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Fan Friday 12-23

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2016 – 11:22 am

Merry Christmas Bills fans! Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills some people think Bills should experiment Cordy at RT and keep Cyrus at LT thoughts?

Derek Babcock
@armyguy702

CB: What makes this suggestion so interesting is gone are the days where the left tackle has to be your absolute best lineman. Most NFL defenses have two quality pass rushers on either side of their formation. Perfect example is this week’s opponent. The better pass rusher is Cameron Wake, but he lines up on the left side of Miami’s defensive formation, which means he’ll be facing RT Jordan Mills.

So each week it’s not an absolute. The point I’m trying to make is moving Glenn to right tackle is not as big a deal as it might have been 10-15 years ago. Now does that mean that it will happen? That depends.

We have to see how the offseason unfolds in terms of who is retained in free agency and who is not. Jordan Mills is set to become an unrestricted free agent. As a starter on this roster for the last year and a half, he’ll presumably command a pretty respectable price tag.

Knowing that Seantrel Henderson’s long term health is a touch and go situation, if the Bills want to retain Mills they’ll have to put together an offer that is at least competitive with market value.

The caveat here is what the organization thinks of Kouandjio. He’s certainly made some sizable strides with his game this year. Just this week he also stated that he feels he has better motor memory on the left side instead of the right.

Kouandjio’s rookie contract is up after 2017. If they decide they want to invest long term in Kouandjio it could impact the size of any extension offer they might present to Mills.

If Mills is ultimately not retained I think the scenario you suggest could at least be a consideration, knowing that Kouandjio would presumably be elevated to starter opposite Glenn. And knowing Kouandjio feels more comfortable playing the left side, Glenn being flipped to the right is not out of the realm of possibility.

Just keep in mind that a lot of dominoes have to fall to get to that point.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills Chris, what the hell is going on over there?!

Andy Mac
@XKC4338

CB: I think based on some of the national media tweets/reports there is a general perception that the sky is falling at One Bills Drive. Embedded at the facility every day I can say it truly is business as usual. There is no sense of foreboding in the building. Coaches and players are interacting as they typically do. Management is interacting with the coaching staff as they usually do. And there is no indication that anybody is walking on eggshells around here.

As GM Doug Whaley stated in his radio interview Friday morning, the focus is on the Dolphins. And quite frankly if there were coaches and players in the building who weren’t focused on that, then there would be a problem.  

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills Are the Bills liking Seymour starting? Do they have faith in Darby to step in next year as a cheaper option to Gilmore?

Patmerica
@PatBle

CB: Much like the first question above, this is something that will be evaluated in the offseason. I know that management and the coaching staff is very excited about Seymour’s potential. I have to say taking the time to watch him work against Oakland’s Amari Cooper when Ronald Darby was out of the lineup, he performed well. His only blemish was getting beat on a double move for a TD. That might sound bad, but his performance on the whole in that game was quite good. It was encouraging to see him step up and play that well.

I think the club wholeheartedly believes in Darby, and I think they’re encouraged about the ceiling for Seymour. In an ideal world they’re able to re-sign Gilmore, but if his asking price is still in the Josh Norman stratosphere ($15M/yr) I just don’t see it happening in Buffalo.

In that case the Bills would have to move on and go with Darby as their No. 1 and Seymour would compete to be the No. 2 with whomever else might be added (free agency/draft).

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills #FanFriday Is the lack of a “2 min drill” or urgency at end of half/game more on TT, Rex or Lynn? It’s been 2 yrs of this.

Joe Maglie@rockdj69

CB: I respect the point you’re making. Part of Buffalo’s success in two-minute situations is about opportunity, but unquestionably part of it has been a reluctance to really push the ball down the field.

This might sound surprising, but Buffalo is ranked 10th in the league in scoring at the end of the first half, when I believe most fans have taken issue with Rex Ryan’s approach offensively. According to Statspass, the Bills have scored 52 points at the end of the half this season, which is slightly above the NFL average (48 pts).

When it comes to points scored on their first possession of the second half Buffalo is tied for sixth in the league with 37 points.

It’s my belief that their success rate coming out after halftime has prompted the Bills to play it a bit more conservative at the end of the first half.

