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Salas credits Hogan for his help

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2016 – 9:34 am

When Greg Salas got to the Buffalo locker just after Week 15 last season he had a voluminous playbook to get a handle on in a very short period of time. Ironically, the receiver he credits with helping him the most is the one he has a chance to replace in Chris Hogan.

“He was actually really helpful in helping me get a handle on the offense so I’ll always be appreciative of that,” Salas told of Hogan.

Salas understands why outside observers might see Hogan’s departure to New England after signing an offer sheet as a prime opportunity for Salas to stick on Buffalo’s roster, but it won’t change Salas’ routine.

“Him not being on the roster anymore doesn’t really affect my approach,” he said. “They’ll be plenty of competition in OTAs and training camp no matter who is on the roster. So my mindset is to be the best player I can be and deliver consistently day in and day out.”

Salas also credits a former coach he worked under in New England for helping him to make himself a more attractive candidate for a role on a 53-man roster.

“How I’ve been coached from early on getting into the NFL is what has led to successive opportunities,” he said. “(New England offensive coordinator) Josh McDaniels showed me how to really study and learn all the positions. That’s what I’ve done throughout my career is learn every position and be flexible. The more you know, the more you can do. So that’s always been my approach in learning an offense.”

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Bills won’t match Hogan offer sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 4:04 pm has confirmed that the offer sheet signed by RFA WR Chris Hogan with the New England Patriots will not be matched by the Bills. 

The club has already confirmed with the League office that they will not match the Patriots offer. 

With Buffalo’s tight cap situation committing more than the original tender offer of $1.67M was unrealistic. 

Hogan’s performance against New England cornerbacks likely enhanced his value in the eyes of the Patriots as he had six catches for 95 yards in the second meeting at Foxboro last season. 

With Hogan becoming Patriots property his $1.67M cap hit comes off the books for Buffalo. 

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Fan Friday 3-11

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 11:33 am

Free agency is up and running, but the Bills will be watching the action for the most part. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills hey Chris how does cap for bills look next year ??


CB: Right now the 2017 cap for the Bills looks very healthy. If we conservatively estimate that the cap goes up $10M next year to $165M then Buffalo currently has more than $50M in cap space ($112M plus in cap commitments). Now a good portion of that figures to be gobbled up by long term contracts (hopefully) for Cordy Glenn, Stephon Gilmore and Tyrod Taylor, but they will still be in a better position next year than they are right now.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills What will the Bills do at WR, especially after losing Hogan to that big deal to the Patriots?


CB: Buffalo currently has nine receivers on the roster. They added size and physical play, something they needed, with the additions of Jarrett Boykin, Greg Little and Greg Salas, who all stand 6-2. Salas is a player that I believe can capably fill the role Hogan held in Buffalo and perhaps offer more production.

Salas has a feel for the game that I don’t know if Hogan has yet just based on the fact that he played only one year of college football. Yes, Boykin and Little have bounced around a bit in their NFL careers, but both are big physical receivers that can box out defenders in the red zone. That’s an area where Buffalo had to add more muscle to improve their scoring efficiency. We’ll see how they fare in training camp.

As for adding there, this year’s draft class is not very strong. It lacks the explosiveness and pure speed that the past few draft classes have offered at receiver.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills upcoming contracts for Glenn, Gilmore, Taylor. Will Bills look at drafting OT or CB high in case they can’t re-sign one?


CB: It’s my belief that aside from quarterback, the only other offensive position the Bills figure to address in the draft is offensive line. I just don’t think it’s predicated on what may or may not happen in the way of a long term contract for Cordy Glenn.

I think adding a cornerback or two is a strong likelihood in the draft because the depth behind the top three (Gilmore, Darby and Robey) is largely unproven. Fortunately for the Bills it’s a great cornerback class this year.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills how much cap room does Buffalo have to create/need just to sign rookies in the draft?


Essentially it’s the money they have under the cap right now (about $5M) with a little left over. If they do not match the offer sheet for Chris Hogan (and they’re not expected to) it would provide a little more space. The thing to remember is that only the top 51 salaries count toward the cap. So for the lower draft choices the only part of their salary that counts toward the cap would be their pro-rated signing bonus, which would be minimal in the tens of thousands of dollars.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills :Bradham, Brooks, McKelvin gone to the Eagles hole in the defense are starting to become more apparent. Who fills the holes?


CB: I would say there’s a good chance a couple of draft choices fill a couple of holes and then some younger players on the roster fill a couple of others. I liked Max Valles’ pass rush ability coming out of Virginia and think he’d be a nice fit in a 3-4 at OLB. Is he a starter or a situational guy? That’s to be determined in training camp.

Brooks was largely a special teams player and McKelvin was a reserve corner behind the starters. Those are depth roles that the Bills personnel department has shown an ability to fill before (See: Nickell Robey, Seantrel Henderson, Karlos Williams etc.).

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Report: Offer sheet for Hogan to avg. $4M/yr

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 9:22 am

There were widespread reports that the New England Patriots were preparing an offer sheet for Bills free agent WR Chris Hogan. Now proposed terms of said offer sheet are trickling out.

According to’s Ian Rapoport the Patriots will sign Hogan to a three-year offer sheet worth up to $12M.


Truthfully with Buffalo’s cap situation any offer sheet would be too much for the Bills to match. So to think the Bills would even try to match is misguided.

That’s why the Bills signed WR Greg Salas as a future free agent in January. Salas (6-2, 210) is a similar type receiver to that of Hogan with similar size and is also 27-years old. He’s also familiar with the division having spent time with both New England and the Jets in his career.

