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Bills unlikely to have Dareus or Woods

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2016 – 2:57 pm

While the chances of Marcell Dareus and Robert Woods are at about 25 percent to play Sunday and LeSean McCoy is a true question mark for the game, there are a couple of questionable players expected to take the field at Miami.

DT Kyle Williams, OT Cordy Glenn and TE Charles Clay are probably the most likely questionable players who will suit up Sunday.

Rex Ryan said he wasn’t ready to completely rule out Dareus or Woods, but they’re seen as long shots at best. Here is Buffalo’s full injury report.

OT Seantrel Henderson – back

DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
WR Robert Woods – foot

TE Charles Clay – ankle
FB Jerome Felton – back
CB Kevon Seymour – shoulder
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
DT Kyle Williams – neck
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring

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Fan Friday 10-21

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2016 – 11:28 am

Big division game this week. Good to see McCoy practicing here on Friday. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is the plan for Zach Brown after the season? He’s played at such a high level, any plans to re-sign him?


CB: At the rate he is performing I would be stunned if the club didn’t make efforts to re-sign Zach Brown. He’s currently on a one-year contract. Brown has proven himself as a valuable every down player. Even though Reggie Ragland will be back in the fold next season, Brown is simply too versatile and plays well off of Preston Brown inside.

Even if the team was to start Ragland next year, I would expect Brown to play a role in the subpackages knowing how strong he is as a coverage player. So I’d look for the Bills to make every effort to keep him in the fold.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any plans to get Justin Hunter more involved in the offense?

Natalie Roberts

CB: I would say that’s a given more out of necessity than anything else. Hunter is a big target who can run. As the offensive coaches have said they’re working on Hunter’s sense of urgency, more so in practice, to do everything the same way that he does in a game so he’s as prepared as possible. As he gets more and more familiar with the offensive scheme I would expect his role to increase provided he continues to perform.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

With Sammy out and Woods being banged up, any chance Bills make a deal for a WR before trade deadline? Alshon Jeffery?


CB: While I would never rule out a trade knowing Doug Whaley’s willingness to listen to just about any offer, I don’t see Jeffery as a viable option. First, he’s way too expensive. He’s playing on the franchise tag this year at $14.55M. So he’s going to be expecting giant money after this year.

I would also expect the Bears to ask for a king’s ransom knowing they need to rebuild that roster with talent. Chicago has one of the weakest rosters in terms of talent in the NFL (San Fran and Cleveland are the others). And to trade away assets for a guy you may only have for 10 games is not a wise move.

Buffalo is winning right now with the pieces they have. If that changes pursuing a trade might become a more realistic option for them. They have until Nov. 1st with the trade deadline pushed back a couple of weeks from where it used to be.
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Good lord! This is week 3 for Dareus and the hammy? Is it really the hammy or is he just badly out of shape? Weird

Joe bach@jbach127

CB: I’m not going to pretend to be a doctor or an athletic trainer, but I have pulled my hamstrings multiple times in my more athletic days as a college athlete. I can tell you that hamstring pulls can sometimes take up to four or five weeks before the muscle tissue has healed to the point where they can withstand the burst in acceleration needed in athletic competition.

Here’s what you have to understand. A hamstring pull or strain will feel fine when a recovering player is jogging or slowly builds up their speed. That doesn’t happen in an NFL game, maybe ever. It is a game played in five to 10 second increments where linemen go from an idle stance to 100 miles per hour in a second.

Dareus’ entire game as a defensive lineman is based on explosion or instant acceleration.

A hamstring pull becomes vulnerable when the athlete makes a sudden burst to get to a ball or take down a ball carrier in Dareus’ case. It’s the demand put on the hamstring muscle when a burst of speed is made that it can pull again if not completely healed.

Dareus has to explode out of his stance about 50 times a game, so his hamstring muscle has to be healed number one, and then have enough strength and endurance built back into the muscle before he can go out and play 50 snaps at top speed. Otherwise it will pull again and you’re looking at another three to five weeks with him on the sideline.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills what can we expect from Shaq?

