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Taylor vs. other Bills 1st yr. starting QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2016 – 11:15 am

With Tyrod Taylor’s first season as a starting QB with Buffalo now in the books we decided to take a look at how Taylor’s passing numbers stacked up with other Bills signal callers in their first year as starters for Buffalo.

With a tip of the hat to our media relations department, here’s a look at how Taylor ranks in the passing game.

The criteria was in their first season as starter they had to start in at least 10 games.

Taylor was one of only four quarterbacks to post a winning record (8-6). He leads all first-year Bills starters in yards per attempt (7.99), had the fewest interceptions (6) and the highest quarterback rating (99.4).

The rushing stats (2nd table below) Taylor’s numbers are even more impressive. He is the franchise single-season leader in rushing yards by a QB (568). And even though he does have the most rushing attempts he still leads first-year Bills starting QBs in yards per carry (5.5).

Bills Quarterbacks in first year as starter (min. 10 starts) – Passing

AVG./ INT QB
QB YEAR W-L GP GS ATT CMP YDS PCT. ATT. TD INT PCT. RAT’G
Dennis Shaw 1970 3-8-1 14 12 321 178 2507 55.5% 7.81 10 20 6.23% 65.3
Joe Ferguson 1973 9-5 14 14 164 73 939 44.5% 5.73 4 10 6.10% 45.8
Jim Kelly 1986 4-12 16 16 480 285 3593 59.4% 7.49 22 17 3.54% 83.3
Doug Flutie 1998 7-3 13 10 354 202 2711 57.1% 7.66 20 11 3.11% 87.4
Drew Bledsoe 2002 8-8 16 16 610 375 4359 61.5% 7.15 24 15 2.46% 86.0
EJ Manuel 2013 4-6 10 10 306 180 1972 58.8% 6.44 11 9 2.94% 77.7
Kyle Orton 2014 7-5 12 12 447 287 3018 64.2% 6.75 18 10 2.24% 87.8
Tyrod Taylor 2015 8-6 14 14 380 242 3035 63.7% 7.99 20 6 1.58% 99.4

Bills quarterbacks in their first year as starter – Rushing

QB YEAR W-L GP GS ATT YDS AVG. TD
Dennis Shaw 1970 3-8-1 14 12 39 210 5.4 0
Joe Ferguson 1973 9-5 14 14 48 147 3.1 2
Jim Kelly 1986 4-12 16 16 41 199 4.9 0
Doug Flutie 1998 7-3 13 10 48 248 5.2 1
Drew Bledsoe 2002 8-8 16 16 27 67 2.5 2
EJ Manuel 2013 4-6 10 10 53 186 3.5 0
Kyle Orton 2014 7-5 12 12 15 14 0.9 1
Tyrod Taylor 2015 8-6 14 14 104 568 5.5 4

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Taylor formulating offseason workout plans

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2016 – 9:15 am

There aren’t many with a strong work ethic than Tyrod Taylor, who as we covered on Buffalobills.com today, did it all for Buffalo’s offense in 2015. Now that he’s entering 2016 as Buffalo’s incumbent starting quarterback, he’s more motivated than ever to come in as prepared and ready as possible for the 2016 campaign when players report in April.

Last offseason Taylor worked with two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner for a brief time last offseason, but he’s unsure if he’ll work with a QB instructor one-on-one again this offseason.

“I haven’t really gotten a chance to reach back out to (Kurt Warner) and talk to him,” said Taylor. “I haven’t thought about that yet. At some point I will. I’ll talk to (quarterbacks) coach (David) Lee, talk to coach Roman, bounce ideas off them and see where we should go as far as that goes.”

The only thing Taylor plans to change about his routine this offseason is to make time to work with some of his offensive teammates, particularly the receivers.

“The only thing that changes is you get a chance to work with the guys you’re going to be playing with,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with these guys once everyone gets healthy and has time to go back to spend time with their families. I’m looking forward to getting in there and working with these guys.”


