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RB Yeldon active for Jags

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2016 – 11:56 am

Jaguars RB TJ Yeldon was questionable with an ankle injury but will play today. Here are the inactives for Jacksonville. 

QB Brandon Allen

LB Dan Skuta

DT Abry Jones

OL Jeremiah Poutasi

DE Chris Smith

OLB Jared Odrick

TE Julius Thomas


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Seymour to get more work at nickel corner

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2016 – 9:28 am

Last week Kevon Seymour saw more work at nickel corner than he had previously, but it was still just 15 snaps against Cincinnati. Nickell Robey-Coleman actually got more work by game’s end with 23 snaps. Today it looks like both will see work in the slot again, and Seymour could get more of the work.

“Seymour and Robey-Coleman are both going to play,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “What we have to do is utilize our personnel the way we feel is going to give us the best opportunity to get guys covered back there. We decided to mix it up to have as many up and ready to go as we can and let them go out and play.”

Buffalo’s defensive staff has been more conscious of using better height and length matchups against bigger and taller receivers in the slot. Knowing the primary slot receiver for the Jaguars is Allen Hurns, who goes 6-3 and 201 pounds, Seymour could see more of the work in the slot this week.


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New edition New Era caps

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2016 – 2:06 pm

New Era is giving fans the opportunity to compete in three ultimate tailgating games! Starting at 9:30AM Sunday in the Activation Lot, competitors will be given the chance to win some awesome prizes.

In the first tailgating game, Oversized Pong, six large garbage cans will be set up in a triangle formation. If challengers sink all three shots, they’ll win a hat voucher to the New Era Field Store. If two shots are made, New Era swag will be won. Sink one shot or none at all? That’s okay! Every lucky participant will receive a koozie!

In the second game, Bean Bag Toss, fans will have three opportunities to sink a bean bag and win! In New Era’s third and final tailgating game, Flip Cap, competitors will flip three caps to land them right-side up. Prizes awarded to winners are the same for all three games.

New Era is also launching the fifth cap in our exclusive New Era Field series – this one is custom created by Aaron Williams. The cap will be available for sale at New Era Field this Sunday.

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Jags TE Thomas out; RB Yeldon questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2016 – 3:00 pm

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be down a couple of offensive weapons on Sunday against the Bills.

TE Julius Thomas is out with a back injury. He didn’t practice all week. Also unable to practice all week was RB T.J. Yeldon. He’s listed as questionable, but is seen as a long shot to play. That means Chris Ivory will likely get the start at running back. Meanwhile at tight end, first-year player Ben Koyack will start with Thomas out and Marcedes Lewis on injured reserve.

Player Pos Injury Participation Friday Game Status
Arrelious Benn WR Concussion FULL QUESTIONABLE
Aaron Colvin CB Concussion FULL QUESTIONABLE
Abry Jones DT Ankle DNP QUESTIONABLE
T.J. Yeldon DE Ankle DNP QUESTIONABLE
Jared Odrick OLB Shoulder DNP OUT
Dan Skuta DE Back DNP OUT
Chris Smith TE Eye DNP OUT
Julius Thomas TE Back DNP OUT

 


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Rex: Harvin trying to get back for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2016 – 1:47 pm

It’s not an injury, but illness has made WR Percy Harvin a question mark for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

Harvin practiced Wednesday, but missed both Thursday and Friday’s practice sessions. Head coach Rex Ryan addressed Harvin’s availability for Sunday.

“He’s trying so hard to get back. I’m hopeful he’ll be able to get back,” said Ryan. “He wasn’t able to practice the last couple of days. He comes in and he’s trying to come in, but we pretty much treat him and send him back home.”


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Gillislee out, Watkins availability looks promising

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2016 – 1:25 pm

Bills RB Mike Gillislee sustained a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s practice and left the session early. He didn’t practice again and is now out for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. The good news is it appears that Sammy Watkins will be able to play on Sunday.

“I think he’s good to go,” said head coach Rex Ryan of Watkins in relation to Sunday’s game. “He won’t have a full workload, but we’re definitely going to get him in there.”

All the Bills need to do now is move Watkins from injured reserve onto the active roster. They have until 4 pm on Saturday to do so.

RB LeSean McCoy also looks good to go for Sunday, feeling no ill effects from the minor procedure on his thumb to get his dislocation from last week’s game corrected. Jonathan Williams and Reggie Bush will be McCoy’s backups.

