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Buffalo Bills News - September 17, 2017

Marker 12 teams besides Buffalo Bills that could pursue QB early in 2018 NFL draft [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's very possible that the Jets finish the 2017 season with two wins or less. Between Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, the Jets have the worst quarterback situation in the league. New York should be considered a lock to take a quarterback at the top of the 2018 NFL draft.'

Marker McDermott’s return to Carolina is about Bills vs. Panthers [1:42 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'McDermott’s return to Carolina is not Lebron James returning to Cleveland nor Drew Bledsoe facing off for the Bills against the Patriots in Foxborough. Downplaying the entire notion that it means more than what it is revolves around the locker room, although some players have that mantra for their previous workplaces.'

Marker Four things to OBSERVE today against Carolina [1:41 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Carolina, which boasts a running trio of backs Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey and the mobility of Newton, has a much different and more versatile approach compared to the Jets.'

Marker At 29, LeSean McCoy still motivated by "staying relevant at the top of the charts" [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“So it’s funny, like you watch the stats of the running backs and I’m up there with all the young rookies and young guys, so it’s just different. I like it. I really do. It’s interesting. See how the era has kind of changed. You know, each week it’s like, ‘what did A.P. (Peterson) get?’ Now it’s like, ‘is Zeke playing? ’Is he getting six games (suspension)? Is he not? You know, look at the numbers. So it’s pretty cool.”'

Marker Bills/Panthers preview: notes and stats [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ramon Humber had a career-high 35 tackles last week.'

Marker Joe B: 5 things to watch for in Bills - Panthers (9/16/17) [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'I believe this game will be a lot closer than Vegas, and some other people believe it will be. The way these two teams are built — and from the way they performed in Week One — this has all the makings of a low-scoring, defensive, close contest.'

Marker Bills preparing for Newton, McCaffrey and talented Panthers backfield [1:37 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“I try not to compare two players. LeSean is such a talented football player, very elusive, his success and his resume speak for itself. I think that’s a known commodity,” Head Coach Sean McDermott said.'

Marker The Big Story: LeSean McCoy Vs. Luke Kuechly [1:36 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“He can be moving one way full speed and suddenly change direction and be full speed,” the linebacker said. “It’s fun to watch and play against. You have to make sure you know what you’re doing. You take one bad angle or over run and he’s going the other way.”'

Marker 5 Questions with Shaq Lawson [1:35 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“I bought my mom a house. It’s something as a kid I always wanted to do. Make sure my family is right and when I got the check I went to go find my mom a house.”'

Marker Top 10 reasons you won’t want to miss Buffalo’s showdown in the South [1:34 AM] reports: 'Bills fans are the best fans and that’s evident even when the team is on the road. With Bills Backers Chapters all over North Carolina, Buffalo’s presence will be strong and ready to represent on Sunday. Time to circle the wagons.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills-Panthers game predictions [1:33 AM] reports: 'With weapons like Cam, Kelvin Benjamin and Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers offense should be able to do enough against Buffalo to win.'

Marker How to watch Bills vs. Panthers [1:32 AM] reports: 'Play-by-Play: Kevin Harlan.'

Marker Bills Today: Panthers rookie running back praises McCoy [1:31 AM] reports: '“Definitely, yeah I’ve seen a lot of tape on him. In college I probably saw every single run there is on him. He’s a heck of a player man, a guy that I look up to, and I’ve seen a lot of film on. He kind of blazed the trail for guys like us, he’s one of them. It will be cool to see him,” McCaffrey said.'

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Marker For McDermott, it's important to close the gap between coach and players [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott doesn't have to walk very far for that interaction. In the normal layout of an NFL team's headquarters, the coach's office and the locker room are usually on separate floors, and the setup at One Bills Drive is no exception. However, soon after he arrived, McDermott had a secondary office built right next to the dressing room so he can be "more readily accessible, bringing in a player, having a coach in, and those are good dynamic-type meetings that I like to have in there."'

Marker McDermott on Carolina homecoming: Bills players 'don't need to win anything for me' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That’s the wrong approach, that is 100-percent the wrong approach," McDermott said. "They don’t need to win anything for me. ... that’s fair and reasonable to think (that players would want to win the game for him), but I would never want them to win one for the coach. Let’s just go out and do what we do and embrace who we are, and continue to get better.'

