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A solid start for special teams

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2015 – 10:37 am

Often lost in Buffalo victories is the performance by the Bills’ special teams units. On Sunday Danny Crossman’s group was on point.

Colton Schmidt had five punts with a solid gross average of just over 50 with an impressive net punting average of 46.2 and a long of 63. His early punts in the game were critical to the field position battle with Indianapolis. The Colts’ first four drive starts were their own 20, own nine, own eight and own four-yard lines. The result of those drives? Punt, punt, INT, punt.

Indianapolis’ average drive start for the game was their own 19-yard line, while Buffalo’s was their own 35. That stat belongs to the Bills special teams unit.

Randell Johnson’s fumble recovery off the muffed punt return by Phillip Dorsett helped the Bills seal the game as it led to an insurance field goal midway through the fourth quarter.

On punt returns for the day Indianapolis had a total gain of one yard.

Dan Carpenter was perfect on field goals and extra points with a pair of 40-plus yarders and all three extra points.

Kickoff specialist Jordan Gay had three touchbacks on six kickoffs with all three going through the back of the end zone. On Gay’s shortest kick, his coverage picked him up. His kick that went just a yard deep in the Colts end zone to start the second quarter was brought out just five yards to the Colts’ four-yard line when Chris Hogan dropped him.

And on a day when Buffalo was flagged for 11 penalties for more than 100 yards, the Bills’ special teams units were responsible for just one.

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Bills WRs back participating

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2015 – 2:39 pm

A bunch of Buffalo’s top wideouts did not play in Thursday’s preseason finale, but they are participating in Friday’s practice. 

Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins, Chris Hogan and Percy Harvin are all participating in practice. 

The only non-participant is Marquise Goodwin, who is watching from the side. He has a rib injury.  

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BENRUS Best Dressed – Chris Hogan

Posted by on August 29, 2015 – 2:12 pm


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Hogan expects to be fine in time

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2015 – 10:47 pm

He knew the way his ankle got twisted up that it wasn’t good in the first half of the Cleveland game. After getting carted off he admitted he was a bit concerned, but WR Chris Hogan should be good to go after some time to heal.

“I was a little nervous about it and the doctor saw me and the initial exam he said everything was intact, which was a huge relief on my part so I’ll be back in a couple of weeks,” said Hogan. “I’m feeling pretty good, a day-to-day kind of thing. I’ll probably be out on the field working out and doing some stuff. I’ve already been doing stuff in the training room. I’m in there as much as possible trying to get this thing healthy and get better as fast as I can.”

Hogan is not optimistic about being ready for the Pittsburgh game, but hopes he’s good for the preseason finale in Detroit.


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Fan Friday 8-14

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2015 – 11:30 am

The preseason debut of Rex Ryan’s Bills is tonight against Carolina. Catch up with you on the Bills Radio Network pre-game show at 5:30 pm ET. For now let’s get to your latest questions on email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Can Chris Hogan have a breakout season?


CB: I think Hogan had a breakout season in 2014 quite frankly. He had the fourth-most receptions on the team, was third in receiving touchdowns and was still a fixture on special teams. I’d be surprised if he logged 50 catches this season for a few reasons. First, this offense probably won’t throw the ball more than 20-25 times a game. Second, there are arguably three to four options that figure to be targeted before him in the passing game (Watkins, Harvin, Woods, Clay) and that’s not even counting LeSean McCoy as a passing target.

So while I think Hogan’s game can certainly take a step forward this season I don’t anticipate we’ll see it revealed in his personal statistics this season.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Haven’t heard much about the linebackers and depth there. How are they and how are our recent lb draft picks performing?


CB: The starting linebacking group is Manny Lawson, Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham with Jerry Hughes the hybrid DE/LB. The second unit is made up by Randell Johnson, Ty Powell and rookie Tony Steward. The hybrid with them has been undrafted rookie Andrew Hudson.

Powell has grown into the ILB role and is essentially Brown’s backup. Steward gets from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ quickly. Hudson has caught my eye a few times, but the addition of IK Enemkpali could compromise his role on the second unit. Enemkpali is as strong as an ox and has some bull rush ability against the pass. Rex and Dennis Thurman know him well since they drafted him with the Jets last year.

