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Buffalo Bills News - September 23, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of coaches Rex Ryan, Anthony Lynn & Dennis Thurman [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well the only thing that would be better than that would be getting tackles at the d-line spots. So that’s really where you’d like them.'

Marker New Bills OC Anthony Lynn ready for the challenge [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the first things Lynn has done is scale back the playbook, though it’s not like he’s tearing every other page out of Roman’s tome and dumbing down the attack. What he’s trying to do is just cut back a little on the information that the players get each week, and is narrowing the focus on how the Bills plan to operate from game to game.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fans can have logo shaved into heads before Arizona Cardinals game [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to the Bills' website, New Era Cap will have barbers on-site to shave the Bills or New Era logos into hair.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OC Anthony Lynn trying to make Greg Roman's system work [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"(My head) was spinning earlier, but things have slowed down," Lynn said. "Looking at the whole process and how you want to do it, looking at the play book and the terminology, you know this was obviously Greg Roman's system. I would implement a different system, but I can work within this one, and the coaches around me can, too, so we're doing to make this one work."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills OC Anthony Lynn said in first press conference [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'I've been training to do this all my life. I had a couple times to do it in different places and it didn't work out. I never wanted to do it under these circumstances. I like to build my success on top of another man's success, or woman, but unfortunately it's the NFL. Didn't work out that way. Now I'm in charge and I have to get this offense going in the right direction, and I plan on getting it done.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injury: Buffalo Bills concerned about his availability for Week 3 [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think there's a little more concern because of the fact of another day he didn't practice," Ryan said. "So there's probably a little heightened concern there a little bit."'

Marker New OC Anthony Lynn wants Buffalo Bills' offense to run at faster pace [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Sixty-five to 70 plays is the average NFL game," Lynn said. "If you had 25 runs and 35 passes and you call them all once that's a game. If you call them all twice that's two games. So you don't need a whole lot."'

Marker Buffalo Bills OC Anthony Lynn on targeting Sammy Watkins: 'You can only do so much' [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We just want to win," Lynn said. "I do recognize Sammy is an elite receiver, but like you said, he's not healthy. He's practicing once a week. You can only do so much. You're somewhat limited, but we're definitely going to target Sammy and get him the ball."'

Marker Lynn ready to take over Bills’ offense on Sunday [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I like to build my success on top of another man's success, or woman, but unfortunately it's the NFL. Didn't work out that way,” he said. “Now I'm in charge and I have to get this offense going in the right direction."'

Marker Bills turn to Lynn to fix struggling offense [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"Look, man, it's a challenge. I accept the challenge," Lynn said. "Think I'm the right guy for the challenge and I'm not going to make any excuses. It's my responsibility to get us going, and we'll figure it out."'

Marker Distractions dominate Bills in preparing to host Cardinals [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Running back LeSean McCoy expects the amount of plays available per game to be cut in half to about 40. Lynn will also call plays from the coach's box as opposed to Roman, who worked on the sideline.'

Marker Cardinals-Bills Capsule [1:42 AM]
AP reports: ' In two games, Buffalo has 27 first downs, converted 6 of 23 third-down chances and had fewer than 48 minutes in time of possession.'

Marker Williams: Have to have a 'stone wall mentality' [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"If we allowed opinions, or if it's media or if it's other people that talk bad about us to get into the mindset of our team, it would be a very, very bad thing," Williams said on the John Murphy Show on Thursday afternoon. "We have to be stone-walled, we have to be strong minded to say, 'You know what, this is a long season.' Every week is a different challenge. Last week, everybody wanted to talk about Rex's record against [Ryan Fitzpatrick" target="_blank"> and all that kind of stuff. What happened? They out executed us with what they were doing. One week is not the same as the next. We're heading into this week, stone wall mentality, we're going to put our work in and we're not gonna let anything affect us."'

Marker Concern growing over Watkins' availability for Bills Sunday [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think there’s a little more concern because of the fact of another day he didn’t practice,” Ryan said. “So there’s probably a little heightened concern there a little bit.”'

