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Lynch autograph signing

Posted by Chris Brown on July 5, 2010 – 10:05 am

Marshawn Lynch is holding an autograph signing near his hometown in Hayward, CA on July 5th. 

The signings will take place at Straw Hat Pizza at 24748 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward from 6-8 pm. Lynch will be joined by his cousin and Tampa Bay QB Josh Johnson.

The cost is $10 per person with proceeds from the autograph signing will be going to the Breast Cancer Research Association, and to the Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ “Youth Center Fund”. For more information go to www.famf1rst.com.


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Fan Friday 6-25

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2010 – 1:30 pm

The spring practices are done, now the five week layoff before training camp 2010. We’ll be reporting from St. John Fisher before you know it. To your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Hi Chris:
I was wondering if the Bills and in particular Gailey and Nix would be leaning towards one QB over the other. Also, is it true that Brown would get an equal shot at being the starter game 1? For Gailey, how would he improve this offense especially the QB play which has been less than spectacular since Drew Bledsoe left?
 
Thanks,
Bills fan from San Diego: Kevin

CB: If Gailey is leaning toward one quarterback over the others he’s not tipping his hand. Reps have been dead even among the three veteran signal callers. Rookie Levi Brown is a part of the competition according to Gailey, but has received fewer reps than the others. In fact on Day 1 of minicamp Brown got a total of three reps over two practices. The other three for the most part have rotated evenly. So it looks like a 3 man race for training camp.

2 – Hi Chris: What is your assessment of the Buffalo Bills wide receiver situation? They drafted Marcus Easley, who, in his last year in college, had 48 catches for 893 yards, before that he really did nothing. The Bills also signed Chad Jackson, who in his best year caught 13 balls. It seems to me that outside of Lee Evans, they lack a proven receiver (they have holdovers James Hardy and Steve Johnson, Johnson has a bigger upside than Hardy and more talent to boot). Letting Josh Reed go was a mistake, talent does not mean beans if it does not translate into production. Do you see the Bills going after a veteran receiver once again? Do you see any other way?
Tony, Daytona Beach

CB: I think there is no question that there is some talent at the position beyond Lee Evans. Steve Johnson has had a strong spring and if he can carry that into training camp I believe has a real good chance to be the number two wideout. But I think James Hardy and Marcus Easley will also be factors in that competition.

The rookie free agent receivers have also been impressive in Donald Jones, David Nelson and Naaman Roosevelt. The issue to be determined in training camp and the preseason is how well the young receivers can perform in the new offensive system. There are a lot of sight adjustments, option routes and such, and that’s a lot of responsibility to master, especially for a young receiver. Having to think, instead of knowing all those things via experience causes a young wideout to think more than play and that can affect performance.

So while I think the Bill have some talented young receivers, how well they handle and ultimately master the offensive system will largely determine what kind of production and consistency they can deliver.

 

3 – Hi Chris:
 
Have a question about the running back situation for this year. Jackson, Lynch and Spiller all are capable to be the starters this year. Who do you think will have the actual title of the “starting” running back? I’m sure all three will split time but after last season, Fred has to be the front runner. What do you think?
 
Thanks, Eric, AKA Bills backer from Downingtown PA

CB: I think in the end it will be Fred Jackson. I believe C.J. Spiller will see a lot of time on the field both in the backfield and out wide and on special teams. I think we’ll see more than one of them out there at times as well. But I think technically Jackson will be the lead dog, though Marshawn could give him a run.

 

4 – Hey Chris,
First of all GO BILLS!! My question is concerning practices. I have noticed you saying some weather forces the players inside to practice. Are there ever days when they practice in bad weather? If not, wouldn’t that be good to get guys prepared for games in those conditions? Thanks Chris.
Mike
North Tonawanda, NY

CB: In the spring playing on a wet field is an added hazard that the coaches and the training staff would prefer to avoid. Less than stable footing can make players more susceptible to injury so in the spring when you’re trying to keep people healthy for training camp you play where it’s safest and when the outdoor field is slick you move inside.
 

5 – Hi Chris,

Maybe I don’t understand football as well as I thought I did, but I see a lot of people predicting the Bills to be the worst team in the 
league this year, and I just don’t understand the logic behind it.  This is a team that won six games last year, was leading or tied in 
the 4th quarter of five other games, and in a 12th game entered the  4th quarter down only three to the Saints.

The Bills didn’t have the splashiest offseason, but they did add some  key players and outside of T.O. and Josh Reed (and maybe Schobel) really didn’t lose anyone. As critical as people want to be of the O-line and QB situation, we have the same players coming back that won six games last year who ideally will mature a bit and we added a  little competition at those spots as well.

Do you think this season is in as much trouble as everyone is saying, or do we have some hope that the “experts” just aren’t seeing?

Thanks,

Brad

CB: I believe those predictions exist because there are a lot of unknowns for this team. A host of positions are open for competition including the most important (QB) and there is a new coaching staff with new offensive and defensive schemes being implemented.

