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100 Bills roster facts 100 days from kickoff Sunday


The countdown is officially on. The Bills regular season opener in Baltimore is 100 days away, and here are 100 facts about the Buffalo Bills roster you need to know right now.

The Vets

  1. The longest tenured Buffalo Bills player, Kyle Williams, will be entering his 13th season with the team.

  2. LeSean McCoy is the only player in NFL history with 10,000 rushing yards, 40 receptions, 80 touchdowns and a 4.5 yards per carry average.

  3. Jordan Poyer was the only player in the NFL last season who recorded over 95 tackles, two sacks and five interceptions.

  4. Stephen Hauschka set a new team record last season kicking seven 50-plus yard field goals.

  5. Charles Clay is the only tight end in Buffalo Bills history to record three 500-plus yard receiving seasons.

  6. In games where Micah Hyde records an interception, his team has a record of 10-2. (3-1 with the Bills)

  7. Last season, Tre’Davious White tied for the NFL lead with the most fourth quarter turnovers with five. He produced four interceptions and one forced fumble/fumble recovery.

  8. Since joining the Bills in 2013, no one has had more sacks for the team than Jerry Hughes with 35.

  1. Jerry Hughes is one of only four Buffalo Bills to have ever had two consecutive 10-plus sack seasons.

  2. Lorenzo Alexander has produced 15.5 sacks in the past two seasons – the total ranks fifth among AFC linebackers since 2016.

  3. As a rookie, Dion Dawkins appeared in 74 percent of the team’s offensive snaps and started 11 games.

  4. Kyle Williams has recorded the most tackles in the NFL since 2006 among all active defensive tackles with 574.

  5. Last season, Matt Milano became the first Bills linebacker to return a fumble for a touchdown since London Fletcher did it in 2006.

  6. Since he joined the league in 2009, LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing yards with 10,092.

  7. Last year, Kaelin Clay scored on a 60-yard punt return the week after promising his, at the time, seven-week old daughter that he’d score for her.

  8. Tre’Davious White was the 2017 Pro Football Focus Rookie of the Year and had the second highest rating among all cornerbacks for the 2017 season.

  9. Punter Colton Schmidt pinned teams inside the 20-yard line 28 times last season.

  10. Micah Hyde was voted by his peers as a top-100 player in the NFL. He was officially ranked at 62nd.

  11. By the end of the 2017 season, Marcus Murphy earned a spot on the Bills 53-man roster after spending all season on the practice squad between the Jets and Bills.

  12. John Miller’s “Welcome to the NFL” moment came when he was blown up by Kyle Williams in his first practice.

  13. Bills tight end Logan Thomas played quarterback in the NFL before converting to tight end once he joined Buffalo.

  14. Last season, tight end Nick O’Leary only dropped one of the 23 catchable passes thrown to him. That’s a 95-percent success rate.

  15. At 35-years-old, Lorenzo Alexander is the oldest member of the Bills roster.

  16. Stephen Hauschka has hit 204 field goals since 2011 – the total ranks second in the NFL behind Stephen Gostkowski in that time span.

  17. LeSean McCoy is tied with Rob Gronkowski for the most touchdowns this decade with 77.

  18. Jordan Poyer’s first career pick-six came off a Tom Brady throw last season.

  19. Kyle Williams has played in 167 games for the Bills – a franchise record for a defensive tackle.

  20. Jordan Mills has started all 32 games for the Bills the past two seasons.

  21. LeSean McCoy needed 2,145 carries to reach 10,000 career rushing yards. It was the fifth-fewest carries to reach 10,000 yards in NFL history trailing only Jim Brown, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and OJ Simpson.

Off-the-field

  1. Offensive lineman Ryan Groy became a father last week to a healthy baby girl named Marlee Lynn Groy.

  2. Wide receiver Rod Streater is studying to attain a second degree in art and animation. He dreams of working on movies along the lines of Shrek and Toy Story after his football career is over.

  3. If Kelvin Benjamin could play a different sport professionally, he’d want to be the goalkeeper for Real Madrid.

  4. Dion Dawkins loves the snow.

  5. Charles Clay has taken up hot yoga in the hopes of relaxation and in order to improve his game.

  6. Along with being a former Pro Bowler, Pat DiMarco is also a man of the community. In 2015, he was the Atlanta Falcons’ Walter Peyton Man of the Year.

