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Aaron Williams on Jairus Byrd future

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2014 – 1:22 pm

At the end of the 2013 season, Aaron Williams left a message written in magic marker on one of his own game jerseys in the locker of Jairus Byrd. In part it said he enjoyed playing with him and hoped he could continue to do so. After signing his contract extension Wednesday Williams was asked for his thoughts on Jairus Byrd’s current situation just day from hitting the free agent market.

“The whole thing about Jairus Byrd, people ask me every day if we’re going to sign Jairus back,” said Williams. “To be completely honest, that’s none of my business to even talk about. I’m going to let Russ (Brandon), Doug (Whaley) and Jim (Overdorf) handle that. If Jairus does come back that would be the greatest thing ever because our chemistry is unbelievable. I said it at the end of last season that we can look at each other and not even talk and know what we are talking about.

“If he doesn’t come back, good luck to him. We’re always going to be best friends. The business side is never going to change our relationship outside of football. We just have to move on and find another piece to try to replace his role and whatever we’ve got to do I know Russ and the office upstairs is going to have a game plan for that to happen.”


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Plan to extend Aaron in works for 2 months

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2014 – 12:42 pm

At the end of the season the Bills front office laid out their plans for the offseason with regard to the roster and President and CEO Russ Brandon made it clear that an extension for Aaron Williams was part of their plan.

“After the season we had a comprehensive meeting off-site with Coach Marrone and Doug Whaley and Jim Monos, our Director of Player Personnel, and really laid out in detail our master plan moving in to the future,” said Brandon. “Obviously extending a player like Aaron was a priority for us and we’re thrilled that he’s going to be with us long term.”

Williams confirmed for Buffalobills.com that he was approached by the team at season’s end about a multi-year extension.

“The Bills actually came to me at the end of the season and I told my agent, ‘Hey this is what they’re thinking. I don’t want any say in it until the right time. I’m going to let y’all handle it and take care of business and I’m going to go work out and just enjoy some of my time off,’” said Williams.

 


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How Whaley values safety position

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2014 – 5:08 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley provided an idea as to where the organization ranks safety in the defensive hierarchy by position Monday after they chose not to make use of the franchise tag on Jairus Byrd. When asked for the value he puts on the safety position, Buffalo’s personnel boss was clear that the type of scheme can play a role.

“It’s important. I think depending on scheme, in this scheme talking to coach Schwartz safety is going to be important a lot because of the communication and how he sets the back end of the defense and gets all the checks and balances from the sidelines,” said Whaley. “It’s an important part, but would it be the top rated piece I would start the defense? No, but it’s in the mix.  I think you’d have to go defensive end and corner before you go safety.”

More interesting was the question that soon followed. When Whaley was asked if Jairus Byrd is unable to be re-signed and is not back if he felt that Aaron Williams could handle the number one safety role. Whaley had a one word answer.

“Absolutely,” he said.

Williams was the one who actually made most of the calls in Buffalo’s defense last year when he was lined up at safety. In fact after the victory over the Jets last season when Jairus Byrd had two interceptions, he credited Williams with giving him an alert prior to the snap which put him in position to make one of his two INTs.


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Fred pranks Aaron Williams with hot wing

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 18, 2014 – 2:29 pm

During the Visa #MyFootballFantasy chicken wing eating contest Fred Jackson and Aaron Williams decided to compete one-on-one to see who could finish a plate piled high with chicken wings first.

Without Aaron knowing, Fred asked the Duff’s staff, who provided the wings for the competition, to bring over two different types of wings. Fred had them bring a ‘medium’ wing for him, and a wing doused in Duff’s fiery ‘Death Sauce’ for Aaron.

Watch what happens:

As every Buffalonian knows, you don’t mess with Duff’s ‘Death Sauce’ wings. There was no shortage of them in the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse on the day of the competition. Duff’s supplied over 3,000 wings for this event!

VISA-Mike-0289


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Schwartz excited about DBs as much as DL

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2014 – 6:41 pm

While Bills new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz took notice of the talent on Buffalo’s defensive line just by watching last weekend’s Pro Bowl, he’s also excited about the talent that sits in the Bills defensive backfield.

“In order to win in the NFL you need your front office and organization to all be on the same page and that impressed me right away,” Schwartz told Buffalobills.com. “After that it’s about players. Obviously the Bills have some good defensive players. They have some pieces in place that can fit very well in what we want to do. Not just up front. A lot of attention is paid to those guys up front, but I’ve been very impressed with the secondary also.

“You talk about guys like Jairus Byrd, Stephon Gilmore, Aaron Williams, Leodis McKelvin. Those are some top notch players and I really look forward to working with those guys.”

