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Steelers will be good test for ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2015 – 1:26 pm

Buffalo’s defense is coming into the season with a lot of high expectations, which is why this game against the Steelers will be so beneficial. Pittsburgh has one of the more prolific passing offenses in the league so it’s the perfect preparation for the regular season.

“They have a great running back in Bell, a very patient runner who can make all the cuts. He can jump two or three backs based on what he sees so it’s a big test for us,” said Kyle Williams. “Obviously you have Antonio (Brown) and Heath Miller and the usual suspects with Ben out there so they can do some things over the top. It’s going to be a good test for us so we’re going to have a fun time going out getting ready and prepared to play them.”

Williams admits it’s still not quite like regular season football, but they’ll be able to use their matchups as a bit of measuring stick for when the games do count.

“It’s always a fun test. You’re not throwing a whole game plan together and spending a lot of time getting prepared for them,” he said. “But you will be able to play some base defenses against a really talented football team and see if you can match up in situations like that.”


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Kyle, Incognito not sure bets for Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2015 – 3:30 pm

Kyle Williams and Richie Incognito did not participate in practice Tuesday. Both could be out a few days, which puts their status for Friday’s preseason opener up in the air.

“Richie had a thing and I never saw it, but later I guess Monday one of the running backs went into him and it looked bad on tape with his ankle, but he still continued to practice,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “But his ankle swelled so that’s why we kept him out (Tuesday). That could be a couple of days.”

Williams is in a similar boat with a quad contusion suffered Monday. The injury is considered minor, but the timing of it could compromise his availability for the preseason opener as well. Ryan was asked about Williams’ status for Friday as well.

“I’m not sure, but if it’s in question then he won’t (play),” said Ryan. “We’ll see how he progresses. I know he wants to play.”

The players who stepped in for Williams and Incognito in the lineup Tuesday were DT Corbin Bryant and G Kraig Urbik.

 


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Playing hard & being mindful of teammates

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2015 – 12:50 pm

Perhaps one of the more difficult parts of playing in a live intra-squad scrimmage is balancing the ability to play live and take ball carriers to the ground while also remembering that the people you’re facing are your own teammates. Veteran DT Kyle Williams believes it’s something that everyone comes to learn quickly.

“Everybody here is still professional,” he said. “They understand we’re in this thing together, but we’re also here to challenge each other and make each other better. If we don’t do our job defensively and play as hard as we can and show them a good look and try to beat them at whatever scenario we’re in, we’re not doing them any favors. And vice versa for them with us. That’s the only way we’re going to be as good as we want to be on offense and defense is just challenge each other and staying after each other.”

Williams said the live scrimmage will be the first of many levels where the intensity of play goes up.

“There are different levels. You go to OTAs and minicamp, then you put pads on and it goes up a little bit. Then you start going live in practice and it jumps a bit, then live in the preseason it’ll get a little higher. Then when you hit the regular season it’ll keep going up,” said Williams. “We’ve got to get accustomed to running and hitting and taking guys to the ground. That’s the only way we’re going to be as good as we want to be.”


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Bills react to Rex’s sky dive

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2015 – 3:53 pm

As most witnessed by watching on Buffalobills.com, head coach Rex Ryan jumped out of an airplane with the US Army’s Golden Knights a little over a week ago. It was the first time he went skydiving. With players voluntarily reporting to training camp here at St. John Fisher Wednesday there were some interesting reactions to Ryan’s decision to willingly jump out of a plane.

“From personal experience, I’ve done it,” said Chris Hogan. “It’s pretty crazy. It’s cool that he’s got the …he’s pretty nuts. I did it a while back ago. I probably wouldn’t do it again. My fiancé made me do it. It was an awful birthday present. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I probably wouldn’t do it again, but I did it.”

For Kyle Williams, skydiving is not an option.

“I’m glad that he did because I’m not,” said Williams. “If you’ve kind of watched or kept up with Rex over the years Rex loves to live life. I think he ran with the bulls and did a lot of things. You only get one (life) so you might as well enjoy it and use it as an adventure. Good for him. I’m glad he did. They’d have to get a whole lot bigger canopy for me or something would have to be on fire before I jumped out.”


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Kyle weighs in on Brady decision

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2015 – 1:49 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams is also the team’s Union rep so he naturally was asked for his take on the league’s decision to uphold his four game suspension.

“If you look at it from the league side it would be hard for them to turn back on a ruling that they made with a special investigative crew coming in and making that decision,” said Williams. “I think their decision to uphold it is not at all surprising based on the fact that those are people they hired. It would be hard to go back on it.

