[BN] Blitz Bills newsletter: What to know for Wednesday, Sept. 13 - The Buffalo News
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[BN] Blitz Bills newsletter: What to know for Wednesday, Sept. 13

The Bills added linebacking depth Tuesday by signing free agent Jelani Jenkins, who was a fourth-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2013. Cornerback Greg Mabin was released to make room.

The team also reached an injury settlement with quarterback T.J. Yates, who suffered a concussion during the preseason. Nathan Peterman supplanted Yates as the second-string quarterback over the summer.

Seven named to HOF ballot: Six former Bills players and a former coach were among the 108 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which were announced Tuesday. The former players are Cornelius Bennett, Darryl Talley, Kent Hull, Ruben Brown, Steve Tasker and Terrell Owens. Chuck Knox is the coach.

Hall of Fame selectors have three rounds of voting to go through before announcing the new HOF class during Super Bowl week. Owens was a surprise exclusion last season and was vocal about his displeasure with being left out of Canton. The News' Vic Carucci didn't vote for Owens, citing Owens' divisiveness and the fact that multiple Hall of Famers told him they wouldn't want Owens on their team.

Terrell Owens exclusive: 'I've lost all respect' for Hall of Fame voting

Has Tyrod Taylor improved at pocket passing? "It's safe to assume [offensive coordinator Rick] Dennison won't give up on trying to make Taylor a true pocket passer, but if Sunday's game was any indication, there is still plenty of work to do," Carucci wrote in his Bills analysis.

How the locals fared: Jay Skurski takes a look at how WNY and local college products in the NFL did in Week One, including Corey Graham, Steven Means, J.C. Tretter, Rob Gronkowski, Brett Kern, David Fluellen, Khalil Mack, Chris Manhertz and Brandon Oliver.

Advanced stats like McCoy, too: LeSean McCoy was the best player on the field in Sunday's win over the Jets. Pro Football Focus viewed him favorably as well, grading him as the fifth-best running back in Week One. McCoy rated high in pass blocking, too, which was an issue last season.

Rex Ryan had his broadcast debut Monday night: It did not go well. Ryan came off awkward and unprepared in his Monday Night Football debut. Luckily, Beth Mowins was smooth enough on the play-by-play to carry him through.

Around the NFL: Is it already time for Deshaun Watson in Houston? Texans QB Tom Savage lasted only one half before being pulled in the opener.

Random stat of the day: The Patriots haven't lost more than two games in a row since 2002.

They're not booing... Sabres prospect Cliff Pu learned this week that the fans aren't booing, they're... Puuuuu-ing. Here's a look at other Buffalo athletes who have learned that the hard way, including Bruuuuuuuce.

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