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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2016

Marker Bills preparing for the unknown ... or are they? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're no dummies," Ryan said. "They're leaving it out there. I get it. They're certainly not going to do us any favors."'

Marker Cordy Glenn returns to practice, but his backup, Cyrus Kouandjio, now out [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan said he’s “hopeful” Glenn will be ready for Sunday’s game at New England. But if neither Glenn nor Kouandjio is healthy enough to play, that could leave significant snaps for new tackle Michael Ola, whom the Bills signed Wednesday off the Giants’ practice squad.'

Marker It’s always one at a time for Pats’ mastermind [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But who’s to question him, considering his remarkable run of success over the last 16-plus seasons in New England? Belichick is 190-69 with the Pats in the regular season. In the Pats’ 27-0 win over Houston, he tied Curly Lambeau for fourth all-time among coaches, with 226 victories.'

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September 28, 2016

Marker Rex Ryan in a jocular mood at his weekly presser [9:39 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, I'm going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do," Edelman said. "So if they ask me to go out and give a glass of water to someone on the sideline, I'm going to do that with a smile on my face if it helps our team win. So you can ask Coach that one."'

Marker Rex Ryan, Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy from Wednesday's press conferences [9:38 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well I think you need to step up and stop the run against him, he’s one of the league leaders I think now running the football. Seems like they’re committed to running the ball more than they have in the past so obviously we have to do a good job stopping him.'

Marker Rex Ryan perfectly happy not to be facing Tom Brady [9:36 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s definitely different, but we’ve got film on all those guys so we can watch and see the different things they do,” said linebacker Preston Brown. “With the two quarterbacks, they definitely move them outside the pocket, things they wouldn’t do with Brady. And with Edelman, we’ll watch some Kent State highlights to see if he can throw the ball 30 yards.”'

Marker Jimmy Garoppolo is 'like a broke man's Tom Brady' says Buffalo Bills cornerback [9:34 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In his two starts, Garoppolo has completed 42-of-59 passes (71.2 percen) for 496 yards and four touchdowns.'

Marker Rex Ryan: Bill Belichick's style works a 'hell of a lot better' than mine [9:33 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Some guys try to copy that style, they're phonies. Belichick does it, that's who he is. Popovich is probably the closest thing in the NBA. Those guys are classic, but that's who they are. They're fantastic, and I think the record speaks for itself. You talk about a consistent guy, Belichick is the most consistent guy there is. I try to be consistent albeit in a way different way."'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan reacts to Tim Tebow hitting his first professional home run [9:32 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That's great for him," Ryan said. "It really is. That's good. He's a good kid. I really liked him. It's funny, we used to talk baseball all the time. As you know, I was a great baseball player. Nah, just kidding. But I do love baseball. He played on a team that won the state championship and I think he had two first-round picks on his team.'

Marker Rex Ryan pretends to be Walt Patulski on Julian Edelman conference call [9:31 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Patulski was the Bills' No. 1 overall pick in the 1972 draft. Before that he starred at Notre Dame and was a standout at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. Edelman didn't pick up on the joke immediately.'

Marker New formations help Bills' LeSean McCoy find his footing [9:26 PM]
AP reports: '"It's a huge confidence boost," guard Richie Incognito said. "That's our brand of football. That's what we're built for. That's all what we've all been brought in to do."'

Marker Rex Ryan, ace reporter? Asks Pats' Edelman if he'll play QB [9:25 PM]
AP reports: 'It's unclear whether Edelman was aware it was Ryan.'

Marker Bills sign tackle Michael Ola off Giants practice squad [9:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Listed at 6-foot-5 and 312 pounds, Ola has 19 starts in 23 career NFL games split between Chicago, Detroit and San Diego over the past two seasons. He was cut by the Lions before the start of this season and signed by the Giants last week.'

Marker Ryan, Bills throw jabs, but Patriots have ruled AFC rivals [9:23 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'And asked on a conference call with the Buffalo media what he thinks of Ryan's antics regarding him, Belichick said, "We're really focused on Buffalo's football team and their coaching staff and what we're going to have to play against and prepare for on Sunday."'

Marker Bills are just glad it won't be Brady at QB [9:23 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"You've got the best quarterback in history, and these guys are good, but I don't know if they'll rank quite up there with Tom Brady," coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday of Brady, who is the final week of his four-game suspension stemming from the Deflategate scandal.'

