Anthony Lynn says rookie Cardale Jones is 'what you want waiting on the runway' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He can make all the throws, and his accuracy is getting better,” said cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who goes against Jones’ scout team in practice every day. “He’s got a big arm, and if he keeps getting better with his accuracy, the sky is the limit for him.”'
Bills expect to have Watkins, Woods together for the first time since Week Two [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He looked better in practice than I thought he would look," offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said Thursday after Woods' second day back to practice. "I’m anticipating him playing some this week. Not sure how much, but I was pleased with what I saw in practice."'
Is Shaq Lawson starting for Lorenzo Alexander this week? Nobody knows what's going on [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’s going to play a lot more. He’s going to be our starter this week and he’s earned it," Ryan reportedly said of Lawson on the show.'
The Sammy Watkins-got-stepped-on story from September seems kind of serious [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a serious thing," he said. "It was a mistake. I was going full speed and the guy wasn't. It was walkthroughs and I'm a full-speed guy. The lineman did his step back and kind of got me pretty good on it. I was feeling good during that week, [and it" target="_blank"> kind of just set me back. And it was like, the gameplan is what it is and if you can't go or be full speed then we're not going to put you in that situation."'
Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Rex Ryan edition [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to see exactly how Ryan gets to "four or five" receivers. The injury to Watkins has been a tough one, no doubt. Not having Woods the past two games also hasn't been ideal. But after that, the injury excuse goes out the window. The team thought so little of Salas, it released him from injured reserve. Harvin spent all of two games on the active roster, so to say his contribution is missed is flat-out wrong. The one-game absences of Powell, Goodwin and Tate should hardly be insurmountable for a competent passing attack.'
LeSean McCoy having a transcendent season for Bills [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McCoy has been the Bills’ best player all season, and it really isn’t even close. Despite missing the equivalent of two full games due to injury, he has rushed for 949 yards, which ranks him sixth in the NFL, and his 5.5 average per carry leads everyone among the top 25 rushers in the league, and only Miami’s Jay Ajayi (5.2) is within range.'
Buffalo Bills' Jordan Mills among offensive linemen with most sacks allowed [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Mills has been Buffalo's best option at right tackle this season, but it's mostly due to the fact that the team doesn't have much in terms of competition. Seantrel Henderson has missed the majority of the season due to suspensions as well as trying to get back to his playing weight after an offseason surgery for his Crohn's disease. Cyrus Kouandjio, another tackle option, has only started two games this year at left tackle.'
LeSean McCoy will continue to lose goal line work to Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gillislee now has six touchdowns this season and seems to have established himself as the goal line running back.'
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins: 'We got a chance to win out' [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Most teams would probably put their head down, say, 'We lost, we're out of the playoffs,'" Watkins said Thursday. "But we have a different vision. We think we got a chance to win out. The chance is in our favor. I think if we go out there and win this game and then continue to prepare like we did before we win this game, throughout the season we'll be fine."'
Bills defense knows troubles ahead in Steelers' offense [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Making things even tougher for the defense is that the quarterback-wide receiver- running back trio are all on same side of the ball, Pittsburgh’s offense.'
Bills' Tyrod Taylor in line for his Kirk Cousins moment [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'When asked why he was dodging questions, Taylor became a little more animated. “Because my future in Buffalo is this week and against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s what matters the most. I don’t feel like talking about my contract right now. We still have games to play,” he said.'
Upper St. Clair grad makes wise investment in NFL [1:48 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'In February 1995, Whaley got a phone call from then-Steelers general manager Tom Donahoe, asking him if he’d be interested in an internship in the scouting department. Because he was allowed to take a one-year sabbatical at his brokerage firm and still retain the option of returning, Whaley accepted Donahoe’s offer.'
Cockrell gets chance against team that cut him [1:47 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '“It seems like a lot has happened, but it's only been a year,” Cockrell said. “It's exciting to be able to go back, but I'm so excited for the opportunity in Pittsburgh.”'
There's nothing subtle about Buffalo lineman Richie Incognito [1:46 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '“He’s a gritty player, tough, physical player,” said defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who figures to see plenty of Incognito when the Steelers face the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday. “When you play guys like that, you have to make sure you strap your helmet.”'