  7. Foster care adoption and the Hands of Hope charity are very important to Vontae Davis. He pledged money to the charity for every tackle he made during the 2017 season.

  8. The 6-5, 316-pound tackle, Jordan Mills, can do a handstand.

  9. When Adolphus Washington was recruited by Cincinnati and Kentucky to play both basketball and football.  In 2012, he was named the Gatorade player of the year in basketball.  The 6-4 defensive tackle ultimately decided to play football at Ohio State.

  10. In high school, Conor McDermott played basketball. He earned the Mr. Basketball Award in the state on Tennessee during his senior year. 

  11. While in high school, quarterback Nathan Peterman worked as a bank teller.

  12. Ryan Groy’s biggest influence on his life is his father who tragically passed away in 2015.

  13. Vladimir Ducasse was born and raised in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He moved to Connecticut when he was 14-years old and started his football career at Stamford High School.

  14. Andre Holmes is a cook off the field, so much so that he wishes he could be on the show Beat Bobby Flay.

  15. Shaq Lawson has a French Bulldog named Nudy.

  16. Zay Jones is not the only football player in his family. His father was a linebacker and won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys. His uncle, Jeff Blake, was a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. His brother, Cayleb, is a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings and his other brother, Levi, is a linebacker at USC.

  17. During the offseason, Malachi Dupre has traveled with his fellow LSU alums Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

  18. Rod Streater does UFC training twice a week.

  19. Kelvin Benjamin used to chase rabbits when he was younger to get faster and gain agility.

New free agents

  1. A.J. McCarron led Alabama to back-to-back BCS national championships in 2011 and 2012. He posted a 36-4 record with the Crimson Tide.

  2. A new addition to the Bills, Russell Bodine has not missed a single game, starting in all 16 games throughout his first four seasons.

  3. In 2015, Von Miller said that Chris Ivory is the toughest running back he has had to face in his career.

  1. Star Lotulelei’s full first name is Starlite. He was named after his father.

  2. Sean McDermott coached Star Lotulelei from 2013-2016 when McDermott was the defensive coordinator in Carolina.

  3. Signed this offseason, free agent Trent Murphy has experience playing both defensive end and linebacker. In 2016, Murphy produced a career-high 9.0 sacks and 24 quarterback hits. He missed the 2017 season with a knee injury.

  4. Rafael Bush’s signing with Buffalo makes the Bills his fifth team in his eight-year NFL career. Bush has also been with the Saints, Lions, Broncos and Falcons.

  5. Julian Stanford played in all 16 games for the New York Jets last season.

  6. The phonetic pronunciation of Bills defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa is – Oh-wah-mah-bay O-diggy-zoo-wah.

  7. Cornerback Phillip Gaines grew up in a military home, traveling around the world including living at times in Massachusetts, San Antonio and Italy.

  8. Last year with the Chargers, Tenny Palepoi DT set career-highs in tackles (24) and tackles for a loss (7).

  9. When defensive end Terrence Fede was drafted, he made history by being the first pick from Marist University.

  10. In 2012, Jeremy Kerley (with the Jets) scored his first ever punt return touchdown and it was against the Bills.

  11. Vontae Davis earned Pro Bowl honors in 2014 and 2015 before joining the Bills this season.

The Rookies

  1. Drafted with the seventh overall pick, Josh Allen is the highest selected quarterback in Buffalo Bills history. He is only the fourth QB the Bills have ever taken in the first round.

  2. When he heard his name called at 16th overall, Tremaine Edmunds became the second youngest player to ever be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Edmunds was 19-years old on draft night.

  3. Tremaine Edmunds and his brother Terrell became the first pair of brothers to be drafted in the first round in the same draft. Tremaine was picked 16, Terrell at 28 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  4. Undrafted free agent tackle Gerhard de Beer’s first experience with football came through playing the Madden video game. He grew up in Pretoria, South Africa.

  5. Due to his background in rugby, but de Beer can punt a football exceedingly well. So much so that he begged his head coach in Arizona to give him a chance to punt for the team.

  1. Even though he was highly touted as a defensive lineman coming out of high school, Wyatt Teller volunteered to play on the offensive line when his Virginia Tech team experienced a number of injuries.  Teller was Buffalo’s fifth-round pick in 2018 after earning all-ACC first team honors as a senior.

