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Why Corner was necessary

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2011 – 9:17 am

With Terrence McGee out indefinitely with a hamstring injury Buffalo was left with four corners on their roster, which is one more injury away from really being in a pickle in terms of numbers. The Bills re-signed Reggie Corner Wednesday, and looking at the opponents on the horizon, having five healthy corners was essential.

The Raiders do not employ nearly the number of spread sets of the Patriots, whom the Bills face in Week 3 or the Eagles, Buffalo’s opponent in Week 5.

Knowing rookie corners are often tested, having an additional vet like Corner helps to fortify what Buffalo has on the back end.


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Camp honorable mentions

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2011 – 9:23 am

Our sixth annual training camp awards are up on the home page, but there were some other players that largely flew under the radar that we thought should be recognized in our honorable mention section.

CB Leodis McKelvin has not been seen making many plays defending the pass game. That’s because rarely have Buffalo’s quarterbacks thrown to his side of the field, which is an indication of his coverage ability. McKelvin may have had his most consistent camp this summer.

Undrafted rookies are really up against it in terms of trying to make the roster with the finite amount of time available before roster decisions have to be made. But here is a short list of some undrafteds that turned in noticeable plays in camp.

CB Doyle Miller
OLB Robert Eddins
WR Kamar Aiken

Of the three Eddins did the most in the practice setting.

WR Paul Hubbard had a solid camp, making more plays in three weeks than he did in the practice setting all last season. His game has noticeably improved.

CB Reggie Corner was around the ball an awful lot in this camp, perhaps more than any other cornerback on the roster. He didn’t have a lot of picks, but he likely led the secondary in pass breakups in this camp.


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Bills CB contingent looks good

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2011 – 8:47 pm

Granted the Bills defense is ahead of the offense as is usually the case in the early days of training camp. The offense has yet to really get their timing down, but one thing is clear, the cornerback depth is looking pretty good for the Bills right now.

Even Bills CB Reggie Corner, who watched practice the first two days while on Active PUP, noticed that the youth that’s been added has been faring quite well in team work.

“I’m real impressed with the group,” he said. “I’m impressed with the rookies also. I continue to learn from the older secondary guys. I’m also learning from the young guys. I feel whoever they bring in I’m going to do all I can to learn from that person. They’re also coming along pretty good and learning so I’m very pleased with them.”

Second-round pick Aaron Williams and seventh-round pick Justin Rogers have made plays in the passing game and Terrence McGee looks back to form after an injury-riddled 2010. McKelvin has been getting his hands on some balls and the group doesn’t even have Drayton Florence back on the practice field yet.

Provided they can stay healthy it’s looking like a strong and deep collection of talent.


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Corner on his 1st day

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2011 – 5:02 pm

Bills CB Reggie Corner came off the Active PUP list Monday and participated in practice. He also explained what kept him out of action the first couple of days of training camp.

“I had a little ankle tweak, but it’s feeling a lot better now,” Corner told Buffalobills.com. “We’ll continue to rehab it to get it better and put a lot more pressure on it. Whatever I’ve got to do to get it better and help the team I’ll do.”

Corner said they are monitoring his reps so as not to give him too many, but he said he got more than he was told he would get which made him happy. Head coach Chan Gailey said he’ll get more reps with each passing day.


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Corner back practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2011 – 2:19 pm

Bills CB Reggie Corner is back practicing with the team.

He passed a physical Monday and was taken off Active PUP earlier today.


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OL Howard, CB Corner on PUP

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2011 – 5:57 pm

Two Bills players will start camp on PUP.

Head coach Chan Gailey said Cordaro Howard and Reggie Corner will start camp on PUP.

“They are in the process of rehabbing,” said Gailey. “They are fine, but it is going to take them a little bit longer to get ready for practice.”

Gailey did not put a timetable on the two players. Both players can begin practicing as soon as they are able to pass a physical.


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Double workout for Corner

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2011 – 1:31 pm

Monday is apparently double workout day for Reggie Corner.