OUT
WR Robert Woods – knee
S Robert Blanton – foot
RB Mike Gillislee – hamstring

DOUBTFUL
DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder

QUESTIONABLE
WR Sammy Watkins – foot
LB Lorenzo Alexander – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Seantrel Henderson – personal matter
OT Cordy Glenn – back
RB LeSean McCoy – thumb
WR Percy Harvin – illness


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Fan Friday 11-25

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2016 – 12:37 pm

It’s time for the Bills to stack wins to remain a part of the AFC playoff conversation. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills who’s Gillislee’s backup?

Fat Norton@TheConqueror21

CB: That would be rookie Jonathan Williams. Some might think it would be Reggie Bush, but Bush is more of a specialty player who is used only occasionally in the backfield, can be split out wide or return kicks. Williams has just 17 carries for 61 yards, which has largely come in times when the game has already been decided.


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@ChrisBrownBills is Watkins a game changer this week?

Chris Huber@chrishuber14

CB: I think the Bills would love it if he could be a game changer. The bottom line though is he hasn’t played in two months and will need a few series to get back into the flow of game speed. I anticipate that the offensive staff will use him as much as they can knowing they’ll be down Robert Woods.

I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s a game changing talent, but coming off the layoff it’s hard to know whether he can be that right away this Sunday.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills what have our secondary players been focusing on in practice?

Leah Fallesen@LeahCF

CB: They focus on a lot of things. During individual position drills a lot of their work involves their footwork and tracking the ball. Tackling was a focus this week with emphasis on getting their head across the body of the ball carrier. Beyond that the focus is the game plan and executing the game calls for this week.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills will McCoy’s thumb affect him at all this next game?

Jared Bailey@JaredBailey23

CB: We hope to get that answer from McCoy himself after practice today. He has a good sized wrap on the thumb following the minor surgical procedure to re-attach the dislocated digit. The strength of his grip is probably the biggest concern because back have to apply three points of pressure on the ball to secure it under their arm and the thumb is one of those three. If he doesn’t have any strength to do that it could compromise his ball security.

Catching could be another potential issue. Hopefully we can get some answers from Shady before the game on Sunday.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills How is the team going to approach Watkins’ 5th year option and possible new contract? Great player but also some injuries.

COLIN SCHULTZ@Schultzy0620

CB: I would expect the Bills to pick up Watkins fifth-year option because of the injuries. I know that sounds strange, but a fifth-year option gives Buffalo time to wait and see if Watkins can put together a season where he can stay relatively healthy all season long.

Since the fifth-year option has to be picked up in May next year for his fifth season which would be in 2018, I’d be inclined to think Buffalo wants to take as much time evaluating his ability to stay on the field. It buys them time.

There’s no debating his talent level, but availability is critical. So I would think before the Bills even think about signing Watkins to a big time deal, they’ll see what he can do in 2017 and maybe even 2018 before they take that step.


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Pats game announced

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 25, 2016 – 11:56 am

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Jeffrey Moore, of Depew, N.Y., has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Patriots game. The jackpot was $128,615, with a winning ticket for $64,308!

Congratulations, Jeffrey!

For details on the Buffalo Bills Foundation’s 50-50 raffle, visit here.

 


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Bills launch Salute to Service auction

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 25, 2016 – 9:18 am

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Bills fans, you can now bid on both game-worn and autographed Salute to Service merchandise!

The inaugural Salute to Service auction will kick off on Bills Experience on Friday, Nov. 25 and run through Sunday, Nov. 27. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation and will be designated to military and veteran organizations.

Items up for auction include, but are not limited to:

-Autographed Salute to Service footballs from Tyrod Taylor and Rex Ryan.

-Salute to Service signage including goal post wraps and pads.

-Game-worn or used items may be added following the Jacksonville Jaguars game.

Bids can only be made on Bills Experience, which is available on Bills Mobile/My One Buffalo App.

To bid now, click here.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.

 

 


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Gillislee doesn’t practice; Watkins limited

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2016 – 3:33 pm

Mike Gillislee, who didn’t finish practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury did not practice Thursday. 

Percy Harvin didn’t practice due to illness. 

As expected Sammy Watkins was again a limited participant in practice on Thanksgiving. 

DID NOT PRACTICE

RB Mike Gillislee – hamstring 

WR Robert Woods – knee

WR Percy Harvin – illness

S Robert Blanton – foot

OT Seantrel Henderson – not injury related

LIMITED IN PRACTICE 

TE Charles Clay – knee

LB Jerry Hughes – hand

OT Cordy Glenn – back

LB Lorenzo Alexander – ankle

RB LeSean McCoy – thumb

WR Sammy Watkins – foot

DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder

FULL PRACTICE

QB Tyrod Taylor – Rt shoulder

LB Shaq Lawson – thumb 


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Jags’ Odrick, Thomas, Yeldon unable to practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2016 – 4:51 pm

Jacksonville was without a few starters on the practice field Wednesday.

