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Bills Daily - Top News Thursday November 23, 2017

Tolbert Sits: Mike Tolbert sat out practice today after returning yesterday on a limited basis. Dion Dawkins returned after sitting out Wednesday with an illness. Most of the Chiefs injury report remained the same as well. Injury Page.

Game Preview: This week's matchup is a battle of two reeling teams the Bills have lost three straight games in spectacular fashion. The Chiefs have lost four of five after starting the season 5-0, including a loss to the horrible Giants on Sunday. It's also a game where Sean McDermott is battling his former mentor in Andy Reid and has put Tyrod Taylor back in at quarterback. Complete Preview.

Wednesday November 22, 2017

Taylor To Start: Sean McDermott addressed the media during his normal Media Day press conference but this one was not normal as more press was there than usual waiting to find out who would be the starting quarterback this week. Tyrod Taylor is the answer, McDermott announced it at the beginning of the press conference. He said it is the right thing for the team and he had dialogue with the team and the leadership council and that is always a part of it but it is his decision. Nate Peterman was a pro and understands and moves forward to focus on the Chiefs at this time. He wants Nate and the whole team to embrace the mindset that there is no fear in greatness and not everything that went wrong was his fault He wouldn't commit to Tyrod for more than this week using his we evaluate every position every week line. It's part of the process that a rookie has to play at some point that is how you get better. That is how you develop the future of an organization and sustained success to develop a foundation. Taylor is a pro who is focused on the Chiefs he expects him to prepare like he always does. He says it isn't about wavering it is always about the team. He is not focused on the playoffs but he is focused on the Chiefs. This year more than most shows it is a week to week lead. The Chiefs are a good football team and Andy Reid is a heckva coach. They have been challenged like we have the past few weeks. He wouldn't say what he learned from Sunday's disaster because he's focused on this week. He feels the right thing for this team is to start Tyrod just like he thought last week the right thing was to start Nate. On the injury front, Kelvin Benjamin will not practice today and is day to day they will see if he can be ready for Sunday. John Miller Cordy Glenn and Dion Dawkins will also not practice. Dawkins has an illness and Glenn's status hasn't changed. He continues to rehab and it isn't anything different they hope to get him back at some point. Charles Clay Jordan Matthews Mike Tolbert Deonte Thompson and Stephen Hauschka will be limited. He talked about being in the hunt on Thanksgiving as a good thing not realizing it is considered a joke in Buffalo since they are also in the hunt at this time but never make the playoffs. On Defense there is a lot that needs to improve including gap control and understanding how to fit a run better. They are working hard on that this week. He said it's easy to make the comfortable decisions but he is not afraid to make the uncomfortable decisions but won't make irrational snap decisions.

Tuesday November 21, 2017

Practice Squad Moves: The Bills have signed DE Cap Capi to the practice squad. He takes the spot of DL Eric Lee who was signed to the Patriots roster. The Bills also worked out a former player as DT Stefan Charles was in for a visit among several other defensive linemen, the team usually works people out on Tuesdays but the sheer amount of players at DL that they looked at says something. Front Office Page.

Bogyo Column: Tony Bogyo checks in with his latest column in which he talks about the sad state of the Bills and specifically what is going on with the QB situation. Complete Story.

Monday November 20, 2017

McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott addressed the media this afternoon after the long ride home from the West Coast overnight. He would not commit to the starting QB for next week staying with his pat line that he is still evaluating that right now. On Nathan Peterman he owns the decision and doesn't regret it but he regrets the result. It wasn't just Nathan that struggled they learn and grow from it and get better. One game will not define his career. He remains confident in him and there are plays that he wants back but there were some plays that you say were pretty darn good. This is part of the growth process it burns and it burns hard. McDermott spoke about positives and growth like the team won and not just got blown out for a third straight game. No ligament damage on Kelvin Benjamin but they are still evaluating the injury. You want to win but moving forward you want to establish the standard and the culture the coach said. They need to continue to develop that strong foundation. He said he communicated with Rick Dennison his decision to go with Peterman last week but it was his decision. Dennison moving upstairs last week was something they wanted to do all along. Despite his decision not working he can't waver in making a decision. Micah Hyde checked out fine so there is at least good news on the injury front.

