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Bills Preseason Going Down In Flames

Sunday August 27, 2017

Yates Injured: Sean McDermott announced before practice today that T.J. Yates also suffered a concussion during yesterday's loss in Baltimore. That left the Bills with just one healthy quarterback in practice today in rookie Nathan Peterman. They are looking at their options but it seems almost a certainty that they will add a quarterback for Thursday night's preseason finale. Marcell Dareus did not practice today because of his hip injury not because of the issue that had him sent home before last night's game. Coach McDermott wouldn't elaborate on the discipline for Dareus only saying he wants to move on from it.

Saturday August 26, 2017

McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott addressed the media after tonight's third preseason loss of the summer. He said he has no updated on Tyrod Taylor at this time. He was disappointed in Marcell Dareus for violating a team rule. His hope is he will learn from it and move forward and they will revisit the issue when they get back to Buffalo. It was an unfortunate situation with Tyrod but he liked the way they were able to handle the sudden change. Nathan Peterman was poised in the huddle and they moved the ball at times but there were times they didn't move the ball. He reiterated that Tyrod is their starter. They did like how Peterman handled the situation though. They gave themselves a chance to win at the end but didn't do it and that is a mindset they need to have as they continue to grow. The defense played well overall and they weren't in great situations field position wise but they gave them a chance to win the game. The penalty problems that plague them is something that they have to continue to work at until they get it right. On Jonathan Williams the coach said he's been battling some things and he will get his reps going forward they wanted to give him a little more time. He is planning on playing him a lot on Thursday night. When used right, a tight end can be a quarterback's best friend and Charles Clay has the skill set they like for the position.

Bills Lose To Ravens 13-9: For the second week in a row T.J. Yates had a chance to bring the Bills down for a comeback win and for the second week in a row the final drive fell short when Brandon Reilly fumbled it away inside the 10 yard line. The Bills fell to 0-3 in the preseason with a 13-9 loss in Baltimore. They led 7-3 in the time the starters were in the game as Nate Peterman drove them to their only touchdown just before halftime as Mike Tolbert ran it in from the one yard line. Tyrod Taylor left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. Injury Page.

Who Helped Themselves: Shareece White has the inside trail on a starting job at cornerback and helped himself with a nice pass breakup to force a punt on the Ravens first series although he may have got away with a penalty. Nathan Peterman helped himself with the 11 play, 83 yard drive to the Bills first touchdown during the two minute drill just before halftime. He was 4 for 6 for 34 yards on the drive and was aided by a pass interference and a roughing the punter penalty. He struggled at times and the team likely doesn't want him starting opening day but they may feel now he is ready for substantial backup work. He finished 11 of 23 for 93 yards. Charles Clay was heavily involved in the offense with four receptions for 47 yards on seven targets. Joe Banyard made his case to make the team as the third halfback making the most of his reps with Jonathan Williams not playing apparently because of the slight knee injury he suffered in practice this week. He had 7 carries for 25 yards. Brandon Reilly made a magnificent catch on the final drive of the game to convert a fourth down. He then turned it over on his next reception. E.J. Gaines seemed to be the best option to start at corner.

Who Hurt Themselves: Marcell Dareus and Kevon Seymour hurt themselves by not playing. Seymour had a shot at the starting job but couldn't take the field because of his shoulder injury. Dareus just considers to self destruct as he was sent home for violating team rules. Tyrod Taylor needed a good performance but that didn't happen. He was awful in his first two series and then to add injury to insult was sent into concussion protocol when his head hit the turf hard. He was forced to leave the game and was ruled out quickly with a concussion. The offensive line was horrible once again. The pass protection constantly broke down and got Taylor hurt. They were called for four penalties 20 minutes into the game including an illegal motion penalty on Jordan Mills that negated a third down conversion. T.J. Yates got all the second team snaps since Nathan Peterman took most of the first team snaps. He didn't help himself since his first pass was picked off. He didn't see Philly Brown running wide open downfield on another play. Vlad Ducasse continued his horrible play at right guard, why they are looking at him as a starter is beyond my comprehension. Sean McDermott takes another hit because the penalty issue is getting worse as they were penalized a whopping 16 times for 122 yards.

Wood Extension: The Bills announced they have given Eric Wood a two year extension. Ian Rapoport reports the deal gives him $16M in new money with an additional $5.275M this year. They also likely lowered the cap hit as well. There were rumors that Wood was not part of the new regime's vision but that obviously is not the case as he will likely end his career where it started in Buffalo. Brandon Beane said he's still playing well and a leader up front who they are trying to build around.

Dareus Sent Home: The Bills announced that Marcell Dareus was sent home for violating a team rule. The news was first reported by Jason LaCanfora who said he saw Darues arrive at M&T Stadium at 5pm while his teammates were already on the field. Dareus might not have played anyway because of a quad injury but the move shows that the new regime will not let him get away with any issues. Brandon Beane said he didn't leave up to the expectations and standards they have. He called it a team only matter and he will discuss futher discipline with Sean McDermott. He also said, a guy with his contract status, you'd hope he'd be a better leader than that. Eight other players will not dress tonight with injuries as Kevon Seymour, Jeremy Butler, Jordan Matthews, Cordy Glenn, Tanner Vallejo, Trae Elston, Colt Anderson, and Rod Streater. Seymour not playing may rule him out of the starting corner battle.

Thursday August 24, 2017

Vlad To Start: Sean McDermott said before today's practice that Vlad Ducasse will start at right guard tomorrow night as the battle for the right guard spot continues. The coach would like to wrap up all the open competitions after this game but it may not be possible at some spots. He reiterated the starters will play one or two series into the third quarter but it will depend on how LeSean McCoy feels to see how long he plays. The coach confirmed Nathan Peterman will be the number two QB again against the Ravens. Dion Dawkins will get the start at left tackle on Saturday since he may have to play there in the regular season if Cordy Glenn isn't ready, although he is expected to be. Colt Anderson, Jeremy Butler, Rod Streater, and Tanner Vallejo will not play against Baltimore. The coach doesn't expect Glenn or Jordan Matthews to play as well. They will travel to Baltimore and maybe warm up though. Kevon Seymour is day to day with a shoulder injury.

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Injured Players Return: The Bills had four injured players return to practice. Cordy Glenn, Jordan Matthews, E.J. Gaines, and Jonathan Williams were back on the practice field in full pads and were participating in at least individual drills that the media were allowed to see. Gaines return is especially good news as Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier said they hope to come up with the starter opposite Tre'Davious White during Saturday's game. Gaines, Kevon Seymour, and Shareece White will all get time with the starters against the Ravens to see if one of them can take hold of the starting job. Injury Page.

Tuesday August 22, 2017

Glenn, Matthews On Schedule: Sean McDermott addressed the media before today's practice and said that Cordy Glenn and Jordan Matthews were both on schedule for week 1 and that Glenn will do some work today on the field. Marcell Dareus is limited with a quad injury and Ramon Humber is also limited with an oblique strain. Jonathan Williams is day to day with a knee injury suffered in practice and Rod Streater is week to week as they are still weighing their options with him. E.J. Gaines sat out practice with the hamstring injury suffered on Sunday. The coach sent out condolences for the team to the Kelly family on the death of Jim Kelly's father. He said he respects Anquan Boldin's decision to retire and the team will adjust. He says he's not surprised by anything in this league anymore. Someone needs to step up at wide receiver now and he mentioned Dakiel Shorts and Brandon Reilly but also said they will always look outside the organization as well. The coach would like to have the position battles settled this week but evaluation will still go on through the Ravens game on Saturday. Injury Page.

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