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Ed Reed to be inducted into Louisiana Sports HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2016 – 9:00 am

Bills assistant secondary coach Ed Reed has been elected a member of the 2017 induction class of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

The nine-time Pro Bowler is part of a class that includes PGA 11-time tour champion David Toms, three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, and World Series champ Juan Pierre headlining the class.

 

Reed and the rest of the class will be enshrined Saturday, June 24, in Natchitoches to culminate the 2017 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration June 22-24.

Reed was born in St. Rose, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.

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Photo credits – Baltimore Ravens, LSU, Lou Hodges Jr.

 


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Glenn, Darby limited; Watkins, Clay sit

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 4:40 pm

Charles Clay and Sammy Watkins headlined the list of players who did not practice Wednesday. Cyrus Kouandjio was a new addition with an ankle injury and also sat out practice. But LT Cordy Glenn and CB Ronald Darby were limited as they get closer to returning to full strength from ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.

Head coach Rex Ryan is hopeful that Glenn and Darby’s participation are positive signs for their availability on Sunday. Aaron Williams (ankle) and Jonathan Meeks (foot) were new adds among the limited participants.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Patrick Lewis OL Knee DNP
Cyrus Kouandjio OL Ankle DNP
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Cordy Glenn OL Ankle LP
Colt Anderson DB Foot LP
Ronald Darby DB Hamstring LP
Cardale Jones QB Right shoulder LP
Greg Salas WR Groin LP
Aaron Williams DB Ankle LP
Jonathan Meeks DB Foot LP

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Garoppolo, Brissett, Gronk all limited

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 4:14 pm

It was an all limited injury report for the Patriots on Wednesday, but both Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo did participate in practice.

Brissett and Garoppolo were limited participants along with the half dozen other Patriots, including TE Rob Gronkowski, who only played 14 snaps last week in his return from a hamstring injury. There was video from Patriots reporters of Garoppolo throwing passes as long as 30 yards downfield, so signs appear promising that Garoppolo could be available Sunday when New England hosts Buffalo.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Brissett, Jacoby QB Right Thumb LP
Cannon, Marcus OT Calf LP
Cooper, Jonathan G Foot LP
Freeny, Jonathan LB Shoulder LP
Garoppolo, Jimmy QB Right Shoulder LP
Gronkowski, Rob TE Hamstring LP
Hightower, Dont’a LB Knee LP
Rowe, Eric CB Ankle LP

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Kyle Williams awarded full sack in scoring change

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 2:03 pm

Coming out of last Sunday’s win over Arizona, Kyle Williams was credited with four tackles, a sack and a pair of quarterback hits. On Wednesday the league made a scoring change to boost Williams stats even more.

At the 8:04 mark of the first quarter of last Sunday’s game, Williams teamed up with Lerentee McCray for a sack of Carson Palmer. However, upon further review it’s clear that Williams was responsible for the sack from the beginning, so the league instead of giving Williams a half sack is awarding him the whole sack.

So Williams finished the game with 1.5 sacks.

That brings Williams career sack total with the Bills to 37 to put him in a tie for eighth place on the Bills all-time list with Sherman White.


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Bills & ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 28, 2016 – 1:41 pm

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The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2016, 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.

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The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week for Week 3 is Dean Santorio, head coach of the Grand Island Vikings. Playing the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks on the road on Friday, September 23, Grand Island put together a 38-35 comeback win. Down 21-0 early in the second quarter, the Vikings rallied behind quarterback Conner Buzby, who put up 357 yards passing and four touchdowns, to come away with the victory. The Vikings, now 3-1, are set to face Williamsville East on Friday, September 30.

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The Rochester Region Coach of the Week for Week 3 is Steve Lian, head coach of the Brighton Barons. On Saturday, September 24, Brighton took on Canandaigua on the road. Coming into the contest, both teams were undefeated at 3-0. After a strong Brighton performance, led by quarterback Shea McDonald, the Barons upset Canandaigua 21-20 to move to 4-0 on the season. Brighton’s defense also contributed significantly to the win, as the unit came up with a big interception on Canandaigua’s two-point conversation attempt. Brighton’s next matchup will take place at home on Friday, September 30 against Greece Athena.

