Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rex Ryan gets his 'utility guy' in Wayne Hunter


Rex Ryan and Wayne Hunter have officially been reunited.

The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday they have signed the veteran offensive tackle, who has been out of an NFL gig since 2012.

Hunter, 33, spent three seasons under Ryan with the Jets from 2009-2011, where he struggled as a full-timer in the latter part of that stint. He then went to the St. Louis Rams in 2012 and hasn't been able to find a team since--at least until now.

Hunter worked out with the Bills during minicamp last month. Ryan thinks he'll be a fit in Buffalo.

 "I think in an ideal world there are some players for whatever reason that are better in multiple roles and being almost like a utility guy, playing guard, tackle, tight end," he said, via BuffaloBills.com. "Giving you a lot of that versatility, a smart athletic guy."

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Goodwin fourth at nationals; football now 'main thing'


Well, it was worth a shot.

After being away from track for nearly three years, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin took his shot at the national long jump team this weekend, landing just short of a trip to Beijing.

The third-year wideout and former All-American finished fourth in the USA Track and Field national championships, jumping 27 feet, 5½ inches, or two inches shy of a spot in the world championships in August.

"We know what's (coming up) next year. I expect big things," Goodwin said of the upcoming Olympic games in Rio. "But football is my main deal right now."

The winning jump, courtesy of Marquis Dendy, came in at 28 feet, 5¾ inches.


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Revis plans to practice with former Pats teammates


Darrelle Revis may be a Jet again, but his time with the Patriots, or with his former teammates we should say, isn't completely over.

Revis worked out with his fellow defensive backs in Arizona last year prior to their Super Bowl run, and the six-time Pro Bowler has decided to keep the tradition going. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Revis will meet up with Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan and Tavon Wilson once again in the coming weeks to help prepare for training camp.

McCourty told Reiss the crew will get together July 12 for workouts, which will be run by renowned defensive backs trainer Will Sullivan.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Goodwin headed back to track for long-jump qualifiers


Despite previous declarations, Marquise Goodwin's two-sport ambitions are alive and well.

The 24-year-old wide receiver hasn't seen a sand pit competitively since the London Olympics, but according to SI.com, that's about to change.

As Christopher Chavez reported Monday, Goodwin successfully appealed USA Track and Field for a shot to compete in the World Championships in Beijing, China, at the end of August. To jump in that competition, the former Longhorn will have to place in the top three at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which starts June 26.

He'll also have to meet the International Association of Athletics Federations qualification mark of 8.10 meters.

Goodwin placed 10th in the long jump in London back in 2012, after which he claimed he had retired from track and field for good.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bills add, Pats drop as tight-end carousel continues


Being a tight end in the AFC East is a volatile profession.

Starting with an exciting free-agency shuffle back in March, the depth charts around the division have been ever-changing, and Thursday was no different.

Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills acquired former Jet and Patriot Matthew Mulligan, according to BuffaloBills.com, who spent time under Ryan from 2009-11. Since then, the 30-year-old journeyman has seen snaps with New England, St. Louis, Chicago, Arizona and Tennessee.

The Pats went the opposite direction Thursday, releasing Logan Stokes, according to WEEI.com. The 22-year-old rookie free agent signed with the team only a week ago when they released Tim Wright and also acquired Jimmay Mundine.

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Lazor to bear weight of Miami's red-zone inefficiencies


The Miami Dolphins were 21st overall in red-zone scoring last season, their first year in Bill Lazor's offensive system.

That's far cry from where he'd like to be; heck, it's a far cry where fans would like the offense to be, for that matter.

So for this season, the second-year coordinator is putting the success for the red-zone unit on his shoulders.

"We’ve put the responsibility on me to evaluate the guys that we have and to use each of them the way they can best be used in the red zone," he said via Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel. "That’s the promise I’ve made to them.

“I think that’s my responsibility and the coaching staff, to evaluate the guys you have and use them how they should be used."

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Landry, Beckham share unexplainable LSU bond


Together, they combined for more than 240 targets and and 2,000 receiving yards in their rookie season, but explaining the competitive nature between Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. is apparently much deeper than their first-year stats.

"No one would understand. Honestly!" Landry said via Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel Wednesday. "It's a silent competition. We both inspire each others in ways that people won't understand. It's something between me and him, [meant] to encourage each other."

The former LSU teammates are both looking to make big contributions to their respective offenses in their second year, where their "silent" competition could get a bit louder. The pair has reportedly already planned a little show during pre-game warmups in their Week 14 matchup, which will take place in Miami on the national stage.

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Rex looks forward to seeing safety Williams in action


Safety Aaron Williams may be the only sure thing for the Buffalo Bills at safety coming into this season, but he still hasn't seen any action.

