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Why Bell’s first name changed

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2012 – 1:17 pm

The spelling of Bills former offensive tackle Demetress Bell’s first name had a noticeable change in signing with the Eagles as it used to be spelled Demetrius. We found out why.

According to Bell, his mother has spelled his name incorrectly since his birth. Recently Bell needed his birth certificate and came to discover that his name is spelled Demetress. Not much more to it than that I’m afraid.


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OT Bell signs with Eagles

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2012 – 10:55 am

Bills free agent offensive tackle Demetrius Bell is a free agent no more. According to the Eagles team website, Bell has signed with Philadelphia.

Per the Eagles site it’s a five-year deal. Buffalo made Bell an offer, but it was clear he wanted to see if he could find a better deal. With Philadelphia losing starting LT Jason Peters to a ruptured Achilles tendon last week, the Eagles likely made a very good offer to the 27-year old tackle.

Bell is an athletic offensive lineman, but was plagued by injuries the past few seasons. He appeared in just seven games in 2011 after a fractured collar bone forced him to miss eight of the nine games for which he was inactive.

In 2009 he missed eight games due to a knee injury, which led to offseason microfracture surgery.


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Another FA visit for Bell?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2012 – 3:01 pm

Earlier in the day we passed along that Bills free agent OT Demetrius Bell was visiting with the Steelers Friday. That may not be the only free agent visit he makes in the state of Pennsylvania this weekend.

According to NBC 10 in Philadelphia’s Howard Eskin, Bell will visit with the Eagles as well.

Howard Eskin ‏I hear Eagles bringing in Bills FA left tackle demetrius Bell in this weekend. Top FA left tackle out there. Son of Karl Malone.

Philadelphia’s interest wouldn’t be the least bit surprising after the report earlier today that their starting left tackle Jason Peters suffered a ruptured achilles in offseason training. There’s no indication that a bidding war will ensue for Bell, who has already visited Arizona and Washington in addition to Pittsburgh today. But if multiple teams begin making offers, Pittsburgh will be out of the running quickly as they’re tight against the salary cap.


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Bell visiting Steelers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2012 – 1:13 pm

The free agent tour of Demetrius Bell continues in Pittsburgh.

That according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Beat reporter Scott Brown says Bell is visiting with the Steelers today (Friday).

Scott Brown And the Steelers have gotten into the free agency game…sort of. They are hosting Bills OT Demetrius Bell today.

Bell’s visit with Pittsburgh isn’t at all surprising. Pittsburgh needs tackle help and Bell’s former offensive line coach in Buffalo, Sean Kugler, is the offensive line coach with the Steelers, so there’s some familiarity there. Bell has also had confirmed free agent visits with Washington and Arizona.


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Will Bills draft more than 1 OT?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2012 – 4:17 pm

Heading into the draft, with Demetrius Bell still drifting out in free agency, Buffalo has a pressing positional need at left tackle. Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bills GM Buddy Nix didn’t deny the need even indicating they may dip into the offensive tackle talent pool more than once in late April.

“Depth at tackle is problem,” said Nix. “We’ve got depth inside. We’ve got guards and centers that can play in there. Last year we lost two left tackles and Levitre moved out there and he did a commendable job, but we’ve got to have at least one top tackle in the draft and another guy that we can develop.”

Nix believes there are “two or three” offensive tackles in the draft class that can start on day one. He obviously would not divulge the names of those prospects. What’s interesting is the Bills GM may it sound as if the club may take a second tackle in the draft even if they take one early.

“We’ve got some guys that would hopefully be second or third round guys that we think in one year can be a starter for you,” said Nix. ‘It’s not bad for tackles.”


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Nix update on Demetrius Bell

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2012 – 4:07 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday afternoon while at the league meetings and provided an update on free agent OT Demetrius Bell.

“Demetrius wanted to test the market I think and we told him to go ahead and do that,” said Nix. “We made him an offer and didn’t hear anything back from him so I assume they’re looking for something else.”

The only other left tackle with game experience on the roster right now is Chris Hairston, someone Nix believes can take the next step after showing some promise as a rookie last season.

“Chris Hairston did a good job for us and we think he can handle it,” said Nix. “We’re not concerned about it.”


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Bell visits with NFC club

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2012 – 9:06 pm

Free agent OT Demetrius Bell is visiting his second NFL club.

