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Buffalo Bills News - July 27, 2017

Marker Rex Ryan thinks Buffalo Bills will 'surprise a ton of people' under Sean McDermott [8:43 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think any coach would be," Rex said. "I've never had that situation, but most coaches don't have that. He has a great owner. Terry is so passionate about his teams. I felt bad that I let him down, never got it done the way I wanted to. But he is a great man. He treated me well. The answer was 'yes' to many things that I asked for. Not all thing, but many things that I asked for.'

Marker Rex Ryan: If you're against Donald Trump, you're against our country [8:42 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I have absolutely no regrets for doing the Trump rally," he said. "I was asked to do that by somebody that I know. I am proud to be an acquaintance of Donald Trump. I felt honored he asked me to speak. I'm not a politician I don't know politics that well. Just because I support Donald Trump doesn't mean I support 100 percent everything he has ever done. I'm proud I know Donald Trump and I support him. And by the way, he happens to be our President. And I think anybody who is against him now is against our country. Without question, I'm proud to be a proud supporter of Donald Trump."'

Marker Cardale Jones reportedly cried tears of joy when Buffalo Bills traded him [8:42 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This shouldn't be viewed as Jones slighting the Bills. In fact, he tweeted out a message of gratitude toward Bills fans after he was traded.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp 2017: Overplayed and under the radar storylines to watch [8:41 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'There will be plenty of time to discuss whether Taylor is or isn't worthy of being the team's future at quarterback. His play in the regular season will dictate that conversation, and whether the front office decides to open up the check book will determine the answer to this question.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp 2017: How to watch team's first practice [8:40 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills announced that they'll stream tonight's training camp practice live on BuffaloBills.com. In addition to the team's official site, you can also view the practice on the Bills app or Bills Facebook Live. The team will steam the first 25 minutes of the practice.'

Marker Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane provide update on Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins [8:40 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We've put together between Shone (Gipson) and our training staff and the coaching staff, a rep count that will build up and at times come down a little bit just based off of the plan from the outset," McDermott said. "But we have to be flexible with that and see how he feels. That starts tonight."'

Marker How trading Cardale Jones was a sign of Buffalo Bills' confidence in Nathan Peterman [8:39 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think it's a win-win, and that's what you want in a trade," Beane said at training camp Thursday. "A: Anthony Lynn's out there. He knows Cardale. He has a familiarity. I think that started this. They're watching what we're doing. Cardale's the fourth as we left on vacation. With not having two-a-days, traditional two-a-days like we had. Back then you needed four, maybe five quarterback. There's not enough reps really to have four and give them all the reps they need. I think we would have been doing Cardale a disservice, so we found a win-win situation. He's a great young man and I wish him the best of luck out there."'

Marker Don't expect Buffalo Bills to sign free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick [8:39 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Obviously Colin, he's had great success in the past," Bills general manager Brandon Beane said. "I've not looked into him or anything like that. We've had plenty of quarterbacks here. I like the mesh of the three that we have. We liked Cardale, but our our goal right now is just to let these three go and see how it goes at camp.'

Marker Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane provide update on Anquan Boldin's visit with Buffalo Bills [8:38 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It was a good visit. We're going through that process. Those decisions normally take time on both ends so we're going through the process and we'll just see how it plays out."'

Marker Adolphus Washington incident 'disappointed' Buffalo Bills' Sean McDermott, Brandon Be [8:37 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"In terms of Adolphus, right from the start has been great in terms of communication from the time that incident unfolded with us. Brandon and I both met with Adolphus and we wanted to know the full story. That's the key. Every situation is a little bit different. That said, this is obviously, as everyone knows, an open legal matter so I'm not going to go in any more detail at this time. I can't do that. I was disappointed."'

Marker Buffalo Bills depth chart doesn't include much depth [8:34 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But one thing we know the two men have in common: A Buffalo roster with a whole lot more questions than answers, and as maddening as it is, several of the concerns Ryan dealt with last season are now McDermott’s problem as the Bills arrive at St. John Fisher College for their 18th training camp on the Pittsford campus.'

Marker Where to eat (and drink) near Bills training camp [8:34 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Village Bakery and Café: Tucked back behind a Starbuck's in the Village of Pittsford, this locally owned gem serves up hearty breakfast fare like open-faced egg sandwiches and stuffed French toast. It also has delicious pastries for breakfast on the run. At lunchtime, there are soups, sandwiches and salads. At 5 State Street, the Village Bakery and Cafe is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking in the narrow lot can be tricky; you may want to park at a public lot nearby and take a short walk through the charming village.'

Marker From Flutie to T.O. to Rex Ryan, Bills have had some memorable camps [8:33 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It has often been said that no one sells hope better than the Buffalo Bills. It's true, and Rochesterians lap it up when the team comes to our town. But sometimes hope is accompanied by genuine and well-placed excitement, and that's the case this year, because the buffoonery of Rex Ryan has been replaced by the hard-boiled, no-nonsense discipline of Sean McDermott.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Jones' departure inevitable, Peterman's promise & [8:28 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It made sense that the Chargers were the one (only?) team willing to make a deal for him, because their new coach, Anthony Lynn, was the Bills' offensive coordinator and interim coach during Jones' rookie year in 2016. Lynn saw what everyone else saw from Jones: big arm, but rawness everywhere else.'

