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Fan Friday 1-23

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2015 – 1:11 pm

The new coaching staff is coming together. If you missed any of our Senior Bowl or Pro Bowl coverage check it out on Buffalobills.com. Now for your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

I don’t think Hughes, Urbik, Lawson, Spiller, Spikes or Rivers will return next year as the money will be spent in other areas. I think the Bills will soon extend the contracts of Dareus and Glenn.  Do you have any insight on this?

Thanks,
Joe

CB: I think the Bills will work hard to bring Hughes back into the fold. Spiller is expected to have other suitors. Urbik, Lawson and Rivers are all still under contract. Rex Ryan in a conference call this past season said Spikes was a player he liked because he has a grit and attitude to his game that appeals to him, for whatever that’s worth.

As for Dareus and Glenn, the Bills typically address free agents first before worrying about players that are still under contract, so while Dareus and Glenn are seen as long term building blocks for the franchise I don’t see them getting done in short order.

 

2 - Hi, Chris

Looking for help in understanding what has happened to the offensive line over the past three years.

Fact: Four of the current five starters were also starters on the O-Line in 2012.
Fact: The rushing game produced over 2200 yards in 2012; less than 1400 this year.
Fact: Now former coach Marrone has publicly stated that the problem with the run game is not Coach Hackett’s schematics.

So — if the line has basically the same players, with the same talent, with a couple years more experience, and the techniques and schematics are correct and being taught properly — why has there been such a marked regression in performance, culminating in last Sunday’s horrific 13 yards gained on 13 attempts?

You are close to the scene and obviously can sense better than we fans what is going on.  Please help.

Thanks much,
Jim D.

CB: There were a number of factors at work. First and foremost you had your top two running backs injured for a stretch of the season. Spiller missed seven games. I think anyone on the offensive line in 2014 would tell you that their play regressed from the year before.

In 2012 their offensive scheme ran out of a spread formation, which created bigger running lanes for the backs. That was not the case in 2014 as they chose to run between the tackles more often than not. I don’t know that the approach offensively always fit the backs they had carrying the ball. That combined with an offensive line that took a step back led to the lowest rushing total in team history in a 16-game season.

 

3 – Chris,

All Bills fans are disappointed, but so are the fans of the Ravens, Chiefs, Saints, Eagles, a few of them have $100 Million Quarterbacks !! There will be cries for EJ. You get better by practicing your skills, and proving in practice you’re ready to play. Do you feel EJ has shown he’s ready, how about Kouanjio and Richardson?
Jim in Florida

CB: I think the 12 weeks that Manuel had to focus on his personal game served him well over the last three quarters of the 2014 season. He also learned how to effectively prep yourself as a QB watching Kyle Orton get ready for games each week. From watching him the last month of the season in practice I felt his accuracy was improved. He was no longer thinking and concerned about throwing the perfect ball. He was just throwing.

I’m interested to see him as part of a competition for the starting job next year. Has he shown he’s ready? I don’t think we’ll know until we see him at training camp this summer.

As for Cyrus Kouandjio and Cyril Richardson they worked to make the most of their reps. It sounds like Kouandjio will be given real consideration at the guard position, even though it’s very new to him. I also believe competition will be brought in to battle the youngsters for roles on the roster.

 

4 - Hi Chris:  I understand that the Bills offense has been unbalanced between run and pass this past year.  What I’m unsure of is the major cause.  Could it be that the running backs were banged up this year?  Could it be that the offensive line never jelled?  Or could it be that most defenses dared us to throw by overloading the box and our pass game didn’t respond as well as hoped?  Like everything in life, there’s usually more than one reason.  But I was wondering if you could shed some light on what might be the most significant factor(s).

Warm wishes for the New Year!
Paul in Portland (Formerly Paul in Beijing)

CB: I hate to give a token answer, but I think it was all of the above. The running backs were banged up this year. There were times when defenses loaded up the box with extra defenders. The offensive line did struggle to jell at the start of the season due to Cordy Glenn’s undisclosed illness, which kept him out of the majority of the preseason. There was also a move by Erik Pears from tackle to guard, there was a rookie at right tackle and starting LG Chris Williams missed half the preseason due to a recurring back injury.

I also think at times the offensive approach moved away from the strengths of their skill position players in an effort to protect the football with more conservative play.

