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McCoy just one familiarity factor for Bills with Maclin

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2017 – 7:10 am

LeSean McCoy made no secret that he’s recruiting surprise free agent WR Jeremy Maclin hard to sign with the Bills. But he’s not the only familiarity factor working in the Bills favor with Maclin. 

Head coach Sean McDermott was on the Eagles staff for Maclin’s first two seasons in Philadelphia. 

Perhaps even more important is Bills QBs coach David Culley was Maclin’s receivers coach for all but two of his eight NFL seasons. First in Philadelphia and then Culley went with Andy Reid to Kansas City where Maclin signed as a free agent in 2015. 

Having people in the locker room and on the coaching staff that know your skill set intimately gives a player confidence that they’ll be utilized properly on the field by their new team and easily accepted by new teammates. 


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Fan Friday 6-2

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2017 – 11:44 am

Last week of OTAs coming up on Monday with mandatory minicamp to follow. The offseason is winding down. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

In OTA’s during the qb drills which backup qb is getting the most time with the 2s and which will get time with the 3s?

Chris soh
@Chrissohpher767

CB: I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been counting reps for the quarterbacks behind Tyrod. Here’s what I’ve witnessed thus far. Early in OTAs, T.J. Yates did not get many reps at all. That’s because he’s had multiple seasons in this offense going back to his time with Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison in Houston.

It was clear early in OTAs that they wanted to get the younger QBs up to speed with the scheme so Nate Peterman and Cardale Jones were rotated through more behind Taylor.

In week two of OTAs, Yates was rotated in as the second QB.

Here’s how team period snaps often went last week.

Taylor – 3 reps
Yates – 3 reps
Jones – 3 reps
Taylor – 3 reps
Peterman – 3 reps
End of team period.

So Taylor would get six snaps, while everyone else got three during each team period. We’ll see if that changes at all this week.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How’s Zay’s knee?

Buffalo Bills NL
@BuffaloBillsNL

CB: We have not received an official update beyond him being week to week. That being said I did see him here at One Bills Drive this week in the hall. He was walking normally without any hitch in his gait, which is a good sign. Now that doesn’t mean he’ll be able to practice this coming week, but it is an indication that he’s made good progress since sustaining the sprained knee in the first week of OTAs.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is Clay’s contract situation? How much $ would @buffalobills have to eat if they cut him & target Barnidge?

Cory Fountain
@coryfountain

CB: Clay is going to make $4.5M in base salary each of the next three years. The prorated portion of his bonus, which impacts the salary cap, is also $4.5M annually, giving him a total cap figure of $9M each of the next three seasons.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any chance Dennison can get Tyrod to see and use the whole field in passing game, especially the oft-neglected middle of the field?

Matt Dermody
@MDermody88

CB: While I don’t debate that using the middle of the field consistently was a deficiency in Tyrod Taylor’s game, I’d encourage you to look at his last two starts from last season. I thought Taylor took a step forward when it came to reading the middle of the field and making plays between the numbers.

Against Cleveland and Miami, even though it was clear that swing passes and screens were part of the game plan designed to get receivers and backs out in space in both games, Taylor still worked the middle of the field.

In the Browns game five of his 17 completions in the game either went to the middle of the field or hit a receiver coming from the middle of the field on a crossing pattern or drag route. His only incompletion to the middle of the field in that game came on a pass under pressure.

Against the Dolphins, Taylor had his first 300-yard passing game. Again swings and screens accounted for a good portion of the completions, but he found Clay, Watkins and Woods for plays that worked the middle of the field, including the 34-yard flea flicker late in the game to Woods.

That’s why I was disappointed to see him not play in the season finale. I wanted to see a third straight game of him using the middle of the field, but he wasn’t given that opportunity.

To answer your question I think he has a chance to see the middle of the field even better this year knowing that Dennison will probably get him out on the move even more than the offensive staff did last year. That will enable him to see the whole field even better than he does from the pocket.

That’s not to say he can’t make plays over the middle from the pocket. His last two starts in 2016 are an indication that he is learning how. But designed rollouts and bootlegs in Dennison’s offense might have him on the edges even more this season.

 

5 – Hey Chris,

I briefly posed this a few weeks ago.

I am fascinated by the athleticism and potential of Logan Thomas. At 6’6″ and 250, he have great movement skills and good speed. Have you heard anything about his progress in converting to TE, or possibly even WR?  I know information may be extremely limited, but I could see him being a real sleeper for us.

