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Bills establish an NFL first on offense

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2015 – 11:04 am

Buffalo’s production from some of its biggest playmakers Sunday helped the team establish an NFL first.

FOXSports was the first to report that the Bills became the first team in NFL history to have a pair of 100-yard rushers (LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams) and a 150-yard receiver (Sammy Watkins) in the same game.

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It was also the first time the Bills had two 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver in the same game.


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Tyrod & Karlos update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2015 – 12:19 pm

Good news for Tyrod Taylor and Karlos Williams as they return from injury. Head coach Rex Ryan said both are going to participate fully in Wednesday’s practice.

“Tyrod (Taylor) is full (go),” said Ryan. “Karlos is full (go).”

Taylor is coming off a sprained MCL. He’s still wearing a knee brace in practice today, but said it’ll be up to the athletic training staff and medical staff as to whether he wears one Sunday against Miami. Karlos Williams is back from a concussion suffered in Week 4 against the Giants.

Williams told Buffalobills.com that he was cleared by the medical staff late last week.


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Fan Friday 10-30

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2015 – 11:21 am

It’s the bye, but we’re still grinding here at Buffalobills.com. A big 2015 midseason report coming on Monday on Buffalobills.com, the good and not so good, broken down several different ways. Here are your latest edition of questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills any updates on when the defense from last year is going to return?

IrishTsmith

CB: While I understand your frustration there are some encouraging signs on defense. Run ‘D’ has been top five all season, pass defense has been top 5 in the league since the bad day against the Patriots. Pass rush has to step up and I think it’ll be back to where it was last year. A better pass rush helps their third down ‘D’, which right now is middle of the pack.

 

2 – Chris,

I know the schedule was addressed a few years ago with Buffalo having to face many teams coming off a bye or Thursday night game.  That is happening again this year.  First was the Pats and not the Giants.  Look at how those games turned out.  Granted, those were also our worst penalty games too.  Between the refs and scheduling, it seems like the NFL is making it very difficult for the Bills to have a fair opportunity to show they can be good.  Can anything be done about this?

Thanks for everything you do.

Very frustrated and loyal fan in Virginia
Barbra

CB: You’re right that three of Buffalo’s first five opponents came off extra rest and prep time to face the Bills (Pat, Giants, Titans). Even when the Bills have an advantage of the bye this week it’s mitigated by the fact that Miami played Thursday night this week, so they’ve got three extra days to prepare for Buffalo.

The Bills will get extra time to prep for the Patriots coming off the Thursday night game against the Jets.

Believe it or not Buffalo’s situation is a bit more favorable than some other clubs this year in terms of opponents getting extra rest and prep time.

Truthfully with the Thursday night schedule running from Weeks 2 to 15 there are at least 13 teams with at least one game against a team getting extra rest. I don’t get the sense that the NFL sees the extra rest on the back end of a Thursday night game as much of an advantage, since that team is at a disadvantage getting only three days prep time heading into their Thursday night game. They likely see it as a wash.

 

3- Hi Chris,

It’s hard to get a true perspective on Tyrod’s passing struggles from the TV broadcasts. Is he not finding open receivers quickly enough? Are receivers not open a lot of the time? With our team talent in that area it’s hard to believe we’re being defended that well.

James

CB: With his last game being the Titans game I can see why you’re concerned about this. I do believe more often than not Buffalo receivers are gaining separation. I think it’s a matter of trust on Taylor’s part as to what he’s seeing.

The biggest hurdle here is Taylor’s inexperience. We have to remember he had 14 game appearances in the regular season before this year and those weren’t even starts. They were largely mop up duty type appearances where he handed off in games that were over with just one start. So I think there are some parts of the game where Taylor is still feeling his way at this level.

So he might just miss someone completely or he might not trust what his read is telling him. It’s the process a quarterback goes through when they’re new.

 

4 – Chris,
I’m reading where Sammy says, “Give me the Damn Ball”, can u imagine designing a game plan around him with his work history ?? He hasn’t proved he’s durable enough to get the ball 8-10 times a game.
No doubt he’s a fine athlete, can anyone explain why he is injured so much. What are ur thoughts ?

