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Kyle full go with offseason training

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2017 – 3:34 pm

He had a bad case of back spasms that forced him to miss Buffalo’s Week 14 game against the Steelers. His strained back wasn’t right the rest of the season, which lingered into the early stages of the offseason. Now committed to a 12th season with the Bills in 2017, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle is healthy and has begun his offseason training.

“I feel good. I finally got over my back strain,” said Williams in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “I’m back working out and running. I have incorporated some new things that I’m doing that I think are going to help my body and get me prepared for the year. I’ve been going the last two or three weeks and I’m going to ramp it up from here.”

Williams finished tied for the team lead in tackles for loss and was third on the team in sacks last season.


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Fan Friday 2-10

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2017 – 11:32 am

Into the offseason we go. Franchise and transition tag window opens next week with the NFL Combine and free agency on the horizon. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills rank the following in likelihood from high to low. Romo, tyrod, rookie qb, someone else not mentioned starting.

Jonathan Yedin
@jonyedi

CB: I’m going to put Tyrod first on this list only because he’s on the roster and under contract. Right now he’s the path of least resistance. He’s an asset that’s already here. A lot of national reporters are operating under the assumption that he’s as good as gone. I don’t subscribe to that contention. I believe it could go either way.

A rookie quarterback is a distinct possibility because regardless of what happens with Tyrod Taylor the team will have to add at the position. Obviously if the team moves on from Tyrod it would only increase the likelihood of that happening, and then this would move to the top of the list in terms of likelihood. But even if Taylor remains a Bill, EJ Manuel is a free agent. They’ll probably need another arm.

Romo is probably more likely to end up in Chicago, Houston or even Kansas City. At age 37 and with a long injury history it’s not an investment that looks all that attractive. There’s no denying his talent and his won-loss record, but at this point in his career the risk seems higher than the reward.


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@ChrisBrownBills Tyrod unwilling to take a pay cut (don’t blame him), does that cement his dismissal?

Lyndsey D’Arcangelo
@darcangel21

CB: The reports that Tyrod is unwilling to restructure his deal with the Bills makes sense. First, despite the popular opinion that his contract is cost prohibitive, Taylor would be tied for 16th among starting quarterbacks in terms of average salary if the Bills pick up his option.

The past two seasons Taylor has finished seventh and ninth in Total QBR (ESPN metric).

Business-wise Taylor knows in a thin free agent quarterback market that he would be at the top of the free agent list if he was released by Buffalo, where he could potentially sign an even larger contract than the one he has with Buffalo.

Does it cement his dismissal?

I think that’s a strong way to paint the situation. While a lot of NFL business decisions are made because of money, I think the bigger factor in this particular decision is the collective opinion of the Bills front office in terms of whether they believe they can do better at the position than Taylor.

The front office has understandably been tight lipped on that subject.

That doesn’t mean money won’t be a factor. It’s probably 1A. But you have to be convinced that your product on the field can be more consistent and productive with someone besides Taylor. Then the next step is determining if that someone you have in mind is an asset you can realistically acquire.


3 –
@ChrisBrownBills You’re in charge on Draft Day. Do you take QB Trubisky or WR Williams?

Jimmy
@ItsjustJimmy

CB: This is a pretty easy decision to make based on what I think will happen in the draft. Of course as I’ve mentioned in this column before we’ve yet to see what’s acquired by the Bills in free agency. That could change their approach in the draft.

But in an effort to provide an answer I will say that this quarterback class does not appear to possess more than one prospect who is going to help a team on the field this year.

Trubisky is probably the closest thing and he’s a quarterback who couldn’t get on the field before this past season. All that being said I don’t think Trubisky falls out of the top three picks. Cleveland, San Francisco or Chicago all need quarterbacks, so one of them will take him off the board long before Buffalo is on the clock.

Going under the likely scenario that he’s off the board my preference in this particular draft is to wait on drafting a quarterback. None of the other QB prospects are NFL ready and that will continue to be a trend with the college game separating further and further from the NFL game (no huddling, no audibles, no calling plays). So that would leave me taking Mike Williams at 10 under your parameters.


4 –
@ChrisBrownBills Which RFA’s do you think the #bills will tender and at which comp. level?

Coach
@MoneyAce1984

CB: I think it’s a lock that they tender Mike Gillislee and Ryan Groy. Both had exceptional individual seasons for the Bills last year. In fact I think it wouldn’t be surprising if they tried to sign both players to long term deals to keep their cap figures more manageable.

Colton Schmidt had a bit of an up and down season last year. With a new coaching staff there’s always the chance that they could prefer someone else to Schmidt. Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman is still on the staff so that may help Schmidt’s cause.

The other thing to remember here is tendering Schmidt at the low level does nothing in the way of compensation protection. Schmidt was undrafted, so tendering him at the low level only gives you right of first refusal.

I’d be surprised if IK Enemkpali is tendered a qualifying offer.


5 –
@ChrisBrownBills any time frame on Kyle Williams’ decision on retirement?

Ian Campbell
@comedianian98

CB: When we spoke to Williams at the Pro Bowl it was clear he was still decompressing from the season. He did say he was encouraged by his initial conversations with new head coach Sean McDermott, and it’s clear his teammates are trying to get him to return.

I would anticipate that the club would ask that he make a definitive decision before free agency opens in March.

 


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No leanings for Kyle regarding retirement

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2017 – 6:45 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams has been a stalwart in every sense of the word for Buffalo for 11 seasons. Another coaching change is in the offing, the fifth of his Bills career, and the veteran defensive lineman understandably wants that to be the first domino that falls before reaching a decision on his own future. At the same time he’s going to listen to his body after he heals up for a bit.

“I have a lot of things to process as far as the season and trying to figure those things out,” Williams said. “As far as moving forward, we’ll see. There’s a whole lot of guys in here who aren’t going to be here, whether it’s retirement or they’re moving in a different direction. It could be a whole number of things. I just worry about the things I can control. Heal up a little bit. Spend some time with the family and really evaluate the year and always look to get better.”

Williams said he’ll be keeping a close eye on the team’s coaching search. He did call Anthony Lynn deserving of the job.


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Glenn, Gilmore, Kyle unable to practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2016 – 3:32 pm

Three of Buffalo’s starters weren’t able to go in practice Thursday.

OT Cordy Glenn, CB Stephon Gilmore and DT Kyle Williams all were unable to practice. Glenn and Kyle both have back injuries. Glenn missed last week’s game and hasn’t practiced yet this week. Williams has cut back his practice workload to play last week and might be doing the same this week.

Gilmore is still in the concussion protocol so Kevon Seymour might get the start if Gilmore can’t play Sunday.

QB Tyrod Taylor was given a veteran’s rest day according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

“He got a veteran’s day off,” said Lynn. “It’s a lot easier to be off your feet and staying inside rather than being out here on a turf field for two or three hours doing nothing. So I gave him a veteran’s day off.”

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OT Cordy Glenn – back
CB Stephon Gilmore – concussion
DT Kyle Williams – back
QB Tyrod Taylor – rest day

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
G John Miller – hip
WR Sammy Watkins – foot

FULL PRACTICE
LB Lerentee McCray – concussion
LB Jerry Hughes – hamstring

 


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Incognito says he’s a 1st alternate for Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2016 – 2:24 pm

Richie Incognito made the Pro Bowl outright last season. This year he came close again.

Incognito confirmed Thursday that he’s a first alternate for this year’s NFL all-star game.

Other Bills who confirmed their Pro Bowl alternate status were Kyle Williams (1st alternate), Jerome Felton (2nd alternate), Stephon Gilmore (2nd alternate), Brandon Tate (2nd alternate), Zach Brown (3rd alternate) and Tyrod Taylor (3rd alternate).

As a Pro Bowl alternate you can still play in the game if a Pro Bowl starter is unable to play due to injury or pulls out of participating in the game.


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Kyle Williams active; Kouandjio to spell Glenn

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2016 – 11:30 am

He was considered a game time decision, but Kyle Williams will dress and play today for Buffalo. The defensive tackle practiced for the first time this week on Friday on a limited basis, and his back held up well enough in warm-ups this morning to be active for today’s game against the Browns.

Meanwhile Cyrus Kouandjio will start for the third time this season in place of starting LT Cordy Glenn, who is out with a back injury. Glenn failed to practice all week and was listed as doubtful for today’s game.

Here are the inactives for the Bills today.

QB Cardale Jones
WR Dezmin Lewis
RB Reggie Bush
LB Lerentee McCray
OT Cordy Glenn
TE Logan Thomas
TE Gerald Christian


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Kyle using the floor for back relief

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2016 – 12:23 pm

Kyle Williams is listed as questionable and will probably be a game time decision for Sunday according to head coach Rex Ryan. The defensive tackle did manage to practice on a limited basis Friday. He’s been making heavy use of the floor this week when he’s off his feet instead of a couch or bed.

“It went alright (Friday),” said Williams. “I’m not going to be entering any weight lifting competitions, but it went okay.”

Williams said he’ll test his back Sunday morning to see how it feels. Between now and Sunday, he said he’ll be laying low, quite literally.

“I’ll be laying on my floor at my house,” said Williams. “I can’t lie on too soft a surface or the muscle issues will come on. I’ve been laying on the floor a lot.”


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Kyle heads up Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2016 – 11:37 am

As reported on Buffalobills.com, DT Kyle Williams will not play today due to back spasms. He tops Buffalo’s list of inactives against the Steelers today. Here’s the full list of players who will not dress for the Bills.

QB Cardale Jones
WR Dez Lewis
RB Jonathan Williams
LB Lerentee McCray
TE Logan Thomas
TE Gerald Christian
DT Kyle Williams


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If needed, where Douzable will take up for Kyle

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2016 – 10:33 am

DT Kyle Williams is a question mark for today’s game with a back problem that surfaced Friday morning and kept him from practicing. Williams is the on the field orchestrator of the defensive line’s stunt and end games on the pass rush up front. He studies tape all week and knows the opponent inside and out in terms of formations so he can make split second calls pre-snap to keep the opposing pass protection guessing. If he’s out of the lineup there’s another veteran defensive lineman who will take on those responsibilities.

Leger Douzable will be the one making the calls on the stunt-end games on the pass rush.

“Yeah I sit in there all week with Kyle and we go over all their formations, protections, down and distance, tells. We go through it all,” said Douzable. “Then we come up with the calls we think will work best. So I can handle it.”

It’s uncommon for a defensive staff to give free license to defensive linemen to call their own pass rush games, but Kyle Williams and his understudy Douzable are given that freedom.


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Rex concerned about Kyle’s availability

Posted by Chris Brown on December 9, 2016 – 12:45 pm

DT Kyle Williams did not practice Friday due to back problems and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Head coach Rex Ryan admits the defense may not have their veteran leader this weekend.

“I’m concerned. I think it was last night it locked up on him,” said Ryan. “We’ll have to see how that goes, but that’s obviously a big concern.”

If Williams cannot go it’s likely that Jerel Worthy steps in for him on run downs and Leger Douzable on pass downs.

“Luckily we have Marcell back. We have Douzable. We’ll be fine with that group,” said Ryan. “Worthy will have to step up in a role. We activated Coleman last week, so he’ll be up too. We’re fortunate that we’re pretty healthy in that spot. It’s hard to replace Kyle, but we’ll do the best we can if we have to.”

Kyle Williams is currently fourth on the team in tackles and tied for second in tackles for loss.

Brandon Spikes did not practice on Friday due to illness and is also questionable.

