Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 10/13

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Shawne Merriman #56 and Kyle Williams #95 of the Buffalo Bills wait for the next play against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-24. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Wilson's efforts reaping rewards - BuffaloBills.com
"And ready Wilson has been after finally earning the full time starting role at strong safety. Through the first five weeks of the 2011 campaign Wilson very quietly leads the team in tackles, pass breakups and interceptions. In fact Wilson enters Sunday’s game with a three-game interception streak."

DT Williams wants to play Sunday - BuffaloBills.com
"Hopefully I can go out and play and go win a football game and then I’d have two weeks to rest up and get ready for the second half of the year," said Williams in reference to Buffalo’s Week 7 bye. "I’ve always been pretty quick with healing, but it’s an irritating thing and it’s been bothering me. It came to a head on Sunday and hopefully we can manage it and get it under control where I can go out and be effective."

Wilson named AFC Defensive Player of the Week - BuffaloBills.com
"In the first half of last Sunday’s game George Wilson was ubiquitous posting nine tackles, three pass breakups and an interception in Buffalo’s 31-24 win over Philadelphia. By game’s end he led the team with 11 takedowns and added a quarterback hit in for good measure. It all added up to earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors."

Wilson named AFC Defensive Player of the Week - BuffaloBills.com
"In the first half of last Sunday’s game George Wilson was ubiquitous posting nine tackles, three pass breakups and an interception in Buffalo’s 31-24 win over Philadelphia. By game’s end he led the team with 11 takedowns and added a quarterback hit in for good measure. It all added up to earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
Coach Gailey meets the media to update on injuries and turn the page to the New York Giants.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
Fitzpatrick talks to the media on Wednesday.

Bills Roundup: Williams Misses Practice - BuffaloBills.com
Chris Brown updates the goings-on at One Bills Drive.

What lies ahead for the Bills in Erie Co.? | WIVB.com
Oliverio said, "I'm confident that leadership locally and at the state level can get this done and they're such an asset to our community that there's no reason not to."

NFL.com news: Action Jackson: Back's versatility is driving Bills' success
"The Bills have emerged as an offensive juggernaut, and it has been the clever use of Jackson that has been paramount to that success."

Local Notes: Bills’ defensive stats don’t add up to 4-1 - Olean Times Herald
"If you’re keeping track, that’s four of Buffalo’s five top tacklers who play in the defensive backfield ... three of them safeties."

Past failures fueling Bills - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"The Buffalo Bills’ terrible 2010 season is ancient history, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a big part of 2011’s great start. Starting 0-8 last year left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Bills’ players and coaches, and they all wanted to make sure they didn’t have to taste that again."

Former University at Buffalo star Roosevelt gets his chance for Bills | Metrowny.com
"Naaman stepped up and did a good job, made some good catches for us," Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "Next guy in line; I guess that’s what being in the NFL is about. You’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities when you get them. We’ll find out who the next guy is and see what he can do."

Cox: Bills vs. Argos — no contest - thestar.com
"Well, it’s unlikely the Oct. 30 house will need any assistance. People in the GTA want to see the Bills now, and tickets are moving at a much faster pace than in previous years behind a more aggressive sales push. With 2012 being the last year of the current deal, it will be intriguing indeed to see what comes next. It’s believed Rogers wants to pay much less in a new deal because the current arrangement has forced ticket prices too high; the Bills, now that they’re winning, might not be inclined to give discounts."

Vanguard grad Drayton Florence adds spark to upstart Bills defense | Ocala.com
"As a nine-year veteran in the National Football League, Vanguard High School graduate Drayton Florence has already seen more than a few of his childhood dreams come true. But the little kid in Florence couldn't help but celebrate earlier this month when he first caught a glimpse of an image of himself splashed across a truly iconic backdrop — the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine."

John Clayton's Last Call - ESPN
Both Fred Jackson and George Wilson get game balls from John Clayton. "According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick attempted only three passes that flew at least 10 yards in the air. Those passes were incomplete. Instead, he hit 21 of 24 short passes for 193 yards."

