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Bills draft pick positions overall rounds 1-7

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2014 – 4:59 pm

C.J. Spiller

We knew Buffalo would be picking ninth in each round of the 2014 NFL draft, but with all the compensatory picks now handed out, we now know the pick overall in each round for the Bills as well. Here’s a look at players the Bills have drafted in those overall slots including four players on the current roster.

Round 1 – 9th overall
1968 WR Haven Moses San Diego State
2010 RB C.J. Spiller Clemson

Round 2 – 41st overall
1984 WR Eric Richardson San Jose State
2008 WR James Hardy Indiana
2010 NT Torell Troup Central Florida
2012 T Cordy Glenn Georgia
2013 WR Robert Woods USC

Round 3 – 73rd overall
1977 WR John Kimbrough St. Cloud 

Round 4 – 109th overall
1970 LB Steve Starnes Tampa
1976 LB Dan Jilek Michigan
1987 DT Leon Seals Jackson State
1989 WR John Kolesar Michigan
1995 DB Ken Irvin Memphis State
2004 TE Tim Euhus Oregon State 

Round 5 – 149th overall
1967 DE Bill Wilkerson Texas El Paso (formerly Texas Western)

Round 6 – 185th overall
1971 RB Tyrone Walls Missouri
1995 DE Shannon Clavelle Colorado
1997 T Marcus Spriggs Houston

Round 7 - 224th overall 
1995 RB Darick Holmes Portland State
2008 WR Stevie Johnson Kentucky


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New mock has new OT at 9 for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2014 – 1:01 pm

Of late Michigan’s Taylor Lewan has been the popular offensive tackle pick projected to the Bills with their choice at ninth overall. One of the newer mock drafts, however, has Buffalo getting one of the other top three offensive tackles in the class.

CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco has Buffalo taking Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews. Here’s his assessment.

9. Buffalo Bills – Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M: I will stick with the idea that Matthews is their guy. They could move Cordy Glenn to the right side.

I disagree that Glenn will be on the move. Doug Marrone has said he was very pleased with Glenn’s play last season, so I’d be surprised if they decide to move him for 2014. If the Bills draft a tackle I tend to think he will line up on the right side if he’s able to overtake incumbent starter Erik Pears.


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2 Bills make All-under 25 team

Posted by Chris Brown on February 14, 2014 – 9:31 am

NFL.com put together a list of the league’s “young studs” as they described it. Essentially a list of up and comers, who have completed just one or two seasons in their professional careers. Two Bills made the list.

Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and linebacker Kiko Alonso both made the select list. Here’s what was written about the two Bills players.

Tackle
Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills
Glenn is not at Tyron Smith’s level yet, but he’s rising fast. A huge man at 345 pounds, his game has improved while his sacks and hurries allowed have dwindled.

Linebacker
Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills
It sure looks like the Bills made a genius second-round pick here. Just watch Alonso play: He’s all over the place, as evidenced by his 159 tackles (nine for a loss) and five turnovers forced.


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Fan Friday 12-20

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2013 – 12:00 pm

Sunday will be step one in trying to post a winning record in the division for the first time since the 2007 season. Let’s see if the Bills can make it a season sweep of the Dolphins. Here’s your latest edition of questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hi Chris,

As a Bills’ fan for decades, I believe coach Marrone is a good coach. The question is whether he can turn around the losing culture. I have a few questions regarding accountability and talents.

What are the Bills going to do with the undependable players? This includes, but not limited to, Steve Johnson, Leodis McKelvin and T. J. Graham.

What is Jairus Byrd’s long term prospect with the Bills? The Bills like to get rid of established players to save a few bucks. In the end, this contributes to a longer wish list for the ever rebuilding process. A
recent example is the Offensive line. My suggestion is to get rid of Steve Johnson and save some money for Byrd’s contract. (Note, The Bills is in the business to make money. I suppose a better product would lead to increased revenue. In this case, a true contender in NFL).

What is the long term plan for the QB position? I mean both first string and backup in this case? While coach Marrone indicated EJ Manuel is the long term solution. I beg the difference. EJ is not playing any
better than JP Losman by comparing their rookie year. Lewis and Tuel are littering their path with interceptions and fumbles. How long do you think these two can keep their job in NFL?

