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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2017

Marker Eagles score last in 20-16 win over Bills [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'But Mabin committed a pass interference call on the ensuing Eagles possession in the end zone gave Philadelphia the win as Byron Marshall scored from a yard out with three minutes left to lift the Eagles to a 20-16 win.'

Marker Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Eagles [1:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Running the second team offense, Nate Peterman came on in the latter stages of the first half and put together a field goal drive at the end of the second quarter. With 47 seconds on the clock, Peterman went just 3-6 passing on the drive, but showed great touch on a 22-yard completion to Zay Jones along the left sideline dropping it over the cornerback’s head where only Jones could make a play on it.'

Marker Five players to watch [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Boldin did not dress for the preseason opener and a lot has changed since last Thursday. Sammy Watkins was traded, Jordan Matthews was added, but he’s not expected to play. Boldin must begin to establish on field chemistry with Tyrod Taylor knowing right now he’s probably the quarterback’s most trusted receiver.'

Marker Bills Today: Hyde ready to lead defense [1:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It may be on the field, it may be off the field,” said Hyde. “It might be something as simple as where to eat at while at away games. I try to help these guys, especially the young guys, like Tre’ White. He’s going to be playing a lot, so I wanted to let him know how it’s going to be, and what he should expect. You know, just try to share my knowledge that way.”'

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August 17, 2017

Marker Pregame primer: Everything you need to know for Bills-Eagles, plus five things we're watching f [3:20 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Who steps up at right cornerback? Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier declared it an "open competition" for Ronald Darby's vacated spot in the secondary. With veteran Leonard Johnson looking locked in as the slot cornerback and rookie first-round draft pick Tre'Davious White on the left side, that leaves Kevon Seymour, veteran Shareece Wright and newcomer E.J. Gaines as the most likely candidates to replace Darby. Seymour is questionable for the game with a foot injury, but will surely be campaigning to play. He doesn't want to risk falling behind if the other two turn in good performances.'

Marker Preseason Week 2: 5 things to watch for during Bills vs. Eagles [3:19 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Rumor has the Bills looking to find their franchise quarterback during the 2018 NFL Draft. But hold up, Nathan Peterman is currently rising up the depth charts. The fifth-round rookie has taken second-team reps following a strong performance against the Minnesota Vikings last week. Peterman nearly completed a 14-point comeback but a dropped pass buried that. Peterman hasn’t been completely consistent during practices, but veteran TJ Yates, who Peterman passed on the depth chart, has not looked consistent either. But against Minnesota, Yates simply did not look good. Will the rookie lock down QB2 or is there some life left in the vet? ... Oh yeah, Tyrod Taylor will start too... but we knew that, people.'

Marker McDermott's return to Philadelphia all about business [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You guys are getting to know me well enough now that I’m more focused on our team," McDermott said to reporters Tuesday, the Bills' final day of camp. "I want us to go out and perform the way I expect us to perform."'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Trade aftermath, Peterman's shot & Dawkins' retur [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peterman was mostly impressive through training camp and in last week's preseason-opener against the Minnesota Vikings. But entering the Vikings' game as a third-stringer, he was able to take advantage of mostly bottom-of-the-roster defenders. Things will be drastically different against the Eagles, whose second-string defenders (and perhaps even some starters) will provide a greater challenge.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills camp superlatives: McCoy, Peterman & Yarbrough sparkle [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yarbrough spent the majority of the practices in the offensive backfield. He was ultra-quick off the ball and showed excellent moves and superb use of his hands. Yarbrough took full advantage of the opportunity he had to work with the ones while starting end Shaq Lawson was injured. There seems little doubt he has secured a spot on the roster, as well as a regular spot in pass-rush packages.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: In old QB debate, Rob Johnson still a loser [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson fails to mention that he was perhaps the most frequently sacked QB in NFL history. I dare you to find a QB who took sacks more often than Rob's 17 per 100 passes. That's why Wade Phillips kicked a field goal on first down in the Music City Miracle, leaving time for a kickoff. He was afraid Rob would get sacked.'

Marker Sean McDermott TV show premieres Sept. 10 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Sean McDermott Show" will be simulcast at 11 a.m. Sunday on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) and MSG WNY.'

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott not interested in Philly homecoming, just team improvement [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sure, his wife and two children, his parents, and his brother and his family will be at the game, but outside of some hugs and kisses and small talk, this is a business trip for McDermott and the mission is crystal clear.'

Marker Rookie Dion Dawkins battles for starting role on Buffalo Bills' offensive line [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’ve got some depth at that position, which is nice to have and critical to have at that position," said McDermott. "Dion would potentially move over if we got that far. At this point and time, we’re not going to do that; we want him to get comfortable at the right (tackle) position. But we do need to have a contingency plan in place and we feel like the reps that Dion has built up over the spring should serve him well if needed."'

Marker Why ECU coach thinks Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones will make an instant impact [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Montgomery only coached Jones for his final season at ECU, but he saw enough to know Jones should hit the ground running in the NFL. Jones learned five wide receiver positions as a senior for the Pirates. It was a necessity for ECU given their shortcomings at the position, but Montgomery also considered it necessary for Jones to transition to the NFL. He needed to play more than just the slot, so he had him learn both outside positions in the offense. Then the other two slot positions.'

