Posts Tagged ‘Chris Gragg’

Sophomore Spotlight: Chris Gragg

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Chris Gragg didn’t see much playing time in his rookie season. Will he take on a bigger role in 2014? (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills’ seventh-round pick (No. 222 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chris Gragg had trouble staying on the field at Arkansas and didn’t get on the field much for the Bills as a rookie. Seventh round draft picks aren’t guaranteed of a roster spot, but Gragg has athleticism one can’t teach and a skill set that complements fellow Bills tight ends Scott Chandler and Lee Smith well.


Heads Up, Seven Up: Buffalo Bills Standouts From Tuesday’s Training Camp Practice

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb was on top of his game during Tuesday’s training camp practice. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Remember Heads Up, Seven Up? Of course you do. Everyone played this guessing game growing up in elementary school. I use the term guessing lightly, because let’s be honest, a lot of kids peeked and watched who tapped their thumbs.

On Tuesday, I felt like one of those students who peeked, so to speak. During the Buffalo Bills’ morning practice, I saw a glimpse of how the rookies and veterans are performing, players who should stay as depth and which Bills players are on the verge of emerging as superstars. Based on Tuesday’s practice, here are seven players whose stock is going up.


2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Fullbacks and Tight Ends

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Scott Chandler’s health will be crucial to the team’s depth chart at tight end. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The American Buffalo was at risk of becoming endangered. Fullbacks on the Buffalo Bills can relate, as the team hasn’t utilized the position consistently in years.

Former Bills fullback Corey McIntyre had just nine carries over the course of the last five years in which he was the Bills’ fullback.

The tight end position, however, has potential under new Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The Chan Gailey regime utilized the position more than the last few coaching staffs and in 2013 I’m cautiously optimistic about the position.

Let’s take a closer look at the Bills’ tight ends and fullbacks and how they could perform in 2013.


How Scott Chandler’s Progress Affects the Bills’ Tight End Depth Chart

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Making a quick recovery from a torn ACL, Scott Chandler is the favorite to remain atop the Buffalo Bills’ tight end depth chart. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

With the recent report that tight end Scott Chandler was recovering quicker than expected from offseason ACL surgery, the team’s tight end situation got a little more confusing.

Already an average position in terms of talent before Chandler went down in week 15, the Bills entered the offseason with many questions to answer. They added one tight end in the draft and signed another off waivers, but nobody had yet risen to the top of the heap in the young offseason. With Chandler potentially back for Week 1, he may be able to walk right back into the starting job. However, there are some other names fighting for playing time and a roster spot to keep an eye on.

Let’s take a closer look at the current competitors, ranked from most likely to least likely to make the Bills’ final 53-man roster.


Buffalo Bills: How Will Rookie Additions Fit Doug Marrone’s Passing Offense?

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

One of numerous reasons the Buffalo Bills only went 6-10 last season was their lack of a consistent and explosive passing offense. They ranked 25th in the NFL in passing yards, 24th in passing yards per attempt, and was one of 11 teams to grade out negatively in passing offense last year by Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

Fortunately for the Bills, their passing offense is going to have a completely different look next season.

That all starts at the quarterback position, where the Bills are replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick, who they released after four underwhelming, interception-laden seasons as their starter. While it is yet unknown who will be starting under center in Week 1, 2013 first-round pick E.J. Manuel will be expected to take over the job sooner rather than later.


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