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BDC 4/17: Bills Draft Winfield 15 Years Ago

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 17, 2014 – 9:22 am

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DAILY REPORT
– The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank’s “Predict the Picks” contest,a 2014 NFL Draft contest that will reward one fan with an exclusive meet and greet with the Bills first pick is currently ongoing.

Fans can enter the contest at buffalobills.com/predictthepicks, where they will be asked a series of 10 multiple choice questions specific to the Bills 2014 NFL Draft moves. The contest runs through May 7, with the NFL Draft beginning the next day. The Bills own the 9th overall pick in this year’s Draft.

Fans who correctly answer 80 percent or more of the questionswill be entered to win the contest’s grand prize, a meet and greet with the Buffalo Bills’ first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition, 50 fans who answer at least half of the questions correctly will receive an official 2014 Bills Draft cap by New Era.

THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
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April 17, 1999 — CB ANTOINE WINFIELD IS BILLS’ 1999 NO. 1 PICK
CB Antoine Winfield from Ohio State was the Bills’ No. 1 pick (23rd overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft. Winfield would go on to play 14 years in the NFL, playing in 191 games and picking off 27 passes en route to three Pro Bowl appearances (2008, 2009, 2010).

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills Running Back
On adjusting his playing style:
“That definitely gives me the opportunity to be out here three or four more years and competing with these guys and getting this thing turned around. That’s the number one goal, getting this thing turned around and giving this city something to be excited about and that’s what I want to do before I’m out of here.” 

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- State official says Open Meetings Law applies to new stadium group

AP- Bills great Kelly hoping to spend weekend at home

BuffaloBills.com- Shane Conlan still has football on the brain

Video/Audio/Photo
BuffaloBills.com
2014 Draft Preview: Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
The John Murphy Show April 16

WGR550
Buscaglia: NFL Mock Draft #4

ESPN
Cowherd on Bills future

NFL.com
Is Donald Trump a good fit for Buffalo Bills?

WIVB
Jim Kelly hopes to spend Easter at home

WHEC
Jim Kelly planning to spend Easter in Buffalo

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Who Hates Fantasy Football? JMS Recap 4/16Ruben Brown tackles concussion awareness

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
Kelly to go home before resuming treatment
Catching up on Buffalo Bills news
NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills
Bills draft preview: Defensive tackle

Buffalo Rumblings
Jim Kelly planning Easter weekend off from cancer treatment
NFL Draft 2014: Buffalo Bills have Round 1 pre-draft visitor trend

AFC East Daily
At 33, Fred Jackson replacing speed with brute force

Bleacher Report
Assigning Odds to Every Potential Buffalo Bills 1st-Round Pick

Fort Myers News Press
What business is the NFL in?

The Oregonian
Oregon football spring practice: Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills watches practice


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

Who Hates Fantasy Football? JMS Recap 4/16

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 16, 2014 – 9:52 pm

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Chris Johnson signed on with the New York Jets Wednesday. That news led us to to ponder, which team has the best running attack in the AFC East? The consensus had the Bills atop the list with CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson leading the way.

Comedian Jim Florentine joined us in the first hour of the show. Florentine grew up a Miami Dolphins fan and gave his view of the Bills/Dolphins rivalry. He also opened up on why he despises Fantasy Football.

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“If you want to gamble, just go to the Casino. I don’t like going to a sports bar and guys with laptops are out eating appetizers in khaki’s. I don’t know what that is. It doesn’t make sense to me.”

 

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Author Nathan Frederick calls in to talk about his new book “Draft Daze.” The book chronicles the 2012 draft, giving an in-depth look at each player taken that year. Frederick does his research by introducing various personalities associated with the NFL Draft.

“The draft has so many moving parts that you can’t tell that story without talking to an agent or a player. I really wanted to cover it from as many perspectives as possible.”

Frederick explains how the NFL Draft has now developed into a reality TV event with all the uncertainty associated with it. He also says there will be continuing changes to make the draft viewing better, including more integration of social media. “Draft Daze” also includes commentary from analysts Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay.

 

 

 

Finally, Dr. C. Keith Harrison, Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida discusses his new report dealing with female spectators and influences in the NFL. The report examines the NFL game day experiences for female spectators. Dr. Harrison is the principal investigator and lead researcher on how to better that experience. After collecting data for over 2 years, Dr. Harrison found that 51% of those attending an NFL game are of the female population.

“We don’t know things about women and how they consume, influence, and experience sport because we haven’t asked them.”

