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Buffalo Bills News - September 20, 2017

Marker PFF Grades: Examining Bills' major run-blocking issues vs. Panthers [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Mario Addison, and even the veteran Julius Peppers on the defensive line, along with a trio of tremendous, fast linebackers behind them – Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson – Carolina boasts one of the best run-stopping front sevens in all of football. It clearly overwhelmed what Buffalo tried to do on the ground all afternoon.'

Marker John Murphy Show Recap: Who gets credit for Bills' number 2 overall defense, Thurman Thomas, Tr [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas also joined Murphy and Jones, and chatted about Joe Namath's charity golf tournament, the Bill -Panthers game, what ails the Bills' run game, what McCoy and the offense needs to do to get better week-in and week-out running. Thomas also talked about how focused the offensive line will be this week because of the "shot" they took because their top back had 8 yards.'

Marker Warmest Bills home game since 2002 forecast for Sunday [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And, it will be the first time since Sept. 25, 2011, that the temperature at a Bills' home game will reach 80 degrees or more.'

Marker Bills game forecast: Sunny skies and tranquil temperatures [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'TAILGATE FORECAST: Mild, quickly becoming warm/summerlike toward midday. Maybe a bit of patchy fog very early, then mostly sunny and tranquil with temperatures rising from 70 at 8 a.m. to 82 by noon.'

Marker Buffalo Bills schedule: From frying pan into the fire this week [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' “Well, they’re a talented group obviously,’’ he said of Denver’s defense that again ranks No. 4 overall, including third against the run and 14th in points allowed. “They rush the pass very well and they’ve got great DBs, they all have great ball skills. Put the ball around them, they think it’s theirs, so you’ve got to be careful. Like any other defense, they’re loaded with talent. We have our work cut out for us, but just like we did last week, we’ll find a way to move the ball.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills release safety Trae Elston, linebacker Jelani Jenkins [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills also reportedly worked out punters Matt Darr, Taylor Symmank, Matt Wile and long snapper Derek Hart. But Sean McDermott didn't exactly sound like someone ready to sign a punter when he heaped praise on Colton Schmidt Monday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Jordan Poyer named to Pro Football Focus' Team of Week 2 [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'For the second consecutive week, PFF named Poyer to their Team of the Week. The safety is coming off a game against the Carolina Panthers in which he recorded 11 total tackles (7 solo), one sack and three passes defensed. The analytics site gave Poyer an 87.5 grade which was the second highest safety grade given by PFF. Only Karl Joseph of the Oakland Raiders finished with a higher grade in Week 2 (90.5).'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley reportedly has a new gig [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Whaley, who had a 30-34 record in four seasons as the Bills' general manager, will be working for Impellia, according to Sports Business Daily. Impellia is a company that develops software and sensor technology that can be used for injury prevention and performance enhancement. Whaley will be a senior sports business advisor for the company.'

Marker 8 things we learned about the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills' Week 3 opponent [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Broncos scored 42 points on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Trevor Siemian led the way with four touchdown passes and C.J. Anderson added one rushing touchdown. Siemian's touchdown passes went to Emmanuel Sanders (2), Anderson and Virgil Green. The team also recorded a defensive touchdown against Dallas. Buffalo's defense will be tested in Week 3.'

Marker John Dudley: Right now, Bills’ defense gives them their only chance [1:44 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The reality is the Bills’ defense kept them in the game, and it will have to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.'

Marker Bills release Elston and Jenkins [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Elston made the team in his first training camp with the Bills, becoming a special teams contributor in the first two games of the season. He failed to register a tackle in two games played. Jenkins joined the team one week ago off of waivers after four seasons with the Dolphins. Jenkins has been released after being inactive for the Bills' Week 2 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.'

Marker Joe B: Buffalo Bills All-22 Review vs. Carolina Panthers (9/19/17) [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Oh, what a game it was for Jerry Hughes. He’s back home in the defense that best suits him and he’s clearly having a lot of fun doing it. Coming into the game, it seemed like a huge opportunity against a poor left tackle for Hughes to dominate — and guess what? He did just that. Hughes came away with two sacks, but his game was so much more than that. He was sound against the run on the edge, he forced Cam Newton to hurry up his reads in the pocket multiple times, and he probably could have come away with four sacks against Carolina. The Panthers had no answer for him all game long.'

Marker Doug Whaley gets post-Bills job with software company [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Whaley told Business First he's not sure if he'll work for the NFL again, but he's "taking this fall to regroup."'

Marker Familiarity with Poyer landed Bills a free agent steal [1:40 AM] reports: '“We evaluated him coming out and there was something special about Jordan,” Babich said. “Philly ended up drafting him. I was in the hotel before we were playing the Packers and we found out that Jordan got cut by Philly. The (pro scouting department) immediately asked us as a staff if we wanted him in Cleveland and we said, ‘Absolutely.’ So, that’s where it all started.”'

Marker Bills Life: LeSean McCoy: Running back and teacher [1:39 AM] reports: 'Despite how busy running back LeSean McCoy is during the football season, he still always manages to find time for his biggest fans. In a video he shared on Instagram, McCoy spent his off day teaching his son how to read.'

