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Fan Friday 4-11

Posted by Chris Brown on April 11, 2014 – 12:53 pm

The Bills pre-draft visits were in full swing this week. Stay close to Buffalobills.com for more visit updates in the weeks to come. For now here are some of your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Chris,
Thank you for keeping me informed for the last  decade. Before I only had the newspaper to go by and it was very slow and incomplete.

Three or more of these eleven  players Jake Mathews, Taylor Lewan, Greg Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Eric Ebron, Mike Evans, Kahlil Mack, Anthony Barr, C.J. Mosley, Justin Gilbert and Jadeveon Clowney will be avilable to the Bills for sure. If any of the top three QB’s are added to the mix then Buffalo can even be more selective.

I think the top 9 will go like this 1) QB/DE, 2) WR/DE, 3)&4) QBs, 5)QB/LB ,6) OT, 7) OT/LB,8)QB and Buffalo will choose Mack, Lewan, Watkins or Evans in that order depending on their availability.

I actually think the Bills will take an OT because it affects the most players. Players such as the RBs, the QB and the WR/TEs directly. No other position does this. I hope they get Lewan but if Mack is available I would go with him first because the defense wins FB games and Mack would push our “D” past Seattle in my modest opinion.

How do you see it at this point in time?

Thanks
Ken

CB: It’s hard to know exactly what will fall to the Bills at nine as the teams in front of them, for the most part, need a lot of different building blocks. That means they could go in a number of different directions with their top pick. Knowing the QB class is far from intriguing outside of Manziel the popular speculation now is that only two QBs will go in the top 8, with Teddy Bridgewater looked upon as the QB falling out of the top 10.

Jacksonville at three is one of those pivot type picks, where what they do could largely impact the teams right behind them. They’re now thought to be considering a QB in round two rather than round one and will look to add a difference maker at another position on offense (Sammy Watkins?) after loading up on defense in free agency. I still think they’re still considering a QB, especially if Bortles is still on the board.

Mack will not make it to nine, no way, no how. So cross him off your list. Cleveland is unpredictable as to what they might do as are the Raiders at five. Atlanta is expected to go OL or DL and it will depend on which player is ranked highest on their board among those two positions. Tampa Bay is a virtual lock to receiver and take Mike Evans. Minnesota is likely to take a QB knowing the mess they had at the position last year and it could be Manziel there.

So what should be there for Buffalo? Probably one of the top three OTs (presumably Lewan), Ebron and C.J. Mosley. I don’t see Justin Gilbert or Anthony Barr as part of the equation there. Whether the Bills have another player or two ranked as high is unclear.

The most talented of the three I mentioned (Lewan, Ebron, Mosley) is probably Ebron, who one could argue also has the most upside. Lewan and Mosley kind of are what they are. They’ll both be very solid pros and should be in an NFL starting lineup right away, but Ebron has a chance to be special and that could give him the edge there. We’re all guessing, but the most important factor is how things play out in front of Buffalo.

 

 

2 – Chris,

Pardon me, but my brain is working overtime on the Bills.  With Carpenter in the fold where does this leave Hopkins?  Thought he was supposed to be the new guy with the strong leg.

Jim (Skaneateles)


CB:
It puts Hopkins in a tough spot. First of all he’s trying to come back from a bad groin injury on his kicking leg side. Second, he’s competing with a veteran kicker who put up the second most accurate FG kicking season in team history. With the money invested in Carpenter by the Bills, Hopkins is going to need to have the training camp of his life to unseat Carpenter.

Now head coach Doug Marrone is not opposed to carrying a second kicker as a kickoff specialist, which is a role that Hopkins could most definitely fill. However, the roster numbers have to work out right to keep a second kicker for such a luxury. We’ll see how it plays out this summer.

 

 

3 – Hey Chris,

Huge fan of yours and the Bills obviously. Just wondering about the Corey Graham signing. Will he be competing for second cornerback position with Leodis?  And if not, how will that affect Nickel Robey’s playing time, if at all?  Do you think it was a big contract for a potentially 3rd string corner or will his special teams play make up for it?

Thanks,
Brendan

CB: As I’m sure you and most other fans have seen coach Marrone has said he intends to make Graham a part of the safety competition with Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da’Norris Searcy to fill the spot left by Jairus Byrd. He’ll also be the first guy in on the boundary at corner if McKelvin or Gilmore are sidelined by injury. As for Robey he will hold onto the role if Graham lands the safety spot next to Aaron Williams.

