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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2016

Marker Cornerback Cockrell shuffling back to Buffalo as a starter [1:45 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '“I thought no one had tape on him. Unfortunately for us, Pittsburgh picked him up. He’s done a great job there and is playing really well for them.”'

Marker Tomlin knows LeSean McCoy must be stopped for chance at victory [1:44 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'What stands out to Tomlin is McCoy's yards-per-carry average, “which is ridiculous in today's NFL. Our focus is on minimizing his impact on the game first and foremost.”'

Marker Le'Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy have mutual respect [1:43 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"Shady is one of my favorite runners in this league," Bell said. "Incredibly quick with the ball in his hands. ... I run like how he runs. Real quick, short lateral quickness. He doesn’t really use power much, but he depends on his quickness and lateral movement.'

Marker LeSean McCoy talks Tyrod Taylor, Mike Vick, Pittsburgh & the Susquehanna River [1:42 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: 'On Tyrod Taylor: "Yeah, he helped me out a lot also. The way that the line's blocking and the way Tyrod is playing. He can run, adds another dimension to the running game, so he reminds me a lot of Mike, playing with Mike Vick. I remember playing with him in Philly and we would start doing the option reads in the backfield, guys would be a little late to tackles because they had to make sure he wouldn't run and Tyrod's the same. Tyrod's the same. So you get that same feeling with Tyrod in the backfield, kind of like that old Mike Vick."'

Marker Pittsburgh Steelers Opponent Profile: Desperate Bills Could Spell Trouble For Steelers [1:41 AM]
KDKA-AM reports: 'After an impressive performance against the Giants, the Steelers have brought themselves back into the AFC playoff race and proved they are true contenders. They must keep winning and that starts with a victory over the Bills Sunday. The Steelers must prepare to face a desperate Bills team at their best in order to ensure a victory.'

Marker Bills' loss is Steelers' gain [1:40 AM]
Steelers.com reports: '“We had a scrimmage and he got hurt,” Ryan remembered. “I think he might have played in one preseason game and I get the brilliant idea of, ‘Hey, maybe we should stash him on the practice squad.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor shows frustration in face of criticisms [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'The outburst happened off camera and followed a 10-minute session with reporters during which the second-year starter faced several questions about criticism he received following a 38-24 loss to Oakland on Sunday. The Bills squandered a 15-point second-half lead and dropped to 6-6 in moving to the fringes of playoff contention.'

Marker Bills are seeing the real McCoy in 2016 [1:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"There's a lot of guys who poured it all out, but the type of day he had, he'd be the AFC player of the week, many things that go with it," coach Rex Ryan said.'

Marker Steelers travel to Buffalo for rust-belt rivalry [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo's passing offense ranks last in the NFL and the Bills are 14-12 with Taylor under center over the past two seasons. Taylor's shortcomings have raised questions about whether the Bills should opt out of the lucrative contract extension they gave Taylor prior to the season.'

Marker Bills QB Tyrod Taylor puts frustration on display for media [1:36 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I've taken everything that y'all have stood up here and asked me, right in the chest," he said Wednesday. "It doesn't affect me emotionally or physically. I take that every week. Whoever y'all want to blame, I'll take that. Like I said, my job is to get the team into a position where we can win Sundays. Can I be better, yes? But it doesn't just take me; it's a collective effort out there on the field, each and every Sunday."'

Marker Taylor declines to talk about future [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here is the complete transcript of Taylor’s media day press conference. I’ve highlighted the questions and answers relating to Taylor’s contractual situation and overall performance.'

Marker Woods, Darby return to practice for Bills [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Fellow wideout Sammy Watkins did not practice Wednesday, but Ryan said he “felt better physically” after Sunday’s game in Oakland than he did after the previous week’s contest against Jacksonville. The Jaguars game was the first action Watkins had seen after missing eight games recovering from a broken foot. Ryan indicated Watkins should be ready to play Sunday. '

Marker Wood nominated for 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wood has done work with many programs including the Bills Play 60 program, Billieve/A Crucial Catch outreach, Salute to Service initiatives, and many more. Eric is also an ambassador for the Teammates for Kids Foundation, he has taken part in several Bills Make-A-Wish visits, makes impromptu stops at local hospitals and schools, and he regularly participates in Bills Community initiatives. Wood has been involved with visiting the Community Hospitality Tent at Training Camp, providing Thanksgiving Meals for families at the Food Bank of Western New York and handing out gifts at the Bills holiday party for children.'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (12/7/16) [1:32 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Although the support is there, I still believe the Bills are trying to decide what to do with Tyrod Taylor at the end of the season — and the final four games, with Pittsburgh perhaps being the most important, are going to be vital to that.'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Steelers this week [1:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Steelers have a bona fide “Big Three” on offense, maybe the biggest three in the league. Veteran QB Ben Roethlisberger is 3-0 against the Bills in his career. Roethlisberger has 25 touchdowns this season, and he’s three away from 300 career TD tosses, which would tie John Elway for the ninth-most in NFL history.'

