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Buffalo Bills News - October 15, 2016

Marker 49ers’ porous run defense faced with the real McCoy [1:47 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '“With such an elusive back as LeSean, you’d better make sure not only are you doing a good job in your fundamental technique of tackling, but also getting as many guys as you can to the ball because you kind of have to corral him,” Kelly said. “He can make one guy miss in the open field. That’s his forte.”'

Marker Bills DT Dareus doubtful with hamstring injury [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Nine Bills are questionable, including LB Zach Brown (ankle), LT Cordy Glenn (ankle), S Aaron Williams (ankle), TE Charles Clay (knee) and Dareus' likely replacement, DT Corbin Bryant (ankle).'

Marker Buffalo Bills deck out locker room for breast cancer survivors [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills posted stickers with the signature pink ribbon in honor of breast cancer victims, with the slogan "BILLIEVE" on them. On top of that, each survivor had a locker dedicated to her.'

Marker It’s Been a Journey, Man [1:44 AM]
SI reports: ' As a person, I’m a Christian, a man of God; I really love serving Him and the people and the community. I am married, nine years in January. We have four kids and that is what my world revolves around. When everything is good at home, everything on the field or at work is easy for me. As far as a player, I am more of an old-school football player. I went undrafted, so out of necessity I had to do a lot of different things. I played guard, fullback and tight end. It’s all about the team and what I can do to help the team, which indirectly helps myself because it makes me more valuable to the organization and the coaches.'

Marker Whaley confident in Tyrod's abilities as starting quarterback [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The one thing you can definitely hang your hat on is that he doesn't turn the ball over," Whaley said on the Howard Simon Show on Friday morning. "Another thing that we're seeing now is that he's doing whatever it takes to get this team to put points on the board. Until they change the rules, if we score more points than the other team then let's figure out a way to do that. I think he's continuing to get better and better."'

Marker Dareus doubtful, nine Bills questionable for Sunday [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As of Friday afternoon, Bills head coach Rex Ryan wasn’t ready to officially declare Marcell Dareus out of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, he wasn’t ready to rule anyone out yet. However, Dareus was the only player listed as “doubtful” as the defensive tackle still recovers from a hamstring injury suffered early last week.'

Marker Bills are rare big favorites against 49ers [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the previous nine times this happened, the Bills are 5-4 against the spread and only lost one game outright on the field - to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the infamous finale of 2004. Buffalo was 9.5 point favorites in that game when all they needed to do was win to get into the playoffs and Pittsburgh was resting many of their starters, already having secured the best overall record in the conference and home field advantage.'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (10/14/16) [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Following his standout performance against New England, Bills fans have kept a close eye on Brown… which is why there was some cause for concern when he wasn’t able to practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury. Luckily for the Bills, Brown got back to practice on both Thursday and Friday and seemed to be moving around well enough to play on Sunday.'

Marker Top 10 reasons to Billieve in the Bills Week 6 [1:39 AM] reports: 'In honor of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign, the Bills will be adding a splash of color to their blue on blue look this week. To spread awareness for the importance of regular breast cancer screenings, the Bills boys are proud to be wearing pink.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander Billieves [1:38 AM] reports: '“When people are doing that, when their lives are on the line and they’re worrying about how other people are going to feel or treat them, in my eyes, it’s very commendable and inspiring,” said Alexander.'

Marker Marcell Dareus doubtful for Sunday [1:37 AM] reports: '“We’ll see what happens,” said Ryan. “Never say never. If he’s feeling great, I’m not one of these coaches where you have practice. If you’re a great player then I’ll throw you in there.”'

Marker Bills Today: Hunter's role increasing [1:36 AM] reports: '“Justin is playing faster,” offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said. “He’s played faster all week because he’s been here. He understands the terminology and the system and what we’re doing now. So we’re definitely going to get him more involved, and he’ll have an opportunity to make some plays this week. More plays, let’s just say.”'

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Marker Anthony Lynn helps Bills get their house in order [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I focus more on my team. If I can fix my team and focus on my team, I don’t worry about the other team.”'

Marker Proud and polarizing, Kaepernick won't back down [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Aside from Donald Trump, Kaepernick is the most polarizing figure in America. He has been called a traitor. His jersey has been burned in effigy. He has received hate mail and death threats. Ginsburg called him “stupid” and “arrogant.”'

