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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2015

Marker Rex Ryan’s relationship with Buffalo Bills fans hits a rough patch after losses, challenge-fla [8:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think we’re all held to a pretty high standard,” fullback Jerome Felton said Tuesday. “We had a lot of high expectations coming into the season and, obviously, it’s not over. But whenever you don’t perform up to those expectations, you’re going to take some heat. And we do as players and they do as coaches. I don’t get mad at the fans or anything like that. It’s just part of the job.”'

Marker AFC postseason outlook following Week 12, plus what Bills fans should root for [8:48 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Best-case scenario for Bills: The Colts beat Pittsburgh on Sunday and the Texans in Week 15.'

Marker It's Tony Steward's turn at ILB on banged-up Bills "D" [8:48 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It sucks that Nigel had to get hurt,” Steward said, “but this is really how guys get opportunities in the league. I think right now I’m where I want to be. I feel comfortable in the system.'

Marker Gilmore: Lack of pressure was a surprise, but game plan differs week to week [8:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, to be honest with you," he said after a pause. "Every game is going to be different. The quarterback, Smith, he can buy time with his legs. And Brady, he couldn’t do that. He’s more of a dropback passer. It’s going to be different every week. We’re all in it together. So when they’re getting pressure, we’re happy. When they’re not, we have to hold up on the back end, no matter what. So we’re in it together.”'

Marker Gilmore's attention now turns to Houston's DeAndre Hopkins [8:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The key to playing cornerback, Gilmore said, is being "strong-minded." Sunday was especially a rough day for Darby. When the rookie sent Gilmore a text message on Monday, the vet who has embraced more of a leadership role told him "It happens." He endured similar valleys as a rookie. As he said, everybody around you can say to "Forget about it," but certain plays will stay on your mind.'

Marker Bills sign three on defense, place DT Kyle Williams on IR [8:46 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reddick was actually in Oakland, about to work out with the Raiders, when the Bills called him back. He flew out west Sunday after spending Thanksgiving with his family in North Carolina and then flew back to Buffalo. His alarm was set for 7 a.m. to wake up for the workout and the Bills called at 6:50 a.m., saying they wanted to sign him to the 53-man roster. So here he is.'

Marker The Bills' playoff chances: Is Buffalo cooked? [8:44 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills can pretend that they're still in the playoff picture because they haven't been officially eliminated, but Sunday's 30-22 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was a near lethal blow. Now at 5-6, they sit behind four 6-5 teams, and one of those teams — the Chiefs — owns a head-to-head tiebreaker, not to mention has an easy schedule down the stretch. The Bills will need to win a minimum of four of their last five games, and will still probably need help to end their playoff drought, which is now perilously close to 16 years.​'

Marker Rex Ryan: Buffalo Bills could win the rest of their games or lose the rest of them [8:42 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I said it from day one I don't want to let our fans down," Ryan said. "I know the frustrations, but I want to take that head on ... this is fully my responsibility, that is how I am approaching it. Now I am not admitting defeat by any stretch of the imagination that we have some opportunity."'

Marker Bills place Kyle Williams on IR; sign 3 defensive players [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Barnes is listed at 6-foot-7 and 364 pounds and spent the past two seasons with the Jets, where he played under coach Rex Ryan. That makes Barnes familiar with Buffalo's defensive system under Ryan, who took over in January.'

Marker Bills DT Williams placed on IR [8:40 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Reddick joins the 53-man roster of the Bills after spending time on the team's practice squad earlier in the season. He was an undrafted free agent in 2013.'

Marker Steward ready for starting role on Bills defense [8:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Definitely, you have to give Houston their props,” Steward said. “They’re kind of rolling right now. They’re playing good football, but really we’re just worried about ourselves, trying to get our game plan down and doing what we have to do to get our next win.”'

Marker Can the Bills defense find its way? [8:38 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We can't fulfill everybody's expectations. But what our expectations are, is to win ball games. If we can keep a goose egg (on opponents) and they may run up and down the field but don't score, that's a victory in our book. As far as our expectations are, we want to be the best defense we can be. That's what we're still striving to get to."'

Marker Bills sign 3, Kyle Williams to I.R. [8:37 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'On the offensive side of the ball rookie running back Karlos Williams was spotted wearing a sling on Tuesday. Williams hurt his shoulder during the loss to Kansas City.'

Marker LB Tony Steward ready to step in [8:29 PM] reports: '“I’m just looking forward to getting out there and be able to help the team,” said Steward Tuesday. “Step in and do what I can to make sure that I do everything to help the team win.”'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Texans this week [8:28 PM] reports: '“By being the starting quarterback, you automatically garner some sort of respect from the players around you,” Center Eric Wood says. “And when you work as hard and prepare like Tyrod does it gives you a voice. He’s not extremely vocal in a locker room setting; he’s plenty vocal on the field. But when he speaks up, people listen.”'

