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Buffalo Bills News - August 15, 2015

Marker What Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy, other Bills are saying about quarterback battle [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I really like the way, obviously, the first three guys played. And it's different styles. You get Cassel, the veteran. He played to his strength. And then, Tyrod, you saw what he can do. He's got a little magic to him. And then EJ steps in ... Overall, I was pleased with all three of those guys."'

Marker Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor don't make QB decision any easier for Rex Ryan [1:50 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan said after the game that Taylor will get the start Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. That will give Taylor some time to work with the first-team offense, which will help determine his status in the quarterback competition.'

Marker Webb rallies Panthers to 25-24 preseason win over Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Though the Bills' third-string defense was on the field, it was still a disappointing loss for Ryan. He's the defensive-minded specialist who was fired by the New York Jets and took over in Buffalo after Doug Marrone stepped down on Dec. 31.'

Marker Bills' Enemkpali says chance to play cleared his mind [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"Getting out there just cleared my mind," Enemkpali said following his Buffalo Bills' debut in a preseason-opening 25-24 loss to Carolina on Friday. "The staff, coaches, players, the way they made me feel welcome, I can't ask for a better place to be at."'

Marker Bills reach injury settlement and release receiver Holley [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Holley tore his right hamstring in practice on Monday, and placed on the reserve/injured list a day later. The move was announced on Friday, shortly before the Bills opened their preseason hosting Carolina.'

Marker Bills release WR Holley with injury settlement [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Holley suffered a partially torn right hamstring during practice on Monday and was placed on injured reserve.'

Marker IK Enemkpali plays in Bills' preseason opener [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Asked whether he thought his career was over prior to being claimed by the Bills, Enemkpali responded, "I really don't want to get into all that."'

Marker Rex Ryan says Woody Johnson didn't want to fire him as Jets coach [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Asked if there was a scenario in which Johnson could've kept him, Ryan said, "Maybe, but I'll tell you this: He couldn't do it. There's no chance he could've brought in another GM and kept me again. There's no way. It wouldn't have never worked in New York. They weren't going to allow it. The media wasn't going to allow it. It wasn't going to work."'

Marker Panthers Edge Bills 25-24 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor stole the show amassing 96 total yards, 47 of which came on the ground. Taylor's performance was so impressive that Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan wasted no time in announcing him as the starter for Buffalo's next matchup, Thursday at Cleveland.'

Marker Bills' QB's all had their moments [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season under Doug Marrone. The line was his baby and he coached them in every practice and you saw the results. This season through training camp and one preseason game we’re seeing improvement.'

Marker Panthers edge Bills in preseason opener [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I said it wasn't about winning or losing, but I lied," Head Coach Rex Ryan said after the game. "I hate losing. It killed a pretty darn good day."'

Marker 7 Observations: Panthers 25 - Bills 24 [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'If Manuel is once again with the third-team this whole week and against the Browns, that is quite telling as to where the coaches view him in the quarterback competition. It’s still a wait-and-see situation for this week, because we haven’t gotten to the practices just yet. However, it’s fair to wonder if Ryan may have tipped his hand here, and if it’s now just a race between Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. Either way, Sunday’s rotation will be enthralling.'

Marker Panthers steal win from Bills late, 25-24 [1:39 AM] reports: 'The first team defense was very effective against the run early, but did give up an 80-yard touchdown drive. The defense was effective on third down throughout the game holding Carolina to 3-of-11 on third down conversions (27%).'

Marker Tyrod Taylor to start next Thursday at Cleveland [1:38 AM] reports: '“Tyrod will get the first reps he’s going to start,” said Ryan in his postgame press conference Friday night. “He’s going to get a lot of the first reps so we’ll do it business as usual, but he’ll be getting the first shot at it, so he’ll probably be getting a few more reps.”'

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Marker Bills need Gilmore locked in [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I definitely feel like I can fill the role of being a great corner – one of the best corners in this league. … Whatever the coaches tell me to do, that’s what I’m going to do. If I work on my game and my technique and study film, I think I’ll be good.”'