Reports out of Arizona and Washington D.C say Bell was hosted by the Washington Redskins Friday. He left the Redskins facility without a contract as it appears to be exploratory interest at this time.

Bell visited the Cardinals earlier in the week, but Arizona signed free agent Adam Snyder and re-signed Levi Brown instead.


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Bell has free agent visit elsewhere

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2012 – 11:31 am

Bills free agent OT Demetrius Bell has a visit with another NFL club.

Bell is visiting with the Arizona Cardinals today according to their team website.

GM Buddy Nix told Buffalobills.com Tuesday that he expected Bell would make it to the free agent market.

“We made him an offer. We didn’t get one back,” Nix said.

The Cardinals are looking to overhaul their offensive line after the release of OT Levi Brown for cap relief and fellow OTs Brandon Keith and D’Anthony Baptiste also free agents. Free agent guard Jake Scott (Titans) and free agent OT/G Adam Snyder (49ers) are also scheduled to visit the Cardinals per their team website report.


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Bills free agents now on market

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2012 – 3:05 pm

Here’s the list of Bills players that are now on the free agent market after not being re-signed by Buffalo prior to the deadline.

OT Demetrius Bell
RB Tashard Choice
CB Reggie Corner
LB Andra Davis
WR Derek Hagan
WR Roscoe Parrish
K Dave Rayner
S Bryan Scott
LB Reggie Torbor

Bills GM Buddy Nix told Buffalobills.com earlier today that the team made contract offers to Bell and Scott, but did not get a counter offer back, so he expected them to hit the market. Keep in mind that both players could still re-sign with Buffalo, but they’ll be competing with other NFL teams now.

With the emergence and more consistent availability of David Nelson week to week over the past two seasons in the slot, it’s not expected that Roscoe Parrish will be actively pursued by Buffalo.

Restricted free agent RB Bruce Hall was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Bills making him an unrestricted free agent as well.


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Fan Friday 2-24

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2012 – 6:56 pm

Here’s the special NFL Combine edition of Fan Friday with your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Sorry it took so long, but we’ve been a little busy out here at Lucas Oil Stadium. Let’s get going.

1 - Hi Chris,

If Riley Reiff drops in the draft or Jonathan Martin was available when the  Bills pick at 10, Could you see the team addressing the left tackle spot instead of more pressing needs on defense?

I think the Bills would potentially have one of the best young O lines in the league when healthy if that was the case, and the infrastructure in place to build a strong offense. A common theme with this lost decade + of losing is the weak play of the offensive line.

Love your Work 

Regards
Matt 

CB: Thanks for the kind words. I think there is a distinct possibility that the Bills go offensive line in round one at offensive tackle. There could be a couple of options for them there at 10 and you’re on the money with Reiff and Martin.

I was particularly impressed with Martin after hearing him address the media Thursday here in Indy. He worked under a blue collar coaching staff (Harbaugh) that ran a pro-style offense at Stanford. He’s just so broad shouldered it looks like he’s wearing shoulder pads when he doesn’t have any on. He’s a solid pass protector and I like his finish.

The Bills are talking to Demetrius Bell, who I think they believe can handle the left tackle position, but his injury history is likely a concern. So I think tackle at 10 is realistic. Also I get the sense that the elite pass rusher the Bills would covet is not on their board at 10, meaning there isn’t someone of top 10 value at that need position in their opinion. That would only reinforce the possibility of an OT being taken there.

2 - Hi Chris
 
Big Bills fan from Dorset, England, love all the updates and news you provide us
 
People have been saying we need a speedster in the WR ranks, Im unsold on Clowney, if he hit FA would the Bills look to Desean Jackson at all?
 
Also what do you think of and where would you put Vinny Curry of Marshall, i think he could be a good pick for the Bills and maybe he could fall to the second round, if we got Couples at 10 and Curry in the 2nd round that would be solid wouldnt it?
 
Matt
Dorset, England

CB: All indications from the Eagles are that DeSean Jackson would be franchised if a long term agreement can’t be reached. At age 25 they don’t want to lose him for nothing knowing he has value on the open market.

Either way I don’t see him as the type of receiver the Bills are targeting. Yes, they want a deep speed threat, but they also want that receiver to have some measure of physicality to him (a bit bigger than Jackson).

