Torell Troup – one pick ahead of Gronk [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“If Gronkowski scores more than one touchdown,” Troup said, “I’m probably going to get 10-15 tweets. My mom tells me not to pay it any mind. But it’s hard, man, because of the whole situation.”'
Ryan puts Kyle Williams as “50-50” to return this season [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I know he’s frustrated,” Ryan said. “He was doing really well. Kind of had a setback, but we’re not sure how much that’s going to set him back.”'
Patriots’ absences provide opening [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If it comes down to it, Tyrod Taylor has to deliver in a shootout. Yes, he is only making his seventh career start in the NFL. No, he has not been given to putting up gaudy passing numbers. Yes, the other quarterback on the field has long had a space for his bronze bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But if ever there was a time for Taylor to light it up, this would be it.'
Karlos Williams pays big dividends for Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills cornerback Nickell Robey, who grew up in Polk County, Florida as Williams did, playing his high school ball at Frostproof, knows exactly what Tate is talking about. Williams and Robey collided a few times during their high school days, and Robey said, “He loved safety, coming down and smacking you, covering, getting some picks. He had the same mentality and tenaciousness that he has now, but he was a defensive player.”'
Rex Ryan looking for that one signature win [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If Rex Ryan were Superman, the Pats would be his Kryptonite. There is no one who has given him more fits over his career than Pats coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, and no two individuals he would relish beating more.'
No secrets to containing Tyrod Taylor [1:54 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“You have to be smart,’’ said Jones, who collected three sacks of Taylor in New England’s 40-32 win in Week 2. “You can’t [allow" target="_blank"> rush lanes. Tyrod Taylor is a player that will capitalize if you get out of your spots, so everyone just has to be in their spot and we’ll be fine.’’'
Patriots defense focused on containing Tyrod Taylor [1:53 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '“Just try to contain him as much as possible,” Chung said. “He’s going to have his plays, he’s a good player and he’s going to get out of the pocket every once in a while. But we have to limit the amount of times he gets out of the pocket.”'
Bills' Ryan worried Kyle Williams could miss rest of season [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan provided the prognosis following practice Saturday after revealing Williams experienced a setback in his recovery.'
McKelvin back at practice; Incognito questionable [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Guard Richie Incognito was limited Saturday and is questionable with a shoulder injury, but head coach Rex Ryan said he expects him to play.'
Top 10 ways this Bills-Patriots game is different [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'What’s fun than playing in one primetime game? Playing primetime games two weeks in a row! We’re starting to get used to this under-the-lights stuff. And we’re staying with the monochromatic uniform theme! Let’s hope recent history repeats itself.'
Bills play the ‘any given Sunday’ card vs. Patriots [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But they believe they have sound reasons to feel encouraged, beginning with the fact they have won their last two games, against Miami and the New York Jets. They also think they are catching the Patriots at the right time. Julian Edelman, New England’s best receiver, is out with a broken foot. Dion Lewis, the Patriots’ dynamic running back, suffered a season-ending torn ACL.'
Ryan, Belichick similar in different ways [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Whatever puts us in the best position to win, that's what we'll do," he said. "When you have a good head coach, which they both are, they always want you to work hard. Rex and Bill both, they expect you to know your stuff. They expect for you to come prepared every day, even if it's just a walk-thru. ... Make sure you're on top of your stuff, make sure you're taking care of what you need to take care of so when your number is called,c ou can be put in the best position to succeed and help the team."'
Bills need to run, sustain drives against Pats [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If winning in Foxborough were simple, more teams would do it. The Pats haven’t lost a meaningful regular-season conference game at home since Matt Cassel was in for Tom Brady seven years ago. You have to play a near-perfect game to win up there, and get a little lucky besides.'
Bills-Patriots scouting report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Patriots 30, Bills 16.'
Why is the 'Patriots Way' way better? [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Patriots’ blueprint isn’t unlike others: They build through the draft, but just do it better.'
