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Kyle: These losses hurt us just like the fans

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2013 – 12:18 pm

Bills captain Kyle Williams was still stewing in Buffalo’s locker room just minutes after their gut wrenching loss to Atlanta in overtime. He knows there have been enough of those kinds of losses over the years where it becomes an easy joke for those on the outside. Williams wanted everyone to know for the players there’s nothing funny about it.

“It’s easy to be in the catbird seat and look down on it and say ‘Same old (expletive),’ or whatever it may be, but I feel bad for the guys because of all the work that goes into it,” Williams said. “What guys play through and all the hours they put in. And a lot of times games like this become a punch line like it’s funny and it’s not to us. It’s not. It’s frustrating, but I believe with everything in me that I’m going to do the right things and I’m going to play as hard as I can and on the back end of this for me it’s going to that much better.”


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Kyle Williams active for today’s game

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2013 – 2:42 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams entered today’s game against Atlanta as questionable, but he’s active for today’s game and is expected to start. Here now are the inactives for the Bills for today’s game against the Falcons.

QB Jeff Tuel
RB Ronnie Wingo
CB Brandon Smith
LB Ty Powell
G J.J. Unga
G Antoine McClain
TE Chris Gragg

I would not read anything into the sight of Gragg on the inactive list. With all of their receivers healthy, I think it is what ultimately moved Gragg to the inactive list this week.

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Kyle’s back acts up, questionable for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2013 – 12:05 pm

Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams was a surprise non-participant at practice Friday due to a flare up with his lower back this morning. As a result head coach Doug Marrone has listed him as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Falcons in Toronto.

“Kyle Williams will be questionable for the game,” said Marrone. “He’s 50-50. It just popped up, lower back. Those things are tough. I’ve been through those things before. I had a player when I was in New York, during walk through just went down to get in his stance and his back locked up. When you talk about backs and hamstrings and things you really don’t know.”

Williams said it happened when he went to get out of bed in the morning.

“It was fun this morning. I think I woke everybody up,” Williams quipped. “I guess I slept on it wrong and when I stepped to get out of bed it cinched up on me.”

Having never had a back spasm before, it’s new territory for Williams. Despite playing hurt in the past, his lack of familiarity with this kind of muscle issue left him cautiously optimistic that he’d be able to play Sunday.

“We’ve got today and tomorrow and we’ll treat it and get ready for Sunday,” said Williams. “We’ll see when we get to Sunday. I don’t know how to gauge it right now. We’re working on it and I plan on playing, but at the same time if you can’t you’re only going to hurt everybody else. If you can, you can. If you can’t, you can’t. We’ve got plenty of time, we’re going to work on it and be aggressive and see how it goes.”

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Kyle Williams not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2013 – 11:08 am

Bills DT Kyle Williams usually get a day off of practice a week, but he is not typically sidelined late in the week. That is the case today here at One Bills Drive Friday.

We’ll get official word on why Williams is being held out and his status for Sunday’s game post-practice from head coach Doug Marrone.

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Best tandem since ‘The Package’?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2013 – 9:52 am

As we profiled on today Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus are a pretty impressive interior tandem. Are they the best interior duo since ‘The Package?’

For those Bills fans that don’t remember, the duo dubbed ‘The Package’ was Ted Washington and Pat Williams. Buffalo was a strict 3-4 front back in the late 90’s and early in his career, Pat Williams was rotated in as a run down defender, while Washington was the full-time two-gap nose tackle. Washington and Williams lined up alongside one another appeared to clog up all three of the front side gaps at times. They were instrumental in leading the Bills 1999 defense to the number one defensive ranking that season.

The two were the main reason why that ’99 defense still ranks number one in team history for fewest rushing yards allowed in a 16-game season. Buffalo’s ’99 defense allowed just 1,370 rushing yards that season. For perspective, Buffalo’s defense this year has allowed 1,307 rushing yards in 11 games.

Washington and Williams were also part of the 1997 defense that finished in the top five in team history in sacks with 46. That appears to be something Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus can help to eclipse this season to move into the top 5 themselves.

Pat Williams was also part of another formidable interior duo for two seasons with free agent signee Sam Adams from 2003-2004. The 2004 unit finished second in the league in total defense.

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Bills DT sacks don’t surprise Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2013 – 8:11 am

As we profiled on today, the combination of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus has been extremely productive this season. They currently stand second and fourth on the team in sacks. Williams has seven and Dareus has five. But head coach Doug Marrone is not surprised by their pass rush success, particularly that of Williams.

I think years ago when the majority of the football was run to pass ratio, I re starting to see to change a little bit over the past four or five years to a little bit more pass,” Marrone said. “I always thought schematically you can do things to help yourself with those edge rushers, but inside is tougher.

“Depending on what you’re going to do, the center is going to go one way or the other, but that one guard is going to be put one on one quite a bit. I think a lot of it is matchups, but again you have to remember that Kyle Williams is
probably one of the best if not one of the better players at his position in the league right now. He’s playing at an extremely high level.”

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Value of healthy roster not lost on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2013 – 5:44 pm

They know being healthy doesn’t guarantee anything, but heading into the last month of the season with a roster that has just about all its weapons on offense and defense ready to roll is providing the Bills with a sense of optimism entering the home stretch of the season.

“Everybody’s extremely optimistic to get everybody out there 100-percent or as close to it as possible,” said Fred Jackson. “It will be interesting to see, something we’ve been excited about all offseason and all this season.  To get everybody out there and get everybody on the same page is something we’re looking forward to.”

“It’s good to have everybody back healthy going into the homestretch of the season,” said Kyle Williams. “In the last month of the year, it could be a big month for us and it’s good to have all hands on deck.”

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Other Bills in Pro Bowl running

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 4:04 pm

With the news coming down that Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso are the leading vote getters among fans at their respective positions for the 2014 Pro Bowl, here are some of the other Bills who are in the hunt at their positions for fan votes.

DT Marcell Dareus – 3rd
DT Kyle Williams – 5th
SS Aaron Williams – 6th
K Dan Carpenter – 10th
ST Marcus Easley – 10th

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said just last week that if the team had a better won-loss record that Marcus Easley would have an excellent chance of being a Pro Bowl special teams player with the success he’s had in coverage.

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Kyle makes Pro Bowl cheat sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2013 – 3:06 pm

The fellas at ProFootballFocus have put together their Week 10 Pro Bowl cheat sheet, with a list of current players whose performance thus far this season has made them worthy. Buffalo had just one player on the list.

DT Kyle Williams was selected as the team’s sole representative. Here’s what they wrote.

Defensive Tackle
The Starters: Jason Hatcher (DAL), Gerald McCoy (TB), Randy Starks (MIA) and Kyle Williams (BUF)

I feel a little bad that I went for balance here which put the more one-dimensional types like Damon Harrison and Brandon Mebane on the sidelines. They both deserve praise for their play but snap counts could be their enemy by the time we get to the Pro Bowl. Instead we’ve gone for guys more accustomed to an every down role, with perhaps the biggest surprise being the name of Starks. Watch how well he has played this year and then we’ll see if you beg to differ.

The Backups: Jurrell Casey (TEN) and Ndamukong Suh (DET)

You can vote for the Bills players you feel are worthy for the Pro Bowl with voting open right now.

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More kudos for Bills D-line

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2013 – 10:25 am

The stat crunchers and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus are again giving praise to Buffalo’s defensive line. Though their performance came in a loss at Pittsburgh, PFF was impressed with an across the board effort by the Bills men up front.

Here’s some of what they wrote about the Bills D-line from Sunday’s game.

Defensive Line Dominates
It should be obvious by now, but the highlight of the Bills roster is their defensive line and, while we’ve seen big performances from two of the three starters, this was the most complete performance of the year for Alan Branch (+3.5), Marcell Dareus (+5.6) and Kyle Williams (+4.9) as a trio.

The three combined for a grade of +9.9 against the run, while Dareus did even more damage as a pass rusher.
With a sack and three hurries from 29 pass rushes, he finished the game with a Pass Rushing Productivity Rating of 11.2.

While it was against center Fernando Velasco (-4.4) that he found the most success, both as a pass rusher and against the run, his biggest play came against right tackle, Marcus Gilbert on 3rd-and-7 with 8:48 to go in the third quarter. Beating him to the outside with ease, he was able to swat the ball away from Ben Roethlisberger and force a fumble, with only the quarterback’s quick reaction, and a bit of luck, preventing the turnover.

