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Bills don’t care about style points

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2016 – 9:26 pm

One could make a very easy argument that each of Buffalo’s last two wins were anything but pretty, but if you ask the Bills themselves they could care less.

The coaching staff and the players are just interested in stacking wins however they can, good, bad, pretty, ugly. They don’t care. They’ve adopted the late Al Davis’ philosophy, ‘Just win baby.’

“Happy to get a win,” said Richie Incognito. “Right now at this part of the season a win is a win. It could be ugly, it could be by 30 points, but you need to collect as many wins as possible and keep the approach with this thing one week at a time, one game at a time, one win at a time.”

“Every game is kind of survive and advance,” said Kyle Williams. “You’re just trying to scratch and claw and win a football game. The NFL is so tough. There are great players everywhere. (Jacksonville) is a talented football team. We did a lot of self-inflicted damage, but at the end of it, when it came down to it offensively and defensively, we made a few plays and they were enough to win the game.”


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Fan Friday 11-18

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 11:38 am

Do or die time for the Bills this weekend in Cincinnati. Got to decide if they want to be part of the AFC playoff race Sunday. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills FF,any thought to Incognito going to C and Groy LG? Groy has been ok at G when needed but IMO was a factor in SEA loss at C

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CB: When there’s a significant loss on the offensive line, as is the case with Wood lost for the season to a broken leg, coaches often want as little disruption as possible when addressing the void in the lineup. Ryan Groy is expected to be the answer in the pivot.

First, and probably most important, Groy has operated as the swing center-guard since spring camps. He’s snapped to all three quarterbacks on the roster. He’s played a number of roles across the front including guard, tackle eligible and tight end on run plays. That equips him with a firm working knowledge of what everyone is doing on every play, which provides him with the wherewithal to make pre-snap checks efficiently and consistently.

Knowing how critical the communication is from the center in Buffalo’s offense, having Groy with the knowledge base necessary is essential in the pivot.

I’m not saying that Richie Incognito couldn’t play center, but with literally zero reps there since the day he arrived in Buffalo it’s not something you can just ask him to do with a week of practice. Incognito is a Pro Bowl guard. Moving him to address the need at center would be like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Which goes back to the old adage that you don’t change two positions to address one.

Groy at center makes the most sense as I see it.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

The collapse of the secondary is it players or coaching that’s to blame?

@radfordboyz1220

CB: Stephon Gilmore said it’s on the players to make plays. It’s his opinion that the coaches are putting them in position to make plays on the ball. That would seem to run in concert with Rex Ryan who said the majority of the issue is technique related.

Opponents are taking a different approach in attacking the Bills DBs and more often than not the Bills coverage players are not making the necessary adjustments in their coverage technique. That means playing proper leverage as a defender, footwork, driving to the hip of the receiver. All those things factor in, but based on what the coaches and players are saying it’s player error more than anything else.
3 – Chris,
Why doesn’t Time Warner Cable carry the Buffalo Bills  programming on MSG in my area?

I looked online and it lists the shows on the guide where I live, but when you tune in it shows all NYC programming. But it will show the Sabres games. I am confused about this.

I live in Wayland, NY 14572 which is in northwestern part of Steuben County. My understanding is that everybody west of Syracuse would get the Bills programming. If you could find a reason for this it would be greatly appreciated thanks

William

CB: From what I have been told MSG only provides their WNY programming like our Sunday pre-game show, Bills All Access, at 11 am and the Rex Ryan Show (Sundays 11:30 am) as far as Rochester. If you draw a vertical line on a map from the middle of Rochester down through the rest of WNY everyone west of that line gets WNY programming on MSG. If you are east of that line, which I believe you are in Wayland, you get MSG’s NYC programming.

My solution for you would be to contact Time Warner Cable and demand MSG’s Western New York programming. You live in WNY, so it only makes sense.

 

4 – Chris,

I really would like to see Robert Woods as a Bill for the next 4 years. Can you give us an idea of what salary he is expected to command in free agency?

Thanks
Joe Roberts

 

CB: Woods is on pace to set single-season career highs in receptions and receiving yards. His market value based on his average numbers the first four years would approach $9M per season. That might seem exorbitant, but that’s what the market bears.

Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns just signed a four-year deal this year for just over $40M. His numbers are marginally better than Woods, so it’s reasonable to think that Woods could command a contract in the neighborhood of $9M/year knowing the receiver market isn’t flush with players in their low to mid-20’s with his kind of experience.

Woods is just 24-years old. The only players with comparable age and superior numbers are Alshon Jeffery, Michael Floyd and Kamar Aiken.

I’m not optimistic that the Bills would pay that kind of money for Woods, knowing they’re likely to pay Sammy Watkins big money when his rookie deal is up, provided he can find a way to stay healthy in the next year or so of course.

5 – Chris
We heard an awful lot about Dez Lewis this offseason and with all the injuries at WR why hasn’t he been brought up to the 53 we’ve brought up 1 WR off the practice squad but not Dez not sure I understand has he fallen off I mean we really need help and he seemed to help last year and it was reported that he worked hard in the offseason and looked like he had improved in training camp what’s your thoughts

Thanks, Steve
From Kentucky

CB: Dez Lewis looked like a world beater in the spring practices and appeared like he had a chance to make an impact as the team’s third receiver. But when the pads went on in training camp he disappeared. He has never been able to re-establish the same kind of consistency in his game since.

It’s disappointing to see, but it’s a different game when the pads go on and some players can make the adjustment and some can’t. Hopefully Lewis can re-capture some of what made him look so promising in OTAs this past spring.


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Incognito named NFL Salute to Service nominee

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 3, 2016 – 6:03 pm

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Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito has been nominated for the National Football League’s 2016 Salute to Service Award. The son of a United States Army vet, Incognito grew up with a keen understanding of what it means to be a service member. Throughout his tenure in the league, Incognito has applied the lessons he learned from his father, such as discipline and courage, to his play on the field. A proud supporter of the military, Incognito continues to take part in several initiatives.

“He’s got a great deal of admiration and respect for our military, and the people that are currently serving and people who have been in the military,” said Bills head coach Rex Ryan.

For these reasons and many more, the Bills are proud to call Richie Incognito the team’s 2016 Salute to Service Award nominee.


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Bills offense knows they’ve got to sustain drives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2016 – 10:25 am

The Bills have played the Patriots with Tom Brady enough times to know that the best defense is to not let Brady on the field much at all if possible. That task falls on the offense to sustain drives and convert third downs.

“That’s always our focus,” said Richie Incognito. “Stay on the field on third downs, pick up first downs because when you’re picking up first downs, we’re usually scoring points. Three-and-out, we’re usually off the field real quick. When we pick up that first first down, that’s when really find rhythm and really get rolling so that’s our focus this week. Pick up first downs, stay on the field, and get that run game going again.”

As we pointed out in our Scouting Report this week, the Patriots defense does give up long, sustained drives. Their opponents average almost nine plays per possession (8.9) to rank 27th in the NFL.


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Incognito misses practice due to illness

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2016 – 2:50 pm

The Bills got Adolphus Washington back on the practice field Thursday as he returned from illness, but another player was sick and laid up on Thursday.

Richie Incognito was under the weather Thursday missing practice. Zach Brown meanwhile missed a second straight day of practice due to illness.

DID NOT PRACTICE
S Aaron Williams – neck
WR Marquise Goodwin – concussion
LB Zach Brown – illness
G Richie Incognito – illness
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder
DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
LB Jerry Hughes – hand
LB Lerentee McCray – knee
RB Mike Gillislee – foot
TE Charles Clay – knee
WR Robert Woods – foot
G John Miller – shoulder


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Cameron Wake: Bills weren’t going to run on us

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 7:21 pm

Miami DE Cameron Wake said the Dolphins came into the game motivated to stop Buffalo’s rushing attack. He said they had a collective mentality that they were going to win the one-on-one battles in Sunday’s game, particularly at the line of scrimmage.