So I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen from the second team linebackers in training camp, but the preseason games will be the true test to see just how good Buffalo’s depth could be.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills
From what you’ve seen at practice, which of the three QBs plays with the most consistency?


CB: In this second week of camp I think Matt Cassel has been the most consistent. He hasn’t been spectacular, but he’s been steady just about every day this week. He’s demonstrated an improved on field chemistry with his top receivers and his decision making has been spot on.

Granted he’s had the benefit of getting the most reps in practice with the first team offense, but to his credit he’s done the most with it of the three QBs.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills

How many TEs make the team and who are they?


CB: I don’t think the tight end spots are finalized by any means with all four preseason games to be played. I will say that Charles Clay is the clear cut starter. Knowing the skill set of Marqueis Gray is the most comparable to Clay and he’s a smart player (former QB) he has not surprisingly seen a lot of snaps with the first unit. I think he’s likely going to make the final 53 provided he performs well in the preseason.

Matthew Mulligan is clearly the best blocking tight end on the roster and that alone could land him a roster spot knowing how Greg Roman’s running game relies on tight end blocking. Whether they keep four is up in the air and hinges on a lot of other offensive roster decisions. Do they keep four running backs? Do they keep six receivers?

Rex Ryan said he’ll keep the best players, but the numbers game could create a difficult situation at tight end with two players who have the skills necessary to play in this league in Nick O’Leary and Chris Gragg.
5 – Chris,

Cordy (Glenn) from all accounts has returned to form and has bottled up Jerry Hughes in practice. How high of a priority is he behind Dareus? How would you rank him of all left tackles, meaning what would in cost to keep him? Given the state of the offensive line it would seem he is a strong part of helping the quarterback and offensive succeed this season. What is he looking at for a contract, can the team keep him?

Josh P.

Glenn wants to be paid like a left tackle plain and simple. It will be interesting to see where the Bills turn after they hopefully get the Marcell Dareus extension completed. Do they focus on Nigel Bradham or Cordy Glenn? Bradham would presumably be easier to negotiate just because the salary structure for left tackles is so steep. But one could argue that Glenn’s role is far more important on this roster.

How much money Dareus’ contract ties up will directly impact what they can or cannot do for Glenn and Bradham by way of an extension.

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Bills react to Rex’s sky dive

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2015 – 3:53 pm

As most witnessed by watching on, head coach Rex Ryan jumped out of an airplane with the US Army’s Golden Knights a little over a week ago. It was the first time he went skydiving. With players voluntarily reporting to training camp here at St. John Fisher Wednesday there were some interesting reactions to Ryan’s decision to willingly jump out of a plane.

“From personal experience, I’ve done it,” said Chris Hogan. “It’s pretty crazy. It’s cool that he’s got the …he’s pretty nuts. I did it a while back ago. I probably wouldn’t do it again. My fiancé made me do it. It was an awful birthday present. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I probably wouldn’t do it again, but I did it.”

For Kyle Williams, skydiving is not an option.

“I’m glad that he did because I’m not,” said Williams. “If you’ve kind of watched or kept up with Rex over the years Rex loves to live life. I think he ran with the bulls and did a lot of things. You only get one (life) so you might as well enjoy it and use it as an adventure. Good for him. I’m glad he did. They’d have to get a whole lot bigger canopy for me or something would have to be on fire before I jumped out.”

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Hogan making good early impression

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2015 – 9:25 am

Bills WR Chris Hogan capably carved out a niche for himself in Buffalo’s offense the past two seasons. Now with a new offensive staff the process repeats itself as Hogan sets out to prove himself again. So far, so good for Hogan this spring.

New receivers coach Sanjay Lal credits Hogan with being among the most adaptable to his new coaching points.

“He is one of the fastest to pick up all of the small technique things we teach and no one works harder than him,” Lal said. “He catches well. He really has a good feel for the game. He understands defenses, spacing… I trust him.”

Lal also believes some sell Hogan’s athleticism short for whatever reason or perception might be out there.

“I don’t shortchange his athletic talent or speed or any of that,” Lal said. “We have all these competitions when we do weight lifting and Hogan always seems to be top three or the top one. So I think he gets shortchanged perception-wise that way. He’s one of the best receivers on the team and nothing less than that.”

