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Bills will go big to fix goal line defense

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 2:05 pm

Head coach Rex Ryan is never afraid to tell it like it is and when it’s come to his team’s defense in goal-to-go situations it hasn’t been good at all. Over the last five games their red zone defense has slipped from first in the league to 19th, and the main culprit is goal-to-go situations. But Ryan and his defensive staff have come up with a very logical solution.

According to Ryan the Bills have given up 12 touchdowns on 22 goal-to-go plays. When opponents have been in 1st-and-goal situations anywhere from the five-yard line or closer they have scored 100 percent of the time against Buffalo.

Ryan said getting Marcell Dareus back in the lineup on a regular basis will help their goal line defense. Dareus is coming off his best game of the season against Jacksonville. He had eight tackles including three for loss along with a pair of sacks. But there’s another part of the plan to pair with Dareus on goal line defense.

“Having Marcell back will certainly help and we’re going to activate (DeAndre) Coleman a 340-pound defensive tackle,” said head coach Rex Ryan in his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Horton’s. “I think that’s going to help us also.”

Coleman was just called up from the practice squad this week, and based on Ryan’s plans will see action at least in the goal line situations.


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Harvin, Woods, Darby out; Goodwin, Dareus to play

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 1:38 pm

Buffalo will be down another couple of receivers and one of their top cornerbacks against the Raiders high flying offense. Fortunately Marquise Goodwin will be available Sunday after leaving practice early Thursday with a wrist injury.

“I think he’s okay,” said Rex Ryan of Goodwin. “He practiced (Friday).”

Marcell Dareus is also ready to play on Sunday as he’ll be able to perform through an abdominal strain.

“He made it through the week well,” said Ryan. “He’s ready to go.”

OUT
WR Percy Harvin – migraines
WR Robert Woods – knee
CB Ronald Darby – concussion

QUESTIONABLE
G Richie Incognito – neck
DT Marcell Dareus – abdominal
RB Mike Gillislee – hamstring
TE Charles Clay – knee
S Sergio Brown – hamstring
G John Miller – shoulder
WR Sammy Watkins – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – back
S James Ihedigbo – ankle
LB Lorenzo Alexander – ankle
WR Marquise Goodwin – wrist


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Groy to start, Rex feels good about Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 2:03 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan put the starting status of a few positions up for grabs this week in practice in an effort to foster competition and improve consistency. On Friday he only confirmed who will be manning on starting role on Sunday.

“We’re going to start (Ryan) Groy at center, but that’s really the only lineup change that I’m comfortable saying right now,” said Ryan.

As for Marcell Dareus, who is battling his way through a groin injury, Ryan is optimistic that his defensive tackle will be able to suit up in Cincinnati.

“I don’t want to ‘cat’ myself, but I’m feeling pretty good about the big man,” he said.


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Dareus, Tate, Woods among limited Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2016 – 4:01 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said his team is the healthiest it’s been in a while and he’s got an injury report to prove it. Only DT Corbin Bryant was unable to practice Wednesday. A handful of players were limited.

The only real question mark for Sunday’s game among the limited participants is DT Marcell Dareus, who is still working his way back from a groin injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Corbin Bryant DT Shoulder DNP
Brandon Tate WR Concussion LP
Jerry Hughes LB Hand LP
Walt Powell WR Hip LP
Robert Woods WR Foot LP
Marcell Dareus DT Groin LP

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Dareus, Bryant, Tate all out for Monday night 

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2016 – 12:16 pm

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was unable to practice Saturday and has been ruled out for Monday nights game at Seattle with a groin injury. 

This will be the fourth game Dareus will miss due to injury this season. Fellow defensive tackle Corbin Bryant will also miss the game with a shoulder injury. Jerel Worthy is expected to see a lot of snaps in their absence. 

All of Buffalo’s other injured players are questionable for the game including running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy was limited again in practice on Saturday, but head coach Rex Ryan has stated that he thinks McCoy is really close and has a good chance to play Monday night. 

