Buffalo Bills news, 5/23: Mike Pettine's defense fascinating fans, media

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The versatility Mike Pettine wants in his players keeps fans and the media interested in what it will look like and keep them guessing. It's exactly what Pettine wants opposing offenses to do, too.

Inside The Bills | Pettine: Versatility will keep ‘D’ in disguise

Mike Pettine: "A big part of the NFL is identifying guys pre-snap. We want to limit the amount of pre snap information we put out to an offense. That’s why we look for guys that have that type of versatility. And then at the same time, you’re cross training guys to play other positions."

Nathaniel Hackett: E.J. Manuel has to work on everything | ProFootballTalk

"Everything," Hackett said. "He’s a young man that’s got to work on a lot of things from footwork to progressions to plays to formations, everything. Defenses in the NFL are obviously a little different. He’s got to work on that too. He’s got to work on everything."

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Inside The Bills | Safety update: A. Williams adapting
"He’s doing a nice job, and that’s a difficult thing," said defensive coordinator Mike Pettine of Williams. "You could make the argument, he’s a DB and he’s staying at DB. But the safety world is very different from the corner world. He’s very intelligent. He’s soaking it all in. Every day is a challenge for him as far as new concepts in the play book. I think he’s done a real nice job buying in and really getting quickly to the graduate level details of it."

Bills buying into Pettine’s philosophy on defense - The Buffalo News
Pettine: "I wasn’t here, I don’t want to get too much into last year, I just know the system that we’re installing takes advantage of what our guys do well, and like I said, they’ve been very accepting of it. Now, again, I think they’re all feeling pretty good about it. We haven’t given up a first down, a yard or a point."

Can Mike Pettine save the Bills' defense? - Buffalo Wins
Why did Mike Pettine come to Buffalo, and what can he do for the putrid Bills defense? Joe takes a swing.

Inside The Bills | Stevie encouraged by play of young WRs
"I like what I’ve seen out there. They say it’s kind of fast right now, but as far as terminology, which is pretty much the hardest part, they say they’ve got it down," said Johnson. "So now it’s just about going out there and playing and they’ve made plays and there are some that have been left out there, but overall I like what I’ve seen."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Rogers Anxious For His Final Chance
"I’m very confident (the issues are behind me). Everything in the past, I’m not here to defend those things at all. Those are things that are real, they happened and I’m maturing. I’ve done the right things since then talking to the right people, getting the right advice, not being afraid to ask for help, so I’m a growing person." Rogers added, "I cherish this, I cherish it like gold. This is it, it’s my last opportunity."

Show and prove: Bills QB Kevin Kolb - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The job will eventually go to Manuel whenever he’s ready. That could happen in Week 1, Week 10 or the following season. The best Buffalo can hope for is for Kolb to play decent football long enough this season for Manuel to develop."

Should Bills Part Ways With Fred Jackson? - Buffalowdown
Fumbles and C.J. Spiller's ability means the Bills should move on from Fred Jackson, according to John Starba.

The obscurity of the Juice | Buffalo Wins
"His influence on our culture is 1,000 times more prevalent than any Bills or Sabres team in history. However, it is an influence we'd soon like to forget... in which I think we already have."

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