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QB Simms shares New Jersey bond with Hogan

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2015 – 9:05 am

Bills newest QB Matt Simms has familiar faces on the coaching staff in Rex Ryan and quarterbacks coach David Lee, who he worked with in New York with the Jets. There’s also Percy Harvin, who was on the Jets roster last season. But there’s another fellow New Jersey native that he’s all too familiar with in Buffalo’s locker room.

Bills WR Chris Hogan grew up one town over from Simms, and the two have worked together in the offseason the last few years.

“He grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey and I’m from Franklin Lakes and both those towns connect into the same high school,” said Simms. “I went to Don Bosco Prep and he went to Ramapo the public school. We’ve always been around each other training in the offseason together. It’s funny how this small world works as teammates up here now in Buffalo.”

“He’s got a really good arm and can make all the throws,” Hogan told “I’ve worked with him a few times in the offseason and he can really spin it. He doesn’t mind bad weather, wind, it doesn’t matter with that arm he’s got.”

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WR group has stiffest competition in a while

Posted by Chris Brown on May 14, 2015 – 1:12 pm

The first OTA practice for the Bills is just under two weeks away, but it’s readily apparent that the competition at wide receiver might be the stiffest that’s been seen at One Bills Drive since the early 90’s clubs. Head coach Rex Ryan was asked to assess how he and his offensive assistants will whittle the candidate list from its current number of 13 down to five or six.

“We have a deep group of talented guys,” said Ryan. “Percy Harvin, I’m not willing to say there’s something that he can’t do that someone else can. I’m not so sure that’s possible.

“Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins those guys are pretty decent. (Chris) Hogan, he’s a talented guy, good athlete, catches the football, smart, productive, so it is going to be tough to make this team, there is no question about it.”

When asked if he will try to mix and match skill sets to cover all possible needs at the receiver position, Ryan maintained that keeping the best players is the best way to go.

“Different roles for things, yeah possibly, but I don’t want to limit anybody and say this guy is strictly a slot receiver,” he said. “Let’s have it work out and in the end if that’s the case then so be it. I just want to see it with open eyes and believe what I see.”

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Some veteran guidance for EJ Manuel

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 2:45 pm

As he goes into his third year, Bills QB EJ Manuel has sought advice from a quarterback with one of the longest tenures at the position in recent NFL history.

Manuel revealed this week that he spent a considerable amount of offseason workout time with longtime vet Steve DeBerg. Based in the Tampa, Fla. area, DeBerg spent 21-seasons in the NFL with the Niners, Broncos, Bucs, Chiefs, Dolphins and Falcons. He led the Chiefs to two playoff appearances, and he remains in the top-20 all time in NFL history in passing attempts, completions, and yardage.

Since retiring from playing in 1998, DeBerg has been a quarterback coach with the Falcons and Giants. And he’s participated in a number of quarterback development camps.

EJ Manuel says he’s worked with DeBerg on improving his throwing motion.

“I don’t want to say I’ve changed my throwing motion but I’ve been working with Steve DeBerg pretty much since January,” Manuel said this week. “We’ve studied a bunch of the elite passers in the game. They all throw the ball, not necessarily the same exact way, but certain types of ways. I’ve been working on that since January. I think I have it down now.”

Manuel spent the last few weeks throwing with teammate Chris Hogan at a private facility in New Jersey. And he says Hogan has noticed how well EJ is throwing the ball.

“‘Hoag’  said he saw the difference,” according to Manuel. “Once we start getting out here in minicamps you guys will be able to see it as well. My confidence is extremely high and I want to keep it that way.”


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Bills top 3 WRs limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2014 – 3:32 pm






Bills head coach Doug Marrone isn’t concerned about whether they’ll be available on Sunday, but it’s clear that each of Buffalo’s top three receivers are at less than 100 percent.

Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Chris Hogan were all limited in practice Thursday as the team prepares for a big road date at Denver. Fellow WR Mike Williams also sustained a calf injury in practice Thursday and was limited too.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Jarius Wynn DE Knee DNP
Chris Gragg TE Knee DNP
Dan Carpenter K Right Groin LP
Bacarri Rambo S Hamstring LP
Sammy Watkins WR Hip LP
Marcell Dareus DT Hip LP
Chris Hogan WR Hamstring LP
Robert Woods WR Ankle LP
Mike Williams WR Calf LP

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2 TDs scored fastest by Bills since merger

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 6:49 pm

Buffalo’s two touchdowns came in rapid succession in the third quarter. They were just 10 seconds of game clock apart, the fastest in more than 40 years.

That’s according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Buffalo took a 7-3 lead on a 3-yd. scoring pass from Kyle Orton to Chris Hogan, then followed it with Jerry Hughes’ 18-yd. fumble return TD after Terrance West coughed up the ball on Cleveland’s first scrimmage play after the ensuing kickoff. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 10-second span between the 2 TDs is the shortest by the Bills since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

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Hogan: Players have to adjust to defenses

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2014 – 12:51 pm

On more than one occasion Kyle Orton has tipped his hat to the opposing defense citing their ability to make a good play call to counteract what the Bills had planned in a crucial situation in each of the last two games, both losses. As Chris Hogan sees it they just have to be better and make adjustments on the fly to make it a successful play anyway.

“That’s part of the game. Those guys get paid too,” said Hogan of their opponents making plays against them, particularly in the red zone. “They do their homework and they do their scouting and everything. You got to expect that sometimes when you get down there they’re going to have the right plays called and the right defenses dialed up for the plays we want to run down there.  That’s just part of the game.  We just have to, as players, adjust to it.”


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Fan Friday 11-7

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2014 – 5:12 pm

Alright Bills fans, giant game this week against the Chiefs. Big AFC playoff implications. Got to get a win at home. For now on to your questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hello Chris,

Thank you for keeping us Bills fans up to date with all the great insider news! My question is very simple. With such a stout defensive line and very talented linebackers, and a talented secondary why is it in your opinion the bills give up so many pass yards?

Jeremiah T.

CB: What the Bills have surrendered in pass defense is somewhat understandable. For the most part the Bills have been a stout run defense all season long. This often forces an opponent to become one-dimensional, like the Jets offense was a couple of weeks ago.

As a result New York dropped back to pass a lot. Tom Brady was a bit of a different story. He got into such a rhythm passing that the Patriots chose to go with a pass heavy approach and it worked for them. The New England game however, has been the exception rather than the rule.

Buffalo is a very respectable 13th in the league against the pass. To be able to couple that with the eighth-ranked run defense is pretty good.

Often times in the league some of the top run defenses in football don’t have a pass defense ranking nearly as high. It’s because their run defense is so effective it forces opponents to pass to gain yards and score points, usually to try to climb back into the game.

When teams with stout run defenses have a respectable lead in games, they’ll often give up pass yards in exchange for killing time on the game clock. To see Buffalo in the top half of the league against the run and the pass is pretty impressive.


2 – Chris,

After Chris Hogan’s catch at the goal line against the Vikings, do you think that coach Marrone is gonna use him more every week???


Chris from NY

I think things are certainly trending in that direction. He has a good rapport with Kyle Orton and Orton trusts him to execute his route assignments and be in the right place at the right time. Hogan is one of the receivers who participates in Orton’s Tuesday throwing sessions on their off day. So that on field chemistry can only grow and get stronger.

Hogan does all the right things to make himself a better contributor in Buffalo’s offense, so yes I do think he’ll see more playing time as the year wears on.


3 – Chris:

Thanks for your coverage, research and opinions.

I ask for your opinion on a few things:
A)  Will CJ Spiller opt out of his final year or elect to rebound next year to improve his potential on the free agency market.

B) Do you think the Bills want him back or are they ready to move on?

C) Will Mike Williams get out of the Head Coach’s Dog House or is he done and will not dressed once the receivers are all healthy?

D) Will the Bills continue to carry a Kickoff Specialist since injuries have impacted the roster and Guy’s touchbacks have seemed to decline?

Here are my answers in letter order.

A – I think he will make himself a free agent to be.

B – I think the Bills will make an effort to re-sign Spiller

C – Mike Williams to his credit is putting in extra work on special teams during the practice week to get on the field that way. It’s hard to really get to the bottom of what’s keeping him off the field, but seeing a player like Chris Hogan emerge, who does all the right things and puts in the extra work and is reliable might be an indicator.

