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Buffalo Bills News - September 25, 2016

Marker Bills look to climb out of 0-2 hole against Cardinals [1:53 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'They say the NFL is 16 one-week seasons, so the Bills will have to try and put the previous two "seasons" behind them, in order to get on track to try and end the longest playoff drought in any of the four major professional sports, a drought that all Bills fans have had more than enough of.'

Marker Tranquil Tyrod Taylor in middle of Bills' circus [1:52 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'The Ryans are football's Kardashians, and adding them to a volatile franchise such as the Bills carried obvious risk. Dating to Hall of Famer Mary Levy's departure after the 1997 season, none of Buffalo's next six head coaches — Wade Phillips, Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron, Chan Gailey and Doug Marrone — lasted four seasons.'

Marker Here’s why Rex Ryan is not totally to blame for Bills’ failings [1:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'If the Pegulas end up firing Ryan, the coaching money they would have thrown away since the end of the 2014 season, when Marrone left with his buyout, would exceed a staggering $22 million (Marrone’s $4 million, the $16.5 million of the last three years of Ryan’s contract and the reported $2.4 million remaining on Roman’s contract, which runs though next season).'

Marker Former OU center Ikard’s uncertain NFL path leads back to Buffalo [1:50 AM]
Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports: '“I'm excited to have an opportunity to help contribute to this football team,” Ikard said. “I'm just going to do what I'm coached to do and take advantage of opportunities when I get them.”'

Marker Former UA standout John Fina will lead Bills' charge Sunday in Buffalo [1:49 AM]
Arizona Daily Star reports: 'He will be the "Leader of the Charge," carrying a Bills flag onto the field before the game.'

Marker Bills/Cardinals preview: notes and stats [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'QB Tyrod Taylor has 110.3 rating & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) in past 5 at home.'

Marker 5 things to watch in Bills - Cardinals (9/25/16) [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'I think this game is going to be close… really close — especially with it being at New Era Field and the motivation the Bills have to prove everyone wrong. However, at the end of the day, I look at the talent Arizona has all over the field.'

Marker Top 10 reasons why you should be pumped for Bills-Cardinals [1:46 AM] reports: 'For the first time this season, the Buffalo Bills will take the field wearing blue jerseys and white pants. A winning combination? We think so.'

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Marker Bills' defense has plenty of fixing to do of its own [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The embarrassment from being shredded by Ryan Fitzpatrick for 374 yards on national television lingers for a group that was so determined to make a strong comeback from last season's fall from fourth to 19th in league.'

Marker The Bills say Greg Roman installed too many plays. How does installing plays actually work? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You pretty much have your bread-and-butter plays, and then you find plays to attack the defense,” receiver Robert Woods said. “If it’s a man (coverage) team, you find ways to attack man teams. If it’s a zone team, you try to…” he trailed off. “So it’s based on the opponent.”'

Marker After being stepped on in a walk-through, Sammy Watkins is questionable for Cardinals game [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If a guy’s that good, we’ll play him," Ryan said. "If it’s somebody on the roster who’s not any good, we won’t play him. He’s a special guy and if he can play then we’ll dress him."'

Marker Everything you need to know about the Bills heading into Week Three against Arizona [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lynn will call in plays to quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who will wear a wrist band. Lynn's hope is that will speed up the offense and give Taylor more time at the line of scrimmage. "Tyrod's going to get it a whole lot quicker, and we we make changes at the line of scrimmage, it should happen a little quicker," Lynn said, adding that Taylor's ability to audible will be "cut back" some.'

Marker Inside the NFL: Bills great Phil Hansen assesses Carson Wentz [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Honestly, coming in, it was like, ‘Wow! I got drafted in the second round. They must think I can play. Well, let’s see if I can play,’” he recalled the other day. “I didn’t know if I could compete. I had no clue. That first week of training camp, there’s a lot of stuff going through your mind. And it was either find another gear and get into it or get out.'

Marker New Era Cap Co. wants to shave a Bills logo into your hair [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All of the services are free. Shaves are available only on a very limited, first-come, first-served basis. They will be located at the New Era Gate near the team store. They’ll be camped out from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.'

Marker Short-term memory key for Bills' CB Stephon Gilmore [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Confidence has never been an issue with Gilmore, and it still isn’t. He’s steadfast in his belief that he’s one of the best cover corners in the NFL. However, not thinking the Jets game might have been the poorest of his NFL career puts him on a lonely island by himself because the consensus in Bills Nation is that Gilmore could not have played worse.'

Marker Sammy Watkins could miss Cardinals game with foot injury [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills also listed cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring), tight end Charles Clay (knee) and safety Colt Anderson (foot) as questionable. For the second week in a row, left tackle Cordy Glenn is out with an ankle sprain meaning Cyrus Koaundjio will again get the start.'

Marker Rex and Rob Ryan 'want to fight' against Cardinals after getting 'bloodied' agai [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Obviously we got our nose bloodied real good last week," Bills defensive assistant Rob Ryan said Thursday. "That doesn't need to be our style of play. That was surprising. We didn't execute the plan as well as we should have and you have to take your hat off to the Jets. The did a better job making plays than we did, and it was a long damn day that's for sure."'

Marker Buffalo Bills have gotten fewest snaps from rookies in NFL [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well we had some holes," Whaley said at the time. "We had to have a makeover. If we didn't, we'd be going into the season with nobody so we were in that situation and we're very excited with how we filled those holes. We filled those holes better than we thought we'd be able to so we're excited about it.'

Marker Sammy Watkins has foot stepped on in Bills' walk through, questionable for Week 3 [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Probably not real good," Ryan said of the likelihood Watkins will play Sunday. "We'll see. If he feels good and he's up to it then we'll put him in there.'

Marker Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore fined for face mask tackle versus Jets [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Early in the second quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick connected on a pass to Brandon Marshall deep in Bills territory. Gilmore attempted to tackle Marshall and ended up pulling on the wide receiver's face mask. Marshall was injured on the play, but later returned to the game.'

Marker Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan are 'ruining your football team,' says NASA commander [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Kelly joked that the Ryan brothers were the original choice for the Twins Study, but that the two were too busy ruining the Bills.'

Marker Bills injury report: Glenn out, Watkins likely out [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'In addition to Watkins, starting left tackle Cordy Glenn who did not play against the New York Jets will miss another game for an ankle injury.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins unlikely to play vs. Cardinals [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills' woes on offense are a big reason for their 0-2 start. Through two games, Buffalo is 30th in offense (276.5 yards per game) and 29th in third-down conversion (6 of 23).'

Marker Rex Ryan not optimistic about Sammy Watkins' status vs. Cardinals [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I just saw it in his face," said Woods, who also didn't know when the injury occurred. "He made a little face. It bothered him, whatever it was."'

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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