I think an overlooked factor with Buffalo’s decision to be conservative at the end of the first half on offense is rooted in their desire to keep their opponent from scoring before the half expires.

Buffalo’s offense by nature is a ball control offense. With Sammy Watkins out for half the season their ability to have a quick strike scoring drive was severely hampered. It’s my belief that Rex Ryan felt his best defense at the end of the half was an offense that held onto the ball, knowing they’d have the ball again to start the second half in all but a couple of games this season.

Proof of that approach working for the most part this season (it didn’t at Oakland), is Buffalo ranks fifth in the NFL in preventing scores by their opponents at the end of the half. They’ve given up just 27 points all season at the end of the second quarter.

And I credit their offense for holding onto the ball and not giving it back to their opponent almost as much as I credit Buffalo’s defense for that statistic.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills if the Bills, simply by luck of geography, were in AFC South, would futures of Rex, Whaley & Tyrod look much diff right now?

Parasauralophus@lophus89

CB: Your question is an interesting one to ponder. Having two games against the Jaguars sounds a whole lot better than two games against the Patriots. Perception can often impact an opinion of the job being done by a head coach, quarterback or organization in general.

I think we can all agree that Buffalo would likely have more than seven wins if they played in the AFC South. So that very well could alter the public opinion of Rex Ryan, Doug Whaley and the team in general.

But that’s not reality. You have to deal with where you are and Buffalo is in the AFC East.

Doug Whaley said they’re not satisfied with where they sit, but they are what they are at 7-7, which is average. They want better, just like all Bills fans do. Only ownership knows if they’re opportunity to achieve better beyond this year will be in the cards.

 


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Darby, Woods back practicing; Watkins waits

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2016 – 4:36 pm

The Bills injury situation is improving this week. Both Ronald Darby and Robert Woods returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis coming off a concussion and knee injury respectively.

Sammy Watkins didn’t practice, but it was part of the plan this week. He’s expected to participate in practice Thursday.

“I can just tell you what Sammy said,” Rex Ryan said Wednesday. “Sammy felt better after this (Oakland) game physically than he did the first game (Jacksonville), so I think that’s a good thing. How much better he’s going to get, I’m not that sure.”

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Lerentee McCray LB Concussion DNP
Cordy Glenn T Back DNP
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Lorenzo Alexander LB Not injury related DNP
Robert Woods WR Knee LP
Ronald Darby CB Concussion LP
Charles Clay TE Knee LP
Tyrod Taylor QB Groin FP

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Playtime for Harvin, Henderson, Ihedigbo etc.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2016 – 10:12 am

Here’s a look at the playtime percentages for some of the players who saw increased action Sunday at Cincinnati.

Percy Harvin saw his playing time increase. He had 46 snaps good for 71 percent of the offensive workload. Would he have seen that much time had Robert Woods not suffered a knee injury? Hard to say. We thought going in he’d get between 35-40 snaps, so this figure wasn’t all that different.

Seantrel Henderson pretty much split the work down the middle with Jordan Mills. Henderson go 34 snaps (52%) and Mills had 35 (54%).

On defense James Ihedigbo got 18 snaps good for 25 percent of the defensive plays. Robert Blanton still saw most of the work at safety opposite Corey Graham as he got 48 snaps for 66 percent of the workload. But he left on the second to last play with a foot injury.

Kevon Seymour, who was the primary nickel corner Sunday, got 40 snaps (55%) to Nickell Robey-Coleman’s 15 snaps (21%).

Ronald Darby after a week of competition in practice started Sunday, played well, and got 68 snaps (93%) to Corey White’s four snaps (5%).


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A statistical look at Darby & Gilmore

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 9:00 am

The play in the secondary was a major focus this week of head coach Rex Ryan. Saying he’s tired of the mistakes, and attributing the majority of the issues in getting beat deep to technique, Ryan opened Ronald Darby’s left cornerback position to competition as well as Nickel Robey-Coleman’s nickel position and the safety position next to Corey Graham, which had been most recently occupied by Robert Blanton.

However, the cornerbacks specifically have been the ones under fire for giving up big plays. So let’s look at how their defensive numbers in coverage compare to that of last season when Darby and Gilmore were among the league leaders in pass breakups.

