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Big plays have loosened run front

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2015 – 9:01 am

Through their first three games Buffalo ranks first in the league in rushing yards per game at better than 152 yards per game (152.7). That figure is aided greatly by Buffalo’s big plays in the passing game.

Among the teams that have played just three games so far this season, the Bills have the third-highest number of pass play covering 25 yards or more with eight. Bills C Eric Wood says that makes it a lot harder for opposing defenses to stack the box with eight defenders.

“Through three games we’ve made some plays down the field that definitely free up the run game,” Wood said. “It makes everything easier. It frees up the short passing game. Everything complements each other on offense and when they’re able to make plays like they have down the field it’s tremendous for us.”

Buffalo figures to have a tougher task in the run game without the services of LeSean McCoy and against the league’s number two run defense.

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Vets encouraged by progress in camp

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2015 – 3:08 pm

Two players who have seen their share of training camps with the Bills are very encouraged about the team’s prospects as their preparations came to a close at St. John Fisher Tuesday.

A lot of Buffalo’s questions heading into the season reside on offense, but Eric Wood and Fred Jackson like the pieces they have in place on the roster and the coaches they have on the staff.

“It felt like training camp. It was a lot of work, but I love our scheme, I love our coaches we have in place,” said Eric Wood. “I love our team at this point. I’m excited about our group moving forward. I’ve been excited in the past but it’s hard to compare year to year. I just know I’m really confident in the group we have right now.”

“This is by far the best team I’ve been a part of,” said Jackson who finished his 10th training camp with the club. “We’ve got a lot of weapons, great coaching staff. Guys that are in here ready to work and contribute and feed off of each other. I think as long as you have that you have a great opportunity to win games.”


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Rex: Left side of OL is set

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2015 – 2:54 pm

It’s only day three of training camp, but barring a 180 in performance everyone from the center to the left tackle on the starting offensive line is pretty much locked into their roles for Buffalo’s offense.

That according to head coach Rex Ryan, who confirmed that in his mind Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito and Eric Wood are all going to be lining up where they are now in Week 1.

Ryan was asked about the competition up front and though there are some open jobs still to be won on the right side of the starting line, from the pivot to the left edge Ryan likes what he has there right now.

“I don’t anticipate Eric Wood being replaced anytime soon, but yeah you’re trying to make sure you’ve got the best guys,” Ryan said. “You know one thing for sure, Richie (Incognito), Richie’s a starter. I mean he looks as good as about any of them. Cordy (Glenn) looks really good, so we’re set there.”

Ryan said John Miller is getting pushed by second-year guard Cyril Richardson. Meanwhile at right tackle Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio will be battling for the starting spot there.

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Roman’s approach appealing for O-line

Posted by Chris Brown on July 11, 2015 – 10:13 am

Buffalo’s offensive line was a frustrated group last season. Their run game seemed like a weekly struggle and the variety of their attack from week to week was limited at best. Now with the addition of offensive coordinator Greg Roman, that’s all forgotten.

Roman’s diverse offensive schemes has the Buffalo’s offensive linemen excited about the prospects this fall.

“It’s just a different way of attacking defenses,” said G Richie Incognito. “You’re going to see a lot of different stuff out of us, a lot of different formations and a lot of different people moving around. There are a lot of ways to skin a cat. We’re going to be a run heavy offense, but I’ve never seen a playbook this big with as many ways to attack a defense with the run. We can attack you inside, we can come right downhill at you. We can run around you or toss the ball and circle the whole defense. We definitely have some playmakers and we’re hopeful to get the ball in their hands and get them in space.”

All that unpredictability makes it easier for the linemen to move defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage.

“That keeps us on the attack as opposed to trying to beat our head against the wall doing the same thing over and over and be really good at one thing, we’re trying to be really good at a lot of things and I think that can be really beneficial,” said Eric Wood.

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Join Eric Wood and his linemates

Posted by Chris Brown on May 15, 2015 – 8:44 am

Bills C Eric Wood has a charity event coming up that looks like it would be an evening of fun for any Bills fan. Here are the details.

Wood, who announced the official launch of the Eric Wood Foundation, is kicking things off with a Dinner for a Difference fundraiser that he’s hosting June 8 at Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo.

