Scott Chandler. He went on to discuss the current situation in San Diego and the recent rumors that the team is looking to trade quarterback Phillip Rivers. Reich also discussed the team’s recent acquisition in Stevie Johnson and what he will add to the offense.

Finally, we reached out to founder and editor of NFLFemale.com, Liz Panucci. Panucci talked about starting the website from her fanhood of the NFL growing up a Miami Dolphins fan. The site has female correspondents for teams all over the league and Panucci talked about how the site has been a voice for a growing number of female football fans.

 

“This is really such a great platform for women to share what they have to say and not feel repressed in any way, shape, or form. They’re all loving it and we actually call it the sisterhood because the NFL has the brotherhood so we’re the sisterhood of the NFLFemale and we’re all sisters and it’s a lot of fun and some smart, smart ladies. ”

 

 

Bills head coach Rex Ryan throwing up the first pitch at the Bisons this afternoon and caught up with him after to get his comments. We also went over today’s release of the preseason schedule. To hear that and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Woods: New offense will keep opponents guessing

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 1:36 pm

Bills WR Robert Woods, like just about everyone else is excited about the additions on offense that the team acquired via trade and free agency. The offensive scheme however, might be what he’s looking forward to the most.

In an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Woods explained how offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense will differ from what they’ve done in the past.

“(He brings) great energy in the meeting room, but I see his mind at work,” said Woods of Roman. “Talking motions and talking shifts. There are a lot of new additions and a lot of new plays that we didn’t have before. It’s very advanced.

“We didn’t have many motions and shifts before and now we’re able to disguise our offense more. Defenses don’t know what’s going to come because we’ll have a lot of movement from a lot of guys to keep defenses off balance.”

Woods also said that despite the additions in the passing game his approach is to still strive to be the team’s number one wideout.


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Bucs sign LB Dean

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 11:22 am

Bills free agent LB Larry Dean has been signed by another NFL club.

Dean officially signed with Tampa Bay. Largely a special teams contributor for the Bills, Dean appeared in 13 games for Buffalo in 2014 and was third in special teams tackles last season.

The Buccaneers will be Dean’s third NFL club. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by Minnesota in 2011.


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CB Graham to host football camp in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 9:00 am

Bills cornerback and Buffalo native Corey Graham will be giving back to his hometown this summer. Graham will be hosting a free youth football camp in Buffalo this summer.

The free camp will take place on Sunday June 20th, with fifth to eighth graders participating from 9 am – 12 pm and ninth to 12th graders participating from 1 pm – 4 pm.

The camp will take place at All-High stadium at Bennett high school at 2885 Main street in Buffalo with prizes and giveaways including a signed jersey. More information can be found here about the camp.

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Bills FB Knox: “I have to pinch myself” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2015 – 9:27 pm

 

Quiet day around One Bills Drive as the team continues their offseason voluntary workouts. We began the show with the news around the NFL, which included the league announcing their nine new officials for 2015. On that list is Sarah Thomas, the league’s first full-time female official. We heard from Thomas via conference call she did this afternoon. We went on to our discussion of the night dealing with the quarterbacks. We asked the listeners, with EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, and Jeff Tuel on the current roster, does the team need to find another QB in the draft? Various responses on that topic tonight.

KnoxWestern New York native and University at Buffalo grad Corey Knox joined the show at the bottom of the first hour. The fullback joined the Bills as a futures signing back in December. He’s here this week working out getting used to the NFL atmosphere. Knox grew up a Bills fan and admits he’s a fan of The John Murphy Show. He talked about being here and what it means to be on the same field with the players he grew up watching.

“A dream come true would probably be an understatement. I know I have a lot of work to do but every day when I get in I have to pinch myself and then I give myself a little slap in the face just to wake up and realize that it’s not a dream. It’s exciting to be able to be side-by-side with guys like Fred Jackson and Kyle Williams. It’s unbelievable. They’ve done such a fantastic job over their careers and it’s just an honor for me to be able to give them everything I have. Those guys are deserving of a championship and I’m going to give it everything I have for those guys and for this city.”

Next up, we returned to draft talk with a familiar name to the show, ESPN Draft Analyst Kevin Weidl. Weidl discussed the quarterback class beyond Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and says that there isn’t a guy there worth taking that could be projected a future starter in the NFL. Weidl went on to talk about the Bills’ needs, specifically when it comes to the offensive line. He mentioned Laken Tomlinson from Duke and Tre’ Jackson from Florida State as players he likes to shore up the offensive line.

