Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: June 25, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 5:28 pm

Why has TO not been signed?

As we near the end of the offseason and on toward the beautiful sunrise of next season, there’s been some speculation – though maybe not as much as you might think – about Terrell Owens, why he hasn’t been signed and if he will have a job in 2010.

The second season of “The TO Show” will premiere July 12 on VH1 (I thought ratings for his reality show for the first season were outrageously bad. How did he get re-upped for another season?), so maybe he’ll let us know how he’s feeling that, at this point, he’s unwanted by all 32 teams in the NFL.

Andy wrote a little about this a couple days ago , and he quoted Owens telling the NFL Network, "I think why I'm not on a team is not because I can't play. It's based off character issues, and I think that's where the situation lies, and I don't think it's fair. As far as me being able to produce and perform on a football field, I can do that -- that's not a question."

Perhaps not. After all, with Buffalo last season, he still showed he’s got his skills, catching a team-high 55 passes for a team-high 829 yards and five touchdowns. Sure, those numbers are way down from his previous seasons, but you also have to remember, he had Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards throwing the ball his way last year. Nobody will confuse them with Dallas QB Tony Romo and former San Francisco QB Jeff Garcia.

So, why were the Bills so ready to get rid of him if questioning his character is no longer fair? It’s true what he says. Owens – at least in the public eye – was a sweetheart last year. Didn’t cause a stir. Didn’t create problems. Why can’t he find a team now?

I’ve talked to a few sources around the league, and the consensus is this: despite last season’s good behavior, he’s got one too many strikes against him, and his talent is no longer good enough to override whatever other problems he’s had (or could create). One assistant coach I talked to said Owens still can still use his speed to get by defensive backs – “A majority of his touchdowns last year was TO beating DBs up the field,” the assistant said – and he still has good hands. But he’s not quite as skilled a blocker down field as he used to be.

Owens has talked to a few squads, but at least one team thought he just didn’t seem all that interested in the job. Basically, he didn’t sell himself.

But the biggest issue for Owens? This, of course, is subject to chance once training camp starts and injuries begin to pile up, but basically it’s this: teams simply feel he’s not worth the hassle.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 4:30 pm

Chad Jackson turning up in Buffalo

Remember Chad Jackson? Wide receiver? Second-round pick of the Patriots in 2006? He was a willowy athlete with speed enhanced by a long-stride running style. Jackson flashed star potential early on, but knee problems and questions about his work ethic ultimately kept his Patriot career grounded.

Jackson spent the ’08 season in Denver but caught just one pass in four games. He was out of football in ’09. Now, the 25-year-old has stumbled upon a golden opportunity. He recently joined the Buffalo Bills, a team that has kiddy-pool depth at wide receiver.

Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News says Jackson is making his presence felt. He’s currently behind third-year pro Steve Johnson for the slot receiver duties. Ostensibly, that puts Jackson ahead of shifty speedster Roscoe Parrish.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:44 pm

Marshawn Lynch Comments Must Irk Bills

Want to know why the Buffalo Bills aren’t too high on Marshawn Lynch? There’s his questionable football IQ. There are the off-field issues and workout squabbles. Then, there are feather-ruffling comments like these:

"I'm probably not supposed to say that, but I'm excited to see what the Jets are going to do," Lynch told (ESPN’s Tim Graham) after Thursday's minicamp practices. "I'm real excited.

"Now that's a team that I'm going to pick and play with on Madden. That's real talk."

Teams spend piles of money on public relations experts who teach the players not to make comments like these. It’s all part of the control-based culture of NFL teams. Is it ridiculous? Probably. But the point is, you can bet that the powers that be in Buffalo were none too thrilled with Lynch here.

To be fair, Lynch is simply offering honest analysis and opinion. He’s showing the personality that fans and media accuse players of either not having or always concealing. Plus, Lynch also offered positive thoughts on the Bills backfield.

"It's going to be a great thing to see on paper, fantasy, live, in practice, in video games," he said. "However you can see us get down to action and regardless of who the No. 1 is, even if I'm No. 5, it's going to be beautiful to watch us play."

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 24, 2010 6:09 pm

Football players acting like baseball studs

While doing a little advance PR work in Toronto for when the Bills play at the Rogers Centre in a preseason game vs. the Colts on Aug. 19 and in a Week 9 showdown against the Bears on Nov. 7, Buffalo NT Kyle Williams, WR Lee Evans and S Jairus Byrd showed off their skills during batting practice before a recent Blue Jays game.