The Bills cornerback said as much on his twitter account today (Monday).

reggiecorner27 Jus finish a good workout session @concordStrength , another 1more to go at 3:30 @TheUniversityOfAkron. #ImOnOne

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Fan Friday 10-29

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2010 – 12:45 pm

Bills offense exploded last week. Gotta hope for more of the same against a Chiefs weak pass defense. Could be another shootout this week. Keep your questions coming at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Now to your questions for this week.

1 – Hey Chris,
I was writing in regards to the comments made by Ralph Wilson about persuing a QB next year. Do you think that was a shot at Fitz? I think Fitz is doing an excellent job of hanging in there and making some plays when everyone else is falling apart. I think the number one priority definitely needs to be defense. This is the second straight year they can’t even come close to stopping the run. I mean Fitz has been putting up points and enough to win if your defense is anywhere near respectable.

What do you think we need to focus on in terms of personel for next year? I know Fitz probably won’t be the guy for the next ten years but I see much bigger holes to fill that even Tom Brady couldn’t win with.
Dan

CB: There’s no question that the defense has more holes to fill than the offense, but I believe that two of the top three most important positions on a football team are quarterback and left tackle along with a top flight pass rusher. All three remain holes for this team to fill.

Yes, Fitz has been on a tear and he’s remarkably effective in organizing the protections while also surveying the coverage pre-snap. After the Baltimore game some are tabbing him the future QB. I say let’s let the last 10 games play out before anyone passes judgment as to what the plan should be at QB.

The bottom line though is I remain convinced that QB, pass rushing OLB and LT all need to be addressed in this draft first and foremost.

2 – How’s Ed Wang doing? You hardly ever hear about him, is he working with the team? He sounds big enough to keep some of those people off our QB.In Fla we hear nothing about the Bills. So I go to Buffalo on the computer. I haven’t heard anything about Ed. Hope he is helping out???
Thanks,
Bill

CB: Ed Wang has been practicing with the team since the start of the regular season coming off of thumb surgery after suffering the injury early in camp. He missed the entire preseason and had to practice with a giant club on his hand.

In the last two weeks he’s shed the club and is practicing normally with the thumb. All that being said, Wang had been working for about a month at guard and this week was transitioned back to tackle. Head coach Chan Gailey has told me they’re cross training him to see where he might fit best.

However, I don’t expect to see him on the field on Sundays this season. He’s got an awful lot to learn and missed an inordinate amount of time (the whole preseason) due to thumb surgery. This will be a learning year for him and little more unless there’s a rash of injuries on the offensive line.

3 -  Chris,
 
I cannot understand how Reggie Corner’s interception at the end of the first half against the Ravens wasn’t awarded to the Bills.  Did the NFL ever issue a statement explaining the call?  I understand that only one of Corner’s feet touched the ground and the other one landed on Boldin’s shin, then he basically landed in Boldin’s lap and rolled out of bounds.  But if Boldin is in the field of play, shouldn’t his body also be considered part of the field of play?  If the rule states that a defender’s body isn’t part of the field of play, then, hypothetically, when a receiver jumps to make a catch, a defender could catch the defender while he’s in the air and carry him out of bounds.  Couldn’t he?  Is there anything in the rule book that would prevent this from occurring?  Any clarification you could give would be greatly appreciated. 
 
-Brendan, Las Vegas

CB: You hypothetical situation is correct. The force out rule, which was amended prior to the 2009 season allows a defender to carry a player out of bounds preventing the receiver from getting two feet down in bounds and is an incomplete pass.

With respect to Reggie’s INT play in the end zone against the Ravens, the NFL rule book states the following under Rule 3, Section 6, Article 7 under Interception/Recover
Note 3: If a player would have caught, intercepted, or recovered a ball inbounds, but is
carried out of bounds, player possession will be granted (8-1-3 item 6).

In referencing Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3 – item 6 as stated in parentheses it states the following.
Item 6: Carried Out of Bounds. If a player, who is in possession of the ball, is held
up and carried out of bounds by an opponent before both feet or any part of his body
other than his hands touches the ground inbounds, it is a completed or intercepted
pass.

