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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2016

Marker Bills in wait-and-see mode with RB LeSean McCoy [1:30 AM]
ESPN reports: 'If McCoy cannot play Sunday, backup Mike Gillislee would be expected to take most of the carries.'

Marker Source: "mild to moderate" hamstring strain for McCoy [1:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A source with knowledge of the situation says Bills running back LeSean McCoy suffered a “mild to moderate” hamstring strain Wednesday at practice and that the team is still hoping to have him available Sunday at Miami, but his status will most likely remain uncertain for at least the next couple of days.'

Marker McCoy leaves practice early with hamstring tightness [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Last season, McCoy had a hamstring injury, which hampered the early part of his 2015 season. McCoy did miss a couple of games with his hamstring injury, and was limited to just 895 rushing yards in 12 games. McCoy also missed the final two games of the 2015 season with a minor knee injury.'

Marker Bills top pick Shaq Lawson practices for the first time [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“As we know he hasn’t been to one practice yet, so we’re going to see how it is,” Ryan told the media before practice. “We’re going to err on the side of caution. But if he’s ready to roll, and we feel great about it, he feels great about it, the doctors feel great a about it, then you know, let’s let it rip.”'

Marker McCoy doesn't finish Bills practice due to hamstring [1:26 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'When asked if it will possibly impact McCoy's availability for Sunday, head coach Rex Ryan said that the Bills will see how it goes and would not commit to anything past that.'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (10/19/16) [1:25 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The question remains: will the Bills actually have Lawson in any capacity Sunday in Miami? At this point, the Bills don’t even know.'

Marker Bills Today: LeSean McCoy exits practice with hamstring issue [1:24 AM] reports: 'None of McCoy’s teammates saw a particular instance where the running back pulled up in the middle of a play or something. They just noticed he exited practice early. So on the surface it does not appear to be a severe injury.'

Marker Healthy means a more dangerous Shaq Lawson [1:23 AM] reports: '“It’s going to feel better to know that I’m 100 percent,” Lawson told “We took care of the problem with my shoulder and went to see one of the greatest doctors in New York. Being 100 percent it’s going to be a better Shaq on the field.'

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October 19, 2016

Marker Trade Marcell Dareus? It's a good bar conversation, but wouldn't work for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Another factor to consider is that the Bills are in no position to be trading away good players. Once he’s healthy, the addition of Dareus could take the defense from good to great.'

Marker Jim Kelly returns to ECMC, this time to dedicate 'Kelly Tough' room [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On one wall, facing the bed, a signed plaque offers an inspirational quote: "Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow."'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills can't allow Ajayi to do what McCoy is doing [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The main reason for the Dolphins' success in their stunning, 30-15 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers was Jay Ajayi's 204-yard rushing performance. It was reminiscent of what LeSean McCoy has been doing against Bills opponents the past couple of games.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Fans should try to sit back & enjoy the ride [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of course, that's impossible, right? Holding onto the past is what the Bills' faithful does. Sixteen years of seeing hope melt into disappointment has created such a thick shell of cynicism, it can't be penetrated by anything positive. Anything like Sunday's 45-16 beat-down of the San Francisco 49ers when the Bills, thanks to LeSean McCoy and a dominant offensive line, put up the kind of rushing numbers that haven't been seen since the team was making annual trips to the Super Bowl.'

Marker Here's how the Buffalo Bills make the playoffs [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Playoffs? A Jim Mora moment would’ve been epic. But Ryan, whose uncharacteristic heart-surgeon calm during this giddy month of winning football is a big reason his players have polished up so nicely, fielded the question like an All-Star shortstop.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore thinks Buffalo Bills needed Jets loss to turn season around [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We're definitely better," Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore said Monday. "That Jets game, it happened. It wasn't our best game. We learned from that and we don't want that taste in our mouths anymore. We're just coming out every day having great practices during the week and coach is putting great game plans together. Maybe we needed that game to help us win these last four games. That's one thing I took from it. Just learn from it and put it behind us."'

Marker Buffalo Bills rank among AFC's elite teams in Week 7 power rankings [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The blocking that allowed the Bills to average 211.8 rushing yards per game the past four weeks has also helped the passing game. Tyrod Taylor is averaging an NFL-high 2.92 seconds before passing this season, giving him plenty of time to find a depleted group of receivers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly helps ECMC officially open Kelly Tough room [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Kelly Tough room is on the 10th floor of ECMC. It was the room that Kelly stayed in back in 2013 and 2014.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Kyle Williams named to Pro Football Focus' Week 6 Team of the Week [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Much like the Bills, Kyle Williams has had a little revival this season. Williams looked firmly in the twilight of his career last year, but has showed recently that, at least against weaker opposition, he can still be very effective. He beat the 49ers for two QB hits and four hurries, though he couldn't finish any with a sack.'

