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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2016

Marker Glenn returns to practice while Watkins, Clay, Kouandjio sit [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins and rookie LB Shaq Lawson were seen on a stair climber and Clay riding and exercise bike in the fieldhouse as the media was walking through the way to the practice field, where the team did some rare hitting.'

Marker Belichick praises Hogan as 'four down player' [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“He blocks well,” he said. “He’s good on early downs. He’s a good third down receiver. Makes plays on the deep ball. He can run after the catch. He does a good job in the kicking game, as you guys know well. So, he has good value on all four downs. Hard-working kid that is tough and very team-oriented.”'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan pranks Patriots' Edelman on conference call [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Sensing a great opportunity, Rex Ryan pranked Edelman, said he was 'Walt Patulski of The Buffalo News,' and asked him flat out if he's playing quarterback on Sunday.'

Marker Joe B All-22 Review: Grading Bills vs. Cardinals (9/28/16) [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'If Sunday was any indication, the Kyle Williams of old is back — and in a big way.'

Marker Bills defense focused on Pats scheme not who's playing QB [1:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s not going to be focused on one (quarterback),” said Ryan. “The passing game is the passing game. New England hasn’t changed their passing attack. So all that stays the same. The rushing attack will have more options.”'

Marker Bills sign OT Michael Ola [1:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ola, 28, has appeared in 23 games and made 19 starts in his NFL career. He has previously worked with Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer when he played 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2014 lining up at every position but center that season. He spent most of the 2015 season with the Detroit Lions where he made seven starts at right tackle.'

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September 28, 2016

Marker Bills’ defense showed off aggressive side [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When we really wanted to make a change and sell out more to a 3-4 defense, it was going to be based on a couple of things: having an outstanding nose tackle, and then having a great pass rusher,” Ryan said. “Jerry’s been great. It’s interesting because as much havoc as he causes, he only got his first sack of the game on a three-man rush. It’s tough sledding, but he found a way to get in there and did a great job.”'

Marker Bills release kicker Jordan Gay, make two practice-squad moves [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Vaughn, 6-3 and 306 pounds, signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent following this year's draft. He played in 46 games with 38 starts at Stephen F. Austin.'

Marker Passing offense ranks last in NFL through three weeks [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’d like to have more production, there’s no doubt about it,” coach Rex Ryan said. “I think it was going to be tough this last week. Obviously, we really didn’t know that we wouldn’t have Sammy Watkins. We didn’t know we wouldn’t have Greg Salas right up until game time. So that was pretty tough. But we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully those guys will be in. We’ll be able to get after it.”'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills' offense needs to stick with faster tempo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That never allowed the Arizona Cardinals' defense to get fully set before each snap or find any sort of rhythm, especially when it came to stopping the run. As a result, the Bills were able to exploit the Cards for 208 rushing yards and 6.5 yards per attempt on the way to their 33-18 victory. The Bills' offensive line was generally a step ahead on setting up traps and blocking at the second level.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release kickoff specialist Jordan Gay, add two to practice squad [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gay was released by the Bills late in August and added to the team's practice squad in early September. Buffalo promoted Gay to their 53-man roster before their Week 1 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.'

Marker Who will be Patriots' quarterback against Bills? Rex Ryan thinks he knows [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I expect them immediately to tell us," Ryan said sarcastically. "As soon as they tell us, we'll be like, 'Yeah, ok.' Nobody would believe it anyway, Nah, I don't know. We're not going to find out until kickoff."'

Marker Patriots 'going to wipe the floor' with Buffalo Bills, says ESPN's Michael Wilbon [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"They're going to wipe the floor with Rex Ryan and the Bills," said Wilbon. "Rex Ryan, (on Sunday), they were great. They were terrific. I thought the Bills would beat Arizona, which is completely overrated. Carson Palmer had about as bad a day as you could have. But the Patriots are going to wipe the floor with the Bills."'

Marker Bills release K Gay [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gay had been used only on kickoffs, and the Bills apparently will now let place-kicker Dan Carpenter handle the kickoff duties as well as the place-kicking chores.'

Marker Bills release Gay, add two to practice squad [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To make room for Eagan and Vaughn on the practice squad, the Bills have released linebacker Carlos Fields and safety Damian Parms.'

Marker Conclusion: Conclusions can wait [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For now just sip on your coffee and watch what happens. Maybe Anthony Lynn will make a big difference. Maybe you can't beat Arizona by two touchdowns unless you really are pretty good. Maybe for the first time since Doug Flutie was their quarterback can the Bills, in New England, win a game the Patriots also care about.'

