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Bennett, Collins, Edelman limited

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2016 – 4:36 pm

The Patriots had a host of limited participants in practice on Wednesday, though there wasn’t a single player who was unable to practice.

The most notable names include TE Martellus Bennett, LB Jamie Collins and WR Julian Edelman.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Martellus Bennett TE Ankle LP
Brandon Bolden RB Knee LP
Jamie Collins LB Hip LP
Julian Edelman WR Foot LP
Woodrow Hamilton DL Shoulder LP
Malcolm Mitchell WR Hamstring LP
Elandon Roberts LB Ankle LP
Vincent Valentine DL Back LP

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Long injury report for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2016 – 4:34 pm

The Bills injury report is the longest it has been all season. Zach Brown and Adolphus Washington were both sent home due to illness and did not practice. Here’s a look at the rest of the non-participants Wednesday and those who were limited.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Aaron Williams S Neck DNP
Marquise Goodwin WR Concussion DNP
LeSean McCoy RB Hamstring DNP
Zach Brown LB Illness DNP
Adolphus Washington DT Illness DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle DNP
Lorenzo Alexander LB Non-injury related DNP
Corbin Bryant DT Shoulder DNP
Lerentee McCray LB Knee DNP
Seantrel Henderson T Back LP
Marcell Dareus DT Hamstring LP
Mike Gillislee RB Foot LP
Jerry Hughes LB Hand LP
Robert Woods WR Foot LP
John Miller G Shoulder LP

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Why Alexander got a rest day

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2016 – 4:01 pm

Head coach Rex Ryan has given rest days to veteran players before. Kyle Williams, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood, Jerry Hughes. They’ve all been told to take an extra day on Wednesday to let their bodies recover. No veteran player earned a rest day Wednesday more than Alexander this past week.

That’s because no one played more snaps than Alexander in the loss to Miami. The veteran pass rusher played an astounding 86 snaps last week, logging 64 on defense and 22 on special teams. Only Preston Brown and Corey Graham came close to Alexander’s time on the field with 84 and 81 snaps.

“They’re just doing a good job of taking care of me, don’t want to be dumb-tough, as I like to call it,” Alexander said. “I mean I could get out there and practice today but after having so many reps, especially on special teams as well, just want to make sure that I’m fresh for this game this weekend.”

Alexander confirmed that the coaches told him to sit Wednesday. He didn’t ask for it.

“If I went to the coaches and asked they’d probably (let me have a day off),” said Alexander. “I’m cut from the old cloth. I’ve been undrafted in this league, so I’ve always had the mentality that I need to be out there. So when it comes from the top down I’m going to take it just because I want to be smart rather than going out there and showing everybody I can get through it. It’s all about being fresh for Sundays.”

Alexander leads the league in sacks and is second in forced fumbles with three so far this season.

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Former Bills LB to be inducted into BCFHOF

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2016 – 9:53 am

The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced its Class of 2017. Six inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee, and a former Bills linebacker is among those to be enshrined.

The Class of 2017 includes LB Isiah “Butch” Robertson (Southern).

A former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams, Robertson played the last four years of his career with the Bills from 1979-1982, helping Buffalo reach the playoffs in 1980 and 1981 under head coach Chuck Knox.

“This class is another representation of the immense football talent that has played at historically black colleges and universities,” said BCFHOF Co-Founder, former Bills QB and 2012 Inductee James “Shack” Harris. “All five players were college All-Americans, and three were first round NFL draft picks.”

The Class of 2017 also includes Parnell “Paydirt” Dickinson (Mississippi Valley State), Harold “Sunny” Jackson (Jackson State), Gary “Big Hands” Johnson (Grambling State), Robert Porcher (South Carolina State, Tennessee State) and Coach Billy Joe (Cheyney, Central State, Florida A&M, Miles College).

Joe was the running back who came back to the Bills in the infamous trade of Cookie Gilchrist with the Denver Broncos in 1965. Joe only played for the Bills for one season, but was on the 1965 AFL title team.

The Class will be honored at the Eighth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons on February 25, 2017.

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Pats stay busy on trade market

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2016 – 9:06 am

Trading TE A.J. Derby to Denver for a fifth-round pick wasn’t New England’s only move Tuesday. They also acquired LB Kyle Van Noy from Detroit along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

Van Noy, who has been a starter for the Lions this season is not expected to be in New England’s starting lineup Sunday against the Bills. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has made a habit of acquiring linebacker depth around the trade deadline in recent years with the acquisitions of Akeem Ayers, Jonathan Casillas and Jon Bostic the last two years.

Van Noy was an on the line strong side linebacker in the Lions base defense and an off the ball inside linebacker in the Lions nickel package.

“We tried to do what we feel is best for the football team and we’ll see how it goes with the new players that we have,” said Belichick Wednesday morning. “It kind of came up quickly. It wasn’t something that we had talked about (previously).”

Van Noy is an athletic edge linebacker with pass rush ability, cover ability and enough strength to set the edge in the run front. He was a former second-round pick.


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Patriots trade TE

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2016 – 6:45 pm

The New England Patriots announced that they have traded TE AJ Derby to the Denver Broncos in exchange for an undisclosed draft selection.

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Report: Multiple teams interested in 49ers WR

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2016 – 9:53 am

The San Francisco 49ers reportedly have WR Torrey Smith on the trade block and there are multiple teams expressing interest. But has learned that the Bills aren’t one of them.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a few teams are in pursuit of the receiver.


One team that has reportedly shown the most interest in Smith is the Philadelphia Eagles according to Pro Football Talk.

The league’s trade deadline is Nov. 1st.

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Early look at conference standings

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2016 – 11:16 am

The Bills loss Sunday to Miami allowed the Dolphins to pull within a game of them in the division standings of the AFC East. But perhaps even more important it was also a conference loss dropping Buffalo to 1-3 against AFC opponents.

While the Bills conference record is not good (only Cleveland is worse at 0-5), Buffalo is one of two AFC teams that has played four conference games or less (Jacksonville).

Furthermore there are seven other AFC clubs that have three conference losses like the Bills (Cincinnati, Indianapolis, San Diego among them) and the good news is Buffalo has more conference games in hand with eight still left on the schedule including their final seven games of the regular season.

We’re probably getting ahead of ourselves, but conference record is the second tiebreaker after head-to-head for two teams with the same won-loss record in pursuit of a Wild Card berth.

              Rank                      AFC Team        Div    W L  T Conf
1. New England Patriots ACE 6 1 0 5-1
2. Oakland Raiders ACW 5 2 0 4-1
3. Denver Broncos ACW 5 2 0 3-1
4. Kansas City Chiefs ACW 4 2 0 3-2
5. Pittsburgh Steelers ACN 4 3 0 3-2
6. Houston Texans ACS 4 3 0 3-2
7. Buffalo Bills ACE 4 3 0 1-3
8. Baltimore Ravens ACN 3 4 0 3-2
9. Cincinnati Bengals ACN 3 4 0 3-3
10. Miami Dolphins ACE 3 4 0 3-3

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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2016 – 10:35 am

In the loss to the Dolphins Sunday there were some stats that were eye popping and unfortunately not in a good way.

Here’s a look at some of the most telling statistics in Sunday’s game.

7.4 – the yards per carry average of Jay Ajayi, who rumbled for 214 yards on the ground.
37:02 – time of possession for the Dolphins offense.
23% – Bills third down conversion rate (3-13).
4 – number of run plays called by the Bills after going up 17-6 late in third quarter.
12 – number of times Tyrod Taylor was sacked and hit combined.
0 – number of turnovers in the game combined.

