NFL Nation: Tyler BRay

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid revealed knee and ankle injuries to quarterback Tyler Bray that otherwise went undetected in the final preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. These injuries could be the Chiefs' way out of their quarterback dilemma.

"He got banged up a little bit last night and I hope he’s OK," Reid said.

Those injuries could allow the Chiefs to put Bray on injured-reserve, which would be convenient in that they would like to keep all four of their quarterbacks. To do that, the Chiefs would have to either keep them all on their active roster, which they don’t want to do, or put one on an injured list.

Doing so with Bray would cost him this season, but allow him to remain a part of the picture for the long term.

"If you took one player and you said 'who’s improved and changed themselves physically and mentally in the last year the most,' you probably have to put Tyler in that mix," Reid said. "From where he was to where he is now, there’s a big difference."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Georgia's Aaron Murray in the fifth round today, giving them a most interesting mix at quarterback. Behind starter Alex Smith, the Chiefs have veteran backup Chase Daniel, developmental prospect Tyler Bray and now Murray.

Murray tore his ACL last year in November, but said he is ready for full participation in practice.

Eventually the Chiefs have to make a decision on which quarterbacks to keep and which one to part with. But they didn't draft Murray to immediately release him. Though at 6-foot and 200 pounds he doesn't have the classic size for a quarterback, they obviously like his skills and the way he fits into Andy Reid's offense.
Here is this week's Kansas City Chiefs mailbag based off questions sent to me at my Twitter account (@adamteicher). To ask a question for a future mailbag, send it to me on Twitter and use the hashtag #ChiefsMail.
 

Q and A: Should KC draft a QB?

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Another week, another excellent batch of Kansas City Chiefs questions for the mailbag. Here we go:
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We've already established that signing quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term contract extension is the best course of action for the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. But let's examine another scenario.

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Would it be better for the Chiefs to throw numbers at the quarterback position rather than sink a ton of money for the long term into Smith? For those who have ESPN Insider access, Ron Jaworski suggests it might be a good idea for the Chiefs to draft a quarterback in an early round this year and groom him as Smith's successor.

There's merit to this idea. The Chiefs would then have four quarterbacks from which to choose next season: Smith, veteran backup Chase Daniel, developmental prospect Tyler Bray and a rookie.

In 2015, assuming the Chiefs haven't re-signed Smith, he would depart as a free agent, leaving the Chiefs to choose from the other three as their starting QB.

Again, not sure this is the best way for the Chiefs to go. Smith has put three solid seasons together and could be at a point in his career where things are coming together for him, as they did for Drew Brees several years ago.

But two of the NFL's best teams, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, are where they are because over the last three years they identified and drafted quarterbacks and are now starting them at a young age. Neither Russell Wilson nor Colin Kaepernick is occupying much of his team's salary cap, leaving those clubs free to spend heavily around their quarterback.

Maybe in the absence of having a true superstar quarterback, this is the way for teams to operate. Of course, the Chiefs would need to identify the right QB and then commit to him.

That's what general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid get paid for, to identify that guy and make a player of him. The Chiefs don't have their second-round draft pick again this year, having sent it to the San Francisco 49ers as part of the deal for Smith.

So if the Chiefs are to get their QB this year, it would probably have to be in the first round. If, say, Central Florida's Blake Bortles or another quarterback they really like is available when the Chiefs make the 23rd overall pick, there are worse moves they could make than to draft him.

Chiefs rookie update: Offense

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Eric FisherChuck Cook/USA TODAY SportsDespite injuries, No. 1 draft pick Eric Fisher impressed the Chiefs with his preseason work.
The Chiefs have 10 rookies on their 53-player active roster as they prepare for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Five rookies on offense, five on defense. In this post, I will look at the offensive players. In a post later today, I will provide an update on the defensive rookies.

