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Xavier Omon lands with new NFL club

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2009 – 10:55 am

Former Bills RB Xavier Omon has landed on another NFL team’s roster.

The Seattle Seahawks signed Omon to their practice squad. Omon replaced another running back (Devin Moore) on the Seattle practice squad as Seattle is looking to revamp their running game after the release of Edgerrin James and the injury suffered by starter Julius Jones last Sunday.

The top two backs on the active roster right now are Justin Forset and Louis Rankin.


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Omon likely to return

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2009 – 4:30 pm

With James Hardy being added to the active roster this afternoon, the Bills have waived RB Xavier Omon, but he’s probably going to return to the team soon.

Omon has appeared in just six career games (four in 2009), so he still has practice squad eligibility. It’s presumed that provided Omon clears waivers that the Bills will sign him to their eight-man practice squad.

Of course that means they will also have to move a player off their practice squad to make room for Omon should that be the course of action they take.

As happy as James Hardy must be getting back on the active roster, he probably is not happy that it comes at the expense of one of his fellow draft classmates of 2008.


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Bills Inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2009 – 3:20 pm

Here are the inactives for today’s game.

Trent Edwards
Donte Whitner
Bryan Scott
Xavier Omon
Jonathan Scott
Shawn Nelson
Chris Ellis

So Kyle Williams is going to give it a go with his ailing shoulder today.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2009 – 1:04 pm

Four starters are out for Sunday’s game.

Declared out for Sunday are Trent Edwards, Jonathan Scott, Bryan Scott and Donte Whitner. That means George Wilson and Jairus Byrd will start at the safety positions on Sunday.

Rookie Jamon Meredith will again start at right tackle.

Doubtful for Sunday is Shawn Nelson who failed to practice all week due to illness. If he can’t go that would leave two healthy tight ends on the roster in Derek Fine and Jonathan Stupar.

Questionable for Sunday is DT Kyle Williams, who was able to participate in Friday’s practice on a limited basis. He’ll be a game time decision. If he can’t go Spencer Johnson would start in his place.

Probable for Sunday are DE Chris Kelsay, who practiced on a limited basis all week and CB Terrence McGee, who practiced fully on Friday.

Backup RB Xavier Omon also practice fully on Friday after missing Thursday’s practice due to flu-like symptoms.

WR Terrell Owens did not practice on Friday, but Dick Jauron said it was not injury related. Whether he will be added to the injury report remains to be seen.


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Team practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2009 – 11:07 am

Here’s the rundown for practice participation here on Friday.

Not practicing
QB Trent Edwards (not in attendance)
S Donte Whitner (not in attendance)
S Bryan Scott (watching)
OT Jonathan Scott (watching)
WR Terrell Owens (watching)
TE Shawn Nelson (not in attendance)

Practicing
DT Kyle Williams (no practice Wed/Thurs)
CB Terrence McGee (no practice Wed, limited Thurs)
RB Xavier Omon (no practice Thurs)
DE Chris Kelsay (limited Wed/Thurs)


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Omon dealing with flu

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2009 – 2:27 pm

Xavier Omon was added to the team’s injury report with flu-like symptoms and was not at One Bills Drive on Thursday.

Head coach Dick Jauron, fully aware of the flu outbreak with the Cleveland Browns where a dozen players have been affected, is taking every precaution.

“I saw that,” said Jauron when asked about the Browns situation. “Our illnesses are flu related.”

Shawn Nelson is the other player that has missed practice time due to flu-like symptoms. Locker rooms are places where germs can travel quickly, so both players were not at practice Thursday as the Bills try to keep the the flu bug under control.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2009 – 2:23 pm

Here’s the official rundown on the status of Buffalo’s injured players for Thursday.

Not practicing
Trent Edwards (not in attendance)
Shawn Nelson (not in attendance)
Xavier Omon (not in attendance)
Jonathan Scott (not in attendance)
Donte Whitner (watching)
Kyle Williams (watching)

Limited in practice
Chris Kelsay
Terrence McGee
Bryan Scott


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Fan Friday 10-2

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2009 – 6:12 pm

Already at the quarter pole mark of the season. Gotta get a win this week and get off the AFC East schneid. Let’s get to your questions.

