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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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McCoy seeing different RBs around him

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2017 – 9:21 am

Bills RB LeSean McCoy rolled up 159 all-purpose yards last week in the win over the Jets including 110 rushing yards. What McCoy is finding however, is a lot of the running back names he competes with for the NFL rushing title are changing.

“When I was trying to compete with other running backs, it was like [Adrian Peterson], Marshawn [Lynch], it was [Arian] Foster,” he said. “It’s changed. It’s like a lot of the newer guys get a lot of the hype, you know like the last two years it was the kid from the Rams [Todd Gurley], Zeke [Elliott], he’s like the new presence, you know he’s getting it done. Who else? The kid from Miami [Jay Ajayi], he’s kind of getting there, so it’s funny like you watch the stats of the running backs and I’m up there with all the young rookies and young guys, so it’s just different.

“I like it, it’s interesting, see how the era has kind of changed. You know each week it’s like, what did [Adrian Peterson] get, you know now it’s like is Zeke playing, is he getting six games, is he not? You know, look at the numbers, so it’s pretty cool.”

Here’s a look at the leading rushers from Week 1 and three of the five-highest rushing totals belong to rookies.

Kareem Hunt – KC – 148 rushing yards
Dalvin Cook – MIN – 127 rushing yards
LeSean McCoy – BUF – 110 rushing yards
Ezekiel Elliott – DAL – 104 rushing yards
Leonard Fournette – JAX – 100 rushing yards

 


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Bills & ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 13, 2017 – 5:47 pm

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 2 of the 2017 season is Chuck Nagel, head coach of the Newfane Panthers. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Newfane hosted Lewiston Porter for a non-conference matchup. Playing before the largest crowd in Newfane history (1,700 fans), the Panthers quickly found themselves with a 21-12 lead over the Lancers. Scoring three more touchdowns in the third quarter, the Panthers went on to defeat the Lancers 48-18. Newfane junior running back Shayne Harrington helped pave the way for the Panthers. With the win, Newfane advanced to 1-1 on the season.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 2 is Dave Whitcomb, head coach of the Fairport Red Raiders. After falling to Cicero-North during the team’s season opener, Fairport was determined to get their first win of the season. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Fairport took on Hilton on the road, defeating the Cadets 23-21. The close game was decided on a 40-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. Kicking it through the uprights, junior K Amir  Yamout solidified the win for the Red Raiders. With the victory, Fairport is now 1-1 on the season and is set to take on Penfield at home on Friday, Sept. 15.

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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Clay, Glenn among the limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2017 – 3:56 pm

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DT Jerel Worthy was the only non-participant at practice Wednesday as he remains in the concussion protocol, but there were a few unanticipated limited players in practice.

The notables were TE Charles Clay with a shoulder injury and OT Cordy Glenn with his foot.

Head coach Sean McDermott was encouraged that Glenn had come out of the Week 1 game clean with his foot no worse for the wear despite getting 56 snaps.

“At this point it seems like we took a step forward,” said McDermott of Glenn. “Cordy did some good things in the game, obviously didn’t the play the entire game but his rep count certainly increased from the week before. We want to keep trending upward in respect to Cordy.”

CB EJ Gaines and LB Tanner Vallejo were also limited. Gaines is coming back from a shoulder contusion, but is expected to start Sunday. Vallejo returned to practice for the first time since getting his knee scoped a few weeks ago.

RB LeSean McCoy (wrist) and FB Mike Tolbert (knee) were both full practice participants.

 


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Tolbert: Snitches get stitches

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm

 

There are a couple of players and a head coach who might be viewed as mercenaries by the Carolina Panthers fans this Sunday in Charlotte. Having moved on to the Bills they’re the enemy now, but between head coach Sean McDermott, Mike Tolbert, Joe Webb and Kaelin Clay, there’s a lot of useful information they can provide. From player strengths and weaknesses, to player preferences in certain situations.

“There’s a rule out there that snitches get stitches, but I’m going to get a lot of stitches this week,” said Tolbert.

