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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2017

Marker Logos & Uniforms: Charging buffalo logo had unceremonious Bills debut in 1974 [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The new look made its first on-field appearance July 27, 1974, at Canton, Ohio, against the St. Louis Cardinals at the annual Hall of Fame Game. Its debut was overshadowed by the lack of, well, any established member of the Buffalo Bills actually suiting up for the game.'

Marker Poll: Bills fans only hate the Patriots seventh-most [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The poll asked respondents who identified as NFL fans to rank their three favorite and least favorite teams. While the Patriots scored highly in each metric – ranking as the third most-liked team, with 16.4 percent of respondents putting them in their top three, and also the second least-liked team, with 26.2 percent listing them in their bottom three – the breakdown by fanbase was certainly interesting.'

Marker Bills fandom helps Yonkers man dodge traffic ticket [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But I'm going to give you a break, a warning," Rivera remembers the officer saying. "I saw the Bills frame on your license plate."'

Marker Bills coach McDermott hasn't got Carolina on his mind, just beating the Panthers [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But that’s exactly what we expect from McDermott because that’s who he is in public. He’s going to stick to his script, answer questions as coach-speaky as possible, keep his personal feelings in the background, and do the job he came to Buffalo to do: Guide the Bills to victory over whoever they’re playing, whether it’s the Jets or his former team the Panthers.'

Marker Panthers' star Luke Kuechly was 'bummed' when Sean McDermott left for Bills job [1:43 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I was bummed when he left, I miss having him around,’’ said Kuechly, who will be certain to shake McDermott’s hand and give him a hug following Sunday’s Bills-Panthers clash at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. “He’s a great coach and a great person – that’s the thing you miss the most. But we’re all excited for him that he has this opportunity, working from the ground floor to get to where he is now. He really deserves it.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills fans traveling in large numbers for Carolina Panthers game [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In addition to the large contingent of traveling fans, the Bills will also be well represented by Buffalonians that currently live in North Carolina. The team currently has 17 Bills Backer Bars in the state.'

Marker What has to happen for Buffalo Bills to upset Carolina Panthers? [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills are the type of team that like to use tight ends and running backs. Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy were the focal points of the offense in a win against the Jets. It would be tempting to overthink things and get away from your strengths, but the Bills need to feed McCoy. Yes, he's dealing with wrist and groin soreness, but if they have any chance of winning this game, the Bills need to let McCoy get rolling and try to wear down the front seven. It won't be as easy as it was against the Jets, but McCoy is matchup-proof.'

Marker Lamar Jackson among 9 NFL Draft prospects Bills fans should watch in Week 3 [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jackson tore through Purdue and North Carolina in consecutive weeks to start the season. He now faces his toughest test as he and Louisville get set to host Clemson in a game all college football fans will be glued to.'

Marker Sean McDermott 'very confident' in Bills RB LeSean McCoy despite groin soreness [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McCoy is dealing with both wrist and groin soreness this week, but the rest day should have him ready to be his usual self against the Panthers.'

Marker McDermott says Cam Newton isn’t the only thing the Bills need to worry about [1:38 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“We know what he does offensively and on special teams,” McDermott said. “I would compare him to Luke. I have a world of success for Luke. It seems like he handles himself with the same type of approach to life and the game."'

Marker Rumfola signed with Buffalo Bills [1:37 AM]
Springville Journal reports: 'Rumfola was diagnosed at a young age with an Immunoglobulin G (I.g.G) Deficiency. I.g.G., is a health condition in which your body doesn't make enough Immunoglobulin G., which can lead to infections. He visits Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo once a month for infusions to help with this deficiency.'

Marker Bills are ‘Carolina North,’ but can they turn Charlotte into ‘Buffalo South’ [1:36 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Bills fans do travel well, for sure, and are willing to buy up expensive tickets when needed. I wonder how many Carolina fans are skipping the home opener and selling their tickets for a handsome profit? Stephanie Rivera, the wife of Panthers coach Ron Rivera, publicized Polian’s words on Twitter and challenged Panthers fans to make them untrue. We will see if it works.'

Marker Panthers-Bills connection? Players, coaches say it goes deeper than swapping sidelines [1:35 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '“We’re always going to be friends,” he said. “On Sunday at 1 o’clock, for three or four hours, we’re going to be enemies.”'

Marker Two Bills who pose a threat to the Panthers' 2-0 plan [1:34 AM] reports: '“(McCoy’s) kind of like Christian (McCaffrey),” Kuechly said. “He can be moving one way full speed and the next second he's moving the other way at full speed. It's fun to watch, it's fun to play against, but you've got to make sure you know what you're doing because if you take one bad angle or you overrun it, he's going to be going the other way.”'

Marker Panthers sound off on facing Sean McDermott [1:33 AM] reports: '“You’re excited for him because you got the opportunity to see how hard he worked every day with the defense and making sure we were prepared. He put us in position to be successful. Now he’s got the opportunity that he’s always wanted. He started from the bottom in Philadelphia and he’s worked his way all the way up to a head coach. It’s kind of cool to see him at the top where he’s always wanted to be."'