 
1. Dear Chris,

I’m wondering who’s available at the middle linebacker position to replace Paul Posluzny while he’s out for a few weeks? Marlon Greenwood and some other quality free agents are available or will the coaching staff allow Marcus Buggs to handle everything Poz was tasked with?

Michael T. Licata

CB: I don’t see the Bills going out and picking up another linebacker knowing they’ll get Poz back around midseason. But here’s a short list of guys that would make sense for the Bills should they decide to go in that direction in my opinion.
Derek Smith, Dontarrious Thomas, Rocky Boiman (versatility inside/outside)

 

2. Chris,

Do you think there would be a way that the All Access shows such as the ones with you and Tasker and the Thurman Thomas show could be put on the website for us that don’t live in the area to be able to watch??

I live in the Nashville, TN area now after being in WNY for 25+ years and would like to see these shows.
I know that the uploading/downloading would take a great deal of time, and maybe an impossibility, but it sure would be nice.
Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

Tom Howes
 

CB: We do put them on the team website. Here’s the link where you can find them every week.
http://www.buffalobills.com/media-lounge/videos

On the left side of the page is a listing of the different video programs we offer. Click on All Access for those shows and on the Thurman Thomas tab for that show. We break the show up into different segments so it does not take too long to load. Enjoy.

 

3. Hi Chris,
Since we know Fred Jackson is capable of handling a starting role, is there any chance the Bills trade Marshawn Lynch for a Tackle or draft pick?
Omon seems capable of handling a back up role plus the Bills are already talking to Free Agent RB’s. What do you think?
Thanks,
Mike

CB: I don’t see the Bills doing this. Most teams in the league like having two capable backs to share the workload. Dick Jauron is fiercely loyal to Lynch and with good reason. The guys always plays hard and doesn’t go down easy.
If you trade Lynch away you’re leaving yourself a bit vulnerable at running back in the event that Jackson goes down with an injury. Omon shows promise, but he’s not Lynch.

 

4. Chris – Buffalo’s signing of Jamom Meredith from the Green Bay practice squad prompted this question.  What are the rules for an NFL team signing a player from another team’s practice squad?  Was Buffalo required to give prior notice of its intent to Green Bay before making an offer to Meredith?  If so, did Green Bay then have an opportunity to keep Meredith, such as by moving him to its active roster, within some specified period of time?
 
- Bill

CB: Signing practice squad players are a lot like signing free agents. Teams that covet a practice squad player on another team contact the agent and begin negotiations to sign him to an NFL contract that puts him on an active roster (practice squad pay is considerably less).

Sometimes agents call the original team to give them an opportunity to promote them to their own 53-man roster, but in most cases the agent just completes the deal with the team interested in putting the player on their active roster. The original team is none the wiser until the signing is completed.

 

5. Hey Chris,
Since Fred is doing awesome and Marshawn is coming back do you see the Bills putting in any Wildcat plays to keep them both on the field? If both Fred and Marshawn are running to the same side on an option play who the heck would you cover as a defender! Maybe they develop the plays now and don’t show the Wildcat until they need to surprise a team in the playoffs.
 
What do you think?
Mark
Evergreen, CO

CB: I don’t think the Wildcat is necessary to keep both of them on the field. I anticipate seeing Fred Jackson split out wide more as a receiver, which they did a lot of during the spring. I also think in time we could see a split backfield with both of them back there giving the team a ton of options.

Buffalo, like all NFL teams, has a handful of Wildcat plays, and if you remember when they ran some of that last season Fred Jackson was the ball handler. I don’t know if he’s the guy this year because Roscoe in an option in that formation as well being a former high school quarterback.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2009 – 2:29 am

RB Xavier Omon and C/G Brandon Rodd suffered injuries in Thursday night’s game.

Omon has a calf contusion and Rodd has a strained ligament in his leg according to head coach Dick Jauron.

They’ll both be re-evaluated on Friday.


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Fan Friday 7-24

Posted by Chris Brown on July 24, 2009 – 12:09 pm

Wanted to get Fan Friday up early today knowing that I’ll be out at training camp today watching the players roll in. Hard to believe it’s the eve of the first training camp practice. I know fans are just as eager as the players. Here’s some of your latest questions. You can email me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net if you’ve got camp questions ready to roll.

