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Buffalo Bills News - June 1, 2015

Marker Carrington hoping for happy homecoming with Bills [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I was hitting my stride in that defense a couple years ago and in the transition, things are coming back to me, there's a lot of similarities, and the carryover is helping me out," he said of the early OTA workouts which continue Tuesday through Friday this week. "I knew the defense would be similar, and I know Rex is a players' coach. I want to do the best I can to help the team. I care about this team and the community, and I just want to win."'

Marker Rex Ryan giving Buffalo Bills day off from OTAs to take team trip to Jim Kelly's golf tournamen [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'When talking about Ryan giving the team the day off, Kelly said, "He gets it."'

Marker NFL executive says Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan could be fit for Ray Rice [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think I'm in the minority on this, but I think he plays this year," a high-level club executive told Banks. "But it'll have to be for a really strong front office organization. Seattle, Green Bay, Dallas, situations like that. I'm a little bit surprised that it has taken this long for someone to sign him. Buffalo could be another team to watch with Rice. They don't have a need at running back right now, but I'm told Rex Ryan thinks the world of him from their time together in Baltimore (in 2008). He loves him. He doesn't like him. He loves him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan (sort of) admits he made mistakes with Jets [1:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'But Ryan once again pinning the Jets' problems so significantly on factors other than his own errors only underscores one of his biggest flaws — his inability and/or unwillingness to accept his share of the blame.'

Marker Rex Ryan to take Bills to Jim Kelly charity golf tournament Monday [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: '"It feels good," Kelly said. "I feel good. And it's good because after last year, the money we were able to give out to all the charities, that makes you feel good because even though I couldn't be here, it continued, it moved on and we are still making a difference."'

Marker Rex will take team to Kelly's golf tournament [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The outing will count as one of the team's ten allowed OTAs during this Phase Three of their offseason workout program. The team is also scheduled to hold an OTA practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday will be a voluntary conditioning day for the team.'

Marker Rice not a fit for Bills [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rice is 28 years old. Although not ancient by NFL standards, an age that’s considered on the backside of a career for running backs. And even though he was reinstated with a month left in last year’s regular season, Rice didn’t play at all in 2014. The last time he did play a full season, it was his worst as a pro. After never averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry as a regular, Rice dipped to an abysmal 3.1 yards per run. He also caught the fewest amount of passes (58) for the fewest amount of yards (321) since his sophomore season in 2009, his first as a regular starter.'

Marker Coaching has always been in Tim McDonald's blood [1:51 AM] reports: '“I went to coach my kids,” McDonald said. “I wanted to make sure if they were going to play football I was going to be a part of teaching them. That’s why I didn’t take opportunities to stay with the team I was at and coach. I wanted to be with my kids, and coach them.”'

Marker The skinny on the QB race [1:50 AM] reports: 'So here’s a closer look at the candidates and what Rex Ryan thinks of their progress.'

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May 31, 2015

Marker Bills’ Manuel hopes a bit bigger will be better [1:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think right now you just want to put your best foot forward as a competitor. As an athlete, you always want to go out and do your best. You don’t want to put anything bad on film, so whether” competition beginning with training camp is “true or not, I don’t know. But I think, as an athlete, you’ve got to go out there and do your best every time.”'

Marker McCoy needs to address his volatile remarks [1:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Should we expect players to show anything other than support for their coach with cameras and microphones in their faces? Probably not. But it also doesn’t necessarily mean we have to automatically assume they’re being insincere.'

Marker Ryan learns from mistakes with Jets to shape Bills [1:10 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"When I look back on it, I looked at when I should've been more upfront with the (Jets) owner. I think that was a big thing: 'Look, we got some issues, this needs to be resolved.' I knew what was gonna happen. We all knew it.'

May 30, 2015

Marker Bills cut Tuel, pick up Simms [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Simms saw that he had no future with the Jets after they made one quarterback, Bryce Petty, a fourth-round draft pick earlier this month and then signed undrafted free agent Jake Heaps. The Jets also have Geno Smith and former Bill Ryan Fitzpatrick on their quarterback depth chart.'

Marker Big-name cuts could still happen [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But if you buy the premise that General Manager Doug Whaley has put forth that the Bills’ final roster will be difficult for rookies to make, there might not be a whole lot of shockers when the final cuts are made.'

Marker Kelly found strength in his weakness [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The greater miracle is growing up in a family with a father who was raised to be Kelly Tough – a daddy who taught me to never give up no matter what, to fight through the pain regardless of how bad it hurts, to give it all you’ve got despite any and all cost.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor getting legit chance to win Bills QB job [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He is an unknown, never played a whole lot in Baltimore,” Ryan said. “I think the ability is hard to ignore, some of the things that he has.”'