In reading the first note one might think that Corner was deserving of an interception since he was rolled out of bounds by Anquan Boldin before he could get both feet down. However, in reading Item 6: Carried out of Bounds, it seems that Corner would have to be held up and carried out of bounds to be awarded the interception.

Corner was rolled out of bounds as part of a regular football tackle. So unfortunately it becomes a matter of interpretation by the official. Nowhere in these two sections is anything mentioned about a tackler being an extension of the field. That issue only seems to come up when there is a loose ball.

In talking to Chan Gailey about this play he told me he did not have an issue with not being awarded an interception. He said he argued with the official about offensive pass interference. Gailey said Boldin was grabbing Corner’s right arm before the ball arrived, forcing Corner to catch it with one hand, which he did. Hope this helps.

4 - Hey Chris,
I read your article Chiefs Plan Encouraging for Bills Future and it strengthened my opinion that the Bills just haven’t been bad enough the past decade to really get better. They have had a slew of seasons where they won 6-8 games, never quite giving them that big-time draft pick. The Chiefs seem to be ahead of our Bills on getting their team turned around, mainly because they were worse sooner (and they seem to have done a better job adding talent).Picking in the top ten of the draft for 4 years helps. What are your thoughts that if the Bills hit bottom sooner, they may be better today?
 
Thanks a lot,
 
~Brenning Greenfield
Crozet, VA; Richmond, VA; Canisteo, NY

CB: I do believe at this day and age of the NFL it’s easier to get better if you simply bottom out. The Chiefs, as I mentioned in my story on Buffalobills.com, are an example of this as are the St. Louis Rams. After going 1-15 and 2-14 the past two seasons they’re on the way back up with premier young talent.

If the Bills in fact bottom out this season it makes climbing back up the mountain easier in my opinion because the players you’ll have in your arsenal will be the best in their class.
5 – Chris,
The individual draft choices of the Buffalo Bills since the last time the Bills were in the playoffs – what has been their fate? Have they been traded (if so to whom), been let go, where they kept, injured and retired, etc. Thanks,
Geoff Greene

CB: Well we’ve got to start with the 2000 NFL draft and I’m not going to list pick by pick each year. Here are the Bills first-round draft choices and what became of them.
2000 – Erik Flowers – washed out after just two seasons and played a few seasons as a reserve for the St. Louis Rams.
2001 – Nate Clements – was the team’s leader in interceptions each of his five seasons in a Bills uniform, but signed a gigantic free agent deal with San Francisco that Clements has been unable to live up to.
2002 – Mike Williams – Bills held onto him for four seasons. He had ability, but just did not have the passion to play football. Made a brief comeback with the Washington Redskins last season.
2003 – Willis McGahee – Could not play his rookie year due to his catastrophic knee injury in the National Championship game in college, but ran for 1,100 yards in his first NFL season. Grew disenchanted with Buffalo as a city and was traded to Baltimore for a pair of third-round picks and a seventh-round pick.
2004 – Lee Evans, J.P. Losman – Evans has been the team’s number one receiver for the past five years. Losman was appointed the starter in 2005, but never nailed down the job for good and was eventually allowed to depart as a free agent after the 2008 season.
2005 – No first-round pick – as part of the trade up to get Losman in 2004. Roscoe Parrish was the team’s first pick in round 2.
2006 – Donte Whitner, John McCargo – Whitner has been a starter at strong safety for almost his entire career with Buffalo. McCargo has one career start with the Bills.
2007 – Marshawn Lynch – Had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, made the Pro Bowl, but was traded after three seasons to Seattle.
2008 – Leodis McKelvin – One of the team’s top three cornerbacks. Currently starting in place of an injured Terrence McGee.
2009 – Aaron Maybin – Struggling to get on the field right now. Does not have an NFL start on his resume to this point.
2010 – C.J. Spiller – Has a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown and is playing a complementary role on offense to Fred Jackson in the offensive backfield.

BONUS - Do you think Fitz has a chance to solidify the role of the long term number two, similar to what Frank Reich was in the glory days, with a chance to start for a year or two while the long term QB we hopefully draft next year develops in the practice setting and adjusts to the NFL?  I think this would be the smartest thing to do in my opinion if Fitz continues to play well this year.  That way we can build our talent in the trenches so our long term QB doesn’t get Trent Edwards syndrome.

