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A bit more on WR Holley

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2014 – 10:27 am

Bills newest WR Caleb Holley, who was signed Tuesday after a successful three-day tryout in Buffalo’s rookie minicamp, put up some good numbers at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Here’s a closer look at some of those figures and his measurables at his pro day.

Holley tested at the Tulsa pro day on March 11th this spring. He clocked a 4.62 40-time, had a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot six-inch broad jump and a 6.78 second three cone time. With the exception of the 40 time all of those figures are very good and help to explain why Holley can separate from coverage and make plays on the ball outside his body frame.

Holley’s senior season was a good one with 55 catches for 970 yards and nine touchdowns. He led his team in receiving as a junior, but had just 25 receptions for 343 yards and two touchdowns. The reason why was he was playing with a freshman quarterback, who was learning on the job.

He’s also a native of Anchorage, Alaska so playing in cold weather has never been an issue for him.

 


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Why Cockrell never covered Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2014 – 3:50 pm

During Ross Cockrell’s four years at Duke the Blue Devils only faced Clemson once while Sammy Watkins was on the Tigers roster. In that game Cockrell didn’t even get a chance to cover Watkins, but with good reason.

Cockrell was busy covering the receiver who was a first-round pick in 2013 for Clemson.

“I didn’t really get a chance to guard him much,” said Cockrell of Watkins. “I was covering DeAndre Hopkins, so they had a two-headed monster that year.”

After seeing a lot more of him in practice during Buffalo’s rookie minicamp, Cockrell is pretty convinced that Watkins is the real deal.

“Sammy is an explosive guy,” Cockrell said. “He was explosive in college, he’s explosive here so he’s going to be a great player.”

 


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Marrone on working with new coaches

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2014 – 3:46 pm

The Bills not only had a host of new players on hand at rookie minicamp. It was also the first time that Doug Marrone got on the field to work with some of his new assistants. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, linebackers coach Fred Pagac, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, quarterbacks coach Todd Downing and receivers coach Rob Moore were all new additions to the Buffalo staff.

Marrone felt the communication between the members of the staff was smooth.

“It’s been great. Even though it might be our first time together it’s still a lot of information and a lot of crossover and people who have worked together with each other,” he said. “I’m excited. This atmosphere is quite different than any other atmosphere in what we were trying to get accomplished. I think you’ll see an increase in OTAs of how we are on the field. Then you’ll see an increase when we get to training camp.”

Marrone did work previously with Moore, who was his receivers coach at Syracuse.


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Watkins: better now than at Clemson

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 17, 2014 – 7:00 pm

He hasn’t played a game in four months.  Sammy Watkins has been through the NFL combine and his pro day along with several private workouts.

But after his first session with the rest of the Bills rookies on Saturday, Watkins says he’s already a better route runner than he was when he played his last game for Clemson.

“My routes are way better than I was at Clemson,” Watkins said after the 80-minute workout Saturday. “It was more of being fast being quick and just get me the ball. Now it’s more of being detailed, being a route runner, being fluid through your routes and not making everything hard on yourself.   It’s about leverage, pushing your route, pushing depth and being on the same page as the quarterback.”

“I’ve gotten better,” he said. “That’s the NFL. You learn more and more here. You’ve got smarter guys here, guys who teach you details, and that’s what it’s about on Sundays—the details.”

 

 


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Marrone’s message to rookies

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 17, 2014 – 6:30 pm

There’s a lot of orientation going on this weekend at the Bills rookie minicamp.  Head Coach Doug Marrone says part of the job this weekend is to check on the conditioning levels of the 30-players in camp, and to indoctrinate them to the Bills way of running drills.  Then there’s their first introduction to the Buffalo playbook.

But the Bills Head Coach also delivered a stern message to the rookies about the reality of life in the NFL.

“The one thing I told them before is that this is a league that’s not going to wait on you,” he said.  “Either you get to know it, you learn it and you go out there and play it or you’re not going to be here very long. “

Marrone said where a player was drafted, or whether he was drafted, means little to him now.

“I don’t really care,” he said.  “Just because you’re a second round or first round pick, doesn’t mean that you’re automatically going to play. Hell, we got guys that have been on this team fighting for their lives, fighting for a job. We start playing people based on where they’re drafted, we’re going to lose a lot of games.”

