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Bucs QB Winston limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2017 – 4:29 pm

It was fully expected, but Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston was limited in practice Wednesday with the sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

Winston didn’t do any throwing as he just handed off. Ryan Fitzpatrick as expected took almost all the first team reps with the offense.

Starting MLB Kwon Alexander also looks ready to return to the lineup after practicing fully on Wednesday. Here’s the Bucs injury report.

Player No. Pos. Injury Wednesday
Kwon Alexander 58 LB Hamstring Full Participation
Lavonte David 54 LB Ankle Limited Participation
Josh Robinson 26 S Concussion Full Participation
Ryan Russell 95 DE Shoulder Did Not Participate
Noah Spence 57 DE Shoulder Limited Participation
Keith Tandy 37 S Hip Limited Participation
T.J. Ward 43 S Hip Limited Participation
Jameis Winston 3 QB Right Shoulder Limited Participation

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Bills add CB Sammy Seamster to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2017 – 4:05 pm

The Bills had an open spot on their practice squad, which they have filled with a cornerback.

Buffalo signed CB Sammy Seamster on Wednesday. Seamster, who was with the Bills for the latter part of the 2015 season and the 2016 offseason, was last with the Dallas Cowboys. He did not make the team’s final roster at the conclusion of the preseason and was released.

Seamster (6-0, 200) appeared in one game for the Bills in his first stint with the club in the 2015 season finale against the Jets. His only other game experience came in 2014 with the Miami Dolphins when he appeared in two games.

CB Greg Mabin, who was released from the active roster to make room for Seantrel Henderson, chose to sign with the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.


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CBs Gaines & Johnson limited Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm

Bills CB E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson were both back on the practice field Wednesday.

Both players benefited from the bye week. The two cornerbacks were limited in Wednesday’s practice session. But Johnson said he felt good.

“It’s actually scary how fast the body can almost heal itself with the proper diet and our medical team doing a great job with rehabbing me and keeping me uplifted and in tune with everything in regards to my movements on the field and in the pool,” said Johnson after Wednesday’s practice. “So I feel pretty good. I feel really good actually.”

So too was WR Jordan Matthews, who caught passes for the first time since thumb surgery two weeks ago.

OT Cordy Glenn practiced fully. Here’s the full injury report.

DID NOT PRACTICE
TE Charles Clay – knee
LB Ramon Humber – thumb

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
CB E.J. Gaines – groin
CB Leonard Johnson – hamstring
WR Jordan Matthews – thumb

FULL PARTICIPATION
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle/foot


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 17, 2017 – 8:24 pm

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 7 of the 2017 season is Mike Fatta, head coach of the Cheektowaga Warriors. On Friday, Oct. 13, Cheektowaga took on rival Maryvale on the road for the team’s last regular season game. Coming into the contest, the Warriors were ranked 12th in New York State, behind 8th place and undefeated Maryvale. Led by junior quarterback KeShone Beal, who scored each of the team’s four touchdowns, the Warriors served the Flyers their only loss of the season. With the 28-21 victory, Cheektowaga won the Class B-1 Division title – the team’s seventh straight. Next up, the Warriors will take on Newfane.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 7 is Dennis Greco, head coach of the East Rochester-Gananda Bombers. Greco, who has coached at East Rochester for 25 seasons, led the Bombers to a 34-14 win over Penn Yan. East Rochester-Gananda came out strong in the game’s first half, scoring 19 unanswered points. Running back Jayden Castrechini paved the way for the Bombers on the ground, putting up 332 yards rushing on 32 carries for two touchdowns. A threat on defense as well, Castrechini pulled in two interceptions. With the win, the Bombers solidified the Finger Lakes East Championship title and will enter the Class C playoffs as the top ranked seed.

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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Camper/RV lot sold out for upcoming games

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 17, 2017 – 12:06 pm

Bills fans, as a reminder, the Buffalo Bills camper/RV lot is sold out for the next three home games – Bucs vs. Bills Week 7, Raiders vs. Bills Week 8 and Saints vs. Bills Week 10.

Additionally, there are a limited number of passes left for the remaining games.

For more information on parking, please visit here.

 

 


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Fitz will get 1st team reps for Bucs on Wed.

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2017 – 10:20 am

With a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, Bucs QB Jameis Winston won’t be doing much more than handing off in practice on Wednesday. That according to Tampa head coach Dirk Koetter.

Koetter gave indication that Ryan Fitzpatrick will get all the first team reps in practice Wednesday for the Bucs, while Winston takes another day to rest his throwing arm.

“(Third string quarterback) Ryan Griffin will be able to run the scout team against the defense and on Wednesday Ryan Fitzpatrick will take the first-team reps,” said Koetter. “Jameis will be able to do some run-game stuff. We’ll do a few more things that fit maybe what Ryan does on Wednesday, and we’ll incorporate that in.”

So it sounds like the true test for Winston’s availability for Sunday’s game will take place at Thursday’s practice.


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Bucs could have LB Alexander back this week

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2017 – 9:12 am

One of Tampa Bay’s best defensive playmakers was out of the lineup last week with a hamstring injury, but according to Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter, LB Kwon Alexander has a chance to return to the defensive lineup on Sunday.

“Possibly. It will certainly be good to get Kwon back,” Koetter said. “He is [an] outstanding player. I don’t think it’s going to hurt anything to get Kwon back, but I’m not sure about that.”

Alexander led the NFL last year in solo tackles with 108 and was tied for third in the league with 145 total tackles. He practiced on a limited basis all of last week and was held out of the Bucs loss at Arizona. But it appears he is all systems go for practice this week.

“He is cleared to go this week as far as starting Wednesday,” Koetter said. “Now, that is barring setback but we’re going to have a better injury report on that when it next comes out.”


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Bills and ECMC kick off Crucial Catch Week with Community Health Fair

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 16, 2017 – 5:37 pm

Today, the Buffalo Bills and ECMC kicked off Crucial Catch Week with a Community Health Fair held at ECMC. The free screening event invited members of the Western New York Community to Intercept Cancer and Make the Crucial Catch. Featuring a variety of health stations such as, flu shots, prostate awareness, cardiovascular health, blood pressure checks, breast health education and much more, the fair provided guests with an opportunity to take preventive measures toward their health.

Bills alumni also showed their support for the event by stopping by to sign autographs and get to know the guests.  The Community Health Fair is one of several events that will take place this week in recognition of the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative. For more information, please visit here.


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Report: Bucs QB Winston has AC joint sprain

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2017 – 3:52 pm

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston sustained a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder in Sunday’s game.

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Winston told ESPN’s Jenna Laine that he fully intends to play on Sunday against the Bills. Here was his quote on playing Sunday at New Era Field.

“I’ve come out of a game before, but I don’t think I’ve ever missed a game [on any level]. I don’t think I’m going to miss a game, either,” Winston said.


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Bucs QB Winston to have MRI today

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2017 – 9:14 am

Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston left the Bucs game at Arizona Sunday after sustaining a throwing shoulder injury early in the contest. NBC’s Mike Florio was reporting that X-rays on his shoulder were negative after the game, but according to head coach Dirk Koetter, Winston will have an MRI today.

As for his availability for this week’s game against the Bills, Koetter wasn’t ready to make a call on Winston.

“Right now, it’s just too early for that,” Koetter said after the game. “Of course, yeah, we’re concerned about it. That’s why we did get a veteran backup, though.”

That veteran backup is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who went 22-of-32 passing in relief for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in a Tampa comeback effort that came up short in a loss to Arizona.


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Fan Friday 10-13

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2017 – 5:12 pm

Sorry for the delay Bills fans. We had a publishing glitch. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What’s the status of Seantrel Henderson?

Vince Guarino
@VJGua817

CB: He’s been given a roster exemption this week, giving the team permission to carry 54 rostered players. Come Monday at 4 pm the team will have to make a roster move to add Henderson to the 53-man roster.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How will the o-line look after the bye. Seantrel? Cordy?

Justin Crow
@jcrowrva

CB: Head coach Sean McDermott was asked point blank when Cordy Glenn is healthy again will he be the starter at left tackle and McDermott said that they would evaluate the position coming out of the bye week.

It’s clear to me that the coaching staff wants to get Dion Dawkins as much playing time as possible. At who’s expense could very well be Glenn. As frustrating as Glenn’s foot and ankle issues have been, when healthy he’s their best left tackle. It will be interesting to see what they decide.

Henderson has not played meaningful football since the middle of last season. He’s not a viable threat to start right away. If Jordan Mills falters at right tackle and they already have left tackle sorted out I suppose he could possibly be in the mix there, but in the foreseeable future he’s your fourth offensive tackle provided Glenn is back healthy.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Coach has put in rookies to see what they got and changed “starters” every game. Why does this not apply to qb?

David Ayotte
@Dhayotte75David

CB: This is a very logical question David, but quarterbacks are just different. The reason why is very often they’re the leaders of your team as is the case with Tyrod. The coaching staff has done nothing but support Taylor and sing his praises as a leader and hard worker.

If Taylor has done all the right things and is only two starts removed from his best performance of the season (win over Denver) and you’re still in first place in your division, how can you make a change there?

What we saw from Taylor in Cincinnati isn’t a foreign thing. We’ve seen it on occasion in each of the last two years. We all know what Taylor’s strengths are at this point, and we know where he’s going to struggle at times.

