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Brohm, Stupar not tendered

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2011 – 1:48 pm

While Scott Chandler, Paul Posluszny and Donte Whitner were tendered qualifying offers by the Bills as potential restricted free agents, there were a few such players that were not tendered from Buffalo’s roster.

The five-year players that were not tendered like Whitner (a five-year player) were Keith Ellison, John McCargo and Ashton Youboty.

The three-year players that are almost certain to be restricted free agents under a new labor agreement that were not tendered were Brian Brohm and Quinton Ganther. Jonathan Stupar with two accrued seasons also was not tendered.

Those not tendered could still sign with the Bills at a later time.

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TE role more prominent?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2010 – 1:02 pm

Buffalo’s tight ends have taken a bit of back seat in terms of a role in the team’s passing game. Head coach Chan Gailey has favored more three and four wide looks with receivers on offense. Jonathan Stupar factored in a bit more and successfully so last week. Gailey left it open as to what the immediate future holds for his tight ends with respect to their passing game.

“I think it’s different week in and week out,” Gailey said. “We have different packages in for the tight ends each week. Obviously Stupar made a couple of big plays for us last week, one in particular right before half. The guys have played their role pretty well. We just haven’t asked a lot of them. We haven’t done a lot with them.

“We had them do a little more last week and we’ll see how the season plays out, whether or not they continue to be a little bit more involved. I think (Scott) Chandler has a chance to be a help for us as well.”

Chandler was picked up by the Bills off waivers two weeks ago from Dallas. GM Buddy Nix has a firm working knowledge of Chandler’s abilities having drafted him for San Diego in 2007. He’s seen primarily as a solid blocker, with some receiving ability that can be further developed.

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McGee sounds questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 3:08 pm

The Jets might not be the only team at Ralph Wilson Stadium without the services of their top cornerback.

Buffalo’s secondary they could be without top cornerback Terrence McGee, who was unable to practice Thursday.

“Terrence McGee, we’re still holding out hope,” said Gailey in reference to Sunday’s game. “He’s got a little residual (soreness) from all the offseason stuff. It just bothers him. We had him out here (Wednesday), but he didn’t make it (Thursday). We’ll see if he can make it out (to practice Friday) and we’ll see where we are then.”

Gailey said the residual soreness that McGee is dealing with is in his knee. His official status for Sunday’s game will come down on Friday afternoon.

In another injury related note, TE Jonathan Stupar was limited in practice Thursday. Head coach Chan Gailey said he looked “good.”

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Stupar update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 12:38 pm

After not practicing Wednesday Bills starting tight end Jonathan Stupar is back on the practice field.

Stupar is fighting through a foot injury.

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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2010 – 12:55 pm

There are a few of starters not practicing.

Marcus Stroud is not practicing along with Andra Davis and Jonathan Stupar.

Stupar is working on the side with trainers. Davis and Stroud are absent.

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Bills enter game with 2 TEs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2009 – 7:12 pm

With Shawn Nelson inactive with a shoulder injury the Bills enter today’s game with the Saints with just two healthy tight ends.

Derek Fine and Jonathan Stupar will be the only TEs dressed.

It will be interesting to see how Buffalo’s approach offensively will be tweaked by OC Alex Van Pelt.

Through the first two weeks the two tight end set has been a popular one for the Bills, but they won’t be able to use it as much today.

The slot receivers (Parrish, Reed) will need to help more than they have in the underneath passing game. Steve Johnson is also active today and could factor in if the Bills go to more of a spread look being light on tight ends.

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Stupar re-signed to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2009 – 2:04 pm

After clearing waivers late Wednesday afternoon, the Bills re-signed TE Jonathan Stupar to their practice squad.

Stupar was waived Wednesday to enable the team to re-sign veteran WR Justin Jenkins back to the 53-man roster.

Jenkins was released Monday afternoon to call up Stupar for the Monday night game as Buffalo had just two healthy tight ends.

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Stupar had to get called up

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2009 – 8:16 pm

The call up of TE Jonathan Stupar to the active roster had to be made.

With Derek Fine out with a hamstring injury the Bills had only two healthy tight ends for tonight’s game. One injury and things would get real interesting. So they activated Stupar and released Justin Jenkins.

It wouldn’t shock me if once Fine is healthy they bring Jenkins back to the roster and re-assign Stupar to the practice squad.

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Fan Friday 8-28

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2009 – 11:34 pm

Here’s the latest installment. Answered a bonus question this week. Slowly but surely catching up on your email here.

1. Chris,
we all know that Trent is very good at passing the ball in the intermediate range (15-25 yards) and that bring in T.O. means Buffalo wants to stretch the field.
Do you feel that Trent is ready (in terms of arm strength and nuances like looking off the safteies) to make the deep pass a potent weapon in their attack?
I truly believe that making defenses defend the whole field will give Trent and Buffalo a legitimate chance at winning many more games and having a better season than anyone thought they could.
Trent Johnson Rochester’s #1 Bills Fan

CB: This is the number one question regarding Trent’s game. He knows how to run an offense, knows how to make checks at the line of scrimmage and can make all the throws. But does he have the confidence in his own abilities to take more risk downfield?
It’s a step he has to take in his game this year. I think sometimes Trent’s intelligence fights his physical ability. He’s almost too smart and realizes what is and what is not a high percentage throw.

I’m not saying Trent has to be reckless in going downfield. I think it’s fine to play the percentages, but there are good risks that quarterbacks have to take. With receivers like Lee and T.O. that fight for the ball there should be more opportunities to take good risk this season. I’m confident Trent will take more risks this season.


