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Rex: Confident in Taylor return post-bye

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2015 – 7:56 am

The Bills head into a much needed bye week with the main aim of getting healthy with a half dozen regulars still sidelined. Chief among them QB Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor, who is recovering from a sprained MCL suffered in Week 5 at Tennessee, is one of Buffalo’s injured players who should be able to return to face the Dolphins in Week 9.

“I’m confident he’ll be back,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “We’ll see where he’s at after we come back from the bye.”

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Fan Friday 10-23

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2015 – 11:32 am

It’s been an interesting week for the Bills here in London. Sunday’s game should be a spectacle. Here are your latest edition of questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 –  @ChrisBrownBills what about right guard. ..


CB: Right guard is going to be handled by Kraig Urbik, with John Miller traveling back to his native Miami after a death in his immediate family. Backing up at center/guard will be Gabe Ikard and Jordan Mills will serve as the swing tackle Sunday.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills is Tyrod’s injury serious?


CB:  It’s a sprained MCL. After staying off it last week he tried to practice on it more extensively this week, but he was still limited by it. Head coach Rex Ryan said Friday that he expects Taylor to be back in the lineup in Week 9 after the bye.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills Will Rex change the defensive scheme and allow the front four to rush the passer instead of dropping in coverage? #Bills


CB: I will let Rex Ryan address this himself with respect to this game. Before I do I would like to point out that all this dropping by Buffalo’s defensive linemen that people are griping about is misguided. One player on Buffalo’s starting defensive line dropped into coverage a combined total of 13 times on 61 plays. It’s what Rex Ryan thought would work last week. I’m confident his approach will be different this week.  


4 – Hi Chris,

Was wondering if receiver routes were broken down by number 1, 2, & 3. When Sammy is out, does Harvin take over his routes, & Woods take over Harvin’s, with Hogan running Woods’? How do they work that? Do all the receivers need to know all the routes?
Thanks, Dave

CB: The receivers have the responsibility of knowing all the receiver positions. So although some might have primary roles like the ‘X’ or ‘Z’ receiver positions, they have to know the route concepts from the slot among other formations. It’s done for the very situation the Bills find themselves in this week.

Buffalo has just four healthy receivers with Woods, Hogan, Easley and Moore. All four however have learned all the positions, so they can freely move from one role to the other so the offensive play calling isn’t limited.


5 – Hi Chris!

I will be flying to my first Bills game ever next Sunday from Austria and I am beyond excited! Now I wonder what to expect from the Wembley venue and the merchandising options available there! Will it be all Jacksonville merch because of the fact that it’s a Jacksonville “home game” or will both teams have equal space to present their teams and merch in and around the stadium?

What about the fans? Do you know if it will be a Jacksonville crowd?

Keep up the good work! GO BILLS
Stefan from Austria

CB: I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s a safe assumption that there will be Bills merchandise on sale at the stadium on Sunday.


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Tyrod Taylor not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2015 – 7:19 am

He split reps at quarterback with EJ Manuel on Wednesday, but at Thursday’s practice, Taylor was not in attendance.

Taylor, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, was working his way back and even said that he did significantly more work overall in Wednesday’s practice. Perhaps it was too much as Taylor was not even out on the practice field.

EJ Manuel is expected to take all the first team reps in practice today (Thursday). This certainly puts Taylor’s availability for Sunday against the Jaguars even more in question.

Head coach Rex Ryan will be addressing the media post practice.

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Rex: We’re still working to be a complete team

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2015 – 3:59 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan pulls no punches when asked to assess the performance of his team after six games. “We’re .500,” he said flatly. He realizes that the team has not put it all together yet, but remains confident they will.

When a team has some struggles they can lose their mojo a bit, and Ryan was asked if his team has lost its attitude a bit.

“When things are going well, then that attitude is there and you’re playing great,” Ryan said. “A lot of things happen when you’re playing with a lead. A lot of good things—sacks, turnovers, things like that. We’ve had some struggles. And it’s not just defensively, it’s been on both sides of the ball. On special teams, we’ve had our issues, too. We’re not a complete team right now. We’re working to be.”

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Rex on Sammy’s chances for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2015 – 12:32 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was asked about Sammy Watkins’ status for Sunday’s game with television footage showing Watkins arrival in London in a walking boot. Ryan indicated it’s a day by day assessment for Watkins.

