2015 NFL Combine Notebook, Day 2: OL/TE Bench Press, QB/RB/WR Weigh-in

February 19th, 2015
One of the biggest, longest and strongest offensive linemen at the combine, Miami's Ereck Flowers might be solidifying himself as a first-round pick. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

One of the biggest, longest and strongest offensive linemen at the combine, Miami’s Ereck Flowers might be solidifying himself as a first-round pick. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While the on-field workouts have yet to begin at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, the event is already well underway with interviews, medical evaluations, measurements and as of Thursday, the bench press.

The interviews and medicals might truly be the most important aspects of the combine as a whole, but those of us not employed by NFL teams receive little information on what happens behind closed doors. We can, however, utilize the measurements and workout results to see how the top prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft stack up against one another.

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Searcy, Spikes and Spiller to Leave Buffalo? Doug Whaley Discusses Bills Free Agents at Combine

February 19th, 2015
Set to be an unrestricted free agent, Da'Norris Searcy is a potentially significant loss for the Bills this offseason. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Set to be an unrestricted free agent, Da’Norris Searcy is a potentially significant loss for the Bills this offseason. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While all eyes are on the 2015 NFL draft class this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, free agency is just around the corner, as the NFL league year opens up on March 10. As a result, Buffalo Bills free agents were the hot topic of discussion when Bills general manager Doug Whaley spoke with media members in Indianapolis.

I’m not in Indianapolis but as always, significant notes from Whaley’s time with the press spread quickly across the airwaves of Twitter. As such, we can react to some of the news that Whaley revealed today on a number of impending Buffalo Bills free agents, including strong safety Da’Norris Searcy, middle linebacker Brandon Spikes and running back C.J. Spiller.

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Rex Ryan Talks Incognito, McCown and Patriots at NFL Scouting Combine

February 18th, 2015

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If there was one thing to take away from Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan’s time addressing the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, it was that he’s seemingly quite excited for the start of baseball season. After filibustering about the game on the diamond to start his press conference, Rex Ryan continued to make baseball references—largely in regards to questions about players who are currently members of other NFL teams—throughout his 15 minutes at the podium.

“My first year [as head coach of the New York Jets] I would have done this and I would have swung at that pitch,” Ryan said while lining up to imitate a baseball stance, “and probably been fined for tampering or something like that,” in response to a question about New England Patriots and former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who could potentially become a free agent this offseason if released by New England. “There’s no way I’m going to talk about somebody else’s player, so I refuse to do that.”

Ryan also made references about not swinging at pitches again when he was asked about New York Jets running back and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez, another former Jet.

In more noteworthy business, Ryan did address a number of other topics, including the recent signing of Richie Incognito, the visit earlier this week by free-agent quarterback Josh McCown and the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory.

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Buffalo Bills Release Keith Rivers After One Season with Team

February 17th, 2015
Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Signed to a two-year contract last offseason, veteran linebacker Keith Rivers was released Tuesday after one year with the Buffalo Bills.

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Report: Free-Agent QB Josh McCown Discussing Deal with Buffalo Bills

February 16th, 2015
Josh McCown could be the next quarterback on the Buffalo Bills' roster. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

Josh McCown could be the next quarterback on the Buffalo Bills’ roster. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s uncertain who the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback will be in 2015, but the franchise might be set to add a signal-caller to the roster before free agency even begins. Josh McCown, a 12-year NFL veteran released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, is currently in Buffalo and in talks to potentially sign a deal with the team Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Rodak.

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