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Searcy, Martin not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2012 – 2:16 pm

Only a pair of non-participants at Bills practice today.

Da’Norris Searcy and Ruvell Martin are not practicing. We’ll have a post practice update.

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Searcy to miss finale

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2012 – 1:14 pm

Bills S Da’Norris Searcy will miss the season finale against the Jets due to injury.

Searcy suffered a groin injury against the Dolphins Sunday and won’t be ready to play this week according to head coach Chan Gailey.

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Kyle, Searcy limited

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2012 – 4:07 pm

DT Kyle Williams and S Da’Norris Searcy both returned to practice Thursday, but did not do everything.

“Searcy was back and he was limited, but looked good,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “Kyle was the same thing, limited as well.”

Williams returned to practice a day earlier than he did the previous week and is expected to be fine to play on Sunday against the Titans. Williams and Searcy are both dealing with ankle injuries.

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Searcy back, Urbik sits

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2012 – 2:10 pm

Da’Norris Searcy is back practicing after sitting out Wednesday’s practice, but Kraig Urbik may have taken a step back.

After practicing Wednesday on a limited basis Urbik is not doing anything here on Thursday.

We’ll get an update on his status after practice.

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Searcy to rotate with Wilson

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2012 – 10:50 am

It happened in Week 1 and it will continue in Week 2. Defensive co-captain George Wilson will rotate at strong safety with second-year player Da’Norris Searcy.

That according to head coach Chan Gailey, who confirmed to, that Searcy has earned playing time on defense.

“We’re just trying to let both of them play,” said Gailey. “Da’Norris has earned the right to play some with his play. So we’re trying to keep them both fresh and let them play.”

The rotation is just one of many for the Bills. Justin Rogers is expected to rotate at the nickel with Leodis McKelvin, Terrence McGee is expected to rotate at left cornerback with Aaron Williams and Erik Pears is expected to rotate at right tackle with Chris Hairston.

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Fan Friday 8-10

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2012 – 11:30 am

Well preseason game number one is in the books. Just another four days of camp and the team returns to One Bills Drive. Let’s get to your questions from and @ChrisBrownBills on twitter.

1 - Chris,
I was wondering what kind if influence an improved defense would have on the offensive play calling?  If (IF) this bill’s defense can live up to its billing, will Fitzpatrick need to throw as much?

CB: I asked both Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick this very question a while back. Both indicated that when you’re playing with a lead more often there’s less of a need to take risks. Here’s exactly what they had to say about your question.

“You have a football team,” said Gailey. “You don’t have an offense, a defense and special teams. You have a football team and the objective is to win the game. So you’re always adjusting to what the situation in the game is and if we’re in closer ball games and we have leads you do change your thought process and the way you approach the game. And it allows Fitz to alter the way he approaches the game a little bit. We’ve got to continue to work that because we’ve not been in that situation in the last couple of years.”

I think it allows you to limit the risks you take,” said Fitzpatrick. “I think if you’re in games all the time and not falling behind whether it’s from a poor performance early from the offense or whatever it is, you certainly have to be a smarter and more reserved quarterback. With our offense there are going to be times where we take chances because that’s what makes us good as well. But there’s a balance we have to find there in terms of when we’re taking those chances and when to take the checkdown.”


2 - Hey Chris,

Thanks for your daily articles and updates.  I had a question about offensive tackle based on your latest article.  A lot of scouts seem to believe that both Glenn and Hairston could be great RT’s.  So why is there only competition at LT?  I think Pears played well last year at RT and I’m glad we have him, but I think he still has plenty to prove.  It’s not like he’s an All-Pro, but it seems like he’s just being handed the RT job without having to compete for it.  Why shouldn’t the loser of the LT competition be considered for the starting spot on the right side?  Isn’t it possible that Glenn and Hairston could be the two best OT’s on the team?

Denver, CO

CB: It’s my opinion that Erik Pears had a very good season last year from start to finish. He was a much stronger player after spending an offseason in Buffalo’s conditioning program and put on 20 pounds. His play was rewarded with a three-year contract extension.

Right now he’s working back from a groin strain in camp, so Hairston has been forced to line up on the right side. I think part of the reason RT has been Pears job and his job only (before injury) is because he played very consistently last season and is a veteran presence on what is a pretty young line.

I’m not saying at some point the player that finishes second in the LT competition can’t be the team’s starting right tackle, but I think there’s value in continuity as well and keeping Pears at RT knowing he can do the job is viewed as the best idea by the staff moving forward (provided he’s healthy).