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Why Hogan is of interest to Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 8:38 am

Reports are strongly indicating that an offer sheet by the Patriots could be presented to Bills free agent WR Chris Hogan as early as today. Hogan visited with New England on Thursday along with a host of other free agents including fellow receiver and Oakland free agent Rod Streater. So what’s the appeal of Hogan to the Patriots?

While every NFL player has to have top flight athletic ability just to reach the pro level, one of the main things Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks for in a player is football smarts.


According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Belichick met with Hogan and Streater Thursday and put them through the paces of testing their ability to retain new information. Reiss reports that both Hogan and Streater could get offer sheets today.

The Bills would have five days to match the offer sheet or lose him without compensation.

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Report: Hogan visiting Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2016 – 10:20 am

The Bills extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent WR Chris Hogan prior to the league deadline Wednesday, but it was just the low tender giving Buffalo only the right to match any offer. On Thursday Hogan is reportedly visiting with a Bills division rival.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hogan is visiting with the Patriots today.


As Schefter stated, if Hogan were to sign an offer sheet with New England, the Bills would have five days to match. If they do not there would not be any compensation due Buffalo because Hogan was an undrafted rookie. Had the Bills put a second or first rounder tender on Hogan that would’ve been the compensation had he been signed away by another club.

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Hogan Safelite AutoGlass Autograph Signing

Posted by on December 9, 2015 – 9:43 am



On Monday, Safelite AutoGlass hosted an autograph signing with Bills WR Chris Hogan.  Chris signed autographs and posed for pictures throughout the evening for all fans in attendance.  Fans were also given the chance to enter a raffle for a chance to win a Chris Hogan autographed helmet.  All of the proceeds from the raffle went back to the HEADstrong Foundation, a charity that Chris supports as an athletic ambassador. Total proceeds from the event reached over $700.


Safelite AutoGlass is the Official AutoGlass Repair and Replacement Partner of the Buffalo Bills.

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Don’t sleep on Chiefs special teams

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2015 – 9:37 am

The Kansas City defense is what grabs a lot of the headlines for the Chiefs. They rank in the top 10 in 10 different defensive categories. But their special teams have fared pretty well too. They don’t rank nearly as high in certain special teams categories as their defense, but if there is one strength of Kansas City’s unit it’s speed.

“Their coverage teams they’ve got a lot of fast guys, some speed down the field, so we’ll have to deal with that,” said Chris Hogan, who plays on kick coverage and punt coverage. “We’ll have good returns in. A lot of the special teams is execution. So I think our special teams and the guys that we have, our core guys, I think we step up to the challenge when a team like Kansas City which has a good record as a special teams. Whether it’s kickoff return, punt return all that kind of stuff. We’ll have to watch some film and focus in on who their playmakers are and who we need to key on and I’m sure we’ll be able to do that.”


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How to handle a hot team on the road

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2015 – 1:06 pm

The Bills are headed into an environment they know will be electric on Sunday. The Chiefs haven’t played a home game in almost a month and Arrowhead Stadium is one of the noisier venues in the NFL. Add in the fact that Kansas City has won four straight and you quickly realize what the Bills are up against. So how do they intend to keep a hot Chiefs team from building some early momentum and the crowd from becoming a major factor in the game?

Here are some of the responses we got in the Bills locker room this week.

Chris Hogan
“Don’t make mistakes and make plays when they come. Especially in an away game, dealing with crowd noise and everything. Those big plays and not making any mistakes really silences the crowd and it limits their interaction and their ability to have an impact on how we play as an offense. Hopefully we’ll be able to make some big plays, limit the crowd noise and get a good tempo going on offense.”

Sammy Watkins
“Put up points. Make them play and adjust to you. We shouldn’t have to go out there and adjust our plays or change our calls to those guys. We’ve got to make those guys play us and do what we want to do and run the ball or pass the ball.”

Boobie Dixon
“We’ve just got to hit them in the mouth. Go down there and be physical. Just hit them in the mouth and make them blink and make them do something they haven’t been doing during this hot streak. Make them flinch and we’ll be alright.”


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Bills cover units getting recognized

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 10:25 am

Being the only game on TV Thursday night got the Bills cover units on special teams some national recognition. Peter King’s Monday Morning QB column recognized a couple of Buffalo cover men on both kick and punt coverage in Buffalo’s win over the Jets last week.

Here’s what King wrote in his ‘10 Things I Think.

j. Chris Hogan of the Bills, with a great piece of kickoff coverage against the Jets.

k. Ron Brooks of the Bills, with a great piece of punt coverage against the Jets.

In the win over the Jets, the Bills held New York punt returner Jeremy Kerley to just 14 total yards on four punt returns to average just 3.5 yards per return. Buffalo was equally effective in kick coverage where they allowed New York to less than 16 yards a return (15.7).

The Bills currently lead the league in kickoff coverage.

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Why EJ and the WR corps will be in sync

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2015 – 7:30 am

They’ve only had one start together this season, but EJ Manuel’s history with the healthy receivers on the roster goes deeper than that. So although Buffalo is shorthanded at the receiver position Manuel feels good about the on field chemistry with the receiving targets who will be suiting up Sunday.

“It helps a lot because our rapport off the field is so close so I can talk to him about anything,” said Manuel. “If it’s an adjustment that he saw during the game or that I saw on a certain route in practice we can talk about it and get it fixed.

“We still have some targets. Woods does a great job. Hogan does a great job. D-Mo (Denarius Moore) is going to do a great job for us at wide receiver as well. (Marcus) Easley. Then our tight ends, I think (Charles) Clay had something like nine catches last week. He’s a big target and I think he poses a matchup against any linebacker or safety.”

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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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