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LB Davis on 3-4 progress

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2010 – 6:03 pm

Bills ILB Andra Davis assessed where the defense is at in their assimilation to the 3-4 system of defensive coordinator George Edwards after three preseason games.

“We’ve played against three really good quarterbacks with [Donovan] McNabb, Peyton [Manning] and Carson [Palmer],” said Davis. “So, it’s not one group, it’s everybody. We’ve got to get a better pass rush. We’ve got to have tighter coverage. Everything is hand-in-hand. It’s not one spot. We’re all in it together. When we all do good, we all look good. When we look bad, we all look bad together. We’re in this together.”

Davis admitted that the defense did give up some plays that they can’t afford to give up in the regular season, but overall felt the defense did okay on Saturday night.


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Florence to provide tix to Bills games

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2010 – 7:34 am

Bills CB Drayton Florence has a personal connection to the men and women that serve in the U-S military, and it’s part of the reason he’s taken the initiative to team up with the Wounded Warriors Project.

Florence announced this past week that he’ll be donating 10 tickets at each Buffalo Bills home game to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.

The tickets will be distributed to local heroes, their spouses and children in Buffalo and the surrounding areas.

Florence has made it a priority to show his appreciation for America’s serving men and women. His father, Drayton, Sr., served 22 years and retired as a Senior Non‐Commissioned Officer, while his sister, Lakisha, is a 1st Lieutenant currently serving in the Army and just completed a tour in Iraq.

Florence has enlisted the support of Bills linebacker and teammate Andra Davis who will be matching Florence’s ticket donation to Wounded Warrior Project. All together, 20 tickets per Bills home game will be donated to the very worthy recipients and their families.

“Our armed service personnel make sacrifices each day greater than most of us can imagine. They put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we often take for granted,” Florence said. “Providing these tickets is the very least I can do to help those who have sacrificed so much. I hope this small gesture helps our soldiers and their families heal physically and emotionally when they return.”


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Vets watching

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2010 – 3:09 pm

A couple of veterans are watching practice here this afternoon on the heels of Thursday night’s preseason game.

Kyle Williams and Andra Davis are presumably getting a veteran’s day off.


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Bills get grant for football camps

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2010 – 2:27 pm

Bills players Andra Davis, Dwan Edwards and John McCargo, who all hold football camps in the summer, were all beneficiaries of the NFL Youth Football Fund.

The NFL Youth Football Fund awarded $600,000 to 150 NFL players and coaches to support their free youth football camps. Davis holds a camp in Dowling Park, Florida every June, Edwards will hold his football camp this weekend in Billings, Montana and McCargo held his in Victoria, Virginia late last month (June 29th).

“We are pleased to help our players and coaches give back during the off-season,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who serves on the NFL Youth Football Fund board of directors. “These camps are an excellent way to help young fans learn skills and stay active and fit.”


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Fan Friday 7-2

Posted by Chris Brown on July 2, 2010 – 12:47 pm

Hey Bills fans, we’re into the dead period before training camp, but that doesn’t mean that your questions aren’t welcome (AskChris@bills.nfl.net). Have a Happy 4th everybody.
1 – I was wondering with the changing of head coaches where last year there was a surplus of dbs, Do you see a surplus of wide receivers/tes this year with Gailey being offensive minded.
B. Joyce

CB: That’s an interesting question, though it should be mentioned that Chan Gailey’s predecessor, though he was a defensive-minded coach, two of his four years as head coach he kept six receivers. Most of the time he kept three tight ends.

I think under Gailey knowing his priority on running the ball will likely carry four tight ends with an emphasis on blocking ability. An extra tight end on the roster could mean one less receiver actually so there might be just five instead of six. Plus there are enough quality rookie wideouts on the roster right now that you could conceivably practice squad one or two and live with five on the active to start the season.

The roster decisions should be different this year though than years past.

2 – Hi Chris,

In light of injuries, don’t you think the Bills front office should think about more depth ? NT J’Vonne Parker is still available.   He played in Denver along with Andra Davis.  Mr. Davis is sure to have the skinny on him.    Although Ed Wang was not projected to be a starting LT, certainly there must be some concern by the staff considering this critical position.  Do you foresee any developments on the free agent front?