OUT

DT Marcell Dareus – groin

DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder

WR Brandon Tate – concussion

QUETIONABLE

TE Charles Clay – knee

OT Cordy Glenn – ankle

RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring

LB Lorenzo Alexander – hamstring

RB Reggie Bush – groin

LB Lerentee McCray – knee

WR Robert Woods – foot

LB Jerry Hughes – hand


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Dareus “really limited”

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 3:22 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan gave an injury update post practice on Friday on a couple of starting defensive tackles.

Kyle Williams missed practice, but it was due to illness not an injury. Meanwhile Marcell Dareus practiced on a limited basis and according to Ryan he didn’t do a whole lot.

“We said limited and we mean really limited,” said Ryan. “We hope the fact that he did a little something today is hopefully a good sign.”

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Kyle Williams – illness
DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder
WR Brandon Tate – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring
LB Jerry Hughes – hand
WR Robert Woods – foot
LB Lerentee McCray – knee
LB Lorenzo Alexander – hamstring
RB Reggie Bush – groin
DT Marcell Dareus – groin

FULL PARTICIPATION
WR Marquise Goodwin – concussion


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Fan Friday 11-4

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 2:25 pm

Prime time game for the Bills on Monday night. Tough place to play, but hopefully they put their best performance together in all three phases for this one. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see the #bills picking up Tyrod’s option if they finish at or below .500 & don’t make playoffs?

Ben Reich
@Ben_Reich

CB: I know there have been a lot of opinions about where this team should go with Tyrod Taylor moving forward. The expectations were high and the passing game has taken a step back this season. I don’t think there’s any debate about that. Not having Sammy Watkins in the lineup is certainly a factor, along with just about every member of the supporting cast in the passing game missing some time.

Here’s what every Bills fan that wants to move on from Tyrod Taylor needs to think about no matter what the Bills record is at the end of the season.

Can you do better?

I understand fans WANT better production and more consistent production from the quarterback position. But the bigger question is CAN you find better production and more consistent production in another quarterback?

Any quarterback in the draft is just a projection, an educated guess. Set to become free agents are QBs like Case Keenum, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer (injured), Geno Smith, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder.

Everyone has an opinion on the quarterbacks listed above, but one would be hard pressed to say that you could do better drawing from that list.

I do still want to see more from Taylor and there’s a half of a season to play. So let’s see what he provides and hopefully it convinces everyone one way or the other.

I just think before anyone decides to toss him overboard that you see what the alternatives are and think long and hard about what you’re wishing for and what’s really out there.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills 

It seems as though @ajwilliams23 was the leader in secondary, who do you see stepping up and fillin that leader role #Bills

Nick amidon@namidon1004

CB: As we covered in our daily Bills Today column earlier this week, Robert Blanton is going to be the primary replacement at safety and will line up alongside Corey Graham in the secondary at safety. Aaron Williams is a loss from the defensive backfield.

As far as leadership however, Corey Graham is a more than capable leader and a vocal one at that. So in terms of veteran leadership they’re covered there.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills 

Is Dareus tradeable this offseason? Large contract to unload but even if we could walk from it for someone else with those $

BC72
@bchud1972

CB: Short answer here. Not tradeable. If you traded him you would have more than $45M in dead money accelerate onto your cap. Not a viable option. Not an option next year either. Dead cap money would still be upwards of $32M.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills what should we expect from Percy this week? What’s the timetable on Sammys return?

Jon Snow 2016@RobRage38

CB: I think if Harvin plays we’re going to see a package of plays from him, something like 15-20 plays. While he is in shape to perform like we’re used to seeing Harvin perform, I don’t think he’s in the kind of football shape that would allow him to play 50-60 plays on Monday night. I think you risk exposing him to injury if that kind of demand is put on him after not being in a football setting for more than a calendar year.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is Reggie Bush going to be KR/PR? Powell?

Kevin@KevinMassare

CB: With Brandon Tate not expected to play Monday night (concussion protocol) Reggie Bush would be the next man up on kick return. Mike Gillislee is another consideration there. If he dresses for Monday night there’s always a chance that Percy Harvin gets a crack on a return as well.

 


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Dareus: For me Monday night is TBD

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2016 – 2:52 pm

Marcell Dareus headlined the list of non-participants at practice Thursday. Unfortunately for Dareus it’s a new injury. Up until last Sunday it was a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined, but now Dareus has a groin injury.