Jim in Florida

CB: I don’t think there’s an easy way to explain his recent injury history, primarily because in college he was never injured. Didn’t miss a practice or a game in his college career. Granted the game is more physical in the NFL, but he’s just had a rough stretch.

He’s clearly more frustrated by the injuries than the fans. All he wants to do is contribute and a competitor like him can’t stand being sidelined when he knows his talents can help the team. Hopefully he’ll be good to go out of the bye and can stay on the field for the last nine weeks.

 

5 – Chris,

Assuming both are healthy, I would love to see Karlos and Shady in the backfield together. They are both really good in the passing game and both are playmakers. Any chance this happens?

Joe Roberts

Orlando, FL


CB:
I wouldn’t rule it out. Knowing how varied Greg Roman likes to be with his formations and pre-snap motion, I think Karlos and McCoy in a split backfield or I-formation is not out of the realm of possibility. If Roman believes there’s an advantage to be had with such a look he won’t hesitate to make use of it.

 


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Four Bills don’t travel

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2015 – 7:04 am

The Bills are underway with their practice preparations for Sunday’s game at Wembley Stadium against the Jaguars, but four players did not make the trip.

Head coach Rex Ryan laid out the details of the four players who stayed behind. While none are expected to be on hand this week, Ryan isn’t declaring them out for Sunday’s game at this point.

“There are some guys who did not travel and we do not anticipate any of these guys being available for the week, but we have not ruled them out,” he said. “We have not ruled any of these players out. These players include Karlos Williams, he’s in the concussion protocol, as is Seantrel Henderson. Kyle Williams with a knee and then Percy Harvin has a non-injury related. He’s pretty much excused for personal reasons. So I’ll just leave it at that. So all those player we don’t anticipate having any of these players up to be available this week, but we have not ruled them out.”

Ryan did admit that Kyle Williams knee injury appears to be serious.


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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
Percy Harvin WR Hip LP QUESTIONABLE
Sammy Watkins WR Calf LP QUESTIONABLE
Tyrod Taylor QB Knee LP QUESTIONABLE
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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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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Hurdles still left for Karlos to clear

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2015 – 1:52 pm

Bills RB Karlos Williams is still immersed in the concussion protocol this week. GM Doug Whaley laid out what still lies ahead for the rookie running back before he can get on the practice field.

In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley was encouraged by Williams’ progress, but said it’s still too early to know if Williams can return for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.

“I think we’re presently surprised,” said Whaley of Williams improvement. “There haven’t been any setbacks. He had some tests Monday and I’ll be getting those reports to see where he is. It’s always a positive sign when the medical staff doesn’t come in and say, ‘We have a problem and he’s not responding.’ He’s responding to treatment and he’s getting better and better. Will he play this weekend? Only time will tell and we’ll know later on in the week.”

As for what hurdles Williams still has to clear Whaley said there are still a number of tests.

“He has a bunch of tests and then he has to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can step on the field,” said Whaley. “That’s a league-mandated rule and we’ll follow that to a ‘T.’”


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McCoy, Karlos out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2015 – 1:38 pm

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It looks like Boobie Dixon will make his second career start Sunday when the Bills play the Titans in Tennessee. Dixon’s only other career start came in the 2013 season finale when he was with the 49ers and he lined up as a fullback in front of Frank Gore. LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams have both been declared out for Sunday’s game.

Head coach Rex Ryan however, doesn’t believe Williams will be out of the lineup for a prolonged period of time.

“No, I know he’s feeling better and all that, but you go through the protocol and things, but no I don’t think so,” Ryan said.

S Bacarri Rambo is also out for Sunday’s game, but the good news is Aaron Williams is probable and expected to start in his return from a neck injury. Here’s the rest of the Bills injury report.

OUT
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring
RB Karlos Williams – concussion
S Bacarri Rambo – thigh

QUESTIONABLE
WR Sammy Watkins – calf

PROBABLE
WR Chris Hogan – hamstring
WR Marquise Goodwin – ribs
DT Kyle Williams – calf
WR Percy Harvin – hip
S Corey Graham – shoulder
TE Charles Clay – calf
S Aaron Williams – neck
LT Cordy Glenn – ankle
G John Miller – groin

 

 


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Watkins closer, Karlos unlikely for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2015 – 4:35 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins was trying to participate early in practice, but his work wound up being largely relegated to work on the side, while RB Karlos Williams did not practice for a second straight day. Head coach Rex Ryan admitted it’s looking less and less likely that either will be available Sunday.