Marker Bills release S Trae Elston, LB Jelani Jenkins [1:38 AM] reports: 'Buffalo now has two vacant roster spots to fill before Sunday's game against Denver.'

Marker Bills mental toughness growing [1:37 AM] reports: '“It didn’t change the team,” said Tyrod Taylor. “That’s just our attitude. We were still in it. As many plays as we didn’t make on offense we were still in it and had a chance to win it at the end. The defense did a great job of getting us the ball back and keeping it a low scoring game. Some games are going to be like that. We just weren’t on the winning side of it.”'

Marker Bills Today: Dennison’s days in Denver to help Bills defense [1:36 AM] reports: '“For sure with personnel. The scheme has probably changed a little bit from when he was there, but with their offensive personnel we’ll definitely sit down and talk throughout the week about how he liked to use those guys when he had them versus what they’re doing with them now. We’ll pick his brain for sure on personnel,” Frazier said.'

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September 19, 2017

Marker Pollock: Heat turned up on Bills’ Tyrod Taylor as offense stalls [10:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, despite McCoy’s struggles, the player in the Bills’ fans crosshairs was quarterback Tyrod Taylor, now 16-15 in his 31 starts for Buffalo since being acquired in a trade with Baltimore in 2015.'

Marker Sean McDermott on the the Bills' offensive struggles: I feel the frustration out there [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know that you can say it that way. That's a different statement," Dennison said when asked why the team is having such a tough time getting the ball to its wideouts. "We haven't completed as many balls to the wide receivers. You know, we're trying to get the ball, spread the ball around, do whatever we need to do to move the ball. We didn't execute very well early on – 57 minutes, as you said. We just didn't move the ball very well. It wasn't just the wide receivers."'

Marker Bucky Gleason: McDermott makes right call to stay with Taylor ... for now [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two games into the season, fans are clamoring for Peterman after seeing enough of Taylor. Peterman could have been better Sunday than Taylor, who was 17 for 25 for 125 yards. He threw for just 74 yards before the last drive against the Panthers' loose defense. He failed to complete a pass longer than 15 yards in the game.'

Marker Bucky Gleason Hot Read: McDermott makes right call in sticking with Taylor ... for now [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Already, you can hear Bills fans clamoring for rookie Nathan Peterman while pleading for McDermott to pull the plug on Taylor. Certainly, the kid could have been as effective as Taylor, who was 17 of 25 for a measly 125 yards. He completed just three passes to his wide receivers and had just 74 yards passing before the final drive. He didn't complete a pass longer than 15 yards in the game.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Bills to face a Broncos quarterback on the rise next weekend [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What do you suppose is their opinion of Tyrod Taylor?'

Marker Rating the Bills: Pass game failed to open up McCoy & Co. [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy skewered the Jets in Week One with outside zone-scheme runs. Those runs weren't prominent in the game plan this week for good reason. Carolina's linebackers flow too fast to the sideline to get beat outside. The Panthers also have a star defensive tackle tandem in Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei who clog the middle.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Sean McDermott explains his timeout strategy, a pair of punters work out, Forbes ran [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The explanation from McDermott on Monday: "Yeah, you know, those can go either way. What I was looking at there really was real estate. I felt like we had some real estate, a significant amount, to cover. I felt like if we could get the ball into the medium red zone area and then get it down to taking one more shot, so I wanted to make sure at that point we could save the timeouts if we needed them.'

Marker What They Said: Bills HC Sean McDermott, DC Leslie Frazier, OC Rick Dennison [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yeah, I know what we’re looking at, I mean I feel the frustration out there. I thought we got into a rhythm at times, other times we didn’t. We’re looking at everything, some of the deep shots we had up, called up down the field didn’t work out the way we wanted them to and then we get into a rhythm to start the second half. We get into a rhythm in the two minute obviously, and made some plays, so there are some good things going on, that said, at the end of the day, 3 points--it’s hard to win games in this league when you’re scoring three points. We’ve got to look at a lot of things and we’re going to do that this week.'

Marker Advanced Stats: Examining Bills' offensive struggles, defensive triumphs [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was under pressure on 34.3 percent of his dropbacks and completed 3 of 6 passes for 22 yards in those situations.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2017 snap counts: Player participation through Week Two [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott stuck true to his philosophy of rotating players on the defensive line, as both Eddie Yarbrough and Ryan Davis saw their playing time increase from Week One. The heat in Carolina certainly could have been a factor. Ditto for the lopsided time of possession in favor of Carolina in the first half.'

Marker Stats Wizard: The good and the bad for the Bills from Week Two [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy’s 9 yards rushing represent his fourth-lowest total in any game of his career, and his fewest in a game since his 2009 rookie campaign. This marked the first game in his career in which he had at least 10 rushing attempts, but was held to fewer than 10 yards.'

Marker Bills newcomer comparison profile: Defensive end Eddie Yarbrough [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yarbrough was an undrafted free agent and, at 24 years old, is on his second NFL team. In college, he was a highly productive pass-rusher. At Wyoming, he registered 39.5 tackles for loss and 21.5 sacks in his four-year career. While he was buried on a talented pass-rushing unit in Denver before coming to Buffalo, Yarbrough has the requisite athleticism to become a useful edge-defender in the NFL.'

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