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[BN] Blitz newsletter: As Bills prep for Falcons, Georgia boys recall fond memories of Vick

As the Bills prepare for this week's trip to Atlanta, Kimberley A. Martin asked fullback Mike Tolbert and left tackle Cordy Glenn about growing up in Georgia. Tolbert, especially, was a big fan of the Falcons, but both players lit up when asked about their memories of watching Mike Vick.

"He was like the heart, the magic of the city," Glenn said. “He was like the (Michael) Jordan of Atlanta. That’s the best way to put it."

Injury updates: Glenn missed last week's game with an ankle injury and still hasn't returned the practice, making him seem unlikely to play Sunday in his homecoming game. Marcell Dareus was a full participant Thursday and should play. Shaq Lawson was limited after picking up a groin injury in practice, although the severity is not yet known.

Worthy details concussion symptoms: Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy missed nearly a month of action due to a concussion but was cleared to return to action Wednesday. "I think after a couple of weeks of dealing with headaches, it makes you think twice a little bit," Worthy said. "It was a different thing for me. I’ve never really dealt with anything that's lasted as long as it did."

"Fantasy has killed the game," Jordan Matthews says: What's a good rookie receiver like these days? Mark Gaughan tried to find out, but it seems like Matthews' 2014 draft class – the one where the Bills traded up for Sammy Watkins – is skewing our expectations.

Tre'Davious White honored: The Bills cornerback was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month after a strong start to his career. He leads the league in passes defensed, with seven. Trading down in the draft and still picking him up seems like a pretty good move for the Bills at the moment.

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Mailbag: With all the new players on the team, can the Bills still use inheriting a bad roster as an excuse?

The Tim Graham Show: John Wooten joined the show to discuss what players want to come of their protests. Wooten, a former Browns guard and NFL scouting director, is the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group for minority executive and coaching candidates.

Have protests turned fans away? That can be hard to quantify, but if you're judging by Facebook likes, the Bills and other teams were down a small margin after Sunday's protests. (They were up on Twitter, however.)

What do you call the stadium? I mean, officially, it's New Era Field ... but it's still The Ralph, right?

Podcasts: Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski break down the keys to beating the Falcons on the [BN] Blitz podcast. On the Daily Drive podcast, Pro Football Weekly's Arthur Arkush joined the show.

Around the NFL: Houston QB Deshaun Watson donated his first game check to Texans cafeteria workers who lost their homes in Hurricane Harvey.

Analytics: What do the advanced stats say about the Falcons?

Merch tent: Does your tot need a Bills onesie? We got you covered.

Tre'Davious Tracker: Where does Bills' rookie CB stack up against rest of NFL?

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