Marker Short-passing game could be key for Bills against Cardinals [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Arizona also forced five Buccaneers’ turnovers in that contest (four interceptions of Winston and a fumble recovery). Their defense is loaded with talented players across the board, but especially in the secondary, where they play a lot of man-to-man defense and suffocate their opponents’ wideouts.'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (9/22/16) [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is a fairly brutal stretch of games over the next three weeks, at home against Arizona, on the road against New England, and then traveling all the way out west to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills, at best, can only get to 2-3 on the year through this stretch, but a 1-4 or even an 0-5 start seems more logical based on the opponents, and the location of those opponents. It’s not quite panic time at One Bills Drive, but unless they put out the early flames, this could turn into an all-out five alarm fire.'

Marker Playing fast the aim for Bills offense [1:37 AM] reports: '“I just know that when you’re playing at a faster pace you put more pressure on a defense over four quarters and that’s what we’re going to do,” Lynn said.'

Marker Special teams looking to give Bills an edge vs. Cardinals [1:36 AM] reports: 'Buffalo will be looking to take advantage of an Arizona team that has looked shaky on special teams through the first two games of the season. The Cardinals rank 31st in kick return average, 21st in punt return average. They’re in the lower half of the league on punt and kick coverage as well.'

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September 22, 2016

Marker Cards’ Arians remains wary of struggling Bills [11:42 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Any team that’s 0-2 you’re going to get their best shot … especially at home,” he said. “I have all the respect in the world for Rex and the job he’s done."'

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Marker As adversity piles up for Bills, Rex 'not real comfortable right now' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Of course, when you're 0-2, you're not going to feel like your best self," defensive lineman Corbin Bryant said. "But, obviously, he feels a lot of pressure. I'm sure people in this locker room feel a lot of pressure to perform. At the end of the day, we have to perform. It's a performance-based business.'

Marker LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor looking forward to Anthony Lynn's 'simplified' offense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think the gameplan we have this week is pretty good. Not as much thinking,” McCoy said. “It’s more about just going out there to play.”'

Marker LeSean McCoy nonchalant about civil suit [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ll just see what happens. If you want, you think you could take care of that for me?” McCoy joked to a reporter. “We’ll see what the cost is.”'

Marker Bovada: Even money Rex Ryan gets fired before Week 17 [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bradley is the only other coach with such a line offered. His line is "Yes" +150 and "No" -200.'

Marker NFL flag protests find sympathizers among Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think by the end of the season, every team will be doing it,” said Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant. “There has to be a point man we can talk to and get the conversation started, because the injustice is just ridiculous.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex Ryan, Preston Brown, Richie Incognito, LeSean McCoy & Tyrod Tay [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, I’m more of an observer and trying to get in, if they ask questions, I’ll give them a defensive perspective, but that’s pretty much it.'

Marker A little mystery could help Anthony Lynn, Bills offense [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s almost a little competitive advantage of having a little mystery going into Sunday,” center Eric Wood said with a sly smile, insinuating that maybe this upheaval can work in the Bills’ favor.'

Marker Buffalo Bills players open up on police brutality and increased anthem protests in NFL [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'All of this hits home for Goodwin. A close friend and fraternity brother of his just died in a car accident, so he knows the pain the grieving families are dealing with. It's part of why Goodwin has voiced his opinions on social media, as he continues to watch people die for no reason.'

Marker Bills RB LeSean McCoy says there's 'less thinking' with Greg Roman gone [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's over now," running back LeSean McCoy said. "We can't really dwell on it. I have all the respect in the world for coach Roman, I think he's an excellent coach. I guess the guys upstairs and Rex thought it was time for a change. As a player, you move on."'

Marker Bills' LeSean McCoy on civil suit with Philly cops: 'We'll see what the cost is' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We'll just wait and see what happens," McCoy said Wednesday when asked about the case. "If you want, you think you could take care of that for me? We'll see what the cost is."'

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