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Rex ranks his Bills ‘D’ vs. his others of the past

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2015 – 2:57 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan has been hesitant to compare his new Buffalo defense with that of other defensive units he’s coached in the past. A former player of his however, put him to the test as NFL Network’s LaDainian Tomlinson asked him to compare his Buffalo defense to those that he had in Baltimore and New York.

“We’ll see. I think in the Baltimore days, obviously that 2000 defense probably is a little different, and you go with the 2006 defense which led the NFL in more categories than any defense in the history of the game. That’s similar to what we have here,” Ryan said. “When I look back on them – my first year with the Jets we led the league but I think this is a more talented group than that. No slight to them but I believe that we’re more talented here.”

Buffalo’s defense finished fourth in the NFL last season overall. Ryan has stated repeatedly that it’s their intention to finish number one.

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L.T. not expected to play

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2011 – 7:50 am

Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson is listed as questionable, but it would be very surprising if he was active today against the Bills.

Tomlinson has been dealing with a sprained MCL and missed last week’s game against Denver.

Most Jets observers believe the team does not want to rush L.T. back this week, especially since he did not practice at all this week. They’d prefer to have him for the stretch run.

He’ll be replaced in the lineup by Joe McKnight as the complement to starter Shonn Greene.

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Jets Greene looking good for Sun.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2011 – 3:26 pm

Jets RB Shonn Greene left their last game in Denver with a rib injury, but has practiced each of the last two days giving New York head coach Rex Ryan confidence that he’ll be playing against the Bills on Sunday.

“I think Shonn will play this week and we’re excited to get him back in the lineup,” said Ryan. “I think he got hurt on the second possession of the game and did not return, and obviously we had LT out. So hopefully we’ll have both of those guys back this week, that’s what we’re hopeful of.”

LaDainian Tomlinson however, is not practicing again today as he missed practices by the Jets on Monday and Tuesday as well. The Jets were practicing early in the week because they played last Thursday night. If L.T. can’t go it means Joe McKnight is the complementary back to Greene.

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L.T. calls Buffalo ‘Same Bills’

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2011 – 10:45 am

Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson usually has a pre-game speech for his teammates and did so again Sunday. In that speech he referred to their division rival as the ‘Same Bills’ indicating that they would handle them as they did in five of the past six meetings.

Tomlinson explained what he meant to Newsday after the game.

“The team we are, we felt like our matchup against them has always been a problem (for them),” he said. “Our style of football versus their style of football has always been a problem. That’s why we say, ‘Same Bills.’ This is the same team we’ve beat over and over. So don’t get it twisted by their record. If we play our type of football, they won’t be able to beat us.”

Bills head coach Chan Gailey said his initial impression of the game was the Jets were the more physical team.

“We weren’t physical enough in the ball game,” said Gailey. “We’ve got to be more physical. I’d say if there was one thing that’s what I’d say.”

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L.T.’s words for C.J.

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2011 – 6:27 am

Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson had some impactful words for C.J. Spiller when the two spoke briefly after one of the two meetings between the Jets and Bills this past season.

Spiller’s rookie season did not pan out quite as he envisioned it, but he feels his first NFL season was a valuable one in terms of lessons learned. He even felt he’s learned just by watching guys like Tomlinson and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson on tape, but Tomlinson’s words in a brief postgame conversation this season carried just as much weight.

“I had the opportunity to meet him and the thing he told me is it’s a long career, don’t let this one season define the type of player you are,” recalled Spiller. “That was probably the most encouraging thing, coming from a future Hall of Fame running back like him, for him to come to me and say that. He’s a very tough runner, he picks up protection very well. He’s a great back and he’s a guy that I can definitely learn from because we’ve got similar styles, similar body types so he’s definitely been a help.”

Spiller will most definitely be watching Tomlinson this weekend as the Jets take on the Steelers for the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLV.

