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Fan Friday 4-12

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2013 – 12:29 pm

The 2013 NFL draft is closing in. Pre-draft visits have wrapped up today. Let’s get to this week’s edition of questions from you the fan from and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – CB,

Buddy had mentioned following the way the Bengals drafted AJ Green and Andy Dalton. Do you seen a scenario where the Bills go QB in round 1 and WR in round two? What do you think of the possibility of Geno Smith and Justin Hunter? I think these two are the might be the best players available when the Bills will pick in rounds 1 and 2. What are the scouts saying about Hunter, can he separate from DB’s at his size/speed?

CB: I’m at a point now where I getting the sense they don’t like any of the quarterbacks enough to take one at 8. I think that Buffalo doesn’t take a quarterback for sure at 8 if Geno Smith is off the board. So your scenario I believe is unlikely to transpire even though Buddy Nix did mention the desire to make those kinds of additions. I think a receiver is certainly a possibility in round two.

The value at the receiver position is very good between rounds two and four, so there’s also a window of opportunity there for Buffalo to wait on a receiver and address quarterback in round two and receiver in round 3. So what you’re proposing may happen, just in rounds 2 and 3 as opposed to 1 and 2.

As for Hunter specifically there’s no denying his deep speed, but he’s a straight-line speed guy. Having the combination of speed and quickness makes you a killer at wideout. He doesn’t possess both of those qualities, which is why he’s a second round prospect. He is a good route runner, which is what gets him separation. My only concern with him is his slight build. It makes me wonder if he’ll struggle early in his career with press coverage and the physical corners in the NFL. That also concerns me in terms of battling for the ball with DBs in the air.


2 – Chris,

Since Chris Kelsay has retired do you think Mario Williams will want his old number back? If so does the new Nike contracts require Mario to pay for all his unsold number 94 jerseys?  Or how does the process work for changing numbers?  Thanks for everything you do Chris!

-Fred M, Scotia NY

CB: It is my understanding that Mario is keeping number 94, but yes if Mario had changed to 90 he would’ve had to cover Nike for the outstanding inventory in terms of money.


3 – Chris,
With Levitre will the Bills get draft picks this year or next year, from Tennessee, for guard Andy Levitre?
If so, what round picks?

Lee D

CB: The Bills will qualify for compensatory picks if they first and foremost have a net loss of free agents (sign fewer than they lose). That equation can prove difficult because some free agent signings and losses qualify, while others do not. I can say the size of Levitre’s contract would play in Buffalo’s favor, but again only if the Bills have a net loss of free agents or are even.

Determining the rounds is almost impossible at this point because the situations of the other 31 NFL clubs would have to be factored in.


4 – Chris,
Do you see the Bills taking Geno Smith or an OG over one of the very talented OLBs (Jarvis Jones or Dion Jordan) or one of the top tackles (Lane Johnson) with the 8th pick?  Just don’t see the value of taking a QB at 8 with the inconsistencies shown by the current candidates.  Also, what do you think of Nigel Bradham possibly moving inside?  Adding his athleticism and speed inside might add significant flexibility as the team moves to a Hybrid structure.

Jim from Allentown Pa.

CB: I’m not convinced they like Geno Smith enough to take him at 8. I obviously do not have an expert opinion like the members of the Bills scouting department, but I do like Geno Smith a lot and would not have a problem with them taking him at 8 at all. I’m just doubting he’ll be there.

With that in mind I think the best defensive player on the board is the most likely outcome at 8.

Your assessment of Nigel Bradham is very astute. He has experience playing inside from his days at Florida State. So I would almost anticipate him moving there and being the three down linebacker.


5 – Chris,

With the new defensive coaching change, do you feel this will benefit A. Moats who lost his LB spot and then late season played some DE? What position do you see him competing for? Also, with Wilson and Levitre gone, any ideas for who’s going to be the next Show host? Do the fans have a say? Thanks again for all you do Chris!!

