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1979 Buffalo Bills

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7-9-0, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.2, Offense: -3.3, Defense: 3.1, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 268 points (16.8/g), 23rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 279 points (17.4/g), 8th.
 Differential of -11 points (-0.7/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-8.4.

Coach: Chuck Knox (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ray Prochaska
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Catlin

Stadium: Rich Stadium
 Training Camp: Niagara University (Niagara Falls, New York)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Joe Ferguson 29 6 16 238 for 458, 3,572 yards, 14 td, 15 int, & 22 rushes for 68 yards and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
RB Terry Miller 23 1 16 139 rushes for 484 yards, 1 td, & 10 catches for 111 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1978
FB Curtis Brown 25 2 15 172 rushes for 574 yards, 1 td, & 39 catches for 401 yards and 3 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1977
WR Jerry Butler 22 Rook 13 48 catches for 834 yards, 4 td, & 2 rushes for 13 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1979
WR Frank Lewis 32 8 15 54 catches for 1,082 yards, 2 td, & 2 rushes for -6 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
TE Reuben Gant 27 5 14 19 catches for 245 yards, 2 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1974
LT Ken Jones 27 3 16 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1976
LG Reggie McKenzie 29 7 16 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
C Willie Parker 31 6 16 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1971
RG Joe DeLamielleure* 28 6 16 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1973
RT Joe Devlin 25 3 16 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ben Williams 25 3 15 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 78th pick / 1976
NT Mike Kadish 29 6 13 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 25th pick / 1972
RDE Sherman White 31 7 9 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
LOLB Isiah Robertson 30 8 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
LILB Jim Haslett 24 Rook 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 51st pick / 1979
RILB Shane Nelson 24 2 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
ROLB Lucius Sanford 23 1 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 89th pick / 1978
LCB Mario Clark 25 3 16 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1976
RCB Charles Romes 25 2 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 12th / 309th pick / 1977
SS Steve Freeman 26 4 16 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 5th / 117th pick / 1975
FS Tony Greene 30 8 12 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Nick Mike-Mayer 29 6 0 20 of 29 field goals & 17 of 18 extra points Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 248th pick / 1973
P Rusty Jackson 29 3 0 96 punts for a 38.2 average, 0 blocked
PR Keith Moody 26 3 0 38 punt returns for a 8.4 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 10th / 280th pick / 1976
KR Keith Moody 26 3 0 27 kick returns for a 20.6 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 10th / 280th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
73 Jon Borchardt 22 16 0 260 6-5 Montana St. 8/13/1957 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1979
47 Curtis Brown 25 FB 15 15 203 5-10 Missouri 12/7/1954 2 6 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1977
80 Jerry Butler 22 WR 13 13 178 6-0 Clemson 10/12/1957 Rook 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1979
81 Bob Chandler 30 3 0 180 6-0 USC 4/24/1949 8 0 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 160th pick / 1971
29 Mario Clark 25 LCB 16 16 194 6-2 Oregon 3/29/1954 3 9 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1976
35 Mike Collier 26 rb 16 1 200 5-11 Morgan St. 9/21/1953 4 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 364th pick / 1975
68 Joe DeLamielleure* 28 RG 16 16 254 6-3 Michigan St. 3/16/1951 6 8 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1973
6 Tom Dempsey 32 3 0 255 6-2 Palomar College 1/12/1947 10 -1
70 Joe Devlin 25 RT 16 16 261 6-5 Iowa 2/23/1954 3 5 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1976
12 Joe Ferguson 29 QB 16 16 195 6-1 Arkansas 4/23/1950 6 9 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
