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Report: Eagles tried to get McCoy back

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2018 – 9:28 am

The Bills acquisition of LeSean McCoy may go down as one of the best trades in team history. McCoy has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with Buffalo and the Bills led the league in rushing in two of those seasons. A New York Daily News story on the success of Eagles VP Howie Roseman’s reconstruction of the Philadelphia roster, in the wake of the Chip Kelly hiring and firing, mentions McCoy as the one key piece that the Eagles wanted to reacquire, but couldn’t.

Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News wrote that Roseman wanted to reacquire McCoy to make up for Kelly’s foolish trade of the star back for LB Kiko Alonso. Here is Mehta’s excerpt about Roseman’s failed efforts to get McCoy back to Philadelphia.

There was one player that he couldn’t add: McCoy.

Kelly’s decision to trade McCoy to Buffalo for Alonso never made sense. Roseman tried to get McCoy back in a deal with Buffalo through back-channel intermediaries, according to sources. One of Philly’s off-the-books offers for McCoy, who has been a Pro Bowler in each of his three seasons with the Bills, was a package of players that included wide receiver Jordan Matthews, according to sources. Matthews ultimately was traded to the Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby last summer.

Roseman’s desire to bring back McCoy was one of the few moves that he couldn’t pull off, but he had seemingly solved his most glaring problem in the first phase of his accelerated rebuild: He found his franchise quarterback.

It sounds like Roseman’s efforts to get McCoy back never turned into a formal offer to the Bills. That’s probably because his exploratory talks with whatever back channels Mehta is referencing gave strong indication that it wasn’t an option.

This is likely why the Eagles subsequently made the trade for Jay Ajayi during the season.

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Fan Friday 1-19

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2018 – 11:26 am

We’ll have full Senior Bowl practice coverage next week Bills fans, so keep it close to and the John Murphy Show! Now to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think Rudolph could be a target pick for bills? Keep some draft capital get him at 21?


CB: Right now Rudolph is a bit off the pace as a QB prospect from the top four (Darnold, Rosen, Allen, Mayfield), due primarily to the fact that NFL clubs don’t know what his mental processing skills are on a football field. He has all the physical tools to be a pocket passer in the NFL, but he played in a very simple offense. So calling plays, diagnosing coverages, reading progressions, taking snaps under center are all unknowns. That’s why it’s unfortunate that Rudolph won’t be practicing this week at the Senior Bowl. He could’ve begun to answer some of those questions by putting his decision making during team periods of practice on display.

I think at this point it’s very realistic that he’ll be on the board for the Bills in the early 20’s. He’s currently projected as a late one, early two by some of the more respected draft prognosticators.

2 –

Do you foresee Shady becoming more of a change of pace back/third down back to preserve his career a few more years? It would be nice to get a solid move the chains type bruiser for early downs…thoughts?

Alan C

CB: McCoy did not show any signs of slowing down whatsoever in 2017. That said, he’ll be 30-years old for 2018. I personally see him as one of the exceptions to the popular rule that running backs decline after their 28th birthday. The main reason being his running style doesn’t expose him to big time hits which cause the most wear and tear on the body.

I am however, in favor of getting a capable back who can reduce the workload on McCoy. The Bills did a good job managing his carries. He averaged 18 carries per game in 2017, which I think would still be manageable for McCoy going forward. But introducing a steady backup, who can get five to 10 carries per game would be advisable to prolong McCoy’s freshness through the latter stages of the season, especially if there are playoff games in January where the offense will naturally lean on him more.

3 –

Chicken-egg situation: do the #Bills draft a QB with skill set that fits what Daboll wants to do? Or design offense around whatever QB they draft?

Tyler Moss

CB: While I believe there is some consideration to the style of offense the Bills would prefer to run in drafting a quarterback prospect, I don’t think it would preclude the Bills from taking the player they believe to be the best prospect at the position when they’re on the board.

It’s not the best example, but Cam Newton, a player who was drafted in Carolina when both Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were there wasn’t an ideal fit for a pro-style offense. He was not a pure passer and he never played in a pro system, but he was far and away the best prospect at the position.

So, in general I think most NFL clubs tend to focus on drafting the best player at the position, then worry about how they’ll make use of his skill set.

