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Buffalo Bills News - September 21, 2017

Marker Bills' run struggles impacted by new blocking scheme [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's easy and perhaps more comforting to conclude that a week after dominating the New York Jets' defensive front to the tune of 190 yards on the ground (110 by McCoy), the Bills' offensive line simply was overmatched by more talented defensive linemen and linebackers. Coach Sean McDermott chose to go that route Wednesday when he told reporters, "I think, really, when you look a week ago against the Jets, how we controlled the line of scrimmage ... this is one game. That’s life sometimes in the NFL."'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: More trouble ahead for Bills running game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's true. The Bills have established a standard that would be difficult to meet in any event. But several factors are conspiring against them approaching their running numbers of 2015-16, when they ran for 5,062 yards (158 per game) on 1,001 carries, a hefty 5.1 yards a rushing attempt.'

Marker Kimberley A. Martin: Offensive issues mean Bills D has to play lights out [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Oh, probably more than that. Yes, I can certainly see it,” Hughes said, praising head man Sean McDermott for “doing a great job” of putting players in positions that best suit their individual strengths. “I really don’t have a number in mind. But, oh yeah (I can do 10). Absolutely. In a 4-3, I’m in the trenches. I feel a lot more at home. A lot more comfortable.”'

Marker Police investigating after man is shot at California home owned by Bills CB Shareece Wright [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to the report of a shooting at 12:44 a.m. Sunday within the 28000 block of Lexington Way. Wright confirmed to The Buffalo News on Wednesday that he owns the home where the shooting occurred, and that it’s occupied by his mother, sister and brother.'

Marker Bills Notebook: McDermott uncertain about Dareus' availability for Sunday [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I am concerned," McDermott said. "It's day to day at this point and we've got to make sure that we have a contingency plan in place."'

Marker What They Said: Bills HC McDermott, QB Taylor, RB McCoy, WR Jones, LB Brown, S Poyer, WR Holmes, C W [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yeah, he’s got an ankle [injury] right now so he’s not going to practice today and we’ll know a little bit more going forward right now, but right now he’s not going to practice.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills can't reinvent offense, but should be willing and able to t [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the opponent is capable of offering far more resistance than the New York Jets did in the Bills' season-opening victory, LeSean McCoy can't always work from a conventional scheme that has him taking all or most of his handoffs from behind Tyrod Taylor. There has to be instances where, as he did the past two years, he lines up next to Taylor in shotgun formation and opposing defenders are left guessing about whether the quarterback is going to stick the ball in Taylor's belly or keep it himself.'

Marker Carolina was a historically bad rushing day for RBs [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The running backs had 14 yards on 15 carries. LeSean McCoy carried it 12 times for 9 yards. Mike Tolbert had 5 yards on 3 rushes. That's 15 carries for 14 yards by the team's two "tailbacks." I hesitate to call Tolbert a tailback because he's a fullback by trade and masquerading as a tailback in Buffalo.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's X's and O's: Don't let Von Miller run the game [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When they play that style of defense, you have to be able to consistently attack with the passing game,” Garrett told reporters. "We really needed to have success throwing the ball. We were not able to do that."'

Marker Shady says incentives were about more than 'loot' [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just wanted the loot, baby!" McCoy said as reporters burst out laughing in the media room. "No, it wasn't like that. It just happened. It had nothing to do with the extra loot."'

Marker Dareus Review: Sizable impact beyond stat sheet in limited action vs. Panthers [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In Carolina, the Buffalo defensive tackle received an overall PFF grade of +1.0 on just 18 snaps – he suffered an ankle injury early in the game but returned in the second half. That was the sixth-highest grade of all 17 Bills defenders who saw the field in Week 2.'

Marker What the national media is saying: What if Tyrod picked Denver? How did Carolina stop McCoy? [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan likely would've started Matt Cassel that season. If he quarterbacked the team to a worse record than the 8-8 they achieved under Taylor (and some of EJ Manuel), the Bills would've owned a higher draft pick, but Cleveland owned their first-rounder that year anyway. The only top-level quarterbacks in that class, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, went 1-2 ... but one quarterback available later in the draft was Trevor Siemian, who ended up in Denver and will start this weekend against the Bills.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Big-Play Breakdown: Von Miller's wide-9 rush [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The most famous of Von Miller's 82 career sacks (counting playoffs) was his strip-sack of Cam Newton (1) in Super Bowl 50 that produced a Denver touchdown. What makes Miller's speed rush so devastating is his ability to dip his inside shoulder low to the ground like a speed skater, which gives the offensive tackle a small target to hit. Then Miller bends his hips back and drives to the QB.'

Marker Bills-Broncos Scouting Report: Running room figures to be tough to come by again for LeSean McCoy [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Broncos 24, Bills 20.'

Marker Sammy Watkins is a flat-earther [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But despite this universally accepted, undeniable and easily provable scientific fact, some people still choose to wrongly believe that our planet is flat. They are called flat-earthers, and you can join their society with a $12 donation.'

Marker Bills Fans Near And Far: ESPN radio's Christine Lisi [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I became a Bills fan when I was really little," Lisi explained. "My dad would always listen to Bills games on the radio because they wouldn’t sell out in time to be on television. So, I heard a lot of Van Miller and Stan Barron growing up. I remember going to my first game when I was seven and saw the Bills beat down the Jets."'

