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Undrafted RB Johnson makes PFF rankings list

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2017 – 10:46 am

One of Buffalo’s undrafted rookie signings appears on the ProFootballFocus rankings list for a couple of their key advanced metrics.

In their pass blocking efficiency category running back, and UB product, Jordan Johnson ranked 48th in pass blocking efficiency among all college running backs. It was just two spots behind Dalvin Cook, a second-round pick of the Vikings.

On 125 pass blocking snaps, Johnson gave up just two sacks and a QB hit for a rating of 92.4.

He also ranked 54th among all college backs in elusive rating. He forced 27 missed tackles rushing and two missed tackles receiving in 2016 for an elusive rating of 37.7.

Considering 30 running backs were drafted, Johnson’s numbers do not appear that far off.

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Peterman a former teammate of Bills undrafted TE

Posted by Chris Brown on May 5, 2017 – 12:12 pm

Bills fifth-round pick Nate Peterman now has a former college teammate on the roster with him, except he didn’t go to Pitt.

Peterman, who spent his first two college seasons at Tennessee before transferring, was teammates with Bills undrafted free agent signing Jason Croom.

Croom and Peterman were teammates for two seasons in Knoxville. Croom caught almost half of his college receptions in his first two seasons for the Vols, so it’s likely at least a few of those came from Peterman, though he only completed 20 passes in his time at Tennessee.

Croom is a converted wide receiver, but can grow into his frame (6-5) to be a more effective in-line blocker. He ran a 4.69 40-time at his pro day.

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LB Striker’s emotions raw at end of draft

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2016 – 3:23 pm

Oklahoma LB Erik Striker went undrafted last weekend, but it doesn’t mean he’ll be without an opportunity. The Bills agreed to terms with him as an undrafted free agent.

Now begins the task of Striker trying to make a successful transition as a specialty edge rusher for the Sooners to an inside linebacker for the Bills in their 3-4 defensive front. He was one of 14 undrafted rookies who joined Buffalo’s roster. Here was Striker’s emotional address to his friends and family that came to his home to support him on draft weekend.

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Bills rank 2nd in undrafted FA haul

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2013 – 2:45 pm

There’s a respectable amount of talent among Buffalo 16 undrafted rookies that agreed to terms earlier this week. So much in fact that’s Gil Brandt has the Bills right at the top of the league in terms of their undrafted free agent haul.

Brandt ranked Buffalo second in the league behind only Jacksonville. Here was his assessment of their undrafted free agent crop.

2) Buffalo Bills

Key signees: Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington; Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State; Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech; Keith Pough, LB, Howard.

The Bills were looking for receivers, and that’s what they got; Kaufman is a good possession type of guy, while Rogers has great speed. Tuel, who has the measurables and arm strength you want in a quarterback, was stuck on a very poor team in college. Pough looked good in workouts and at the combine.

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Bills LB seen as pick of undrafted litter

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2013 – 1:40 pm

A lot of the exposure concerning Buffalo’s undrafted rookie free agents has gone to Tennessee Tech WR Da’Rick Rogers. In terms of football ability many NFL teams had a first or second round grade on him, including Buffalo. Obviously his off the field history had him go undrafted. Though Buffalo landed him there is an undrafted prospect coming in at a position of need that is viewed as an even bigger steal.

Howard LB Keith Pough (pronounced pew) was an ultra productive player in the MEAC conference. At the Combine he didn’t run well, but plays faster than he times according to Bills scout Tom Roth.

“After he ran that time I went back to check his tape just to be sure,” Roth told “And he does play faster than that. His play speed is closer to 4.75. I’m really excited about this kid.”

Seen as a strong side linebacker for Buffalo, Pough (6’2″ 235), who had an astounding 71 tackles for loss in his college career and was the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year last season, was seen as one of the top undrafted player signings in the NFL by Here was their assessment of the Pough acquisition by Buffalo.

Keith Pough, LB, Howard — Buffalo Bills: The Bills’ post-draft pickup WR Da’Rick Rogers, a very talented but problematic wide receiver, will garner the most attention going forward. But don’t overlook the potential for Pough to make an impact in Buffalo, too.

The 6-foot-2 linebacker set an FCS record with 71 tackles for loss in his career. Buffalo’s not particularly deep at that spot on the field either, despite the addition of second-round pick Kiko Alonso. Pough has a great shot to make the roster, and he could pay off down the line if he does.

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‘Cuse G Chibane says now with Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2013 – 11:54 pm

It appears Bills head coach Doug Marrone has brought a former player from his college team at Syracuse to Buffalo. Orange G Zach Chibane says he’s signed with the Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent.


Chibane (6’6″ 298) is a three-year starter at guard for the Orange as he made 38 straight starts.