5 – Hello Chris,

First I’d like to say Happy New Year! Thank You for your news and blogs that us Bills fans love to get answers and info from.. your passion for the Bills is the same that we fans have, and you help us to believe.

My question is about the Offensive line.. I am sure most are wanting to know about the QB, but a big fix we need is on the O-line.

I am wondering what your thoughts(and i’ll get the fans thoughts in the comments section after) on

shifting around the line a bit. What about Buffalo using either their 2nd or 3rd round pick on one of the top 2-3 Centers in the 2015 Draft.. like Dismukes from Auburn, Grasu from Oregon, or Gallik from BC. We can then move Wood back to RG where he did well for us in his first 2 years before moving to Center.. he can still call the protections and he shows the ability to move around to run block very well and the aggression.

Then Chris Williams(we lost a lot when he got hurt) coming back to be the LG.. again, we hope he stays healthy. Glenn as the LT and putting the sophomore slump that seems to bite so many and bouncing back. And then Kouandjio and Henderson fighting for the RT position.

So.. LT Glenn, LG Williams, C Best avail in 2015 Draft, RG Wood, RT Henderson/Kouandjio

NE did something like this with a new Center this year in Stork and they seemed to find a good rhythm in the season… and we could even if need be bring in whomever is not the starter at RT out once in a while to line up next to the starter giving us a 6th Lineman as protection if need be.

Just looking for your thoughts.. as far as where instead of going out to get 2 new G’s in FA and maybe in the draft where a good Center can change it all up and be giving us depth also.

Thanks.. have a nice weekend watching the post season.

Brian Moss

CB: I think your thought about moving Eric Wood out to guard, where he began his NFL career is an interesting idea. However, I think the only way it happens is if the Bills bring in a veteran center, not a rookie by way of the draft. If they add an offensive lineman in the draft I would expect it to be more of a guard. But knowing they have a second-year guard in Cyril Richardson and possibly a second guard option in Cyrus Kouandjio they may elect to add a veteran guard as they did last year (Chris Williams).

I think Seantrel Henderson can only improve in his second season if he takes to good coaching with the new staff and his athleticism alone gives him a leg up on Kouandjio for the right tackle job.

 


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Ryan: Want to work with EJ first

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2015 – 9:20 am

Bills fans would like Buffalo’s quarterback situation finalized yesterday. But with a new coaching staff coming in there’s some ground work that needs to be laid. New head coach Rex Ryan said as much over the holiday weekend.

In an interview with FOX Sports, Ryan was asked if he believes EJ Manuel is a franchise quarterback. Though Ryan has coached against Manuel, he doesn’t really know him as a player. He believes he can make a more astute judgment after working with the young QB on a daily basis.

“I think it’s too early to tell right now. We’re still in the evaluating stages of looking at our quarterback situation. I thought of EJ a lot when he was coming out,” Ryan said. “We’ll see first-hand when we get a chance to coach him. I’m excited about him though, I’ll tell you that much. Will we explore possible veteran free agents or draft picks out there? Absolutely. We’re going to explore everything to add competition because that makes your whole team better.”


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Rex comments on Jerry Hughes

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2015 – 9:16 am

Bills new head coach Rex Ryan hasn’t been shy at all about his excitement level for the defensive talent he inherits here in Buffalo. He also believes they’ll keep an important part of that defensive puzzle on the roster.

Impending free agent Jerry Hughes is a player that GM Doug Whaley has already said they want to keep in a Bills uniform for the foreseeable future. In an interview with FOX Sports, Ryan said he intends to see that plan come to fruition.

“I absolutely envision that,” said Ryan. “I think Jerry is an outstanding player. The last two years I’ve been against him and he’s tremendous. I hope he’s still a Buffalo Bill moving forward. Sometimes things happen where that might not be a possibility, but I believe he’s a great player and I hope he’s a Buffalo Bill for a long time.”

 


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Fan Friday 1-9

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2015 – 11:44 am

The season is over and the head coaching search is underway. Now for your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

Can you give Bills fans an update on the picks we get for the Stevie Johnson and Bryce Brown trades and where the picks could be for both players based on their playing time? Is it a 3rd for both players if they have a certain amount of games?

