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Langston Walker signs

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 5:36 pm

Former Bills OT Langston Walker has officially signed with the Oakland Raiders.

Walker worked out for the Raiders over a week ago after they suffered injuries to two of their starting linemen.

He signed Wednesday.


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Langston Walker back in NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 9:58 am

Former Bills OT Langston Walker is expected to be back in the NFL by the end of the day.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Walker will sign with his original NFL team the Raiders. Here’s his twitter post.

Adam_Schefter OT Langston Walker can go home again. More than a month after Buffalo cut him, Walker is expected to resign with the Raiders today.

Walker worked out for the Raiders last Tuesday, but the initial offer was less than enticing. Don’t know who blinked when it came to negotiations, but Oakland needs help and Walker needs a job.

Ironically, he’ll take the roster spot of another former Bills player, S Rashad Baker, who the Raiders put on injured reserve Tuesday.


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Langston Walker has a tryout

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2009 – 2:03 pm

It’s been almost a month to the day that Langston Walker was cut by the Bills (Sept. 8), but the Bills former right tackle finally had a tryout with a team all too familiar to him.

According to the Contra Costa Times, Walker had a tryout with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday. Walker spent his first five NFL seasons with Oakland after they made him a 2nd round pick in 2002.

Walker could be signed by the Raiders as they are a team in need. They lost starting right tackle Cornell Green for 2-4 weeks with a calf injury.


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Fan Friday 9-11

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2009 – 10:31 pm

Couple of days before the opener. Monday night should be electric.

1. Hey Chris,
Since the release of Walker, have the bills attempted to contact Levi Jones?
Thanks, Ryan

CB: To my knowledge at this point (Friday afternoon) no there has not been contact with Levi Jones representatives. Jones has been a popular name among the Bills fan base. But he’s been sticking to an asking price that’s been considered far too high for any NFL team to stomach. Being an injury risk as well doesn’t help his cause.

 

2. What made Ryan Denney more valuable than Copeland Bryan to our team? I’m speaking for dozens of barber shop analysts and bloggers I’ve encountered throughout the offseason, who praised the play of Bryan, and incorrectly assumed he’d contributed more than enough last season and this pre-season to earn a role on the Bills.
Thanks, Grownmango

CB: I think the Copeland Bryan decision was the most difficult on the entire roster. Bryan at age 26 still has some upside and Buffalo has some veteran ends that they chose to keep. That’s never an easy call. The coaching staff obviously felt that Denney, who was coming off a career season in ’08, was a better option as a rotational defender in Buffalo’s scheme.

True, Bryan might be a better pass rusher than Denney, but Denney has the better overall game. He can defend the run, bat down passes and kick inside to tackle in passing situations. I think it was Denney’s versatility that made him the pick for the coaching staff over Bryan.

 

3. Hey Chris,
If the regular season is as exciting with production, as the preseason was with regard to changes, then we’re in for a quite a ride! It really appears that the coaches are gung-ho with this no-huddle offense, so it made perfect sense to replace Walker with a younger more athletic and fit.

Demetrius Bell should be able to keep up with a hurried pace, and who can pull on some sweeps and run various screens without calling for oxygen.

My question is Chris, how has this offensive line fared against our own defensive line in practice? And do you think the defensive coaches and players believe that the new kids can get the job done based on how they’ve performed against Stroud and company?
Die hard Bills fan,
AJ66

CB: Unfortunately during the regular season we’re not allowed to watch the team portions of practice so as to protect game plan formations and plays for that week’s opponent. So we don’t really have an opportunity to watch the newly assembled offensive line against the first team defense or the scout team for that matter. Usually during the regular season the offense goes against the scout team defense more than anything else to prepare for that week’s opponent.

 

4. Hey Chris,

I saw that Buffalo traded Ko Simpson last week to Detroit. What did Buffalo get in exchange for Simpson?
Thanks, Brad D. London, ON

CB: An undisclosed draft pick in 2010. We probably won’t find out what round that pick was in until the draft draws closer in April. Dick Jauron told me that depth at safety is what made Simpson expendable.

5. Why did the Bills release Langston Walker? Seems like a very bizarre move, no?
Matt S.

CB: I think the timing of the move was surprising, but it was complicated by Demetrius Bell’s back injury. This was a move the staff wanted to make a few weeks ago, but once Bell was injured it was put on hold until they knew he’d be ready for the opener.