All of those unanswered questions convince prognosticators on the outside that there aren’t any answers. With no answers they don’t have much hope for the Bills.

But answers will be provided in training camp and once we have more of those answers leading up to the season, we’ll all be able to make a better assessment as to just where this team belongs in the conversation of NFL rankings.


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Lynch finding groove

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2010 – 3:56 pm

After a week of spring practices, Marshawn Lynch looks to be getting into a groove with the new offense.

Lynch is running decisively and his cuts have been sharp the past couple of days.


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Lynch update

Posted by Chris Brown on June 18, 2010 – 12:55 pm

The media is making note of Marshawn Lynch’s absence on the last day of voluntary OTAs this week, but Lynch had a prior commitment to a former teammate.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed as much in a recent twitter post.

Adam_Schefter    Bills RB Marshawn Lynch missed Buffalo’s OTA today to fly to Dallas to be a groomsman in wedding of Seahawks RB Justin Forsett.

Lynch is a former Cal teammate of Forsett’s and was even his roommate when they were both playing for the Bears.


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What Lynch told Jackson

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2010 – 2:28 pm

It’s common knowledge that Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson are more than teammates. Being good friends, Lynch confides in Jackson, who shared what Lynch told him about deciding to come and practice.

Jackson believes Lynch will be nothing but professional and do what he can to help the team win come September.

“I think things will work out for us this year and hopefully things can be put behind us and we can move forward and we can go out and get into the playoffs,” said Jackson. “I think that’s what everyone is focused on now is making plays on this team. I think that’s why he’s back now. He wants to win too. I talked to him too and he told me he just felt like he needed to play football again and he needed to be back here and be part of a team. That was one of the reasons he came back.”


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Lynch asked pointed questions

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2010 – 1:23 pm

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was asked if he still wants to be in Buffalo following his first day on the practice field this spring.

“I’d like to play football, whether it’s here or whether it’s somewhere else as long as I get to play football I’m feeling great,” said Lynch.

He was also asked if he feels he can ever get a fair shake in Buffalo again. Here was his response to that question.

“I would like for it to be that, but we live in a world where people are going to make up their mind and they have their opinions,” said Lynch. “Take your opinion, take it how you want to, but I’m going to be me whether you like it or not. You can say that you don’t like me from a distance. Most people that interact with me have a different feel. I take it with a grain of salt. As long as I get a fair shake inside these lines that’s all I’m really worried about.”

Finally he was asked if he expressed a desire to be traded to the club and here was that response.

“There wasn’t no expression, but with the way that things were looking, it looked like it was a possibility,” Lynch said. “If it would’ve happened, it would’ve happened. If it didn’t, I’m back and I’m here to practice.”


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Teammates excited Lynch back

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2010 – 1:06 pm

Bills players were intrigued to finally see the three running back attack in their offensive backfield Tuesday as Marshawn Lynch was practicing for the first time.

Here’s just one example from Bills rookie free agent WR David Nelson, who had this recent post on his twitter account.

DNelson83    Solid day @ practice today. M Lynch was back out there & looked GOOD. We have a 3 headed monster out there w lynch, Jackson & @Lightning28.

Much more coming up in the media lounge at Buffalobills.com where we have exclusive video of Lynch’s first day on the practice field this spring.


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Lynch take 2

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2010 – 8:50 am

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bills RB Marshawn Lynch will take part in OTAs for the first time today at One Bills Drive.

Schefter reported that Lynch is back in Buffalo and is expected to practice.

We’ll have exclusive video coverage of practice here at One Bills Drive. Just be sure to check the media lounge at Buffalobills.com later today. OTA practice here on Tuesday is scheduled to begin at 12:05 pm.


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Report: Seahawks have interest in Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2010 – 1:06 pm

According to NFL Network reporter Jason LaCanfora, the Seahawks are still interested in Marshawn Lynch.

UPDATE: LaCanfora reports that at least a fourth-round pick could’ve been had for Lynch’s services.

Here was LaCanfora’s initial twitter post on the subject.

JasonLaCanfora Seahawks remain quite interested in Marshawn Lynch should Bills opt to deal him. Would make sense. More upcoming on NFL.com and NFLNetwork.

Reports that there is interest on behalf of Seattle is anything but surprising. They acquired Lendale White as part of a draft day trade and then released him a month later as his level of commitment was questioned. With Leon Washington coming off a major leg injury and Julius Jones the only other proven back on the roster, you could see how they might be interested in a player of Lynch’s caliber.

Of course head coach Pete Carroll remembers how Lynch routinely carved up Pac-10 defenses and the Seahawks are reportedly employing a similar zone blocking scheme to the one used at Cal. The only question is the compensation willing to be offered, if it even gets that far.


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Gailey asked about Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2010 – 6:14 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked a series of questions about Marshawn Lynch after practice Saturday. Here’s how they went.

