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Buffalo Bills News - June 11, 2017

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Mailbag: Hard to see dramatic immediate improvement [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's possible the Bills will play better, but their record, based on what looks like a tough schedule, might not reflect as much. As of now, I'm not optimistic that this team will snap its 17-year playoff drought, but I reserve the right to change my mind.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' 10 most important players under-25 entering 2017 season [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'When looking at the team's roster, there are plenty of players under-25 that will play large roles for the team this year. Here's a look at the Bills' 10 most important players under-25 entering the 2017 season.'

Marker Hyde, other pros give back at football camp [1:56 AM]
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune reports: 'It’s been a hectic offseason for Hyde. After spending the first four seasons of his pro career with the Packers, the former Iowa Hawkeye became a free agent and signed a five-year contract with the Bills in March.'

Marker With Chris Hogan, Mike Gillislee and Stephon Gilmore, Patriots reaping benefit of bring Bills collec [1:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'But, according to Gillislee, the Pats’ foothold on success is an across-the-board approach that you don’t see unless you’re inside the building. He’s been a member of the team for less than two months, but he sees a stark contrast from his time in Buffalo.'

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June 10, 2017

Marker Zay Jones sees no reason to worry in early stages with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"For a young player to go through what he went through in his first couple of days, the way he handled it mentally, I thought, was phenomenal," McDermott said. "Yes, he was disappointed, more so disappointed in letting – he felt, from an accountability standpoint – his teammates (down). That was hard on him, but credit to him. He got himself right mentally and then got himself right, now, physically with the work he put in."'

Marker Maiorana: Top 10 Bills storylines since Sean McDermott was named coach [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When a team makes a coaching change, there’s always a lot of news being made, and that has certainly been the case in Buffalo. Not counting the switch from Rex Ryan to McDermott, here’s my list of the 10 most noteworthy things that have happened since that franchise-pivoting event.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins projected to make first Pro Bowl by NFL.com [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Plenty of Buffalo's defensive stalwarts have already earned Pro Bowl nods," said Sessler. "Same goes for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and star back LeSean McCoy. Watkins is under pressure to generate a massive season after the Bills refused to pick up his fifth-year option and appear reluctant to sign him to an extension. Seemingly endless injuries have made Watkins a disappointment, but the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is clearly the No. 1 guy ahead of Andre Holmes, Corey "Philly" Brown and rookie Zay Jones. Just 23, the hugely gifted Watkins has a prime opportunity to turn his career around in 2017."'

Marker Why Hyde chose the Bills [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“This guy is on a mission," Hyde said. "Since day one, the first conversation I had with him I could really see it. I wasn’t a part of these last 17 years; a lot of guys on this team weren’t a part of these last 17 years. So when we’re thinking playoffs I’m thinking, “let’s do it...” Going from Green Bay and contending for a Super Bowl every year and coming here, Sean McDermott. He is just on a mission like I said and I just can’t wait to see what this season has in store for us.”'

Marker New video of Rex Ryan bar incident emerges [1:55 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Since that time, the man that the video shows in the altercation with Rex and Rob Ryan officially accused the former Bills head coach of assault in his statement to police. On Friday, a new video -- from TMZ Sports -- has emerged from inside the establishment, and it shows Rex Ryan appearing to scream at the man and what looks to be Rob Ryan's arm pushing the man back. The video in full...'.

Marker Bills Today: Dareus excited to have Kyle back [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That is a great weight lifted off my shoulders. To play with a guy like that, words can’t express how I feel for him just coming back and playing with us again. He doesn’t have to do it but he loves the Buffalo Bills, he’s doing it for the team and he wants to see us get across that threshold. I’m just happy for him to come back and I’m just excited.” Dareus said.'

June 9, 2017

Marker Watkins works on limited basis during Bills' practices [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's one rep at a time, one day at a time, and we'll just take it like that," the coach said. "And we're going to get him into the summer and then ... we'll have a plan in place in terms of what'll take place between now and the start of training camp, just like we'll do with all the players."'

Marker Bills WR Walter Powell hit with four-game NFL suspension [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Powell released the following statement: "I was disappointed to recently find out that I had mistakenly used a product that caused a positive result during testing. Although I'm frustrated with the result, I've accepted the league's discipline of a four game suspension. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire Bills organization and the Bills fans for my mistake. I will continue to give the Bills my best effort every day, and help contribute to a successful 2017 season."'

Marker Shareece Wright's now-famous Uber ride what 'building a team is all about,' says coac [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don’t love the fact that whatever amount was paid for that, but that’s between him and Uber at this point. I know that Uber – we’ve got that partnership moving forward which I’m sure everyone’s excited about – but I just love the story. We all should. That’s what building a team is all about, is what guys do because they love one another, right? At the end of the day, he knows that he’s accountable to his teammates and he knows he needs to be here and, to me, that action spoke volumes about who he is and who we are."'

Marker What They Said: Bills coach Sean McDermott on Jeremy Maclin, OTAs [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just a quick note on the Jeremy Maclin visit yesterday: we had a nice visit. Jeremy and I, as well as some other members of our staff, overlapped in Philadelphia for a couple of years there. Jeremy’s a very good person and a good football player and really, that’s all I’m going to say at this point. Really don’t want to get into the other parts of it, just want to keep that between us and the player at this point. With that I’ll turn over to any questions.'

