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Rex: We’re loaded at safety

Posted by Chris Brown on May 25, 2016 – 8:24 am

The Bills chose not to re-sign safety Bacarri Rambo in the offseason. They signed free agents Robert Blanton and Colt Anderson instead. While it’s unlikely that either of them unseat incumbent starters Aaron Williams and Corey Graham, those two additions plus the presence of Jonathan Meeks and Duke Williams on the roster gives head coach Rex Ryan confidence that they have quality depth on hand.

“Right now we’re a much deeper football team at safety then we are at corner and I think when you look at it, we are loaded at safety right now and all these guys are getting a great feel for what they’re doing, the communication part,” said Ryan. “I love having Aaron Williams out there and Corey Graham again so again, a lot of positives.”

Ryan gave some unsolicited praise to Duke Williams and Meeks for their offseason dedication.

“There have been two guys I’ve been really impressed with and these two guys are in before coaches, after, it is crazy, and that’s (Jonathan) Meeks and Duke Williams,” said Ryan. “I think both those guys, they come in together, they live with D Lynn (defensive assistant D’Anton Lynn), they live with Ed Reed (in the meeting rooms). I mean they’re here all the darn time and you can see it in their play as well.”

Meeks and Williams know all too well how new additions at your position can siphon opportunities away from you in OTAs and minicamp when coaches are evaluating the consistency of your play. The two former Bills draft choices are no doubt hoping to outshine Blanton and Anderson, not only on defense, but special teams.


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Rex won’t deny Goodwin once in lifetime chance

Posted by Chris Brown on May 24, 2016 – 3:55 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan is not expecting to have WR Marquise Goodwin in for voluntary offseason workouts or practices anytime soon. Mandatory minicamp might also prove difficult. With Goodwin training for the US Olympic track and field trials as a long jumper, Ryan understands the huge opportunity in front of the diminutive wideout.

“Well my understanding is he has the number one jump in the world I think at this point (this year),” said Ryan. “So that is one way to represent Buffalo, our community and our football team. But you know what this is a once in a lifetime shot for a young man to get an opportunity to represent our country in the Olympics, I am certainly not going to take that opportunity away from him.

“When he comes back with us we know that he is training specifically for the long jump and things and that is fine. But we will be excited to get him back here and on this thing and work on his football skills. I think for the young man yeah we are paying the bill and all that we get it, but you know what this is a great opportunity for him to represent our country and we are excited to see him go.”

The Olympics in Rio run the first two weeks of August, which is the same time as training camp. Goodwin has to make the U.S. Olympic team first.


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Bills Gronk on how to stop Pats Gronk

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2016 – 12:48 pm

Bills undrafted rookie FB Glenn Gronkowski has been asked a ton of questions over the years about his All-Pro brother Rob Gronkowski. There was one on the John Murphy Show this week that he had trouble answering about the Patriots tight end.

Gronkowski was asked how to stop his older brother from being the game changing tight end he is.

“I don’t know how to stop Rob,” said Glenn Gronkowski. “Rex Ryan told him on the phone he’s going to double team him on every play this year. I guess that’s how we’re going to stop him.”

That phone conversation took place after Ryan had successfully recruited Glenn Gronkowski as an undrafted free agent. He asked Glenn to put Rob on the phone and at that point and told him they were going to do everything they could to shut him down.

As much as the Patriots tight end is known as a partier, Gronk does put in a lot of time and effort according to his younger brother.

“He puts the work in to be the best,” said Glenn Gronkowski. “Of course a lot of people see him as a big partier. He’s definitely a hard worker. I see it first hand. Behind the scenes he’s doing a lot more than people think he is. He puts in the work and definitely deserves to be where he is.”

The younger Gronkowski thinks he has a good shot to make Buffalo’s 53-man roster. The Bills need a backup fullback with how run heavy their offense is, so Gronkowksi is hoping to make enough of an impact on special teams to stick.

“I think I can make the team,” he said. “Obviously that’s my goal. You’ve got to give it your all to reach your goal. So I think it’s a possibility especially on special teams. Maybe on special teams hopefully and work into a role and start learning my role from (Jerome)

Felton a little bit and see where it goes.”

 


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LB Ragland eager to dive in with the Ryans

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2016 – 1:47 pm

Bills second-round pick Reggie Ragland played in a defensive scheme at Alabama, that GM Doug Whaley claims will have a lot of carry over to Rex Ryan’s scheme in Buffalo. That will hopefully translate into a shorter learning curve for the physical linebacker. Either way Ragland is altogether anxious to get to work on the scheme with both head coach Rex Ryan and Assistant head coach Defense Rob Ryan.

