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Searcy, Mario, Hairston practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2014 – 4:08 pm

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Da’Norris Searcy did not participate in practice on Wednesday, but was able to do a little more in practice Thursday as he worked on a limited basis.

“He did some stuff today, but we’re going to see how it goes,” said head coach Doug Marrone of Searcy. “He was out here, taped up and going. It was on a limited status. He did individual (position drills).”

Searcy is dealing with a hamstring injury. Mario Williams and Chris Hairston returned to practice Thursday from illness.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Mike Williams WR Calf DNP
Chris Gragg TE Knee DNP
Da’Norris Searcy S Hamstring LP
Jarius Wynn DE Knee LP
Dan Carpenter K Right Groin LP
Stefan Charles DT Quad LP

 


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Da’Norris Searcy’s BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 6, 2014 – 10:00 am

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For this week, it’s Bills S Da’Norris Searcy.  Check out the songs Da’Norris will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on the Broncos.

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Searcy earning his keep

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2014 – 4:11 pm

Now standing in second on the team in interceptions, it hasn’t just been his plays on the ball that have made Da’Norris Searcy a valuable part of Buffalo’s defense. His two picks Sunday however, were welcomed by his head coach.

“He’s really done a very good job for us in the two years I’ve been here,” said Doug Marrone. “Last year, his role was more down in the box and I thought he did an outstanding job on that and special teams last year. So it doesn’t surprise me if you watch him practice and you’ve been around him, he studies film and he works hard.”

Searcy (3 INTs) only trails Leodis McKelvin (4 INTs) for the team lead in interceptions and McKelvin is done for the year with a fractured ankle.


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Marrone appealed to players to win for fans

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 6:14 pm

At halftime the Bills were down only 3-0 thanks in large part to a defensive effort that kept scoring opportunities for the Browns to a minimum. Head coach Doug Marrone appealed to his players to rally for the fans in the second half and the team delivered.

“It was great,” said Da’Norris Searcy, who had a pair of interceptions Sunday. “We knew they were upset they couldn’t be there with us (in Detroit), but we knew they were back at the Ralph cleaning it out for the next home game.  Coach Marrone said, ‘These fans love you. They want to see you win back at the Ralph. Let’s bring a win back to the Ralph.’ We wanted to come out and win for the fans.”

Now at 7-5 the Bills are still in the playoff hunt in the AFC with four games to play.

“It’s great. In the end, we’re still in the hunt, so it was a good win,” said Searcy.


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Ron Brooks cleared for practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2014 – 5:27 pm

Ron Brooks was not a full participant, but that fact that he was cleared to participate on a limited basis just three days removed from a scary neck injury on the field in Week 5 against the Lions that required a trip to the hospital and an overnight stay in Detroit, the Bills are relieved to see him on his feet.

“Everyone saw that,” said Marrone of the injury last Sunday. “It was  a tough situation for everybody who saw it—nerve wracking, we all have those feelings for all the players and everybody’s who’s watching the game. I think there was a great sigh of relief when they said he was able to be released. And then today he’s running around, that’s a great sign.”

Other players who were nicked up in last Sunday’s game were also limited participants in practice. Here’s a list of them below.

Fred Jackson – ankle
Da’Norris Searcy – knee
Brandon Spikes – ribs
Aaron Williams – wrist


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Marrone: Encouraged by Searcy’s progress

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2014 – 4:45 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone addressed his situation at safety this week with Da’Norris Searcy trying to return from an ankle injury suffered last week.

There’s a chance Corey Graham could see some time at safety along with Duke Williams, but Marrone is encouraged by the progress Searcy has made in practice through the course of the week.

“I feel good as long as there’s no setback between now and the game,” said Marrone in reference to Searcy. “I think he really looked good out there (Thursday) on a limited basis. As long as there’s no setback, it’s not a concern.”

 


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Searcy set for starter’s role

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2014 – 11:53 am

He’s entering his fourth NFL season, but Da’Norris Searcy has never been a full-time starter. That will change in 2014 as he earned the starting strong safety role as he’ll be paired with fellow draft classmate Aaron Williams (2011). Searcy, who has 10 career starts under his belt already, feels ready to be a full-time contributor.

“I’m out there with the starting unit now so I just want to go out there and compete,” Searcy told Buffalobills.com. “I don’t want myself to be a weak link out there with those proven guys. The more opportunities I’m out there, the more opportunities I have to make plays and help the team win.”

