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Buffalo Bills News - December 3, 2016

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said about death of Joe McKnight [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Hearing this news about Joe McKnight is just so heartbreaking. He was such a great guy who meant a lot to a lot of people. When he first came to us at the Jets, he was this raw, talented kid. He had some issues as do a lot of guys. Obviously, we know the background, him going through (Hurricane) Katrina and a lot of different things. But he was always determined to get better -- better as a football player and better as a man -- and I thought he did that. That was exciting for me to see.'

Marker Friday Bills injury updates from Rex Ryan [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Ryan admitted it’s going to be tough sailing without Darby against Derek Carr and the Raiders.'

Marker Bills' Watkins updates injury on Friday [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Not necessarily,” Watkins replied in regard to having a broken bone.'

Marker Former Raiders LB Lorenzo Alexander emerges as sack artist [1:48 AM]
East Bay Times reports: 'Alexander stunningly ranks tied for second in the NFL with 10 sacks, trailing only Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller. He has more sacks this season than he had in his previous nine NFL seasons combined.'

Marker Linebacker Raiders let get away may haunt them with Buffalo [1:47 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: '“We did not see that in him, or we wouldn’t have let Rex get him,” Del Rio said. “I’m really happy for a guy like Lorenzo. He’s a consummate professional. This is a guy that busts his butt, does everything he can, every day to be a true professional. ... Hats off to him.”'

Marker Bills WR Watkins expected to play vs. Oakland [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"Playing the game, you come out a little bit sore being out for eight weeks," Watkins said. "So we expected that, I expected that myself. I'm fine. I got through the game last week, I felt pretty good, didn't have any hiccups, and really just keep doing the things in the training room."'

Marker Bills have tough task vs. Raiders [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills (6-5) enter December with a winning record for the second time in three years, but just the third time since 1999, their last playoff season. They are currently ninth in the conference standings and one game back of the final wild-card spot.'

Marker Bills WR Sammy Watkins says his foot 'not necessarily' broken [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: '"After the season, if I need to get that done, then I will. And if I don't, then I'll be fine," he said Friday.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor, Bills support charity with custom cleats [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'This is the first year of the #MyCauseMyCleats campaign, but with so many players embracing the opportunity, it wouldn't be a surprise to see it become an annual staple.'

Marker Darby and Harvin OUT vs. Raiders; WRs Watkins and Goodwin expected to play [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Also, the entire starting offensive line was working together on the field at practice Friday. Guards Richie Incognito and John Miller and tackle Cordy Glenn had all been limited this week and are officially questionable for the game. All three are expected to play.'

Marker 5 Bills roster notes heading into Raiders game (12/2/16) [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills will have a weakness for the Raiders to pick on, and that’s at left cornerback. Ronald Darby missed all three days of practice this week due to a concussion, and was officially ruled out against Oakland — which creates a mismatch for their opponents.'

Marker Sammy Watkins ready to face the Raiders [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m fine,” said Watkins. “I got through the game last week and I felt pretty good. I didn’t have any hiccups. Right now I just have to keep doing the things I need to do with the trainers and rehabbing and I’m really just focused on the Raiders.”'

Marker Scouting Report - Week 13 - Bills-Raiders [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'If the Bills are going to win this game they have to keep their drives alive. If they have three or four, three and outs in this matchup it’s going to be very hard to win. Oakland’s defense is very good at getting off the field on third down ranking fourth in the NFL, but Buffalo has to overcome that and have a better day on third down than the Raiders offense. The key is to limit the number of Raiders possessions to somewhere between eight and 10 for the game.'

Marker Bills Today: Cross training the DBs [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“They’re two different positions,” Thurman said of cornerback and safety. “They may look similar but their mindset has to change because the corner’s one-on-one, playing safety at times it’s you versus the quarterback and the formation they’re trying to do to you.”'

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December 2, 2016

Marker Bills aware of Raiders’ Mack attack [8:49 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It was a first-round filled with uncertainty as many draft “experts” felt it was Mack, and not Clowney, who was the top defender available.'

Marker Friday's Oakland Coverage [7:19 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports: Click here

Marker Lorenzo Alexander eager to put on a show for hometown crowd [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I grew up a 49ers fan, so it really wasn’t my team, but it was fun to be at home,” Alexander said. “To play for the Silver and Black, I grew up going to more of their games than the 49ers games. You see all the history there, the great players who played there, so to be a part of that legacy in a sense was really cool.”'

