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Buffalo Bills News - January 14, 2016

Marker Bills hire Ed Reed as assistant DB coach [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Obviously, he’s played in this system at a MVP-caliber level and he’s a real student of the game,” said Ryan. “I think he’s going to be a phenomenal coach and I truly believe our players are going to love learning from him.”'

Marker Bills report card: Sammy Watkins' star is rising [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Definitely think that we progressed each and every week,” Taylor said. “Started off a little slow, wasn't getting the ball to him as much as I would like to, but was able to get the ball to him (later) and that type of guy you want him to have it because he's special when the ball is in his hands. We didn't have a lot of time in the preseason to work with each other. He was injured a couple times early, I was too. So us just being out on the practice field together each and every day, finally getting reps and working towards getting him the ball.”'

Marker Rex Ryan adds former Ravens safety Ed Reed to Buffalo Bills' coaching staff [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 2015 Bills finished as the worst defense Ryan has ever coached, and he's making some adjustments to the coaching staff in hopes of turning things around in 2016.'

Marker Rams moving to Los Angeles, but Buffalo knows it could have been Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, Buffalo's burghers can wink and nod because if not for the deep pockets of Terry and Kim Pegula, coupled with their corresponding allegiance to western New York, the Bills might have beaten the Rams to southern California.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' 8 biggest needs heading into 2016 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Dan Carpenter missed six extra points this season, the second-most in the league. Oddly enough, he missed fewer field goals than extra points this season. Still, Carpenter's 85.2 percent field goal percentage was his lowest since 2010. The Bills should bring in some offseason competition for Carpenter.'

Marker Bills add Ed Reed to coaching staff [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Reed joins the Bills after concluding his long and distinguished playing career in 2013. A 12-year NFL veteran, Reed finished his career regarded as one of the best players to ever play the safety position.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan stopped at the border [1:49 AM]
Niagara Falls Review reports: 'When a custom's officer asked Teso how many beers he had consumed, he was honest. But his answer of 10 beers gave the officer a reason to have him pulled over to check on his sobriety.'

Marker Ed Reed shifts to coaching; joins Ryan's staff in Buffalo [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I can attest to the incredibly high level of professionalism he is going to bring with him to Buffalo," Ryan said in a statement released by the team. "I think he's going to be a phenomenal coach and I truly believe our players are going to love learning from him."'

Marker Reed joins Bills' coaching staff [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Reed retired in 2013 after 12 years in the NFL. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl safety, earned first-team All-Pro honors five times and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. Reed's 64 career interceptions rank as the sixth most in NFL history and his 1,590 interception return yards are the most all-time. Reed also collected 699 total tackles, six sacks, 154 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries in his career.'

Marker Former Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed joins Bills coaching staff [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Reed reunites with Ryan on his coaching staff after spending the first seven years of his career playing under Ryan in Baltimore. Reed also played the final seven games of his NFL career under Ryan with the New York Jets in 2013.'

Marker Whaley: 'It's imperative' Bills re-sign Glenn, Incognito [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“The longer they’re together the better they’re going to be,” he said as he prepares to go to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama in two weeks. “And for us to have them in year one, have us leading the league in rushing, that’s a pretty high mark and a good standard and we want to keep that. And those two guys, I think, is a key to us taking the next step forward for next year.”'

Marker LA drama: Bills fans know it could've been them [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“The cloud is gone, and the threat of them moving is over,” said another Bills fan, Michael Necci. “I was so excited that my kids were going to be able to watch the same team that I grew up watching,” Reid added.'

Marker 2015 Was A Disappointing Year [1:43 AM]
Bills Daily reports: QBs Final Overall Grade B: It will be interesting to see how much more development Taylor will have with a year as a starter under his belt. Taylor B+: He will be playing for a huge contract next season. Goes in to 2016 as the unquestioned starter.

Marker Ed Reed agrees to join the Bills coaching staff [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Ed Reed is going to be such a great asset to our team," said head coach Rex Ryan. "Obviously he's played in this system and been an MVP caliber guy in this system. He's going to be such a great asset for players. He's a real student of the game as well and he's going to be a phenomenal coach."'

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January 13, 2016

Marker Already some odd decisions by the Bills [11:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Would a general manager who supposedly couldn’t get along with the head coach and some of his staff be rewarded with “three more years?” It doesn’t make sense.'

