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Fan Friday 1-9

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2009 – 4:19 pm

As always you can send your questions to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and I’ll get back to you either personally or here on Fan Friday. Here we go.

1. Hey Chris,
 
I started to see draft talk on some sites this week. I know this is a bit premature, but how do you see the Bills going this year? Could this be a year were trading for a player may make more sense than making a first round pick?
 
Randy
NL, CAN

CB: I doubt that the Bills are going to cough up their first round pick in a trade this year. I’m hoping the Bills take a defensive end with their top pick, provided the depth of talent is still there. I wanted to Buffalo to take a defensive tackle in 2003, but by the time the Bills were on the clock they were all gone and they took McGahee. But that would be my preference this spring.

 

2. Chris-
Is it too early to call James Hardy a bust and do you think the front office will add another receiver this off-season in case he is not able to contribute immediately next season?

CB: I think that is a possibility, but more so because James Hardy has a torn ACL to rehab from. He’s not a bust. Eric Moulds didn’t have a breakout season until his third year. The ACL is the issue. It’s usually 7-9 months before a player can come back. He tore it on Dec. 14, so he may not be full go for training camp. Missing all those spring practices and OTAs will hurt his development so I think they do need to add another receiver even if it’s just for a one or two-year deal.

 

3. Dear Chris,
Who do you think the Bills might pick up in this year’s free agency market?  There are some very high profile defensive ends (Suggs, Peppers), and some solid centers (Birk, Brown, Saturday, Meester) up for grabs.   The Bills have attempted to solve their biggest problems in the free agency market over the past two seasons.    Do you think they will try to make a splash at either of these positions?
Jack

CB: I think Birk and Brown are realistic. Saturday and Meester are more at the end of the line. As for DE Suggs and Peppers they will cost too much and Peppers has already been negotiating with Carolina to re-sign.

I believe the Bills get their pass rusher at the top of the draft this spring.

 

4. Hey Chris,
Were any Bills named pro bowl alternates?
-Sean

CB: Yes, I blogged this a while back. Marshawn Lynch and Marcus Stroud were Pro Bowl alternates. We’ll see if someone pulls out of the game with an injury.

 

5. Chris,
What is the contract status with regards to free agents, both restricted and un- restricted.
Thank you for your help,

Mike Czerwonka

CB: Unrestricted – Kirk Chambers, Angelo Crowell, Melvin Fowler, Jabari Greer, Teddy Lehman, J.P. Losman, Corey McIntyre, Duke Preston, Jason Whittle.

Restricted – John DiGiorgio, Keith Ellison, Dustin Fox, Gibran Hamdan, Justin Jenkins, George Wilson.


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Bills-Patriots inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2008 – 4:47 pm

Buffalo Bills
11-Roscoe Parrish
23-Marshawn Lynch
33-Jabari Greer
58-Teddy Lehman
71-Jason Peters
77-Demetrius Bell
79-Jonathan Scott
7-J.P. Losman – 3rd QB

New England Patriots
29-Lewis Sanders
41-Ray Ventrone
42-BenJarvus Green-Ellis
54-Tedy Bruschi
65-Wesley Britt
74-Billy Yates
93-Richard Seymour
Lineup changes for the Bills
22-Fred Jackson will start at RB in place of 23-Marshawn Lynch
73-Kirk Chambers will start at LT in place of 71-Jason Peters
28-Leodis McKelvin will start at CB in place of 33-Jabari Greer


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Lynch questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2008 – 5:19 pm

Marshawn Lynch is questionable for Sunday’s season finale. He only practiced on Thursday this week. Dick Jauron says he feels about the same as he did last week with Lynch’s chances of playing.

Kawika Mitchell is also questionable, but is expected to play after practicing the past two days.

Jason Peters and Roscoe Parrish are doubtful. Jauron said Peters hasn’t gotten worse, but both players are not expected to play.

Jabari Greer is out. Teddy Lehman is doubtful despite practicing Friday.


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Lynch not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2008 – 3:58 pm

Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) after participating in practice Thursday is not taking part in Friday’s workout.

Not in attendance again on Friday are Roscoe Parrish (knee) and Jason Peters (knee).

Also not practicing is J.P.  Losman.