Marker Bills Notebook: McCoy gets 'rest day,' dealing with sore groin [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott said he was "very confident" McCoy not only would start Sunday, but also would be able to handle a full workload. McCoy had 27 touches in last Sunday's season-opening victory against the New York Jets, but did temporarily leave the game with what he described as numbness in his wrist.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Bills need to take their scoring show on the road [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor wasn't awful on the road last season. He had a higher completion percentage (62.2 to 61.2 at home). But his yards per attempt was more than a yard lower and he threw only five TDs away from home – as opposed to 12 at home. He needs to be more dynamic on Sunday and at least hold his own with Cam Newton for the Bills to pull off the upset.'

Marker What They Said: Transcript of Bills head coach Sean McDermott [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They don’t need to win anything for me, I get where you’re coming from, that’s fair and reasonable to think. I would never want them to win one for the coach, let’s just go out and do what we do, and embrace who we are, and continue to get better. That’s really the process that I want us focused on.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills analysis: A win vs. Panthers could change everything [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Remember, the Bills' opening-day roster was the second-oldest in the NFL. That means they're loaded with veterans who don't necessarily see themselves as having long-term futures with a team that has stocked up on all those extra draft picks for next year. That means they have a bunch of guys whose pride and self interests are absolutely attached to Sunday's game and the 14 that follow it -- and nothing more.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Bills at Panthers [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Olsen ranked No. 2 in the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1,073 and fourth in catches with 80. He was a home-run acquisition when the Panthers traded to get him from Chicago in 2011. Now in his 11th season, Olsen has 7,383 receiving yards, eighth all time among NFL tight ends. He should move up to No. 5 by the end of this season. The Panthers attack defenses with Olsen up the seams, and they use him on corner patterns as a Cover 2 beater. Bills safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer will have their hands full keeping him from making a big play.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Play to Watch: Seam Route to TE Greg Olsen [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seattle was in a Cover 3 zone. Cam Newton (1) froze All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas (29) after taking the shotgun snap by looking right. Then he threw a bullet to Olsen in the end zone. Cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) was covering the deep third of the field and stayed directly on Olsen's hip. But despite Lane's good position, the 6-foot-5 Olsen leaped over him for the catch. Look for Carolina to test the Bills' new defensive secondary with Olsen down the seam.'

Marker Inside the Bills: Mike Tolbert's infectious personality sure to make him a fan favorite soon [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you say that I've deteriorated, I'll prove to you that I'm not. At that time, I was 263, 264 pounds. I'm 247 now. I'm ready to run. I'm ready to play. I'm obviously doing a good job here. They like it. I'm going to show you and the rest of the league I haven't deteriorated."'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Oh, for an NFL game with no punts [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sully: I guess there's a question in there somewhere. Yes, the Bills' offensive line is better than average. They're one of the best run-blocking teams in the league. They've led the NFL in rushing yards and average per carry two years straight, so it's hard to argue with the evidence.'

Marker Advanced Stats: Panthers all about defensive front seven, Cam Newton struggles under pressure [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kuechly is the clear anchor of Carolina's defensive efforts, and it's been that way since he first stepped on the field in 2012. That year, he was PFF's No. 7 inside linebacker. His grade in 2013 led to a No. 8 ranking. The following season, he jumped to first place where he stayed until he was unseated in 2016, but only fell to the No. 2 spot. He's everywhere. His linebacker mate Thomas Davis is a smart, fluid, impact player, too. He was PFF's No. 12 4-3 outside linebacker last season and No. 8 the year before.'

Marker Bills Forecast: Carolina game looking mostly sunny, warm and humid [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Game temperature: 83-86.'

Marker Logos & Uniforms: Charging buffalo logo had unceremonious Bills debut in 1974 [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The new look made its first on-field appearance July 27, 1974, at Canton, Ohio, against the St. Louis Cardinals at the annual Hall of Fame Game. Its debut was overshadowed by the lack of, well, any established member of the Buffalo Bills actually suiting up for the game.'

Marker Poll: Bills fans only hate the Patriots seventh-most [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The poll asked respondents who identified as NFL fans to rank their three favorite and least favorite teams. While the Patriots scored highly in each metric – ranking as the third most-liked team, with 16.4 percent of respondents putting them in their top three, and also the second least-liked team, with 26.2 percent listing them in their bottom three – the breakdown by fanbase was certainly interesting.'

Marker Bills fandom helps Yonkers man dodge traffic ticket [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But I'm going to give you a break, a warning," Rivera remembers the officer saying. "I saw the Bills frame on your license plate."'

Marker Bills coach McDermott hasn't got Carolina on his mind, just beating the Panthers [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But that’s exactly what we expect from McDermott because that’s who he is in public. He’s going to stick to his script, answer questions as coach-speaky as possible, keep his personal feelings in the background, and do the job he came to Buffalo to do: Guide the Bills to victory over whoever they’re playing, whether it’s the Jets or his former team the Panthers.'

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