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Buffalo Bills Confident in Backup Backfield Entering New York Jets Game

October 24th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills are down to their third- and fourth-string running backs entering this weekend's game against the New York Jets. But the other members of the offense don't seem to have lost one bit of confidence in the running game even with the top two back out with injuries.

Both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson were hurt in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings. That made Anthony Dixon the featured back, and he delivered with 51 yards in about a half of duty.

Dixon will likely be the starter this weekend, with Bryce Brown set to see his first action of the season as his running mate. Coach Doug Marrone said he's not worried about any rust that Brown may have accumulated during seven weeks on the bench:

"If it's a younger guy, maybe you'd say that, but he's a confident guy. He knows what he has to do. He knows he has to play within the system. He's been around a little bit. I think that if it was a younger guy, a rookie or something, yes you'd have to sit down and say, 'Hey, listen. We need you to do what's in the scheme and everything,' but Bryce is a confident player, and he's excited about the opportunity."

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Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone Feels for Marquise Goodwin

October 24th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Marquise Goodwin is battling injuries for the second-straight season, leaving him especially frustrated.

Goodwin has shown bits of brilliance, even this season, catching a crucial touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to help the Buffalo Bills beat the Detroit Lions. Bills head coach Doug Marrone understands the frustration Goodwin might be going through.

"I think it's tough for any player," Marrone said. "Again, availability is a big thing. It's very difficult, especially when they occur early in your career, to continue to get better and better. It's almost like when those things happen, I don't want to say you start back at square one, but there's definitely a move back before you can start working to move forward. He's definitely frustrated with it. That's part of this game. One of the things that's not a secret that you talk with players about all the time is availability. He hasn't been available as often as he would like to be or as we would like him to be."

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Kraig Urbik Likely to Start at Left Guard for Buffalo Bills Against the New York Jets

October 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

Hoping to change the recent misfortunes of his offensive line, head coach Doug Marrone might turn to veteran Kraig Urbik to start at left guard.

Urbik, who signed with Buffalo in 2010 after spending the 2009 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft(79th overall) . The Bills claimed him off waivers in September 2010.

The Bills offensive line has been rather offensive in the past two games, giving up 11 sacks. Kyle Orton has been pressured on nearly every drop-back, making the entire offense stagnant.

While inserting Urbik into the starting lineup might not solve all of the problems, the veteran presence will likely steady a unit that has been shaky for much of 2014.

"Obviously, we brought Chris Williams in. Chris played two games and maybe a couple of series in the last one," said Marrone. "We won both of the them and we liked what we saw in him. I think the other guys just were playing better. I don't think it was a matter of disappointment. He made the team and he's got to be ready to step up and go. If he gets the call on Sunday, I'm sure he'll be ready to go."

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Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Mike Williams Drops on Depth Chart

October 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Mike Williams has continually dropped down the depth chart.

The reason behind it may not just be the lack of productivity from Williams, but also the rise of receivers such as Chris Hogan.

Williams commented on the recent drop.

"I'm actually behind a lot of guys," Williams said. "I think Chris Hogan is just one of the guys. I'm just out there doing what they tell me to do. If they put me ninth string again, I guess that's where I'm gonna be at."

Williams has seen a steady decrease of playing time and has been inactive for one week.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone feels that Hogan has earned his spot despite early doubt with the receiver.

"Chris is a guy that — and I've never said this to Chris — that you looked at and say you're looking for reasons why he shouldn't be on the team," coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. "I think he's a resilient type of guy. Attention to detail. You can trust what he's doing out there on the field. He knows exactly what to do, knows all three positions."

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Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins Dismisses New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan; Fake Interview Questions

October 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

When Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins took to the media via conference call on Wednesday, he did not expect to hear questions from the head coach of the New York Jets, but that's just what happened.

For the second time this regular season, Jets head coach Rex Ryan jumped into an interview to fire off a couple questions as a joke.

"Sammy, I've got a question," Ryan said. "How did you help Seth Ryan out? How'd he do out there? And if you could really help him, you wouldn't play this game [on Sunday]. This sounds like Rex Ryan — I know it does — but this is a reporter."

Seth Ryan just happens to be Ryan's son, and Clemson wide receiver. Watkins and Seth Ryan were teammates last season in Clemson.

Watkins was asked earlier in the interview about his relationship with Ryan, who had been to Clemson to see his son play.

"I know Rex, I have seen him down there at Clemson a couple of times," Watkins said. "He’s a great guy, great coach, great dad and he’s always been funny with me at times, but he’s a great coach."

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