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Buffalo Bills News - August 31, 2016

Marker Williams says he’s a much different player than he was in Buffalo [8:52 PM]
Miami Herald reports: '“It’s been great, because honestly I haven’t even held onto it,” he added. “I think, especially in this, my 11th year, that’s been something that’s been really good for me, just going out and playing. I’m a regular human being. People can say things from the outside in, but that’s never affected me.”'

Marker Bills' release of Jordan Gay means team won't keep a kickoff specialist; LB Ramon Humber i [8:50 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills led the NFL in kickoff coverage last season, giving up just 17.2 yards per return. A big part of that goes to the hang time that Gay got on his kickoffs, which allowed the coverage unit to get downfield.'

Marker Bills claim center Patrick Lewis from Seattle, release guard Jamison Lalk [8:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Texas A&M product originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent of the Green Bay Packers, and has spent time on the practice squad with both Cleveland and Jacksonville.'

Marker Don't tell Rex Ryan Thursday's preseason finale is meaningless [8:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s important for evaluating," Ryan said. "It might not be as important on the scoreboard or whatever, although I think you’re out there competing, you want to win. But you’re looking to evaluate your guys and I think it’s an important opportunity. So the game matters ... it’s just that you’re not going to play your starters."'

Marker Six recently cut players the Bills could consider [8:48 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'WR Brandon Tate – Formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, the 28-year-old Tate is a proven return man. He is the Bengals' all-time leader in punt returns with 1,411 yards, a career average of 9.2 yards per return on 149 attempts. He's also second in Cincinnati history with 3,517 kick-return yards. If the Bills aren't crazy about the job Reggie Bush has done as the primary return man, Tate could fit.'

Marker Bills sign another linebacker, cut kicker Jordan Gay [8:47 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So is prevailing pressure on Ryan to improve his defense, and he and GM Doug Whaley have feverishly added several veteran linebackers since losing second-round draft pick Reggie Ragland and defensive end IK Enemkpali to season-ending knee injuries. Defensive end Shaq Lawson, the club's first-round pick, is also shelved at least six weeks with a surgically repaired shoulder.'

Marker Bills backups still battling as final preseason game here [8:47 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It means a lot because you’re not just playing for this team, you’re playing for 31 other teams,’’ wide receiver Walt Powell said. “So whether the Bills want you or not, somebody else may want you. It all depends because there are a lot of good guys on this team. They’re going to find a place whether it’s here or somewhere else.’’'

Marker Karlos Williams bows out gracefully [8:46 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On Wednesday, Williams posted a classy and heartfelt message on his Instagram account (karlos_29_sr), bidding farewell to the city, fans and the Bills organization. The post included an image of Williams, football in hand, bowing to fans in appreciation.'

Marker Buffalo Bills awarded claim for OL Patrick Lewis, release Jamison Lalk [8:45 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Lewis' addition to the roster could mean that the Bills are moving on from Ryan Groy or Fernando Velasco when the team trims their roster down to 53 players.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2016 season ceiling and floor, as predicted by writer [8:44 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'What would send Buffalo spiraling back? If first-round pick Shaq Lawson, who is starting the season on the PUP list, fails to contribute, and the run defense is subpar sans Ragland, that could spell trouble. There will be times the ground game and defense carry this team. LeSean McCoy can't be missing game days.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release K Jordan Gay, sign former Patriots LB Ramon Humber [8:43 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Humber profiles as a weak-side inside linebacker, which could help his chances of making the roster. That's a spot the Bills are thin at behind starter Zach Brown. The Bills have now added linebackers in consecutive days. On Tuesday, the Bills acquired Lerentee McCray in a trade with the Green Bay Packers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have 8 blue-chip players on roster, ESPN's John Clayton says [8:43 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Clayton noted that Buffalo has enough talent to make the playoffs as a wild-card team, and his ranking backs up this statement. Buffalo's eight blue-chip players tied them with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.'

Marker Bills sign LB, release kick specialist Jordan Gay [8:41 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Humber has played in 92 career games while accumulating 141 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, eight quarterback hits, nine tackles for loss, one forced fumble and 50 solo special teams tackles.'

Marker Defiant Rex Ryan vows to put last year's struggles behind [8:39 PM]
AP reports: '"I wish I had to do it all over again, but the fact of the matter is we don't," he said. "But this year's a brand new one. And like I've said, I have a funny feeling we'll be a lot better."'

Marker Bills sign linebacker Humber; claim center Lewis off waivers [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Humber was cut by New England on Tuesday, and has seven years of NFL experience split between Indianapolis and New Orleans. At 5-foot-11 and 232 pounds, Humber established a niche playing special teams.'