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 Wednesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. All Coach of the Week winners will receive $1,000 for their high school football program and will be recognized on-field prior to the Bills vs. Browns game on December 18. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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Report: Garoppolo still has pain in shoulder

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 11:30 am

Reports out of New England have been mixed on the health of Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s injured throwing shoulder. Both he and Jacoby Brissett were at practice Tuesday as New England got a day head start coming off their Thursday night game last week. But according to Comcast Sports Network’s Mike Giardi, Garoppolo is still experiencing pain in his throwing shoulder.

The report certainly indicates that Garoppolo is not yet 100 percent. As for Brissett, though he had tape on his injured thumb and wrist, said he was in “tip top” shape.

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As seen above ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that one of the QBs should be available for Sunday’s game against the Bills.


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Report: Brissett & Garoppolo at practice Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 2:58 pm

According to the New England Sports Network, the Patriots two injured quarterbacks were both at practice on Tuesday.

The report said that both Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett were at practice. Coming off a Thursday night game the Patriots are getting a one day head start on their practice week. Garoppolo, who is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder and Brissett, who sustained a thumb injury starting in place of Garoppolo last week, both were on the practice field.

Brissett had his injured thumb wrapped in tape as well as his wrist according to NESN. It said that Garoppolo was also on the practice field, but during the media viewing portion of practice neither quarterback attempted a pass.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that when seen in the locker room that Garoppolo did not have his injured shoulder in a sling of any kind.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said the Bills probably won’t know who is starting at QB for the Patriots until kickoff.


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Bills hopeful OT Glenn can return to lineup

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 2:52 pm

He’s missed the last two games with an ankle injury. There are no guarantees he’ll be ready this week either, but there is hope that LT Cordy Glenn might be able to return to the lineup.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, said they’ve got their fingers crossed.

“He continues to progress. No setbacks,” said Whaley of Glenn. “We’ll know a little bit more this week when we get back on the field Wednesday and see how he progresses on the practice field if we can get him out there and see how he does this week. Right now we can say there haven’t been any setbacks and are cautiously optimistic.”

 


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Pats add DL John Hughes

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 1:50 pm

The Patriots made an addition to their defensive line this week. New England signed veteran DL John Hughes.

Hughes, 27, originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick (87th overall) of the Cleveland Browns out of Cincinnati in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in the 2016 season opener for Cleveland in a reserve role before being released on Sept. 20. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder, has played in 53 NFL games with 10 starts and has 123 total tackles, 5½ sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

In addition, the Patriots announced that they have signed WR Da’Ron Brown to the practice squad. Brown, 25, originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (233rd overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs out of Northern Illinois in the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 199-pounder, spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. He was released by Kansas City on Sept. 3, 2016.


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McCoy a finalist for FedEx Ground Player of Wk

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 10:42 am

The NFL announced that LeSean McCoy is a finalist for this week’s FedEx Ground  Player of the Week award for his outstanding performance against the  Arizona Cardinals with 110 yards on 17 carries (6.5 average) and two touchdowns . This is McCoy’s first nomination this season. Information on how you can vote for McCoy is below. Here’s who he is up against for top Week 3 performances.

Christine Michael of the Seattle Seahawks rushed for 106 yards on 20 carries (5.3 avg.) and two TDs in the Seahawks’ 37-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots rushed for 105 yards on 24 carries (4.4 avg.) and 2 TDs in the Patriots’ 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans.

LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries (6.5 average) and two TDs in the Bills’ 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

 

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


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Watkins update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 9:12 am

The Bills were without WR Sammy Watkins in last Sunday’s win over Arizona. Long term Watkins’ availability is critical to the success of Buffalo’s passing game. His ailing foot however, is compromising his availability. Bills GM Doug Whaley provided an update on Watkins status in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

“We lean on our medical staff and if they clear him and say he’s ready to go… the one thing we know for sure is Sammy is a competitor and wants to play,” said Whaley. “So if the medical staff says he’s ready to go and there’s no further damage or anything that can happen to his foot that will set him back for a long period of time then we’re going to let him play because that’s what he wants to do and helps us to keep on stacking these ‘W’s.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Monday that they’ll see how he gets through the week. He’s hopeful that Watkins comments on social media last Saturday that he was good to go are an encouraging sign, but that he won’t know for sure until he sees him on the practice field.