CB: The good news is Ed Wang will be fine for training camp though he did not make a return to the field before the end of mandatory minicamp. I think depth at nose tackle is not their greatest concern. I think where the depth could be an issue is at the interior offensive line positions.

Outside of veteran Kirk Chambers, who played mostly guard in the spring, there is a combined 3 games of NFL experience for the other seven candidates that play guard or center on the roster. To me that’s a scary thought. So if there are any additions made, I anticipate it to be made there.

3 – Hey Chris,

I know everyone has their questions about the new offense under Coach Gailey that is being implemented and I guess my question won’t be any different. However, mine is concerned with the WR position this fall.  With Lee Evans the obvious #1 and James Hardy emerging as the possible  #2, who do you see filling out the rest of the pecking order for this  position with all the talent we have at that position in guys like Parrish, Johnson, Easley, Roosevelt, Huggins, Jones and anyone else? 
Thanks for all the news as always.

Korey
Ashville, NY

CB: I don’t think Hardy has anything locked down by any means and even he would tell you that. He got off to a slow start in the spring coming off an injury and Steve Johnson had arguably the most consistent spring. Marcus Easley showed big play ability and the rookie free agents all showed they’re capable of playing on this level.

I think Roscoe is the top slot guy, but the #2 WR role is wide open going into camp. I personally would narrow it down to Hardy, Johnson and Easley, but Chan Gailey isn’t doing that.

4 – Chris
We have heard very little about Kyle Williams. Will he be our nose tackle? How is he doing? I know he is a great player but is he a fit at nose tackle and if not who is,and then where would Kyle play?

Ron from Greensboro , NC

CB: Kyle is the starting nose tackle. Defensive coordinator George Edwards realizes Williams does not have the prototypical size of a nose, so he’s going to adjust the scheme accordingly, though he won’t say what those adjustments will be. I believe that when all is said and done that Kyle will play about 75 percent of the snaps at the nose with Torell Troup playing 25 percent. Williams will be in for any and all passing down situations, with Troup giving him a break on some obvious run downs.

5 – Hey Chris
 
Just wanted to know what you think on the Torbor signing? Also do you think that he could start at OLB this year or will it be Kelsay and Maybin getting those posiitons? and if Kelsay and Maybin do take the OLBs will Mitchell get ILB with Poz or will Davis take that away?

CB: A lot of questions there. I like Torbor as veteran insurance. He’s a guy that knows the scheme and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s used as a situational player on the outside, like on run downs with Maybin rotating in for passing situations. Kelsay, Ellis and Batten are the candidates for the strong side LB position.

Mitchell is facing stiff competition from Andra Davis. Mitchell is coming off a major injury and Davis has good working knowledge of the 3-4 system. It’ll be one of the best training camp battles this summer.


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Spiller teams up with Davis

Posted by Chris Brown on June 30, 2010 – 10:07 am

They’ve yet to play an NFL game for the Bills yet, but top pick C.J. Spiller and LB Andra Davis teamed up to teach some kids about football and life.

Spiller joined Davis for his hometown’s Celebrity Charity event just last week right before the Bills mandatory minicamp.

After teaching football, Davis and Spiller took questions from the kids.

“I stressed to them the importance of academics and being accountable for things,” Spiller told the Suwannee Democrat. “Kids these days want things given to them, I think a lot of them paid attention. Always work hard, good things come to those who work hard, Don’t let anyone tell them you can’t play.”

After the day of camp was over, Davis took the 150-plus campers bowling in the evening.


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Offense helping defense

Posted by Chris Brown on May 28, 2010 – 11:08 am

Chan Gailey’s offenses are known for having a ton of shifts and motions. And it’s a well known fact that it often puts more pressure on a defense to get properly aligned to defend it pre-snap. Right now in OTAs it’s serving to help the Bills defense get their ducks in a row.

“We’re installing a bunch of defenses every day and a lot of the terminology carries over to another call and a lot of them will be the same words and the same kind of verbiage,” said Andra Davis. “So it’s kind of tricky especially when our offense does so much movement and stuff it makes you think. It makes you be more verbal. The more verbal we are as a defense getting the right calls out, the easier it is when the play starts.”

So Buffalo’s offense is forcing its defense to communicate quickly and effectively before the snap during team work. That kind of pressure now will only help come September.


