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WR Martin back

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2012 – 11:34 am

Bills WR Ruvell Martin was excused for personal reasons this week and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but is back practicing here on Friday.

The only non-participant in practice is S Da’Norris Searcy, who has already been declared out for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

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Searcy, Martin not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2012 – 2:16 pm

Only a pair of non-participants at Bills practice today.

Da’Norris Searcy and Ruvell Martin are not practicing. We’ll have a post practice update.

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Byrd, Martin active

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2012 – 3:02 pm

Jairus Byrd and WR Ruvell Martin were both questionable for today’s game but both are active.

Byrd is expected to start despite a hip pointer suffered last week. Martin is expected to line up as a gunner on punt team.

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Byrd limited

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2012 – 4:53 pm

S Jairus Byrd returned to practice on Thursday, but was not a full-time participant.

“He was limited, but he moved around pretty well,” said head coach Chan Gailey following Thursday’s practice. “All indications are he’ll play. Unless there’s a setback between now and then he’ll be fine.”

Byrd also missed a day of practice last week before he played on Sunday.

WR Ruvell Martin still has a chance to return from a high ankle sprain this week.

“He practiced two days, looked better today than yesterday,” said Gailey. “I’m still real hopeful for him for Sunday.”

Martin has missed the last two games.

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Only Martin not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2012 – 11:06 am

Only one non-participant at Friday’s practice.

WR Ruvell Martin has a high ankle sprain and hasn’t practiced all week. He’s not expected to play Sunday.

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WR Martin out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2012 – 5:08 pm

Among the Bills injuries this week is WR Ruvell Martin, who is battling an ankle ailment that will keep him out of Sunday’s game.

“Ruvell is out,” said head coach Chan Gailey after Thursday’s practice.

Martin has been used mainly on special teams including the all important gunner role on punt team.

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Byrd won’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2012 – 12:34 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey will be without one of his starting safeties at practice today.

Starting FS Jairus Byrd is going to miss Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury suffered last Sunday.

“He’s taken a step back,” said Gailey of Byrd and his foot injury. “He’s going to struggle to make some practice this week, so we’ll have to see. It may be a game time decision on him.”

X-rays on Byrd’s foot Monday were negative. Gailey also said Ruvell Martin would not practice today either. Martin also had x-rays performed for an undisclosed injury, but they were negative too.

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What RB White’s return means at WR

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2012 – 11:00 am

With the Bills choosing to add a running back with their vacant roster spot to make up for the loss of an injured Fred Jackson, instead of a WR with the loss of Nelson, it defines Buffalo’s roles at wideout now a bit better.

Buffalo now has the following receivers, who all should be available Sunday.

Donald Jones, Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham, Ruvell Martin and if needed Brad Smith.

Chan Gailey makes it the receiver’s responsibility to know all of the wideout positions in the event that something like a season-ending injury happens to one of the regulars. With that now the case you could argue that all of the remaining wideouts could handle Nelson’s slot receiver role.

However, Donald Jones spent a great deal of time taking reps in the slot in the spring practices and was even kicked inside a good deal in training camp. We’ll wait and see what we get on Sunday, but I think it’s very likely that Jones becomes the primary slot receiver in three wide sets and guys like Graham and Martin take Jones’ role outside when Jones moves inside. C.J. Spiller is also a slot option, but that would seem more likely in a four wide look.

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Martin knows roster juggling

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2012 – 5:02 pm

Ruvell Martin is back on the roster again after Ron Brooks was moved to injured reserve Tuesday. His addition had to do with special teams abilities as much as anything to replace some of what Brooks did as a gunner. Martin has experienced these last minute changes with respect to the roster before.

Last year he made the 53-man roster with the Bills, but was released just days before the opener after the team picked up OT Sam Young off waivers from Dallas. A week later he was back on the roster when Marcus Easley’s medical condition surfaced forcing him to I-R.

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Brooks named recall I-R player

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2012 – 4:56 pm

With Ron Brooks going on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo has listed him as their “designated to return” player under the new I-R rules.

Under the new guidelines an NFL club can return one player on injured reserve to the active roster later in the season (at least 42 calendar days). However, for a player to be eligible for recall they could not be placed on I-R prior to 4 pm today (Sept. 4th).

By naming Brooks their recall player the club has utilized it’s one and only opportunity to pull a player back off the I-R list. Brooks won’t be eligible to return to practice with the team until six weeks from now (Oct. 17th). He can’t be active for a game until eight weeks from now (Oct. 31st

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Smith out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2011 – 12:37 pm

As expected Bills QB/WR Brad Smith will miss the season finale in New England.

