1 - Who delivers the best pregame speech for the Bills?
One of the most memorable things about Kyle Williams are the iconic speeches he delivers before, during, and after games. He's been pumping up his fellow teammates for almost a decade. !(https://goo.gl/qiMD1M)
Williams and his partner on the defensive line, Jerry Hughes, have been teammates for five seasons. Hughes claims he's never heard better pregame speeches than from the 12-year veteran.
"Hands down. The guy can seriously make everybody in here run through a wall," said Hughes. "He gets you amped up, he gets you going. [Like] when there's eight inches of snow outside and you can't really see anything, you're amped up, juiced up, ready to play football."
Williams appreciates the recognition from his teammates for his motivational speeches. But, he feels that's not where he earns their respect.
"It means a lot. Anytime that you come in here and spend as much time with these guys - and you pour a lot of yourself into guys - when you mean something to them, it obviously means a lot to you," said Williams. "I know everybody sees the pregame and postgame and all of that, but really that's just kind of the end of the week. The real work comes Monday through Saturday and I think that's where bonds are built and guys earn respect and things like that with one another."
This Sunday's game against the Dolphins could be Williams' last matchup at home of his career. At 34-year-olds, his playing days are uncertain after this season. Though, his ability to lead a football team remains certain.
"That's just the kind of leader he is. He's not going to say much, but on game day he's going to get the troops riled up, ready to go," said Hughes. "Then, you can always catch him in here working hard [and] putting in the extra work. Showing the young guys how to be a veteran. Showing the young guys what it takes to be in the league for 15 years and to play at a high level. He's all of that."
2 - Rushing attack rejuvenated to round out season**
At the beginning of this season, the Bills ground game didn't look like the league-leading bunch they were the previous two years. Now with three games remaining, Buffalo has found their groove on the ground.
After averaging 205 rushing yards per game the past two weeks, the Bills have the sixth-best rushing attack in the NFL. They've quietly crept close to the top of the league in that category.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was named the starter on Friday, discussed the recent success with rushing the ball.
"This is a balanced offense, but we definitely lean on the running game to open up our passing game. Over the past couple weeks, it's just boiled down to execution," said Taylor. "Early on in the season, there's been a couple times where we were just one guy short here, lack of execution here. I think guys are just focused up and doing whatever it takes to get the job done."
According to NFL Matchup on ESPN, the Bills have the third-most rushing yards (1,125) before contact this season. That's a big kudos to the offensive line for opening things up for LeSean McCoy.
The rushing attack appears to have returned to old form. Especially after McCoy's 156-yard day on the ground in Week 14. The Bills will look to keep it rolling in the run game on Sunday against the Dolphins.
"With the guys up front, and the running schemes, you can never count us out. The guys in the backfield, we can make plays. The guys up front, they get on their blocks. Anything can happen, we can get rolling," said McCoy. "I think a lot of teams know that. Teams know that we're going to run the ball, that's the first thing they want to take out. Once we get the running game going, I think the game changes."
3 - Fred Jackson final Leader of the Charge for 2017**
Former Bills running back, Fred Jackson, will be the final Leader of the Charge this season. He joins a long list of Bills greats to lead the team out of the tunnel as they storm New Era Field prior to the game.
Jackson joined the John Murphy Show on Friday to share his feelings before the final home game of the season.
"It's going to be great. It's awesome to be out there in front of all the fans," said Jackson. "It's going to be a great game. A game as Bills we need to win. It's going to be a great atmosphere. A lot of people are going to show up and be loud for it."
Jackson played in Buffalo for eight seasons. He's third on the team's all-time rushing list with 5,646 yards. He only trails Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson.
The majority of his career (2007-2014) was spent in Buffalo, but he spent the 2015 season in Seattle. In nine seasons in the NFL, Jackson tallied 5,746 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns.
Jackson is one of the most beloved Bills players of all-time. Though he hasn't officially hung up the cleats, he knows what team he wants to do it with when the time comes.
"I just want everybody to know, when I do decide to hang them up it's definitely going to be in a Bills jersey," said Jackson. "As long as they'll have me come back and sign me that one-day contract, so I can leave as a Buffalo Bill. That's definitely what I want to get done."
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