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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2016

Marker Patriots prepping to tackle dangerous Bills running game [1:47 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '“That running back, McCoy, is elite,” Pats defensive end Chris Long said. “He can run the ball inside, he can get the edge. Their offensive line is a very cohesive unit and Tyrod can hurt you all over the field. So as a defensive lineman there’s a lot that you’ve got to consider.”'

Marker Rex Ryan has tense exchange with reporter who challenged statement that he is an 'above-average [1:46 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Yeah, well, I don't know. I guess that's the way it is. You guys would know better than me.'

Marker Rex Ryan jokes, but will the Buffalo Bills actually prepare for Julian Edelman to play quarterback? [1:45 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"Well," every week you prepare for guys coming in there," Ryan said Wednesday. "There are a lot of direct snaps in the league and there's different things like that, so you can treat it that way. And he was a college quarterback, so it's not that unusual. He did play college quarterback. You're going to prepare, but you're not going to spend your whole practice time on a 'What if?' But each week you have to be prepared for that."'

Marker Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills 'didn't want to' lose WR Chris Hogan to New England Patri [1:44 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"It was definitely tough to lose him," Ryan said. "We didn't want to. The thing about Chris — he is a tough guy, he is a good receiver and things. But the thing that also impressed me was this guy — he did everything that was asked of him from being a special teams player and obviously being a wide out, being in the slot, being outside.'

Marker Rex Ryan jumps in on Julian Edelman's conference call to ask if he's playing QB this week [1:43 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Ryan's "Walt Patulski" alias comes from the former NFL defensive end who played at Notre Dame and went to the Bills at the No. 1 overall pick in 1972. He played four seasons in Buffalo before ending his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1977.'

Marker Bill Belichick is 'not really in tune' with Rex Ryan's press conference antics [1:42 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I'm just focused on getting ready for the Bills," Belichick said. "I hadn't really — I'm not really in tune to all of that. I'm sure it's important to you guys, but it's not really anything I spend much time with."'

Marker After asking Edelman, Rex Ryan plans to ask Belichick who will be the Patriots quarterback Sunday [1:41 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'As it turns out, Ryan also told the Buffalo media he plans to ask Belichick who will play quarterback when the Patriots meet the Bills this Sunday.'

Marker New formations help Bills' LeSean McCoy find his footing [1:40 AM]
AP reports: '"It's a huge confidence boost," guard Richie Incognito said. "That's our brand of football. That's what we're built for. That's all what we've all been brought in to do."'

Marker Rex Ryan, ace reporter? Asks Pats' Edelman if he'll play QB [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'It's unclear whether Edelman was aware it was Ryan.'

Marker Bills sign tackle Michael Ola off Giants practice squad [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Listed at 6-foot-5 and 312 pounds, Ola has 19 starts in 23 career NFL games split between Chicago, Detroit and San Diego over the past two seasons. He was cut by the Lions before the start of this season and signed by the Giants last week.'

Marker Ryan, Bills throw jabs, but Patriots have ruled AFC rivals [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'And asked on a conference call with the Buffalo media what he thinks of Ryan's antics regarding him, Belichick said, "We're really focused on Buffalo's football team and their coaching staff and what we're going to have to play against and prepare for on Sunday."'

Marker Bills are just glad it won't be Brady at QB [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"You've got the best quarterback in history, and these guys are good, but I don't know if they'll rank quite up there with Tom Brady," coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday of Brady, who is the final week of his four-game suspension stemming from the Deflategate scandal.'

Marker Week 4 GameScout: Bills atPatriots [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Patriots, 23-21.'

Marker Rex Ryan asks Julian Edelman if he'll play QB for Patriots [1:34 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I'm gonna do whatever the coaches ask me to do," Edelman said, "so if they ask me to go out and get a glass a water to someone on the sideline, I'm gonna do that with a smile on my face if it helps our team win. So you can ask Coach that one."'

Marker Watch Rex Ryan pose as a reporter to ask Julian Edelman if he's playing QB [1:33 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Whether it’s saying he doesn’t “fear them” or that the Patriots had to “fear” the Jets, Ryan never minces his words when it comes to getting into the Patriots’ heads.'

