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The Buffalo Bills' passing game has been suspect this season. Lots of articles focusing on that part of the offense in today's collected links.

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Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 10-19
Chris Brown answers questions on the young cornerback duo, injuries to several key Bills, addresses a distressed fan, Shawne Merriman's role, and more.

Pass game trying to lengthen range -
"First of all we haven’t set up a ton of things to do that," said Gailey. "We’ve been more ball control type throwing, picking and choosing times to maybe throw it down the field. So we haven’t set it up. Some of that is designed. We’ve been more hit the guy and let him run for it rather than throwing the ball down the field."

Scouting Report - Week 7 -
Break down some of the key match-ups with Chris Brown.

Bills promote OL Snow, release OL Wells -
"The Buffalo Bills have promoted rookie OL David Snow from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster and released veteran OL Reggie Wells." That's the entire story. Succinct.

Jones working to find his niche -
"Last season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a completion percentage of 66.3% with 20% of his completions to slot receiver David Nelson through six weeks. With Nelson sidelined for the season this year, receiver Donald Jones has filled the void in the slot for the past five weeks, but Fitzpatrick’s number aren’t nearly where they were a year ago."

"What's the Word" with George Wilson - VIDEO -
"This week George catches up with safety Jairus Byrd to talk about being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the extra media attention, and how difficult his name is for others to pronounce. "

Kyle Williams on the Titans Game - VIDEO -
"The Bills defensive tackle talks about the upcoming game against the Titans and the keys to stopping the run."

Under Review: Chris Kelsay - VIDEO -
"On this edition of Under Review, Hannah Buehler talks with Bills DE Chris Kelsay about his 2nd career safety, his 10 years as a Bill and more."

Inside The Bills | Bills 10 longest pass plays this season
"Below are the Bills’ 10 longest pass plays so far this season along with how far the pass traveled through the air on the play." Just three over 40 yards.

Inside The Bills | Kyle, Spencer questionable
"Both are expected to play on Sunday. Terrence McGee (knee), who was limited in practice Friday is also questionable as well as S Da’Norris Searcy, who was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday with an ankle injury."

Inside The Bills | Week 9 the target for Glenn, Urbik
"To be honest with you, I think they’ll both be ready for Houston," said Gailey after Friday’s practice.

Inside The Bills | Snow elevated to 53-man roster
"Last week he was elevated for emergency depth on Buffalo’s offensive line with Kraig Urbik out, Chad Rinehart gimpy with a calf injury and Eric Wood dealing with a foot ailment."

Podcast: Bills talk in Nashville | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Today I had the pleasure of visiting with my old pal, AFC East gadabout Paul Kuharsky, on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone."

NFL fines Bills $20,000 for not reporting Mario Williams injury | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"The Bills failed to list defensive end Mario Williams on the injury report while being treated for a sprained wrist. Williams commented publicly on Oct. 3 prior to Week Five games about how the wrist had been bothering him and limiting his effectiveness. Although Williams fully participated in practices and games after sustaining the injury, he should have been listed on the report with a wrist injury and fully participating in practice. Williams has been listed on the Bills' injury report with a wrist injury the past two weeks."

Bills release Reggie Wells, add David Snow to 53-man roster | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Wells was signed Oct. 9 to provide insurance along the offensive line with starters Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik sidelined because of ankle injuries and key reserve Chad Rinehart hobbled because of a calf injury. The team chose not to have Wells active last week against Arizona."

Brad Smith explains failed Wildcat throw against Arizona | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"We were expecting cover zero [man-to-man coverage, with no deep safety help], and I kind of lay it up over the top. The guy [Peterson] fell off the outside [receiver] and made a play on the ball."

Video: Bills largely healthy heading into winnable game against Titans | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Bills beat reporters Tim Graham and Jay Skurski report that aside from two offensive lineman, the team has the players it needs in place heading into Sunday's game with Tennessee."

Four Bills questionable, but sound ready for Tennessee | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Terrence McGee (knee), Kyle Williams (ankle), Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) and Spencer Johnson (ankle) all practiced on a limited basis today in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Coach Chan Gailey said Williams is "fine," and that McGee "looked all right," from what the coach had seen."