Adam Smolka

CB: I think we can expect to see Shaq Lawson play a decent amount of snaps, maybe 20-30 if I had to guess. He’s apparently been pretty impressive in practice this week. I know he had an interception on a pass to the flat in practice Wednesday. If he comes out like a house on fire, it could be more.

Knowing Lerentee McCray is coming off a knee injury I would anticipate that Lawson could get some of his snaps that he gets rotating in for Alexander and Hughes, even if McCray is dressed and able to play.


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Bills family supports Eric Wood at Flights & Bites

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 18, 2016 – 4:27 pm


Bills center Eric Wood hosted his second annual Flights and Bites event in downtown Buffalo on Monday, Oct. 17. The event, which followed the team’s big win over the San Francisco 49ers, featured many players who chose to spend their time off supporting their teammate. Coming together for a good cause, the evening consisted of both silent and live auctions to benefit the Eric Wood Foundation, which seeks to provide aid to families of sick children.

“Just a fun…Monday night, (it’s a) chance for a lot of the guys and coaches to come out and interact with a lot of the fans and raise money for sick children and their families here in Western New York,” said Wood. Especially after a win yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 16), the spirits are always high and people are in the giving spirit in times like that.”

The support from the Bills family proved truly tremendous, as over 30 Bills players and coaches attended the event. The turnout included, Bills general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, safety Aaron Williams, guard Richie Incognito, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Reggie Ragland, safety Colt Anderson, cornerback Kevon Seymour, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, kicker Dan Carpenter, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and many more.

For more information on the Eric Wood Foundation, visit here.

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Dareus update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2016 – 8:23 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said there was no timetable on when Marcell Dareus would return to the lineup. They just have to let the defensive tackle’s injured hamstring heal.

When asked about the chances for Dareus to suit up this week, Ryan was withholding judgment.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Ryan said. “That hamstring kept him out of this game. It’s crazy. We spent a third of this season already and he hadn’t been out there. It’s also a positive thing in that we have to get the big dude back. Hopefully it’s sooner than later. There’s really no timetable for him that I’ve talked with our trainers about or anything else. It just has to get better.”

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Rex less optimistic about Dareus Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2016 – 2:39 pm

He’s not ruling him out, but it’s looking more and more like Marcell Dareus will not make his season debut in Week 6 against the 49ers.

With Dareus missing a second straight day of practice with a hamstring injury, head coach Rex Ryan

“I would say probably (less optimistic) because he hasn’t practiced the last two days,” said Ryan. “We’re still not going to rule him out, but yeah I wish he could’ve practiced.”

Here’s a look at Buffalo’s injury update from Thursday.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio – ankle
DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
LB Jerry Hughes – rest day

OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
CB Corey White – shoulder
DT Corbin Bryant – ankle
P Colton Schmidt – right quad
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
LB Zach Brown – ankle
S Aaron Williams – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee

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Dareus trying to work up to running

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 5:09 pm

Marcell Dareus suffered a hamstring pull late last week in practice. Knowing it hasn’t been a week yet since sustaining the injury, it’s clear the Bills athletic trainers are taking a slow and steady approach with the defensive tackle’s recovery.

When asked if he was willing to put odds on his chances to play Sunday, Dareus chose not to.

“I don’t know. I’m working with the trainers,” he said. “We’re trying to put it together and try to work my way up to running.”

Dareus confirmed that he pulled his hamstring when he went all out to catch EJ Manuel on a scramble out of the pocket.

“I had a little pull,” he said. “It just kind of keeps you from going all the way and opening up.”

And that’s what makes hamstring injuries troublesome. You feel fine walking, jogging and you can even steadily build up to running. It’s when you try to make that sudden burst to accelerate that you pull it again.

“They’re a little tricky,” said Dareus. “If you get out there a little too soon it can re-occur. So you want to make sure it’s treated properly and that it’s ready to go before they let you go.”

