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CB Smith called up as part of team evaluation

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2013 – 6:31 pm

Bills CB Brandon Smith was called up from the practice squad, while CB Johnny Adams was released and subsequently signed back to the team’s practice squad Wednesday. As head coach Doug Marrone explains the Smith promotion was to take a better look at just what kind of ability he has to offer.

At 6’2″ and 204 pounds, Smith brings size and length to the position, something that Marrone and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine covet in their cover men. Smith however, is new to the position being a converted wide receiver. Still, Marrone wants to know what Smith can offer the team now rather than wondering about his talents when the season is over.

“A lot of these guys that we’ve acquired whether we acquired them late we want to see what they can do,” said Marrone. “We obviously like their skill sets so we’re going to try to bring them up and put them out there. I think the worst mistake you can make as a coach is to have people on your roster and at the end of the day not knowing. At the end of the year you’re like, ’Well I don’t really know, let’s keep him around for another year.’ Let’s go out there. This is about playing and being productive and winning and let’s see if they can go out there and do it.”

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CBs Burton, Adams likely to see action Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 3:22 pm

Reserve cornerbacks Brandon Burton and Johnny Adams have not seen much of the field on defense this season. Even after the loss of Leodis McKelvin to a hamstring injury, Buffalo shuffled the secondary instead of putting Burton or Adams on the field. Head coach Doug Marrone indicated Burton and Adams could see playing time this Sunday against Baltimore if all goes well during the practice week.

“This week we’re going to find out,” said Marrone Monday. “We’re going to put them out there. We’re going to take a look at it. We definitely feel comfortable about being able to put them out there. When you get out there and you start practicing and the bullets are flying we’ll see how they perform in those situations.

“If they perform well then that’s great for us and it gives us a great opportunity. And that’s what we’re expecting and looking forward to.”

Burton has appeared in 17 NFL games in his career, but has been mostly a special teams player in his three NFL seasons. Adams is an undrafted rookie, who has seen a total of 23 snaps on special teams for the Bills the past two games.

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Another CB for practice squad vacancy?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2013 – 3:56 pm

With CB Johnny Adams getting promoted to the active roster Tuesday, it leaves the eight-man squad with a vacancy and without a spare cornerback.

Buffalo’s practice squad currently has two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, a quarterback, running back and wide receiver. It’s likely that the Bills add another corner knowing they’re one injury away from having the same problem they had to fix at the position Tuesday.


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Marrone usually fills position holes in house

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2013 – 3:09 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was asked if they’d be making a roster move to sign another free agent cornerback with Ron Brooks out indefinitely with a broken foot that requires surgery. Marrone laid out his philosophy when it comes to filling holes on their roster at a specific position.

“I believe if you have players on your practice squad you bring them up and then you go out and find players for your practice squad,” said Marrone. “Unless you don’t have those players in the building then you go out and look for them. When you lose players for an amount of time you have to have a little vision to see who the teams are that are coming up to see if you’re going to need more players at that position and make that decision.”

Buffalo has Brandon Burton, who they just signed last week, as well as rookie CB Johnny Adams on the practice squad. Marrone said he’ll meet with his coordinators to determine a course of action.

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