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Goodwin grateful for Bills Olympic support

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 4:31 pm

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin knows how lucky he is. In a league as cut throat as the NFL, being given the opportunity to take a hiatus from football to pursue his Olympic dream of a gold medal in the long jump is a rarity. But head coach Rex Ryan and his offensive coaches have supported Goodwin’s dream wholeheartedly and the receiver is grateful for the organization’s backing.

Goodwin who was given the freedom to skip mandatory minicamp knowing he’s embroiled in Olympic training, decided on his own to attend minicamp though he won’t be practicing this week.

“The whole staff has been very supportive,” Goodwin said. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity that’s been presented to me. It’s one of those deals where I have to come see my teammates. I have to come see the coaches, and it’s good to be around. It wasn’t mandatory for me really, Rex kind of let me off the hook, but I thought it would be good to just come see the team and be around. (I’m) trying to feed off of the energy that they have here. I hadn’t seen those guys for awhile, so seeing them kind of uplifted my spirits.”

Goodwin realizes that transitioning on the fly back to football will be a challenge, but its one he feels he can accomplish having done it before when he was in college.

“I’m not new to this; this isn’t my first time transitioning from track to football, or football to track,” Goodwin said. “In the 2012 Olympics, I came right off the plane and went to practice at UT (University of Texas) and hopped right in with no hesitation, no problems. I know this is the NFL and I respect that, and I respect the work that my teammates have been putting in, but I don’t really feel like I’m going to be too far behind because I’ve been working too.

“I think it’ll be a smooth transition. I’m probably the most fit I’ve been in my life. I’m at a healthy weight. I feel good, I feel great, and it’s just a great time for me.”


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Update on Sammy, Henderson, Shaq

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 3:55 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan provided an update on the rehab status of three players who won’t take part in mandatory minicamp. Sammy Watkins is coming off foot surgery, Shaq Lawson had shoulder surgery and Seantrel Henderson is coming off a pair of surgeries for his medical condition. Here’s where they stand.

“We’ll start with Sammy-he’s out of the boot and that’s good,” said Ryan. “He’s in here all the time. Every time you turn around there he is. He is working his tail off to get out there. Same thing with Shaq.  Seantrel’s is different-it wasn’t an injury, it’s a medical deal. We’ll see how it is. I can tell you this-he wants to get back on the field in the worst way and we’re all pulling for him.”

Watkins is not expected to do anything at the outset of training camp. Lawson probably won’t participate in training camp either. Henderson’s status doesn’t really have a timetable as the offensive tackle works to put weight back on his frame and get stronger.


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Cordy Glenn has minor injury

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 3:35 pm

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn was not participating in practice Tuesday due to what Rex Ryan termed a minor injury last week. Glenn was getting some work done in the weight room instead as he works to get back on the field. Ryan isn’t concerned about Glenn’s situation.

“He’s got something,” said Ryan of Glenn unsure of the nature of the tackle’s injury. “He’s been in the training room early in the morning. If we were playing a game on Sunday he’d be out there.”

 


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The plan for Karlos

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 3:29 pm

With Karlos Williams coming into minicamp overweight he’s limited to individual position work and then he heads over to work with the strength and conditioning staff for the remainder of practice. That was the plan on Tuesday and it’ll repeat itself on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Rex Ryan says they’ve already got a plan in place to get the second-year running back closer to his actual listed playing weight of 230 pounds.

At the same time dropping that much weight in what will amount to about six and a half weeks isn’t healthy, so the club has to take a more methodical approach according to Ryan.

“We’re not going to put a ridiculous weight number on him to get him back,” Ryan said. “But what you don’t want to do where he all of a sudden drops 20 pounds and he comes out here and gets hurt the first day of training camp. That’s what we’re trying to avoid. So we’ve got to get him to do the right things now. Obviously he’s not anywhere close to where he needs to be to play at a high level. So we’ve got to get some weight off him and he understands that.”

Williams said he plans to continue working with the strength and conditioning staff for another two to three weeks after minicamp closes on Thursday to get his weight more in line with where it needs to be.


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Goodwin’s gold quest has made for tough call

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2016 – 2:42 pm

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin has been dedicated the last several months to qualifying for the US Olympic team’s track and field team in the long jump event. So far, so good as Goodwin has the longest jump on record this calendar year in the world. US Olympic trials are at the end of June. And while head coach Rex Ryan has supported Goodwin’s opportunity to represent his country on one of the highest athletic stages in the world, there’s no denying the receiver is doing it at a cost.