Marker Inspiring ire as well as awe, Kaepernick's silent protests gain traction [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He certainly will get booed – and likely worse – Sunday. Fans have been trying to mount a campaign to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" while the 49ers have the ball.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander's unlikely journey from special teams ace to NFL sack leader [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“People don’t know he’s playing every special teams, he goes out there in all these defensive packages, and he’s getting like a sack a game and a forced fumble a game,” Preston Brown said earlier this year, laughing at the journeyman’s ridiculous numbers. “I told him, he’s going to get 12, 15 sacks this year and then get a big contract at like 38 years old or however old he is.”'

Marker Marcell Dareus looking less likely to play vs. 49ers [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, I would say probably [less optimistic" target="_blank">, because he hasn’t practiced for two days," coach Rex Ryan said. "But we’re still not going to rule him out. I kinda wish he’d be able to practice."'

Marker Chip Kelly didn't hide his quarterback decision from the Bills because 'there are no secre [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“And I don’t really care. We have two similar quarterbacks. Our offense doesn’t change. I don’t think you’re going to outsmart people in the National Football League, where all of a sudden, the second quarterback is playing, Rex is going to tear up his game plan and say, ‘We’re screwed. We have no idea how to defend them.’”'

Marker Rex Ryan adds Jack Eichel to injury report, sends condolences to Sabres fans [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My thoughts are just like every other Sabres fan: You’re just like, aww man," Ryan said. "And we’re so bummed out because – I speak for the entire Sabres fan base – we were really looking forward to it. We think it’s going to be good year and all that, and it still very well could be. But man, it’s unfortunate because the kid’s a super player and [I was" target="_blank"> really looking forward to him playing his sophomore year here. [Even" target="_blank"> with that, I still think we have enough. We'll find a way and get it done."'

Marker Getting to know: Bills defensive lineman Leger Douzable [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s cool, man. Everybody was like, 'What are you going to do in Buffalo?' But it’s not what people think it is. It’s an up-and-coming city, I’d say. I stay not too far from Canalside. That area is becoming really nice. Right off the lake, it’s pretty nice. Anywhere I can be near the water, I love."'

Marker Transcripts of Bills coaches Rex Ryan, Dennis Thurman and Anthony Lynn [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Q: Are you less optimistic about Marcell Dareus now? A: Yeah I would say probably because he hasn’t practiced for two days, but we’re still not going to rule him out. But yeah, I mean, I kind of wish he’d be able to practice.'

Marker Bills defense has been stingy in the red zone [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’re really prepared down there, our guys believe in what we do,” said Bills coach Rex Ryan. “We spend a great deal of time, great deal of focus and attention on it and you win a lot of games in those situations. We felt we had to drastically improve in the red zone and we made it a point of emphasis.”'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams called out by current defensive coordinator [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's got to play better, has got to play harder, he's got to play better," Joseph said. "Obviously, he's being allowed to rush the passer. The games we've been in, it's been more run first, pass second team. For us to be a great rush team, we have to earn the right and stop the run, all of us. Mario, [Ndamukong], Jordan [Phillips], all those guys up front. If they want to rush more, stop the run more consistently. Mario has got to play better, has to play faster and more consistently."'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan less optimistic about Marcell Dareus' availability for Week 6 [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I would say probably (less optimistic) because he hasn't practiced the last two days," Ryan said Thursday. "We're still not going to rule him out, but yeah I wish he could've practiced."'

Marker Bills’ Carpenter could be on hot seat despite Rex stating otherwise [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Following practice on Wednesday, Morgan said the team gave a bit of a heads up that they’d be interested in bringing him back in the future. “They were definitely true to their word, a little later than I hoped but better now than never,” Morgan said. “I was glad it was Buffalo.”'

Marker Bills’ Shady talks Chip Kelly, how fans should treat Kaepernick [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Listen, man, Chip can’t shake s—- at all. Nothing. He knows this,” McCoy said.'

Marker 49ers coach Jim O’Neil was mentored by Bills’ Rex Ryan [1:45 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Niners defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil is the overseer of the league’s second-worst run defense, which has allowed four straight 100-yard rushers. Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan, who gave O’Neil his first NFL job, is the leader of a team with the league’s third-best rushing attack, which is headlined by ultra-elusive LeSean McCoy.'

Marker Bills more concerned with Kaepernick as QB than activist [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm worried about the quarterback," he added. "Any time you lead a team to a Super Bowl, that's pretty good. So that's where our focus certainly is on preparing for him."'

Marker Rex Ryan wants to stop his former receiver Jeremy Kerley [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Kerley said he developed a good relationship with Ryan during his time in New York. But he declined a chance to reunite in Buffalo because the Detroit Lions offered a better opportunity.'

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