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Bradham stunned by Alonso trade

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2015 – 4:19 pm

Knowing the Bills trade opportunity for LeSean McCoy even caught GM Doug Whaley off guard, it’s not surprising to know that Bills LB Nigel Bradham was floored by it as well. The only difference for Bradham however, was his close friendship with Kiko Alonso.

“It’s a tough business man,” said Bradham. “Obviously he’s a close friend of mine and we still talk. I just wish the best for him. He’s going to excel, we all know that he’s a great player and just keep wishing the best for him.”

Bradham said he was surprised by the trade, but understands why the move was made.

“It’s all about making our team better, but it’s just something we’ve got to deal with that,” he said.

On the bright side Bradham understands that with the front office feeling comfortable enough to move Alonso in a trade it was also a direct reflection on the talent the personnel department feels they have in Bradham and Preston Brown.

“It says a lot. It definitely says a lot,” said Bradham. “Obviously that was probably one of the main reasons why they did it. But me and Preston we’ve just got to keep stepping it up and keep getting better every day.”


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Bills won’t be free agent players next year

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2015 – 1:02 pm

The Buffalo Bills made some exciting trades and some aggressive moves in free agency this offseason that has the team poised to bring an end to their playoff drought. But don’t expect the flurry of activity to happen again in 2016.

Bills GM Doug Whaley all but confirmed that with the high-priced players they signed (McCoy, Harvin) and the high-priced players they re-signed (Hughes) or extended (Kyle Williams) they won’t be in a position to spend like that again next March.

“Next year the Bills fans should take vacation during free agency,” Doug Whaley told the John Murphy Show. “Our free agency now, because we’ve drafted so well turns to our own players. Marcell Dareus, Cordy Glenn, Nigel Bradham, Stephon Gilmore that will be our free agency next year. We’ll turn into the Green Bay Packers.”

Whaley knows Dareus and Gilmore will command high price tags based not only on their production, but the position they’ll play with Glenn and Bradham not far behind. That’s why the personnel department is hopeful they can land a contributing player or two late in the draft, who will be far more affordable knowing a lot of cap dollars will be tied into the elite core of players.

“With the guys we’ve paid this year and brought in and the guys we’re going to try to re-sign next offseason those guys are going to be high-priced players,” said Whaley. “So to balance that out you have to hit on some fifth, sixth or seventh round players to have that, for lack of a better term, cheap labor and balance out that top heavy end of the price structure in the cap situation with our top end players.”

 


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Fan Friday 4-17

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2015 – 12:03 pm

The second week of the voluntary offseason conditioning program is in the books. Veteran voluntary minicamp is a couple of weeks away. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

Let us talk hypothetically.  TE-OL-LB are obvious needs.  But, should (UCLA QB Brett) Hundley still be on the board for the Bills in round 2, what do you think?

Jim (Skaneateles)

CB: I think GM Doug Whaley will keep all options open in round two knowing he can truly take the best player on the board with few holes on the roster. That being said beyond the first two quarterbacks (Winston, Mariota) I get the feeling that the general consensus around the league is none of the remaining quarterbacks are at a point in their development where they can help right away.

I don’t know for a Bills team trying to win right now that Hundley is a pick worth making in round two. I think they’d rather have a player that can step in and help as a rookie in the event of an injury or push an incumbent starter for the starting role at their respective position.

Naturally we have to see what is left on the board at pick 50, and that’s obviously very hard to predict. I think there will be enough quality talent at Buffalo’s need positions that you listed to convince them to go in that direction more than QB.

 

2 – Chris,

After reading Collision Low Crossers, the book about the 2011 Jets, it seems like Rex values a shutdown corner to take away part of the field, then blitz.

I assume Gilmore is close to being that type of player. Do you think McKelvin can hold up? What players off radar could come in and make plays on the defense where he likes to give all the players playing time (i.e. Robey, Cockrell, Johnson, Meeks, Charles). How do the reserves fit into his defense and which one you see making a big jump in 2015?

CB: First, yes I think McKelvin can hold up as a press corner. He’s coming off the two-best seasons in his career under secondary coach Donnie Henderson. Furthermore Ryan believes he has three capable outside press corners with Corey Graham being the third.

