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Fan Friday 9-17

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2010 – 1:29 pm

Week 1 in the rearview mirror. Time to get ready for a big test in Green Bay. On to your questions (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).

1 - Hi Chris, What is your take on the Bills’ receiver situation? Do you think that David Nelson is a diamond in the rough? What about Steve Johnson being the number two receiver?

Tony, Daytona Beach, Fl

CB: Steve is locked in as the number two, but I think come season’s end that Roscoe Parrish will have more production. He’s more experienced and often runs routes that are more high percentage throws for the offense.

David Nelson has been impressive since the spring. He rarely drops a pass and has a silky smooth nature to his game. He glides more than he runs. For a guy that’s 6’5” he gets in and out of his routes very well. He’s already part of the team’s four wide set. It’ll be enjoyable to watch his game develop.

2 - Hi Chris,

My question is about Trent Edwards.  Since he is in a contract year do you think he will be re-signed or do you think he will have to play out the year and then the bills will look at resigning him or going another option after evaluating him?

Showtime

CB: I believe the year will have to play itself out before contract is discussed. The only thing that changes that is if Trent lights it up in the first half of the season and the team wins some games over some quality opponents.

3 - Who is going to be the primary kick returner?  I’d love to see McKelvin back there since he’s a hume run threat every time he gets the ball but is his leg ready for it.

Jeff Zier

CB: Chan Gailey has said that the kick return role will be rotated through the course of the season. One will be chosen for each particular game this season. In Week 1 it was Spiller, but he only had one return for 11 yards. He had to take a knee on another and one other went through the end zone for a touchback. For what it’s worth McKelvin is listed behind Spiller on the KR depth chart.

Tony Smith

 

4 - Who ‘s going to block out Clay Matthews?

Bill C.

CB: That task is going to fall to the two tackles as Matthews will switch sides frequently at his outside linebacker position. I’m expecting Buffalo to use their backs to chip on Matthews in passing situations and their tight ends to assist their tackles because Matthews is a monster. After last week’s leaky protection I think we’ll see more max protect.

5 - Hi Chris,

Could you explain the how & why players are listed as active or inactive for each game?

1) Why are teams only able to activate so many players?

2) Why not let teams dress the whole roster and use players as desired?

3) If a player is inactive for a game, does he still get paid that game check?

4) If he is still paid for that game, why not have him available for the team to use?

Thanks,

Mike

CB: There’s no other way to explain it than those are the league rules. A team can dress 46 players and a 3rd quarterback on game day. Yes, a player still gets a game check if he is inactive. I understand your point about how teams should have all roster players available, but those are the rules. Look for that to change if the league goes to an 18-game schedule.


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Packers injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2010 – 3:24 pm

Two of Green Bay’s key defenders are still dealing with injuries.

CB Charles Woodson, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, did not practice for a second straight day due to a toe injury. We’ll obviously know more about his status for Sunday on Friday when designations on the player’s likelihood of playing is provided.

If he can’t go however, the Packers secondary will be very, very young. Their nickel corner is undrafted rookie Sam Shields, who would presumably step in for Woodson at LCB.

Fourth and fifth corners Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood have seen time in all of 16 NFL games between them. 

Meanwhile it looks like OLB Clay Matthews is being paced through the practice week with a hamstring injury. He’s been dealing with the hamstring injury since the preseason as he did not play in a single preseason contest while recovering.

He didn’t show any rust in the opener with 3 sacks (he was credited with an additional earlier this week) a forced fumble and 4 QB hits. But he was limited for a second straight day.

Also limited in practice for Green Bay were starting LT Chad Clifton (knee), starting DE Cullen Jenkins (hand) and reserve DE Mike Neal (rib). Backup LB Desmond Bishop did not practice for a second straight day.


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Britton the only tackle value left

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2009 – 10:40 pm

With Oher now off the board, Arizona’s Eben Britton is the only good tackle value left in round one. Whether he makes it to the Bills remains to be seen.

LB will also be a focus I believe. Clay Matthews and Connor Barwin are options.


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Maualuga improves 40 time

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2009 – 2:58 am

After running a 4.83, USC LB Rey Maualuga was eager to improve upon it at his pro day in which a host of other top USC talent performed including Mark Sanchez, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews.

Maualuga ran a 4.7, according to NFL.com which was a noticeable improvement from his combine time. Truthfully though, his 40 time isn’t going to carry as much weight as his game tape.

Cushing ran a 4.68 after running a 4.64 at the combine, which is negligible. Matthews ran a 4.57 after a 4.62 at the combine.

Kevin Ellison, Keith Ellison’s younger brother improved his 40 time posting a 4.7. He had run a 4.8 at the combine. The USC safety however, is being viewed by some teams now as an outside linebacker similar to his older brother with the Bills. Ironically some draft experts have Ellison pegged as a sixth round pick, which is exactly where Keith was chosen by the Bills in the 2006 draft.


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No news on June’s visit with Texans

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2009 – 12:12 am

On the heels of Cato June’s visit with the Houston Texans Monday, there’s been no news of a contract offer or hard core negotiations.

I think a lot of teams, including the Bills are doing their homework on June, so in the event they don’t land the linebacker talent they might be targeting in the draft they can present June with a contract offer as a fall back option.

The Bills could potentially take a linebacker in the first two rounds and the Texans are a virtual lock to take a linebacker at pick 15, especially if Cushing and Matthews are sitting there.

So I think both teams are considering June their plan ‘B’ for addressing the position.


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Some LB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2009 – 6:35 pm

Here are some 40 times of some notable LBs in the draft. Aaron Curry ran an impressive time of 4.54.

USC’s Brian Cushing ran a 4.64 (unofficial). His teammate Clay Matthews ran a strong 4.59 and their other teammate Kaluka Maiava ran a 4.78. Maualuga as we mentioned in a previous post ran an unofficial 4.83, and pulled up lame right after gearing down from the run. Virginia’s Clint Sintim ran a 4.78.

Ohio State LB Marcus Freeman continued his strong workout with a 4.67. He also had 30 reps on the bench press. James Laurinaitis did not fare as well on his first run, which unofficially was 4.81.

That time is a bit disappointing and likely convinces NFL teams that he’s strictly an inside linebacker.


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