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Cordy Glenn has minor injury

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 3:35 pm

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn was not participating in practice Tuesday due to what Rex Ryan termed a minor injury last week. Glenn was getting some work done in the weight room instead as he works to get back on the field. Ryan isn’t concerned about Glenn’s situation.

“He’s got something,” said Ryan of Glenn unsure of the nature of the tackle’s injury. “He’s been in the training room early in the morning. If we were playing a game on Sunday he’d be out there.”


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The plan for Karlos

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 3:29 pm

With Karlos Williams coming into minicamp overweight he’s limited to individual position work and then he heads over to work with the strength and conditioning staff for the remainder of practice. That was the plan on Tuesday and it’ll repeat itself on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Rex Ryan says they’ve already got a plan in place to get the second-year running back closer to his actual listed playing weight of 230 pounds.

At the same time dropping that much weight in what will amount to about six and a half weeks isn’t healthy, so the club has to take a more methodical approach according to Ryan.

“We’re not going to put a ridiculous weight number on him to get him back,” Ryan said. “But what you don’t want to do where he all of a sudden drops 20 pounds and he comes out here and gets hurt the first day of training camp. That’s what we’re trying to avoid. So we’ve got to get him to do the right things now. Obviously he’s not anywhere close to where he needs to be to play at a high level. So we’ve got to get some weight off him and he understands that.”

Williams said he plans to continue working with the strength and conditioning staff for another two to three weeks after minicamp closes on Thursday to get his weight more in line with where it needs to be.

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Gilmore back in the building

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2016 – 12:46 pm

Bills CB Stephon Gilmore is back at One Bills Drive. Choosing to skip the voluntary OTA practice sessions this spring, Gilmore is expected to be on hand for this week’s mandatory minicamp. What his level of participation will be remains to be seen, but Gilmore did offer a shout out to Bills fans courtesy of the Bills twitter account.


Gilmore is entering the final year of his rookie contract after the team picked up his fifth-year option in May of 2015. The Bills and Gilmore camp are trying to negotiate a long term contract extension.

Bills minicamp runs Tuesday through Thursday this week.

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Report: FA WR Roberts signs with Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2016 – 10:32 am

The Bills had a free agent wide receiver pay a visit to Orchard Park last month, but Andre Roberts has reportedly signed with the Detroit Lions.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, Roberts has agreed to a one-year deal with Detroit.


Roberts visited the Bills on May 19th last month after he was released by Washington.

And the Lions may not be done at the receiver position. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter they’re hosting veteran Anquan Boldin on a free agent visit today.


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Report: DL Douzable to visit Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2016 – 9:20 am

Free agent visits aren’t common in the middle of June, but the Bills are reportedly kicking the tires on a veteran DL.

Free agent DL Leger Douzable is paying a visit to One Bills Drive a day before the team’s mandatory minicamp. That according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.


Douzable, 30, has spent the last three seasons with the New York Jets so he’s played two seasons under Rex Ryan and members of the Bills defensive staff including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. At 6-4 and 284 pounds Douzable would be a fit as a 3-4 defensive end.

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Market provides range for Gilmore contract

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2016 – 2:34 pm

More than enough new deals have been struck at the cornerback position this offseason to establish concrete parameters for a long term contract extension for Bills CB Stephon Gilmore. Of course as everyone knows it takes two to tango.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week, CBS Sports salary cap analyst Joel Corry explained why the parameters for a Gilmore deal are already in place from the contracts that have already been consummated for other NFL cornerbacks. Chief among them the deal that Washington put up to land Josh Norman.

“Anytime you get a guy setting a bar at a position it has a trickle down effect,” said Corry. “So it’s going to raise these salaries for those who won’t quite reach that level. So it benefits Gilmore.

“I think where the deal will end up is somewhere between the $14M range where you have Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman and then you have Joe Haden at $13.5M and the Janoris Jenkins at $12.5M, basically $29M guaranteed,” said Corry. “The deal should be in between those two parameters.”



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Signing Gilmore & Taylor to extensions feasible

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2016 – 1:34 pm

The Bills have methodically taken care of some of the more important expiring contracts on their roster this offseason. Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn are the two primary examples. Next up is considered to be Stephon Gilmore and Tyrod Taylor. Some outside observers wonder if Buffalo has enough cap room to lock up both long term. One expert says yes.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Corry explained why signing both Taylor and Gilmore to long term extensions is not going to be impacted by the cap space Buffalo has at their disposal.