3 - Hey Chris,

My question is who are going to be the backups in the secondary? Where do you see Bryan Scott? Do you see much from Searcy? There was a lot of talk about him when the Bills drafted him but hadn’t heard much.


bigfoot21 here is sunny South Carolina.


CB: Bryan Scott is a linebacker in the nickel packages and that’s really the extent of his role. Da’Norris Searcy as we’ve mentioned several times in our daily Practice Notes reports has been getting time with the starting unit rotating in for both George Wilson and Jairus Byrd. I think the staff wants to try to find a role for him presumably in a subpackage (nickel, dime).

I think sooner rather than later Searcy will be making an impact on Buffalo’s defense. He’s been impressive in the time he’s been with the ones on the practice field. We’ll see what he can do in the preseason.


4 - Hi Chris, thanks for all the information through the years. Living in San Diego, my son and I only see the Bills in enemy territory. I am trying to take him back to Buffalo to show him how a real football crowd is.

My question is does Shawn Powell or John Potter have any realistic chance making this team? Though I like the veterans, these young players look pretty good and it might be time for a change. Again thanks, Art
CB: I think Potter could make the roster as a kickoff specialist and kicker on long field goal attempts 55-yards plus. Chan Gailey has made no secret of his feelings about what kind of a weapon he believes Potter can be if he can prove that he can deliver touchbacks with regularity. He basically told me that if Potter can guarantee the opponent is starting in their own 20-yard line every time then it’s worth using a roster spot.

As for Powell I think he’s got an uphill battle. He has raw talent, but he’s not as consistent or polished as Moorman. In a year where the Bills are gunning for the playoffs you keep the guy you can count on punt in and punt out.


5 - Hi Chris, thank you for taking my question.

Is Vince Young getting the same attention from Coach Lee on his mechanics and decision making as Fitz is? And if so is he seeing any improvement in his game?

I appreciate your insight. Thanks!

- Chris Kenyon (Albany, NY)

CB: Vince Young is being schooled on the same lower body mechanics as Fitz. The same with Thigpen. A quarterbacks coach works with all of his players and David Lee is no different. Young has performed better over the past week of camp with his accuracy. Young’s arm delivery isn’t prototype, but because he’s so tall it’s a throwing motion that can work in the NFL.

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Bell, Searcy earn praise

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2012 – 8:46 am

The stat crunchers and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus took a closer look at who was “trending” up this season in the AFC East this past season and Buffalo has two players singled out for some praise.

In their AFC East write up in the category of most improved was OT Demetrius Bell. Granted he missed eight games with a broken collarbone, but by their evaluation standards he improved most from 2010 (when he was essentially playing on one leg) to 2011. Here’s what they wrote.

Demetrius Bell: From (2010) -13.0 to +6.8
When Bell first started for the Bills in 2009 he looked out of his depth. He wasn’t quite so bad in 2010, but he looked far from competent at the left tackle spot. He did just doing enough to make you think that he warranted another try if nothing else. Still, his performance in his 401 snaps this year was something of a surprise, with Bell giving up just a sack, hit, and pressure on his 252 pass blocks. It would have been nice to see more of him, but what we did see suggests the Bills may have been right to show patience.

In the category of deserving of more snaps was former fourth-round pick Da’Norris Searcy. Here’s what they wrote.

Da’Norris Searcy: +2.7 on 231 snaps
It may be tough for Searcy to find more playing time with the combo of Jairus Byrd and George Wilson having been such a good one this season. The Bills’ fourth-round pick in 2011 showed he had something, most notably with a standout display against Miami in Week 11. A flash in the pan, or something more, only more playing time will tell.

George Wilson is an unquestioned leader on defense, played very well in 2011 and was the quarterback of the secondary, but Searcy will provide a strong push for playing time. It will likely be one of the more intriguing training camp position battles this summer.


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Searcy chops dreds

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2012 – 2:33 pm

Knowing football players can be tough to recognize with all the time they spend in helmets, it might not be a big deal, but Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy has changed his look (haircut).

Searcy chopped off all of his dreadlocks that he had during the 2011 season. Here’s his twitter avatar as proof.



One note, the last Bills players to completely shed their dreadlocks was Stevie Johnson and Donald Jones and that turned out pretty well. We’ll hope for similar results for Searcy.

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Testing young DBs

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2011 – 4:06 pm

The three rookies in the secondary that have seen a lot of playing time the past two games will be playing their first home game in the secondary together. Knowing that communication has been an issue between all of them Buffalo’s defensive staff is preparing them for the crowd noise Bills fans will be providing to disrupt the Titans offense.

