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Players like new camp rules

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2012 – 10:40 pm

Under the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, two-a-days are a thing of the past at NFL training camps. No more than six straight days of practice are allowed. All of the new restrictions have player coming out of camp feeling a whole lot fresher than they have in the past.

“We love it,” said team player rep George Wilson. “Anybody that was here under the old CBA and go through the days of two-a-days and back-to-back two-a-days knows how valuable those changes have been. For a lot of older players it can allow them to extend their careers. A lot of younger players it keeps them healthy longer at a younger age. So I really think it’s going to benefit the players and the owners because your money makers are going to continue to be healthy.”


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A few starters nicked up

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2012 – 5:11 pm

Stevie Johnson, Fred Jackson and George Wilson were three starters that got nicked up in Friday’s afternoon practice. Head coach Chan Gailey provided an update on all three after practice.

Johnson appeared to tweak his groin and was pulled out of team work after that, but Gailey downplayed it.

“He didn’t even strain it,” said Gailey. “His groin got tight and we just backed him out of there for that.”

Fred Jackson was also seen limping back to the huddle after some plays and Wilson got nicked up as well.

“(Fred) got stepped on or his ankle or something, they said something with his foot,” said Gailey. “He finished and George Wilson got stepped on and he finished. There will be a couple of guys in the training room, but they finished (practice).”

We’ll wait and see if any are held out of practice completely on Saturday.


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George spoke with Leonhard

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2012 – 12:41 pm

Bills safety George Wilson took the time to speak with free agent visitor Jim Leonhard at Bills camp. Wilson and Leonhard are old friends as Wilson and Leonhard played three years together in Buffalo. Wilson also might not be a safety today had it not been for Leonhard’s tutelage.

“I spoke with Jimmy,” Wilson told Buffalobills.com. “He mentioned to me that they’d be working him out this morning. I have a deep debt to Jimmy. When I first made the transition to safety Jimmy was that one guy who took time out of his own schedule to help me grasp the defense, to learn the playbook from a defensive standpoint. He helped to smooth that transition out for me. It’s always good to run into Jimmy. I’m not sure how the workout went this morning, but I hope he’s doing better recovering from the knee injury.”

Leonhard is coming off surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon last December, the same injury from which Terrence McGee is trying to recover. Leonhard is about three to four weeks behind McGee in his recovery and might not be ready to get out on the field and compete just yet.

Wilson and Leonhard kept in touch as both were player union reps for their respective teams in Buffalo and New York the past few years.

“We had that special time together during those rep meetings and we would always talk about the old times when we played together and I would always express the gratitude that I have for him for what he did for me,” said Wilson. “At the end of the day I just try to go out there and make my coaches proud and make my teammates proud and show Jimmy that I’m doing the best that I can to apply the lessons and the knowledge that he helped me to acquire back in 2007.”

In his conversation with Leonhard, Wilson asked him if he ever thought he’d be back in Buffalo.

“Jimmy said, ‘Not until last week,’” said Wilson. “But Jimmy is a great guy off the field and a ball hawk on the field and over his career he’s proven that he’s a playmaker.”


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on July 23, 2012 – 12:01 pm

A couple of Bills players will be appearing on the local radio airwaves Monday afternoon.

Andy Levitre and George Wilson will both be joining Jeremy White on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, during his radiothon for Big Brothers, Big Sisters this afternoon.

Wilson will be on at 2:50 pm, while Levitre will be on the air at 3:30 pm.

You can listen online if you’re outside the Buffalo area

The Bills can begin reporting to training camp at St. John Fisher tomorrow (Tuesday).


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George on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on June 12, 2012 – 9:33 pm

Bills S George Wilson will be on the local radio airwaves Wednesday. Here’s where you can find him.

George Wilson – Janet and Nick; Kiss 98.5 @ 7:00 am


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Bills Nike unis, a closer look

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2012 – 4:14 pm

Here’s a closer look at the Bills Nike uniforms courtesy of the Buffalobills.com video production department that was on hand at the Nike NFL uniform unveiling.