Marcus Easley seems to be doing a very good job in special teams. What is the possibility of moving him to CB if the Bills cannot use him as WR? This may afford the team to get rid of Leodis McKelvin thereby saving more money.

The New England Patriots seem to be able to overcome huge deficit consistently. When playing with the Patriots (as well as other teams), what are the Bills doing to safeguard our calls/signals from being stolen?

Please keep up with the good work.
Regards,
C. J. Wong, Ph.D.

CB: I understand why you feel like the players you mentioned are not dependable. This is where the coaches and front office make their offseason evaluations, but being dependable goes beyond just game day. It’s about being a professional every day of the week in everything that you do. So if the players you mentioned struggle in those areas then they could be at risk with respect to their futures here.

Doug Marrone is only going to keep players on this roster that he feels he can win with the way he wants to win. He has stressed accountability time and again and has been clear in explaining to his players what accountability means. They’ve had all season to prove they’re on board. If they’re not, and only the coaches and their teammates would know for certain if that’s the case, then they won’t be here long term.

As for Jairus Byrd, the safety has said he’s open-minded to staying here long term, which is an improvement in terms of where that situation was this past summer. I think Byrd is smart enough to know that he can really flourish in this defense with the talent he has around him on that side of the ball. Talent that is tied up long term for the most part. Byrd has to be convinced that he can win here and as is usually the case the money has to be right as well.

At the quarterback position EJ is their long term answer at the position. You may not be convinced, but the people that make those decisions are. I believe this offseason will be dedicated to putting more talent around Manuel to help him succeed. We’ve certainly seen flashes of ability. What has me most encouraged is the way in which Manuel performs when the game is on the line. Buffalo has needed a clutch quarterback for the longest time and Manuel has shown he has that ability. With improved talent around him he’ll also be better for the other portions of the game too.

I believe the decision makers still see Jeff Tuel as a developmental type prospect. Thad Lewis is still being evaluated, which is why Sunday’s game is huge for him. He’s proven he’s tough and that he can deliver big plays. Now he has to prove he can learn from his mistakes and improve from some of his shortcomings in the first meeting with Miami. It’s really the perfect litmus test for him.

I completely disagree with your Marcus Easley idea. Easley doesn’t not have the foot quickness to play CB, and Leodis McKelvin is having his most consistent season in a Bills uniform at cornerback. Not to mention he’s playing at very affordable money for his position.

Finally, the reason the Patriots are able to overcome big deficits is primarily one reason and one reason only, they have one of the best quarterbacks in a generation in Tom Brady. End of story.

 

2 – Hi Chris, I live in Western Canada so it is always hard to get coverage on the Bills out here.  So I really appreciate all your updates.

My question is about Stevie Johnson.  It seems every year there is a play that he fails to make that costs us a game.  The game against Pittsburgh in OT where he dropped the wide open pass, the game against the Jets when he again dropped a game winning TD, and of course against the Falcons which just didn’t just cost us that game, but our season.

He is a great receiver, no doubt about that, but I question if he is ever going to be a clutch number 1 receiver.   We all agree that we need a big “go up and get it” receiver.  So if we get that receiver, someone has to go.

I think we should consider trading Stevie Johnson this off season.  Robert Woods is precise in route running and has good chemistry with EJ, and Goodwin and Graham are fast on the outside and can also move inside when needed.   I think Stevie is odd man out and gives us the most return for our buck, plus maybe he is to used to losing in Buffalo.  What do you think we could get for Johnson?  A 2nd rounder or maybe someone like Bowe in KC?

Paddy, Vancouver Canada

CB: I think Johnson is the type of receiver whose return in a trade would be limited. The reason why is he is a possession receiver. He’s a move-the-chains player not a stretch the field, deliver a game-changing play every week type wideout. Johnson is a very unique player with a unique skill set, but he is not going to blow the doors off a defense. All that being said I think at best he’d get you a fourth-round draft choice. Frankly, it might be even less because his contract may not fit the role another team might envision for him, so to take on that salary would likely lead to a team offering less in return like a fifth or sixth-round pick.

