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Fan Friday 1-5

Posted by Chris Brown on January 5, 2018 – 12:24 pm

The wait is over Bills fans! Playoff football and your team is in the dance! Enjoy it! Now to your questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

If Shady doesn’t play, you think we still have a good shot at winning?

Took
@AnthonyBitting

CB: I think the task becomes a lot more difficult. McCoy is engine that runs the offense. He represents a third of the team’s total yards from scrimmage this season. Even coach McDermott admitted you cannot replace him. He’s one of the top five backs in the league.

Though I like what Marcus Murphy has brought to the table in his short time with the Bills and seeing offensive coordinator Rick Dennison use Mike Tolbert effectively last week (inside runs only), I believe they could make the run game functional.

Is that enough to win? Probably not. I think they would also need to win the turnover battle and finish a plus-two for a shot at a victory.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, is the RD5 pick from Jax a done deal?

Dean Kindig
@TCBILLS_Astro

CB: That is correct. The Bills conditional sixth-round pick that they acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for Marcell Dareus has improved to a fifth-round selection in 2018 by virtue of the fact that the Jaguars advanced to the playoffs.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Win or Lose, what did this season mean for McDermott/Beane? I feel like just because of the playoff berth they are probably going to be in a solid place here for the next 5 years. (Of course, in exception to a total meltdown the next two years)

x-Dylan Nowak
@DylanNowakArt

CB: Making the playoffs obviously helps any coach-GM combination in the NFL. I don’t know if you can project five years of job security for them, but they’re certainly on firm footing. It’s clear that Terry and Kim Pegula believe in what coach McDermott has established in terms of how the team operates on a daily basis. It’s evident that McDermott is a coach that players will follow.

The way he was able to get the team to hang together after a three-game losing streak, that has sunk many Bills coaches in the past, is what convinced me that the mental toughness of this team, that has been so poor in the past, had changed. I didn’t know if that meant playoffs this year, but the culture of this team after falling into all the common pitfalls year after year has finally been given a solid foundation.

The playoff berth only helps that.

Beane in his first year has shown he’s not afraid to swing a trade, even if it’s not popular publicly. He and McDermott are in lock step as to how to build a team for the long haul and sustained success.

The Pegulas have the right people in place at the important decision-making positions. It’s onward and upward from here.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

1: How does KB13 match up against JAX corners? 2: What candy bar is the best candy bar?

Joshua Smith
@Yhosh

CB: Benjamin is a tough matchup for any corner, but Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye are both going to the Pro Bowl for a reason. They’ve combined for 10 interceptions. Benjamin usually lines up as the Bills ‘Z’ receiver or flanker on the right side of the formation, which would pit him against Ramsey.

Ramsey is a long corner. He’s 6-1 with long arms. His ability to mirror his opponents routes is impressive. There is very little separation on most plays he defends. That being said, what Benjamin offers is a wide catch radius.

He’s also capable of shielding a defender from the ball with his giant frame. This should offer Tyrod Taylor opportunities to make plays even if Ramsey is blanketing Benjamin, which shouldn’t be difficult for Ramsey at all.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Anyone else being brought up at RB?

Andrew Ten Eyck
@Andrewteneyck1

CB: If anyone is elevated to the active roster at running back due to LeSean McCoy’s availability with his ankle it would be Aaron Green, who they signed this week. Green is a quick and elusive back with good burst. I believe even if called up before the game he’d likely be used in an emergency situation only. The primary backups are Marcus Murphy and Mike Tolbert.

The Bills have until 4 pm on Saturday to call a player up from the practice squad to the active roster.

 

 


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Seymour trade completes turnover at cornerback

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2017 – 9:02 am

He was the last remaining hold over player from last year’s secondary. Kevon Seymour was the lone cornerback on the Bills roster who played on the team in 2016. On Saturday, like all the other former teammates, the 2016 sixth-round pick was traded for WR Kaelin Clay in a deal with Carolina.

Seymour joins Corey White, Ronald Darby, Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey, who were either released, not re-signed or traded in the 2017 offseason.

In fact there is only one player in Buffalo’s entire secondary that was on Buffalo’s roster in 2016. Colt Anderson, who spent most of the 2016 season on injured reserve is the only remaining safety from last year’s roster.

Change at the top often means change to the roster, and at a typically higher rate than the league average of 25-30 percent. Head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane right now are well above that average as they are determined to build the team the right way with the right player makeup for sustained success.


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Beane prefers single cut down from 90

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2017 – 6:05 pm

This year the NFL eliminated the first cut down to 75, which took place almost a week ahead of the cut down to 53 players for regular season rosters. GM Brandon Beane, who was part of more than his fair share of cut down decisions in Carolina, prefers the single cut down for a couple of reasons.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week, Beane explained why.

“It gives us the roster battles,” he said. “With injuries, you want to protect your starters. I’ve experienced before where we’ve had to play starters more than we wanted to in (preseason) game four because of we didn’t have the back-ups there and we had to get down to 75, and you couldn’t get rid of guys because they had injuries.

“We did release some guys where we had some depth, so that let us weed out some guys, so we can focus on others. At the end of the day, I like the flexibility of being able to keep up to 90. If we had to get down to 75 would have made it harder. Some of the guys that wouldn’t have played (against the Lions), or played minimally, might’ve had to play.”


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Beane squashes McCoy trade rumors

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2017 – 6:57 pm

LeSean McCoy addressed the trade rumors with Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott and relayed to Buffalobills.com and the media that trading him is not on their radar. Prior to Buffalo’s game with the Ravens, Beane supported McCoy’s comments earlier in the week that the feature back is not going to be part of any trade going forward.

