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Broncos LT Bolles practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2017 – 3:18 pm

It was labeled a high-ankle sprain initially for Broncos rookie LT Garrett Bolles. It forced him out of last Sunday’s win over Dallas in the third quarter. Then head coach Vance Joseph labeled it a bone bruise for the left tackle.

Either way he was called “week to week” by Joseph on Monday. But on Thursday Bolles is a surprising practice participant.

Denver Post Broncos beat reporter Nicki Jhabvala shot some practice video of Bolles participating during individual position drills.

We’ll know more about Bolles participation level in practice when Denver wraps things up later this afternoon. If Bolles does not fare well the rest of the week, Donald Stephenson or Allen Barbre are his two most likely replacements.


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Dareus held out of practice, Glenn returns

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2017 – 3:11 pm

Head coach Sean McDermott expressed concern about Marcell Dareus’ availability for Sunday’s game after suffering an ankle injury last weekned. Dareus missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday.

The only other player who did not participate in practice Thursday was DT Jerel Worthy, who remains in the concussion protocol.

The good news is Cordy Glenn returned to practice from an ankle injury suffered in last week’s game. Glenn was limited. The key will be how he feels Friday morning and whether he can practice a second straight day.

Shaq Lawson also returned to practice from a nerve contusion in his foot, but was limited.

WR Kaelin Clay was added to the injury report as a limited participant Thursday as he had to step out of practice with a foot injury. TE Nick O’Leary was another new addition with a hamstring injury and was limited.

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Here’s the full report for Thursday.

DID NOT PRACTICE
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PRACTICE
S Colt Anderson – foot
WR Kaelin Clay – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
LB Deon Lacey – hamstring
DE Shaq Lawson – foot
TE Nick O’Leary – hamstring

FULL PRACTICE
TE Charles Clay – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist
LB Matt Milano – hamstring

 

 


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St. Joes vs. Canisius broadcast to air Friday, Sept. 22

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 21, 2017 – 2:18 pm

The second installment in a four-part series of Pegula Sports and Entertainment produced Western New York high school football games, presented by the DENT Concussion Center, will take place at New Era Field on Friday, Sept. 22. Broadcast live on MSG Network and OneBuffalo.com, the game will feature St. Joe’s and Canisius High School of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association.

The matchup will kick off at 7 p.m.  Bills Insider Chris Brown will handle the play by play duties, along with analysis from former Bills wide receiver Donald Jones.

Fans can purchase tickets for the game from the participating schools. Tickets will also be available on game day at the Bills Ticket Office.


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Tickets available for Bills-Broncos game

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 21, 2017 – 11:33 am

Bills fans, it’s not too late for you to purchase individual game tickets for this Sunday’s game! Kicking off at 1 p.m., the Bills will take on AFC West opponent the Denver Broncos at New Era Field. Don’t miss out. For more information on the promotions and giveaways for this week and throughout the 2017 season, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.


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Clay, Milano limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2017 – 3:16 pm

The big news Wednesday was how Marcell Dareus and Cordy Glenn were both sidelined at practice due to ankle injuries. But a couple of key special teamers and Buffalo’s starting tight end also were unable to practice fully.

Charles Clay, Matt Milano and Colt Anderson were all limited in practice Wednesday. LB Deon Lacey was also limited. Here’s a look at Buffalo’s full injury report.

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DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
DE Shaq Lawson – foot
RB LeSean McCoy – rest
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
S Colt Anderson – foot
TE Charles Clay – knee
LB Deon Lacey – hamstring
LB Matt Milano – hamstring


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Abby Anderson to sing anthem at Bills-Broncos game

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 20, 2017 – 3:12 pm

Black River Entertainment songwriter and artist Abby Anderson, will be singing the national anthem at Buffalo’s Week 3 game against the Broncos. Currently working on her debut album, the Dallas, Texas native has been developing a unique sound that she is eager to share. Bills fans will enjoy hearing Anderson’s soulful tone, as she takes the field with her piano on Sunday.

 


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McCoy & Alexander get rest day

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2017 – 10:31 am

Bills head coach Sean McDermott is giving two of his veteran players a rest day for Wednesday’s practice.

Both LeSean McCoy and Lorenzo Alexander will be getting Wednesday’s practice off. McCoy logged 74 percent of the snaps last week while Alexander 55 plays between defense and special teams in Week 2.

McCoy was dealing with some groin soreness heading into last week’s game.


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Jets game

Posted by Megan Zenger on September 20, 2017 – 8:41 am

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Chad Dulanksi has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills vs. Jets game. The jackpot was $133,760, a Buffalo Bills Foundation 50-50 record, with a winning ticket for $66,880. The charitable 50-50 proceeds from the game will be designated to both the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army for Hurricane Relief Efforts.