I think a sleeper free agent for that kind of role might be Robert Meacham the New Orleans free agent.

 

3 – Chris,

I know Stevie wants to stay in Buffalo and I know Nix wants him back, but what is the status of renewing his contract? Also, are the Bills aiming for Vincent Jackson? With him and Stevie, we could actually be a contender.  How are Fred and C.J. going to share time? Is it going to be like the Saints’ backfield with a lot of good ‘backs who just switch every down?  And finally my biggest concern- this season, the league was predominately run by QB’s and defense. The bills have a QB but no healthy defense. That being said, can the bills make a smart #10 first pick and take Upshaw or Coples and not take an OT. -andrew marshall.

CB: Rapid fire answers. There was progress on a new contract for Stevie made here in Indy on Friday. How close is it is tough to gauge right now. Wanting Vincent Jackson as well might be a lot to ask, but the latest is the Chargers aren’t going to franchise him. His the size, speed addition that could work, whether the dollars do is another story.

As for Fred and C.J., Chan Gailey said there will be instances where they’re on the field at the same time and C.J. and Fred will also split out wide in certain down and distance situations. The way Chan put it is he wants to keep them both fresh while also making full use of their talents.

With their #10 pick, I’m not convinced they’re going pass rusher there, you can read more about that on the home page Saturday, which could mean pursuing a free agent pass rusher.

 

4 – Chris,
The Bills need a SAM right now badly. As well as a rush DE. We didn’t see much of Morrison and all his 4-3 experience has been at MLB, do you think the Bills would consider he or even a FA like Stephen Tulloch at SAM. I was shocked Tulloch only got a 1 year deal but adding him to Shep and Barnett would be nice if he can transition to outside because it seems the coaches don’t think Sheppard can be anywhere but in the middle.

CB: The Bills have been in contact with Kirk Morrison about being an answer at SAM backer. It makes sense from the Bills perspective because he could also back up Shep in the middle. My guess is Morrison wants to consider other options on the open market, so I’m not certain he’ll just blindly return to the Bills after finding it hard to get on the field last season.

Tulloch is more of an ILB so I don’t know that playing SLB is necessarily a fit for him. He’s a little on the short side to play out there (5’11”).

 

5 - Chris,

As you know Marcus Easley has been dealt a rough hand since being drafted by the Bills. Has he fully recovered from his illness and will he have a shot at making the Bills No. 2 receiver? Or will he compete at all? At face value, he has at least the proto type body (6’4) of a big receiver that the Bills need in the red zone. Not only could he contribute to a much need depleted receiver core, if he secures one of the WR positions, they the Bills could devote their draft to other areas of need. So I am hoping Bills fans can see what potential Easley has a big receiver and we will have one less area to address with our draft picks.

William Aiken, Schenectady, NY

CB: Easley has been medically cleared to resume his football career. He’ll be back on the field this spring with no limitations as far as I understand it. Now the Bills aren’t counting on him despite the fact that they’re eager to see what he can bring to the offense. He is the prototype size, speed combo that they want opposite Stevie Johnson, but since the first two seasons of his career have been washouts it’s hard to count on him. That’s why they’ll seek other options to add to the competition pool.


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Mock goes O-line for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 13, 2012 – 10:59 am

Most of the mock drafts of late have the Bills taking a pass rusher with the 10th overall pick, which is more than understandable knowing it’s one of Buffalo’s most pressing needs. This mock draft that we came across has the Bills taking aim at the other side of the ball.

FootballsFuture.com has Buffalo taking Stanford OT Jonathan Martin. Here’s what they wrote.

10. Buffalo – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Left tackle has been an issue for years for the Bills. Value has never fallen to their selection in the first round, but now it has. Martin has all the tools to be a standout on the left side of the line, and will be an immediate upgrade from day one.

For the record, Bills GM Buddy Nix did say at his close of the season press conference that they would like to get Demetrius Bell re-signed (he’s a free agent). He also said if the right one is there they’d draft a tackle as well.


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Fan Friday 2-10

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2012 – 1:48 pm

Let’s get to another week of your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Keep them coming!