Kawika Mitchell is practicing for a second straight day.

Teddy Lehman (groin) is back practicing. And Jabari Greer (knee) looks limited again.

We’ll have a full update after Dick Jauron provides details following practice.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2008 – 8:01 pm

Not practicing today were Marshawn Lynch (shoulder), Roscoe Parrish (knee), Kawika Mitchell (knee), Jason Peters (knee) and Teddy Lehman (groin).

Jauron said Mitchell’s knee was sore coming out of the game and felt more sore a day or two later.

Limited was Jabari Greer (knee).

Coach Jauron said he was optimistic that Lynch and Peters would play this Sunday when asked about them specifically.


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Peters, Parrish absent

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2008 – 5:38 pm

Jason Peters and Roscoe Parrish were not in attendance Wednesday at practice during the media viewing portion of the session.

Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) was also not practicing as he was a spectator.

LB Teddy Lehman was the other non-participant.

CB Jabari Greer and S Donte Whitner appeared a bit limited.

We’ll have a full update on Buffalobills.com this afternoon in a subsequent blog and on Bills Roundup in the media lounge section of the website.


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Bills-Broncos inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2008 – 7:45 pm

Buffalo Bills
33-Jabari Greer
58-Teddy Lehman
71-Jason Peters
77-Demetrius Bell
81-James Hardy
79-Jonathan Scott
87-Jonathan Stupar
7-J.P. Losman – 3rd QB

Denver Broncos
16-Chad Jackson
20-Marlon McCree
26-Jack Williams
38-Andrew Pinnock
46-Spencer Larsen
53-Niko Koutouvides
72-Pat Murray
96-Tim Crowder

Buffalo Lineup Changes
28-Leodis McKelvin will start at cornerback in place of Jabari Greer.
73-Kirk Chambers will start at left tackle in place of Jason Peters.


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Parrish, Lynch, Peters, Edwards all questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2008 – 5:32 pm

Roscoe Parrish was added to the injury report as questionable for Sunday after suffering a bruised knee during individual drills in practice Friday. For a full report go to the home page of Buffalobills.com.

Marshawn Lynch (shoulder), Jason Peters (knee) and Trent Edwards (groin) are also listed as questionable, but all three are expected to play Sunday.

Dustin Fox (groin) is questionable. Teddy Lehman (groin) is out. Jabari Greer (knee) is doubtful as he was limited again Friday.


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Parrish leaves practice early

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2008 – 4:00 pm

Roscoe Parrish left practice right at the close of individual position drills with an apparent leg injury. He had to be helped to the training room.

We’ll have an update from head coach Dick Jauron after practice.

LT Jason Peters is practicing with the first unit after not practicing Thursday.

RB Marshawn Lynch is practicing, but in this no pads practice Friday, he’s wearing shell pads, which are lighter foam pads so as to protect against accidental contact with his bruised shoulder.

CB Jabari Greer is again limited and will likely be listed as questionable for the game.

Not practicing is LB Teddy Lehman.


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Lynch limited; Peters absent

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2008 – 5:12 pm

Marshawn Lynch was participating in individual position drills Thursday, but looked limited. It would be surprising if he did much team work today. We’ll get a full update from Dick Jauron after practice.

Not practicing was Teddy Lehman and Jason Peters, who was not seen during the media viewing portion of practice. Peters was limited on Wednesday with a sore knee.


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Lynch has a sore shoulder

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2008 – 8:02 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron stated that a sore shoulder is the reason for Marshawn Lynch’s non-participation at practice Wednesday.

I asked him if it was just an extra day of rest type deal and if he anticipates Marshawn practicing Thursday. Here was coach Jauron’s answer.

“We do (anticipate him practicing Thursday). We do,” he said. “We’ll just have to see where that one goes.”

Also not practicing was Teddy Lehman and Corey McIntyre was absent for personal reasons.

Jabari Greer (knee), Dustin Fox (groin), Trent Edwards (groin) and Jason Peters (sore knee) were all limited Wednesday.


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Lynch probable, Whitner questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2008 – 5:37 pm

Marshawn Lynch practiced fully on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against Miami.

Donte Whitner practiced fully all week and though questionable is expected to start at free safety Sunday with Bryan Scott at SS.

