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Buffalo Bills News - September 14, 2017

Marker Week Two power rankings: Bills win barely moves the needle [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, ESPN moved the Bills down after winning. The Rams and Jaguars started below the Bills and made big gains after Week One, and beating the Jets didn't seem to impress ESPN's rankers.'

Marker John Murphy Show Recap: Wingo, Poyer, Tasker interviews and more [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Bills special teams ace and current CBS announcer Steve Tasker also chatted with Murphy and Jones, recalling the scene in Houston post hurricane and the celebration of the bravery of the first responders coinciding with the 9/11 anniversary weekend. Tasker also noted that highway 99 in Houston will be re-named, "J.J. Watt highway". Murphy also asked Tasker if he heard the infamous Doug Marrone quote post game, which was played for the audience. Tasker also talked about Bills-Jets, player superstitions and a brief chat on missing the celebration of the comeback game at New Era Field.'

Marker 'Tim Graham Show' Podcast: Neck injuries don't deter Aaron Williams from pursuing NFL [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When I heard Wednesday he still wants to play safety after two serious neck injuries and a concussion, that he tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs, I asked him to join "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Radio.'

Marker Bills opening rating down about 8 percent from 2016 [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The terrific weather Sunday, the fact 70,000 fans were at New Era Field and the diminished expectations for the team may account for part of the 8 percent drop-off. The game started with a 28.5 rating at 1 p.m. and hit a high of 36.9 at 2 p.m.'

Marker Don't worry about Marcell Dareus' playing time for Bills defense. He's not. [1:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“When it comes to what it takes to win a football game, I don’t think about those things,” McDermott said. “I think about what’s going to give us the best chance to win, and that’s keeping players fresh up front. That’s what we believe in, I don’t factor those other areas into it. I know some of this may be what people are used to seeing, and we’re focused on what we do, and how we win, and getting better every week. Whatever’s in that bucket, that’s what we’re focused on.”'

Marker Cam Newton is still a dynamic quarterback and Sean McDermott knows it [1:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He was an MVP of the league for a reason,” McDermott said Wednesday morning during his press briefing at One Bills Drive. “I had a front row seat to watch him on a day-to-day basis. The size, the speed, the power, the arm strength. That’s what we’re up against, and you add the other weapons they have, that’ll be a huge challenge for us. We have a lot of work to do this week.”'

Marker Panthers Luke Kuechly: 'LeSean McCoy is dangerous. That’s all I need to say,’ [1:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' Their front seven ranks with the very best, led by middle linebacker Kuechly, whose 729 tackles through last season were the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012 out of Boston College.'

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus embracing his role in Sean McDermott's defense [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I like the rotation. I like what we've got going on. I'm just going to play my role and do the best I can. It takes a little getting used to, but at the same time, we all feel fresh. We're ready for the fourth quarter. We think we'll be ready later on in the season."'

Marker Sean McDermott explains why Buffalo Bills signed LB Jelani Jenkins [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Just the athleticism overall," McDermott said. "He came from a good system, years ago at the University of Florida and some of the athletic attributes that we look for from our linebackers. He can run and he can diagnose. He's a very instinctive player, so those are some of the things we saw on tape."'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 2 Power Rankings: Where do Bills rank after win over Jets? [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Don't look now, but the Buffalo Bills are in first place in the AFC East. By themselves. It sounds weird. Buffalo controlled the Jets on Sunday, behind a steady defense and an offense that made enough plays. The Bills probably should have been blowing their division rivals out by the third quarter, but that didn't stop Sean McDermott from gushing about the win. Hey, getting your first career NFL win as a head coach is something none of us reading (or writing) this blurb will ever experience. But in the interest of staying on the level, the win over the Jets wasn't exactly a performance on par with the 1990 AFC Championship Game, either.'

Marker Bills: Tough test ahead for Bills offense, even with McDermott's help [1:33 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I will say that’s definitely something that I feel like we can get a chance at, as far as the misdirection, but I feel like that with every team. The way we run the football, the way Shady is downhill, the way (Mike) Tolbert is downhill, the way we’re able to stretch fields laterally, I think that we can definitely get those types of plays. We have to go out there and execute,” Taylor said.'

Marker Bills Sean McDermott says Cam Newton looks like his old self; other notes [1:32 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“(Newton) was league MVP for a reason, I had a front row seat to watch him on a day-to-day basis,” McDermott said. “I thought he did (have a bounce-back game). He put up 23 points. Anytime you can do that in the NFL, that’s saying something.”'

Marker Exclusive: Bills coach Sean McDermott talks about how the Panthers shaped him [1:31 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'There’s a reason the Panthers have been successful over the years and Cam Newton’s a big factor in that equation. He does a great job. Mike Shula does a great job and they’ve got a talented team overall. Cam’s very dangerous. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s dangerous when the ball’s in his hands and he’s got a laser for an arm. I had a front-row seat to watch that for six years.'

Marker Could Buffalo GM Brandon Beane return to Panthers after this season? What he says [1:30 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Beane laughed when asked whether he’d be a candidate to return to Carolina when Hurney begins the process of helping the Panthers’ find a permanent GM after the season. “I’m here in Buffalo,” Beane said. “I signed a long-term deal here and I’m excited about what’s going on here.”'

Marker Defense ready to run into Mike Tolbert again [1:29 AM] reports: '"I know he's bigger than me, but I'm definitely taller than him, so I've got to get my pad level a little lower," Munnerlyn said. "I'm not used to that.'

