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Buffalo Bills News - October 1, 2015

Marker Bills consider resting McCoy and handing ball off to rookie [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'The rookie fifth-round draft pick leads Buffalo with 186 yards rushing. And he has become the NFL's ninth rookie to score in his first three games since 1960 — and first since Robert Edwards scored in his first six games for New England in 1998.'

Marker Bills' offense knows how to cash in [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Even though we're scoring some points, each week there's a lot on film we just wish we could have back, stuff that in practice you do it and then the game is a little faster and you say, 'Alright, I won't mess that up next time,' and we've been doing a good job getting better week to week."'

Marker Bills' McCoy, Watkins iffy for Giants [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It's never a good thing if you miss practice, but we'll see," Ryan said. "Will Sammy play? I'm not sure. (McCoy) doesn't look good. We have a lot of guys out, but the next man has to step up. We're fortunate we have a deep team and we'll have to rely on our depth."'

Marker Harvin signing paying off for Bills [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“He’s a great receiver, a great guy to be around first, but definitely a great receiver,” Taylor said of Harvin. “And he trusts that he can win his one on one match ups and I try my best to get the ball into his hands because I know how explosive he can be once the ball is in his hands.”'

Marker Rex: 'A real possibility' McCoy sits Sunday; Sammy update [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If McCoy doesn't play, Ryan left the door open to either activating Cierre Wood from the practice squad or using wide receiver Marcus Thigpen at running back. Thigpen played running back in college and started his NFL career there.'

Marker Preston Brown named AFC Defensive Player of the Week [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Brown has three career interceptions and is currently is tied for the NFL-lead in interceptions with two. Bills CB Ronald Darby also has two interceptions to tie for the NFL lead with eleven other players.'

Marker 5 Bills practice notes from 9/30 [1:32 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Later on in the day, Ryan told WFAN660 in New York that “we all know [McCoy" target="_blank"> doesn’t” have a great chance to play on Sunday. As you can see below, McCoy wasn’t even working along the side with trainers at practice Wednesday. If all the signs are correct, McCoy will be getting a true week off to rest the injury.'

Marker Bills could be without key players Sunday vs. Giants [1:31 AM] reports: '“A lot of guys out right now (for practice) and it’s tough,” said Ryan. “It’s never a good thing when you miss practice, even when a guy plays, but we’ll see. Will Sammy play? I’m not sure. Shady (McCoy) doesn’t look good, but a lot of guys, Aaron (Williams). So we have a lot of guys who are out (for practice), but the next guy has to step up and if they have to play in a game that’s fine. That’s what you’re paid to do.”'

Marker Bills LB Preston Brown named AFC defensive player of the week [1:30 AM] reports: 'Brown posted two interceptions including one returned for an interception-touchdown in Buffalo’s 41-14 victory in Miami. A second-year player from Louisville, Brown also added seven tackles including one tackle for loss.'

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September 30, 2015

Marker Bills are much improved in red zone scoring [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Through Week Three, the Bills rank second in the NFL inside the red zone, scoring touchdowns on 83.33 percent of their trips thus far. Only the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals, at 91.67 percent, have been better.'

Marker Bills’ Rambo has no plans to avoid contact [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m running to the ball,” Rambo said. “I’m not thinking about looking to see who’s over there. If you feel like I’m coming, move out of the way. I don’t care. I’m not trying to hurt anyone or harm anyone but I’m trying to get the ball. I’m trying to make a turnover. I want the feel of the football in my hands.”'

Marker After Rex set the tone, serenity reigns with fans [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sad but true, how the Bills perform on Sundays sets the tone on Mondays in Western New York. Blame them for pervasive mood swings every autumn, which explains the anger sweeping across town when Gregg Williams was coaching, for example, and indifference during forgettable seasons under Dick Jauron.'

Marker Richie Incognito, Bills attend WWE's Raw: Who would be heavyweight champ of locker room? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills stole the show at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, scoring front-row tickets through a connection Mulligan has with the WWE. They also got plenty of face time on the nationally televised event.'

Marker A Giant task: Stopping the Bills’ sudden X factor [1:55 AM]
New York Post reports: '“Tyrod can throw the ball,’’ said Hosley, a fourth-year cornerback and former college teammate of Taylor’s. “As much as people like to talk about how versatile he is as far as running the ball and being able to scramble and escape the pocket and make guys miss, he can throw that ball. He will put the ball on the money, he’s got a nice soft touch. He’s a complete quarterback. You can’t just look at him as a one-dimensional guy.’’'

Marker Giants impressed with Bills QB Tyrod Taylor [1:54 AM]
Newsday reports: '"He doesn't play like this is his first time being a full-time starter," Ayers said. "He's smart. He's not just running, he's not just doing one read, not seeing it and taking off running like a lot of mobile quarterbacks do. He's going through progressions and making smart decisions. He impressed me."'

Marker 10 things Giants fans should know about the Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Williams has especially been a revelation after the team cut Fred Jackson in the preseason, as his emergence is allowing the Bills to potentially shut McCoy down until he is healthy. As for Darby, he will have a big test against the Giants, as he will likely be tasked with keeping Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz at bay while Stephon Gilmore locks up with Odell Beckham Jr.'

