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Chan: Need wins for Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2010 – 1:07 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey thought there might have been some deserving candidates on his roster for Pro Bowl recognition, but he believes being on a successful team play a big role.

“There are a couple of guys that have played maybe well enough to have made it, but in general you have to win more games,” Gailey said. “That’s the bottom line, and you have to get on the Sunday night or Monday night or Thursday, something that gives you a little more national exposure. Those are the kind of things that help you make that.”


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Injury replacement the hope

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2010 – 8:14 am

With Stevie Johnson and Kyle Williams not getting Pro Bowl recognition this year despite outstanding seasons, they can only hope that they’re selected to be injury replacements.

Johnson might have a better chance. Houston’s Andre Johnson, who was selected, has battled injuries all season and may choose to skip participating in the Pro Bowl. That could open the door for Buffalo’s top wideout, who is likely an alternate.

For Williams it could prove more difficult, although Haloti Ngata and Vince Wilfork are both playing for playoff bound teams and will still have games to play.

The Bills and three other NFL clubs were not represented with a Pro Bowl player, Cincinnati, Seattle and Tampa Bay.


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Bills making Pro Bowl votes

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2010 – 10:28 am

This afternoon the Bills will be casting their votes for who they feel is worthy of Pro Bowl recognition in the AFC.

Defensive players vote for offensive players and offensive players vote for defensive players. Special teamers vote for special teamers. Players cannot vote for teammates.

The NFL will announce the Pro Bowl rosters on Dec. 28th. Here’s AFC Pro Bowl picks by the number crunchers and film reviewers at ProFootballFocus.

Kyle Williams is the only Bills player that they choose.


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Kyle back up to #2

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2010 – 10:36 am

Kyle Williams’ lights out game against Pittsburgh last Sunday has vaulted him back into the number two spot for ProFootballFocus Defensive Player of the Year.

Reviewers of game tape, ProFootballFocus gave Kyle Williams the highest grade ever for a defensive tackle following his 10 tackle, 2 sack, 3 tackle for loss, 3 quarterback hit performance in the overtime loss to the Steelers. He also drew four holding penalties in the game from Chris Kemoeatu. Williams trails only Philadelphia DE Trent Cole in their race for Defensive Player of the Year. 

Williams is expected to get a nod for the Pro Bowl as an AFC DT later this month. Be sure to vote for Williams when you get a chance.


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Kyle gets some Pro Bowl love

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2010 – 1:09 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams is getting some Pro Bowl recognition from the guys over at ProFootballFocus.com.

The game tape and stat crunching site lists Williams as one of their three candidates to represent the AFC at DT. Here’s their write up.

Defensive Tackles

Jason Jones (Ten)*, Haloti Ngata (Bal)* & Kyle Williams (Buf)

Jones has always had the ability to get to the quarterback but now he’s playing the run as well as anyone. Ngata has suffered from overhype because he has the ability to do things others can’t. Now he’s really performing (although he has spent no an inconsiderable amount of time at DE). How Williams can play as well as he does with the wreckage around him in Buffalo is a question for the ages.

While it’s disappointing that the site has to take a pot shot at the rest of the defense to prop up Kyle, the listing is still well deserved. So be sure to vote for Kyle. The only other Bills player to get consideration was FB Corey McIntyre as an honorable mention.


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Byrd Pro Bowl photo up

Posted by Chris Brown on May 28, 2010 – 3:45 pm

Jairus Byrd made the Pro Bowl as a rookie last season. Now his photo has joined the other distinguished Bills that have earned Pro Bowl nods as well.

In the Bills Fieldhouse every player that has ever made the Pro Bowl or been honored with the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award has their photo adorned on the walls inside the Fieldhouse.

Byrd’s photo went up earlier this week. (See below and please pardon the glare from the plastic covering the image)

When I asked Byrd about it he was his typical humble self.