Walker was released because he failed to meet expectations over on the left side. His less than gung-ho attitude about taking on the challenge of playing on the left side also was a factor in my opinion.


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Release of Walker another bold move

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2009 – 8:32 pm

The timing of the release of Langston Walker was surprising, but seeing him released was not.

It was clear that the veteran tackle had fallen out of favor with the coaching staff as they began experimenting with Demetrius Bell in the starting lineup during the Green Bay preseason game. It was clear then that Buffalo’s staff wanted to make the switch sooner rather than later, but when Bell went down with the back injury in practice just two days after that game it put the staff’s plans on hold.

This is a very, very, very bold move by the Bills. I give them credit for taking such a bold step with a far younger player that has no NFL regular season game experience. Couple that with the fact that he’s going to be lining up next to a rookie in left guard Andy Levitre and it’s a big roll of the dice against an experienced defensive line in New England for Week 1.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe that Bell and Levitre will both be productive players for the Bills for a long time. I just think like any rookie or inexperienced player there are going to be growing pains and peaks and valleys to their 2009 season. In the long run it looks like a solid left side of the line. When the Bills will reap the rewards of this decision however, is tough to say.


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Walker doesn’t see offense regressing

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 8:26 pm

Several players on offense were asked about the two most recent preseason performances, which have left something to be desired in terms of production. Langston Walker was asked if he sees the offense regressing since the preseason began. Here was his answer.

“I don’t think it’s regressing per se,” Walker said. “This is the preseason and this is a time when you work on your kinks and this offense is still evolving. I don’t think at least in this building anybody is particularly worried about it. We’re all working toward our first regular season game which is New England.”

One thing I believe Walker is dead right about is that the offense is evolving, simply because of all the changes personnel-wise. You’ve got five men manning new positions up front, three of whom are new to the team and two of them are new to the league. And you’ve had one series out of 15 with Owens on the field.

I’m not saying I’m thrilled with how the offense has looked either, but I’m willing to wait until the games start counting before passing judgment.


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Walker on his fitness level

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2009 – 9:03 pm

So I’ve had a number of fans ask me if Langston Walker has lost weight. I too felt he had dropped perhaps 10-15 pounds looking at him, which could make a difference handling the faster speed rushers he’ll be facing on the left side. I told fans I would try to get an answer from Langston, but warned all of you that he’s sensitive about his weight. But I finally got around to asking him if he’s lighter. Here’s the response.

“Asking about an offensive lineman’s weight is like asking a woman’s age,” said Walker.

Fortunately Walker gave me the opportunity to re-phrase the question, in which I said, ‘Did you come into camp in better shape being conscious of the fact that you’d be facing faster pass rushers on the left side?’ I got a better answer for that one.

“I think I feel a little bit better coming in,” he said. “I definitely feel healthy starting off and that is always a good thing.  It is a little tougher on that left side and that did factor into my workouts over the summer.  I am treating it as a new thing and I am going to go out there and do my best.”

So for those that want to know specifically how much Langston is weighing in at these days either trust what the roster says (366) or go ask him yourself. But you’ve been warned.


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Evans and Walker in weight room early

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2009 – 2:50 pm

A two-hour padded night practice didn’t dissuade two Bills players from making their way down to the weight room early Friday morning.

When I walked in at 6:30am Evans was in a full sweat pumping out step up knee raises by the dozens. It looked like he was doing a leg and back workout.

Langston Walker meanwhile rolled in shortly after me and was loosening up the legs on the stairmaster.

I’ve got to believe a week into camp these guys are sore, but Evans and Walker were pushing through it.

I’m sure there are other guys on the roster doing the same. I just didn’t see them.

Gotta love the dedication.


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Poz and Big Langston on Rochester radio Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2009 – 9:17 pm

Wease will have Paul Posluszny and Langston Walker on his radio show tomorrow morning.

Poz is scheduled to appear at 7:45 with Walker to follow 10 minutes later on 95.1 the Fox.


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Name players rolling in

Posted by Chris Brown on July 24, 2009 – 8:20 pm

Terrence McGee, Langston Walker the latest arrivals here at camp.

George Wilson and Marcus Buggs also in attendance. Got 29 players by my count so far.


