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Aaron: Right back in the flow

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Bills S Aaron Williams missed the entire spring practice schedule rehabbing from offseason surgery, but he’s been full go since training camp started and doesn’t feel like he’s missed a beat.

“Actually the first day my expectations were to just be out there and know my responsibilities,” Williams told Buffalobills.com. “But after being out there and running around out there on the field I felt like I haven’t lost a step, which is a good thing. So it feels good to be back and flying around with these guys and working hard.”

Williams said his mindset when he was sidelined and could not practice was singularly focused on the only football he could perform at that time.

“It got me well acclimated with the playbook,” said Williams of the spring time when he was sidelined. “I had so much time on my hands to the point where I should know everything and not make any mistakes. I think I had a bit of advantage with more rest time and it allowed me to study more.”


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Aaron on track for training camp

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2015 – 2:07 pm

Aaron Williams, who is coming off of offseason surgery, has not seen any action in the spring and that has carried through to the mandatory minicamp. According to Rex Ryan, Williams will be good to go come training camp at the end of July.

“Aaron should be ready to go,” said Ryan. “He’s sitting in there in the meetings, and it’s tough for some positions. Like Leodis (McKelvin) will come in and play corner like it’s nothing. But playing safety is a more challenging position mentally and the communication part of it and all that. With Aaron not being able to go we’ll see how it goes. He seems to be sharp and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field.”


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Report: Titans to land free agent S Searcy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2015 – 12:47 pm

It was not expected that the Bills would be able to keep free agent safety Da’Norris Searcy in the fold moving into 2015. Now as the window of free agency is poised to open there are reports as to just where the safety is headed.

According to the Tennessean, Searcy is going to sign with the Tennessee Titans at 4 pm when the market opens.

 

Bills GM Doug Whaley has stated since the NFL Combine last month that trying to re-sign Searcy was going to prove difficult. With Searcy looking for starter money and big money already being doled out to Devin McCourty in New England (5 yrs, $47.5M) and Buffalo heavily invested in Aaron Williams, paying big money for Searcy just wasn’t feasible.

Fortunately Buffalo has a lot of safety talent on the roster. Duke Williams, Baccari Rambo, Johnathan Meeks and Kenny Ladler are all young players who will vie for the starting job left vacant by Searcy.


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Winning record has value

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2014 – 9:10 pm

Even though the playoffs weren’t in the cards for the Bills, as the players saw it a winning record was the next best thing to accomplish. The fact that they did is something the players believe they can build on.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Fred Jackson. “To be able to say you had a winning record in a season is something that you’ll always be able to say. We got that accomplished. It’s bittersweet because it’s not what we shot for this year.  We obviously wanted to get into the playoffs. But at the end of the year, it’s something you can hang your hat on and say we’ve done something that hasn’t been done since 2004. We got a winning record and it’s something we can continue to build on.”

“It’s been awhile since we had a winning record. For us to come out here and get a win and end the season on a great note is a good feeling,” said Aaron Williams. “Moving in the right direction. I’ll be honest, I’ve been on this team for four years now and I’ve been 6-10 three years straight.  It shows that the guys in the front office are doing a great job of getting this team back into the playoffs.”


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Bills still determined to finish above .500

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 9:58 am

The Bills playoff hopes have been squashed with their loss at the hands of the Raiders Sunday. With one game to play in a stadium where they have never won, the players are determined to finish with a winning record at 9-7.

“Win,” said Nigel Bradham when asked where the team goes in the wake up an upset loss. “We’ve just got to win it and finish the season strong, 9-7. I mean you don’t want to be 8-8 so at least we can go out with a win on our shoulders and go into the offseason and have a lot of momentum coming in next year.”

“We get paid to do this so we better show up and act like it. That’s what I expect of us,” said Fred Jackson. “We don’t take weeks off because we have nothing to play for so to speak. We have everything to play for. We’re a bunch of prideful guys and we have an opportunity to go win a football game. That’s what guys are going to show up and do and they’ll show up and work just like we have every other week.”

“I know my teammates are going to play hard no matter what. I don’t want to have any guys think that just because we’re out of it that we’re not going to play hard,” said Aaron Williams. “I don’t like New England. I’m sure they don’t like New England. They don’t like us. I want to win. It’s still a positive season. I mean I’m pretty sure the predictions for this year were 4-12? Whatever it was it wasn’t a winning record so I want to go out with a bang with a winning record and get ready for next year.”


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Players feel sting of missed playoff opportunity

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:58 am

It’s as close as the team has been to the postseason in a decade, so for all of the players on Buffalo’s roster it was an opportunity in Week 16 that the Bills wanted to capitalize on. When Sunday’s outcome did not yield the result they needed, the sting of missing another postseason cut deep.