At the same time Ryan is encouraged by Watkins’ progress as he tries to return from a calf injury.

“I’ll tell you what he’s getting close,” said Ryan of Watkins. “So we’ll see how he does. But he’s feeling a lot better and it won’t be long. I don’t know if it’ll be Sunday or not, but it’s not gonna be much longer.”

Meanwhile Karlos Williams hasn’t been on the practice field at all this week, which has Ryan pessimistic about Williams chances of playing Sunday at Tennessee.

“Well I mean I guess anything’s possible, you’re in the protocol, but the fact that he never practiced today with a concussion is probably…I don’t know it’s probably a reach,” Ryan said


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Bills to work out RBs Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2015 – 10:42 am

With the news that Karlos Williams sustained a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Giants, the Bills are taking a look at a few free agent running backs here on Tuesday.

In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, GM Doug Whaley confirmed that they may have to add a running back to the roster, with Williams status now iffy for Sunday in addition to feature back LeSean McCoy.

“We’re going to look at that today and have some guys in for a workout,” said Whaley. “With the week being so short, we’ll see if we can add some guys to help us depth-wise. We have full confidence in the guys that we have and again that depth we have we feel comfortable with Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood, they’ve been here. Karlos with that concussion protocol, we’ll monitor that day to day and hopefully he’ll be in there at the end of the week.”

Multiple reports have indicated that free agent RB Trent Richardson is one of the running backs working out for Buffalo today.

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Whaley: Karlos Williams sustained concussion

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2015 – 8:37 am

It wasn’t fully recognized by even Karlos Williams himself, but late Sunday night the Bills running back wasn’t feeling well. After an examination on Sunday evening and then again Monday it was discovered that Williams sustained a concussion in the Bills loss to the Giants Sunday. GM Doug Whaley announced the news Tuesday morning in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

“We found out late yesterday afternoon that Karlos Williams suffered a concussion,” said Whaley. “He’ll go through that concussion protocol this week. He told our trainers several hours after the game he wasn’t feeling well and our medical staff took a look at him. They put him through further evaluations Monday afternoon and determined that he had a concussion. We’re going to see how he proceeds throughout the week. With the concussion you just don’t know how they’re going to respond.”

Whaley said that Williams is going through the league’s concussion protocol. Williams status for playing on Sunday is certainly up in the air and with starting RB LeSean McCoy also a major question mark for the Titans game, the Bills have just Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood as healthy running backs.

“We have confidence in the guys that we have in Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood, who have been here,” said Whaley.

Whaley admitted they will take a look to see what is out there to find replenish the depth at the position. Former Bills RB Bryce Brown is an available free agent and Whaley admitted that he would be a possibility.

Buffalo’s GM did not rule Williams out for Sunday’s game.

“Karlos with that concussion protocol we’ll monitor him day to day and hopefully he’ll be in there at the end of the week,” Whaley said.

 


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Karlos wasn’t expecting early success

Posted by Chris Brown on October 3, 2015 – 12:25 pm

He’s a green rookie in his first NFL season, but not much has slowed Bills rookie RB Karlos Williams so far. He’s leading the Bills in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns with LeSean McCoy slowed by a persistent hamstring injury. Even Williams himself admits he didn’t think he’d enjoy this kind of success this soon.

“Not off the bat. I came in to learn from the guys we had in here, from Shady, from Fred, from Bryce, from Boobie—we had Felton,” Williams said. “You come in here to learn as much as you can, as much as possible and contribute on special teams. I did a little bit of that, but now I see that I’m contributing more on offense than anywhere else. I’m very excited about it. I’m happy about that success, but it doesn’t stop there. After the game, I have to get right back to work. Success doesn’t stop, it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to continue to get better each and every week and that’s what I’m here to do.”

