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Fan Friday 2-9

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2018 – 11:44 am

The 2018 offseason is in full swing now with the Super Bowl behind us. Lets’ get to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
IMO their biggest hole, besides QB is at LB. Do you feel they will address this in FA or the draft? I believe we need a experienced MLB.

Tim Feathers

CB: Linebacker is unquestionably a hole because of who they could potentially lose to free agency. Preston Brown and Ramon Humber are both free agents. That’s two starting caliber players. Obviously, they could re-sign one or both, but it will be interesting to see if Brown wants to test the market, knowing a player’s second contract is usually the big money one.

Also the Bills would undoubtedly like to get faster at the linebacker position. I believe the team’s decision on Brown will ultimately determine their course of action at linebacker. If he’s back I see them supplementing the position primarily with the draft. If not, it’s likely to be a mix of free agency and the draft.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will Bills look to replace Brian Gaine? I really liked their front office acquisitions last off-season and hope they try and maintain multiple quality personnel and GM types

CB: I think that’s to be determined. With Lake Dawson also up for the Panthers GM job, Buffalo could lose two members of their scouting department. I think when GM Brandon Beane knows whether Dawson is back or not he’ll then assess the duties of those men and decide if they need to replace either by promoting from within and hiring from the outside.

You are right though, Beane assembled a heck of a staff in year one, and the pursuit of some of his hires is a strong validation of that.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

With the money that Smith and Jimmy G got, so the Bills a) pickup TT option and draft a guy to sit behind him for a year similar to Smith or b) pickup his option and trade him as it would still, at $18 million, be cheaper than signing some of the higher end FA right now?

Ryan Cox

CB: Getting Tyrod to renegotiate his deal last offseason was an astute move by the Bills. Though some still see the $18M cap hit as tough to swallow, it’s a very reasonable deal. And the chance of them going another season with Tyrod at QB while drafting a QB to groom is possible.

It’s hard to predict which way it will turn, knowing there will be quarterback options in free agency, potentially by trade if the Eagles are willing to listen to offers for Nick Foles and in the draft.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Would you personally trade the #Bills’ 21, 22, and RD3 to Denver for the fifth-overall pick if Rosen and Darnold are off the board?

Dean Kindig

CB: I personally wouldn’t. I think those two are by far the top two QB prospects from all the scouting people I’ve talked to around the league over the last few months. Unless you feel players like Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph are right there with them and still on the board I don’t make that deal.

I think you only give that draft capital up for one of the best QBs in the draft, not QB three or four, especially since I feel there is a drop off that’s more sizable than pick 2 to pick 5.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills
What are the chances they re-sign Gaines?

Zach Kozoduj

CB: I think there’s a legitimate chance they’ll make an effort to re-sign him. It all depends on the supply and demand in free agency. The market will have some decent talent available if players don’t re-sign with their current clubs (e.g. Malcolm Butler, Rashaan Melvin, Trumaine Johnson), but I don’t think the Bills want to pay giant money.

Gaines durability issues (he’s missed 26 games over last 3 seasons) figure to make him a more affordable option, plus he’s just 26-years old. So his affordability makes him a realistic re-sign candidate. The only thing that changes that is if they can find a more durable player without having to pay significantly more.







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Fan Friday 1-19

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2018 – 11:26 am

We’ll have full Senior Bowl practice coverage next week Bills fans, so keep it close to and the John Murphy Show! Now to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think Rudolph could be a target pick for bills? Keep some draft capital get him at 21?


CB: Right now Rudolph is a bit off the pace as a QB prospect from the top four (Darnold, Rosen, Allen, Mayfield), due primarily to the fact that NFL clubs don’t know what his mental processing skills are on a football field. He has all the physical tools to be a pocket passer in the NFL, but he played in a very simple offense. So calling plays, diagnosing coverages, reading progressions, taking snaps under center are all unknowns. That’s why it’s unfortunate that Rudolph won’t be practicing this week at the Senior Bowl. He could’ve begun to answer some of those questions by putting his decision making during team periods of practice on display.

I think at this point it’s very realistic that he’ll be on the board for the Bills in the early 20’s. He’s currently projected as a late one, early two by some of the more respected draft prognosticators.

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Do you foresee Shady becoming more of a change of pace back/third down back to preserve his career a few more years? It would be nice to get a solid move the chains type bruiser for early downs…thoughts?

