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Fan Friday 7-9

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2010 – 1:33 pm

The Countdown to Camp is on. Be sure to check the home page of daily as we answer a lot of the pressing questions fans have concerning the team and the 2010 prospects. As always questions can be sent to me at Let’s get to this week’s edition.

1 – Hey Chris

It seemed that Marcus Easley’s name was getting mentioned quite a bit in the voluntary camps ‘big plays’. Do you see him as someone who may be able to come in and contribute right away on offense, or is he most likely going to start out sparingly?

Thanks. Chris in Toronto Ontario

CB: Next to QB and offensive line, I think receiver is the next toughest position to master at the NFL level as a rookie. With sight adjusts, recognizing the defense while you’re running a route, knowing when you’re ‘hot’ to break off your route and help your QB, there’s a lot of learning. Add in the fact that receivers coach Stan Hixon wants all his wideouts to learn all of the receiver positions and the responsibilities are numerous.

That being said, Easley’s talent cannot be denied. He comes across as a sharp kid, has a knack for getting behind defenses and has a very strong set of hands, where he can fight and make catches in traffic and win the ball.

I do see Easley as part of the number two receiver competition in camp, and no matter how that turns out I anticipate him making contributions by midseason at the latest.

2 – What are the chances of the Bills trading Aaron to a team like the  Texans, they seem to be on the cusp of the playoffs, he’d be playing  for an ex coach (Kollar) and he’d be playing across from an all pro DE in Mario Williams? As a die hard Bills fan I think it would make sense for the player and the franchise.

Travis, Poughkeepsie NY

CB: I think if it were as easy as it sounds it might have happened already. Here’s the problem. Logically it makes perfect sense for both sides. Houston is a team pushing hard to make the playoffs and might just need that one veteran piece to get over the hump.

Buffalo has a player that wants more time during the work week to spend with his family in Texas. Houston is still an hour from Schobel’s home base in Columbus, Texas, so I’d assume he’d get some kind of driver to take him back and forth to his home if such a scenario were to happen.

But the NFL season means long days for players and leaving the office at 6 or 7 pm and getting home at 8 only to get up all the earlier the next day to drive an hour in doesn’t seem like something that would appeal to Schobel, though I could be wrong.

Schobel’s price tag is also steep, and another NFL team may not want to be on the hook for big time money and inherit a contract that still has three years on it after 2010 wondering if Schobel is going to retire.

An additional issue that makes trading Schobel difficult, if it’s even something the team is entertaining, is the uncertain labor situation. With a contract that runs through the 2013 season at big money I can’t see another team taking that contract on and provide proper compensation for what Schobel in a normal situation would be worth. His talk of retirement also devalues him.

3 – Chris: 

Bill Polian has a philosophy of not trading players early in the Spring because a star for another team will eventually go down (with a long term injury) during camp or preseason and you then have better trade leverage.  Could this be the position Buddy Nix is taking with Lynch (and maybe Schobel) since it seems neither player wants to be here?  I feel Schobel is tired of losing and realizes when the Bills are ready to contend he will be well into the down side of his career, so it would be better to play for a winner (closer to home) or retire. 


Joe Badaszewski

CB: I think with no track record to go off of since Buddy has never been in a decision making position such as he is now makes it difficult to ascertain whether that will be his approach in any kind of trade. However, he is a part of the Bill Polian personnel tree so I wouldn’t rule it out.

Basically trade leverage is at its highest at two times of the year, during the draft, when a team that may have missed on a position player they coveted is desperate or in the preseason, when a team has lost a player to a season-ending injury.

4 – Aloha Chris,

Do you think Trent Edwards will benefit from having to compete with three other QB’s for the starting gig? He’s never really had to face any competition for the job in the last two seasons, and I’m sure the coaching staff feels he still has plenty of potential but needs to prove himself as a leader. If you go back to 2006, J.P. Losman had his best season as a Bills QB in large part due to the fact that he had to win the starting spot in training camp over Kelly Holcomb and Craig Nall. 


Wesley, Maui HI

CB: In 2008 he competed with Losman for the starting job and got off to a great start before the concussion in Arizona derailed his season. As Buddy Nix says, “Competition makes everyone better.” So being pushed and competing with Fitz and Brohm every day in camp will hopefully make him a more consistent player than he showed last season.

And by the way, say hey to the folks at Moose McGillicuddy’s for me.

5 – Hi Chris, Why in the world would the Buffalo Bills let Josh Reed go? He was a decent slot receiver, although  he only had 27 catches last year, he still was a viable option for the quarterback. What was the thinking by the coaching staff? I will look forward to your answer.

Tony, Daytona Beach, Florida

CB: They didn’t release him. His contract was up and they chose not to extend him a contract offer. The Bills front office made the decision to see what the younger receivers could do. They signed Roscoe Parrish to an extension a year or so ago, but he’s not had an opportunity to make that investment worthwhile on offense. He’ll have that chance now. And James Hardy was a second-round pick and the Bills want to give him more of an opportunity to hopefully get a greater return on that investment.

