Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: July 28, 2010 3:51 pm

Fred Jackson upsets his son in TV dispute

F. Jackson and his son, Braeden, are on the outs because of a big-screen TV theft (Getty). Bills WR Fred Jackson spoke to the media today as he reported to training camp, and in his comments, he touched on the loss of former Buffalo WR Terrell Owens, the status of rookie RB C.J. Spiller (hint: he’s not there) and on the vibe brought by new coach Chan Gailey.

But that wasn’t what was newsworthy. Nope, what’s newsworthy – at least to Jackson’s 3-year-old son Braeden – was that Daddy took his TV away from him and put it in his temporary dorm room.

“I’ve got to have a big screen TV,” Jackson said. “That’s the first thing I carried in. It was my son’s TV and he just realized that I brought it here. The whole conversation while I was walking down the hallway was like, ‘Well, you’re taking my TV.’ I had to explain to him that Daddy’s going to borrow it for a about a month or so. Then he tells me I better bring it back."

So, how is Braeden dealing with his sudden loss?

“He just kind of understands that it’s a battle he’s not going to win,” Jackson said. “He’s just dealing with it now.”

To add insult to injury, Braeden had to help his father move in to training camp.

“He wasn’t too excited about that either,” Jackson said. “I had to promise him I’d take him to get something to eat at his favorite place, which is McDonalds. So, he’s doing that right now. Hopefully I can keep him moving and we can keep things flowing pretty easily, and he can get over me taking his TV from him.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:07 pm

Schobel has more thinking to do

A. Schobel is thinking about returning to Buffalo for another season (Getty). About five weeks ago, longtime Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel thought about ending his career. He said he was leaning toward not playing but that he wasn’t 100 percent sure.

Now, as training camp approaches, he appears to be having second thoughts. According to the Buffalo News , Schobel, a two-time Pro Bowler who’s coming off a 10-sack year, is thinking more seriously about returning for his 10th NFL season.

"I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago," Schobel told The News. "I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me (to make a decision) but I'm thinking about it."

If he does return, it’ll be interesting to see where he fits into the lineup. Last year, playing a 4-3 defense, the Bills finished 30th in the league in rushing defense, despite the same DL lineup starting 13 of the 16 games. This year, Buffalo has installed a 3-4 scheme with former DT Marcus Stroud lining up at left DE and DT Kyle Williams at the NT. At right DE, the projected starter is former Ravens DE Dwan Edwards.

Schobel most likely would play outside linebacker, which is probably why he thought about retiring in the first place. At 6-foot-4 and about 240 pounds, Schobel would be the right size to play at his new spot.

If he doesn’t return, his spot probably would go to Aaron Maybin – Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2009 who made very little impact last season but who has plenty of upside.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:59 pm

Bengals serious about signing Terrell Owens

CINCINNATI – Bengals owner Mike Brown and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis haven’t always agreed when personnel issues arise.

Brown fancies himself a redeemer – which is why the Bengals always seem to bring in players of ill repute – while Lewis is constantly trying to keep a harmonious locker room with no single individual who feels he can run amok. The most infamous disagreement occurred in 2007 when Brown re-signed WR Chris Henry over Lewis’ public objections.

Today at the annual Bengals media preseason luncheon, Brown seemed excited about the possibility of adding Terrell Owens, saying he looked into Owens’ eyes when the two met earlier this year and came away convinced Owens could add to the team without taking anything away. Lewis, at least in months past, hasn’t seemed keen on the idea of bringing on another receiver that attempts to hijack all the attention of the locker room.

But perhaps QB Carson Palmer changed his coach’s perception last week when he worked out with Owens in California and called to give Lewis his positive report.

“Carson’s comments to me … let’s just say … they resonate well,” Lewis said. “I know when Carson has something on his mind when he calls me and I call him back from an unknown number and he answers. I know something serious was on his mind.”

The Bengals, it turns out, are serious about wanting to sign Owens – who also is attracting strong interest from the Rams.

