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No body circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills and this off season was no different. New Coach, New GM, New QB, New Attitude. The fans are pumped...again. Chan Gailey proved once again that he was pretty much the most ill prepared coach in the league and his lack of common sense was, quite simply, appalling. Bring in Doug Marrone...who? Yes, Doug Marrone. The man who was in the midst of turning around a long struggling Syracuse Orange program was coveted by numerous teams, but the Bills acted first and with the help of some area ties, were able to land him over the Eagles and Browns. All indications seem to show that the Front Office was (and is still) extremely stoked about the hire. Add to that former NYJ Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine who chose the Bills job over staying with Jets in the same capacity, and the Bills seem to be on the right track. Now on to the players.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick out. While you have to admire his attitude and effort, he simply lacked the talent level to get it done consistently in the NFL. A solid back-up for sure. Enter Erik James Manuel. EJ3 (a nickname that is being thrown around these parts that which I loathe as completely unoriginal) was the first QB taken off the board. The Bills had their choice of all college QBs in the draft with the 16th pick, and chose the 4 year starter out of FSU. Big, strong, fast, with a big arm, how could you not love him. Oh, and have you seen him in interviews? Professional, articulate, polite, respectful, just what you want the franchise QB to be. Also added Kevin Kolb who's past is littered with moderate success and injury struggles. He'll be sitting the bench in this reality, that's for sure.

HB - Yeah, CJ Spiller. Enough said.

WR - Stevie Johnson will be the man again, for this year at least. But if you haven't noticed what the Bills have been doing at the long ignored WR position, then you're missing out on one of the best young group of WRs in the league. Robert Woods was selected early in the 2nd round out of USC. Called the most NFL ready rookie by most draft experts, Woods looks to crack the starting lineup as the #2 guy. The rest of the WRs can be summed by one word, Speed. 2nd year man TJ Graham has been tearing it up in training camp and has a recorded 4.34 40 time. Add into the mix third round pick out of Texas Marquise Goodwin. While most new NFL players have trained constantly at football for their entire college careers, Goodwin was participating in the 2012 Olympic games in London as a long jumper. So he can jump? What about speed? Oh that, he just ran a 4.27 at the combine with "unofficial" accounts having him clocked at a 4.17, yes, a 4.17. Crazy. Just wait until he's training for football all season. Also added into the mix was undrafted FA Da'Rick Rogers. The much troubled former Tennessee WR was sought after by over 15 teams after the draft, but he chose the Bills. While at Tenn, he was the #1 guy ahead of both Cordarrelle Paterson and Justin Hunter, first and second round picks respectively. Marrone straight up told Rogers, "this is the NFL now, you get one shot here, one mess up and you're gone." He's been kept inline so far.

TE - A weak spot, but Scott Chandler is dependable at least and Rookie Chris Gragg has some speed but is very, very raw. We'll see what develops here.

OL - The FA loss of Levitre hurts for sure, but the Bills are confident that they can develop a strong line again. After all, coach Marrone was an OL himself.

DL - Put up for shut up for Marcell Dareus this year. Needs to step it up. Despite a lot of negative press, Mario Williams actually was pretty good last season. 10.5 sacks most coming after a wrist surgery mid season which was clearly effecting his play. Kyle Williams must stay on the field as he's an absolute beast. Alan Branch added to the mix as well for some thunder.

LB - Bills added 2nd round pick Kiko Alonso from Oregon as hopefully a mainstay to the struggling bills run support. He looks nasty. After watching some Dion Jordan highlight reels I noticed that Alonso was making more plays than he was, on his own highlight reel! Some off field drinking issues caused a slip in his draft stock, but who doesn't drink underage in college? Baller. Nigel Bradham and Manny Lawson (FA from Cincy) add to the mix what should be a very fast LB corps, hopefully they can tackle.

DB - Stephon Gilmore was one of the best CBs in the league in the second half of his Rookie campaign. Continually shutting down the opposing teams best WRs, look for a pro-bowl calliber season this year. Jairus Byrd is stuck in a contract dispute which hopefully gets resolved sooner rather than later, but he should be ready to go week 1. The rest of the DBs are a question mark. Leodis McKelvin has looked pretty bad as a CB throughout his career, but has been tabbed the #2 guy this season. Has all the physical tools, just is dumb as a box of rocks. Aaron Williams has been moved from CB to Safety where he will, hopefully, have more impact (especially since he was taken two spots ahead of Colin Kaepernick). Da'Norris Searcy will also battle for a starting spot at safety, while Ron Brooks looks to be the nickle man. Look for the Bills to target DBs in the first off-season.

New Coach, New philosophy, New attitude, New Hope. The Bills are re-charged for sure. Go Bills.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Aug 9 13 8:59 AM

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'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Aug 9 13 9:05 AM

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'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Aug 9 13 10:24 AM

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Somebody has been browsing youtube.....that song in the first video certainly has enough auto tune to last me a year.