3 – Hey Chris,

My question is regarding the offensive line.  How do you see the Bills helping the line in the off season? I know they have to see how guys like JJ ‘Unga pan out over the last 3 games, but if they do go after a guy in the draft, do you see them going after a guy who can be versatile? Are there typically guys who can play guard and tackle?  I would imagine that’s what coaches look for in any player on the field.  Do you think free agency is possible?  Also, do you think Chris Hairston will be able to return to form?
Thanks, Jillian

CB: I would not be surprised if there are wholesale changes made on the offensive line. As I see it the only players who have job security are Cordy Glenn and Eric Wood. Kraig Urbik rebounded real well this past week after a down week in Tampa, but I think he will be pushed for his starting job this offseason and into training camp based on what we saw the past couple of weeks with J.J. ‘Unga. Beyond those three I expect to see change there. I think the organization will look to the draft and free agency to address the offensive line.

 

4 – Chris,
Thanks for the great reporting, week by week for the Bills. Yourself and John Murphy do a great job but My question is based of everything about this youth movement and getting these unknown guys more playing time. I been listening and reading about the guys y’all are naming but I keep seeing this guy left out…. Duke Williams? Why is he not getting involved in the discussions and not getting more reps? What part of his game is lacking that has him buried on the depth chart? Because before the season he was getting hyped up as a utility guy in the secondary, that could play multiple positions. What happened? Please explain that to me.

Brian in South Carolina

CB: Thanks for the kind words. I’ll be sure to pass them along to Murph. Duke Williams is a player that has been seeing time mainly on special teams. The reason he has not seen time at safety is because there is quality and experienced talent in front of him in Jairus Byrd, Aaron Williams, Da’Norris Searcy and Jim Leonhard. I do think heading into next season Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks could challenge for bigger roles and what happens with Byrd and Leonhard this offseason with both being free agents will have an impact on that as well.

 

5 – Chris,

I have been surprised at the lack of two back sets the Bills are utilizing this year. I would think this would confuse defenses as Fred is a highly capable pass-blocking back and we all know about CJ’s home run ability with every touch. Would these formations not mix things up and keep opposing defenses off balance… not knowing to expect run or pass?

Also, I am concerned (as are many fans) about the utilization of CJ Spiller. Not in terms of number of plays per game, or on the year, but the play calls he is being used in. They seem to heavily favor running him behind the left or right guards. Why not more screen plays? I think all of us get excited when CJ Spiller has the ball with 3-4 blockers in front of him with the ability to pick and choose which lanes he wants to take.

Thanks!
Jim from Massachusetts

CB: We saw some split backfield in training camp, but there has been very little of it during the season. I do think there is an element of predicitability there when they have only Fred or C.J. on the field in a single back set. Heading into last week’s Jacksonville game I know that Spiller had not been on the field for more than 40 percent of the snaps since Week 2.

However, when he is on the field he got the ball 60 percent of the time. While the usage is admirable I fear that it makes Buffalo’s offense predictable when Spiller is in the backfield.

Jackson is usually on the field in third down situations because they trust him with blitz pickup and blocking assignments.

I don’t know a one-thousandth of what Nathaniel Hackett knows about football, but I do think a split backfield with C.J. and Fred in the offensive backfield on third down could create a lot of headaches for opposing defenses. That’s where I think it could be most useful for Buffalo’s offense.


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Cordy Glenn top 3 in pass block efficiency

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2013 – 3:33 pm

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn has had a solid season thus far. He’s been ranked in the top 10 among left tackles by Pro Football Focus virtually all year long.  But now he’s cracked the top three.

According to Pro Football Focus’ film reviewers and stat crunchers, Glenn ranks third-best in the league in pass blocking efficiency. The only left tackles in the league that are faring better are a couple of Joes.

 


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Glenn among top 10 tackles

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2013 – 4:38 pm

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn has gone largely unnoticed in Buffalo’s first six games, just the way an offensive lineman likes it. Glenn’s play has been pretty exemplary thus far this season, which is why ProFootballFocus has him rated as one of the top 10 offensive tackles in the game in 2013.

Glenn ranks as the eighth best tackle in football so far this season by PFF’s standards with an overall rating of 11.3. Of those ranked in the top 10, Glenn’s combination total of sacks (1), QB hits (1) and QB hurries (6) allowed (8) is tied for the second-fewest. Only Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth has a lower total with 7 combined sacks, hits and hurries and he’s played in only five games to Glenn’s six.

In fact Glenn has the highest snap count (459) of any of the top 10 tackles on the list making his low combination total of eight all the more impressive.

