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Buffalo Bills News - September 27, 2015

Marker Bills’ 20 greatest wins [12:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '1. Bills 41, Oilers 38 (OT). Wild-card playoff. Jan. 3, 1993. Rich Stadium. Greatest comeback in NFL history.'

Marker At 90, Marv Levy is busier than ever [12:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He was great,” Ryan said of Levy. “He was just himself – a real cerebral guy, obviously, so I’ve got nothing in comparison with him there. We’re two different guys, but I appreciated everything he did.”'

Marker Tyrod Taylor needs to bounce back in Miami [12:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There are several ways to attack that strategy. The Bills could use more moving pockets where they get Taylor rolling out at the snap, though the downside is that potentially takes away half the field to operate with. Another way is to go to a quick passing game which neutralizes the pass rush, the exact plan Brady utilized last week against the Bills' ferocious front four. Or, Taylor can look for more opportunities to step up into the pocket to find a throwing window or a running lane when things break down.'

Marker Both D-lines key in Bills-Dolphins game [12:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Dolphins 20, Bills 16.'

Marker Bills already face critical AFC East game [12:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Even normally reserved cornerback Stephon Gilmore admitted, “We’ve got to get this win; it’s a must win. Every win is important but this team’s in our division and we’ve got to win the division games.”'

Marker Source: No noise violation for Bills [12:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A league source has confirmed to me that the NFL has informed the Bills they were not found to have any noise violations during their game against the New England Patriots last Sunday.'

Marker 5 things to watch in Bills - Dolphins [12:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'When thinking about the game through the week, it really is easy to work yourself into thinking both teams could win. However, with the most recent development for the Dolphins and starting left tackle Branden Albert likely being out for the game, the pendulum swings completely in favor of the Bills.'

Marker Taylor works toward managing the pocket better [12:48 AM] reports: '“I think sometimes you’ve got to step up in the pocket,” said Ryan. “That’s where if I look at anything with Tyrod I’d like to see him drop back and then set up and step up in the pocket a little more.”'

Marker Top 10 reasons the Bills are motivated to squish the fish [12:47 AM] reports: 'Tyrod Taylor is ranked in the top 5 NFL QBs in completion percentage, yards-per-attempt and rushing yards. He hasn’t been perfect, but rankings like that in more than two major stat categories? We’ll take it. He’ll look to step up in the pocket more and building on those positives against a tough Suh-led Miami D-Line.'

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September 26, 2015

Marker Saturday's Miami Coverage [4:39 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Forget last week, it’s time to move on [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills committed six special-teams penalties against New England. Most stemmed from a clear lack of discipline, such as personal fouls and offside calls. Special teams coach Danny Crossman has spent the week delivering a stern message to the players who block for and cover kicks that the yellow flag fest is over. Now we’ll see if they were actually listening.'

Marker Special teams coach Crossman has no patience for penalties [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We addressed it, kind of took all the emotion out of it,” receiver/special-teams ace Chris Hogan said. “We can’t hurt ourselves like that.'

Marker Fame sneaks up quietly on ‘Shout!’ singer [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now, fans are calling via social media for Kemper to come to Buffalo and sing the song live. He’s wrestling with that idea, but in the meantime released on Friday a homemade video of him performing the song on his Yamaha grand piano.'

Marker Suh, Dareus break foes' spirits on way to breaking bank [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Suh's deal averages $19 million a year and Dareus' $16 million. Makes you wonder what Buck Buchannan, Curley Culp, Alan Page, Randy White, Warren Sapp, John Randle and Bills Wall of Famer Fred Smerlas, among others, would be worth today.'

Marker 5 things to watch [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rex Ryan took his foot of the gas against the Patriots and didn't blitz nearly as often as he did against the Colts. Expect a more aggressive Bills defense against the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill has only four touchdowns in six career games against Rex Ryan. We'll see if the Bills can replicate that success.'

Marker Bills, Dolphins find themselves in 'must-win' territory [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Buffalo's pass defense must improve if they plan to top Miami (1-1) this week as the Ryan Tannehill-led Dolphins have passed on a remarkable 70 percent of their offensive plays this season.'

