After ‘scary’ injury, a change in Williams’ mindset [8:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I had to pass the doctors’ tests before I could even practice,” said Williams, who is listed as probable for the game. “I had to show I could turn my head a certain way. Do I feel pinching in this? Do I feel this pain in that? There was a lot of stuff that they did. They really took precaution with my injury and wanted to make sure I was ready to come back.”'
All eyes on Mariota, Taylor [8:48 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marcus Mariota feels like a rookie quarterback making only his fourth NFL start. The Bills’ defense should be preparing for a feast. Young, inexperienced quarterbacks aren’t supposed to be any match for a unit whose intention is to create chaos and confusion for the guy under center and the guys protecting him. And this, at least logically, is a game where Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman don’t think twice about unloading their wide array of blitz packages all over Mariota.'
Safety net, counting on RB depth, Music City Miracle memory [8:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is one of the NFL's better players at his position. Part of that is because his replacement, Bacarri Rambo, is likely to miss Sunday's game with a quad injury. Most of it, however, is because safeties are so integral to the success of Ryan's scheme.'
Manny Lawson loves architecture, a science 'nerd,' was born with six fingers [8:46 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How long did you have the sixth finger? I didn’t have it long at all. Right after birth, right then and there, it got dealt with. String. Let it droop and die. And then just cut it off.'
Photographer Smith was in right places at right time [8:45 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Ron and I were always competitors,” Smith recalled. “We both got the shot of O.J. scoring his 2,003 yards except mine showed his shoes he was wearing and I got paid $10,000 for that picture. I thought Ron was going to go out of his mind when he found out.”'
Bills fullback Jerome Felton thrives on contact [8:44 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When I smash it in there, get a knockdown to spring a running back, I get happiness from that," said Felton, who signed a four-year free agent contract with the Bills in March after three successful seasons in Minnesota, one of which resulted in a Pro Bowl invitation when he helped Adrian Peterson gain 2,097 yards in 2012. "It's definitely something I've acquired throughout the years."'
Fred Jackson: Bills GM Doug Whaley told me 'I didn't have anything to worry about' [8:43 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, it's not an easy move," Whaley said. "It wasn't. He's been the heart and soul of not only our team but the community. It's one of those things where we decided it something we had to do and especially the timing we thought would be best for him and obviously look, he went out to Seattle and everything. But to say I acted alone ... that would be irresponsible for me to do something without informing the coaches, the owners, the running back coach, the offensive coordinator."'
Bills DE Hughes gets double fine from NFL [8:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Hughes, who has a history of verbally admonishing game officials, was fined $23,152 Friday for abusive language toward an official. He also was docked $8,681 for unnecessary roughness for head-butting Giants rookie tackle Ereck Flowers.'
Bills running back McCoy says he could miss 3 more games [8:41 PM]
AP reports: '"Yeah, I think I just made it worse," McCoy said, sitting at his locker. "I'd rather come back 100 percent and get the player that everybody was expecting instead of being out there on one leg. That's truth."'
Bills RBs McCoy, Williams ruled out [8:40 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams started in McCoy's place last week and scored for the fourth time in four games, the only NFL player who can make that claim. But he did not pass concussion tests this week and was ruled out officially on Friday.'
Sammy, Goodwin may play Sunday; Karlos, Shady out [8:39 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rookie right guard John Miller, who missed last week’s game with a groin injury, will most likely start, according to Ryan.'
5 Bills practice notes from Oct. 8/9 [8:38 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The ‘Grade 2’ hamstring pull, which is what the running back classified it as, could keep McCoy out until Week Nine against Miami.'
Tell Your Grandkids About the 2015 Buffalo Bills [8:37 PM]
Grantland reports: 'I don’t want to curse this Bills team with expectations. They might make the playoffs, they might not. They won’t win the Super Bowl. They’ll probably get destroyed by New England again later this year. But none of that matters. Win or lose, the 2015 Bills are perfect. I’ll tell my kids about this team. And then one day I’ll tell their kids about this team.'
Punter Brett Kern Witnessed Big Moments in Bills History [8:36 PM]
TitansOnline.com reports: '“I really liked watching Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith and Andre Reed,’’ Kern said. “Steve Tasker, Don Beebe, all those guys, they were a fun team to watch. To see them go to four Super Bowls, it was pretty cool to see growing up.”'
Scouting Report - Bills-Titans - Week 5 [8:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo’s red zone efficiency took a hit last week when they went 0-for-3. They need a bounce back performance against a Titans defense that allows touchdowns inside their 20 at a rate of better than 70 percent (71.4%).'
