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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2017

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Don't invest hope in this year's Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, it's clear that Beane is looking down the road. He has a long-term vision, same as the Sabres' new GM, Jason Botterril. In that sense, it's not "the same ole bs." There's an actual plan. It might be hard for fans to accept, but it's better than making rash moves to appease the masses.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott learning avoiding penalties easier said than done [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's 100 percent unacceptable," McDermott said after the game. "100 percent unacceptable. Good teams, as you've heard me say, don't beat themselves. Obviously we need work on technique. We're going to go hard on that this week like we've been attacking it. We've got a lot of work to do, that being one of the areas, but overall a lot of work to do."'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor not worried despite rough preseason outing [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Definitely wasn't the performance that I would like to put on or the offense and team would like to put on. There's definitely some plays out there that we left on the field. Me personally, I felt like I left some plays on the field. It's also preseason. There's time for us to grow as a team, time for me to grow as a player and continue to keep building chemistry with the guys on the field."'

Marker 10 Buffalo Bills who helped or hurt their causes against the Philadelphia Eagles [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor's job as the Bills' starting quarterback is safe, but he did nothing on Thursday night to make fans feel better about the offense after trading away Sammy Watkins. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews didn't play against the Eagles and the starting offensive line left much to be desired, but Taylor needs to take some of the blame for his 8-of-18 performance for 53 yards and two interceptions.'

Marker Bills vs. Eagles preseason: Tyrod Taylor has sloppy game (12 observations) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills’ first-team offense was sluggish on Thursday night. Tyrod Taylor went 8-for-19 for 53 yards and two interceptions, one of which was thrown to former Bills cornerback Ronald Darby. He had another two passes nearly picked off and finished a quarterback rating of 12.0. Pass protection was certainly a problem for Taylor, but he had trouble finding a rhythm. His passes were coming out late, he was staring down receivers and the Eagles were bringing the heat. With Sammy Watkins gone, Taylor is trying to get used to a different looking group of wideouts. The early results have not been positive.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy orders 200 cheesesteaks for teammates [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to the sportscaster, Bills running back LeSean McCoy will treat his teammates to 200 cheesesteaks and crab fries from Chickie's and Pete's Sports Bar & Crab House following tonight's game.'

Marker Watch Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy burn former teammate Ronald Darby in preseason [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On the Bills' first offensive snap in their preseason game against the Eagles Thursday night, McCoy took a handoff off right tackle and met Darby in the open field. With one cut, McCoy had Darby grasping at air and stumbling to the turf at Lincoln Financial Field.'

Marker Rams gave way too much to Buffalo Bills in Sammy Watkins trade, says Colin Cowherd [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I know you think I hate wide receivers," said Cowherd, "and I do not, but I think they're the convertible sports car of America. They're great until the weather is bad and then you put them in the garage until next summer. And once-post Thanksgiving weather gets bad in the NFL, sometimes the vertical passing game shrinks and you gotta run the football, swing it out, whatever.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins already impressing Rams QB Jared Goff [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's been sharp, man," Goff told reporters. "He's been sharper than I expected and that's not saying anything negatively about him, but just a new system for anybody. He's been on it. He's been sharp. It's been a really pleasant surprise."'

Marker Bills: These penalties are ridiculous [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'But on the field, it’s the same old. Last week, the Bills had 10 total penalties for 106 yards. Buffalo topped the 100-yard plateau for the second-straight game with 15 total for 131 yards. Of those, eight came during the first quarter when starters were on the field.'

Marker Preseason Week 2: Five observations from Bills vs. Eagles [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Oh boy, quarterback Tyrod Taylor did not look good in the slightest.'

Marker A-State’s Streater making Bills roster push [1:43 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“I’m pretty happy that he switched me over. It worked out well,” Streater said. “I feel like I still have that physical mentality. I used to like to hit people, and I kind of still do. In the running game I like to run in there and get dirty with the safeties. Playing defense helped me understand coverages a lot more. Now that I’m at wide receiver I can kind of look at the safeties and see what the coverage is before the ball is snapped.”'

Marker Temple's Rod Streater leaves game on cart [1:42 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'This time it was Buffalo wide receiver Rod Streater down with teammates huddled around him, Streater in pain after suffering what the Bills said was a foot injury. Streater, 29, from Burlington Township, played for Temple. He is a former Raider, Chief and 49er.'

Marker Bills’ McCoy shows Eagles what running game looks like [1:41 AM]
Delaware County Daily Times reports: '“Right now I’m just trying to get back into the game, knocking off some rust,” McCoy said in the visitors locker room. “This was actually the first time that I got hit in either drills or a game. It was good ... I thought overall we played OK today. I think we’re going to build on it and be ready for Week 1.”'

Marker Harrisburg native LeSean McCoy's return to Philadelphia with Buffalo Bills is 'something s [1:40 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: '"It's always special to get back to Philly," McCoy said. "This is my home, and the fans and this organization was great to me since I got here when I was 20 years old, so this is always going to be something special for me."'

