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Season Ticket Member of the Game- Walter Allen

Posted by Megan Zenger on September 25, 2017 – 11:31 am

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Walter Allen has been a Buffalo Bills fan since day one. As a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member since 1960, Allen has made many memories while watching his favorite team.

Whether he is reminiscing about his all-time favorite player, running back Thurman Thomas, or recalling Buffalo’s four Super Bowl appearances, Allen is proud to be a dedicated Bills fan.  “It was such an ecstatic thing to be a part of [the Super Bowls]…To have our city represented all over the country,” stated Allen.

After decades of devoted fandom, Allen is still a regular at New Era Field. These days, Allen cheers on Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood alongside his family, friends and other Season Ticket Members that he has sat with for years.

Arriving no later than 10 a.m., Allen enjoys setting up the tailgate for his friends and family on game days. “Hot or cold, we are out there with the best Buffalo has to offer,” stated Allen.

Like many Buffalo Bills fans, Allen enjoys attending Bills games for more than just football. If he had to name his favorite part of Sunday’s at New Era Field, it would be “Spending Sundays with 72,000 of his closest friends,” stated Allen.

As a Season Ticket Member for many years, Allen has come to enjoy the benefits that accompany his membership. His favorite Season Ticket Member benefit is the discount he gets at The Bills Store, which he uses each year to buy new Bills gear.

Congratulations, Walter!

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Taylor: Von was joking, but it worked out

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2017 – 10:20 am

It was misunderstood by many watching the game on Sunday at New Era Field. It was also misunderstood by head referee Carl Cheffers. After a failed third down pass by Tyrod Taylor, he was knocked down by Denver pass rusher Von Miller. Miller offered his hand to Taylor to help him up, only to pull it away a second later in a classic gag fitting of a 13-year old. Both players laughed as it unfolded, but Cheffers threw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“Me and Von came out the same year. We’re good friends,” said Taylor. “We were actually laughing on the field. I don’t think he knew. I honestly didn’t know at the time there was going to be a flag. We were laughing. It ended up working out in our favor. Just a bad play by him at the time. I’m pretty sure he wished he had it back, but got to move forward.”

“I just wasn’t thinking,” said Miller. “I know Tyrod, he was talking, smiling. I don’t even talk to quarterbacks, I don’t even do anything with quarterbacks. But I know Tyrod, we were kind of laughing and joking through the whole game. On that play, I just made a very, very crucial mistake at a vital point in the game.”

The penalty was a back breaker for the Broncos. Buffalo likely would’ve punted in a one-score game up 23-16 with 7:43 to play and pinned Denver back deep in their own end. The unsportsmanlike conduct however, gave Buffalo a fresh set of downs and the drive resulted in a game-clinching field goal by Stephen Hauschka with three minutes left.

“I stuck out my hand, thought he was going to help me up. It was kind of like an old school move,” said Taylor. “I got played in that situation I guess.

“It extended a drive and burned some time off the clock and were able to get them to use all their timeouts. So it worked out.”

“I can’t put my team in situations like that,” said Miller. “I brought us home field many times, I’ve closed games fifty million times. I’ve got to be smarter than that. I’m always on the rookies and all the young guys [about] being smart and doing this and doing that. Then I go out there and do something like that, in a crucial situation in the game, I’ve just got to be better than that. It hits you in the stomach. I haven’t been in situations [like that] since my rookie season.

“I killed the game today with that penalty. I’ve just got to be better than that, and I will be better than that.”


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Tickets for the WJC outdoor game on sale now!

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 25, 2017 – 10:00 am

Tickets for the Friday, Dec. 29, World Junior Championship outdoor game at New Era Field are on sale now! The event will feature a matchup between the USA and Canada, played on the home field of the Buffalo Bills. Fans can purchase tickets to the by clicking here.

For the entire 2018 World Junior Championship schedule and information, please visit buffaloworldjuniors.com.