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Steelers’ Starks deal won’t help Bills’ Walker

Posted by Chris Brown on June 23, 2009 – 6:59 pm

Steelers OT Max Starks just signed a 4-year $26.3M deal according to ESPN’s John Clayton. For those that don’t remember he was franchised earlier this offseason at $8.45M, but agreed to the long term contract instead. This is a good thing as far as the Bills are concerned for this reason.

I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but in the event that new left tackle Langston Walker wants his contract re-examined after 2009, now that he’s playing the all important left side as opposed to the right, Starks one might think would be the perfect model of comparison.

Much like Walker did in 2008, Starks had to move from right tackle to left tackle to fill in for then starter Marvel Smith (injured). 

Starks played all the playoff games for the Steelers last year at left tackle en route to the Super Bowl. This year Starks is expected to be Pittsburgh’s full time left tackle, which is also the case with the Bills’ Walker for 2009.

Should Walker have a successful season on the left side this year, there’s a chance his representatives might want to see his contract adjusted in light of the position he’s now playing as opposed to the position he was playing when he signed his free agent contract in 2007. It’s not like he’d be the first player to take such an approach.

But the Starks deal (4-years $26.3M with $10M guaranteed) is not a whole lot better than the deal Walker signed three years ago (5-$25M-$5M bonus). So justifying a sizable increase, if it comes to that just became a bit harder for the Walker camp if they choose to do so down the line.   

Of course they’d probably maintain that Walker is a better player than Starks and they may be right, but the parallels in terms of circumstances between the two players is pretty tough to overlook.


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Fan Friday 6-12

Posted by Chris Brown on June 12, 2009 – 5:26 pm

Fan Friday 6-12
Well minicamp is wrapped up and now begins the six week hiatus until training camp. Something tells me it’s going to move quickly. Let’s get going with the latest installment. Thanks for your questions. Keep them coming at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.
1. Do you see the Bills extending the deals of any more players on their roster like they did with Stroud? Guys like McGee, Josh Reed, Denney, Whitner, Poz and a few others only have 1-2 years left on the deals. Getting a few of them locked up would be a good move.

CB: I believe that on the list of guys you have that McGee is top priority. He’s still in the prime of his career and has been an outstanding performer for the Bills from day one. He’s a model professional, plays hurt and keeps his nose clean.

That’s the kind of guy the Bills typically lock up long term (see Lee Evans) so I expect that to get done before the 2009 season is over.

As for Reed and Denney the situation is a little different. Reed has had back issues through the course of his career and to his credit he’s fought through them and performed. Knowing how much Trent relies on Reed it wouldn’t surprise me if he was extended, but with some promising young receivers on the rise (Hardy, Johnson), I’m not sure you can say he’s a lock to get an extension.

Denney is in a similar boat. A solid, steady performer, but with the team invested in Chris Ellis and Aaron Maybin I’m not sure he’s re-signed long term.

Whitner and Poz I anticipate will be taken care of eventually, but probably not this calendar year.

 

2. Do the Bills believe Bell is ready to step in and contribute at this time? Going to have to have the O-line do a lot of work to get them to work together for this year with all the new players….also, I wonder if Walker can hold up at left tackle for 16 games? Your thoughts????
Thanks,
Joseph

CB: I don’t think there’s any doubt that the biggest question mark entering the season will be how far the offensive line can come with all the new pieces.

As for Bell I don’t anticipate him challenging Walker or Butler to start, but I do think the staff believes he’s ready to handle the swing tackle role if he’s able to win that job over Kirk Chambers, who has held it the past two seasons.

Walker’s strength as a tackle is in pass protection, which might surprise some people looking at him. That’s a good thing knowing he’s going over to the left side, but he will be facing some top flight pass rushing talent with the schedule this season.

 

3. Chris,
Its my understanding that Aaron Maybin weighed about 250lbs. at Penn States pro day, at which he displayed consistant 4.6 speed.  Is it likely the Bills will have him continue his growth atleast 10 more pounds, and if so does his quickness remain the same?

CB: Talking to Aaron about this very subject you need to understand he just turned 21 in April so his frame is still just filling out. He said he’d like to be around 255 by his second NFL season, which I think is sufficient. He’s confident he can maintain his speed at that weight.

 

4. Hey Chris,
How are contract negotiations going with the rookies? I just saw that Sanchez got his contract and I was just wondering when our rookies are going to be signed. Thanks!

