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Chris Berman’s Bills jersey

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2011 – 11:12 am

The Bills made sure to send ESPN NFL anchor Chris Berman one of the new 2011 jerseys for the regular season, with a special number and name plate on the back.

Berman unveiled the jersey in his first Two-Minute Drill segment of the season on ESPN Thursday night. Take a look (below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bills actually went with a circle instead of a number zero in honor of Berman’s signature line about the club, ‘Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.’


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Players lovin’ new uniforms

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2011 – 12:43 pm

With the lockout preventing the players from getting an up close look at the team’s new uniforms, the Bills are getting a better look now that they’ve reported for training camp and on the whole they’re loving them.

Bryan Scott was one of the first to react to the new white helmets and royal blue jerseys.

teambryanscott Great to be back at camp with the fellas! And the new uniforms are FRESH!

Only Lee Evans and Fred Jackson were given sneak previews of the new uniforms as they were chosen for uniform fittings during the planning stages.

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Fan Friday 7-8

Posted by Chris Brown on July 8, 2011 – 11:20 am

Hey Bills fans, hope you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday. Time to get back to it and answer your questions.

On a side note I’ve been getting some questions sent to me at the Bills message board and I feel compelled to tell you I rarely check that inbox, due mainly to time constraints. So if you have a question you’d like answered I highly recommend emailing me directly at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. It’s your best bet.

1 - Hey Chris, quick question about the jersey unveiling. Who was wearing the authentic jersey tops? The soldiers or the retirees?

Thanks,

BeastoftheEast

CB: The jerseys that the members of the military were wearing are the official on-field jerseys that the players will wear on game days. The player jerseys are made of stretch mesh, a Reebok fabric that provides players with superior breathability and better range of motion.

The jerseys are also 20 to 30 percent lighter in weight, depending on the player’s size, due to Reebok’s ability to reduce cut lines and seams for a high performance fit.

Each jersey is specifically tailored to the exact specifications of each player. Those on-field jerseys are not available for retail sale.

The retail Authentic jerseys that are sold at The Bills Store are close replications of the on-field jerseys. However, they are not constructed of stretch mesh and they do not have the same “shrink wrap” fit that NFL players generally require. The retail Authentic jerseys are heavyweight jerseys that are finished with twill numbers and names. While they are not quite as form fitting as their on-field counterparts, the Authentic jerseys do have a tapered silhouette.

The retail Replica jerseys are a lighter weight jersey with screen printed numbers and names. They have a more generous cut and are more loose fitting.

The jerseys that the alumni wore for the unveiling event were blank Replica jerseys that were finished with twill numbers and names. Each of those jerseys were one-of-a-kind creations that allowed for the alumni to be able to slip the jersey on over their shirt and have twill numbers that would be easily visible to the crowd in attendance at the uniform launch event.

Hope that clears things up.

 

 

2 – Chris,

I was looking around on other NFL message boards the other day and I read that the Bills have one of the smallest scouting departments in the league. Is there any way to find out how many scouts the Bills do actually have? It would be interesting to compare it to teams such as Green Bay, Pittsburgh, and any other reputable teams that have had a good history when it comes to drafts.

Thanks,
Brian

CB: Counting Bills GM Buddy Nix, who does a good amount of scouting and Assistant GM Doug Whaley, who is going to spend more time working on the college side of the Personnel Department, the Bills actually have 14 college scouts.

Truth be told that’s one of the larger staffs in the league. Pittsburgh has 10, San Diego has 10, Indianapolis has 9. The smallest staff has always been Cincinnati, which doesn’t even have a college scouting staff. They rely on their coaching staff to do their scouting for them primarily off college tape.

 

 

3 - Hello Chris.
My question for you is while the players are locked out, does that interfere with contract signings?  If not, if the season is started in the next week, or so, would there be a plethora of signings for rookies, or are deals being made right now, with the owners & agents? So that way, they will be able to start training camp immediately?

Thanks for bringing great Buffalo Bills news, to fans like myself.

CB: Thanks for the kind words and your readership. NFL clubs cannot have any contact with players or agents about new contracts for players who are currently without a contract. It would be a fruitless pursuit anyway without knowing what the new rules are concerning the signing of players under a new collective bargaining agreement.

What is likely to happen is there will be a short free agent signing period where as you predict there will be a plethora of signings (both undrafted rookies and veteran free agents). I would anticipate that there will be an initial period for teams to re-sign their own players whose contracts have expired before an open period.

