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A special Jim Kelly report on NFLN

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 3:28 pm

In advance of tonight’s Bills-Dolphins game on Thursday night football, NFL Network will have a special piece on Jim Kelly and his cancer recovery. Reporter Andrea Kremer spends time with the Kelly family to get a feel as to just how things are going now and the difficult journey through Jim’s cancer treatment. Here are some more details.

The most poignant part of the piece is the Kelly family’s belief that returning to Buffalo to complete the cancer treatments was the key to Kelly’s recovery.

“I think that was the turning point. Absolutely,” said his wife Jill Kelly. “There is no doubt in my mind that coming back to Buffalo was the turning point for Jim…We went literally from one hospital to a hospital over here; one hospital in New York to a hospital in Buffalo. He came to life.”

“At times, there were people here that needed my support but I needed their support too,” said Jim Kelly. “There is not a family around here any bigger than the Buffalo Bill family. Everywhere I turn, there are people praying for me, there are people that give me well wishes and to be honest with you, I don’t know if I would have been able to make it anywhere else.”

As for his outlook now moving forward, Kelly is just trying to make the most of every day.

“I live every day. I know it’s a cliché [to live] every day to its fullest but I do,” he said. “I’m not going to change. Even though I have cancer, even though I’ve been through some tough times, it doesn’t matter because I’m going to live life to its fullest today because tomorrow I have no idea what is going to happen.”

The piece airs tonight on NFL Network at 6 pm ET on NFL Total Access Kickoff.


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Deion, Irvin believe in Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 1:17 pm

NFL Network analysts, and Hall of Famers, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin like what they’ve seen from the Bills over the first two weeks of the season. Here was their take on Buffalo’s 2-0 start to the 2014 campaign.

“The Buffalo Bills, they have two running backs that are very capable, they have a receiver now that’s off the charts, they have a quarterback who’s learning,” said Sanders. “But defensively these guys are winning on that side of the ball. I feel like that’s why the Buffalo Bills are 2-0. I like them. I like them.”

“They’ve got a nice, young, talented team that they can have for a while to develop,” said Irvin.

 


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NFL Network special on Andre Reed Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2014 – 9:00 pm

The NFL Network has put together one-hour specials on all the Hall of Fame inductees for the 2014 class. The special on Andre Reed airs Thursday. Here are the details.

Called ‘The Road to Canton’  the series will feature former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed starting at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 31.

The title of the special is called ‘Middle Man: Andre Reed’. The one-hour special features footage of Andre Reed as a high school quarterback, his transition to becoming a speedy and reliable wide receiver at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and his consistent play from the slot in the NFL.

Reed was referred to being too small to have an impact in playing football until his senior year of high school. During his senior season, the Allentown, Pennsylvania native became the starting quarterback at Deiruff High School. The future NFL fourth round draft pick was at one point a tremendous talent in the Division II Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Andre was regarded by his coaches and teammates for his work ethic and desire for excellence. He made his mark by going across the middle from the slot and turning short passes up field for major yardage after the catch.

Once solidified in the NFL, Reed contributed to a Buffalo Bills team that made four straight Super Bowl appearances with fellow Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, James Lofton and Bruce Smith. Even though they could never capture a ring, these players formed a family bond that exists to this day.

Middle Man chronicles those experiences for Andre Reed and also shows the story of how and why he attributes his success in life and the NFL to the values taught to him by his father who battled alcoholism throughout his life.

Middle Man features interviews with special people from Andre Reed’s life:

• Marv Levy – Bills coach
• Thurman Thomas, James Lofton, Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Steve Tasker and Frank Reich – Bills teammates
• Joyce Reed Ebling – Mother
• Tyrone, Teshia and Dion Reed – Siblings
• Larry Lewis – High School Football Coach


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C.J. on importance of run game

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2014 – 2:49 pm

The run game was Buffalo’s bread and butter on offense as they ran more than any other team in the league and finished second in rushing yards per game. Blessed with the additional talents of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, the Bills ground attack is as deep as it’s ever been. So just how critical will the Bills run game be to the team’s success this season. C.J. Spiller had an answer for that one.

In an appearance on NFL AM on NFL Network Tuesday, Spiller believes the run game will again be carrying the offense in 2014.

“I think it’s going to be very important,” said Spiller. “I think it’s going to take a lot of pressure off E.J. [Manuel]. I think if we have our running game going, he’ll feel more comfortable relying on that. Instead of having him, going out there saying, ‘Hey E.J., we need you to throw the ball.’ It’s going to be very important to make sure that our running game is going on early and late in the season. It’s going to be exciting. The offensive line is going to jell together and hopefully we’ll have another great rushing year.”


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Spiller on change needed for division games

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2014 – 2:46 pm

The Bills have found it hard to compete for a division title in the AFC East as New England has largely ruled the division for the better part of the last dozen years. Buffalo usually plays all their division opponents tough, until some unfortunate play happens and the floodgates seem to open. C.J. Spiller knows what has to change to reverse that trend.