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Dareus update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2016 – 10:02 pm

As everyone knows Marcell Dareus was inactive due to a pulled hamstring suffered in practice Friday. Head coach Rex Ryan explained how it happened and his outlook moving forward after the Bills win over L.A.  

“He was ready to go until we had our Friday practice,” said Ryan. “He was looking fantastic guys, I mean absolutely fantastic and then he’s chasing the quarterback–E.J was breaking the pocket– and he’s chasing the quarterback full speed and he pulled his hamstring and it’s like, ‘You have got to be kidding me.’ We already missed him for four games and now we’re going to miss him against Todd Gurley and company. But, you know what, we did the right thing. We were never putting him out there, we need him healthy and we will see how it goes. 

“Hopefully he will get back on the field soon. You talk about some great tackles, you have this (Aaron) Donald kid who’ve I’ve said since day one is one of the best tackles in football (sarcasm), but you have our tackle who is pretty darn good too and he’s right there with him. I think he wanted to show everybody how good this guy is in Kyle Williams. It’s unfortunate he never got the opportunity today, but hopefully he’ll be out here this upcoming week.”

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Dareus inactive for Rams game

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2016 – 2:55 pm

He was listed as questionable on Friday after sustaining a hamstring injury in practice, but there was still hope that Marcell Dareus would make his return today against the Rams after serving his four-game suspension. But Dareus is one of Buffalo’s seven inactive players and won’t play here in L.A.

Here are the rest of Buffalo’s inactives for today’s game against the Rams.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio
OL Patrick Lewis
RB Jonathan Williams
DL Marcell Dareus
CB Corey White
OL Gabe Ikard
QB Cardale Jones

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Fan Friday 9-2

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2016 – 1:08 pm

The 53-man roster is set, for now. More on that here. Here is the latest edition of your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills do you think spikes will start in the middle with brown or do you think it will be Zach brown?

Jared Bailey@JaredBailey23
CB: I believe the starting inside linebacker tandem will be Preston Brown and Zach Brown. It’s been that way since Reggie Ragland went down and I don’t see it changing. I anticipate that Spikes will have a specialized role as a run down linebacker. A guy that you’ll likely see in goal line situations or short yardage.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills How good do you think the defense will be without Dareus?


CB: I will say I was encouraged by the way the Bills run defense performed against the Giants after Dareus entered rehab. It was really the last time we saw the starting defense on the field for any significant period of time and they performed well when it came to constricting the rush lanes.

Would they be better with Dareus? Unquestionably. How good without him? I think they can handle the run. It’s pushing the pocket against the pass that I wonder about.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills With no kickoff specialist this year, will Bills try more short kicks to pin opponents inside the 25?


CB: I think the approach will vary from week to week. I think hanging kicks high with hang time around the goal line will be an approach that’s used. Let your coverage run under it and pin them that way. On game days when it’s not windy they may try to kick outside the numbers inside the five. If it’s windy though there’s a risk of the ball going out of bounds over the sideline and then the opponent has it at the 40.

The caliber of the return man is also a factor. So there are many variables that will undoubtedly alter Danny Crossman’s approach, but I think hanging the kickoff high with hang time might be one of the more popular approaches this season.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills who do you think will slot in for the bills at wr #3? Since the first two spots are locked up with sammy and robert

daniel bruce@danielbruce11

CB: I don’t know that there’s a straight answer for this. The reason why is although Salas is the primary slot receiver, I could see Goodwin getting significant time outside some weeks based on the opponent with Woods moving into the slot in those situations. So I envision Goodwin and Salas sharing that role.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills do you feel we are Super bowl caliber type talent on buffalo bills roster?

J DUB@jdubsbills

CB: I think there is certainly elite talent on Buffalo’s roster. McCoy, Dareus, Watkins, Gilmore, Darby are some examples. Taylor could develop into a premier talent as could some others on the roster. Is it enough to reach the Super Bowl? Let’s get to the postseason first.