In terms of a reserve player on defense who could make a jump I believe Duke Williams is a prime candidate to start in the safety role vacated by Da’Norris Searcy. He got a good deal of playing time there last season, is a ferocious hitter and has a nose for the ball. The other players you mentioned are only going to take steps forward as well, which speaks well for the depth on defense.

 

3 – Chris,

I am not convinced Matt Cassel is the answer at QB we’ve been waiting for all these years. Will the Bills go after Colin Kaepernick? And if not, why not? He would make sense as a solid franchise QB with a winning track record who fits with a run first offense. I see him as a perfect fit.

Cordially,
Bradley Kaye

CB: While I don’t deny that Kaepernick had success in Greg Roman’s offense in San Francisco, to acquire him he has to be available. With all of the talent that the 49ers have lost this offseason (Crabtree, Gore, S. Johnson, Iupati, Culliver, Skuta, Borland, Willis) I cannot see them parting with the player they handed franchise quarterback money.

 

4 – Chris,

With the team spending lots of money for the 2015, wondering how it will play out in 2016 when they have other players to lock up. Dareus will command a huge contract. Gilmore will need his option picked up. Cordy Glenn and Nigel Bradham is set to be a free agent as well. These are core guys they like how is it possible to keep them? Next year is big for future free agents. Are they spending too much money now they may have to let one of those guys walk next year? As of now the Bills aren’t done spending and could add more.

Josh P.
CB: I think your concern is a valid one. They’ve already picked up the option on Stephon Gilmore, per Doug Whaley’s comments at the owners’ meetings, so that buys them some time with him. They are interested in extending Nigel Bradham and it would not surprise me if Glenn were on the list as well. Right now Marcell Dareus is the primary focus regarding an extension. After seeing the money that Ndamukong Suh got in Miami, I think we all know that it’s going to be a complicated deal to broker.

Knowing the money involved with be large, it puts a hold on the other players who are in line for extensions because in all likelihood the Bills will need to get creative to make Dareus’ extension work. That deal will undoubtedly have an impact on how and what they can offer to their other young core players.

The good news is that the salary cap continues to go up and up and up. So more room will be created just with the dawn of a new calendar year.

 

5 – Chris,

What positions do you expect the Bills to target? With RB out of the way, do you see tight end as logical choice? Given they are trying to win this year it would make sense to draft someone to plug n’ play to start. The Bills could use depth on defense but it is more likely they will target a guard or tight end? Or where do you seem them going elsewhere with #50?

Sean R.

CB: I think the offensive line is a distinct possibility at 50, but not knowing what will still be on the board makes it difficult to pin down. I think guard or tackle are possibilities there. If the right tight end prospect is there in round two I don’t think you can rule it out, but Buffalo has their starter in Charles Clay. Now if they plan to have two tight ends on the field at the same time, which in Greg Roman’s offense is likely a good amount of the time, they might look to find one on day two (rounds 2 & 3).

I see LB depth being acquired later in the draft.

 


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Missed tackles gave Raiders extra yards

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:57 am

Buffalo’s defense has been great at keeping big plays to a minimum for the opposing offense this season, but on Sunday the Raiders had a pair of 25-yard runs and a pair of 50-yard pass plays. The team’s defensive players felt the main culprit was missed tackles.

“We definitely had a lot missed tackles because we had them right there in the backfield on almost all those zone runs it probably would’ve been a tackle for loss or one yard gain and it was right there and we didn’t finish the plays and missed the tackles,” said Nigel Bradham.

“There were a couple of inside runs where we might have gotten caught in a run blitz or we weren’t in our gap, somebody wasn’t there,” said Kyle Williams. “The thing more than anything was missed tackles, the whole game.  From beginning to end. It wasn’t an issue of getting moved out of your spot, it was just a lot of times just missing tackles.

“They made plays and when you give up big plays like that a lot of times it can lead to missed tackles. I would hate to see the count we had.”

Those four big plays all led to points for the Raiders. The drives in which those plays were made resulted in two touchdowns and a field goal for 21 of Oakland’s 26 total points in the game.


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Nigel Bradham’s BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 20, 2014 – 10:01 am

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For the final installment, it’s Bills LB Nigel Bradham.  Check out the songs Nigel will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on the Raiders.

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3 Bills get PFF Pro Bowl recognition

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2014 – 10:37 am

They weren’t named to their starting Pro Bowl positions, but Pro Football Focus named three Bills players as reserves on their Pro Bowl roster.

