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Mind games for Bills defense

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2015 – 8:59 am

Rex Ryan is supremely confident that he has an elite defense, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to rest on his laurels as a coach because he has a unit blessed with great talent. That’s why Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman put in some multi-faceted adjustments on the fly for their first team defense Thursday night.

“When you have a good defense or an elite defense you challenge them mentally to do things,” said Ryan. “Dennis and I were talking and we put on some checks, some audible checks, calls they never heard and we said, ‘Make it work. Here are the two things we’re going to combine and just based off formation.’

“So we challenged the heck out of them mentally as well. You make adjustments in this league. I want our guys to understand it’s not just one or two defensive calls. We’re very multiple in what we do and we do it for a reason. We take advantage of what we’re seeing and what we’re getting, protections and so forth and we’ve got to be ready to go with it, but I thought they did a nice job and responded well to it.”

Ryan not only has high end talent, he’s got veteran talent that can adjust to mixing play calls in their scheme among other things. Buffalo’s head coach insists they still haven’t shown much of their defensive concepts for the regular season, but it won’t keep them from throwing adjustments on the fly at their players.

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Tyrod, EJ feel good about their outings

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2015 – 3:05 am

In no way did they believe their performances were flawless, but Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel felt their individual play accomplished a lot of what they felt they still had to put on display for the coaches.

Manuel showed command of the offense, was accurate for the most part as indicated by his 64.2 completion percentage and was decisive and aggressive with his throws.

“We did a good job,” said EJ Manuel. “When I had opportunities to make plays we did it. That’s what you’re supposed to do. That’s your job as a quarterback, facilitate the ball and get it to those guys who can make plays and run down the field.”

Meanwhile Taylor had to show he could make plays from the pocket and was successful there with his only two incompletions from the pocket coming on a throw away due to pressure and the pass breakup in the end zone on the touchdown pass attempt.

“Of course people want to see me throw from the pocket and I think I showed people I can do that,” Taylor said. “It is still a game by game thing so I have to continue to keep doing, but just I think my overall game… I was happy with the way I played. It wasn’t a perfect game, there were some things I could go out there and fix and I’m looking forward to getting those corrected and getting back to work on Saturday.”

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McCoy and Karlos updates

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2015 – 1:58 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan provided a bit of clarity on the return timetable of both LeSean McCoy from injury and Karlos Williams from his surgical procedure.

“When we last spoke we really never knew the extent of it and what it was going to be and everything,” said Ryan of McCoy’s hamstring injury. “We kind of assumed things, but we’re cautiously optimistic that he’ll be ready for the opener. Barring any kind of setback we think he’s going to be ready to roll.”

As for Williams, Ryan said he believes that he’s been released from the hospital at this point.

“Karlos will be ready to roll that first game also,” Ryan said. “It’s going to be a couple of weeks, but he should be ready opening day.”

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Young backs step up

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2015 – 1:58 am

When Rex Ryan saw number 41 running onto the field with the offense he did a double take Thursday night. Jersey 41 is worn by CB Cam Thomas, who hasn’t participated in training camp due to injury, which was probably why Ryan was doing a double take before it dawned on him that it was one of his newest running backs Cierre Wood. Such was the situation for Buffalo’s offense as Wood was lining up for the first time with the Bills in a live preseason game with all of a couple of walk throughs to work off of.

“I swear I looked at 41 and thought he was DB and then it was, oh okay that’s Wood, bring the wood to them,” said Ryan.

The bottom line Thursday night was that rookies Bronson Hill, Ricky Seale and Wood all performed admirably considering that Hill has been with the team for just about two weeks and Seale and Wood four a couple of days.

“Those three did a nice job for us,” said Ryan. “Tip your hat to all three of those young men. They hadn’t been here long any of those guys. That shows you the kind of coach (running backs coach) Anthony Lynn is. We were walking through right up to game time almost and those young guys did a great job for us.”

“Coach A. Lynn did a good job of coaching up the running backs and putting him in the position where they could go out there and play comfortable. I think one of the running backs it was his first time with us today. He was with us in the walk through yesterday, but it was his first time actually taking a snap with us today. They all managed it well.”