 

4 – Hey Chris,

I was just curious, if team a wanted to trade a player for a pick in the draft, and the traded player ended up failing the physical for team b, what would happen?  Would the player(s) selected with the traded pick pick(s) go to team b and the player that failed the physical would return to team a?  Or would something else happen?

Thanks,
Tommy

CB: Yes, if a player did not pass the physical for his new team the trade would be nullified and any and all assets exchanged in the deal would revert back to their original clubs. That’s what happened several years ago when the Bills tried to trade John McCargo to the Indianapolis Colts. He failed his physical with the Colts due to a back problem they cited and the trade was nullified.

 
5 – Hi Chris,

Just wondering what your thoughts are on the Bills seemingly not attempting to keep Carrington or Moats. There was so much talk last summer about how well Carrington was coming along and now they could seem to care less about keeping him. I wouldn’t imagine it’s because of competition from other teams as he hasn’t proven himself on the field for any stretch of time.

Also looking at Rivers career he hardly seems like an upgrade from Moats. They both seem to be in the same kind of position as fill in LB’s struggling to get more snaps. Also what is the deal with Chris Williams? NFL.com says he graded out terribly last season. To be honest I’m less than pleased with where the offensive line has gone under Marrone. In Gailey’s last season we had the fewest sacks and CJ’s yards per carry were through the roof. Marrone’s supposed to be a line guy and during his first year we were at the bottom of those stats and seem content to downgrade from Levitre to Williams at LG. Do you know anything we dont about where this might be going?

Dan

CB: I have it on very good authority that the Bills offered Carrington a contract extension before the 2013 season, but he and his agent (the same one as Jairus Byrd) turned it down. Three weeks later Carrington tore his quadriceps tendon and went on I-R in a contract year. Moats was presented with a contract offer this offseason and he chose not to take it thinking he could do better. Whether he did or not we may never know, but he signed a one-year veteran minimum deal with a $65K signing bonus.


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BDC 4/11: Brandon to be honored by Canisius

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 11, 2014 – 9:07 am

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DAILY REPORT
– The Canisius College Board of Regents will present Russ Brandon, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Bills, with its Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award at the 48th annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday, May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. The awards presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will immediately follow. The Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award is presented by the Canisius College Board of Regents and recognizes an individual for his/her contributions to the civic, cultural and/or economic well-being of the Western New York region.

– The Buffalo Bills announced the dates and times of their 2014 preseason schedule.

2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET)
Sunday, Aug. 3 Hall of Fame GameNew York Giants (Canton, Ohio) 8:00 PM
Friday, Aug. 8 at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug. 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug. 23 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS TBA
Thursday, Aug. 28 DETROIT LIONS 7:00 PM

 – The Buffalo Bills Schedule Challenge is currently ongoing and fans have only four more days to register. If anyone can correctly pick the Bills 2014 regular season schedule, they could win free season tickets for life! Click here to play.

– The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has released DE Kourtnei Brown.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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Bills guard Doug Legursky has been honored with the key to the city in his hometown of Beckley, West Virginia. At the 94th annual Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Dinner last week, BRCCC President and CEO Ellen Taylor said it was Legursky’s connection to home that earned him the distinction. (Photo courtesy of RICK BARBERO/THE REGISTER-HERALD)

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Doug Legursky, Buffalo Bills Offensive Lineman
On receiving the key to his hometown…
“Being from southern West Virginia has kept me grounded and close to my roots,” he said. “Being from this area where there’s so much love between the family and everyone in the community. So many people grow up in these big cities and they don’t get to experience that sense of community that I’m blessed with. It’s absolutely amazing…I try to bring that to where I am. When I was at Pittsburgh (with the Steelers) and now that I’m with the (Buffalo) Bills, I always try to bring everyone together and have big dinners with everyone involved like the people of West Virginia do.”