With a little help from George Wilson. Check it out.


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George Wilson appearance

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2012 – 12:31 pm

Bills fans in New York City will have a chance to catch up with George Wilson tomorrow night (Tuesday). Here’s where you’ll need to be.

Wilson will be at McFadden’s, the popular game day headquarters of the New York City Bills Backers. It’s located at 800 2nd Avenue (at 42nd St.) in Manhattan from 6:30 pm to ? The Bills safety is in New York as part of the unveiling of the league’s new Nike uniforms.

George may even be taping an episode of his ‘What’s the Word’ program found weekly during the season on Buffalobills.com.


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Top 10 Honorable Mentions

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2012 – 8:19 am

With our Top 10 Performances of 2011 series coming to a close today, we thought it would only be appropriate to list some of the performances from this past season that received honorable mention status and narrowly missed being a part of the series.

2011 Honorable Mention Performances
Brian Moorman Wk 4 at Cin (8 punts 413 yds, 51.6 gross, 40.5 net, 2 inside 20, long 65)
Bryan Scott Wk 1 at KC (8 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QB hit)
Fred Jackson Wk 2 vs. Oak (15-117, 2 TDs, 2 rec. 23 yds)
Fred Jackson Wk 6  at NYG (16-121-1 TD rush, 5-47 rec.)
Stevie Johnson Wk 2 vs. Oak (8-96, 1 TD)
Stevie Johnson Wk 3 vs. N.E. (8-94, 1 TD)
George Wilson Wk 3 vs. NE (10 tackles, 1 INT)
George Wilson Wk 4 at Cin (12 tackles, 1 INT)
George Wilson Wk 8 vs. Wash. (9 tackles, 1 INT)
Jairus Byrd Wk 3 vs. NE (12 tackles, 2 PBUs)
Nick Barnett Wk 8 vs. Wash. (10 tackles, ½ sack, 1 QB hit)
Terrence McGee Wk 6 at NYG (11 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBUs)
Ryan Fitzpatrick Wk 12 at NYJ (26-39 264, 3 TDs)
C.J. Spiller Wk 16 vs. Den (16-111-1 TD rush, 2-27 rec.)
Leodis McKelvin/Justin Rogers Wk 16 vs. Denver (McKelvin sets PR record, 80-yd TD, Rogers 33.7 KR avg.)


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Bell, Searcy earn praise

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2012 – 8:46 am

The stat crunchers and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus took a closer look at who was “trending” up this season in the AFC East this past season and Buffalo has two players singled out for some praise.

In their AFC East write up in the category of most improved was OT Demetrius Bell. Granted he missed eight games with a broken collarbone, but by their evaluation standards he improved most from 2010 (when he was essentially playing on one leg) to 2011. Here’s what they wrote.

Demetrius Bell: From (2010) -13.0 to +6.8
When Bell first started for the Bills in 2009 he looked out of his depth. He wasn’t quite so bad in 2010, but he looked far from competent at the left tackle spot. He did just doing enough to make you think that he warranted another try if nothing else. Still, his performance in his 401 snaps this year was something of a surprise, with Bell giving up just a sack, hit, and pressure on his 252 pass blocks. It would have been nice to see more of him, but what we did see suggests the Bills may have been right to show patience.

In the category of deserving of more snaps was former fourth-round pick Da’Norris Searcy. Here’s what they wrote.

Da’Norris Searcy: +2.7 on 231 snaps
It may be tough for Searcy to find more playing time with the combo of Jairus Byrd and George Wilson having been such a good one this season. The Bills’ fourth-round pick in 2011 showed he had something, most notably with a standout display against Miami in Week 11. A flash in the pan, or something more, only more playing time will tell.

George Wilson is an unquestioned leader on defense, played very well in 2011 and was the quarterback of the secondary, but Searcy will provide a strong push for playing time. It will likely be one of the more intriguing training camp position battles this summer.