The report is available at www.nflplayerengagement.com/

The John Murphy Show can be heard in its entirety below:

(Florentine- 22:30, Frederick-40:00, Dr. Harrison-01:02:00)


Posted in Inside the Bills

Ruben Brown tackles concussion awareness

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 16, 2014 – 5:28 pm

Former Buffalo Bills guard and nine-time Pro Bowler Ruben Brown appeared on the John Murphy Show Wednesday night to discuss is new found role as an impact voice in the Heads Up Football initiative – a comprehensive youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to further strengthen youth player safety.

Brown now serves as a Heads Up Football Master Trainer, hosting events in his home state of Virginia and in the Buffalo area. He teaches youth football coaches throughout the region proper tackling techniques, equipment fitting, concussion awareness and heat and hydration information that they then pass on to their players.

“The main focus on the techniques in the program is trying to tell kids not to use their heads to tackle,” Brown said. “Your head should always be up so you can see where you’re going. When your head is down the only thing you can see are your feet or your opponent’s feet, and you’re in a vulnerable position with your head down. The crown of your head is exposed, and that’s the most vital part on your body when you’re playing a collision sport.”

Brown’s new role will allow him to have a significant impact on the development of youth football in his hometown and the way coaches deliver the Heads Up message.

“We want to encourage all the coaches that are in football to join this because the NFL, USA Football, the NCAA, professional trainers, athletic trainers – everyone has come together to bring a consensus on the practices of teaching young kids how to be involved in football from tackling to hydrating, what to eat, how to prepare, what you’re doing before you put pads on,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of training steps that they want to get out to the public so we can have our players play the game safer.”


Posted in Community, Inside the Bills, Off the Field

BDC 4/16: Predict the Picks

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 16, 2014 – 8:44 am

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DAILY REPORT

– The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank’s “Predict the Picks” contest,a 2014 NFL Draft contest that will reward one fan with an exclusive meet and greet with the Bills first pick is currently ongoing.

Fans can enter the contest at buffalobills.com/predictthepicks, where they will be asked a series of 10 multiple choice questions specific to the Bills 2014 NFL Draft moves. The contest runs through May 7, with the NFL Draft beginning the next day. The Bills own the 9th overall pick in this year’s Draft.

Fans who correctly answer 80 percent or more of the questions will be entered to win the contest’s grand prize, a meet and greet with the Buffalo Bills’ first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition, 50 fans who answer at least half of the questions correctly will receive an official 2014 Bills Draft cap by New Era.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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NFL.com’s Marc Sessler compiled his list of players poised to bounce back big in 2014 and named C.J. Spiller as one of his strong bets. Click here to check it out.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills Running Back on Sirius XM NFL Radio
On adjusting to being an older running back:
“Coach Wheatley is a guy that I learned from. He was known for his speed. He said when he lost a step, he transitioned his game and added weight to be able to take on blockers and tacklers when he couldn’t outrun them. You definitely transition into different areas and facets of your game to be able to play. I added a little bit of weight. I never was the fastest guy, but when you do lose a step so to speak, you have to be able to take advantage of other parts of the game. I’ve always prided myself on being a physical running back, and I have to be now more than ever.

DAILY LINKS

Niagara Gazette- Let’s go Buffalo!

New York Daily News- Donald Trump says Bills will stay in Buffalo if he buys team

BuffaloBills.com-  Age is just a number to Fred Jackson

BuffaloBills.com- Draft Profile: TE Niklas eager to begin pro career

BuffaloBills.com
2014 Draft Preview: North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
The John Murphy Show April 15
Bruce Nicholas Looks Back at the Bills Drafts

WGR550
Bills Draft Outlook: Safety

 Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills functional depth chart, pre 2014 NFL Draft

CBS Sports
Are you willing to trust C.J. Spiller this year?


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 15

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 15, 2014 – 10:40 pm

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A variety of draft talk on tonight’s show. We look back on the drafts of the late 1970′s and early 1980′s.  Then switch gears to talk about the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, focusing on the wide receiving corp. Rounding out the show is former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown, who is now leading the way for safety in youth football.

From 1979-1985, Bruce Nicholas was the Buffalo Bills assistant director of player personnel. During that time he was part of the Bills draft class in 1979 that saw the team select first overall but eventually never sign their top pick, Tom Cousineau. Although, that year brought in such greats as Jerry Butler and Fred Smerlas.jerrybutler2

“It was a great beginning for us in ’79 to get 4 or 5 really good players. Even though Cousineau did not sign with us, we were able to trade the rights to him later and come up with beneficial players.”

