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Buffalo Bills News - October 24, 2016

Marker First-round pick Lawson finally debuts for Bills [8:59 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I thought I had him," Lawson said. "It's going to come. Just be patient. I was kind of anxious at first, so I just had to settle down. I was just trying to stay focused and stay calm."'

Marker Breaking down Shaq Lawson's Buffalo Bills debut against Dolphins in Week 7 [8:59 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It was great to be out there and go out and get my feet wet," Lawson said after the game. "It's been a long time since I played a game, so I didn't know what the feeling was playing a game."'

Marker Analysis: Missed tackles played a big part in Jay Ajayi running all over Bills [8:52 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The analytics website Pro Football Focus charged the Bills with a whopping 16 missed tackles against the Dolphins, bringing their season total to 57 ­– fourth most in the NFL. Ryan said the team charts missed tackles in its film review of games, and that the issue “certainly wasn’t anywhere close to what it was yesterday.”'

Marker Bills' Aaron Williams back in meetings after 'totally unnecessary' hit; Rex Ryan lobb [8:52 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's walking around and he's talking to people," coach Rex Ryan said. "Our medical people are still evaluating his head and neck."'

Marker Rex Ryan not backtracking on decision to play LeSean McCoy [8:51 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The decision to play LeSean, as I mentioned was, he got clearance from medical personnel. That’s a variety of tests – tons of tests," Ryan said. "The player needs to sign off on it, so it’s not just, ‘Hey, the medical says you’re OK. You’re going out there.’ So LeSean wanted to play. He felt like he was ready to play. We took him to pregame and he was running routes at full speed and burst and things like that.'

Marker Rex Ryan: Landry hit was 'dirty' and 'unnecessary' [8:47 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Did he target? Did he launch? Yeah, he did all those, check every box you want,’’ Ryan said. “Was it a dirty hit? Yeah. It was unnecessary … and unsportsmanlike. I thought the officials got it right; it was unnecessary roughness. A football play, he came in for a crack block, but there was nothing physical about it. I was surprised he did it and I’m absolutely disappointed. Now I have a player who’s in jeopardy. I don’t understand it.’’'

Marker Bills were beaten on both sides up front [8:47 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'More disturbing to Rex Ryan, I’m sure, was the way his defense was pushed around by the Dolphins offensive line. Miami shredded the Bills for 256 yards rushing, much of that with Jay Ajayi running through massive holes. And the Buffalo pass rush was pretty much neutralized as the lone sack came from Lorenzo Alexander.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Aaron Williams thanks fans and friends for thoughts and prayers [8:41 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Head coach Rex Ryan told the media on Monday that the medical staff is still evaluating Williams' head and neck and that the team would err on the side of caution when it came to his well being.'

Marker Bills’ Rex Ryan upset with hit on Aaron Williams during Miami loss [8:40 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“A head or neck injury is as severe of an injury as you can get. He’ll never hit the field if he wasn’t cleared by professionals,” Ryan said.'

Marker Bills coach Ryan calls Landry's hit on Williams 'dirty' [8:37 PM]
AP reports: '"Call it what you want," Landry said. "It's football."'

Marker Ryan's Bills bullied at line of scrimmage by Miami [8:35 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We got out-physicaled on both sides of the ball, which is rare for us, but it happened," Ryan said. "Obviously, we got outplayed, we got outcoached, we got out-everything'd. They were a more physical team today, there's no doubt about that. They controlled the game and that's why they won the game."'

Marker Rex Ryan: Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry should've been tossed [8:33 PM]
ESPN reports: '"Yeah, it was totally unnecessary," Ryan said Monday. "Did [Landry" target="_blank"> target, did he launch? Yeah, he did all those. You can check every box you want. Was it a dirty hit? Yeah. It was unnecessary. And as I see it, it was unsportsmanlike."'

Marker Bills threw me some curve balls [8:29 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The biggest problem with this loss is that it made me immediately think the Bills will be 4-5 after the next two games. I didn't think this was a lock it in win like San Francisco the week before but its a game I thought the Bills should be able to get and was one of those wins in the "how do I get them to 10 victories" discussion.'

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week Seven loss at Miami [1:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lorenzo Alexander – What a story this continues to be.'

Marker Bills need more from Tyrod late in games -- just check the numbers [1:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In Taylor's year and a half with the Bills, his teams are 2-7 in games when they've been tied or within one possession (eight points) at any point the fourth quarter. Taylor's numbers in those situations are poor: A completion percentage of 45.2 percent, a quarterback rating of 50.3 and more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2).'