Marker Giants look ahead: Week 4 vs. Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The personnel may be different, but the overall defensive results have been strikingly similar. Both teams are exceptional against the run, but have been equally as poor against the pass. The Giants have allowed 1,231 yards, including a staggering 1,007 through the air. Bills have allowed 1,202 yards — 980 through the air.'

Marker Bills already looking towards Eli, Giants [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"They have (Victor) Cruz, they have (Reuben) Randle, and they have Odell (Beckham) so, they have some great skill guys that we’ll have to really look at film and come up with a great game plan to slow those guys down,” said safety Bacarri Rambo, who started for an injured Aaron Williams last week. "Those guys can really change a game at any point."'

Marker All-22 Review - Bills-Dolphins [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bills play-by-play man John Murphy has dubbed Karlos Williams "Special K". The name should stick as long as Williams keeps at it. Between Williams and McCoy, the Bills have a pair of very good running backs. Don't be fooled by the struggles of LeSean McCoy to this point. When given space, he's proven to be a dynamic runner this year. He's also proven to be quite valuable in the passing game, both as a receiver and a blocker.'

Marker Harvin and Darby step up as injuries hit for Bills [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I think the guy that kind of floated under the radar was Percy Harvin. Oh by the way the Bills signed Percy Harvin, okay," Ryan joked with reporters. "Percy Harvin is a big time player, a big time player. And I think we are seeing that."'

Marker Reasonable Optimism [1:48 AM]
Bills Daily reports: So Buffalo is through one of the toughest part of the schedule - the first three games. At the start of the season I would have very happily taken a 2-1 record at this point, and I’m positively giddy that the two wins have been dominant performances.

Marker Top 7 things to watch in this week's Bills-Giants matchup [1:47 AM] reports: 'Sunday’s game is the first of three games the Bills will play against the teams that beat them in the Super Bowl more than 20-years ago. The Bills play at Washington on December 20th (Super Bowl XXVI) and the Cowboys come to Orchard Park on December 27th (Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII).'

September 29, 2015

Marker Offense has been biggest Bills surprise [11:37 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The difference-maker is rookie fifth-round draft choice Karlos Williams who has provided a double dose of vindication for general manager Doug Whaley.'

Marker What some viewed as risky draft picks turning out well for the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At the absolute height of domestic-abuse awareness in the NFL, the Buffalo Bills general manager drafted two players with baggage — cornerback Ronald Darby in the second round and running back Karlos Williams in the fifth.'

Marker Ryan really knows the real McCoy [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have a big investment in McCoy. If he’s not effective, he shouldn’t be out there. If he’s playing hurt to justify his contract, or because he’s afraid of being upstaged by a rookie, someone needs to talk sense into him. It’s in the best interest of the Bills to get McCoy healthy and ready for a playoff run. McCoy admitted after Sunday’s game that he “can’t get that acceleration, that burst.” Why play in a compromised state if the team has a gifted backup?'

Marker Bills’ injuries giving Ryan cause for concern [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Obviously it’s too early in the week to tell” if they’ll be able to play in Week Four, “but we’ve got to go in thinking that the next guy is going to have to step up and do a good job for us,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to be ready to roll.”'

Marker Karlos Williams, Jerry Hughes came up big in Miami [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Karlos Williams. This kid is the real deal, a strong, powerful runner who also has a burst to break away, which we saw on his 41-yard touchdown burst in the fourth quarter. LeSean McCoy is not healthy, and if I'm the Bills this week, I sit him out against the Giants. Right now, Williams is the better player because he's healthy, and his running style seems perfectly suited to the way the Bills want to attack on the ground.'

Marker Blowout helps affirm Whaley's offseason moves [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Newcomers Charles Clay, Percy Harvin, Richie Incognito, Tyrod Taylor, Ron Darby, Karlos Williams and McCoy — players who came to Buffalo with either character, contract or experience concerns — each made a significant contribution. If you still think Taylor isn’t anything special, you probably think cell phones will never catch on.'

Marker Rex's recap: Coach talks injuries, praises Percy [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I pulled out the tricks. But what I did was I told them the truth. As I mentioned, our bounce-back started in the fourth quarter of that New England game. Back when it's easy to throw out the white flag and you're down all those scores, we did the opposite. We made it a game against a team that was trying to stick it to you. We know it, everybody knows it. I'm the only guy who'll admit it. So we knew it. I can tell you this, we're a talented team. I'm finding out a lot about this team, but they showed me a lot about their heart and resiliency so I expected us to play well when we went to Miami."'

Marker Rex Ryan updates Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy injuries [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's not concerns," Ryan said of the injuries. "I think concern's not the right word. We talk to our players, we challenge our players all the time about, 'You've got to be ready to go.' Everybody on that roster has to be ready to go. You're one play away. That's the old saying, but it's true now. If you don't finish a game, most of the time, the following week those players aren't available. Whether they are or they're not, obviously it's too early in the week to tell, but we've got to go in thinking that the next guy is going to have to step up and do a good job for us."'

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