Chan Gailey has had crowd noise blaring onto the practice field this week so the young players are forced to communicate either by shouting or hand signals to communicate pre-snap checks.

“We got it done,” said Gailey. “We got a good solid day in today with that and a lot of communication.”

Veteran George Wilson, who has been out of the lineup said film review of the Jets game showed more than 20 mental errors by the team with the secondary responsible for their share. That’s why Gailey was honest in his assessment of the communication on the back end the past couple of weeks.

“Average,” he said. “They’re not there yet. It’s hurt us big a few times the lack of communication. So that’s an area for improvement.”

Aaron Williams, Justin Rogers and Da’Norris Searcy are all likely to be on the field a great deal again this week vs. Tennessee.

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Pears, Kelsay go, Wilson on side

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2011 – 4:13 pm

Right tackle Erik Pears and LB Chris Kelsay were listed as limited in practice Thursday, but did most of the work in practice. George Wilson however, remains a big question mark.

“Pears was back and did okay,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “I hope he’ll keep coming. We have to list him as limited, but he did a lot.”

As for Wilson’s status Gailey says his strong safety’s chances for Sunday are still very much up in the air.

“He’s still questionable for the game,” he said. “I hope he can get out here tomorrow and do some things.”

If Wilson cannot go on Sunday he’ll be replaced by rookie Da’Norris Searcy.

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Searcy questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2011 – 12:20 pm

Bills rookie S Da’Norris Searcy was not looking good for Sunday’s game after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday this week, but his participation in practice Friday is giving him a legit chance to be available.

“Yeah I was shocked to be honest with you,” said head coach Chan Gailey after seeing Searcy practice. “We’re going to list him as questionable. We’ll see. He ran around a lot better out there than I thought he was going to.”

Searcy has been a fixture on Buffalo’s special teams units.

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Searcy not looking good for Sun.

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2011 – 7:15 am

Bills rookie safety Da’Norris Searcy is not looking good for Sunday’s game.

Searcy, who plays on more than one special teams unit, has not practiced at all this week due to an ankle injury sustained in last week’s game against Philadelphia.

“Da’Norris is going to have a hard time making it this week,” said head coach Chan Gailey.

Searcy has appeared in each of the first five games for the Bills this season.

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Finaly Searcy INT was reviewed

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2011 – 4:47 pm

Long after Bills fans headed to the parking lots to celebrate a 38-35 victory, the referees were told to return to the field to take a second look at Da’Norris Searcy’s interception on a Hail Mary pass by the Raiders to the end zone as time expired.

“It was ruled an interception,” said head referee Mike Carey. “We came into the locker room after delaying to see if it was going to be reviewed. I got a beep in the locker room, a buzz in the locker room, that said review. Went back out, put the headset on. They weren’t set up. But it was an erroneous transmission, and they had already confirmed the ruling on the field.”

Carey also clarified what it takes to determine simultaneous possession on a pass like the Hail Mary at the end of Sunday’s game in terms of what a receiver needs to do.

“He needs to maintain possession when he goes to the ground,” said Carey. “If he doesn’t maintain possession then it’s either incomplete or an interception.”

Searcy was the first player to catch the ball and had it himself.

“I had the best view of the ball over everybody, so once the ball started coming down I got adjusted and went up over everybody and I was the first guy to touch the ball, and when I started coming down guys started trying to pull at it and that’s when I tucked it away.”

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Wilson 1st guy thru at SS

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2011 – 11:17 am

At the outset George Wilson is the starter at strong safety, but there is healthy competition behind him.

Veteran Bryan Scott was the strong safety with the second unit, followed by rookie fourth-round pick Da’Norris Searcy. This is one of the few positions in camp that could see a lot of shuffling back and forth before we get to Sept. 11th.

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Bills rooks working in ATL

Posted by Chris Brown on June 21, 2011 – 12:27 pm

Some of Buffalo’s draft choices are still working out together in Atlanta.

That according to Bills third-round pick Kelvin Sheppard, who said as much on his twitter account as he’s working out with top pick Marcell Dareus and a few others. 

KelvinSheppard An can’t forget my boys @TakeoSpikes51, @jairusbyrd, @DSearcy21 an a couple others not in pic out there grindin too!!

Here’s a photo from the workout in which he and Dareus appear. Dareus is dead center and Shep is on the far left.

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Fan Friday 6-10

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2011 – 11:30 am

Alright Bills fans, time for another round of your offseason questions from Feel free to submit any questions you might have via e-mail. Let’s get right to it.