Nigel Bradham, Corey Graham and Marcell Dareus all earned reserve Pro Bowl spots on the PFF all-star roster. Here was their assessment of the Bills’ trio at their respective positions.

PFF PRO BOWL DEFENSE

Defensive Tackle
Starters: Aaron Donald (SL), Gerald McCoy (TB), Sheldon Richardson (NYJ) and Fletcher Cox (PHI)
Reserves: Ndamukong Suh (DET), Muhammad Wilkerson (NYJ), Calais Campbell (ARZ) and Marcell Dareus (BUF)

Breakdown: Again we’ve taken some of the guys balloted as defensive ends and slotted them here, given how they’re used as interior defenders. No big surprises — all of these guys make enough plays that it would be harder not to notice them.

Outside Linebacker
Starters: DeAndre Levy (DET) and Brandon Marshall (DEN)
Reserves: Thomas Davis (CAR) and Nigel Bradham (BUF)

Breakdown: Again we’ve changed things around so we’re looking at those traditional 4-3 outside linebackers. Levy was an easy pick with a superb season as the Detroit defense dominated. Marshall has rightly got plenty of credit with a breakout year.

Cornerback
Starters: Chris Harris Jr. (DEN), Vontae Davis (IND), Darrelle Revis (NE) and Richard Sherman (SEA)
Reserves: Orlando Scandrick (DAL), Sean Smith (KC), Desmond Trufant (ATL) and Corey Graham (BUF)

Breakdown: One of the more controversial positions. Harris and Davis have had wonderful years, while Revis and Sherman have in different ways dominated against quality opposition. The more up-and-down nature of years by others left room for players in smaller markets (Graham) to make quite the impression and get backup duties.


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Bills LBs exceeding expectations

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2014 – 12:06 pm

There were some promising new additions and a hold over who hadn’t shown much in his first two NFL seasons, but without Kiko Alonso, what the Bills were going to get from their linebacking corps in a new defensive system offered a bit of the unknown. The hope was just that the run defense would be better and someone would be able to fill the pass coverage role of Alonso on third downs. Through three quarters of the season Buffalo’s linebackers have exceeded expectations.

Preston Brown has been a highly productive rookie, Brandon Spikes has helped the run defense and Nigel Bradham has put together a breakout season.

“I really like our linebackers,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “Each one of them brings a lot to the table. Nigel Bradham is having an outstanding year. Preston is almost the equivalent to what we had with Kiko last year. A three down player that can do a lot. Brandon Spikes has brought leadership and toughness to our group. I’m happy with how we’re playing at that position.”

Marrone admitted this week that he wasn’t certain at the beginning of the season whether his linebacking corps would come together as well as it has in light of the new faces and scheme.

“I thought it would be a challenge,” he said. “I don’t think it’s like before when we were talking about Jairus Byrd. When you lose somebody like Kiko and the year he had you wonder where do we go and who do we have to replace him? And then all of a sudden Preston Brown really pops. Two years in a row we’ve popped the draft with two linebackers that are three down linebackers that are two outstanding football players. Along with Nigel Bradham really doing a 180 and turning around and playing lights out in comparison to what he did in the past.”


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PFF game review shines on Bradham, DL & Woods

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2014 – 2:32 pm

The Bills win over Cleveland is reviewed play by play by Pro Football Focus along with every other game during the week of action in the NFL. Here was their assessment of last Sunday’s win and who stood out in the victory.

Buffalo Bills – Performances of Note

Nigel Bradham, LB: +6.1
Breakdown: While he’d have been even happier is he had picked that pass off, Bradham had another excellent outing on Sunday. Tremendous against the run and solid in coverage, there was little not to like about his efforts

Signature Play: Q4, 3:26 remaining. Snagging one of the seven defensive stops he had in the game, Bradham stopped running back Terrance West for a 3-yard gain with no yards after the catch here.

Starting Defensive Line: +7.1 combined
Breakdown: Another strong outing saw Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes all finish with positive grades up front. They were simply too much for the Browns’ offensive line to handle throughout the game, both against the run and as pass rushers.

Signature Stat: With some tough play up front, they held the Browns to 2.2 yards per carry when you take out the 18-yard run on the game’s final play.