  • Eric Fisher, first round, offensive tackle. Immediate expectations for Fisher were impossibly high because he was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. He played in college at Central Michigan, so there was no way he was going to meet those initially and he hasn’t. Fisher is starting at right tackle but has much improvement to do before he proves worthy of the top pick. He has been bothered by shoulder and finger injuries, each of which at times knocked him out of practice or a preseason game. Fisher actually played well in two of his three preseason games (he and the rest of the starters didn’t play last week against Green Bay). He was terrible in a game against the 49ers, a performance so bad it should have been of concern to the Chiefs until he bounced back to play well the following week against the Steelers.“He’s everything I thought he would be,’’ general manager John Dorsey said. “He’s going to continue to [improve]. He was slowed with the finger and the shoulder but he’s right on course. “He came back [against Pittsburgh]. He showed a great degree of toughness when he lined up and played in the third preseason game and did a pretty good job against a pretty good player in LaMarr Woodley.’’There’s certainly no reason yet to believe Fisher won’t develop into one of the NFL’s top tackles but he’s not there yet.
  • Travis Kelce, third round, tight end. Kelce had a promising offseason, when he showed the ability to get down the field and catch passes. The Chiefs lined him up in a variety of spots, including split out wide, so the possibilities are there to get the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Kelce matched up against much smaller defenders.That didn’t happen as much in training camp and the preseason. Kelce was the third tight end behind Anthony Fasano and Tony Moeaki so his snaps decreased. He also dropped some passes and came up with a sore knee that prevented him from playing in one of the games.The possibility still exists for the Chiefs to get some big plays from Kelce. With Moeaki on the injured-reserve list with a fractured shoulder, the Chiefs need that kind of help from Kelce. It’s not as certain as it seemed three months ago they will get it.
  • Knile Davis, third round, running back. Davis looks promising once the ball is in his hands. At 227 pounds, he’s powerful but also fast for a back of his size, so he appears to be a nice complement to Jamaal Charles. He delivered two long kickoff returns in the preseason, one for a touchdown, so he has some possibilities there as well.Getting the ball into Davis’ hands has often been an adventure. He fumbled in a preseason game, something he has a history of from college at Arkansas. He’s dropped numerous passes and kickoff return attempts at training camp.So the Chiefs may not be able to trust Davis yet. It’s more than a little telling that the Chiefs’ other running back, Cyrus Gray, was getting plenty of work in practice this week as the third-down back. Gray is a better pass protector and more reliable as a receiver than Davis.Given all that, it’s difficult to see Davis as more than a change of pace back for Charles, at least early in the season.
  • Eric Kush, sixth round, center. Kush is a reserve who played small college football at California (Pa.), so it’s reasonable that he would need some time to develop. Kush has had trouble at times getting the snap to the quarterback, both in a conventional formation and in the shotgun. He’s also been occasionally pushed around in preseason games by more physical opponents.While Kush could still develop into a productive player, he clearly isn’t there yet. If the Chiefs need to replace starting center Rodney Hudson for injury reasons, left guard Jeff Allen would most likely slide over to center.
  • Tyler Bray, quarterback, undrafted. Bray has uncommon ability for a quarterback who wasn’t drafted. He appears to have better ability to make all the necessary throws than the other Chiefs quarterbacks, Alex Smith and Chase Daniel.So Bray is far ahead of a lot of other developmental quarterbacks around the league. But that’s only part of the equation toward developing into an eventual starter. By all accounts, Bray with the Chiefs has been a hard worker, will watch extra video and throw on the side with receivers, things that were in question when he was in college at Tennessee.He will also have to learn to decipher complex coverage schemes, something he didn’t see much in preseason.

    For now, at least, Bray is the No. 3 quarterback. Even though he outplayed Daniel in the preseason, don’t look for that to change any time soon.
It’s interesting that coach Andy Reid found it necessary after Thursday night’s final preseason game to declare without really even being asked that he was still comfortable with Chase Daniel as the Chiefs’ No. 2 quarterback.

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John Rieger/USA TODAY SportsChiefs quarterback Tyler Bray, a rookie out of Tennessee, showed off his passing skills against the Packers Thursday night.
Perhaps Reid anticipated the question would be coming. The difference in the play and production between Daniel and No. 3 quarterback Tyler Bray in the 30-8 win against Green Bay was dramatic enough to demand it.

