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Buffalo Bills News - October 12, 2015

Marker What they’re saying: Bills-Titans postgame quotes [1:18 AM] reports: 'I love it, I loved the fact that we wanted to be on the field at the end of the game on defense. We weren’t afraid. Sometimes the guys get nervous about it and they don’t convert on third down and our guys couldn’t wait to get on that field and that’s the sign of a good team, a good defense, so I was excited about that. I loved the way the offense responded. We had 50 yards at halftime, that was ugly, there’s no question that was ugly. But it ended up being beautiful at the end. We just kept fighting and kept hanging in there. Was a lot of it based on individual effort? It was absolutely was, and we will take it.'

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October 11, 2015

Marker Sunday's Tennessee Coverage [6:36 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Fifteen years later, the ‘Miracle’ lingers on for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s almost like a curse,” kicker Steve Christie said. “I don’t need to tell you. Look at the team’s record since that game. Look at all the coaches we’ve had. Look at the GMs. Look at the personnel upstairs, management, everything.”'

Marker Bills need this win to avoid crisis mode [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Titans were 2-14 last season, which tied them for the worst record in the NFL and earned them the right to choose second overall in the draft. But if you asked Titans fans if they would swap rosters with the Bills right now, I suspect the majority of them would reply without hesitation, “No thanks.”'

Marker Jay Skurski’s scouting report: Time for Bills to unleash rush and put heat on Mariota [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo 23, Tennessee 19.'

Marker Bills get passing grades for first four games [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'All that ground and pound talk we heard from the Bills in the offseason really hasn't come to fruition.'

Marker Three and Out: Bills-Titans game preview [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Can highly touted rookie Marcus Mariota survive an angry Bills defense? Buffalo's highly regarded line has come under fire because it has not played to the level of expectation that was set by coach Rex Ryan. Ryan bombastically stated that his defense would be the best in the NFL this year, and it certainly has not been that.'

Marker How rookie CB Ronald Darby has exceed Buffalo Bills' expectations through one month [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The season's still young," Darby said sheepishly. "I just want to be able to finish real strong. I've been doing real good, so there's high expectations towards me now."'

Marker 5 things to watch in Bills - Titans [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Equally as big a matchup is how the Bills game plan for defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, who is one of the best players in the league no one has heard of.'

October 10, 2015

Marker Suddenly, Bills’, Ryan’s credibility will be tested [4:37 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo has been flagged 47 times — and that doesn’t include the handful which have been declined — and the next closest team has 38.'

Marker Saturday's Tennessee Coverage [6:57 AM] reports: Click here

Marker After ‘scary’ injury, a change in Williams’ mindset [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I had to pass the doctors’ tests before I could even practice,” said Williams, who is listed as probable for the game. “I had to show I could turn my head a certain way. Do I feel pinching in this? Do I feel this pain in that? There was a lot of stuff that they did. They really took precaution with my injury and wanted to make sure I was ready to come back.”'

Marker All eyes on Mariota, Taylor [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marcus Mariota feels like a rookie quarterback making only his fourth NFL start. The Bills’ defense should be preparing for a feast. Young, inexperienced quarterbacks aren’t supposed to be any match for a unit whose intention is to create chaos and confusion for the guy under center and the guys protecting him. And this, at least logically, is a game where Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman don’t think twice about unloading their wide array of blitz packages all over Mariota.'

Marker Safety net, counting on RB depth, Music City Miracle memory [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is one of the NFL's better players at his position. Part of that is because his replacement, Bacarri Rambo, is likely to miss Sunday's game with a quad injury. Most of it, however, is because safeties are so integral to the success of Ryan's scheme.'

Marker Manny Lawson loves architecture, a science 'nerd,' was born with six fingers [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How long did you have the sixth finger? I didn’t have it long at all. Right after birth, right then and there, it got dealt with. String. Let it droop and die. And then just cut it off.'

Marker Photographer Smith was in right places at right time [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Ron and I were always competitors,” Smith recalled. “We both got the shot of O.J. scoring his 2,003 yards except mine showed his shoes he was wearing and I got paid $10,000 for that picture. I thought Ron was going to go out of his mind when he found out.”'