 


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Former Bill tops George in cook-off

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

Bills safety George Wilson was part of a three-player competition among NFL players on the Rachael Ray show for the best Super Bowl dish in her 5th annual Super Bowl cook off. But with Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss as the judge, George was not crowned the winner as the title went to a former Bills player.

“They had a nice diamond ring for the winner, but Buddy went with Takeo’s dish instead of mine or Josh’s,” said Wilson in an interview with Schopp and Bulldog on WGR Sportsradio 550.

Takeo Spikes’ lambchop with roast apples won out over Wilson’s Stuffed chicken with sweet potatoes and steamed vegetables. Josh Cribbs made a filet mignon with crab, but was a distant third. Wilson tried to challenge the ruling throwing a red flag, but Spikes was declared the winner.


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George next up in our Top 10

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2012 – 8:16 am

George Wilson’s Week 5 performance against the Philadelphia Eagles is the latest installment in our Top 10 Performances of 2011.

The Bills strong safety had 11 tackles and 3 pass breakups including an interception in the Week 5 win for Buffalo. Listen and watch as secondary coach George Catavolos breaks down Wilson’s game tape with us on Buffalobills.com.

From now until the combine check back every Tuesday and Thursday for the next installment of the Top 10 Performances of this past season with expert insight from Buffalo’s coaching staff.


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5 Bills make PFF All-AFC East team

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2012 – 11:15 am

Five Bills players have been named to the Pro Football Focus all-AFC East team.

PFF named Fred Jackson and Andy Levitre on the offensive side of the ball with Nick Barnett and safeties Jairus Byrd and George Wilson earning safety honors for the division. Here’s what they wrote about all of them.

Running Back: Fred Jackson, BUF
One of the best backs in the league, Jackson finally got his due for years of excellent display as the Bills caused some noise early in the season. A real shame his year ended prematurely, as his ability to elude tackles had him on course for a big season. Still, he finished second in our Elusive Rating for running backs.

Offensive Guards: Andy Levitre, BUF and Brian Waters, NE
What, no Logan Mankins? Well, the Patriots’ left guard may be as talented as any, but his performances this year have been largely average, being outshined by his aging teammate. Over in Buffalo, it was something of a travesty that Levitre had to play both center and tackle at times because of a spate of injuries. It disrupted the kind of year that was turning into something worthy of All-Pro consideration.

Linebackers: Jerod Mayo, NE, Karlos Dansby, MIA and Nick Barnett, BUF
Yes, the Jets are missing out here with Bart Scott not versatile enough and David Harris being too poor in run defense … yes, we said that and we’re sticking to it. Mayo has received some criticism in this, arguably his best year, where he seemed to excel in the Patriots new defense. While Nick Barnett hasn’t quite looked like the player he was in Green Bay, he’s still made plays, while Dansby was a key cog in the Dolphins second half of the season renaissance.

Safeties: Jairus Byrd, BUF and George Wilson, BUF
Byrd, our All-Pro Second Team Free Safety was always making this team as he put together his best season to date. He’s partnered by his Buffalo teammate Wilson, who never reached the levels of his breakout 2009, but did enough to hold off the challenge of … well, there wasn’t a serious challenge.


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Whitner feels George “got robbed”

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2011 – 1:02 pm

Pro Bowl snubs are a popular topic this time of year and there are cases to be made for more than just a handful of players on Buffalo’s roster. But the opinion of an NFL player that plays the same position feeling a Bills player got robbed for Pro Bowl recognition carries a bit more weight.

Former Bills safety Donte Whitner felt that George Wilson was snubbed for AFC Pro Bowl honors at the strong safety position.

DonteWhitner I also wanna say that I feel for my brothers in Buffalo..I kno they have the heart and resolve to have a great season next yr..GW got robbed

 
Whitner, who routinely watches tape from around the league and not just that of his own team has an opinion that is far from unfounded. Leading the team in interceptions (4) and total takeaways (5) while also standing third on the team in tackles (94) Wilson has been a stalwart on the defensive side of the ball for the Bills.