1. Hey Chris,

With a deep and talented backfield consisting of Lynch, Jackson, and Rhodes, do you think Xavier Omon could be shifted over to FB?  If not I find it hard to believe he will find room on the roster.
Nate Ross

CB: You bring up an interesting point. Omon has the body to play fullback. He’s thickly built from top to bottom. But he’s been a ball carrier his entire career. I could see the Bills keeping four backs and McIntyre as the fullback, but the deep receiving corps could compromise that.

With last year’s practice squad back Bruce Hall showing some nice improvement in the spring camps, Omon could help his cause by showing some fullback ability to keep him ahead on the depth chart of Hall. Whether he gets that opportunity is the question.

 

2. Chris,

Since we play the Tampa Cover 2 and 4-3 alignment, how does the offense
get practice against the 3-4 D?  After all, all of our Division foes all
run the 3-4?

Thanks . . .Bob

CB: In practice the scout team, consisting mainly of reserve and practice squad players run the 3-4 defense against the Bills starting offense in practice. They run a lot of the same defensive looks that their upcoming opponent runs against them in the practice setting. For all the knocks that Dick Jauron gets from the fan base I will say he is a very good coach when it comes to preparation during the week.

 

3. I was wondering how our younger offensive players, like Steve Johnson and Derek will be able to contribute. Will either of them be developed enough to possibly start by the beginning of the regular season, or will the Bills continue to bring them along slowly.

Thanks, Alex

 

CB: I think Fine has a better opportunity than Johnson because the pool of competition is smaller and not as stiff at the tight end position. Derek Schouman is the only real competition standing between Fine and a starting role at tight end. Rookie Shawn Nelson is going to have only a part-time role this year.

But at receiver Johnson right now is fifth on my depth chart with Evans, Owens, Reed and Parrish ahead of him, considering the fact that James Hardy will not be participating. I think Johnson has a chance to overtake Parrish with a strong camp, but that’s a big ‘if.’
 

4. Hi Chris,

Maybe it’s a tad early to make this observation, but it appears that very few, if any of our early round draft choices will win a starting job by the first game.  That could be view as really good thing that our team is already pretty well estabished.  On the flip side, we didn’t make the playoffs last year, and with the draft choices we had, we should have found 1 or 2 quality players to step in.  I’m all for building for the future, but winning now is pretty important also.

Thoughts?
Kevin

CB: I think that Maybin will be a situational player, but will still make an impact. If he can get between 6-8 sacks and 15-20 QB pressures in a situational role I think that would be a successful season. Byrd has an uphill climb, but if he makes plays in the preseason, he could start at FS. Wood and Levitre have good opportunities to start. I’ll be surprised quite frankly if Wood does not. As for the others they’ll have to pay their dues.

Your point is a good one though, the talent that’s been here was not good enough. That’s why I think the staff will not hesitate to insert a rookie if they prove themselves worthy.

 

5. Hi Chris,
 
I feel getting the playoff monkey off the back of the bills is due because of all the injuries over the past few seasons.  It just seems there is always that key player that gets hurt, and then the bills don’t make the playoffs.

What I’m really worried about for the BILLS’ is Terrell Owens, and that there is all ready that ‘dirty’ player and coach (somewhere in the league) all ready planning to take him out for the season with a ‘dirty hit’ similar to (in my opinion) the Tom Brady hit. If Terrell Owens gets hit at the knees and is out for the season on the first game – what are the Bills chances?  I would see another 7-9 season because they become 1-dimensional team.
 
My ‘BIG’ question is, is the league watching these hits more carefully?  Are they ready to study these ‘dirty hits’?…..Is there a ‘bigger’ penalty coming for these types of hits?  I really feel teams will be going after Trent Edwards and firstly Terrell Owens early – to narrow the Bills chances.  
 
Bills better have good backup players and plans, and better protection for QB position, and help from the league (that will not tolerate dirty hits) in order for the BILLS to make playoffs – they need all this to go right.

