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Bills to reach out to LB Brandon Spikes
|by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com|
|(3/24/15) Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the team will be reaching out to linebacker Brandon Spikes about a possible return, according to ESPN.
"We're going to reach out to him and I'm going to call him when I get back," Whaley said. "Does it fit what we're offering and where he is in his career? We would love to have him back but again, it's got to be a fit on both parts."
Spikes played a part-time, run-stopping role last season for the Bills and if re-signed he would do the same in 2015.
The 27-year-old was a second-round selection by the Patriots in 2010. In his five years in the NFL he has tallied 340 total tackles, two sacks, 15 passes defensed, two interceptions and six forced fumbles.
Brandon Spikes won't be a three-down LB if he returns to Bills
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(2/20/15) If linebacker Brandon Spikes is going to return to the Bills it will be in a different role than what he's used to.
Via the Bills' official website, general manager Doug Whaley said depth at the position will not allow Spikes to continue playing as a three-down linebacker.
"I just talked to him today and the new staff sees a different role than maybe he does so I told him to see if he can get a team that sees him the way he sees himself,” Whaley said. “If not, come back to us and then we can talk."
The Bills are anticipating the return of Kiko Alonso, who tore his ACL last July. The Bills are also high on linebackers Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham.
Spikes recorded 54 tackles and a forced fumble in 2014.
“Brandon is one of my favorite players. We’re going to reach out to his representation and see how he would fit in this new defensive scheme and because of the depth we have whether it would fit how he sees himself as a player," Whaley said. "So it’ll be more of, ‘Hey do you want to come back and be a one or two down player? Or do you want to try to go out and still be an every down player [elsewhere]?’ So that one is going to be a kind of seeing what works for him and what works for us.”
Whaley: Bills not close to deal with Brandon Spikes
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(2/19/15) Bills general manager Doug Whaley spoke to the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and implied that LB Brandon Spikes is not likely to return to the team.
Spikes is scheduled to be a free agent in March. Whaley said that new coach Rex Ryan and his staff "see a different role" for Spikes than he envisions for himself.
Spikes had 54 tackles and a sack last year, his first with the Bills.
Sammy Watkins among Bills players green-lighted for Sunday
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(10/24/14) As expected, the Bills have officially ruled Fred Jackson (groin) and Ty Powell (ankle) out for Week 8 against the Jets, the team announced.
Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) was the only player listed as doubtful on the final injury report on Friday. Marcus Easley (knee) and Aaron Williams (neck) were labeled as questionable for Sunday.
Meanwhile, Ron Brooks (groin), Brandon Spikes (ribs), Sammy Watkins (groin) and Mario Williams (thumb) were all deemed probable.
Bills injury report dominated by probables
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(10/17/14) The Bills have ruled out wide receivers Marcus Easley (knee) and Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) for their Week 7 battle against the visiting Vikings. Also out is linebacker Ty Powell (ankle).
The team is otherwise healthy - the rest of those on its injury report Friday are probable. They are long snapper Garrison Sanborn (knee), safeties Aaron Williams (wrist/neck) and Da'Norris Searcy (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee).
|Brandon Spikes left the Patriots to sign with the Bills, and he's expected to start at middle linebacker for Buffalo even though the team drafted rookie Preston Brown in the third round. Spikes will need to prove he's a playmaker for Fantasy owners since he has just one career sack, one fumble recovery and two interceptions, and he's never had more than 92 total tackles in a season, which was 2012. The Bills got great production from Kiko Alonso as their middle linebacker last year, so there's hope for Spikes as Alonso moves to the weak side, but Spikes isn't worth more than a late-round flier in IDP leagues this year. If he starts off the season playing well then add him off waivers, but make sure he can hold off Brown for the starting job as expected in training camp.
(Updated 5/9/14) |