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Buffalo Bills News - December 10, 2016

Marker What Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley had to say about Tyrod Taylor and his contract [7:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'You have to look at the whole season. He's got four more games to write this chapter, and then after the season, like everybody on the team, we're going to do the evaluation and we'll go from there. This season is one of those things where he's done some things really good to get us to six wins. But just like everybody on the team, there's some plays that he wishes he could do over.'

Marker Buffalo Bills injury report Week 14: Rex Ryan 'concerned' about Kyle Williams [7:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams, who practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday, had his back lock up on him Thursday night. He did not practice, and Rex Ryan isn't sure whether he will play on Sunday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Anthony Lynn just outside of top coaching candidates, says NFL.com [7:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Based upon his success this season, Lynn is becoming a popular name among possible head coach candidates in the offseason. In his latest coaching candidate article on NFL.com, Conor Orr listed Lynn just outside of the top four candidates. Lynn was Orr's top choice in his "right on the cusp" category.'

Marker Saturday's Pittsburgh Coverage [7:20 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports: Click here

Marker Should he stay or should he go: The Tyrod Debate [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills elected not to exercise the option, Taylor would become an unrestricted free agent, and the Bills would be left with a “dead money” hit of $2.853 million on their 2017 salary cap.'

Marker Bills know bringing down Roethlisberger is not a one-man job [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You first have to look at his overall physique," Bills outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, who is 6-2 and 254 pounds, said Friday. "He's pretty much an offensive lineman because he's bigger than some of us defensive ends or linebackers who actually" have to "tackle him. So it's pretty much going to be an all-out wrestling match just to get somebody down who's that big, because you really don't see too many quarterbacks that big that really have his stature other than" Carolina's "Cam Newton."'

Marker Kyle Williams misses Friday's practice with back injury (Bills-Steelers injury report) [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If Kyle can’t go, we’ll definitely miss his presence on the field, his leadership, his skill set he brings to the table," Worthy said. "But at the end of the day it’s a rotating door with the league, so guys gotta be ready to play and everybody has to be ready to step up. This is a game that we have to have, so regardless – whichever 11 step on that field – we have to be prepared and ready to go."'

Marker Should the Bills go for two every single time? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the Bills, that means the value of an extra point attempt isn't one point anymore. At Carpenter's success rate, Bills' point-after attempts are only worth about .88 points. That fact should play a larger role in the team's two-point conversion philosophy.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Cardale Jones shouldn't play [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Putting Jones behind center would accomplish nothing beyond satisfying those who no longer can stand the sight of Taylor doing his part to keep the Bills' passing game at the very bottom of the NFL.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Mailbag: Is Rex sliding back toward the hot seat? [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I certainly don't believe Rex will be fired if they finish 10-6. Terry Pegula looks for reasons NOT to fire people. As Robin suggests, they'll declare a 10-6 (or even 9-7) season a success, using all the injuries as a convenient excuse.'

Marker To go for two, or not: Steelers are trend-setters in NFL [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Last year they were a phenomenal 8-for-11, the eight successes setting an NFL single-season record. This year they’re a more modest 3-for-8, bringing Tomlin’s total to 21-for-32 since he took the Steelers job in 2007.'

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December 9, 2016

Marker Bills' Cardale Jones thinks he's ready, but knows it's not up to him [8:48 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I can tell you this right now as much as it doesn’t feel like it we are still in the hunt here and we are going to do whatever we can to win,” Ryan said. “But at no time are we looking at that (Jones). We are trying to win these next four games."'

Marker Rex Ryan says Kyle Williams is questionable, other Friday injury updates [8:48 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'On the good side of things, Ryan said he’s feeling positive about the chances of wide receivers Sammy Watkins (foot) and Robert Woods (knee).'

Marker Offensive line awaits complex Rex Ryan defense [8:44 PM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'The Bills (6-6) are ranked 12th in total defense, giving up an average of 346.7 yards per game. There are ways of combating Ryan's defense, as seen last week when the Oakland Raiders put up 38 points, including 19 in the second half, against the Bills. But it starts with communication at the line of scrimmage for offenses.'

Marker Bills defensive tackle Williams questionable vs. Steelers [8:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills coach Rex Ryan says Williams' back locked up on him Thursday night, placing his availability for the game in doubt.'

