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Whaley: Adding another QB not likely

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 10:34 am

This week the Bills parted ways with veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb. With three “green” quarterbacks on the roster, there is some thought outside the organization that they might consider adding a free agent with more experience to compete for a backup role. Bills GM Doug Whaley put that thought to rest Friday.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley confirmed that right now there are no plans to add another quarterback though he would not completely rule it out.

“At this time no, but again we will keep all options open,” said Whaley.

When asked if the team would feel comfortable going into training camp with the three quarterbacks currently on the roster, EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel, Whaley said they would be.

“Comfortable, very comfortable and then you throw Dennis Dixon in,” he said. “All those guys are going to be another year in the system, so if you bring someone else in they’ll be new in the system. So we’re comfortable with where we are with the quarterback position.”

Dixon was on Buffalo’s practice squad as a quarterback last season.


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Brandon on chain of command in front office

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2014 – 10:46 am

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon thought it was ridiculous to even question how it functions, but when asked how personnel and contract values are set in Buffalo’s front office, he provided an in depth answer to eliminate any doubt as to how things trickle down from GM Doug Whaley when it comes to football and salary cap decisions.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Brandon explained how personnel and salary cap decisions are delineated.

“I have great belief in our structure, and let me be real clear about this,” said Brandon. “When Doug Whaley was brought in as general manager he was given sole responsibility for the 53-man roster and the value equation on each player. So the composition of the roster and the value on players are totally his responsibility. So he directs the ceiling on each negotiation and he has full salary cap at his disposal and he’s empowered to deploy it as he sees fit.

“My belief is the general manager position is all about personnel and all about player acquisition. (Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf is our lead negotiator on each contract. He takes his direction from the GM chair. He is one of the most respected individuals at his craft in this business.

“Every team has a lead negotiator. Jim and I and (Player Personnel Analyst) Kevin Meganck and Doug Whaley sits in on that as well. Quite frankly I don’t want Doug worried about which legal clause to put in a contract when he’s at a pro day, which he is (doing now). But make no mistake he sets the ceiling on each player and how the composition of the roster looks.

“I will tell you this, this organization has never been in more lock step. To offer any other commentary on that is really nonsense and sophomoric in my opinion.”


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Hunter’s Hope auction wraps up tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2014 – 2:37 pm

There are just a few hours left for the Hunter’s Hope live online auction being put on by Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 where you can bid on some rare NFL collectibles among other valuable items all to support the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, which battles to fight Krabbe leukodystrophies and to advocate for universal newborn screening. Here’s where you can go to support the cause.

Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and his wife Jill have been at the forefront of this cause from the time their late son Hunter was diagnosed. Here’s more information on the events surrounding Hunter’s Day of Hope this weekend.


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Byrd’s safety partner hoping he re-signs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2014 – 12:05 pm

He was an invited guest to Hawaii by his Pro Bowl safety teammate Jairus Byrd along with other members of Buffalo’s secondary. Byrd had them all out in Honolulu with him this past week. Aaron Williams is hoping all of the men in the Bills defensive backfield will continue to enjoy Byrd’s company in Buffalo next season and beyond.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning, Williams reiterated his desire to have Byrd continue to line up alongside him in Buffalo’s secondary.

“A lot of people have been hassling me about calling Jairus,” said Williams. “I’m going to be totally honest with you. I would love for my boy to come back. We’re the best safety duo in the league in my opinion. I don’t think any other safeties who had the numbers that we did this year. Unfortunately it’s above my pay scale to handle all that. All I can do is trust the guys upstairs in the front office… I know they want Jairus back. At the same time the business side of it gets a little ugly. I put my opinion on it and let it go and hopefully it goes in my favor and the team’s favor.”

Byrd (4) and Williams (4) combined for eight interceptions in 2013, which was tied with Seattle’s safety tandem of Earl Thomas (5) and Kam Chancellor (3) for the league lead.


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Aaron eager to meet new DC Schwartz

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2014 – 11:50 am

It’ll be his fourth defensive coordinator in four years in the NFL, but Aaron Williams is nonetheless eager to meet his new defensive play caller in Jim Schwartz.

