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[BN] Blitz Bills newsletter: What to know for Tuesday, Sept. 12

The only major injury concern for the Bills after Week One was the shoulder injury starting cornerback E.J. Gaines picked up late in the fourth quarter. The team appeared to get moderately good news on that front Monday.

Coach Sean McDermott said Gaines suffered a shoulder contusion, which is generally not thought to be a long-term injury. We'll have to check back later in the week for an update on Gaines' Week Two availability, but the news could've been much worse.

Tolbert a winner in snap counts: If there was any question as to who the Bills' backup running would be, that was answered in the snap counts from Week One. LeSean McCoy led the way for RBs with 54 of 77 snaps played, Mike Tolbert played 23 ... and that was it. Neither Joe Banyard nor Taiwan Jones got on the field on offense. Both played extensively on special teams.

At wide receiver, Jordan Matthews didn't appear to feel any effects from the chip fracture he suffered in his sternum during training camp, playing 67 of 77 offensive snaps.

Upon further review: Mark Gaughan dug into the film and assessed each unit on the Bills, scoring them from 1-5. LeSean McCoy, Jordan Poyer and Ramon Humber were his stars of the game.

What's up with Dareus? Marcell Darues didn't record a tackle in the opener and played only 34 of 58 defensive snaps (59%), the lowest of any starting D-lineman. Is something up there? McDermott attributed Dareus' lack of relative play time simply to the team's defensive rotations.

"Really don't know what went on in the past, I just know what our system calls for, and that's for fresh bodies up front," McDermott said.

New name, same result: Bills' kicker Stephen Hauschka made the down list in Jay Skurski's Three Up, Three Down after Week One. Hauschka missed his only field-goal attempt Sunday.

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Hear it from Jets media: Jonah Bronstein compiled the Bills-Jets reaction from New York media.

First step: The Bills are looking to change the narrative — and the outside perception, Kimberley A. Martin writes.

Upon further review II: Pro Football Focus liked Tyrod Taylor's game Sunday.

Bills did a good job limiting penalties: They were only flagged six times for 50 yards Sunday.

Thunder & Lightning: That's how Tolbert described the tandem between himself and McCoy.

Week One wasn't strong on watchability: Jerry Sullivan says there aren't enough good quarterbacks in the league to go around.

Around the NFL: Cardinals running back David Johnson will miss significant time with an injury.

CBS crew off their game: Kevlin Harlan is one of Alan Pergament's favorite broadcasters, but he had a rough day Sunday, Pergament wrote.

Video: Watch as Jay Skurski shares his takeaways from Monday's press conferences.

Quotes: Hear what McDermott and the coordinators had to say Monday after their 21-12 win against the Jets.

Rating the Bills: RBs, OL get highest grades from win over Jets

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