|Bills players say they’ll retaliate if Patriots players run through warmup drills again||10.26.16 at 3:49 pm ET|
Prior to the Week 4 meeting between the Patriots and Bills, there was a dust-up between the two teams.
During pregame warmups, Jacoby Brissett and Malcolm Mitchell ran on to the field and on to the Bills’ side while they were warming up. The Bills’ secondary wasn’t pleased and shoved Brissett and then Mitchell came to his defense.
Several players and coaches got involved and multiple Bills players were fined for their roles, which included even shoving Patriots coaches.
The Bills players say they won’t hesitate to retaliate if it happens again Sunday in Orchard Park.
“Of course,” cornerback Stephon Gilmore told reporters on Wednesday. “We’re not gonna let nobody push us around. We gotta play smart. We know their guys like to try to get under your skin and make you react a certain way.”
Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman agreed with Gilmore and said he would be comfortable with getting fined again.
While on Wednesday the Patriots said they have moved on, the day after the last meeting, it seemed like it was something they wouldn’t forget.
“It pissed me off to tell you the truth,” wide receiver Danny Amendola told Ordway, Merloni & Fauria. “I’m not going to forget about that.”
Certainly come Sunday around noon when the Patriots take the field, it will be something to watch.
|5 things to know about Bills: Buffalo’s fortunes tied to health of RB LeSean McCoy||10.25.16 at 11:12 am ET|
Five things you have to know about the Bills, who will host the Patriots Sunday at New Era Field.
1. They run the ball better than almost anyone else in the league. It remains to be seen just how impactful LeSean McCoy’s hamstring issue is going to be — he left last Sunday’s game against Miami after re-aggravating the injury — but when McCoy is right, the Bills have one of the best running games in the NFL. They average 152.3 rushing yards per contest, the second-best total in the league behind the Cowboys (161.2). McCoy leads the team with 112 carries, 598 yards and six touchdowns. (The 5.3 yards per carry is second in the league.) Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has 41 carries for 271 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Buffalo topped the 100-yard rushing plateau four times in its first seven games of the season, including 134 in the first meeting with the Patriots and (Are we sure this isn’t a misprint?) 313 yards on the ground against the Niners. The key to everything? McCoy, who is as dynamic a back as you’ll find. His health will certainly bear watching over the course of the week. There was plenty of debate surrounding the wisdom of having him try to play against the Dolphins. If Rex Ryan blew him out against Miami and isn’t available for this week’s showdown with the Patriots, the folks in upstate New York won’t be happy.
2. They struggle in the passing game. Taylor has made real gains under center over the last year, but the bottom line is that, at least statistically, he’s no better than a middle-of-the-road quarterback. In seven games, he’s completed 60 percent of his passes (116-for-192) for 1,297 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 91.9. When he throws it, he’s going to look for wide receiver Robert Woods (25 catches on 37 targets, 240 yards, 1 TD), tight end Charles Clay (24 catches, 36 targets, 268 yards), McCoy (20 catches, 23 targets, 97 yards, 1 TD) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (12 catches, 32 targets, 258 yards, 3 TDs). At 21.5 yards per catch, Goodwin is the closest thing to a true deep threat/home-run hitter the Bills have, at least until Sammy Watkins comes back from his foot injury.
3. They’ve been really good at turnover ratio. The Bills are good at taking care of the football, and also good at taking it away. Buffalo is second in the league when it comes to turnover rate at plus-eight, trailing only the Vikings (plus-11). Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman have two interceptions each, while linebacker Preston Brown has two fumble recoveries and Lorenzo Alexander has three forced fumbles. On the other side of the ball, while Taylor isn’t overwhelming on offense, only three other teams have thrown fewer picks this season than the Bills (New England, Dallas and Minnesota).
|Bills CB Stephon Gilmore: We have game plan to take Rob Gronkowski out of game||11.19.15 at 10:25 am ET|
In the Week 2 meeting between the Patriots and Bills, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, but according to Bills cornerbacker Stephon Gilmore things will be different Monday night in the second meeting of the year.
“We got a game plan to take him out of the game,” Gilmore said via ESPN. “We’re gonna be ready for him.”
In eight career games against the Bills, Gronkowski has caught 44 passes for 656 yards and 10 touchdowns, the most against any other team.
Gilmore noticed what the Giants were doing Sunday against the Patriots, noting they had some success in getting to the Patriots’ quarterback.