 

4 - Chris,

What was the reason behind the discrepancy between color order of the jersey number and piping on the pants (navy blue, red, royal blue) and the sleeves (red, navy blue, royal blue) of the white jersey? Thanks.

Erik D.

CB: From what I have been told about the new uniforms the intent was to match the sleeve stripes with the sock stripes.

 

5 - Chris,

Steve Johnson has been my favorite player since he was a rookie in 2008. I have only nice things to say about him, but when it comes to 2011 (pending on a season being played), I don’t think he will be able to put up the same numbers as 2010. What do you think?

Thanks

Chris L. from Lancaster

CB: I believe there’s no debating that he will draw the majority of double team attention in 2011 as opposed to Lee Evans. We saw a good deal of that down the stretch last season and Johnson’s production suffered. I however, believe Johnson’s production drop off was due more to the absence of Roscoe Parrish, who was lost in Week 10 to a broken wrist.

When he went out of the lineup, it allowed opposing defenses to focus more on Evans and Johnson with cover 2 looks and bracket coverages. They committed to letting rookies like David Nelson, Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt prove they could beat them instead of taking their chances with Evans and Johnson. On occasion those rookies did beat them (See: Cleveland victory). With Parrish back in the fold for 2011 I believe Johnson will get enough opportunities to have comparable numbers, but some of that will hinge on how productive his teammates can be when he is double teamed.


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Fan Friday 7-1

Posted by Chris Brown on July 1, 2011 – 11:35 am

Enjoy the holiday weekend Bills fans and remember if you’re in the military take advantage of submitting any service photos from overseas, especially if you’ve got Bills gear in the shot. We’re doing a military Bills fan photo gallery tribute on July 4th on Buffalobills.com. Just send your photos and info to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Chris,
Could you clear up some confusion on the part of Bills fans?  Many fans have said on the message boards that blue pants are going to be used but just weren’t ready for the recent unveiling.

Hopefully that’s true (although hard to believe they wouldn’t be ready) as I think the blue pants with white tops looks 100% better than white on white (“long underwear” look IMHO).  Please clear this up once and for all for all of the fans, the majority of which seem to want the blue pants also.  9 years of white on white was enough!

Thanks,
Gary

CB: What I have been told by our people at One Bills Drive is the following. The away uniform in 2011 will feature white pants with a white jersey.

 

2 - Hi Chris,
 
Last I heard, NFL Network was still not able to find a team to follow via their reality television show Hard Knocks. They were turned down by the Jets for a second season, the Cowboys and another team I believe.
 
Are the Bills not interested in this opportunity? Have they contacted NFL Network on this topic?
 
I for one believe it would help the regionalization efforts with Toronto and getting a more engaged fan base from the north.
 
Thanks
Anthony

CB: You make a valid point, but I’m not in a position to speak for Buddy Nix or Chan Gailey and what they’d decide. Having been around them the past calendar year and seeing how they operate, I’d be surprised to see them sign off on something like that.

They’re both old school football men that just want to go to work and get the job done. Having to deal with cameras following them wherever they go during the busiest time of their calendar year doesn’t sound like it would jive with their way of doing things, but obviously that’s their call not mine.

 

3 - Hey Chris,

With all the hype going on with Terrelle Pryor I was wondering about other quarterbacks that could be taken in either free agency or the supplemental draft.  I am pretty sure Pat Devlin is still on the market and I liked his numbers and physical traits.  I also heard he has the intangibles to be a NFL quarterback.  Is there any chance the Bills get him? 

Thanks,
Tommy from Pittsford

CB:
It’s certainly possible that the Bills will add another young arm to their quarterback contingent, but I think it’s far more likely that they add a veteran that they feel is capable of backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick. They already have a young developing arm in Levi Brown, so I would anticipate them adding someone that’s had some time in the league and been on the field a fair amount on Sundays. Buddy Nix said earlier this offseason they may very well add two more quarterbacks, but the fourth in all likelihood would be another passer for camp and if he impresses maybe he sticks around in some capacity. That’s where an additional young signal caller might come into play.

 

4 - Dear Chris,

Thanks for all you do to keep us fans up to date.  That goes double for those of us that have moved away from upstate NY, but still call Buffalo home.

