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Bills to work out RBs Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2015 – 10:42 am

With the news that Karlos Williams sustained a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Giants, the Bills are taking a look at a few free agent running backs here on Tuesday.

In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, GM Doug Whaley confirmed that they may have to add a running back to the roster, with Williams status now iffy for Sunday in addition to feature back LeSean McCoy.

“We’re going to look at that today and have some guys in for a workout,” said Whaley. “With the week being so short, we’ll see if we can add some guys to help us depth-wise. We have full confidence in the guys that we have and again that depth we have we feel comfortable with Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood, they’ve been here. Karlos with that concussion protocol, we’ll monitor that day to day and hopefully he’ll be in there at the end of the week.”

Multiple reports have indicated that free agent RB Trent Richardson is one of the running backs working out for Buffalo today.


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Whaley on Watkins outlook with calf injury

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2015 – 10:16 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley did not provide a specific timetable for Sammy Watkins calf injury, but he did express hope that Buffalo’s top wideout could return this week.

In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley was asked if he thinks Watkins’ injury could be a long term thing. This was his response.

“Everything points to that it’s not that severe,” said Whaley. “We’re hoping to see how he responds this week. We have our fingers crossed that he may be in this week. There’s no indication that it’s going to be something long term. But I never say never with injuries, especially with soft tissue injuries. He could go out there and test it and something could go wrong. Soft tissue injuries are harder to predict.”

Whaley was also asked about LeSean McCoy’s hamstring injury and the Bills front office executive would not put a defined timetable on McCoy either, saying that soft tissue injuries are difficult to gauge and predict.

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Whaley: Karlos Williams sustained concussion

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2015 – 8:37 am

It wasn’t fully recognized by even Karlos Williams himself, but late Sunday night the Bills running back wasn’t feeling well. After an examination on Sunday evening and then again Monday it was discovered that Williams sustained a concussion in the Bills loss to the Giants Sunday. GM Doug Whaley announced the news Tuesday morning in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

“We found out late yesterday afternoon that Karlos Williams suffered a concussion,” said Whaley. “He’ll go through that concussion protocol this week. He told our trainers several hours after the game he wasn’t feeling well and our medical staff took a look at him. They put him through further evaluations Monday afternoon and determined that he had a concussion. We’re going to see how he proceeds throughout the week. With the concussion you just don’t know how they’re going to respond.”

Whaley said that Williams is going through the league’s concussion protocol. Williams status for playing on Sunday is certainly up in the air and with starting RB LeSean McCoy also a major question mark for the Titans game, the Bills have just Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood as healthy running backs.

“We have confidence in the guys that we have in Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood, who have been here,” said Whaley.

Whaley admitted they will take a look to see what is out there to find replenish the depth at the position. Former Bills RB Bryce Brown is an available free agent and Whaley admitted that he would be a possibility.

Buffalo’s GM did not rule Williams out for Sunday’s game.

“Karlos with that concussion protocol we’ll monitor him day to day and hopefully he’ll be in there at the end of the week,” Whaley said.


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Whaley on Taylor’s Week 2 play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2015 – 9:31 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley made his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday morning and offered an assessment on Tyrod Taylor’s performance against the Patriots in Week 2.

In taking a look at the eight sacks taken by Taylor, Whaley believed a fair share of the sacks were on Taylor, who is learning on the fly about pocket presence.

“I think a few of those sacks were on the offensive line, but a few were on Tyrod and knowing when to step up or when to roll left or right out of the sides of the pocket instead of always trying to get out backwards. He can step up and go to his right or his left. Tom Brady does that,” said Whaley. “We’re going to have some of that as the offensive line gets used to Tyrod and how he likes to move in the pocket and how Tyrod learns what moves he can turn to in order to buy time in the pocket.”

For those naysayers who claim that at 6-1 Taylor can’t see downfield targets when in the pocket, Whaley argues that other quarterbacks have done it.

“People are going to say if you keep him in the pocket he can’t see, but there are throwing lanes,” said Whaley. “Drew Brees finds them all the time, but Drew Brees had to learn that and be in the pocket and experience that. It’s what we call pocket presence.”

As Whaley sees it pocket presence is something that can’t be coached. Acquiring a feel for it only comes through experience. Knowing last Sunday was Taylor’s second NFL start, Whaley is confident Taylor’s pocket presence will improve knowing he’s a quick study and hard worker.

