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Buffalo Bills News - October 16, 2016

Marker Kaepernick's anthem kneel-down is no passing fad [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Will Kaepernick’s message gain volume if he plays well and turns around San Francisco’s season? Will it be muted if the 49ers, who are 1-4, continue to lose?'

Marker Buffalo Bills-San Francisco 49ers: Preview, predictions [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 31, 49ers 16.'

Marker Jim Monos a GM candidate if Buffalo Bills keep winning, says NFLN's Schrager [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"If you look at the Bills right now, Doug Whaley is the GM. These two guys work together and some of these draft picks, right? Preston Brown, Ronald Darby you go through the names that these guys have brought in, players like Nickell Robey-Coleman, a guy that we just had on the show."'

Marker NFL analyst Cosell on why Kaepernick's regressed, why Kelly’s offence maybe isn’t t [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In short, Kap lacks touch on his passes. That became more pronounced, and more noticeable, in the final year of head coach Jim Harbaugh’s brief reign, 2011-14. The issue became chronic under Jim Tomsula’s one-year tutelage, 2015.'

Marker Bills/49ers preview: notes and stats [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'QB Tyrod Taylor aims for 4th win in row vs. NFC.'

Marker 5 things to watch in Bills - 49ers (10/15/16) [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Although the switch to Colin Kaepernick at quarterback should bring some pause, and will likely result in some big gains early in the game, this should be a game that playoff teams win.'

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October 15, 2016

Marker Tackling private parking-lot misbehavior outside Bills games [4:39 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I would say more than 90 percent of the individuals we deal with, that we make arrests on, are impaired by alcohol or drugs or both,” Orchard Park Police Chief Mark F. Pacholec said.'

Marker Bills, NFL ratings here down from 2015, but close to 2014 levels [4:38 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’ll be honest: I find it increasingly difficult to watch an entire NFL game that doesn’t involve the Bills because even close games haven’t been that exciting.'

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Marker Stout red-zone defense helps power Bills winning streak [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Field goals instead of touchdowns are the difference between wins and losses,” defensive end Jerel Worthy said. “Especially with the game today, a lot of teams aren’t that far off from being championship teams. The margin of error is very small.'

Marker Clay credits offseason work with Taylor, play-calling for solid production [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Clay draws those favorable one-on-one matchups -- which is practically every time he runs a route -- Taylor seeks to take advantage of them rather than going to one of his wide receivers ... or pulling the ball down and running.'

Marker Bills WR Kolby Listenbee still experiencing pain as earliest possible return date nears [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm progressing everyday. I still have some pain but I'm getting better," said Listenbee, who ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine before getting the injury fixed. "My training's been helping me out. I've been running, getting conditioned, lifting weights. If it's God's will, I can play next week, but we're just taking it day by day."'

Marker The 2013 draft might be worst ever for QBs [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No quarterback from the 2013 class is currently an NFL starter. There is at least one starter from every other draft going back to 2007 (all you need to know is that Trent Edwards was the prize of that class). The Jets' Geno Smith has the most starts (29) and yards (5,836) of the QBs from the '13 draft. Any Bills fan who remembers Smith throwing three picks in the first several minutes against the Bills two years ago would argue that Smith isn't even a decent NFL backup.'

Marker Bills-49ers injury report: Marcell Dareus doubtful [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'None of the Bills players have been declared out yet for the game, though nine players are questionable.'

Marker Bills convinced 49ers, with Kaepernick, are no pushover [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They’re a team that’s 1-4, going through a change, looking for a spark; we did the exact same thing a few weeks ago, and I really do expect it to be our toughest game of the season and we’re preparing that way,” said Williams. “They’re a team that’s hungry for a win. If we get too far ahead of ourselves and we don’t focus, we’ll get beat.”'

Marker 49ers' Kaepernick out front, back under center on racism [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It will be Kaepernick’s first time under center since stepping out front and center on the issue of racism in America. His cause, in line with the Black Lives Matter movement, became known after a preseason game on Aug. 20 against Green Bay when it was first noticed that he was not standing for the national anthem. He now takes a knee in deference to the military, a practice that has caught on in many places across the country, including Rochester.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander discusses journeyman label, sack total and Shaq Lawson with MMQB [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Journeymen don't usually play for one team, in this case Washington, for seven seasons and they certainly don't go to the Pro Bowl as Alexander did in 2012. Alexander has good reason to dislike being labeled as a journeyman.'

