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Bills on the airwaves

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 5:43 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local and national media outlets on Thursday.

  • ESPN, NFL Live w/ Trey Wingo
    • 2:30 pm – Sammy Watkins
  • FOX Sports Radio
    • 2:30 pm – Leodis McKelvin
  • Sirius Radio, The SiriusXM Blitz w/Rich Gannon
    • 2:37 pm – Kyle Williams
  • CBS Sports Radio, Doug Gottlieb Show
    • 4:40 pm – Brandon Spikes
  • NBC Sports Radio, Donovan McNabb show
    • 5:05 pm – Jerry Hughes

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Orton: Urgency without panic

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 5:09 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone made his players aware that there are a lot of fixes that need to be made this week in practice if they’re going to have a better chance of winning games. As far as what QB Kyle Orton saw on the practice field Wednesday from his teammates that message was received.

“No doubt we had a great practice (Wednesday),” said Orton. “It was great to see the guys show up and concentrate on the things we’ve been talking about. We’ve put an emphasis on getting better and really having the urgency without panic. We’re in a great spot. We’re 4-3 and we’re going to play a divisional road game with a bye week coming up. So all effort, all focus on this week to go out and do whatever it takes to get a win. The way we practiced today we’re off to a good start.”

 


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Polian named finalist for 2014 HOF class

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 4:34 pm

Former Bills general manager Bill Polian has been named as one of two Contributor finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Polian along with former NFL GM Ron Wolf were chosen by the Hall of Fame’s Contributor Committee that met in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.

“It’s an incredible honor that I never envisioned happening,” Polian said.

Polian and Wolf will join senior nominee Mick Tingelhoff and 15 yet-to-be-named Modern Era finalists from which the Class of 2015 will be selected. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection meeting will be held on Jan. 31, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona, the day before Super Bowl XLIX. Tingelhoff was the nominee of the Seniors Committee that met in Canton in August.

Polian is most noted for turning the fortunes of three different teams that included a combined five Super Bowl appearances by the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts.  He guided the Bills to four straight AFC Eastern Division titles and earned three straight Super Bowl berths after winning the AFC championship in 1990-92.

As the general manager of the expansion Carolina Panthers, he helped build a team that advanced to the NFC championship in just its second season.

Polian next served as President/General Manager of the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2011 during which time the club captured eight division crowns and advanced to a pair of Super Bowls including a win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

In all he had a 32-year NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs (1978-1982), Buffalo (1984-1992), Carolina (1995-97), and Indianapolis (1998-2011). He also worked for the National Football League office in 1993 and 1994.

Wolf made his lasting mark as the Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Green Bay Packers and longtime player personnel director for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.


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Jets injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 3:52 pm

Here’s a look at where the Jets stand this in terms of injuries leading up to Sunday’s game with the Bills. New York has had an extra few days of rest coming off their Thursday night game at New England last week.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Oday Aboushi OL Shoulder Limited
Phillip Adams DB Groin Limited
Antwan Barnes LB Knee Full
Willie Colon OL Knee Limited
Eric Decker WR Hamstring Limited
David Harris LB Shoulder Limited
Chris Johnson RB Ankle Full
Nick Mangold OL Shoulder Full
Bilal Powell RB Foot Full
Trevor Reilly LB Knee DNP
Greg Salas WR Wrist/Ankle Limited
Darrin Walls DB Knee Full

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Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 3:49 pm

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Here’s a look at the Bills injury report from Wednesday in advance of their game Sunday against the Jets.

WR Marquise Goodwin, LB Ty Powell and RB Fred Jackson were all non-participants.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Marquise Goodwin WR Hamstring DNP
Ty Powell LB Ankle DNP
Fred Jackson RB Groin DNP
Marcus Easley WR Knee LP
Aaron Williams S Neck LP
Brandon Spikes LB Ribs FP
Mario Williams DE Thumb FP
Sammy Watkins WR Groin FP

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Ryan: Package of plays likely for Harvin

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 12:05 pm

He’s had all of a week to learn the Jets playbook after he was traded to New York by the Seahawks. That’s why Jets head coach Rex Ryan is planning to have just a package of plays for Harvin in this week’s game plan for the Bills.

“I think that’s realistic,” said Ryan in a conference call with the Buffalo media. “It’s awful hard to come in and, ‘Oh by the way here’s the offense. Learn it in a week.’ I don’t know if that’s realistic. But we’ll have some plays for him and get him back there to return a kick and things like that.”