For one evening only, Wood and teammates will trade uniforms and helmets for aprons as they help serve guests three courses of favorites with fine wine and spirits. The night will also feature an exciting live and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the foundation.

General admission tickets are $200. Guests can choose to purchase a $300 ticket to include a signature series football for autographs by celebrities. No outside memorabilia will be allowed at the event, but additional signature series footballs will be for sale for $150. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available at

Wood dinner

The primary focus of The Eric Wood Foundation is to provide seriously ill, special needs and physically challenged children throughout Greater Buffalo, NY with daily encouragement and life-changing experiences.

The Eric Wood Foundation hopes to impact the lives of more than 150,000 children by the end of 2017.

“Eric has a very compelling story,” says Mr. Yohana Hill, executive director of the foundation. “He’s had personal experience with the struggles that chronic and critical illness of a child can present a family. This is something he’s personally passionate about, and that’s why it will succeed.”

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OL adjusting to rotating QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2015 – 10:13 am

While the quarterback rotation gets rolling at veteran voluntary minicamp this week, there is an adjustment for the signal callers to get into a rhythm quickly with limited snaps. There is also an adjustment for the offensive linemen, who have four different voices to listen to after they’re down on the line of scrimmage.

“Snap count and cadence, that’s the hardest adjustment there,” said Eric Wood of the adjustment from one to the other. “They’re all kind of going to adjust to us, where they’re putting their hands, taking the snap and whatever. Just getting used to the snap counts will be something, but we’re all learning it together. At this point we’re all learning. It’s not like one quarterback is behind or the center is off.”

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Wood on benefits of run game commitment

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2015 – 9:27 am

As we covered on the Bills are likely to have a power run game as an offensive identity moving forward with Rex Ryan as head coach and Greg Roman as offensive coordinator. In Ryan’s six years with the Jets, New York ranked first in the league in rushing attempts per game (32.1) and Roman’s 49ers offense in his four years as coordinator was third in rushing attempts per game (30.7). As Bills C Eric Wood sees it, that kind of commitment to the run is very appealing.

“Anytime you commit to running the ball you allow the offensive line to get in a flow,” Wood told “I’m not saying we haven’t done that in the past two years. Coach Hackett was definitely a balanced offensive coordinator, which was nice, but when you can really start wearing out a team and really get into a rhythm as an offensive line it gives you a chance to really succeed throughout the game. When you repeat runs or you see the same runs over and over that gives us a good feel throughout the game and towards the end of the game is when you get your more successful runs.”

Wood is right about the previous offensive staff. In 2013 the Bills led the league in rushing attempts per game (34.1), but this past season Buffalo dropped to 20th in that category with just 25.1 rushes per game.

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Players know 3rd down needs a jump start

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2014 – 1:44 pm

The Bills offense had a trying time of converting on third down Sunday in their win over the Browns. So although they enjoyed the win, the men on offense realize they’ll need to dramatically improve their third down conversion rate this coming Sunday in Denver.

“We didn’t do well on third downs, I don’t know if we converted one, at all? But we won the game,” said Robert Woods. “That’s something we have to work on. We’ve got to win on third downs and put ourselves in good situations.”

Buffalo was 2-for-15 on third down conversions in the game. The Bills did not convert on their first 11 third down opportunities. Their first conversion came with 7:29 left in the game when Marqueis Gray took a short pass for 41 yards on a crucial 3rd-and-1. The other conversion came three plays later, on another 3rd-and-1, with Fred Jackson getting the necessary yard. Buffalo eventually kicked a field goal.

“We weren’t executing on third downs,” said Eric Wood. “We still didn’t play great. A lot of times, those four yard runs in the first half, those turned into six and seven yard runs in the second half.  And we were saying then, we want to be patient.  But at the same time, it’s frustrating when you’re not scoring.  We gotta do a better job on third down, that’s for sure.”

The Bills rank 26th in the league in third down conversion percentage at 36.3%.

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Bills offense set to build off Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2014 – 9:58 am

Monday night’s win over the Jets saw Buffalo’s offense operate at perhaps its highest rate of efficiency this season. Now the task is duplicating that effort Sunday in a pivotal AFC game against the Browns.

“You hope to build off it,” said Eric Wood. “It was a challenging week and we came together, the city came together and we hope to ride a little of momentum for sure.”

The biggest challenge may be playing well at home, something that has proven difficult at times for the Bills this season.

