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Pass ‘D’ has to hold form in red zone

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2017 – 10:54 am

Buffalo’s pass defense might rank a subpar 22nd in the league overall, but as coach McDermott says, points are the thing. And when it comes to allowing passing touchdowns, the Bills are among the stingiest defenses in the NFL.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s group has allowed just 10 passing touchdowns all season. It’s the second-lowest total allowed in the league next to Jacksonville’s nine.

That consistency will certainly be tested by New England’s Tom Brady, who is not only second in the league in touchdown passes with 26, but has helped the Patriots log 10 touchdowns on their last 11 red zone drives. Brady was responsible for eight of those 10 touchdowns with scoring throws.

Of Buffalo’s 10 passing touchdowns allowed this season, seven have come in the red zone.


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Why 3rd quarter numbers have to turn for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2017 – 9:42 am

The Bills have had a tough time when it comes to starting fast this season. They have just a pair of field goals to show on their first offensive possessions this season. They’ve had an equally difficult problem coming out of the locker room on their first possession of the second half where they have 13 total points in 11 games. And that leads us to the third quarter, which has turned in an unexpected way for Buffalo the last four games.

A month ago the Bills were outscoring their opponents in the third quarter 37-16 with seven takeaways and no giveaways. Over the last four games Buffalo has been outscored 51-6 in the third quarter, giving up seven touchdowns and surrendering yardage by a 2:1 margin (500 yards allowed, 251 yards gained). They’ve also committed three turnovers during that span and have managed no takeaways.

The Patriots lead the league in scoring on the first possession of the second half with 41 points. That represents 65 percent of their third-quarter scoring on the season (63 points).

In addition New England’s best defensive quarter this season has been the third quarter where they’ve allowed a total of just 27 points this season.


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Hard to deny Patriots road win streak

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2017 – 8:31 am

Just about everyone knows how wildly successful the Patriots have been on their home field over the years. Interestingly enough, this season their two losses came at Gillette Stadium. But New England is unbeaten this season on the road. In fact, the Patriots have not lost in over a calendar year away from home.

New England currently has the the longest active road-winning streak in the league. It’s currently 13 games and stretches all the way back to the 2016 season opener at Arizona, a game actually won with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback.

The Patriots road winning streak is the second longest in league history. Only the San Francisco 49ers have a longer road win streak at 18 games, stretching from the 1988 to 1990 season.

New England’s last road loss happened at Miami on Jan. 3rd, 2016 in what was essentially a throwaway game for them having already clinched their playoff spot.


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Patriots make roster moves

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2017 – 6:13 pm

The New England Patriots announced that they signed DL Geneo Grissom and WR Bernard Reedy to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and released DL Ricky Jean Francois and OL Jason King from the 53-man roster.

The Patriots moves are rooted in a need to refortify their special teams unit with RB Nate Ebner moved to injured reserve this week after he was hurt last week against the Dolphins, and LB Trevor Reilly not expected to play due to a concussion.


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Pats new DE came from Bills practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2017 – 3:16 pm

The Patriots got a season-high seven sacks in last week’s game against the Dolpins. It was a game that was firmly in hand come the fourth quarter, which aided New England’s success with the pass rush. One player who was part of the Patriots sack surge was a former Bills practice squad player.

DE Eric Lee was signed off of Buffalo’s practice squad last Tuesday and essentially replaced the released DE Cassius Marsh. Last Sunday, Lee saw 25 snaps in last week’s game and finished with four tackles and the aforementioned sack. They put Lee on the field on obvious passing downs.

Lee, who goes 6-3, 260, will have to prove he can capably set the edge in the run front if he wants to get more playing time with the Patriots going forward.

Lee spent almost the entire season on Buffalo’s practice squad until the Patriots signed him to their active roster. He was even elevated to the Bills active roster on Sept. 29th and was dressed for the team’s Week 4 game against Atlanta, but he didn’t play.

New England signed Lee through the 2018 season.