It’s always fun to watch athletes take part in other sports to show just how athletic they really are. Byrd, Evans and Williams – at least from this video shown on the Buffalo Bills official site – appear to be really good athletes.

Evans and Byrd appeared to smash quite a few balls, but none topped Williams. Though before he stepped into the cage, he asked if he could use an aluminum bat and then requested that the BP pitcher throw underhand to him, he smashed at least three home runs.

As a reward for winning the home run derby, Williams threw out the first pitch of the Blue Jays game that night. As expected, the offering appeared to be a perfect strike.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:07 pm

More smart ways to spend your money

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If you’re looking for a sure-fire team to win the Super Bowl – and you want to be really unoriginal at the same time (kind of like picking all No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four in your NCAA tournament brackets) – you can place your bets on Indianapolis and New Orleans. Both team’s odds are listed at 9/1 for Super Bowl glory.

If you’re looking for the longest of long-shots, go with St. Louis, Buffalo or Tampa Bay at 100/1. You thought I was going to say the Lions also, didn’t you? Nope, they’re a steal at 90/1.

The bandwagon on which it’s too late to jump? The New York Jets at 10/1.

Looking for your favorite team to see how much money you’d take hom if it wins the championship? Check out the full list here . Happy gambling!

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 2:13 pm

Remarkable Recovery in Buffalo

We could witness one of the most remarkable comebacks in NFL history this season. According to the Buffalo News, Bills guard Eric Wood took about half the reps with the first unit in the Bills’ 11 on 11 drills yesterday. Wood, a first-round pick a year ago, suffered a gruesome compound fracture in his left leg on November 12. (It’s not easy to watch, but if you’re so inclined, click here.)
Wood rested in the afternoon, but overall, he is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation.

"They're not trying to push me too hard off the bat and hurt my recovery in any way. It's healed but there's still a lot going on down there that needs to be ironed out. They're not giving me all the reps with the [first teamers] but I'm doing about half the reps. I didn't plan on being back for the end of OTAs but as the rehab went on it looked more realistic."

Said coach Chan Gailey: "I'm glad he's getting the reps, but more so for the mental aspect for him. Now he'll really be ready to go in training camp. I think this gives him a great jump start on that."

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 21, 2010 11:30 pm

Bills QBs 'splitting reps evenly' for now

It seems that Buffalo QB Trent Edwards should have a pretty good indication that he’s the starter heading into training camp. Face it, he’s got more experience than Brian Brohm, and he’s put up better numbers than Ryan Fitzpatrick during their careers.

But Bills coach Chan Gailey isn’t interested in naming a starter quite yet. That’s fine by Edwards.

“We’re splitting reps evenly,” Edwards told reporters after Buffalo’s OTA session today. ”I think they have it down to every single rep we’re getting and everyone gets the same amount. You can’t say one guy got more than the other guy. When it comes down to it, you’ve got to make plays when you’re out there. And when you’re not, you’ve got to sit back there and learn what you need to learn.”

Edwards’ first order of business: connecting with the Bills’ young group of receivers.

“There are still things I need to iron out,” said Edwards. “There are still things I need to get on the same page with some receivers. I like a lot of the young receivers we have. I think it’s the best group of young receivers we’ve had since I’ve been here. I’ve been really encouraged with those guys. I’m happy with where my mechanics are, but once you get content, you’re not going to get any better. I need to continue to improve.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 2:41 pm

Lynch misses more practice

Marshawn Lynch must be a really good friend. But he sounds like a crappy teammate – and maybe a pretty decent job prospector.

According to the Twitter feed of ESPN’s Adam Schefter , Lynch missed today’s Buffalo OTA session to fly to Dallas to be a groomsman at the wedding of RB Justin Forsett, a teammate of Lynch’s from Cal.

Lynch missed most of Buffalo’s offseason workouts – and didn’t actually meet Bills coach Chan Gailey until this week – and when he reported to the team, he said he had been simply kicking back at home .

We’ll have to see how Gailey and his teammates respond to his absence; it should be noted that Seattle is rumored to have an interest in obtaining the services of Lynch – who is no better than third on the Bills depth chart at this point. And Forsett, of course, plays for the Seahawks.

--Josh Katzowitz

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