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Fan Friday 1-16

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2015 – 12:24 pm

It was a historical week for the Bills franchise with the hiring of Rex Ryan as the 18th head coach in team history. Now for your questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

With the coming to an end what positions do you think need more depth for the offseason besides QB? Offensive line or maybe tight end or defensive end in case Hughes leaves? Can you also explain to fans that the Bills would have taken Eric Ebron, and trading up for Sammy wasn’t as risky as many thought. This year’s list of WRs isn’t as deep.

CB: As for positional needs the guard spot is right up at the top. I think a big running back is another potential need for two reasons. First, it’s unclear as to whether C.J. Spiller will return to the team with the ability to become a free agent this offseason. Second, a power run game is going to need a big back comparable to Frank Gore or Eddie Lacy. Buffalo has a big back in Boobie Dixon, but he was relegated to backup duty under offensive coordinator Greg Roman in San Francisco. Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown are capable, but it might be time to draft a young back to add to the mix. An end/OLB would be a need if Hughes doesn’t return, but they can’t wait on that.

As for last year’s draft, it was my understanding that if the Bills stayed at nine that Eric Ebron was the most likely target, assuming the likes of Sammy Watkins was off the board.


2 – Hi Chris,
My name is Ben Cary, a dedicated bills fan from West Seneca studying at Miami University of Ohio. Are the Bills interested in pursuing Jay Cutler, now that the Bears might be shopping him? I think he could fix a lot of our quarterback issues. He has the raw talent to make the plays none of our recent QB’s have been able to. I also think he would find success in our run first offense because he wouldn’t be forced to throw the ball as much as Chicago made him. What are your thoughts?

Has Doug Whaley thought about this as well? I love the improvement we’ve made this year and can’t wait to see what the future of the franchise holds!

Thanks so much
Ben Cary

CB: If the Bills are interested in pursuing Jay Cutler in a trade scenario they certainly can’t state it publicly since he’s property of the Bears. That could open the team up to tampering charges. While there’s no debating that he is physically gifted as a quarterback there is a reason his second franchise is reportedly looking to move him.

I don’t dismiss your point that a run first approach on offense could decrease some of the ill-advised plays Cutler tries to make. While talent is a big asset to have as a quarterback, leadership is a close second and that’s where I think Cutler struggles as a player.

I can’t tell you what Doug Whaley is thinking, but it’s my belief that the Bills will look to add a veteran quarterback to the roster. Whether Cutler is under consideration remains to be seen.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills I see the two lineman the #bills have signed to futures deals are both under 300 lbs. Will this be the trend going forward? More athleticism at guard seems logical, right?


CB: Greg Roman’s power run game is pretty multiple. That being said having guards who are capable of pulling is a plus. You also have to be able to push the pile so I don’t know that a trend can be taken from the two most recent OL signings.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills do u believe Whaley that he would take a QB in the 2nd or 3rd if the right one was available? Petty or Hundley. #bills


CB: I think Whaley in that radio interview this week was just trying to emphasize the fact that they do not rule anything out with every draft pick they hold. If a quarterback is the best player on the board, and there isn’t a pressing positional need with a prospect that is comparable in terms of grade to said quarterback, then they’ll take a QB. Knowing this is his approach he cannot rule out taking a QB. In reality I see the Bills adding a veteran quarterback this offseason.


5 – Hi Chris,

What is a typical NFL halftime like for a team? Does the head coach address the full team the entire time? Do position groups meet? Are the discussions strategic or motivational? Thanks


CB: At halftime there isn’t a whole lot of time. With the coaches from the booth taking an extra five minutes to get down to the locker room, there’s only about 7-8 minutes to go over things. The head coach will briefly huddle with the coordinators before making decisions on various adjustments for the second half. In most cases the teams breaks off into offensive and defensive groups with their coordinators. They address what has to be corrected and then what some of the adjustments will be. After plotting out strategy the head coach or a team captain might say a few inspirational words and it’s back out to the field.

