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The Buffalo Bills host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and on Thursday, the local media was able to dive into some self-scouting of the Bills' inconsistencies. Mario Williams also talked about judging a team after just six games.

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Merriman eager to contribute -
"I’m excited man," said a smiling Merriman. "I’m definitely happy to be back in the building. I’m happy to not only contribute, but pick up where I left off and do what they need me to do."

Bruce Smith: This Bills D-Line Most Talented Ever -
"When Bruce Smith speaks, you have to listen. This time what the Bills Hall of Fame defensive end had to say was such a big hit that Kenny O'Brien probably felt it. Wednesday night on the John Murphy Show, Smith proclaimed that this current Bills defensive line is the most talented that the Bills have ever had. When Murphy questioned Smith how it could surpass his own, Bruce said with their collective potential to both rush the passer and stop the run on every play, this group takes the top spot."

Broadcast Information: Titans at Bills -
Rich Gannon and Marv Albert (YES!) will be calling the game this weekend.

Bills Focus: Running Duo Determined to Succeed - VIDEO -
"Buffalo's two starting running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller have developed a new rotation at the position, with the common goal of helping the Bills win games."

Mario Williams on the Titans Game - VIDEO -
"The Bills defensive end talks about the win over Arizona and the upcoming game against the Titans."

Inside The Bills | Friday the plan for McGee
"Terrence we held out again today," said head coach Chan Gailey. "We’re going to try to get him back on the field Friday."

Inside The Bills | Kyle, Searcy limited
"Williams returned to practice a day earlier than he did the previous week and is expected to be fine to play on Sunday against the Titans. Williams and Searcy are both dealing with ankle injuries."

Inside The Bills | Spence makes progress
"Spencer looked good," said Gailey. "He practiced today and took a lot of reps. It was good progress."

Inside The Bills | Urbik out for Sunday
"Urbik practiced on Wednesday and was hoping to do more in practice Thursday, but his ailing ankle did not respond well to Wednesday’s work in practice. Chad Rinehart will again step in and start at right guard in his place."

Inside The Bills | Rich Gannon on Fitz
"This guy is a talented player," Gannon says. "I ‘m not saying he’s a top five quarterback or a Pro Bowl player, but he can be very effective in that system, because he understands it, he’s smart, he can do those things. But he’s got to do the little things as well. You can’t get by not being at the top of your game, the competition is too good. When everything’s in place, when the offensive line is playing well, when C.J. and Fred are running the ball and the defense is playing well, the Bills can be a good team."

Inside The Bills | Gameday: Breast Cancer awareness, Polian
"Bill Polian Wall of Fame Induction: In a ceremony at halftime, Steve Tasker will introduce Bill Polian as the 28th member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame. Polian is the sixth non-player named to the Bills Wall of Fame. He has been recognized for his key role as General Manager supporting in the success of the team during his years in Buffalo, traveling to four AFC title games in 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1992."

Inside The Bills | Fred anxious to make plays
"I’m not making the plays that I did for us at the beginning. Some of it has to do with the injury but for us to be as successful as we want to be I have to go out there and start making some more plays for us," he said. "We’ve gotten other guys that have stepped up and made plays for us. Any time that you have that it definitely takes pressure off of you but you know I want to be out there making plays for my team so I am going to do everything that I can."

Bills CB Williams still playing catch-up - Sports - The Buffalo News
"’s play-by-play breakdown shows 61 percent of the passes thrown into Williams’ coverage have been completed. Opposing quarterbacks have a 129.2 passer rating when throwing at him."

Bills notebook: Kyle Williams embraces new offensive role - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Of course, if they hand me the ball and I nut something up, can you imagine how that would go? ‘Why they giving him the ball? They got Fred and C.J. and everybody else?’ I don’t want to bring that on anybody."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Spiller Sets The Rotation
Spiller had a much better game in Arizona and Jackson picked up some tough yards in key spots so C.J. knows this plan helps, "It has because it’s tough when you go one series and if you get a good little running game going, something happens, you go three-and-out and then you’re out the next series. Now, we have the two series so you can kind of get a flow."

