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Bills staying grounded despite 2-0 start

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2014 – 5:57 pm

Buffalo’s 2-0 start certainly has fans excited about the 2014 season, but the players in the Bills locker room are keeping their heads down and focusing on the task at hand, which is San Diego this week. When asked if it’s difficult to block out the hype going on outside the building, QB EJ Manuel said it’s not a problem at all.

“Very easy. Just come in every day and work. Don’t feel like you’ve arrived because we haven’t,” he said. “Don’t feel like we’ve earned anything, because we haven’t. I think it’s extremely important for us to stay the course that we’re on and remain confident. But most of all, continue to prepare like we’ve done. That’s a huge stride that our team has taken. A lot of guys are coming in on their days off, staying late during the week, making sure that we’re prepared mentally for our opponents. Obviously, taking care of our bodies and doing extra stuff, you can see the D-tackles down there working. That’s all across the board. I’m really happy to see that.”

 


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EJ: Our fans make us want to go harder

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 5:01 pm

Much has been said about the atmosphere at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday in the win over the Dolphins. The fans had a major impact on the game with the Dolphins taking three penalties due to crowd noise. On Monday EJ Manuel made a point to mention that the loud support of the fans gives the players the little extra to put their effort over the edge.

“We really want to thank them for coming out, selling it out and being extremely loud on third down for our defense, that really helped them out,” said Manuel. “And definitely for us [the offense], anytime we were having big plays, they were getting really rowdy and loud for us. When we know we have their support, it makes us want to go even harder.”


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Teammates see EJ progressing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 4:48 pm

Buffalo’s offense still has some numbers to improve in terms of production, but through the first two games players on offense can see EJ Manuel making progress.

Completing almost 67 percent of his passes and averaging a healthy 7.8 yards an attempt, Manuel has two touchdown passes and an interception. He’s been sacked once and has a passer rating of 95.4.

“He’s getting better, everybody is getting better,” said Sammy Watkins. “We believe in the offense. The coaches are calling good plays, putting us in great situations and each week I feel like he’s [EJ Manuel] gaining more confidence in us and it’s just going to keep getting better.”

 


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Marrone on EJ’s game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 9:38 am

EJ Manuel’s stat line looked pretty good in the win over Miami as he went 16-26 for 202 yards and a touchdown, good for a 98.6 passer rating. Here was head coach Doug Marrone’s assessment of Manuel’s play from his sideline vantage point.

“I thought he did well,” said Marrone. “He had some opportunities early on. The deep ball to Sammy was there. That was the perfect strike. A couple things that we need to take advantage of in the red zone that I said before, but he made some big plays down the field. Again, he’s progressing well. That’s two good games now for him, where he’s improving and seeing things. It’s the same thing that I told the players; it’s a long season. We’re a good football team that just needs to keep getting better and better each week.”

Marrone was referring to Manuel’s perfectly thrown ball down the right sideline that Watkins had in his hands, but Brent Grimes knocked away at the last second as he was falling to the ground. It wound up being an incompletion.

 


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EJ on offensive progress

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 7:11 pm

There’s no doubt that the Bills offense wasn’t thrilled with their 0-for-3 mark in the red zone in the first half, but getting points is the thing, and to come through with a touchdown drive come the second half was something EJ Manuel felt they could hang their hat on.

“We want to score every drive,” he said. “I think it’s even more important when they go out there and score, especially later in the game because we hadn’t touched the end zone until that point after C.J. [Spiller] had the great kick return. It’s a good thing for our offense to show that we’ve having growth, and we’re becoming a more mature offense.  Again, our defense put us in the situation to be able to do that.”

Head coach Doug Marrone didn’t deny they left points on the field, but wasn’t going to criticize the offense, which got points on six of their 11 possessions (not counting kneel down at end).

“I’m not going to say disappointed,” he said. “I look at it as we won the game, but there were opportunities there that we have to just get better at and take advantage of, but there were definitely opportunities there.”


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Passing game looking to take next step

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 9:05 am

Buffalo’s receivers made some key plays in the win over the Bears in Week 1, but EJ Manuel’s targets in the passing game want to take another step as they open up division play on Sunday.

Sammy Watkins, who turned in a few receptions last week, believes it’s all about the matchups.

