'Guys that are around me on a daily basis know what our goals are. I don’t think, for those that have been around me, around us, around how we do things, that there’s any question about what our goals are and our approach is on a daily basis.”'
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'Williams is the longest-tenured player on the roster going into his twelfth year with the team. Alexander is going into his eleventh season in the NFL and second with the Bills. They are the oldest players on the roster at 34 (Richie Incognito is also 34, one month younger than Williams, who is one month younger than Alexander).'
'This is the best thing for all parties, even though that there was a contingent of the fan base that was hoping to see Nathan Peterman play. The Bills want to see if Tyrod Taylor can be the leader of the team and the franchise quarterback moving forward.'
'Now, I don’t know about you, but that reads like a head coach that knows what they have in McCoy — and more importantly — knows what’s behind McCoy, too. I think McCoy is poised to have a huge workload going into the season both on the ground and through the air. He’s as explosive a runner as you’ll find in the NFL, but now, the worry will be keeping him fresh and healthy through the entirety of the season with as big of a workload as he’ll have. It will be a delicate balancing act for Sean McDermott and company.'
'Taylor is serving as a team captain, along with DT Kyle Williams, LB Lorenzo Alexander, C Eric Wood and K Steven Hauschka.'
'"A team that plays hard. A team that plays fundamentally sound. A team that plays as a team and plays together. That's a team a fan base can get behind," McDermott said. "(The fans) are invested in this football team and we're invested in them. Our players' love for each other has to show up on the football field. That's what connects (with the fans)."'
'“I’m glad to be back on the field. Even though it was a couple of days being off you take that away from a guy where it’s what he does for a living it’s definitely tough watching your guys go out there and you can’t participate. And having fun with those guys.”'
'“Yes, he has been cleared from the concussion protocol and we do expect him to start on Sunday,” McDermott said. “As a player you go out and watch him execute. We’ll continue to do that and to this point he’s done a good job with that.”'
'McDermott and the Bills made it through four preseason games without any “mechanical” issues concerning game management. They worked through replay challenges, time outs, clock management, and other issues seamlessly with what appeared to be an orderly approach. There were no penalties for too many men on the field, and no instances where they had less than 11. It’s not advanced coaching strategy, but it’s encouraging.'
'Gaines was given a cumulative grade of 87.4 for the entire preseason. Considering how topsy-turvy the offseason was for the fourth-year corner, the figures are very impressive. Gaines’ first game for the Bills came against the Eagles, and he had three tackles, two pass break-ups and an interception. His second game against the Ravens was equally notable. He ended with a tackle and a pass break-up, as he started to garner more starting time.'