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Mitchell to line up at ILB

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2010 – 3:16 pm

It was widely believed that in Buffalo’s new 3-4 system that veteran Kawika Mitchell would line up at inside backer and have free agent signee Andra Davis as his main competition. But with a knack for having good timing on blitzes some thought he could factor into some blitz packages off the edge.

Mitchell however, confirmed that for now he’s an inside backer in response to a question from a fellow tweeter.

Ka_Mitchell55    Inside bra–RT @Shaunta53 @Ka_Mitchell55 u playing strictly inside in the 34 or r they moving you to OLB?

Mitchell also said he expects to see Chris Kelsay and Aaron Maybin lining up at outside linebacker with the first unit at the beginning of OTAs.


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Fan Friday 4-9

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2010 – 12:25 pm

The draft is closing in so let’s answer those questions this week. Here we go. (Remember send questions to AskChris@bills.nfl.net).

1 – Hey chris
I was looking at some mock drafts and some people seem to be predicting a possible run on OT in the top ten. If 3 tackles went before the bills pick do you think the bills would consider trading their first for Jared Gaither from the ravens? He has a 1st round tender on him but he’s only 23 , has experience playing tackle, and he only missed 5 games out of the 33 he played in ( which is preety good considering how often our offensive lineman are hurt). I wondered what your opinion on Terrence Cody in the second round. He seems to be working on his weight and I think would be a good value in the second. Keep up the good work man thanks.
Andy
Lockport , NY

CB: With respect to Gaither, I’m concerned about the work ethic issues I’m hearing with him. The Ravens are not the kind of team that puts a 23-year old tackle with Pro Bowl potential on the market for no reason. They claim their trade talk was to light a fire under him. I’m thinking they’re tired of trying to motivate him and with Michael Oher on the roster they have a replacement for him for left tackle.
We saw what an unmotivated Jason Peters did for the Bills, so I would not part with the ninth pick for him, even if there was a run on tackles. In fact I don’t know that I’d use the 41st pick either. Yes, he’s talented, but if you’ve got a talented player with a poor work ethic or lacking in motivation you’re going to have problems. Why inherit Baltimore’s?

As for Terrence Cody, there’s no debating he’s a run stuffer, but his weight issues are not just going to disappear. It’s going to be a constant struggle. It’s clear to me that it affects his endurance in games. There were times that Nick Saban had him on the field for only 25 plays. I think he’s going to be just a two down player in the NFL and I don’t know if you take a guy that’s only going to give you two downs a series in the first or second round.

2 – Chris,
You really got me thinking ever since you blogged about the Bills’ site visit with C.J. Spiller.  I know you mentioned they could just be doing their due diligence in scouting but for some reason I feel there might be more to it.
 
Now that Spiller’s pro day is over, and he apparently impressed those who attended, how does this affect his draft stock with the Bills?  The reason I ask is because of the old “best player available” logic when drafting.
 
There is a chance, in my opinion, that Spiller just might just be the “best available player” on the board at pick 9.  This kind of scares me but also intrigues my interest a bit too. Scares me because the Bills have other pressing needs to be addressed but intrigues me because Jackson and Spiller can/would be a dynamic RB tandem.
 
If nothing else it will be interesting to see who goes before pick 9, but I wouldn’t put it past the Bills to take a flyer on this Spiller kid. It’s really hard to pass up talent and play-makers if your not sold on other guys available at that spot.
 
Any similar thoughts from you or am I wasting my efforts?
 
Thanks for your time.

CB: Spiller is a difficult talent to pass on, no question, and teams that passed on Adrian Peterson a few years back because they felt they were set at RB already are still smarting from their decisions. Buffalo’s needs are many, but if the top three tackles are off the board (Okung, Williams, Bulaga) and Clausen is gone, I could see Spiller as a distinct possibility. If the above scenario unfolded I think Buffalo would take Spiller or the best pass rusher on the board, which could be Derrick Morgan.

3 – Hi Chris,
Do you foresee Buffalo moving up in the second round to draft a QB?  Suppose we traded next year’s second and fourth round picks so that we can get the Detroit lions 33rd pick to draft QB Tim Tebow?  I do not know if Tim Tebow would still be on the board when it comes to Buffalo’s pick at 42.