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Belichick talking up Bills run game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 8:45 am

He probably would’ve spoken highly of Buffalo’s run game anyway, but in the wake of their 208-yard rushing day in Sunday’s win over Arizona, Bill Belichick was quick to explain how challenging the Bills rushing attack is with LeSean McCoy and multi-dimensional QB in Tyrod Taylor.

“Their running game definitely gives you a lot of problems, and in addition to (Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy) the overall scheme that they employ is challenging as well,” said Belichick. “Read options schemes, zone schemes and then some blocking scheme plays, double team pullers, combination blocks. They have all that. I also thought that Gillislee gave them some good strong runs in short yardage and red area situations as well. Obviously McCoy is as good as it gets. The production that he’s had is outstanding. He’s a very difficult guy to handle. They give you a lot of different problems between not only the different players, but the different schemes that they employ.”


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Century club for the two Coreys

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2016 – 2:36 pm

It’s not often that a player logs 100 plays in a single game, but both Corey Graham and Corey White hit the century mark on Sunday against the Cardinals.

Both Graham and White played on defense and special teams Sunday. White started in place of the injured Ronald Darby, which was why he saw the most playing time on defense since he’s been in a Bills uniform. According the NFL game book’s playtime percentage, White was on the field for all 81 plays on defense and 19 plays on special teams for a total of 100 plays.

Corey Graham was also on the field for all 82 defensive snaps and logged another nine on special teams for a total of 101 plays Sunday.

Seventy-five to 85 plays is considered high. One hundred or more is unusually high. Safe to say there will be some extra time in the cold tub for both defensive backs today.


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Fitzgerald tips hat to Bills ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2016 – 9:56 am

Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald is as classy a player as there is in the NFL. Coming off of Sunday’s loss to the Bills, Fitz tipped his hat to Buffalo’s defense.

“I wouldn’t say they confused us,” Fitzgerald said. “They run a really intricate defensive scheme. Coach Ryan does a great job of bringing blitzes from multiple personnel groupings and you have to tip your hat to those guys. They played really well.”

Fitzgerald was the Cardinals leading receiver Sunday, but managed less than 10 yards a catch with seven receptions for 60 yards.


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Thurman called defensive plays

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

It’s not the first time and it probably won’t be the last, but defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman called Sunday’s game for Buffalo’s defense and Rex Ryan could not have been more pleased with the results.

“Dennis Thurman did a great job of calling the game,” said Ryan. “Then my brother’s contribution in the red zone looked pretty decent I think.”

Buffalo’s unique 1-3-7 defensive formation, used most on third down, with Kyle Williams the only defensive lineman, three linebackers and seven defensive backs including four safeties had Arizona’s offense thoroughly confused. The Cardinals did not convert a third down for the first 20 minutes of the game and finished 5-of-15 on third down conversions. They were also just 1-for-3 in the red zone after Rob Ryan did a two-year study on Arizona’s red zone tendencies under Bruce Arians in preparation for the game.

When asked if Thurman calling the plays was a change from the norm, Ryan simply explained how everything went down in terms of delegating responsibilities on the defensive side of the ball.

“Yeah, he was calling it,” said Ryan of Thurman. “Here’s what happens, we present it. So I came up to Dennis and said, ‘Look, we’ve played this guy a long time, this is what in my opinion we need to go to.’ So we put in a turbo package that we were ready with. Then we dialed them up on down-and-distance what we wanted to do. So his (call) sheet has everything specific to the plan. It was a joint effort of the entire defense. Some of the contributions that some people made was absolutely huge.”


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Corey White proves to be heck of an understudy

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2016 – 9:38 am

Bills fans may have been nervous when they saw that Ronald Darby was inactive against one of the most high flying offenses in the NFL. But Bills players knew they had Corey White to step up and step in.

All White did was capably handle coverage assignments against the likes of Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown and come close to leading the team in tackles.

White had nine tackles, which was second only to Zach Brown with 12. He also had one of Buffalo’s four fourth quarter interceptions.