Hill caught the game-winning two-point conversion with 1:31 to play and for the most part the backs proved capable in blitz pickup and other pass protection assignments.

“Those running backs, coach A. Lynn did a great job getting those guys geared up,” said EJ Manuel. “Hill did a great job, Wood did a great job coming in. John Conner he did a great job. Seale he did a great job as well. All those guys pitched in. To come in three days of practice and walk through and help us win on a game winning drive says a lot about those guys.”

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Why Cassel didn’t play

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2015 – 1:56 am

He was dressed for the game, but all along there were no plans to play QB Matt Cassel Thursday night. It was by design according to head coach Rex Ryan.

“G-Ro and I had talked about it before,” said Ryan of his conversation with offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “We had told (TV and radio broadcast) production that it was going to happen. I wanted to see Tyrod (Taylor) play extended time with the ones and EJ (Manuel) extended time with the twos and that’s why we made the decision we did.”

No word at this point as to how the quarterback rotation will work for Buffalo’s next preseason game against Pittsburgh.

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Browns inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2015 – 6:49 pm

The Bills won’t be the only ones shorthanded tonight. The Browns will be without four of their top five cornerbacks and their Pro Bowl safety. Here are the Browns inactives. 

QB Connor Shaw

WR Marlon Moore

RB Shaun Draughn

CB Justin Gilbert

CB Joe Haden

CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

CB Pierre Desir

RB Duke Johnson

CB K’Wuan Williams

S Tashaun Gipson

DB De’Ante Saunders

RB Glenn Winston

FB Malcolm Johnson

LB Barkevious Mingo

WR Dwayne Bowe

TE Randall Telfer

WR Terrelle Pryor

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Bills inactives 

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2015 – 6:44 pm

Here are the Bills inactives for tonight’s game against the Browns. 

WR Robert Woods

WR Sammy Watkins

WR Percy Harvin

RB Fred Jackson

RB LeSean McCoy

RB Boobie Dixon

CB Ross Cockrell

RB Bryce Brown

RB Karlos Williams

LB Jimmy Gaines

WR Marcus Easley

DT Kyle Williams

DE Alex Carrington

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Jersey numbers for newest Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2015 – 6:16 pm

The Bills signed a handful of players since their first preseason game against the Panthers. Here are the jersey numbers for those watching the game tonight on ESPN of the newest Bills.

DL Red Bryant – #79
DL/LB Quentin Groves – #49
CB Ellis Lankster – #47
RB Ricky Seale – #44
RB Cierre Wood – #41

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Goodwin’s good deed caught on camera

Posted by Buffalo Bills on August 19, 2015 – 6:56 pm

If it’s true one’s character shines truest in the moments it seems nobody is watching, Marquise Goodwin made a case for himself as good Samaritan of the month at the final Bills-Browns practice on Tuesday night.

A fan took out his cell phone and captured a special act of kindness by Goodwin, for a family he’d just met. It’s a moment that should make Bills fans proud to have him on their team. Take a watch:


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BENRUS Best Dressed – Tyrod Taylor

Posted by Buffalo Bills on August 19, 2015 – 3:33 pm


The BENRUS Best Dressed series presents one well-dressed player with a product from the military-inspired lifestyle brand.  QB Tyrod Taylor stuck out from the rest boarding the plane to Cleveland, sporting his always unique style complete with a dotted button-up, gray pants, and accessories from head to toe. He was only missing one thing – a watch.

“This is great,” he said. “Didn’t bring a watch today and this goes well with my outfit so I’ll put it right on.”

As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Taylor received the simplistic, yet stylish BENRUS Infantry Watch.  BENRUS watches, apparel and accessories are available for purchase at

Check out more photos of Bills players boarding for Cleveland.


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Fred: Would love to get back soon

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2015 – 8:48 am

Bills RB Fred Jackson has been on the shelf for almost two weeks with a hamstring injury, but he was moving well in work on the side with the strength and conditioning staff Tuesday night. At this point however, he’s got to follow doctor’s orders.

