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Glenn played almost 3/4s of the game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2017 – 12:34 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn was subbed out a few times during the course of Sunday’s game in an effort to keep him fresh after he missed most of the preseason. By game’s end he had still been on the field for a majority of the game.

Glenn got 56 of the offense’s 77 total snaps, good for 73 percent of the work. Rookie Dion Dawkins rotated in for him and got 21 snaps in his NFL debut, good for 27 percent of the workload.

Another full week of practice by Glenn should only improve his level of stamina and endurance more for the Week 2 matchup at Carolina.

 


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Taylor glad Dennison was on the sidelines

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 7:20 pm

All preseason offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was deciding where his game day location would best serve the offense. Leading up to the opener some of Buffalo’s offensive staff was a bit… well injured, for lack of a better description, and not as mobile to serve on the sidelines. So when coach Dennison asked his players where they’d prefer to have him on Sunday, they told him the sideline.

Tyrod Taylor was particularly happy to have him there.

“It was good. It was a decision whether he was going to be on the field or in the booth. I requested that he be on the field, especially with (RBs) coach (Kelly) Skipper being hurt and not being there. Our assistant QB coach was helping with the running backs, so having that communication on the sideline definitely helped and we were able to talk through some things,” Taylor said. “It would’ve been the same over the phone, but that person-to-person interaction on the sideline talking through things went a long way.”

No word on whether Dennison’s location will change when the coaching staff is back to full health. Quarterbacks coach David Culley was Dennison’s line of communication down on the sideline when he was up in the booth. But Taylor liked having his OC there to talk to when he came off the field.

“It was good to have our coordinator down there just to get everyone on the same page,” Taylor said.


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McCoy on his wrist: I’ll be alright

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 5:38 pm

Bills RB LeSean McCoy gave Bills fans a scare when he came off the field in the second half holding his right wrist after he stretched to try to break the plan of the end zone on a red zone carry.

McCoy, who was listed as suffering a wrist injury, did return to the game. After the Bills win he explained what happened.

“I tried to get in the end zone,” said McCoy “I jumped in there and I guess the placement of the ball and my wrist, it went numb. I didn’t want to be selfish and try to get a touchdown with a numb right hand. I’m known as a back with ball security so I just came out just to see what was going on. I’ll ice it and I’ll be alright.

“It hurt a little bit and then I couldn’t feel anything. I couldn’t squeeze the ball. Besides we’ve got a 260-pound back and let him get the touchdown.”

Mike Tolbert subbed in for McCoy when he left and plunged into the end zone from a yard out for Buffalo’s only rushing touchdown of the game in the 21-12 victory over the Jets.


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Jets run front should still be good

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 11:05 am

The Jets were a top 10 run defense in the preseason, which may not hold much significance until you realize their run defense the past two years has put opposing rushing attacks on lock down.

Under head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets run defense has allowed opponents to run for just 91 yards per game. That’s the third-best mark in the NFL over that span.

Yes, they traded away Sheldon Richardson, but Steve McLendon is no slouch on the nose and Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson are Pro Bowl caliber players.

Over the last two seasons, LeSean McCoy’s best day against the Jets was the Thursday night game in 2015 at MetLife Stadium when he ran for 112 yards on just 19 carries in a 22-17 win.

Shady averaged 5.9 yards per carry against what at the time was the number one run defense in the league and literally willed the Bills to victory.

It will take a lot to repeat that kind of production, but McCoy and the offensive line might be two of the most productive aspects of the entire team the past two seasons. The Jets led the league last year in fewest broken tackles allowed with just nine all season.


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DT Thornton expecting to get some run

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 10:15 am

The Bills signed free agent DT Cedric Thornton just this week, but with Jerel Worthy ruled out of today’s game with a concussion, the veteran defensive tackle will see time on the field for Buffalo today.

“I put in a lot of work this offseason being able to adapt when I came here. They said they’re going to rotate me in Sunday. So I feel good about my preparation this offseason and training camp. They have a few things that are different here from Dallas, but I feel I’ll be effective.”

Thornton is one of just four healthy defensive tackles along with Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Adolphus Washington.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is a proponent of rotating defensive linemen in and out of the lineup to keep the starters fresh throughout the game. Thornton, despite being in Buffalo for less than a week will be rotating in against the Jets.

For Thornton however, his transition to the Bills has been easy.

“Everything it just felt like I’ve been here forever,” Thornton told Buffalobills.com “I came in and the guys were telling me about themselves. They opened up to me real well, the D-line group. They accepted me like I’ve been here through training camp and all that, so it’s not been a problem making this transition. We’ll just see about Sunday.”