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Fan Friday 12-1

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2017 – 12:37 pm

The first of two in a month against the Patriots coming up on Sunday. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Which poison will the Bills pick on Sunday? Focus on stopping Gronk? Or focus on stopping Dion Lewis and the resurgent New England running game?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: I think they’ll try to make the Patriots offense as one dimensional as possible. But that’s hard for a number of reasons. Brady is a big reason, but the other key reason is New England has very effectively diversified their offense. They no longer rely primarily on a short passing game. Brandin Cooks gives them a deep threat for the first time since Randy Moss was running go routes for them.

That only enhances their short pass game by creating more space underneath.

Couple that with two very multi-faceted backs in Burkhead and Lewis and you quickly see the problem. They have answers for whatever aspect of their offense you focus your attention on neutralizing.

Take away Gronk, they’ll go to Cooks over the top.

Keep Cooks in front of you and don’t give up anything deep, and they nickel and dime you to death with the backs out of the backfield and Amendola on short crossers.

The best plan for Buffalo is to slow their run game, since aside from their three-game slide, they’ve done an excellent job of that. Then do what you can to slow Brady.

Even pressuring Brady has its pitfalls. He’s the highest-rated passer in the league under pressure with a rating over 100.

2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Will Shaq Lawson finally be a key factor in this game?

James Henderson
@jchenderson84

CB: I respect the tone of frustration here. The guy is a first-round pick and a pass rusher by trade. He also has Jerry Hughes, a respected pass rusher on the other side. It’s certainly logical to think that Lawson should be capable of having a greater impact on games from a pass rushing perspective.

Fact is it’s going to be difficult for any pass rusher to have a major impact on the game. The Dolphins last week hit Tom Brady a lot. They had a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception and still lost by 17 to the Patriots giving up 35 points.

I believe Lawson will be able to generate pressure at times. Heck, his first career sack was of Tom Brady. But take over the game is just not something I think he’s capable of at this point in his career.

Reason being is Lawson is a power rusher, not a speed rusher. And until Lawson capably develops counter moves to some of his favorite initial rushes, he’s not going to be consistently effective series in and series out. And that’s on Lawson to perfect those counter moves to be the best pass rusher he can be.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Will Milano ever see more time on the field?

Drew
@swampnone710

CB: I think that is happening incrementally from one week to the next. Since Ramon Humber returned to the lineup he’s been playing a rotational role.

The best part of his game right now is his speed and penetration into the offensive backfield on run plays. He’s very aggressive.

At this point, there are still a time or two where he gets crossed up by the offense particularly when they show a different look. Knowing the Patriots are pros at targeting inexperienced players and isolating them, the Bills will need to be judicious with their usage of Milano.

His time is coming, but to expect to see him out there a ton might have to wait until next season. He needs more experience, which I realize you get by playing, but that is why they’re sprinkling him in without exposing his lack of experience at the cost of the defense.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you think 9-7 will be good enough to make the playoffs

Darek
@drock252

CB: This year in the AFC, I do think 9-7 will be good enough to get to the playoffs. The main reason being that you have three teams with five losses already and two of them hold playoff spots (KC, Balt.). There are also three teams with six losses, two of which are in the AFC West with the Chiefs in the Raiders and Chargers. Cincinnati is the other.

With five games to play and none of these teams playing great football right now, it’s hard to believe one or two of them is going to run the table the rest of the way. In fact, they’re all likely to lose one or two games at least. That would put a couple of these teams in a situation where they’ll be in contention for a playoff spot with seven losses.

The key for Buffalo is not to fall into a tie with either Cincinnati or Los Angeles for the obvious reason that they would lose out on the head-to-head tiebreaker to those clubs.

 

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I’m sure neither would admit it publicly but do you think Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott now regret any of the players they either traded, cut or did not re-sign? Zach Brown and Robert Woods are two that come to mind.

Rick McGuire
@mclennon99

CB: I don’t believe in the positions that both Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott hold that you can ever have regret for the kind of calls they have to make unless they feel it was handled poorly. The actual move or in the two players you’ve referenced, non-move, is a decision they are willing to live with for all of its pluses and minuses.