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Pegulas participation appreciated by players

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2017 – 8:23 pm

It was a Saturday evening meeting prompted by players, but Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula came to listen as player, coaches and the general manager came together for a healthy dialogue that aired opinions, approaches and possible solutions to respond to the President’s comments. Their participation was roundly appreciated by the players in Buffalo’s locker room.

“What I really appreciate was our owners being in that room,” said Lorenzo Alexander, who helped set up the meeting. “Our GM, being there and supporting us. Obviously, Terry Pegula he came up (to the meeting) for us. He hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from. So he did a great job as far as relating with us and allowing us to use our platform and his organization to stand on to make a statement. So a lot of respect for him. A lot of owners don’t have to do that, or did do that.”


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McCoy bothered by President’s comments

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2017 – 8:17 pm

LeSean McCoy has never been afraid to speak his mind on any number of topics. He says what he feels and means what he says. It was evident Sunday his feelings were still pretty raw regarding President Trump’s comments about what to do with any NFL player who kneels for the national anthem.

“I was very bothered the comments of our President of this country,” said McCoy. “As a President you’re supposed to lead us, you’re supposed to bring us together. You know, you’re supposed to lead this country. I can’t stand and support something where our leader of this country is acting like a jerk, angry and upset about NFL players protesting in a peaceful manner.

“I won’t go into different areas and subjects, but in this country a lot of different things are going on, with people protesting in a violent way. If a guy wants to take a knee or wants to express himself in a different manner, he has that right. And the biggest thing is that it’s in a peaceful manner. You know, so that really bothered me.

“I think us as a group, as a team, we wanted to display that. We came together as a team and show to the world that no matter how different we are, we can come together. It’s as simple as that.”


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After demonstration, total team win is fitting

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2017 – 8:06 pm

Buffalo’s pre-game demonstration during the national anthem wasn’t unique. Thirty-one other NFL clubs had similar displays of team unity. But what made the Bills win all the more fitting Sunday was that it was a total team effort with all three phases making major contributions.

Buffalo’s passing game got on track to pick up the slack for a run game that was the focus of the Denver defense. The defense got takeaways and special teams provided long distance field goals and stopped a fourth down fake.

“Yeah what an awesome effort from our team,” said Stephen Hauschka, who provided four field goals including a pair from 50-plus. “This team is gritty. I think you’ve seen it in all three games. This team is poised, strong mentally and this team is going to keep fighting every single game. It doesn’t mean we’re going to win every single game, but we’re going to be in it and we’re going to stay strong. We’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

 


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LT Bolles questionable for Broncos

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2017 – 2:38 pm

Denver’s starting left tackle Garett Bolles is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Bolles was able to practice on a limited basis after suffering a lower leg injury last Sunday. It was originally believed to be a high-ankle sprain, but head coach Vance Joseph called it a bone bruise.

If he can’t play on Sunday it is expected that Allen Barbre or Donald Stephenson will fill in. Barbre might be the lesser of two evils, but his best position is guard.

Here’s the rest of the Broncos injury report

OUT
CB Brendan Langley – knee
QB Paxton Lynch – shoulder

QUESTIONABLE
WR Bennie Fowler – concussion
LT Garett Bolles – lower leg


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Fan Friday 9-22

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2017 – 12:45 pm

A big AFC challenge this week with Denver. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

How are Zay and Tyrod connecting this week?

Beth fox@10Poobah

CB: They are connecting in practice all the time. What you see in practice however, is somewhat scripted by the scout team. What Zay Jones as a rookie receiver will see on Sunday will be much different and it will be happening much faster.

Jones needs time on the job to getting in better sync with Tyrod on game days. I believe it will happen in time. How much time is the question.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

The Bills started moving the ball in the 2nd half when they spread it out. Do you think they have the personal to go 4 and 5 wide?

Michael Kielma
@bubble_head716

CB: I think spreading the field is a good idea to prevent eight-man boxes for Buffalo’s run game. If you go four wide with a single back in the backfield, the space and lanes are there because the defense has to cover all the options.

