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Fan Friday 11-17

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2017 – 11:33 am

A two-game road swing coming up for the Bills. Buffalo has to stay ahead of the Wild Card pack. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you like the change at quarterback?

John Africano
@afman3333

CB: I think the lack of functionality on offense with Taylor prompted the need to see if Peterman can make the offense function more effectively. I think there’s a good chance it could happen with Peterman because his greatest asset is he’s a rhythm passer who gets the ball out on time. In a timing-based offense that’s crucial.

Getting the ball out in rhythm should take the pressure off the offensive line, which has struggled at times to provide a clean pocket for Taylor, who has a propensity to hold the ball longer. It should also at least keep a defense a bit more honest so they can’t completely gang up on the run game, which has been suffering without a consistent passing attack.

Buffalo’s offense had declined every single week in third down conversion percentage and last Sunday was the bottom at 18 percent. They simply needed better on that side of the ball.

 

2 – Chris,

Do you see the bills trying to add a tight end? I believe that Gary Barnidge is still available. Why haven’t we taken a look at him again, considering the interest we had during the offseason?!

CB: You’re right he is still available. I’m not sure what would stand in the way of him signing with a team if they reached out to him. That being said, with Peterman entering the lineup, I think Charles Clay stands to see an even greater uptick in production knowing that Peterman’s greatest strength is getting the ball out on time.


3 –
Chris,
I know Coach McDermott has been mentored by such head coaches as Andy Reid  and Ron Rivera. Can you tell me if Coach McDermott calls plays on either offense or defense? If so is it all plays, some plays, few plays? Or does he leave that work to his coordinators? Thanks for the great job you do.
Eric in Port Kent

CB: Coach McDermott leaves play calling up to his coordinators. He’s on the head set and like any head coach, weighs in when he needs to, but for the most part trusts his staff. As a first-year head coach he felt it was important for him to focus on all the decisions that a head coach has to make during a game and let his assistants handle calling plays.

I’m sure there have been instances where he might tell OC Rick Dennison when the offense is driving that he’s got two plays before a third down comes up, meaning they’ll go for it on fourth down if they don’t convert on third down. Or whether they’ll go for it on fourth and goal.

It’s also likely that he may offer a suggestion or two at halftime regarding adjustments. But beyond that his assistants run their respective sides of the ball.

 

4 – Chris,
Almost every time Zay Jones gets passed to it always an incomplete pass. What’s wrong with him, is he just off, or not confident. Like the touchdown he missed in Denver that Holmes caught… or the pass vs the Panthers that he could have caught. What’s up with him? He should be reliable.

Anthony

CB: I think Jones was struggling earlier in the season, but he’s made some strides with his game since then. Rookies battle everything from the NFL learning curve, to their own self-doubt. I think a lot of his issues earlier in the season were in his own head.

This guy caught almost 400 passes in his college career. He’ll be a contributor for this team for years to come. I think you’ll be much happier with the second half

 

5 – Chris,

Do you think we will see Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander and Richie Incognito back in 2018? I know they are all old (for NFL players) but they are also consistently making big plays. If not, how do you think Brandon Beane will prioritize replacing them vs. drafting skill position players like WR, DB for next year’s draft?

Braden Lipman

CB: I think the future of all three are very much up in the air. Kyle has already once contemplated retirement. Alexander and Incognito will still be under contract, but I do expect the club to address the linebacker position in a big way in the offseason via the draft and possibly free agency as well.

Offensive line is an area that could use an influx of young talent, which began this season with Dion Dawkins, but there are a lot of position groups that need to be addressed this coming offseason.

This will be the first full offseason for Beane and McDermott as a tandem, so it’s a bit difficult to discern how they rank position importance.


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Incognito, Gaines sit out practice again

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2017 – 10:50 pm

On a short week a starter on offense and defense are still trying to heal up. Richie Incognito and E.J. Gaines were both kept off the practice field on Tuesday. Incognito played last Sunday with an ankle sprain and got through the game, but is likely sore. Gaines is trying to recover from a hamstring injury suffered against the Buccaneers in Week 7. Their official status will be known on Wednesday for Thursday night’s game.

The news is much more encouraging for S Jordan Poyer. He said he’s optimistic about returning to the lineup after missing last week’s game with a knee injury.

“I’m encouraged and I feel like I’ll be ready to go on Thursday night,” said Poyer. “Every day has been a lot better. It’s just a matter of when is going to be the day when I’m able to cut and do everything I want to do. I’m able to do that so that’s been a real positive.”

LB Ramon Humber is also closer to returning to the lineup after he participated in practice on Tuesday on a limited basis. Here’s the full injury report.

 

 

POS. PLAYER INJURY TUESDAY (10/31)
TE CLAY, CHARLES KNEE DNP
CB GAINES, E.J. HAMSTRING DNP
LB HUMBER, RAMON THUMB LP
G INCOGNITO, RICHIE ANKLE DNP
S POYER, JORDAN KNEE LP
C WOOD, ERIC ANKLE LP
T GLENN, CORDY FOOT/ANKLE FP
WR JONES, ZAY SHOULDER FP

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Poyer, Incognito, Gaines sit out Wed. practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2017 – 3:45 pm

Jordan Poyer and Richie Incognito were the new additions to Buffalo’s injury report this week. Both are considered day to day.

Poyer was encouraged that he was able to work on the side on Wednesday as he was held out of practice.