Tolbert along with Webb and Clay will offer what they can to assist their Bills teammates with their matchups, and the players who don’t know the Panthers well are eager to scoop up all the intel they can.

“Oh yeah I’m going to sit down with him this week,” said Bills return man Brandon Tate the time he intends to spend with Joe Webb on Carolina’s special teams coverage units.

Regardless of all the help it can provide, the Bills still hold an enormous amount of respect for a team as battle tested as the Panthers. It’s why players like Tolbert, Webb and Clay are doing their level best to prepare for Sunday’s game like any other. It’s something that has won the respect of their teammates.

“They’re not getting wrapped up in the rivalry or battle. We’re their teammates and we’re supporting them. It’s a regular game. Everybody looks at things differently. I kind of looked at it like a revenge type of game when I played back home,” said McCoy of his game against the Eagles in 2015. “But them guys I like their attitudes. It’s more positive. It’s more team based. It’s working out. We have one goal and that’s to go to North Carolina and get a win.”

 

 


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Player jersey number updates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2017 – 11:00 am

With the signings to the active roster and practice squad here are a couple of jersey number updates.

LB Jelani Jenkins – 53

Practice squad
WR Malchi Dupre – 16


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Panthers to scale back McCaffrey’s workload?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2017 – 10:55 am

After he played 70 percent of the snaps in Carolina’s Week 1 win at San Francisco, head coach Ron Rivera gave indication that he and offensive coordinator Mike Shula will be scaling back on rookie RB Christian McCaffrey’s reps moving forward.

That according to ESPN.com.

“It’s like getting that new toy at Christmas,” Rivera said. “You open up the box and there’s what you’d hoped for. But you also have to be wise and smart about when you play with it and when you don’t, because you don’t want to wear the batteries out. You don’t want to break it.”

McCaffrey is a dynamic weapon out of the backfield, which is what made him a first-round draft choice. Whether his workload is scaled back in Week 2 against the Bills remains to be seen.


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Vote for Shady

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2017 – 10:44 am

LeSean McCoy had a big day of production in Buffalo’s Week 1 win over the Jets last Sunday. Now he’s up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors.

McCoy, along with Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt and Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette are this week’s nominees for FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for Week 1.

McCoy had 159 total yards in the Bills 21-12 victory Sunday, including 110 on the ground and went over the 12,000-yard mark in his career for total yards from scrimmage.

To vote for Shady go to NFL.com/FedEx or on Twitter using #AirandGround and your nominee’s last name (McCoy). Voting is open until Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET.


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Chunk plays proved timely

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2017 – 3:52 pm

The big play passing game for Buffalo is going to be a work in progress with all the new pieces added to the offense throughout the course of the offseason. But on Sunday the Bills were able to hit on five pass plays of 20 yards or more, and LeSean McCoy chipped in with a few runs that went for big gains as well.

Run after the catch proved valuable as Jordan Matthews took a short pass 47 yards for the longest play of the day. Charles Clay pulled in the longest pass of the day as Taylor went deep to him for a 35-yard hook-up.

“It was big, especially when you get a team that likes to blitz a lot,” said Clay. “You want to take advantage of those opportunities and get some of those big plays in that situation, and kind of calm them down. We were able to do a little of that, and at the same time we have to improve on some of things, but we’ll go back and watch the film and get better at that.”

McCoy was then responsible for three of the next four longest plays, with two coming on the ground for 27 and 23 yards, followed by his 21 yards catch and run.

When asked why the Jets defense was hit with eight plays of 20 yards or more, Jets head coach Todd Bowles has simple answer.

“Missed assignments,” he said.


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Glenn played almost 3/4s of the game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2017 – 12:34 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn was subbed out a few times during the course of Sunday’s game in an effort to keep him fresh after he missed most of the preseason. By game’s end he had still been on the field for a majority of the game.

Glenn got 56 of the offense’s 77 total snaps, good for 73 percent of the work. Rookie Dion Dawkins rotated in for him and got 21 snaps in his NFL debut, good for 27 percent of the workload.

Another full week of practice by Glenn should only improve his level of stamina and endurance more for the Week 2 matchup at Carolina.