“It’s cool,” he said. “I appreciate it, but I have to focus on this year not last year.”


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Schobel still not going to Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2010 – 10:24 am

Even though a total of 14 more players, including seven for the AFC are being added to the Pro Bowl rosters, to replace the Colts and Saints players that are exempt because they’ll be playing in the Super Bowl, Aaron Schobel is still not going as a defensive end.

Both of Indianapolis’ defensive ends, Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney made the Pro Bowl, but cannot participate since they’ll be playing in the Super Bowl the following week. Aaron Schobel, however, was apparently not voted as an alternate as going in place of the two Colts’ pass rushers are the Jets Shaun Ellis and Tennessee’s Kyle Vanden Bosch.

What hurt Schobel’s chances was the fact that he had his three sack game against the Falcons in Week 16 that got him to 10 for the season, happened after the voting by coaches and players had already been completed. Kyle Williams was a third alternate for the AFC, but there were no defensive tackles that had to be replaced. The situation was the same for Brian Moorman a first alternate as there was no need to replace Oakland punter Shane Lechler.

Here’s the list of alternate Pro Bowl players filling in for Super Bowl participants. Congratulations to former Bills LB London Fletcher, who will be appearing in his first Pro Bowl.

Added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster are:

QB David Garrard, Jacksonville (replacing Peyton Manning)
WR Vincent Jackson, San Diego (replacing Reggie Wayne)
TE Heath Miller, Pittsburgh (replacing Dallas Clark)
C Kevin Mawae, Tennessee (replaces Jeff Saturday)
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tennessee (replacing Dwight Freeney)
DE Shaun Ellis, N.Y. Jets (replacing Robert Mathis)
S Yeremiah Bell, Miami (replacing Antoine Bethea)

Added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster are:

QB Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia (replacing Drew Brees)
OT David Diehl, N.Y. Giants (replacing Jon Stinchcomb)
OG Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants (replacing Jahri Evans)
C Ryan Kalil, Carolina (replacing Jonathan Goodwin)
LB London Fletcher, Washington (replacing Jonathan Vilma)
FS Antrel Rolle, Arizona (replacing Darren Sharper)
SS Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia (replacing Roman Harper)


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Other Pro Bowl candidates besides Byrd

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2009 – 9:30 am

While Jairus Byrd is absolutely a prime candidate for AFC Pro Bowl honors, there are a few other Bills players with some statistics that put them in the Pro Bowl conversation as well.

Here’s a rundown of players that will be in the hunt when player and coach voting end on Wednesday.

P Brian Moorman – 2nd in AFC in net punting avg. (41), 2nd in gross avg. (46.6) and 6th in punts inside the 20 (23). He also has the longest punt of the season in the AFC (73 yards).

DE Aaron Schobel – Tied for 5th in AFC in sacks with 7, 5th in tackles and has an interception return for a TD.

DT Marcus Stroud – Leads all AFC DTs in pass breakups (8), third among DTs with 52 tackles,

DT Kyle Williams – Leads all AFC DTs with 58 tackles, tied for 4th in sacks (3).


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Pro Bowl announcement Dec. 29

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2009 – 10:49 am

For those fans that are wondering the NFL Network will be announcing the players selected for the 2010 Pro Bowl the Tuesday after Christmas.

The special announcement is scheduled to air at 4pm on Dec. 29 as part of the NFL Total Access 2010 Pro Bowl Selection Show on the NFL Network.


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Pro Bowl voting ends Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2009 – 11:18 am

Fan voting ends Monday for the Pro Bowl. So make sure you cast your votes for Jairus Byrd, Brian Moorman, Rian Lindell and any other Bills you feel are worthy by going to NFL.com now!


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Byrd now on Pro Bowl ballot

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2009 – 11:08 am

He name did not appear earlier this season, but now on NFL.com, Bills FS Jairus Byrd is on the Pro Bowl ballot.

