QB throwing contest

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2010 – 6:30 pm

At the close of practice Sunday two of Buffalo’s quarterbacks decided to have a throwing contest to see who could throw it further.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Levi Brown squared off and went through two rounds of throws. Buffalobills.com was not on hand to witness the competition, but Fitzpatrick stated to Buffalobills.com that he outthrew Brown with his longer throw going for 73 yards.

To be fair I sought out a second source for accuracy of the competition. In speaking briefly with Levi Brown he explained that there were two rounds to the competition.

“I won the first one and he won the second one, and he got lucky,” said Brown with a smirk. “I wanted to go a third round to determine a winner in a best of three, but he didn’t want to.”

We’ll try to be on hand to witness the next competition if there is one.


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Bills move 2 more off roster

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2010 – 10:07 am

With the signing of Arthur Moats and Levi Brown, the Bills were forced to move two other players off the roster to keep the roster at the 80-man limit.

DL Will Croner and G Jorge Guerra were the two players that were waived. Both were undrafted rookie free agents.

Croner hasn’t been at spring workouts the past two weeks, so it’s unclear as to whether he wanted to pursue an NFL career or not.

Guerra was working hard primarily at left guard, but as an undrafted rookie you’re a long shot.


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Report: Bills agree with 2 more picks

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2010 – 8:22 am

According to Scout.com the Bills have agreed to terms with two more late round draft choices.

Sixth-round pick Arthur Moats and seventh-round pick Levi Brown reportedly agreed to terms.

More than half of Buffalo’s draft class will be under contract when they officially sign.


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Fan Friday 6-4

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2010 – 2:33 pm

OTAs and minicamps are in full swing. Stay close to Buffalobills.com for exclusive highlights from the practice field. Let’s get to your questions (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).

1 – Chris,
How are the young group of linebackers looking? Does Aaron Maybin look to be a fit at outside linebacker?  How about Chris Ellis?  Going to the 3-4 makes our linebacker play crucial if we are going to have a good defense.
 
Thanks,
William J. Nason
Woodbridge, VA

CB: Maybin looks the part and I think he’s a lock to be out there in obvious passing situations to take advantage of his pass rushing prowess. I do however see him getting pushed for a role on first and second downs from Chris Ellis, who is stouter against the run.

I also would like to see more of rookie Antonio Coleman when the pads go on in camp. He has some good looking pass rushing moves and I’d like to see them on display in something closer to a game-like setting.

2 – What kind of offense do you see the Bills implementing this season? I hope it won’t be too complex. When trying to jell, simple is better.

Sam Corona

CB:
I think you can bank on there being a strong emphasis on the run game. It’s one of Chan Gailey’s trademarks. A lot of shifts and motions are also staples in his offenses in an effort to throw opposing defenses off, and he does have a lot of them.

The Bills defensive players have already commented on how much more challenging Gailey’s offense is to figure in practice because of all the pre-snap motion.

His offense however, will adapt and change as we move into training camp to fit the strengths of his players, so making a definitive call on what it will look like right now is premature.

3 – Chris,
Any chance we keep all 4 qbs on our active roster come opening day?
Thanks!
A Byrnes

CB: This is an excellent question that I’ve thought about myself. I highly doubt that all four quarterbacks will be kept on the roster.

I think Levi Brown is a lock as a developmental number three quarterback at worst. So the remaining two spots will go to two of the three that were on the roster last season.

In fact it wouldn’t shock me if before the close of training camp one that isn’t deemed an answer as a starter is moved via trade.

4 – Chris:
Am I off base with the thought that the Bills (after round #1) selected players that may not be currently the best at their positions coming out of the draft, but with NFL Coaching have the potential to be better than those players rated higher because of greater athletic upside, work ethic and intelligence?
 
Thanks
Joe
Blasdell

CB: I think part of what you’re saying is accurate. I believe the Bills newly configured personnel department put a greater emphasis on player work ethic because they’ve grown tired of having even one or two players on the roster where coaches wonder what they’re going to get out of them each and every Sunday. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to ignore supremely talented players that might not have an impeccable work ethic.

I think it’s only safe to say that player work ethic was a bit more of a factor this year, but it was not the end all, be all. You still need talent to win in this league.

