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Glenn’s reps to be managed Sunday?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 2:30 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn is fully expected to start on Sunday in the opener against the Jets, but will he play the entire game on offense? That appears to be up for debate.

Glenn missed most of training camp and almost the entire preseason until he got 15 snaps in the team’s last preseason game against Detroit. It was an effort to get Glenn re-acclimated to the speed of a live game.

Whether that plus practice over the last week is enough to get his conditioning to the level necessary for a 65 to 70-play game on offense is another question.

The biggest challenge for every NFL head coach is making sure the team is conditioned enough to get through an entire game that first week, something none of their players have done since early January.

For Glenn that task could prove even more difficult, since he’s missed a good portion of training camp and preseason action with his foot ailment.

Head coach Sean McDermott admitted that it’s something they’re going to keep close tabs through the rest of the practice week and on Sunday to determine whether or not they need to rotate another tackle in for him at times.

“We’re going to look at it,” said McDermott. “With every player we look at managing reps in getting guys acclimated to full speed and managing it.”

Rookie Dion Dawkins would be the likely offensive tackle who would rotate in for Glenn if the coaching staff deems it necessary on Sunday


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McDermott: McCoy practiced after getting ill

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 2:23 pm

Bills feature back LeSean McCoy had a bit of an upset stomach at the start of Thursday’s practice that forced him to miss a bit of the session, including the media viewing portion. But according to head coach Sean McDermott, McCoy returned and got a healthy dose of team reps.

“He got a little bit ill at practice,” said McDermott. “He was here at the beginning and fell ill a little bit there and then came back.”

By the close of practice, McCoy looked back to normal and had a spring in his step.

“It looked like he was good,” McDermott said. “He had a good practice.”

While McCoy was not on the practice field, Mike Tolbert and Taiwan Jones took the majority of the reps during team segments.


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Seymour trade completes turnover at cornerback

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2017 – 9:02 am

He was the last remaining hold over player from last year’s secondary. Kevon Seymour was the lone cornerback on the Bills roster who played on the team in 2016. On Saturday, like all the other former teammates, the 2016 sixth-round pick was traded for WR Kaelin Clay in a deal with Carolina.

Seymour joins Corey White, Ronald Darby, Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey, who were either released, not re-signed or traded in the 2017 offseason.

In fact there is only one player in Buffalo’s entire secondary that was on Buffalo’s roster in 2016. Colt Anderson, who spent most of the 2016 season on injured reserve is the only remaining safety from last year’s roster.

Change at the top often means change to the roster, and at a typically higher rate than the league average of 25-30 percent. Head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane right now are well above that average as they are determined to build the team the right way with the right player makeup for sustained success.


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McDermott on why Dareus was in pads for game

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2017 – 11:31 pm

Most of Buffalo’s regular starters had their jerseys on for Thursday night’s preseason finale, but most did not have pads on as there was no intent to put them in the game against the Lions. But Marcell Dareus was one of a handful of players in full pads. After missing last week’s game for a team rules violation it was thought that Dareus might get some playing time. But it did not prove to be case. Head coach Sean McDermott explained why Dareus was suited up.

“We just wanted to see him get out and test his hip situation and warm up,” said McDermott. “I thought he looked good in warm-ups. He looked good in practice (Wednesday). So were just testing him to see what it felt like.”

 


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Why Matthews is convinced he’ll be ready Wk 1

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2017 – 2:37 pm

Jordan Matthews still hasn’t been cleared for full contact in practice, but he’s been working behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition to regular season football in Week 1.

Matthews is limited in practice due to his non-contact status, but during special teams segments of practice he works on the side. After practice he goes an extra half hour putting in work. It all has him 100 percent confident his injured sternum will be fit for play on Sept. 10th against the Jets.

“I’m doing everything. I’m in shape,” Matthews said. “I’ve been going against the defense. I even had a couple of the DBs stay after practice and we just (worked on) releases. I had guys press me to see how I can get off the line. I feel I’m ready to go in those aspects. When it comes to preseason games like last week, if they haven’t seen me go to the ground yet, why risk it? That’s the biggest thing.”

Matthews said the area of pain, which was virtually his entire upper torso right after his sternum injury has been reduced considerably. His catch radius is the same as it’s always been and protective equipment fashioned by the athletic trainers is capably keeping the sternum from being re-injured.

