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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2017

Marker Bills turn in another sloppy showing in 20-16 preseason loss to Eagles [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After two preseason outings, there isn't much positive that can be said about Sean McDermott's team. And the 0-2 record in games that don't count would appear to be the least of its problems.'

Marker Tim Graham: So many Bills story lines, but penalties keep getting in the way [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So I went into Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles intent on finding an angle to write about aside from penalties even though the referee was the magnificent Ed Hochuli.'

Marker Insta-Graham: Tyrod Taylor wobbles in Philly, but fans should resist QB controversy urge [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fifth-round draft choice Nathan Peterman, meanwhile, made enough throws to get Bills fans curious.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Darby makes an interception vs. former team [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Any pick is a good pick, whether it's against the Bills or anybody else," Darby said after the Eagles' 20-16 preseason victory against the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.'

Marker Ian Seau pursues NFL dream, well aware of the risks five years after his uncle's suicide [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A lot of people wouldn’t change the path that they’ve taken to get here. I know for a fact my uncle wouldn’t have changed his path,” he said. “ … When it gets to the point that I know to walk away, I’ll know to walk away.”'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Don't invest hope in this year's Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, it's clear that Beane is looking down the road. He has a long-term vision, same as the Sabres' new GM, Jason Botterril. In that sense, it's not "the same ole bs." There's an actual plan. It might be hard for fans to accept, but it's better than making rash moves to appease the masses.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott learning avoiding penalties easier said than done [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's 100 percent unacceptable," McDermott said after the game. "100 percent unacceptable. Good teams, as you've heard me say, don't beat themselves. Obviously we need work on technique. We're going to go hard on that this week like we've been attacking it. We've got a lot of work to do, that being one of the areas, but overall a lot of work to do."'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor not worried despite rough preseason outing [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Definitely wasn't the performance that I would like to put on or the offense and team would like to put on. There's definitely some plays out there that we left on the field. Me personally, I felt like I left some plays on the field. It's also preseason. There's time for us to grow as a team, time for me to grow as a player and continue to keep building chemistry with the guys on the field."'

Marker 10 Buffalo Bills who helped or hurt their causes against the Philadelphia Eagles [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor's job as the Bills' starting quarterback is safe, but he did nothing on Thursday night to make fans feel better about the offense after trading away Sammy Watkins. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews didn't play against the Eagles and the starting offensive line left much to be desired, but Taylor needs to take some of the blame for his 8-of-18 performance for 53 yards and two interceptions.'

Marker Bills vs. Eagles preseason: Tyrod Taylor has sloppy game (12 observations) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills’ first-team offense was sluggish on Thursday night. Tyrod Taylor went 8-for-19 for 53 yards and two interceptions, one of which was thrown to former Bills cornerback Ronald Darby. He had another two passes nearly picked off and finished a quarterback rating of 12.0. Pass protection was certainly a problem for Taylor, but he had trouble finding a rhythm. His passes were coming out late, he was staring down receivers and the Eagles were bringing the heat. With Sammy Watkins gone, Taylor is trying to get used to a different looking group of wideouts. The early results have not been positive.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy orders 200 cheesesteaks for teammates [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to the sportscaster, Bills running back LeSean McCoy will treat his teammates to 200 cheesesteaks and crab fries from Chickie's and Pete's Sports Bar & Crab House following tonight's game.'

Marker Watch Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy burn former teammate Ronald Darby in preseason [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On the Bills' first offensive snap in their preseason game against the Eagles Thursday night, McCoy took a handoff off right tackle and met Darby in the open field. With one cut, McCoy had Darby grasping at air and stumbling to the turf at Lincoln Financial Field.'

Marker Rams gave way too much to Buffalo Bills in Sammy Watkins trade, says Colin Cowherd [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I know you think I hate wide receivers," said Cowherd, "and I do not, but I think they're the convertible sports car of America. They're great until the weather is bad and then you put them in the garage until next summer. And once-post Thanksgiving weather gets bad in the NFL, sometimes the vertical passing game shrinks and you gotta run the football, swing it out, whatever.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins already impressing Rams QB Jared Goff [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's been sharp, man," Goff told reporters. "He's been sharper than I expected and that's not saying anything negatively about him, but just a new system for anybody. He's been on it. He's been sharp. It's been a really pleasant surprise."'

Marker Bills: These penalties are ridiculous [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'But on the field, it’s the same old. Last week, the Bills had 10 total penalties for 106 yards. Buffalo topped the 100-yard plateau for the second-straight game with 15 total for 131 yards. Of those, eight came during the first quarter when starters were on the field.'

Marker Preseason Week 2: Five observations from Bills vs. Eagles [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Oh boy, quarterback Tyrod Taylor did not look good in the slightest.'

Marker A-State’s Streater making Bills roster push [1:43 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“I’m pretty happy that he switched me over. It worked out well,” Streater said. “I feel like I still have that physical mentality. I used to like to hit people, and I kind of still do. In the running game I like to run in there and get dirty with the safeties. Playing defense helped me understand coverages a lot more. Now that I’m at wide receiver I can kind of look at the safeties and see what the coverage is before the ball is snapped.”'

