Buffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Injury Report
Alright, injuries. (LeSean) McCoy, hamstring. (John) Miller, groin. (Sammy) Watkins, calf. Those guys did not practice. Guys that were limited today: (Marquise) Goodwin, ribs. (Dan) Carpenter, knee, left. Aaron Williams, neck. They were all limited. These three players, full participant today in practice: (Tyrod) Taylor, ankle. (Preston) Brown, hamstring. (Percy) Harvin, hip.

Q: You’ve become increasingly less optimistic about Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy playing this Sunday. Where do you stand on that today, are they pretty much out?
A: We don’t wanna say out. But yeah, I mean you guys can figure it out. They haven’t practiced the whole week and all that stuff. But there is that chance.

Q: Does Dan Carpenter have a shot not to play with that knee?
A: No shot not to play.

Q: So he will play?
A: Yes.

Q: Any possibility Cierre Wood will be called up from the practice squad if LeSean is ruled out for Sunday?
A: That’s certainly a possibility. See you guys already know the answers. I’m just sitting here like yep, next? Yeah. No.

Q: Share your thoughts on Ronald Darby and his success, winning defensive rookie of the month. What have you seen from him?
A: He has been…He’s done a great job. Obviously he’s…The thing that I like most about him, he’s got that pro mentality. To play corner in this league there’s a certain thing that you have to have and he has it. He can’t wait to get back out there, challenge himself, compete. He’ll certainly be challenged this week against (Rueben) Randle and (Odell) Beckham but again it’s something he looks forward to it. He loves to play. All those type of things, you know real positive. I think the NFL did a good job when they selected him because I think he has out played all the rookies and he deserved that honor.

Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Q: They’ve been having some problems defensively on third downs. From what you’ve seen on tape is it just a lot of third and shorts or is there something else working against them?
A: That’s an interesting question. I think it’s a little too early in the season to make any…I think you gotta really look at who they played and I think a lot of times when you look at numbers, especially when you don’t have a huge body of reference points, you gotta ask not how much or what not. But you gotta ask why? So I think you really gotta look deep into why numbers are what they are. That’s a question I think coaches really have to answer. It’s not, hey what’s their ranking, or this or that. It’s why is it that? So I think they present a lot of problems on third down. Both third and short, intermediate, and long. They do a great job really when you watch them on field. They’ve run into a couple guys that’ve really exploded. You know, really, really good players that’ve made some great plays.

Q: How does the size in their secondary impact Tyrod Taylor and his preparation?
A: Well I think it’s really a reflection of the individual player and how the match up’s add up. I mean they have a gigantic secondary and those safeties are really good. Why are they ranked two against the run? Well those safeties are a real part of that equation. Those guys are really physical guys. But I think you gotta really look at every player and see what they represent, and what they do, and where they are and they got a lot of good ones.

Q: Is Karlos Williams ready to be a starter?
A: Of course he is. Of course he is. You gotta understand, we look at it like this – If you’re on the team you are a starter, because at some point you’re gonna play. So if a guys on the third through twentieth play or the first through the fifth…I mean he’s done a great job and he’s got a great attitude. I love his attitude, his work ethic, his approach every day, and I love what he brings on the field obviously. I think that’s pretty apparent. The Giants are gonna be a touch challenge and I think Karlos will be up for the challenge. But again it’s important moving forward that we understand if a guys on the team, he’s a starter. If somebody goes down next thing you know he’s in the game, so he is a starter.

Q: Do you have a certain amount carries in mind for him or do you think it will be feel of the game?
A: I think it’s gonna be feel of the game. I think any time you go in and say hey this guys getting this many carries, blah, blah, blah, and the game takes shape a million different ways. You gotta adjust accordingly and you might have a plan mapped out, the ideal situation. But you never know how things are gonna unfold and we feel great about all those guys being in there every snap if need be.

Q: Are you operating as though you won’t have LeSean McCoy this week?
A: I think you gotta operate every week like you may or may not have this guy. You may have him, a guy for five plays and then something happens. Look at what happened to Sammy (Watkins) last week. He catches a fade and gets injured. As your thinking to yourself, I’m standing on the side line saying – whoa great play, great technique, great this. Oh Sammy’s out so now what do you do now? Oh Sammy’s out, let’s all go home. I mean you gotta adjust. That stuff can always happen and it always happens when you don’t think it’s gonna happen.

Defensive Coordinator Dennis Thurman
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Q: It looks like Victor Cruz may take an extra week off. Do you think you caught a break?
A: We gotta go play. It doesn’t matter who’s out there for them. Obviously if he’s out there he’s capable but it would put him out there. So it doesn’t matter to us, we have to go play regardless.

Q: How important is it for you to keep the defensive turnovers high?
A: Everybody is looking to get turnovers. It’s something that every team in the league emphasizes. You get you your opportunities you have to take advantage of them. I mean the balls on the ground, you have a chance to recover it. A fumble, you gotta get it. The balls thrown to you, you have a chance to get an interception, you have to catch it. So fortunately for us so far, we’ve been able to do that, but it’s nothing that’s any different from any other team.

Q: How much do you stress it each week?
A: You talk about it every day. I mean it’s a part of what you do. Usually turnovers have a direct effect on win/losses in a lot of cases, so you’re looking to get them. You don’t want to come out of structure to get them. They usually come when you’re doing your job so we also make sure our guys are on top of their assignments. Keep doing your job, you have a chance to make plays.

Q: How impressed have you been with Ronald Darby’s start to the season?
A: He’s played well. But we, you know when he was going through a rough patch during training camp and preseason, he never got down on himself. We didn’t get down on him. He’s a talented young man, he has the right mental makeup to play corner and the best for him is yet to come.

Q: Can you see him staying at the starting spot after Leodis McKelvin returns?
A: Well it’ll be a good problem to have but Leodis (McKelvin) is not back yet. He’s still rehabbing. You know he’s a heck of football player. (Ronald) Darby’s a heck of a football player. But it’ll be a good problem to have.


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