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Buffalo Bills News - October 8, 2015

Marker Thursday's Tennessee Coverage [7:08 AM] reports: Click here''

Marker Bills’ defense trying to get in sync with Ryan’s system [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think, for us, it’s just everyone figuring each other out,” Hughes said Wednesday, as the Bills began full-scale preparations for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. “For the defense, it’s just us understanding what our coaches want from us on the field. And, then, also understanding the scheme, so that way we can still go out there and play fast and be able to communicate with one another, so that way we’re all on the same page.”'

Marker Bills bring Cundiff in for kickoffs, could pressure struggling Carpenter [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Rex Ryan indicated that the team releasing Gay had nothing to do with his performance on kickoffs, which means it must have something to do with field goals. Through four games, Carpenter is 5 of 7 with one missed extra point. One of the team’s current kickers could be released by the time the Bills travel to Tennessee for this weekend’s game. Linebacker IK Enemkpali is available for reinstatement after his four-game suspension.'

Marker Bills aren’t totally sad about lack of sacks [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“As long as you tackle well, that’s fine,” Ryan said. “You get off the field. That’s what it’s about. So if we don’t have a sack, that doesn’t matter to me. I want to win. You go back to the 2000 Ravens. They gave up 165 points on the season, which nobody’s been close to. I think we only had 35 sacks that year.'

Marker Dixon ready to cut loose as starting RB [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a huge opportunity,” Dixon said. “I’m putting in extra work. I’m just trying to take advantage of it. I feel like I’m born for this.”'

Marker Mariota isn't keeping Ryan up at night [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I don’t think the kids' gonna have his way against us; I don’t think that’s gonna happen," Ryan said when he was asked whether his defense needs to show a little pride Sunday in Tennessee and not let a rookie, playing his fourth NFL game, beat them.'

Marker Bills sign Cundiff; Carpenter may be toast [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I shouldn't be missing kicks inside 40, it's as simple as that," Carpenter said matter-of-factly, with the full understanding that while he's been told everything is status quo for now, his job is on the line. "They have to be able to rely on someone to make those kicks."'

Marker Can Boobie Dixon handle 'workhorse' role in Bills' backfield if Karlos Williams can&a [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Right now, Dixon is No. 1 on the Bills' running back depth chart. He's gotten this chance before. Last year, the Bills lost C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson in one game, forcing Dixon into an increased role. He ended up with his only 20-carry game in the NFL and turned it into just 44 yards. In 2015, on eight carries, Dixon has zero total rushing yards.'

Marker Rex Ryan hints that Billy Cundiff could push Dan Carpenter for Bills' kicker job [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"(Cundiff) does have a strong leg, so he can handle kickoffs, and he's been a good kicker," Ryan said. "We'll see how everything plays out. Jordan, sometimes just carrying a kickoff guy sometimes isn't the best thing for your team. This move had nothing to do with Jordan. I think Jordan did a tremendous job in the role that he had. That doesn't mean we won't have Cundiff kick off and have Carpenter do our kicks."'

Marker Report: Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. fined for punch thrown against Bills [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Beckham, who threw a punch for which he wasn't flagged, has been fined $9,000 by the NFL, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.'

Marker Rex Ryan has Buffalo Bills doing pushups for penalties in practice [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Just see how many people he is affecting," Ryan said. "That his actions are affecting. Penalties still gonna happen, but we have to eliminate them to the best of our abilities. Especially the self-inflicted ones."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign K Billy Cundiff, WR Denarius Moore [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Moore set career highs for catches (51), receiving yards (741) and touchdowns (7) back in 2012. He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals back in April but was cut during Cincinnati's final cut down to 53 players.'

Marker Rex Ryan on Marcus Mariota: Kid won't have his way with us [1:48 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '“He’s obviously got a real good grasp of the system,” he said. “He’s a multitalented guy, and they’re taking advantage of some of that. He does some of those zone reads where they incorporate a pass/run option, different things. The young man looks impressive.”'

Marker Marcus Mariota to be Challenged by Rex Ryan's Defense [1:47 AM] reports: '“He’s obviously got a real good grasp of the system and shoot, you know, he’s a multi-talented guy and they’re taking advantage of some of that. He does some of those zone-reads where they incorporate a pass-run option and different things. The young man looks impressive.”'

