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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2016

Marker What They're Saying: Buffalo Bills [1:39 AM] reports: '"I've played against them a number of years, you see the same things that you saw a decade ago. Physical offensive line that plays hard and doesn't make mistakes, a running back that hits things downhill, a tough runner. So it's going to be a great test for us. There's no doubt about it. Coach Scarnecchia always does a great job with his O-line and they don't beat themselves. So just be on top of our jobs and be ready a physical football game on Sunday."'

Marker Bills' defense showing signs of cohesion in Ryan's 2nd year [1:38 AM]
AP reports: '"I think we're playing smarter and that could be a combination of a lot of things," Ryan said. "And that's why I think we'll be a better defense this year."'

Marker Bills receiver Watkins' status uncertain against Patriots [1:37 AM]
AP reports: 'The starter has been out since last week when a teammate stepped on his surgically repaired foot during a walk-through.'

Marker Only Bills stand in way of 4-0 start by Brady-less Patriots [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'What is certain is that a win even against a Brady-less Patriots team would go a long way for Ryan. That's especially true after the Bills averted spiraling into crisis with their 33-18 win over Arizona last week.'

Marker Bills-Patriots Capsule [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's defense/special teams have scored two TDs. They totaled just three all last year.'

Marker Bills coaches and players talk challenges, differences of two Pats QBs [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think where you have to be aware of the differences, especially like, we’re kidding (Julian) Edelman but if he’s in the game, then you probably have to approach him a little different. It’s not that he’s never played quarterback, he was a quarterback, so you got to be aware of it. Obviously they’ll probably have more run-pass option type stuff than you might have with some of the other guys but they’re going to tailor to the strength of their players like they always do."'

Marker Bills hopeful to have both Glenn and Watkins Sunday vs. Pats [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Head coach Rex Ryan said Watkins most likely won’t practice Friday, either, but that he’s still hopeful the wideout can play Sunday at New England. “I guess there’s a concern, but we’ll see how this thing goes,” Ryan said. “Obviously, this is what the plan was, to try and get him there on Sunday and see how he feels and if he’s ready to roll then turn him loose.”'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (9/29/16) [1:32 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'No news is good news regarding Sammy Watkins.'

Marker Zach Brown holding it down in Buffalo's defense [1:31 AM] reports: '“He’s obviously doing a fantastic job playing,” Ryan said. “I think this is the best he’s ever played. So we’re certainly pleased with him.”'

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September 29, 2016

Marker Ryan pokes at Belichick, a sign of his admiration [11:44 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“My admiration is really for Belichick more than anything because as a coach that’s the guy ... he’ll go down probably as the best in the history of the game,” Ryan said. “I like poking fun at him, but there’s no coach I respect more than him.”'

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Marker Bills preparing for the unknown ... or are they? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're no dummies," Ryan said. "They're leaving it out there. I get it. They're certainly not going to do us any favors."'

Marker Cordy Glenn returns to practice, but his backup, Cyrus Kouandjio, now out [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan said he’s “hopeful” Glenn will be ready for Sunday’s game at New England. But if neither Glenn nor Kouandjio is healthy enough to play, that could leave significant snaps for new tackle Michael Ola, whom the Bills signed Wednesday off the Giants’ practice squad.'

Marker It’s always one at a time for Pats’ mastermind [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But who’s to question him, considering his remarkable run of success over the last 16-plus seasons in New England? Belichick is 190-69 with the Pats in the regular season. In the Pats’ 27-0 win over Houston, he tied Curly Lambeau for fourth all-time among coaches, with 226 victories.'

Marker Rex Ryan in a jocular mood at his weekly presser [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, I'm going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do," Edelman said. "So if they ask me to go out and give a glass of water to someone on the sideline, I'm going to do that with a smile on my face if it helps our team win. So you can ask Coach that one."'

Marker Rex Ryan, Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy from Wednesday's press conferences [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well I think you need to step up and stop the run against him, he’s one of the league leaders I think now running the football. Seems like they’re committed to running the ball more than they have in the past so obviously we have to do a good job stopping him.'

Marker Rex Ryan perfectly happy not to be facing Tom Brady [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s definitely different, but we’ve got film on all those guys so we can watch and see the different things they do,” said linebacker Preston Brown. “With the two quarterbacks, they definitely move them outside the pocket, things they wouldn’t do with Brady. And with Edelman, we’ll watch some Kent State highlights to see if he can throw the ball 30 yards.”'

Marker Jimmy Garoppolo is 'like a broke man's Tom Brady' says Buffalo Bills cornerback [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In his two starts, Garoppolo has completed 42-of-59 passes (71.2 percen) for 496 yards and four touchdowns.'

Marker Rex Ryan: Bill Belichick's style works a 'hell of a lot better' than mine [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Some guys try to copy that style, they're phonies. Belichick does it, that's who he is. Popovich is probably the closest thing in the NBA. Those guys are classic, but that's who they are. They're fantastic, and I think the record speaks for itself. You talk about a consistent guy, Belichick is the most consistent guy there is. I try to be consistent albeit in a way different way."'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan reacts to Tim Tebow hitting his first professional home run [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That's great for him," Ryan said. "It really is. That's good. He's a good kid. I really liked him. It's funny, we used to talk baseball all the time. As you know, I was a great baseball player. Nah, just kidding. But I do love baseball. He played on a team that won the state championship and I think he had two first-round picks on his team.'

Marker Rex Ryan pretends to be Walt Patulski on Julian Edelman conference call [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Patulski was the Bills' No. 1 overall pick in the 1972 draft. Before that he starred at Notre Dame and was a standout at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. Edelman didn't pick up on the joke immediately.'

Marker Bill Belichick impressed by Buffalo’s win over Arizona [1:49 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“He has a lot of extended plays in the passing game where he buys extra time and then hits receivers downfield, usually for big chunks of yardage,” said Belichick.'

Marker Rex Ryan crashes Julian Edelman’s conference call [1:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“Well, I’m going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do,” he said, “so if they ask me to go out and give a glass of water to someone on the sideline, I’m going to do that with a smile on my face to help our team win, so . . . you’ll have to ask coach that one.”'

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.'

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