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TE Mulligan doesn’t mind journeyman label

Posted by Chris Brown on June 19, 2015 – 9:59 am

Bills newest TE Matthew Mulligan, who signed Thursday, has been with seven different NFL clubs in seven NFL seasons (practice squad year in Miami). He was with three teams last year alone, as he spent time with Arizona, Chicago and Tennessee. But if you ask Mulligan if he’s bothered by that he’s not. He doesn’t mind being called a journeyman.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Thursday night, Mulligan explained why he’s got no problem with a resume that has a lot of NFL clubs on it.

“It is a lot (of teams), but I’m thankful for it,” he said. “I think if it was only my second year you might think what’s going on, but in order to be a journeyman and be in your eighth year like me you have to actually have some quality play. I’m thankful for every spot I’ve been in. It’s molded and shaped me and I’m thankful to be here now.”

Mulligan believes a lot of of NFL teams in the early stages of the offseason look for tight ends that offer more “flash and dash” and can score points by making plays. Then as training camp draws closer they realize they need more of a blue collar mentality at tight end.

“Once teams gets to offseason practices or training camps teams seem to realize that they need somebody who can set the edge,” said Mulligan. “That’s what I’ve hung my hat on my entire career. Just being able to fight with those outside linebackers and those big defensive ends and I’ve been able to hold my own and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Mulligan, who spent his first three seasons in the league on the field under Rex Ryan, explained what it is about his personal game that he thinks appeals to Ryan.

“I think Rex Ryan just wants a guy who can get his hands dirty and be physical,” Mulligan said. “That’s one of Rex’s mantras. You better be physical and bring your lunch pail every day. The physicality of my game is one of the things that stood out for him.”

 


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Lawson on 10 years in NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2015 – 9:10 am

Manny Lawson is about to begin his 10th NFL season and third with the Bills this fall. In an era where the average NFL career lasts just over three years, Lawson is the exception to the rule. Here is just one of his mantras for getting to 10 years in the league.

“Take one year at a time,” said Lawson in a recent appearance on the John Murphy Show. “Don’t look too far ahead. Just take the initiative now and whatever choices and opportunities that you have right now you have to go with that. If you don’t take care of the year you’re in right now there is no next year. So you have to take care of the year you’re in right now.”

Lawson also sticks to a rigorous offseason program to stay fit all year round, which he attributes to his ability to stay healthy. The strong side linebacker has missed just three games in the last seven seasons.

Each of the last two offseasons Lawson has elected not to attend most of the voluntary offseason practices, but this spring he was at both the voluntary veteran minicamp in April and the first week of OTAs. He explained why he chose to attend those voluntary sessions this year.

“One, just to size up the new personnel and coaching staff,” Lawson said. “You want to get an understanding of what they expect out of you and what you can do for them. I want my teammates to know that even though I wasn’t here for a lot of the voluntary workouts I’m still here and still in shape and still know what my job is supposed to be. You can count on me. That’s what I wanted to also show the coaches. Just to get us off on the right foot moving into the season.”


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Bills don’t re-stack board between days 1 & 2

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2015 – 12:45 am

With the advent of round one of the NFL draft standing on its own on day one of the three-day saga, it leaves NFL GMs and their personnel departments time to mull over what has come off the board and what’s left to grab at the start of round two. Some might think if certain prospects came off the board sooner than a team anticipated that they might feel compelled to re-rank their board in preparation for day two. Buffalo doesn’t subscribe to that line of thinking.

Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on the John Murphy Show explained that once the board is finalized that’s it. The reason Whaley and his staff are confident that their board holds up no matter what happens is because of the way they stack it to begin with.

“For us, we’ve done this the last two years, we stack the players as if we had the first pick all the way down to our second-round pick (50th overall). So we’ll stack one through 50. So after round one we won’t re-calculate the board (Thursday night). We’ve already got them stacked. So we’ll keep peeling them off.

“We’ve done the work already, so names will go and when we pick at 50 we might say, ‘Well we’ve got our guy still up there at 50, but our guy at 35 is also still on the board, let’s pick him.’”