That trade was to Cleveland which eventually landed the Bills Jim Kelly in the 1983 draft.

 

 

 

 

 

ESPN Draft Analyst Kevin Weidl returned to the show to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft. Tonight’s focus was on the wide receiver group. Weidl says this year’s class in one of the deepest he can remember.

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“You look at the top 16 of our wide receivers ranked, 14 of them are underclassmen. It is a very deep class. There is a wide variety that come in all shapes and sizes and a lot of different fits.”

Weidl also says that high talent receivers could be available in the fourth or fifth round, which you wouldn’t have seen in previous drafts.

0ap2000000258961Finally, former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown calls in to discuss his new gig as a master trainer for USA Football’s Heads Up Program. The program is designed to teach safety to those in youth football which includes proper tackling tactics.

“The main focus on the technique is to try to tell kids not to use their head to tackle. Your head should always be up so you can see where you’re going. You’re in a vulnerable position when your head is down.”

Brown says he also wants to encourage coaches in football to join the program to create better practice plans using correct fundamentals.

The John Murphy Show from Tuesday April 15 can be heard in its entirety below:

 


Posted in Inside the Bills

C.J. picked to have a big bounce back year

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2014 – 5:27 pm

While the NFL.com report that the Eagles called the Bills to inquire about C.J. Spiller perked up the ears of Bills fans, you might be more encouraged about the outlook for Spiller’s 2014 season with Buffalo.

NFL.com’s Marc Sessler says that C.J. Spiller is one of his strong bets to bounce back big in 2014. Here’s what he wrote.

RB CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills: Spiller is running and cutting on the ankle that bothered him all last season and told the team’s official site last month, “I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012.” One former scout suggested the X-factor was never healthy during a campaign that saw Spiller fall from 6.0 yards per carry in 2012 to 4.3 one season ago. Spiller’s 456 yards after contact in 2013 were a shadow of the 742 he dialed up the year before, but that didn’t stop Chip Kelly and theEagles from wanting him in a trade. Buffalo wasn’t about to part ways with their most explosive weapon.


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BDC 4/15: Renovation Guide Available

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 15, 2014 – 9:44 am

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DAILY REPORT
– The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank’s “Predict the Picks” contest,a 2014 NFL Draft contest that will reward one fan with an exclusive meet and greet with the Bills first pick is currently ongoing.

Fans can enter the contest at buffalobills.com/predictthepicks, where they will be asked a series of 10 multiple choice questions specific to the Bills 2014 NFL Draft moves. The contest runs through May 7, with the NFL Draft beginning the next day. The Bills own the 9th overall pick in this year’s Draft.

Fans who correctly answer 80 percent or more of the questionswill be entered to win the contest’s grand prize, a meet and greet with the Buffalo Bills’ first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition, 50 fans who answer at least half of the questions correctly will receive an official 2014 Bills Draft cap by New Era. 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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The Bills renovation guide is now available for download in the Apple AppStore. Click here to download an interactive, behind-the-scenes tour of the home of the Bills as the 2014 renovations continue.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Chris Hogan, Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver on the John Murphy Show
Q: What workouts do you do in the offseason and when do you start them?
A: The season can be pretty long and takes a toll on your body so you take a couple weeks off. I’m not the type of guy that likes to sit around on the couch all day and do nothing, so I got right back in to it. Just staying in shape and making sure that I’m ready to go come next week (for offseason workouts).

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- Trump card: Billionaire declares interest in buying Bills, keeping them in Buffalo

Buffalo News- Assemblyman Kearns petitions governor to open meetings of stadium panel to public

BuffaloBills.com- Buffalo among NFL’s most affordable cities

Video/Audio/Photo
BuffaloBills.com
The John Murphy Show April 14

WGR550
Bills Draft Outlook: Running Back

CSN Philadelphia
Before Sproles, Eagles inquired about C.J. Spiller

WIVB
Donald Trump still interested in buying Buffalo Bills

WHEC
Trump says he’s interested in buying the Bills

Additional Clips
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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 14Pat Kaleta predicts the Bills 2014 scheduleBills RB catches TD at spring football gameReport: Bills to work out college hoopster

Buffalo News Press Coverage Blog
Donald Trump doesn’t view his USFL role as impediment to Bills purchase: ‘That league was dying’
Donald Trump insists he’s not fooling around, Bills interest is real

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
Bills draft preview: Offensive tackle
Updating the Buffalo Bills’ salary cap
Bills draft preview: Tight end

Pro Football Talk
Trump plans to make a run at buying the Bills
Report: Eagles inquired about Spiller before trading for Sproles

NFL.com Around The League
Donald Trump serious about buying Buffalo Bills
Report: Eagles asked about C.J. Spiller before Sproles

Buffalo Rumblings
Donald Trump confirms interest in buying the Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller trade rumors: Philadelphia Eagles made an inquiry
Buffalo Bills draft needs: is OT or DE the bigger concern?