Daniel opened in place of Alex Smith, who along with the rest of the starters was given the night off. Daniel forced his first throw into coverage and it was intercepted and his night didn’t get much better after that. He later took a sack when he held on to the ball too long with the Chiefs on the Green Bay 6, and they eventually had to settle for a field goal.

Bray, meanwhile, threw three touchdown passes. He was also far from perfect, throwing an interception, fumbling, taking three sacks and completing just 56 percent of his passes (14 of 25). While Daniel played against Green Bay’s starters and main reserves, Bray went against a group of Packers who will be released as soon as today.

But for the first time in the preseason Bray put his big arm on display. Reid was eager for this game so the Chiefs could get Bray some extended playing time and, the many rough edges aside, he had to be pleased with what he saw.

“Tyler did a nice job for a young guy stepping in and for most of (the game) put us in some form of a scoring position, whether it was a field goal or a touchdown,’’ Reid said.

Bray doesn’t look ready for a real game yet, so Reid is making the smart move by staying with Daniel as the top reserve. Things are at the point, though, where it makes sense to speed up the timetable on Bray’s development. Longer term, he offers more upside as Smith’s leading understudy.

The Chiefs shouldn’t deny Bray’s progress. His first touchdown pass, an eight-yard throw to Junior Hemingway, came with five seconds left in the first half and capped a well-orchestrated two-minute drill.

“I felt more relaxed after that,’’ Bray said. “I’ve been kind of anxious to throw one. We’ve been down in the red zone a couple of times and haven’t come away with a touchdown so we got that first one.’’
Andy Reid has given no indication how much the starters will play for the Kansas City Chiefs tonight or whether they will play at all. A series or two on each side of the ball against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium probably wouldn’t hurt, but the starters received enough work in last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to carry them over to next week’s regular-season opener.

Whether or not the starters play, the Chiefs have some things they should accomplish tonight. Some offensive production wouldn’t be a bad idea. The Chiefs have just three offensive touchdowns in three games, and one of those happened in overtime, after the game should have been over, against the Steelers.

Likewise, the defense hasn’t been very productive in helping the offense in terms of favorable field position. A defense predicated on pressure has created two turnovers, one forced by the starters and the other by reserves.

Here are some other things the Chiefs might like to resolve tonight:
  • Energize the running game. The four Chiefs' running backs are averaging a collective 2.44 yards per carry with none being better than Knile Davis at 2.8. This being the preseason, that might not be so alarming if the Chiefs weren’t getting physically handled so often up front. The Chiefs tried to convert on successive plays needing one yard last week with Jammal Charles, but he never had a chance either time.
  • Play the rookies. The Chiefs are counting on tackle Eric Fisher, tight end Travis Kelce and Davis, among other first-year players. Each could use some work. Fisher rebounded from his miserable game against the 49ers two weeks ago to play better against the Steelers. But he’s still a work in progress and would benefit from some snaps tonight. Kelce, who didn’t play in Pittsburgh because of a sore knee, suddenly looms as an important piece after Tony Moeaki's shoulder injury. He likewise needs additional work. Davis has played a lot of snaps in the three games, but he’s still refining his abilities, particularly as a receiver and pass-blocker. Among the undrafted rookies, wide receiver Rico Richardson had a nice training camp, and with a strong showing could convince the Chiefs he should be on the regular-season roster. The same goes for tight end Demetrius Harris.
  • Find a fourth cornerback. Beyond Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson, none of the cornerbacks has made a strong claim for a roster spot. The Chiefs are so desperate for help that last week they used a safety, Husain Abdullah, as their nickel back. So it’s possible a roster spot could be had by a younger cornerback like Kennard Cox if he plays well tonight.
  • What about Bray? Fans who didn’t see Tyler Bray at training camp can rightly wonder what the big deal is about the rookie quarterback. Bray has been mediocre in the preseason, completing less than half of his passes and no gain of more than 17 yards. His signature play was a fumble in New Orleans. He figures to get a lot of snaps tonight, enough to allow him to show his abilities. Bray is a solid third on the quarterback depth chart, so nothing he can do tonight will affect that. But young quarterbacks with his skills don’t come to Kansas City very often, unless they’re playing for the visiting team.

