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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2017

Marker Bills not ready to go to their 'contingency plan' at left tackle [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There’s a lot of factors that came into play in terms of the pressure on our quarterbacks last night," McDermott said Friday. "Technique is obviously one thing, beating the man in front of you, the timing of the offense has to work hand-in-hand with the protection, the route development, the quarterback getting the ball out in time. All those things work together in terms of protection, in terms of execution. We didn’t do a good job of that enough last night."'

Marker Five free agents Bills could consider if LT Cordy Glenn's injury situation doesn't improve [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Branden Albert: A two-time Pro Bowler, Albert retired from the Jacksonville Jaguars last month, only to announced shortly thereafter he had a change of heart and wanted to keep playing. That didn't happen with the Jaguars, who released him a week ago. Albert's price tag could be a sticking point, but he would give the Bills an experienced option who knows the AFC East after spending the last three years. Would Albert be more open to joining the Bills as a Rochester native?'

Marker Bills notebook: Sean McDermott sticking with Tyrod Taylor, a plan to address penalties, run defense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor struggled mightily in the Bills' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, going 8 of 18 for 53 yards and two interceptions. After the game, McDermott seemed to leave the door open for a quarterback change when he said "we're always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position including the quarterback position. We're going to evaluate the film. I’m going to evaluate the job I did and then we evaluate the job that each of us and continue to get better as a unit."'

Marker Updated Bills 53-man roster projection following Week Two of preseason [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, there is no quarterback controversy. That idea is ridiculous. As bad as Taylor was against the Eagles, the Bills aren't considering a change – and that's the right move. Peterman made some nice throws for the second straight game, but is completing barely better than 50 percent of his passes in the preseason. He's done enough to earn the promotion to the second team, but it's crazy to think he's challenging Taylor right now.'

Marker Report: Former Bills kicker Carpenter to get shot with Jaguars [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Carpenter's biggest struggles came in the past two years when extra points increased in distance from 23 to 33 yards. He missed five last season and six in 2015 after missing only one in 64 tries his first two years in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills-Eagles rating is strong, but a drop from preseason opener [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' 20-16 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that ended with the last play of the game had a strong 18.6 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). That was seven percent lower than the 20.0 rating for the Bills preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Peterman's performance, poor penalties and too much Shady [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was awful. He threw two interceptions, the first on a tipped pass that never should have left his hand, and the second to Ronald Darby, of all people. Darby is one of the primary symbols of out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new at One Bills Drive. Taylor easily could have thrown a another pick to his former teammate. More than a few of his passes were delivered late, others were late and/or wildly off-target.'

Marker Bills' McDermott says he hasn't lost faith in Tyrod Taylor at QB [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I have all the confidence in the world in Tyrod. By no means, was that meant to come across that way, Tyrod’s going to start for us this week and I look forward to him getting back on track,’’ McDermott said. “There were plays that he wanted back from last night among other players as well. That said, there were good moments in the game. We continue to evolve as an offense, that’s the second game.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Brandon Reilly honors former teammate Sam Foltz after touchdown [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Foltz, Reilly's teammate on the Cornhuskers for three seasons, died in a car accident last year in July.'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills OT Cameron Jefferson raised his fist during national anthem [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Going to Philly, I saw him across the field and I felt inspired to do the same and follow suit," Jefferson said Friday at his locker. "I feel like it's my duty as an athlete with my platform to do anything I can to help people in need against police brutality in the black and brown communities. I was already thinking about it but something in my gut and my spirit said, 'Go ahead, Cam. You can do it.'"'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott reinforces confidence in QB Tyrod Taylor [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We're always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position, including the quarterback position," McDermott said Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. "I thought Tyrod's done some good things. Last week he moved the offense and we had some penalties. We're going to evaluate the film. I have to evaluate the job I did tonight and then we can evaluate the job that each of us did and continue to get better as a unit."'

Marker 8 numbers that stand out from the Buffalo Bills' loss to Philadelphia Eagles [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Only eight players finished Thursday night's game against the Eagles with more tackles than Tyrod Taylor. The Bills quarterback had as many tackles as he had interceptions in an outing to forget.'

Marker Assessing Buffalo Bills rookie class: A look at Zay Jones, Nathan Peterman, more [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills’ first-round pick looks the part so far. Tre’Davious White has taken every rep with the first-team defense since he arrived in Buffalo after the draft. He’s been consistently breaking up passes and has come down with a few interceptions in practice. The only blemish on his game has been his ability to return punts. He had trouble early in camp fielding the punts and won’t likely win that job.'

