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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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Bills won’t fret about top QBs left on schedule

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2014 – 9:24 am

The Bills are at 7-5 and are still in the hunt for the AFC postseason. Still on the schedule however, are quarterbacks like Peyton Manning (this Sunday), Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Kyle Williams doesn’t want to hear how daunting it is knowing they have to face those QBs.

“Well, if it’s daunting and you’re worried or you’re scared about it, I don’t want to play with you,” Williams said. “It’s a challenge obviously, great players. We feel like we’re pretty good players too, so we have to prepare, we have to be on top of our business and go out there and try to win one football game. You can’t lose sight of the forest for the trees, you can’t look at everybody, you can only focus on what you have in front of you and we have a good test in front of us.”


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Robey thought he had a TD

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 6:30 pm

Though the Bills won by 16 points over Cleveland on Sunday, it’s could’ve been more. Buffalo had a touchdown taken off the board, when Kyle Williams sack and apparent forced fumble that recovered by Nickell Robey in the end zone was ruled a forward pass and thus an incompletion on the play.

“They told me Manziel’s arm followed through when he tried to throw the ball,” said Robey. “But from the looks of it on the film, replaying it, he never had possession of the ball.  I was looking for it to be a touchdown but they overturned it. It hurt me a little bit.”

It would’ve been the second touchdown or Robey’s career. His first came last season at Miami on an interception return. It also would’ve been the second touchdown scored by the defense joining Jerry Hughes fumble return for a touchdown.


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Bills D-line knows they have to set the tone

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 1:45 pm

Buffalo’s defensive line has been the most productive part of the team this season. With an offense that has been up and down and a run game that comes into tonight’s game without C.J. Spiller and a nicked up Fred Jackson, the men on the defensive line know it’ll be on them to set the tone in a gigantic division game against the Dolphins.

“For us, up front, when we have any of our four get one on one, we feel like it’s a good matchup for us,” said Kyle Williams. “We feel like we can put pressure on offenses, on offensive lines, by being aggressive and dictating to them. So we feel like going into the game, if we can set the tone, we can make it hard on offenses as a defensive front.”

The Bills’ defensive line has 15 sacks in their last three games, including a half dozen last Sunday against Kansas City.


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Scoring change on sacks for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2014 – 3:39 pm

There was a scoring change from the Bills win over the Jets a couple of weeks ago. It concerned the Bills league-leading sack total. The total wasn’t affected, but who was awarded the sack was.

With 11:06 remaining in the second quarter against the Jets in Week 8 both Mario Williams and Kyle Williams appeared to be in on a sack together, but upon further review Kyle Williams is being awarded a full sack. That gives him two sacks in that game, while Mario Williams lost the sack he was initially credited with.

For the season Mario Williams now has 6.5 sacks and Kyle Williams now has 3.

Buffalo still leads the league in sacks with 34.

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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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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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Handful of starters are questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2014 – 1:22 pm

The Bills Friday injury status report is out following practice and Buffalo has a handful of starters who are questionable for Sunday’s game.

Most of them are on the defensive side of the ball with Kyle Williams, Aaron Williams, Da’Norris Searcy, Brandon Spikes and Nigel Bradham all questionable. They were all limited in practice throughout the week. Head coach Doug Marrone offered the following on Kyle Williams’ status, as he did do a bit more in practice today.

“We’ll go back in and talk to the medical staff and we’ll see how he feels,” said Marrone. “After getting this workout it’s a process to see where he’s at.”

On offense the only key player who is questionable is Fred Jackson with an ankle injury. He went home sick Friday, but the team says his injury status is related only to his ankle ailment.

OUT
WR Marcus Easley
G Chris Williams

QUESTIONABLE
DT Kyle Williams – knee
LB Nigel Bradham – knee
CB Ron Brooks – neck
S Da’Norris Searcy – knee
RB Fred Jackson – ankle
LB Brandon Spikes – ribs
S Aaron Williams – wrist


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Kyle, Bradham doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on October 3, 2014 – 1:16 pm

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WR Marcus Easley and G Chris Williams were both declared out for Sunday’s game in Detroit. That means that Cyril Richardson will make his second straight start at left guard. More important is the status of two of Buffalo’s defensive starters in Kyle Williams and Nigel Bradham.

Both players were listed as doubtful. Kyle Williams was only able to work on the side, while Bradham participated on a limited basis Friday.

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz isn’t going to fret about who he has and doesn’t have for Sunday’s game.

“I really don’t comment on injuries,” said Schwartz. “We’ll play with the guys that are there when we make our active 46. We’ll have to come out with a win regardless of who is out there. It’s not unusual for us. We’ve done it since the opener. We didn’t have (Stephon) Gilmore in the opener and Corey Graham stepped up and had an interception in the game and had a pass breakup in overtime and on the last drive of the game. It set us up to get that win. If somebody isn’t able to play you expect the next guy to step up and execute our scheme.”

Here’s the rest of Buffalo’s injury report.

OUT
Marcus Easley – knee
Chris Williams – back

DOUBTFUL
Kyle Williams – knee
Nigel Bradham – knee

PROBABLE
Ron Brooks – shoulder
Randell Johnson – knee
Marquise Goodwin – concussion
Sammy Watkins – ribs

 


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Bradham, Kyle Williams update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2014 – 4:32 pm

Neither Kyle Williams nor Nigel Bradham participated in practice Wednesday with both suffering knee injuries in last week’s game. Head coach Doug Marrone is taking his typical day-by-day approach with both defensive starters.