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C Ryan Turnley indicates he’s a Bill

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2013 – 11:31 pm

Pitt C Ryan Turnley has given indication on his Twitter account that he’s agreed to sign with the Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Turnley (6’6″ 320) was a two-year starter at center for the Panthers and spent a year at left guard as a sophomore. He’s a Hopewell, Pennslyvania native.

Bills RB Zach Brown, a Pitt alum, welcomed Turnley

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WR Norell: I’m a Bill

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2013 – 11:28 pm

Undrafted rookie free agent WR Kevin Norell out of Stony Brook says he’s agreed to sign with the Bills.

Norell (5’10”, 200) played the last two seasons at Stony Brook after two years at El Camino Junior College. A Los Angeles native, Norell knows Bills second-round pick Robert Woods. Woods even tweeted Norell after hearing the news.


Norell is coming off a monster season for the Sea Wolves as he posted 63 catches for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. Perhaps his 63-yard touchdown against Syracuse last season had an influence on Bills head coach Doug Marrone. Norell actually began his college career at Washington State.

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FB Gaskins says he’s a Bill

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2013 – 11:13 pm

University of Richmond FB Kendall Gaskins is the latest undrafted rookie free agent to announce that he’s agreed to sign with the Bills.

Gaskins even got a welcome from fellow Richmond alum and Bills CB Justin Rogers.

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Undrafteds by position

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2011 – 2:11 pm

Here’s the breakdown of the undrafted rookies that have been signed by position. There were 19 in all. Maximum roster size now is 90 in the offseason.

OT (1)
G (1)
TE (1)
RB (2)
LS (1)
K (1)
P (1)
WR (1)
QB (1) Note QB Josh Nesbitt also played safety in college and may line up there in Bills camp.
CB (3)
S (2)
OLB (1)
ILB (2)
DE (1)

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Undrafteds can negotiate Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2011 – 8:32 pm

Undrafted rookie free agents are still eligible to signed on Tuesday, but ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that team can negotiate with them tonight (Monday).

The league originally announced that teams could sign undrafted free agents at 10 am on Tuesday, but the NFL clarified during the day to all 32 clubs that they could begin negotiating with undrafted rookies tonight (Monday).

With up to 25 roster holes to fill it’s believed that Buffalo could sign anywhere from 10-15 undrafted rookies with the offseason roster limit now at 90 under the new CBA. The previous limit was 80.

Buffalo is short on numbers at cornerback and inside linebacker in particular.

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Undrafteds – defense

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2011 – 8:17 pm

Here’s a rundown of some of the more notable undrafted rookie free agents on defense that are available to sign beginning at 10 am Tuesday now that the new CBA has been approved by the owners and the players.

The safety position is widely thought to have the most quality undrafted prospects of any position group, but Buffalo already has five on their roster, so at most they might add one. Where the Bills need to add is as ILB and CB in terms of roster numbers.

Daniel Allen – Southern Connecticut St.
Pierre Allen – Nebraska
Ugo Chinasa – Oklahoma St.
DeQuin Evans – Kentucky
Jon Freeney – Rutgers
Steven Friday – Virginia Tech
Stafford Gatling – Ohio
Kendell Lockett – Ole Miss
Lawon Scott – Ole Miss
Ryan Winterswyk – Boise St.

Brandon Bair – Oregon
Scooter Berry – West Virginia
John Graves – Virginia Tech
Yaky Ibia – Towson
Elisha Joseph – Temple
Andrew Lewis – Syracuse
Ricky Lumpkin – Kentucky
Lawrence Marsh – Florida
Ollie Ogbu – Penn State
Martin Parker – Richmond
Lucas Patterson – Texas A&M
Odrick Ray – Tulsa
Cedric Thornton – Southern Arkansas
Thomas Weaver – Villanova
Colby Whitlock – Texas Tech
Ian Williams – Notre Dame

Mario Harvey – Marshall
Mark Herzlich – Boston College
Eric Gordon – Michigan State
Orie Lemon – Oklahoma St.
Michael Morgan – USC
Adrian Moten – Maryland
Brandon Peguese – Hampton
Justin Winters – Buffalo

Josh Bynes – Auburn
Brian Duncan – Texas Tech
Marquis Kirkland – Villanova
Pat Lazear – West Virginia
Scott Lustrus – UCONN
Eric McBride – Richmond
Derrell Smith – Syracuse
Kendall Smith – Florida State
Alex Wujiciak – Maryland

Brandon Bing – Rutgers
Kendric Burney – North Carolina
Mario Butler – Georgia
Vance Cuff – Georgia
Ryan Jones – Missouri St.
Devon Torrence – Ohio State
Anthony Walters – Delaware