“They’re great coaches,” said Ragland of the Ryans. “They love to joke around off the field. They love on you and do what they can for you and then once you get on the field it’s all business. I’m glad I’ve got a coach like that because I always wanted to play for coach Ryan, the Ryans actually, both of them. I’m getting an opportunity to do that so I’m really thankful and happy. Anytime you have the both of them together you know you’re going to have great schemes drawn up.”


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Slauson ties are strong to Rex & Kromer

Posted by Chris Brown on May 6, 2016 – 4:02 pm

Bills free agent visitor Matt Slauson was at One Bills Drive to meet with the coaching staff. He was drafted by the Jets when Bills head coach Rex Ryan was running the team down in New York. He also was coached by Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer in Chicago in 2013 and 2014. Ryan remembers how the Jets came to draft Slauson back in 2010.

“Matt when we we drafted him it was a funny thing,” said Ryan. “We had three or four guys that we were looking at with that last pick and we had taken all offensive players. All I heard was I was never going to draft an offensive players. The other three guys were defensive players, and we drafted the offensive player. And all he did was end up starting for six years now. So that one kind of worked out.”

“It was good to see him out here. Obviously he’s a guy we’re very familiar with. You have him do the physical to see where he is that way. But he played for Kromer and I had him with the Jets.”

Slauson stopped out to watch a little of rookie minicamp.


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Fan Friday 5-6

Posted by Chris Brown on May 6, 2016 – 11:33 am

Time for post-draft analysis. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills with the drafting of Williams, can all 4 make the team? Or is he fighting Gillislee for a single spot?

Parasauralophus @lophus89

CB: I think all four could absolutely make the roster. I think Jonathan Williams is going to open some eyes very quickly at training camp. Talented kid with great feet for a downhill back.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills What Undrafted Free Agents do you see having the best chance of cracking the 53 man roster? Matt from England #Bills

Matt Swain @MSwain86

CB: I like LB Erik Striker’s athletic ability on the whole. Even though he’s making a position switch I think Rex and Rob Ryan find a way to find a role for him. Plus I think he can be a demon on special teams. I think G Jamison Lalk’s versatility could really help him. He’s played OT, G and C in his college career. I also like NT Justin Zimmer’s short area quickness, but we’ll see.

 

3 – Chris,

Thanks for all your efforts in keeping us diehard fans up to date.   My question is, with the issues Dan Carpenter had last year in missed extra points and field goals, do you foresee any change? It would be nice to have a player fill both roles for kick offs and field goals, extra points. Kickoffs surely are an important factor in keeping an opponent backed up and a whole field in front of them. But missing an extra point changes future decisions and you are usually down a point instead of tied.

Thanks for your insight.
Gary in Indianapolis

CB: While I understand your frustration with the extra point issues Carpenter had last year, if you look at his NFL track record I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bills look at his 2015 season as an aberration. Now that being said the coaching staff isn’t turning a blind eye to what ailed Carpenter last season. Hopefully those days are behind him, but they did bring in an undrafted rookie free agent kicker in Georgia’s Marshall Morgan as competition.

We profiled Morgan’s college career earlier this week.

 

4 – Chris,
How do you feel about the Bills 1st round pick considering who was available? Nkemdiche for example. I feel like it was a bit of a homer pick considering Rex wore a Clemson helmet to a press conference. Do you think he was on the top of our board or was Rex being Rex?

Great work as always Chris!
Thanks!

GaynorGuarantee

CB: Having the privilege of being in the draft room I can assure you he was the top player available for them. As I covered in my Inside the Draft Room feature, the Bills thought he’d be gone in the first dozen picks. That’s how high they had him graded.

The Bills and just about every other team doesn’t let personal attachments affect draft grades. There’s too much investment involved to let that play a factor.


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@ChrisBrownBills Thoughts on Slauson? Does he leave town? Lots of connections to Rex/Kromer. Can play across the line other than LT

Mavin @BillsFanNY

CB: I think the Bills would like to add him and they do have one open roster spot at this point. The money saved by signing Cordy Glenn to his big extension helps make that a greater possibility. Have to see what Slauson is willing to accept if he likes what his role would be, which at this point would be a backup. Not certain he’s ready to accept such a role.