Josh

CB: Both trades were in exchange for conditional fourth-round picks. What most are not aware of is Buffalo was using one trade to facilitate the other.

While I don’t have the exact terms that would have bumped both picks to third-round selections I do know that both the pick acquired in the Johnson trade remained a fourth-round pick, as did the pick Philadelphia is owed by Buffalo.

Since the Bills original fourth-round pick in 2015 was traded to Cleveland in the Sammy Watkins deal, the fourth-round pick acquired from San Francisco for Stevie Johnson must be sent to Philadelphia for Bryce Brown.

So this spring the Bills do not have a first or fourth round selection. They have a second, third, two fifths, sixth and seventh.

 

2 – Hey Chris,

Thanks for the great coverage and all that you do.  A lot has been made around the NFL about the NFC South and one of those teams making the playoffs with a record less than .500.  My question is that with the Bills finishing with a better record than the NFC South champion (Carolina 7-8-1) will they pick after them in the draft?  The draft normally goes by record but do things change once a team makes the playoffs?  Thanks for the response.

J-P from Corning, NY but now in Frederick, MD
CB: Yes, by rule playoff teams pick after non-playoff teams. So the Bills first-round pick at 19, which is owned by Cleveland comes before Carolina. In fact even the playoff teams with better records who were eliminated Wild Card weekend will pick ahead of the Panthers. The best Carolina can do if they lose to Seattle this weekend is the 25th pick in round one.

 

3 – Chris,

Watching the Bills this season always leaves me thinking how many games would they have won if we had a top QB. Despite some games that Orton played well, he is surely not the guy to lead the Bills to the playoffs. I was wondering if picking up Sam Bradford would be a possibility and keeping EJ as a backup. I was also thinking that even though our offensive line has struggled this year, would we take a QB with our 2nd round pick this year?

-Bennett

CB: Sam Bradford is an interesting consideration. He has more than three times the experience of EJ Manuel in terms NFL starts with 49 on his NFL resume, but what is of concern to me is his completion percentage. It’s 58.6 percent, which is exactly the same as EJ Manuel.

I think the Bills need better than that if they decide acquiring a veteran quarterback is the route to take again this offseason. Now I’ll admit it is slim pickings in terms of the free agent market, and Bradford might be seen as one of the better options available.

Buffalo has limited capital to offer in a trade for a QB knowing they’re without a first and fourth-round pick this year.

The plan going forward concerning the quarterback position is certainly going to be one of the more intriguing developments for the Bills this offseason. And as for taking a QB in round two of the draft I don’t think anything can be ruled out at this point, but I do believe quarterback might be addressed before the draft rolls around.

 

4 – Chris,

How do you assess the prospects of OGs Kouandjio and Richardson? Do they have a chance to start on the Bills’ O-line  or will the Bills be shopping for guards in free agency and the draft next year.

Thanks,
Bob

CB: I think Cyrus Kouandjio and Cyril Richardson are still seen as long term investments by the organization. As I’ve written here before Kouandjio is still very young in football. He turned 21 during training camp last summer and has not played football his entire life. There is talent there. I just think what he needs is time on the job. Richardson has the physical tools, but they need to be refined more.

With that in mind I think it would be prudent for the Bills to seek NFL ready help at the guard position, especially with Erik Pears a free agent this offseason. The draft is another possibility, but it would have to be addressed early (2nd, 3rd round).

 

5 – Hi Chris,

My question pertains to re-signing several key players. I’ve read that there is some questions about whether or not we can sign Jerry Hughes, and renegotiate CJ and Marcel’s deals to keep them here long term, while also finding some key free agents and solid draft picks. Don’t we have a considerable amount of dead money coming off the books at the end of this year (Fitz, Stevie, Anderson, Lindell)? Overthecap.com says that it is about $21.6 million. With that money freed up, and the expansion of the salary cap don’t we have enough room to work with to bring back Jerry and give Marcel and CJ a raise?

(If this doesn’t make the list of questions on the blog post I would still love to hear your thoughts about where we stand financially going forward and how we can keep our defensive and offensive playmakers in Buffalo.)

Kevin

CB: You’re right there is a good amount of dead money coming off the books. I have seen the dead cap number closer to $24M. Per GM Doug Whaley – they will make every effort to bring Jerry Hughes and C.J. Spiller back into the fold.