Chan Gailey made Buffalo’s offense productive that way, including C.J. Spiller, who had his most productive season in an offense that went predominantly with a four-wide, one back look.

When you’re facing cornerbacks the caliber of Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, rub routes can also be a solution. So having more receivers split out can facilitate that.

But I like the idea of a spread look to help the Bills move the ball more consistently. I especially like the spread look in the red zone to give Tyrod Taylor the necessary lanes to take off and run and reach the end zone if he has to tuck and take off.

 

3 – Hey Chris,

Ever since Charles Clay has been with the Bills there has always been talk of him having knee problems . Every year, including this one, as I was just reading how he is limited in practice due to knee soreness . Every year I wonder making the kind of cash this guy makes why doesn’t he get his knee fixed in the off season? What is the deal with his knee & again why doesn’t he do something about it especially seeing as he is one of the higher paid players on the team …

Thanks for all you do
GO BILLS !!
Mr. T from Fort Myers via Nashville
CB: I’m not a doctor so I’m not going to pretend to know what Clay’s exact knee affliction is. But you have to believe that if surgery of any kind could correct the condition of his knee it would’ve happened a long time ago.

His playing career is his livelihood, so if something could be done to reduce the need to take preventative measures with his knee, like staying off it an extra day every week, they would’ve taken those steps.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will Rick Dennison ‘Rex Ryan’ our offense? Or will he start looking at what made us more successful last year and change strategies?

Ryan Appleby
@ApplebyRC

CB: I highly doubt that Buffalo’s offensive coordinator after an entire offseason of work is going to scrap the system he spent the last six months installing. It’s on the players to lock things down and execute more effectively.

The coaches have to get creative with the chess pieces they have and coach McDermott talked about moving some of the pieces around to be more unpredictable. But scrapping your offensive system after two games is not going to happen.

It’s the constant churn of coaches and front office people that’s responsible for the growing pains you’re witnessing now. I’m not going to run through the litany of coaching changes and front office changes since 2000.

All that change makes it difficult for a team to develop familiarity with schemes, have the personnel that perfectly fit the schemes and the consistency to execute the schemes.

The good news is the Pegulas look like they’ve hired the right head coach and the right general manager. So the hope is the vision that Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have can gain traction and establish a foothold that can set a good foundation.

Then the team can continue to be built in that image with less and less player turnover from year to year. That should lead to a better product on the field.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

How do you feel about Tyrod Taylor start to the season?

Shane Boucher
@ShaneBoucher5

CB: I’ve expected much of what we’ve seen to this point. It’s an offense that is not yet on the same page, for a host of reasons. Two regular season games together, late offseason changes (Jordan Matthews trade, Anquan Boldin add and subtraction, Watkins trade, Streater injury), lost time on the field (Jordan Matthews injury, Tyrod Taylor injury).

Change, especially in the late stages of a preseason, never help the continuity an offense is trying to establish in year one of a new system.

Even the offensive line, which returns the same starting five (when Cordy Glenn is healthy), is undergoing a dramatic change in scheme, going to a zone blocking scheme.

I understand fans want a productive offense that scores points, especially after seeing the Bills rank 12th and 10th in points per game the last two years. That’s not going to happen right away in light of the aforementioned circumstances.

That doesn’t mean the players on offense aren’t doing everything they can to tighten things up and execute more effectively.

But just going on past experience with change here in Buffalo, this is going to take at least to the bye week before things start really humming.

 


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Broncos LT Bolles practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2017 – 3:18 pm

It was labeled a high-ankle sprain initially for Broncos rookie LT Garrett Bolles. It forced him out of last Sunday’s win over Dallas in the third quarter. Then head coach Vance Joseph labeled it a bone bruise for the left tackle.

Either way he was called “week to week” by Joseph on Monday. But on Thursday Bolles is a surprising practice participant.

Denver Post Broncos beat reporter Nicki Jhabvala shot some practice video of Bolles participating during individual position drills.