David Rieth
Rochester, NY

CB: Negotiations are just in the preliminary stages with some of Buffalo’s later round picks. I don’t see signings beginning for at least another week or so. However, with San Francisco (which picked ahead of the Bills in most rounds) setting the market by signing players right around Buffalo’s picks early it might grease the wheels a bit. We’ll see.

 

5. Hi Chris,
I was just curious if the Bills are looking to upgrade the outside linebacker position with what’s still left in the market or are they content with the youngsters they have on the roster.  I also am curious if you know the status of Derrick Brooks?  Is he still looking for work or did he decide to hang it up?  If he is still looking for a contract, do you think the Bills should take a 1 year chance on him until they can develop Nic Harris or Al Bowen?
 
Thanks,
Kevin

CB: I believe the club will stand pat at OLB heading into camp. Injury could change that, but I don’t see them pursuing Derrick Brooks, though it makes sense with his familiarity with the system. I think the coaching staff has a lot of faith that Alvin Bowen and Nic Harris can be legitimate competition for Keith Ellison and from what I’ve seen I would agree.


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Several players absent

Posted by Chris Brown on May 29, 2009 – 3:04 pm

A number of veteran players are absent for Friday’s voluntary workout.

Players not in attendance are Roscoe Parrish, Dominic Rhodes, Langston Walker, Lee Evans, Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel.

Also not on hand are Leodis McKelvin and James Hardy, but neither had been participating.

Josh Reed is back.


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Fan Friday 5-15

Posted by Chris Brown on May 15, 2009 – 6:35 pm

Jumping right in with another batch of your questions with OTAs set to start on Monday. Let’s get going.

1. Hi Chris,
 
Hope all is well.  Two questions:
 
1. I thought Left Guard was an important position on the line or more important than Right Guard.  When we went out and signed Dockery to play LG I thought I read a few things saying that was more important than RG.  If that is true then wouldn’t it seem like the two rookies Wood and Levitre should be flipped with Wood playing LG and Levitre playing RG?
Neville

CB: I think the Bills in an ideal world the coaching staff would like to see Brad Butler at right tackle and Wood at right guard. Both play with a nasty demeanor and it’s my belief that Buffalo would like to run behind those two an awful lot this season if that combo pans out as they hope.

On the left side if Levitre can beat out the veteran competition his playing style should mesh well with Langston Walker at left tackle. Both are technicians by trade. So I think in an effort to get the chemistry on the right track quickly in light of all the new faces in new places, that’s the approach.
2. Hi Chris,
How do you think the Bills see John Wendling? He seems like a pretty athletic guy with decent speed and size. Do you see him cracking the starting line up or, at least getting more playing time? Or, is he destined to be a career special teams guy like Josh Stamer or Mario Hagan? He reminds me of Coy Wire. It is a shame not to find a way to get such a talented guy on the field. It seems like the Bills never really found a landing spot for Coy Wire. I hope that doesn’t happen to Wendling.
Thanks,
Mike

CB: There’s no question that Wendling is a talented player and solid teammate, but there’s some talent ahead of him at safety. Donte Whitner and veteran Bryan Scott both performed admirably at strong safety last year. Scott’s contract is up after this season so I suppose Wendling could inherit the backup role behind Whitner in 2010.

Other than that he’ll continue to be a solid special teams player and fill in on defense should injury strike.
3. Chris,
 
Have the Bills made any hint that they are looking at Levi Jones, or any other tackles in free agency?  They are always talking about evaluating free agent talent if they think they can upgrade a position.  Do you know what kind of deal Levi Jones camp is looking for?  Also, any word about Piso Tinoisamoa, the linebacker from the Rams?  How are the talks going?  Are they continuing?
 
Tim
Rochester

CB: Levi Jones is an interesting option to consider. He’s 29, but he hasn’t played a full season each of the last three years due to injury problems. That’s always a concern for a lineman where durability and availability are hugely important. I think he’s still a good player, but if he’s asking for big money it won’t happen.

He was in the middle of a 6-year $40M dollar deal, and I imagine if he’s looking for comparable money the Bills probably wouldn’t fork it over. I think he’s worth considering, but at the right price.

As for Tinoisamoa it doesn’t sound as if anything is imminent.

 

4. Hi Chris,
 
I was wondering…Nelson is going to have to be stronger to be an effective blocker.  Will he be able to stay as flexible to be able to make some of the catches he is able to make now?
 
Thanks from Salvatore Prezioso.