One thing Schwartz’s defenses lacked in Detroit was continuity in the secondary with a lot of player turnover each and every season. With Gilmore, Aaron Williams, Leodis McKelvin and Nickell Robey locked up for the next couple of years one can understand why Schwartz is encouraged by that talent he’s walking into his first season with in Buffalo.


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Byrd’s safety partner hoping he re-signs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2014 – 12:05 pm

He was an invited guest to Hawaii by his Pro Bowl safety teammate Jairus Byrd along with other members of Buffalo’s secondary. Byrd had them all out in Honolulu with him this past week. Aaron Williams is hoping all of the men in the Bills defensive backfield will continue to enjoy Byrd’s company in Buffalo next season and beyond.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning, Williams reiterated his desire to have Byrd continue to line up alongside him in Buffalo’s secondary.

“A lot of people have been hassling me about calling Jairus,” said Williams. “I’m going to be totally honest with you. I would love for my boy to come back. We’re the best safety duo in the league in my opinion. I don’t think any other safeties who had the numbers that we did this year. Unfortunately it’s above my pay scale to handle all that. All I can do is trust the guys upstairs in the front office… I know they want Jairus back. At the same time the business side of it gets a little ugly. I put my opinion on it and let it go and hopefully it goes in my favor and the team’s favor.”

Byrd (4) and Williams (4) combined for eight interceptions in 2013, which was tied with Seattle’s safety tandem of Earl Thomas (5) and Kam Chancellor (3) for the league lead.


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Aaron eager to meet new DC Schwartz

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2014 – 11:50 am

It’ll be his fourth defensive coordinator in four years in the NFL, but Aaron Williams is nonetheless eager to meet his new defensive play caller in Jim Schwartz.

Making an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Williams maintained that he was looking forward to working with their new head man on the defensive side of the ball having a relative who played for Schwartz in Detroit.

“I’m super excited to meet him,” said Williams. “My cousin actually played for him, Chris Houston. I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to him yet, but from what he’s told me he’s a great guy.

“You can’t really worry about how he is as a person. You really have to worry about how he is as a coach. I hope he’s a great guy, but when it’s time for the work he’s down to go to business and he has to understand that I’m ready to go and change this team around, the organization, this franchise and just come back and bring back what we had in the 90’s to today. We’re excited about getting this team back to the playoffs and give this city what it really wants. That’s just to get back to the playoffs and have a home game. It’d be exciting.”


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Aaron Williams undergoes offseason surgery

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2014 – 1:13 pm

Bills S Aaron Williams has confirmed on his Twitter account that he underwent offseason surgery today (Thursday).

Williams did not disclose what the surgery was, but thanked fans for their well wishes.

Williams finished the season on injured reserve due to a rib injury suffered in the Jacksonville game in Week 15.


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Aaron would love to have Byrd back

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2014 – 10:41 am

It’s a decision that ultimately not up to him, but Bills S Aaron Williams would love to have fellow safety Jairus Byrd back for next season and beyond in Buffalo’s secondary.

Williams and Byrd appeared to hit it off after Williams transitioned to safety and Byrd re-entered the lineup in Week 6 after dealing with a foot injury early in the year. Byrd even credited Williams with keying him into a play that was coming from the Jets in Week 11 against the Jets pre-snap that led to one of his two interceptions in that game.

Williams believes their combination in the defensive backfield is already one of the best in football, which is why he’d like to see that partnership continue.

“That decision is above my pay scale, but I would love to have Jairus Byrd back,” said Williams. “We have a great chemistry. He’s been with me since I got here, and he’s taught me a lot, especially at the safety position. He’s helped me excel at my game in that area.

“We’re honestly the best safety duo in the NFL. Say what you want, I don’t know any other safety duos that put up the same numbers as Byrd and I. With that kind of expectation, with that kind of chemistry and duo, I don’t see why they wouldn’t bring him back. We do a great job together, we make plays and we put leadership in our defense.”

Buffalo GM Doug Whaley said they are in the business of keeping good players and acknowledged Byrd is one of them, but Byrd is the one who has the power to choose where he’ll play in 2014 and beyond.

Williams even left a signed number 23 jersey of his in Byrd’s locker on locker clean out day thanking him for what he did to help him progress at safety this past season.


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Aaron: final record will be motivation

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2014 – 1:30 pm

Yes, the Bills finished the 2013 campaign with the same record they finished with in their previous two seasons. The only difference is Buffalo’s players see the frustrations of 2013 snowballing into motivation to prevent that from happening in 2014.

That according to Aaron Williams, who had his most successful season in a Bills uniform in transitioning from cornerback to safety.

“It definitely should have been better, and it will be better and next year we have a high standard for ourselves,” said Williams of the team’s won-loss record. “We know that 6-10 record should have been 10-6 or 12-4. It shouldn’t have been 6-10. We’re going to carry that with a chip on our shoulders for the offseason, come back in minicamp and do better.”


