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Fred: I’ve got to compete for my spot

Posted by Chris Brown on June 23, 2015 – 1:00 pm

Back in the spring there was a lot of talk as to whether Fred Jackson’s roster spot could be in jeopardy at age 34. That speculation has cooled, but it’s done nothing to change Jackson’s vigilance in making sure he does everything in his power to convince another new coaching staff that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.

In an hour-long appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday morning, Jackson covered a bunch of topics including a discussion about the possibility of getting released and not making the roster.

“We’ll see what happens with me getting cut or not,” he said. “I’ll go out and do whatever I can to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’ve got to compete every year. This year is no different than any other year. I’ve got to go out and compete for my job.”

The acquisition of LeSean McCoy has many outsiders believing that Jackson’s time could be up in Buffalo, but in light of the way the past nine years have gone at the running back position, Jackson said McCoy’s presence on the roster is nothing new.

“I think every year you have to compete for your spot and that’s how I approach it,” said Jackson. “You draft a guy like Marshawn (Lynch) and you know he’s going to be the guy. So you go in and compete and you want to be on the field so you’ve got to go out and do that.

“Then you draft a guy like C.J. (Spiller) and nothing has changed. You go out and you compete and do whatever you can to make plays when you get the opportunity to do so. Then they bring in Shady (McCoy). It’s just the same book, different chapter for myself. Tremendous running backs, every one of them. It’s just another challenge for me to prove that I can still compete and make plays for this team. And when I do get opportunities make sure to do so.”

 


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2015 – 7:57 pm

heres where you can find Bills players on the Bills Radio Network Thursday morning. 

7:00 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon – Nigel Bradham 

7:15 am – Kiss 98.5, Janet Snyder – Preston Brown


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2015 – 10:24 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local radio airwaves Tuesday. 

7:40 am – Kiss 98.5, Janet and Nick – LeSean McCoy

7:40 am – WCMF, Break room – Fred Jackson

7:50 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon and Jeremy White – LeSean McCoy

4:30 pm – ESPN Rochester, Scott Pitoniak – Fred Jackson


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Rookie G Miller angling for starting role

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2015 – 10:46 am

Last week we mentioned how Rex Ryan confirmed that rookie third-round pick John Miller has been seeing work with the first unit during the team’s on field practice sessions without any opposition, which is the rule this time of year for field work. In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan took his outlook for the rookie guard a step further.

When asked if Miller stands a chance of being a starting guard when training camp opens, Ryan confirmed it’s a strong possibility.

“He might be the opening guy there,” said Ryan. “He’s been very impressive. I think right now that’s the most important thing just because we’re not going up against anybody. But this guy has a big, wide, square body and we are hitting bags and his technique is pretty good. He has really been impressive. For a kid you just took out of college, he jumps right in and he doesn’t make mistakes. So I think that’s going to give him an opportunity to showcase what he can do physically and I think he has the right makeup to be an outstanding player.”


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How QB competition is progressing

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2015 – 9:43 am

The Bills have a quarterback competition that has already begun in earnest even though the team’s first set of OTA practices is still more than a week away. Here’s how things have been working in their sessions on the field knowing that the offense cannot have any opposition working against them.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan explained how they’re running two offenses at the same time at opposite ends of the field and how Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor are all rotating through with the first team offense.

“How we run things, we have a two spot drill going on at all times, so we’ve got two offenses going,” said Ryan. “What we do, because in this phase two you can’t have any type of opposition, we actually put lines on the field, like a big ‘V’ showing the defensive line and the linebackers and all that. And we get our plays in and we move it from the hash to the middle, left hash, right hash, all the way down the field. It is sharp with guys communicating and things like that. So there you can definitely get a feel for who these guys are and I’ve been impressed by all the quarterbacks. As far as the true evaluating that’s going to come in training camp and snapping the ball for real.”

With respect to the competition, Ryan insists it’s a legitimate three-way battle.

