Posts Tagged ‘Rookies’

Teammates Again: Canisius High School’s Jimmy Gaines, Derek Brim Back Together as Buffalo Bills

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Jimmy Gaines (pictured) and high school teammate Derek Brim are back in Buffalo. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Adjusting to the life in the NFL is a challenge for all rookies, but Buffalo Bills undrafted free-agent signings Jimmy Gaines and Derek Brim have an advantage of familiarity.

The two Western New York natives are not only familiar with the city of Buffalo but also with one another. Gaines and Brim were both 2010 graduates from Canisius High School, a private, all-male secondary institution in Buffalo, where they were football teammates.

Gaines went on to the University of Miami, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker. Brim stayed local at the University at Buffalo, where he began his career as a walk-on but emerged as a starting safety midway through his junior season.

Both players did enough to capture the interest of the Bills, who made room for the local products on their 90-man preseason roster. That doesn’t ensure they’ll be on the Bills’ 53-man regular season roster, but both players are fighting hard to turn their opportunity into a career.

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Kiko Alonso vs. Sheldon Richardson: Who Should Be NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Kiko Alonso’s production and constancy on the Buffalo Bills defense could earn him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting is projected to be a tight race between two AFC East impact players, Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

The ballots have already been cast, but the winner will not be revealed until this year’s NFL Honors on Feb. 1. Who deserves to win this year’s award? Below, staff writer Ryan Glaze argues Alonso’s case to be the first Buffalo Bill to win the award since Shane Conlan in 1987, while editor Dan Hope explains why his vote would go to Richardson.

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EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills Rookies Take a Step Back in Loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

There was reason for EJ Manuel to hang his head after a poor performance Sunday. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone at least publicly stated Friday that he believed his team was still in the playoff hunt, but that became a serious long shot after Buffalo lost to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. That led to the suggestion from some media members and Bills fans that the team should turn their focus away from making a playoff run, and toward developing its young talent as much as possible in preparation for 2014.

But regardless of what the Bills’ goal was Sunday, it wasn’t accomplished, unless that goal was to tank for better draft position.

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UDFA Profile: TE Zack Pianalto

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

With the Bills desperate for TE help, can Pianalto make a difference?

TE Zack Pianalto-North Carolina

6’3, 255 lbs.

Pianalto is part of a new breed of TE’s that excel in the passing game, but are still learning the finer points of blocking and positioining as a TE. He is seen by many to be one of the most versatile options available having the ability to play the TE both on the line or flexed out into the slot, as well as being a capable H-Back who can line up in the backfield.

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