DE Jared Odrick, TE Julius Thomas and RB T.J. Yeldon were all non-participants in practice Wednesday. Yeldon has been dealing with an ankle injury, which has given fellow RB Chris Ivory more playing time of late.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Blake Bortles QB Right Shoulder FULL
Dante Fowler Jr. DE Shoulder FULL
Bryan Walters WR Concussion FULL
Kelvin Beachum LT Knee LIMITED
Arrelious Benn WR Concussion LIMITED
Aaron Colvin CB Concussion LIMITED
Abry Jones DT Ankle DNP
Jared Odrick DE Shoulder DNP
Dan Skuta OLB Back DNP
Chris Smith DE Eye DNP
Julius Thomas TE Back DNP
T.J. Yeldon RB Ankle DNP

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Gillislee leaves practice early

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2016 – 4:25 pm

Bills RB Mike Gillislee left practice early Wednesday with a hamstring injury. The severity was not known at the close of practice. He was listed as a limited participant.

Sammy Watkins was also limited in his first action in two months.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Robert Woods WR Knee DNP
Robert Blanton S Foot DNP
Cordy Glenn T Back DNP
Lorenzo Alexander LB Ankle DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Sammy Watkins WR Foot LP
Jerry Hughes LB Hand LP
LeSean McCoy RB Thumb LP
Corbin Bryant DT Shoulder LP
Mike Gillislee RB Hamstring LP
Tyrod Taylor QB Right Shoulder FP
Shaq Lawson LB Thumb FP

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Official: Watkins designated to return

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2016 – 11:45 am

The Bills today issued the formality that the team has cleared WR Sammy Watkins to return to practice. Though he remains on injured reserve he has been designated as their player to return.

NFL clubs can only designate one player per season on injured reserve as their player to return. That means that S Colt Anderson and S Aaron Williams, who were other candidates to return this season will not be able to. Their seasons are effectively over.

For Watkins to play on Sunday he will have to be elevated to the team’s active roster. The Bills have until 4 pm on Saturday to do so.


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Whaley announces Watkins will practice today

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2016 – 7:40 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley announced in an interview on WGR that Sammy Watkins has been cleared to practice and will do so  today. 

Watkins was to have a final exam to gain clearance earlier this week from the team’s medical staff. 

The receiver is expected to be limited in practice as he is coming off a two month layoff. More to come at Buffalobills.com. 


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Season Ticket Member of the Game – Joanie DeKoker

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 22, 2016 – 1:50 pm

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Joanie DeKoker has been a valued Buffalo Bills Season Ticket Member since 2000. A dedicated Bills fan, DeKoker prides herself on attending both home and away games. Celebrating a milestone in her Bills history, the Bills vs. Patriots game on Oct. 30 marked DeKoker’s 100th consecutive game.

Reflecting on the fond memories she’s made throughout the years, DeKoker recalls Buffalo’s first Super Bowl (XXV) appearance as her favorite.

“I went to all of the Super Bowls—all four Super Bowls with my sister,” said DeKoker. “The first one that was my very first Super Bowl ever…you’re just so excited for all those four or five days—you’re just so excited to be there. I remember walking down the street going toward the stadium and the team bus just passed. That was so exciting…the whole Super Bowl experience was so much fun.”

Over the years, DeKoker has enjoyed watching several Bills players take the field. Her all-time favorite Bill is quarterback Daryle Lamonica and her current favorite is cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

“My favorite person is Daryle Lamonica because he’s the one that got me into football,” said DeKoker.  “I love the way he threw the long bomb. He’s known as the ‘Mad Bomber’ and I just thought it was so exciting.”

For DeKoker, an important part of game days at New Era Field is the tailgate.

“It’s really the tailgate,” said DeKoker. “Just being around everybody that has the same common interest. We all love the Bills. We all love the city of Buffalo and most of us grew up here. Just the comradery we have at the tailgate.”

In addition to the game day experience, DeKoker has come to enjoy the perks associated with her membership. Her favorite is the Bills Bucks Card.

Congratulations, Joanie!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Joanie for her many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our second Season Ticket Member of the Game for the month of October. In addition to Joanie being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, she received two pregame on-field passes to the Bills versus Patriots game on Oct. 30, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, email us the account number, name, and the reason for your nomination to Tickets@bills.nfl.net. Please use the subject line, “STM of the Game Nomination.”