As you can see in the table below the completion percentage against both Darby and Gilmore is up. Opposing QBs are completing passes against Darby about seven percent more than last year and against Gilmore it’s about 11 percent more.

Though just 56 percent of the season is in the books (9 games), Gilmore has already allowed 72 percent of the yardage he surrendered last year.

Darby, who has played in one fewer game, has already allowed 76 percent of last year’s yardage in half the games.

Their pass breakups are just slightly off from last year’s pace. Gilmore is on pace to have as many if not more interceptions this season. Darby has yet to field an interception this season.

Yr & Player Targets Completions Comp. Pct. TDs Rec. yards PBUs INTs
2015 – Darby 107 54 50.50% 3 647 21 2
2016 – Darby 49 28 57.10% 3 491 9 0
2015 – Gilmore 93 44 47.30% 4 611 18 3
2016 – Gilmore 41 24 58.50% 1 440 7 2

Whether the two boundary corners can lock things down over the final seven games will be rooted mainly in technique because the opportunities will be there. Knowing the struggles they’ve had they will be tested, especially today against a Cincinnati team that likes to push the ball down the field.

A.J. Green leads the NFL with seven catches of 30 or more air yards. Add in the fact that the Bills have allowed six 100-yard receivers this season, matching the total from all of last year and you see why opposing offenses will be more than willing to take their shots.


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Why Ronald Darby was benched

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2016 – 3:02 am

Bills CB Ronald Darby was benched late in the first half in favor of veteran CB Corey White. White would play the entire second half at Darby’s familiar left cornerback spot. Head coach Rex Ryan explained why in his postgame press conference.

“He was sick. He wasn’t feeling good. It’s my fault,” said Ryan. “I should’ve pulled him earlier, so that’s on me. He’s a much better player than what he showed out there. That was a mistake on my part, not his. He gave us what he had. I just know he wasn’t feeling well. So that’s why I did what I did.”

Darby had a pass interference call go against him down by Buffalo’s goal line giving Seattle a 1st-and-goal at the Bills three-yard line. Christine Michael would go in for a touchdown on the next play.


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Rex: DBs need to get their swag back

Posted by Chris Brown on November 1, 2016 – 8:55 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was surprised when his defensive backs were getting beat for big plays in the pass game in a Week 2 loss to the Jets. Tom Brady made them look a lot like they did in Week 2 this past Sunday. So what has to change for the better?

Rex Ryan in his weekly radio appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550, said a lot of it has to do with confidence.

“We’ve got to get our swag back a little bit and play with more confidence and be a little more aggressive and attack the ball when it’s in the air,” said Ryan. “They’re throwing jump balls on us, we’ve got to come down with some of those.”

Ryan credited Ronald Darby for his fight and battle particularly in the second half of Sunday’s loss to New England.

 


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Darby another question mark for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2016 – 2:18 pm

Sammy Watkins isn’t the only starter who might not be able to go on Sunday against the Cardinals.

CB Ronald Darby, who was nursing a hamstring injury that kept him limited this week in practice is listed as questionable for the game this weekend. If he can’t go Corey White is expected to step in at his left cornerback position.

White, who spent part of the 2015 season in Arizona, has familiarity with the Cardinals receiving corps and has been providing what intel he can to his fellow DBs.

“I’ll help out a little bit, but they run so much stuff on offense and it’s different every week so we can really only go out there and play and do our assignment,” said White.

Here’s a look at the Bills full injury report for Sunday.

QUESTIONABLE
TE Charles Clay – knee
CB Ronald Darby – hamstring
QB Cardale Jones – right shoulder
WR Greg Salas – groin
WR Sammy Watkins – foot

OUT
S Colt Anderson – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle

 


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Clay, Glenn, Watkins sit Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2016 – 6:17 pm

The Bills were without three offensive starters on the practice field Wednesday. And a key defensive starter was limited with a hamstring injury.

Cordy Glenn, Charles Clay and Sammy Watkins were all sidelined with injuries. Moving forward it appears Watkins will have a reduced practice workload for the rest of the season in an effort to keep his ailing foot as fresh as possible for game days.