Marrone will have the Bills rookies back on the field Sunday for day two of their three day minincamp.


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Sammy catches just about everything

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 17, 2014 – 5:52 pm

It was only the first day on the field for Bills rookies.  But first round pick Sammy Watkins was a clear standout at the first rookie minicamp session.

Watkins went through the individual drills without a dropped pass and showed fluid route running and a good burst after the catch.  He was called upon to make some difficult catches during the 1-hour 20-minute workout, and he made them, including a couple thrown down around his knees.

After practice, Watkins said he’s just doing his job.

“My job is to catch the ball,” he said, “I can’t control where the quarterback is throwing it. Even though EJ is not out here, anybody throwing the ball, my job is to run the route and have the proper yardage, the proper depth and get back to the ball and catch the ball. Wherever the ball is , if my hand touches it I have to catch it.”

Watkins and the Bills rookies will be back on the practice field tomorrow for their second minicamp workout.


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A closer look at QB Kenny Guiton

Posted by Chris Brown on May 16, 2014 – 2:37 pm

He was Braxton Miller’s backup at Ohio State, so just who is Bills rookie minicamp tryout QB Kenny Guiton?

Guiton appeared in 22 games in his college career as a Buckeye. In his eight appearances in 2013 Guiton completed almost 69 percent of his passes (75-109) with 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also ran for five touchdowns last season.

Most of his passing yards last season came in games against San Diego State, at Cal and against Florida A&M. In fact he started on the road against Cal for an injured Miller, and was 21-32 passing for 276 yards and threw four touchdowns in a 52-34 barn burner victory. His first two touchdown passes went for 90 and 47 yards in that game both to Devin Smith. Guiton also had 14 carries for 92 yards working the read option. He did miss on some other deep pass attempts and had a fumble in the game, but here’s a look as his plays from that game.

At the Ohio State pro day Guiton (6-2 204) ran a 4.78 40-time, had a 31-inch vertical and broad jumped 9-9. His passing delivery is not long, which is good, and he has the arm strength to deliver long passes on a line.


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Bills add another Bull as tryout player

Posted by Chris Brown on May 16, 2014 – 2:37 pm

Among the four tryout players for the Bills this weekend at rookie minicamp will be another UB Bull, WR Fred Lee. The 6-2 205 pound wideout will join DL Colby Way and S Derek Brim at One Bills Drive.

Lee, a two-year starter for the Bulls has 103 receptions in his career for 1,174 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s described as an athletic receiver with great hands and good length. Lee is a South Carolina native.


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Fan Friday 5-16

Posted by Chris Brown on May 16, 2014 – 2:36 pm

The NFL draft is in the rearview mirror. Time to review it and other topics you’re wondering about courtesy of your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills This weekend’s rookie camp, is it just rooks or are 2nd year guys encouraged to attend. i.e; Manuel, Gragg, Woods, etc.?

Grayson Tumult

CB: In addition to the draft choices, undrafted rookie free agents and street free agents with less than a year of accrued NFL time there are some first-year players who are eligible to participate this weekend. Here’s a look at the first-year players (have a year accrued in the NFL) who will be on the field Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Players like EJ Manuel or Chris Gragg are not eligible.

DB – 47 – Michael Carter
OL – 76 – Randy Colling
OL – 72 – Edawn Coughman,
FS – 40 – JaJuan Harley
DE – 98 – Ikponmwosa, Igbinosun
WR – 16 – Cordell Roberson
LB – 54 – Jacquies Smith
WR – 87 – Chris Summers
LB – 58 – Nathan Williams

Michael Carter is technically a rookie even though he came out in the 2013 draft class. He went undrafted and did not stick on an NFL roster so he does not have an NFL accrued season from the last calendar year.
2 – Hey Chris,

After seeing Free Agency pan out and how many teams weren’t willing to pay their own Free Agent RBs (or other FA RBs) a lot of money or even commit to long-term contracts, it looks like CJ Spiller wouldn’t require that much to keep in Buffalo after his rookie contract expires. I know that it’s been pointed out as a concern for the Bills Fan Community after this year when Fred and CJ become free agents, but I’m less concerned. Knowshon Moreno had a career year (completely destroying Spiller’s stats) and ended up in Miami on a 1 year, $3 million deal. Although he had Peyton as his QB, I think this is the future of all RBs– just like no RBs were drafted in the First Round last year, and it may be the same again this year. Do you see the Spiller contract situation shaking out the way that I do? And also, do you think the Bills will draft an RB at some point in the draft now that they’ve signed Anthony Dixon?

