1 – @ChrisBrownBills
What are the chances McCoy breaks out Sunday?
CB: The chances are very good as I see it. Tampa Bay is giving up over 400 yards a game. They have the 30th ranked third down defense. They’ve given up the fifth-most points in the red zone (101) and have played just five games. On the road they’re even worse giving up 500 yards per game. So I’m feeling good about a McCoy breakout Sunday.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
How many new special teamers are on the roster this year? Would love to see more Brandon Tate in the offense catching & scoring!!
Steph Go Bills!
CB: There’s a host of new players to the special teams units this year.
Andre Holmes, Taiwan Jones, Tanner Vallejo, Matt Milano, Joe Webb, Eddie Yarbrough, Ryan Davis, Deon Lacey, Shareece Wright, Shamarko Thomas, Trae Elston and Stephen Hauschka. That’s just off the top of my head.
It’ll be interesting to see what this week’s addition of Deonte Thompson means. Will he see more time on offense or special teams? Where he’s utilized figures to directly impact where Tate sees his playing time, though after a 40-yard punt return in Buffalo’s last game I anticipate seeing Tate on punt returns.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
All I’ve been hearing are positives about WR Deonte Thompson. Think he’ll make an impact?
CB: His strengths are gaining consistent separation in his routes and blocking in the run game. I’ll maintain that an overlooked part of Buffalo’s rushing success last year was the job turned in by Buffalo’s receivers when it comes to blocking downfield. Thompson is an underrated player in this area.
I think that quality alone will get him on the field this Sunday against Tampa Bay.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Why hasn’t Groy been given a shot at RG?
CB: Coach McDermott was asked about Groy this week and he said that he’s in the mix for the right guard spot. But based on his answer my hunch is the coaching staff sees Groy as their backup center and swing guard in the event of an injury.
I think if Groy is a starter at guard, the staff is concerned that they’re exposing both their starting and backup center to injury. There really is no other guy on the roster that can handle the pivot spot as effectively as Wood and Groy. So it’s my belief that it’s a risk-reward thing.
If they don’t believe Groy is demonstrably better at guard than Miller or Ducasse, they likely see it better to have Groy as a healthy backup for center and at guard in an emergency.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Did Bills offer Mabin a PS contract and go with Seamster when turned down? I thought Mabin had potential.
CB: I know the Bills wanted to bring Mabin back by signing him to the practice squad. What you have to remember is when a player is released they’re a free agent and can make their own decisions. Mabin obviously decided San Francisco was a better option for him.
I don’t know that I agree with him. This defensive scheme is a good fit for him and with only four corners on the active roster he’s one injury away from being back on the 53. So his decision was peculiar to say the least.
Tags: Bills practice squad, Brandon Tate, Deonte Thompson, Fan Friday, Greg Mabin, LeSean McCoy, Ryan Groy, Sammy Seamster, Special teams
Posted in Inside the Bills
The Bills had an open spot on their practice squad, which they have filled with a cornerback.
Buffalo signed CB Sammy Seamster on Wednesday. Seamster, who was with the Bills for the latter part of the 2015 season and the 2016 offseason, was last with the Dallas Cowboys. He did not make the team’s final roster at the conclusion of the preseason and was released.
Seamster (6-0, 200) appeared in one game for the Bills in his first stint with the club in the 2015 season finale against the Jets. His only other game experience came in 2014 with the Miami Dolphins when he appeared in two games.
CB Greg Mabin, who was released from the active roster to make room for Seantrel Henderson, chose to sign with the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.
Tags: Greg Mabin, Sammy Seamster
Posted in Inside the Bills