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Does the draft board see changes this late?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2015 – 10:03 am

Buffalo’s draft board is essentially finalized after the last pre-draft meetings over the past week. This late in the game many wonder if there are late risers or draft fallers on NFL draft boards in the final meetings to set the board for good. Bills GM Doug Whaley says there are a percentage of prospects that are moved.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show last week, Whaley admitted that in their final draft board meetings they do tweak some things and some late incoming information can impact a player’s rank on their board.

“You’ll tinker here and there. We have 200 to 250 guys on the board,” Whaley said. “By the time we hear from the coaches and listen to their final reports and hear the final medical reports there will be about 35 to 40 guys who may move.

“Are there drastic movements? Only physical or character things that may move a guy really far down, but mostly with the playing aspect they may move a round or two up. But it’s tinkering.”


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Whaley on why moving back in draft makes sense

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2015 – 12:45 pm

Each year every draft is different in terms of the caliber of players it contains. Bills GM Doug Whaley stated at Monday’s pre-draft press conference that they’re more likely to trade back than trade up if such an opportunity arose during the draft. Yes, part of the reason is because they’ve got limited ammunition to swing a deal with just six draft choices. But there’s another factor.

In this year’s draft pool, there’s a healthy consensus among league personnel executives that the difference in the caliber of the prospects from 25 to 75 is not significant. So an opportunity to move back is something that NFL clubs, including the Bills, would be open to discussing in that range.

“I will feel more sure about that after we finish setting our board this week,” said Whaley on the John Murphy Show this week. “But in a preliminary look at it we would have no adverse effect in the caliber of player we get if we move down some. Then we can pick up picks for later on this year or possibly next year.”


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EJ Manuel on John Murphy Show tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on April 14, 2015 – 4:20 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel has been working an awful lot on his throwing mechanics this offseason with former NFL QB Steve DeBerg. And he’ll be talking about it tonight on the John Murphy Show at 7:30 pm.

Murph told the John Murphy Show some of the drills he went through with DeBerg this offseason to sharpen his throwing motion and make it consistent.

“Some of the drills we worked instead of looking at the receiver you almost look at the defensive back instead,” Manuel said. “You start to throw away from the D-B. You know the receiver and the timing so you’re not throwing to the receiver, you’re throwing to where he’s supposed to be. One of the main drills we worked was throwing away from the defender and that helps avoid turnovers, interceptions and tipped balls.

“We had some live defenders out there during workouts, but we mainly had targets set up and Steve would have me read off of him and tell him to hit a target.”

Manuel also talked about how he and DeBerg would watch film of some of the top QBs in the league and simply watch their throwing motion.

“To my knowledge throwing motion is just like a jump shot. It almost becomes muscle memory and you have to rep it and rep it and rep it,” said Manuel. “We repped it so much to get it to muscle memory so when I get into the game a pass rush won’t compromise it. I’m not thinking twice about it. I’m just throwing the ball. That’s the good part about it.”

For those who can’t listen to the John Murphy Show the EJ Manuel interview can be found here at about 8 pm Tuesday evening.

 


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Roman has worked with TE Gray before

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2015 – 2:00 pm

Bills TE Marqueis Gray is an athletic player who could offer some versatility at the position, which is music to the ears of offensive coordinator Greg Roman. But when the players report next week, Gray won’t be meeting Roman for the first time.

Gray was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013 and went into camp where Roman was the offensive coordinator. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week, Gray explained how he was used in San Francisco in Roman’s offense.

“I was kind of that hybrid fullback and tight end like they had used Delanie Walker the year before,” said Gray. “I was that type of guy.”

Having played quarterback and wide receiver in college at Minnesota, the duties of the hybrid role were largely foreign to Gray who admitted he struggled most in the blocking department.

“They knew it was my first year playing tight end and they knew it would be difficult, especially with blocking because I was lacking in the strength department having been a quarterback my whole life. Coming into the NFL and blocking the best players in the world is not easy when you’re learning on the fly. But as far as running and catching the ball that was pretty natural for me in terms of what I can do.”

