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Fan Friday 7-22

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2016 – 11:39 am

Only a week until training camp opens Bills fans. We’ll be covering it all for you here on Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

If the Bush ship sails, any chance that Rex gives Ray Rice his last chance?


CB: I really can’t see that happening. With such a greater focus on domestic violence in the NFL these days, which includes a league wide ad campaign to raise awareness on the subject, I can’t see Buffalo taking that kind of step.

Last year’s training camp should serve as a perfect example on the likelihood of that happening. All five running backs on Buffalo’s training camp roster were all injured at the same time last summer and Ray Rice was not brought in. I don’t see that changing if Reggie Bush elects to sign and play elsewhere.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think the Bills pass on signing Gilmore if Kevon Seymour has a great preseason?


CB: While I think your question is a valid one, I believe the likelihood of signing Gilmore to a long term extension has more to do with the market value of top flight cornerbacks than it does with how well Kevon Seymour comes along in the preseason.

I think they’d like to return Gilmore to the fold long term, but the state of the cornerback market might not allow it.

As I’ve stated more than once on this very page, the Josh Norman deal completely turned the market value at cornerback on its ear. Getting $15M per season from Washington after his franchise tag was rescinded by Carolina threw the cornerback market completely out of whack.

If a zone corner can get $15M/yr. then upcoming free agents like Stephon Gilmore who play almost exclusively man-to-man will likely see getting that much or probably more as fair market value. I’m confident the Bills are not going to enter the $15M/yr. territory.

Could I see the Bills going $12.5M/yr. like the Giants free agent deal for Janoris Jenkins this spring?


Would that be enough for Gilmore?

I think it would need to have a lot more guaranteed money than Jenkins’ $28.8M has in his contract for it to happen.

The Norman deal unfortunately could push negotiations between the Bills and Gilmore into an area where Buffalo could potentially be fiscally irresponsible as it pertains to the rest of their roster. And the Bills probably won’t, and should not, do that.

I think if Seymour performs well in the preseason it only helps the Bills front office breathe a bit easier should they reach an impasse with the Gilmore camp on a new contract. At least then they would feel like they have a promising prospect in the pipeline to eventually replace Gilmore in 2017 if all hope is lost on a Gilmore extension.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

With suspensions and off field stuff at RB, do you anticipate McCoy being very limited through camp and preseason?


CB: I think the plan all along was to limit LeSean McCoy’s workload through training camp and the preseason. It has less to do with the recent suspension of Karlos Williams and DUI arrest of Jonathan Williams, and more to do with what happened last summer at training camp.

After sustaining his hamstring injury, McCoy was not the same player for the 2015 season. He was still very good, but not the game breaking talent that has made him one of the most dynamic backs in the league.

The Bills want to ensure they have the game breaking McCoy in their offensive backfield come September, so the plan all along was to pace McCoy. Give him enough work where he’s ready for the regular season, but not so much that he runs the risk of injury or going into the season hobbled.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills would Donald Trump still be able to run for president if he succeeded in purchasing the team?


CB: Based on what I’ve been able to uncover with respect to executive branch government employees and conflicts of interest, there are ethics rules that require them to divest themselves of stock or property only if they are appointed to their positions (e.g. Secretary of the Treasury). Trump however, would be holding an elected position so those rules would not apply to him.

So not having an expert background by any means on government employee bylaws it appears he can continue as CEO and President of his Trump organization while also serving as President of the United States were he elected.

So if his business holdings included ownership of an NFL team that would appear to be permissible as well.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

How was John Miller looking through OTAs?


CB: Keeping in mind that Miller as an offensive lineman is not playing real football in the spring practices as it pertains to his playing duties (full contact blocking) it’s hard to provide you with a true picture of how he performed on the field. That being said I can tell you that Miller has benefitted from an offseason in an NFL strength and conditioning program as opposed to prepping for the NFL Combine and pre-draft workouts.

I just think he’s the kind of player that will make quality advances in his game as a second-year player based on the 12 games of experience he got last year. Keep in mind also that he played most of last season injured with a high-ankle sprain. Now that he’s healthy it’ll be interesting to see how he can perform when he’s 100 percent.


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Ray Rice active

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 12:27 pm

Here are the Ravens inactives, which does not include RB Ray Rice.

12 WR Jacoby Jones
36 DB Jeromy Miles
59 LB Arthur Brown
62 DT Terrance Cody
76 OL Jah Reid
77 C Ryan Jensen
80 WR Brandon Stokley

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Ravens RB Rice, 7 others questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2013 – 3:00 pm

The Ravens official injury report has been released and RB Ray Rice is listed as questionable. So is DT Chris Canty, who is trying to return from a thigh injury. Here’s the rest of the Baltimore players, who are not a sure thing for Sunday’s game with the Bills.

Veteran WR Brandon Stokely was added to the injury report Friday with a groin injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation   Friday Friday Status
Jacoby Jones WR Knee OUT OUT
Marlon Brown WR Neck FP Probable
Terrence Cody DT Knee DNP Doubtful
Shaun Draughn RB Ankle LP Questionable
Ryan Jensen C Foot DNP Doubtful
Pernell McPhee LB/DE Knee LP Questionable
Arthur Brown LB Chest LP Questionable
Chris Canty DE Thigh LP Questionable
Ray Rice RB Hip LP Questionable
Deonte   Thompson WR Foot LP Questionable
Brandon   Williams DT Toe LP Questionable
Brandon   Stokeley WR Groin LP Questionable


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Ravens Rice a likely game time decision

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2013 – 2:42 pm

Baltimore RB Ray Rice (hip) practiced again on Friday, but has been limited all week. Here’s what Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said following Ravens practice on Rice’s availability Sunday.

