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12/18/2014 10:13 PM Posted By: Greg Vorse

OAKLAND CA — Khalil Mack is living up to the hype as the number five overall pick in May's draft. According to Pro Football Focus, Mack rates as the second best outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme in the entire NFL. His stats back it up, 77 tackles, three sacks, four passes defended, and one forced fumble. Certainly one heck of a rookie season for the former UB All-American. One that has definitely caught the Bills attention. Center Eric Wood saying Mack's "as advertised." Quarterback Kyle Orton saying this week he's very aware of where he is on the field, the rest of the team also singing Mack's praises.

"He was a good pass rusher to begin with, but you see how he’s maturing just by experience and coming along. He’s becoming one of those players, even for us, when we go into the game, we’ve got to watch where our matchups are with him," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone.

"He's getting to the ball. His pass rush is definitely available every day. You see him sometimes standings up, dropping in coverage. You see his hand down in the dirt and then standing up. You see him crossing. You see him just disrupting a lot of things" said Bills receiver Sammy Watkins.

"He's an athletic guy. He's somebody that we have to be aware of where ever he is. He's going to be able to wreak some havoc. So it'll be a lot of fun to play against him. I'm sure we'll have some times to talk to each other during some of the down time. I'll see what it feels like for him to be out there. But he's a guy that's making plays. That's what he's going to do. He did it at UB and he's doing it in Oakland for them," said Bills running back Fred Jackson.

That's what the Bills have to say, but Friday, we will hear from Khalil himself as our Jon Scott it set to sit down with him one-on-one in Oakland.


12/15/2014 05:48 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff
Rochester: Spiller Cleared to Return
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - With two games to play, the Bills still with a shot at the postseason after their stunning win against the Packers. At 8-6, the team will post its first non-losing season since 2004, which was the last time there was so much to play for this late in the year.

Perhaps an added boost to the lineup coming for the stretch run. Head coach Doug Marrone saying Monday C.J. Spiller has been medically cleared will be added to the active roster this week.

The running back's missed the last seven games recovering from a broken collarbone and has been practicing the last couple weeks.

Marrone's not quite ready to commit to Spiller playing against Sunday Oakland just yet.

"I’d like to see more, his participation more before we make that decision," Marrone said. "He’s a guy that has made plays in the past. Anytime that you can bring back someone that’s a potential playmaker obviously helps.

Injured safety Duke Williams is going through concussion protocol. The Bills are also hoping to have safety Da'Norris Searcy back in limited fashion for Wednesday's practice after he missed Sunday's game.


12/13/2014 11:25 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

Seemingly forgotten in all the long-shot playoff talk surrounding the Bills this week is that Sunday's game against the Packers is the final one at Ralph Wilson Stadium this year.

The Bills are 4-3 at home this season, winning two-straight. Of course, we can't completely forget about the postseason push, where the Bills are a game back of the wild card, but behind three other 7-6 teams because of tie-breakers.

Still, the team wants to get one more win for their fans as much as their playoff hopes.

"You want to go out and play well," running back Fred Jackson said. "It's the last time we get to put the pads on here at the Ralph for the season, so one of the things we want to do is give those guys something to get excited about. Not only do that, playing against a good team and keep our hopes alive. Chasing the playoffs and best thing we can do is go out and beat those guys in front of our home crowd and try and get some momentum."

"We have to go out with a bang," safety Aaron Williams said. "I know the fans are deserving for it. We're working our butts off to get that win for them. Once again, as long as we have our communication right and their responsibilities right, we'll be strong in this game."


12/11/2014 08:11 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bills-Packers game this Sunday is officially sold out and will air live locally.

A lot of focus is on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers this week. One of the NFL's best, he also has a great supporting cast, starting with receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Nelson is fifth in the league in receiving right now with 1,265 yards and has 12 touchdowns on the season. It's another busy week for the Bills defensive backfield.

"They have some phenomenal playmakers. Randall Cobb and Jordy, he’s having a great year," safety Aaron Williams said. "And you have to add the tight ends as well especially with a prolific running back like they do with (Eddie) Lacy. If you don’t stop the run it’s going to be a long day, and then adding to the pass game, it’s going to be a long day so we have to do a great job on the back end of just staying on top and having great communication."


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