Sunday November 19, 2017

McDermott Post Game Presser: The post game press conference by Sean McDermott was the most anticipated post game presser I can remember. He took responsibility for the game but they have to push threw things like this. They will go back to work when they land. It wasn't what they hoped for but when you put a young player out there that can happen. He is a tough player who can come back for this but he would not announce who will play quarterback next week, he said he will evaluate things. At halftime he evaluated it and decided to go with Tyrod Taylor in the second half. They can get better in all areas and will go back to evaluate all areas of the football team. Every decision he makes his for the best interest of the football team and he's not second guessing his call to go to Nathan Peterman who is a mentality tough individual who will learn from this experience. He needs to know everyone will support him and they will stick together as a team. Tyrod came out and embraced it and did a good job moving the football. He admits the team is going through a downturn which is a huge understatement. They need to manage it and stay mentally tough and make the corrections. The injuries to Kelvin Benjamin and Micah Hyde are still under evaluation at this time. He will keep to himself the evaluation process in deciding who will play quarterback next week. On the atrocious play of the defense, he said he has to go back and watch the film and evaluate every down but said field position was an issue. He felt like this was the right situation for Nate to come and play and he doesn't regret the decision but regrets the result and doesn't think he overestimated his readiness for the big stage but he admitted the game got away from them.

Gameday Grades: The offense turned the ball over six times and gave up two touchdowns of their own which didn't help out an atrocious defense as the Bills got annihilated once again. Gameday Grades.

Bills Blitz: Nathan Peterman made his first NFL start and threw five first half interceptions, two more than Tyrod Taylor threw all season. The first one was returned for a score as the Chargers built a 10-7 first quarter lead. It would have been worse except for a couple of good plays by the Bills defense and LeSean McCoy had runs of 37 and 27 yards to give the Bills their only 1st quarter touchdown of the season. After that thanks to the giveaways by Peterman, and the atrocious play by the Bills defense that left the middle of the field wide open for Chargers receivers, Los Angeles annihilated the Bills 54-24. The Bills have now been blown out three weeks in a row as this 17 year playoff drought has hopefully, finally hit rock bottom. Bills Blitz.

Benjamin, Hyde Suffer Knee Injuries: The game got off to a terrible start when Kelvin Benjamin injured his knee on his first catch. He was carted off to the locker room and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. The game got worse and so did the injury news as Micah Hyde suffered a knee injury in the second half. He did not return but was seen riding the bike on the sidelines so hopefully his injury is not serious. LeSean McCoy limped off in the third quarter and Deonte Thompson suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter as well. McCoy came back in the game but Thompson did not come back. Injury Page.

Gameday Inactives: Jordan Matthews, Jerry Hughes, and Charles Clay were listed as questionable for today's game but Clay and Hughes did play. Matthews sat out. John Miller, Mike Tolbert, and Cordy Glenn were all ruled out on Friday. The healthy scratches are: Conor McDermott, Logan Thomas, and Shareece Wright. Surprised Thomas is inactive over Khari Lee and Wright is inactive over recently signed Lafayette Pitts.

Gameday Weather: It will be perfect Southern California weather for today's game against the Chargers. Temperatures during the game will be in the mid 70s and the game will be played under partly sunny skies with little wind out of the southwest at 5mph.

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Friday November 17, 2017

Glenn, Tolbert, Miller Out: After not practicing all week the Bills have officially ruled out Mike Tolbert and Cordy Glenn from Sunday's game in Los Angeles. For Glenn it will be the second straight and fifth game this season that he has missed with his ongoing foot and ankle issues. Tolbert is out with a hamstring injury which means recently signed Travaris Cadet gets his chance at the backup running back spot. John Miller has also been ruled out after leaving practice early on Thursday with an ankle injury. He in all probability would have been inactive anyway. Jerry Hughes, Jordan Matthews, and Charles Clay are listed as questionable but all are expected to play despite being limited in practice this week. All other banged up players including Stephen Hauschka practiced today and have been removed from the final report. Injury Page.

Hauschka Should Go: Sean McDermott addressed the media about the injury situation before practice today and said Stephen Hauschka should kick on Sunday despite missing practice yesterday. Zay Jones should be good to go and will be full go in practice today. Jerry Hughes will be limited again today but they like where he is headed after yesterday's practice. Jordan Matthews, Charles Clay, and E.J. Gaines are also headed in the right direction and Gaines will get his work bumped up today. Cordy Glenn and Mike Tolbert will miss practice again today but no decision has been made yet on if they will be ruled out on Sunday. On the quarterback change he said Nathan Peterman looks very comfortable in the scheme. He said he weighed everything before making the change including how it would look after the very poor defensive performances the past two weeks. He said they have to get better as a team and that includes the defense. He feels Peterman is extremely poised and balanced with a great support system so nerves shouldn't be too much of an issue. They are looking at how they have gotten off track rushing the passer and they need to go back to the fundamentals. He's very happy with the rookie class and how they’ve contributed and they continue to add guys that have the DNA in helping them build what they want to become. Injury Page.

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