Making an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Williams maintained that he was looking forward to working with their new head man on the defensive side of the ball having a relative who played for Schwartz in Detroit.

“I’m super excited to meet him,” said Williams. “My cousin actually played for him, Chris Houston. I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to him yet, but from what he’s told me he’s a great guy.

“You can’t really worry about how he is as a person. You really have to worry about how he is as a coach. I hope he’s a great guy, but when it’s time for the work he’s down to go to business and he has to understand that I’m ready to go and change this team around, the organization, this franchise and just come back and bring back what we had in the 90’s to today. We’re excited about getting this team back to the playoffs and give this city what it really wants. That’s just to get back to the playoffs and have a home game. It’d be exciting.”


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Co-captain explains why he has faith in EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 5:20 pm

Fred Jackson, who appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday, spent an hour on the air reviewing the season and discussing various aspects of the team and their performance in 2013. Obviously EJ Manuel was a subject of discussion, and Jackson provided some key insight into why he feels Manuel will be a much improved player in 2014.

“I’ve had an opportunity to sit in the quarterback meetings with him and Nate (Hackett) while they’re talking through the schemes that are going in and Nate will be talking to him about a coverage and what he’s thinking and right off the bat he knows what he’s supposed to be looking for if it’s cover-four, cover-three or cover-two, he knows where he’s supposed to go and where the reads are going to be,” said Jackson. “That’s tremendous for a rookie. Anytime you have a rookie that knows those types of things it’s going to make him better. His decision making with the ball is one of the things that helped us stay in games and put some points up.”

Jackson believes the offensive scheme was not fully unveiled because there was a rookie quarterback running it, but believes it will be expanded by coach Hackett in year two.

“I would think so,” he said. “EJ was a rookie so there were things we couldn’t put in or if it was too much they might’ve thought not to put it in. I definitely see them taking the shackles off if there were any. I don’t know what all the conversations were, but I’m sure with him being a rookie and defenses being a lot more exotic than what you see in college there was a lot of the offense that they left out. It’ll be fun to see what we do in OTAs and in minicamps and things like that because I think he’ll be a lot better.”


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Jackson out to change perception of Stevie

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 4:51 pm

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RB Fred Jackson appeared for a full hour on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday on the Howard Simon show and addressed several topics. One was as his role as captain and heading into next season he intends to make the image of one of his teammates his personal project.

Stevie Johnson is a lightning rod for attention when it comes to Bills fans with a seemingly equal split on him as a player. Jackson was asked by Simon if he sees a future for Johnson in Buffalo in 2014. Buffalo’s co-captain said he does, but also intends to make it his personal mission to repair Johnson’s public image and consistency on the field.

“I definitely think he has a future here,” Jackson said. “He’s a guy that’s up and down so to speak. That’s on guys like myself and Kyle (Williams) and Eric (Wood) to get changed. I’ll take a lot of personal accountability for that guy. That’ll be on me next year, if he’s here, nothing is ever guaranteed. If I’m here it’s one of those things where I’ll definitely do everything I can to get that tarnished image off of Stevie because he’s a tremendous player and a guy that I think can be really great for us.”


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Fred to get back to work soon

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 4:38 pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson, who appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday, provided an update on his offseason regimen. Jackson intends to get back to work soon after a two weeks layoff.

Appearing on the Howard Simon show, Jackson explained that he’ll be starting his offseason work in the pool and on the bike.

“Right now it’s total down time. They tell us to take 10-14 days off,” said Jackson. “Don’t do anything that has anything to do with football outside of sitting on the couch and watching some games. That time is just about up then I’ll go back to working out and try to do some swimming and biking that’s not pounding on the body. It’s about time for that to start. I’ll do some checkups with the training staff on little injuries from during the season. That’s what guys are doing now. Once you get cleared to start doing stuff you get right back into it.”


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Marrone expands on accountability

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2013 – 1:30 pm

Accountability has been a big buzz word with Doug Marrone and his coaching staff in year one with the Bills as he and his assistants have worked tirelessly to eradicate a losing culture at One Bills Drive. Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Marrone expanded on what he means about a player being accountable to his coaches and teammates.