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Ragland’s chance meeting with the Ryans

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2016 – 8:53 am

Before his pre-draft meeting with the Bills in Orchard Park, Alabama LB Reggie Ragland ran into Bills head coach Rex Ryan and Assistant head coach Rob Ryan in a chance meeting a month before the draft.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ragland said he ran into the two coaches in Birmingham, Alabama of all places.

“Coach Ryan, it’s funny because about two months ago, a couple of days after my pro day and I’m walking out of the mall in Birmingham and both coach Ryans are walking into the mall,” Ragland said. “I stopped them for a second and we just got to talking for a second. When I came up on my visit coach Ryan told me he could tell I was raised up well by my parents because I was saying, ‘Yes sir and no sir.’ He could tell I was a good person, so he knew he’d be getting a good person off the field and a good football player. My parents always told me that a first impression means everything, so I always try to make a good first impression to everybody that I meet.”

On his pre-draft visit Ragland said he got a good vibe from Buffalo’s head coach and is encouraged to be playing for a defensive mind like Ryan.

“I had a great time with coach Ryan. He’s a down to earth person, but you can tell when he hits that football field he’s fired up,” Ragland said. “I’m very excited because I always wanted to play for coach Ryan because he’s always put his players in a position to be successful.”

 


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Lawson: Seth Ryan dropped hints

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2016 – 1:17 am

Seth Ryan didn’t give away the store about how much the Bills liked DL Shaq Lawson when he sat in class next to his Clemson teammate. But there were enough hints dropped to give Lawson clear indication that if he was available at 19 he was very, very likely to be Buffalo’s pick in round one.

In an interview with Buffalobills.com, Lawson relayed some of the hints that head coach Rex Ryan’s son dropped on him.

“I felt like Seth Ryan had a good feeling I was going to end up here,” said Lawson. “He used to drop hints like, ‘Shaq you’d look good in Buffalo.’ He’d give me hints when I had class with him.”


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Rex optimistic about Aaron

Posted by Chris Brown on April 18, 2016 – 4:36 pm

There is no guarantee in NFL football for any player, and Aaron Williams got a dose of that reality last season with his neck injury that cost him all but three games in 2015. But now with a clean bill of health Williams is optimistic about his future playing career and so is his head coach.

“I am optimistic,” said Rex Ryan of Williams future. “Aaron is not even on our offseason surgery list because he had surgery during the season. Aaron is ready to go. We feel confident in it. I don’t think he’ll truly be 100 percent or be the Aaron Williams we know until he hits somebody. He’s done everything else. He even did some scout team work as the season went on for us last year. We know he’s ready, but he’s still go to get over that first contact, but we feel very confident that he’ll be ready.”


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Rex outlines Bills offseason surgeries

Posted by Chris Brown on April 18, 2016 – 1:10 pm

Here’s a rundown of the Bills player list for offseason surgeries per head coach Rex Ryan.

Ronald Darby – hernia – cleared to participate
Marcell Dareus – foot – cleared to participate
Marcus Easley – knee
Stephon Gilmore – shoulder
Jerry Hughes – wrist
Kyle Williams – knee
Robert Woods – groin – cleared to participate
Jarius Wynn – knee – cleared to participate


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Bills coaching staff prepped for players

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2016 – 2:45 pm

Buffalo’s coaching staff has been busy handling their draft class assignments in conjunction with the College Scouting department. Now with players reporting on Monday, their focus shifts to the classroom as they begin installing their schemes with any changes they might have made this offseason.

“We’re getting ready to go to phase one of the offseason program,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “We just finished some of our draft responsibilities with Doug Whaley and had our position coaches talk to the scouts and things like that with the assignments that Doug has given the coaches. Now it’s getting ready to get into the football part of it.”

Ryan explained that at this point the offseason conditioning program only involves weight training and conditioning work, no football on the field.

“What you have is a couple of hours of meeting time, but you don’t get on the field or go through walk throughs,” he said. “They’re doing a lot of nodding of their head, but you don’t know if they’ve got it. But you go back to square one and start installing those things. There’s conditioning and getting our guys up to speed in our weight room. The football aspect is really about teaching your things over again. It’s a good thing for coaches.”

The players can report for the voluntary program on Monday.


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What’s the best part of the schedule for Rex?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2016 – 10:20 am

By Rex Ryan’s own description the first four weeks of the season at Baltimore, home vs. Jets, home vs. Arizona and at New England is “pretty salty.” But there is a key part of the schedule that Buffalo’s head coach loves.

Ryan, who reflected on the Bills 2016 schedule on the John Murphy Show, is especially pleased with how the last quarter of the season lays out.

