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EJ: Sense of urgency must improve

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2014 – 5:07 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel was disappointed with the team’s collective lack of urgency late in last week’s game. The quarterback says it must be improved or they might find themselves in a similar situation in future weeks.

“Our sense of urgency has to pick up, especially in the whole fourth quarter,” said Manuel. “I don’t think any of us were satisfied with it as a team or as an offense. I don’t think our urgency was where it needs to be. Understanding that we’re still down two scores before the safety.   Obviously, I can’t do that. I have to have my awareness at 100-percent, you can’t step back into the end zone and try to throw the ball away.  Those are the things I try to learn from. The biggest thing was just that sense of urgency—getting guys on the ball, whether we’re doing a vertical route –bringing them back and getting another play called right away.”

Looking ahead to this Sunday, Manuel hopes an increased sense of urgency can help them get back on the winning track.

“I think it’s extremely important to go out there and win,” he said. “As a team, we started having the confidence that going into each game we have the opportunity to win.  We definitely feel like we’re a winning type win and we have the talent to win.  I think that’s all it is, just go out here and focus on Houston first.”


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Texans injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2014 – 4:59 pm

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Here’s the Texans’ injury report from Wednesday in advance of their Sunday game when they host the Bills. Top draft choice Jadevenon Clowney is not expected to play.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Jadeveon Clowney OLB Knee DNP
Shiloh Keo S Calf DNP
Shane Lechler P Hip DNP
Eddie Pleasant S Ankle DNP
Arian Foster RB Hamstring LP
Kareem Jackson CB Thigh LP
Andre Johnson WR Ankle LP
Ben Jones G Knee LP
Johnathan Joseph CB Foot/Neck LP
D.J. Swearinger S Elbow LP
Jared Crick DE Neck FP
Tim Jamison DE Groin FP

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Mario not worried about Houston reception

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2014 – 4:47 pm

He played the first half of his career in Houston and was the Texans number one pick in 2005. Mario Williams is now returning to Houston for the second time as a Bills player. His first was in 2012. But if you ask him how he thinks he’ll be received by the Texans’ fans it’s not something he’s concerned about.

“I don’t know. I don’t really care,” said Williams. “I don’t understand why that’s even a topic of discussion. I’m playing football man. At the end of the day the guy on the other side of the ball on Sunday is what I’m worried about. I’m not worried about it. No.”

In his first meeting against the Texans, Williams had seven tackles including a sack.


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Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2014 – 3:19 pm

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Here’s the Bills’ Wednesday injury report in advance of their game Sunday at Houston.

Did not practice
Marcus Easley – knee
Randell Johnson – knee
Chris Williams – back

Limited in practice
Keith Rivers – groin
Da’Norris Searcy – ankle
Marquise Goodwin – illness

Full practice
Sammy Watkins – ribs
EJ Manuel – abdominal
Robert Woods – ankle


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Fans tour the Ralph with Sammy

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 24, 2014 – 10:50 am

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On Tuesday, September 23rd Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins gave a tour of the recently renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium for seven lucky winners of Northtown Auto’s “Elevate your game with Sammy Watkins” contest and their guests.

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The group visited areas including the stadium field, press box, locker room and weight room. After the tour the group had dinner with Sammy at One Bills Drive.

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Fans were able to enter via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. On Facebook Fans had to fill out an entry form. To enter on Twitter fans had to tag @NorthtownAuto & @SammyWatkins in a tweet with the hashtag #nthDegree, and in that same tweet tell Northtown how a tour with Sammy would elevate their game to the nth degree. On Instagram fans had to follow @NorthtownAuto & @SammyWatkins, post a creative photo showing how they’re a Bills fan to the nth degree, and tag @NorthtownAuto & @SammyWatkins that photo with the hashtag #nthDegree

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For more photos of the tour, check out the photo gallery.


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Texans may need sub at punter

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2014 – 9:02 am

With veteran Houston punter Shane Lechler dealing with a hip flexor injury suffered last week against the Giants, the Texans have made a proactive move in the event that he can punt this weekend against the Bills.

Houston signed kicker/punter Chris Boswell to their practice squad. He had been with the team in the preseason, initially as competition for K Randy Bullock, but he performed better as a punter.

The Texans tried out four other established NFL punters in Zoltan Mesko, Matt McBriar, Kasey Redfern and former Bills punter Brian Moorman, but signed Boswell.