“I personally like getting in there, getting a little dirty,” said Wake. “I’ve always had that pit bull mentality. You don’t bring a Chihuahua to a dog fight. That’s the mentality you’ve got to have. It’s just man versus man. It’s my gap. I don’t care who’s going to be in there. I don’t care what you think. It’s mine, plain and simple. There’s no C+ in football. It’s pass-fail. I think every guy across the line, front and back end as well, that win it all mentality, where I’ve got to win my match up. And that’s the only way we’re going to stop a team. Again, I was excited about somebody coming in here and saying that they’re going to run the ball down our throat … yeah, not so.”

Buffalo rushed for 67 yards on 22 carries to average three yards per rush. Their 67-yard total was only better than their 65-yards rushing output in Week 1 at Baltimore.

Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito had to admit they got outperformed.

“We couldn’t find rhythm,” he said. “It starts with us up front. We should’ve had a good day. We had an off day as an offensive line. We saw it on film. There was a lot of line movement. We anticipated some of it, but not to the degree that they were ready to do it today, and it kept us off balance.”

 


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Bills family supports Eric Wood at Flights & Bites

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 18, 2016 – 4:27 pm

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Bills center Eric Wood hosted his second annual Flights and Bites event in downtown Buffalo on Monday, Oct. 17. The event, which followed the team’s big win over the San Francisco 49ers, featured many players who chose to spend their time off supporting their teammate. Coming together for a good cause, the evening consisted of both silent and live auctions to benefit the Eric Wood Foundation, which seeks to provide aid to families of sick children.

“Just a fun…Monday night, (it’s a) chance for a lot of the guys and coaches to come out and interact with a lot of the fans and raise money for sick children and their families here in Western New York,” said Wood. Especially after a win yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 16), the spirits are always high and people are in the giving spirit in times like that.”

The support from the Bills family proved truly tremendous, as over 30 Bills players and coaches attended the event. The turnout included, Bills general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, safety Aaron Williams, guard Richie Incognito, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Reggie Ragland, safety Colt Anderson, cornerback Kevon Seymour, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, kicker Dan Carpenter, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and many more.

For more information on the Eric Wood Foundation, visit here.


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Kouandjio only focused on getting better

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2016 – 6:34 pm

With Cordy Glenn out for an undetermined amount of time it appears that Cyrus Kouandjio will be the team’s starting left tackle for the interim. Paired up with Ryan Groy and Fernando Velasco who rotated at Richie Incognito’s (sore ribs) starting left guard spot, Kouandjio is focused more on improving his personal game than where he’ll ultimately wind up on the depth chart.

“It’s fun working with the first unit because you get better and faster with them,” he said following Tuesday’s practice. “Everybody on that field is talented and you have a great time out there.”

When asked if his opportunity to work with the starting unit is a bit of an opportunity to reclaim some status he may have lost after he was a second-round pick.

“Me personally I’m out here to have fun,” he said. “I feel blessed because the Lord has allowed me to be out here and keep playing even though I have injuries that other people probably would’ve quit five years ago. I just stay in my Bible and I’m blessed and happy to be out here with the guys. I’m just having a good time.”

Kouandjio has dealt with some knee issues since his college days.

Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman has more of a direct outlook on the situation for Kouandjio.

“He’s got to take advantage of these opportunities with consistent play,” said Roman. “It’s that simple.”


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Pacing himself unusual for Incognito

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2016 – 11:35 am

If Richie Incognito had his way he’d be on the practice field for every single rep the first team offense has. However, that’s not how Rex Ryan and his coaching staff are approaching this training camp with their top veteran players. They’re pacing their starters who’ve had time in the league like LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay and a couple of offensive linemen in Eric Wood and Incognito.

Incognito would prefer not to because it’s just not how he’s wired, but he understands the aim of the approach.

“Yeah, it’s one of those things where, you know, we’ve got a ton of reps in this offense,” Incognito said. “And, you know, the coaches are being deliberate with our reps right now, you know, keeping our pitch count right now a little low, and we’re going to build. But, you know, there’s a method to their madness and I believe in the coaches and the training staff and I’m going to follow what they say.”


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Did Incognito earn finder’s fee for RB Bush?

