Bills' Aaron Williams has neck injury but no concussion; Dareus, Woods return to practice [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan implied Williams is unlikely to play against the Patriots but seemed slightly more optimistic on McCoy and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.'
Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Maybe we've seen Taylor's ceiling [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's game isn't a total train wreck, unlike that of Houston's Brock Osweiler, who received an unconditional franchise-level deal to leave Denver as a free agent. That matters, too, especially considering that Taylor's available targets keep dwindling.'
Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex Ryan, Lorenzo Alexander, Tyrod Taylor, Richie Incognito & seven [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well I hope he’s ready to play Sunday. We’ve gone the whole year and [Dareus] hasn’t played a single snap yet so we’re hoping that he’s out there. Obviously he’s one of the best players at his position in the league so it’d be a big boost for us if he’s ready to play.'
Tom Brady is back, and if possible he's better than ever [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s just so knowledgeable about what you’re trying to do,” Alexander said Wednesday. “Even if you’re (disguising your defense), he’ll tell you what your responsibility is. He’s calling out numbers and letting the offensive linemen know, ‘that guy’s dropping, that guy’s blitzing,’ and you’re sitting there as a defender saying, ‘What do I do? Should we change it?’ By the time he snaps it, he makes a big play. We’re going to have our hands full.”'
Marcell Dareus says he's playing against Patriots [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills could certainly use Dareus. Last week in Miami the defense was shredded for 256 rushing yards in a 28-25 loss to the Dolphins. “It’s pretty hard sitting there not being able to help,” Dareus said. “It was a point where being the biggest cheerleader didn’t matter. I really want to just be out there because I want to help more than keep the guys up. It was a tough game.”'
Buffalo Bills' Lorenzo Alexander a candidate for NFL Live's midseason DPOY [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Voting will remain open for the next six days. Regardless of the outcome, few people could have imagined Alexander even being considered for Defensive Player of the Year after he was signed in the offseason.'
Buffalo Bills DBs won't back down from Patriots if they run through pre-game drills [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Of course," Gilmore said. "You're not going to let anybody push you around, you know what I'm saying? But we have to play smart. We know them guys like to get under your skin and make you react a certain way, so we have to try to take it between the lines and play good football."'
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins sheds walking boot on injured foot [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Watkins visited Dr. Robert Andrews to get a second opinion on his foot, and the advice was not to get surgery but to rest and rehab the foot, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. On Wednesday, Rex Ryan did give a brief and encouraging update on Watkins. The wide receiver is no longer sporting the walking boot on his injured foot.'
Rex Ryan concedes Bills won't catch Patriots in AFC East if they lose in Week 8 [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"If you're trying to chase it, then you've got to beat them. I mean, that's as simple as that. You can think, 'Well, you've still got a chance at the division.' You really don't. I mean, this team is pretty darned talented."'
Bills Week 8 injury report: Updates on Marcell Dareus, LeSean McCoy and others [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills have a long list of players nursing injuries this week. Ryan listed 10 players he wasn't expecting to practice on Wednesday and six others who were limited.'
What Patriots coach Bill Belichick said about Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills in Week 8 [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'They did a good job against us, I know that. We'll have to do a lot better job of not losing yardage, not having negative plays and being able to stay out of long yardage situations so we'll have an opportunity to convert some third downs. We didn't do any of those things very well.'
Bills defense sounds on off facing Tom Brady [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'This time, Brady will have his shot, and the Buffalo Bills defense knows it.'
Bills’ Rex Ryan discusses Brady, Patriots [1:42 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I’ll admit it, last game was easier not playing Brady,” Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan said. “Things will change a little bit facing Brady this time."'
Chris Hogan isn't focused on returning to Buffalo for first time with New England Patriots [1:41 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I'm going about this like every other week. It's an away game," Hogan said Wednesday. "It's a league game for us so it's a big game. Just the outcome, how the previous game went, we will be looking forward to getting up there and playing a solid four quarters of football."'
After beating Brissett, Ryan braces Bills to face Brady [1:40 AM]
AP reports: '"It was a great time to play them," Ryan said Wednesday, reflecting back on Buffalo's 16-0 win against a Jacoby Brissett-led New England offense on Oct. 2.'