Thanks for your time..
Have an abundantly blessed evening
Gary
CB: He has been working at tight end, and while he is still learning the nuances of the position, I agree he has rare athleticism for a player his size. Running full speed he made a one-handed catch in the end zone as he was going out of bounds along the left sideline and got his first foot down and dragged the back toe on the other for a good reception.

Even his teammates were wowed by it.

The good thing is he has a strong teaching coach in tight ends coach Rob Boras. It’s evident to me that the staff wants to try to groom that talent.

Does that mean he can help the Bills this season?

That’s hard to say. He’s still very young at the position, but with the right tutoring and commitment on his part I wouldn’t count him out.


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Free agent TE Barnidge doesn’t want to settle

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2017 – 11:03 am

Free agent TE Gary Barnidge, who made a free agent visit to the Bills last month, is still waiting for the right fit. He’s received interest from Carolina, Denver and Jacksonville too, but it’s clear that none of these teams are ready to hand him a starting job. If they did he’d be under contract by now. But Barnidge doesn’t want to settle for just a roster spot.

In an interview with Patriots.com, he was adamant that he believes he can still contribute in a big way to an NFL offense in the passing game. He’s only two years removed from a 1,000-yard receiving season that included nine touchdowns and a Pro Bowl nod. Barnidge is 31-years old, but his time on the field early in his career was limited.

“My first seven years in the league, I didn’t play that much, so my legs are good to go,” he told Patriots.com. “I’ve still got good years left.”

Eric Wood, who knows Barnidge well, did his best to recruit Barnidge along with Richie Incognito, as they hung out at the Kentucky Derby shortly after his free agent visit to One Bills Drive. But in Buffalo it’s obvious that Charles Clay is the top tight end. Barnidge would likely be second on the depth chart, and with a strong workload anticipated in the passing game for Pro Bowl FB Pat DiMarco, opportunities in the Bills passing attack could be limited.

The situation might not be much better in Jacksonville (Marcedes Lewis, Mychal Rivera) or Carolina (Greg Olsen). And while Denver might present the best opportunity at his position, their quarterback situation is very unsettled knowing a competition is set to ensue. Barnidge already dealt with that last year in Cleveland.

“I’ve got to just sit and wait,” Barnidge said. “Wherever I can get an opportunity and contribute, that’s been the motto of my career. I didn’t expect to, but I’m waiting again to show what I can do.”


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McCoy has warmed up to Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on May 30, 2017 – 2:59 pm

When he was traded to Buffalo prior to the 2015 season, the move came as a shock to LeSean McCoy. While McCoy did everything he could to help the Bills get wins on the field, off the field he had not yet adapted to his new professional city.

McCoy had known only the state of Pennsylvania, from his childhood to his college playing days at Pitt to his time playing for the Eagles in Philadelphia. Now entering his third season with the Bills, McCoy has warmed up to Buffalo.

“It’s a big difference. Big difference,” said McCoy of how comfortable he feels in the Queen City. “Hanging around Buffalo, there are times where I hang out on the weekends here. Before every chance I got I would leave and get out of here. Even just like family members coming up. You go from a place where you’ve always been to somewhere else, you’ve got to adjust and adapt. I’ve done that. It’s just like home to me.”


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Streater’s physical gifts are there

Posted by Chris Brown on May 24, 2017 – 10:22 am

It’s puzzling to see the lack of opportunity for Bills new WR Rod Streater through the course of his NFL career. He didn’t get much attention coming out of Temple because his production was far from eye popping. What was eyebrow raising however, were his workout figures for a player his size (6-3, 215).

At his pro day in advance of the 2012 NFL draft, Streater clocked a 4.37 40-time, a 37.5-inch vertical, and an 11-foot two-inch broad jump.

Part of the reason his production suffered in college was because at that time Temple was a heavy run team. Where it benefited Streater was in terms of blocking, an area where the receiver excelled. Knowing Buffalo’s run game relies on its receivers to block downfield, Streater’s blocking skills could be the difference in making the roster.


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Chad Hall inducted into Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame

Posted by Kelly Baker on May 22, 2017 – 3:18 pm

Bills offensive assistant, and Atlanta native, Chad Hall was recently honored with an induction into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame. The eighth annual event, was held on May 19 in Duluth, Ga. and featured keynote speaker Dan Quinn, head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Alongside Hall, the 2017 class included four others who’ve made a significant impact in sports.