“As a PA (Players Association) we have to protect the rights of all of our players. With him he declares his innocence and I think we are going to let the process play out, but we are going to try to defend him the best way we can from our end of it which is obviously the complete opposite position that the league has.”

With respect to the possibility of not seeing Brady in Buffalo’s Week 2 matchup with New England, Williams chose to focus on what’s right in front of him which is training camp.

“We haven’t even practiced yet,” he said. “We have a long way to go for getting better ourselves before we even play a preseason game. And we’ve got a game before we even played them so so to worry about will he be there will he not be there, is a long way off. If we are concerned about that now our heads in the wrong place.”


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Lawson a big help at 2nd level

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2015 – 4:14 pm

As we covered earlier this week on Buffalobills.com, Manny Lawson stands a very good chance of making an impact on defense very similar to the season he had for the Bills in 2013, when he was the club’s third-leading tackler with a fair amount of splash plays. Where Lawson is helping the defense most right now however, is with his pre-snap communication.

“Manny is a huge asset on the field because of what he can do playing-wise and what he can do for our offense collectively as far as communication,” said Kyle Williams. “He knows his job, the job of the guys around him and the reason why we’re disguising that way. He does a lot of things for us that we’re really going to need him for and he’s going to be a big asset for us.”

“Just coming in and knowing not just his assignments but how the defense works and talking it out, making sure he’s pulling defensive linemen over in different fronts, talking to the backers.  He’s been really impressive that way,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “I remember now and it shouldn’t surprise me, I think his test score coming out was the second highest I can remember for a defensive player, next to Eric Smith, who’s one of our coaches now.  He’s really a sharp guy. And obviously he’s got the height and the length you look for. I’ve been really pleased with him.”

 


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4 Bills on CBS Sports’ NFL Top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2015 – 9:56 am

Taking a page from NFL Network’s Top 100 Players, CBSSports.com is doing their own list, and four Bills appear in their rankings.

CBS columnist Pete Prisco put together a list that includes four Bills players, three of whom man Buffalo’s vaunted defensive line. Here are the players he listed and their number rank.

  1. Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo Bills: He has developed into a force in the middle of the Buffalo defense. When his weight is in check, he has the ability to dominate inside. It’s too bad he will miss the opener this season for a league-imposed suspension.
  1. Mario Williams, DE, Buffalo Bills: He had 14 1/2 sacks last season for the Bills as a part of one of the league’s best defenses. Williams had a sack in all but four games last season, getting four against the Dolphins in one game. He’s also solid against the run.
  1. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: McCoy was traded to the Bills in March in a blockbuster deal that will make him the feature back in Rex Ryan’s ground-and-pound attack. McCoy’s numbers dropped some last season for the Eagles, but he is still only 26. The concerning number is his yards-per-rush went down to 4.2 last season from 5.1 the year before.
  1. Kyle Williams, DT, Buffalo Bills: He had 5 1/2 sacks last season and continued to be a good run player for a smallish defensive tackle because he plays with such good leverage.

 


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“I’ll be a Buffalo Bill–only” -Kyle Williams

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 4:15 pm

The offseason saw another contract restructuring for Bills DT Kyle Williams. And Williams doesn’t know how much longer he’ll play. But he’s sure that when he retires, he’ll retire as a Buffalo Bill.

“No matter what happens, if they run me out the door in a year, or two or three, or I’m done, this will be my last stop,” he said as the Bills voluntary conditioning program got started this week. “I’m excited about that. To be where I belong–I started here and to end here is going to be a special thing.”

“I’m not putting a cap on it. I’ve got three years left. Maybe it’s more than that. Either way, I’ll be a Buffalo Bill—only,” Williams said emphatically.

The veteran lineman says it’s not just the Bills, it’s the community that has made an impact on he and his family.

“It means everything to me,” Williams said. “I’ve had the opportunity to be here, to start my family here. I’ve got five kids now. It’s really a place that has a special place in my heart for me and my wife.”

 


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Kyle: “You don’t go in expecting bad things from people”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 3:30 pm

The Bills got national attention in the last few months when they signed a couple of veteran free agents who’ve had trouble in the past. Guard Richie Incognito and WR Percy Harvin reportedly have had locker room issues and both have bounced around the league somewhat.

But Bills veteran Kyle Williams is certain there’s enough locker room leadership in Buffalo to prevent any problems from any new additions to the roster.

“We have a really good locker room,” Williams said this week at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program. “A great mix of guys who are important to one another, guys that the game is important to them. Those guys coming in, they’ll see that.”

Williams has been selected a Bills team captain in each of the last four years. And he’s convinced Incognito and Harvin will not disrupt team chemistry.

“Richie was already here, he was a great teammate here,’ he said. “I haven’t been around Percy, but you talk to guys on the Jets last year and they say he was a great teammate there.”