1 - Hi Chris,

Thanks, as always, for your helpful, informative coverage of our team.  Setting injuries aside, it appears to me that the Bills have a potentially powerful offense. But no matter how good an offense is, it will not overcome a weak defense—note the Packers.  Consequently, although I’d love to see the team improve at left tackle, I think it would make the most sense to focus the draft (and free agency) on acquiring a real pass rusher, help at linebacker, and perhaps a defensive back, with a good wide receiver as another priority.  My belief is that if you dramatically improve the defense, given the potential excellence of Williams, Dareus and Kelsay, the team has an opportunity to go to the playoffs.  I don’t suggest disregarding offensive tackles, but the priority, I think, should be on the defense.  I’d appreciate your thoughts.  Thanks.

Pat Courts
CB: I think the Bills front office has made it clear that improving the pass rush is the top priority this offseason. Where they choose to address it is the question. It could be free agency or the draft or both. The price for a proven pass rusher in free agency can get cost prohibitive pretty quick, but there might be a free agent or two that makes sense.

A guy I think would make a lot of sense is Dallas’ Anthony Spencer. Not a guy that’s going to cripple your cap like Mario Williams or possibly even Cliff Avril knowing there will be a line of teams knocking on his door. Spencer is coming off a down season, but has pass rush ability and would likely benefit with a move back to weakside DE in a 4-3 defense instead of OLB in a 3-4 (where he played in Dallas).

That’s where Spencer lined up in college at Purdue and would likely welcome an opportunity to play there again. Without production through the roof the past couple of years he might also be reasonably priced.

So I would anticipate that Buffalo will have that need thoroughly addressed by the time the draft is over and done with in late April.

 

2 - Hello Chris,

I listen to all of you radio appearances and appreciate all of your coverage on the website and just want to say thank you.

My question is: How you feel about Buffalo taking a guy like NO’s Robert Meachem or NYG’s Domenik Hixon in Free Agency? I see a relatively moderate price tag and a lot of upside. My rationale being that the Bill’s love small price tags that could return big dividends and there is also a proven track record that comes along with them. Other guys I like are INDY’s Pierre Garcon or Anthony Gonzalez who have a little size and hustle to them. INDY is rebuilding so I think we could get them relatively cheap. What are your thoughts? Do you think any of these could be a possibilty in the offseason?

Nick W,
Hammondsport, NY

CB: I think the biggest upside comes with Garcon and as such he’ll command the biggest price tag. Now Colts owner Jim Irsay has publicly stated that Garcon and Mathis are two of their free agents that they intend to re-sign. Knowing Reggie Wayne is probably out the door at 33-years old, Garcon could be enticed by that knowing he’d be the top target in Indy. Of course he also might be playing with a very talented, but nevertheless rookie QB. Does he want to go through a growing pain year?

Garcon can run and is freakishly strong on the ball, fitting Buddy Nix’s description of needing a guy that’s open even when he’s not open. Best of all he’ll turn 26 just before the 2012 season. So I’d put him at the top of your list. What I like best about him is he had 70 catches last season without Manning.

Meacham offers the most speed. He runs a 4.4 flat and has 20 touchdowns over the past three seasons. That’s a pretty good number knowing Drew Brees spreads the ball around. He’s got the size the Bills are looking for at 6’2” 217. It’s just hard to definitively say he could take a leap in production as the team’s number 2 in Buffalo. That being said I think he’s a worthwhile risk and would welcome the chance to be a weekly number two instead of fighting to be the number three in New Orleans.

Domenik Hixon is a guy I’m not a big fan of. Only runs a 4.7 and is coming off a major knee injury. He might be even slower now and isn’t a physical guy on the outside. Anthony Gonzalez is another smaller guy. Super smart, but can’t stay healthy.

 

3 - Chris,

Last year most of the draft gurus were predicting that the Bills would draft the top rated outside linebacker, Von Miller. This year its OLB Courtney Upshaw. How does Upshaw compare to Von Miller?

LeeD

CB: Upshaw’s game is totally different than Miller’s. Miller is a pure pass rusher whose game is based on speed and quickness. Upshaw’s game is all power and strength. He’s not slow, but he’s not going to blow past guys off the ball. He’s going to drive them back into the QB or knock them on their wallet. Miller is probably more athletic, but Upshaw is a better all-around player in terms of playing the run and the pass.