Scott

CB: I think you may have answered your own question with respect to the injuries. I don’t think it’s the injuries that have compromised Buffalo’s ability to be a playoff team as much as the lack of depth on the roster. Without dependable depth it’s hard to succeed in a 16-game regular season. Every team has injuries, but the teams that have quality depth are the ones that survive and keep playing late January.

Pittsburgh had more injuries than anybody last season, but they had quality depth and persevered.

As for Owens I don’t think he’ll be targeted specifically, but I think we all remember the horse collar tackle that ripped up his ankle real good the year the Eagles went to the Super Bowl. The officials in my opinion still don’t police the horse collar tackle enough, but that’s another issue.

Whether the league is watching these hits more carefully, I’d say yes because with the additional rules this year for special teams (no wedge, peel back blocks) they’re taking some of the more violent hits in the game as it is. Guess we’ll have to wait until the regular season to be sure.


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Fan Friday 6-5

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2009 – 8:25 pm

OTAs are almost over and then it’s three days of minicamp before the six week break. Hard to believe training camp is around the corner. On to your questions.

1. Hello Chris,

What are the chances the Bills trade Kelsay with or without Parrish to get Scheffler? Denver needs to improve their defense and we need to get a TE badly. We also have Maybin now… And shouldn’t we sign one of the remaining free agent linebackers? It seems like if we could be put this all together, the Bills could be a real competitor this year. What do you think?

Thanks,

Preston

CB: I don’t see it happening, mainly because Denver has recently come out and said how much they intend to make use of Scheffler in their offense. Some might see that as window dressing to move him, but knowing that Kyle Orton won’t be slinging it downfield nearly as much as Cutler did for Denver, makes Scheffler that much more valuable as an intermediate receiving threat. Minus Cutler Denver will need to hold onto all the offensive talent they’ve got and Scheffler is too valuable to part with.

 

2. Chris,
What is the situation with Shawn Nelson?
How much are Xavier Omon and Marcus Smith being used in practice?  Do they have a reasonable chance of making the 53 man roster?  Do you see the team keeping a backup center, and if so, who?  Do you think Chris Ellis is making much progress, I expected a little more from him last year (I know you can’t expect too much from rookies).  Are any of the undrafted guys making much of an impression (maybe Ashlee Palmer?)
Thanks for the updates.
Chris

CB: Shawn Nelson was dealing with some personal issues this week according to head coach Dick Jauron. He’s expected back next week. 

As for Xavier Omon and Marcus Smith, one is seeing more time than the other. Smith is being rotated in with the second team defense. He subs in for Spencer Johnson and has done okay. Again it’s hard to assess line play in the OTA setting because there isn’t live contact and hitting in the trenches. He’s an interesting prospect after he spent last year on the practice squad.

Omon’s reps have been limited with Lynch, Jackson and Rhodes ahead of him. In fact Bruce Hall, last year’s practice squad back has seen more reps than Omon this week. We’ll see if that continues, and if it does Omon has an uphill climb to make the roster.

Ellis is progressing. He’s working with the second team on defense and sharing reps with Copeland Bryan on the right side. Again line play is not something you can asses in the OTA setting. We’ll see how far he’s come when we get to training camp.  

 

3. Hi Chris,  just a question on who you believe will emerge as our starting strong side linebacker….is it possible that Mitchell will be moved to the strong side and a smaller linebacker will take over on the weak side…thanks again for all your insight…Ray

CB: I think that’s a tough one to answer. So everyone is clear Keith Ellison plays the strong side with Mitchell on the open or weak side. That’s been the same through OTAs. I think it’s Ellison’s position to lose. His greatest competition at the spot will be Alvin Bowen and rookie Nic Harris. Ellison is obviously the most experienced in the system and one of the smartest players on the team. That goes a long way with this staff. I think one of the other two candidates will have to show greater playmaking ability and equal smarts to take the spot away from him.

