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Buffalo Bills News - September 15, 2017

Marker Ranking the three most 'indispensable' Bills in 2017 [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '1. Tyrod Taylor. The starting quarterback is always going to be No. 1. Rookie Nathan Peterman's rise to No. 2 on the depth chart over the summer captured the imagination of Bills fans starved for a franchise quarterback, but the reality is we have yet to see him take a snap in a game that matters. If Taylor were to get hurt, there's no guarantee Peterman would be an upgrade, or even play at the same level. Taylor might be polarizing, but he's been a competent starter for three years now.'

Marker Stats Wizard: How Jim Kelly's wins stack up against other Bills QBs' TD passes [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Kelly had more wins for the Bills (101) than any Bills quarterback since has touchdown passes. The only quarterback in Bills franchise history with more touchdown passes than Kelly had wins is Joe Ferguson, who threw for 181 touchdowns. Kelly is the franchise leader with 237 TD passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick is third with 80.'

Marker If the Bills want to make a statement, go down to Carolina and beat Cam Newton [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Panthers are talented and tough, a team that was in the Super Bowl just two years ago and is considered a true playoff contender this season in the NFC. It’s a huge test for the Bills, but if they really want to give their fans something to shout about, go down to Carolina and win.'

Marker What do Buffalo Bills players listen to before games? From Meek Mill to gospel music [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor: "I listen to the gospel. The games already a bunch of highs and lows, so I try to stay level."'

Marker Is Buffalo Bills' GM Brandon Beane candidate for Carolina Panthers job? [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Yes, I felt like I would be the next in line if I'd stayed," Beane said. "But I really felt like this opportunity was the next, right step for me."'

Marker How do you stop Cam Newton? Buffalo Bills players wrestle with question [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Hopefully he’s not going to run as much with his shoulder, but you know at the goal-line or 4th-and-1, he’s going to try to be a competitor and make a play," Brown said. "Cam has like 4 percent body fat and runs 4.5. It’s a challenge because he doesn’t go down easy. He’s going to try to extend it with his legs, find somebody down field and now he’s looking down the field to throw the ball not just run for five yards. It’s definitely going to be a challenge and you have to stay plastered to those guys down the field."'

Marker Not your usual Buffalo Bills T-shirts: Offbeat Bills shirt gallery [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The closet of a Buffalo Bills fan is almost certainly full of Bills gear. Despite their playoff drought, Bills fans are diehards. Fans are always looking for unique T-shirts that show off their fandom. Here's a look at some offbeat Bills shirts that may help you stand out from the crowd.'

Marker Behind enemy lines: Bills – Panthers Q&A with CAR beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'When Sean McDermott left, the reaction was that fans, players and front-office personnel/fellow coaches were sorry to see him go, but knew he had earned the opportunity. There was a little bit more surprise around the departure of Brandon Beane, but similar reactions as Beane had worked his way up for a long time in Carolina and was handling a huge amount of work and responsibility for the team- the consensus to both was that they are two bright, talented up-and-comers in the league that Carolina was lucky to hold on to for as long as it did.'

Marker 5 things to watch as the Bills face the Panthers [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Playing time drama: Speaking of the defensive line, how much will each play? Marcell Dareus only saw 59 percent of snaps last week for the defense, despite a huge pay day. Dareus also did not record a tackle nor did he play on third downs. Simply looking for Dareus to make a tackle this week will be something to watch, but seeing how often he plays will be another. But, if that low count wasn’t a targeted at Dareus, there’s a chance that someone else on the line such as Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes, or Shaq Lawson, who could see a dip in playing time.'

Marker Nick’s six-pack of Bills – Panthers facts [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy has made his personal goals well known this season. McCoy, 29, is chasing the 10,000 rush yards plateau for his career and expects to top that this season. McCoy currently has 9,064. But that’s not all. For his career, McCoy surpassed the 12,000 yards from scrimmage mark last week against the Jets. Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart is also close to surpassing milestones, including the one for all-time leading rusher in Panthers history. Stewart has 6,703 rushing yards in his career, only 143 yards behind DeAngelo Williams. Stewart also needs two more touchdowns for most-rushing touchdowns for a running back in team history.'

Marker Bills' McDermott returns to familiar territory in Carolina [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"Yes, he knows us. Yes, we know him," Panthers safety Kurt Coleman said. "But it's going to come down to guys just beating the guy across from them. When you know each other that well you have to whoop a man."'

Marker Bills-Panthers Capsule [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills’ 214 yards offense allowed last week were fewest since Dec. 22, 2013.'

Marker Week 2 GameScout: Bills at Panthers [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Panthers, 35-17.'

Marker Cam Newton limited Thursday: full Bills/Panthers practice report [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rivera said his quarterback was “a little rusty” following the team’s 23-3 week one victory of the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, Newton completed 14-of-25 passes for 171 yards, two TDs and an interception. Newton threw only two passes throughout all of preseason.'