I have a question about the Practice Squad.  Can another team just sign a guy off of our Practice Squad any time they feel like it?  Do we have to agree to let that player go?  Do we get compensated if they take one of our guys?  I’d sure hate to see a guy like Jasper or Batten end up in New England and become a real monster that we have to play against twice a year.  

Thanks,
Gregg from Fort Worth

CB: Unfortunately yes, another team with an opening on their 53-man roster can pluck a player off of any team’s practice squad at any time. There are some measures the original team can take to prevent losing the player if they covet him. One is to offer him an active player contract (practice squad players make less) and a spot on the active roster.

The Green Bay Packers tried to do that when the Bills went to take Brian Brohm off of Green Bay’s practice squad. They offered a deal equal to that of the Bills contract, but Brohm still chose to leave.

More than 95 percent of the time the practice squad player leaves because the new team that signs him has to keep him on their active roster for at least three weeks, so it’s a genuine opportunity to get on an NFL field on a Sunday, especially if the team they’re going to has had a rash of injuries at said player’s position.

 

5 - Chris,

Thanks for all your work. I was wondering where you think that Johnny White will be in the backfield. With Fred and CJ carrying most of the load, do you see him more as a returner or do you think he will get some carries. I think he can develop into a complement to CJ once Fred leaves.

Michael

CB: I see a lot of special teams work ahead for Johnny White, who can serve in a lot of roles on that unit. I could also envision him being a goal line back as the season wears on. The kid runs downhill… hard. He’s an inside runner primarily, so if they want to take some of the wear and tear off Fred I could see him spelling Jackson a bit here and there. However, if he gets more than 4-8 touches a game on offense as a rookie I’d be surprised, just because of who is in front of him on the depth chart.


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Stevie sporting new jersey

Posted by Chris Brown on June 29, 2011 – 9:53 am

Bills WR Stevie Johnson, who has a big interview day at ESPN, is sporting the team’s new look in Bristol, Connecticut today.

Here’s a shot of Stevie courtesy of ESPN producer Jason Romano.


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Players had input

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2011 – 8:25 am

With the unveiling of Buffalo’s new uniforms over the weekend and today’s introspective look at how the final design came together in the media center at buffalobills.com, it should also be noted that the Bills players had more than their share of input in the uniform design as well.

“Lee (Evans) was part of the TV testing of the uniform and weighed in during the very early stages of the process,” said Bills senior vice president of Marketing and Broadcasting Marc Honan. “Fred (Jackson) was a help in terms of some of the fittings. Buddy (Nix) was also on hand when we went through some of the fittings.”

TV testing was an important component of the jersey design because sometimes the color of the jersey doesn’t always come through properly on television, particularly HD. The Bills wanted to make sure that wasn’t an issue with their royal blue look.

“There have been some teams that have found that their team color does not come across very well in HD,” said Honan. “Colors sometimes do not translate. So in our TV testing we wanted our royal blue to look royal blue in HD, and we were able to accomplish that.”


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C.J. & McKelvin switch numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2011 – 5:33 am

With the unveiling of the new uniforms last night also comes some important information if you’re in the market for C.J. Spiller or Leodis McKelvin jersey.

If you’re planning on ordering a Spiller or McKelvin jersey be prepared for a different number than you were anticipating. They’ve swapped jersey numbers for 2011.

McKelvin will be wearing jersey number 21 while Spiller will be wearing jersey number 28. Spiller wore 28 in college and presumably approached McKelvin about swapping out numbers.


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Players reacting to unis

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2011 – 5:24 am

Bills players were interacting with Bills fans on twitter Friday night and early Saturday following the team’s new uniform unveiling. Both the fans and players were overwhelmingly positive. Here are just a few examples as Roscoe Parrish, Donald Jones and Stevie Johnson were busy.

scoe11 RT @RealMattBieber: @scoe11 nice to c all the new jerseys and they picked a good number to model #billsnation
 
Dajones19 RT @dicknavis165 @Dajones19 how nice are those all whites! so much better right? RIGHT…
 
scoe11 RT @Rugg64039: @scoe11 what did u think about all them military dudes wearin ur #11 at the uniform unveiling???<Nicceeeee
 
Dajones19 RT @homeslice5484 @Dajones19 def…keep in touch. I gotta get me a 19 to go wit my 13 jerseys soon 4 sure. #thanksforthelove
 
@StevieJohnson13  RT vbosch89 Bout to order my new @StevieJohnson13 jersey that just got released at the Ralph…
 
@StevieJohnson13 RT LNagel20 @StevieJohnson13 about to buy your jersey right now buddy
 

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Kelly color blind like Fergie

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2011 – 8:14 pm

Leading up to the 2011 uniform unveiling Friday night was an untold uniform story on buffalobills.com about how the club changed the helmet color to help then quarterback Joe Ferguson to better distinguish his receivers from the opposition. Bills HOF QB Jim Kelly had heard this story, and what’s ironic is he too is color blind.