Up until now Dareus’ play has been much more up and down, but he’s been on an impressive run of form for much of this season, as he puts together his best year so far.

The three highest graded players were Marcell Dareus (+5.6), Kyle Williams (+4.9) and Alan Branch (+3.5)

Another solid day rushing the passer for Jerry Hughes who picked up two sacks and a hurry on 18 pass rushes. That was more than Mario Williams (one hurry on 31 pass rushes) managed.

PFF Game Ball
While it may have been in a losing effort, the level of play from the Bills defensive line was the highlight of the day, with Marcell Dareus proving to be the best of the bunch.

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Kyle ranking among top interior rushers

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2013 – 11:39 am

Bills DT Kyle Williams had a solid game last week against the Chiefs. His performance earned him Unsung Defensive Player of the Week honors from SI’s Monday Morning Quarterback site.

Here’s what they wrote about Buffalo’s Pro Bowl DT along with their charts that measures their own devised metric called pressure points.

Williams didn’t have a sack against the undefeated Chiefs on Sunday, but he had his usual understated impact with two drawn holds, four hurries and one hit to place fourth for the week.

“I think it’s a hard thing to really point out stats all the time because they don’t tell the full story,” Williams said this week. “There’s different ways to impact games. You can have sacks and tackles, which everybody likes to get, but sometimes, whether it’s for scheme or how the game goes, you don’t get those. But are you helping create opportunities for your team or for your teammates and doing good things in that area? That’s just as important as those other things.”

Williams has continued to do that all season, despite making the switch to Mike Pettine’s 3-4 hybrid scheme. Williams, who mostly plays three technique, is sixth in our pressure rate for the season.

Week 9





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Kyle: We’ve got to kick the door down

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2013 – 9:40 pm

The Bills are playing their hardest each and every week for Doug Marrone and his staff, but they’re just not making the critical plays at crucial times in the game to post victories. That’s how team co-captain Kyle Williams sees it. He thinks it’s time they take that next step and break through to the winning side of the ledger.

“The frustrating thing where everybody is frustrating is, we go in and we go in and we turn on the film on Sunday and what we see is not 3-6,” said Williams. “It’s every game. It’s a play here or a play there. Nobody’s going to give it to you, nobody’s
going to let you win.  We go out and play really well both sides and really kind of control the game, but the ball
bounces funny and sometimes you got to overcome those things.

“We’ve got to keep grinding.  We’ve got to keep working and know that things are headed the right way.  We just got to kick the door down and win one football game.  Just one. Let’s go win one football game and the next week, let’s win one
more.  I think that’s what we need to focus on.”

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PFF credits play of Kyle, Dareus, Gilmore

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2013 – 10:13 am

The Bills loss to the Saints on Sunday was far from something to celebrate, but ProFootballFocus looks at the play of each individual in the game. There were three players in particular on defense, who performed admirably against New Orleans.

Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus were credited for their play on the defensive interior as they blew up a lot of the inside run plays the Saints attempted. Also credited with solid play was Stephon Gilmore as he was in elite company with his performance on Sunday. Here was PFF’s assessment.

Monsters in the Middle
Though it was in a losing effort, the Bills got a pair of monster performances out of their defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus. Both terrorized center Brian De La Puente all game, with the Saint finishing the day at -4.6 for his efforts. Williams did his part early forcing a punt on New Orleans’ second drive (1Q, 8:36). De La Puente didn’t have much of a chance on the reach block as Williams exploded through the lane vacated by the pull blocker and tackled the running back for a two yard loss. He also had success against left guard Ben Grubbs (e.g. 1Q, 1:16 and 3Q, 13:15), and finished at +4.8 with two sacks, two pressures, and a stop on all three of his tackles.

As with his counterpart, it’s difficult to pick out just a few plays for Dareus (+4.5). He made plays in both run defense and pass rushing against De La Puente as he stopped Khiry Robinson for a short gain at 3:30 of the first. Also at 1:27 of the second quarter Dareus came away with a QB hit (though the play was nullified).