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Season 1: 8-8
Season 2: 12-4
Season 3: 5-11
Season 4: 13-3
Season 5: 10-6

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Aug 9 13 10:36 AM

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It's funny, watched that video the minute after he was drafted and they stopped talking about him. Hated that song at first (and all songs that sound like it), but now I get pumped every time I watch it and I plan on buying the Mp3/4 of it and blaring it during the pre-game tailgate Week 1.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Sep 5 13 7:34 AM

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BILLS ACQUIRE ROOKIE CB XAVIER RHODES VIA TRADE

Earlier this week the Bills acquired rookie CB Xavier Rhodes in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings that left WR Da'Rick Rogers and CB Justin Rogers packing their bags for the state with 1,000 lakes. The Vikings also acquired the Bills Waiver slot in the upcoming FA draft.

The Bills have become the place to be for players coming out of Florida State. Rhodes, the first round 25th overall pick in the 2013 draft, was a first-team All ACC 2012 selection along with a 2010 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year award on his belt. He joins fellow ex-Seminoles QB EJ Manuel, MLB Nigel Bradham, Rookie K Dustin Hopkins, P Shawn Powell, and T Zebrie Sanders on the Bills roster. Recently waived long snapper Garrison Sanborn was also a Seminole.

The Bills were actively shopping Tennessee Tech and former Tennessee Volunteer wideout Da'Rick Rogers. Buried on the depth chart behind Johnson, Woods, Graham, and Goodwin, rumor has it that Rogers was just simply not putting out the same work ethic and effort as the other young receivers battling to make the squad. He joins ex Volunteer teammate Cordarelle Patterson in the wide out group. Could Justin Hunter be next for the Viqueens? We'll see.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Sep 6 13 8:25 AM

Re: The Buffalo Bills - Circling the Wagons

Yes, but who counted all those lakes?

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Season 1: 8-8
Season 2: 12-4
Season 3: 5-11
Season 4: 13-3
Season 5: 10-6

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Sep 9 13 10:28 PM

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BILLS SHAKING UP STARTING LINEUP

The Bills have decided to scrap the experiment of running a two RB backfield deciding instead to go back to a more traditional HB/FB setup. Coach Camilleri is said to have vented some serious frustrations behind closed doors at how Freddie Jackson was treating LBs as if they were bulls and he was the matador. No doubt, he would be a great matador for sure (if his performance of avoiding blocking LBs is any indication), but the Bills are looking for more support in the running game and will turn to Frank Summers to get it. Apparently CJ Spiller was giving fist bumps to every janitorial employee he walked past at the Ralph upon hearing the news.

Additionally, the Bills have also decided to hand the 1st string TE duties back to Scott Chandler. While Kevin Gragg's receiving skills are impressive for a rookie, his blocking abilities have proved to be a liability, especially on the outside runs. Coach Cam says that Gragg will still be utilized in the two TE set, which the Bills plan to showcase the rest of the season.

Finally, in other worldly news, the fact that the Bills are the only ones that have a "Your Team" thread going is pretty lame for the rest of the league.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Sep 10 13 9:20 AM

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MarkCam24 wrote:
BILLS SHAKING UP STARTING LINEUP


Finally, in other worldly news, the fact that the Bills are the only ones that have a "Your Team" thread going is pretty lame for the rest of the league.




So true.

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Season 1: 8-8
Season 2: 12-4
Season 3: 5-11
Season 4: 13-3
Season 5: 10-6

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I'm going to make one as soon as I get some free time. School is just taking over my life right now. Love reading your stuff though. Keep it up

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Nov 13 13 11:56 AM

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Bills 2014 FA Wrap Up

The Bills went into the 2014 off-season in a very good position. The club performed better than expected in 2013 getting solid performances from their rookies and young players alike. They entered the FA market with cash to spend and not really that many holes to fill. The player personnel department quickly identified two "difference maker" targets in the FA pool and pursued them heavily.

First priority, find a potential replacement for aging veteran DT Kyle Williams. While the 31 year old Williams is a great locker room and on field performer, it's no secret that Bills are on a youth movement and former NY Giant DT Linval Joseph hit the market. The 25 year old 2010 second round pick out of East Carolina was wined and dined over some Buffalo Wings at Duff's with fellow D-Lineman Mario Williams, Kyle, and Marcell Dareus. The 323 pounder reportedly downed 47 suicide wings that night, proving to the Bills brass that he had the balls to fit in here. The next day the took him to Niagara Falls which was followed by a contract offer. He agreed to a 5 year, $32.5M contract with $12.5M guaranteed. With Dareus and Joseph the Bills look set at DT for years to come.

Second priority was to build on an already solid secondary. It was clear that there were two young, franchise type CBs on the market in Vontae Davis and Sam Shields. Rumor had it that Davis was seeking a humongous deal and Shields could be had for roughly half the price. The Bills pursued Shields, even offering a cool $2M over the asking price. Apparently the Raiders did not hear the news of Shields' asking price and quietly sniped him for an astounding $12M per year. Just the Raiders being the Raiders we suppose.