With Woods, the issue there was the money he was going to command on the open market. The Bills were simply not going to pay $8M a season for Woods.

As for Zach Brown, there’s no debate he’s a wildly productive player, but it’s my understanding that in his sit-down with coach McDermott prior to free agency, when he was still under contract to the Bills, that they didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things.

Brown is a bit of a loose cannon as a teammate. He also got into shouting matches with former head coach Rex Ryan after games. Last year’s Chiefs game in particular. Whether Brown was right or wrong with his argument with Ryan is immaterial. The fact that he did it in front of the rest of the team and undermined his coach’s authority is just something that would not fly with the new regime.

That’s what I admire about coach McDermott. He’s not afraid to part ways with a talented player if he doesn’t fit the mold of the player type he needs to win his way.


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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2016 – 10:10 pm

Here’s a look at some of the stats that stood out in Buffalo’s loss to New England.

41 – most points given up by the Bills this season
75% – New England’s red zone efficiency (3-4) against Bills No. 1 red zone defense
69% – The Patriots third down efficiency (9-13). They went 9-for-11 when Brady was still in the game.
12 – Bills penalties, a season high
7.1 – yards per carry average for Mike Gillislee
3 – number of carries for Mike Gillislee in the second half
5 – sacks by the Bills including the first of Shaq Lawson’s career


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Rex’s message to team an obvious one

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2016 – 9:56 pm

At the close of a humbling defeat at the hands of the Patriots, who performed far more consistently than the Bills, head coach Rex Ryan said his message to his team postgame was pretty easy to figure out.

“The message was obvious I think,” Ryan said. “For us to compete against a team like this we’ve got to improve a lot. Backups have to step up and know what they’re doing number one would help. And that comes down on us as coaches too, and we’ve got to make sure everybody is ready to roll and eliminate the mistakes and the things we can avoid. There are going to be some combative penalties, but some of the other ones we’ve got to do a much better job of. I thought that was in our past and clearly it’s not.”

Buffalo had a season-high 12 penalties for 84 yards. For what it’s worth New England had 10 for 116 yards.


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Belichick has respect for Gillislee’s game

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2016 – 11:45 am

Mike Gillislee will get the start for the Bills at running back with LeSean McCoy inactive for today’s game against the Patriots. While Belichick believes McCoy is “an elite back,” he holds a good deal of respect for Gillislee.

“Some of his time has been limited because of McCoy, who has had such an explosive season, but when he’s had a chance to play he’s done a good job,” said Belichick. “He had a big run against San Francisco, like a 44-yard touchdown. A strong, downhill runner, one cut guy, that’s hard to tackle. Good complementary player to McCoy.

“McCoy is exceptional, but Gillislee is a good back too. They’ve got good depth, and Jonathan Williams. I’m sure we’ll see him too.”

Gillislee enters today’s game averaging 6.2 yards per carry.


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Brady & 2 TE combo will be a test

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2016 – 9:18 am

The Bills know the Patriots did not have Tom Brady or a healthy Rob Gronkowski playing in the first meeting between the two teams. With Gronk averaging 121 yards receiving in the three games since Tom Brady returned to the lineup, the Patriots two tight end combination is going to be a tall order.

“You got two of the best tight ends in the league, you’ve got quick receivers outside that make plays in space, and you’ve got a running back who’s running with the best in the league,” said Preston Brown. “So definitely a tough challenge for us, but we’re ready for it.”

Brown referenced New England big back LeGarrette Blount, who is among the league leaders in rushing.

Brown’s teammate Stephon Gilmore warns that if too much attention is paid to Martellus Bennett and Gronkowski that the Patriots other weapons can hurt you.

“Yeah they’ve got two great tight ends now. They used to have one. So we’ve got to be on them two guys and they’ve got (Julian) Edelman, you know, work the slot. (Chris) Hogan making plays. So we’ve got to be real physical with them guys. You know, we’ve got to get to them,” Gilmore said. “That’s the main thing. We’ve got to get to them and make them make second guess and go from there.”


