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Leodis honored in Monday morning QB

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2012 – 12:45 pm

SI.com NFL writer Peter King listed Leodis McKelvin among his weekly award winners for his Week 11 performance against Miami.

King had McKelvin as one of his three Special Teams Players of the Week. Here’s what he wrote.

Leodis McKelvin, CB/PR, Buffalo. McKelvin’s name gets lost in the great return men of this era. It shouldn’t. Since entering the league four years ago, McKelvin has had touchdowns on a kickoff return (98 yards) and three punt returns (80, 88 and 79 yards), and that last one came the first time a Bills player touched the ball Thursday night. It was a put-it-in-overdrive, Wile E. Coyote breakneck sprint up the left sideline, through the Dolphins defense, and it was the Bills’ lone touchdown of the night — vital to a 19-14 Buffalo victory.


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Cordy gets some national pub

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2012 – 9:53 am

Bills LT Cordy Glenn got some national recognition for his play on Sunday in Buffalo’s convincing 35-17 victory over Kansas City. SI.com’s Peter King handed him a weekly award in his MMQB column.

King gave Glenn the Dr. Z Unsung Man in the Trenches Award for his performance in Week 2. Here’s what he wrote.

Cordy Glenn, T, Buffalo. C.J. Spiller followed up a 169-yard performance last week with a 123-yarder Sunday against Kansas City, becoming the first back since Jim Brown in 1963 to have an average of more than 10 yards per rush after two weeks of a season. Against K.C., Glenn had a key block on the opening touchdown, a short pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Scott Chandler, and a few minutes later sprung Spiller on his first touchdown run of the day, a five-yarder, with a crushing block. And on the third scoring drive by the Bills, Glenn made a block to help spring Spiller for 27. Not bad for the 41st pick in the draft, starting as a rookie at the toughest spot on the line.


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Kalil unlikely to slip to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2012 – 10:25 am

There’s been some speculation that USC’s Ryan Kalil could slip all the way to the Bills at 10, with the growing belief that Minnesota will pass on him with the third overall pick. While I do believe the Vikings will pass on Kalil I can’t see the USC tackle falling all the way to 10.

SI.com’s Peter King brought up the idea of Kalil sliding in his Monday Morning QB column. I respect King as a journalist and his sources, but I just don’t see it happening. Apparently Mike Mayock doesn’t either. I asked him on a conference call late last week that if Kalil were to slip past the Vikings at 3 how far he could fall. Needless to say he knew what I was getting at.

“It depends a lot on what else happens, but I don’t think there’s any way in the world that he gets past seven,” Mayock told me. “Even if Tannehill goes, Kalil is one of the quote six blue chippers. So if Jacksonville is sitting there at seven and there’s a drop off in value between Kalil and whoever they have next on their board, they’ve got to take Kalil. I don’t think there’s any way he gets to 10.”

I agree with Mayock. Jacksonville’s new head coach Mike Mularkey is preaching toughness and hard-nosed play. Kalil is a pass protector first, but has some nasty to his game and can get to the second level with the agility to break down and lock onto D-Bs. Yes, the Jags have former first and second round picks manning their left and right tackle positions from their 2009 draft class in Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton. But Britton is coming off a back injury that landed him on I-R last season and the depth behind them is limited at best.

For a team that gave up the sixth-most sacks in the league last season (44) they would seemingly welcome an upgrade to a true franchise left tackle, especially with a young quarterback in Blaine Gabbert that’s going to need all the time he can get in the pocket in a new offensive system.

One last thing to keep in mind, Kalil has been a two-year starter at left tackle for USC. His teammate in 2010, who played at right tackle for the Trojans because Kalil was the left tackle, was Tyron Smith, who went ninth overall to Dallas in 2011 and then started 16 games at left tackle in the NFL as a rookie for the Cowboys and played well. Kalil will go sooner.

Final note, if I’m wrong and he’s on the board at 10, I’ll be doing a tap dance for the Bills.


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Report: Tannehill to visit Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2012 – 9:12 am

SI.com’s Peter King in listing Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill’s pre-draft visits thus far also has where he’ll be headed in the next week and Buffalo is on the list.

Peter King Hmmmm. Ryan Tannehill had private workout with Chiefs, then visited KC. He’ll be in Cleve Sun-Mon, then Buff. Plot thickens.