 

4. Hey Chris,
Following the Bills in the OTAs this year, I’m noticing Aaron Schobel was participating early on but now has been absent for a while. Is everything okay with him? I’m hoping he hasn’t re-injured his foot or that it wasn’t quite healed after all. Pease let us know.
Cheers
Andy-Toronto

CB: Schobel is fine. He was here for the first week of OTAs and has chosen to skip the remaining voluntary practice sessions which run through Monday. He’ll be here for the mandatory minicamp which begins on Tuesday. In the time he was here he said his foot felt good and that he was encouraged by how it responded to three straight days of work. Hopefully that continues through minicamp.
5. Chris, you’ve wrote a lot about “would be” sacks, and I was wondering how the offensive line is doing? Do you think that they show any early signs of meshing well together? I know that it takes time to get the cohesiveness down, but I feel this season’s success hinges on just that happening. On paper they have a team that can contend for a playoff berth, but I really think that it comes down to the o-line.
 
Thanks…Bryan – Canandaigua NY

CB:  I agree with you that a lot of Buffalo’s offensive success will hinge on the offensive line’s ability to jell with five guys in five new positions up front. As for the pass pressure and ‘would be’ sacks a lot of them are coming on blitz calls, which at this point in time the offensive line isn’t always ready to handle and adjust to. That’s part of why it’s so important for the starting five, whoever they wind up being, spend as much time together as possible.

That being said I will say that Seth McKinney and Geoff Hangartner did a heck of a job picking up a blitz by Paul Posluszny and it enabled Trent to hit Lee Evans for a 65-yard touchdown play.

We’ll get a better assessment in training camp and the preseason.


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Fan Friday 5-29

Posted by Chris Brown on May 29, 2009 – 7:04 pm

Two weeks of OTAs are down, with only one full week to go before the mandatory minicamp. The offseason is moving along quickly. On to your questions.

1. chris
 
How concerned are you about our back up QB situation…
Geo… Fort Myers..FL

CB: I would still like to see more of Ryan Fitzpatrick in this offensive system before passing judgment, but Fitzpatrick was a backup candidate that I liked going into the free agency period. So I’m not worried at all. His arm looked like it needed a week to warm up in the OTA setting, but he’s been much more accurate and decisive here in week two.

I think he’s getting a better handle on the system and he throws a nice fade ball in the end zone. He’s not as physically gifted as Trent, but I think he’s more than capable. Gibran could challenge him, but I think ultimately Fitzpatrick will be the backup.

 
2. Chris,
How much input do you think Buddy Nix had in this year’s draft of the Bills?  I’m curious to know, because of the success that the San Diego franchise had when he was working for them.  Hopefully, his success there follows him here to Buffalo.

Also the axiom that receivers aren’t successful until they’ve been in the league for three years appears to be true more often than not.  Is Shawn Nelson following in James Hardy’s footsteps regarding having a difficult time picking up the complexities of an NFL offense.  Do you agree and do you think his impact will be as minimal as Hardy’s was last year? 
Thanks,
Ed White

CB: I believe that Nix had some input, but he joined Buffalo late in the draft preparation process, so I think his depth of scope will be greater in future years. There’s no question however, that Nix is a scouting mind that Tom Modrak respects and Nix has a firm grasp of the talent down south, where in most cases it’s richest.

As for your receiver axiom, that’s usually the case. Anybody remember Eric Moulds’ breakout year? It was 1998, his third season in the league. Shawn Nelson is working hard here in OTAs, but his head is swimming.

Tight ends coach Charlie Coiner is constantly on him for his route execution and assignment errors. As more college players come to the NFL from the spread offense, more and more of them will struggle to adjust to a pro style offense in year one.

The route concepts and reading coverages are all foreign to rookies that come from that system. It’s going to take some time with Nelson I believe, so I don’t know that anyone should expect too much from him as a rookie.

 

 

3. How well are T.O. and Edwards getting along in OTAs? Does Edwards look comfortable with me and do you think T.O. thinks Edwards is “good enough to throw to him.”
 
Thanks
 
Wes Dickson

CB: Judging by the last two days, they’re doing very well. Owens has five touchdowns. Granted the cornerback contingent for the Bills is beat up with McGee, Youboty and McKelvin on the shelf right now, but the 70-yard touchdown play on Friday was impressive. I think both Edwards and Owens have adjusted to one another quite well considering the short time frame. I believe that can partly be attributed to Owens’ experience. He’s had to adjust to different QBs in the past, so it’s old hat for him. And judging by Edwards’ 50-yard bomb he has the arm to get it to T.O..