“Man, if it’s not one thing, it’s another,” said a frustrated Dareus. “I’m just constantly trying to stay strong and be here for my guys and get better.”

Dareus said that he injured his groin on one of the last plays of the game when he tackled LeGarrette Blount. As for playing on Monday night, Dareus said that decision has not yet been made.

“It’s to be determined right now,” said Dareus. “I’m steadily working with it and steadily working at it, trying to get it to a point where I can go.”

Here’s a look at the practice participation for Thursday.

DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Lorenzo Alexander – hamstring
DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder
RB Reggie Bush – groin
DT Marcell Dareus – groin
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
WR Brandon Tate – concussion
LB Lerentee McCray – knee

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Charles Clay – ankle
WR Marquise Goodwin – concussion
LB Jerry Hughes – hand
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring
WR Robert Woods – foot


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Bills unlikely to have Dareus or Woods

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2016 – 2:57 pm

While the chances of Marcell Dareus and Robert Woods are at about 25 percent to play Sunday and LeSean McCoy is a true question mark for the game, there are a couple of questionable players expected to take the field at Miami.

DT Kyle Williams, OT Cordy Glenn and TE Charles Clay are probably the most likely questionable players who will suit up Sunday.

Rex Ryan said he wasn’t ready to completely rule out Dareus or Woods, but they’re seen as long shots at best. Here is Buffalo’s full injury report.

OUT
OT Seantrel Henderson – back

DOUBTFUL
DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
WR Robert Woods – foot

QUESTIONABLE
TE Charles Clay – ankle
FB Jerome Felton – back
CB Kevon Seymour – shoulder
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
DT Kyle Williams – neck
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring


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Fan Friday 10-21

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2016 – 11:28 am

Big division game this week. Good to see McCoy practicing here on Friday. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is the plan for Zach Brown after the season? He’s played at such a high level, any plans to re-sign him?

COLIN SCHULTZ
@Schultzy0620

CB: At the rate he is performing I would be stunned if the club didn’t make efforts to re-sign Zach Brown. He’s currently on a one-year contract. Brown has proven himself as a valuable every down player. Even though Reggie Ragland will be back in the fold next season, Brown is simply too versatile and plays well off of Preston Brown inside.

Even if the team was to start Ragland next year, I would expect Brown to play a role in the subpackages knowing how strong he is as a coverage player. So I’d look for the Bills to make every effort to keep him in the fold.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any plans to get Justin Hunter more involved in the offense?

Natalie Roberts
@nr_roberts

CB: I would say that’s a given more out of necessity than anything else. Hunter is a big target who can run. As the offensive coaches have said they’re working on Hunter’s sense of urgency, more so in practice, to do everything the same way that he does in a game so he’s as prepared as possible. As he gets more and more familiar with the offensive scheme I would expect his role to increase provided he continues to perform.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

With Sammy out and Woods being banged up, any chance Bills make a deal for a WR before trade deadline? Alshon Jeffery?

Bills_Chick
@Bills_Chick

CB: While I would never rule out a trade knowing Doug Whaley’s willingness to listen to just about any offer, I don’t see Jeffery as a viable option. First, he’s way too expensive. He’s playing on the franchise tag this year at $14.55M. So he’s going to be expecting giant money after this year.

I would also expect the Bears to ask for a king’s ransom knowing they need to rebuild that roster with talent. Chicago has one of the weakest rosters in terms of talent in the NFL (San Fran and Cleveland are the others). And to trade away assets for a guy you may only have for 10 games is not a wise move.

Buffalo is winning right now with the pieces they have. If that changes pursuing a trade might become a more realistic option for them. They have until Nov. 1st with the trade deadline pushed back a couple of weeks from where it used to be.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Good lord! This is week 3 for Dareus and the hammy? Is it really the hammy or is he just badly out of shape? Weird

Joe bach@jbach127

CB: I’m not going to pretend to be a doctor or an athletic trainer, but I have pulled my hamstrings multiple times in my more athletic days as a college athlete. I can tell you that hamstring pulls can sometimes take up to four or five weeks before the muscle tissue has healed to the point where they can withstand the burst in acceleration needed in athletic competition.