Some teams even think he could be an OLB in a 3-4. I think that might be possible on the strong side, but I think he can handle DE in a 4-3 even though he’s only 6’1” and change. He’s just so thickly built I think he could hold up at the line.

 

4 - Hi Chris,

Really enjoy your coverage of the team. My question is: how much better do you think Fitzpatrick can be if he had more time in the pocket? The line played well this year, but I’m convinced the lack of sacks was more due to Fitz’s ability to get rid of the ball quickly. Is improving at LT a higher priority than another stud WR (assuming Stevie stays)?

Thanks and keep up the good work!
Ryan
Ramsey, NJ

CB: Thanks for the kind words. With respect to protection for Fitz you’re right, Chan Gailey’s offense is largely a timing attack. Oftentimes Fitz would get rid of the ball in less than two seconds by design. I think Chan likes using Fitz’s ability to diagnose defenses quickly to their advantage and get the ball in the hands of the playmakers as quickly as possible.

Now I suppose if you added a true deep threat to the passing game in free agency this offseason the team might be more inclined to further solidify the left tackle spot to improve protection that much more to allow more time for those deep routes to develop.

I asked Buddy Nix about whether he feels he has a defined answer at left tackle knowing Bell and Hairston flip-flopped all year due to injury. This was his initial answer, and his answer to my follow up question. 

“Demetrius Bell has got all the tools. He’s got the good feet. He’s a good athlete. He’s what you look for at left tackle. The problem with Demetrius is injuries. He started the first four games for us and gets hurt. He missed eight and comes back and plays three and he ends up hurt again. He was rehabbing last year the whole year couldn’t practice all week. All those things enter into it.

“Chris Hairston I think can be a really good left tackle. He’s a rookie. It’s going to take him a little bit. He got some good experience this year. So we at least have a couple of possibilities at left tackle and those are the two. With his length and all that with Chris Hairston, he’s a smart guy and can be a left tackle and play over there and be serviceable for us. Demetrius it remains to be seen. We’re going to try to re-sign him. He’s up.”

Follow up question: Will those two options keep you from seeking a better option there?

“We’re going to draft a tackle if we can. If there’s one there is what I mean. If there’s one there that we think can play we’re going to draft a tackle. You can never have too many tackles. You can move a guy, now you can have exceptions to this, but it’s easier to move a guy from tackle to guard than guard to tackle obviously. So we draft tackles, we’re in pretty good shape at guard and center.”

 

5 – Chris,

First off great work covering our Buffalo Bills in the offseason. Every year you do a supreme job of getting information to Bills fans all over the nation and for that, thank you. My question is regarding the nature of our first two picks in the upcoming draft. I understand our primary need is to draft a player who can help our pass rush which I couldn’t agree with more. I agree with it so much that i was wondering what is the possibility of the Bills addressing their pass rush needs in both the first AND second round. I have been doing scouting of my own on defensive prospects and have seen Vinny Curry, DE from Marshall showing up on alot of up and coming lists. He is a fine physical specimen who has a whole college career of success (albeit in the FCS) and seems to have a tremendous upside. I think its safe to say if he was in the BCS he would be a first round pick. So Chris what do you think of Vinny and the possibility he last until the Bills second round pick.

Thanks So Much, GO BILLS!
Taylor – Gillespie, IL  

CB: Glad you enjoy our coverage of the team. Thanks for your readership and viewership. Vinny Curry had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s a high motor guy with good strength and power. I don’t see him as all that different from Courtney Upshaw in terms of skill set, he just isn’t quite as powerful as Upshaw.

The knock on him is he doesn’t have the elite speed to beat NFL tackles around the corner with regularity so some teams don’t see him as a true RDE. A lot of scouts are projecting him to left end because he’s strong enough to hold up over there and offers enough pass rush ability to be productive down the line.

Some do have concerns that his pass rush repertoire is limited, which is what drops him to a second-round prospect. But if he tests well at the Combine he could move into the top half of round 2 because you know what you’re going to get from him every snap.


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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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Bell dodges bullet

Posted by Chris Brown on January 2, 2012 – 1:42 pm

Demetrius Bell sustained a knee injury in Week 16 against Denver and missed the season finale this past Sunday. Fortunately for him the injury wasn’t as bad as initally feared and the offensive tackle has already undergone surgery to correct the injury.

