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No leanings for Kyle regarding retirement

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2017 – 6:45 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams has been a stalwart in every sense of the word for Buffalo for 11 seasons. Another coaching change is in the offing, the fifth of his Bills career, and the veteran defensive lineman understandably wants that to be the first domino that falls before reaching a decision on his own future. At the same time he’s going to listen to his body after he heals up for a bit.

“I have a lot of things to process as far as the season and trying to figure those things out,” Williams said. “As far as moving forward, we’ll see. There’s a whole lot of guys in here who aren’t going to be here, whether it’s retirement or they’re moving in a different direction. It could be a whole number of things. I just worry about the things I can control. Heal up a little bit. Spend some time with the family and really evaluate the year and always look to get better.”

Williams said he’ll be keeping a close eye on the team’s coaching search. He did call Anthony Lynn deserving of the job.

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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2017 – 6:42 pm

Here are some statistics that stood out in Sunday’s season closing loss to the Jets.

0 – Number of penalties assessed against the Bills. It was their first game without an assessed penalty this season. The intentional grounding call was an offsetting penalty, which resets the down and play.

0% – Jets 4th down conversion percentage. Buffalo forced a pair of turnover on downs.

2.4 – Bills yards per carry average on the ground, their lowest average of the season.

3 – Turnovers – it was Buffalo’s first game this season with more than 2 turnovers.

12.5 – Sacks for Lorenzo Alexander this season. He had Buffalo’s only sack Sunday.

29% – Jets red zone touchdown efficiency – Buffalo’s defense was handed some short fields, but held New York out of the end zone five out of seven times.

64 – Cardale Jones completion to Justin Hunter. It was the longest play of the game and led to Buffalo’s only touchdown.

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Brandon Marshall tops Jets inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2017 – 11:56 am

WR Brandon Marshall is among New York’s inactive players for today’s game against the Bills. 

RB Matt Forte was put on I-R this week and is also not available. 

Here are the rest of the Jets inactive players. 

WR Brandon Marshall

CB Nick Marshall

LB Randell Johnson

LB Lorenzo Mauldin

OL Donald Hawkins

TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins

DL Steve McLendon

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Taylor among Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2017 – 11:30 am

Tyrod Taylor will finish the season with 15 starts as he is Buffalo’s inactive quarterback for the season finale against the Jets today. EJ Manuel will start and Cardale Jones will be the backup. Here’s the full list of Buffalo inactives.

QB Tyrod Taylor
WR Dezmin Lewis
CB Stephon Gilmore
OT Cordy Glenn
TE Logan Thomas
TE Gerald Christian
DL Adolphus Washington

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No need to worry about details with Lynn

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2017 – 10:00 am

There were admittedly problems under Rex Ryan when it came to substitutions, getting play calls in on time, penalties and missed assignments. It was likely part of the reason he was fired earlier this week. As interim head coach Anthony Lynn steps out to the sidelines today, one thing his players are not worried about is his handling of the details.

“He coached his backs that way last year,” said EJ Manuel of Lynn’s attention to detail. “That’s why we’ve had one of the best rushing attacks the last two years. So he’s definitely all about attention to detail. Even when we’re on scout team he coaches us on the offensive side. Sometimes coaches just let you go and do your thing. But these past 15 weeks he was still coaching the O-line and the running backs. He’s very specific.”

“A-Lynn has played this game before at this level. So he knows the-ins-and-the-outs,” said Richie Incognito. “He’s a super detail-oriented guy. He has high expectations of people, and like he just told us out there on the practice field, he wants us to go out and have fun and he wants us to grind (all week) mentally, and then just let it all loose and just have fun on Sunday. So that’s what we’re focusing on. I have a tremendous amount of respect for A-Lynn. You know he did a really good job when G-Ro (Greg Roman) got fired, stepping in, and I’m excited for this opportunity for him.”



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Forte out for Jets, Powell questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2016 – 3:24 pm

The running back situation for the Jets entering the season finale may require all hands on deck. Matt Forte is out with knee and shoulder injuries and backups Bilal Powell (knee/illness) and Brandon Wilds (hamstring) are questionable.

The only fully healthy back is Brandon Burks. Powell was limited Friday and reports indicate he will try to play Sunday, but he sounds like a game time decision.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Jets injury report for Sunday’s game.

