Archives for October 6, 2017
'“You can't always control what happens on the field. You can have a great week of practice and go out on Sunday and just not play well. You can get beat. Those guys get paid on the other side of the ball, too. But you can always control your effort and your attitude and what you do out in the community. That just takes time and what you're willing to do. So I take a lot of pride in that. Looking around our team, I don't know if every team is the same way, but looking at how many other guys that I felt were worthy of it, made it mean even more. Just that guys put me on that type of level.”'
'"I mean we traded away some good players, some good players signed other places, but I think it made us more of a team,” Brown said Thursday morning during an appearance on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football." "We know we can’t depend on Sammy Watkins to catch a 70-yard bomb. We gotta drive the ball down the field, play keep away, work field position, get great punts from Colton Schmidt and we’ve been working well.'
'Cincinnati stands 1-3 in part because its offensive line has gone from a strength to a weakness and the roster is in transition. The Bengals are the third youngest team in the NFL, with an average age of 25.5.'
'Shady especially got into it, leaving one fan wondering if he was working on a new touchdown dance as he celebrated the Sabres' second goal of the game.'
'Taylor's long gain to Clay, combined with his strong fourth-quarter stats against the Panthers earlier this season, boosted his overall numbers in these scenarios, which have not been strong…'.
'Dalton started the 2017 with two brutal performances that led to a passer rating of 47.2, the lowest among 33 qualifying quarterbacks. Since then, after now former offensive coordinator Ken Zampese was fired, the seventh-year signal-caller has experienced a significant turnaround.'
'According to PFF, Incognito's grade is 84.1. He has not allowed a QB Hit this season on 127 pass block snaps, per PFF.'
'Even if Manuel lights it up in replacement, the Raiders are still going back to Carr as soon as he's healthy. The Bills-Raiders game is four weeks away, so Manuel would need Carr's recovery to be toward the longer end to get a shot at his former team. Some of the factors in Carr's return include the severity of the fracture, how much pain throwing causes him and the likelihood that he could hurt the injury worse by playing, as well as the Raiders' place in the standings.'
'“This is not something that just happens to me. It’s football,” he said Wednesday. “At the end of the day it’s hard. This is the National Football League. If it was easy everyone would be out there catching passes. This is not something you just roll the ball out and do, it’s going to take time.”'
'On the downside, Lawson's backup, Eddie Yarbrough, was added to the injury report with a back injury. He was limited in practice. Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, safety Micah Hyde (knee) and cornerbacks E.J. Gaines (groin) and Shareece Wright (back) were all limited in practice as well.'
'The NFL's pick for Defensive Rookie of the Month was cornerback Tre'Davious White, who has played regularly and effectively. Buffalo's first-round pick has been on the field for 256 snaps, second in the league among defensive rookies behind Jets safety Marcus Maye. Teams have gone after the former LSU standout, but White has held his own; his eight passes defensed are tied for the league lead with Chiefs corner Terrance Mitchell. White also returned a fumble for a crucial touchdown in Sunday's win over the Falcons, although he also committed a pass interference penalty on the Buffalo 1-yard line against Mohamed Sanu.'
'Get it done: In 2011, the Bills were 3-0 and went down the Cincy and lost 23-20. That's just one case in the drought that's happened. Over the past 17 years, the Bills have won games they shouldn't have. That hasn't been the issues. It's been the next game, or the next one after that, which they should win, because but didn't. The Bengals are a 3-point favorite at home, according to many in Las Vegas. Meaning they're calling this game a tossup. Cincinnati has won once this season, against Cleveland. If the 2017 Bills are for real, they should win this one.'
'Record-setting Bills: You might have heard, the Bills are on a bit of a hot streak. A couple team records and seasonal milestones help. Buffalo is the only team in the NFL to have not trailed by six or more points this season. To start the season, Buffalo held all their opponents under 17 points, a franchise first. The Bills have also gone 15 quarters without a turnover, another franchise record.'
'"We're, like you said, kind of the motley crew," defensive end Eddie Yarbrough said. "We definitely embrace that. And hey, some of us are the guys that nobody wanted, but we're making statements and we're out here to prove people wrong, so (we're) excited for the opportunity."'
'Bills have gone club-record 15 quarters without turnover.'
'Preston’s Playbook kicked off at Niagara Falls Wheatfield High School, where he visited the varsity football team following practice. After getting to know the young players, and providing insight on balancing football and maintaining a good GPA, he knew he wanted to do more to help their team. Brown donated stadium lights to their field so that next week the team can host their very first night game.'
'Tuesday, Oct. 3, proved to be the perfect day for the Buffalo Bills, Independent Health Foundation, and the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association to launch the Play 60 Challenge and Fitness for Kids Challenge. The programs, which launched in over five hundred classrooms in the area, aim to encourage children between grades two and five to participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, while also encouraging healthy nutritional choices.'
'Donald Jones: The one thing that I have learned playing football was sometimes you are good, and other times you are lucky. A wise man once said good teams create their own luck. In Week 3 the Bills got a little lucky with a questionable call when Von Miller stuck his hand out as if to help Tyrod up off the ground. He then pulled his hand away like the old ‘too slow’ move which my son does to me all the time. The ref threw the flag for a personal foul. It was a huge call because it kept a drive going which helped the Bills put the game away. I will never forget that call.'
'“The main thing was feet,” said Brown. “You could show him a play whether he was blocking or tackling where he would make contact with somebody and his feet would stop. The thing I was trying to teach him and I exaggerated a little bit, but I said, ‘That’s why they call the game football because you’re supposed to play with your feet. Your feet are supposed to move through the ball carrier or through the block.’'
'“We thought last week we could push the ball down field a little more, on some of the things they showed on film throughout the week,” he said. “Wasn’t able to connect on as many of them as we wanted to. That’s definitely something to show other teams that were still trying to push the ball down the field.”'