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Fan Friday 9-2

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2016 – 1:08 pm

The 53-man roster is set, for now. More on that here. Here is the latest edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills do you think spikes will start in the middle with brown or do you think it will be Zach brown?

Jared Bailey@JaredBailey23
CB: I believe the starting inside linebacker tandem will be Preston Brown and Zach Brown. It’s been that way since Reggie Ragland went down and I don’t see it changing. I anticipate that Spikes will have a specialized role as a run down linebacker. A guy that you’ll likely see in goal line situations or short yardage.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills How good do you think the defense will be without Dareus?

DariousDe’SeanMorgan@darious_morgan

CB: I will say I was encouraged by the way the Bills run defense performed against the Giants after Dareus entered rehab. It was really the last time we saw the starting defense on the field for any significant period of time and they performed well when it came to constricting the rush lanes.

Would they be better with Dareus? Unquestionably. How good without him? I think they can handle the run. It’s pushing the pocket against the pass that I wonder about.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills With no kickoff specialist this year, will Bills try more short kicks to pin opponents inside the 25?

Parasauralophus@lophus89

CB: I think the approach will vary from week to week. I think hanging kicks high with hang time around the goal line will be an approach that’s used. Let your coverage run under it and pin them that way. On game days when it’s not windy they may try to kick outside the numbers inside the five. If it’s windy though there’s a risk of the ball going out of bounds over the sideline and then the opponent has it at the 40.

The caliber of the return man is also a factor. So there are many variables that will undoubtedly alter Danny Crossman’s approach, but I think hanging the kickoff high with hang time might be one of the more popular approaches this season.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills who do you think will slot in for the bills at wr #3? Since the first two spots are locked up with sammy and robert

daniel bruce@danielbruce11

CB: I don’t know that there’s a straight answer for this. The reason why is although Salas is the primary slot receiver, I could see Goodwin getting significant time outside some weeks based on the opponent with Woods moving into the slot in those situations. So I envision Goodwin and Salas sharing that role.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills do you feel we are Super bowl caliber type talent on buffalo bills roster?

J DUB@jdubsbills

CB: I think there is certainly elite talent on Buffalo’s roster. McCoy, Dareus, Watkins, Gilmore, Darby are some examples. Taylor could develop into a premier talent as could some others on the roster. Is it enough to reach the Super Bowl? Let’s get to the postseason first.

 


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Zach Brown, Tyrod revisit Wk 5 tackle

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2016 – 10:21 am

In Week 5 last season Tyrod Taylor pulled a game out for the Bills against the Tennessee Titans, but suffered a sprained knee as a result and would go on to miss the next two games. The injury happened on a tackle made by former Titans and current Bills linebacker Zach Brown.

Brown actually caught Taylor from behind on his longest run of the game and was flagged for a horse collar tackle on the play. Taylor despite the knee injury suffered on the play, stayed in the game. The Bills won 14-13.

Brown said that Taylor is cool about the play even though it cost him the next two games last season.

“Yeah me and Tyrod have joked about it,” said Brown. “I told him that we’re on the same team now so you don’t have to worry about me ever catching you again. I’m probably the only linebacker in the league that could catch him. I told him, ‘You’re my guy now.’ But we have a long history going all the way back to our annual battles between Carolina and Virginia Tech.”

Brown played at North Carolina and Taylor at Virginia Tech. The two schools square off annually.


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Is that Preston or Zach Brown?

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2016 – 4:18 pm

Their jersey numbers are one digit apart. They have the same last name and they play the same position. Sooner rather than later Preston Brown and/or Zach Brown will probably need to add a first initial to the back of their jerseys to tell the difference between them when viewing them at a distance.

“Both of us are big too so one day they put Preston’s jersey in my locker,” said Zach Brown. “I was like, ‘Hold up. It’s a great number, but this isn’t me.’”

Now Preston and Zach are deciding who it is that will get their first initial added to the back of their jersey.

“I was messing with him about it,” said Zach Brown.

The two linebackers have served as good competition for one another, though it’s clear that Preston Brown is the starting inside linebacker alongside Reggie Ragland.

“We’re competitive and we go out there and just have fun,” said Zach Brown. “If you have fun everything goes good. At the end of the day it’s a game. It’s our job, but it’s a game so you’ve got to have fun.”


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Fan Friday 7-29

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2016 – 11:17 am

Training camp is here Bills fans! The wait is over! Here is the latest edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

Worst case scenario, if something were to happen to/with Preston Brown, who would be responsible for relaying or making the defensive calls? Is that player currently being coached or taught to fill in if necessary? Will that player be afforded  the opportunity to make the defensive calls during the preseason games, or are we just supposed to hope that everything works out ok without any problems?
Dr. Dennis

CB: I believe if it’s early in the season Zach Brown would be a primary candidate to step in and run things. If it’s later in the year Brown is probably still the first man in, but rookie Reggie Ragland might be ready at that point to run things. Teams always have backup options.

