Bogyo Column: Tony Bogyo takes a look at Sunday's loss in Carolina. It had a familiar tone for our columnist as it was the type of loss we have seen time and time again during the long playoff drought. This loss shows us what we expected the Bills to be this year. Complete Story.
Monday September 18, 2017
McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott held his Monday press conference the day his first loss as an NFL head coach. Injury wise he said Marcell Dareus and Cordy Glenn are still being evaluated and they will likely know more in the next day or two. Shaq Lawson is also being evaluated for a nerve contusion but he was doing better today. Other than that they came out ok with just the normal bumps and bruises. He feels everyone's frustrations as they didn't stay in a rhythm but it is hard to win games when you score three points. He has to look at what they need to do to spread the ball around the field. There were certainly things they could have done better. He said they look at every position to see what they can do better when he was asked about the quarterback position but he re-iterated Tyrod Taylor is his starter and he staying with the plan. He said it's never just one guy but they will look at things hard this week and try to mix things up. It wasn't all that it needs to be and everyone needs to play better and he needs to do a better job. On the use of timeouts he was looking at real estate and they needed to get down to take one more shot and he wanted to save the timeouts in case he needed them down there. He wanted to make sure he had one for the end. He will continue to learn and look at himself and take a hard look at how he used timeouts. He expects everyone to put in a good week of work and come out firing on Sunday. He thought the defense played extremely well and hard and they have been on the attack which made good things happen. He thought the pressure was very good as the rush and the coverage worked together. He loved the red zone defense which gave themselves a chance to win the game. He praised Ramon Humber and Jordan Poyer. He knows what Brandon Tate can do but wanted to take a look at Kaelin Clay yesterday on returns and offense. He wouldn't say if he was going back to Tate or not this week. He thought Colton Schmidt and the coverage units did a great job which is interesting with a punter in town for a tryout today. The challenge now is to bounce back at home. He agreed with the assessment that teams will key on the running attack and he needs to move people around and put them at positions of strength. He likes how his team stayed with it and gave themselves a chance to win. On Zay Jones he said he needs to understand it takes more than one guy and there were plenty of opportunities to win that game before that play. They have a lot of rookies on the field and they are gaining valuable experience. He is looking forward to his next opportunity. Next time they are in that situation he expects them to win. It is belief in the execution and growing as a football team. They will find out more about the team and they found out more about him after this loss to see how resilient they are. Injury Page.
Sunday September 17, 2017
Gameday Grades: You can guess where these grades went. All Fs on offense and mostly As on defense. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: In a game where no touchdowns were scored it was exciting in the end but the Bills fell fingertips short in a 9-3 loss to the Panthers. The Bills defense had a beautiful goal line stand to force the Panthers to kick a field goal with 2:35 left. The Bills drove down the field for the best drive of the day when on 4th and 11 Tyrod Taylor had Zay Jones wide open for a game winning touchdown but the high throw went off his hands at the four yard line and that was the ballgame. The Bills defense played a great game with the offense struggling mightily throughout the game. The Bills sacked Cam Newton six times but couldn't take the ball away which was needed to help the pitiful offense. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: The Bills suffered several injuries but only one player didn't return. Cordy Glenn didn't return to the game after having problems once again with his ankle and he didn't come out at the start of the second half. LeSean McCoy who left after re-injuring his wrist that he hurt in the opener but didn't miss a play. Marcell Dareus injured his right ankle on the opening series and missed most of the first half before returning late in the second quarter and he seemed limited the rest of the way. E.J. Gaines was shaken up just before halftime and left the game momentarily before returning. Kyle Williams got poked in the eye and left for a play before returning. Andre Holmes suffered a shoulder stinger while covering a punt but he came back in the game. Injury Page.
Inactives: Jerel Worthy is the lone inactive because of an injury as he remains in concussion protocol and was ruled out on Friday. The other inactives are: Brandon Tate, Jelani Jenkins, Vlad Ducasse, Conor McDermott, Khari Lee, and Joe Banyard. Tate being inactive is a surprise leaving Kaelin Clay active instead of him, he likely will handle at least punt return duties. We possibly will see Taiwan Jones returning kicks.
Gameday Weather: It will be a hot and humid day in Charlotte today for the Panthers home opener against the Bills as Hurricane Jose churns off the coast. It will be partly sunny and humid for today's game with a kickoff temperature in the low to mid 80s but the feels like temperatures thanks to the humiditiy will be in the low 90s. The winds will be light out of the NNE at 7mph.
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Friday September 15, 2017
McDermott Presser: LeSean McCoy is being given a day off to rest but Sean McDermott added he has soreness of the groin as well. He did say he's not worried about it and he is very confident he will be able to handle a full workload on Sunday. He said the same about Leonard Johnson who was limited yesterday with a quad injury. He is officially listed as questionable but if there is an issue they will likely have to active Greg Mabin from the practice squad by tomorrow. Jerel Worthy has been ruled out again this week with his concussion. The coach doesn't want the team to win the game for him that would be the wrong approach. The coach said he's confident in these guys and they have an 'it' factor. While the Bills only have two players on the injury report the Panthers have nobody on there report which is highly unusual. Injury Page.
Thursday September 14, 2017
Game Preview: The Bills head down to Carolina for their first road game of the year as Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott return home. This opponent will be a much tougher one than the Jets were on opening day as the Bills strive to go 2-0 in the new era. Game Preview.
Mabin Back: The Bills now only have four corners on the depth chart so they made a move to bolster that unit on the practice squad by bringing Greg Mabin back to that unit two days after he was released. To make room they released TE MyCole Pruitt from that unit.
Wednesday September 13, 2017
McCoy Fine: LeSean McCoy said his wrist is a bit swollen but he will be fine for Sunday's game. He was full go in practice today. The only one not practicing at all was Jerel Worthy who remains in concussion protocol. Tanner Vallejo was back on the field after missing time with a knee injury. E.J. Gaines was limited but will be able to go on Sunday. Charles Clay and Mike Tolbert were new additions to the report. Injury Page.
McDermott Presser: Today is media day and Sean McDermott held his morning press conference before the start of practice. He said E.J. Gaines will practice today and although he will be a little bit limited today they expect him to play on Sunday. The Panthers will be a huge challenge as they are a team that has been together for 7 years. They are a very talented football team, talented and fast defense. He is aware of their strengths and weaknesses because of his history but the players will be the ones on the field making plays and they have a lot of work to do. It is about them growing as a football team. We will try every week as coaches to put our players in position to be successful. It is about how they continue to evolve as a football team and creating their identity. They need to close the gap in areas where they need to from last week. They will always rotate players regardless of the weather but they are preparing for hot, muggy weather with their hydration process. They take what defenses give them and that is why they didn't throw downfield so much last week. There are a lot of different ways to win football games and they felt they got into a rythym last week. There are areas they need to improve on and they have to play smart. When it comes to giving them a best chance to win a football gam he doesn't factor salaries into it. He knows people are expected to see Marcell Dareus on the field more but he believes in rotating guys up front to keep them fresh and that gives them a better chance to win. He though Dareus did a heck of a job in doing what he needed to do to help them win last week. They have a plan on how to handle his ongoing hip issue but it didn't effect his playing time on Sunday. He said Cam Newton was an MVP in this league for a reason and he felt he looked like his old self in their week one win over San Francisco. On the signing of Jelani Jenkins he has played outside mostly and they will start him off there. They will acclimate him to their system first so he can play fast when he gets on the field. He his athletic and they like the system he came from in college. He can run and diagnose while being a very instinctive player. He did admit the emotions may be a bit stronger going back to Carolina earlier in the season than it would have been if later in the season.