As excited as we are for real football on Sunday, we do need to pause to think about the nearly 3,000 Americans who perished in the 9-11 attacks. Never forget. Here is this week’s edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.
1 – What is the process with keeping someone on the Practice Squad….can another team sign anyone from a Practice Squad? Are there any ways to protect someone on the Practice Squad?
CB: Practice squads consist of a maximum of 10 players typically who have accrued two or fewer NFL seasons as a pro. Each team is allowed a couple of exceptions in which a third-year player can be on the practice squad. To answer your question yes, any team in the league can sign a player off another team’s practice squad. Essentially you should think of them as a free agent with a job in the league.
2 – Chris,
I’m excited for the Bills 2015 season. I really want to see what Greg Roman does with Buffalo’s offense. Bills are deep at WR position. I disagree with some of the posts I’ve read on depth chart.
Sammy is the #1 WR, in my opinion Robert Woods is clearly #2 ahead of Harvin. Woods was a great draft pick – Robert Woods consistently gets open on routes and has great hands! Plus I think he is much more durable than Harvin. Keep Percy Harvin in the slot as the #3 and kick returns.
What are your thoughts at WR, how many do the Bills keep and how do you see the depth chart.
from Buffalo, currently in D.C.
CB: What is interesting on Buffalo’s depth chart is Percy Harvin and Robert Woods are listed as co-starters opposite Sammy Watkins. So as the coaching staff sees it they’re 2A and 2B on their depth chart. Then it’s Chris Hogan and Marquise Goodwin followed by special teamers Marcus Easley and Marcus Thigpen.
Keeping seven did surprise me. I thought six was a more realistic number. I think the team saw Thigpen as worthy of a roster spot because with Leodis McKelvin to miss the first six weeks of the season they didn’t have a proven punt returner. So Thigpen will handle those duties.
I agree with your thoughts on Woods. I believe with all the attention that’s going to be on Watkins and Harvin and even Charles Clay, Woods will have a lot of favorable matchups this season and make a lot of plays.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do u think Gilmore will cover Johnson this weekend since it seems that Darby has more trouble w/ taller receivers?
CB: The Bills have a ton of respect for Andre Johnson, but I don’t think he’s as big a deep threat concern as he used to be. T.Y. Hilton is the more dangerous receiver, but he’s not going to physically overmatch Ronald Darby. I think Rex Ryan was truthful when he said he would mix it up against Andrew Luck and the Colts offense.
So I don’t anticipate there being a lot of Gilmore following Johnson or Hilton for the whole game. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were certain areas of the field where they put Gilmore on Johnson to match up better physically like the red zone, but beyond that I think the chances are greater they play the receivers straight up and the Bills roll more safety help to Darby’s side.
CB: Yes, there will be a full retro uniform to go with the throwback helmets. Here’s a look.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>All White Classics for week 1. Go <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bills?src=hash”>#Bills</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RockTheRalph?src=hash”>#RockTheRalph</a> <a href=”http://t.co/sRBkF3fWH5″>pic.twitter.com/sRBkF3fWH5</a></p>— billsequipment (@billsequipment) <a href=”https://twitter.com/billsequipment/status/642053433390968832″>September 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
How does the HB depth chart looks like? And what is expected out of Karlos Williams? Can he be better than what Fred was?
CB: The way the depth chart is listed at running backs is McCoy, Dixon, Karlos, Brown. Personally I think Karlos Williams is going to get just as much time in the offensive backfield as Dixon, if not a bit more. Maybe not right away this season, but sooner rather than later. His running style is aggressive and downhill and he’s got more straight line speed than Dixon.
Blitz pickup will be where I will be looking most carefully to see who can handle that role that Fred filled so well on third downs. It very well could be McCoy, who is pretty good at it in his own right, but that’s something that will bear watching.
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