So Bills fans make sure to vote for the rookie who is leading the league in interceptions by submitting your Pro Bowl fan ballot.

Byrd wasn’t on the ballot at the start of the season because he wasn’t a starter. He’s recently been added to the online ballot. Time is running out as players and coaches will be voting for the Pro Bowl next week. So get your ballots in as we all know that rookies and players on teams that do not have a winning record have a harder time getting to the NFL’s all-star game.


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Marshawn hoped to wear throwback helmet

Posted by Chris Brown on January 30, 2009 – 5:47 pm

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch, who was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Thursday to replace Titans RB Chris Johnson, had mentioned to Buffalo’s equipment staff that if he somehow made it out to Hawaii this year for the Pro Bowl, that he wanted them to pack his white standing buffalo helmet.

For those that don’t know the white helmet with the standing buffalo is part of the team’s throwback uniform ensemble, and there are some players in Buffalo’s locker room that like the retro look.

One of them obviously is Lynch, but I’ve confirmed with the Bills equipment staff that they had to send the regular red Bills helmet in Lynch’s uniform bag. It’s unlikely the league would have allowed Lynch to wear the throwback helmet, since it is not part of the team’s standard uniform.


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Pro Bowl chance for Lynch?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2009 – 5:55 pm

Tennessee running back Chris Johnson was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster after a breakout campaign as a rookie this season, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in the Divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh on Jan. 12.

A day after the Titans loss to the Steelers, Johnson was wearing a walking boot and head coach Jeff Fisher expressed some uncertainty as to whether Johnson would be able to play in the Pro Bowl.

“He has components of a high ankle sprain,” Fisher said. “He’ll remain in the boot. I can’t say whether or not he’ll be back for the Pro Bowl.”

A league source confirms that Johnson has been rehabbing the injury at the Titans complex with the hope of playing in the game. But a decision will have to be made one way or the other this week.

If Johnson cannot go and has to pull out of the Pro Bowl. There’s a good chance Marshawn Lynch would be the replacement. Lynch was confirmed as a Pro Bowl alternate, but the league doesn’t provide a list of Pro Bowl alternates so it’s hard to say if anyone is ahead of him in line at the running back position.

Lynch finished 5th in the AFC in rushing (1,036). The only possible alternate ahead of Lynch is Houston’s Steve Slaton, who finished 2nd in the AFC in rushing with almost 1,300 yards.


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Lynch and Stroud alternates for Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2008 – 8:26 pm

Buffalobills.com has confirmed that Marshawn Lynch and Marcus Stroud were named alternates for the AFC squad for this year’s Pro Bowl.

Lynch is ranked fourth in the AFC this season in rushing with 1,036 yards on the season. He needs 80 this week to top his total from 2007.

Marcus Stroud is fourth on the team in tackles with 77 and is tied for second on the team in tackles for loss with 6. He also has 2.5 sacks.

Congrats to them both.


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Why Bills had just one Pro Bowl player

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2008 – 9:53 pm

If you want to know why there weren’t more Pro Bowl representatives from the Bills roster here are some of my theories. Some are obvious and some a little less so. But here are some of the more likely candidates and why they failed to make the cut.

Aaron Schobel’s situation is pretty clear cut. He suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in Week 4 that forced him to miss eight straight games before he was eventually placed on injured reserve last week with just one sack to his credit.

Two-time Pro Bowl punter Brian Moorman is having a solid season, but there are other AFC punters with better numbers this year. With punters, numbers are often used as the primary criteria.

Lee Evans was building a good case for himself early in the season, but when the offense went south with turnovers, so did Evans’ opportunities to make things happen. Buffalo’s top wideout hasn’t scored a touchdown since Oct. 19.

Buffalo’s most promising candidates appeared to be running back Marshawn Lynch along with returners Leodis McKelvin and Roscoe Parrish.

Lynch ranks fourth in the AFC in rushing with 1,002 yards and is averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Perhaps the only problme was the production most were used to seeing from him came a little too late in the season to be fully appreciated.