 


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Season Ticket Member of the Game- Rick Schmitz

Posted by Megan Zenger on September 11, 2017 – 11:50 am

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“Longtime Bills fan” doesn’t even begin to describe Rick Schmitz. In 1965, Schmitz attended his first Bills game with his father and has missed very few games since. As a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member, Schmitz has passionately cheered on the Bills for over five decades and like many others, has passed the tradition on to his family. When Schmitz makes his way to New Era Field on game day, his son now accompanies him.

Throughout the years, Schmitz has watched hundreds of players run on and off the field. Whether he is reminiscing about meeting some of his all-time favorite Bills players like RB Cookie Gilchrist, DE Bruce Smith and QB Jim Kelly, or fondly remembering some of his favorite games, he has cherished his memories as a Bills fan. These days, Schmitz and his son enjoy cheering on C Eric Wood and DT Kyle Williams.

For years, Schmitz has devoted every Sunday to watching his favorite team play. “I am the first one in and the last one out,” said Schmitz.

While Schmitz appreciates all the Bills Season Ticket Member benefits, if he had to pick his favorite it would be a tie between the Bills Bucks Card, which he uses at each game, and his Account Representative, who he considers a friend.

Congratulations, Rick!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Rick for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Rick being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Jets versus Bills game on Sept. 10,  a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, please fill out the form located here.


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Taylor glad Dennison was on the sidelines

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 7:20 pm

All preseason offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was deciding where his game day location would best serve the offense. Leading up to the opener some of Buffalo’s offensive staff was a bit… well injured, for lack of a better description, and not as mobile to serve on the sidelines. So when coach Dennison asked his players where they’d prefer to have him on Sunday, they told him the sideline.

Tyrod Taylor was particularly happy to have him there.

“It was good. It was a decision whether he was going to be on the field or in the booth. I requested that he be on the field, especially with (RBs) coach (Kelly) Skipper being hurt and not being there. Our assistant QB coach was helping with the running backs, so having that communication on the sideline definitely helped and we were able to talk through some things,” Taylor said. “It would’ve been the same over the phone, but that person-to-person interaction on the sideline talking through things went a long way.”

No word on whether Dennison’s location will change when the coaching staff is back to full health. Quarterbacks coach David Culley was Dennison’s line of communication down on the sideline when he was up in the booth. But Taylor liked having his OC there to talk to when he came off the field.

“It was good to have our coordinator down there just to get everyone on the same page,” Taylor said.


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McCoy on his wrist: I’ll be alright

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 5:38 pm

Bills RB LeSean McCoy gave Bills fans a scare when he came off the field in the second half holding his right wrist after he stretched to try to break the plan of the end zone on a red zone carry.

McCoy, who was listed as suffering a wrist injury, did return to the game. After the Bills win he explained what happened.

“I tried to get in the end zone,” said McCoy “I jumped in there and I guess the placement of the ball and my wrist, it went numb. I didn’t want to be selfish and try to get a touchdown with a numb right hand. I’m known as a back with ball security so I just came out just to see what was going on. I’ll ice it and I’ll be alright.

“It hurt a little bit and then I couldn’t feel anything. I couldn’t squeeze the ball. Besides we’ve got a 260-pound back and let him get the touchdown.”

Mike Tolbert subbed in for McCoy when he left and plunged into the end zone from a yard out for Buffalo’s only rushing touchdown of the game in the 21-12 victory over the Jets.


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Jets run front should still be good

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 11:05 am

The Jets were a top 10 run defense in the preseason, which may not hold much significance until you realize their run defense the past two years has put opposing rushing attacks on lock down.

Under head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets run defense has allowed opponents to run for just 91 yards per game. That’s the third-best mark in the NFL over that span.

Yes, they traded away Sheldon Richardson, but Steve McLendon is no slouch on the nose and Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson are Pro Bowl caliber players.

Over the last two seasons, LeSean McCoy’s best day against the Jets was the Thursday night game in 2015 at MetLife Stadium when he ran for 112 yards on just 19 carries in a 22-17 win.

Shady averaged 5.9 yards per carry against what at the time was the number one run defense in the league and literally willed the Bills to victory.