“We haven’t played here in a while and we’re looking forward to it,” said Wood. “Looking forward to a packed house and a real home field advantage.”

Buffalo is 2-3 at Ralph Wilson stadium this season.

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Jets put their fronts in the mixer

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2014 – 10:08 am

The New York Jets defensive line is one of the best in football. They neutralize opposing run games by not giving up ground at the line of scrimmage and clogging up holes. But their pass rush isn’t too shabby either as they have the sixth-highest sack total in the league as well. Then head coach Rex Ryan throws another variable into the mix.

The Jets defense runs a bevy of different front looks at opposing offense, which forces any offensive lineman in the league to grind through a lot more game tape.

“It’s one of the best D-lines in the league right now,” said Kraig Urbik, who might make his first start this season at left guard. “They generate a lot of pressure and it’s the Jets. They do much different blitzes every down so we’re going to have to be on our game and do extra film work this week.”

“They have a lot more fronts that they show and that makes it more difficult to prepare,” said Eric Wood. “It definitely puts an onus on our film study.”

Step one however, will be standing their ground against a defensive line that doesn’t give up much.

“They have so many guys up there that when you watch film you don’t see them getting pushed back at all,” said Urbik. “They get a lot of one-on-ones and you see them beat a lot of one-on-ones too.”

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O-line looking to sharpen things up fast

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2014 – 12:10 pm

Buffalo’s offensive line again had their share of struggles at the line of scrimmage. The men up front are well aware of the issues they have to address, correct and improve moving forward. And it won’t be easy going up against one of the most physical defensive lines in football.

“We have to do a better job. That’s evident,” said Eric Wood. “We’re going to keep working and get this thing figured out because we’re not doing a very good job up front right now.”

“The offensive line, we have to do a better job with the small things,” Cordy Glenn said. “I  know we said it the last few weeks, but it’s far enough along in the season where we can’t keep doing the same thing every week.  We gotta take more pride in what we’re doing and just help the team out better so we don’t get in those bad situations so much.”

Stunts and twists by opposing defensive linemen have proven to be a problem since Week 3 and each opponent after that has turned to stunts and twists as well experiencing success. Glenn knows they have to neutralize it or the twist/stunt games will continue.

“We got to look at the film but until you stop it they will keep doing it,” he said. “We just have to figure out how to stop it this week and focus on that a little more. It’s a little bit of communication, just being on the same page, the same rhythm , just being comfortable with each other over there.”

As head coach Doug Marrone sees it the consistency with execution is what he wants most of all.

“They could play better. What I get hung up on is the consistency,” he said. “There are times when there’s a great pocket and no one around him. There are times where there’s not a great pocket around him. That’s what gets you frustrated, that lack of consistency. That’s what we’re going to need to become more successful, doing the things well, and that’s what gets you over the top. I think a lot of the units on the team were able to see that. There’s a picture of how we want things done and when we go out there we have to recognize when it’s not right, what was the problem? It starts from a numerous amount of things.”

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Will dramatic win be catalyst?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2014 – 9:30 am

After Sunday’s last second win over the Vikings head coach Doug Marrone said he hoped it could serve as a catalyst for his team. Here’s what the players thought about that prospect.

“I hope so,” said Eric Wood. “I hope we can get on a run. But the key is one game at a time.  And our focus turns to the Jets. It was a fun win, a big win.  But we have to move on, we have to be professional about this and not celebrate more than for what it is. That’s just one win.”

“It’s whatever we make it. Whatever we make it,” said Dareus. “It can be a turnaround factor for us, it can be whatever. We’ve got to go play every Sunday, it doesn’t even matter. Play in, play out, we gotta make it happen. It can be a turnaround, it could not.  We still gotta go out there and play and do the best we can.”


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Fan Friday 10-10

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2014 – 11:32 am

It’s been a historic week for the Buffalo Bills franchise. Sunday should be electric! For now let’s get to your questions this week on email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,
Brandon Spikes only signed a one year deal in the off season, do you think the Bills will try and wrap him up long term?

Paddy, Vancouver Canada

CB: Spikes was brought in for a reason, to improve the team’s run defense. I think the one-year contract is very indicative of the club’s approach. It appears to be a let’s see how it goes approach. So it’s my belief that the powers that be will see how Spikes’ season plays out, and come the offseason they’ll assess his value and potential contributions for the team’s future.