Here’s what you have to understand. A hamstring pull or strain will feel fine when a recovering player is jogging or slowly builds up their speed. That doesn’t happen in an NFL game, maybe ever. It is a game played in five to 10 second increments where linemen go from an idle stance to 100 miles per hour in a second.

Dareus’ entire game as a defensive lineman is based on explosion or instant acceleration.

A hamstring pull becomes vulnerable when the athlete makes a sudden burst to get to a ball or take down a ball carrier in Dareus’ case. It’s the demand put on the hamstring muscle when a burst of speed is made that it can pull again if not completely healed.

Dareus has to explode out of his stance about 50 times a game, so his hamstring muscle has to be healed number one, and then have enough strength and endurance built back into the muscle before he can go out and play 50 snaps at top speed. Otherwise it will pull again and you’re looking at another three to five weeks with him on the sideline.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills what can we expect from Shaq?

Adam Smolka
@A_Smolka_17

CB: I think we can expect to see Shaq Lawson play a decent amount of snaps, maybe 20-30 if I had to guess. He’s apparently been pretty impressive in practice this week. I know he had an interception on a pass to the flat in practice Wednesday. If he comes out like a house on fire, it could be more.

Knowing Lerentee McCray is coming off a knee injury I would anticipate that Lawson could get some of his snaps that he gets rotating in for Alexander and Hughes, even if McCray is dressed and able to play.

 


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Bills family supports Eric Wood at Flights & Bites

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 18, 2016 – 4:27 pm

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Bills center Eric Wood hosted his second annual Flights and Bites event in downtown Buffalo on Monday, Oct. 17. The event, which followed the team’s big win over the San Francisco 49ers, featured many players who chose to spend their time off supporting their teammate. Coming together for a good cause, the evening consisted of both silent and live auctions to benefit the Eric Wood Foundation, which seeks to provide aid to families of sick children.

“Just a fun…Monday night, (it’s a) chance for a lot of the guys and coaches to come out and interact with a lot of the fans and raise money for sick children and their families here in Western New York,” said Wood. Especially after a win yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 16), the spirits are always high and people are in the giving spirit in times like that.”

The support from the Bills family proved truly tremendous, as over 30 Bills players and coaches attended the event. The turnout included, Bills general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, safety Aaron Williams, guard Richie Incognito, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Reggie Ragland, safety Colt Anderson, cornerback Kevon Seymour, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, kicker Dan Carpenter, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and many more.

For more information on the Eric Wood Foundation, visit here.


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Dareus update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2016 – 8:23 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said there was no timetable on when Marcell Dareus would return to the lineup. They just have to let the defensive tackle’s injured hamstring heal.

When asked about the chances for Dareus to suit up this week, Ryan was withholding judgment.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Ryan said. “That hamstring kept him out of this game. It’s crazy. We spent a third of this season already and he hadn’t been out there. It’s also a positive thing in that we have to get the big dude back. Hopefully it’s sooner than later. There’s really no timetable for him that I’ve talked with our trainers about or anything else. It just has to get better.”


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Rex less optimistic about Dareus Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2016 – 2:39 pm

He’s not ruling him out, but it’s looking more and more like Marcell Dareus will not make his season debut in Week 6 against the 49ers.

With Dareus missing a second straight day of practice with a hamstring injury, head coach Rex Ryan

“I would say probably (less optimistic) because he hasn’t practiced the last two days,” said Ryan. “We’re still not going to rule him out, but yeah I wish he could’ve practiced.”

Here’s a look at Buffalo’s injury update from Thursday.

DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Cyrus Kouandjio – ankle
DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
LB Jerry Hughes – rest day

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
CB Corey White – shoulder
DT Corbin Bryant – ankle
P Colton Schmidt – right quad
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
LB Zach Brown – ankle
S Aaron Williams – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee


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Dareus trying to work up to running

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 5:09 pm

Marcell Dareus suffered a hamstring pull late last week in practice. Knowing it hasn’t been a week yet since sustaining the injury, it’s clear the Bills athletic trainers are taking a slow and steady approach with the defensive tackle’s recovery.

