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Harvin expected to play Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2016 – 2:03 pm

The Bills signed WR Percy Harvin out of retirement Tuesday. On Monday night he’s expected to be up for the Bills in their lineup at Seattle. 

“I fee good about Percy,” said head coach Rex Ryan. 

How much Harvin will play is the question. It’s expected that he’ll have a reduced role having been out of football, but the Bills are desperate for playmakers in their passing game. 


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Rex still confident McCoy will be ready

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2016 – 2:00 pm

Bills RB LeSean McCoy is questionable for Monday night’s game at Seattle, but head coach Rex Ryan expressed optimism Friday and that didn’t change Saturday. 

“I’m still confident he’ll be ready to roll,” said Ryan. 

McCoy was a limited participant in practice again on Saturday. 


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Rex: McCoy “really close”

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 4:11 pm

LeSean McCoy practiced for a second straight day on Friday lending more optimism to the feature back returning to the Bills lineup on Monday night. 

Head coach Rex Ryan believes barring a setback McCoy should be good to play. 

“I think he’s really close,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “I’m thinking he’s going.” 

McCoy said Thursday that he tested his hamstring and pushed it a few times and didn’t “feel it.” 

Final player designations come on Saturday with the Bills playing a day later on Monday night. 


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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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Rex: DBs need to get their swag back

Posted by Chris Brown on November 1, 2016 – 8:55 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was surprised when his defensive backs were getting beat for big plays in the pass game in a Week 2 loss to the Jets. Tom Brady made them look a lot like they did in Week 2 this past Sunday. So what has to change for the better?

Rex Ryan in his weekly radio appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550, said a lot of it has to do with confidence.

“We’ve got to get our swag back a little bit and play with more confidence and be a little more aggressive and attack the ball when it’s in the air,” said Ryan. “They’re throwing jump balls on us, we’ve got to come down with some of those.”

Ryan credited Ronald Darby for his fight and battle particularly in the second half of Sunday’s loss to New England.

 


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Rex’s message to team an obvious one

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2016 – 9:56 pm

At the close of a humbling defeat at the hands of the Patriots, who performed far more consistently than the Bills, head coach Rex Ryan said his message to his team postgame was pretty easy to figure out.

“The message was obvious I think,” Ryan said. “For us to compete against a team like this we’ve got to improve a lot. Backups have to step up and know what they’re doing number one would help. And that comes down on us as coaches too, and we’ve got to make sure everybody is ready to roll and eliminate the mistakes and the things we can avoid. There are going to be some combative penalties, but some of the other ones we’ve got to do a much better job of. I thought that was in our past and clearly it’s not.”

Buffalo had a season-high 12 penalties for 84 yards. For what it’s worth New England had 10 for 116 yards.


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Fan Friday 10-28

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2016 – 11:03 am

Big division game on Sunday. Buffalo needs a division and AFC win badly. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
All week the Boston sports talk is saying how Rex thinks he won SB with 1st game vs NE. What are his thoughts on that?

Bill Pesiridis@Vasili8

CB: I think Rex would laugh first. Then he’d disagree. So the folks in the New England area know, after they shut out the Patriots in Week 4, there was zero celebration in Buffalo’s locker room. They had just evened their record at 2-2 after a disappointing 0-2 start.

As important as New England fans believe their team is, the Bills did not attach any added significance to the victory. They knew who wasn’t playing. In fact Rex even referenced that specifically after the game that Tom Brady was not available.

So if Patriots fans and talking heads on the radio want to characterize Rex as a coach that overblows victories they can, but they’d be wrong in this particular case. If anything Rex and his team took a page out of the New England playbook after that victory because all they were talking about was their upcoming game against Los Angeles in Week 5.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills Can Bills play a mistake free game, avoid dumb penalties?

Greg Bernhard@GregBernhard

CB: While foolish penalties were definitely a problem for the Bills in 2015, it’s not nearly as big an issue this season. Through the first seven games Buffalo ranks 18th in the league in penalties, so more than half the teams in the league have been flagged more than the Bills.