The bigger issue for me is the run game. Until that gets fixed no one is going to look very good on the offensive side of the ball. The run game is the identity of this offense, like it or not, and without it your quarterback is not going to look great no matter who it is.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you see us getting in the market for a WR via trade?

Terry Long
@TerryGoLong

CB: Sorry, but I don’t. I think if the right player becomes available on waivers they’ll put in a claim, but to think they’re going to part with future assets to help the passing game now I think is unrealistic. They’ve stockpiled these draft picks to build for 2018. They’re not going to compromise that for 2017.

Truthfully is one wide receiver via trade going to make a gigantic difference in a passing game that only throws the ball 20-25 times a game?

I know last week they had 37 pass attempts, but that was an exception because they couldn’t run the ball. I just don’t see a trade scenario coming up that, A-gives them a game-changing talent, B-allows them to acquire such talent without paying a king’s ransom.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

How has Zay looked in practice? These drops have to just be rookie nerves right? I was expecting a lot more from him

Patmerica
@PatTookAturn

CB: By all accounts and from what I’ve seen he’s done well at practice. I don’t think Bills fans have any idea how badly this guy wants to contribute and perform. For whatever reason he hasn’t been able to put it all together.

As I said last week, he just needs time on the job. I believe once he makes an important play things will fall into place after that. His confidence is being tested and he’s very hard on himself.

There should be more opportunities for him coming with Clay and Matthews out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.


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Bills add two to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2017 – 3:30 pm

The Bills have added a pair of players to their practice squad. Buffalo signed TE Ryan O’Malley and C Adam Redmond.

O’Malley was an undrafted rookie signing of the Oakland Raiders in 2016 and spent most of that season on the team’s practice squad. Re-signed as a reserve future free agent in January, O’Malley spent the whole offseason and preseason with the Raiders before he was released during final cuts.

Redmond (6-6, 300) was just released by the Indianapolis Colts late last week. He appeared in the team’s first four games and also spent some time on their practice squad. He spent most of the 2016 season on the Colts practice squad after originally signing as an undrafted rookie last year.


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 10, 2017 – 2:02 pm

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 6 of the 2017 season is Tim Delaney, head coach of the South Park Sparks. On Friday, Oct. 6, undefeated South Park took on the West Seneca East Trojans on the road. Although they were down 21-0 at the half, the Sparks never gave up. By the third quarter, momentum had started to swing in South Park’s direction. Senior Shyquan Brodie helped lead the way for the Sparks when he intercepted a West Seneca East pass, which set South Park up for a scoring drive. The defense came up big again when they held the Trojans to a three-and-out. South Park junior Elijah Lewis blocked the Trojans’ punt, resulting in the Sparks recovering the ball in the end zone for another score. Holding West Seneca East to a scoreless second half, the Sparks finished the game on top 36-21 – the biggest South Park comeback victory in over 30 years. With the win, South Park remains perfect at 6-0. The Sparks’ next matchup will take place on Friday, Oct. 13 against Lake Shore.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 6 is Nick DerCola, head coach of the Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles. Taking on Finney on the road, the undefeated Golden Eagles found themselves in a close game through the first half. Coming out strong on their first drive of the third quarter, Clyde-Savannah scored to extend their lead. Golden Eagles freshman Camden Chance came away with a 91-yard interception for a touchdown to put Clyde-Savannah up 35-20. Chance’s older brother and teammate Derrick Chance, helped the Golden Eagles on offense when he pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dru Carnavale. Clyde-Savannah went on to defeat Finney 49-28, advancing to 6-0 on the season. Next up, the Golden Eagles will face conference opponent Sodus/Lyons on Friday, Oct. 13 at home.

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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ECMC to hold free Community Health Fair on Monday, Oct. 16

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 10, 2017 – 11:59 am

On Monday, Oct. 16, ECMC will be holding a free Community Health Fair. In recognition of the NFL’s “Crucial Catch” initiative, community neighbors are invited to attend the event to Intercept Cancer and Make the Crucial Catch.

Located at the second-floor overflow cafeteria in ECMC’s main building, the fair will take place from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. The event will feature a variety of stations including prostate awareness, cardiovascular health and blood pressure checks, breast health education, dental and oral oncology, hearing exams and much more. Additionally, free flu shots will be available for the first 100 community neighbors to sign up.

Guests will also have an opportunity to meet Bills alumni and enter to win Bills tickets!

Please note that space is limited and those interested in attending should reserve a spot by calling 898-5857 or by emailing cthompson3@ecmc.edu.


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Brown, Alexander try to keep loss in perspective

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2017 – 10:40 am

The game was there for the taking and just about every player in Buffalo’s locker room knew it. But as much as the team tried not to get too high after their upset win of the Falcons in Week 4, they tried to equally quell their disappointment after Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati.