“They made me a special type of undershirt and it’s padded on the chest,” said Matthews. “So I’ve been able to go out there at practice pretty well with that. What’s crazy is one of my first days with it Tyrod just darted one into my chest and I catch and the point of the ball hit my chest and it didn’t shake me like I thought it would. So I’m like, ‘Okay this thing works and will be able to protect me when I go out there.’”

Head coach Sean McDermott said he’s cautiously optimistic that Matthews will be able to play against the Jets.


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Ragland’s snaps spent mainly on special teams

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2017 – 7:56 pm

In reviewing Reggie Ragland’s playing time in the preseason, it was clear what coaches wanted to evaluate Saturday night against the Ravens.

Ragland got just three snaps on defense against Baltimore, but 14 on special teams, the third-highest total of anyone on the roster.

“You saw him play extensively on special teams,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “That’s a big part of being a linebacker is playing special teams and embracing that role and I thought he did some good things there.”

At the same time when asked if Ragland is fighting for a roster spot, McDermott confirmed that he was.

“He is,” said McDermott. “That said he’s working extremely hard. He just needs to continue to work hard and show us what he can do. I think he did some of that last night on special teams. He continues to improve defensively. Just like the rest of the guys, he’s got to continue to earn the right to be on this football team. And he’s done some really nice things the last couple of days.”

It appears that the coaching staff know what he can do on defense in this scheme. Giving him as much time as they did on special teams is an indication that they needed to see more of him there to know for sure how much of an asset he can be in that phase of the game.


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CB Gaines felt good in return to field

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2017 – 3:42 pm

E.J. Gaines left practice early on Sunday, missed practice Tuesday, but was back Wednesday.

“It felt good getting back out there,” Gaines said. “It was a small, I wouldn’t even call it an injury, I just kind of tweaked something. So, getting back out there, and running routes felt good.”

Head coach Sean McDermott is expected to address Gaines’ likelihood of playing on Saturday night at Baltimore when he addresses the media on Thursday morning.

 


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McDermott sticking with Tyrod

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2017 – 1:42 am

Head coach Sean McDermott was asked about any potential quarterback depth chart changes for next week’s preseason game in Baltimore. Buffalo’s sideline boss made it clear that while he’ll evaluate everything, he’s sticking with Taylor.

“I thought Tyrod moved the ball last week and we had some penalties,” said McDermott. “(Thursday night) I don’t think we moved the ball and couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively early in the game. So you look at the big picture and you evaluate, so we’ve got a lot of work to do as an overall football team. We’ve got to do that to continue to get better. Work on our fundamentals and work on our techniques and get into a rhythm. That’s what we need to do.

“We’re always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position including the quarterback position. We’re going to evaluate the film. I’m going to evaluate the job I did and then we evaluate the job that each of us and continue to get better as a unit.”


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McDermott links penalties to positioning

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2017 – 1:39 am

It wasn’t the reason the Bills were flagged all 15 times they had penalties enforced in Thursday night’s game against Philadelphia, but head coach Sean McDermott believes one major factor in their penalty tally was lack of proper positioning by players.

“It’s really positioning that gets you in trouble,” McDermott said. “So we need to establish better position. That means moving our feet and then playing with our hands inside. We’ll continue to work on that and sometimes you see this early in the season. That said I’m not happy about where we are.

“Good teams don’t beat themselves. Obviously we need work on technique and we’ll go hard at that this week like we’ve been attacking it, so we’ve got a lot of work to do. That’ll be one of the areas.”


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Streater has toe injury, Anderson has setback

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2017 – 1:38 am

It certainly didn’t look promising for Rod Streater when he was carted off the field in the second half Thursday night. After making a catch the cornerback trying to cover him stepped on him. The result was a toe injury according to head coach Sean McDermott.

No word if the toe was dislocated or if X-rays were taken. Streater has been putting together a solid camp and preseason and made a couple of more plays Thursday night. He’ll be re-evaluated Friday.

Bills S Colt Anderson just came off of Active PUP this week and began practicing. He was supposed to play Thursday night, but he re-injured his foot before the game.

“Colt Anderson did not play,” said McDermott. “He had the foot in pre-game warmups. It was the same foot he had before.”

Undrafted rookie TE Jason Croom had an ankle in and S Trae Elston left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return.

All four players will be re-evaluated on Friday.


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Don’t jump to conclusions on Ragland

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2017 – 12:20 am

Much has been made of Gerald Hodges apparent move ahead of Reggie Ragland on the Bills depth chart at middle linebacker. After Thursday’s preseason game, head coach Sean McDermott helped paint the picture in terms of what Ragland is working against in his return to football.