“I think the easiest way to answer that question (about accountability) is how badly do you want to win,” Marrone asked rhetorically. “You have to have the responsibility to want to win for a great cause that’s greater than yourself. I really believe that in my heart. You have to buy into the process of this is how this team is going to win. And I’m all in.”

Marrone said that’s what he has explained and laid out for his players. At the same time he realizes that people on the outside will not see the Bills losing culture as changed until the team starts winning consistently.

“It’s about winning,” he said. “People talk about changing the culture, the only time they talk about changing the culture is when they win. They say, ‘Oh man that guy went in there and changed the culture.’ If someone goes in there and they don’t win, then it’s, ‘That guy went in there and didn’t change a thing.’

“It’s about winning football games and are you willing to do whatever it takes to win? When you say yes to that question then you have a chance.”

When asked how he determines whether players on his current roster have convinced him that they have said yes to those things, Marrone had a very direct response.

“When they do exactly what you want them to do,” said Marrone. “I’ve told this to the team and obviously people that know me, I’m about doing the right thing and being the best every day in everything that you do. I’m extreme with that. That’s what get you to a point to where you can go out there and win. When every little detail and every little thing matters and you believe that every single situation is part of a process that creates winning and you have pride in what you do then you can go out there and do it.”


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Bills only focused on supporting Stevie

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 10:44 am

After losing his mother, who passed unexpectedly over the weekend, Stevie Johnson’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins is undetermined. Head coach Doug Marrone may shed some light on the receiver’s situation in his Wednesday press conference this afternoon, but Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon did confirm one thing concerning Johnson.

In his weekly radio appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550, Brandon said that the team will provide Johnson with any means of support that he or his family might need this week.

“We’ve been in communication with him since Saturday evening,” said Brandon. “What he’s dealing with is a very difficult situation. It’s a private thing for him. I can’t anticipate what’s going to happen on Sunday. My only focus is on making sure we support him and his family and take care of him in any possible way that we can.”

 


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Brandon: Miami game to be blacked out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 10:14 am

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Wednesday was up front in admitting that they will not be able to beat the blackout deadline of Thursday at 1 pm and sell out Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

“We won’t meet the sellout,” said Brandon. “The game will be blacked out, but we will have a good crowd there and they’ll be boisterous for sure. Everyone always gets a little extra amped up when the Dolphins come to town. We’ll be ready and I know the fans will be ready and we’d love to knock them off their playoff perch.”

Brandon said there are about 16,000 tickets left for Sunday’s game. This is the first TV blackout of the season for Buffalo.


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Wins important with AFC East rivals on tap

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2013 – 8:46 am

While some Bills fans would probably prefer to see Buffalo land a higher draft choice knowing the playoffs are out of the conversation, the players are eager to stack victories at the end of the season. Naturally players want to win every week, but even without a postseason berth on the line, beating their division opponents carries a measure of importance knowing they’ll be facing these same team twice next season.

“It’s huge. It means a tremendous amount,” said Fred Jackson in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550. “Going into the offseason winning football games is something you can build off of and something you can fall back on. We have two opponents coming up that we’re going to see a lot of so to be able to get wins against those guys, focusing on Miami first is something we can take into the offseason. We have a road ahead of us and to be able to lay the foundation of beating those guys and have a winning record in our division is something we can lean on. It’s the opportunity that’s in front of us.”

Buffalo currently has a 2-2 record in the division with wins over the Jets and Miami. They face the Dolphins in the rematch Sunday with Miami trying to remain in AFC playoff contention.

“This is a big game for us and has always been a big game for us,” Jackson said. “We’ll start preparing. We’re excited about it. We have a tremendous opportunity to hit those guys in the mouth and kill their playoff chances a little bit. We went down to their house and got a win so I’m sure they’re hoping to do the same up here. So hopefully we can get a lot of fans out at the Ralph and get them rowdy and we can feed off of them.”