Anthony Bratton – Delaware
Niles Brinkley – Wisconsin
Zac Etheridge – Auburn
Jai Eugene – LSU
Will Hill – Florida
Jeron Johnson – Boise St.
Brian Lainhart – Kent State
Joe Lefeged – Rutgers
DeAndre McDaniel – Clemson
Davon Morgan – Virginia Tech
Davonte Shannon – Buffalo
Jerrard Tarrant – Georgia Tech
Jay Valai – Wisconsin
Deunta Williams – North Carolina

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Undrafteds – offense

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2011 – 8:14 pm

Here’s a rundown of some of the more notable undrafted rookie free agents on offense that are available to sign beginning at 10 am Tuesday now that the new CBA has been approved by the owners and the players.

Ben Chappell – Indiana
Pat Devlin – Delaware
Adam Froman – Louisville
Mike Hartline – Kentucky
Jerrod Johnson – Texas A&M
Josh Portis – California(Pa.)
Taylor Potts – Texas Tech
Scott Tolzien – Wisconsin
Jeff Van Camp – Florida Atlantic
Trevor Vittatoe – UTEP
Adam Weber – Minnesota

Matt Asiata – Utah
Damien Berry – Miami
Donald Buckram – UTEP
Graig Cooper – Miami
Noel Devine – West Virginia
Shaun Draughn – North Carolina
Darren Evans – Virginia Tech
Mario Fanin – Auburn
Derrick Locke – Kentucky
Angus Quigley – Kansas
Brandon Saine – Ohio State
Chad Spann – Northern Illinois

Henry Hynopski – Pitt

Darvin Adams – Auburn
Kris Adams – Auburn
Kamar Aiken – UCF
Armon Binns – Cincinnati
DeAndre Brown – Southern Miss
Mark Dell – Michigan State
Tori Gurley – South Carolina
Andre Holmes – Hampton
Lester Jean – Florida Atlantic
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos – Iowa
Detron Lewis – Texas Tech
Ricardo Lockette – Valley State
Jeff Maehl – Oregon
Tysonn Poots – Southern Utah
ZaVious Robbins – Hardin-Simmons
Armon Robinson – Miami (OH)
Dane Sanzenbacher – Ohio State
Courtney Smith – South Alabama
Owen Spencer – N.C. State
Terrence Tolliver – LSU
Jimmy Young – TCU
Terrell Zachary – Auburn

Preston Dial – Alabama
Charlie Gantt – Michigan State
Mike McNeil – Nebraska
Kyle Miller – Mount Union
Schuylar Oordt – Northern Iowa
Zach Pianalto – North Carolina
Allen Reisner – Iowa
Weslye Sanders – South Carolina
Stephen Skelton – Fordham
Ben Thayer – E. Michigan

Cameron Bradfield – Valley State
Nick Claytor – Georgia Tech
Ray Dominguez – Arkansas
Adam Grant – Arizona
Kyle Hix – Texas
David Mims – Virginia Union
Corey O’Daniel – Gardner-Webb
Alan Pelc – North Carolina
Jacob Sims – South Florida
Soeren Wendland – Liberty

Justin Boren – Ohio State
Bryant Browning – Ohio State
Thomas Claiborn – Boston College
Kevin Hughes – SE Louisiana St.
Zack Hurd – UCONN
Carl Johnson – Florida
Jarriel King – South Carolina
Matt Murphy – UNLV

Tim Barnes – Missouri
Colin Baxter – Arizona
J.C. Brignone – Mississippi St.
Jake Kirkpatrick – TCU
Kevin Kowalski – Toledo
Alex Linnenkohl – Oregon State
Ryan Pugh – Auburn
Zane Taylor – Utah

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Bills have strong college FA group

Posted by Chris Brown on May 14, 2010 – 3:00 pm

Buffalo has a good history of finding quality talent among their undrafted rookie free agent signings. With names in their past like Jabari Greer, Jim Leonhard and Jason Peters there’s a good track record. This year’s group for the Bills could produce another couple of names that stick.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey hasn’t been in Buffalo long so his familiarity with the team’s history of scooping up quality rookie free agents, but he’s been around a lot of undrafted talent before and likes what this group offers.

“I don’t know what has been here before, but I’ll say it’s one of the better group of college free agents that I’ve been around,” Gailey told “I think it’s a high quality group and if I don’t miss my guess, there will be guys that compete and be right there for jobs. If not top jobs, at least on the 53-man roster.”

Some of Buffalo’s better performing rookie free agents in the recent rookie minicamp were S Dominique Harris and WR Naaman Roosevelt. When the pads go on however, it’s likely that more of the now 14 member group will have some standouts.

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