Thanks,

Nate from Garbage Plate City

PS- Go Bills!

CB: I think it’s very hard to see how the future will play out with C.J. Spiller. He has a player option first and foremost on his current contract. It’s going to be very interesting to see if offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has tweaked his approach in how to make the best use of C.J. Spiller on a week to week basis. Naturally the high ankle sprain injury hindered a lot of their plans last year for him. Fully healthy Spiller can be a dynamic weapon in this offense that is expected to move at a fast tempo.

While I think there is merit to your argument about running backs being had for relatively affordable prices it’d be hard to part with one of the four or five most talented athletes on your roster. While Buffalo’s roster arguably has the most talent from top to bottom than it has had in a while, Spiller is still one of just a handful of elite players. Money will naturally have a lot to do with the final decision and how it impacts both sides.

 

 

3 – Hello Chris.
Thanks for all the great coverage of the Bills year round. My question has to do with the 2014 pre-draft visits the Bills conducted this off-season. In a review of the 29 players that visited One Bills Drive, I found it rather interesting that they didn’t bring in a single QB. We have heard how Coach Marrone likes to have a high level of competition for every spot on the roster, so why not bring in a QB or two that has a decent chance to still be drafted in Rounds 3-5? Clearly the Bills can’t be content with just having Manuel, Lewis and Tuel, considering how few career NFL starts the trio has amassed.

I just think they could have added at least 1 or 2 potential QB’s into the mix. It would have also created some kind of confusion around NFL circles as to that the Bills are up to, which I believe would be a good thing.

Thanks Chris.
Dan Van Wie

CB: Even before the pre-draft visits began the Bills were pretty clear that they were content with their quarterback depth chart particularly with Thad Lewis as the backup. GM Doug Whaley reiterated as much right after the draft.

“We do not anticipate bringing in another arm,” said Whaley. “I’ll never say never, you never know what is going to happen. Someone could get hurt… But at this time we’re very confident with the guys we have on campus. Like I’ve said before, our philosophy should keep you .500 and Thad came in and got us close to the three, two and three. So we’re excited about that and then Jeff Tuel came in and played against Kansas City, did some good things but also had some mistakes. But we were conscious of the fact that he was an undrafted college free agent rookie so we expected him to make some mistakes.

“And Dennis Dixon has been in the league for a while and he brings a skillset that will compliment what we’re trying to do offensively. We have some competition. We do have some young guys, but they’re experienced in our system. And that was another thought process: if you bring someone else in, they’re just as young or younger and less experienced in the system so we’re very confident where we are right now.”

 

4 – Hi Chris,

The Bills front office said going into the draft that they really liked Sammy Watkins. However, Watkins’ agent is Eugene Parker.  Given our past trouble with his clients, does the front office take that into consideration?  They will never publicly say that they hate a certain agent.  But wouldn’t you rather draft players that you can keep for long term?

I just feel it may be a waste if they spent all those draft picks to move up to get Watkins and can only keep him for 4-5 years.

Thanks,
Bruce
CB: You make a great point and I understand your concern. Ultimately though the Bills are going to take the best player they can get for their team regardless of agent affiliation. Yes, they took a risk moving up the board, but they felt strongly that Watkins would put them over the top and into the postseason. It came at a cost and we won’t know if their calculated risk pays off until the 2014 season plays out.

With respect to Watkins long term future, I know the track record for second contracts to keep that guy’s clients in Buffalo isn’t strong, but let’s watch the kid play for a year or two before everyone starts to worry about those things.

 

5 – Chris
There is no question Watkins is a top talent..but what are your thoughts on the trade overall?  My opinion is that if you want to trade a first round pick it better be for a franchise quarterback…

CB: What you have to remember is a general rule of thumb is if you’re trading a pick that is in the following year it typically requires an increase of one round (a two this year equals a one next year). So if you don’t want to trade a second-round pick this year the way for a GM to get around that is to offer a first in the following year.

