Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:43 am

Buffalo, San Fran interested in Westbrook too?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brian Westbrook's been quite cautious with his free agency this offseason, which is rather rare for an aging running back with concussion issues. Theoretically, he'd like to jump on the first team that could offer him a good contract and some playing time, before the rest of the 2002 Pro Bowlers (Larry Johnson, Willie Parker) filled those spots.

Turns out, his patience was a smart move: yesterday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Washington's renewed interest in the back , and now it appears that the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers would also be interested in inking the former Eagle.

That's via Chris Russell of the Reskins Radio Network , who says he talked to Westbrook's brother Byron at Redskins practice on Monday.

According to Byron, his brother has "some new possible opportunity's [sic] in SF and Buff as well as" St. Louis.

Buffalo and San Francisco adding themselves to the mix makes perfect sense: Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could both miss extended time into the season , while San Fran just lost Glen Coffee to a very early retirement .

And of course, St. Louis would love to have Westbrook in order to compliment Steven Jackson.

So, now that it's clear that his patience has paid off, what should Westbrook do. Personally, I think the Niners provide the best possible fit for Westbrook.

They're a contending team (in a particularly weak division) with less personnel in the backfield -- Frank Gore and new-found bruiser Anthony Dixon are the only competition for carries out by the bay.

In Washington, Westbrook's talents would certainly be utilized and he would get to play with his old buddy Donovan McNabb, but as mentioned, their depth chart is pretty full with LJ, Parker, Clinton Portis, et al. That's not to say Westbrook couldn't be better than those guys or that those guys couldn't be cut, but the path to touches is much more difficult there.

St. Louis would provide touches and good money, but the odds of winning a Super Bowl there this year are roughly 200:1 (at least according to Sportsbook ... and that's being generous, really). The same thing applies for Buffalo, with the caveat that when Jackson and Lynch return, Westbrook could see his carries drop again.

Like every decision for veterans, it may come down to how much Westbrook values winning versus playing time versus money. San Francisco just seems to offer the best combination of the three.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 2:26 pm

Bills to be without top two running backs

Posted by Andy Benoit

According to the Buffalo News, Bills running back Fred Jackson is out 4-6 weeks. No surprise there – it was reported yesterday that Jackson hurt his hand in Buffalo’s preseason opener.

But in a double-whammy, you can add Marshawn Lynch to the injury list, as well. Lynch is out three to four weeks with a sprained ankle. The former first-round pick’s golden opportunity to steal carries back from Jackson will have to wait until September.
Because Jackson will likely be on the shelf when the regular season opens up, Lynch could still earn the starting nod against Miami in Week 1.

Until then, though, expect Chad Simpson (or perhaps a free agent pickup) to carry the load for the Bills. (And don’t forget, there’s still that C.J. Spiller fella.)

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 8:03 am

Bills lose Fred Jackson for preseason

Posted by Andy Benoit

Turns out Friday night’s 42-17 loss was even worse for the Bills than originally thought. Starting running back Fred Jackson suffered a hand injury and will miss the rest of the preseason (if not more).

“Fred hurt his hand and we hope to be able to get him back for the first game, but we’re not sure,” said head coach Chan Gailey, according to the team’s website. “It hurts. Thank goodness it’s preseason. When we get to early September it’s going to be 0-0 on the win-loss column and thank goodness for that, but we’ve got to find who can do what in these next three ballgames and get ourselves ready for that first one, that’s the biggest thing.”

The Bills have plenty of depth at running back with Marshawn Lynch and C.J. Spiller. But Jackson figures to be their featured back, at least earl on.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 13, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 6:39 pm

Reasons to watch tonight's preseason action

Posted by Andy Benoit

Usually, the best part of a preseason game is simply seeing two teams in NFL uniforms on the same field. Tonight, there are three games, each with a unique reason to watch (maybe). Here’s what’s on the NFL’s Friday night docket (with a reason to watch listed below): K. Kolb (US Presswire)
Bills @ Redskins

McNabb’s debut in Washington. He’ll probably play two or three series. But we’ll get a quick glimpse at his on-field chemistry with Washington’s very mediocre receiving corps.

Also, bonus: what will Albert Haynesworth do in this game?

Chiefs @ Falcons

Tony Gonzalez faces his former team…for a few minutes, anyway.

