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Buffalo Bills News - October 3, 2015

Marker Kicker Pete Gogolak still follows both teams [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'So I called Gogolak Friday, at his Connecticut home, to tell him I was reposting the old column, edited for space (and timeliness). Gogolak, now 73, told me he'll be watching Sunday's game on television. He expects it to be close, and he said he still carries allegiance to both teams .... although if put to the test, based simply on the number of years he played with New York, he'd side with the Giants - who in 2010 added Gogolak to their "Ring of Honor."'

Marker Bills' RB says he won't play until he's 100 percent, may miss multiple weeks [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Especially the past couple of weeks just evaluating myself," McCoy said. "As much as I want to go out there and help my team out and play, it's actually hurting me and my teammates. There's certain plays I should be making and I'm not because I can't physically do it. There's so much to think about. Coming to this team, the team we have, you just want to come out here and perform, so I was just trying to fight it off. I can't play through pain. I can, but it's not going well for me."'

Marker Bills/Sabres president Russ Brandon on new role, criticism and an unbelievable year [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I've never drafted a player. I know I had the GM title, but I never drafted a player. That was the responsibility of the director of college scouting how we were structured then. We had a director of pro scouting. It wasn't an ideal situation, but that's how we were structured. I've never drafted a player. The funny thing is, the one draft that a lot of people pinned on me, it was a great draft with the exception of the first-round pick (Aaron Maybin in 2009). All that credit goes to Tom Modroff. That's part of the business. I get a kick out of it sometimes."'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor-made for task [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“He’s real dynamic,” the defensive end said. “And he doesn’t play like this is his first time being a full-time starter, for sure. He has a lot of weapons at his disposal, and he has a good defence to depend on and lean on, so he can just play comfortable ... the team believes in him.”'

Marker Roman’s shift-crazy offence makes life difficult for Bills opponents [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Take the opening TD drive. The Bills moved 77 yards in just five plays -- all of which featured pre-snap shifts, all of which keyed on misdirection, and all of which were passes off play-action (that is, after fake handoffs) thrown either horizontally, or to horizontally moving targets.'

Marker How Giants can quickly shut up Rex Ryan’s overrated Bills [1:44 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Here is the Giants’ formula for success: Smack Ryan’s Bills in the mouth first, before the Bills have a chance to smack them. This is always the best way to neutralize a supposed bully. It also will slow the Bills down, because Ryan is a front-running coach whose teams reflect his personality.'

Marker Giants vs. Buffalo Bills predictions: A clean sweep, but for which team? [1:43 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Bills are 5.5 point favorites per the guys and gals over at And here are the staff predictions for the game...'

Marker Bills keeping emotions in check in preparing to host Giants [1:41 AM]
AP reports: '"I've definitely got to be smarter and more mature about situations, and try to handle stuff like that," said Williams, who was restrained by teammates and coaches after being flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty against New England.'

Marker Bills RB McCoy out indefinitely after hamstring setback [1:40 AM]
AP reports: 'McCoy spoke about the setback for the first time on Friday. He said he was making progress in his recovery from the left hamstring injury before Buffalo's Week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins, but hurt it again on Sept. 24. McCoy attempted to play through the injury in Buffalo's 41-14 win over the Dolphins but ran for just 16 yards on 11 carries.'

Marker Bills will be without RB McCoy, WR Watkins [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"One thing I promised myself is I can't go out there if I'm not 100 percent," McCoy told reporters. "So if it's this game or next game, whenever it is, I'm rushing to get back but I'm not playing until I'm 100 percent."'

Marker Shady, Sammy, Miller all ruled out for Bills [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McCoy said he doesn't want to "coach" Williams on the sidelines, but will do whatever he can to help his backfield mate when he comes off the field. McCoy conformed to me he will be on sidelines for the game. The Bills previous head coach, Doug Marrone, often wouldn't let injured players on the sideline for games for fear of them getting rolled up on and re-injured. However, McCoy said current head coach Rex Ryan wants him involved in the game and he wants to help out.'

Marker Roman: Karlos Williams ready for lead role [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Of course he is. Of course he is,” Roman told reporters Wednesday. “You gotta understand, we look at it like this – If you’re on the team you are a starter, because at some point you’re gonna play. So if a guy’s on the third through twentieth play or the first through the fifth…I mean he’s done a great job and he’s got a great attitude. I love his attitude, his work ethic, his approach every day, and I love what he brings on the field obviously. I think that’s pretty apparent. The Giants are gonna be a touch challenge and I think Karlos will be up for the challenge. But again it’s important moving forward that we understand if a guys on the team, he’s a starter. If somebody goes down next thing you know he’s in the game, so he is a starter.”'