“When you’re looking at it in the pocket it’s more on the player,” he said. “Just getting back there and getting comfortable and knowing when to bail out right or left, or when to step up in the pocket. Even though there’s pressure on your sides and they’re running past you, realizing you still have time to step up and move right or left. That’s just a feel thing and being in there and going through those experiences. Those are the things you can only teach through game experiences.

“I think he’ll get better with experience especially seeing it live. Not only seeing it, but playing it live and then coming back and watching the tape and seeing where he might be able to take two steps forward and you still may have another second or two to look down the field, or step up and step right and then there’s a throwing lane and you can see down the field.”


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Whaley: Taylor’s tutelage with Ravens critical

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 9:14 am

Tyrod Taylor and his coaches have talked about the value of the football education he received during his first four years in the league as the backup to Joe Flacco in Baltimore under coordinators like Jim Caldwell, Cam Cameron and Gary Kubiak. Bills GM Doug Whaley took the value of Taylor’s four years of learning a step further.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley, who scouted Taylor in preparation for the 2011 NFL draft, said had it not been for Taylor’s four years of development he might not be the starting QB for Buffalo in 2015.

“I did look at him when he was coming out,” said Whaley. “Tremendous athlete, strong arm, but needed time to develop the intricacies of being a passer. The ability to sit in the pocket and let a play develop and not be so quick to tuck it and run and use his God-given athletic ability to get him out of trouble.

“With him being able to sit behind a pocket passer like Joe Flacco it helped him tremendously. If he had to come in and start as a rookie, I’m not sure he’s here today or in this league today. His path is different from a lot of other people’s paths, but his path groomed him to show what he could do as a starting quarterback in this league.”

Whaley said the time spent learning in the Baltimore system also prepared him to handle the package plays that Greg Roman puts on his quarterback’s plate.

“Greg Roman puts a lot on our quarterbacks with the leeway to check out of plays,” said Whaley. “It puts a lot of onus on a quarterback and his ability to decipher not only coverages, but diagnose blitzes and run blitzes. This guy has sat behind a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl-winning quarterback and studied under Joe Flacco and has had four years to develop that kind of (football) acumen to have that type of ability. We’re excited that he’s brought that here and he hasn’t shown any problem with doing that, so we’re excited about what he can do mentally and the physical ability is obvious.”

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Whaley: Everybody was on board

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2015 – 1:56 pm

Change is never easy. It’s twice as difficult when dealing with a player as likable, influential and complete as Fred Jackson, who was released by the club Monday. Bills GM Doug Whaley said after some long discussions everybody on the personnel side of the organization was on board with the decision.

“We thought for us and at this time, we had to make this decision,” said Whaley. “There are a lot of circumstances that go into that, but we will keep that in-house for competitive reasons. Everybody was on board. Reluctantly because of the magnitude of this player and what he means, not only to the Buffalo Bills, but to the community of Buffalo–him and his family. So we talked to Terry [Pegula] and Kim [Pegula] and conversed with them and decided that this was the best time to make that decision.

“We all know the NFL is great business and a great sport, but there are some detriments to this business. A day like today, cut down day, is always rough for everybody involved. A decision like this doesn’t come lightly. A decision like this is something we put a lot of thought into. It makes it tough, not only with everybody that you cut because they are being rejected, but it also makes it tough when you are talking about a guy like Fred Jackson. He has been the heart and soul of the Buffalo Bills for a long time. He is a tremendous person not only on the field, but what him and his family have done in the community, we tip our hat to that. And again this is not a decision we came to lightly, but we made this decision and it is a tough decision and we will go from there.”

Whaley also said the team cut him in this first round of releases to provide him with a better chance to catch on with another club.

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Scouting report on Enemkpali the player

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2015 – 10:25 pm

While everyone is wholly familiar with LB IK Enemkpali’s major error in judgment on Tuesday in his fight with Jets QB Geno Smith, not many are familiar with the linebacker’s capabilities as a player. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of Enemkpali’s skill set from Bills GM Doug Whaley.

“In scouting terms, he reminds you a lot of James Harrison,” said Whaley. “Obviously, he hasn’t proven it yet, but he’s a real strong active player, a high motor guy. His game is predicated on power and just relentless effort.

“He’s a pass rusher and he can be stout against the run. The thing that holds him back a little bit is lack of height. But with that low center of gravity, you can see that he can get under people and play with leverage.”

