Inside The Bills

‘Zo to tap into ex-Panthers intel on expectations

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2017 – 12:52 pm

Lorenzo Alexander feels more comfortable being a vocal leader in his second year with the Bills. But he wants to do it within the constructs of head coach Sean McDermott’s expectations. That’s why he plans to tap into the knowledge some of the ex-Panthers on Buffalo’s roster to make sure he’s got a full understanding of the new head coach’s methods and messaging.

“That’s why they’re here,” said Alexander of free agent signees Mike Tolbert, Leonard Johnson and Philly Brown. “Coaches often bring guys from other places where they’ve been because they understand the expectation level. They understand the culture that he wants and what he means when he says certain things. So they can definitely be sounding boards for his message and I can also talk to them as well for things like, ‘What does it mean when he says this?’ Or, ‘How did you guys do that here?’ Or ‘What did that picture look like in your locker room?’ And maybe we can take some of those tidbits that they learned from what he did in other places and apply it here so we can win.”

Alexander and the three ex-Panthers signees are among a group of players we profiled on Buffalobills.com as Bills culture makers under coach McDermott entering the 2017 season.


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Predict the Pick 2017

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 10, 2017 – 9:00 am

Bills fans the 2017 NFL Draft is less than a month away. You know what that means? It’s time to pick who you think the Bills will take first!

Predict the Pick, presented by M&T Bank, gives fans the opportunity to share their thoughts on one of the NFL’s most popular events. Fans who correctly predict Buffalo’s first Draft pick, will have the chance to meet him.

Don’t miss out! To make your pick, click here.

The contest will remain open until Wednesday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m.


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Fan Friday 4-7

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2017 – 11:30 am

Draft day is closing in. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Could the Bills be legitimately in the hunt for Sherman?

Crowe
@KookaberraCrowe

CB: I don’t see Buffalo as a realistic trade partner with the Seahawks. Here’s why.

Seattle is looking to cut their payroll and get younger. Draft picks are what they are after in exchange for Sherman. With the Bills possessing just six picks in this year’s draft, which is known as a deep class with great value in rounds two through four, I can’t see the Bills parting with picks to inherit a 30-year old corner making the kind of money Buffalo themselves chose to avoid when they let Stephon Gilmore walk.


2 –
@ChrisBrownBills

What do you think the bills biggest need is heading into the draft? #fanfriday #gobills

I Just Want To
WIN@JKolba


CB:
I’m not trying to hedge here, but I believe it’s linebacker and cornerback. They need premium athletes at both positions, which is why I think if the value is right that’s what they look to address early in the draft.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is there anything at this (admittedly very early) point to differentiate Sean McDermott from his lengthy list of unsuccessful predecessors?

Paul Lane
@BfloBizDATA
CB: While I think it’s easy to differentiate coach McDermott from his immediate predecessor knowing their approach to coaching is diametrically opposed, we all know that his abilities on game day as a coach are complete unknowns. No one has seen him operate as a head coach on the sideline on game day.

So while there have already been several encouraging signs (assembling a proven staff, connecting with players, clear vision for the team, adding a specific kind of player talent) all people care about in the NFL are the results. And until everyone sees how he arrives at those results there’s no way to differentiate coach McDermott from those who came before him.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Kyle Williams will need to be replaced soon and has been injured more often the last few years. Which draft 17 or 18 do they replace him in?

Michael Cybulski
@Brockv5Michael
CB: First, I would like to point out that with the exception of the 2015 season when he played in six games, Kyle Williams has played in 15 games or more in four of the last five seasons.

That being said I do believe that depth on the interior of the defensive line is an underrated positional need for Buffalo in this draft. Unfortunately the depth on the defensive line is better on the edge than on the interior in this class.

I could see them looking for a good mid-to-late round value at defensive tackle. I like UCLA’s Eddie Vanderdoes. He performed well at the Senior Bowl and could still be there in round five. That’s right where Buffalo landed Kyle Williams back in the 2006 draft.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills

If Joe Mixon is still available late, do you think the Bills would draft him? What round would be good enough value to offset PR headache?

