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Stroud contemplating comeback

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2012 – 2:48 pm

Former Bills DL Marcus Stroud is considering a comeback after sitting out the 2011 season.

That according to FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez.

Alex Marvez @alexmarvez DT Marcus Stroud says he is considering return 2 NFL this season. Says he feels better after sitting out 2011 following #Patriots release

Stroud had shoulder surgery last offseason and it never recovered in time to play last season. He was released by New England prior to the 2011 regular season.


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Troup thanks Stroud

Posted by Chris Brown on February 16, 2011 – 12:48 pm

Bills DT Torell Troup often credited Kyle Williams in helping him with playing the nose tackle position in Buffalo’s 3-4, but there was another veteran player that passed on valuable knowledge about how to play in the NFL last year.

In speaking with Troup through the course of the season he credited Stroud with teaching him how to pick up tells from opposing offensive linemen on film as well as quarterbacks and running backs, which he felt helped him play faster.

“I was pretty good with the film, but you can always learn something if you’re in that room with the vets,” Troup told me. “Those guys pick up formations so fast, faster than I do. So it’s always good to listen from guys like Kyle (Williams) and (Marcus) Stroud.”

That’s why Troup was quick to pass along his thanks to Stroud publicly on his twitter account Wednesday following the veteran defensive end’s release.

TorellTroup Marcus stroud is a great guy, a great teammate, and a great teacher of this game. He help me make strides during my first season……

Torell Troup I dont think i would have made it through this season without his guidance on and off the field. I thank him for all his help.


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Stroud bids farewell

Posted by Chris Brown on February 16, 2011 – 12:37 pm

Former Bills DE Marcus Stroud bid Buffalo fans farewell shortly after his release from the club on Wednesday.

Here was his twitter post after being informed of his release.

marcusstroud99 Thanks for my time in Buffalo. I enjoyed it and I wish all of my boys the best. Go Bills.

Stroud was always a classy player and genuinely appreciated the second chance he got in Buffalo after he fell out of favor with the Jacksonville coaching staff. You could tell he never forgot the faith the Bills put in him to acquire him via trade.


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Bills release Stroud

Posted by Chris Brown on February 16, 2011 – 11:51 am

The Bills parted ways with veteran DT Marcus Stroud today (Wed.). More details to follow on the home page of Buffalobills.com.


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Eager to show improvement

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2010 – 8:34 am

The Bills are anxious to show their division rivals they’re much improved from the first time they faced their AFC East opponents in the first quarter of the season.

Marcus Stroud was up early Sunday to express those sentiments via his twitter account.

MStroud99 Time to squish the fish. High expectations for a good game today. Go Bills!


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Pins for Hope this Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2010 – 9:20 am

Marcus Stroud’s 2nd annual Pins for Hope charity bowling tournament is this Friday (Nov. 12th) at Thruway Lanes at 1550 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga from 7:30 – 11:30 pm presented by Isaac Heating and Cooling.

Join Marcus and several of his teammates as proceeds go to the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting children who face significant physical, mental and financial challenges in a single parent home.

Their goal is to help enhance and enrich the lives of disadvantaged children by establishing various academic and athletic programs otherwise unavailable to them.

For more information about the Pins for HOPE Bowling Fundraiser or the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation, please visit Marcus’ charitable website or email pinsforhope@gmail.com.


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Stroud: We want a win

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2010 – 9:32 am

Bills DE Marcus Stroud admits the past couple of weeks have been tough on everybody, but it hasn’t dissuaded he and his teammates for trying to rally for that first win again this Sunday.

“It’s been a rough couple of weeks, but hopefully we’ll put that all behind us and we’re going to step forward and try to win this game this week,” said Stroud.

Stroud maintains that spirits in Buffalo’s locker room are not down for one simple reason.

“Because we want to get a win,” he said. “We want to win bad around here. The people deserve it. We deserve it as a team. We’ve been putting in work and we just want to go out and see the fruits of our labor.

When asked if he can see a win coming, Stroud answered in the affirmative.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “You never know what can happen. If we win one game, hopefully we can pull off a nice little run, but we’ve got to start with one.”

Buffalo hosts the Bears on Sunday in Toronto at the Rogers Centre at 1 pm.


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A few Bills hobbled

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2010 – 3:21 pm

The Bills have a few players nicked up from Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

“Jairus Byrd, Marcus Stroud will be a little slow to get back this week,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “And then Kyle (Williams) will still be hobbled a little bit, but I’ve got a good feeling that everybody will be able to get back to the field by at least Thursday.”

Williams, who was a game time decision Sunday, got through the whole game, thanks in part to pain killers. He said he’s played feeling worse than he did Sunday with his ankle injury. So in all likelihood he’ll take an extra day of rest Wednesday and resume practicing Thursday, though Williams said he wasn’t sure of the plan at this point.


