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Saints SS Vaccaro out, 2 OL questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2017 – 3:28 pm

The Saints will be without a pretty important defensive back for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

New Orleans starting S Kenny Vaccaro has been declared out with a groin injury. Vaccaro was unable to practice all week. Vaccaro is not only the team’s starting safety, but has also served as their nickel corner in subpackages.

Vonn Bell is expected to replace Vaccaro at safety, but in the slot it could be a combination of players with reserve corners De’Vante Harris, P.J. Williams the most likely options.

Meanwhile starting LT Terron Armstead and G Larry Warford are both questionable. Warford is expected to play after a two-game absence. Armstead’s status is more up in the air. Bryce Harris is the only backup tackle on the roster, but G Andrus Peat would likely start at left tackle if Armstead can’t go. He made two starts at left tackle earlier this season.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Position Name   Injury Game Status  
T Terron Armstead Chest Questionable  
S Kenny Vaccaro Groin Out  
G Larry Warford Abdomen Questionable  

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No surprises on Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2017 – 2:57 pm

The Bills final injury report played out just like head coach Sean McDermott said it would.

LT Cordy Glenn is out and will be replaced in the lineup by Dion Dawkins. Zay Jones is also out.

Charles Clay is questionable, but expected to play. E.J. Gaines seems a bit more uncertain.

 

 

 


OUT
LT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
WR Zay Jones – ankle

QUESTIONABLE
TE Charles Clay – knee
CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring
OT Seantrel Henderson – back


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Fan Friday 11-10

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2017 – 12:02 pm

The second half of the season is upon us. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who should be feared more in Sunday’s game against the Saints: Drew Brees, Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara?

Rick McGuire
@mclennon99

CB: It’s Brees. The way he manipulates defensive backs with his pump fakes, shoulder fakes and eyes only makes him more effective. I don’t know that I’ve seen a more consistently accurate QB than him ever. Kamara is a multi-dimensional weapon who needs to be accounted for, but it starts and ends with Brees.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do u foresee the Bills trying to re-sign Wr J.Matthews and CB EJ Gaines? 2 players they traded for!

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: I expect Jordan Matthews to be high on their priority list. Gaines’ future in Buffalo I believe will hinge on his availability the rest of the way this season. I like Gaines personally and think he’s an effective cornerback when healthy. The issue is his week to week availability has not been there and Sean McDermott does place a priority on that.

I’m not saying I know that will hurt his chances of returning, but it could be a factor in how high a priority they place on returning Gaines to the fold for 2018 and beyond.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Any chance Milano starts this week since it appears speedier linebackers will be needed to stop the strong screen game?

J Christensen-Sharpe
@Snowbird_Killer

CB: I don’t expect Milano to start, but it’s clear to me that he has something to offer the defense in coverage assignments underneath. That is an area of the field that the Saints look to exploit.

I think Humber is underrated in coverage, but Milano has some pass coverage instincts you just can’t teach, which likely stem from his time as safety early in his college career.

Last week against the Jets, Milano was used in some subpackages on obvious passing downs. He also got 10 snaps, but I’d expect that to continue.


4 –
@ChrisBrownBills
Should the Bills only draft a QB if they think that person would be better than Peterman? Fans loved Peterman preseason so will be interesting to see reactions comparing him to this years class if Bills dont take a top prospect

Bryan Watson
@RealBryanWatson

CB: My personal opinion is you should draft a QB every year. Knowing Chiefs head coach Andy Reid subscribed to that approach when he was in Philadelphia, I believe it’s possible we could see a quarterback drafted next spring by Buffalo.

The fact that Peterman is on the roster doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight in preventing them from drafting another one as I see it. The bigger question is whether they believe that a QB prospect that they could draft is an upgrade in comparison to Peterman, and I suppose Tyrod Taylor as well.

For Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott it’s about upgrading the roster. If a player is an upgrade, at any position, it’s a viable possibility in the draft or through any other means the club can add a player.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who is going to leading the charge Sunday?

Stittlo
@stittlo

CB: It will be former Bills RB Antowain Smith.


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Saints LT Armstead, S Vaccaro don’t practice again

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2017 – 6:02 pm

The Saints starting left tackle and starting safety both sat out practice for a second straight day. 

Terron Armstead, who left last week’s game with a chest injury and did not return is not looking good for Sunday’s game against the Bills. 