1 - Chris, One thing I’m often wondering about in the offseason is what the players are up to: their perceptions of weak areas in their games they could try to strengthen, exercise and practice routines, their daily life -families, hobbies, community service, books, movies, TV, travel.  Does Levi Brown work on specific areas of need in his game or just on getting stronger physically? Does he throw much? Does he do things to work on decision-making, play calling, recognition of defenses, etc,etc.  Do the players work together (receivers and quarterbacks, offensive linemen  and defensive linemen)?  Do agents provide mentors for young players?  Would the team normally give them grades on their play and suggest or provide off season coaching (not this year of course).  We keep hearing how professional athletes have year round commitments to their sports in terms of conditioning etc, but just how specifically do they try to improve their skills in the off season?

Jim D.

CB: Most rookies when they enter their first NFL offseason are usually told they need to get stronger. Their first trip through the rigors of a 16-game season is a learning experience. Often times they’re asked by their coaches to improve their strength and stamina to better handle the more demanding pro schedule.

Players usually have exit interviews with their position coaches and head coach at the end of the season. It’s then when they’re given a road map on where they need to improve their game.  A lot of times a coach will ask the player first what they’d like to improve. Obviously improving some things is limited to a team practice setting, like reading defenses quicker (for receivers). But there are things they can improve on their own, like sharper route running.

Working together with teammates usually doesn’t happen in a normal offseason, that is until they come in for OTAs and minicamps. But maintaining their conditioning is a year round process.


2 - Hi Chris,

Which of the Bills draftees do you actually see starting on the field this year (If the lockout ends)? I’m guessing Dareus will be a full time guy, and that Williams and Sheppard have a good chance of starting. Also, who do you think makes the 53-man team? Which veterans will be really pushed for their jobs this year?                                                                    


CB: In talking to Bills GM Buddy Nix, I know he’s confident that most of the top half of his draft class will push for starting jobs from Dareus to Searcy. Dareus should start from day one just because of his immense talent. Williams steps in at a position where there are currently only three cornerbacks under contract in McGee, McKelvin and Corner, so there’s an opportunity there.

Sheppard might have the stiffest competition as he presumably will be going up against veteran starters. Searcy’s versatility will earn him a long look at strong safety.


3 - Hey Chris,

Seeing that Pryor will most likely enter the supplemental draft, do you think that the Bills will take him?  I don’t know how it works, but they would have the third pick would they not?  And the two picks before them don’t need a quarterback.  Gailey could work with Pryor’s skill set and Fitz and all the Bills could help guide him.

Tommy of Pittsford 

CB: Having not spoken to Chan Gailey or Buddy Nix it’s hard to know what they might think of him. My own issue with Pryor is he hasn’t developed the quarterback skills that you need to succeed in the NFL as I see it. That’s not to say that he can’t develop them. Most expert evaluators I’ve spoken to are of the opinion that he can’t make all the throws, needs more experience effectively sensing pressure (takes off too soon) and needs more experience in a pro-style offense. Most draft gurus believe an NFL club would not surrender more than a 5th to 7th round pick on Pryor.

If a team chooses to use a pick on Pryor the way it works is an NFL club if they choose to use a 5th on Pryor would surrender a 5th in the 2012 NFL draft and use it instead in the Supplemental draft.


4 - Chris, 

How do you think the bulk of the carries will be split between CJ and Fred. It’s very obvious that Chan is smitten with CJ’s skills but Fred can do everything well. Most fans would like to see CJ explode this season and be a 10+ touchdown guy. Chan does like to throw the ball more than run it. What do you think Chan will do? 


CB: This is a tough one having not seen any team practices in light of this unusual offseason. I do know they want to get C.J. more involved in the offense, however I still believe Fred will do a lot of the heavy lifting with respect to inside run plays. I think in the end we’ll see Spiller get a lot more touches per game, but I anticipate a lot of his work to be out in space outside the numbers, similar to the role Reggie Bush has played in New Orleans’ offense.