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Jackson: Team intensity has to stay high

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2013 – 12:23 pm

In the wake of the embarrassing Week 14 loss at Tampa Bay Fred Jackson, and likely a host of other players on the roster, came to the realization that they’re just not intense enough, often enough to go out and win football games week in and week out.  Buffalo’s captains in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 said the intensity they had in their win at Jacksonville has to stay that way for the remainder of the season.

Jackson was glad to see the way the team responded after what was likely their worst showing of the year in Tampa with their winning effort in Jacksonville. Still, he was troubled by the fact that they squandered other chances to win earlier in the season because their intensity was at its peak all the time.

“We just cannot take weeks off,” said Jackson. “It [stinks] to say that, but there are weeks where we go in and we’re not playing as hard as we need to. That’s on us as an offensive unit and we have to get that corrected. When we get that corrected we’re able to put up the numbers that we put up Sunday. Hopefully we get our wits about us and play as well as we did yesterday.”

The follow up question dealt with accountability and weeding out the players that weren’t pulling their weight or in this case going all out every snap they were on the field.

“I think it’s about guys being out there and going through the motions,” said Jackson. “After the Tampa game guys were going to get called out that were seen doing that. Guys showed up this weekend. That has to be the case from here on out. We’re being evaluated every time we step on the field. To go down and get embarrassed in Tampa we had to go show up in Jacksonville. Guys did a tremendous job responding. Hopefully we can continue to play well. That has to do with just guys showing up, preparing, playing hard every play. Once you get guys doing that we can be a pretty good team.”


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Manuel spoke to offense after Tampa loss

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2013 – 10:46 am

After one of their most embarrassing performances of the season the Bills’ captains addressed the team about their concerns with player accountability, professionalism and commitment to team. The players responded this week with a winning effort against the Jaguars. But it wasn’t just the captains who spoke early last week. EJ Manuel made a promise to his offensive teammates leading up to the Jacksonville game as well.

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Fred Jackson revealed that EJ Manuel got in front of his unit and assured them that he would redouble his efforts to be better on the field moving forward.

“He addressed the team last week, or the offense anyway and he told us he was going to work harder than he has ever worked before,” said Jackson. “That showed this weekend. It showed that he knew what was going on in every situation. Anytime you get a young guy that’s willing to put in that extra work and knows that he has to it’s going to make him better. We saw that on the field this weekend. He played really well for us. There are always things that are going to need improvement, but it’s hard to play perfect in anything.”

Jackson was encouraged by Manuel’s play especially on the three long scoring drives in the game and his decision making in the red zone where the Bills went 3-for-3.

“If he continues to play the way he played this weekend we’re going to have a tremendous opportunity to win football games,” Jackson said. “There’s not a single person in this organization who is not going to rally behind this kid because we know he can play and we’re excited about the things that he’s going to bring to us in the future.”

Jackson believes in Manuel continues to make strides on the field and takes an authoritative position on offense the rest of the unit will follow.

“That’s what you need from your quarterback. He’s the guy that’s going to get everybody in position to make plays. When you have a guy that steps forward and say he has to get everybody in the right situations and get everybody on the same page then guys fall in line behind him,” said Jackson. “Guys get ready to see what he’s made of and that’s what happened this week.

“He took accountability for it and did everything he could throughout the week of practice to make sure he put everyone on the same page when it came time to play on Sunday. That’s the maturation of a young quarterback and hopefully he’ll continue to grow and we can continue to fall in line and get behind him and help him as best we can.”


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Team rallying behind Stevie

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2013 – 10:39 am

Bills WR Stevie Johnson made the decision Sunday to play against Jacksonville, despite getting the news of his mother’s unexpected passing the day before. Keeping that news to himself until after the game has earned him added respect in Buffalo’s locker room from teammates that are ready to prop him up at this difficult time.

Team captain Fred Jackson, in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 said they’re ready to help Johnson through this difficult time in any way that they can.

“I know I just speak for all my teammates when I say we really appreciate him for doing what he did (Sunday),” said Jackson. “That’s got to be one of the hardest things in the world to do trying to move past the death of your mother. We really do appreciate him for coming out and sticking with us. All we can do is ask him what he needs from us.