“Reggie is a young player who is coming off of an injury and is only going to continue to get better. I thought he did some good things in the game tonight,” said McDermott.

“If you think about it, I haven’t played in a football game in a year and a half, since the National Championship game of my senior year at Alabama,” said Ragland. “It was a great feeling. I’m happy to be back out there playing. It was one of the best times I had in a long time.”

When asked if Ragland could be moved to outside linebacker it sounded like McDermott didn’t want to put something else on the young linebacker’s plate, knowing he’s coming back from a major injury and in a brand new scheme that he’s never played in before.

“Right now it’s in Reggie’s best interest and our best interest that he play at that inside position,” he said.


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Why LeSean McCoy didn’t play Thursday night

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2017 – 11:09 pm

LeSean McCoy was dressed, but didn’t play a single snap on Thursday night in the team’s preseason opener. Head coach Sean McDermott explained why.

“I’ve been around LeSean as you guys have heard me say for a long time. I like where he is at this point in training camp in terms of getting himself ready to play for the season,” said McDermott. “I wanted to get a good look at the other backs and I was impressed with the way some of those running backs performed.”

The decision by McDermott makes sense. McCoy has looked dynamic in camp practices and doesn’t need to be exposed to risk of injury when he’s showing well in practices. Plus getting a long look at the backs further down the depth chart will help the offensive staff make the best decision on who to keep for the 53-man roster.


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Pegula goes low key with GM/coach meetings

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2017 – 7:09 pm

When you’re an owner and CEO of two major league franchises your time can be short, so one would think that Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula would need to have regimented schedule to have time for all the interactions that need to take place between his front office staff for the two clubs and the head coaches. But Pegula prefers to do just the opposite and meet on an impromptu basis with Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott.

“It’s very casual,” said Pegula. “I like things low key, so I may walk into (Sean McDermott’s) office unannounced and talk for an hour. Or he may go in my office or Brandon or whomever. That’s the way I like to do things, rather than be all official and say, ‘Hey we’re going to have a meeting next Tuesday at two o’clock.’ Because I may not be there because something else has come up.”

The approach makes sense knowing Pegula, and his wife and co-owner Kim, can be pulled in any number of directions at a moment’s notice with all their companies, holding and properties that demand their attention.


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How coach McDermott looks at padded practices

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2017 – 12:09 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was certainly excited to see the pads on his players in practice Saturday. In his estimation it’s where some of the best player evaluation can take place.

(Saturday) the truth serum is on the table because the pads come on,” he said. “You want to be patient with the evaluation this time just because it’s been to this point two-hand touch like I mentioned.”

The line play up front in particular can be more accurately evaluated and McDermott likes what he’s seen from his starting edge rushers thus far.

“With respect to Shaq, I think he’s done a phenomenal job, you know,” McDermott said. “You wish he had all of last season under his belt. He has the injury there and the challenge, but the way he’s attacked that, the way he’s attacked the offseason and I like what he and Jerry [Hughes] are doing on the opposite sides of each other. They’re coming off the ball well, they’re aggressive. With the system, he’s getting a feel for the system and those two are fun to watch. Those guys are coming off the ball with a lot of twitch and when you can do that up front, that sets the tone for everything else behind it.”


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Absence of cut down to 75 is fine w/Bills brass

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2017 – 1:13 pm

This summer there will be no roster reduction from 90 to 75 a week prior to the cut down to 53. The NFL vanquished the roster cut down to 75 after coaches and clubs voiced a desire to hold on to as many players on their roster as possible, for as long as possible, knowing injuries can happen at any time with two preseason games still on the schedule historically after the cut to 75. Bills head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane were both glad to see the cut down to 75 disappear.

“It’s nice not to have to cut down,” McDermott said. “Again, we talked about the timeline earlier when it was brought up. You get a longer look at some players, you get more bodies in camp so it takes some wear and tear off some players that would still be in camp at that point in time, so I like that that got passed and that should help all teams, really.”

While Beane is glad to see the cutdown to 75 go too, he does have the foresight to realize it will translate to more work for his personnel department on the back end when the cut to 53 is made.