Marker Breaking down potential tips for LeSean McCoy's 200 cheesesteaks for his Bills teammates [1:39 AM]
CSN Philadelphia reports: 'If McCoy pays the full price of $14.90 for his 200 orders Thursday, the bill will come out to $2,980. If he tips the same percentage he did back in 2014, he will leave an extra $9.66. If he tips a more respectable 20 percent, it would come out to about $600.'

Marker Darby has impressive debut, Eagles beat Bills 20-16 [1:38 AM]
AP reports: '"They were running a lot of routes that looked similar, so I was being patient with everything and cutting them off," Darby said.'

Marker Marshall scores go-ahead TD in Eagles' win over Bills [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills were hurt severely by penalties all game long and they had a whopping 13 for 91 yards after the third quarter alone and a total of 15 for 131 yards.'

Marker Bills struggle offensively, lose to Eagles [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills offense struggled from the start, with Tyrod Taylor throwing two interceptions in the first four drives of the game. The team, as a whole, also took too many penalties, accounting for 15 flags for 131 yards.'

Marker Bills-Eagles: Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There’s no getting around, hiding, or excusing how poorly the Bills starting quarterback played. He missed throws, had others batted, and was sacked and intercepted multiple times each. It wasn’t a good night at all for Taylor and, subsequently, the starting offense. Taylor’s final stat line: 8-for-18 (44%) for 53 yards, no TDs, and two interceptions. His finished with a QB rating of 12.'

Marker Bills fall to Eagles 20-16, penalties remain huge concern [1:34 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Nathan Peterman, getting his chance to play with the 2nd team offense, picked up where he left off last week. He finished 10-of-20 with 167 yards.'

Marker Joe B: 7 observations from Bills - Eagles (8/17/17) [1:33 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'They’re asking Taylor to be quite a pocket passer, and that hasn’t been a strength over his two years of starting, so we’ll see fairly quickly into the regular season if this continues as to whether he’s going to sink or swim with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.'

Marker Eagles score last in 20-16 win over Bills [1:32 AM] reports: 'But Mabin committed a pass interference call on the ensuing Eagles possession in the end zone gave Philadelphia the win as Byron Marshall scored from a yard out with three minutes left to lift the Eagles to a 20-16 win.'

Marker Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Eagles [1:31 AM] reports: 'Running the second team offense, Nate Peterman came on in the latter stages of the first half and put together a field goal drive at the end of the second quarter. With 47 seconds on the clock, Peterman went just 3-6 passing on the drive, but showed great touch on a 22-yard completion to Zay Jones along the left sideline dropping it over the cornerback’s head where only Jones could make a play on it.'

Marker Five players to watch [1:30 AM] reports: 'Boldin did not dress for the preseason opener and a lot has changed since last Thursday. Sammy Watkins was traded, Jordan Matthews was added, but he’s not expected to play. Boldin must begin to establish on field chemistry with Tyrod Taylor knowing right now he’s probably the quarterback’s most trusted receiver.'

Marker Bills Today: Hyde ready to lead defense [1:29 AM] reports: '“It may be on the field, it may be off the field,” said Hyde. “It might be something as simple as where to eat at while at away games. I try to help these guys, especially the young guys, like Tre’ White. He’s going to be playing a lot, so I wanted to let him know how it’s going to be, and what he should expect. You know, just try to share my knowledge that way.”'

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August 17, 2017

Marker Pregame primer: Everything you need to know for Bills-Eagles, plus five things we're watching f [3:20 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Who steps up at right cornerback? Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier declared it an "open competition" for Ronald Darby's vacated spot in the secondary. With veteran Leonard Johnson looking locked in as the slot cornerback and rookie first-round draft pick Tre'Davious White on the left side, that leaves Kevon Seymour, veteran Shareece Wright and newcomer E.J. Gaines as the most likely candidates to replace Darby. Seymour is questionable for the game with a foot injury, but will surely be campaigning to play. He doesn't want to risk falling behind if the other two turn in good performances.'

Marker Preseason Week 2: 5 things to watch for during Bills vs. Eagles [3:19 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Rumor has the Bills looking to find their franchise quarterback during the 2018 NFL Draft. But hold up, Nathan Peterman is currently rising up the depth charts. The fifth-round rookie has taken second-team reps following a strong performance against the Minnesota Vikings last week. Peterman nearly completed a 14-point comeback but a dropped pass buried that. Peterman hasn’t been completely consistent during practices, but veteran TJ Yates, who Peterman passed on the depth chart, has not looked consistent either. But against Minnesota, Yates simply did not look good. Will the rookie lock down QB2 or is there some life left in the vet? ... Oh yeah, Tyrod Taylor will start too... but we knew that, people.'

Marker McDermott's return to Philadelphia all about business [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You guys are getting to know me well enough now that I’m more focused on our team," McDermott said to reporters Tuesday, the Bills' final day of camp. "I want us to go out and perform the way I expect us to perform."'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Trade aftermath, Peterman's shot & Dawkins' retur [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peterman was mostly impressive through training camp and in last week's preseason-opener against the Minnesota Vikings. But entering the Vikings' game as a third-stringer, he was able to take advantage of mostly bottom-of-the-roster defenders. Things will be drastically different against the Eagles, whose second-string defenders (and perhaps even some starters) will provide a greater challenge.'

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