There are reports that NFL clubs are expecting the cap to go up about $10M this year, which helps as well. It’s certainly possible that Dareus’ contract will be addressed to reduce his $8M cap figure this year and extend it.

However, I don’t think Dareus’ contract has to be extended in order for the club to formulate competitive offers for Hughes, Spiller and possibly Da’Norris Searcy.


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What’s out there at QB

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2014 – 1:08 pm

In the wake of Kyle Orton’s sudden retirement announcement the Bills search to add at the quarterback position this offseason began in earnest Monday. Bills GM Doug Whaley said they’ll need to add one, possibly two quarterbacks to the fold this offseason before spring practices get underway. He also said there’s more than just the draft to add a quarterback and that they would explore all avenues, including free agency and trade. With that in mind here’s a look at the list of notable free agent quarterbacks.

There are some omissions from this list like Tarvaris Jackson, Tyler Thigpen and Thad Lewis, who have already had a go round with the Bills.

Free agent Quarterbacks

Jason Campbell                 UFA       CIN         32

Jimmy Clausen                  UFA       CHI         27

Austin Davis                       RFA        STL         25

Matt Flynn                          UFA       GB          29

Blaine Gabbert                  UFA       SF           25

Matt Hasselbeck              UFA       IND        39

Shaun Hill                            UFA       STL         34

Brian Hoyer                        UFA       CLE         29

Tarvaris Jackson                UFA       SEA        31

Josh Johnson                     UFA       SF           28

Case Keenum                    RFA        HOU      26

Ryan Lindley                       UFA       ARI         25

Jake Locker                         UFA       TEN        26

Ryan Mallett                      UFA       HOU      26

Luke McCown                   UFA       NO         33

Colt McCoy                         UFA       WAS      28

Kellen Moore                    RFA        DET        25

Matt Moore                       UFA       MIA       30

Dan Orlovsky                     UFA       DET        31

Christian Ponder              UFA       MIN       26

Mark Sanchez                    UFA       PHI         28

Matt Simms                        RFA        NYJ         26

Tyrod Taylor                       UFA       BAL        25

Scott Tolzien                      UFA       GB          27

Michael Vick                       UFA       NYJ         34

Joe Webb                            UFA       CAR        28

T.J. Yates                             UFA       ATL         27


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Avril deal set market for Hughes?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2014 – 1:53 pm

With the Seattle Seahawks signing DE Cliff Avril to a four-year contract extension the market for the offseason might be set for impending free agents at the same position, like Buffalo’s Jerry Hughes.

Hughes, who is a half sack away from posting back-to-back double digit sack seasons, is set to become an unrestricted free agent. The Seahawks handed a pass rusher who has a similar game to that of Hughes a four-year extension worth a reported $28.5M over four years to Cliff Avril with $16M guaranteed.

Avril is a player who has been productive longer than Hughes. He has 52 sacks in his seven seasons. He’s also two years older (28) than Buffalo’s edge rusher (26).  With similar body types and similar games it’s logical to think that Avril’s deal will at least set a preliminary mark for offseason deals for free agent pass rushers like Buffalo’s Hughes.


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DE Wynn hoping to land starting role

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 2:52 pm

Bills newest DE Jarius Wynn, who signed Tuesday, has found it difficult staying with one club after his first three seasons in Green Bay. He’s suited up for three teams in the past two seasons, so he’s determined to earn himself a starting role so he can be a bigger contributor to Buffalo’s defense week in and week out.

“I guess the biggest thing has been the opportunity,” said Wynn when asked what is hardest about playing for multiple teams in a short period of time. “Getting the opportunity to really just showcase my talent. I want somebody to give me a realistic opportunity to come in and play and that would be the best thing.

“That’s what I think has been the problem. I’ve been grateful to whatever team allowed me to get on the field and show my talent. I feel like I have shown my talent in different situations, but I never just had an opportunity to really just play (week in and week out).”

Wynn played a steady rotational role for Dallas last season and saw some similar playing time early in his career with Green Bay, but entering his sixth NFL season Wynn wants more.

“I feel like in Dallas I played 30 percent and I think I did pretty good,” he said. “So I feel I have shown and proven that I can play in this league and be part of a rotation. But I’m not looking to come in and be part of a rotation. I want to come in and win the starting position and showcase my talent and be able to help my family out.”