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Whaley: Pegulas value continuity

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 4:35 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley is less than a week removed from signing his contract extension with the Bills, but in his one-on-one interview with Buffalobills.com he shed some light on the organization’s end of season meetings with ownership, President Russ Brandon and head coach Rex Ryan.

“We discussed how it was a disappointing season no doubt,” Whaley said. “Our ultimate goal is to win a championship. Now to win a championship you do have to get to the playoffs. The other thing that the Pegulas stressed to us, Rex, myself and Russ is to do that consistently you’ve got to have some continuity. And through their actions they’re proven that they want to have that continuity.”

Whaley said he remains in frequent contact, primarily with owner and CEO Terry Pegula about the day-to-day business of the team.

“Any time we make any type of roster move I’m on the phone with Terry right off the bat to keep them up to date on anything we do,” Whaley said. “Even if it’s an injury replacement on the practice squad. So I’m in constant communication with them on anything that impacts the roster. During the year we’ll have a Monday morning call with myself, the Pegulas, Russ (Brandon) and Rex (Ryan) and we’ll go over everything that went into the game plan before, during and after and results that came out of the game, especially injuries. We talk once or twice a week and during the season a lot more. In the offseason at least once or twice a week for sure.”

As for how his relationship with head coach Rex Ryan has grown and developed, Whaley believes their football philosophies run parallel and that they’re committed to the same end game.

“The one major reason I think we get along so well is we believe this whole thing we’re trying to do, even with the Pegulas and Russ Brandon, it’s not about us and individual acclaim and recognition, it’s about winning rings,” Whaley said. “When you have somebody that you can work with and you have the same goal and it doesn’t matter who gets the recognition that’s where the ease of our relationship comes in and I only think it’s going to get stronger.”


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Official list of Bills free agents

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 3:38 pm

Here is the official free agent listing for the Bills this offseason with both unrestricted and restricted free agents as well as exclusive rights free agents.

UNRESTRICTED
LB Nigel Bradham
CB Ron Brooks
DT Alex Carrington
OT Cordy Glenn
WR Leonard Hankerson
G Richie Incognito
QB Josh Johnson

RESTRICTED
DT Corbin Bryant
DT Stefan Charles
TE Marqueis Gray
WR Chris Hogan
OT Jordan Mills
LB Ty Powell
S Bacarri Rambo

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS
RB Cierre Wood


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Taylor named PFF’s Breakout Player of Yr.

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 12:06 pm

Bills fans know that Tyrod Taylor exceeded the expectations of just about everybody in his first year as a starting quarterback in the NFL for Buffalo. The season he put together was close to Pro Bowl caliber (he was named a Pro Bowl alternate) and it’s earned him the Breakout Player of the Year nod from Pro Football Focus.

Taylor’s big play ability and knack for protecting the football are two of the main reasons PFF gave Buffalo’s starting QB the nod over the other finalists. Here’s some of what ProFootballFocus had to say about T2.

One of the most impressive areas of Taylor’s game was his deep passing abilities, as he attempted an NFL high 18.2 percent of his total passes 20-plus yards downfield. He ranked second with 12 touchdowns and fifth with 1,014 yards. Despite attempting so many deep passes, Taylor kept a respectable 44.9 accuracy percentage that was good for 10th in the NFL.

Another area of Taylor’s game that surprised was his enhanced ability under pressure. While all quarterbacks become worse under pressure (and Taylor is no exception), he was less worse than the NFL average, as his passer rating dipped just 16.7 points (from 104.3 with no pressure to 87.6 under pressure) compared to 26.5 avg. (98.2 to 71.7).

Of all the things Taylor brings to the table, the most impressive part of his game is his uncanny ability to make the “wow” throws. He ranked third in the league in such throws with nine, behind Ben Roethlisberger (11) and Carson Palmer (10) and just ahead of Derek Carr at six. These “wow” throws are of variety that take incredible accuracy and timing, while beating extremely tight coverage.