5 – Chris,
I’m a little concerned about some of the rule changes I’ve read about.  According to an article I read online recently:
The following hits on players in a “defenseless posture” are now illegal:
• A player in the act or just after throwing a pass.
• A quarterback any time after a change of possession (i.e. turnover)
If a player in the act of throwing a pass is considered a defenseless player, does that mean that a QB can drop back with his arm cocked back (statue of liberty style) and then get as much time as he wants to pass while no defenders are allowed to hit him?  Are defenders allowed to try to knock the ball out of the QB’s hand and cause a fumble as he’s winding up?  Are QB’s basically going to be able to pump fake any time a defender’s about to hit them to force a penalty if the defender touches him? 
Also, if a QB throws a pick, is he still allowed to try to tackle the player that’s returning the INT?  That sounds a little unfair if the QB is trying to tackle the ball carrier and nobody on the returning team is allowed to block him. 
Any clarification you can provide would be appreciated as I haven’t been able to find any in-debth description of how these rules are phrased or would be interpreted by officials.  Thanks for your help.
-Brendan (Las Vegas)

CB: On the plus side defensive players will no longer be penalized for grazing of quarterbacks’ helmets. That should avoid some of the ticky tack penalties that we saw last year.

Defenders can no longer leave their feet and launch themselves up into an opponent delivering a blow to the helmet with any part of his own helmet. (15 yard penalty)

And yes the definition of the defenseless player was expanded to include those players:
-throwing a pass
-attempting or completing a catch without having time to ward off or avoid contact
-a runner whose forward progress has been stopped by a tackler
-kickoff or punt returners while ball is in the air
-kickers or punters during a return
-a QB during a change of possession
-a player that receivers a blind side hit from a blocker moving toward his own end zone.

These defenseless player definitions are not black and white, they will involve judgment calls on the part of the officials, and as we saw with the horse collar tackling, it took a while for the refs to have a good handle on that.

Regarding your question about the statue of liberty tactic, if it’s clearly not part of a “normal football play” it’s probably not going to be in the official’s judgment to be a defenseless player. And again the defenseless player deals mainly with hits to the head and neck area with the helmet or forearm primarily.

With respect to a QB defending an INT, or a punter or kicker defending a return, what the aim of those players being included in the defenseless player definition is to prevent opponents from taking a free shot on the opposing QB on a change of possession.

A good amount of the time the quarterback has no chance of making a play on the ball after a pick, but opposing linemen usually take a shot at them anyway by “blocking them to the ground.” If a quarterback chooses to try to make a play on the ball then he’s fair game as I read it.

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Fan Friday 5-27

Posted by Chris Brown on May 27, 2011 – 12:47 pm

Time to get rolling with another edition of Fan Friday with your questions from

1 - Chris, as Bills fans I think we are prone to believing that change is always for the better. Can you shed any light on the qualifications of the new scouting department that Buddy has brought in? I know Bills fans were eager to move on from Modrak however was his dismissal so Buddy could bring in an old friend’s son and guy he recruited when coaching in 1972? What are the qualifications of the new hires?  Do they have a track record and any talent they are specifically credited with finding? How do the new hires’ experience match up to Modrak’s? Am I off base by saying that the Buffalo Bills will now only go as far as Buddy Nix’s eye for talent takes us?
- Colorado Bills Backers

CB: I think you’re selling the new hires short. First, Pro Personnel Director Tom Gibbons was with the organization from the time he started in this business in 1992. He worked with Buddy Nix when he was with the organization the first time and then again when both followed John Butler and A.J. Smith to San Diego. Nix has worked with Gibbons for the better part of the last 18 years. He wouldn’t hire him if he didn’t think he could add to the operation. Granted Cook is a guy that has some close history with Nix as his father coached with Buddy at one time. But to his credit Cook has his own self made resume in scouting.

Cook oversaw the pre-draft process for the Kansas City Chiefs for a dozen years, so he’s most definitely qualified for his current assignment with Buffalo. Buddy Nix made it plain. He only hires people he knows first hand. He’s not hiring people off recommendations.

Now comparing the experience of these two men up against Tom Modrak might not be fair since Modrak has been in the game since the late 60’s. But I believe Nix is confident these guys have an eye for talent that will only deepen the pool of quality players on Buffalo’s roster.

2 - Chris:
We have some defensive linemen who should be real run stoppers – Kyle Williams, Torrell Troup, Alex Carringon and Marcell Dareus. Kellen Heard and Mike Jasper both seem to have some huge upside (no pun intended); any chance we’ll see them this year, or will they be more likely relegated to the Practice Squad? It would neat to see us play the Ravens or Browns with Heard and Jasper on the inside, and Williams and Dareus on the outside.
Mike Allen, Pittsford

CB: I think Jasper has to come a long way in a short period of time (getting shorter with each day of the lockout) to convince the coaching staff he’s NFL ready as a rookie. Both he and Kellen Heard have a much bigger hill to climb with the depth of the defensive front now with Dareus in the fold and Torell Troup and Alex Carrington now second-year players. Buffalo’s staff is unlikely to keep more than six or seven defensive linemen on the active roster. Last year they kept seven, so if it’s seven that last spot could be between Jasper and Heard.

