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Buffalo Bills News - October 26, 2014

Marker Kyle Orton – The Bills quiet warrior [1:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Anyone who has interacted with Orton on a significant level can attest he is a man of passionate convictions away from the field. He’s known as erudite, cultured and politically inspired. He’s an advocate for social causes and worker’s rights. He’s a deep thinker.'

Marker No time like now for Bills to beat the odds [1:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'eople aren’t taking them seriously as a playoff contender. Otherwise, they would be favored against a Jets team with a bad quarterback, a bad secondary, and a coach, Rex Ryan, who should be updating his resume as we speak.'

Marker Bills have to strike a balance between the run and the pass [1:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 20, Jets 17.'

Marker Sammy Watkins driven toward greatness [1:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I got better," Watkins said the other day. "What you put on film is who you are and I think I put a lot of great things on film to make other cornerbacks look at that and know, 'Man, I can't just go up there and push him around and be physical, I've got to respect his game.' The next go-around against Revis it'll be a great matchup."'

Marker Three and out [1:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Jets 19, Bills 17.'

Marker Buffalo Bills offensive coordiantor Nathaniel Hackett finding stability at quarterback with Kyle Ort [1:08 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think that we work really well together, which is great," Hackett said. "He's a professional. It's wonderful to work with a veteran that's a professional. I think it's all about me being able to adjust to him, him being able to adjust to me, and I think we've really meshed well, it's about getting better every week. How you play in December is all that matters. I think for us, just moving up, this is his offseason kind of. He never really had a training camp or anything, so every single thing we're doing is new, trying to get him reps, get him slowly molded in and figure it out together."'

Marker Sunday's New York Coverage [1:07 AM] reports:
A Game of Attrition Chews Up N.F.L. Players (New York Times)
Sunday’s Matchup: Bills (4-3) at Jets (1-6) (New York Times)
NY Jets can't seem to buy a takeaway as Rex Ryan's defense has only produced three turnovers in seven games (New York Daily News)
NY Jets offense happy to hop on Percy Harvin's back and run all over Buffalo Bills (New York Daily News)
Inside the Playbook - Buffalo Bills at NY Jets: Look for Gang Green's defense to control the action (New York Daily News)
NY Jets better off losing in order to get high pick in 2015 NFL Draft (New York Daily News)
Funny how all these stories leak out after Percy Harvin arrives to NY Jets from Seahawks (New York Daily News)
How historically ugly would a Jets loss be? (New York Post)
Jets rookie Jace Amaro’s drops come when he’s wide open (New York Post)
My laments as the wife of a Jets fan (New York Post)
Jets' Geno Smith still has chance to show he belongs (Newsday)
Which Percy Harvin will show up in Jets debut? (Newsday)
Jets RB Chris Ivory says he doesn't think about what all those hits will do to him (Newsday)
Percy Harvin must stow away baggage if he wants to take off with Jets (Newsday)
3 Jets vs. Buffalo Bills matchups to watch, featuring Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins (Newark Star Ledger)
Our staff picks for Sunday's game (Newark Star Ledger)
Q&A with Jets quarterback Matt Simms, on still living at home and why he doesn't want a TV career (Newark Star Ledger)
Win over Bills would go long way in locker room (Bergen Record)
Jets vs. Bills matchup (Bergen Record)
8 Best Week 8 Rex Bites (
The Picks Are In: Bills vs. Jets (
Clearing a Path for Harvin/Powell (

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Jets [1:05 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Just like the Kansas City Chiefs were a fluke of an undefeated team around this time last year, the New York Jets look the part of a fluky 1-6 team. They have more talent than most will give them credit for and have played a very hard schedule over the first seven weeks. Second-year quarterback Geno Smith will not get the opportunity to throw at Justin Rogers like he did last year, but he also has better wide receivers this time around. This game will be determined by which defensive line and scheme is more dominant. That edge could go slightly to the Jets defensive line, who will be going up against the worst of the two offensive lines featured in this contest. Rex Ryan always has unique blitzes up his sleeve, so Kyle Orton could be forced into some poor throws as the game goes along. These teams are much closer than the records indicate so the edge, in a division game, is given to the home team.'

Marker Top 8 reasons the Bills are motivated to win their first game at MetLife [1:04 AM] reports: 'Last week, Chris Hogan was a hero in the final minute of the game when he caught a long ball from Kyle Ortonand landed on the 1-yard line to setup a Sammy Watkins touchdown to win the game. This week, Hogan will get a hero’s welcome not only for last week's in-game heroics, but because it’s a homecoming for the New Jersey native. He’ll have 20 to 30 family and friends in attendance.'