Marker Former Bills WR James Hardy found dead in Indiana [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hardy was a second-round draft pick of the Bills in 2008 out of Indiana University. He played just two seasons for the Bills, appearing in 16 games and making 10 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. The Bills released the following statement: "We are saddened to learn of the passing of James Hardy today. We send our condolences to the Hardy family as they deal with this tragic loss."'

Marker Ex-Bills wide receiver James Hardy found dead in Indiana river [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hardy was arrested in Los Angeles and accused of attacking three police officers and resisting arrest in 2014, and he was deemed incompetent to stand trial. He spent time that year in a mental institution.'

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus adjusting to Sean McDermott's coaching style [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I mean, the structure alone is pretty detailed," Dareus said Thursday after practice. "I don't want to say that he's a micro-manager but he makes sure that we are very sharp on what we are doing. They are really on us and they are paying a lot of attention to a lot of small details and making sure we are doing the right things. I'm happy for him to be in and just really excited to see what we can do."'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones doesn't feel threatened by Jeremy Maclin visit [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones, a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, returned from a sprained knee this week and is now a full participant in practice. The rookie has a clear path to start opposite Sammy Watkins when the Bills open the season against the New York Jets provided he can stay healthy. If the Bills signed Maclin, however, Jones' starting job and share of targets in the offense could be in jeopardy. Still, Jones lit up when talking about Maclin's visit and the chance to talk to him.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Walt Powell suspended four games by NFL [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I was disappointed to recently find out that I had mistakenly used a product that caused a positive result during testing," Powell said in a statement released by the team. "Although I'm frustrated with the result, I've accepted the league's discipline of a four game suspension. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire Bills organization and the Bills fans for my mistake. I will continue to give the Bills my best effort every day, and help contribute to a successful 2017 season."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said about Jeremy Maclin situation [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We don't look at it that way," McDermott said. "I appreciate the fact that those guys know and respect him in this case ... Anyway, that's a healthy dynamic that we have with a lot of our players. They've got to know that they have a voice too and there's ownership. I respect that and that's healthy. That said, we've got to do what we feel is in the best interest of this team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OTAs 2017: Sammy Watkins, Zay Jones return and 10 things we learned [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'By our count, Tyrod Taylor was 9-for-17 passing during team drills on Thursday. Taylor had one throw that was up for dispute. His final pass was a pretty toss to Andre Holmes in the end zone. Holmes caught the pass but there was some dispute over whether he caught the pass in bounds. The Bills didn't have referees on hand at practice.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB Jonathan Williams found not guilty of DUI [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams', the Bills' fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was stopped for suspicion of DUI last July in Arkansas. The video of the incident showed Williams admitting to drinking a 40 oz. bottle of beer and pleading with the officer not to arrest him because he had just been drafted into the NFL. He did not take a breathalyzer and his lawyer told TMZ that the prosecutors did not have enough evidence against Williams to charge him.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy found dead in Indiana [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hardy was committed to a mental health facility in 2014. He was accused of attacking three police officers and the judge ruled Hardy was not competent to stand trial.'

Marker Bills defense: Dareus waiting to fully examine defense, Ragland gets feet wet [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Realistically, I don’t even think about the past. We’re just moving on. We’re in McDermott’s regime and we’re having fun with it,” Dareus said. “The past is the past and we just really want a great future.”'

Marker 5 observations from Bills OTAs on Thursday [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Yikes, backup QBs look bad: Too high, too low, too far behind are a couple of way to describe passes thrown by TJ Yates and Cardale Jones. Yates tossed a pick during work with the second team and even Nate Peterman nearly did. But if there was a silver lining, Cardale Jones had a touchdown to round out the practice inside the red zone to Logan Thomas.'

Marker Bills player who took Uber from Chicago to Buffalo explains his story [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“He talked about how he got to Chicago and the United States, his family, and how he wants to go to school to be an astronaut,” Wright said. “It says a lot about his character. He’s all he has out here."'

Marker Uber from Chicago to NY: 9 hours, 560 miles, $632.08 — and a $300 tip [1:42 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '“I told him a lot of stuff. I felt comfortable because he was so friendly,” Abdollahian said.'

Marker Body in river that of star athlete Hardy [1:41 AM]
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports: 'Inklings that Hardy was suffering mentally came from Facebook posts. “I kept in touch with him like that. He began to rant a little bit. Next thing I knew, they were saying he went to a mental hospital,” Taylor said.'

Marker Investigators identify dead man found in Maumee as former Elmhurst standout James Hardy [1:40 AM]
Fort Wayne News Sentinel reports: 'For a long time Hardy had two sides to his life. A two-sport athlete, his death resonated on both coasts in addition to locally because of his work in Los Angeles as a model after injuries ended his NFL career with New York's Buffalo Bills, which had drafted the 6-foot-6 wide receiver in 2008. He played 16 games for Buffalo during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He also spent a limited time with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.'

Marker Bills' Watkins takes next step in recovery from foot surgery [1:39 AM]
AP reports: '''It's one day at a time at this point,'' McDermott said, referring to Watkins' recovery. ''We'll have a plan in place in terms of what will take place between now and the time he reports back to training camp.'''

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