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Steelers carrying extra kicker

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2016 – 4:51 pm

Last week Pittsburgh K Chris Boswell sustained an abdominal injury late in the week and was unable to kick last Sunday, prompting the Steelers to carry K Randy Bullock on their roster. He kicked in last Sunday’s win against the Giants contributing three field goals on three attempts and an extra point in the Steelers’ 10-point win.

Bullock may have to be at the ready again this week. Boswell did not practice Wednesday as the abdominal injury is still an issue.

Ben Roethlisberger was limited in practice Wednesday, but it was not injury related.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Chris Boswell K Abdomen DNP
Ramon Foster G Not injury related DNP
Javon Hargrave DT Concussion DNP
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Foot DNP
Shamarko Thomas S Concussion DNP
Ben Roethlisberger QB Not injury related LP
DeAngelo Williams RB Knee LP

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Darby, Woods back practicing; Watkins waits

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2016 – 4:36 pm

The Bills injury situation is improving this week. Both Ronald Darby and Robert Woods returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis coming off a concussion and knee injury respectively.

Sammy Watkins didn’t practice, but it was part of the plan this week. He’s expected to participate in practice Thursday.

“I can just tell you what Sammy said,” Rex Ryan said Wednesday. “Sammy felt better after this (Oakland) game physically than he did the first game (Jacksonville), so I think that’s a good thing. How much better he’s going to get, I’m not that sure.”

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Lerentee McCray LB Concussion DNP
Cordy Glenn T Back DNP
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Lorenzo Alexander LB Not injury related DNP
Robert Woods WR Knee LP
Ronald Darby CB Concussion LP
Charles Clay TE Knee LP
Tyrod Taylor QB Groin FP

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Takeo Spikes going into Alabama sports HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2016 – 3:30 pm

The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announced their 2017 class for induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The newly elected Inductees for the Class of 2017 included former Bills LB Takeo Spikes.

A former first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals (1998), Spikes earned his two Pro Bowls during his time with the Bills. A captain in 13 of his 15 NFL seasons he became just the seventh inside linebacker in league history to start in more than 200 games.

His induction was due mainly to his college exploits. He played collegiately for Auburn University.  He helped lead the Tigers to the SEC Western Division Championship in 1997.  He led the team in tackles with 136 that year.

The 49th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will take place in Birmingham on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

 


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Bills add CB to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2016 – 10:00 am

The Bills announced that the team has signed CB Charles Gaines to the team’s practice squad.

Gaines, a 5-10, 180-pound Louisville product, originally entered the NFL as a sixth round (189th overall) draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by Cleveland. Gaines appeared in six games with four starts as a rookie in 2015 with Cleveland, recording 15 tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Gaines, 24, is a native of Miami, Florida.


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Lawson: Everyone in locker room believes

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2016 – 2:33 pm

Bills fans may not be too high on the team’s prospects for reaching the playoffs. Despite a gut wrenching loss at Oakland last week, the players in Buffalo’s locker room are resolute in their belief that they can make a run at the postseason with four games to play.

OLB Shaq Lawson, in an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week, admitted that they got comfortable as a team when they went up 15 against the Raiders.

“We didn’t push it down their throat like we should have,” said Lawson. “We’ve got to learn how to answer when the other team scores.”

Nevertheless Lawson maintains that the locker room is unified in winning this week and every week after that until the end.

“Everybody in that locker room still believes we’ve got a shot,” said Lawson. “We’ve got to win out. So we have to win the next four games starting with Sunday. We’ve got to treat every game like a playoff game. I know a lot of people are counting us out, but we don’t pay that any mind. We know what we’ve got to do.”


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Former Bill Briscoe to enter NFF Hall of Fame

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2016 – 12:53 pm

Former Bills WR Marlin Briscoe will be formally inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame tonight.

Briscoe, who is being enshrined as a quarterback, was an NAIA first team All-American at Nebraska-Omaha from 1964-67. He set 22 school records and led the team to a conference title his senior year. Known as Marlin ‘The Magician,’ Briscoe was honored by the recognition.

Briscoe is best known for being the first African-American to play quarterback in the American Football League. As a rookie in 1968, Briscoe appeared in 11 games at quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

He said he never felt any pressure being the first person of color to play quarterback in the AFL.

“Not extra pressure but extra pride,” Briscoe said. “I went to an NAIA school, and it was back in those days when schools that size, or lack of size, weren’t expected to make it in the NFL or at least have a great impact if they did make it. So my college team, we had seven kids on my college team that went to the pros, whether as a free agent or as a draft. So it kind of solidified our brand of football and the transition that we had to make as small NAIA school into the major stage of playing in the NFL. And so very, very proud of that.”

Briscoe played three seasons for the Bills (1969-71) including a 1,000-yard receiving season in 1970 when he pulled in eight touchdowns and averaged 18.2 yards per catch.

Fans can watch the entire NFF Annual Awards Dinner tonight, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

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Bills fans nominated by Fandom 250

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2016 – 10:32 am

Bills fans have been included on a nomination list for best fans. FanSided has been putting together a list of 250 Fandom nominees for best fan bases overall, not just sports. The Bills were among the latest group of nominees.

The fans of the Packers, Broncos, Seahawks and Patriots were also nominated in the group of 250. The list contains not only sports fandoms but also fandoms supporting entertainment, celebrities and more.

“The list will be a yearly endeavor,” added FanSided VP of Content Patrick Allen. “We gave weight to what is hot now so what has happened in 2016 is very important. That said, fandoms got points for longevity, size and worth as well. Finally, we considered the great equalizer to be what we call the “passion barometer.” The quality of a fandom is just as important to us as size and longevity. “

The final rankings list of the 250 nominees will be posted by FanSided.com later today (Dec. 6th).


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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2016 – 1:06 am

There were plenty of stats that stood out in Buffalo’s loss at the hands of the Raiders Sunday.

15 – Buffalo’s lead in the third quarter, which disappeared in a span of 10 minutes on the game clock, marking just the ninth time in team history a Bills team has given up a lead of 15 points or more and lost.

69.2% – Tyrod Taylor’s completion percentage in the first half.
41% – Tyrod Taylor’s completion percentage in the second half.

7.1 – Buffalo’s yards per carry average in the game.
191 – Yards rushing by Bills up to their last touchdown with nine minutes left in the 3rd quarter (8.3 ypc).
21 – Yards rushing over the final 24 minutes of the game (3.0 ypc).

191 – McCoy’s total yards from scrimmage (season high).
55.8 – Passer rating for Tyrod Taylor.

0 – Bills number of three-and-outs in the first half.
3 – Bills number of three-and-outs in the second half (not counting final possession of game).

2 – Number of Buffalo giveaways Sunday.
6 – Number of Buffalo giveaways in the first 11 games.

12 – Number of takeaways in Bills first six games.
2 – Number of takeaways in Bills last six games (there were none Sunday).

29 – Number of consecutive points scored by the Raiders that went unanswered.
9:38 – Cumulative amount of possession time needed on Oakland’s four second half TD drives.


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Raiders inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 2:40 pm

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

QB Connor Cook

CB Antonio Hamilton

RB DeAndre Washington

G Denver Kirkland

DT Darius Latham

LB Shilique Calhoun

DT Stacy McGee


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Clay heads up Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 2:30 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay did not make the trip with his teammates to Oakland on Saturday, and the impending birth of his first child will keep him out of today’s game as he was unable to make it to the west coast in time for today’s game.

Here is the full list of Bills inactives.

WR Robert Woods
WR Percy Harvin
CB Ronald Darby
TE Charles Clay
TE Logan Thomas
DL Jerel Worthy


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Bills will go big to fix goal line defense

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 2:05 pm

Head coach Rex Ryan is never afraid to tell it like it is and when it’s come to his team’s defense in goal-to-go situations it hasn’t been good at all. Over the last five games their red zone defense has slipped from first in the league to 19th, and the main culprit is goal-to-go situations. But Ryan and his defensive staff have come up with a very logical solution.

According to Ryan the Bills have given up 12 touchdowns on 22 goal-to-go plays. When opponents have been in 1st-and-goal situations anywhere from the five-yard line or closer they have scored 100 percent of the time against Buffalo.

Ryan said getting Marcell Dareus back in the lineup on a regular basis will help their goal line defense. Dareus is coming off his best game of the season against Jacksonville. He had eight tackles including three for loss along with a pair of sacks. But there’s another part of the plan to pair with Dareus on goal line defense.

“Having Marcell back will certainly help and we’re going to activate (DeAndre) Coleman a 340-pound defensive tackle,” said head coach Rex Ryan in his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Horton’s. “I think that’s going to help us also.”

Coleman was just called up from the practice squad this week, and based on Ryan’s plans will see action at least in the goal line situations.


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Key to beating Raiders? Fewer possessions

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 1:15 pm

Just about every team in the AFC is trying to figure out how to stop the Raiders high octane offense that seems to routinely put up 30 points a week in almost effortless fashion. Some teams have come up with the right formula to beating Oakland, and though Atlanta simply outscored them to win, only Kansas City succeeded in executing that formula. And it’s a way that perhaps the Bills can put themselves in position to get a seemingly unlikely road win.

Back in Week 6 the Chiefs went in with the approach of establishing a ground game to set up favorable down and distance on third downs, and converted more than half of those (7-13) to keep their drives alive. Kansas City rushed for 183 yards in the game and went 3-for-6 in the red zone to win going away 26-10.

The key was limiting Oakland’s possessions by keeping their own offense on the field. The Raiders average a shade over 12 possessions per game this season. The Chiefs ability to keep their own drives alive allowed Oakland to possess the ball just 10 times. The Raiders had just 23:15 of possession time.

Add in the fact that Kansas City stopped two of those possessions with takeaways, and it’s more like an eight-possession game for the Raiders.

Buffalo would appear to be in a position to take the same approach with their strong rushing attack and a defensive scheme very similar to that of the Chiefs. Head coach Rex Ryan seems to be in agreement.

“I think the big thing is as a team you try to keep their possessions to a minimum,” said Ryan on his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Horton’s. “I saw the other week against Houston they had just six possessions. Typically in an NFL game you get 12 possessions so I think if we can do that we’ll be in good shape.”

Actually the Raiders had 11 possessions in that game, but they only ran 51 plays as Houston’s defense got off the field on third down allowing the Raiders only four of 13 conversions. The Texans led 20-13 early in the fourth quarter, and only allowed Oakland to have 23:33 in time of possession.

The problem was they got beat over the top for a 75 and a 35-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter and lost 27-20.

One other team that came close to pulling off the upset over the 9-2 Raiders with this formula was Baltimore. The Ravens held a 27-21 lead in the fourth quarter and only let the Oakland offense run 54 plays with time of possession just over 25 minutes, but lost by one when Derek Carr hit Michael Crabtree for 23-yard touchdown with two minutes remaining.

It’s a formula that appears feasible, you just have to have your run game work well in controlling the clock, finish drives and then get stops defensively, and ideally a takeaway or two to keep Carr’s opportunities with the ball to a minimum. It’s just been very hard for most of Oakland’s opponents to pull off.


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Shady to go less shake and bake?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 12:23 pm

LeSean McCoy is known as one of the most elusive backs in the NFL. For backs like him, old scouts used to say that he could make a defender miss him in a phone booth. But last week even McCoy admits he tried to do too much with his escape skills and made things more difficult for the offense in terms of down and distance situations.

“Last week, we kind of started slow. A lot of that was me,” said McCoy. “I was trying to do too much in the backfield early in the game. Once we got everything lined up, we made some plays and we started gashing them in the running game and throwing some balls over the top. That’s how we play. We always make plays. We run the ball well and we keep the drives alive. We eat up a lot of clock, and we really need that this week to beat a team like Oakland.”

Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn has seen McCoy trying to pick his spots in practice to make more direct runs to the hole when it’s there instead of trying to juke a linebacker out of his shoes. He’s hopeful that translates to the games.

“He’s running a little bit more direct and not as much shake and bake,” said Lynn. “I think he’s evolving as he gets a little older understanding that you’re not always going to be able to make that one guy miss. Sometimes you have to get that tough yard, so I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing from him.”


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Raiders add DL to 53-man roster

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2016 – 4:48 pm

Down a starting DT in Stacy McGee and a backup DT Darius Latham due to injury, the Raiders addressed their shortage on their defensive line Saturday.

Oakland called DL Branden Jackson up to the active roster from their practice squad and officially placed CB DJ Hayden on the Reserve/Injured List.

Jackson originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent after participating on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie mini-camp. After participating in the offseason program and training camp with the team, he was waived on Sept. 3 and signed to the practice squad the next day, where he spent the first 12 weeks of the regular season.

The 6-foot-4, 268-pounder played four years at Texas Tech, seeing action in 51 games with 38 starts. Jackson totaled 138 tackles (97 solo), 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.


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Del Rio: Had we known, we’d have re-signed ‘Zo

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2016 – 10:47 am

Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio is enjoying a 9-2 season in which very little has gone wrong. One mistake that he admits to making however, is not re-signing Bills pass rusher Lorenzo Alexander.

Alexander was a special teams role player only for the Raiders last season, and Alexander wanted to re-sign with Oakland, but they had different plans in mind. Now Del Rio is regretting their decision seeing Alexander rack up 10 sacks with the Bills so far this season.

“We did not see that in him or we wouldn’t have let Rex get him! I’m really happy for a guy like Lorenzo,” said Del Rio. “He’s a consummate professional. This is a guy that busts his butt, does everything he can, every day to be a true professional. We had him around thinking that’s what we were getting is that, the leadership part of it and honestly, we missed on this part where he’s getting 10 sacks.

“Hats off to him, congratulations to him. The guys that are here that know him are really happy for him. He’s a great young man. Played at Cal right here, it’s a great story for him. I’m super happy for him. I just don’t want him to get it done this weekend, but happy for the year he’s had.”

Alexander wasn’t bitter about being unable to sign with his hometown Raiders, a club he thought was going to do well this season.

“I wanted to come back this year after last season,” he said. “I enjoyed my time while I was there, but (Raiders GM) Reggie [McKenzie] and the coaching staff decided they wanted to go in a different direction. Obviously, they signed a guy like Bruce Irvin there. They had Khalil Mack and they drafted some young guys.”

 


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Raiders to be short on their DL

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 4:09 pm

The Raiders defensive line is going to be short a couple of interior defenders Sunday against the Bills. Already without nickel corner D.J. Hayden, who was put on I-R Friday, Oakland will also be without starting defensive tackle Stacy McGee and his backup, rookie Darius Latham.

The two defensive linemen are out with ankle injuries. Pass rusher Shilique Calhoun is also out for the game with a knee injury.

Meanwhile starting linebackers Perry Riley Jr. and Malcolm Smith are both questionable with hamstring injuries.

Player Pos Injury Game Status
David Amerson CB Knee Questionable
Shilique Calhoun LB Knee Out
Michael Crabtree WR Ankle Questionable
DJ Hayden CB Hamstring Out
Rodney Hudson C Knee Questionable
Darius Latham DT Ankle Out
Stacy McGee DT Ankle Out
Latavius Murray RB Ankle Questionable
Kelechi Osemele G/T Knee Questionable
Perry Riley Jr. LB Hamstring Questionable
Malcolm Smith LB Hamstring Questionable

 

 


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Raiders to put CB D.J. Hayden on I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 4:00 pm

The Bills won’t be the only team in Oakland on Sunday that will be playing without one of their top cornerbacks. The Raiders will reportedly be putting CB D.J. Hayden on injured reserve.

That according to CSN Bay Area Raiders beat reporter Scott Bair. Hayden has not practiced all week after suffering a hamstring injury in last week’s game. Oakland could be thing at cornerback this week because starting CB David Amerson has been limited in practice this week due to a knee injury.

He quoted Jack Del Rio on the loss of Hayden as “a big blow” to their defense.

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Beyond Amerson and Sean Smith there’s limited experience behind them in T.J. Carrie, Dexter McDonald and rookie Antonio Hamilton.

 


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Bills Fantasy Report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 2:45 pm

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Last Sunday’s 28-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars was certainly exciting, but the Bills will have to put it out of their mind, because they’re about to face their toughest test of the season, a road game against Oakland. The Bills may have several match-up advantages when they are on the offensive side of the ball this week, so FanDuel players shouldn’t be afraid to deploy any or all of Buffalo’s skill position players.

TYROD TAYLOR – QB – $7,400
Oakland allows an average of 273.5 yards through the air, so Rex Ryan should have Tyrod throwing early and often. Against Jacksonville, Taylor only put the ball up 18 times, but you can expect Sunday’s game plan to look more like it did two weeks ago against Seattle, when he connected on 27 of 38 passes.

SAMMY WATKINS – WR – $6,300
It stands to reason that if Tyrod’s throwing it, someone’s catching it, and this week, that someone could well be Watkins. Against the Jags, Taylor only gave Watkins three opportunities…but being that Tyrod only had 18 opportunities to throw, that’s not bad. Best of all, Sammy caught all three of his targets, racking up 80 yards and 9.5 FanDuel points. He could be a terrific bargain play.

LeSEAN McCOY – RB – $8,400
The Raiders are slightly better at shutting down the run than they are the pass. They allow 116.9 yards on the ground, and on a good day, McCoy can get 116.9 yards in his sleep. Shady is the third-highest priced running back on this week’s slate, but he should be well worth the big FanDuel bucks.


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Harvin, Woods, Darby out; Goodwin, Dareus to play

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 1:38 pm

Buffalo will be down another couple of receivers and one of their top cornerbacks against the Raiders high flying offense. Fortunately Marquise Goodwin will be available Sunday after leaving practice early Thursday with a wrist injury.

“I think he’s okay,” said Rex Ryan of Goodwin. “He practiced (Friday).”

Marcell Dareus is also ready to play on Sunday as he’ll be able to perform through an abdominal strain.

“He made it through the week well,” said Ryan. “He’s ready to go.”

OUT
WR Percy Harvin – migraines
WR Robert Woods – knee
CB Ronald Darby – concussion

QUESTIONABLE
G Richie Incognito – neck
DT Marcell Dareus – abdominal
RB Mike Gillislee – hamstring
TE Charles Clay – knee
S Sergio Brown – hamstring
G John Miller – shoulder
WR Sammy Watkins – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – back
S James Ihedigbo – ankle
LB Lorenzo Alexander – ankle
WR Marquise Goodwin – wrist


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Fan Friday 12-2

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 11:32 am

Another must win game on Sunday in Oakland. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
With the Bills depleted secondary and Oakland’s vertical threat and strong O-Line, what can Bills D do to stop Carr and O?

@BuffSportsFan90
CB: The best defense this week is going to be a good offense. Buffalo should be able to run effectively against the league’s 26th ranked run defense. Hopefully that allows the Bills to put together long sustained drives. Converting on third down will be critical to holding onto the ball and limiting Oakland’s possessions.

That’s how the Chiefs beat the Raiders back in Week 6. They held onto the ball for almost 37 minutes and gave the Raiders just 10 total possessions. Teams usually get about 12 per game.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills With so many upcoming free agents how are the @buffalobills with cap space?

Bob Refermat
@lostnascarfan

CB: You’re right. At last count the Bills will have 23 players set to become unrestricted free agents. That obviously takes a lot of contracts off the books for Buffalo. Remember that room under the salary cap is always a moving target. But last I checked for 2017 the Bills are a little more than $20M under the cap.

If they pick up the option on Tyrod Taylor that will obviously impact the cap significantly. We’ll see what their plans are in terms of re-signing their own or pursuing a free agent on the market, but Taylor’s option will play a major role in how aggressive they are in free agency.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills How is Cardale Jones doing? He is likely the number 2 qb next year correct?

Patmerica
@PatBle

CB: Jones is really trying to build his game from the ground up to better fit the NFL game. From footwork, to set up to his delivery. How he scans the field, keeps his feet active, reading defenses pre-snap. Bills QBs coach David Lee has worked tirelessly with Jones to try to develop his game.

The Bills saw this year as a redshirt year for Jones. Lee has him come in early and throw with a couple of receivers early in the week and late in the week after Friday practices. On Thursdays he’ll have him review his Wednesday and Thursday practice tape and go over fundamentals.

They’re working mainly on his intermediate accuracy, his footwork and arm mechanics.

I know the offensive staff has a lot of respect for EJ’s game. Lee said on the John Murphy Show this week that he thinks Manuel’s confidence is at an all-time high and that he’s been ripping it in practice.

Knowing his contract is up, the likelihood of Manuel being back with the team is completely up in the air.

Clearly Tyrod Taylor is the bigger issue to address with his option year at the quarterback position, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Manuel found work elsewhere and Cardale Jones was the backup for 2017.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

How limited will Sammy be on Sunday? And how will Rex manage playing time between Lorenzo shaq and Hughes?

Justin Trottier
@justintrotts1

CB: Watkins’ availability is going to largely be based on how the foot feels as the game wears on. So it’s a wait and see on the size of his role Sunday. I will say that I think it is beneficial that the game is on grass, which is a more forgiving surface on the body.

As for managing time between Shaq, Alexander and Hughes, the staff tried address that last week against the Jaguars. The defensive staff wants to play Shaq more and cut back on Alexander’s defensive snaps, so they’re able to use him on special teams as well.

Alexander really shouldn’t have much more than 55-60 snaps combined between defense and special teams. Last week he had 70, so again he was over the threshold of where they’d probably like to be with him, knowing he’s 33 and the oldest player on the team.

Shaq’s snap count wound up being identical to that of the Cincinnati game. He got 21 snaps in both. Part of the reason is both games were tightly fought contests and in tight spots you want to go with an experienced player that you can trust. Lawson is still learning the pro game.

Remember he missed the entire offseason on the field. That’s OTAs, minicamp, training camp, the preseason and the first six games of the season. Lawson bit hard on a read option fake, didn’t hold the edge and let Blake Bortles run for a first down and more. Those kinds of plays makes defensive coaches hesitant to use him more as opposed to Alexander, who is one of the smarter players on the team.

Knowing the importance of each game the rest of the way they’d like to use Shaq more because he’s talented, but until he can show an ability to play sound, disciplined assignment football he might be reduced to just passing downs to rush the passer.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills Why aren’t they using Reggie Bush out of back field, swing passes, screen passes, with all WR injuries?

TomLarsen/TheInsDoc
@tomlarsen

CB: It’s a valid question. I thought when they signed Reggie Bush that he would be a specialty player that would be used in an 8-12 play package every week on offense. He could be split out as a receiver, line up in a split backfield with McCoy or return kicks and punts. The signing of Brandon Tate largely eliminated his return duties.

He’s been used sparingly as a receiver and back. I do believe they could make greater use of their ‘Pony’ package, which is their split backfield with McCoy and another tailback. But for whatever reason they have only used it occasionally.

It’s clear they prefer Mike Gillislee, who is a much better north-south runner and capable of fighting for the tough yard. Rookie Jonathan Williams is also better in that regard.

Bush is a player best used in space, which is why they could make use of him in a receiving role knowing the amount of injuries they have at that position right now.


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