OUT
LB Lerentee McCray – concussion

QUESTIONABLE
DT Kyle Williams – back
WR Robert Woods – knee
WR Sammy Watkins – foot
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – back
LB Brandon Spikes – illness


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Bills don’t care about style points

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2016 – 9:26 pm

One could make a very easy argument that each of Buffalo’s last two wins were anything but pretty, but if you ask the Bills themselves they could care less.

The coaching staff and the players are just interested in stacking wins however they can, good, bad, pretty, ugly. They don’t care. They’ve adopted the late Al Davis’ philosophy, ‘Just win baby.’

“Happy to get a win,” said Richie Incognito. “Right now at this part of the season a win is a win. It could be ugly, it could be by 30 points, but you need to collect as many wins as possible and keep the approach with this thing one week at a time, one game at a time, one win at a time.”

“Every game is kind of survive and advance,” said Kyle Williams. “You’re just trying to scratch and claw and win a football game. The NFL is so tough. There are great players everywhere. (Jacksonville) is a talented football team. We did a lot of self-inflicted damage, but at the end of it, when it came down to it offensively and defensively, we made a few plays and they were enough to win the game.”


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Kyle Williams is Bills nominee for Rooney Award

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2016 – 12:01 pm

The 32 player nominees for the third annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award have been finalized by the NFL. Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. Buffalo’s nominee is DT Kyle Williams.

The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney Sr.

The winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community will select eight finalists (four in the AFC and four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees. The panel is comprised of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler.

The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Friday, December 16. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will submit a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.

The award is presented each year to an NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.

Last year, the players selected Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders as the recipient of the 2015 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals was the inaugural winner of the award in 2014. The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, February 4 on FOX, the night before Super Bowl LI.


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Dareus “really limited”

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 3:22 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan gave an injury update post practice on Friday on a couple of starting defensive tackles.

Kyle Williams missed practice, but it was due to illness not an injury. Meanwhile Marcell Dareus practiced on a limited basis and according to Ryan he didn’t do a whole lot.

“We said limited and we mean really limited,” said Ryan. “We hope the fact that he did a little something today is hopefully a good sign.”

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Kyle Williams – illness
DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder
WR Brandon Tate – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring
LB Jerry Hughes – hand
WR Robert Woods – foot
LB Lerentee McCray – knee
LB Lorenzo Alexander – hamstring
RB Reggie Bush – groin
DT Marcell Dareus – groin

FULL PARTICIPATION
WR Marquise Goodwin – concussion


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Bills family supports Eric Wood at Flights & Bites

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 18, 2016 – 4:27 pm

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Bills center Eric Wood hosted his second annual Flights and Bites event in downtown Buffalo on Monday, Oct. 17. The event, which followed the team’s big win over the San Francisco 49ers, featured many players who chose to spend their time off supporting their teammate. Coming together for a good cause, the evening consisted of both silent and live auctions to benefit the Eric Wood Foundation, which seeks to provide aid to families of sick children.

“Just a fun…Monday night, (it’s a) chance for a lot of the guys and coaches to come out and interact with a lot of the fans and raise money for sick children and their families here in Western New York,” said Wood. Especially after a win yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 16), the spirits are always high and people are in the giving spirit in times like that.”

The support from the Bills family proved truly tremendous, as over 30 Bills players and coaches attended the event. The turnout included, Bills general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, safety Aaron Williams, guard Richie Incognito, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Reggie Ragland, safety Colt Anderson, cornerback Kevon Seymour, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, kicker Dan Carpenter, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and many more.

For more information on the Eric Wood Foundation, visit here.


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Rams Aaron Donald doesn’t play as much as most

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2016 – 9:38 am

Rams DT Aaron Donald is a dominant player. He leads the league with 25 quarterback pressures in just four games. It’s an impressive number and Donald has shown he can completely wreck an offensive game plan by himself. What’s interesting is when it comes to getting the best play out of Donald the Rams believe that less is more.

