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Gilmore among Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 11:33 am

Here are the Bills inactives for today’s season opener against the Chicago Bears, which unfortunately includes top CB Stephon Gilmore.

CB Stephon Gilmore
RB Bryce Brown
OT Cyrus Kouandjio
G Cyril Richardson
S Jonathan Meeks
TE Lee Smith
DE Jacquies Smith

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Big Mike likes Kickoff Weekend

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 10:35 am

Bills new WR Mike Williams is expected to be a frequent target of EJ Manuel this season. It would do Manuel good to look for Williams especially in the red zone in light of his Kickoff Weekend production.

Williams is tied for first among active players with touchdowns in four straight opening games. Green Bay WR Randall Cobb and Chicago RB Matt Forte are the others.

Overall Williams has 15 receptions for 144 yards and four touchdowns in his four career games on Kickoff Weekend.

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Mike Williams hoping for lots of man coverage

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 9:50 am

Bills WR Mike Williams had a pretty solid training camp and his performance in the preseason though good was limited in terms of opportunities. The big-bodied wideout is hoping the Bears defense offers a lot of man-coverage matchups.

“Oh yeah, hopefully they stay in man the whole game,” he said. “That’s something as a receiver that you want. All those zones and zone blitzes start to mess with people’s heads, but if you’re in man to man coverage it’s me versus you.”

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Sept. 7th has been good to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 8:36 am

There are certain dates that will live in infamy for the Bills organization, none of which will be re-listed here. But there are also some dates that have been particularly kind to the team and their fans. One such date is today, September 7th.

There is not only one or two good things that happened to the Bills on September 7th, but three in their 54-year history. They are as follows.

September 7, 1980 – Streak ends Bills beat Dolphins
September 7, 1986 – Jim Kelly makes his Bills debut
September 7, 2003 – Bills open season with 31-0 win over New England Patriots
So two of Buffalo’s most noteworthy season-opening victories and the debut of the only player to have his number retired in team history. Not a bad trio of events. Could there be a fourth here today in Chicago for the Bills organization?

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Bears Friday injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2014 – 3:48 pm





Here’s a look at the Bears injury report on Friday with status for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

QB David Fales – right shoulder

FB Tony Fiametta – hamstring
S Chris Conte – concussion
C Brian De La Puente – knee

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Fan Friday 9-5

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2014 – 11:45 am

Well Bills fans the regular season is here. Let’s hope Buffalo can get off to a good start in Chicago, even though the Bears do very well when they open the season at home (18-3) since 1984. On to your questions from email at or on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

How is Chris Williams doing at left guard?  Is he getting any competition from any of the other guys?  Having signed him as a free agent, is it still possible that the Bills will look to one of their other offensive linemen to take the spot?

Paul Blachowicz
Lancaster NY

CB: This is a hard one to answer because he’s been in and out of the lineup so much this preseason. He missed the last three preseason games with a back injury so it’s been difficult to judge any kind of progress in terms of chemistry with his new line mates in games. His teammates have taken well to him and head coach Doug Marrone said he is the unequivocal starter at left guard, even though rookie Cyril Richardson spelled him in the lineup when he was out. Richardson looks like the only realistic threat to Williams’ position in the starting lineup and Williams play would really have to falter for that to happen the way it looks right now.

2 – Hi Chris,

My question is why does everybody from analysts to announcers call EJ a mobile, read option type QB? From what I can tell running is not the strongest part of his game at all. Sure he’s had a few good runs when the defense is in man coverage and it’s wide open but just about every QB in the league can do that. Maybe he’s not being decisive enough and isn’t running full speed, but his acceleration doesn’t seem to be all that which is what I would think is a QB’s best friend when scrambling. When he’s throwing the ball well I have no problem with him being our QB, but it seems to me he’s getting this stereotype which doesn’t fit him.


CB: I’m going to assume that you’re referring mainly to TV broadcasters. Unfortunately I don’t hear the television broadcast because I’m working the game too in the press box. If there are a lot of references to EJ being a mobile QB I haven’t heard it. Yes, he has the mobility to make yards with his legs when things break down or to escape a collapsing pocket, but he has even said himself he wants to be a passing QB that can run when absolutely necessary.



3 – @ChrisBrownBills Has Cyrus gotten any looks at guard in practice, or solely at tackle?


CB: Cyrus Kouandjio has been working strictly at offensive tackle. I have not seen any reps for him at the guard position. First of all Kouandjio is a very long-limbed player and knowing a guard needs to really win on leverage inside, it may prove more difficult for him than other taller tackles that a coach might want to shift in to guard. Second, it’s clear that the coaches want to get him as many reps as possible at tackle. He just turned 21-years old, he’s still growing into his frame and simply needs time on the job. The more reps he gets every day in practice at tackle the shorter the learning curve gets for him to be ready to contribute.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills will we see vanilla Defense scheme allowing Cutler 6 seconds to pick secondary apart?


CB: I think here are two things you need to keep in mind regarding Sunday’s opponent and Buffalo’s defense. First, Cutler never needs six seconds to get the ball out. The Bears offense is largely based on three step drops. It’s very difficult to sack Cutler, which is why Chicago gave up the third-fewest sacks in the league last season (30).

All that being said the Bills defense will not be vanilla. I’m assuming you’re referring to how Jim Schwartz often relied on his front four to rush the quarterback in Detroit and routinely dropped seven into coverage. That won’t happen a whole lot this season. The reason why is for the first time in a long time Schwartz has quality cover corners in Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin, which gives him the liberty of sending extra rushers on passing downs.

I’m not certain we’ll see a lot of extra blitzers this week because of how quickly Cutler gets it out, but through the course of the season we’ll see a variety of looks from coach Schwartz.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills Great work Chris! Does #1 on depth chart chart for kickoff returns (Spiller) mean more 1st down touches for Freddy?


CB: I would not assume that Fred Jackson will see more first down work following a kickoff return by C.J. Spiller. Spiller addressed that very question this week, so I’ll let him explain why that might only be in the case in a few situations this season.

“If Fred sees me break a 50 or 60 yarder (on a kickoff) he’ll start the offense off,” said Spiller. “If not I’ll just stay out there and start the series, but the good thing is he’s always watching making sure that I’m good. That’s what it takes, another set of eyes because you want to make sure you’re full speed and you can give your team the best of your ability. I do a great job of judging when I need to start on the offensive series and when I need to come out. I have no worries at all about that.”

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