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Buffalo Bills News - October 1, 2016

Marker Tom Coughlin on Buffalo Bills rumors: ‘All that stuff that’s going on is a bunch of you [3:55 PM]
New York Daily News reports: 'A reporter pressed Coughlin on the conversation, and asked what the team and two-time Super Bowl champion coach discussed. "That's none of your business," he said.'

Marker Watch former Patriot Damien Woody rip Stephen A. Smith for disrespecting Bills [3:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When I heard that you guys wanted me to come on here to talk about, 'Do the Bills actually have a shot,' that is so disrespectful," Woody said.'

Marker Bills have to cash opportunity vs. diminished Patriots [3:48 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rather than soften their approach, the Pegulas should take an even more critical look at the situation. Head coach and quarterback are the most important jobs on an NFL team. If the owners want to find out about Ryan and Taylor, they might as well judge them by their performance in a crisis.'

Marker New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo will reportedly start versus Buffalo Bills [3:39 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Garoppolo suffered a right shoulder injury in New England's Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins and missed last week's game against the Texans. He's apparently healthy enough to start this week for the Patriots.'

Marker Top 10 reasons to be hyped for Bills-Patriots [3:24 PM] reports: 'Since joining Buffalo’s roster, Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown, not to be confused with the popular country music group Zac Brown Band, has proven a valuable contributor on defense. Brown has amassed 34 tackles, 22 of which are solo tackles, on the season. The marks put Brown in the top 5 around the NFL for tackles.'

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Marker Bills place Watkins on IR; Woods, Goodwin ready to step up [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'THe Patriots game will mark the fifth time since the start of last season and the second time in as many weeks that Watkins is out of the lineup. With Greg Salas sidelined with a groin injury, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and the rest of the Bills' healthy receivers fully understand they're expected to fill the top two spots in the receiving corps and perform well.'

Marker Bills' Goodwin, Patriots' Ebner provide matchup of Olympians [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Patriots also boast an Olympian in safety Nate Ebner, who played rugby for Team USA at the Rio Games.'

Marker Pats’ no-names have history of tormenting Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pats’ subs and no-names have tortured Bills in past. Who says Garoppolo and Brissett won’t do the same?'

Marker Taylor's play for Bills still raises more questions than answers about 'franchise' st [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the Bills gave Taylor that conditional contract extension last August, they did it with the full intention of allowing the five-year, $90-million portion of it to kick in above the $6-million raise they gave him for this year. They did it with the expectation that Taylor would prove he is a "franchise" quarterback. So far, they are left, like the rest of us, to wait and wonder.'

Marker Rex must deliver on what he was hired to do [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That still doesn't change what this Sunday is all about. The Bills are paying Rex Ryan $5.5 million a year to be their head coach. They're paying him to, at the minimum, win a game like this.'

Marker Bills place Sammy Watkins on IR; out at least 8 weeks [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Watkins did not practice all week — same as last week prior to the Arizona game — and while Ryan expressed hope that he might be able to skip the week and still dress for the game, that reality was scuttled Friday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Preview, predictions [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Tyrod Taylor needs to step up and prove he’s a legit NFL quarterback.'

Marker Belichick's solo act still one to be reckoned with [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“When you look at it, they’ve been the standard in this league, not just our division,” Ryan said. “Everybody’s going, ‘No Tom Brady, this team is going to be a disaster.’ Well, they’re 3-0 last time I checked and beat some pretty good teams.'

Marker Buffalo Bills place Sammy Watkins on injured reserve, claim WR Justin Hunter [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In addition to Hunter, the Bills will look to Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Walter Powell, Brandon Tate and Greg Salas to step up in Watkins' absence.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have 'major concern' over Sammy Watkins' foot injury lingering [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In other injury news, wide receiver Greg Salas and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio will also be out for the Bills' Week 4 game. Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, tight end Charles Clay, safety Aaron Williams and cornerback Ronald Darby are considered questionable for the game.'

