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Buffalo Bills News - October 6, 2015

Marker From Fremont Street to Buffalo, Cierre Wood's had quite the Experience [9:01 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wood signed with the Bills the next day and had to play a preseason game the following night in Cleveland. He tried to get as much of the playbook down that he could in just one day. Of course, that wasn’t easy, but he finished the game with three carries for six yards and caught one pass for another ten yards. When I asked him if he was told to just “run left and run right” that night, he laughed and recalled one play when he had to pass protect for Bills QB EJ Manuel. “I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I looked at EJ after we broke the huddle and whispered, ‘pssst, what do I do?’ EJ turned around and just said, ‘pass protect to my right.’ “'

Marker Bills say Giants’ Beckham kept up the ‘cheap shots’ [8:45 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t know what’s up with him,” Gilmore said. “He acts like nobody’s supposed to hit him and you’re supposed to let him catch the ball. He’s weird. He gets mad when you play physical with him. He’s weird.'

Marker Let’s scrap the replay system once and for all [8:45 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let me remind you that the NFL is selective when it comes to intent. Quarterbacks can be called for grounding, which has an intent element attached. A player can be ejected for intent to injure and upon further review, strangely enough, fined and suspended by the league office.'

Marker Players see, and hear, the need to start quicker [8:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was one of those quiet games,” Woods said. “I didn’t feel a lot of energy on the sideline early on. I think that caused the slow start. The Giants were out there looking fast. They were ready, we weren’t.”'

Marker The story of the Bills owner will make you want to sob [8:43 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This was a home for me,” she said. “This is an area that meant a lot to me. I want people to be proud of where they are, of growing up in Western New York. This is where my parents chose to be. They chose me. They chose to be here in Western New York and that’s pretty special. And I think everyone in Western New York should know that.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Dan 'Boom' Herron with Karlos Williams recovering from concussion [8:40 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McCoy missed Week 4 with a hamstring injury, while Williams is now going through the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury against the Giants in Week 4. That left the Bills with just Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood on the running back depth chart.'

Marker Bills reportedly working out Trent Richardson, other RBs in light of Karlos Williams injury [8:39 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As of now, Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood are the only two healthy running backs on the roster along with fullback Jerome Felton. Starting running back LeSean McCoy is still working his way back from a hamstring injury.'

Marker Bills sign RB Herron to address injury-depleted backfield [8:38 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are scrambling for running backs after they had a glut of them during training camp. Veteran Fred Jackson was cut in August, and then signed with Seattle. Buffalo also released Bryce Brown a week into the season to open a roster spot after defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned from serving a one-game NFL suspension.'

Marker Bills GM says running back Williams sustained concussion [8:37 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams is following the NFL's concussion protocol, and must pass a series of tests before being cleared to play. Buffalo (2-2) plays at Tennessee (1-2) on Sunday.'

Marker Bills RB Williams could miss Week 5; Herron signed [8:37 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'With running back LeSean McCoy also injured, the Bills hosted a workout for several players, including former first-round pick Trent Richardson, the 25-year-old bust with the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. Richardson was cut by the Raiders before the start of the 2015 season.'

Marker All-22 Review - Bills/Giants [8:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the midst of the loss to the Giants you may have felt like the defense had a terrible day. It didn't. Sure the Nigel Bradham missed tackle goes as a big mark against, and the run defense could certainly improve, but for the most part, I'd say the All-22 shows a solid performance against Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ is a dominant force in the league, and while the Giants attempted to establish his presence in the game, it never truly materialized. The Bills locked him up, particularly when matched against the corners on the outside.'

Marker Bills sign RB Herron, place TE Gray on IR [8:34 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gray suffered a broken forearm in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. He will not be able to play again this season after being placed on IR.'

Marker Whaley announces Karlos Williams has concussion [8:25 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills will have running backs in for a workout with only Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood available. Whaley called former Bill and current free agent Bryce Brown "a possibility."'

Marker Bills sign RB Dan 'Boom' Herron, place TE Marquis Gray on IR [8:24 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Herron was released from the Colts after suffering a shoulder injury in the team's preseason finale.'

Marker Bad Loss #2 [8:23 PM]
Bills Daily reports: After 4 weeks I’m still not really sure about the Bills. I want to believe that they are talented enough and on the right track to make the playoffs, but being beaten by New England and New York is worrisome at best. The next 3 week will tell us a lot about who the Bills.

Marker Top 5 storylines to follow for Bills-Titans week [8:22 PM] reports: 'Despite the fact that Mariota has only played three games, he’s among the league leaders already in passer rating, yards per attempt, and touchdown passes.'