S Kenny Vaccaro was also not able to practice for a second straight day due to a groin injury.   
Did Not Participate In Practice

 T Terron Armstead (chest)

S Kenny Vaccaro (groin)

Limited Participation in practice 

DE Alex Okafor (ankle)

WR Michael Thomas (ankle)

G Larry Warford (abdomen)

 


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Clay looking good for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2017 – 3:31 pm

The Bills were without Zay Jones and Cordy Glenn at practice again on Thursday putting their status in question for Sunday’s game against the Saints. But it appears that Charles Clay will make his return to the lineup this week after missing the last three games with a knee injury.

“Yeah he practiced (Thursday) and did some good things,” said head coach Sean McDermott of Clay. “The biggest thing is going to be first week back, how he transitions from (Wednesday) to (Thursday), which I thought was good and then into (Friday). Then going into the game.”

McDermott admits that after a layoff as long as Clay’s that they have to be realistic with his workload.

“We have to keep that in perspective for sure,” he said. “So we’ll just see going forward.”

Limited for a second straight day at practice was CB E.J. Gaines, who is trying to return from a hamstring injury.

“E.J. was out there and did some things,” said McDermott. “We’ll see how he looks going into the weekend.”

As for Glenn and Jones, more will be known when Friday status designations are issued.

“Zay is still day to day. He’s made progress,” McDermott said. “Cordy, same thing, still day to day.”

Here’s the full injury report.

 

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
G Richie Incognito – rest
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
WR Zay Jones – ankle

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
TE Charles Clay – knee
CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring

 


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Saints WR Michael Thomas doesn’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2017 – 4:49 pm

The New Orleans Saints leading receiver Michael Thomas did not practice on Wednesday.

Thomas is dealing with an ankle injury. New Orleans has also been nicked up on the offensive line this season. OT Terron Armstead is the latest casualty. He didn’t practice due to a chest injury and starting guard Larry Warford was limited.

Starting S Kenny Vaccaro also missed practice.

Did Not Practice
T Terron Armstead (chest)
S Kenny Vaccaro (groin)

Limited Practice
G Larry Warford (abdomen)
WR Michael Thomas (ankle)
DE Alex Okafor (ankle)


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Zay Jones injury listed as ankle

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2017 – 3:34 pm

Buffalo’s injury report on Wednesday played out just how head coach Sean McDermott said it would at his morning press conference.

OT Cordy Glenn and WR Zay Jones were the only non-participants. The only surprise was that Jones’ injury, which had initially been described as a knee injury is actually an ankle injury.

TE Charles Clay and CB E.J. Gaines were both limited as they try to return from knee and hamstring injuries respectively.

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
WR Zay Jones – ankle

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
TE Charles Clay – knee
CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 7, 2017 – 3:08 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 10 of the 2017 season is Mike Vastola, head coach of West Seneca West. On Saturday, Nov. 4, West Seneca West took on South Park at New Era Field for the Section VI Class A Championship. With both teams coming into the contest at a perfect 9-0 on the season, it was clear that it would be tough game. Senior quarterback Matt Myers led the way for West Seneca West on offense, completing 15 of 23 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another 70 yards and a score. Nursing a narrow 20-18 lead until late in the fourth quarter, West Seneca West senior defensive back Josh Karmazyn returned an interception 75 yards to the house to extend his team’s lead. Defeating South Park 27-24, West Seneca West has advanced to 10-0 and will take on Wilson Magnet of Rochester, New York in the Far West Regional on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 10 is Greg Mortier, head coach of the Wilson Magnet Wildcats. On Friday, Nov. 3, Wilson traveled to SUNY Brockport to face Irondequoit in the Section V Class A title game. Junior ball carrier Desi Floyd made quite an impact for the Wildcats on offense, producing 242 yards rushing for three touchdowns on just 18 touches. Despite the close score at the half, Wilson pulled away in the final quarter, scoring three touchdowns. Finishing the game 40-19 over Irondequoit, the Wildcats made history as they won the Section V title for the first time. With the victory, Wilson has advanced to 9-1 on the campaign and is scheduled to play West Seneca West on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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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Bills add RB Murphy to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2017 – 10:55 am

The Bills made a move on their practice squad Monday signing RB Marcus Murphy.

Murphy, 26, a former seventh-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2015, was most recently on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He’s also spent time on the Jets practice squad and with the Saints his first two NFL seasons.