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High Praise for Kyle Williams-JMS Podcast

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 23, 2014 – 7:07 pm

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A podcast edition of The John Murphy Show on Tuesday. We started with the news of the day from around the league. We also heard from safety Aaron Williams, running back C.J. Spiller, and head coach Doug Marrone.

 

Sam Monson, the Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus joined us to discuss his recent breakdown of this past Sunday’s game against the Chargers. He discussed the ratings that were given for players during the game, how they are concluded, and what that means for a players position. He specifically touched on the high grade for defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

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“Games like this when he’s really at his best, he is as good as anybody. He was an absolute force against the run and the pass. He was making a total nuisance of himself controlling those interior San Diego guys, driving into gaps and generally disrupting what they wanted to do.”

 

Monson had praise for the players in the defensive backfield as well, especially for safety Aaron Williams and cornerback Corey Graham.

 

To listen to more from Monson and the rest of the Tuesday John Murphy Show podcast, click below.

 


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Kyle earns some recognition

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2014 – 3:39 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams was recognized for his efforts in Sunday’s game against the Chargers despite the loss by Pro Football Focus. His performance on the defensive interior kept San Diego’s run game success to a minimum.

Here was PFF’s assessment of his game in Week 3 as he was one of their highest rated defensive tackles from Week 3 action.

Defensive Interior – Ends: Kyle Williams, BUF (+7.8) and Jason Hatcher, WAS (+5.1)
When he plays as good as this there are very few defensive linemen in the league who can match Kyle Williams. Five total pressures, stout against the run, a nightmare for interior offensive linemen everywhere. Joining him this week is new Washington defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, who continued his strong start to the season as a pass rusher with five total pressures.

 


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Chandler: Big picture must be the focus

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2014 – 10:27 am

Bills TE Scott Chandler is not alone in his approach following Buffalo’s loss last Sunday to San Diego. He, like a lot of his teammates, are looking at the big picture rather than dwelling on their most recent game result.

“I think you have to take a step back and look at the sum of the season so far,” said Chandler. “We’re 2-1. We’re still in first place of our division. Obviously, we’d like to play better than we did (Sunday), on offense especially. We moved the ball all right, but we just had some bad penalties at bad times. We have to execute on those critical third downs and in the red zone.”

After six chances in the red zone in Week 2, Buffalo had just one opportunity in Week 3.


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Bills rank in top 5 in run efficiency

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2014 – 9:38 am

Every Bills fan knows how prolific Buffalo’s run game has been with the combo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller over the last few seasons. The problem in past years was Buffalo’s run defense almost made it a wash each week. This year however, when it comes to Run Efficiency Ratio the Bills rank in the top five in the league.

Run Efficiency Ratio compares the number of rushing yards a team generates for each rushing yard against to give an indication to how well a team’s offense does at generating rushing yards compared to how that team’s defense prevents rushing yards by their opponent. After three weeks of the NFL season SportingCharts.com has the updated rankings for Run Efficiency Ratio and the Bills rank fourth.

The Bills generate 1.57 yards on offense rushing for every rushing yard their defense gives up. It’s a strong indication as to how much Buffalo’s run defense has improved this season under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

The only teams with better Run Efficiency Ratios so far this season are the Jets (2.86), the Redskins (2.09) and the Seahawks (2.05).

Over the last few seasons the Bills have improved in this category from 23rd (2011) to 16th (2012) to 14th (2013).


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Penalties magnified with no turnovers

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2014 – 2:45 pm

A team that has a high number of penalties in a game can sometimes get away with it if they win the turnover battle. On Sunday in what was a turnover free game between Buffalo and San Diego, the Bills’ 11 penalties were magnified.

The most costly infraction were the two defensive penalties in the red zone that gave the Chargers a fresh set of downs in first-and-goal situations. Defensive penalties gave San Diego five first downs in the game. Meanwhile on offense two of their longest plays from scrimmage were wiped out by penalty. C.J. Spiller’s 29-yard run and Robert Woods 21-yard catch were also taken away by penalties.

“Against a good team like that, a playoff team, a team that’s very experienced, you can’t have many mistakes, especially the penalties,” Spiller said. “You need every yard you can get. Just because of the way the game was going. Obviously, we see that they were trying to milk the clock and keep our offense off the field. Every chance we got we should have taken advantage of it because we didn’t get too many.  At the end of the day it is what it is.  We’ll correct those mistakes.  The only thing we can do is get better.”