I can say that in talking to Spikes he likes his teammates, coaches and the atmosphere here in Buffalo. He brings additional value with his veteran leadership, but I think it’s only fair for both sides to allow his full body of work to be reviewed before making any future decisions.


2 – Chris,

The #1 weakness for Bills is the Offensive Line. Same story for the past 14 years. Right now, I have no faith in either Right Guard or Left Guard. Our O-line has been a disaster.  I hope Richardson can play better than Chris Williams (who the Bills front office paid way too much for a below average guard).  I think the Bills front office should have done a better job in free agency at the guard position.

Not sure the Erik Pears experiment is going to work out.  With Pears at guard he has not been effective pulling for screen plays, sweeps or trap plays.

Question: I love Wood at center, but if the Bills guard troubles continue, perhaps the Bills could play Urbik at center and play Woods at guard again.

Next year Bills need to Upgrade – O-Line, Tight End position and perhaps Quarterback if progress is not made this season.

South Florida,………….   Thank you Terry and Kim Pegula!!!!

CB: Concerning your question about Eric Wood, I think he is at his most valuable position at center. That’s not to say he couldn’t play guard, which he did early in his career with the Bills. It seems as though they’re interested in letting Cyril Richardson learn the ropes when Chris Williams’ back doesn’t allow him to play.

That being said your idea isn’t a bad one. Kraig Urbik is the team’s backup center, so it is an option if the offensive staff feels it’s necessary to make a different kind of change at guard. I just think Wood is so valuable making the calls and performing in the pivot that I’d be hesitant to move him.


3 – Hey Chris,

My question is regarding the switch from Manuel to Orton.  My understanding is that the Bills are under pressure to win now, EJ just isn’t where he needs to be and so Marrone needed to make the decision before the losses got out of hand.  My question is, do you think that the plan they had going into the season regarding EJ and the offense is not working?  I mean the O-line is really struggling which is making the run game struggle which forced EJ the past 2 games to throw over 40 times. I wonder if part of this move is not only about winning but it could also be about protecting EJ and his psyche. So now Orton will come in and fans seem to think that he can do a better job, but he also needs the same formula as EJ, a good O-line a strong run game and defense and I’m worried that the Bills have a bigger issue than just QB. I was just wondering your thoughts about that.

Thanks for all your time, Jillian
CB: I think based on everything we’ve heard from coach Marrone on this subject that it was purely a performance decision. As coach Marrone said when he initially made the change at quarterback, he needs more production from that position. He was not getting enough positive plays from the quarterback position in the passing game and it was compromising their effectiveness on offense.

We’ll see where things go with Kyle Orton now in the lineup, but this is a performance-based business and I believe that was the crux of coach Marrone’s decision.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills How do you think the the Bills stop the short/quick passing game of the Pats this week


CB: Flooding the short passing lanes with defenders can help to disrupt some of the rhythm that Tom Brady relies upon in the Patriots’ passing game. How the Bills choose to do that remains to be seen. The general consensus by those outside the organization is to pressure Tom Brady, but that’s easier said than done even with a Buffalo defense that leads the league in sacks.

Kansas City had an awful lot of success rushing four and dropping seven into coverage. They dropped linebackers and their box safety into zones and defended the middle of the field pretty well, which is where Brady likes to work with his tight ends and Julian Edelman. Buffalo could take a similar approach if they so choose. They have comparable personnel to the Chiefs up front and at the second level.
5 – Hello, Chris,

In addition to your written work and videos on, I really enjoy your regular updates on the JMS.  You are very frank and insightful on those calls and I look forward to them each week.

My question relates to a subject I have not heard one person in the Buffalo print media nor family address since the announced QB switch – Kyle Orton’s motivation/determination.  I have always thought Orton has all the necessary QB skills.  Most importantly, he has the ability to read a defense and deliver the ball to the open receiver.  I felt EJ was sadly lacking in both case aspects.  However, I do not question EJ’s heart.  He took a beating the last two weeks and seemed to courageously get back on his feet and put the last hit behind him every time.  Do you think we can expect that with Orton?  My biggest concern regarding his signing apparently “out of retirement” was the possibility he was just looking for a paycheck to hold a clipboard and mentor EJ.  After nine years of bouncing around the league, does he have the personal motivation to lay it on the line for one more chance at football glory?

