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Spotlight on: DE Mario Williams

Mario Williams
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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Spotlight on: CB Ron Brooks

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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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 | [email protected]

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