“Brad Smith is out,” saiad head coach Chan Gailey. “He’s not going to make it.”

Smith missed the entire week of practice with a hamstring injury.

WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring) and RB Johnny White (concussion) are listed as probably for Sunday’s game after practicing fully for the past two days.

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White, Martin sitting

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2011 – 11:40 am

Just two non-participants at practice Thursday for the Bills.

RB Johnny White (concussion) and WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring) were not participating.

TE Scott Chandler (ankle) was practicing, but still appears limited. We’ll have the status of all injured players this afternoon when Chan Gailey provides his update post practice.

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Players back and full go

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2011 – 3:11 pm

Buffalo had eight players not practicing Wednesday, but come Thursday most of them were back on the practice field and practicing fully.

Nick Barnett, Ruvell Martin, Shawne Merriman, C.J. Spiller and Eric Wood all participated fully in practice Thursday, which wasn’t a surprise to head coach Chan Gailey.

“I knew we’d have some guys miss (Wednesday),” he said. “But I thought most of them would make it back.”

Kraig Urbik participated fully for a second straight day and is expected to start on Sunday at right guard.


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Fan Friday 9-16

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2011 – 12:37 pm

Alright, Week 1 was a good one. Hopefully another ‘W’ Sunday for the home opener. Let’s get to your questions from

1 – Chris,
Buddy and Chan often use the phrase “get bigger” can you explain what they mean football wise. They have let smaller sized players go. All their TE and OL seem to be tall strong blocking types. Aaron Williams is a big corner. Does they view this on ever position? How does big translate onto the field. Have big guys doesn’t mean they are great athletes or even good football players. I understand the 3-4 needs players with more bulk. Can you explain the football philosophy on both offense and defense?

CB: There really isn’t a whole lot of football philosophy here. It’s more physics if you want to know the truth. Mass times acceleration equals power (my physics teacher would be proud). Buffalo’s offensive and defensive lines lacked mass and thus power. Both Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey saw their men in the trenches getting pushed around way too much last season and felt they had to get bigger. They are now. Eric Wood is 20 pounds heavier than the departed Geoff Hangartner. Scott Chandler is 272 pounds.

Marcell Dareus is 35 pounds heavier than Marcus Stroud. Alex Carrington added 23 pounds of muscle to his frame and Torell Troup added 10 pounds of muscle. Kellen Heard goes 340. The linebacking corps is bigger as well. It’s all about holding up against the run on that side of the ball and you need guys that are big enough and talented enough to stand their ground. That’s really all it is.


2 – Hi Chris, just wanted to know if you know what Donald Jones’ time was in the 40-yard dash? Lee Evans was a burner, and if the Bills are hoping to replace Evans, they better hope that one of those young receivers can at least be a speedy as Evans was. If the Bills lack a vertical threat, the opposing defenses will not respect our passing game as much. I will look forward to hearing your answer. Tony, Daytona Beach, FL

CB: Coming out of college, Jones was clocked at 4.49 in the 40. That’s above average speed and a player like that is capable of making plays downfield. Eric Moulds ran a 4.51 coming out of Mississippi State, and you remember the downfield plays he made in his career with Buffalo. Evans ran a 4.41.


3 – Hey Chris,
What’s the deal with Ruvell Martin making the team who had maybe a week of exposure to the offense and Naaman Rosevelt who has had several years of exposure? I think Bills fans would like to know more about the particulars in choosing Ruvell Martin over Naaman Rosevelt.
Stephen A. Naetzker from Rancho Cucamonga, Ca

CB: Truth be told, it was a bit of surprise to those of us that follow the team. Not because Ruvell isn’t capable, but because he had only been with the club a week. But head coach Chan Gailey said he was consistent in the time he was here, and sharp as a tack picking up the system. He’s also 6’4” and 212 pounds. So he does offer a bit more size than Naaman (6’0” 201).

Ultimately, I think what helped him most was his performance as a gunner on the punt coverage team. Yes, Naaman offers special teams ability as well, but mostly as a kick returner and Buffalo has kick returners in Brad Smith and C.J. Spiller. So Martin offers more on coverage teams, which is where they needed more help. I don’t know that it was the deciding factor, but it definitely played a role in the decision.

In any event Roosevelt is on the practice squad and I’d expect him to be a call up should there be a long term injury at receiver.


