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Fred Jackson and Pat Kaleta team up for PUCCS

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 25, 2015 – 3:58 pm

Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson and Buffalo Sabres Pat Kaleta are teaming up for PUCCS (Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke).

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Here are some of the events taking place this week –

Wednesday, February 25 – 7p-8p

Autograph signing session with Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills and Pat Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres
Tony Walker Center – Shoe Department
5110 Main Street, Williamsville
This is the first time Fred and Pat have done an autograph session together.

Thursday, February 26 – PUCCS Concussion Awareness Night at the Sabres & Text to Donate Campaign
Distribution of PUCCS concussion awareness cards
Fred Jackson, Dr. Elad Levy and Dr. Renee Reynolds will be at First Niagara Center to help promote concussion awareness and risk reduction

New1010224_688470317930868_6971482914645733790_n :30 PUCCS concussion awareness PSA starring Fred Jackson and Pat Kaleta will be shown during the game and the PUCCS video will be shown pregame

 

Text to Donate Campaign begins with everyone encouraged to text to donate to PUCCS

Donations will be used to conduct baseline testing clinics in the inner city for student athletes at risk for concussions, and expand the educational outreach of PUCCS.  Anyone texting a donation of $25 or more will be entered into a drawing for some autographed sports memorabilia (including a Jackson jersey and a Kaleta jersey).  Donors just need to text the phrase 1HIT to 41444 and follow the instructions on their phone.

 

Friday, February 27 – Starpoint Central Health and Wellness Fair – distribution of concussion awareness and risk reduction information to students and faculty

 

Sunday, March 1 – 10% Event at Tony Walker Center – 12n-5pm

Mention PUCCS at the checkout and shoppers get 10% off their purchase and Tony Walker will make a donation of 10% of your purchase total to PUCCS.

 

Help support this great cause!  For more information visit puccs.org.


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Report: McCown visiting Browns

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2015 – 9:21 am

Free agent QB Josh McCown is meeting with yet another NFL club interested in his services.

According to an ESPN.com report, McCown is being hosted by the Cleveland Browns on a two-day visit. The visit began on Tuesday and will stretch through today (Wednesday). McCown has also met with the Bills and the Jets. Chicago has also expressed interest meeting with him at the NFL Combine, a team he played for just two seasons ago.

McCown is reportedly most interested in competing for a starting job, something that would seem likely in Buffalo, New York and Cleveland.

The veteran QB has been able to mull his options since he’s essentially the only viable free agent QB on the market right now with free agency not opening for quarterbacks with expiring contracts until March 7th, when NFL clubs can begin to contact and negotiate contracts with prospective free agent players.

It’s assumed that McCown will make a decision on what team he’d like to play for soon to begin negotiating a contract long before the other free agent QBs enter the pool of available talent.


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Who Spiller likes from RB draft class

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2015 – 3:16 pm

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C.J. Spiller is mulling over his free agent options with two weeks until free agency opens. He’s aware that as a free agent he’s not only competing with fellow free agent running backs, there’s also a pretty good class of rookies coming into the league this spring.

Spiller appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio and mentioned one running back in particular that he’s followed closely and enjoys watching.

“There is a lot of young talent at the running back position that’s coming out in this year’s draft. I think this is probably the deepest that I’ve seen in a while, from guys that are explosive to the pounding guys,” said Spiller. “So I’m excited to see what they’re capable of doing. Some have had tremendous careers. The one who I stay in touch with and follow the most is Todd Gurley. I love the way he competes and runs the football. He’s fast and a big guy so I’m excited to see where he lands. I hope he lands where a veteran running back can take him under his wing and show him the ropes.”


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Tons of praise for EJ from Spiller

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2015 – 3:11 pm

EJ Manuel, C.J. Spiller
Among the items that C.J. Spiller had on his free agent checklist for a team was a great quarterback. Buffalo’s EJ Manuel is not that yet, but Spiller expressed a belief that the third-year quarterback will get there.

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday, in addition to discussing his free agent options, which include a possible plan to return to Buffalo, Spiller said he believes EJ can be a winning quarterback in the league.