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Fan Friday 10-28

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2016 – 11:03 am

Big division game on Sunday. Buffalo needs a division and AFC win badly. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
All week the Boston sports talk is saying how Rex thinks he won SB with 1st game vs NE. What are his thoughts on that?

Bill Pesiridis@Vasili8

CB: I think Rex would laugh first. Then he’d disagree. So the folks in the New England area know, after they shut out the Patriots in Week 4, there was zero celebration in Buffalo’s locker room. They had just evened their record at 2-2 after a disappointing 0-2 start.

As important as New England fans believe their team is, the Bills did not attach any added significance to the victory. They knew who wasn’t playing. In fact Rex even referenced that specifically after the game that Tom Brady was not available.

So if Patriots fans and talking heads on the radio want to characterize Rex as a coach that overblows victories they can, but they’d be wrong in this particular case. If anything Rex and his team took a page out of the New England playbook after that victory because all they were talking about was their upcoming game against Los Angeles in Week 5.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills Can Bills play a mistake free game, avoid dumb penalties?

Greg Bernhard@GregBernhard

CB: While foolish penalties were definitely a problem for the Bills in 2015, it’s not nearly as big an issue this season. Through the first seven games Buffalo ranks 18th in the league in penalties, so more than half the teams in the league have been flagged more than the Bills.

In fact Rex Ryan’s team has been flagged six fewer times than their opponents this season (49 to 55).

So I think they’re capable of avoiding dumb penalties. They did that last week when the undisciplined Dolphins were getting flagged for a lot of extra-curricular activity after the whistle.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills any news on a trade for a wr?

Marc Gump@GumpHutch

CB: The problem is at this time of year it’s a seller’s market. Teams looking to acquire a piece for their team are not dealing from a position of strength. The trade deadline is coming and they need help, like the Bills. So most other NFL clubs that are being propositioned are going to force those teams to overpay for an asset.

That being said, Bills GM Doug Whaley said in a radio interview Friday morning on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 that it’s been “rather quiet” on the trade market despite a lot of media speculation.

He did say they will work the phones and if something comes up that they think can help their situation they won’t hesitate.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills Any idea what the plan is at safety? Blanton/Williams combo?

Andrew Galley@aGalley_64

CB: I’d be surprised if Aaron Williams plays this week after his neck injury last Sunday. When he exited the game Robert Blanton was the first guy in to replace him and then he was subbed out in favor of Jonathan Meeks. Neither player really stood out in the loss to Miami.

Perhaps the defensive staff will use a rotation there based on down and distance and personnel packages like they did at the beginning of the season. Through the first two weeks of the season all four safeties rotated in to play alongside Corey Graham.

Back then it was done to steadily blend Aaron back into the scheme after he missed most of training camp with a concussion. This time around it could be to maximize the strengths of each of his replacements and minimize their weaknesses.

Of course one thing to consider is how New England goes up tempo and prevents their opponents from making personnel substitutions. So they may have to decide on one guy being the main replacement.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Not quite sure how all these IR, PUP, list work. But any chance that Sammy can come back this season?

jason plunkett@j_plunk

CB: The Bills have the opportunity to bring one player back off injured reserve to begin practicing after they have been out for six weeks and they’re eligible to activate them to play in a game after they have been out eight weeks.

Whether Sammy Watkins can be that player will be up to the team’s medical staff.

Head coach Rex Ryan did confirm this week that Watkins is out of his walking boot, and that it is an encouraging sign. Whether that enhances his chances of returning is probably too early to determine.

The first eligible date that Watkins could return to practice if deemed healthy enough to do so would be the Friday of the bye week (Nov. 11th). The first date he could dress for a game, again if he’s medically cleared, would be Nov. 27th against the Jaguars.

 

 


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Pats stay busy on trade market

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2016 – 9:06 am

Trading TE A.J. Derby to Denver for a fifth-round pick wasn’t New England’s only move Tuesday. They also acquired LB Kyle Van Noy from Detroit along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

Van Noy, who has been a starter for the Lions this season is not expected to be in New England’s starting lineup Sunday against the Bills. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has made a habit of acquiring linebacker depth around the trade deadline in recent years with the acquisitions of Akeem Ayers, Jonathan Casillas and Jon Bostic the last two years.

