Buffalo Bills news, 11/21: Hackett staying on the sideline

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The Buffalo Bills spoke with the media Wednesday before heading on their bye.

Inside The Bills | Hackett on being on sidelines

"That was something that I think I could really see, just a comfort level of having me there," Hackett said. "We’re together a lot. Good thing we like each other."

Inside The Bills | How Hackett convinced EJ to let it fly

Hackett: "I think the biggest thing for him is he’s very smart. He just needs to continue to trust what he sees it. He’ll see it and know what he’s supposed to do, but then it’s okay pull the trigger. He’s got all the talent in the world. Just throw it."

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Bills add offensive tackle - BuffaloBills.com
"Unga (6-5, 320) signed with the Ravens as an undrafted college free agent this past May. He was released during final cuts, but was promptly signed to Baltimore’s practice squad where he has spent the entire 2013 season."

Inside The Bills | New OL Unga to line up at guard
"They had him at tackle, but we’re moving him inside to play guard," said head coach Doug Marrone.

Buffalo Bills add size to O-line with J.J. Unga - ESPN
"What we like to do is build a bigger team," Marrone said. "My philosophy has always been that this is a big man's game." Here's a look at the size of the Bills' roster at offensive line:

Doug Marrone: "all of our focus is going to be on winning" - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills head coach talks about adding an offensive lineman to the roster, his message to the players heading into the long weekend, and how fast he wants the offense functioning."

EJ Manuel: "I love our rookie class" - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills QB EJ Manuel addresses the media before heading home for the bye week." Again, he's the king of two-sentence answers.

Bills Focus: Rookies Making Major Contributions - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills rookie class, whether drafted or acquired through free agency, have made huge contributions on the field so far this year, and they're making the future look pretty bright for this young Bills team. "

Bills Focus: Marcell Dareus Wired For Sound - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus takes you down on the field for the Bills 37-14 win over the Jets as he was mic'd up for the game."

Depth, rush schemes put Bills on pace for team sacks record - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills are on pace to set a team record for sacks in a season. Their 37 sacks lead the league and they already have surpassed last year’s total by one."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Marrone Preaches Staying Smart To Young Bills Team During Bye
"On the positive side, players get to rest, relax and recharge for the remaining games of the season. Alternatively, it could also be a negative if there could be potential poor influences waiting at home upon their arrival."

NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"Bills reporter Mike Rodak says the team heads into the bye with playoff optimism, bolstered by having the NFL’s weakest schedule over the final five games."

PFT Live: Jairus Byrd says Geno Smith has what it takes | ProFootballTalk
"Mike Florio talks with Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd about the Bills big win over the Jets this weekend, what to expect from Geno Smith in the future and what’s on tap for the Bills."

Mario Williams: Jets disrespectful, not because of Dave & Buster’s | ProFootballTalk
"One problem: That’s not what Williams said. What Williams said was that he considers the Jets to be a disrespectful bunch on Sundays, regardless of whatever they do on Saturday night."

Off the field

Mario Williams, Kiko Alonso lead Pro Bowl voting - BuffaloBills.com
Marcell Dareus (3rd), Kyle Williams (5th), Aaron Williams (6th) are all in the top six at their position.

Andre Reed advances in Hall of Fame vote - BuffaloBills.com
"The list of 25 semifinalists for 2014 enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was announced on Wednesday night."

Bills championship-winning alum earns Distinguished Service Award - BuffaloBills.com
"Al Bemiller, the starting right guard for the Bills AFL Championship winning teams and an active member of the Bills Alumni Association, was the recipient of the 2013 Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award."

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