Marker Bills sign three; place Kyle Williams on I-R [8:28 PM] reports: 'Edwards (6-4, 278) was signed off the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, a place where he had a couple of stints this season. He also spent some time on the Oakland Raiders practice squad and the Chicago Bears active roster during the regular season.'

Marker Ryan plans changes to challenge system [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As for what – or who – will change in regards to the process, Ryan refused to get into specifics.'

Marker Jerry Hughes: QB Tyrod Taylor rallying the Bills after loss [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's like Tyrod said when he pulled me aside after the game, 'We've got to pull the guys back into it. The season is not over with,'" Hughes said. "He said it best. We just had a quick little one on one. He told me to pull the guys aside. He saw my head down because he knew how badly I wanted to win this. For him to do that and tell me to pick my head up, and let's pull the guys up so we can finish the season up strong, that speaks tremendous volumes to the character we have leading this team.'

Marker Analysis: But Ryan seemed to outsmart himself against Kansas City Chiefs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wondering why defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was biting his tongue afterward? Here’s one theory: On both of Smith’s scoring strikes, the 6-foot-3, 331-pounder who inked a $108 million contract extension dropped into coverage… against air.'

Marker Bills must beWare of obscure RBs [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The list goes back to the 2004 season. There were some guys on the first list who weren’t no-names, but had their biggest games against the Bills. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane...'.

Marker Tarpley released, Steward to start [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His performance against the Chiefs apparently made the coaching staff not comfortable with that idea. Tarpley was noticeably out of place on a 35-yard rush by Chiefs running back Spencer Ware in the fourth quarter. Earlier, he let Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce get behind him – leading to Kelce being wide open on the play – although it’s impossible to know whether Tarpley was supposed to pass Kelce off to the safeties. Given that he was cut, that could be an indication he wasn’t.'

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's loss to Kansas City [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to remember a worse performance by a head coach when it comes to using his challenge flag.'

Marker Sammy Watkins was brilliant, then ignored [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sadly, the second half resembled the Watkins we've seen far too much of in his time with the Bills: No catches, ignored by the quarterback, a non-factor as the game got away from the Bills. This wasn't his fault. Roman cowered to the Chiefs once they decided to roll coverage toward Watkins in the second half, and thus he was thrown to just one time. Why would Roman be spooked? He let the Chiefs dictate what the offense would do, and that can't happen, especially when you've got a weapon like Watkins who could not have been hotter.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' pass rush gets no pressure on Alex Smith [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rex Ryan's defense, the one known for attacking the quarterback, sat back and let Smith beat them for 290 total yards and two touchdowns. The only sack the Bills recorded came when Smith was chased out of bounds late in the game. Pro Football Focus credited Buffalo with just five quarterback hurries.'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan vows to change system for challenging plays after embarrassment in Chiefs loss [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'One aspect of the Bills' system that was called into question Sunday is why James Trapp, who is listed as the team chaplain, was standing next to Ryan and seemingly advising him on the Hogan play.'

Marker Rex Ryan isn't the answer in Buffalo, but Bills are stuck with him [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is the guy the Bills hired in January, and Bills fans already seem to be growing tired of him. Twitter became the breeding ground for the "Fire Rex" campaign after the latest 30-22 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. While it's clear Ryan hasn't coached well enough to live up to the hype he created all offseason, he's also not in any danger of losing his job.'

Marker Buffalo Bills CB Nickell Robey can't figure out why he keeps getting penalties [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I didn't like it again," Robey said. "Again, I think it was a bad call. I'll see the film later on tonight when I get on the plane and see if it really was a pass interference. I don't think it was pass interference. I feel like I had some contact, but I wasn't holding him, none of that. I was running down the field. I looked back for the ball, stuck my hand out and did the best I could. I felt like the ball was overthrown, actually. But they had a different opinion about it. I was disappointed about the call but just had to keep playing football."'

Marker Bills coach Ryan throws red flag on how he challenges calls [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"It's frustrating, without question," he said. "It's my responsibility to get a process in place that's effective."'

Marker Bills place defensive lineman Carrington on season-ending IR [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy is a candidate to be promoted off Buffalo's practice squad. The Bills have also opened another roster spot by releasing rookie linebacker A.J. Tarpley.'

Marker Ryan's Bills defense experiencing issues [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'They tried to flood the coverage zones and rush three or four, and what happened was Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had plenty of time to pick the Bills apart. Incredibly, the Bills never recorded a quarterback hit on Smith, let alone sack him.'

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