#

Pos.

Name

Team

Snaps

Overall

Pass Block

Screen Block

Run Block

QB Sk

QB Ht

QB Hu

1  LT (0), RT (6)  Doug Free DAL 381 17.5 9.9 -0.5 6.5 2 0 7
2  LT (6), RT (0)  Nate Solder NE 447 16.7 8.1 0.0 6.6 2 0 10
3  LT (5), RT (0)  Andrew Whitworth CIN 339 14.3 5.9 2.5 4.5 1 3 3
4  LT (0), RT (6)  Sebastian Vollmer NE 419 14.2 8.9 1.0 1.5 1 1 9
5  LT (0), RT (5)  Demar Dotson TB 351 12.6 7.7 0.0 4.5 0 1 8
6  LT (5), RT (0)  Trent Williams WAS 364 12.4 12.2 1.0 -2.1 0 2 6
7  LT (6), RT (0)  Joe Thomas CLV 439 12.0 9.4 0.5 2.1 1 4 10
8  LT (6), RT (0)  Cordy Glenn BUF 459 11.3 8.5 0.0 2.7 1 1 6
9  LT (6), RT (0)  Jake Long SL 399 11.2 2.5 0.0 6.0 3 2 15
10  LT (5), RT (0)  Donald Penn TB 351 11.1 2.2 0.0 6.5 2 1 7

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Glenn starts at LG, Welch at LT

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2013 – 9:10 am

Apparently Thomas Welch is staying at LT. It’s Cordy Glenn that’s the newest LG candidate.

Glenn was lined up at LG with the first unit while Welch was at LT.

Welch had been the LT with the 2nd unit, but has moved up with the starters with Glenn kicking inside.


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Glenn hasn’t “hit the wall”-Gailey

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 24, 2012 – 5:00 pm

He’s 15-games deep into his rookie season in the NFL.  But Bills LT Cordy Glenn has not “hit the wall” according to his Head Coach.

Speaking to the media Monday afternoon, Gailey said Glenn has held up well, despite some intermittent struggles in the last few games.

“He didn’t play well last week, played a little better this week,” Gailey said.  “I think he kinda , I don’t want to say hit the wall, but he was pressing a lot the week before.  This past week, he found a better handle on things and I think now he’ll be able to take another step and keep going forward.  Because he had been making giant strides throughout the season, really.”


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Glenn, Kyle listed as questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2012 – 3:08 pm

After Friday’s practice, head coach Chan Gailey said that left tackle Cordy Glenn was good to go and is expected to start, but he’s still listed as questionable along with DT Kyle Williams.

The designation is likely due to the fact that both players were limited in practice throughout the week. Not once did either of them participate fully in practice. But both are considered to have a far greater likelihood of playing than questionable. Both players moved very well in the practice setting and showed no ill effects from their ankle injuries.


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Glenn looking good for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 1, 2012 – 12:51 pm

Bills starting left tackle Cordy Glenn was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, but was a full participant Thursday making it likely that he starts on Sunday for the first time in three games.

“It went very well,” said Gailey following Thursday’s practice. “He did everything today.”

Glenn was pleased that his ankle responded positively when he woke up Thursday morning after putting it through the paces Wednesday at practice.

“I’m very encouraged by it,” Glenn told Buffalobills.com.

Glenn appears to be returning to the starting lineup just in time knowing Chris Hairston may have to start at right tackle if Erik Pears (hip) is unable to play Sunday.


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Glenn optimistic for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2012 – 4:30 pm

He’s only been limited in practice each of the past two practice sessions, but LT Cordy Glenn says his ankle feels real good and is optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday.

“I’m ready to go, just trying to help the team and get back in game mode,” Glenn told Buffalobills.com.

Glenn took some first team reps in practice Wednesday after coming through Monday’s practice and feeling fine on Tuesday. The day after practice work is usually a telling sign for how ready a player is coming off an injury.

“Physically I feel fine,” said Glenn. “I just need more repetition at this point just to get more comfortable and acclimated to being out here.”

Glenn has missed the last three games due to a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 4 against New England.


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Cordy, Mario to both be limited

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2012 – 12:34 pm

Bills DE Mario Williams and OT Cordy Glenn will both participate in practice here on Wednesday, but neither will be full go.