“We’re talking with his representatives and with him,” Brown said. “When he was here, I met with him personally. Privately, he’s not the same as his public image is depicted. He’s a pleasant person. He’s a quiet person. I found him engaging. I do trust my own eyes on this sort of thing. If he chooses to come here, he could help our team. We’ll see how that plays out. It’s his decision.

“I judge him by what I see. There’s a lot of commentary about people who are in the public eye. Some of it is way overboard. Some it is because people don’t know the whole situation. Yes, people can make mistakes. It doesn’t mean they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year old man. He’s been through a lot. He’s proven as a player.”

The Bengals, from a personnel stance, don’t really need to make this move. Owens wasn’t great in Buffalo last year – though, to be fair, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the one throwing passes his way – and the Bengals have plenty of depth in their receivers room.

Chad Ochocinco is No. 1 and free agent acquisition Antonio Bryant – who the Bengals signed instead of Owens – is the No. 2 receiver. At best, Owens would be the No. 3 threat, but it’s clear Andre Caldwell would try to stake his claim there. Plus, rookie Jordan Shipley, an inside receiver, was impressive in offseason workouts and is a lock to make the roster. Cincinnati also has youth at the position with third-year player Jerome Simpson and second-year player Quan Cosby fighting with Matt Jones for the final roster spots.

“Somebody is going to get stifled,” Lewis said. “There’s no way around that. It’s one of the difficulties of professional sports is that balance. What is the best thing for 2010 and long-range and trying to fit that balance together.”

So, why bring in Owens? Simple, Brown said. He’s still a good player.

“He changes field position,” Brown said. “He makes a lot of long plays, plays that win games. I’d rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 8:57 am

Buffalo Bills ticket sales status

Convincing fans to spend their hard-earned money watching either Trent Edwards or Ran Fitzpatrick lead a Chan Gailey-run-first offense is turning out to be as difficult as it sounds.

The following excerpt from the Buffalo News paints a fairly rosy picture, but it does not address the potential for blackouts in four of the Bills’ home games:

The Buffalo Bills are off to a good start on ticket sales, even though they are off last year's wild sales pace.

The team revealed Tuesday it has two home games sold out and a third is close to a sellout. That news came on the very first day that individual-game tickets went on sale to the general public.

Tickets are gone for the home-opener against Miami on Sept. 12 and the Week 12 game against Pittsburgh on Nov. 28. The game against the New York Jets on Oct. 3 has only limited tickets available, the team said.

That's pretty good news for a franchise that missed the playoffs for a 10th straight season in 2009 and raised ticket prices by an average of 15.5 percent this year. The Bills also have not made any blockbuster moves since last year, despite the fact they overhauled their football operation by hiring General Manager Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey.

The Bills' season-ticket total of 55,308 last year was their third best ever.

"Season-ticket sales are pacing below where we were the last two years," said Russ Brandon, Bills chief executive officer. "But we're also mindful of the fact that we're coming off of two record-setting years. Having three games essentially off the books right now is positive, but we also have a lot of work to do with the remaining four games on the schedule."

Coupled with sales of 56,011 in 2008, last year was the first time in franchise history the total topped 55,000 in back-to-back years.
Brandon would not offer any clue on how much sales were down. However, it's believed the team will have a hard time hitting the 50,000 mark this year. That's a mark the Bills have hit seven times in 37 years in Orchard Park.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:52 pm

No Spiller would be a problem for Bills

C. Spiller after Buffalo selected him in the first round (Getty) The Buffalo Bills rushed to take Clemson RB C.J. Spiller with the No. 9 pick in the NFL Draft, and since they already had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the roster, some observers thought the club had reached too far with its first-round pick.

Now, the Bills could start seeing some of the fallout from that pick. Though he didn’t come right out and say it, Spiller, in an interview with the Sporting News’ Clifton Brown , alluded to the possibility of missing parts of training camp because of a contract hold-out.