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Reed to meet with Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on March 8, 2010 – 9:20 am

The report came out over the weekend, but today (Monday) is the day Josh Reed is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots.

ProFootballTalk reported the visit initially. Reed would appear to be an insurance policy for the Patriots in the slot, should Wes Welker not be ready in time for the start of the season after suffering a late season ACL injury in 2009.

Reed was informed by the Bills late last month that he would not be extended a contract offer by the club.

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Remaining free agents

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2010 – 7:35 pm

With Terrell Owens, Josh Reed and Ryan Denney all told they won’t be back with Buffalo in 2010, here are the other Bills players set to hit the free agent market this coming Friday if they do not re-sign with Buffalo.

Here are the prospective unrestricted free agents.
LB Chris Draft
OL Seth McKinney
G Kendall Simmons
S Todd Johnson
SS Bryan Scott
LB Josh Stamer

Truthfully I believe the only player on this list that’s a respectable priority is Scott, who had a productive season in 2009.

Here are the restricted free agents (under uncapped rules), which the Bills have until March 4th to tender a qualifying offer to retain their rights to them. Otherwise they become unrestricted free agents on March 5th as well.

LB Keith Ellison
QB Gibran Hamdan
OL Richie Incognito
TE Joe Klopfenstein
TE Derek Schouman
OT Jonathan Scott
SS George Wilson
CB Ashton Youboty

On this list Incognito and Wilson would seem to be the highest priorities to tender with Schouman and Youboty seemingly in the next group. Keith Ellison is a productive player, but might not be a fit in Buffalo’s new defensive scheme.

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Owens thanks Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2010 – 7:21 pm

With the news coming down that he will not be offered a new contract by Buffalo, Terrell Owens thanked the Bills organization for his opportunity in 2009.

Via his twitter account Owens said the following.

terrellowens    I would like to thank the great fans in Buffalo,Ralph Wilson & the Bills organization for all their support this past season.

Ryan Denney and Josh Reed were also informed that they would not be presented with contract offers by the Bills either. All three players will be free to shop their services on March 5th.

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Johnson/Hardy time?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2009 – 6:06 pm

With Josh Reed downgraded to out, it’s a virtual lock that Steve Johnson will be active Sunday, and there’s a good chance James Hardy could be up for the first time since coming off the Reserve/PUP list Nov. 11.

Johnson has played more in the slot than Hardy, so Johnson figures to see more action than Hardy if both are active, as the former seventh-rounder could split time in that role with Roscoe Parrish.

As we told you earlier in the week, Terrell Owens hinted that Hardy would get some playing time this week against the Falcons on Wednesday.

There had been a school of thought that if Brian Brohm was going to start Sunday (which is still going to be determined at game time) that Hardy could be beneficial to have on the field since he was one of the primary receivers Brohm threw to while running scout team plays the past month.

But interim head coach Perry Fewell dismissed that.

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Wed. player radio appearances

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2009 – 5:30 pm

Here’s the rundown of Bills players set to be on the airwaves Wednesday.

Josh Reed – Norton in the Morning, 97 Rock @ 7:30 AM

Andy Levitre – Iron Mike in the Morning, 97.7 HTZ-FM (St. Catharines, Ontario) @ 7:25 AM

George Wilson – Shredd & Ragan – Player of Week – 103.3 FM The Edge @ 4:15 pm

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Emergency QB options

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2009 – 1:20 pm

With Ryan Fitzpatrick the starting quarterback Sunday, that makes Gibran Hamdan the backup. Here are the emergency QB options.

Should disaster strike in the game Sunday the two emergency quarterback options are Fred Jackson and Josh Reed.

Both have had the designation before when the Bills have been down to two healthy quarterbacks on their roster. Basically all they would be expected to do is hand off and run off direct snaps.

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Parrish return replacements

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2009 – 3:35 pm

Fred Jackson is the player listed on the official lineup changes sheet as Roscoe Parrish’s replacement on both kickoff and punt returns, but he wasn’t the only guy practicing returns in pre-game warmups.

Josh Reed was practicing punt returns and Terrence McGee was practicing kick returns along with Jackson.

Jackson is one of the most sure-handed players on the team as is Reed, which makes sense considering the windy conditions here at Giants Stadium today. Both teams will need punt catchers more than punt returners today. And the situation won’t be much different concerning kickoff returns either.

McGee I think is a last resort option. He’s nursing a sore knee, so I don’t think they want to give him any extra  responsibilities if they can help it.

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Injury report update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 1:44 pm

Here’s the status rundown of Bills players for Sunday’s game.

Out – RT Jonathan Scott (ankle), SS Bryan Scott (ankle)
Questionable – LB Keith Ellison (knee)
Probable – CB Terrence McGee (knee), WR Roscoe Parrish (thigh), LB Paul Posluszny (arm) WR Josh Reed (fibula), SS Donte Whitner (thumb).