“He’s practicing once a week and you can only do so much,” said new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn of Watkins in an appearance on the John Murphy Show Wednesday.

Head coach Rex Ryan said at the beginning of the week that they were hopeful Cordy Glenn could return from his ankle injury and play Sunday. The chances of that happening will be better determined based on Glenn’s level of practice participation Thursday.

Ronald Darby’s hamstring injury did not surface in the game on Sunday according to head coach Rex Ryan, but it was enough to keep Darby from doing much at all in practice Wednesday.

“He got through the game and finished the game,” said Ryan of Darby. “Hopefully it’s not a serious injury.”

If Darby can’t go on Sunday, veteran Corey White is expected to step in at cornerback.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Colt Anderson S Foot LP
Ronald Darby CB Hamstring LP
Cardale Jones QB Right shoulder LP

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Darby on NFL.com’s All-Under 25 team

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2016 – 1:45 pm

NFL.com took a look at who they believe will be the next generation of stars in the NFL, and put together a list of such players who are under the age of 25. One Bills player is on that list.

Cornerback Ronald Darby made the All-Under 25 team put together by NFL.com. Here is what was written about Darby’s future.

Cornerback: Ronald Darby, Buffalo Bills

The 2015 campaign was a down year for the Bills’ defense, but not because of Darby. Marcus Peters deservedly took home the Defensive Rookie of the Year hardware, but when you dive into the numbers, Darby is right there. He allowed fewer receptions, yards and touchdowns than Peters, while posting more tackles. What a second-round find.


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PFF ranks Darby & Watkins in their top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2016 – 8:47 am

The NFL Network apparently isn’t the only outlet doing a top 100 NFL player list. Pro Football Focus is doing their based on their film review from the 2016. Their findings have Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby ranked in the first release of ranked players from 100-76.

Watkins was ranked 95th overall while Darby checked in with a ranking of 82. Here was their breakdown as to why each Bills player wound up where they did.

95. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills (unranked)

There may have been more impressive raw statistical performances from wide receivers out there, but Watkins posted an impressive receiving grade and averaged 17.5 yards per reception in 2015. At times he was short-changed by the rest of the offense, as passes didn’t quite get to him even after he did excellent work to get open, and the trouble he gave Darrelle Revis in both of their matchups this season really encapsulates the improvement in his game from one year to the next.

Best performance: Week 13 versus Houston: +3.5 grade

Key stat: Watkins had the second-most yards from deep passes (20-plus air yards) in the entire league at 606 yards.

82. Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo Bills (unranked)

Rookie cornerbacks are not supposed to play as well as Darby did this past season. In contrast to Marcus Peters, who was very much boom-or-bust (eight interceptions and eight touchdowns surrendered), Darby was far more consistent in a down-to-down basis. He may have only notched two interceptions, but he also had 13 passes broken up and was beaten for an average of just 11.6 yards per reception.

Best performance: Week 4 versus Giants: +4.1 grade

Key stat: Darby had the eighth-highest coverage grade for CBs at +11.1.


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Darby mentioned as breakout candidate for 2016

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2016 – 8:23 am

Bills CB Ronald Darby had a heck of a rookie season in 2015, exceeding just about everyone’s expectations. Now with the 2016 season on the horizon some NFL analysts see Darby being a prime NFL breakout candidate on defense.

Both LaDainian Tomlinson and Bucky Brooks forecast Darby as their sophomore breakout candidate on defense in 2016. Here was Tomlinson’s take on where he thinks Darby can go with his game.

After a solid rookie season, Ronald Darby will take the next step in 2016

Ronald Darby had quite an encouraging year as a rookie in Buffalo. The way Rex Ryan utilizes his defensive backs to apply pressure and confusion to the offense, I think Darby could rack up around eight picks next season. He will be matched up against No. 1 wide receivers often, and offensive coordinators are going to test him. I think Darby will step up in those situations and have an even better year than last.

Brooks also picked Darby as a defensive player entering his sophomore NFL season who he feels will excel this fall.

