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2 LBs not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2010 – 12:33 pm

One starting LB and one reserve LB are not practicing here on Wednesday. Reggie Torbor and Antonio Coleman are watching practice.


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Torbor limited

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2010 – 2:53 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed Monday that LB Reggie Torbor did practice with his teammates on Monday.

“He didn’t make it through the whole thing, but he got out there and did some stuff,” said Gailey. “We’ll see how he feels after being out there and banging around for the first day. We’ll see how he feels later in the week.”

If Torbor progresses through the week and plays he’s expected to start at outside linebacker Sunday.


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Torbor practices

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2010 – 4:45 pm

Good news on Buffalo’s injury front.

Head coach Chan Gailey confirmed that LB Reggie Torbor practiced Saturday.

Whether it improves his chances of playing in the opener likely won’t be known until Monday when the team practices again. If things went well today and he can practice again Monday it’s a promising sign.


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Torbor status still up in the air

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2010 – 4:08 pm

Bills OLB Reggie Torbor won’t be playing in Saturday’s preseason game against Cincinnati and is expected to miss the preseason finale at Detroit as well next Thursday. As for his availability for the home opener Sept. 12, that is yet to be determined.

“He’s about the same,” said head coach Chan Gailey when asked about Torbor’s condition. “We’re hoping to get him back for game one, but I don’t know.”

Torbor suffered an undisclosed injury in the team’s second preseason game against Indianapolis on Aug. 19. Gailey said he was confident Torbor would be out three weeks, which would run up to just a few days before the opener. Not knowing the nature of the injury it’s difficult to ascertain Torbor’s chances of playing, but knowing Buffalo’s opponent is his former team (Miami), something tells me Torbor will be doing everything possible to be game ready.


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Schouman, Torbor to miss time

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2010 – 5:11 pm

Derek Schouman and Reggie Torbor are both going to miss an appreciable amount of time after both suffered injuries in Thursday’s preseason game.
“Schouman is going to be out for a while,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “I don’t know how long, but it’s going to be a while. Guy can’t catch a break. It’s going to be anywhere from 3-6 weeks.”

“Torbor is out a while. I don’t know the prognosis exactly,” said Gailey. “They’re doing the tests today. I know he’s out for three weeks probably.”


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Reggie Torbor absent

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2010 – 3:12 pm

Bills LB Reggie Torbor is not at practice this afternoon.

Torbor did come out of Thursday night’s preseason game prior to the rest of the first team defense. No word on whether he sustained an injury.


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Fan Friday 7-2

Posted by Chris Brown on July 2, 2010 – 12:47 pm

Hey Bills fans, we’re into the dead period before training camp, but that doesn’t mean that your questions aren’t welcome (AskChris@bills.nfl.net). Have a Happy 4th everybody.
1 – I was wondering with the changing of head coaches where last year there was a surplus of dbs, Do you see a surplus of wide receivers/tes this year with Gailey being offensive minded.
B. Joyce

CB: That’s an interesting question, though it should be mentioned that Chan Gailey’s predecessor, though he was a defensive-minded coach, two of his four years as head coach he kept six receivers. Most of the time he kept three tight ends.

I think under Gailey knowing his priority on running the ball will likely carry four tight ends with an emphasis on blocking ability. An extra tight end on the roster could mean one less receiver actually so there might be just five instead of six. Plus there are enough quality rookie wideouts on the roster right now that you could conceivably practice squad one or two and live with five on the active to start the season.

The roster decisions should be different this year though than years past.

2 – Hi Chris,

In light of injuries, don’t you think the Bills front office should think about more depth ? NT J’Vonne Parker is still available.   He played in Denver along with Andra Davis.  Mr. Davis is sure to have the skinny on him.    Although Ed Wang was not projected to be a starting LT, certainly there must be some concern by the staff considering this critical position.  Do you foresee any developments on the free agent front?

CB: The good news is Ed Wang will be fine for training camp though he did not make a return to the field before the end of mandatory minicamp. I think depth at nose tackle is not their greatest concern. I think where the depth could be an issue is at the interior offensive line positions.

Outside of veteran Kirk Chambers, who played mostly guard in the spring, there is a combined 3 games of NFL experience for the other seven candidates that play guard or center on the roster. To me that’s a scary thought. So if there are any additions made, I anticipate it to be made there.

3 – Hey Chris,

I know everyone has their questions about the new offense under Coach Gailey that is being implemented and I guess my question won’t be any different. However, mine is concerned with the WR position this fall.  With Lee Evans the obvious #1 and James Hardy emerging as the possible  #2, who do you see filling out the rest of the pecking order for this  position with all the talent we have at that position in guys like Parrish, Johnson, Easley, Roosevelt, Huggins, Jones and anyone else? 
Thanks for all the news as always.

Korey
Ashville, NY

CB: I don’t think Hardy has anything locked down by any means and even he would tell you that. He got off to a slow start in the spring coming off an injury and Steve Johnson had arguably the most consistent spring. Marcus Easley showed big play ability and the rookie free agents all showed they’re capable of playing on this level.

I think Roscoe is the top slot guy, but the #2 WR role is wide open going into camp. I personally would narrow it down to Hardy, Johnson and Easley, but Chan Gailey isn’t doing that.

4 – Chris
We have heard very little about Kyle Williams. Will he be our nose tackle? How is he doing? I know he is a great player but is he a fit at nose tackle and if not who is,and then where would Kyle play?

Ron from Greensboro , NC

CB: Kyle is the starting nose tackle. Defensive coordinator George Edwards realizes Williams does not have the prototypical size of a nose, so he’s going to adjust the scheme accordingly, though he won’t say what those adjustments will be. I believe that when all is said and done that Kyle will play about 75 percent of the snaps at the nose with Torell Troup playing 25 percent. Williams will be in for any and all passing down situations, with Troup giving him a break on some obvious run downs.

