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Gragg to start against Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 5:56 pm

With Lee Smith injured and Tony Moeaki still not 100 percent fellow TE Chris Gragg figures to see a lot of playing time against the Lions. Gragg hasn’t seen a lot of time with the starters, but that’s going to happen in the preseason finale.

Gragg is going to start with Scott Chandler also inactive tonight. In this final preseason game, Gragg just wants to tighten up some of the nuances of his personal game.

“Really just my details,” Gragg told Buffalobills.com. “I want to be focused on every play, not to have little mistakes. I haven’t had any big outrageous mistakes, but little things. Stepping this way or making sure I catch the ball with my hands and tuck it under my outside arm. It’s some of those little things that we’ve been harping on, those are the things that are going to help us get to that next step.

“I’ll get some time out there with EJ and I want to make sure our timing is going great so we can go out there and make plays this season.”

Gragg has heard coach Marrone’s call for the other players on offense to be better around QB EJ Manuel. The second-year tight end knows what his head coach means.

“That means that we want to make it easier for him,” said Gragg. “We want the line to protect, the receivers to run the right routes and then EJ just has to deliver the ball. We want as little as possible on EJ because I know he has to do a lot. He’s a quarterback in the NFL. So we want our professionals at the other spots as great as they can be so they can make EJ’s job easier.”


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Chandler linking up with Manuel

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2014 – 1:41 pm

He missed a week of training camp action with a groin injury, but now back in the fold for almost two weeks TE Scott Chandler feels he and EJ Manuel are in sync and as ready for the regular season as they could be.

“I feel like these last two weeks have really been good for us just to be consistently out there together,” said Chandler. “We alternated knee injuries throughout our time together, but these last two weeks we’ve been able to get on the same page, look at a lot of film together and get some work in after practice.”

Chandler led the team in receptions and receiving yards last season and had four catches for 40 yards last Saturday at Pittsburgh.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2014 – 11:22 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the radio airwaves Thursday morning.

TE Scott Chandler is scheduled to appear on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 at 7:35 am on the Howard Simon show.


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Offensive players striving for consistency

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2014 – 10:38 pm

Bills TE Scott Chandler has had more than a week to watch his offensive unit practice with a groin injury. He also took in the Hall of Fame. On Tuesday night he practiced fully for the first time since Week 1 of camp. After watching and now participating Chandler believes stringing more positive plays together is what’s in order for his side of the ball.

“I think that we need to be better. We left too many plays out there in the game and today in practice we’ve got to be more consistent,” said Chandler. “Obviously our defense is pretty good and you have to give those guys some credit. They’re out there making plays. But if we can be successful against them we can be successful against a lot of teams.”


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Chandler says he’ll play at Carolina

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2014 – 10:07 pm

Tuesday night was TE Scott Chandler’s first practice in more than a week, as he returned from a groin injury. The team’s second preseason game is still a few days away, but the veteran tight end said he’s going to play Friday night in Charlotte.

“I’m a green light for Carolina yeah,” said Chandler.

The reason Chandler is so confident is because he felt he pushed it really hard over the weekend running a lot with athletic trainers, and came out of those workouts fine.

“I probably could’ve done some stuff late last week, but it was a better safe than sorry,” he said. “It’s a long camp and I was able to run full speed on Saturday and Sunday and got out and ran a little yesterday so I feel pretty confident. Just getting back in the swing of it I feel pretty good. I think I got enough time off where the groin healed. I’m just looking to get back in there and contribute.”

 

 


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Bills who won’t dress tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2014 – 6:35 pm

Here’s the list of players who won’t dress for tonight’s Hall of Fame game in Canton tonight against the Giants.

CB Leodis McKelvin
CB Stephon Gilmore
TE Tony Moeaki
TE Scott Chandler
WR Marquise Goodwin

 


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Marrone: no plans for another TE

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2014 – 8:34 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone has lost three of the four tight ends he brought to training camp to injury. They’ve since added a tight end in Dominique Jones. In the wake of Scott Chandler’s groin injury Sunday however, Marrone doesn’t intend to add another.

