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Zay Jones said he did a good job with the Bills

By Brandon J. Koch

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones reflected on his time in Buffalo with the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I felt like I had a good amount of production in my second season,” Jones said. “Stepping into the third season, obviously I was hoping and planning for more. It wasn’t trending in that direction in the beginning. I was just trying to stay as patient as possible and really trust in that process of ‘it’ll eventually happen.’

“But I did my role, I felt like I did it really well. The targets and all that stuff, can’t really focus on that, can’t really control that. I did what I could. But now I’m here. So it’s exciting to be here, exciting to be in this locker room with these guys.”

A look at Jones career in Buffalo.

Receiving touchdowns: 9

Receiving yards: 1,033

Receiving average: 11.7

Receptions: 88

Games: 36

Quarterbacks he played with: Tyrod Taylor, Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen and Matt Barkley

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Sabres shutout Stars, sweep home stand

By a Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Sabres defeat the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-0 at KeyBank Center.

Buffalo sweeps a three game home-stand with a complete game. This was the best game by the Sabres so far this season.

The Sabres are getting shots where they usually get them from. A well managed game by the defense, limiting the Stars offense.

Another look. Overall great defensive gameplay.

It was an uneventful 1st period, while the Sabres took over the 2nd and cruised in the 3rd.

Vesey- Mittelstadt- Rodrigues was sneaky good today, creating chances and keeping the puck in the offensive zone.

Before today’s game, Ben Bishop’s career against the Sabres was 12-0-1 with a 1.37 goals against and .951 save percentage.

That was his first career loss in regulation against Buffalo.

Up next. Sabres after dark.

Ed Oliver on the bye week: I missed Buffalo a lot

By Brandon J. Koch

Buffalo Bills rookie defensive tackle Ed Oliver is already comfortable with the NFL life and living in Western New York.

During the bye week, Oliver went back to Houston to be with family and friends.

Even with that, he missed Buffalo and glad to be back home.

From JT Messinger Of Channel 2 news:

Oliver talked about missing his own home and bed back in Buffalo and couldn’t wait to get back.

He also explained the rookie life and how close of a family this Bills team has become,

Sabres still undefeated at home

By Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Sabres are still undefeated at KeyBank Center after a 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers.

Here are some thoughts:

Sticking to the process: Another up and down game for the Sabres. They capitalized on scoring chances to take a 2-0 lead. But couldn’t respond to Florida’s pressure in the third. Even when the game was tied late and into overtime, Buffalo kept their composure.

As Linus Ullmark said, stick with the process and with the game plan.

Florida had the better first and third periods, while the Sabres were the better team in the second.

Panthers had the better opportunities and possession.

If you take a look at all five games of the Sabres scoring chances, there’s a theme. All similar of where they are shooting

Credit Buffalo’s defense, not giving up much in the front of the net.

The Okposo- Larsson- Girgensons line is perhaps the best line on the team? They’ve been outstanding in every game. Constant pressure, playing in all situations. Don’t break them up, Ralph.

The youngsters didn’t play much in the third, head coach Ralph Krueger talked about having experience down the stretch of games.

As we see here, Dahlin, Mittelstadt, Oloffson and Erod barley saw the ice.

It will be interesting to see if that’s a consistent formula going forward.

Charts are from: Natural Stat Trick, MoneyPuck and Evolving hockey.

Allen flips coin at high school football game

By Brandon J. Koch

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen gets it.

He knows what being the face of an NFL franchise is all about, and truly embraces it.

During his bye week, on a Friday night, he’s flipping the coin and showing support for WNY high school football.

Alden and Burgard captains took center field as Allen shook everyone of their hands.

Josh Allen chugs beer at Sabres game

photo Ted Starkey newsday

By Brandon J. Koch

Are you wondering how Josh Allen is spending his bye week?

He’s at KeyBank Center watching the Sabres Canadiens game.

From Chelsea:

The Sabres showed him on the Jumbotron and he ends up chugging down a beer.

As Mike Harrington points out, the Sabres zoomed out of Allen and then came back to him.

Bills reportedly called Giants on Eli Manning

By Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Bills called the Giants on Eli Manning?

Radio host Dan Sileo says the Bills are one of five teams that have called on Eli Manning.

Let’s try and dissect this. Why would the Bills want Eli?

1. Mentor to Josh Allen: The Bills don’t need a backup, but McDermott and Beane have always talked about getting Josh Allen as much help as possible for his development.

2. Total smokescreen: I think this is more likely than the first one. The other teams on this list are hurting for a quarterback, need be a starter or backup.

3. Beane just doing his due diligence. Just because he called, doesn’t mean there’s legitimate interest.

Eli has a no trade clause.

Zay Jones says thank you to Buffalo

By Brandon J. Koch

Former Bills wide receiver Zay Jones is grateful and blessed to have start his career in Buffalo.

He said thank you to Western New York.

Via twitter:

“Thank you Terry & Kim Pegula you are both first class people. Thank you Coach McDermott for the opportunity to pursue my dream at the highest level. Thank you to my teammates within that lockeroom that I got to create incredible memories with & have lifetime bonds.”

He also posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Buffalo thank you from the bottom of my heart.”