Marker Bills fan wears jerseys to show QB turnover [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'A video by Joe Raczka shows the fan wearing all the jerseys and one by one takes them off to show all the QB turnover.'

Marker Kyle and 'Zo's on-field rapport serving the Bills well [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You just like playing with people that know the game and communicate well, who don’t panic,” said Alexander. “He’s your ultimate pro. For me I really enjoy playing with guys like that.”'

Marker Bills Today: Two of the NFL's top dual threat QBs face off Sunday [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Since 2015, the two have led the league in many rushing statistics by quarterbacks. In rushing yards, Taylor (1,186) tops Newton (998) over the past two seasons. But Newton (15) has the upper hand over Taylor (10) in rushing touchdowns.'

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Marker For Bills McDermott, the Carolina game becomes trip home [5:43 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I’m not out there playing, so that’s hard to say, ‘an advantage,’” McDermott said. “We’ve got to put in our time and earn the right to win, which we plan on doing. I’m aware of strengths and weaknesses, that’s the part that’s there. (But) the players will be on the field making the plays. It’s about us growing as a football team and making the trip down there.'

Marker Thursday's Carolina Coverage [6:57 AM]
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Marker McDermott: Newton 'was an MVP of the league for a reason' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I mean, all you've got to do is look at just the physical attributes, the talent that he has," veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams said Wednesday, as the Bills began preparing in earnest for the Panthers. "The tough thing about playing a veteran like McCown is he knows what's going on, he knows where to go with the ball and different things like that. And Cam does as well, but it's a different challenge and it's a big challenge.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Bills' DBs have a much tougher road ahead [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The schedule includes five games against quarterbacks rated in the top 10 in NFL HISTORY: Tom Brady (twice) is third all-time, Drew Brees seventh, Philip Rivers eighth and Matt Ryan, the reigning MVP, is 10th. Last year, Buffalo faced only two QBs who rated in the top 10 in 2016 (Brady, Derek Carr).'

Marker Kimberley A. Martin: Is there more beneath the surface on the Marcell Dareus front? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But beneath the surface, under all of those clichéd responses and rehearsed lines, lies the truth behind the awkward relationship between Dareus — a talented player who can’t seem to get out of his own way at times — and an organization that has shown itself to only be committed to him financially.'

Marker The names have changed around LeSean McCoy, but his spot among the NFL's leading rushers hasn&a [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A lot of the newer guys get a lot of the hype," McCoy said. "The last two years it was the kid from the Rams, Todd Gurley. "Zeke, he's like the new presence. You know he's getting it done."'

Marker Bills' CB Gaines expected to play vs. Panthers [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tight end Charles Clay (shoulder), offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (foot), safety Colt Anderson (foot), and linebacker Tanner Vallejo (knee) were also limited in Wednesday's practice.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Bills like Jenkins' 'athleticism,' Webb's versatility the stuff [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Just the athleticism overall," said McDermott, who has yet to determine whether Jenkins will be active for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. "He came from a good system years ago at the University of Florida (before joining the Miami Dolphins as a fourth-round draft pick in 2013) and (has) some of the athletic attributes we look for in our linebackers. He can run and he can diagnose and he's a very instinctive player, so those were some of the things we saw on tape."'

Marker What They Said: HC Sean McDermott, RB LeSean McCoy, DT Marcell Dareus, QB Tyrod Taylor, TE Charles C [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m aware of strengths and weaknesses, if you will. That’s the part that is there. I acknowledge that. The players will be on the field making the plays. We’ve got to have a great week and we’ve got a lot of work to do, like I said, coming off of last week’s game and really, for us, it’s about us growing as a football team and then making the trip down there. That’ll be a big challenge for us.'

Marker Bills-Panthers Scouting Report: Tyrod Taylor will need to air it out more [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Panthers 24, Bills 17.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills' defensive challenge takes leap against Newton [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' secondary that played so well in twice intercepting Josh McCown is going to have a tougher time with Newton's impressive combination of power and athleticism. Newton's decisions on where to go with the ball were mostly good in the San Francisco game, but his delivery was slow at times. Still, his arm is far more powerful than McCown's, something the Bills' defenders will have to respect in deep coverage.'

Marker Dareus Review: Had impact as pass-rusher, despite limited snaps against Jets [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Though Dareus came off the field multiple times on third down, he still made an impact as a pass-rusher. Among 71 qualifying interior defensive linemen in Week One, Dareus' pass-rushing grade of 82.0, via Pro Football Focus, ranked sixth. That's a good sign for the top-five selection after 2015 and 2016 seasons in which he underperformed as a pass-rusher.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Big-Play Breakdown: Luke Kuechly makes middle a danger zone [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He better be careful throwing between the numbers against Carolina middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.'

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