Archives for September 15, 2017
'The Bills have only 16 of their own draft choices on the team. No other team had fewer than 20 to start the season, and the league average is 27.4, based on a News review of NFL rosters. Buffalo has only 18 homegrown players. The league average is 34.6.'
'Whenever you sign a contract like that, expectations come with it, acknowledged Clay, whose first two seasons in Buffalo were slowed by a knee injury. He knows there are fans who view him as a disappointment, but he insisted he’s more focused on putting in the work on the practice field to help the Bills win on gameday and reach the playoffs for the first time in almost two decades.'
'“He's going to continue to do that,” said fellow linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who showed last season that a player’s breakout season can come when it’s least expected. “There's certain guys that you know when you play with, you're like, 'he's probably just a teamer.' But then there's other guys like, 'this dude can ball no matter what.' He's one of those guys that we trust. We're not out there like, ‘oh, that's a weak link.’ That's Ramon. We know he's got it. He's going to lock it down.”'
'"Well, hopefully with that comes wisdom, really," coach Sean McDermott said. "In my experience, I've been around some older teams, and they were pretty good teams. Really, you know, it's just trying to win now and sustain in the future with building a good foundation."'
'It's doubtful the addition of Jelani Jenkins will impact Alexander's role at all in the short term. Jenkins still has to learn the defense. I don't disagree that rushing the passer is Alexander's strength – he showed that last year with 12.5 sacks. Perhaps in time, Jenkins could take some of the linebacker snaps away from Alexander, who could then be used elsewhere. But that's not happening soon.'
'"So when you say that I've deteriorated, I'll prove to you that I'm not. At that time, I was 263, 264 pounds. I'm 247 now. I'm ready to run. I'm ready to play. I'm obviously doing a good job here. They like it. I'm going to show you and the rest of the league I haven't deteriorated."'
'Both Holmes and Britt have small hands relative to their height, but it hasn't been a huge hindrance to their ability to reel in the football. Per SportingCharts.com, Holmes had three drops in his last 58 targets entering this season (5.1% drop rate, which isn't great, but not terrible), and Britt had dropped six passes out of his last 183 targets since the start of 2015 (3.2% drop rate). These receivers essentially have the same athletic ability with a slight edge going to Britt in the speed and vertical-leap departments.'
'1. Tyrod Taylor. The starting quarterback is always going to be No. 1. Rookie Nathan Peterman's rise to No. 2 on the depth chart over the summer captured the imagination of Bills fans starved for a franchise quarterback, but the reality is we have yet to see him take a snap in a game that matters. If Taylor were to get hurt, there's no guarantee Peterman would be an upgrade, or even play at the same level. Taylor might be polarizing, but he's been a competent starter for three years now.'
'Jim Kelly had more wins for the Bills (101) than any Bills quarterback since has touchdown passes. The only quarterback in Bills franchise history with more touchdown passes than Kelly had wins is Joe Ferguson, who threw for 181 touchdowns. Kelly is the franchise leader with 237 TD passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick is third with 80.'
'The Panthers are talented and tough, a team that was in the Super Bowl just two years ago and is considered a true playoff contender this season in the NFC. It’s a huge test for the Bills, but if they really want to give their fans something to shout about, go down to Carolina and win.'
'Tyrod Taylor: "I listen to the gospel. The games already a bunch of highs and lows, so I try to stay level."'
'"Yes, I felt like I would be the next in line if I'd stayed," Beane said. "But I really felt like this opportunity was the next, right step for me."'
'"Hopefully he’s not going to run as much with his shoulder, but you know at the goal-line or 4th-and-1, he’s going to try to be a competitor and make a play," Brown said. "Cam has like 4 percent body fat and runs 4.5. It’s a challenge because he doesn’t go down easy. He’s going to try to extend it with his legs, find somebody down field and now he’s looking down the field to throw the ball not just run for five yards. It’s definitely going to be a challenge and you have to stay plastered to those guys down the field."'
'The closet of a Buffalo Bills fan is almost certainly full of Bills gear. Despite their playoff drought, Bills fans are diehards. Fans are always looking for unique T-shirts that show off their fandom. Here's a look at some offbeat Bills shirts that may help you stand out from the crowd.'
'When Sean McDermott left, the reaction was that fans, players and front-office personnel/fellow coaches were sorry to see him go, but knew he had earned the opportunity. There was a little bit more surprise around the departure of Brandon Beane, but similar reactions as Beane had worked his way up for a long time in Carolina and was handling a huge amount of work and responsibility for the team- the consensus to both was that they are two bright, talented up-and-comers in the league that Carolina was lucky to hold on to for as long as it did.'
'Playing time drama: Speaking of the defensive line, how much will each play? Marcell Dareus only saw 59 percent of snaps last week for the defense, despite a huge pay day. Dareus also did not record a tackle nor did he play on third downs. Simply looking for Dareus to make a tackle this week will be something to watch, but seeing how often he plays will be another. But, if that low count wasn’t a targeted at Dareus, there’s a chance that someone else on the line such as Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes, or Shaq Lawson, who could see a dip in playing time.'
'Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy has made his personal goals well known this season. McCoy, 29, is chasing the 10,000 rush yards plateau for his career and expects to top that this season. McCoy currently has 9,064. But that’s not all. For his career, McCoy surpassed the 12,000 yards from scrimmage mark last week against the Jets. Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart is also close to surpassing milestones, including the one for all-time leading rusher in Panthers history. Stewart has 6,703 rushing yards in his career, only 143 yards behind DeAngelo Williams. Stewart also needs two more touchdowns for most-rushing touchdowns for a running back in team history.'
'"Yes, he knows us. Yes, we know him," Panthers safety Kurt Coleman said. "But it's going to come down to guys just beating the guy across from them. When you know each other that well you have to whoop a man."'
'Bills’ 214 yards offense allowed last week were fewest since Dec. 22, 2013.'
'Rivera said his quarterback was “a little rusty” following the team’s 23-3 week one victory of the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, Newton completed 14-of-25 passes for 171 yards, two TDs and an interception. Newton threw only two passes throughout all of preseason.'
'A video by Joe Raczka shows the fan wearing all the jerseys and one by one takes them off to show all the QB turnover.'
'“You just like playing with people that know the game and communicate well, who don’t panic,” said Alexander. “He’s your ultimate pro. For me I really enjoy playing with guys like that.”'
'Since 2015, the two have led the league in many rushing statistics by quarterbacks. In rushing yards, Taylor (1,186) tops Newton (998) over the past two seasons. But Newton (15) has the upper hand over Taylor (10) in rushing touchdowns.'