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Buffalo Bills News - November 27, 2016

Marker Sunday's Jacksonville Copverage [2:06 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Time for Bills to put London behind them [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills would rather dwell on one bad call than the dreadful play of EJ Manuel in London. Manuel had one of the worst stretches imaginable by an NFL quarterback, coughing up a fumble and interception for touchdown returns on consecutive plays and throwing a pick to ex-Bill Paul Posluszny four players later.'

Marker All 39 times Doug Marrone punted from the opponent's side of the field [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Doug Marrone is going down, he's going down punting.'

Marker Getting to know: Bills cornerback Marcus Roberson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It kept a chip on my shoulder, but I’ve always worked hard, so that wasn't going to be any different. I'm here now, so it's all good. I'm happy."'

Marker Why did Doug Marrone quit the Bills? Still a mystery [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Seriously, why did the Bills give that option to Marrone, which only kicked in if the ownership of the team changed hands? Was Marrone — after four mostly mediocre seasons as head coach at Syracuse — really that hot of a hire that his agent, the powerful Jimmy Sexton, could get that provision written into the deal? Two years later, it still seems ludicrous to me that the Bills’ decision-makers agreed to it.'

Marker Bills vs. Jaguars, preview and predictions [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 26, Jaguars 17.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones suits up for Ohio State and Michigan game [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones was clearly invested during the game and following Ohio State's victory, the Bills rookie quarterback made sure to let Michigan fans hear about it.'

Marker Buffalo Bills activate Sammy Watkins to roster; sign kicker Jordan Gay [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo also made two other moves on Saturday. The team re-signed kickoff specialist Jordan Gay and released tight end Gerald Christian.'

Marker Nick’s Bills – Jags 6-pack of matchup facts [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Jaguars then selected Bortles third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, one spot ahead of where the Bills traded up to selected wide receiver Sammy Watkins fourth-overall. In his lone game against the Bills in his career, last year’s 34-31 win, Bortles went 13-for-29, 182 passing yards, with two TDs, and one interception.'

Marker Bills – Jags Q&A: ‘total disaster’ describes Bortles, Marrone back in town [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'He is tied for the league lead with 13 interceptions and now has had 10 interceptions returned for touchdowns during his career. He makes too many mistakes and is unreliable late in games. The Jaguars have no choice but to hope he improves quickly, but there is little suggestion he will ever be more than a turnover-prone quarterback who uses late-game surges to be an awesome fantasy option. Not what you want from a former third-overall pick.'

Marker Bills welcome back Watkins, as they are set to take on Jags [1:50 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Even with Watkins back, the Bills’ passing game may still have a tough go of it, as the Jaguars have allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards this year at 2,096 and the Bills have thrown for an NFL-low 1,857.'

Marker Bills need to turn last win into a streak [1:49 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Win all three, and the Bills would be in excellent shape to push toward the playoffs. Lose one, and things get a little dicier. Lose two and forget it, because the Broncos and Chiefs, currently each 7-3 and due to meet tonight, are the AFC wild-card leaders at the moment, and neither appears likely to collapse.'

Marker Hackett has good memories of stints with Bills [1:48 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '“I think it was 14 quarterbacks in there over the two years,” Hackett said. “We were never lights out [good offensively], but it was hard because we never had a lot of continuity at quarterback.”'

Marker Bills have not-so-fond memory of last matchup with Jaguars [1:47 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Their rally from a 24-point deficit complete after Corey Graham’s 44-yard interception return for a touchdown, the Buffalo Bills were two stops from completing a win over the Jaguars last October in London.'

Marker Bills activate WR Watkins off of injured reserve [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'To make room for Watkins, the Bills placed safety Robert Blanton on injured reserve. Blanton hurt his foot in the Bills' 16-12 victory in Cincinnati last Sunday.'

Marker Bills activate WR Watkins [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Wide receiver Percy Harvin was listed as questionable after missing practice Thursday and Friday because of an illness.'

Marker Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy in for Bills; Percy Harvin to sit [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The team wants to be careful with Watkins as his conditioning and stamina are not where they need to be.'