Gray didn’t make the 49ers roster that summer, but was picked up by the Browns and spent the 2013 season there where he was used as an H-back and emergency QB. After not making the squad the following summer in training camp Gray was claimed off waivers by the Vikings and released just after midseason when they had to make room on the roster at RB for Ben Tate.

That’s when Buffalo picked him up off waivers last November. Now with a couple of seasons of NFL training Gray has filled out and added lean muscle mass to his frame. That’s what he was focused on again this offseason.

“Every offseason I’m trying to bulk up and get some strength in my upper body because it’s key with blocking and having a strong lower base,” Gray told the John Murphy Show. “I just want to get my strength up with these other guy so I don’t get thrown around like a rag doll.”

Gray’s skill set caters well to what Roman wants out of his tight ends. Now two years removed from his first go-round with Greg Roman, Gray could prove to be a valuable complement to the roster behind Charles Clay if he can convince Roman he’s improved a good deal from his time with him in San Francisco as a rookie.

 


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If not Sanchez, Rex would’ve drafted Harvin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 12:49 pm

The Bills recent signing of Percy Harvin raised questions in the minds of some as to just what type of teammate the Bills would be welcoming into their locker room. Both Bills head coach Rex Ryan and receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who both coached Harvin in New York with the Jets, said Buffalo’s current players will be inheriting an exemplary teammate. In fact Ryan did a lot of homework on Harvin when he was coming out of college because he had plans to make the dynamic offensive threat a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan said Harvin would’ve been the Jets’ first-round pick in 2009 had they not made a call to move up and get Mark Sanchez.

“When he came out we did a lot of research on him,” said Ryan of Harvin. “Percy was the guy we were going to draft if it wasn’t Mark Sanchez. We spent like a week (at the University of Florida). So we knew everything about him. I was really comfortable with it. When we brought him in (by trade with the Jets last season) he was everything we thought he’d be. That was a great teammate and a super competitive guy and a great guy to be around.”

In 2009 the Jets had the 17th overall pick in round one. They traded it to Cleveland along with their second-round pick at 52 and three players (Kenyon Coleman, Brett Ratliff and Abram Elam) to move all the way up to fifth overall to take Sanchez. Had they stayed at 17 Ryan said they would’ve taken Harvin, and he would’ve been there. Harvin didn’t come off the board until the 22nd pick to Minnesota.

Ryan believes in Harvin’s will to win and feels he’s a solid teammate as well. That was echoed by Lal, who appeared on the John Murphy Show this week.

“I don’t know that I know what makes him tick, but he and I hit it off from the beginning,” Lal told the John Murphy Show. “We think alike about how players should be coached. I have great respect for what he does and he wants to be coached and coached hard. He just wants to improve and help the team win. That’s the impression that I got.”

Ryan knows about Harvin’s past in Seattle where he had a couple of run-ins with teammates, but things went real well under Ryan with the Jets for Harvin. Ryan even gave an example of what his Jets teammates thought of him.

“One of the highest awards is the Ed Block Courage award that the players vote on and he finished second in the voting after being on the roster just four weeks so that should tell you what his teammates thought of him,” Ryan said.


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Fan Friday 2-20

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:12 pm

It’s day three of our Combine Coverage presented by NAPA. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

As good of a guy as CJ is..will he really fit Roman’s system?

LWOS_Brock

CB: As GM Doug Whaley has said Roman wants a mixed bag of backs that can do different things. Just because you didn’t see a C.J. Spiller type back in San Francisco’s offense when Roman was running things out there doesn’t mean he can’t use a talent like Spiller in his scheme.

Whaley characterized Bryce Brown and Spiller as the speed backs, Dixon as the power back and Fred Jackson as the pass catcher/pass protector. So it appears Roman would like to have three or four backs to work with, not to mention a fullback.

Additionally Rex Ryan has said that with their coaching staff it’s player over scheme every time, so if they can keep Spiller in the fold they’ll devise a way to make him a productive element in Roman’s system.