“I think it’s similar to Tyrod’s situation,” said Ryan. “We’ll see how it progresses during the week and things. I think we all saw that he left with a boot on so I don’t know if that’s a great deal. Our trainers aren’t saying if he’s out for sure, and we’ll see and hopefully he progresses. He’s a guy that makes a huge, huge difference for us.”

If Watkins cannot play Sunday, Buffalo will likely be down three receivers this weekend with Marquise Goodwin on I-R and Percy Harvin back in the US dealing with a personal issue.

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Rex agrees with Mario & Marcell’s take on ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2015 – 7:08 am

Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus both expressed their opinions of Buffalo’s defensive scheme and how they feel it’s not maximizing their strengths as players. Head coach Rex Ryan said he doesn’t disagree with them.

“I would say I would probably agree with them when you look at it,” said Ryan. “Should we have rushed more this past week in particular? That’s probably true.

“I’m not perfect as a play caller and all that and I know that surprises you guys, but I try to do the best I can. If I’m going to make a mistake it’s going to be something I feel strongly about, but if it doesn’t work then that happens. I get it.

“I’m going to say this, Mario Williams in my opinion he did a tremendous job of dropping when we put him in coverage. He takes a lot of pride in it. I think he does a great job of it. Obviously when you look at it and I get it he gets paid to rush the quarterback, but we get paid to win. What I was trying to do was get the guy out of rhythm initially. I think initially it was working pretty good, but I think I lived in it too much. I don’t necessarily disagree with Marcell and Mario’s views.”

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Field position a major factor in loss

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2015 – 8:18 pm

It didn’t take Rex Ryan long to get to it. It stuck out like a sore thumb. The difference in field position in the first half largely set the table for the Cincinnati Bengals offense and made it tough on Buffalo’s attack.

“Average starting point for their drive in the first half for the Bengals was the plus-47,” said Ryan. “You’re not going to win that way.”

Cincinnati’s first five possessions were their own 49, Buffalo 49, Buffalo 45, their own 45 and the Buffalo 36. The fact that the Bengals only had 17 points might’ve been more surprising than the difference in field position. Some of those drive starts were due to special teams penalties, which handed the Bengals, the number two offense in football, free yards, which they gladly accepted.

“There are still too many penalties and really just some dumb penalties,” said Ryan. “Still it seems like on special teams we can’t run a play on special teams without getting a penalty for some reason. We’ve got to take a hard look and get that area fixed.”

By game’s end Cincinnati’s average drive start was their own 41. For Buffalo it was their own 15. The deck looked stacked before either offense even snapped the ball.

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Rex: Our DL didn’t get enough chances at Dalton

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2015 – 7:10 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan knew that Andy Dalton takes some long drops than some of the other quarterbacks Buffalo has faced this season. It should have spelled greater opportunities for Buffalo’s defensive linemen to get some heat on the Cincinnati QB and some sacks. But Buffalo’s sideline boss admitted he didn’t dial up enough opportunities for his big men up front.

“A couple of them are my fault,” Ryan said. “I went with some three-man rush stuff and never let my guys go as much as I should have. I think on the one third and long we thought we had a pretty good call and the guy sat back there forever and that one was on me. I thought we had great coverage downfield and we put our cover guys out there and I don’t think our guys had enough shots at him, but we’ll see. We’ve got to take a long, hard look at what we’re asking our guys to do.”

When asked if his defense has an identity this was Ryan’s response.

“I don’t think our team does. When you look at it we haven’t been healthy number one and some guys in and out of the lineup,” he said. “We’ve lacked some consistency on both sides of the ball. We’ve been penalized too many times on special teams in particular. We’re a work in progress right now. I still think when it’s all said and done I think we can be special. We’ve got to get guys healthy and we’ve got to really focus in and hone in on what we’re doing.”


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Rex says Watkins calls for the ball a non-issue

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2015 – 1:07 pm

In the wake of a story in which Sammy Watkins said he needs to be targeted more, head coach Rex Ryan was asked about Watkins’ comments. Ryan maintained that it’s not a big deal.