Marker Bills WR Robert Woods says he can return this season [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"No real timetable, just trying to be available as fast as I can," he said. "Whether it's this week, next week ... just working to be prepared and be available."'

Marker Rookie Kevon Seymour in line to start for injured Ronald Darby [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seymour made his first career start in Week Nine against the Seattle Seahawks, but that came in the slot. He'll be lined up outside in Oakland, against Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, who have combined for 126 catches, 1,633 yards and nine touchdowns this season.'

Marker Sammy Watkins still has broken bone in foot, Bills' offensive coordinator says [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked if Watkins could see a bigger role this week against Oakland, Lynn said, "Well, I mean, the guy has a broken bone in his foot. I don't know if he's going to play one play or 20 plays. So we'll just see how big his role is. I'd like to keep him in there the whole time, but I can't say. He's tough, he's very determined to stay on the football field, but he has a broken bone in his foot at the end of the day."'

Marker Khalil Mack jokes: Sammy Watkins 'stole my city' in 2014 draft [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’s really an unusual guy," Bills coach Rex Ryan said of Mack. "I mean, some guys are speed guys, but some don’t play with power. Some guys are just power guys, but this guy can do it all. He can truck you, he can run around you, he’s got moves, he’s creative with his pass rush. Him and the Von Miller guy, I think, are the best in the league right now. So yeah, it’s pretty much a nightmare."'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills Thoughts: On Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin & Dez Lewis [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With just five weeks left in the season, it's looking like it might not be at all this year. The Bills probably won't shut Watkins down for good until they're officially eliminated from postseason contention, but that needs to happen if and when that moment comes. Watkins is too important to the team's future plans for them to continue risking a more serious injury. It's imperative that the team's medical staff and Watkins come up with a plan to get him healthy in the offseason.'

Marker Bills great Thurman Thomas to visit local M&T branch [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A former Buffalo Bills running back and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is scheduled to make a promotional stop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at M&T Bank, 1882 East Ave.'

Marker Ex-UB star Khalil Mack a destructive force for Raiders [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mack’s story is one of grit and determination. He was barely recruited out of high school in Westwood, Florida, so he showed up on the UB campus just looking for a chance to prove he could play, all the while wondering if he’d be able to cope with the Buffalo weather.'

Marker Buffalo Bills picked to upset Oakland Raiders in Week 13 by two ESPN Insiders [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'I'm taking the Bills over the Raiders in Oakland. I just think, with Sammy Watkins back, Buffalo's offense has the ability to accomplish things it hasn't been able to earlier this season. Oakland's defense, Khalil Mack notwithstanding, can be dissected. And the Raiders have been walking a tightrope with these comebacks. This week could be a comedown.'

Marker Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore disses Michael Crabtree, praises Amari Cooper [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Michael Crabtree, he's a big receiver, he likes to push off a lot," Gilmore said. "I'll talk to the ref because I see it on film. I'll get physical back with him and if he pushes off I just have to fight through it. Sometimes they don't call it, sometimes they do call it but most of the time they don't call it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins still has broken bone in injured foot [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Watkins has said he's not overly concerned about the long-term ramifications of this injury because he can have surgery after the season if he needs it. Delaying said surgery allows him to fight through the pain and play. He caught three passes for 80 yards in his first time back, but Lynn isn't convinced the Bills will have him the rest of the season.'

Marker Can Logan Thomas be the Buffalo Bills' version of Terrelle Pryor? [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Actually, I felt pretty good to be completely honest," Thomas said. "I got a lot better understanding of the game, I got a good feel of the game, I knew what to look for and stuff. I kept flip-flopping teams, which made it tough to get completely comfortable, but I guess that's the past now.'

Marker Bills ground attack will make difference vs. Raiders [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Raiders two losses this season came against the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs. It doesn’t take long to see which team the Bills could attempt to mirror more.'

Marker Bills coordinator says Watkins still has broken bone in foot [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"Well, I mean, the guy has a broken bone in his foot, I don't know if he's going to play one play or 20 plays," Lynn said. "So we'll just see how big his role is. I'd like to keep him there the whole time but I can't say. He's tough, he's very determined to stay on the football field and help us win games but he has a broken bone in his foot at the end of the day."'

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