'“They’re converting (41 percent), and (Taylor) has probably run for half of their first downs,” he said. “(Taylor) delivers the ball on time when he’s in the pocket. And, when he’s out of the pocket, he’s been able to pick up the first down and keep them moving down the field.”'
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'"I wouldn't feel right knowing that the guy that I'm playing with, that's playing the same position as me, isn't trying his best, doing the best he can, just as well as I am," he said. "We're all out there trying to be the best to help the team. And like I've been saying and what McDermott has been preaching to us from Day One, we're one/eleven. We want everyone to own up to what their position is, what their role is and do the best you can at it, no matter if you're a starter or you're a backup."'
'"He's been phenomenal," McDermott said. "He's been coming off the ball. He's been doing the little things. It's easy to be a one-dimensional player and get numbers, but he has bought into the system, being one-eleventh of the defense. He plays the run extremely well."'
'“He's a quiet guy. Very humble, low key,” veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “That's just who he is. I think the more he’s been around this team, especially on the football field, the more reps he's gotten, the more times we've been able to have conversations about playing the game,” he’s gotten more comfortable. “You could see it on Sunday, too. As the game progressed, he became more confident.”'
'McDermott said center Eric Wood and defensive tackle Kyle Williams have reminded their teammates of what happened the last time the Bills were flying high before a game at Cincinnati. That was in 2011, when the Bills were 3-0 and proceeded to suffer a 23-20 loss to the Bengals, who had been 1-2.'
'But there was more to discuss, much more, considering all the positive energy funneling into the Bills and Sabres over the past week. In a three-day span, the Bills improved to 3-1 and were alone in first place in the AFC East, and the Sabres made the biggest financial commitment to a player in franchise history.'
'Because Dareus only played 22 snaps against the Falcons, I figured the game provided a good opportunity to describe what he did on every play he was on the field without the list being too long…'.
'Of the 76 cornerbacks who've played at least 150 snaps thus far in the 2017 season, White owns the highest overall grade and has the fourth-highest overall coverage grade among those corners.'
'First of all, I want to make this known, we have confidence in the guys in our receiving room. Philly is a guy that played in games. He knows the system. He knows what we are looking for. He knows what it is like to play in big games. For all those reasons, we thought it was the right time and we’ll take a look at him today and see how he looks here.'
'“They’re just doing a nice job of being sound. They’re very well-coached, and it shows on tape.”'
'“I’m hitting the ball well, and just everything is coming together,” Hauschka said. “It feels great. I knew I was capable of these types of things, and the mind is powerful. I’m just trusting myself, believing in myself and having fun out there.”'
'I would guess McDermott is in a pretty exclusive club in that regard, because a depth chart – now minus injured Jordan Matthews – that includes Andre Holmes, struggling rookie Zay Jones, newly-signed Philly Brown, and Kaelin Clay doesn’t elicit much faith among the fan base.'
'Hyde has three interceptions to his name this year and is a big reason why the Bills rank so well at defending the deep ball.'
'In fact, since the AFC East realigned in 2002, the Bills being in first place has been a rare occurrence. The Bills' current hold on first place is only the 11th time the team has been in first since 2002.'
'"There's great competition on our roster right now, and I love that," McDermott said. "The players want that. That's why they work during the week. They understand what's at stake. We're only going to continue. Competition takes everyone's game up a notch. That's good for us."'
'Hauschka attended NCAA Division III Middlebury College in Vermont to play soccer and lacrosse. He was sent down to the JV soccer squad and he started to set his sights on becoming a dentist like his mom.'
'No I’m not concerned,” Taylor said. “We’ll continue to be persistent in our running game and Shady is a great back and our offensive line is doing a great job each week.”'
'“The great part about this team is that we have a ton of leaders on the team that make their presence known. Lead by example and verbal as well. Those guys have made it very clear what it was like years ago when the team had a good start and didn’t stay focused on the process,” McDermott said'
'Micah Hyde, S: A relatively unspectacular free-agent acquisition from Green Bay, the Bills believed in the 27-year-old strong safety enough to give him $30 million over five years. And Hyde has given the Bills defense a playmaker on the back end with three interceptions already (two against Ryan last week) and has broken up four passes.'
'"I'm growing and I'm learning and I know that," Jones said. "I've had a lot of advice, a lot of people talk to me. I've heard a lot of things positive and negative, but I just really don't care because it's a learning process for me.'
'"I believe it's a big challenge for our building to keep things in perspective," McDermott said. "If we're going to get addicted to anything, let's get addicted to the process of what leads to winning."'
'One can't blame long-suffering Buffalo fans for guzzling the kids' drink at this point, though. It's been a while since the Bills appeared to pay attention to detail. An argument can be made that the Rex Ryan teams of the last couple of years possessed far more talent but about one-tenth of the discipline this group has featured so far.'
'"Danny Crossman (special teams coach) does a great job of knowing his phase of the ball," head coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday. "We went through it in the offseason and Danny did a great job of identifying Stephen as a player that fit us. Certainly, the conditions we play in here, it was important that we had a leg the type that Stephen has. He's kicking well right now, and it's good to see. He's a guy who spent a long time in one place, and maybe was told he wasn't in (Seattle's) plans, like a lot of us in this building. Guys embrace that underdog role."'
'"The Bills are playing really good football," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "They've been productive on third down. Tyrod Taylor is doing a fine job. He's able to scramble and get the ball down field. He delivers the ball on time. LeSean McCoy is such a good runner. They have good, sound people."'
'“It’s just like life,” he said while sitting at his locker after Wednesday’s practice as his 3-1 Bills get ready to travel to the 1-3 Cincinnati Bengals. “Some things go your way and some things don’t. You’ve just got to wake up every day and just keep working. I’m no longer going to get discouraged by what people say or what people might think. I understand that now.”'
'Defensive end Shaq Lawson, who missed last week’s game with a groin injury, will be limited Wednesday, as well. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who returned to the lineup after missing a game with a foot injury, is moving “in the right direction,” according to the head coach.'
'This is now the third time in Hauschka's career where he has been named as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.'
'Then, the head coach was asked, flat out, if it’s fair to call Cedric Thornton the starter, or that if Dareus can take the job back this week. His response: “Right. There’s great competition on our roster right now and I love that and the players want that. That’s why they work during the week. They understand what’s at stake. We’re only going to continue. Competition takes everyone’s game up a notch. That’s good for us.”'
'Safety Micah Hyde is day-to-day with his knee, but McDermott says he is headed in the right direction.'
'“He’s ready,” said McDermott of Milano. “He’ll only get more and more ready as he puts the time in this week. I thought he came on a big stage last week and handled himself well for his first real live game action (on defense). What’s important is where we go from here. I think Matt clearly understands that, and then it’s important that we do things around Matt to help him as he continues to grow.”'
'“It feels great,” said Hauschka of his start this season. “This is what I prepared for all offseason. All training camp this is where the work pays off. Just to have that mental focus, that endurance, those great leg swings. That’s what it’s all about.”'
'“We’re certainly facing adversity, we’ve faced adversity before, and this is only going to make us stronger,” he said.'
'“Atlanta, there were times they allowed our ends to rush, and we were able to get some really good rushes… I’m not sure what the team that we’re going to be playing this week, how they’re going to approach our pass rush,” Frazier said. “Most of the time, you give Jerry a chance to rush one-on-one, we feel pretty good about those situations.”'