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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2016

Marker Friday's New England Coverage [8:35 AM]
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Marker From 'Turbo' package to 'Cheeseburger' blitzes, Bills will have something ready [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fact is, the Bills' defense will concoct a different for each opponent that has more to do with what the other team does offensively than the man behind center. For instance, although Palmer had said that the "Turbo" (a look that consisted of one lineman (Williams), three linebackers (Jerry Hughes, Lorenzo Alexander and Preston Brown) and seven defensive backs) was something he hadn't seen previously from the Bills, there were instances when the Bills used it in their Sept. 15 loss against the New York Jets.'

Marker Zach Brown fills the gap for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Zach is a very talented individual. Physically, he’s as gifted as most linebackers in this league,” defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said. “He can run. He can hit. He can cover. He can tackle well. He can blitz. I mean, there’s very few things that he can’t do.”'

Marker Rex Ryan on dealing with New England media: 'We're here in Buffalo. Nobody likes anything [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Oh please! I mean it’s not, like, the first time. This is like seven, eight years. It’s the same every time you talk to them. So you have fun with them, going back and forth."'

Marker Updates on Sammy Watkins, Cordy Glenn & Ronald Darby; McCoy honored; Williams wants to meet Rona [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I guess there’s a concern, but we’ll just see how this thing goes,” Ryan said. “Obviously, this is what the plan was, try to get him there on Sunday, see how he feels and if he’s ready to roll, turn him loose.”'

Marker Stephen A. Smith: Rex Ryan is 'mentally weak' [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"To be on Year Six where you've missed the playoffs, and you still talk as much as you talk, is bad enough," Smith said. "But then when you turn around and get ultra sensitive when somebody brings up FACTS that contradict all the stuff you bloviated about, and you get all sensitive where that ultimately is your answer to every other question that follows, it shows me that you're mentally weak. That you can't take what you dish out. It also shows me why your teams ain't making the playoffs. Because you're busy being friends and getting along and having players stand up and speak on your behalf because they like you so much."'

Marker Bills will wear all white against Patriots [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This will be the first time the Bills go white-on-white this year. They wore white jerseys with blue pants at Baltimore, red on red for the Color Rush game against the Jets, and then blue jerseys with white pants for the home game against Arizona.'

Marker Rex Ryan, Anthony Lynn, Dennis Thurman Thursday pressers [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Guys that did not participate: Greg Salas with a groin, (Cyrus) Kouandjio ankle, (Patrick) Lewis knee, (Sammy) Watkins foot, (Jonathan) Meeks did not participate with a foot, Walt Patulski did not participate. Limited today, (Colt) Anderson foot, (Ronald) Darby hamstring, Cardale Jones—it’s his birthday by the way—right shoulder, (Charles) Clay knee, Aaron Williams ankle, and Cordy Glenn ankle. Alright fire away.'

Marker Unraveling the mystery of alleged Coughlin-Pegulas meeting [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fun started when someone posted in a comment section on TwoBillsDrive.com that a "buddy of mine who works at" New Era Field had spotted Coughlin there, and "apparently he met with the Pegulas."'

Marker Bills rookie Adolphus Washington finding his way [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They’re a great program,” Washington said, recalling his pre-draft visit to New England last spring. “Their program was run a lot like it was at Ohio State for me, pretty structured and everything is geared to be great.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills 'hopeful' Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby and Cordy Glenn can play Week 4 [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I guess there's a concern but we'll just see how this thing goes," Ryan said. "Obviously this is what the plan was. Try to get him there on Sunday and see how he feels and if he's ready then turn him loose."'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills FB Corey Knox receives World Wrestling Entertainment tryout [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to the WWE's website, Knox was one of 40 athletes who were invited to take part in a tryout at the WWE Performance Center.'

Marker Rex Ryan on Patriots media: 'In Buffalo, nobody likes anything in Boston' [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Oh please. I mean, it's not like the first time," Ryan said with a laugh. "This is like seven or eight years -- it's the same every time you talk to them. So you have fun with them, going back and forth."'

Marker Could former Bills and Syracuse coach Doug Marrone have a shot at LSU job? [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The idea that Marrone might be a better fit at the college level is not farfetched. Him landing a job as high profile as LSU's might be a stretch, but the opinion of him in coaching circles seems to be higher than it is among the general public.'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan is not pleased with New England Patriots reporters [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If Ryan wants to silence some critics, he could beat the Patriots this week at Gillette Stadium. Sure, Tom Brady won't be playing quarterback, and both of the Patriots' backups are banged up as well, so some will discount a win. That's a hell of a lot better than losing to Belichick's backup quarterback, though.'

Marker Bills defense on better pace than 2014 record-setting team [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: ' “It definitely feels good. It’s also so kudos to the defensive backs giving us time to get there. It’s a total team effort, it’s not just us,” defensive lineman Corbin Bryant said.'

Marker Bills' defense showing signs of cohesion in Ryan's 2nd year [1:44 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 [1:43 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 Bills-Patriots Capsule [1:42 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 [1:41 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 [1:40 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) [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'No news is good news regarding Sammy Watkins.'

Marker Zach Brown holding it down in Buffalo's defense [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.”'

Marker Thursday's New England Coverage [6:41 AM]
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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.'

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