1 – @ChrisBrownBills was Reggie Ragland outperforming Zach Brown at camp, or was he slated to start due to the resources invested in him?
CB: Reggie Ragland was one of the most instinctive run defending rookies I’ve seen at the linebacker position in a while. Ragland has a much more physical game than Zach Brown and I think that’s what was most appealing to the defensive staff. I believe even if Ragland was healthy that Brown would’ve seen time on obvious passing downs due to his coverage ability.
Ragland out of the gate was probably one of the two best run defending linebackers on the roster with Preston Brown. That’s why he was in the starting lineup.
2 –@ChrisBrownBills Sir when you can, please let us fans know when Shaq going to play & Listenbee?
CB: I fully anticipate that Shaq Lawson will begin practicing with the team next week, but to think he’s going to play at Miami next Sunday after three or four days of practice I believe is a bit unrealistic, even though head coach Rex Ryan talked about Lawson playing right away in Week 7.
We have to remember that Lawson did not participate in a single team practice. His shoulder required surgery after a rookie minicamp practice. He’s never been on the field with any of the other players on defense. He’s never physically repped this defensive scheme with teammates, let alone at game speed.
I would expect him to at least get a couple of weeks of practice in before they begin to blend him into the defensive rotation. My guess would be the New England game provided he comes along and executes consistently in practice.
As for Listenbee, Ryan expressed doubt that he would be practicing any time soon. Here was his comment on Wednesday this week about Listenbee’s availability to practice.
“I don’t have the confidence with that as I do with Shaq,” Ryan said.
Listenbee has had some setbacks in his recovery from double sports hernia surgery. Every case is different and it appears that Listenbee’s recovery is going to take a little longer. If his inability to practice stretches beyond Week 10 then he won’t see the field at all this season.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills will the Bills open up the passing game more this week? Don’t remember too many deep throws past couple weeks
CB: The only deep shots I remember was the overthrow to Woods when he had his man beat down the left sideline in the second half last week and there was another to Goodwin that didn’t connect. I’d like to think there will be a couple more just to loosen up the defense. The 49ers though are really struggling to stop the run, so their weakness on defense kind of plays into Buffalo’s hands, so don’t expect the ball to be flying all that much.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills what’s up with Aaron Williams? Didn’t he leave last week’s game with a shoulder injury?
CB: Last week Aaron Williams left the game with what was reported by the team as a shoulder injury and he was questionable to return. But on the next defensive series Williams was back at his safety position and finished the game.
This week he has an ankle injury and has been limited in practice, but is expected to start.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see an increased role for Bush anytime soon or are his days in Buffalo possibly numbered?
CB: They have certain packages in the offense designed with Reggie Bush in mind, but for whatever reason they’ve chosen not to make use of those to this point. I wouldn’t go so far as to say his days are numbered. I think he’s good insurance behind LeSean McCoy because he’s the only back on the roster that can do some of what McCoy can do.
Tags: Aaron Williams, Bills passing game, Fan Friday, Kolby Listenbee, Reggie Bush, Reggie Ragland, Shaq Lawson, Zach Brown
Posted in Inside the Bills
As we profiled on Buffalobills.com today (Thursday) the team figures to be shorthanded in the passing game Sunday against Jacksonville with Marquise Goodwin on I-R, Sammy Watkins hobbled and Percy Harvin back in the states excused for personal reasons. Here’s a look at the remaining receiving targets in Buffalo’s passing game and their catches rates so far this season.
Charles Clay – 31 catches on 45 targets (69%)
Robert Woods – 17 catches on 23 targets (74%)
Chris Hogan – 14 catches on 18 targets (78%)
Chris Gragg – 6 catches on 6 targets (100%)
Marcus Easley – no catches on 1 target
Denarious Moore – no targets
Tags: Bills passing game
Posted in Inside the Bills