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L.T. Jets starting RB?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2010 – 10:09 am

When the Jets signed LaDainian Tomlinson, he was viewed as a complementary back to youngster Shonn Greene, who would be in for third down packages. That changed Sunday night in Miami.

L.T. not only started, but got the bulk of the work in the run game carrying 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also got most of the goal line work in the run game. Greene got 10 carries for 36 yards.

Tomlinson was also more productive averaging 5.6 yards per carry this season to Greene’s 3.5. It looks like L.T. will be the starter this week against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium barring a change in plans.

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Jets L.T. talking Super Bowl already

Posted by Chris Brown on June 30, 2010 – 8:33 am

Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson (still sounds weird) is talking big about what he and his team will accomplish in the next year or two.

He predicted that the team will “absolutely” win an NFL title in the next two seasons.

His direct quote to ESPN was “I’ll win a Super Bowl.”

Tomlinson at age 31 is no doubt hoping that’s the case. He’s expected to serve as a complementary back to Shonn Greene in 2010.

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Chargers L.T. stamps Bills as legit

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2008 – 1:21 pm

Buffalo’s win over the Chargers Sunday certainly made the Bills a legit playoff contender in the AFC, but getting additional validation from LaDainian Tomlinson never hurts. After Sunday’s game L.T. was asked about just how good this Buffalo team is.

“I do think the Bills are a legitimate 5-1,” said Tomlinson. “They don’t make many mistakes and we saw that. They didn’t turn the ball over. They play a solid defense and good special teams and that’s the formula for success. They will be a team to reckon with late in the season.”

Thought L.T. conveniently left out the fact that they are getting stellar QB play from Trent Edwards, L.T.’s statement carries weight. He’s been to the playoffs. He knows what it takes, and at this point he feels the Bills have the necessary ingredients.

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Chargers Chambers doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2008 – 8:34 pm

San Diego WR Chris Chambers failed to practice for a third straight day Friday and as a result is listed as doubtful and not expected to play on Sunday. That’s good news for a Bills secondary that’s dealing with a bit of the injury bug themselves with Terrence McGee out and Ashton Youboty a dicey game time decision for Sunday.

The Chargers look as though they’ll be without WR Buster Davis, who is also doubtful with a groin injury. Of course that didn’t hurt San Diego much offensively last week when they hung 30 points on the Patriots with Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd rolling up a combined 209 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Also doubtful for the Chargers is OLB Jyles Tucker, who has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. His backup Marques Harris is probable with a hamstring after practicing fully all week.

RB/KR/PR Darren Sproles (ankle) is listed as probable after participating on a limited basis the last two days. FB Mike Tolbert (ankle), LaDainian Tomlinson (toe) and safety Eric Weddle (shoulder) are all listed as probably and expected to play.

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Chargers still hobbled

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2008 – 1:37 pm

The way San Diego head coach Norv Turner put it the Monday after his team’s Sunday night win over New England it sounded like a lot of his nicked up players would be available for this Sunday’s tilt with the Bills.

The Chargers injury report would seem to state otherwise. Though it’s possible that a lot of the injured players were given Wednesday’s practice off in light of their late game this past weekend, three of their players that did not play in last week’s game that are expected back this week did not practice Wednesday.

WR Chris Chambers (ankle), WR Buster Davis (groin) and LB Jyles Tucker (hamstring) were all held out of Wednesday’s practice for San Diego. Chambers and Tucker were two players that Turner said on Monday “should play” this weekend. Thursday’s practice report will tell us a lot more.

LaDainian Tomlinson (toe) also did not practice, but skipping Wednesday has been commonplace for him. Fellow RB and dangerous return man Darren Sproles (ankle) also did not practice. He would be a big loss for the Chargers on special teams this Sunday if he can’t go. He’s the reason the Chargers are 7th in punt return average and tops in kick return average.

FB Mike Tolbert (ankle) and S Eric Weddle (shoulder) were both limited Wednesday.

LB Marques Harris (hamstring) was full go on Wednesday.

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