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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


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 for all the details this week.

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Stevie elaborates on new workout regimen

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2013 – 10:38 am

He was hesitant to get into it after all the ruckus that was raised when he previously mentioned that his offseason workout regimen consisted of playing basketball and running, but appearing on the NFL Network’s NFL AM program Wednesday, Stevie Johnson elaborated on just how he’s changed things up with his offseason training this winter.

“I think every player knows their body,” he said. “I’m scared to even answer the question now. Ever since high school I never really lifted weights, it was playing basketball and doing cardio running. That’s how I would beat DBs by doing basketball moves. I never missed a game or anything. But with this new coach coming in, I’ve had 1,000 yards, 1,000 yards and 1,000 yards, but how come I’m not getting 1,200 or 13? So let me do this full workout, this full NFL regimen. So I came out here and I’m working and I’m feeling good right now.”

Johnson is working with Travelle Gaines at Athletic Gaines, which also has San Diego RB Ryan Mathews, Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch, San Francisco S Dashon Goldson as clients.

“It’s crazy doing the things that we do,” he said. “It’s nothing that’s going to kill you, but it’s mostly core and stability and getting your legs stronger. I’m going there after this to get it in again.”

The new offseason regimen has Johnson excited about how ready he’ll be for Buffalo’s offseason conditioning program, which begins next month.

“I go back in April and I’ll be around and doing what coach (Marrone) tells me to,” he said. “I’m all in.”

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Stevie on NFL Network

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2013 – 6:10 am

Bills WR Stevie Johnson will be on NFL Network at two separate times Wednesday. Once in the morning and again in the evening. Here’s his schedule.

Stevie will be a guest on NFL AM at 9 am ET and then again on Total Access from 7-8 pm ET. Johnson is out in L.A. working out with a personal trainer as he sets his sights on being in the best shape of his life for the 2013 season.

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C.J. makes Deion’s top plays

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2012 – 11:05 am

Bills RB C.J. Spiller made NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders’ Top 10 list on his ’21st and Prime’ highlight list.

Spiller came in at number 8 on Sanders’ Top 10 countdown. Watch.

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Stevie on NFL Network

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2012 – 12:42 pm

Bills WR Stevie Johnson will be on the NFL Network tonight (Thursday).

Johnson will be on Thursday’s NFL Total Access for the Bills 32 in 32 segment. The show starts at 7PM.

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Fred to exercise bragging rights

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2012 – 8:40 pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson, who appeared on NFL Network’s ‘The Top 100: Player of 2012,’ tonight (Wednesday), now has bragging rights or a fellow running back and former teammate. And he plans to make use of them as soon as possible.

Jackson appeared on the set at NFL Network in Los Angeles to talk about his ranking and others that were in his 90-81 range Wednesday evening. Jackson was ranked 83rd overall. Former teammate Marshawn Lynch, now with the Seattle Seahawks, appeared on the first episode of the countdown and was ranked 94th overall. So Jackson already has plans to stick it to his friend Lynch.

“No doubt,” Jackson told “We compete in everything we do. He’s going to be the first person I call or tweet him and say something to him about it. We compete in everything we do and it’s always been that way.”

Jackson was part of the group of players interviewed to talk about Lynch in the first episode and he explained why Lynch needs to eat Skittles during games.

“He told me that his rookie year,” said Jackson. “He said, ‘I need my power pellets.’ I said, ‘What the heck is a power pellet?’ And he opened up his hand and he had a handful of Skittles.”

Bills fans might remember a game when Lynch got sick on the sidelines at one point. Jackson said it was because Lynch didn’t have his Skittles.

“They settle his stomach,” Jackson said. “He really needs them. It’s not a joke. He has to have them. You see him in that highlight where he looks like he’s sick and he throws them in his mouth because they settle his stomach. I don’t know. It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen, but he really needs them. It could just be a mental thing, but he really needs his Skittles.”

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Bills repped on NFLN’s Top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2012 – 7:50 am

With the start of the NFL Network’s ‘Top 100: Players of 2012’ over the weekend I’m interested to see what Bills player or players might end up on the list. In their press release the NFL Network said all 32 teams are represented so we know at least one Bills player will be there. But where and when?

There were no Bills on the list last year, but there are 39 new players on this year’s list. This list, which goes off of performances in the 2011 season I would think makes Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson good candidates in light of the seasons they had.

The first episode of the show debuted Saturday with 100-91, but no Bills were among those first 10 (see list below). Players ranked 90-81 will be announced Wednesday at 8 pm ET, and every Wednesday after until number one is announced. The number one player will be announced June 27, 8 ET on NFLN. That’s then followed by The Top 100: Players of 2012 – Reactions’ Show, at 9 with NFL players on set. Willis McGahee was in studio over the weekend. 

100. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans, RB
99. Ryan Kalil – Carolina Panthers, C
98. Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos, RB
97. Donald Penn – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, OL
96. D’Qwell Jackson – Cleveland Browns, LB
95. Tim Tebow – New York Jets, QB
94. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks, RB
93. Cortland Finnegan – St. Louis Rams, CB
92. John Kuhn – Green Bay Packers, FB
91. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys, QB

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Bills get ‘A’ grade from Lombardi

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2012 – 5:15 pm

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi gave the Bills an ‘A’ grade for their draft before they even made their final draft choice at the bottom of round seven.

“I like their top pick of Gilmore,” said Lombardi. “I also liked the pick of Tank Carder a lot, and they got him in the fifth round. They haven’t closed the gap all the way on New England, but they got a lot closer with this draft class.”

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Rams control round 2

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2012 – 5:21 pm

The St. Louis Rams did some trading back in Round 1 on Thursday and now they will play a major role in determining the way the board falls in Round 2 as a result.

St. Louis not only has the first pick tonight in Round 2, at 33, but pick 39 and 45 as well. The Rams’ primary needs are WR, interior OL, LB and RB with Steven Jackson getting long in the tooth. Head coach Jeff Fisher doesn’t mind sitting in the catbird seat.

“Our board is good, our board was right and there are a lot of good players up there,” Fisher told the NFL Network. “We can’t predict what is going to happen between 33 and 39, or 39 and 45, but there are a lot of good players up there. We have need positions here so this is precisely the round and the day that we’ve been looking most forward to.”

Fisher believes the Rams can potentially land three year one starters in round 2 tonight. Buffalo picks in between the second and third Rams picks in Round 2 at 41.

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Barnett TV appearance

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2012 – 2:20 pm

Bills LB Nick Barnett will be appearing on NFL Network tonight.

Barnett will be a guest on the Total Access program, which begins at 7 pm ET. The veteran will likely talk about the team’s move to the 4-3 defensive front and playing under defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt, whom he had as a position coach last season.

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Bills to appear on NFL Replay

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2011 – 11:55 am

For the third time in five weeks the Bills will be part of the NFL Network’s ‘NFL Replay’ series tonight (Tuesday).

Their win over the Eagles will be re-broadcast on NFL Network tonight at 8 pm in the league’s specialized format.

NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, 90-minute, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.

Knowing a good number of fans did not get to see the game is some upstate New York markets, here’s a good chance to catch more than just the highlights.

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Bills again on NFL Replay

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2011 – 8:26 am

For the second straight week, Buffalo’s latest dramatic comeback to wipe out New England’s 15-game winning streak will be re-broadcast on the NFL Network.

The re-airing of the game will take place on Tuesday at 8 pm on NFL Network. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns while Buffalo’s defense intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady four times as the team overcame an early 21-0 deficit, with Rian Lindell putting the 28-yard game winner through as time expired in the 34-31 landmark win.

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