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JTnBuddy Lee
04-28-2005, 06:32 PM
The A-Train Chugs Into Town
Paul Hamilton - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 5:26 PM

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)- The Bills had a visit on Thursday with Bears free agent RB Anthony Thomas. The man known in Chicago as A-Train was taken in the second round of the 2001 draft out of Michigan. In four years with the Bears he had over three thousand yards rushing and 21 touchdowns in 51 games.

Thomas said he liked his visit with Mike Mularkey and Tom Donahoe. He said he was told he would get playing time and doesn't consider himself a backup or a starter. As we've found out with the Bills trying to trade Travis Henry, there really isn't a market for starting runningbacks in the NFL at this time so Thomas is going to have to realize any situation he steps into, it'll be as a backup.

It was almost like a college visit for Thomas as he was being recruited by former Bear teammates Chris Villarrial and Mike Gandy.

Thomas says he's received offers, but none yet from the Bills. He claims he has one more visit to make.





I think the Bills are wasting their time with this visit. They can't even pawn off Travis Henry! What do you all think?

LtDan
04-28-2005, 06:34 PM
The A-Train Chugs Into Town
Paul Hamilton - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 5:26 PM

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)- The Bills had a visit on Thursday with Bears free agent RB Anthony Thomas. The man known in Chicago as A-Train was taken in the second round of the 2001 draft out of Michigan. In four years with the Bears he had over three thousand yards rushing and 21 touchdowns in 51 games.

Thomas said he liked his visit with Mike Mularkey and Tom Donahoe. He said he was told he would get playing time and doesn't consider himself a backup or a starter. As we've found out with the Bills trying to trade Travis Henry, there really isn't a market for starting runningbacks in the NFL at this time so Thomas is going to have to realize any situation he steps into, it'll be as a backup.

It was almost like a college visit for Thomas as he was being recruited by former Bear teammates Chris Villarrial and Mike Gandy.

Thomas says he's received offers, but none yet from the Bills. He claims he has one more visit to make.





I think the Bills are wasting their time with this visit. They can't even pawn off Travis Henry! What do you all think?Fans seem interested:http://www.billszone.com/fanzone/showthread.php?t=70563

MelbournePhin
04-28-2005, 06:36 PM
hes nothing more than a solid backup.

Lazy1
04-28-2005, 06:36 PM
I think anthony Thomas is a good back and agreat sercuriy runningback for McGahe. He should come cheap too.

sask rider
04-28-2005, 06:38 PM
if henry wont play for them, this makes a lot of sense to me.
just because the bills are rivals of teh dolphins doesn't mean im gonna say everything they do is stupid.

i dont understand your critisism :confused:

larfo2224
04-28-2005, 06:38 PM
Backup and nothing more.

MelbournePhin
04-28-2005, 06:39 PM
boy, i cant wait for the bills fans to come. losman7 and justasportsfan will talk up A Train like hes a HOFer in the making

infiltrateib
04-28-2005, 06:41 PM
boy, i cant wait for the bills fans to come. losman7 and justasportsfan will talk up A Train like hes a HOFer in the making

Hey, there are a couple people here putting Kay Jay in the HoF.

thecoordinator
04-28-2005, 06:43 PM
boy, i cant wait for the bills fans to come. losman7 and justasportsfan will talk up A Train like hes a HOFer in the making

:roflmao:

isnt it funny how all bills fans are like that? every player they acquire is a stud and everyone that leaves wasn't that great anyway and won't be missed.

Nublar7
04-28-2005, 06:43 PM
They need someone to back up Henry. Even if Henry is on the roster this season, he won't play for the Bills. I hope they can't trade him and he walks for free next year. :D

stan marino
04-28-2005, 06:44 PM
I think A-train is a solid back...Hes done alot behind a horrible line in horrible offenses in Chicago.

MelbournePhin
04-28-2005, 06:44 PM
Hey, there are a couple people here putting Kay Jay in the HoF.


i admit, we do have our share of homers here. but the bills fans are worse.

MelbournePhin
04-28-2005, 06:45 PM
:roflmao:

isnt it funny how all bills fans are like that? every player they acquire is a stud and everyone that leaves wasn't that great anyway and won't be missed.


its ridiculous

Jimmy James
04-28-2005, 06:48 PM
If you ask me, Thomas makes for a better backup to McGahee than Henry does. I don't see how this makes no sense. In fact, this might pave the way for them to just release Henry.