 


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D-Jax gets 3-year deal from Washington

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2014 – 7:19 am

He spent two days in Washington on a visit, now WR DeSean Jackson has officially agreed to terms with the Redskins.

According to multiple sources Jackson will sign the deal this morning. The Bills were among a handful of teams that also expressed varying levels of interest, though it’s been reported that San Francisco was the runner up for Jackson’s services.

This morning there are multiple reports of the deal being worth $24 million over three seasons with $16 million guaranteed.

 

 


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Rams sign WR Britt

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2014 – 7:23 am

He visited a handful of teams after he fell out of favor with the Tennessee Titans and it was clear he was not going to return to the team that made him a first-round pick. The Bills were one of the teams Britt visited, but in the end Britt went with who he knew signing with St. Louis.

Britt signed a one-year deal with the Rams and the move makes sense. St. Louis not only needs a big wideout outside to stretch the field, there’s also some familiarity there for Britt in the form of Jeff Fisher, who was head coach of the Titans when the club made Britt a first-round pick in 2009.

Now head coach of Rams, Fisher knows how to handle quirky personalities like Britt, who has had his share of run-ins with the law.


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Report: D-Jax visiting Wash., Bills still in mix

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2014 – 1:30 pm

Free agent WR DeSean Jackson has reportedly made the Washington Redskins his first free agent visit today (Monday). But the Bills are still in the mix for the dynamic receivers services.

That according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport.

Just how far the Bills are willing to go to land Jackson is difficult to ascertain at this point. Most NFL clubs at this juncture do not have tons of free agent money to spend as teams need to be mindful of the money needed for their rookie pool that will qualify towards the salary cap.

That might mean that NFL clubs that are interested may only be able to commit to a one-year deal, which has become more and more popular the later and later it gets in free agency. One-year deals are also popular for players looking to re-establish their fair market value, hoping to put up a big season and land a bigger contract in free agency next offseason.

If Jackson wants something more than a one-year deal it might prove hard to land at this point despite his proven track record of playmaking ability.

A handicapping of the teams in pursuit of DeSean Jackson was put together by Washington Redskins ESPN blogger John Keim, though it should be pointed out that money won’t be the only factor for Jackson.

 


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Report: Rams like odds of landing WR Britt

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2014 – 11:13 am

Free agent WR Kenny Britt has made a handful of visits to NFL clubs, including the Bills late last week. Britt said he would make his decision by midweek this week. According to one report he might be leaning in favor of one particular club.

That club according to Pro Football Talk is the St. Louis Rams. In an interview with PFT, Rams GM Les Snead outlined how likely he feels they’ll be able to land Britt as a receiver for their club.

Per the report Snead said he feels the Rams have a better than 50 percent chance of getting Britt under contract. Britt had said he was looking for a short term deal, presumably a one-year agreement to try to rebuild his value as a player. St. Louis does need a big wideout and the Rams have the benefit of the prior relationship of their head coach Jeff Fisher with Britt from their days together in Tennessee.


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Report: Rams sign Carrington

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2014 – 9:47 am

It was one of the teams he visited as a free agent, and reports now indicate that free agent DL Alex Carrington has signed with the St. Louis Rams.

That according to ESPN and other news outlets. Carrington, a former third-round pick of the Bills is coming off a torn quadriceps tendon injury, but has reportedly signed with St. Louis.

It’s reportedly a one-year deal, which comes as little surprise knowing that coming off the injury most NFL clubs usually don’t want to commit to more than a year, so Carrington will be working in a ‘prove it’ type year to earn a long term deal in the future.

Carrington appeared in just three games last season before the quadriceps tendon tear suffered in Week 3 against the Jets landed him on I-R for the remainder of the 2013 season.

 


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Ravens Harbaugh unhappy to lose Graham

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2014 – 2:18 pm

While Bills GM Doug Whaley was very happy to land free agent Corey Graham, the Baltimore Ravens were far from thrilled to have lost him. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh wasn’t shy in expressing his disappointment.

In an interview with the John Murphy Show at the annual league meetings in Orlando this week, Harbaugh was open and honest about losing Graham to Buffalo.