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

What do you think Cordy Glenn’s future is with the Bills? If they move on, does he have trade value with that contract?

Josh McCarty

CB: Step one for Glenn is to get back to full health following the latest procedure on his foot. By all accounts he is doing very well in his rehabilitation and is on track to be full go for the start of the offseason conditioning program in April.

I do understand why there is speculation about Glenn being a trade option for the Bills, knowing how well Dion Dawkins performed at left tackle in Glenn’s absence.

Taking that hypothetical situation a step further, it’s obvious that Glenn’s cap figure for 2018 ($14.45M) is second only to Tyrod Taylor ($18M) on Buffalo’s roster.

But to move Glenn via trade or outright release prior to June 1st would only give Buffalo a cap savings of $4.85M with $9.6M in dead money still on their books.

If the Bills moved him after June 1st, such a move becomes more fiscally responsible.

The cap savings would be more than $11M and the dead money would be cut by two-thirds ($3.2M). However, moving a player via trade that late in the offseason is rare, but quality left tackles with a proven track record and just 28-years old are not easy to find. So even that late in the game I think he absolutely has trade value.

Just knowing how much GM Brandon Beane wants to continue to clear dead money off the Bills cap so they have more flexibility in their spending going forward, I find it hard to fathom them trying to move Cordy Glenn prior to June 1st knowing the cap implications mentioned above.

NOTE: For those wondering if you can designate a player you intend to trade as a post-June 1st designation, it doesn’t appear that you can. When you designate a player as a post-June 1st cut, the contract is immediately terminated and the team no longer holds any rights to the player.

So it would appear to be impossible to designate a traded player as a post-June 1st trade, because the team technically would not have the rights to said player, and thus no commodity to trade. The actual trade, as mentioned above, would seemingly have to take place after June 1st for the aforementioned cap savings to be realized.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

If Bills lose Gaines to free agency, does corner become high draft priority?

Patrick Schrader

CB: If you’re down a starting caliber corner and you don’t feel you have an adequate replacement on your roster, then yes it does become a priority. Knowing that Leonard Johnson is also a free agent could increase the positional need even more.

So if Gaines doesn’t return, I think positionally it becomes a priority, but I’m not ready to peg it a draft priority. Let’s see what free agency can bring the team first if necessary.

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No surprise: McCoy listed as questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on January 5, 2018 – 2:23 pm

Based on how the week of practice played out for LeSean McCoy and his ankle injury it was no surprise to see him listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

McCoy was limited in practice Friday, the only practice in which he participated this week after suffering his ankle injury last Sunday at Miami. Also questionable is LB Matt Milano, who did not practice all week. If he can’t start on Sunday, Ramon Humber would take his place in the lineup.

RT Jordan Mills is also questionable with an ankle injury, but he practiced fully on Friday and is expected to start.

Here’s the full game status report for Buffalo’s injured players.




CB Shareece Wright – concussion

RB LeSean McCoy – ankle
OT Jordan Mills – ankle
LB Matt Milano – hamstring
WR Deonte Thompson – shoulder
QB Joe Webb – ankle

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Fan Friday 1-5

Posted by Chris Brown on January 5, 2018 – 12:24 pm

The wait is over Bills fans! Playoff football and your team is in the dance! Enjoy it! Now to your questions on email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

If Shady doesn’t play, you think we still have a good shot at winning?


CB: I think the task becomes a lot more difficult. McCoy is engine that runs the offense. He represents a third of the team’s total yards from scrimmage this season. Even coach McDermott admitted you cannot replace him. He’s one of the top five backs in the league.

Though I like what Marcus Murphy has brought to the table in his short time with the Bills and seeing offensive coordinator Rick Dennison use Mike Tolbert effectively last week (inside runs only), I believe they could make the run game functional.

Is that enough to win? Probably not. I think they would also need to win the turnover battle and finish a plus-two for a shot at a victory.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, is the RD5 pick from Jax a done deal?

