Archives for September 2017
'"We don't really worry about proving everybody else wrong," said E.J. Gaines, the cornerback who was largely viewed as an afterthought when he joined the Bills in August from the Los Angeles Rams (along with a second-round draft pick next year) in exchange for wide receiver Sammy Watkins. "I feel like our secondary is full of guys who have really grinded to get where they've been — late-round picks, free agents, and guys who teams said they didn't want and we all met up here.'
'"I’m confident in Dion," coach Sean McDermott said. "He’s only going to continue to get better, just like the rest of our team. That’s what we’re focused on, continuous improvement, whether it’s Dion, or anyone else for that matter, myself included. We’re just going to continue to grow and get better, and learn from our mistakes.'
'Keep pounding on that running rock. After going almost nowhere on the ground the past two weeks, it would be easy to understand if the Bills chose to abandon the notion of trying to run their way to success. But they can't and, obviously, they won't.'
'But there are promising signs of more competent leadership, including Sean McDermott and the new general manager, Brandon Beane. It's too early to say whether this front office has a gift for identifying college talent, but the purge of the old, entrentched scouts was long overdue.'
'“We get their issues and all three of us would go down to wherever they want to (in order) to fight the injustices of the people. Because that’s what we joined for. We joined for everyone to be free and to have the same rights and rights to be able to do whatever they choose; not to be oppressed, not to be beaten.”'
'After a 1-1 start that only fueled lingering doubts about the team's fortunes mainly because of shaky quarterback play, Taylor responded with authority. He made clutch throws. He avoided critical mistakes. He expertly operated a game plan that largely stayed one step ahead of one of the top defenses in the NFL.'
'“This year our event will have a sports theme,” event co-chair Ginny Lyons said in a news release. “The silent auction and raffle will consist of sports related items and we will also have some games and trivia activities prior to our sit down dinner.”'
'Cordy, as it looks right now is probably not going to make it. Shaq, again as it looks right now, will more than likely be a game-time decision.'
'Go win in Atlanta; then we can re-evaluate. If the Bills do that, it would be their best road victory since when? I’m not counting New England with Jacoby Brissett at QB last year. And Rex Ryan getting over on the Jets at New York in 2015 isn’t good enough, either. I’d consider perhaps at Chicago on opening day 2014, or in Arizona in 2012, or in Kansas City on opening day 2011.'
'If Taylor can give the Bills something like this every week, or preferably better, it would go a long way toward unlocking the running game which has been completely stymied the last two weeks, and in turn, that gives the entire offense a better chance to operate efficiently.'
'TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, play-by-play; Trent Green, analysis, Jamie Erdahl, sideline reporter).'
'"He is an amazing athlete and a great receiver just the way he gets those breaks," Matthews said. "A lot of tall receivers have a hard time when it comes to getting in and out of the cuts. Most of the time they are running D balls, on targets, on third down targets, in the first down game, deep come backs, he has a full repertoire. I think most people would consider him one of the best, if not the best, receivers in the game as far as talent and overall physical ability. I think he has more balance than probably anybody at the position. He is a fun guy to watch, but him, Larry (Fitzgerald), Jordy Nelson, I love watching all those guys."'
'"Before that receiver class, the general consensus was it took receivers usually until their third year," Matthews said. "Nobody tripped when a receiver went for 300 yards and three touchdowns in their first season. Nobody batted an eye. It was just ok, he was getting going. Now everybody expects it to be like, 'Week 4, I need two touchdowns I drafted you on my fantasy team.' Fantasy has killed the game. I think it's just one of those things where you have to be patient."'
'Tyrod Taylor had one of his best games as a Bills in Week 3. He was efficient but took calculated risks in the passing game to help the Bills pick up big plays. He did it all with the absence of a running game. Nobody expects Taylor to out-duel Matt Ryan on his home field, but if Taylor can keep the Bills’ offense moving like he did against the Broncos, that will go a long way toward helping the Bills pull off the upset.'
'The Bills' defense has kept them in all three games this season, but Buffalo will need to score more points in Week 4 against the Falcons. If Buffalo finds themselves in a shootout, they'll have to rely more on Tyrod Taylor's arm. The Falcons are currently 21st in the league in passing yards allowed (245.7) so Taylor could have success through the air.'
'Next to Lawson on the defensive line, at defensive tackle, Marcell Dareus (ankle) and Jerel Worthy (concussion), will both play. Worthy has missed several weeks battling the injury he suffered during the preseason. He’ll go against Atlanta, but it’s a “we’ll see” in terms of his work load.'
'Glenn injured his right foot and ankle against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. Glenn had previously been limited by a left foot injury for much of the preseason.'
'The question at this point is whether Shaq Lawson plays on Sunday. Lawson showed up on the injury report on Thursday, he was limited with a groin injury. Friday, he did not practice and is officially listed as questionable for the game. Lawson has sacks in back to back games against the Broncos and Panthers. If he were to miss the game, Eddie Yarborough and Eddie Davis would likely fill the gap.'
'The post promoted a sale on Buffalo Bills official merchandise while showing a player kneeling with his helmet on the ground.'