Searcy was in a competition with Jonathan Meeks and Duke Williams for the role all offseason. Now that he has the job he’s focused on taking things as they come this season.

You just gotta take it one day at a time, one process at a time,” he said. “We’ve got to go through our communications and our keys so just make sure I’m on top of all those. Being able to recognize certain formations, certain routes, and just be able to put myself in the right position to be out there to make plays and help the team out.”


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‘D’ had takeaways on the brain

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2014 – 2:18 am

The Bills defense was top three in interceptions last season and top two in takeaways. On Friday night Buffalo’s defenders despite undertaking a new scheme showed they’re ready to pick up where they left off in 2013.

“That’s the main thing we want to pride ourselves on as a defense is getting takeaways as well as sacks. We did a good job of that last year,” said Da’Norris Searcy, whose second quarter INT led to a field goal. “We want to continue that going into this year. This year our goal is to get even more. That’s a good way to get our hands on the ball and we came up with them.”

Searcy’s pick came on a cover two look by Buffalo’s defense with Carolina QB Matt Blanchard simply overthrowing his intended target.

Manny Lawson had the first takeaway. After Jarius Wynn forced a quarterback fumble, Lawson lunged onto the ball for the recovery at the Carolina 28. A touchdown soon followed.

“Our defense is ball hungry and our offense capitalized off us getting turnovers for them,” said Lawson. “That’s one of the things we pride ourselves on as a defense.”

Jonathan Meeks closed out the turnover tally with an interception in the waning moments of the game to preserve the team’s two-point lead for the win.

“Once that first turnover happens everybody intensity level goes up even more and everybody is trying to get their hands on another one,” said Searcy. “I think we got three of them so it was a good day overall.”


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Duke eager to make impact

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2014 – 12:28 pm

You could see it on the field in the team’s last full practice before their preseason game this evening with Carolina. In a goal line drill Duke Williams fill a gap at lightning speed, met ‘Boobie’ Dixon in the hole and kept him from reaching the goal line. With a good chance of seeing more playing time tonight knowing Da’Norris Searcy missed the team’s last two training camp practices due to a family matter, Williams is anxious to make plays of similar magnitude against the Panthers.

Part of the reason Duke Williams feels so comfortable in making plays is because no matter who he might be paired with at safety, he has snaps under his belt with all of them.

“We don’t miss a beat .We try to rotate everybody,” Williams told Buffalobills.com. “Everybody is interchangeable. So if me and Aaron (Williams) are on the field, or me and Da’Norris (Search) or me and (Jonathan) Meeks it’s nothing foreign. We’re all used to communicating with each other. We meet together with the corners so we’re able to communicate with them also.”

 


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Woods and Searcy tussle

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2014 – 4:20 pm

Robert Woods and Da’Norris Searcy got into a scrap after the play in 11-on-11.

There was jawing first then punched flew before they wrestled each other to the ground. Tempers flaring here late in practice on a hot day.


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Fan Friday 7-18

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2014 – 11:59 am

Well Bills fans it’s here. The 2014 Bills training camp presented by Connors and Ferris gets underway with player report day today. I will do my best to keep up to date on Fan Fridays during camp knowing that’s when questions will be flying in from you folks. It just gets a bit nutty sometimes at camp so bear with me. Send your questions as always to me on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hey Chris.

I Love all the work that you do. As far as the current Bills go I had a question about the plays EJ was requesting to be removed from the offence.  I remember that he wanted ‘clean reads’.  I don’t know much about professional play structure, but I wanted to ask if, by eliminating those, does that make it easier for the defense to adjust to the play, or, more generally, how does doing that affect the defense.  Are they clean reads versus the Tampa 2, but maybe not 3-deep, etc.?

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Sal Prezioso
CB: I appreciate the compliment. I’ll let EJ explain what he was getting at with respect to the give and take with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on choosing plays to keep or remove from the game plan week to week.

“I think Coach Hackett is going to put everything on my plate that we need to win. I don’t think he’s going to be limited at all as far as his play calling,” said Manuel. “It’s just having the rapport with your coach. Sometimes there may be plays I don’t like and I’ll tell him. I know there were a few plays we came into at minicamp I just wanted to be clean, I wanted to have sharp reads. I told him hey I don’t like that play and we took it out. I think that’s having that good rapport between Coach Hackett and I.”