“I believe he will. The thing that I love about EJ the most is his character,” said Spiller. “He was put in a bad situation last year. He was 2-2 and got benched for Kyle Orton. But at the same time that really helped him learn about the quarterback position. He was a young guy and a couple of his receivers came out the same year with him. So I don’t know that he knew how to handle that.

“I think after he watched Kyle Orton orchestrate the offense and demand certain things from guys on the offensive side of the ball he kind of grasped that and took hold of it. Every day he came prepared. He competes at the highest level. He always believed in his ability. I think he’s going to be a great fit and a franchise quarterback that can get a team to the playoffs and have a chance to go and win a Super Bowl. I have nothing but high praises for him. I love the guy. He’s a competitor. I’ll go to bat for that guy any day.”


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Spiller: I love me some Rex Ryan now

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2015 – 3:08 pm


Bills impending free agent RB C.J. Spiller appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday and discussed his free agent options, leaving the door open for a return to Buffalo. Two factors that may work in Buffalo’s favor are their plans to run the ball a lot and their head coach.

“The Bills made a tremendous hire in Rex Ryan,” said Spiller. “Definitely I think Rex was the guy for the Buffalo Bills. I love me some Rex Ryan now.”

Spiller has a relationship with Ryan having crossed paths several times at Clemson, Spiller’s alma mater, where Ryan’s son is currently a wide receiver.

The Bills back also expressed an interest in offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s system, which will have a strong commitment to running the ball.

“I have been studying some of the 49ers and what they did. He’s a guy who loves to run the football and as a running back that’s what you want a guy that likes to run the ball, no matter what,” said Spiller of Roman. “I think too many times if a run gets stopped for a two-yard gain some offensive coordinators get away from that. But coach Roman sticks to his guns. He’s going to be physical. You’ve got to excited about that as a runner.”

At the top of Spiller’s checklist of things he wants in a team was being a fit in the offense.


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Brinson: Combine Winners and Losers – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 23, 2015 – 9:32 pm

The show returns to the One Bills Drive after our week in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. To recap, we listened in today Monday’s Combine conference call with ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. McShay weighed in on who he thinks might pull ahead in the race for the number 3-quarterback in the draft and the running backs that could be available in the middle rounds.

Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant joined the show at the bottom of the first hour. He talked about his second season on the Bills defensive line, the changeover with the coaching staff, and why he and his teammates are excited to “adapt” to a new defensive scheme. He then went on to discuss his involvement this offseason with the NFLPA Externship, where he’s working with Under Armour, in hopes of building experience for life after football.

Corbin Bryant“One thing I’ve learned in life is that you have to continue to learn. Football is not forever even though I love the game and I love playing on Sunday’s. I use the offseason to try and learn as much as I can about different fields so when that times comes, I’ll be ready.”

Circling back to the Combine, we brought in CBS Sports Senior NFL writer Will Brinson. Brinson’s recent article on the site took a look at the NFL Combine Winners and Losers. Brinson talked about the quarterback class with an interesting take on Jameis Winston’s on-field issues rather than his off-field red flags. He went on to say he was disappointed in what he saw from the running back group last week in Indianapolis but did say there’s plenty of talent to get a worthy pick in the later rounds.

“This is a group with some second, maybe late first if you really need a running back but probably second and third round talents where once again, we’re going to see teams that need running back help that are able to go in the draft instead of overpaying in free agency, pick up a young guy that they can plug and play that they picked up in the second or third round, which has become the sweet spot for running backs in the NFL these days.”

To hear that and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Michigan St. CB tops in the 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2015 – 3:21 pm

There weren’t too many sub-4.4 40 times turned in by the defensive backs on the last day of on field testing at the NFL Combine, but Michigan State’s Trae Waynes, considered one of the top corners in the draft class did not disappoint.

Waynes posted the fastest 40-time with a 4.31 Monday. Here’s a look at the top 10 40 times by the DBs.

