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Size matters

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2011 – 4:57 pm

In football it doesn’t all come down to measurables, but often times bigger and stronger wins. Buffalo’s coaching staff in some cases put a value on that with their roster decisions to get down to 53.

WR Ruvell Martin hasn’t been with the club for more than a week, but showed some ability on special teams and in the passing game Thursday night against the Lions and at 6’4″ 212 pounds is an intriguing target.

OL Colin Brown, who has been lined up at guard all summer with the second and third unit, is one of Buffalo’s largest offensive linemen at 6’7″ and 328 pounds. He too made the roster.

Now size wasn’t the only reason these players made Buffalo’s 53-man squad. They obviously have talent as well, but smaller players at their positions were not retained.

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Gailey on his new linemen

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2010 – 4:23 pm

The Bills added veteran OT Erik Pears and second-year guard Colin Brown to the roster on Tuesday. On Wednesday head coach Chan Gailey outlined the desire to make those additions.

Bills GM Buddy Nix had a good working knowledge of Pears since he played in the same division as his former team the San Diego Chargers. And Brown was in Kansas City when Gailey and D’Alessandris were coaching there leading up to the 2009 season.

“Erik is a guy that Buddy had his eye on and knew about him and had followed his career,” said Gailey. “As we’ve said all along we’re always looking to try to find ways to upgrade our football team. Maybe Erik get a comfort level with our system and our scheme and he can find a way to contribute either short term or long term.

“Colin is a guy that we had in Kansas City that we knew what he’s capable of. He hasn’t had an opportunity to prove it yet in the regular season so hopefully he can earn a spot somewhere down the road and maybe be able to help us before it’s over with.”

Buffalo’s pro personnel department led by Assistant GM Doug Whaley is making a concerted effort to stockpile some capable talent in an effort to give the coaching staff about a month or so of time to evaluate a lot of these players in the practice setting first and possibly in the last few games so they can determine who might have a future with the club beyond this season.

With some of the additions like Kraig Urbik, Scott Chandler, Chad Rinehart and Pears to name just a few there’s a deeper talent base to draw upon and shape the roster next offseason.

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Jersey numbers for linemen

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2010 – 8:43 pm

The Bills signed a pair of offensive linemen on Tuesday. Here are the jersey numbers they’ll be wearing for Buffalo.

Colin Brown will be wearing number 74 and Erik Pears will be wearing number 79.

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