Dan in LA

CB: I anticipate Moats lining up in a couple of places, both OLB and ILB. Inside might be the best fit for him, but there is competition there. It’s a wait and see quite frankly.

As for our programming on concerning player involvement we’ve reached out to a couple of players, but feel free to provide suggestions. Obviously, participation in such a program is a commitment that a player has to make. We leave it up to them to decide if they want to do it, so please understand if your suggestion is not honored there’s usually a good reason why. Thanks for your viewership of our player programming on

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Donald Jones plays to win in Bills Bracketology

Posted by Buffalo Bills on March 14, 2013 – 9:32 am


The No. 5 vs. No. 12 seed games are known to be prone to upsets, but in the madness that is Bills Bracketology, the favorite came out on top.

Both plays fought hard, but Chris Kelsay’s showstopping safety in Arizona was eclipsed by a Donald Jones catch and touchdown by a score of 67% to 33%. The Jones TD will take on the winner of today’s matchup in the second round next week, so stay tuned!

VOTE NOW for your pick in today’s battle between the 4th seeded ‘McKelvin takes a punt to the paint in primetime’ and the 13th seeded ‘Byrd’s double-double: INT #2 vs. Arizona.

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Brandon: “It’s a different day”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 27, 2013 – 9:15 pm

The Buffalo Bills roster makeover continues, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Wednesday’s retirement of DE Chris Kelsay continues the turnover for the Buffalo defense.  Besides Kelsay, the past few weeks have seen the Bills part ways with veterans George Wilson, Terrence McGree, and Nick Barnett.

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon says it’s all part of the process.

“It’s a different day,” Brandon said Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show.  “We’ve had individuals like Chris, who made his announcement today, Terrence McGee, George Wilson, Nick Barnett-guys who’ve contributed over the years, who are no longer with us.”

“I have all the confidence in the world in Buddy and the personnel department to make those decisions,” Brandon continued.  “That’s what they do in their evaluation process.  We’re two weeks away from the start of free agency and with the draft coming up in April, there’s a lot of work to be done. I’m very confident we will put the right pieces in place to make a significant run.”

The entire interview with Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon is available at

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Kelsay has hope for Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2013 – 8:45 pm

Though Chris Kelsay, who announced his retirement Wednesday, never appeared in a playoff game in his career, he is hopeful that Bills fans will see an end to the playoff drought soon.

“I think just to continue to believe and have hope,” said Kelsay when asked what he had to say to Bills fans that have stuck with the team through the lean times. “Every year I came in with the sense of excitement and optimism for each new year. Unfortunately it did not pan out for our teams over the last 10 years. The Buffalo Bills fans are the true fans—there is nothing like them. I think they need to just continue to support the organization.

“We are going to turn the corner. It is just a matter of time. Buddy (Nix), Russ (Brandon), Coach Marrone and the staff that they have put together here—I see good things in the near future for the Buffalo Bills. For the downtimes, there are good times. Sometimes you just have to be patient. Our fans have definitely been patient for a long time. I understand that. They are due. I think they have the right people in here. Add a few more pieces to the puzzle through the draft, free agency and they are headed in the right direction.”

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Kelsay ready for family time

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 27, 2013 – 8:45 pm

Chris Kelsay spent the last ten years in the NFL.  And now that he’s announced his retirement, the longtime Bills DE is looking forward to spending the next several years with his family.

Kelsay was a guest Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show, moments after announcing the end of his career.  At age 33, Kelsay is ready to move on with his life and spend more time with his family.

“I’m going to take at least a year off,” he said, ” just to enjoy some time with my wife and my three kids.  We’ve got a seven year old, a four year old,   and a two year old now.”

” You miss a lot of family time when you play in this league, and you’re gone a lot, whether it’s in the offseason for workouts travelling back and forth, or during the season on road trips.  I’m just going to take some time to enjoy them and be more involved in what they’re doing.  We’ll just see what the Lord has in place for me.”

Kelsay and his wife, Natalie have two daughters, Harper and Avery, and one son, Rhett.  And along with spending time with his family, he says he’ll explore business opportunities outside of football.