22 Steve Freeman 26 SS 16 16 185 5-11 Mississippi St. 5/8/1953 4 9 New England Patriots / 5th / 117th pick / 1975
80 Danny Fulton 23 6 0 184 6-2 Nebraska,Nebraska-Omaha 9/2/1956 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 65th pick / 1978
65 Ed Fulton 24 5 0 250 6-3 Maryland 1/27/1955 1 2 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 68th pick / 1977
88 Reuben Gant 27 TE 14 14 230 6-4 Oklahoma St. 4/12/1952 5 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1974
53 Will Grant 25 16 0 254 6-3 Idaho St.,Kentucky 3/7/1954 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 255th pick / 1978
21 Doug Greene 23 15 0 205 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 2/10/1956 1 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 69th pick / 1978
43 Tony Greene 30 FS 16 12 170 5-10 Maryland 8/29/1949 8 7
74 Dee Hardison 23 de 16 3 274 6-4 North Carolina 5/2/1956 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1978
55 Jim Haslett 24 LILB 16 16 232 6-3 Indiana (PA) 12/9/1955 Rook 9 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 51st pick / 1979
54 Tom Higgins 25 16 0 235 6-2 North Carolina St. 7/13/1954 Rook 4
25 Roland Hooks 26 16 0 197 6-0 North Carolina St. 1/2/1953 3 3 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 253rd pick / 1975
85 Ron Howard 28 1 0 229 6-4 Seattle 3/3/1951 5 0
90 Scott Hutchinson 23 rde 16 5 246 6-4 Florida 5/27/1956 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 38th pick / 1978
4 Rusty Jackson 29 P 16 0 193 6-2 LSU 11/17/1950 3 2
51 Dan Jilek 26 15 0 220 6-2 Michigan 12/3/1953 3 4 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 109th pick / 1976
39 Dennis Johnson 23 3 0 220 6-3 Mississippi St. 2/26/1956 1 0 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1978
91 Ken Johnson 24 3 0 253 6-5 Knoxville 3/25/1955 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 83rd pick / 1979
72 Ken Jones 27 LT 16 16 260 6-5 Arkansas St. 12/1/1952 3 5 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1976
71 Mike Kadish 29 NT 16 13 270 6-5 Notre Dame 5/27/1950 6 7 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 25th pick / 1972
52 Chris Keating 22 16 0 223 6-2 Maine 10/12/1957 Rook 4
82 Frank Lewis 32 WR 15 15 196 6-1 Grambling St. 7/4/1947 8 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
11 Dan Manucci 22 14 0 196 6-2 Kansas St. 9/3/1957 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 116th pick / 1979
67 Reggie McKenzie 29 LG 16 16 255 6-4 Michigan 7/27/1950 7 5 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
5 Nick Mike-Mayer 29 K 13 0 186 5-8 Temple 3/1/1950 6 4 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 248th pick / 1973
40 Terry Miller 23 RB 16 16 196 5-10 Oklahoma St. 1/7/1956 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1978
46 Keith Moody 26 KR 16 0 171 5-11 Syracuse 6/13/1953 3 0 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 280th pick / 1976
9 Bill Munson 38 3 0 203 6-2 Utah St. 8/11/1941 15 0 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 16th / 126th pick / 1964
59 Shane Nelson 24 RILB 16 16 226 6-1 Baylor 5/25/1955 2 8
38 Jeff Nixon 23 db 16 4 190 6-3 Richmond 10/13/1956 Rook 5 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 87th pick / 1979
61 Willie Parker 31 C 16 16 245 6-3 North Texas 12/28/1948 6 5 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1971
89 Lou Piccone 30 wr 16 4 175 5-9 West Liberty St. 7/17/1949 5 4
23 Steve Powell 23 15 0 186 5-11 Truman St. 1/2/1956 1 0 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 183rd pick / 1978
58 Isiah Robertson 30 LOLB 16 16 225 6-3 Southern 8/17/1949 8 9 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
26 Charles Romes 25 RCB 16 16 191 6-1 North Carolina Central 12/16/1954 2 8 Buffalo Bills / 12th / 309th pick / 1977
57 Lucius Sanford 23 ROLB 16 16 216 6-2 Georgia Tech 2/14/1956 1 8 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 89th pick / 1978
87 Joe Shipp 24 te 16 2 225 6-4 USC 7/25/1955 Rook 0
76 Fred Smerlas 22 nt 13 3 277 6-3 Boston Col. 4/8/1957 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1979
65 Tim Vogler 23 10 0 259 6-3 Ohio St. 10/2/1956 Rook 2
83 Sherman White 31 RDE 15 9 250 6-5 California 10/6/1948 7 5 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
77 Ben Williams 25 LDE 16 15 251 6-3 Mississippi 9/1/1954 3 7 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 78th pick / 1976
86 Leonard Willis 26 7 0 183 5-11 Ohio St. 3/4/1953 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 118th pick / 1976
Team Total 26.1 16 219.8 6-1.9 3.3