We’ll know more about Bolles participation level in practice when Denver wraps things up later this afternoon. If Bolles does not fare well the rest of the week, Donald Stephenson or Allen Barbre are his two most likely replacements.


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Dareus held out of practice, Glenn returns

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2017 – 3:11 pm

Head coach Sean McDermott expressed concern about Marcell Dareus’ availability for Sunday’s game after suffering an ankle injury last weekned. Dareus missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday.

The only other player who did not participate in practice Thursday was DT Jerel Worthy, who remains in the concussion protocol.

The good news is Cordy Glenn returned to practice from an ankle injury suffered in last week’s game. Glenn was limited. The key will be how he feels Friday morning and whether he can practice a second straight day.

Shaq Lawson also returned to practice from a nerve contusion in his foot, but was limited.

WR Kaelin Clay was added to the injury report as a limited participant Thursday as he had to step out of practice with a foot injury. TE Nick O’Leary was another new addition with a hamstring injury and was limited.

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Here’s the full report for Thursday.

DID NOT PRACTICE
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PRACTICE
S Colt Anderson – foot
WR Kaelin Clay – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
LB Deon Lacey – hamstring
DE Shaq Lawson – foot
TE Nick O’Leary – hamstring

FULL PRACTICE
TE Charles Clay – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist
LB Matt Milano – hamstring

 

 


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St. Joes vs. Canisius broadcast to air Friday, Sept. 22

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 21, 2017 – 2:18 pm

The second installment in a four-part series of Pegula Sports and Entertainment produced Western New York high school football games, presented by the DENT Concussion Center, will take place at New Era Field on Friday, Sept. 22. Broadcast live on MSG Network and OneBuffalo.com, the game will feature St. Joe’s and Canisius High School of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association.

The matchup will kick off at 7 p.m.  Bills Insider Chris Brown will handle the play by play duties, along with analysis from former Bills wide receiver Donald Jones.

Fans can purchase tickets for the game from the participating schools. Tickets will also be available on game day at the Bills Ticket Office.


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Tickets available for Bills-Broncos game

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 21, 2017 – 11:33 am

Bills fans, it’s not too late for you to purchase individual game tickets for this Sunday’s game! Kicking off at 1 p.m., the Bills will take on AFC West opponent the Denver Broncos at New Era Field. Don’t miss out. For more information on the promotions and giveaways for this week and throughout the 2017 season, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.


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Clay, Milano limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2017 – 3:16 pm

The big news Wednesday was how Marcell Dareus and Cordy Glenn were both sidelined at practice due to ankle injuries. But a couple of key special teamers and Buffalo’s starting tight end also were unable to practice fully.

Charles Clay, Matt Milano and Colt Anderson were all limited in practice Wednesday. LB Deon Lacey was also limited. Here’s a look at Buffalo’s full injury report.

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DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
DE Shaq Lawson – foot
RB LeSean McCoy – rest
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
S Colt Anderson – foot
TE Charles Clay – knee
LB Deon Lacey – hamstring
LB Matt Milano – hamstring


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Abby Anderson to sing anthem at Bills-Broncos game

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 20, 2017 – 3:12 pm

Black River Entertainment songwriter and artist Abby Anderson, will be singing the national anthem at Buffalo’s Week 3 game against the Broncos. Currently working on her debut album, the Dallas, Texas native has been developing a unique sound that she is eager to share. Bills fans will enjoy hearing Anderson’s soulful tone, as she takes the field with her piano on Sunday.

 


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McCoy & Alexander get rest day

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2017 – 10:31 am

Bills head coach Sean McDermott is giving two of his veteran players a rest day for Wednesday’s practice.

Both LeSean McCoy and Lorenzo Alexander will be getting Wednesday’s practice off. McCoy logged 74 percent of the snaps last week while Alexander 55 plays between defense and special teams in Week 2.

McCoy was dealing with some groin soreness heading into last week’s game.