Marker Bills add LB Humber, cut K Gay [8:37 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gay's release leaves Dan Carpenter as the team's kicker.'

Marker The beginning of the end of the Ryan family dynasty is upon us [8:32 PM]
CBS Sports reports: 'But so is the mediocrity that can no longer carry the family name. Rex Ryan has been an NFL head coach for seven seasons. Care to guess how many winning seasons he's had? The unavoidable answer: Two. Just two seasons, all the way back in 2009 and 2010, when teams he led finished above .500.'

Marker Bills Claim Center Patrick Lewis Off Waivers [8:30 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In order to claim Lewis, the Bills have released undrafted rookie guard Jamison Lalk.'

Marker Bills Sign LB Humber, release K Gay [8:29 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills also announced that the team has released K Jordan Gay. Gay was the kickoff specialist for the Bills for the last two seasons.'

Marker Hard truth about 2016 Bills [8:28 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Go ahead and call me negative but all these setbacks put together don't much matter to me. If Tyrod Taylor has another strong season and the defense bounces back, the Bills should be pretty good. New England makes it next to impossible for an upstart to win the AFC East, so it would help if the Pats looked, for a change, earthly. The biggest reason for the Bills having the nation's longest playoff drought is the Patriots.'

Marker 5 things to watch for in Bills - Lions [8:26 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'So, who has the best chance to make the roster with a big performance? Five different things to track as players are fighting for their roster lives...'.

Marker Bills awarded claim for C Patrick Lewis [8:24 PM] reports: 'Lewis, 25, has been with the Seahawks the past two seasons appearing in 16 games with 13 starts. In 2014 he started in place of then Seahawks starting center Max Unger, who was injured at the start of that season. After making four starts in 2014, Lewis also started nine times last season for Seattle.'

Marker Bills add veteran LB Ramon Humber; K Gay released [8:23 PM] reports: 'Humber, 29, has largely been a special teamer and inside linebacker in his NFL career, which began with Indianapolis in 2009. He spent parts of six seasons with the New Orleans Saints, including three under Bills Assistant head coach Rob Ryan when he served as the Saints defensive coordinator.'

Marker Scouting Report - Bills-Lions [8:21 PM] reports: '“Very (important),” Jones said. “Just to gain experience and being out there just competing. So to have the experience under my belt, hopefully prepare me for the season whenever you know, my number is called.”'

Marker Bills make moves to cut roster [9:34 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for the Bills’ situation at wide receiver, losing Little, Easley and Listenbee reduces the field at that position to eight, with five or six likely to survive Saturday’s cut to the regular-season roster maximum of 53. Starters Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, plus Marquise Goodwin and Walter Powell, whose glittering training camp as a receiver and returner preclude his being cut, are roster locks. That leaves veterans Greg Salas and Jarrett Boykin, last year’s seventh rounder Dez Lewis and rookie Kain Colter battling for one or two spots.'

Marker Greg Little, Eric Striker, Robert Kugler among nine released as Bills trim roster to 75 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Among the cuts, Kugler is a former All-Western New Yorker at Orchard Park High School, while Little and Striker are the most noteworthy. The former is a sixth-year veteran who was part of a crowded competition for jobs at receiver, while the latter briefly got time with the first team at outside linebacker during training camp.'

Marker Linebacker Lerentee McCray acquired in trade with Packers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCray's biggest contribution in the NFL thus far has been on special teams. He played 28 special-teams snaps in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Carolina Panthers in February, and overall played exactly 50 percent of the team's special-teams snaps during the regular season.'

Marker With Austin Trainor released, Cardale Jones looks ready to play Thursday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He took some reps yesterday,” coach Rex Ryan said before the Bills practiced Tuesday. “We’ll see how he feels. I’ll leave that obviously up to medical, the trainers, and I hope he can play. That’s what we want - him to be able to play – but we’re not going to put him out there if can’t defend himself or he’s injured in any way, so we’ll see. He was a little rusty yesterday so hopefully he’ll get a little better as we get going.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills practice transcripts of Rex Ryan, Cardale Jones, Walter Powell & James Wilder Jr. [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well yeah, we’re not playing our starters that game, but there’s still roster spots—somebody will make this team based on how they perform on Thursday. That seems to always be the case year-in and year-out and that’s still out there. It’s an important game, see that’s what I think sometimes it gets lost in the fact that this game is important, but it’s important for evaluating.'

Marker Expect progress at QB, not many wins for Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All of the other issues are fixable. The QB, as we all know, is colossally hard to fix. If Tyrod takes a step forward, the future looks so bright. If he clearly regresses – UGH – we could be looking at 2019 or 2020 before the drought has a realistic chance of ending.'

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