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BENRUS Best Dressed – Corbin Bryant

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on October 18, 2015 – 11:26 am


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Corbin Bryant set to start vs. Indy

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

He’s filled in on the interior of Buffalo’s starting defensive line before, but on Sunday DT Corbin Bryant will be doing it in a game that counts.

With Pro Bowl DT Marcell Dareus serving a one-game league imposed suspension Sunday, Bryant will start in his place. The third-year player has quickly become someone Buffalo’s new defensive staff believes they can rely on.

“He has gone out and he has performed well. That is why he is starting,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “You don’t get a chance to start in the National Football League unless you are performing. He has gone out, he is performing, he has done his job, we are confident in him that he will go out and get it done, just as Marcell [Dareus] would have gone out and gotten it done. We don’t feel like there will be much of a drop off, if any. We expect him to go out and perform at a high level.”

Bryant had nine tackles including three for loss with a pair of sacks and quarterback hits in three preseason games.

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Rex camp gets stamp of approval from players

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2015 – 12:06 pm

The first Bills training camp under head coach Rex Ryan is in the books and the players gave it their overwhelming stamp of approval.

“He did everything in his power to take care of us heading into the season,” said Fred Jackson, who missed some time with a hamstring injury. “It’s one that veterans really appreciated. Having us done every day by six or seven o’clock we were able to get back to our rooms and get off of our feet and get the mental part of it. It was a camp that I think definitely allowed me to add some years to my NFL life. It’s one that I’m appreciative to be a part of.”

“I felt it was good. It was a great learning experience, you know, Rex coming in, bringing in his defense, we were able to learn something new every day,” said DT Corbin Bryant. “(Defensive line coach) Karl Dunbar was able to teach us the techniques that he wants us to take on out on the field and, you know, it’s been good. It’s been a little different than last year. We’ve had a lot more time off of our feet to recover and study on our own and other things like that. But I think this has been one of my better training camp experiences.”

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A few players dinged vs. Carolina

Posted by Chris Brown on August 15, 2015 – 12:30 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he doesn’t believe any of them are serious, but there were some players nicked up after Friday’s game against Carolina.

Ryan addressed DT Corbin Bryant’s injury first since he was the first to exit the game Friday.

“It was a knee, so I’m not sure how bad it was, but he went out with a knee,” said Ryan. “Easley went out with a knee, I think it was a grade one MCL (sprain) on him. I’m not sure about Corbin yet. (Marcus) Thigpen had an ankle, not serious. Then (DE Jarius) Wynn had a knee so we’ll see how those things work. My understanding is none of them are serious. None of them seem to be too bad hopefully.”

Ryan also said that all the players who were inactive for Friday’s game had minor issues and would’ve played if it was a regular season game.

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Players feel sting of missed playoff opportunity

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:58 am

It’s as close as the team has been to the postseason in a decade, so for all of the players on Buffalo’s roster it was an opportunity in Week 16 that the Bills wanted to capitalize on. When Sunday’s outcome did not yield the result they needed, the sting of missing another postseason cut deep.

“You play for a chance to get in the postseason and we didn’t get that done,” said Fred Jackson. “There’s going to be a lot said about us as a team. Nobody is more disappointed than us in this locker room. We have a lot of fans that follow us and support us and they want it bad too. This still sucks anytime you get eliminated. Everybody in this locker room is let down and disappointed.”

“We’re trying to move this organization up the ladder and when we lose a game like this and we have a chance to get ourselves in better position for the playoffs it definitely hurts,” said Corbin Bryant.

“Your dreams get crushed. It’s a nightmare,” said C.J. Spiller. “No words to describe it. The playoff hopes are over.”

“There are really no words at this point for how disappointed I am just for myself and the way we played in general,” said Aaron Williams. “I feel like we just didn’t come out and play. We had the playoffs this year and we let it slip away.

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Stepping in for starters

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2014 – 4:00 pm

Here are the players who will be stepping in for the starters who are not playing for the Bills against the Buccaneers this afternoon.

Cyril Richardson will start at left guard for Chris Williams
Corbin Bryant will start at defensive tackle for Kyle Williams

As expected Erik Pears will start at right guard with Seantrel Henderson starting at right tackle.

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Depth chart changes

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2013 – 2:00 pm

In the wake of the loss of Alex Carrington there have been a couple of shifts on the Bills depth chart. Here’s a look.