After facing a team that made the playoffs last year Spiller believes the players on his team see the difference.

“We’re not where we want to be,” he said. “Penalties really killed us, that’s no excuse. Now we see where we need to be at to be a playoff contender.  I don’t think they made too many mistakes yesterday and that’s what playoff teams do.  You have to minimize those mistakes and the penalties.  We have to do that to take that leap.  But I think we’ll be fine.  There’s a lot of football left to be played.  It’s just one loss.  Obviously, it’s disappointing.  The only thing we can do is regroup and get ready for the Texans.”


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Watkins: We’ve got to respond better

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2014 – 2:04 pm

On Sunday the Bills were behind on the scoreboard for more than 54 minutes of the game as they found it tough to reduce the deficit to less than 10. Rookie WR Sammy Watkins felt going from all the success they had against Miami to considerably less against San Diego proved difficult to handle as the game went along.

“We had so much success against Miami and everything was going our way and to come to the Chargers where nothing was going our way, we didn’t know how to react to certain situations,” Watkins said. “That’s what we have to get better at as a team, from the coaches to the players.”


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Kyle: Pour disappointment into preparation

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2014 – 8:59 am

To a man the Bills were obviously not happy with their performance Sunday in the loss to the Chargers. Defensive co-captain Kyle Williams isn’t worried about how the team will handle the loss. He believes they’ll use their disappointment as fuel as they prepare for Houston this coming weekend.

“It shows that we still have a long way to go,” said Kyle Williams of Sunday’s outcome. “We got a lot to work on. Also, I don’t think one game is going to define us. I don’t think the makeup of the guys in here are guys that are going to fold with a little bit of adversity after one game. We take the disappointment. Pour it into our preparation for next week.”


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Woods: Penalties cost us big

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 6:26 pm

There were a number of instances where a positive play by the Bills on offense was wiped out by a penalty. On defense there were situations where a penalty handed the Chargers a fresh set of downs. At day’s end the 11 penalties for 101 yards proved to be a killer when it came to possessing the ball or getting it back.

“It’s a big impact,” said Robert Woods. “It slows us down, it slows down the tempo. It’s energy and then it’s a drop, it’s a downer. We just have to eliminate them and it puts us in a bad situation on third down and it cost us the game.”

Bills DT Kyle Williams felt their miscues only extended the opportunities for the Chargers.

“I think we contributed a good bit,” he said. “From some assignment issues, some different things and then with penalties, we contributed.  I’m not taking anything away from them.  They beat us.  They played better than we did, but we didn’t help ourselves.”

Buffalo’s defense gave the Chargers offense five first downs via penalty.


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Rub plays were big in Chargers pass game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 6:20 pm

It began with a ‘pick play’ on Nickell Robey, who lost Malcom Floyd after his pursuit was re-routed by an intersecting receiver. Floyd was wide open and went 49 yards and into Buffalo territory before he was brought down. It was the first, but certainly not the last time the Chargers resorted to the ‘rub play’ to get one of their receivers some separation from his defender.

“We didn’t make the plays when they came our way,” said Corey Graham. “They pretty much ran a lot of pick routes, a lot of speed outs, a lot of crossers and we sat back and gave it to them. We weren’t aggressive enough. We didn’t make enough plays.”

When asked specifically what was a thorn in the pass defense’s side, Graham laid it out.

“Pick plays,” he said. “They put receivers in the slot and they would run a little rub routes –the number two receiver and the number one receiver.  They had that big play early on with that.  They ran a couple of them.  That was the big thing—we didn’t adjust well to what they were doing and if you don’t adjust you’ll lose games.”


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Lawson: Big plays hurt

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 6:17 pm

The Bills through the first two weeks of the season had given up just one pass play of 20 yards or more. On Sunday against the Chargers they gave up six, including a pair of 49-yard catches to Malcom Floyd. It made scoring drives that much easier for San Diego in their 12-point victory.

“We allowed too many big plays,” said Manny Lawson. “We can’t have that to be a great team and to get to where we want to go.  We have to learn from our mistakes and limit the big play aspect.”

And even though Buffalo’s defense stiffened in the fourth quarter, Lawson felt it was too little, too late.