“I’m color blind and I’ve never had any problems with it even though we had red helmets when I played,” said Kelly. 

Kelly said instead of looking at helmets, he distinguished his teammates from the opposition by looking at the jerseys.

“You’re always in dark jerseys and light jerseys and I’ve never had any problems with that,” he said. “Maybe that’s just something somebody brought up and it just went from one person to the other.”


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Tasker gives uniforms thumbs up

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2011 – 8:11 pm

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker, who emceed the Bills uniform unveiling Friday night was in the same boat as his teammate, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly feeling a sense of nostalgia in seeing Buffalo’s 2011 uniforms.

“They’re a little bit of a modernized, tricked out version of what we had when I played,” he said. “When you put the helmet on top of it, it really jumps out. I love it. I think it looks great. From the top down to the black and white or the black and red shoes, the detail of the navy blue outlining the numbers on the jerseys and the charging buffalo and the back of the jersey and pants it’s really good. A lot of detail when into it and it looks great.”

Black shoes are kind of the underestimated final component of the entire look. Black shoes are old school football and though the Bills had gone to black shoes in recent years, they’ll stand out all the more with royal blue jerseys.


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Kelly reminded of 90′s jerseys

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2011 – 8:07 pm

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, who was part of the Bills uniform unveiling Friday night felt the new uniforms harkened back a bit to the jerseys he and his teammates wore in the early 90′s.

“I was in the locker room before we went out and I like them,” said Kelly. “The uniforms remind me of back when we played which is a big plus. But what I like more than anything is the helmet. The white and how the charging buffalo charges, even though the tradition back in the 1960s was the standing buffalo, I’m all for going forward. The charging buffalo and aggressiveness stands out more on the white helmet, so that’s pretty cool. I like it.”

Kelly played his entire career with the Bills in a red helmet with the charging buffalo.

“Bringing back the blue brings back great memories in my mind,” Kelly said.


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Royal blue is back

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2011 – 6:35 pm

It never truly left because there were part of the accent colors on the helmet and pants of the previous uniform (2002-2010), but to see royal blue as the dominant color again for the Bills newest edition of uniforms (2011) is a welcome sight.

For more on the whole look go to the home page at Buffalobills.com.


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White just looks right

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2011 – 5:45 pm

The Bills went back to their original white helmets, but there are a lot of new tweaks to it and it’s not just a flat white. For more on the new helmets check the home page at Buffalobills.com.


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Berman pumped for unveiling

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2011 – 12:50 pm

ESPN football anchor Chris Berman, a huge AFL fan and Bills supporter over the years, is just as pumped up for tonight’s uniform unveiling as any Bills fan might be right now.

Berman isn’t sure what to expect, but is glad to know that the charging buffalo will remain a part of the new look.

“The moving buffalo has become nostalgic in and of itself, so it’s nice to know that it’s going to remain an element of the new uniform,” Berman told Buffalobills.com. “At least we know that much going in based on what the club has revealed in their press releases. I’m really eager to see what’s to come tonight.”

Berman knows fans have their opinions about the Bills uniforms over the years, but in the end he believes it’s what the players do on the field in those uniforms that carries the most weight with fans.

“Whatever uniform gets them to 10-6 and the playoffs will be the most popular one among fans so hopefully this one does the trick,” he said.


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Bills blood drive today

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2011 – 7:32 am

Just a reminder that the American Red Cross will be hosting the 5th Annual Buffalo Bills Blood Drive in the Paul Maguire Club from 11– 7 today.  Walk-ins are welcome so if you’re coming to the uniform unveiling tonight stop in early and donate beforehand.

If you would like to make an appointment to donate blood call 1-800-RED CROSS. All donors will receive receive a free American Red Cross and Buffalo Bills t-shirt, tickets to the Buffalo Bills Uniform Unveiling later that evening as well as be entered to win many other great prizes. 