 

 

4. Chris,
Wonder if you can give me any progress report on Rookie FA OT Joel Bell. Only thing I’ve been able to find about him is the Bills signing him after the draft.  I’m sure he will not be a factor this year but I beleive that this kid has some serious upside.

Also, no mention of X Omon??? Is he getting any reps in the OTA’s?? Is he the off man out this year with the Bills signing D Rhodes??
 
Last, any idea what’s happening with JP Losman?? Just wondering.
 
Sorry, hard to stay on top of the Bills here in PackerLand, WI.

Thanks for your time,
Tom Blanchard

CB: Joel Bell has been running with the third team offense at right tackle. He’s been working hard in the practice setting, but he’s still a bit raw with respect to technique. He’s still young in football as he only played two years of high school ball and then played at the 1-AA level. The NFL is a big step up, but he’s doing his best to adjust.

Xavier Omon has done well. He’s running fourth on the depth chart behind Lynch, Jackson and Rhodes, so he hasn’t seen a ton of action, but got more carries Friday with Rhodes not in attendance.

He looks stronger as he’s added muscle in the offseason, if that’s possible since he was pretty bulky to begin with. It’s hard to assess the effectiveness of backs in the OTA setting because it’s not full speed with no pads. So hitting the hole isn’t the same.

J.P. Losman is a free agent as of right now. Haven’t heard of any teams expressing interest of late. Be interesting to see if he has to wait for an injury at QB in an NFL training camp to get a shot.

 

 

5. Hey Chris,

I was wondering what you think the chances are of the Bills actually signing Pisa Tinoisamoa? After he came in for a visit I haven’t heard too much else about him from Buffalo’s end. I know that the Bears are the other known team that has shown as much interest as the Bills. But I feel that he’d most likely get more playing time here than in Chicago and that because of that he’d be more interested in Buffalo. I think that he’d give the Bills some pretty solid depth with amongst linebackers with Ellison being a more than serviceable backup. Thanks.

Andrew
Kenmore, NY
CB: I think Tinoisamoa will have to make a decision in the next week or so. With offseason camps ending soon, I’d like to think he’d want to get in and get his feet wet even though both teams have defenses that are similar to what he played in St. Louis.

Schematically he’s a fit for either team. He also played under Bears head coach Lovie Smith directly, who was his defensive coordinator his first couple of years in the league. Perry Fewell was also on that staff as a DBs coach.

I think both teams offer a legitimate chance to start, but he’d likely be just a two down player on both teams. I’m wondering if Tinoisamoa is holding out hope that another team expresses interest late in the game like Tampa Bay, which again plays a similar system and could use linebacker help after casting off Cato June and Derrick Brooks.

I do have to say though that I don’t get the feeling that the Bills or Bears see Tinoisamoa as a high priority signing. Otherwise he would have been signed already.


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Rhodes jersey number with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2009 – 6:36 pm

Dominic Rhodes will wear jersey number 33 with the Bills this season. The new running back chose the number which was available after the departure of Jabari Greer via free agency.

Rhodes wore 38 last year for the Colts.

In a separate development, Xavier Omon has decided to change his number as well from 25 to 44 for the 2009 season.


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Edwards: team will have to handle any Lynch suspension

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2009 – 5:50 pm

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was asked about how he and his team intend to handle a potential league suspension of Marshawn Lynch after his meeting with Commissioner Goodell last week.

“Obviously, he’s a big part of our offense,” said Edwards. “He’s one of those players that can change the nature of the game and change defenses. Having that type of player on the field in the offensive backfield gives the defense one more thing to worry about, it keeps the defensive coordinator up later at night, and it keeps the defensive players thinking about one more extra weapon.

“And not having him for, I don’t know what the situation is, I haven’t been following it too closely, but hopefully we won’t miss him for any time, but however much time that is, we’re, just like we say with any other injured player, we need other guys in the system to step up, and I know Fred (Jackson) and Bruce (Hall) and Xavier (Omon) and those guys will definitely fill in if Marshawn’s not there.”