“We’ve got to follow the protocol, but we want to get back out there,” said Jackson in reference to himself and Boobie Dixon. “Obviously we’re hurting, but the more numbers that we have that’s going to take a lot (of reps) off everybody’s plate. So we’ll try to get back out there as soon as we can.”

Jackson and Dixon also have the task of mastering the new offense, which usually comes with reps in practice and preseason games. Jackson knows the importance of that even with his experience.

“It’s one of those things we’re learning just like everybody else and we need the reps to get this offense down just like the young guys do,” said Jackson. “I mean it’s something on us as veterans we have to just get in the playbook and know what to expect when the play is called and know what kind of looks we’ll get and just be prepared mentally if we can’t do it physically.”

Rex Ryan said he hopes to have Jackson back in time to play in the Pittsburgh preseason game a week from Saturday.

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Dixon: Karlos will be alright

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2015 – 11:56 pm

While Boobie Dixon didn’t speak directly to fellow running back Karlos Williams, who was admitted to the hospital for a surgical procedure Monday, he did say that the rookie will be fine in the long run.

“We had some of the guys talk to him and he said he was alright and he was doing good and we just praying for him,” said Dixon. “Just trying to be positive and keep our hopes up, keep our spirit up. It’s getting tough out here as you can see. You know we all just got to stay positive, we’re praying for him and he’ll be alright. He’ll be back soon.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Williams would be out at least two weeks coming off the successful procedure.

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The one benefit for RB Ricky Seale

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2015 – 10:48 pm

Bills RB Ricky Seale just signed on Tuesday, now he’ll likely be playing the entire second half of Thursday’s preseason game against Cleveland. There’s a reason Buffalo saw an advantage to signing him.

Seale has some measure of knowledge of Buffalo’s offensive scheme.

“Offensive coordinator (Greg Roman) was a coach at Stanford my freshman year, so some of the play jargon I already kind of know which is a good thing,” said Seale. “I know some of it, I don’t know all of it, so I’m looking forward to learning the rest.”

Seale said he’ll be cramming with running backs coach Anthony Lynn all night Tuesday, all day Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the game.

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RB Hill can’t believe how things have unfolded

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2015 – 10:42 pm

When undrafted rookie RB Bronson Hill was signed by the Bills it was just Boobie Dixon that was injured. Fred Jackson soon followed with a hamstring injury and there’s been a domino effect at the running back position ever since. Five of Buffalo’s running backs are injured after Karlos Williams (surgical procedure), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) have all been sidelined in the last two days. It’s left Hill as the starting back heading into Thursday night’s game against the Browns.

“It’s quite the dream come true,” said Hill. “Two weeks ago I was just sitting on the couch waiting for a call and now I can possibly start an NFL game. It’s what I asked for so now it’s up to me to do something with it.”

Hill has been working hard to learn as much of the playbook as possible, but he still doesn’t know it all.

“The offense is pretty complex and two weeks is a very short time,” said Hill. “Karlos, he went through rookie minicamp and OTAs and things like that. I’m still far behind, but the coaches are working with me and making me understand it, so I should be alright.”

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Some insight on number of QBs for the 53

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2015 – 8:55 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan and his offensive staff have a lot of decisions to make in a couple of weeks as they will need to whittle the roster down to 75 and then 53 players. With a roster as deep as Buffalo’s there will be some tough calls, but when it comes to the number of quarterbacks Ryan envisions keeping he sees more than two.

In the first episode of Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Horton’s, Ryan explained that in keeping the best 53 players on their roster he sees more than just two QBs on the regular season squad.

“No, we’re going to keep 53 really good players and I have a funny feeling that means three quarterbacks,” said Ryan.

Determining the starter at quarterback will be the first order of business, but if the team does keep three QBs all of the signal callers in the competition are expected to stick.