A standout at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, Ga., Hall went on to enjoy a three-year career as running back at the United States Air Force Academy. Considered one of the country’s top ball carriers, Hall took on double duties at the wide receiver position his senior year. After leading the Falcons in rushing and receiving yards, Hall was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.

Before embarking on a NFL journey that would take him to the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars, Hall served in the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant from 2008-09. His achievements both on and off the field, have earned him place in the history books.

Congratulations, Chad!


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Buffalo Regional 7on7 Championships June 23-24

Posted by Kelly Baker on May 19, 2017 – 5:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills are partnering with USA Football, The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department to host the first ever Buffalo – USA Football 7on7 Regional Championships.

On Friday, June 23rd the Buffalo Bills will host a reception and informational session at the ADPRO Sports Training Center for all participating coaches, with games played the following day (June 24th) at the Town of Hamburg Recreation fields.

The tournament is open to high school JV and Varsity school teams and costs $200 per team.  The winning Varsity team will receive a USA Football grant, t-shirts, trophy and FREE entry into the National Championship Series event in Canton, OH at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 21 – 22, 2017.

USA Football 7on7 was built by high school coaches for high school teams. No all-star teams are allowed.  This event sets the standard in high school team-based championships, professionally operated with certified high school officials, separate timers, scorekeepers and portable scoreboards on each field.

For more information and to register for the Buffalo Regional Tournament please use the following link (make sure to click on the button next to ‘Buffalo Regional’): http://7on7.usafootball.com/Events


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Zay Jones sidelined by injury

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2017 – 11:20 am

The early signs were encouraging from Bills second-round pick Zay Jones. But Jones sustained an injury in Tuesday’s OTA practice and did not participate Wednesday and again today (Thursday).

The Bills have confirmed that Jones sustained a knee injury and is week to week. It has been described as a knee sprain. 


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Thurman Thomas puts taste buds to the test

Posted by Kelly Baker on May 17, 2017 – 6:27 pm

Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will be putting his taste buds to the ultimate test this evening, as he and a panel of experts judge the Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge finals. Held in New York City, the last installment in the state-wide competition will feature five finalists, including a few flavor-filled local breweries such as Bills Partners Southern Tier Brewing Company and Genesee.

Identified by more than 42,000 voters as the top craft breweries in New York, from a list of over 70, the finalists will be analyzed using the following criteria: brewery’s diversity, range and quality. Each will have the opportunity to showcase some of their most popular products. For Southern Tier Brewing Company, the event will give the judges a chance to try their new IPA, Nu Skool.

Follow along tonight from 5 – 7 p.m. to find out which brewery wins it all!

 


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Cordy Glenn update

Posted by Chris Brown on May 17, 2017 – 4:04 pm

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn missed five games last season, including the last three of the year, as he dealt with ankle problems that began way back in training camp last summer. He gave an update as to how he’s doing now that OTA practices have begun in an appearance on the John Murphy Show.

“Right now I’m just attacking the rehab process real hard and trying to be ready for the season,” said Glenn. “We’re expecting big things this year. So I’m looking to do my part.”

Knowing Glenn is rehabbing right now, it’s likely that he’s not participating in on field activities just yet. We’ll know for sure at OTA practice Thursday.

 


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Jim Kelly receives Leadership in Health Award

Posted by Kelly Baker on May 16, 2017 – 10:09 am

Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly recently took a trip to New York City to attend the Kelly Cares Foundation’s seventh annual Irish Eyes Gala. The foundation, which was started by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and his wife Paqui in 2008, aims to inspire hope by investing resources in health and education. This signature event honors “game changers” or individuals who have done their part to improve the lives of others.

Kelly, a game changer in the Western New York community and around the country, received the “Leadership in Health Award” for the work he does with his foundations and for his courageous battles with cancer.

“No matter where you come from or how you grow up, every person has the ability to make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow,” said Jim Kelly. “Tonight acknowledges our collective efforts to help those who are less fortunate, and I am very honored to be recognized for the work of my foundations, Hunter’s Hope and Kelly for Kids.”


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Fan Friday 5-12

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2017 – 5:11 pm

Happy Mother’s day to all the moms out there. Big weekend for the Bills with rookie minicamp. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

IYO what’s the first move, Bills related, that our new GM need to do?

