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Pats to move up?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2012 – 12:42 pm

Just about every team in the AFC East has now been rumored to be interested in moving up. Yesterday it was the Jets, this morning it was the Bills and now the Patriots, who could be looking to move up close to where the Bills are at 10.

According to, New England is looking for the opportunity to move up to 12. Among the players the Patriots are rumored to be interested in are Alabama S Mark Barron, LSU DT Michael Brockers and DE Quinton Coples.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they take a chance on Coples. Bill Belichick has a way of getting players with attitudes or work ethic issues (see: Randy Moss).


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Fan Friday 3-16

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2012 – 11:59 am

With major free agent moves rolled up in the Mario Williams signing we’ll be looking more toward the draft for big additions, especially at pick 10. There could be a minor signing or two, likely one of Buffalo’s own FAs. We’ll see. In the meantime let’s get to your questions at

1 – Hey Chris,

After seeing Brad Smith pick up more than a handful of 3rd and short conversions early in the season last year, it seems as though the offense scrapped that formation because of the lack of depth at the WR position and need for smith to line up there (and reducing  wins dramatically).  Are the Bills planning on using the “wild bill” formation again for short yardage for the upcoming season.  Also after showing lots of potential at the outside receiver last preseason, is Marcus Easley healed and ready for this season? 

Thanks, Lou

CB: I believe that Brad Smith’s role in the offense will be expanded. Chan Gailey often lamented the fact that with free agency crammed into a two-week span right before training camp opened that there was no time to incorporate Smith’s talents into the offense.

You’re right he was pretty effective converting short yardage situations as the Wildcat QB and I would expect that is still a part of the offense. It’s possible he could line up at wideout at at times, but as long as the receiving corps stay healthy I believe Buffalo’s offensive staff have some other ideas in mind.

As for Easley, he’s one of those receivers that’s likely to allow Smith to focus on running plays from the quarterback position at times than receiver. He’s medically cleared from his condition, which has been effectively medicated and all indications are that he’ll be ready for spring workouts.


2 – Chris:

What do you think of Michael Brockers, DT, LSU?? Is he good enough size wise and speed wise to convert to DE and be the answer to the Bills need for Pass Rusher??

He could be the surprise answer to this very important need, rushing the passer…..  How does he look at the Combine??

Tim in TN, Go Bills

CB: He’s strictly a DT. He’s not capable of moving outside to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense, which is what Dave Wannstedt is running. He’s also a young player coming out early and needs some development. He has a ton of potential and will probably be a top 20 pick, but he is not an end. Ran a 5.36 at the Combine.


3 – Hey Chris,
First of all thanks so much for answering the fans questions its really nice to know everything that goes on with the Bills.  With that i wanted to know that if the Bills had plans to add a QB to the roster before trianing camp? also if the Bills get the pass rusher they want  as a free agent and bring back Stevie, is there any way they trade up for RG3? i heard the Bills interviewed him at the combine and was just wondering if it was possible to get what looks like a great player in RG3? 
Thanks so much again,
Josh Syracuse, NY

CB: Buddy Nix said drafting a quarterback is always possible because you can never predict if the right one for the value on the board at the time is going to be there. Yes, they visited with RGIII, but trading up to get him is not going to happen per Nix. Buffalo’s GM doesn’t like to part with picks and you saw the king’s ransom Washington coughed up to move up there. The Bills also interviewed Brock Osweiler so there are going to be several QB possibilities in the draft. The question is, does the right one for the Bills show up on the board when they’re on the clock? That’s the only way it happens.


4 – Hey Chris, 

Sitting at number 10, I feel we will have a lot of options, not only in the pass rush department , but at tackle, receiver and corner as well. Any of those positions offer some pretty appealing players. I know it’s impossible this early to say what will happen, but who has caught your eye in Indy this week? I hear the receiver crop is pretty deep out there.

Thanks for your time and keep up the great work!

Kyle in PA
CB: I think there’s good value at offensive tackle at 10. Iowa’s Riley Reiff and Stanford’s Jonathan Martin could both be on the board at that time and I think offer good value at 10. I don’t believe there’s good value at 10 for the pass rush, which may explain why the Bills pushed so hard to land Mario Williams in free agency.