We can debate how equitable the trade was all day long, but I think this team hasn’t had a true number one wideout since Eric Moulds was in his prime. It was an absolute must for EJ Manuel’s development. He will help the 28th passing offense from 2013 take a big step forward and potentially into playoff contention.

I think after 14 years of missing the playoffs a bold move was required. Something drastic to end the postseason drought. You couldn’t find a more talented option in this draft class.


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Robey, Woods all too familiar

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2013 – 6:05 pm

It was a scene that had played out a countless number of times in the practice setting at USC. Cornerback Nickell Robey lined up opposite wide receiver Robert Woods. The only difference was they were doing it as NFL players more than 2,000 miles away from the USC practice field Saturday.

Woods, a second-round pick of the Bills and Robey an undrafted rookie corner, were lined up opposite one another on a handful of snaps Saturday at practice. Robey has lined up almost exclusively in the slot in rookie minicamp, and Woods saw some time inside as well.

Woods, who made six receptions in practice Saturday, got lucky on one play when Robey, attempting to make an INT, only got a fingertip on the ball, and Woods pulled in the pass for a reception and a run after catch.

The two former Trojans have talked a lot about repeating their college practice battles now at One Bills Drive.

“That’s exactly how it feels and we talk about it all the time,” Robey told Buffalobills.com. “We’ve been in different meetings, but we talk about the same thing that we did as USC. It’s good to see things come together and see him out here healthy running around and seeing me out here healthy running around. So all in all it’s great.”

Robey, who has some of the quickest feet among the rookie DBs, did have an interception return for a touchdown on the very next play after his battle with Woods.


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Script of plays not lengthy right away

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2013 – 12:49 am

With Bills rookies having limited exposure to their playbooks entering the first practice of rookie minicamp there was not a ton of material installed. While that will change rather quickly when OTAs begin on Monday, for now the players are working hard to learn the schemes of the three phases.

“I think we had 15 plays or so. It wasn’t just for me,” said EJ Manuel. “It was for everybody. Everybody is trying to learn and get accustomed to get back playing football.”

Manuel, who has had his playbook since he was drafted said he’s been working on it, but has been pulled back by offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett for proper teaching.

“I can get used to what he wants us to do,” said Manuel of Hackett. “Get used to the footwork, get used to playing and throwing routes against the defense and things like that.”


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EJ gets heavy share of reps

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2013 – 12:34 am

It should probably come as no surprise, but EJ Manuel and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel are the only two quarterbacks in the three-day practice setting of Bills rookie minicamp. And although head coach Doug Marrone has said that Manuel and Tuel will be part of a quarterback competition and that rotational reps is probably how it will start, that wasn’t the case with just the two rookies.

Buffalo’s offensive staff unofficially gave EJ Manuel 25 of the 34 team snaps during 7-on-7 team work Friday. Tuel got nine reps during that period. Obviously getting their top draft choice as immersed as possible in the offense is critical and it’s not secret he’s the priority. It was just interesting to see the level of commitment to Manuel and the desire to have him ready sooner rather than later.

The coaching staff probably is getting Manuel his reps now knowing come OTAs, Manuel won’t be getting nearly as many snaps as he is now.


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Rookie camp participants

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2013 – 11:00 am

Here’s a rundown of the players that will be participating in the Bills weekend rookie minicamp. By league rule some players with an accrued NFL season on their resume can participate along with the rookies that were drafted or signed as undrafted free agents as you’ll see below.

In total, all eight Bills draft picks, 16 undrafted free agent signees, and nine roster players without a pension-credited season are scheduled to participate.

