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Illness sidelines McKelvin

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2015 – 2:34 pm

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Bills DB Leodis McKelvin did not practice on Thursday. It was the first practice session he’s missed since coming off the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

McKelvin was absent due to illness on Thursday. No word on whether he’ll be back on the practice field Friday. DT Kyle Williams (knee) was the only other non-participant.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio (knee) was a limited participant with a knee injury.

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Rex: Kyle doesn’t look ready for this week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2015 – 5:23 pm

He’s missed the last two games with a knee injury suffered in Week 6 against Concinnati and according to head coach Rex Ryan, Kyle Williams is going to miss his third game. 

In his weekly radio appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan said that Williams is trying like crazy to heal up and get well, but indicated he won’t be fit to play against New England Monday night. 

“I don’t think he’s going to be ready to go this week,” said Ryan of Kyle Williams. 

If Williams in fact can’t play in New England next Monday its expected that Corbin Bryant will continue to start in his place. 

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Kyle plans to coach from sidelines

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2015 – 9:06 am

He was helping his fellow defensive linemen out all week in the film room breaking down the Dolphins offensive line, their offensive tendencies and player tells. On Sunday the injured Kyle Williams hopes to be helping from the sidelines against Miami.

“We obviously know these guys pretty well,” said Williams of the Dolphins. “I feel I can be an asset on the sideline for our guys and ask them what they’re looking at and different things that we see. I may have to stand behind the bench with a lower leg injury, but I’ll try to be as big a part (of the effort) as I can without being on the field.”

Williams is expected to miss the next two games with the knee injury he suffered in Week 6 against Cincinnati.

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Suh holds Bills D-line in high regard

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2015 – 10:08 am

Miami’s biggest offseason acquisition both physically and financially was Pro Bowl DT Ndamukong Suh. After a slow start Suh has begun to hit his stride, and though he’s focused on his own job each and every week, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t notice the talents of players on opposing defensive lines. That’s why he holds Buffalo’s defensive front in high regard.

“I respect every last one of those guys,” said Suh of Buffalo’s defensive line. “I know Mario (Williams) personally, I know Kyle (Williams), I’ve had some good interactions with him, young guy is ninety nine (DT Marcell Dareus) is playing at a high level well deserved contract, (DE) Jerry Hughes I know personally, all great guys, all high level defensive linemen and I have a lot of respect for them.”

Suh had four tackles including two for loss in Miami’s first meeting with Buffalo in Week 3.

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Rex: Kyle not ready to return yet

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2015 – 3:28 pm

Though there was a good deal of positive news on the Bills injury front Monday, the one player who is still not ready to return to action is Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams.

Head coach Rex Ryan provided an update on the veteran defensive lineman’s knee injury Monday.

“It’s a significant injury, but we anticipate him back at some point,” said Ryan. “To think he could come back now, I don’t think he’s ready for that. I don’t think there’s any doubt that he won’t be available this week. And he probably won’t be available for the Jets, given that it’s five days later. But he is making good progress.”

Williams said he is working to rehab the injury and eager to get back in the lineup to contribute.

“I’m getting better. It’s just going to take a little time and compared to how it got hit and where I got hit I actually got pretty lucky with the injury that I had,” said Williams. “It’s going to take a little time and I’ll work it every day because I’m definitely not wired or made to watch. I think I can help and be a big part of what we can do. So I’m just trying to get healthy to help my team and try not to break stuff when I do watch.”

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Four Bills don’t travel

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2015 – 7:04 am

The Bills are underway with their practice preparations for Sunday’s game at Wembley Stadium against the Jaguars, but four players did not make the trip.

Head coach Rex Ryan laid out the details of the four players who stayed behind. While none are expected to be on hand this week, Ryan isn’t declaring them out for Sunday’s game at this point.

“There are some guys who did not travel and we do not anticipate any of these guys being available for the week, but we have not ruled them out,” he said. “We have not ruled any of these players out. These players include Karlos Williams, he’s in the concussion protocol, as is Seantrel Henderson. Kyle Williams with a knee and then Percy Harvin has a non-injury related. He’s pretty much excused for personal reasons. So I’ll just leave it at that. So all those player we don’t anticipate having any of these players up to be available this week, but we have not ruled them out.”

Ryan did admit that Kyle Williams knee injury appears to be serious.

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Formula for Bills ‘D’ may be to simplify

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2015 – 2:37 pm

The Bills defense is more talented than most in the NFL, but that hasn’t always shown itself through the first month of the season. Part of the reason why is defensive communication. Too often the defense is still moving players around to get into the best possible play call for what they anticipate is coming from the opposing offense. The problem is the defensive alignment isn’t always set and ready, especially when opponents got to the no huddle, up tempo approach. It’s something each of Buffalo’s first four opponents have turned to at times. So what’s the solution?