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Whaley on his talk with Rex about Enemkpali

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2015 – 10:20 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan expressed appreciation for GM Doug Whaley’s willingness to trust his head coach’s judgment when it came to putting in a waiver claim on free agent LB IK Enemkpali. Whaley explained how the exchange between them resulted in giving the waiver claim the green light.

“We have an extensive background from our college scouts, so we knew about everything in his college days,” said Whaley of Enemkpali. “When Rex brought up the possibility and opportunity to claim him, I deferred to him. He’s been with him for a year. He said, ‘This is a good kid. We appreciated what he did for us. We’re going to judge him on what he did for us.’ (Enemkpali’s) motto, he told me, is the guy just shuts up and works. We’ll take guys like that who work hard and want to win.”

Enemkpali is expected to arrive in Buffalo on Thursday, take a physical and then report to training camp late in the day Thursday.

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Fan Friday 8-7

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2015 – 11:31 am

We’re a week into training camp and a lot has happened already. Here’s your latest round of questions on email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hey Chris,
You and your team do a great job all year long of keep Bills fans on the up and up.

I was wondering what you think the roster will look like when it gets down to 53?  Right now we have several positions with too many players but they are loaded with talent. WR, CB, RB and even QB have to get cut back or we may not have enough depth at other positions.

I know this is a great time to be a Bills fan but I just want to know what our roster will look like.

Thanks for everything,
Justin from Lynchburg VA

CB: I think it’s a bit early to be predicting who makes the 53. Preseason game performance always have a strong influence on who does and does not make the roster. You are right that WR, CB and RB are deep positions. So is the defensive line.

With respect to quarterbacks, knowing the rest of the roster is deep it would not surprise me if the Bills only kept two QBs, a practice a good number of teams in the league subscribe to nowadays.

How many WRs are kept could hinge on other positions like TE and RB. Defense might prove tough at the safety position where there are a handful of legitimate NFL caliber talents.

Just remember that it’s GM Doug Whaley that has final say on the 53-man roster, while coach Ryan determines who is up or down on game days.


2 – Hi Chris:

2014 seems like a lost season for EJ. Aside from what he has said about being more aggressive and trusting his stuff the next chance he gets, what did he learn by sitting and watching? I sure wish he had 12 more games under his belt going into this season.
G. Knight

CB: There are some things that he did learn by watching Kyle Orton prepare for opponents each week. He also learned how to lead an offensive unit from a confident veteran. Manuel specifically said that he learned from Orton how to more efficiently spend his time preparing for an opponent.

He learned what is worth spending extra time on and what isn’t. Unfortunately what happened last year with EJ was supposed to be how his rookie year was to play out. Kolb was supposed to start while EJ sat and learned. Kolb’s preseason concussion derailed all that and EJ was thrown into the fire.

Then he was told to play conservatively by the previous coaching staff last year. Even Doug Whaley admits with the way everything played out it has put Manuel  a bit behind where he should be entering his third season, but you can’t fix the past.

Manuel has to make the most of this opportunity to win the starting job now.


3 – Chris,
As much as the Bills need numbers at the tight end position, they currently have two very effective fullbacks in Felton and Conner. Do you think that there’s a chance that the team keeps both of them, using them in a mixed tight end/fullback role occasionally?

Joseph P.

CB: I’ll have coach Ryan answer this one for you regarding two fullbacks.

“I think first off when we got Felton, Jerome was…I thought he was probably, he’s right up there with the best fullbacks in the game,” said Ryan. “So it was an opportunity for us to get a player that we will use, a fullback positon, and one of the top guys if not the top in this league. So it was great opportunity for us to get him.

“John, we weren’t planning on bringing John Conner in. However when he was still out there, it’s like I know he’s a good football player and we want (good football players). At the end of the day were not worried necessarily about hey we’re bringing in one fullback, going to bring this or this. We want the best 53, and I think John will challenge for a position on this team and that’s why we brought him in.”


4 – Hey Chris ,

I’ll keep it short & sweet ! What’s the chance (in your mind) of the Bills being with out their Dr. of Defense “MD” Marcell Dareus after this year ?

Thanks Mr. T

CB: We just covered this topic on Wednesday. GM Doug Whaley said he’s optimistic they’ll get a deal done with Dareus on an extension to keep him in a Bills uniform. He felt similarly optimistic about getting a deal done with Jerry Hughes.

I think what we have to keep in mind is this is going to be a complicated deal because of the amount of money involved and how it needs to be structured over the multiple years of the deal (e.g. – front loaded money, guaranteed money, bonuses, LTBE incentives, etc.).