Dulanski and his wife plan to use the money to buy pay for next year’s season tickets. “We can keep doing the things we like to do,” stated Dulanski.

Congratulations, Chad!

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is seeking volunteers to sell 50-50 Raffle tickets at each 2017 Buffalo Bills home game. Volunteers arrive early and sell raffle tickets pregame until the end of the 3rd quarter, when the winner is drawn. Please note: Volunteers for 50-50 Raffle must be 18 years of age or older.

If you or someone you know might be interested, please click here.


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Bills & Republic Services hold fifth annual Electronic Recycling Drive

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 19, 2017 – 7:28 pm

The Buffalo Bills have once again teamed up with Republic Services to hold the fifth annual Electronic Recycling Drive! Hosted in the ADPRO Sports Training Center parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 30, Bills fans can stop by from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to recycle old computers, televisions, cell phones and more. Fans who donate an item will receive a complimentary Bills Store coupon!

For more information on acceptable and non-acceptable items, please visit here.

 


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Dennison confident in offensive weapons

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2017 – 12:42 pm

They found it hard to make plays against Carolina’s defense last Sunday, but offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is staunch in his belief that the offense has the necessary playmakers to make things happen in the passing game.

The key as Dennison sees it is working the pass game off the other elements of their offense. Then after that it’s turning pass attempts into completions.

“Complete a lot of balls, just keep working at it, keep completing balls,” Dennison said. “I think certainly some of our shots will come off of play action and off the run game, we have to be successful there. Like I said, there’s still plenty of talent and the ability to push the ball around.”


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 19, 2017 – 11:31 am

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 3 of the 2017 season is Chad Bartoszek, head coach of the Franklinville-Ellicottville Titans. Taking on the Maple Grove Red Dragons on the road, the Titans came away with a 26-6 win. Holding the Red Dragons to a scoreless three quarters and just 20 yards on offense, the Titans redeemed themselves after losing to Maple Grove in the Class D Title game last season. Titans’ senior quarterback Brock Blecha finished the game 16-of-22 for 180 yards passing and managed three rushing touchdowns. The Titans, now 3-0, are set to play Salamanca at home on Friday, Sept. 22.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 3 is Brian Herdlein, head coach of the LeRoy Oatkan Knights. LeRoy took on rival Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen at home on Friday, Sept. 15. The undefeated Knights found themselves trailing 18-7 late in third quarter. Rallying behind backup quarterback Cole Briggins, the Knights were able to cut into the Red Raiders’ lead. Down 18-13, the Knights put together quite the final drive. Starting at their own 21-yard line with 10:17 left in the game, the Knights marched 79 yards for a game winning touchdown. The 21-play drive lasted 10:08 and ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Reece Tresco. With the win, the Knights advanced to 3-0 on the season. The team’s next matchup will take place on at Avon High School on Friday, Sept. 22.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 


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Tolbert with honest take on offense

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2017 – 9:25 pm

The offense for the Bills Sunday had a tough go of it against a quality side in Carolina. A player on Buffalo’s roster who knows that defensive unit very well had an honest take on the Bills offense and who they went up against in Carolina.

“If you look at it, we played the best defense in the league,” said Mike Tolbert. “I’m not taking anything away from those guys. I know them well obviously. Obviously, we have to improve on offense. There are somethings we could have done better. We have to be better on first and second down. We can’t put ourselves in a hole on third down. We have to run the ball better. We’ve just got to play better football on offense.

“Our defense played amazing all day. We have to take them off the field and get them a break sometimes.”

The task for the Bills offense gets no easier this week as they face a Broncos defensive unit that held Ezekiel Elliott to eight yards on nine carries with arguably the best offensive line in the league in front of him. They also sacked Dak Prescott twice and picked him off twice, including a 103-yard return for a touchdown.


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Weighing risk-reward in pass game w/Panthers D

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2017 – 11:15 am

Last week Carolina LB Luke Kuechly made his 13th interception since he entered the league in 2012. No other NFL linebacker has more interceptions over that time. The linebacker tied for second in that category over the last five season is his teammate, Thomas Davis. Couple that production with Panthers S Kurt Coleman, who since 2013 leads all safeties with 14 INTs and you see the risk passing over the middle poses for opposing QBs.

So how do you balance being aggressive in the passing game against the Panthers while also mitigating the risk?

“They’re a tough group to prepare for because they’re so athletic,” said McDermott. “Luke is so aware of things, and they do a great job of communicating on their end as well. You just have to be aware of where he is, and they do a great job of taking the ball away on defense. That was a big part of their formula last week, and I’m sure one of their big goals this week against us will be to take the ball away. We have to be very aware of that and do our part in terms of respecting the football. They thrive off of taking the ball away and setting their offense up with short fields.”