Marker Rex Ryan says Bills aren't good enough to overlook 49ers, despite big point spread [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It begs the question whether the Bills, who are on a three-game winning streak, can play as well as a big favorite. The Bills haven't been this big a favorite since 2009. Rex Ryan hasn't been this big a favorite since 2011. After three emotional wins, Ryan doesn't want his team thinking it gets a break against San Francisco.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley thinks Tyrod Taylor has taken a step forward in 2016 [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think he's better," Whaley said. "The one thing you can definitely hang your hat on is he does not turn the ball over. The other thing that we're seeing now is like I said, he's doing whatever it takes to get this team to put points on the board. That's what it takes. Until they change the rules, if we score more points than the other team, let's just figure out a way to do that. So I think he's just continuing to get better and better. He's taking the team on his back in different ways."'

Marker PFF: Buffalo Bills' Adolphus Washington has highest 3-4 DE run-stop percentage [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo has been strong against the run early in 2016. The team is currently 13th in the league in run defense allowing just 97.2 yards on average.'

Marker Bills Q&A Preview: How to be the 49ers, more [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The 49ers flat out can't stop the run. With NaVorro Bowman out, the Dallas Cowboys line was able to get a 5-7 push on every play, allowing Ezekiel Elliott huge running lanes. He ran for 133 yards and only broke one tackle.'

Marker 49ers’ porous run defense faced with the real McCoy [1:47 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '“With such an elusive back as LeSean, you’d better make sure not only are you doing a good job in your fundamental technique of tackling, but also getting as many guys as you can to the ball because you kind of have to corral him,” Kelly said. “He can make one guy miss in the open field. That’s his forte.”'

Marker Bills DT Dareus doubtful with hamstring injury [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Nine Bills are questionable, including LB Zach Brown (ankle), LT Cordy Glenn (ankle), S Aaron Williams (ankle), TE Charles Clay (knee) and Dareus' likely replacement, DT Corbin Bryant (ankle).'

Marker Buffalo Bills deck out locker room for breast cancer survivors [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills posted stickers with the signature pink ribbon in honor of breast cancer victims, with the slogan "BILLIEVE" on them. On top of that, each survivor had a locker dedicated to her.'

Marker It’s Been a Journey, Man [1:44 AM]
SI reports: ' As a person, I’m a Christian, a man of God; I really love serving Him and the people and the community. I am married, nine years in January. We have four kids and that is what my world revolves around. When everything is good at home, everything on the field or at work is easy for me. As far as a player, I am more of an old-school football player. I went undrafted, so out of necessity I had to do a lot of different things. I played guard, fullback and tight end. It’s all about the team and what I can do to help the team, which indirectly helps myself because it makes me more valuable to the organization and the coaches.'

Marker Whaley confident in Tyrod's abilities as starting quarterback [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The one thing you can definitely hang your hat on is that he doesn't turn the ball over," Whaley said on the Howard Simon Show on Friday morning. "Another thing that we're seeing now is that he's doing whatever it takes to get this team to put points on the board. Until they change the rules, if we score more points than the other team then let's figure out a way to do that. I think he's continuing to get better and better."'

Marker Dareus doubtful, nine Bills questionable for Sunday [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As of Friday afternoon, Bills head coach Rex Ryan wasn’t ready to officially declare Marcell Dareus out of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, he wasn’t ready to rule anyone out yet. However, Dareus was the only player listed as “doubtful” as the defensive tackle still recovers from a hamstring injury suffered early last week.'

Marker Bills are rare big favorites against 49ers [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the previous nine times this happened, the Bills are 5-4 against the spread and only lost one game outright on the field - to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the infamous finale of 2004. Buffalo was 9.5 point favorites in that game when all they needed to do was win to get into the playoffs and Pittsburgh was resting many of their starters, already having secured the best overall record in the conference and home field advantage.'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (10/14/16) [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Following his standout performance against New England, Bills fans have kept a close eye on Brown… which is why there was some cause for concern when he wasn’t able to practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury. Luckily for the Bills, Brown got back to practice on both Thursday and Friday and seemed to be moving around well enough to play on Sunday.'

Marker Top 10 reasons to Billieve in the Bills Week 6 [1:39 AM] reports: 'In honor of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign, the Bills will be adding a splash of color to their blue on blue look this week. To spread awareness for the importance of regular breast cancer screenings, the Bills boys are proud to be wearing pink.'

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