 

To hear more in-depth draft talk from Weidl and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2015 – 7:57 pm

Here’s where Bills players will be appearing on local and nationa radio Thursday.  

7:30 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon Show

– Robert Woods

 

7:40 am – WCMF, The Break room

– Charles Clay

 

12:20 pm – Rich Eisen Show

– EJ Manuel 


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QB Cassel on the new parts blending

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2015 – 3:56 pm

Bills QB Matt Cassel was one of the many veteran players participating in the voluntary offseason conditioning program this week. He’s also one of the many new parts on the offensive side of the ball. Having been a new face in a new place before Cassel outlined how he expects the chemistry to develop with the new players on his side of the ball.

“I think you start to build a foundation,” he said. “You build that rapport, you build those relationships and you start to understand what guys do well and what I do well.  As you get closer to the season you start to refine that and get better as you go.  But I think you take huge steps and make huge strides in OTAs and minicamps of doing that.”

Cassel is seen as one of the top two competitors for the starting quarterback job with EJ Manuel.

 


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Lunch Scramble Series event

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 8, 2015 – 3:27 pm

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Join us for Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Lunch Scramble Series event on Tuesday, April 14.  The event takes place at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens from noon to 2 p.m.  The Buffalo Bills are proud to be a series presenting sponsor.

The Scramble Series is a progressive networking opportunity that gives attendees the chance to switch tables during each course to make new business connections.  This event is perfect for young professionals, mid-level managers and sales representatives.

Click here to read about Alexandra Vitale’s experience at the most recent Scramble Series event. scramble-blog-footer


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Do the doubters fuel EJ?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2015 – 12:58 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel knows the magnitude of this his third NFL season and is all in when it comes to his efforts to win the starting quarterback job this summer in training camp. Manuel has had his share of doubters since he was made a first-round pick of the Bills back in 2013, but do the doubters fuel him all the more?

That was a question posed by NFL Network’s Kim Jones to Manuel, and though he didn’t directly say they do, he gave indication that was the case.

“I fuel myself as well,” said Manuel indicating doubters do fuel him. “But I think just moving forward and being excited about a new opportunity and obviously having coach [Rex] Ryan come in and give you that confidence as a head coach coming from him means a lot to us as his players. I’m just really excited and happy to be back in Buffalo.”

Manuel is never one to seek out criticism for motivation, which is probably why he didn’t give a direct response. His self-motivation is usually more than enough.


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Incognito: “My last bite at the apple” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2015 – 8:38 am

 

Back on the air to kick off another week. Players in and around the building as offseason workouts roll on. We began the show with the news of the day which included a free agent visit from safety Dawan Landry. On Monday, players spoke to the media. We heard from both Richie Incognito and Percy Harvin for the first time since their signings. They both are looking to reestablish their careers in the NFL, which led us to tonight’s topic asking the listeners, how many chances should a player with a troubled past get?

Richie Incognito picSpeaking of Incognito, he sat down with us to kick off our guest list for the night. He talked about his time here in Buffalo back in 2009 and the events that followed down in Miami that led to his suspension. Incognito opened up about what he has learned since and why he feels this is his last chance to prove himself, his “last bite at the apple.” He went on to discuss what he will bring to the offensive line, especially in the run game, which he admits is the strength of his game.

“I’m a mauler in the run game. I get after people. I’m physical for four quarters. I bring a nasty disposition to the game and that’s what you have to have to run the football. You have to have an attitude. Running the football is all about mentality and I have the right mentality for it.”

S Carolina Florida FootballNext up, we were joined by NFLDraftScout.com’s NFL Draft Insider Rob Rang. Rang gave an overall analysis of this year’s draft class. He talked about the possible needs for Buffalo and what possible players he sees as a fit at 50th overall. One player mentioned, considering the depth of this year’s draft, was AJ Cann, offensive lineman from South Carolina, NFLDraftScout.com’s top-rated guard.

“His ability, in my opinion, could be a plug and play option. A guy, because he’s a four year starter, because he started all four seasons at left guard but also did a lot of work at right guard and at center during his pro day workout, teams are feeling increasingly comfortable with the possibility that he might be able to play any one of those three interior positions. At number fifty overall, I think you’re going with the best player available and AJ Cann, in my opinion, can be among those players if available.