Dean Kindig

CB: That is correct. The Bills conditional sixth-round pick that they acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for Marcell Dareus has improved to a fifth-round selection in 2018 by virtue of the fact that the Jaguars advanced to the playoffs.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Win or Lose, what did this season mean for McDermott/Beane? I feel like just because of the playoff berth they are probably going to be in a solid place here for the next 5 years. (Of course, in exception to a total meltdown the next two years)

x-Dylan Nowak

CB: Making the playoffs obviously helps any coach-GM combination in the NFL. I don’t know if you can project five years of job security for them, but they’re certainly on firm footing. It’s clear that Terry and Kim Pegula believe in what coach McDermott has established in terms of how the team operates on a daily basis. It’s evident that McDermott is a coach that players will follow.

The way he was able to get the team to hang together after a three-game losing streak, that has sunk many Bills coaches in the past, is what convinced me that the mental toughness of this team, that has been so poor in the past, had changed. I didn’t know if that meant playoffs this year, but the culture of this team after falling into all the common pitfalls year after year has finally been given a solid foundation.

The playoff berth only helps that.

Beane in his first year has shown he’s not afraid to swing a trade, even if it’s not popular publicly. He and McDermott are in lock step as to how to build a team for the long haul and sustained success.

The Pegulas have the right people in place at the important decision-making positions. It’s onward and upward from here.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills

1: How does KB13 match up against JAX corners? 2: What candy bar is the best candy bar?

Joshua Smith

CB: Benjamin is a tough matchup for any corner, but Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye are both going to the Pro Bowl for a reason. They’ve combined for 10 interceptions. Benjamin usually lines up as the Bills ‘Z’ receiver or flanker on the right side of the formation, which would pit him against Ramsey.

Ramsey is a long corner. He’s 6-1 with long arms. His ability to mirror his opponents routes is impressive. There is very little separation on most plays he defends. That being said, what Benjamin offers is a wide catch radius.

He’s also capable of shielding a defender from the ball with his giant frame. This should offer Tyrod Taylor opportunities to make plays even if Ramsey is blanketing Benjamin, which shouldn’t be difficult for Ramsey at all.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Anyone else being brought up at RB?

Andrew Ten Eyck

CB: If anyone is elevated to the active roster at running back due to LeSean McCoy’s availability with his ankle it would be Aaron Green, who they signed this week. Green is a quick and elusive back with good burst. I believe even if called up before the game he’d likely be used in an emergency situation only. The primary backups are Marcus Murphy and Mike Tolbert.

The Bills have until 4 pm on Saturday to call a player up from the practice squad to the active roster.



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McCoy, Milano headline injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2018 – 3:07 pm

It was pretty good bet that LeSean McCoy wasn’t going to practice on Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury in last Sunday’s game and that proved to be the case. Another new addition to the Bills injury report was Matt Milano with a hamstring injury.

CB Shareece Wright also is still in the concussion protocol and didn’t practice. Here’s a look at the Bills full injury report.



LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest)
RB LeSean McCoy (ankle)
LB Matt Milano (hamstring)
OT Jordan Mills (ankle)
WR Deonte Thompson (shoulder)
DT Kyle Williams (rest)
CB Shareece Wright (concussion)

WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
QB Joe Webb (ankle)

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Taylor & McCoy have been ones to keep drives going

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2017 – 12:07 pm

No one is going to label Buffalo’s offense a juggernaut. Certainly not when their pass game is last in the league. Struggles aside, Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy have done everything they could this season to keep drives alive for the Bills come third and even fourth down.

Evidence of that comes in the fact that the two of them rank third and fourth in the league in clutch runs this season. In fact, Taylor and McCoy are the only two teammates in this category in the top 10.

And for those who assume Taylor ranks so high on this list because he’s too busy scrambling for a first down instead of throwing for one, the Bills QB ranks 11th in the league in clutch passing percentage on third or fourth down.


(clutch = any rush on 3rd or 4th down which results in TD or 1st down)

Cam Newton, Car                21
Carson Wentz, Phi              20
Tyrod Taylor, Buf              18
LeSean McCoy, Buf              16
Javorius Allen, Bal            14
Ezekiel Elliott, Dal           14
Devonta Freeman, Atl           14
DeShone Kizer, Cle             14
Melvin Gordon, LAC             13
Frank Gore, Ind                13

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Why McCoy needs the ball often and late

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2017 – 10:05 am

There’s no debating that LeSean McCoy is the engine of Buffalo’s offense. The team leader in rushing yards and receptions, he’s done it all. Feeding him the ball is a no brainer, especially late in games.

