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How the legend of Kiko grew

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 4:45 pm

Kiko Alonso certainly burst onto the NFL scene in Buffalo as a rookie and earned PFWA Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. What also sprang out of that playmaking ability was a cult following that was wrapped around a catch phrase indicating that Alonso had some special intuition to be omniscient as well as ubiquitous whenever a play needed to be made.

Titled ‘The Legend of Kiko Alonso’ fans on social media ran with it. Every time he made a play, Bills fans would tag their tweets with #TheLegendofKikoAlonso.

It got so big that ESPN’s Kenny Mayne eventually did a feature on the following that surfaced out of nowhere all because of an impressive rookie linebacker who stepped into Buffalo’s starting lineup and performed like a perennial Pro Bowler.


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Mum was the word on Kiko

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 3:23 pm

In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series we took an in depth look at how the Bills came to draft a Rookie of the Year in Kiko Alonso last spring. They were sold on him as a player, but they had to know the person too. As high as they were on him they also had to keep their mouths shut when they were on the road in the presence of other NFL scouts.

“He was one of those guys that would come up when you would run into other scouts on the road and they would ask who you have seen and where have you been? How is so and so playing? He was one of those guys I didn’t want to talk about,” said Bills area scout Brad Forsyth. “You didn’t even want to bring his name up because I knew he wasn’t a high radar guy going into the fall.

“You definitely don’t want to alert anybody else to what you’re thinking about him. He’s one of those guys who even though he was at one of the better programs you don’t want to create any more buzz on a guy when you like him as much as we did.”

By keeping quiet on Alonso, who had off the field incidents and a wrist injury, some teams may not have thought quite as much of him as the Bills did last spring.


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How Bills knew Kiko was a football junkie

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm

In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series we took an in depth look at how the Bills came to draft a Rookie of the Year in Kiko Alonso last spring. They were sold on him as a player, but they had to know the person too. Here’s part of how they learned and became convinced Alonso was passionate about football.

Bills area scout Brad Forsyth, who scouted Alonso as one of Buffalo’s western scouts, said there were multiple layers in their scouting of Alonso that depicted Alonso’s love of the sport.

“Talking to him number one and you can just watch him on film and tell. Anytime you put on a film of whatever game you could see it and even when he went out to practice. Sometimes guys can go into a different mode when they’re on the practice field as opposed to the game. Kiko was the same whenever you watched him,” Forsyth said. “He loved to practice, loved to run around and it was full go all the time. The coaches had to hold him back whether it was on the practice field or in the weight room. Sometimes they told him he had to slow down. He’s addicted. As we always say in the scouting business, you’d much rather say ‘Whoa’ than ‘Giddyup’ and he’s a guy you’d have to say, ‘Whoa’ sometimes.”


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Scouting is about reducing the margin of error

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 12:06 pm

With the NFL draft there are no definites. The whole thing is a roll of the dice, but the painstaking process of scouting is necessary to make an NFL team’s picks as successful as possible. In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series, we went behind the scenes to take a closer look at the lengths scouts go to in order to reduce the margin for error on a player, especially one like Kiko Alonso who had off the field incidents in his college career.

“You want to make sure that with the information that we bring to the upper brass it’s the right information to help us pick the guys with the least amount of risk,” said Bills scout Matt Hand, who scouted Alonso. “You want to make sure that we’re picking guys that can play and be good players for us. There are no guarantees.

“A lot of times it’s not the athlete in the player that fails. It’s the other things that fail. That’s why it’s important to get to these schools to get to know these guys as much as we can not just as football players, but as men off the field.”


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What Kiko was doing on draft day

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 11:09 am

Kiko Alonso has a passion for football, but not for laying around and watching TV. That’s why on draft day 2013 he was going to do anything, but plant himself on the couch and watch the NFL draft.

“I was at home in Los Gatos and I had some buddies over,” Alonso told Buffalobills.com. “We were just kind of hanging out. I knew it was a big day, but I didn’t want to just sit on the couch watching TV. I wanted to relax and hang out with my buddies and play some cards and stuff like that.”

After day one of the draft came and went Alonso did pay a bit more attention with the TV on in the background while he hung out with his friends.

“I honestly didn’t think I would go first round just from what people were telling me, like scouts and stuff,” said Alonso. “But I did figure based on what people were telling me that I would go day two. So I thought I had a good shot to go second round and it was an honor to go that high.