1 – CB TRAE WAYNES – MICHIGAN ST. – 4.31
2 – FS JUSTIN COX – MISSISSIPPI ST.- 4.36
3 – CB RONALD DARBY – FLORIDA ST.- 4.38
T4 – CB CHARLES GAINES – LOUISVILLE – 4.44
T4 – CB DORAN GRANT – OHIO ST.- 4.44
T4 – CB CRAIG MAGER – TEXAS ST.- 4.44
T4 – CB JOSH SHAW – USC – 4.44
T8 – FS ERIC ROWE – UTAH – 4.45
T8 – CB D’JOUN SMITH – FLORIDA ATLANTIC – 4.45
T10 – CB SENQUEZ GOLSON – MISSISSIPPI – 4.46
T10 – FS DAMARIOUS RANDALL – ARIZONA STATE – 4.46

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Report: TE Clay expected to re-sign with Miami

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2015 – 10:41 am

Miami Dolphins impending free agent TE Charles Clay may not make it to the free agent market. That according to a Palm Beach Post report.

Per the report, which cites an anonymous source, Clay is expected to re-sign with the Dolphins rather than test the free agent market. Clay can serve as an in-line tight end, H-back and move tight end.

Clay is deemed by many NFL observers as a good fit for Greg Roman’s offense with the Bills. Buffalo however, may never get the opportunity to speak with the versatile tight end.


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Clemson pass rusher Beasley a workout winner

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2015 – 10:18 am

Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley was expected to test well being an elite level athlete, and at the NFL Combine he did not disappoint.

Beasley was one of the top performers in almost every on field event for the linebacker group. He ranked in the top five in each of the following categories.

40 yard dash – 1st – 4.53
Bench press – 1st – 35 reps
Vertical leap – 3rd – 41 inches
Broad jump – 3rd – 10-feet 10-inches
20-yd shuttle – 4th – 4.15 seconds

Beasley has played both defensive end and outside linebacker in college, but projects to linebacker in the NFL. He’s got 25 sacks over his last two seasons and projects as a first-round pick.

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Top 10 LB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2015 – 10:07 am

Here were the top 40 times for the linebacker group at the NFL Combine.

1 – OLB VIC BEASLEY – CLEMSON – 4.53
2 – OLB KWON ALEXANDER – LSU – 4.55
T3 – ILB STEPHONE ANTHONY – CLEMSON – 4.56
T3 – OLB BUD DUPREE – KENTUCKY – 4.56
5 – ILB BEN HEENEY – KANSAS – 4.59
T6 – OLB DANTE FOWLER, JR. – FLORIDA – 4.60
T6 – ILB BRYCE HAGER – BAYLOR – 4.60
T6 – OLB ELI HAROLD – VIRGINIA – 4.60
T9 – ILB ERIC KENDRICKS UCLA – 4.61
T9 – OLB EDMOND ROBINSON – NEWBERRY – 4.61


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Jeremy Langford tops RB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2015 – 3:12 pm

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is the consensus top back in the draft this year, but on Saturday he was beaten out for the title of fastest back in the draft by one of his Big 10 rivals.

Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford ran the fastest 40 time among the running backs posting a 4.43 at the NFL Combine.  Here’s the top 10 list for running backs.

1 – JEREMY LANGFORD – MICHIGAN ST. – 4.43
2 – KARLOS WILLIAMS – FLORIDA STATE – 4.48
3 – TREY WILLIAMS – TEXAS A&M – 4.49
4 – DAVID JOHNSON – NORTHERN IOWA – 4.5
5 – MELVIN GORDON- WISCONSIN – 4.52
6 – CAMERON ARTIS-PAYNE – AUBURN – 4.54
T7 – JAVORIUS “BUCK” ALLEN – USC – 4.55
T7 – DUKE JOHNSON – MIAMI – 4.55
9 – MICHAEL DYER – LOUISVILLE – 4.58
T10 – AMEER ABDULLAH – NEBRASKA – 4.61
T10 – B.J. CATALON – TCU – 4.61
T10 – MIKE DAVIS – SOUTH CAROLINA – 4.61
T10 – MARCUS MURPHY – MISSOURI – 4.61

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Top 10 WR 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2015 – 1:42 pm

Here’s a look at the top wide receiver 40 times from the workouts Saturday at the NFL Combine. Top wideouts Amari Cooper and Kevin White both ran well in the 40.