2. There’s a chicken/egg debate going on among Bills fans about Roscoe Parrish and his lack of production as an NFL WR.  Some feel he could excel if the coaching staff gave him more opportunities, while others feel they would certainly give him more opportunities if he showed them he could handle it.
Where do you stand on Parrish as a WR?
Josh/ St. Louis, Mo.

CB:  I’m optimistic he will get more opportunities on offense. I think there is enough support on the offensive staff to put together a package of plays in which to take advantage of his best assets. I think this is a good idea. I think used the right way he could be a bigger offensive asset.


3. Chris
Will the blue throwbacks be worn at all this season?
(St. Catharines, ON)

CB: Yes, they’ll be worn for the home game against Miami on Nov. 29. The white throwbacks will be worn in the opener at New England and at Tennessee on Nov. 15.


4. Hi Chris,
Coming out of college as a cornerback, Ko Simpson was regarded as a “ball hawk”. Is there any way the Bills would work him out as a corner if he fails to make it on the team as a safety?
Chuck from

CB: I don’t see this happening. The team is pretty deep at cornerback. Simpson is one of those veterans that’s hearing footsteps with Jairus Byrd nipping at his heels. The Bills will likely keep four or five safeties at most. George Wilson and John Wendling are more valuable special teamers. Simpson is a good player, but could be in trouble with respect to the 53-man roster.


5. Chris, if the Bills wanted to change to the throwbacks on a full time basis. What is the process the NFL requires to do that???
Thanks Scott, East Syracuse, NY

CB: From what I have been told it involved a league application process that can take up to 18 months. That is what they went through when the created the new uniforms which were unveiled in 2002. I have been told there are no plans to make the retro jerseys their permanent ones. I do agree that the throwbacks are superior in look to the current jerseys. They are really, really sharp.


6. Hey Chris,
I was wondering about John Stupar? Where did he come from, I saw that he’s Jeff Hostletler’s nephew, and he seems to be making the high light reel? Is he a potential of making the 53 man roster?

Thank You,
Yasin Gunay
CB: I think he does have a chance. New England signed him as an undrafted rookie. He was on the Bills practice squad last season. He’s been productive in the preseason as an underneath pass catcher and has shown good hands.

With no fullback being used in the no huddle attack, I think that Corey McIntyre’s role is difficult to define offensively and thus could cost him a roster spot. If there’s one less back on the roster it could create an additional opportunity for Stupar to make the 53.

Under Dick Jauron the club has kept only 3 tight ends each of the past 3 years. But if they keep four this season, Stupar will make it.

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Jersey number changes

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2009 – 12:22 am

After hearing a couple of fans confused with some of the linebackers due to some number changes here are the jersey assignments after changes were made just prior to camp opening.

LB Nic Harris is now #54 (was #49)
LB Ashlee Palmer is now #64 (was #61)
DT Ventrell Jenkins is now #65 (was #64)
DT David Lindquist is now #75 (was #76)
TE Jonathan Stupar is now #88 (was #87)

Hope this helps you folks that are coming out to camp.

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Royal subtraction raises TE position need

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2009 – 10:06 pm

With the release of veteran TE Robert Royal, Buffalo now has three tight ends on their roster (Fine, Schouman and Stupar) who combined have a total of 18 NFL starts. All of those belong to Schouman (13) and Fine (5).

And while I certainly have faith that Fine and Schouman in expanded roles can provide more production than they have thus far, it’s clear the Bills want to add more playmaking talent to the position.

Offensive coordinator Turk Schonert said he wanted to have four or five in training camp this summer. At least one of those two remaining tight end spots has to be filled by an in line blocker and the other a playmaker. Preferably one guy answers both needs, but good luck finding that in free agency.

Oklahoma St. TE Brandon Pettigrew looks like he has the potential to be both. And now taking him with the 11th pick is a far greater possibility, whether he’s considered a solid value there or not. He’s the only two-way TE in the draft that you could start next to a tackle as a rookie.

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Bills-Broncos inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2008 – 7:45 pm

Buffalo Bills
33-Jabari Greer
58-Teddy Lehman
71-Jason Peters
77-Demetrius Bell
81-James Hardy
79-Jonathan Scott
87-Jonathan Stupar
7-J.P. Losman – 3rd QB

Denver Broncos
16-Chad Jackson
20-Marlon McCree
26-Jack Williams
38-Andrew Pinnock
46-Spencer Larsen
53-Niko Koutouvides
72-Pat Murray
96-Tim Crowder

Buffalo Lineup Changes
28-Leodis McKelvin will start at cornerback in place of Jabari Greer.
73-Kirk Chambers will start at left tackle in place of Jason Peters.

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Bills-Jets inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2008 – 4:53 pm

Buffalo Bills
25-Xavier Omon
33-Jabari Greer
35-Dustin Fox
65-Jason Whittle
77-Demetrius Bell
87-Jonathan Stupar
5-Trent Edwards – 3rd QB

New York Jets
1-Mike Nugent
16-Brad Smith
30-Drew Coleman
32-J.R. Reed
36-David Barrett
56-Vernon Gholston
57-Jason Trusnik
5-Brett Ratliff – 3rd QB

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Bills-Dolphins inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2008 – 7:59 pm

Buffalo Bills
17-Justin Jenkins
25-Xavier Omon
33-Jabari Greer
65-Jason Whittle
77-Demetrius Bell
87-Jonathan Stupar
94-Aaron Schobel
5-Trent Edwards – 3rd QB

Miami Dolphins
14-Chris Hannon
41-Joey Thomas
61-Shawn Murphy
71-Lionel Dotson
75-Nate Garner
81-Joey Haynos
90-Rodrique Wright
9-John Beck – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills
No. 7 J.P. Losman will start at quarterback
No. 92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end
No. 28 Leodis McKelvin will start at cornerback

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