Jean-Pierre
Jobin@jp_bills

CB: He’s got to get a pro personnel department assembled and then a college scouting department hired right after that. The business of the NFL doesn’t stop, so Beane knows he has to hit the ground running and get his front office departments in place sooner rather than later.

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

What’s going on with Boston? Did he come in for a visit, is he going to join the team?

Jamal
@mrmajic73

CB: He signed with the Chargers.
3 – Dear Chris:

With the draft now complete I’ve looked over our roster and have noticed a lack of depth particularly at DE and safety, and I’m not so sure about Will linebacker either. Are the Bills still looking to add guys, as I know names like Jairus Byrd and Gerald Hodges are still available. What are your thoughts? Do you think the Bills will kick the tires on these guys?

Sincerely, John from Pennsylvania

CB: Defensive end is an underrated positional need in terms of depth, more so even than safety I believe. Will linebacker is another. These are areas where new GM Brandon Beane will really have to beat the bushes to find talent that fits.

Byrd is an interesting idea as is Hodges, but I think the price will have to be right knowing Buffalo doesn’t have a ton of money left under the cap.

They were after Boston as mentioned above, but he signed with the Chargers.

Beane will need to use his expertise to find good bargains who can improve the depth at DE and S and somehow some way find a player capable of challenging for that starting WLB role.

4 – Chris,

At one point, McDermott said that his number 2 receiver was already on the team.  That didn’t encourage me.  With Sammy still on the mend and with Zay Jones likely the slot receiver, who will be number 2?  Do either of the recently signed undrafted wideouts show any promise?

Paul B.

Lancaster
CB: OTAs begin next week and we’ll have a better handle on what’s on the roster at that point. I think you should not rule out Zay Jones as a No. 2 receiver. He could very easily line up at flanker opposite Sammy if he puts together a strong spring and camp. Andre Holmes is likely to be his stiffest competition along with Philly Brown.

We’ll get a better feel for it over the next two weeks.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will the Bills have a Kids day game this preseason?

Tim Szczodrowski
@T_Szczodrowski

CB: From what I’m hearing it’s going to be the preseason opener, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. The team will issue details soon.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – May

Posted by Kelly Baker on May 10, 2017 – 9:46 pm

Debbie Dittly has been a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member since 1986. A Buffalo native, Dittly’s love for the Bills started at an early age. Reflecting on her favorite Bills memories, Dittly fondly recalls attending games at the old Rock Pile with her father who helped inspire her passion for the team.

“It was at the Rock Pile, I must’ve been about seven or eight years old,” said Dittly when describing her very first Bills game. “I went with my dad – my dad started me with football. I’ll just never forget the name Cookie Gilchrist…it just stuck with me all these years…that’s what got me started with being a Bills fan.”

Over the years, Dittly has cherished the time she’s spent watching her beloved Bills take the field. Whether she is celebrating at New Era Field with her family and friends or traveling to support the team on the road, Dittly has taken pride in representing Buffalo.  Even during some of her most trying times, Dittly has taken comfort in her connection to the Bills.

One game in particular that has special meaning for Dittly is the 1993 AFC Championship game featuring the Bills and the Chiefs.

“I really think that the championship [game], back in January of 1994, my dad had just passed away on Christmas day,” said Dittly.  “So it was a real kind of experience…it was just the most memorable game…I’ll never forget it. This is a time that was so sad in my life with my dad passing, [but] it was one of the best games ever.”

Today, Dittly can be found with her brother, husband and host of other friendly Bills fans, tailgating in the camper lot before each home game at New Era Field.

“We have a blast,” explained Dittly. “We have a whole group of people that we tailgate with. We always have a great time.”

In addition to the game day experience, Dittly has come to enjoy the perks associated with her membership. Her favorites are presale ticket offers and the Bills Bucks Card.

Congratulations, Debbie!

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

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


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Gettleman calls Beane ready for GM role

Posted by Chris Brown on May 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm

Carolina GM Dave Gettleman, who willingly handed Bills new GM Brandon Beane more and more responsibility over the four years they worked together in the Panthers front office, feels Beane is more than ready to take on the demands of a general manager’s job in the NFL.

