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Bills vs. Cowboys: HC Sean McDermott’s media availability — Friday, December 15

McDermott gave an injury update on A.J. Epenesa and Micah Hyde before diving into topics about Stefon Diggs, Stephon Gilmore, Von Miller, and Rasul Douglas

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Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott’s Friday media session was a brief, all-business affair prior to the team’s Week 15 home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The biggest news McDermott shared was that while both defensive end A.J. Epenesa and safety Micah Hyde remain week-to-week with injuries, the idea of Injured Reserve (IR) isn’t off the table. McDermott noted that of the two, Hyde would be more likely to land on IR at this point.

McDermott was asked about wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ game having cooled off in the last seven games, with teams making a concerted effort to take him away. When asked what he’s seen teams do to negate his production, McDermott responded:

“Well, any time you’re a number-one wide receiver I think that’s where one of the places where defensive coordinators start when they gameplan as a defensive staff. And so, I’m sure they start with Stef or somewhere thereabouts. So, there’s obviously an intent to try and take him away or manage what he does for our offense and our team, and you know it’s hard to do because he’s really good. But that’s where other people have to get involved and produce as well.”

McDermott was also asked about Cowboys cornerback Stephon Gilmore “traveling a little bit more” and what he’s seen on tape, to which he shared:

“I was just asked that same question on the radio there, and I have a great admiration for his game, to be able to play at such a high level for such a long time. You know that the habits he probably has, the amount of preparation he into it, how he handles and takes care of his body — in addition to that. Just a very, very aware football player that uses great technique, and he certainly knows what routes are coming it seems like in certain situations.”

McDermott spoke about edge rusher Von Miller continuing to work his way back noting that against the Chiefs:

“I thought he ratcheted up a step last game — it’s important this game he does the same thing, that we move in that direction. Right? So, I know the week is hard off him coming off of the game the week before — when you’re coming off of a knee that happens. And so, it’s getting him ready now for Sunday.”

On cornerback Rasul Douglas and his productive growth within the system, McDermott said:

“Well I thought he really got back, um, in his game last week (vs. KC) — the Philadelphia game not as much, but this past game. And now he starts to — he’s starting to seem to really have a feel for what we’re trying to get done, how we’re trying to do it technique-wise. And so, I think just the continuity piece now being I don’t know, four or five week roughly. I think that’s helped him and that’ll help him going forward. Early on it’s really tough to know all the ins and outs of the defense, and so he’s still learning some of that but I thought last week was a step in the right direction for him for sure.”

In terms of Douglas’ personality, McDermott of his fit:

“Yeah, I think he’s started to open up, and I think that’s a good thing — that’s a strength. He’s got a good personality, he fits... you know his DNA, his personality, his vibe fits our locker room, fits our defense, fits the DB group as a whole. And so, that’s been an added benefit for us.”