“It’s easily do-able because Gilmore can create his own cap room from his fifth-year option of slightly over $11 million. In the extension you could convert a significant portion of that into signing bonus, so you would lower his cap number as well. So you would create some cap room with an extension. Since you have $12 million in cap room already you could structure a deal where you can get Taylor done as well,” said’s NFL salary cap analyst Joel Corry. “Cap room won’t be an issue.”


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Fan Friday 6-10

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2016 – 12:07 pm

OTAs are done, minicamp is next and then it’s just six weeks until training camp. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills who do you think is going to be our rookie of the year?

Leah Fallesen@LeahCF

CB: I think the player who has the best opportunity to be rookie of the year is Reggie Ragland. With Shaq Lawson expected to miss a portion of the regular season coming off shoulder surgery it removes him as a likely candidate. Then add in the fact that Ragland is a recognized name from his widespread exposure at Alabama and that he’ll be playing a position where he can rack up a lot of statistics, and I believe the opportunity is good for Ragland’s play to stand out.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see Sterling Moore as the nickel corner or will Robey keep his spot?


CB: I certainly believe that Moore will be some of Robey’s stiffest competition. His time in the slot to this point has been somewhat limited, though I did see him line up there for a handful of snaps in the open practice session this week.

Moore does have a size advantage on Robey at that role (who doesn’t), but Robey has near perfect technique. He has to otherwise he’s not playing in the NFL. I know the coaching staff like Robey a lot, so I think Moore would have to clearly outplay him to unseat him from that role.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills what receiver has stood out in OTA’s.


CB: The receiver that has stood out the most has been second-year man Dez Lewis. He’s made a lot of plays. Now Robert Woods has made a ton of plays too in the OTAs, but I think Lewis is the biggest surprise. Lewis has added good lean muscle mass to his 6-4 frame and has not only demonstrated good ability to win on passes in traffic, but has also shown the ability to get separation. He can thank his improved route running for that.

He’ll have legitimate competition in veterans like Jarrett Boykin, Greg Little and Leonard Hankerson, but so far so good for Lewis in trying to nail down a role in Buffalo’s receiving corps.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills who do you think will get the punt/kick return duties for 2016 #bills


CB: There are a few candidates as seems to be the case every year, but the names have changed. CB  Javier Arenas and WR Walter Powell have seen the most consistent work on returns. It’s safe to say that Marquise Goodwin and Kolby Listenbee will be given opportunities on kick return when available just based on pure speed.

I think Listenbee is a good bet for kick return. Punt return is a bit tougher to call only because both Arenas and Powell will be fighting for roster spots and the job may ultimately fall to someone else, like perhaps Robert Woods who has plenty of return experience.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills any chance Colin Kaepernick ends up in Buffalo?


CB: I’d be a bit surprised if Kaepernick winds up in Buffalo. I realize a lot of people are trying to connect dots knowing that Kaepernick had his greatest success in the NFL under Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Unless the 49ers are giving Kaepernick away and want to cover part of his salary, I don’t believe Buffalo takes a run at him.

The main reason is his $11.9M cap figure. Knowing a Stephon Gilmore extension is a priority for the Bills and that an extension for Tyrod Taylor is likely if he performs as expected I can’t see Kaepernick making much business.

The other reason I could see the Bills not being interested is Buffalo finally has some stability at the quarterback position with Tyrod Taylor as its starter. Adding Kaepernick would bring some uncertainty to the position in terms of depth chart hierarchy. If for some reason Taylor struggled in a game or two and Kaepernick was on the roster, fans would be calling to insert him into the lineup.

Most importantly I don’t know that the Bills or any other NFL club is convinced that Kaepernick would make them decidedly better at the quarterback position. His effectiveness as a quarterback has suffered the last couple of seasons. Kaepernick’s career stats are better than Manuel’s, but his completion percentage is largely the same as EJ.

I get the argument that his game could potentially be revitalized under Roman, but unless you can get him for cheap in terms of compensation and at a severely reduced salary (something Kaepernick has balked at before) I don’t know that it’s a reclamation project I’d be interested in. Whether the Bills are interested would largely hinge on what Roman believes he could accomplish with him.