First, Alan Branch is now listed as the starting left defensive end, with Corbin Bryant as his backup. Truthfully I see Branch rotating in to spell Dareus and Kyle Williams more than playing the end position. As coach Marrone indicated Corbin Bryant figures to see the most work in what is now Carrington’s vacant role.

On kick return Marcus Easley is now listed as the official backup to Marquise Goodwin, who is still recovering from a broken hand in Week 1. Easley hasn’t had much of an opportunity to return with all the booming kickoffs the Bills have seen the first three games. In fact Easley has made more of an impact in kickoff coverage turning in big tackles each of the last two weeks.

Finally Jim Leonhard is now listed as the backup punt returner to Leodis McKelvin, a role in which he served last week after McKelvin left with a hamstring injury. Leonhard was a pretty accomplished punt returner in college.

Even if McKelvin is able to play this week, it’s likely that Leonhard gets punt return work as the Bills will probably try not to overextend McKelvin with added special teams duties.

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Bryant likely to see most of Carrington snaps

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 3:30 pm

The loss of Alex Carrington was a blow to Buffalo’s defensive front Monday, but the coaching staff believes one of their younger defensive linemen can help fill the void.

Head coach Doug Marrone believes the player who will see his snap count balloon the most in the wake of Carrington’s injury is first-year player Corbin Bryant.

“I think Corbin Bryant’s role will definitely increase,” said Marrone. “I’ve been very, very happy with the past two games with the way he’s performed. I think his reps will increase. Alan obviously played a lot so he has to be ready to do that. I think you’ll see those roles increased and those guys moving around.”

Bryant, a former undrafted rookie signing of the Chicago Bears in 2011, spent the fall of that year on Pittsburgh’s practice squad, then joined Buffalo’s practice squad late in the 2012.

At 6’4” and 300 pounds, Bryant most resembles Carrington’s physical skill set in terms of athleticism for a big man. He was already working in on Buffalo’s defensive line as a rotational player in Week 2. Against Carolina he played 17 snaps and this past Sunday long before Carrington was hurt, he got 20 snaps of work.

That number could easily double this Sunday.

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Battle for roles at DT getting tight

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2013 – 8:40 am

Buffalo’s starting defensive line is largely set with Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams doing the dirty work in the middle. Behind them on the depth chart a tight battle is brewing between a handful of reserve candidates.

Players like Torell Troup, Jay Ross, Alan Branch, Jarron Gilbert and Corbin Bryant has all seen time inside. Several of them have been rotated in with the first unit as well for an extended look at times during the first two-plus week of training camp. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine admitted that was by design.

“Sometimes we have those guys, you always want to get a look,” Pettine said. “You can sometimes get fooled if they’re going against twos and threes whether it’s your own team or in a preseason game so we like to rotate those guys up. But it’s pretty clear to us that we’re going to have some tough decision to make in that room. You know you’ve built some depth at a position when you look at the math and figure out there are probably some pretty good football players that we’re going to have to part ways with.”

Pettine has said more than once that versatility is the strength of his defensive scheme, with several players asked to know how to effectively play two positions. For defensive tackles however, the versatility isn’t as high a priority.

“Not as much,” said Pettine. “We’d like to have those guys know two positions so it’s either the end and the tackle or the tackle and the nose, but it’s not as critical as it is for the edge guys or the off the ball guys.”

Troup and Branch have fared well when it’s come to neutralizing a double team to let other defenders make plays. Ross, Bryant and Gilbert have been in the offensive backfield more as penetrators. The next two preseason games will likely determine who sticks knowing that most NFL clubs rarely carry more than four DTs.

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Other possible sleeper candidates

Posted by Chris Brown on July 11, 2013 – 9:33 am

In our Top 25 questions until training camp we profile some of the top sleeper candidates for this summer’s camp at St. John Fisher today (Thursday). Here are a couple of additional names that could factor into the sleeper category as well.

FB Frank Summers – The blocking back is a bowling ball, but has some receiving ability and can play a role on special teams. With veteran Corey McIntyre no longer on the roster, Summers is the closest thing to a true fullback. It’ll likely come down to what the offensive staff feels they need and the play of profiled sleeper Kendall Gaskins.

WR Kevin Elliott – The receiver offers great size at 6’3″ and 205 pounds and has demonstrated an ability to use his body to shield defenders from the ball. Elliott runs well and looked to be a player that the quarterbacks looked for when he ran with the second and third units.

DE Corbin Bryant – Getting a fair amount of reps with the second unit as an end, the 330-pound Bryant is a sizable force that could land a role on the practice squad where the defensive staff could further develop the Northwestern product.

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