Ryan is hopeful that if Harvin can’t make as big an impact with personal plays, that his mere presence on the field forces defenses to account for him.

“I’d love to see him make a difference immediately. Obviously. But again we’ll see how he does during the week. How much he can pick up of this offense and then let him go. He gives us a weapon with Decker and Kerley and our tight ends and some good backs. It’ll be interesting to see how people play us if they play us differently or they put everybody in the world down there to stop Chris Ivory and company.”


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Hogan’s goal line catch gets major pub

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 10:09 am

While Sammy Watkins’ catch tied the game before Dan Carpenter’s extra point last Sunday, Chris Hogan’s leaping 28-yard grab to convert a 2nd-and-20 to set the Bills up at the Minnesota two-yard line is getting more pub nationally.

ESPN’s Sportscenter ranked Hogan’s catch number 6 in its top 10 NFL plays of Week 7. ESPN Radio’s ‘Mike & Mike’ show ranked the catch No. 1 on its ‘Climb the Ladder Catches of the Week’ list. And NFL Network ranked it No. 5 on its X-Factor plays of the week.


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Spikes: “It’s love, I love the fans” – JMS 10/21

Posted by johnmurphyshow on October 21, 2014 – 11:11 pm

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On location at NOCO Express on Walden Avenue in Lancaster. A jam packed store to take in tonight’s show to meet and grab an autograph from special guest Brandon Spikes. Plenty of fans stopped by our setup to ask questions about the team and share their Bills stories.

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Spikes joined us at the top of the hour to discuss his signing session and why the fans mean so much to him. He joked about one specific autograph request that had him sign a New England Patriots helmet. Spikes also discussed the linebacking corp and how last week against the Vikings the group did not live up to their expectations in stopping the run, giving up their first 100-yard rusher of the season in Jerick McKinnon.

 

“I know we pride ourselves on making teams one dimensional and we were not able to get it done. It’s the first time this season and I’m glad it happened right now to put guys in the position to let them know that people are not scared of us. They’re going to come out and do what they do. It’s our job to stop them and be physical up front.”

 

Spikes also looked ahead to this upcoming game against the Jets and what their offense has to offer.

Phillip Tanner

The team lost C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson last week, so on Tuesday they signed a running back to the roster, Phillip Tanner. Tanner joined us in studio to discuss his NFL experience, his path to the league and what he will bring to the Bills running back group. He discussed his relationship with quarterback Kyle Orton as the two played together in Dallas and how Orton’s football smarts are underestimated.

 

“What he knows and how he can get teams closer and evolve is truly unbelievable. He’s such a humble guy. Not only can he speak it but he leads by example. This is a Tuesday and everybody is off and he is one of the guys I saw when I walked in here this morning. He’s one of those guys that, a drafted guy, but has a free agent mentality that every day he is coming to work to prove himself.”

 

We were also joined by Grantland contributor Bill Barnwell who looked ahead to the NFL trade deadline next week and what moves he may see happening. He gave his week 7 wrap-up where he starts to see “The Mighty Start Falling”. Barnwell also gave his non-playoff team rankings and discusses where the Bills fit in the list of 20 teams.

 

To hear that and the complete John Murphy Show from Tuesday, click below.

 


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C.J. Spiller: back “just in time” for playoff push

Posted by Dallas Miller on October 21, 2014 – 2:41 pm

With the announcement today that C.J. Spiller has been sent to short-term IR, the dynamic back must be out a minimum of eight weeks by league rule. That being the case, Spiller is eligible to return in Week 16 for the Bills-Raiders game in Oakland.

If he’s cleared by doctors and ready to play, Spiller says that he’ll be back just in time to help out a squad that he predicts will be in playoff contention.


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RB Tanner with some parallels to Fred Jackson

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2014 – 2:08 pm

By no means are we indicating that Bills newest RB Phillip Tanner is the next Fred Jackson. What we have found though is that Tanner has some interesting personal parallels with the veteran back.

Tanner, much like Jackson, went undrafted. The fourth-year back was not selected in the 2011 NFL draft. He played at a smaller college program – Middle Tennessee State, though it’s more on the radar than Coe College.

Tanner is also a native Texan like Jackson.

Though he’s been on the Cowboys’ roster each of the last three seasons he’s had all of 56 carries for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s 26-years old, the same age Jackson was when his career began to take off.