The Bills landed an absolute steal…


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Rams move means 3 west coast trips for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 9:45 am

With the league news coming down Tuesday that the Rams have been approved for relocation to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, Buffalo has a road trip that’s going to require about 1,500 more air miles.

The Bills are slated to play the NFC West as their out of conference division in 2016, which includes the Rams. Their matchup with the Rams is one of Buffalo’s road games in 2016. Of course now instead of flying to St. Louis they’ll be headed all the way out to the west coast to play the Rams in Los Angeles. And that’s not their only west coast trip.

The relocation of this road game also means that the Bills will have three west coast trips on their schedule next season as they must travel to Seattle, Oakland and L.A. next fall. Buffalo also has road dates slated for Seattle and Oakland this fall.

The Rams new stadium obviously will not be ready until 2019 so it’s anticipated that the L.A. Coliseum will host the Rams. The next most viable option is the Rose Bowl, but there appears to be some red tape involved there.

 


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Bills post their best toxic differential in 2015

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2016 – 9:58 am

Before 2009 toxic differential was an unknown metric. Devised by former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick, it takes turnover differential and big play differential and adds the two figures together as a means of measuring how effectively an NFL team can execute big plays without surrendering them to the opponent. As we covered on Buffalobills.com today, the Bills finished with their highest ever toxic differential, finishing fourth in the NFL in 2015. Here’s a look at how Buffalo has fared since the statistic was initially recorded in 2009.

The Bills have had only two seasons in which they’ve posted a positive toxic differential, with both coming in two of the last three seasons.

Year Toxic Differential Rank
2009 -21 25th
2010 -35 31st
2011 -13 23rd
2012 -29 27th
2013 +11 9th
2014 -5 17th
2015 +35 4th

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Most playoff teams ranked high in toxic metric

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2016 – 8:58 am

Toxic differential isn’t the end all, be all metric in determining playoff clubs or even Super Bowl winners, but 10 of the last 15 Super Bowl winners have ranked high in toxic differential, which takes turnover differential and big play differential and adds the two figures together for toxic differential. Below is the ranking of the top 12 NFL clubs in toxic differential for 2015, with Buffalo posting their highest ranking ever of fourth with a plus-35. What’s interesting is the number of 2015 playoff teams on this list.

Ten of the league’s 12 playoffs teams rank in the top 12 in toxic differential. The only non-playoff teams are the Bills, who finished 8-8 and the Jets who finished 10-6 this season. The two playoff teams that did not rank highly in toxic differential were Houston (15th; +3) and Washington (26th; -25). Both clubs were beaten in the Wild Card round last weekend. Houston was shut out 30-0 and Washington lost by 17.

This list was put together by SportingCharts.com.

Rank Team Turnover Differential Big Play Differential Toxic Differential
1 Carolina 20 34 +54
2 Seattle 7 42 +49
3 Cincinnati 11 25 +36
4 Buffalo 6 29 +35
5 Kansas City 14 11 +25
6 Minnesota 5 19 +24
7 Pittsburgh 2 19 +21
8 Arizona 9 11 +20
9 New York Jets 6 11 +17
10 New England 7 6 +13
11 Denver -4 14 +10
12 Green Bay 5 4 +9

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Watkins makes his ‘Bama-Clemson prediction

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 2:48 pm

Sammy Watkins will be at the National Championship game tonight between Alabama and his alma mater Clemson in Glendale, Arizona. Watkins appeared on ESPN2’s First Take and provided his thoughts on the matchup tonight.

“It’s a big game not only for our team, but for the alumni and the fans,” Watkins said. “We’ve just got to go out there and be consistent and just give them a match and fight. That’s what the game is about. At the end of the day there’s going to be a lot of talk and everyone has their predictions, but nobody will know. It’s two great teams that’s one and two that’s in the national championship. Anything can happen.”