Marker Former coaches, teammates break down Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's just something that he was born with," Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said. "He's been put in situations like that in high school and college and he's always thrived in the biggest games. I know that league is very hard and they protected him, but I think he's worked for that moment, and like I said, he's a guy who doesn't go out, he doesn't do anything. He's 100 percent football. That's what he wants to do and he can do it all the time, I just think his preparation and the fact that he's with a great organization."'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy wins NFL Week 3 FedEx Ground Player of the Week [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McCoy averaged 6.5 yards per carry as he rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 17 rush attempts in Buffalo's 33-18 win. His performance earned him the NFL Week 3 FedEx Ground Player of the Week.'

Marker Patriots' Jacoby Brissett, Bills' Cardale Jones, Nick O'Leary won't forget last [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Dwyer was set to travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic at Ohio Stadium. The game was nationally televised between two nationally ranked high school programs. Dwyer was coming off a 2009 state championship in which Ravens safety Matt Elam was the team's star running back and Bills practice squad tight end Gerald Christian added to Dwyer's passing attack.'

Marker Bills Q&A preview: How did the Pats pull off 3-0?, more [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: ' I think you have to chalk it up to a few different things. The genius of Belichick, and incredibly questionable game-planning/coaching from the Patriots first three opponents.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins out, Rex Ryan has 'major concern' [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When he has been able to play, Watkins has been one of the top young receivers in the league with 131 receptions for 2,092 yards and 15 touchdowns. But in one game this season, against the Jets, Watkins wasn’t a downfield threat and Ryan admitted Friday, he’s uncertain when — or if — Watkins might return.'

Marker Chris Hogan brings no bad blood to Bills game [1:44 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'So the Bills gave him a congratulatory slap on the butt, and Hogan has set the tone to take his career to a new level with the Patriots’ passing attack. He has been a featured receiver, and his chemistry with Tom Brady throughout the offseason suggests he’ll continue to take off in the coming months.'

Marker Ex-Bill Hogan on pace for career year with Patriots [1:43 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Although his playing time fluctuated in Buffalo, he still has a lot of love for the area and the Bills organization. He was cut in San Francisco, with the New York Giants and in Miami before the Bills gave him his first real opportunity.'

Marker Pats pleased they decided to pay the Bill [1:42 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: 'The Bills used the lowest restricted free-agent tender on Hogan, giving them the right to match any contract offer he received from another team, but up against the salary cap they were financially strapped to match the three-year, $12 million offer sheet he signed with the Patriots in March – one that carried a cap hit of $5.5 million in its first year.'

Marker Chris Hogan Embracing Larger Role With Patriots But ‘Forever Grateful’ To Bills [1:41 AM]
NESN reports: '“I will be forever grateful for (the Bills),” Hogan said. “That organization, they gave me my first chance. That’s really where I started my career. And I was there for four years. I established a lot of relationships with those guys and to this day still do. I will always look back on my career, and that’s where I started.”'

Marker Hogan On Facing His Ex-Bills Teammates: ‘Like It’s Any Other Game’ [1:40 AM]
CSN New England reports: '“Those guys [the Bills] are all my friends still, but we’re playing a game now,” said Hogan. “Once that whistle blows, 60 minutes, I’m going to be playing football. Afterwards we can talk and do all that. My focus is on doing my job and taking advantage of all my opportunities on Sunday.”'

Marker Ex-Demon Ed Eagan joins Buffalo Bills [1:39 AM]
Alexandria Town Talk reports: 'Bills general manager Doug Whaley and Demons’ defensive coordinator and associate head coach Daryl Daye worked together in Buffalo on the Bills staff for two seasons.'

Marker Bills place receiver Watkins on IR; to miss at least 8 weeks [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Watkins won't require surgery and will instead use the time off to rest the injury. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed any details of the injury or Watkins' rehab process.'

Marker Bills place standout WR Watkins on injured reserve [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins complained of soreness in the foot after hauling in four catches for 43 yards in a season-opening 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He underwent an MRI exam but played against the New York Jets four days later, and posted two receptions for 20 yards.'

Marker Bills put Sammy Watkins on IR [1:36 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Watkins is eligible to return to practice Nov. 11. The earliest he can play is Nov. 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If he does return to practice, the Bills have 21 days to activate him or keep him on IR.'

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