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10/21/2014 08:52 PM Posted By: Greg Vorse


ORCHARD PARK N.Y. — The Bills addressed their running back woes Tuesday, placing C.J. Spiller on the reserve/injured, designated for return list.

Spiller can return to practice Dec. 21.

To date, the Clemson product has 287 rushing yards on 69 attempts but has yet to find the endzone.

To fill his spot, Buffalo announced they have signed running back Phillip Tanner. Tanner appeared in 39 games with the Dallas Cowboys after joiningg them as an undrafted free agent in 2011. In those games, the Middle Tennessee State product ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries.


10/18/2014 08:42 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff
Rochester: Bills Look to Right the Ship Versus Vikings
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The Bills look to get back in the win column Sunday when they host the Vikings.

Offensively, the Bills will go against Minnesota's 20th ranked defense, which is allowing nearly 24 points a game. The Vikings rank sixth in the NFL against the pass.

On the flip side, the Vikes surrender over 118 yards on the ground a game. Still, the Bills know they'll need a better effort than last week to be effective.

"Good defense, fast linebackers, fast secondary; attacking style defense," quarterback Kyle Orton said. "Obviously third down anytime you play Coach Zimmer, third down is going to be an issue with their blitz package. We’re going to have to do a good job on early downs."

"They're going to look at what teams have done to slow down the running game," running back C.J. Spiller said. "They're going to fit the gaps. They're going to fit the holes. They're going to put extra guys down there. It's going to be our duty to make that extra guy miss. We're going to have to take what they give us. It's a group that's going to come in here fired up. They're coming off a loss. We're coming off a loss. So we have to be ready to match their intensity."


10/15/2014 05:39 PM Posted By: Greg Vorse
Rochester: Bills Still Looking For Balance On Offense
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. --- After the first two weeks of the season produced over 100 yards and two wins, the Bills running game's failed to crack the century mark during this three losses in four game stretch. Now ranking in the lower third in the NFL in both yards per game and yards per carry, the backfield's looking themselves in the mirror for the solution.

"It's on us as running backs. We have to hit the holes. If there's one yard there we've got to get three. And that's just on us, we have to make it go. There's no excuses for it. We've played some good defenses, that's true, but for us to be where we need to be and to be successful like we want to, we got to get the running game going again," said Bills running back Fred Jackson.

"We still got ten games left. I mean, we don't want to shoot all our bullets yet. We still got some games to play. We're not saying we're holding back either, but we don't want to show everything we have. So we'll be ready. Like I say, everybody just calm down. We'll be fine. I promise we'll get the running game turned around and trust me, I'm ready to go," said Bills running back C.J. Spiller.

While the Bills running game's been their biggest issue on the field, off of it, it's been the trade talk surrounding wide receiver Mike Williams. On Monday, the Buffalo native taking to twitter to calm the storm. Wednesday, able to explain himself a little more in front of the camera.

"He's just doing what an agent's supposed to do. You see a player get taken out when you don't know what it was and he was doing what he's supposed to do. I mean I'm happy here. I want to be here. It wasn't nothing. I mean, of course I was frustrated I didn't play and I'll be frustrated if I don't play any week. I still don't get it, but hopefully I'll be in the top 45 this week," said Bills wide receiver Mike Williams

Marrone was asked "Does it annoy you a little bit that the agent is stirring things up here. And it's your team and you got a guy that now his focus may not be where it's supposed to be?"

"Yeah, I mean I'm not going to lie. Absolutely. Someone elses problem all of the sudden becomes my problem," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone.

The Bills look to push all their problems to the side this Sunday when they welcome the Minnesota Vikings to the Ralph.


10/14/2014 06:38 PM Posted By: Jon Scott

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - After finishing second in the NFL last season in rushing, the Bills backfield struggling to produce the same way in 2014.

The most recent display of problems running the ball was against New England, who held the Bills to 68 yards on 23 carries. The week prior, the Detroit defense halted the ground game to just 49 yards rushing.

They currently rank 23rd in the league in yards per rushing attempt.

So the Bills see change is quite apparently needed.

"We can't have penalties that's going to hurt ourselves," Bills running back Fred Jackson said. "We can't fumble the ball and throw interceptions and things like that as well. It's on us as an offense collectively to go in and look at ourselves and be harsh critics and know what we've got to come out here and get better at doing."

"We’ve got to go back and get this thing going again because you put so much on emphasis on the other stuff, you improve and then, all of the sudden, you take something that was you’re strength, that I believed was our strength, and it goes down," head coach Doug Marrone said. "That’s what you can’t have. That’s what happens when you become inconsistent."

C.J. Spiller was hoped to bring a spark to the running game that he did two years ago, but that has not come about. While he leads the team in rushing, Spiller has not rushed for more than 70 yards in a game this entire season. Marrone feels there are more than one party to blame for Spiller's tough beginning.

"I’m not trying to deflect criticism," Marrone said. "Are there things that C.J. can do better?  Yes, as well as everyone else. We go in trying to get him the ball on the perimeter at times. Sometimes teams will let you do that. Everyone is aware, when he’s on the field, of what’s going on trying to get him in space with the ball. It starts with us. I wouldn’t sit here and say, ‘It’s all on him.’ We’ve got to do a better job, as coaches, of finding a way to get him the ball in space."

The Bills host the Vikings Sunday afternoon. Kick-off is set for 1:05 pm.


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