“First off the agent never called me or anything else,” said Ryan as the story claimed. “This just in he’s just like every other wideout. You know (Chris) Hogan just said the same darn thing, get me the ball, get me the ball. Look we all get it. The guy is a tremendous talent and he’s frustrated because he hasn’t played. He’s been out. He’s hungry and wants to be out there and be with his teammates and contribute. That’s the big thing. Get him the ball, that’s fine, but I’d rather he get it on the field than on the sideline.”

Watkins is questionable for Sunday’s game, but said there’s a “high chance” he plays Sunday against Cincinnati.

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Karlos out, Harvin, Taylor, Watkins questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2015 – 2:21 pm

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The Bills won’t have Karlos Williams on Sunday, but stand a good chance of having RB LeSean McCoy back in the lineup. Meanwhile Percy Harvin, Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins are all questionable for Sunday’s game.

All three were limited in Friday’s practice. Harvin, who normally gets a veteran rest day on Wednesday, was unexpectedly limited Friday so he was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Head coach Rex Ryan did not shed any light on Harvin’s condition.

Ryan did say that Taylor would be a game time decision, and did not say anything about Watkins other than he’s questionable.

Player Pos Injury Participation Friday Game Status
Cierre Wood RB Knee OUT OUT – I-R
Aaron Williams S Neck OUT OUT – I-R
Marcus Easley WR Shoulder DNP OUT
Karlos Williams RB Concussion DNP OUT
Charles Clay TE Calf LP PROBABLE
Marcell Dareus DT Hip LP PROBABLE
Cordy Glenn T Ankle LP PROBABLE
Chris Hogan WR Hamstring LP PROBABLE
Randell Johnson LB Hand LP PROBABLE
LeSean McCoy RB Hamstring LP PROBABLE
John Miller G Groin LP PROBABLE
Ron Brooks CB Thumb FP PROBABLE
Cyrus Kouandjio T Knee FP PROBABLE
Bacarri Rambo S Quadricep FP PROBABLE


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Rex on Tyrod and LeSean

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2015 – 3:13 pm

Both Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy were limited for a second straight day at practice Thursday. Head coach Rex Ryan made a couple of comments on both players as to how they’re coming along in their injury recovery.

“Tyrod’s going good-he’s progressing, getting a little better, but I’m not comfortable saying he would definitely be the guy-yet (for Sunday’s game),” said Ryan.

Ryan said that EJ Manuel took most of the first team practice reps again on Thursday.

As for LeSean McCoy, he is much improved from how his hamstring injury felt last week, but his status is also up in the air.

“He’s a lot better this week than he was last week. I think he’s definitely progressing,” said Ryan. “We’ll let the week play out and see how he looks.”

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Why Aaron Williams went to short term I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2015 – 3:10 pm

Bills S Aaron Williams returned from a scary Week 2 neck injury last week to play against the Titans in Week 5. But during the game he had to exit during the first defensive series after making a tackle. Later in the game he was seen shaking out his left arm in between plays, presumably because he was feeling some numbness, but he finished the game. Bills head coach Rex Ryan shed some light on why the decision was made to put S Aaron Williams on short term injured reserve this week.

“He was sore we all knew that after the game,” said Ryan of Williams. “He finished the game, so I wasn’t sure of the extent of the injury. We went back, he was sore at that time, our trainers took him to the doctors. They advised us he should be out for a few weeks, and that’s why we put him on the return I-R deal.”

When asked if it was a new injury from the neck that had sidelined him for two games, Ryan indicated it’s still a neck issue for Williams.

“Pretty much the same, that was a scar tissue type deal,” said Ryan. “We thought he was healthy and this thing came up. This is something we’re erring on the side of caution. We’re never going to play somebody if we think he’s at substantial risk.”

Ryan said that Aaron Williams will not need surgery “at this time.”

Buffalo is expected to make use of Duke Williams, Bacarri Rambo and Jonathan Meeks to help fill the void left behind by Williams.


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Dalton doesn’t mind Ryan defenses

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2015 – 10:15 am

While Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton certainly has respect for Rex Ryan defenses he’s by no means intimidated by what the defensive coach can dish out. That’s because in his only meeting with a Ryan defense came in 2013 when he was coaching the Jets and Dalton had a day of days.

The Bengals QB had five touchdowns and threw for 325 yards on just 19 completions and a had a passer rating of 125.7 in a 49-9 victory over the Jets. Dalton isn’t expecting to have a repeat performance, but wouldn’t mind if things unfolded that way.