Chiefs have work to do on offense

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Random thoughts from the Kansas City Chiefs’ 15-13 home loss against San Francisco on Friday night:

The Chiefs experienced adversity for the first time this summer. The first-team offense wasn’t very good. Facing his former team, new Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith played the first half (including some against San Francisco’s second unit) and struggled. He completed 7 of 16 passes for 62 yards.

Smith was good last week in New Orleans and he has had a strong training camp. To pin his woes against San Francisco all on him would be misleading. He was under constant pressure. He was sacked three times. Kansas City’s offensive line is beat up a bit, but more is expected from it and it will be focal point of practice next week. Smith was also the victim of some drops. Plus, the team was playing without star running back Jamaal Charles, who has a mild foot strain. He will be back for the regular season.

Still, the Chiefs have to dig deep and work on the offense as the preseason rolls on. Otherwise, it was a good night for the Chiefs. The special teams were unbelievably good and the defense was solid.

New special-teams coach Dave Toub came over from Chicago with a sterling reputation. He is building upon it.

The return game was great last week and terrific against the 49ers. Quintin Demps had a 104-yard kickoff return for a score and Devon Wylie had a 52-yard return. The Chiefs also had a blocked extra point. That type of dominance on special teams could win a lot of games.

Defensively, the Chiefs had four sacks. Young starters Justin Houston and Dontari Poe looked good in limited roles.

Receiver Jon Baldwin, the team’s 2011 first-round pick, continued to struggle. He had a drop and looked lost. You have to wonder if the light is ever going to come on for him.

Rookie running back Knile Davis, who started for Charles, had his moments as he had 37 yards on 10 carries. He looks like he is ready to contribute.

It seems like Tyler Bray is moving away from Ricky Stanzi for the No. 3 quarterback job. Stanzi did not play. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel was terrific as he completed all six of his pass attempts.
Manti Te'o's march to be in an instant NFL starter has taken a slight detour.

San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Saturday the middle linebacker will not practice for the next week -- and not play at Chicago on Thursday night -- because of a sprained foot. Te’o was hurt Thursday night against Seattle. He was in a walking boot Saturday.

The injury is not considered serious. It is important that Te’o, a second-round pick, recovers and gets back on the field to play in the Chargers’ third preseason game, Aug. 24 at Arizona. The third preseason game is the game where starters play the most. Te’o started against Seattle and is expected to start the season opener, Sept. 9 against Houston.

In other AFC West notes:
  • Kansas City coach Andy Reid said No. 1 overall pick, right tackle Eric Fisher, will practice Sunday. He suffered a minor hand injury at New Orleans on Friday.
  • Reid said Tyler Bray will remain the No. 3 quarterback in the Chiefs' second preseason game. Ricky Stanzi will remain the No. 4 quarterback. It is another sign that bray is leading the race.
  • Max Starks rotated with King Dunlap at left tackle in San Diego on Saturday. Dunlap is still the favorite based on him having a better camp.
  • Undrafted rookie running back Michael Hill was working with the Chargers' second team Saturday for this first time. Danny Woodhead is the main backup when healthy.

Alex Smith shines for Chiefs

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Random thoughts about the Chiefs’ 17-13 loss Friday night at New Orleans:

The game was a success in Andy Reid’s first work with his new team. The Chiefs led a good team on the road, 10-0, after the first quarter. That’s impressive.

The Chiefs will be fine if they get good quarterback play. In his first game as a Chief, Alex Smith was terrific. He completed 7-of-8 passes for 68 yards on a 14-play, 80-yard opening drive that netted a touchdown. The Chiefs had big trouble scoring on their opening drive of games last season. It’s a big reason why there was change at coach and at quarterback.

Smith looked completely comfortable working in Reid’s offense. It’s just one game, but it’s a good sign.

Reid loves to get his running backs active in the passing game. That was evident as star Jamaal Charles caught three passes for 27 yards. That will be a big part of the Chiefs’ offense.

Right tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall draft pick, had a scare with a hand injury. But it is not considered serious.

The Chiefs had success in the return game. Rookie Knile Davis had a kickoff return for 79 yards. Dexter McCluster had a 55-yard punt return and Devon Wylie added a 31-yard kickoff return and a 22-yard punt return. That’s a dynamic group.

