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Bills TE Charles Clay Looking to Diet to Help Cut Down on His Injuries

Bills tight end Charles Clay has drastically changed his eating habits, because he is determined to find a solution, once and for all, to help cut down on the injuries with which he has dealt for most of his seven NFL seasons and all of the last three in Buffalo, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.

The tipping point came last Nov. 20, during the Bills’ 16-12 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals, when he was carted off the field in Paul Brown Stadium with a torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his left knee. Clay underwent arthroscopic surgery and missed three games. It was one of the lowest points in his career but also provided the impetus for him to seek answers beyond training methods.

With the help of the Bills’ nutritionist, Clay said he has been following a diet loaded with plant-based foods and devoid of sugar. His meals include chicken and fish, but little, if any, red meat.

“It was something I looked into all offseason, trying to keep as much inflammation out of my body as I can and eating has a lot to do with that,” Clay said after an organized team activity (OTA) workout late last week. “I feel awesome right now.”

Through his first three seasons in the league with the Miami Dolphins, 2011 to 2013, he wasn’t at all concerned about the type of food he ate. After his third year, Clay became a bit more conscious of his diet, although he was “still eating a ton of red meat, still drinking sugars, and you don’t realize how bad that is for your body.”

“Training-wise has still been the same,” Clay said. “It took me awhile to realize how big of a role food played in the way your body feels and things like that. That’s just something, as you go on, you kind of learn. You get young guys who come in here, you try to tell them, ‘Man, you shouldn’t be eating that.’ They’re like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ I had guys early on tell me that it was something that I had to kind of try to experiment with.

“As you get older, your needs change, so you just have change what you do.”

Clay has made the changes at breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time. In May, it’s a good-sounding plan for being proactive as a 29-year-old entering his eighth NFL season.

Whether it amounts to something greater remains to be seen.

“And who’s to say? Five years from now, you don’t say it now but in five years, it could be the best thing that happened to me because (his latest knee injury is) ultimately what led to me trying new diets and things like that. I believe everything happens for a reason.

“I feel good now. It taught me a lot.”

Report: Police State Former Bills OT Incognito Threw Weights Before Hospitalization

The situation involving now former Bills offensive tackle Richie Incognito continues to get stranger and stranger, as now there’s a new report stating he was throwing weights around and had to be taken by police to the hospital.

Boca Raton police say a patron at Life Time Athletic, Mark O’Brien, told officers James Brown and Dave Rosenthal he was jogging on the outdoor track when he saw Incognito acting angry. O’Brien said he tried to calm Incognito, but as he walked away, the former Buffalo Bill threw a tennis ball at his foot, tried to run him over with a weighted pushing sled and then threw two weights — one into the pool and another at him, which missed. He said Incognito, 34, then cursed at him, telling him to get out of his “playground.”

O’Brien called 911 and in a recording released Thursday a voice identified as Incognito’s can be heard in the background yelling and cursing at him. He told the dispatcher Incognito, who was dressed in shorts and no shirt, was trying to hit him as they talked. He told the dispatcher the 6-foot-4, 322-pound Incognito is “huge” but a “little overweight.”

O’Brien told The Associated Press on Thursday that Incognito also ripped apart a boxing mannequin and slammed his knee into its head, and feared Incognito might do the same to him. He said he didn’t know Incognito, who also played for the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins, where he was suspended in 2013 for the racial bullying of a teammate, Jonathan Martin.

Former Bills Coach Chuck Knox Passes Away at Age 86

Former Rams, Seahawks and Bills head coach Chuck Knox has died at 86. The Seahawks confirmed Knox’s passing on Sunday.

Knox coached the Seattle Seahawks from 1983-1991, leading them to winning records in six of nine seasons. Knox’s Seahawks got off to a hot start, winning nine games and reaching the AFC Championship Game in the coach’s first season at the helm, and won 12 games the following season before a Divisional round exit.

Seattle posted a 3-4 playoff mark during his tenure. The coach who finished with an 80-69 record in Seattle was inducted into the franchise’s Ring of Honor in 2005.

The coach also led the Los Angeles Rams in two different stints, from 1973-1977 and 1992-1994, compiling a 69-48 record combined between those two spans. Knox posted five straight seasons with double-digit wins in his first stint before leaving for Buffalo in 1978, where he coached the Bills through 1982. Knox returned to a much different Rams franchise in 1992, failing to win more than six games in a season before he was fired in January 1995.

Knox cut his NFL teeth as an offensive line coach with the New York Jets from 1963-1966 and Detroit Lions from 1967-1972. He finished his 22-year head-coaching career with a 186-147 regular-season record and a 7-11 mark in the postseason.

NFL to Chat with the Bills About Team President’s Russ Brandon’s Resignation

The NFL plans to contact the Bills regarding team president Russ Brandon’s abrupt resignation amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female team employee, the Associated Press reports.

The league released a statement Thursday saying it will discuss the matter with the Bills and “make a decision in the next few days about what, if any, further steps we will take.”

