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Buffalo Bills News - June 5, 2015

Marker How Buffalo Bills WR coach Sanjay Lal is teaching Sammy Watkins the art of route running [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't think you can quantify a receiver's worth by yards," Lal said. "That's system-based, or I've seen a lot of teams that are behind the whole year so there's a lot of yards. He has a lot of room to grow and he can be one of the best route runners, because physically there's not really anything Sammy Watkins can't do."'

Marker Marcell Dareus back at Buffalo Bills' OTAs; Percy Harvin expected back next week [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills have had strong attendance thus far in OTAs. Guard Chris Williams is the only player who hasn't reported, and head coach Rex Ryan said he still hasn't heard from him. Meanwhile, a handful of Bills have been limited participants because of injuries, including safety Aaron Williams, tight end Chris Gragg and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, among others.'

Marker Bovada sets over/under on Buffalo Bills' 2015 win total at 8.5 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bovada recently set the initial over/under on the Bills' win total for the 2015 season, and it sits at 8.5. Those who think the Bills will surpass that total and have a winning season will get -130 odds, while the Bills going under that win total is at even money right now.'

Marker Bills to host Browns for 2 training camp practices [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Last year, the Bills held joint practice with Pittsburgh at the Steelers' training camp site.'

Marker Predictably, Ryan high on Bills [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan said "when it's all said and done, we'll be fine" at quarterback. He said the situation is not ideal, and there is not one quarterback well ahead of the competition at this stage in the offseason.'

Marker Watkins on the mend from surgery [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I am not there every day with the guys running routes. So mentally I've got to watch the defense and the coverages, watch how things move, because I am going to be coming back soon and everything is going to be fast and I have to pick it up."'

Marker The Bills could be Rex Ryan's best team yet -- just ask him [1:49 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We're not tiptoeing into anything," Ryan said. "We expect to be good. We expect to win this year. We're not afraid to say it."'

Marker Roman: Kouandjio's arrow keeps pointing up [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If Kouandjio’s arrow continues to point upward, and his play lands him in the starting lineup, that means one of last season’s two starters will be forced out and into a reserve role. For now, it appears the coaching staff does not want to move Glenn inside to guard as had been previously speculated, partly because head coach Rex Ryan said he’s “ecstatic” how rookie John Miller has played there so far. Richie Incognito is holding down the other guard spot.'

Marker Sabres coach Bylsma takes in Bills OTA [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'New Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma showed up at Buffalo Bills practice this morning in Orchard Park. Sabres and Bills owner Terry Pegula was on hand once again for a second straight day, as well.'

Marker Bills to host Browns for practice sessions at St. John Fisher [1:46 AM] reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan announced the planned practices with his former defensive coordinator and current head coach of the Browns, Mike Pettine. The Bills and Browns have agreed to hold joint practices at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 17 and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18. The two sessions will be a lead up to the Bills-Browns preseason game in Cleveland on Thursday, August 20.'

Marker Dareus is third Bill on NFL's Top 100 [1:45 AM] reports: 'As the NFL Network continued its countdown of the Top 100 players, a third Bills defensive player made the list Wednesday night. In this week’s episode of the countdown from 60-51, Dareus was number 53 on this year’s list.'

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Marker Bills’ Simms will be ready if he gets a chance [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I was just extremely happy to go into the game and the score was what it was, but when you’re just dying to get out there and get experience, I play every down like it’s the Super Bowl,” he said Wednesday. “As the backup quarterback with the Jets, I prepared as if I was a starter every week, and my teammates from the Jets know that about me. They know I’m ready to play at a moment’s notice, and I felt like I held my own.”'

Marker McCoy tries to put race issue behind him [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was disappointing, but not at all surprising. When an athlete says anything remotely controversial these days, you can be sure he’ll distance himself from it later. You can almost script the words in advance. It’s all in the past. Let’s move on. Or that horrifying cliche, it is what it is.'

Marker Watkins pain free but taking it slow [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watkins would not specify what “soon” meant, saying he was leaving it to the training staff to let him know when he would be medically cleared to practice. The Bills have five more OTA workouts (Thursday and four more next week – June 8, 9, 10 and 11) and a mandatory minicamp from June 16-18 to wrap up their offseason program, but initial reports from NFL sources had him returning to action for training camp, which begins July 31.'