“I just remember I was excited just to get picked. After it sunk in that it was the Bills I was like, ‘Okay Buffalo.’ But I didn’t even know where the hell that was. It was just pure excitement.”

Today on Buffalobills.com we profile the painstaking process Buffalo’s scouting department went through to make Kiko Alonso their draft choice at 46th overall. It’s the second installment in our ‘On the Clock’ series leading up to the 2014 NFL draft.


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How highly Pac-12 thought of Kiko

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 9:54 am

As we profiled in the second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series – ‘How the Bills came to draft Kiko’ Buffalo’s scouting department in sticking to the process found Kiko Alonso to be the perfect fit for their gaping hole at middle linebacker in the 2013 NFL draft. Scouting Alonso as a player on tape may have been easy, and Buffalo area scouts Brad Forsyth and Matt Hand were pretty certain he’d be a solid NFL player right away. But if they had any doubts they were convinced after hearing coaches from other Pac-12 schools raving about him without even being asked to comment on Alonso.

“When you go to other schools it’s rare that coaches from one school bring up players from another school,” said Hand. “When you’re going through some of the best schools in the Pac-12 and a coach comes up to you and says, ‘That Kiko Alonso is probably the best player in the Pac-12 this year.’ Those are some pretty powerful words when you have a coach at another school saying that.”

It only served to reinforce what Hand and Forsyth thought of Alonso as a player.

 


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Graham signing done with Pats in mind

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2014 – 8:45 am

The signing of Corey Graham may seem like an innocuous one on the surface, but its significance goes far deeper than that. The addition of Graham was done with the sole intention of trying to further neutralize a division rival’s potent and productive passing game.

As pointed out by ProFootballFocus’ Steve Palazzolo, the Graham signing was done in part to give Buffalo to dependable slot corners, pairing Graham with Nickell Robey. It was likely done to help increase the defense’s effectiveness in slowing Tom Brady and New England’s quick strike aerial game. Here’s how he assessed Buffalo’s personnel in the secondary now with Graham on board as it pertains specifically to the New England Patriots passing attack.

Graham has spent much of his time in the slot the last two seasons with the Ravens surrendering 1.18 and 1.01 yards/cover snap in the slot in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Both of those numbers put Graham near the top of the league, but it’s what Buffalo already has on the roster that make him an interesting addition.

Current slot cornerback Nickell Robey is coming off a strong season as the undrafted rookie graded at +2.8 in coverage while surrendering only 0.87 yards/cover snap, good for sixth in the league. The Bills also have a pair of outside cornerbacks on the roster in Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin, so the addition of Graham gives the Bills two viable slot cornerbacks.

Why the redundancy? Look no further than the New England Patriots whose passing game generally runs through the slot. The Bills appear to be matching up with their division rival with hopes of finally overtaking the annual AFC East champion. There’s also a bit of added versatility in Buffalo’s secondary with Aaron Williams, a former cornerback, playing safety. When you throw in linebacker Kiko Alonso, one of last year’s top coverage linebackers at +11.3, the Bills will feature one of the most intriguing coverage units in the league.


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Great look at what space will do for Kiko

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2014 – 3:16 pm

As we outlined in our Friday story, Kiko Alonso will be moving to weak side linebacker to take better advantage of his athleticism and speed. Playing out there will keep him out of traffic more and linemen from getting to him at the second level. Here’s a good look at the difference for Alonso.

As CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco points out with NFL video, Alonso can get engulfed at times when lined up as the ‘mike’ linebacker by linemen, but when he’s out in space he can be dynamite. Take a look at the difference in the two video clips. Lining up on the weak side will afford him more opportunities to make plays in space where he should thrive.


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2 Bills make All-under 25 team

Posted by Chris Brown on February 14, 2014 – 9:31 am

NFL.com put together a list of the league’s “young studs” as they described it. Essentially a list of up and comers, who have completed just one or two seasons in their professional careers. Two Bills made the list.

Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and linebacker Kiko Alonso both made the select list. Here’s what was written about the two Bills players.

Tackle
Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills
Glenn is not at Tyron Smith’s level yet, but he’s rising fast. A huge man at 345 pounds, his game has improved while his sacks and hurries allowed have dwindled.

