It’s a tough time of year for players as NFL dreams end for so many including at One Bills Drive. But we press on with your questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.
1 – Chris,
Can you explain what the Bills will do going forward with Leodis? It looks like he won’t be on opening day roster, so can they put him on the PUP list or the short IR list? He is yet to practice/put on pads. How severe of injury is he recovering from? How long away is he from getting into shape/being ready to play? I like Darby starting but where is depth since Robey won’t play outside.
CB: One option is the Reserve/PUP list. If that is a choice they make with the cornerback it likely means that he was closer to being out six weeks than two or three. Reserve/PUP means that McKelvin would be eligible to return after Week 6 of the regular season, which would be Tuesday Oct. 13th. If they placed him on injured reserve/designated to return he would not be able to come back until the second half of the season and all indications are he would be back before that time.
Reserve/PUP probably makes the most sense if he’s still two or three weeks away because with all the time he’s spent off his feet he’ll need another two or three weeks to get back into game shape and sharpen his technique.
2 – Chris,
Do any of the three RBs that were signed have a chance at pushing for a roster spot in that crowded of a pool?
CB: Unfortunately no, but I would consider Bronson Hill or Cierre Wood for the practice squad. I like the preseason production they provided.
3 – Chris,
After both preseason games I believe that EJ has looked great so far. If not for about five drops his stat line would be more impressive than it already is. He seems accurate, he’s had good pocket awareness, and when he steps up he’s still looking to throw not just tuck it and run. He seems like he’s got the ability to run and throw where the other two QB’s rely on one or the other.
My question is how does he look throughout practices? I know you guys only show the highlights so does he look bad the rest of the time. For him not to be getting any first team reps playing the way he is confuses me.
Thanks for keeping a geographically challenged Bills fan up to date!
CB: In training camp when we were able to watch practice start to finish he wasn’t as consistent as Cassel and Taylor. Now that consistency improved as camp went along and you’ve obviously seen what he’s done in the games. Personally I just think that EJ is a gamer, meaning he’s not going to look like the best player in practice, but when the lights come on and it’s game time, that’s when he plays his best.
While you’d like to see that consistency he’s shown in the preseason games also be present on the practice field, if you could only have one, you’d like him to be at his best in the game than practice.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Is Dan Carpenter fixable in the short term? Hamstring for K no cakewalk repair.
CB: Carpenter has been medically cleared to play so I don’t think it’s the physical nature of the injury that’s affecting him. Carpenter’s issue is his mechanics. The bottom line is he’s rusty from missing two and a half weeks of training camp with the injury. In my opinion he just has to get his rhythm back with his swing and he’ll be fine. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Why would anyone release Fred Jackson. Can someone tell us the real reason. That’s like the pats getting rid of Tom Brad
CB: As much respect as I have for Fred Jackson I also recognize that NFL clubs have to sometimes make tough decisions like this. I genuinely believe that the front office and coaching staff openly wondered if there was going to be a role for Jackson that used him often enough as they have in the past.
I think LeSean McCoy, when healthy is going to be an every down back, including third down. He’s a capable pass protector and a dangerous threat out of the backfield as a receiver.
With third down no longer seen as a role for Jackson it wouldn’t surprise me if they worried that there could be weeks where Jackson would be inactive. I think it would be more of a disservice to do something like that to Jackson and all he’s done for this team over the years.
So while it hurts everybody right now, including my wife who has called Jackson her favorite player for years, it’s better to give Fred the opportunity to really contribute for another club that has a bigger role in mind for him.
As Rex Ryan said himself he believes Fred can still play, but it sounds like he was going to be behind too many other backs on this roster to be a factor on the field week to week.
Tags: Dan Carpenter, EJ Manuel, Fan Friday, Fred Jackson, Leodis McKelvin
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