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Buffalo Bills News - September 21, 2017

Marker Jay Skurski's Bills Mailbag: What's up with Blanton? Is rivalry against Dolphins dead? [11:10 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We just felt that … looking at our roster and the bottom third of our roster – and trying to improve every day like we always try and do – we felt like this would give us a chance to get a player of Robert’s caliber,” he said. “He’s been here before and he knows the system. He is a good special teams player as well as a backup safety at this point.”'

Marker How long are the Bills tied to Cordy Glenn? [11:09 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The earliest the Bills could move on from Glenn is after this season. They’d have to do that before the third day of the new league year in March, when $6.5 million of his base salary becomes guaranteed. If the Bills were to cut Glenn at that point, they’d save a little more than $3 million in cap space in 2018, although Glenn could potentially cost more than $11 million in “dead money.” Potentially, that is, because the team could designated him as a "June 1" cut, which would spread out the amount of dead money over two years. That would put the Bills on the hook for $4.7 million in 2018 and $6.4 million in 2019. The cap savings in 2018 in that case would be $9.75 million.'

Marker Advanced Stats: Broncos' edge dominance, Siemian's under-pressure passing woes [11:08 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Barrett registered four quarterback pressures in Week One against the Chargers and a whopping eight against the Cowboys on Sunday. He also had five run-game stops, so he hasn't been a one-trick pony.'

Marker Andre Reed on Bills rookie WR Zay Jones: 'He's going to make a lot of plays this year' [11:04 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It wasn’t that I was beating a dead horse,” the greatest receiver in team history said this week. “It was just the mindset that I needed. If it's on your fingertips, you should be able to catch it.”'

Marker Beating the Odds: Bills' 18 undrafted players feel special bond [11:04 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As me and my guy Ryan Davis say, 'We're from the mud,' " said Yarbrough. "We didn't get that luxury of coming into the league where we can make six, seven, eight mistakes but because we were drafted and they've got money invested in us they're going to keep us. We have a little more pressure on us.'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Kiffin circles back to Buffalo with career on track [11:03 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe this time will be different with Kiffin, whose greatest gift outside of coaching is alienating people who never met him. For what it's worth, he was gracious with his time and friendly Thursday. Maybe he was having a good day. Maybe he has changed his ways. Maybe it was both or neither.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Broncos coach doesn't see a 'trap game,' Lawson will be ready for Sun [11:03 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is probably the best front seven we’ve seen all year, including the preseason,” Joseph said. “It’s going to be a true challenge for us. Right now they’re ranked, what, third in the league, only allowing I think 264 yards a game, so that’s big time.”'

Marker Kimberley A. Martin: Hauschka wants to be part of the solution on racial inequality [11:02 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hauschka spoke for nearly 20 minutes after practice Thursday about his transition to the Bills, how head coach Sean McDermott is building something “amazing” and “special,” and his genuine appreciation of the area (“I’m blessed to be here in Buffalo. What a great city to raise our first son in.”). And during our candid conversation about life and football, the 32-year-old opened up about another topic close to his heart: racial equality.'

Marker Bills' McCoy lets it run: Hates whiners, loves his team, defends QB Taylor [10:59 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“When I watch the tape, it is never as bad as you thought but it’s never as good as you thought either," McCoy said. “I just felt there were some plays I could have made. You watch the tape and maybe it is not as many as you thought but just knowing myself, everybody has to be honest when they watch the tape. You have to know your game. The problem with this league is a lot of players don’t take accountability, and I do. I will get it right this week."'

Marker Don't hold your breath; Andrew Luck to the Buffalo Bills not likely [10:59 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Let’s start with this: Luck is 28 years old, in the prime of his career, and though he’s currently sidelined with a shoulder injury, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. You don’t trade a guy like that, no matter what the return.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Marcell Dareus holds long streak in run defense according to PFF [10:56 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Dareus, 27, has been in a rotation at defensive tackle this season. He's played 52 snaps in two games and currently holds a PFF grade of 80.2 this season. His PFF grade is 28th among all interior defensive lineman in 2017.'

Marker Broncos' Vance Joseph doing what Rex Ryan should have done with Buffalo Bills [10:55 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I came up in this league with a lot of old school coaches in Mike Nolan and Wade Phillips and all those guys and Marvin Lewis," Joseph said. "I was always taught, as a coordinator or as a head coach, you have to do what your players do best. I'm not opposed to running a 3-4 or a 4-3 or whatever makes our players successful. I'm not a coordinator that's going to show up and just shove my defense down the players' throat. I'm going to do what's best for the personnel."'

Marker Bills' McCoy vows to find his stride against Broncos [10:52 PM]
AP reports: '"In this league, you've got to deal with it. Too much complaining. Too many excuses," McCoy said, shouldering the blame for being held to 9 yards on 12 rushes — a career low for a game in which he has more than seven carries — in a 9-3 loss to the Panthers.'