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Ebron already citing Watkins as ROY favorite

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2014 – 2:31 pm

Detroit TE Eric Ebron in discussing friendly wagers he had with Houston DE Jadeveon Clowney on where each of them would go in the draft, was asked if there would be another wager between the two top 10 draft choices. Ebron said Defensive and Offensive Rookie of the Year might be the next line, but the Lions tight end doesn’t believe he’ll be able to land that honor after the 2014 season.

That’s because Ebron believes Sammy Watkins will be the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

“I’m going to try to go for Offensive Rookie of the Year, which I probably won’t get ’cause Sammy Watkins is there,” Ebron told the Detroit Free Press. “But we’re going to try.”

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Jeremiah goes OT as well for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2014 – 10:54 am

We’re all probably sick of mock drafts at this point and just want to get to the real thing, but’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Bills, like most, taking an offensive tackle at nine.

Jeremiah has Buffalo taking the Texas A&M pass protector in his final mock draft.


The Bills need to help out their young quarterback in this draft. Matthews would team up with Cordy Glenn to give the Bills an outstanding set of young offensive tackles.

He’s got only Johnny Manziel among the quarterback contingent coming off the board in front of Buffalo at nine. He’s got Tampa Bay taking the former Heisman trophy winner. He also has TE Eric Ebron going to Tennessee at 11.

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Two more mocks go TE, OT for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on May 6, 2014 – 9:45 am

The two latest mocks both come from the Monday Morning QB site today (Tuesday). And for the Bills the picks run along the typical lines that we have seen.

Peter King has the Bills taking a tight end while Greg Bedard went with an offensive tackle. Here were their assessments.



Scott Chandler is a solid tight end but the Bills can and need to do better at the position. Ebron’s ceiling is very high. This is not too early for him.



Bills stunned that Lewan’s still hanging around, and they pass on tight end Eric Ebron, who could be a great security blanket for E.J. Manuel. Keep in mind that GM Doug Whaley is very much open for business here, and could trade down and still get another guy they love: Odell Beckham.

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Latest mock goes OT for Bills at 9

Posted by Chris Brown on May 5, 2014 – 4:46 pm’s Daniel Jeremiah just submitted his latest mock. And while I have no idea which numbered mock this is for him he is going with offensive tackle for the Bills at nine.

The way Jeremiah has the board unfolding, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews is still on the board since he has Taylor Lewan going sixth overall to Atlanta. It’s interesting how these next two tackles after Greg Robinson (Auburn) have flip flopped a lot during the pre-draft process. After Matthews was long the favorite to be the second off the board, now more mocks (Jeremiah’s and Kiper’s) have Lewan coming off the board first. In any event here’s Jeremiah’s liner for the Bills pick.

PICK NO. 9 – BUFFALO BILLS – JAKE MATTHEWS – OT TEXAS A&M — Matthews would team up with Cordy Glenn to give the Bills an outstanding set of young offensive tackles.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Jeremiah’s mock draft is he doesn’t have North Carolina TE Eric Ebron coming off the board until 17 to Baltimore.

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4 round mock goes TE, DE, OT, ILB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2014 – 9:12 am’s Bucky Brooks put together a four-round mock draft this week in advance of the real thing next week. His picks for the Bills certainly addressed some of their most pressing positional needs, but predicting how things are going to unfold over four rounds is a pretty tall order.

Brooks has Buffalo staying at nine and taking North Carolina TE Eric Ebron. Then from there things get interesting. Here are his picks over the first four rounds for Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills

Round 1 (9): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Round 2 (41): Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Round 3 (73): Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
Round 4 (109): Jordan Zumwalt, ILB, UCLA

Crichton is one of the best defensive ends in the draft class and he did make a pre-draft visit with the Bills. Ja’Wuan James is a player we profiled on today and is a plug and play right tackle. Zumwalt is an overachiever, who is not an ideal measurables player, but is smart and versatile.

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Fan Friday 4-25

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2014 – 4:22 pm

The draft is less than two weeks away. Feels like we’ve been waiting forever. For now here are some of your latest questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,
Can you give some new insight  on how defensive ends will work under Schwartz? Besides Mario it seems like Bills have other options. Hughes was better as an OLB and I don’t see him as every down because of his size. Lawson also has never played DE as well. Do you see this as a major draft need? I feel worried that the sacks/pass rush will fall off because of the scheme change.