Goodwin has missed all the voluntary offseason OTA practices and meetings. It’s unclear if he’ll make it in for the team’s mandatory minicamp next week, but with the commitment needed to qualify for the Olympics it wouldn’t be shocking if he was not in attendance. Ryan has said when he’s done with his Olympic commitment they’ll welcome him back.

“We know it’s not an ideal situation right now for him on this football team. But it’s something I think… we’re proud of the fact that he’s representing our country, our football team and our community that way. Is it hurting him? Yeah I think it will a little bit, but he will have time,” Ryan said. “He’s going to have time to come back in and develop those football skills. One thing we know is if he’s not the fastest guy in the league he’s certainly right up there in the conversation. That’s a positive for him. When he’s done with his training with the Olympics and if he brings back gold, that’ll be fantastic, he’ll have time to catch up.”

Knowing what a cut throat league the NFL is, Goodwin is smart enough to know that there are some capable speed receivers on Buffalo’s roster right now who could potentially fill one of the secondary roles in the receiving corps instead of him. Most notably sixth-round pick Kolby Listenbee.

With world class speed and superior size to Goodwin, Listenbee as well as a couple of other viable competitors sit on the roster and are competing at spring practices.

As for when Goodwin will return full time, it’s expected to be right after the long jump competition is over in Rio. That figures to be more than a week after training camp has started knowing opening ceremonies for the Olympics are scheduled for August 5th.

“Right after he runs his event and then come on back in and get back here,” Ryan said. “We’ll be excited to see him.”


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Rex: EJ has nothing to prove to this team

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2016 – 1:23 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was asked a handful of questions about QB EJ Manuel. His status on the roster, his confidence in his backup quarterback and finally if he feels Manuel has anything he has to prove to his Buffalo teammates.

Ryan said seeing Manuel’s day in and day out work ethic alone is enough to convince you he has nothing to prove.

“(He has) nothing (to prove). I think the big thing about EJ and what everyone respects is how hard he’s working and the fact that he’s trying to get better,” Ryan said. “That’s evident in the way he’s practicing, and obviously he’s got a good work ethic and studies, so we’ll see.

“We hope we don’t have to use him because that means something happened to our starting quarterback, Tyrod, but we feel pretty good about having him there. We love that we have Cardale as a third quarterback, so we like our quarterback situation.”

 


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Rex comments on new corners

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2016 – 8:46 am

We all know Rex loves cornerbacks who can handle press coverage. The Bills head coach has talked up Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore plenty, but some new arrivals are getting some praise from Ryan.

Early on in OTAs Ryan had some high praise for sixth-round pick Kevon Seymour, who continues to get reps with the starting unit opposite Darby in the absence of Gilmore. Now he’s spotted another new arrival at the position that has impressed him of late.

“Another guy I’ve been really impressed with is Corey White,” said Ryan. “He’s done a real nice job for us as well. I’m real fired up about that.”

Meanwhile Ryan remains encouraged by the progress of Seymour.

“Throwing that rookie into the fire… without Stephon here we’ve been putting him in with that first group just to see how he would respond and he’s done a great job,” he said.


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Barnes attempt at OL now over

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2016 – 3:29 pm

DT T.J. Barnes was given a shot at offensive tackle at the outset of OTA practices two weeks ago. Now in the final week of OTA sessions he’s back at defensive tackle.

Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that the offensive tackle experiment is over.

“Did not go great,” said Ryan. “Man that looked great on paper though. T.J. said, ‘Please Rex bring me back to defense.’ I’m like, ‘Okay you’ve got it.’ But I love the fact that he was willing to try and it wasn’t just a one day deal. He went out there and was trying for a few weeks, but in the end he did not feel comfortable. As he put it, he was tired of getting his butt kicked. To his credit he was out there battling. He was trying to get better and so we put him back to defense.”

Barnes was signed off the Jets practice squad last December and was re-signed in the offseason.


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Enemkpali gets quality reps

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2016 – 2:41 pm

Rex Ryan said last week he was unsure as to just where IK Enemkpali fit in terms of a role on Buffalo’s defense. On Wednesday Enemkpali was getting first team reps at outside linebacker.

Ryan admitted with Shaq Lawson sidelined indefinitely that the door is open for other candidates to fill roles at the position.

“Absolutely he could with Shaq on the shelf, no doubt,” said Ryan of Enemkpali. “Manny (Lawson) can be a catch all for this team, outside, inside you can always play him. But IK has done really well. I think we had him primarily with the ones today. We’re bumping guys around and stuff, but he’ll have a chance. You look at IK he’s a physical player. He’s doing a much better job. So I could definitely see him pushing for playing time.”