Williams is also young at his position. A five-star safety out of high school, Williams did play some running back in high school, but had all of a year and a half of work at running back at Florida State before he joined the Bills.


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Fan Friday 10-2

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2015 – 11:23 am

The Bills look to stack two wins in a row Sunday against the Giants. Here’s your latest edition of questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

With guys like (Alshon) Jeffery and (Victor) Cruz missing multiple games with calf injuries, is there any concern Watkins might also?

Josh_McCarty28

CB: First, I’m not a doctor, but I have learned through our athletic training staff that not every calf injury is the same, and every player heals differently. Some heal faster than others, some have a higher pain tolerance than others. All that being said a calf injury is a critical problem for a wide receiver. They need it to drive off the line, accelerate, cut, etc.

Cruz’s calf injury from most reports is from overcompensating coming off a knee injury that kept him out most of last year and required surgery. I don’t know that Watkins’ injury is related in any way to overcompensating for his hip that required surgery in the offseason. I think we just all hope that Watkins is back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

 

2 – Chris,

First off, I’d like to give a shout out to Buffalo Bros. on University Ave in Fort Worth, TX.  It’s great to watch Bills games on Sundays surrounded by other Buffalo fans.

Here’s my question: With LeSean McCoy unlikely to suit up against the NY Giants this week, is it likely that Buffalo considers resigning Bryce Brown?  I believe that we have an available roster spot after the Cassel trade.  He would be a good compliment to Karlos Williams, whereas Boobie Dixon seems like he’s more of a goal line back and special teams contributor.

-Brendan in Fort Worth, TX

CB: The roster spot was actually filled by promoting Jonathan Meeks from the practice squad last week, not that it would keep them from making another move to address their running back position should LeSean McCoy be unable to play Sunday.

The most logical move however, would be calling Cierre Wood up from the practice squad. He’s been with the team since the last half of training camp and showed some flashes in the preseason. Wood has more of a shifty skill set and good hands for catching out of the backfield.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will this be the week that the #ColdFront starts racking up some sacks?

PatrickMac69

CB: The pass rush always has an edge when playing at home knowing the opposing offense has the added challenge of crowd noise. Manning however, has not been sacked much so far this season, just three times in three games. Ben McAdoo’s offense is designed to get the ball out fast to protect Manning.

A heavy dose of press coverage could aid in forcing Manning to pump and double clutch the ball to buy the pass rush an extra half second to get home. Some exotic looks could also cross up Manning’s diagnosis of the defensive coverage and delay his delivery of the ball.

 

4 – Chris,

In the long run, the Bills afford to play Thigpen. I believe they are other returners the Bills have on the roster. The Bills have specialists already in Gay/Sanborn who play minimal. Thigpen has yet to take an offesnive snap. I’d rather see Goodwin active than Thigpen. I would exepct Goodwin to get looks on offense and can return kicks.

Josh P.

CB: Once Marquise Goodwin is healthy I do anticipate he’ll be active. He’s still recovering from a rib injury. Goodwin however, is a kick returner, while Thipen is primarily a punt returner. The kick return job is Percy Harvin’s as of right now. I do believe if Sammy Watkins is unable to play that Goodwin would fill his spot among the receiving corps provided he himself is healthy enough to play.

As for Thigpen I think he was fortunate to make the roster as the team’s seventh WR. I believe the main reason he did is because primary punt returner Leodis McKelvin is on Reserve/NFI until Week 7 when he would be able to practice again if medically cleared. When McKelvin returns there will need to be a roster move.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who would you have cover Odell B, Darby or Gilmore? Or should they stay on separate sides of the field?

4evrbills

CB: I think Darby has shown well for the most part this season. To this point the Bills have played most passing attacks straight up leaving Gilmore and Darby on their respective sides. Beckham is a unique talent. If the defensive staff decides to have one cornerback follow him the whole game Gilmore is your guy. Beckham’s hands are so strong that you want a corner that can be physical with him not only on routes, but through to the attempt to catch. Darby can do that too, but Gilmore would be the better play if they decide to go that way.