CB: While you are right that Lawson has very limited experience as a full time defensive end having played mostly in 3-4 defensive schemes in his career, he is an expert leverage player. So although long and wiry I believe Lawson can make that transition, most likely on the right side. He’s been up on the line enough in his career to know how to handle such a role. Of course the proof is in the pudding.

As for Hughes it’s certainly possible he’s reduced to a pass rushing role, but I think that’s something that will play out in the spring camps and training camp.

I do agree that it is somewhat of a hidden need for Buffalo that isn’t talked about much. They do need to find another fit for Schwartz’s scheme knowing things are changing.


2 – Hey Chris,

Last year attending Bills training camp at St. John Fisher, it appeared to me that EJ Manuel had an extremely good long ball. His release was quick, the throws were accurate, and the offense was often successful completing those long throws. However during the season I did not often see EJ attempt long throws. I wonder did you see the same thing I did at camp? If so, have you any thoughts about why they didn’t make all that many long passing attempts during the season?  Do you think we might see more of a long passing game this year?



Last year the aim was to keep the offense on the field so deep throws, while potentially rewarding don’t provide a high success rate. With a young QB running things, the plan was to string together high percentage plays and not create too much risk. That’s why Buffalo ran the ball so much last season (most rushes in the NFL in 2013).

Provided EJ demonstrates more efficient decision making, particularly when under duress, through the offseason and preseason I do anticipate more long passes per game. Realistically though unless there is a flaw in an opponent’s secondary there are usually not much more than half a dozen of those kinds of plays attempted by one team in a game.


3 – Hi Chris.

Thanks for keeping everybody posted during free agency.  It’s certainly appreciated.

With the new CBA, is it legal for teams to have something like a “behavior clause” in a players contract?  For example “you lose  X number of dollars if you get more then 3 personal fouls this season” or you lose X number of dollars if you get in a fight with the media” etc.  I know Marrone is all about accountability and I think this would be a great way to increase accountability by hitting them where it hurts the most.  If that isn’t legal, could it be part of an incentive clause?  “No personal fouls equals a bonus at the end of the year, etc…


Thanks for your time.  Can’t wait for football season.


CB: To my knowledge morals clauses are permitted, but that doesn’t mean a player’s agent is going to openly accept it. In a good number of cases, the penalties handed down by the league for violation of personal conduct and substance abuse policies are pushed as sufficient deterrents by agents to avoid such morals clauses. However, if the money is significant a player is typically more accepting of the morals clauses that can sometimes come with it.



4 – Dear Chris,

Can you help me understand what the Bills are doing at both guard positions?  They just seem not to value that position very much on offense.  Kraig Urbik is an average player at best, and they seem to have a bit of a revolving door going on the left side.  Neither Colin Brown or Doug Legursky played very well last year.

Now they have signed Chris Williams, a move that attracted a lot of criticism from various sources, saying that he was the weakest link in a poor Rams line last season.  Why would the Bills want to bring such a player into Buffalo?

I would have thought they would like to better protect the huge investment they have made in EJ  Maunuel.  Can you provide me with some insight about what the Bills brain trust is thinking here?

Thanks and Regards,
Cameron Morrison
CB: I think we sometimes fall victim to media assessments of players and treat it as gospel. In the case of Chris Williams I think he’s a decided upgrade at left guard. As I’ve mentioned on my blog I watched three of his games last year against the #1, #5 and #6 ranked defenses last season, all of which he had to face twice since they were his division opponents in the NFC West in Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona.

Williams was steady and reliable in all three games, all the first meetings against each of those teams. He didn’t have any busts and performed well in both run and pass. Was he super spectacular and making eye popping plays? No, but he was effective and truthfully that’s all you need at left guard.