When asked if he was willing to put odds on his chances to play Sunday, Dareus chose not to.

“I don’t know. I’m working with the trainers,” he said. “We’re trying to put it together and try to work my way up to running.”

Dareus confirmed that he pulled his hamstring when he went all out to catch EJ Manuel on a scramble out of the pocket.

“I had a little pull,” he said. “It just kind of keeps you from going all the way and opening up.”

And that’s what makes hamstring injuries troublesome. You feel fine walking, jogging and you can even steadily build up to running. It’s when you try to make that sudden burst to accelerate that you pull it again.

“They’re a little tricky,” said Dareus. “If you get out there a little too soon it can re-occur. So you want to make sure it’s treated properly and that it’s ready to go before they let you go.”


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Dareus update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2016 – 10:02 pm

As everyone knows Marcell Dareus was inactive due to a pulled hamstring suffered in practice Friday. Head coach Rex Ryan explained how it happened and his outlook moving forward after the Bills win over L.A.  

“He was ready to go until we had our Friday practice,” said Ryan. “He was looking fantastic guys, I mean absolutely fantastic and then he’s chasing the quarterback–E.J was breaking the pocket– and he’s chasing the quarterback full speed and he pulled his hamstring and it’s like, ‘You have got to be kidding me.’ We already missed him for four games and now we’re going to miss him against Todd Gurley and company. But, you know what, we did the right thing. We were never putting him out there, we need him healthy and we will see how it goes. 

“Hopefully he will get back on the field soon. You talk about some great tackles, you have this (Aaron) Donald kid who’ve I’ve said since day one is one of the best tackles in football (sarcasm), but you have our tackle who is pretty darn good too and he’s right there with him. I think he wanted to show everybody how good this guy is in Kyle Williams. It’s unfortunate he never got the opportunity today, but hopefully he’ll be out here this upcoming week.”


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Dareus inactive for Rams game

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2016 – 2:55 pm

He was listed as questionable on Friday after sustaining a hamstring injury in practice, but there was still hope that Marcell Dareus would make his return today against the Rams after serving his four-game suspension. But Dareus is one of Buffalo’s seven inactive players and won’t play here in L.A.

Here are the rest of Buffalo’s inactives for today’s game against the Rams.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio
OL Patrick Lewis
RB Jonathan Williams
DL Marcell Dareus
CB Corey White
OL Gabe Ikard
QB Cardale Jones


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Fan Friday 9-2

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2016 – 1:08 pm

The 53-man roster is set, for now. More on that here. Here is the latest edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills do you think spikes will start in the middle with brown or do you think it will be Zach brown?

Jared Bailey@JaredBailey23
CB: I believe the starting inside linebacker tandem will be Preston Brown and Zach Brown. It’s been that way since Reggie Ragland went down and I don’t see it changing. I anticipate that Spikes will have a specialized role as a run down linebacker. A guy that you’ll likely see in goal line situations or short yardage.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills How good do you think the defense will be without Dareus?

DariousDe’SeanMorgan@darious_morgan

CB: I will say I was encouraged by the way the Bills run defense performed against the Giants after Dareus entered rehab. It was really the last time we saw the starting defense on the field for any significant period of time and they performed well when it came to constricting the rush lanes.

Would they be better with Dareus? Unquestionably. How good without him? I think they can handle the run. It’s pushing the pocket against the pass that I wonder about.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills With no kickoff specialist this year, will Bills try more short kicks to pin opponents inside the 25?

Parasauralophus@lophus89

CB: I think the approach will vary from week to week. I think hanging kicks high with hang time around the goal line will be an approach that’s used. Let your coverage run under it and pin them that way. On game days when it’s not windy they may try to kick outside the numbers inside the five. If it’s windy though there’s a risk of the ball going out of bounds over the sideline and then the opponent has it at the 40.

The caliber of the return man is also a factor. So there are many variables that will undoubtedly alter Danny Crossman’s approach, but I think hanging the kickoff high with hang time might be one of the more popular approaches this season.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills who do you think will slot in for the bills at wr #3? Since the first two spots are locked up with sammy and robert

daniel bruce@danielbruce11

CB: I don’t know that there’s a straight answer for this. The reason why is although Salas is the primary slot receiver, I could see Goodwin getting significant time outside some weeks based on the opponent with Woods moving into the slot in those situations. So I envision Goodwin and Salas sharing that role.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills do you feel we are Super bowl caliber type talent on buffalo bills roster?