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Jets game

Posted by Megan Zenger on September 20, 2017 – 8:41 am

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Chad Dulanksi has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills vs. Jets game. The jackpot was $133,760, a Buffalo Bills Foundation 50-50 record, with a winning ticket for $66,880. The charitable 50-50 proceeds from the game will be designated to both the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army for Hurricane Relief Efforts.

Dulanski and his wife plan to use the money to buy pay for next year’s season tickets. “We can keep doing the things we like to do,” stated Dulanski.

Congratulations, Chad!

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is seeking volunteers to sell 50-50 Raffle tickets at each 2017 Buffalo Bills home game. Volunteers arrive early and sell raffle tickets pregame until the end of the 3rd quarter, when the winner is drawn. Please note: Volunteers for 50-50 Raffle must be 18 years of age or older.

If you or someone you know might be interested, please click here.


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Bills & Republic Services hold fifth annual Electronic Recycling Drive

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 19, 2017 – 7:28 pm

The Buffalo Bills have once again teamed up with Republic Services to hold the fifth annual Electronic Recycling Drive! Hosted in the ADPRO Sports Training Center parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 30, Bills fans can stop by from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to recycle old computers, televisions, cell phones and more. Fans who donate an item will receive a complimentary Bills Store coupon!

For more information on acceptable and non-acceptable items, please visit here.

 


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Dennison confident in offensive weapons

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2017 – 12:42 pm

They found it hard to make plays against Carolina’s defense last Sunday, but offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is staunch in his belief that the offense has the necessary playmakers to make things happen in the passing game.

The key as Dennison sees it is working the pass game off the other elements of their offense. Then after that it’s turning pass attempts into completions.

“Complete a lot of balls, just keep working at it, keep completing balls,” Dennison said. “I think certainly some of our shots will come off of play action and off the run game, we have to be successful there. Like I said, there’s still plenty of talent and the ability to push the ball around.”


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 19, 2017 – 11:31 am

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 3 of the 2017 season is Chad Bartoszek, head coach of the Franklinville-Ellicottville Titans. Taking on the Maple Grove Red Dragons on the road, the Titans came away with a 26-6 win. Holding the Red Dragons to a scoreless three quarters and just 20 yards on offense, the Titans redeemed themselves after losing to Maple Grove in the Class D Title game last season. Titans’ senior quarterback Brock Blecha finished the game 16-of-22 for 180 yards passing and managed three rushing touchdowns. The Titans, now 3-0, are set to play Salamanca at home on Friday, Sept. 22.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 3 is Brian Herdlein, head coach of the LeRoy Oatkan Knights. LeRoy took on rival Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen at home on Friday, Sept. 15. The undefeated Knights found themselves trailing 18-7 late in third quarter. Rallying behind backup quarterback Cole Briggins, the Knights were able to cut into the Red Raiders’ lead. Down 18-13, the Knights put together quite the final drive. Starting at their own 21-yard line with 10:17 left in the game, the Knights marched 79 yards for a game winning touchdown. The 21-play drive lasted 10:08 and ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Reece Tresco. With the win, the Knights advanced to 3-0 on the season. The team’s next matchup will take place on at Avon High School on Friday, Sept. 22.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 


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Tolbert with honest take on offense

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2017 – 9:25 pm

The offense for the Bills Sunday had a tough go of it against a quality side in Carolina. A player on Buffalo’s roster who knows that defensive unit very well had an honest take on the Bills offense and who they went up against in Carolina.

“If you look at it, we played the best defense in the league,” said Mike Tolbert. “I’m not taking anything away from those guys. I know them well obviously. Obviously, we have to improve on offense. There are somethings we could have done better. We have to be better on first and second down. We can’t put ourselves in a hole on third down. We have to run the ball better. We’ve just got to play better football on offense.

“Our defense played amazing all day. We have to take them off the field and get them a break sometimes.”

The task for the Bills offense gets no easier this week as they face a Broncos defensive unit that held Ezekiel Elliott to eight yards on nine carries with arguably the best offensive line in the league in front of him. They also sacked Dak Prescott twice and picked him off twice, including a 103-yard return for a touchdown.


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