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1997 Buffalo Bills

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.5, Offense: -4.0, Defense: -0.5, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 255 points (15.9/g), 29th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 367 points (22.9/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -112 points (-7.0/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 4.7-11.3.

Coach: Marv Levy (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Dan Henning
 Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips
 Other Notable Asst.: Ted Cottrell (Linebackers)

Stadium: Rich Stadium
 Training Camp: SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, New York)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Todd Collins 26 2 13 215 for 391, 2,367 yards, 12 td, 13 int, & 30 rushes for 77 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1995
RB Thurman Thomas 31 9 16 154 rushes for 643 yards, 1 td, & 30 catches for 208 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 40th pick / 1988
WR Quinn Early 32 9 16 60 catches for 853 yards, 5 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1988
WR Eric Moulds 24 1 8 29 catches for 294 yards, 0 td, & 4 rushes for 59 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 24th pick / 1996
WR Andre Reed 33 12 15 60 catches for 880 yards, 5 td, & 3 rushes for 11 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 4th / 86th pick / 1985
TE Lonnie Johnson 26 3 16 41 catches for 340 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 6 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 61st pick / 1994
LT John Fina 28 5 16 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 27th pick / 1992
LG Ruben Brown* 25 2 16 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 14th pick / 1995
C Dusty Zeigler 24 1 13 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 6th / 202nd pick / 1996
RG Corbin Lacina 27 3 13 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 6th / 167th pick / 1993
RT Jerry Ostroski 27 3 16 3 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 10th / 271st pick / 1992
 Defensive Starters
LDE Phil Hansen 29 6 16 6.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 54th pick / 1991
NT Ted Washington* 29 6 16 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 25th pick / 1991
RDE Bruce Smith*+ 34 12 16 14.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1985
LOLB Bryce Paup* 29 7 16 9.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 6th / 159th pick / 1990
LILB Chris Spielman 32 9 8 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 29th pick / 1988
RILB Damien Covington 25 2 8 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 96th pick / 1995
ROLB Sam Rogers 27 3 15 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 64th pick / 1994
LCB Jeff Burris 25 3 14 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 27th pick / 1994
RCB Thomas Smith 27 4 16 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 28th pick / 1993
SS Henry Jones 30 6 15 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1991
FS Kurt Schulz 29 5 15 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 7th / 195th pick / 1992
 Special Teams Starters
K Steve Christie 30 7 0 24 of 30 field goals & 21 of 21 extra points
P Chris Mohr 31 8 0 90 punts for a 41.8 average, 1 blocked Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 6th / 146th pick / 1989
PR Jeff Burris 25 3 14 21 punt returns for a 9.4 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 27th pick / 1994
KR Eric Moulds 24 1 8 43 kick returns for a 21.4 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 24th pick / 1996