Marker McDermott clears the air: Tyrod is his man [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“We’ll do a little more game planning this week as this is a little more of a mock for us,” McDermott said.'

Marker Bills coach McDermott reiterates support for Tyrod Taylor [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"We're always going to evaluate everything, and that goes for everything including the quarterback position," McDermott had said, when asked if he would consider a change in quarterbacks after Taylor and the starting offense sputtered in playing most of the first half.'

Marker Sean McDermott still expects Tyrod Taylor to be Bills' starting QB [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: '"Like I've always said, we always look at everything," McDermott said. "That goes for every position, not just the quarterback position, but every position. Nate has certainly had a good preseason and training camp, and he's going to continue to develop and get better. That said, Tyrod is going to start Saturday night, and I expect him to play and play well."'

Marker Haven't we had this conversation before? [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I’m sure pressures and knockdowns contributed to Taylor’s sub par performance as did the absence of the best receiver he had and the player with whom he had the best chemistry when it comes to the passing game. Say what you want about Sammy Watkins and his injury issues, that was one big security blanket that was shipped to Los Angeles. To steal the old cliche, you can see Taylor is not on the same page with Anquan Boldin, Zay Jones, Andre Holmes or anyone else not named Charles Clay.'

Marker McDermott says he envisions Tyrod Taylor starting Week 1 for the Buffalo Bills [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We're always going to evaluate everything and that goes for every position, including the quarterback position," McDermott told reporters on Thursday night. "I thought Tyrod's done some good things. Last week he moved the offense and we had some penalties. We're going to evaluate the film. I have to evaluate the job I did tonight and then we can evaluate the job that each of us did and continue to get better as a unit."'

Marker McDermott: All the confidence in the world in Tyrod [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’ve got to do some things to get the offense on track, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve got to move the ball, move the chains, convert on third downs, which we didn’t do a good job, and then when we get into the red zone we’ve got to score touchdowns.'

Marker Bills Today: Position battles intensify versus Eagles [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The longest spanning battles of the night occurred on the offensive line. At both right guard and right tackle, a rotation was evident for most of the game. John Miller started at right guard, while Jordan Mills started at right tackle. Every other series Vlad Ducasse would sub in at right guard, and Dion Dawkins would slide in at right tackle. This rotation continued into the third quarter.'

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Marker Pollock: Bills’ fans should be concerned after last night [1:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Two straight games of double-figure penalties is undeniably disquieting … those are Rex Ryanesque numbers.'

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Marker Bills turn in another sloppy showing in 20-16 preseason loss to Eagles [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After two preseason outings, there isn't much positive that can be said about Sean McDermott's team. And the 0-2 record in games that don't count would appear to be the least of its problems.'

Marker Tim Graham: So many Bills story lines, but penalties keep getting in the way [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So I went into Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles intent on finding an angle to write about aside from penalties even though the referee was the magnificent Ed Hochuli.'

Marker Insta-Graham: Tyrod Taylor wobbles in Philly, but fans should resist QB controversy urge [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fifth-round draft choice Nathan Peterman, meanwhile, made enough throws to get Bills fans curious.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Darby makes an interception vs. former team [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Any pick is a good pick, whether it's against the Bills or anybody else," Darby said after the Eagles' 20-16 preseason victory against the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.'

Marker Ian Seau pursues NFL dream, well aware of the risks five years after his uncle's suicide [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A lot of people wouldn’t change the path that they’ve taken to get here. I know for a fact my uncle wouldn’t have changed his path,” he said. “ … When it gets to the point that I know to walk away, I’ll know to walk away.”'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Don't invest hope in this year's Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, it's clear that Beane is looking down the road. He has a long-term vision, same as the Sabres' new GM, Jason Botterril. In that sense, it's not "the same ole bs." There's an actual plan. It might be hard for fans to accept, but it's better than making rash moves to appease the masses.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott learning avoiding penalties easier said than done [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's 100 percent unacceptable," McDermott said after the game. "100 percent unacceptable. Good teams, as you've heard me say, don't beat themselves. Obviously we need work on technique. We're going to go hard on that this week like we've been attacking it. We've got a lot of work to do, that being one of the areas, but overall a lot of work to do."'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor not worried despite rough preseason outing [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Definitely wasn't the performance that I would like to put on or the offense and team would like to put on. There's definitely some plays out there that we left on the field. Me personally, I felt like I left some plays on the field. It's also preseason. There's time for us to grow as a team, time for me to grow as a player and continue to keep building chemistry with the guys on the field."'

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