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George to co-host day of learning

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2011 – 6:15 pm

Bills safety George Wilson, known in media circles as ‘The Senator’ will co-host a day of learning event at Buffalo’s Waterfront School with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday Dec. 16th.

New York students scored only 33 percent proficiency in NAEP math scores. In response, Senator Gillibrand and Wilson are taking action to inspire children and stimulate enthusiasm toward learning. The “senators” will address the children in an assembly, which will include an interactive quiz show with Dennis George – the Quiz Master, and one-on-one interaction between the kids and the senators.

The event will take place from 1:15 to 2:30 pm at the Waterfront School.


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Bills hang close in Pro Bowl votes

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2011 – 2:41 pm

A handful of Buffalo Bills are hanging close in the fan voting portion of Pro Bowl balloting. Here’s where some of Buffalo’s players stand entering the last five days of voting.

George Wilson stands 2nd among AFC strong safeties.

Nick Barnett is 3rd among AFC ILBs

Ryan Fitzpatrick ranks 4th among AFC QBs

And Jairus Byrd has cracked the top 5 at free safety standing 5th among AFC free safeties.

Voting goes through Dec. 19th so there’s still time for you to cast your ballot.


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Byrd, Wilson probable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 9, 2011 – 12:39 pm

The Bills safety tandem is expected to be back in action Sunday at San Diego. George Wilson has missed the last three games, but that streak is going to come to an end this weekend.

Wilson practiced all week and is listed as probable. Free safety Jairus Byrd is also probable after missing Wednesday’s practice with a shin injury. Byrd was leg whipped in last week’s game.


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Fan Friday 12-9

Posted by Chris Brown on December 9, 2011 – 11:30 am

Alright Bills fans, four games to go and playoffs are unfortunately looking to be off the table as I’ll explain below. The offseason questions I’ve been putting off the past month or so are now free to be submitted to AskChris@bills.nfl.net since we’ll be dealing with those issues sooner than any of us had hoped.

1 - Hey Chris,

I’m just wondering if the Bills win some these games do you think they can get back in the hunt?

Thanks,
Kori

CB: Unfortunately it’s pretty unlikely. The AFC East division title is a lost cause with New England at 9-3. At 5-7 the Bills are not mathematically eliminated, but three teams ahead of them for the Wild Card, Jets (7-5), Titans (7-5) and Bengals (7-5) are all teams that beat the Bills in head-to-head matchups. So were they somehow able to pull even with any of those teams they would lose out on tiebreaker. It’s really a shame how this all unfolded after Week 8.

 

2 - Chris,

Can you break down Justin’s development during the season? People liked him in the draft and now he is starting to play. His size to be an issue, but in the long term could he ever start? McGee was also small. He has looked good in the nickel and has gotten time over Corner and Leodis. Could he “bulk” up and be a starting corner or is he boxed in being a situational DB.  

Thanks, 
Josh 

CB: Rogers is an athletic, speedy, quick cutting cornerback that is best suited for work in the slot. Ideally he’ll play at 190 pounds and retain that weight through the season, something he’s had trouble doing this season. All rookies struggle with that.

McGee isn’t tall, but he was thickly built (208 lbs), which enabled him to be physical with receivers and in run support. Rogers isn’t afraid to get in on the action, but he’s admitted he has to get stronger.

He’s a smart, heady player that anticipates well and recognizes time and score in games. Secondary coach George Catavolos thought he could be the surprise of the draft class. I think there’s another level or two for Rogers to reach. As he fills out and gets stronger in his first NFL offseason of training he’ll be better equipped to muscle up on receivers when necessary, but I hesitate to say he can be a full time boundary corner. I think we all need to see more.

 

3 - Hi Chris,
With Fred Jackson on IR what happens to his contract negotiations? Assuming he fully recovers from his injury, it would be good to go into next season with that issue settled.

