Archives for September 22, 2017
'"As me and my guy Ryan Davis say, 'We're from the mud,' " said Yarbrough. "We didn't get that luxury of coming into the league where we can make six, seven, eight mistakes but because we were drafted and they've got money invested in us they're going to keep us. We have a little more pressure on us.'
'“It wasn’t that I was beating a dead horse,” the greatest receiver in team history said this week. “It was just the mindset that I needed. If it's on your fingertips, you should be able to catch it.”'
'Hauschka spoke for nearly 20 minutes after practice Thursday about his transition to the Bills, how head coach Sean McDermott is building something “amazing” and “special,” and his genuine appreciation of the area (“I’m blessed to be here in Buffalo. What a great city to raise our first son in.”). And during our candid conversation about life and football, the 32-year-old opened up about another topic close to his heart: racial equality.'
'“This is probably the best front seven we’ve seen all year, including the preseason,” Joseph said. “It’s going to be a true challenge for us. Right now they’re ranked, what, third in the league, only allowing I think 264 yards a game, so that’s big time.”'
'“We just felt that … looking at our roster and the bottom third of our roster – and trying to improve every day like we always try and do – we felt like this would give us a chance to get a player of Robert’s caliber,” he said. “He’s been here before and he knows the system. He is a good special teams player as well as a backup safety at this point.”'
'The earliest the Bills could move on from Glenn is after this season. They’d have to do that before the third day of the new league year in March, when $6.5 million of his base salary becomes guaranteed. If the Bills were to cut Glenn at that point, they’d save a little more than $3 million in cap space in 2018, although Glenn could potentially cost more than $11 million in “dead money.” Potentially, that is, because the team could designated him as a "June 1" cut, which would spread out the amount of dead money over two years. That would put the Bills on the hook for $4.7 million in 2018 and $6.4 million in 2019. The cap savings in 2018 in that case would be $9.75 million.'
'Barrett registered four quarterback pressures in Week One against the Chargers and a whopping eight against the Cowboys on Sunday. He also had five run-game stops, so he hasn't been a one-trick pony.'
'“When I watch the tape, it is never as bad as you thought but it’s never as good as you thought either," McCoy said. “I just felt there were some plays I could have made. You watch the tape and maybe it is not as many as you thought but just knowing myself, everybody has to be honest when they watch the tape. You have to know your game. The problem with this league is a lot of players don’t take accountability, and I do. I will get it right this week."'
'Let’s start with this: Luck is 28 years old, in the prime of his career, and though he’s currently sidelined with a shoulder injury, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. You don’t trade a guy like that, no matter what the return.'
'Dareus, 27, has been in a rotation at defensive tackle this season. He's played 52 snaps in two games and currently holds a PFF grade of 80.2 this season. His PFF grade is 28th among all interior defensive lineman in 2017.'
'"I came up in this league with a lot of old school coaches in Mike Nolan and Wade Phillips and all those guys and Marvin Lewis," Joseph said. "I was always taught, as a coordinator or as a head coach, you have to do what your players do best. I'm not opposed to running a 3-4 or a 4-3 or whatever makes our players successful. I'm not a coordinator that's going to show up and just shove my defense down the players' throat. I'm going to do what's best for the personnel."'
'Shady back on track?: This one is almost as much about the offensive line as it is about LeSean McCoy. The Bills workhorse back was held to a terrible day against the Panthers. He had 12 carries and only nine yards rushing. Very ugly. McCoy didn’t have many holes as the offensive line had a poor game as well. Both need to pick it up. Might be a tough test. Denver held Dallas running back Zeke Elliott to eight yards on nine carries last week. Can Shady defy the odds?'
'Well, this much we know is true about Dennison: He’s unafraid to win ugly. As fans in Broncos Country know all too well, Dennison will dial down the pace until an NFL game becomes little more than an excuse for a nap on the sofa. While new Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is more apt to draw up a play in the dirt than to strictly follow a script, Dennison is an engineer that prefers the sweat equity of a one-brick-at-time grind.'
'"'Shady' [McCoy] is probably one of the more electrifying backs going back to Barry Sanders," said Broncos Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods. "He is a daylight runner, meaning he may start off to the A gap one side, and end up on the sideline on the other side."'
'"In this league, you've got to deal with it. Too much complaining. Too many excuses," McCoy said, shouldering the blame for being held to 9 yards on 12 rushes — a career low for a game in which he has more than seven carries — in a 9-3 loss to the Panthers.'
'Lawson suffered a nerve contusion in his foot in Sunday’s 9-3 loss to the Panthers, but both he and head coach Sean McDermott indicated they are confident he will play Sunday. Glenn is dealing with an injured foot. Both players were held out of practice Wednesday.'
'New Era's official "Circle The Wagon" vehicle, a horse-drawn wagon, will make stops along Abbott Road, handing out "Circle the Wagons" patches to fans.'
'There will also be a designated “Keep Cool” tent, with lemonade, sunscreen, and eye blacks provided.'
'Sunny, hot, 85 degrees. Bottled water for this game is discounted to only $3 a bottle. Fans are encouraged to stay hydrated by drinking water and please drink responsibly.'
'“He’s a good quarterback. When I was in Carolina a year ago, we went against Trevor [in the] opening game of the season last year. He’s smart, very intelligent player… I think those around the league that know the league, know what he’s capable of doing,” Sean McDermott said.'