Marker City Pub, home of the South Florida Bills Backers [1:53 AM]
Broward New Times reports: 'According to Hanrahan there are more than 700 members in his crew, of which 200 to 300 take in the game every week at City Pub. The atmosphere, as you can imagine, is definitely pro-Buffalo Bills. "They play the Buffalo Shout Song after every touchdown, and we have loud speakers set up during the game — the fans go nuts during the game."'

Marker Bills visit Dolphins with both teams coming off losses [1:52 AM]
AP reports: '"Everybody isn't Brady," defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said.'

Marker Taylor ready for challenge of first road start [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I’m sure it’ll be a little bit new but I think he has the makeup. He’s got that flat line ability to deal with such things,” Roman said of his starting QB.'

Marker 5 Bills practice notes from Sept. 24/25 [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Upon suffering an injury to his neck against the New England Patriots, starting safety Aaron Williams did not practice at all in the week leading up to the Dolphins game. He is officially listed as out, and although the Bills tried to be coy earlier in the week, he’ll be replaced by Bacarri Rambo according to Rex Ryan.'

Marker Dolphins scouting report, 6 names of note [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Bills fans should be quite familiar with Sheppard, who was dealt to Indianapolis straight up for Jerry Hughes. Since leaving Buffalo, Sheppard has been released and had to work his way back up a depth chart, and earned the starting middle linebacker job for the Dolphins this year. A slower linebacker, Sheppard certainly needs his reaction time to be a lot better than it is, and he gets covered up and pushed out of the way on run plays.'

Marker Suh and Dareus not your run pluggers of yesteryear [1:48 AM] reports: '“It is clear that’s how people are valuing these defense tackles,” said Bills head coach Rex Ryan. “But it is really rare to get somebody like a Suh, like a Marcell Dareus, two guys that play the run extremely well and they get after the quarterback. So I think those guys are hard to find. They are rare guys, as my dad would always say it is hard to find an unusual guy like this. And he had Alan Page, Eric Swanson, Dan Hampton through the years. But I am certainly happy we have Marcell and I am sure Miami is happy they have Suh.”'

Marker Scouting Report - Bills-Dolphins - Week 3 [1:47 AM] reports: 'If the Bills can keep penalties to a minimum and stay in manageable down and distance they should be able to sustain drives and finish them with points. Buffalo’s offense is one of the more productive attacks on first down averaging 5.9 yards per play, good for 10th in the NFL. Miami’s defense ranks 23rd in yards allowed on first downs giving up almost the same yardage on average (5.85).'

September 25, 2015

Marker Cassel trade to Cowboys still puzzling [12:24 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Ryan provided no insight, saying he didn’t know whether Dallas had also inquired about Manuel. But his less-than-enthusiastic and sometimes cryptic answers to questions about the trade left members of the press to conclude he wasn’t totally onboard with it.'

Marker Friday's Miami Coverage [7:44 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Haunting memory motivates Bills’ Thigpen [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Thigpen was 14 years old, he was at the wheel of a van that careened into the woods and smashed into a tree. The girl in the passenger’s seat, his first girlfriend in elementary school, Lacrecia Daniels, was killed. That traumatizing night still replays through Thigpen’s mind daily. Through eight teams and two leagues over six years, Thigpen has played for Lacrecia because he knows when one life was lost, another was saved: his own.'

Marker Bills are in hurry-up mode to develop chemistry in passing game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You’ve got to build trust,” Watkins said. “You’ve got to build chemistry. We’re in Week Two, so you can’t really say that we’re not good. It might take until Week Five or Six for everything to get clicking. It just takes time.”'

Marker Dolphins’ big-name free agent Suh not happy with his play [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Still not quite where I want it to be,” he said of his performance. “Fundamentally, I just have to get back into the sync of things and that’s what practice is for, getting with the coaches and understanding my mistakes that I’ve made.”'

Marker Are there rumblings of discontent in Bills’ hierarchy? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bringing in Rex Ryan as coach restored some respectability and gave them a fresh set of eyes. Rex was a czar in coach’s clothing. But I still think it would have been wise to hire a team vice president to run the football operation and manage the often contentious relationship between the general manager and head coach.'

Marker Downstate lawyers soliciting Old First Ward business over new football stadium [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Although there has been discussion of locating a new Buffalo Bills stadium inside and outside the City of Buffalo, no location has been approved or determined, including the Old First Ward or anywhere else,” Franczyk wrote to other city lawmakers. “The above-mentioned law firm is trying to use scare tactics to drum up business for its practice."'

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