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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 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: 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: June 30, 2010 4:11 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 4:34 pm

Where will Carroll lead Seattle?

Seattle has been the supposed landing places of a few high-end free agents this offseason. And why not? Head coach Pete Carroll hasn’t been shy about adding new players and subtracting the ones he hasn’t wanted (even if they played for him at USC). First, Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was heading to the northwest. That didn’t happen. Now, the Seahawks apparently are interested in obtaining the services of San Diego WR Vincent Jackson.

Even if Seattle doesn’t pull in another top-notch free agent before the season starts, never fear. Carroll seems to know exactly what he’s doing. Or, at the very least, what he wants.

As we discussed here , Carroll’s roster hasn’t been a safe haven for anybody in the Seattle locker room. Since he took the job in January, he’s acquired 60 players, and of the 80 players heading to training camp, 44 of them weren’t on the roster pre-Carroll. I’m always wary of a team which gives its coach the absolute final say over the personnel that plays for him, but apparently, Seattle thinks it’s a good idea. And Carroll hasn't been shy about using his power.

But just because there’s been significant turnover, that doesn’t mean this year's Seattle squad will make anyone forget about its 2009 debacle (the 5-11 record, the firing of then-coach Jim Mora after only one season). Aging veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck struggled, the top running back Julius Jones was unimpressive, and the offense never found an effective No. 1 receiver (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the team leader in receptions, is not meant to be a No. 1 guy).
Pete Carroll, right, jogging with L. Tatupu (Associated Press)
The defense was abysmal as well, allowing 24.4 points and 356.4 yards per game. The Seahawks couldn’t stop the pass, probably because they couldn’t figure out a way to rush the opposing quarterback.

Seattle isn’t that far removed from playoff runs from 2003-2007 and a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2005 season. But it feels like forever ago, doesn’t it?

So, what will change? Obviously, Carroll, who was slightly better than a .500 coach in his previous dalliances in the NFL but who’s coming off so much success at USC, feels like the roster needed to be remade. But you have to question some of his moves.

He brought in former USC RB LenDale White briefly before the team released him, and I don’t understand the love – and the big contract – for career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst. I don’t like the fact WR Nate Burleson and the top-three pass rushers from last year are gone. In fact, I thought it was unfair Mora got the boot after one season.

That said, I liked the Seahawks 2010 draft class. Carroll found a starting LT in Russell Okung who can replace Walter Jones, a FS in Earl Thomas that has good speed and cover skills, and a quick threat in WR Golden Tate,

Sure, a huge roster turnover doesn’t usually mean a team is poised for a breakthrough season, and people around the league don’t seem to have high hopes for this year’s squad. Also consider the offensive system, which will rely on making formation shifts to confuse the defense, is going through a wholesale change. But get the new guys some seasoning, maybe get Whitehurst some playing time, maybe have second-day draft picks like TE Anthony McCoy and CB Walter Thurmond surprise some people, and maybe, the Seahawks can be a threat in the next few years. Maybe Carroll can replicate his success from USC in Seattle. Maybe.

--Josh Katzowitz

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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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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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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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Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:02 pm

Lynch returns to practice

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch participated in practice today for the first team this offseason, and after he was asked what had taken him so long to pull on a uniform, he told reporters he was having too delightful of a time not wearing pads. It’s not that Lynch – who might not be any higher than third on Buffalo’s depth chart behind Fred Jackson and first-round pick C.J. Spiller – wants to be traded. Nope, he was just chilling out.

"I was just enjoying, what they call it, the offseason,” said Lynch, who finally met with new coach Chan Gailey on Monday for the first time. “Kicked back at home, but still getting in the necessary work for me to come back and be able to produce.''

I guess, we’ll see about that last part. If Lynch even makes the 53-man roster, he might have a tough time convincing the coaches he should have the chance to produce.
--Josh Katzowitz

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