Andy
@AndyThinksStuff

CB: Mixon is going to be in different places on a lot of teams’ draft boards, and there will be some boards where he doesn’t appear at all. Knowing the talent that Mixon possesses I believe round four is where a lot of teams will feel comfortable selecting him. As you know Buffalo doesn’t have a fourth-round pick, so I don’t know if the Bills will ever have the opportunity to match the risk with the value.

And as we’ve seen in the past there is usually one team that is willing to roll the dice and takes such a prospect a lot earlier than most anticipate.


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Lorenzo Alexander pays visit to local elementary school

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 6, 2017 – 11:37 am

He’s only been back in Western New York for a few days, but that hasn’t stopped Bills Pro Bowl linebacker Lorenzo Alexander from making a difference in the community.

On Tuesday, April 4, Alexander and his ACES Foundation, paid a special visit to Pembroke Intermediate School to meet with Mr. Brown’s fourth grade class.

“When I got back we went out there…We signed autographs for the kids, spoke to them about commitment and consistency and building relationships,” said Alexander. “I really liked the school and they’re doing a lot of great things out there.”

Reflecting on the afternoon, Alexander, this year’s Call to Courage Award recipient, explained that his main message to the young students was about character development.

“That’s what it’s always about – character,” said Alexander. “Being a great person, taking care of your classmates, your community and yourself and staying healthy – all the things you want to emphasize with kids. I emphasize with my own children.”

As far as his plans for the remainder of the offseason—in-between his duties on the field—Alexander aims to spend as much time giving back as he can.

“I think being my second year here, being more comfortable, how well the city embraced me last year and just the community, I wanted to get engaged sooner in that regard and give back when I have time in the offseason…”


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New mock goes LB for Bills at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2017 – 1:19 pm

The choices for the Bills at pick 10 have ranged from QB to safety to wide receiver to linebacker. There’s been a common name associated with the Bills regarding linebacker prospects at 10 in Reuben Foster. But the latest mock draft from Rotoworld went with a different linebacker for Buffalo in round one.

Rotoworld.com’s draft analyst Josh Norris went with Temple’s Haason Reddick, who has been of the biggest pre-draft risers since his monster week at the Senior Bowl in late January. Reddick proved himself capable of moving from a defensive end role at Temple to an off the ball linebacker. A solid workout at the Combine only helped boost his draft stock all the more.

Here was Norris’ reasoning for his Reddick pick for Buffalo.

10. Buffalo Bills – LB Haason Reddick, Temple – Linebacker is a pivotal position in Sean McDermott’s defense, and athleticism is a critical factor for linebackers to star in the system. Neither Preston Brown or Reggie Ragland scream “range” like Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Reddick offers that athleticism (93rd percentile) as well as possible blitzing or pass rushing possibilities.


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New Era Field tours kick off on Friday, April 7

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 4, 2017 – 10:47 am

Bills fans, what better way to kick off spring than with a fun-filled tour of New Era Field?

Tours begin on Friday, April 7 and run every other Friday until July, with time slots available at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Additional dates are offered every other Sunday, starting in August and continuing through October.

This exclusive Bills Experience provides fans with an up-close look at the facility’s suites and clubs, the field and much more!

Secure a spot on our next tour through the Bills Experience section in your Buffalo Bills or My One Buffalo mobile applications!

For details on pricing and Season Ticket Member discounts, click here.


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Report: Bills to work out QB Mahomes

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2017 – 1:22 pm

The Bills restructured the contract of Tyrod Taylor and will have him in the fold for the foreseeable future, but it clearly won’t preclude them from kicking the tires on some of this year’s quarterback prospects. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Buffalo will hold a private workout with Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes.

According to Rapoport  the workout will take place next week. The Bills are one of 18 teams to schedule either a private workout or pre-draft visit. The private workouts that have already taken place were with Arizona, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans.

Mahomes most recently had a pre-draft workout with the NY Jets on Sunday.

The Texas Tech QB is seen as the wild card in this draft class. Though he has major mechanical flaws, his athletic talent is undeniable and that has some teams taking a much closer look.


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Fan Friday 3-31

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2017 – 12:35 pm

The NFL draft is a month away! Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills If we stay put @ 10 because lack of trade partner how much can we gain trading back in second round, pick wise?

