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Bills were 1st team to meet with RB Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2014 – 10:11 am

As we told you last weekend, Boston College RB Andre Williams confirmed that he interviewed with the Bills at the NFL Combine. In a Monday Morning QB profile of the BC back, it was reported that Buffalo was the first team that interviewed him.

MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas is following Williams through the pre-draft process and essentially confirmed the approach in the interview room that the Bills take. As we outlined earlier this week, GM Doug Whaley, Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher go all football for the 15 minutes they have with a prospect and did just that with the BC power back.

Here’s an excerpt of what MMQB had on his meeting with Buffalo, and the other clubs behind closed doors.

The Bills immediately started rolling his game tape from last season, asking him about his pass protection responsibilities and the reads he was making. The Bengals, meanwhile, opened with a version of a psychological test: Williams first had to memorize a list of words, then perform a word association game (how is a fork like a spoon?), then organize a string of words and letters, and finally, recall the original list of words. Williams, who is writing a philosophical memoir called “A King, a Queen and a Conscience,” felt good about these mental gymnastics. More difficult was gleaning clues about what coaches and executives thought about his fortunes at the next level.

Vrentas said that Williams also met with the aforementioned Bengals, Ravens, Jaguars, Chargers and Giants. She also wrote that eight Bills coaches and personnel staff were in the room with him.

Williams is projected as a mid-round pick, an area in the draft where the Bills figure to consider a running back to groom behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.


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New assistants give Bills added QB acumen

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2014 – 4:33 pm

Buffalo’s new offensive assistants, QBs coach Todd Downing and senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler will provide many benefits to the offensive staff. One of which is the ability to adapt to whatever their quarterback picture looks like come training camp.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the quarterback coaching experience of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, combined with Downing and Hostler has put them in a position where they’ll be able to handle any QB roster combination in 2014.

“I think we don’t want to ever put ourselves in a position where as an organization we can’t get the best thing out there (on the field) for us,” said Marrone. “That’s a collaborative thing between myself and Doug (Whaley) and Russ Brandon and Jim Monos and (Director of College Scouting) Kelvin (Fisher).

“So for us what I felt is we brought in a quarterback coach, one who has worked with EJ before. We brought in Jim Hostler who I’ve been with and knows the system that we have. We’ve set ourselves up where we can go ahead and get a veteran quarterback if that’s what Doug would like to do. We can draft a quarterback if that’s what Doug wants to do. Or we can stay status quo if that’s what we want to do. So we’re prepared as a staff to go in any direction.”

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