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Why Reed was absent

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 1:13 pm

Josh Reed was not at practice on Friday, but it was not because of injury.

Reed was excused for personal reasons according to head coach Dick Jauron.

However, the veteran wide receiver has been limited in practice this week due to a lower leg injury. Reed is listed as probable.

Fellow receiver Roscoe Parrish was limited again on Friday with a nagging thigh injury. Parrish is listed as probable for Sunday’s game.

Also probable are McGee, Posluszny and Whitner.

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Veteran WR not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 11:04 am

The injuries keep piling up for the Bills as one of their top three wideouts was not practicing during the portion of practice that the media can watch.

Josh Reed, who was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, was not in attendance at practice on Friday.

Reed has been battling a leg injury. We’ll get a full update from head coach Dick Jauron after practice.

Terrence McGee also appears to be limited again today.

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Post practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 3:00 pm

Not practicing Wednesday were Bryan Scott (ankle), Terrence McGee (knee) and Jonathan Scott (ankle).

Paul Posluszny (arm), Don’t Whitner (thumb) and Josh Reed (leg) were limited.

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Players signing at Bills store

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2009 – 1:42 pm

Bills players Fred Jackson, Ryan Denney and Josh Reed will be signing autographs tonight beginning at 6pm at the Bills merchandise store at One Bills Drive.

Denney, Jackson and Reed will sign Billieve pink logo merchandise as part of the Billieve – Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.  Fans can purchase Billieve pink logo merchandise including mini-helmets, t-shirts, caps and knit hats at the store that night or bring Billieve pink logo merchandise they already purchased. 

Fans must present the Bills players with at least one Billieve pink logo merchandise item to be autographed exclusively to support the campaign.  Players will also sign one other item if requested.  Proceeds from the sale of each Billieve pink logo item will benefit the Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the national American Cancer Society.

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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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Friday injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2009 – 5:03 pm

Both of Buffalo’s starting cornerbacks are nicked up, but Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin are expected to be ready for game day Sunday against the Saints.

Leodis McKelvin participated fully in practice Friday and is listed as probable. McGee practiced on a limited basis according to Dick Jauron and is listed as questionable.

Also questionable is WR Josh Reed (ankle). He was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday.

Shawn Nelson (shoulder) and DT John McCargo (calf) are both doubtful, which could leave the Bills with just two tight ends on Sunday.

Starting center Geoff Hangartner practiced fully on Friday and is probable for Sunday’s game. Roscoe Parrish (quad) also practiced fully and is probable.

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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2009 – 6:14 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron provided an update on the injured players on his roster this week.

WR Josh Reed, who did not practice at the outset Thursday, did do some work and was officially limited in practice. His injury was also mixed up with that of WR Roscoe Parrish on Wednesday. Parrish has a quad strain and Reed has an ankle injury. Parrish however, practiced fully.

C Geoff Hangartner (back) did practice, but also on a limited basis.

“That was a good progression,” said Jauron of Hangartner. “He worked in practice after doing nothing yesterday. He took a number of reps. Not as many as he normally would take, but he took a number of them.”

Buffalo’s two starting cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin (ankle/fibula) and Terrence McGee (ankle) were both limited Thursday.

“I would say that Leodis moved a little better than Terrence,” said Jauron. “They both were involved to some degree.”

Reggie Corner stepped in for McKelvin last week when he left with his ankle injury. If McGee can’t go Ashton Youboty would be his replacement.

Shawn Nelson was also limited.

DT John McCargo was added to the injury report Thursday with a strained calf. He practiced on a limited basis.

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WR Johnson to be active this week?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2009 – 4:22 pm

With Josh Reed (quad) not practicing for a second straight day and Roscoe Parrish (ankle) working through an ankle injury, the chances appear greater that second-year WR Steve Johnson could dress this week.

Johnson has been inactive for the first two games this season. But that could change on Sunday. Even if Reed and Parrish are able to play on Sunday, Johnson might be on the 45-man game day roster this weekend in case Reed and Parrish are unable to make it through the whole game. The offensive staff will also have Justin Jenkins as an option.

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Reed not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2009 – 4:00 pm

Josh Reed is not practicing for the 2nd straight day.

Reed (quad) is doing some running on the side with the training staff.

Limited in practice is TE Shawn Nelson (shoulder).

C Geoff Hangartner (back) is participating after missing Wednesday’s practice.

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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2009 – 6:59 pm

Josh Reed and Geoff Hangartner were the new non-participants in practice Wednesday and there were four other players that were limited.

Reed is dealing with a strained quad while Hangartner sat out with a stiff back.

Limited in practice Wednesday were Terrence McGee, Leodis McKelvin, Shawn Nelson and Roscoe Parrish.

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Hangartner, Reed not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2009 – 3:57 pm

Two starters are not participating in practice.

Geoff Hangartner and Josh Reed are not practicing. Head coach Dick Jauron will provide an update in his afternoon press conference scheduled for 2:30pm.

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