AFC East Daily
Trump willing to give Bills purchase a ‘heavy shot’

CBS Sports Daily
Donald Trump wants to buy Bills, would keep team in Buffalo
Report: Eagles tried to trade for C.J. Spiller

Bleacher Report
Trump Insists Interest in Bills Is Real, He’d Keep Team in BUF

Sports Xchange
Trump wants to buy Bills


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 14

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 14, 2014 – 10:29 pm

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We start a new week, counting down the days until the 2014 NFL Draft.  Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks joins the show to discuss his recent mock draft.  Banks has the Bills taking Michigan offensive tackle, Taylor Lewan at the number 9 spot.

Taylor Lewan“He’s the most solid consensus number 3 tackle in the draft.  He has a nasty streak and he fits Doug Marrone’s mentality.  I think he is a blue-collar player that fills a need and makes sense.”

Banks also touches on the quarterbacks in the draft and thinks there could be a scenario where the first QB taken off the board could  be outside the top ten.

On Monday, Buffalo Bills lead journalist Chris Brown unveiled his latest installment of On the Clock:  Kiko’s story-drafting a rookie of the year

One college scout for the Bills played a major role in scouting the linebacker from Oregon.  Matt Hand joined the show to talk about that process and how Kiko surprised everyone in his rookie year.

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“It’s a guy you’ve been following since (last) May.  He comes in and he’s an instant impact for us, a piece of the puzzle to putting together a championship football team.  We knew we were getting a good player but Kiko played better than anyone thought he was going to play.”

In last block of the show, Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan joined the show to talk about his offseason training, his anticipation of rejoining his teammates back in Buffalo, and his thoughts on the changes among the WR group.

The receiver, now entering his third season with the Bills, says he feels he has a great grasp on the offense and good chemistry with quarterback EJ Manuel which gives him an advantage.  You can hear the full version of Monday’s John Murphy Show, below:

 

 

 


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Pat Kaleta predicts the Bills 2014 schedule

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 14, 2014 – 8:50 pm

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A Buffalo native who plays his professional hockey in the Sabres organization, Pat Kaleta has spent his share of time putting in work for Buffalo sports teams. With that in mind, Kaleta checked in with buffalobills.com to forecast the Bills 2014 schedule, joining fellow Buffalonians Patrick Kane and Chad Michael Murray in attempting to lay out the order of upcoming games.

Here’s how Kaleta thinks the games will line up:
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A Patriots season-opener and the Packers after a bye? Not bad, Pat. And the Jets at the Ralph to close out the regular season seems like a fitting touch, since we know that you can “put it home” against teams that play their games in New Jersey.

Enter your own picks at billsschedulechallenge.com, and if you correctly predict all 16 games and the bye you could win FREE season tickets FOR LIFE.


Posted in Inside the Bills

Bills RB catches TD at spring football game

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 14, 2014 – 4:03 pm


Scoring touchdowns isn’t exactly new for Bills RB Anthony Dixon – he’s got eight in his four-year NFL career, and hit paydirt 42 times in college. One recent score was a bit different than the rest, though.

Attending last Friday’s spring game at Mississippi State, the former Bulldog went from spectator to speedster by jumping onto the field in street clothes to haul in a 60-yard bomb.

“I have that sneaky speed,” said Dixon upon signing with the Bills.  “I can do it all, I’m very versatile. I have good hands and I’m just looking to come [to Buffalo] and put it all on display.”

From the looks of things, Dixon is well on his way.


Posted in Inside the Bills

Report: Bills to work out college hoopster

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 14, 2014 – 10:32 am

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With the Bills personnel department scouring the country for talent before the NFL Draft, Buffalo has turned its attention to a local college basketball player, according to a report from WKBW.

Chris Manhertz, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound forward from nearby Canisius College has a workout scheduled with the Bills. Manhertz, who has not played a down of organized football, was a three-year captain for the Griffs who finished his career ranked fourth in school history with 789 rebounds. A native of the Bronx, Manhertz likely projects as a tight end in the NFL. His complete bio from Canisius is available here.


