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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

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
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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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Tragedy of McKnight’s passing hits Bills hard

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 9:58 am

Former NY Jets RB Joe McKnight was the victim of road rage Thursday when he was gunned down sitting in his car at a stop light in Terrytown, Louisiana after a verbal argument with another man.

An eyewitness told NOLA.com that she was leaving a nearby store when she witnessed the confrontation. The woman said a man was yelling at the athlete, who looked like he was apologizing, when he pulled out a gun and shot McKnight multiple times. She said the shooter then stood over the fallen footballer and said, “I told you don’t f–k with me” and fired one more time.

The shooter remained at the scene and was apprehended by police.

McKnight, a former USC running back, was drafted by the Jets in 2010 and coached by Rex Ryan for three seasons in New York. Ryan issued a statement in reaction to the 28-year old’s tragic death.

“Hearing this news about Joe McKnight is just so heartbreaking. He was such a great guy who meant a lot to a lot of people. When he first came to us at the Jets, he was this raw, talented kid. He had some issues as do a lot of guys. Obviously, we know the background, him going through (Hurricane) Katrina and a lot of different things. But he was always determined to get better–better as a football player and better as a man–and I thought he did that. That was exciting for me to see.

“One year when we had Joe we led the NFL in kickoff returns and I thought he was going to go to the Pro Bowl that year and he probably should have. But I was more proud of how he was off the field. When he went to Kansas City he seemed to have changed his life and that was a great thing. I remember when we played the Chiefs he came over and saw me and Anthony Lynn and it was great to see him.

“Joe will be remembered for a lot of good things and I was proud to have known him and proud to have coached him.

“My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Joe’s family and friends and we’ll keep them in our prayers at this difficult time.”

Bills RB Reggie Bush, a fellow USC running back, took to social media to express his feelings about the passing of his friend and address the troubling results that can come from road rage, as this is the second NFL player to be killed in a road rage incident. Saints DL Will Smith was also shot and killed in Louisiana in a road rage incident this past spring.

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Goodwin added to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2016 – 4:59 pm

The rash of injuries at receiver continues for the Bills. Marquise Goodwin was added to Thursday’s injury report with a wrist injury suffered in practice. He was listed as a limited participant.

The injury occurred right at the end of practice, so head coach Rex Ryan did not have much of an update.

“We’ll see what happens, but it just happened out here in a two minute drill,” said Ryan.

Ryan said he’s not optimistic about having Robert Woods or Percy Harvin in the lineup on Sunday. He’s more encouraged about Sammy Watkins being in the lineup Sunday.

But Walt Powell went on injured reserve and Dez Lewis was called up from the practice squad. All the roster shuffling at the position makes it hard to establish rhythm in Buffalo’s passing game.

“It’s tough,” said offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. “It’s tougher on the quarterback than anybody. You know, he doesn’t create that trust, and…factor. But you just have to make adjustments and move on.”

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Robert Woods – knee
WR Percy Harvin – migraines
CB Ronald Darby – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Lorenzo Alexander – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – back
S James Ihedigbo – ankle
G Richie Incognito – neck
WR Sammy Watkins – foot
RB Mike Gillislee – hamstring
LB Preston Brown – wrist
S Sergio Brown – hamstring
WR Marquise Goodwin – wrist


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Bills add safety to practice squad 

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2016 – 11:49 am

The Bills added a safety to their practice squad today. 

Buffalo signed Shamiel Gary, a former undrafted rookie signing of New England in 2014. He has played in six Games in his NFL career. Gary goes 6-0 and is 217 pounds. 

There was an open spot on the practice squad because CB Joe Powell was put on practice squad I-R. 


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Watkins does not participate Wed.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2016 – 3:47 pm

He was scheduled to participate on a limited basis in Wednesday’s practice, just as he did all of last week, but after telling athletic trainers of soreness in his foot, they pulled him from the practice field and Sammy Watkins did not practice at all Wednesday.

Head coach Rex Ryan has said multiple times they’re going to take a cautious approach with Watkins, and that proved to be the case on Wednesday. As for his status on Sunday, his participation or lack thereof in practice Thursday should shed more light on Watkins’ chances of being available.

Watkins was seen in Buffalo’s locker room and he appeared to be walking just fine. His foot wasn’t wrapped or anything.

Buffalo’s offense is already down Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin (migraines). Neither of them practiced Wednesday. They called up WR Dez Lewis from the practice squad Tuesday after losing WR Walt Powell to an ankle injury. He was placed on injured reserve.

Here’s Buffalo’s injury report for Wednesday

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Sammy Watkins – foot
WR Robert Woods – knee
WR Percy Harvin – migraines
LB Lorenzo Alexander – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – back
CB Ronald Darby – concussion
S James Ihedigbo – ankle

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Richie Incognito – neck
RB Mike Gillislee – hamstring
LB Preston Brown – wrist
S Sergio Brown – hamstring
G John Miller – shoulder
DT Marcell Dareus – abdominal

FULL PRACTICE
QB Tyrod Taylor – groin


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Vote for Shady

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2016 – 10:34 am

LeSean McCoy is once again up for the NFL’s FedEx Ground Player of the Week award coming off his 103-yard rushing day, which included a pair of touchdown runs in the win over Jacksonville. Here’s who McCoy is up against in the fan voting this week.

  • Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushed for 120 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown in a 28-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints rushed for 146 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown in a 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
  • LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns in a 28-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Every week, following the Monday Night Football game, through Thursday at 3 pm, fans can visit NFL.com/FedEx to vote or tweet using #AirandGround and the nominees’ last name to cast their vote. FedEx and the NFL will announce the winners every Thursday afternoon and then FedEx will award a $2,000 donation in the winning players’ names to The USO.

 


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Marv Levy gets street named after him

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2016 – 9:07 am

Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy was recently honored in his native Chicago with an honorary street designation on the Windy City’s north side.

Marv Levy Way was dedicated last week with Levy and his wife Fran on hand for the dedication ceremony. In typical Levy fashion, the former Bills head coach has a bit of humor for those in attendance for the unveiling.

“I just want everybody to know that effective January 1st this will become a toll road,” Levy quipped.

Here’s the report on Levy’s honorary street designation.

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Watkins amount of playing time Sunday TBD

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2016 – 6:07 pm

Sammy Watkins came through Sunday’s game just fine. In fact he felt so good he was pining for more time on the field. He got 25 of Buffalo’s 55 snaps on offense. But Buffalo is taking a very cautious approach with Watkins after a two month layoff. So as much as they’d like to play Watkins more this Sunday in Oakland, they’re taking the same approach they did last week as far as practice is concerned.

“I don’t want to place any number on it. Will he get more or less? We’ll just be smart with him,” said head coach Rex Ryan of Watkins. “We’ll be smart through the week as well. We’re not going to overdo it on the practice field. We need him healthy, and recognizing that he had a lot of time off and hasn’t done a whole lot of football activity. So we’ve got to balance that. We all want to get him on the field for the entire game, but I don’t know if that’s the best thing for him and for our football team.”


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Rex: Gillislee looks good for this week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2016 – 6:03 pm

A hamstring injury suffered in practice last week cost Mike Gillislee an appearance in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville. But head coach Rex Ryan is optimistic that Gillislee will be fit to return to the lineup this weekend.

“I think everything looks good,” said Ryan of Gillislee. “So hopefully he’s on track to return this week.”

Gillislee is the team’s third leading rusher behind LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor.


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