The race for the No. 3 quarterback job between undrafted rookie Tyler Bray and third-year veteran Ricky Stanzi didn’t change much. Both players were just so-so. The competition will likely continue for the rest of the preseason with Bray being the favorite.

Will Eric Fisher sign next?

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The framework is set for Eric Fisher to officially become a Kansas City Chief.

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed tackle Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall NFL draft pick. Fisher, a tackle from Central Michigan, was the No. 1 overall pick.

With Joeckel signed, the Chiefs and Fisher have nothing to wait for in the negotiations. Joeckel signed a four-year deal worth $21.2 million with a signing bonus of $13.799 million. There is no offset language and all the money is guaranteed.

With the rookie contracts slotted, Fisher and the Chiefs should be able to easily come to an accord soon. There are only five rookies who are unsigned in the AFC West.

Meanwhile, free-agent linebacker Desmond Bishop is reportedly going to choose between the Chiefs, Vikings and Giants. Bishop visited the Chiefs on Thursday. He also visited Minnesota since being cut by the Packers on Monday.

Here is some word that third-year quarterback Ricky Stanzi may have the edge to make the Chiefs' roster over undrafted free agent Tyler Bray. I think this competition will be played out in the preseason and if Stanzi wins the job, I could see the Chiefs trying to keep Bray on the practice squad. He is an interesting prospect.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the first team in the AFC West to wrap of their offseason work. They had their mandatory minicamp this week and do not assemble again until they begin training camp in late July. The other three teams in the division have their mandatory minicamps next week.

Some highlights of the camp as it closes:

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    Denny Medley/USA TODAY SportsTyler Bray has impressed during Kansas City's OTAs.
    Kansas City coach Andy Reid is excited about undrafted free-agent, quarterback Tyler Bray. He was expected to go in the mid-rounds. But because of worries about his overall inconsistencies he went undrafted. Yet, Bray was strong this spring with the Chiefs. He has a very strong chance of sticking on the 53-man roster as the No. 3 quarterback, where he would start the process of a being a developmental player. “I’ll tell you, he did a nice job. He did a really nice job,” Reid told reporters in Kansas City on Thursday. “You never know until you get them here. He’s in a good room, so he’s got good examples around him as players. He’s got coaches that have played the game and the position in there. He’s embraced that and really focused in. The fact is that he did a nice job and improved every day. He was a bit like a sponge just taking everything in. I was impressed.”
  • Running back Jamaal Charles ran for 1,509 yards last season. Yet, he knows his job description is changing with Reid as his coach. Charles will still carry the ball often, but Reid likes getting his running backs involved in the passing game. “I know my role in my mind will be doing lots of stuff with the offense,” Charles said. “I’m like (Brian) Westbrook and (LeSean) McCoy as far as how I fit into (Reid’s) offense ... I definitely need to do more studying and knowing the scheme of the defense, especially playing a position like wide receiver. I have to go in there and try to read the defense. Last year, I didn’t have any catches out of the backfield. I feel like this year it will be more.”
  • New cornerback Sean Smith said most of the defensive backs will train together in the Miami area during the coming weeks.

Ranking the AFC West UFAs

May, 3, 2013
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I asked Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. to rank the top 10 undrafted free agent signings in the AFC West this week. This is what Muench had to say:

1. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray, Kansas City

Whether or not Bray can improve the way he prepares and puts in the necessary work to realize his considerable potential remains to be seen. There is no question he has the frame, arm strength and accuracy to develop into an NFL starter.

2. Georgia NT Kwame Geathers, San Diego

At 6-foot-5 and 342 pounds, Geathers is a mountain of a man with the size and lower-body strength to hold his ground against double teams and clog up the middle when he keeps his pads down. However, he struggles to stay low, and doesn’t offer much as a pass-rusher, either.

3. Louisville DB Adrian Bushell, Oakland

Bushell bounced around a little bit in college, enrolling at Florida in 2009, transferring to a community college in 2010 and then to Louisville in 2011. He doesn’t have great burst, he’s on the smaller side and he’s not a playmaker, but is fluid and anticipates breaks well. He could also push for time as a kickoff-return man.