Mike Smith

CB: I think this is a very prudent and realistic approach after this season is over. Fitz is the perfect guy to have especially if you don’t believe a highly touted draft pick is ready to be thrown into the fire right away. Having them sink or swim right away or having them watch and learn for a year has worked in the NFL (example for each would be Elway, Rodgers).

Often the mental toughness and character makeup of a player will let a coach know if a rookie QB can handle or persevere through an NFL schedule. So it would ultimately depend on the rookie signal caller they would bring in, but I’m not opposed to that type of arrangement at all, if Chan Gailey believes the young quarterback is better off in the long run.


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Nickel corner revisited

Posted by Chris Brown on July 11, 2010 – 9:32 am

With the nickel corner competition being addressed on the home page, I thought I’d toss in some observations from the spring camps.

Among those that made the most plays on passes through the course of the OTAs and minicamps of those listed in the nickel corner competition were Reggie Corner, Ellis Lankster and Ashton Youboty.

Now that’s not to say that Drayton Florence and Lydell Sargeant didn’t have their share of pass breakups too, they did. Florence’s game is clearly the most physical of the group and you need physical play inside.

The distance between the QB and the slot receiver is obviously shorter than with an outside WR, so getting a good jam or delaying the receiver from getting into his route is key inside. Florence excels in this area.

Youboty is the only other candidate in this group with a similar stature to Florence and he’s longer and lankier, which helps him knock passes away from receivers.

Corner, Lankster and Sargeant are all more compact type corners. They’re lightning quick, but if there’s a big WR in the slot channeling them to one side or another can be a task at times. Still their quickness affords them the ability to undercut receivers to make plays on the ball.

This nickel corner job is going to be one of the more competitive in camp, with a lot of capable candidates.


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Some jawing at practice

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2010 – 5:00 pm

The defense had the better of play on day one of minicamp Friday and it prompted them to challenge their offensive counterparts all the more with some talk.

Donte Whitner got things going when he anticipated a screen play and started yelling, “Screen, screen.”

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hearing this changed the play and Whitner had a few more words for the offense indicating it was a good idea to change it.

From time to time offensive players told defensive players to simmer down and be quiet. But the defensive players kept egging the offensive players on, and it became all the easier with the number of plays they were making.

Reggie Corner however, made sure to point out that it’s all in the name of good competition.

“It makes it a lot more fun out there for everybody,” said Corner of the chatter back and forth. “Those that talk have to make plays, but it is respectful and it’s designed to get the guy going against you to go harder in practice.”

Practice has been spirited this week and the talking has been part of the reason for it.


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Corner’s tackle figures solid

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2010 – 6:00 am

Bills CB Reggie Corner, doesn’t get much recognition for his play around the league. Most nickel corners don’t unless they lead the league in INTs. But Corner, who put together a good season in 2009 excelled in one particular area.

The good folks at ProFootballFocus are crunching numbers all the time and one of their latest figures measured tackling inefficiency amongst cornerbacks.

And while big names like Lito Sheppard, Antonio Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha were on the list of the most inefficient run support corners in the league last year, Corner had one of the lowest tackle inefficiency ratings in football.

Corner tied for ninth in the league last year among corners with Denver’s Champ Bailey with a 7.14 rating. Corner had just four missed tackles out of 52. Bailey had five out of 65. Here’s the list of the 10 best corners in terms of tackling efficiency in 2009.

1. Al Harris – Green Bay - 31 tk – 1 missed – 3.13 rating
2. Leon Hall – Cincinnati - 51 tk – 2 missed – 3.39 rating
3. Brandon Carr – KC – 55 tk - 2 missed – 3.51 rating
4. Jacques Reeves – Houston – 27 tk – 1 missed – 3.57 rating
5. Bryant McFadden – Arizona – 67 tk – 3 missed – 4.29 rating
6. Richard Marshall – Carolina – 69 tk – 4 missed – 5.48 rating
7. Kelvin Hayden – Indy – 44 tk – 3 missed – 6.38 rating
8. Charles Tillman – Chicago – 68 tk – 5 missed – 6.85 rating
9T. Champ Bailey – Denver – 65 tk – 5 missed – 7.14 rating
9T. Reggie Corner – Buffalo – 52 tk – 4 missed – 7.14 rating

Here’s more info on the tackle inefficiency rating.