CB: According to the Bills staff they see him eventually at about 250 pounds, which would only add 10 pounds to his frame. Looking at him in the rookie camp I think he could add that weight (muscle) and still be an effective receiver in the passing game. He’s long and lean and needs to add muscle if he’s going to effectively block on the line. But Nelson and Buffalo’s staff have told me they don’t think he’d sacrifice any speed playing at 250. His catching radius is so expansive that bending and reaching for throws comes naturally to him.

 

5. Hi Chris, just a couple of quick questions…Is Chris Ellis ever being considered for a move to outside linebacker and is he healthy for this upcoming season?  And is the Samoan linebacker from the Rams being seriously considered?  Thanks for all your time and great updates..Ray

CB: I don’t see Chris Ellis as a LB option. I think they want to continue to develop him as a defensive end in their system. He is healthy. He just had a high ankle sprain at season’s end and since he wasn’t going to be healthy before the end of the season they just put him on injured reserve so they had another roster spot to use for a healthy player.

As for Tinoisamoa they are interested and had him in for a visit Thursday. The visit went well by all indications, but nothing ne


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Walker was surprised by Dockery release

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2009 – 3:50 pm

Langston Walker knows change happens in the NFL. He just didn’t see the release of Derrick Dockery coming at the start of the free agency period.

“I was pretty surprised by that, but to reiterate it is a business,” said Walker. “Football is a game. The NFL is a business. It’s just what happens.”

The shock was likely due to the fact that Dockery had a long term contract, but it was difficult to justify Dockery’s performance with the size of his contract and a difficult decision was made.

Of course filling that left guard spot is an open ended situation though Kirk Chambers and Demetrius Bell will be given an opportunity to fill it.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Bills used a 2nd or 3rd round pick on an interior offensive lineman to shore that position up even further. Having Terrell Owens and Lee Evans outside won’t mean a whole lot if Trent Edwards doesn’t have time to throw.


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Fan Friday 4-3

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2009 – 3:24 pm

Another Fan Friday as we inch closer to the NFL Draft. Got some interesting questions this week. Keep them coming at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Chris
In college Brad Butler played right tackle. Do you think the Bills would think about switching Brad Butler and Langston Walker. Brad is quicker and Langston would be a monster inside?

Thanks
John

CB: I don’t see this change happening. Walker is best on the edge in my opinion and I felt had a very good season in 2008. Moving to left tackle for the opener in place of the ‘not ready’ Jason Peters, then back to right tackle was yeoman’s work.

Butler I believe is the type of player you want inside. A guy that likes to mix it up and get nasty. I don’t know that Brad is necessarily quicker than Walker. Just because Walker is 366 pounds, don’t assume the man can’t move. His feet are well above average for a man his size.

 
2. What’s happening with Chris Ellis? He was our 3rd rounder last year after all, his injury has set him back no doubt, but we haven’t heard any word on him lately? Is he healing well? Will he be the force we want him to be, allowing us to maybe go after one of the other needs that early at 11, like OL or TE where a lot of people are looking at players to fill gaps. Is Chris doing well enough for us to put DE at a second pick this year? If he’s not, than I sure hope we go DE -1st, and find some prospects to mold like we seem to do so well for our other positional needs.
-Jonathan Wyman
Virginia

CB: I think the team still has a lot of faith in what Chris Ellis can do for the defense. He is healthy and he’s here participating in the offseason conditioning program. I believe he needs to get stronger physically to hold up better against the run. It could get him more snaps this year.

The bottom line however, is the jury is still out on him so adding more pass rush talent is necessary and early. They need a pass rusher that was dominant at the college level. Someone that can make an impact as a rookie. You only get those kinds of players at 11. Aaron Maybin, Everette Brown and Brian Cushing (a LB) are the three I would target.

If it’s Cushing in round one I probably wouldn’t address DE until round three knowing the team needs offensive line or tight end help. Cushing can help on the pass rush.

The unconfirmed reports about Cushing testing positive for steroids would end my preference for him as a player if they proved to be true.

 
3. Chris,
 
       Wondering if Derrick Brooks is a possiblilty to help us with the Cover-2 Tampa defense ?
 
    Todd Logan

CB: I think the Bills will see how they fare in the draft at the LB position before they entertain the possibility of adding a player like Brooks.

 
4. Any word on Schobel’s foot injury?  Will he be able to be the force he once was and help the pass rush?  He is the rock of that line.
 