“Three guys for sure will be getting shots with the ones,” he said. “We’ve been doing it each day. Let’s say the first offense is running out there and it’s Matt Cassel the first day, then it’s EJ, then it’s Tyrod. All three are getting opportunities to lead and to be with that first group. It’s not like we’re going to just throw Matt Cassel in there every day or EJ every day. Tyrod is getting as many shots with the ones as the other two.”


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Owner’s meetings preview

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2015 – 8:40 am

While most hard core NFL fans will be focused on the potential face-to-face meeting between New England owner Robert Kraft and commissioner Roger Goodell, there are some interesting things to be discussed at this week’s owners’ meetings in San Francisco.

First, there is likely to be a bit more clarity on a timetable for the three potential relocation teams (Oakland, St. Louis, San Diego). Owners will be given updates on how likely it is that two franchises will be moving to Los Angeles by as early as the 2016 season. The two stadium sites are in Inglewood and Carson, California. Rams owner Stan Kroenke is building in Inglewood.

Second, the decision on the new extra-point play is expected to reach a conclusion. The Competition Committee endorsed the change whereby the extra-point kick would be attempted from the 15-yard line, for what in essence is a 25-yard try.

The interesting second part of amendment is if the extra-point kick is blocked or mis-hit the defending team would be able to return the failed kick for a point of their own. Same for a two-point try. If there’s a fumble on the play or the ball is intercepted it could be returned for two points for the defending team.

Head coach Rex Ryan likes the idea of the defense being able to score. He commented on the anticipated changes coming down in an interview this morning on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550.

“The defense should be able to score too,” said Ryan. “If they picked the ball off or return a fumble for 100 yards they should be able to get something. Hell they ought to get three for that. So hopefully you’ll see the defense able to score as well. Hopefully that’ll work out. In the college game the ball is on the three-yard line. Here we’ve got it on the two-yard line.”

There will also be a set procedure laid down to prevent any more Deflategate controversies. Most in the know are indicating that no team equipment staff will be anywhere near game footballs following official pre-game inspection.


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Rex on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2015 – 6:09 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan will be on the WNY airwaves Tuesday morning. Here’s where you can find him and when. 

7 am – WCMF

7:15 am – WGR 550

7:30 am – 103.3 The Edge

 

 


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Manuel calls Bills offense “sweet”

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2015 – 9:38 am

It’s understandable when a quarterback openly accepts a new offensive scheme that comes in the door with a new coaching staff, but in an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, you could hear EJ Manuel’s enthusiasm for offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s scheme.

“I just think the dynamics that we have and the personnel that we have, you look at the receivers, running backs and the tight ends we have at the skill positions and the O-linemen getting better, getting stronger, getting nastier,” said Manuel. “But with the shifts and motions and the things we’ll do to mix it up for a defense is going to be really good. Instead of just being vanilla we’ll have a whole lot of different looks for opponents to prepare for.”

Manuel did not elaborate as to whether his vanilla comment was in reference to the team’s previous offensive system, but Roman’s is known to be diametrically opposed to the offensive system the team ran in the past. That plus the big play weapons that litter Buffalo’s offensive roster have Manuel encouraged about the possibilities this season.

“I think all these guys add big play ability,” Manuel said of the skill position personnel. “Charles (Clay) is one of the guys who every time we played the Dolphins he was making big plays. Shady McCoy is if not the best running back in the league he adds a great dimension running the ball and we’ve still got Fred (Jackson) and Boobie (Dixon) and you add Karlos Williams to the mix and then Bryce. The receiver room just looks crazy. Those guys as far as the speed we have on the outside, the reverse game, the vertical game is going to be great.”

Of course Manuel has to win the starting QB job this offseason if he is to be a weekly part of the Bills seemingly high-powered attack.