“I tore my meniscus,” Bell said. “It wasn’t anything major. I had surgery and I’m back walking around and rehabbing. In three or four weeks I’ll be 100 percent so that’s a good thing. It’s just a setback for me. I just got kicked in the leg from the side when I was locked out.”

Bell is naturally glad he’ll be healthy heading into a free agent offseason, but also knows how fortunate he was to avoid a more serious injury.

“It could have been worse because when I went back and watched it I could’ve tore my whole knee up,” he said. “Luckily it was just a torn meniscus and I’ve already had it taken care of.”


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Injury updates

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2011 – 6:16 pm

Even though the win over the Broncos was a resounding one for Buffalo it did not come without a price.

Buffalo lost OL Kraig Urbik, TE Mike Caussin and LT Demetrius Bell to injuries. Head coach Chan Gailey provided updates.

“Bell doesn’t look good,” said Gailey. “Urbik doesn’t look good. Caussin doesn’t look good. All of those were knees or ankles.”

Gailey said that Kamar Aiken, who suffered a shoulder injury, did return to the game and believes he should be okay. All four players will be re-evaluated on Monday.


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Bell to start Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2011 – 1:40 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed that the plan going into Sunday’s game is for Demetrius Bell to start against the Dolphins. But that doesn’t mean that Chris Hairston won’t play Sunday.

“Right now that is the plan, for him to start at left tackle,” said Gailey. “He played well last week and did some good things so we’ll give him a shot.”

In his weekly one-on-one interview with Buffalobills.com, Gailey explained that the reasoning behind the re-insertion of Bell into the lineup is simply based on what provides the team with the best lineup.

“I’m not worried about seeing Chris Hairston and I’m not worried about seeing Demetrius Bell,” said Gailey. “We think today Demetrius Bell gives us the best chance to win. That’s why he’s playing there. He did a good job against San Diego and is finally healthy and is playing a little better right now. We want to give an opportunity to whoever is playing the best right now. I think Chris will play in the game this week, but Demetrius gets the start.”


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Bell poised to start

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2011 – 3:59 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey has not confirmed whether or not Demetrius Bell will make his first start at left tackle since Week 4, but left the door open. Bell did work with the starting unit in practice Wednesday and indicated he’s got the green light.

“They said they’re going to give me a shot so I hope so,” said Bell when asked if he’s starting this week against Miami.

Bell played 20 snaps against the Chargers last Sunday in rotational duty and performed well. It was the first action he had seen since Week 4 when he sustained a shoulder injury that turned out to be more serious than some might have thought.

“It was a fractured collar bone and so I just had to let it heal,” said Bell. “I was out 6-8 weeks.”


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Bell seeing 1st team reps

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2011 – 2:25 pm

Demetrius Bell is going to get more playing time this week according to head coach Chan Gailey. In practice Wednesday Bell was getting quality reps.
Bell was lining up with Andy Levitre in two man blocking drills during individual position work Wednesday.

Gailey has not said whether Bell would start over Hairston.


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Bell to see more time

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2011 – 9:34 am

Last Sunday Demetrius Bell was rotated into the lineup at left tackle replacing rookie Chris Hairston at times. Although the rookie has started the last three games head coach Chan Gailey saw enough good things from Bell that it’s prompted him to play the veteran more this week.

“That was a pleasant surprise, to be honest with you,” said Gailey. “Demetrius played a lot better than maybe even I had anticipated. He came in and did a good job and I think that he’ll play more, I know he’ll play more next week, Demetrius will.”

Bell got 20 snaps in relief of Hairston last week, and according to Pro Football Focus allowed just one QB pressure. When asked if Bell could start Sunday against the Dolphins Gailey left the door open. 

“I don’t know, we’ll see,” said Gailey. “Let us see how it goes during the week.”


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Bell will see LT snaps Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2011 – 1:59 pm

Chan Gailey said there could be some rotational duty at left tackle this week against the Chargers. Chris Hairston will start, but the plan is to get Demetrius Bell his first playing time since Week 4.

“We’ll see that this week,” said Gailey. “We’re going to get him in there this week. He’ll be left tackle.”

Just how much action Bell sees is unclear, but it’s obvious the Bills coaching staff wants to do as much information gathering about all their left tackle options heading into the offseason.


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