Having “clean reads” could mean a number of different things so we’d only be speculating as to what EJ meant exactly.

In reality taking plays out doesn’t make it easier for the defense. They still will likely not know what’s coming next. And as Manuel said very shortly after making this comment, you could have just 20 plays in a game plan and if you execute them effectively it doesn’t matter what the defense does. That was the M.O. of the K-gun offense. Fast, simple, effective.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the current Bills try to adopt a bit of that philosophy this season. Not the same offense, but the same approach.

 

2 – Hi Chris,

My question is about the general experiences that a fan from Charleston, South Carolina needs to experience (born and raised in Damascus, VA- a very small town but now, I live and have worked in SC for 7 yrs). I have been a fan since I was a kid and one of my dreams is now coming true.  My wonderful wife bought me tickets for the Minnesota game and being so far away from Western New York of course this will be my first game.

I was wondering if there are places to possibly get autographs from the team? I do have many questions but I will keep it brief; could you tell me the name of the wing place that they take the first round draft pics at? Any information would be greatly appreciated you do a great job at keeping us non-local fans informed.

Thanks,
Adam
CB: Autographs are easiest to obtain at training camp with the next best option being by good old fashioned mail. If you’ve got an item you want signed that can be mailed I’d recommend it. Just send it to the player’s attention at One Bills Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127 with a self-addressed envelope so he can send whatever he signs back to you.

As for experiences here on game weekend Duff’s is the place to go for wings, but you’ll be able to get them right at the stadium this season at most of the concession stands. They’re the official wing of the Buffalo Bills.

The brand new Bills store will be up and running so that will be a stop you have to make. We also have the Bills Experience inside the team’s Fieldhouse on game day that is open to fans from 9:30 to 12:30 for 1 pm home games. A lot of interactive stuff is there for fans to do along with a host of vendors and you can watch the pre-game radio show on our flagship station live for the whole three hours. I’ll be there for the final hour myself so be sure to come say hello. Safe travels and we’ll see you up here on Oct. 19th!

 

3 – Hi Chris,

Looking forward to training camp and we always have a group which goes to a night practice.  Is there any information available on where and when we can get tickets?  This is the toughest part of the process as sometimes they are only in Rochester locations.  Trying to make plans, so this would be a great help.  Thanks so much.

Regards,

Cliff Miller
CB: Here is the link to all the information you’ll need on night practice tickets.

http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/2014-Training-Camp-night-practice-ticket-information/22e4ada3-d208-4c65-ab50-78ab08d31747

4 – Chris,

Thanks for all of the great coverage of the Bills throughout the year. I was disappointed when I heard the news regarding Kiko;  he was all over the field last year and the heart of the defense.  However,  I feel that Bradham and/or Rivers are capable of quality play at linebacker.  Returning from a torn ACL is never easy, but do you think it is easier for defensive player to return to their pre-injury form after recovery compared to offensive players?  I just hope Kiko will be able to go sideline to sideline in the 2015 season like he did during the 2013 campaign.

Thanks,
R.J.  Westmoreland, NY
CB: I don’t know if it’s any easier for a defensive player to return to pre-injury form than an offensive player. The reason a blanket statement like that can’t be used is because every ACL recovery case is different. Every person heals and recovers differently from the next. That’s largely why physicians put a 7-9 month recovery window on ACL reconstruction patients. Some heal faster and some heal slower, so a two month window on the recovery is given. Let’s hope Kiko is a quick and effective healer.

 

5 – Dear Chris
First and foremost you’re the man. Your work ethic on providing up to date info on our squad is second to none.

My first question is why is Aaron Williams being moved to FS? I would’ve loved to see him stay at SS with Corey Graham taking FS. I thought that’s why Graham was signed. Poor Williams has had 4 new DC. And 3 position changes now.

Second has there been talk about slowing down the offense towards the end of games if we’re leading??
Last years week 1 NE game is still stuck in my head. WE HAD IT!!  But in all honesty our line should be a lot better this year so I might eat my words. Thanks again

-#1BillieverAlive
Saratoga Springs

CB: Williams is being moved to free safety to replace Jairus Byrd. Coming from a coverage background at corner, he has the athleticism and experience to cover the deep half and roll over the top of his corners in double coverage situations. The way Jim Schwartz uses safeties makes the position designations of strong and free somewhat moot. They’re largely interchangeable in his scheme.