In fact Rex Ryan’s team has been flagged six fewer times than their opponents this season (49 to 55).

So I think they’re capable of avoiding dumb penalties. They did that last week when the undisciplined Dolphins were getting flagged for a lot of extra-curricular activity after the whistle.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills any news on a trade for a wr?

Marc Gump@GumpHutch

CB: The problem is at this time of year it’s a seller’s market. Teams looking to acquire a piece for their team are not dealing from a position of strength. The trade deadline is coming and they need help, like the Bills. So most other NFL clubs that are being propositioned are going to force those teams to overpay for an asset.

That being said, Bills GM Doug Whaley said in a radio interview Friday morning on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 that it’s been “rather quiet” on the trade market despite a lot of media speculation.

He did say they will work the phones and if something comes up that they think can help their situation they won’t hesitate.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills Any idea what the plan is at safety? Blanton/Williams combo?

Andrew Galley@aGalley_64

CB: I’d be surprised if Aaron Williams plays this week after his neck injury last Sunday. When he exited the game Robert Blanton was the first guy in to replace him and then he was subbed out in favor of Jonathan Meeks. Neither player really stood out in the loss to Miami.

Perhaps the defensive staff will use a rotation there based on down and distance and personnel packages like they did at the beginning of the season. Through the first two weeks of the season all four safeties rotated in to play alongside Corey Graham.

Back then it was done to steadily blend Aaron back into the scheme after he missed most of training camp with a concussion. This time around it could be to maximize the strengths of each of his replacements and minimize their weaknesses.

Of course one thing to consider is how New England goes up tempo and prevents their opponents from making personnel substitutions. So they may have to decide on one guy being the main replacement.

 

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Not quite sure how all these IR, PUP, list work. But any chance that Sammy can come back this season?

jason plunkett@j_plunk

CB: The Bills have the opportunity to bring one player back off injured reserve to begin practicing after they have been out for six weeks and they’re eligible to activate them to play in a game after they have been out eight weeks.

Whether Sammy Watkins can be that player will be up to the team’s medical staff.

Head coach Rex Ryan did confirm this week that Watkins is out of his walking boot, and that it is an encouraging sign. Whether that enhances his chances of returning is probably too early to determine.

The first eligible date that Watkins could return to practice if deemed healthy enough to do so would be the Friday of the bye week (Nov. 11th). The first date he could dress for a game, again if he’s medically cleared, would be Nov. 27th against the Jaguars.

 

 


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Rex: Long term concern for Aaron

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2016 – 2:57 pm

Bills safety Aaron Williams did not sustain a concussion in taking that vicious hit from Miami’s Jarvis Landry last week, but he did suffer a neck injury. Knowing Williams had neck fusion surgery this past offseason, head coach Rex Ryan has concerns that his injury could prove to be long term.

“Yeah I think so,” said Ryan after Thursday’s practice. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that there are some long term concerns there.”

Ryan gave indication that Williams injury might be more of a week to week than day to day thing, but didn’t want to be pinned down on a specific timetable.

Williams missed a second straight day of practice and is unlikely to play Sunday against New England.


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Terry Pegula clears air on ultimatum reports

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2016 – 10:50 am

In an interview with USA Today’s Tom Pellisero, Bills owner Terry Pegula cleared the air on media reports that he gave GM Doug Whaley and head coach Rex Ryan an ultimatum that the team had to make the playoffs in 2016 or they’d be out of work.

— On a report from The Buffalo News that Pegula told Ryan and Whaley near the end of last season to make the playoffs in 2016 or be fired: “The famous ultimatum that I supposedly gave them, I wasn’t even in town that day. I was up at my lake in the Adirondacks.”

— On 2016 as playoffs-or-bust for his football brain trust: “Oh, no way. No way.”

— On how long he envisions Ryan and Whaley leading his franchise: “I don’t even think that’s a fair question, because it’s not even entered my mind that anybody needs to go.”