“You don’t go in expecting bad things from people. You expect them to be great teammates and play hard and to care about what’s going on. They’ll get a vibe from the locker room and they’ll see what’s in that locker room. I’m excited to have them. They’re both great players and they’re going to help us win.”


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Kyle: additions are matchup nightmares

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2015 – 3:13 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams got an extension on his contract to help create some cap room for some of the club’s free agent signings this offseason. With some of the players coming from division rivals Williams knows the matchup problems they can present to a defense.

“I think all of the guys that we added are guys that we’ve broken down in our game plans,” said Willims. “Every time we’ve played against those guys, those are guys that we earmarked and said that we have to have an eye on them, that we have to account for them on every play. So, I’m excited about, you can’t ever have too many good players, especially on our team. And I’m excited I get to play with them and not prepare for them.”


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Kyle Williams again on All-Fundamentals team

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2015 – 11:00 am

Bills DL Kyle Williams is once again a member of USA Football’s All-Fundamentals team. He’s also making a football equipment donation in his hometown of Ruston, Louisiana.

Williams, a multiple honoree for the All-Fundamentals team (2013, 2014) will donate a $1,000 equipment grant to the Bearcat Football Club in his hometown through USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the Bills and the NFL.

USA Football’s 2014 All-Fundamentals Team honored 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teams – who employ proper techniques, particularly when blocking and tackling, that fosters inherent safety benefits and better on-field performance. As an All-Fundamentals Team player, Williams received an equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school program of his choice.

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the U.S. More than 5,500 youth leagues and 750 high schools participated in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program in 2014, benefiting nearly 1 million young athletes.


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Whaley on reports of Kyle Williams extension

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 12:38 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley was asked about the reports that the team is signing DT Kyle Williams to a contract extension. Here was his response to the media.

“We’re not going to talk about contracts,” said Whaley. “When that gets finalized, at the appropriate time we’ll talk about it.”

Buffalo might be looking to create more cap space in 2015 and extending Williams contract another year, as has been reported could help in that regard.


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Report: Bills extend Kyle Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 10:50 am

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly made a move to keep their top flight defensive line together longer, while likely creating cap space for the here and now.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Bills have extended veteran DT Kyle Williams contract an additional year.

While the team has not yet confirmed the extension, if the report is accurate, it’s likely a move to provide more cap space for the team in 2015 to allow them to make the additions to the roster they want. If the extension is legitimate Williams will be under contract with Buffalo through the 2017 season.


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Kyle familiar with DL coach Dunbar

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2015 – 1:31 pm

Bills new defensive line coach Karl Dunbar might be new to many of Buffalo’s defensive linemen, but he’s not to Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams.

Williams had Dunbar as his college position coach as a senior at LSU.

“Yeah I’m a little familiar with him,” Williams told Buffalobills.com while in Arizona for the Pro Bowl. “He recruited me to LSU when I was coming out of high school, left and took another job and then came back and was my D-line coach for my senior year. So I’m excited to have Dunbar again, it kind of feels like my career has come full circle. I’m excited about Rex Ryan and really excited about next year and what the possibilities are.”

Williams has always kept a casual eye on Dunbar wherever he’s coached and having worked with him in the past has a feel for the type of coach he is.

“I think if you look at him and his defensive career his defensive lines are technically sound,” said Williams. “They’re aggressive and they’re really, really hard to run the football against and those are things we can always use improvement on.”


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More honors for Mario, Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2015 – 1:34 pm

Bills defensive linemen Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus have racked up some all-star awards this offseason with AFC Pro Bowl nods and 1st team All-Pro honors. The two were both named to another award list Monday.

The Pro Football Writers of America named both Dareus and Williams to their All-NFL team. The two obviously made their All-AFC team, which included line mate Kyle Williams. Here’s the entire PFWA All-NFL team.

2014 PFWA ALL-NFL TEAM

Offense
QB – Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
RB – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers; DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers ; Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
C – Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
G – Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers; Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens
T – Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys; Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns*

Defense
DE – Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills
; J.J. Watt, Houston Texans#
DT – Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions*
OLB – Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs; Von Miller, Denver Broncos
MLB – Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers*
CB – Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots; Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks#
S –Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks#: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers

Special Teams
PK – Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
P – Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
PR – Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
ST – Matthew Slater, New England Patriots


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Ryan has affinity for Bills defensive players

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2015 – 10:49 am

He’s had a conference call with the Buffalo media twice a year for the last six years and there have always been a couple of players that new Bills head coach Rex Ryan will single out. Two in particular this past season were on the defensive side of the ball for Buffalo.

Ryan was being asked about Buffalo’s defense in one of his conference calls this past season and he quickly mentioned two players specifically in his comment.