Linebacker
Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills
It sure looks like the Bills made a genius second-round pick here. Just watch Alonso play: He’s all over the place, as evidenced by his 159 tackles (nine for a loss) and five turnovers forced.


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Alonso looks to next year

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 14, 2014 – 8:15 pm

Bills LB Kiko Alonso burst onto the scene early on in the 2013 season. And his performance earned him recognition Tuesday, as the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Rookie of the Year.

But the team’s second round draft pick says he’s looking to do more in 2014. Alonso was a guest Tuesday night on the John Murphy Show podcast.

“I think we can get better in every aspect of the game,” Alonso said. “A lot of games came down to the finish, and we just have to finish.”

Kiko became a fan favorite and had plenty of production in his rookie year, finishing 3rd in the league with 159-tackles, and racking up four interceptions. Also notable, the fact that he played every defensive snap for the Bills in his rookie campaign.

He told host John Murphy that playing every snap was not necessarily a goal he set going into his rookie year.

“I think my biggest goal was to do everything I could to help the team win,” he said. “Being on the field every snap was definitely the most I could do to help the team win, because I didn’t come off the field.”

The entire interview with Kiko Alonso is available here


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Kiko on PFWA honor

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 14, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso says he’s honored to be named the Pro Football Writers 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Alonso was a guest Tuesday on The John Murphy Show podcast.

“It’s a huge honor for me,” Alsonso said. “It’s a great feeling and a huge honor.”

The Bills second round draft pick played every defensive snap for the Bills in 2013. He finished third in the NFL with 159-tackles and had had four interceptions. Alonso’s four interceptions came in the first four games of the season, which he thinks helped him get league wide recognition.

“I had those interceptions early in the season, that definitely got me recognized,” he told host John Murphy.

“It’s always good to get recognized with that kind of award, looking at the past recipients, it’s a pretty good group,” Alonso said. But he said winning post season honors was not on his mind at all during the season. “I didn’t really think about it, I was just focused on the season, focused on winning games. To end the season with an award like that is a big honor.”

The entire interview with Kiko Alonso is available here


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Alonso named PFWA Defensive Rookie of Yr

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2014 – 1:25 pm

Bills LB Kiko Alonso has been named the Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Alonso, who finished third in the NFL with 159 tackles in 2013 also was tied for the Bills team lead in interceptions and led the team in fumble recoveries, was honored along with San Diego WR Keenan Allen, who was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy who was named the overall Rookie of the Year by the PFWA.

More details on the full All-Rookie roster at Buffalobills.com.


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Alonso heads up LB list

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 9:59 am

Earlier today we shared how advanced NFL metrics site AdvancedNFLStats.com had Bills DT Kyle Williams rated as the best defensive tackle in the league in 2013. Williams has a teammate topping his position group as well.

Kiko Alonso was rated by AdvancedNFLStats as the best linebacker in the league. Based on his play in 2013 they determined he had the highest Win Probability Added among linebackers this past season.

Rank Player Team G +WPA +EPA +EPA/G SC Tkl Asst TF Sk SkYd PD QBHit FF TklLoss Int
1 50-K.Alonso BUF 32 4.98 156.0 4.88 207 174 144 0.70 4 34 10 2 2 22 8
2 54-L.David TB 32 4.78 177.3 5.54 206 210 78 0.72 14 94 18 24 4 40 10
3 53-N.Bowman SF 32 4.65 155.0 4.84 184 236 50 0.76 10 90 18 10 8 18 4
4 56-K.Dansby ARZ 32 4.40 167.1 5.22 172 224 18 0.70 14 88 38 22 0 22 8
5 54-D.Levy DET 32 4.05 127.7 3.99 144 170 65 0.67 0 0 30 6 0 16 12
6 59-L.Kuechly CAR 32 4.04 100.2 3.13 169 186 126 0.79 4 30 14 4 0 20 8
7 55-S.Tulloch DET 32 3.97 79.3 2.48 150 186 86 0.77 8 38 4 10 0 14 2
8 51-D.Smith BLT 32 3.84 112.2 3.51 156 114 132 0.59 12 88 36 16 4 16 6
9 98-R.Mathis IND 32 3.83 116.0 3.63 106 84 32 0.29 38 242 4 42 14 28 0
10 94-Ke.Burnett OAK 32 3.82 114.5 3.58 146 162 44 0.51 6 42 8 8 6 24 2

 


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Fan Friday 1-10

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2014 – 12:07 pm

Well the offseason is underway and the Senior Bowl is the next big thing on the horizon. Here’s the latest edition of your questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hey Chris,

Thanks for all of the insight on everything Bills and keep up the great work. First off I was just wondering if you think we have seen everything Hackett’s playbook has to offer? Or is he just keeping it simple because of the inexperience at quarterback? We were vanilla at best on offense this season, (despite a strong rushing attack) and when I watch most other teams it seems I see more intricate offense. We primarily run out of shotgun and our screen game pales in comparison to last season’s.  Just wanted your opinion.