5 – CB,

Can you break down how the tight ends are playing and lining up during training camp? I’ve heard little about Clay/O’Leary so far. Do you expect them to keep 4 tight ends? Can we expect to watch 3 tight ends sets?

CB: I can tell you that Charles Clay is beginning to show a bit more with each passing day, especially in the passing game. O’Leary hasn’t been much of a factor in the pass game, but I do like Marqueis Gray. I think he’s the best understudy option to Clay in terms of being as versatile as Clay.

Matthew Mulligan is more athletic than he gets credit for and is a pretty good in line blocker. As for formations and personnel groupings we’re less than a week into camp and with as voluminous as Greg Roman’s playbook is the tight ends are only beginning to scratch the surface of what they’re going to be called upon to do this season.


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How the original plan for EJ was compromised

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2015 – 4:28 pm

When EJ Manuel was drafted in round one of the 2013 draft there was a specific plan in place to introduce him to the NFL game and develop him. It unfortunately all went out the window before his first NFL preseason was over. So how much has the deviation from the original plan to bring Manuel along affected him? GM Doug Whaley provided his take on it.

In an appearance Wednesday on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley acknowledged that the plan to let Manuel sit and learn his rookie year was lost when Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in Week 3 of the 2013 preseason. Being forced to improvise after Kolb was lost for the season, Whaley was asked where that has put Manuel now entering year three of his career.

“Year three I would say he’s probably a tad behind, but we’re excited to see… switch years. If last year was his first year, I know he’s further along this year than he was last year from that experience,” Whaley said. “That was the original plan. Sit behind Kevin Kolb learn, one or two years and then see what he can do.

“So this year we want to see a step. Will it be the ultimate step? That’s up to him. I’ve seen he’s gone through trials and tribulations. He’s learned from them. And the one thing I know about him is if he does make it it’ll be because of his work ethic and if he doesn’t make it it won’t be because of his work ethic.”

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Whaley: QB won’t have to put team on his back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2015 – 4:23 pm

There’s understandably been a lot of attention paid to the Bills three-man QB competition at training camp. All along however, the Bills front office and coaching staff have a plan in place to ensure success for their team even if the quarterback isn’t an All-Pro.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Bills GM Doug Whaley explained the plan laid out by him and the Bills head coach.

“When Rex and I were talking with the Pegulas and Russ Brandon in the interview process we know there are only a certain number of proven franchise quarterbacks in this league,” Whaley said. “We may have a franchise quarterback here, but no one has proven that yet. Until you’re in that situation what’s the best way to win? It’s running the ball, playing good defense and protecting the ball.

“So we decided to get as much talent as possible around the guy and then all he has to do is make the right decisions. He doesn’t have to put the team on his back and throw it 50 times a game. We might only throw it 20 to 25 times a game. But he’s got to be able to make the right decisions and get the ball in the hands of the playmakers and let them do what they’ve got to do.”

Whaley also explained why in their current situation why it’s difficult to find a proven franchise QB or a prospect with a great chance to become that.

“Another thing that we told every (head coaching) candidate (during the interview process) is we’re almost in quarterback purgatory,” Whaley said. “We’re good enough that we’re not going to have the first or second pick. We hope we’re not in that position. Hopefully we’re drafting now in the teens and 20s and 30s. So you’re not going to get the top college quarterbacks who are coming out. Franchise quarterbacks hitting the free agent market? Name them, unless they have an injury.

“So it’s going to be on our scouting staff to find a guy in the low first, second or third round. We accept that challenge and it’s where we are and it’s been good that we have enough talent around that we’re in that situation, but there’s no easy answer.”

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Whaley waiting on game play to judge QB battle

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2015 – 9:46 am

We’re less than a week into training camp and Bills fans want to know if there’s a clubhouse leader in the quarterback competition for the starting job. As far as GM Doug Whaley is concerned the true evaluation will come when real decision making enters the equation.

For Whaley his judgment on the QBs will come when there is more game-like type play in the camp setting and when the preseason games begin.

“I’m going to reserve judgment until we see game action, and the tape doesn’t lie,” Whaley said. “So we’re looking at production. We’re looking at production in game situations. So the (intrasquad) scrimmage is going to be an evaluator and the preseason games are going to be evaluators. But I will say I have seen progress every day in practice.”