Van Noy was an on the line strong side linebacker in the Lions base defense and an off the ball inside linebacker in the Lions nickel package.

“We tried to do what we feel is best for the football team and we’ll see how it goes with the new players that we have,” said Belichick Wednesday morning. “It kind of came up quickly. It wasn’t something that we had talked about (previously).”

Van Noy is an athletic edge linebacker with pass rush ability, cover ability and enough strength to set the edge in the run front. He was a former second-round pick.

 


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Patriots tip hat to Bills ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2016 – 9:49 pm

The Patriots players on offense had to give the Bills credit. As hard as it was for them to admit they were outplayed by Buffalo’s defense, which pitched a shutout Sunday.

“We just got out-played,” said Julian Edelman. “We couldn’t execute. Anytime we have penalties, it just puts you behind down in the count. So it’s tough to overcome those types of things, negative plays, it’s hard to establish a rhythm. We turned the ball over, we didn’t do well on third down, we didn’t, I don’t even think we got in the red area, so I don’t know that stat. That’s what the game comes down to, is staying ahead in the count, especially against a defense like that, they played well. You got to tip your hat to the Buffalo Bills, they just out-played us and now we have to move on and start thinking about Cleveland.”

Edelman was right. New England’s offense never did reach the red zone. The closest they got was the Bills’ 18-yard line, but Jacoby Brissett fumbled on the play.

“I felt like we were locked in and ready to play and we just didn’t execute,” said DE Chris Long. “So it’s not enough to just have a good week of practice, you have to go out and execute [during the game]. For whatever reason, we didn’t execute and that’s just not good enough. The Bills did a good job of playing good football and we played bad football.”

 


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Report: Brissett to start for Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2016 – 11:00 am

In a week of uncertainty about the Patriots starting quarterback, multiple reports are now confirming that rookie Jacoby Brissett will start at quarterback for New England against the Bills today.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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With Brissett starting it’s expected that Garoppolo will be inactive. If that proves to be the case WR Julian Edelman will serve as the backup quarterback. Edelman was a college quarterback at Kent State.

Garoppolo suffered a sprained throwing shoulder two weeks ago against Miami. A lack of strength in the arm is being reported as the sticking point. Bills head coach Rex Ryan didn’t know for sure, but anticipated that Brissett would be the starting quarterback this week for New England.


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Prepped for headset issues

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2016 – 8:05 am

It’s only been one game that offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and Tyrod Taylor have communicated through the headset as coordinator and quarterback. They’ve kept communication minimal in an effort to get in and out of the huddle as efficiently as possible. Last week the operation was much better than in Week 1 or 2. But will they be prepared if perhaps the headset communication is “malfunctioning” as it has been known to do for visiting teams at Gillette Stadium?

“For sure. Yes,” said Taylor. “It’s a good thing that I wear a wristband. Each week we go into the game with the mindset that something will happen and we can go off the wristband with signals from the sidelines. We’re prepared for that.”

By having the play calls on the wristband, whether it’s Lynn on the headset or QBs coach David Lee on the sideline they can just signal a number for a specific play in the game plan that’s in a numbered list on his wristband.

Coach Lynn also reduced the communication further between him and Taylor regarding personnel groupings. That will be communicated from the sideline via signals.


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Report: Garoppolo still has pain in shoulder

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 11:30 am

Reports out of New England have been mixed on the health of Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s injured throwing shoulder. Both he and Jacoby Brissett were at practice Tuesday as New England got a day head start coming off their Thursday night game last week. But according to Comcast Sports Network’s Mike Giardi, Garoppolo is still experiencing pain in his throwing shoulder.

The report certainly indicates that Garoppolo is not yet 100 percent. As for Brissett, though he had tape on his injured thumb and wrist, said he was in “tip top” shape.

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As seen above ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that one of the QBs should be available for Sunday’s game against the Bills.