NO NAME POS HT WT AGE EXP COLLEGE HOMETOWN
2 Brian Stahovich P 5-11 197 23 1 San Diego State Solana Beach, CA
3 EJ Manuel QB 6-4 237 23 R Florida State Virginia Beach, VA
5 Dustin Hopkins K 6-2 193 22 R Florida State Houston, TX
8 Jeff Tuel QB 6-3 221 22 R Washington St. Fresno, CA
10 Robert Woods WR 6-0 190 21 R Southern California Carson, CA
14 Brandon Kaufman WR 6-5 215 22 R Eastern Washington Denver, CO
15 Chris Hogan WR 6-1 220 24 1 Monmouth (N.J.) Ramapo, NJ
17 Da’Rick Rogers WR 6-3 205 21 R Tennessee Tech Calhoun, GA
19 Kevin Norrell WR 5-10 200 22 R Stony Brook Los Angeles, CA
27 Duke Williams DB 5-11 201 22 R Nevada Reno, NV
35 Zach Brown RB 5-10 220 24 1 Pittsburgh Royal Palm Beach, FL
36 Jonathan Meeks DB 6-0 209 23 R Clemson Rock Hill, SC
37 Nickell Robey CB 5-8 165 21 R Southern California Frostproof, FL
39 Kip Edwards CB 6-1 200 23 R Missouri Arlington, TX
40 Drew Smith FB 6-2 225 23 R Albany Schenectady, NY
41 Jumal Rolle CB 6-0 185 22 R Catawba Wilson, NC
42 Kendall Gaskins RB 6-1 238 22 R Richmond Burlington, NJ
45 Vernon Kearney CB 6-2 185 24 R Lane Bradenton, FL
46 Jordan Dangerfield DB 5-11 200 22 R Towson Royal Palm Beach, FL
47 Dominique Ellis DB 5-11 195 23 1 South Carolina State Union, GA
49 Keith Pough LB 6-3 225 23 R Howard Orangeburg, SC
50 Kiko Alonso LB 6-3 238 22 R Oregon Los Gatos, CA
56 Kourtnei Brown LB 6-4 253 25 1 Clemson Charlotte, NC
57 Brian Smith LB 6-3 240 24 1 Notre Dame Overland Park, KS
58 Jamie Blatnick DE 6-3 253 23 1 Oklahoma State Celina, TX
62 Zack Chibane G 6-5 293 22 R Syracuse Paramus, NJ
63 Ryan Turnley C 6-6 320 22 R Pittsburgh Hopewell, PA
64 Hutch Eckerson T 6-6 310 25 1 South Carolina Lumberton, NC
67 Aaron Tipoti DT 6-2 280 23 R California Honolulu, HI
76 Izaan Cross DE 6-4 300 22 R Georgia Tech Flowery Branch, GA
88 Marquise Goodwin WR 5-9 179 22 R Texas Garland, TX
89 Chris Gragg TE 6-3 244 22 R Arkansas Warren, AR
97 Corbin Bryant DE 6-4 330 25 1 Northwestern Chicago, IL

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LB Pough a talker on the field

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2013 – 9:48 am

Undrafted rookie LB Keith Pough isn’t nasty with his talk on the field, but he can certainly jaw with the best of them between the lines. For Pough it isn’t an act so much as his natural passion for the game just bubbling to the surface.

“I don’t do it to stay hype or to get hyped or to hype others,” said Pough. “I love the game so much that I have fun on the field and I just can’t help but talk. I’m just excited to always line up. Anything dealing with football I’m excited about it. It comes through my play.”

Pough’s chatter while practicing and playing in the East-West Shrine game was actually encouraged by the coaches on hand.

“You can talk to anyone from rec leagues, to high school to my college teammates that’s who I am,” Pough told Buffalobills.com. “I’m just passionate about the game and I feel that my passion is infectious and it’s going to rub off on my teammates and it’s going to cause all of us to come together and form that bond and play at a high level.”

Pough’s exuberance at the East-West Shrine game may also have been a byproduct of being the first Howard player to participate in the postseason game.

“I was the only guy from my school to participate in the 88-year history of the East-West Shrine game,” he said. “Then to be competing with guys from Division I schools put a lot of icing on the cake. Then to perform at a high level was like a cherry on top.”


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Pough’s game a better fit than body

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2013 – 9:07 am

Bills undrafted rookie free agent LB Keith Pough, may not think he has an NFL body for a LB, but he certainly has the production. With over 300 tackles in his career, including an NCAA mark of 71 for loss, Pough dominated in FCS play in college at Howard. And while he might not see himself as ideal physically his long arms and thick lower half certainly help him as a linebacker.

