Tag:Marshawn Lynch
Posted on: September 20, 2010 4:29 pm
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 2

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:02 am
 

Podcast: Week 2 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

It's Friday, which means we're one good night's worth of sleep from getting about 48 straight hours of glorious football.

Saturday is fun, of course, but Sunday is where the real action happens -- Andy Benoit and I hopped on the old podcast machine this week to preview the games that will be played. This particular segment previews the early games on Sunday, and we discuss whether Marshawn Lynch to Green Bay makes sense (and whether Buffalo can beat Green Bay), what the mess is wrong with the Jets offense (and whether they can hang with the Pats), if Jimmy Clausen's time has come in Carolina, whether Chad Henne needs to just go ahead and retire and give his starting job over to Chad Pennington, and whether or not teams like Kansas City and Arizona can magically go to 2-0.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, Andy wrote an excellent post regarding the possibility of Marshawn Lynch getting traded to the Green Bay Packers. There wasn't any speculation that it was going to happen -- after all, no sources have indicated any sort of discussion between the Bills and Pack -- just that it makes a ton of sense for everyone involved.

And it does: with Ryan Grant now officially out for the season and with Green Bay only having one more running back (Brandon Jackson) on their roster and with Marshawn being the odd man out in a three-headed backfield monster in Buffalo, the logical move for the Bills here is to trade Lynch and recoup something that will help the franchise in the future.

But apparently, they don't feel the same way and have not, according to the Bills' official blog , changed the way they feel about dealing Beast Mode. (Random aside: I'm currently drinking out of a "Beast Mode" coffee cup; it's my favorite bizarre NFL swag item of all-time.)

Chris Brown points out Buddy Nix's comments at the draft ("our intention is for Marshawn Lynch to be [in Buffalo]") and then notes Chan Gailey's comments as well, before pointing out that in the first preseason game, the Bills lost both Lynch and Fred Jackson to injury, which "further strengthened" the team's belief that you can't have too many good backs.

That's an absolutely valid point -- if Jackson is reinjured, the Bills would need Lynch on the roster to help provide support for C.J. Spiller. But here's the problem: the Bills are not going to contend for the playoffs this year -- they just aren't.

And therefor the logical, forward-thinking move is to take Lynch, while his value is maximized, and get something that will help the franchise grow in the future. In fact, the single most problematic part with drafting Spiller in the past year's first round was (and still "is" by the way) is that having a bunch of good running backs is only nice if you have other parts on the team that can help them succeed.

The Bills don't have that right now, but by dealing Lynch to someone like the Packers for, hypothetically, a second-rounder or a third plus a player, they would immediately bolster the team's future. And that should matter more right now than stubbornly trying to hold onto a low-salary, high-talent player that the organization gave up on without actually admitting that they did.

Update: Marshawn himself talked about the possibility of being traded and whether it affects him.

“No, because if it’s going to happen then it’s going to happen,” Lynch said. ”What will I be able to do about it? If they say I’ve got to go then what am I going to do, tell them no? If they say I’m going to stay, I’m here, if they say I’m not going nowhere then let’s continue to build on this thing and get better.”

He also made a fairly provocative comment about the Bills' rushing attack against the Dolphins on Sunday. Or, at least a reasonable one for a team with the passing "weapons" that the Bills have.

“It wasn’t what us as a group wanted it to be,” said Lynch. ”The most carries by a back I believe was seven. That’s not good for any running back to get a feel for it. I’m not saying what should’ve been done or could’ve been done. All I know is we’ve just got to do something to get on track with it.”

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 9:57 pm
 

Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

Posted by Andy Benoit

With Ryan Grant out for the season (ankle), the hot rumor Wednesday is that the Packers will trade for disgruntled Bills running back Marshawn Lynch. There are no specific sources propagating this rumor – it’s just coming about because this particular trade would make all the sense in the world.

Even if the Packers like what they have in Brandon Jackson (which, by the way, they don’t – the guy is a former second-round pick who saw only scant playing time his first three seasons and, at one point, lost snaps to washed up midseason pickup Ahman Green), they still have no backup running back on the roster. Fullback John Kuhn is currently listed as the No. 2. M. Lynch (US Presswire)

Jackson, thanks to improved blitz pickup skills and decent hands, is a quality third down option. But as a featured starter, he has not shown innate awareness or big-time endurance.

Lynch is not a resoundingly better option – he too lacks awareness, and there are major character issues. Still, he is a better option nonetheless. And, there is at least one prominent Packer who thinks trading for him is a good idea.