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Whaley weighs in on Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2016 – 8:56 am

In the wake of the strongly worded team statement from the Bills organization regarding the league-imposed four-game suspension of Marcell Dareus Tuesday, Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, weighed in on where he and the club stands with Dareus moving forward.

“One of the things I’ve enjoyed in my time in Buffalo is the sense of family. Our organization from the Pegulas down preaches a strong sense of family,” Whaley said. “This is a family member who obviously made some bad decisions. He’s got to make better choices in his life. The easy thing is to discard him. So we’re going to stand by him, but again I have to stress, he’s got to start holding up his end of the bargain. We’re going to stand by this guy and support him and hopefully steer him in the right direction.”

When asked how they can convince Dareus to change and stay on the straight and narrow, Whaley said you have to put the ball in his court. 

“It’s simple. This is your livelihood and you have to play by the books,” said Whaley in how he’d try to convince Dareus to change. “Do I agree with a 65 mile per hour speed limit? In Pennsylvania it’s 70, but it’s 65 in New York. You have to abide by the rules if you want to make this your livelihood so you obviously throw it in his lap. What is your end game? Do you want to be a guy that violates the rules and is out of the league in a couple of years? Or do you want to be a guy who ends up having his jersey retired like Bruce Smith?

“Until they change the rules we have to abide by them. Our players have to know that no matter what they feel on this issue, the rules are the rules. It’s a privilege, not a right to play in the NFL. If you want to play in the NFL you have to play by their rules.”

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Dareus “hates” that Brady unlikely to play Wk 4

Posted by Chris Brown on July 14, 2016 – 9:14 am

With the 2nd Circuit of the US Court of Appeals rejecting Tom Brady’s request for an en banc rehearing of his Deflategate case with the NFL, it makes it highly unlikely that the Patriots quarterback will play in the first month of the season. His four game suspension is likely to be served at the start of the 2016 season. That means he’ll miss the Patriots first game against the Bills in Week 4. One guy who is not happy about that is Bills DT Marcell Dareus.

“I hate that Brady’s not going to be there,” said Dareus in an appearance on NFL Total Access. “But when he comes back… it’s on.”

Buffalo’s second matchup with New England will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week 8. If the Bills win the first meeting sans Brady, Dareus said he’ll take the victory, but it won’t feel the same.

“If we win, all right, we win. But I don’t feel like I really won until I beat the guy,” he said. “I love playing against Brady. I get up for him. I play against him every year, and he knows I’m coming. So for him not to be up there tears me up a little bit. But the second time I see him, I’m going to be excited to play against him. That’s the win we want.”

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Dareus just happy to be in same defense

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2016 – 2:19 pm

He’s been with the Bills since the team made him their third overall draft choice in 2011. Every year he’s been in a Bills uniform however, he’s been forced to learn a new defensive scheme. The 2016 season will mark the first time in his six-year career that he will be operating in the same defensive system.

Dareus, in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, talked about having a new defensive coordinator with a new defensive scheme each of his first five years with Buffalo. It made life difficult and kept Dareus from playing fast. Now entering year two in Rex Ryan’s scheme, Dareus feels comfortable and believes that’s also the case for his fellow defensive teammates.

“It feels good as a defensive lineman to be looking back at your defensive backs and they’re talking,” Dareus said. “They’re coming down and talking to us and having that camaraderie where we have that relationship now. It’s the second year we’re playing in the same defense, that’s the first time in my NFL career that’s happening. I don’t have to think as much. I don’t have to spend as much time trying to help this guy or them help me. We can just flow with each other. It gives you that comfort that you want.”

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Dareus keeping rookies focused on ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2016 – 4:38 pm

Marcell Dareus has never been one to shy away from speaking up. Though he more often chooses to lead by example, he knows that with a pair of rookies likely to start on his side of the ball in Adolphus Washington and Reggie Ragland that they’ve got to be reminded that they shouldn’t assume they’ll end up with those roles come September.