Darby will establish himself as a top-tier No. 1 corner

Even though some people might say Ronald Darby had a breakout season last year, I’m choosing him to truly break out this season, because I think the rest of the league will finally recognize and appreciate this young stud. He was terrific as a first-year starter, and Darby will be a guy that is a stand-up No. 1 cornerback. He’s fast, tenacious, aggressive and plays with good instincts. He’s a player I believe could be a dynamic corner, and everyone will truly appreciate his talent following his sophomore campaign with the Buffalo Bills.

Among the other candidates mentioned were Vikings LB Eric Kendricks, Steelers LB Bud Dupree and Cowboys DB Byron Jones, but no other player was mentioned by two analysts like Darby.


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Darby named to All-Under 25 team

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2016 – 8:48 am

Ronald Darby didn’t win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, but his play did garner the attention of a lot of NFL talent evaluators. It also earned him a spot on an up and comers list.

Darby was named to the NFL.com All-Under 25 team. Here’s what they wrote about the Bills cornerback.

Cornerback: Ronald Darby, Buffalo Bills

The 2015 campaign was a down year for the Bills’ defense, but not because of Darby. Marcus Peters deservedly took home the DROY hardware, but when you dive into the numbers, Darby is right there. He allowed fewer receptions, yards and touchdowns than Peters, while posting more tackles. What a second-round find.

Why Sammy Watkins, who is just 22, isn’t on this list is beyond me, but these lists are always pretty subjective.


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Asst. DBs coach Ed Reed has Darby pumped

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2016 – 2:25 pm

One of Buffalo’s newest coaching staff additions has cornerback Ronald Darby pretty pumped up for the 2016 season.

At the Senior Bowl this week supporting his former high school teammate Tavon Young, a cornerback from Temple, Darby commented on the addition of Ed Reed to the coaching staff.

“Ed Reed-great player, a Hall of Fame type player,” said Darby. “A guy I looked up to. One of my favorite players. This is going to be great learning from him.”

Darby believes Reed will only help the secondary in getting more and more comfortable with Ryan’s defensive scheme, having played most of his career in it at Baltimore and then in his final season under Ryan with the Jets.

“We’ll have a lot of time to practice and get right for it,” said Darby.

 


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Darby supporting HS teammate at Senior Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2016 – 12:25 pm

Bills CB Ronald Darby never played in the Senior Bowl, since he declared for the 2015 NFL draft as a junior eligible. But he made it down to Mobile this week to support a former high school teammate.

Maryland CB Tavon Young had a strong week at the Senior Bowl practices as he broke up several passes. Young went to high school with Darby in their native Maryland.

“He and I played DB together, also on offense at Potomac High School in Maryland,” Darby said. “He’s one of my closest friends, and we both play the same positon. So through college, we’d talk each other up, criticize each other, trying to get each other better. We also ran track at school. Our track team we broke the Maryland state record in the four by 100, we won the four by 200, I won the 100 and the 200. We had a real good track team. We won the states.”

Darby was one of the fastest players in the country when he came out of high school in 2012. Darby went to Florida State while Young enrolled at Temple.

Young is forecast as a mid to late round draft choice due mainly to his stature. Despite being a feisty player, who can play press and isn’t afraid to support the run, his 5-9, 180-pound frame has him being typecast as a nickel or dime defender only. Darby however, doesn’t see that as a negative.

“Even if you’re like 5-8, 5-9, the nickel is like a starter now,” said Darby. “You have three wide receivers on the field most of the time now, so the nickel is a starting position.”

 

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Darby probable for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2016 – 12:55 pm

Bills CB Ronald Darby has improved as the week has gone on in his return from a groin injury that kept him out of last week’s game.

Darby is listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Head coach Rex Ryan feels a lot better about his options with one of his top corners ready to roll.

“Thank goodness,” said Ryan of Darby’s availability. “That’s one where he’s healthy enough and he wants to compete against some great receivers. That’s what your great competitors do and he’s worked to get to this point and it looks like he’ll be ready to go. Having Darby back is big. It got a lot better for us having him back.”

Darby is expected to start opposite veteran Leodis McKelvin, which leaves Nickell Robey as the nickel and Mario Butler as the fourth corner for Sunday. Bud Noel and Sammy Seamster are in reserve.