To provide some context, should the Bills be ahead late in the game against the Dolphins today, getting McCoy the ball in the run game would be a good way to maintain possession. That’s because after carry 20in games, McCoy is one of the best in the league.

From carry number 21 on in games, McCoy has one of the highest yards per carry averages in the league. A perfect example would be his 48-yard touchdown run late in the win over the Raiders in Week 8.

McCoy has the third-highest yards per carry average (4.31) after carry 20 in the NFL this season.


(minimum 1.25 rushes per team game)

Jordan Howard, Chi             5.82 (163/28)
Leonard Fournette, Jax         5.77 (179/31)
LeSean McCoy, Buf              4.31 (112/26)
Jay Ajayi, Mia-Phi             4.14 (91/22)
Todd Gurley II, LAR            4.00 (76/19)
Kareem Hunt, KC                3.87 (116/30)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dal           3.72 (171/46)
Adrian Peterson, NO-Ari        3.58 (86/24)
Le’Veon Bell, Pit              3.56 (228/64)
Frank Gore, Ind                3.33 (70/21)

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McCoy to be 5th Bill to top rushing, receptions

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2017 – 12:29 pm

It hasn’t happened all too often in Bills team history that a single player has led the team in rushing and receptions in the same season. But this season LeSean McCoy looks like he’s going to become just the fifth players in team annals to lead the team in both rushing yards and receptions in a single season.

McCoy has been the team’s top pass catcher almost all season, and that combined with his typical rushing exploits will make him the first Bills player since Fred Jackson in 2014 to lead in both categories. Charles Clay is 14 receptions behind him so there’s virtually no chance of anyone catching up to McCoy.

Bills, Leading Team in Rush Yards & Receptions – All-Time

Player                         Year                Rush Yds       Receptions

Keith Lincoln              1967                601                  41

Joe Cribbs                   1983                1,131               57

Greg Bell                    1985                883                  58

Fred Jackson               2014                525                  66

LeSean McCoy          2017                1,128               57



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McCoy wins FedEx Ground Player of week

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:36 pm

Good job Bills fans. LeSean McCoy has won FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors for his Week 14 performance in the win over Indianapolis in overtime.

Shady had 156 yards on a career-high 32 carries along with the game-winning touchdown in overtime in the 13-7 victory over the Colts.

McCoy is currently fifth in the league in rushing as he also went over 1,000 yards for the season (1,007).

The weekly FedEx Ground® Player of the Week Awards also wins for the local community. Along with the player award, FedEx makes a $2,000 donation in each of the winning player’s names that will go to the USO through FedEx Cares. The donation will be used to support USO programs that keep service members connected to family, home and country as they depart the military and find a new path in civilian life.

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Vote for Shady for Clutch Player of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2017 – 11:10 am

Running back LeSean McCoy in addition to being up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week is also up for Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week for his game-winning touchdown run with 1:33 left in overtime against the Colts.

He’s in a pool of nominees with Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger, Carolina QB Cam Newton, Green Bay WR  Davante Adams and Jacksonville CB A.J. Bouye. The Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Week is the best performer or performance of the week that represents strength in key moments.

Fans can vote for Shady through Friday at 3 PM ET to determine the CASTROL EDGE CLUTCH PERFORMER OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and then posted on

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McCoy up for FedEx Ground POW

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2017 – 9:34 am

It’s the third time he’s been nominated. Bills feature back LeSean McCoy is up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week after his 156-yard rushing performance in a lake effect snowstorm last Sunday.

McCoy was nominated along with Chicago’s Jordan Howard and Miami’s Kenyan Drake. The Bills back had the game-winning touchdown with 1:33 left in overtime to life Buffalo to a 13-7 victory.

Voting for McCoy can be done here is open until Thursday at 3 pm. Fans can also vote on Twitter using #AirandGround and the nominee’s last name.

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McCoy’s workload has been key to Bills wins

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2017 – 10:45 am

It certainly isn’t the only variable that can be attributed to Bills victories, but LeSean McCoy’s workload has an impact on Buffalo’s success in posting ‘W’s.

This season when LeSean McCoy gets 20 carries or more the Bills are 5-0. When he gets less than that the Bills are 1-6. Here’s a look at Buffalo’s stats this season on offense when McCoy gets 20 or more carries and when he doesn’t.