Following offseason surgery, the 25-year-old has been absent during OTAs and minicamp, at least in a physical fashion.

According to his coach, however, Williams' starting role is safe, and he's on track to return for training camp.

"Aaron should be ready to go," Rex Ryan said via BuffaloBills.com. "He’s sitting in there in the meetings, and it’s tough for some positions. Like Leodis (McKelvin) will come in and play corner like it’s nothing. But playing safety is a more challenging position mentally and the communication part of it and all that.

"With Aaron not being able to go we’ll see how it goes. He seems to be sharp and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field."

In the interim, the Bills' defensive backs have had some "real positive plays" in his absence, according to Ryan, with multiple pairings being tested out as they head into their final day of minicamp Thursday.


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Belichick sends entire offense on lap... coaches, too


Someone screwed up Wednesday at New England Patriots practice.

According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, Patriots coach Bill Belichick sent the entire offense--including the coaches--on a penalty lap around the field following an apparent personnel breakdown... and an apparent ripping.

"Whatever we just did, don't do it again," receiver Brian Tyms said, via Reiss.

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Linkenbach continues with Dolphins' first team


It's early, but Jeff Linkenbach is apparently getting a solid look at a starting job with the Miami Dolphins.

According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, the former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman opened both yesterday and today's practices as the Dolphins' first-team right guard.

Dallas Thomas manned the other "starting" spot.
"Linkenbach’s snaps with the first team could raise questions about [Billy] Turner," writes Abramson. "While it still seems like he has a strong opportunity to start, it’s no guarantee and he will have to earn it over the next couple of months."

Henderson joins third team upon return to Bills


Seantrel Henderson finally made it to practice. And from there, he started from scratch.

The second-year offensive lineman missed the minicamp opener Tuesday due to "travel issues," but he took the field Wednesday to continue his bid for one of the team's two starting tackle positions.

And upon his return to action, Henderson lined up with the third team, according to the Buffalo News.

"You're not here for a day, you miss a day, so you're a day behind. It's that simple," offensive line coach Greg Roman said. "I just think that's what we did today based on where we're at."

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Bills bring in former Jet Wayne Hunter for tryout


Let's just chalk it up to "due diligence."

According to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak, the Buffalo Bills brought in Wayne Hunter, a free agent tackle who hasn't played in the NFL since 2012, for a tryout Wednesday during minicamp practice.

Hunter is most known in AFC East circles for his major struggles with the New York Jets--under now Bills head coach Rex Ryan.

With Gang Green, the 33-year-old started 21 games from 2009-11 and started four more with the St. Louis Rams in 2012.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rex Ryan says Sammy Watkins is 'getting close'


Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins underwent hip surgery this offseason, and the team is being diligent about getting him back to full speed.

Tuesday at the team's mandatory minicamp session, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak, Watkins took the field for a single play in 11-on-11s and caught a screen pass. And according to Watkins' coach, he's moving along just fine.

"He looked good. He's getting close," coach Rex Ryan said. "He's right where we want him to be. And like we've always said, by training camp we expect him to be ready to roll."

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Vick: 'I think Geno is up to the challenge'


Michael Vick feels he provided whatever resources he could last season to third-year New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith.

Vick, however, didn't get much of a chance to lead by example through his play, something he thinks may have been helpful. At least that's what he told NJ.com Monday.

Regardless, Vick remains a free agent and will be looking on at Smith from afar as he battles with Ryan Fitzpatrick to keep his job. Coming off an underwhelming start to his young career, does Smith have what it takes to succeed in the league?

"I think Geno is up for the challenge," Vick said. "In talking to him, he's a very confident kid and I think he can get it done."

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Dolphins' lines at opposite ends of the spectrum?


Defensive line is undoubtedly the biggest strength of the Miami Dolphins. Ndamukong Suh leads an interior rotation that includes C.J. Mosley and Earl Mitchell, while star defensive end Cameron Wake stands opposite Olivier Vernon.

And don't forget rookie Jordan Phillips, who will be looking to claw his way onto the game field as soon as he can.

But what about the other side of the ball? The Dolphins are solid at center with Mike Pouncey, while guards Billy Turner, Dallas Thomas and Jamil Douglas will be jockeying for position on either side of the veteran.

Ja'Wuan James looks to build on the outside entering his second year, and Brandon Albert hopes to hit the ground running coming off an ACL and MCL tear last season.

So how wide is the gap between the two units?

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post gives a breakdown of the teams' unit on both sides of the ball, ranking them from strongest to weakest.

[Check it out HERE]

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