As far as intelligence goes, that’s a prerequisite to play in this league and is always considered a major asset.

Since most Bills fans that took issue with Buffalo’s draft class had issues with picks 2, 3 and 4 I will state for the record that Torell Troup, Alex Carrington and Marcus Easley are extremely athletic based on what I’ve seen thus far in the spring camps.

I don’t think the Bills sacrificed anything in the way of pure athletic talent to take hard working players. I think the Bills college scouting and personnel departments were extremely astute in taking talented players that had a work ethic to match.

5 – Hey Chris
I would like to know your opinion on the chance that Stevie Johnson could play opposite Lee Evans as the number 2 receiver. He’s good at the slot position, but I think that Steve would be able to play any position for receiver whether it be slot or wideout.

Thanks,
Chris L.

CB: Johnson has received snaps opposite Lee Evans with the first unit as the flanker or boundary receiver in the OTAs and minicamp setting. He’s very much a part of that number 2 receiver competition. On the whole he’s performed relatively well.

James Hardy is currently his most ardent competitor for the role.
I also would not rule out rookie Marcus Easley who has made some impressive plays thus far this spring and has demonstrated a knack for making the big play.

We’ll see how this competition changes when the pads go on.


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Fitz is 1st man through

Posted by Chris Brown on May 26, 2010 – 1:26 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey said the quarterback rotation and reps has all been laid out from now until the end of June, so shifts in the rotation and rep count were to be expected. And there was a change on day 2 of OTAs.

On Wednesday, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the first quarterback through in the rotation during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work. During 7-on-7 Trent Edwards was the quarterback that followed Fitzpatrick in the rotation. During 11-on-11 Brian Brohm followed Fitzpatrick with Edwards after him. Rookie Levi Brown was fourth in both rotations.

More to come on the home page of Buffalobills.com this afternoon on both the written and video side in Bills Roundup.


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Levi Brown to do some pitching

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2010 – 1:39 pm

Bills rookie QB Levi Brown will try his hand at pitching Friday night.

Brown is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Bisons game against the Charlotte Knights at 7:05 pm. The Troy University product admitted he hasn’t thrown a baseball in a while.

“That ball is so small,” Brown told Buffalobills.com chuckling. “I may need a bullpen session beforehand.”

Brown throws a football around 60 miles per hour. They measure ball speed every year at the NFL combine.

“I think there was a handful of quarterbacks in the low to mid-60’s this year,” said Brown. “I think I was in the low 60’s.”

That’s a pretty high speed for a football, though it’s hard to say what it would translate to with a baseball. Brown did play baseball as a youngster, but despite his arm strength he wasn’t a pitcher.

“I was a catcher,” said Brown. “That’s why I’ve got such a quick release when I throw a football. It’s from being a catcher. I don’t bring the ball all the way back because I’m used to hopping up and getting it down to second.”

Brown said he fared pretty well throwing out base stealers at second base.

“I did alright,” he said. “I’d be picking guys off first too.”

So while throwing off the mound might be a bit new to Brown, at least he’ll recognize the sign from the catcher.


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How Brown believes offense translates

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2010 – 10:05 am

When a quarterback tries to get himself acclimated to a new offensive system, he sometimes tries to lean his previous offense to help with translation in the early going. Bills seventh-round pick Levi Brown is just trying to absorb the new system on its own, knowing it’s different schematically from what he did in college. But he has seen some similarities here and there.

“Obviously it’s different,” Brown told Buffalobills.com. “We’re under center here a lot. We have put in some shotgun stuff. A lot of that is similar. A lot of the ways we read coverages, there’s a lot of stuff that translates really well from the things I’ve done the past three years at Troy to here.”

Still Brown admitted his head was spinning a bit through rookie minicamp. However, he believes with a week or two to study up he’ll be much better off in OTAs.


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QB Brown studying up

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2010 – 4:33 pm

Bills rookie QB Levi Brown, who has climbed depth charts before, is hard at work at home in Tennessee.

Per his latest twitter post, the Bills seventh-round pick is looking to absorb his head coach’s offensive plays.