“I don’t have the prototype linebacker body. Anybody that looks at me says, ‘You play basketball.’ And I say, ‘No I don’t. I just have very long arms.’ Just playing football I’m very tall and lanky and have a lean frame, but I’m bottom heavy. Most of my weight is in my lower extremities. I play with great leverage, low to the ground and I use my technique to my advantage. Football is a game of leverage and the low man wins. Going against a tight end because I have long arms it works to my advantage.”

The Bills see Pough as a strong side linebacker for them, which is where he’s expected to line up this weekend at Bills rookie minicamp.


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Asset that Bills covet in WRs

Posted by Chris Brown on May 30, 2012 – 3:44 pm

Yes, undrafted rookie free agent signing Derek Session has the typical abilities of a receiver like ball skills and versatility and the ability to shield defenders from the ball, but there’s one other element of his game that the Bills like that is often overlooked in receivers.

Session is known as a good blocker, something not always found in receiver prospects. At 6’1″ 225 and with some background as a tailback, Session knows how to lock on to defenders.

The blocking ability of Donald Jones was one of the assets that caught the eye of Buffalo scouts a couple of years ago and earned him a role on the team as an undrafted rookie.

In Chan Gailey’s popular 4-by-1 sets there isn’t a tight end on the field. When the Bills run the ball out of those sets, which they did with some measure of regularity last season, having receivers that can block is key.  

That doesn’t mean that Session has a great shot of making the active roster come September, but it doesn’t hurt his cause either. With 11 other wideouts on the roster counting Brad Smith his odds are long, but if he shows some promise and has blocking ability to boot the Bills could show a willingness to develop him further and perhaps consider him for the practice squad.


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Gilmore looked confident

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2012 – 1:01 pm

Bills top pick Stephon Gilmore had a productive three days in rookie minicamp with three interceptions and a countless number of pass breakups. Suffice to say one of Buffalo’s newest cornerbacks performed with confidence.

“You know, confidence is something that’s vital especially at the cornerback position,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “It’s vital at some other spots, but it’s really vital at the cornerback position. And he played well and did well in this camp. Now, when he goes against the other guys, he’s going to lose some. How does he handle getting beat? He didn’t get beat a lot out here, so how does he handle that? He’s going to go through some emotions so that maturity and that confidence will help him, I think. He’s played in a tough league, he knows what it’s about.”

“I always play with confidence,” Gilmore said. “I always speak confidently. You can’t play corner unless you have confidence. So I think that comes with me and if I just keep learning the sky is the limit.”


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Where they’re lining up

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2012 – 11:06 am

Here’s a look at where Buffalo’s draft choices have been lining up in rookie minicamp.

Top pick Stephon Gilmore has been lining up at RCB this weekend.

Cordy Glenn has been lining up exclusively at LT.

T.J. Graham has been lining up mostly at flanker on the right side of the formation.

Nigel Bradham has lined up at both outside linebacker positions as had fifth-round pick Tank Carder.

Ron Brooks has played LCB for the majority of the weekend.

Zebrie Sanders has lined up at right tackle through the course of the practices.

Mark Asper has lined up primarily at center.


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Gailey: rookies must have retention

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2012 – 7:29 pm

For Bills head coach Chan Gailey, there’s only so much he and his staff can evaluate in a practice setting with no pads. That’s why what he’s trying to get a feel for with each of his new players on the roster in this rookie minicamp is often more mental than physical.

“You try to see the effort that a guy gives. You want to see if a guy is a lazy guy or if he is a worker,” said Gailey. “But you also try to figure out if a guy retains what you teach him. Can he hold own from day one to day two? Can he add on to what he learned on day one on day two? They’re talented guys or they wouldn’t be here to start with. So they’ve got talent. It’s a matter of trying to evaluate really work ethic and retention.”


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WR Graham setting goals

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2012 – 4:28 pm

Bills third-round pick T.J. Graham is working hard like all the other rookies to grasp Buffalo’s offensive playbook as the coaches feed things to the young players at a slower pace than it will be installed in the OTAs and full roster minicamp in June. That’s why Graham is committing now to getting as good a handle on things as possible.

“Learn the playbook. I’m a perfectionist so I like to be perfect,” he said. “I’m harder on myself more than anybody else. Learn the plays. I know I can run and do everything else so learning the plays would be the toughest thing so that’s my goal.”

Graham has been one of the more consistent wideouts in the rookie camp this weekend.


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