Marker Behind Enemy Lines: An Inside Look at the Bills [1:46 AM] reports: 'I think they are talented enough to be in the conversation for a Wild Card spot, but they are missing some pieces that could get you there, and the biggest is an overall lack of poise. There’s still a little bit of a disconnect between the systems of head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman and their players.'

Marker Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be fined $8,681, says Bills' barbs don't bother him [1:45 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“Of course,” he said of his plans to appeal. “I get punched every single game, or ‘punched’ or whatever it is. I get hit in my face every single game.”'

Marker Odell Beckham punished by NFL for antics vs. Bills [1:44 AM]
New York Post reports: '“He’s an emotional guy,” Coughlin said approvingly.'

Marker Tom Coughlin 'disappointed' in Odell Beckham Jr.'s chippiness vs. Bills [1:43 AM]
Newsday reports: '"Odell actually came to me and talked about it," Coughlin said. "Obviously, I was disappointed because I think he's beyond and above a lot of that stuff, and I think he'll put it behind him."'

Marker Someone on Bills' sideline took a swing at Giants' Cullen Jenkins [1:42 AM]
Newsday reports: '"I saw the film and he reached over his teammate's shoulder, he was hiding behind his teammate, reached over his shoulder," Jenkins said. "I was looking the opposite way so I didn't even know it happened until after the game when I saw the video. I was like 'Wow.'"'

Marker Giants' Odell Beckham fined for punch vs. Buffalo Bills, met with Tom Coughlin in morning [1:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"Odell actually came to me to tell me about it," Coughlin said. "Obviously I was disappointed because he is beyond and above a lot of that stuff and I think he'll put it behind him."'

Marker Cullen Jenkins: Buffalo Bills' whining because they lost to Giants is 'comical' and & [1:40 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"You tell him the same thing you tell anybody," Jenkins said. "He has to be smart out there regardless because just let other teams get penalties and make sure it's not us."'

Marker Giants' Beckham bristles at cheap shot allegations [1:39 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I get punched every single game, punched," Beckham said, using air quotes for emphasis the second time. "Whatever it is, I get hit in my face every single game. Like I said, it is what it is, but we're playing football and these are grown men out here. I don't think anybody should be talking about what happened after they lost the game."'

Marker Carpenter's future uncertain after Bills sign kicker Cundiff [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Carpenter has been erratic since the start of the preseason while nursing assorted injuries. He has missed two of seven field-goal attempts, including a 30-yarder in a 24-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Carpenter has also missed an extra point.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' high-priced defense not paying off just yet [1:37 AM]
AP reports: 'More troubling is how a veteran-laden defense that features two $100 million players — defensive linemen Marcell Dareus and Mario Williams — has sagged because of poor on-field communication, a lack of discipline and poor tackling.'

Marker Bills-Titans Preview [1:36 AM]
AP reports: '"Mistakes are down from what they were. But we're still making too many for us to be where we want to be, and that would be an elite defense."'

Marker Over Bill-ed? Stats belie Ryan's confidence in defense [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan loves to talk the tough talk, but right now, his defense needs to step it up. It ranks 22nd overall in yards, 29th against the pass, 29th in first downs allowed and 27th in sacks per pass attempt.'

Marker Bills sign K Cundiff, WR Moore [1:34 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The key to the Cundiff move is that he can also handle kickoffs. That made Gay expendable, and could mean the end of Carpenter's two-plus years in Buffalo, where he currently is the most accurate field goal kicker in team history (88.8 percent).'

Marker Week 5 preview: Bills at Titans [1:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Bills 27-21.'

Marker Rex Ryan will demand Buffalo Bills do pushups for penalties after practice [1:32 AM]
ESPN reports: '"If a guy gets a penalty during the practices, then we're gonna make sure that all of us are gonna do 10 pushups or whatever," Ryan said Wednesday. "The rest of the team will [do pushups" target="_blank"> and that person [being penalized" target="_blank"> will stand up, just to see how many people he is affecting.'

Marker Aaron William expected back; updates on Karlos, Sammy [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rookie right guard John Miller will return on a limited basis Wednesday and the medical staff and coaches will evaluate his progress as the week goes on. Ryan said Miller, who sat out last week’s 24-10 loss to the Giants with a groin injury, is getting closer to returning.'

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