When asked for a prediction, Watkins naturally sided with his Tigers.

“I’ve got Clemson winning of course,” he said. “It’s going to be a tight game. I’ll say 24-17 Clemson.”


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Ryan serving as proud dad at title game

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 11:38 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan will be in the stands tonight at the National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson as his son Seth is a reserve receiver and holder for the undefeated Tigers. Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show Monday, Ryan shared how his son came to decide on Clemson.

“The thing about (Clemson head coach) Dabo (Swinney) is when I was looking around for my son – I’ve gone all over the country and the one guy that jumped out at me was Dabo was he talked about his players like I talked about my players,” said Ryan. “And oh by the way he’s one heck of a football coach. I told my son to save one of his college visits for Clemson. I didn’t know Dabo Swinney, but when he went around to look at schools and things he obviously made the best decision he could possibly make.”

For Rex there was a secondary reason that he wanted Seth playing under a knowledgeable football coach.

“When you look at the programs (Nick) Saban was going to have (my son) walk on as well,” said Ryan. “The big thing for me was to have him learn football because my son wants to coach football and follow in the family tradition of being a football coach. So that was important to me so I wanted to make sure he could get that kind of knowledge and have a better opportunity than when I was going to school.”

As for tonight’s game, Ryan says he’ll be soaking it all in.

“It’s amazing because as a parent we all want our kids to be successful and hopefully a little better than us,” he said. “When you think of all the teams in the country and it’s come down to this. It’s going to be awesome as a dad.”

 


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Rex on hiring his brother Rob

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 11:32 am

The Bills made a notable addition to their coaching staff in the form of Rob Ryan, head coach Rex Ryan’s twin brother over the weekend. On Monday, Buffalo’s sideline boss commented on what adding his brother to the staff will mean for the Bills.

Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show, Ryan believes their staff has gotten a lot better with his brother as Assistant head coach/Defense.

“That’s a huge thing,” said Rex Ryan. “We got better yesterday because we were able to get my brother. Football is such a passion for him nobody works harder than my brother. He’s as prepared as any coach in the league. So we got better yesterday.”


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Offensive comparison 2014 to 2015

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 9:55 am

As we covered on Buffalobills.com today the Bills offense made a number of positive strides in 2015. Considering it was year one in a new system with a first-year starter at quarterback the results hold a lot of promise for 2016. Below we take a look at how the numbers put up by the offense in 2015 compare to that of a season ago under the previous regime.

Buffalo’s offense under Greg Roman was better in almost every single category in 2015 compared to 2014. Here’s a look at some of the most recognized statistical categories.

Offensive categories 2014 season 2015 season
Total offense (yds/gm) 26th (318.5) 13th (361)
Yards per play 28th (5.0) 8th (5.7)
Rushing yds/game 25th (92.6) 1st (152)
Avg. yds/carry 26th (3.7) 1st (4.8)
Passing yds/game 18th (226) 28th (209)
Sacks/play 19th (39 total) 27th (42 total)
First downs 28th (273) 28th (297)
3rd down conv. Pct. 26th (36.7%) 21st (38%)
Points per game 18th (21.4) 12th (23.7)
Red zone TD pct. 29th (43%) 24th (50%)

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Asst. OL coach Anderson leaves for Arkansas

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2016 – 10:31 pm

The first change to Buffalo’s coaching staff has taken place this offseason. Bills assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson has announced he’s leaving the Bills to take over as offensive line coach at the University of Arkansas. Anderson made the announcement on his Twitter account.

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Anderson was instrumental this past season in coaching Buffalo’s offensive line while offensive line coach Aaron Kromer serves a six-game team-imposed suspension. Head coach Rex Ryan praised Anderson’s efforts in Kromer’s absence. Buffalo’s offensive linemen also had a good deal of respect for the up and coming assistant coach.

