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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 Buffalobills.com. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

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

@GraysonTumult

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?

@ZWinterberg

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 Getting $15M per season from Washington after his franchise tag was rescinded by Carolina threw the cornerback market completely out of whack.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?

Yes.

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?

@rockydm92

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?

@JLasher10

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?

@JustinWestfall

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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RB Bush still weighing his options

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2016 – 9:51 am

Earlier this week Buffalobills.com confirmed that a contract offer had been extended to free agent RB Reggie Bush by the Bills. Bush, who is coming off an ACL knee injury last November, is training hard this offseason, but is still biding his time in terms of deciding where to play.

In an interview with USA Today, Bush made it clear that he does intend to continue his NFL career, but he has not reached a decision on where he will play.

“I know everybody’s been texting me and asking about Buffalo, but as of right now, I haven’t made a decision,” Bush told USA Today. “But if the opportunity is there, obviously, Buffalo is the most known one right now. But we’ll see. I’m still trying to figure out what’s going to be the best opportunity for me and my family.”

At age 31, sustaining an ACL injury led some to think that he might choose to end his NFL career. Instead Bush said it only inspired him more to come back.

“I think when you come off of an injury, you’re that much more motivated to bounce back and to prove that you can still be you,” he said. “And not only to people, but to yourself, as well. That’s my motivation: just to bounce back. And I don’t want to end a career — ever — on an injury. Not that I’m ready to hang it up, but I’m definitely on the back end of my career. I want to put together a solid couple years of really just playing healthy football.”

Bush sounds realistic about the state of his NFL career. He knows he’s on the back side of his playing days, and said when he feels he’s lost a step he’ll walk away from the game. But he’s convinced that time has not yet arrived.

“I know that right now, I’m not ready to shut it down yet,” he said. “I’ve got some good years left.”

Bush hasn’t jumped at Buffalo’s contract offer because for a running back in his situation it pays to wait. Once training camp opens across the league there will inevitably be injuries at the running back position, including some serious ones. That alone could present more favorable opportunities with other NFL clubs that offer more in the way of playing time than Buffalo can currently offer.


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Report: Bills interested in RB Reggie Bush

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2016 – 11:22 am

There has been a lot of speculation that the Bills might be on the lookout for veteran RB help with Karlos Williams suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season following violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport first reported that Buffalo had a certain free agent running back they are interested in.

Buffalobills.com confirmed that the Bills have presented Bush with a contract offer.

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According to NFL.com the Bills have made a contract offer to Bush.

Bush is coming off an ACL injury in the 2015 season, suffered when he slipped at the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis last season after running out of bounds and slipping awkwardly on the concrete where the turf field ended.


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Stafford tips hat to Bills ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2014 – 10:23 pm

He didn’t have some of his best weapons, but Lions QB Matthew Stafford didn’t hesitate to tip his hat to a Bills defense that kept him under wraps and held the Detroit offense to seven points.

“We had our limitations, obviously with personnel, but that was a good defense that we played, well-coached and had a good scheme coming in,” said Stafford. “They have a good front and a good back end. They’re a very well-rounded defense.”

The Bills sacked Stafford six times in Sunday’s win, but he was impressed with the Bills on the back end as well.

“I think their corners were playing very deep ball-conscious and they were aggressive with their safeties but playing over the top with their corners. Again, it was a good scheme, they clouded the middle of the field quite a bit,” he said. “They had a lot of guys in between the hashes and trusted their corners to play one-on-one outside. They were effective.”

Reggie Bush also gave credit to the Bills run defense, which held Detroit to just 69 yards rushing.

“They’re good, they’re really good,” said Bush. “They did a good job of slowing the run game down and did a good job of slowing down our pass. It was a tough day for us today.”

 

 


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Keeping Reggie inside the goal for Bills ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2014 – 5:27 pm

When defenses play against Reggie Bush the last thing they want to do is let the quick and elusive back get outside on the edges of a defense where he can outmaneuver defenders. So here’s Buffalo’s plans to keep Bush from getting outside on run plays.

“Just in the run game you’ve got to set the edges, keep him from getting outside and keep him inside the tackle box, a place where he doesn’t want to be,” said Preston Brown. “So you want to keep him corralled and make sure he has to take one cut and go downhill so you can get some hits on him.”

Unfortunately in the pass game getting on the edges is easier with swing passes being a popular way the Lions get Bush involved on the perimeter.

“In the pass game he’s going to get outside and just try to option you out there, “ Brown said. “You just have to be sound and hopefully you have help over the top so you won’t be getting beat deep. Just make sure you don’t let him get inside and run right past you.”


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Bush and Spiller are buds

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2012 – 12:40 pm

Miami RB Reggie Bush and C.J. Spiller apparently cross paths quite a bit in the offseason and the two have struck up a friendship.

“I’m friends with him just from working out together back in L.A.,” said Bush. “We worked out together and we have some mutual friends.”

“He’s a great running break. He’s quick. He’s elusive. He runs hard,” said Bush of Spiller. “He’s a guy that definitely needs a lot of touches. He’s a guy that can break the game open at any given time and he’s doing a great job. and, every time we get a chance to play, I talk to him and just tell him to just to stay positive, stay focused, keep working hard and it’s going to come.”

Bush outshined Spiller in last year’s second meeting between the two teams. Spiller totaled 167 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns. Bush meanwhile rolled up 203 rushing yards and a touchdown in what wound up being a 30-23 win for Miami. 

“Just that we had a successful run day and we were able to jump on them early and kind of stay on them throughout the game and we were able to finish the game the way that you like to finish the game as an offensive player with the ball in our hands and kind of dominating in the run attack,” said Bush, who averaged 8.1 per carry that day. “Obviously, that was a good day for us, but that’s in the past.”

 

 


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