Bills must be gap sound with Dallas rushers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2015 – 10:40 am

Buffalo’s defense is going to need to be gap sound on defense with the Cowboys one cut and go rushers in their offensive backfield. Knowing the game is likely to be ground-based due to the weather the Bills have to be mindful of the one cut and go nature of Darren McFadden and company.

“He’s got blazing speed,” said head coach Rex Ryan of McFadden. “I think that’s the first thing you think about with him. You trying to keep a home run hitter like him to singles. I think that’s the challenge. I’ve had a decent day or two against him but he also had a humongous day against me once when I was with the Jets. So I know the type of athlete he is and obviously you got to…you can’t give him the perimeter cause he’s gonna out run probably everybody you got.”

McFadden’s big day against Ryan was back in 2011 when McFadden was with the Raiders. He rolled up 171 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 19 carries to average nine yards per carry. So being gap sound is essential.

“It’s gap responsibility and gap integrity and it’s really trust and understanding where your teammates fit,” said Manny Lawson. “I have to believe my defensive front is going to be in the gaps they’re going to be in so I can be in the gap that I’m going to be in.”


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Nix sees Spiller progress too

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2011 – 11:37 am

On the home page of today (Wed.) we profile the progress C.J. Spiller is demonstrating early in his second NFL season. His production on Sunday, with three of his four carries going for 10 yards or more (12, 18, 26) has Bills GM Buddy Nix encouraged about what’s to come down the line.

Personnel bosses are typically more patient than fans with top draft choices, which is why Nix when addressing the Monday QB Club earlier this week explained how the deck is often stacked against high draft picks.

“Nobody drafted in the top 10 can ever live up to the expectations of the fans and the media,” said Nix in reference to Spiller. “You can’t do it. It’s impossible. You get too much money and everybody expects too much. That being said we did get C.J. a little more involved (last Sunday).”

To further his point, Nix pointed to Oakland’s top back, who trails Fred Jackson by just seven yards right now for the league’s top rushing spot thus far this season.

“That guy that ran up and down the field on us (Sunday), number 20, McFadden, was a “bust” for two years,” said Nix. “He didn’t play. He just didn’t adapt to the game. These running backs if they stay healthy and C.J. stays healthy, with the kind of kid he is, he’ll be a really good player for us. We’ll let Chan figure out where to use him.”

After rushing for just 856 yards and five TDs over his first two NFL seasons, McFadden had 1,157 yards rushing and 507 yards receiving on 47 catches and 10 TDs in 2010.

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Oakland to move McFadden?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2010 – 11:18 am

One position where the Raiders are stocked is at running back, but that could change before draft weekend is over.

That according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who indicated that Oakland is dangling RB Darren McFadden as trade bait, while appearing on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio.

With McFadden on the block and Justin Fargas an unrestricted free agent and not expected back, Michael Bush is the only back with experience on the Raiders roster. If McFadden is moved, could the Raiders be interested in acquiring a back via trade to replace him?

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