And secondly, do you think we should draft another quarterback? Manuel seems to be injury prone and I don’t think we can rely on Lewis or Tuel to step in and guide us deep in the season. They are strong backups but I would still like to have a QB that can stand in the pocket and not get hurt. Thanks again Chris!

-Mark in Houston

CB: I think your suspicion is dead on. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett had to keep things simple so the rookies on offense with sizable roles (chiefly EJ Manuel) could effectively execute them. They ran the ball so much because as coach Marrone said last week they wanted to keep third down manageable in terms of distance to convert. Plus they were good at it, so use what works to help keep drives alive.

When Manuel was injured during the season, it forced Hackett to be even more judicious with his game plans in terms of complexity. None of his three quarterbacks had one game of NFL experience combined heading into the season.

So to fault Hackett for his play calling being too predictable would be very, very misguided. One has to appreciate and understand the circumstances under which he had to operate.

Then to see that his offense, despite all of that, finished 19th in total yards, which by the way was better than San Francisco’s and Carolina’s and a yard less per game on average than Seattle, is a pretty good showing as far as I’m concerned.

As for drafting a quarterback I don’t think that’s the best route to take. The reason why is Buffalo already has a host of inexperienced quarterbacks on their roster even now. EJ Manuel (10 career starts), Thad Lewis (6 career starts) and Jeff Tuel (1 career start) are still lacking experience. To add a fourth to the mix doesn’t help.

I expect the Bills to pursue a veteran QB in free agency that has a wealth of game experience. The market is predictably thin, but I expect the Texans to cut ties with a QB like Matt Schaub, who could be a perfect backup candidate.

2 – Chris,

On the heels of the Miami game, I was disappointed in the selfishness and immaturity displayed by Robert Woods. With the receiving corps already down Stevie and Marquise (who’d just been injured), Woods simply had to be smarter than throwing a punch and getting ejected from a game.

This brings me to my concern: with all the rumblings about the Bills possibly parting ways with Stevie Johnson this offseason, do you think an occurrence like this might be enough for the team to keep Stevie around? Woods apparently isn’t mature enough to lead the team at the position, and Marquise, as talented as he is, may be the next Roscoe Parrish…..too slight of build to stay healthy and really contribute on offense. Personally, I think the Bills would be foolish to let Stevie go right now. The receiver room is just too young without him. What do you think?

Kenny in Indiana
CB: I believe the incident with Robert Woods in the Miami game in Week 16 was an isolated incident. Woods in general is a heady player. In this instance he lost his cool, but in talking to him afterwards it’s clear he understands now that those kinds of things cannot happen again. I consider it a lesson learned.

Concerning Stevie Johnson, I think he and coach Marrone have to iron things out with respect to the way things are going to be done to ensure future success. The bottom line is they’re going to be done Marrone’s way with very little if any deviation from his plan. And truthfully that’s the way it should be.

He’s the head coach and has a vision for how things are going to get done to promote consistent winning. And he needs everyone on his roster, especially impact players to adhere to that in everything they do as a player on the roster.

Johnson is a free spirit and while there are a lot of admirable qualities with that kind of approach to the game, football is a sport that demands attention to detail perhaps more than any other.

I don’t know this, but I sense that Marrone needs to be convinced by Stevie that he’s prepared to fall in line with every responsibility he has to the team as its top receiver and do things the way Marrone has laid it out for all of his players.

If that can happen then Johnson will remain a prominent part of Buffalo’s offense.

3 – Hi Chris
Thanks for taking my question. My question is, based on all of the huge pass interference penalties this year that have affected the outcome of the games (especially with under a few minutes to go), do you ever see the rules committee making the pass interference call a reviewable/challengeable call?