“The thing I like most about our schedule is we close with three of four at home,” said Ryan. “We get Miami on a cold, wintry December 24th Christmas Eve. Bring it on. So I like that with Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Miami. We’ll see it’ll be a challenging schedule, but I love closing at home. We proved last year closing with four wins at home so that’s a good thing. So I’m excited about having those late games at home.”


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Rex happy 3 west coast trips are spaced out

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2016 – 10:15 am

As we covered in our comparison of Buffalo’s schedule to their AFC East rivals, the Bills have the benefit of their three west coast trips each being spaced out evenly through their 2016 schedule. There’s a month that lies between their games at Los Angeles in Week 5, their Monday night game at Seattle in Week 9 and their Week 13 game at Oakland. Bills head coach Rex Ryan was pleased with the time between those long road trips and intends to keep his players on east coast time for those weekends.

“Sometimes teams want two west coast games together. I don’t like doing that,” said Ryan on the John Murphy Show Thursday night. “The Seattle one on a Monday night is followed by a bye. I think that’s a good thing. It’s tough to travel all the way out there. It’s tough for them to travel all the way here. I think the more we’ve studied it, the more we think we’ll treat it like a normal game and travel out there and stay on east coast time and we’ll go out and play them. We think that’s the best way to do it.”

The Patriots three longest trips (at Ariz., at SF, at Den.) are all spread out in similar fashion with at least a month between all of them. The Jets only have two west coast trips and a Kansas City trip and they too are spread out much the same. The Dolphins however, have back to back west coast trips in Week 10 and 11 when they’re at San Diego and at Los Angeles.

It’ll be interesting to see if Miami chooses to stay out on the west coast the entire week instead of traveling back and forth in the span of five or six days.


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Bills coaches benefit from early Thursday game

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2016 – 8:58 am

The Thursday night game for the Bills in Week 2 is their home opener on their 2016 schedule. On a short week the benefit is the Jets, their opponent on Thursday night, is a familiar opponent. But there is another major benefit for Buffalo’s coaching staff in having a game on a short week that early in the season.

NFL coaching staffs always begin preparing for their Week 1 opponent as early as three weeks prior to the opener. Seeing that Thursday night game sitting just four days later on the schedule in Week 2, so Buffalo’s coaching staff will also put together at least some of their game plan for the Jets before the season even starts.

“That’s exactly when we’ll do it,” said Bills head coach Rex Ryan in an appearance on the John Murphy Show Thursday night. “We’re very familiar with them. They haven’t had any major staff changes, but yes we’ll be getting some work on them in the preseason. Baltimore is a physical team and then you’ve got to turn around on a short week and play the Jets, another physical team on a short week. So we’ve got to be up for that.”

It’s a much more favorable situation for Rex Ryan’s staff to have the extra time to prepare for a short week heading into the season than a Thursday night game in Week 8 when they’ve got to burn the midnight oil to get a full game plan in.


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Fan Friday 4-8

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2016 – 11:50 am

The Bills were busy in free agency this week with a handful of signings and more visitors in today. Let’s get to your questions this week from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think that the defense’s transition back into a full 3-4 scheme will make them better this year?

Joe DeRosa 

CB: I’ve got to believe it’s going to help. Trying to merge the Bills’ 2014 scheme with Rex’s scheme last year was done in an effort to appease players who were successful in the old scheme. As Ryan himself admitted halfway through last season it didn’t work.

It convinced Rex to go back to what he knows works and that’s his scheme, which is a more traditional 3-4. Now that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to see multiple fronts from one week to the next and from one series to the next. The system is rooted in a traditional 3-4, but what makes Ryan’s scheme so confounding is the variety of fronts that he throws at offenses through the course of a game.

Buy in by the players is critical because his scheme demands complete understanding and mastery of it to execute it properly. Some players didn’t want to commit to that kind of study. One such player is no longer on the roster. Fortunately I think we saw the results of that player buy in over the last two games last season and what it can mean for the defense. Provided that buy in from the players continues and some key adds are made in the draft (couple of starters please?) I think the defense will be better.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills what are the chances bills trade up or down in the first round and why?

Matt 

CB: I think there is a greater likelihood that the Bills move back in round one than move up. First and foremost the Bills need capable and talented bodies for their roster. They not only need to land a starter or two in this draft (LB, DL), they need reinforcements for depth at a few positions too (CB, S, OL, WR, TE).

