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OL visitors not surprising

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2013 – 3:34 pm

The Bills hosted a pair of free agent offensive linemen at the team facility today. After trying several options at the vacant starting left guard spot it appears as though Buffalo is trying to see if they can add some experience to the competition.

Through the spring practices the Bills have lined up Colin Brown, undrafted rookie Zach Chibane, Chris Scott, David Snow, Thomas Welch and Sam Young at guard at one time or another. Toward the end of the OTA practice sessions Welch lined up at guard for the first time in his tenure with Buffalo after playing exclusively at offensive tackle.

Both Tyronne Green and Doug Legursky, who visited Tuesday, have at least one year of starting experience under their belt. Green started 13 games in 2012 and Legursky 10 games in 2011. Combined the pair have 45 starts in their NFL careers. Here’s a look at the combined career starts and game appearances of the half dozen guard candidates currently on Buffalo’s roster.

Colin Brown – 12 games, 2 starts
Zach Chibane – 0 games, 0 starts
Chris Scott – 2 games, 0 starts
David Snow – 5 games, 2 starts
Thomas Welch – 11 games, 0 starts
Sam Young – 18 games, 4 starts
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Totals – 48 games, 8 starts

Now these numbers do not mean that any of the players listed above are not capable. In fact Snow and Young availed themselves well on the interior when asked to step in for injured starters last season. But the fact is that NFL coaches rest a bit easier when they can start a guy that’s been there before and proven it on a consistent basis.


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Snow to start at center

Posted by Chris Brown on December 9, 2012 – 11:35 am

It appeared this way in practice all week, but it’s confirmed now. Rookie David Snow will start at center and Kraig Urbik will stay at right guard.

Snow got all the first team reps at center while Urbik took second team reps.


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O-line calls to be handled by vets

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2012 – 10:26 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey chose not to reveal the lineup for his offensive line Sunday. It’s left the question out there as to whether it will be Kraig Urbik at center or rookie David Snow. Whoever is not at center will be at right guard. Even if Snow is at center against the Rams Sunday, don’t expect him to be making the line calls. That will be handled by two veterans up front for the Bills.

Head coach Chan Gailey answered in the affirmative in his weekly conversation with Buffalobills.com when asked if Andy Levitre and Kraig Urbik will be handling a lot of the pre-snap calls on the line no matter where Urbik lines up.

“Oh yes,” said Gailey. “A lot of times when you have two new guys playing next to each other that’s not the easiest thing in the world either. You really have to communicate all the way out. The good thing about Sam (Young) is he’s played, he’s been a pro so I think he’ll be able to communicate back in whatever is necessary to communicate back in.”

Urbik also gave indication that he and Levitre would be handling the line calls before the snap.

“Whether I’m at guard or center I’m going to be help (David) Snow and Sam (Young),” said Urbik. “We’re going here, or we’re going here, that way there is no guesswork and no thinking. We’re just going. I think Andy (Levitre) and I are going to be doing most of the communicating no matter what.”

“The communication is one of the biggest factors, but we’ve been working with those guys,” said Gailey of Snow and Young. “We’ve had communication with them for quite a while, almost the whole season now. The speed of the game is what they’ve have to adjust to. The other three guys are used to the speed of the game, they’re not. It’s going to be a challenge for them to adjust to the speed of the game. And this is a tough defensive front to make that adjustment against.

“This is probably the biggest challenge we’ve had all year. With the quality of players they have on their front, they play so hard and so fast. They’re quick and strong. They’re as good a defensive line as we have faced all season. We have our work cut out for us with two new guys on our offensive line. It’s a challenge for our football team.”


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Gailey holds O-line cards close to vest

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2012 – 1:29 pm

The Bills know what their lineup is going to be on their offensive line come Sunday against the Rams, they just don’t want St. Louis to know. Head coach Chan Gailey chose not to reveal who would line up at center in place of the injured Eric Wood.

When asked what he was willing to reveal regarding his re-shuffled offensive line for this week, Gailey offered the following.

“We’ll have five,” said Gailey. “Every play we’ll have five and sometimes we’ll have six, but that’s about as far as I want to go on that. We know what we’re going to do, but I don’t want to talk about where everybody is going to play.”

Last Sunday after Eric Wood exited the game with a torn MCL in his left knee, right guard Kraig Urbik moved to center and rookie David Snow came on to replace Urbik at right guard. Sam Young stepped in at right tackle for the injured Chris Hairston, who has since been moved to injured reserve.

The other possible lineup would be David Snow at center and Urbik remaining at his right guard spot. Either way is comfortable for Urbik, who made five starts at center last season for Wood.

“I felt comfortable going in there last game when Eric got hurt and I’ve had a lot of practice at center so I feel comfortable there,” said Urbik.

Whether the offensive staff has chosen to change that alignment for this week remains to be seen.


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RBs, TEs ready to assist in pass pro

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2012 – 9:30 am

Veterans on Buffalo’s offense realize they’ll have to assimilate rookie OL David Snow and OL Sam Young into the lineup in short order this week in preparation for the St. Louis Rams Sunday.  

