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Buffalo Bills News - November 26, 2015

Marker Bills sign KR Thigpen, G Groy [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Thigpen was the Bills' primary punt returner in the first four games of the season, but averaged only 5.2 yards per return, with a long of 14 yards. He also averaged only 9.7 yards on three kickoff returns.'

Marker Week 12 Preview: Bills at Chiefs [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Chiefs 23-19.'

Marker Rex believes Tyrod will play Sunday [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan wasn’t so optimistic on defensive end Mario Williams or wide receiver Marcus Easley.'

Marker Coulda, Shoulda, Wouldda [1:37 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'OK, so we didn’t beat New England – it would have been great, but there you go. Now the schedule really kicks in with must-win games at Kansas City and against Houston, both of whom are battling for a wild card. Had the Bills not pissed away some games like Jacksonville or the Giants they would be in a much better spot than they are – if they don’t win they cede their ability to control their own destiny and become reliant on other teams to falter – not where you where you want to be. Arrowhead Stadium is a nightmare to play in – those people are crazy and loud. The defense if finally starting to look very strong, but the offense seems to be regressing – I’m not hitting the panic button just yet, but over the next 2 weeks we should have an idea about how far the Bills will go this season.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor limited Wednesday, to throw Thursday [1:36 AM] reports: '“He feels better today than he did, which is good,” said Ryan of his quarterback Wednesday. “I’m not a doctor, but they feel he’s going to be just fine.”'

Marker Bills bring back returner Thigpen; sign OL Groy [1:35 AM] reports: 'Thigpen had been with the club at the start of the season serving as the team’s primary punt returner in the first four games. He averaged just 5.2 yards a return with a long of 14 yards. He did rotate in on kick return where he managed just 9.7 yards on three attempts.'

Marker Top 8 storylines for Bills-Chiefs this week [1:34 AM] reports: '“Guess what? We’re in the playoffs now,” Whaley said Tuesday in an appearance on the Bills Buffalo flagship radio station, WGR Sportsradio 550. “That’s our mindset. This is a playoff game against Kansas City. Because if we don’t beat Kansas City, we’re looking up and hoping for things to happen. We control our own destiny and that’s the only thing you can ask for. Our mindset now-this is a playoff week-our playoff week.”'

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November 25, 2015

Marker Bills 'D' got to Tom Brady, now must wreak havoc vs. the non-Bradys [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alex Smith (Kansas City), Brian Hoyer (Houston), Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez (Philadelphia), Kirk Cousins (Washington) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (New York) are all on tap with one All-Pro, Dallas' Tony Romo, along the way.'

Marker Report: Officials had three indefensible errors in Bills/Patriots game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Tuesday, a source from the NFL Referees Association cited three indefensible errors in the game to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin --- the inadvertent whistle that prevented a possible touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, a James White touchdown run that should've been whistled dead and the final play of the game. Buffalo's Sammy Watkins rolled out of bounds with two seconds left but officials mistakenly let the clock run out.'

Marker Rex: QB Tyrod Taylor should be able to play at KC [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There was no press conference held on Tuesday at One Bills Drive, but Rex Ryan did speak to WGR 550 and the Bills coach said that he expects quarterback Tyrod Taylor to play at Kansas City this week. Taylor suffered an apparent shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of Buffalo's 20-13 loss to New England but should be good to go for this critical AFC match-up.'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills blew a great chance [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Rarely do you get a chance like this against New England, yet when the final whistle blew on another blown call by an official - Sammy Watkins not being ruled out of bounds with two seconds to go - the scoreboard told another frustrating, heartbreaking story for the Bills. They fought and they scrapped, but they still weren’t good enough to beat the Belichicks and you get the feeling that they may never be as long as the curmudgeonly one is prowling the Patriots sideline.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sack hunger with blitz of turkeys [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This Thanksgiving and through the holiday season, 1,000 families in the Buffalo area will sit down to a warm meal thanks to the Bills' kindness, generosity and belief that it’s their responsibility to give back to a community that gives so much to them.'

Marker Bills First Super Season Week 12: Loss to Oilers [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills were concerned with Houston's run-and-shoot passing, led by Warren Moon, and played dime defense all night, but it was RB Lorenzo White who hurt them most as the eight-game winning streak ended.'

Marker Buffalo Bills make Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski look human [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pro Football Focus credited the Bills with 15 quarterback hurries on Brady Monday night. Hughes had six of those, including one hit. He was in the backfield constantly and is looking well worth the contract the Bills handed him this offseason.'

