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Bills veterans call for accountability

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The idea of accountability is something that's been talked about heavily in the Bills locker room this season.

And after the poor performance in Sunday's 27-6 loss to Tampa Bay guaranteed a 9th straight losing season, it was a major topic of discussion with the players on Monday.

"We all need to be held accountable but not a lot of guys are calling guys out when we need to. That'll come. We have guys that are in this locker room that are going to step up and take onus on that," running back Fred Jackson said.

"We need to get to a winning spot in this franchise where we're going into each game with the same mind-set, the same sense of urgency, the same accountability and the same passion to win from everybody. And when we get there, we'll be able to do something special here," center Eric Wood said.

The Bills struggles on Sunday against the Buccaneers were due in part to a bad outing from EJ Manuel. It's been an up-and down-rookie season for the 1st round draft choice, and the game in Tampa Bay was definitely a low point.

He threw four interceptions , doubling his season total to eight. He was sacked seven times.

Manuel is yet to win a game away from Ralph Wilson Stadium. Head coach Doug Marrone talked after the game about scaling back the playbook, something Jackson agreed might be beneficial for Manuel.

"Not a red flag. It's just what you may have to do to help a young quarterback. It's the growing pains, the ebbs and flows of being a team with a young quarterback at the helm," Jackson said.

"We've got to do what we can to help him. When you're going to see a lot of different defense thrown at you as a young quarterback in the NFL, that's going to be tough to adjust to. One of the things we can do is scale back the playbook and try and help him in that fashion," Jackson added.

The Bills announced some roster moves on Tuesday. Rookie defensive back Jonathan Meeks has been activated from injured reserve to the 53-man roster. To make room, the club released linebacker Jamaal Westerman.

The Bills also signed wide receiver Brandon Kaufman to the practice squad and cut WR Tommy Streeter. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP