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Watkins: We’ve got to respond better

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2014 – 2:04 pm

On Sunday the Bills were behind on the scoreboard for more than 54 minutes of the game as they found it tough to reduce the deficit to less than 10. Rookie WR Sammy Watkins felt going from all the success they had against Miami to considerably less against San Diego proved difficult to handle as the game went along.

“We had so much success against Miami and everything was going our way and to come to the Chargers where nothing was going our way, we didn’t know how to react to certain situations,” Watkins said. “That’s what we have to get better at as a team, from the coaches to the players.”

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Kyle: Pour disappointment into preparation

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2014 – 8:59 am

To a man the Bills were obviously not happy with their performance Sunday in the loss to the Chargers. Defensive co-captain Kyle Williams isn’t worried about how the team will handle the loss. He believes they’ll use their disappointment as fuel as they prepare for Houston this coming weekend.

“It shows that we still have a long way to go,” said Kyle Williams of Sunday’s outcome. “We got a lot to work on. Also, I don’t think one game is going to define us. I don’t think the makeup of the guys in here are guys that are going to fold with a little bit of adversity after one game. We take the disappointment. Pour it into our preparation for next week.”

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Woods: Penalties cost us big

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 6:26 pm

There were a number of instances where a positive play by the Bills on offense was wiped out by a penalty. On defense there were situations where a penalty handed the Chargers a fresh set of downs. At day’s end the 11 penalties for 101 yards proved to be a killer when it came to possessing the ball or getting it back.

“It’s a big impact,” said Robert Woods. “It slows us down, it slows down the tempo. It’s energy and then it’s a drop, it’s a downer. We just have to eliminate them and it puts us in a bad situation on third down and it cost us the game.”

Bills DT Kyle Williams felt their miscues only extended the opportunities for the Chargers.

“I think we contributed a good bit,” he said. “From some assignment issues, some different things and then with penalties, we contributed.  I’m not taking anything away from them.  They beat us.  They played better than we did, but we didn’t help ourselves.”

Buffalo’s defense gave the Chargers offense five first downs via penalty.

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Rub plays were big in Chargers pass game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 6:20 pm

It began with a ‘pick play’ on Nickell Robey, who lost Malcom Floyd after his pursuit was re-routed by an intersecting receiver. Floyd was wide open and went 49 yards and into Buffalo territory before he was brought down. It was the first, but certainly not the last time the Chargers resorted to the ‘rub play’ to get one of their receivers some separation from his defender.

“We didn’t make the plays when they came our way,” said Corey Graham. “They pretty much ran a lot of pick routes, a lot of speed outs, a lot of crossers and we sat back and gave it to them. We weren’t aggressive enough. We didn’t make enough plays.”

When asked specifically what was a thorn in the pass defense’s side, Graham laid it out.

“Pick plays,” he said. “They put receivers in the slot and they would run a little rub routes –the number two receiver and the number one receiver.  They had that big play early on with that.  They ran a couple of them.  That was the big thing—we didn’t adjust well to what they were doing and if you don’t adjust you’ll lose games.”

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Lawson: Big plays hurt

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 6:17 pm

The Bills through the first two weeks of the season had given up just one pass play of 20 yards or more. On Sunday against the Chargers they gave up six, including a pair of 49-yard catches to Malcom Floyd. It made scoring drives that much easier for San Diego in their 12-point victory.

“We allowed too many big plays,” said Manny Lawson. “We can’t have that to be a great team and to get to where we want to go.  We have to learn from our mistakes and limit the big play aspect.”

And even though Buffalo’s defense stiffened in the fourth quarter, Lawson felt it was too little, too late.

“We’ve got to start earlier,” he said. “We can’t wait until the fourth quarter to play defense.  We have to play defense as soon as the whistle is blown, as soon as the ball is kicked, as soon as we step onm the field.”

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Bills honor Hispanic Heritage Award winner

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 21, 2014 – 12:15 pm

The Buffalo Bills honored Dr. Tamara Alsace as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award during today’s pregame festivities.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the fourth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2014 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The award recognizes Alsace’s contributions in the Western New York region.

Dr. Alsace is a native Buffalonian and the proud daughter of Dominican parents. As the descendant of grandparents born in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Martinique – who all connected in Santo Domingo, she is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the aspects of Hispanic culture, as well as recognizing it’s unique qualities. Dr. Alsace is a bilingual educator who has devoted her career to ensuring equitable educational opportunities for emergent bilingual learners from around the world. She is currently the Director of Multilingual Education for the Buffalo Public Schools, serves on the boards of several local and statewide not-for-profits, and is Secretary of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Inc.

Each award recipient was granted $2,000 to donate to an organization that serves the local Hispanic community, and Alsace chose the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.

The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during weeks 3 and 4 of the season. A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL’s celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.

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Chargers inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 11:46 am

Here are the inactives for the Chargers for today’s game against the Bills.

WR Dontrelle Allen
CB Chris Davis
CB Steve Williams
RB Ryan Mathews
OLB Melvin Ingram (short term I-R)
DT Ricardo Mathews
DT Ryan Carrethers

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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 11:39 am

Here are the Bills inactives for today’s game against the Chargers.

Ross Cockrell
Bryce Brown
Keith Rivers
Randell Johnson
Cyril Richardson
Cyrus Kouandjio
Chris Gragg

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Inactives & lineup changes: Bills-Chargers

Posted by Dallas Miller on September 21, 2014 – 11:39 am

Below is a list of flip card changes for today’s game:


Buffalo Bills
29 Ross Cockrell
35 Bryce Brown
56 Keith Rivers
58 Randell Johnson
68 Cyril Richardson
71 Cyrus Kouandjio
89 Chris Gragg

San Diego Chargers
15 Dontrelle Inman
20 Chris Davis
23 Steve Williams
24 Ryan Mathews
90 Ricardo Mathews
92 Ryan Carrethers
54 Melvin Ingram

Lineup changes for the Bills:

No. 52 Preston Brown will start at weakside-linebacker

Lineup changes for the Chargers:
No. 93 Dwight Freeney will start at outside linebacker (for Melvin Ingram)
No. 39 Danny Woodhead will start at running back (for Ryan Mathews)

Projected starting line-ups:
  WR 10 Robert Woods, LT 77 Cordy Glenn, LG 74 Chris Williams, 70 C Eric Wood, RG 79 Erik Pears, 66 RT Seantrel Henderson, TE 84 Scott Chandler, QB 3 EJ Manuel, RB 28 CJ Spiller, FB 38 Frank Summers, WR 14 Sammy Watkins

BILLS DEFENSE: LDE 94 Mario Williams, DT 95 Kyle Williams, DT 99 Marcell Dareus, RDE 55 Jerry Hughes, WLB 52 Preston Brown, MLB 51 Brandon Spikes, SLB 53 Nigel Bradham, LCB 21 Leodis McKelvin, S 25 Da’Norris Searcy, S 23 Aaron Williams, RCB 24 Stephon Gilmore

CHARGERS OFFENSE: WR 13 Keenan Allen, LT 77 King Dunlap, LG 78 Chad Rinehart, C 74 Rich Ohrnberger, RG 63 Johnnie Troutman, RT 76 DJ Fluker, TE 85 Antonio Gates, WR 89 Ladarius Green, WR 80 Malcom Floyd, QB 17 Philip Rivers, RB 39 Danny Woodhead

CHARGERS DEFENSE: LE 91 Kendell Reyes, DT 98 Sean Lissemore, RE 94 Corey Liuget, OLB 93 Dwight Freeney, ILB 50 Manti Te’o, ILB 56 Donald Butler, OLB 96 Jarret Johnson, LCB 26 Brandon Flowers, RCB 29 Shareece Wright, SS 38 Marcus Gilchrist, FS 32 Eric Weddle

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Chargers converting despite no run game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 10:38 am

It’s not often that an NFL team converts 50 percent of their third downs when they’re run game is producing less that 80 yards rushing per game. But that is the case for the Chargers, who come to Buffalo with the sixth-best third down conversion rate in the league. Bills head coach Doug Marrone provided his take on why he thinks San Diego has been able to move the sticks even when their run game isn’t helping all that much.

Not surprisingly, Marrone credits Chargers veteran QB Philip Rivers, who somehow seems to find a way to keep the offense on the field.

“He’s a very good player and I think when you look at them from a standpoint of rushing they’re probably not happy with the average per rush that they have, but they continue to keep running the football,” said Marrone. “What it does is they’ve been in great situations as far as 3rd-and-4 or less, probably more than any other team in the league. When you give a player like Philip Rivers and the skill players that they have that type of down and distance, they’re going to convert more often than not. We’ve got to do a good job of keeping the chains in our favor and getting those tackles for loss and put them in situations where they have to go further to get those first downs. That’s what we’re going to have to do if we’re going to be successful.”

“Mainly, we look for yards per carry,” said Philip Rivers of his team’s run game. “That’s what you look at. Last week, we were pretty balanced, really, almost 50-50 and ended up over 100 yards but per-rush wasn’t really good. In the Monday night game against Arizona, and although that was the 2013 number one rush defense in the league, there’s still no excuse for it. We know we’ve got to run it better and we’re going to continue be more balanced and stick with it. One thing we are, we’re not going to abandon it. We’re going to stick with it because when we’re balanced, that’s when we’re at our best. We all know we’ve got to run it better. And it’s all of us, me included. Getting us to the best runs. And then getting everybody involved in making things go.”

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Reed’s HOF Ring of Excellence

Posted by on September 21, 2014 – 10:24 am

During a special halftime ceremony, Andre Reed will receive his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence from Hall of Fame President David Baker.

The Ring of Excellence joints the Gold Jacket and Bronzed Bust as the last of the three iconic symbols that represent the elite status of being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Learn more.

Here’s a closer look at Andre Reed’s ring.

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Andre Reed’s message to Bills fans

Posted by on September 21, 2014 – 10:18 am

During a special halftime ceremony, Andre Reed will receive his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence from Hall of Fame President David Baker.

Andre has a message for Buffalo Bills fans on this special day -

“I am excited, proud, and honored for my Hall of Fame ring presentation this weekend. Where else would you rather be … but in Buffalo with my family, friends and fans of the 2-0, division-leading Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo is my second home; I am here with my teammates in my Gold Jacket at Ralph Wilson Stadium. I could never have dreamed this moment would come in my life, yet here we are.

I love you all, you have my heart and my soul Buffalo, and with this ring we head into the Hall of Fame for life together.

Let’s do this, Buffalo, feed off the great energy around this organization. Go beat the Chargers and thank you all for keeping the Bills where they belong.


-Andre Reed

MORE: Photos of Andre Reed’s Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence


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Kelly to narrate ESPN piece on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 9:05 am

In the comfort of his home, Hall of Famer quarterback Jim Kelly reads the Sunday NFL Countdown essay on his beloved team. (Rachel L. Sampson/ESPN)

Today on ESPN’s NFL Countdown Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly will be narrating a video piece on the relationship that the Bills have with their fans.

ESPN came to Kelly’s home this week to record the narration.

“Very few organizations in the NFL share the level of affinity Bills fans have for their team,” said Countdown coordinating producer Greg Jewell. “This essay is a unique and different approach to profile the Bills, their fans and the team’s resurgence – one of the story lines of the NFL season so far.”



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EJ Manuel’s BOSE playlist

Posted by on September 20, 2014 – 3:09 pm

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  This week, it’s Bills QB EJ Manuel.  Check out the songs EJ will be listening to on Sunday before he takes the field against the Chargers.


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Bills choosing to have tunnel vision

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2014 – 12:00 pm

We’ve seen 2-0 starts from the Bills before and the end results did not have the team in the playoffs. Most of Buffalo’s locker room is aware of the history, but this year’s group believes their commitment level is superior to those teams of the past. As DE Jerry Hughes sees it the team is taking a tunnel vision approach.

“We take that very serious. Two wins doesn’t mean very much,” Hughes said. “We know that it’s a long NFL season. A lot can happen so we’re just taking it one game at a time, one week at a time. We don’t think about last week and we don’t think about the future. This week it’s San Diego and that’s all that’s on our mind.”

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Chargers happy with UB product Oliver

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2014 – 9:56 am

UB product Branden Oliver, an undrafted rookie signing of the Chargers this past spring, could see some action Sunday against Buffalo. With starting RB Ryan Mathews not expected to play Donald Brown is the feature back, with Danny Woodhead playing a supporting role. Oliver might see a few touches here and there through the course of the game. San Diego QB Philip Rivers has been pretty pleased with what he’s seen from the former Bull.

“He’s been awesome. He got out there really early back when he got here. Some things he did were just kind of like … I know a handful of us said that said we can’t wait to see him in the preseason games and he didn’t let us down. He was solid. He works hard,” said Rivers. “He really wants to study and just wants to do things right. I see him in Danny and Donald and Ryan’s hip pocket. He asked me stuff last game, little things. He just wants to do things right and he earned that spot on the 53. We’re glad we have him. He’s going to have to step up for us now that Ryan has gone down.”

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Rosenfels: “The Bills are for real” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 19, 2014 – 9:50 pm


Our last show before we head into the weekend and Sunday’s game with the Chargers. We had plenty of preview material to get you ready. Our weekly installment of Coffee with the Coach as Bills Insider Chris Brown sat down with Doug Marrone to get his thoughts on his team and the Chargers. We went Around the Locker Room, hearing from a handful of Bills players. Of course, we also got a heavy dose of listeners chiming in with their thoughts, predictions, and concerns leading up to the game.


At the bottom of the first hour, former NFL QB Sage Rosenfels called in to weigh in on this year’s team. He dished out high praise for the Bills in a recent article on his new site He said the “Bills are for real and will compete in the AFC East.” As a former quarterback in the league he had some opinions on EJ Manuel and likes what he has seen from him in the first two games.


“He gets put in that mix of the athletic quarterback that probably counts on his legs too much. I think last year he did that more than this year. It seems like in the first two games he’s trying to become more of a pocket passer and I think he’s doing a pretty good job of it. He looks comfortable in the pocket. He throws nice seam balls that are real NFL throws. When they need to, they still run some of the zone read with him to take advantage of his athletic ability but I think he’s one of those quarterbacks that has understood that if he wants to play in this league for 10, 12, or 15 years, you have to be a pocket passer”


No one will break down a game like Murph’s partner on the radio broadcast, Mark Kelso. He joined us at the top of the first hour to give us his complete breakdown from both sides of the ball and from each team. He discussed Phillip Rivers and the QB’s connection with veteran tight end Antonio Gates, a tandem Kelso said the Bills should pay close attention to.

K.J. Wright, Antonio Gates

“There are times when he’s lined up in a flex position or if he’s lined up as a tight end. There are times when you want to sacrifice the defensive end on that side and get a collision on him and make it difficult for him to get off the football….You can also bring some pressure, so if Antonio Gates is on your defensive left side, you can bring some pressure from that side. What that will do is force Phillip Rivers to throw it to the other side and you can eliminate that pattern but you have to be extremely careful with Antonio Gates.”


Kelso then looked at the Bills offense against the Chargers defense, specifically when it comes to their defensive backfield and how EJ Manuel might have chances to go deep. He gave plenty more insight into Sunday’s game as well.


Finally, the Bills VP of Operations and Game Experience Andy Major swung by to discuss the recent development inside and outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium when it comes to stadium renovations. He talked about the how the recent updates have been utilized and have been affected through the first two regular season home games. He specifically mentioned entry into the stadium and the ways they are improving the process to get your seat. Major also addressed the fan behavior issues and touched on the effort to improve that with added security and the new ELERTS ‘See Something, Say Something’ app that gives fans a one-touch way to communicate with stadium officials when a problem arises.


You can hear more from Major and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, by clicking below.




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Chargers OLB Ingram out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2014 – 3:01 pm







It was expected that Chargers starting RB Ryan Mathews would miss Sunday’s game with his knee injury, but after not practicing on Friday OLB Melvin Ingram, one of San Diego’s premier pass rushers is also out with a hamstring and hip injury. Ingram was a player on the rise and had a sack and forced fumble on Russell Wilson last week. It’s a loss for the Chargers.

San Diego has another young pass rusher in LB Jeremy Attaochu, who is questionable with a hamstring injury too. He hasn’t practiced all week and is likely a game time decision. WR Keenan Allen is also questionable with a groin injury, as he was limited in practice Friday.

Player Injury Participation Friday Game Status
LB Melvin Ingram Hamstring/Hip Did Not Participate Out
RB Ryan Mathews Knee Did Not Participate Out
S Jahleel Addae Hamstring Full Participation Questionable
WR Keenan Allen Groin Limited Participation Questionable
LB Jerry Attaochu Hamstring Did Not Participate Questionable
CB Chris Davis Ankle Full Participation Probable
CB Brandon Flowers Groin Full Participation Probable
TE Antonio Gates Hamstring Full Participation Probable
DE Corey Liuget Ankle Full Participation Probable
C Rich Ohrnberger Back Full Participation Probable
G Johnnie Troutman Back Full Participation Probable

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Jim Kelly appearance on CNN Friday night

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2014 – 1:21 pm

Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly will appearing on CNN’s Unguarded show Friday night.

Kelly, who is interviewed by Rachel Nichols, talks about his battle with cancer and his future. Here’s a clip from the interview, which will air tonight at 10:30 p.m.

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Woods, Rivers update for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2014 – 1:17 pm


The Bills have a good chance of seeing WR Robert Woods in the lineup based on the injury status he was given Friday.

After missing practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury suffered late Wednesday, Woods practiced on a limited basis Friday. The news was not as positive for LB Keith Rivers. He practiced on Thursday and was limited on Friday and has been listed as doubtful. That means rookie Preston Brown will make his third straight start. Here’s the rest of Buffalo’s injury report for Sunday’s game.

LB Randell Johnson – knee

LB Keith Rivers – groin

DT Stefan Charles – hip
TE Lee Smith – toe
WR Sammy Watkins – ribs
G Chris Williams – back
WR Robert Woods – ankle

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