Posted in Inside the Bills

BDC 4/14: Final Day for Schedule Challenge

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 14, 2014 – 8:52 am

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DAILY REPORT
– Buffalo Bills founder Ralph C. Wilson Jr. will be posthumously honored with the Major Donald Holleder Award at the 65th annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Dinner on June 9, at the Riverside Convention Center. Click here for more information.

– Today is the FINAL day for fans to register for the Buffalo Bills Schedule Challenge. If anyone can correctly pick the Bills 2014 regular season schedule, they could win free season tickets for life! Click here to play. Registration closes tonight at midnight.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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Today is the final day to enter the Bills Schedule Maker Challenge! Click here to enter.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Matt Hand, Buffalo Bills College Scout with BuffaloBills.com
On the process of drafting LB Kiko Alonso:
“I thought the scouting part of him as a player throughout that whole year was easy. The hype was on Dion Jordan, but in reality it was Kiko Alonso making all their plays.”

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- North Carolina tight end could help Bills play catch-up

BuffaloBills.com- Draft Profile: QB Murray hoping production outweighs injury

BuffaloBills.com- Patrick Kane predicts the 2014 Bills schedule

Video/Audio/Photo
BuffaloBills.com
Buffalo Jills Final Auditions
2014 Draft Preview: S Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney

WKBW
Manhertz to Workout for Bills

TWCN
Levy shares thoughts on Kelly and Wilson

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
T.J. Graham plays Xbox at Microsoft StoreHow the legend of Kiko grewMum was the word on KikoHow Bills knew Kiko was a football junkieScouting is about reducing the margin of errorWhat Kiko was doing on draft dayHow highly Pac-12 thought of KikoDE Ealy earns props from OT Jake Matthews

Pro Football Talk
If Bills go before 2020, owner could go to jail
Bills to work out Canisius basketball player


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

T.J. Graham plays Xbox at Microsoft Store

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 13, 2014 – 7:09 pm

Bills WR T.J. Graham made an appearance at the Microsoft Store to sign autographs, pose for pictures and play Xbox Kinect Sports Rivals.  The motion detection technology is “pretty cool” says Graham. “It’s hands free so you mimic your natural movements while playing the game.”

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Over 100 Bills fans showed up to meet T.J. and check out the new game before it’s released in December 2014.

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T.J. competed against challengers in bowling, rock climbing and more but his favorite game was Tennis. “I play tennis and it was a very accurate simulation of actual tennis.”

For more info on the game, click here.


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Posted in Inside the Bills, Off the Field

How the legend of Kiko grew

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 4:45 pm

Kiko Alonso certainly burst onto the NFL scene in Buffalo as a rookie and earned PFWA Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. What also sprang out of that playmaking ability was a cult following that was wrapped around a catch phrase indicating that Alonso had some special intuition to be omniscient as well as ubiquitous whenever a play needed to be made.

Titled ‘The Legend of Kiko Alonso’ fans on social media ran with it. Every time he made a play, Bills fans would tag their tweets with #TheLegendofKikoAlonso.

It got so big that ESPN’s Kenny Mayne eventually did a feature on the following that surfaced out of nowhere all because of an impressive rookie linebacker who stepped into Buffalo’s starting lineup and performed like a perennial Pro Bowler.


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Mum was the word on Kiko

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 3:23 pm

In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series we took an in depth look at how the Bills came to draft a Rookie of the Year in Kiko Alonso last spring. They were sold on him as a player, but they had to know the person too. As high as they were on him they also had to keep their mouths shut when they were on the road in the presence of other NFL scouts.

“He was one of those guys that would come up when you would run into other scouts on the road and they would ask who you have seen and where have you been? How is so and so playing? He was one of those guys I didn’t want to talk about,” said Bills area scout Brad Forsyth. “You didn’t even want to bring his name up because I knew he wasn’t a high radar guy going into the fall.

“You definitely don’t want to alert anybody else to what you’re thinking about him. He’s one of those guys who even though he was at one of the better programs you don’t want to create any more buzz on a guy when you like him as much as we did.”

By keeping quiet on Alonso, who had off the field incidents and a wrist injury, some teams may not have thought quite as much of him as the Bills did last spring.


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How Bills knew Kiko was a football junkie

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm

In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series we took an in depth look at how the Bills came to draft a Rookie of the Year in Kiko Alonso last spring. They were sold on him as a player, but they had to know the person too. Here’s part of how they learned and became convinced Alonso was passionate about football.