Jaguars @ Eagles

Last year, this matchup gave us the Michael Vick return. This year, we get the Kevin Kolb debut. Sort of. Kolb has started games before – regular season games, in fact. But this is a tad different. For the first time, he’ll be taking the field as The Man in Philly. It’s a bigger deal that he’s doing so at home, where the Eagles fans will overreact to his every move. Will Kolb give in to the temptation to try and do too much? Will he be poised? How he plays shouldn’t matter (it’s the first preseason game, after all). But, given that Kolb’s performance will set the tone for Philly’s talk radio world and blogosphere the next few weeks, his performance tonight does matter.

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:06 am

Texans speaking with Schobel but no firm news yet

Posted by Andy Benoit

A week after being released by the Buffalo Bills, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Schobel remains unsigned. This isn’t a surprise, necessarily; Schobel was released because the Bills became disenchanted with his vacillation between playing and retiring. Before his release, Schobel indicated that if he were to return to Buffalo, it would be in late August.

Schobel will likely join a team near the end of training camp. The question remains, Which team? Many suspect the Houston Texans. Schobel lives in Houston. He’d fit the 4-3 scheme. And, he’d finally be playing for a postseason contender.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been in touch with Schobel but remains mum on the soon-to-be 33-year-old’s prospects for 2010. "Nothing has changed with Aaron,” Kubiak told reporters yesterday. “I talked to him the other day, had a great visit with him. I think it's just a matter of what does Aaron want to do, where does he want to do it."

The Texans are the favorites to land Schobel, but the Patriots – who sorely need help in the pass-rushing department – are very interested, as well. And we’ll assume the Broncos have also considered Schobel, given what happened with Elvis Dumervil.

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 7:02 pm

Spiller to get early first-team reps with Bills?

Posted by Will Brinson

The ink is barely dry on C.J. Spiller's contract with the Buffalo Bills , but rumors are already floating that he could be in line for early action with the first team on offense.

This is something that Andy and I hypothesized in our AFC East Podcast Preview , since Spiller represents the best chance for the Bills to really make a splash on offense. As good as Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch may be, they don't provide the home run threat that Spiller does.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that Spiller is "in line to take reps with Buffalo's offensive starters" and that he's also the team's "top option at kick returner and punt returner."

We'll know for sure when the Bills get back to practice on Monday, but on the front, this seems like a logical pair of conclusions. Andy mentioned that Spiller could be too valuable at running back to put at risk for punt and kick returns (a la Chris Johnson with the Titans) and that's certainly a possibility.

But with the Bills desperately in need of someone who can put some points on the board any time he touches the football, it'd be surprising to see Spiller anywhere other than on top of the depth chart in a couple of places.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 4:12 pm

Texans definitely interested in Schobel

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While Andy has been pretty relentless in calling out the Bills front office for releasing DE Aaron Schobel and not getting anything in return for him, the Texans might be the ones who are the recipient of Buffalo’s gift.

Houston owner Bob McNair has said he’s interested in obtaining the lineman who, mind you, recorded 10 sacks last season.

“(General manager) Rick (Smith) is talking with our coaches, and they’re evaluating things and trying to determine exactly what role a player like Aaron would fill,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle . “We all respect him. He’s a good player, and I’ve always admired the way he plays the game. He’s certainly played hard every time he’s played against us. He’s got a great reputation around the league. I think anybody would be happy to have him.”

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 10:24 am

Spiller makes comments after 1st practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Will discussed the C.J. Spiller signing yesterday, but I wanted to make mention of some of Spiller’s comments from Bills camp.

He said he felt great in his first practice, though he still has to work on his timing. He did enjoy the nice reception he got from the fans in attendance.

“It was a great feeling,” he told reporters. “I was anxious to get back. I was ready to get back on the football field and just start practicing again and get ready for the season. But it felt good to get a warm reception from the fans. We’re definitely going to need them come Sundays.”

And a quick comment on the variety of feats he performed at practice.

“It felt good to start catching some punts again,” Spiller said. “I haven’t caught (any) in awhile. It felt really good to get back out there and do that. We’re just taking it one day at a time. Can’t really slow down. I have to speed up and I have to in steady. The good thing is, I remembered a whole lot from OTAs and mini-camp.”

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