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Moorman questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2010 – 2:00 pm

Bills punter Brian Moorman was added to the injury report on Friday.

He’s listed as questionable after being unable to practice on Friday. Head coach Chan Gailey downplayed Moorman’s ailment which is listed as a back.

“Brian had a little issue this morning and missed practice,” said Gailey. “But it shouldn’t be anything.”

It was clear that Gailey did not anticipate it being anything that would keep Moorman from playing on Sunday. If he were unable to go however, it’s presumed that Rian Lindell would assume punting duties.

The news is better for starting C Geoff Hangartner (ankle) and starting LB Reggie Torbor (chest). Both are listed as probable for Sunday. Torbor practiced fully all week.

FS Cary Harris was declared out for Sunday with a hamstring injury as was Paul Posluszny (knee).  Rookie LB Antonio Coleman is probable after practicing all week.

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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2010 – 10:41 am

Just a couple of players not participating at practice here on Friday.

Paul Posluszny (knee) and S Cary Harris (hamstring) were the only non-participants. We’ll get a post practice update from head coach Chan Gailey in about an hour.

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FS Harris out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2010 – 3:19 pm

Head coach Chan Gailey declared FS Cary Harris out for Sunday’s Week 2 game at Green Bay.

“Cary Harris is probably out for this game, but he’ll probably just miss this game,” said Gailey.

Harris is emerging as a special teams contributor on coverage teams. He suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s game.

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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2010 – 4:52 pm

Bills head coach provided a post game update on a pair of player injuries suffered in the game Sunday.

Paul Posluszny left the game with a knee injury early in the second half. But Poz was seen running on the sideline trying to test the knee and looked like he was moving pretty well, but Gailey would not label the injury minor or major so soon after the game. 

“We’re getting further tests,” said Gailey. “We’ll know more (Monday) or the next day. We’ll know exactly where we stand with him. It could be short term, it could be long term to be honest with you.”

Gailey also confirmed that S Cary Harris pulled a hamstring on special teams.

“I don’t know how long that will be as well,” Gailey said. “But that was the only really major thing.”

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Harris jersey number

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2009 – 3:13 pm

Bills CB Cary Harris, who was called up to the active roster will wear jersey number 47 on Sunday.

It’s the same number he’s worn since he’s been with the club.

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Fan Friday 8-14

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2009 – 1:25 pm

Training camp is winding down, with three days left at St. John Fisher after today. Still some time before the regular season however. Let’s see what you’ve got for me this week.

1. Hi Chris,
Do you think one of the reasons the Bills have been reluctant to deal with the strong outside linebacker spot is because they plan on using Maybin there (as well as DE)?
Mark (State College, PA)

CB: I don’t believe that’s the main reason why, but it could be a factor. The Bills defensive staff really likes what they’re getting out of Nic Harris so far in the preseason. I believe he’ll push Keith Ellison, but ultimately experience will win out there. But Maybin I believe will be used as a rush linebacker in addition to getting snaps at defensive end. I think where he lines up will depend a lot on down and distance.


2. Hey Chris,
I was lookin at your Q&A regarding safties.  You didn’t mention Ko Simpson.  So you think he will be cut this training camp?  I think
that would be a shocker, considering he is young and his experience.  But I guess I can see, with the addition of Byrd, they may not have
the room. Do you think the Bills may look at trading him?

Shawn Sieracki
Dallas, Texas

CB: I think Ko Simpson is a bubble guy in this camp due mainly to the presence of Byrd. Though he hasn’t set foot on the practice field yet, Byrd was taken in the second round for a reason, to get on the field sooner rather than later. Buffalo did not get a single INT from their safeties last season. That has to change. Byrd had 17 INTs in college in three seasons.

If he shows any kind of promise in the preseason games he plays in and doesn’t look lost, he could be a starter before this season is over. Either way he’s a lock to make the roster.

In all likelihood the team keeps five safeties. Right now here’s my list of who I think they keep. Whitner, Scott, Wilson, Byrd and Wendling. Wilson and Wendling make it because they’re more valuable special teams players than Simpson.


3. Chris,
Nice job on the site.  How do you see the O-line situation developing…the situation at guard has been often discussed, but a couple of situations I am interested in is (1) Demetrius Bell – probably not a starter this year, but from what I saw last year it seems like he might have the athletic ability to be a LT – do you see him starting in yr 3 or 4?  Also, what do you see happening at backup center, Brandon Rodd or have somebody like Seth McKinney cover backup at guard and center?

CB: With Bell I think they see him as the heir apparent to Langston Walker, who three years left on his deal counting this season. I believe Bell is left tackle caliber. He’s certainly athletic enough. I think he’ll be the team’s swing tackle this fall.
At center Brandon Rodd has done okay as the backup. You’re right Seth McKinney does have NFL experience there, but he has not seen reps in the pivot thus far. I think he would be an option though. I don’t anticipate them putting Eric Wood in there either, despite the fact that he played there in college.