“We talk to the guys all the time about extra film, knowing what you need to do,” Dareus said. “If you don’t know what you need to do you won’t be on the side of me. I don’t want to hurt myself and I want to do the best I can for the team. I want to be around. If you’re making mistakes you may hurt me on one of yours. So I talked to the guys about how important it is to stay in the playbook. Know what you need to do. Know your technique and be the best you can be. Be a pro.”

When Shaq Lawson returns from shoulder surgery he too is expected to enter the starting lineup on defense. Sixth-round pick Kevon Seymour could also see some time on defense as a rookie based on his encouraging play this spring.

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Fan Friday 4-15

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2016 – 1:43 pm

The NFL draft is closing in and the big trade for the top pick has already been made. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 –  @ChrisBrownBills do you see Tyrod Taylor being our starting quarterback for the next 5 years? If not, how will they go about getting one?

Avery Baum 

CB: I believe that Tyrod Taylor is Buffalo’s starting quarterback for 2016. Anything after that will be based on how Taylor performs. And though there are media reports touting animosity between the Bills and Taylor’s camp I’m not getting that sense at all. Taylor has a starting job here in Buffalo and if he continues to progress in 2016 he’ll be the starter here for a long time.

The bottom line is GM Doug Whaley has said from the start of the offseason that Taylor earned the right to start this year and if he continues to play well he’ll continue to be the starter and will be rewarded accordingly with a new contract as well. Buffalo has the cap space next year to accommodate an extension. Their cap situation now does not.

At the same time the Bills have to fortify the most important position on the roster with more talent. Whaley said they will add a quarterback knowing that not only Taylor, but EJ Manuel are each in the last year of their current contracts.

Whaley has said he thinks there are a good number of developmental type quarterback prospects in the draft and that with a year or two of grooming there are some that could develop into starting caliber QBs at the NFL level.

So knowing you have a starter now in Tyrod Taylor, why not draft a quarterback that you have time to groom with coaches like Greg Roman and David Lee and see how quickly he can come along.

I think everyone needs to understand that the Bills won’t be drafting a quarterback to compete with Tyrod Taylor this season. They’re drafting a quarterback because they need to add one to their roster that they feel has the potential to grow and learn and eventually compete for a starting role in 2-3 years time.

That’s not only their plan, but aside from Carson Wentz and Jared Goff that’s what this year’s class of quarterbacks has to offer.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills Is the need on DL really at NT, since Dareus would be more effective as a 5-tech DE? #Bills

Dean Kindig 

CB: I think the versatility of Marcell Dareus’ game (capable of playing anywhere on the DL) gives Buffalo’s scouting department the flexibility of taking either the best defensive tackle or best defensive end on the board if and when they choose to address their defensive line. I think a true pass rusher probably outweighs the need for an interior defensive lineman, but not much.

Looking at this year’s draft class there are defensive tackles who can provide a pass rush from the interior. Knowing that, I truly think how the Bills address their defensive line will come down to who is still on the board when they pick and if the value matches where they’re picking.

3 –
Dear Chris:
Thank you for all the work you put in over the combine and what you do year round is wonderful. My question is with Mario now gone who do you think the bills will draft as his replacement? Also with Kyle Williams on the wrong side of thirty I’m afraid the bills will cut him like they did Fred last year, I really hope we don’t I would hate to see another long tenured veteran leave without seeing a playoff game.

Sincerely: John from Pennsylvania.

CB: First, I’ll say that I absolutely see Kyle Williams on this roster. His play and his leadership were sorely missed last season when he missed the last 10 games of the year. He also restructured his contract this offseason, which I believe only further solidifies his spot on this roster.

As for replacing Mario, I think that player is hopefully acquired in the draft. You typically have to get those players early, but I don’t know if the right value is going to be there at 19 in round one knowing there aren’t a whole lot of elite pass rushers and they go fast.

That’s why, as I mentioned in the prior response, the versatility of Dareus, Kyle and Corbin Bryant gives Buffalo the option of taking the best value at 19 on the defensive line if that’s the part of their defense they want to address. There could be a highly rated linebacker there as well that merits consideration.

