Archives for September 7, 2017
'"I think we've grown just as a unit since OTAs, coming into training camp, throughout training camp," Poyer said. "I think we've just grown together, a lot closer, kind of understanding each other. And the communication part has been huge. If we're just able to all communicate, all understand what to expect, I think we're going to be OK. I think we've got to continue to grow and continue to learn off of each other and to just play together as a secondary."'
'"Look him in the eye, say, 'How you feel? Feel good. Let's go.' No different for LeSean."'
'"From being around Sean and knowing what we're trying to do, I've grown to trust him and what we're doing," Williams said. "I think that's the first part of guys buying into being part of a good football team. What players you have or don't have, I can't control. It's not part of my job title."'
'I’m sure there will be some newness to that, just like there was in the preseason. But I’m such a guy that’s focused process-wise that, for me, getting myself ready between now and then, that’s really my routine. I’m getting into my routine for the regular season and the players are getting into their routine. I’ll be very, I think, humbled by the opportunity and thankful. This is one of the reasons why we came here, was to win football games. To be able to perform in front of these fans and the passionate fan base that we have. To get this stadium back to where it belongs, in terms of our home field advantage, and we look forward to getting out there this weekend in front of our fans. We look forward to making this a very hostile place and a place that people really don’t want to come to and when they travel down One Bills Drive that they know what this is about. Our guys understand that.'
'“We look forward to making this a very hostile place, and a place that people really don’t want to come to, and when they travel down One Bills Drive that they know what this is about. Our guys understand that.”'
'"I definitely felt like I played well, but being a vet in the league, I know how it goes with preseason," Gaines said. "Everything steps up a notch from preseason to regular season to the playoffs, so I'm just trying to step up my game for these next 16 weeks."'
'"That kind of shows you who he is," Chuck Peterman said. "So long as there's daylight, he's going to keep fighting. He has that inborn competitiveness, temperament, whatever you want to call it. He has a deep fire burning down there in the furnace, where he says, 'I'm going to keep coming at you so long as I can stand.' "'
'"When you get cleared from concussion protocol, that's the first step, an indication to me of where he is from the medical standpoint," the coach said. "Then, it's the dialogue, 'Hey, you're feeling good,' from a human standpoint, that interaction. And then, as a player, you go out and watch him execute and certainly we'll continue to do that and to this point, he's done a good job of that."'
'There's no question that McCoy is a dynamic back, one who ran for 1,267 yards and 13 TDs last year and averaged 5.4 yards a carry. But McDermott has to be careful not to overuse him this season. Teams will be keying on the Bills' top-rated running game, especially with the lack of downfield receivers for Tyrod Taylor.'
'Now, with Rick Dennison his offensive coordinator, how will Taylor play? Which of Dennison's trends will hurt the quarterback? Which philosophies will help him?'
'The Bills' 100 big plays led the league, however, just 23 of their 100 big plays came via the pass, the NFL's fifth-lowest figure. Buffalo did boast the best "big play percentage" of 9.88 in the NFL. The Cowboys had 96 such plays, and the Falcons came in third with 93. The Dolphins' big play percentage of 9.76 was the second-highest in football.'
'That time has come. The Bills can no longer keep McCoy in bubble wrap. While the team will still have to be smart in regards to his work load, it’s clear they need him on the field as much as possible.'
'"Are they tanking like the Jets? They've made a lot of moves that make it look that way," Pete Prisco wrote.'
'"… Obviously if we would’ve put a second-round tender on there we probably still would’ve had him. But the fact we didn't, they were able to come in and they snagged him for money that we couldn’t pay."'
'"Rebuilding is one thing, but the expectations … I don't understand why the expectations would be set any different than when I was there. The difference is, you actually have draft picks. I never had those. To me, it's like, go ahead. All this talk about how talented they were when I was there, I want to see it on the field. We'll see."'
'Bills 24, Jets 13.'
'percentage in back-to-back seasons—joining Ryan Fitzpatrick (2011-12) and Jim Kelly (1990-91, 1993-94).'
'The Bills had 10 games with at least 25 points — tying the franchise record, set in 1990, though they were just 5-5 in those games, whereas they finished 10-0 in 1990, en route to a loss in Super Bowl XXV.'
'My team might have been bad a lot more than they were good during that time, but I wasn’t going to let them down by not following them.'
'“It’s definitely something as a football player you don’t want to go through,” he said. “There’s a lot of steps you have to go through to get back on the field. You just have to see it through. I’ve been feeling well for a while now, but you have to respect their end of the process and them getting me back on the field. Football is a short span of your life, and your health goes on past football. So, I had to do everything right to make sure you’re out there safe and functioning the way you’re supposed to be.”'
'“This is one of the reasons why we came here, was to win football games. To be able to perform in front of these fans and the passionate fan base that we have. To get this stadium back to where it belongs, in terms of our home-field advantage, and we look forward to getting out there this weekend in front of our fans. We look forward to making this a very hostile place and a place that people really don’t want to come to and when they travel down One Bills Drive, they know what this is about. Our guys understand that.”'
