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Draft choice value aided by larger player pool?

Posted by Chris Brown on May 7, 2014 – 11:57 am

With 100 extra underclassmen in this year’s player pool there is a prevailing thought outside NFL front offices that picks for each of the 32 NFL teams carries added value. While there’s no question that the largest additional pool of talent in the draft’s history has helped in making the 2014 class deeper, the enhanced value of draft choices this year might not be as dramatic as some might believe.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, in a one-on-one interview during the Buffalo Bills Draft Special presented by New Era, set to air tonight at 7 pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7 in Buffalo, admits the value of everyone’s draft choices is enhanced to some degree, but doesn’t believe the value of a fourth-round pick would be more like a third-round pick in other years.

“You may not get a third round talent in the fourth round, but you can get a fourth round talent throughout the whole fourth round, or a third round talent throughout the whole third round,” Whaley said. “So it’s deep, but I believe you’ll get a lot of value wherever you pick in this draft.”

See the full interview with Whaley, relive EJ Manuel’s 2013 draft experience with Buffalo’s starting QB and watch film of prospects with Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. It’s all tonight in a one hour special on WKBW-TV Channel 7 at 7 pm.


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Draft smoke screens big right now

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2013 – 4:58 pm

Tis the season for lying through your teeth if you’re an NFL GM with the 2013 NFL draft upon us. Bills GM Buddy Nix laid out the timetable where being misleading is completely acceptable.

In an interview on the Bills Draft Special, which will air tonight at 7 pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7, Nix explains that at this point in time NFL GMs and scouts have full license to fabricate their intentions to protect their real plans for the draft from other NFL clubs.

“There are a lot of smokescreens being thrown up by a lot of teams and it’s like I’ve said before, lying the month before the draft is not a sin,” said Nix. “You can get by with it and everybody does it so you better not read too much into connecting the dots.”

To see the whole interview watch the Bills Draft Special presented by New Era on WKBW-TV Channel 7.


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New Era’s sideline gear

Posted by Chris Brown on June 26, 2012 – 1:09 pm

First the New Era draft collection was launched in April. Now with training camp less than a month away, New Era has unveiled their sideline collection. Check out what the players and coaches will be wearing on the Bills sideline this fall.

Set for release on July 12th, Bills sideline caps will be in the Bills store at One Bills Drive and other NFL retailers. Here’s a look.

 


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Dareus: Brady cries to refs

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2012 – 2:17 pm

Bills DL Marcell Dareus has only played against Tom Brady and the Patriots twice in his young NFL career, but he already has a handle on how in his opinion Brady influences officials.

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon, Dareus was asked how you stop Tom Brady with the Patriots poised to play the Giants in the Super Bowl. Dareus gave his opinion while also stating that as a defensive lineman you’ve got to stay cool knowing Brady is going to get some calls.

“You really have to find a way to isolate an offensive lineman and any way you can get a one-on-one that defensive lineman has to win and you have to get after Tom Brady some type of way,” Dareus said. “Getting a hand in his face, knocking his arm down. Don’t go too crazy because Brady has the referees on his side. He cries to referees as soon as he gets a chance and it always goes his way. So don’t go too crazy, just play the game safe and just get in his face. Get him to throw bad passes, throw when he doesn’t want to.”

Dareus was in radio row at the Super Bowl in Indy Thursday pumping up his new affiliation with New Era for their new line of hats for the NFL draft, which will be released on April 2nd.


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Bills at New Era store in Toronto

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2011 – 3:10 pm

A number of Bills players will be making an appearance to meet fans at the New Era store in Toronto on Mon. Oct. 24th.

The Bills and New Era will host a meet-and-greet appearance with select Buffalo Bills players WR Stevie Johnson, LB Nick Barnett, RB CJ Spiller, LB Kelvin Sheppard and DT Torell Troup will take photos and sign autographs for invited guests. They’ll be at the New Era Flagship store at 202 Queen Street West in Toronto.  The event will take place from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Guests will also have the opportunity to win autographed team merchandise and tickets to the 2011 Bills Toronto Series game between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins on Sunday, October 30th at 4:05 pm at Rogers Centre.

 

To receive an invite for this contest, fans must message @new_era_caps via twitter and include the #BillsinTOR.  Randomly selected fans will receive an invitation to attend this special event.


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Stevie’s designed hat

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2011 – 1:26 pm

Don’t know if Bills fans caught this, but Stevie Johnson unveiled a hat he designed on his twitter account.

Johnson designed the hat with the New Era folks here in Buffalo as part of the company’s 90th anniversary collection.  Former teammate Terrell Owens apparently contacted New Era about making caps for him after he saw Stevie’s tweet and twitpic of his finished cap design with paint makers. 

They only produced four of Stevie’s hats, but here’s the photo (below). For those that can’t read the hat, it says Misunderstood backwards with a letter or two missing on purpose.


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Lynch, Stroud autograph signing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2009 – 11:41 am

Marshawn Lynch and Marcus Stroud will be in downtown Buffalo late this afternoon for an autograph signing.

Both Bills players will be signing at the New Era flagship store on Delaware Ave. from 5-6pm.


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