“You play for a chance to get in the postseason and we didn’t get that done,” said Fred Jackson. “There’s going to be a lot said about us as a team. Nobody is more disappointed than us in this locker room. We have a lot of fans that follow us and support us and they want it bad too. This still sucks anytime you get eliminated. Everybody in this locker room is let down and disappointed.”

“We’re trying to move this organization up the ladder and when we lose a game like this and we have a chance to get ourselves in better position for the playoffs it definitely hurts,” said Corbin Bryant.

“Your dreams get crushed. It’s a nightmare,” said C.J. Spiller. “No words to describe it. The playoff hopes are over.”

“There are really no words at this point for how disappointed I am just for myself and the way we played in general,” said Aaron Williams. “I feel like we just didn’t come out and play. We had the playoffs this year and we let it slip away.


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Disguising late key for Bills ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2014 – 5:07 pm

Every defense in the NFL employs disguises for their intended coverages pre-snap in the hopes of crossing up the opposing quarterback. Some QBs are easier to fool than others. Denver’s Peyton Manning is one of the tougher nuts to crack, but after seeing some previous opponents of the Broncos succeed, Buffalo may take a stab at it as well.

Bills S Aaron Williams was encouraged by the success the St. Louis Rams had in disguising their coverages late in the pre-snap process. It’s playing with fire a bit because you do want to be set for the play, but it worked for them. Could it work for the Bills?

“St. Louis did a great job of disguising and moving around,” said Williams. “I feel like that’s one of the things we’re getting better at. The last few weeks, Searcy and I, Duke, we’ve done a lot better job of communicating and to move around so a quarterback won’t know what we’re in right as we break the huddle. As long as we move around and have our disguise not kill us, as long as we get to the spot, we’ll be fine.”


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Unyts Blood Drive at RWS tomorrow

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 1, 2014 – 10:43 am

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Buffalo Bills Blood Drive
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11 am–8 pm

Ralph Wilson Stadium
One Bills Drive
Orchard Park, NY 14217

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11am – 8pm Ralph Wilson Stadium

The first 500 presenting donors will receive a “One Buffalo” t-shirt courtesy of the Buffalo Bills.
All donors who make an appointment and keep it will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Buffalo Bills vs. Green Bay game on Sunday, December 14, 2014. 100 people will win!
(Names will be picked every day and posted on Facebook, and Unyts will contact each winner by phone or email.)

To make an appointment at the stadium on December 2, CLICK HERE.


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Bills know this one is a biggie

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 11:08 am

There have not been a whole lot of critical games for the Bills in the second half of the season in recent years, but today’s matchup with the Chiefs is certainly one of them. And that fact is not lost on the men in Buffalo’s locker room.

With both teams at 5-3 on the season and an opportunity to have a head-to-head edge over another AFC playoff contender in a game on your home turf, the Bills know the magnitude of today’s game.

“This is a very important quarter for us,” said Aaron Williams. “Any AFC game is going to be very important. But like coach says every day it’s only one game at a time. We’re really focused on Kansas City and nothing else. With that being said we’re going to work each and every day to get our record better. We have to come out here and take care of our responsibilities and be very fundamentally sound.”

“With those guys, they have a good scheme, good players,” said Kyle Williams. “It’s going to be a big test for anybody, especially for us coming in here with a big AFC game. We take each week for what it’s worth and this week we have a big challenge.”

 


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Defending home field has to be better

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2014 – 1:45 pm

The Bills have talked a lot amongst themselves about defending their home field. In the first half of the season they were a pedestrian 2-2 at home and 1-2 against AFC clubs. With four home games left on the schedule, three of which are against AFC teams including Kansas City Sunday, Buffalo’s players and coaches know home field must become a bigger advantage in the second half of the season.

“We’ve played phenomenal clubs, but at the same time a home game has to be our advantage,” said Aaron Williams. “We’ve got to protect our house. We haven’t done a real good job of that lately, but I think this quarter with three of the four games here it’s very important for us to win at home. We win all the road games and that’s great, but home games are special for the fans and for our momentum down the road.”

“When you get yourself in a situation where you have the third quarter (of the season) starting and three of the four being home games with the first one being Kansas City at home being extremely important,” said head coach Doug Marrone.

When asked about being a home underdog again with the Chiefs favored on Sunday, Marrone said he was not surprised in light of their .500 record at home.