In a word, simplify. Buffalo’s defense is so talented that even if they’re not in the best possible play call their players are good enough to still make a play. DT Kyle Williams believes there could be times where reducing their many options in their defensive system might be better so their talent can take over.

“We’ve had some guys coming in and out. We’ve been going up against a team that’s going hurry-up, no huddle, throwing different formations at you and going at a quick clip. They’re getting the ball in and out of the quarterback’s hands—that’s a challenge on its own,” Williams said. “When we’re getting stuff like that, we might bring it back down a little bit so we can line up and play fast. But we have to know when we have to do that, and when we don’t have to.”

Williams is expecting more quick pass game from the Titans Sunday, just like their previous opponents.

“It’s like everything else, if you’re having trouble stopping the run or whatever it may be, you’re going to see as much of that as they feel like they can handle, until you get it stopped,” he said. “We have to be prepared for it.”

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Bills know dangers of being streaky

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2015 – 12:34 pm

Through the first month of the season the Bills have looked really good one week and not so hot the next. Not surprisingly, their record sits at 2-2. For many of the veterans on this team they know being streaky is not the formula if they want to get to the postseason.

Veteran DT Kyle Williams looking at the defense specifically feels their side of the ball is a microcosm of the team’s 2-2 record.

“The frustrating thing is being streaky, and streaky is tough,” he said. “The way the league operates-you’re great one week, you’re the worst the next—but that’s kinda how we’ve performed, it’s been up and down. It really is. It’s really series to series. I said it on Sunday-you look at different series, different stretches in the games, we’ve played well-communicated well.  And then on either key situations, or different down and distance, personnel, we haven’t.   We just really have to hone in, go one play at a time, one series at a time, and execute our game plan and what we’re doing.”

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Which DL will be on the move this week?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2015 – 9:06 am

In Week 1 Bills Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams was moved around to a number of different alignments pre-snap from one series to the next and in some cases one play to the next. It was all designed to create confusion for the opposing offensive line. Williams anticipates much of the same this week, but will it be him who is on the move?

“We’re going to line up all over the place,” said Williams. “I’m going to line up all over the place, Mario, Jerry, everybody’s going to line up all over the place. It’s something you have to get comfortable with, we’ve tried to get comfortable with it in in OTAs and training camp. The more comfortable we get with it, the more uncomfortable they’re going to be.

“You can tell what the confusion and disguise can do to an offense.  Whether we’re blitzing four or more, or whether we’re just bringing four and we’re giving that look—it’s a good thing for us to be able to do,especially against elite quarterbacks. You have to be able to throw wrinkles at them to confuse them. You can’t just line up and say, ’hey, this is what we’re going to do.’ They’ll find the weakness in it.”

With Marcell Dareus back in the lineup this week, the variations of looks figure to be even more numerous this week.

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Youngsters on Pats OL doing extra prep

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2015 – 4:34 pm

There’s a very good chance that the New England Patriots will need to start a pair of rookie offensive linemen Sunday against the Bills. With starting C Bryan Stork placed on I-R/Des. to Return and starting guard Ryan Wendell recovering from an illness, New England may have to start rookie G Shaq Mason alongside rookie center David Andrews as they did in Week 1. That could spell trouble for Tom Brady when it comes to inside pass pressure knowing Buffalo’s boasts a pair of Pro Bowl DTs in Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.

Patriots QB Tom Brady said the offensive linemen have been prepping overtime with blitz pickups and pass protection in general.

“It’s challenging, and we’ve been preparing,” said Brady. “We’ve done blitz pickup probably more than any other team in football since the spring started, especially with some young players in there up front, so just to have a lot of work that we’ve kind of put in the bank and know that you’ve got to trust the guys next to you that when you make a call, you know, we’re going against probably the best D-line in football.

“These guys are phenomenal all the way across the board, so it puts a lot of pressure on the offense to communicate well, trust each other, and then when that breaks down I throw it as quick as I can. I don’t want to be the one holding the ball all day and see if they can get home because you know they can.”

At the same time he’s been impressed with his new man in the pivot, Andrews.

“I think Dave [Andrews] has done a great job,” said Brady. “He’s got an opportunity, and he’s really taken advantage of it. I’m really impressed by the way that he’s come to work and the challenge that he … He played at a big time college, so he’s been in front of a lot of crowds in a good conference. So, he’s just stepped in, and to start undrafted and to be a starting center last week, and then moving forward in the season we’ll see what happens, but he’s done a great job, and I think he’s obviously gained the trust of his coaches and teammates, which is ultimately what you’re trying to do as a pro athlete.”