Corey Graham will probably get a look at safety. How lengthy that look will be and how seriously he’s considered for a role at safety be it as a starter or reserve remains to be seen. Da’Norris Searcy enters training camp as the top guy at strong safety at this point. He’ll get healthy competition from Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks.

As for slowing down the offense. If the Bills have the lead late I do expect them to go into a four-minute mode more often especially with a pound out yards rusher like Anthony Dixon now on the roster. Whether they’ll slow down the tempo is likely going to be decided on a case by case basis.

 


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Duke learning from & competing with Searcy

Posted by Chris Brown on July 15, 2014 – 10:43 am

Positions battles are commonplace in every NFL training camp, but the dynamics with the one for the strong safety role with the Bills are a bit different. One of the candidates for Buffalo’s strong safety job alongside Aaron Williams, Duke Williams explained how the circumstances of the competition between himself, Da’Norris Searcy and Jonathan Meeks give the battle a different vibe.

“Me and Meeks came in as rookies and Da’Norris has been here three years before we have,” said Duke Willaims. “So we try to learn from him and compete against him at the same time.”

Williams has taken that learning part to the next level as he’ll often sit in with Searcy to study film.

“Me and Da’Norris are neighbors so we go to each other’s house and watch film together and go over plays and just talk football together,” said Williams. “It’s a great competition and a healthy competition and we’re all trying to help each other and in the end the better guy is going to take the position.”

As we profiled in our Camp Countdown the strong safety job looks like it’s Searcy’s to lose heading into camp.


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Fan Friday 4-4

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2014 – 12:24 pm

The 2014 draft is just over a month away and the pro days are winding down. Among the big ones left are Penn State (April 8), LSU (April 9) and Georgia (April 16).

For now here are some of your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Chris,

If a scenario happens where say the big 3, Clowney, Mack and Watkins were gone and either/or Bortles, Bridgewater and Manziel fell to the Bills at #9. Do you see any chance the Bills would have interest? I’m of the mind that we need to give EJ Manuel a healthy and fully educated season to see if he’s the man. That being said if a team sees a potential franchise QB drop into their lap I guess you do have to consider it.

Enjoy your work Chris,
Thanks Wally James
Fredericksburg ,VA

CB: That’s an interesting scenario you’ve painted. I think the Bills have been clear that they are all in on EJ Manuel as their franchise quarterback. As tempting as it may be to draft Johnny Manziel if he is there at nine, you have to look at this the way the Bills or any other NFL franchise would.

They invested more than a year of research, scouting, testing and projecting to make their determination that EJ Manuel is fully capable of being their franchise quarterback and excelling for them on the field. That kind of commitment mandates that you do everything you can as an organization to help him succeed. Drafting a quarterback ninth overall this year, no matter who it is, does not achieve that mandate.

If the value at nine is right for a player who can more effectively help EJ Manuel on the field this year on offense then another player will be the pick. Not Johnny Manziel. If the value is not right then I see the Bills moving back to allow another club to trade in to take Johnny Manziel and gain valuable picks in the process, not unlike they did last year (See: Kiko Alonso).

 

2 – Chris,
Thanks for all you do. With all of the cuts of high priced veterans (Revis, Peppers, etc) do you anticipate Mario Williams to survive the length of his contract in Buffalo?   Or do you anticipate the Bills parting ways to free up $16+ million in cap space.

-Jim

CB: High-priced players sometimes do not see the end of lucrative contracts, and you’ve provided more than one example above. When contracts aren’t guaranteed, as is the case in the NFL, there are no guarantees a player will see the end of it with the club that signed him.

That being said the Bills are among the most fiscally responsible teams in the league and rarely put themselves in a position of having to fire sale the roster. The last time it happened was in 2000 when late GM John Butler, being so tied to Hall of Famers Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed compromised the team’s salary cap health until he unfortunately had to cut all three on the same day.

It served as a lesson to this organization to not fall into such a situation again.

So while I certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a day coming when the Bills do decide to part ways with Mario Williams prematurely, I think they also try to maintain a measure of responsible spending to allow for a couple of lavish contracts on the roster.

 

3 – Chris,
As always thank you and everyone who help to inform Bills nation. My question is on the defensive side,  now that Byrd is gone for sure who do you see stepping up next to Williams? I know Searcy saw a good deal of time last season in spot duty for Byrd early on(along with Leonhard), but do you see him as a full time starter? I really like him as a third safety you can put in the box and play on special teams personally.

