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Buffalo Bills News - September 20, 2017

Marker 8 things we learned about the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills' Week 3 opponent [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Broncos scored 42 points on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Trevor Siemian led the way with four touchdown passes and C.J. Anderson added one rushing touchdown. Siemian's touchdown passes went to Emmanuel Sanders (2), Anderson and Virgil Green. The team also recorded a defensive touchdown against Dallas. Buffalo's defense will be tested in Week 3.'

Marker John Dudley: Right now, Bills’ defense gives them their only chance [1:44 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The reality is the Bills’ defense kept them in the game, and it will have to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.'

Marker Bills release Elston and Jenkins [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Elston made the team in his first training camp with the Bills, becoming a special teams contributor in the first two games of the season. He failed to register a tackle in two games played. Jenkins joined the team one week ago off of waivers after four seasons with the Dolphins. Jenkins has been released after being inactive for the Bills' Week 2 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.'

Marker Joe B: Buffalo Bills All-22 Review vs. Carolina Panthers (9/19/17) [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Oh, what a game it was for Jerry Hughes. He’s back home in the defense that best suits him and he’s clearly having a lot of fun doing it. Coming into the game, it seemed like a huge opportunity against a poor left tackle for Hughes to dominate — and guess what? He did just that. Hughes came away with two sacks, but his game was so much more than that. He was sound against the run on the edge, he forced Cam Newton to hurry up his reads in the pocket multiple times, and he probably could have come away with four sacks against Carolina. The Panthers had no answer for him all game long.'

Marker Doug Whaley gets post-Bills job with software company [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Whaley told Business First he's not sure if he'll work for the NFL again, but he's "taking this fall to regroup."'

Marker Familiarity with Poyer landed Bills a free agent steal [1:40 AM] reports: '“We evaluated him coming out and there was something special about Jordan,” Babich said. “Philly ended up drafting him. I was in the hotel before we were playing the Packers and we found out that Jordan got cut by Philly. The (pro scouting department) immediately asked us as a staff if we wanted him in Cleveland and we said, ‘Absolutely.’ So, that’s where it all started.”'

Marker Bills Life: LeSean McCoy: Running back and teacher [1:39 AM] reports: 'Despite how busy running back LeSean McCoy is during the football season, he still always manages to find time for his biggest fans. In a video he shared on Instagram, McCoy spent his off day teaching his son how to read.'

Marker Bills release S Trae Elston, LB Jelani Jenkins [1:38 AM] reports: 'Buffalo now has two vacant roster spots to fill before Sunday's game against Denver.'

Marker Bills mental toughness growing [1:37 AM] reports: '“It didn’t change the team,” said Tyrod Taylor. “That’s just our attitude. We were still in it. As many plays as we didn’t make on offense we were still in it and had a chance to win it at the end. The defense did a great job of getting us the ball back and keeping it a low scoring game. Some games are going to be like that. We just weren’t on the winning side of it.”'

Marker Bills Today: Dennison’s days in Denver to help Bills defense [1:36 AM] reports: '“For sure with personnel. The scheme has probably changed a little bit from when he was there, but with their offensive personnel we’ll definitely sit down and talk throughout the week about how he liked to use those guys when he had them versus what they’re doing with them now. We’ll pick his brain for sure on personnel,” Frazier said.'

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September 19, 2017

Marker Pollock: Heat turned up on Bills’ Tyrod Taylor as offense stalls [10:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, despite McCoy’s struggles, the player in the Bills’ fans crosshairs was quarterback Tyrod Taylor, now 16-15 in his 31 starts for Buffalo since being acquired in a trade with Baltimore in 2015.'

Marker Sean McDermott on the the Bills' offensive struggles: I feel the frustration out there [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know that you can say it that way. That's a different statement," Dennison said when asked why the team is having such a tough time getting the ball to its wideouts. "We haven't completed as many balls to the wide receivers. You know, we're trying to get the ball, spread the ball around, do whatever we need to do to move the ball. We didn't execute very well early on – 57 minutes, as you said. We just didn't move the ball very well. It wasn't just the wide receivers."'

Marker Bucky Gleason: McDermott makes right call to stay with Taylor ... for now [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two games into the season, fans are clamoring for Peterman after seeing enough of Taylor. Peterman could have been better Sunday than Taylor, who was 17 for 25 for 125 yards. He threw for just 74 yards before the last drive against the Panthers' loose defense. He failed to complete a pass longer than 15 yards in the game.'

Marker Bucky Gleason Hot Read: McDermott makes right call in sticking with Taylor ... for now [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Already, you can hear Bills fans clamoring for rookie Nathan Peterman while pleading for McDermott to pull the plug on Taylor. Certainly, the kid could have been as effective as Taylor, who was 17 of 25 for a measly 125 yards. He completed just three passes to his wide receivers and had just 74 yards passing before the final drive. He didn't complete a pass longer than 15 yards in the game.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Bills to face a Broncos quarterback on the rise next weekend [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What do you suppose is their opinion of Tyrod Taylor?'

Marker Rating the Bills: Pass game failed to open up McCoy & Co. [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy skewered the Jets in Week One with outside zone-scheme runs. Those runs weren't prominent in the game plan this week for good reason. Carolina's linebackers flow too fast to the sideline to get beat outside. The Panthers also have a star defensive tackle tandem in Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei who clog the middle.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Sean McDermott explains his timeout strategy, a pair of punters work out, Forbes ran [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The explanation from McDermott on Monday: "Yeah, you know, those can go either way. What I was looking at there really was real estate. I felt like we had some real estate, a significant amount, to cover. I felt like if we could get the ball into the medium red zone area and then get it down to taking one more shot, so I wanted to make sure at that point we could save the timeouts if we needed them.'