Bills area scout Brad Forsyth, who scouted Alonso as one of Buffalo’s western scouts, said there were multiple layers in their scouting of Alonso that depicted Alonso’s love of the sport.

“Talking to him number one and you can just watch him on film and tell. Anytime you put on a film of whatever game you could see it and even when he went out to practice. Sometimes guys can go into a different mode when they’re on the practice field as opposed to the game. Kiko was the same whenever you watched him,” Forsyth said. “He loved to practice, loved to run around and it was full go all the time. The coaches had to hold him back whether it was on the practice field or in the weight room. Sometimes they told him he had to slow down. He’s addicted. As we always say in the scouting business, you’d much rather say ‘Whoa’ than ‘Giddyup’ and he’s a guy you’d have to say, ‘Whoa’ sometimes.”


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Scouting is about reducing the margin of error

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 12:06 pm

With the NFL draft there are no definites. The whole thing is a roll of the dice, but the painstaking process of scouting is necessary to make an NFL team’s picks as successful as possible. In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series, we went behind the scenes to take a closer look at the lengths scouts go to in order to reduce the margin for error on a player, especially one like Kiko Alonso who had off the field incidents in his college career.

“You want to make sure that with the information that we bring to the upper brass it’s the right information to help us pick the guys with the least amount of risk,” said Bills scout Matt Hand, who scouted Alonso. “You want to make sure that we’re picking guys that can play and be good players for us. There are no guarantees.

“A lot of times it’s not the athlete in the player that fails. It’s the other things that fail. That’s why it’s important to get to these schools to get to know these guys as much as we can not just as football players, but as men off the field.”


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What Kiko was doing on draft day

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 11:09 am

Kiko Alonso has a passion for football, but not for laying around and watching TV. That’s why on draft day 2013 he was going to do anything, but plant himself on the couch and watch the NFL draft.

“I was at home in Los Gatos and I had some buddies over,” Alonso told Buffalobills.com. “We were just kind of hanging out. I knew it was a big day, but I didn’t want to just sit on the couch watching TV. I wanted to relax and hang out with my buddies and play some cards and stuff like that.”

After day one of the draft came and went Alonso did pay a bit more attention with the TV on in the background while he hung out with his friends.

“I honestly didn’t think I would go first round just from what people were telling me, like scouts and stuff,” said Alonso. “But I did figure based on what people were telling me that I would go day two. So I thought I had a good shot to go second round and it was an honor to go that high.

“I just remember I was excited just to get picked. After it sunk in that it was the Bills I was like, ‘Okay Buffalo.’ But I didn’t even know where the hell that was. It was just pure excitement.”

Today on Buffalobills.com we profile the painstaking process Buffalo’s scouting department went through to make Kiko Alonso their draft choice at 46th overall. It’s the second installment in our ‘On the Clock’ series leading up to the 2014 NFL draft.


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How highly Pac-12 thought of Kiko

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 9:54 am

As we profiled in the second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series – ‘How the Bills came to draft Kiko’ Buffalo’s scouting department in sticking to the process found Kiko Alonso to be the perfect fit for their gaping hole at middle linebacker in the 2013 NFL draft. Scouting Alonso as a player on tape may have been easy, and Buffalo area scouts Brad Forsyth and Matt Hand were pretty certain he’d be a solid NFL player right away. But if they had any doubts they were convinced after hearing coaches from other Pac-12 schools raving about him without even being asked to comment on Alonso.

“When you go to other schools it’s rare that coaches from one school bring up players from another school,” said Hand. “When you’re going through some of the best schools in the Pac-12 and a coach comes up to you and says, ‘That Kiko Alonso is probably the best player in the Pac-12 this year.’ Those are some pretty powerful words when you have a coach at another school saying that.”

It only served to reinforce what Hand and Forsyth thought of Alonso as a player.

 


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DE Ealy earns props from OT Jake Matthews

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 9:50 am

Their teams were both new to the SEC, but Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews, who is widely forecast to be a top 10 pick in the draft this spring knows the best pass rusher he faced in college wasn’t from one of the traditional power schools in the SEC.

Matthews, who had a pre-draft visit with the Bills Wednesday, was asked who the most challenging pass rusher was for him in his college career and he cited Missouri DE Kony Ealy.

“I thought Kony Ealy was really good at Missouri,” said Matthews. “Real aggressive, big and strong. Mixed up his pass rush moves real well.”

Ealy, who is profiled in our Countdown to Draft Day presented by Time Warner Cable today, had four tackles, including one for loss and a quarterback hurry in the game. Missouri won the contest 28-21 in Columbia.


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