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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?

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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?
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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?

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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

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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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OL Richardson pumped to have Ryan as HC

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2015 – 2:37 pm


Bills second-year offensive lineman Cyril Richardson was spotted out at Baylor’s pro day Wednesday in Waco and appeared on ESPN-Central Texas radio where he was asked about his new head coach Rex Ryan.

Richardson, like most Bills players, is pretty pumped to have Ryan as his head coach.

“I’m extremely excited,” Richardson said. “Number one I remember when I first started watching ‘Hard Knocks’ and they had the Jets on and I remember watching him do his thing, coach, talk about what he’s doing, talk about who he’s moving around, getting rid of. I thought it was the most entertaining ‘Hard Knocks’ and now he’s my coach. I can’t wait to meet him and the new staff and build off the moves we made in the offseason.”

Richardson also said he believes Baylor QB prospect Bryce Petty will be a successful NFL quarterback.


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Report: Miami will not match Clay offer sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2015 – 11:42 am

The Dolphins have until Sunday night at midnight going into Monday to match the offer sheet signed by Charles Clay with Buffalo. According to reports however, Miami is pulling out on competing for Clay early.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Miami will not match Buffalo’s offer sheet for Clay.

No word yet as to whether the Dolphins have rescinded the transition tag on Clay, which would officially make Clay a Buffalo Bill and terminate the five-day right of first refusal.


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Jim Kelly wins Spirit Award from Maxwell Club

Posted by Dallas Miller on March 19, 2015 – 10:01 am

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If you missed it last week, The Maxwell Football Club has honored Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly with the Tom Brookshier Spirit Award. The award is named after the former Philadelphia Eagle and broadcast personality. Formed in 2010, it honors a member of the football community who has overcome adversity, and is not given out every year.

Andre Reed was in attendance to present the award to his former teammate at the Tropicana in Atlantic City on March 13.

“When I was going through tough times, I always had to stay focused on how this will have an impact on others,” said Kelly, referencing his public battle with cancer.

“Talking with my wife and my family, the bottom line is who you surround yourself with and the people around you. I’ve always had positive people with positive thoughts and feelings and comments towards me and when you have people speaking positive around you only good things come out. I’m here today because of the support, the prayers and all the well wishes I’ve gotten from so many people.”


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NFL clubs pushing to expand replay

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 3:37 pm

The NFL Competition Committee will be meeting over the next week at the league meetings and they’ve got a host of replay expansion proposals from NFL clubs.

In fact of the 23 rule proposal changes, 13 involved the replay system in some way, shape or form. New England’s proposal was the broadest as they asked for replay to be expanded where any call in a game can be challenged. A handful of teams wanted certain fouls to be reviewed by officials on replay, including those on defenseless receivers. Another club wanted to increase coaches challenges from two to three.

Even the time on the game and play clocks were items teams proposed be reviewable under replay.

It would be surprising if many of these took effect, knowing the league has worked hard with the officiating committee to reduce the time of games. That was accomplished in 2014 with the average game time reduced from three hours and seven minutes to three hours and five minutes. Expanding review would only slow the game down more.

However, there were some interesting proposals that the Competition Committee will consider. Here were some of the more noteworthy ones.

Guarantee both teams a possession in overtime (Chicago proposal)

Allow for a bonus extra point following a successful two-point conversion. So if a team goes for two after a touchdown and converts, that team will have an opportunity to try an extra point as well from the opponent’s 32-yard line, amounting to a 50-yard kick attempt. (Indianapolis proposal)

The Colts say the proposal is to encourage more two-point attempts

Expand the jersey numbers for linebackers to include 40-49 (in addition to 50-59 and 90-99).

Among the more interesting bylaw change proposals was eliminating the 75-player cut down at training camp. The reason cited is to develop players and for safety by not over-repping players in the preseason setting.


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Harvin will get chances in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 3:13 pm


Bills newest WR Percy Harvin
is a game breaking talent, and for anyone that doubted that after seeing him traded twice in the span of a calendar year from the Vikings to the Seahawks to the Jets, his eight games under Rex Ryan was hard proof.

Harvin only played eight games for the Jets last season, but he was very effective in an offense that had its share of struggles in 2014. In those eight games with New York here is where his production ranked on the team.