NFL.com news: Bye week ideal time for Broncos to ease Tebow into starting role
"No one thought the Bills or 49ers were playoff contenders back in August. Well, after their big wins this week both teams are 4-1. Last season, every team that got to 4-1 made the playoffs. At this point, I could make a case for either the Bills' Chan Gailey or the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh as Coach of the Year, and the biggest reason is how both men have developed their quarterbacks."

Inside The Bills | The eye-opening Wilson stat
"In 31 career starts Wilson has 11 INTs. That’s almost double the interceptions that Whitner has (6) in his 70 career starts."

Inside The Bills | Giants injury report
Here is the list of injured Giants players for Sunday’s game with Buffalo.

Inside The Bills | Bills injury report
Here’s the Bills injury report for this week’s game against the Giants.

Bills turn up heat - The Buffalo News
"The Bills sent five or more men at the quarterback on passing plays 20 times in their 31-24 victory, according to News figures. The Eagles ran 45 pass plays, so the Bills blitzed on 44 percent of those downs. That's the highest percentage the Bills have blitzed over the past two years under coordinator George Edwards."

Bills' defense defies logic and the odds - Jerry Sullivan
"The Bills are on pace to break the team record for points in a season. They lead the league in fewest sacks allowed and they're a perfect 20-for-20 in red-zone scoring. They're first in takeaways and interceptions. Of course, they're allowing 421.8 yards a game, a staggering rate that would shatter the franchise record by close to 1,000 yards. The defense is 31st in the league in first downs (yes, at a franchise record pace) and average yards allowed per rush."

Bills seeing red - The Buffalo News
The Bills rank No. 1 in the NFL in red-zone offense, scoring TDs on 75 percent of their trips inside the opposition's 20-yard line. "Obviously, it doesn't take a Yale guy to figure out seven points is better than three," deadpanned Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a Harvard graduate. "That turns games around when you can continue to get touchdowns rather than field goals."

Bills notebook: Williams may miss Giants' game - The Buffalo News
"It's a pretty sensitive spot in my foot," said Williams, who would not disclose the exact injury. "Once I get warmed up and going, it has been OK. But like I said, it came to head Sunday. I actually thought somebody had fallen or hit me in a spot. But I just came off of it in a bad way, got caught with it and couldn't do anything. So hopefully we can get some strength back in there, calm the inflammation down and play on Sunday. That's what I want to do."

Buffalo Bills roll on with a thin receiving corps | Democrat and Chronicle
For a team that likes to flood the field with four- and five-receiver sets, there's not enough bodies right now so, as coach Chan Gailey said, "it's all hands on deck."

Buffalo Bills' Kyle Williams may sit out game against New York Giants | Democrat and Chronicle
Williams said he probably won't practice all week, but added, "I'm going to do whatever I can. As far as game plan goes, I think we're in agreement that I can take my reps watching film and talking about it in the room, but this is something where they want to give me some rest, get the inflammation calmed down, and we'll make a decision Sunday morning."

Depleted WR Corps The Focal Point For Bills - WGR 550
"With all the injuries and player movement, the Bills are now down to just four classic wide receivers. Starter Stevie Johnson, slot-man David Nelson, Buffalo-native Naaman Roosevelt, and the virtually unknown Ruvell Martin."

Bills NT Williams, 7 Others Not Practicing - WGR 550
"Nose tackle Torell Troup returned to practice following last week, when he missed the final two days of workouts with a lower back injury. Backup linebacker Chris White also particpated. He's been out with a hamstring ailment for the past few weeks."

AFC East QBR rankings: Brady then... - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Fitzpatrick is having the fifth best season of any quarterback, according to the QBR. The thing I like about Fitzpatrick most this year is even his mediocre games aren’t meltdowns. The last two weeks he’s been average but only threw one interception in 61 pass attempts. Fitzpatrick tends to be streaky. So Bills fans have to hope he stays on the good side of his streakiness."

AFC East rookie rankings - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Marcell Dareus comes in fourth in this quick look according to James Walker. While Dareus hasn't been making a lot of impact plays he is drawing holding calls and taking up double teams. It's just not on the stat sheet.

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