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- Dates and most of start times set for Bills preseason games

Buffalo News- Man whose fall onto Bills fan at the Ralph was widely publicized is granted a jury trial

Toronto Sun- Bon Jovi part of Toronto group expected to bid on Bills

ESPN- ‘A long, tough winter’

ESPN- Kelly is ‘Western New York royalty’

AP- Niagara Falls possible home for Bills

AP- Buffalo Bills cut DE Kourtnei Brown

BuffaloBills.com- Draft Profile: RB Jeremy Hill offers plenty of power

BuffaloBills.com- Chad Michael Murray predicts the 2014 Bills schedule

BuffaloBills.com- DE Kourtnei Brown released

BuffaloBills.com- WR Beckham joined by RB Cobb, CB Gaines at One Bills Drive

Video/Audio/Photo
BuffaloBills.com
2014 Draft Preview: Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde 
The John Murphy Show April 10

WGR550
WR Beckham headlines three pre-draft Bills visitors
Report links Bon Jovi to Bills once again

NFL.com
Inside the Bills draft room

WIVB
Bills president to receive award from Canisius College
Bills set dates, times for preseason schedule
Bills release DE Kourtnei Brown

WKBW
Jury Trial Set for Falling Bills Fan
Rocker Bon Jovi again linked to Bills

WGRZ
Bills release Kourtnei Brown
AP: Niagara Falls Possible Home for Bills

WHEC
Niagara Falls possible home for Bills

TWCN
Falls mayor says Bills Stadium in Niagara County an option
Bills finalize dates for preseason schedule

Additional Clips
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Buffalo News Press Coverage Blog
Bills ownership, stadium updates showing no signs of slowing down
Bills strongly consider keeping two kickers
Bills preseason schedule dates, times
Bills announce some stuff

Pro Football Talk
Report: Bon Jovi involved with Toronto group that hopes to buy the Bills
Bills waive defensive end Kourtnei Brown
Bills visit with Odell Beckham

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
Kelly has close bond with Buffalo community
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Bills
Bills draft preview: Running back

NFL.com Around The League
Casserly: Seven QBs in 2014 NFL Draft rate ahead of EJ Manuel
Roster Reset: AFC East

Toronto Sun Kryk Slants Blog
Bon Jovi remains ‘passionate’ about becoming NFL owner, and source says he remains part of Toronto group expected to bid for Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Rumblings
Odell Beckham Jr, Phillip Gaines visit the Buffalo Bills
Potential Bills owners have met with Buffalo Fan Alliance

Pro Football Focus
Draft Grader: Buffalo Bills

CBS Sports
Report: Bon Jovi part of Toronto group trying to buy Buffalo Bills

All Sports WNY
Don’t Count on Buffalo Bills Building Stadium in Niagara Falls
BUFFALO BILLS FINALIZE 2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
RUSS BRANDON TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM CANISIUS COLLEGE

Bleacher Report
Buffalo Bills 2014 NFL Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions for the Bills
Buffalo Bills Owner Search: Latest Updates and Rumors on Open Position

Sports Xchange
Report: Bon Jovi interested in Bill


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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 10

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 10, 2014 – 6:06 pm

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Final Podcast of the year for The John Murphy Show.  Tonight, we circle back with a look around the AFC East.  Miami Dolphins beat writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Chris Perkins calls in to the show to discuss the offseason for the Dolphins so far.
Miami was busy in the first week of free agency, re-signing or acquiring a handful of players to their roster, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  Perkins says two additions should help.
Branden Albert
“The run defense was slacking and the big thing was the offense.  One of the things they did was sign Branden Albert to help protect Ryan Tannehill.  The Dolphins gave up 58 sacks last year, a franchise record and NFL high.  They also signed Knowshon Moreno.  Hopefully those two things will help them get back on track with their offense.”

 

 
Perkins also addressed the play of QB Ryan Tannehill and his recent struggles.
“I’m not sure he is a franchise quarterback.  If he doesn’t get this team to the playoffs this year, I think the Dolphins are going to be forced to draft another quarterback next year and start thinking what if?”

 
Supplying more help on the offense might be the direction the Dolphins go in next month’s NFL Draft.  Perkins feels that protecting their QB with offensive tackle help could be a day one or day two priority.  Perkins specifically mentions Zack Martin, a right offensive tackle from Notre Dame as a possibility.  If not on the o-line, the linebacker position could be their next target.  Specifically, CJ Mosley, a middle linebacker from Alabama.

Perkins also talked about offensive lineman Mike Pouncey and his possibility of requesting a big-time contract extension and Miami’s defensive backfield issues at cornerback.  You can hear the whole conversation on Thursday’s edition of The John Murphy Show, below.