 

 


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Bills will provide single voice for EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2015 – 9:15 am

It was widely believed that last season there were too many coaches in EJ Manuel’s ear giving instructions and coaching points that were not consistent leading to mixed messages. It proved to play a factor in Manuel’s performance last season, though Manuel himself has faulted his throwing motion for accuracy problems last season. Accuracy problems he has since corrected through offseason work with Steve DeBerg. The good news is Buffalo’s new coaching staff sounds committed to providing Manuel with a singular voice from the coaches.

In an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Manuel said Rex Ryan’s offensive staff will not subscribe to group instruction when it comes to the quarterback position.

“I know (offensive coordinator) (Greg) Roman allows (quarterbacks) coach (David) Lee to coach,” said Manuel. “That’s the cool part about ‘G-Ro’ is he is going to let his position coaches coach. I’ve even heard him say that. We were critiquing a thing with the receivers where we were wondering, ‘Hey, maybe the receiver should’ve broken that route here.’ And he said, ‘No, don’t worry about that, (receivers coach) Sanjay (Lal) will take care of that.’

“It’s obviously communication, but that’s something I’ve noticed about coach Roman. He’ll let his position guys coach.”

When Manuel was asked if his conservative play last season was a byproduct of the wishes of the former coaching staff, Buffalo’s third-year QB indicated that was indeed the case.

“I think I was doing what I was coached to do,” said Manuel. “Obviously decision making is something that’s extremely important. The main thing is you don’t want to turn the ball over, but now I’m more willing to take chances just because of the confidence I have in my throwing motion and my arm. So more of those vertical passes will definitely be shown.”


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EJ: Mastering QB an obsession now

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2015 – 9:05 am

Bills QB EJ Manuel has always been a diligent worker when it’s come to being an NFL quarterback, but he reached a different level of commitment this offseason.

In an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Manuel said his commitment to the quarterback position has reached a point of singular fixation, and attributes it to the adversity he faced last season when he was benched after just four starts.

“I think what I went through that’s just what made me grow up. That was true adversity in my playing career,” Manuel said. “As far as the competitive edge I have now, it’s crazy. It’s almost an obsession now as far as mastering this position and mastering this offense and mainly the fundamentals and mechanics of the game. Why not spend all my time doing that? There’s really nothing else to do right now. The main thing is just being all in and investing in yourself.”

Manuel insists his throwing accuracy is much improved after working for four months this offseason with former NFL QB Steve DeBerg. He credits DeBerg with eliminating the wind up in his throwing motion that compromised his accuracy. His throwing motion is much more compact now and he feels his accuracy is much improved.


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EJ on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2015 – 5:28 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local radio airwaves Wednesday morning.

Featured on the Bills Radio Network will be EJ Manuel.

7:15 am – Kiss 98.5, Janet and Nick
–          EJ Manuel

7:30 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon and Jeremy White
–          EJ Manuel

 


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2015 – 6:44 pm

Here’s where you can find one of Buffalo’s draft choices from this pat weekend on the local radio airwaves Tuesday morning. 

9 am – John Miller on Kiss 98.5

9:10 am – John Miller on WGR 550


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2015 – 5:21 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local radio airwaves Wednesday morning. 

6:50 am – Tyrod Taylor on Kiss 98.5FM


7:10 am – Duke Williams on WGR 550 AM



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Whaley: Really lucky with draft’s OL depth

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2015 – 10:01 am

There’s little debate that Buffalo needs to add to their numbers on the offensive line, particularly at offensive tackle. Fortunately for the Bills this year’s draft class offers some uncommon depth at the guard and tackle positions.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, who made an appearance recently on the Howard Simon show on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, believes the depth of offensive line talent is quite good in the 2015 class.

“We’re really lucky,” Whaley said. “Guard and the depth of offensive line is something we would be looking at, and this is a deep draft, not only on offensive line but at offensive tackle. Like the coaches have said, we’re going to tinker and put the best five out there. We’re not going to limit yourself to an interior guy, but we will go best offensive lineman. There’s a possibility at pick 50, a possibility in the third round, and a possibility of adding two.”