“I let my agent handle all of that,” he said. "We're not going to rush. We're going to make sure we cross our T's and dot our I's, however long the process takes. I just have to be patient. I can't get antsy about the situation. I've talked to a lot of veteran guys. My teammates aren't concerned about me holding out. They know that I want to be there, but at the end of the day it's a business. You have to do what's best for your family. It was good to get that support from veteran guys already — before negotiations have heated up.”

What will this mean for the Bills?

Considering how bad Buffalo’s offense could be, I’d say it’s very important the Bills get Spiller signed before training camp begins. Jackson would be fine as the No. 1 RB – he was a 1,000-yard rusher last season, though he only scored twice – but Lynch seems to be out of favor with the squad. The team doesn’t know who its starting quarterback will be, though I’d put my money on Trent Edwards, and aside from Lee Evans, who in the heck is the quarterback going to throw to on a regular basis? They need Spiller, because he, perhaps more than anybody else, has the ability to provide some offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:55 pm

Somebody likes Trent Edwards - today at least

J. Kelly with Darius Rucker (Getty) Well, it seems like Buffalo QB Trent Edwards – who will compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm for the starting position when training camp opens – has impressed at least one casual observer. The same casual observer who said eight months ago that perhaps the Bills should move on without Edwards on the roster.

The casual observer is former Bills star QB Jim Kelly, who told the Buffalo News Friday night that he hopes Edwards wins the starting job.

"I know Trent, I've known him for a couple of years and I think everyone hopes that one guy will step up," Kelly told the News’ Rodney McKissic.

Last November, of course, Kelly told USA Today a different story in regards to Edwards.

"I like Trent personally," Kelly told USA Today. "He works hard. But he's had three years. It's time to find somebody who is the future of the Buffalo Bills. If I'm the owner, that's what I'm thinking."

It sounds like Kelly - who's rocking out with Hootie and the Blowfish's Darius Rucker in the picture to the right (I use the term "rocking out" rather loosely in this case) - himself is confused by just what in the heck what he’s thinking. But Edwards, I’m sure, will take it.

For the record, I agree with the Jim Kelly of 2010. Unlike the Jim Kelly from 2009, I also think Edwards should be the starter in Buffalo this season.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 4:13 pm

Will Bills Lose Their Best Defensive Player?

The Aaron Schobel story has flown somewhat under the radar this offseason. The Bills Pro Bowl veteran defensive end (now outside linebacker in the team’s new 3-4) has stayed away all offseason contemplating retirement. Schobel is 32 and has had some foot problems in recent years. However, he is still quick off the edge and fundamentally-shrewd enough to out-leverage opposing left tackles on a regular basis.

Chan Gailey has said that training camp opening day (July 29) is a “natural deadline” for Schobel to make a decision. However, given that the Bills have absolutely no other veritable pass-rushers on the roster – unless you count speedy but thin Aaron Maybin – it’s inconceivable that they’d simply move on if Schobel doesn’t show up July 29. Schobel can arrive whenever he wants. It’s just a matter of whether he wants to.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:21 pm

Gailey comments on QBs, Lynch

In a session with the media that completed mini-camp, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey had a couple interesting comments – most notably on the three-way race for starting quarterback and on RB Marshawn Lynch’s status.

Gailey – who has said he will have a pecking order between Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm to see who will win the quarterback job – won’t tell his players who’s where in the pecking order until they return for training camp next month.

Though it stands to reason that Brohm likely will be No. 3 on that list (my guess is that Edwards will beat out Fitzpatrick for the right to steer that offense), Gailey has been impressed with Brohm’s performances lately.

“The last two weeks, he’s made a jump,” Gailey said. “I thought he practiced well. We’ll have to see how that progresses once we get pads on. But he made a good jump.”

Gailey also talked about Lynch, who missed much of the offseason workouts before returning in the middle of June. He, according to Gailey, still has plenty of work to do before he can compete for a spot on the team.

“I don’t think he’s caught up,” said Gailey, who went five months in his new job before he actually met Lynch. “You can’t miss that much and be caught up. But he seems to be a fairly quick study.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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