 

 


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Sleeper RB Cobb is put together

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2014 – 4:36 pm

One of Buffalo’s pre-draft visitors is Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb. He’s got a thick lower body, which is why even when would be tacklers go low on him it has proven difficult to get him down on the ground. Cobb looked like a man amongst boys in his 2012 season when he rushed for 1,991 yards in the NAIA’s Mid-South Conference, but here’s a look at him in action from that season.

Cobb only appeared in six games in 2013 due to an injury, but still averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Finding testing times and measures has proven difficult, but he’s seen as a priority free agent and will likely be signed as an undrafted free agent.


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Brandon honored by Canisius College

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 10, 2014 – 2:20 pm

The Canisius College Board of Regents has announced it will honor Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon with its 2014 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award. Brandon will be presented with the award at the 48th annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday May 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Buffalo.

The Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award is given to recognize an individual for his/her contributions to the civic, cultural and/or economic well-being of the Western New York region. The Regents Scholarship Ball is the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to promising students who otherwise would not be able to afford a to go to school at Canisius.


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McShay goes TE, OT in 2 rd. mock for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2014 – 11:45 am

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has put together a two-round mock draft and has some interesting choices for Buffalo at nine and 41 overall.

McShay went tight end and offensive tackle with the first two picks. Here’s his synopsis for the Bills.

No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
This is something of an outside-the-box pick, and certainly doesn’t fill a glaring need, but the more I think about it the more I like the selection. For one, there aren’t many glaring holes on this team, opening things up for the Bills to take the best available player. Also, second-year QB EJ Manuel would really benefit from having an elite downfield threat with seam-stretching speed like Ebron at the tight end position, giving him another weapon alongside WRs Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and Mike Williams and steady TE Scott Chandler.

No. 41 – T Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee
After passing up on a tackle at No. 9 overall, the Bills get a good value in James who is a great fit for their zone-blocking scheme.

If Watkins and Evans are both off the board, which in McShay’s mock they are (5th and 7th picks), I think there could be much more consideration for Ebron at Buffalo’s spot at nine.

James is an example of how deep this year’s draft is at the offensive tackle position. James was somewhat overshadowed by teammate Tiny Richardson at Tennessee, but is thought by many NFL scouts as capable of starting right away at right tackle in the NFL.


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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 9

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 10, 2014 – 10:41 am

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The 2014 NFL Draft is now 4 weeks away and the Bills continue their pre-draft visits.  On Wednesday, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews visited One Bills Drive.  Robert Cessna has been covering the Aggies for over 30-years and is the Executive sports editor for The Eagle in College Station, Texas.  He joined The John Murphy Show to discuss Matthews along with the other two top Aggie prospects, Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel.

Speaking of the draft, ESPN Draft Analyst, Kevin Weidl returned to the show.  The discussion was focused on offensive tackles.  Weidl weighed in on who he think will be the best OT prospect.Greg Robinson

“I watched Greg Robinson and then I watched Jake Matthews.  After watching Greg Robinson it was hard to get excited (for Matthews).  Robinson is massive.  He is one of the more agile, athletic, and naturally powerful offensive lineman that I have ever evaluated.”

 

 

 
Producer/Director Ivan Reitman capped off the show.  The Director of the new drama/comedy ‘Draft Day’ discusses the movie which brings the annual ritual of the NFL Draft to the big screen.  Staring Kevin Costner, who plays Sonny Weaver Jr., the GM of the Cleveland Browns holding the top pick in the draft, ‘Draft Day’ brings a real-life look behind the scenes of the draft process.
“I can’t see doing a movie called Draft Day without actually using the NFL.  I wanted to use real teams, real uniforms, and real personalities.  We wanted to get this movie right.”

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The film features the Bills President/CEO Russ Brandon who makes a cameo along with VP of Marketing and Broadcasting Marc Honan.  Reitman said that Brandon was really helpful in making the movie factual and in turn was guaranteed a spot in the movie.

“I got to meet him (Russ Brandon) when we researching the film and checking out Buffalo and the facilities.  He was extraordinary helpful with the script in pointing out if there was anything inaccurate or what was possible.”

 

You can hear the complete Ivan Reitman interview along with The John Murphy show in its entirety below:


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Inside Bills draft room on NFLN airs tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2014 – 7:59 am

NFL Network will have a Bills specific angle to their Path to the Draft programming tonight.

