Watkins' preseason debut with Bills quiet and quick [6:27 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It felt pretty good," Watkins said. "I feel like I needed it. It was something I wanted to do."'
Power Take: Fourth NFL preseason game should permanently go away [6:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is growing sentiment among NFL owners to get rid of the fourth game and give teams two weeks to ramp up for the regular season. But the NFL has been too slow to act. Teams already have a way to make up part of the lost revenue: With variable pricing plans that increase ticket prices for several of the more attractive regular-season games. Coaches easily could live with just two exhibitions, in fact, by running joint practices and scrimmages with other teams. For the love of God, please spare us four exhibitions.'
Power Take: Double standard apparent when it comes to anthem [6:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Some fan bases insert self-centered intonations within the anthem. Americans pick and choose how to honor our flag, frequently opting for whatever is convenient or seems “badass” or makes us feel patriotic.'
What's life like on Bills' roster bubble? Justin Zimmer and his parents explain [6:25 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"During this whole process, knowing that he was coming from a D2 school, the only thing I wanted was some organization or coach to give him a chance to just come in and prove that he's capable of playing here," Larry Zimmer said. "For me, I've told everybody my dream at this level has been achieved because the Bills organization gave him that opportunity to come here and stick with the team. I'm excited. It's just icing on the cake if he does make the 53."'
Buffalo Bills WR Dez Lewis hoping to 'find his groove' in time to make 53-man roster [6:24 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I haven't seen that big of an improvement from him," Ryan said. "So, he'll get some opportunities, and he's got to stand out if he wants to make this team," Ryan said. "He's got to earn it. Nobody's going to give you anything. I love having the big size guy that should be a red-zone threat, but eventually you've got to come down with some plays."'
Report: Buffalo Bills receive good news on RB Jonathan Williams' rib injury [6:23 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Williams' ribs "tested out fine after the game."'
DeAngelo Hall defends hit during Twitter exchange with Bills' Chris Gragg [6:22 PM]
ESPN reports: '"It's a real shame," Ryan told reporters. "Sometimes, especially with Gragg's injury, a guy should make a tackle. But I get it. Was frustrated he just had a 15-yard penalty. That was ridiculous in my opinion, but it is what it is.'
Bills-Redskins Arrow Up/Arrow Down [6:21 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A familiar name on this Arrow Up list, Powell was an afterthought by most and even considered just a camp body by many when the team arrived at St. John Fisher. But I’m not sure any player on the roster has earned a spot more than him. Once again Powell made plays on both special teams and offense, returning three punts for 57 yards, including a 36 yarder, and added five catches for a team-high 55 yards, including a fantastic grab on the sidelines in the final 2-minute drill. '
Bills' Ryan makes the right choice [6:20 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor got demolished twice in the 10 plays he participated in. Ryan wanted Taylor to get a few reps with Watkins, but sitting him may have been a better idea too.'
Chris Gragg announces his season is over on Instagram [6:19 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'On his account Gragg wrote, "Hate that my 2016 football season had to end like this. I had a pretty good feeling its was gonna be big, but life happens. The MAJOR 🔑 is when life happens, dont let it define you, dont let it destroy you, but let it strengthen you."'
Lorenzo Alexander turns in strong pass rush performance [6:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We are going to play the best 11. If it’s him, which it probably is, then he is going to be out there,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “But we are going to play a number of guys. I don’t want to overextend him. We know what’s coming down the road, we get it. But this guy is doing a tremendous job for us. I don’t want to gas him too much, but at the end of the day, we are going to play our best.”'
Bills’ missed tackles led to big plays [12:15 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The single most flawed aspect of Buffalo’s effort was tackling. Even in the first half, when the top backups were in, there were way too many missed tackles that led to big plays.'
Rex Ryan plays it ultra-safe in Bills' preseason loss to Redskins [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan, who has never been one for convention, wasn't having it. He decided to sit most of his starters -- including those, such as cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby; defensive lineman Kyle Williams, outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, and inside linebacker Preston Brown -- who weren't injured, setting the stage for the fairly sloppy showing the Bills had.'
Several starters sit, but not Watkins [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They held out both cornerbacks, Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby, and safeties, Aaron Williams and Corey Graham. They also held out defensive lineman Kyle Williams, outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, and inside linebacker Preston Brown. Also held out were running backs LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, tight end Charles Clay, wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Kolby Listenbee, quarterback Cardale Jones, and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.'