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August 17, 2017

Marker Bills Today: Hyde ready to lead defense [9:05 PM] reports: '“It may be on the field, it may be off the field,” said Hyde. “It might be something as simple as where to eat at while at away games. I try to help these guys, especially the young guys, like Tre’ White. He’s going to be playing a lot, so I wanted to let him know how it’s going to be, and what he should expect. You know, just try to share my knowledge that way.”'

Marker Pregame primer: Everything you need to know for Bills-Eagles, plus five things we're watching f [3:20 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Who steps up at right cornerback? Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier declared it an "open competition" for Ronald Darby's vacated spot in the secondary. With veteran Leonard Johnson looking locked in as the slot cornerback and rookie first-round draft pick Tre'Davious White on the left side, that leaves Kevon Seymour, veteran Shareece Wright and newcomer E.J. Gaines as the most likely candidates to replace Darby. Seymour is questionable for the game with a foot injury, but will surely be campaigning to play. He doesn't want to risk falling behind if the other two turn in good performances.'

Marker Preseason Week 2: 5 things to watch for during Bills vs. Eagles [3:19 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Rumor has the Bills looking to find their franchise quarterback during the 2018 NFL Draft. But hold up, Nathan Peterman is currently rising up the depth charts. The fifth-round rookie has taken second-team reps following a strong performance against the Minnesota Vikings last week. Peterman nearly completed a 14-point comeback but a dropped pass buried that. Peterman hasn’t been completely consistent during practices, but veteran TJ Yates, who Peterman passed on the depth chart, has not looked consistent either. But against Minnesota, Yates simply did not look good. Will the rookie lock down QB2 or is there some life left in the vet? ... Oh yeah, Tyrod Taylor will start too... but we knew that, people.'

Marker McDermott's return to Philadelphia all about business [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You guys are getting to know me well enough now that I’m more focused on our team," McDermott said to reporters Tuesday, the Bills' final day of camp. "I want us to go out and perform the way I expect us to perform."'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Trade aftermath, Peterman's shot & Dawkins' retur [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peterman was mostly impressive through training camp and in last week's preseason-opener against the Minnesota Vikings. But entering the Vikings' game as a third-stringer, he was able to take advantage of mostly bottom-of-the-roster defenders. Things will be drastically different against the Eagles, whose second-string defenders (and perhaps even some starters) will provide a greater challenge.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills camp superlatives: McCoy, Peterman & Yarbrough sparkle [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yarbrough spent the majority of the practices in the offensive backfield. He was ultra-quick off the ball and showed excellent moves and superb use of his hands. Yarbrough took full advantage of the opportunity he had to work with the ones while starting end Shaq Lawson was injured. There seems little doubt he has secured a spot on the roster, as well as a regular spot in pass-rush packages.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: In old QB debate, Rob Johnson still a loser [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson fails to mention that he was perhaps the most frequently sacked QB in NFL history. I dare you to find a QB who took sacks more often than Rob's 17 per 100 passes. That's why Wade Phillips kicked a field goal on first down in the Music City Miracle, leaving time for a kickoff. He was afraid Rob would get sacked.'

Marker Sean McDermott TV show premieres Sept. 10 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Sean McDermott Show" will be simulcast at 11 a.m. Sunday on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) and MSG WNY.'

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott not interested in Philly homecoming, just team improvement [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sure, his wife and two children, his parents, and his brother and his family will be at the game, but outside of some hugs and kisses and small talk, this is a business trip for McDermott and the mission is crystal clear.'

Marker Rookie Dion Dawkins battles for starting role on Buffalo Bills' offensive line [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’ve got some depth at that position, which is nice to have and critical to have at that position," said McDermott. "Dion would potentially move over if we got that far. At this point and time, we’re not going to do that; we want him to get comfortable at the right (tackle) position. But we do need to have a contingency plan in place and we feel like the reps that Dion has built up over the spring should serve him well if needed."'

Marker Why ECU coach thinks Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones will make an instant impact [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Montgomery only coached Jones for his final season at ECU, but he saw enough to know Jones should hit the ground running in the NFL. Jones learned five wide receiver positions as a senior for the Pirates. It was a necessity for ECU given their shortcomings at the position, but Montgomery also considered it necessary for Jones to transition to the NFL. He needed to play more than just the slot, so he had him learn both outside positions in the offense. Then the other two slot positions.'

Marker How ECU strength coach helped Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones transform his body [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Four things that I require from an intangible standpoint: Accountability, work ethic, discipline and spirit," Connors said. "Zay's always been at the highest level of all four of those categories. I believe those are the things that get you to the next level. Those are the things scouts have asked me about for 25 years. Always accountable. Never late, never missed anything. Always 100 percent effort. Not 98. No matter what you do, he always knew one speed.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 7 things to watch in second preseason game [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The players expected to be the Bills' No. 1 wide receiver and top cornerback in 2017 are gone after two trades last week. Will the losses of Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby affect the team's play on offense and defense? Watkins was targeted early and often against the Vikings and the team may be rolling out a few players across from Tre'Davious White. How the team responds in their first game since the trades is something to watch on Thursday night.'

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