Still widely identified by most outside observers as the guy who punched Jets QB Geno Smith, Ryan has been impressed with how Enemkpali has personally put the low point of his career behind him.

“I think he did a really good job because that’s not easy,” said Ryan. “I think he certainly doesn’t want that mark on him. Everybody sees him as the guy that punched Geno or something like that. This guy is just a football player and it’s what he wants to be known as.”


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Rex committed to pure Ryan defense in year 2

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2016 – 12:06 pm

He’s still extremely confident in his own abilities as a football coach and he still shoots players straight while also knowing how to have a little fun. But there are some ways that head coach Rex Ryan believes he has changed his approach as a coach after a disappointing 2015 season.

Ryan says that change in approach will be most evident on the defensive side of the ball where he admitted he made some concessions and compromises to his defense last season to appeal to players.

“I’ve changed a lot. I’m a guy that believes in myself a great deal and I believe in the guys that are around me,” said Ryan. “But the way that I grew up, my way of playing defense, in my opinion is the best way. And I think more than ever, it showed me that – and I’m not blaming anything else – I’m responsible for what was on the field last year, 100 percent. But I’ve also been responsible for every team that I’ve ever coached, 100 percent. So we’ll see how it goes, but I expect to be really good. I think we’ll be much improved from last year. And I guess time will tell.”

 


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Enemkpali fighting for role

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2016 – 11:44 am

He’s somewhat of a hybrid player for Rex Ryan’s more traditional 3-4 defense. He doesn’t have the ideal height for an outside linebacker or the ideal thickness to play five-technique defensive end. But he’s determined to find a role for himself.

Head coach Rex Ryan isn’t quite sure where Enemkpali fits right now either.

“I’m not sure, but he’s pushing. He’s pushing hard,” said Ryan of Enemkpali. “He looks pretty good to me. He’s really improved from a mental standpoint. Sometimes you’re overwhelmed as a rookie, but I think he’s taken off. He’s a physical player. He knows exactly what he’s doing, and you’re seeing a better player on the field.”

Shaq Lawson’s shoulder surgery removes one chief competitor at a pass rushing position. Eventually he’ll be back, but Enemkpali will need to have a strong training camp to cement a spot on Buffalo’s roster.


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Confidence that Carpenter will bounce back

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2016 – 9:12 am

He missed just four field goal attempts last season, typically the average for NFL field goal kickers in a season. For Dan Carpenter the problem was the new distance for extra points last season. Though there were other kickers in the league who had their share of extra point misses, it was a surprise to see the normally reliable Carpenter miss six in 2015. However, a down year that was compromised by a preseason hamstring injury is seen as an exception by head coach Rex Ryan rather than the norm for Carpenter.

Ryan envisions a bounce back year for Buffalo’s place kicker, and draws on prior experience as to why.

“Sometimes when you’re coming off an injury, I remember we had a Pro Bowl kicker that kind of had an off year, Nick Folk was the guy,” said Ryan of his time with the Jets. “Made the Pro Bowl as a rookie kicker for Dallas then he kind of had an injury, had a not so good year and then he came back, kicked real well. We’re expecting (Carpenter) to bounce back.”

As for how he’s faring in spring OTAs, Ryan is encouraged.

“I think he looks good. There will be competition, there’s two guys competing (Jordan Gay, undrafted rookie Marshall Morgan), but we feel pretty good about him. Last year, he made just about every field goal. He’s obviously a proven kicker in this league, and I think coming back a year after the injury is really going to help him.”


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Lawson not offended by drafting of Lawson

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2016 – 3:02 pm

Bills top draft choice Shaq Lawson is probably out until the team is a few weeks into the regular season following his recent shoulder surgery. But when he returns he’s expected to make an impact. He’s also likely to eat into Manny Lawson’s time on the field. The veteran Lawson however, isn’t bothered by the presence of a talented rookie like his namesake.

“I don’t take any offense, but it is competition,” said Lawson. “Everything out here is competition, no job is guaranteed. Every team wants to be the best and have the best players out there. And when you draft a guy that high you expect him to come out here and play. So all it is, is more incentive that has already been here step up and more incentive for him to earn a spot.”

Even if the rookie Lawson was healthy, head coach Rex Ryan indicated that Manny Lawson would still have a significant role in Buffalo’s defense.

“Manny was always going to have a big role for us,” said Ryan. “Albeit as a super sub, a sixth man if you will because he can back up all four linebacker spots.”