  2. As a defensive lineman, Harrison Phillips recorded 103 tackles for Stanford last season. Phillips was the only defensive lineman with 100-plus in the NCAA FBS division.

  3. Drafted in the fifth round of this past draft, Siran Neal has twin daughters. Their names are Lauryn and Londyn Neal.

  4. Rookie cornerback Taron Johnson ended his final year at Weber State earning FCS first-team All-American honors before being drafted in the fourth round to the Bills.

  5. With Clemson, sixth round draft pick Ray-Ray McCloud III III returned 50 punts for 485 yards and a touchdown.

  6. If Cam Phillips had to compare himself to another wide receiver, he would say he plays most like Stefon Diggs.

  7. Undrafted free agent cornerback Levi Wallace earned the nickname “The Technician” from Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

  8. Undrafted free agent Ike Boettger converted from tight end to tackle during his college career at Iowa.

  9. Corey Thompson’s mother, Dyan Webber, was a track star, and an alternate for the US Olympic team in 1992.

  10. Undrafted free agent Keith Ford is very much into tattoos, each one being a part of the story of his life.

  11. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane both knew Austin Proehl very well before drafting him in the seventh round this year. Proehl’s dad, Ricky, worked for the Carolina Panthers along with McDermott and Beane.

  12. Undrafted free agent defensive end Mike Love served as a groomsman in his cousin’s wedding instead of watching the NFL draft.

  13. Ryan Carter graduated from Clemson as a team co-captain.

  14. Undrafted free agent wide receiver Robert Foster loves gummy bears. His girlfriend will send people to the store to get him gummy bears.

  15. Undrafted free agent kicker Tyler Davis started his college career as a soccer player at Bradley University before transferring to Penn State to play football.

  16. Undrafted free agent Levi Wallace was described as the modern day, Rudy. Wallace was a walk-on at Alabama who went on to earn a scholarship and ultimately became a starting cornerback on the Crimson Tide’s national championship team last season.

  17. Both Gerhard de Beer and Harrison Phillips threw discus before coming to the Bills. Phillips threw in high school; de Beer threw in college and was a one-time Olympic hopeful.

  18. Josh Allen led Wyoming to the school’s first ever appearance in the Mountain West Championship game.

  19. Undrafted free agent offensive lineman Mo Porter didn’t start playing football until he was in his sophomore year of high school.

  20. Siran Neal earned his degree in criminology while at Jacksonville State University.

College connections

  1. This offseason, the Bills have added three alumni from the University of Alabama – wide receciver Robert Foster, cornerback Levi Wallace and quarterback A.J. McCarron. The coaching staff also added former Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

  2. The Buffalo Bills have four former members of the TCU Horned Frogs currently on the roster –  Jerry Hughes, Matt Boesen, Jeremy Kerley and Marshall Newhouse.

  3. Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson played at LSU at the same time as his brother Blake, who is also a long snapper.

  4. Josh Allen became the second former Wyoming Cowboy to join the Bills with Eddie Yarbrough already being a part of the roster.

  5. The Bills added three rookies from Virginia Tech this offseason in Tremaine Edmunds and Wyatt Teller from the draft, and Cam Phillips as an undrafted free agent.

  6. Reid Ferguson, Malachi Dupre, Kyle Williams and Tre’Davious White are all alumni of LSU.

Team stats

  1. Marshall Newhouse and Stephen Hauschka are the only current Buffalo Bills who have ever won a Super Bowl.

  2. The Bills were the best team in the league last season when it came to stopping the deep ball with a combined passer rating down to 39.9. The next best came from the Titans at 42.1.

  3. Nathan Peterman threw Kelvin Benjamin his first touchdown as a Buffalo Bill during the snowstorm game against the Indianapolis Colts.

  4. The Bills offensive line finished 2017 with the second-highest pass-blocking efficiency as a unit according to Pro Football Focus with an 83 percentage.

  5. Bills head coach Sean McDermott has been pleased with the team’s attendance at OTAs so far.

  6. The Bills tied for second in the NFL last season in yards before contact in the run game averaging 1.92 yards. The highest average was 2.04 yards.

  7. The Bills are working to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

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