After a week of FA signing passed, the Bills dug deeper into the market and explored more options. Low and behold, they spotted former Jacksonville Jags MLB LaRoy Reynolds available after his rookie season. The Bills pounced on the former Jaguar. While a bit raw, his combination of speed, strength, and power were just too nice to pass up. For a 3 year, $6M deal, how could you go wrong? The only question is where is he going to fit in on this roster and depth chart.

The Bills also added some depth in the FA market. HB Dujuan Harris seeks to replace the void left by Freddie Jackson's off-season retirement. A speed back to spell CJ Spiller was just what the brass were looking for. LT Andrew Datko and LG Michael Jasper were also signed to provide some insurance on the offensive line. A young Datko could potentially see some playing time at T in the future if current Bills Cordy Glenn and Zebrie Sanders prove to be too expensive to re-sign down the line.

Overall, the Bills were very happy with their moves. They didn't overspend and they added depth where they needed it most while adding an immediate starter to the roster.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Nov 13 13 12:14 PM

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Bills 2014 Draft Round Up

Immanuel Alva. The Bills scouted him, the Bills coveted him, the Bills tried desperately to trade up to draft him, the Bills cried when the Bucs snagged him. The front office though of him as the final piece of their team puzzle, but couldn't make it happen. Life goes on.

The Bills went into the draft looking to improve on their defensive front seven, add a power back and depth.

Round 1: DE Tamani Rowe
Round 2: HB Darell Olsen
Round 3: CB Danny Neighbors
Round 3: DE Douglas McCord
Round 5: CB Westly Brinson - CUT
Round 6: WR Nico Plantaric
Round 7: WR Daunte McCleskey - CUT

After getting a look at the rookie class in mini-camps, it quickly became apparent that Brinson and McCleskey were not NFL caliber players. The Bills wasted no time showing them the door.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Nov 13 13 12:23 PM

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Bills Alter Starting Line-up for 2014 Season

WR Goodwin takes over the number 2 slot from Robert Woods: It's not as much as bad play from Woods as it is great play from Goodwin. He simply could not be held back any longer.

3rd round pick beats out 1st round pick in camp to start at RE: Douglas McCord simply showed more speed and athleticism in camp and got the nod over 1st round pick Tamani Rowe. The Bills have not given up on Rowe, however, and see a bright future for him after a season or two of development.

DT Linval Joseph replaces Kyle Williams in the starting lineup: FA acquisition looks to make an immediate impact while Kyle Williams provides a fantastic backup at every DL position.

LB LeRoy Reynolds outshines veteran Manny Lawson in camp and gets the call at LOLB: A FA steal, Reynolds has taken hold of the starting LOLB job. Lawson will see action as the main backup to all the LB positions as well as at DE.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Nov 13 13 12:32 PM

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Bills Make Series of Trades

Bills send DE Jerry Hughes to Tampa for 2nd round pick. With the addition of two rookie DEs and an average at best performance by Hughes for the Bills last season, the Bills were happy to get a 2nd round pick for Hughes after trading their second round pick away last season to draft CB Danny Neighbors in last years draft.

Bills send CB Ron Brooks to New England for WR Josh Boyce and 3rd round pick. Brooks was 4th on the Bills depth chart and the Bills were reportedly going to up Neighbors into the nickel role which would have moved Brooks down to #5 on the chart. One word, expendable. While Brooks is a solid player and the Bills hated sending him to their rivals, they management just felt that he was wasted on this team at this point and were happy to get Boyce and a third for him. Boyce will be buried on the depth chart for now, but looks to be a player that can improve quickly and potentially make in impact down the road.

Bills send WR TJ Graham to the Saints for 2nd round pick. The Saints have been long rumored to be after the speedy Graham, but up to this point were not willing to give up more than a 3rd rounder for him. The Bills stayed consistent on their desire to get a 2nd round pick for him and the Saints finally gave in. This works out even better for the Bills after acquiring Boyce in a previous trade.

Bills are very enthused to be going into the 2015 draft with 2 second round picks and 2 third round picks after entering the season with no second round picks and only one third.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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Nov 13 13 12:39 PM

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Bills Promote Rookie CB to Nickel Back

The Bills have announced that they are promoting 3rd round selection Danny Neighbors to their third CB, displacing Leodis McKelvin who will now be the 4th CB. Through his first 3 games Neighbors has shown a penchant for making plays already having 2 picks in limited playing time. While not nearly as fast and quick as McKelvin, Neighbors has better hands, better tackling ability, better power and strength and will be counted upon to help stop the run more effectively in 3 and 4 WR sets. In fact, he is the best CB on the team in tackling, power, block shedding, strength and catching. He just needs to concentrate on developing his talents in zone coverage, press coverage, awareness, and pursuit to become a real force on the field.

'13 AFC E Champs 12-4
'14 AFC E Champs 16-0

PB: Manuel (2-QB(2), OROY), Spiller (RB), Johnson (2-WR), Goodwin (2), Chandler, Glenn (OL), Urbik, Wood (2), Hairston, Sanders, M. Williams (DL), McCord, Dareus, D. Williams (2 DROY, DB)

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