Marker Bills add RB Herron, TE Gray to I-R [8:21 PM] reports: 'Herron has played in 25 career games, starting three, and racking up 389 yards and one touchdown on 87 carries. He has also caught 22 passes for 230 yards. The 26-year old originally entered the league as a sixth round pick (191st overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft.'

Marker Bills' defense can no longer be called 'elite' [11:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Meanwhile, where’s the starting defensive line that’s eating up 28 percent of this year’s $143 million salary cap?'

Marker Bills coach takes step back on issue of penalties [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The penalties is something, you know, kind of keeps you up at night trying to think of what to do, how we can fix it,” Ryan said Monday. “It doesn’t go away by talking about it, or that would already be done. We have tried to do some things, but make no mistake – we are trying to get fixed. I am trying to get it fixed.”'

Marker No surprise that Bills are a target for refs [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That has to change. Ryan and the Bills have to find an emotional middle ground. They have to play inspired, emotional football without going over the edge. Otherwise, the bully mentality will follow them around and cost them the playoffs.'

Marker Analysis: Forget penalties, Giants won the battle in the trenches [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s pretty discouraging,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about that. We’re a team that prides ourselves on being able to run the football. Obviously it wasn’t a secret that they were pretty good at stopping the run. We get that. But two yards a clip is discouraging. Not being able to pick up a third and six inches was discouraging so we have to get a lot better.'

Marker Jeff Glor aims to introduce the Pegulas to a national audience Tuesday on Showtime [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Pegulaville” is at least the third Western New York-based story that Glor has done in his eight years at CBS. Last year, he interviewed Jim Kelly as the Bills legendary quarterback battled cancer. In 2009, he reported from here on the tragedy of Continental Flight 3407.'

Marker Rex Ryan at a loss to fix Bills' penalty problems [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The penalties are something that kind of keeps you up at night, trying to think of what to do, how we can fix it," Ryan said Monday in a much calmer state than he displayed on Sunday when discussing the penalty problem. "It doesn't go away by talking about it, or that would already be done. We tried to do some things. But make no mistake: We're trying to get it fixed. And I'm trying to get it fixed."'

Marker Rex's recap: Will he bench players who lose their cool? [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have now been flagged 42 times in their three home games, and 47 times overall. Meanwhile, 11 other penalties were either offset or declined. The penalties weren't why the Bills lost 24-10 to the Giants, but they played a huge role.'

Marker Rex Ryan gives slightly different tone on Bills' penalties [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"And when you look at this one here, clearly some of the unsportsmanlike penalties and all that, No. 1 we have to clean up. There is no question about that. That can't happen. Is that an issue, is that something that we get reputation-wise? It's something certainly to look at."'

Marker Where we went wrong picking the Buffalo Bills to beat the New York Giants [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills' offense is going to struggle as long as Sammy Watkins (calf) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) continue to miss time. Percy Harvin and Robert Woods struggled to get open as the focal points of the passing game, and Karlos Williams found little running room behind the Bills' offensive line. Watkins and McCoy open up the offense quite a bit with the attention they draw from opposing defenses. That was a bigger factor Sunday than we anticipated.'

Marker New York Giants show Rex Ryan, Bills who the real bullies are [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan did all the talking, while the New York Giants were the ones who muscled up when it counted.'

Marker ESPN's Mike Golic, Cris Carter blast Rex Ryan, Bills for being more 'dumb' than ' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Build a bully, but you've got to be a smart bully, to use (Ryan's) terms," Golic said. "You can be tough, but to get stupid penalties? My gosh, 17 of them in this game. You gave the stats there. You have now crossed the line. Now you're past tough, you're into dumb. You can be as tough as you want — you can be the big boy throwing out your chest all you want— but when the referee stands in front and gives the signal for personal foul and points at your team, you've just entered the dumb phase. You just have, and all you'll do is cost yourself. There should be no one that leaves that game and says, 'Well, I know we beat them, but boy, are they tough.' I mean, come on. If you're playing in the league, you're tough. There's a line of tough and stupid penalties and they've crossed it, and they need to come back."'

Marker Consistency eludes Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Consistency is the mark of a true championship contender. This football team just hasn't learned how to win yet. That sounds so vague, but it's true. It takes time for the team and patience from the fans. I know the latter is in pretty short supply in Orchard Park these days.'

Marker Take note, Rex: Old man Coughlin can teach you some tricks [1:48 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Instead of hammering his players with negative reinforcement at 0-2, Coughlin kept them positive in the face of the negativity surrounding the poor start, reminding them about the good things they were doing and pointing out the “little things’’ that were keeping them from winning.'

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