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Buffalo Bills News - November 8, 2014

Marker Kouandjio awaits chance to prove himself [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It stands to reason that the Bills would want to enhance their offensive line depth on their game-day roster. For one thing, Pears has been struggling as the starter at right guard. For another, rookie Cyril Richardson, whom veteran Kraig Urbik replaced at left guard for the Bills’ Oct. 26 game against the New York Jets, is listed as probable for Sunday after missing most of the week’s practices because of a death in his family.'

Marker Bills’ Watkins sits out; Jackson close to returning [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a groin, and with those you’ve got to be careful, you’ve got to be smart,” Watkins, who hasn’t practiced since leaving Wednesday’s session early, said Friday. “You really don’t know whether you’re right or not, so for me it’s just listen to the trainers and listen to the coaches.”'

Marker It’s time for Bills to reload [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, the Bills win mostly with defense. But a game like Sunday’s – as with all of these crucial encounters during the playoff push – requires the quarterback to make some exceptional plays when he can. That’s more than just avoiding mistakes that lose the game. That’s stepping up to deliver money throws on third- and even fourth-and-long, as Orton has done in last-second victories against Detroit and Minnesota.'

Marker Sammy Watkins questionable for Sunday [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"They didn't really update me or tell me what's going on," he said. "For me it's just sit back and let them do their jobs."'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio says he's taking reps with starters at guard for Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I got a lot of tackle reps with the scout team, and then I get a lot of guard reps with the starting team," Kouandjio said. "A combination of the two."'

Marker Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett on Sammy Watkins injury: 'I'll always think that you have to practice' [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I mean, this is what it comes down to, you have to win," Hackett said. "Nobody is going to care how anything happens for me. Everybody's going to be questioning everything. I have to figure something else out. That's part of being the coach. You have to adjust. Change is the norm. I have to be ready to adjust with anything. Anything could happen on game day."'

Marker Buffalo Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos reflects on time with Chiefs coach Andy Reid [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You just have to admire a guy like him as far as what he's done with two different teams," Monos said. "Starting from the bottom and building them up, that's pretty impressive.'

Marker 5 things to watch in Week 10 against Kansas City Chiefs [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'We'll find out in a hurry just how much the Bills' offensive line was able to get fixed over the bye week. The Kansas City Chiefs boast one of the top pass rushes in the NFL, led by Justin Houston, who is on pace to break the single-season NFL sack record. Tamba Hali plays opposite Houston and is no slouch, either. Kansas City could be building on that 27-sack total on Sunday.'

Marker Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson questionable against Chiefs [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Despite reports early in the week from ESPN that Watkins' injury was minor and an Associated Press report that he would be able to play, Bills coach Doug Marrone admitted it was up in the air.'

Marker Saturday's Kansas City Coverage [1:50 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Rugby-style kicking helps Chiefs’ Colquitt take punting to another level (Kansas City Star)
It took some tinkering, but the Chiefs’ O-line is looking better and better (Kansas City Star)
Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford is focused on special teams (Kansas City Star)
Three things the Chiefs should do after moving a home game to London (Kansas City Star)
What Justin Houston means when he calls his sacks ‘a group effort’ (Kansas City Star)
Chiefs Defense Ranks Among Best in NFL (KCChiefs.com)
Chiefs vs. Bills: Five Things to Watch (KCChiefs.com)
Practice Recap 11/07: Beating the Buffalo Bills Defense (KCChiefs.com)
Chiefs vs. Bills: Injury Report (KCChiefs.com)
Andy Reid Press Conference 11/07 (KCChiefs.com)
Chiefs vs. Bills: How to Watch and Listen (KCChiefs.com)

Marker Bills' Watkins, Jackson questionable vs Chiefs [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Both players are dealing with groin injuries, and Jackson was limited in practice throughout the week. Coach Doug Marrone said Friday that Jackson currently is not ready to play.'

Marker Chiefs, Bills each have relevant Week 10 [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I mean, 5-3 is only the beginning," Bills defensive back Corey Graham says. "We've still got a long way to go. It's not really how you start, it's how you finish the season."'

Marker Bills seek chance to gain respect in facing Chiefs [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"It's going to be that way until we prove that we can go out and win on a consistent basis. And we haven't," Marrone said. "So I don't get upset with anyone. Do you need it as motivation? I think these guys go out there every day and understand what we have to prove."'

Marker Recounting Bills playoff drought: Blow horns to TO [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Ever since, the Bills have been out of tune. They've had 11 quarterbacks start at least four games, and are on their seventh coach and sixth general manager.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins listed as questionable [1:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Running back Fred Jackson (groin) was also listed as questionable on the club's injury report after being limited in practice this week.'

