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Jets to pursue free agent QB, WR Gibson

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2013 – 3:06 pm

The New York Jets signed veteran QB David Garrard Monday, but they’re apparently not done adding at the position.

According to the New York Daily News they’re going to actively pursue free agent New Orleans QB Chase Daniel. Daniel has been Drew Brees backup the past few years. The Jets are expected to have some measure of competition for his services in what is considered a thin free agent market at quarterback.

The report also says the Jets are also interested in St. Louis free agent WR Brandon Gibson.


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Matt Moore back with Dolphins

Posted by Chris Brown on March 8, 2013 – 8:47 am

He was one of the few free agent quarterbacks that was being considered by other NFL clubs, but Matt Moore won’t make it to the free agent market.

NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington is reporting that Moore has re-signed with Miami. The deal comes just hours after WR Brian Hartline re-signed with the Dolphins for a reported 5 years and $31M.

 


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Nassib to reportedly dine with Jets tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 5:19 pm

Ryan Nassib only did throwing drills at the Syracuse pro day today, but by most accounts did very well. Here’s one report from NFLDraftInsider Tony Pauline, who also is reporting that a Bills division rival will be dining with Nassib tonight.

According to Pauline, New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will be dining with Nassib this evening.


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Revis trade rumors include Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2013 – 3:09 pm

CBSSports.com is reporting that the trade market is heating up for Jets CB Darrelle Revis with two of New York’s division rivals expressing interest in the Pro Bowl CB.

Per Mike Freeman’s report both the Bills and Patriots have expressed interest in Revis, but the report says there’s no way the Jets will trade Revis to a division rival. New York is reportedly asking for a first and second round pick for Revis, but coming off ACL surgery there’s no way such a steep price will be paid.

The other teams reportedly expressing interest are Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and Green Bay.

Per league policy the Bills and any other NFL club cannot comment on players under contract with other clubs. But Buffalo’s interest would make sense knowing Mike Pettine had Revis in his defense the past four years.


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AFC East foes add incentive in last 2

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2012 – 11:44 am

The Bills are out of the playoffs, but head coach Chan Gailey sees added incentive for his players in the final two games on the regular season schedule.

In his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550, Gailey admitted at this point self-respect is what you’re playing for.

“You’re playing for pride, professionalism,” said Gailey. “That’s what you’re playing for. I don’t know of anything else that you play for at this point. I think that they’re division games and you want to beat division opponents. We don’t like people in our division in general and you want to beat them because of who they are.”

Buffalo is on the road this week at Miami, before closing out the season at home against the Jets.


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An AFC East first

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2012 – 1:12 pm

From top to bottom the AFC East is a logjam with all four teams sporting 3-3 records. For this late in the season that’s a first.

According to the league’s record keeping, it’s the first time since realignment in 2002 that all four teams in a division are tied for first through Week 6 or later. 

Now unfortunately for the Bills, the first tiebreaker in a division is head-to-head games, which would put both New England and New York ahead of Buffalo right now by virtue of their division wins over the Bills. The Dolphins are also winless in the division at 0-1.

With four division games remaining Buffalo will likely need all four to gain any kind of edge should division tiebreakers come into play at season’s end.


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Pears to rotate with Hairston

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2012 – 11:00 am

Bills starting right tackle Erik Pears got all of 10 snaps in the preseason. Though he had a very good week of practice leading up to the opener against the Jets, it’s not expected to be enough to provide him with the endurance necessary to get through 60-70 plays today at MetLife Stadium.

That according to head coach Chan Gailey, who told Buffalobills.com that Pears’ endurance is just not there yet.

“Not there,” he said. “Plain and simple they need to play more and more and more. But adrenaline will take them pretty good into this ball game. But the guy in particular that we’re not going to ask play the whole ball game is Erik Pears. We’ll try to be smart and limit his reps some.”

When asked if they’ll monitor him and decide when to pull him for a spell, Gailey indicated that they’ll instead have planned times to sit him a series or two here and there.

“I think we’re going to have a plan to shuffle,” said Gailey. “I think we’ll go ahead and have two series (on), two series (off), two series (on) or something like that for this game.”


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Fitz last outing vs. Jets promising

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2012 – 10:50 am

Ryan Fitzpatrick in his last five outings against the Jets might have a completion percentage of less than 50% (72-145, 49.7%), but his last outing is what counts most and his numbers in that game are encouraging.

Fitz in the Week 12 game at MetLife stadium last season were as follows.