“He was hugely valuable to us and we were very disappointed to lose him,” said Harbaugh. “In the end I think we couldn’t really compete with Buffalo’s offer and the fact that he was going back home. That means a lot  to Corey and his family, going back to Buffalo.  But he’s a really good football player.  They paid him accordingly, and that’s rightly so.

“He’s a great special teams player, but like we said before, sometimes these guys are great special teams players and they get labeled.  People assume they aren’t really good defensive players, either.  He had an opportunity with us to demonstrate the kind of corner he is and did that.”

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said in addition to special teams and cornerback, the defensive staff may also consider lining Graham up at safety to see how he fares in that position.


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Report: Steelers to sign Moats to 1-yr deal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2014 – 2:15 pm

We mentioned the report over the weekend of Bills FA LB Arthur Moats making a free agent visit to Pittsburgh today (Monday). Now there are reports he’s agreed to a one-year deal with the AFC North club.

That according to Pro Football Talk, which is reporting it to be a one-year deal for Moats.


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Report: Moats to visit with Steelers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2014 – 3:46 pm

The Bills have signed a pair of free agent linebackers this month, but Arthur Moats is still out there and he’s drawn interest from an AFC North team.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Moats will visit with the Steelers on Monday.

Moats reportedly drew some interest from Cleveland earlier in free agency.


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Report: Bills express interest in WR Britt

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2014 – 8:11 am

Tennessee WR Kenny Britt is a free agent who has already made a few visits with some NFL clubs. His agent is claiming there are two other teams interested in his client with one being the Bills.

Britt’s agent, Pat Dye, in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio told FOXSports Alex Marvez that Buffalo was one of two new teams interested in the former first-round pick.

Britt has already visited with the Rams, Patriots and Redskins. It’s believed at this point in free agency that Britt would be amenable to a short term deal. His agent says the opportunity for playing time is their highest priority at this point.


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Dixon: I’ve got that sneaky speed

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2014 – 1:19 pm

Bills newest RB Anthony Dixon officially signed his contract with Buffalo on Saturday after agreeing to terms late Friday. Dixon is largely viewed as a power back, which he’ll readily admit, but don’t sell the rest of his game short.

“I’m definitely a power back, but I have that sneaky speed,” said Dixon. “Some guys don’t think or don’t know that I’m fast like I am, but I have quickness.”

Dixon ran in the mid-4.6’s leading up to the 2010 NFL draft, but it’s his one-cut and go style that gets him in and out of space quicker than some might expect. And while he hasn’t really factored into the San Francisco pass game at all in his first four NFL season he did have 56 receptions in college at Mississippi State, including four for touchdowns.

“I can do it all, I’m very versatile,” he said. “I have good hands and I’m just looking to come down here and put it all on display. Definitely want to show what I’m worth.”


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Free agent RB Dixon says he’s a Bill

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 10:51 pm

The Bills hosted free agent RB Anthony Dixon on a visit Friday at One Bills Drive. By Friday evening Dixon said he was the newest Bill.

That’s what he tweeted Friday night.

Dixon is the kind of power back head coach Doug Marrone and GM Doug Whaley were looking for to augment their second ranked running game.

The team has not confirmed the agreement.


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Report: Carrington leaves Pittsburgh w/no deal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 4:25 pm

Bills free agent DL Alex Carrington has spent the past day and a half visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report he’s leaving western Pennsylvania without a contract.

Post-Gazette beat reporter Ed Bouchette is reporting that Carrington finished his visit without a deal and that the Steelers are signing NT Cam Thomas.

Carrington played in three games last season before suffering a season-ending torn quadriceps tendon.


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Rivers looking to be every down player

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 4:02 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he sees free agent signee Keith Rivers as a three down linebacker. That sounds like a lot of time on the field for one of Buffalo’s newest additions. That’s something that’s just fine with the veteran linebacker.

“I’m excited about being here. It’s a great opportunity,” Rivers said. “I think it’s the best opportunity for me at this point. I want to go play where I have the best fit and here I think it’s a great fit with Kiko (Alonso) and some of the other guys we’re bringing in. I’m excited about it.”

Rivers said this defense should play to his strengths because of the defensive line in front of him and the solid cover corners behind him.

“They’ve done a great job putting together a great defense and great cornerbacks,” he said. “I can run around and make plays.”


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