Marker Steelers travel to Buffalo for rust-belt rivalry [8:38 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"This experience right here could be the start of something new," Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "That's what we're trying to do and trying to establish. Take seize of it right now, this opportunity that we have. If we can do that, things start to turn around."'

Marker Bills GM: No decision made on QB Tyrod Taylor for 2017 [8:35 PM]
ESPN reports: '"No, no, no," Whaley told WGR 550 when asked if any decision had been made about retaining Taylor for 2017. "We've said from Day 1 that we're going to give him this whole season, and after that, we'll sit down with the coaches, the ownership group and make the decision."'

Marker Kyle Williams may not play Sunday due to back injury [8:34 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Along with Williams, Watkins, and Woods, linebacker Brandon Spikes (illness), tight end Charles Clay (knee), and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (back) are also questionable. Spikes and Williams were the only players on the list who missed practice Friday. The rest were limited.'

Marker Bills GM Whaley: No decision on QB Taylor's future yet [8:33 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“We're going to give him this whole season and after that we'll sit down with the coaches, the ownership group and make that decision.”'

Marker 5 Bills notes heading into Steelers game (12/9/16) [8:33 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Williams is listed as ‘questionable,’ and there is still at least some time for the injury to improve. However, it’s really just a wait-and-see for all parties involved. If he is unable to play, that’s a huge blow against a Steelers team that boasts one of the best running backs in football: Le’Veon Bell.'

Marker Scouting Report - Week 14 - Bills-Steelers [8:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Brown is one of the most consistent receivers in the league. Tops in receiving touchdowns (11), tied for the league lead in receptions (88) and fourth in receiving yards, Brown usually gets his. Gilmore will have to do something to ensure that he doesn’t.'

Marker Bills Today: Watkins-Woods pairing likely for Sunday [8:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills are going against the ninth-ranked pass defense on Sunday, and will need all hands on deck. Pittsburgh has allowed only four pass touchdowns in the last three games and have held two of the last three quarterbacks they’ve faced to under 200 yards.'

Marker McCoy shines in bleak year for Bills [9:23 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And even McCoy conceded, “It was real tough to digest because you win games like that. I’ve never been around a game where we kind of dominated for most of the game – for it to unfold like that. That team was really good ... 10-2.'

Marker Friday's Pittsburgh Coverage [6:59 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports: Click here

Marker Anthony Lynn says rookie Cardale Jones is 'what you want waiting on the runway' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He can make all the throws, and his accuracy is getting better,” said cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who goes against Jones’ scout team in practice every day. “He’s got a big arm, and if he keeps getting better with his accuracy, the sky is the limit for him.”'

Marker Bills expect to have Watkins, Woods together for the first time since Week Two [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He looked better in practice than I thought he would look," offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said Thursday after Woods' second day back to practice. "I’m anticipating him playing some this week. Not sure how much, but I was pleased with what I saw in practice."'

Marker Is Shaq Lawson starting for Lorenzo Alexander this week? Nobody knows what's going on [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’s going to play a lot more. He’s going to be our starter this week and he’s earned it," Ryan reportedly said of Lawson on the show.'

Marker The Sammy Watkins-got-stepped-on story from September seems kind of serious [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a serious thing," he said. "It was a mistake. I was going full speed and the guy wasn't. It was walkthroughs and I'm a full-speed guy. The lineman did his step back and kind of got me pretty good on it. I was feeling good during that week, [and it" target="_blank"> kind of just set me back. And it was like, the gameplan is what it is and if you can't go or be full speed then we're not going to put you in that situation."'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Rex Ryan edition [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to see exactly how Ryan gets to "four or five" receivers. The injury to Watkins has been a tough one, no doubt. Not having Woods the past two games also hasn't been ideal. But after that, the injury excuse goes out the window. The team thought so little of Salas, it released him from injured reserve. Harvin spent all of two games on the active roster, so to say his contribution is missed is flat-out wrong. The one-game absences of Powell, Goodwin and Tate should hardly be insurmountable for a competent passing attack.'

Marker LeSean McCoy having a transcendent season for Bills [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McCoy has been the Bills’ best player all season, and it really isn’t even close. Despite missing the equivalent of two full games due to injury, he has rushed for 949 yards, which ranks him sixth in the NFL, and his 5.5 average per carry leads everyone among the top 25 rushers in the league, and only Miami’s Jay Ajayi (5.2) is within range.'

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