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Tasker: “Special teams, a big boost” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 18, 2014 – 8:33 pm

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It was a shortened show on Thursday because of NFL Football. We began with the news of the day that included an injury update and a status on wide receiver Robert Woods. We also shelled out another edition of Around the Locker Room that included plenty of player reaction heading into this weekend’s game from Mike Williams on getting better red zone production to Eric Wood on the Chargers 3-4 defensive front.

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Sunday’s game will be broadcast on CBS and part of the crew in Buffalo will include former Bills Special Teamer Steve Tasker. Tasker will be alongside Andrew Catalon and Steve Beuerlein. He talked about coming home to call games at Ralph Wilson Stadium and how much he has enjoyed the recent positive news surrounding the team. Tasker, a special teams ace, also discussed the Bills success through two games and the drastic improvement from their special teams.

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“When you go out and block a punt and when you get a touchdown return, 102-yards on a kickoff return, and you’re nailing them down inside the 5-yard line twice. The field position against the Miami Dolphins was an enormous benefit for the defense and for the offense. Special teams can be a big game breaker when you do the big play like the blocked kick or the return for a touchdown but it’s also a grind where slowly but surely you just keep them on the long field and it just makes it really, really exhausting for their offense to put together a 13-play drive to get out of their own end. It’s been a huge boost for the Buffalo Bills this season.”

 

To hear the complete John Murphy Show from Thursday, click below.

 


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Nike uniform of week 3

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 18, 2014 – 7:48 pm

Each week Nike presents the Uniform of the Week where you’ll see a photo of the combination your Buffalo Bills will be wearing on the field.

The uniform combo for the week 3 game between the San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills will be blue on white pants.  Shop for your own Nike jersey by clicking here!

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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 5:42 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the radio airwaves Friday.

  • WCMF, Break room
    • 7:15 am – Colton Schmidt
  • 3 The Edge, Shredd and Ragan
    • 7:20 am – Nigel Bradham
  • CBS Sports Radio, TBD Show
    • 7:25 am – Fred Jackson
  • 97 Rock, Norton in the morning
    • 7:30 am – Scott Chandler
  • KISS 98.5, Janet and Nick in the morning
    • 7:30 am – CJ Spiller
  • WGR 550 am, Howard Simon and Jeremy White
    • 8:10 am – Doug Marrone

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Chargers OL, pass rushers nicked up

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 5:19 pm

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Already without starting C Nick Hardwick, who was put on injured reserve after Week 1, now has his replacement on the injury report. Starting C Rich Ohrnberger did not practice Thursday with a back injury. He was limited on Wednesday. Starting RG Johnnie Troutman, was also limited Wednesday with a back injury and missed practice Thursday.

San Diego also sat pass rushers Jeremy Attaochu and Melvin Ingram Thursday with hamstring injuries, and WR Keenan Allen was an addition. He was limited with a groin injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
LB Jerry Attaochu Hamstring DNP
LB Melvin Ingram Hamstring DNP
RB Ryan Mathews Knee DNP
C Rich Ohrnberger   Back DNP
G Johnnie Troutman   Back DNP
S Jahleel Addae Hamstring LP
WR Keenan Allen   Groin LP
TE Antonio Gates   Hamstring LP
CB Chris Davis Ankle FP
CB Brandon Flowers   Groin FP
OLB Dwight Freeney   Not Injury Related FP
DE Corey Liuget Ankle FP

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Chargers WR Allen added to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 4:23 pm

San Diego is already expected to be without starting RB Ryan Mathews Sunday, who reportedly has a sprained MCL and is expected to miss a month or more. Now there’s another offensive starter added to the Chargers injury report.

According to San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Michael Gehlken, WR Keenan Allen was limited in practice Thursday with a groin injury. His participation in practice Friday will be something to watch for tomorrow.


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Watkins tops Kiper’s rookie rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 3:57 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper watches the rookie players who were drafted and ranks them through the course of their rookie seasons. Perhaps it isn’t a surprise to most, but Sammy Watkins tops his list.

Watkins was ranked first by Kiper with San Diego CB Jason Verrett ranked second and Miami RT Ju’Wuan James ranked third. Here’s what he wrote about Watkins.

1. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo

I didn’t like how much Buffalo gave up for the right to draft Watkins in a draft loaded with WR talent, but it’s not like I was ever down on the player (as you can see). So far Watkins has been really good, leading a surprising, 2-0 Buffalo team in catches (11) and targets (15), and he already has three plays of 20-plus yards. If drafting Watkins was about helping second-year QB EJ Manuel, so far it’s clearly been a smart strategy. If I’m watching one thing, it’s whether Watkins can stay healthy. Hopefully he will.

Fellow Bills rookie Preston Brown was ranked 10th.