1 – J.J. NELSON – UAB – 4.28
2 – PHILLIP DORSETT – MIAMI – 4.33
T3 – CHRIS CONLEY – GEORGIA – 4.35
T3 – TYLER LOCKETT – KANSAS ST. – 4.35
T3 – KEVIN WHITE – WEST VIRGINIA – 4.35
6 – KENNY BELL – NEBRASKA – 4.40
7 – TRE MCBRIDE – WILLIAM & MARY – 4.41
T8 – AMARI COOPER – ALABAMA – 4.42
T8 – DEVIN SMITH – OHIO ST. – 4.42
T10 – MARIO ALFORD – WEST VIRGINIA – 4.43
T10 – SAMMIE COATES – AUBURN – 4.43

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Louisville DE used Bills LB Brown as example

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 4:46 pm

Louisville DL Lorenzo Mauldin is here at the NFL Combine. He’s listed as an outside linebacker since he’s probably a tweener at the NFL level. He had 20.5 sacks in his three years with the Cardinals. He also spent two seasons as a college teammate of Bills LB Preston Brown, and Buffalo’s former third-round pick had an impact on him.

“When I first got to Louisville Preston Brown was one of the first guys I watched and looked at,” said Mauldin. “The veterans taught me how to play the game. Watching Preston play his game and watching him go 110 percent in practice made me want to go 110 percent. So trying to emulate them as a freshman I thought would convince the coaches that I was ready to go 110 percent too.”

Brown led the Bills in tackles as a rookie last season.


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BENRUS opens retail location in Rochester

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 20, 2015 – 2:00 pm

Welcome to the Western New York area, BENRUS!  The new military inspired lifestyle brand just opened their first retail store in the USA right in our backyard.  The Culver Road Armory in Rochester will be the home of upscale shopping experience with a nostalgic touch.

BENRUS is the Official Timepiece of the Buffalo Bills, presenting sponsor of the in-game solider recognition, Best Dressed series and coming in 2015, two large branded clocks at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  For more about the partnership, click here.


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Top OL bench press totals

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:41 pm

The offensive line bench press figures are in. Here’s the top 10 from the NFL Combine workouts today.

1 – OT ERECK FLOWERS – MIAMI – 37
2 – OG MITCH MORSE – MISSOURI – 36
3 – OT SEAN HICKEY – SYRACUSE – 35
4 – OG MARK GLOWINSKI – WEST VIRGINIA – 31
T5 – C CAMERON ERVING – FLORIDA ST.- 30
T5 – G/C ALI MARPET – HOBART – 30
T7 – C ANDY GALLIK – BOSTON COLLEGE – 29
T7 – OG JOHN MILLER – LOUISVILLE – 29
T7 – OT TYRUS THOMPSON – OKLAHOMA – 29
T10 – OG JAMIL DOUGLAS – ARIZONA – 28
T10 – OT COREY ROBINSON – SOUTH CAROLINA – 28

Buffalobills.com Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.


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Top OL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:35 pm

Here’s a look at the top 10 40 times for offensive linemen here at the NFL Combine. Hobart’s Ali Marpet posted the fastest time at 4.98.

1 – OG ALI MARPET – HOBART & WILLIAM SMITH – 4.98
2 – OT JAKE FISHER – OREGON – 5.01
3 – OT LAURENCE GIBSON – VIRGINIA TECH – 5.04
4 – OG BRANDON SCHERFF – IOWA – 5.05
5 – OG TERRY POOLE – SAN DIEGO ST. – 5.09
T6 – OT LA’EL COLLINS – LSU – 5.12
T6 – OT D.J. HUMPHRIES – FLORIDA – 5.12
T8 – OT T.J. CLEMMINGS – PITT – 5.14
T8 – OG MITCH MORSE – MISSOURI – 5.14
10 – C CAMERON ERVING – FLORIDA ST.- 5.15

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Top TE 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:27 pm

Here’s a look at the top 40 times for the tight end position group at the NFL Combine today. Minnesota’s Maxx Williams, widely seen as the best TE prospect in the class, posted the third-best time.

