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Seymour to get more work at nickel corner

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2016 – 9:28 am

Last week Kevon Seymour saw more work at nickel corner than he had previously, but it was still just 15 snaps against Cincinnati. Nickell Robey-Coleman actually got more work by game’s end with 23 snaps. Today it looks like both will see work in the slot again, and Seymour could get more of the work.

“Seymour and Robey-Coleman are both going to play,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “What we have to do is utilize our personnel the way we feel is going to give us the best opportunity to get guys covered back there. We decided to mix it up to have as many up and ready to go as we can and let them go out and play.”

Buffalo’s defensive staff has been more conscious of using better height and length matchups against bigger and taller receivers in the slot. Knowing the primary slot receiver for the Jaguars is Allen Hurns, who goes 6-3 and 201 pounds, Seymour could see more of the work in the slot this week.

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Playtime for Harvin, Henderson, Ihedigbo etc.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2016 – 10:12 am

Here’s a look at the playtime percentages for some of the players who saw increased action Sunday at Cincinnati.

Percy Harvin saw his playing time increase. He had 46 snaps good for 71 percent of the offensive workload. Would he have seen that much time had Robert Woods not suffered a knee injury? Hard to say. We thought going in he’d get between 35-40 snaps, so this figure wasn’t all that different.

Seantrel Henderson pretty much split the work down the middle with Jordan Mills. Henderson go 34 snaps (52%) and Mills had 35 (54%).

On defense James Ihedigbo got 18 snaps good for 25 percent of the defensive plays. Robert Blanton still saw most of the work at safety opposite Corey Graham as he got 48 snaps for 66 percent of the workload. But he left on the second to last play with a foot injury.

Kevon Seymour, who was the primary nickel corner Sunday, got 40 snaps (55%) to Nickell Robey-Coleman’s 15 snaps (21%).

Ronald Darby after a week of competition in practice started Sunday, played well, and got 68 snaps (93%) to Corey White’s four snaps (5%).

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Robey-Coleman makes it back to back for AFC Def. POW

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 9:30 am

For the second consecutive week a Buffalo Bill is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Last week it was Zach Brown for his 18-tackle performance in the win at New England. This week it’s Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Robey-Coleman had the game-turning interception return for a touchdown in the win over the Rams last week at the L.A. Coliseum. He also had a second INT in the waning seconds to seal the victory, Buffalo’s third in a row.

It’s the first time since 1991 that the Bills have had back to back AFC Defensive Player of the Week winners was 1991 when Nate Odomes and Cornelius Bennett won the award in two straight weeks. 



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Robey-Coleman prepped to cover a “legend”

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2016 – 3:07 pm

Nickell Robey-Coleman has had his share of challenging matchups, but Arizona slot receiver and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald might be the biggest assignment of his career. For Robey-Coleman, who has great respect for the history of the game, it won’t be easy for him to block out the caliber of player he’s covering and just play ball.

“It’ll be hard to say that I’m not excited to play against a legend. This is history,” Robey-Coleman told “I grew up watching this guy make big plays so to come out here on a big platform this Sunday and play against a premier receiver… all their receivers are good though. Nothing against their receivers, but Fitz, I’m going to be so excited to match up against him and to see what I’ve got as a defensive player and show where I’m really at.”

When asked how he intends to keep his head, Robey-Coleman insists he’ll be locked in with a specific mindset.

“Basically it’s about having the mentality that I want to dominate him,” he said. “I want to make him look bad in front of everybody. Let me have that chance to compete against one of the best players in the NFL. I want a chance to show the world what Nickell Robey-Coleman can do in a one-on-one matchup.

“Is it going to be easy? Not at all. It’s going to be tough and physical. He’s a big guy. Everybody is going to be getting a piece of Fitzgerald Sunday. A couple of our guys will probably see him.”

Arizona does move Fitzgerald around a good deal to create favorable matchups and keep defenses from easily keying on him. Through the first two games Fitzgerald has twice as many receptions as any other receiver on the Cardinals roster.

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Bills DBs focused on fixing technique

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2016 – 11:19 am

Buffalo’s defensive backs did not have a productive day last week against the Jets. To their credit they put most of the blame on themselves and their own playing technique. Knowing it’s a copycat league, the Bills secondary has focused on fixing their techniques and having some different plans for Arizona Sunday.

“As DBs we go to our toolbox and we switch up leverages,” said Nickell Robey-Coleman. “We switch up the way we use our hands, the way we pressure at the line. So it’s about going back into that toolbox.

“After playing the Jets for the eighth time they knew what leverage we were playing and did a good job of attacking our outside leverage. Making us flip our hips and coming back inside. But we’ll make some adjustments and go back out there and showcase it against the Cardinals.

“That’s the thing about being a DB. You’re playing a certain technique or leverage and if nobody is going to stop it why stop using it. But now they’ve got a little jump on us so we’re going to switch it up a bit.”

Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman believes the reasons the defensive backfield was victimized can be effectively corrected.

“It’s about competing,” he said. “You know, you’ve got to get on the practice field and correct the things that you didn’t do right. There are things that can be corrected, and some of it falls on us as coaches. But we have to work together. And if we do, we have a chance to get it corrected. We expect our guys to play the way they’re capable of playing and we’ll see what happens on Sunday.”

Thurman does acknowledge that Arizona’s passing game is a sizable challenge with Carson Palmer at the controls.

“When he’s comfortable and things are right, and he hits that back foot and he hitches up one step and there’s no pressure around him, he can carve you up,” said Thurman of Palmer. “I mean he’s really a good quarterback. He throws the ball well. He can make all the throws, has a group of excellent receivers. So yeah we have our hands full on Sunday.”

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Robey-Coleman not traveling to Detroit

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2016 – 2:23 pm

While a host of starters won’t be playing in Buffalo’s preseason finale in Detroit, the large majority of them will be traveling with the team. That won’t be the case however, for Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Buffalo’s nickel corner was back on the practice field for the first time Tuesday since suffering a knee injury last week. He told that his knee performed very well and he was very encouraged. He’s confident he’ll be ready for Week 1, but plans to do everything between now and then to make sure that happens.

With that in mind Robey-Coleman won’t be making the trip to Detroit with the rest of the team.

“I’m going to be here in Buffalo getting (treatment and rehab) in every day all the way up to Week 1,” he said. “Everybody else is going to travel. I’m not going to travel. I’m going to stay here and do treatment and then starting that week we’re going to do a couple of more little things with the trainers and I’m going to be out there live.”

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Robey-Coleman expects to be ready Week 1

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2016 – 9:10 am

Nickell Robey-Coleman missed last week’s preseason game with a knee injury, suffered in the final week of training camp when he was accidentally leg whipped by Kevon Seymour. He missed practice again on Sunday, but doesn’t see his injury putting him in jeopardy of missing the season opener.

“Yeah, give me, I feel like another week, two weeks I will be ready,” said Robey-Coleman, who worked on the side Sunday with the strength and conditioning staff. “I am doing good. I did a lot of running today, side to side movement and things like that and it felt real good on my joints, and felt good on my body.”

With Robey-Coleman and Seymour (hamstring) both injured, Corey White and Sterling Moore have assumed top nickel corner duties on defense.

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