'“I’m confident in Dion. He’s only going to continue to get better, just like the rest of our team. That’s what we’re focused on, continuous improvement, whether it’s Dion, or anyone else for that matter, myself included,” McDermott said. “We’re just going to continue to grow and get better, and learn from our mistakes. The good part about it is you have a young guy here who has already got a significant number of snaps under his belt at left tackle, he has played some right tackle obviously.”'
'Lee, 6-3, 260 is a first-year player out of South Florida. Originally an undrafted signing of the Houston Texans in 2016, Lee was released in final cuts in early September. He was promptly signed to Buffalo’s practice squad on Sept. 5th.'
'Atlanta hasn’t had a problem scoring points, but Buffalo’s defense makes you earn everything you get on every single play. It’s why their red zone defense ranks second in the NFL allowing touchdowns less than 30 percent of the time (28.6%). The Falcons rank an average 14th in the league in red zone touchdown percentage (60%).'
'Bills pass rusher Shaq Lawson was limited in practice on Thursday after a groin injury cropped up during practice. Head coach Sean McDermott said Lawson will not practice here on Friday, and his status for playing against the Falcons Sunday will go right up until the time when inactive players are declared 90 minutes before the game.'
'“We’ve touched the subject a little bit, a little bit of common ground. Two years ago I was in a similar position… last year, with his experience, there’s a lot we can learn from those experiences,” McDermott said. “We’ve touched the subject, with respect to that as well, ‘Hey, what would you have done differently, in terms of as a team, what was said.’ Those are things we can use for our team moving forward… because the best way is to learn from other people’s situations. That’s what we try and do here.”'
'"So nobody tripped when the receiver went for 300 yards and three touchdowns in their first season, nobody batted an eye," Matthews said. "Now after that year, everybody expects it to be like in Week 4, I need two touchdowns. I drafted you on my fantasy team. Fantasy has killed the game."'
'“I think after a couple of weeks of dealing with headaches, it makes you think twice a little bit,” he said. “It was a different thing for me. I’ve never really dealt with anything that's lasted as long as it did.”'
'"I remember the days where I grew up wanting to be an Atlanta Falcon,” said Tolbert, who was born in Douglasville, Ga., about 20 miles west of Atlanta. “Now that I can play against them, it’s kind of bittersweet.”'
'“When they told me, I thought I was going to get a trophy,” White joked Thursday. “I'm like, man, it's just for the internet basically. Seriously, though, it's a tremendous honor. It's something I set as one of my goals. When I came to the NFL, I said I wanted to be defensive rookie of the year, so I'm off to a great start. It's a testament to my coaching staff and teammates putting me in a position to make plays.'
'Freeman arguably is the best pure, outside zone runner in the league. He's not as good all-around as LeSean McCoy or Ezekiel Elliott. But he has the most rushing yards of any NFL back the past two-plus seasons. And nobody hits the outside zone runs better. At 5-foot-8, 206 pounds, he has a compact body similar to that of Frank Gore. He has a knack for pressing the edge of the defense on wide runs, planting his foot and slashing upfield.'
'Through four games, he's amassed a passer rating of 103.2 when "kept clean." When pressured, Ryan's passer rating is 88.1. That's not a huge gap. It's still early, but there was bound to be a regression from Ryan's MVP season of a year ago when his passer rating was 128.9 when kept clean, the best figure in the league.'
'Despite his struggles through his last two games, with just 30 yards rushing on 26 carries, LeSean McCoy ranks 13th in total yards from scrimmage with 271 yards. He is one of just four players with at least 125 yards rushing and 125 yards receiving this season. His 18 receptions rank 12th overall, and second among running backs, behind only Tarik Cohen, who has 20.'
'But while the losses were noticeable, they were minor: The Bills were down about 2,200 likes in the days after Sunday's game (a 26-16 win), which was a decrease of only about 0.25 percent of their overall Facebook following. No team lost more than half a percentage point of its total Facebook likes, according to data from The Advocate.'
'The answer is no. Jones is world-class, very nearly in a class of his own in today’s NFL. There are other greats, no doubt, and two names that come immediately to mind are Cincinnati’s A.J. Green and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown. But Jones is simply a cut above when you combine his size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), his speed, his remarkable efficiency in how he runs his routes, and his sticky hands. It’s the complete package, and the Bills’ defense knows it has the ultimate challenge Sunday in Atlanta.'
'"I mean, me personally, it just felt like it was right for me to do," Dareus said at his locker Wednesday. "After the collective conversation we had with the team, we all just kind of came together and said we want to stand together, we want to be together and support one another. I felt like that was the right thing for me to do in that moment."'
'Which Tyrod Taylor are the Bills going to get? Is it going to be the one who threw for 125 yards in Carolina or the one who was efficient and productive in throwing for two touchdowns against the Broncos? If Taylor can repeat his Week 3 performance more often than not, the Bills are going to have a chance to win against most teams. It may not be enough to keep up with elite offenses like the Falcons and Patriots, but the Bills don't play those teams every week.'
'“He’s done a great job,” Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott said. “He puts into the film room during the week and the results have taken care of themselves. From a young corner, this early to do what he’s done, is good to see. Still a lot of work to do, but I know he’s working extremely hard and I’m happy for him.”'
'“He’s done a great job,” Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott said. “He puts into the film room during the week and the results have taken care of themselves. From a young corner, this early to do what he’s done, is good to see. Still a lot of work to do, but I know he’s working extremely hard and I’m happy for him."'