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Buffalo Bills News - September 28, 2016

Marker Conclusion: Conclusions can wait [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For now just sip on your coffee and watch what happens. Maybe Anthony Lynn will make a big difference. Maybe you can't beat Arizona by two touchdowns unless you really are pretty good. Maybe for the first time since Doug Flutie was their quarterback can the Bills, in New England, win a game the Patriots also care about.'

Marker Bills release K Jordan Gay; Sign two to PS [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The team also announced that it has signed WR Ed Eagan and C Terran Vaughn to the team’s practice squad.'

Marker Bills Today: Shaq Lawson on schedule to practice Week 7 [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s on schedule,” said Whaley. “We just had a meeting yesterday so after the six weeks if there are no setbacks he’ll be able to start practicing and we’ll see where it goes after that. But everything we’ve heard from the medical staff is that he’s ready and raring to go.”'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Patriots this week [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s likely to be a closely guarded secret all week—the name of the Patriots quarterback starter this week. New England had both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett on the field during the media portion of their Tuesday practice. Garoppolo is 10 days removed from his sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Brissett reportedly injured his thumb in New England’s last game, September 22 against the Texans. But he finished the game and reportedly went through practice with his thumb taped on Tuesday.'

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September 27, 2016

Marker At least for a day, Bills were pretty good [8:49 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo prevailed without three key starters – wide receiver Sammy Watkins, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and cornerback Ronald Darby – and with quarterback Tyrod Taylor enduring a second struggling passing effort in three games.'

Marker Bills’ defense showed off aggressive side [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I wanted the opponent to think we weren’t going to pressure, either, for that reason,” Ryan said Monday. “We thought we had those guys dialed in. We had done it in the past, been very effective against the Jets running a four-man rush. We knew what we were getting, we just didn’t really execute quite honestly. But yeah, this opponent was a lot different.'

Marker Blast from the past explains why the Bills defense did first-time OC Anthony Lynn a major favor in S [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The defensive performance really lightened the burden on Lynn, playing so well against the high-powered Cardinals that the Bills offense essentially only needed to avoid an all-time terrible game to earn the victory. Lynn's offense passed that bar with ease.'

Marker Dennis Thurman to continue calling plays [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I want everybody to understand that the responsibility is the same regardless of who the play-caller is,” Ryan said. “My input is going to be all over that. So I don’t want all of a sudden the criticism to be, oh it's Dennis Thurman. No it’s not. It’s my defense, it has always been my defense, and that is the way it’ll be.”'

Marker What They Said: Rex Ryan's Monday Patriots Week press conference [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No. No, we have used that thing before. I don’t think we have ever used the four safeties though. We usually, we have used different combinations. That was something I thought would give us a better opportunity to free someone up, maybe change the count up a little bit. So it worked out pretty good. A lot of pressure on the back end to learn those spots and quite honestly we were going to have Colt Anderson back up a bunch of things but then he couldn’t go later in the week.'

Marker Three up, three down following Bills' Week Three win over Arizona [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Zach Brown -- The Bills' inside linebacker is making the absence of Reggie Ragland much easier for the defense to deal with. Brown led Buffalo with a dozen tackles Sunday, doing so in just 49 defensive snaps as the team used a specialty package with seven defensive backs for part of the game.'

Marker Strong Fox telecast of Bills game is weirdly and surprisingly worth a second look [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You notice a lot more things watching the game on television than in person but the experience had one thing in common. Fans in the stands were concerned the Bills would blow the game even with a 17-point fourth-quarter lead. Johnston was suggesting it was possible, too, even with about three minutes left. Perhaps that was because he is a Western New York native and knows the team’s history as well as any network announcer.'

Marker Bills Review: Give embattled Rex Ryan a little credit [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There was no doubt that the Bills were embarrassed by what happened against the Jets, and you have to give credit to Ryan and defensive staff for constructing a game plan that had Carson Palmer scratching his head.'

Marker Bills' Tyrod Taylor had worst QB rating of career against Cardinals, but does it matter? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'There's nothing inherently wrong with how Taylor and the Bills won against the Titans in 2015 or the Cardinals on Sunday. The combination of an outstanding running game and dominant defense will win plenty of games. At some point, though, Taylor has to show he can win games with his arm, too.'

Marker Rob Ryan also deserves credit for Buffalo Bills domination of Arizona Cardinals [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Thurman did a nice job of keeping the Cardinals off-balance and his play-calling resulted in five sacks and four Carson Palmer interceptions. While Thurman deserves his fair share of praise, Rob Ryan may also deserve some credit for slowing down the Cardinals.'