Vic Carucci's Points After: Redskins 21, Bills 16 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet, the Bills actually held up well against Washington's starting offense ... until a span of 6:57 of the second quarter, when they allowed the Redskins to score 21 unanswered points.'
Rex Ryan decides to rest entire defense, LeSean McCoy against Washington [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills will still have quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Sammy Watkins starting. While the rest of the league uses the third preseason game as a final tune up for the regular season, Rex has seen enough from his team to prioritize rest in the final weeks of the preseason.'
Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills are seeing best version of QB EJ Manuel [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I really like the way he played," Ryan said. "I like the way he competes. He has a great look in his face, man, he loves playing. Guys, you know what, sometimes quarterbacks take a little longer to develop, and I think this is the best EJ Manuel that I've seen."'
Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills Chris Gragg, Jonathan Dowling could have ACL injuries [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Both of them it looks like ACLs," Ryan said after the game at FedEx Field. "It's a real shame, you know. Sometimes, especially with Gragg's injury, a guy should make a tackle. But I get it, was frustrated, he just had a 15-yard penalty. That was ridiculous in my opinion. But it is what it is."'
Kyle Williams named best Bills player of past decade by Pro Football Focus [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'During his time with the Bills, Williams has accumulated 470 total tackles, 35.5 sacks and one interception. He's been a first-team All-Pro once and he's been named to four Pro Bowl teams in his career. Williams has been one of Buffalo's most reliable players over the last 10 years, so it's no surprise that Pro Football Focus named him as Buffalo's best player over the past decade.'
Former Oxbridge coach Doug Socha takes coaching position with Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'Socha says his role with the team will include scouting future opponents, breaking down film and working on special projects. In practice, Socha has primarily been assisting with the running backs. During games, he will sit in the booth charting plays and noting opponent tendencies.'
Cousins finds rhythm against reserves as Redskins beat Bills [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"I feel pretty good about the guys that I sat, obviously, and I don't think we can afford to get them hurt," Ryan said. "It's as simple as that, and I don't care about the criticism."'
Cousins tosses three TD passes in Redskins' victory [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel drove the Bills from their own 34 to a first-and-goal at the Washington seven inside the final minute, but a touchdown pass to Greg Little was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty on Little.'
Redskins Hold Off Bills 21-16 [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo jumped out to the 6-0 lead on the strength of two Dan Carpenter field goals, the second of which came from 52 yards out. Cousins struggled early on, completing just 3 of 10 at one point, before catching fire against the Bills' defensive backups.'
Bills to rest many starters against Redskins [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think [as a team we made] amazing strides, and I think as an offense we made strides," Taylor said on Wednesday following practice. "I'm excited to see what this team can do next year. I have a real good feeling about the players we have out there. We just have to stay healthy as a unit on both sides of the ball."'
Bills falls to Washington 21-16 [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Running back Jonathan Williams continued his dominant preseason, racing 37 yards for his second touchdown of the preseason to pull Buffalo within 21-16. However, his night ended late in the third quarter after being body slammed and suffering a rib injury.'
7 observations from Bills - Washington (8/26/16) [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills sat seven total starters, and for those that actually did play, the veteran players were in for only two series. I can’t stress enough how smart of a move that was for Rex and the Bills, considering the tumultuous offseason they’ve had up to this point in time. The age old expectation is that the third preseason game is the ‘dress rehearsal’ for the regular season… but why?'
Washington holds on in win over Bills [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills put together a field goal drive at the end of the half led by EJ Manuel and Jonathan Williams ran for a 37-yard touchdown to cut the lead to five in the third quarter. But that’s as close as Buffalo would get in a 21-16 final.'
Watkins gets game action under his belt [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It felt pretty good. I think I needed it. It’s something I wanted to do,” said Watkins. “I knew I needed it. Things were moving a little faster than I had seen in practice. It was live and that’s the type of reps that you need coming off an injury or not playing as much.”'
TE Gragg, CB Dowling suffer serious injuries [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ryan was referring to Washington safety De’Angelo Hall. Flagged for unnecessary roughness on the previous series for a late hit on a run play, Hall submarined Gragg on a 3rd-and-13 play when the tight end caught a short pass over the middle. The tight end was pinwheeled by Hall’s hit and sustained the ACL knee injury.'
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