NFL Network’s Path to the Draft show will go inside the Bills draft room. NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis will co-anchor the Path to the Draft, and will be joined by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Charley Casserly and Brian Baldinger, former first-round pick Curtis Conway, and various additional NFL Network analysts.

The program airs at 7 pm tonight (Thursday).


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Legursky receives key to the city

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 9, 2014 – 10:02 pm

Lynn O’Brien, left, presented Doug Legursky the key to the city at Friday’s chamber dinner held at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Her husband, Beckley Mayor Bill O’Brien, stands in back. (RICK BARBERO/THE REGISTER-HERALD)

Bills guard Doug Legursky has been honored with the key to the city in his hometown of Beckley, West Virginia.

At the 94th annual Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Dinner last week, BRCCC President and CEO Ellen Taylor said it was Legursky’s connection to home that earned him the distinction.

“We always have a featured speaker and we try to bring back the area’s best,” Taylor said. “He’s a local guy who has done well and we’d like to recognize that.”

Despite a six-year career as a professional athlete, Legursky’s background away from the spotlight has kept him humble.

“Being from southern West Virginia has kept me grounded and close to my roots,” he said. “Being from this area where there’s so much love between the family and everyone in the community. So many people grow up in these big cities and they don’t get to experience that sense of community that I’m blessed with. It’s absolutely amazing.

“I try to bring that to where I am. When I was at Pittsburgh (with the Steelers) and now that I’m with the (Buffalo) Bills, I always try to bring everyone together and have big dinners with everyone involved like the people of West Virginia do.”

In addition to the pride he surely feels after being honored in his hometown, Legursky said he plans to put the key on a gold chain and wear it around town with pride.


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Beckham: I’ll be in Buffalo Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2014 – 9:09 pm

LSU just held their pro day on Wednesday. One day later their top receiver prospect Odell Beckham, who is projected as a first round draft choice, will be visiting the Bills.

That according to the receiver himself. In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, Beckham commented on the level of interest teams are showing and mentioned his upcoming pre-draft visit with Buffalo specifically in addition to some contact with a couple of other NFL clubs.

“To be honest with you, I think everybody was here,” said Beckham of the LSU pro day. “I saw all different colors, I saw the whole rainbow today.  I spent time with the 49ers.  I had dinner with the Steelers last night.  I’m going to Buffalo tomorrow, actually.  So pretty much everybody was here and today was a great day.”

Beckham did not run the 40 after posting a very solid 4.43 at the NFL combine in February, but by most accounts had a solid positional workout as all 32 teams were represented in Baton Rouge.

Hill had a pre-draft visit with the Bills last Friday, which will make Beckham the second LSU product to meet with Buffalo’s coaching staff at One Bills Drive. Stay tuned for pre-draft visit updates here at Buffalobills.com.


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Bills staffer using skills in the community

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 9, 2014 – 9:07 pm

A Buffalo Bills staff member is putting his experiences with players to good use in the community.

Paul Lancaster, the Bills Director of Player Engagement, will be a guest presenter on Friday at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Annual Male Summit. Developed for males ages 12 and older, the empowering and interactive event provides information to assist participants in becoming responsible young men. Since joining the Bills in 2001, Lancaster has helped Bills players in a similar effort, with continuing education, family assistance, financial planning and post-football career development opportunities.

WHAT: Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Annual Male Summit
WHO: guest presenter Paul Lancaster of the Buffalo Bills
WHEN: Friday, April 11, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, New York 14305

To register, or for more information Call (716) 285-5374.


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Bills add competition for Moorman

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2014 – 1:51 pm

The Bills continue to tinker with their offseason roster as they signed P Jake Dombrowski Wednesday. The Harvard product has spent time with a couple of NFL clubs over the past year or so,  including Jacksonville, since graduating from Harvard in 2012. It’s competition now for veteran punter Brian Moorman, who re-signed early in the offseason.

Moorman had a good season for Buffalo in his return to the team, but it’s clear that the personnel department believes that competition brings out the best in everyone on the roster. Dombrowski had a solid college career and has certainly shown he can hit the long ball. Hang time and directional kicking will be something to look for when spring OTAs open up.

 


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NFL moving Pro Bowl to Arizona next year

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2014 – 1:39 pm

It’s not a permanent move, but the NFL is shifting the Pro Bowl to Arizona next February.

That according to CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora, who tweeted as much Wednesday afternoon.

In recent years the Pro Bowl has also been played in South Florida.