“I think of it as we’re going to try to put some different people in there without having to go out and bring another person in,” he said. “There are a lot of things that we can do. I don’t want to say I like it because then I’d be saying I’m happy that someone got hurt, but it forces our hand to do some things that we might have to do during the year to be successful.”


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Chandler progressing well

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2014 – 10:31 am

By the end of the first week of OTAs, TE Scott Chandler was back working the team segments of practice. In 2013 he was coming back from a more serious ACL repair and played in all 16 games last season. Now he’s returning from a less severe knee procedure, but he’s not going to rush it.

Chandler admitted he put a lot of pressure on himself to get back fast last offseason, perhaps anxious to prove himself to what was then a new coaching staff.

“I pushed it pretty quick last year and I think it’s good to not do that again,” he said. “I got all 16-games in last year and that’s the goal.”

Chandler was naturally happy to get some team work in at the end of last week’s OTA practices.

“I’m progressing back in rehab and stuff, feeling a lot better,” said Chandler. “It’s been a big step for me, got to get in there a little bit more with the team work.”

Chandler led the Bills in receptions and receiving yards last season.


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Bills TEs not worried about respect

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 30, 2014 – 5:00 pm

Before the draft a month ago, many experts pegged the Bills biggest need as tight end. More than a few draftniks had Buffalo choosing TE Eric Ebron from North Carolina in the first round.

We know how that played out. And now after one week of OTAs, the Bills tight ends held over from last year are making big plays in the workouts.

Scott Chandler had one of the best catches of the first week-a leaping grab over the middle on a pass from EJ Manuel. Tony Moeaki has been a consistent and solid pass-catcher in the first three workouts. And second-year man Chris Gragg has caught more than his share of passes.

It makes you wonder how much of a need the tight end position really was.

The most veteran member of the tight end group, Scott Chandler, says outside perceptions of the Bills returning tight ends don’t carry much weight with him.

“We know what we’ve got,” he says.  “I’ve played with all of these guys for two years now. I think we know what it takes to be successful in this league. We’ve got a group of smart guys and that’s an underrated quality. If we pay attention to what you guys are talking about all the time we’re going to be in trouble. We just focus on what we need to do.”

 


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Fan Friday 5-30

Posted by Chris Brown on May 30, 2014 – 1:01 pm

Week 1 of OTAs is in the books and here are some of your latest questions about the team from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

what role does Hairston have? He played well until his injury but is a holdover. I hope he gets a fair shot

homeslice5484

CB: Hairston right now is running mainly with the second team at left tackle. He hasn’t received a ton of reps in the team setting. We’re guessing it’s due in part to the fact that he hasn’t played any form of football on a field in almost a year after landing on the non-football illness list in 2013. He’s looked a bit rusty this week, which is understandable, but if he can regain the form that made him a very capable swing tackle two years ago, Buffalo’s line depth becomes that much better.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

With the resigning of Dan Carpenter, what does this mean for Dustin Hopkins, he was injured, but he is the real deal…..

Jay C@SWFLChiver

CB: Carpenter is coming off a career year and the second-most accurate season in Bills team history. Unless he has a complete meltdown in training camp or the preseason Carpenter will be the place kicker. The key for Hopkins will be to demonstrate he can be a dynamic weapon on kickoffs by booting everything through the back of the end zone for touchbacks. Coach Marrone has said he’s not opposed to keeping two kickers if they can both prove they would be of great value to the team.

The trouble for Hopkins is his groin injury was severe and took a long time to heal. As a result he’s rusty entering OTAs having been unable to kick. He has to get his swing back and he has to do it in short order to convince the coaches that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.

 

3 – Chris,
With the Bills not making a move during draft for a tight end, how do you think the position will shake out behind Chandler? Do you see the Bills keeping Lee Smith? I like Chris Gragg as development tight end with good speed. What do you think he chances are to make the final roster? Tony Moeaki still is a question mark to me, since he has hardly played in 2 years. Can Gragg stick and lineup as be juke type of TE? Or is too small to beat LB/DB?