Marker Tanner Vallejo healthy, set for NFL debut with Bills [1:32 AM]
Grass Valley Union reports: '"Right now I'm mainly on special teams and a backup linebacker," said Vallejo, who will wear No. 40. "I'm accepting my role as one of the few linebackers that made it. Obviously, they think pretty highly of me to keep me around. I'm just going to keep grinding, because that's what I've always done."'

Marker Bills RB McCoy expected to play despite sore groin [1:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Coach Sean McDermott said he was planning to give McCoy a rest day Friday before the groin issue but remained "very confident" the veteran will be able to handle a full workload Sunday, according to ESPN.'

Marker Bills RB LeSean McCoy nursing sore groin [1:30 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Coach Sean McDermott said he is "very confident" that McCoy will be able to handle a full workload in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. McDermott added that he was anticipating giving McCoy a veteran rest day Friday before the groin issue.'

Marker Worthy ruled out for Sunday; CB Johnson questionable [1:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have officially ruled out DT Jerel Worthy for their game at Carolina Sunday. Worthy has been out with a concussion since the team’s preseason finale. The team also listed CB Leonard Johnson as “questionable” after being limited Thursday and Friday with a quad injury.'

Marker Scouting Report - Week 2 - Bills vs. Panthers [1:28 AM] reports: 'The Carolina front seven is one of the most talented in the league, but Buffalo has proven they can run against just about anyone. It will be tough sledding, but the Bills don’t quit on their run game even when they don’t have early success.'

Marker Quick Hits: McCoy sits out Friday practice [1:27 AM] reports: '“It’s a rest day,” said head coach Sean McDermott of McCoy. “He’s got some groin soreness, but nothing to be concerned about. It was a scheduled rest day and we’re going to do that once in a while with our veteran guys.”'

Marker Bills Today: League-leading connection between Clay and Taylor [1:26 AM] reports: '“I mean, we’ve been working all offseason to try and build that chemistry and things like timing with Tyrod,” said Clay. “I come and try to pick his brain to figure out, that way he’s comfortable with me and knowing where I’ll be and I’m comfortable knowing what he’s thinking.”'

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Marker Ch-ch-ch-changes: Bills have fewest draftees on roster in NFL [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have only 16 of their own draft choices on the team. No other team had fewer than 20 to start the season, and the league average is 27.4, based on a News review of NFL rosters. Buffalo has only 18 homegrown players. The league average is 34.6.'

Marker Kimberley A. Martin: Versatile TE Charles Clay eager to be impact player Bills need [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whenever you sign a contract like that, expectations come with it, acknowledged Clay, whose first two seasons in Buffalo were slowed by a knee injury. He knows there are fans who view him as a disappointment, but he insisted he’s more focused on putting in the work on the practice field to help the Bills win on gameday and reach the playoffs for the first time in almost two decades.'

Marker Bills LB Ramon Humber shakes off the 'special teams' label in Week One [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He's going to continue to do that,” said fellow linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who showed last season that a player’s breakout season can come when it’s least expected. “There's certain guys that you know when you play with, you're like, 'he's probably just a teamer.' But then there's other guys like, 'this dude can ball no matter what.' He's one of those guys that we trust. We're not out there like, ‘oh, that's a weak link.’ That's Ramon. We know he's got it. He's going to lock it down.”'

Marker Bills Notebook: Buffalo's roster is the second-oldest in the NFL, a trio of starters are full p [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, hopefully with that comes wisdom, really," coach Sean McDermott said. "In my experience, I've been around some older teams, and they were pretty good teams. Really, you know, it's just trying to win now and sustain in the future with building a good foundation."'

Marker Jay Skurski's Bills Mailbag: Alexander's role, a classic Kyle Orton story and more [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's doubtful the addition of Jelani Jenkins will impact Alexander's role at all in the short term. Jenkins still has to learn the defense. I don't disagree that rushing the passer is Alexander's strength – he showed that last year with 12.5 sacks. Perhaps in time, Jenkins could take some of the linebacker snaps away from Alexander, who could then be used elsewhere. But that's not happening soon.'

Marker Bills RB Mike Tolbert on ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman saying he had 'deteriorated:' ' [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"So when you say that I've deteriorated, I'll prove to you that I'm not. At that time, I was 263, 264 pounds. I'm 247 now. I'm ready to run. I'm ready to play. I'm obviously doing a good job here. They like it. I'm going to show you and the rest of the league I haven't deteriorated."'

Marker Bills newcomer comparison profile: Wide receiver Andre Holmes [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Both Holmes and Britt have small hands relative to their height, but it hasn't been a huge hindrance to their ability to reel in the football. Per, Holmes had three drops in his last 58 targets entering this season (5.1% drop rate, which isn't great, but not terrible), and Britt had dropped six passes out of his last 183 targets since the start of 2015 (3.2% drop rate). These receivers essentially have the same athletic ability with a slight edge going to Britt in the speed and vertical-leap departments.'

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