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Thigpen pulling double duty

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2015 – 7:19 am

Bills WR/PR Marcus Thigpen has been pulling double duty here and there through the course of training camp and Monday he was called upon again. With the team down to two healthy running backs, Thigpen had to move from WR to RB where he had a handful of carries to keep the legs of LeSean McCoy and Bronson Hill from getting weary with too many reps. Thigpen has running back experience from his earlier playing days, but just jumping from one position to another in this very multiple and very varied offense is easier said than done.

“It’s something I’ve been doing for a while, playing running back,” Thigpen said. “I’ve just got to learn my plays and know what I’m doing to help out.  My protection—it’s not just runs and passes, but I’ve got to learn the protections as well. So that’s the biggest issue that I face now.”

Running routes coming out of the backfield is a bit easier, since he’s a receiver in this offense, but an adjustment nonetheless.

“It’s definitely different coming out of the backfield,” said Thigpen. “But playing a receiver, it definitely helped me out a lot to be able to run those routes.  I can be a little more crisp and make some of those linebackers miss so it definitely helped out—playing receiver.”

Whether Thigpen’s duties will continue in the Bills’ offensive backfield will depend solely on the health of Buffalo’s running backs. If Bryce Brown (hamstring) can return to practice that would help. Fred Jackson (hamstring) and Boobie Dixon (calf) are not expected back anytime soon. Karlos Williams’ condition is still unknown so a timetable for his return is not available. We hope to know more after Rex Ryan addresses the media following the team’s night practice with Cleveland.

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One Buffalo Unyts Blood Drive

Posted by on August 17, 2015 – 5:52 pm


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WR Davis takes advantage of extra reps

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2015 – 4:22 pm

Bills undrafted rookie WR Andre Davis has put up some head turning plays the last couple of days. The beneficiary of additional reps Monday due to all the receivers pulling out of practice early, Davis had the catch of the day.

Davis pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel. As the ball cleared his outside shoulder on the left sideline, Davis snared the ball with his left hand and pulled it in to his body as he reached the end zone behind the Cleveland cornerback.

“I had a go route. Cassel gave me a chance—great throw out there and I was able to put my hand on it and I grabbed it, brought it in,” said Davis.  “It definitely was the best day at camp I’ve had. I got a chance to come out here and compete. We’re down a couple of guys and coach gave me a chance to come out here and compete. With the Browns coming in, I came in here and had a great opportunity and that’s what I did. I competed.”

“He’s doing a great job competing for the ball and he goes up and obviously has ability down the field,” said Cassel. “When he goes up he’s got good ball skills down the field. He’s a guy that has to continue to compete for a job and when he can show up like he did today that’s going to make an impression on the coaching staff.”

Here’s a look at Davis’ big catch.


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Pettine on Whitner’s reception by Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2015 – 3:43 pm

Former Bills first-round pick Donte Whitner, whose twitter battling, which has included knocks on his former team and the city of Buffalo was not well received on the St. John Fisher campus by Bills fans. Whitner was met with a good deal of booing by fans in attendance. Even Browns head coach Mike Pettine understood the reception.

“That’s his history here. I wasn’t here when he was here before. I wasn’t part of him leaving,” said Pettine. “I do know this: Bills fans are very passionate, very protective of their Bills, very protective of their city, as they should be. I feel it’s very similar fan bases, Cleveland and Buffalo.”

Whitner largely ignored the boos directed at him Monday.

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Karlos Williams sent to hospital this morning

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2015 – 1:26 pm

Bills RB Karlos Williams has had a heck of a training camp so far, but he was not on the field Monday after having to get checked into a local Rochester hospital.

Head coach Rex Ryan explained some of what occurred that forced Williams to be hospitalized.

Karlos Williams, we don’t know the extent of what his injury is yet but some of you know he went off to a hospital this morning,” said Ryan. “We don’t know. It was just, he woke up in the morning and felt a little something weightlifting in the afternoon but it wasn’t anything. Now obviously he had this thing where if you touch him, obviously he’s in a lot of pain.”

No word as to whether a surgical procedure was required to address the problem. We’ll bring you more information on Williams’ condition as it becomes available.

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