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Fan Friday 5-27

Posted by Chris Brown on May 27, 2016 – 11:28 am

Week one of OTAs is in the books. Week 2 gets underway Tuesday. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris

Thanks for all you do to keep us Bills fans informed! My question is about extending Gilmore and Tyrod. With Gilmore being under contract under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, if he and the Bills were able to strike a long term deal this offseason, does that work like the franchise tag where his new deal would replace his current contract, or is this year’s salary set in stone and they can only negotiate an extension for next year and beyond?

If it is an extension that doesn’t impact his present salary for this season, how would that work with his signing bonus? Would a prorated portion count against the cap this year? Same thing with Tyrod, if the team signed him to an extension so they could keep him at his low salary for this season, if the extension were signed this offseason, would there be any impact on this season’s salary cap from his signing bonus if his salary doesn’t change? Thanks!

CB: New long term deals typically replace the existing one. The club usually does this to more effectively spread out the amortized portions of the contract (e.g. signing bonus). On occasion teams will tack on an extension to the current year, but it’s uncommon.

2 – Chris

Can you give us more insight into UDFA Justin Zimmer. He was the fastest/quickest/strongest tackle in this year’s draft with something like 86 tackles, 13 sacks, 26 tfl, and 4 ff’s.  This kid should have been drafted just based on his measurables alone.  44 Reps/4.85 40 with outstanding short shuttle and 3 cone times- Are you kidding me?  Mo Boehringer got drafted on pure potential and this kid is way more experienced than him, even at Ferris St.  Can Coach Blake morph this kid into the next Aaron Donald or Geno Atkins?  With Adolphus Washington we really strengthened the interior D.

John

CB: One reason why Zimmer went undrafted is because he has short arms. While this might sound ridiculous these are parts of the player measurables that carry weight especially when it comes to line play. If you can’t keep offensive linemen from getting into your chest then you’ll have problems making plays.

Now Zimmer to his credit was ultra-productive at the FCS level. He’s quick and agile and obviously powerful and he’s a hustler. To say he could be the next Aaron Donald or Geno Atkins is a stretch. That being said he’ll be interesting to watch when the pads go on in camp.
3 – Chris,

Last year’s defense was a disappointment. Veteran players could not fully adapt to this complicated front seven scheme then play at a high level. Also, expectations turned out to be unrealistically high.

Is there any way 3 rookies can leap to the NFL, play in this same defensive front, simplified or not, and have success? Or do we need to start managing expectations now to avoid more disappointment?

Thanks,
Ron
CB: First, I’m going to tell you that in this first week of OTAs the players admitted they assumed with an accomplished defensive coach coming in the door that they just expected to be just as good as they were the year before and did not put the required time in to master the defense. Just about every place Rex Ryan has been his players have never had a problem absorbing and implementing the defensive system he employs. They’ve never had a problem playing fast.

Buffalo’s players pretty much acknowledged that a lot of their shortcomings last season were on them because they didn’t buy into the system. That’s changed now, so I’d be interested to see how well they can play in this defense with the talent they have on hand.

Now will it be an adjustment for the three top draft choices? Probably, but their talent will help to carry them until they do have it all down pat. Additionally all three draft choices are workers and committed to being great. Those are all encouraging signs. As we all know the proof will be in the results on the field.

 

4 – Hey Chris ,
Do you think the Bills have any interest in trading for Sam Bradford ? Personally I think he has had a pretty raw deal since entering the league, his first three seasons the Rams had nobody really legit to play with on offense except for Danny Amendola , he tore his acl twice and the Eagles were a mess to begin with before he got there, Buffalo has a lot of good players on offense right now I would be really curious to see who would win the starting job between Taylor and Bradford, thank you.

Alexander, Toronto


CB:
I’d be surprised if the Bills pursue something like this if in fact Bradford is offered up again. The biggest question facing this team is whether or not they have a franchise quarterback. That won’t be answered if you add another QB to the mix. They should stick with Tyrod Taylor this season and see what kind of step forward he can make.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills Didn’t the Bills defense want to be the ‘85 bears last year?

Joe gnozzo @joegnozzo51

CB: I don’t think the bar was ever set that high. From a scheme perspective that wasn’t the plan either. Rex’s defense does have some 46 principles to it, but the biggest issue in terms of scheme in 2015 was Ryan’s attempt to blend some of the successful concepts of the team’s 2014 system that helped them finish fourth in the NFL with his own scheme.

The blend did not work by Ryan’s own admission by midseason and the unit never recovered when they tried to eliminate that in season.