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Report: Brissett & Garoppolo at practice Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 2:58 pm

According to the New England Sports Network, the Patriots two injured quarterbacks were both at practice on Tuesday.

The report said that both Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett were at practice. Coming off a Thursday night game the Patriots are getting a one day head start on their practice week. Garoppolo, who is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder and Brissett, who sustained a thumb injury starting in place of Garoppolo last week, both were on the practice field.

Brissett had his injured thumb wrapped in tape as well as his wrist according to NESN. It said that Garoppolo was also on the practice field, but during the media viewing portion of practice neither quarterback attempted a pass.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that when seen in the locker room that Garoppolo did not have his injured shoulder in a sling of any kind.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said the Bills probably won’t know who is starting at QB for the Patriots until kickoff.


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Pats add DL John Hughes

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 1:50 pm

The Patriots made an addition to their defensive line this week. New England signed veteran DL John Hughes.

Hughes, 27, originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick (87th overall) of the Cleveland Browns out of Cincinnati in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in the 2016 season opener for Cleveland in a reserve role before being released on Sept. 20. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder, has played in 53 NFL games with 10 starts and has 123 total tackles, 5½ sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

In addition, the Patriots announced that they have signed WR Da’Ron Brown to the practice squad. Brown, 25, originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (233rd overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs out of Northern Illinois in the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 199-pounder, spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. He was released by Kansas City on Sept. 3, 2016.


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Belichick talking up Bills run game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 8:45 am

He probably would’ve spoken highly of Buffalo’s run game anyway, but in the wake of their 208-yard rushing day in Sunday’s win over Arizona, Bill Belichick was quick to explain how challenging the Bills rushing attack is with LeSean McCoy and multi-dimensional QB in Tyrod Taylor.

“Their running game definitely gives you a lot of problems, and in addition to (Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy) the overall scheme that they employ is challenging as well,” said Belichick. “Read options schemes, zone schemes and then some blocking scheme plays, double team pullers, combination blocks. They have all that. I also thought that Gillislee gave them some good strong runs in short yardage and red area situations as well. Obviously McCoy is as good as it gets. The production that he’s had is outstanding. He’s a very difficult guy to handle. They give you a lot of different problems between not only the different players, but the different schemes that they employ.”


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Brady denied appeal, Deflategate suspension upheld

Posted by Chris Brown on July 13, 2016 – 11:14 am

Tom Brady’s appeal for an en banc hearing by the Second Circuit of the US Court of Appeals has been denied. The ruling by the Second Circuit’s 13 judges came down this morning. It all but ensures that Brady will miss the first four games of the 2016 season.

That includes New England’s Week 4 home game against the Bills, meaning that backup QB Jimmy Garappolo will be the anticipated starter against Buffalo, one of two division games during the course of Brady’s league imposed four-game Deflategate suspension (Miami is the other in Week 2).

His appeal to the Second Circuit was a long shot at best. According to the Boston Globe between 2000-2010 the Second Circuit has granted an en banc appeal to just eight of more than 27,000 cases over that 10-year span.

Brady can still petition the Supreme Court to hear his case and potentially overturn the Second Circuit panel’s 2-1 decision against him, but it’s considered ill advised by legal experts in light of the Second Circuit’s denial.

The NFL Players Association released a statement shortly after the 2nd Circuit denial and stated that they will review all of their options carefully on behalf of Tom Brady.

If the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case (considered highly unlikely), according to the USA Today, Brady and the union could seek a stay that would allow him to play while the proceedings play out in court — a process that could take up to a couple of years.

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, in an appearance on the Rich Eisen show, was hopeful that Buffalo could dethrone New England at the top of the AFC East this season.

“I hope we unseat that guy named Tom Brady sooner than later because I’ll tell you what, enough’s enough,” he said with a laugh. “You’ve already broken the records. You’re already the greatest quarterback ever to play the game. But I respect him. I like Tom, he’s a good friend of mine, but it’s time to change.”

Right now it appears that the Deflategate suspension will help in that regard.

 

 

 


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