More Highlights from Bills camp day 3
Kiko Alonso has suffered a torn ACL and will likely miss most of the season.
BILLS DT MARCELL DAREUS ARRESTED AGAIN
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was arrested last week for his role in drag racing in Hamburg, N.Y., the Buffalo News reports. He was charged with three misdemeanors and four vehicle and traffic charges.
According to the News, Dareus is being accused of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of a crime involving property damage and reckless driving, along with other offenses.
Dareus was arrested last month in his home state of Alabama after he was pulled over for speeding and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was found with synthetic marijuana.
The Bills picked up the fifth-year option on Dareus in late April, which will pay him more than $8 million in 2015. Once the legal process plays out, Dareus could face league discipline. (Photo: George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
C.J. Spiller says he’s healthy and feels better than he’s felt since 2012:
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller said Friday that he feels great and doesn’t feel anything stemming from the ankle problems he had last season. Per the official team website, he had no hitch in his running when he practiced during recent OTAs.
"This is the best I’ve felt since 2012 when I had that great year," Spiller said via NFL.com. "The ankle feels wonderful. I just have to keep doing what I need to do to stay healthy this whole season and try to go out there and make plays."
In the final year of his rookie deal, Spiller believes he’s in fine position to exceed the 1,700 yards from scrimmage he dialed up in 2012.
After Buffalo rejected an Eagles trade inquiry into Spiller back in April, it’s clear the Bills intend to keep him around for the long haul. Maybe they see what we see: one of the league’s top bounce-back candidates at the running back position.
A report earlier this week suggested Spiller’s role will be more defined and expanded in 2014. After averaging 6.0 yards per carry and 10.7 yards per catch in 2012, he had 4.6 yards per carry and 5.6 yards per catch last season with just two total touchdowns. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
Kiko Alonso was named to the NFL’s top 100 players of 2014! #TheLegendContinues
Getting their workouts in
Bills acquire RB Brown in trade with Eagles:
The Buffalo Bills crossed off a draft need by acquiring running back Bryce Brown in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.
The teams swapped seventh-round picks in this year’s, with the Eagles moving up five spots to land the 224th selection. The Bills also gave up a conditional draft pick — either a fourth-rounder next year or a third-round selection in 2016.
In landing Brown, the Bills filled a need for depth without having to address it in the draft. He’ll serve in a backup role behind co-starters Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
The Eagles, by comparison, had what coach Chip Kelly called “a logjam” at running back. Brown was also regarded as expendable in Philadelphia because his side-to-side running style didn’t fit Kelly’s offense.
Kelly and Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos both said the trade had been in the works for the past month.
Brown has 190 carries for 878 yards and six touchdowns in 32 games in two seasons with the Eagles. He overcame fumbling issues during his rookie season to finish with 564 yards rushing and four touchdowns in 16 games, including four starts.
Brown set the Eagles’ single-game rookie rushing record in his first start, when he had 178 yards and two scores against Carolina on Nov. 26, 2012. He followed that up a week later with 169 yards rushing and two scores at Dallas.
In Buffalo, Brown joins an offense that ranked second in yards rushing last season.
This was the latest in a series of trades the Bills have made over the past month.
On Friday, Buffalo dealt receiver Stevie Johnson to San Francisco. Johnson became the odd-man out in a crowded group of receivers after the Bills opened the draft by trading up five spots to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 pick.
Last month, Buffalo gave up a sixth-round draft pick to acquire receiver Mike Williams in a trade with Tampa Bay.
On Friday, the Bills swapped second-round draft picks and picked up an additional fifth-round pick (153rd overall) in a trade with St. Louis. (Photo: Michael Perez/Associated Press)
With the 44TH PICK in the 2014 NFL draft, the BUFFALO BILLS select:
CYRUS KOUANDJIO, OT
School: Alabama | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 322 lbs.…
Certainly looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman, boasting vines for arms (35 5/8 inches) and excellent overall weight distribution. He flashes good quickness off the snap and has the lateral agility to slide left to right. Uses his athleticism in pass protection well but he’s even more impressive as a run blocker, consistently outmaneuvering defenders to create lanes. Choppy sliding into pass protection and has a tendency to drop his head upon contact. Too often is satisfied with simply walling off defenders rather than punishing them. Projects best at right tackle. Plays well at different speeds. He shows very good patience in pass protection but can fire off the ball when needed. Possesses exciting quickness and mobility when blocking on the move.
Bills to wear patches this season to honor late owner:
The Buffalo Bills will wear patches bearing the initials “RCW” on their jerseys this season in honor of late owner Ralph Wilson.
The patch will be featured on the jersey presented to the player Buffalo selects in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Wilson died in March. He was the Bills’ sole owner, and founded the franchise in 1959 as one of the inaugural members of the American Football League. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Wilson’s widow, Mary, said her late husband would have been honored by the tribute. She called the patch a “fitting acknowledgement” of his commitment to the team and western New York. (Photo: buffalobills.com)