McCoy 20 or more carries McCoy less than 20 carries
Won-Loss record 6 and 0 1 and 5
Points per game 25 12.8
Rush yds/game 83 59
Rushes/game 21.3 13.2
Rushing TDs 3 1
1st down rushes 25 16
Rec yds/game 35.3 15.3


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Personnel packages that work for Bills run game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2017 – 9:26 am

It’s a statistical breakdown that has its fair share of variables at work, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Below is a listing of the personnel packages that have proven most productive when LeSean McCoy runs the ball this season.

These stats are courtesy of ESPN Stats Inc. and only count personnel groupings that have been used for at least 10 carries by McCoy this season.

We should preface these yards per carry averages by noting that the caliber of opponent in which these personnel groupings were used obviously changed from week to week and that certainly impacts the measure of success listed below. Still, it’s an interesting look at what has worked well for Buffalo’s run game this season.

Personnel Pos. breakdown Total rushing yards Yards per carry
11 1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR 246 5.02
21 2 RB, 1 TE, 2 WR 147 3
12 1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR 102 2.76
22 2 RB, 2 TE, 1 WR 131 4.85
21 (6 OL) 2 RB, 1 TE, 2 WR 103 9.36

Eleven personnel has been Buffalo’s most popular personnel grouping this season by a wide margin, and seeing the level of production that formation produces in the run game makes it understandable.

The Saints were one team that took an interesting approach to that formation. Usually with three WRs on the field a defense will go to their nickel package (5 DBs) to match a corner on the third receiver. New Orleans decided to stay in their base defense (3 LBs, 4 DBs) knowing the Bills run a good deal out of that personnel grouping and they were very effective. Buffalo failed to make them change out of that approach by not beating them in mismatches in the pass game.

It will be interesting to see if New England takes a similar approach.

Perhaps the most surprising stat is how when the Bills use Seantrel Henderson as a sixth lineman, their success is pretty significant. This formation usually is a dead giveaway that Buffalo is going to run the ball, but still with six linemen and a fullback, there’s outstanding production on average.

Twenty-two personnel has fared well for the Bills all season as evidenced by the average. In fact it was the personnel grouping that got Buffalo off to a good start on their only touchdown drive last week when they used it on their first two plays of the series and got 10 and seven-yard runs from McCoy. It got the offense into a good rhythm and led to the Zay Jones touchdown reception.

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Vote for Shady

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2017 – 2:11 pm

Bills RB LeSean McCoy is up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week after his third 100-yard rushing day of the season.

McCoy rushed for 114 yards on 13 carries (8.8 avg.) and a touchdown while adding a 12-yard touchdown reception in the Bills’ 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

He’s up against Chicago RB Jordan Howard and New Orleans RB Mark Ingram. To vote for Shady, or tweet using #AirandGround and the nominees’ last name to cast their vote. FedEx and the NFL will announce the winners every Thursday and then FedEx will award a $2,000 donation in the winning players’ names to The USO.


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Is more better for Shady?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2017 – 10:30 am

There’s an old saying about running backs. Some have maintained that the more work they get the more effective they are. The phrase makes sense knowing that if a back keeps getting the ball, it’s because the run game is successful. That wears an opposing defense down and the big runs become more and more frequent. In 2017, it hasn’t been a banner year for LeSean McCoy, but his play holds true to this maxim.

As seen in the table below, in the games when McCoy has had more than 20 carries, his yards per carry average is among the best in the league.

McCoy has only gone over 20 carries in a game three times this season, and has just a total of 12 rushes. But as is typically the case the long runs show up late in the game when the opposing defense has been worn out. In fact, McCoy’s longest carry of the season came at the end of the Oakland game when he had a season-high 151 rushing yards on a season-high 27 carries.

So it’s a small sample size and obviously time and score plays a role in whether an offense is running more than it’s throwing late in games, but McCoy is third-best in the league after 20 carries this season.

