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WR options

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2011 – 4:21 pm

The Bills in all likelihood won’t add a receiver right away with Donald Jones out for at least a month because they have Brad Smith as a fifth receiver option. But here are some realistic options should they choose to add another receiver in the next week or so.

Keep in mind that the Bills, if they choose to make an addition, will likely be looking for a player that can come in quickly and execute the system. Of course it’s always possible they consider a less familiar, but more talented option.

Kamar Aiken – 6’2″ 210 – The undrafted rookie had a good training camp, which is why he currently holds a spot on Buffalo’s practice squad. He has the size to play one of the outside receiver positions.

Craig Davis – 6’1″ 210 – The veteran wideout was an early training camp signing by the Bills this past summer and has a history with GM Buddy Nix from their San Diego days. He could be a consideration because of his familiarity with Buffalo’s offensive system.

Paul Hubbard – 6’2″ 215 – He was a final cut at the end of training camp and spent most of last season on Buffalo’s practice squad before a late season call up when injuries struck last year. Only the active roster is an option for him however, as he has no practice squad eligibility left.

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Camp honorable mentions

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2011 – 9:23 am

Our sixth annual training camp awards are up on the home page, but there were some other players that largely flew under the radar that we thought should be recognized in our honorable mention section.

CB Leodis McKelvin has not been seen making many plays defending the pass game. That’s because rarely have Buffalo’s quarterbacks thrown to his side of the field, which is an indication of his coverage ability. McKelvin may have had his most consistent camp this summer.

Undrafted rookies are really up against it in terms of trying to make the roster with the finite amount of time available before roster decisions have to be made. But here is a short list of some undrafteds that turned in noticeable plays in camp.

CB Doyle Miller
OLB Robert Eddins
WR Kamar Aiken

Of the three Eddins did the most in the practice setting.

WR Paul Hubbard had a solid camp, making more plays in three weeks than he did in the practice setting all last season. His game has noticeably improved.

CB Reggie Corner was around the ball an awful lot in this camp, perhaps more than any other cornerback on the roster. He didn’t have a lot of picks, but he likely led the secondary in pass breakups in this camp.

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WR groupings post Evans

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2011 – 6:00 am

For those that missed it in Saturday’s preseason opener. Here were some of the more common receiver groupings with Lee Evans no longer a part of the equation.

In a regular pro set it was Donald Jones and Stevie Johnson.

In three wide it was Jones and Johnson with David Nelson in the slot. When Roscoe is healthy he’ll be the slot guy.

In four wide it was Jones, Johnson, Nelson and Roosevelt. When Roscoe is healthy he’ll be the third WR, with Nelson the fourth.

With the second unit it was mostly Marcus Easley and Craig Davis with Naaman Roosevelt in the slot.

When that group went four wide Felton Huggins was the fourth receiver. Paul Hubbard was rotated in with that group at times as well.

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WR corps stretched to limit

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2010 – 10:22 am

Buffalo’s wide receiving corps has lost the likes of Roscoe Parrish, Lee Evans and Chan Gailey doesn’t sound optimistic that David Nelson will get back from a rib injury suffered last week. Knowing how much the Bills make use of a four-wide set, the demands on the youth of the Bills receiving corps will be at an all-time high on Sunday.

If Nelson can’t go on Sunday Buffalo’s top four receivers read like this – Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones, Naaman Roosevelt and Paul Hubbard. It’s a group that has made their share of plays, but only Johnson and Jones have played major roles to this point. Roosevelt’s role has become considerably larger and Hubbard will absolutely see time on the field.

“It’s kind of what we’ve had to do since Roscoe went down, working in people, working in young guys and just making sure everybody is on the same page,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Now all of a sudden we have Naaman Roosevelt, who just got plugged in a few weeks ago being a guy we’re really going to expect to know everything and rely on.

“There are some guys behind him now that are going to be the young guys that we have to spend some more time with. It’s something we’ve had to do all year and really those guys have stepped up when they’ve had their opportunities. So we’re looking forward to Paul (Hubbard) and some more guys stepping up.”

Hubbard is expected to serve as the team’s fourth wideout, and he knows with Fitzpatrick not shy about throwing it to anyone he’ll have a legitimate chance to make plays Sunday.

“That’s definitely encouraging knowing you’re going out there and actually have an opportunity to help your team and not just be out there for show,” said Hubbard. “I am going in with the same mindset. They need me and I need to go out there and step up and make the same plays I’ve been making in practice. Definitely we are down and the team needs somebody else to step up so that’s my role this week.”

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Bills to add a WR

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2010 – 4:17 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed that the team will add a wide receiver to their 53-man roster this week in the wake of David Nelson’s rib injury.

“We’ll probably get another receiver anticipating that (Nelson) probably won’t play,” said Gailey.

Gailey said Sunday that Nelson would not be ready to play in the season finale against the Jets, despite Nelson’s claims that he’s feeling better today (Monday).

“I’m glad he’s feeling better, but that status I don’t believe is going to change,” Gailey said.

Buffalo makes frequent use of a four wide set on offense, but without Nelson would have only three healthy receivers. So adding a fourth is necessary. The Bills have two receivers on their practice squad in Paul Hubbard and Bobby Williams.

Hubbard was called up from the practice squad earlier this season for a short stint on the active roster.

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David Nelson update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2010 – 5:31 pm

The news was not good concerning David Nelson’s rib injury after Buffalo’s loss to New England Sunday.

Head coach Chan Gailey confirmed that Nelson would be in no shape to play next Sunday in the team’s season finale against the Jets at the Meadowlands. Nelson took a shot from Jerod Mayo over the middle in the first half and did not return. Buffalo was forced to play the rest of the game with just three healthy receivers.

The Bills are likely to add another wideout to the roster this coming week, with practice squad wideout Paul Hubbard a likely add. Hubbard spent a short stint on the active roster earlier this season.

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Bills to add a WR?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2010 – 4:38 pm

With Lee Evans on the shelf, possibly for the remainder of the season, head coach Chan Gailey has just four healthy receivers on his roster. Knowing how much the Bills like to run four wide on offense Buffalo’s sideline boss did not rule out adding another wideout.

“We’re going to talk about it,” said Gailey. “You’d rather not go with just four, especially if you think you’re going to play somewhat of a high percentage of four wides in the game. But sometimes other positions dictate that you can’t go with five so we’ll see.”

The current healthy receivers are Steve Johnson, David Nelson, Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt. Paul Hubbard is on the team’s practice squad and was called up for a short time earlier this season.

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