Marker Bills, Jaguars to make history as part of free live webcast [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You’re seeing where the world is going and how and where people are getting their content,” said Schroeder, the NFL’s senior vice president for media strategy, business development and sales. “Over a longer period of time, there will be different parties that want to get into the sports distribution business.”

Marker LeSean McCoy refuses to address Chip Kelly remarks [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm in Buffalo," McCoy continued. "Everything in Philadelphia is over, and I have nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. Everybody can make their own thoughts and assumptions, but I'm done talking about it."'

Marker Buffalo Jills lawsuit inspires bill [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“As we continue the fight for equal pay across the state, we cannot overlook any worker entitled to fair pay under the law,” Rozic said in a statement. “Sports teams and owners should not continue to capitalize without providing the most basic workplace protections.”'

Marker LeSean McCoy takes center stage, and 5 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'McCoy insisted he didn't think his comments created a distraction. Considering it's only June, he has a point. Even on this Wednesday in June, though, McCoy raising the discussion on Kelly made it tough for him to focus the questions on football or how he's fitting into the new offense.'

Marker Rex Ryan drives six hours to attend Boomer Esiason charity softball game, says Buffalo Bills will ma [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I know what's been written about me and other things," Ryan said. "So do I have a chip on my shoulder? Absolutely. And it'll be fun. I know one thing: We ain't hiding. We ain't hiding from anybody — New England, Jets, anybody else. We'll take on all challenges and I'm looking forward to it. I haven't studied anybody else [in the AFC East]. I just know the talent that we have. And I'm excited about it."'

Marker Marcell Dareus, Percy Harvin among those absent from Buffalo Bills OTAs Wednesday [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills have five OTA practices remaining before mandatory minicamp at the end of the month.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy snaps at reporters over Chip Kelly questions [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't think that," McCoy said. "I didn't think it was a distraction with this team. Nobody has even asked me about it. Players mention it because they want to know what's going on, but I don't feel like it's a distraction. At all. Maybe that's something you sensed that I didn't."'

Marker Rex Ryan brings bluster from Buffalo to New York for charity softball game [1:49 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'OK, so he’s back to using some of his old lines that he beat to death with the Jets. But who cares? It was good to have him back in town, even if the sight of him walking into Yankee Stadium in a blue Bills windbreaker might have been an eyesore.'

Marker Is Rex Ryan done ripping Jace Amaro yet? His latest jab [1:48 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In his first local public appearance since being fired by Gang Green and hired by the Bills, Ryan took yet another dig at Amaro as part of their unlikely feud stemming from Amaro’s claim the Jets “lacked accountability” under Ryan.'

Marker Rex Ryan swings for the fences with bold talk at NYPD charity softball event [1:47 AM]
Newsday reports: 'He wore a blue Bills windbreaker. His emotional ties to his old team in green have been severed after six years.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan blasts Jets' Jace Amaro one more time for good measure [1:46 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I know what's been written about me and other things," he said. "So do I have a chip on my shoulder? Absolutely. And it'll be fun. I know one thing: We ain't hiding. We ain't hiding from anybody — New England, Jets, anybody else. We'll take on all challenges and I'm looking forward to it. I haven't studied anybody else [in the AFC East]. I just know the talent that we have. And I'm excited about it."'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan again guarantees Buffalo Bills will make playoffs in 2015 [1:45 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I can guarantee you one thing: Teams aren't going to want to play us," he said. "I can tell you that much."'

Marker How does ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan want to be remembered in New York? [1:44 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I'll definitely get booed when I come back with my team," Ryan said of the Bills' game at the Jets in November. "But that's fine with me."'

Marker Bills McCoy says he's done talking about ex-coach Chip Kelly [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't have to explain myself to no one," McCoy said after a voluntary practice on Wednesday. "I said what I said. It's how I felt at the time. I'm done with that."'

Marker Yahoo lands rights to show NFL game on Internet this fall [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'The alliance announced Wednesday follows up on the NFL's previously announced plan to stream the Oct. 25 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. The game, which will be played in London, is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. EDT.'

Marker Simms added to Bills' QB depth chart -- somewhere [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I think he's got a big arm," Ryan said. "We had him for two years. He had no chance of making our team the first year that we had him. I contributed to that by getting the quarterback hurt, but he contributed well to the team when he led the NFL in quarterback rating in the preseason, so he's got some ability. Obviously he's got the bloodlines, he's smart; and, any time you can add to the competition of the football team, you go out and do it."'

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