Bills have two kickers, and neither has done much | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Potter has 12 touchbacks, tied for 19th in the NFL. He has recorded a touchback on 54.2 percent of his tries (not counting onside kicks), tied for 13th. Potter has sent 84.6 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone, 14th in the NFL and below the league average of 87.6 percent."

Gannon thinks QB trying to do too much - Sports - The Buffalo News
"He is a bit of a risk taker at times. ... That’s who he is. So you’ve got to understand that, but at the same time you’ve got to be able to reel him in and say, ‘Look, if you don’t play well, if you turn the football over, we don’t win.’ Just look at the numbers. The other thing that hurts him is they’ve got some injuries up front, they’ve fallen behind in games, and all of a sudden it’s like ‘I’ve got to make some big throws.’ He’s got to realize that’s not the case."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Four Bills Questionable Vs Titans; Wells Released
The recently re-signed Shawne Merriman had his first week of practice back in Buffalo. Gailey said the defensive end did well, and that there is a "good possibility he'll be able to play this week."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - CAPACCIO: Football Friday Flurry Week 7
"It just so happens one of the three QBs Fitz is ahead of in the "average length of completions" is Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck. He ranks 31st in the NFL at 5.14 yards per average pass length through the air on all completions. But as opposed to Fitz at 17, he’s also only 30th in his average pass length through the air on all passes, at 7.85 yards. So, not only does Hasselbeck have trouble completing the deep ball, he rarely even tries."

Buffalo Bills cornerback Aaron Williams slumping | Democrat and Chronicle
"You realize that you’re in the right position and you’re there to make that play and it’s tough when you don’t," said Williams, who was burned badly for two touchdowns the week before in San Francisco. "Maybe it’s one of those freak of nature things where it doesn’t go your way. Right now I have to learn from the situations and not let it happen in the weeks we have left."

Final Word: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Spilling over: If there were not enough reasons already to get Buffalo Bills tailback C.J. Spiller the football more, here’s another one: Spiller leads the NFL with 3.9 yards per carry after contact. Spiller has rushed for 226 yards this season after the initial hit, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Spiller is the most dynamic offensive talent the Bills have. Yet he continues to share a lot of carries (too many?) with teammate Fred Jackson. We will continue to monitor how many carries Spiller gets Sunday against the Tennessee Titans."

Walker's AFC East picks - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"On paper, Tennessee is a shaky opponent. But the Titans just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and had 10 days to prepare for this game. Bills earn a tougher-than-expected win at home. Pick: Bills, 20-17"

Buffalo Bills Fined For Not Reporting Mario Williams Injury - Buffalo Rumblings
"The NFL levied a $20k fine on the Bills Friday for failing to report Mario Williams' wrist injury."

Bills vs. Titans Injury Report: Kyle Williams, Spencer Johnson Questionable - Buffalo Rumblings
"When the Buffalo Bills take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 7, they'll be without three starters - and four more players are listed as questionable. Here's the full injury report."

Bills vs. Titans: Tennessee Defense Allowing Most Points In NFL - Buffalo Rumblings
"The Buffalo Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick will have an opportunity to get on track against Tennessee's porous defense."

Aaron Williams Struggling As Buffalo Bills Starting Cornerback - Buffalo Rumblings
"Buffalo Bills cornerback Aaron Williams has given up the most touchdowns in the NFL among cornerbacks. Without only an injured Terrence McGee to push him for playing time, it may not get better anytime soon."

From top to bottom, Bills fit to be tied - Olean Times Herald
"The standings say they’re all even ... tied for first or, for cynics, last. The AFC East standings take the National Football League’s commitment to parity to the extreme. Six games into the season, the Bills, Dolphins, Jets and Patriots are all 3-3. Of course, they’ve gotten there different ways."

Tennessee Titans see inviting target in Buffalo Bills run defense | The Tennessean
"The Titans have the NFL’s worst rushing offense, and the Bills have the worst rushing defense. On Sunday in Buffalo, something has to give. Running back Chris Johnson said it’s a game the Titans could have some success running the football — if they execute. He’s coming off a 91-yard game against the Steelers and said the rushing attack is building some confidence."