4. Hey Chris, 
I’ve noticed in most of your articles dealing about the LB position, you always mention Ellison only having two players to battle with for the starting position, Bowen and Harris. Why isn’t Pat Thomas mentioned at all? Is Thomas battling for a back up position behind Kawika or Poz? If Thomas isn’t being considered to battle with Ellison, do you see him actually making the team?
Brian Craig (Walworth, NY)

CB: Pat Thomas is battling for the backup MLB role with Marcus Buggs. It’s been a heated competition with the two of them flip flopping back and forth in the backup role behind Poz. As for Ellison his greatest competition looks like it’s going to be Harris. Bowen has been largely on the weak side in camp.


5. Hi Chris,
The battle to land a spot on the roster at corner is one that I find most intriguting on the Bills this season. How many corners do you figure will make the roster? Which ones?

CB: I think the top four or five corners are easy to determine, but do they keep a sixth is the question. McGee, McKelvin, Florence, Youboty and Corner all make the roster as I see it. Then if they decide to keep a sixth I believe it’s Ellis Lankster. Cary Harris and Lydell Sargeant probably go to the practice squad.

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Ellison and DB Harris visit sick kids

Posted by Chris Brown on July 14, 2009 – 1:25 pm

Though they are still enjoying their offseason out on the west coast, last Tuesday, Keith Ellison and sixth-round pick Cary Harris spent an afternoon giving back, with kids at the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.

They did a bunch of activities with the kids interacting with them for most of the afternoon. Joining them was Keith’s brother Kevin Ellison, a draft pick of the Chargers. Also in attendance were USC football players Taylor Mays, Will Harris and Kevin Thomas.

This is the second time Keith and Kevin Ellison paid the kids at Childrens a visit as well as Harris. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is affiliated with USC through the Keck School of Medicine.

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Lankster has a chance

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2009 – 2:43 pm

The Bills process of signing their draft class began in earnest Tuesday with the two cornerbacks inking deals, one of whom could be a surprising talent come training camp.

Seventh-round pick Ellis Lankster was one of the best performing rookies in the spring practices. He was a good anticipator with good feet and ball skills.

What we all need to keep in mind however, is that the game changes when the pads go on and some defensive backs can play as effectively when the nature of play becomes more physical.

Jabari Greer struggled with that his first couple of years. He’d have a monster spring and then have his struggles when the pads went on before bulking up a bit more a couple of years ago and blossoming.

Lankster however, is a solid 5’9″ and 190 pounds. He’s well built. He’s one of the young players I’m eager to see in a more realistic football setting. I think he’s got a legit chance.

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Just some observations

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2009 – 8:31 pm

Just thought I’d pass along some of my notes from Saturday’s practice regarding some of the Bills draft choices.

Eric Wood is put together real well. The guy is not even in pads yet and he looks like he’d win most battles in the trenches in the NFL. The guy has done well in one-on-ones (no pads mind you) with fellow offensive linemen.

The linemen were doing some cut blocks in which they lunge out at an angle, leave their feet and throw their inside arm at the defensive lineman’s thigh. Wood was getting some major air and distance. Just a lot of power in that frame of his.

Andy Levitre is more of a technician. He likes to mix it up too, but he doesn’t have the same build as Wood. More squatty and square Levitre holds his own, but is real quick with his hands.

Shawn Nelson is very flexible. There have been several times where he’s had to twist behind his body to make a catch. He bends very well. He’s already made a few shoe top catches on the run. Coach Coiner is getting on him about sharpening up a few of his routes, but he’s been real smooth in the pass game.

Nic Harris is making a nice transition to LB. He has no problem handling coverage assignments. He’s got a lot of confidence in his ability to adapt mentally and physically to linebacker and this scheme is a perfect fit for a guy that runs as well as he does. Had a nice pass breakup in the morning practice today.

Cary Harris looks like he’s hurting. He put on some supportive knee pads today. Didn’t have a chance to ask him if his knees are bugging him, but he’s not running well. He gave up a long touchdown pass today, though he did have a pass breakup in the morning. It just seems like he’s fighting his way through practice.

Ellis Lankster hasn’t made any plays, but he runs well and looks like a decent cover man. I don’t know if that means he makes the roster, but he’s held his own here in this camp.

Jairus Byrd is a sharp tack. The guy is already directing his other DBs and linebackers somewhat pre-snap during 7-on-7 and team work. It’s clear that he’s on a higher level mentally in understanding the nuances of the game. Be nice if that translates into INTs.

Aaron Maybin showed his athleticism during individual position drills. Coach Bob Sanders was doing in pass tip drill, where the player first in line tips the pass and the second defensive linemen intercepts it (or tries to).

When Maybin was the second guy on the drill (the interceptor) he leaped up high and simply snatched the ball out of the air with one hand for the INT palming it like a basketball.

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