In an appearance on NFL AM on NFL Network this morning, Spiller addressed what the Bills need to do to truly contend in the AFC East.

“If you go back and look at those games, we always play all those teams close,” Spiller said. “Obviously, sooner or later, [they] kind-of get out of hand. Against those type of teams, you can’t make mistakes. That’s the thing that’s been killing us against [those] teams is that we make mistakes and it’s hard for us to bounce back. So if we can minimize them, I think we have a chance of competing as one of the top [teams] in the AFC. I’m looking forward to it. Still a lot of work needs to be done. We still have to go out there and play the games.”


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NFL Network analysts have high hopes for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on July 19, 2014 – 2:31 pm

With the Bills poised to open training camp first in the league the NFL Network put their talking heads to work in predicting whether or not Buffalo can contend in the AFC East. One of the analysts was former Bill Shawne Merriman.

Merriman pointed to how they do outside the division as for how much they can contend for the postseason. Solomon Wilcotts puts it on EJ as for the team’s fortunes. And Cameron Jordan likes the defense. Here’s a look at their analysis.


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Mario on NFL’s Top 100 gives Bills a 1st

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2014 – 10:01 pm

Tonight (Wednesday) on the NFL’s Top 100 on NFL Network, Mario Williams became the fourth Bills player to appear on the list. His appearance at #29 also marks a league first in the four-year history of the countdown.

With the addition of Mario Williams, the Bills become the first team in the four-year history of the NFL’s Top 100 Players to have three defensive linemen appear in the Top 100 Players.

Mario joins linemates Marcell Dareus (#62) and Kyle Williams (#32). Kiko Alonso (#82) was also on the list.

This is the third time that Mario Williams appears on the list, and it’s his highest ranking ever. He was on it last year and ranked #72 and in 2011 when he ranked #71.


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4th Bills player to appear on NFL’s Top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2014 – 12:19 pm

In the latest installment of the NFL’s Top 100 on NFL Network another Bills player will be featured tonight (Wednesday).

Tonight’s installment will count down from 30-21, and Buffalo will have their fourth player named in the countdown to this point. So far Kiko Alonso (#84), Marcell Dareus (#62) and Kyle Williams (#32) have been featured on the list.

NFL Network’s Top 100 airs Wednesday at 9 PM ET, followed by The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show at 10 PM ET. Players who appear on this list are voted on solely by current NFL players.


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Bills player in NFL Network’s top 40 tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on June 18, 2014 – 4:22 pm

The countdown of NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2014 continues tonight on NFL Network and a Bills player will be revealed as they count down from 40 down to 31.

It’ll be the third Bills player to make the list joining Kiko Alonso (#84) and Marcell Dareus (#62). It’s also the first time this player will appear on the list.

The show airs tonight (Wednesday) June 18 at 9 PM ET, followed by The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show at 10 PM ET.

 


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Watkins to appear on NFL Total Access

Posted by Chris Brown on May 15, 2014 – 2:13 pm

Bills top draft choice Sammy Watkins has been making the rounds when it comes to media interviews. He’s got a national interview lined up for this evening (Thursday).

Watkins will be appearing on NFL Network’s – NFL Total Access show tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm.


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Inside Bills draft room on NFLN airs tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2014 – 7:59 am

NFL Network will have a Bills specific angle to their Path to the Draft programming tonight.

NFL Network’s Path to the Draft show will go inside the Bills draft room. NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis will co-anchor the Path to the Draft, and will be joined by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Charley Casserly and Brian Baldinger, former first-round pick Curtis Conway, and various additional NFL Network analysts.

The program airs at 7 pm tonight (Thursday).


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King: NFL to air HOF presentations

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 11:20 am

According to MMQB columnist Peter King, a Hall of Fame Selector, the NFL will be airing the presentations made by Selectors for each of the 15 Hall of Fame finalists up for possible enshrinement as members of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

King wrote the following in his column Friday.

The NFL plans to film and air the presenters in 2014, allowing cameras in the room for the first time. Writers originally bristled at the prospect of airing any portion of the meeting publicly, but they have largely accepted the intrusion so long as it is confined to the presentations and not the ensuing discussion.

That means that Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan’s presentation and case for Andre Reed’s enshrinement will be aired. King does not give details as to when these presentations will be aired, or if they will be aired live, but it’s assumed they will be broadcast on NFL Network at some point. We’ll pass along a time when the coverage begins if and when we get word.

Here is a list of the 46 Hall of Fame Selectors.


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Bruce Smith: Bills current D-Line is best ever

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2013 – 6:55 pm

Bills Hall of Famer Bruce Smith appeared on ‘Inside the NFL’ earlier this week and was asked about the state of the Bills, his relationship with EJ Manuel and just how good he believes Buffalo’s defensive line might be.

Smith surprisingly said he believes Buffalo’s current defensive line is the best in franchise history. Watch.

‘Inside the NFL’ airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Showtime.