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Thad Lewis back at old stomping grounds

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2014 – 12:09 pm

Bills QB Thad Lewis is back on campus at his alma mater today (Wednesday).

Lewis has been working out and training with his former college coaches at Duke most of the offseason where he played for the Blue Devils and head coach David Cutcliffe. He tweeted out a photo of himself with Cutcliffe and his former OC Scottie Montgomery.

The John Murphy Show had Cutcliffe on the show this past season to talk about Thad Lewis when he had him as a player at Duke.


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BDC 4/9: Bills Sign DL Wynn

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 9, 2014 – 8:50 am

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DAILY REPORT
– The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that the team has signed free agent DL Jarius Wynn. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Wynn played in 15 games (five with San Diego and 10 with Dallas) during the 2013 season and recorded 11 tackles and 2.0 sacks. The 6-3, 285-pound Georgia product entered the NFL as a sixth-round (182nd overall) draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 2009. He has appeared in 58 career games and totaled 45 tackles (34 solo) and 8.5 sacks in stints with the Packers (2009-11), Tennessee Titans (2012), San Diego Chargers (2013) and Dallas Cowboys (2013).

– The Buffalo Bills Schedule Challenge is currently ongoing and fans have only six more days to register. If anyone can correctly pick the Bills 2014 schedule, they will win free season tickets for life! Click here to play.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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Bleacher Report has compiled their list of the top 60 inside linebackers in the NFL and Bills LBs Brandon Spikes, Nigel Bradham and Kiko Alonso all made the cut. Click here to check it out.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Jarius Wynn, Buffalo Bills Defensive Lineman
On joining the Bills’ defensive line:
“…As far as the D-line they have great guys up front. Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams and (Jerry) Hughes. They’re pretty stacked on defense and I’m just glad to be coming in and join these guys. Hopefully we can win a bunch of games and get in to the playoffs.”

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- Bills get deeper with signing of defensive end Wynn

Canandaigua Daily Messenger- Bills taking gamble on Williams

Detroit News- Sounds like Bills might be Lions’ Thanksgiving opponent

Biloxi Sun Herald- Jim Kelly will overcome cancer

AP- Buffalo Bills sign free agent DL Jarius Wynn

BuffaloBills.com- Free agent DL Jarius Wynn signs with Buffalo

BuffaloBills.com- OL prospect Charles Siddoway visits with Bills

Video/Audio/Photo
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2014 Draft Preview: Alabama LB C.J. Mosley
The John Murphy Show April 8

WGR550
Bills sign DL Jarius Wynn
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Bills host OT Siddoway on pre-draft visit

Fox Sports Wisconsin
Source: Packers to play Bills on Monday night in 2014

WIVB
Bills sign DE Jarius Wynn
Report: Bills to host Packers on MNF

WGRZ
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Report: Bills Will Host Packers on Monday Night Football

WHEC
Jim Kelly begins chemotherapy treatment
Buffalo Bills sign free agent DL Jarius Wynn

TWCN
Bills add Wynn to defensive line

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Buffalo News Press Coverage Blog
Report: Fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium due for some MNF fun
DE Jarius Wynn reaches agreement on deal with Bills
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Pro Football Talk
Report: Lions to host Bills on Thanksgiving
Bills add line depth by agreeing to deal with Jarius Wynn

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
Buffalo Bills sign DE Jarius Wynn
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NFL.com Around The League
Bills’ Mike Williams: Buccaneers made mistake in trade
AFC East Draft Winds: Rumors connecting players, NFL teams

Buffalo Rumblings
NFL schedule 2014: Bills vs. Packers on Monday Night Football, per report
Buffalo Bills sign DL Jarius Wynn to one-year contract
NFL Draft 2014: Charles Siddoway visits Buffalo Bills
Scott Chandler stats, targets, routes from 2013 season

AFC East Daily
Mike Williams excited to play in front of family again

National Football Post
Bills sign Jarius Wynn
Bills host Charles Siddoway

CBS Sports
Could Bills face Lions in Thanksgiving Day game?