“I’m thrilled that Brandon has been selected as general manager of the Bills,” Gettleman said in a team statement. “He has worked his way from the bottom up and is prepared for this. He is thoughtful, meticulous, and a leader. He was instrumental in what we have been able to accomplish in Carolina in the past few years, winning three division titles, an NFC Championship and earning a Super Bowl appearance. His wide variety of knowledge and experience will serve him well in Buffalo. I wish Brandon nothing but the best.”


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Marty Hurney: The Bills hit a home run

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2017 – 7:56 pm

Ex-Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who was a mentor of newly named Bills GM Brandon Beane, was just as happy for the Bills organization as he was for Beane when he was made the 13th GM in team history. 

“The Bills hit a home-run here,” said Hurney. “Brandon has a feel for every facet of the football side of things – from personnel to the salary cap to operations to everything. You name it he has been involved with it. He has a great feel. He is one of the hardest workers you will find. He is one of the most competitive guys you will find, but that’s what drives him. He is exceptional.”


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Undrafted RB Johnson makes PFF rankings list

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2017 – 10:46 am

One of Buffalo’s undrafted rookie signings appears on the ProFootballFocus rankings list for a couple of their key advanced metrics.

In their pass blocking efficiency category running back, and UB product, Jordan Johnson ranked 48th in pass blocking efficiency among all college running backs. It was just two spots behind Dalvin Cook, a second-round pick of the Vikings.

On 125 pass blocking snaps, Johnson gave up just two sacks and a QB hit for a rating of 92.4.

He also ranked 54th among all college backs in elusive rating. He forced 27 missed tackles rushing and two missed tackles receiving in 2016 for an elusive rating of 37.7.

Considering 30 running backs were drafted, Johnson’s numbers do not appear that far off.


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Peterman a former teammate of Bills undrafted TE

Posted by Chris Brown on May 5, 2017 – 12:12 pm

Bills fifth-round pick Nate Peterman now has a former college teammate on the roster with him, except he didn’t go to Pitt.

Peterman, who spent his first two college seasons at Tennessee before transferring, was teammates with Bills undrafted free agent signing Jason Croom.

Croom and Peterman were teammates for two seasons in Knoxville. Croom caught almost half of his college receptions in his first two seasons for the Vols, so it’s likely at least a few of those came from Peterman, though he only completed 20 passes in his time at Tennessee.

Croom is a converted wide receiver, but can grow into his frame (6-5) to be a more effective in-line blocker. He ran a 4.69 40-time at his pro day.


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Fan Friday 5-5

Posted by Chris Brown on May 5, 2017 – 11:45 am

The NFL draft is now in the rear view mirror, and there a GM search underway. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, do u see the Bills possibly reaching out to Eliot Wolf, Scot McCloughan or Louis Riddick about the GM opening?

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: I believe the Bills initially cast out a wide net, but it will probably be whittled down quickly to a handful of candidates whose philosophy on building and sustaining a roster lines up as parallel as possible to that of head coach Sean McDermott.

As for Eliot Wolf, Scot McCloughan and Louis Riddick it’s hard to know what will appeal most to the Pegulas. Knowing they went with a young, energetic and driven head coach in Sean McDermott, could they be looking for a similar type in a GM? Or do they go in the opposite direction and find a roster builder with a ton of experience.

Wolf has that even though he’s just 35-years old.

McCloughan, who also cut his teeth in the Green Bay organization in the personnel department under Wolf’s dad, Hall of Famer Ron Wolf, was just pushed out of the Washington organization after personal problems reportedly surfaced for the second time in his career. I don’t know that he’d be a consideration.
Riddick would appear to be a natural consideration having worked with McDermott before in Philadelphia. He was a scout with the Eagles and rose to the position of Director of Pro Personnel there in the span of two years. They worked together for three years there.

Brandon Beane has already interviewed.

It’s certainly no one’s call but the Pegulas, but a strong football guy would be good so coach McDermott doesn’t get spread too thin between coaching and personnel. Someone that can capably run the college and pro scouting departments.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Well now that they not picking up Sammy 5th yr option, do you think he’s really gonna play hard or no?

Kia
@Bufbillsfan4lif

CB: I think you might be missing the whole point of why the Bills did not pick up the fifth-year option on Watkins. It’s a question of being healthy, not respect for his talent.

I know that coach McDermott made it clear to Watkins in his talks with him that they value him and want him to be a part of this team for the long term, but they can’t risk guaranteeing $13.2M knowing if his injury re-occurs, the one he has yet to fully recover from a year later, that they’re on the hook for that money next year whether he plays or not.