CB: Right now Scott Chandler is not participating in team work after coming off of offseason knee surgery. So that has opened up more opportunities for the likes of Tony Moeaki and Chris Gragg when it comes to the passing game. Lee Smith is primarily a blocker though he can work the short areas. In the first week of OTAs Moeaki and Gragg have seen the most action.

Moeaki is the most athletic in the group. His transition from catch to turning up field is very, very smooth. Gragg has very good straight line speed for a man his size (6-3 244), but like some of the other tight ends is not sudden in his movements when it comes to route running. He’s long-limbed which always helps in the passing game, but I would put Moeaki ahead of him.

We’ll know more about both players once the pads go on at training camp, but from a pure playmaking perspective Moeaki is going to be pushing Chandler.

 

4 – Chris,

With Watkins and Williams in, Graham would seem to go down to 5th on depth chart. Given they need special teamers like Easley/Hogan. How do you think this will play out? Goodwin and Graham are just too similar. I liked Hogan more as slot/special teamer. Could they trade Graham? Or will he have to fight for a spot in camp?

CB: I think Graham will have to fight for a spot on this roster. There is suddenly a lot of depth at receiver and Marquise Goodwin has the added advantage of being a pick made by the current regime, not one that was inherited like T.J.. The problem is Graham is not participating in any team work due to an offseason procedure. He can offer return ability to special teams, but Leodis McKelvin handles punts and Goodwin handles kickoffs.

Making things tougher Chris Hogan has had a solid first week of OTA practices. So when Graham is again full go in the practice setting he’ll have to really turn it up.

 

5 – Chris,

There has been much talk about the defensive formation Jim Schwartz is going to deploy this year.  He has been successful with the Wide 9 approach but with the personnel moves we have made, it appears to me that we may see as much of the 4-3 Under deployed by Mike Pettine as we will of a pure Wide 9.  Bringing in Spikes and moving Alonso upgrade the two linebacker spots and Rivers provide competition for Lawson.  That and the lack of another “pure” defensive end leads me to believe our defense is going to as varied as we saw last year.  Just hope it stays as agressive.

Appreciate your thoughts on this and as always, very much appreciate your insights and reporting on the comings and going at OBD.

Regards,
Jim
Macungie, Pa.

CB: I don’t think you have to worry about the defense staying aggressive. Talking to some of the men up front this week (Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus) the defense is all about being aggressive and getting up field. They feel it will cater well to what their strengths are across the defensive line.

Now that being said Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes have some big adjustments to make as they will be full-time defensive ends in Jim Schwartz’s system. Mario will presumably man the left side and Lawson and Hughes will split the job on the right side.

We’ll be able to ascertain how it’s all coming together when the pads go on in July.


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With Chandler back Whaley liking TE group

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 12:10 pm

Bills fans might not see much difference than that of a year ago, but with Scott Chandler back in the fold, Bills GM Doug Whaley believes their talent at tight end covers every requirement of the position.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley gave his thoughts on the tight end group on Buffalo’s roster.

“I like the skill set that our tight ends bring to our roster,” he said. “You’ve got Lee Smith and his primary role is a blocking tight end. You’ve got Chris Gragg and the speed aspect he brings to the table. Chandler brings the size and then you have Tony Moeaki if you look in his past he’s a good combination guy with receiving skills and blocking. We’ve got the gamut covered so we think we’re pretty solid, but that doesn’t prohibit us from getting anybody that we think might be an upgrade.”

When asked if Moeaki’s role could be larger in 2014, Whaley confirmed that’s their intent.

“That’s the plan, but again it’s competition and we expect it to be heated competition,” he said. “We’re excited and as I always say competition makes everybody elevate their game.”


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Fan Friday 3-7

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2014 – 11:50 am

Free agency negotiating opens Saturday, Tuesday afternoon deals can be signed. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

Can you give Bills’ fan an update about Chris Hairston? Is he injured? I would like to see him compete for right tackle. What do the coaches think of him? Do you see RT as a position of need?

CB: The Bills have not provided a medical update on Hairston to this point, however, when asked by a Bills fan as to whether he’ll be ready for spring workouts in April, Hairston said he would be (see below).

