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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2016

Marker Bills place Watkins on IR; Woods, Goodwin ready to step up [9:17 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'THe Patriots game will mark the fifth time since the start of last season and the second time in as many weeks that Watkins is out of the lineup. With Greg Salas sidelined with a groin injury, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and the rest of the Bills' healthy receivers fully understand they're expected to fill the top two spots in the receiving corps and perform well.'

Marker Bills' Goodwin, Patriots' Ebner provide matchup of Olympians [9:16 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Patriots also boast an Olympian in safety Nate Ebner, who played rugby for Team USA at the Rio Games.'

Marker Pats’ no-names have history of tormenting Bills [9:16 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pats’ subs and no-names have tortured Bills in past. Who says Garoppolo and Brissett won’t do the same?'

Marker Taylor's play for Bills still raises more questions than answers about 'franchise' st [9:15 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the Bills gave Taylor that conditional contract extension last August, they did it with the full intention of allowing the five-year, $90-million portion of it to kick in above the $6-million raise they gave him for this year. They did it with the expectation that Taylor would prove he is a "franchise" quarterback. So far, they are left, like the rest of us, to wait and wonder.'

Marker Rex must deliver on what he was hired to do [9:14 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That still doesn't change what this Sunday is all about. The Bills are paying Rex Ryan $5.5 million a year to be their head coach. They're paying him to, at the minimum, win a game like this.'

Marker Bills place Sammy Watkins on IR; out at least 8 weeks [9:12 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Watkins did not practice all week — same as last week prior to the Arizona game — and while Ryan expressed hope that he might be able to skip the week and still dress for the game, that reality was scuttled Friday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Preview, predictions [9:11 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Tyrod Taylor needs to step up and prove he’s a legit NFL quarterback.'

Marker Belichick's solo act still one to be reckoned with [9:10 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“When you look at it, they’ve been the standard in this league, not just our division,” Ryan said. “Everybody’s going, ‘No Tom Brady, this team is going to be a disaster.’ Well, they’re 3-0 last time I checked and beat some pretty good teams.'

Marker Buffalo Bills place Sammy Watkins on injured reserve, claim WR Justin Hunter [9:08 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In addition to Hunter, the Bills will look to Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Walter Powell, Brandon Tate and Greg Salas to step up in Watkins' absence.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have 'major concern' over Sammy Watkins' foot injury lingering [9:07 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In other injury news, wide receiver Greg Salas and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio will also be out for the Bills' Week 4 game. Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, tight end Charles Clay, safety Aaron Williams and cornerback Ronald Darby are considered questionable for the game.'

Marker Former coaches, teammates break down Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett [9:06 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's just something that he was born with," Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said. "He's been put in situations like that in high school and college and he's always thrived in the biggest games. I know that league is very hard and they protected him, but I think he's worked for that moment, and like I said, he's a guy who doesn't go out, he doesn't do anything. He's 100 percent football. That's what he wants to do and he can do it all the time, I just think his preparation and the fact that he's with a great organization."'

Marker Patriots' Jacoby Brissett, Bills' Cardale Jones, Nick O'Leary won't forget last [9:05 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Dwyer was set to travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic at Ohio Stadium. The game was nationally televised between two nationally ranked high school programs. Dwyer was coming off a 2009 state championship in which Ravens safety Matt Elam was the team's star running back and Bills practice squad tight end Gerald Christian added to Dwyer's passing attack.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy wins NFL Week 3 FedEx Ground Player of the Week [9:05 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McCoy averaged 6.5 yards per carry as he rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 17 rush attempts in Buffalo's 33-18 win. His performance earned him the NFL Week 3 FedEx Ground Player of the Week.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins out, Rex Ryan has 'major concern' [9:02 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When he has been able to play, Watkins has been one of the top young receivers in the league with 131 receptions for 2,092 yards and 15 touchdowns. But in one game this season, against the Jets, Watkins wasn’t a downfield threat and Ryan admitted Friday, he’s uncertain when — or if — Watkins might return.'

Marker Bills place receiver Watkins on IR; to miss at least 8 weeks [8:59 PM]
AP reports: 'A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Watkins won't require surgery and will instead use the time off to rest the injury. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed any details of the injury or Watkins' rehab process.'

Marker Bills place standout WR Watkins on injured reserve [8:58 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins complained of soreness in the foot after hauling in four catches for 43 yards in a season-opening 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He underwent an MRI exam but played against the New York Jets four days later, and posted two receptions for 20 yards.'