When asked if he’ll be able to blend in, Thornton doesn’t want to just blend in. He feels he’ll be able to execute feeling he’s got a good handle on the scheme.

“Not blending in, but standing out within the mix and just being accepted,” he said. “We’ve got a great plan. It’s just how we react, when we get hit in the mouth and they get hit in their mouth. We’re going to try to continue to stick to our plan. Whatever play they call I’m going to continue to go out there and be effective and get a win.”

 


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WR Jones ready for Jets thanks to Matthews

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

It would be only natural to expect Bills rookie Zay Jones to be nervous for his first NFL game. While he admits he’ll has some anxious moments leading up to kickoff against the Jets today, Buffalo’s second-round pick will be narrowing his focus to perform consistently. And he has veteran receiver Jordan Matthews to thank.

Jones has spent a lot of time in the film room with Matthews. The veteran has proven to be a valuable resource in terms of opponent preparation.

“Jordan’s a great guy [at] breaking down film,” said Jones. “Awesome guy, just to pick his brain, and just watch him go to work. Dissecting film with Jordan has been a big help for me, it’s made me more comfortable. That extra preparation, is ultimately what’s going to make me, and this team ready to play.”

Jones, who carries a quiet confidence about him, will still have nerves, but he expects them to wear off quickly.

“It will be different, first NFL game, but it’s football,” said Jones. “I’ve been doing this since I was little, I have a great group of guys around me that’ll help prepare me, a great group of coaches, so it’s exciting at the same time. It’s going to be fun, and finally it’s going to be a packed house. It’s going to be a great time, I’m ready to enjoy it.”

 


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Jets injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 3:23 pm

The Jets injury report is just as short as that of the Bills. Only two players appear on their report for Week 1 and both players are out.

TE Jordan Leggett – knee
S Rontez Miles – eye


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Bills injury report is short

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 3:20 pm

Buffalo’s Week 1 injury report is a short one, and that’s a good thing.

LB Tanner Vallejo (knee) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) are the only players who appear on the report.

DL Cedric Thornton is expected to fill Worthy’s role as a rotational defensive tackle on Sunday.


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Fan Friday 9-8

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 11:54 am

Kickoff weekend is here! Finally Bills regular season football. Let’s dial it up Bills fans with your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Can the D get back into the Top 10 or is the talent level too thin in year one of SM and BB?

Michael Kielma
@bubble_head716

CB: Depth is undoubtedly a concern, particularly at safety and linebacker. But if the Bills can stay relatively healthy, especially on the defensive line, they can flirt with being a top 10 defense. Sean McDermott’s defensive units typically rank high in sacks, run defense and takeaways, all critical elements in defenses that rank in the top 10.

Buffalo’s defensive line will be instrumental in all three of those defensive categories. As long as the front four can stay healthy they can contend for top 10 status.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Predictions on who leads the team in receptions? Dark horse of Charles Clay?

Kyle Yagielski
@DrMrPHD

CB: I don’t think Charles Clay is a dark horse at all. He had 87 targets last season to lead the team and led the team in receptions with 57. Granted that was due in part to the fact that Sammy Watkins played in just eight games, but in Rick Dennison offenses the tight end plays a large role in the passing game. The case will be much the same with Clay this season, especially with all the wide receiver turnover.

So I think Clay is the favorite to lead the team in receptions, with Jordan Matthews as his only real competition.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Shady o/u 100 yards Sunday?

Frank Propis
@Frankpropis

CB: The Jets run front is no joke, even with the trade of Sheldon Richardson. NT Steve McLendon was a nice pickup by New York last year from Pittsburgh. The key will be getting McCoy to the second level on Sunday.

McCoy barely played in the season finale against the Jets, which was kind of a lost game altogether. But in the Week 2 matchup, McCoy average 3.9 yards per carry and finished with 83 total yards from scrimmage.

I think he can do better than that because New York’s linebacking corps is a lot less proven than the group from a season ago. So if you’re asking total yards from scrimmage I say over 100, but over 100 yards rushing, I don’t know. That run front for the Jets is still pretty stout and they’ll be daring the Bills to throw in this game (eight in the box).

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

There is talk of “Tyrod not being a fit to Dennison’s system” , why would a coach have a system that does fit current roster? (ex. Rex)

Bryan Watson
@RealBryanWatson

CB: I find it funny how this has become the narrative for Tyrod in this scheme. Both head coach Sean McDermott and OC Rick Dennison have said on the record that Taylor is “a perfect fit” for this offense. Below is the direct quote I got from McDermott way back in March at the NFL combine.

“He absolutely fits what Rick wants to do,” said McDermott in reference to Taylor. “Having said that a lot of players fit what we want to do in our system. It’s a great system. That’s one of the reasons I hired Rick. We look forward to putting pieces together to build this team the right way.”