Marker Bills telecast is Bizarro World of spins, a fake out, brief return of Super Mario [1:24 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Early in the Bills’ 28-25 loss to Miami, one guy on Twitter called them CBS’ “D Team” of announcers. Actually, they are considered No. 7 out of eight CBS teams, which apparently illustrates what the network thought of the Bills’ four-game winning streak. But like Alexander and Brown, the announcers performed better than expected.'

Marker It’s another bad loss for the Bills [9:23 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo led, 17-6, in the final half-minute of the third period … what could possibly go wrong?'

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Marker Dolphins bully Bills on both sides of the line [12:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the Bills built a 17-6 lead with 5:51 left in the third quarter, it looked like the respect was about to reach heights the franchise hadn't experienced in a long time. But then, reverting to the form that has defined 16 years of futility, the Bills gave up two touchdowns in a span of 1:32 in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Eric Wood calls Jarvis Landry's hit on Aaron Williams 'garbage' [12:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I didn’t see it. I heard about it, and I thought ‘that’s garbage,’ ” Bills center Eric Wood said. “Who knows if he knows he’s had prior neck injuries, but we’ll see if he gets fined more for that than the guys dancing.”'

Marker Shady decision to let McCoy play in Miami [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But I don't need to watch film to know this: LeSean McCoy should not have been on the field at Hard Rock Stadium. A week earlier, McCoy was being touted for MVP. Against the Dolphins, he was MIA. Running on a hamstring that he'd tweaked in practice on Wednesday, McCoy was a shell of himself on a day when the Bills desperately needed a running game.'

Marker It was a reckless crackback block. That's when I stopped watching. [12:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Landry lined up wide left at the 11-yard line and veered at Williams on a run play to the left. Williams, his eyes on Dolphins back Jay Ajayi, didn't see Landry shooting toward him. Landry could've hit Williams cleanly, but launched his helmet and left shoulder into Williams' face.'

Marker Former Dolphins teammate Mike Pouncey has got much love for Richie Incognito [12:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He was a dog here, still a dog up there," Martin said. "He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. All the success that he’s getting and that he’s had, is a testament to the way he plays football."'

Marker McCoy says 'it just didn't feel right;' Shaq's debut & more [12:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ''“I tried to take off … and it just didn’t feel right,” he said. “I felt a little pain and I did what I had to do, so I came out. It was the smart thing to do. I didn’t reinjure anything or make it worse. That was the best thing. I just kind of felt it and it was kind of like a warning mentally.”'

Marker Mark Gaughan's 10 Plays that Shaped the Game: Cutback runs killed Bills [12:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami’s go-ahead touchdown was a 12-yard run by Damien Williams with 3:56 left. He broke four tackles on a cutback to the weak side against a light defense in nickel personnel. Laremy Tunsil and Mike Pouncey double-teamed Leger Douzable at the point of attack. Douzable dove at Williams’ legs but couldn’t slow him down. Zach Brown was the linebacker on that side but got blocked on the second level by Tunsil.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Matchup Winners: Miami ganged up on 1st-down runs [12:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the first 58 minutes of the game, the Bills ran on 13 of 18 first-down plays. Those 13 runs produced 36 yards, and nine of the runs went for 3 or fewer yards. On the first-down pass plays the first 58 minutes, Tyrod Taylor was 4 of 5 for 101 yards. That included the 67-yard TD to Marquise Goodwin, a perfect play call against a Miami blitz.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Ajayi feasts on Bills' horrific run defense [12:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense was horrific against the run. Not only did the Dolphins' offensive line consistently knock the front seven off the ball, the Bills' linebackers were nowhere to be found to fill cutback lanes through which Ajayi routinely exploded for long runs.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Dolphins 28, Bills 25 [12:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills now are 1-2 in the AFC East and 1-3 in the AFC, which suddenly casts a different light on all of that hopeful playoff discussion in recent days.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: Lack of elite Marcell Dareus caught up to Bills [12:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That’s what the Bills needed against a Miami’s breakout runner, Jay Ajayi. The Bills needed the eight or nine disruptive plays in the backfield Dareus is supposed to be giving them.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: File this one away in the archive of regret [12:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Tyrod Taylor hit Marquise Goodwin with a 67-yard bomb in the third quarter to give the Bills that 17-6 lead, I figured it was over. Turn out the lights, I tweeted at that point. No way Miami gets back in this one, the way the Bills' defense has been playing in the red zone.'

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