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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.

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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.

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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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Vets not interested in moral victories

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2013 – 11:26 pm

The ‘close but no cigar’ expression wasn’t one that veteran players on the Bills roster were ready to stomach after a close two-point loss at the hands of their nemesis New England. After losing 23-21 while they understood their head coach was right that the little things matter in close games, the talk about them playing a decent game wasn’t accepted.

“This season started in March, and you go through a lot to get ready to play and just because all of you said we were going to get beat by 50 and we get beat by three doesn’t make me feel any better,” said Kyle Williams. “I’m here to win. I’ve been around a long time. I just want to win and we have to find a way to make the plays at the end of the game.”

“We just have to get better. We have to win,” said Mario Williams, who had a pair of tackles. “We have to come together as a defense. Regardless of what’s going on, we have to be able to get turnovers, score on defense and make it happen.”

“There are no moral victories in this game,” Leonhard told “No one five weeks from now is going to say, ‘Hey remember when the Buffalo Bills played the New England Patriots really close?’ It doesn’t matter. It’s a wins and losses business, and we let one slip (Sunday). We have to do whatever it takes to not let this happen again.”


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Bills try to make sense of penalties

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2013 – 11:21 pm

The penalty count was 10 to 4 in Buffalo’s season opening loss to the Patriots and the Bills were on the wrong side of the ledger. The players and coaches know they can’t have that many and win games.

“Penalties when you’re under pressure can happen,” said Kyle Williams. “You get a face mask when you really didn’t mean to or your holding a guy or you might hit a guy late, not excessively late but still late, the thing that’s hard are the pre-snap penalties, the off sides, the false starts, misalignments, those sorts of things are things that are killing you and you really have to pay close attention.”

“Ten to four, I think it’s hard to overcome especially when offensively you have a young quarterback and you’re a young team,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “It’s not acceptable. We have officials at every practice, we have to get together as a staff and we’ve got to figure out a way not to have that. We have to look at them and evaluate them first. The officials, we think we have the best officials in the world out there and I think they do a nice job. We just have to look at it.  Ten to four, obviously that’s a lopsided situation and poor on our part.”


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Marrone taking wait and see on Leonhard

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2013 – 4:26 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone doesn’t deny that Jim Leonhard knows Buffalo’s defensive scheme, having called the plays for three seasons in Mike Pettine’s defense in New York from 2009-2011, but when it comes to expectations for Week 1, Buffalo’s sideline boss is taking a wait and see approach.

“I’ve heard a lot of things,” said coach Marrone. “He’s been in the system before, but I’ll wait to see him out here and see how he reacts to it because the system has changed.”

Leonhard was seen at One Bills Drive being greeted by Fred Jackson and Kyle Williams, both of whom were with the team when Leonhard was last playing for Buffalo.

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Team reacts to loss of Kolb

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2013 – 11:08 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams couldn’t explain why the team came out flat as he described it. And while they’ll work to address that the players know the personnel department has to remedy the situation at quarterback where at the end of Saturday’s game there was just one healthy player in Jeff Tuel.

“That’s kind of scary to look at with only one guy back there,” said Williams. “Hopefully, it’s not too serious with him. Hopefully,  EJ can continue to get better.  Jeff’s done a good job when he’s played, but you don’t want one, going into any game, much less a preseason game.”

Buffalo is already working on bringing veteran free agents in for workouts with reports of Matt Leinard and John Beck coming in.

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Players bugged by preseason loss

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2013 – 11:06 pm

Perhaps in the past the players might not have been all that bothered by a preseason defeat knowing it doesn’t count in the standings. That wasn’t the case Saturday afternoon.

“It’s very tough and it doesn’t matter if its preseason or regular season,” said Bryan Scott. “The one thing I noticed after this game is that guys care. You see guys around this locker room to go out and lose that way, at the end of the day it matters to us.”

“We won two preseason games, that’s no reason to come out and try to sleepwalk through a third,” said Kyle Williams. “Hopefully we’ll learn from the mistakes we made this week.  And we’ll try to correct them and get better.”

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