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Looking for more from CBs

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2013 – 1:09 am

Cornerbacks Crezdon Butler and T.J. Heath got a ton of work in Thursday night’s preseason finale against Detroit. With Stephon Gilmore out for the foreseeable future it’s left a prime opportunity for someone among the cornerbacks left to seize the job while Gilmore is out. Head coach Doug Marrone after the Thursday night game is looking for a bit more from the players he had on the field covering receivers.

“I think we’ve got to do a better job in press,” said Marrone. “Again we’ve got to be up there and contend more of those passes that they’re doing. We’ve got to put them in a position they can get the job done. We do have a lot of tape with them out there. We’ll be able to look at that. Obviously we wanted to look at both of those players to make a decision on where both of them were at. We rested Justin Rogers. We wanted to make sure we knew where those other two players were.”

Sounds like they know what they have in Justin Rogers, and perhaps discovered some very telling information about Butler and Heath in the game. We’ll see how it impacts the cornerback position, which is expected to carry six players including Gilmore.

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CB Butler may have edge

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2013 – 9:32 am

Bills CB Crezdon Butler likely would’ve had the primary reserve cornerback spot nailed down by now had he not missed the second preseason game with an injury. After his strong opening preseason performance at Indy, he followed it up with a one tackle and one pass breakup performance against Washington as he received just 26 snaps. Now with Stephon Gilmore out of the lineup for a while, Butler is in direct competition with Justin Rogers to try and fill the void.

Justin Rogers got the longest look last Saturday, and understandably so, having missed the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury. Rogers had a pair of tackles in 49 snaps.

T.J. Heath, a darkhorse candidate, got just 12 snaps last Saturday.

Butler was lined up with the ones in practice Tuesday morning. We’ll see if that continues leading up to Thursday’s preseason finale. Where Butler has the edge over Rogers is chiefly with size as he’s 6’1″ and 191 pounds. He’s just a longer limbed player than Rogers, who despite being just two inches shorter, has a more compact build.

You typically want longer players on the outside to being able to reach around a receiver or over a receiver and knock balls away. Shorter limbed corners on the outside can’t do that and often go through the receiver drawing a penalty flag. That’s partly why coaches utilize shorter more compact cover men on the slot receivers.

So as long as Butler can prove to be every bit as effective a player on the boundary as Rogers, if not more so, he will likely get the nod as Gilmore’s replacement.

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Bills injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2013 – 12:39 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone provided an injury update coming out of their preseason victory over the Colts Sunday.

“(Dorin) Dickerson came out of the game, but I think we’re going to be fine there with just a left ankle,” said Marrone. “Ron Brooks he was fine. He went in there on special teams, it’s just a tight left hamstring.

“(Thomas) Welch just had a facial laceration. A cut so it’s not anything like any (concussion) symptoms. That’s not what it is. (T.J.) Heath just had a right quad contusion. Just got a pop in the quad.

“We came out of that game really healthy so I’m really excited about that.”


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Justin Rogers injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2013 – 11:40 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone provided an update on CB Justin Rogers after he missed his second day of practice.

Rogers watched from the sidelines at practice Wednesday morning. Head coach Doug Marrone however, doesn’t expect the cornerback to miss much time.

“It was his right hamstring,” said Marrone. “He’ll be out for a short period of time.”

Rogers was running with the first team at cornerback opposite Stephon Gilmore. Leodis McKelvin stepped into the starting lineup in Rogers’ place Wednesday. As for who fills the void for Rogers in the interim, Marrone mentioned who would move up the depth chart.

“We’ll have (T.J.) Heath and (Crezdon) Butler filling in for him,” said Marrone.

Butler got first team reps Tuesday in Rogers’ place, but it was McKelvin Wednesday, and that’s expected to remain the same moving forward. Butler and Heath ran with the second team at the outside corner spots Wednesday.

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Leodis feeling better

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2012 – 2:58 pm

Leodis McKelvin is not fully participating in practice here on Wednesday after exiting last Sunday’s game with a tight back. But three days removed from that game he’s feeling a lot better.

“I feel a whole lot better than I did on Sunday when I woke up,” said McKelvin prior to Wednesday’s practice. “I feel a whole lot better, a whole lot looser and I can move around a whole lot better.”

“We’re not going to try to overextend him,” said Chan Gailey. “So he’s not going to take all his reps. He’ll try to get out and stretch it out and do some things, but he’s not going to have a full practice.”

McKelvin would not confirm whether he had back spasms on Sunday. He pulled up on his first punt return and did not re-enter the game against Jacksonville.

To guard against getting shorthanded at cornerback this Sunday, with McKelvin a question mark right now and Aaron Williams still trying to work his way back from a knee injury the Bills promoted T.J. Heath from the practice squad.

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A. Williams to practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2012 – 1:40 pm

Bills CB Aaron Williams, who has been out since Week 9 with a knee injury, will practice Wednesday.

That according to head coach Chan Gailey.

“He’s going to try to do some things today,” Gailey said. “He’s going to be out there for the majority of practice and we’ll see how far he can go.”

Williams has been practicing with the team for each of the past two weeks, but is not yet 100 percent. Whether he can get there sounds uncertain, and may be why the Bills chose to add another cornerback to the roster in practice squad CB T.J. Heath.

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