RB Matt Forte – knee/shoulder
T Steve McClendon – hamstring
LB Lorenzo Mauldin – ankle
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – hamstring

CB Nick Marshall – hamstring

CB Juston Burris – knee
DE Sheldon Richardson – back
DE Muhammad Wilkerson – ankle/knee
WR Brandon Marshall – back
RB Brandon Wilds – hamstring
WR Robby Anderson – hamstring
RB Bilal Powell – knee/illness

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FanDuel fantasy update Week 17

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2016 – 2:29 pm





With changes on the sidelines and behind center, it was a week of transition for the Buffalo Bills. It will certainly make for an interesting game on Sunday when the Bills clash with interstate rivals, the New York Jets. Here are three Buffalonians who might make their way onto dozens, if not hundreds of FanDuel lineups:

LeSEAN McCOY – RB – $9,100

Shady comes into the game ranked fourth in the league in rushing yardage, with 1,257. He won’t be able to catch Dallas rookie Zeke Elliot (1,631), but you know he’ll want to overtake Le’Veon Bell (1,268) and DeMarco Murray (1,266). Against a Jets defense that allowed 41 points to New England last weekend, he’ll get his opportunities, he’ll get his yardage, and he’ll get his FanDuel points.

E.J. MANUEL – QB – $5,000

And while we’re on the subject of getting opportunities, don’t be shocked to see Manuel throw the ball 30-plus times! Bills fans will recall that Manuel can also run the ball, so with his $5,000 FanDuel price tag, he could be one of the week’s slicker plays.

CHARLES CLAY – TE – $5,600

Last Saturday, Clay’s FanDuel cap hit was $4,500, and if you had him in your lineup, that bought you 24.5 FanDuel points, which explains his massive $1,100 salary jump. Over the last two weeks, Clay has caught 15 of his 17 targets, so Manuel will likely look for the big tight end early and often.

Who are you drafting on your Daily Fantasy team this week? Play Fantasy Football on FanDuel.

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Dennis Thurman to call defensive plays

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2016 – 1:13 pm

Head coach Rex Ryan called it his defense, and with his brother listed as Assistant head coach/Defense, Rob Ryan also had a hand in play calling. With both men fired this week, it only made sense to think that defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman would run the defense Sunday against the Jets. Interim head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed that Friday.

“Dennis Thurman is calling the defense on Sunday,” said Lynn.

Thurman and the rest of the coaching staff met with Lynn late on Thursday to go over all the game day responsibilities and who would be in charge of what. Thurman on Thursday gave the impression that who calls the defense isn’t that important as long as the players on the field understand it and can execute it.

“The one thing about this defense is it carries itself,” he said. “If you know it and understand it, it doesn’t really matter who is here and who’s not here, coach-wise. So, the bottom line to it is we are going to go ahead business as usual. We are going to play our defense hopefully to the best of our ability. That is what it’s all about, we have to come out and execute on Sunday. If we don’t execute, then we’ll continue to look like we have in probably four of the last five games. Not very good.”



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Gilmore, Glenn out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2016 – 1:06 pm

The Bills will be without Stephon Gilmore and Cordy Glenn for Sunday’s season finale against the Jets. Both are out due to injury this week. Kevon Seymour is expected to start for Gilmore at right cornerback. Cyrus Kouandjio is expected to start at left tackle.

Here’s a look at the game status for the rest of Buffalo’s injured players.

CB Stephon Gilmore – concussion
OT Cordy Glenn – back

WR Sammy Watkins – foot
LB Zach Brown – illness
TE Charles Clay – knee
LB Preston Brown – foot
DT Kyle Williams – back
G John Miller – hip

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Fan Friday 12-30

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

A lot of change this week, with more to come this offseason (23 unrestricted free agents). Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills 

What is the general mood/feeling amongst the players right now, post Rex firing?

Matthew Rule

CB: I think players are disappointed and feel some measure of guilt, knowing the results on the field played a role in the decision that ownership made on Rex Ryan. At the same time there are some players like Sammy Watkins and other vets, who in the wake of the change made at the head coaching position feels there needs to be more discipline and harder coaching at the top.

Knowing there are 23 unrestricted free agents on this roster, there are also a number of players who are going to be supremely motivated to good the best possible product on tape this Sunday. Chief among them is EJ Manuel, who has an opportunity to put fresh game tape out there to show where he has advanced his game.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Why are the Bills the way that they are?

Christopher Gump

CB: I think the easiest way to explain it is when you haven’t found a viable solution for your head coaching position, you have to make a change in an effort to find the right fit and improve. But that constant change also makes it hard for a team to gain traction and make progress. That’s where this team is right now.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who is more likely to re-sign with Buffalo, Gilmore or Woods?


CB: Good question. I’m not going to pretend to know Doug Whaley’s priority list, but I think Gilmore is probably a more important component. As encouraging as Kevon Seymour’s rookie season has been, keeping Gilmore in the fold would be a good thing. For that to happen though I think his presumed asking price will have to come down a bit.

As for Woods, it’s a hard one to gauge. I think the organization respects Woods’ game and his willingness to play hurt. But the market for receivers with his kind of production will put him close to $9M per season. If the team wants to add a different kind of skill set to the receiving corps, then it might be hard to justify that kind of spending for Woods.