 

2 – Chris,
How about bringing in Jake Long for training camp for RT where we need help desperately. Any chance of that happening in your opinion? Long appears healthy and if he doesn’t work out then they could release him.

Rick

CB: I don’t anticipate that happening. Long was most recently talking with the Ravens in the wake of the retirement of Eugene Monroe, but reports indicate that Long’s knee is not fit to pass a physical. I think with Seantrel Henderson working his way back from his medical condition the Bills feel they have options.

 

3 – Chris,

Given the Bills are playing Ragland and Brown inside, what role is there for Zach Brown? If teams spread out on passing downs having both on the field would leave the Bills at a disadvantage having two ‘thumpers’. Zach Brown is a better coverage LB than the other two. How will he fit into the defense, considering the similarity of Preston and Reggie’s skill set and the need for coverage LB’s?

Josh

CB: Right now Zach Brown is the third inside linebacker. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Zach Brown stepped onto the field in subpackages for coverage assignments. One of the faster linebackers in the league, Zach Brown would be a good fit against backs and most tight ends on passing downs. That’s where I see his role for Buffalo this year.
4 – Hi Chris,

Any information when/where night practice tickets will be available ?

Thanks
Don Palmere

CB: Here’s where you can find all your night practice info.

 
5 – Hi, Chris.

The Bills lost some depth across the board to free agency, but I think especially in the secondary this year, and I was wondering who are the depth players going to be in the secondary this year.

Thanks,
Ian

CB: I think there is depth at both cornerback and safety with a host of options who have NFL experience at both positions.

Among the candidates who figure to man roles who don’t figure to be starters barring a huge training camp and preseason are players like CB Corey White, CB Sterling Moore, S Jonathan Meeks, S Robert Blanton, S Colt Anderson, S Duke Williams, CB Kevon Seymour and CB Mario Butler. There are others battling too like Jonathan Dowling, Sammy Seamster, Phillip Thomas and Javier Arenas.

 


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Tyrod’s tackler in Tennessee was LB Brown

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2016 – 2:14 pm

On Monday the Bills signed free agent LB Zach Brown to address a need at inside linebacker. Brown comes to Buffalo with a dubious distinction from his play last season as it pertained to the Bills fortunes in 2015.

Brown is the Tennessee Titans linebacker who was responsible for injuring QB Tyrod Taylor on his 23-yard scramble for a first down in the 14-13 win in Nashville last season. Taylor suffered a sprained MCL on the play, though he finished the game.

Appearing on the John Murphy Show, Brown said it was never his intent to injure Taylor’s knee on the play.

“I remember that game,” Brown said. “I was guarding Clay and I just happened to turn around and I saw him running and I said to myself let me get him down before he got the first down. I rolled up on the back of his knee.”

Brown was flagged for a horse collar tackle on the play even though he did not horse collar tackle Taylor. Brown grabbed more of Taylor’s name plate on the back of his jersey, which now under a new NFL rule will be deemed a penalty.

“That’s where that new rule came from,” said Brown. “You can’t grab anybody by the name plate anymore. Tyrod is a real good scrambler. He can get out of sticky situations. With him you’ve got to keep him in the pocket. He can throw too, but when he can run he’s a dangerous guy because he’s very fast.”

Taylor would miss the next two games, two games that Buffalo would lose against Cincinnati and Jacksonville.

 


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LB Zach Brown liked vibe at 1 Bills Dr.

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2016 – 2:05 pm

It had almost been a full month into free agency and LB Zach Brown hadn’t been drawing a lot of interest. But it didn’t have him antsy about finding a home. Appearing on the John Murphy Show, Brown talked about how Buffalo expressed interest and he’ll be lining up for the Bills in 2016.

“I just kept praying and had faith in God that (an opportunity) was going to come. The Bills called and it was a great chance because I was thinking they’ve got a great defense,” said Brown. “Great defensive line, great cornerbacks and Rex and Rob (Ryan) and they just got my man coach (defensive line coach – John) Blake up there. The pieces of the puzzle are there so I said, ‘I’d love to join the crew.’”

Brown had met Rex Ryan before as he had a pre-draft visit with the Jets when Ryan was the head coach there, so he had some familiarity with him. During his visit Brown said he liked the collective vibe in the building and wanted to be a part of it.

“It was good. It’s a great feeling and everybody here wants to win so it’s a good atmosphere,” he said. “They’re going in the right direction so for me I wanted to be a player who could come in and get them to where they want to go.”

Brown said he plans to attend the team’s offseason conditioning program to get to know his new teammates.