“Both of them as was stated to me by our training staff early this morning is they’ll both be available on a limited basis,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “They may not take every rep, but they’ll be available on a limited basis.”

Glenn is trying to come back from a high ankle sprain that’s forced him to miss the last three games. Williams is a week removed from wrist scope surgery.


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Glenn, Urbik participating

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2012 – 2:09 pm

Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik are back practicing.

Both are coming off high ankle sprains. Glenn was taking second team reps during themedia viewing portion of practice.

Urbik has already said he’s playing on Sunday.

Both linemen have missed the last four games.


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Urbik practicing, Glenn on the side

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2012 – 12:54 pm

The Bills are having their Wednesday practice for the bye week and Kraig Urbik is participating.

Urbik is trying to return from a high ankle sprain that’s forced him to miss the last three games.

Cordy Glenn is not practicing, but is working on the side with athletic trainers.


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Rinehart injury is long term

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2012 – 11:22 am

Bills OL Chad Rinehart was carted off the field Sunday against the Titans with an ankle injury. Head coach Chan Gailey said Monday morning that Rinehart will be out indefinitely.

In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Gailey provided an update.

“It’s not good, but it’s going to be long term,” said Gailey. “I don’t know if it’s season (ending), but it’s long term.”

Starting RG Kraig Urbik, fortunately is expected back for the Week 9 road game at Houston and LT Cordy Glenn is likely to return as well.


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Week 9 the target for Glenn, Urbik

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2012 – 1:04 pm

Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik will miss their third straight game Sunday due to ankle injuries, but head coach Chan Gailey likes their chances of returning after the bye week.

“To be honest with you, I think they’ll both be ready for Houston,” said Gailey after Friday’s practice.

That’s Buffalo’s first game after the team’s Week 8 bye.


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Fan Friday 10-19

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2012 – 12:54 pm

Here are your questions for this week from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hey Chris,

I really want to like our CB’s, but can you explain why they are both getting burned on numerous plays, and at times they look like they’re not sure where they are supposed to be on the field? Specifically I have seen Stephon Gilmore on TD passes nowhere near the receiver. 

Thank you,
Worried Bills D-Fan
Don
Norwalk, CT

CB: I think what you’re seeing are growing pains with the two young cornerbacks. They’re learning on the job. I think the defensive staff also felt going into the season that the pass rush would be more consistent week to week thereby helping the young corners on the back end by hurrying the passer.

Gilmore and Williams have both been fooled more than once this season, but coaches have to have faith that their play will improve as the year moves along. Gilmore had a good outing against Larry Fitzgerald. As we pointed out in our Tuesday feature, in the five times he was matched up on Fitzgerald in last week’s game he gave up one reception for 14 yards.

I think the second half of the schedule you’ll begin to see more consistent play from both of them, and if that’s not the case some changes are likely to be in order.

 

2 - Hi  Chris

Please advise when we can expect Cordy Glenn, Spencer Johnson, & Kraig Urbik

to return to the lineup? 

Thanks and regards
From
Richard
Boca Raton, FL

CB: Right now Spencer Johnson is expected to play on Sunday against the Titans coming off his ankle injury. The hope is that Kraig Urbik and Cordy Glenn will be ready for the Week 9 game at Houston following the bye week.

 

3 – Chris,

Do you really understand the frustration from the fans? It’s been 12 years since we sniffed the playoffs. I wonder when they will replace the GM and HC position. Also, this team is not difficult to pick apart. We have no deep threat receiver so we dink and dunk down the field. It’s just a matter of time before we throw a pick because of timed offense. All the defense has to do is slow our run game and have Fitz hold onto the ball because it’s a matter of time before Fitz makes a mistake. Just watching the games it’s like Buffalo is a step or two behind on mentality, confidence, and being aggressive. I still think Buffalo is maybe 3-5 years from becoming great again but I’m not holding my breath.

CB: I do understand your frustration. I’ve been on hand for every one of those games the last 12 years, so I get it. What you can’t deny is Buddy Nix and his personnel staff have improved the talent of this roster and its depth. I know having patience is something that’s difficult to preach, but if you want to blow up the front office again you re-start the process  of building the team because each GM has a different way of doing things when it comes to building a team.