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Stroud’s Pins for Hope

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2010 – 11:06 am

Bills DE Marcus Stroud is holding his 2nd annual Pins for Hope charity bowling tournament on Fri. Nov. 12th at Thruway Lanes at 1550 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga from 7:30 – 11:30 pm presented by Isaac Heating and Cooling.

Join Marcus and several of his teammates as proceeds go to the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting children who face significant physical, mental and financial challenges in a single parent home. 

Their goal is to help enhance and enrich the lives of disadvantaged children by establishing various academic and athletic programs otherwise unavailable to them.

Also the event is running a two for one special for all those that sign up to participate.

From now until Oct. 31st, if you purchase a spectator ticket of $50, it will admit two for the price of one, and if you purchase a $100 ticket for an individual bowler, the individual bowler will receive a Pins for Hope II T-shirt along with unlimited bowling and shoe rental.

For more information about the Pins for HOPE Bowling Fundraiser or the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation, please visit Marcus’ charitable website or email pinsforhope@gmail.com.


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Stroud feeling good

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2010 – 3:07 pm

Marcus Stroud was back on the practice field Wednesday in his return from an ankle injury.

“Feeling better. Feeling much better,” Stroud said after Wednesday’s practice. “I was able to do everything.”

Officially Stroud was listed as limited in practice Wednesday. When asked if he likes his chances for returning to the lineup in Sunday’s game, Stroud said the following. 

“I’m ready to go out there and give it a whirl and do everything I can to help get this thing back on track,” he said.


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Stroud plans to practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2010 – 2:07 pm

DE Marcus Stroud said he plans to practice Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.

“That’s the plan,” said Stroud Monday. “So Wednesday I’ll get out there and give it a whirl and we’ll see where its at.”

Stroud was still wearing a brace on his ankle.


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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 12:57 pm

Three starting defenders are not practicing for the Bills.

The new addition is CB Terrence McGee, who was not seen anywhere on the field during the portion of practice in which the media is permitted to watch. We’ll check with Chan Gailey after practice to see if McGee has been officially added to the injury report or if he has an excused absence.

DE Marcus Stroud (ankle) and ILB Andra Davis (shoulder) are not practicing for a second straight day, lessening their chances of playing on Sunday. If Stroud is not available on Sunday it greatly increases the chances of Alex Carrington making his NFL debut against the Jets. The rookie third-round pick has been inactive for the first three games this season.

Another development in relation to Davis is LB Reggie Torbor is working at inside linebacker alongside Keith Ellison. With Davis out of the lineup, it was initially thought that Akin Ayodele would step in, but Torbor, who played ILB for defensive coordinator George Edwards in Miami the past two years, appears to be the one that would fill the void inside if Davis can’t go.

Torbor has been playing the weak outside linebacker position since he signed with Buffalo back in May, but he has familiarity with the ILB position from his time in the 3-4 system.


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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2010 – 12:55 pm

There are a few of starters not practicing.

Marcus Stroud is not practicing along with Andra Davis and Jonathan Stupar.

Stupar is working on the side with trainers. Davis and Stroud are absent.


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Stroud sounds questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2010 – 12:04 pm

Head coach Chan Gailey indicated that a couple of players will miss practice Wednesday, but he’s optimistic that just about all of them will be healthy enough to play on Sunday against the Jets. He has reservations about just one of his starters.

“The only guy that might miss (the game) is Marcus Stroud,” said Gailey. “He got hurt in the ball game and we’ll see how he feels today, but he’s probably the one that has the least chance to make it for Sunday.”

That means there’s a good chance that rookie DE Alex Carrington will be active for the first time this season. Carrington was likely to be active this week anyway knowing that the Jets are more of a two-back offense than Buffalo’s previous two opponents in Green Bay and New England.


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Fan Friday 8-20

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2010 – 2:31 pm

Here’s the latest edition.

On the heels of the preseason win over the Colts wanted to get to some of your most recent questions as well as some I’ve been meaning to get to. (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).

1 - Hey Chris,
Wondering how Marcus Stroud is feeling about sliding to end this year? I hear that he is slimmed down a bit.  I personally think he is going to be a beast out wide and am really excited to see what he can do this season playing in a 3-4.  Your thoughts?
Go Bills!
Adam (Los Angeles)

CB: Stroud is the fittest he’s ever been in his career. He’s hovering just under 300 right now, which works for where he’s going to be lining up this season. He’s excited about playing the five-technique or DE spot in the 3-4. Had a good showing against Indy with a tackle for loss. What we all have to remember is those spots up on the line in the 3-4 are not the glamor positions at all. They are often asked to stand there and grind with the linemen while the linebackers clean up behind them and make plays. That being said, I believe that him along with Kyle Williams and Dwan Edwards is a good front three in year one of a new scheme.

2 - It seems that the battle is between Edwards and Brohm. I think Brohm gives them the best chance to air the ball out due to Edwards being reluctant to go deep. Do you think this will sway Gailey’s decision? Do you think he would go with him if he believes Brohm will take more chances? Thanks again for your coverage.