Knowing he’ll be playing in between two of Buffalo’s best starters in Cordy Glenn and Eric Wood should stand to raise his game another peg. Much like Williams I think Urbik is a steady player at right guard.
4 – Hey Chris,
What are your thoughts on the Bills saying that they’re good with their current qb situation as well as having their free safety in the roster already?! It’s mind boggling to me considering the mess they got into when EJ got injured. They didn’t have the confidence in Searcy/Williams/Meeks when Byrd had his injury to start the season, but now they do? Is it just pre-draft strategy or do you think they honestly believe it?

Thanks, Ryan

CB: I do think they believe it. Doug Whaley and his personnel department as well as the coaching staff has an enormous amount of confidence in EJ Manuel. They are also very high on Thad Lewis as a backup prospect. Now with Lewis’ former quarterbacks coach in Detroit now here in Todd Downing, they’re even more confident that Lewis and Manuel for that matter can both take the next step in their respective development.

As for safety I think they do genuinely believe in the talent they have on the roster. Aaron Williams is likely to be the free safety with the strong safety spot filled by one of the candidates trying to land the job. I really was impressed with what I saw from Duke Williams last year in the practice setting. I didn’t see enough of Meeks who was hurt and Da’Norris Searcy had his best season last year as a hybrid subpackage linebacker.

You have to remember the Bills drafted in advance of losing Byrd in last year’s draft when they took Williams and Meeks back to back in rounds four and five. They prepped for that loss. Now the defense is changing so they’ll essentially be rookies again. Knowing that the Bills picked up veteran Corey Graham, who granted has been a cornerback most of his career, but will be in the mix at safety as well.

I think they’ve done a good job of covering their bases there.


5 – Chris,

I don’t see the Bills drafting a right tackle in the draft because historical they don’t draft lineman that high. The Bills have depth at WR and TE but need that one big play-maker. Even with Chandler back and lots of speed wideouts, what director do you think they might go in rounds 1-2. Mike Evans and Eric Ebron will probably be on the board with Watkins gone. Which player do you think the Bills will covet more? What are the chances they pick either of them at 9?

CB: It’s hard to know for sure what the Bills think since they lock up their draft board like every other team. I will say that both players are dynamic difference makers for a passing game and both would be a huge help to EJ Manuel.

As we’ve drawn closer to the draft I think it’s becoming less likely that Mike Evans is still on the board at nine. He’s most likely to go to Tampa at pick 7 as they are in dire need of receiver help. Ebron is more likely to be on the board at nine.

I believe if the top tackles are off the board and Evans is gone as well, Ebron might be the best option left.

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McShay plays GM for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2014 – 10:35 am

ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay took a different approach to his latest mock draft. Instead of making picks as he believes each of the club’s GMs would, he played GM for each club and predicted more of what he thinks each team should do. Here’s where he thought the Bills were headed at ninth overall.

McShay had the top two receivers (Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans) and the top three tackles (Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan) all off the board before Buffalo was on the clock. So with that in mind here’s who he took for Buffalo at nine.

9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The Bills need offensive line help, but there aren’t any good values in this scenario, and I really think they need to add another pass-catcher to help second-year QBEJ Manuel. Ebron is a playmaker after the catch and as a seam-stretching vertical threat because of his outstanding movement skills and very good top-end speed. He also has the versatility to line up in-line, flexed out in the slot or split out wide. Ebron is the 10th-ranked prospect on my board, so he makes sense in terms of value, too.

If this is how the board falls, Ebron is one of the only truly elite prospects left at this point, so such a pick would be far from a shock in light of what was taken off the board in front of Buffalo.

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McShay goes TE, OT in 2 rd. mock for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2014 – 11:45 am

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has put together a two-round mock draft and has some interesting choices for Buffalo at nine and 41 overall.

McShay went tight end and offensive tackle with the first two picks. Here’s his synopsis for the Bills.

No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
This is something of an outside-the-box pick, and certainly doesn’t fill a glaring need, but the more I think about it the more I like the selection. For one, there aren’t many glaring holes on this team, opening things up for the Bills to take the best available player. Also, second-year QB EJ Manuel would really benefit from having an elite downfield threat with seam-stretching speed like Ebron at the tight end position, giving him another weapon alongside WRs Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and Mike Williams and steady TE Scott Chandler.

