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American Dairy Association Hometown Grants

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 7, 2014 – 3:27 pm

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On Tuesday Buffalo Bills Line Backer Keith Rivers visited PS 79 Pfc. William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence in Buffalo to announce that the Buffalo Bills and the American Dairy Association are offering two $5,000 grants:  One to a Buffalo Public School and one to a school district in Erie or Niagara County to further implement Fuel Up To Play 60 activities, and host a Fuel Up to Play 60 activity station assembly.

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The American Dairy Association & NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program provides schools with a playbook of physical fitness and nutrition strategies to help them tackle growing rates of childhood obesity. Schools participate in challenges to earn points and earn eligibility for prizes and grant money.  To learn more about the Hometown Grants or to apply, visit www.adadc.com or click here.

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Rivers, Gilmore update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2014 – 3:20 pm

There was an update on two injured Bills players, one who left the game Sunday, and the other who was unable to suit up.

Keith Rivers (groin) is listed as day-to-day with his groin injury. Stephon Gilmore who was unable to dress for Sunday’s game with a groin injury is also listed as day-to-day. More will be known about their status for Sunday after Wednesday’s team practice.


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Bradham, Rivers flanking Spikes

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2014 – 6:18 pm

As the defense prepares for their first practice two veteran linebackers are flanking MLB Brandon Spikes.

Nigel Bradham and Keith Rivers are lined up on either side of him with Rivers in Kiko Alonso’s spot.

Rookie Preston Brown is rotating in with Spikes at MLB.


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Analytics point to LB Bradham as star in waiting

Posted by Chris Brown on July 2, 2014 – 12:29 pm

Even before the devastating ACL injury suffered by Kiko Alonso Tuesday in an offseason workout, which will likely cost him the 2014 season, there was some buzz about Bills third-year LB Nigel Bradham. ProFootballFocus had Bradham listed as their Secret Superstar for Buffalo in 2014. Now Bills fans are hoping that becomes the case now more than ever.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show this spring, PFF writer Peter Damilatis explained why they expect Bradham to have a breakout season in 2014.

“The one thing I like about Bradham is I feel he can sit in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense, but I think he can be a solid 4-3 strong side linebacker,” Damilatis said. “He has a fearlessness in attacking the run at the point of attack. We would see a lead blocker like a fullback coming in to clear the way and Bradham would stick in there and stonewall him and blow up the entire play.

“Despite playing a quarter of the snaps of a lot of other guys like Kiko Alonso and Mario Williams he actually had the best run defense grade of any linebacker on the Bills roster and the eighth best run defense grade of any inside linebacker in the NFL, which is pretty remarkable for someone who played just 26 percent of the team snaps.”

Bradham lined up mainly as a strong side linebacker in Buffalo’s defense under DC Jim Schwartz in the spring practices, and that job could be his to lose with Keith Rivers expected to replace Alonso on the weak side.

Damilatis said that Bradham’s numbers for tackling efficiency and yards allowed in coverage also indicate the third-year linebacker is in for a big season in 2014 if he gets on the field more.

“When you add it up his tackle rate is among the top 10 linebackers as well. He’s a very sure tackler,” Damilatis said. “One thing I also saw from him is he have some pretty good coverage skills too. He was in the top 10 for yards allowed on coverage snaps. Buddy Nix talked about Bradham being a capable three down linebacker and our metrics indicate that.”

 


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Most likely void fillers for Kiko

Posted by Chris Brown on July 1, 2014 – 9:24 pm

With GM Doug Whaley’s announcement that Kiko Alonso sustained a serious injury while working out, there could be a void to fill. Here are some likely candidates to step into the weak side linebacker role.

Nigel Bradham and Keith Rivers are the most likely candidates. Rivers has lined up at all three linebacker positions through the spring while Bradham has been use in multiple packages.

Other outside linebacker candidates include largely unproven players like Ty Powell and seventh round pick Randell Johnson.


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Bills LBs listed as one of two elite units

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2014 – 11:32 am

We’re a long way from regular season football when Buffalo’s linebacking unit can prove it, but they’re getting an awful lot of pub as one of the top groups in the NFL.

SB Nation in putting together their top linebacking corps in the league list the Bills as one of two “elite” units along with the 49ers. Here’s what was written about Buffalo’s group, which has new faces in Brandon Spikes, Keith Rivers and Preston Brown.

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MLB/WLB Kiko Alonso, MLB Brandon Spikes, SLB Manny Lawson, WLB/ILB Nigel Bradham, OLB Ty Powell, MLB/OLB Keith Rivers, MLB Preston BrownThe Bills already had a very nice group of linebackers in 2013 featuring Nigel Bradham, Manny Lawson, and highlighted by Kiko Alonso’s Defensive Rookie of the Year performance. Alonso racked up an impressive 159 tackles while adding 11 passes defensed and four picks in his premiere season out of Oregon. Alonso is an instinctive, fast-flowing and aggressive linebacker built in the “new-school” mode which asks for more speed and coverage ability.

Because of this, he will now play on the weakside in base downs his sophomore season with the addition of Brandon Spikes in free agency. Spikes, a fearsome old-school run stopper that has yet to prove he’s a three-down player, will likely rotate a little bit with Bradham and Alonso in nickel or third down looks, as both are strong in pass coverage. Alonso in particular

With the selection of Preston Brown in the Draft, Buffalo’s linebackers group gets another talent infusion, and with Ty Powell and Keith Rivers for depth, I like the group they’ve built there.


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Rivers looking to be every down player

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 4:02 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he sees free agent signee Keith Rivers as a three down linebacker. That sounds like a lot of time on the field for one of Buffalo’s newest additions. That’s something that’s just fine with the veteran linebacker.

“I’m excited about being here. It’s a great opportunity,” Rivers said. “I think it’s the best opportunity for me at this point. I want to go play where I have the best fit and here I think it’s a great fit with Kiko (Alonso) and some of the other guys we’re bringing in. I’m excited about it.”

Rivers said this defense should play to his strengths because of the defensive line in front of him and the solid cover corners behind him.

“They’ve done a great job putting together a great defense and great cornerbacks,” he said. “I can run around and make plays.”


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Report: Bills sign Keith Rivers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2014 – 6:44 pm

According to an ESPN report, the Bills are keeping busy in day two of NFL free agency.

ESPN AFC East reporter James Walker is reporting the Bills have signed veteran LB Keith Rivers to a multi-year contract.

Rivers, a six-year NFL vet, has spent the last two seasons with the New York Giants as primarily an outside linebacker.


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