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Bills Today: McDermott humbled by the opportunity


Here's the Bills news of note for Sept. 8th.

1 - McDermott humbled by the opportunity
On Jan. 11, 2017, the Bills named Sean McDermott the 20th head coach in franchise history. McDermott joins the Bills after spending six seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. When he comes out of the tunnel Sunday, it will be his first regular season game with the title of head coach.

"I'm sure there will be some newness to that, just like there was in the preseason… I'll be very, I think, humbled by the opportunity and thankful," said McDermott.

McDermott developed quite the resume while in Carolina. He helped the Panthers to three division titles and a trip to Super Bowl 50. He's looking forward to bringing those winning ways to Buffalo. ![](

"This is one of the reasons why we came here, was to win football games. To be able to perform in front of these fans and the passionate fan base that we have. To get this stadium back to where it belongs, in terms of our home field advantage, and we look forward to getting out there this weekend in front of our fans," said McDermott.

A familiar foe in the New York Jets will come to New Era Field on Sunday to test McDermott and the Bills.

2 - McCoy ready for large workload

With Jonathan Williams now on Denver's practice squad, you'd have to assume LeSean McCoy will see an increased workload on game days. Coming off his best season as a Buffalo Bill, he's ready for the challenge.

"Whatever it takes. If it's on the ground or in the air, it may be a key block, whatever it takes to win, I'm down for it," McCoy said.

McCoy had 234 carries last season, going for 1,267 yards. That averages out to 5.4 yards per carry, the best of his career. It will be interesting to see how those numbers fluctuate throughout the season. Regardless, he's confident in his new support cast of Mike Tolbert, Joe Banyard, and Taiwan Jones.

"We have the guys in the room that can play, and my job, role, whatever it is, I want to do it. The guys behind me, they'll step in and make plays, and that's what having a team is all about," McCoy said.

We'll have to wait until Sunday just to see how large of a workload the five-time Pro Bowler will get.

3 - White to face college teammate in debut
The Bills first-round pick, Tre'Davious White, will make his NFL debut this Sunday against the New York Jets. His college teammate from LSU, Jamal Adams, will be making his debut as well.

The boys from the bayou have a special bond, considering that they anchored down the Tigers secondary together. White and Adams still keep in contact regularly.

"It's just like a family thing, it's all personal in stuff that we talk about. What would you talk about with your brother? Stuff like that," White said.

Now that they're division rivals and not teammates, the competitiveness will come out. White didn't shy away when asked who would get more interceptions this season.

"Me or Jamal? Competitive spirit is going to come in, so I'm going to sit here and say myself," White said.

The Bills rookie will play a significant role come Week One as the starting cornerback on the left side of the ball.


Bills head coach Sean McDermott pays a visit to the Bills Ticket Office and surprises a Season Ticket Member on the phone.


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