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2016 – 10:41 pm

Richie Incognito is one of the bigger supporters of Rex Ryan as a head coach. He loves playing for the guy. Explaining how enjoyable the game is playing under Ryan to Reggie Bush last month may have helped to convince the veteran running back to sign with the Bills.

Incognito ran into Bush in Las Vegas this offseason. The two were former teammates in Miami where Incognito and his Dolphins teammates helped Bush rack up the first 1,000-yard rushing season of his career in 2011. The subject quickly turned to Buffalo where Incognito got a second chance to revive his career.

“I did a little scouting on my own,” Incognito said. “I ran into Reggie in Las Vegas in the summer and he was asking me what Rex was all about and I told him how I really love playing for him and love being around him. So I’m really excited to have him here.”

When asked if he deserves a finder’s fee for landing the veteran running back, Incognito just laughed.

“No. The finder’s fee is Reggie (Bush) scoring touchdowns on Sunday.” said Incognito. “He’s a dynamic player and I really think it’s a great fit for him. With our backfield there are kind of a lot of question marks in there. We have Shady (LeSean McCoy) he’s the established, number one guy. I think Reggie as a dynamic playmaker who can come in and G-Ro (Greg Roman) can really scheme up some situations to get him in some open space. I love it man.”


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Incognito relishing his 2nd chance with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2016 – 5:38 pm

One could argue that Richie Incognito has had to re-make himself twice after an over aggressive style put him on the outs in St. Louis where he started his NFL career. But now a few years removed from the bullying scandal in Miami, there’s no place Incognito would rather be than Buffalo. 

In an in depth interview with SI.com’s Don Banks, Incognito talked at length about his new lease on life. Here’s an excerpt. 

“Going through all that and coming out on the other end, after learning a lot about myself and owning up to my actions, it made me a better person and a better teammate,” Incognito says. “I know this, this is the most solid, most stable ground I’ve been on in my entire life. That’s in life. It’s been a long process of just being comfortable in my own skin again.” 

Wherever his teammates are gathered, you can usually find Incognito in the middle of the group. Even his daily ping-pong battles in the locker room are now moments he cherishes.

“I’m like, this is awesome,” Incognito says, catching himself amid a recent game. “This is it. This is what I missed big time. I missed being around the guys. I’m a guy’s guy. I love hearing all the crazy stories, and telling my stories. That’s the fun part, and I’m going to just relish it all.”


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Incognito reflects on his past one last time

Posted by Chris Brown on April 18, 2016 – 4:32 pm

Bills G Richie Incognito made it plain that he wanted to return to Buffalo and re-sign with the club provided the deal was right. With his new deal put to bed last month, Incognito reflected on last time on his road back to the NFL after an 18-month exile.

“I found myself looking back on it this morning,” said Incognito. “I was real excited to get in the building and be around the guys. Eighteen months ago I didn’t have that. I was sitting on my couch and training on my own. To be back here today where I’m at now, it’s another milestone in this journey and another chapter that begins. I’m very excited to be around (Eric) Wood, Shady (McCoy), Tyrod (Taylor) and those guys on defense, Marcell (Dareus), Jerry (Hughes) and earning their respect and being out here to compete with them. It’s a huge honor for me and what motivates me every day.”

Incognito reclaimed his status earning a Pro Bowl nod last season, but is committed to constantly try to sharpen his game.

“I think just having a beginner’s mentality,” he said. “Being able to reflect on where I’ve come from and what put me in a position to succeed. That’s just coming in and grinding and working as hard as I can and doing everything I can to repeat and improve on the performance I had last year.”


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Rex’s recruiting helped with Incognito

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2016 – 12:52 pm

He flew all the way out to Hawaii’ to spend some time with his Pro Bowl players OL Richie Incognito and Eric Wood and QB Tyrod Taylor. Knowing Incognito was an impending free agent, Ryan’s main impetus was to demonstrate to Incognito how important he felt he was to their future success.

Fortunately, Ryan’s efforts proved beneficial in getting a new deal hammered out with Incognito.