“We have to get better,” said Preston Brown. “It’s not the end of the world, we just lost a game. We have to learn from it and go out there and be better. We have a lot of time to prepare for whoever we have next — I don’t know, I don’t care — we’ve got to find ways to be better and focus on ourselves.”

“It’s still early in the season,” said Alexander. “We can’t allow this to shift us, to go from high to low. That’s never a good thing.  We did some good things out there and we want to build off those.  There were some things we didn’t do so well. We have a lot of football left.  We’ll continue to defend home and figure out how to win a couple of these games on the road and we’ll be fine.”


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Hyde: We got the bad side of the percentages

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2017 – 9:36 am

When a team finishes a game plus-2 in the takeaway category the percentages are high that they win the game. Buffalo was plus-2 on Sunday in Cincinnati, but it did not translate into a win for the Bills. Micah Hyde respects the percentages, but tries not to pay attention to them knowing they guarantee nothing.

“As far as you stat lovers go, 70 percent of the time when you’re plus-two in the turnover differential in a road game you win,” he said. “But this was that 30 percent today. That’s why I don’t pay attention to the stats. It doesn’t matter. We had more opportunities to make plays and we just didn’t execute.”

CB Shareece Wright reiterated the stance that many of Buffalo’s defenders made after the loss at Carolina. Not only do they need to get takeaways, they have to turn those takeaways into touchdowns themselves.

“We’ve got to score when we get those turnovers,” he said. “That’s what we talk about. We’ve been getting those turnovers and getting the ball out. But we’ve got to take it to the next level and make touchdowns and make points ourselves.”

 


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Taylor close to Brady-like with protecting the ball

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2017 – 11:15 am

Tyrod Taylor has done a lot of good things for Buffalo’s offense this year. His completion percentage his up and he’s made good decisions with his legs. He’s also approaching Tom Brady territory when it comes to protecting the football.

Since 2015, Taylor is in a tie for second for most games without an interception with 22. Kansas City’s Alex Smith and Seattle’s Russell Wilson are the other QBs.

Only Brady is better with a total of 24 games without a pick.

Another turnover-free outing against the Bengals puts him one step closer, knowing Brady threw an interception on Thursday Night Football.


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Tyrod a top clutch runner

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2017 – 10:40 am

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor can do a lot of things. One is use his legs to get out of trouble. Taylor hangs in the pocket as long as he can, but when things break down he can use his mobility to get out into space and away from the rush. But what happens when he takes off?

Sure there are times when he doesn’t reach the first down marker, or he’s sacked, but there are also times he’s pulling a rabbit out of the hat and getting his offense a fresh set of downs.

Evidence of that comes in Taylor’s top rank in the advanced metric called ‘Clutch Runs.’

Taylor ranks first in the league in ‘Clutch Runs,’ which are defined as any run on third or fourth down, which results in a touchdown or first down.

The Bills QB leads the league with seven. Right behind him is a quartet of players with six such runs. The Rams Todd Gurley, Cam Newton and the Colts’ Robert Turbin.

Taylor accounted for two of the Bills six third down conversions with his legs in the win at Atlanta. He moved the chains on a 3rd-and-5 and a 3rd-and-3. Both drive ended in points for the Bills.

He had a single such conversion in the win over the Broncos and the loss at Carolina. In Week 1 he had his biggest clutch run total with three third down runs to move the chains.

Taylor’s backfield mate, LeSean McCoy is tied for the fourth-highest total with four this season.

 


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Bills 2nd half ‘D’ as stingy as it gets

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2017 – 9:18 am

An early lead for the Bills could prove to be a good precursor for a victory. Here’s why.

Heading into Sunday’s game, Buffalo currently leads the NFL in fewest points allowed in the second half to their opponents. The Bills have given up a grand total of 19 points in the second half over the first month of the season. No other NFL club has allowed fewer.

As good as that figure is, they’re likely to get some help from a Bengals offense that struggles come the second half. Cincinnati has managed to score just 16 points combined in the second half of their four games this season. That ranks 31st in the league, with only the Colts at 15 total second-half points below them.

It’s even worse come the fourth quarter. The Bengals have managed just a single field goal in the final quarter over season’s first month.


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Bills-Bengals turnover dichotomy

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2017 – 11:45 am

By now most Bills fans are very aware of the fact that the Bills have been one of the best takeaway teams in the league. Their six interceptions rank second in the AFC, with only Baltimore registering more with nine. Buffalo also leads the AFC in turnover margin at a plus-six. Only Detroit at plus-nine is better.

Meanwhile for Cininnati’s offense it’s been a rough first month. Their eight giveaways are second-most in the NFL and is a big reason why the Bengals are a minus-five in turnover margin. That is the second-worst margin so far this season.

When Buffalo has won the turnover battle this season they are 3-0.


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