4. Florida DE/OLB Lerentee McCray, Denver

McCray doesn’t show great top-end speed on tape and his lengthy injury history raises a red flag. His durability is the bigger issue because he has the skill set to contribute as a role player if he can stay healthy. He is an effective hand fighter whether he’s rushing the passer or defending the run, and he has an above-average motor.

5. Duke WR Conner Vernon, Oakland

Vernon isn’t much of a big-play threat. He doesn’t have enough speed to stretch the field or run away from pursuit after the catch. The strength of his game is his willingness to do the dirty work over the middle. He doesn’t take his eyes off the ball to locate defenders and he is aggressive fighting for 50-50 balls in traffic.

6. Boston College OT John Wetzel, Oakland

Wetzel isn’t as naturally gifted or as fundamentally sound as some of the other offensive linemen that Boston College has produced over the years. He does have the frame, length and awareness to be an effective swing tackle who can provide depth on the right and left side.

7. Kansas S Bradley McDougald, Kansas City

McDougald is a jack of all trades who played wide receiver and safety in addition to returning kicks his first two seasons at Kansas. It should come as little surprise that he fields the ball well for a safety but his marginal top-end speed is an issue. He isn’t fast enough to match up with slot receivers in man coverage and shows just adequate range covering the deep half of the field.

8. New Mexico TE Lucas Reed, Denver

Reed, the younger brother of Houston OLB Brooks Reed, isn’t a physical player. He needs to develop an edge as a run-blocker and improve his ability to make plays in traffic over the middle. On the other hand, he’s fast enough to work the seam and has a big catching radius. He has 10.5-inch hands, 35.5-inch arms and a 37-inch vertical.

9. Virginia Tech OT Nick Becton, San Diego

A one-year starter, Becton doesn’t have great foot speed and needs to learn to sink his hips both as a run-blocker and in pass protection. He is an intriguing addition because he has the frame, length and enough of a mean streak to develop into an effective backup who can provide depth at right tackle and guard.

10. Youngstown State OG Lamar Mady, Oakland

There are concerns about Mady’s ability to make the jump to the NFL. He is a small-school prospect who doesn’t have the frame to carry a lot of weight and doesn’t move well laterally. He’s still worth giving a shot in training camp because he’s a wide body who can play center and guard.
The Buffalo Bills were quiet in free agency, but the team was extremely aggressive in this weekend’s NFL draft. The Bills have added several players with significant off-the-field concerns in the process

The latest example is Buffalo’s signing of rookie free-agent receiver Da'rick Rogers. The former Tennessee and Tennessee Tech star has good upside and production on the field. Rogers and former Tennessee teammate and quarterback Tyler Bray were arguably the top two undrafted players available. However, Rogers' long list of issues, which include an arrest, a suspension, a failed drug test and being kicked out of one school caused all 32 teams to stay away. Rogers announced on Twitter that he signed with Buffalo.

Are the Bills taking in too many character risks? In addition to Rogers, here's a rundown of concerns with Buffalo's 2013 draft class:
  • Bills second-round pick Kiko Alonso had major issues at Oregon. The linebacker had multiple alcohol-related incidents in college and also was arrested for burglary and criminal mischief in 2011. Alonso stayed out of trouble last year at Oregon and focused on football. That was enough to make Alonso a second-round pick for Buffalo, which needs to improve its 31st-ranked run defense. The Bills hope Alonso's off-the-field issues are a thing of the past.
  • Buffalo fourth-round pick Duke Williams was suspended three times at the University of Nevada for various incidents. Williams reportedly got into a fight with a teammate in 2010, which led to one suspension. He also was arrested for theft in 2009.

Rogers is the third player from Buffalo’s 2013 rookie class with major character concerns. Buffalo is a team with a rookie head coach -- Doug Marrone -- who is trying to establish his program. Marrone cannot afford to spend too much time policing off-the-field issues in his first year.

Alonso, Williams and Rogers are all talented enough to make Buffalo's 53-man roster. But the Bills must keep these players with questionable character on a short leash.

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