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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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Glenn, Urbik out “a while”

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2012 – 5:32 pm

If the loss to New England wasn’t bad enough, the Bills look as though they’ll be without two of their starting offensive linemen for the foreseeable future.

LT Cordy Glenn and RG Kraig Urbik both left the game with ankle injuries. Head coach Chan Gailey broke the bad news.

“Cordy got an ankle and it’s going to be a while,” said Gailey. “So is Urbik. Urbik had an ankle too.”

If both are unable to go next week at San Francisco, Chris Hairston would start at left tackle and Chad Rinehart would start at right guard.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2012 – 10:27 pm

Here’s the rundown of where Bills players and execs can be found on the radio dial Friday morning.

The Howard Simon Show – WGR 550
Buddy Nix – 8:00 AM

Janet and Nick – Kiss 98.5
Cordy Glenn – 8:00 AM

Norton in the Morning – 97 Rock
T.J. Graham – 8:00 AM

Shredd and Ragan – 103.3 The Edge
Kyle Williams – 8:00 AM


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Cordy gets some national pub

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2012 – 9:53 am

Bills LT Cordy Glenn got some national recognition for his play on Sunday in Buffalo’s convincing 35-17 victory over Kansas City. SI.com’s Peter King handed him a weekly award in his MMQB column.

King gave Glenn the Dr. Z Unsung Man in the Trenches Award for his performance in Week 2. Here’s what he wrote.

Cordy Glenn, T, Buffalo. C.J. Spiller followed up a 169-yard performance last week with a 123-yarder Sunday against Kansas City, becoming the first back since Jim Brown in 1963 to have an average of more than 10 yards per rush after two weeks of a season. Against K.C., Glenn had a key block on the opening touchdown, a short pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Scott Chandler, and a few minutes later sprung Spiller on his first touchdown run of the day, a five-yarder, with a crushing block. And on the third scoring drive by the Bills, Glenn made a block to help spring Spiller for 27. Not bad for the 41st pick in the draft, starting as a rookie at the toughest spot on the line.


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Pluses for Bills ‘D’ from Pittsburgh game

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2012 – 3:03 pm

Buffalo’s defense had some dominant looking plays in their Saturday night preseason game against Pittsburgh. The film reviewers and stat crunchers at Pro Football Focus broke down the play of Buffalo’s defensive line, linebackers and Cordy Glenn. Most of it was pretty positive.

Pro Football Focus liked the play of Kelvin Sheppard and Nick Barnett as well as Kyle Williams. They also commented favorably on the play of Cordy Glenn at left tackle.


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Getting Cordy up to speed

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2012 – 8:20 am

With rookie second-round pick Cordy Glenn being named the team’s starting left tackle earlier this week, the veterans on Buffalo’s offensive line are working to get the blind side protector up to speed sooner rather than later.

“I give him little pointers all the time and try to help him out,” said Wood. “He has a lot of talent and he has a lot on his shoulders right now. He is doing a great job. Probably the best thing about him is he is a really even-keeled kid. I kind of ride with my emotions at times. I always mess with him and tell him I wish I had his demeanor at times. I am sure he wishes he had mine at times.”

However, that even-keeled nature of Glenn’s has Wood convinced that the Georgia product will be a solid performer for them as a rookie.

“He is going to have a consistent year for us because he can kind of control his emotions and he does not ride with the ups and downs of the game—like a good quarterback,” said Wood. “He is a consistent player for us over there.”


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Next step for Glenn

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2012 – 7:56 pm

Now that he’s been named the starting left tackle there’s a lot he’s got to get accomplished between now and the season opener Sept. 9th.

Chief among them as Chan Gailey sees it is getting in sync with starting left guard Andy Levitre.

“It’s very big for he and Andy to line up next to each other and for them to continue to create communication there,” said Gailey.

Glenn believes they’ve communicated well for the most part especially when it comes to handling twists and stunts.

“I’m just taking it day by day, trying to find something to get better at every day in practice to working together, whether it be bumping off twists, whatever it is just trying to get a rhythm and just get some type of communication and just get used to being around each other,” Glenn said.


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Cordy not big on starter labels

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2012 – 7:51 pm

Being named the starter at left tackle was one of Cordy Glenn’s goals heading into his first NFL season. On Monday he was given that job by head coach Chan Gailey. So one would think he’d be over the moon about the news, but the low key Glenn just took the news and moved on.

“I’m just here trying to get better,” he said. “I’m just working hard really. I’m not reading anything into it, I’m just trying to get better. I know what I’m trying to do, so I’ll just keep working. It doesn’t mean taking a day off and just keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

When I asked him if he’s at least happy he landed the starting role Glenn wouldn’t even crack a smile.

“It’s a business so I mean I’m just really ready to play football honestly,” Glenn said.

Glenn clearly has a one track mind when it comes to his job, and maybe that’s best in a season where he’s going to be depended upon heavily to protect Ryan Fitzpatrick’s blind side and keep the Bills passing game humming.


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