“They [were] getting to him,” Gilmore said. “They [were] getting to Tom Brady, getting him off his spot. They [were] sacking him and they are playing tight coverage on the back end. So first all of you have to get to him to make him mess up.”
Tom Brady is 24-3 against the Bills and is 66-16 against the AFC East.
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|Bills shoot themselves in the foot with a boatload of penalties||11.11.12 at 6:48 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When all was said and done at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots narrowly escaped the Bills with a win, thanks in large part to a penalty-ridden Buffalo team Sunday. The Bills racked up 14 total penalties for a total of 148 yards and still managed to gain 481 yards of offense, including 162 on the ground against the league’s eighth-best rush defense.
On the first offensive series alone for the Bills, a third-and-1 situation turned into a third-and-26 after three consecutive flags were thrown ‘ two for a false start and one for holding. It was certainly an indication of the way things would turn out.
After the game, Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson said that some of the defensive pass interference calls against his team were ‘bogus,’ because the same calls could have gone both ways yet it seemed like the yellow laundry didn’t fly as much for the home team.
‘We’d go down and have a fade rout, and the guy’s, he’s holding me too,’ Johnson said. ‘I’m not saying that his was a pass interference either, but if you called it on Stephon [Gilmore], you have to call it on their defensive player also.
‘It’s something that we’ve got to fix as far as offsides go. We’ve got to fix that on our own. But some of the calls were pretty weak, and some of it was football.’
Gilmore said afterwards that he didn’t know what else he could do to try and defend the throw, and tried to explain the pass interference call on him.
‘I don’t know what happened. I don’t know what else I can do,’ Gilmore said. ‘On the first penalty, he ran into me, and the ball bounced off of him. On the second penalty I was running with him and he tripped on my feet, and they threw the penalty on me.’
There is no timely penalty in the NFL, but for the Bills it seemed that some of the flags thrown came at points during the game when the Patriots struggled to get offensive production. Safety George Wilson said that ultimately it came down to the fact that they put themselves in a tough position to win based on their foul trouble.
‘They started calling the game real closely on their own,’ Wilson said. ‘[The Patriots] weren’t moving the ball with offensive production. It wasn’t anything they were doing to us; we just have to be smarter and not put ourselves in that position.’
|Bills draft Stephon Gilmore 10th overall||04.26.12 at 9:03 pm ET|
The Bills weren’t able to get their hands on Luke Kuechly, so they stayed on defensive by taking South Carolina corner Stephon Gilmore 10th overall.
Gilmore is the second corner drafted this year behind LSU’s Morris Claiborne, who went sixth overall to the Cowboys.
|NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore||03.23.12 at 4:04 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2012 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
School: South Carolina
Weight: 190 pounds
Achievements: Coaches All-SEC first team (2010), AP All-American third team (2010), Phil Steele Freshman All-American (2009)
What he brings: One of the draft’s second-tier cornerback prospects, Gilmore doesn’t have the numbers or pedigree of LSU’s Morris Claiborne or Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick, but his physical attributes and athleticism jump off the page. Standing a hair above 6 feet tall, Gilmore features prototypical size for the cornerback position, while maintaining elite speed and excelling in stopping the run. While the speed is a plus, Gilmore’s size, ability to match up with tall wideouts and play strong in the running game will please many Patriots fans still haunted by images of Darius Butler and Terrence Wheatley.
At South Carolina, Gilmore excelled when he was placed in press alignment against a receiver, particularly in man coverage, when he could use his size and aggressiveness to his advantage. However, Gilmore’s skills playing off a receiver and in zone coverage are spotty and his ball skills have been called into question. He projects to be a poor man’s Nnamdi Asomugha, where he could excel in a system just asks him to line up outside on a receiver but could struggle in zone systems early on.
Gilmore is also a talented ball carrier, seeing some duty at punt returner and quarterback in South Carolina’s wildcat package.
Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2
Notes: Gilmore’s time of 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash ranked third among cornerbacks at the scouting combine. He also performed well in the 3-cone drill that is so coveted by Bill Belichick and his scouting staff with a time of 6.61 seconds, fourth best among cornerbacks.
In his most recent mock draft, Mel Kiper Jr. had Gilmore going No. 23 overall to the Lions. However, other draft outlets gave Gilmore rated as low as eighth among cornerback prospects in the draft, showing the clustering of talent at the position once experts move past the top tier of Claiborne and Kirkpatrick.
Video: Here’s a highlight package showing Gilmore’s strengths and weaknesses over his career at South Carolina.
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