5 – Hey Chris
 
Just wanted to know what you think on the Torbor signing? Also do you think that he could start at OLB this year or will it be Kelsay and Maybin getting those posiitons? and if Kelsay and Maybin do take the OLBs will Mitchell get ILB with Poz or will Davis take that away?

CB: A lot of questions there. I like Torbor as veteran insurance. He’s a guy that knows the scheme and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s used as a situational player on the outside, like on run downs with Maybin rotating in for passing situations. Kelsay, Ellis and Batten are the candidates for the strong side LB position.

Mitchell is facing stiff competition from Andra Davis. Mitchell is coming off a major injury and Davis has good working knowledge of the 3-4 system. It’ll be one of the best training camp battles this summer.


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Torbor jersey number

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2010 – 12:44 pm

Bills LB Reggie Torbor has the same number he had in Miami.

Torbor got number 53 from rookie Arthur Moats, who has switched to 45 for the time being.

The veteran LB said he lined up at outside linebacker where he’ll be competing with the likes of Aaron Maybin, Chris Kelsay, Chris Ellis and Danny Batten.


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Wall to wall Torbor

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2010 – 1:36 pm

Bills newest linebacker Reggie Torbor will be all over the local radio airwaves Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

Here’s the rundown of where you can find him.

Shredd and Ragan, 103.3 The Edge @ 4:10 PM (listen online)

Tuesday, June 8
Norton in the Morning, 97 Rock @ 8:30 AM (listen online
Morning Bull, 103.3 The Edge @ 8:40 AM (listen online)


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Exclusive Torbor interview

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2010 – 11:16 am

Bills LB Reggie Torbor signed his contract Monday morning and Buffalobills.com was there.

Here’s the exclusive one-on-one interview with the newest Bills linebacker.


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Torbor has no ill will for Miami

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2010 – 10:13 am

Reggie Torbor is more happy to be a Buffalo Bill than he is bothered about being released by the Miami Dolphins.

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with Buffalobills.com, Torbor when asked about whether he had any hard feelings about his Miami release made it clear that he understands how the NFL works sometimes.

“It’s a business and things happen and I’m not the first guy to get released and I won’t be the last,” Torbor told Buffalobills.com. “They make decisions for whatever reason they have to. Guys get released all the time. I’m starting over. I’m not worried about them. What they do is their business now and I’m a Buffalo Bills and I’m ready to get started.”

Torbor knows he’s likely to get the chance to play against his former team twice this season, though he was unaware the opener is against the Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium. He’ll be practicing Tuesday with his new Bills teammates when OTAs resume.

“I’ll take in as much as I can this evening and learn as much as I can on the field tomorrow,” he said.


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Roster will be at limit

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2010 – 12:41 pm

When Bills LB Reggie Torbor signs his contract the team will be at its offseason roster limit.

Offseason rosters can have no more than 80 players under contract on their roster. Torbor will be the 80th player when he officially signs early this week.

Buffalo has 87 total players, but seven of their draft choices remain unsigned. When the next draft choice is signed the Bills will need to make a roster move to avoid having more than the maximum number allowed.


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Torbor not practicing yet

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2010 – 11:15 am

Bills LB Reggie Torbor, who agreed to terms on a contract Saturday, was not on the practice field Sunday.

That’s because he’s yet to sign his contract with the club. It’s expected that he’ll sign his agreement with Buffalo on Monday, enabling him to be on the practice field for the start of week 3 of OTAs on Tuesday.


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Spencer Johnson helped sell Torbor

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2010 – 5:26 pm

Bills DE Spencer Johnson was sold on Buffalo by former Bills DT Pat Williams, who he played with in Minnesota before signing with Buffalo two years ago. Johnson has appeared to return the favor as he helped sell LB Reggie Torbor on Buffalo.

Johnson considers Torbor his best friend in football. They were college teammates at Auburn.

“I told him it’s a great place to play football,” said Johnson. “He knows me and he knows ‘Veek’ and we know each others’ families so he’s going to fit in here really well.”

More importantly Torbor comes in hungry after his career in Miami did not pan out the way he had hoped making just three starts in two seasons.

“He’s ready to play some ball,” said Johnson. “He’s ready to get out there and show what he can do. Everyone knows he’s a good player so he’s going to be a great addition to the team and he’s hungry.”

I can only imagine how hungry he’ll be when he plays Miami twice this season.


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Where will Torbor line up?

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2010 – 5:18 pm

Newly added LB Reggie Torbor played inside linebacker in the 3-4 system in Miami, but he also played outside linebacker when he was with the New York Giants. Where will he line up with Buffalo?

Odds are he’ll line up at inside linebacker, where defensive coordinator George Edwards (who was his position coach in Miami the last 2 years) knows what he’s capable of in a scheme of this nature. He was an attractive commodity to the Bills because he’s familiar with the 3-4 system, and he has inside-outside versatility according to coach Gailey.

We’ll let you know where he lines up in our continuing coverage of Bills minicamp which wraps up Sunday and Bills OTAs which resume on Tuesday.


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Report: Bills sign Torbor

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2010 – 3:12 pm

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Bills have signed veteran LB Reggie Torbor. Here’s his twitter post.

Adam_Schefter – bills sign torbor
A chance to prove Miami wrong: Former Dolphins LB Reggie Torbor agreed to 2-year deal with the Bills.

Torbor was released by the Dolphins last week. He visited One Bills Drive earlier this week and even watched one of the OTA practices.


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