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Karlos up for NFL Rookie of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2015 – 10:05 am

karlos-blogBills RB Karlos Williams rushed for his third touchdown in as many weeks in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins. He became the first rookie running back to rush for touchdowns in each of his first three games since Robert Edwards did it in 1998. Now he’s up for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.

Williams, who had 110 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown, is up against Philadelphia LB Jordan Hicks, Oakland WR Amari Cooper, Seattle WR/KR Tyler Lockett and Tampa LB Kwon Alexander for their Week 3 performances.

Fans can vote for one of these five players right here through Friday at 3 pm ET to determine the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.


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RB breakdown

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2015 – 11:03 am

We all know how many carries each of Buffalo’s running backs got in Sunday’s win over Indy. Here also is the playing time percentages for the Bills’ three backs.

Obviously these numbers will change week to week based on game plan and the opponent’s strengths defensively, but take them for what they’re worth.

LeSean McCoy – 42 plays (71%), 17 carries
Karlos Williams – 13 plays (22%), 6 carries
Boobie Dixon – 4 plays (7%), 3 carries

 


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Fan Friday 9-11

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2015 – 2:06 pm

As excited as we are for real football on Sunday, we do need to pause to think about the nearly 3,000 Americans who perished in the 9-11 attacks. Never forget. Here is this week’s edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – What is the process with keeping someone on the Practice Squad….can another team sign anyone from a Practice Squad? Are there any ways to protect someone on the Practice Squad?

Joe Roberts
Orlando, FL
CB: Practice squads consist of a maximum of 10 players typically who have accrued two or fewer NFL seasons as a pro. Each team is allowed a couple of exceptions in which a third-year player can be on the practice squad. To answer your question yes, any team in the league can sign a player off another team’s practice squad. Essentially you should think of them as a free agent with a job in the league.

 

2 – Chris,

I’m excited for the Bills 2015 season.  I really want to see what Greg Roman does with Buffalo’s offense.  Bills are deep at WR position.  I disagree with some of the posts I’ve read on depth chart.

Sammy is the #1 WR, in my opinion Robert Woods  is clearly #2 ahead of Harvin.  Woods was a great draft pick – Robert Woods consistently gets open on routes and has great hands!  Plus I think he is much more durable than Harvin.  Keep Percy Harvin in the slot as the #3 and kick returns.

What are your thoughts at WR, how many do the Bills keep and how do you see the depth chart.

Randy C,

from Buffalo, currently in D.C.

CB: What is interesting on Buffalo’s depth chart is Percy Harvin and Robert Woods are listed as co-starters opposite Sammy Watkins. So as the coaching staff sees it they’re 2A and 2B on their depth chart. Then it’s Chris Hogan and Marquise Goodwin followed by special teamers Marcus Easley and Marcus Thigpen.

Keeping seven did surprise me. I thought six was a more realistic number. I think the team saw Thigpen as worthy of a roster spot because with Leodis McKelvin to miss the first six weeks of the season they didn’t have a proven punt returner. So Thigpen will handle those duties.

I agree with your thoughts on Woods. I believe with all the attention that’s going to be on Watkins and Harvin and even Charles Clay, Woods will have a lot of favorable matchups this season and make a lot of plays.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do u think Gilmore will cover Johnson this weekend since it seems that Darby has more trouble w/ taller receivers?

Snowbird_Killer

CB: The Bills have a ton of respect for Andre Johnson, but I don’t think he’s as big a deep threat concern as he used to be. T.Y. Hilton is the more dangerous receiver, but he’s not going to physically overmatch Ronald Darby. I think Rex Ryan was truthful when he said he would mix it up against Andrew Luck and the Colts offense.