Trent Edwards is doubtful. He could possibly serve as the emergency 3rd string quarterback, otherwise he won’t even dress.

Out are Jabari Greer and Aaron Schobel. Schobel just looked far from 100 percent in practice this week.

Also questionable with Whitner are Copeland Bryan, Chris Ellis, Teddy Lehman, Robert Royal. All of these players were only able to participate on a limited basis.


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Lynch has back spasms

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2008 – 7:27 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron said Marshawn Lynch was limited in practice due to back problems.

“Marshawn had back spasms so that kept him out for part of the practice,” said Jauron. “When you have back spasms you have trouble bending and about anything at all. He’s had them before.”

When asked if he expects Lynch to play on Sunday Jauron answered in the affirmative.

Also limited were Teddy Lehman (hamstring), Copeland Bryan (foot) and Chris Ellis (ankle). 

Jabari Greer, Trent Edwards and Robert Royal did not participate Thursday.

Practicing fully for a second straight day were Aaron Schobel and Donte Whitner.

“Aaron again participated in the whole practice, so we’ll have to see how it is,” said Jauron of Schobel’s foot. “It’s a little bit sore, but it’s two in a row now.”


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2008 – 8:46 pm

Trent Edwards remains day-to-day with the groin injury. Dick Jauron did not say how much a quarterback would need to practice during the week to still be considered a viable option for a game, but that he would need to practice “some.”

J.P. Losman took all the first team reps. For more info check out Bills Roundup by clicking on the Media Lounge tab at the home page of Buffalobills.com later this afternoon.

Not practicing were Jabari Greer (knee), Robert Royal (hamstring), Chris Ellis (ankle) and Chris Kelsay was excused for personal reasons. He’s expected to be back at practice Thursday. Copeland Bryan (foot) and Teddy Lehman (hamstring) were limited.

Practice went pretty well for Aaron Schobel and Donte Whitner as both got reps with the first unit on defense. Both Schobel and Whitner practiced fully. Whitner was used as both the nickel corner and at free safety in the base package.

Schobel told me he plans to practice again on Thursday, but wouldn’t call himself a sure thing for Sunday. But Schobel did say he won’t need surgery on his ailing foot, which is very good news. Whitner indicated he should be ready for Sunday’s game.


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Bills-49ers inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2008 – 5:02 pm

Buffalo Bills
20-Donte Whitner
33-Jabari Greer
58-Teddy Lehman
77-Demetrius Bell
84-Robert Royal
94-Aaron Schobel
96-Copeland Bryan
10–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

San Francisco 49ers
20-Allen Rossum
31-Reggie Smith
38-Dashon Goldson
59-Cody Wallace
77-Jacob Bender
83-Arnaz Battle
84-Josh Morgan
10-Jamie Martin – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills
No. 92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end
No. 43 Bryan Scott will start at strong safety
no. 28 Leodis McKelvin will start at cornerback


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Fan Friday 11-28

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2008 – 7:35 pm

Fan Friday 11-28

Here’s the latest edition. If you have a question you’d like answered just e-mail me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Why haven’t we been utilizing James Hardy in the red zone, more specifically inside the five? 
GO BILLS,

Anil

CB: That’s a good question. While it’s been no secret that Hardy is still working on grasping the playbook, having him run a fade pattern in the end zone doesn’t appear to be something that requires a lot of playbook retention. I saw Hardy on the field in the red zone on one occasion last week at KC, but he did not run a route into the end zone.

I understand that he might be coming along slowly in terms of the entire offense, but there’s no denying he’s a physical mismatch in the red zone and would create coverage dilemmas for an opposing secondary.

2. What do you think the chances of Teddy Lehman eventually stepping in for Ellison to provide more strength are?
 
Adam

CB: I think they’re remote unless Ellison is injured and Lehman is healthy. Right now Ellison is nursing a lingering ankle injury and will be a game time decision for Sunday. Unfortunately for Lehman he’s not healthy to fill the void if called upon because he has a hamstring injury of his own. Right now Bryan Scott would be the next guy to step in at linebacker.

Ellison is a heady player with a bit more athleticism than Lehman and it appears that is what the coaching staff covets at that position especially with stouter linebackers alongside Ellison already in Poz and Mitchell.

