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Kolb still expected to start

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

Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb stepped into the lineup because starter John Skelton suffered an ankle injury a few weeks back. But Skelton was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

Nevertheless it’s widely anticipated that Kolb will remain the starter this week against the Bills. According to the Cardinals official website Skelton said his ankle is about 90 percent. But he’s yet to really push and test it. Knowing how mobile Arizona’s quarterbacks have to be with the offense surrendering 23 sacks in five games this season, if Skelton is the least bit hindered by his ankle it’s a risk the Cardinals probably don’t want to take.


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Fan Friday 4-16

Posted by Chris Brown on April 16, 2010 – 1:30 pm

Less than a week to go until the draft. Let the rumors fly.  As a reminder next week Fan Friday will take a hiatus as we will be providing frequent Inside the Bills blog updates during rounds two and three of the NFL draft. Fan Friday will return on April 30.
Here are your questions this week. (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).

1 – Chris,
 
Because our OL was not all that great last year, what is your opinion on the following draft scenario:
 
1st     Brian Bulaga or Trent Williams OT
2nd    Cam Thomas NT
3rd    Jon Asamoah OG could be used as OT
4th    Anthony Dixon RB
5th   John Skelton QB
6th  Linval Joseph NT
7th  Seyi Ajirotutu WR
 
I think this really addresses our needs, and solidifies out OL and DL especially with the new 3-4 D.
 
I know a lot people would not like this, but we have to get strong up front before anything !!!

CB: You’re preaching to the choir on fortifying the lines first. I’d be ecstatic if those first two picks come to fruition. Asamoah might not be there in the third and East Carolina’s Linval Joseph definitely will not be there in the fifth round. In fact he might come off the board before Thomas in round two. That guy is a beast. Positionally I think you’re on the money for the most part, although Chan Gailey made it clear he’s seeking a third down change of pace back that has more elusiveness to his game than Dixon, who moves the pile.

2 – Chris,
Do you think Cody out of Alabama would be a good nose tackle? I think we might be able to get him in the 2nd round.

Can’t wait for the draft. Tired of seeing everybody and their mom’s mock draft that keep coming out everyday.

Best,
Josh

CB: I think Cody will be a very effective run stuffer in the NFL. How can he not be? The man is enormous. That however, could also be a problem. He had issues with his endurance in college. In a lot of games he rarely played more than 35 snaps. He was a two down player in college and figures to be that in the NFL where the speed of the game is likely to get him winded even quicker.

Knowing he’s a two down player only I’m not sure every NFL team would be willing to invest a second-round pick in him, but I’m sure there are two or three teams willing to do that. Whether the Bills are one of them remains to be seen.

3 – Hey Chris,
What do you think are our chances of getting Jared Gaither from Baltimore? Heard they lowered their  choices to an early 2 rd pick.

CB:
There are rumors that it would take less than the first-round tender he was offered. What worries me are the reported work ethic issues with Gaither. It might just be a case of a guy that doesn’t get it yet being that he’s still so young and takes his talent for granted. But the Bills have some quality work ethic players on their front line right now. If they believe Gaither could disrupt that chemistry they might not look to acquire him at all.

Knowing the Bills have probably done their due diligence on Gaither in terms of character and work ethic, if he fits the bill and Buffalo doesn’t have the chance to take one of the top three offensive tackles at ninth overall (Bulaga, Okung, Williams), then I think making a move for Gaither becomes a greater possibility.

4 – Hey Chris,
Do you think if Bulaga is off the board that the Bills take Dez Bryant rather than take their chances with Anthony Davis or Trent Williams? At least Dez Bryant is the safe pick to pair up with Lee Evans and then just grab an OT at 41 or trade up. Also do you think Dexter McCluster will be on the board when the bills pick in round 3?

CB: If Bulaga is off the board and Trent Williams is still there I think they leap on him. Personally I think the Bills would be happy with any one of the top three tackles (Okung, Williams, Bulaga). I do not think they would take Anthony Davis at nine due to the fact that he’s 20-years old and a little immature. Dez Bryant is not the way they’re going to go. It would be similar to adding Terrell Owens last year. You haven’t fixed the line so no QB will have time to throw to any of those guys.
I’m not sure McCluster will still be there in round three. Could go late second round.

5 – Hey Chris,
I have a some questions for you concerning the Bills defense.
 
Do the Bills and their new coaching staff see playing Byrd at free safety and Whitner at strong safety a possibility? What position is Bryan Scott going to play this year? Is he going to be strong safety or linebacker? If the Bills were able to go to a Byrd/Whitner combo at both safety positions do you think we could see a trade with George Wilson or Bryan Scott involved?  Thanks for your time.  Go Bills!
 
Tony
Knoxville, TN

CB: Head coach Chan Gailey has defended Donte Whitner this offseason after he was the subject of trade rumors. He has been quoted as saying that Whitner is the starting strong safety and I believe free safety is Byrd’s job to lose. Bryan Scott will compete with Whitner. Linebacker is off the table for him. George Wilson will also compete at strong and free safety.


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Kiper on QB Skelton

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2010 – 10:00 am

ESPN’s Mel Kiper had a specific take on Fordham QB John Skelton, who is also the subject of our Draft Profile on the home page of Buffalobills.com today (Monday).

“He’s a developmental quarterback and he’s another coaching issue with mechanics and developing from Fordham to the competition level of the NFL, but with his size and his arm there’s no question he could go anywhere from the third to the fifth round. I’ve got him in the fourth round going to Jacksonville.”

Going from the Patriot League to the NFL will be a jump, but as long as he can hold a clipboard for a year or two he could develop into a quality player.


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Report: Skelton to visit with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2010 – 1:35 pm

Now is the time of year when NFL teams host draft prospects for visits at their facilities. According to a TFY Draft Insider report, Fordham QB John Skelton will be paying the Bills a pre-draft visit.

Skelton had his pro day on Tuesday and did well. Bills QBs coach George Cortez was reportedly in attendance. TFY Draft Insider is reporting that Skelton will visit with Buffalo on Sunday.

NFL teams only have 60 personal interviews that they can conduct at the combine, so pre-draft visits are another way for teams to cover all the bases on prospects that they need to get to know better.

The Vikings and Redskins are also reportedly showing a lot of interest in Skelton.


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Report: Bills at QB Skelton pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2010 – 1:28 pm

According to NFL.com, the Bills were among the many teams on hand at Fordham’s pro day where QB prospect John Skelton performed.

The workout, which took place on Tuesday was reportedly attended by Bills QBs coach George Cortez. Skelton is a Texas native with a pro body (6’5″ 241) and an arm to match. Whether he can make the step up in competition is the big question.

Cortez is also a Texas native, not that it means anything, but it always helps to have an icebreaker in conversation.

Skelton is seen as a mid-round prospect. All indications were that Skelton threw the ball well and looked much better at his pro day than he did during the practice week at the East-West Shrine game in January.


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