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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/14

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

WR Martin re-signs; Easley to I-R -
"Easley pulled himself out of practice last Friday and was seen pointing to his chest when talking to athletic trainers on the sideline. He did not make the trip to Kansas City for the Bills season opener last weekend."

Are Bills That Good, and Chiefs That Bad? -
"This past weekend, no team exceeded expectations like the Buffalo Bills. Don't be surprised if the Bills keep it up."

AFC East Power Rankings analysis - AFC East Blog - ESPN
After an impressive win the Bills are at 27 in the power rankings behind the Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs were 21st.

Titans work out Maybin, Brown | National Football Post
"Among the players who worked out for the Titans on Tuesday, according to, are former Buffalo Bills first-round pick Aaron Maybin and former Carolina Panthers second-round choice Everette Brown."

Bills' Easley has heart ailment - The Buffalo News
"It is unclear about the specifics of Easley's condition or whether it's career threatening. Easley was added to the Bills' injury report and listed as questionable last Friday with what coach Chan Gailey described as an illness. Easley left practice shortly after individual drills."

Bills safeties step up -
"When your top three tacklers in a ball game are your safeties, it’s usually an indication that your opponent is running the ball well and getting into your secondary often or that they’re passing on you at will. Neither proved to be the case however, as Buffalo’s top three safeties put one of their best combined efforts together in Sunday’s blowout win at Kansas City."

Eric Wood on Criticism, Getting a Fast Start -
Eric Wood talks about the criticism from the pre-season and more.

Inside The Bills | Great stat on Fitz
"Since the start of last season, Fitzpatrick and Tom Brady are the only quarterbacks with three games with four passing touchdowns or more."

Inside The Bills | Raiders short week, long travel
"Already a day behind in their preparation for the Bills, making matters worse is the fact that they have to fly cross country through three time zones to be ready to play Buffalo at what will feel like 10 am to them."

"While no one should be calling Fitz the next Steve Young, the nimble No. 14 is far from a lucky gunslinger. His career completion percentage is far from tantalizing - an ugly 58 percent - but when you’re tearing apart a 68 percent completion day that included four touchdowns, you need to put your Freddie Coleman Cliche Bible down for a few minutes and drink some chill swill."

AFC East Daily: 3 things we learned from the Bills Sunday
"The Buffalo Bills played like they had something to prove Sunday, blowing out the Kansas City Chiefs, 41-7, on the road. Here's what they proved."

Did Bills' Johnson 'cheap shot' Eric Berry? | National Football Post
"However, I have to tell you from my own experience playing safety in the NFL, this is a clean hit. And every DB is taught to look for a cut block when a wide receiver takes an angle to middle of the field in the run game."

Handing out the Week 1 game balls | National Football Post
Ryan Fitzpatrick gets one.

The Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio: Show in Review September 12 - ESPN
"Bills TE Scott Chandler talks about his impressive performance at Kansas City, Buffalo's win over the Chiefs, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chan Gailey and more."

9/12 Drayton Florence on The Howard Simon Show -
"Drayton, fresh off a huge BIlls win in which he had a pick, talks about the game with Howard and Jeremy."

9/12 Stevie Johnson W/Schopp+Bulldog - WGR 550
The Bills receiver talks with the radio duo.

A great role for Bills' Scott - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski goes through Bryan Scott's unique off-season and what his role is on the team.

Scott Chandler standing tall at tight end for Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"I thought we had something in Scott Chandler that creates something good for us in the passing game," Gailey said after watching Chandler catch five passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the 41-7 annihilation of Kansas City. "I was really proud of him. He deserves it. He works hard."

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Rising: The Buffalo Bills: The Bills put together the most complete, Week 1 performance in the AFC East. Based on what I've seen in Week 1, this division could be deep and competitive this year."

AFC East Poll: Most impressive in Week 1? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The Bills are leading this SportsNation poll.

Set Up For September - WGR 550
"What does winning the opener do for the Bills, or really what does it do for their fans? Well the way the schedule sets up we could have a meaningful season for a while, which is something we never had last year when the Bills dropped their first eight games. Now we may actually get to ride the ride a little bit. We'll obviously see for how long."

Bills' CB Williams Learning On The Job - WGR 550
"The team's top choice on Day Two of the 2011 NFL Draft was jettisoned in to action after just the second defensive play of the game, when Terrence McGee limped off with a hamstring injury. Thrown in to the fire, thrown to the wolves - whatever the term may be - it happened with Williams on Sunday."

No back patting, Bills look ahead | The Toronto Observer
"We won all three phases of that game," said Gailey at his Monday press conference. "That means nothing starting... now."

Bills quiet doubters for a week - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"There are precious few opportunities to say the Buffalo Bills ambushed an opponent and never let up. Far too often these past 11-plus years the Bills were on the business end of a buzzsaw, but for one sunny afternoon in Kansas City that could be forgotten. Now it’s time for the Bills to validate the beating they handed the Chiefs."

Local Notes: For once, you can’t rip on the Bills - Olean Times Herald
"It had to be a tough Monday for Bills haters and talk radio-types who make their living endlessly criticizing Buffalo’s NFL franchise. You see, for one impressive Sunday afternoon, there was precious-little fault to find."

Steve Johnson calls hit on Eric Berry a "good block" | ProFootballTalk
NBC’s Rodney Harrison, a former NFL safety, was livid when I spoke to him on Monday, calling the hit by Johnson "cowardly."