All in all I think the front seven will be a major focus early in this draft and their first pick at 19 stands a very good chance of addressing that focus.


4 –  @ChrisBrownBills Fan Friday question… Have we looked into QB Brandon Doughty? His #’s are amazing & he’s 6’3. Ideal to grab in 4th!

Sean Joyce

CB: There’s no debate that the Bills have done their homework on Doughty as they do every prospect. My take is while he was tremendously productive (111 career TD passes) there are a lot of drawbacks with the Western Kentucky product. He’s had multiple knee injuries, has average arm strength and is not especially mobile. When he faced better competition he struggled to raise his game accordingly.

I think he projects to the NFL as a backup and a backup only. For me I don’t draft a quarterback unless I think there’s at least some potential to be an NFL starter at some point. Obviously NFL clubs might feel differently, but I think he only fits a west coast system in viewing his arm strength in games.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills would he fit Rex’s scheme?

ProFootballTalk The Patriots didn’t want DL Dominique Easley. Neither did anyone else.

Robin Vs Fred 

CB: First, there’s a reason no one picked Dominique Easley up on waivers. There’s a long injury history there, which is of some concern. Second, he’s a three technique penetrator type and if his explosion is compromised by his injury history he might not be an NFL caliber player anymore.

He doesn’t have the physical stature to change his game and be a defensive tackle who stands in there and grinds. Most NFL scouts did not believe he was capable of being a two gap DT due to his short arms and limited strength. I’m no scout, but I don’t get the sense that he would be a fit in Buffalo’s defensive scheme.

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Fan Friday 2-19

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2016 – 11:37 am

Our NFL Combine coverage presented by NAPA begins on Tuesday and will continue through the week from Indianapolis both on and on the John Murphy Show. For now here are your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

Thank you for all of your fantastic insight throughout the season.  I have a question about the Bills defensive line moving into next season.  When we line up in a 3-4, where do you suspect Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams will be located?  Also, connected to that, it seems like a lot of websites suspect we will require another 3-4 defensive end in the draft but I was wondering if you thought players such as Wynn, Carrington (if re-signed), Corbin Bryant, Worthy or Edwards could fit that bill so we could focus our draft on other needs.

CB: I think the good thing about Dareus or Kyle is their versatility and athleticism allow you to play them as a five technique end or at nose tackle. The main reason many draftniks predict the Bills will need another defensive end is they also suspect push coming to shove with Mario Williams cost prohibitive contract.

But you do make a good point. Jarius Wynn is coming back from ACL surgery that cost him the 2015 season. I expect Corbin Bryant to be extended a qualifying offer by the Bills as a restricted free agent. Signing a difference maker at defensive end is unrealistic based on the team’s cap situation, so the draft is the most likely path for the Bills to acquire one.


2 – Hey Chris,

First off I thank you for answering our questions and keeping hope alive to those of us who reacted harshly after playoff elimination. (Ugh.. 16 years…)

My question is about where Buckner and Bosa likely stand on the draft board? Are there any other sizable DEs that are valued as a round one selection? In your opinion where should the Bills focus with their number one? Is there a drop off in depth enough that it becomes likely to pursue a LB instead of the D-Line? (Is that already likely given uncertainty with Bradham?) Finally do you foresee finding our true #2 WR in this draft class?

-Already hoping in OR

CB: I don’t expect Buckner or Bosa to still be on the board when the Bills pick 19th. With respect to their top pick in round one, I think the safe assumption is they address the defensive side of the ball. I think picking a position however, is unrealistic.

I think we can all agree that the deepest defensive position in the draft is probably defensive line, so that’s a good thing for the Bills, who will likely need to add there with Mario Williams uncertain future and Kyle Williams now on the back end of his career. But to say they’ll pick a defensive lineman isn’t something anyone can accurately predict now or even in mid-April.