We rounded out the show hearing from quarterback EJ Manuel. He talked about having a clean slate with the new coaching staff and what he’s been working on during the offseason. To hear that and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2015 – 5:24 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local radio airwaves Wednesday. 

7 am – Kiss 98.5, Janet and Nick

– QB Matt Cassel

 

9:50 am – Sirius NFL Radio, Ross Tucker and David Diehl

– RB LeSean McCoy

 

12:15 pm – Pro Football Talk Live, Mike Florio

-RB LeSean McCoy

 

1:15 pm – Fan 590, Greg Brady and Andrew Walker

– TE Charles Clay

 

3:25 pm – ESPN Rochester, Scott Pitoniak

-RB  Fred Jackson


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“I’ll be a Buffalo Bill–only” -Kyle Williams

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 4:15 pm

The offseason saw another contract restructuring for Bills DT Kyle Williams. And Williams doesn’t know how much longer he’ll play. But he’s sure that when he retires, he’ll retire as a Buffalo Bill.

“No matter what happens, if they run me out the door in a year, or two or three, or I’m done, this will be my last stop,” he said as the Bills voluntary conditioning program got started this week. “I’m excited about that. To be where I belong–I started here and to end here is going to be a special thing.”

“I’m not putting a cap on it. I’ve got three years left. Maybe it’s more than that. Either way, I’ll be a Buffalo Bill—only,” Williams said emphatically.

The veteran lineman says it’s not just the Bills, it’s the community that has made an impact on he and his family.

“It means everything to me,” Williams said. “I’ve had the opportunity to be here, to start my family here. I’ve got five kids now. It’s really a place that has a special place in my heart for me and my wife.”

 


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Kyle: “You don’t go in expecting bad things from people”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 3:30 pm

The Bills got national attention in the last few months when they signed a couple of veteran free agents who’ve had trouble in the past. Guard Richie Incognito and WR Percy Harvin reportedly have had locker room issues and both have bounced around the league somewhat.

But Bills veteran Kyle Williams is certain there’s enough locker room leadership in Buffalo to prevent any problems from any new additions to the roster.

“We have a really good locker room,” Williams said this week at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program. “A great mix of guys who are important to one another, guys that the game is important to them. Those guys coming in, they’ll see that.”

Williams has been selected a Bills team captain in each of the last four years. And he’s convinced Incognito and Harvin will not disrupt team chemistry.

“Richie was already here, he was a great teammate here,’ he said. “I haven’t been around Percy, but you talk to guys on the Jets last year and they say he was a great teammate there.”

“You don’t go in expecting bad things from people. You expect them to be great teammates and play hard and to care about what’s going on. They’ll get a vibe from the locker room and they’ll see what’s in that locker room. I’m excited to have them. They’re both great players and they’re going to help us win.”


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Some veteran guidance for EJ Manuel

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 2:45 pm

As he goes into his third year, Bills QB EJ Manuel has sought advice from a quarterback with one of the longest tenures at the position in recent NFL history.

Manuel revealed this week that he spent a considerable amount of offseason workout time with longtime vet Steve DeBerg. Based in the Tampa, Fla. area, DeBerg spent 21-seasons in the NFL with the Niners, Broncos, Bucs, Chiefs, Dolphins and Falcons. He led the Chiefs to two playoff appearances, and he remains in the top-20 all time in NFL history in passing attempts, completions, and yardage.

Since retiring from playing in 1998, DeBerg has been a quarterback coach with the Falcons and Giants. And he’s participated in a number of quarterback development camps.

EJ Manuel says he’s worked with DeBerg on improving his throwing motion.

“I don’t want to say I’ve changed my throwing motion but I’ve been working with Steve DeBerg pretty much since January,” Manuel said this week. “We’ve studied a bunch of the elite passers in the game. They all throw the ball, not necessarily the same exact way, but certain types of ways. I’ve been working on that since January. I think I have it down now.”

Manuel spent the last few weeks throwing with teammate Chris Hogan at a private facility in New Jersey. And he says Hogan has noticed how well EJ is throwing the ball.

“‘Hoag’  said he saw the difference,” according to Manuel. “Once we start getting out here in minicamps you guys will be able to see it as well. My confidence is extremely high and I want to keep it that way.”

 


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