MelbournePhin
04-28-2005, 06:49 PM
boy, t. henry's once-bright future has turned into sh!t at the moment.

Nublar7
04-28-2005, 06:50 PM
boy, t. henry's once-bright future has turned into sh!t at the moment.You can thank the Bills Front Office for that. They screwed up his carear.

Jimmy James
04-28-2005, 06:52 PM
It's not the Bills FO -- it's the quality level of the RBs in the game today. They would have been idiots to hitch their fortunes to his star with the type of player available to them.

MCMike81
04-28-2005, 06:54 PM
I like the A-train i was hoping that we could trade for him last year when Ricky left us. I will be pi$$ed if the Jills get him that will give them a very solid running game. It will make Losman seem like a much better QB than he is b/c for starters he will hardly have to pass. Also everyone is going to have to concentrate on stopping the run which will really open up there passing game.

The only thing that I dont understand is that he struggled behind that Chicago O-Line b/c they were terrible and now that half of their line is in Buffalo now he is going to come try his luck behind them again, I dont get it.

MelbournePhin
04-28-2005, 06:55 PM
It's not the Bills FO -- it's the quality level of the RBs in the game today. They would have been idiots to hitch their fortunes to his star with the type of player available to them.


dude, you at like henry is a scrub. they took a risk on mcgimpy and it paid off. it that didnt work, henry would be their #1 right now

late again
04-28-2005, 06:59 PM
It makes perfect sense. I'm sure they're expecting Henry to hold out if he's not traded, and they'll need a back up. The truth is their running game is much more settled than ours. I'm expecting Brown to justify his place on the team, however Mcgahee already has proven himself.

MelbournePhin
04-28-2005, 07:06 PM
I feel bad for a guy like henry. i guess thats what you get for having sex with minors as an adult

Kaarel
04-28-2005, 07:31 PM
Good backup to McGahee, after they've got rid of Henry.

Losman7
04-28-2005, 07:38 PM
boy, i cant wait for the bills fans to come. losman7 and justasportsfan will talk up A Train like hes a HOFer in the making

What are you talking about?? I've never talk up anyone who hasn't earned it.

I speak highly of Moulds..Hes earned it.

I speak Highly of Spikes, Clements, and Fletcher...They've played great.

I don't feel that Evans is a superstar, but if you look at his stats from the last 10 games or so of the season (when they started throwing his way) they are as good as anyones in the league. Not to mention he made some great catches.

McGahee has all the makings of a superstar. He could be the best RB in the league, he has Size, Speed, and the best stiff arm since Jim Brown.

Losman is an X-factor, he could be really good, he's fast and has a cannon. It all stems on his mental.



A-Train? Who Knows, who cares.

@@@
04-29-2005, 11:00 AM
What are you talking about?? I've never talk up anyone who hasn't earned it.

I speak highly of Moulds..Hes earned it.

I speak Highly of Spikes, Clements, and Fletcher...They've played great.

I don't feel that Evans is a superstar, but if you look at his stats from the last 10 games or so of the season (when they started throwing his way) they are as good as anyones in the league. Not to mention he made some great catches.

McGahee has all the makings of a superstar. He could be the best RB in the league, he has Size, Speed, and the best stiff arm since Jim Brown.

Losman is an X-factor, he could be really good, he's fast and has a cannon. It all stems on his mental.



A-Train? Who Knows, who cares.
Sounds like a pretty fair assesment overall (particuarly from a Bills fan :lol: ) though i think Mcgahee has some way to go before being called the best back in the league IMO he can certainly be a pro bowl caliber back. As for Losman i thought he was a reach last year and was probably shouldn't have gone till early in the 2nd round due to questionable mechanics and accuracy but as you say he does have a cannon arm and good athleticism and has had a year to learn, so who knows :confused2

TigerJ
05-01-2005, 09:24 PM
hes nothing more than a solid backup.

Um, that's what the Bills are thinking. If the Bills were to sign A-train, he would give them a back of similar quality to Henry. Like Henry, he's had some productive years, and like Henry was benched last year in favor of a more athletic back. He would be in for 5-10 plays a game when McGahee needs a breather. Otherwise he's available should McGahee get injured. He's not going to get 1,000 yards in a reserve role. He's more likely to end up with 300-400. That's what we want.

If he were to sign, then Buffalo might feel they could accept a bit less in a trade for Henry than they would otherwise. Otherwise they could get something in the 2007 draft if he leaves as a free agent next offseason, and the Bills lose more free agents than they sign.