No. 41 – T Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee
After passing up on a tackle at No. 9 overall, the Bills get a good value in James who is a great fit for their zone-blocking scheme.

If Watkins and Evans are both off the board, which in McShay’s mock they are (5th and 7th picks), I think there could be much more consideration for Ebron at Buffalo’s spot at nine.

James is an example of how deep this year’s draft is at the offensive tackle position. James was somewhat overshadowed by teammate Tiny Richardson at Tennessee, but is thought by many NFL scouts as capable of starting right away at right tackle in the NFL.

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Ebron: I’ll make pre-draft visit with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2014 – 1:29 pm

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron is forecast as a mid-first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. So he figures to have several pre-draft visits this spring leading up to the draft in May. Ebron in an interview Wednesday revealed the four teams that have already lined him up for a pre-draft interview.

Talking on ProFootballTalk Live Wednesday, Ebron said the four teams are the Bills, Lions, Ravens and Panthers.

That list figures to grow, but the pre-draft visit certainly adds intrigue to the direction the Bills may go with the ninth overall pick.

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TE Ebron invited to NYC for draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2014 – 1:04 pm

The NFL has apparently sent out their invitations to some of the top prospects in this year’s draft class to attend the 2014 NFL draft in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. One of those prospects accepted his invitation on Twitter.

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron tweeted that he’s ready to attend the draft in May.

Ebron is forecast as a mid-first round pick.

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Fan Friday 3-14

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 3:54 pm

Free agency is in full swing with the Bills nailing down three new players in the early going. Stay close to for updates throughout free agency. For now let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,

Jim Schwartz is obviously a good good coach and the Bills Defense did some really good things last year under Mike Pettine. My question is how likely will Coach Schwartz try to “not fix what ain’t broke” and keep some/most of the good stuff from last year (even though they may not be his concepts) while adding his own flavor to improve thing that do need to be improved, like run defense for example?

Thanks in advance.
Grant Folkard

CB: In talking with coach Marrone about this during the offseason the way he’s explained it is Coach Schwartz is going to keep most of the terminology the same. The reason this isn’t a big burden for him is because he spent a couple of seasons as a defensive assistant under then Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis. Mike Pettine also coached in Baltimore where the defensive system and terminology remained the same even after Marvin Lewis left to coach in Cincinnati. So a lot of the calls and checks will not only be the same, but sound the same.

As for the run defense Marrone is wholly confident that Schwartz, whose defenses have enjoyed tremendous success against the run, will dramatically improve the unit’s performance in this area as well as third down defense.


2 – Hey Chris, long time Bills fan.
Wondering if you could shed some light on a few things.

First with hiring a former head coach for D coordinator, what are the chances he stays longer than one season? Do you think this was something that was discussed in private between coach Marrone and Jim Schwartz? And if not how big of a problem would this be for Dough Marrone heading into his 3rd season.

Also with Todd Downing being a QBs coach, with out ever playing the position. Is this fair with all the pressure being put on EJ? I read that EJ really likes him but don’t we need experience there? Playing? To mentor EJ and the struggles that come along with being a QB..

Thanks Jacob

CB: I don’t know that anyone can predict how long a coordinator is going to remain in his current post in the NFL. There are too many variables at work like the number of head coaching vacancies at the end of the year, how effective Schwartz is in his first year here, how successful the team is and coach Schwartz’s own personal aspirations.

Coach Marrone can’t have that kind of talk with Schwartz because no coach in the NFL is going to hold an assistant back from an opportunity at a head coaching job. That’s just not the way it works.

When you hire quality people that’s the risk you run, but I’d rather have the quality coach that’s in demand.

As for Todd Downing he has played the quarterback position. I cannot find his college background, but he did play semi-pro ball in the Mid-America League for the Minnesota Maulers and won a league title there in 2002 as their quarterback. So the position is not foreign to him at all.

I’d like to think coach Marrone’s track record of hiring assistants in the short time he’s been the Bills head coach should tell you he’s not going to hire someone who is not qualified to help the player at the most important position on the field.