McKelvin burst onto the national stage with his 98-yard kick return for a touchdown against the Browns on Monday night football, and leads the AFC in kick return average with a mark of 29.3. He too may be a victim of showing up late to the party.

Parrish meanwhile is leading the league for a second straight season in punt return average with a 15.3 mark through 14 games. Why he was not given more consideration is puzzling to say the least.


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Not optimistic about Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2008 – 2:58 pm

With the Pro Bowl rosters announced today, unfortunately I’m not all that optimistic that any Bills player will be named as a starter.

All of the team’s previous Pro Bowl players have had less than stellar seasons, with the exception of Brian Moorman who has had a solid 2008.

Jason Peters got off to a slow start due to his holdout. Aaron Schobel’s season was marred by injury. Terrence McGee doesn’t return kicks anymore and Marcus Stroud will be overshadowed by the Jets Kris Jenkins, New England’s Vince Wilfork and Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth.

Lee Evans was a legit candidate through the first half of the season, but when his numbers tailed off due to the offensive struggles so did his chances.

Marshawn Lynch might be the only Pro Bowl player for the Bills and he’s likely to be an alternate at best.

Roscoe Parrish and Leodis McKelvin certainly deserve consideration to represent the AFC as a returner. Both lead the AFC in punt return average and kick return average respectively. Heck Parrish leads the league in punt return average. But that was also the case last year and Parrish got nothing.

It looks like either New York’s Leon Washington, who does both punt and kick return, or San Diego’s Darren Sproles might get the nod as the AFC returner. It’d be nice to see McKelvin or Parrish as an alternate though.


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Players voting for Pro Bowl now

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2008 – 6:00 pm

Bills players right after practice were headed in to their position meeting rooms to cast their Pro Bowl ballots. By rule players cannot vote for teammates. And in most cases offensive players vote for defensive players that they face only.

For example, offensive linemen vote for defensive linemen, etc.

The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Tuesday on NFL Network.


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Pro Bowl announcements Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2008 – 6:21 pm

The NFL announced that Pro Bowl selections will be announced on Tuesday, December 16th at 4 p.m. (ET) on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl Selection Show.

Unfortunately I think almost every Bills player worthy of consideration is a long shot this year due in part to how the season unfolded for Buffalo in October and November.


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Bills Pro Bowl contenders

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2008 – 6:49 pm

After 10 games played and Pro Bowl voting open for over a month, six Bills players are in the top five at their respective positions in the fan voting, but that’s not enough to get them to Hawaii. They’ll need a lot more votes to rank in the top 2 or 3 at their position.

Here’s the list of Bills players in the running in terms of fan voting, where they rank at their position and how many players are taken for the Pro Bowl roster in February. Remember to vote.

DT Marcus Stroud – fan vote rank (3rd) – DTs taken (3)

RB Marshawn Lynch – fan vote rank (4th) – RBs taken (3)

SS Donte Whitner – fan vote rank (4th) – SS taken (1) – total safeties (2)

P Brian Moorman – fan vote rank (4th) – P taken (1)

Returner Roscoe Parrish – fan vote rank (5th) – Returners taken (1)

G Derrick Dockery – fan vote rank (5th) – G taken (3)


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NFL Pro Bowl voting open

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2008 – 6:14 pm

Fans can begin voting for the Pro Bowl today at NFL.com/probowl and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com. So get your votes in for your Bills.

Balloting for the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl ends at 12 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, December 9.

The teams will be announced at 4 p.m. (ET) Tuesday, December 16 on a special NFL Total Access 2009 NFL Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network.

The 2009 NFL Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, February 8.

Fans who vote for Pro Bowl players will then be able to enter for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii to attend the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl in the Official Pro Bowl Sweepstakes. You can check NFL.com for details and official rules.

The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters that represent the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl.

NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 11 – 12.


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