Last week against Arizona for example, Donald was playing every other series. After the first defensive series for the Rams, Donald rotated out. He didn’t return until the following series. Donald played more in the second half, but his snap count was surprisingly low.

Fewer snaps however, appeared to allow Donald to provide more impact. He had five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the game that was recovered by Los Angeles in their 17-13 win. Donald played in a total of 49 snaps.

In fact so far this season the Pro Bowl defensive tackle has played just under 74 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, down almost five percent from last season.

Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito, who is likely to see a lot of Donald Sunday, has a theory.

“His whole game is explosion, so the Rams are trying to keep him fresh,” said Incognito. “He’s not a big guy so he relies on his speed and quickness.”

It’s true Donald is one of the smaller defensive tackles in the league at just 6-1 and 285 pounds. If he played 75-80 snaps per game going against bigger offensive linemen all day he’d be more likely to wear down.

“He’s an undersized guy number one at 285, so not big by defensive line standards,” said Rex Ryan. “He’s energetic and they want to keep that at a high level. They rotate a lot of those guys in there. They have good depth on their D-line. But he’s a guy that clearly jumps out on tape. They want him at a peak energy level so he can do what he does.”

Here’s a look at Donald’s snap count percentages from each of his three NFL seasons.

2016 – 73.7%

2015 – 78.9%

2014 – 67.4%

Just for a sense of contrast, Bills OLB Jerry Hughes has played 98 percent of the snaps this season. Even 33-year old Kyle Williams has played more than 82 percent of the snaps for Buffalo this season.


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Kyle Williams awarded full sack in scoring change

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 2:03 pm

Coming out of last Sunday’s win over Arizona, Kyle Williams was credited with four tackles, a sack and a pair of quarterback hits. On Wednesday the league made a scoring change to boost Williams stats even more.

At the 8:04 mark of the first quarter of last Sunday’s game, Williams teamed up with Lerentee McCray for a sack of Carson Palmer. However, upon further review it’s clear that Williams was responsible for the sack from the beginning, so the league instead of giving Williams a half sack is awarding him the whole sack.

So Williams finished the game with 1.5 sacks.

That brings Williams career sack total with the Bills to 37 to put him in a tie for eighth place on the Bills all-time list with Sherman White.


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Knee injury never had Kyle thinking retirement

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2016 – 2:31 pm

He missed the last 10 games of the season and eventually underwent knee surgery. It wasn’t the first time Kyle Williams went under the knife. After 10 seasons in the league however, his latest rehab and recovery never led him to think once about retirement.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sporstradio 550, Williams said retirement never crossed his mind.

“This offseason has been tough,” he said. “It’s been hard, but I can’t (retire). I’m such a day-to-day guy. I worry about what I can do today to get better. There are dark days in every rehab where you hit plateaus and you’re thinking you’re not getting any better, but you keep grinding and building and building and building. It hasn’t crossed my mind yet, and as soon as it does I will (retire) because if it crosses your mind that you don’t want to play anymore or you’re done, and you just keep going you’re either going to get yourself hurt or you’ll be a discredit to your teammates.

“I’m not there yet. I don’t plan on being there for a little bit. So I just plan on working and hopefully help this team get to the playoffs and do some special things because I want to be on that field when it happens. That’s what I’ve worked for.”

 


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Kyle on how film can help your game

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2016 – 9:21 am

Bills DT Kyle Williams isn’t on the practice field just yet, but he is watching practice film every day. And practice film was a topic of discussion during an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

Appearing on the Schopp and the Bulldog show, Williams was asked about defensive line strategy and film study to help put him in position to succeed. Williams explained his approach in the film room and then taking it onto the game field.

“It’s very intricate,” Williams said. “When you’re watching film you’re watching guys’ feet, guys’ hand position. How he blocks this run, that run. How he blocks this pass set. How he sets on first down, second down, third down. Then it goes into formations, backfield sets, down and distance. Where’s the tight end? Where’s the back? You have to process a lot of information. Some guys process a book in three seconds, some guys can only do two sentences in that amount of time. Players are different.