Here are a few more things you might want to know about Buffalo’s newest tailback.


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The timetable for Spiller under short-term I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2014 – 1:59 pm

With C.J. Spiller placed on injured reserve – designated to return, or short term injured reserve, he will have the ability to return before the regular season is over, but not for much of it. Today, Oct. 21st is the first day that the clock starts on his possible return. Here’s how the timetable lays out under the short term I-R rules.

The short term I-R rules state the following.

A player who has been designated for return is ineligible to practice until six weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve, and is not eligible to return to the Active/Inactive List until eight weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve. The business day (prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time) that the player is placed on Reserve counts as the first day.

That means that Spiller will not be able to even practice with his teammates again until Wednesday Dec. 3rd in Week 14. Two weeks later if all goes well he could then be added back to the active roster on Dec. 16th and be eligible to play in Weeks 16 at the Raiders, and 17 at the Patriots.

This is a smart move by the club because if the Bills are still in the playoff hunt, they’ll be able to make use of Spiller in games that could very well be critical to qualify for the postseason the last two weeks of the year. Not to mention the fact that the other backs on the roster could sustain injuries of their own between now and then. Having the ability to bring Spiller back into the fold at the end of the season could prove valuable.


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Vote for Sammy

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2014 – 12:37 pm

For the third time this season Sammy Watkins is up for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. Here’s how you can vote for Watkins.

Watkins, who had nine catches for 122 yards last week and both of Buffalo’s touchdowns including the game winner with one second left on the clock last Sunday, is a nominee for the third time for the award. You can vote as many times as you want for Watkins right here.

Watkins won the award back in Week 2, but did not win back in Week 5 for his exploits in the win at Detroit.

Voting closes at 3 pm ET to determine the PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

 


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O-line looking to sharpen things up fast

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2014 – 12:10 pm

Buffalo’s offensive line again had their share of struggles at the line of scrimmage. The men up front are well aware of the issues they have to address, correct and improve moving forward. And it won’t be easy going up against one of the most physical defensive lines in football.

“We have to do a better job. That’s evident,” said Eric Wood. “We’re going to keep working and get this thing figured out because we’re not doing a very good job up front right now.”

“The offensive line, we have to do a better job with the small things,” Cordy Glenn said. “I  know we said it the last few weeks, but it’s far enough along in the season where we can’t keep doing the same thing every week.  We gotta take more pride in what we’re doing and just help the team out better so we don’t get in those bad situations so much.”

Stunts and twists by opposing defensive linemen have proven to be a problem since Week 3 and each opponent after that has turned to stunts and twists as well experiencing success. Glenn knows they have to neutralize it or the twist/stunt games will continue.

“We got to look at the film but until you stop it they will keep doing it,” he said. “We just have to figure out how to stop it this week and focus on that a little more. It’s a little bit of communication, just being on the same page, the same rhythm , just being comfortable with each other over there.”

As head coach Doug Marrone sees it the consistency with execution is what he wants most of all.

“They could play better. What I get hung up on is the consistency,” he said. “There are times when there’s a great pocket and no one around him. There are times where there’s not a great pocket around him. That’s what gets you frustrated, that lack of consistency. That’s what we’re going to need to become more successful, doing the things well, and that’s what gets you over the top. I think a lot of the units on the team were able to see that. There’s a picture of how we want things done and when we go out there we have to recognize when it’s not right, what was the problem? It starts from a numerous amount of things.”


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Will dramatic win be catalyst?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2014 – 9:30 am

After Sunday’s last second win over the Vikings head coach Doug Marrone said he hoped it could serve as a catalyst for his team. Here’s what the players thought about that prospect.

“I hope so,” said Eric Wood. “I hope we can get on a run. But the key is one game at a time.  And our focus turns to the Jets. It was a fun win, a big win.  But we have to move on, we have to be professional about this and not celebrate more than for what it is. That’s just one win.”

“It’s whatever we make it. Whatever we make it,” said Dareus. “It can be a turnaround factor for us, it can be whatever. We’ve got to go play every Sunday, it doesn’t even matter. Play in, play out, we gotta make it happen. It can be a turnaround, it could not.  We still gotta go out there and play and do the best we can.”

 


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Sammy’s bro hug

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2014 – 5:30 pm

While everyone reveled in Sammy Watkins’ game-winning touchdown Sunday to help lift Buffalo to a fortunate 17-16 victory over Minnesota, everyone forgot all about Watkins’ first touchdown in the game, and what he did after it.

