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Bills fill out practice squad with Keith Williams

By Jay Skurski

The Bills filled the last available spot on their practice squad today by signing offensive lineman Keith Williams.

The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Williams is no stranger to the Buffalo offense, having spent 13 weeks last season on the practice squad and the entire 2012 offseason with the team. Williams was among the final roster cuts at the end of the preseason.

Williams, a former sixth-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, played in all four preseason games for Buffalo this summer, mostly at right guard.

The Bills had an opening on the squad after promoting center David Snow to the 53-man roster late last week.

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Chris Kelsay puts teammates on blast

By Jay Skurski

Defensive end Chris Kelsay had some of the strongest words you'll hear a football player use when describing his teammates today.

Rather than just pick and choose the best, here are the key portions of Kelsay's meeting with the media, which ran more than 8 minutes. The parts in bold are those I have emphasized.

Q: "What do you need to do during this bye week as a team? Is is just a matter of regrouping?"

Chris Kelsay: "We just need to re-focus and stress consistency. We've played really well at times and we've played really, really poorly a lot of the time. It's more what we're not doing than what other teams are doing to us. I know you guys are tired of hearing and we're tired of saying it. Some way, somehow we've got to understand what accountability means across the board, playing hard every play. You watch the film and not everybody was playing hard every snap and that’s unacceptable."

Q: How maddening can that be?

CK: "There's no excuse for it. We put in way too much time and effort during the week. I thought we practiced really well throughout the week, but if you don't play on Sunday and you can't translate it to the game field then it's all for naught. Our coaches put in a ton of time and a lot of effort. We're all away from our families, we make this what it is. It's important. It's our livelihood. It's a blessing to be in this league and to go out there and lay an egg there are no excuses for it."

Q: Do players need to hold each other more accountable?

CK: "Absolutely and you're going to see it from a lot of the guys. Maybe as leaders some of us have let some things slide and we can't do that. We're not going to allow it."

Q: Do players need to shake down players? We're there now?

CK:"I think so. At the end of the day that's who is on the field. Coaches coach and players play. We might have to grab guys by the shirt collar and tell them to get to moving. It's nothing personal, but we're relying on you. Myself included. If I'm not doing my job I expect Kyle to grab me by the neck and tell me to get going. That's what it's going to take. We've got a lot of young guys. We're going to get everybody on the same page."

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Talent? What talent? Kyle Williams blasts Bills' D play

By Tim Graham

Before the season began, the Buffalo Bills' defense sure looked awesome on paper, didn't it?

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams sputtered when asked after today's 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans if the result was hard to take, considering all the talent on the Bills' defense.

Williams essentially suggested the Bills were overrated.

"Well, I've got to look at it and say the talent is, uh, you know, I mean," Williams ended that thought and started over.

"You're not very talented if you're doing what we've been doing, OK?," he continued. "I've said it from the very beginning when we were at training camp. Talent doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what things look like on paper, what you say. 'We're going to be good because look at this sheet of paper.' That doesn't matter.

"It matters if you're playing fast, you play physical, you play together. It's everybody on defense. It starts up front, it works its way around."

The Bills entered the game ranked 31st in total defense and dead last against the run. They gave up 390 total yards to the Titans and 193 yards on the ground. The Titans scored four rushing touchdowns.

Williams kept blame on the players when asked about defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt's schemes.

"There's a difference between guys not playing well and not believing in what we're doing," Williams said. "I think you start to lose confidence when guys feel like, 'We're doing everything right. Why are these things happening?' That's when you start to lose confidence.

"But when we turn on the tape, it's very clear: 'OK, this is what happened. This was not fit up right, and here's the reason why." So when you can look at it and say, 'This didn't get done; that's why that play happened,' you don't lose confidence."

Williams, who had five tackles, a half sack and two quarterback hits, also seethed when discussing Titans running back Chris Johnson's big day -- and kept the finger pointed squarely at the players.

Johnson ran 18 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns, including an 83-yard dash to start -- and finish -- the Titans' second possession. Johnson had four runs of at least 16 yards.

"When you're not playing the defense that you're in properly, when you're not doing your job -- whoever that may be, all of us -- guys like that can hurt you and make plays," Williams said. "The guy goes 85 yards or whatever it was one time, untouched. It was as basic a counter-kick play as it gets, just take the ball and go down the field.

"That happened a lot of times. That can't happen. That's ridiculous."

Time to reassess, but Gailey backs Fitzpatrick, Wannstedt

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey stood at the lectern in Ralph Wilson Stadium and glumly noted the bye week is time to re-evaluate his team.

But he already has his mind made up about his quarterback and defensive coaching staff.

Gailey reiterated his faith in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt after Sunday's disheartening 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

"We have to re-evaluate everything," Gailey said. "That's what you do with the bye week. You look at it, and what's good you try to keep. What's bad, you try to see what you need to do to get it done.

"If we'd won, we'd still be doing that."

Asked if the Bills' defensive staff would be subject to changes after giving up 197 rushing yards to the NFL's worst statistical run offense and another 193 yards passing, Gailey scoffed and said, "No."

The Titans scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-9 play from the Bills' 15-yard line.

The Bills have allowed an average of 45 points in their four losses.

Fitzpatrick had two second-half turnovers, a fumble on the first play of the third quarter and an interception inside the final three minutes. The Titans converted both giveaways into touchdowns.

Fitzpatrick blamed himself for getting "greedy" on the interception, but Gailey supported his quarterback yet again.

"He made a bad throw at the end," Gailey said. "Other than that, he played really, really good. He made one bad throw. If you get rid of all the quarterbacks for one bad throw, you're not going to have any quarterbacks left."

Up by six points with three minutes to play and the Titans starting to burn their timeouts, the Bills had a third-and-7 situation on their own 39-yard line. Fitzpatrick threw to the right sideline for Donald Jones, and Jason McCourty picked it off at the Titans' 48-yard line.

"I just got greedy in a situation that I didn't have any business being greedy in," Fitzpatrick said. "It was a dumb throw, dumb decision by me. Third down at the end of the game, game on the line, Chan put the ball in my hands, essentially, and I threw an interception. So that one hurts."

Fitzpatrick was otherwise efficient. He was 27 of 35 for 225 yards and three touchdowns, although many of his yards were on screens.

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson also backed up Fitzpatrick after the game.

"He played a great game," Johnson said. "I was proud of him. I know the type of player that he is. You all know the type of player that he is. We're going to get better from here."

Video: Fitzpatrick, Gailey on Bills' loss to Titans

Bills quarterback and coach reflect on team's home loss to the Tennessee Titans, 35-34:

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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