“Just being dominant,” he said. “Winning our matchups, 1-on-1’s, Win the balls that come to us. And I think overall, the balls that came to us we caught them. Everybody is making big plays but when we get more involved and need to pass, we going to be there. EJ will get us the ball.”

QB EJ Manuel believes the improvements need to be all encompassing.

“Just being better in all situations, third down, red zone, that’s pretty much it,” said EJ Manuel. “I would say our game  plan is a little different versus Miami, just sticking to the plan as far as what Coach Hackett wants us to do.”

Buffalo was 2-4 in the red zone last week, but converted just four of their 12 third down opportunities.


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Watkins: EJ shocked everyone with speech

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2014 – 2:29 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel may not be a captain in name, but he was in spirit both on Saturday night and Sunday prior to the team’s opener against the Bears. It left an impression on his teammates that had them hyped up to get a victory.

“That shocked everybody,” said Sammy Watkins. “He started it (Saturday) night he just went crazy and I loved it. He came to the stadium early (Sunday), listened to some music, that’s what we need at quarterback, guys that lead, guys with passion. He was just tired of everybody (being) down on him, and he’s going to prove everybody wrong. Everybody’s got to understand that he’s young and he’s going to get better.”

Coming out of the game, which the Bills won in overtime, Manuel completed 73 percent of his passes, average almost eight yards an attempt (7.86) and had one passing touchdown against one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown.

“He played great,” said Watkins. “For the first game, I think he handled the offense well.  He managed the game, he was the leader.  Throughout the whole game he was hyped up.  He just picked us up when everything was going bad, the flags and penalties, he just continued to play.”


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Graham: EJ had the team pumped up to play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2014 – 10:16 am

Bills veteran CB Corey Graham appeared on Kiss 98.5 this morning as their difference maker of the game. Head coach Doug Marrone said the locker room had a different vibe before the game, in a good way. Graham explained why things were different when the team went out on the field.

“EJ was fired up,” said Graham. “He got the whole team fired up. He pretty much inspired everybody. It was the first time on any team I’ve been on where I’ve seen a quarterback get that excited and get that fired up and excited and ready to play a game. That really got guys pushed over the top and really got guys ready to play. That’s what they were talking about when they said the locker room was different and how excited everybody was and how focused everybody was. It was EJ. It was EJ leading, it was EJ inspiring and it was EJ bringing some passion with it. I think that’s what everybody was talking about.”


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Team leaders stood tall

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 9:25 pm

The Bills just named their captains last Monday. Six days later just about all of them had a pretty big hand in Sunday’s overtime victory.

The six players named captains were Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Eric Wood, Fred Jackson, Corey Graham and Brandon Spikes.

On offense Wood helped lead an offensive line that was new in terms of playing together and surrendered just one sack all day. They also helped the run game roll up almost 200 yards on the ground averaging almost six yards a carry.

Fred Jackson had the biggest run of the day in overtime on his 38-yard rumble down the sideline to the one.

On defense Mario Williams had a sack, Kyle Williams had an interception, Brandon Spikes was instrumental in stuffing the run and Corey Graham had an interception and a couple of pass breakups late in regulation to force Chicago to settle for a game-tying field goal.

Add in EJ Manuel’s performance in his natural leadership role of quarterback and it’s a pretty good day for Buffalo’s captains when it comes to setting an example.


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Mrs. Wilson honored with game ball

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 9:24 pm

There was a lot for the players to concern themselves with heading into their season opener. On a larger level than just the game was the fact that it was first game for the team without their founder and owner Ralph Wilson, who passed away this past March. After their overtime victory however, Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon made sure Mr. Wilson’s widow Mary was properly honored.

Brandon presented Mrs. Wilson with a game ball in the locker room after the victory.

“Yeah that was huge to come here first and win against another team who has been in the NFL since the origin of the NFL,” said EJ Manuel. “I know Russ Brandon gave a game ball to Mrs. Wilson today and I know that was a very momentous time for her and Russ. So we’re very happy to get this ‘W’ for Mr. Wilson today.”


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Fan Friday 9-5

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2014 – 11:45 am

Well Bills fans the regular season is here. Let’s hope Buffalo can get off to a good start in Chicago, even though the Bears do very well when they open the season at home (18-3) since 1984. On to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net or on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Chris,

How is Chris Williams doing at left guard?  Is he getting any competition from any of the other guys?  Having signed him as a free agent, is it still possible that the Bills will look to one of their other offensive linemen to take the spot?