“We’ll just kind of pick his brain for what he needs from us to help him through this. He’s going to need us. That’s why he was out there yesterday. The best way to deal with something like that is going where you’re comfortable, and being a football player the best place to go is out on the football field.”

Jackson heard about the time coach Marrone spent with Johnson on Saturday after getting the terrible news and said he would not have expected anything less from their head coach.

“With coach Marrone he’s a guy who has been where we are. He knows the grind that we go through. He knows what we put ourselves through week in and week out. He’s more of a personable coach,” Jackson said. “He’s a coach you can approach and talk to about anything and that’s just an example of it.

“He wants to be kept in the loop of what’s going on with us. He doesn’t want us to keep our personal lives from him. He wants to give us the advice that he feels like he can to help us through any situation, whether it’s football or personal for something going on at home. He wants to be a part of it and that’s when you know you have a coach that you love to play for and that’s coach Marrone for us. Guys wouldn’t expect anything less with that conversation he had with Stevie because that’s the kind of coach he is.”


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Why Marrone thinks EJ will succeed

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2013 – 10:41 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone has said more than once that he believes EJ Manuel will succeed in this league, while also admitting he still has a lot to learn. In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Marrone explained why he has complete faith in Manuel’s abilities and how they’ll eventually reveal themselves on a consistent basis for Buffalo’s offense.

Marrone was asked about the balancing act with Manuel in terms of helping him know when it’s prudent to take what a defense gives you and when it’s right to take a risk.

“It’s like any quarterback. You have to know who you are and what you can do and throw that football if you believe it,”
said Marrone. “Where the management starts is when it’s 3rd-and-3 and you have a couple of players running five yard routes and one guy running the go. The percentage of completing the five yard route is pretty good compared to throwing the go and that’s where you really have to manage the quarterback on where to go.

“If you feel that someone is coming open and you trust that receiver and think he’s going to make that play and you think you can throw it and your guy can catch it then you’ve got to throw that football. If you sit back there and you start seeing shadows or you get spooked, a lot of that comes from lack of experience being out there. The ones that can overcome that and keep getting better on their vision of the field become very good quarterbacks. The ones that can’t tend to struggle throughout it.

“The thing about EJ that is different and the reason it’s a little more for me than trust. I believe in him and have faith in him because he has shown that he can do that. What we haven’t done is do it consistently enough because people are switching up and doing more on us than what they’re showing and what we’re preparing him for during the week. My point on that is we’re preparing him for the coverage that we see in the four game breakdown and they’re switching it up even further on him, which is a good thing because we’ve got guys that can make plays, but with our teaching we have to keep him coming along at a faster rate.

“We put Goodwin and T.J. out on that field in Atlanta and all of sudden they show cover two and they hadn’t played cover two. Now they’re throwing in cover two every now and then, and you go from one coverage to another coverage and another coverage, and that’s when you have to be good. Running a route to beat man, running a route to beat zone. The quarterback going from taking his matchups from man to taking his matchups to zone. And it’s not just the quarterback and receivers. Backs are picking up pressure or getting out in underneath coverage and the line is trying to give him enough time. That’s where we have to provide better protection.

“We’re in a process where the preparation and everything gives you the knowledge. If this happens I do this. If this happens I do that. You know that sitting in a room. Now you get out there and there are 325-pound guys running at you. There’s disguising going on and they’re showing me this and the ball is snapped and it’s bam, bam, bam, bam, bam. And it’s not just EJ Manuel, everyone is going through that with all the young quarterbacks every single week to see that and recognize it and be able to pull that trigger so they can make that play. You get to that top level of the top four or five quarterbacks and you’ll never have that to worry about again.”


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Brandon to evaluate Toronto Series

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2013 – 10:26 am

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 this morning, Bills President and CEO was asked several questions about the viability and prudence of the team’s Toronto Series, in which they play one regular season home game north of the border every year at the Rogers Centre. Brandon made it clear that he’s evaluating that along with a host of other aspects and ventures of the organization in this his first year of running the franchise’s day-to-day operations.

