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Buffalo Bills News - December 2, 2016

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills Thoughts: On Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin & Dez Lewis [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With just five weeks left in the season, it's looking like it might not be at all this year. The Bills probably won't shut Watkins down for good until they're officially eliminated from postseason contention, but that needs to happen if and when that moment comes. Watkins is too important to the team's future plans for them to continue risking a more serious injury. It's imperative that the team's medical staff and Watkins come up with a plan to get him healthy in the offseason.'

Marker Bills great Thurman Thomas to visit local M&T branch [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A former Buffalo Bills running back and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is scheduled to make a promotional stop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at M&T Bank, 1882 East Ave.'

Marker Ex-UB star Khalil Mack a destructive force for Raiders [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mack’s story is one of grit and determination. He was barely recruited out of high school in Westwood, Florida, so he showed up on the UB campus just looking for a chance to prove he could play, all the while wondering if he’d be able to cope with the Buffalo weather.'

Marker Buffalo Bills picked to upset Oakland Raiders in Week 13 by two ESPN Insiders [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'I'm taking the Bills over the Raiders in Oakland. I just think, with Sammy Watkins back, Buffalo's offense has the ability to accomplish things it hasn't been able to earlier this season. Oakland's defense, Khalil Mack notwithstanding, can be dissected. And the Raiders have been walking a tightrope with these comebacks. This week could be a comedown.'

Marker Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore disses Michael Crabtree, praises Amari Cooper [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Michael Crabtree, he's a big receiver, he likes to push off a lot," Gilmore said. "I'll talk to the ref because I see it on film. I'll get physical back with him and if he pushes off I just have to fight through it. Sometimes they don't call it, sometimes they do call it but most of the time they don't call it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins still has broken bone in injured foot [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Watkins has said he's not overly concerned about the long-term ramifications of this injury because he can have surgery after the season if he needs it. Delaying said surgery allows him to fight through the pain and play. He caught three passes for 80 yards in his first time back, but Lynn isn't convinced the Bills will have him the rest of the season.'

Marker Can Logan Thomas be the Buffalo Bills' version of Terrelle Pryor? [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Actually, I felt pretty good to be completely honest," Thomas said. "I got a lot better understanding of the game, I got a good feel of the game, I knew what to look for and stuff. I kept flip-flopping teams, which made it tough to get completely comfortable, but I guess that's the past now.'

Marker Bills ground attack will make difference vs. Raiders [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Raiders two losses this season came against the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs. It doesn’t take long to see which team the Bills could attempt to mirror more.'

Marker Bills coordinator says Watkins still has broken bone in foot [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"Well, I mean, the guy has a broken bone in his foot, I don't know if he's going to play one play or 20 plays," Lynn said. "So we'll just see how big his role is. I'd like to keep him there the whole time but I can't say. He's tough, he's very determined to stay on the football field and help us win games but he has a broken bone in his foot at the end of the day."'

Marker WR Watkins back at practice for Bills [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills likely would turn to Justin Hunter and/or Brandon Tate should injuries force their hand on Sunday.'

Marker Week 13 GameScout: Bills at Raiders [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Raiders, 28-24.'

Marker Bills unsure how much WR Sammy Watkins will play vs. Raiders [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Ryan said it's "not looking good" that receivers Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin (illness) will be able to play after missing practices Wednesday and Thursday. The status of Marquise Goodwin, who is expected to start in Woods' place, is also uncertain; he left Thursday's practice with a wrist injury.'

Marker Several Raiders defenders yet to practice this week [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both McGee and Latham are dealing with ankle injuries while Hayden is nursing an injured hamstring. According to The Mercury News, the rookie Latham was seen in the locker room earlier in the week with a boot on his right foot and walking with the use of a cane. He has started in all nine games he’s played in this season.'

Marker Lynn: Watkins still playing with broken foot [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins was activated from injured reserve last week Saturday before Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watkins had three catches is the game for 80 yards in his first game action since Week 2 of the season against the New York Jets.'

Marker Bills' OC Anthony Lynn says Watkins is still dealing with broken bone in his foot [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"He’s not 100-percent," Lynn said on Thursday. "The guy has a broken bone in his foot. I don’t know if he’s going to play one play or 20 plays, so we’ll just see how big his role is. I’d like to keep him in the whole time. I can’t say. He’s tough. He’s very determined to stay on the football field and help us win games, but, he has a broken bone in his foot at the end of the day."'

