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Bills Links, 10/17: Can Marcell Dareus return to form this season?

The Bills defense could be even better if Dareus plays to his potential.

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The conversation around Marcell Dareus picked up again on Monday, as the star defensive tackle was excused from practice for personal reasons. As always, many fans jumped to conclusions as to what this meant. Rather than speculate why Dareus missed practice, some of Monday’s conversation was around his play on the field.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier spoke specifically about Dareus’ play, and how he will have a positive impact on Jerry Hughes and others. If Dareus can increase his production, and playing time, the stout Buffalo Bills defense could get even better.

In addition to the Dareus discussion these is also plenty of coverage including Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyrod Taylor, Jordan Matthews and Seantrel Henderson. Eric Wood and Sean McDermott made their weekly appearances on WGR 550, and Lorenzo Alexander is taking action in the community.

Leslie Frazier says Buffalo Bills 'still have confidence' in Marcell Dareus |
Dareus was excused from practice Monday for personal reasons.

Joe B: 5 Buffalo Bills practice notes (10/16/17) -
Joe Buscaglia catches you up to speed with all the happenings at One Bills Drive.

Bills have plan for Marcell Dareus that will ramp up Jerry Hughes’ production | Bills Wire Buffalo Bills HC Sean McDermott has a role for DT Marcell Dareus to increase the production of DE Jerry Hughes.

Sean McDermott: "Need to Improve" -
"Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott addressed the media on Monday after the bye week topics include; the offensive line, learning during the bye week, and health at the cornerback position."

Leslie Frazier: "Our Guys are Excited" -
"Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier talks about the bye week and the approach of the defense as they face Tampa Bay in Week 7."

Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews making progress from thumb injury |
Matthews no longer has the cast on his injured thumb.

McDermott eager to get back to work after bye week | WGR 550 SportsRadio
"After using the bye week to get healthy and rest up after the first five weeks of the season, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott is getting ready to tackle the final part of the 2017 schedule."

Wood likes the way the AFC standings are looking | WGR 550 SportsRadio
"It was a bye week this past Sunday for the Buffalo Bills, but it's not a bye week for Buffalo Football Monday. Eric Wood made his regular Monday appearance, with the Bills at 3-2, and looking ahead to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home."

McDermott on Cordy Glenn starting: "Opportunity is there for him" | WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Buffalo Football Monday wouldn't be complete without Bills head coach Sean McDermott."

[BN] Blitz newsletter: Can Jordan Matthews really play three weeks after breaking his thumb? - The Buffalo News
Start your morning with the latest from One Bills Drive and beyond. Nick Veronica gets you up to speed in our daily newsletter.

8 things we learned about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills' Week 7 opponent |
The Buccaneers lost to the Cardinals after making quite the comeback in Week 6.

NFL Week 7 odds, over/under: Bills open a small favorite against Buccaneers |
Point spreads for this week's games in the NFL.

Roster, Offensive Line Changes - Locked On Bills
The latest Locked on Bills podcast is ready for download and takes a closer look at the Bills roster.

Tyrod Taylor needs to minimize the amount of sacks he takes | Cover 1
"The Buffalo Bills’ record sits at 3-2 and the team can thank its defense and field goal units for that."

Bills Today: Preparation for Tampa's QBs not hard for Hyde -
Here's the Bills news of note for Oct. 17th.

Like it or not, Sean McDermott’s ‘process’ has Bills primed for long-term success | Bills Wire
The hiring of Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have the Buffalo Bills set up for success for a long time.

Bucky & Sully Show: Catching up with old friend Ryan Fitzpatrick - The Buffalo News
"Ryan Fitzpatrick has played for seven different NFL teams, but when his career is over, he wants to be remembered most for his time with the Buffalo Bills."

Buffalo Bills move beyond protest, plan 5 community events for off day |
Lorenzo Alexander spoke for the team on the type of change they want to create in the community.

Bills activate OT Seantrel Henderson | WGR 550 SportsRadio
"The Bills have activated offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson after he completed serving a ten game suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy."

Major changes could be coming to Bills’ struggling offensive line | Bills Wire
The Buffalo Bills used the bye week to find solutions to their struggles on offense and major changes could be coming on the offensive line