“One of the things I said to the fans on January 1st of this past year was that I was going to review every phase of this operation and this series comes within that framework,” Brandon said. “There’s a full evaluation that will take place on all of our business relative to what this series means and I’m going to look at it very closely because, what’s good for business, obviously Toronto has been positive for us down here. We’ve had great growth in the Southern Ontario marketplace over the last five years back here at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That has been a big positive. It has been a challenged market there and certainly has not translated in to enough wins for us there. As I mentioned almost a year ago, we’re going to look at everything and this will be within something I look at.”

Brandon was also asked if he was staying true to his position that the organization’s most important goal is winning, knowing the struggle it has been to win games in Toronto with the team now 1-5 in games played at the Rogers Centre.

“It’s also about being viable and that’s one of the things that we’ve talked about for many years here,” he said. “Look at it from the standpoint of where we’ve been on the ticket side. We’ve taken the game out of the market which essentially has taken 70,000 seats out of the market and have truly only sold out two of our home games. We’ve manufactured sell-outs in the other four or five. We’re trying to find ways to obviously keep this franchise viable which we’ve done a very good job at and this series has obviously contributed to that. With that being said, nothing comes above winning. When I took over the reins on January 1st, I said that was the number one focus and that will be the number one focus. That’s one of the reasons that this will be reviewed in a grand manner.”


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2013 – 12:35 am

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local and national radio airwaves Monday.

WGR 550 – Fred Jackson Show – 8:00 am w/Howard Simon Show

WGR 550 – Eric Wood Show – 4:00 pm w/ Schopp and Bulldog

Kiss 98.5 – Janet and Nick –  9:30 am – EJ Manuel

Sirius NFL Radio – 9:30 am – Da’Norris Searcy

 


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Spiller lined up at WR unlikely

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2013 – 9:59 am

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller has not seen the majority of the work at running back since Week 4, due mainly to injury. Now healthy Spiller’s workload hasn’t increased much. With Buffalo down bodies at receiver however, might he be a consideration to line up at wideout this week?

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was asked that very question in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning. By the sound of Marrone’s answer, Spiller won’t be a consideration to help fill the void at receiver.

“Put him at wide receiver,” asked Marrone upon hearing the question. “Well I think in the backfield it’s much easier to hand him the football than it is to throw him the football, especially vertically down the field. Intermediate throws I have no problem, screens, intermediate routes, but it’s really difficult to push that ball downfield to running backs at any position. The only route that backs run that push vertically down the field that you see in offenses in this league, and you see this with Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush, are wheel routes.”

Marrone said with Robert Woods out and Stevie Johnson iffy that they will go into the game with four receivers if necessary and make use of their three tight ends to supplement the receiving corps.

UPDATE:

C.J. Spiller has lined up at wide receiver in the past. Back in 2011 when injuries ravaged the receiver position, the feature back lined up out wide and had five catches for 39 yards against the Giants in Week 6. Defensive backs played off in coverage for fear of getting burned deep by Spiller and Ryan Fitzpatrick hit him with a lot of underneath throws since he had so much room to work.


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The evaluation of EJ moving forward

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2013 – 10:12 am

The Bills made EJ Manuel their number one draft choice for a reason. As Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said in his weekly radio appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 said, it’s because “we believe he’s the guy.” So how will the organization move through the evaluation process and how long might it last before they definitively determine that he is in fact ‘the guy.’ Brandon offered the following answer.

With EJ he’s started and finished five games. Let’s keep him on the field,” said Brandon. “He’s 23-years old. He’s seeing things for the first time in this league. We all know that it’s different from college. So I’m excited about keeping him on the field and see where his growth is by the end of the year.

“We were very pleased with where he was heading before he was injured in Cleveland. Last week was not his best effort or from any of us. But I think that’s where we have to go to see how he progresses along, with his full complement of players as well. Marquise wasn’t in for much of the first four games of the year. Robert Woods was out in Pittsburgh. Stevie was out for most of the Cleveland game. We’d like to see him with his full complement of players as well.”


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