It will take a lot to repeat that kind of production, but McCoy and the offensive line might be two of the most productive aspects of the entire team the past two seasons. The Jets led the league last year in fewest broken tackles allowed with just nine all season.


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Bills and Jets launch NFL Experience sweepstakes

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 10, 2017 – 10:38 am

The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets have teamed up to launch the ultimate NFL Experience sweepstakes. Through the sweepstakes, two lucky fans – one from the Bills and one from the Jets – will win tickets to watch the Bills-Jets primetime matchup on Thursday, Nov. 2 and be among the first to visit the brand new NFL Experience in Times Square.

The NFL Experience takes fans on the ultimate football journey. Complete with a 4D theatre, equipment room, interactives such as a quarterback challenge, and history on each of the NFL’s 32 teams, the NFL Experience has something for everyone to enjoy.

To enter for a chance to win, click here.


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DT Thornton expecting to get some run

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

The Bills signed free agent DT Cedric Thornton just this week, but with Jerel Worthy ruled out of today’s game with a concussion, the veteran defensive tackle will see time on the field for Buffalo today.

“I put in a lot of work this offseason being able to adapt when I came here. They said they’re going to rotate me in Sunday. So I feel good about my preparation this offseason and training camp. They have a few things that are different here from Dallas, but I feel I’ll be effective.”

Thornton is one of just four healthy defensive tackles along with Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Adolphus Washington.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is a proponent of rotating defensive linemen in and out of the lineup to keep the starters fresh throughout the game. Thornton, despite being in Buffalo for less than a week will be rotating in against the Jets.

For Thornton however, his transition to the Bills has been easy.

“Everything it just felt like I’ve been here forever,” Thornton told Buffalobills.com “I came in and the guys were telling me about themselves. They opened up to me real well, the D-line group. They accepted me like I’ve been here through training camp and all that, so it’s not been a problem making this transition. We’ll just see about Sunday.”

When asked if he’ll be able to blend in, Thornton doesn’t want to just blend in. He feels he’ll be able to execute feeling he’s got a good handle on the scheme.

“Not blending in, but standing out within the mix and just being accepted,” he said. “We’ve got a great plan. It’s just how we react, when we get hit in the mouth and they get hit in their mouth. We’re going to try to continue to stick to our plan. Whatever play they call I’m going to continue to go out there and be effective and get a win.”

 


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WR Jones ready for Jets thanks to Matthews

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 9:10 am

It would be only natural to expect Bills rookie Zay Jones to be nervous for his first NFL game. While he admits he’ll has some anxious moments leading up to kickoff against the Jets today, Buffalo’s second-round pick will be narrowing his focus to perform consistently. And he has veteran receiver Jordan Matthews to thank.

Jones has spent a lot of time in the film room with Matthews. The veteran has proven to be a valuable resource in terms of opponent preparation.

“Jordan’s a great guy [at] breaking down film,” said Jones. “Awesome guy, just to pick his brain, and just watch him go to work. Dissecting film with Jordan has been a big help for me, it’s made me more comfortable. That extra preparation, is ultimately what’s going to make me, and this team ready to play.”

Jones, who carries a quiet confidence about him, will still have nerves, but he expects them to wear off quickly.

“It will be different, first NFL game, but it’s football,” said Jones. “I’ve been doing this since I was little, I have a great group of guys around me that’ll help prepare me, a great group of coaches, so it’s exciting at the same time. It’s going to be fun, and finally it’s going to be a packed house. It’s going to be a great time, I’m ready to enjoy it.”

 


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Jets injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 3:23 pm

The Jets injury report is just as short as that of the Bills. Only two players appear on their report for Week 1 and both players are out.

TE Jordan Leggett – knee
S Rontez Miles – eye


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Bills injury report is short

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 3:20 pm

Buffalo’s Week 1 injury report is a short one, and that’s a good thing.

LB Tanner Vallejo (knee) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) are the only players who appear on the report.

DL Cedric Thornton is expected to fill Worthy’s role as a rotational defensive tackle on Sunday.


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