Robert Woods, WR: +0.8
Breakdown: Sammy Watkins gets the headlines for his big plays as a rookie so far, but not enough is often said about second-year receiver Robert Woods. Adding a big play in most games for the Bills this season, he did it again on Sunday.

Signature Play: Q3, 8:36 remaining. Setting the Bills up inside the Cleveland 5-yard line by hauling in the deep pass, he did so despite pass interference from Buster Skrine on the play.

PFF Game Ball
Nigel Bradham was the best player on a defense that made life impossible for the Cleveland offense. He may not have held onto the would-be interception, but the PFF Game Ball stays in his grasp.


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Bradham gets nod for PFF All-Stars of Week 13

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2014 – 2:28 pm

Nigel Bradham’s big statistical day in Sunday’s win over the Browns earned him a spot on the Week 13 Pro Football Focus all-star team.

Bradham, who led the team with 12 tackles, including one for loss, a sack, a QB hit and pass breakup, was named one of the two linebackers to the PFF all-star squad for this past week’s action. Here’s what they wrote.

Linebackers: Danny Lansanah, TB (+6.2) and Nigel Bradham, BUF (+6.1)

Two huge performances at linebacker this week, where Bradham and Lansanah combined to record 19 defensive stops. Opposing quarterbacks tried to beat them on short passes in coverage, but allowing seven and two receptions, respectively, they went for a total of just 36 yards between them.

Honorable Mentions: DeAndre Levy, DET and Brandon Spikes, BUF

As seen above Brandon Spikes was also an honorable mention as he chipped in five tackles in the win.

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Bills wary of Dolphins’ read option

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 11:31 am

If there’s one main area where the Dolphins are different on offense from the first time the Bills played them back in Week 2, it’s their increased use of QB Ryan Tannehill as a runner out of their read option plays. It has Buffalo’s defenders on alert to Tannehill tucking and running with the ball to the flanks.

“Tannehill has been playing really good,” said Nigel Bradham. “He’s been running the ball a lot more, that’s one of the main differences. When we played them last time he probably carried the ball once or twice, now he’s carrying it a lot more. They’ve got designed runs for him. We have to be ready for the quarterback runs, stick to the game plan we got, and come out there ready to play.”

Tannehill has the second-most carries on the team behind feature back Lamar Miller. He’s also averaging 7.25 yards per carry on the season.

“They’ve progressed with the spread offense now. You see more quarterback runs out of the quarterback. You see more plays getting on the perimeter and they’re really being productive,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “You have to play the full field against them now.”

The only thing that could compromise Tannehill’s proclivity to run is the fact that he’s nursing ankle and throwing shoulder injuries from last week’s game at Detroit. On a short week and facing a strong pass rushing team in Buffalo, Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor might be less apt to put extra hits on Tannehill in the read option game.


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Kyle, Bradham doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on October 3, 2014 – 1:16 pm

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WR Marcus Easley and G Chris Williams were both declared out for Sunday’s game in Detroit. That means that Cyril Richardson will make his second straight start at left guard. More important is the status of two of Buffalo’s defensive starters in Kyle Williams and Nigel Bradham.

Both players were listed as doubtful. Kyle Williams was only able to work on the side, while Bradham participated on a limited basis Friday.

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz isn’t going to fret about who he has and doesn’t have for Sunday’s game.

“I really don’t comment on injuries,” said Schwartz. “We’ll play with the guys that are there when we make our active 46. We’ll have to come out with a win regardless of who is out there. It’s not unusual for us. We’ve done it since the opener. We didn’t have (Stephon) Gilmore in the opener and Corey Graham stepped up and had an interception in the game and had a pass breakup in overtime and on the last drive of the game. It set us up to get that win. If somebody isn’t able to play you expect the next guy to step up and execute our scheme.”

Here’s the rest of Buffalo’s injury report.

OUT
Marcus Easley – knee
Chris Williams – back

DOUBTFUL
Kyle Williams – knee
Nigel Bradham – knee

PROBABLE
Ron Brooks – shoulder
Randell Johnson – knee
Marquise Goodwin – concussion
Sammy Watkins – ribs

 


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Another scoring change for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2014 – 9:12 am

Last week a scoring change was made awarding Marcell Dareus a sack on San Diego’s Philip Rivers. This week another sack was awarded to the Bills upon further review of the statistics in the Week 4 game at Houston by the NFL statisticians.

