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NT Harvey chance for practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2010 – 3:01 pm

Of the three players released by the Bills today to get the roster to the required 75, it’s possible that Lonnie Harvey has a chance to land on the practice squad.

Harvey was on the squad for the last half of the 2009 season. Facing so many 3-4 defenses this season, the Bills offense could benefit from a scout team nose tackle like Harvey in the practice setting each week. Buffalo’s first four opponents this season employ a 3-4 front.

Of course the coaching staff that put him on the practice squad last season is vastly different from this year’s coaching staff, so it’s difficult to predict what their intentions might be.

The practice squad is expected to be announced on Sunday Sept. 5th, the day after final roster cuts are made.

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Maybin and retired Bill teaming up

Posted by Chris Brown on July 2, 2010 – 9:41 am

Bills OLB Aaron Maybin and former Bills safety Keion Carpenter have merged their charitable endeavors to co-host the 2nd Annual Commitment for Change football camp in Baltimore, Maryland.

The six-day clinic teaches football and life lessons. The camp runs from July 5th to July 10th. Current Bills Lydell Sargeant and Lonnie Harvey will be joining Maybin and Carpenter as well as former Bills WR Peerless Price.

Here’s more information on the camp.

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Wang injured

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2010 – 11:43 am

In Saturday’s morning practice the Bills had their first serious injury.

5th round pick Ed Wang was carted off the field with an undisclosed leg injury and did not return.

NT Lonnie Harvey also pulled out of the morning workout early.

We hope to get further details when head coach Chan Gailey speaks following the afternoon practice.

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Favorite had a tough go

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2010 – 4:39 pm

The Bills first of two roster moves coming out of their rookie minicamp was to waive DL Marlon Favorite. Viewed as a possible nose tackle candidate, Favorite was kicked out to right defensive end in the minicamp.

Favorite at 6’1″ and 317 is too squatty to play end in a 3-4 and is not a good match in space. He is best standing inside and grinding. But the Bills likely feel they have enough of those candidates in Kyle Williams, Torell Troup and Lonnie Harvey.

Rashaad Duncan might also be part of that mix, although he saw most of his time at defensive end as well in the 3-4 over the weekend.

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Fan Friday 3-19

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2010 – 1:15 pm

On the heels of some starting caliber free agent additions for Buffalo’s defense here is the latest installment of Fan Friday. As always questions can be sent at And you can review my blog scroll right here instead of just a post at a time if you’re playing offseason catch up. Let’s get going.

1- Hey Chris, I’m a grad student down at Penn State and have seen a lot of Jared Odrick, and he seems to be a really good player. I think that he would be worth a late 1st round, early second round pick. Do you think he would be a good NT? What do you think the odds are of the Bills being able to pick him up, whether they take him at rd 2, pick 9 or trade up/down for him?

CB: I like Odrick’s game a lot. I don’t think there is anything about his game that an NFL head coach would be wondering about on Sunday. This guy gives maximum effort every snap. I think he’s capable of filling a role at nose tackle, but I don’t think he can be a full time NT. I think his ideal position is as a 3-4 defensive end.

Knowing that I think it’s unlikely that the Bills make a move for him whether it is up or down the board. That being said I think your range for him is dead on, late first, early second-round pick.

2 – Chris,
I thought the Bills did a pretty good job getting young linebackers like Harris and Palmer…they seem to me like they would have the athleticism to be good 4-3 linebackers…but I’m not sure where they fit in a 3-4. Do you think they might move Harris back to strong safety and in general what do you think the plan is with the linebackers?

CB: A lot of Chris’ with questions this week. I thought that Harris moving back to safety could be a possibility until the team re-signed veteran Bryan Scott. With Scott and George Wilson tendered as a restricted free agent, I believe it’s less likely that it happens.

Nic Harris however, does have the frame to add some muscle mass in my opinion, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of plans the new staff has for Harris. As for Palmer he was released by the club and is better suited to a 4-3 system.

3 – Hey Chris,
I agree with you that the Bills should draft an Offensive Left Tackle in the first round. That said, what quarterbacks that are either Free Agents or could be acquired via trade, would you go after?

CB: Truthfully, I wasn’t impressed with most of what was out there and available. The Seahawks traded for Charlie Whitehurst who has barely played in the league. Cleveland acquired Jake Delhomme coming off a career worst season. It’s tough times if you need a QB.

That’s why it would not surprise me if the Bills spent most of their roster shaping efforts addressing their other positional deficiencies this year (OT, NT, LB, TE) and let this year play itself out at QB. Then based on the performance of whichever one of the QBs that plays make a wholehearted effort to address the position once and for all in 2011.

4 – Chris,
Do you think Rashaad Duncan or Lonnie Harvey are viable DT candidates in the 3-4, or are they still too raw? We haven’t hear much talk about John McCargo as a NT prospect in the 3-4 – where do you see him? What about Corey Mace as a DE? Do you see Chris Kelsay or Chris Ellis as OLB candidates in the 3-4, or would they not be fast enough off the edge?
Thanks, Mike, Pittsford

CB: I think Duncan and Harvey will both be given an opportunity through the offseason and in camp to show the new staff what they’ve got. With nose tackle currently a position that’s short on proven talent, it’s a good opportunity for both of those young men.

As for McCargo, I’m concerned about his future. He doesn’t look like a fit at all in this system and he has struggled mightily with his consistency. He has tools, he just doesn’t use them often enough. Mace was not re-signed. Kelsay and Ellis will be OLB candidates.

5 – Chris,
Not sure I thoroughly understand the thinking of those who feel we need to draft a quarterback in the first round of the upcoming draft. This is especially true in light of the fact that the two top rated QBs are injured and still have questions about their potential.

Also, what good it does us if we get a QB but cannot protect him as was the case last year. My thinking is that we need a solid offensive LT with our first pick followed by the best DT on the boards in Round 2.

We should then be looking to LB in Round 3. Build the nucleus first and then get a driver to run it hard and fast.

Also, any thoughts about trading a future pick to gain an extra pick this year, especially given we are moving to a 3-4 defensive alignment? As always appreciate the coverage your provide to us Bills fans outside the western New York area.

Jim Allentown, Pa.

CB: Jim, you’re speaking my language. OT first, provided one of the top 4 are there at 9 (worried a bit one might not be there now) and then best NT on the board in round two. I’m thinking the Bills have the same idea we do, which is spend this offseason filling the other holes and then go hard core after a QB or do whatever you have to next year to get to the top of the draft board to get Jake Locker. And because that could very well be their approach I think trading a 1st or 2nd round pick from 2011 is unlikely.

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Practice squad adds are interesting

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2009 – 10:50 am

Buffalo added a pair of linemen to the practice squad Wednesday on both sides of the ball. Both prospects are intriguing.

Rookie OT Jason Watkins (6’6″ 325) played his college ball at Florida and started at left tackle as a junior and right tackle as a senior for the Gators. What kept him from being drafted was his ability to redirect and recover according to some draft “experts.” But you’ve got to like his size and bulk. He’s considered pretty good at the point of attack, so it’s another young prospect to groom looking toward the future.

The DT Lonnie Harvey is a behemoth at 6’3″ and 342 pounds. Here’s a highlight video of his college action at Morgan State. Granted it’s a lower level of football, but he collapses the pocket an awful lot. And he’s got good hustle for a big man. He stays with the play and he moves his feet the whole time when he’s pushing the pocket. We’ll have to see how he does if he’s brought back this offseason.

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