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LB Brown, CB White are key pre-draft adds

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2016 – 4:10 pm

The Bills added a pair of value free agent players to their defense in LB Zach Brown and CB Corey White. Both have about 50 NFL games worth of experience and Brown is a proven starter. That’s why he’s expected to compete for the starting job alongside namesake Preston Brown in Buffalo’s defense.

More importantly Brown and White provide much needed experience and talent at two need positions prior to the arrival of the NFL draft. Armed with eight picks Buffalo is expected to address their defense more than once at the end of April. But prior to the signing of Brown and White one could argue that the Bills would’ve had to add two linebackers and at least one cornerback. Now the pressure to do all of that in the draft is noticeably reduced.

Zach Brown is a three-down linebacker with drop and cover skills. Prior to his arrival, the inside linebacker depth chart beyond Preston Brown included Kevin Reddick, AJ Tarpley and Tony Steward.

Buffalo liked Brown over free agent Bruce Carter, who visited last week due in part to speed, something the Bills linebacking corps still needs to add more of come the draft. Defensively it’s a subpackage league and linebackers that can run, cover and hit are the ones who are in demand. Carter has since signed with the Jets.

White offers depth at cornerback, a position that was also short on experience after Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks departed via free agency.


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Brown & White combine numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2016 – 10:44 am

The Bills are hosting a pair of free agent players today (Monday) in LB Zach Brown and CB Corey White. We thought we’d take a look back at some of their NFL Combine numbers from when they were drafted in 2012.

Brown has always been a top flight athlete. He ran a 4.5 40 time at the combine at 244 pounds. He also had a 33 1/2-inch vertical and a nine-foot eight-inch broad jump.

While White didn’t run quite as fast as Brown, posting a 4.55 40 time, he had a 37 1/2-inch vertical and a 10’6″ broad jump and a solid 6.72 3-cone drill.


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RB snaps have favored Brown, Choice

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2013 – 5:16 pm

The battle for the third running back spot on Buffalo’s roster has been tight. Tashard Choice is widely seen with the edge going into tonight’s preseason finale, but Kendall Gaskins and Zach Brown are in close pursuit. Here’s a look at how the reps through the three preseason games have played out, knowing Brown and Gaskins figure to get a big dose of work tonight.

Gaskins, who has the fewest offensive snaps to this point, is hoping extra snaps will allow him to get into the flow of the game more effectively.

“(With more work) the coaches will be able to see a lot more rather than just a short period of time,” Gaskins told Buffalobills.com. “I have to be able to get into the rhythm of the game the whole time. So I’ll be able to show more than what I’ve shown before.”

RB offense snap counts thru 3 games
Tashard Choice                  58
Zach Brown                        50
Fred Jackson                      46
Frank Summers                 38
C.J. Spiller                            37
Drew Smith                         34
Kendall Gaskins                  30

RB special teams snaps counts thru 3 games
Frank Summers                 29
Tashard Choice                 19
Kendall Gaskins                 5
Drew Smith                        4
Zach Brown                        3
C.J. Spiller                            0
Fred Jackson                      0


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RB Brown happy for opportunity

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2012 – 8:45 pm

Newly signed RB Zach Brown was glad to get the call he was waiting for from the Bills or any other NFL club for that matter. But if any team had given him an idea they were interested it was Buffalo.

Brown got a three-day tryout opportunity with the Bills during rookie minicamp and was hoping there would be some kind of follow up opportunity.

“I did a real good job there,” said Brown of his tryout weekend with Buffalo. “I got good feedback. I just felt like I did a real good job so anything could happen.”

Brown is now in Bills camp, but is at a deep position of running back.


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New RB limited

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2012 – 11:34 am

Newly signed RB Zach Brown will be on the practice field this afternoon, but he won’t be able to do everything.

As part of the new CBA, by rule players that have not been with a club at the start of training camp cannot practice in pads for three days. That means that this afternoon and for Friday’s practice Brown will only be able to do individual positions drills and any other non-contact work. On Saturday he’ll be able to put the pads on.

It’s somewhat of a safety measure designed to get a player that hasn’t been in the practice setting up to speed to reduce the risk of injury.


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Zachary Brown numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2012 – 7:44 am

With rookie RB Zach Brown signing with the Bills, here are a few of his numbers from his pro day.

At Pitt’s pro day, Brown ran a 4.73 40-time with a 1.69 10-yard split, had a 30 1/2 inch vertical leap, 9’4″ broad jump and a time of 7.23 seconds on the three cone drill.

Here also are his career stats from college.

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2007 Wisc  12 119 568 4.8 5 4 23 5.8 0
2008 Wisc  12 55 305 5.5 3 8 47 5.9 0
2009 Wisc  12 66 279 4.2 3 8 35 4.4 0
2011 Pitt  9 82 336 4.1 5 25 184 7.4 0
Career   45 322 1488 4.6 16 45 289 6.4 0

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