Wes

Only Bills Fan in KY

CB: I respectfully disagree. Edwards has been more willing to push the ball downfield in the practice setting in training camp and followed through in the second preseason game against Indy. I think Brohm isn’t shy about going downfield either, but Edwards I believe is no longer under the shroud of conservative play that was pressed upon him by the previous coaching regime. And as for the only Bills in Kentucky signature, I think George Wilson, a Paducah native with family in the Bluegrass State would respectfully disagree with you.

3 - Hi Chris,

Thanks for all the great updates. Quick question, I didn’t see Shawn Nelson on the field last night versus the Colts.  Is he injured?

Thanks

Jon

CB: You’re right he did not play in the Indy game, but as you know by now he was suspended by the league for the first four games of the regular season. He can still play and practice in the preseason. We’ll have to ask Chan on Saturday at camp why he did not even play.

4 – Chris, 

With Coach Gailey’s reputation for working with the talent he has, I was wondering how long it takes him to determine his players strengths and tailor his offense for them?   I imagine a lot of the ground work can be laid during practice, but I assume there is an amount of live game snaps to finally decide on strengths and weaknesses, probably a trial and error situation until he is finally comfortable with the type of play selection that will be used. 

Thanks,

Phil

CB: He’s told me that he and his staff use the preseason games to make final determinations. In fact with the three-headed monster in the offensive backfield, it was his intention to determine specific roles for Jackson, Lynch and Spiller based on how they performed and executed certain plays. That of course has been delayed by the Jackson and Lynch injuries, but that’s how he approaches it with every position. And if you think about it, do you really know until you see a player try and execute in live game conditions? His approach makes sense to me.

5 – Chris,

I know it’s still early in the preseason, but I see a long season.  But did you think there were any stand-outs in the games?  Do you think the Bills will go to free agency or trades to help the team or will they go with what they have and season them? 

John Supple

Lancaster, CA

CB:  I think you have to take into account a few things with respect to this season. First and foremost when NFL teams implement new schemes on offense, defense and special teams, no matter how much you rep it in practice it’s still not the same as in the games. Making those adjustments at game speed takes some getting used to, which is why most teams under a new coach are not wildly successful.

As Buddy Nix has stated, he is not a proponent of quick fixes in free agency unless it can make the team dramatically better. He believes in building through the draft. So I think despite the fact that there is a lot of talent on this team there are still holes. And those holes will be filled in a methodical fashion, not a quick fix fashion. I know patience is the last thing Bills fans have after 10 years of no playoffs, but rebuilding a team is a process, not a snap of the fingers.


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Bills defenders settling in

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2010 – 10:20 am

Buffalo’s defenders are beginning to settle into their new 3-4 defense now with two preseason games under their belt.

Veteran starters like Marcus Stroud already noticed a difference in their feel for the scheme from preseason game one to preseason game two.

“A lot more comfortable,” said Stroud of how he felt in the 3-4 Thursday night. “Last week, I was like a fish out of water, so to speak. This week, I was a little more comfortable in what I was doing, I had more confidence in my play and it showed, it showed up on the tape.”

Stroud had a tackle for loss and batted pass in Thursday night’s victory.


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Stroud out early

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2010 – 4:10 pm

Marcus Stroud has left practice early.

Stroud was having a strong practice, particularly in 1-on-1 pass rush drills, but may have gotten overheated.

He was taken to the cooling tent and a short time later left for the locker room under his own power.


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Stroud back

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2010 – 6:20 pm

Marcus Stroud is back padded up for the night practice, after not participating in the morning session.

Not practicing are Keith Ellison, Chris Kelsay and Poz.

Newly signed LB Donovan Woods is dressed for practice. We’ll see what his level of participation is tonight.


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New non-participant

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2010 – 8:56 am

Along with Paul Posluszny, Keith Ellison and Chris Kelsay there is another vet not practicing this morning.

Marcus Stroud is not practicing at the morning workout. We’ll find out after practice if it is just a measure to pace the vet coming off of some injuries last season, much like they did in the spring practices, or if its a new malady.


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Florence likes more man-to-man

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2010 – 8:43 am

With the advent of the 3-4 defense in Buffalo, it’s widely anticipated that there will be more man-to-man defense calls this year for the Bills secondary. And as far as Drayton Florence is concerned that suits him just fine.

Interviewed at his annual ‘Make it Happen’ free football camp last weekend by the Ocala Star Banner, where over 350 kids were in attendance as well as teammate Marcus Stroud, Florence shared his thoughts about Buffalo’s new defensive approach.

“I’m a man-to-man (coverage) guy,” Florence said. “That’s what I like doing. We had a great secondary last year. I’ve never been on a team that was second in the league in pass defense and hopefully this year we can be No. 1.”

Florence is arguably the most physical cornerback on the team, and the veteran is often schooling the younger DBs on using their hands in the five-yard window. With more man-to-man coverages anticipated this season, it should also free up more defenders to blitz, which could be a necessity for Buffalo’s pass rush if Schobel does indeed retire.


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