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Dolphins had different approach to Tyrod

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2016 – 8:35 am

Thus far this season most defenses facing the Bills have tried to hem Tyrod Taylor in the pocket and force him to make throws from there. Miami had a completely different tact in trying to render Taylor ineffective as a passer.

Miami’s defense purposely tried to flush him out of the pocket with pressure to one side or the other and then tried to out flank him on the perimeter.

“We wanted to get him off the spot and obviously force him to run a certain way,” said DT Ndamukong Suh. “Don’t allow him to pick and choose. If he’s going to sit back there then obviously make a play, but if, whether or not, coming from either side, we’re going to force him to go to one side or the other so we can bottle him up more or less.”

Taylor was sacked four times in Sunday’s game and took eight hits from pass rushers.

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Cameron Wake: Bills weren’t going to run on us

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 7:21 pm

Miami DE Cameron Wake said the Dolphins came into the game motivated to stop Buffalo’s rushing attack. He said they had a collective mentality that they were going to win the one-on-one battles in Sunday’s game, particularly at the line of scrimmage.

“I personally like getting in there, getting a little dirty,” said Wake. “I’ve always had that pit bull mentality. You don’t bring a Chihuahua to a dog fight. That’s the mentality you’ve got to have. It’s just man versus man. It’s my gap. I don’t care who’s going to be in there. I don’t care what you think. It’s mine, plain and simple. There’s no C+ in football. It’s pass-fail. I think every guy across the line, front and back end as well, that win it all mentality, where I’ve got to win my match up. And that’s the only way we’re going to stop a team. Again, I was excited about somebody coming in here and saying that they’re going to run the ball down our throat … yeah, not so.”

Buffalo rushed for 67 yards on 22 carries to average three yards per rush. Their 67-yard total was only better than their 65-yards rushing output in Week 1 at Baltimore.

Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito had to admit they got outperformed.

“We couldn’t find rhythm,” he said. “It starts with us up front. We should’ve had a good day. We had an off day as an offensive line. We saw it on film. There was a lot of line movement. We anticipated some of it, but not to the degree that they were ready to do it today, and it kept us off balance.”


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Precautionary MRI for Aaron Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 7:05 pm

Bills safety Aaron Williams, who left the game in the first half after a vicious hit on a Miami running play deep in Buffalo territory by WR Jarvis Landry, was taken to a hospital for a precautionary MRI during the game. He re-joined the team to travel back to Buffalo Sunday evening.

Both his head and neck were being examined by the team’s medical staff.

More will be known on his status moving forward on Monday.

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Dolphins inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 11:45 am

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

CB Xavien Howard

CB Bene Benwikere

DE Julius Warmsley

DE Terrence Fede

TE Dion Sims

TE Jordan Cameron

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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 11:30 am

Here are the Bills inactives for today’s game against the Dolphins. DL Adolphus Washington will start in place of Dareus and Justin Hunter will start in place of Robert Woods.

QB Cardale Jones
DT Marcell Dareus
WR Robert Woods
OT Seantrel Henderson
OL Patrick Lewis
RB Jonathan Williams
OT Michael Ola

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Terry Pegula clears air on ultimatum reports

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 10:50 am

In an interview with USA Today’s Tom Pellisero, Bills owner Terry Pegula cleared the air on media reports that he gave GM Doug Whaley and head coach Rex Ryan an ultimatum that the team had to make the playoffs in 2016 or they’d be out of work.

— On a report from The Buffalo News that Pegula told Ryan and Whaley near the end of last season to make the playoffs in 2016 or be fired: “The famous ultimatum that I supposedly gave them, I wasn’t even in town that day. I was up at my lake in the Adirondacks.”

— On 2016 as playoffs-or-bust for his football brain trust: “Oh, no way. No way.”

— On how long he envisions Ryan and Whaley leading his franchise: “I don’t even think that’s a fair question, because it’s not even entered my mind that anybody needs to go.”

“Our coach needs to know that, through the good and the bad, there’s stability. The players need to know there’s stability,” Pegula said. “And by the way, that doesn’t help our players any to start reading that their coach is going to get fired.”