3 – Chris,

I’ve seen several posts in which you referenced the “12th Man”.  Does the team officially call its fans the 12th Man or is that just a personal reference?  I’m having a huge argument with some Seahawk fan coworkers about whether anyone besides the Seahawks is officially allowed to use that term.

Cliff Hogg

CB: The 12th Man was adopted by Bills fans long before the Seattle fans started using it. The first football outfit to coin the phrase however, was Texas A&M University. They’re credited with the first recorded use of the term in 1922 when coach Dana Bible was running out of players in the Dixie Classic against defending national champion Centre College. In the stands he noticed a student who tried out for the team, but did not make the varsity squad and promptly told him to suit up and be ready in case he was needed. The volunteer player, E. King Gill, ran to the locker room and suited up and got back out to the field. He never entered the game, but became known as the 12th man.

So the Aggies have got dibs on everybody, but concerning your argument the 12th Man was popularized in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In 1988 Bills fans set an all-time single-season NFL attendance record of 622,793. Fans were then honored as the ‘12th Man’ and inducted onto the Bills Wall of Fame in 1992.


4 – Hey Chris,

I ask you if Sammy Watkins, Jake Matthews, or Eric Ebron are there at nine which one helps EJ in his evolution more? Or do we go as we have in the past & pick up a O linemen later such as Z. Martin & go with a player like Mack if he is there seeing as the defense thing lingers.

Thanks !!
Mr. T from Fort Myers via Nashville

CB: I think going by the best on the board approach that the Bills usually take it would be hard for me to think that Ebron or Matthews will be rated higher than Watkins. Most experts see him as a top five talent and I have not heard the same consensus for Matthews and certainly not for Ebron, though he is a special talent.

I think any one of those three would be of great help to Manuel in different ways, but GM Doug Whaley will take the player that helps the team the most. And that likely involves Manuel to some degree, but that’s the all-encompassing view a general manager has to take.


5 – Morning Chris, Happy Friday!

I was wondering how the Bills go about setting up their needs in free agency and the draft.  I was wondering how much emphasis they put into the upcoming 2014 schedule? For instance, we will have to face guys like Calvin Johnson, Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall, receiving corps from Green Bay and Denver.  Do they look at the defensive fronts, the AFC East is getting better defensively, not to mention teams like Houston and Detroit.  So basically how much does that affect their decision making when it comes to the importance of positions that are needed for the team?  Thanks for your hard work, and I hope you enjoyed Indy at the combine!

Go Bills! Jillian

CB: We did enjoy Indy very much. Glad you watched our coverage of the NFL combine. Your question is a good one. Typically opponents in a given year do not impact their decision making all that much in free agency and the draft. Teams like Chicago and Green Bay, which the Bills see only once every four years is not what you usually base your personnel decisions on.

That being said I do know that some moves are made with a team’s division opponents in mind. You’re facing those teams every season, twice a season and you have to beat them to win your division and get to the postseason. So the personnel make-up and strengths of teams like New England, the Jets and Miami could play a role in some decision making.

Again it’s not an overwhelming factor, but those teams are taken into consideration knowing they stand in the way of a playoff berth.

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Top 10 tight end 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2014 – 7:48 pm

Top TE prospect Eric Ebron said on Friday he was definitely going to run a faster 40 time than his former college teammate and current Cincinnati RB Gio Bernard. Bernard ran a 4.53. Did Ebron beat him? Here’s a look at the top 10 40 times from the tight end group Saturday.

1 – A.C. Leonard – Tennessee St. – 4.50
2 – Eric Ebron – North Carolina – 4.6
3 – Colt Lyerla – Oregon – 4.61
4 – Trey Burton – Florida – 4.62
5 – Jace Amaro – Texas Tech – 4.74
6 – C.J. Fiedorowicz – Iowa – 4.76
T7 – Anthony Denham – Utah – 4.77
T7 – Reggie Jordan – Missouri Western – 4.77
9 – Jake Murphy – Utah – 4.79
10 – Arthur Lynch – Georgia – 4.82

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TE Ebron confident in his playing speed

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2014 – 5:33 pm

He’s widely considered to be the best tight end in the draft. North Carolina’s Eric Ebron is an uncommonly athletic tight end who has been compared to 49ers TE Vernon Davis when it comes to physical ability. He was making no promises Thursday concerning his expectations for a 40-yard dash time, but he assures he’ll be better than a former college teammate of his who currently plays in the NFL.

