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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2016

Marker Soreness keeps Sammy Watkins out of Wednesday's Bills practice [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watkins was officially listed as "did not participate" on Wednesday's injury report. He played 25 plays (45%) in the win over Jacksonville, catching three passes for 80 yards. He declined interview requests in the locker room after Wednesday's practice.'

Marker Khalil Mack: 'I'm trying to play ball better and better each week' [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you talk about our offense going down there and end up getting the go-ahead score, kicking a field goal to put us up, and putting the defense back out there on the field, it's up to us at that point to end the game," Mack said. "That's what me and (quarterback) Derek (Carr) talked about before that series, and we wanted to make sure we went out and did it."'

Marker Bills sign former quarterback Logan Thomas to play tight end [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Is he a project? Yes, certainly it’s a project," coach Rex Ryan said. "[I" target="_blank"> don’t anticipate him doing anything right now because he doesn’t know the plays or anything, but let’s take a shot, see what we got in this young man and maybe he can do some things."'

Marker Credit Tyrod Taylor with a fourth-quarter comeback vs. Jaguars [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's overall numbers in these situations aren't great, but Sunday was one of his better statistical performances. He completed three of his four passes for 49 yards, including a nicely thrown 16-yard touchdown to Justin Hunter in the front corner of the end zone.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Ryan knows better than to take on fans [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That was why Ryan wasn't about to take the bait the other day when a reporter asked him about the fact there was quite a bit of booing in the first half of last Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.'

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex, McCoy, Tyrod, Worthy plus five more players [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I lied. No, I mean, we’re okay. We’ll be okay. We’ve had some, but you’re right. A couple of weeks ago, we had come back off that bye and we felt good. But, you know, it’s the National Football League and things happen. And that’s why your depth – what did Marv Levy used to say? Depth is a great thing as long as you don’t have to use it. But I think – in this league, you have to use it. Hopefully, we’ll get these guys back sooner than later.'

Marker It's a New Era at 'the Ralph' [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We picked New Era Field because it sounds really intimate and homey," Marciniak said. "Even though there’s 70,000 people in the stadium, it feels more personal."'

Marker Hope springs eternal for diehard Bills fans [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I see us as a good, hardworking community that deserves better, but wonder what dastardly thing the City of Chicago did to warrant Cubs fans having to wait 108 years between championships. Heck, at this point, I’m only asking for a playoff appearance, not a world championship.'

Marker Protecting ball may be top strength for Bills' Tyrod Taylor [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think the big thing, something we don’t talk about, is how we protect the football,” Ryan said. “I think it’s an NFL record now, through 11 games, the least amount of turnovers, and I think that bodes well for us. I know our record is not great right now, 6-5, but, if you continue to play like this and we’re able to get some turnovers on defense, I think that’s obviously how you win in this league.”'

Marker Rex Ryan: Seantrel Henderson must abide by NFL rules [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We support every player we have, but you have to move on and that’s exactly what we have to do,” Ryan said. “We support him, he’s got the ability to play in this league a long, long time, but every player, not just Seantrel, has to abide by the rules set forth by the NFL.”'

Marker Does the Bills secondary stand a chance against Carr? [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"They do a lot of different things," linebacker Preston Brown said. "I mean we all know they got a great quarterback back there, dealing the ball to all good receivers, good running backs. They do a lot of different formations, five wides, extra tackle, bring in guys and run the ball downhill."'

Marker Raiders offense a big test, regardless of Bills injuries says Rex [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“They’re fourth in the league in passing, 10th in rushing. We know it’s an outstanding offense,” Ryan said. “They have a lot of weapons; we’re going to struggle to match with them regardless.”'

Marker Bills are stingy in having just 6 giveaways in 11 games [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's six turnovers are the fewest through 11 games in NFL history. The previous low over that span was eight shared by five teams, most recently Kansas City last year. The single-season record is 10, set by New England in 2010 and matched by San Francisco the following season.'

Marker Bills receiver Watkins held out of practice due to sore foot [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'The severity of the injury is unclear and it's not known whether it will affect his status for Sunday, when Buffalo (6-5) plays at Oakland (9-2). Watkins declined to speak to reporters during a brief appearance in the locker room.'

Marker Bills sign tight end Logan Thomas off Lions' practice squad [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills become Thomas' second team in three days. He was signed Monday by the Lions, who listed him as a tight end. Thomas played quarterback with the Giants in the preseason.'

