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The Bills, Eric Wood should take it slow - Blog

Posted by StrawMR on August 1, 2012 - 12:16pm

Eric Wood, the Buffalo Bills' starting center has yet to participate in the team's training camp due to rehabilitation from a season-ending knee injury suffered last year. With Wood out of the fold, guard Kraig Urbik is taking the first team reps at center, with Chad Rinehart holding down the right guard position.

Spotlighting the Bills corners - Blog

Posted by Michael Straw on July 27, 2012 - 8:01pm

 The Buffalo Bills' secondary was subpar to say the least last season, ranking 19th in the league. They allowed 3,704 yards through the air, passing touchdowns, and allowed a 93.1 quarterback rating to opposing signal callers. The team addressed the position last year with the selection of Aaron Williams in the second round and Justin Rogers in the seventh, while addressing it twice in this year's draft with Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks.

Spotlighting the Bills middle Linebackers - Blog

Posted by Michael Straw on July 26, 2012 - 2:51pm

With the transition back to the 4-3 defense, the Buffalo Bills' linebacking corps will look completely different than that of 2012. The middle linebacker is the quarterback of the defense, meaning that he has to make sure every teammate is in the correct position. Middle linebackers responsibilities are stopping the run and dropping into coverage, in addition to blitzing on occasion. With inside linebacker starting this year, let's take a look at the Bills' middle linebacker situation.

Kelvin Sheppard

Spotlighting the Bills weak side linebacks - Blog

Posted by Michael Straw on July 26, 2012 - 11:15am

 The 2011 Buffalo Bills had an extremely tough time stopping the run and covering tight ends, which came from poor play of the linebacking group as a whole.

But after a year of experience together, the unit should be on the same page. The weakside linebacker is usually the fastest of the three linebackers, because he is the pass coverage linebacker. It is an extremely important position, and the Bills have some nice depth there.

Let's take a look at the weakside linebacker position of the Buffalo Bills.

Nick Barnett

Spotlighting the Bills' Strong Side Lineback - Blog

Posted by Michael Straw on July 19, 2012 - 12:04pm

The Buffalo Bills had issues with their linebacking corps last season, but finally added some depth in the draft. Coupled with the experience the youngsters on the roster have been getting, it could be time for this group to step up. The strong-side linebacker is extremely important to the group as they are covering a tight end and are responsible for assisting in run defense.
With that being said, let's take a look at the strong side linebackers on the Buffalo Bills' depth chart.
Kirk Morrison

Spotlighting the Bills' Defensive Line - Blog

Posted by Michael Straw on July 18, 2012 - 4:48pm

 If the Buffalo Bills expect to be legitimate playoff contenders in 2012, the defense will have to drastically improve over their 2011 performance.

Overall, the defense was ranked 26th in 2011. If you break it down, the defense was ranked 19th against the pass and 28th against the run, allowing 139 yards per game on the ground.

Girgensons has a decision to make - Blog

Posted by Michael Straw on July 13, 2012 - 12:49am

Zemgus Girgensons faces an interesting dilemma.

The Buffalo Sabres second first round draft pick of 2012, due to playing in the USHL, can either stick with his commitment to play at the University of Vermont, or begin his professional career at age 18 with the Rochester Americans.

The question has been asked countless times since the draft, and now the time has come that Girgensons will really begin to decide his playing future.

Sabres get it right with "Alumni Plaza" - Blog

Posted by Michael Straw on July 12, 2012 - 2:25pm

The fans spoke and the Buffalo Sabres have listened - the organization is building a statue of the famed French Connection line outside First Niagara Center.  It's a tribute that has been a long time coming.
Sabres President Ted Black announced the plans for the bronze statue at a press conference this afternoon.

"This was one of the most requested items in our fan suggestion box that we opened up last year," said Black. 


Posted by Michael Straw on July 10, 2012 - 5:58pm

He's not the best player on the ice, but Frederick Roy does come from the best roots.

Roy is the son of NHL legend and hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, arguably the greatest goaltender of all time. He knows how much his name means in hockey.

"It's followed me my whole life," said about living up to the name Roy. "I mean, I'm proud of what my father did accomplish in his career. For me, he's a role model. I try to bring the same kind of aspect to my game."

Hodgson embracing time in Buffalo - Blog

Posted by Michael Straw on July 9, 2012 - 11:41pm

It was a bit of a whirlwind time for Sabres center Cody Hodgson last Spring.
He went from being on a top team in Vancouver to a team fighting just to make the postseason. He was acquired in the middle of a long road trip which required an unusually excessive amount of travel; he had to fly from Vancouver to Buffalo to California.
He was also inserted right into the top line for the Sabres and was immediately expected to help spark a team that was desperate for offense.

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