'“I’m not out there playing, so that’s hard to say, ‘an advantage,’” McDermott said. “We’ve got to put in our time and earn the right to win, which we plan on doing. I’m aware of strengths and weaknesses, that’s the part that’s there. (But) the players will be on the field making the plays. It’s about us growing as a football team and making the trip down there.'
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'"I mean, all you've got to do is look at just the physical attributes, the talent that he has," veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams said Wednesday, as the Bills began preparing in earnest for the Panthers. "The tough thing about playing a veteran like McCown is he knows what's going on, he knows where to go with the ball and different things like that. And Cam does as well, but it's a different challenge and it's a big challenge.'
'The schedule includes five games against quarterbacks rated in the top 10 in NFL HISTORY: Tom Brady (twice) is third all-time, Drew Brees seventh, Philip Rivers eighth and Matt Ryan, the reigning MVP, is 10th. Last year, Buffalo faced only two QBs who rated in the top 10 in 2016 (Brady, Derek Carr).'
'But beneath the surface, under all of those clichéd responses and rehearsed lines, lies the truth behind the awkward relationship between Dareus — a talented player who can’t seem to get out of his own way at times — and an organization that has shown itself to only be committed to him financially.'
'"A lot of the newer guys get a lot of the hype," McCoy said. "The last two years it was the kid from the Rams, Todd Gurley. "Zeke, he's like the new presence. You know he's getting it done."'
'Tight end Charles Clay (shoulder), offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (foot), safety Colt Anderson (foot), and linebacker Tanner Vallejo (knee) were also limited in Wednesday's practice.'
'"Just the athleticism overall," said McDermott, who has yet to determine whether Jenkins will be active for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. "He came from a good system years ago at the University of Florida (before joining the Miami Dolphins as a fourth-round draft pick in 2013) and (has) some of the athletic attributes we look for in our linebackers. He can run and he can diagnose and he's a very instinctive player, so those were some of the things we saw on tape."'
'I’m aware of strengths and weaknesses, if you will. That’s the part that is there. I acknowledge that. The players will be on the field making the plays. We’ve got to have a great week and we’ve got a lot of work to do, like I said, coming off of last week’s game and really, for us, it’s about us growing as a football team and then making the trip down there. That’ll be a big challenge for us.'
'Panthers 24, Bills 17.'
'The Bills' secondary that played so well in twice intercepting Josh McCown is going to have a tougher time with Newton's impressive combination of power and athleticism. Newton's decisions on where to go with the ball were mostly good in the San Francisco game, but his delivery was slow at times. Still, his arm is far more powerful than McCown's, something the Bills' defenders will have to respect in deep coverage.'
'Though Dareus came off the field multiple times on third down, he still made an impact as a pass-rusher. Among 71 qualifying interior defensive linemen in Week One, Dareus' pass-rushing grade of 82.0, via Pro Football Focus, ranked sixth. That's a good sign for the top-five selection after 2015 and 2016 seasons in which he underperformed as a pass-rusher.'
'He better be careful throwing between the numbers against Carolina middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.'
'Newton is a career 58.4 percent passer. That is not elite. He does not get the ball out of his hands fast. He doesn't execute the underneath passing game superbly. He's not precise enough on the kind of horizontal quick-game throws that make Tom Brady great.'
'Coleman has a narrow edge on Poyer athletically, but the two have nearly the same linear speed. Coleman also has a more compact frame than Poyer. Coleman was signed by the Panthers in 2015 — when current Bills General Manager Brandon Beane was the assistant GM in Carolina — and had seven interceptions in Sean McDermott's defense. In 2016, Coleman had four picks. There's a chance the Bills signed Poyer this offseason partly because McDermott saw some Coleman-like ability in him.'
'Though the ground game may appear quintessential to the Bills' success based on these marks, it, of course, alone will not bring Buffalo back to the postseason for the first time since the 1999 season. They led all of football in total rushing offense in each of the last two seasons. They are the only team to lead the NFL in rushing and fail to make the postseason since the 2008 Vikings, whose rush offense was led by rookie running back, Adrian Peterson.'
'Hyde gave up three catches on four targets for 36 yards, and 25 of those yards occurred on one pass play. He also had a pass deflection and a pick. All that equated to a passer rating of 62.5 on passes thrown in his target area, the 29th-best out of those 70 safeties. Hyde was assigned with one missed tackle.'
'While Incognito was known for pulling from his guard spot last season and throwing lead blocks on runs to the right, he didn't pull once in Week One, Gaughan noted. Incognito simply excelled in their "more gap-oriented scheme."'
'Yes, ESPN moved the Bills down after winning. The Rams and Jaguars started below the Bills and made big gains after Week One, and beating the Jets didn't seem to impress ESPN's rankers.'
'Former Bills special teams ace and current CBS announcer Steve Tasker also chatted with Murphy and Jones, recalling the scene in Houston post hurricane and the celebration of the bravery of the first responders coinciding with the 9/11 anniversary weekend. Tasker also noted that highway 99 in Houston will be re-named, "J.J. Watt highway". Murphy also asked Tasker if he heard the infamous Doug Marrone quote post game, which was played for the audience. Tasker also talked about Bills-Jets, player superstitions and a brief chat on missing the celebration of the comeback game at New Era Field.'
'When I heard Wednesday he still wants to play safety after two serious neck injuries and a concussion, that he tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs, I asked him to join "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Radio.'