Whatever comes down the pike in the next week or so for Lynch will have an impact. He’s been the team’s leading scorer each of the past two years not counting Rian Lindell. And he accounts for about a third of their offense. Of course Fred Jackson has proven more than capable of filling in for Lynch when he’s gone down with injury.


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Jauron on why the interest in FA RBs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2009 – 10:57 pm

Thus far this offseason Buffalo has hosted RBs Fred Taylor, Kevin Jones and DeShaun Foster. So why the interest with the likes of Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson on the roster? Bills head coach Dick Jauron stated that they’re looking for a number three back.

“We’re looking for a third guy and he may be on our roster right now, but we wanted to make sure that we covered the bases in free agency,” said Jauron. “We brought in a couple of really good veteran running backs that we thought would fit us really well. They opted to go other places, but we’d like to have that in place. We’ll keep looking. It doesn’t mean we’re dissatisfied with the people that are behind Marshawn (Lynch) and Freddie (Jackson), but we’ll keep our eyes open. We love that combination. We’d like to take a little bit of pressure off of them.”

If that’s truly the motivation you can understand why players like Taylor and Jones chose to sign elsewhere. They’re too accomplished to take on a #3 role. Taylor signed with New England, while Jones re-signed with Chicago.

Personally I think Omon is a pretty good catch for a number three back.


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Not expecting Lynch to play

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2008 – 3:31 pm

It’s by no means official, but I’m not expecting Marshawn Lynch to play today.

His shoulder is simply too painful. They shot him up last week and he could only go a half.

He did not practice Wednesday or Friday this week.

I’m never one to count him out as he’s the toughest player on this team. But I’d be very surprised if he goes.

That means it’s on Fred Jackson, Xavier Omon and if needed Bruce Hall, who was called up from the practice squad on Saturday.


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Hall’s promotion could mean short day for Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2008 – 5:38 pm

With Bruce Hall promoted to the 53-man roster Saturday it could be an indication that the coaching staff isn’t sure Marshawn Lynch will be able to go for very long or at all Sunday with his bruised shoulder injury.

If Lynch can’t play the Bills would be down to Fred Jackson and Xavier Omon at running back.

So Bruce Hall would be good insurance should there be another injury.

Hall played his college ball at Ole Miss where he was a teammate of the Pats RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Hall has a quick burst and gets thru the line quickly, but does not possess breakaway speed. He’s got some wiggle to his game, but is mostly a straight line runner.


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Bills-Dolphins inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2008 – 7:59 pm

Buffalo Bills
17-Justin Jenkins
25-Xavier Omon
33-Jabari Greer
65-Jason Whittle
77-Demetrius Bell
87-Jonathan Stupar
94-Aaron Schobel
5-Trent Edwards – 3rd QB

Miami Dolphins
14-Chris Hannon
41-Joey Thomas
61-Shawn Murphy
71-Lionel Dotson
75-Nate Garner
81-Joey Haynos
90-Rodrique Wright
9-John Beck – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills
No. 7 J.P. Losman will start at quarterback
No. 92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end
No. 28 Leodis McKelvin will start at cornerback


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Bills-Browns inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2008 – 12:21 am

Buffalo Bills
17-Justin Jenkins
25-Xavier Omon
65-Jason Whittle
77-Demetrius Bell
82-Josh Reed
94-Aaron Schobel
97-John McCargo
10–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

Cleveland Browns

30-Gerard Lawson
42-Hamza Abdullah
47-Lawrence Vickers
58-Beau Bell
79-Scott Young
83-Steve Sanders
86-Martin Rucker
11-Ken Dorsey – 3rd QB


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Bills-Patriots Inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2008 – 4:41 pm

Buffalo Bills
20-Donte Whitner
25-Xavier Omon
58-Teddy Lehman
60-Brad Butler
77-Demetrius Bell
82-Josh Reed
94-Aaron Schobel
1–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

New England Patriots
22-Terrence Wheatley
29-Lewis Sanders
32-LaMont Jordan
34-Sammy Morris
52-Eric Alexander
65-Wesley Britt
74-Billy Yates
7-Matt Gutierrez – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills:
75 Duke Preston will start at center.
73 Kirk Chambers will start at right guard.
81 James Hardy will start at wide receiver.
92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end.
43 Bryan Scott will start at strong safety.


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