“Corey is a good cornerback,” said Stephon Gilmore. “When he came in he made plays. He’s very instinctive. That’s what you’ve got to do when somebody goes down. Somebody has to step up and not have that much drop off and he did that. He had a great day. D-line had a great day, the linebackers got to the quarterback and we made plays on the back end.”

“That’s what we harp on,” said White. “We’re DBs and and we want to make plays. When the ball is in the air we gotta feel like it’s ours every play. That’s what we’ve been doing in training camp, OTAs. We just made plays on the ball.”

 


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Palmer ugly in last 4 games vs. Ryan defenses

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2016 – 9:56 pm

Carson Palmer’s struggles against Rex Ryan defenses continued on Sunday when the Cardinals fell to the Bills 33-18.

In his last three meetings with Rex Ryan defensive units coming into Sunday’s game at New Era Field, Palmer was 0-3 and had a passer rating of 27.7. Against the Bills his passer rating was slightly better, but his performance fell right in line with his previous three matchups with Ryan.

His 26-50 passing performance Sunday for 287 yards with four interceptions and five sacks led to a passer rating of 36. If you add his stats from Sunday in with his previous three games you come up with the following.

51-120 passing (43%) for 516 yards with one touchdown, 8 interceptions and 13 sacks and a passer rating of 31.1. He’s also 0-4 in wins and losses in that span.

“I came to (defensive coordinator) Dennis (Thurman) and I said, ‘Hey we’ve played this guy a long time. This is what in my opinion we need to go to,’” said Ryan. “So we put in a turbo package so we were ready and we dialed them up on down and distance what we wanted to do. I think we went with a four safety look to mess their count up a little bit. They wanted to go ahead and go to empty (backfield) so that was good for us. We wanted them in that situation. We were fortunate. Obviously Carson is a great quarterback.”

“They played this game a lot differently than the first two,” said Palmer of Buffalo’s defense. “Definitely different than the second one. But a lot of the same coverages we saw played when they were in Baltimore Week 1, some of the same stuff that they were doing last week and then some of the stuff we expected to see. What they did last week, they just didn’t do.”

 


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Look for Reggie Bush to help at WR

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2016 – 11:47 am

With the Bills down a pair of receiver in Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas, look for Reggie Bush to have a role at receiver to help fill the void.

With Watkins and Salas both inactive Buffalo essentially has three healthy receivers and a return specialist in Brandon Tate, who is still learning the offense after arriving a few weeks ago when he was signed right before the season opener, the Bills are expected to utilize Bush as a receiver today to make plays in space.

Also active is rookie RB Jonathan Williams, who might have a bigger role in the run game knowing Bush’s talents will be used more out wide.


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Cardinals inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2016 – 11:43 am

Here are the Arizona inactives for today’s game. 

S Marqui Christian

G Evan Mathis

DT Olsen Pierre

DT Robert Nkemdiche

DT Frostee Rucker

NT Xavier Williams

LB Kareem Martin


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Robert Woods prepped to step up

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2016 – 11:40 am

With Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas both inactive for the Bills today, Robert Woods is ready to take on more targets and make more plays.

“Just going in there expecting to play my game,” said Woods. “I always approach the game like the number one receiver. I’ve just got to step up and make plays. I might get a few more targets with him being gimpy or whatever. But I’ll just play my game and be an open target and just pick up the slack.”

Woods has been winning on almost all of his routes through the first two weeks of the season, but to this point has only been targeted seven times. He has five receptions for 30 yards. Buffalobills.com asked him if he’s talked with Tyrod Taylor about being targeted more on the routes he’s winning.

“It’s just the reads,” Woods said. “Sometimes those back side reads he doesn’t even have time to get there. There are a host of factors. My job is to be an open target for him so when the ball does come I’m ready for it. It’s the same thing this game. Try to be an open target for him and when the read is right and he comes my way I can be productive.”

Facing an Arizona defense that plays man coverage about 70 percent of the time, Woods knows he’s got to use his full repertoire of releases to get off the line.

“You’ve just got to make stuff look different,” he said. “When they’re playing man in your face all the time you’ve got to make it look different, show them something different when they play man.”

 


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