J DUB@jdubsbills

CB: I think there is certainly elite talent on Buffalo’s roster. McCoy, Dareus, Watkins, Gilmore, Darby are some examples. Taylor could develop into a premier talent as could some others on the roster. Is it enough to reach the Super Bowl? Let’s get to the postseason first.

 


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Whaley weighs in on Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2016 – 8:56 am

In the wake of the strongly worded team statement from the Bills organization regarding the league-imposed four-game suspension of Marcell Dareus Tuesday, Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, weighed in on where he and the club stands with Dareus moving forward.

“One of the things I’ve enjoyed in my time in Buffalo is the sense of family. Our organization from the Pegulas down preaches a strong sense of family,” Whaley said. “This is a family member who obviously made some bad decisions. He’s got to make better choices in his life. The easy thing is to discard him. So we’re going to stand by him, but again I have to stress, he’s got to start holding up his end of the bargain. We’re going to stand by this guy and support him and hopefully steer him in the right direction.”

When asked how they can convince Dareus to change and stay on the straight and narrow, Whaley said you have to put the ball in his court. 

“It’s simple. This is your livelihood and you have to play by the books,” said Whaley in how he’d try to convince Dareus to change. “Do I agree with a 65 mile per hour speed limit? In Pennsylvania it’s 70, but it’s 65 in New York. You have to abide by the rules if you want to make this your livelihood so you obviously throw it in his lap. What is your end game? Do you want to be a guy that violates the rules and is out of the league in a couple of years? Or do you want to be a guy who ends up having his jersey retired like Bruce Smith?

“Until they change the rules we have to abide by them. Our players have to know that no matter what they feel on this issue, the rules are the rules. It’s a privilege, not a right to play in the NFL. If you want to play in the NFL you have to play by their rules.”


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Dareus “hates” that Brady unlikely to play Wk 4

Posted by Chris Brown on July 14, 2016 – 9:14 am

With the 2nd Circuit of the US Court of Appeals rejecting Tom Brady’s request for an en banc rehearing of his Deflategate case with the NFL, it makes it highly unlikely that the Patriots quarterback will play in the first month of the season. His four game suspension is likely to be served at the start of the 2016 season. That means he’ll miss the Patriots first game against the Bills in Week 4. One guy who is not happy about that is Bills DT Marcell Dareus.

“I hate that Brady’s not going to be there,” said Dareus in an appearance on NFL Total Access. “But when he comes back… it’s on.”

Buffalo’s second matchup with New England will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week 8. If the Bills win the first meeting sans Brady, Dareus said he’ll take the victory, but it won’t feel the same.

“If we win, all right, we win. But I don’t feel like I really won until I beat the guy,” he said. “I love playing against Brady. I get up for him. I play against him every year, and he knows I’m coming. So for him not to be up there tears me up a little bit. But the second time I see him, I’m going to be excited to play against him. That’s the win we want.”


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Dareus just happy to be in same defense

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2016 – 2:19 pm

He’s been with the Bills since the team made him their third overall draft choice in 2011. Every year he’s been in a Bills uniform however, he’s been forced to learn a new defensive scheme. The 2016 season will mark the first time in his six-year career that he will be operating in the same defensive system.

Dareus, in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, talked about having a new defensive coordinator with a new defensive scheme each of his first five years with Buffalo. It made life difficult and kept Dareus from playing fast. Now entering year two in Rex Ryan’s scheme, Dareus feels comfortable and believes that’s also the case for his fellow defensive teammates.

“It feels good as a defensive lineman to be looking back at your defensive backs and they’re talking,” Dareus said. “They’re coming down and talking to us and having that camaraderie where we have that relationship now. It’s the second year we’re playing in the same defense, that’s the first time in my NFL career that’s happening. I don’t have to think as much. I don’t have to spend as much time trying to help this guy or them help me. We can just flow with each other. It gives you that comfort that you want.”


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