Marker Bills Today: Shaq Lawson to start Sunday [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s going to play a lot more. He’s going to be our starter this week and he’s earned it,” said Ryan on the Rex Ryan show this week. “He does a great job shedding blocks. This is what we knew about him. I think the time he missed with all of training camp set him back, but you’re starting to notice him more and more. This is what we really like about this young man. He plays extremely hard and he’s only going to get better.”'

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December 7, 2016

Marker Third-quarter report card: Quarterback, coach get failing grades [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The excuse-making for Tyrod Taylor needs to stop.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore 'wishes' coaches would allow him to match up with Antonio Brown [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I wish I could follow the best receiver, but whatever the coach want me to do, I’ll do," Gilmore said this week. "It’s another good receiver this year I’m playing against. I went against a lot of great receivers and did my thing."'

Marker Bills rank seventh in NFL in four-year spending average [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From 2013-16, the Bills have spent $573,647,850 -- the seventh most in the NFL, according to information released Monday from the NFLPA. The teams ahead of them are: 1. Philadelphia ($614M), 2. Denver ($587M), 3. Seattle ($584M), 4. Green Bay ($583M) 5. Miami ($578M) and 6. Kansas City ($576M).'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: It will start up front with Bills' D vs. Steelers [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dareus and Williams, who weren't particularly effective in last Sunday's second-half defensive meltdown at Oakland, need to be able to win at least some of their battles against dominant Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro. Le'Veon Bell had a career-first third consecutive 100-yard rushing game in the Steelers' victory against the New York Giants last Sunday.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Crisis alarms sound, but will anyone listen? [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And losing it the way they did, by blowing a 15-point lead in the third quarter as they allowed the Raiders to score 29 unanswered points, makes it the sort of game that should have team owners Terry and Kim Pegula doing something other than saying, "Well, they did have Derek Carr and Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree ... and we did have some key injuries ... and it was a long trip to the West Coast ... and we were playing in the Black Hole, where the franchise had never won in 50 years."'

Marker Bills loss to Raiders hit season-high rating [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ 38-24 loss to the Raiders had a 41.6 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. That beat the previous season high of 41.3 for the Bills victory over the Los Angeles Rams in October.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Richie Incognito named PFF's top left guard of Week 13 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Oakland's defensive front is far more lightweight this year than it was in 2015, and Richie Incognito was able to take full advantage of that this week in the run game, paving the way for some nice runs from LeSean McCoy. McCoy averaged 7.6 yards per carry, and while much of that, as always, was down to him, one 29-yard carry did go right inside of Incognito's block.'

Marker Buffalo Bills remain among top 20 teams in the league in Week 14 power rankings [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tweeted sometime during the third quarter Sunday that the Bills looked awfully impressive. Then they were just plain awful. Literally five minutes after that thought bubble punctured the Twitterverse, Tyrod Taylor starting playing like Bruce Mathison (look him up), the defense appeared to be transported by Scotty directly from the Gailey years and the rest of the afternoon became a Silver & Black track meet. Now what? Win out. Steelers, Browns, Dolphins, Jets ... Gotta win out.'

Marker Rex Ryan can brag about mental toughness, but his Buffalo Bills lack it [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If you need any evidence that Rex and his ragtag bunch lack a backbone, the loss in Oakland was ripe with examples. Start with the end of the first half when the Bills were up 10-6 and had the football. Instead of putting their foot on the gas and trying to score points, the Bills tried to run out the clock and punted the ball to the Raiders with 30 seconds to go in the half.'

Marker 5 reasons why Buffalo Bills won't make playoffs in 2016 [1:50 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'The question for the Bills is whether Taylor is worth keeping around. He's due to make $27.5 million in 2017. The Bills could cut him loose after this season. Do you gamble and pay him the money, or do you go in a different direction? The front office has a big decision ahead of them in the next few months.'

Marker Joe B All-22 Review: Grading Bills vs. Raiders (12/6/16) [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'QB Tyrod Taylor: Snaps on the Field: 72/72: Grade vs. Raiders: D-plus.'

Marker Felton adapts to keep rolling defenders [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Yeah it’s angles and edges now,” said Felton about the blocking schemes of today’s game. “Every once in a while you get opportunities to really go head up and feel the surge in those scenarios. It is different and I’ve had to adapt and I think I’ve done a good job of that here, especially this year.”'

Marker Bills Today: Darby out of concussion protocol [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Also on the defensive side of the ball, Ryan said that linebacker Lerentee McCray was placed into the concussion protocol on Monday and the team will watch him as the week goes on. McCray has appeared in all 12 games this season and has made an impact on special teams.'

December 6, 2016

Marker Plenty of blame to go around in loss to Raiders [9:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It’s easy to sit back and be critical but if you’re playing without five receivers in the game, I have a feeling — regardless if it’s Tom Brady or anybody else — it’s going to affect you, and that unfortunately has been kind of where we are. Hopefully we’ll get some more guys healthy and be more effective in the passing game.”'

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