“I always said it would be hard to picture myself not playing football,” he told host John Murphy, “but I am excited about the next chapter of my life.  There’s going to be opportunities there.  There’s a couple of interests I want to explore.  But right now, I’m just kinda going to relax.  I’ll continue to work out-I’m a gym rat, I like to work out a lot.  That will never change.  But for the most part, I’ll just enjoy some family time.”

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Coaching change a minor factor for Kelsay

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2013 – 8:37 pm

In announcing his retirement Chris Kelsay said he had been contemplating retirement with his wife for the past couple of months before ultimately choosing to go through with it. He came to the realization that once you’re thinking about retirement you’re partly retired already. Kelsay admitted the neck injury that landed him on injured reserve for the final four weeks of the 2012 season made him think about his family and not wanting to leave the game broke down. The coaching change was a factor too, but it was minor in comparison.

“I cannot say that it did not weigh in, but it was not a huge factor,” said Kelsay of the hiring of Doug Marrone. “I think the guys that they brought in, after meeting them last month when I came in to get my neck checked out by Dr. Cappuccino, I was very intrigued by what they had to say and the direction the organization is going. Anytime you have an entire staff overhaul like we have had it is tough to come in and re-prove yourself—do all the things that I have had to do a number of times over the course of my career. I just felt physically and mentally, too, that I was ready to go in a different direction. That is what we decided and there is a sense of relief there so I know that I made the right decision.”

Kelsay in his 10 seasons with the Bills played for five head coaches, counting interim head coach Perry Fewell in 2009. Having to prove yourself over and over again to a new coaching staff every couple of years makes the task tougher. Even Kelsay, a blue-collar worker, found the task daunting.

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Kelsay: No playoffs a bitter pill

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2013 – 8:29 pm

With Chris Kelsay announcing his retirement on Wednesday it brought an end to the defensive end’s perennial quest to help end Buffalo’s playoff drought. For 10 years and 147 career games Kelsay was the consummate team player. Having never made the playoffs however, is something that ate at him during his career.

“Yeah, obviously it is something that is frustrating,” Kelsay said. “Something that we did not achieve as a team. Obviously the goal was to make the playoffs and to contend for a championship. In my 10 years here we were unable to do that. It is a tough pill to swallow, but it is one that I am willing to swallow and move on.

“I think there is more to it in this business. I have learned a lot of lessons. I have met a lot of people and established a lot of relationships that will last a lifetime. So I will not really dwell on that. To move forward and like I said, start the next chapter of my life. I look forward to doing that.”

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Kelsay a Buffalo Bill, and only a Bill

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 27, 2013 – 8:15 pm


A ten year career in the NFL is an accomplishment for any player.  And a ten year career, spent entirely with one team, is amazing in the current pro football landscape.

Chris Kelsay did just that, spending his entire ten years in the NFL with the Bills, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2003 out of Nebraska.  He talked about how important that was to him Wednesday night, just after announcing his retirement from the team.

“It means the world to me, to be honest with you,” Kelsay said in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “When the Bills drafted me in ’03, I always said I wanted to play my entire career with the team that drafted me.  I played through two and a half contracts,  and I have an opportunity to retire the same place that drafted me.”

While he’s proud of his Bills career, Kelsay admitted he leaves the game wishing for more.

“You wish we could have done more on the field, and got to the playoffs and push to a championship,” he told host John Murphy.  ”

“But I’m at peace , I’m happy with my decision and I look forward to the Buffalo Bills moving forward into the future.  I’ll always be a Bill at heart.  It’s the only place I’ve ever known.”

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Kelsay was about more than sacks

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 27, 2013 – 7:45 pm

Chris Kelsay retires ninth all time, on the Bills list of quarterback sacks.  He finished with 32.5 sacks, including a career high 5.5 sacks in 2006.

But in an appearance Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show, Kelsay downplayed his place on the Bills’ all time sack list.