3 - Chris, 

Can you break down what you presume to be the starters for the defensive backfield? Listening to Buddy, it seems McGee, McKelvin, and Williams will be in competition for starting. In terms of SS how deep on the depth chart is Searcy? Buddy wants to bring back Drayton, how would that affect Reggie Corner and Rogers? How does the coaching staff plan to better defend the TE, in almost every game a linebacker or safety was burned in pass coverage. 

CB: A lot of questions there. Basically if McGee stays healthy and McKelvin is more consistent and no other additions are made or return I anticipate that McGee and McKelvin will be the starters outside. Those are a lot of ifs however. McGee has had trouble staying healthy the past two seasons and McKelvin has not been consistent.

That could open the door for Williams if he has a solid training camp, provided there is one. I don’t believe Williams will do any worse than being the third corner. McGee has been the team’s best run support corner. If staying healthy is still an issue for him they need a good run support corner on the strong side and Williams is the next best option for that.

Corner and Rogers would be corners four and five with other additions likely leading up to the season before final roster cuts are made.

As for Searcy I believe he will push both Bryan Scott and George Wilson for a starting role. He’s bigger than both of them physically and being stouter in the run front is critical for this team. Provided he shows and ability to cover he could be in the mix for that starting SS job, especially if he can muscle up with tight ends.

4 - Why didnt the Bills address o-line or tight end in draft as much in your opinion? And the 7th rounder Mike Jasper the monster d-linemen, will he play some nose tackle or does Williams stay at nose? And finally what happens with Fitz if the Bills miss playoffs again?


CB: I think people are expecting a lot from Jasper because of his athleticism and measurables. I’m not here to sell him short, but rather to keep expectations realistic. He’s got a lot to learn with respect to technique having not played nose tackle the past two seasons. He’s got to make the 53-man roster first. Kyle Williams will start at the nose and his backup will be Torell Troup. Jasper has to convince the staff that he deserves one of the last D-line spots.

As for not addressing offensive line, the Bills drafted a tackle in round four, Chris Hairston who is seen as a right tackle prospect. Tight end Nix said was a position they looked at, but that the board did not fall right with the prospects they had an eye on.

I think the staff believes they can work with Scott Chandler, who was picked up late last season, and Shawn Nelson is still an athletic talent they’d like to find out more about.

Fitzpatrick is the starter in 2011. Beyond that is anybody’s guess because he’s entering the last year of his contract, barring an extension.

5 - Chan wanted to upgrade the pass rush and taking Dareus and Kelvin will help the run game. Are there favorites going forward for the starting edge rushers? Without seeing Merriman on the field yet it’s hard to gauge how good he can be again. Kelsay looked better with his hand on the ground. Moats looked the best in pass/run coverage. Maybin still needs work but Torbor might be a good back up option to. Who do you think Chan likes?

Jack S.

CB: I think the whole pass rush hinges on Merriman. I know, that’s a lot of eggs to put in one basket, but if he’s right the Bills could really make a giant leap forward with their defense instead of steady improvement. If he’s on they could have a top 12 defense. But as you said it’s a wait and see type deal.

I believe Moats will only improve in year two, I’m interested to see what Danny Batten has to offer. Torbor I’m anticipating might move inside where he played for most of the two seasons prior to his arrival in Buffalo.

Who Chan likes is really anybody’s guess.

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Searcy glad to be at workouts

Posted by Chris Brown on May 26, 2011 – 11:52 am

Bills fourth-round pick Da’Norris Searcy, who is profiled in the media center today on, was glad to get his feet wet with his new Bills teammates this week as they worked out together in Elma this week.

Searcy, who got some first hand coaching from Bills veteran safety George Wilson on the defensive scheme, sounded pleased with what he was able to accomplish in his first unofficial days as a pro.

DSearcy21 Just got done wit the last workout up here in B-LO, I’m just out here grinding wit my new teammates. #billnation wats good

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What I like about Searcy

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2011 – 12:21 pm

Bills fourth-round pick Da’Norris Searcy played strong safety for the Tar Heels and though he missed the first three games of the season still led the team in interceptions.

He had four in 2010 and was a victim of the NCAA investigation because he came out of it clean there at North Carolina, but because the investigation was delayed he had to sit and wait until it was done even though he wasn’t involved.

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