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Buffalo Bills News - September 24, 2016

Marker Glenn out, Watkins and Darby questionable for Cardinals game [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan said it will essentially be a gametime decision for Watkins as they see how he feels over the weekend, adding "if he feels up to it, and he feels good, we'll put him in there."'

Marker 7 Bills thoughts & 3 random musings, too (9/23/16) [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'After just two games, the Bills made the controversial decision to switch offensive coordinators. Greg Roman is out, and Anthony Lynn is in to make the offense take the next step. However, is it really just on Lynn?'

Marker Bills' Watkins had foot stepped on, Rex casts doubt on his Week 3 availability [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'After Friday's practice, Watkins received an official designation of "questionable," but head coach Rex Ryan said Thursday there was a "heightened concern" that he wouldn't be able to play. Then on Friday, the head coach said Watkins chances to play against the Cardinals are "not real good."'

Marker Watkins a game time decision for Sunday [1:40 AM] reports: 'Watkins first experienced an issue with his foot, which underwent surgery for a Jones fracture in the spring, following the team’s Week 1 game at Baltimore. When he was able to come back and play on a short week last Thursday night against the Jets it was seen as an encouraging sign.'

Marker Scouting Report - Week 3 - Bills-Cardinals [1:39 AM] reports: 'Jerry Hughes vs. D.J. Humphries: Buffalo’s top pass rusher is coming off a solid performance in Week 2. The Cardinals former first-round pick has handled most of his assignments well through the first two games, but Hughes might be the most versatile outside linebacker he’s faced thus far this season.'

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September 23, 2016

Marker Friday's Arizona Coverage [6:59 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Stephon Gilmore, Bills chalk up his nightmare game against Jets as just a bad day at the office [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I mean, it certainly wasn’t good,” Gilmore said Thursday when asked if it felt like the worst game he’s played as a pro. “I moved on from it after the last snap, you know what I’m saying? I don’t even really want to talk about it no more.'

Marker Second straight missed practice leads to doubts about Sammy Watkins' status for Week Three [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle) also did not practice. Safety Colt Anderson (foot), quarterback Cardale Jones (shoulder), tight end Charles Clay (back), cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) and receiver Greg Salas (groin) were listed as limited participants.'

Marker Anthony Lynn ready for his shot, even if it's still Greg Roman's offense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“(My head) was spinning earlier, but things have slowed down,” Lynn said. “You start looking at the whole process and how you want to do it, you look at the playbook and the terminology – this was obviously Greg Roman’s system. I would implement a different system, but I can work within this one. And the coaches around me can, too. So we’re going to make this one work.'

Marker Five things Anthony Lynn must do to fix the Bills' offense [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ve had a lot of great concepts in, but I think if you want better execution, you reduce the verbals. And so we cut back a little bit so the guys can go out and play fast and not think so much and make plays,” Lynn said.'

Marker Mike Francesa obliterates the Bills, Rex Ryan and the Pegulas for 10 straight minutes [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Francesa proceeded to destroy Rex Ryan and the Bills for 10 solid minutes, skewering the Pegula ownership several times along the way.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Scouting Report: Cardinals at Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cardinals 30, Bills 14.'

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of coaches Rex Ryan, Anthony Lynn & Dennis Thurman [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well the only thing that would be better than that would be getting tackles at the d-line spots. So that’s really where you’d like them.'

Marker New Bills OC Anthony Lynn ready for the challenge [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the first things Lynn has done is scale back the playbook, though it’s not like he’s tearing every other page out of Roman’s tome and dumbing down the attack. What he’s trying to do is just cut back a little on the information that the players get each week, and is narrowing the focus on how the Bills plan to operate from game to game.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fans can have logo shaved into heads before Arizona Cardinals game [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to the Bills' website, New Era Cap will have barbers on-site to shave the Bills or New Era logos into hair.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OC Anthony Lynn trying to make Greg Roman's system work [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"(My head) was spinning earlier, but things have slowed down," Lynn said. "Looking at the whole process and how you want to do it, looking at the play book and the terminology, you know this was obviously Greg Roman's system. I would implement a different system, but I can work within this one, and the coaches around me can, too, so we're doing to make this one work."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills OC Anthony Lynn said in first press conference [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'I've been training to do this all my life. I had a couple times to do it in different places and it didn't work out. I never wanted to do it under these circumstances. I like to build my success on top of another man's success, or woman, but unfortunately it's the NFL. Didn't work out that way. Now I'm in charge and I have to get this offense going in the right direction, and I plan on getting it done.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injury: Buffalo Bills concerned about his availability for Week 3 [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think there's a little more concern because of the fact of another day he didn't practice," Ryan said. "So there's probably a little heightened concern there a little bit."'

