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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 2017

Marker Bills backup O-lineman Groy a Secret Superstar, and there's data to prove it [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I watched what he did last year on the field, and when Eric went down how he stepped in and did a nice job,” said McDermott. “He has the versatility of playing the center position and also the guard position; extremely intelligent individual, adds value in that regard, makes a lot of the calls for us. I feel real good about our depth at that position.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills win AFC East over Patriots in CBS Sports' Madden 18 simulation [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The Bills-Patriots thing is just impossible to understand. If I told you the Bills won 11 games and the Patriots didn't win the division, you would assume both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo were kidnapped by a crazed Rex Ryan and held hostage for months somewhere in Bristol. Nope. Brady threw for 5,355 yards and 34 touchdowns while completing 75 percent of his passes. Even wilder? Tyrod Taylor had 2,069 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Nate Peterman had 2,051 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions."'

Marker Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection 2017: Post-Eagles preseason game [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Yates' job isn't necessarily safe as Peterman looks like the clear-cut favorite for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback job, but he sticks for now as he brings knowledge of the offense to the quarterback room.'

Marker Never bet against Bills wide receiver Rod Streater [1:56 AM]
Burlington County Times reports: '“I am blessed,” Streater said. “God has been doing great things in my life. Through all the ups and downs, He has allowed me to be able to make plays and contribute to the team. I’m here to win a Super Bowl.”'

Marker Harrisburg native LeSean McCoy still spry, confident while approaching career milestones [1:55 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: '"I think the biggest number that you want to get is a ring," McCoy said. "For this team, we haven't been to the playoffs in quite some time, so hopefully we get that established, we accomplish that. If I get lucky and get a ring, man, I'll start thinking about the numbers. But it's always in the back of my mind. I use that to kind of motivate me, if it's a ring or chasing different yardage. It keeps me motivated."'

Marker The long and Shorts of making Bills' roster for ex-Red Lion star [1:54 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Shorts, a rookie undrafted free agent, wasn't despondent, however. He had a large rooting section of more than 20 friends and family members cheering him on. He also had several close friends on the Eagles who met him at midfield after the game to catch up.'

Marker McDermott distressed by penalties, offensive problems [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"You want to be able to say it's all one area, and that's not the case," McDermott said. "There is some discipline in there, there's concentration, there's playing aggressive without hesitation so that we stay in good position, so we're not in chase mode. There's different buckets, if you will, that are factoring into the penalties, all of which are unacceptable. We need to continue to work at that, I am concerned about it, and we're going to look into bringing officials into practice, to help us in that effort. We've got to get it corrected."

Marker Former Eagles' draft pick Jordan Poyer excited for opportunity with Bills [1:52 AM]
CSN Philadelphia reports: '"It's a great situation for me with Sean and Leslie," Poyer said. "Sean coaches us every day, helps us get better, helps get the whole football team better. I learn something from him every day."'

Marker Bills Today: Still time for Gaines to make a move [1:51 AM] reports: '“What I liked about his play and it really showed up on the interception was he was in great position,” said McDermott. “That was clinic tape for all of our players, all the corners on this roster to understand when you’re in that type of position good things happen. He played within the system and made a big time play for us, so that was good to see. He did some other good things in the game in terms of run support and what not. So, it was good to see him get some good action and really acclimate himself to our system.”'

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August 19, 2017

Marker Bills not ready to go to their 'contingency plan' at left tackle [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There’s a lot of factors that came into play in terms of the pressure on our quarterbacks last night," McDermott said Friday. "Technique is obviously one thing, beating the man in front of you, the timing of the offense has to work hand-in-hand with the protection, the route development, the quarterback getting the ball out in time. All those things work together in terms of protection, in terms of execution. We didn’t do a good job of that enough last night."'

Marker Five free agents Bills could consider if LT Cordy Glenn's injury situation doesn't improve [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Branden Albert: A two-time Pro Bowler, Albert retired from the Jacksonville Jaguars last month, only to announced shortly thereafter he had a change of heart and wanted to keep playing. That didn't happen with the Jaguars, who released him a week ago. Albert's price tag could be a sticking point, but he would give the Bills an experienced option who knows the AFC East after spending the last three years. Would Albert be more open to joining the Bills as a Rochester native?'

Marker Bills notebook: Sean McDermott sticking with Tyrod Taylor, a plan to address penalties, run defense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor struggled mightily in the Bills' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, going 8 of 18 for 53 yards and two interceptions. After the game, McDermott seemed to leave the door open for a quarterback change when he said "we're always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position including the quarterback position. We're going to evaluate the film. I’m going to evaluate the job I did and then we evaluate the job that each of us and continue to get better as a unit."'

Marker Updated Bills 53-man roster projection following Week Two of preseason [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, there is no quarterback controversy. That idea is ridiculous. As bad as Taylor was against the Eagles, the Bills aren't considering a change – and that's the right move. Peterman made some nice throws for the second straight game, but is completing barely better than 50 percent of his passes in the preseason. He's done enough to earn the promotion to the second team, but it's crazy to think he's challenging Taylor right now.'