I think people are forgetting that what we saw offensively in the preseason is not at all what they’re likely to run come the regular season. So until we see that it’s premature at the least to say Tyrod isn’t a fit, especially when his coaches are telling us the exact opposite and with more emphatic language than usual.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

With the Bills only keeping 5 WR, do you think they have plans for someone like Logan Thomas to be a bigger part of the offense?

Adam Placzek
@iamFlowbee

CB: I do not expect Logan Thomas to be that guy. This is very much a developmental year for him and if he comes on ahead of the expected learning curve, I think he can make some contributions in the passing game in the second half of the season. I think both Charles Clay, as mentioned above, and Nick O’Leary along with Pat DiMarco and LeSean McCoy will be the ones getting extra targets in the passing game knowing Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones and Andre Holmes will be the top three receiving options at the WR position.


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Dareus practices fully

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 3:22 pm

In addition to LeSean McCoy being limited in practice Thursday there was one other change to the team’s injury report.

Marcell Dareus went from being a limited participant in practice Wednesday to a full participant Thursday. Dareus has been dealing with a nagging hip injury.

McCoy was limited with a stomach bug, but finished practice.

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DID NOT PRACTICE

LB Tanner Vallejo – knee

DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

S Colt Anderson – foot

RB LeSean McCoy – illness

FULL PRACTICE

DT Marcell Dareus – hip

OT Cordy Glenn – foot

WR Jordan Matthews – chest

QB Tyrod Taylor – concussion


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Glenn’s reps to be managed Sunday?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 2:30 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn is fully expected to start on Sunday in the opener against the Jets, but will he play the entire game on offense? That appears to be up for debate.

Glenn missed most of training camp and almost the entire preseason until he got 15 snaps in the team’s last preseason game against Detroit. It was an effort to get Glenn re-acclimated to the speed of a live game.

Whether that plus practice over the last week is enough to get his conditioning to the level necessary for a 65 to 70-play game on offense is another question.

The biggest challenge for every NFL head coach is making sure the team is conditioned enough to get through an entire game that first week, something none of their players have done since early January.

For Glenn that task could prove even more difficult, since he’s missed a good portion of training camp and preseason action with his foot ailment.

Head coach Sean McDermott admitted that it’s something they’re going to keep close tabs through the rest of the practice week and on Sunday to determine whether or not they need to rotate another tackle in for him at times.

“We’re going to look at it,” said McDermott. “With every player we look at managing reps in getting guys acclimated to full speed and managing it.”

Rookie Dion Dawkins would be the likely offensive tackle who would rotate in for Glenn if the coaching staff deems it necessary on Sunday


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McDermott: McCoy practiced after getting ill

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 2:23 pm

Bills feature back LeSean McCoy had a bit of an upset stomach at the start of Thursday’s practice that forced him to miss a bit of the session, including the media viewing portion. But according to head coach Sean McDermott, McCoy returned and got a healthy dose of team reps.

“He got a little bit ill at practice,” said McDermott. “He was here at the beginning and fell ill a little bit there and then came back.”

By the close of practice, McCoy looked back to normal and had a spring in his step.

“It looked like he was good,” McDermott said. “He had a good practice.”

While McCoy was not on the practice field, Mike Tolbert and Taiwan Jones took the majority of the reps during team segments.


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Dareus limited in practice 

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2017 – 5:46 pm

The good news at practice Wednesday was that Cordy Glenn, Jordan Matthews and Tyrod Taylor were full participants. Marcell Dareus however, was not.

Dareus was limited due to a nagging hip injury. He’s been dealing with it for the better part of the last two weeks. Colt Anderson was also limited with a foot injury.

Here’s the injury report for Wednesday.
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DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Tanner Vallejo – knee
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPTION
DT Marcell Dareus – hip
S Colt Anderson – foot

FULL PRACTICE
QB Tyrod Taylor – concussion
OT Cordy Glenn – foot
WR Jordan Matthews – sternum


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Bills jersey number updates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2017 – 12:50 pm

With some recent signings and some releases there have been a handful of jersey number changes. Here are the new license plates for some Bills players.

CB Greg Mabin – 31
LB Deon Lacey – 44
DL Cedric Thornton – 91
DL Eddie Yarbrough – 54
QB Joe Webb – 14
RB Taiwan Jones – 26
WR Kaelin Clay – 13
TE Khari Lee – 88


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Jets sign WR Kerley

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2017 – 2:17 pm

On the same day he made a free agent visit, Jeremy Kerley has signed for a second go round with the team that drafted him. The slot receiver inked a one-year deal with the Jets late Tuesday.