“I’m really excited for Kurt,” said Eric Wood. “He is a great coach and will do a great job at Arkansas. I learned a lot from him during his time with the Bills and I know he will bring a lot to the table for Arkansas.”

Arkansas alum and TE Chris Gragg also expressed his excitement that his alma mater was getting Anderson as a new assistant.

“This is a great opportunity for Kurt,” said Gragg. “Arkansas will be a great fit for him. He is a great young coach with alot of energy and fire. I loved working with him at the Bills and know players at Arkansas will feel the same.”

Anderson also gave props to his Buffalo Bills family.

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Former Bill in 2016 College Football HOF class

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2016 – 6:44 am

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced today the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class, which includes the names of 14 First Team All-America players and two standout coaches. Also on that list is a former Buffalo Bill and infamous Bills draft choice.

An NAIA First Team All-American his senior year, the Omaha, Neb., native set 22 school records as the starting quarterback for the Mavericks from 1964-67, when the school was still named Omaha University. A member of the 1967 Black All-America Team, Briscoe was a three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Conference selection, and he led the Mavericks to CIC title in 1967. He enjoyed the finest season of his career in 1967, throwing for 2,283 yards and a single-season school-record 25 touchdowns. At UNO, Briscoe ranks second all-time with 53 touchdown passes, third all-time with 5,114 passing yards and fourth in total offense with 6,505 yards.

Briscoe played for the Bills from 1969 to 1971 earning 1st-Team All-Pro honors in 1970.

Also on the list of inductees was LB Tom Cousineau. Cousineau was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, but he chose to play for Montreal of the Canadian Football League from 1979-82, earning the league’s Grey Cup MVP honor in 1979. He would later return to the NFL, playing for the Cleveland Browns from 1982-85 and the San Francisco 49ers from 1986-87.

 


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Roman: phone quiet for HC interviews

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2016 – 2:08 pm

Last year Greg Roman got a bunch of calls from teams interested in him as a head coaching candidate including Buffalo before he ultimately accepted the offensive coordinator post under Rex Ryan. This offseason despite doing some pretty impressive work with Buffalo’s offense with a first-year starter at quarterback Roman says his phone hasn’t been ringing to this point.

“It’s been pretty quiet actually,” said Roman in an appearance this week on the John Murphy Show. “I’ve had a lot of interest the last five years, but it’s been pretty quiet on that front. I really haven’t been paying too much attention to it. But it hasn’t been a lot this year, which is somewhat strange. But that’s how it goes sometimes. It’s one of those things you can’t control. But look at Bruce Arians and how long it took for him to get a shot, and look at what he’s doing. It just happens that way sometimes, but I have supreme confidence in what we’re doing here in Buffalo.”

Heading into the weekend there were seven head coaching openings in the NFL.


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Fan Friday 1-8

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2016 – 10:50 am

Into the offseason we go. Here are your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Why did it take Rex so long to compromise his own defensive philosophy to fit the players?

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CB: In fairness to Rex Ryan, he recognized how married some of the players were to the previous scheme and tried to incorporate some of those concepts from last year into his scheme. By midseason he realized that wasn’t working and scrapped it to have the players focus only on his scheme.

Unfortunately there were players who refused to buy in, and Ryan’s scheme, or any other for that matter, doesn’t work unless all 11 players execute their assignments. Preston Brown addressed that when I asked him a few questions about it after the Washington game.

“Guys have got to buy into the system, especially on the defensive side,” said Brown. “We don’t really know how good we could’ve been because everybody wasn’t doing what they were supposed to do on each play. We can’t say it was the scheme or everybody is not playing with effort. Mentally everybody wasn’t there.

“We have to understand that everybody has to be working as one and we haven’t done that this year. Everybody has been kind of doing their own agenda on our side of the ball. So it’s something that we need to get covered and handle these last couple of games and years down the road.”

When I asked Preston why the defense had players being selfish and doing their own thing this was his response.