So I don’t anticipate there being a lot of Gilmore following Johnson or Hilton for the whole game. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were certain areas of the field where they put Gilmore on Johnson to match up better physically like the red zone, but beyond that I think the chances are greater they play the receivers straight up and the Bills roll more safety help to Darby’s side.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills are we wearing retro jerseys on Sunday to go with the helmets?#RockTheRalph

joshgel25

CB: Yes, there will be a full retro uniform to go with the throwback helmets. Here’s a look.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>All White Classics for week 1. Go <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bills?src=hash”>#Bills</a&gt; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RockTheRalph?src=hash”>#RockTheRalph</a&gt; <a href=”http://t.co/sRBkF3fWH5″>pic.twitter.com/sRBkF3fWH5</a></p>&mdash; billsequipment (@billsequipment) <a href=”https://twitter.com/billsequipment/status/642053433390968832″>September 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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@ChrisBrownBills

How does the HB depth chart looks like? And what is expected out of Karlos Williams? Can he be better than what Fred was?

killerbeekevin

CB: The way the depth chart is listed at running backs is McCoy, Dixon, Karlos, Brown. Personally I think Karlos Williams is going to get just as much time in the offensive backfield as Dixon, if not a bit more. Maybe not right away this season, but sooner rather than later. His running style is aggressive and downhill and he’s got more straight line speed than Dixon.

Blitz pickup will be where I will be looking most carefully to see who can handle that role that Fred filled so well on third downs. It very well could be McCoy, who is pretty good at it in his own right, but that’s something that will bear watching.


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McCoy and Karlos updates

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2015 – 1:58 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan provided a bit of clarity on the return timetable of both LeSean McCoy from injury and Karlos Williams from his surgical procedure.

“When we last spoke we really never knew the extent of it and what it was going to be and everything,” said Ryan of McCoy’s hamstring injury. “We kind of assumed things, but we’re cautiously optimistic that he’ll be ready for the opener. Barring any kind of setback we think he’s going to be ready to roll.”

As for Williams, Ryan said he believes that he’s been released from the hospital at this point.

“Karlos will be ready to roll that first game also,” Ryan said. “It’s going to be a couple of weeks, but he should be ready opening day.”


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Dixon: Karlos will be alright

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2015 – 11:56 pm

While Boobie Dixon didn’t speak directly to fellow running back Karlos Williams, who was admitted to the hospital for a surgical procedure Monday, he did say that the rookie will be fine in the long run.

“We had some of the guys talk to him and he said he was alright and he was doing good and we just praying for him,” said Dixon. “Just trying to be positive and keep our hopes up, keep our spirit up. It’s getting tough out here as you can see. You know we all just got to stay positive, we’re praying for him and he’ll be alright. He’ll be back soon.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Williams would be out at least two weeks coming off the successful procedure.


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Karlos Williams sent to hospital this morning

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2015 – 1:26 pm

Bills RB Karlos Williams has had a heck of a training camp so far, but he was not on the field Monday after having to get checked into a local Rochester hospital.

Head coach Rex Ryan explained some of what occurred that forced Williams to be hospitalized.

Karlos Williams, we don’t know the extent of what his injury is yet but some of you know he went off to a hospital this morning,” said Ryan. “We don’t know. It was just, he woke up in the morning and felt a little something weightlifting in the afternoon but it wasn’t anything. Now obviously he had this thing where if you touch him, obviously he’s in a lot of pain.”

No word as to whether a surgical procedure was required to address the problem. We’ll bring you more information on Williams’ condition as it becomes available.


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Bills rooks anxious, but not nervous

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2015 – 10:58 am

Buffalo’s top three rookies have all made an impact at Bills training camp. Top pick Ronald Darby and Karlos Williams have taken advantage of opportunities created due to injury, while John Miller has stepped right into a starting role showing no signs of being a rookie. That exposure to playing time against Buffalo’s starting offense and defense in camp has helped to calm any nerves any of these three rookies might have heading into their first preseason game Friday against Carolina.

“Starting off, I was a little nervous and things like that but coming out here each day and going against the receivers we have and the speed they have, I’m not as nervous at all,” said Darby.

“I’m feeling anxious, man, just to get out there,” said Miller. “My first preseason game, go out there and compete against somebody different, really see where I’m at and kind of gauge myself because I hold myself to higher expectations so it’d be good to get some, go against some other guys and get to hit on them a little bit.”

“The more reps a back can get, especially a young back the better feel you have for the game,” Williams said. “Especially with the backs I’m with here with Shady and Boobie and Bryce and Fred. The experience in the backfield, the locker room and the meeting room is definitely going to help, but the more reps I get against live action the better it’s going to be.”

 

 

 


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