(minimum 1.25 rushes per team game)

1 – Leonard Fournette, Jax         7.32 (139/19)
2 – Jordan Howard, Chi             6.39 (147/23)
3 – LeSean McCoy, Buf              5.08 (61/12)
4 – Kareem Hunt, KC                4.83 (58/12)
5 – Todd Gurley II, LAR            4.56 (73/16)
6 – Jay Ajayi, Mia-Phi             4.14 (91/22)
7 – Ezekiel Elliott, Dal           3.81 (160/42)
8 – Le’Veon Bell, Pit              3.60 (216/60)
9 – Adrian Peterson, NO-Ari        3.58 (86/24)

NFL Average                    4.28

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McCoy named FedEx Ground POW for Wk 8

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 3:35 pm

Thanks to the voting of Bills fans, RB LeSean McCoy was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his Week 8 performance in Buffalo’s win over Oakland.

McCoy rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Bills 34-14 victory last Sunday. Here’s a look at some of his highlights from last week. Because of his win, $2,000 will be given to The USO in McCoy’s name.


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Jets DT McClendon: McCoy not a super hero

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 12:37 pm

The Jets were getting a little tired of hearing about LeSean McCoy this week in interviews with New York reporters. New York DT Steve McClendon felt they were pumping up the abilities of Buffalo’s feature back a bit too much. So he made sure everybody understood that the Jets don’t see him as some super human talent.

“He’s not a superhero,” McLendon told the Daily News this week of McCoy. “You don’t want to make it seem
like he can’t be stopped. He’s an amazing athlete. He can do some things with the football that you see done on the basketball court. I give him that. … (But) this is how I look at everybody. And like I said, no disrespect to anybody. They put on their pads just like I do. They put on their pants just like I do. They put on their helmet just like I do. They put on their jersey just like I do. It doesn’t make no difference to me.

“Every superhero gets knocked down some time. Ya’ll looking at him as a superhero. We’re looking at him just like an ordinary man that has to be stopped.”


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Vote for Shady

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2017 – 10:39 am

Bills RB LeSean McCoy has been nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his 151-yard rushing performance that included a 48-yard touchdown. Here’s a look at his competition this week.

McCoy is going up against Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, who rolled up 132 yards and a touchdown in a loss to New England. Baltimore’s Alex Collins had 113-yard rushing day last Thursday in a rout of the Dolphins.

To vote for Shady go to to cast your ballot. Voting for this week’s winners is open until Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET at Fans can also vote on Twitter using #AirandGround and the nominee’s last name.


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Fan Friday 10-20

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2017 – 12:18 pm

Coming off the bye, the Bills have three of their next four games at home. Time to roll up some ‘W’s. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What are the chances McCoy breaks out Sunday?


CB: The chances are very good as I see it. Tampa Bay is giving up over 400 yards a game. They have the 30th ranked third down defense. They’ve given up the fifth-most points in the red zone (101) and have played just five games. On the road they’re even worse giving up 500 yards per game. So I’m feeling good about a McCoy breakout Sunday.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How many new special teamers are on the roster this year? Would love to see more Brandon Tate in the offense catching & scoring!!

Steph Go Bills!

CB: There’s a host of new players to the special teams units this year.

Andre Holmes, Taiwan Jones, Tanner Vallejo, Matt Milano, Joe Webb, Eddie Yarbrough, Ryan Davis, Deon Lacey, Shareece Wright, Shamarko Thomas, Trae Elston and Stephen Hauschka. That’s just off the top of my head.

It’ll be interesting to see what this week’s addition of Deonte Thompson means. Will he see more time on offense or special teams? Where he’s utilized figures to directly impact where Tate sees his playing time, though after a 40-yard punt return in Buffalo’s last game I anticipate seeing Tate on punt returns.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

All I’ve been hearing are positives about WR Deonte Thompson. Think he’ll make an impact?

Rick McGuire

CB: His strengths are gaining consistent separation in his routes and blocking in the run game. I’ll maintain that an overlooked part of Buffalo’s rushing success last year was the job turned in by Buffalo’s receivers when it comes to blocking downfield. Thompson is an underrated player in this area.

I think that quality alone will get him on the field this Sunday against Tampa Bay.



4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why hasn’t Groy been given a shot at RG?

Brent Seybolt

CB: Coach McDermott was asked about Groy this week and he said that he’s in the mix for the right guard spot. But based on his answer my hunch is the coaching staff sees Groy as their backup center and swing guard in the event of an injury.

