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Buffalo Bills News - October 24, 2014

Marker Bills' Jackson ruled out vs. Jets, Goodwin doubtful [7:06 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It could be yet another game missed for second-year wide receiver Marquise Goodwin as well. Goodwin had to leave practice last Thursday with a hamstring injury and has not been an on-field participant since. He was inactive against the Vikings and is listed as 'doubtful' for the game with the Jets.'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Jets [7:06 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I have never, ever seen a Rex Ryan-coached defense play so much zone coverage. Cover-2 with corner backs underneath in the flats; Cover-3; even some Cover-4 on non 3rd and long-yardage situations. I’ve also never seen his CBs play so far off opposing WRs so consistently. It’s truly weird. But it’s an indictment on how Rex feels about his CBs, and maybe his secondary overall. He can’t trust them to play man-to-man as he has so often before. Check out these two screenshots, then see my notes underneath.'

Marker Sammy Watkins named Week 7 NFL Rookie of the Week [7:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Watkins, who also won the award in Week 2, tallied nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns – all career-highs – in the Bills 17-16 comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. With just one second remaining, Watkins' TD grab near the boundary capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that lifted the Bills to victory.'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills at Jets [7:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Seantrel Henderson vs. Muhammad Wilkerson – The Bills rookie right tackle has had some growing pains of late. He’ll face a supremely talented defensive lineman in Wilkerson, and may need some help from a tight end to keep the Pro Bowl DL from making a major impact.'

Marker Ryan still talking even as Jets are losing [11:22 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“You handle it as if you were 6-1, you go about your job ... the best job you can as a coach. You line it up each week and put everything you have into preparation and putting our players into a situation where we think they can be successful.”'

Marker Hogan leaps at opportunities with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Have we seen the best of Chris Hogan?” Marrone asked. “I can’t answer that because he keeps getting better and stepping up every time. Every time you try to count him out a little bit if he doesn’t have the greatest day, the next day he’ll come back and you say to yourself, ‘Holy cow.’"'

Marker Goodwin likely to miss second straight game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m a little frustrated, but at the end of the day, that’s just part of the game we play,” Goodwin said. There is a “100 percent injury rate. We’re the only sport that’s like that. There’s not much too much, really, I can do about it. Being frustrated is not really going to help me get better, so I’m just going to try to move past it.”'

Marker Chris Hogan takes on increased role with Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A two-time all-ECAC selection as a midfielder, Hogan had a year of NCAA playing eligibility remaining after graduating from Penn State (he redshirted as a sophomore due to an ankle injury). He decided to scratch an itch and use it playing football somewhere as a grad student.'

Marker Doug Marrone says you can go out in Buffalo and meet a guy like Kyle Orton [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"On a personal level, outside of the football, he's a regular guy," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "You can go out in Buffalo and meet a guy with his personality anywhere. In a bar, in a bowling alley, in a pool room, in a place where your family is. Just a normal, regular guy. No ego. Highly competitive. That's probably the thing you wouldn't see until you watched him compete and saw how competitive he is, how hard he is on himself, how well he prepares. I think, generally, the people in this region would be able to at least understand him. He's a lot like us and like people from here."'

Marker Marquise Goodwin misses practice Thursday [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin again missed practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury he suffered last week, and his playing for status in Week 8 is again up in the air.'

Marker The major problem the Bills’ defensive line presents for Jets [1:54 AM]
New York Post reports: '“The two [defensive tackles] we’re going against are the best two in the league, next to [Detroit’s Ndamukong] Suh and [Nick] Fairley, hands down,’’ said right guard Willie Colon. “They’re game-wreckers, especially Kyle Williams. He’s been doing it so long. He’s definitely a guy you’ve got to scout for."'

Marker What can Jets expect to see from Bryce Brown vs. Bills? [1:53 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Brown's vision on the field is also an issue. Time and time again in Philadelphia, Brown would bounce a play to the outside, trying to get to the sideline as opposed to going straight up the gut and getting what is there. That frustrated Eagles' coaches, and it had an impact on his playing time when he was the backup.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' porous protection bodes well for Jets' chances of hammering quarterback Kyle Orton [1:52 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Orton has been sacked on 9.5 percent of his drop-backs this season. All told this season, the Bills have allowed the 10th-highest sack percentage in the NFL, at 6.9.'

Marker Jets Have Been Aware of Watkins for a While [1:51 AM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: '“Just watching him throughout all of last season, I was a fan of him last year,” he said. “He was in the ACC and I’m an ACC guy myself. He did a whole lot of things at Clemson and he’s doing them now.”'