Q: The team confirmed Friday that Lynch was in the building earlier this week. Did you tell him not to come to practice?

Chan Gailey: “No, this is all voluntary anyway. He was in town, I never saw him. I’m more worried about the guys that are here than the guys that aren’t here.”

Q: Do you find it strange that one of your running backs is in town and you never meet?

Chan Gailey: “I would think that is strange yes.”

Q: Would you like to meet with Marshawn?

Chan Gailey: “Always. I’d like to meet with every player we’ve got, but sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t. That’s life.”


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Gailey comments on Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2010 – 6:39 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked about RB Marshawn Lynch and when or if he might practice when he appeared on the Shredd and Ragan show on 103.3 the Edge.

“I don’t know,” said Gailey. “I have not talked to Marshawn. You’ll probably have to ask him. Somebody told me he was in town for a couple of days and then I heard he left town. So I don’t know. You’d have to ask him about that.”

The team confirmed Friday that Lynch was at the team facility on Wednesday and Thursday this week and worked out in the team’s weight room.


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Whitner on spotting Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2010 – 5:04 pm

Bills safety Donte Whitner addressed his comment on twitter from earlier this week that he saw Marshawn Lynch at the Bills training facility.

“I don’t know when to expect to see him,” Whitner said in regards to participating on the practice field. “I saw him two days ago. Other than that I really haven’t seen him.”

You can watch Donte’s comments right here. The team confirmed that Lynch was working out in the team’s weight room on Wednesday and Thursday this week.


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Lynch at 1 Bills Dr. this week

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2010 – 3:13 pm

The Bills have confirmed reports that RB Marshawn Lynch was at One Bills Drive earlier this week.

The team confirmed that Lynch was at the team’s facility on Wednesday and Thursday and worked out in the team’s weight room.


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Report: Lynch to report Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2010 – 3:49 pm

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter Bills RB Marshawn Lynch is expected to report to OTAs on Thursday.

Here was Schefter’s twitter post to that effect.

Adam_Schefter  Bills RB Marshawn Lynch is in Buffalo, will be participating in the Bills’ OTAs, and is expected to attend Thursday’s OTA session.

Bills SS Donte Whitner also tweeted that Lynch was in the building at One Bills Drive Wednesday. Lynch however, was not in attendance at practice, so it’s likely that he visited with teammates after practice.


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Gailey hasn’t spoken to Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2010 – 1:54 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey addressed the media after OTA practice Wednesday and was asked about whether he had spoken to Marshawn Lynch or expected him in for the voluntary practice.

“No,” said Gailey.

When asked if he was saying no to the first part or second part of the question, Gailey said “both questions.”

Gailey clearly has a lot more on his mind with respect to installing the new offense, evaluating the quarterbacks on a daily basis and running efficient practices. So he doesn’t appear to be all that concerned about Lynch’s whereabouts or when he might show up.


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Lynch update part 2

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2010 – 11:10 am

Marshawn Lynch may or may not be in Buffalo, but he’s not at OTA practice here on Wednesday.

Today’s practice is underway and Lynch is not here. He did say in a couple of taped interviews that he would report late in the week.


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Lynch update

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2010 – 10:16 am

Despite reports that Marshawn Lynch is in town, it doesn’t appear as though he’s going to be practicing at Wednesday’s OTA workout.

According to Scout.com’s Adam Caplan, Lynch arrived in Buffalo last night.

But as of 10 am his locker stall was untouched and unoccupied. Player meetings began long before that time this morning, so odds are while he may be in town, he’s unlikely to be out on the practice field in about an hour.

It’s just a guess, but the start of voluntary minicamp on Friday seems to make sense as he’s indicated in interviews recently that he would begin practicing at the end of the week.


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Lynch appears on Bay area TV

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2010 – 9:54 am

For those that missed this interview that aired recently, Marshawn Lynch appeared on Bay area TV in San Francisco and addressed his current situation with the Bills.

Lynch appeared on CSN (Comcast Sports Network) and addressed that he will not be traded based on the conversation he had with Bills GM Buddy Nix, among other topcis.


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Gailey on Marshawn

Posted by Chris Brown on May 25, 2010 – 2:43 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked specifically by the media Tuesday if he anticipated Marshawn Lynch not being in attendance for the start of voluntary OTAs.

Gailey indicated that he didn’t think he’d be on hand for day one.

“I assumed he wasn’t going to be here,” said Gailey Tuesday. “I didn’t assume he was. So I didn’t plan on it and none of this is mandatory. We ask them to all come and participate to learn. None of it is mandatory until the last minicamp.”

Lynch in an interview with Yahoo Sports over the weekend said he intended to be in Buffalo, “sometime in the next week.”


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Lynch, Schobel update

Posted by Chris Brown on May 25, 2010 – 11:21 am

Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Schobel are two veteran players not attending Tuesday’s voluntary OTA session.

Lynch did tell YahooSports that he intended to report “sometime this week.”


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