I have not heard nor seen anything, other than the circumstances around his signing, to create that doubt, but I have not seen nor heard anything to suppress it, either.  We will know soon enough, I suppose, once he gets under center.  However, it would be great to hear from inside the Bills family that Orton is the committed to going into combat with his teammates.  I truly believe the Bills have the skill players to make big plays on a consistent basis with a bunch of hungry young players surrounding a decent QB, and I hope the QB can mirror their intensity.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

CB: I appreciate the kind words. I think there is a measure of motivation for Kyle Orton with this current opportunity. In talking to him he admitted to me that this team is constructed in much the same way as the 2005 Chicago team he had to quarterback as a rookie after Rex Grossman was injured.

Their defense was outstanding, they had good special teams and a strong rushing attack with Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson. Orton didn’t have to go out and win games there, and he may not have to do much of that here.

The benefit for the Bills is he’s a much wiser quarterback and a much more seasoned leader now than he was then.

I do believe the motivation could be at its highest this week, knowing his former head coach in Denver Josh McDaniels, is on the other sideline. McDaniels buckled to the pressure in Denver to start Tim Tebow, despite the fact that Orton led the Broncos to a 6-0 start.

I don’t know this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that coaching/organizational decision sticks in Orton’s craw perhaps more than any other. I don’t know that it does, and I’d never expect him to ever say that, but looking at all the decisions that went against him in his playing career, if I put myself in his shoes that one would sting the most for me.

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Orton already has rapport with Wood

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2014 – 8:42 am

The Bills new starting quarterback this week, Kyle Orton, has not even been in town a month, so getting to know teammates and developing a rapport with the other players on offense is a slow and steady process. Naturally that process will now need to be ramped up with him in the starting lineup. Fortunately for him there’s one player at a pretty important position who Orton is familiar with.

Bills C Eric Wood is familiar with Orton, as he explained in his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550.

“We are good friends,” said Wood of his relationship with Orton. “We have a lot in common. We have the same agent. So I’ve done what I can to make him feel comfortable. But on the field, with live reps, I’ll say we’ve have some (reps), but definitely not as many as we’re going to have this week that’s for sure.”

Wood also has a feel for Orton’s game.

“He’s gotten a lot of reps in practice,” said Wood. “He’s got a good arm. He’s smart, he’s confident. He looks like a quarterback. He looks like a guy who has been around the league. He knows how to run an offense, and I have a lot of confidence in him. Likewise with EJ. I think we have two quality quarterbacks and it is a shame that we had to make this move but I do have a lot of confidence in Kyle moving forward and I am excited to work with him moving forward. I have seen him play on film and stuff. He seems to be able to make plays. Hopefully, we’ll get it back on track on offense.”

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No time to let emotions deter preparation

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2014 – 8:35 am

Bills C Eric Wood did admit that when a quarterback change is made this early in the season that it can lead to some mixed feelings, mainly due to the unexpected nature of such a decision. At the same time the veteran center made it clear that those things have to put aside.

In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportradio 550, Wood explained that there’s no time for weighing in with an opinion on the quarterback change.

“There’s probably mixed emotions. … I know, me personally, and anyone I speak to on the team, we have to roll,” he said. “You have to put that behind you. This kind of stuff happens in this business. Our focus is we have 12 more games if we want to get to the playoffs. There’s no pity parties in this business. There’s no time for it. We have three days of practice and a walk-through Saturday and then we’re playing in Detroit.  And we have to get a victory. You really have to put your emotions aside on this, whatever they may be and really just get back to work and prepare to get a win.”

Wood is confident that the captains on the team like himself will be able to keep the mood of the locker room upbeat despite the unexpected change and the back-to-back losses.

“This is a long season. We’ve started hot before. We’ve started slow before,” said Wood. “These games, this middle stretch of the season, are so big. You have to put yourself in position where you’re getting yourself to the playoffs. It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish the season.  … You can’t get down for dropping two in a row. We are 2-2. We are by no means out of it. We have a ton of talent on this team and I am not in the dumps by any means.

“We have 12 more games.  We have a lot of season ahead of us and we can’t waste all the work we put in to go down in the dumps for losing a game and not show up in Detroit. My big thing is if we go and get a win in Detroit then we have New England at home and that’s going to be rockin’ atmosphere and something to look forward too.  So I am really going to get on the guys and myself to push for a win this week.”