“We’ve got to start earlier,” he said. “We can’t wait until the fourth quarter to play defense.  We have to play defense as soon as the whistle is blown, as soon as the ball is kicked, as soon as we step onm the field.”


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Bills honor Hispanic Heritage Award winner

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 21, 2014 – 12:15 pm

The Buffalo Bills honored Dr. Tamara Alsace as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award during today’s pregame festivities.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the fourth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2014 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The award recognizes Alsace’s contributions in the Western New York region.

Dr. Alsace is a native Buffalonian and the proud daughter of Dominican parents. As the descendant of grandparents born in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Martinique – who all connected in Santo Domingo, she is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the aspects of Hispanic culture, as well as recognizing it’s unique qualities. Dr. Alsace is a bilingual educator who has devoted her career to ensuring equitable educational opportunities for emergent bilingual learners from around the world. She is currently the Director of Multilingual Education for the Buffalo Public Schools, serves on the boards of several local and statewide not-for-profits, and is Secretary of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Inc.

Each award recipient was granted $2,000 to donate to an organization that serves the local Hispanic community, and Alsace chose the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.

The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during weeks 3 and 4 of the season. A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL’s celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.


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Chargers inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 11:46 am

Here are the inactives for the Chargers for today’s game against the Bills.

WR Dontrelle Allen
CB Chris Davis
CB Steve Williams
RB Ryan Mathews
OLB Melvin Ingram (short term I-R)
DT Ricardo Mathews
DT Ryan Carrethers


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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 11:39 am

Here are the Bills inactives for today’s game against the Chargers.

Ross Cockrell
Bryce Brown
Keith Rivers
Randell Johnson
Cyril Richardson
Cyrus Kouandjio
Chris Gragg


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Inactives & lineup changes: Bills-Chargers

Posted by Dallas Miller on September 21, 2014 – 11:39 am

Below is a list of flip card changes for today’s game:

INACTIVES

Buffalo Bills
29 Ross Cockrell
35 Bryce Brown
56 Keith Rivers
58 Randell Johnson
68 Cyril Richardson
71 Cyrus Kouandjio
89 Chris Gragg

San Diego Chargers
15 Dontrelle Inman
20 Chris Davis
23 Steve Williams
24 Ryan Mathews
90 Ricardo Mathews
92 Ryan Carrethers
54 Melvin Ingram

Lineup changes for the Bills:

No. 52 Preston Brown will start at weakside-linebacker

Lineup changes for the Chargers:
No. 93 Dwight Freeney will start at outside linebacker (for Melvin Ingram)
No. 39 Danny Woodhead will start at running back (for Ryan Mathews)

Projected starting line-ups:
BILLS OFFENSE:
  WR 10 Robert Woods, LT 77 Cordy Glenn, LG 74 Chris Williams, 70 C Eric Wood, RG 79 Erik Pears, 66 RT Seantrel Henderson, TE 84 Scott Chandler, QB 3 EJ Manuel, RB 28 CJ Spiller, FB 38 Frank Summers, WR 14 Sammy Watkins

BILLS DEFENSE: LDE 94 Mario Williams, DT 95 Kyle Williams, DT 99 Marcell Dareus, RDE 55 Jerry Hughes, WLB 52 Preston Brown, MLB 51 Brandon Spikes, SLB 53 Nigel Bradham, LCB 21 Leodis McKelvin, S 25 Da’Norris Searcy, S 23 Aaron Williams, RCB 24 Stephon Gilmore

CHARGERS OFFENSE: WR 13 Keenan Allen, LT 77 King Dunlap, LG 78 Chad Rinehart, C 74 Rich Ohrnberger, RG 63 Johnnie Troutman, RT 76 DJ Fluker, TE 85 Antonio Gates, WR 89 Ladarius Green, WR 80 Malcom Floyd, QB 17 Philip Rivers, RB 39 Danny Woodhead

CHARGERS DEFENSE: LE 91 Kendell Reyes, DT 98 Sean Lissemore, RE 94 Corey Liuget, OLB 93 Dwight Freeney, ILB 50 Manti Te’o, ILB 56 Donald Butler, OLB 96 Jarret Johnson, LCB 26 Brandon Flowers, RCB 29 Shareece Wright, SS 38 Marcus Gilchrist, FS 32 Eric Weddle


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