@taylor_degeorge

CB: A lot of it would depend on where the Bills would be moving back too. If they slide back 10 spots to pick 54 in the draft, for example, it would require an additional late third or early fourth-round pick going to Buffalo to make the value work. If Buffalo was to move all the way to the bottom of round two it would require a high third-round pick in addition to make that work.

In essence Buffalo could conceivably recoup an additional third-round pick or a fourth-round pick (something they currently don’t have) to move back in round two.

That might not seem like much, but in this draft it’s valuable knowing the depth at a handful of positions in this class.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills Can you offer some insight on Zach Brown’s situation and why the Bills let him move on? Seemed like a good, young, Pro Bowl LB. Thanks!

Justin Crow
@jcrowrva

CB: I think what often stands in the way of a player the caliber of Zach Brown reaching a new deal, with the Bills, or anyone other team for that matter, at this stage of free agency is simple. It’s money.

No NFL team including the Bills has signed Brown to this point because his asking price is probably too high.

I understand where Brown is probably coming from. His value has probably never been this high since he was a second-round pick as a rookie. He led his team in tackles, played most of the season with a broken hand and went to the Pro Bowl (albeit as an alternate).

He probably believes that should count for something and I don’t disagree with him.

But ultimately players can’t control what the market is willing to pay, and it’s clear three weeks into free agency that the market is not in line with what Brown wants to play for at this point.

3 – @ChrisBrownBills wouldn’t Ruben Foster make sense to make the defense complete and dynamic?

Michael Minutella@MichaelMinutel4

CB: Reuben Foster is a dynamic player and linebacker is unquestionably a need position for the Bills. He is certainly fast enough and has the range to be a weak side linebacker in a 4-3 system. Foster has also demonstrated the necessary cover skills to fit that role. It’s a player who certainly makes sense at 10 and likely fits the value there.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills If the Bills were to go DB at 10, realistically (assume Adams Latt Hooker gone) who would be your pick #bills

Bill Carr@billcarr_10

CB: I think other options that could be considered at 10 at defensive back would almost exclusively be corner at that point if the top two safeties are off the board. Lattimore is the only lock top 10 cornerback, but another consideration could be Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey.

Beyond him I don’t know that the value fits at 10 for another defensive back. LSU Tre’Davious White is someone to consider, but there seems to be mixed opinion on him so I don’t see him going quite that high. Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie I think is going to come off the board sooner than some might expect, but 10 is probably too early.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is Preston Brown a good fit at the outside linebacker role in the new defense or is he too slow?

@JaredBailey23

CB: First, I think you’re jumping the gun a bit here in assuming that Preston Brown is going to play outside linebacker. I think Reggie Ragland and Preston Brown will each be lined up at middle linebacker and let the coaches decide who ultimately lines up where. Knowing the entire defensive staff is new I anticipate that this will take some time in the spring to spell out specific roles.

All that being said, if Brown was to move outside I think he could be a fit on the strong side, a spot he played some in college at Louisville. He’s certainly strong enough to set the edge and fill the other duties of that position. He wouldn’t be as good a fit in the weak side role which requires top end speed, range and cover ability.


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Bills fans and alumni weigh in on the 2017 schedule

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 29, 2017 – 4:46 pm

Each year, the Buffalo Bills Schedule Challenge, presented by Ellicott Hotels, offers Bills fans an opportunity to share their thoughts on the upcoming season. With the 2017 Schedule Challenge well underway, thousands of Bills supporters have already joined in on the fun.

Take a look at a few of the most common answers among fans:

-64% think the Bills will open the 2017 regular season at New Era Field

-42% think that the Miami Dolphins will be the first AFC East opponent that the Bills play at home

-52% think the Bills will play in two primetime games

-58% think the Buffalo will host a primetime matchup

In a recent appearance on The John Murphy Show, Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker also jumped into the conversation.

After taking the Challenge, here’s how the Bills legend thinks the 2017 campaign will play out:

-The Bills will open up the 2017 regular season on the road against division opponent the Miami Dolphins

-The Bills will have two primetime games and neither will be hosted at New Era Field

-Buffalo’s bye week will come in either Week 4, 5 or 6

How do your answers stack up against the competition? Take the quiz now to find out!