Marker 5 things to watch for in Bills-Jaguars (11/26/16) [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is a game, like last year against Jacksonville, that the Bills should win. They are the better team on paper, they’re playing better football than the Jaguars are at the moment, and Jacksonville is an opponent that is not a good match against the Bills formula of running the ball and forcing turnovers on defense.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills-Jaguars game predictions [1:42 AM] reports: 'Gus Bradley is now 14-44 as an NFL head coach. His .241 winning percentage is the worst in the Super Bowl era among coaches with a minimum of 50 games coached. If there’s a reason for the Jaguars players to get up for Sunday’s game in Buffalo it’s their offensive coordinator (Nathaniel Hackett) and assistant coach (Doug Marrone) making their returns to Western New York, where both were employed until Marrone decided to leave his job as the Bills’ head coach at the end of the 2014 season. All that’s well and good, but I like Buffalo in this one — led by LeSean McCoy seven days after thumb surgery — to notch its sixth win.'

Marker Sammy Watkins added to active roster; Expected to play Sunday [1:41 AM] reports: '“I think he’s good to go,” said Ryan. “He won’t have a full workload, but we’re definitely going to get him in there.”'

Marker Top 10 reasons why the Bills are sure to impress in Week 12 [1:40 AM] reports: 'Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach offense/offensive line coach Doug Marrone is no stranger to WNY. Marrone, former Bills head coach (2013-14), will be in familiar territory when he returns to Buffalo.'

Marker Bills Today: What Sammy Watkins hopes to add to the offense [1:39 AM] reports: '“That’s one thing I’ve noticed about being out eight weeks,” Watkins said earlier this week. “I would say my legs are fresh and I’m moving way faster than other guys. It’s really just about reading defenses and just getting the feel of running routes.”'

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November 26, 2016

Marker Saturday's Jacksonville Coverage [2:04 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Jaguars game seems like another great chance for Charles Clay and Tyrod Taylor to reconnect [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clay’s numbers so far have been staggeringly low for a player the Bills had to pay handsomely to lure away from the Miami Dolphins. That’s especially true when considering how many injuries the Bills’ wide receivers have sustained this year.'

Marker 11 years into his NFL career, Kyle Williams continues to defy outside expectations [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No Bills player drafted beyond the fourth round has started more. Among Bills drafted so late, he is third in games behind seventh-round pick Mark Pike's 173 and 12th-round pick Charles Romes' 151. Kent Hull, the only undrafted Bills position player with more experience, started all but one of his 170 games.'

Marker Sammy Watkins will return for Bills Sunday against Jaguars [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’s about three-quarter speed," Lynn added. "He’s still quick out of his breaks; his long speed, his conditioning wasn’t there. He was on a pitch count in practice. But it was encouraging just to see him back on the football field. ... As far as implementing him in the game plan, I don’t know about that yet. I’m just going to evaluate the tape" of practice "and we’ll see."'

Marker Bills lineman Richie Incognito gained 9.4 pounds eating Thanksgiving dinner [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the last three years, Bills center Eric Wood has hosted a Thanksgiving Day Weight Gain Competition for players who celebrate the holiday at his house.'

Marker Window-shopping the potential QB market [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But after last Sunday’s game at Cincinnati, when the Bills’ passing game remained true to its dead-last-in-the-NFL form, Buffalo fans began yet another year of QB window shopping. They’re not alone. Most of this so-called quarterback league is quarterback-challenged, so the search for “the guy” is on-going in many places.'

Marker The NFL's ratings problems are not just about what happens on the field [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So, as a non-pro happy sports fan, let me offer a suggestion to the hog farm at NFL headquarters: You don't just have work to do cutting down schedules and developing young stars, but you need to force the networks to find distinctive and entertaining people for the booths too.'

Marker Lancaster teen to sing national anthem at Sunday's Bills game [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Known for what she called her "belty voice" at school, Heerdt started singing the national anthem at junior Sabres games when her uncle was a coach and her cousin was a player. She then auditioned for the Buffalo Bisons in 2014, and now she's been singing at their games every summer. She also has been called on to sing the anthem at college games throughout the Buffalo area.'

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