Marker A Weekend in Buffalo, in the Eye of the Kaepernick Storm [1:50 AM]
SI reports: 'It’s a tradition in these parts to hang quarterbacks like Brady in effigy, but the arrival of Kaepernick and his national anthem protest left some fans uneasy with traditions. Vendors hawked T-shirts with Kaepernick’s face in the crosshairs of a rifle scope, but two fans who proudly shelled out $10 for the shirts declined to be interviewed or pictured. Said one fan walking by the dummy tacklers: “You’re just making Buffalo look bad!”'

Marker Joe B All 22 Review: Grading Bills vs. 49ers (10/18/16) [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Welcome back, Cordy. After looking a little slow in his first week back versus New England, and playing just so-so against Los Angeles last week, Glenn’s performance against San Francisco was unmistakeable.'

Marker Jim Kelly dedicates 'Kelly Tough Room' at ECMC [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I remember when I walked the halls when I was here and when you see some other people you look in the mirror and say you know you don't have it that bad.", said Kelly. "There are so many other people that don't have the support. Don't have encouraging words to be able to get them through to the next day."'

Marker Another Bills win [1:47 AM]
Bills Daily reports: So many times I’ve been burned getting too excited about the Bills too early – string together some wins and people start think about the playoffs. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with reveling in a hot streak and daydreaming about the postseason, but when you’re a Bills fan it helps to be realistic.

Marker LeSean McCoy moving into NFL MVP conversation [1:46 AM] reports: '“Shady is a huge part of what we’re doing here,” said Richie Incognito of McCoy.'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Dolphins this week [1:45 AM] reports: 'With four games under his belt as offensive coordinator and play caller, it’s evident that Anthony Lynn has made a difference for the Bills. Against San Francisco last week, the Bills hit big plays in the running game using unbalanced lines, and shifting tackles Cordy Glenn and Jordan Mills to the opposite side.'

October 18, 2016

Marker Sacks now Alexander’s ‘speciality’ [9:16 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills signed both players as free agents … and for clearance sale prices. Brown, the NFL leader in tackles, signed a 1-year deal for $1.25 million and Alexander got $885, 000 for the season, basically the league veteran minimum. For that expenditure of just over $2 million, Buffalo got two players who are performing at a Pro Bowl level. And there’s no way the Bills would have gotten similar production from Lawson and Ragland, had they been healthy, if only because of their lack of experience.'

Marker Special teams has been on point during four-game win streak [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to rankings kept by the website Football Outsiders, the Bills ranked No. 12 in the NFL on special teams through the first five weeks of the season, but that is likely to rise into the top 10 after Sunday’s win. The Bills were nearly flawless against the 49ers, with the highlight for the special teams coming in the fourth quarter, when cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman forced a fumble on a kickoff return by the 49ers’ Keshawn Martin, with safety Jonathan Meeks scooping it up for the Bills.'

Marker Shaq Lawson set to return, but not as the starter [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’ll have an opportunity to get in there and play and hopefully [he] can spell Jerry [Hughes] and Lorenzo some in base situations and then probably contribute heavily on the sub team as well, our pass rush team," Ryan said, adding that it remains to be seen if he'll play Sunday against Miami.'

Marker Promising Bills seasons have gone south in Miami [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four times in this millennium, the Bills have traveled to Miami with a winning record. They've lost every time. A quick recap of those forgettable visits...'.

Marker If the season ended today, the Bills would... [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills improved to 4-2 Sunday with 45-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers, which would currently give them the second wild card position.'

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week Six win over San Francisco [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has now won four straight games for the first time since 2008, and if the season ended today, would qualify for the postseason. After the 0-2 start, that’s an amazing turnaround.'

Marker Transcript of Rex Ryan's Monday press conference [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well I think we are doing a lot of creative things when we do run the football. Multiple formations, personnel groupings, tackles overs, unbalanced lines, all kind of things, direct snaps, options. So you are getting the whole gambit there. I think that has been really good for us, keeps defenses off balance. And then I think we are doing probably a better job than maybe it looks like yardage wise in throwing the football. So I think we have been efficient and I think we are protecting the ball as well.'

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