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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2016

Marker Is Shaq Lawson starting for Lorenzo Alexander this week? Nobody knows what's going on [6:09 PM]
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 [6:08 PM]
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 [6:08 PM]
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 [6:03 PM]
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.'

Marker LeSean McCoy will continue to lose goal line work to Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee [6:02 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gillislee now has six touchdowns this season and seems to have established himself as the goal line running back.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins: 'We got a chance to win out' [6:01 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Most teams would probably put their head down, say, 'We lost, we're out of the playoffs,'" Watkins said Thursday. "But we have a different vision. We think we got a chance to win out. The chance is in our favor. I think if we go out there and win this game and then continue to prepare like we did before we win this game, throughout the season we'll be fine."'

Marker There's nothing subtle about Buffalo lineman Richie Incognito [5:59 PM]
Beaver County Times reports: '“He’s a gritty player, tough, physical player,” said defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who figures to see plenty of Incognito when the Steelers face the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday. “When you play guys like that, you have to make sure you strap your helmet.”'

Marker Week 14 GameScout: Steelers at Bills [5:56 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Steelers, 28-17.'

Marker Watkins, Woods likely to play on Sunday [5:54 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For a second straight day, Robert Woods was practicing on a limited basis with his teammates at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Woods had missed the past two games with a sprained knee suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals. Following practice, his coaches were pleased with the way Woods has looked on his knee over the past two practices.'

Marker QB Cardale Jones making strides in first year for Bills [5:53 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“He’s what you want waiting on the runway,” Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said, insinuating that having a player of his caliber as a developmental quarterback that you’re waiting on is the ideal scenario.'

Marker Bills: pressure is bringing "the best" out of QB Tyrod Taylor [5:52 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“Everyone knows, to play this position, you’ve got to have thick skin,” said third string quarterback Cardale Jones. “No one mentioned it, it’s the first I’ve ever heard of it. No one feeds into the outside.”'

Marker Bills have some viable Pro Bowl candidates [5:48 PM] reports: 'The first update of the Fan voting for the Pro Bowl was released this week and four Bills rank in the Top 5 at their position.'

Marker Bills Today: Tighten up [5:48 PM] reports: '“We’ve just got to tighten up,” said McCoy. “I think that’s the biggest thing is tighten up on offense, defense, special teams. What I mean by that is play well together collectively. That’s the biggest thing. Run the ball well. We’ve got to make those plays where when the offense stalls out and it needs somebody to pick it up, someone makes a play. Then just turnovers and penalties. Those things you can’t have. You’ve got to run the ball well in December and play good defense and you can’t have turnovers and your special teams have to play well.”'

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Marker Rex Ryan: 'I think Tyrod's had a lot of really good games' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan acknowledged that fans and media have placed a great deal of heat on Taylor for his mostly unimpressive showing all season and especially for his poor performance through the final three quarters of last Sunday's loss at Oakland.'

Marker Frustration boils over for Tyrod Taylor after testy 10-minute press conference [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was clearly irritable about the line of questioning, interrupting a reporter who started to ask a question about what could happen if the Bills were to miss the playoffs with these instructions: “This week, fellas. This week. Talk about this week.”'

Marker Bills' Mike Gillislee among the NFL's best in short-yardage situations [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'More than half of Gillislee’s 64 carries this season have gone for first downs or touchdowns. He's a perfect 13 for 13 when called on to get 2 yards or less. His average of 5.9 yards per carry would lead the league if he had enough attempts to qualify.'

Marker Bills need to make McCoy's production 'mean something' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Otherwise, McCoy's 949 rushing yards, which rank sixth in the NFL, will go to waste. So will his 5.5 yards-per-carry average, better than that of any of the five backs ranked ahead of him. So will his nine touchdown runs, which are fifth-most in the league.'

Marker How inspired are Bills fans about the same old thing? [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were 6-6 at this point a year ago and lost two in a row. At the quarter marks of the season, they were 2-2, 4-4, 6-6 and 8-8. This year, it's 2-2, 4-4, now 6-6. You needn't have nailed a perfect score on your SATs to complete that progression.'

Marker Bills nominate Eric Wood for Walter Payton Man of the Year [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wood has been a mainstay on the offensive line since being a first-round pick out of Louisville in 2009, starting all 104 career games. He is also active with community and charity events, raising nearly $400,000 for seriously ill, special needs and physically challenged children in Western New York through the Eric Wood Foundation, according to the team.'

Marker What They Said: Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex Ryan, Tyrod Taylor & five others Wednesday [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We actually have some guys that quite honestly, I don’t know if we can bring him down. So but there’s other ways to combat that and we’ve got to go after the football. I think is one way and I remember I had a little nickel, weighed about 175 pounds, but he had two or three sacks against him. And he couldn’t tackle, but he kept knocking the ball out. And so if it’s that, or if it’s getting guys around him, and with these guys you’re so right that he’s hard to bring down. So we’ve got to keep our coverage, you’ve got to plaster in the back end. You know how good this guy is at extended plays and he’s been that way for years.'

Marker Bills QB Tyrod Taylor says he's unaware of criticism [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If we’re going to take Taylor at his word and believe him when he says he hasn’t heard any of the grumbling that has taken place — especially in the days following his dreadful performance against the Raiders in a 38-24 loss that, regardless of what he says, has pretty much buried Buffalo’s playoff chances — then why was he so irritated by the line of questioning he faced after practice?'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor showing his frustration is a good thing [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Nope," Taylor said. "I don't have Instagram on my phone, Twitter, I don't watch TV so I don't see it. Don't hear it. Continue to keep pounding away. We're still in it the last time I checked."'

Marker Rex Ryan continues to defend Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor against critics [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I just think that if we're able to get ... there's no excuse or whatever," Ryan said. "Guys step in roles and things like that. But for instance, Robert Woods is limited today. I think that's a positive thing. It is going to be interesting to see how we perform if you have a healthy Robert Woods, a healthy Sammy Watkins, a healthy Goodwin to go along with McCoy, what he's able to do. I think it makes us really hard to defend.'

Marker Buffalo Bills holding WR Sammy Watkins out of practice on Wednesday [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"How much better he's going to get, I'm not sure," Ryan said. "The fact that he's out there and he's playing, I think it helps us. How much better he's going to get from this point on, I don't know."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor named among most intriguing players down final stretch, says ESPN [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As mentioned by Clayton, Taylor put together one of the best performances of his career on Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks. Since that loss, Taylor did enough to help the Bills get past the Bengals and Jaguars, but he struggled against the Raiders in Week 13 after playing well in the first quarter of the game.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor noticeably frustrated; throws jersey: 'I'm done talking' [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“My future in Buffalo is this week, against the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Taylor said. “That’s what matters the most. I’m not, I don’t feel like talking about my contract right now. We still have games to play.”'

Marker Rex Ryan defends his QB, say Bills fan will show Sunday [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I think our crowd is going to be into it,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt.”'

Marker Cornerback Cockrell shuffling back to Buffalo as a starter [1:45 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '“I thought no one had tape on him. Unfortunately for us, Pittsburgh picked him up. He’s done a great job there and is playing really well for them.”'

Marker Tomlin knows LeSean McCoy must be stopped for chance at victory [1:44 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'What stands out to Tomlin is McCoy's yards-per-carry average, “which is ridiculous in today's NFL. Our focus is on minimizing his impact on the game first and foremost.”'

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