“We stand by the fact that we’re hoping [Rice will] get there,” said Harbaugh. “He’s got a better chance than he had last week. He has practiced, to an extent, throughout the course of the week, and we’ll know on Sunday. We’ve got our fingers crossed.” tweeted the following from Rice after Friday’s practice.

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RB Rice limited again Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2013 – 4:35 pm

The Baltimore Ravens believe they’ll have RB Ray Rice back in the lineup Sunday against the Bills after he missed last week’s game with a hip flexor injury. On Thursday however, he was just a limited participant. There were a few other key players that were limited for the Ravens too.

Practicing on a limited basis along with Rice, were DT Chris Canty (thigh), LB Arthur Brown (chest), WR Deonte Thompson (foot), DT Brandon Williams (toe).

According to the team’s official twitter account, WR Marlon Brown (neck) returned to practice and was a full participant.

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Ravens RB Rice limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 4:38 pm

Here’s a look at the Ravens injury report following Wednesday’s practice participation. Baltimore RB Ray Rice, who missed last week’s game with a hip flexor injury was a limited participant in practice.

Player Pos Injury Participation   Wednesday
Jacoby Jones WR Knee OUT
Marlon Brown WR Neck DNP
Terrence Cody DT Knee DNP
Shaun Draughn RB Ankle DNP
Ryan Jensen C Foot DNP
Pernell McPhee LB/DE Knee DNP
Arthur Brown LB Chest LP
Chris Canty DE Thigh LP
Ray Rice RB Hip LP
Deonte   Thompson WR Foot LP
Brandon   Williams DT Toe LP

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Ravens Rice still a question mark

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2013 – 6:36 am

Ravens RB Ray Rice missed last week’s game for Baltimore with a hip flexor injury. He’s still working his way back to full health and Baltimore coach John Harbaugh considers Rice’s odds a bit better for Sunday’s game in Buffalo.

“I don’t know about good, or great or whatever, but he was close this (past) week, to a degree,” said Harbaugh of Rice. “So was DT Chris [Canty]. With those muscle things, you never know for sure, but they were in the ballpark this week, and we think that will put them really in the ballpark coming up.”

Baltimore, much like the Bills last week, found running the ball difficult against Houston’s strong run front, which often brought a safety into the box. Here’s how the Ravens approach eight man fronts.

“We’ve played some very good fronts; I don’t want to minimize the fact that we’ve had to block some good people,” said Harbaugh. “A lot of times when you watch the tape, there is really good blocking going on out there. Sometimes, against a really good front where they’ve got seven guys that can make plays … One guy here, one miss there, one bad target in another place, each time that’s what holds you back.

“Our run game is not where it needs to be. We’re going to go to work on that – we have been working on it. We’ll continue to do so, and we need to make that important. One thing we’ve seen that, philosophically, we’re going to stick with it. It’s something that we think is important. We’re going to be able to run the ball here; it is a part of our DNA, and it is part of who we are as a football team. It’s going to be important, and we have the people to do it. The run game is something that has to happen for us.”


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Spiller’s Pro Bowl hopes ride on Texans, Ravens success

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 11, 2013 – 5:49 pm

As the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens approach their divisional playoff games this weekend, they have an unlikely fan in Buffalo.

Bills RB C.J. Spiller is hoping one or the other, Baltimore or Houston, wins the AFC and makes it to Super Bowl XLVII. That’s because Spiller is the first Pro Bowl alternate at running back. Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles is going to the game, but if Baltimore’s Ray Rice or Houston’s Arian Foster get to the Super Bowl, Spiller would get the call to Hawaii as the first alternate.

The Bills running back appeared on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, and said he’ll be rooting for the Texans and the Ravens.

“I’m a big fan of the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens right now,” Spiller said. “At least one of those guys can make it.”

“If those guys are listening, please one of you make it to the Super Bowl,” Spiller said on the radio show.

With 1244 yards rushing, and a 6.0 yards per carry average, Spiller has a compelling case to be added to the Pro Bowl roster for the AFC. But he says if he does not get the call, he’ll be even more determined next season.

“It’s not going to take away the year that I had,” Spiller told host John Murphy. “I had a tremendous year from an individual standpoint, but not from a team standpoint . It won’t take away anything if I don’t go out there to Hawaii. It will give me something to shoot for again. It will be added motivation when I start back training.”

“You’ll definitely see a more determined player, a focused guy, come next year.”

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.

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First FA WR tagged

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2012 – 5:39 pm

In a bumper crop of free agent wide receivers the Philadelphia Eagles applied the first franchise tag.

Philly tagged free agent WR DeSean Jackson on Thursday.

“We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that,” said Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman said.  “DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia.  It’s our understanding that he has the same desire.  We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him.”

Reports are indicating that Oakland safety Tyvon Branch could be next in line to be tagged with the franchise label. Ravens RB Ray Rice is also expected to be tagged Friday. The deadline for teams to apply the tag is Monday March 5th.

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