Marker Bills tight ends did not live up to hype [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The receiving numbers from his first season in Buffalo don’t exactly paint a picture of an overwhelming payoff.'

Marker DB coach Henderson, Bills parting ways [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henderson is credited for helping rookie cornerback Ronald Darby, a second-round draft pick, quickly rebound from a poor preseason to start immediately and become one of the league’s top players at his position. Henderson also played a significant role in helping Stephon Gilmore, a first-round choice in 2012, have the best season of his career in 2015 before suffering a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the final two games.'

Marker The best and the worst of the Bills’ player contract situations [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why it’s bad: Manuel’s contract as a 2013 first-round pick was fully guaranteed. That means if the Bills were to cut him, he’d still count $2.87 million against their salary cap in the form of dead money. Given that Tyrod Taylor has solidified himself as the starting quarterback, and Manuel fell flat on his face in two starts in 2015, it’s clear he does not have a future here. The only way out of the contract for the Bills is to find a willing trade partner. Good luck with that.'

Marker Five best moments, five worst moments from the Bills' 2015 season [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'EJ Manuel meltdown. The hospitality tent throw and several incompletions vs. air back in training camp should've been the word(s) of warning.'

Marker Bills owners vote 'yes' on overwhelming L.A. proposal [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula voted for the Rams' Los Angeles proposal on Tuesday, citing in a message to The News that the Rams' Los Angeles proposal plan was "best for the league not just in the short term but for long-term success in LA."'

Marker CBS analyst Simms: Rex's adding Rob to Bills staff is a 'really good hire' [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Because they are brothers, they like each other a lot,” said Simms, who will be the analyst on the Feb.7 Super Bowl opposite play-by-play man Jim Nantz. “I know that they talk a lot. They will be a good combination because Rex is the head coach and now he can put some of the responsibility of his vision more even on Rob to help him out and do what they really want to do.”'

Marker Bills great Jim Kelly is still cancer-free [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly was originally diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in June 2013, underwent surgery and was declared cancer-free. But then, in March 2014, the cancer returned. Through radiation and chemotherapy, Kelly announced in August 2014 that he was once again cancer-free. In November 2014, Kelly announced that he had contracted MRSA in his bones and then, three weeks later, that he was MRSA-free.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Uncompromising Rex, coaching staff dynamics, Sammy's leade [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I've maintained the best (and perhaps only) way for the Bills to dramatically improve their defense next season is to eliminate most, if not all, if the complexities of Ryan's scheme and go with the much simpler style that gave the linemen more freedom to go after the quarterback. That would figure to go a long way toward closing the gap between the Bills' NFL-leading 54 sacks in '14 and their paltry 21 of 2015.'

Marker Bills report card: RB may be deepest position [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My season wasn’t a Pro Bowl-type season,” said the Bills’ lone selection to the annual NFL all-star game. “The record is what it is, the playoffs are not in the picture, the type of plays I should have made this season I didn’t make. We have the No. 1 rushing offense, but we could have done more things.”'

Marker Bills' great Jim Kelly still cancer free, daughter says [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The former Bills quarterback began his battle against cancer in June 2013 when the disease was found in his jaw. He underwent surgery but was forced to undergo further treatment and surgery in March 2014 after the cancer spread to his nasal cavities.'

Marker First Super Season: Kelly returns as Bills deck Dolphins, advance [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kent Hull on the no-huddle: "With the success we were having, why change? The one time we didn't use it and we did get real conservative, we wound up punting and it was the only time we punted all day.'

Marker Report: Buffalo Bills won't bring back Donnie Henderson, a former Syracuse assistant [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Henderson coached the defensive backs at Syracuse in 2012. He left with Doug Marrone to be part of the Bills' staff in 2013 and was one of just a few coaches who remained after Rex Ryan was hired last year.'

Marker Jim Kelly's daughter announces former Bills QB cancer free for 18 months [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Kelly traveled to New York City this week for a CT scan and biopsy procedure. No signs of the disease were found.'

Marker Defensive backs coach Henderson out as Bills shuffle coaches [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson is the odd man out as Rex Ryan reshuffles his staff.'

Marker Two Bills assistants let go [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Henderson, 58, did not offer an explanation for his departure when contacted by The Buffalo News on Tuesday but did confirm a report that he interviewed with the Indianapolis Colts for their defensive backs coaching vacancy.'

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