The Schedule Challenge ends on Friday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m.


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USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program now open

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 23, 2017 – 9:53 am

The 2017 USA Football Grant Program enables youth football leagues and scholastic teams to upgrade equipment, improve playing fields, recover from natural disasters and acquire life-saving equipment.  Applications for equipment, field and product grants are awarded to 501(c)(3)  tax – exempt youth, middle school and high school football programs throughout the United States.

Along with the grant program, USA Football has several other initiatives including the Heads Up Football initiative which the Bills proudly support in Western New York.  Though the USA Football Grant Program is available to any youth or school sponsored football organization, programs signed up and engaged in Heads Up Football are eligible for larger grant amounts.

Those wishing to submit a USA Football grant application will have until Wednesday, April 12 to do so.

For more information on USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program and to apply, please visit here.

 


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‘It’s morphin’ time’ with K. Williams’ daughter

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 22, 2017 – 5:21 pm

For “Power Rangers” fans everywhere, the hype for the newest movie is real. With the film set to hit theaters on Friday, March 24, generations of loyal supporters are jumping into the conversation.  Recently, Sports Illustrated turned to a few NFL players’ kids to get their take on the pop-culture craze and to ask the new cast some of their burning questions. Joining in the fun was none other than Kyle Williams’ 10-year-old daughter Kate.

The results? You guessed it, adorable.


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Mayock updates his top 5 by position for draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2017 – 2:14 pm

He put his first list of his top five at each position for the 2017 draft class just before the NFL combine. Almost a month later, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has re-issued his top five by position list from the 2017 talent pool and there has been some movement at some need positions for the Bills.

Chief among them cornerback where Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore moved up to the top spot from being ranked second in the initial Mayock rank. Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey moved up from three to two, while Washington’s Sidney Jones, Florida’s Teez Tabor and LSU’s Tre’Davious White slipped out of the top five completely. Jones’ drop is probably due largely to his Achilles injury suffered at his pro day.

Washington’s Kevin King, Ohio State’s Gareon Conley and UCLA’s Fabian Moreau round out the new top five at corner.

At receiver East Carolina WR Zay Jones moved up one spot from five to four, swapping places with E. Washington WR Cooper Kupp.

And at linebacker, Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham and Florida’s Jarrad Davis swapped places, with Davis moving up from four to three and Cunningham sliding back.

A lot of times Mayock alters these positional ranks based on what he’s hearing from NFL club executives directly. Here’s a look at all of his position listings.

Quarterback
1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
3. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
4. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
5. Davis Webb, California
Running Back
1. Leonard Fournette, LSU
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
3. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
4. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
5. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
Rise: Fournette (2), McCaffrey (3), Perine (NR)
Fall: Cook (1), Joe Mixon, Oklahoma (5, added to special exceptions)
Wide receiver
1. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
2. Mike Williams, Clemson
3. John Ross, Washington
4. Zay Jones, East Carolina
T-5. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
T-5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
Rise: Jones (5), Smith-Schuster (NR)
Fall: Kupp (4),

Tight end
1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
2. David Njoku, Miami
3. Evan Engram, Ole Miss
4. Gerald Everett, South Alabama
5. George Kittle, Iowa
Rise: Everett (5), Kittle (NR)
Fall: Jake Butt, Michigan (4, added to special exceptions)
Offensive tackle
1. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
2. Garett Bolles, Utah
3. Antonio Garcia, Troy
4. Roderick Johnson, Florida State
T-5. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
T-5. Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M
Interior OL
1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
2. Cam Robinson, Alabama
3. Dan Feeney, Indiana
4. Dion Dawkins, Temple
T-5. Ethan Pocic, LSU
T-5. Pat Elflein, Ohio State
Rise: Dawkins (5), Elflein (NR)
Fall: Pocic (4)
Interior DL
1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
2. Caleb Brantley, Florida
3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
4. Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
5. Chris Wormley, Michigan
Edge rusher
1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
4. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
5. Tim Williams, Alabama
Rise: Thomas (4), McKinley (5)
Fall: Williams (2)