Marker Mike Tirico calls out NFL's 'screwed up' officiating on ESPN's broadcast of Bill [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'ESPN's Mike Tirico, a Syracuse grad, was pretty blunt as he signed off on the broadcast of the game last night and seems fed up with the NFL's officiating.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB hurts shoulder, clouding status for Week 12 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Taylor wasn't made available to the media after the game, and Ryan isn't sure what his status will be for the Bills' pivotal game against the Chiefs next week. "I have no idea," Ryan said. "I hope he's ready."'

Marker NFL calls interference on Transit Drive-in [1:50 AM]
Lockport Union Sun & Journal reports: 'According to the letter, out-of-home broadcasts of NFL games are prohibited unless no admission fee is charged, the game is shown on a television commonly used at home and the establishment is engaged in the business of showing regular and daily sports programming to its patrons.'

Marker Bills coach Ryan expects QB Taylor to play at Kansas City [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan said it was too early to tell if defensive end Mario Williams can play because of a foot injury. And the coach ruled out starting right guard John Miller (high left ankle sprain) and backup receiver Marcus Easley (concussion).'

Marker Bills-Patriots Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Like always, we have come up short many times, being here where you think you've got them [the Patriots" target="_blank"> on the ropes. But at the end of the day, they find ways to win. And that's what championship teams do. We're not at that level right now, but I can promise you one thing, we're gonna work our tails off to get there."'

Marker Rex on lack of targets for Watkins and Clay: We'll look at it [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Like always, I've come up short many times here. Thinking you got them on the ropes, but at the end of the day they find ways to win and that's what championship teams do. We're not at that level right now, but I can promise you one thing we're going to work our tails off to get there."'

Marker McCoy turns in another 100-plus yard performance [1:46 AM] reports: '“I didn’t play up to my standards,” he said. “There were certain plays that I should’ve made out there. And I’m only speaking about myself. I’m not speaking for anybody else. But next week we’ll get back to the drawing board, do the right things. [I’ll" target="_blank"> take care of my body and get ready to go.”'

Marker Rex Ryan expecting QB Tyrod Taylor to play Sunday [1:45 AM] reports: '"Tyrod I expect him to be able to play," said Ryan Tuesday afternoon. "It's a right shoulder injury, but I don't know all the particulars. We'll see how things go as the week progresses, but I think he'll be ready to roll (Sunday)."'

Marker Bills applying short term memory with Chiefs on deck [1:44 AM] reports: '“We went out there and we did our best,” said DT Corbin Bryant of the Monday night loss in New England. “We didn’t come out with the end result, but when you look at where we’re at in the race, we’re still there. We can’t let this one game just bury us and let our season just slide out of the window. We’re going to get ready for Kansas City and put this one right behind us.”'

November 24, 2015

Marker Once again, a tough loss to the Patriots [4:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We dropped a touchdown, we missed a field goal and give them a touchdown … we’ve got to make a tackle there … that really hurt us,” Ryan lamented of that fateful stretch late in the first half. “We’re a better football team, but we weren’t good enough. We aren’t quite there.'

Marker 'Quarterback purgatory', revisited [1:48 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'And, as it pains me to point out, in critical situations at the ends of each half, he didn't at all show a passing level of urgency or understanding of how to manage the clock.

Marker 7 observations from Bills - Patriots [1:30 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Furthermore, one of the most concerning things about Taylor at the moment is the inability to read the entire field. He’ll lock on to his first read — two tops — and never veer from it, even if there is a receiver running open on that play.'

Marker Loss drops Bills out of wild-card spot [1:28 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With the defeat, the Bills dropped out of the second wild-card playoff spot in the AFC. At 5-5, they’re tied with the Colts, Texans, Jets and Chiefs. However, Indianapolis and Houston are better in the conference (4-3 to the Bills 5-4) — whichever one doesn’t win the AFC South — the Jets are (4-4, but have lost to Buffalo) and Kansas City is better than all three (4-2) and would be the No. 2 wild card after Pittsburgh.'

Marker Tuesday's New England Coverage [7:25 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Bills’ offense can’t capitalize on opportunities [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s an outstanding football team we played; they proved it again tonight,” Rex Ryan said of his team’s 20-13 loss against the 10-0 Patriots. “The difference is they made some big plays … We knew we’re a better football team” than the earlier meeting, “but we just weren’t good enough. We’re not quite there.”'

Marker Bills' Gilmore: 'We knew every route' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We knew what they were going to do," Gilmore said. "We knew every route. We knew everything but there were one or two plays that you wish you could have back. I don't think they would have scored, but you can't have those one or two plays against New England."'

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