Paul Blachowicz
Lancaster NY

CB: This is a hard one to answer because he’s been in and out of the lineup so much this preseason. He missed the last three preseason games with a back injury so it’s been difficult to judge any kind of progress in terms of chemistry with his new line mates in games. His teammates have taken well to him and head coach Doug Marrone said he is the unequivocal starter at left guard, even though rookie Cyril Richardson spelled him in the lineup when he was out. Richardson looks like the only realistic threat to Williams’ position in the starting lineup and Williams play would really have to falter for that to happen the way it looks right now.

 
2 – Hi Chris,

My question is why does everybody from analysts to announcers call EJ a mobile, read option type QB? From what I can tell running is not the strongest part of his game at all. Sure he’s had a few good runs when the defense is in man coverage and it’s wide open but just about every QB in the league can do that. Maybe he’s not being decisive enough and isn’t running full speed, but his acceleration doesn’t seem to be all that which is what I would think is a QB’s best friend when scrambling. When he’s throwing the ball well I have no problem with him being our QB, but it seems to me he’s getting this stereotype which doesn’t fit him.

Dan

CB: I’m going to assume that you’re referring mainly to TV broadcasters. Unfortunately I don’t hear the television broadcast because I’m working the game too in the press box. If there are a lot of references to EJ being a mobile QB I haven’t heard it. Yes, he has the mobility to make yards with his legs when things break down or to escape a collapsing pocket, but he has even said himself he wants to be a passing QB that can run when absolutely necessary.

 

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills Has Cyrus gotten any looks at guard in practice, or solely at tackle?

RDotDeuce

CB: Cyrus Kouandjio has been working strictly at offensive tackle. I have not seen any reps for him at the guard position. First of all Kouandjio is a very long-limbed player and knowing a guard needs to really win on leverage inside, it may prove more difficult for him than other taller tackles that a coach might want to shift in to guard. Second, it’s clear that the coaches want to get him as many reps as possible at tackle. He just turned 21-years old, he’s still growing into his frame and simply needs time on the job. The more reps he gets every day in practice at tackle the shorter the learning curve gets for him to be ready to contribute.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills will we see vanilla Defense scheme allowing Cutler 6 seconds to pick secondary apart?

Kenjones1999

CB: I think here are two things you need to keep in mind regarding Sunday’s opponent and Buffalo’s defense. First, Cutler never needs six seconds to get the ball out. The Bears offense is largely based on three step drops. It’s very difficult to sack Cutler, which is why Chicago gave up the third-fewest sacks in the league last season (30).

All that being said the Bills defense will not be vanilla. I’m assuming you’re referring to how Jim Schwartz often relied on his front four to rush the quarterback in Detroit and routinely dropped seven into coverage. That won’t happen a whole lot this season. The reason why is for the first time in a long time Schwartz has quality cover corners in Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin, which gives him the liberty of sending extra rushers on passing downs.

I’m not certain we’ll see a lot of extra blitzers this week because of how quickly Cutler gets it out, but through the course of the season we’ll see a variety of looks from coach Schwartz.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills Great work Chris! Does #1 on depth chart chart for kickoff returns (Spiller) mean more 1st down touches for Freddy?

superdoops74

CB: I would not assume that Fred Jackson will see more first down work following a kickoff return by C.J. Spiller. Spiller addressed that very question this week, so I’ll let him explain why that might only be in the case in a few situations this season.

“If Fred sees me break a 50 or 60 yarder (on a kickoff) he’ll start the offense off,” said Spiller. “If not I’ll just stay out there and start the series, but the good thing is he’s always watching making sure that I’m good. That’s what it takes, another set of eyes because you want to make sure you’re full speed and you can give your team the best of your ability. I do a great job of judging when I need to start on the offensive series and when I need to come out. I have no worries at all about that.”


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Bills on offense are confident

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2014 – 5:26 pm

Even though a good number of fans are concerned about Buffalo’s offense coming out of the preseason the men in Buffalo’s locker room are awfully confident that things will be noticeably different in the regular season. Chief among them Fred Jackson.