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October 25, 2014

Marker Bills’ O-line must play its best game yet this season [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets simply have too much pass-rushing talent for even the best offensive lines to handle.'

Marker Jets expected to utilize Harvin any way they can [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s awful hard to come in and, ‘Oh, by the way, here’s the offense; learn it in a week,’ ” Ryan said during a phone call with reporters covering the Bills. “I don’t know if that’s realistic. But we’ll have some plays for him, let him get back there and return a kick and things like that.'

Marker Nathaniel Hackett says Buffalo Bills will ride hot hand between Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"They're both going to play, they're both going to get some carries, and we're going to go with that hot hand just like we do every week," Hackett said.'

Marker Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett explains Mike Williams falling down depth chart [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's a roller coaster the whole season," Hackett said. "He's great. It's just about being clear with everybody what we're asking, where we want them to be. As long as we have a clear picture of that, everybody should be good. I think that as a coach, the minute that you hide what you're feeling or hide how you feel, than nothing's going to change. I think that just Mike has to keep working, keep understanding the system better, get a relationship with the new quarterback, which is different than the one he was with originally. All those other guys have to keep doing the same thing they're doing. They have to keep on working, keep on progressing, so that everyone's progressing.'

Marker Snapping MetLife losing streak, and 5 things to watch in Week 8 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'All week, Bills fans, fantasy owners and anyone else watching Buffalo closely has been wondering how coach Doug Marrone will divide carries between running backs Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. Dixon has been running with the starters and is in line to start, but Brown is the bigger threat to take a carry the distance. Oh, and the Jets are allowing just 3.6 yards per carry this season, so the Bills' running game has its work cut out for it.'

Marker Aaron Williams (neck) listed as questionable [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Cornerback Ron Brooks was added to the list of players given the probable tag. He suffered a groin injury in practice and was limited, but it doesn't seem to be serious.'

Marker Sammy Watkins takes top billing for Buffalo [1:53 AM]
Newsday reports: '"He's an unbelievable player, man," Pryor said. "He has all the right tools to be one of the best to play the game. Definitely a playmaker. I know he got off to a slow start, but he had a good game last game. Now he's starting to get rolling, so we're going to have to do everything possible to -- I wouldn't say stop him -- but contain him."'

Marker Wyckoff's Hogan is Bills' rising star [1:52 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"Chris was a guy — and I’ve never mentioned this to Chris," Buffalo coach Doug Marrone said, "that you looked at and were looking for reasons why maybe he shouldn’t be on the team, but he was a guy that went out there [and made plays] every day. … I always tell the players that you’ve got to put yourself in a position where the coaches have to play you because that’s how well you’re playing. I think Chris has done that."'

Marker Saturday's New York Coverage [1:51 AM] reports:
How Rex Ryan Can Save His Job and Help Reinvent the N.F.L. (New York Times)
New NY Jets WR Percy Harvin says any Seahawks issues are in the past (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan won't second-guess not drafting Percy Harvin to NY Jets in 2009 (New York Daily News)
How much do Jets love Harvin? Vick monitors his media sessions (New York Post)
This is your first look at the 2015 Jets offense (New York Post)
Jets’ Coples: ‘Bad media’ to blame for UNC scandal (New York Post)
Sammy Watkins takes top billing for Buffalo (Newsday)
Percy Harvin getting up to speed (Newsday)
Jets' Percy Harvin neither confirms nor denies animosity toward Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets' Calvin Pace on Percy Harvin's debut: 'I think everybody needs to temper their expectations' (Newark Star Ledger)
Ex-Minnesota Vikings teammate Chris Kluwe calls Jets' Percy Harvin 'a chill guy' (Newark Star Ledger)
Percy Harvin wants to prove to the Jets (and Seahawks) that he can go deep (Newark Star Ledger)
A breakdown of wide receiver Jeremy Kerley's new contract with Jets (Newark Star Ledger)
The one thing Eric Decker dreads about having Percy Harvin in the Jets locker room (Newark Star Ledger)
Is there an obvious joke to be made about Sunday's Jets fan giveaway? (Newark Star Ledger)
Greg Salas, Trevor Reilly won't play vs. Buffalo Bills; all other Jets probable (Newark Star Ledger)
Wyckoff's Hogan is Bills' rising star (Bergen Record)
Jets receiver Percy Harvin is learning on the fly (Bergen Record)
Jets’ Harvin Is Ready to Take Flight (Wall Street Journal)
Percy Harvin: 'Up to the challenge' (ESPN New York)
Jets’ Mo Wilk Talks New Contract — Or Lack Thereof — On WFAN (WFAN-AM)
Injury Report: Will Jets Be Contender Or Pretender? (WFAN-AM)
Percy Harvin set for new start with Jets (AP)
5 Reasons Jets Poised for a Breakthrough (
Percy Harvin as Punt Returner? We'll See (
Chris R. Aims to Share His J-E-T-S Passion (
A 1-6 Start Has Been Overcome...Once (