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Goodwin’s gold quest has made for tough call

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2016 – 2:42 pm

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin has been dedicated the last several months to qualifying for the US Olympic team’s track and field team in the long jump event. So far, so good as Goodwin has the longest jump on record this calendar year in the world. US Olympic trials are at the end of June. And while head coach Rex Ryan has supported Goodwin’s opportunity to represent his country on one of the highest athletic stages in the world, there’s no denying the receiver is doing it at a cost.

Goodwin has missed all the voluntary offseason OTA practices and meetings. It’s unclear if he’ll make it in for the team’s mandatory minicamp next week, but with the commitment needed to qualify for the Olympics it wouldn’t be shocking if he was not in attendance. Ryan has said when he’s done with his Olympic commitment they’ll welcome him back.

“We know it’s not an ideal situation right now for him on this football team. But it’s something I think… we’re proud of the fact that he’s representing our country, our football team and our community that way. Is it hurting him? Yeah I think it will a little bit, but he will have time,” Ryan said. “He’s going to have time to come back in and develop those football skills. One thing we know is if he’s not the fastest guy in the league he’s certainly right up there in the conversation. That’s a positive for him. When he’s done with his training with the Olympics and if he brings back gold, that’ll be fantastic, he’ll have time to catch up.”

Knowing what a cut throat league the NFL is, Goodwin is smart enough to know that there are some capable speed receivers on Buffalo’s roster right now who could potentially fill one of the secondary roles in the receiving corps instead of him. Most notably sixth-round pick Kolby Listenbee.

With world class speed and superior size to Goodwin, Listenbee as well as a couple of other viable competitors sit on the roster and are competing at spring practices.

As for when Goodwin will return full time, it’s expected to be right after the long jump competition is over in Rio. That figures to be more than a week after training camp has started knowing opening ceremonies for the Olympics are scheduled for August 5th.

“Right after he runs his event and then come on back in and get back here,” Ryan said. “We’ll be excited to see him.”

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Rex: EJ has nothing to prove to this team

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2016 – 1:23 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was asked a handful of questions about QB EJ Manuel. His status on the roster, his confidence in his backup quarterback and finally if he feels Manuel has anything he has to prove to his Buffalo teammates.

Ryan said seeing Manuel’s day in and day out work ethic alone is enough to convince you he has nothing to prove.

“(He has) nothing (to prove). I think the big thing about EJ and what everyone respects is how hard he’s working and the fact that he’s trying to get better,” Ryan said. “That’s evident in the way he’s practicing, and obviously he’s got a good work ethic and studies, so we’ll see.

“We hope we don’t have to use him because that means something happened to our starting quarterback, Tyrod, but we feel pretty good about having him there. We love that we have Cardale as a third quarterback, so we like our quarterback situation.”


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Rex comments on new corners

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2016 – 8:46 am

We all know Rex loves cornerbacks who can handle press coverage. The Bills head coach has talked up Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore plenty, but some new arrivals are getting some praise from Ryan.

Early on in OTAs Ryan had some high praise for sixth-round pick Kevon Seymour, who continues to get reps with the starting unit opposite Darby in the absence of Gilmore. Now he’s spotted another new arrival at the position that has impressed him of late.

“Another guy I’ve been really impressed with is Corey White,” said Ryan. “He’s done a real nice job for us as well. I’m real fired up about that.”

Meanwhile Ryan remains encouraged by the progress of Seymour.

“Throwing that rookie into the fire… without Stephon here we’ve been putting him in with that first group just to see how he would respond and he’s done a great job,” he said.

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Dareus keeping rookies focused on ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2016 – 4:38 pm

Marcell Dareus has never been one to shy away from speaking up. Though he more often chooses to lead by example, he knows that with a pair of rookies likely to start on his side of the ball in Adolphus Washington and Reggie Ragland that they’ve got to be reminded that they shouldn’t assume they’ll end up with those roles come September.

“We talk to the guys all the time about extra film, knowing what you need to do,” Dareus said. “If you don’t know what you need to do you won’t be on the side of me. I don’t want to hurt myself and I want to do the best I can for the team. I want to be around. If you’re making mistakes you may hurt me on one of yours. So I talked to the guys about how important it is to stay in the playbook. Know what you need to do. Know your technique and be the best you can be. Be a pro.”