This year they’re going to be more of a traditional 3-4 and play strictly Ryan’s defensiv


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Rex on Mario’s move to Miami

Posted by Chris Brown on May 27, 2016 – 10:20 am

He openly criticized Rex Ryan’s defense on multiple occasions to the media. He complained about being asked to drop into coverage a lot, when game film revealed he didn’t do it more than three or four times a game. That combined with his lofty cap figure got Mario Williams released by Buffalo. Now that he’s in Miami, Buffalo’s head coach isn’t about to wish him any success.

In an interview this week with MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas, Rex and Rob Ryan covered many topics including some of the personnel moves this offseason. Some of  those moves were done to help foster complete buy in for the defensive scheme in the locker room.

“Player-wise, sometimes the salary cap kind of influences you. Look, I like Leodis McKelvin, Nigel Bradham,” said Ryan. “Mario Williams? Yeah, but he is making $17 million dollars [in Miami]. Guess what, it wasn’t going to happen. Now look, with some of the comments [he made], do I wish him well? Not really. But, he’s on Miami. If he would have gone somewhere else, maybe. He’s a good kid, but I am used to some mean motherf—ers that play out there. The Terrell Suggs, Jarrett Johnsons of the world. I screwed them, too; I had them drop [into coverage], too. Not one of them bitched. Von Miller [dropped into coverage] in the Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s what’s asked of him; that’s what his job is. Your job is to play. Coaches spend a hell of a lot more time studying tape and everything else. They are trying to put the team in the best position to be successful, not an individual.”

Ryan then went on to point out that players who have played under him who were asked to do similar things were still highly recognized players in the league.

“Terrell Suggs, he has been the defensive Player of the Year in this league,” Ryan said. “Ed Reed has been. Ray Lewis has been. You can go right down the line. Trevor Pryce had 14 sacks as a defensive tackle. One of the most unselfish guys you’ve ever seen. That’s what it is about. I’ll never forget, I used to have Ray sell out for maybe the 11th guy on defense. Ray Lewis is going to be one of the greatest defensive players in the history of the game, if not the greatest. That’s when you’ve got something special, and that’s what we are trying to build here.”


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No more scheme blending for the Ryans

Posted by Chris Brown on May 27, 2016 – 9:18 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan admitted midway through his first season with Buffalo that he made an error in judgment. He tried to blend the successful defensive scheme of his predecessor, which helped the Bills rank fourth in defense in the NFL, with that of his own. Simply put it didn’t work. Meanwhile in New Orleans, his twin brother and current Assistant head coach Rob Ryan was asked to change the defensive scheme entirely from what he had run the past dozen years as a defensive coordinator in the league. The Saints defense finished last in the league. Suffice to say both have learned to trust their instincts and go with what has been successful for them year in and year out in the NFL. Their defensive scheme and their defensive scheme only.

In an interview with MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas, the Ryans explained how this year Buffalo’s defense will go exclusively to Rex Ryan’s traditional 3-4 scheme.

“We are going to see things one way, and we are going to do it our way. That’s what it takes to win,” said Rex Ryan. “There is a certain style of defense that wins, a certain style of play that wins in this league, and nobody understands that more than we do. Our family has been to six Super Bowls as coaches, and we know it takes a physical brand of football and it takes physical players.

“I said I was going to build a bully, it wasn’t the appropriate word, but I want to be physical. I think we are getting it right. We brought in Richie Incognito, all he does is go to the Pro Bowl. Doug Whaley and company did a great job in the draft. Shaq Lawson is a physical player. Reggie Ragland is the most physical linebacker in the draft. That was a Ryan defensive player, a linebacker, going back to the days of when our dad was coaching the Bears, and even before that.

“There are people that, I know for a fact, don’t believe in me; they don’t believe in the direction of the football team. That’s fine and dandy. I believe in it, and I am surrounding myself with people that believe in it also. People who are smart enough to believe in it. Because the Ryans are going to get it done.

“We never lost a fight in our life. Ever. And we ain’t losing this one. And that’s a true statement. Not just because we are bad a**es—because we are, individually—but collectively, it’s a lot different. To this day, no man is going to whip me. Why? Because I’ve got my brother with me. And I’ve got my brother, Dennis Thurman, with me. Ed Reed is here for a reason. These players are going to be like that, too. We want to fight like brothers. I don’t know if we have 100 percent buy-in from even the entire building. I don’t know yet. But the people directly with me, my coaching staff and the players, that’s where it starts. I don’t know all the business people yet; they should be “all in,” but I don’t know. There’s times when the doubt part, that can be driven through the media. But I’m going to surround myself with the very best, and I’m going to win.”


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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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