 

2 –  @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think OL Ali Marpet will be there in the 4th?

TheConnorCough

CB: I think Marpet opened some eyes at the Senior Bowl when he showed he could hang with the top senior talent in college despite playing at Division III Hobart. He’s off to a good start with his workout here at the NFL Combine as well, running the fastest 40 time among offensive lineman with a five flat.

Obviously the 40 time isn’t a major influencer on draft grade for offensive linemen, but Marpet is legitimizing his ability to play at the NFL level. The Bills did meet with him and though he played tackle in college, he projects to guard in the NFL.

Will he be there in the fourth round? It’s possible. He could also be gone in the third.

 

3 – Chris

Thanks for providing a forum for fans to express opinions and ask questions.
With all the QB’s available in Free Agency, College, Canadian League, other pro leagues, I can’t grasp the Bills unable to develop one over the last 20 years. We seem to have chosen one alone and spend all our resources in proving we were right to pick them, rather than looking for the one who pops out and distances himself from the others. Brady popped out, as did Wilson, Romo, Foles etc. I’d be interested if you think this process will change with the new regime ?

Also, if we have two QB’s, shouldn’t they be similar in style, either mobile or pocket passers, so if one is injured the offense doesn’t have to change to adapt to two different styles, like last year with Manuel and Orton ?

Thanks;
Jim in Florida

CB: I think the Bills are more apt than ever to add another young quarterback to the roster, especially with a thin free agent class of options at the position. Adding two veterans is probably unlikely so a vet and a young player is the most likely combination to fortify the position on Buffalo’s roster.

I found it interesting that Doug Whaley and his personnel department intend to meet personally with every quarterback prospect here at the Combine not named Mariota and Winston. After the Combine they also will dispatch QBs coach David Lee to go and work these quarterback prospects out at or around their pro days. Whaley described their planned search to be exhaustive.

He mentioned this on the John Murphy Show and in addition when asked about the philosophy of drafting a quarterback every year he said he was not opposed to it.

I would think similar style quarterbacks would make sense, but sometimes you’re willing to sacrifice similarity if it means getting a better player overall.

 

4 – Hi Chris

Could you please explain to me how David Lee, who couldn’t get Jets quarterbacks to play better, is going to help EJ Manuel and any other quarterback we have on the roster ?

Thanks, Dale

CB: Rex Ryan has answered this question. David Lee is an expert when it comes to teaching quarterback fundamentals, and really that’s his main job with the signal callers on the roster. To keep their mechanics sound. That’s easier with some quarterbacks than others obviously, but knowing the worker that EJ Manuel is I would anticipate seeing improvement in everything from Manuel’s footwork, to the consistency of his arm angle, release point, hip drive, etc.

While you may knock the results in New York with Geno Smith, David Lee successfully turned Tony Romo from a third string QB into a Pro Bowl starter. I’ve talked to David Lee about that transformation and he said the only reason Romo was successful was because he wanted to work at it.

Romo needed to make 10-thousand throws to improve his passing efficiency because his release point was too low as a younger player and too many of his passes were getting batted down at the line. But he worked with Lee every day. Knowing that Manuel has a similar work ethic, I think we’ll see a difference with him too.

 

 

5 – Chris,

I was very disappointed to see Jim Schwartz leave considering the outstanding work he did with the defense last year especially with stopping the run. Now with Rex Ryan in the fold, the defense will most likely look very similar to what we experienced during the 2013 season under Mike Pettine. With that said, our run defense was not very good under Pettine. Is there real reason to worry it might struggle again with Rex Ryan going back to more of the 3-4 hybrid system that Pettine used? I know we have an outstanding defensive line but they seemed to be in better position to stop the run under Schwartz’s system. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks.

-Mike from Syracuse

CB: I don’t think there should be a big worry about the run defense. Yes, Schwartz did simplify things, which made it easier to execute. By the same token Rex Ryan defenses have almost always finished in the top 10 in run defense. Buffalo finished 11th last season. So if anything it could improve under Ryan based on the track record of his defenses.