Linebacker
1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
2. Haason Reddick, Temple
3. Jarrad Davis, Florida
4. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
5. Alex Anzalone, Florida
Rise: Davis (4)
Fall: Cunningham (3)
Cornerback
1. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
2. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
3. Kevin King, Washington
4. Gareon Conley, Ohio State
5. Fabian Moreau, UCLA
Rise: Lattimore (2), Humphrey (3), King (NR), Conley (NR), Moreau (NR)
Fall: Sidney Jones, Washington (1, added to special exceptions), Teez Tabor, Florida (4), Tre’Davious White, LSU (5)
Nickel
1. Budda Baker, Washington
2. Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
3. Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
4. Desmond King, Iowa
5. Damontae Kazee, San Diego State
Safety
1. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
2. Jamal Adams, LSU
3. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
4. Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
T-5. Marcus Williams, Utah
T-5. Marcus Maye, Florida
Rise: Peppers (3), Melifonwu (5), Williams (NR), Maye (NR)
Fall: Hooker (1) , Budda Baker, Washington (4, added to nickel)
Special exceptions
1. Adoree’ Jackson, USC
2. Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
3. Sidney Jones, Washington
4. Jake Butt, Michigan
5. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Additions: Jones (previously No. 1 CB), Butt (previously No. 4 TE), Mixon (previously No. 5 RB)
Moved: Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado (3, moved to nickel), Desmond King, Iowa (4, moved to nickel)
Fall: Adam Shaheen, Ashland (5)

 

 


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Murph honored with Lifetime Achievement award by Medaille

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2017 – 7:26 pm

Medaille College held its annual awards ceremony where they honor some of the region’s finest in media and law enforcement. Bills play-by-play man John Murphy was one of two recipients of a Lifetime Achievement award.

Murph’s Lifetime Achievement award from Medaille was in recognition for his radio and television play-by-play work. He has been the Bills play-by-play radio broadcaster for the last 14 seasons, and served as color commentator to the late Van Miller for 17 seasons on Bills radio broadcasts. Congrats Murph!

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Season Ticket Member of the Month – March

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 20, 2017 – 3:59 pm

Don Smith has been a passionate Bills fan and valued Season Ticket Member for over four decades. A Buffalo native, Smith has come to cherish the time he’s spent cheering on his team and the unforgettable memories he’s made along the way. Reflecting on some of his most prized moments, Smith fondly explained that witnessing the Bills pull off one of the greatest comeback wins in sports history tops his list.

“Probably the favorite memory [I have] is ‘The Greatest Comeback,’ that is always right up there,” said Smith. “[But] if I put it in order, it would be going to the first Super Bowl.”

Over the years, Smith has enjoyed watching a variety of Bills players take the field. From his all-time favorite player quarterback Jim Kelly to his current favorite player QB Tyrod Taylor, Smith has proven himself a die-hard fan. For Smith, game days at New Era Field represent the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with his son and wife.

“There’s nothing like being out there [for] a big game,” said Smith. “Each Sunday it’s always special when the Bills are at home…it’s the whole thing.”

Like many other Bills Season Ticket Members, Smith appreciates the perks associated with his membership – especially the relationship he’s developed with his dedicated Account Service Representative, Ricky Ferrell.

Congratulations, Don!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Don for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of March. In addition to Don being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive two pregame on-field passes to a game during the 2017 season, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, email us the account number, name and the reason for your nomination to Tickets@bills.nfl.net. Please use the subject line, “STM of the Month Nomination.”


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New Bills assigned numbers

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 20, 2017 – 12:39 pm

The Bills have made quite a few roster moves since the free agent market opened on March 9. Check out the jersey numbers each Bills newcomer has been assigned to below. 


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Hauschka has worked with Crossman before

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2017 – 9:11 am

Bills new kicker Stephen Hauschka might have some work to do to get to know Buffalo a bit better, but he’s already familiar with his special teams coordinator. That’s because he and Danny Crossman have worked together before.

“I have some familiarity with some of the coaches. Leslie Frazier was in Minnesota when I first got to the Vikings in 2008. I spent the summer there as a rookie undrafted guy. I was with Danny Crossman in Detroit back in 2010. So it is good to catch up with them. Looking forward to working with Coach Crossman especially.”