Ebron’s college teammate Giovanni Bernard, who had a pretty successful rookie season, ran a 4.53 40-time here at the Combine last February. The talented tight end is confident he’ll perform better.

“Gio just told me to get as much rest as I can,” said Ebron of his Combine advice. “I just texted him. I’m going to run a faster 40 than him. I’ll just put it like that.”

When asked what makes his game different from other NFL tight ends his answer was simple and direct.

“Fast,  I play fast,” he said. “I’m a little bit faster than most.”

In watching five games of Ebron rarely if ever did opposing defenses press him at the line of scrimmage when he was split wide. I asked him why he thought that was the case.

“I think teams don’t press me because they can’t,” he said flatly. “I will not be pressed at the line of scrimmage that’s a powerful thing of mine. They’d do best if they play a couple of yards back.”

Most linebackers and safeties did just that often giving him a seven or eight-yard cushion. That won’t happen in the NFL however, where the matchups won’t be quite as lopsided. One has to believe that NFL talent evaluators would prefer to see him against more press coverage just to see how he handles it.

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Mixed bag of picks in 4 CBS mocks for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2014 – 7:05 pm

The draft analysts at have put together their mock drafts on the eve of the NFL Combine and all four have different picks for the Bills at nine.’s Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan all selected different players for Buffalo at ninth overall. Rang and Kirwan picked offensive tackles while Brugler chose a tight end and Prisco took a linebacker for the Bills. Here were their assessments.

Rang’s pick


Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Cordy Glenn has quietly starred at left tackle, but upgrades could be had at right tackle and left guard. Matthews warrants a top 10 grade in part because of his versatility. Powerful and technically sound, Matthews is as pro-ready as it gets.

Brugler’s pick


Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: The Bills need to add a big, physical presence in the receiving game, whether at wide receiver or tight end. Ebron is a freak athlete who will instantly help the Bills offense and second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.

Prisco’s pick


C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: They need speed next to Kiko Alonso. Mosley will be a 10-year starter.

Kirwan’s pick


Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: The Bills head coach is a former offensive line coach and he knows the Bills need better people up front. Lewan is sliding in the eyes of some, but Michigan has produced a lot of NFL linemen.

Of the four players listed here I’d probably be happiest with Jake Matthews. He’s the most athletic and technically sound lineman in this draft class and is the most NFL ready. Plus his NFL bloodlines don’t get much better with a Hall of Fame OL for a dad in Bruce Matthews.


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Tight end the pick for Bills in new mock draft

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2014 – 11:00 am

While one mock draft at has Buffalo taking UB LB Khalil Mack with the ninth overall pick, another has the Bills taking a tight end.’s Dane Brugler, has Buffalo taking UNC TE Eric Ebron, widely considered the best tight end in the draft class this year. Here’s his analysis.


Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: The Bills need to add a big, physical presence in the receiving game, whether at wide receiver or tight end. Ebron is a freak athlete who will instantly help the Bills offense and second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.

Perhaps most interesting is that this mock draft has four quarterbacks coming off the board before Buffalo picks at nine. If this is a scenario that pans out it will push a lot of the top flight talent down the board to the Bills at nine.

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Pair of mocks go TE & LB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2014 – 11:25 am

Two of the more recent mock drafts have a top flight tight end and linebacker going to the Bills with the ninth overall pick.’s draft analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah made the picks. Brooks went with North Carolina TE Eric Ebron. Here was his take on his pick.

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    General manager Doug Whaley will look to add an explosive weapon in the middle of the field to help foster the growth of E.J. Manuel.

Jeremiah went with Alabama LB C.J. Mosley, who is listed at 228 pounds.

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