Curt

CB: Schobel is recovering nicely. Surgery as we reported back in early February will not be necessary. Whether he can be the force he once was as a pass rusher is a question only Schobel can answer through his play. He can say he feels fine and that he’s back to normal, but his play will be the only ammunition he has and he knows that.

 
5. Chris,
   
            What are your thoughts and opinions on Larry English, and him fitting in as a Buffalo Bill?  Also do you think we could draft him in the 2nd round, or will he probably be scooped up by then?  With his size and athleticism I believe he is a Terrell Suggs type player where he could play LB or DE…….What do you think he will be more of? 
 
Thanks – Showtime.

CB: If the right team likes English he could be off the board at the bottom of round one. After running a 4.74 and 4.79 40-times at his pro day I think that’s a possibility. There are some teams that are concerned that he might not be strong enough to hold up as an every down DE in a 4-3 system. I believe he can.

For a DE it’s more about explosiveness and with a 36-inch vertical and a 1.59 10-yard dash I believe he has the burst to be productive off the edge. He’s a little short at 6’2”, which is why some teams consider him a 3-4 OLB.

He has a similar issue to that of Everette Brown. Brown gets more of the benefit of the doubt having played in the ACC. Playing in the MAC knocks English down a peg by some talent evaluators, right or wrong.

I think if the Bills don’t get a DE in round one, English is definitely an option in round two, provided he’s still on the board.


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Walker talked to fellow tackle Peters

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2009 – 4:12 pm

Bills OT Langston Walker, on hand for the start of Buffalo’s offseason conditioning program was asked about his fellow book end tackle Jason Peters, who is still trying to negotiate an extension on his contract with the club. Peters, who is very hard for even his teammates to get a hold of was in touch with Walker recently.

“I talked to him probably about a month ago, just back and forth,” said Walker. “It’s offseason, we’re not talking about football. I can’t wait for him to get here. He’s a great player.”

 

Peters was not on hand for the first day of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program.


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Fan Friday 2-27

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 7:35 pm

With free agency in full swing it’s time to fire up another Fan Friday. You can send your questions to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Here we go.

1. Hey Chris,
I was just wondering, how are the contract talks going with Peters? Although it took him a couple of games to get into game shape, he is the Bills best lineman, shouldn’t they have locked him up already?
 
Thanks, Ryan

CB: As I understand the Bills told him they would address his contract after the season was over. With the salaries of Derrick Dockery and Robert Royal now off the books (minus the $5.3M acceleration on Dockery) they have more money to re-invest in Peters, which I anticipate will happen eventually.

However, I don’t see a deal being consummated quickly. This is one that will take some time I believe. But it’s a good sign and hopefully Peters is more motivated to play his best and participate in all offseason activities moving forward.

 

2. Chris- Just curious on the draft status of Pittsburgh Panther Derek Kinder number 81.  Is he draft elgible and what round would he go in?  He’s a local product out of Albion NY, he’s the guy who blocked two guys on a special teams play that sprung Derelle Revis for a touchdown.
                                                                             Thanks Travis

CB: I thought Kinder did a nice job coming back from a torn ACL, which forced him to miss his entire junior season. I think his size and speed (4.54) is good enough to get him into a training camp, but I fear he will go undrafted, unless he has a monster pro day at Pitt on March 17. I’ll keep my eye out to see how he fares.

 

3. Hey Chris,
 
Just wondering your thoughts on this. Do you think it could come to a situation on Draft day that sees the Eagles want to move up so badly that they would give away the 2 first rounders they have, to get into the Bills spot, which is ahead of their division rival in Washington?
Could the Bills get away with a great DE and a TE and spot 21 and 28?
Do you think C Mack is still available at #42?
Thanks for your time and insight.
Randy
NL, CAN

CB: I think the only way the Eagles do that is if there’s an early run on the OTs and they want one of the top four (J. Smith, Monroe, Oher, A. Smith). If not I see them sitting where they’re at and hoping one of the top 2 backs falls to them (Moreno, Wells) and then scoop up a value player at 28. That’s usually the way they operate. They covet quantity of picks and trading up to 11 would cost them.