With  7:43 remaining in first quarter on a 3rd-and-1 from the Houston 40, Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled to the right in an effort to gain a first down and was ruled to be stopped for no gain during the game. Upon further review the statisticians have changed the play from a rush for no gain to a sack. The sack was split by Mario Williams and Nigel Bradham.

So in the final stats for the game, Mario Williams had a half sack and Bradham had a sack and a half. Fitzpatrick was sacked three times in the game.

The new sack total now gives Buffalo 11 sacks on the season.


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Bradham, Kyle Williams update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2014 – 4:32 pm

Neither Kyle Williams nor Nigel Bradham participated in practice Wednesday with both suffering knee injuries in last week’s game. Head coach Doug Marrone is taking his typical day-by-day approach with both defensive starters.

“We’ll see how it progresses,” said Marrone of Williams’ knee injury. “He’s been around, he’s walking around here. We’re going to see how that progresses as we go. The same with Nigel. He’s progressing and we’re going to keep seeing as the week goes.”

Bradham missed the season opener due to league suspension. Williams hasn’t missed a game since the 2011 season.

Marrone also said Kyle is one of those players who is capable of not practicing all week and still be able to play effectively in the game in terms of knowing assignments and the opponent.

 


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Dareus gets sack in scoring change

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2014 – 11:35 am

Some may have been scratching their head at last Sunday’s game when Marcell Dareus appeared to take down Philip Rivers on the first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter for a sack, when it was ruled a rush for two yards. A few days later the league has corrected the play awarding a sack to Dareus on the play for a one-yard loss.

Dareus corralled Rivers at the Bills’ 47 not the Bills’ 44-yard line as it was initially recorded. Nigel Bradham and Jerry Hughes were most responsible for flushing Rivers from the pocket on the play. Rivers tried to step up, but Dareus saw the San Diego QB trying to escape took off in pursuit grabbing him from behind for the takedown.

With 13:36 remaining in fourth quarter the league also ruled that the full sack on EJ Manuel credited to Chargers DL Corey Liuget should be split with LB Reggie Walker.

 


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Bradham’s improved play to be seen today

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 9:20 am

On more than one occasion Bills head coach Doug Marrone has praised the improved play of Nigel Bradham, who has recommitted himself to the game and performed admirably all preseason. In his weekly Coffee with the Coach interview presented by Tim Horton’s, Marrone gave an idea as to the areas of Bradham’s game where fans will see the most improvement.

“One, he has the ability because of his speed to be a three-down linebacker, which is important because he can be on the field the whole time,” said Marrone. “He’s always been a good tackler for us and that helps us against good rushing clubs. But he’s been very consistent and he’s played extremely well and has really stepped up his game. So you’re going to see someone who can play three downs, cover backs, that can make tackles and a take on linemen. He’s really become a complete linebacker.”

Bradham is expected to be on the field for nickel packages as one of the two linebackers.


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Bills high on LB Brown

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2014 – 11:40 am

He’s starting in place of suspended LB Nigel Bradham this week, but looking beyond the opener the future is bright for rookie third-round pick Preston Brown. Though Buffalo’s personnel department deserves the majority of the credit for targeting Brown in the draft, they didn’t get any argument from head coach Doug Marrone on Brown’s abilities.

That’s because Marrone faced him in college while he was the head coach at Syracuse in the Big East conference. Buffalo’s head coach was impressed with him then and he’s impressed with him now. In fact Marrone believes Brown’s rookie training camp was on par with that of Kiko Alonso’s rookie camp last year.

“When I first watched the film, my impression was this reminds me of how Kiko was last year,” said Marrone. “I know that’s saying a lot, but when Preston first came out on the field, he was doing that—running around, making plays, like Kiko was. That was my first impression.  Having played against them (Louisville) for a couple of years in college, I knew a lot about him. I thought he moved a lot better in person here than I thought he did when I was coaching against him. Those cats (at Louisville) were good on defense now.”

The Cardinals under Charlie Strong in fact were the top ranked defense in the nation one year, with Brown the team’s leading tackler his last two seasons.

“He’s a very good tackler, obviously, he has all those tackles,” said Marrone. “He matched up on some of our better players well in  man to man.  We tried to match up with him and he shut us down.”

Brown will make his first NFL start Sunday.