I’ve watched so many teams this year, and in recent years as well, that get the ball on the one yard line in the last seconds of the game.  And the unfortunate part is that a lot of them are really questionable calls…especially when they directly change the outcome of a game.  I know making a penalty reviewable could open a can of worms for the rules committee, but I don’t see another immediate solution to the growing problem of these (sometimes) 50 yd plus interference penalties on the last few plays of the game, especially when replay is in effect to ensure the right call is made.

Lastly, do you think teams practice for the last second goal line pass interference call?  Specifically, I’ve seen Brady win countless games by freely getting the ball on the 1 yd line with seconds to go when they all but had a nail in their coffin.  Its like they are just chucking in the end zone and the WR sells the penalty if he can’t catch it.  It wouldn’t surprise me if the Pats practice it since it is a really huge penalty that can be easily exploited.
Thanks for your time,
Tim in NJ

CB: I don’t see pass interference every being a reviewable call via challenge or booth review with less than two minutes in the half or game. The reason why is it is a pure judgment call. There is enough already that is reviewable. I doubt the league wants to expand that list.

I think if the NFL’s Competition Committee should change anything perhaps it should be the yardage penalty for pass interference. Maybe something similar to college’s 15-yard pass interference rule. With the NFL’s proclivity to push offensive play and scoring I doubt this would even be entertained, but perhaps a 20-yard penalty cap on pass interference plays that happen more than 20 yards downfield. I think it would be difficult to alter the policing of pass interference in the red zone/end zone. Defenders are doing everything in their power to unsuspectingly mug receiving targets in the end zone to prevent touchdowns. To reduce the pass interference consequences (1st & goal at the one-yard line) may lead to more aggressive defending and the league rarely puts any part of the game in the favor of the defense.

4 – Chris,

Thanks for all of your coverage.

My question is regarding the future of Mike Pettine. I think at most we have one or two years left with him, and that it’s also possible he gets a shot as head coach sooner.

Is there an in house assistant or option that we are grooming to be his replacement? With all the great strides we have made on D this year I’m hoping there is someone that is learning and being taught all of his schemes. I’d hate to lose all of this progress once we lose Mike.

Thanks Chris
Patrick In Boston

CB: I respect and understand your concern with respect to Buffalo’s defensive coordinator. Mike Pettine is a sharp mind, who in time should be getting head coaching interview opportunities.

The good news is I do see two future defensive coordinator candidates on Buffalo’s defensive staff. I believe both defensive line coach Anthony Weaver and OLBs coach Jim O’Neil have the pedigree to eventually be defensive coordinators in the NFL.

The problem is Weaver and O’Neil have both worked with Pettine for some time now, and would likely be offered a position by Pettine if he was named a head coach elsewhere. My guess is whoever is not offered the defensive coordinator job by Pettine when he’s named a head coach somewhere else in the league down the road, should be the coach targeted to be promoted to defensive coordinator with Buffalo.

5 – Chris,

I had been looking forward to hearing Kiko Alonso’s name being announced as a Pro Bowler for 2 months now. How did his name NOT get called, given the season he had?????

Don (Bills/ Kiko fan),
Norwalk, CT
CB: I think we all know by now that it’s very difficult for rookies to get named to the Pro Bowl even with productive seasons. We often see them recognized the following year provided their production stays relatively the same. What also hurt Alonso’s chances was the team’s 6-10 record. The bottom line is in most cases more players are chosen from successful teams than those that finish under .500.


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Vote Kiko for Pepsi Next Rookie of Yr

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2014 – 12:42 pm

The National Football League today announced the five finalists for the 2013 Pepsi NEXT NFL Rookie of the Year and Kiko Alonso is one of them.

Here are the 2013 Pepsi NEXT NFL Rookie of the Year finalists.

WR Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers
LB Kiko Alonso – Buffalo Bills
RB Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
RB Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings

Fans can vote for one of these five players on http://www.nfl.com/rookies through Tuesday, January 28 to determine the winner.

The 2013 PEPSI NEXT NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR will be announced in New York City at the “3rd Annual NFL Honors” awards show, which airs on February 1 on FOX the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.

The five finalists were selected for their outstanding performances throughout the 2013 NFL season.


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Alonso gets ESPN writer’s Def. Rookie of Yr.

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2014 – 9:38 am

Bills LB Kiko Alonso was the team’s leading tackler and tied for the team lead in interceptions with four. He was also in the mind of ESPN writer Dan Graziano the best defensive rookie in 2013.