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Kyle: Good week to get Marcell back

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 1:46 pm

Any week would be a good week to get a Pro Bowl caliber defensive tackle back on the field, but when you’re facing a divisional opponent with a high-powered offense, the return of Marcell Dareus means all the more.

Dareus’ linemate Kyle Williams was pretty pumped to have the big fella back in the lineup this week to face New England.

“It’s great to have a really good player back with us,” said Williams. “He helps us even more, and we’re excited to have him back. It couldn’t come at a better time.”

“He’s a 100-million dollar man and we expect a lot from him and he understands that,” said Aaron Williams. “He knows his role and his responsibility and he’s also one of our leaders so he understands all that.”

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Bradham on crowd noise: Keep it coming

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2015 – 9:05 am

Bills LB Nigel Bradham has played more than his fair share of home games in Orchard Park, but on Sunday, Week 1 against the Colts, the din raining down from the fans onto the field was the most noise he has ever experienced.

As we profiled on today, Rex Ryan’s first win was special for many reasons, but the fans coming through on his request for vocal support might have been the trump card.

“This one was crazy,” Bradham told “I honestly could yell on the field and not hear myself at all. To the top of my lungs yelling and Preston (Brown) is like four yards over and he can’t even hear me. So we had to use hand signals man. That was the most exciting and loud I’ve ever heard it in here. It’s been loud, but that was another level.”

Head coach Rex Ryan admitted that in practice this week they’re going to have to prepare better for the crowd noise.

“The thing we really gotta start working on is, I’ve got to pump the volume up for our defense in practice because we kind of blew some communication things out there,” Ryan said. “But it’s because our fans were so awesome, but we’ve got to expect it. Our team has to expect it. So I’ve got to really work at it and dial it in, but man it was unbelievable.”

Buffalo’s defensive players did admit there were some communication problems with pre-snap checks and adjustments to alignments and formation, but they’re not about to tell Bills fans to keep quiet.

“We did have communication issues, but keep it coming,” said Bradham. “It’s a bigger problem for them and you could see the delay of games, the timeouts they had to take, the false starts.”

“There were definitely some problems here and there,” said Kyle Williams. “But you don’t want them to change at all because it’s more of an issue for them than it is for us.”

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Kyle: I have faith in our fans

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2015 – 11:03 am

If you ask Kyle Williams, Bills fans at home games are always pretty loud, which is why he’s confident that they’ll be raring to go today come 1 pm.

Williams believes their volume can absolutely impact an opponent’s offensive execution, so he’s hoping they’re as jacked for the game as the players.

“You look at the home opener last year, the kind of confusion they can create for an offense. They can limit what he can do at the line, they can limit their snap counts,” said Williams. “They can cause penalties on them, they can cause missed assignments because they didn’t hear the communication—there’s a lot of things our fans have always done.  It’s not like we’re asking them to do something they’ve never done. I just think it’s important for them to know how big a part they can play in the game because we have the greatest fans in the league. And for us to play against the caliber of offensive team that we’re playing, its going to be a critical part of the game.”

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Hughes: Dareus extension means bright future

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2015 – 2:33 pm

Bills DE Jerry Hughes signed a new long-term contract of his own this past offseason as an impending free agent. Now his fellow linemate has been locked up long term as well in Marcell Dareus, who signed a multi-year contract extension Thursday. For Hughes it says a lot about what ownership is striving for by keeping important core pieces of a top flight defense together.

“It just shows that the future is very bright. For them to come out and extend Marcell the way they did it’s tremendous for him, the ownership, the Bills organization. So we’re just happy to have him back in the building.”

Naturally head coach Rex Ryan is excited to know he’ll have Dareus at the front of his defense for years to come.

“I’ve had some great ones during my time. I’ve been blessed to really coach some fantastic players and he certainly be on top of that list,” said Ryan. “So to have somebody like that obviously is a great comfort level. You can do so much and when you combine him with what we have, with Kyle Williams as smart as he is, as talented as he is and Mario (Williams) and Jerry (Hughes) and all the guys…Man no wonder I came to Buffalo, that’s a heck of a deal.”

“I think you get a young, great player like that, a guy that’s been around us for a while that you have a good comfort zone with I’m glad he’s here,” said Kyle Williams. “I never expected him to leave. I’m happy for him most of all and now we go into football games.”


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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, 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, 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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