“I don’t know where the rumor came from, but that’s why we didn’t say anything,” said Beane. “There was nothing to it. LeSean’s going to be a Buffalo Bill.”


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Pegula goes low key with GM/coach meetings

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2017 – 7:09 pm

When you’re an owner and CEO of two major league franchises your time can be short, so one would think that Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula would need to have regimented schedule to have time for all the interactions that need to take place between his front office staff for the two clubs and the head coaches. But Pegula prefers to do just the opposite and meet on an impromptu basis with Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott.

“It’s very casual,” said Pegula. “I like things low key, so I may walk into (Sean McDermott’s) office unannounced and talk for an hour. Or he may go in my office or Brandon or whomever. That’s the way I like to do things, rather than be all official and say, ‘Hey we’re going to have a meeting next Tuesday at two o’clock.’ Because I may not be there because something else has come up.”

The approach makes sense knowing Pegula, and his wife and co-owner Kim, can be pulled in any number of directions at a moment’s notice with all their companies, holding and properties that demand their attention.


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Absence of cut down to 75 is fine w/Bills brass

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2017 – 1:13 pm

This summer there will be no roster reduction from 90 to 75 a week prior to the cut down to 53. The NFL vanquished the roster cut down to 75 after coaches and clubs voiced a desire to hold on to as many players on their roster as possible, for as long as possible, knowing injuries can happen at any time with two preseason games still on the schedule historically after the cut to 75. Bills head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane were both glad to see the cut down to 75 disappear.

“It’s nice not to have to cut down,” McDermott said. “Again, we talked about the timeline earlier when it was brought up. You get a longer look at some players, you get more bodies in camp so it takes some wear and tear off some players that would still be in camp at that point in time, so I like that that got passed and that should help all teams, really.”

While Beane is glad to see the cutdown to 75 go too, he does have the foresight to realize it will translate to more work for his personnel department on the back end when the cut to 53 is made.

“I actually like it. I was a proponent of doing that in Carolina,” Beane said. “I think it just helps us. Sometimes guys are banged up, so the last two preseason games, it gives us another week to get guys healthy and another week to maybe see a guy that hasn’t played as much, and give him one more chance in the fourth game. I think it’s a great move by the league to do that. Now, it makes it, that last cut harder and we’re going to have to do a little more work not only on our own roster, but evaluating the other teams rosters a week later. There’s 15 additional guys per team that we have to look at.”


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Watkins: My job is to stay around here forever

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2017 – 11:52 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins is entering a contract year after the club did not pick up his fifth-year option. Watkins isn’t offended by not having his option picked up. Quite the contrary. He said he would rather earn a new long term contract with his play, and he’d like to stay in Buffalo for a long time.

“I love Buffalo. They drafted me first round, fourth pick,” Watkins said. “My job is to stay here for a while. That’s the goal. You don’t want to change teams. My job is to stay around here forever. That’s the goal.”

Even though the team chose not to pick up the option it hasn’t changed what the club thinks of their top receiver. Their plan going forward is to steadily build up Watkins’ conditioning as they move through training camp and the preseason.

“We know the type of player Sammy is and he’s a great young man,” said GM Brandon Beane, who had not been hired prior to the fifth-year option decision. “I think we just want to build him up until he’s comfortable with a full slate like he would normally be.”


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Hiring of Beane fortuitous after Gettleman firing

Posted by Chris Brown on July 17, 2017 – 1:46 pm

The Bills hired Brandon Beane as their new general manager this past May. Two months later the man Beane worked under with the Carolina Panthers was fired as GM. Knowing Beane was being groomed to be the heir apparent to now former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, Buffalo’s hiring was fortunately ahead of the curve.

Beane, who is a North Carolina native, admitted that he initially wrestled with the prospect of becoming Buffalo’s GM after he spent his entire pro career with the Panthers. But after meeting the Pegulas and sensing their passion and determination to build a winner, he was sold on building the Bills into a perennial contender.

Hiring Beane effectively removed him as an option for the Panthers and with Panthers team President Danny Morrison resigning in February, there is a notable dearth of leadership at the top for the Carolina club owned by Jerry Richardson.


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Gettleman calls Beane ready for GM role

Posted by Chris Brown on May 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm

Carolina GM Dave Gettleman, who willingly handed Bills new GM Brandon Beane more and more responsibility over the four years they worked together in the Panthers front office, feels Beane is more than ready to take on the demands of a general manager’s job in the NFL.

“I’m thrilled that Brandon has been selected as general manager of the Bills,” Gettleman said in a team statement. “He has worked his way from the bottom up and is prepared for this. He is thoughtful, meticulous, and a leader. He was instrumental in what we have been able to accomplish in Carolina in the past few years, winning three division titles, an NFC Championship and earning a Super Bowl appearance. His wide variety of knowledge and experience will serve him well in Buffalo. I wish Brandon nothing but the best.”


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Marty Hurney: The Bills hit a home run

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2017 – 7:56 pm

Ex-Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who was a mentor of newly named Bills GM Brandon Beane, was just as happy for the Bills organization as he was for Beane when he was made the 13th GM in team history. 

“The Bills hit a home-run here,” said Hurney. “Brandon has a feel for every facet of the football side of things – from personnel to the salary cap to operations to everything. You name it he has been involved with it. He has a great feel. He is one of the hardest workers you will find. He is one of the most competitive guys you will find, but that’s what drives him. He is exceptional.”


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