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Best combine snubs

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2010 – 12:59 pm

National Football Post draft analyst Wes Bunting wisely put together an All-Combine snub team, listing who he feels are among the best players that were not invited to the combine, including an SEC QB.

Listed at the top of the snub list is Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton, who he admits is a QB in need of more development, but has an NFL skill set.

Those are the kinds of quarterback teams like Cleveland, Seattle and even Buffalo could possibly be interested in as they have other pressing positional needs as well.

One of Buffalo’s more recent draftees that was snubbed by the combine, was former 4th-round pick Reggie Corner.


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With McGee out, Corner’s role increases

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2009 – 5:06 pm

With Terrence McGee going on injured reserve Tuesday, Reggie Corner’s role just increased all the more… again.

Corner is expected to replace McGee at left cornerback, in the team’s base defense. It’s believed in nickel packages that Corner will move inside to the slot and Ashton Youboty will come on the field to play on the outside.

Still another option is to have Donte Whitner play in the slot and leave Corner outside.


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McGee update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2009 – 12:48 pm

After a four game absence it looks as though Terrence McGee will finally be making a return to the lineup.

McGee practiced fully all week coming off his knee scope during the bye week a month ago.

“Terrence looked good today,” said Fewell following Friday’s practice. “He practiced and did everything. He’s the starter.”

With McGee expected to start at left cornerback it will enable the Bills defensive staff to use Reggie Corner in the nickel role. He had been spelling McGee outside at LCB. That should free Donte Whitner up more to rotate with Jairus Byrd at free safety, though he may also see some nickel corner work depending on the subpackage.

Ashton Youboty also appears ready to return from a high ankle sprain. He’s listed as probable.


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McGee active but with a catch

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2009 – 7:21 pm

Bills CB Terrence McGee will for the first time since Week 8 as he returns from knee surgery. However how much he plays is up in the air.

That’s because McGee is not starting at his familiar LCB position. Reggie Corner will start as he has the past three games.

Whether McGee is going to factor into the subpackages or is just dressed for an emergency shortage at CB.


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Garrard: last TD play was well designed

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2009 – 11:59 pm

Jaguars QB David Garrard commented on what proved to be the game-winning touchdown for Jacksonville in Sunday’s 18-15 win and explained how he felt the way the play is drawn up left the cornerback covering Mike Sims-Walker with little opportunity to succeed.

“My options there were start out on the front side, I think it was Marcedes (Lewis) and I think Ernest (Wilford) in the flats. That’s my first read, but I know if I have man coverage with Mike (Sims-Walker) running through a lot of guys, there’s going to be some pick action going on—not illegal picks, but just guys getting bumped off.

“With that I know there’s nobody over there so I can throw straight to him or I can do what I did and lob it up and give it some air because that DB sees him running the crossing route and he’s thinking, ‘If I undercut this, I have a chance to make a play on it.’ He doesn’t know I have the whole side of the field to work with, so however he plays it, it’s not a good situation for him.”

Reggie Corner was in coverage on the play and he did play underneath Sims-Walker, which is the right way to play it otherwise a TD pass is too easy. Forcing the lob is a harder throw, but Garrard was right, he had a lot of room to work with as there wasn’t another DB on that side of the field.

Sometimes opponents just call a better play than your defense does and you tip your hat. It was just tough to take at that point in the game.


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Fan Friday 10-23

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2009 – 4:33 pm

We’ll see if the Bills run defense can slow down the Panthers this week. Gotta put the game in Jake Delhomme’s hands for Carolina and hope he’s still throwing a lot of his passes to the opposition (10 INTs). Let’s get to your questions (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).