- Stephon Gilmore was one of two cornerbacks this week who played at least 25% of defensive snaps and didn’t give up a single yard in coverage (34 snaps). The other was Darrelle Revis.  


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Kyle out sick for practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2013 – 11:08 am

Kyle Williams is not in attendance at practice due to an illness.

Coach Marrone said he will be fine for Sunday’s game.

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Spiller doing more, Kyle back in

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2013 – 12:28 pm

C.J. Spiller is again participating in individual position drills. He talked about doing more in practice on Thursday and that looks to be the case.

He appears to still be limited, but we’ll get his official practice participation later this afternoon.

Kyle Williams after getting his customary Wednesday off is back in the practice setting.

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Spiller sits out Wednesday practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2013 – 3:08 pm

C.J. Spiller did a little bit of individual position drill work, but otherwise did not participate in practice due to a persistent ankle injury Wednesday.

Spiller is still expected to play Sunday at Miami. Joining the Bills feature back on the non-participation list was QB EJ Manuel (knee) and DT Kyle Williams (Achilles). Here’s the rest of the injury report.

Limited in practice
WR Stevie Johnson – low back
CB Ron Brooks – foot
LB Manny Lawson – hamstring
DE Mario Williams – undisclosed (to be provided when injury report is released)

Full practice
QB Thad Lewis – foot

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Dareus raises game, inspired by Kyle

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 11:12 pm

Mario Williams had a big game in Week 2 when Carolina chose to focus double team attention on the likes of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. That extra attention shifted to Mario on Sunday against the Ravens, leaving Dareus in his share of one-on-one situations. Situations that more often than not he won.

Dareus was the team’s second-leading tackler in the game Sunday with seven, including a pair of sacks on Joe Flacco and a pair of quarterback hits. His sacks came near the end of the first half and near the end of the game. One forced a punt, while the other put Baltimore in a 2nd-and-18 situation.

Buffalo’s former first-round pick, admitted after the game that he was inspired by the veteran linemate alongside him on the defensive interior.

“It was just a point of emphasis from Kyle Williams-give everything you have,” he said. “He’s going to do it for us, that’s how I always feel like I should play, do the best I can regardless of the situation. Head down, whatever, just keep pushing until the whistle blows.  Super Bowl champs-you’ve got to do the best you can.  I didn’t know what they had for us, I just wanted to do the best I can.

“We knew we had to anchor down, play low.  Not let them push us around.  We went out there with that on our minds. And we did what we said we were going to do.

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Kyle, Urbik back practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2013 – 11:51 am

Buffalo got a starting offensive lineman and defensive lineman back on the practice field Thursday.

Kyle Williams (Achilles) and Kraig Urbik (knee) both sat out Wednesday’s practice, but we’re back working Thursday. Both are expected to play Sunday against the Ravens.

We’ll get the official measure of their participation post practice.

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Mario doesn’t practice, but plans to play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 6:06 pm

Bills DE Mario Williams did not practice on Wednesday, but fully intends to play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Williams sustained an ankle injury early in last Sunday’s game against the Jets.

“It happened the first time in the first quarter,” said Williams. “Just go through, fight through it, it happened again. It’s good, getting better.”

When asked if he’ll be healthy enough to play on Sunday against Baltimore, Williams made it sound like it won’t be a second thought.

“Oh yeah. Definitely going to be ready,” he said. “That’s not even on my mind as far as worrying about that.”

Bills head coach Doug Marrone also indicated that Kyle Williams, who did not practice Wednesday due to a sore Achilles would also be ready to play Sunday.

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Kyle, Dareus also freeing up Alonso

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2013 – 9:15 am

Bills defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus are not only working well off each other, they’re also demanding so much attention up front that they’re keeping opposing offensive linemen from reaching the second level. That’s allowing Kiko Alonso to flow freely to the ball without any road blocks.

“They’ve kept me really clean. I think that’s why I was able to make the plays that I’ve made because of them,” Alonso told “They’re doing a great job.”

Alonso admits with Williams or Dareus demanding double team attention he can get to the football faster.

“It makes it a lot easier when you can make a free run and make a tackle,” he said. “It makes it a lot easier. They’re doing a great job keeping the O-linemen off me and making plays on the quarterback and sacking the quarterback. They’re two great athletes.”

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