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Comp. comm. elects not to amend catch rule

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2016 – 3:43 pm

The NFL Competition Committee has a bunch of different rule proposals they’ll be considering at the owners meetings to present to the 32 member clubs for approval. One area of the game that won’t be amended however, is the catch rule.

NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent said they took a long look at potentially enacting change, but in the end determined it was best to leave the catch rule in its current form.

“We’ve spent an exorbitant amount of time during the offseason with two committees made up of some of our former players and current players to watch over 100 different clips going back to the Burt Emmanuel days to the infamous Dez Bryant playoff ‘catch,'” said Vincent. “When we sat down with them as well as the league officials we’ve been clear that it’s a three-step process. Possession, two feet down and that time element and the safety element, which is extremely important too. The rule allows us to protect the catcher. So after watching a ton of video and bringing different voices in both current and former, it was unanimous that the three-step process and the way the language reads is appropriate.”


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Twitter chat with Takeo

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2015 – 10:23 pm

Two former Bills will be participating in a Twitter chat Monday.

Takeo Spikes and Troy Vincent will be holding a Twitter chat on Aug. 17th at 12 noon ET. Here are the details.

Knowing what a strong interview subject Takeo was when he was in Buffalo and still is today, it’s a chat you don’t want to miss.

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Why Gilmore should excel as a rook

Posted by Chris Brown on June 19, 2012 – 10:05 am

Bills top pick Stephon Gilmore has fared well in spring workouts already and his talent should take him a long way in the NFL. But former Bills DB Troy Vincent provides some other reasons why Gilmore should do well in his rookie season.

Appearing on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550, Vincent says the men lining up in front of him should make his life easier.

“Cornerback is the easiest position to learn, but the hardest to play next to the quarterback position in the NFL,” Vincent said. “When you surround young corners that are inexperienced with a front seven like the one that exists in Buffalo it takes some of the pressure off of those on the back end, who now aren’t going to be asked to cover for four or five seconds. I think a young corner can come in and play because they’re not going to be asked to do a lot knowing the ability of what you have up front.”

Buffalo could very well have two starting outside corners that have a total of nine games of NFL experience should Aaron Williams and Gilmore both win starting jobs coming out of training camp. But with the talent in front of them both will have plenty of help on defense.

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Vincent: Mr. Wilson excited for ’12

Posted by Chris Brown on June 19, 2012 – 9:59 am

Former Bills DB Troy Vincent, who still talks to Bills owner Ralph Wilson twice a month, relayed some of Mr. Wilson’s optimism for the 2012 season in an appearance on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550 this week.

Vincent even attempted an impression of Mr. Wilson in passing along some of the thoughts of the Bills owner.

“He’s very excited about the season,” said Vincent of Mr. Wilson. “He said, ‘I think we have a chance to win. We’ve got some players up front that remind me of the Kelly era. We’ve got a chance.’”

Vincent currently serves in the NFL office as Vice President of Player Engagement.


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McGee on his veteran influences

Posted by Chris Brown on May 23, 2012 – 9:43 am

As the elder statesman of the cornerback group, Terrence McGee knows the younger corners will be asking him questions from time to time seeking knowledge about the game. McGee never did that himself as a rookie back in 2003. He just watched the veterans practice and play, and the one he watched most was Antoine Winfield.

“He’s one of the best cornerbacks I’ve ever seen so I would watch him and wanted to be like him,” said McGee, who was a rookie during Winfield’s last season in Buffalo. “If you watched him the way he tackled, even the way he did drills. He would do the drills perfect and it would make you sick because you would have to follow him in front of the coach. The way he broke on the ball, he just did everything you would want a corner to do. He was cat quick and just a real good corner.”

Nate Clements was also on the roster at the time and was a bigger playmaker than Winfield in terms of interceptions, but Winfield was rarely beaten for big plays, while Clements was more of a risk taker and would get beat deep from time to time. McGee knew who was better to pattern his game after, even though initially he was a bit conflicted.

“When I was here you would see Nate make all the plays and interceptions, but watching Antoine that was the guy you wanted to be like,” McGee said. “Of course you also wanted to make the type of plays that Nate made.”

A couple of years later Troy Vincent was on the roster and he was quick to mentor young players like McGee.

“A person who was really vocal and would tell you things on his own was Troy Vincent,” said McGee. “He’d give me advice. You’re going to listen to Troy. He was a great corner and a veteran guy. You’re going to listen to whatever he says. He could’ve told me to eat at McDonald’s every day and I probably would’ve done it. You definitely listen to a guy like that.”

McGee doesn’t feel like things are different now that he’s one of those vets, but he’s willing to provide answers to the younger corners that are looking for them.

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Vincent hired by NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2010 – 9:07 am

Five-time Pro Bowl defensive back and former Bill Troy Vincent was named NFL VP of player development for active players.

Vincent will join the league office on Feb. 22. His primary role will be to oversee the continued implementation of an array of support programs for players and their families, including the Rookie Symposium, Conduct Management Program and LifeSkills, and the design of new programs.

“I appreciate this opportunity to continue to be involved in the NFL working with active players and tomorrow’s NFL athletes,” Vincent said. “My goal is to assist the NFL in continuing to grow and remain the most respected, admired, and successful sports league in the world.”

I don’t think anyone that knows Vincent’s ambitious spirit is surprised that he’s landed a VP job with the league. He has credentials that not many former players have.

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Troy Vincent in interesting NFLPA battle

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2009 – 3:12 pm

Former Bills defensive back Troy Vincent is one of the five remaining candidates for the NFLPA Executive Director post, formerly held by the late Gene Upshaw, and according to some he’s not the preferred candidate of the Association’s legal counsel.

Pro Football Talk is speculating that a smear campaign against Vincent could ensue as a result to eliminate him as a candidate. The NFLPA hierarchy apparently prefers former Dolphins DE Trace Armstrong.

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