Brandon resigned Tuesday after spending 20 years working up the Bills’ executive ranks.

Two people with direct knowledge of the situation said that Brandon’s resignation came after he was confronted about the relationship by team owners Terry and Kim Pegula. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an internal matter, and the Pegulas did not provide a reason when announcing they accepted Brandon’s resignation.

Bills and Sabers President Russ Brandon Resigns

Russ Brandon, president of both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, resigned on Tuesday, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

Terry and Kim Pegula — the owners of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which operates both teams — accepted the resignation. The Buffalo News reported that the move came after the company conducted an internal investigation into Brandon’s workplace behavior and allegations of personal misconduct.

In a statement to media outlets, Brandon said he had been pondering a change for a while.

“I have been contemplating transitioning out of my role for some time,” Brandon wrote. “My goal when the Pegula’s purchased the franchise was to reach 20 years with the Bills in which I achieved this past November. Given where we are from a timing standpoint, particularly with the conclusion of the NFL Draft, now seems like the time to make that transition.

“As grateful as I am for the amazing experience and the incredible people I’ve had the privilege to work with the past two decades, I am just as anxious for the professional opportunities that lie ahead.”

Brandon has been with the Bills in various roles since 1997. He became president in 2013.

He has been president of the Sabres since 2015, after the Pegulas bought the team.

Kim Pegula will take over Brandon’s roles, with her husband continuing to oversee both teams’ operations.

Did the Bills Have Their Eyes on QB Mason Rudolph in the Draft?

After drafting Mason Rudolph as Ben Roethlisberger’s heir apparent, general manager Kevin Colbert revealed that the Steelers graded the Oklahoma State star on par with the best quarterbacks in this year’s draft class.

They weren’t alone in evaluating Rudolph as a worthwhile early-round gamble, Chris Wesseling of reports.

Appearing on Monday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said the Bills would have “strongly considered” Rudolph at No. 22 overall had they not been successful in trading up for Wyoming’s Josh Allen earlier in the first round.

“There were some teams — not all teams, but some teams — who rated him there,” Rapoport added. “The Steelers really loved him.”

Bills Earn an ‘A’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Bills, who according to Kiper got an ‘A’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

That the Bills were targeting a quarterback tends to make you forget this was a playoff team, so the first round was an interesting mix, as they added both high-upside potential at the game’s most important position, and also immediate help at a spot where rookies can often be found contributing. They gave up some notable draft value in second-round picks to maneuver, but I’m not sure any team added this kind of high-upside talent. Key word: upside.

We know Josh Allen (pick 7) needs development as a player with great traits but lacking polish out of Wyoming, but development is a given for any QB. The addition of Tremaine Edmunds (16) means that the Bills managed to get two of my top 11 players in this draft class, and Edmunds is likely to help right away. The useful immediate help and long-range upside wasn’t limited to Round 1, either. Harrison Phillips (96) is an interior disruptor who can jump into the mix in Week 1. Kyle Williams won’t play forever (probably?) so this was a good fit. Taron Johnson (121) can get on the field early. He won’t be a No. 1 corner, but in the fifth round, he’s a decent get. Ray-Ray McCloud (187) is a wildcard, but he can jump into the return game and could factor into the wide receiver depth chart.

Yeah, it’ll come down to Allen, but if he reaches his upside, you change the direction of the franchise. He could be a perfect fit in Buffalo. As it always goes with big bets on quarterbacks, time will tell the story.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/7 Josh Allen QB WYOMING
1/16 Tremaine Edmunds OLB VIRGINIA TECH
3/96 Harrison Phillips DT STANFORD
4/121 Taron Johnson CB WEBER STATE
5/166 Wyatt Teller G VIRGINIA TECH
6/187 Ray-Ray McCloud WR CLEMSON
7/255 Austin Proehl WR NORTH CAROLINA

Bills Select QB Josh Allen with the 7th Pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

The Bills are hopeful they have found their QB of the future, as Thursday night the team picked up Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the 7th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Here’s a quick scouting report on Allen:
Allen was one of college football’s breakout quarterbacks during the 2016 season. He put his great skill set on display as he led a potent offense. Allen completed 56 percent of his passes that season for 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also ran for 523 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Allen was a redshirt sophomore, so he could have entered the 2017 NFL Draft, but he decided to return for his junior year.

In 2017, Allen completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. He notched five rushing touchdowns as well. Against weak opponents, Allen played well, but he struggled in games against Hawaii, Oregon and Iowa. Allen missed Wyoming’s last two regular-season games with a shoulder injury. was first to report that Allen would enter the 2018 NFL Draft, and he announced his intent to declare after Wyoming’s bowl game.

In speaking with a few team sources, I said to them that Allen is more of a skill set than a quarterback at this point of his development, which they agreed with. They also thought my analogy of him being like a young pitcher called up to the big leagues who is more of a hard thrower than a pitcher was accurate.