When Shaq Lawson returns from shoulder surgery he too is expected to enter the starting lineup on defense. Sixth-round pick Kevon Seymour could also see some time on defense as a rookie based on his encouraging play this spring.

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Barnes attempt at OL now over

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2016 – 3:29 pm

DT T.J. Barnes was given a shot at offensive tackle at the outset of OTA practices two weeks ago. Now in the final week of OTA sessions he’s back at defensive tackle.

Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that the offensive tackle experiment is over.

“Did not go great,” said Ryan. “Man that looked great on paper though. T.J. said, ‘Please Rex bring me back to defense.’ I’m like, ‘Okay you’ve got it.’ But I love the fact that he was willing to try and it wasn’t just a one day deal. He went out there and was trying for a few weeks, but in the end he did not feel comfortable. As he put it, he was tired of getting his butt kicked. To his credit he was out there battling. He was trying to get better and so we put him back to defense.”

Barnes was signed off the Jets practice squad last December and was re-signed in the offseason.

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Enemkpali gets quality reps

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2016 – 2:41 pm

Rex Ryan said last week he was unsure as to just where IK Enemkpali fit in terms of a role on Buffalo’s defense. On Wednesday Enemkpali was getting first team reps at outside linebacker.

Ryan admitted with Shaq Lawson sidelined indefinitely that the door is open for other candidates to fill roles at the position.

“Absolutely he could with Shaq on the shelf, no doubt,” said Ryan of Enemkpali. “Manny (Lawson) can be a catch all for this team, outside, inside you can always play him. But IK has done really well. I think we had him primarily with the ones today. We’re bumping guys around and stuff, but he’ll have a chance. You look at IK he’s a physical player. He’s doing a much better job. So I could definitely see him pushing for playing time.”

Still widely identified by most outside observers as the guy who punched Jets QB Geno Smith, Ryan has been impressed with how Enemkpali has personally put the low point of his career behind him.

“I think he did a really good job because that’s not easy,” said Ryan. “I think he certainly doesn’t want that mark on him. Everybody sees him as the guy that punched Geno or something like that. This guy is just a football player and it’s what he wants to be known as.”

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Jones: Fundamentals will push me forward

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2016 – 8:40 am

Bills fourth-round pick Cardale Jones is building his game from the ground up to better fit the pro level. Working on his drops, his throwing mechanics and moving defenders with his eyes are just a few of the basics that Jones is working to perfect. Though he’s a rookie he knows it will push his abilities forward.

“I’d like to improve in every aspect of this game,” said Jones in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “The thing I liked about the fundamentals is how every little fundamental is going to help with how fast our guys are on this level especially on the back end and with the guys up front. So if it helps when your footwork is on point and moving your eyes or moving a defender with a twitch it helps you get that edge over a guy it’s important. They’re so fast and I know they’re trying to get an edge over me.”

Jones is also very happy to be working under quarterbacks coach David Lee. Known as one of the better fundamental teachers in the league, Jones has a healthy respect for his position coach.

“My early impressions of coach Lee are if anyone is better than him at coaching the quarterback position there can’t be many,” he said. ”

The time that he puts in and the passion that he has for not just teaching the game, but the passion that he has about football and the way that he loves all three of us in the room. I can’t ask for a better coach at this level.”


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The focus for Cardale in Buffalo’s offense

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2016 – 2:52 pm

The Bills know that fourth-round pick Cardale Jones, who signed his rookie contract Tuesday, has a lot of hurdles to clear as a rather inexperienced college quarterback coming to the NFL level. On site at One Bills Drive for about a month now, Jones is most keenly focused on one particular area of his execution within Greg Roman’s offensive scheme.

“Just really tying every drop from under center with certain route concepts and when it can change and when routes can change,” Jones told moments after signing his rookie contract. “There’s a lot to that when it comes to that quarterback position in our offense. So trying to eliminate some of that thinking and letting it become second nature.”

Having never worked from under center before getting the footwork down on his drops was just the beginning. Now he also must time up that drop with the route combinations that are headed downfield on pass plays. And if there are sight adjusts or option routes he has to make adjustments on the fly and read the same thing his receivers do and do it in a second or two. Suffice to say there will be a learning curve for Jones, but he’s determined to nail it all down.