We have to see what decisions are made with players on the roster now, who is added and where in free agency in March and what Bills free agents are re-signed. All those variables can change the draft picture considerably before we get to late April.

As for finding a true No. 2 WR in this class, I think it’s possible, but not likely based on some of the other positional needs particularly on defense that appear to be more pressing at this point. May have to stop gap that role in 2016 and address it more effectively in 2017. Can’t do everything in one offseason.


3 –@ChrisBrownBills

If we cut Mario, sign Glenn/Richie…what’s realistic for rest of FA? Eric Weddle or Damon Harrison possible?


CB: If those things happen the Bills are going to have to be bargain shoppers even if they make a few other cuts to the roster to save money against the cap. That means Weddle is not expected to be an option. Damon Harrison is possible provided there isn’t a heavy market interest in him.

That’s why GM Doug Whaley said they’re looking for ‘dust settle’ guys. Guys who they can sign without getting into a bidding war. For reference I would look at the kind of players they signed in the 2014 offseason. Players like Corey Graham, Brandon Spikes, Boobie Dixon. Affordable, budget-conscious free agents that can come in and fill a role and improve the depth of the club without messing up the team’s cap situation in the current season and the season or two that follows.


4 – Chris,

Do you think Nick O’Leary will get more looks at Tight End in the upcoming season? Also it seemed that Seantrel Henderson was getting praised for his play his rookie year, but was much maligned this past season. Has he regressed that much or is it the system change that troubled him?

Chris G. from Nashville
CB: I think seeing Nick O’Leary called up to the active roster late in the season was an encouraging sign for the kind of look he’ll get this offseason and in training camp. I don’t think it’s any secret that no one really seized the No. 2 TE role behind Charles Clay last season. O’Leary was stuck on the practice squad, MarQueis Gray suffered a forearm injury that required surgery and wound up on injured reserve and Chris Gragg only flashed at times with limited opportunities to make a true impact.

Seantrel Henderson regressed because he was dealing with an undisclosed medical condition that kept him out of the last five games of the season. Whether he’ll be able to get his condition under control so he can effectively continue his career is something we’ll all be waiting to see this spring.

5 –

I keep hearing about Incognito and Glenn, but is Bradham a priority for the Bills? #Bills #FanFriday


CB: The Bills have said it’s their preference to get Nigel Bradham back in the fold for the foreseeable future. At the same time they know that with a tight cap situation and depending on the size of the contracts for Glenn and Incognito, being able to offer Bradham a contract commensurate with fair market value might be easier said than done.

If Bradham reaches the market because the Bills can’t offer quite the money he might be looking for due to their cap situation then it might prove difficult to get him re-signed.

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Dareus broke foot Sunday, but kept playing

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2016 – 2:16 pm

Bills DT Marcell Dareus revealed that he broke his foot in Sunday’s game against the Jets, but didn’t come out of the game in the 22-17 win.

Dareus, who had a key quarterback pressure Sunday that forced Ryan Fitzpatrick’s second interception in the fourth quarter, posted a picture of himself with his left foot in an immobilizer boot Monday on his Instagram account.

Broke my foot in the 4 qtr, but I had to finish the game for my team. I love Buffalo #Family #BillsMafia

A photo posted by Marcell Dareus (@cell57to99) on

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Dareus had pinched nerve

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2015 – 2:33 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan shed some light on the injury that forced DT Marcell Dareus from Sunday’s game.

It was initially called a shoulder injury, then changed to a neck. On Monday Ryan explained that Dareus had sustained a pinched nerve.

“Marcell had a pinched nerve, or stinger or whatever, but it was longer than that,” said Ryan. “We’re hoping to get him back. We hope to get him back.”

Normally with stingers there is only temporary numbness and not more than a minute or two later feeling comes back. That numbness apparently lasted longer than normal for Dareus, which is why the team did not return him to Sunday’s game against Dallas.