Alan C

CB: McCoy did not show any signs of slowing down whatsoever in 2017. That said, he’ll be 30-years old for 2018. I personally see him as one of the exceptions to the popular rule that running backs decline after their 28th birthday. The main reason being his running style doesn’t expose him to big time hits which cause the most wear and tear on the body.

I am however, in favor of getting a capable back who can reduce the workload on McCoy. The Bills did a good job managing his carries. He averaged 18 carries per game in 2017, which I think would still be manageable for McCoy going forward. But introducing a steady backup, who can get five to 10 carries per game would be advisable to prolong McCoy’s freshness through the latter stages of the season, especially if there are playoff games in January where the offense will naturally lean on him more.

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Chicken-egg situation: do the #Bills draft a QB with skill set that fits what Daboll wants to do? Or design offense around whatever QB they draft?

Tyler Moss

CB: While I believe there is some consideration to the style of offense the Bills would prefer to run in drafting a quarterback prospect, I don’t think it would preclude the Bills from taking the player they believe to be the best prospect at the position when they’re on the board.

It’s not the best example, but Cam Newton, a player who was drafted in Carolina when both Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were there wasn’t an ideal fit for a pro-style offense. He was not a pure passer and he never played in a pro system, but he was far and away the best prospect at the position.

So, in general I think most NFL clubs tend to focus on drafting the best player at the position, then worry about how they’ll make use of his skill set.

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

What do you think Cordy Glenn’s future is with the Bills? If they move on, does he have trade value with that contract?

Josh McCarty

CB: Step one for Glenn is to get back to full health following the latest procedure on his foot. By all accounts he is doing very well in his rehabilitation and is on track to be full go for the start of the offseason conditioning program in April.

I do understand why there is speculation about Glenn being a trade option for the Bills, knowing how well Dion Dawkins performed at left tackle in Glenn’s absence.

Taking that hypothetical situation a step further, it’s obvious that Glenn’s cap figure for 2018 ($14.45M) is second only to Tyrod Taylor ($18M) on Buffalo’s roster.

But to move Glenn via trade or outright release prior to June 1st would only give Buffalo a cap savings of $4.85M with $9.6M in dead money still on their books.

If the Bills moved him after June 1st, such a move becomes more fiscally responsible.

The cap savings would be more than $11M and the dead money would be cut by two-thirds ($3.2M). However, moving a player via trade that late in the offseason is rare, but quality left tackles with a proven track record and just 28-years old are not easy to find. So even that late in the game I think he absolutely has trade value.

Just knowing how much GM Brandon Beane wants to continue to clear dead money off the Bills cap so they have more flexibility in their spending going forward, I find it hard to fathom them trying to move Cordy Glenn prior to June 1st knowing the cap implications mentioned above.

NOTE: For those wondering if you can designate a player you intend to trade as a post-June 1st designation, it doesn’t appear that you can. When you designate a player as a post-June 1st cut, the contract is immediately terminated and the team no longer holds any rights to the player.

So it would appear to be impossible to designate a traded player as a post-June 1st trade, because the team technically would not have the rights to said player, and thus no commodity to trade. The actual trade, as mentioned above, would seemingly have to take place after June 1st for the aforementioned cap savings to be realized.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

If Bills lose Gaines to free agency, does corner become high draft priority?

Patrick Schrader

CB: If you’re down a starting caliber corner and you don’t feel you have an adequate replacement on your roster, then yes it does become a priority. Knowing that Leonard Johnson is also a free agent could increase the positional need even more.

So if Gaines doesn’t return, I think positionally it becomes a priority, but I’m not ready to peg it a draft priority. Let’s see what free agency can bring the team first if necessary.

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Gaines looks ready for Sunday, Benjamin working

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2017 – 3:03 pm

E.J. Gaines and Kelvin Benjamin are both working their way through the week. At this point it’s looking good for both players to be in the lineup on Sunday at Miami.

After Thursday’s practice, head coach Sean McDermott was asked about what kind of progress E.J. Gaines has made in his return from a knee injury, suffered in the first game against the Dolphins.

“He looks like he’s ready to go,” said McDermott.

That’s welcome news knowing that Shareece Wright remains in the concussion protocol. Gaines practiced fully on Thursday.

Meanwhile Kelvin Benjamin is making his way through the week. After sitting out Wednesday, Benjamin participated in practice Thursday.