“I’m not sure. Everybody keeps saying last year we were a top four defense and everybody was still thinking about last year. We’ve got to get over that,” said Brown. “It’s not last year and guys were still thinking, ‘Oh we did this last year.’ Well we’re not doing that this year. So we’ve got to understand that we’re doing a different scheme and a different system and it works if everybody does it the right way.”

Complete buy in by the defensive players didn’t happen until the last two weeks of the season according to the players I spoke with and we saw good results over the final two games. So when the players tell me and media members that Rex is not at fault with what happened to the defense and that it’s on the players, I take them at their word.

For the record Rex tried to appeal to the players in different ways to get full buy-in knowing it wasn’t there. I wrote about that this week. But the bottom line, as Sammy Watkins said, is it’s on the players to take control of how players prepare, practice and play on game days. And if someone is being selfish or slacking they need to be called out by teammates.

That’s why Watkins and Brown stepped forward as leaders late this season. They don’t want to see what happened to their defense because of a couple of selfish players happen again.

 

2 – Chris,

I’m still trying to make sense of this season, as results have been significantly below expectations.  There have been too many games where the team has been unprepared, undisciplined, and let games get away from them that they should have won.

Why move up in the draft and give up so much in 1st round draft picks to select Sammy Watkins and not find a way to incorporate him more into the offense.  Other WRs Calvin Johnson, Beckham, Antonio Brown defenses focus on, and yet their Offense still get them the ball.  Why do they mainly use Sammy for only deep passes or screens that never seem to work.  How about running Sammy across the field like Andre Reed always did or the way the Patriots utilize Edelman and just have the QB lead him on a pass as he runs a short crossing route and then takes off?

CB: The main reason why Watkins wasn’t made more of a focal point of the offense was two-fold. First, Buffalo was committed to being a run-first attack. Second, offensive coordinator Greg Roman has said they wanted to bring Tyrod Taylor along steadily to see how much he could capably handle on a week to week basis. They were trying to help him progress while limiting setbacks and gradually gave him more rope as the season wore on.

Once they felt comfortable that Taylor could handle more you saw the deep passing game flourish. Since the bye week only two other receivers had more yardage than Watkins 900 in the last nine games. They were Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. For a first-year offense with a first-year quarterback you have to walk before you can run, and rely on the run before you rely more on the pass

Under Roman’s guidance the Bills did that. It probably would’ve been effective enough to reach the postseason had the defense not taken a step back. I think moving forward Watkins will continue to be a dominant weapon as the rapport between him and Taylor continues to develop.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills how long of contract terms are Glenn and Richie looking at receiving and possibly getting?

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CB: Glenn is the one who will be cashing in with a long-term deal. At age 26 he’s entering the prime of his career, so a long term deal would make sense and he plays at a position that commands more pay in terms of average salary. Incognito is 32-years old, so I’d be surprised to see anything more than a three-year contract. Probably a two-year deal with a team option for a third.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills Given that releasing EJ Manuel would save no money & leave the team with dead money, can you see any upside to releasing him?

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CB: The question here with EJ Manuel is can you do better at backup quarterback than EJ?  If the front office feels the answer is yes, Manuel’s dead money on the cap of a little over $2.8M is not crippling with the cap likely to be up around $153M for 2016.

So when money doesn’t impact the decision GM Doug Whaley largely lets the performance on the field determine make the call.

It’s my belief that the Bills will add a backup quarterback prospect from the draft. Someone they feel they can develop behind Tyrod Taylor. Is it likely such a prospect would be more NFL ready than Manuel? No.

So it’s possible they keep Manuel on the roster until they see more of whatever quarterback they draft or add looks in their offense. But it wouldn’t shock me if the organization decides to turn the page.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills what is the outlook for the Bills to receive a compensatory draft pick this year? #fanfriday

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CB: Taking a more in depth look at things with some help from the front office as to who qualifies as a free agent addition and a free agent loss (the rules are endless) the Bills may be entitled to one compensatory pick this year.