D – Jordan Gay has been a solid kickoff specialist this season. The only reason is touchback percentage dropped recently (it was at almost 75%) was because the Bills faced a couple of teams who give the green light to their returners even when the ball is kicked nine yards deep (Minnesota, NY Jets).

Gay’s benefit to the team is two-fold. First, it saves Carpenter’s leg through the course of the season. It also takes hits off the bodies of the kick coverage men on his unit when he gets touchbacks because they don’t have to go make a play. It’s hard to know where Gay’s role will go in the future, but he’s performed pretty well this season in my opinion.


4 – Hi Chris,

Last year I wrote you and was kinda hard on you, and I appreciate you writing back, I live in Florida, grew up in WNY. Love the Bills, probably too much,  I was at the New England game, I talked to a lot of folks, CJ Spiller is our question, listen to all of the interviews, please could you pass on to him, he always says, always says he will only take what they give him, nobody will give him anything, take more than what they give him, stay inbounds, put your head down and get another yard. It’s time for this team to get some attitude, the fans are mad, we are furious, we have a good team and it is being wasted.

Chris am I out of line, or do you see players that are not working? I really think this team is only as good as our weakest link. Spiller and Gilmore are terrible, they play with no heart, please pass it on , we do not like watching Spiller running out of bounds, its depressing, thanks for listening, go Bills,

Doug Collins

CB: Don’t worry about the harsh words the last time. I know more often than not it comes from the passion you fans have for your team. No offense taken. As for C.J. and Gilmore however, I don’t think you could be more wrong about them not having heart.

They’re two of the harder working players on the team. Their commitment in the offseason is exemplary and both are often putting in extra time after practice.

You’re not alone in being frustrated that C.J. Spiller isn’t more productive in Buffalo’s offense. Obviously now he’s focused on just getting healthy after his shoulder injury, but Spiller wants to succeed more than anybody.

One thing that I’ve talked to Mark Kelso about in the past is how Spiller might benefit from lining up in the backfield deeper. Spiller is so fast that he gets to the line of scrimmage where the hole should be before it actually opens up for him. Arriving so early the hole is not established and he has to find another option, and often chooses to bounce it outside.

Kelso has explained to me, and it makes sense, that if he lines up deeper in the backfield he’ll arrive at the line of scrimmage in better time with the blocks being executed and the hole will be there for him to exploit.

The Kansas City Chiefs do this with Jamaal Charles. Another speedy back, Charles lines up deeper in the backfield and arrives at the line in proper timing with the linemen. I don’t know that it’s a cure all, but if he’s able to come off I-R before the season is over or let’s hope for the postseason I’d like to see if that could fix things.

As for Stephon Gilmore I think he’s played better as the season has gone on. He’s not giving up big plays and he’s been physical with some of the bigger, stronger receivers this season.


5 – Chris,
First off, you do a great job keeping us rabid Bills fans informed and do it in a professional manner. Thanks!
I’m sure you are probably sick of hearing about fans complaining of poor officiating.In the NHL, between the intermissions,the officials watch video and are in contact with the league about the calls they made & missed. They make a concerted effort to get better so they make less mistakes during the game-sort of like a coaching staff making adjustments. Could you please let us fans know if the NFL does this and,if not,WHY?
Players,if they make too many mistakes, get cut. Coaches lose too many games,get fired. There is accountability. Doesn’t seem to be the case with NFL officials.

Tom Dinder

CB: To my knowledge NFL officials do not review their calls from the first half at halftime. First and foremost halftime is rather brief (about 10-12 minutes for officials). Officials are schooled up in the offseason and are prepped for the season by attending NFL training camps to get ready for the preseason and regular season.

I do know that coaches will ask officials to keep an eye on certain things as the game unfolds, but beyond that there isn’t much else that’s done proactively by NFL officials as I understand it.

Thanks for the kind words.


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Hogan: Orton gave us push that we needed

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2014 – 10:06 am

As we profiled on today, Kyle Orton’s insertion into the lineup has provided the offense with a stabilizing force at their most important position. He’s been a clutch performer, but more importantly he’s demanded more of each skill position player on offense and been specific in exactly what he needs from each of them so their offense can operate a peak efficiency. WR Chris Hogan explained how instrumental that’s been for Buffalo’s attack.