The two additional compensatory picks in rounds four and six were huge. It’s my belief that Doug Whaley would like to keep all eight of those picks in a perfect world. He’d have to part with some of those if he wants to move up.

The way that moving back in round one becomes a reality is if the Bills have a limited number of first round grades for this year’s class.

Let’s hypothetically say they have legitimate first round grades on just 16 players in this draft class. Perhaps they only have 16 prospects they deem as truly worthy of a first round draft choice. If the Bills are on the clock at 19 and all 16 of those prospects are already off the board, I think moving back becomes more likely.

Whaley and his staff likely have a few players they like that they believe will be there at 19, but if none of them are available why sit there and reach for a player that doesn’t match the value of your pick? Slide back a few slots add another draft choice somewhere on day two and match a prospect with the appropriate value.

 

3 – Dear Chris:
My question is on who the Bills will be looking for in this year’s draft. I know the Bills will be looking to re-tool the defense, and I assume they will be transitioning to a 3-4 with Rex. My question will they be looking for an inside linebacker like Reggie Ragland to put next to Preston Brown or a player with a body type like Nigel Bradham say Jaylon Smith?

Also at D-line will they draft a defensive end like DeForest Buckner/Shaq Lawson, or will they draft a defensive tackle like Jarran Reed or Austin Johnson, plus what do you think our top needs are overall?

Sincerely: John from PA.

CB: I think the key ingredient that needs to be added at linebacker in a prospect is speed. With the league in subpackage defense just about two-thirds of the time you need linebackers who can cover ground and handle coverage assignments with backs and athletic tight ends.

I wouldn’t mind Ragland as a prospect, but I’m not convinced he can cover the type of athletic tight ends and backs we see at the pro level every week. With that in mind I’d prefer a more athletic type linebacker like a Darron Lee.

Bradham was Buffalo’s fastest linebacker and he’s in Philadelphia now, so that speed at linebacker has to be replaced as I see it.

As far as defensive line goes I think both end and DT are both on the table. I don’t expect Buckner to be there at 19 and it’s unlikely that Lawson is either. Both are versatile guys you can position up and down a 3-4 front.

Jarran Reed has a chance to be there. His value isn’t as high because he doesn’t offer as much in terms of pass rush. But I wouldn’t have a problem lining him up at nose tackle and flanking him with Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams and let them win on the edge.

 
4 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you think the Bills will go about training camp differently this year? Due to the top players getting injured last yr..

@Jiillyy

CB: I’m not sure there’s much they can do differently. There are strict guidelines set out in the CBA as to how often players can practice during training camp, days off, etc.

What we witnessed last summer with all five running backs going down I believe was an anomaly. The receivers who went down with injuries late in camp was a domino effect. When you lose two receivers in one day it immediately puts more strain and demand on the bodies of the receivers who are left. It’s more reps for them.

Now to the coaches’ and athletic trainers’ credit they backed things off on the healthy players still practicing, and signed more players to help fill the void.

Training camp is a grind, and the Bills do everything in their power to keep players on the field and healthy. There is also a responsibility on the part of the players to do right by their body day in and day out so they can perform at their best. Their body is their livelihood.

Buffalo does make use of GPS technology to track the workload of players each day at camp, so they’re all closely monitored as a means of being proactive and backing players off when the analytics dictate it’s warranted to prevent injuries before they happen. But nothing is perfect.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills You think there’s a player in this year’s draft that could become Buffalo’s next QB in the event that they can’t keep Tyrod?

Jordan Hanson 

CB: I think that’s difficult for anyone to predict, even those with the trained eye, like NFL scouts, player personnel executives and general managers. I think what you need to keep in mind is Buffalo has every intention of keeping Tyrod Taylor for the long term provided he continues on his current trajectory of performance.

And there’s no reason to think that he won’t. People are wondering why a contract extension hasn’t happened yet for Tyrod. I personally think it benefits both parties to wait for a few reasons.

First, Buffalo’s cap situation for 2016 is not conducive to working out a long term extension for Taylor. The market value at his position alone makes such an undertaking difficult for year one of an extension, which would be in 2016.

Second, the Bills, understandably so, want to see more from Taylor before they make a sizable commitment to Taylor. There’s recent Buffalo history where they jumped the gun in handing out a long term deal to a QB (see: Ryan Fitzpatrick).

I think the Bills want to believe in Taylor as their starting quarterback, but one year of solid production isn’t enough to go on when you’re talking about the multi-million dollar commitment a quarterback contract demands.