Whaley didn’t mention any quarterback’s performance specifically as it relates to the competition. Buffalo’s intrasquad scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday’s night practice Aug. 8th.

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McKelvin status not a concern yet

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2015 – 9:37 am

Leodis McKelvin remains on the Active/Non-Football Injury list as the team closes in on completing their first week of training camp. Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 provided an update on McKelvin’s status.

“From what we’re seeing it’s hard to tell right now because it’s one of those things where we have to take it day by day,” said Whaley. “For us we’re not worried because we know what Leodis can do and it gives us an added opportunity to see Ronald Darby against the ones. We’re glad it happened early in camp so he can go against the ones throughout camp, rather than having him go against the twos throughout camp and then Week 1 he has to start. So the silver lining is in when (McKelvin’s injury) happened.”

Whaley did not provide a timetable for McKelvin’s return saying it’s too premature.

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Agency that reps Dareus to be bought by CAA

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2015 – 10:11 am

The agency that represents Bills Pro Bowl DT Marcell Dareus is reportedly in the process of being bought by another agency. Dareus, who has been represented by Todd France’s agency Five Star Athlete Management, will be bought by CAA Sports, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment agencies.

That’s according to a report by Sports Business Daily. Five Star Athlete Management was previously owned by Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, but they had to divest themselves of that holding when they bought the Bills. They did so by selling it back to France, the founder of the agency. France is now reportedly selling it again and will work under the umbrella of CAA. He represents about 50 players including Dareus and Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, who is seeking Calvin Johnson money in a long term deal, after being franchised by the Broncos.

Essentially nothing will change in terms of who the Bills negotiate with when it comes to a long-term contract extension with Marcell Dareus, something Bills GM Doug Whaley labeled as the team’s top priority.

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Whaley comments on EJ, Cassel

Posted by Chris Brown on May 23, 2015 – 8:32 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley made an appearance on the Jim Rome Show this week and naturally was asked about the quarterback competition, which will ramp up again when OTAs start on Tuesday.

First, Whaley was asked about the speculative story that Manuel was potentially on the outs with the club this season absent improvement or if he’s unable to win the starting job. Much like offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Whaley dismissed that notion.

“I look at it this way, in this business controversy sells,” Whaley said. “The more controversy that you can drum up then the more interesting people are going to be with whoever brought this idea to the lexicon of thinking. So for us we’re excited about the future of all three of those guys. It’s going to be a great competition. And we can keep three quarterbacks. So I dismiss that as just someone trying to get something stirred during this down time and lack of media stories for the NFL.”

As for his expectations for Manuel heading into the throes of the competition as more of the work moves to the field this spring, Whaley is only anticipating Manuel’s best.

“I look for him to come in and compete and try to take the job,” he said. “Everybody has got an equal footing. It’s a clean slate for all four of our quarterbacks. We’re not tied to anybody. We just want the best man to start. It’s exciting for us.”

Whaley also had good things to say about how Cassel has transitioned to Buffalo following the offseason trade from Minnesota.

“He’s been exactly what we expected,” said Whaley of Cassel. “A veteran force who can galvanize the team and he can teach the young guys the intricate things that quarterbacks do that doesn’t take place on the field. Bringing receivers in and talking about preferences and what he’s seeing. Basically a lot of the things that people on the outside don’t see. He’s done that and he’s not afraid of the challenge. He’s ready to compete.”

Whaley also confirmed that the quarterback competition is more than just a two horse race between Manuel and veteran Matt Cassel, mentioning both Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel. Head coach Rex Ryan has made sure to mention Taylor when asked about the competition as well.

“The way they’re structuring practices everyone is getting a run with the ones,” said Whaley. “So it’s a fair shake. In this system that we’re trying to figure out who is going to be the number one it’s all about competition. That’s why everybody involved is excited about it.”

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Report: Bills hope to lock up Dareus by camp

Posted by Chris Brown on May 22, 2015 – 12:29 pm

While the biggest news concerning Marcell Dareus right now was the one-game suspension handed down by the league Thursday for his off the field incident last year in his native Alabama, the Bills intend to provide much better news concerning the Pro Bowl defensive tackle’s future with the club.

That according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who said the club would like to have Dareus signed to a contract extension before training camp.

Dareus is entering the fifth-year of his rookie contract. Buffalo picked up his fifth-year option last year. Absent a contract extension Dareus would become an unrestricted free agent.