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Bills to meet with all but 2 QBs at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 12:19 pm

The Bills won’t be meeting with Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota at the NFL Combine, but every other quarterback prospect in Indianapolis will have a face-to-face meeting with Buffalo.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning, Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed that his personnel department will meet with all but the top two signal callers at the Combine, either in a formal or informal setting.

“We’re going to meet with all of them except for the top two,” said Whaley. “You’ve got to do your due diligence on all of them because you never know if you’ll be able to a get a guy or if all of them will be available and you’ve got to be able to rank them and go with the best.”

Whaley also said in an appearance on the John Murphy Show that they’ll be very extensive in their efforts to get a firm grasp of all the quarterback prospects in this class.

“That’s what we’re going to do, an exhaustive search with the quarterbacks just looking at these guys not only here at the Combine, but we’re going to send David Lee, the quarterbacks coach out to work those other guys out,” Whaley said. “That’s another avenue where we can add a guy. We can add two or one in free agency and one in the draft. But we’re going to try to get the best guys out there to help the Buffalo Bills win.”

When asked about the approach by some NFL clubs that draft a quarterback every year, Whaley wasn’t against such a strategy.

“That’s a possibility,” he said. “Until you hit on one (drafting) quarterbacks and cornerbacks (every year isn’t wrong) because it’s a passing league that’s an approach some subscribe to and I’m not opposed to it.”

Here’s a list of all the QB prospects at the Combine not named Winston or Mariota.
Bryan Bennet – SE Louisiana
Anthony Boone – Duke
Brandon Bridge – So. Alabama
Shane Carden – E. Carolina
Cody Fajardo – Nevada
Garrett Grayson – Colorado St.
Connor Halliday – Washington St.
Brett Hundley – UCLA
Jerry Lovelocke – Prairie View A&M
Sean Mannion – Oregon St.
Nick Marshall – Auburn
Bryce Petty – Baylor
Blake Sims – Alabama


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Bama, FSU, Louisville lead Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2015 – 10:36 am

The NFL Combine extended invitations to 325 college prospects and 323 accepted. Three schools tied for the lead in number of prospects who will be attending.

Alabama, Florida State and Louisville will all be sending 11 players to Indianapolis for Combine interviews and testing. Florida had the next highest representation with nine players. Here’s a look at the school most heavily represented with a distinct leaning toward the SEC and ACC conferences.

Rank  School          Number of prospects
T-1st    Alabama         11
T-1st    Florida St.      11
T-1st    Louisville       11
3rd       Florida            9
4th       Miami-FL       8
T-5th   Auburn            7
T-5th   Clemson          7
T-5th   Oklahoma       7
T-5th   Oregon            7
T-5th   USC                 7

Buffalobills.com will have wall-to-wall coverage of the NFL Combine and Bills news on location in Indianapolis presented by NAPA. The John Murphy show will also be broadcasting live from Indy during Combine week.


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NFL Combine invites by position

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2015 – 10:29 am

The invite list for the 2015 NFL Combine was released over the weekend and there will be 323 attendees in all. Here’s a look at how the position groups break down this year for the annual pre-draft event in Indianapolis.

Defensive linemen lead the way this year with 55 prospects due to be at Lucas Oil stadium for interviews and testing. Defensive backs and offensive linemen are the next two largest position groups. Here’s a look at the full position number count.

Pos. – attendees
DL – 55
DB – 54
OL – 52
WR – 44
RB – 36
TE – 19
QB – 15
P/K – 12
LS – 1

There was a tight end and an offensive lineman, who declined their invitations.

Buffalobills.com will have wall-to-wall coverage of the NFL Combine and Bills news on location in Indianapolis presented by NAPA. The John Murphy show will also be broadcasting live from Indy during Combine week.


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How Henderson fixed McKelvin’s game

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2015 – 9:36 am

Before Bills DBs coach Donnie Henderson arrived in Buffalo, the knock on Leodis McKelvin was that he didn’t make enough plays on the ball. His coverage would be air tight, but he couldn’t knock balls away, let alone intercept them. Since 2013, when Henderson walked in the door, McKelvin has been a different player.