26-39 passing (66.7%) for 264 yards and 3 TDs with a 111.5 passer rating.

New York’s pass defense has only changed in the middle of the field with the additions of safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell and with top pick DE Quinton Coples.

Fitz thrived with a short passing game and worked the middle of the field well with Scott Chandler and David Nelson, who combined for 11 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.

The Bills were a respectable 40% on 3rd down conversions (6-15) against one of the more formidable third down defenses in the Jets, especially in their own building and they did it without Fred Jackson and Eric Wood.


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Dareus wants to deliver

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2012 – 9:05 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus knows all the expectations are higher for his team, so going into the season he wants to deliver what Bills fans are expecting. And he wants to do it right away in Week 1.

“We have to win this game,” said Dareus of Buffalo’s opener with New York. “It is a division game and I look at it as one of the most important games of the year for us. To start this thing out right, go out there and give everybody what they want and came to see.”

 

“I pride myself on stopping the run,” he said. “Stopping the run first, and making them a one-dimensional team. As a team I think we all gravitate to that, stopping the run and defending the pass. And I think that is where we are going with that. We are going to be ready to go.”


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C.J.: Composure will be key

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2012 – 8:43 am

The one thing that head coach Chan Gailey mentioned in the preseason loss to Pittsburgh that bothered him concerning his starting units was the defense’s loss of composure on the two-minute drive by Ben Roethlisberger that went 98 yards. He used the term “rattled.” That’s why Bills RB C.J. Spiller knows keeping their composure even if something goes wrong early will be key in today’s opener against the Jets.

“It is going to be a hostile environment. It is going to be a lot of excitement, it is the first game,” said Spiller. “They are going to be playing so it is going to be a lot of emotions for us. We just have to play smart and keep our composure and whatever happens early don’t let that derail what we are trying to do.”


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Why Jets ‘D’ so hard to figure

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2012 – 6:30 pm

You’ve heard Ryan Fitzpatrick talk about why the Jets defense is hard to diagnose sometimes with their exotic blitz packages. So we asked coach Chan Gailey for a more specific reason why it’s so tough to get a lock on just who is coming and from where.

“They do a lot of different things with a lot of different personnel groups,” Gailey told Buffalobills.com. “If it was just four down linemen and two linebackers or four down linemen and one backer and the rest DBs then you could get a bead on them. But it might be two down linemen, three linebackers and six DBs, there are so many different groupings they do have some blitzes that look similar, but you don’t know which grouping and which blitz is coming out of which grouping  so that’s what makes it unusual.”

You can see our entire Weekly Conversation with Chan Gailey in Media Center at Buffalobills.com.


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What Jets & Bills have up their sleeve

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2012 – 5:21 pm

Week 1 is a rare opportunity for coaches in the NFL. With nothing on tape from previous games it’s the chance to make use of a new wrinkle or two on offense, defense or special teams that even a familiar division opponent might not expect. In our weekly conversation with Bills head coach Chan Gailey on Buffalobills.com, we asked him just how many surprises really exist for teams to pull over on their opponent in Week 1.

“There’s probably two or three things,” said Gailey. “You’re not going to stray too far from what you do best. But there are two or three things that we’ve added that we really like that we feel will help our offense as a whole, not just in this game, but in games down the line. There are some things that we haven’t shown. Our Wildcat, their Wildcat, they haven’t shown it either. So there will be some things that show up.”


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Jets TE, DL both questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2012 – 5:45 pm

The Jets have three starters that are questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

TE Dustin Keller (hamstring) insists he’ll play on Sunday, but was limited in practice again on Friday. He has not practiced fully all week.

DL Mike DeVito (calf) also has only been able to practice on a limited basis all week. He too is listed as questionable. If he can’t go, rookie and Jets top draft pick Quinton Coples would see a lot more work.

Rex Ryan already confirmed that starting NT Sione Pou’ha (low back) and S Eric Smith (hip/knee) are out for Sunday.  If DeVito can’t go two-thirds of the Jets starting defensive line would be sidelined for the game.

S LaRon Landry, who did not practice Thursday, returned to practice Friday and is listed as probable.


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Brad Smith ready to go

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2012 – 1:33 pm

Bills QB/WR Brad Smith completed another day of practice coming off his groin injury and according to head coach Chan Gailey will be playing Sunday.

“No question he’s ready to go,” said Gailey. “We were able to time up our Wildcat so he’s ready to go.”

Smith is listed as probable for Sunday.