Receiving average – 12.1 – 1st
Yards after catch – 160 – 1st
Plays of 25+ yards – 4 – T-1st (Decker)
Touchdowns – 1 – T-1st (Decker, Graham)
Receptions – 29 – 2nd (Decker)
Receiving yards – 350 – 2nd (Decker)
Passing targets – 52 – 2nd – (Decker – 62)
1st downs – 15 – 2nd – (Decker – 21)

So Harvin was clearly an additional threat for New York’s offense. In fact his production in eight games was superior to most of other receivers on the roster who had been on the roster the entire season. Better consistency at quarterback likely would’ve made him even more productive.

Ryan wasted no time putting Harvin to good use. In his first game for the Jets, which ironically was against the Bills in Week 8, he was used on 52 percent of the plays on offense despite only glancing at the playbook that week. Come Week 9 he was up to 84 percent of the offensive plays at Kansas City and broke out for 11 catches for 129 yards. His other big game was in Week 14 at Minnesota where he had six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

In addition Harvin handled kick return duties and had free license to bring the ball out of the end zone no matter how deep it was. He averaged a solid 24.75 yards a return rolling up 495 yards on 20 kick returns. Whether he’ll be given that same license in Buffalo remains to be seen.

Still, there’s no denying that Buffalo’s speed on the outside just went up another notch from where it already was.

Harvin had a good relationship with Rex Ryan in their half season together in New York. He also got along well with receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who is now in Buffalo under Ryan in the same role.

So although the talent pool at the skill positions is clearly deeper in Buffalo, Harvin will be seeing a good deal of action on offense, if his use in New York is any indication.


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Free agent LB Spikes appears on NFL Network

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 11:36 am

Bills free agent LB Brandon Spikes was an in studio guest on NFL Network’s NFL AM show Wednesday. Spikes was asked about the likelihood of him re-signing with Buffalo.

When asked if he’d like to be back in Buffalo for 2015, Spikes answered in the affirmative.

“Of course I’d like to go back, but you know how it goes in this league,” he said. “Guys with a new staff they like their guys and everybody understands that. I love Buffalo.”

Though Spikes only spent one season in Buffalo he has an affinity for the city and the fans who embraced him.

“Honestly I can’t put it into words. It reminds me of a place I used to play down in the Gainesville called the Swamp. It’s the truth,” Spikes said. “I really appreciate those fans up there because I hadn’t experienced that since I had been in the NFL and that just gave me the boost to get up every morning and get my job done.”

Spikes was also asked about Bills new head coach Rex Ryan and if he thinks he’s a match for the type of player he likes.

“I love Rex and what he brings to the table,” said Spikes. “He’s a player’s coach and guys play for him, but with all the moves this offseason, the dynamic guys with Shady (McCoy) and (Percy) Harvin and Sammy (Watkins), it’s great. Honestly I can’t wait to watch those guys.”

Bills GM Doug Whaley said at the NFL Combine last month that they told Spikes he’d be welcome to return as a one or two down linebacker at most with a price fitting of such a player. He also encouraged him to see if he could do better on the open market knowing Spikes still wants to be a starter in the NFL.

As for how he’s approaching free agency Spikes said he’s left it in the hands of his agent.

“For the most part my agent has been doing a great job with that. I just told them that I’m ready to go to whoever wants me,” he said. “They’re going to get a great player, a complete player, a leader, a guy that plays the game the right way with a lot of fire. I’m ready to go. I’m all good.”

When asked if he would return to New England, Spikes said he would play anywhere.

 

 


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Where do Bills rank after free agent moves?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2015 – 3:51 pm

The Bills have been active players in the first wave of free agency as well as the trade market here in March. So what has it done in the eyes of the national media when it comes to ranking the NFL’s 32 teams? Here’s a look.

NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison ranked all 32 teams coming out of the first week of free agency and he had Buffalo ranked 17th. Here’s what he wrote about the Bills.

17 – BILLS
It’s hard not to be fired up for Bills football in 2015. Love the LeSean McCoy acquisition. Love re-signing Jerry Hughes. How about adding a true fullback in Jerome Felton, too? Yep, Rex Ryan is fired up. That is, following the good six-hour cry he had after hearing Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie signed with the Jets. That must be like your ex-fiancée deciding she wants to get married after you cancelled a $100,000 wedding. Not that I know anyone like that.

Buffalo was second in the AFC East, though Harrison had Miami right behind Buffalo at 18th. New England ranked second and the Jets were 26th.