Do you think Duke Williams could be the next guy or Meeks maybe? Or maybe a replacement could be found in the draft. Also what do you make of the defensive end position as a sleeper positional need? Do you see any of the “tweeners” (Hughes or Lawson among others) possible switching to or back to the d-end position? Or do they stay at linebacker? Look forward to hearing what you think thanks again!
Will

CB: Doug Marrone has given indication that Corey Graham will be given an opportunity to play safety alongside Aaron Williams, so he’ll be part of the competition and I like the open-minded thinking there. He’ll be in direct competition with Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks. I really liked what I saw from Williams in both the practice setting and the preseason last year. I think his athleticism caters well to the versatility you need nowadays at the safety position. He played corner at Nevada so coverage assignments down on the line aren’t an issue for him.

We just didn’t see enough of Meeks last year with the injury to know what he can offer. Searcy while capable of playing safety really carved out a niche for himself as a nickel LB. He had a very productive season there so I’m not sure the coaches will want to mess with that.

As for defensive end, I think the priority is getting Jerry Hughes signed to a long term deal as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. Provided they can get a deal done they should be okay there.

With coach Marrone saying at the league meetings last week that they’ll primarily be a 4-3 front defensively I do see Hughes and Lawson joining Mario Williams as the primary defensive ends in Jim Schwartz’s defense. Whether they decide to add through the draft remains to be seen, but that’s a pretty darn good trio.

 

4 – HI CHRIS,
I am absolutely delighted that the Bills have re-signed K Dan Carpenter,but I am perplexed as to why the Dolphins released him. Was he a problem in Miami or was it a money situation??
Regards from
Richard
Los Angeles

CB:
The Dolphins found him expendable because they drafted a kicker in the middle of the fifth round last year in Caleb Sturgis. Miami was apparently disappointed in Carpenter, who had struggled a bit early in the 2012 season and was hurt for the last two games that year. The investment in Sturgis practically predetermined how the “competition” was going to turn out in Miami last summer.

What I enjoyed was watching Carpenter succeed on almost 92 percent of his attempts, almost half of which came from 40-yards plus. He finished tied for 10th in the NFL in field goal accuracy and only two kickers ahead of him (Gostkowski, Tucker) had more attempts from 40-yard plus than him.

Meanwhile Sturgis finished 29th in field goal accuracy at 74.6%.

From 40-yards plus last season Carpenter was an impressive 14-for-17 (82.3%) including 4-for-6 from 50-yards plus. Sturgis was 11-for-17 (64.7%) and he played half his games in Miami. Carpenter had seven games in Buffalo.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

I have a hypothetical question for you. If Sammy Watkins was still available when the Bills are picking do you think they may pass on him because he is reportedly to be represented by Eugene Parker? I think it would be a fair observation to say that Eugene Parker is developing a reputation for causing the Bills front office grief when it comes to contract negotiations with Jairus Byrd and Jason Peters being prime examples.

From an outsiders prospective if the Bills were to select Watkins and he performs as expected, then we would only have him for the length of his rookie contract before he ventures off to “greener pastures”. Do you think teams are impacted by who the players selects as their agent when deciding who to draft particularly in the first round?

Regards
Matt
CB: I don’t believe that NFL clubs factor in the agent for the player when assessing their grade for the player on their draft board. Knowing that I tend to believe the Bills and every other NFL team chooses a player based on his ability on the field, potential, character makeup, passion for the game and fit for their team. So if Sammy Watkins is on the board at nine, which I don’t think will happen, then I see the Bills running the card up to the podium with his name on it.

Your point is a valid one, but the opportunity to get one of the best prospects in the entire class at a position of need trumps any concern you might have about him staying with the team for his second contract.


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S Dixon says he met with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 3:30 pm

Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon is a big time hitter and spent some time with the Bills this weekend.

Forecast as a fourth-round pick, Dixon confirmed he met with Buffalo for an interview. He was used in a couple of different roles for the Bears including a hybrid nickel linebacker-safety role not that different from the role played by Buffalo’s Da’Norris Searcy.

He is active in run support and has decent coverage ability. Dixon is expected to run in the mid-4.5s Tuesday.

The Baylor safety was ejected from the TCU game this past season for targeting and was suspended for the first half of the following game against Texas as a result. Dixon said he has not been asked about the ejection by any of the teams that interviewed him to this point.