“Our coach needs to know that, through the good and the bad, there’s stability. The players need to know there’s stability,” Pegula said. “And by the way, that doesn’t help our players any to start reading that their coach is going to get fired.”


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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: Shaq might need week or so to be game ready

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2016 – 8:18 pm

Shaq Lawson will practice this week according to head coach Rex Ryan, but playing in his first NFL game this week might be a tall order. Here’s why.

Lawson is still on the Reserve/PUP list and can remain there as the team has a three week window in which to let him practice before they have to decide when they want to add him to the active roster. He could be added to the 53 as early as this week, but playing on Sunday in Miami after just three or four days of NFL practices under his belt seems like a big ask.

Ryan gave indication of that when asked what kind of role can be expected of Lawson this week with the Dolphins on tap.

“I don’t know if we can say for this week, but I think moving forward I think is get in there give some, spell some guys, and then maybe can he play in the sub team,” Ryan said. “Can he do different things? We are going to find out. We know he is a really good talent and I think combined with the players that we have, I think it will be good. I think as far as saying well is he a starter, well no he is not going to start now. I think Lorenzo Alexander has earned that. But we are going to work Shaq in there now.”

This week of practice will likely be designed to get his feet wet, let him physically rep plays and see where he fits best in terms of an initial role. Then as he gets on the field on game days and gains more experience and a feel for playing with his new teammates they can find ways to expand his role as long as he’s making progress.

Lawson missed all of the team’s OTA practices, minicamp, training camp and the preseason. He had one rookie minicamp practice out of pads before he underwent shoulder surgery. So it’s fair to think that it will take a week or so to get him back up to game speed and in some form of game shape. If I were to guess, I’d say seeing him make his debut in Week 8 is probably more likely than this Sunday in Miami.


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Rex: We’re not good enough to look past 49ers

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 10:25 am

The San Francisco 49ers have struggled out of the gate this season. Their 1-4 record is largely due to a lack of playmaking in games by their most talented players. It reached the point where head coach Chip Kelly had to make a change at quarterback, inserting Colin Kaepernick this week. But Bills head coach Rex Ryan said his team is not looking past the next opponent on the schedule at any point this season because they’re not good enough themselves to do that.

“This is a dangerous team, no question about it,” said Ryan of the 49ers. “And let me tell you, I get it we’ve won three games in a row, but we haven’t won four games in a row. We need to focus on this opponent, and believe me we will. If we lose, it’s not going to have anything to do with the fact that we overlooked somebody, that’s not happening here.

“We know, number one we’re not that good. We aren’t good enough to overlook anybody–let alone the 49ers. This is a good football team. They do a lot of stuff on offense man, they challenge you and it’s hard to simulate that kind of tempo that you get and then they are very multiple in the way they attack you. And then on defense, (SF defensive coordinator) Jim O’Neil is dialing them up and doing a lot of different things so the preparation has to be great. The attention to detail has to be great just to give us an opportunity to be successful.”


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Kouandjio, Henderson close to return

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2016 – 12:45 pm

For the first time since Week 3, Cyrus Kouandjio was participating on the practice field. He was only limited in practice Friday, but was encouraged by how his recovering ankle held up.

“It felt good,” Kouandjio told Buffalobills.com. “I’m encouraged.”

Kouandjio suffered a high ankle sprain in the win over the Cardinals and had not been on the practice field until Friday. Kouandjio is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but all that time off the field has head coach Rex Ryan thinking he needs a full week of practice heading into a game.

“In a pinch we could probably go with him, but I’m not so sure he’ll be active this game,” said Ryan. “Probably not, but he seems to think that he can go.”

Meanwhile fellow offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson got an entire week of work in after coming off the Reserve/Suspended list. Whether he’s ready to serve as a swing tackle appears to be undecided at this point.

“He seems to be doing pretty well for us,” said Ryan. “I’m excited about him just getting out there and really getting a full week of work in there. We’ll see what that means moving forward.”

DOUBTFUL
DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring

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


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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 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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Why Spikes has seen time on the edge

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2016 – 2:35 pm

Bills LB Brandon Spikes hasn’t seen a lot of playing time on defense, due in part to the stellar play of Preston and Zach Brown at the inside linebacker positions. But head coach Rex Ryan and his defensive staff have been trying to find ways to get him on the field here and there.

Knowing that if they want to have Lorenzo Alexander available to them for all 16 games in light of his eye-opening production on defense (4 sacks in first 4 games) they can’t play him 70-80 plays a game (he also plays on special teams), they’ve used Lerentee McCray as a rotational OLB for both Alexander and Jerry Hughes.

On obvious run downs, they’ve also sprinkled Spikes in at OLB to help set the edge in the run front. Spikes is a bit stouter than Alexander at the point of attack, and played up on the line a good deal back in his college days at Florida so it’s not a foreign role for him.

Ryan knows Spikes is respected leader in the locker room, so he’s trying to find ways to get him involved in the game plan week to week.

“We just love his temperament and the type of player he is,” Ryan said. “He’s a physical, downhill player. We’re just trying to get our best players on the field. So if there’s a role for that then that’s where we’re going to play him. The two inside guys are playing so well right now that it’s hard to get Spikes or (Ramon) Humber in there, but we’re trying to find snaps for them. Spikes has some leadership to him as well and he builds people up. He elevates other people’s games, so you try to find a role for him every week.”


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Rex weighs in on Reggie Bush’s role

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2016 – 11:34 am

He was a DNP in two of Buffalo’s first three games this season. In Week 4 he was a healthy inactive. So just what is Reggie Bush’s role for the Bills?

Bills head coach Rex Ryan shed some light on why Bush hasn’t seen action and was inactive last week.

“Well right now it’s tough because with the kind of talent he has it’s about being patient. Each game plan is different,” said Ryan. “We brought him in initially to be a primary kick and punt returner and play in a pony package, which is our two tailback package. We still have that available to us, it’s just that this last game he wasn’t up because we weren’t doing that package.

“He’s healthy, which is a great thing and he’s still a player that has a lot of juice. To me I think you don’t go through the season unscathed. I’m pleased that he’s on our football team. I think he’ll have a role, albeit, sometimes it’s a different role depending on game plan.”


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Down Salas & Watkins, will Bills add at WR?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2016 – 1:10 pm

They went into last week’s game with just four healthy receivers when Greg Salas and Sammy Watkins were out with injuries. It’s likely they do that again, but long term might they look to add at the position? Head coach Rex Ryan was asked that very question Friday.

Ryan did not rule out the possibility of seeking help at receiver.

“I know we always look to upgrade our team,” said Ryan. “If that’s a possibility at receiver or wherever then we’ll definitely look into that.”

Buffalo does have Dez Lewis on their practice squad, who would be the most logical call up if that was the course the front office and coaching staff decided to take. If they want to look outside the organization there are veteran options out there to consider.


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Glenn: Would love to play, but going day by day

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2016 – 2:58 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn is not about to get ahead of himself now. Almost three weeks removed from re-injuring the same ankle he hurt in training camp, Glenn is just trying to take each day as it comes as he tries to make a return to the lineup.

Glenn, who confirmed it is the same high ankle sprain that forced him to miss the entire preseason schedule, doesn’t believe he’s ahead of schedule because he hasn’t put a timetable on his injury.

“I think we’re just being smart about it,” he said. “That’s the path we’re on right there. Just taking it day by day. That’s all I can do.”

Glenn has practiced on a limited basis each of the last two days and head coach Rex Ryan said he was encouraged by the back-to-back days of work for the left tackle.

Tyrod Taylor’s blind side protector was asked if it was up to him would he play on Sunday.

“If it was up to me could I play Sunday? Yes, I would love to be out there,” Glenn said. “I’m just taking it day by day. Not trying to get too high or too low.”

 


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