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Reed weighs in on Bills QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2015 – 12:03 pm

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Bills Hall of Famer Andre Reed appeared as a guest on NFL Network’s NFL AM show Tuesday. He was asked to weigh in on Buffalo’s quarterback situation. Unlike most he’s not assuming that recent acquisition Matt Cassel will be the starting QB come September.

“There’s going to be a quarterback competition,” Reed said. “They’ve got Matt Cassel now and they brought Tyrod Taylor in from the Ravens. There’s going to be three guys competing and Rex won’t make a decision until probably the first game.

“I think EJ (Manuel) is going to get another chance and another crack at this. I’d like to see him do well. He’s a good kid. He has all the tools to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. I think the guys are behind him. He just has to have the right mindset going into camp of not only getting better, but being the leader that this team needs on offense.”


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Whaley: 1st week of free agency unprecedented

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2015 – 1:51 pm

The first week of free agency had a different element to it. Not only were there player trades, but they included some of the largest names in the game. Haloti Ngata, Jimmy Graham and a handful of others were on the move. As Bills GM Doug Whaley watched it all unfold and made a couple of trades of his own, he admits there was an unprecedented nature to the start of this year’s free agent period.

“I’ve been in this 20 years and that was probably the most activity I’ve seen on the trade front in terms of the quality of players,” Whaley told Buffalobills.com. “I think it’s just the byproduct of teams trying to get better and teams trying to move assets and get something in return. It was also a byproduct of the salary cap. Having some players that are maybe a little higher in the salary cap and you’ve got to do some adjustments just to try to keep your team relevant.”

Seeing such quality talent on the move was unusual, but it was chiefly tied to one thing. Money.

“It’s all money. You sign these guys and they have cap numbers and when you first sign them it’s great,” Whaley said. “Then you get down the road and you add pieces here and there and then you stop and realize you have to reduce your cap number and if the guy balks instead of trying to get nothing for him you offer him up in a trade and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

In year’s past when NFL clubs knew a team had to move an established veteran player with a high cap figure, most would not swing a trade and instead just wait until the player was cut and try to sign him as a free agent. In this new league year that hasn’t happened.

“I think people are starting to see if you really want this guy remove all doubt (and trade for him),” Whaley said. “You can sit and wait, but then you’re competing with other people. Now you may have to give up something, but at least you get the guy you want. If you want the guy, do what you have to do to go get the guy.”

 


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Mr. Big Stuff presents HUGE hometown check

Posted by Dallas Miller on March 14, 2015 – 11:00 am

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Marcell Dareus returns to his childhood field of dreams this weekend, Wahouma Park, in Birmingham, Alabama, to bestow a generous gift that will impact the lives and aspirations of local youth for years to come.

“I want the kids who play here to know that they have the same opportunities to succeed as I did,” says Dareus. “And what better way to do that than to give them a safe and clean environment in which to play.”

With 113 parks within the city limits, Birmingham Park and Recreation is uniquely positioned to provide accessible recreational opportunities to families throughout the area. A neighborhood park is often the place where athletic prowess is first tested and a dream imagined, lifelong friendships and memories made, and an appreciation for nature is kindled by a bird’s soaring flight.

“I’m really excited to come back to Birmingham and revitalize the park I played in as a child,” added Dareus.

The third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and the highest-selected defensive lineman in University of Alabama history, Dareus played on the 2009 and 2010 BCS National Championship squads and was a multi-sport star at Huffman High School. He began to showcase his gridiron talents early on as a youth playing at Wahouma Park for the Wahouma Seminoles. Dareus has achieved numerous honors during his young career – MVP of the 2010 BCS title game, Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-Rookie of the Year in 2011; First-Team All-Pro in 2013 and selected to the 2013 and 2014 Pro Bowl teams.

The opportunity to revitalize Wahouma Park came to Birmingham Park and Recreation through the vision of Chris Rogers, CEO of Together Assisting People (TAP). A former University of Alabama football standout, Rogers established TAP in 2010 as a non-profit organization to prepare athletes to be successful in life outside of athletics. TAP develops and institutes programs catered to the unique issues facing youth and young adults, which helps them to find purpose and direction.