10. Preston Brown, OLB, Buffalo

The third-rounder out of Louisville has been called on to play right away in part due to the injury to a preseason ACL injury to Kiko Alonso, and while he’s looked a bit over his head so far, he’s making tackles for a defense that has played well and he’s not coming off the field. He currently leads the Bills with 20 tackles.


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Pegula purchase pact spikes jersey sales

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 3:38 pm

The announcement last week that Kim and Terry Pegula entered into an agreement to purchase the Buffalo Bills sent Bills jersey sales through the roof. Here are the details.

According to the DICK’S Sporting Goods’ Jersey Report — an interactive website that tracks jersey sales in real-time — after the the purchase agreement was announced, Bills jersey sales spiked 800 percent over their yearly average (see graph below).

Leading the spike in jersey sales for the Bills were running back Fred Jackson and rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Jackson’s jersey has been number 19 in sales nationwide over the last week, compared to 34th in sales for the season to-date.

Watkins jersey is the number two selling rookie jersey for the season (behind only Johnny Manziel), and has been the 13th best-selling jersey overall this week among all players in the league.

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Meet Brandon Spikes at the Buffalo Zoo

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 18, 2014 – 3:03 pm

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The Buffalo Zoo will host a special meet and greet with Bills linebacker and animal-lover Brandon Spikes this Saturday, September 20, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Spikes is partnering with the Zoo to chair their Adopt an Animal program, featuring a North American porcupine that the Zoo has renamed “Spikes” in his honor.

The Zoo will offer a special adoption package through the 2014-2015 football season, highlighted by Spikes the porcupine. The Adopt an Animal program helps to pay for food for the animals throughout the year.


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Changes on Bills Thurs. injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 2:54 pm

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There were a couple of changes on Buffalo’s Thursday injury report concerning a pair of starters on offense.

WR Robert Woods, who was limited Wednesday after sustaining an ankle injury, did not practice at all Thursday.

“Right now he wouldn’t be able to play,” said head coach Doug Marrone.

Meanwhile starting LG Chris Williams was limited in practice with a back ailment listed, but Marrone said it was a proactive precautionary move, not a reactionary move to an injury.

“He went throughout the practice we just watched his reps,” said Marrone.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Jonathan Meeks S Neck DNP
Randell Johnson LB Knee DNP
Keith Rivers LB Groin LP
Stefan Charles DT Hip LP
Robert Woods WR Ankle DNP
Chris Williams G Back LP
Lee Smith TE Toe FP
Sammy Watkins WR Ribs FP

 


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Gameday activities: Chargers vs. Bills

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 18, 2014 – 2:08 pm

Here’s a rundown of gameday activities for Sunday’s week 3 game against the San Diego Chargers.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Gates open: 11:30 a.m.
Gameday Experience: ADPRO Sports Training Center Fieldhouse open 9:30 a.m.

Giveaway
The first 30,000 guests will receive a Andre Reed Hall of Fame “MyFanClip”

Pregame
Player warm-ups: 11:55 a.m.
Stampede performance: 12:40 p.m.
Leader of the Charge: Lee Evans
Color guard: US Marine Corps
National anthem: J.B. Aaron

Halftime
Andre Reed Hall of Fame ring ceremony

Tailgating Reminder: No open fires are permitted in the Bills parking lots or on stadium grounds. Fires in contained grills are permitted.  Please do not empty hot coals on the parking lot pavement. Thank you!

Security Process: Remember to arrive at the gates early to avoid missing any of the pregame activities.  Be sure to empty pockets in preparation for the metal detection screening process at gate entry.

Make Mom Proud: Follow the Bills fan code of conduct available here.

Designated Driver:  If you’re over 21, stop by any Guest Service Booth and pledge not to drink and make sure everyone in your group gets home safely.  Designated drives will receive a coupon good for one non-alcoholic beverage and will be entered into a raffle to win the Designated Driver of the Game prize and sweepstakes with a chance to win Pro Bowl or Super Bowl tickets. Sign up here.

Visa Deal of the Game: $5 Buffalo Bills “End Zone Bears”!

Bills 50/50 Raffle
The Buffalo Bills are teaming up with Pointstreak 5050 on an innovative platform to raise charitable funds for the Buffalo community and Western New York region through an electronic 50/50 raffle on gamedays at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Pointstreak 5050 system enables raffle tickets to be sold to fans through mobile sellers utilizing electronic handheld devices, portable printers, and a number of stationary selling terminals around Ralph Wilson Stadium with half the proceeds going to one lucky fan and the other half going to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

BAG POLICY REMINDER:

  1. Clear Bags smaller than 12” x 6” x 12” are permitted.
  2. One gallon clear plastic freezer bags are permitted.
  3. Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap is

permitted.