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Jets add rookie WR Hill to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2012 – 5:00 pm

The Jets just named second-round pick WR Stephen Hill as the starter opposite Santonio Holmes in their offense on Wednesday. One day later he landed on the team’s injury report.

Hill is listed as a full participant for Thursday’s practice, but apparently sustained an undisclosed leg injury. Whether he practices Friday remains to be seen. We’ll monitor Friday’s developments on that front and if it affects his likelihood for playing on Sunday.


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Jets injury updates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2012 – 1:38 pm

Jets beat reporter Manish Mehta had a few updates on the injured Jets prior to practice including NT Sione Pouha, TE Dustin Keller, S Eric Smith as well as an update on their second-round pick WR Stephen Hill and his role this week against the Bills.

@MMehtaNYDN Rex thinks Pouha will be limited layer in practice today. He doesn’t think Keller is ready yet. “I’m still hopeful he’ll play” #nyj 

@MMehtaNYDN Rex Ryan rules Eric Smith out for Sunday vs Bills with knee/hip injuries #nyj

@MMehtaNYDN Rookie Stephen Hill will start at WR opposite Santonio Holmes on Sunday vs Bills, Rex says #nyj

So S Eric Smith is out with a hip/knee injury for Sunday, Keller is still not ready to practice and sounds very questionable for Sunday and rookie Stephen Hill will start Sunday.


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Jets injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2012 – 4:43 pm

The Jets injury list is considerably longer than the Bills heading into Sunday’s game. New York’s defensive line had a couple of starters limited in practice Wednesday. Here’s the full list.

Did not practice
OL Dennis Landholt – right knee – OUT
TE Dustin Keller – hamstring
S Eric Smith – hip/knee

Limited in practice
RB Joe McKnight – hamstring
OL Brandon Moore – hip
LB Bryan Thomas – ankle
NT Sione Pouha – low back
DL Mike Devito – calf
LB Nick Bellore – shoulder

Full participation (coming off injury)
WR Chaz Schilens – ankle
WR Santonio Holmes – ribs
DB Ellis Lankster – quad
DB Laron Landry – heel
LB David Harris – ankle
DB Josh Bush – concussion


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Stevie limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2012 – 4:19 pm

Stevie Johnson was a limited participant in practice as his groin had the Bills playing it safe Wednesday.

Johnson has not missed any time in the past three weeks, but still doesn’t call his groin 100 percent.

“Yeah, the groin is good, 90 something percent,” said Johnson. “I only say 90 because no one is really 100 percent unless you haven’t been playing at all, you feel me, but I’m good.”

Johnson didn’t appear to be restricted in any way as he ran routes during the media viewing portion of practice. It sounds like the Bills are just going to be smart and not over tax their top receiver to ensure that his body holds up better throughout this season than last season.


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Rex unsure Wildcat will slow Bills pass rush

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2012 – 2:47 pm

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has insisted that they will use their version of the Wildcat package with Tim Tebow this Sunday against the Jets, despite not revealing any of it in the preseason. While Ryan is confident in the package with Tebow, he’s not sure it’s going to neutralize Buffalo’s pass rush.

“I don’t know about that,” Ryan said on a Wednesday conference call. “With Super Mario over there, that’s gonna be tough. There’s no question. Clearly this team can really rush the passer. They added Mark Anderson as well, and the other guy too that I always think is underrated is Kyle Williams. We voted him to the Pro Bowl when he was healthy. I’m happy for him to see him back out there, but I wish he could have waited a week because he is a tremendous player. So that pass rush is definitely going to be tough.

“How the wildcat comes in? David Lee, I have so much respect for David Lee, I think he’s a tremendous quarterback coach and a football coach in general. He was with Tony (Sparano) and they put in the wildcat and brought the wildcat to the league. Clearly we know that Buffalo is going to see it and practice against it with Brad (Smith) there. But of course we’re gonna run some. We like Tim running that Wildcat, so we’ll see.”


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Smith very limited

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2012 – 2:41 pm

Bills QB/WR Brad Smith was a participant in practice Wednesday, but didn’t do a whole lot.

Dressed in his white receiver jersey, Smith caught passes in the warmup lines where receivers move at half speed. He then joined the quarterbacks for individual position drills, but did not attempt a pass. Suffice to say Smith was very limited in his return from a groin injury last week.

Head coach Chan Gailey said the plan is to work him in a little bit more each day this week to hopefully have him ready for Sunday.


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