“It’s always great to be on lists like that,” Kelsay said.  “I’ve never considered myself a natural pass rusher or a sack guy.  I guess when you play in the same place for as long as I have, it adds up after a while.  Lists are good, but that’s not what I hang on my hat on.”

Kelsay told host John Murphy he’d like to be remembered as an all-around defensive end, who contributed more than just pass rush.

“I liked to think of myself as a guy that could play every down,”  he said.  “I played the run and rushed the passer as  good as a team could hope for.  Obviously, you wish you could have more sacks and more game-changing plays, but I think I was a durable player.”

“I know that the coaching staff and the administration knew they could count on me, knew what they were going to get from me each and every week.   That meant more to me than stats do. ”

The entire interview with Chris Kelsay is available at

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Kelsay recovered from neck injury

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2013 – 11:07 am

Bills DE Chris Kelsay finished last season on injured reserve with a torn ligament in his neck. Now more than two months later the veteran has a clean bill of health.

The Associated Press first reported that Kelsay’s neck injury had healed on Monday. Kelsay confirmed for that he was examined by Bills doctors the week of the Senior Bowl in Orchard Park and was medically cleared.

Kelsay never needed surgery for the torn ligament that was sustained in a freak practice injury when Kelsay was hitting the blocking sled. He tried to return from the injury in Week 12 at Indianapolis, but re-aggravated the injury was missed the last five games of the season. 


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Kelsay disappointed season is over

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2012 – 2:49 pm

Chris Kelsay has never been on injured reserve before, so being given that designation on Wednesday was difficult for him to accept.

Kelsay’s torn ligament in his neck just could not heal in time to allow him to play as he re-aggravated it in the Indianapolis game after missing two games. Now he’ll miss the last four.

“Well I was hoping that it would be a deal that was able to heal with time and that I’d still be able to come back, win out and see where you stand at the end of the year. But it didn’t work out that way,” he said. “So I’ve just got to roll with the punches.”

“He felt great when he came back to practice and then it was just one little shot that got him again. So I think we really have questions about how long this thing takes to heal,” said Chan Gailey. “We gave it two or three (weeks) last time and it felt great and yet it was one little lick. So is it four, five or six (weeks)? How long do you have to wait and I think it was just one of those we just can’t wait on it to see. It’s one of those unknowns really. You don’t know how bad it is until he gets hit again.”

Kelsay said he understood the roster move had to be made. 

“It doesn’t do you much good having a guy taking up a roster spot that’s not on the field. I want what’s best for the team. I’ve always approached it that way so I understand and respect their decision. Having never had to go through this situation before it’s frustrating, but I’ll move forward.”

What made the premature end of his season particularly tough was the improved play of the defensive unit of late and not having the chance to be a part of it.

“Talking with Kyle (Williams) this morning our goal is to get to 7-7 and see what happens,” Kelsay said. “We’ve been playing great defense the last few weeks. To be standing on the sidelines and watching it from afar it’s disappointing. I’m envious of those guys being able to go out there and contribute and do what we know we’re capable of doing. It’s the nature of our business and unfortunately I’m on the sideline right now.”

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Outlook not encouraging for Kelsay

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2012 – 5:29 pm

Along with the laundry list of injuries that came out of Sunday’s game, the news is not promising concerning veteran DE Chris Kelsay and the torn ligament in his neck.

“Kelsay’s still not good right now,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “He’s still not good. I don’t know how that’s going to work out, to be honest with you.”

For now, Kelsay has not been moved to injured reserve with the team choosing to release veteran LB Kirk Morrison, but it sounds as if it remains a possibility.

“We’ve got several options,” said Gailey. “We’re going to look at all of them and make the best decision. We’re going to have to evaluate everything right now.”

Kelsay returned from the neck injury suffered in practice to play against Indianapolis after missing two games, but exited that game before it was over back in Week 12.

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Dickerson, Jones absent

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2012 – 11:17 am

There are two new Bills not participating in practice here on Friday.

