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Ryan says Bills will ‘run it 50 times if we can’

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New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan prefers the run game in his team’s revamped offense, saying “we’re going to run it 50 times if we can” next season.

With either Matt Cassel or EJ Manuel at quarterback, Ryan knows his best chance to winning may be on the ground.

“We prefer to ground and pound it, we’re going to run it 50 times if we can on you,” Ryan said on WGR 550-AM in Buffalo.

At the same time, Ryan admits it is difficult to win in the NFL without balance on offense.

“We’re not naive enough to think we’re going to be able to get away with that,” Ryan said of just running the ball. “We can spread you out and create some nightmares in coverage. If you want to stop our run by keeping all the big guys in there, then so be it, we’ll be able to hurt you in a lot of different ways outside.”

During free agency, the Bills traded for running back LeSean McCoy and Cassel, and signed wide receiver Percy Harvin, tight end Charles Clay and fullback Jerome Felton.

The Bills have a deep running back depth chart of McCoy, Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. The Bills also have talented young receivers in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, and the additions of Harvin and Clay in free agency should make an impact.

Ryan said getting Clay away from the Miami Dolphins was the Bills’ No. 1 priority going into free agency.

“First off, this guy is a hard guy to defend,” Ryan said of the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Clay. “Real multiple in what you can do with him, so he creates matchup problems. He’s too fast for a linebacker, and too big for a corner to cover. You’ve got to love that matchup with him. And he’s a guy that’s perfectly suited to what we’re looking for in (offensive coordinator) Greg Roman’s type offense. We love his versatility.”


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