Marker Rex Ryan gives Bill Belichick impression, heaps praise on New England Patriots [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Brady's probably the best player in the league, so it's hard to replace players like that, but they're a team," Ryan said. "They've always been built as a team anyway. It has been impressive."'

Marker Bills have confidence back after 1st win [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"Our guys did a really good job mentally in preparing for that system ... If you thought the Fitz thing was bad, imagine what it would have looked like with Carson Palmer. So we weren't going to live that nightmare again."'

Marker Bills' defense steps up to challenge vs. Cardinals [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It was fun out there for the defense," said cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who had two of Buffalo's four interceptions. "We were flying around. We had a great week of practice. We did our thing."'

Marker Rex Ryan on Patriots: 'If Belichick's playing QB, we're coming after him' [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I know how difficult it is to defend against a running quarterback," Ryan said. "That's what we have to be ready [for] in case Edelman quarterbacks, right? I have a funny feeling he isn't going to be Brady back there."'

Marker Rex Ryan.... delegator? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This comes on the heels of Ryan sitting in on offensive meetings last week with new coordinator Anthony Lynn and his staff, something Rex had not done under former coordinator Greg Roman before he was fired. Ryan took that a step further Sunday, listening - and even helping - on the headsets when Lynn and the offense had the ball.'

Marker Wood happy with offensive turnaround [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"He was open to input from the players, he was a player himself, so he knows that players have info on what they want in the game," Wood said. "They're going to take a little more ownership of the offense, I think he did that as the week went on, the players had a voice... I thought Anthony did a great job. It was an awesome first game plan for him."'

Marker Early season saver [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We'll have all week to consider the Bills chances of beating the Patriots on the road. The win over Arizona featured a couple of things that had been lacking so far in 2016. Tyrod Taylor hurt Arizona with his legs early and then the rest of the Bills running game got going. Also, the defense found a quarterback they could harass in the pocket. Carson Palmer looked off pretty much from start to finish Sunday. Palmer generally is not a guy who you see getting rid the of the ball quickly. The Bills defense under Rex Ryan has had a tough time with quarterbacks who get it out of there fast. So Palmer provided a nice matchup for the Bills defense and they did a good job on him.'

Marker Bills HC Rex Ryan impersonates Bill Belichick [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Without even being asked a question, Rex stepped up to the podium and delivered a mumbled injury report, much in the same way that New England head coach Bill Belichick often does with reporters that cover the Patriots.'

Marker Everything Bills HC Rex Ryan said about the Patriots Monday [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'We need a win in the worst way. But, as far as the Patriots, I think, my admiration is really for Belichick more than anything. As a coach, that’s the guy, that’s the best. He’ll go down as probably the best in the history of the game. So, I like poking fun at him and all that stuff but there’s no coach I respect more than him.'

Marker Brownie Points - Week 3 [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'So after win number one for the Bills here’s an early look at the Brownie Points leaderboard with the candidates awarded points on a sliding scale (6, 4, 2) in terms of impact on the game.'

Marker Dennis Thurman to continue handling defensive play calls [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Dennis did a great job,” said Ryan of Thurman’s play calling Sunday. “I think we’ll do this (going forward). It’s not like we don’t have communication. We always have open lines of communication. If I was calling it or Dennis was calling it we would still be there with each other and always will be.”'

Marker So what was different with Bills OC Lynn at the controls? [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We got the ball back to the back deeper,” said McCoy. “The thing is as a running back, what I like is when you get the ball deep; I’m not the biggest guy, but I like to pick if I can go inside, outside, you know it’s more our decision based on, you have to go that way because there is a structure of the play. This one was a little more different.”'

September 26, 2016

Marker Bills pick off Cardinals [10:03 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“To go out and get a win on them, it shows the rest of the league that we’re for real.”'

Marker Bills’ victory over Cards was no fluke [10:03 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The offense had an 8-minute edge in time of possession, turned the ball over only once and averaged nearly seven yards on 32 carries en route to three rushing touchdowns.'

Marker Fitzgerald quieted again in return to Buffalo [10:02 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“A lot of it was self-inflicted,” he said following Arizona’s 33-18 loss to the Bills on Sunday at New Era Field, “but you have to tip your hat. Those guys had their backs against the wall. Start the season 0-2; a lot of chatter around the league about them, and those guys responded. They were the better team today.”

Marker Bills get ‘D-best’ of Cards [10:01 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who wasn’t intercepted in the first two games this season, was picked off in Arizona’s final four possessions. Two were by cornerback Stephon Gilmore, his first and second of the campaign, and the first multi-interception game of his 5-year career. Safety Corey Graham and cornerback Corey White also had picks.'

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