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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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Mariucci on Bills bandwagon

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2011 – 5:29 pm

NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci is officially on the Bills bandwagon on the heels of Buffalo’s ground breaking win over New England.

Mariucci offered the following comments on the Bills as he broke down how the team has gotten to 3-0 as well as his thoughts on Fred Jackson.

“Don’t sleep on the Buffalo Bills. They can beat anybody right now,” said Mariucci.

“This is Mr. Do Everything,” said Mariucci on Jackson. “He’s a short-yardage runner, he goes out as a receiver and he will block you.”

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Stevie on ‘Around the League’

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2011 – 3:29 pm

With the Bills the lone AFC undefeated team they’re the toast of the league right now and as such the players are being interviewed everywhere. Stevie Johnson was the latest to appear on the the NFL Network’s ‘Around the League’ program. Here were some of his comments.

Johnson was asked what’s led to the offensive success thus far…

“It’s just believing in the system,” said Johnson. “Coach [Chan] Gailey puts us in the right position, he calls the right plays. Actually, everything is not always the right play, but we believe in it either way it goes. With [Ryan Fitzpatrick] out there giving us all an opportunity, we have to take advantage of it. That’s what we’re doing. We’re a confident group and we know we have to make plays to get these W’s.”

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Lombardi on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2011 – 1:17 pm

Fora third straight week, NFL Network analyst used space in his column to break down the Bills latest victory. Here’s what he wrote about Buffalo improving to 3-0 with a landmark win over New England.

The Bills once again came from behind, overcoming a 21-0 deficit and dominating the second half by forcing Tom Brady into three interceptions over the final six possessions. These 2011 Bills have no quit in them regardless of the score or how many yards the opponent is able to gain. Early, the Patriots moved the ball at will. But after Bills defensive back Bryan Scott intercepted a tipped ball just as the Patriots were getting ready to add to their lead at the end of the first half, the tide turned in the game. Instead of going into the locker room down 24-3 or 28-3, the Bills trailed 21-10 and were confident they could turn the game around.

Give coach Chan Gaily credit. He has devised a system that highlights the strengths of the team and protects its weaknesses. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is almost un-sackable as he gets rid of the ball quickly in this spread attack and never allows his offensive line to become exposed. The Bills have one of the best yards-after-contact runners in Fred Jackson and a bunch of receivers, spearheaded by Stevie Johnson, who all run excellent routes, rarely have drops and are always in rhythm with Fitzpatrick.

By spreading teams out, the Bills create easy throws for Fitzpatrick. He is never forced to hold onto the ball for an extended period, thus eliminating the potential of negative plays. The Bills know their offensive line is not a powerful group, so they never ask them to flex their muscles.

Clearly, Brady was off. Even though he threw for 387 yards, some of his throws were not as accurate as they normally are, and the Bills took full advantage of his miscues. They played with great passion and when the game was on the line, Buffalo made the plays that in the past 15 games New England normally made.

As nose tackle Kyle Williams said after the game: “You can’t say enough about the guys on our football team. Grinding it out. Fighting. Never quitting. You know we talked about it all week. You know we’re not scared and we’re going to play as hard as we can for 60 minutes and see where the chips fall.”

The Bills are for real, and they won’t go quietly. They will compete no matter the score and clearly no lead is too much for them to overcome.

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Fitz mic’d up on NFL Replay

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2011 – 9:04 am

Buffalo’s dramatic 38-35 come from behind win over the Raiders in Week 2 is going to be part of the NFL Network’s Replay series Wednesday night.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was mic’d up for the game by NFL Films, so his commentary will be interspersed into the replay of the game throughout. Knowing the Bills offense scored on all five of their possessions in the second half it’s likely you’ll hear a lot from Fitz in this one. The Bills-Raiders replay airs tonight (Wednesday) on NFL Network at 8 pm.

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Lombardi not sold on Bills yet

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2011 – 11:29 am

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi mentioned the Bills in his Monday column in which he goes around the league and lists some of his observations. Though impressed with the what Buffalo did in their dismantling of the Chiefs in Kansas City Sunday, he’s not yet convinced that the Bills are for real.

Here’s what he wrote in his column.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bills fans have to feel really proud of what happen in Kansas City. Four touchdown passes, a perfect quarterback rating for Fitzpatrick and a convincing win on the road to savor. The Bills are better. How much better I am not sure considering the lack of resistance from the Chiefs.

For the record Fitz did not have a perfect passer rating. It was 133, which is outstanding, but perfect is 158.3.

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