Watkins a likely game time decision; McCoy still rehabbing [8:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When I’m working out if I’m feeling good the medical staff will let me know where I’m at,” he said. “One thing they don’t want me to do is go out there and make the wrong decision and set myself back two or three more weeks. It’s really based on how they look at me and how they evaluate it and see if I’m babying it. If I’m putting all my weight on it and running good routes. That’s what it comes down to.'
Bills’ Dixon enthusiastically takes on starting spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve been through so much and I’m still here,” Dixon said. “I knew the odds were heavy against me coming out of Jackson where a lot of dudes don’t make it. So to beat those odds and still be here and still be here as a running back who wasn’t supposed to play but three years. I’m still here. It all builds up.'
For Graham, playing for Bills doesn’t get old [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It definitely is,” Graham said Thursday. “I grew up watching the Bills. It won’t wear off until we win, make it to the playoffs, make it to the Super Bowl, things like that.'
Bills RB coach Lynn: 'Boom' Herron will have a role Sunday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Boom’s going to play. What do you mean ‘could?’ Boom’s going to play," he said. "That was the whole deal — get somebody who’s ready to play Sunday, who’s in good enough shape and could pick up the system.”'
Aaron Williams will return to starting lineup Sunday [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Aaron’s one of the top safeties in the league when he’s healthy,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said Thursday. “So obviously that’s a big loss when he’s not in there and it should really help getting him back.”'
Tyler Dunne's three Bills thoughts: Gilmore/Darby stand out, Mariota, Boom Watch [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mariota challenge. All of this being said, Tennessee rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota is different than Tom Brady and Eli Manning. He's a rookie who's more of a dual-threat, who relies on raw gifts. Still, Rex Ryan is well aware of the fact that with an extra week to prepare --- the Titans are coming off of a bye week --- Mariota could ramp up their no-huddle offense even faster. And that has caused some communication problems for the Bills. They'll need to react quickly play to play in Nashville. Playing away from The Ralph might actually benefit them.'
Sacks have been hard to come by for Bills [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills recorded 111 sacks in the last two seasons, the most in the NFL, and teams have taken notice. This year they have just seven, and only four of those have come from their very well-compensated defensive line.'
Ex-Bill Da’Norris Searcy grows comfortable with Titans [1:53 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '“I’m still getting my feet wet with the new defensive scheme,” Searcy said, “but each day I get more and more comfortable with the scheme, and I’m just trying to go out there and make the most of my opportunities. I figure once I get a lot more comfortable playing in it, they’ll free me up more. … They know I’m very versatile, and I can do pretty much anything they ask.”'
'Rex Rhymin'' drops 'Trap Queen' remix - the unofficial 'Bills Mafia&a [1:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The video features the rapper, clad in a full suit with a Bills jersey under his jacket, dancing around the parking lot of Ralph Wilson Stadium with fans.'
Bills-Titans Capsule [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills RB Karlos Williams one of four NFL rookies since 1960 to score TD in each of team's first four games.'
At quarter pole, still figuring out who Bills are [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When the schedule was released in April, I thought going 2-1 through the first three games would be a challenge, but doable for a talented Bills team. They did that. But the loss to the Giants in week four raises questions about exactly how good this team is. It’s tough for any team to lose their top running back and top wide receiver, but especially when those two players are big playmakers able to change games at any given moment. I still think the depth is solid with this roster and they can make a serious run at a playoff spot, even if Watkins and/or McCoy are out a few weeks.'
Titans Game Preview [1:49 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 23, Titans 13.'
Bills’ defense trying to get in sync with Ryan’s system [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think, for us, it’s just everyone figuring each other out,” Hughes said Wednesday, as the Bills began full-scale preparations for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. “For the defense, it’s just us understanding what our coaches want from us on the field. And, then, also understanding the scheme, so that way we can still go out there and play fast and be able to communicate with one another, so that way we’re all on the same page.”'
Latest Buffalo Bills Discussions:
|09/13||Indianapolis Colts||1:00 pm|
|09/20||New England Patriots||1:00 pm|
|09/27||@ Miami Dolphins||4:25 pm|
|10/04||New York Giants||1:00 pm|
|10/11||@ Tennessee Titans||1:00 pm|
|10/18||Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 pm|
|10/25||@ Jacksonville Jaguars||9:30 am|
|11/08||Miami Dolphins||1:00 pm|
|11/12||@ New York Jets||8:25 pm|
|11/23||@ New England Patriots||8:30 pm|
|11/29||@ Kansas City Chiefs||1:00 pm|
|12/6||Houston Texans||1:00 pm|
|12/13||@ Philadelphia Eagles||1:00 pm|
|12/20||@ Washington Redskins||1:00 pm|
|12/27||Dallas Cowboys||1:00 pm|
|01/03||New York Jets||1:00 pm|