September 21, 2013 - 2:09 PM
Mario Williams leads the NFL in sacks through the first two weeks of the season. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)
By Jay Skurski
Jets coach Rex Ryan had an interesting way of describing
Bills defensive end Mario Williams this week.
"God touched this guy," the Jets’ coach said. “Like, gave
him unbelievable gifts. He’s got the height, the size, the length, the arms,
the speed. That’s what kind of jumps out. And he plays hard, he’s smart.”
Coming off a 4.5-sack performance against Carolina in Week
Two – a game in which he took an eraser to the names of Bruce Smith and
Cornelius Bennett in the Bills’ record book – Williams was named the AFC
Defensive Player of the Week.
His matchup with Jets right tackle Austin Howard will be one
of the more interesting ones to watch Sunday.
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September 7, 2013 - 2:39 PM
By Jay Skurski
Defending the slot receiver position has been a riddle the Buffalo Bills have not been able to solve in recent seasons against the New England Patriots.
When Wes Welker signed with Denver in the offseason, it looked like the job might get easier for the Bills. Just a few hours later, though, the Patriots brought in a player in Danny Amendola who -- when he's at his best -- is a younger version of Welker. Both players have remarkably similar strengths: namely their route-running ability and short-area elusiveness.
The 27-year-old Amendola has missed 20 games the past two seasons as a member of the St. Louis Rams, but he's healthy now and will be in the slot Sunday when the Patriots visit Ralph Wilson Stadium. That puts second-year cornerback Ron Brooks in the spotlight. (Note: Starting today and continuing each Saturday during the 2013 season, the Press Coverage blog will highlight one player who has an interesting matchup in Sunday's game).
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