Marker Report: Former Bills kicker Carpenter to get shot with Jaguars [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Carpenter's biggest struggles came in the past two years when extra points increased in distance from 23 to 33 yards. He missed five last season and six in 2015 after missing only one in 64 tries his first two years in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills-Eagles rating is strong, but a drop from preseason opener [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' 20-16 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that ended with the last play of the game had a strong 18.6 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). That was seven percent lower than the 20.0 rating for the Bills preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Peterman's performance, poor penalties and too much Shady [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was awful. He threw two interceptions, the first on a tipped pass that never should have left his hand, and the second to Ronald Darby, of all people. Darby is one of the primary symbols of out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new at One Bills Drive. Taylor easily could have thrown a another pick to his former teammate. More than a few of his passes were delivered late, others were late and/or wildly off-target.'

Marker Bills' McDermott says he hasn't lost faith in Tyrod Taylor at QB [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I have all the confidence in the world in Tyrod. By no means, was that meant to come across that way, Tyrod’s going to start for us this week and I look forward to him getting back on track,’’ McDermott said. “There were plays that he wanted back from last night among other players as well. That said, there were good moments in the game. We continue to evolve as an offense, that’s the second game.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Brandon Reilly honors former teammate Sam Foltz after touchdown [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Foltz, Reilly's teammate on the Cornhuskers for three seasons, died in a car accident last year in July.'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills OT Cameron Jefferson raised his fist during national anthem [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Going to Philly, I saw him across the field and I felt inspired to do the same and follow suit," Jefferson said Friday at his locker. "I feel like it's my duty as an athlete with my platform to do anything I can to help people in need against police brutality in the black and brown communities. I was already thinking about it but something in my gut and my spirit said, 'Go ahead, Cam. You can do it.'"'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott reinforces confidence in QB Tyrod Taylor [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We're always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position, including the quarterback position," McDermott said Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. "I thought Tyrod's done some good things. Last week he moved the offense and we had some penalties. We're going to evaluate the film. I have to evaluate the job I did tonight and then we can evaluate the job that each of us did and continue to get better as a unit."'

Marker 8 numbers that stand out from the Buffalo Bills' loss to Philadelphia Eagles [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Only eight players finished Thursday night's game against the Eagles with more tackles than Tyrod Taylor. The Bills quarterback had as many tackles as he had interceptions in an outing to forget.'

Marker Assessing Buffalo Bills rookie class: A look at Zay Jones, Nathan Peterman, more [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills’ first-round pick looks the part so far. Tre’Davious White has taken every rep with the first-team defense since he arrived in Buffalo after the draft. He’s been consistently breaking up passes and has come down with a few interceptions in practice. The only blemish on his game has been his ability to return punts. He had trouble early in camp fielding the punts and won’t likely win that job.'

Marker McDermott clears the air: Tyrod is his man [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“We’ll do a little more game planning this week as this is a little more of a mock for us,” McDermott said.'

Marker Bills coach McDermott reiterates support for Tyrod Taylor [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"We're always going to evaluate everything, and that goes for everything including the quarterback position," McDermott had said, when asked if he would consider a change in quarterbacks after Taylor and the starting offense sputtered in playing most of the first half.'

Marker Sean McDermott still expects Tyrod Taylor to be Bills' starting QB [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: '"Like I've always said, we always look at everything," McDermott said. "That goes for every position, not just the quarterback position, but every position. Nate has certainly had a good preseason and training camp, and he's going to continue to develop and get better. That said, Tyrod is going to start Saturday night, and I expect him to play and play well."'

Marker LeSean McCoy buys nearly $3,000 worth of cheesesteaks for Bills players [1:43 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Anyway, I'm not sure how the food got to the stadium, but if it was a delivery guy who had to take care of getting the 200 sandwiches to Lincoln Financial Field, let's hope McCoy tipped him more than 20 cents.'

Marker Go figure... a post about quarterbacks [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But there are a few things to consider while the Bills stand their ground. As mentioned above, there's the way they've handled Taylor from the start. I believe it indicates that they view him more as a placeholder than a long-term solution.'

Marker Haven't we had this conversation before? [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I’m sure pressures and knockdowns contributed to Taylor’s sub par performance as did the absence of the best receiver he had and the player with whom he had the best chemistry when it comes to the passing game. Say what you want about Sammy Watkins and his injury issues, that was one big security blanket that was shipped to Los Angeles. To steal the old cliche, you can see Taylor is not on the same page with Anquan Boldin, Zay Jones, Andre Holmes or anyone else not named Charles Clay.'

Marker McDermott says he envisions Tyrod Taylor starting Week 1 for the Buffalo Bills [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We're always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position, including the quarterback position," McDermott told reporters on Thursday night. "I thought Tyrod's done some good things. Last week he moved the offense and we had some penalties. We're going to evaluate the film. I have to evaluate the job I did tonight and then we can evaluate the job that each of us did and continue to get better as a unit."'

Marker McDermott: All the confidence in the world in Tyrod [1:39 AM] reports: '“We’ve got to do some things to get the offense on track, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve got to move the ball, move the chains, convert on third downs, which we didn’t do a good job, and then when we get into the red zone we’ve got to score touchdowns.'

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