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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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Buffalo Bills’ Sammy Watkins up for NFL Rookie of the Week Honors

October 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Sammy Watkins' performance Sunday for the Buffalo Bills has him up for leaguewide honors.

The rookie wide receiver was nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week. Watkins had nine catches for 122 yards Sunday and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with one second left to beat the Minnesota Vikings.

Watkins previously won the honor in Week Two. That week, he had eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's win over the Miami Dolphins.

For the year, he has 35 catches for 433 yards and four touchdowns. That puts him on pace for 80 catches, so he is easily on pace to break the Bills' team record for receptions by a rookie. Andre Reed, Lee Evans and Jerry Butler share that mark with 48 catches each. The NFL record for rookie receptions is 101, set by the Arizona Cardinals' Anquan Boldin in 2003.

Fans can vote online until 3 p.m. Friday.

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Buffalo Bills Underdogs Against Struggling New York Jets

October 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The 4-3 Buffalo Bills are three-point underdogs this Sunday when the play the 1-6 New York Jets.

The records for each team may baffle fans, but the way the Jets played the New England Patriots, and the way the Bills struggled against the Minnesota Vikings last week are likely factors in the spread. The way the Jets play in general, could also be a factor.

The weakest part of Buffalo's game at this point is their offensive line, while the Jets thrive with their defensive front. Football experts are always talking about how games are won and lost on the line of scrimmage, and the Jets have a huge advantage against Buffalo's offense.

Buffalo is very aware of the mismatch, and Doug Marrone is evaluating the team's weakness. He told reporters this week that Kraig Urbik could play at the offensive guard position, where Buffalo has been especially vulnerable. The Bills will also be without C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson this week, as both suffered significant injuries against the Vikings. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will replace each back, but success will be tough to find without improved play from the men up front.

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