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Aaron, Stevie out; Easley added to report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 12:51 pm

Bills WR Stevie Johnson and S Aaron Williams have been declared out for Sunday’s game at New England. Marcus Easley meanwhile was a Friday addition to Buffalo’s injury report.

Easley sustained a knee injury in practice Friday and was listed as a limited participant. He’s listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Here’s the full rundown of players on Buffalo’s injury report.

OUT
S Aaron Williams – ribs
WR Stevie Johnson – not injury related

DOUBTFUL
QB EJ Manuel – knee

PROBABLE
WR Marquise Goodwin – knee
WR Marcus Easley – knee
RB Fred Jackson – ribs
DT Kyle Williams – achilles


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4 Bills with 4 picks apiece?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 11:00 am

Right now the Bills have three players with four interceptions each on the season. With Aaron Williams out for Sunday’s game with a rib injury, it could raise the chances of Buffalo having four players with four INTs apiece on the season.

Williams is one of the three players who has logged four interceptions thus far this season. Kiko Alonso and Jairus Byrd are the other two.

The defensive back expected to see the most time in Williams’ absence today is Jim Leonhard, who has three interceptions on the season. If he’s able to land an INT against Ryan Tannehill today, he too would have four on the season.

That would make the quartet on the 2013 squad just the fourth group in team history to each have at least four INTs. Here are the others.

4 players with 4+ INTs in team history:
1960 (5) – Archie Matsos-8, Jim Wagstaff-6, Bill Atkins-5, Bill Kinard-4, Richie McCabe-4
1962 (4) – Carl Charon-7, Booker Edgerson-6, Mike Stratton-6, Marv Matuszak-6
1965 (5) – Hagood Clarke-7, Butch Byrd-5, Charley Warner-5, Booker Edgerson-5, George Saimes-4


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Aaron, Stevie, EJ out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2013 – 12:11 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced after practice Friday that Aaron Williams, EJ Manuel and Stevie Johnson are out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Williams rib injury was suffered last Sunday at Jacksonville and he was unable to practice all week. Jim Leonhard is expected to see most of his reps in Williams absence.

Johnson is still dealing with the passing of his mother last week and is with his family in Northern California. He hasn’t practiced all week.

After being limited in practice on Wednesday EJ Manuel has not practiced all week as he recovers from a sprained knee suffered last Sunday.


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Aaron Williams a likely game time decision

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2013 – 11:38 am

Bills S Aaron Williams has not practiced all week, but head coach Doug Marrone has said all week he’s 50-50 to be available on Sunday.

Making his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550, Marrone said he thinks Williams will be a game time decision Sunday.

“Aaron Williams I think it could go up to a game time decision,” said Marrone. “I think it’s 50-50 whether he can go or not. He’s one of those players who fall into that category where if he’s ready to go we would put him out there even though he hasn’t practiced because he has shown he can play that position and been productive.”


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Dareus, A. Williams update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 7:00 pm

Marcell Dareus practiced on Wednesday despite sustaining an ankle injury last Sunday. He was limited. Aaron Williams however, was a non-participant Wednesday after suffering a rib injury last weekend. Head coach Doug Marrone said Williams would be 50-50 for Sunday’s game against Miami. Here’s the Bills official injury report.

DID NOT PRACTICE
WR Stevie Johnson – not injury related
DT Kyle Williams – Achilles
S Aaron Williams – ribs
RB Fred Jackson – ribs

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
CB Brandon Smith – ankle
QB EJ Manuel – knee


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Aaron, Dareus updates

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2013 – 2:10 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone provided an injury update on Marcell Dareus and Aaron Williams, who both left the game Sunday and did not return.

“Aaron has the ribs and we’ll see where he is later in the week,” said Marrone. “He’ll probably sit out practice Wednesday and them we’ll see where he is.

“Marcell is kind of the same thing with the ankle. We think he’ll be okay, but he might be limited on Wednesday.”

Marrone also said that Kraig Urbik and Kiko Alonso both came through the game fine, but one or both could be limited Wednesday.


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Aaron Williams turns two

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2013 – 10:27 pm

Bills safety Aaron Williams had a big hand in the victory on Sunday. He not only made an early interception that helped get Buffalo on the board first, he also took a sure touchdown off the board for Jacksonville in what wound up being a seven-point victory for the Bills.

Williams had an interception on the fourth play from scrimmage on a play right after he was beaten for a big gain in the pass game.

“The first time Aaron Williams, the guy beats Aaron for the big pass over the middle on the double screen, man to man and Aaron comes back and makes up for it with the interception,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “That’s what you have to do. When you’re a player and you make a mistake you need to come back and make a play and that’s what he did.”