Rex Ryan says he’s ‘not real fond of New England right now’ [1:54 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“I think our team is gonna show that. I think we’ll play a lot smarter than we are. We know we can’t beat that team by giving them the type of penalties we gave them and that’s not what we want to be known for anyway.”'
Rex Ryan after contentious conference call: I'm not real fond of New England right now [1:53 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Unlike the first meeting between the two teams, the Bills haven't done much trash talking throughout the week. All has been fairly quiet as Ryan's squad gears up for a second go-around with Bill Belichick's Patriots.'
Tom Brady, New England Patriots were 'very disrespectful' in Week 2 vs. Buffalo, says Bill [1:52 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I don't think it's disrespectful, because if I could do it, I'd do it," said cornerback Stephon Gilmore. "I don't think it's disrespectful. It's playing football. They're probably trying to stay in rhythm for the next game. So you don't want to take a step back."'
Rex: Bills have to play ‘smarter than we are’ [1:51 AM]
CSN New England reports: '"We want to be a team that prides themselves on playing our game and not getting caught into the other part of it, and that’s what we’ll show Monday. I think our team is gonna show that. I think we’ll play a lot smarter than we are."'
Rex Ryan: 'I’m not real fond of New England right now' [1:50 AM]
CSN New England reports: '"I don’t know what you’re talking about," he said. "I mean, you know it’s New England week, man. I don’t know what to tell you. I’m not real fond of New England right now. No, it’s . . . just the way it is, man."'
Bills' McKelvin expected to play versus Pats despite illness [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan provided that assessment on Friday without revealing the nature of the illness. McKelvin last practiced on Tuesday, when the Bills returned following a four-day break following their 22-17 win at the New York Jets on Nov. 12.'
Have arm, will travel: Life of NFL journeymen quarterbacks [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I look on the bright side of things in the fact that I still have opportunities to prove myself," Johnson said. "There's a lot of people who don't get that opportunity, so that's really what keeps me going."'
Rex expects McKelvin to play; Collins misses another Pats practice [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Defensive tackle Kyle Williams was the only other “did not participate” player Friday, which was expected. Williams is still recovering from a knee injury and won't play against the Patriots.'
Scouting Report - Week 11 - Bills-Patriots [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With Buffalo’s run game as healthy as it has been all season the production is showing. Their 148-yard rushing day against the Jets top-ranked run defense proves they can be effective against just about any run front in the league right now. Relying on the one-two punch of LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams should effectively set up play action for Tyrod Taylor and more importantly keep possessions and opportunity for Tom Brady to a minimum.'
NFL admits errant call on Bills' final play vs. Patriots [1:13 AM]
USA Today reports: '"It's a judgment call," Blandino said. "In the head linesman's judgment, he felt that the player gave himself up. ... A player can certainly give himself up - a runner going to the ground and making no attempt to advance - but you certainly want to give that player the opportunity to get out of bounds, especially inside of two minutes."'
Gilbride had Belichick’s number [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The two head coaches with the best all-time records against Belichick – the titanic force currently blocking Buffalo’s path back to relevancy – are former Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee and New York’s Tom Coughlin. “And you know who the coordinator was on both of those,” Gilbride said with a chuckle.'
Laid-back Glenn quietly going about his business [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The analytics website Pro Football Focus, which grades every player in the NFL, ranks Glenn as the fifth-best offensive tackle in the league. He’s allowed one sack, two quarterback hits and just seven quarterback hurries on 304 pass-blocking snaps, according to PFF, giving him a pass blocking efficiency of 97.5, which ranks fourth among tackles.'
Bills "D" says it's ready for Tom Brady, fully aware the Patriots will not let up [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Rex has something up his sleeve," safety Bacarri Rambo said. "Rex is, in my opinion, the best defensive coach in the league. He’s going to find a way to slow them down. He’s going to bring some of those rabbits out of his hat to slow them down. We just have to know our assignment and do our job. We can’t do too much, we can’t do too less, we have to do our job.'
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