The hook zones in particular are where Kuechly and Davis make most of their interceptions. Both of them can drop effectively into coverage and break on the ball.

“All those guys on that defense can run,” said Tyrod Taylor. “Of course, Luke Kuechly, he’s probably the best linebacker in the league, very smart, instinctive guy. Just going to have to go out there and play sound football. Our first challenge on the road against a very good defense, and we’re going to have to execute every play and continue to keep focus throughout the whole game.”


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How to counter Panthers speed on defense

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2017 – 10:45 am

The Carolina Panthers are a fast flow defense. They have great speed at the second level and get to the ball quickly in numbers. Their men up front are all attack-minded and come full speed on every play. When facing talent that can match your skill position players in the speed department, there are some things that can be done to slow them down.

Misdirection on plays can keep a defense like Carolina’s honest. If they bit too hard on the initial fake, there could be some big gains to be had on the back side.

“Sometimes, yes, I will say that’s definitely something that I feel like we can get a chance at, as far as the misdirection,” said Tyrod Taylor. “The way we run the football, the way Shady is downhill, the way [Mike] Tolbert is downhill, the way we’re able to stretch fields laterally, I think that we can definitely get those types of plays. We have to go out there and execute.”

Another part of the offense that could serve the Bills well if the Panthers are pinning their ears back and driving hard up field is the screen game. LeSean McCoy could have a big day in the receiving game if Carolina is reckless in flying up field or in the direction of the ball at the snap.

“They’re a good team, they’re a good defense, so in times they are victim of over-pursuing plays, but that’s a gift and a curse,” said McCoy of the Carolina defense. “They’re talented at the positon, especially at linebacker. “They get happy and they kind of over-pursue though, so it’ll be a game. It’ll be a good game.”


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Webb the best Cam, Bills ‘D’ could ask for

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2017 – 9:16 am

Bills QB Joe Webb is unlikely to see action at quarterback on Sunday against Carolina. He will play on special teams, as he served on kick return and some other units last Sunday. But some of Webb’s best work at quarterback came in practice this week to help Buffalo’s defense prepare for Cam Newton.

Each week coaches try to find the player for the scout team that offers the most realistic look of the opponent, including the player skill set if possible. Joe Webb was a perfect match to play Cam Newton for Buffalo’s defense in practice this week for a few reasons.

First, Webb isn’t much smaller than Newton at 6-5 and 220 pounds. He has an athletic skill set like Newton and he knows the Carolina offense having been immersed in it the better part of the last three years.

As the week came to a close, Buffalo’s defensive players felt as prepared as possible for what Newton can do based on the looks Webb gave  them on the scout team offense in practice.

“Joe gave us a good look man,” said Shaq Lawson. “Joe has been with those guys. He knows how Cam practices. He knows him inside and out. Joe gave us a great look at practice all week and prepared us the best we could. So I thank Joe for that. Joe is a special player. He can do it all. I’ve never seen a guy who can play quarterback, special teams and receiver in the NFL. He’s great.”

Webb appreciated the positive feedback, but as much as his imitation of Newton helped with preparation, Webb knows it’s still on Buffalo’s defense to make the plays.

“In the end our defense has to make the plays in the game no matter how good the look is in practice, they’ve got to see it and recognize it in the game,” said Webb. “I just did my best to be him this week. I’m just trying to help my defense get in the best position.”

 


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Worthy out, Johnson ques. for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2017 – 2:05 pm

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The Bills had a couple of nicked up players coming out of last week’s game, but it looks like they’re not in any danger of missing any starters Sunday at Carolina.

DL Jerel Worthy remains in the concussion protocol and is out this week. Meanwhile CB Leonard Johnson is listed as questionable with a quad injury. Johnson was limited for a second straight day in practice Friday, but head coach Sean McDermott sounded confident that he’d have his nickel corner on Sunday.

“Just a little bit of a quad,” said McDermott of Johnson. “Limited him a little bit yesterday, but nothing to be concerned about.”

Buffalo has just four cornerbacks on their active roster, so if his status was in doubt the Bills would likely make a roster move before 4 pm on Saturday. They do have CB Greg Mabin on their practice squad.

OT Cordy Glenn (foot) and CB EJ Gaines (shoulder) were full participants in practice for a second straight day on Friday and are expected to start.

LB Tanner Vallejo (knee) and S Colt Anderson (foot) are also coming back from preseason injuries and practiced fully on Friday as they appear a step closer to returning to action.


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Fan Friday 9-15

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2017 – 12:19 pm

Week 2 is a step up in competition with the Panthers on the road. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are the Bills more prepared to play against mobile QBs like Cam due to practicing daily vs Tyrod Taylor?