@C_Hairston75 Are you full go this spring? #Bills

— Bernie Lomax (@Welborn9) March 4, 2014

@Welborn9 yes

— Chris Hairston (@C_Hairston75) March 4, 2014

 

Hairston was on the non-football illness list last season, but he appeared to have a physical ailment in training camp. Whichever cost him his entire 2013 season is unclear. Even if he is cleared to resume his career in the spring I think the Bills will be a bit leery in counting on him and putting all their eggs in his basket as right tackle competition for Erik Pears.

So in the end I think they do look for offensive tackle help in free agency or the draft.

2 – Chris,

Why does it seem like everyone thinks we need  a WR and a TE ? What`s wrong with the core we have now? All our WRs except Stevie have 2 yrs. or less experience with room to grow. And Scott Chandler may not have the speed, but he can block, catch and find ways to get open. He may not be high profile, but he`s a guy that comes to work every play. If anything we need some run stuffing LBs.

Thank You!
Mike

CB: A lot of fans naturally gravitate to the playmaking positions so it’s not surprising that many of the Bills faithful are focused on a big WR or game breaking TE. Of course GM Doug Whaley has said more than once that a receiving talent that plays big would be a huge help to the passing game and EJ Manuel.

I don’t think that focus means fans don’t think some reinforcements need to be added at linebacker. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Bills add a linebacker in free agency and another in the draft.

3 – Chris,

With all the talent at the offensive tackle position this year in the draft, many draft analysts have the Bills selecting one with their first round pick.  In my opinion, this would be a mistake.  Offensive tackles are not nearly as valuable in the NFL as they were 20 years ago, and do not directly affect the outcome of a game like WRs, LBs or Safeties do.  With that said, I think the Bills need more game-changing playmakers (like WR/LB) of which many of the best are found in the first round of the draft.  So my question is do you think the Bills are better off with an offensive tackle round 1 or someone at a skill position like WR?

Thanks,
Eric from Hamburg

CB: I think both OT and WR are positions that need to be addressed by the Bills in the draft. Fortunately for Buffalo they are two of the deeper positions in the 2014 class.

In determining the better option at ninth overall, a lot will depend on what falls to them at nine. There’s only one, possibly two receivers worthy of the pick at nine. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and some are now making a case for Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. I’m not certain the value is there for Evans as a top 10 talent, but he’s close.

If one of the top three offensive tackles is there for Buffalo at nine it’d be hard to pass up as I see it. Those players being Auburn’s Greg Robinson, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan.

I wouldn’t rule out Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio provided his knee checks out. I think he’s underrated.

I respectfully disagree with your assertion that offensive tackles aren’t nearly as valuable now as they used to be. I think they’re more valuable because offenses are passing more than ever and with offenses going to more spread formations offensive tackles need to be able to pass protect one-on-one more effectively than ever.

So I think it is a worthy pick at nine for Buffalo if the value is there with who is available.

 

4 – Hi Chris,

When the Browns raided the Bills coaching staff I was afraid we lost valuable pieces of the puzzle. Coach Marrone  not only found great replacements but quite possibly upgraded the staff not to diminish the wonderful job done by Mike Pettine. Does it show the respect Doug Marrone has garnered around the league that he’s able to bring in such quality coaches?  It must send a signal that Buffalo not the worst landing spot for coaches.  As a longtime fan I always remember the woeful staff Kay Stephenson put together back in the 80’s. Is it a telling story on how head coaches are able to put together his staffs?  Thanks for the good work……..
Wally in Fredericksburg , Va

CB: I think Marrone is a respected coach and I think the talent that’s on this roster helps sell the job of defensive coordinator as well.

Your point about the Stephenson staff is duly noted. Unfortunately that’s been repeated by other head coaches who came after him, most notably Gregg Williams and Dick Jauron. Both did not hire strong staffs and it hurt player development, which is perhaps more important than ever in the league now.

Marrone is a refreshing step forward in that respect.

5 – Hi Chris

I follow the bills everyday on the mobile app, diehard fan who grew up in Buffalo, but reside outside of Indianapolis, and watches every game via the Sunday Ticket.