Marker Bills put Sammy Watkins on IR [8:55 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Watkins is eligible to return to practice Nov. 11. The earliest he can play is Nov. 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If he does return to practice, the Bills have 21 days to activate him or keep him on IR.'

Marker Bills place Watkins on IR; claim Hunter off waivers [8:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hunter, 25, is entering his fourth season in the National Football League after being drafted in the second round (34th overall) out of Tennessee in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. In three seasons with the Titans, Hunter caught 68 passes for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns.'

Marker Watkins out Sunday, Rex expresses 'major concern' could be long-term [8:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“If Sammy could play, then obviously we want him out there,” Ryan said. “But if this is something that’s hurting this young man in any way, shape, or form, then absolutely I don’t want him out there. And that’s everybody in this organization. We want what’s best for this young man. Obviously, we all want him playing because of the kind of talent he is, but if it’s best he’s not out there then he won’t be out there.”'

Marker No Watkins, Salas, Kouandjio to start Friday's practice [8:52 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While those players weren’t seen early on Friday, safety Colt Anderson (foot), CB Ronald Darby (hamstring), QB Cardale Jones (right shoulder), TE Charles Clay (knee), S Aaron Williams (knee), S Jonathan Meeks, and OT Cordy Glenn (ankle) were all going through stretching and drills.'

Marker Bills officially place Sammy Watkins on I-R [8:50 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills conducted their final practice of the week in Orchard Park before heading out to New England for their Week Four contest, and after the fact unveiled the official injury report for the week. Although listed as "questionable" last week, the Bills removed any lingering questions this week surrounding his injury, and announced that Watkins would not play.'

Marker Did the Bills mismanage Watkins injury? [8:49 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Remember, reports early in the week surfaced that Watkins complained of soreness in his foot following the Ravens game, and had an MRI done to make sure that there was no further damage. The MRI apparently came back fine, but even so, the wide receiver still felt what he felt after the game.'

Marker Bills place Watkins on I-R; sign WR Hunter [8:48 PM] reports: 'The team's decision to shut Watkins down was anything but surprising. Head coach Rex Ryan said on Friday that he had "major concerns" that Watkins foot problem could be a long term issue.'

Marker Watkins, Salas, Kouandjio all out for Sunday [8:47 PM] reports: '“He’s out. That’s just the way it is,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “We know he’s not playing. If we thought he could go obviously we’d play him regardless of whether he practiced or not. He doesn’t feel good enough to play.”'

Marker Scouting Report - Week 4 - Bills-Patriots [8:46 PM] reports: 'Knowing the bulk of Blount’s carries take place between the tackles Brown will need to be the man that meets the 250-pound back in the hole. Brown has been stout against the run this season, and Arizona’s David Johnson may serve as good prep when it comes to facing a big back like the league’s leading rusher.'

Marker Friday's New England Coverage [8:35 AM] reports: Click here

Marker From 'Turbo' package to 'Cheeseburger' blitzes, Bills will have something ready [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fact is, the Bills' defense will concoct a different for each opponent that has more to do with what the other team does offensively than the man behind center. For instance, although Palmer had said that the "Turbo" (a look that consisted of one lineman (Williams), three linebackers (Jerry Hughes, Lorenzo Alexander and Preston Brown) and seven defensive backs) was something he hadn't seen previously from the Bills, there were instances when the Bills used it in their Sept. 15 loss against the New York Jets.'

Marker Zach Brown fills the gap for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Zach is a very talented individual. Physically, he’s as gifted as most linebackers in this league,” defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said. “He can run. He can hit. He can cover. He can tackle well. He can blitz. I mean, there’s very few things that he can’t do.”'

Marker Rex Ryan on dealing with New England media: 'We're here in Buffalo. Nobody likes anything [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Oh please! I mean it’s not, like, the first time. This is like seven, eight years. It’s the same every time you talk to them. So you have fun with them, going back and forth."'

Marker Updates on Sammy Watkins, Cordy Glenn & Ronald Darby; McCoy honored; Williams wants to meet Rona [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I guess there’s a concern, but we’ll just see how this thing goes,” Ryan said. “Obviously, this is what the plan was, try to get him there on Sunday, see how he feels and if he’s ready to roll, turn him loose.”'

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