“It’s going to be that way until we prove we can go out there and win on a consistent basis and we haven’t,” he said. “I’m not upset with anyone.  Do you need it as motivation?  I think these guys go out there every day and they understand what we have to prove each day.”


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Kyle up; Aaron among Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2014 – 11:39 am

Here are the Bills inactives for today’s game against the Patriots, with Kyle Williams active for today’s game against Buffalo. Aaron Williams however, is not active for today’s game and is expected to be replaced by Corey Graham in the defensive lineup. Here are the rest of the players who will not play today for Buffalo.

INACTIVES
WR Marcus Easley
OT Cyrus Kouandjio
S Aaron Williams
WR Mike Williams
CB Ross Cockrell
RB Bryce Brown
LB Randell Johnson


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Ron Brooks cleared for practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2014 – 5:27 pm

Ron Brooks was not a full participant, but that fact that he was cleared to participate on a limited basis just three days removed from a scary neck injury on the field in Week 5 against the Lions that required a trip to the hospital and an overnight stay in Detroit, the Bills are relieved to see him on his feet.

“Everyone saw that,” said Marrone of the injury last Sunday. “It was  a tough situation for everybody who saw it—nerve wracking, we all have those feelings for all the players and everybody’s who’s watching the game. I think there was a great sigh of relief when they said he was able to be released. And then today he’s running around, that’s a great sign.”

Other players who were nicked up in last Sunday’s game were also limited participants in practice. Here’s a list of them below.

Fred Jackson – ankle
Da’Norris Searcy – knee
Brandon Spikes – ribs
Aaron Williams – wrist


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Aaron Williams’ BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 4, 2014 – 10:00 am

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For week #5, it’s Bills S Aaron Williams.  Check out the songs Aaron will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on the Lions.

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Bills run ‘D’ was dominant

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 10:00 pm

The Buffalo run defense was so dominant against the Houston Texans’ fifth-ranked run game Sunday that head coach Bill O’Brien scrapped it altogether. Through three quarters of the game the Texans had five carries for eight yards. It wasn’t until they were ahead on the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter that they chose to run the ball more in an effort to kill clock. Nevertheless the Bills run defense allowed just 1.5 yards per carry and a total of 37 yards on 24 carries in the game. As Aaron Williams saw it however, it wasn’t enough.

“Once you stop one part of their game it can only go one direction,” Williams said. “Unfortunately, Fitz just made a lot of great plays. When he scrambles, we had guys covered down the field. It’s when the QB scrambles for first downs that we have to do a better job of controlling things. It’s just little mistakes like not touching a guy down when he catches a ball, and he rolls over for a first down. It’s just little ones.  It never, it wasn’t any big plays. They made plays when it counted.”


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Aaron does more in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2014 – 4:09 pm

Aaron Williams, who was limited in practice Wednesday with a concussion, was also limited in practice Thursday, but did more according to head coach Doug Marrone.

“He did more than individual, so he’s practicing and working on some plays,” said Marrone of Williams. ‘Again, we won’t know that decision. We’ll go day by day and see how he feels.”

Williams left last week’s game in the second half.


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Concussion protocol the plan for Aaron

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2014 – 3:23 pm

Bills S Aaron Williams who left Sunday’s game late with concussion-like symptoms is going to be put through the league’s concussion protocol by the club.

That according to head coach Doug Marrone. For those who are unfamiliar with the concussion protocol it does not operate on a calendar like the NHL protocol. So there isn’t a timetable where for example, a player has to be symptom free for a week or some other time frame. Here are some details on how things work.

The initial treatment is rest, and the team doctors and athletic trainers begin monitoring to see when a player appears to have returned to baseline functioning. Do symptoms return when a player watches practice or when he watches film? Is there return of symptoms with physical activity?

Once symptoms have completely subsided, the player again performs more comprehensive neuropsychological tests interpreted by the team neuropsychologist. There are no pass-fail grades, only additional data for physicians to consider.

If the player is progressing, he would be become eligible for increased physical activity. The workouts would ramp up over a few days if no symptoms occur.

A player feeling normal one day after the game might pass cognitive testing Tuesday and begin a light exercise program, intensify their exercise routine Wednesday, participate in non-contact aspects of practice on Thursday and return to full practice Friday. But if a player has a history of concussions or isn’t progressing as quickly as planned, the process moves accordingly.

The medical team increases the exercise regimen to full speed as the player proves he can handle the escalation without incident. Some teams stage controlled contact drills featuring, for example, one lineman blocking another the way they would in an unpadded practice.

Once a team doctor signs off on a player’s return, the player is evaluated in person by an unaffiliated concussion expert physician approved by both the NFL and NFL Players Association. This unaffiliated expert also must sign off on the player’s health before he is allowed to return to play.