In handing out his NFL awards, Graziano named Alonso his Defensive Rookie of the Year. Here’s what he wrote about Buffalo’s linebacker.

Defensive Rookie of the Year
Kiko Alonso
Buffalo Bills
ANALYSIS
Sure, September was his best month. But just because the interceptions dried up doesn’t mean Alonso wasn’t a high-impact, fly-around-and-make-plays type of linebacker. A critical element to a better-than-you-think-it-was Bills defense, Alonso is a tackling monster in the Kuechly mold, and his athleticism should help him get better as he goes along. Runner-up: Sheldon Richardson. Honorable mentions: Tyrann Mathieu, Star Lotulelei.

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Robey up for Pepsi NEXT Rookie of week

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2013 – 10:09 am

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Bills CB Nickell Robey is up for Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the week after his impressive Week 16 performance against Miami.

Robey had two sacks, four tackles and a pass breakup last Sunday as he was instrumental in the Bills dominating defensive effort against the Dolphins, who were shut out by Buffalo 19-0.

Robey is the only defensive player nominated for the Rookie of the Week award for Week 16.

The Jets Geno Smith, Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy, St. Louis’ Zac Stacy and Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell are the other nominees.

You can vote for Robey up until Friday this week.

If Robey were to win the award he’d be the third Bills rookie to win the honor this season. EJ Manuel (Week 2) and Kiko Alonso (Week 4) have already won Rookie of the Week honors.


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4 Bills with 4 picks apiece?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 11:00 am

Right now the Bills have three players with four interceptions each on the season. With Aaron Williams out for Sunday’s game with a rib injury, it could raise the chances of Buffalo having four players with four INTs apiece on the season.

Williams is one of the three players who has logged four interceptions thus far this season. Kiko Alonso and Jairus Byrd are the other two.

The defensive back expected to see the most time in Williams’ absence today is Jim Leonhard, who has three interceptions on the season. If he’s able to land an INT against Ryan Tannehill today, he too would have four on the season.

That would make the quartet on the 2013 squad just the fourth group in team history to each have at least four INTs. Here are the others.

4 players with 4+ INTs in team history:
1960 (5) – Archie Matsos-8, Jim Wagstaff-6, Bill Atkins-5, Bill Kinard-4, Richie McCabe-4
1962 (4) – Carl Charon-7, Booker Edgerson-6, Mike Stratton-6, Marv Matuszak-6
1965 (5) – Hagood Clarke-7, Butch Byrd-5, Charley Warner-5, Booker Edgerson-5, George Saimes-4


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Kiko still atop Kiper rookie ranks

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2013 – 4:43 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has been ranking the rookies all season long and Kiko Alonso is still atop his rankings after a solid game again last Sunday.

Here’s what Kiper wrote about Alonso’s play this season.

1. Kiko Alonso, ILB, Buffalo Bills
While he doesn’t stay at No. 1 if you want to measure his value on impact per play, the total return is pretty significant here. Alonso has been on the field for well over 1,000 snaps this season because he plays all three downs, is third in the NFL with 137 total tackles – and given that tackle totals don’t tell you a ton, remember that Alonso is as good as almost any LB in the NFL in coverage. He need not apologize for a lack of dominance given the total return.

Kiper also listed EJ Manuel 26th among the rookies. Earning honorable mention were Robert Woods and Nickell Robey.


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Dareus gets late fan Pro Bowl push

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 4:26 pm

Marcell Dareus has a big family. No word on whether they’re the ones doing all the voting, but the Bills defensive tackle has vaulted into one of the top two spots at his position with fan voting for the 2014 Pro Bowl.

The latest check on top vote getters by position has Dareus as the second-leading vote getter at defensive tackle in the league right now. The third-year DT is having the most productive season of his career. He’s already set a single-season career high in tackles and sacks with 7.5.

He joins teammate Kiko Alonso as one of the leaders in vote count with just over a week left for fans to cast their ballots for the Pro Bowl.

Here are where some other Bills rank in the fan voting knowing that coaches and players will vote next week.

ILB Kiko Alonso – 1st
DT Marcell Dareus – 2nd
DE Mario Williams – 3rd
DT Kyle Williams – 4th
SS Aaron Williams – 7th
FS Jairus Byrd – 8th

 


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