BUFFALO, N.Y. (WROC) — Playoff tickets in hand, but only one Buffalo Bill was selected.
We’re asking you — who from the 10-4 Bills was snubbed from this year’s Pro Bowl? Join us at 3 p.m. for Inside the Buffalo Huddle with more on the Pro-Bowl, Bills vs. Patriots, and more as the regular season’s conclusion draws near.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White has been named to his first Pro-Bowl.
White has developed into one of the NFL’s top shutdown cornerbacks and is tied for the league lead with 6 interceptions.
Tre’Davious was the only Bills player named to the Pro-Bowl.
The game is played on January 26th in Orlando, Fl.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Sunday night was a celebration for the Bills. A win on prime time and another playoff spot clinched.
Brandon Beane was talking to the media. It was unusual for a post game locker room, but appropriate after making the postseason.
Suddenly, Jordan Phillips interrupted.
“This man right here, Brandon Beane. He doesn’t get enough credit,” Phillips said to the media Sunday night. “This is the man that put everything together. Helped us out. He’s a helluva guy. Helluva leader.”
Phillips explained Wednesday why Beane is a different sort of GM and why he’s the type Phillips wants in his career from now on.
“He’s relatable. Other places I’ve been, you barely see those faces. You don’t feel comfortable going to talk to the high ups. They tell you not to go talk to them,” Phillips said. “Here, they welcome you to go talk to Sean (McDermott). They welcome you to go talk to Brandon.”
John Brown says Beane is always around and if you send him a text, he makes sure to get in contact.
“He’s always at the practices enjoying everything that we do, talking to us, keeping us uplifted,” Brown said. “We’re real grateful to be here and to be around him.”
Beane is one of the youngest general managers in the NFL. He’s friendly with media, players and coaches alike. It’s not hard to see why he’d be a favorite in any locker room.
“He’s easy to talk to. He’s not like your typical GM,” Jon Feliciano said. “(Don’t have to) look at him as your boss and be on your top behavior around him. Beane’s, honestly, just one of the dudes.”
Star Lotulelei knew Beane before he became the Bills GM when the two were together in Carolina. He says they have a great relationship and it helps when the business part of the NFL becomes priority.
“You always want a guy like that to be in charge of contracts because he’s a great guy,” Lotulelei said. “He cares about the team. He cares about the players.”
“He does as good of a job as any I’ve ever seen of bridging that gap and making sure it’s well understood he’s our boss, but there’s no need to walk on eggshells when you walk down the hallway,” Lee Smith said. “He’s very approachable and just top notch.”
Phillips calls it a different culture and enjoys being a part of this franchise turnaround.
“It makes you feel like everybody’s on the same team,” Phillips said. “It’s not, ‘what I say, goes’. There are open discussions. They’re open to anything that’s going to make this team better.”
As successful as the Bills have been this year, it’s hard to tell if Beane’s relatability has anything to do with wins and losses. Feliciano doesn’t much care.
“I’m not sure if it makes a difference, but I love it.”
Even though the Bills chances of clinching the AFC East are slim on Saturday in Foxborough, the Bills know how big of a deal this Patriots game is to the fans.
Dion Dawkins and Tre’Davious White were among members of the team who were told beating the Patriots was a must early on in their careers.
“When I got drafted, it was a lot of congratulations on my Instagram and Facebook and Twitter, but also, ‘Make sure you beat the Patriots, make sure you squish the fish’, all of it” said Dawkins.
For White, it was a fan in a Buffalo Wild Wings during his first season in Buffalo who approached him during a Patriots Thursday night game.
“This random guy came up to me and was like you need to beat these guys, that was back in 2017,” said White. “Back then I didn’t know how big of a deal it was but now I know.”
Everyone on the team knows how important wins over New England are, especially as the Bills are on the rise.
“It’s a division rival that’s owned our division for a long time, we’re all very aware of that,” said Lee Smith. “At the same time, last week I was answering the same questions about how it was a must win.”
The Bills are already locked into a playoff spot, so a win in New England would send a message to the football world about how truly talented this Bills team is, as well as help with seeding.
“To us, it’s another game in a different costume,” said Dawkins.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Buffalo Bills take on the New England Patriots Saturday with the AFC East still mathematically up for grabs.
Although there are long odds for the Bills to win the division, the possibility of such has created a lot of buzz heading into the game with the defending Super Bowl champions.
Although News 8 WROC is the official broadcast home of the Bills in Roche, we will not be airing the much-anticipated matchup, due to the NFL’s flexing of the game which happened last month.
After Buffalo’s playoff-clinching victory over the Steelers on Sunday night Football, we’ve received a ton of phone calls, emails, Facebook messages and more, so we just wanted to let you know: The game is only available through the NFL Network.
Bills and Patriots kick off Saturday at 4:30 p.m.