There will also be appearances by Billy Buffalo and the Jills throughout the day. Jickster from 97 Rock will also be hosting a live remote from 11 AM – 1 PM in the club.


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Fergie helped by helmet change?

Posted by Chris Brown on June 23, 2011 – 7:52 am

With the story completely true that the Bills’ helmet change from white to red in 1984 was made primarily to help quarterback Joe Ferguson better distinguish his receivers due to color blindness, some still wonder after the 2-14 campaign that year if it made a big difference.

The stats would seem to indicate so as Ferguson’s INT total decreased from 25 in 1983 to 17 in 1984. But some that remember that season wonder how much it helped.

“I don’t know if it did Fergie any good, but it was something to talk about,” said Bills long time beat reporter for the Courier-Express and Buffalo News Larry Felser. “They obviously felt it was worth it.”

Some that covered that era of Bills football however, sympathize with Ferguson’s situation with the talent he had around him at the time.

“I think Joe Ferguson with any other team could’ve won some Super Bowls with a lot of the other clubs as far as I’m concerned,” said Bills long time radio voice Van Miller. “He had a great arm and used to be criticized for hanging his head when he came off the field, but he was truly a great passer. A great guy and the players loved him.”


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Pulling a player’s leg

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2011 – 4:18 pm

Bills long time equipment manager Dave Hojnowski and his co-workers work almost as closely with the players as the coaching staff, so it affords them the opportunity to pull a fast one on players now and then.

Hojo and his cohorts will target rookies to see how gullible they might be, or try to cross up a new arrival in Buffalo’s locker room. Here’s the often used shoelace riddle that still gets a player to this day.

“Guys would come to us and ask for a shoelace and we’d ask them if it was for the right or the left shoe and some would actually stop and think a minute and tell us they needed it for the left shoe,” he said. “We’d get a kick out of that.”

The power of fractions also came into play once in a while when it came to helmet size.

“We had a tight end here Buster Burnett and he was from Jacksonville State I believe,” Hojnowski said. “We had him the year before and he came in the first day of training camp and he said, ‘Hojo, my head has gotten a little bit bigger from last year.’ So I said, ‘What size helmet did you wear last year?’ And he didn’t know so we looked it up and found that he wore a 7 and three eighths size helmet. So I asked him, ‘Do you want to try a seven and a half helmet?’ And he tells me, ‘No, you better give me the four eighths.’”


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Open mesh jerseys short lived

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2011 – 3:16 pm

Back in 1980 in addition to the introduction of white jerseys with blue pants the Bills also began wearing wide mesh jerseys for increased breathability. However, as Bills equipment manager Dave Hojnowski tells us the wide mesh jerseys were short lived.

“We don’t play in super, super hot weather unless we’re on the road,” said Hojnowski. “A lot of times you catch that Miami game early on in September and it gets pretty warm and they always make us wear our dark uniform down there.”

Hojnowski said that the wide mesh did help to keep players cool particularly for warm weather games.

“Those jerseys did actually cool you down a lot more,” he said. “Basically that’s the evolution on what we’re going to now where the material has changed so much. They’re making it a little stretchier, a little more breathable and they’re trying to pull that moisture away from that body. They’re also keeping the heat down for those guys as well.”

But after four years the wide mesh jerseys were discontinued by the league. Buffalo’s equipment manager believes the rising popularity of the game on television was part of the reason why the wide mesh jerseys were on the outs after just four years come the mid-80′s.

“I believe that they discontinued those jerseys because as TV got more and more involved and more and more dollars were being spent, I believe that television was the one that nixed those jerseys. You have some linemen where their bellies were sticking out or whatever and those jerseys were not flattering.

“I think those were nixed by TV because there was a sentiment by TV execs that they didn’t want fat guys with their bellies hanging out. They weren’t very flattering on the linemen. I believe they were nixed because of television.”


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New uniforms a process

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2011 – 7:08 am

Bills CEO Russ Brandon was on 97 Rock this morning to talk about the team’s uniform unveiling and he was also asked about the NFL owners’ meetings, which he attended in Chicago Tuesday.

Brandon obviously could not provide details on the uniform, but explained how the club arrived at this stage.

“We go through the process and it’s about an 18-month process and there are a lot of hoops to jump through,” he said. “We talked quite a bit with Mr. Wilson and went through a long process with the NFL and our people internally and our players and decided to make a change.

