Inside The Bills

Battle tested wins building Bills’ will

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2014 – 11:51 am

Buffalo’s two road wins haven’t been pretty, but in the end the Bills emerged victorious needing overtime in Week 1 and a 58-yard bomb from Dan Carpenter in Week 5 to beat a pair of NFC North opponents. As the players see it, the hard fought victories are strengthening their mental toughness.

“Just perseverance man,” said Stefan Charles. “We know what we’re trying to do this year. We have to keep our foot to the floor and keep balling. That’s how we did it and we came out victorious.”

“That’s something we realized the first game of the season against the Bears,” said Chris Gragg. “We had to win in overtime. We were actually down 14-0 Sunday. That just shows how hard this team works and how resilient we are. A lot of good things are in store for us.”

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Pepper’s mantra for D-line

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2014 – 9:47 am

Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson is very respected among his players. A 13-year NFL career that includes two Super Bowl rings, not to mention three more as an assistant coach, Johnson has the ear of his defensive line charges. His second unit in particular has been determined to not let there be a drop off in play when they go in for the starters this preseason. So far, so good.

“We’ve got real prestigious coaching, like Pepper Johnson, he stresses that to us every day,” said Stefan Charles who teamed with Jacquies Smith on the sack, fumble that Landon Cohen recovered and returned to the Steelers 16-yard line. “Have no fear and be out there as warriors, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”

Charles, Cohen, Smith and Corbin Bryant have done a decent job through the preseason as the second wave of defensive linemen.

“The coach is giving us the opportunity to make plays so when they come around you gotta make them,” said Charles. “We’ve got a lot of freedom on the D-line, we just got to get after it.  That’s what we try to do.”

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