All Sports WNY
Buffalo Bills Sign DL Jarius Wynn

Bleacher Report
Who Are the Experts Predicting to Buffalo in the First Round of the NFL Draft?
Debate: Who Will Be Bills’ Biggest X-Factor This Season?
Brandon Spikes ranked 5th best ILB
Kiko Alonso ranked 6th best ILB
Nigel Bradham ranked 12th best ILB

TSN
Bills sign Wynn

The Sports Xchange
Bills add depth, sign DL Wynn


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Jim Kelly completes 1st round of chemo

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 8, 2014 – 10:49 pm

The Kelly family and Bills nation got a bit of good news late Tuesday night, as Jill Kelly once again provided an update on the condition of Jim Kelly.

The tweet followed an earlier photo on instagram of Kelly’s first chemo treatment from his New York City hospital room.

“There’s been such a big outpouring of prayers – which I definitely need,” Jim said on Friday before his treatment began. “It makes me feel good that so many people are praying for me.”


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Special Super Bowl Sunday for Wynn

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2014 – 6:30 pm

The Bills new Defensive End has more than a Super Bowl ring on his finger to remember his appearance in the big game.

Jarius Wynn has a son who was born hours before Super Bowl XLV.

When he was a member of the Green Bay Packers, Wynn and his wife were having dinner in Dallas the night before the big game.

“That night, her water broke at a restaurant,” Wynn said Tuesday in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.  “I was like, are you OK? She wouldn’t tell me. And then we had to rush her to the hospital.”

Martavia Wynn game birth to a seven pound, four ounce baby boy early on the morning on February 6th, 2011 in Dallas.  Jarius says he barely had time to kiss his son before he had to rejoin the Packers at their game-day hotel.

“As soon as I left the hotel I went to meetings, everybody congratulated me,” Wynn said.  “They were saying it was a sign that we were going to win the game.”

His teammates were right.  The Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in that game.  Operating on about 90-minutes of sleep, Wynn played on special teams and got in for three defensive snaps in Super Bowl XLV.

Wynn said Packer fans wanted him to make his baby boy’s middle name “Super,” or “Super Bowl.”

“That’s what people in Green Bay wanted me to call him, but it’s just Jarius Wynn, Jr.”

 

 


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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 8

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2014 – 5:29 pm

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Podcast edition of The John Murphy Show.  On Tuesday, the Bills welcomed and eventually signed free agent defensive end Jarius Wynn.  Wynn joined the show to discuss his signing and how he can help the Bills defensive front.

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Wynn developed playing the DE position during his time at Georgia, specifically during his third year under Georgia’s defensive line coach, Rodney Garner.

Wynn also talked about meeting his new coaches, competing for a starting spot, and his wild Super Bowl experience with the Packers, in which his wife gave birth to their son, Jarius Wynn, Jr.

You can hear the entire interview along with the rest of Tuesday’s podcast below.


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OT Kouandjio has lengthy pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 3:01 pm

After his knee was reportedly rejected by some NFL clubs at the combine, Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio set out to convince NFL scouts otherwise. That opportunity came on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa.

NFL.com reported that Kouandjio apparently asked scouts in attendance if there was anything they wanted to see him do in addition to what he had planned for his pro day workout. Scouts put him through a battery of position drills.

He also confirmed that he’ll have a private workout with Tampa Bay. Kouandjio also reportedly improved his vertical leap by six inches from 25 to 31 inches.

Some believe Kouandjio could still be a late first round pick if his knee checks out.


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DE Wynn hoping to land starting role

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 2:52 pm

Bills newest DE Jarius Wynn, who signed Tuesday, has found it difficult staying with one club after his first three seasons in Green Bay. He’s suited up for three teams in the past two seasons, so he’s determined to earn himself a starting role so he can be a bigger contributor to Buffalo’s defense week in and week out.

“I guess the biggest thing has been the opportunity,” said Wynn when asked what is hardest about playing for multiple teams in a short period of time. “Getting the opportunity to really just showcase my talent. I want somebody to give me a realistic opportunity to come in and play and that would be the best thing.

“That’s what I think has been the problem. I’ve been grateful to whatever team allowed me to get on the field and show my talent. I feel like I have shown my talent in different situations, but I never just had an opportunity to really just play (week in and week out).”

Wynn played a steady rotational role for Dallas last season and saw some similar playing time early in his career with Green Bay, but entering his sixth NFL season Wynn wants more.

“I feel like in Dallas I played 30 percent and I think I did pretty good,” he said. “So I feel I have shown and proven that I can play in this league and be part of a rotation. But I’m not looking to come in and be part of a rotation. I want to come in and win the starting position and showcase my talent and be able to help my family out.”

 


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