The Bills did admittedly struggle with their mental toughness in the second half of the New England and San Francisco games, but I don’t know of a game where their mental toughness was challenged more often than the Arizona game and they persevered. We’ll if they can build on that moving forward.

Every NFL club has strengths and weaknesses. The collective records in the AFC with seven teams sporting 3-3 records is strong indication of that, one of which is the Bills.

No one is asking you to hold your breath and again the disappointment is understood. But this team has an opportunity this year and we’re about at the midway point of the season. Let’s let it play out.

4 - Is there a chance that we are bringing back lights out for our SLB position that has been rotated by players who couldn’t lock down the job?

Thanks CB!
Dan Figueroa from CA

CB: No, Merriman will re-assume defensive end duties for the Bills. Merriman needs to be up on the line of scrimmage to be at his most effective.

 

5 - Hey Chris,

I was wondering, do the bills players receive mail from fans and reply to them?  I was wondering because after last year’s win against the Patriots, Byrd threw his gloves into the stands and I was lucky enough to catch one of them.  I took it to training camp this year but was not able to get to him.  Is there any other way I might be able to get his signature?  I have a few pieces of memorabilia that I have been able to get signed and really would like to add this piece to my collection. 
Thanks for all you and your team do for us Bills fans!
Anthony

CB: The best course of action there is to send them by regular mail to One Bills Drive addressed to the player’s attention along with a self-addressed stamped envelope for return postage. The best time is during the regular season when you know they’re here in town.

Here’s the address

One Bills Drive
Orchard Park, NY 14127


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Chan targets OT Glenn for Week 9

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2012 – 8:50 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey said starting LT Cordy Glenn will miss his third straight game Sunday with his ankle injury, but he did lay out a timetable for his return.

“We won’t have him out there this week, but we think we’ve got a real good chance for Houston,” said Gailey.

The Houston game is the first one after Buffalo’s Week 8 bye. Glenn told Buffalobills.com that he’s making progress.


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O-line loses another

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2012 – 7:44 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey already said that Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik won’t be healthy enough to play in this Sunday’s game. New starting RG Chad Rinehart left Sunday’s game with a calf injury and his replacement is out for this week’s game as well.

Colin Brown started for Rinehart Sunday after Rinehart was a last minute scratch for the starting lineup. But Brown left the game with an injury after just a couple of series on offense and didn’t return.

“It’s a hamstring and he won’t make it this week,” said Chan Gailey of Brown.

Rinehart meanwhile is still a question mark as well.

“Rinehart, we’re going to rest him Wednesday,” said Gailey. “We think he’s got a decent chance to make the game.”

If he cannot go Sunday, Sam Young, who replaced him late in Sunday’s game, would step in. With just five healthy linemen it’s likely that Buffalo will have to make a roster move before the end of the week if Rinehart does not improve.


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More O-linemen down for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2012 – 11:29 pm

The list of injuries unfortunately grew after Buffalo’s latest loss to San Francisco, and it took place exactly where they can ill afford to have them, on their offensive line.

Just two series into Sunday’s game, Colin Brown, the right guard filling in for Chad Rinehart suffered a hamstring injury and was lost for the game and presumably their next game at Arizona. Rinehart stepped in and played most of the game, but re-aggravated his calf injury and had to exit as well.

That left reserve offensive tackle Sam Young to play right guard in the second half Sunday. With Kraig Urbik and Cordy Glenn not even making the trip west for the week in Phoenix neither are expected to be ready to return from their ankle injuries.

It leaves Buffalo with just Chris Hairston, Andy Levitre, Eric Wood and Erik Pears as their only healthy offensive linemen. They’re expected to call up at least two, possibly all three offensive linemen on their practice squad.

C/G David Snow is the most familiar with Buffalo’s offensive system. He was an undrafted signee back in May and went through all of training camp and preseason with the club. So he’s the most likely call up.

G/T Reggie Stephens and G/T Andrew Jackson were just signed by the club last week following the injuries to Glenn and Urbik as insurance. Unfortunately one or both might be pressed into action depending on the severity of Rinehart’s calf injury.

Presumably one of the newer call ups would be schooled up only on the game plan for this week’s matchup with Arizona. Of course the Cardinals defense will be no easy task. They were the third-stingiest defense in the league going into Week 5 in terms of points allowed per game. They were also third in the league in sacks per play prior to this week’s games.


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