 


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Bills up 4 spots in NFL.com power rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2016 – 8:58 am

The Bills grind it out win at Cincinnati last Sunday earned them a bump in the NFL.com power rankings. Here’s where they checked in this week.

5-5 BILLS

Rex Ryan asked Marvin Lewis for a gift — and the football gods gave it to him. No A.J. Green to deal with, as the Bengals’ star wideout went down with a hamstring injury on the opening drive of the game. Hate seeing Green go down, but fortunately, the injury doesn’t appear as bad as initially thought. And hey, the football gods kinda owed Ryan a favor (or 35). No team in pro football has been beset with more injury problems to key players this season than the Bills. Ryan’s squad stuck it out Sunday on the road, thanks to timely defense and a stout run game — despite yet another injury to LeSean McCoy. That said, Tyrod Taylor has to make that third-and-5 completion to Percy Harvin on the final Bills drive. Jeff Tuel could have made that throw. EJ Manuel could have made that throw. Joe Ferguson could have made that throw. Joe Ferguson — right now, at age 66 — could have made that throw. Still, nice win. Click here for a sweet pic of the final-play scrum.

 

 


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Monday QB club update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2016 – 1:27 pm

The Monday Quarterback Club will have a unique keynote speaker at their next Monday evening event at the new Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER. Here’s more information.

Ever wonder how the salary cap works? Do you have questions about how NFL contracts are structured?  Then join us on November 28th as Jim Overdorf, Sr. VP of Football Administration from the Bills addresses our group.

Howard Simon, radio host from WGR550 will be our emcee. Other special guests will be announced soon. This event includes a sit down dinner with a vegetarian option available. Deadline to register is Thurs. Nov. 24th.

When:
Monday November 28; doors open at 5:15 PM, dinner at 6:15 PM

Where:
Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER. 95 Main Street, Buffalo NY. Public parking available in the 716 lot; enter on Washington St. (nominal fee).

Cost:
FREE for members; $40 for guests

Register by visiting our website here.


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Playtime for Harvin, Henderson, Ihedigbo etc.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2016 – 10:12 am

Here’s a look at the playtime percentages for some of the players who saw increased action Sunday at Cincinnati.

Percy Harvin saw his playing time increase. He had 46 snaps good for 71 percent of the offensive workload. Would he have seen that much time had Robert Woods not suffered a knee injury? Hard to say. We thought going in he’d get between 35-40 snaps, so this figure wasn’t all that different.

Seantrel Henderson pretty much split the work down the middle with Jordan Mills. Henderson go 34 snaps (52%) and Mills had 35 (54%).

On defense James Ihedigbo got 18 snaps good for 25 percent of the defensive plays. Robert Blanton still saw most of the work at safety opposite Corey Graham as he got 48 snaps for 66 percent of the workload. But he left on the second to last play with a foot injury.

Kevon Seymour, who was the primary nickel corner Sunday, got 40 snaps (55%) to Nickell Robey-Coleman’s 15 snaps (21%).

Ronald Darby after a week of competition in practice started Sunday, played well, and got 68 snaps (93%) to Corey White’s four snaps (5%).


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Bills tie NFL record for ball security

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 10:17 pm

The Bills did have a turnover Sunday when Tyrod Taylor threw an interception at the one-yard line. But with just six turnovers on the season, Buffalo tied a league mark.

Buffalo’s 6 turnovers so far this season is tied for the fewest in NFL history after 10 games along with the Seahawks this season. Green Bay did the same in 2015 and Oakland enters Monday night’s game with 6.

The Bills are plus-8 in turnover margin, tying as the 6th best in club annals after 10 games (also +8 in 1960, 1980, and 2005).


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Carpenter was right on the line

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 10:08 pm

Kicker Dan Carpenter was instrumental in Buffalo’s win over Cincinnati Sunday. His 54-yard field goal early in the third quarter gave the Bills a one-point lead, that he only built on with a 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. But just how close was Carpenter to his limit based on game conditions on his long distance kick?

“That was it,” said head coach Rex Ryan as to where the line of demarcation was for Carpenter on the field. “That’s as deep as it was going and it was funny because he ran out there with no hesitation. I’m debating and he answered that question. He ran on the field and we would have had 12 on the field because he was out there. He was a confident man and he killed it. It was a huge, huge kick for us.”

The 54-yard field goal was Carpenter’s longest this season. It also set a Bills record. Carpenter now has 14 50-yard field goals in his Bills career, breaking the previous team record of 13 held by Steve Christie.


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