Marker Jay Skurski's start-of-training camp 53-man roster projection [8:28 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The top three of Watkins, Jones and Holmes have separated themselves from the rest, leaving eight players (not counting Powell) competing for five spots.'

Marker Bills will go with three QBs in camp, haven't considered Colin Kaepernick, GM Beane says [8:27 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously Colin, he's had great success in the past," Beane said. "I've not looked into him or anything like that. We've had plenty of quarterbacks here. I like the mesh of the three that we have. We liked Cardale, but our our goal right now is just to let these three go and see how it goes at camp."'

Marker McDermott, Beane disappointed in Washington after recent arrest [8:27 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We just wanted to hear his version," Beane said. "He had called us ... he handled the situation after it happened the way he should, as far as calling us immediately and letting us know. But we have not spoken to him since then and we sat down, the three of us. I'm gonna keep it private what we said, but he understands that we're disappointed the situation happened. At the same time we're thankful no one was injured. It could've been worse. He understands and we're gonna move forward."'

Marker Bills stick with cautious approach to Sammy Watkins in training camp [8:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've put together … a rep count that will build up and, at times, come down a little bit, just based off of the plan from the outset," McDermott said. "But we've got to be flexible with that and see how he feels. And that starts" Thursday "night."'

Marker Bills OT Cordy Glenn 'on schedule' in recovery from ankle injury [8:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, the Bills are going to be careful with Glenn and, as they are doing with receiver Sammy Watkins and his recovery from foot surgery, they are going to "manage his reps," coach Sean McDermott said.'

Marker Adolphus Washington addresses media for first time since arrest [8:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When we got here Tuesday or Wednesday, just to be back around the guys, it took my mind off of it," Washington said. " ... I forget about it. I try not to think about it. I'm trying to focus on my team and trying to help us move in the right direction this year for the football season."'

Marker Bucky Gleason: As training camp opens, message from Bills' brass has familiar ring [8:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pardon me if I'm reluctant to believe the Bills will be decidedly different this year under McDermott and Beane than they were in past seasons. It has absolutely nothing to do with them. They're fine people and appear more competent, more professional, than their predecessors. I'm not questioning their sincerity.'

Marker Pollock: Position battles to watch at Bills training camp [8:38 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Brown, in his three seasons, has been decent but not shown the leadership expected from his position. Ragland, though highly coveted, hasn’t played an NFL down and is an uncertainty coming off a major injury.'

Marker Bills trade Cardale Jones to Chargers for conditional draft pick [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Twitter, Jones thanked the Bills and their fans "for showing me nothing but love and support" during his brief time with the team.'

Marker Bills designate Colt Anderson as active/PUP [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 2016, Anderson signed a one-year contract with the Bills as a reserve safety and special-teams contributor. His season ended on Oct. 10, when he was placed on the injured-reserve list with a hand injury.'

Marker Training camp countdown: 1. Will Tyrod Taylor prove he is a franchise quarterback? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Right fit or not fit, he’s a good player,” Dennison said. “He throws the ball well and he’s athletic so he can do some of the stuff that we want to do when we move him out of the pocket. But I’ve had quarterbacks that aren’t as gifted that can still get that done because they have to defend the run, and obviously with the guys we have up front and LeSean McCoy, I think we can run the ball pretty dog-gone good. They will have to defend a lot of the field.”'

Marker Internship with Super Bowl-era Bills launched coaching career of Juan Castillo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 1992, Castillo was a 32-year-old minority intern coach for the Bills when Bresnahan was their offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. Castillo spent about six weeks, the duration of training camp and the preseason, as part of the staff of Hall-of-Fame head coach Marv Levy.'

Marker Rex Ryan thinks the Bills could make playoffs, despite what experts say [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, it probably is not as raw," said Ryan, laughing when reminded of some of his comments. "I was still bleeding at the time. It was still very raw to me. As a competitor, I wanted to succeed. I don't have any regrets. The Pegulas are awesome. But Terry made a decision to go a different way and he has that right, he is the owner of the team. But believe me, I think the world of Terry Pegula and Kim. I didn't agree with it. I thought the team was close. It is what it is. I feel privileged to have the two years I spent in Buffalo and definitely was privileged to spend six years with the (New York) Jets as head coach."'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade quarterback Cardale Jones to the L.A. Chargers [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills selected Jones out of Ohio State in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. He saw no action in the regular season until late in the third quarter of the season finale against the Jets. That was the game in which Tyrod Taylor was held out for business purposes to make sure he didn’t get hurt, and EJ Manuel got the start. Manuel played so terribly that Lynn, who was the head coach for that one game, inserted Jones.'

Marker Training camp is here, the Bills are hopeful, but is anything really different? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'We’ve heard this saying around these parts a million times: No one sells hope like the Buffalo Bills, and they’re doing it again in 2017. The past is the past, and if you ask anyone on the OneBuffalo payroll, they’ll tell you Sean McDermott is exactly the kind of coach this franchise has needed for so long.'

Marker McDermott's 'training camp lite' not a good sign for Bills staying in Rochester [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Call me paranoid, but the Bills have scheduled two events at New Era Field in Orchard Park this training camp, a night practice at the stadium on Aug. 4 and a practice at their field house on Aug. 11. If it floats like a trial balloon and looks like a trial balloon, it’s a trial balloon.'

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