1 – MYCOLE PRUITT – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – 4.58
2 – WES SAXTON – SOUTH ALABAMA – 4.65
3 – MAXX WILLIAMS – MINNESOTA – 4.78
4 – CLIVE WALFORD – MIAMI – 4.79
5 – BLAKE BELL – OKLAHOMA – 4.80
6 – JESSE JAMES – PENN ST.- 4.83
7 – JEAN SIFRIN – UMASS – 4.84
8 – GERALD CHRISTIAN – LOUISVILLE – 4.87
9 – NICK O’LEARY – FLORIDA ST.- 4.93
10 – CAMERON CLEAR – TEXAS A&M – 4.98

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Fan Friday 2-20

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:12 pm

It’s day three of our Combine Coverage presented by NAPA. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - @ChrisBrownBills

As good of a guy as CJ is..will he really fit Roman’s system?

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CB: As GM Doug Whaley has said Roman wants a mixed bag of backs that can do different things. Just because you didn’t see a C.J. Spiller type back in San Francisco’s offense when Roman was running things out there doesn’t mean he can’t use a talent like Spiller in his scheme.

Whaley characterized Bryce Brown and Spiller as the speed backs, Dixon as the power back and Fred Jackson as the pass catcher/pass protector. So it appears Roman would like to have three or four backs to work with, not to mention a fullback.

Additionally Rex Ryan has said that with their coaching staff it’s player over scheme every time, so if they can keep Spiller in the fold they’ll devise a way to make him a productive element in Roman’s system.

 

2 -  @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think OL Ali Marpet will be there in the 4th?

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CB: I think Marpet opened some eyes at the Senior Bowl when he showed he could hang with the top senior talent in college despite playing at Division III Hobart. He’s off to a good start with his workout here at the NFL Combine as well, running the fastest 40 time among offensive lineman with a five flat.

Obviously the 40 time isn’t a major influencer on draft grade for offensive linemen, but Marpet is legitimizing his ability to play at the NFL level. The Bills did meet with him and though he played tackle in college, he projects to guard in the NFL.

Will he be there in the fourth round? It’s possible. He could also be gone in the third.

 

3 – Chris

Thanks for providing a forum for fans to express opinions and ask questions.
With all the QB’s available in Free Agency, College, Canadian League, other pro leagues, I can’t grasp the Bills unable to develop one over the last 20 years. We seem to have chosen one alone and spend all our resources in proving we were right to pick them, rather than looking for the one who pops out and distances himself from the others. Brady popped out, as did Wilson, Romo, Foles etc. I’d be interested if you think this process will change with the new regime ?

Also, if we have two QB’s, shouldn’t they be similar in style, either mobile or pocket passers, so if one is injured the offense doesn’t have to change to adapt to two different styles, like last year with Manuel and Orton ?

Thanks;
Jim in Florida

CB: I think the Bills are more apt than ever to add another young quarterback to the roster, especially with a thin free agent class of options at the position. Adding two veterans is probably unlikely so a vet and a young player is the most likely combination to fortify the position on Buffalo’s roster.

I found it interesting that Doug Whaley and his personnel department intend to meet personally with every quarterback prospect here at the Combine not named Mariota and Winston. After the Combine they also will dispatch QBs coach David Lee to go and work these quarterback prospects out at or around their pro days. Whaley described their planned search to be exhaustive.

He mentioned this on the John Murphy Show and in addition when asked about the philosophy of drafting a quarterback every year he said he was not opposed to it.

I would think similar style quarterbacks would make sense, but sometimes you’re willing to sacrifice similarity if it means getting a better player overall.

 

4 - Hi Chris

Could you please explain to me how David Lee, who couldn’t get Jets quarterbacks to play better, is going to help EJ Manuel and any other quarterback we have on the roster ?