The 5-8, 193-pound back has seen most of his time on special teams and has return experience.

To make room for him on the roster, the Bills released OL Will Pericak.


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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2017 – 3:47 am

Bills average yards per carry – 2.9
Jets average yards per carry – 4.7

Bills net yards rushing – 63
Jets net yards rushing – 194

Time of possession – Jets – 33:30, Bills 26:30

Number of drive starts inside their own 20-yard line
Jets – 1
Bills – 3

Number of drive starts from their own 25-yard line or in
Jets – 3
Bills – 10

Number of drive starts in the opponent’s territory
Jets – 3
Bills – 0

Number of sacks by LBs
Bills – 0
Jets – 4

Number of QB hits
Bills – 4
Jets – 11

Number of QB sacks
Bills – 1
Jets – 7

Tyrod Taylor’s completion percentage (72.5%) (29-40 passing)

Offensive plays of 20 yards or more in the game
Bills – 2
Jets – 6

Bills total number of possession – 13
Bills number of possessions that went three-and-out – 4
Number of Bills possessions that gained fewer than 10 net yards – 6


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Why a Jets trend aids Bills takeaway streak

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 5:40 pm

The Bills takeaway streak has been well documented. For those who don’t know, Buffalo has gone five straight games with at least two takeaways, matching their longest streak since 2011. And in each of their last four they’ve had at least three takeaways, the longest stretch since 2004-2005. Here’s a problem the Jets have, which should help the Bills in their effort to continue their takeaway trend.

New York is one of just three NFL clubs this season to have at least one turnover in every game they’ve played this season. The only other clubs are Cleveland and Cincinnati.

So while the Bills may not roll up four takeaways like they did last week in the 20-point win over Oakland, they stand a good chance of getting at least one or two tonight.


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Why 27 points tonight is important

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 4:25 pm

The Bills defense has done a good job of holding opponents down on the scoreboard, with the exception of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7. The Jets aren’t exactly a juggernaut on offense, but holding New York under 27 points tonight looks like a pretty important number with respect to the game history between these two division rivals.

Buffalo has won six of the last eight meetings with the Jets, and dating back to 2010, 27 points scored has been the difference for the Jets when facing the Bills.

Since 2010, when the Jets put up 27 points against the Bills they win. When they don’t, they lose, as seen by the
won-loss table below.

Jets, 2010-2017 – Record Breakdown vs. Bills
Scoring 27+ points:        8-0
Scoring fewer than 27:     0-7

When the Jets score fewer than 27, they’re winless against the Bills. When they score more than 27 they’re undefeated.


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McCoy named FedEx Ground POW for Wk 8

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 3:35 pm

Thanks to the voting of Bills fans, RB LeSean McCoy was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his Week 8 performance in Buffalo’s win over Oakland.

McCoy rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Bills 34-14 victory last Sunday. Here’s a look at some of his highlights from last week. Because of his win, $2,000 will be given to The USO in McCoy’s name.

 


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Zay Jones playing down first primetime game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 3:35 pm

For Zay Jones, tonight will be the first primetime game of his NFL career. But the rookie receiver, who makes it a point to stay grounded in the way he approaches his job, is trying to downplay the bright lights and exposure to a national audience tonight against the Jets.

“I won’t try to make it a bigger deal than what it is,” Jones said. “There will be more eyes, but I have the same job, just another game of football. It’ll be a fun time, but I’m not going to make more of it than it is.”

Coming off his most productive game on offense last week, Jones is just keeping an even keel with his emotions.

“I’m always building confidence each and every day,” Jones said. “I’ve got great timing with my quarterback and feel that groove in play, so my confidence is building and I’m working on that each and every day.”


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Benjamin will hopefully boost pass game production

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 2:14 pm

Buffalo’s pass game production this season has been sorely lacking. Part of it has been due to injury, with Jordan Matthews missing time with a thumb injury. Charles Clay will miss three games counting tonight’s matchup with the Jets. But the Bills are way behind the league average in terms of receptions and receiving yards. Hopefully new acquisition Kelvin Benjamin helps to boost those numbers in time. Here’s how much Buffalo’s pass game numbers have trailed league averages.

From their wide receivers specifically, the Bills have almost half the production of the league average in receptions and receiving yards.