Marker Andre Reed on field-naming flap: 'Yeah I drop the F bomb, but who doesn't?' [1:50 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"I do not deny nor will I retract the strong words I used in that argument," he said. "There will always be unpleasant situations and antagonistic people you have to deal with in life; that is just a reality."'

Marker Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin listed as doubtful [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Starting safety Aaron Williams and reserve receiver Marcus Easley are listed questionable. Williams aggravated a neck injury in a 17-16 win over Minnesota last weekend. Easley resumed practicing this week after missing four games with a left knee injury.'

Marker Bills, Jets take opposite approach with young QBs [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"It goes by performance and we were looking for more production," Marrone said. "EJ has taken a step back and he's doing very well supporting Kyle anytime he can or anything he can do to help. Kyle was in that role before, and he did anything he could to help. That's pretty much it."'

Marker Bills WR Goodwin doubtful vs. Jets [1:47 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Goodwin sat out practice all week for the injury-plagued Bills, who were already missing running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.'

Marker Bills' Jackson ruled out vs. Jets, Goodwin doubtful [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It could be yet another game missed for second-year wide receiver Marquise Goodwin as well. Goodwin had to leave practice last Thursday with a hamstring injury and has not been an on-field participant since. He was inactive against the Vikings and is listed as 'doubtful' for the game with the Jets.'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Jets [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I have never, ever seen a Rex Ryan-coached defense play so much zone coverage. Cover-2 with corner backs underneath in the flats; Cover-3; even some Cover-4 on non 3rd and long-yardage situations. I’ve also never seen his CBs play so far off opposing WRs so consistently. It’s truly weird. But it’s an indictment on how Rex feels about his CBs, and maybe his secondary overall. He can’t trust them to play man-to-man as he has so often before. Check out these two screenshots, then see my notes underneath.'

Marker Jim Kelly Visits LU, Talks About Faith and Fight Against Cancer [1:44 AM]
WSET-TV reports: 'During Jim's initial chemotherapy, daughter Erin says that's when she became the most proud of her father. Erin recalls "Through this entire experience, all that we have been through, just watching him struggle through that, I've never seen him been so weak, but I've never seen him be so strong."'

Marker Sammy Watkins named Week 7 NFL Rookie of the Week [1:43 AM] reports: 'Watkins, who also won the award in Week 2, tallied nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns – all career-highs – in the Bills 17-16 comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. With just one second remaining, Watkins' TD grab near the boundary capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that lifted the Bills to victory.'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills at Jets [1:42 AM] reports: 'Seantrel Henderson vs. Muhammad Wilkerson – The Bills rookie right tackle has had some growing pains of late. He’ll face a supremely talented defensive lineman in Wilkerson, and may need some help from a tight end to keep the Pro Bowl DL from making a major impact.'

October 24, 2014

Marker Ryan still talking even as Jets are losing [11:22 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“You handle it as if you were 6-1, you go about your job ... the best job you can as a coach. You line it up each week and put everything you have into preparation and putting our players into a situation where we think they can be successful.”'

Marker Hogan leaps at opportunities with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Have we seen the best of Chris Hogan?” Marrone asked. “I can’t answer that because he keeps getting better and stepping up every time. Every time you try to count him out a little bit if he doesn’t have the greatest day, the next day he’ll come back and you say to yourself, ‘Holy cow.’"'

Marker Goodwin likely to miss second straight game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m a little frustrated, but at the end of the day, that’s just part of the game we play,” Goodwin said. There is a “100 percent injury rate. We’re the only sport that’s like that. There’s not much too much, really, I can do about it. Being frustrated is not really going to help me get better, so I’m just going to try to move past it.”'

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