Third, Taylor stands to get a much more lucrative contract from Buffalo if he can back up last year’s production with even more production and wins in 2016.

So while it’s true that Taylor’s agent can stand on the table and argue that his client is underpaid this year at $3-plus million for 2016, even he knows that waiting and letting his client perform and build more of a starting QB resume this fall will only benefit his negotiating duties in getting Taylor a lucrative long term contract.


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Ryan: Holes must be filled in draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2016 – 1:44 pm

Buffalo lost a handful of players from their roster this offseason. Some were released by choice, while others signed elsewhere as free agents. Some of the biggest losses came on the defensive side of the ball where starters like Mario Williams and Nigel Bradham signed with other clubs. When it comes to filling some of those holes head coach Rex Ryan said it’ll have to come in the upcoming draft.

Appearing on NFL Total Access, Ryan said he’s glad the team has eight draft picks knowing they need to cash in to address their lack of depth and loss of some starters.

“We don’t have a whole lot of depth right now, so we’re going to have to do a great job in the draft which we will,” Ryan said. “Doug Whaley is an outstanding evaluator of talent. We have to hit in the draft there is no doubt but I think there are some opportunities there to help us. I don’t expect people to feel sorry for us because you don’t need to.”

Buffalo has the 19th overall pick in round one this year and eight picks total after being awarded two compensatory picks. One is in the fourth round (139 overall) and one is in the sixth round (218 overall).


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Finishing in 4th qtr. is Ryan’s focus

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2016 – 1:40 pm

The Bills finished their first season under head coach Rex Ryan at 8-8. It obviously was not where they wanted to be at the end of the regular season. Looking back on the season and reviewing everything, Ryan believes performing more consistently at the end of games is the key to improving on their won-loss record last season.

Appearing on NFL Total Access, Ryan pointed to the opportunities they had to win games last season when they came up short.

“I think that’s a big thing,” he said. “We had the ball in our hand and lost five games with the ball in our hand to go win or tie, and we couldn’t find a way to get it done. And then defensively, we have to be better on defense. There is no question about it. I think there is where we fell off from expectations – certainly my expectations, the team’s expectations and our fans’ expectations. So everybody’s. So we have something to prove and we’ll see what happens. We lost a lot of good players, but we have to find a way to get better. One of those things, having my brother on staff I think is going to be a huge thing for us, a huge plus for us.”

Ryan said he has confidence in Tyrod Taylor’s ability to win games for the Bills. One area where he’d like to see him advance his game is making more plays in the middle of the field in the pass game.


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Bills propose rule change

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2016 – 2:31 pm

The Bills were one of six teams to submit a rule proposal change to the NFL’s Competition Committee, which is meeting this week to review their own rule change proposals as well as those coming from NFL clubs.

Buffalo submitted a Playing Rule Proposal that involves replay review. They’re proposing that Rule 15, Section 2, Articles 1, 4 and 5 (Instant Replay) to permit a coach to challenge any official’s decision except scoring plays and turnovers.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was successful on six of his 10 coaches challenges in 2016. Only Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis (63.64%) and Miami interim head coach Dan Campbell (80%) had a higher success rate than Ryan’s 60 percent.


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Georgia LB Jenkins improves on combine numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2016 – 1:01 pm

Wednesday was Georgia’s pro day and Bills head coach Rex Ryan and Asst. head coach/Defense Rob Ryan were on hand for the workouts. One of the prospects who improved on his combine workout numbers was OLB Jordan Jenkins.

Jenkins, who has experience in a 3-4 defensive scheme, improved his 40 time running a 4.76 (down from 4.8), his broad jump 10’3″ (up from 10’1″), his vertical leap 38″ (up from 36 1/2″) and his bench press posting 19 reps (up from 16).

Jenkins is projected as a third or fourth round pick.


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Ryan brothers take in Georgia pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2016 – 2:22 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan and Assistant head coach/Defense Rob Ryan have been checking out some of the more notable college pro days during this pre-draft season. Today they took in Georgia’s pro day in Athens.

Among the more notable Georgia draft prospects are OLB Leonard Floyd, OT John Theus, OLB Jordan Jenkins, WR Malcolm Mitchell and RB Keith Marshall.

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, right, and assistant coach Rob Ryan laugh as they watch Georgia's Pro Day of the NFL football scouts, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, right, and assistant coach Rob Ryan laugh as they watch Georgia’s Pro Day of the NFL football scouts, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a look at OLB prospect Jordan Jenkins running his 40 today.

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