“I feel good especially after the kind of injury it was,” said Poyer. “Right now, it’s just kind of day to day. Every single day it’s gotten a lot better. A lot better than I expected it to heal so far. So day to day. I was able to job around today and it felt really good so we’ll see.”

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring
S Jordan Poyer – knee
G Richie Incognito – ankle
LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
RB LeSean McCoy – rest
DT Kyle Williams – rest
TE Logan Thomas – personal – not injury related

FULL PRACTICE
LB Preston Brown -shoulder
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle


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Glenn logs almost a full workload Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2017 – 12:00 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn made his first start since the season opener Sunday, and though he might not be in full game shape just yet, he came awfully close to playing from wire to wire in the win over the Bucs.

Glenn logged 58 snaps on Sunday, good for 85 percent of the total play time by the offense. Dion Dawkins came in to spell him in the first and second halves. Dawkins also had to step in for Richie Incognito, who missed a series when he got cut below the knee and had to get his ankle re-taped.

Dawkins had 11 snaps on offense.

The offensive staff will obviously review Glenn’s performance, but provided he came through the game well, the veteran left tackle stands a good chance of playing the full game against Oakland this Sunday.


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Incognito breaks down approach under McDermott

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2017 – 9:17 am

Most NFL observers have capably recognized that former Bills head coach Rex Ryan and current Bills head coach Sean McDermott are polar opposites when it comes to approaching their job and the philosophy in building a winner as well. Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito has seen the difference first hand and explained the dichotomy between the two coaches in his appearance on NFL Network Monday night.

“The biggest difference with coach McDermott is he brings energy, he brings passion,” said Incognito. “He’s really stressing the football team loving one another. He’s really big on guys getting to know each other, building that winning culture. He’s very passionate. He’s a former wrestler. He brings a lot of good things to the table.

“I’m most excited about the winning culture that we’re forming. He’s doing a bunch of cool activities like having guys get up and speak in front of the team and talk about why football is important to them. I’m learning more about my teammates that I’ve played with for the last two seasons in a couple weeks in Buffalo than I’ve known for the last two years.”

Incognito also acknowledged that the culture of the team had to change after two years under Ryan.

“The culture change was needed. I love Rex [Ryan], I love what he brought to the team, but I don’t think our locker room was ready for it,” Incognito said. “I don’t think we had a veteran enough group to be able to adapt to Rex’s system and to be able to make that work. So now we have a young and hungry team, and with coach [Sean] McDermott coming in and being detail-oriented and holding guys accountable, hopefully that helps us take the next step.”


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No need to worry about details with Lynn

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2017 – 10:00 am

There were admittedly problems under Rex Ryan when it came to substitutions, getting play calls in on time, penalties and missed assignments. It was likely part of the reason he was fired earlier this week. As interim head coach Anthony Lynn steps out to the sidelines today, one thing his players are not worried about is his handling of the details.

“He coached his backs that way last year,” said EJ Manuel of Lynn’s attention to detail. “That’s why we’ve had one of the best rushing attacks the last two years. So he’s definitely all about attention to detail. Even when we’re on scout team he coaches us on the offensive side. Sometimes coaches just let you go and do your thing. But these past 15 weeks he was still coaching the O-line and the running backs. He’s very specific.”

“A-Lynn has played this game before at this level. So he knows the-ins-and-the-outs,” said Richie Incognito. “He’s a super detail-oriented guy. He has high expectations of people, and like he just told us out there on the practice field, he wants us to go out and have fun and he wants us to grind (all week) mentally, and then just let it all loose and just have fun on Sunday. So that’s what we’re focusing on. I have a tremendous amount of respect for A-Lynn. You know he did a really good job when G-Ro (Greg Roman) got fired, stepping in, and I’m excited for this opportunity for him.”

 

 


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Players weigh in on QB decision

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2016 – 3:44 pm

The players on offense are focused on winning the season finale despite all the upheaval in the wake of head coach Rex Ryan’s dismissal as well as Assistant head coach Rob Ryan. But going into the game with EJ Manuel as the starter at quarterback instead of Tyrod Taylor felt a bit strange for some of them.

“Yep, that’s the business side of this,” said Richie Incognito. “As much as we’d like to say this is a game and go out there and have fun, there’s a big business behind this. That’s what it boils down to. That’s a business decision that was made. As players you’ve got to be professionals and handle that and we rally behind EJ. Now it’s EJ’s turn to go out and show what he can do and we’re excited about it.”

“I don’t think it’s fair, but that’s the business part of it. It is what it is,” said Robert Woods of the quarterback change. “That’s part of the game. There’s money involved and there’s playing involved. That part is the money part and that’s their decision and all we can do is just go out there, play with EJ [Manuel] and win the game.”

 

 


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Incognito says he’s a 1st alternate for Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2016 – 2:24 pm

Richie Incognito made the Pro Bowl outright last season. This year he came close again.

Incognito confirmed Thursday that he’s a first alternate for this year’s NFL all-star game.

Other Bills who confirmed their Pro Bowl alternate status were Kyle Williams (1st alternate), Jerome Felton (2nd alternate), Stephon Gilmore (2nd alternate), Brandon Tate (2nd alternate), Zach Brown (3rd alternate) and Tyrod Taylor (3rd alternate).

As a Pro Bowl alternate you can still play in the game if a Pro Bowl starter is unable to play due to injury or pulls out of participating in the game.


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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

@Seanjoy93765788

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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