“Rex [Ryan] had a lot to do with it,” said Incognito. “Rex is one of those guys where, he has his guys’ backs, he treats us like men, he treats us likes pros, and he expects us to go out and put the results on the field. Playing for a guy like Rex and having confidence in us and having our back, it speaks volumes about Rex and it just speaks volumes about his style, about how guys just love him.

“You know I have played in this league a long time and I have played for a lot of coaches who are scared of their own shadow. Rex is definitely not that, Rex is, Rex is a man. I love playing for him and I love the environment and I love my teammates, and the guys we are surrounded with right there, and I really think we have something special growing.”

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Incognito: I’ve got a lot left in the tank

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2016 – 8:36 am

Bills LG Richie Incognito was very happy that things came together on a new contract agreement with Buffalo Tuesday. Very quickly however, the lineman’s focus shifted right back to football. Knowing he’s turning 33 before next season, Incognito has been hard at work training in Arizona all offseason. His new deal with Buffalo has only motivated him all the more to prove there’s a lot of quality football left in him.

“I feel like I got a lot of gas left in the tank,” he said. “I am in the best shape of my life, I am down in Arizona training my butt off. And I got a lot left in the tank, I take it day by day and season by season. So I am focused on 2016 and I am just going to work as hard as I can to be the best player I can be.

“I made a promise to Terry and Kim Pegula, and Rex [Ryan], and Doug Whaley when they signed me back in February of 2015 to give it my all, and give them everything I had and to make the situation right. And this is another step in that process. So I wake with that mentality every day to get better every day and give it my all, and let everything else handle itself.”

Incognito’s 18-month layoff from the pounding of the NFL game from the last half of 2013 through 2014 may prove to be a benefit now. It’s 24 fewer games of wear and tear and that probably makes his soon-to-be 33-year old body feel a bit younger than those of most 33-year old linemen in the league.


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Fan Friday 3-4

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2016 – 11:35 am

Sitting on the cusp of free agency the Bills are not expected to be early big money players at all. It will be interesting to see which of their RFAs they tender by Wednesday. Here are your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills hey Chris being that were fully going back to Ryan’s style of D who is gonna be the QB of this D? AW?

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CB: Rex Ryan told us at the NFL Combine that he wants Preston Brown to step up run the defense. Brown surprisingly had some missteps in running the scheme last season to the point where Manny Lawson had to take over late in the season. But here’s what Ryan said about Brown last week in Indy.

“I think if everything stays the same and we have all our players back then Preston has to be more vocal and there has to be more ownership that way,” Ryan said. “It’s not good enough to just know your job. You’ve got to bark it out and be the quarterback back there. And he can do it. He’s a smart enough kid and his dad is a football coach. So he’s got to come out of his shell. David Harris was a quiet guy, but on the football field he ran the whole thing. He’s got to grow into it. It doesn’t happen overnight. I think when you come into a new system it’s tougher to play, but yeah I expect Preston to be able to take that step and he needs to.”
2 – @ChrisBrownBills If Incognito is lost in FA’cy, do you think they slide Miller to LG and try and fill RG with draft or veteran FA?

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CB: I don’t know if they flip Miller to the other side. I think their preference is to let him progress at right guard. As for replacements if negotiations go nowhere with Incognito, I would expect a veteran free agent to be signed.
3- @ChrisBrownBills How likely is it Whaley would take a chance at Nkemdiche at 19? Some teams apparently think he’s undraftable

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CB: I would be very surprised if they took a chance on Nkemdiche. Here’s why. Buffalo just got rid of a player who was a headache in terms of work ethic and effort on the game field in Mario Williams. You want to replace him with the same type of player? Nkemdiche has oodles of talent, but even he admitted that he took plays off and was lazy.

I wouldn’t be surprised if his lousy effort on the field hurt him more than his still – it all doesn’t add up – night at his Atlanta hotel room where he was charged with drug possession, admitted to being drunk, fell out his hotel room window and according to police reports was paranoid when police arrived on the scene.

When teams make an investment in a player in the form of a draft pick, they want to know what they’re going to get from the player on every snap, every Sunday. If there’s doubt as to what they’ll get on the field nothing will hurt a player’s draft stock more, short of a failed physical. Can’t physically play might be the only thing worse than no passion to play.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills I read that a NFL GM felt Bills cap management had been criminal. Do you see that they have mismanaged their cap? I don’t.