“(Brandon) Spikes is one of those guys that I like because he’s a tough guy, a mean guy, a tough a**,” said Ryan. “I like guys that are competitors and that’s why I like him so much. That’s why I like Kyle Williams so much.”

Ryan has mentioned Kyle Williams almost every season he has been head coach of the Jets on his conference calls, so the new Bills head coach has to be pretty pumped that he now gets a chance to coach him.

Brandon Spikes is set to become an unrestricted free agent. It will be interesting to see how the hiring of Ryan could impact Spikes decision making this offseason.


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Pats are last division hurdle to clear

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2014 – 11:05 am

The Bills still haven’t made the playoffs, but they have made progress in their division when it comes to head-to-head matchups, with one obvious exception – New England.

Back in 2010 and 2011 the Bills finished 1-5 in the division both seasons. Not surprisingly, it left them at the bottom of the division looking up. In 2012 they were slightly better at 2-4.

Under head coach Doug Marrone in his first season (2013) Buffalo was 3-3 in the AFC East. This year they have a chance to go 4-2, but have to beat New England to do so. At worst they’ll finish 3-3 again.

It may not seem like much progress, but the players believe they have improved when it’s come to facing division opponents. Bills Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams laid it out for everyone.

“From our conversations and the way we went about practice, you couldn’t see any difference in our preparation.  I think it’s important to guys.  I think guys realize there hasn’t been a winning team here in a decade and it’s an opportunity to go play against probably the best team in the AFC, a division rival.  We actually talked about it over the last two years, we’re 3-1 against the Dolphins and 3-1 against the Jets but we’re oh-for against the Patriots.  That’s obviously who’s at the top of our division and we have to go over there and play a good game.”

 


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Missed tackles gave Raiders extra yards

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:57 am

Buffalo’s defense has been great at keeping big plays to a minimum for the opposing offense this season, but on Sunday the Raiders had a pair of 25-yard runs and a pair of 50-yard pass plays. The team’s defensive players felt the main culprit was missed tackles.

“We definitely had a lot missed tackles because we had them right there in the backfield on almost all those zone runs it probably would’ve been a tackle for loss or one yard gain and it was right there and we didn’t finish the plays and missed the tackles,” said Nigel Bradham.

“There were a couple of inside runs where we might have gotten caught in a run blitz or we weren’t in our gap, somebody wasn’t there,” said Kyle Williams. “The thing more than anything was missed tackles, the whole game.  From beginning to end. It wasn’t an issue of getting moved out of your spot, it was just a lot of times just missing tackles.

“They made plays and when you give up big plays like that a lot of times it can lead to missed tackles. I would hate to see the count we had.”

Those four big plays all led to points for the Raiders. The drives in which those plays were made resulted in two touchdowns and a field goal for 21 of Oakland’s 26 total points in the game.


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Bills ‘D’ hoping for crowd noise

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 10:30 am

Bills fans haven’t let them down yet, which is why Buffalo’s defense is hoping to hear the 73-thousand plus loud and clear when they’re on the field today.

Knowing the efficiency with which Aaron Rodgers runs the Green Bay offense, the Bills defense, despite being a top five unit, knows any help they can get from the fans to disrupt communication and operation of the Packers attack is welcomed.

Coming off a win in their last home game, Kyle Williams sees this one as even more critical due to the ‘no margin for error’ importance on this game.

“I think that was a lot of that talk leading up to our last game with Cleveland—we hadn’t played particularly well at home, and we were able to do that there with Cleveland and win a big game,” he said. “We’ve got an even bigger game this week. With Aaron Rodgers and their offense coming in,  our crowd can play as a big a part in this game as they’ve played in any game this year. He relies a lot on different counts, different cadences, keep the pass rushers off their toes, keep the defense on their toes—crowd noise can be a big benefit for us this weekend.”


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Kyle, Cordy sick; Dareus, Watkins limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2014 – 4:10 pm

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Bills DT Kyle Williams and OT Cordy Glenn were both absent at practice Wednesday due to illness. Limited in practice were a handful of players including DT Marcell Dareus and WR Sammy Watkins.

Stepping in for Glenn at left tackle was Chris Hairston and filling in for Kyle Williams was Stefan Charles.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Jarius Wynn DE Knee DNP
Chris Gragg TE Knee DNP
Kyle Williams DT Illness DNP
Cordy Glenn DT Illness DNP
Dan Carpenter K Right Groin LP
Bacarri Rambo S Hamstring LP
Sammy Watkins WR Hip LP
Marcell Dareus DT Hip LP
Chris Hogan WR Hamstring LP
Robert Woods WR Ankle LP

 


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