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Reich returns to RWS as Chargers OC

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 11:30 am

This Sunday the Chargers will be bringing a couple of former Bills players with them on their coaching staff. Pete Metzelaars is San Diego’s tight ends coach and Frank Reich is their offensive coordinator. It’s Reich’s first year in that role after serving as quarterbacks coach last year under new Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. McCoy explained why he promoted Reich after former OC Ken Whisenhunt left for the Tennessee head coaching post.

“I’ve known Frank for a little while now and understanding the system that we were putting in place last year here, when we all came together,” said McCoy. “Having worked in Indianapolis with Peyton [Manning] who I had in Denver, obviously, and then the relationship with Ken Whisenhunt that he had developed a few years back… so it’s an easy transition to bring him in and say ‘Frank I want you to be the quarterback coach.’ And I always targeted him as a possible coordinator if Ken ever left and it happened obviously after the first year and Frank has done an outstanding job at this point in time.”


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Former Bills among HOF nominees

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 11:15 am

There were a host of former Bills players and coaches on the Pro Football HOF nominee list released this week. There were 113 nominees in all.

Here’s a look at the names with Bills ties.

LB Cornelius Bennett
C Kent Hull
HC Chuck Knox
HC Lou Saban
NT Fred Smerlas
LB Chris Spielman
LB Darryl Talley
ST Steve Tasker
CB Troy Vincent
NT Ted Washington


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Marrone: We’ll need fans at full throat again

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 10:00 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was quick to credit the fans after Buffalo’s win last Sunday against Miami in his postgame press conference. He’s appealing to the fans again to provide the same volume of support this Sunday when the Bills host the Chargers.

Marrone was asked if he could tell Bills fans that this 2-0 team will be different than the ones that have come before them and come up short concerning the postseason.

“I can’t tell them about the long haul, but all I know is this. We need them this weekend,” said Marrone. “I think they’ll be a big difference in this game. On third down and things like that, so if we have the same type of crowd and the situational awareness of our crowd they can be a big help for us. I can’t discuss all the other things that have gone on in the past.”


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Jackson thinks this team can be different

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 9:08 am

There have been 2-0 Bills teams in the past that could not get the job done come season’s end. Fred Jackson, who was a part of some of those teams, believes this year’s team is different from those that came up short.

“Number one is our coaching staff is going to do a tremendous job of keeping us focused on what we need to improve on,” Jackson said. “I think we’ve got a lot of great leaders on this team.  That may not have been the case, it may have been the case in the past. We definitely have in place that are going to say we have to focus on improving the things that we aren’t doing well and not focus on the things that we are. That’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to see the things that we need to get better at and improve on those things and we’ll give ourselves a chance to win the game.”


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Lee Evans Ready to “Lead the Charge” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 17, 2014 – 9:34 pm

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We’re turning the corner on the week as we inch towards Sunday’s game against the Chargers. The team held their weekly media day on Wednesday. We heard from plenty of players and even head coach Doug Marrone as we installed another edition of Around the Locker Room. As far as the topic of the night, we brought up the Bills teams of the past to start the year off 2-0, so we asked the listeners, how long into this season will it take for you to believe that this year’s team is different and they are legitimate contenders?

Tom Telesco

Our first guest is a familiar name to those of Western New York. St. Francis grad and Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco called in to the show. He talked about returning to his hometown and how it’s nice to see family and friends but mentioned his main priority is to come in and get his team back-to-back wins. He then discussed all the Buffalo connections that are part of his Chargers staff including QB coach Nick Sirianni, tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars, and offensive coordinator Frank Reich.

 

“It’s not by accident. Those guys are really good at what they do. In terms of Frank and Pete, those are two guys that played for a Hall of Fame coach in Buffalo under Marv Levy and they coached under Tony Dungy in Indianapolis for a long time and hopefully Tony will make the Hall pretty soon. Those guys have great backgrounds and we’re really happy to have them.”

 

Telesco also talked about the heavy influence he received from Bill Polian and his son Chris Polian who is also a St. Francis grad.

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At the top of the first hour we were joined by Bills safety Aaron Williams. He stopped by our studio to discuss Sunday’s game. He talked in depth about the offensive playmakers on the Chargers including how to defend against Antonio Gates. When it came to quarterback Phillip Rivers, he compared his style to that of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.

 

“You think he’s going to be sacked and go down but somehow, someway he finds a way to get out and extend the play. You have seen a few times when they replay, the ball almost comes out of his hands in the pocket but he has strong enough hands to hold onto the ball, escape the pressure and then just dink it off with an awkward balance throw but he makes it.”

 

Williams also talked about the crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium as he believes they will be even louder on Sunday. He weighed in on the overall defense saying that they will be even better than they were last year but they want to generate more turnovers.