Assuming LSU’s Morris Claiborne is off the board prior to the 10th pick I don’t see good value at 10 at cornerback. Wide receiver is a possibility, but it’s hard to know if the Bills believe a prospect like Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd is worthy of the 10th pick in terms of value.

The receiver crop in the draft is deep, but there aren’t many speed merchants. Big-bodied players, but not many that run exceptionally well. That’s why the value at the position is between rounds 2 and 4.

When I was at the combine I was very impressed with Martin the OT. I wouldn’t mind them taking him at 10th overall.


5 – Chris,

What is the talk about Bryan Scott? I think he is a big part of the team. Not only on the field, but off the field as well. He is a great role model and would love to see him re-signed by the team. Do you have any insight on this. 

A huge bills fan from western ny
CB: No question Bryan Scott played an important role for the Bills in their nickel package last season and is a model citizen off the field. Buddy Nix told me earlier this week that the team made him an offer, but had not heard back from Scott’s camp. He’s a free agent now. Scott has told me that Buffalo is his home as he sees it so he’d obviously like to be back.

I wonder if the Bills new 4-3 defense changes his value to the club defensively. Though Dave Wannstedt said he wants LBs that can run. In the nickel package Scott could still play an important role. I think the Bills want him back, just at their price.

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Brockers wasn’t going to run

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2012 – 6:44 am

LSU DT Michael Brockers, widely considered one of the top three DTs in this year’s draft pool, has been getting a lot of advice from Bills DT Kyle Williams. Last week at the NFL Combine Brockers said he wasn’t going to run the 40 or do the bench press. That changed.

Here’s what Brockers said the day before the defensive line workouts in Indianapolis.

“I’m not running the 40,” he said. “I’ll do that at my Pro Day. I’ll do all the other on-field drills. Just not doing the 40 or benching. I feel like I need more reps under my belt. I want it to be perfect. Just want to get some more technique under my belt and do it perfectly.”

Something obviously changed because Brockers went out and did everything. At 6’5″ 322 pounds Brockers posted a 5.36 40-time, got 19 reps on the bench, 7.46 seconds in the three-cone drill, 8’9″ inch broad jump, 26.5-inch vertical leap and a 4.81-second 20-yard shuttle.

Before you knock Brockers for being tied for the lowest rep count on the bench press among DTs at the combine with 19, keep in mind that he also has some of the longest arms among the DT class at 35 inches. Only Regina’s Akiem Hicks has longer arms at 35 1/8″ and he put up 26 reps. So that’s what Brockers should shoot for at his pro day on March 22nd.

It’s likely Brockers had a change of heart and elected to participate. Though some of his numbers weren’t great, he’ll earn points in the eyes of scouts for electing to give it a shot.

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Top DT won’t run or bench

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2012 – 2:58 pm

One of the top defensive tackles in this year’s draft class won’t be running a 40 or bench pressing Monday.

LSU DT Michael Brockers is going to wait until his pro day to run a 40 and do the bench press.

“I plan on not running,” said Brockers. “I’m going to run on March 22nd at my pro day. I’ll do all the broad jumps and three cone drill and all that. I’m just not running the 40 and benching. It was just my choice. I feel like I need some more reps under my belt. I want it to be perfect so I might as well get some more technique under my belt and wait until my pro day to do it perfectly.”

Brockers has been widely forecast as a top 10 pick.

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Latest mock has DT for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2012 – 11:30 am

Buffalo went DT last year with their third overall pick in the form of Marcell Dareus. One of the latest mock drafts out there has the Bills investing in their defensive line again, only it’s not a pass rusher, it’s another DT.

The National Football Post’s Wes Bunting has Buffalo taking LSU DT Michael Brockers. Here’s what he wrote about the pick.

10. Buffalo Bills: LSU DT Michael Brockers
Brockers is a talented defensive lineman capable of maturing into a real game changer up front. He’s got the ability to play all over the Bills D-line early and offers them a lot of 3-4 and 4-3 versatility.

As far as where Brockers is expected to come off the board this pick is in the right range for Brockers’ talent level. And he does offer 4-3, 3-4 defensive scheme versatility as Bunting says. I just think Buffalo has to go pure pass rusher with this pick and USC’s Nick Perry, who Bunting has going 12th to the Seahawks, might be the better fit in terms of the value he’s placed on both prospects.

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