Also, any update on Steve Johnson’s contract? I would think that his value may have dropped after the Jets game.

Again thanks.
Bob Hammond

CB: I suppose Jackson’s injury could impact contract negotiations in terms of length of a new deal. NFL clubs are always leery of handing a long term deal to running backs that are 30-years old or older. Fred is 30 now. The big money handed to Shaun Alexander in Seattle, only to see his production plummet gives every NFL team pause when it comes to re-signing a back to a long term deal. What seems to be understood is that Jackson has outperformed his contract and needs to be more properly compensated.

As for Stevie Johnson it sounds as if the two sides will address the issue in the offseason. I’m not so sure that the Jets game hurt his value. Yes, the touchdown antics were a sign of immaturity, but no other NFL receiver has scored a TD on Darrelle Revis and no other receiver has eight catches on him. 11 catches for 159 yards and a touchdown in two games on Darrelle Revis is production you’d like to have on your team knowing you’re facing the Jets twice a season. I don’t know who else on Buffalo’s roster or in the league for that matter is capable of doing that.

 

4 - With George out, Merriman, Kyle, Wood, Lindell & Freddy on IR, Who are the leaders in the locker room. It looks to me that it is Barnett on Defense and David Nelson on O

Steve in Corning

CB: On defense you’ve got it, it’s Barnett, but with George back he’ll certainly help in that area. On offense it’s Fitz all the way.

 

5 - Chris,

I think this season turned around 180 degrees after the first Jets game. Rex Ryan’s “D” seemed to provide the blueprint for defending the Bills timing-pass attack, and Buffalo has yet to rebound. My beef is this: the Jets had the benefit of the bye week to prepare for Buffalo.

Chris, divisional games are far too important for a division rival to have an extra week of preparation for us. Remember when the Patriots recently had a streak of 4 or 5 seasons where they had their bye to prepare for the Bills? That’s just not a level playing field. Is this something that the NFL Competition Committee could look at changing down the road? Have you ever heard of coaches or GMs agreeing with me on this? I just really feel that teams should not have their bye week scheduled before a divisional contest ( unless BOTH teams involved have the bye that week ).

CB: I think your point is very valid. Division games are too important to saddle one team with a bye week edge over the other. Knowing they cluster teams during a span of eight weeks they could certainly bye an entire division in a given week and then match the four of them up in a pair of division games coming off the bye. That would seem to be the simplest solution. Even if the schedule would not allow a pair of division matchups coming off the bye just make sure no one faces a division opponent off an extra week of rest.

I haven’t heard of coaches or GMs discussing it much, but I’ll bring it up to Buddy Nix and see what his thoughts are on it. Those games are too important and any coach would tell you the extra week of prep helps.


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Bills safeties look good for Sun.

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2011 – 3:57 pm

Buffalo’s starting safety tandem of George Wilson and Jairus Byrd are looking good for Sunday’s game in San Diego with both of them practicing fully on Thursday.

“I think we’ve got a good chance to have them,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “George practiced fully today and Jairus was full practice.”

If Wilson starts on Sunday it’ll be his first action since the Dallas game in Week 10. Byrd just missed Wednesday’s practice after getting leg whipped with a cleat in last Sunday’s game.


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Wilson limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2011 – 5:08 pm

George Wilson in his first practice back from a neck stinger suffered in Week 10 was not full go Wednesday.

Wilson was listed as a limited participant.

“Just having the opportunity to get back on the field personally is truly a blessing,” Wilson said. “I’m thankful that we took the proper amount of time to allow things to heal up to be able to go out there and not have that mental block and hesitancy. We have four games left and have to finish them out on a strong note.”

Not practicing were Scott Chandler (ankle), Rian Lindell (shoulder), Jairus Byrd (shin) and Aaron Williams (calf).


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No George at practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2011 – 11:08 am

Bills S George Wilson is not practicing again here on Friday.

Team doctors obviously did not clear him for practice making him highly doubtful for Sunday’s game.


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