Lee Evans

Finally, we caught up with former Bills wide receiver Lee Evans. Evans will be Leading the Charge as the Bills are introduced before Sunday’s game and said he’s excited to be part of the team’s introduction this weekend. Evans looked back at his career in Buffalo including his rookie year in 2004 when the Bills were one win away from making the playoffs which led him to discuss this year’s Bills team.

 

“Where they are right now, I know the excitement and I know the feeling around the city but even with that, hopefully they can just continue to build on it and finish a lot stronger than we did in years past.”

 

To hear more from Evans and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click below.

 


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Bills staying grounded despite 2-0 start

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2014 – 5:57 pm

Buffalo’s 2-0 start certainly has fans excited about the 2014 season, but the players in the Bills locker room are keeping their heads down and focusing on the task at hand, which is San Diego this week. When asked if it’s difficult to block out the hype going on outside the building, QB EJ Manuel said it’s not a problem at all.

“Very easy. Just come in every day and work. Don’t feel like you’ve arrived because we haven’t,” he said. “Don’t feel like we’ve earned anything, because we haven’t. I think it’s extremely important for us to stay the course that we’re on and remain confident. But most of all, continue to prepare like we’ve done. That’s a huge stride that our team has taken. A lot of guys are coming in on their days off, staying late during the week, making sure that we’re prepared mentally for our opponents. Obviously, taking care of our bodies and doing extra stuff, you can see the D-tackles down there working. That’s all across the board. I’m really happy to see that.”

 


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Chargers TE Gates doesn’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2014 – 4:58 pm

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The Chargers got three touchdown catches from Antonio Gates in last week’s win over the Seattle Seahawks. Now San Diego is just looking to get Gates back on the practice field. Gates along with a handful of other starters did not practice Wednesday. He’s dealing with a hamstring injury. Starting RB Ryan Mathews is not expected to play Sunday due to a reported sprained MCL. The rest of the injured starters are on the defensive side of the ball with pass rushers Jerry Attaochu and Melvin Ingram both sidelined with hamstring injuries. Starting CB Brandon Flowers has a groin injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Jerry Attaochu LB Hamstring DNP
Brandon Flowers CB Groin DNP
Dwight Freeney LB Not Injury Related DNP
Antonio Gates TE Hamstring DNP
Melvin Ingram LB Hamstring DNP
Ryan Mathews RB Knee DNP
Jahleel Addae S Hamstring LP
Rich Ohrnberger CB Back LP
Johnnie Troutman G Back LP
Chris Davis CB Ankle FP
Corey Liuget DE Ankle FP

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Bills Wednesday injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2014 – 3:44 pm

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Here’s a look at the Bills injury report on Wednesday in advance of their game against San Diego this weekend.

DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Randell Johnson – knee

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
LB Keith Rivers – groin
DT Stefan Charles – hip
WR Robert Woods – ankle

FULL PRACTICE
WR Sammy Watkins – ribs
TE Lee Smith – toe


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Starters on special teams have set tone

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2014 – 11:32 am

The Bills not only have back-to-back winners for AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Dan Carpenter and C.J. Spiller, they’ve got a host of starters playing important roles on their special teams units under coordinator Danny Crossman. Head coach Doug Marrone said the impact of their core special teamers and starters from offense and defense on those units has been critical.

“There are about 30-something positions on special teams. You have four or five, sometimes you can have six, core players that can play a majority of those four. Then, all of the sudden, due to injuries you start having to watch out about those snap counts with everyone. We do have starters on most teams, at least one phase of it,” said Marrone.

“For Robert Woods to go down there and make that play, which was a great play, we pointed that out to the team. Brandon Spikes blocked for CJ Spiller. We pointed that out. Leodis coming from 50-something yards downfield to be in the mix for the blocked punt. I think that just goes to show the type of effort that our starters are giving on special teams, which I think is important,” Marrone said. “Corey Graham is playing all over the place. You can sit there and preach that as a coach, but when those players go out there and the rest of the team can see it on the field then that will make you better. We’ve been playing well on special teams right now and we need to keep going.”

The Bills currently rank second in the league in kick return average and fifth in the league in punt coverage.


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Bills go back to back on Spec. Tms. POW

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2014 – 10:13 am

In Week 1 it was K Dan Carpenter earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. In Week 2 C.J. Spiller took the honors thanks in large part to his 102-yard kick return for a touchdown, Buffalo’s first six-point score of the game in the win over Miami. It’s not often that players on the same team win the conference Player of the Week honor back to back.

In fact this is the first time Bills players have won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors back to back since 1994 when P Chris Mohr in Week 2 and Steve Christie in Week 3 won in consecutive weeks.

One could make the case that Carpenter could’ve won the award again in Week 2. After his 11-point performance including the game-winning FG in Week 1 at Chicago, Carpenter had a 17-point day against Miami.


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