My Question- I know we have a lot of young receivers on the roster, and this past year was a year of developing and see who we got. I remember Chris Hogan catching my eye in the pre-season and the broadcasters talking about how they call him 7-11 because he was always open, in which he was, and he seemed to be catching majority of what was thrown to him. That was the first game against colts. Then I didn’t see him much out there til later on in the season, and again, when he finally got a chance, they referenced him as 7-11, always open, and he would get open and catch the ball. Very curious to why they wouldn’t play him more and mix it up more if he is “always open”. I don’t remember him not contributing much when he did get to line up. Seems like any time his number was called, he truly did get open and caught balls. But his number barely got called.

Thanks, Dustin
Indianapolis

CB: Thanks very much for you insatiable interest in everything Bills. With respect to Hogan, the good news is he was just tendered by the Bills as an exclusive rights free agent, so once he signs his contract tender he’ll be back on the roster for 2014.

Hogan does have reliable hands and runs consistent routes. The fact of the matter is there are receivers ahead of him on the depth chart that have simply been blessed with more talent.

The 7-11 thing comes from a nickname he picked up while with the Dolphins in training camp when Miami was the featured team on the HBO series Hard Knocks.

A lot of times receivers get caught up in a numbers game at the position and often don’t make the 53-man roster. Then if they do finding consistent playing time is an even bigger hill to climb. This is where Hogan finds himself on Buffalo’s roster.


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Bills head coach hopes Chandler is back

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2014 – 4:41 pm

He’s set to become a free agent in a couple of weeks. Bills TE Scott Chandler is coming off a career-best season in terms of receptions and receiving yards in 2013. Head coach Doug Marrone, speaking at the NFL Combine Thursday is hoping the veteran tight end is back on the roster next season.

“Hopefully we can get Scott back,” Marrone said. “I think Scott did a heck of a job for us. He’s in the same situation as Jairus. I talked to Scott after the year, I thought he did a great job.  I thought he was a guy who tries to lead well, he does everything we asked of him.  I’m hoping he decides to come back, I really do.”

Chandler led the team in receptions and receiving yards last season and is just 27-years old.


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Marrone encouraged about TE position

Posted by Chris Brown on January 2, 2014 – 9:11 am

As we will profile on Buffalobills.com Friday morning, Scott Chandler is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason. He led the team in receptions (53) and receiving yards (655) due in part to the fact that he stayed healthy all season, while other receiving targets missed games with injuries. When head coach Doug Marrone was asked for his take on the talent at the tight end position he sounded very encouraged about what the future holds for the Bills there.

“I feel we’ve gotten good production,” Marrone said. “I think that Scott Chandler had a fine year. He really did. I think that we have players in place here, on this roster, which can be very productive. And obviously in my background offensively and Nathaniel’s (Hackett) background, that position has been productive for us in the past. And I think it’s important (to make use of) the different ways you can attack people schematically, obviously the tight end in zone coverages down the middle of the field, but more importantly again with the matchups.

“Right now we have three, I believe players on our team right now under contract, and obviously with Scott, and Doug (Whaley) talked about Scott, but I feel that we have four tight ends that are potentially very productive.”

The tight ends under contract are Chris Gragg, Tony Moeaki and Lee Smith. Mike Caussin, who was on I-R is a restricted free agent and Chandler is scheduled to be unrestricted.


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Chandler rejoins teammates

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2013 – 10:31 am

Bills TE Scott Chandler missed Thursday’s practice because his wife was in labor. He’s since re-joined his teammates at 1 Bills Drive this morning as there were congratulations all around.

Chandler’s wife Alissa delivered their third child Thursday, and for the third time it was a girl. So three daughters for the Chandler family.


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2 players added to Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2013 – 4:47 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone added two players to the team’s injury report Thursday.

One addition was not injury related. TE Scott Chandler missed Thursday’s practice with his wife expecting to deliver the newest addition to the Chandler family in the next 24 hours.

The other addition was WR Marquise Goodwin, who suffered what Marrone called a tweaked calf in practice. Marrone expects Goodwin to be fine for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay, but he was a limited participant Thursday.