1. Hi Chris,
 
I was wondering if the Bills have any three-step-drop passes in their offense.  It seems that the protection is not going to hold up for five and seven step drops.  Is this something that the offense has looked at, or has it not been an issue until the protection has broken down? 
 
Thanks,
 Mike in Lancaster

CB: You bring up a good point. In Jim Kelly’s column this week on Buffalobills.com he mentions how more three step drops would help take pressure off the offensive line in protection and allow Evans and Owens to run routes where they can get yards after the catch.

I have to believe the offensive staff has looked at that a lot. And hopefully the touchdown play to Evans against the Jets will encourage them to make more use of it.
2. Hey Chris,
 
What’s the feeling on Ashton Youboty?  I thought he was doing really well starting last year before he went down to injury.  He’s not mentioned much anymore for the defensive backfield?  Are the other guys that much better?  Any word how Ko Simpson is doing in Detroit?  Thanks.
 
Joe (Norwich, NY)

CB: Youboty had a good training camp. It’s just that Reggie Corner and Drayton Florence had better ones. Youboty proved last year he can be a reliable player, but Corner has made more plays on the ball and Florence is probably the most physical corner on the roster.

Youboty has played sparingly as a result. He’s simply running behind those guys on the depth chart. Nothing more to it than that.

As for Ko Simpson he’s lining up at strong safety for the Lions, but he’s a backup. He’s appeared in four games seeing time on special teams. He’s made one start on defense. Simpson has four tackles, two pass breakups and an interception.

 

3. Chris, If the Bills continue to slump this year do you see them taking a run at USC S Taylor Mays? The guy is a freak, who can help a run and help a pass. With Donte being able to play SS and FS do you think Mays would be in the mind of the coaching staff come Draft Day?

CB: I think it’s kind of early to talk draft, because to know what this team needs is very much up in the air at a lot of positions. How does Kawika Mitchell come back from his season ending injury? What happens with free agents like Terrell Owens and Josh Reed? We can’t really peg position needs this early in the game.

That being said Taylor Mays should be a top 10 pick. I just think further fortifying the lines on both sides of the ball might prove to be the priority.
4. Hey Chris
If Kyle Williams and Chris Kelsay do not play who will start in their place?

CB: I think Chris Kelsay will play. If he can’t go Ryan Denney would start in his place on Sunday. Kyle Williams is going to be a game time decision. If he can’t go Spencer Johnson would start in his place.
5. Since Buffalo’s defense has given up more than 1,000 yards on the ground in 6 games, can you believe the players explanation of poor gap responsibility, or is it that we’re simply getting outplayed physically at the point of attack and the second level.  Other than Stroud we don’t have really another big body on the the line, just high motor fineness players.  What do you think?  With the injuries to the line backing core early in the season, could we see the average rush per game numbers go down eventually with defensive signal caller in Poz back in the line up?
                        -Mike

CB: Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has said he feels the defensive line is doing a good job with their assignments, but referenced the secondary and their inconsistency as part of the problem. He also said the frequent rotation of new players through the lineup at linebacker and safety has not helped.

Personally I think they’ve been really struck by the loss of Bryan Scott. In my opinion he’s the best run defending safety. With him out the last 3 games the Bills have given up an average of 246.3 rushing yards per game.

Keith Ellison told me that poor gap responsibility is just a lack of focus. Nothing else. I think the players have also been guilty of overpursuit at times where they flow too far to the ball to go make a play and leave their assigned gap leaving the team vulnerable to a cutback run.

It’s got to get fixed in a hurry especially with the run game they’re facing this week.


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How CB depth chart shakes out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2009 – 8:01 pm

With Leodis McKelvin now on injured reserve and lost for the season, here’s how the Bills depth chart shakes out at cornerback.

Terrence McGee and Drayton Florence are the starters. Reggie Corner is the first nickel and the backup to Florence on the right side.

Ashton Youboty is McGee’s backup on the left side. He’s also Corner’s backup at nickel.

Ellis Lankster is now the team’s fifth corner.


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Thursday player radio appearances

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2009 – 9:33 pm

Here’s the lineup of Bills players on the airwaves for Thursday.