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Bills roster by position 2006-2014

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2014 – 8:42 am

With the 53-man roster reached on Saturday here’s a look at the position breakdown not only of the team this season, but the last eight seasons prior to see how some of the position numbers have varied over the years.

For the third straight season the Bills have chosen to carry a kickoff specialist. In 2012 it was 7th-round pick John Potter. In 2013 it was Dustin Hopkins, but he suffered a groin injury in the week leading up to the opener and never kicked. In 2014 it’s Jordan Gay.

Buffalo goes into Week 1 with just five linebackers knowing that Nigel Bradham is unavailable for Week 1, and does not count toward a roster spot. Counting Bradham there will be six LBs, which is the same number Doug Marrone and his staff went with last season despite playing more four linebacker looks in their defensive front in 2013.

The linemen count on both sides of the ball went up by one from eight to nine and the RB/FB group numbered five for the first time since 2007.

Pos.       2006       2007       2008       2009       2010       2011       2012       2013       2014
QB            3              2              3              3              3              3              4              2              2
RB            4              5              4              3(1 sus)   4              4              4              4              5
WR          6              5              6              6              5              5              4              6              6
TE            3              3              3              3              2 (1 sus)  3             3              3              3
OL            9              8              9              8             9              8              9              8              9
DL            8              10           9              9              7              7              8              8              9
LB            7              7              6              7             10           11             7              6              6(1 sus)
DB           10           10           10             11             10           9                10           12           10
ST            3              3              3              3              3              3              4              4              4


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Punt coverage on point

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2014 – 12:57 am

The Bills punt coverage unit had a solid night as the three punts they sent at the Panthers resulted in no return yards for Carolina in the game.

Brian Moorman’s first punt was downed by Nigel Bradham at the Carolina 12-yard line and not returned. His second was fielded by Kenjon Barner, but Ron Brooks dropped him for no gain. Then in the second half Chris Hogan and Jacquies Smith teamed up to stop Barner again after a long punt by rookie Jake Dombrowski. Head coach Doug Marrone was pretty pleased with the effort.

“Our special teams have done a very good job of tackling,” said Marrone. “Obviously we had the missed play on the ball with Nickell, but I think special teams-wise Nickell had a nice play earlier that he made. T.J. Graham had a return. We don’t even have the first team returners out there, but we’re tackling well which is a good sign.”


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Bradham addresses league decision

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2014 – 6:36 pm

Bills LB Nigel Bradham, who was suspended by the NFL for one regular season game Wednesday for an incident stemming back to last summer, was caught off guard by the league’s discipline. One of the main reasons why was because all charges were dismissed.

“It’s related to what happened last year,” said Bradham following Wednesday’s practice. “The commissioner said I wasn’t disciplined from the NFL last year so I guess it rolls over into this year. Everything was dismissed and I’m not in a substance abuse program or anything. Since everything was dismissed it’s kind of shocking and kind of disappointing that it came back again. I tried to appeal it but the appeal was declined.”

Bradham said the denial on his appeal came back just last week. He was initially informed that he was facing a one game suspension back in March.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate, especially since Nigel has been playing very well,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “Like I said before, I’ve probably seen the biggest improvement in him. And when I say that I’m not just talking about him as just a football player, but just maturity. I think, now when you look back and you think about what happened, maybe it took something like that for him to grow. Obviously, you learn from your mistakes. I think he’s learned to make better decisions and I hope it’s from that and I hope it’s something we don’t have to go back on. Especially with the way he’s been performing on and off the field.”

Bradham while disappointed is not going to let the league’s decision drag down his plans for a big season. He insists he’s learned his lesson and promises to be ready to come Week 2 when the Bills host Miami in the home opener.

“My whole thing is to stay positive,” he said. “It’s something that followed me from a decision I made last year. I regret it and I made a mistake. I apologized to my teammates. I’m sorry that we have to go through this again. And hopefully I just get past it and come out for game two ready. I’m just going to keep working everyday out here at training camp and get better.”

 


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Bradham, Rivers flanking Spikes

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2014 – 6:18 pm

As the defense prepares for their first practice two veteran linebackers are flanking MLB Brandon Spikes.

Nigel Bradham and Keith Rivers are lined up on either side of him with Rivers in Kiko Alonso’s spot.

Rookie Preston Brown is rotating in with Spikes at MLB.


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