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Wood & offense set to adjust to Orton

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2014 – 8:27 am

Bills C Eric Wood admitted the quarterback change made Monday was not something he expected, but for him and the rest of the offensive unit there’s no time to spare. It’s about getting in sync with Kyle Orton.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Wood expressed disappointment that the offensive unit wasn’t better around EJ Manuel, but that their focus has to be getting ready for Detroit with Orton at the controls.

“It’s not a good feeling that as a unit up front, receivers that everyone didn’t protect him well enough, didn’t make plays for him well enough,” said Wood of Manuel. “It’s not a good feeling. A quarterback change at Week Five is not what we expected going into the season.  It’s not necessarily something we wanted by any means or have to go through.  If management thinks this is what we have to do to win right now, we’re on board.  I’ll do everything I can to make this transition as smooth as I can for Orton.”

At the same time Wood feels a sense of loyalty to Manuel and wasn’t shy in expressing that too.

“EJ knows that I’ll always have his back,” said Wood. “So I don’t feel weird saying that. We need to be better around him, for if and when he comes back. But this week I have to get on the same page as Kyle and I have to put in a lot of work with him.”

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OL determined to improve against stunts

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2014 – 3:02 pm

The Bills offensive line had some trouble with stunts and twists by the Houston defensive line on Sunday. It was a practice that the San Diego defensive line also used with some success against Buffalo. Center Eric Wood knows they’ll keep seeing it each week until they prove they can block it up.

“It’s tough on the road, communication was tough and they got us on some stunts and we all know that,” said Wood. “They beat us in matchups up front and we’re all to blame. You just keep working and keep drilling it. We’ve got a lot of young offensive linemen new to positions and they’ll keep getting better.”

Buffalo’s offensive linemen were in pass protection twice as much as they run blocked on Sunday as the Bills threw the ball 44 times. Wood said whatever is called it’s their job to execute it.

“When you get behind and early on we weren’t running the ball as effectively you’ve got to be prepared to pass block,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here and complain about that. That’s the nature of the business. A lot of teams in this league pass it 44 times every week. We’ve got to do a better job.”

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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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Offensive players not concerned

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2014 – 12:09 am

The Bills offense knows they didn’t finish the preseason the way they wanted to, but it hasn’t dampened the unit’s confidence in their ability to move the ball and score points.

Bills C Eric Wood said preseason results shouldn’t be shaking anyone’s belief on the offensive side of the ball.

“You just have to put it behind you and not lose your confidence,” said Wood. “I have a lot of confidence in this offense. We’ve put in a ton of work and I’m not going to get down because of a couple of preseason games.”

RB Boobie Dixon admits there were some struggles at times this preseason, but he’s convinced they’ll be straightened out by the opener in Chicago.

“We’ve really just got to watch the film and then we’ll figure that out,” he said. “Right now it’s just that everybody’s got to stay positive and stay together. We can’t let all the outside noise throw us off track. It wasn’t pretty but it was the pre-season still. We’ve got the regular season coming up and we’ve got a chance to write it next week so that’s what we’ve got to focus on.”

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Wood: Glenn is a rare talent

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2014 – 9:19 pm

It was a good sight for Buffalo’s offensive linemen to see Saturday night. Cordy Glenn in a helmet again. And though he was and will be limited in practice for a good while, just seeing him drop into his kick slide again had his teammates excited.

“Yeah he looked good out there in individual drills,” said Eric Wood. “We’re going to take it slow with him. He’s had some time off, but definitely excited to have him back.”

Wood was asked how long he thinks it’ll take Glenn to sharpen his game back up. The Bills center doesn’t see it taking all that long.

“It shouldn’t be. Cordy has pretty rare genes when it comes to offensive linemen,” said Wood. “He was born with a ton of strength and a ton of athleticism. The little nuances and techniques will take a little bit of time, but it shouldn’t take too long.”

For Wood and the other linemen they weren’t caught off guard by Glenn showing up on the practice field. In fact Wood knew what was coming.

“I expected it to come this week,” he said. “It is what I expected, but excited to have a caliber of player like Cordy Glenn, one of the best left tackles in the league in my opinion to add to our lineup.”

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