His biggest play of the game came on a strip fumble on Denard Robinson as he was about to break the plane of the end zone on a run after catch in the second half.

“I just saw I had an open lane to the inside. He probably didn’t know that I was inside. I just popped up and forced myself to be aggressive and get the ball,” said Williams.

Williams said with Robinson so close to scoring, he had no choice but to go for the strip instead of making a tackle.

“It was strip all the way,” he said. “If I tackled, he probably drags me with his momentum into the end zone. The main thing you have to do is just go for the ball.”

“Aaron Williams made an excellent play,” said Marrone. “When you go back and look at that play he hustled his butt off on that play and caused that fumble.”

So Williams had a hand in what was a 10-point swing in Buffalo’s favor in the victory. Not bad for a corner turned safety. Williams is now tied for the team lead in interceptions with Kiko Alonso and Jairus Byrd.


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Other Bills in Pro Bowl running

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 4:04 pm

With the news coming down that Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso are the leading vote getters among fans at their respective positions for the 2014 Pro Bowl, here are some of the other Bills who are in the hunt at their positions for fan votes.

DT Marcell Dareus – 3rd
DT Kyle Williams – 5th
SS Aaron Williams – 6th
K Dan Carpenter – 10th
ST Marcus Easley – 10th

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said just last week that if the team had a better won-loss record that Marcus Easley would have an excellent chance of being a Pro Bowl special teams player with the success he’s had in coverage.


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Aaron at safety a possibility

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2013 – 5:23 pm

Bills DB Aaron Williams has been serving admirably in a cornerback role for the better part of the last four-plus games. This week may be the week that he slides back to the position Mike Pettine and the defensive staff wanted him manning all along.

Williams said playing safety Sunday against the Saints could happen, but is not a definite.

“It could be a possibility that I could go back to safety, but at the same time I’m still preparing myself to be a corner,” Williams told Buffalobills.com. “Right now I’m working both just in case of emergency situations, see how Stephon (Gilmore) is with his hand and Ron (Brooks) with his foot and everything. We’ll see where it goes, but right now I’m working on both.”

The signs look to be good for Williams to return to safety this week. Gilmore appears to be playing with a smaller protective club on his surgically repaired left wrist and Brooks appeared in the game this past Sunday, the first since breaking his foot in Week 1. He got seven snaps.

Both players were not listed on the team’s Wednesday injury report as both players were full participants. Provided both can play more this Sunday it affords the defensive staff the freedom to move Williams back to safety because Gilmore and Brooks could split the workload at cornerback if necessary.


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Bills feeding off Fred’s resilience

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2013 – 1:47 pm

We already had it covered for you this morning on Buffalobills.com, but Fred Jackson’s teammates were still talking about his freakish ability to come back from twice tweaking his sprained MCL and play an instrumental role in the victory.

Here’s what some of his teammates said Jackson gutting it out meant to them.

Thad Lewis - “A level of toughness that a lot of us can’t describe or know how tough this guy is. He’s so relentless in his pursuit of excellence that it’s ridiculous. So it kind of feeds all of us on the offense. We feed off of him. We saw the things he did yesterday. He kind of brings and extra energy to the offense.”

“It’s crazy. It shows me that nothing is impossible. He told me that he sprained his MCL and then said, ‘Don’t worry about it I’ll be out for the next series.’ When you’ve got a guy like that behind you you’re about as comfortable as you can be.”

Stevie Johnson – “Fred’s a beast. I told him he’s a legend. I don’t care what happens in the next nine games. If he doesn’t get another yard, the dude is a legend. Coming back from these injuries, the knee injury with his leg and just seeing him come back in there and score the touchdown and continuously play, I think he got injured again in the game and still stayed in. It’s the love that he has for the game. I told him I looked up to him and I’m happy to be on his team.”

Aaron Williams – “It lets me know that I have guys next to me who are willing to fight, willing to put their body on the line, and just go out there and get a ‘W’ for the team.  A guy with courage and a lot of heart, that’s one thing I know about Fred, he has a lot of heart. He’s come a long way, he’s worked hard to get where he’s at.  To see something like that happen, and for him to go back out there and score a touchdown. It’s huge.”

Eric Wood – “That pretty much just solidified what I think of Fred as a player and a person.  Just a great guy, great teammate, willing to put his body on the line for the good of the team. That’s how you stick around a franchise for a
long time.  We’re not giving up Fred for anybody, for anything.  He’s a guy that we want around and he shows that week in and week out.”

And finally Fred’s stance on why he feels compelled to come back time and time again.

“What better way to (lead),” said Jackson. “If you want guys to step up and make plays for you, you have to make them yourself. That’s just what I try and do. I love this team and love to be part of this team, and the way to show that is to be out there with those guys competing with them. That’s what I tried to get done yesterday and I’ll continue to try and do so.”


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