'“It seems like anybody Doug Whaley drafted, or did whatever, they’re running out of the building, from EJ Manuel to Sammy Watkins, Reggie Ragland, (Ronald) Darby, all those guys,” Ryan said. “To me, that’s a mistake. At the end of the day, you better win some games.”'
'"I'm comfortable with the chemistry that we have," Taylor said. "We spent a bunch of time after practice and a bunch of time watching film with each other, getting on the same page. Everything is not going to be reps, reps, reps. A lot of things we're going to have to be able to talk through and get on the same page mentally, so when we're out there physically we can just go out there and react. I'm comfortable where we are, just have to continue to keep getting better."'
'"I'm not sure, I hope I get more than he does," McCoy said. "But, one thing I've learned is you can't be too selfish, you know obviously, I'm gonna get a bunch of low looking carries, and he's a bigger, stronger, more physical runner than I am, it is what it is. So if he has times for me to get short yardage, I'm sure he'll go in and get it. But there's gonna be times when I'll be in there, so hopefully, that'll balance it out, that's more for the coaches, they'll work that out. I got stuff to really worry about. But now, if I go all the way down the field, you know, at the 2-yard line, I think Sean (McDermott) might give me a bone and let me get it, so we'll see."'
'The New York Jets have one of the worst rosters in the NFL. The Jets may have swept the Bills last season, but the some of best players from that team won’t be playing Sunday. Sheldon Richardson, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Ryan Fitzpatrick are all gone. The defense will likely be a shell of itself, and the offense has close to zero fire power.'
'Every NFL team wants to stay healthy, but some teams need to avoid major injuries more than others. Buffalo is returning only 26 players from last season’s roster. The Bills’ depth is an issue at nearly every position on the roster with the possible exception of the offensive line. A few significant injuries could cripple the Bills, so any playoff push would need to start with staying healthy.'
'"Workload?" McDermott asked. "Whatever it takes to win the game. That's how we play the game. We play to win. Whatever it takes to win the game that's what we're going to do. If it means he's got to play every snap, that's what we'll do. If he's feeling good, like with every player, we'll look him in the eye and say, 'How do you feel? You feel good? Let's go.' No different with LeSean."'
'Buffalo moved on from Jerome Felton this offseason and replaced him with two fullbacks. Patrick DiMarco is considered among the best run blockers in the league and should play a significant role in the run game. Mike Tolbert is listed as a fullback, but look for the veteran to be a part of the running back committee backing up LeSean McCoy.'
'“As a player, you go out and watch him execute. We’ll continue to do that. To this point, (Taylor’s) don’t a good job,” McDermott said.'
'“Yeah, whatever it takes it win. If we have to run the ball, if we have to throw the ball, whatever it takes,” Incognito said. “LeSean looks great: he’s dynamic, he’s making cuts, he’s a game-changer, he’s a homerun hitter, and I’m really glad he’s on our team.”'
'Low-scoring teams, maybe lowest ever: On paper, both teams actually aren’t the worst on defense. Both have strong players on the defensive line and that group appears to be the stronger side of the ball. Could that make this the lowest scoring Bills – Jets game in history? Maybe. The number to beat is 15. On Nov. 20, 1988, the Bills topped the Jets 9-6 in overtime on a Scott Norwood 30-yard field goal. On three different occasions in, 1970, 1973, and 2007, the two teams combined for 16 points. In 1966, they combined for 17. And good news, the Bills won them all.'
'The Bills are tanking this season, which is fine. It beats getting six to nine wins again. But somewhere in there, amid all the ineptitude, I stopped caring much at all. I don’t wish them ill, but my Bills fandom is lapsed. Does that make me a bad fan? Maybe. All I know is that when a friend texted to say the Bills had traded talented receiver Sammy Watkins, my first reaction was: that’s nice for him.'
'“To be honest, I loved all the assignments I performed,” continued Schecter. “Just seeing the range and detail in which the coaching staff go into with drills and activities is an eye-opener.”'
'"I'm back," Taylor said. "Offensively we had a great practice. I feel good. Back in game week. My focus is on whatever we've got to do to go out and play at a high level and take care of business Sunday, but I'm glad to be back on the field."'
'"We expect him to start on Sunday," Bills coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday morning.'
'Due to the lack of offensive weapons on both sides, this game looks to be a low-scoring affair.'
'"Go out and do his job. … Be 1/11th of the offense. That's what I expect him to do," McDermott said, when asked what his expectations of Taylor would be for Sunday's game. "That's what I expect of myself, that's what I expect of every player: Do your job."'
'"The workload, whatever it takes to win the game," McDermott said. "That's how we play the game. We play to win, and whatever it takes to win the game, that's what we're going to do. If it means he's got to play every snap, that's what we'll do if he's feeling good, like it is for every player. I'll look him in the eye, say, 'How do you feel? Feel good? OK, let's go.' No different with LeSean."'
'“First of all, when you get cleared from the concussion protocol, that’s the first step,” he said. “An indication to me of where he is from a medical standpoint. Then it’s the dialogue, ‘hey, you feeling good?,’ from a human standpoint, that interaction. And then as a player you go out and watch him execute. Certainly we’ll continue to do that and to this point (Taylor's) done a good job with that."'