Fortunately as the team’s third quarterback he’ll have the time to focus on it.

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Shaq misses being on the field

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2016 – 4:23 pm

Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson, who signed his rookie contract Monday, is in the early stages of rehab from shoulder surgery. And he already is not a fan of being sidelined.

“I miss it a lot,” Lawson told of not being on the practice field. “I think about it every moment. I miss being out there with those guys and getting better every day. It’s driving me to make my rehab much stronger and get better and get back out there as soon as possible.”

As for how his rehab is progressing, Lawson is encouraged.

“It’s going great,” he said. “I’m just taking it a day at a time—rehabbing. Our staff, the great training staff, they’ve got me doing great rehab on everything.”

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Kyle updates his recovery

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2016 – 4:22 pm

Kyle Williams won’t be participating in OTA practices and he won’t be on the field for mandatory minicamp. So what about training camp? Williams said that plan has not been mapped out yet.

“You know I think we’re just going to kind of gradually build on every day through OTAs, even into training camp,” said Williams. “The main goal circled is making sure we’re ready to go in September. How much or how little of training camp? I don’t know. I don’t think that plan has been totally put together yet. But definitely gearing toward getting ready to play when it matters.”

Williams is six months removed from surgery and said he’s getting better. Being an experienced and cerebral player it shouldn’t be an issue for the defensive lineman missing as much time as he is.

“Doing more and more every day,” he said. “I don’t foresee any problems. I’ll be ready to go.”


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Goodell on his authority as Commissioner

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2016 – 3:41 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was on hand at the Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic as it celebrated its 30th year and had some clear comments on where he and the league stand on his authoritative capacity as the NFL’s ruling figure on player cases.

When asked about all the court litigation the league has had to handle, most notably with the Tom Brady Deflategate saga, Goodell calmly explained that the CBA spells out the authority granted to the NFL Commissioner.

“The CBA is very clear. The Court of Appeals made that clear,” said Goodell. “It’s what we negotiated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. That authority of the Commissioner has been granted. It’s been litigated. More independent judges have had an opportunity to look at it. It’s the reality of the world we live in right now. It’s unfortunate, but if we can find a better system… we’ve said that since we structured our CBA. If there’s a better system let’s do it.

“But when it comes to the integrity of the game that’s the responsibility of the Commissioner. We’re not going to hand the integrity of the game off to somebody who doesn’t have any involvement in the league. That’s for somebody who understands what is important and making sure we maintain that and maintain the competitiveness of our game. And the reality is our rules apply to everybody. They apply to every player and every team and that’s something we’re going to work hard to maintain and not hand that off to somebody else.”

When asked about how long the Brady case has taken with appeals made on both sides, Goodell didn’t deny that the length of time it has taken has affected their game.

“I think that there is a system in place. We moved quite quickly last spring. The judge made a determination last August that the Appeals Court has reversed and said was an incorrect judgment,” he said. “They have the rights to appeal. The legal system is deliberate if you want to put it bluntly because it does impact our game. But we don’t encourage that obviously and we’d like to get that resolved and move forward.”

When asked if there is any avenue for settlement talks for Brady, Goodell gave indication that the Brady case is probably beyond that as an option.

“We’ve had all those discussions,” he said. “We’ve had several discussions over the past year. At this stage no, but right now we’re moving forward, but the courts will make their decisions and we’ll move forward on that basis.”

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Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic reaches milestone 30th anniversary

Posted by Kelly Baker on June 6, 2016 – 3:34 pm

Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly kicked off his 30th annual Celebrity Golf Classic in style on Sunday, June 5, with a VIP Gala. The Country Western themed charity event, was held at the Adam’s Mark hotel in downtown Buffalo and featured a variety of celebrity guests.

Coming together in support of the Kelly for Kids Foundation, guests such as WNY native NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman enjoyed an evening filled with both live and silent auctions, as well as entertainment. The Bills had several alumni and current players in attendance including, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Steve Tasker, Darryl Talley, Fred Smerlas, Pete Metzelaars, Tyrod Taylor, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood, Jordan Gay, Colton Schmidt, Blake Annen, Ryan Groy, Colt Anderson and Robert Kugler.


The festivities continued on Monday, June 6 as participants, including the Bills team, teed off at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia, N.Y. After 30 years of giving back, the Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic remains a huge success.


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