In the 2010 preseason, veteran Detroit kicker Jason Hanson suffered a leg injury that required surgery. So Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Lions after he had just been released by Atlanta where he was filling in for an injured Matt Bryant.

Hauschka lasted only two and a half weeks with Detroit, kicking in a pair of preseason games that summer. He wouldn’t land the full-time kicking job with the Seahawks until the following season.

“At the beginning of my career (I was) just filling opportunities for a guy that was injured or maybe a guy that was at the end of his career,” he said. “I definitely bounced around. I learned a lot being around some long time veterans. I got to spend a month under, with Jason Hanson, I got to spend some time with Ryan Longwell, and Matt Stover. So those were three experienced kickers and I got to learn something from each one of them. I think it was just a matter of time for me to really get on a roster and get comfortable and just go kick and enjoy it. Once I got that opportunity and got comfortable then it became a lot easier.”


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Factors in decision on Groy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2017 – 8:01 am

The L.A. Rams offer sheet to Ryan Groy was signed by the restricted free agent Tuesday. The reported terms are two years, $5M with a reported $3.5M guaranteed. It will be interesting to see the Bills course of action. Here are some factors that could impact the decision to match or not to match.

Buffalo recently tried to lure free agent OT Andre Smith to sign with them, but he has chosen to re-sign with the club that drafted him, Cincinnati. Do the anticipated dollars devoted to a hopeful Smith signing now get partially allocated to match the offer sheet signed by Groy?

Groy is a versatile asset for an offensive line. He can play center, guard or even tackle in a pinch. He proved himself more than capable in the final seven starts at center last season.

Perhaps even more important, Eric Wood is entering the final year of his contract and will be a free agent following the 2017 season. Wood is only 30-years old and can certainly play a few more years, but Groy is a fairly sizable investment decision that must be made by the club.

Buffalo does have a backup center in Patrick Lewis, but he’s strictly a center as most with a trained eye see him. 

We’ll know in a few days.


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Report: Rams to sign Groy to offer sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2017 – 6:38 am

Bills restricted free agent Ryan Groy will reportedly sign an offer sheet with the L.A. Rams today. 

That according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan and Mike Rodak. 

Groy was tendered a qualifying offer by the Bills, but it was the low tender which in Groy’s case carries no compensation. It’s reportedly a two-year offer sheet. 

The Bills will have five days to match the offer or lose the lineman. 

Former Bills O-line coach Aaron Kramer is now with the Rams staff. 


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For Ducasse Bills top run game was attractive

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2017 – 3:04 pm

There were some clear factors that convinced Bills new guard Vladimir Ducasse that Buffalo was the place to sign in free agency. One that had him most enthused was the Bills top ranked rushing attack.

“That got me excited,” Ducasse said. “A guy like me, my strength is the running game. On the offensive line in the NFL you have to pass block too, but my strength is the run game. So seeing this and the great running backs they have and a good quarterback it got me excited to come here. Those guys mean business they’re running the ball and when you can run the ball a lot of good things can happen.”

Ducasse admitted that he and his Baltimore teammates last season watched a lot of Buffalo game tape because they ran the ball so well.


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Bills host free agents, Butler, Elliott & Smith

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2017 – 10:15 am

The Bills have hosted three free agents on visits at One Bills Drive.

Buffalo had WR Jeremy Butler, LB Jayrone Elliott and OT Andre Smith all pay visits.

Butler (6-2, 225) was an untendered restricted free agent of the Los Angeles Chargers so he became an unrestricted free agent last week. He’s appeared in 12 NFL games in his career, including four with the Chargers last season. He spent some time with the Jets last season and played in eight games for the Ravens in 2015. Butler played his college ball at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Elliott (6-3, 255) is another player who went untendered as a restricted free agent by Green Bay and is now unrestricted. A reserve strong side linebacker for the Packers, Elliott has appeared in 38 career games for Green Bay over the past three seasons.

Smith (6-5, 325) is a former first-round pick of the Bengals (2009). He played his first seven NFL seasons in Cinncinnati and was a starter at right tackle for six consecutive years, helping the Bengals win three AFC North titles over that span and six postseason berths. Smith (6-4, 325) started the first four games of the 2016 season for the Minnesota Vikings before a torn triceps landed him on injured reserve for the rest of the year.

 


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