The Jets are trying to bolster a largely unproven receiving corps. Over the weekend they traded DL Sheldon Richardson in exchange for WR Jermaine Kearse. Kerley is a former fifth-round pick of the Jets back in 2011.

Kerley is coming off a career-best 66-catch season with San Francisco. He had signed a three-year extension with the 49ers, but they ultimately cut him over the weekend.


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Where Taylor sits in Return-to-Part process

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2017 – 1:35 pm

On Monday, Tyrod Taylor practiced with his Bills teammates even though he was still in the concussion protocol. The reason why is because he was taking part in the Return-to-Participation Protocol (see below). Knowing he was able to participate in practice Monday, it would appear that he was at step 4, and need only clearance from the Team Physician and Independent Neurological Consultant assigned to the Bills to be a full participant in practice and cleared at some point, hopefully, later this week.

Return-To-Participation Protocol
Step 1 – Rest and Recovery

The player is prescribed rest until his signs and symptoms and neurologic examination, including cognitive and balance tests, return to baseline status.

Step 2 – Light Aerobic Exercise
Under direct oversight of the team’s medical staff, the player should begin graduated cardiovascular exercise and may also engage in dynamic stretching and balance training.

Step 3 – Continued Aerobic Exercis & Introduction of Strength Training
The player continues with supervised cardiovascular exercises that are increased and may mimic sport-specific activities, and supervised strength training is introduced.

Step 4 – Football Specific Activities
The player continues cardiovascular, strength and balance training and participates in non-contact football activities (e.g. throwing, catching, running and other position-specific activities).

Step 5 – Full Football Activity/Clearance
Upon clearance by the Team Physician for full football activity involving contact, the player must be examined by the Independent Neurological Consultant (INC) assigned to his Club. If the INC concurs with the team physician that the player’s concussion has resolved, he may participate in his Club’s next practice or game.


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Why Tyrod can practice while in concussion protocol

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2017 – 12:12 pm

It might come as a surprise to some as to why Tyrod Taylor is able to practice here on Monday while still in the concussion protocol. He’s begun the Return-to-Participation process. Here are the rules that permit him to participate.

The league guidelines state that a player may be considered to return to practice only after the player has returned to baseline status with rest and exertion, has repeat neurophysiological testing, which is interpreted by the team neuropsychology consultant as back to baseline levels of functioning, and has completed the return to participation protocol. He also must be cleared by the team physician and the independent neurological consultant.


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Jersey numbers for new players

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2017 – 10:47 am

Here are the jersey numbers for some of the newest players on the 53-man roster.

TE Khari Lee – 88
LB Deon Lacey – 44
WR Kaelin Clay – 13
OT Conor McDermott – 68
QB Joe Webb – 14


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Stability for Bills lies on the lines

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2017 – 4:31 pm

The transactions over this weekend certainly won’t be the last ones made in year one of the Brandon Beane-Sean McDermott partnership, but it’s clear that the roster turnover has been significant. As we noted earlier here the cornerback position has been completely revamped from last season. Safety has just one hold over in Colt Anderson. The wide receiver position has just Brandon Tate as a 2016 roster member left. And all that’s left at running back now is LeSean McCoy after Jonathan Williams was waived. So where is the continuity for this team?

It’s on the offensive and defensive lines. Buffalo’s O-line, which has posted back-to-back No. 1 rushing seasons, has all five starters back from last season and a pair of backups if you count the suspended Seantrel Henderson along with Ryan Groy. Vladimir Ducasse, Dion Dawkins and Conor McDermott are the only new arrivals.

The defensive line is much the same. Jerry Hughes, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Shaq Lawson are all returning players along with Jerel Worthy and Adolphus Washington.

Eddie Yarbrough, DeAndre Coleman and Ryan Davis are the newbies.

It’s up front where the Bills will be leaning for consistent play as the other parts of the offense and defense, with a lot of new moving parts, work to jell together.


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Seymour trade completes turnover at cornerback

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2017 – 9:02 am

He was the last remaining hold over player from last year’s secondary. Kevon Seymour was the lone cornerback on the Bills roster who played on the team in 2016. On Saturday, like all the other former teammates, the 2016 sixth-round pick was traded for WR Kaelin Clay in a deal with Carolina.

Seymour joins Corey White, Ronald Darby, Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey, who were either released, not re-signed or traded in the 2017 offseason.

In fact there is only one player in Buffalo’s entire secondary that was on Buffalo’s roster in 2016. Colt Anderson, who spent most of the 2016 season on injured reserve is the only remaining safety from last year’s roster.

Change at the top often means change to the roster, and at a typically higher rate than the league average of 25-30 percent. Head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane right now are well above that average as they are determined to build the team the right way with the right player makeup for sustained success.


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