Marker Pessimism abound regarding status of Bills' Watkins, Jackson [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“At the end of the day you've gotta make a decision if you put a player out there, what you're saying as a coach is that you feel 110-percent confident where he's at,” the head coach remarked. “And Sammy hasn't been out here, so I don't know.”'

Marker O-line knows run game can slow Chiefs pass rush [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Their ends are as good as it gets in this league,” C Eric Wood said. “Houston and Hali have been playing at a high level the past few years and they got some guys up the middle with some juice too. It will present a big challenge.”'

Marker Eric Moulds returns to Buffalo to Lead the Charge [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It’s an honor," he said. "Obviously it’s going to be a big game. Kansas City is a tough football team. They’re playing for a lot. We're playing for a lot. We need to be competitive with the Chiefs to be where we want to be."'

Marker Fred Jackson and Sammy Watkins questionable for Sunday [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it’s something to be concerned about obviously,” said Marrone. “It’s the same as it is with all the players. They all have to be ready to go in understanding what we do. We’re just going to have to take some time and see where we’re at before we make any decisions.”'

Marker Scouting Report: Chiefs at Bills [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Rediscover the run game – Facing the weakest run defense in weeks in the Chiefs, Buffalo has to significantly increase their production on the ground. The losses of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have hurt, but the men up front have to win the battle at the line of scrimmage and give Buffalo’s backs the creases they need to keep the offense in manageable down and distance situations knowing Kansas City boasts the league’s top pass defense.'

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November 7, 2014

Marker Is it time to jettison the Jets? [2:01 PM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Since CBS obtained those rights in 1998, Schenectady affiliate WRGB consistently has shown the Jets when available. The decision does not come at the local level; rather, it's made by the network — although a station can petition for a change if it feels strongly. For the first time since the late 1990s, the Bills are in the playoff race and the Jets are not. The fact that the Jets continue to be the team of choice suddenly has caught the attention of fans of the western New York team.'

Marker Bills offensive assistant Jim Hostler says EJ Manuel is going through similar struggle to Alex Smith [10:03 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Watching Alex go through it and what EJ's going through, it's really the same thing with EJ as it is with Alex," Hostler said. "You can only control what you can control. What people say about doesn't mean anything really in our world."'

Marker Bills-Chiefs will be clash of sack masters [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it starts however you want to say, whether it’s up front and the secondary or secondary and up front,” he said. “The secondary is doing a very good job coverage-wise. They’re doing a good job covering and teams are holding the ball – not to take away anything from those guys up front. They’re doing a hell of a job."'

Marker Bills will cross the pond next season to face Jaguars [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I know that a big part of our league’s agenda is to grow the league,” Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “As you grow the league, it’s good for the players so we’ll see what the thoughts are after I do it.”'

Marker Sammy Watkins misses Bills’ practice [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With the Bills playing two games in four days (after Kansas City they travel to Miami for a Thursday night game) the prudent move may to keep Jackson out of the Chiefs game and try to get him ready for the AFC East showdown against the Dolphins.'

Marker Bills will play Jaguars in London next October [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Yeah, it's crazy, it's like the Super Bowl," said Dixon, who played for San Francisco in 2010 against Denver (the Broncos were quarterbacked by Kyle Orton) and in 2013 against Jacksonville. "I remember the two times that I've been, you saw all types of cameras flashing. It was like the Super Bowl. I was like, 'Wow.' I was kind of shocked for a second. It's a nice experience."

Marker Bills better off in London than Toronto [1:55 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The games have been a poorly-attended, losing proposition and now there’s no carrot at the end of the string. When Terry and Kim Pegula bought the Bills, it ended any thought the team would leave Buffalo.'

Marker Aaron Williams, other Buffalo Bills players compare Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce to Rob Gronkowski [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't think that would be fair to Gronkowski, because of his history and everything that he's done and proven that he can do," Marrone said. "Kelce is coming along. He's progressing well. He's a good football player and one who we have to be aware of where he is on the field."'

Marker Buffalo Bills will play Jacksonville Jaguars in London in 2015 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It will be the ninth season of the NFL's London series. This will be the third year the Jaguars have played in London, while the Bills will be making their first trip to the United Kingdom.'

Marker Sammy Watkins misses practice; Fred Jackson 'not ready yet' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I mean obviously I want to be out there, but I want to be out there at the best time, when I'm able to do the things that I'm able to get done in this offense," Jackson said. "When you have guys capable of doing things like Boobie (Dixon) and Bryce (Brown) we've got a lot of depth and those guys can go out there and get the job done."'

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