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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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Stepping in for starters

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2014 – 4:00 pm

Here are the players who will be stepping in for the starters who are not playing for the Bills against the Buccaneers this afternoon.

Cyril Richardson will start at left guard for Chris Williams
Corbin Bryant will start at defensive tackle for Kyle Williams

As expected Erik Pears will start at right guard with Seantrel Henderson starting at right tackle.


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Kyle likes Schwartz’s approach

Posted by Chris Brown on July 19, 2014 – 4:09 pm

Bills Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams spent most of the spring around his new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Heading into training camp he’s already developed an affinity for the defensive play caller’s coaching style.

“During minicamp and OTAs, it was intense,” said Williams of Schwartz’s approach. “Getting after guys and expecting a lot out of guys, which is great. It’s what we need. You have to push guys and challenge guys. It’s what you need as a leader and as a coordinator of the defense. I think we have some really good players and a guy that can do that and push guys and get them going is going to be an asset to us.”


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Mario on NFL’s Top 100 gives Bills a 1st

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2014 – 10:01 pm

Tonight (Wednesday) on the NFL’s Top 100 on NFL Network, Mario Williams became the fourth Bills player to appear on the list. His appearance at #29 also marks a league first in the four-year history of the countdown.

With the addition of Mario Williams, the Bills become the first team in the four-year history of the NFL’s Top 100 Players to have three defensive linemen appear in the Top 100 Players.

Mario joins linemates Marcell Dareus (#62) and Kyle Williams (#32). Kiko Alonso (#82) was also on the list.

This is the third time that Mario Williams appears on the list, and it’s his highest ranking ever. He was on it last year and ranked #72 and in 2011 when he ranked #71.


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4th Bills player to appear on NFL’s Top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2014 – 12:19 pm

In the latest installment of the NFL’s Top 100 on NFL Network another Bills player will be featured tonight (Wednesday).

Tonight’s installment will count down from 30-21, and Buffalo will have their fourth player named in the countdown to this point. So far Kiko Alonso (#84), Marcell Dareus (#62) and Kyle Williams (#32) have been featured on the list.

NFL Network’s Top 100 airs Wednesday at 9 PM ET, followed by The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show at 10 PM ET. Players who appear on this list are voted on solely by current NFL players.


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Healthy Kyle Williams ready to roll

Posted by Chris Brown on May 29, 2014 – 12:59 pm

It was the first run play in 11-on-11 on day one of OTAs and Kyle Williams, as he’s done many times before, sniffed out the play, shed his man and wrapped up the ball carrier on a tackle for loss. What was different was seeing Williams full go in May. Back-to-back offseason Achilles surgery in each of the past two years left the Pro Bowl DT a spectator, but Williams comes into OTAs this spring with a clean bill of health.

“I feel good. I think this is the first full offseason I’ve had in three or four years,” Williams said. “Being able to start back after the year and work rather than recover and then work. I’ve been able to build from day one so I’m excited about it.”

Instead of focusing on rehab and then offseason conditioning, it’s been all conditioning in preparation for football.

“I’m just stronger and better general condition,” said Williams. “I don’t have to wait on something to get better where I can work out and improve. I don’t think I’ve done OTAs in two years, maybe three. It’s good to be where I’m at now. It’s been a long time coming. I feel good and excited about what’s in front of me.”

 


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Kyle ranks among 3-4 DTs vs. run

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2014 – 1:33 pm

Pro Football Focus is still canvasing the 2013 season to assess individual player performance. Though the Bills finished 28th against the run as a team there was one defensive lineman in particular who excelled against the opponent’s ground game.

Bills Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams had one of the best season in 2013 against the run among 3-4 defensive tackles according to the film reviewers at Pro Football Focus. Here’s where they had him ranked.

Williams finished in the league’s top five in this category. He was also second on the Bills in 2013 in tackles for loss with 14. Mario Williams led the team with 15 TFLs.


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Pepper pumped about his D-line

Posted by Chris Brown on February 13, 2014 – 1:40 pm

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Pepper Johnson has been around the pro game for a long time following a 13-year playing career and 15 years in NFL coaching. He played with and coached a good number of talented defensive linemen, but that has no less impressed with the defensive line he’s inheriting here in Buffalo.

Knowing three of his defensive linemen made the Pro Bowl in Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams, Johnson likes the possibilities.

“I have an awesome group,” Johnson said. “From my understanding I think that room is going to be well educated football-wise and guys who are hungry and want to win ball games. If you want to win ball games I’m your man. That’s what I’m built for.

“I think it’s a very good group to work with. What makes me feel real comfortable about the job I have ahead of me is that I’m hearing a lot of good things about our room and how the guys are good to work with. If that holds true then I’m definitely looking forward to the season.”

Johnson has coached Kyle Williams before. He had him for a week at the Pro Bowl back in 2010.


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Kyle, Mario got Dareus on right path

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 10:53 am

When Marcell Dareus came to the Bills as their third overall pick in 2011, he was all of 21-years old. The commitment to being a pro every single day was something the talented defensive tackle had to learn. Fortunately for him he had mentors in Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.

It took until year three of his career for it to kick in, but Dareus prepared like a pro and it made him a more consistent player on the field. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Monday after he was named as an injury replacement to the Pro Bowl, Dareus tipped his hat to his two veteran teammates and fellow Pro Bowlers.

“To come in the league with Kyle Williams and Mario Williams they showed me so much and they told me just how to stay focused this year and learn the league and watch film and break film down the way it’s supposed to be broken down and stay consistent with your work, being with those guys I just kind of blossomed into the player that I always wanted to be,” he said. “I’ve just got to build on it and stay consistent and remain the guy I always want to be known as and that’s what I did this year.”


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