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Cockrell trying to show he’s multi-faceted

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2014 – 11:10 pm

As we profiled in 4 things to take from practice, rookie CB Ross Cockrell is starting to settle in at cornerback. Friday night was probably his best practice session of camp as he was anticipating pass plays and making plays on the ball with a couple of pass breakups and raking another ball out near the goal line.

“A couple days of film study never hurts anybody,” Cockrell told “I’m getting adjusted to the speed and tempo of the game. Seeing the receivers for a couple days now, and continuing to work hard on my footwork and and some of the little things coach Henderson and coach (Samson) Brown are teaching me.”

The coaches clearly have faith in Cockrell as a student of the game with all that they’re putting on his plate. The fourth-round pick is lining up at both boundary corner and in the slot in the nickel packages.

“It’s something I’m trying to show that i can play both the outside corner and the inside nickel,” said Cockrell. “It’s challenging because inside there’s a lot more space and you don’t have the sideline to help you. You have to be in tune with the run as well. I’m getting all that and trying to make plays.”


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CB Cockrell trained with former NFL DB

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2014 – 1:40 pm

Bills 4th round pick Ross Cockrell was busy in the time he was away from the team between minicamp and training camp. He spent time on the field with a former NFL safety.

“I trained with Eugene Robinson for a little bit,” said Cockrell. “He actually coached against me when I was in high school so I knew him. He just helped me to continue to improve on my footwork and the little aspects of the game.”

Robinson played for a few teams including the NFC chorion Atlanta Falcons in 1998.

Cockrell sees his first NFL camp as a great learning opportunity with so many veteran corners in front of him on the depth chart.

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Winning arms Bills picks with mental toughness

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2014 – 9:30 am

This morning on we profiled how the Bills personnel department saw added value in drafting prospects who also happened to come from winning programs. Each of Buffalo’s first five draft choices came from winning backgrounds in college. It’s not the end all, be all characteristic, but being used to winning has its advantages.

One byproduct of winning regularly is mental toughness. Teams that win a lot more than they lose aren’t affected by adversity or a sizable deficit in a game.

“It made us really mentally strong just knowing that you can always win the game, and when you’re up you can’t ever let loose because you never know that other team might end up coming back,” Bills third-round pick told “You just have to stay focused.”

And that unwavering belief that comes from winning stretches beyond the playing field and the faith one would have in his teammates. Fourth-round pick Ross Cockrell says the belief stretches to the sidelines as well.

“You have to stick in there and believe in your head coach and the process that he’s setting out for you,” he said. “Back at Duke we did that. We believed and made it happen. I believe in coach Marrone and the staff here that we can get that done.”

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Why Cockrell never covered Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2014 – 3:50 pm

During Ross Cockrell’s four years at Duke the Blue Devils only faced Clemson once while Sammy Watkins was on the Tigers roster. In that game Cockrell didn’t even get a chance to cover Watkins, but with good reason.

Cockrell was busy covering the receiver who was a first-round pick in 2013 for Clemson.

“I didn’t really get a chance to guard him much,” said Cockrell of Watkins. “I was covering DeAndre Hopkins, so they had a two-headed monster that year.”

After seeing a lot more of him in practice during Buffalo’s rookie minicamp, Cockrell is pretty convinced that Watkins is the real deal.

“Sammy is an explosive guy,” Cockrell said. “He was explosive in college, he’s explosive here so he’s going to be a great player.”


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CB Cockrell’s full of leadership potential

Posted by Chris Brown on May 10, 2014 – 3:42 pm

Bills fourth round pick Ross Cockrell will be focused on mastering Buffalo’s defensive playbook first and foremost, but in a few years he could be a leader in Buffalo’s secondary.

Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos saw a lot of progress through Cockrell’s years at Duke. A two-time captain Cockrell was a leader on and off the field. His head coach at Duke David Cutcliffe was often impressed with Cockrell’s assessment of their team performances after games and often let him address the team before he did.

Monos sees a mature young player in Cockrell.

“You could see it even at his pro day. Guys gravitate to him and he is the leader of that group,” said Monos.

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Bills take Duke CB Ross Cockrell

Posted by Chris Brown on May 10, 2014 – 12:33 pm

In the fourth round the Bills have taken Duke CB Ross Cockrell with the 109th overall pick. Cockrell was yet another pre-draft visitor of the Bills last month.

Cockrell had 12 career interceptions and was a 1st team All-ACC performer.

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