“Everybody in this offense we’re confident in what their abilities are,” Jackson said. “We didn’t game plan anybody (in the preseason). We went in there with very vanilla playbooks, nothing game-planned, we didn’t break down defenses, certain situations and things like that. It’s game week, we’re going to do that now. We’re going to try to attack tendencies and things like that.  Knowing the guys we have and what plays they are capable of making, we feel like we can score against anybody in this league.”

A lot of the focus will naturally be on EJ Manuel, but he too is looking forward to the regular season getting underway.

“I have to go out there and do what I need to do and continue to prepare this week,” said Manuel. “That’s why I say I want to keep my focus on Chicago because that’s the most important thing. I can’t control what’s happened in the past. You have to move and look forward. Chicago is our first opportunity, my first opportunity, for this regular season and I want to come out there and start it off how we want to.”


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Gragg to start against Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 5:56 pm

With Lee Smith injured and Tony Moeaki still not 100 percent fellow TE Chris Gragg figures to see a lot of playing time against the Lions. Gragg hasn’t seen a lot of time with the starters, but that’s going to happen in the preseason finale.

Gragg is going to start with Scott Chandler also inactive tonight. In this final preseason game, Gragg just wants to tighten up some of the nuances of his personal game.

“Really just my details,” Gragg told Buffalobills.com. “I want to be focused on every play, not to have little mistakes. I haven’t had any big outrageous mistakes, but little things. Stepping this way or making sure I catch the ball with my hands and tuck it under my outside arm. It’s some of those little things that we’ve been harping on, those are the things that are going to help us get to that next step.

“I’ll get some time out there with EJ and I want to make sure our timing is going great so we can go out there and make plays this season.”

Gragg has heard coach Marrone’s call for the other players on offense to be better around QB EJ Manuel. The second-year tight end knows what his head coach means.

“That means that we want to make it easier for him,” said Gragg. “We want the line to protect, the receivers to run the right routes and then EJ just has to deliver the ball. We want as little as possible on EJ because I know he has to do a lot. He’s a quarterback in the NFL. So we want our professionals at the other spots as great as they can be so they can make EJ’s job easier.”


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Palmer confident EJ will succeed

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2014 – 5:50 pm

Bills newest QB Jordan Palmer is very familiar with EJ Manuel having traveled in some of the same quarterback circles over the last three years. They were even counselors together at former NFL QB Trent Dilfer’s ‘Elite 11′ camp. Palmer has seen enough of Manuel and his game that he’s confident he’ll be a successful NFL starting quarterback.

“I’m very confident,” said Palmer of Manuel being a success. “The first thing you have to be, if you’re going to be young, talented and given the reins of an organization, is you have to be all-in. This has to be your life, this has to be your job,  this has to be everything to you. I know EJ well enough to know that this is. So right there, you’re ahead of a good number of guys.

“Talent wise—the guy can make every throw, he’s a great athlete. He’s a smart, really conscientious quarterback.  Really thinking through things, and then the talent around him. I can go on and on why I’m confident in EJ.  I’m excited to come here and build on that confidence and get to see it in person now.”


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Palmer someone EJ has worked with before

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2014 – 5:38 pm

Bills newest QB Jordan Palmer is someone that EJ Manuel not only knows, but has worked with before in the past. It has Manuel looking forward to spending more time with him as a teammate.

“Yes, I worked with JP,” said Manuel after Tuesday’s practice. “One year I was a counselor and he was, obviously, a counselor training some of the younger quarterbacks. That was probably the main time I’ve had an extensive period of time to workout with him and talk with him. I saw him in the offseason during the Super Bowl time up in New York and just catching up with him and seeing how things are going.”

Manuel is referring to former NFL QB Trent Dilfer’s ‘Elite 11′ camp where some of the top high school quarterback prospects perform. Palmer, who has been referred to as a coach on the field, is someone Manuel feels can only help him knowing this is going to be Palmer’s seventh NFL season.

“It’s going to be great,” Manuel said. “Even today after practice he brought up a couple drills that we could do. Some stuff that I’ve never done, some stuff that I’ve never seen before, but I thought it was pretty cool ways to throw the ball, while you’re still conditioning at the same time. I think the more experience he can bring to our room the better.”