I’m not saying he isn’t worth it. I just don’t know if in Buffalo’s offseason planning they deem that kind of figure to be money well spent when they’re likely to look at other options, and other positions for that matter, where they need help.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Are we looking at keeping Hunter? I think he’s a good fit in our O.


CB: This is one of those other options I was referencing in the above answer on Woods. There is no debating that Hunter’s skill set is tantalizing. The Bills aren’t the first team to be attracted to his physical skill set. What they have to determine is whether Hunter has the sense of urgency and professionalism to do things the right way every day, in every practice and in every game.

Hopefully they’ve been around him long enough (three quarters of this season) to have a healthy handle on the type of work ethic he has and whether a quality receivers coach (Sanjay Lal is one by the way) can develop his game further.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills Seems DBs took a step back this year. What impact do you think the loss of Donnie Henderson had on the defense this season?

Justin Crow

CB: I certainly understand the question because the consistency of defensive back play did take a step back this season, or at the very least was inconsistent. When asked specifically about it, defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, who is a former cornerback himself, did admit that lapses in technique proved to be their biggest issue.

What’s tough to answer is who at fault for that? Is it the coaches for not drilling it more often in practice? Is it the players for not adhering to it enough in game situations?

You have to believe if the coaching staff knows technique is the problem in a game (e.g. Week 2 against the Jets), then they’re going to emphasize it more in practice. Are they drilling it in a way for players to effectively understand and apply properly? Are the players equipped physically to execute the technique being taught, or must a different approach be taken? Are the players being professional in trying to fix the errors they made in previous games?

You can get pretty deep down that rabbit hole before you find an answer.

I think the defensive back play did see a noticeable uptick in the second half of the season, so there was effective coaching and player improvement. This team is going to finish in the top 10 in pass defense. Part of that is due to the team’s struggling run defense, but pass defense has improved since some of its struggles in the first half of the season.

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Jets have 1 RB go in Thursday practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2016 – 4:29 pm

Already down their top two running backs in Matt Forte and Bilal Powell who are dealing with knee injuries, the Jets didn’t have their primary backups for Thursday’s practice either.

Khiry Robinson is already out for the year and Brandon Wilds couldn’t practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. It left them with just Brandon Burks at running back. More will be known after Friday’s practice on just how many running backs the Jets will have for Sunday’s season finale against the Bills.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday


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Lynn: All 3 Bills QBs could be up Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2016 – 4:23 pm

The Bills interim head coach knows he’s starting EJ Manuel at quarterback on Sunday. As for how the depth chart falls behind Manuel, that’s still to be determined.

Anthony Lynn indicated on Thursday that Cardale Jones could very well be the No. 2 QB on Sunday against the Jets, but that’s not set in stone. In addition he didn’t rule out the possibility of Tyrod Taylor being active too.

“Cardale definitely has to be ready to play,” Lynn said. “If something happens to EJ he has to be ready to go in. Right now it looks like he will be (the No. 2 QB), but possibly all three quarterbacks could be up as well.”

Buffalo has not had all three quarterbacks active on game day once this season. Cardale Jones has been inactive all season.

Tyrod Taylor got a veteran’s rest day on Thursday, so Manuel got the starter’s reps while Jones got the backup reps and ran the scout team offense.

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Glenn, Gilmore, Kyle unable to practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2016 – 3:32 pm

Three of Buffalo’s starters weren’t able to go in practice Thursday.

OT Cordy Glenn, CB Stephon Gilmore and DT Kyle Williams all were unable to practice. Glenn and Kyle both have back injuries. Glenn missed last week’s game and hasn’t practiced yet this week. Williams has cut back his practice workload to play last week and might be doing the same this week.

Gilmore is still in the concussion protocol so Kevon Seymour might get the start if Gilmore can’t play Sunday.

QB Tyrod Taylor was given a veteran’s rest day according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

“He got a veteran’s day off,” said Lynn. “It’s a lot easier to be off your feet and staying inside rather than being out here on a turf field for two or three hours doing nothing. So I gave him a veteran’s day off.”

OT Cordy Glenn – back
CB Stephon Gilmore – concussion
DT Kyle Williams – back
QB Tyrod Taylor – rest day

G John Miller – hip
WR Sammy Watkins – foot

LB Lerentee McCray – concussion
LB Jerry Hughes – hamstring


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Former Bills S Carpenter passes

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2016 – 10:14 am

It’s been a tough week for the Bills family. Just days after losing former special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven, a former Bills player has passed.

Keion Carpenter, a former Bills safety, collapsed while he was out for a run after suffering a brain aneurysm. It happened while on vacation with family. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but fell into a coma. A family spokesperson confirmed Carpenter’s passing Thursday morning.