3. Dear Chris,
 
The offensive line appears to have regressed significantly this season.  It seems to me the biggest change has been Coach Jim McNally’s retirement; your thoughts?
 
Thanks,
Dick Sheehy

CB: There’s no question the offensive line has had its share of problems this season. However, I don’t think coach McNally’s retirement is the only change. Peters was a holdout curbing his development into an elite tackle, Butler was out for three games and they got so thin inside at one point that Kirk Chambers had to play guard. Now I’m not completely excusing the offensive line of criticism because of injuries, but they do play a factor.

With all due respect to coach McNally, the run game and effectiveness in short yardage were issues for this line last year. Marshawn Lynch only has four 100-yard rushing games in his career counting his day against the Browns. So it’s not like they were ripping yards off in huge chunks last year either. And on 3rd-and-1 last season Buffalo was one of the last teams in terms of conversion percentage in the league.

I actually think they have some of the same problems from last year to be honest.

4. Chris,
 
I was wondering if you had a complete and up-to-date list of Buffalo’s free agents for 2009. I did some research and here’s what I’ve got so far:

CB: Here you go
Unrestricted free agents – Angelo Crowell, Kirk Chambers, Melvin Fowler, Jabari Greer, J.P. Losman, Teddy Lehman, Corey McIntyre, Duke Preston, Jason Whittle.

Restricted free agents – John DiGiorgio, Keith Ellison, Dustin Fox, Gibran Hamdan, Justin Jenkins, George Wilson

5. Hey Chris, i was wondering, from everything that i’ve read so far, tolbert is saying that steve has a better grasp of the bill’s offense and that he’s better at adjusting to the defense he’s seeing, if that’s the case, why has it taken so long to get him involved in the offense? i’m not saying replacing reed (when healthy), but being in there in place of hardy earlier in the season.

Ryan

CB: I think it’s due primarily to the fact that the grasp of the offense only started to happen for Johnson these past couple of weeks. Only in the past couple of weeks did the light bulb really go on for Johnson is how I understood Tyke.


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Greer, McCargo, Royal, Lehman, Schobel all out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2008 – 5:27 pm

Jabari Greer, John McCargo, Teddy Lehman, Robert Royal and Aaron Schobel are all out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

Donte Whitner is doubtful with Keith Ellison, Derek Schouman and Copeland Bryan questionable for the game.

We’ll have more details on the home page shortly.


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McCargo MIA

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2008 – 4:03 pm

John McCargo is not at practice with his teammates Friday. Also not in attendance is TE Robert Royal (hamstring).

Not practicing were Jabari Greer (knee), Teddy Lehman (hamstring) and Aaron Schobel (foot).

Copeland Bryan (hamstring) who was limited in practice Thursday was not practicing Friday and is likely not looking good for Sunday.

Practicing on a limited basis was Donte Whitner.


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Ellison back practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2008 – 8:07 pm

Keith Ellison was back on the practiced field Thursday back from his ankle injury. As a result Bryan Scott was back working with the DBs after practicing with the linebackers on Wednesday. Copeland Bryan also returned to practice.

Donte Whitner practiced for a second straight day in pads, and has a shot to play Sunday.

Jabari Greer did not practice for a second straight day as well as Teddy Lehman and Robert Royal.

Aaron Schobel was with the team post practice and without a boot though he still has a slight limp.


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Ellison has ankle injury

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2008 – 8:51 pm

LB Keith Ellison has apparently had a lingering ankle injury the past few weeks that he’s just been playing through. He didn’t exacerbate the injury according to head coach Dick Jauron in last Sunday’s game, but it was swollen coming out of the game and as a result he did not practice Wednesday.

It’s also why he wasn’t at practice at all Wednesday as the training staff likely wants to keep him off his feet.

Donte Whitner was limited in practice, but told Jauron that his shoulder felt good moving around. The safety is dealing with what is a pain management issue and not a healing issue concerning his shoulder.

Jabari Greer (knee), Teddy Lehman (hamstring), Robert Royal (hamstring), Aaron Schobel (foot), Aaron Schobel (foot) and Copeland Bryan (foot) all did not practice.

We’ll have a full update in Bills Roundup later this afternoon.


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