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Rex’s run ‘D’ history

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2015 – 9:30 am

Our latest installment of Camp Countdown presented by M&T Bank focused on whether the run defense can crack the top 10 this season. They finished 11th last year, but slipped noticeably over the final 10 games of the season. One of the major positives in the run defense equation for the Bills this season is Rex Ryan’s track record when it comes to run defense. Since he was promoted to defensive coordinator in Baltimore in 2005, Ryan’s defenses have ranked in the top 10 in eight of the last 10 seasons.

Here’s a look at where Ryan’s defenses have ranked against the run when he’s making the defensive play calls. Of greatest notice is where his defenses ranked in his first year taking over with those respective clubs.

Baltimore (2005-2008) & New York (2009-2014)

Year Yards allowed Rank
2005 99.4 9th
2006 75.9 2nd
2007 79.3 2nd
2008 81.4 3rd
2009 98.6 8th
2010 90.9 3rd
2011 111.1 13th
2012 133.6 26th
2013 88.3 3rd
2014 93.1 5th
2015 ??? ???

Here are the Bills run defense ranks over that same time period

Year Yards allowed Rank
2005 137.8 31st
2006 140.9 28th
2007 124.6 25th
2008 121.6 22nd
2009 156.3 30th
2010 169.6 32nd
2011 139 28th
2012 145.8 31st
2013 128.9 28th
2014 106.4 11th
2015 ??? ???

 


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Gilmore dead set on starting strong

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2015 – 9:15 am

His last two seasons injuries and offseason surgery have kept Stephon Gilmore from being in top form at the start of the year. The fourth-year corner is determined to be at his best right from Week 1 in 2015.

In our Camp Countdown, presented by M&T Bank, we list the main reasons why Gilmore should excel in 2015. One of the chief reasons is his current health. Though he is coming off an offseason procedure it was not nearly as invasive as his hip surgery in the 2014 offseason, meaning he’ll be full go for training camp.

That means he won’t have to use regular season games, like he did the last two years, to get into top playing form.

“I felt like I kind of started slow my last two years, but held it down the last half of the season,” Gilmore told Buffalobills.com. “I feel like this season I need to start fast for this team to go deep, deep in the playoffs.”

 


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A Revis role for Gilmore?

Posted by Chris Brown on July 8, 2015 – 11:30 am

Mum has largely been the word as to just how far the Bills defensive staff intends to go in utilizing the talents of Stephon Gilmore this season. Will he stay on one side of the field and work? Will he follow the opponent’s best wideout all day? Chances are it will be a bit of both. So does that mean Gilmore will fill a role similar to that of Darrelle Revis? In a word, probably.

It’s clear that Rex Ryan, defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and secondary coach Donnie Henderson all see Gilmore as the elite corner in Buffalo’s defensive backfield. It’s also evident they have big plans for Gilmore this season. The only problem is no one has seen it in action because Gilmore was held out of spring practices in the team setting due to an undisclosed offseason procedure.

The difference this year is Gilmore will be full go in training camp and the preseason, which was not the case last year when he was coming off offseason hip surgery. So what has Gilmore been told by his defensive coordinator concerning his role in 2015?

“He likes the way I play so he told me to get ready to take on a big role in this defense,” Gilmore told Buffalobills.com. “He just wants me to be ready. I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get out there and show them what I can do and show the world what I can do.”

We’ll have much more on just how Gilmore’s game could really excel in 2015 when our Camp Countdown series, presented by M&T Bank, continues on Thursday (July 9th) here on Buffalobills.com.


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Contest winner meets Sammy Watkins

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 12, 2014 – 10:00 am

The winner of the M&T Bank Predict the Picks contest came to St. John Fisher College for Buffalo Bills Training Camp. Dan Minns from Geneva, NY and his fiancée Holly Ferrell won a meet and greet with the Bills 2014 First round draft selection, Sammy Watkins.

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Dan got all of the questions correct in the Predict the Picks contest including the Bills will trade up with their first pick and the first pick will be Sammy Watkins, WR out of Clemson.

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Fifty second place winners who answered at least half of the questions correctly were randomly selected and received an official 2014 Bills Draft Cap.