"Bring him on," Aaron Rodgers said, without hesitation, according to CBS Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Asked about the character concerns with his former Cal teammate, Rodgers replied, "(Lynch is) a great player. And any character issues the team might see, I think in a situation like that, and I think you've seen that with other players across the league, when you give a guy a change of scenery and a guy like that who feels he might have something to prove, and surround him with two guys, (Desmond) Bishop and myself who played with him...I think that can only help him feel comfortable and see a lot of production."

Lynch will visit Green Bay this week…with the rest of his Bills teammates. Expect the rumors to continue to swirl. (If Lynch shows up at the Green Bay airport with multiple suitcases, you can bet the swirl will become a tornado).

Bills head coach Chan Gailey mentioned the Packers when asked about a trading one of his three running backs, but it wasn’t in the context Packers fans (and perhaps Bills fans) would hope.

“Opinions vary about whether (three running backs are) too many or not,” Gailey said. “Obviously in preseason we didn’t have too many, and I know that Green Bay wishes they had one more than they had, so I know everybody’s got opinions on what’s right and we feel like having the three that we’ve got right now is a very good situation for us.”

Don’t read too much into this. The Bills offense has three quality running backs but approximately zero quality everything else’s. Gailey and the front office know that trading Lynch makes perfect sense – expect them to at least field calls.

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports says the Bills turned down another team's offer of a third-round pick and a player for Lynch prior to the draft. A third-rounder for Lynch now would be a fair price, though considering Green Bay's Super Bowl aspirations, GM Ted Thompson may want to offer as much as a second-rounder.  

UPDATE: CBSSports.com rapid reporter Greg Bedard says that Lynch is not available for trade. The Bills are not even entertaining offers.


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Posted on: August 20, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 1:08 pm
 

Shawn Nelson busted

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bills TE Shawn Nelson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the substance abuse policy, the league announced today.

Considering RB Fred Jackson and RB Marshawn Lynch are out for the time being with injuries, this probably isn’t what coach Chan Gailey wants to hear.

At this point, Nelson was looking like the No. 2 TE on the depth chart, behind Jonathan Stupar – partially because Gailey likes Stupar’s versatility and because Nelson hadn't had a great training camp. But the organization also seems pretty high on what Nelson, in his second season, can bring to the team eventually.

TE Derek Schouman, meanwhile, injured his knee in the Bills preseason win against the Colts on Thursday, so now, depth is an issue at the position.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:19 am
 

Fred Jackson could be back earlier than expected

Posted by Will Brinson

In Buffalo, after the injuries to Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, it was supposed to be C.J. Spiller time for the first few weeks of the season. (Also, it's why they were semi-interested in Brian Westbrook, perhaps?)

Good news for the Bills though, comes in the form of Jackson's determination to get on the field as soon as possible -- he told the Buffalo News Monday he hopes to be back in time for the regular season.

"I want to get back as soon as I can,'' Jackson said after Monday morning practice. "My thoughts are that I definitely want to be back by the [regular-season] opener."

That's obviously a best-case scenario, but if Buffalo trainers and Jackson's doctors are on board with him returning that soon, the Bills should be happy. After all, Spiller could shoulder the full load for the team's running game, but clearly they'd rather have multiple options out of the backfield instead.

Jackson's early return would give them that in what amounts to a critical early season game against a divisional foe (they open with Miami).

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Spiller ready for his new role

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As Andy mentioned earlier today , Bills running backs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch are out with injuries, and first-round RB C.J. Spiller will take many of their carries in the next few weeks of practice.

Spiller, for his part, said he’s ready for more responsible. 

“You never want to see two great guys go down like that,” Spiller told reporters today. “But you always have to be prepared and I’ve been preparing myself well-enough by studying my playbook, just going and getting the reps and then meeting with some guys, listening to them on how to do things. I feel a whole lot more comfortable going into this game than I did last week because it was my first game.

“You have to prepare yourself as if you’re next in line. That’s kind of how I’ve been doing it. That’s how I did OTAs, that’s how I did it in minicamps. That’s how I’m going to approach this. We had two great guys go down so I’m the next guy in line, and I’ll try and step up. They’re big shoes to try and fill but I’m going to try to do my best.”

In Buffalo’s 42-17 loss to the Redskins, Spiller carried the ball four times for 16 yards. So far, he feels like he’s fitting in with the offense. 

“I communicate well, and for protections, we’re on the same page,” he said. “That’s the main thing of being an offense, you have to talk to each other, give each other feedback of what’s going on out there. We did some of that during the game last week and hopefully that continues as we prepare for this week.”

And as for Jackson?

“I want to get back as soon as I can,” he said. “My thought is that I definitely want to be back by the opener.”

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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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