Bills’ WRs, 2017 – Numbers Compared to NFL Averages

Buf        NFL Avg per Team

Receptions      45            83.7

Rec Yards       594           1073

Both Buffalo’s 45 receptions by receivers and 594 receiving yards by receivers are league lows. Jordan Matthews leads Bills receivers with 15 catches, tied for 136th in the league, 78th among wide receivers.

So far this season, Benjamin has double the number of receptions of Matthews with 32 catches so far this year and his 475 receiving yards is just over 100 yards behind the entire Bills receiving corps (594). The big wideout is expected to eventually move into Buffalo’s top receiving role.


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Jets DT McClendon: McCoy not a super hero

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 12:37 pm

The Jets were getting a little tired of hearing about LeSean McCoy this week in interviews with New York reporters. New York DT Steve McClendon felt they were pumping up the abilities of Buffalo’s feature back a bit too much. So he made sure everybody understood that the Jets don’t see him as some super human talent.

“He’s not a superhero,” McLendon told the Daily News this week of McCoy. “You don’t want to make it seem
like he can’t be stopped. He’s an amazing athlete. He can do some things with the football that you see done on the basketball court. I give him that. … (But) this is how I look at everybody. And like I said, no disrespect to anybody. They put on their pads just like I do. They put on their pants just like I do. They put on their helmet just like I do. They put on their jersey just like I do. It doesn’t make no difference to me.

“Every superhero gets knocked down some time. Ya’ll looking at him as a superhero. We’re looking at him just like an ordinary man that has to be stopped.”

 


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Family Justice Center of Erie County named One Buffalo Organization of the Game

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 1, 2017 – 6:14 pm

At Buffalo’s Week 8 matchup against the Oakland Raiders, the Bills recognized the Family Justice Center of Erie County as the One Buffalo Organization of the Game. In honor of the organization’s contributions and commitment to the community, Bills fullback Mike Tolbert proudly presented the group with a commemorative game ball. Additionally, the Family Justice Center of Erie County will receive a donation.

With input from the players, the Buffalo Bills will continue to celebrate a different local organization at each home game this season.

Congratulations!

 


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Bills sign TE Jason Croom to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 1, 2017 – 4:20 pm

The Bills made a roster move on their practice squad Saturday. 

Buffalo signed TE Jason Croom. The 6-4, 246-pound Tennessee product was originally signed by the Bills an undrafted rookie back in May. 

He was waived-injured by the team on Aug. 20th, but was eligible to re-sign with the team now that he’s healthy. 

To make room on the practice squad for Croom, the Bills released TE Ryan O’Malley, who was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 10th. 


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Jets RT doubtful, Wilkerson, Claiborne ques.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 1, 2017 – 4:18 pm

The Jets have two big question marks for Thursday night’s game on defense and it looks like they’ll be without their starting right tackle. 

Jets RT Brandon Shell had a setback with a neck injury and has not practiced the last two days. Ben Ijalana or Brent Qvale will start in his place. 

Meanwhile DE Muhammad Wilkerson and CB Morris Claiborne are both questionable even though neither were able to practice all week. 

CB Buster Skrine was removed from the Jets injury report Wednesday and is expected to return from a concussion suffered two weeks ago.     

Out

RB Lawrence Thomas (concussion)   

Doubtful

S Terrence Brooks (hamstring), T Brandon Shell (neck)    

Questionable

CB Morris Claiborne (foot), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder, foot)


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Clay, Gaines out; Humber, Poyer questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 1, 2017 – 11:41 am

The Bills final injury report is out for Thursday night’s game, and there aren’t any surprises.

TE Charles Clay and CB E.J. Gaines were both seen as unlikely to play against the Jets and have been officially declared out for the game.

LB Ramon Humber, now a month removed from thumb surgery is questionable along with S Jordan Poyer, who missed last week’s game due to a knee injury. Poyer told reporters Tuesday that he believes he’ll play Thursday night.

“I was able to finally get on the field and do everything that I wanted myself to be able to do in order to play on Thursday,” Poyer said. “Talking positive and I’m going to continue treatments in order to set myself up to play on Thursday. I’m excited about the opportunity that I’ll have to get out there and play on Thursday night.”

Richie Incognito will start on Thursday night at left guard. After practicing fully on Wednesday he was removed from the team’s injury report altogether.

Here’s the Bills full injury report.

OUT
TE Charles Clay – knee
CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring

QUESTIONABLE
LB Ramon Humber – thumb
S Jordan Poyer – knee


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