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Buffalo Bills News - September 23, 2017

Marker Saturday's Denver Coverage [7:25 AM]
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Marker News' executive sports editor answers fan questions about BNblitz.com [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Josh Barnett, the new executive sports editor of The Buffalo News, recently solicited questions from the readers of TwoBillsDrive.com about Bills coverage and the new BNblitz.com. Here is a sample of the questions and his responses.'

Marker How Pilates turned Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander into a Pro Bowler [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Long before he joined the Bills, he was introduced to Pilates, a conditioning program focused on building core strength, flexibility and endurance through low-impact stretches and movements. Since then, he’s adopted a new lifestyle, shed more than 80 pounds, switched positions and emerged as a trusted asset on the field and inside the Bills locker room. It showed Sunday, when he recorded a sack, two tackles for loss and nine tackles overall in Buffalo’s 9-3 loss to Carolina.'

Marker For Bills' Thornton, mom's comeback is all the inspiration he needs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, number one, he’s come in and endeared himself to his teammates, in the way that he’s approached (the job), with his approach in the meeting room, in the weight room and then on the field," McDermott said. "He’s 100 miles an hour all the time, plays with a flat back, plays with good leverage. He’s picked up the system extremely fast, credit to him. He’s done a good job so far, and I think he’s looking forward to more and more opportunities, which is what happens when you play and bust your tail."'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Why doesn't Tyrod Taylor audible more? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Later, a Bills PR man told me it's not as if Taylor can't call audibles. He has the authority to do so. But when the QB says they're "getting to that" and needing to progress to a "comfort level," it seems evident that his ability to change plays is limited right now in the new offense.'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Many Bills fans have to be conflicted [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But I watched Darnold lead USC over Texas last weekend and can see why many of the draft gurus, including Mel Kiper, see him as the best of the bunch -- assuming he comes out after his redshirt sophomore year. Darnold is 6-4, 225, has a strong, accurate arm and has the poise and command you want from an NFL quarterback.'

Marker McDermott acknowledges Watkins' big night for Rams 'hard to watch' [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm happy for (Watkins)," McDermott said. "Any time you develop relationships with guys, I'm happy for him. That said, I'm focused on our team. But I'm happy for Sammy and the other guys that went on to have big nights (Thursday) night."'

Marker Glenn, Dareus, Worthy out for Bills' game vs. Broncos [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lawson practiced fully Friday, along with running back LeSean McCoy (wrist), tight ends Charles Clay (knee) and Nick O'Leary (hamstring), linebackers Deon Lacey (hamstring) and Matt Milano (hamstring), wide receiver Kaelin Clay (foot), and safety Colt Anderson (foot).'

Marker Bills keeping strong tabs on punters [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills aren't trying to send a message to Colton Schmidt, it's hard to imagine the punter feeling all that comfortable this week. That's because the team has worked out not one, not two, but three free agents at his position.'

Marker Inside the Bills: How Jordan Poyer got to Buffalo – and where he came from [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The football fans out here are just unreal and you hear about it around the league,” Poyer said on the day he signed. “This is one of the best opportunities I think I’ve ever had in my whole entire life.”'

Marker What national media is saying: Broncos are 'ripe to get upset in Buffalo,' Denver paper sa [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dennison broke into the league as an offensive assistant with Denver in 1995 and worked his way up to offensive coordinator. He went to Houston in 2010 and then coached quarterbacks with Baltimore in 2014, which is where he worked with Tyrod Taylor, before returning to Denver for their Super Bowl run in 2015. He became available for the Bills when Gary Kubiak retired from coaching after last season.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills analysis: Loss of playmakers in a passing game hurts [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could be in for a similar nightmare this Sunday against the exceptional defense of the Denver Broncos. With no playmakers in the passing game, Buffalo's offense is susceptible to being smothered for a second week in a row.'

Marker McDermott preaches player safety in wake of Aaron Hernandez/CTE news [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s important that safety remains our No. 1 priority and we always stress the safety and playing with proper technique,” he said before heading out to practice. “That’s really a big part of our coaching, a big emphasis of our coaching. In fact with the first team meeting (we said): ‘Hey, your head is always up.’ I always talk about your chin being up because it brings everything up. Everything we do is focused on the safety of it and protecting the game that way.”'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Broncos at Bills [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills TEs/RBs vs. Denver LBs: Denver's linebackers had a lot of trouble covering backs out of the backfield last season. The Bills should test to see how much they've improved. Inside backers Todd Davis and Brandon Marshall return from last year. Strong side outside backer Shane Ray (8.0 sacks) is out with a wrist injury. His stand-in, Saquil Barrett, has looked good the first two weeks. He entered the NFL as an undrafted, Steelers-style stand-up rusher. What about the rest of his game? It will be interesting to see who Denver opts to keep on the field to defend LeSean McCoy.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Play to Watch: Trevor Siemian's quick-game passes [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Siemian is no Captain Checkdown. His toughness in the pocket in waiting for deep routes to develop won him the job last season. But he is taking what defenses give him. Siemian was 21 of 25 with four TDs on passes of 10 yards or less against Dallas. Above is a play Denver ran against a San Diego two-deep defense in Week One. All five receivers ran a 6-yard stop route. Siemian (13) picks the soft spot. Like any young QB, Siemian will make a wrong pre-snap read on occasion. On this play he threw to the running back on the far left, rather than to Thomas (88), matched with a linebacker. It was almost picked off. Maybe the Bills can lure Siemian into a mistake.'