Marker Week 3 GameScout: Broncos at Bills [10:52 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Broncos, 31-21.'

Marker 'Circling a wagon' around New Era Field ahead of this weekend's Bills game [10:49 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'New Era's official "Circle The Wagon" vehicle, a horse-drawn wagon, will make stops along Abbott Road, handing out "Circle the Wagons" patches to fans.'

Marker New Era Field prepping for a hot, sunny Sunday home game [10:47 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'There will also be a designated “Keep Cool” tent, with lemonade, sunscreen, and eye blacks provided.'

Marker Game Day Experience Information: Week 3 [10:43 PM] reports: 'Sunny, hot, 85 degrees. Bottled water for this game is discounted to only $3 a bottle. Fans are encouraged to stay hydrated by drinking water and please drink responsibly.'

Marker Bills Today: Tough test for Bills 'D' against red hot Broncos [10:43 PM] reports: '“He’s a good quarterback. When I was in Carolina a year ago, we went against Trevor [in the" target="_blank"> opening game of the season last year. He’s smart, very intelligent player… I think those around the league that know the league, know what he’s capable of doing,” Sean McDermott said.'

Marker Bills must find way to stretch field on offense [4:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In fairness, Carolina has an impressive defense and it was the home opener. After two games, the Panthers lead the NFL in fewest total yards, passing yards and points surrendered (Buffalo is second, second and fourth in those categories). But it’s worth wondering whether Carolina’s stats are inflated merely because one of its two games was against the Bills’ struggling attack.'

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Marker Bills' run struggles impacted by new blocking scheme [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's easy and perhaps more comforting to conclude that a week after dominating the New York Jets' defensive front to the tune of 190 yards on the ground (110 by McCoy), the Bills' offensive line simply was overmatched by more talented defensive linemen and linebackers. Coach Sean McDermott chose to go that route Wednesday when he told reporters, "I think, really, when you look a week ago against the Jets, how we controlled the line of scrimmage ... this is one game. That’s life sometimes in the NFL."'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: More trouble ahead for Bills running game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's true. The Bills have established a standard that would be difficult to meet in any event. But several factors are conspiring against them approaching their running numbers of 2015-16, when they ran for 5,062 yards (158 per game) on 1,001 carries, a hefty 5.1 yards a rushing attempt.'

Marker Kimberley A. Martin: Offensive issues mean Bills D has to play lights out [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Oh, probably more than that. Yes, I can certainly see it,” Hughes said, praising head man Sean McDermott for “doing a great job” of putting players in positions that best suit their individual strengths. “I really don’t have a number in mind. But, oh yeah (I can do 10). Absolutely. In a 4-3, I’m in the trenches. I feel a lot more at home. A lot more comfortable.”'

Marker Police investigating after man is shot at California home owned by Bills CB Shareece Wright [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to the report of a shooting at 12:44 a.m. Sunday within the 28000 block of Lexington Way. Wright confirmed to The Buffalo News on Wednesday that he owns the home where the shooting occurred, and that it’s occupied by his mother, sister and brother.'

Marker Bills Notebook: McDermott uncertain about Dareus' availability for Sunday [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I am concerned," McDermott said. "It's day to day at this point and we've got to make sure that we have a contingency plan in place."'

Marker What They Said: Bills HC McDermott, QB Taylor, RB McCoy, WR Jones, LB Brown, S Poyer, WR Holmes, C W [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yeah, he’s got an ankle [injury] right now so he’s not going to practice today and we’ll know a little bit more going forward right now, but right now he’s not going to practice.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills can't reinvent offense, but should be willing and able to t [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the opponent is capable of offering far more resistance than the New York Jets did in the Bills' season-opening victory, LeSean McCoy can't always work from a conventional scheme that has him taking all or most of his handoffs from behind Tyrod Taylor. There has to be instances where, as he did the past two years, he lines up next to Taylor in shotgun formation and opposing defenders are left guessing about whether the quarterback is going to stick the ball in Taylor's belly or keep it himself.'

Marker Carolina was a historically bad rushing day for RBs [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The running backs had 14 yards on 15 carries. LeSean McCoy carried it 12 times for 9 yards. Mike Tolbert had 5 yards on 3 rushes. That's 15 carries for 14 yards by the team's two "tailbacks." I hesitate to call Tolbert a tailback because he's a fullback by trade and masquerading as a tailback in Buffalo.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's X's and O's: Don't let Von Miller run the game [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When they play that style of defense, you have to be able to consistently attack with the passing game,” Garrett told reporters. "We really needed to have success throwing the ball. We were not able to do that."'

Marker Shady says incentives were about more than 'loot' [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just wanted the loot, baby!" McCoy said as reporters burst out laughing in the media room. "No, it wasn't like that. It just happened. It had nothing to do with the extra loot."'

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