Marker Bills release K Jordan Gay; Sign two to PS [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The team also announced that it has signed WR Ed Eagan and C Terran Vaughn to the team’s practice squad.'

Marker Bills Today: Shaq Lawson on schedule to practice Week 7 [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s on schedule,” said Whaley. “We just had a meeting yesterday so after the six weeks if there are no setbacks he’ll be able to start practicing and we’ll see where it goes after that. But everything we’ve heard from the medical staff is that he’s ready and raring to go.”'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Patriots this week [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s likely to be a closely guarded secret all week—the name of the Patriots quarterback starter this week. New England had both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett on the field during the media portion of their Tuesday practice. Garoppolo is 10 days removed from his sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Brissett reportedly injured his thumb in New England’s last game, September 22 against the Texans. But he finished the game and reportedly went through practice with his thumb taped on Tuesday.'

September 27, 2016

Marker At least for a day, Bills were pretty good [8:49 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo prevailed without three key starters – wide receiver Sammy Watkins, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and cornerback Ronald Darby – and with quarterback Tyrod Taylor enduring a second struggling passing effort in three games.'

Marker Bills’ defense showed off aggressive side [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I wanted the opponent to think we weren’t going to pressure, either, for that reason,” Ryan said Monday. “We thought we had those guys dialed in. We had done it in the past, been very effective against the Jets running a four-man rush. We knew what we were getting, we just didn’t really execute quite honestly. But yeah, this opponent was a lot different.'

Marker Blast from the past explains why the Bills defense did first-time OC Anthony Lynn a major favor in S [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The defensive performance really lightened the burden on Lynn, playing so well against the high-powered Cardinals that the Bills offense essentially only needed to avoid an all-time terrible game to earn the victory. Lynn's offense passed that bar with ease.'

Marker Dennis Thurman to continue calling plays [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I want everybody to understand that the responsibility is the same regardless of who the play-caller is,” Ryan said. “My input is going to be all over that. So I don’t want all of a sudden the criticism to be, oh it's Dennis Thurman. No it’s not. It’s my defense, it has always been my defense, and that is the way it’ll be.”'

Marker What They Said: Rex Ryan's Monday Patriots Week press conference [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No. No, we have used that thing before. I don’t think we have ever used the four safeties though. We usually, we have used different combinations. That was something I thought would give us a better opportunity to free someone up, maybe change the count up a little bit. So it worked out pretty good. A lot of pressure on the back end to learn those spots and quite honestly we were going to have Colt Anderson back up a bunch of things but then he couldn’t go later in the week.'

Marker Three up, three down following Bills' Week Three win over Arizona [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Zach Brown -- The Bills' inside linebacker is making the absence of Reggie Ragland much easier for the defense to deal with. Brown led Buffalo with a dozen tackles Sunday, doing so in just 49 defensive snaps as the team used a specialty package with seven defensive backs for part of the game.'

Marker Strong Fox telecast of Bills game is weirdly and surprisingly worth a second look [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You notice a lot more things watching the game on television than in person but the experience had one thing in common. Fans in the stands were concerned the Bills would blow the game even with a 17-point fourth-quarter lead. Johnston was suggesting it was possible, too, even with about three minutes left. Perhaps that was because he is a Western New York native and knows the team’s history as well as any network announcer.'

Marker Bills Review: Give embattled Rex Ryan a little credit [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There was no doubt that the Bills were embarrassed by what happened against the Jets, and you have to give credit to Ryan and defensive staff for constructing a game plan that had Carson Palmer scratching his head.'

Marker Bills' Tyrod Taylor had worst QB rating of career against Cardinals, but does it matter? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'There's nothing inherently wrong with how Taylor and the Bills won against the Titans in 2015 or the Cardinals on Sunday. The combination of an outstanding running game and dominant defense will win plenty of games. At some point, though, Taylor has to show he can win games with his arm, too.'

Marker Rob Ryan also deserves credit for Buffalo Bills domination of Arizona Cardinals [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Thurman did a nice job of keeping the Cardinals off-balance and his play-calling resulted in five sacks and four Carson Palmer interceptions. While Thurman deserves his fair share of praise, Rob Ryan may also deserve some credit for slowing down the Cardinals.'

Marker Rex Ryan gives Bill Belichick impression, heaps praise on New England Patriots [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Brady's probably the best player in the league, so it's hard to replace players like that, but they're a team," Ryan said. "They've always been built as a team anyway. It has been impressive."'

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