In 2013 McKelvin led the team in pass breakups, then this past season, despite playing in just 10 games, he led the team in interceptions with four. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week, Henderson talked about what he did to fix McKelvin’s game.

“When I came here I was trying to find some of his problem areas,” Henderson said. “His biggest issue is he’s so fast and quick that when I evaluated him his problem was getting his head around and finding the football. When you’re playing man coverage as much as we do you’ve got to find the football. So I talked to him about how to do that and it’s really about repetition. As you get down the field you’ve got to get your hips around and you’ve got to get your eyes back, but you’ve got to have a belief in your mind that you can run with anybody. As fast and as quick as he is he can run with anybody.

“So we took it from stepping and replacing and moving his foot laterally, next thing was to get your hips around and when I say, ‘Ball’ you get your head around. So we took it step by step and with the progress we’ve made over a period of time he’s got it where he understands it now.”

McKelvin is expected to be fully cleared for football in mid-March after suffering a fractured ankle in Week 11 at Miami this past season.


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What Rex Ryan provides for Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2015 – 10:27 am

It’s pretty obvious in most cases as to just what Rex Ryan will provide as head coach of the Bills in 2015. Fans are very familiar with his confidence, bravado and aggressiveness. Bills owner Kim Pegula believes those qualities provide a secondary benefit for fans.

“They have a lot to be excited about,” said Pegula of the Bills fans. “Sometimes change is good and in this case I think it provides another layer of hope and enthusiasm going into the season. Rex is going to be himself and what you see is what you get with him and I think that’s going to go a long way with our fans.”

Pegula in an interview on the John Murphy Show last month outlined how they came to select Rex Ryan for their vacant head coaching job. We profile the hiring process today in a feature on Buffalobills.com.


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Crossman on having a kickoff specialist

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2015 – 11:10 am

Bills special teams coordinator Danny Crossman had to break in a rookie punter and a kickoff specialist in 2014. On the whole both Colton Schmidt and Jordan Gay performed well for Buffalo. Whether Buffalo’s new head coach Rex Ryan feels a kickoff specialist is necessary is something that will likely be decided in the coming months.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week, Crossman sounded like he wants to continue developing both young kickers on Buffalo’s roster, but he knows he doesn’t have the final say.

“We haven’t gotten that far yet in the evaluation stage,” said Crossman of keeping a kickoff specialist. “I’m a firm believer if a guy is outstanding at what they do they’ll find work. We were happy with both of those guys and what they were able to do for us. Jordan was a big help in an area where we were lacking a little bit in terms of what he was able to do on kickoffs. Number one touchbacks, but even the returns that did come out against us the drive starts average on the returns was so much better than the touchbacks because of the distance and the hang time and the coverage guys that we added and made it a strength for our special teams.

“There’s a lot of upside with (punter) Colton Schmidt too after he came in right at the start of the season this past year and performed well.”


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How Crossman was retained

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2015 – 11:06 am

Not long after Rex Ryan was hired as head coach of the Bills he made a phone call to current special teams coordinator Danny Crossman to see if he could retain him for his staff. Crossman was a guest of the John Murphy Show this week and explained how the interaction with coach Ryan went down.

“He called me and discussed the opportunity for me to stay and with the things that we’ve done and the players that we’ve added and the upswing we were on with the kicking game, I felt very fortunate to continue what we started,” said Crossman. “We’ve had conversations every other day or so, but very upbeat and very positive and really look forward to settling in and spending more time with him.”

Crossman also got a new assistant special teams coach in Eric Smith, who last played safety for the Jets a few seasons ago, and is described by head coach Rex Ryan as one of the smarter young football minds he’s come across.


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Whaley weighs in on where OL stands

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2015 – 1:45 pm

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, Bills GM Doug Whaley was asked whether the interior of Buffalo’s offensive line was a priority to address this offseason.