Marker Glenn returns to practice while Watkins, Clay, Kouandjio sit [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins and rookie LB Shaq Lawson were seen on a stair climber and Clay riding and exercise bike in the fieldhouse as the media was walking through the way to the practice field, where the team did some rare hitting.'

Marker Belichick praises Hogan as 'four down player' [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“He blocks well,” he said. “He’s good on early downs. He’s a good third down receiver. Makes plays on the deep ball. He can run after the catch. He does a good job in the kicking game, as you guys know well. So, he has good value on all four downs. Hard-working kid that is tough and very team-oriented.”'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan pranks Patriots' Edelman on conference call [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Sensing a great opportunity, Rex Ryan pranked Edelman, said he was 'Walt Patulski of The Buffalo News,' and asked him flat out if he's playing quarterback on Sunday.'

Marker Joe B All-22 Review: Grading Bills vs. Cardinals (9/28/16) [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'If Sunday was any indication, the Kyle Williams of old is back — and in a big way.'

Marker Bills defense focused on Pats scheme not who's playing QB [1:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s not going to be focused on one (quarterback),” said Ryan. “The passing game is the passing game. New England hasn’t changed their passing attack. So all that stays the same. The rushing attack will have more options.”'

Marker Bills sign OT Michael Ola [1:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ola, 28, has appeared in 23 games and made 19 starts in his NFL career. He has previously worked with Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer when he played 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2014 lining up at every position but center that season. He spent most of the 2015 season with the Detroit Lions where he made seven starts at right tackle.'

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September 28, 2016

Marker Bills’ defense showed off aggressive side [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When we really wanted to make a change and sell out more to a 3-4 defense, it was going to be based on a couple of things: having an outstanding nose tackle, and then having a great pass rusher,” Ryan said. “Jerry’s been great. It’s interesting because as much havoc as he causes, he only got his first sack of the game on a three-man rush. It’s tough sledding, but he found a way to get in there and did a great job.”'

Marker Bills release kicker Jordan Gay, make two practice-squad moves [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Vaughn, 6-3 and 306 pounds, signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent following this year's draft. He played in 46 games with 38 starts at Stephen F. Austin.'

Marker Passing offense ranks last in NFL through three weeks [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’d like to have more production, there’s no doubt about it,” coach Rex Ryan said. “I think it was going to be tough this last week. Obviously, we really didn’t know that we wouldn’t have Sammy Watkins. We didn’t know we wouldn’t have Greg Salas right up until game time. So that was pretty tough. But we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully those guys will be in. We’ll be able to get after it.”'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills' offense needs to stick with faster tempo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That never allowed the Arizona Cardinals' defense to get fully set before each snap or find any sort of rhythm, especially when it came to stopping the run. As a result, the Bills were able to exploit the Cards for 208 rushing yards and 6.5 yards per attempt on the way to their 33-18 victory. The Bills' offensive line was generally a step ahead on setting up traps and blocking at the second level.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release kickoff specialist Jordan Gay, add two to practice squad [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gay was released by the Bills late in August and added to the team's practice squad in early September. Buffalo promoted Gay to their 53-man roster before their Week 1 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.'

Marker Who will be Patriots' quarterback against Bills? Rex Ryan thinks he knows [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I expect them immediately to tell us," Ryan said sarcastically. "As soon as they tell us, we'll be like, 'Yeah, ok.' Nobody would believe it anyway, Nah, I don't know. We're not going to find out until kickoff."'

Marker Patriots 'going to wipe the floor' with Buffalo Bills, says ESPN's Michael Wilbon [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"They're going to wipe the floor with Rex Ryan and the Bills," said Wilbon. "Rex Ryan, (on Sunday), they were great. They were terrific. I thought the Bills would beat Arizona, which is completely overrated. Carson Palmer had about as bad a day as you could have. But the Patriots are going to wipe the floor with the Bills."'

Marker Bills release K Gay [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gay had been used only on kickoffs, and the Bills apparently will now let place-kicker Dan Carpenter handle the kickoff duties as well as the place-kicking chores.'

Marker Bills release Gay, add two to practice squad [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To make room for Eagan and Vaughn on the practice squad, the Bills have released linebacker Carlos Fields and safety Damian Parms.'

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