Right after he pulled in a 26-yard pass for his first score of the game from Kyle Orton, Watkins spotted a Bills fan going nuts after his touchdown. Buffalo’s receiver went over to celebrate with the fan.

“I saw him screaming, being active in the game, going crazy,” said Watkins. “I was like, ‘I might as well go over there and give him a hug.’ That probably made his day. That was the first touchdown that I had in the game, so it was a big touchdown to tie the game up.”


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McKelvin earns defensive game ball

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2014 – 5:09 pm

Bills CB Leodis McKelvin had a pair of interceptions in Sunday’s win and did it on back-to-back plays. One of his interceptions led to a touchdown. His performance earned him some national recognition from ESPN writer John Clayton.

Clayton awarded McKelvin his defensive game ball of the week. Here’s what he wrote.

Defensive game ball – Leodis McKelvin
Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin intercepted Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on consecutive throws in the second quarter of Buffalo’s 17-16 victory.

 


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Dareus: Craziest game I’ve ever been a part of

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2014 – 4:59 pm

Bills DT Marcell Dareus had another solid outing Sunday with a two-sack performance in the win over Minnesota. Just like the fans however, Dareus watched from the sideline as the Bills offense tried to put together an 80-yard touchdown drive to win the game. It was every bit as nerve wracking for him as it was for the 73-thousand plus watching behind him.

“It kept us on the edge of our seats like the fans were,” said Dareus. “Caught a pass with one second left on the clock, and squib kicking—that’s the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of. I’m excited. Everybody else was as well.”

Dareus said the conversion on 4th-and-20 was a heart stopper for him.

“Scott Chandler caught a couple of passes, he dropped one and came back and caught another one for a big gain,” he said. “It’s big time, man, it was just so much going on on the sideline. We were so excited, we just couldn’t believe everything was going the way  it was.”


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Marrone on adding another RB – “Probably”

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2014 – 4:05 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone is down a pair of running backs for the foreseeable future. Without Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, Marrone has just Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown healthy at running back. He also has FB Frank Summers. So when asked about the possibility of adding another back Marrone said the chances are good.

“Probably. I think we’ll probably do something,” he said. “I think a lot of it depends on where Fred is at, but yeah I would say yes we could bring somebody in. We’ll have to discuss those things.”


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What Brown & Dixon learned from Fred & C.J.

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2014 – 2:12 pm

Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are both out indefinitely after suffering injuries Sunday, but since Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon were added to Buffalo’s roster in the offseason, the team’s top two backs made sure to help their two backups learn the offense and handle any and all assignments. Now all of the time they invested in Dixon and Brown needs to pay off. Both Brown and Dixon feel they’re ready due in large part to the efforts of Jackson and Spiller.

Both Brown and Dixon were asked what they’ve learned from Jackson and Spiller since they’ve been on Buffalo’s roster.

“I just learned the rhythm of the offense and the pace that I have to work at to hit the holes clean,” said Dixon. “They’ve been doing it for two years now and this is my first year so I’m still trying to get in rhythm with it. But I’m learning the tempo I have to have to hit the holes and keep the offense going.”

“Those guys have taken me under their wing and they’ve helped me out,” said Brown. “Watching C.J. and watching Fred, guys who have had success and played on a high level for many years, that benefits me. I know people say it’s frustrating (not playing), but I had an opportunity to watch these guys and learn from these guys. I told them (Sunday night) that I’m praying for their speedy recovery because those guys are the heart and soul of our team. Whether they’re on the field or not we can’t win without them so their presence is definitely needed.”

 


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Uncle Rico & Sammy Watkins win the internet

Posted by Dallas Miller on October 20, 2014 – 1:28 pm

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We’ve been alluding to it for weeks, but the ties between Bills QB Kyle Orton and Napoleon Dynamite’s Uncle Rico grew a little stronger last night when Bills fan Breyon Harris (@bre_88 on Twitter) posted a looping video on social media of the mustachioed movie character tossing the game-winner to real-life Sammy Watkins.

In a (shocking? overdue? disappointing?) turn of events prior to the game however, it was revealed that Orton and his mustache have seemingly parted ways, ruining it for everyone.

Despite the fact that Orton no longer sports the defining look, a good thing never truly goes away. Don’t cry because it’s gone, Bills fans, smile because it happened.


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