4 – Chris, How do some of the players with limited stats or star power like Robert Eddins, Donald Jones, Arthur Moats, Justin Rogers, David Nelson, Kamar Aiken, and Danny Batten hit the scouts radar screen. Only Nelson played at a big school. Since these guys don’t have high ceilings, combine stars but seem to be very motivated football players. Can you shed some light on how these guys separate themselves from “camp bodies” and how they are found.


Go Bills

CB: There are advance scouting services that NFL clubs participate in collectively like BLESTO. The scouts working for BLESTO (who also sometimes work for NFL clubs simultaneously), put together the initial work on the junior prospects the year before they enter their final collegiate season. The size of the school matters little. They scour the country and the big fish in the small ponds are found just as readily as the top talents at big programs. Once they’re on the radar it’s up to the individual NFL clubs to follow up and make their own assessments as to whether the prospect is worthy of draft consideration or consideration as an undrafted free agent signing.


5 – QB David Garrard has been released by the Jags. Is he a better option than Thigpen? Thanks, David W.

CB: I don’t see David Garrard interested in being a backup quarterback for an entire season. I think he’s looking to land somewhere, where the possibility of starting sooner rather than later is real, and Fitz is the entrenched starter in Buffalo.

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WR Martin number change

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2011 – 1:33 pm

For those that remember Ruvell Martin wearing number 83 during the preseason, he’s had his number changed now that he’s back.

Martin will wear jersey number 82 on Sunday provided he’s active for the home opener against the Raiders.

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Roosevelt signed to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2011 – 8:02 am

Buffalo native Naaman Roosevelt is back with his hometown team.

Roosevelt was signed to the Bills practice squad this morning (Wed.). The main reason why was when the Bills claimed OL Sam Young off waivers, thereby adding him to their 53-man roster, they released WR Ruvell Martin. That left the team with only five receivers on the active roster.

Buffalo has WR Kamar Aiken on the practice squad, but it seems as if the staff would like to have seven wideouts readily available among their 53-man roster and eight-player practice squad contingent. The subtraction of Martin led to the addition of Roosevelt.

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Player jersey number changes

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2011 – 9:36 am

There are two offensive players that have new jersey assignments.

Newly signed tight end Lee Smith will wear No. 85 and Ruvell Martin switched to No. 82.

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WR Martin make quick impression

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2011 – 5:49 pm

He was here for less than a week, but in a short period of time, Ruvell Martin convinced the coaching staff he was worthy of a roster spot.

“He did a great job picking up the offense quickly,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “He caught the ball when we threw it to him and he played well on special teams. It was a good combination to have coming in on short notice.”

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Size matters

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2011 – 4:57 pm

In football it doesn’t all come down to measurables, but often times bigger and stronger wins. Buffalo’s coaching staff in some cases put a value on that with their roster decisions to get down to 53.

WR Ruvell Martin hasn’t been with the club for more than a week, but showed some ability on special teams and in the passing game Thursday night against the Lions and at 6’4″ 212 pounds is an intriguing target.

OL Colin Brown, who has been lined up at guard all summer with the second and third unit, is one of Buffalo’s largest offensive linemen at 6’7″ and 328 pounds. He too made the roster.

Now size wasn’t the only reason these players made Buffalo’s 53-man squad. They obviously have talent as well, but smaller players at their positions were not retained.

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WR Martin’s adjustment

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2011 – 9:33 am

Typically Bills WRs coach Stan Hixon wants his wideouts to learn all of the receiver positions in Buffalo’s offense so they’re prepared to step in anywhere and execute. However, with time very short for newly signed WR Ruvell Martin to get up to speed with the terminology of Buffalo’s scheme, he’s been asked to learn just one spot for now.

The catch there is Martin, who has been in mainly West Coast systems since coming into the league, hasn’t learned one receiver spot at a time.

“They’re trying to tell me to focus on one spot,” he said. “I have a tough time doing that. Being in the systems I’ve been in before they’re all concept systems, so it’s kind of tough to just learn one spot. When you hear a concept you envision the entire play. He’s telling me to focus on a certain spot and I’m going to make sure I’m ready for that spot, but in the meantime I’m going to be doing my best to learn all the spots.”

Martin explained which spot he’s been asked to learn initially.

“Right now they said ‘X’, but that’s the thing, who knows,” he said. “I could come in tomorrow and they could change it.”

The ‘X’ receiver is typically the split end position on the left side of the offensive formation. Some teams do switch the letter assignments in an effort to mislead opposing defenses.

Martin is expected to play in Saturday’s preseason home opener against Jacksonville, but he’s not expected to get on the field until the second half.

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