“We’ll see how it progresses,” said Marrone of Williams’ knee injury. “He’s been around, he’s walking around here. We’re going to see how that progresses as we go. The same with Nigel. He’s progressing and we’re going to keep seeing as the week goes.”

Bradham missed the season opener due to league suspension. Williams hasn’t missed a game since the 2011 season.

Marrone also said Kyle is one of those players who is capable of not practicing all week and still be able to play effectively in the game in terms of knowing assignments and the opponent.

 


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Should Bills blitz Fitz?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2014 – 5:40 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a quarterback who has always gotten the ball out quick, which is why he is a very difficult quarterback to sack even when under heavy pressure or facing a blitz. Buffalo has already faced two such quarterbacks in Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers, who deliver the ball quickly negating any aggressive attempt to take the QB down. So the question is do the Bills blitz Fitzpatrick?

Fitzpatrick has only been sacked twice in three games so far this season, which is a typical low number for the former Bills QB. However, blitzing Fitzpatrick has been effective in negatively affecting his passing game.

Fitzpatrick and the Texans rank 25th in the league in blitz passing situations. When facing the blitz Fitzpatrick’s passer rating drops from 91.8 to 68.9.

So while sacks may not be the end result when it comes to blitzing Fitzpatrick, there is evidence that blitzing to force hurried throws can be an effective approach against Fitz too. The key as Kyle Williams sees it is putting the Texans in longer down and distance on third down.

“He knows for the most part what the defense is trying to do and he can get rid of the ball,” said Williams of Fitzpatrick. “We’ve already seen that in two of our games this year with Chicago and San Diego. Veteran quarterbacks that know where they’re going with the ball and they get rid of it quickly. We have to win on first and second down and keep them behind the chains and make him hold the ball a little longer.”


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Kyle earns some recognition

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

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

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

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

 


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Kyle: Pour disappointment into preparation

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

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

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


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Woods: Penalties cost us big

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Kyle has seen 2-0 before

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 4:34 pm

Bills veteran DT Kyle Williams has seen 2-0 starts before in his time with Buffalo. In 2008 Buffalo started 4-0 and in 2011 they started 3-0. Williams was on both of those teams and remembers how those seasons finished, with the Bills out of the playoffs. That’s why he’s not putting much stock in the first eighth of the season.

“I really can’t get wrapped up in it because there’s a long season in front of us, we have a really good football teaming coming here this week,” said Williams. “The great thing and the tough thing about this league is that in just a few days you’ve got another test on your hands. So you can’t really get wrapped up in anything a week or two into the season.”

 


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Miami’s 5 new OL changes little for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 10:16 am

The Miami Dolphins had five new offensive linemen in their Week 1 win from the men they had lining up for them last season at this time. The group performed admirably despite not having their one holdover from last season in C Mike Pouncey, who is out again this week with a hip injury. Bills DT Kyle Williams was impressed with what he saw on tape from the Dolphins’ front five last Sunday.

“I think if you look at their whole offensive line, their offensive line is brand new, all five of them and they work well together,” he said. “Veteran group, they play hard. They have a rookie at right tackle but everybody else has been around a while. They know what they’re doing. They get on their blocks and stay on their blocks so we got a good challenge in front of us.”

Buffalobills.com asked Williams if the new players on the Dolphins’ offensive front increases his preparation since they’re not the typical players they see when they face Miami each season.

“No, I’m not going to prepare any more or any less than I would if I had played these guys, all these guys were the same,” said Williams. “I’m going go about my business the way I always do. Nitpick and try to figure the ins and outs, whats good and not good no matter whos playing or how long they have been playing.”


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Team leaders stood tall

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 9:25 pm

The Bills just named their captains last Monday. Six days later just about all of them had a pretty big hand in Sunday’s overtime victory.

The six players named captains were Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Eric Wood, Fred Jackson, Corey Graham and Brandon Spikes.

On offense Wood helped lead an offensive line that was new in terms of playing together and surrendered just one sack all day. They also helped the run game roll up almost 200 yards on the ground averaging almost six yards a carry.

Fred Jackson had the biggest run of the day in overtime on his 38-yard rumble down the sideline to the one.

On defense Mario Williams had a sack, Kyle Williams had an interception, Brandon Spikes was instrumental in stuffing the run and Corey Graham had an interception and a couple of pass breakups late in regulation to force Chicago to settle for a game-tying field goal.

Add in EJ Manuel’s performance in his natural leadership role of quarterback and it’s a pretty good day for Buffalo’s captains when it comes to setting an example.


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Kyle: We didn’t fold

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 9:20 pm

In games as trying as Sunday’s in Chicago was previous Bills teams might have made the critical mistake or not maintained their mental toughness to pull out the victory. The fact that the Bills did has Kyle Williams feeling this team is different.

“The thing that I was most encouraged about is in the fourth quarter we get a holding call picked up, which I’ve never seen in my whole career, which would’ve put them so far behind the eight ball,” he said. “So we get a holding call picked up, which I’ve never seen. Teams in the past that I’ve been on would use that as a crutch or excuse at the end of the game. If we got beat in overtime that call hinged the game and that shouldn’t have happened. I’ve never seen that happen.

“It fueled a bit of a fire for everybody and they used it to go out and win a football game. That’s the kind of team I want to be on. That’s what I told the guys in the locker room after the game. When things seem like they’re against you or the tide turns against you especially on the road, against a good offensive football team to turn around and use it and win the football game, that’s the kind of team I want to be on. That’s what we bond over.”


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