Marker Ticket sales slow for LeSean McCoy softball [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The softball gathering is a fundraiser to heighten awareness of ALS, a debilitating and fatal disease. The LeSean McCoy Foundation was created shortly before his grandmother, Maryann Branch, died in 2010 following a battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim QB Matt Simms off waivers, waive QB Jeff Tuel [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Simms, the son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, asked to be released after the Jets drafted Baylor's Bryce Petty in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.'

Marker Jay Glazer calls Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy 'irresponsible as hell' [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm sorry man but you just don't flippantly accuse people of this," Glazer tweeted. "I think it's complete bulls*** and irresponsible as hell to bring into the equation. When you accuse someone, that label stays with you regardless of truth. Wrong for (McCoy) to go there, don't bring it into the equation. Didn't they replace McCoy with DeMarco Murray? I've known and trained with Murray since college and I'm pretty sure, actually I'm positive, he's black. Lecture over. Unless you're sure about something like that don't publicly label someone as it. You're guilty no matter what and it's wrong."'

Marker Buffalo Bills hosting LB Michael Buchanan on free-agent visit [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'At 6-feet-6-inches tall and 255 pounds, Buchanan has the build to play strong-side linebacker in Ryan's defensive scheme. Currently, the Bills have Manny Lawson and Randell Johnson as the two best fits at that spot, but Buchanan would add some competition and depth.'

Marker Bills shuffle quarterbacks: Claim Matt Simms; cut Jeff Tuel [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Tuel's two-year tenure is over in Buffalo. He made the Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2013, and struggled in two appearances, including a start in a 23-13 loss to Kansas City. Tuel spent last season on the practice squad.'

Marker Bills claim Simms, waive Tuel in QB swap [1:50 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Simms, 26, went undrafted out of Tennessee but spent the last three years with the Jets, appearing in four games over the past two seasons with 18 completed passes in 39 attempts, including one touchdown.'

Marker Bills double-dip with quarterbacks in OTA practices [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"At the end of the day, the real competition will start in training camp," Ryan said. "Right now, you're not making a decision on who your starting quarterback is in the OTAs. You may have an idea who it may end up being, but this is just leading up and getting guys ready for training camp."'

Marker Bills awarded claim for QB Matt Simms [1:48 AM] reports: 'Simms, who was released by the New York Jets on Thursday, now joins a Bills team with the same head coach Simms had played under over the last three years in New York. Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan is very familiar with Simms’ abilities and even made use of the third-string signal caller in four regular season games while coaching in New York.'

Marker Bills host free agent LB Buchanan [1:47 AM] reports: 'Buchanan played in 18 career games with the New England Patriots after being drafted by the team in the seventh round (226 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois. Buchanan was released by New England on May 7, 2015. In his NFL career, he has produced 2.0 sacks and three tackles.'

May 29, 2015

Marker McKelvin happy Bills are returning to scheme he likes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Since when don’t they select a cornerback, you know?” McKelvin said of his reaction to the Bills taking Florida State’s Ronald Darby in the second round this year. “They’ve done it plenty of years when I’ve been here. ... It really doesn’t matter, as long as those guys come in and help contribute to what we’ve got going on, which is to get to the playoffs. That’s all I really care about.”'

Marker Getting Kelly home was a game-changer [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I believe that this overwhelming love for my city and community was shaped out of the deep heartache that my family experienced during the life and death of my brother as well as my dad’s cancer battle. I’ve always loved Western New York, but never as much as I do now. And I’ve never witnessed people come together the way they did when my father battled cancer in 2013 and 2014. These aren’t the type of people who just rally with you during the good times. Rather, they see your need when you’re down for the count, and they pick you up off the ground and hold you up when you can no longer stand on your own.'

Marker Ryan loves Fisher, can't wait to get camp started [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm excited," Ryan said as he stood on the field inside Growney Stadium under a sun-filled blue sky. "The facilities are first rate for a training camp. The way the dorms are set up, cafeteria, meetings rooms, and the people I've met here have been over the top, so it looks like it's going to be a great situation for us."'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2015 training camp schedule: Full information for Rex Ryan's first camp [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Practices generally last about two hours and all practices are open to the public. The Bills open up the preseason with a home game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday, Aug. 14. They will also reportedly hold joint practices with the Cleveland Browns at St. John Fisher prior to playing a preseason game in Cleveland on Thursday, Aug. 20.'

Marker Chip Kelly says Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is 'wrong' about race comments [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I've got great respect for LeSean," Kelly said. "However, in that situation, I think he's wrong. We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color's never been one of them."'

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