Buffalo currently has just three offensive linemen on their offseason roster.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2015 – 5:24 pm

Heres where you can find Bills executives on the radio on Tuesday. 

7 am – KISS 98.5 FM – Janet & Nick – GM Doug Whaley. 

7:15 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon show –  GM Doug Whaley 


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Cassel: Talent here better than KC in 2010

Posted by Chris Brown on April 14, 2015 – 1:09 pm

Matt Cassel’s career year in the NFL as a quarterback came in 2010 while quarterbacking the Kansas City Chiefs. He went 10-5 as a starter, the Chiefs won the AFC West and went to the playoffs. Meanwhile Cassel threw 27 touchdowns against just seven interceptions and went to the Pro Bowl. But looking up and down Buffalo’s current roster, he sees more talent on his current team than he did on his old Chiefs squad.

Appearing on the Howard Simon show Tuesday morning, Cassel believes Buffalo has some of the best skill position talent in the league.

“The talent level of what we have here overall is much higher than what we had in Kansas City back in 2010,” Cassel said. “We had a steady running game. Dwayne Bowe had a fantastic year. He had like 18 touchdown catches and we had a strong defense and the combination of that always works together. We’ve got all the pieces to the puzzle here to be a successful football team. You look at an outstanding defense, a great special teams and you add our offense with it… all three have to complement each other, but at the same time our offense has the best skill players in all the league in my opinion.”

Jamaal Charles was on the roster and was second in rushing with Thomas Jones as his backup, along with Bowe, so there was a lot of talent at the skill positions. So for Cassel to believe the talent here already is superior is saying a lot.


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OT Glenn among the fittest of Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2015 – 11:10 am

The vast majority of Bills players reported to the voluntary offseason conditioning program in great shape this week, but there was one in particular who really impressed Buffalo’s strength and conditioning staff.

In an appearance on KISS 98.5 radio, Bills strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Ciano singled out one Bills player who looked like he did the most this offseason.

“I would have to say the guy that has impressed me the most the first week would be Cordy Glenn,” said Ciano. “I thought he did a great job. He came back in great shape and looks excellent. He’s really worked hard.”

When asked what had the strength and conditioning staff so impressed with Glenn’s conditioning Ciano said the offensive tackle’s commitment to the program.

“He followed the program at home, did a great job with the nutrition,” said Ciano. “He did a great job lifting and running and comparing him to himself last year he really looks good.”


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Woods: New offense will keep opponents guessing

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 1:36 pm

Bills WR Robert Woods, like just about everyone else is excited about the additions on offense that the team acquired via trade and free agency. The offensive scheme however, might be what he’s looking forward to the most.

In an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Woods explained how offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense will differ from what they’ve done in the past.

“(He brings) great energy in the meeting room, but I see his mind at work,” said Woods of Roman. “Talking motions and talking shifts. There are a lot of new additions and a lot of new plays that we didn’t have before. It’s very advanced.

“We didn’t have many motions and shifts before and now we’re able to disguise our offense more. Defenses don’t know what’s going to come because we’ll have a lot of movement from a lot of guys to keep defenses off balance.”

Woods also said that despite the additions in the passing game his approach is to still strive to be the team’s number one wideout.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2015 – 5:24 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local radio airwaves Wednesday. 

7 am – Kiss 98.5, Janet and Nick

– QB Matt Cassel

 

9:50 am – Sirius NFL Radio, Ross Tucker and David Diehl

– RB LeSean McCoy

 

12:15 pm – Pro Football Talk Live, Mike Florio

-RB LeSean McCoy

 

1:15 pm – Fan 590, Greg Brady and Andrew Walker

– TE Charles Clay

 

3:25 pm – ESPN Rochester, Scott Pitoniak

-RB  Fred Jackson


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2015 – 9:59 pm

Heres where you can find Bills players on the radio on Tuesday with the players back in town for voluntary offseason conditioning workouts. 

7:20 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon show –  FB Jerome Felton

7:30 am – Kiss 98.5 — QB Matt Cassel


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