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Players give thumbs up for Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2014 – 1:19 pm

There is no debating that it was a tumultuous season for the Bills with the extended training camp, preseason, quarterback change, running back injuries and a relocated home game. Finishing with a winning record in spite of those hurdles has Buffalo’s players giving a thumbs up for the job done by head coach Doug Marrone and his staff.

“He’s done a tremendous job with us,” said Fred Jackson. “We faced a lot of adversity that you’re not accustomed to facing in a season with the snow storm, having to relocate for a home game, the changing in owners. A lot of stuff you wouldn’t normally deal with throughout a season and he still kept us in it. We finished with the best record I’ve had since I’ve been here in my nine seasons. I think a lot of that credit needs to go to him and I think it’s well deserved if he does get a lot of it.”

“He’s an outgoing coach,” said Brandon Spikes. “He’s passionate and emotional and a lot of guys feed off of that especially going into the game. He’s kind of laid back through the practice week and lets the coordinators do most of the work. Then he just sits back and critiques everything. Come game day you can see that he’s an emotional coach. He’s emotional and passionate about the game and that’s all it takes in my eyes. He connects with the players and guys love him and play for him.”


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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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Jackson: They beat us physically

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2014 – 9:51 pm

The Bills were handed a crushing loss in Oakland Sunday ending their playoff hopes. As veteran RB Fred Jackson saw it, the game was more about what the Raiders did to the Bills physically than anything else.

“In the NFL every team is capable of beating every team and they came out and they beat us today,” said Jackson. “We’ve got to give them credit. You can’t say that it was us, it wasn’t us. We just didn’t get the job done. They made plays, they beat us up physically and we didn’t respond. And anytime you get beat physically it’s hard to win a game.”


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Aggressive play the aim for offense

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 9:03 am

Robert Woods talked about it after the loss to Denver last week, more aggressive play right from the jump for Buffalo’s offense. Heading into Sunday’s game with Green Bay, he and his offensive teammates are hoping it happens.

“Attitude and just going after the defense,” said Woods when asked what he means by being more aggressive. “What we see and what they give us and what we feel like we can take in certain routes, certain runs, certain plays and just always attacking and keeping them on their heels. Just keep moving forward.”

Fred Jackson believes there will be opportunities in the air and on the ground against a Packer defense that surrenders points.

“Running the ball we feel like we can run the ball and we have to be able to run the ball and we feel like we can do it against them,” he said. “It’s about being aggressive and going after them. I think that’s what he wants to do. We all want to go after them, get some long scoring plays, get the crowd into the game and being loud for us and if we do that it gives us the best chance to win.”

And winning is a must because a loss essentially ends the Bills attempt to stay in playoff contention.

“It’s do or die,” said Woods. “We have to win so no reason to hold back.”

 


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Bills now have 3 with 50 catches

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2014 – 1:14 pm

With Fred Jackson and Sammy Watkins both busy in yesterday’s loss to the Broncos, the Bills now have three players with at least 50 receptions this season. It’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by too many Bills teams.

Jackson (53 rec.) and Watkins (58 rec.) joined Robert Woods (52 rec.) to give Buffalo three players that have not eclipsed the 50-catch mark this season. It is just the seventh time in team history in which at least three players have 50-plus receptions.

Below is the list of previous seasons in which the Bills had three players with at least 50 catches apiece.

Year Players
1987 Andre Reed (57), Chris Burkett (56), Ronnie Harmon (56)
1991 Andre Reed (81), Thurman Thomas (62), James Lofton (57)
1992 Andre Reed (65), Thurman Thomas (58), James Lofton (51)
1993 Pete Metzelaars (68), Bill Brooks (60), Andre Reed (52)
2001 Larry Centers (77), Eric Moulds (61), Peerless Price (52)
2003 Eric Moulds (64), Josh Reed (58), Bobby Shaw (56)
2014 Sammy Watkins (58), Fred Jackson (53), Robert Woods (52)


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Players not sure what they’ll get from fans

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 11:10 am

It’s by all accounts a neutral site game. About 67-thousand tickets were distributed for free by the Lions ticket office for the Bills-Jets Monday night game. But the players aren’t sure what to expect when it comes to the atmosphere inside Ford Field Monday night.

“I absolutely don’t have a clue,” said Marcell Dareus. “I don’t know what’s going on. I just know we’ll be out on the field and we’re going to go out there and try to get a win. I hope Detroit comes out and some supporters I don’t know who they’re going to be rooting for, but as long as we get somebody to come out because I like to give people a show.”

“I have no idea to tell you the truth,” said Fred Jackson. “It’s going to be an experience that we’ll take in stride. I’m sure there will be a lot of football fans there. Maybe not necessarily fans of both of the teams playing, but teams that are there or fans that are there to watch some football. It’ll be interesting to see and I’m excited to see what happens.”


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Marrone plans on having Jackson Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2014 – 9:48 pm

He’s listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Jets, but RB Fred Jackson is fully expected to dress and play for the first time since Week 10.

Head coach Doug Marrone gave strong indication that Jackson will suit up and play Monday night.