CB: I think if you’re a team that wants to ensure you get Tim Tebow you better trade into the bottom of the first round. There are too many teams at the top of round two that could take a shot at him, so I would expect a team that coveted him to move into the bottom of the first. Quarterbacks values always get overinflated on draft day because of the position’s importance. So I think you’d have to be somewhere in the mid-20’s to have a shot at him come draft day.

With Buffalo’s situation I would not make such a move. There are too many positional holes to fill to take a player late in round one or early in round two that is not going to be a starting player for you as a rookie. The Bills need players they draft that high on the field in year one. Tebow will need time on the job to develop his game.

4 – Hey Chris,
Seems like the newly signed Andra Davis will be competing with Mitchell for an inside backer spot. I’d hate to see either of those guys on the bench. Any chance one of those inside backers gets moved to outside? I think a lineup of Davis, Mitchell, Poz, Maybin could be pretty fierce…
Thanks,
Eric from Alaska

CB: I think there’s a chance that defensive coordinator George Edwards will want a linebacker that’s very familiar with the 3-4 scheme in the middle of that defense and that to me gives Andra Davis the edge to start next to Paul Posluszny. That means that Kawika Mitchell is likely the strong side linebacker on the outside opposite Maybin, which to me isn’t a bad thing. Mitchell is a good blitzer and certainly strong enough to grind with the tight end. I think he could be a good fit there.

5 – Hi Chris,
Do you think the bills will trade back at all in the draft?  Do you think trading back with San Fran to 13 or 17 is realistic to pick up some extra picks especially if the LTs are off the board by 9?  If we’re going to build through the draft i think trading back would be a good move to add an earlier pick to the mix. 
 
                                   Thanks – Showtime.

CB: Trading back is always a possibility because what a team might be expecting to see available when they’re on the clock could be gone. Typically the Bills have up to three players in mind that they feel are worthy of their top selection and fit their team’s needs the best. Picking as high as nine it’s unlikely that all three of the choices they come up with will be off the board, but if they are then there is a good chance they move back if there is a taker.

With nine picks the Bills have the ability to move up and down the board a bit.


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Maybin getting 3-4 pointers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2010 – 11:47 am

Bills OLB Aaron Maybin is seeking extra knowledge on the 3-4 defensive system from one of his newest teammates.

Maybin in one of his latest twitter posts mentioned how he’s seeking some input from a fellow linebacker that has played in the 3-4 the past four seasons.

AaronMaybin58    I love the new additions to our defense. Players and coaches alike. Had a chance to talk with Andra davis today. Real good dude with a great amount of knowledge.

Maybin is not foreign to the 3-4 system having played it in college at Penn State, but it can’t hurt to get a feel for it again from a veteran player that’s played it in at the NFL level.


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Andra Davis radio appearance

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2010 – 12:17 pm

Buffalo’s newest linebacker Andra Davis will be appearing on the local airwaves in Buffalo late this afternoon.

Davis will appear on the Shredd and Ragan show on 103.3 the Edge at 5:30 pm (Wednesday). If you’re outside the listening area, you can listen online.

The linebacker returned to Denver Tuesday evening after signing his contract with Buffalo and presumably will be calling from there.


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Why Davis’ tackle numbers are quality

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 5:42 pm

With five 100 tackle seasons to his credit and a 90 tackle, 3.5 sack season last year, Bills newest LB Andra Davis is a quality signing for another reason.

His tackles do not come five to eight yards downfield. They made at or close to the line of scrimmage. That according to FootballOutsiders’ Aaron Schatz, who criticized the Denver Broncos for releasing a linebacker that had good figures in their statistical tackle breakdown.

“The Broncos have re-done their entire defensive line in free agency, but it’s surprising to see them making moves among the linebackers because that wasn’t exactly the source of their defensive problems in the second half of 2009,” said Schatz. “Davis actually led all inside/middle linebackers by making his average run tackle after the ballcarrier gained just 2.0 yards. He’s the proverbial steady-but-not-spectacular player who does his job.”

Doing his job is all that Davis wants to do at this point, and now that he has a team again he’s anxious to get things underway.