Marker Enemkpali tries to turn the page with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Enemkpali has three years remaining on his contract. Because the Bills claimed him on waivers, they inherit his rookie contract. If he makes the team, he will earn $510,000 this season, according to The Bills wouldn’t be on the hook for anything if he’s cut. His contract calls for salaries of $600,000 and $690,000 the next two seasons.'

Marker For Bills, it always comes back to the QB [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cassel would be a backup on most NFL teams, a No. 3 on some teams and laughed off a few others. In Buffalo, he’s a source of hope. It’s quite possible he will win the top job by default. In other words, he’ll make fewer horrendous passes and catastrophic mistakes than Manuel and Taylor.'

Marker Cassel gets first crack at QB job in Bills' preseason opener [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's part of the equation, definitely part of the equation, but every day out here on the practice field is part of the equation, meeting rooms, everything," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "It's a complete composite sketch that they are drawing throughout training camp."'

Marker New Bills LB Enemkpali happy for 2nd chance from Ryan [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With that, he was escorted away by members of the Bills' public relations staff without answering questions, which is the same unsatisfactory way the Bills' handled the return of offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' IK Enemkpali issues statement on Geno Smith fight, will be 'accountable tea [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In a brief statement to the media, Enemkpali apologized to the Jets, thanked the Bills and didn't take questions.'

Marker IK Enemkpali signing shows Buffalo Bills must be careful about handing Rex Ryan full power [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'How long does Ryan get to skate by on the 2009 and 2010 AFC Championship Game appearances? He hasn't been to the playoffs since 2010 and never figured out the quarterback issue. Plenty of blame has been placed on former Jets general manager John Idzik. Ryan has been emotional about the end of his Jets tenure and the lack of support he felt from members of the organization.'

Marker Bringing IK Enemkpali to Buffalo is Rex Ryan's first real test of Bills' fans faith [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"When he gets here, he's got a clean slate with us," running back Fred Jackson said. "We'll see how everything works out, but I'm excited to have him. What happened in New York happened there. It's not something we have to worry about here in Buffalo."'

Marker Bills have character issues, but does it matter? [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Being in this position, the Bills have placed an awkward question in the minds of their fans. What's more important, winning at all costs or winning without character issues? Ending a 15-year playoff drought or doing it the “right” way?'

Marker Ex-Jets LB IK Enemkpali apologizes for punch that broke Geno Smith’s jaw [1:50 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“I look forward to being a good teammate, an accountable player and an accountable teammate to this organization,” he added. “I’m just happy to be here and I’m thankful.”'

Marker Jets players expected Rex to pick up IK Enemkpali who punched Geno Smith [1:49 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Richardson said he did not believe the waiver claim was Ryan’s version tweaking the Jets, as many believe was the case. “No. Not at all,” Richardson said. “He drafted him. He knows what he brings to the table.”'

Marker Apologetic IK Enemkpali welcome in Buffalo after knocking out Geno [1:48 AM]
New York Post reports: 'IK Enemkpali is looking for a clean slate, but he’s not going to jawbone about it.'

Marker Jets’ reaction to Bills signing IK Enemkpali? ‘Rex is Rex’ [1:47 AM]
New York Post reports: '“He drafted him so there wasn’t really a reaction,” defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said. “I kind of figured it actually. I’m pretty sure the whole locker room knew that was going to happen.”'

Marker Ikemefuna Enemkpali apologizes for punching Geno Smith [1:46 AM]
Newsday reports: 'The NFL said Tuesday it will investigate the incident, although Enemkpali will be allowed to remain with the team until further notice.'

Marker Report: Bills staff member called a Jets player for Enemkpali-Smith details [1:45 AM]
Newsday reports: 'The report said Bills coaches were told that "Smith was mouthing off about the debt in the locker room, and Enemkpali told Smith to come over and say it to his face. Smith did, and put his finger in Enemkpali's face, at which point Enemkpali slugged him."'

Marker Jets aren't surprised that Ikemefuna Enemkpali was picked up by Bills [1:44 AM]
Newsday reports: '"Not at all,' he said. " . . . IK's an excellent pass rusher off the edge, he does his thing in the special-teams area too, so he's an asset to a team. For real."'

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