Marker What They Said: Bills HC Sean McDermott, DC Leslie Frazier, OC Rick Dennison [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yeah, I know what we’re looking at, I mean I feel the frustration out there. I thought we got into a rhythm at times, other times we didn’t. We’re looking at everything, some of the deep shots we had up, called up down the field didn’t work out the way we wanted them to and then we get into a rhythm to start the second half. We get into a rhythm in the two minute obviously, and made some plays, so there are some good things going on, that said, at the end of the day, 3 points--it’s hard to win games in this league when you’re scoring three points. We’ve got to look at a lot of things and we’re going to do that this week.'

Marker Advanced Stats: Examining Bills' offensive struggles, defensive triumphs [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was under pressure on 34.3 percent of his dropbacks and completed 3 of 6 passes for 22 yards in those situations.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2017 snap counts: Player participation through Week Two [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott stuck true to his philosophy of rotating players on the defensive line, as both Eddie Yarbrough and Ryan Davis saw their playing time increase from Week One. The heat in Carolina certainly could have been a factor. Ditto for the lopsided time of possession in favor of Carolina in the first half.'

Marker Stats Wizard: The good and the bad for the Bills from Week Two [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy’s 9 yards rushing represent his fourth-lowest total in any game of his career, and his fewest in a game since his 2009 rookie campaign. This marked the first game in his career in which he had at least 10 rushing attempts, but was held to fewer than 10 yards.'

Marker Bills newcomer comparison profile: Defensive end Eddie Yarbrough [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yarbrough was an undrafted free agent and, at 24 years old, is on his second NFL team. In college, he was a highly productive pass-rusher. At Wyoming, he registered 39.5 tackles for loss and 21.5 sacks in his four-year career. While he was buried on a talented pass-rushing unit in Denver before coming to Buffalo, Yarbrough has the requisite athleticism to become a useful edge-defender in the NFL.'

Marker Laundry List: So about that offensive pass interference call on Andre Holmes ... [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As the Bills marched down the field while trailing 9-3, this flag dealt a crushing blew to their chances to win the game late. It was a questionable call at the very least, as Holmes did not seem to extend his arms – he and the Carolina cornerback simply got slightly tangled at the top of the comeback route. Also, the flag was thrown noticeably late. It came on a 10-yard gain that would've set up Buffalo in a first and 10 situation on the Panthers' 22-yard line with 0:53 seconds remaining. Instead, the Bills had the ball at their opponent's 32-yard line and faced first and 20.'

Marker Stevie Johnson offers encouragement to Zay Jones, from one pass-dropper to another [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So when Bills receiver Zay Jones found himself in a similar position Sunday, failing to catch a fourth-down pass from Tyrod Taylor in the final minute (although the pass was a little overthrown and the Bills still would've needed to punch it into the end zone with nine seconds left), Johnson wasted no time offering encouragement to the rookie.'

Marker What the national media is saying: ESPN ranks Bills among worst 1-1 teams [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“If you were at this game live, I’m sorry,” Bleacher Report’s Richard Janvrin wrote. “This could be the case all season for the Bills: No offense but a solid defense.”'

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week Two loss to Carolina [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'DE Jerry Hughes: Let's talk about that spin move Hughes put on Matt Kalil. That deserves its own wing in the Albright-Knox. Hughes was an absolute beast, finishing with six tackles and two sacks that went for a total loss of 24 yards. Is there anyone happier to be back in a 4-3 scheme? Even when he didn't get the sack, Hughes harassed Cam Newton. The website Pro Football Focus credited him with four quarterback hurries.'

Marker Five things to know about the Denver Broncos, the Bills' Week Three opponent [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If you thought Tyrod Taylor had trouble moving the ball against Carolina, just wait for next Sunday. The Broncos owned the NFL’s best defense in each of the last two seasons, according to the analytics website Football Outsiders. They ranked fourth last season in total yards allowed and first against the pass (185.8 yards per game), which is why the unit is nicknamed the “No Fly Zone,” thanks in large part to the cornerback duo of Talib and Chris Harris. Then there’s Von Miller, who ranks second in the NFL in sacks since entering the league in 2011, trailing only J.J. Watt. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips did leave for the Rams after coach Gary Kubiak retired from coaching this offseason, but the Broncos promoted from within, elevating secondary coach Joe Wood.'

Marker Bills game scores in local ratings; Emmys, 'The Vietnam War' do well [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The game had a 36.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. It peaked at a 43.0 in the final minutes when the Bills were driving for a potential winning touchdown that never happened.'

Marker John Murphy Show Recap: Postgame reaction to Bills' 9-3 loss to Carolina, Chris Brown insight [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The show began with a review of the prior game, and it was underlined that fans should appreciate the quality of the Carolina Panthers defense to stymie the Bills' offense. Donald Jones in particular highlighted surprise that the Bills attempted to base their run game into the teeth of the Panthers' strongest aspect – the defensive tackles. Audio from postgame was heard throughout the show, as well as a great explanation by Donald Jones on the corner route on fourth down.'

Marker The Bills defense carried the day, but it needs the offense to join the party [1:41 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'We knew the 2017 Bills were going to be improved on defense (one TD allowed in the first two games), and the only question was going to be could the offense hold up its end of the bargain? We were given some evidence Sunday on how that might play out. The defense will keep the Bills in most games, and the offense, sadly, probably won’t be able to take advantage.'

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