Bills' McCoy works out on his own to test hamstring injury [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday the team's top offensive threat is receiving treatment and his progress will be monitored through the week. McCoy was hurt in practice a week ago, but played into the third quarter before being pulled from a 28-25 loss at Miami on Sunday.'
Bills go for rare sweep of Patriots [1:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It really doesn't matter what happened last week, last month, last year," Belichick said. "What matters is what happens this week and that's what we can control. We can't control anything that's happened in the past, so we're going to try and focus on what we can do this week and prepare as well as we can to perform as well we can."'
Bills face much different challenge this time against Patriots [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"He's the best quarterback who's ever played the game," said linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, the NFL's leading sacker who Sunday will get his first look at Brady since 2011 when the Patriots invade New Era Field. "His skill set is a lot different, his ability to read coverages, get the ball out of his hands, discern what the defense is trying to do, it's on another level."'
Ryan vents about hit on Bills S Williams [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"A football play, he came in for a crack block, but there was nothing physical about it. I was surprised he did it and I'm absolutely disappointed. Now I have a player who's in jeopardy. I don't understand it."'
Different Patriots team set to face Bills [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I think you just have to be prepared for everything, which is a bit of a challenge because there's only so much time in the week that you have to prepare."'
Bills to Patriots: Respect our sideline and move on [1:34 AM]
ESPN reports: '"Of course," Gilmore said. "We're not gonna let nobody push us around. You know what I'm saying? We're gonna play smart. We know them guys like to try to get under your skin and make you react a certain way. We're gonna try to take it in between the lines and play good football."'
McCoy, Aaron Williams among 16 Bills limited or out of practice Wednesday [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan said McCoy “we’ll continue to get treatment” on his hamstring and “we’ll see how he progresses through the week.” He also said the medical staff “continues to monitor” the status of Williams’ neck after the vicious hit he took from Dolphins wideout Jarvis Landry last weekend, confirming the safety “is at risk” of not playing Sunday.'
For half AFC QBs it's 'just get in' [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If Taylor helps get the Bills to the playoffs it would be shocking if he weren't back in 2017. They could get there without stellar play from him; I'd argue that they got to 4-2 that way.'
5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (10/26/16) [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Mike Gillislee is a capable enough running back to get them through two weeks. That’s what I would do, but we’ll see what the Bills will do over the next couple of days.'
Bills visit Frightworld with Boys & Girls Club [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It's hard to tell who jumped more at this haunted house trip, but one thing is clear from the video our 7 Eyewitness News photographer brought back: the Bills veterans will get a kick out of this footage.'
Marcell Dareus declares he's playing on Sunday [1:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I did whatever the team needed me to do,” he said. “Whatever our trainers requested of me, whatever our strength coaches felt was best, I stuck to a strict plan. Hopefully this time it works because I can’t have any more minor setbacks. I’m ready to play man. Sitting on the bench isn’t fun.”'
What they're saying: NFL power rankings for the Bills this week [1:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Only a handful of AFC teams can give the Patriots a fair fight. A healthy Bills team is one of them. Therein lies the problem: Buffalo isn’t healthy at the moment.'
Bills Today: Taylor may have to make it work minus key pieces [1:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Maybe not as critically as other people do, because I realize – look, we’re playing without our four top receivers. You know, when you look at it, you got Sammy Watkins out, you have Greg Salas on (Injured Reserve). You’ve got Robert Woods out for the last game, and then you lose Goodwin. So, is it going to be tougher to throw the football? It probably is. There’s no question it’s going to be. But, at the same time, we have NFL-caliber receivers. We got to find a way to – number one: protect the quarterback, and number two: get open.”'
Top 7 storylines for Bills-Patriots this week [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Most of the focus on the practice field this week will be on running back LeSean McCoy, fourth in the NFL in rushing yards. He’s one week removed from his hamstring tightness suffered in practice. On Monday, Rex Ryan wasn’t sure whether Shady will be ready for New England or whether his hamstring was worse than it was going into the Miami game.'
Brandon Tate proving to be a heady addition to Bills' roster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When I first got here, it was a little whirlwind, but coaches did a great job of helping me adjust to their system and what they’re trying to do,” Tate said. I’m “grateful that the Bills picked me up when all that stuff happened. I try to go in and do my job, whatever they ask me to do.”'
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