Thanks, Dale

CB: Rex Ryan has answered this question. David Lee is an expert when it comes to teaching quarterback fundamentals, and really that’s his main job with the signal callers on the roster. To keep their mechanics sound. That’s easier with some quarterbacks than others obviously, but knowing the worker that EJ Manuel is I would anticipate seeing improvement in everything from Manuel’s footwork, to the consistency of his arm angle, release point, hip drive, etc.

While you may knock the results in New York with Geno Smith, David Lee successfully turned Tony Romo from a third string QB into a Pro Bowl starter. I’ve talked to David Lee about that transformation and he said the only reason Romo was successful was because he wanted to work at it.

Romo needed to make 10-thousand throws to improve his passing efficiency because his release point was too low as a younger player and too many of his passes were getting batted down at the line. But he worked with Lee every day. Knowing that Manuel has a similar work ethic, I think we’ll see a difference with him too.

 

 

5 - Chris,

I was very disappointed to see Jim Schwartz leave considering the outstanding work he did with the defense last year especially with stopping the run. Now with Rex Ryan in the fold, the defense will most likely look very similar to what we experienced during the 2013 season under Mike Pettine. With that said, our run defense was not very good under Pettine. Is there real reason to worry it might struggle again with Rex Ryan going back to more of the 3-4 hybrid system that Pettine used? I know we have an outstanding defensive line but they seemed to be in better position to stop the run under Schwartz’s system. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks.

-Mike from Syracuse

CB: I don’t think there should be a big worry about the run defense. Yes, Schwartz did simplify things, which made it easier to execute. By the same token Rex Ryan defenses have almost always finished in the top 10 in run defense. Buffalo finished 11th last season. So if anything it could improve under Ryan based on the track record of his defenses.

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Rex wears Thurman Thomas jersey at Combine

Posted by Dallas Miller on February 20, 2015 – 12:40 pm


Just one more reason to love Rex Ryan, as captured by NFL Network’s Rich Eisen.

While other coaches and scouts are decked out in the latest athletic-fit gear, complete with whistles and clipboards, Rex opts instead for a Super Bowl 25-throwback Thurman Thomas jersey at the NFL Combine. There could be more than meets the eye as to why he made this choice while walking in next to Bill Belichick, but it’s still likely to resonate with Bills fans that the head coach sports the jersey of one of the franchise’s all-time greats. Casual.


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Bills to meet with all but 2 QBs at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 12:19 pm

The Bills won’t be meeting with Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota at the NFL Combine, but every other quarterback prospect in Indianapolis will have a face-to-face meeting with Buffalo.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning, Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed that his personnel department will meet with all but the top two signal callers at the Combine, either in a formal or informal setting.

“We’re going to meet with all of them except for the top two,” said Whaley. “You’ve got to do your due diligence on all of them because you never know if you’ll be able to a get a guy or if all of them will be available and you’ve got to be able to rank them and go with the best.”

Whaley also said in an appearance on the John Murphy Show that they’ll be very extensive in their efforts to get a firm grasp of all the quarterback prospects in this class.

“That’s what we’re going to do, an exhaustive search with the quarterbacks just looking at these guys not only here at the Combine, but we’re going to send David Lee, the quarterbacks coach out to work those other guys out,” Whaley said. “That’s another avenue where we can add a guy. We can add two or one in free agency and one in the draft. But we’re going to try to get the best guys out there to help the Buffalo Bills win.”

When asked about the approach by some NFL clubs that draft a quarterback every year, Whaley wasn’t against such a strategy.

“That’s a possibility,” he said. “Until you hit on one (drafting) quarterbacks and cornerbacks (every year isn’t wrong) because it’s a passing league that’s an approach some subscribe to and I’m not opposed to it.”

Here’s a list of all the QB prospects at the Combine not named Winston or Mariota.
Bryan Bennet – SE Louisiana
Anthony Boone – Duke
Brandon Bridge – So. Alabama
Shane Carden – E. Carolina
Cody Fajardo – Nevada
Garrett Grayson – Colorado St.
Connor Halliday – Washington St.
Brett Hundley – UCLA
Jerry Lovelocke – Prairie View A&M
Sean Mannion – Oregon St.
Nick Marshall – Auburn
Bryce Petty – Baylor
Blake Sims – Alabama


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