Marker Bills fullback Jerome Felton thrives on contact [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When I smash it in there, get a knockdown to spring a running back, I get happiness from that," said Felton, who signed a four-year free agent contract with the Bills in March after three successful seasons in Minnesota, one of which resulted in a Pro Bowl invitation when he helped Adrian Peterson gain 2,097 yards in 2012. "It's definitely something I've acquired throughout the years."'

Marker Three and Out: Bills-Titans game preview [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 26, Titans 16.'

Marker Fred Jackson: Bills GM Doug Whaley told me 'I didn't have anything to worry about' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, it's not an easy move," Whaley said. "It wasn't. He's been the heart and soul of not only our team but the community. It's one of those things where we decided it something we had to do and especially the timing we thought would be best for him and obviously look, he went out to Seattle and everything. But to say I acted alone ... that would be irresponsible for me to do something without informing the coaches, the owners, the running back coach, the offensive coordinator."'

Marker Why Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills defense isn't 'underwhelming' the way some think [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Patriots game skewed things a bit, but the Bills aren't off to a much different start than they were a year ago. The sack number is a bit lower, but that may have something to do with the fact that quarterbacks are getting rid of the ball in an average of 1.7 seconds against Buffalo.'

Marker Bills might call newcomer Herron's number vs.Titans [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But here’s the thing about Dixon: He has injury issues of his own, nursing a calf ailment. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn even said he isn’t sure how far Dixon will be able to go against the Titans.'

Marker Punter Brett Kern Witnessed Big Moments in Bills History [1:49 AM] reports: '“I really liked watching Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith and Andre Reed,’’ Kern said. “Steve Tasker, Don Beebe, all those guys, they were a fun team to watch. To see them go to four Super Bowls, it was pretty cool to see growing up.”'

Marker Bills DE Hughes gets double fine from NFL [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Hughes, who has a history of verbally admonishing game officials, was fined $23,152 Friday for abusive language toward an official. He also was docked $8,681 for unnecessary roughness for head-butting Giants rookie tackle Ereck Flowers.'

Marker Bills running back McCoy says he could miss 3 more games [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"Yeah, I think I just made it worse," McCoy said, sitting at his locker. "I'd rather come back 100 percent and get the player that everybody was expecting instead of being out there on one leg. That's truth."'

Marker Ryan doesn't think Titans QB will have his way with Bills [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't think the kid's going to have his way against us," Bills coach Rex Ryan said. "I don't think that's going to happen."'

Marker Bills RBs McCoy, Williams ruled out [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams started in McCoy's place last week and scored for the fourth time in four games, the only NFL player who can make that claim. But he did not pass concussion tests this week and was ruled out officially on Friday.'

Marker Tell Your Grandkids About the 2015 Buffalo Bills [1:44 AM]
Grantland reports: 'I don’t want to curse this Bills team with expectations. They might make the playoffs, they might not. They won’t win the Super Bowl. They’ll probably get destroyed by New England again later this year. But none of that matters. Win or lose, the 2015 Bills are perfect. I’ll tell my kids about this team. And then one day I’ll tell their kids about this team.'

Marker Sammy, Goodwin may play Sunday; Karlos, Shady out [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rookie right guard John Miller, who missed last week’s game with a groin injury, will most likely start, according to Ryan.'

Marker 5 Bills practice notes from Oct. 8/9 [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The ‘Grade 2’ hamstring pull, which is what the running back classified it as, could keep McCoy out until Week Nine against Miami.'

Marker Watkins a likely game time decision; McCoy still rehabbing [1:41 AM] reports: '“When I’m working out if I’m feeling good the medical staff will let me know where I’m at,” he said. “One thing they don’t want me to do is go out there and make the wrong decision and set myself back two or three more weeks. It’s really based on how they look at me and how they evaluate it and see if I’m babying it. If I’m putting all my weight on it and running good routes. That’s what it comes down to.'

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