“I know we listed him as questionable, but I think it’s more because of the type of injury that it is and that something could happen,” said Marrone of Jackson’s status. “We’ll plan on him to be ready to go. We just take the injury and that’s how we have to list it to protect ourselves. That’s truthful, it’s 50-50 if he falls down and gets hurt.”

Jackson after a second straight day of practice is feeling good about being ready.

“I felt good,” said Jackson. “It’s a process that we’ll continue to take one step at a time. We’ve still got one more day to get prepared, but I feel good and we’ll see what happens.”

 


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Jackson questionable for Monday night

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2014 – 4:09 pm

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In this out of sorts week the Bills and Jets had to send in the injury report of their status for players for Monday night’s game at Ford Field today at 4 pm (Saturday). RB Fred Jackson headlines the list with a designation of questionable.

Jackson, who was inactive for the team’s Thursday night game against the Dolphins, was encouraged about how his recovering groin felt following practice on Friday evening.

“We’ll see how it goes. It felt good to get out there,” said Jackson Friday night. “I don’t feel like there were any setbacks. Hopefully I can continue to progress well and play well on Monday.”

The Bills are set to hit the practice field here on Saturday in less than an hour.

CB Ron Brooks, who was inactive against the Dolphins, was also listed as questionable. DE Jarius Wynn remains out with a knee injury. Everyone else is probable.

Jarius Wynn
DE
Knee
DNP
OUT
Ron Brooks
CB
Groin
LP
QUESTIONABLE
Fred Jackson
RB
Groin
LP
QUESTIONABLE
Dan Carpenter
K
Right Groin
LP
PROBABLE
Manny Lawson
DE
Ankle
LP
PROBABLE
Kyle Orton
QB
Toe
LP
PROBABLE
Kraig Urbik
G
Shoulder
LP
PROBABLE
Chris Hogan
WR
Hip
FP
PROBABLE
Marquise Goodwin
WR
Ankle
FP
PROBABLE
Frank Summers
FB
Neck
FP
PROBABLE
Sammy Watkins
WR
Groin
FP
PROBABLE

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Jackson: rest may have been best

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2014 – 12:15 am

Bills RB Fred Jackson missed the Dolphins game after he aggravated his groin injury in the Tuesday practice prior to the Thursday night game. The benefit was he would get two full weeks to recover before he would play in a game again. Not even practicing on Wednesday and Thursday may have only helped all the more.

While Jackson wasn’t happy to be away from the training staff to continue his rehab regimen, he admits the rest was beneficial.

“It’s just one of those things where nobody was able to get in,” said Jackson in reference to the snowy weather in and around the Bills’ Orchard Park training facility. “But I stayed in contact with them and asked them what they wanted me to do and for the most part it was giving it rest, put my feet up. Try to get ready and prepared to come out and practice. Other than that there wasn’t too much that I could do. I didn’t have the equipment that I needed. I felt good today (at practice) and hopefully it’ll continue to progress.”

Jackson elaborated saying he didn’t have any setbacks on the practice field Friday.

“Obviously you want to rest it, and with these two days off I was able to do that. But you want to be in the room with the trainers and go through some treatments and rehab and things like that and not being able to do that is something that could be a setback, but taking advantage of not doing anything is something that could help too. It felt good getting out there today. Hopefully I can continue to progress well and play well on Monday.”

 


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Bills far from playing out the string

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2014 – 12:40 pm

Bills fans might be down in the dumps about Buffalo’s playoff chances with the team sitting at 5-5 and without may tiebreaker advantages in the AFC, but the players are far from a ‘playing-out-the-string’ approach when it comes to the last month and a half of the regular season. Their plan is to fight tooth and nail the rest of the way.

“We’ve still got six games left. We’re not going to come in here and just cash it in,” said Fred Jackson. “That’s what we can’t do. That’s what the guys in this locker room will not allow ourselves to do. Just to cash it in and prepare for next season. We’ve still got six games. Granted we’ve got some tough opponents in those six games, but we’re not going to show up in here and cash this season in and say that’s it’s over with now. We’ve lost to two good teams. We lost to Kansas City and now we’re 5-5. We’ve got to start over and re-boot and turn this thing around.”


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Jackson: I’m planning to play Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2014 – 9:25 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said last week that if their Week 11 game was on Sunday instead of Thursday night, he felt Fred Jackson would’ve been able to play in the game. on Thursday night however, he was scratched after tweaking his injured groin in practice Tuesday. Now Jackson fully anticipates being ready to go this coming Sunday against the Jets.

In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Jackson said he’s planning on being ready by the end of the week.

“Yeah. We’ll work myself into the process of getting back out there,” said Jackson. “I know with our training staff and doctors they’ll take every precaution we need to, but like coach Marrone said, if the game was yesterday there’s probably a pretty good chance that I would’ve played. So I’m planning on playing this Sunday and it’s just on me to go out there and take this week slowly and get back out there.”

Jackson said his groin injury is feeling better, but it’s still going to be a slow and steady process in his return to the practice field this week. The veteran running back also said the plan was to play in both the Chiefs and Dolphins games despite the quick turnaround of five days between them.