Marker Opposing View: McDermott, Beane bring Bills to Carolina [1:28 AM] reports: '"It will definitely be (strange). I'm an emotional guy, but I'll try to just focus on the task at hand," Beane said. "Obviously it will be great to see people. It's a people business, and those relationships – no matter where I head the rest of my life, the rest of my journey – that's where it all started for me. There's always a special place in my heart for Carolina, not only the Panthers but both North and South Carolina.'

Marker Dareus' playing time drops as part of Bills D-Line rotation [1:27 AM]
AP reports: '"When it comes to what it takes to win a football game, I don't think about those things," McDermott said, referring to Dareus' salary. "I know some of this may not be what people are used to seeing. We're focused on what we do and how we win."'

Marker Bills' McDermott downplays playing Panthers [1:26 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"There's probably a tendency to make an over-adjustment from time to time," he said, referencing other coaches who go back to face their former teams. "I've been through these before, whether it's been myself or other coaches on staff, and how you handle it is important. Again, I'm not out there playing quarterback, thank God. I'm not out there playing defense. Our guys are going to be the ones that are out there. What's most important is what they know, not what I know. At the end of the day it's a game of football, it's a reaction game and an anticipation game. There is a tendency, I'd say, to make an over-adjustment, we just have to be smart with that."'

Marker Familiar faces adorn sideline as Bills visit Panthers [1:25 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I learned a lot from the players. It's a great organization. They do things the right way," McDermott said. "I have a lot of respect for how they do things. I really appreciate the time I spent there. I also know the work we have to put in. That's where my focus is. It's hard to say an advantage."'

Marker Dareus on DL role: "I'm only one piece of the whole puzzle" [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“When it comes to what it takes to win a football game, I don’t think about those things,” he said. “I think about what’s going to give us the best chance to win a football game. That’s keeping players fresh up front. That’s just philosophically, again, what we believe in. We don’t factor those other areas into it. I know some of this may be what people are used to seeing. We’re focused on what we do and how we win and getting better every week. Whatever is in that bucket of that, that’s what we’re focused on.”'

Marker Gaines expected to play for Bills Sunday; Jenkins could suit up [1:23 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McDermott said Jenkins will start off playing outside linebacker, but has the ability to play all spots along the second level. He also didn’t rule out Jenkins playing on Sunday. “Well, we’re going to look at that,” McDermott told reporters. “I mean, Jelani’s played in this league, both defensively and special teams. He’s played outside mostly, so that’s where we’ll start him off. The important part now is just acclimating him to our system and what we do and getting him comfortable so he can play fast.”'

Marker Bills will be on-hand to see QB Josh Allen Saturday [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So is Wyoming’s Josh Allen. The athletic junior with the big arm will face Oregon this weekend and, according to, the Bills will be one of 16 NFL teams in attendance.'

Marker Joe B: 5 takeaways from Buffalo Bills practice (9/13/17) [1:21 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'If that’s the case, Glenn conceivably should be nearing 100-percent of snaps against Carolina and beyond, and in turn might be able to free up rookie Dion Dawkins to have a little more freedom during practice.'

Marker Joe B: Buffalo Bills All-22 Review vs. New York Jets (9/12/17) [1:20 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As for Kyle Williams, he just keeps getting older and things just seem to stay the same. Heading into the matchup, the Buffalo Bills had a tremendous advantage with their defensive line against the Jets offensive line, and once the game got to the second half, Williams took over. He was consistently pushing the pocket back, fighting through double teams, and creating negative plays by the Jets because of his individual efforts. It truly is amazing that he’s able to continue this high of a level of play at this point in his career, but he’s done it through the first week of the season.'

Marker McDermott recalls knowledge of Panthers ahead of Sunday game [1:19 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus’ hip had no impact on his snaps against the New York Jets this past week, McDermott says. According to the coach, salary is not factored into how often a player is on the field.'

Marker Rotating defensive linemen will continue [1:18 AM] reports: '“Our system is our system in terms of rotating players. We want fresh players… we’re always going to do that. That’s just philosophically what we believe in,” McDermott said.'

Marker Quick Hits: Gaines expected to play Sunday [1:17 AM] reports: '“He’ll be out there (Wednesday) and a little bit limited, but he’ll be out there and should be a go for practice,” said McDermott. “We do (expect him to play Sunday) at this point.”'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Panthers this week [1:16 AM] reports: 'This week’s matchup features two of the top three defenses in the NFL after one week of the regular season. Buffalo is ranked second, Carolina third. The Bills gave up one touchdown to the Jets last Sunday. The Panthers surrendered only 3 points at San Francisco in their opener.'

Marker Bills Today: McDermott focused on opponent, not homecoming [1:15 AM] reports: '“Yeah, I acknowledge that they’re the next opponent, they’re certainly a good opponent. We respect the heck out of every opponent, and Carolina has a talented, talented football team. I really appreciate the time that I spent there, great people around that organization, and it’ll be a huge challenge for us to go down there, it’s their home opener. But I also know the work we have to put in this week, so that’s where my focus really is right now,” McDermott said.'

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September 13, 2017

Marker Bills sign LB Jenkins, release Mabin, shuffle practice squad [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Oakland Raiders had placed Jenkins on their injured-reserve list on Sept. 2, when they trimmed their roster to 53, and released him two days later via an injury settlement.'

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