Marker 5 Bills practice notes from Oct. 1/2 [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Unlike McCoy and Watkins, the Bills did have starting safety Aaron Williams at practice in a limited capacity all week. However, less than two weeks removed from could have been a very serious neck injury, the Bills are using caution with their starting safety.'

Marker Bills secondary not worried about Giants receivers [1:35 AM] reports: '“I can bring my knowledge of what I know from college and being around [Beckham" target="_blank"> back then and seeing how [he’s" target="_blank"> progressed now. [I can give" target="_blank"> my guys tips that I know or things that I’ve seen or noticed that can help out with how they run routes or their releases or things that they do and don’t like versus certain coverages. I think that gives us an advantage on our side of the ball, and we’re going to try to use it.”'

Marker Bills promote RB Wood to active roster [1:34 AM] reports: 'In the wake of LeSean McCoy being declared out for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, the Bills have promoted RB Cierre Wood from their practice squad.'

Marker Scouting Report - Bills-Giants - Week 4 [1:33 AM] reports: 'Buffalo’s defense has fared pretty well thus far this season on third down, and that will need to continue Sunday against the Giants. New York is ranked sixth in the league in third down conversion percentage at a strong clip of 46.5 percent. With reliable weapons to move the sticks like Odell Beckham Jr., Shane Vereen and Rueben Randle, the Bills will need consistent coverage in the back and steady pressure up front to hurry or alter throws from Eli Manning.'

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October 2, 2015

Marker Taylor giving Bills just what they wanted [1:59 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“He’s what we were hoping that we got,” Buffalo’s first-year coach said. “This is a guy that’s smart, so he can manage the game. But he’s way more than that."'

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Marker Williamson’s impact on Roman is lasting one [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Whether you’re a player or coach, you always have a lot of people that have allowed you to be in this position,” Roman said. “I get asked a lot, ‘who are your influences? Who did you learn from?’ … For a lot of players and coaches over the years, including myself, he was able to mentor and really teach them a lot.”'

Marker Harvin's complete makeover gives him chance to be outside threat [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lal gave him the chance in Buffalo and it's working out. Harvin calls him the best position coach he's ever had, adding it's "not even close."'

Marker Bills D-Line adjusts to the quick passing game [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You try to get your hands up and knock balls down and you do what we’ve been doing in the secondary picking off passes," Dunbar said. "Our DB’s and our coaches do a great job of showing our guys what they’re going to get so they can jump routes."'

Marker With McCoy hurting, Dixon needs to produce [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dixon has eight carries for 0 yards this season. You don’t need a slide rule to know that’s dreadful. I suspect he’s still bothered by the calf injury that sidelined him for three weeks of training camp. He was still fighting Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown for a roster spot. So Boobie might have come back early out of desperation, though he’s a valued special teams player.'

Marker If Miller can’t go, utility lineman Urbik will start [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I felt pretty good,” Urbik said. “I haven’t played right guard in 20 months or something like that, so the first couple reps it was getting the footwork back, but other than that, it felt pretty good being back out there.”'

Marker Ralph Wilson Foundation gives $4.2 million to Roswell Park [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Ralph loved the people of Buffalo and Western New York – and football. Ralph cared about Roswell Park, and I know if Ralph were here today, he would be so proud,” she said.'

Marker Bills' defensive line working OT this season [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It’s hard to take out two Pro Bowl players," Ryan said, forgetting that while Hughes has played to a Pro Bowl level the last two seasons, he has never actually been selected for the game. "We’re playing a great deal of snaps, but these guys are in great shape, they’re in great condition. Will we rotate guys in? Yeah, we will. But you’re obviously taking out a great player if you take out one of those two guys. So shoot, I like to see those guys out there. I feel better when those guys are on the field."'

Marker Bills vs. Giants may serve as the marquee game in the NFL's ho-hum Week 4 schedule [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'So, we may get a doozy . . . or we may not. But we will get something to whet our appetites for the big one to come later on. Remember, Saskatchewan (2-11) is at British Columbia (4-8) on Sunday night up there in the CFL.'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills could be responsible for Donald Trump becoming president [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm glad, because if I bought the Buffalo Bills, I probably would not be doing what I'm doing now, which is much more important," Trump said.'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan, Men in Blazers sit down to discuss coach's entertaining personality [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I am true to myself," Ryan said. "I think, regardless if it's a press conference, you know, whatever it is, that's just who I am. It's maybe not the way most people do things, but it's the way I need to."'

Marker Rex Ryan basically rules out LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins for Bills game against Giants [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We don't want to say out, but yeah, you guys can figure it out," Ryan said. "They didn't practice the whole week and all that stuff, but there is that chance," he added before shaking his head.'

Marker Bills are now on Cruz control facing Giants [1:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Life just got a little simpler for the Buffalo Bills this weekend.'

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