Marker New OC Anthony Lynn wants Buffalo Bills' offense to run at faster pace [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Sixty-five to 70 plays is the average NFL game," Lynn said. "If you had 25 runs and 35 passes and you call them all once that's a game. If you call them all twice that's two games. So you don't need a whole lot."'

Marker Buffalo Bills OC Anthony Lynn on targeting Sammy Watkins: 'You can only do so much' [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We just want to win," Lynn said. "I do recognize Sammy is an elite receiver, but like you said, he's not healthy. He's practicing once a week. You can only do so much. You're somewhat limited, but we're definitely going to target Sammy and get him the ball."'

Marker Lynn ready to take over Bills’ offense on Sunday [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I like to build my success on top of another man's success, or woman, but unfortunately it's the NFL. Didn't work out that way,” he said. “Now I'm in charge and I have to get this offense going in the right direction."'

Marker Bills turn to Lynn to fix struggling offense [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"Look, man, it's a challenge. I accept the challenge," Lynn said. "Think I'm the right guy for the challenge and I'm not going to make any excuses. It's my responsibility to get us going, and we'll figure it out."'

Marker Distractions dominate Bills in preparing to host Cardinals [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Running back LeSean McCoy expects the amount of plays available per game to be cut in half to about 40. Lynn will also call plays from the coach's box as opposed to Roman, who worked on the sideline.'

Marker Cardinals-Bills Capsule [1:42 AM]
AP reports: ' In two games, Buffalo has 27 first downs, converted 6 of 23 third-down chances and had fewer than 48 minutes in time of possession.'

Marker Williams: Have to have a 'stone wall mentality' [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"If we allowed opinions, or if it's media or if it's other people that talk bad about us to get into the mindset of our team, it would be a very, very bad thing," Williams said on the John Murphy Show on Thursday afternoon. "We have to be stone-walled, we have to be strong minded to say, 'You know what, this is a long season.' Every week is a different challenge. Last week, everybody wanted to talk about Rex's record against [Ryan Fitzpatrick" target="_blank"> and all that kind of stuff. What happened? They out executed us with what they were doing. One week is not the same as the next. We're heading into this week, stone wall mentality, we're going to put our work in and we're not gonna let anything affect us."'

Marker Concern growing over Watkins' availability for Bills Sunday [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think there’s a little more concern because of the fact of another day he didn’t practice,” Ryan said. “So there’s probably a little heightened concern there a little bit.”'

Marker Short-passing game could be key for Bills against Cardinals [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Arizona also forced five Buccaneers’ turnovers in that contest (four interceptions of Winston and a fumble recovery). Their defense is loaded with talented players across the board, but especially in the secondary, where they play a lot of man-to-man defense and suffocate their opponents’ wideouts.'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (9/22/16) [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is a fairly brutal stretch of games over the next three weeks, at home against Arizona, on the road against New England, and then traveling all the way out west to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills, at best, can only get to 2-3 on the year through this stretch, but a 1-4 or even an 0-5 start seems more logical based on the opponents, and the location of those opponents. It’s not quite panic time at One Bills Drive, but unless they put out the early flames, this could turn into an all-out five alarm fire.'

Marker Playing fast the aim for Bills offense [1:37 AM] reports: '“I just know that when you’re playing at a faster pace you put more pressure on a defense over four quarters and that’s what we’re going to do,” Lynn said.'

Marker Special teams looking to give Bills an edge vs. Cardinals [1:36 AM] reports: 'Buffalo will be looking to take advantage of an Arizona team that has looked shaky on special teams through the first two games of the season. The Cardinals rank 31st in kick return average, 21st in punt return average. They’re in the lower half of the league on punt and kick coverage as well.'

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