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Offense holding stuff until regular season

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2014 – 10:30 pm

Facing a Tampa defense Saturday night that is a lot like the one they’ll face in Week 1 at Chicago in terms of scheme there was a good chance that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and head coach Doug Marrone were going to play things close to the vest and not make use of plays they feel might work best against that system. EJ Manuel and Mike Williams essentially confirmed that they are holding onto some key parts of their playbook for the regular season.

“There are a few things that I asked him for and of course he said, ‘Hey we’re saving this and that for the regular season,’” said Manuel. “Which I understand, but at the same time we still want to go out there and win and move the ball and score touchdowns. But there are some things that we’re going to continue to save for Chicago.”

“I don’t want to give away a secret, but I think we’ve been doing what we can,” said Mike Williams. “I’ll just say it like that. I think we’ve been doing what he’s been giving us and we’re trying to get better at that. Our play calling has been simple really. We’ve been trying to get better at the simple things and take away the penalties.”


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Marrone: Starters may need to play Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2014 – 9:39 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone had no intention of playing his starters in the preseason finale on Thursday against the Lions, but in the wake of Saturday’s performance against Tampa Bay he’s giving strong consideration to putting them on the field against Detroit.

“We’ll be looking at what we’re going to do on Thursday,” said Marrone. “Last year we didn’t play our starters at all. This I think we’re going to have to take a good look and play.”

Buffalo’s starters have no problem with going out there and playing against Detroit if the head coach deems it necessary.

“If coach Marrone wants us to go play, we’ll go play,” said EJ Manuel. “We want to definitely come out and have a good showing before we go into the regular season so if he wants us to play we’ll be ready to go.”

“If our coach wants us out there we’ll be out there,” said Fred Jackson. “That’s just how a lot of guys are going to be. We need work just like anybody else. We can’t say we’re excused from anything, especially after the performance we had in the first half.  We came out and made some plays in the second half but it’s not enough. We have to continue to keep working, if we’re playing we have to continue to put in the work.”


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Fan Friday 8-22

Posted by Chris Brown on August 22, 2014 – 12:53 pm

The preseason is winding down. Almost time for the real stuff. Let’s get to your latest round of questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – When are the Bills going to address Spiller’s contract?  Is he going to be another Bills 1st rounder they don’t sign and let them leave?

Thanks,
Steve Lehmann
Life-long Bills fan in Charlotte, NC

CB: The current issue concerning Spiller and opening discussions on a new contract is he is currently without representation. The Bills’ back does not have an agent right now and GM Doug Whaley stated recently that the club will wait until Spiller has secured proper representation before approaching him to negotiate a possible extension.

 

2 – Hey Chris,
Of course us Bills fans are constantly hearing a lot about EJ Manuel in training camp and his “ups and downs”.  The one term I hear used a lot is that he is patting the ball before he throws it.  I read that this can give the defender an extra step because when they see that they know he’s about to throw and it’s likely going to be in their lane. But I also read that it doesn’t always have a negative effect and in fact Drew Bledsoe was known to have a very quick release even though he pat the ball. I’ve also read that this is so the QB can make sure that the ball is secured in their hand before they throw it. Do you think this is something that EJ has to work on and do you think it is affecting his game in a negative way?

Also, a lot has been said about him not being able to read the field and get through his progressions.  Depending on who you listen to some say that’s something you have or you don’t.  But I think that he just needs more time and game time experience and maybe the experience will allow him to get used to the speed of the NFL.  I am interested in your thoughts.

Thanks always, Jillian

CB: There’s no denying that there have been times that EJ has patted the ball or hesitated to pull the trigger. I think all young quarterbacks go through that as part of their learning curve. I will say that Manuel is doing less of it now than he was at the start of training camp.

The patting of the ball is not the concern as much as does EJ trust what he’s seeing unfold around him? Over the past week or so the answer has been unequivocally yes. Now that doesn’t mean that EJ is going to start lighting it up every week on the field, but there is noticeable progress.

We’ll just have to wait and see how more time on the field in games brings his personal game along.

3 – Hello Chris,

Great coverage. I enjoy your analytical approach to our Buffalo Bills. Speaking of just that, I noticed that the Bills were #1 on fumbles last season at 32 according to NFL.com. The data that I saw had:

Combined Fumbles:
Spiller/Jackson at 10
E.J./Lewis/Tuel at 8
Goodwin/Graham/Johnson/Chandler at 6

I couldn’t account for the remainder so I am not terribly confident about the 32 fumbles. I don’t hear much conversation around that stat by reporters (if it’s correct). I would think that with the loss of Byrd and his take away ability that the coaches and media would make that a point of extreme emphasis in achieving a better giveaway/takeaway ratio, which is one of the keys in winning in the NFL.