Marker Stats Wizard: 1960s Bills quick-hitters, including a crazy nugget about Billy Atkins [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 1961, Billy Atkins led the AFL with 10 interceptions. However, he did not return any for a touchdown, with his longest return going 29 yards. Here is where it gets fun: He had a 39-yard field goal that year, as well as a 56-yard rushing touchdown — the only touchdown of his career. Yet, he had more interceptions than he had rushing attempts (2) that season.'

Marker Hall of Famer Andre Reed has his back, so it's all good for Bills' Zay Jones [1:42 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' “I’m going to be in that position again, maybe even this week, farther down the line, but when my time comes I’ll be prepared and I’ll make that catch,’’ said Jones as he addressed the media on Wednesday at the team’s practice facility.'

Marker Marcell Dareus' ankle injury may keep him out against Denver Broncos [1:41 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s got an ankle right now, won’t practice today,” coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday morning. “It’s a sprain, that’s what we know today. I am concerned, but it’s day-to-day at this point. We have to make sure we have a contingency plan in place.”'

Marker Jordan Matthews thinks it's too soon to judge Buffalo Bills' wide receivers [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think you're going to get a little bit of a bigger sample size, if that makes sense," Matthews said. "You guys study football. I don't think there's been any big, like, receiving games through the first two weeks of the season. And I watch, so I know that, for a fact. So I think you need to give it a little more time before you start saying, you know, what's what and who's who, if that makes sense."'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy thinks Tyrod Taylor gets blamed too much [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I hadn't heard that yet," McCoy said. "I guess he gets blamed for everything. I don't think so. Tyrod's a hell of a player, man. He makes plays. Without him, we would have had no shot last week. He made some plays when things weren't blocked well and he got out of it."'

Marker Marcell Dareus, Cordy Glenn, Shaq Lawson miss practice for Buffalo Bills [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In addition to Dareus and Glenn, defensive end Shaq Lawson will not practice on Wednesday due to a nerve contusion. McDermott said he is considered day-to-day. The Bills are also giving rest days to both LeSean McCoy and Lorenzo Alexander. Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy is still in the concussion protocol.'

Marker Bills Peterman says he’ll be ready when called upon [1:37 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Just you saying it, it is something that fans will have their opinions and all that. But I know it’s a tough position to play, quarterback is. It’s very easy to say how to play it from up in the stands or watching on film. When you’re in those live moments things are flying. It’s tough,” Peterman said.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor says Bills have the tools for successful passing game [1:36 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Yeah definitely, we’re going to have to pick and choose when we go down the field and be able to just go down the field,” Taylor said. “We have the players to do it."'

Marker Marcell Dareus might not play vs. Broncos [1:35 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Coleman’s signing could be a red flag in terms of Dareus’ health.'

Marker Behind enemy lines: Bills – Broncos Q&A with Broncos beat reporter Ryan Koenigsberg [1:34 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'I think the Bills have a really hard time putting points on the board in this one. The Broncos are rolling and, despite entering a tough environment, I think they are able to take control of the game with their ability to shut down the run. Final score: 24-7.'

Marker LeSean McCoy felt Ezekiel Elliott’s pain Sunday. Can the Buffalo RB fare better against the Br [1:33 AM]
Denver Post reports: '“Whoa,” McCoy said when asked to give his thoughts on the Broncos defense during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “They’re a good group. They play well together from the secondary down to the defensive linemen. They cover well and they’re an aggressive group. They’re a top defense for a reason.”'

Marker Denver Week 3 Opponent Profile: Broncos Travel To New York To Play The Buffalo Bills [1:32 AM]
KCNC-TV reports: 'This is a difficult game to predict. This will serve as the Broncos’ first road game of the 2017 season. Along with an injury to Broncos starting left tackle Garett Bolles, the Broncos offense may suffer from an inability to run the ball against the Bills’ defensive line. This could be a low-scoring affair if the Broncos do not get out to a fast start. In the end, the winner will be the team that can create scoring opportunities after turnovers, or the team who’s defense can score some points. Both defenses will confuse and frustrate these young quarterbacks. Look for the Broncos to eek out a win, 13-10.'

Marker LeSean McCoy has a simple, maybe too simple, plan to counter the Broncos’ run defense [1:31 AM]
BSN Denver reports: '“Stay true to our keys, our identity. If we get down in the game, just stick with it,” he explained on a conference call with Denver media. “The Cowboys kind of went to the passing game too early. They stopped them a couple times in the running game, and they got down in points. The Broncos, man, they’re a tough group, they really are. I think you just have to keep being consistent, running your plays and you have to keep true to your identity. You can’t change because of how the game is going. They’ll make plays; they’re a good defense. They’re gonna make plays, you just have to keep at it.”'

Marker Bills' front seven to pose 'true challenge' for Broncos, Trevor Siemian [1:30 AM]
DenverBroncos.com reports: 'There’s only one way to beat that sort of defense, quarterback Trevor Siemian said Wednesday, and that’s to match the Bills' physicality. On the road, Siemian said, the Broncos must find a way to create a push up front and run the ball.'

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