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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Vontae Davis' replacement gave the Bills all they could've hoped for

If it wasn't bad enough that Bills starting cornerback Vontae Davis retired at halftime of their Week 2 loss, his backup, Phillip Gaines, got injured in the second half. That led to undrafted rookie Ryan Lewis being pressed into his first career start last Sunday against the Vikings' dangerous passing attack.

Lewis finished the game with just three receptions allowed on four targets for 24 yards. Pro Football Focus gave him a 65.0 grade, but all things considered, he entered a brutal situation and got the job done.

"We applauded him in our defensive meeting," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. "His first start as a rookie … to play as well as he did on the road says a lot about Ryan.”

Bills trade Marshall Newhouse: The Bills traded the reserve lineman to the Panthers. The return was a future, conditional draft pick, but it's something. If GM Brandon Beane can turn a guy who played 14 snaps in three games into an asset, that would be amazing. "Brandon Beane should get (Terrell Owens') key to the city for trading Marshall Newhouse and actually getting something back in return," Mark Ludwiczak‏ of Bills Digest tweeted. The Bills signed lineman Jeremiah Sirles to fill the roster spot.

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Tre'Davious White draws inspiration from young fan battling illness: White has another nameplate above his locker in the Bills' fieldhouse. It belong to an 11-year-old who inspires White to give it his all.

How the locals fared in Week 3: Canisius College's Chris Manhertz played 58 percent of snaps in the Panthers win over the Bengals but didn't record any stats.

Pro Football Focus: Bills lead league in past two seasons on pass rush: You could have guessed that the Bills were successful in pressuring the quarterback in Sunday's upset win, but PFF's number revealed just how impressive their performance was. And speaking of bounce-back performances, Tremaine Edmunds had his best game as a pro.

TBT: Speaking of Bills upsets, remember '68 jolt to Joe Namath's Jets? Sean Kirst gave a history lesson in that Bills fans won't want to miss.

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