OUT
LB Nigel Bradham – ankle
RB LeSean McCoy – knee
CB Ron Brooks – hip

PROBABLE
S Bacarri Rambo – knee/shoulder
QB Tyrod Taylor – right shoulder
CB Ronald Darby – groin
DT Marcell Dareus – neck
DE Mario Williams – hand
WR Chris Hogan – wrist
G John Miller – ankle


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Darby limited Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2015 – 2:24 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan is hopeful that Ronald Darby will be able to return from a groin injury after missing last week’s game. On Wednesday he was a limited participant in practice.

“We’ll see how he progresses during the week,” said Ryan. “I hope he can play. I know how competitive he is, and going up against great players like Decker and Brandon Marshall—from a competitive standpoint you want to put yourself against the best—he’d love to do that. We all know that about Darby.”

Knowing how productive the Jets passing game has been over the last month and a half Buffalo would like to have as many of their corners available as possible, especially their best one still on the roster.

How much Darby participates on Thursday will go a long way in determining his likelihood of playing Sunday after seeing some action Wednesday. Here’s the rest of Buffalo’s injury report from Wednesday

DID NOT PRACTICE
RB LeSean McCoy – knee
S Bacarri Rambo – knee/shoulder
G John Miller – ankle

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
QB Tyrod Taylor – right shoulder
LB Nigel Bradham – ankle
DT Marcell Dareus – neck
CB Ronald Darby – groin
DE Mario Williams – hand

 


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Darby among Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2015 – 11:37 am

Here are the Bills inactives for today’s game against Dallas, which include Ronald Darby. Mario Butler will start in his place. 

QB Josh Johnson

RB LeSean McCoy

CB Ronald Darby

LB Nigel Bradham

LB Max Valles

TE Charles Clay

DE Lavar Edwards 


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Bradham, Clay, McCoy out, Darby questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2015 – 10:15 am

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The Bills will be without three more starters on Sunday against Dallas with their top available cornerback a question mark for Sunday.

Buffalo declared LB Nigel Bradham, TE Charles Clay and RB LeSean McCoy out for Sunday’s game. For Clay it will be his second straight game in which he’s sidelined. For McCoy it’s the first game he’ll miss since Week 5 at Tennessee.

Meanwhile Ronald Darby, who is battling a groin injury is questionable after he was only able to practice on a limited basis Friday.

Player Pos Injury Game Status
LeSean McCoy RB Knee OUT
Nigel Bradham LB Ankle OUT
Charles Clay TE Back OUT
Ron Darby CB Groin QUESTIONABLE
Bacarri Rambo S Knee PROBABLE
Karlos Williams RB Shoulder PROBABLE
Eric Wood C Shoulder PROBABLE
John Miller G Ankle PROBABLE
Walter Powell WR Hip PROBABLE
Mario Williams DE Hand PROBABLE
Stefan Charles DT Shoulder PROBABLE
Boobie Dixon RB Knee PROBABLE
Ron Brooks CB Neck PROBABLE

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Darby doesn’t practice, Clay misses again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2015 – 2:21 pm

Bills CB Ronald Darby was limited in practice on Wednesday, but didn’t practice at all on Thursday. Charles Clay didn’t practice for a second straight as head coach Rex Ryan indicated that the Bills tight end is not where they thought he would be at this point in the week.

“You know obviously I wish they were out there at practice,” said Ryan of Darby and Clay. “But you know we’ll see how it goes. We were hopeful that both those guys would be able to play, but not sure right now.

“With (Charles) Clay, I don’t know if it’s a setback but we thought that he’d be ready to roll. But sometimes those backs can be tricky. (Ronald) Darby, you know he never got out of anything and now today he couldn’t go. So hopefully he’ll be feeling better tomorrow.”

If Darby can’t go that would leave Buffalo with Leodis McKelvin and Mario Butler as the team’s starting cornerbacks against Dallas on Sunday.

 


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Incognito, Darby get PFF Pro Bowl nod

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2015 – 10:38 am

Bills guard Richie Incognito on the whole has had a solid season as has rookie CB Ronald Darby. The two have been among the most consistent players on the roster. That’s why Pro Football Focus has both players on their Pro Bowl roster for 2015.

Incognito was among a group of six guards and Darby was one of eight cornerbacks listed on Pro Football Focus’ 2015 Pro Bowl roster.


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