LeviBrown12    Sittin in the hammock at home over the pond studying these plays

For a rookie camp where he had all but several hours to prepare, I thought Brown fared pretty well last weekend. He’s pretty accurate with the ball and made good decisions for the most part in the practices. We’ll see where it leads for him.


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Brown has a live arm

Posted by Chris Brown on May 7, 2010 – 2:07 pm

Bills seventh-round pick Levi Brown put his abilities on display in the morning practice Friday and it’s evident he has a live arm.

The ball had some zip on it when he threw passes and the flight path of his deep passes look good. For his first practice his decision making was pretty solid and he wasn’t afraid to push the ball down the field.

Coming from an offense that did a lot of throwing at Troy (only 3 QBs in college football had more attempts than his 504 in 2009) he’s not shy to put it out there, but takes pride in his accuracy and decision making. We’ll see how things progress for Brown through the course of the weekend.


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Bills draft pick radio appearances

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2010 – 9:18 am

A couple of Bills draft picks will be on the air this afternoon. Here’s the rundown.

WR Marcus Easley – 1260 The Score in Syracuse @ 3:45 pm
QB Levi Brown – 103.3 The Edge @ 4:15 pm

You can listen to Brown’s interview live online if you’re outside the listening area.


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Bills bag draft day steals

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2010 – 8:23 am

FOXSports.com assessed some of the better draft day steals this past weekend and the Bills had three of them.

The three Bills picks considered steals were 4th round pick Marcus Easley, 6th round pick Arthur Moats and 7th round pick Levi Brown.


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QB Brown to compete

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2010 – 6:58 pm

Bills seventh-round pick QB Levi Brown is considered a developmental prospect by Buffalo, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t going to get the chance to compete with the other three quarterbacks on the roster for the starting job come training camp.

That according to Bills head coach Chan Gailey.

“Everybody that walks on that football field has a chance,” said Gailey. “I don’t care if it’s one of these guys we’re trying to sign as a free agent, they’ve got a chance and if you don’t go by that philosophy then to me you’re short changing these guys that you’re signing and drafting. You have to give them an opportunity to win a job.”

Gailey said Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Brohm and Brown are the four quarterbacks that they’ll in all likelihood go into the season with in 2010.

“I would anticipate that yes,” said Gailey. “More than likely I would think that.”


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Mayock likes QB Brown

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2010 – 5:33 pm

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had some pretty interesting comments on Bills seventh round pick QB Levi Brown.

“Buffalo finally got a QB in Levi Brown from Troy,” wrote Mayock on his NFL draft chat after losing his voice. “I believe he’s been undervalued all along. He was invited to the Combine, but only as a throwing QB, not a participant. I liked him on tape, and feel like he has a chance to be a very solid backup QB.”

Mayock feels Brown can come in as a backup as a rookie with the potential to be more than that down the line. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had Brown as his sixth best QB prospect, but 10 QBs were drafted ahead of him.


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Brown didn’t see himself picked

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2010 – 3:33 pm

Waiting all weekend for his name to come up in the NFL draft, it finally did at the top of round seven for Troy QB Levi Brown as he was taken by the Bills with the 209th overall pick. The only problem was he missed it completely.

“We had some pretty severe weather coming through Nashville,” said Brown from his home. “Our satellite signal has kind of been going in and out. It was out earlier, and then it came back on, and then like five minutes before I got picked it went out again. So I didn’t get to see it on TV or anything when I got picked.”

Still Brown is more than happy to be a member of the Bills.

“I’m just super excited about it,” he said.


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Bills take a QB

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2010 – 2:30 pm

In round seven the Bills have taken a signal caller landing Troy QB Levi Brown. Here’s what Buffalo scout Shawn Heinlen said about Brown.

“Raw prospect coming from their spread offense at Troy,” said Heinlen. “He has a lot of tools to work with. He has good size, good enough athlete. A step below the top athletes. Good arm strength. Was a winning QB there for them after transferring from Richmond. Stepped up and showed very well. He played okay in the games against the better competition, Troy was kind of overmatched up front. Good intangibles and has progressed as the process has gone on in the spring.”

He’s a developmental prospect, but has the physical tools to succeed at the NFL level.


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