Eric Wood  – Janet and Nick, Kiss 98.5 @ 7:15 AM

Reggie Corner  – Brent Axe, 1260 ESPN Radio, Syracuse between 3-6pm

Kawika Mitchell  – Chris Myers & Steve Hartman Show, National- Fox Sports Radio @ 4:30pm


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Fan Friday 9-18

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2009 – 7:11 pm

Getting ready for Week 2. Got some good questions from you. Keep them coming. AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Hi Chris,
 
Do you know how the “Bills’” name came about?  And if so, what exactly does “Bills” stand for?
 
Currently in Baghdad, Iraq and was part of an interesting discussion with some guys the other day.
Thanks,
Mark

CB: Here’s your answer on the origin of the “Bills” team name. It goes all the way back to 1946 when in an effort to generate more fan interest and distinguish the All-American Football Conference team from the city’s minor league baseball and hockey teams, which were also called the Bisons, the team ran a contest to select a new name. Over 4,500 entries were submitted, and the “Bills” won out over “Bullets” “Nickels” and “Blue Devils.”

James F. Dyson, though not the only one to suggest Bills with his entry, was named the winner of the $500 grand prize based on his essay comparing the team to a band of “Buffalo Bills.”

When Ralph Wilson founded the AFL club in 1959 they adopted the name left behind by the AAFC team.

 

2. Hi Chris
I am a long time Bills fan, and am wondering what role you think the following three young players (I like them all) will have on the team come regular season: Steve Johnson, Reggie Corner and Ellis Lankster.

Thanks
Chris Straus

CB: Right now Reggie Corner is the nickel cornerback. That could change however, once Drayton Florence returns to the lineup. Steve Johnson and Ellis Lankster are two players that will find it hard to be on the active roster on game day when seven players must be inactive. Johnson has a greater chance to make a contribution than Lankster, but it might not come unless there is an injury or two at receiver.

 

3. Chris- When players look at still photos on the sidelines, what information can they get from that to help during the game?
     Thanks TM

CB: Offensive players are looking at the defense’s pre-snap look and then there will be another photo after that which reveals how they defended the play out of that look. Quarterbacks can see how the opponent disguised a defensive play call on a particular down and distance so if that look is shown again later in the game they have a better idea as to what might be coming on a 3rd-and-medium. That’s just one example, but there’s valuable info they can get off those photos when assembled in sequence.
HI Chris.

 

4. I am a big Bills fan, and I was wondering what you thought about Dick Jauron’s comments about the 3-4 defense.  And how he said he’s not opposed to using it and that you need the right personnel.  Personally I think our defense is showing improvement but I really think that they need to get out of the middle of the pack and get to the top 10 this season for success.  Though it is far too late to be thinking of this, I think we do have the right personnel for 3-4 defense. You would have Marcus Stroud as the NT, move John McCargo to DE and Spencer Johnson to DE.  Then you move Aaron Schobel and Aaron Maybin to OLB.  And then slide Mitchell into ILB with Paul Pozluszny.  What do you think of this.  I understand it would be impossible to incorporate now but do you think it could have worked?.
 
Thanks and Go Bills!
Kevin

CB: It’s an interesting plan you have there with the exception of Stroud at the nose. In his first edition of Marcus’ Mailbag on Buffalobills.com this week he said he does not consider himself a two-gap nose and would rather play the five-technique (DE) in the 3-4 if it came to changing the front. I think all your other moves are realistic.

Who knows? With a strong DT class coming out in 2010, maybe some more serious thought can be given to that idea in the future. But not this season.

 

5. Chris,

I hope all is well with you today!  My son and I were curious how Kevin is doing?  Do you plan on doing any updates?

Darin
Nashville Bills Backer!!!

CB: I don’t have any updates for you on Kevin Everett. For all of us Kevin will always be a Bill, but now that he’s no longer with the team we don’t keep track of him and his progress as much as we used to. To keep up to speed on what he’s doing I encourage you to go to his website at the following link (below). He’s got a blog page there as well as a link where you can send him an email. I’m sure he’d be glad to reconnect with some Bills fans.
http://www.thekevineverettfoundation.org/AbouttheFoundation.asp


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