Although Ryan Fitzpatrick typically gets the ball out quick, the Rams are a formidable pass rushing front as they’re currently tied for fourth in the league in sacks with 34.

“They do a great job of rushing the passer and (Chris) Long will be a challenge over there for Sam (Young). That’ll be a real challenge for him. But to be honest with you they rotate through a lot of guys that can play. This might be overall as athletic a defensive front and a powerful combined with quickness defensive front as we’ve played all season.”

Long has seven sacks this season and fellow DE Robert Quinn has 8.5. Buffalo’s tight ends and running backs assure they’ll be ready if help is pass protection is required.

“It’s something that we’ll be aware of,” said Fred Jackson. “We would like to see what those guys can do, though. We’re going to have some things in the game plan where we may be doing some things over there, chipping here and there,  but I think that will be dictated by how they handle it. 

“If they’re doing fine, we’ll let those guys handle it on themselves, and just do what we do.  If we feel like we’ve got to get over there and give Fitz a little bit more time back there, it’s something we’re accustomed to doing and it won’t be hard for us to adjust to that.”


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Snow, Urbik split time at guard and center

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2012 – 4:32 pm

Buffalo’s interior linemen are preparing to pick up the slack left behind by Eric Wood’s MCL injury. The starting center is out for at least the next two games. Set to fill the void are Kraig Urbik and rookie David Snow at center and right guard. Who’s playing where however, is still up in the air.

Head coach Chan Gailey said a final decision as to who plays right guard and who plays center will be decided later in the week. On Wednesday Snow and Urbik split time at both center and guard.

“I played both,” said Snow after Wednesday’s practice. “Not one or the other, just both.”

“It was really split today,” Urbik told Buffalobills.com. “I got guard and center work and we’re just going to see what works out best.”


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Gailey not locked on C-G combo

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2012 – 12:54 pm

As the Bills head out on the practice field this afternoon, it will begin the final stages in making a decision as to who will start at right guard and who will start at center for the Bills on Sunday.

Most observers are expecting starting right guard Kraig Urbik to shift to center in place of the injured Eric Wood, much like he did last season, and undrafted rookie David Snow to come in at right guard to replace Urbik. That’s how the pair ended the game last Sunday after Wood left with a torn MCL in his left knee.

“We’re going to work them both and I’m not sure which way that’ll go to be honest with you,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “We’ll have to wait and see which way is the best way to go by the end of the week.”

Snow played center all through the offseason workouts and training camp with Buffalo, but in his four years at Texas he was a two-year starter at guard and spent his other two collegiate seasons at center.

Gailey said he has a drop dead date to cement the lineup for Sunday, but would not reveal that timetable to the media.


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Bills add OL Williams to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2012 – 4:25 pm

The Buffalo Bills added another offensive lineman to their eight-man practice squad Tuesday.

Buffalo signed free agent G Keith Williams. Williams is familiar with the Bills offense after spending most of last season on the club’s practice squad. He was signed as a futre free agent last January and spent the whole 2012 offseason with Buffalo before he was a final cut at the close of the preseason.

He appeared in all four of the Bills preseason games this past summer, working mainly at right guard. He’s a former sixth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Williams (6’5″ 330) fills the vacant spot on the practice squad left by C/G David Snow, who was promoted to the 53-man roster late last week. Buffalo now has three offensive linemen on their practice squad.


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Snow elevated to 53-man roster

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2012 – 4:07 pm

For the second straight week, Bills practice squad OL David Snow has been elevated to the active roster.

Last week he was elevated for emergency depth on Buffalo’s offensive line with Kraig Urbik out, Chad Rinehart gimpy with a calf injury and Eric Wood dealing with a foot ailment.

This week Snow, a center-guard, replaced the released Reggie Wells.

Wells was signed to the roster last week for depth as well, but did not dress for the Arizona game. Snow was active, but did not play. The rookie signed with the club as an undrafted free agent back in May.


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Jersey numbers for Snow and Ross

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2012 – 1:45 pm

C-G David Snow and DT Jay Ross were called up from the practice squad on Saturday. Here are the jersey numbers they’ll be wearing today.

Snow will wear jersey number 61. Ross will wear jersey number 73.

Also recently signed OL Reggie Wells will wear jersey number 68.


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OL Wells unlikely to dress Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2012 – 3:58 pm

Having just signed Tuesday and getting his first practice in today, head coach Chan Gailey said it’s unlikely that new OL Reggie Wells will be dressed to play on Sunday against Arizona.

“It’s not easy to integrate a guy this time of year that has no familiarity with your system at all,” said Gailey. “The great thing is Reggie is a nine-year vet. He probably has heard a lot of different things so he can integrate into the system a lot quicker. I doubt he’ll make it this week, but he ought to be up to speed enough to play maybe the next week.”

If Wells doesn’t dress that would leave Buffalo with just six offensive linemen to dress Sunday counting Chad Rinehart, who is iffy with a calf injury. Typically the team dresses seven offensive linemen for a game, so it’s likely that Buffalo makes another player move with one of their practice squad players, most likely David Snow, who knows the offensive system having been with the club since May when he was signed as an undrafted rookie.


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