Marker Friday's New York Coverage [1:50 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Even With Percy Harvin, Rex Ryan Favors the Run (New York Times)
NY Jets rookie Calvin Pryor has not been impact player team thought it was drafting (New York Daily News)
NY Jets fans should get cash back from GM John Idzik's war chest (New York Daily News)
NY Jets coaches like what Percy Harvin brings to team (New York Daily News)
Pryor beware! Ryan says rookie safety has not made big impact (New York Post)
Why the Bills’ defensive line could cause Jets loads of problems (New York Post)
Russell Wilson: ‘Percy and I never had differences’ (New York Post)
Why the numbers lie when it comes to the Jets defense (New York Post)
Jets in awe of Percy Harvin: Talent is ‘off the charts’ (New York Post)
Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor has been somewhat underwhelming (Newsday)
Jets excited by Percy Harvin's athleticism and versatility (Newsday)
Jets' special teams coach has 'no reservation' about Percy Harvin returning punts, despite inexperience (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan makes fun of Tom Brady for flop vs. Jets, compares him to Bill Laimbeer (Newark Star Ledger)
What can Jets expect to see from Bryce Brown vs. Bills? (Newark Star Ledger)
Buffalo Bills' porous protection bodes well for Jets' chances of hammering quarterback Kyle Orton (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets used a play vs. New England Patriots that reminded Chris Johnson of his glory years (Newark Star Ledger)
A breakdown of wide receiver Jeremy Kerley's new contract with Jets (Newark Star Ledger)
Russell Wilson: Percy Harvin and I 'never had differences,' media blew up everything (Newark Star Ledger)
Percy Harvin can 'absolutely' be more than a gadget player, says Jets' receivers coach. But how soon? (Newark Star Ledger)
Can this story about Muhammad Wilkerson's contract talks with Jets be any more misleading? (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan expects everybody to play, except Greg Salas, Trevor Reilly, vs. Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets' Harvin a three-ring circus (Bergen Record)
Pryor on hot seat (Bergen Record)
How Geno Smith Compares With Mark Sanchez in Second Season (Wall Street Journal)
Jets' cost of acquiring Percy Harvin (ESPN New York)
Rex: First Round Pick Pryor Has Yet To Make Expected Impact For Jets (WFAN-AM)
Harvin Muzzled By Jets As Report Exposes Divide In Former Locker Room (WFAN-AM)
Harvin's role with Jets' offense still developing (AP)
Coordinators' Corner, Pre-Buffalo Edition (NewYorkJets.com)
Jets Have Been Aware of Watkins for a While (NewYorkJets.com)
9 Things to Know About Jets-Bills (NewYorkJets.com)
Jets Jargon: Bills Week (NewYorkJets.com)

Marker Buffalo (4-3) at N.Y. Jets (1-6) [1:49 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 21, Jets 20.'

Marker Week 8 Preview: Bills at Jets [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Well rested and fighting for positives to snap a six-game losing streak, the Jets find points on special teams and defense to win for the first time since Sept. 7.'

Marker Bills' Aaron Williams limited for second straight practice [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Since initially suffering the injury in practice leading up to the Bills' Week Six contest against New England, the safety has had to miss snaps on the field during practice. In fact, the injury even cause him to miss that game against the Patriots.'

Marker Bills' Marrone on injured Goodwin: ''Availability is a big thing'' [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Availability is a big thing. It's very difficult, especially when they occur early in your career, to continue to get better and better,” Marrone said. “It's almost like when those things happen, I don't want to say you start back at square one, but there's definitely a move back before you can go ahead and start working to get forward. He's definitely frustrated with it and that's part of this game. One of the things that, it's not a secret, you talk about players with all the time is availability. He hasn't been available as often as he would like to be or as we would like him to be.”'

Marker Jets Game Preview [1:45 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Jets 16, Bills 14.'

Marker Sacks aplenty again for Bills [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Allowing our secondary to do its job,” DE Jerry Hughes said when asked how they have been able to sustain last year’s numbers. “They've really been doing a fantastic job of making quarterbacks go to their second and third reads, taking away that first option so quarterbacks have to figure out where they want to go once their first option is taken away. When the secondary does that it buys [the defensive line] more time to do what we do.”'

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October 23, 2014

Marker 5 things Buffalo Bills fans should know about running back Anthony 'Boobie' Dixon [1:58 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Dixon started with nothing. At times growing up in Mississippi, Dixon was homeless. He was raised by a single mother working two jobs, making Dixon a father figure for his four brothers. To say Dixon had it tough is an understatement. But he made it through and was smiling every step of the way.'

Marker 5 things Buffalo Bills fans should know about running back Bryce Brown [1:57 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Coming out of high school, Brown was one of the biggest recruits in the country. He initially landed at Tennessee but was unhappy about his playing time, so he transferred to Kansas State. Brown then left Kansas State early to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. He never started a college game and was drafted in the seventh round.'

Marker Bills seek to plug leaks, cut down on Orton’s sacks [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s an ominous trend, especially as the Bills prepare for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, who despite their 1-6 record, have this going for them: They rank fourth in the NFL with 20 sacks and do an excellent job of pressuring the passer.'

Marker Polian a Hall finalist as a contributor [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills General Manager Bill Polian is a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'

Marker Ryan keeps smiling through Jets’ turbulence [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You handle it the same as if you were 6-1,” Ryan said. “You go about your job and you just do the best you can as a coach, and you line it up each week. That’s what we do. We put everything we have into our preparation and putting our players in a position where we think they can be successful.”'

Marker Dixon ready to show he can carry the load [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Me and Bryce are going to do it together as a combination,” Dixon said. “That’s pretty much how we’re going to get it done. We’re going to compete this week and see who’s got a feel for the plays that” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett “wants to run, and then on Sunday, we’re going to go with it.”'

Marker Bills guard Kraig Urbik may return to starting lineup [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm definitely ready every week, preparing like I'm the starter," said Urbik, who has played only 55 offensive snaps (out of 450), all in the Week 3 game against San Diego when he took over for Williams, who suffered a back injury early that day. "Being the backup who dresses on game day, you're always one play away from starting. So I prepare every week like I'm starting, and I'll be ready."

Marker Percy Harvin expected to play against Bills Sunday [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's awful hard to come in and, 'Oh by the way here's the offense, learn it in a week,' " Ryan said. "I don't know if that's realistic. But we'll have some plays for him and get him back there to return a kick and things like that. I'd love to see him make a difference immediately, but again, we'll see how he does during the week. How much he can pick up of this offense and then let him go."

Marker Anthony Dixon, Kraig Urbik running with first team at Buffalo Bills practice [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills have made a change on the offensive line. After a few rough games in a row, rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson has been replaced as the team's starting left guard in favor of Kraig Urbik, who started all 16 games at right guard for the Bills in 2013. Erik Pears was still running with the first-team offense at right guard.'

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