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Thurman: Tannehill has improved

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 10:07 am

The Bills seem to have Ryan Tannehill’s number. He has a 2-6 record against Buffalo in his career and a career passer rating of 76. But Buffalo’s defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman believes that the Dolphins signal caller has advanced his game this season.

“You can tell he’s improved,” said Thurman. “He seems much more confident in what they’re asking him to do. He’s throwing the ball with confidence. Seems to have a really good relationship with 14 (Jarvis Landry) and they have nice receivers outside with (Kenny) Stills and (DeVante) Parker. You know, we have a job to do on Sunday. It’s not going to be easy.”

The knock on Tannehill in his career has been his inability to hit the deep ball with consistency, but he’s been able to connect on a couple here and there through the first five weeks of the season.

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Where will we see Reggie Bush vs. Miami?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 8:56 am

Reggie Bush was signed about a week into training camp to be the team’s primary return man. He and free agent pickup Brandon Tate have shared the role. The Bills could be down in numbers at running back today depending on LeSean McCoy’s availability and at receiver with Robert Woods doubtful for today’s game. Bush has proven capable of filling a RB or WR role in his 11-year career. So where might we see him today against the Dolphins?

If McCoy doesn’t play he could be a complement back to Mike Gillislee, who is expected to shoulder most of the rushing load in the absence of their bell cow back.

If McCoy does dress and play, but Robert Woods doesn’t it wouldn’t be shocking to see Bush being split wide as a receiver at times. Bush presents matchup problems if split wide. It would be supremely difficult for a linebacker or safety to stick with him on routes.

“I’ve always had the attitude and mentality that whatever the team needs me to do then that’s what I’ll do,” said Bush. “They know I can play running back and they know I can play receiver. They know I can return punts. I don’t think that’s anything new so we’ll see what happens.”

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Miami stadium renovations include new grass

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2016 – 11:46 am

Much has been made of the Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium renovations, which will now put 92 percent of the seats in the shade thanks to a giant canopy. Previously just 17 percent of the seats were in the shade. Down on the field there are changes too.

The grass is new. It’s called Paspalum Platinum grass. The club made the change because it grows well in shade and in hot, humid climates. With the added shade provided by the canopies they claim they needed a more versatile grass surface. The grass is thicker than normal turf grasses, which players believe plays slower than regular grass.

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Miami’s Foster ques.; Dolphins down both TEs

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2016 – 5:46 pm

Miami RB Arian Foster is questionable this week, but was a full participant in practice all week. He’s expected to play. How much is the question. 

Foster had just three carries in last week’s game as Jay Ajayi got the bulk of the load. But the Dolphins offense might be hindered by an absence of tight ends. 

Both Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims are out with concussions. That means former Bill TE MarQueis Gray will have to play a large role. Here’s a look at the Dolphins final injury report. 


TE Jordan Cameron – concussion

TE Dion Sims – concussion

CB Xavien Howard – knee


RB Arian Foster – hamstring

LB Jelani Jenkins – groin

LB Spencer Paysinger – hamstring/calf

C Tony Lippett – hamstring

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Bills unlikely to have Dareus or Woods

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2016 – 2:57 pm

While the chances of Marcell Dareus and Robert Woods are at about 25 percent to play Sunday and LeSean McCoy is a true question mark for the game, there are a couple of questionable players expected to take the field at Miami.

DT Kyle Williams, OT Cordy Glenn and TE Charles Clay are probably the most likely questionable players who will suit up Sunday.

Rex Ryan said he wasn’t ready to completely rule out Dareus or Woods, but they’re seen as long shots at best. Here is Buffalo’s full injury report.

OT Seantrel Henderson – back

DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
WR Robert Woods – foot

TE Charles Clay – ankle
FB Jerome Felton – back
CB Kevon Seymour – shoulder
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
DT Kyle Williams – neck
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring

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