Marker Rex Ryan asks Julian Edelman if he'll play QB for Patriots [9:21 PM]
ESPN reports: '"I'm gonna do whatever the coaches ask me to do," Edelman said, "so if they ask me to go out and get a glass a water to someone on the sideline, I'm gonna do that with a smile on my face if it helps our team win. So you can ask Coach that one."'

Marker Glenn returns to practice while Watkins, Clay, Kouandjio sit [9:19 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins and rookie LB Shaq Lawson were seen on a stair climber and Clay riding and exercise bike in the fieldhouse as the media was walking through the way to the practice field, where the team did some rare hitting.'

Marker Belichick praises Hogan as 'four down player' [9:18 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“He blocks well,” he said. “He’s good on early downs. He’s a good third down receiver. Makes plays on the deep ball. He can run after the catch. He does a good job in the kicking game, as you guys know well. So, he has good value on all four downs. Hard-working kid that is tough and very team-oriented.”'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan pranks Patriots' Edelman on conference call [9:13 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Sensing a great opportunity, Rex Ryan pranked Edelman, said he was 'Walt Patulski of The Buffalo News,' and asked him flat out if he's playing quarterback on Sunday.'

Marker Joe B All-22 Review: Grading Bills vs. Cardinals (9/28/16) [9:12 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'If Sunday was any indication, the Kyle Williams of old is back — and in a big way.'

Marker Bills defense focused on Pats scheme not who's playing QB [9:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s not going to be focused on one (quarterback),” said Ryan. “The passing game is the passing game. New England hasn’t changed their passing attack. So all that stays the same. The rushing attack will have more options.”'

Marker Bills sign OT Michael Ola [9:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ola, 28, has appeared in 23 games and made 19 starts in his NFL career. He has previously worked with Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer when he played 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2014 lining up at every position but center that season. He spent most of the 2015 season with the Detroit Lions where he made seven starts at right tackle.'

Marker Bills’ defense showed off aggressive side [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When we really wanted to make a change and sell out more to a 3-4 defense, it was going to be based on a couple of things: having an outstanding nose tackle, and then having a great pass rusher,” Ryan said. “Jerry’s been great. It’s interesting because as much havoc as he causes, he only got his first sack of the game on a three-man rush. It’s tough sledding, but he found a way to get in there and did a great job.”'

Marker Bills release kicker Jordan Gay, make two practice-squad moves [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Vaughn, 6-3 and 306 pounds, signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent following this year's draft. He played in 46 games with 38 starts at Stephen F. Austin.'

Marker Passing offense ranks last in NFL through three weeks [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’d like to have more production, there’s no doubt about it,” coach Rex Ryan said. “I think it was going to be tough this last week. Obviously, we really didn’t know that we wouldn’t have Sammy Watkins. We didn’t know we wouldn’t have Greg Salas right up until game time. So that was pretty tough. But we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully those guys will be in. We’ll be able to get after it.”'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills' offense needs to stick with faster tempo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That never allowed the Arizona Cardinals' defense to get fully set before each snap or find any sort of rhythm, especially when it came to stopping the run. As a result, the Bills were able to exploit the Cards for 208 rushing yards and 6.5 yards per attempt on the way to their 33-18 victory. The Bills' offensive line was generally a step ahead on setting up traps and blocking at the second level.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release kickoff specialist Jordan Gay, add two to practice squad [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gay was released by the Bills late in August and added to the team's practice squad in early September. Buffalo promoted Gay to their 53-man roster before their Week 1 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.'

Marker Who will be Patriots' quarterback against Bills? Rex Ryan thinks he knows [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I expect them immediately to tell us," Ryan said sarcastically. "As soon as they tell us, we'll be like, 'Yeah, ok.' Nobody would believe it anyway, Nah, I don't know. We're not going to find out until kickoff."'

Marker Patriots 'going to wipe the floor' with Buffalo Bills, says ESPN's Michael Wilbon [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"They're going to wipe the floor with Rex Ryan and the Bills," said Wilbon. "Rex Ryan, (on Sunday), they were great. They were terrific. I thought the Bills would beat Arizona, which is completely overrated. Carson Palmer had about as bad a day as you could have. But the Patriots are going to wipe the floor with the Bills."'

Marker Bills release K Gay [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gay had been used only on kickoffs, and the Bills apparently will now let place-kicker Dan Carpenter handle the kickoff duties as well as the place-kicking chores.'

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