Carpenter was an undrafted signing of the Bills in 1999 out of Virginia Tech. He made the 53-man roster and played for three seasons in Buffalo. He had a career-high five interceptions in 2000 with Buffalo. He later played three more seasons with Atlanta.

Carpenter was just 39-years old.



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Marshall, Forte head up list of injured Jets

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2016 – 4:55 pm

Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte headlined a list of injured Jets players who did not participate in practice for New York on Wednesday.

Marshall is dealing with hip and shoulder injuries. Forte has been battling a knee injury. Backup RB Bilal Powell also missed practice with a knee injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday

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McCoy & O’Leary miss practice due to illness

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2016 – 4:53 pm

LeSean McCoy and Nick O’Leary were two of the new notables on the injury report this week.

Both players were unable to practice Wednesday due to illness. Stephon Gilmore did not practice either as he’s in the concussion protocol after exiting last week’s game early.

Lorenzo Alexander was given a veteran’s rest day.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Cordy Glenn T Back DNP
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Kyle Williams DT Back DNP
Stephon Gilmore CB Concussion DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Nick O’Leary TE Illness DNP
LeSean McCoy RB Illness DNP
Lorenzo Alexander LB Not injury related DNP
John Miller G Hip LP
Preston Brown LB Foot LP
Lerentee McCray LB Concussion LP
Tyrod Taylor QB Groin FP
Jerry Hughes LB Hamstring FP

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EJ knows how Tyrod feels

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2016 – 3:48 pm

The decision to go with EJ Manuel as the starter this week after Tyrod Taylor has started the first 15 games has made for an awkward situation in the quarterback room this week. While all three quarterbacks have accepted it, it’s a situation that makes things a bit uncomfortable for everyone involved. No one knows that better than EJ Manuel.

“Of course anytime something like this happens… I know when I was a starter and I got replaced it was awkward for me,” said Manuel. “Even coming to practice the next day it just felt weird. So I’m sure it is a little different for him.

“At least for me it was good to get back in the saddle and get some timing with those receivers and tight ends. It was good for me.”

Taylor chose not to speak to the media on Wednesday.

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Players weigh in on QB decision

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2016 – 3:44 pm

The players on offense are focused on winning the season finale despite all the upheaval in the wake of head coach Rex Ryan’s dismissal as well as Assistant head coach Rob Ryan. But going into the game with EJ Manuel as the starter at quarterback instead of Tyrod Taylor felt a bit strange for some of them.

“Yep, that’s the business side of this,” said Richie Incognito. “As much as we’d like to say this is a game and go out there and have fun, there’s a big business behind this. That’s what it boils down to. That’s a business decision that was made. As players you’ve got to be professionals and handle that and we rally behind EJ. Now it’s EJ’s turn to go out and show what he can do and we’re excited about it.”

“I don’t think it’s fair, but that’s the business part of it. It is what it is,” said Robert Woods of the quarterback change. “That’s part of the game. There’s money involved and there’s playing involved. That part is the money part and that’s their decision and all we can do is just go out there, play with EJ [Manuel] and win the game.”



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Felton: Players were able to focus amid Rex rumors

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2016 – 5:09 pm

The Bills players heard the reports that Rex Ryan’s job was in jeopardy, but they insist through the past couple of weeks they were able to focus on their jobs.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show in the wake of Ryan’s firing, Jerome Felton said he saw teammates who were committed to their jobs on and off the field.

“The last few weeks we heard a lot about it,” he said. “We tried to focus on winning football games. You could tell. We played tough against Miami, they’re a good team, but we didn’t get it done in the end. It wasn’t a case of this is what we’re hearing so there’s no reason to play hard. We tried to win every game and some we won and some we lost. In the end it wasn’t good enough.

“I didn’t think we looked at it like we were playing for Rex’s job. Everybody is playing for their own job every week in the NFL. It’s a tough business. I don’t know if we were worried about that. We were worried about executing the game plan and trying to win a football game and put ourselves in a good position. Sometimes we did that, sometimes we didn’t and it wasn’t good enough this year.”

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Felton: Tough day at 1 Bills Drive

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2016 – 5:01 pm

Head coach Rex Ryan and Assistant head coach/Defense Rob Ryan were both fired on Tuesday. Naturally for the players, some of whom went in to work on their off day found the day difficult.

“There’s always disappointment obviously,” said FB Jerome Felton in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “Rex gave me an opportunity to come here and play for the Buffalo Bills. Knowing that we didn’t get it done from a wins and losses standpoint and getting to where our goals were it’s definitely disappointing and a tough deal when this happens.”

Felton has been through coaching changes before.

“I just think collectively we think we could’ve done this or done that and realizing that we didn’t accomplish our goals,” said Felton. “Coupled with what happened today it’s tough.”

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