“Everybody is a stakeholder in it. Mr. Wilson, our players, our marketing and merchandising people really over the last five years have had a hand in it. Changing the uniform is an 18-month process. The guys in the equipment room from Hojo to Woody to Jeff Mazurek have a part to play because the jersey has to hold up from a performance standpoint.

“We went through months and months of different prototypes and the detail that goes into it and I give enormous credit to Tim Kehoe, who works on our merchandise side. We worked together on it and went through some things relative to our brand and listened to a lot of feedback from our fans. We think people are going to be pretty fired up about them.”

When asked about the nature of the owners meetings Tuesday, Brandon explained how he was prohibited from commenting.

“I’m going to give you the proverbial no comment,” he said. “We’re under a mandate not to comment. I think we all want football so I’m going to leave it at that.”

The uniform unveiling is Friday night at 7:30 pm. Complimentary tickets can be picked up at WNY M&T Bank and Verizon Wireless store locations. Tailgating is permitted prior to the event.


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Fan Friday 6-17

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2011 – 11:51 am

Well Bills fans for the most part the news has been positive for football of late. Keep your fingers crossed. In the meantime let’s get to your questions and Happy Father’s day to all you dads out there.

1 - Chris,
Any updates on Michael Jasper? The last it seems we’ve heard from him was all of the post-draft stuff. I’m curious if he’s continued to drop weight and he’s now below 377. I’m curious how his strength and conditioning are going to.

Thanks,
Elliott
McLean, VA Bills Fan

CB: Unfortunately with no contact between the team and the players during this labor situation there really are no updates. Based on what I’ve read from local newspapers in Tennessee online, Jasper has been working out in Georgia and Tennessee and sounds committed to coming to Buffalo in the best shape of his life when we get back to football.

 

2 - Chris,
I was wondering how the teams are able to keep selling the jerseys with the players names on it. Doesn’t the lockout make it illegal? Or is there some kind of exception to the rule. Also, if the lockout is still in effect, what’s the plan for the uniform unveiling?

Usually we see several players in full uniform. Will the alumni be dressed up in full uniform to unveil the new uniforms?

Thanks for answering our questions.
Michael J. Thomas

CB: I’m not going to pretend to know all the licensing rights with respect to the jerseys. The league incurs the cost to have the jerseys produced and the players get a cut for the jerseys with their name or number on it that are sold. I can only guess that remains intact despite the labor situation.

As for the plan for the jersey unveiling, you’ll have to just wait until the 24th. Sorry Mike.

 

3 - Hey Chris,
How do unrated rookies and free agents get on a team like a non collegiate player trying to make it like Kurt Warner and what’s an NFL work out regiment consist of?

CB: As you mentioned they’d probably have to work out for a club at this point and if the team is interested enough they’ll sign them. Most NFL workouts vary by position. A defensive lineman for example would go through different drills from that of a defensive back, as you often see at the NFL combine if you’ve watched that coverage.

No longer is there NFL Europe for players to further develop like Warner did, but there is the UFL and CFL where some younger players can hone their skills in the hopes of making their game attractive enough to NFL franchises.

 

4 – Chris,
In your opinion, who will be the two starting tackles at the beginning of the season???
Best,
Richard

CB: I think barring any major player addition leading up to the season that it will be Demetrius Bell at left tackle and Erik Pears at right tackle for the 2011 season. Obviously the Bills coaching staff will have a lot more to say about that than I will.

 

5 - Chris,
I was wondering that since the Bills don’t have their franchise quarterback, what do you think the chance of the bills trading for someone like Tebow? I mean especially if the Broncos don’t think he can win than do you think the Bills will try him? He’s a winner and I think that he will be good. So do you see anything like that happening within the next two years?

Thanks
Michael

CB: I’m not a mind reader so to know what the plan is by the Bills front office with respect to the quarterback position long term is impossible. We do know based on their comments leading up to this past NFL draft is they’d like to get a prospect or player that can capably fill that position for the next 8 to 10 years.

I believe they really want to see how far Fitz can take them now that he’s the entrenched starter and has the benefit of the system under his belt for a year. They believe he can get them to the playoffs and win in the playoffs. 2011 will go a long way in confirming whether that is the case. So essentially it’s a wait and see.

As for Tebow, the guy is not available. The quarterback that’s available in Denver is Kyle Orton, not Tebow so I don’t think he’s a realistic option for trade.


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