“I know I have a lot left in my tank,” Davis said. “I know I can still play this game. I love this game. And to be able to come here to another great organization with a lot of great tradition it feels good. I’m excited to meet the rest of the players. I’m excited for what Coach Gailey and all of the coaches have in store in so I’m excited about this whole process. I’m just ready to get started.”


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Mitchell loves Davis signing

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 5:28 pm

Bills LB Kawika Mitchell is pumped about the Bills signing of free agent Andra Davis.

Here was Mitchell’s initial response to the signing on his twitter account.

Ka_Mitchell55    We got another Florida boy. Andra Davis is 1 of the better LBs n the league. Its a gr8 move. More people to dominate offenses.

Mitchell and the other linebackers on the roster clearly realize after being short on numbers last year that a team can never have enough quality linebackers especially now that they’re moving to a 3-4 system and will need about eight of them for the 2010 campaign.


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Davis to contact Mitchell & Poz

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 5:23 pm

Buffalo’s newest linebacker, Andra Davis, is excited to get started with his new team and get acquainted with his new teammates. He told Buffalobills.com there are two players in particular that he intends to get in touch with in the very near future.

“I’m going to reach out to some of them,” Davis told Buffalobills.com. “I’ll get with George (Edwards) and get a few of their numbers and reach out to Poz and Veek Mitchell. I’m going to reach out to a few of the guys and come here when offseason training starts.”

Davis will also likely be competing with the likes of Mitchell and Poz for one of two starting roles at inside linebacker in Buffalo’s new 3-4 system. Knowing Davis has a firm grasp of the 3-4 scheme it’s likely that Poz and Mitchell will be leaning on Davis for pointers.


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Former Bill tries to sell LB Davis

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 3:19 pm

Not that the Bills need any help in their recruiting efforts with free agents, but players talk to friends in the league that have played in Buffalo and Bills free agent visitor Andra Davis was no different.

Davis admitted that he spoke with his 2009 Denver teammate Mario Haggan, who spent the first five years of his career in Buffalo.

“I talked to Mario maybe about 30 minutes last night and he had nothing but great things to say,” said Davis. “He told me he loved it here and he told me I would enjoy it here and that everything was nice.”

When former players with no current ties to the organization still speak highly of the Bills, it obviously reflects well on the organization. Buffalo’s other free agent visitor Dwan Edwards, also got in touch with a former teammate that had knowledge of Buffalo in Justin Bannan.


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Kawika and Poz could have competition

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 3:10 pm

If free agent visitor Andra Davis ends up getting something done with the Bills, inside linebackers Paul Posluszny and Kawika Mitchell could have some veteran competition.

Davis has been an inside LB for all of his time in a 3-4 scheme, mostly on the strong side. He would be some of the stiffest competition those two incumbent backers would face since they’ve been in Buffalo. Of course Davis knows competing with those two linebackers would not be an easy task either.

“If it worked out I’d just come here and compete,” he said. “They’ve got some good backers here already. I bring experience and leadership and I would just come here and compete.”

The coaching staff has intimate working knowledge of Davis’ game, since defensive coordinator George Edwards was his linebackers coach in Cleveland in 2004.

If he in fact comes to an agreement with the Bills it would be one of the more interesting training camp competitions, but this is what GM Buddy Nix wanted to develop on the roster right away. His motto of competition makes everyone better is evident with this free agent visit. And what they also create is dependable depth, something the LB position has lacked the past few years.


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Report: LB Davis to visit

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2010 – 8:20 am

WDVR the FOX affiliate in Denver is reporting that free agent LB Andra Davis will be visiting One Bills Drive on Tuesday.

FOX reporter Josina Anderson provided the update on her twitter account.

JosinaAnderson: Fox 31 Breaking Alert: I just got off the phone with LB Andra Davis. Davis told me that he has a visit with the Buffalo Bills on Mon & Tues

Davis was a surprise cut of the Broncos less than a week ago, which even caught him off guard.

“It was definitely disheartening,” Davis told the Denver Post. “But I’ve been in the game, this is my ninth year, and I’ve seen a lot of guys get that phone call and get that conversation. I have no ill-feelings towards the Broncos. I wish them the best.”

Davis played on the strong side in Denver’s 3-4 scheme, which is likely where the Bills would see him fitting.

Davis was entering year two of a two-year deal with Denver as he signed with the Broncos after seven years in Cleveland.


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