I think if Groy is a starter at guard, the staff is concerned that they’re exposing both their starting and backup center to injury. There really is no other guy on the roster that can handle the pivot spot as effectively as Wood and Groy. So it’s my belief that it’s a risk-reward thing.

If they don’t believe Groy is demonstrably better at guard than Miller or Ducasse, they likely see it better to have Groy as a healthy backup for center and at guard in an emergency.



5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Did Bills offer Mabin a PS contract and go with Seamster when turned down? I thought Mabin had potential.


CB: I know the Bills wanted to bring Mabin back by signing him to the practice squad. What you have to remember is when a player is released they’re a free agent and can make their own decisions. Mabin obviously decided San Francisco was a better option for him.

I don’t know that I agree with him. This defensive scheme is a good fit for him and with only four corners on the active roster he’s one injury away from being back on the 53. So his decision was peculiar to say the least.


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Fan Friday 9-29

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2017 – 12:15 pm

A big test this week in Atlanta. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Can the secondary hang with Atlanta’s WRs?

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CB: I think the Bills secondary can hold their own, but to think that they’re going to completely shut them down is foolhardy. No NFL secondary has been able to do that. What will go a long way in aiding Buffalo’s defensive backfield is pressure up front.

If Falcons starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) can’t go again this week that would make for a good matchup at right tackle. Ty Sambrailo started in his place last week and struggled a great deal.

Of course Shaq Lawson is also a question mark Sunday, but pressure should have some success off Buffalo’s left side if Sambrailo starts.

I think the goal for the secondary is just to keep everything in front of them and make the Falcons earn points by being consistent for 10 to 12 plays. That will give the Bills more opportunities to make a play on a less than perfect offensive call by Matt Ryan.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why have the Bills tried to replace RT Mills? He’s playing bad football right now.


CB: I think we’ve come to see that Sean McDermott and his coaching staff are not afraid to make a change if they feel they can upgrade any position and improve overall performance. So your assessment and the assessment of the coaching staff regarding Jordan Mills’ play are obviously not the same.

What we also have to take into consideration here is the fact that the offense is still a work in progress in Tyrod Taylor’s own words. This new scheme has to settle in with every player on offense. Think of it like a bottle of wine. When you open it, you’ve got to let it breathe a little.

This offensive unit has to mold and shape itself to the scheme. Hasty changes like the one you’re suggesting can sometimes do more harm than good. And most new coaching staffs don’t know for sure what they have until they get into mid-October and early November.

So unless a player is really struggling and putting more bad plays than good ones on film, changes this early in the season are rare.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is there even a 1% chance we can go into the house, of the best NFC team in the league, and come out with a “W”? #SoYourTellinMeTheresAChance

Dr. Dusty

CB: There is certainly a chance. I think as long as the Bills defense can hold them down early it will allow Buffalo’s offense the opportunity to let their run game to gain some traction without the issue of playing catch up on the scoreboard.

I believe there will be some rushing lanes to exploit against this Falcons defense. I’m not so sure Atlanta is as good all-around as they were last year. Their offense is still prolific, but their defense is beat up right now. I’m confident the Bills can keep it close. Cross your fingers.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think we will drop Walt Powell next week or will he be added to the roster? Is he an upgrade at all?

Bills, Mets, & Pens


CB: You’re right Walt Powell will have completed his four-game league-imposed suspension after this Sunday. It’s hard to predict what will happen. The receiving corps could sustain a season-ending injury in Sunday’s game and suddenly Walt Powell is needed on the active roster.

Beyond that though it’s difficult to know where they feel Powell would sit in the WR pecking order once he’s off suspension. But at best he’s the fourth or fifth receiver.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will he consider changing up the blocking scheme to better fit McCoy’s running style?


CB: I would not anticipate a change in the blocking scheme anytime soon. LeSean McCoy is one of the five best backs in the league. His ability fits any run scheme you can draw up. In fact McCoy had some of the most productive seasons of his career is the same exact scheme in Philadelphia.

At issue is getting all of the men involved in the blocking scheme to work seamlessly. That hasn’t happened consistently enough to this point. We’re still in the first month of the season. Most teams with new schemes don’t really get humming until mid to late October.

So let’s see where the run game goes between now and then.


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