Bills GM Buddy Nix told us last week they’ll consider anything and everything at pick 10. Knowing how inflated Tannehill’s draft stock has been the past month it seems doubtful he’ll even be on the board when Buffalo is on the clock. Still, this is why teams like Buffalo do their due diligence on a prospect like this. You just never know how the board is going to fall.


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King: Bills D-line best in East

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2012 – 9:45 am

SI.com’s NFL columnist Peter King shares the opinion that we presented on Buffalobills.com late last week, that with the most recent free agent additions the Bills have the best defensive line in the AFC East.

King listed 10 of the free agent moves thus far that he liked the most. The Bills most recent signing of DE Mark Anderson was number four on his list. Here’s what King wrote…

DE Mark Anderson from New England to Buffalo. The Bills’ defensive line has a tremendously improved look right now. Keep in mind new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt will switch to a 4-3. He’ll have Mario Williams at left end and Anderson and Chris Kelsay (and maybe a draft choice) playing the right side, with Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Torell Troup in the middle. That’s the best line in the AFC East.

What’s even more interesting is King did not even count Shawne Merriman into the equation. Yes, Merriman is still recovering from Achilles surgery, but it’s not the year long recovery period for a ruptured achilles. Merriman’s achilles was only frayed, so it was detached by doctors, repaired and then re-attached at the base of the heel (much like Kyle Williams surgery). If Merriman is a factor in this lineup even in a rotational role, look out.

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Wilson co-Def Player of Week

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2011 – 10:35 am

Bills safety George Wilson was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week by SI.com’s Peter King in his Monday Morning QB column.

Here’s what King wrote about Wilson’s big performance Sunday in Buffalo’s win over Philadelphia.

Buffalo S George Wilson. Lots of heroes for the Bills as they got to 4-1. In the NBC viewing room, we kept seeing Wilson (11 tackles, three passes defensed, one interception, one quarterback hit) in the middle of the action as the Bills helped force five turnovers and other critical errors all game.

King also named Eagles C Jason Kelce (allowed Sheppard QB hit), WR Jason Avant (two fumbles) and DE Juqua Parker (jumped offsides) as his Goats of the Week for what it’s worth. 


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Bills make King’s fine 15

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2011 – 10:33 am

The Bills 4-1 start is finally earning them some national respect. SI.com’s Peter King has them in his fine 15 in his Monday Morning QB column.

King had Buffalo ranked sixth.

6. Buffalo (4-1). At some point, we’ve got to stop putting asterisks on the Bills’ wins. They forced five turnovers Sunday and scored 31 points. I don’t care who they were playing. It was another good day at the office for The Little Team That Could.

The only teams King has ranked ahead of Buffalo were Green Bay, Baltimore, New England, Detroit and New Orleans. 

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King on prospects Bills like

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2011 – 1:35 pm

SI.com’s Peter King in his Monday Morning QB column mentioned a couple of players that he believes the Bills are high on in round one.

In his 10 truths portion of his weekly MMQB column number four dealt with the Bills and read as follows.

The Bills like Von Miller and Patrick Peterson a lot. Not saying they’ll take either. Just saying they’re high on both, and even though GM Buddy Nix has been at every top quarterback’s workout, Buffalo-watchers think it’s more likely the team will go defense.

While the note is far from surprising, knowing how many NFL clubs are enamored with the abilities of Peterson and Miller, both widely forecast as top five picks, it’s the second part of his blurb that is perhaps even more interesting.


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King not set on Bills pick

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2011 – 5:12 pm

SI.com columnist Peter King isn’t ready to jump on the Cam Newton bandwagon for the Bills pick at 3 just yet.

Though several mock drafts have the Bills taking Newton at 3, when asked on twitter where he thinks the Bills will go chose to wait until the prospects show their stuff in Indy next week.

@SI_PeterKing: RT @Deaner61: Who do u think the Bills should take with the 3rd pick? … Let’s go to the Combine first, and have a look at Cam.

I’ve got to imagine that most NFL clubs in need of a QB are thinking the same thing. Not so much seeing him throw but sitting down with him in the interviews.

Coverage of the NFL combine on Buffalobills.com begins on Thursday.


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