Marker Raiders Game Preview [1:39 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Raiders 34, Bills 30.'

Marker A second chance for Dez Lewis to make a first impression [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“And don’t just assume opportunities come around all the time, because they don’t,” Ryan added. “We will see. He’s got the size, and we drafted him. We thought he had that kind of ability that he could play in this league, and now he has to prove it.”'

Marker Lynn: For Watkins it's a pain tolerance thing [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The guy has a broken bone in his foot,” said Lynn. “He’s tough, he’s very determined to stay on the football field and help us win games, but he has a broken bone in his foot. It’s a pain tolerance deal and I think he’s tough as hell playing through it.”'

Marker Bills Today: Dareus expected to play Sunday [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think he’s going to be okay. He’s limited,” said Ryan. “I’m no doctor so I can’t tell you the issue that he had, but he feels confident that he’s going to be ready to roll and I feel the same way.”'

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Marker After toilet quip, Dez Lewis hears Rex's message loud and clear [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s got to poop or get off the pot, so to speak,” Ryan said, in a classic Rex-ism. “It’s going to be an opportunity for him. Don’t assume opportunities come around all the time, because they don’t. We’ll see. He’s got the size. We drafted him because we thought he had that kind of ability that he could play in this league, and now he has to prove it.”'

Marker Bills look to keep Mack from making them 'sick' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'll be definitely ready for him and I can't wait for the matchup," Mills said of facing the former University at Buffalo star. "He can make some tackles sick, but you've got to have that confidence, no matter what he does, in your technique, that your technique is sound, and you know you're a great player also and you've just got to handle your business.'

Marker Hard to remember big road wins in December [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This isn't exactly news to fans who have lived through a 16-year playoff drought.December is the month when the Bills' chronic mediocrity comes calling, when regrettable early-season losses leave them on the outer fringes of the playoffs. Of course, they're usually good enough to keep hope alive and string people along.'

Marker Soreness keeps Sammy Watkins out of Wednesday's Bills practice [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watkins was officially listed as "did not participate" on Wednesday's injury report. He played 25 plays (45%) in the win over Jacksonville, catching three passes for 80 yards. He declined interview requests in the locker room after Wednesday's practice.'

Marker Khalil Mack: 'I'm trying to play ball better and better each week' [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you talk about our offense going down there and end up getting the go-ahead score, kicking a field goal to put us up, and putting the defense back out there on the field, it's up to us at that point to end the game," Mack said. "That's what me and (quarterback) Derek (Carr) talked about before that series, and we wanted to make sure we went out and did it."'

Marker Bills sign former quarterback Logan Thomas to play tight end [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Is he a project? Yes, certainly it’s a project," coach Rex Ryan said. "[I" target="_blank"> don’t anticipate him doing anything right now because he doesn’t know the plays or anything, but let’s take a shot, see what we got in this young man and maybe he can do some things."'

Marker Credit Tyrod Taylor with a fourth-quarter comeback vs. Jaguars [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's overall numbers in these situations aren't great, but Sunday was one of his better statistical performances. He completed three of his four passes for 49 yards, including a nicely thrown 16-yard touchdown to Justin Hunter in the front corner of the end zone.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Ryan knows better than to take on fans [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That was why Ryan wasn't about to take the bait the other day when a reporter asked him about the fact there was quite a bit of booing in the first half of last Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.'

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex, McCoy, Tyrod, Worthy plus five more players [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I lied. No, I mean, we’re okay. We’ll be okay. We’ve had some, but you’re right. A couple of weeks ago, we had come back off that bye and we felt good. But, you know, it’s the National Football League and things happen. And that’s why your depth – what did Marv Levy used to say? Depth is a great thing as long as you don’t have to use it. But I think – in this league, you have to use it. Hopefully, we’ll get these guys back sooner than later.'

Marker It's a New Era at 'the Ralph' [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We picked New Era Field because it sounds really intimate and homey," Marciniak said. "Even though there’s 70,000 people in the stadium, it feels more personal."'

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