Here’s the rest of the report.

Player

Pos

Injury

Participation   Wednesday

Participation   Thursday

Kyle Williams

DT

Achilles

DNP

FP

Marquise Goodwin

WR

Calf

LP

Scott Chandler

TE

Not injury related

DNP


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Chandler family expecting… today

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2013 – 1:33 pm

Bills TE Scott Chandler was excused from practice today because he and his wife are expecting.

Chandler and his wife Alissa are expecting the arrival of the newest addition to their family some time today.

No word on whether Chandler will be at practice Friday. That will likely hinge on when the newest Chandler arrives.


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Moeaki has former teammate in locker room

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2013 – 4:35 pm

Bills newest tight end Tony Moeaki has never had to latch on with another NFL club late in the season. He spent his entire NFL career with Kansas City. That’s why he’s glad he’s got a former college teammate in the Buffalo locker room to help him get up to speed sooner rather than later.

Moeaki was college teammates for two seasons with fellow TE Scott Chandler at Iowa.

“I came when he was a junior and we both worked together there in two tight end sets for two years so I know Scott pretty well,” said Moeaki.

With only four games and a month of practices to show his ability to the coaching staff, Moeaki sees the value of having a former teammate on the roster.

“It helps to have a friend on the team at the same position that you’ve played with, especially in this situation, new city, new team, so it’s nice,” he said.

Chandler will be also be able to give advice on how best to jump in and assimilate himself late in a regular season with a new club, since that’s exactly what he did with the Bills when he was claimed off waivers by Buffalo almost three years ago to the day (Dec. 3rd, 2010).

He practiced with the club over the final month of the season and appeared in the last four games, mostly on special teams. Chandler also posted one catch for nine yards before winning the starting tight end job the following season.


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Way game unraveled is what had Stevie ticked

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2013 – 10:50 am

Stevie Johnson was naturally ticked off about his fumble late in the game. He knew the significance of it right away. But the way the game unraveled for them at the end preventing them from winning the back and forth contest was the real issue for him.

“Just given the situation I was frustrated,” said Johnson. “Not necessarily with the (fumble) play because it’s the NFL, he’s in the NFL also. Initially I got off and beat him and he came back and made a play on me. That’s football. He made a good play and I’ve got to live with it. I saw it on the big screen and you’ve got to chalk it up to a good play and hustle.”

Johnson and Chandler both had good technique in tucking the ball away on their fumble plays. Falcons defenders just made better ones as they see it.

“Once again with those plays, mine and Scott’s you catch the ball 100 times and tuck it the same way,” Johnson said. “It’s not like the ball was loose from our bodies and Scott’s was up here. It just happened to be a good play by the defender.”


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Chandler, Stevie come to grips with fumbles

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2013 – 1:57 am

The Bills had a chance to win their back and forth game with the Falcons Sunday at the Rogers Centre late in the fourth quarter and in overtime. But fumbles on back to back possessions ultimately led to a game-winning field goal for Atlanta. For Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler the circumstances were tough to bear.

“It hurts,” said Chandler. “You hate to let the fans down and you really hate to let your teammates down.
But that’s part of the game. You want to make all the plays and you want to finish all the plays the right way. I just didn’t do it that time.

“It was a great throw by EJ [Manuel] out in front and I put the ball away. I didn’t get my hand underneath it enough and the guy hit it right on the ball and just knocked it loose. Really disappointing. Obviously you want to be able to protect the ball in that situation. And you want to make a play that helps your team win and not the play that really turns the tide to make your team lose.”

Stevie Johnson, whose fumble came late in regulation with the team within yards of a game-winning field goal attempt, took his miscue especially hard.

“Yeah, I was just running with the ball,” said Johnson. “I knew we were down there and had the game
sealed and he came from behind and made the play, a helluva play.”

 

We want to bring this town, this region the playoffs,” he said. “To know that kind of slipped away on that play is tough. But that’s part of what we do. We’re putting ourselves out there. If you want to be a guy who is making plays for your team then you’re going to have to deal with the disappointment when you don’t make a play.”


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