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Aaron, C.J. named as top breakout candidates

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 9:48 am

The Bills have a lot of young talent on their roster with starting experience. Two such players hold so much promise that they made a list of top breakout candidates for 2014.

On a Top 25 Breakout Players list for 2014 put together by Rant Sports, S Aaron Williams was listed 16th. RB C.J. Spiller meanwhile was ranked number one overall. Here is what was written about each of them.

16. Aaron Williams, SS, Buffalo Bills
A disappointment in his first two NFL seasons, Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams came on strong in 2013. Williams’ game still needs some refinement, but he showed he has the talent to succeed and should be ready to improve even more in 2014.

1. C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
Once upon a time, C.J. Spiller was viewed as perhaps the most dangerous playmaker in the entire NFL. However, after some major consistency and injury problems, Spiller’s reputation has fallen off a bit. That said, Spiller still has the talent to become one of the best running backs in the NFL, and I think 2014 is the year Spiller will put it all together.

 


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Starting secondary hoping to reunite soon

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2014 – 10:21 am

The Bills are taking a conservative approach with starting CB Leodis McKelvin in his return from offseason hip surgery. He has yet to play in the preseason as he was inactive again against the Steelers Saturday. Though he is being slowly worked back into the practice setting his time with his fellow starters in the secondary has been limited. Stephon Gilmore only began to see more action in practice and preseason this past week. Even though there’s just three weeks before the season opener at Chicago the starters in Buffalo’s secondary aren’t concerned about their limited time together.

“We want those guys to come in when they’re ready,” said S Aaron Williams. “We never want a guy to rush just because one person feels like the whole group needs to be together. I want the whole group to be together when everybody is 100 percent and ready for the season. We’re not going to rush Leo (McKelvin), (Stephon) Gilmore or whoever else is hurt to come back at a fast pace. That’s just going to cause problems later down the road. Whenever they’re ready to come back and feel 100 percent because they know their bodies more than we do then the excitement will come.”

What has kept the secondary from being concerned about fewer reps than usual on the practice field together is the time they’ve spent on the field over the past two seasons.

“Yeah it’s definitely an advantage when you have a few years under your belt together,” said Williams. “You know the chemistry of each other and you know how each person thinks and plays. Leo has a different playing style than Stephon. The fact that Da’Norris and I know that makes the calls a lot faster and a lot easier.”

A beneficial byproduct of McKelvin’s absence has been the opportunity for the rest of the secondary to get used to lining up and playing with veteran free agent signee Corey Graham.

“I’m with Corey every day and I talk to him and try to pick out how he plays. Every meeting we sit next to each other and have conversations about what’s going on and how he thinks and how I play things,” said Williams. “That communication has really helped both of us out especially with our chemistry knowing we have to get ready for the season. Corey has been with us a few months now and I’m starting to learn more and more about him.”


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Bills seeking out tips from Steelers vets

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2014 – 2:34 pm

There are some pretty big names on Pittsburgh’s roster. Players who have been very successful for a long time on both a personal level and as a team with many of them the owners of a pair of Super Bowl rings. So for a young up and comer like Aaron Williams talking to a player the stature of Troy Polamalu is pretty valuable.

“Absolutely anytime you have guys like Troy Polamalu out there, just to see how he looks at the game differently,” said Williams. “Everybody looks at the game differently and you try to be around someone like that who has been successful in this league. That’s kind of a lesson for me where I can ask questions and get what he thinks of the game and how he’s become the player that he is.”

EJ Manuel has said he plans to do the same with Ben Roethlisberger and there are a handful of others.


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Bills ‘D’ aims to add attitude to production

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2014 – 9:54 am

Buffalo’s defense was a top 10 ranked unit and was top five in interceptions and second in sacks. Now Bills defenders are looking to add a bit of attitude to all that production this season.

“It’s just one of the things we’re trying to do to get better,” said Aaron Williams. “We don’t want to take crap from anybody. When somebody jumps in your face we’re not going to let it go.  We’re trying to be a different defense, more attitude, and just trying to  have the attitude that we’re going to win.”

Williams feels adding attitude to the unit has only been enhanced by the presence of Brandon Spikes and Corey Graham.

“That’s what they bring to the defense.  They’ve been on great defenses where the attitude is they are the best defense, and that’s what they bring to the team, that’s what we want them to contribute to the team,” Williams said. “We’re glad we added them to the team.  Not only do they bring their skill set, they bring their experience and their attitude, that’s one of the positives that we have.”


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