'The terrific weather Sunday, the fact 70,000 fans were at New Era Field and the diminished expectations for the team may account for part of the 8 percent drop-off. The game started with a 28.5 rating at 1 p.m. and hit a high of 36.9 at 2 p.m.'
'“When it comes to what it takes to win a football game, I don’t think about those things,” McDermott said. “I think about what’s going to give us the best chance to win, and that’s keeping players fresh up front. That’s what we believe in, I don’t factor those other areas into it. I know some of this may be what people are used to seeing, and we’re focused on what we do, and how we win, and getting better every week. Whatever’s in that bucket, that’s what we’re focused on.”'
'“He was an MVP of the league for a reason,” McDermott said Wednesday morning during his press briefing at One Bills Drive. “I had a front row seat to watch him on a day-to-day basis. The size, the speed, the power, the arm strength. That’s what we’re up against, and you add the other weapons they have, that’ll be a huge challenge for us. We have a lot of work to do this week.”'
' Their front seven ranks with the very best, led by middle linebacker Kuechly, whose 729 tackles through last season were the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012 out of Boston College.'
'"I like the rotation. I like what we've got going on. I'm just going to play my role and do the best I can. It takes a little getting used to, but at the same time, we all feel fresh. We're ready for the fourth quarter. We think we'll be ready later on in the season."'
'"Just the athleticism overall," McDermott said. "He came from a good system, years ago at the University of Florida and some of the athletic attributes that we look for from our linebackers. He can run and he can diagnose. He's a very instinctive player, so those are some of the things we saw on tape."'
'Don't look now, but the Buffalo Bills are in first place in the AFC East. By themselves. It sounds weird. Buffalo controlled the Jets on Sunday, behind a steady defense and an offense that made enough plays. The Bills probably should have been blowing their division rivals out by the third quarter, but that didn't stop Sean McDermott from gushing about the win. Hey, getting your first career NFL win as a head coach is something none of us reading (or writing) this blurb will ever experience. But in the interest of staying on the level, the win over the Jets wasn't exactly a performance on par with the 1990 AFC Championship Game, either.'
'“I will say that’s definitely something that I feel like we can get a chance at, as far as the misdirection, but I feel like that with every team. The way we run the football, the way Shady is downhill, the way (Mike) Tolbert is downhill, the way we’re able to stretch fields laterally, I think that we can definitely get those types of plays. We have to go out there and execute,” Taylor said.'
'“(Newton) was league MVP for a reason, I had a front row seat to watch him on a day-to-day basis,” McDermott said. “I thought he did (have a bounce-back game). He put up 23 points. Anytime you can do that in the NFL, that’s saying something.”'
'There’s a reason the Panthers have been successful over the years and Cam Newton’s a big factor in that equation. He does a great job. Mike Shula does a great job and they’ve got a talented team overall. Cam’s very dangerous. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s dangerous when the ball’s in his hands and he’s got a laser for an arm. I had a front-row seat to watch that for six years.'
'Beane laughed when asked whether he’d be a candidate to return to Carolina when Hurney begins the process of helping the Panthers’ find a permanent GM after the season. “I’m here in Buffalo,” Beane said. “I signed a long-term deal here and I’m excited about what’s going on here.”'
'"I know he's bigger than me, but I'm definitely taller than him, so I've got to get my pad level a little lower," Munnerlyn said. "I'm not used to that.'
'"It will definitely be (strange). I'm an emotional guy, but I'll try to just focus on the task at hand," Beane said. "Obviously it will be great to see people. It's a people business, and those relationships – no matter where I head the rest of my life, the rest of my journey – that's where it all started for me. There's always a special place in my heart for Carolina, not only the Panthers but both North and South Carolina.'
'"When it comes to what it takes to win a football game, I don't think about those things," McDermott said, referring to Dareus' salary. "I know some of this may not be what people are used to seeing. We're focused on what we do and how we win."'
'"There's probably a tendency to make an over-adjustment from time to time," he said, referencing other coaches who go back to face their former teams. "I've been through these before, whether it's been myself or other coaches on staff, and how you handle it is important. Again, I'm not out there playing quarterback, thank God. I'm not out there playing defense. Our guys are going to be the ones that are out there. What's most important is what they know, not what I know. At the end of the day it's a game of football, it's a reaction game and an anticipation game. There is a tendency, I'd say, to make an over-adjustment, we just have to be smart with that."'
'"I learned a lot from the players. It's a great organization. They do things the right way," McDermott said. "I have a lot of respect for how they do things. I really appreciate the time I spent there. I also know the work we have to put in. That's where my focus is. It's hard to say an advantage."'
'“When it comes to what it takes to win a football game, I don’t think about those things,” he said. “I think about what’s going to give us the best chance to win a football game. That’s keeping players fresh up front. That’s just philosophically, again, what we believe in. We don’t factor those other areas into it. I know some of this may be what people are used to seeing. We’re focused on what we do and how we win and getting better every week. Whatever is in that bucket of that, that’s what we’re focused on.”'
'McDermott said Jenkins will start off playing outside linebacker, but has the ability to play all spots along the second level. He also didn’t rule out Jenkins playing on Sunday. “Well, we’re going to look at that,” McDermott told reporters. “I mean, Jelani’s played in this league, both defensively and special teams. He’s played outside mostly, so that’s where we’ll start him off. The important part now is just acclimating him to our system and what we do and getting him comfortable so he can play fast.”'
'So is Wyoming’s Josh Allen. The athletic junior with the big arm will face Oregon this weekend and, according to NFL.com, the Bills will be one of 16 NFL teams in attendance.'