“I actually like it. I was a proponent of doing that in Carolina,” Beane said. “I think it just helps us. Sometimes guys are banged up, so the last two preseason games, it gives us another week to get guys healthy and another week to maybe see a guy that hasn’t played as much, and give him one more chance in the fourth game. I think it’s a great move by the league to do that. Now, it makes it, that last cut harder and we’re going to have to do a little more work not only on our own roster, but evaluating the other teams rosters a week later. There’s 15 additional guys per team that we have to look at.”


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McDermott bros. worked for Eagles at same time

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2017 – 12:18 pm

Sean McDermott’s coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles is well documented, but what most don’t know is his older brother Tim McDermott came to work for their hometown Eagles as well as their Chief Marketing Officer.

What’s ironic is that even though they worked in the same building the two brothers rarely saw each other, let alone had lunch together during the time they both worked for the Eagles.

“We really didn’t see much of each other,” Tim McDermott told Buffalobills.com. “It wasn’t more than a handful of times that we saw each other or had lunch or something like that. I think it was just the nature of him being on the coaching side and me being on the business side. I think at the same time we wanted to make sure that we respected that we were on different sides of the house and were always respectful in not overstepping boundaries or anything.”

Tim McDermott provided some valuable insight on to just who is brother is and what makes him tick in an exclusive on the Bills head coach on Buffalobills.com today.

 


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McDermott’s dad, a coach ahead of the curve

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2017 – 11:45 am

It’s well known by now that Sean McDermott’s father, Rich McDermott, was a college head football coach himself. Coaching and training his two sons may have been his most enjoyable coaching job. And to say he was on the cutting edge of training would be an understatement.

Sean’s older brother Tim McDermott recalled many times where their dad would come home with some form of new training equipment that they had never seen before as he spoke with Buffalobills.com for a story about Buffalo’s new head coach.

“My dad from a very early age… 30-plus years ago in today’s day in age we have all this technology and sports performance equipment, parachutes, resistance trainers or sleds. Thirty years ago my dad would have us in the backyard with a handmade sled,” said Tim. “Something he put together. It was like a wood block sled, with a dowel in the middle of it where he would put metal weights on it. There would be a chain hooked to one side and it would wrap up to a weightlifting belt and then back to the other side with another chain and we’d put it around our waist. And there was a hill in the backyard and my dad would say, ‘Go!’ And we would just run with it up the hill.

“Whether it was that or one day he came home with a parachute, that today’s day in age it’s more normal to see that kind of resistance training. But he comes home with this parachute that he had somebody make for him. He was ahead of his time when it came to all that stuff. I think as we were growing up, working out, training, having discipline, it was part of who we were and definitely part of who Sean was. That meant you don’t always go out on a Friday night or a Saturday night because you’re at a gym. That was very much the norm.”


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Incognito breaks down approach under McDermott

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

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

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

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

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

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


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McDermott weighs in on Maclin

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2017 – 3:49 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was already onto the next item on his agenda.

Jeremy Maclin’s decision to sign with Baltimore wasn’t the move they hoped the receiver would take, but McDermott doesn’t dwell on such things.

“We went through the process, with Jeremy in this case, just like we go through the process with a lot of guys,” said McDermott. “At the end of the day, we’re going to do what’s best for this football team and so – within our parameters and what fits for us. Sometimes, that works out in the end. Sometimes it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’ve moved forward and then, obviously, Jeremy has as well – and we wish him well. In this league, you can’t get too high or too low. You’ve got to be mentally tough and understand the big picture at all times.”


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Tyrod undeterred by Maclin’s decision

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2017 – 3:32 pm

Free agent WR Jeremy Maclin’s decision to sign with the Baltimore Ravens left Bills fans disappointed. While Tyrod Taylor admitted it would’ve been great to have him, he was undeterred by it as it pertained to the team’s goals this season.

“Of course. If we had gotten a player like Jeremy it would’ve been good for our team, but he had a decision to make,” Taylor said. “You don’t know what factors in on that in the big picture. That’s totally up to him. He’s a great player and we would’ve loved to have him here, but now he’s in Baltimore and he’s an opponent of ours. There’s no bad blood or anything. I’m sure Shady might say something different (chuckling)… no, but Jeremy is a great guy and I wish him the best in his career.”

As for potentially adding any new talent to the roster, head coach Sean McDermott said the personnel department will do their due diligence as they do every day.

“We’re always going to look,” he said. “We’re always going to look to add at every position – adding competition is healthy, and there’s positions that perceptually some may say ‘Hey check the box, they’re good.’ Well, we’re always going to look to add, even at those positions. That’s the pursuit of winning – that we have to stay hungry.”


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