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CB: It is a little disappointing to see some of the reports that were out there concerning the Bills cap situation. Yes, they were tight against the cap here in 2016, but they had some pretty straightforward ways to maneuver things and create some necessary space.

All the talk about them being in cap jail for 2017 is also off the mark too. If the cap goes up $10M as it has the last couple of years to $165M, Buffalo will be about $50M under the cap. Obviously that will be subject to change if Cordy Glen signs a long term deal, as well as Incognito, Gilmore and Tyrod Taylor. But to say right now they’re in bad shape for 2017 is just inaccurate.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills the going rate for a starting qb $16-18M per year is @TyrodTaylor really worth that & worth the risk?

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CB: I think that’s why the Bills want to see him play more in 2016 before deciding if he is worth that kind of money. As we covered on Buffalobills.com Thursday an extension for Taylor is no easy call because effectively pegging his true market value after playing just 14 games is beyond difficult. There are certainly a lot of encouraging signs, but it’s simply not enough of a body of work.


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All options open with Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2016 – 3:35 pm

By now everyone knows that Mario Williams has a cost prohibitive cap figure of almost $20M. In an offseason where the Bills have the least cap space of any team in the league, Williams contract will be addressed. How is the big question. Bills GM Doug Whaley is not closing the door on any option.

“We’ll be talking to his representatives and all options are open,” said Whaley. “We’re not going to back ourselves into a corner and say we’re going to do this or that. But we will do what’s best for the Buffalo Bills in the future.”

Clearing cap space is the top priority to enable them to re-sign offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito. A big cap figure like Williams’ has to obviously be adjusted for that to be fiscally possible.

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Fan Friday 2-12

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2016 – 11:36 am

The new league year is underway and deadlines for offseason business is closing in. Let’s get to your questions this week from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

How soon do you think we’ll either re-sign @68INCOGNITO or @cordyglenn77? Hopefully both. Any word?

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CB: I believe the Bills will make every effort to return both of them to Buffalo’s offensive line. But as we know it takes two to get a deal consummated. Initial talks have begun, but things typically don’t get down to brass tacks until the week of the NFL Combine. That’s when Jim Overdorf and Doug Whaley can meet face to face with agents who are in Indianapolis for the week. It’s then that concrete parameters are usually set and more intense negotiations ensue.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills

If McCoy is suspended, however long it is, how well could the Bills run the ball without him with Williams and Gillislee?

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CB: I understand the concern about Buffalo’s run game, and if there is a real possibility that there will be time where they will be without the services of McCoy in 2016, then the team will probably have to address the void in some way, shape or form. And they’d have to do it by acquiring a versatile back.

The Bills could survive a couple of games with Williams and Gillislee, but truly contending could prove difficult if a McCoy absence lasts longer than that. That being said the Bills were 3-1 with McCoy out of the lineup last season.

 

3 – Chris,

Hypothetical of course.  Just what if, with all the defensive needs and offensive tackle needs, Laquon Treadwell and/or Connor Cook were available at pick 19?  How are we going to fill our need at receiver?  Not in free agency as per Whaley’s statement and later in the draft will not fill that need either.

Jim (Skaneateles)
CB: I think it’s too early to determine right now how filling receiver would be addressed. Doug Whaley made it clear that he believes they have sufficient talent on the roster now to fill the No. 2 WR role with a collection of players, Robert Woods chief among them. What that statement says to me is – while in an ideal world the Bills would love to have a legit No. 2 WR to line up opposite Sammy Watkins, it’s just not a top priority.

You can’t fill every hole in one offseason and right now Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito, defensive line and linebacker are all clearly ahead of No. 2 receiver on the team’s offseason priority list. With a measure of uncertainty at safety one might even put that position ahead of No. 2

So where the Bills are is if the higher priority needs can be effectively addressed between now and the draft and the right opportunity presents itself, then perhaps drafting a WR capable of filling that role could happen. I just wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it.