Marker Bills' QB Taylor has critics, but he takes care of the ball [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Everybody in the league is trying to protect the football and take it away on defense, but I think our quarterback in particular is vastly underrated in that area," Ryan said.'

Marker Bills have tough task vs. Raiders [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo has not won a road game in December while still in playoff contention since 2004. The Bills were 8-6 when they traveled to Oakland two years ago and were knocked out of playoff contention with a 26-24 loss to the 2-12 Raiders.'

Marker Bills hold Sammy Watkins out of practice with sore foot [1:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The development is potentially concerning for Watkins, who missed nine games because of lingering foot soreness stemming from offseason surgery to repair a broken bone in the left foot.'

Marker Bills have long list of players out or limited Wednesday [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Typically, both lists are longer on Wednesdays as players recover from minor ailments the previous game and rest anything that may be bothering them at all throughout the season. But the names and numbers this week were still eye-catching.'

Marker The 3-2-1 [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'We had a caller this week say this about Tyrod Taylor. While I’m not ready to lock Taylor in as the starter for the next few years, I have to agree (on a much smaller level obviously). The Bills are a more fun watch than they’ve been in other years of the drought. I know most would take boring and playoffs, but its worth noting that simply wanting to watch your team play is something a sports fan needs. Hey look! Someone exciting or good! Why did we support the tank? Why do I still have about 3,000 people on a text list that just loved the tank? Because of last night. A Tuesday game in Ottawa was infinitely more interesting and exciting because of one player. Building around him is the tough part. It’s having him that will truly engage so many fans in the rest of the building process. Thurman Thomas and Eric Wood tweeting their excitement during pregame should tell you what you need to know. The opening night shell shocked performance should tell you. That’s Jack’s team.'

Marker Bills' Watkins a surprise addition to DNP list [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Right after the practice let out, the Bills announced that Watkins had been changed his practice status to 'did not participate,' and said that Watkins talked to trainers and complained of soreness in the same foot that he had surgically repaired.'

Marker Joe B All-22 Review: Grading Bills vs. Jaguars (11/30/16) [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'DL Marcell Dareus: Snaps on the Field: 43/68: Grade vs. Jaguars: A.

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (11/30/16) [1:34 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Buffalo Bills weren’t sure what they were going to get when the practice week started with stud defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. Against Jacksonville, Dareus suffered an abdominal strain late in the third quarter and didn’t return to the playing field for the rest of the afternoon. On Monday, all Rex Ryan would say was that the team was hopeful that the defensive lineman would be able to play, but offered up no real definitive statement on his outlook. On Wednesday, though, it was a different story.'

Marker Ihedigbo takes chameleon approach with Bills [1:33 AM] reports: '“It was tough, believe me,” Ihedigbo said. “I’m a competitor. That’s the part of the game I love the most, just competing at a high level. So it kind of irked me a little bit, but it was patience and trusting in the Lord in everything that he was going to give me an opportunity.”'

Marker Bills sign TE Logan Thomas [1:32 AM] reports: 'The Bills also announced that the team has signed G Isame Faciane (pronounced I-sem FA-shawn) to the team’s practice squad.'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Raiders this week [1:31 AM] reports: 'It’s the matchup of strong suits—Buffalo brings the NFL’s top pass rushing team to play against the number one pass protection unit in the league. The Bills have 33 sacks so far this season. The Raiders have allowed just 13.'

Marker Bills Today: Unbeaten when Shady hits 100 [1:30 AM] reports: 'That’s because the Bills are unbeaten when Shady rushes for 100 yards or more. Buffalo is 7-0 over the past two seasons and 4-0 this season when McCoy reaches triple digits rushing. As a team the Bills lead the league in rushing yards per game at just over 157 yards per game.'

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November 30, 2016

Marker What - or who - is to blame for Bills having NFL's second-worst sack rate? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a look at each of the five sacks against Jacksonville, and an attempt at assigning responsibility, keeping in mind that it’s impossible to know what every player’s job is on a specific play without knowing the call.'

Marker Report: Bills sign quarterback-turned-tight end Thomas from Lions [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thomas has ideal size for the position, at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, with a 35.5-inch vertical jump. All of his combine numbers, which included a 7.05-second 3-cone drill, 4.18-second 20-yard shuttle and 118-inch broad jump, were among the best recorded by quarterbacks.'

Marker Bills place Powell, Bryant on IR; promote WR Lewis, DT Coleman [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Powell suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's 28-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Bryant has missed the past three games because of a shoulder injury.'

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