Michael Kielma
@bubble_head716

CB: In training camp the defense went against Tyrod, but during the regular season they face a scout team quarterback. Fortunately for the Bills defense that scout team QB is Joe Webb. Not only is Webb wholly familiar with the Carolina offense, having run it the last couple of years, but he’s also extremely athletic and is a good mimic of Newton as a player.

So the defense should be well prepared for the real thing on Sunday.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who, in your opinion, needs to “show up” in Carolina this week?

Bryan Metz
@BryanMetz11

CB: In a word everyone. I know the Panthers didn’t make the playoffs last year, but Newton couldn’t throw the last month and a half of the season before undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. This is a talented team that was a perennial playoff team with three division titles under their belt and an NFC title. So all 11/11ths need to be performing on Sunday for the Bills to have a shot at a win.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, been reading CAR trying to limit Newton leaving pocket. I get he’s the franchise & a lot of $$ is committed to him, but bad idea, no?

Andrew Farrell
@andrewj_farrell

CB: They’re trying to reduce the number of hits Newton takes and he’s free game the minute he declares himself as a runner. All those hits wore his body down and we witnessed the effects of those last season.

I don’t see Newton as anything close to an elite pocket passer. He’s never had a completion percentage above 60 percent in his career. Which is a shame because he has the physical stature to make plays with bodies hanging on him. That’s what makes this season so intriguing with him.

Can he transition to being a successful pocket passer as he gets close to the midway point of his career? He’s not going to have his legs forever.

 

4 – Chris,

Members of the Bills practice squad are free agents.  Can the Bills retain a player after another team claims them?

Steve O’Brien

CB: There are ways that a team tries to retain a practice squad player they’d like to develop. They can either, A, pay them more money on the practice squad or B, make room on their active roster to hold onto them. Often times players choose to stay with the club they’ve been with just because of scheme familiarity and the chance to play right away.

Going to a new team, especially within the season, can be a tougher transition to the field. But players do tend to go if they think there’s a better opportunity to get on the field and stay on an active roster long term.

 

5 – Chris,

Obviously the Jets win doesn’t prove much, but how good does Tyrod have to be to keep his job going in to next year? Is it playoffs or bust? Just imagine the weapons we could add in next years draft with all of our picks if we’re not using them to trade up for a QB.

Frank from Long Island

CB: With respect to Tyrod’s game, as long as he continues to make strides in working the middle of the field in the passing game, and is consistent with his ball location and timing in this offense, he could play the whole season. While his play is certainly tied to how strong a hold he has on the starting job, I don’t know if his play has any impact on the team’s plans at the position for the future.

This is shaping up to be one of the better quarterback draft classes in some time. So if the Bills believe they have to land one of them, they will do their level best to make that happen, regardless of who is on the roster now or how Taylor plays.


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High school football broadcast to air on Friday, Sept. 15

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 14, 2017 – 3:46 pm

The first in a series of Pegula Sports and Entertainment produced Western New York high school football games, presented by the DENT Concussion Center, will take place at New Era Field on Friday, Sept. 15. Broadcast live on MSG Network and OneBuffalo.com, the game will feature the Aquinas Institute of Rochester and the St. Joe’s Marauders of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association.

The two teams will kick-off the four game series Friday at 7 p.m.  Bills Insider Chris Brown will handle the play by play duties along with analysis from former Bills wide receiver Donald Jones.

Fans can purchase tickets for the game from the participating schools. Tickets will also be available on game day at the Bills Ticket Office.

 


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Gaines practices fully, Johnson has quad injury

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2017 – 3:34 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said on Wednesday that he expected CB EJ Gaines to be fit to start on Sunday at Carolina, despite sustaining a shoulder contusion in Week 1 that forced him from the game. That contention was reinforced by Gaines’ full participation in practice on Thursday, but another cornerback was added to the injury report.

Gaines was just a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Coming back and practicing fully Thursday is a great sign.

“I’m feeling good,” said Gaines. “As far as Sunday that’s kind of up to the coaches based on how I look out there, but yeah I felt good and I’m feeling better every day.”

While the Gaines news was good, fellow CB Leonard Johnson was added to the injury report Thursday with a quad injury. He was limited in practice Thursday.

Here’s a look at the Bills injury report for Thursday.

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DID NOT PRACTICE
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
S Colt Anderson – foot
CB Leonard Johnson – quad
LB Tanner Vallejo – knee

FULL PRACTICE
TE Charles Clay – shoulder
CB EJ Gaines – shoulder
OT Cordy Glenn – foot
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist
FB Mike Tolbert – knee


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CB Mabin signed to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2017 – 10:15 am

He was an active roster casualty when the Bills signed free agent LB Jelani Jenkins earlier this week, but CB Greg Mabin is back with the club.

Buffalo signed Mabin to their practice squad on Thursday. To make room on their 10-man practice squad, the Bills released TE MyCole Pruitt.


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