 

4. Chris,
 
I do understand the Bills need for a top pass rusher, but watching TE Brandon Pettigrew from OSU, I don’t see how anyone could pass him up if he’s still there at # 11. He’s a beast. Not only can he catch anything thrown at him, but he’s a great blocking TE. I’m no expert but the guy looks like he can come right in and start as a rookie. And the Bills defense showed they are good enough to win. It was the offense that needed help. Have you followed Pettigrew? What do think?
 
Jerry (Bills fan in FL)

CB: With the release of Royal (not that he was a long term answer anyway), the thin free agent crop and the desperate need to add a playmaker to the offense, Pettigrew is the only option in the draft where you could start him next to Langston Walker and feel somewhat comfortable. Due to that fact I think he’s a possibility at 11.

I’d still prefer a pass rusher, believing you have to get your big people early, but Pettigrew who I saw and spoke to at the combine is very impressive. Comes across well and is athletic enough to make a difference. I just maintain that unless you know he’s going to be a Tony Gonzalez type player you don’t take a tight end that high.

 

5. Chris,
I understand that there has been a lot of talk on whether or not we should try to re-sign Greer or not. First I was wondering who you think is the better cover corner Greer or McGee? In some of the games I saw this year, although they were limited since I live in Cincinnati, Greer seemed to be the better cover corner. I know Greer is one year younger than McGee and he doesn’t get the recognition that McGee does because McGee is such a good return man. Given all that do you think it would be smarter to re-sign Greer, give Corner and McKelvin one more year to develop and then let Parrish, McKelvin and Jackson handle the return game? I think that Greer will be cheaper this year than McGee will be next. Let me know what you think.
Thanks,
Brendan

CB: Your question is a very good one. For the Bills I truly believe that it is an either-or proposition. They either still try to get Greer signed and let McGee go after next season, or let Greer go now and get McGee extended before next season is over.

I think based on how things played out leading up to free agency this week, they’ve chosen the latter. Still your point that the market will likely be higher when they get around to doing McGee is a valid one. Salaries usually go nowhere but up.

I like both of them, but I think McGee is a bit better than Greer. I think he’s a stronger tackler, has comparable footwork and plays hurt. It’s my belief that the team values McGee a bit more, and not because of the return ability, but his ability as a corner, which has gone overlooked for a while in this league.

Greer is looking for between $7-9M. It’s likely that McGee will be looking for the same in less than a year. We’ll have to just see where the market goes to see if one was the better play financially than the other.


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OT Walker okay, Trent, Schobel day-to-day

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2008 – 7:57 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron didn’t provide details as to how some of his injured players are faring early this week or if they have a chance to return to the lineup Sunday. But he did say that Langston Walker came out of the game okay after suffering a lower leg injury.

Walker limped off under his own power Sunday and has been dealing with a lingering ankle injury the past few weeks. No word on if it’s an ankle problem this time.

“Langston is okay,” said Jauron. “We’ll have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday.”

That comment indicates that Walker may not be practicing by Wednesday. As for Trent Edwards and Aaron Schobel, both are described as day-to-day.

Dustin Fox is likely to be on the shelf this week after suffering a groin injury, which means they may have to make a roster move to add a healthy fourth cornerback if Greer is not ready to return to action. Buffalo has just McGee, McKelvin and Corner fully healthy right now.


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Running right productive

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2008 – 2:20 pm

As a follow up to our video report on the Bills resurgent run game I thought I would also add the stats of running left, middle, right thus far this season.

Running to the left (behind Dockery and Peters) is what Buffalo has done the most with 108 total carries. They’ve averaged 4.1 yards per carry with 2 touchdowns.

Running to the right (behind Butler and Walker) hasn’t been done as often with just 61 carries, but the production has been good as they’ve averaged 4.6 per carry with a touchdown to their credit.

The most touchdowns have come from rushing up the middle this season (5). Naturally running up the middle involves a lot of short yardage plays, which is why the average is just 2.7.

So one might think it’s wise to run to the right a bit more often in light of the half yard improvement in yards per carry average to that of the left.

But 15 percent of the time, Buffalo has been stuffed when running to the right (meaning no positive yardage). Running to the left they’ve only been stuffed 11 percent of the time.

A marginal difference on the surface, but when you consider they’ve run to the left 47 more times this season and that percentage is still lower, odds are running to the left will yield more.

Personally I think Jason Peters is playing some of his best football. His last three games have been outstanding, so I’m all for continuing to run to the left and wouldn’t be surprised by season’s end if the yards per carry average to the left catches up with the average running right.


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