If they didn’t have to make this decision until mid-September, they might have a better idea of what to expect from Watkins health-wise. But he’s not even cleared for football related activities, so there’s no way to know now. It would be a fiscally aggressive risk to put up that kind of money not knowing how fast and how effectively his foot is going to come through his second rehabilitation after surgery.

And if he is healthy and plays all 16 games and has a monster season, you sign him to a big long term deal or the franchise tag is there if necessary and he remains in the fold.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Out of the recent draft picks, who will have the biggest impact this upcoming season?

Cierra Livecchi
@Seeairuhyo

CB: My pick is Zay Jones. I was in Mobile and watched him all week at the Senior Bowl and while he wasn’t the only player who impressed me, what stood out to me was how complete his game seemed to be. I didn’t witness a drop by him all week, his route running was sharp for the most part. The only part of his game that was hard to get a handle on in the practice setting was his blocking.

Interviewing him down there and at the NFL Combine it’s evident to me that he’s got his head on straight. His dad was an NFL player, so his biggest influence is someone who knew what it took to be a professional. It has to give the Bills confidence that Zay will know how to carry himself as a professional too.

Also in terms of opportunity the No. 2 receiver role is going to be up for grabs. Andre Holmes and Philly Brown are probably his stiffest competition. Jones is just so consistent I think he has a real shot at that job and if he lands it I think he has the biggest impact.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will Ragland start? Or will it be Preston B. In the middle with Humber and Alexander on the outside?

korey kennedy
@koreykennedy3

CB: We’re a long way from determining starting roles, primarily because Ragland still isn’t fully cleared to participate in the offseason conditioning field work, let alone football related activities. We’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks when OTAs start.

Here’s the thing that I believe a lot of people are overlooking. Many simply assume that whoever is not the MLB between Brown and Ragland will be on the bench.

I’d be very surprised if that proves to be the case.

I believe that whoever loses out in the battle for the starting MLB job will be the team’s starting strong side linebacker. Brown played there some in college at Louisville. And Ragland was used as a blitzer at Alabama so he’s been on the edge as well.

From what I’ve heard Alexander will be a jack-of-all-trades linebacker in this defense. His role will be largely determined by the opponent that week, down and distance and game plan. ‘Zo could sub in more on the strong side or the weak side depending on the week.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills

With that extra 1st rd pk in next yrs draft. Do u feel they will use it as ammo to move up (if needed) to get a QB?

CHRISTian McCaffrey
@BroJackson_

CB: I think we have to pump the brakes on expecting to get a quarterback. First, we have to see what Tyrod does this season.

Second, and probably more important, most of the top quarterbacks in college do not have to declare for the draft. USC’s Sam Darnold, perceived to be the most highly touted, will be a redshirt sophomore next year. He could easily go back to school and come out in 2019.

Rosen will only be a junior, Allen a junior and both of them after two years have started in 19 and 16 games each.

Knowing the perceived best talents could stay in school, I think you focus on what the extra first round pick gives you, which is options. That’s what counts here.

If there are top flight QB prospects in the draft class and you want to move up the board to get one, the Bills should be able to do it.

If they’re not in the class, the Bills will still have the ammo to move up or down the board as they see fit. Having options means power. To have that in round one can help you upgrade your roster in a hurry.

 


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Individual game tickets on sale May 8

Posted by Kelly Baker on May 4, 2017 – 7:43 pm

Bills fans, save the date! Individual game tickets and group tickets will be going on sale this Monday, May 8.

For the first time ever, the Bills will be using a dynamic pricing model for each Bills home game in the 2017 season. As a result, ticket prices will be adjusted in order to reflect demand and are categorized into one of five pricing tiers.

For more information on 2017 individual game pricing and how you can purchase tickets when they are available, click here.

 


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Bills could have competition for Barnidge

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2017 – 8:26 am

The Bills hosted free agent TE Gary Barnidge on Wednesday, but there could be competition for the veteran tight end.

NFL Network’s Mike Garofalo is reporting that two other NFL clubs have interest in Barnidge as well.

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The Panthers have a history with Barnidge, since he spent the first four years of his career in Carolina. The Jaguars are a bit tight end needy after trading Julius Thomas to Miami, though they did sign Oakland free agent Mychal Rivera.


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