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
76 Ethan Albright 26 16 0 283 6-5 North Carolina 5/1/1971 2 1
96 Dan Brandenburg 24 12 0 240 6-2 Indiana St. 2/16/1973 Rook 1 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 237th pick / 1996
79 Ruben Brown* 25 LG 16 16 300 6-3 Pittsburgh 2/13/1972 2 8 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 14th pick / 1995
22 Jeff Burris 25 LCB 14 14 190 6-0 Notre Dame 6/7/1972 3 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 27th pick / 1994
2 Steve Christie 30 K 16 0 195 6-0 William & Mary 11/13/1967 7 4
86 Tony Cline 26 te 10 1 247 6-4 Stanford 11/24/1971 2 0 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 131st pick / 1995
15 Todd Collins 26 QB 14 13 225 6-4 Michigan 11/5/1971 2 6 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1995
63 Bill Conaty 24 1 0 306 6-2 Virginia Tech 3/8/1973 Rook 0
87 Rob Coons 28 12 0 249 6-5 Pittsburgh 9/18/1969 2 0
57 Damien Covington 25 RILB 8 8 236 5-11 North Carolina St. 12/4/1972 2 3 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 96th pick / 1995
88 Quinn Early 32 WR 16 16 190 6-0 Iowa 4/13/1965 9 6 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1988
70 John Fina 28 LT 16 16 300 6-5 Arizona 3/11/1969 5 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 27th pick / 1992
82 Mitchell Galloway 23 3 0 178 5-8 East Carolina 10/8/1974 Rook 0
90 Phil Hansen 29 LDE 16 16 278 6-5 North Dakota St. 5/20/1968 6 7 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 54th pick / 1991
8 Billy Joe Hobert 26 2 0 230 6-3 Washington 1/8/1971 2 0 Los Angeles Raiders / 3rd / 58th pick / 1993
52 John Holecek 25 RILB 14 8 240 6-2 Illinois 5/7/1972 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 144th pick / 1995
44 Darick Holmes 26 13 0 226 6-0 Portland St. 7/1/1971 2 1 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 244th pick / 1995
27 Ken Irvin 25 16 0 182 5-11 Memphis 7/11/1972 2 2 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 109th pick / 1995
31 Raymond Jackson 24 9 0 189 5-10 Colorado St. 2/17/1973 1 1 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 156th pick / 1996
77 Jim Jeffcoat 36 7 0 274 6-5 Arizona St. 4/1/1961 14 0 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 23rd pick / 1983
84 Lonnie Johnson 26 TE 16 16 240 6-3 Florida St. 2/14/1971 3 3 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 61st pick / 1994
20 Henry Jones 30 SS 15 15 197 5-11 Illinois 12/29/1967 6 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1991
46 Marlon Kerner 24 db 13 2 187 5-10 Ohio St. 3/18/1973 2 2 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 76th pick / 1995
68 Corbin Lacina 27 RG 16 13 302 6-4 Augustana (SD) 11/2/1970 3 5 Buffalo Bills / 6th / 167th pick / 1993
72 Corey Louchiey 26 rt 16 6 305 6-8 Tennessee,South Carolina 10/10/1971 2 3 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 98th pick / 1994
55 Mark Maddox 29 lb 8 1 233 6-1 Northern Michigan 3/23/1968 5 1 Buffalo Bills / 9th / 249th pick / 1991
21 Emanuel Martin 28 db 16 1 184 5-11 Alabama St. 7/31/1969 4 2
9 Chris Mohr 31 P 16 0 215 6-5 Alabama 5/11/1966 8 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 6th / 146th pick / 1989
98 Sean Moran 24 lilb 16 7 275 6-4 Colorado St. 6/5/1973 1 4 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 120th pick / 1996
80 Eric Moulds 24 KR 16 8 210 6-2 Mississippi St. 7/17/1973 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 24th pick / 1996
74 Jamie Nails 22 2 0 335 6-6 Florida A&M 6/3/1975 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 120th pick / 1997
99 Gabe Northern 23 lb 16 1 240 6-2 LSU 6/8/1974 1 1 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1996
60 Jerry Ostroski 27 RT 16 16 320 6-3 Tulsa 7/12/1970 3 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 10th / 271st pick / 1992
95 Bryce Paup* 29 LOLB 16 16 247 6-5 Northern Iowa 2/29/1968 7 9 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 159th pick / 1990
58 Marlo Perry 25 13 0 250 6-4 Jackson St. 8/25/1972 3 1 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 81st pick / 1994
94 Mark Pike 34 15 0 272 6-4 Georgia Tech 12/27/1963 10 1 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 178th pick / 1986
91 Shawn Price 27 10 0 290 6-4 Pacific 3/28/1970 4 1
83 Andre Reed 33 WR 15 15 190 6-2 Kutztown Pennsylvania 1/29/1964 12 7 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 86th pick / 1985
81 Jerry Reese 24 5 0 190 5-11 San Jose St. 3/18/1973 Rook 0
85 Jay Riemersma 24 TE 16 8 255 6-5 Michigan 5/17/1973 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 244th pick / 1996
59 Sam Rogers 27 ROLB 15 15 245 6-3 Colorado 5/30/1970 3 6 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 64th pick / 1994
24 Kurt Schulz 29 FS 15 15 208 6-1 East. Washington 12/12/1968 5 6 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 195th pick / 1992
40 Eric Smedley 24 db 13 1 199 5-11 Indiana 7/23/1973 1 1 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 249th pick / 1996
23 Antowain Smith 25 16 0 232 6-2 Houston 3/14/1972 Rook 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 23rd pick / 1997
78 Bruce Smith*+ 34 RDE 16 16 262 6-4 Virginia Tech 6/18/1963 12 14 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1985
28 Thomas Smith 27 RCB 16 16 188 5-11 North Carolina 12/5/1970 4 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 28th pick / 1993
54 Chris Spielman 32 LILB 8 8 247 6-0 Ohio St. 10/11/1965 9 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 29th pick / 1988
69 Marcus Spriggs 23 2 0 310 6-3 Houston 5/30/1974 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 6th / 185th pick / 1997
89 Steve Tasker 35 14 0 185 5-9 Northwestern 4/10/1962 12 0 Houston Oilers / 9th / 226th pick / 1985
34 Thurman Thomas 31 RB 16 16 200 5-10 Oklahoma St. 5/16/1966 9 5 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 40th pick / 1988
33 Tim Tindale 26 7 0 220 5-10 West. Ontario 4/15/1971 2 1
10 Alex Van Pelt 27 qb 6 3 220 6-1 Pittsburgh 5/1/1970 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 216th pick / 1993
92 Ted Washington* 29 NT 16 16 365 6-5 Louisville 4/13/1968 6 12 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 25th pick / 1991
75 Marcellus Wiley 23 16 0 275 6-4 Columbia 11/30/1974 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1997
93 Pat Williams 25 1 0 315 6-3 NE State (OK),Texas A&M 10/24/1972 Rook 0
61 Dusty Zeigler 24 C 13 13 298 6-5 Notre Dame 9/27/1973 1 5 Buffalo Bills / 6th / 202nd pick / 1996
Team Total 27.0 16 244.0 6-2.1 3.7