Steelers seek to stay hot in traveling to face tepid Bills [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"This experience right here could be the start of something new," Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "That's what we're trying to do, is to take seize of it right now, this opportunity that we have."'
Week 14 GameScout: Steelers at Bills [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Steelers, 28-17.'
Watkins, Woods likely to play on Sunday [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For a second straight day, Robert Woods was practicing on a limited basis with his teammates at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Woods had missed the past two games with a sprained knee suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals. Following practice, his coaches were pleased with the way Woods has looked on his knee over the past two practices.'
QB Cardale Jones making strides in first year for Bills [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“He’s what you want waiting on the runway,” Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said, insinuating that having a player of his caliber as a developmental quarterback that you’re waiting on is the ideal scenario.'
Bills: pressure is bringing "the best" out of QB Tyrod Taylor [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“Everyone knows, to play this position, you’ve got to have thick skin,” said third string quarterback Cardale Jones. “No one mentioned it, it’s the first I’ve ever heard of it. No one feeds into the outside.”'
Bills have some viable Pro Bowl candidates [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The first update of the Fan voting for the Pro Bowl was released this week and four Bills rank in the Top 5 at their position.'
Bills Today: Tighten up [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’ve just got to tighten up,” said McCoy. “I think that’s the biggest thing is tighten up on offense, defense, special teams. What I mean by that is play well together collectively. That’s the biggest thing. Run the ball well. We’ve got to make those plays where when the offense stalls out and it needs somebody to pick it up, someone makes a play. Then just turnovers and penalties. Those things you can’t have. You’ve got to run the ball well in December and play good defense and you can’t have turnovers and your special teams have to play well.”'
Rex Ryan: 'I think Tyrod's had a lot of really good games' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan acknowledged that fans and media have placed a great deal of heat on Taylor for his mostly unimpressive showing all season and especially for his poor performance through the final three quarters of last Sunday's loss at Oakland.'
Frustration boils over for Tyrod Taylor after testy 10-minute press conference [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was clearly irritable about the line of questioning, interrupting a reporter who started to ask a question about what could happen if the Bills were to miss the playoffs with these instructions: “This week, fellas. This week. Talk about this week.”'
Bills' Mike Gillislee among the NFL's best in short-yardage situations [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'More than half of Gillislee’s 64 carries this season have gone for first downs or touchdowns. He's a perfect 13 for 13 when called on to get 2 yards or less. His average of 5.9 yards per carry would lead the league if he had enough attempts to qualify.'
Bills need to make McCoy's production 'mean something' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Otherwise, McCoy's 949 rushing yards, which rank sixth in the NFL, will go to waste. So will his 5.5 yards-per-carry average, better than that of any of the five backs ranked ahead of him. So will his nine touchdown runs, which are fifth-most in the league.'
How inspired are Bills fans about the same old thing? [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were 6-6 at this point a year ago and lost two in a row. At the quarter marks of the season, they were 2-2, 4-4, 6-6 and 8-8. This year, it's 2-2, 4-4, now 6-6. You needn't have nailed a perfect score on your SATs to complete that progression.'
Bills nominate Eric Wood for Walter Payton Man of the Year [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wood has been a mainstay on the offensive line since being a first-round pick out of Louisville in 2009, starting all 104 career games. He is also active with community and charity events, raising nearly $400,000 for seriously ill, special needs and physically challenged children in Western New York through the Eric Wood Foundation, according to the team.'
What They Said: Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex Ryan, Tyrod Taylor & five others Wednesday [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We actually have some guys that quite honestly, I don’t know if we can bring him down. So but there’s other ways to combat that and we’ve got to go after the football. I think is one way and I remember I had a little nickel, weighed about 175 pounds, but he had two or three sacks against him. And he couldn’t tackle, but he kept knocking the ball out. And so if it’s that, or if it’s getting guys around him, and with these guys you’re so right that he’s hard to bring down. So we’ve got to keep our coverage, you’ve got to plaster in the back end. You know how good this guy is at extended plays and he’s been that way for years.'
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