Marker How ECU strength coach helped Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones transform his body [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Four things that I require from an intangible standpoint: Accountability, work ethic, discipline and spirit," Connors said. "Zay's always been at the highest level of all four of those categories. I believe those are the things that get you to the next level. Those are the things scouts have asked me about for 25 years. Always accountable. Never late, never missed anything. Always 100 percent effort. Not 98. No matter what you do, he always knew one speed.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 7 things to watch in second preseason game [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The players expected to be the Bills' No. 1 wide receiver and top cornerback in 2017 are gone after two trades last week. Will the losses of Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby affect the team's play on offense and defense? Watkins was targeted early and often against the Vikings and the team may be rolling out a few players across from Tre'Davious White. How the team responds in their first game since the trades is something to watch on Thursday night.'

Marker NFL.com proposes Buffalo Bills trade Reggie Ragland to Kansas City Chiefs [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Hand-picked by Rex Ryan, Ragland was identified as an ideal fit for the ex-Buffalo coach's 3-4 scheme. In Sean McDermott's 4-3 operation, though, the hard-hitting Alabama star has failed to click, riding with the third-team defense in recent days. Ragland's rookie season was washed away by a knee injury, but the 2016 second-rounder is filled with promise as an old-school, aggressive defender who fearlessly seeks out ball carriers. I'd love to see him grow in Kansas City, where the team could use an understudy to Derrick Johnson, who turns 35 this November. Few teams do a better job of developing young defenders -- the kind of attention Ragland desperately needs."'

Marker Many Eagles-Bills connections entering second preseason game [1:48 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'It would be more notable if Matthews was playing. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is Matthews’ close friend who drove the wide receiver to the airport Friday to catch a flight to Buffalo. He said after the trade that it’s “going to be really weird” and “is not going to be fun” to see Matthews come out of the visitors’ tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field. Matthews’ injury means Wentz won’t see him in a different jersey.'

Marker The Schwartz is with them. Former Bills land in Philly [1:47 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: '"It’s an aggressive defense," Bradham said. "[Schwartz] is all about being aggressive up front and using your speed, and focus in on getting the ball out, creating turnovers. Pretty much being physical and having a lot of aggression. As a defensive player, he’s pretty much just telling you, ‘Go!’ and that’s what we’re doing."'

Marker Peterman moves up for the Eagles game [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Peterman worked with the second unit all week and feels he's getting a chemistry, “It’s been good. I’ve gotten to throw with them a little bit, but I think we’ve got to keep building the chemistry, building the timing with the double moves and things like that. Just got to keep working on it.”'

Marker Joe B: 5 things to watch for in Bills - Eagles (8/16/17) [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'However, the Bills are now faced with the task of evaluating Peterman over the next three games, and to decide if he warrants being the main backup to Tyrod Taylor throughout the 2017 regular season — which would be a pretty big responsibility given his draft position this past season. If he puts together another solid performance like he had last week, he could even close in on locking down the backup job.'

Marker What to watch for: Bills-Eagles [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it always starts out with being physical,” Brown told Buffalobills.com. “Handle the backs in the flats. We let them leak out too much in the last game. Make sure we keep getting better with our tackling. Tackling can always get better because you don’t get that many live opportunities. And win. That’s what we need to do. Make sure we get more plays in our system and run to the ball.”'

Marker Bills Today: Preston Brown studied the 2016 Carolina defense [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Brown said that he went back and watched film of the Panther’s defense from the past couple years. He said that he wanted to understand how the linebackers were successful in the scheme, and carried the unit. He said that he was impressed in how they diagnosed formations, and understood schemes. Brown said that being a middle linebacker means that he carries the responsibility of calling out formations, and making sure that his teammates understand their assignment.'

August 16, 2017

Marker McDermott on Monday's skirmishes: 'That's exactly what I wanted to see' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' head coach halted practice to give his team a "butt chewing," according to guard Richie Incognito, and came away satisfied with the results – even if it meant some extracurricular activity after the whistle.'

Marker Kornheiser, Wilbon break with media pack, blast Watkins trade on 'PTI' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seldom have you heard a discouraging word about the Buffalo Bills trade of Sammy Watkins to Los Angeles for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round draft choice.'

Marker What They Said: Coach Sean McDermott as Bills camp wraps up [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'he following players will not play in the game this week at Philadelphia: Jeremy Butler, still with a concussion; Jordan Matthews with the chip fracture in the sternum, he’s week-to-week; then Cordy Glenn, Cordy flew to Wisconsin and had an injection in his foot done by Dr. Anderson – we will list him as week-to-week.'

Marker Bills' Boldin: 'Not that diva mentality in our receiver room' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sammy Watkins' departure has left a sizeable hole in the Buffalo Bills' receiving corps that isn't likely to be filled any time soon.'

Marker What we learned on final day of Bills Camp [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s a little bit bittersweet, we leave today, but certainly appreciate all of the effort, all the time," coach Sean McDermott said.'

Marker Bills rookie Nathan Peterman will serve as backup quarterback against Eagles [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' The Buffalo Bills will have a new backup quarterback Thursday night for their second preseason game. Coach Sean McDermott confirmed Tuesday that rookie Nathan Peterman will serve as the No. 2 behind Tyrod Taylor against the Philadelphia Eagles.'

Marker Brandon Beane tells The MMQB that Bills had three offers for Sammy Watkins [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peter King's "Monday Morning QB" column has long been required reading for NFL fans. This week's edition is of particular interest for those who follow the Buffalo Bills. In it, King interviewed Bills General Manager Brandon Beane following the team's pair of blockbuster trades last week.'

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