The Bills added – Alex Carrington, Jerome Felton and Tyrod Taylor (Charles Clay – transition player???)
The Bills lost – Erik Pears, Da’Norris Searcy, Lee Smith and C.J. Spiller

Harvin and Incognito were not unrestricted free agents because they had contracts that were terminated. And Clay will be argued by the Bills as someone who should not count because he was a transition player. We’ll see if the league disagrees because there is precedent with transition players counting toward the free agent add count, but if not the Bills should get one compensatory pick this year.

 


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Tyrod nominated for Vizio Top Value Performer

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2016 – 3:28 pm

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor certainly provided a whole lot more to Buffalo’s offense than even his coaches anticipated. With a passer rating of 99.4 that ranked seventh in the league, a team record for rushing yards by a quarterback (568) and touchdown to interception ratio of almost 4:1, the first-year starter was a tremendous value. Apparently Vizio thinks so as well.

They’ve nominated him for the ninth annual Vizio Top Value Performer Award and they’re inviting fans to vote. Taylor is up against Cleveland WR Travis Benjamin, Minnesota WR Stefon Diggs, Atlanta RB Devonta Freeman and Jacksonville WR Allen Robinson.

Fans can vote here for Tyrod. Voting is open until 5 pm on January 19th.


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Woods to finish degree at school

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2016 – 3:43 pm

With an NFL career being so demanding, Robert Woods has been chipping away at completing his college degree. Heading into this offseason, Woods needs just a handful of credits and to complete an internship and he’ll be done.

Woods, who in the offseason attends classes at USC where he played his college ball, is on schedule to graduate this offseason.

“I’ve been going to school every offseason. This is my final semester. I’ll be back for training in April,” said Woods. “Maybe [I’ll practice with the guys] if they are able to make it out there, but [school] is my main focus,” he said.

The third-year receiver will be getting a degree in Policy planning and development.

“I’m interested in development and real estate, whether it’s commercial development, property development, city planning,” he said.

Woods said he plans to intern at a real estate firm to get a feel for what the business is like. He also stands a good chance of being the jock of the class.

“Probably so,” he said. “There are no other NFL players in the class. It’s fun going back and being back on campus.”


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Report: Lynn to interview for 49ers HC job

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2016 – 9:20 am

Bills Asst. head coach/RBs coach Anthony Lynn has already interviewed with the Miami Dolphins for their vacant head coaching post. Now he’s reportedly headed west for his next stop as a potential head coaching candidate.

That according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, who is reporting that Lynn is in the process of scheduling an interview with the San Francisco 49ers.

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The 49ers fired head coach Jim Thomsula after just a year on the job.


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Offensive playmakers to meet up in offseason

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2016 – 9:05 am

Tyrod Taylor didn’t know any of his new teammates after signing with the Bills last March. Likewise, none of his teammates knew if he was going to be the starting quarterback for the Bills come the fall. Now after Taylor had an impressive season as a first-year starter, Buffalo’s quarterback and his offensive playmakers plan to spend some time together in the offseason with player organized practices.

“The thing that changes (this offseason) is you get a chance to work with the guys you’re going to be playing with,” said Taylor. “I’m looking forward to working with these guys once everyone gets healthy and have time to go back to spend time with their families, I’m looking forward to getting in there and working with these guys. We’ll definitely get together. We’ve already talked about it and looking forward to it.”

“We’ll be getting a lot of time in the offseason throwing and catching with each other,” said Sammy Watkins. “I don’t know about his future here, but I can say I stand up for him. He’s a great player and a great leader for this team. He’s only going to get better. Every game you don’t have to worry about Ty making plays or working us out of situations. That’s what he came in to do. He’s going to put us in the right situations, he’s going to throw the ball down the field. He’s going to do his job.”

 

 


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