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M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge winners

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 9, 2013 – 4:20 pm

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Out of those who correctly guessed EJ Manuel as the Bills first Draft pick, five winners were randomly selected.  They will each receive an exclusive “meet and greet” with EJ Manuel, a private tour of the Buffalo Bills facilities and an autographed NFL Draft helmet.  Congratulations to the following winners:

Cindie Johnson from West Seneca, NY

Dennis Longo from Cheektowaga, NY

Manuel Rosado from Kissimmee, FL

Ryan Spadaccini from Canton, NY

Gary Wisniewski from Cheektowaga, NY


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M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2011 – 9:51 am

The M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers deadline for nominations is fast approaching! Nominate your favorite teacher now for a chance to have a Bills player visit his or her classroom!

Five finalists will be honored during the December 4th Buffalo Bills home game vs. Tennessee Titans for their outstanding service to their schools and communities. Just fill out a nomination form. The deadline to nominate is this Friday (Nov. 11th).


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Tix for uniform unveiling

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2011 – 11:11 am

Here’s a heads up on tickets for the unveiling of the new Bills uniforms for 2011, which will happen at Ralph Wilson Stadium on June 24th.

Here is a listing of the M&T bank branches and Verizon Wireless locations where you can pick up tickets in person. 

Tickets will be available beginning Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m online as well.  There is a ticket limit of six (6) tickets per person.


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Reggie Torbor at M&T Bank

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2010 – 9:14 am

M&T Bank and the Buffalo Bills will be hosting the Gift of Warmth Signing at the M&T Bank Southgate Plaza Branch at 1024 Union Road in West Seneca on Tuesday, Nov. 30th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Bills LB Reggie Torbor will be on hand signing autographs. 

The Bills already had their Gift of Warmth collection at their Nov. 14th home game against the Lions, but the kickoff of the M&T Bank Campaign begins Tuesday. Any and all donations of new warm clothing benefits the Salvation Army.


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Know who the Bills are taking first?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2010 – 8:00 am

If you do get yourself on over to the Bills Draft Day microsite, for the M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge… quickly.

You only have until April 22nd to enter the name of the prospect you think will be the Bills top draft choice. If you guess correctly you’ll have a chance to win an autographed jersey from the Bills number one pick, a photo op with the top draft choice and a tour of the Bills training facility.

So get to the Bills Draft microsite now and make your pick for who you think will be Buffalo’s top draft choice. Time is running out.


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Choose the next design

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2010 – 1:37 pm

M&T Bank is designing a new Bills Check Card and wants to know what Bills fans think.

Help by voting on the designs choices. You just might help choose the next check card used for Bills Checking. Click here to view the designs and vote on your favorite.

I kind of like option ‘C’ myself.


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Time to make your pick

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2010 – 8:00 am

If you think you’ve got an idea on who the Bills will take first in the 2010 NFL draft you better get in on the M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge now.

You’ve got a chance to win an autographed jersey from the team’s number one pick, a photo op with the top draft choice and a tour of the Bills training facility, if you correctly pick the player. That’s one heck of a haul not to mention bragging rights amongst your fellow fans.

But you only have until April 22nd, so log on to the Bills Draft micro-site on buffalobills.com to make your prediction.

Good luck Bills fans!


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Who do you have as Bills top pick?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2010 – 8:00 am

If you think you’ve got an idea on who the Bills will take first in the 2010 NFL draft you better get in on the M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge now.

With a chance to win an autographed jersey from the team’s number one pick, a photo op with the top draft choice and a tour of the Bills training facility, if you correctly pick the player you could have a heck of a haul and bragging rights amongst your fellow fans.

Up until April 22nd, you can visit the Bills Draft micro-site on buffalobills.com to make your prediction. The contest is open to legal residents, 13 and older, of the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Good luck Bills fans!


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Bills pep rally at M+T Bank Plaza today!

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2009 – 12:54 pm

If you want to get fired up for Monday night football on your lunch break today be sure to head to 1 M&T Bank Plaza in downtown Buffalo for the Bills Monday Night football pep rally beginning at noon.

The event which includes live music and entertainment as well as a chance for fans to win signed Bills memorabilia runs from noon to 2pm where a surprise Bills alumnus will also make an appearance. It’s all part of the Built for Bills Fans Campaign brought to you by M&T Bank.


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