“We are truly excited to partner with Marcell on the Wahouma Park Revitalization Project. We applaud Marcell’s commitment to the Birmingham community and TAP is here to help him achieve his goals of making the city he grew up in and calls home a great place to live, work and play,” says Rogers.

Since its founding, TAP has sponsored educational symposia focused on building life plans, personal branding, leadership, social media etiquette, interview skills and financial literacy. Through partnerships and fundraising, such as the annual Chris Rogers’ Paintball Tournament and Tap’s Celebrity Golf Tournament, TAP continues to expand its reach and meet the needs of young athletes.

“Birmingham Park and Recreation and the families who enjoy Wahouma Park are blessed to be the recipients of the generosity of Mr. Dareus and TAP,” says Kevin Moore, Director of Birmingham Park and Recreation. “Our commitment to providing exceptional recreation opportunities throughout the city continues, park by park.”


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Dareus gives back to childhood park

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2015 – 10:12 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus will be at the park where he grew up playing youth football this weekend to help with a revitalization effort and make a donation.

Dareus, who grew up playing in Wahouma Park in Birmingham, Alabama, is making a donation of $100,000 to refurbish some of the run down areas of the park while also improving the condition of the landscaping, fields and playground areas.

“I’m really excited to come back to Birmingham and revitalize the park I played in as a child,” Dareus said in the release. “I want the kids who play here to know that they have the same opportunities to succeed as I did. And what better way to do that than to give them a safe and clean environment in which to play.”


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Felton: “I’m the real Secret Service” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 13, 2015 – 9:16 pm

Rounding out the first week of NFL Free Agency. We began the show with ongoing reports from around the league and from back here at One Bills Drive. That includes the official announcement of the team extending defensive tackle Kyle Williams. There are also reports that the team has signed WR Percy Harvin. We brought on Vikings color analyst and former NFL linebacker Pete Bercich who weighed in on Harvin and his time in Minnesota. Bercich also talked about former Viking and now Bills additions, Matt Cassel and Jerome Felton.

DSC_3694Speaking of Felton, he was introduced as the team’s new fullback on Wednesday. He sat down with us on Friday to discuss his reason for opting out of his contract in Minnesota and the decision to sign a free agent deal in Buffalo, adding “The Bills want a winning program here and they want to win now and I’m happy to be a part of it.” Felton also discussed his role in the offensive, leading the way for new RB LeSean McCoy.

“When the running backs are having a lot of success or getting 200-yards, 150-yards, or averaging five yards a carry, those are the things that get me excited. I take it real seriously but I joke around and say I’m the real secret service! So he’s (McCoy) safe now. We’re going to have a good time and we got to chat it up a little bit and we’re both excited to get to work and get in here and turn this into a winning franchise.”

Last week we caught up with Cyrus Kouandjio who has been training in Arizona under LeCharles Bentley at his O-line Performance Training Academy. We decided to reach out to LeCharles to get a lowdown on his program and why he personally selects who he will train, picking out those players who have the “it factor.” Bentley was very energetic in describing why he wants to work with players like Cyrus Kouandjio.

kouandjio“You end up being with a guy like Cyrus that has all the tangibles but he also has that one thing I just can’t put my finger on and it’s that ‘it’ factor. If you can get that ‘it’ factor to mesh with the tangibles, now you have something special and that’s the beautiful part about offensive linemen. LeCharles said. “I love seeing young guys like Cyrus learn and grow from their mistakes and that’s something I pride myself on is being able to provide an opportunity and an environment for these young guys to grow.”

We circled back to free agency and called on former NFL scout and contributor to National Football Post, Greg Gabriel. Gabriel shared his thoughts on the Bills moves, stating that LeSean McCoy is a “huge” addition on the roster. He went on to talk about scouting talent and finding ascending players to fit a specific system in which he talks about in his recent article on National Football Post How Clubs Prepare for Free Agency. To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Report: Bills have deal with WR Harvin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2015 – 3:32 pm

The Bills were the only team that Percy Harvin visited as a free agent after his release from the Jets. Now it appears he’ll remain in the AFC East.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who is reporting a one-year deal between Harvin and the Bills.

No word yet from the Bills organization.


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Report: TE Chandler signs with Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2015 – 1:09 pm

Bills former tight end Scott Chandler will apparently be staying in the AFC East.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chandler has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots.

The Pats already have Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright as pass catching options in their offense. Where Chandler fits is hard to say right now knowing he’s not a blocking specialist.


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