Marker Advanced Stats: Bills-Broncos matchups to watch, Jordan Matthews in slot battle [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although Alexander isn't guaranteed to face Watson every snap, when Buffalo aligns its veteran linebacker on the left side of the defensive formation, he'll see the struggling right tackle and find himself in a super advantageous situation.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Inside the NFL: Bills pushed for league's use of medical tents [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We actually had a situation once where we had a guy who had a concussion, and we've got all these flashes, everything else going off," Gipson recalled. "And I was like, 'You know what? It would be nice if we had a smaller area.'"'

Marker Buffalo Fan Fest bringing Bills greats to tailgate [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is my first tailgate,” Jackson said in a promotional video. “I need ya’ll to come show me how we get down on the other side of it.”'

Marker Bills Backers Club: Circling the wagons from 5,280 feet in Colorado [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This Sunday, more than 1,000 people will pack into the two-floor Lodo’s to watch the Bills host the hometown Broncos from 1,500 miles away.'

Marker Engaged to social media star Rachel Bush, Jordan Poyer making name for himself with Bills [1:41 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I know myself and what I expect from myself each and every week, so I don’t want to say I expected it, but I worked hard this off-season,” he said. “I wanted a team to want me to come in and play for them. I didn’t know what to expect coming off the injury last season with my kidney, so I really just wanted another opportunity to step on the football field and continue to pursue my dream. When I got the call from Buffalo, I was real excited.”'

Marker Hey Tyrod Taylor, take some chances and throw downfield [1:40 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In two games, Taylor has thrown only 12 passes that traveled at least 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, and only six of those have been completed. Against Carolina, NextGen Stats showed that the average number of yards the ball traveled on his 17 completions was 4.1 yards. That’s ridiculous.'

Marker Broncos vs. Bills: How to watch, listen, plus things to know before kickoff [1:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Broncos have won 14 of their last 17 road games that have started at 1 p.m. EST.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB coach on Tyrod Taylor throwing deep: 'We're going to do more' [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think he has done a tremendous job of first and foremost, protecting the football," Culley said. "The reason we were able to do what we did in that ballgame is simply because we didn't turn it over. He has a history of protecting the football. As long as he continues to do that, we have those kind of ball games and we have a possession at the end with a chance to win the game."'

Marker Bills vs. Broncos injury report: Marcell Dareus, Cordy Glenn out for Week 3 [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With Dareus out, Adolphus Washington, Cedric Thornton and Deandre Coleman will rotate in at defensive tackle. That steady rotation gives Sean McDermott some confidence in his defensive line despite Dareus' absence.'

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott gives awkward response to concussion question [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'When McDermott was asked if he ever had any concussions in his career and met the question with a laugh. "I'm not sure," McDermott said with a laugh. "I can't remember."'

Marker Bills' Sean McDermott understands Sammy Watkins' big game was 'hard to watch' [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Absolutely," McDermott said. "I get it. Believe me, I get it. That's hard to watch from a fan's perspective and at times from a coach's perspective. Listen, I'm extremely confident in the guys that we have. You do things for a reason. I like Jordan Matthews, I like Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, Kaelin Clay and Brandon Tate. These are guys that are making plays, that are going to continue to make plays, that are going to continue to grow. We're confident in those guys."'

Marker How do the Buffalo Bills slow down Von Miller and 7 more things to watch in Week 3 [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Von Miller is a matchup nightmare for the Bills. Jordan Mills alone cannot stop Miller so what can the Bills do? The team would be wise to double-team Miller all game with extra blockers. Even with the extra blocker, Miller can still provide plenty of disruptions. Buffalo will need the perfect game plan to keep Miller in check on Sunday.'

Marker McDermott confident vs. Denver playmakers, Dareus & Glenn to miss game [1:33 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Tre White and EJ Gaines at the cornerback position will face the duo of Thomas and Sanders. But the defensive line of the Bills, whose pass rush and ability to defend the run will be leaned on, could be without a big name in Marcell Dareus.'

Marker Nick’s six-pack of Bills – Broncos facts [1:32 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian will officially enter his second season in the NFL on Sunday. In total, he’s played 16 games, a full season, to this point, between the start of this year and his 14 starts in 2016. In that time frame, Seimian has a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 24 to 12, 3,851 passing yards, 39 rushing yards, and a completion perfect of 60.07.In that same frame, Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor had a TD to INT ratio of 23 to 7, 3,443 passing yards, 604 rushing yards, and a completion percent of 63.66. For his career, Taylor’s numbers are as follows: 39-15, 6,606 pass yards, 1,377 rush yards, 62.3 completion percent.'

Marker It’s not quite time for a quarterback change at New Era Field [1:31 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'In today’s NFL, you need your quarterback to do more than “keep us in the game.” You need him to win the game. And I don’t see Taylor being that guy. Again, it’s unfair to put all this on him. He is hamstrung by a dearth of playmakers. The truth is, he and the offense played almost well enough these past two seasons to make the playoffs, but were done in by Ryan’s ruination of what had been one of the league’s better defenses and by the buffoon coach’s terrible game management, especially when the outcome was still in doubt.'

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