“The plan was to play both games, but on Tuesday at practice I had a little setback that wasn’t anticipated. Out at practice running around making a play and kind of tweaked it and it was setback that wasn’t foreseen.”

 


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Marrone: Fred could’ve played if game was Sun.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2014 – 2:39 pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson was inactive last night against the Dolphins after he tweaked his groin not only in the game the previous Sunday against the Chiefs, but in practice on Tuesday as well. However, on Friday morning head coach Doug Marrone indicated that if Buffalo’s game was Sunday instead of Thursday night he’d have been able to give it a go.

“I think if we would’ve played on a Sunday we would’ve had Fred back,” said Marrone.

Jackson said he’s hopeful that the extra rest this weekend in advance of the week leading up to the Nov. 23rd game against the Jets will put him in position to be healthy enough to play.

 


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Jackson tweaked groin at practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2014 – 1:14 am

In addition to tweaking his groin in the Kansas City game Sunday, which limited his snap count in that contest, Jackson said after Buffalo’s latest loss to Miami that he also aggravated it in practice the following Tuesday.

“I tweaked the groin in practice again on Tuesday, so it was better for me not to go tonight,” Jackson said.

Jackson naturally didn’t enjoy missing out on playing Thursday night.

“It’s tough,” he said. “You never want to be on the sideline especially when you see the offensive struggles like we had today. I have to do everything I can to get back out there and help my teammates and do everything I can to get us out of this funk that we’re in.”

Jackson is hoping the extra time will be enough to get his body back right

“Hopefully,” he said. “It’ll be good to get 10 days off from our next game. It can only help so I’m going to do everything I can to get back out there as soon as I can.”


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Why dressing Fred was too big a risk

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 7:57 pm

We’re all familiar with Bills RB Fred Jackson will to play no matter what nagging injury he might be dealing with. But after aggravating his groin injury in last Sunday’s game against Kansas City it was simply too big a risk for Doug Marrone to dress Jackson for tonight’s game against the Dolphins. Here’s why.

First and foremost Jackson is not 100 percent healthy and on a short week being a limited participant in practice sessions that are far from game speed, judging how long a limited player would last in a live game on short rest is just too big a risk to take for the team and the player.

“I think it all depends on what’s in front of them and what their ability is in the game plan and if they’re able to produce in how you want to attack the other team,” said Marrone in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s on Buffalobills.com. “You want to be going out there with the healthiest team you can put out there. You’re limited to how many people you can dress, and if someone gets hurt in the first quarter because they had a nagging injury the week before you can get yourself in trouble really quick.”

As a result Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon will carry the load in the run game. The pair averaged 6.1 per carry last week against Kansas City.

The other benefit is Jackson will now be able to have a span of two weeks between games. It’s the last break of this length the rest of the season. Hopefully it’s enough time for Jackson to heal sufficiently and contribute without issue for the last six games.


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Bills inactives include Jackson, Goodwin

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 7:01 pm

Here are the Bills inactives for tonight’s game against the Dolphins.

22 RB Jackson
33 CB Brooks
39 RB Tanner
58 LB Johnson
71 OL Kouandjio
88 WR Goodwin
92 DE Wynn.


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Marrone: Jackson tweaked groin vs. Chiefs

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 5:30 pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson was limited in practice this week and was listed as questionable for tonight’s game. In his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s on Buffalobills.com, head coach Doug Marrone revealed that Jackson aggravated his groin injury in last Sunday’s game against Kansas City.

“He tweaked that groin again during the course of the game,” said Marrone of Jackson. “I think it’s very admirable for Fred. We know what type of player he is and how tough he is to be out there, but that’s what happened during the course of that game. I think it’s very difficult… it’s one of those things during the course of the week this week to make those types of decisions.”

That explains why Jackson was on the field for just 27 snaps last Sunday. So in a short week with less time for Jackson to recover the rushing load will likely fall largely to Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown tonight against the Dolphins.

Dixon had just two carries for three yards in the first meeting with Miami. As a team the Bills rushed for 113 yards on 33 carries for a 3.42 yards per carry average.


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Jackson and Watkins active

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 11:49 am

Bills RB Fred Jackson and WR Sammy Watkins are both active for today’s game against the Chiefs. Here are the inactives for Buffalo.

WR Mike Williams
S Jerome Couplin
CB Ron Brooks
RB Phillip Tanner
LB Randell Johnson
G Cyril Richardson
WR Marcus Easley


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Report: Optimism for Jackson & Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 7:20 am

Sammy Watkins wasn’t able to practice all week. Fred Jackson was limited in practice in his attempt to return to game action. Both players are listed as questionable for today’s game against the Chiefs, but there are reports now that the Bills are optimistic that the two offensive playmakers will be able to dress for the game today.

That according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer.

If both are able to suit up it’s unclear how limited or extensive their roles would be. Buffalo does have some capable depth at running back in the form of Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown. Watkins’ role could be spelled somewhat by Mike Williams, who is the most comparable physical talent on Buffalo’s roster, should Watkins be unable to handle a full workload. Again that’s if they do in fact dress for today’s game at all.


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