Dorin Dickerson and Donald Jones aren’t practicing today. Jones was limited in practice the last two days with a calf injury.

Dickerson is a new addition to the injury report.

Chris Kelsay and Mark Anderson are also not practicing again today. Neither have practiced all week and are not expected to play Sunday.

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3 defenders not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2012 – 2:16 pm

The Bills have 3 defenders not practicing including a new non-participant.

Mark Anderson and Chris Kelsay are not practicing for a second straight day. Joining them on the sidelines is Spencer Johnson.

We’ll get an update post practice from Chan Gailey.

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3 D-linemen not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2012 – 2:41 pm

The Bills have three defensive linemen not practicing here on Wednesday.

Kyle Williams is getting his typical Wednesday off to give his persistent ankle problem an extra day of rest.

Mark Anderson is still not in a position to return to the practice field after a couple of knee surgeries. He’s been out since Week 5.

And Chris Kelsay is not in attendance after re-aggravating the torn ligament in his neck.

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Kelsay update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2012 – 5:02 pm

Chris Kelsay re-aggravated the torn ligament in his neck Sunday at Indianapolis, left the game and did not return. Head coach Chan Gailey provided an update on the veteran defensive end Monday.

“Not good. He had a recurrence of that neck strain and he may miss some time,” said Gailey.

When asked if the injury could be season ending, Gailey indicated that’s unlikely to be the case.

“I don’t think so but you never know about these things,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see how it comes around.”

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Kelsay to practice fully

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2012 – 1:45 pm

Bills DE Chris Kelsay, who practiced on a limited basis in his return from a neck injury Monday, but he’s ramping up his participation here on Wednesday.

“Monday I just strictly did individual drills and warmed up and hit the sled a little bit and took on a couple of blocks with the pads and it felt good,” said Kelsay. “I’ll go out and have a full practice today. So I’m not expecting to being limited and just go about practice like I did before the injury.”

Head coach Chan Gailey has said he expects Kelsay to play on Sunday, but plans to ease him back in since he’s missed each of the last two games.

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Gailey encouraged about Kelsay

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2012 – 4:21 pm

Bills DE Chris Kelsay returned to practice on Monday after being almost two weeks with a neck injury, and though he only participated in individual drills, head coach Chan Gailey believes the veteran defensive end has a good shot to play Sunday in Indianapolis.

“Kelsay went through individual but didn’t do any team,” said Gailey after Monday’s practice. “It looked like it went well and we’ll find out what he can do Wednesday, but it looked promising.”

Gailey said if Kelsay comes through the week well and does dress to play Sunday that he’ll likely be eased back in and not given his typical snap count.

“We’ll have to wait and see how that works,” Gailey said. “Kelsay has been out a couple or three weeks now. I don’t know that we’ll throw him back in there full boat. We’ll have to talk about what the best way to handle all that will be.”

Kyle Moore and Shawne Merriman have seen the most work at right defensive end in Kelsay and Mark Anderson’s absence.

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Jackson, Kelsay improving

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2012 – 9:37 am

Injured Bills Chris Kelsay and Fred Jackson are improving according to head coach Chan Gailey.

“We hope to have them both next Wednesday for practice,” said Gailey “That is not set in concrete, but we hope to have both of them.”

Jackson is recovering from a concussion.

“I think he’s a lot better,” said Gailey. “He would answer that better than I can, but the report I get is that he feels a lot better. The steps that you have to go through now, everything is going according to plan.”

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Kelsay out for Dolphins game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2012 – 1:45 pm

Bills DE Chris Kelsay will miss his second straight game with a neck injury Thursday night along with three other Bills players.

Kelsay along with Mark Anderson, Aaron Williams and Fred Jackson will not play against the Dolphins in tomorrow night’s primetime division tilt. Kyle Moore is expected to start in his place Thursday night as he did last week at New England.

The veteran defensive end did not practice all week. Head coach Chan Gailey called him 50-50 for the game at best earlier in the week.

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