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Dray vs. O’Leary play time 1st 4 games

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2016 – 2:22 pm

Bills veteran TE Jim Dray’s release likely had a lot to do with the emergence of second-year TE Nick O’Leary. O’Leary’s versatility led to more playing time on offense, especially after Anthony Lynn took over as offensive coordinator.

Here’s a look at their week-by-week snap counts on offense through the first month of the season.

Week Dray’s snaps O’Leary’s snaps
1 10 3
2 11 3
3 5 14
4 4 27

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OT Glenn, TE Dray re-injure ankles

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2016 – 4:18 pm

They were injured on back-to-back plays in the second quarter Sunday. Left tackle Cordy Glenn and TE Jim Dray also sustained ankle injuries. Unfortunately for each of them they were the same ankles that kept both of them out of a good portion of training camp.

Glenn suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of three and a half weeks of action in training camp and the preseason. Dray also missed a couple of weeks of training camp practices and preseason action.

Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that they were the same ankles for both Glenn and Dray that were injured Sunday. With a tight turnaround to Buffalo’s Week 2 game Thursday night, Buffalo’s sideline boss isn’t certain either of them will be ready for the game against the Jets.

“Not real sure about it, but he did not return after that ankle injury,” said Ryan of Glenn. “And it is the same ankle as the previous one. So we’re not real sure. I haven’t got an official report, but it was the same ankle and did not return. I believe it was the same ankle for Jim Dray too.”

During Sunday’s game Cyrus Kouandjio replaced Glenn and backup G Ryan Groy was brought on to spell Dray’s blocking role at tight end.

 


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2016 – 5:24 pm

The Bills got a bit nicked up in Sunday’s game. Here’s a rundown of the injuries.

Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that LT Cordy Glenn suffered an ankle injury. He did not return to the game. On a short week he’s a question mark for Thursday night’s home opener. Cyrus Kouandjio filled in for him.

DL Jerel Worthy suffered a knee injury late in the game, but in the locker room Worthy told Buffalobills.com that he was alright.

TE Jim Dray had an ankle injury on the 4th-and-goal play and was questionable to return to Sunday’s game.

All the players will be re-evaluated on Monday.


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Fan Friday 8-26

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2016 – 11:38 am

Preseason game number three tonight against Washington. Here is the latest edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills who will be our tight ends 2 and 3?

JR Mauro @mrsju007

CB: Right now it’s Chris Gragg and Jim Dray. Dray is strictly a blocking TE, who is serviceable in the short area pass game. Gragg has done the most to this point in camp and the preseason. The only other tight end that has flashed is Nick O’Leary. Blake Annen and Jimmay Mundine have had a tough time making plays on a consistent basis.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Is it almost a guarantee we grab a roster cut for OL Depth?

Gabriel Erlichman @Gabezababe

@ChrisBrownBills
Think there could be any vet receivers signed before the season starts up?

Paulie Fricano @PaulieFric

CB: Since these questions were similar I decided to group them together. Buffalo’s pro personnel department keeps a close eye on the waiver wire and player cuts as do the other 31 teams. The answer to both of these questions is dependent upon the caliber of player released.

If the front office sees a player waived or released and deems it an upgrade they will have interest. At this point I would put adding depth at offensive line ahead of depth at receiver.

The Bills have a good starting five. If Seantrel Henderson’s return is successful that would be a huge addition for line depth with him and Kouandjio at tackle. On the interior beyond Ryan Groy and vet Fernando Velasco it’s a bit thin.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Hey Chris, how much of an offensive role do you expect from Reggie bush

ryan marx@rmarx188

CB: I think of Bush as an offensive specialist. He’ll be the team’s top return man. His role on offense I expect to be extremely varied. I foresee OC Greg Roman putting together a package of plays for Bush every week. Based on the opponent he could line up out wide as a receiver. He could line up in a split backfield with LeSean McCoy. I don’t expect him to steal many carries away from LeSean McCoy. He’ll have a specialty role that I think will have him on the field for 10-15 plays a game depending on how much they feel his talents can take advantage of that week’s opponent.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills where is Corey Graham on the depth chart? Also hearing a lot about the db outta southern cal, are you as impressed?

kevin dammeyer@dammeyer12

CB: Graham is the starting SS and has performed well throughout camp. Duke Williams has been paired with him the last couple of weeks with Aaron Williams sidelined with his concussion. As for Kevon Seymour, yes he has been impressive. At 6-0 185 he’s got good size for the position and his movement skills are strong.

He’s been running mainly as a second team cornerback with veteran Corey White behind Gilmore and Darby. But he was also used as the first team nickel corner in the slot when Nickell Robey-Coleman went out with injury. Seymour has performed admirably and is threatening to be the third corner on this team behind Pro Bowl caliber players in Darby and Gilmore.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills How much of an uptick in passing volume do you think is coming from Tyrod?

Adam Pfeifer@APfeifer24

CB: I asked this exact question of Greg Roman and his answer was understandably vague since he doesn’t want Buffalo’s opponents getting any idea as to what their plans are for this fall.

Last season the Bills were 31st in the league in pass attempts per game at 27.1. They also led the league in rush attempts. I think there will be a slight shift, but Buffalo is not going to abandon what worked extraordinarily well last year.

So the answer is yes, but not to a great degree. Maybe Buffalo averages 30-32 pass attempts per game. If God forbid LeSean McCoy is injured and out for a few games then I think the pass attempts could jump higher.


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