“Similar to last week. He practiced today and did some good things,” said McDermott. “We’ll get a better feel tomorrow.”

Here’s a look at Buffalo’s injury report.



G Ryan Groy – illness
CB Shareece Wright – concussion

WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
TE Charles Clay – knee
G Richie Incognito – rest
WR Deonte Thompson – shoulder
DT Kyle Williams – groin

CB E.J. Gaines – knee

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Zay Jones practices fully, Gaines limited

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2017 – 3:12 pm

There are a couple of Bills players who missed last week’s game who are close to making a return. WR Zay Jones practiced fully on Wednesday while CB E.J. Gaines was limited. But the hope is both will be back in the lineup this week.

“I’m optimistic,” said Jones. “I’m just going to stay on the program I’m on right now. Practice today was a step in the right direction. I’m very encouraged about that. The training staff is doing a great job of just getting my legs back underneath me. I’m excited to just get back out there.”

Barring a setback, Jones is expected to be back in the lineup on Sunday in Los Angeles, which would be a good thing for QB Nate Peterman. Jones and Peterman established a good rapport during their week together on the same team at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, only to continue it through the offseason and training camp with the Bills.

Gaines meanwhile was limited. The cornerback practiced on a limited basis all of last week, but didn’t make it to the game. The hope this week is he’ll be able to increase his workload each day leading up to Sunday.

Jordan Matthews was also a limited participant with a knee injury.



LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
DE Jerry Hughes – shin/calf
RB LeSean McCoy – rest
RB Mike Tolbert – hamstring
DT Kyle Williams – rest

CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring
WR Jordan Matthews – knee

WR Zay Jones – ankle


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Glenn, Jones, Hughes, Gaines all day to day

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2017 – 3:26 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott didn’t have any specific updates on any of Buffalo’s injured players, including those who did not suit up on Sunday. He used the same designation for Cordy Glenn, E.J. Gaines, Jerry Hughes and Zay Jones.

“Day to day,” McDermott said of the group. “We’ve got a bunch of guys who are day to day.”

That doesn’t shed much light on whether Glenn or Gaines will be full practice participants on Wednesday. Both players practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday last week. Hughes suffered a shin injury in Sunday’s game.

Jones did not practice at all last week due to an ankle injury.

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Fan Friday 11-10

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2017 – 12:02 pm

The second half of the season is upon us. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who should be feared more in Sunday’s game against the Saints: Drew Brees, Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara?

Rick McGuire

CB: It’s Brees. The way he manipulates defensive backs with his pump fakes, shoulder fakes and eyes only makes him more effective. I don’t know that I’ve seen a more consistently accurate QB than him ever. Kamara is a multi-dimensional weapon who needs to be accounted for, but it starts and ends with Brees.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do u foresee the Bills trying to re-sign Wr J.Matthews and CB EJ Gaines? 2 players they traded for!


CB: I expect Jordan Matthews to be high on their priority list. Gaines’ future in Buffalo I believe will hinge on his availability the rest of the way this season. I like Gaines personally and think he’s an effective cornerback when healthy. The issue is his week to week availability has not been there and Sean McDermott does place a priority on that.

I’m not saying I know that will hurt his chances of returning, but it could be a factor in how high a priority they place on returning Gaines to the fold for 2018 and beyond.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Any chance Milano starts this week since it appears speedier linebackers will be needed to stop the strong screen game?

J Christensen-Sharpe

CB: I don’t expect Milano to start, but it’s clear to me that he has something to offer the defense in coverage assignments underneath. That is an area of the field that the Saints look to exploit.

I think Humber is underrated in coverage, but Milano has some pass coverage instincts you just can’t teach, which likely stem from his time as safety early in his college career.

Last week against the Jets, Milano was used in some subpackages on obvious passing downs. He also got 10 snaps, but I’d expect that to continue.

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Should the Bills only draft a QB if they think that person would be better than Peterman? Fans loved Peterman preseason so will be interesting to see reactions comparing him to this years class if Bills dont take a top prospect

Bryan Watson

CB: My personal opinion is you should draft a QB every year. Knowing Chiefs head coach Andy Reid subscribed to that approach when he was in Philadelphia, I believe it’s possible we could see a quarterback drafted next spring by Buffalo.

The fact that Peterman is on the roster doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight in preventing them from drafting another one as I see it. The bigger question is whether they believe that a QB prospect that they could draft is an upgrade in comparison to Peterman, and I suppose Tyrod Taylor as well.

For Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott it’s about upgrading the roster. If a player is an upgrade, at any position, it’s a viable possibility in the draft or through any other means the club can add a player.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who is going to leading the charge Sunday?


CB: It will be former Bills RB Antowain Smith.

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Incognito, Gaines sit out practice again

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2017 – 10:50 pm

On a short week a starter on offense and defense are still trying to heal up. Richie Incognito and E.J. Gaines were both kept off the practice field on Tuesday. Incognito played last Sunday with an ankle sprain and got through the game, but is likely sore. Gaines is trying to recover from a hamstring injury suffered against the Buccaneers in Week 7. Their official status will be known on Wednesday for Thursday night’s game.

The news is much more encouraging for S Jordan Poyer. He said he’s optimistic about returning to the lineup after missing last week’s game with a knee injury.

“I’m encouraged and I feel like I’ll be ready to go on Thursday night,” said Poyer. “Every day has been a lot better. It’s just a matter of when is going to be the day when I’m able to cut and do everything I want to do. I’m able to do that so that’s been a real positive.”

LB Ramon Humber is also closer to returning to the lineup after he participated in practice on Tuesday on a limited basis. Here’s the full injury report.




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CBs Gaines & Johnson limited Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm

Bills CB E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson were both back on the practice field Wednesday.

Both players benefited from the bye week. The two cornerbacks were limited in Wednesday’s practice session. But Johnson said he felt good.

“It’s actually scary how fast the body can almost heal itself with the proper diet and our medical team doing a great job with rehabbing me and keeping me uplifted and in tune with everything in regards to my movements on the field and in the pool,” said Johnson after Wednesday’s practice. “So I feel pretty good. I feel really good actually.”

So too was WR Jordan Matthews, who caught passes for the first time since thumb surgery two weeks ago.

OT Cordy Glenn practiced fully. Here’s the full injury report.

TE Charles Clay – knee
LB Ramon Humber – thumb

CB E.J. Gaines – groin
CB Leonard Johnson – hamstring
WR Jordan Matthews – thumb

OT Cordy Glenn – ankle/foot

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Gaines, Glenn, Hyde & Wright all questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2017 – 1:51 pm

The Bills secondary could be pretty shorthanded on Sunday if some nicked up players are unable to play against the Bengals.

Cornerbacks EJ Gaines and Shareece Wright are both questionable for Sunday’s game along with safety Micah Hyde.

Head coach Sean McDermott expressed confidence that Hyde had come through the week well, but he was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday. Wright was also limited on Friday. Gaines however, did not practice at all and appears to be the biggest question mark for Sunday after sustaining a groin injury in last week’s game.

With only four cornerbacks on the roster the Bills will likely have to add at least one cornerback to the roster for insurance.

Meanwhile OT Cordy Glenn is questionable too in his return from foot and ankle problems. He missed each of the last two games, but was back practicing this week. Friday was the first time he practiced on a full scale basis in two weeks. Rookie Dion Dawkins is expected to make his third straight start at left tackle.



LB Ramon Humber – thumb
WR Jordan Matthews – thumb

CB EJ Gaines – groin
CB Shareece Wright – back
S Micah Hyde – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle


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CB Gaines felt good in return to field

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2017 – 3:42 pm

E.J. Gaines left practice early on Sunday, missed practice Tuesday, but was back Wednesday.

“It felt good getting back out there,” Gaines said. “It was a small, I wouldn’t even call it an injury, I just kind of tweaked something. So, getting back out there, and running routes felt good.”

Head coach Sean McDermott is expected to address Gaines’ likelihood of playing on Saturday night at Baltimore when he addresses the media on Thursday morning.


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Gaines already knew a CB on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2017 – 8:20 pm

Newly acquired CB E.J. Gaines knew a couple of coaches on Sean McDermott’s staff because they were previously with the Los Angeles Rams. Defensive line coach Mike Waufle and tight ends coach Rob Boras. But he also knew a cornerback on Buffalo’s roster coming in the door.

“I actually was good friends with Shareece Wright before I came and everything, so that’s a good thing being in the corner room,” said Gaines after practice Sunday. “He’s definitely teaching me some of the game plan and some of the techniques that coaches want us to use so that’s good.”

Wright had to leave practice Sunday with a thumb injury. He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday.

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