Color me confused,
Alan from Northeastern NY

CB: To provide a clear picture of the fumble numbers from last season here are all the statistics. First, yes the Bills did have 32 fumbles in 2013 and that did lead the league. However, only 12 of those fumbles resulted in turnovers. That ranked sixth-most in the league.

Part of the reason there were so many fumbles was because the Bills had the most total rushes in the NFL (546). The more plays you have, in general the more fumbles you’re going to have.

Now all that being said the Bills still ranked first in the percentage of fumbles per touch (1.97%). There were only five other teams in the league with a percentage over 1.7 percent (Was., Oak., Sea., Ten., NYG).

So you’re right it is a legitimate concern. Really what it comes down to is ball security, having the proper points of pressure on the ball with your forearm, ribs and fingers and carrying it high and tight. When I get a chance I’ll see if coach Wheatley has any extra insight on it based on last season’s numbers.

 
4 – Chris,

As usual, thank you for the outstanding coverage from you and your staff, especially for those of us outside of NY State.

My question: The first 2 preseason games, I’ve noticed the offense has predominantly used the standard “huddle” before running plays. Gone is the no huddle or hurry up Offense that we’ve heard was going to be the norm. The Bills ran 64 total plays against the Giants 61 and 63 against Carolinas 69. A difference of -3 for both games. Will the Bills be scrapping the hurry up offense this year?  Thank you.

Steve
Pismo Beach, CA

CB: I have faith that the Bills will run their no huddle on offense this season. I don’t think you should expect it to be deployed on ever series of every game. Yes, they do want to go fast and I think there’s a good chance we see some of it on Saturday night against Tampa Bay, but Doug Marrone has said it will be slowed down or sped up based on game situations and on game plans for the particular opponent they’re facing that week.

Quite frankly that makes the most sense. For example, if you’re facing a club with a top five scoring offense, going fast for the whole game might not be the way to go knowing you run the risk of giving their top flight offense more possessions and the potential to score more points too.
5 – Hey Chris,

After the performance by Ron Brooks in the Carolina game, I’m wondering if the Bills are thinking of possibly moving Leodis. Brooks seems to have turned the corner, but he’d be corner #6 on the roster. Do you see him making the roster or getting unfortunately cut?

Thanks,
Tommy in the Pittsford branch of #Billsmafia!

CB: Brooks has had his best camp to date in his career with Buffalo. He was very consistent and got a lot of quality reps with Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin slow to return to the team portions of practice in camp coming off of hip surgeries.

Brooks is essentially running as the fourth cornerback behind Gilmore, McKelvin and Graham if you consider Nickell Robey strictly a slot corner. So right now he’s in the top five at cornerback with rookie Ross Cockrell the likely number 6. So I think Brooks is in great shape to make the roster at this point.


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EJ: Only steps forward

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2014 – 4:00 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel was happy with a lot of things that were accomplished in training camp by the offense. For him personally he was just pleased he got through it healthy after having his rookie training camp interrupted by a knee injury sustained in the Minnesota preseason game last summer. He felt being on the field every day made it easier for him to take positive steps toward the kind of quarterback he wants to be this fall.

“I think it’s gone well. Each day we’ve made progress. I don’t think there were any days where we took a step backwards. That was a big thing for myself. I didn’t want to have any days where I had a step or two back,” said Manuel. “Every day I worked on something whether it was the smallest thing that may not have been big to those watching our progress. But I’ve seen growth and development in myself. So I’m very happy about it.”


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Chandler linking up with Manuel

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2014 – 1:41 pm

He missed a week of training camp action with a groin injury, but now back in the fold for almost two weeks TE Scott Chandler feels he and EJ Manuel are in sync and as ready for the regular season as they could be.

“I feel like these last two weeks have really been good for us just to be consistently out there together,” said Chandler. “We alternated knee injuries throughout our time together, but these last two weeks we’ve been able to get on the same page, look at a lot of film together and get some work in after practice.”

Chandler led the team in receptions and receiving yards last season and had four catches for 40 yards last Saturday at Pittsburgh.


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