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Tuel time dependent on EJ’s health

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2013 – 12:19 pm

EJ Manuel was out on the practice field for a second straight day Monday, certainly a good sign concerning his availability for the season opener against New England. Head coach Doug Marrone said he’ll make a decision on Wednesday. So until then undrafted rookie and backup Jeff Tuel will have to wait to see if in fact he’ll be the guy starting Sunday.

Appearing on NFL Network’s NFL AM show, Tuel explained how he’s handling the unknown.

“It’s tough because it’s the coach’s decision, and a lot of it is on EJ [Manuel] and how he’s feeling as well,” said Tuel. “It’s not so much in my hands; I’m just doing what I can control and doing the best to my abilities. I’ll just leave it at that, leave it in coach’s hands.”


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NFL Net’s Heath Evans-“Tie goes to EJ”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 5:35 pm

When the national NFL writers and reporters visit Bills camp this summer, the number one story line will be the quarterback battle between veteran Kevin Kolb and rookie EJ Manuel.

And for one NFL Network analyst, if the race is close, the rookie should get the edge.

Former Dolphins, Patriots and Saints Fullback Heath Evans was at Bills camp this week watching the team work out. He appeared on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, to talk about the quarterback battle.

“What I saw today was that if the race is even, the tie goes to EJ,” Evans said on the radio show. “They (the Bills) make moves to get this kid, and they kind of surprised the world that this was the one that they wanted in the first round. We’ll see what they’ll do, but if I was picking a week one starter today, both here and with the Jets, I’m taking the rookies.”

Evans visited the Jets camp Monday, the day before he saw the Bills, and came away impressed with New York rookie QB Geno Smith. But he likes Manuel a lot. Host John Murphy asked Evans if the Bills might be asking too much of Manuel, to take over the quarterback reins right away.

“I don’t think so,” Evans replied. “Drive down I-95 and see Miami, and what Ryan Tannehill was able to do last year in this division. You want to see more touchdowns from Ryan and maybe a few less interceptions, but that was a quarterback with far less college experience playing quarterback (than Manuel) and yet was able to walk into this division and play some really good football.”

The entire radio interview with NFL Network analyst Heath Evans is available here


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NFL Net analyst says Bills camp more physical than Jets

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 4:45 pm

NFL Network analyst Heath Evans was one of several national NFL reporters who made a visit to Bills camp in Pittsford this week. And the former fullback for the Dolphins, Patriots, and Saints says after visiting the Bills and Jets camp on back to back days, there’s no question which camp features more physical play.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Evans said he was in the Jets camp watching practice Monday, and then watched the Bills work out Tuesday morning.

“The physical tempo was totally different here, you guys get the edge there,” Evans said on the radio show. “The physical prowess of the team was totally different.”

“I didn’t hear any pads popping at all at the Jets camp,” Evans told host John Murphy. “Here at Bills camp, I heard Coach Marrone yelling, ‘Stay off the ground, stay off the ground,’ because guys are getting too physical for the first day of pads. You’d much rather have your team too physical as opposed to too soft.”

The entire radio interview with NFL Network Analyst Heath Evans is available here


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Fans vote EJ likely to start most as rookie

Posted by Chris Brown on July 23, 2013 – 10:05 am

Bills rookie QB EJ Manuel was part of a poll by NFL Network that asked which rookie quarterback will start the most games in 2013?

Manuel won by a landslide over the Jets’ Geno Smith, the Eagles Matt Barkley and Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon. Manuel grabbed nearly two-thirds of the vote (64.8%) with Smith a distant second with 27 percent.

Fans that voted are likely Bills fans eager to see what Manuel has to offer or believe he’ll win the starting job out of training camp, while others might be unfairly taking Kevin Kolb’s track record of injuries into account.


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Bills player to appear on NFL Top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2013 – 9:05 am

The NFL Network is working its way through the Top 100 Players in the league from 2012 performance, and in the next set of player reveals a Bills player will be featured.

The Top 100 Players of 2013 series has already unveiled No.100 through No.81 in its first two episodes. The 11-episode, weekly series continues Thursday at 8 pm ET. The unnamed Bills player will appear in Thursday night’s edition as they count down No. 80 through No. 71.

The series airs each Thursday at 8 pm until the back-to-back episodes unveil the top 10 players of 2013 on June 27th at 8 pm and 9 pm.


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Marrone on NFL Network

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2013 – 10:09 am

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Bills head coach Doug Marrone will be appearing on NFL Network later today.

Marrone will appear on the network’s Around The League program Monday. He’s scheduled to appear at 5:15 p.m.

The over-under on how many Ryan Nassib questions he’ll be asked is three.


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Spiller on TV

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2013 – 6:18 pm

Bills RB C.J. Spiller will be appearing on the NFL Network Tuesday morning.

Spiller will be a guest on the NFL AM program at 7:45 am ET. Spiller and his teammates begin a voluntary veteran minicamp Tuesday, which runs through Thursday and will include tryout players.

Stay close to Buffalobills.com for all the details this week.


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