Aaron Williams fully aware he needs to perform better | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"He was impressive, handling some tough questions in such a straightforward-yet-philosophic manner. He's taking heat on social media and doesn't deny it hurts. He's also not in denial about his lackluster play."

Kraig Urbik ruled out for Bills; Spencer Johnson progressing | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Buffalo Bills right guard Kraig Urbik's ankle injury will force him to miss his third straight game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Terrence McGee's knee likely helping Aaron Williams keep job | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"McGee missed a second straight practice today to rest his knee. He played 48 percent of the defensive snaps in Sunday's victory over the Arizona Cardinals -- up from 22 percent a week earlier -- and is being given time to recoup."

Kyle 'Refrigerator' Williams has role in Bills' goal-line kitchen | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Feels good to have an extra load back there, give the defense a different look and put it in the end zone," McIntyre said. "It's just a little more beef that lets guys know, 'We're coming right at you.' We're not trying to disguise anything."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Urbik Out, McGee And Kyle Williams Better
As far as McGee goes Gailey said, "Terrence, we held again today, we're going to try to get him on the field tomorrow." McGee said, "I'll be out there tomorrow." As far as the game on Sunday he said, "Yes, I'll be out there too. That was the plan just to let me get a little more rest from the previous game because I played more plays." McGee played 35 plays in Arizona, which is 20 more plays than he had in San Francisco. He of course is enjoying the extra time, "At certain points, not every play, but a couple of plays I actually felt real good, like I was bouncing around real good. There were some series where I could feel it in my knee."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Upon Further Review- Bills QB, WRs & DBs Vs Cardinals
"In the final installment of 'Upon Further Review' for the week, today we take a look at Ryan Fitzpatrick, the wide receivers and the defensive backs." Fitzy gets a D+. Gross.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - SIMON: Bills-Titans Preview
"I had to dust off the old time football handbook for this week's preview. Its time to talk about run and stop the run for Sunday's matchup between the 3-3 Buffalo Bills and 2-4 Tennessee Titans at a sold out Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Mario Williams Interview with NBC Sports Network |
"Everybody overreacts. It's crazy for me to think so little can have such a reaction, when most of the league is 3-3," Williams said about people's expectations after six weeks.

Bills Roundtable: Pre Titans |
"2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni and Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle discuss the state of the Bills as they prepare to host the Tennessee Titans Sunday."

Mario Williams says Bills’ fate is still in their hands | ProFootballTalk
"The season’s not over with yet," Williams told Erik Kuselias on Wednesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. "This is just the 7th game coming up, there is a lot of football left. We haven’t even hit midseason yet, anything can happen. So at the end of the year, that’s when you can make whatever assumptions and judgments you want."

Ryan Fitzpatrick blames self for Buffalo Bills' struggles | Democrat and Chronicle
"It has just been very inconsistent all year," he said of the Bills’ aerial game, which ranks 29th in the NFL at 195.8 yards per game, more than 46 yards below the NFL average. "A lot of that falls on me and my play. I did not, and have not, started the year the way I wanted to."

Can Ryan Fitzpatrick throw deep? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is struggling with the deep ball this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Fitzpatrick is just 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) on passes 20 yards or more, which is 30th in the NFL. He also has thrown three interceptions trying to throw deep."

Bills vs. Titans Injury Report: Kyle Williams Practices, Kraig Urbik Out - Buffalo Rumblings
Kraig Urbik has been ruled out of Sunday's game after not practicing Thursday while Kyle Williams returned. Get the full injury update here.

Buffalo Bills' Kyle Moore Impressing As Pass Rusher - Buffalo Rumblings
"Getting playing time for the first time this season thanks to injury, Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Moore is making waves as a situational pass rusher."

Bills vs. Titans: Matt Hasselbeck To Start At Quarterback - Buffalo Rumblings
"With starter Jake Locker on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, veteran Matt Hasselbeck will get the start under center for the Titans against the Bills."

Gailey: Shawne Merriman Will "Probably" Be Active Sunday - Buffalo Rumblings
"Buffalo Bills head coach chan Gailey said defensive end Shawne Merriman would probably be active Sunday, just seven days after getting a sunburn at the beach."