 

4 – Chris,
With The Rams moving to LA, do you think there’s a possibility that the AFC division’s might change? If so, do you think they’ll move the Bills out of the AFC East. Maybe to the AFC North (which might make more sense)?

Thanks,

Mike Barwick

CB: I would not anticipate realignment at all. The Rams play in the NFC West, so their current division location makes even more sense geographically with Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle all in their division.

 

5 – CB,

If the team moves on from Bradham, Demario Davis is a player that has been linked to the Bills. Can the team afford Davis, who knows Rex’s scheme well and be the ‘field general’ in the front seven. He won’t be a huge player on the market but maybe more worth it to the Bills than other teams. Would he bit a fit next to Preston Brown?

Josh P.

CB: I think he would be a consideration, but as Doug Whaley has said they won’t be early spenders in free agency. They’re looking for dust settle guys. If Demario Davis is pursued by other clubs early Buffalo will not get into a bidding war, especially for a linebacker that many NFL talent evaluators see as a two-down player.


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Incognito’s goal: Come back & play in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2016 – 10:41 am

Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito has already been deemed a top offseason priority by GM Doug Whaley as they try to get him re-signed knowing he’s a key member of their offensive line. Set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, Incognito reiterated his desire to re-sign with the Bills.

Appearing on the John Murphy Show Wednesday night, Incognito talked about why it’s important for him to continue his career in Buffalo.

“I’m anxious. I’m anxious to see what happens,” said Incognito of his contract negotiations. “My goal is to come back and play in Buffalo. I love it there. I love my teammates and I love playing for coach Rex and Greg Roman. I really think that my personality and my hard work approach and physical nature really resembles the spirit of Buffalo. A blue collar town and a bunch of hard working people up there, and they just want to win. That’s my number one goal is just to win and restore the glory of Buffalo. I hope it all works out and I hope I’m back there real soon.”

The top 10 guard contracts in the NFL average about $7M per season. Where Incognito fits on the guard pay scale at age 32 remains to be seen.


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Bills 3 Pro Bowlers all on same squad

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2016 – 9:35 am

In the wake of the Pro Bowl draft all three representatives from the Bills were selected to the same squad.

Richie Incognito, Tyrod Taylor and Eric Wood were all selected by Team Rice on Wednesday night. By the looks of the lineup it appears that Incognito will start at left guard. Taylor and Wood will hit the field Sunday night as subs.

The other interesting aspect of the Pro Bowl is all of the quarterbacks will be mic’d up live for the game. So when Taylor gets in the game you’ll be able to hear him interacting with teammates in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage.

Here’s a look at the Team Rice roster, which includes Buffalo’s three Pro Bowl reps.

The Pro Bowl airs Sunday night at 7 pm on ESPN.


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Dialogue to begin with Bills free agents

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2016 – 8:47 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley and Buffalo’s player personnel and college scouting staffs will be at the Senior Bowl in Mobile all week, but the organization will be getting started on preliminary talks with their upcoming free agents.

“Last week we had the year in review with the coaches and going over the roster,” said Whaley. “(Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf is going to reach out and starting touching base with all the free agents. Not just the restricted free agents, but the unrestricted guys as well and touch base with their representatives and get the ball rolling.”

Among the top priorities are Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito, who are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. As is typically the case, the club just wants to reach a fair and equitable deal for both sides, especially with Glenn and Incognito knowing how important it is to get both back in the fold for 2016 and beyond.

Whaley was asked specifically about how quickly a deal could get done for Incognito, who is headed to the Pro Bowl this weekend.

“We’re always going to try to get a deal where both parties feel like they won and are happy,” said Whaley. “We want Richie and his representatives to walk away from a deal that we have and we’re both smiling and saying, ‘It was fair.’ That’s how we look and attack every negotiation.”

Buffalo’s restricted free agents are all relatively important names moving forward as well. How the Bills will pick and choose whom to tender from the list below will be interesting.

Bills RFAs
DT Corbin Bryant
DT Stefan Charles
TE MarQueis Gray
WR Chris Hogan
OT Jordan Mills
S Bacarri Rambo


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