Bills GM Doug Whaley in the wake of their free agent acquisitions this spring stated that getting Dareus signed to a long-term extension was the team’s top priority. With the 2015 draft class under contract, it’s likely that the focus shifts almost solely to getting the Pro Bowl defensive tackle locked up for years to come.

Negotiating a new deal is going to be complicated in the wake of the giant free agent deal signed by Ndamukong Suh with Miami that reportedly totaled $114M over seven years.

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Whaley: drafting to beat division a factor

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2015 – 6:30 pm

In the wake of the 2015 NFL draft Bills GM Doug Whaley talked about how the actions of dIvision opponents can impact draft decisions at times. 

Appearing on NFL Network Whaley in explaining the Bills’ choice of CB Ronald Darby in round two had a couple of reasons. First and foremost Darby was the top player on their board at the time. Second the NFL has largely become a passing league. His last point however, dear with the AFC East clubs the Bills will face twice a season.

“I think when you look at your board, if everything is close between the two players, you’ll go with a need player or a guy that helps you win the division,” said Whaley. “Because to make the playoffs for sure, you have to win your division. So that’s the first stated goal of our team.”
With the Dolphins and Jets both reloading at receiver this offseason and the Patriots one of theist productive passing teams in football, grabbing a highly touted cornerback capable of playing press man could prove valuable should injury strike the position. 

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Whaley says OT ranks “thinned out”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 6:10 pm

There were seven offensive linemen selected last night in the first round of the NFL draft. Five of them were tackles.

And as he gets set for Buffalo’s first two picks in the draft Friday night, Bills GM Doug Whaley says the ranks of the top offensive tackles have been depleted.

“It’s thinned out a little bit,” Whaley told the John Murphy Show late Friday afternoon. “There’s still a couple there.  The next core of tackles will go pretty early in the second round, in my opinion.”

Whaley may be talking about Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings and Oregon’s Jake Fisher who went undrafted in last night’s first round.

Whaley thinks there’s a potential for a run on guards during tonight’s second round of the draft. And he believes runs on positional groups usually occur around the offensive line positions.

“It’s one of those things—once one goes, everybody gets kind of nervous thinking, ‘If I wait out this round, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get him next round.’  So you have to jump and pull the trigger,” he said.

“That’s the type of position, that if you like something about the guy, you might as well go ahead and get him and work with him. If he pans out, great. If not, you get one next year.”

The entire interview with Bills GM Doug Whaley will air tonight at 7pm on The John Murphy Show.






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Whaley says phone action on trade is picking up

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 5:55 pm

Hours away from the start of the second round of the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills are still interested in trading down from their 2nd round selection.  GM Doug Whaley indicated yesterday the Bills are interested in talking to teams who want to move up to Buffalo’s spot in the second round, 80th overall.

Late Friday, Whaley said unlike yesterday when the phones were quiet, the trade-down talk is picking up.

“Today, the action is starting to pick up,” Whaley told The John Murphy Show. “I’m sure once the draft starts and we get closer to our pick, about three or four picks before us, we expect a heavy volume of calls.”

Whaley and the Bills laid the groundwork for trade-down talks yesterday, by talking to teams they suspect might be interested in moving up to the 50th overall pick.

“We’ve canvassed the whole league,” he said, “but at least we know we can narrow our focus once we get closer. We can pick the teams we know have an interest, and just be more efficient with our time.”

The Bills have two picks tonight, 50th overall and 81st overall (3rd round).

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Bills don’t re-stack board between days 1 & 2

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2015 – 12:45 am

With the advent of round one of the NFL draft standing on its own on day one of the three-day saga, it leaves NFL GMs and their personnel departments time to mull over what has come off the board and what’s left to grab at the start of round two. Some might think if certain prospects came off the board sooner than a team anticipated that they might feel compelled to re-rank their board in preparation for day two. Buffalo doesn’t subscribe to that line of thinking.

Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on the John Murphy Show explained that once the board is finalized that’s it. The reason Whaley and his staff are confident that their board holds up no matter what happens is because of the way they stack it to begin with.

“For us, we’ve done this the last two years, we stack the players as if we had the first pick all the way down to our second-round pick (50th overall). So we’ll stack one through 50. So after round one we won’t re-calculate the board (Thursday night). We’ve already got them stacked. So we’ll keep peeling them off.

“We’ve done the work already, so names will go and when we pick at 50 we might say, ‘Well we’ve got our guy still up there at 50, but our guy at 35 is also still on the board, let’s pick him.’”

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