“You just kind of see the flow of the game and how they go about playing different things,” said Dalton. “Obviously we’ll see some of that tape, but there’s also been a lot of games played since then. I think we can take some things from that tape and look at it and see different ways that we can attack.”

It’s clear that Dalton has the respect of Buffalo’s sideline boss.

“He tore it up against me the last time we played him he killed us,” said Ryan flatly. “We better be better than the last time we played him. I can tell you that much. I know he’s had some games that weren’t very good or whatever, but that’s every quarterback. He’s doing a great job. He throws the ball on time, he’s a rhythm thrower and he’s got a lot of good targets. He’s accurate with the football, obviously smart and he runs their show out there so it’s a big challenge there’s no doubt.”

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Watkins optimistic about Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2015 – 3:46 pm

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It was good news that both LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins were both practicing, but both were limited on Wednesday along with five other starters including QB Tyrod Taylor. Watkins however, is very optimistic about returning to the lineup on Sunday.

“High chance that I’ll be out there,” said Watkins. “I just have to keep getting treatment and going out there and putting in work every day.”

Watkins says getting a lot of reps will be the key this week as he tries to build the necessary endurance back into his injured calf so it can go 50-60 plays on Sunday.

McCoy was limited, but head coach Rex Ryan wants to take his progress in his return from a hamstring day by day.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Cierre Wood RB Knee OUT
Aaron Williams S Neck DNP
Marcus Easley WR Shoulder DNP
Percy Harvin WR Hip DNP
Karlos Williams RB Concussion DNP
Charles Clay TE Calf LP
Marcell Dareus DT Hip LP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle LP
Chris Hogan WR Hamstring LP
Randell Johnson LB Hand LP
LeSean McCoy RB Hamstring LP
John Miller G Groin LP
Bacarri Rambo S Quadricep LP
Tyrod Taylor QB Knee LP
Sammy Watkins WR Calf LP
Ron Brooks CB Thumb FP
Cyrus Kouandjio T Knee FP

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McCoy & Karlos still not 100 percent

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2015 – 9:44 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan wants his offense’s identity to be rooted in a productive ground game. Injuries at running back, which have persisted since training camp, have compromised that plan. Ryan in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio admitted that the team’s top two backs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are still not 100 percent.

“I know LeSean is getting better,” said Ryan. “Is he at 100 percent now? No, certainly he is not, but he is getting better and we’ll see what happens as the week progresses with him. But in the near future, maybe not this week, but in the near future that would be a possibility.”

As for Karlos Williams, he’s still immersed in the concussion protocol after suffering the head injury in Week 4 against the Giants.

“We’ll see how that progresses through the week too. Hopefully he can get healthy and get back to where he can run. Certainly those two guys make a big difference for us. If not we’ll got with Boobie Dixon and Boom Herron.”

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Rex not counting out Tyrod for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2015 – 9:30 am

On Monday Bills head coach Rex Ryan admitted that Tyrod Taylor was very sore coming out of last Sunday’s win over Tennessee. Amid reports that Taylor could miss multiple games with a knee injury, Ryan said he’s not counting his starting quarterback out of Sunday’s pivotal AFC clash with the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.

In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Wednesday morning, Ryan said he’s not going to underestimate Taylor’s toughness.

“I would not rule out Tyrod Taylor as starting this week,” said Ryan. “Even though it’s widely reported that (he won’t play). We’ll see. That’s a possibility, but I certainly wouldn’t count Tyrod Taylor out. He finished this game this past week. He’s got heart, he’s got toughness and a lot of ability.  So I definitely would not rule him out.”

Ryan was also asked about the team having to rally around EJ Manuel if he did in fact have to start Sunday. Ryan made it clear that there is belief and confidence in Manuel after he made tremendous strides with his personal game this offseason.

“We have a lot of confidence in EJ Manuel,” Ryan said. “That’s why we traded Matt Cassel. He had a terrific preseason. In fact he had one of the highest quarterback ratings in the NFL in the preseason. He had four touchdowns and no interceptions. We’re really happy with him if in fact he is playing quarterback.”

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WRs helping in other ways

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2015 – 1:44 pm

Last Sunday’s game was a prime example of how Buffalo’s receiving corps is looking to contribute no matter how much the passing game might struggle. In last week’s win the Bills had just 10 completions, but it didn’t keep Buffalo’s receivers from making their presence felt in the game.

“Oh, they’re definitely having an impact,” said head coach Rex Ryan of his receivers. “But that’s who we are as a football team. That’s who we pride ourselves on, being selfless but still contributing.  Robert Woods, he’s had some huge blocks for us. That was a great block he had on the touchdown by Tyrod. It’s easy to talk about, but our guys give the effort, whether it’s Percy (Harvin), or (Chris) Hogan, or Robert (Woods) certainly—they all buy in. And that’s the beauty of it. It was a rough day, we had one catch between (Charles) Clay and (Percy) Harvin—you never go into a game assuming that’s going to happen.  But it did.  And yet, those guys are still trying to contribute in as many ways as they possibly can.”

When asked which play gets a bigger reaction from teammates during film review, a touchdown or a block like the one he had on Taylor’s touchdown run, Woods said it’s always the block.

“Reaction from teammates it’s probably the block, just because it’s a selfless action, making a play without the ball in a timely manner,” said Woods. “It was really all Tyrod.  He was making the play, he happened to see me, and he was just setting up his blocks.”

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Watkins outlook is encouraging

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2015 – 3:22 pm

He put himself through a full workout during pre-game warmups Sunday in Nashville, but the Bills medical staff ultimately determined the best course of action for Sammy Watkins ailing calf was to wait another week. Watkins was inactive against the Titans, but it’s left head coach Rex Ryan optimistic about the receiver’s availability Sunday.

“I was really encouraged with Sammy. How Sammy went through even with his workout before the game,” Ryan said. “We thought it was best to give him a little more time. Sometimes you can go on the practice field and all that, but that game speed is a little different and the intensity is certainly different. We thought it was best to just hold him out of that game and get him really ready for this one. I feel good about Sammy.”

Buffalo plays host on Sunday to the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals, so having a weapon like Watkins for an offense looking for more big plays in the passing game could provide a big boost.

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Rex: wristbands weren’t a gimmick

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2015 – 2:20 pm

As we covered on, head coach Rex Ryan in an effort to remind players to keep their cool when plays or calls went against them in games had everyone wears red wristbands that read ‘Yes Sir.’ It was to be what a player would say if they disagreed with a call. Some outside observers panned it as a gimmick. Ryan believe it served a purpose.

“It was funny because some people were saying it’s a gimmick,” said Ryan. “And I’m like, no it’s not. You talk to professionals who know these type of things it wasn’t done to be a gimmick. Now the fact mine snapped the first play probably wasn’t a great thing. It’s just a little thing that let’s you know that there are people counting on you and the ‘Yes Sir’ thing and all that. It’s bigger than us individually. And we don’t want to let each other down and it’s just a reminder of that.”

Ryan felt even if it made one player keep his cool when he was about to blow his stack it was worth it, especially in light of how tight Sunday’s game was at Tennessee.

“I thought we showed composure,” Ryan said. “We showed more poise and that was obviously a huge thing. I don’t believe we win that game if we had two more unsportsmanlike penalties, do we win the game? I don’t think so. So it was huge that our guys kept their cool. We showed poise. We showed that we can overcome certain things. Maybe we think that this shouldn’t have been a penalty, but it is and you have to play the next down. Our guys did a good job of that and finished the game.”

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DE Enemkpali added to 53; RB Wood to I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2015 – 1:24 pm

After serving his four-game league-imposed suspension the Bills added DE IK Enemkpali to their 53-man roster Monday. Enemkpali had been on the Reserve/Suspended list for the first four weeks of the season and then had a one week roster exemption this past week.

The defensive end was originally signed by Buffalo after his release by the Jets this past August. Enemkpali had been involved in a locker room altercation with Jets QB Geno Smith in which Smith sustained a broken jaw.

In four preseason game appearances for Buffalo, Enemkpali posted 11 tackles. He’s expected to serve as a rotational end to help keep starters Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes fresh and might have a role on special teams.

“I think he’ll fill in as a backup defensive end, and possibly contribute on special teams,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “He can be a backup pass rusher in sub(packages).”

To make room on the roster for Enemkpali the Bills placed RB Cierre Wood on injured reserve. Wood sustained an ACL knee injury in Sunday’s win at Tennessee and had to be carted to the locker room.

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