“Without question it’s scary, but it is a pinched nerve, so the feeling has come back,” said Ryan. “Usually we call them stingers or burners or whatever. We’ve probably all had them. Your arm goes numb for a little bit and then the feeling comes back, but that wasn’t the case. I think it was a concern, but after the game he was like, ‘Oh I’m playing (next Sunday).’ But we’ll see.”

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Dareus update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2015 – 6:01 pm

Bills DT Marcell Dareus left Sunday’s game with a shoulder/neck injury and did not return. He was seen walking to the locker room under his own power, but never returned to the game after leaving in the first half. Head coach Rex Ryan provided an update in his postgame press conference.

“He doesn’t have a lot of feeling in his hand,” said Ryan. “He’s down with a neck and we’ll see the extent of that as we go.”

Ryan said it’s too early to tell whether or not Dareus would be available for the team’s season finale against the Jets.

Buffalo’s head coach also confirmed John Miller’s ankle injury and Marcus Easley’s knee injury.

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Taylor, 2 Bills OL head Pro Bowl alternates

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2015 – 12:42 pm

LeSean McCoy was aptly named to the Pro Bowl by his NFL peers as announced on NFL Network last night. He was the only starter named to the league’s all-star game from the Bills. Four other Bills however, were named as Pro Bowl alternates in the event that some starters are unavailable for the game. Two of the four were also largely responsible along with McCoy in giving Buffalo the number one rushing offense in the league.

Head coach Rex Ryan announced the team’s four Pro Bowl alternates Wednesday.

“We had four alternates to the Pro Bowl,” said Ryan. “It was Richie Incognito. Obviously I expected Richie to be playing in the game, but he was named an alternate as was Eric Wood and Marcell Dareus and then Tyrod Taylor also. So those are our alternates to the Pro Bowl.”

Woods and Incognito anchored Buffalo’s offensive line this season, and helped vault the offense to the top of the league in rushing. Taylor also had a hand in that statistic as the team’s second-leading rusher behind McCoy with 450 yards on the ground this season. In fact Taylor is 27 yards from breaking the team’s single-season rushing record by a quarterback, set by Doug Flutie.

Taylor was also one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the league all season. He currently stands fifth in the league in quarterback rating with a mark of 101.8 and has a 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio this season.

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‘D’ unhappy things didn’t jell quicker

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2015 – 1:15 pm

Buffalo’s defensive players know their performance hasn’t lived up to expectations this season on their side of the ball. Some readily admitted they may have bought into the hype and assumed it would all come together much like each of the last few defensive systems.

“It was a lot of hype,” said Marcell Dareus of the preseason expectations. “We had a lot of pieces we put together so we can make this run. Of course, the hype was there-we all saw it and we all felt it as well. We had a good team on paper. But I feel like we’re getting a new head coach, his system has to get in place and it doesn’t happen in a year. I think we all missed that.

“We looked at the pieces that we put in place and forgot the big picture of letting it all set, let it set, seal, and don’t touch it for a little bit. Let the cement harden.  Let us know that we’re on concrete. The playbook is in. The players have to jell together, the coaches have to jell together. His system is in – I thought we jumped the gun on certain things. But we’re still playing together and we’re still going to move closer to what we’re looking for.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said he never ever entered the season assuming it would all naturally fit right away.

“Nope. Honestly never did,” Ryan said. “Did I expect our numbers to be much better than they were last year? I absolutely did. I really did. I know we have the talent and this has been a good defense the last two years. It was a really good defense. We haven’t measured up statistically. It hasn’t been from lack of effort. We just haven’t had the results that we expected. So I think that’s a given. As I say that falls directly on me so I get that. No question needs to be pointed anywhere else. It needs to be pointed at me.

“I’m a big guy. I have broad shoulders. I can take it. Literally I can count on my first finger that I’ve been considered the weakness of a team the way I coach defense, but clearly we haven’t been up to what we anticipated. Any of us. I think that’s fan base, myself, players, and I get that. Now that’s my responsibility. The season is not over. I expect to play better, but that’s just the way it is.”

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