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Bills Friday injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2013 – 2:41 pm

We already know that Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods are out for Sunday. Here’s how the rest of the injury report shapes up for the Bills with S Da’Norris Searcy the only remote concern.

Searcy was only able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday, but is listed as probable and is expected to play.

Player

Pos

Injury

Participation   Friday

Game Status

Kyle Williams

DT

Achilles

FP

Probable

Robert Woods

WR

Ankle

DNP

Out

Stevie Johnson

WR

Groin

DNP

Out

Da’Norris Searcy

S

Hamstring

LP

Probable


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Searcy limited, but looking ok for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2013 – 3:52 pm

Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy missed Wednesday’s practice, but participated on a limited basis on Thursday leaving head coach Doug Marrone encouraged about Searcy’s availability for Sunday’s game.

“Searcy looked good,” said Marrone. “No issues there. Unless he has a setback during the week he should be in great shape.”

Here’s the Thursday updated injury report for the Bills.

Player

Pos

Injury

Participation   Wednesday

Participation   Thursday

Kyle Williams

DT

Achilles

DNP

FP

Robert Woods

WR

Ankle

DNP

DNP

Stevie Johnson

WR

Groin

DNP

DNP

Da’Norris Searcy

S

Hamstring

DNP

LP


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Searcy back practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2013 – 11:54 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that S Da’Norris Searcy was expected to practice on Thursday. That has proven to be the case.

Searcy is dressed and participating in practice. Marrone indicated that it would likely be on a limited basis.

Searcy’s hamstring stain suffered last week was considered minor.

Not practicing are Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods.


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Marrone: Lawson good to go

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2013 – 5:22 pm

Bills LB Manny Lawson left Sunday’s game with what was reported to be a hamstring injury and did not return. But on Monday head coach Doug Marrone indicated that Lawson would be fine for this week’s game.

When asked about Lawson’s injury status, Marrone stated succinctly that Lawson is good to go.

“He’s good. No problems,” said Marrone.

Having Lawson back in the lineup will be a big help to holding the edge against the run and on coverage assignments. He’s currently third on the team in tackles behind Kiko Alonso and Da’Norris Searcy.


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Byrd glad to see action again

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2013 – 11:18 pm

Bills FS Jairus Byrd was back on the game field for the first time in nine months Sunday, but was not a full-time starter against the Bengals. Still the safety was happy just to be lining up with his defensive teammates again.

“It felt good,” said Byrd. “It felt really good. You take this game for granted sometimes, and it was really good just to get back out there and be with my teammates and get in the swing of things and play again.”

Byrd was used as a third safety in some of the defense’s subpackages, while Jim Leonhard and Da’Norris Searcy served as the base defense safeties.

“We had a lot of packages going in they just kind of rotated us around and just kind of disguised a little bit,’ he said. “It was good to get back out there.”

Whether Byrd’s role increases or changes moving forward remains to be seen.


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Bills DBs on high alert with Browns throwing

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2013 – 8:51 am

With the Browns leading the league in pass attempts and averaging almost 46 pass attempts a game, Buffalo’s secondary is going to be on high alert.

The main concerns are TE Jordan Cameron, who leads the team with 30 receptions and five touchdowns, four of which have come in the last two games. WR Josh Gordon is another go-to guy with 28 targets in the last two games.

Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy, fresh off a four pass breakup performance against Baltimore is well aware that passes figure to be flying everywhere when they’re on the field.

“You’ve got to be alert regardless especially now that the NFL is becoming a passing league,” he said. “A lot of teams don’t necessarily have one specific guy they go to especially with this team. They love to spread it around so pretty much everybody is live so we have to cover everybody.”

“Any time you get big physical receivers, quarterback s like to throw it up and give them a chance, figuring that the worst thing that’s going to happen is an incomplete pass,” said Jim Leonhard. “We get challenged every week.  We realize that being a young secondary, we’re going to get tested every week.  This Thursday is not going to be any different.”

The added challenge for the Bills is the likelihood that they’ll have more moving parts in the defensive backfield this week with Aaron Williams (low back) and Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) still on the mend.

“We’ve got to make sure our communication is down pat, which is going to be tough with the short week and all, but with the extra meeting time we have, we just are making sure we’re on one accord and get these guys covered,” said Searcy.


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