“Then there might be a guy over there and they like to do this and when they do that this guy like this set and this will work against that set. So you have to think about a lot of things rapidly to be able to compete. If you can do that you can have a great edge of making an educated guess of what you want you do and when to do it.”

Williams said he won’t save a specific approach on a play until a crucial time in the game. If he sees an advantage on any play he takes it.

“I’m not going to save anything because if  I can beat you from the first snap, I want you to beat you from the first snap until the 50th snap of the game,” Williams said. “I want you to be thinking about it. I want you to think, ‘Okay that’s my protection that I like to do when I just have to stop a guy and he was coming and he just got a pressure or a sack.’ I want him to know that I know that I’ve got him. So there’s a cat and mouse game, but there’s a lot going on in there.”

 


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Kyle explains why ‘D’ got crossed up last year

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2016 – 11:19 pm

There was no debating that Buffalo’s defense struggled to not only execute, but to even get plays called or changed before the snap by the opposing offense. It led to problems for most of the season. Those problems no longer exist as Kyle Williams sees it, but in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Williams explained what transpired last season.

On the Schopp and the Bulldog show, Williams was asked why Rex Ryan’s defense was not as similar to Mike Pettine’s 2013 scheme with the Bills as perceived by outside observers.

“I think you always have growing pains when you’re changing coverages and defenses and doing all kinds of different things,” said Williams. “It’s similar, but it’s not. There are different things going on. I think some guys’ plates may have been overloaded. I think Rex and even some guys have admitted that. I think (this year) we’re going to carry a volume of defense to be successful, but we’re not going to inundate guys to the point where they can’t think, kind of a paralysis by analysis type thing.”

Then they delved into how to go about determining if a scheme or the volume of a scheme is too complicated?

“You can sit in calculus or trigonometry class with the teacher in front of you and spout back the answer, but when they lay the test down in front of you, and you have a certain amount of time to do it, you may know it, but you might hesitate and that can be the change in the game,” said Williams. “That’s what happens. You can get the answers right and correct things on the practice field, but in a game when this guy motions to number three and this is what you have to change it to and all it takes is the half second where everything gets set behind and then you struggle. Your only eraser is going back to the bench because you gave up a 60-yard touchdown.”

Williams believes all those problems have been addressed and rectified because he’s seen a vast improvement in on field communication and in execution.

“I think we’ve got a good thing going right now,” Williams said. “Just from watching film our mental errors are way down through the first few days of camp. Even in the OTAs and minicamp and watching all that go on. The communication is better. What we’re running is a little clearer in terms of what’s expected. I’m excited. We’ll see where it goes.”

 

 


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Kyle counsels Karlos

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2016 – 6:12 pm

While the intensity of practice Monday went on in front of them, the longest-tenured player on the roster had a long talk with a second-year running back in need of some guidance.

Kyle Williams took a long walk with Karlos Williams during Monday’s practice at Bills training camp. The four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle was a fifth-round pick just like the second-year running back. While Kyle Williams’ career was on an upward trajectory from the time he put a Bills jersey on, this past offseason for Karlos Williams has taken a dubious turn.

Reporting to minicamp overweight in June, his weight problem has not improved a whole lot at the outset of camp. That combined with a league-imposed four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy has him on a short leash at a position that just got deeper with the signing of Reggie Bush.

All the credit that Karlos Williams built up as a dynamic rookie, who tied for the team lead with nine touchdowns, is just about gone, and Kyle Williams, a leader on the team for years took it upon himself to dispense some much needed advice to the second-year back.

The pair walked together around the practice field, taking three full laps. The discussion focused on the steps Karlos needs to take to stabilize his pro career and family life at home. After the conversation was over, Kyle, who is still on Active/PUP went to do more rehab work. Karlos went to observe the rest of practice and take mental reps.

Here they are as their conversation reached a close.

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Will the message sink in? Only Karlos knows the answer.


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