Whaley has stated previously that they’re going to take a long look at their offensive line this offseason, but he also did not want to dismiss some of the talent they already have in house.

“Some would say that (it’s a priority), but we’re thinking when you get Chris Williams back from injury and another year with (Cyril) Richardson in there and get him more time in there and (Cyrus) Kouandjio played a little guard in there during the season in the practices,” Whaley said. “We think there are some guys there who can compete, but that’s not to say we won’t bring in other guys to add to the fold.”

With Erik Pears a free agent and youth on the roster in the form of Kouandjio and Richardson it wouldn’t be surprising if a veteran free agent guard was added to Buffalo’s ranks.


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Whaley undaunted by no 1st rd. pick

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2015 – 1:10 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley is well aware that there are fewer draft picks in his arsenal this spring for the 2015 NFL draft. With no first-round pick and no fourth-round pick, Buffalo has just six total (2 in the 5th). But Whaley and his scouting staff like the challenge of having to find players when they don’t have a premium pick.

“It’s exciting. It’s a challenging time and everybody that knows me knows I’m not afraid of a challenge,” Whaley told Buffalobills.com. “Our scouting staff feels the same way. Unfortunately we’ve been drafting high recently and that’s a little easier than drafting lower. We want to get to that point where we’re drafting low consistently so that for us is a challenge and we’re up for the challenge and excited about it.”

Buffalo gave their original fourth-round pick with their first rounder in the Sammy Watkins trade. They got a fourth back in the Stevie Johnson trade, but then shipped that to Philadelphia for Bryce Brown. They did acquire a second fifth-round pick from Tampa in a day three trade last year.

“We also look at it this way, we think Bryce Brown is worth a fourth-round pick,” Whaley said on the John Murphy Show. “Any back we get in the fourth round would be just like Bryce Brown. With Sammy Watkins people say we gave up two number ones. But to have a number one wide receiver for the next 10 years we would’ve have had to maybe draft two wide receivers to come up with that. So we think the value is there for both of those and we’re excited about what we can accomplish.”


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Whaley on scouts meeting with Rex

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2015 – 10:30 pm

Bills new head coach Rex Ryan met with the Bills personnel department in Mobile Tuesday evening. On Wednesday GM Doug Whaley provided an update on how things went in an interview on the John Murphy Show live in Mobile.

Whaley wanted the head coach to meet his scouts to help explain the type of players he needs for his team to be the best it can be. But Ryan made it very easy for Buffalo’s college scouts.

“He just said, ‘Get me people that love football and that are playmakers,’” said Whaley. “So that opens up the whole board for us and gets us really excited so we don’t have restrictions on the type of guys that we’re looking for.”

Whaley said Ryan’s personality is infectious and had the scouting department fired up when the meeting was over.

“No doubt about it. It’s contagious,” said Whaley of Ryan’s demeanor. “He’s got a personality that people gravitate to and you want to work for him and want him to succeed. For him to succeed he lays out the ground work and they’re easy to work with, like I said before, guys that love football and guys that can make plays. He doesn’t want to say, ‘Hey I want a specific guy, a 6-5 guy that runs 4.6.’ He said, ‘That’s great everybody wants that guy, but find me good football players.’”


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Buffalobills.com & JMS in Mobile

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2015 – 2:29 pm

Buffalobills.com and the John Murphy Show are again on location at the Senior Bowl this year in Mobile. Here’s some of the coverage you can expect Tuesday.

On camera interviews with new QBs coach David Lee and head coach Rex Ryan, who was taking in practice Tuesday in Mobile.

On the John Murphy Show tonight live from Mobile (7-9 pm), you’ll hear from head coach Rex Ryan as he discusses the value of being on hand for Senior Bowl practices and his plans for this evening as he meets Buffalo’s scouting department.

The aforementioned quarterbacks coach David Lee will also be stopping by as he talks EJ Manuel and Geno Smith from his previous coaching stop.

And Bills Roundup on all the action that took place with the North and South squads.

It’s all on Buffalobills.com this week and on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

 


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