Hogan called Orton “demanding,” but in the same breath said that’s just what the young receiving corps needed.

“We’ve got a lot of talented guys throughout the skill positions, running back, receiver and everything,” Hogan told “We just needed a guy to give us a little bit of a push and Kyle has come in and is taking advantage of the guys that we have at the receiver position and the running backs. Throughout the week he wants to get the ball in the hands of those guys and let us go out there and make plays.”

Hogan along with Sammy Watkins and others will be having a passing session with Orton on their off day this afternoon.

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Hogan set for homecoming

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2014 – 12:15 pm

Bills WR Chris Hogan is all ready for what will amount to a homecoming game for him. The Ramapo HS grad and Wyckoff, New Jersey native will be playing at MetLife stadium Sunday, which sits just 35 minutes from his boyhood home. His family and more than 50 friends and supporters will also be on hand.

“I’m real excited. I’m really looking forward to this game,” said Hogan. “It’s always fun going back home and having family and friends being able to be there to support you. I’m really looking forward to going back home and getting a win before we head into this bye week.”

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Chris Hogan’s BOSE playlist

Posted by on October 25, 2014 – 10:17 am


This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For week #8, it’s Bills WR Chris Hogan.  Check out the songs Chris will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on New York.

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Hogan’s goal line catch gets major pub

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 10:09 am

While Sammy Watkins’ catch tied the game before Dan Carpenter’s extra point last Sunday, Chris Hogan’s leaping 28-yard grab to convert a 2nd-and-20 to set the Bills up at the Minnesota two-yard line is getting more pub nationally.

ESPN’s Sportscenter ranked Hogan’s catch number 6 in its top 10 NFL plays of Week 7. ESPN Radio’s ‘Mike & Mike’ show ranked the catch No. 1 on its ‘Climb the Ladder Catches of the Week’ list. And NFL Network ranked it No. 5 on its X-Factor plays of the week.

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Orton a calming presence on final drive

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2014 – 7:09 pm

Bills QB Kyle Orton did not have the best day when it came to protecting the football or in getting rid of it when the pocket broke down (sacked six times), but he did come through when the game was on the line. Almost as important as his play making on that final drive was his demeanor in the huddle when they got the ball back with 3:07 to play at their own 20-yard line.

By all accounts in the huddle on the last drive, Orton was upbeat, confident and most importantly relaxed.

“He was poised, he even came in there and cracked a smile at one time,” said Boobie Dixon. “He was like, ‘C’mon guys, we got this. It’s not as much pressure as it really is.’ He made us feel comfortable, he kind of relaxed us, he settled us down and got the job done.”

“Kyle did a great job keeping us under control,” said Chris Hogan. “His poise is pretty unbelievable in a high pressure situation like that. He helped us when we were in long situations, either at the end when we had to get everyone up there and clock it. He did a great job that whole drive.”

“He’s a leader,” said Sammy Watkins. “He knows what he’s doing with the ball. He puts us in the greatest situations. He knows how to help us out on the field, put us in different areas. That’s what we need in a veteran quarterback.”

On the final drive Orton was 8-12 passing for 105 (gross) yards and the game-tying touchdown pass to Watkins.

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Punt coverage on point

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2014 – 12:57 am

The Bills punt coverage unit had a solid night as the three punts they sent at the Panthers resulted in no return yards for Carolina in the game.

Brian Moorman’s first punt was downed by Nigel Bradham at the Carolina 12-yard line and not returned. His second was fielded by Kenjon Barner, but Ron Brooks dropped him for no gain. Then in the second half Chris Hogan and Jacquies Smith teamed up to stop Barner again after a long punt by rookie Jake Dombrowski. Head coach Doug Marrone was pretty pleased with the effort.

“Our special teams have done a very good job of tackling,” said Marrone. “Obviously we had the missed play on the ball with Nickell, but I think special teams-wise Nickell had a nice play earlier that he made. T.J. Graham had a return. We don’t even have the first team returners out there, but we’re tackling well which is a good sign.”

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