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Buffalo Bills News - June 28, 2015

Marker Glenn goes with the flow as Bills tinker with tackle position [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henderson might not have made a convincing enough case to shift to the left in the near future, but – provided he doesn’t play himself off the roster – he could be called on to play there if Glenn were injured. He also could end up there if the Bills were to wind up parting ways with Glenn, whose contract is due to expire after the 2015 season. That also was at least part of the reason Cyrus Kouandjio, another second-year player, received starting reps at right tackle.'

Marker Inside the NFL: Don’t be shocked if Brady faces the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What might be even more interesting, however, is the possibility of the suspension being upheld, either fully or partially, and Brady missing multiple games late in the season when the postseason stakes are presumably higher.'

Marker Andre Reed brings sports celebrities to Allentown event [1:57 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"It's great to be back in this wonderful park, making new friends," he said. "It's neat to sign autographs again. It makes you feel like you're special. So, it's a mutual thing. The people from this organization are special and they're making us feel like we're special, which is a good thing."'

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June 27, 2015

Marker Cassel’s cap hit could become a concern [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That said, I do think Cassel is perfectly hard wired to be the consummate veteran mentor backup to EJ Manuel or Tyrod Taylor or any younger starter. He is a true professional who knows how to suppress his ego and do what’s right for the team. But do the Bills value that enough to tie up nearly $5 million in cap space on the guy? I tend to doubt it.'

Marker Is Duke Williams ready for a starter's role? [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Playing 49 to 50-percent of the snaps last year was great for me,” Williams said during OTAs earlier this offseason. “I got my feet wet. Just stepping up as a starter this year and taking on the role is going to make it easier. I believe it is going to be a great competition. We have great safeties here. As soon as Aaron (Williams) gets back, it is going to make our secondary complete. I believe I am going to step in and be that guy. Being under Searcy last year, he was a great veteran who taught me a few things. Jarius (Byrd) too. Playing under him also was a great experience for me, so I feel like I am ready.”'

June 26, 2015

Marker Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin finishes 4th at nationals [1:59 AM]
AP reports: '"It's not like I retired and went into something else," said the 24-year-old Goodwin who played at Texas and was picked by the Bills in the third round of the 2013 draft. "It's not like I haven't done anything. I've stayed sharp, basically through football workouts.'

Marker Goodwin finishes 4th, just shy for Worlds [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The top three places qualified for the World Championships next month in Beijing, China.'

Marker Bills/Sabres schedules have conflicts, and some fun weekends [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The only two games the Bills play in primetime also have Sabres games scheduled for those nights.'

Marker Being a true wideout is Percy Harvin's quest [1:56 AM] reports: '“I fell in love with Sanjay (Lal) as a coach,” said Harvin of his eight games with the Jets last season. “His ability to get me to process things so quickly… going into the second or third game, I felt like I had been playing outside for years. Working with him and him being able to get it through to me, the things I needed to work on, whether it was V-cuts or speed cuts or coming out of breaks—we just hit it off. His verbiage was just what I needed. That was all a part of my big decision to come here.”'

June 25, 2015

Marker Fred Jackson visits Forestville [1:59 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"I am still in contact with some of my teachers, even as early as my fourth grade teacher," Jackson said. "Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. I want you guys to make sure that every chance you get, thank your teachers and let them know what they mean to you."'

Marker As times and players have changed, Donnie Henderson's passion hasn't [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Woahhh, now. Wait. That’s the challenge,” the Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach told me, sweat still dripping off his gray curly hair after a mandatory minicamp practice last week. “Today’s athlete, there’s two things I talk about with them. That music they listen to, and the money they make. It really forms who they are. They have a different work ethic. They love what they do, but they show it in a different way. Ya know, their passion today is not like some of the guys of old passion.”'

Marker What Bills rookies will make an impact in 2015? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It looks like Darby may be even ahead of schedule from where the team thought he’d be at this point. With Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin not able to fully practice the past few weeks, Darby has seen plenty of reps and hasn't looked out of place much, if at all. There are coaches on staff who would like to be a little more patient with Darby’s development. But in a passing league and injuries always impacting lineups, the Bills won’t have that luxury. And if Darby continues to play in training camp the way he did in minicamps, he may force the coaches to play him, anyway.'

Marker Sal's post-minicamp Bills All-90 depth chart [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is NOT a projection of what the depth chart will look like in week one. And it's not necessarily what I would do at each position. It's an educated guess of how coaches will set it up heading into next month’s training camp based upon watching offseason workouts, talking with coaches and front office personnel, and gathering information.'

June 24, 2015

Marker AFC East has become an arms race [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ''With offseason workouts having ended throughout the NFL, it’s a good time to take a look at where things stand with the rest of the AFC East.'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio among 6 Buffalo Bills on the rise heading into training camp [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Nickell Robey quietly had a productive spring and seems energized by the scheme change on defense. By nature, Robey is an aggressive defender who is at his best when taking chances in coverage and blitzing from the slot. Rex Ryan's defense will allow him to do that, and he created some issues for the offense during minicamp with his blitzing. If this keeps up, 2015 could be a big year for the third-year cornerback.'

Marker Bills release DE Johnson [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M who spent most of the 2014 season on the Bills practice squad.'

Marker Jackson ready to prove he can still play in 2015 - and beyond [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I definitely feel like I can still go out and compete,” Jackson told The Howard Simon Show on WGR Tuesday morning. “Especially being out in OTAs and minicamps and still feeling like I have enough juice to go out there and compete with the young guys that are coming in. But it’s something at 34 I do have to be aware of, that you can’t do this forever. But that’s definitely not something that’s on my plate this year or hopefully the next year. It’s on me to go out there and show that I still have some gas in the tank.”'

Marker Bills release DE Johnson [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The moves put the team at 89 players, one shy of the 90-man limit. Head coach Rex Ryan indicated last week the team was preparing to sign former Jets offensive tackle Wayne Hunter, although nothing from the team has been announced.'

Marker Bills release DE Bryan Johnson [1:54 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has released DE Bryan Johnson.'

Marker Allentown Honors Andre Reed [1:53 AM] reports: '“If someone were to say to me they were going to name a park and street after me in high school, I probably would have said, ‘Yeah, right,'” Reed said with a laugh. “I would have been like, ‘What do I have to do to have that happen?' You have to do something extraordinary or significant for someone to do that to you. It’s a heck of an honor.”'

June 23, 2015

Marker Vic Carucci’s Take Five: Bills’ Offseason Workouts [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re working with three, four quarterbacks,” running back Fred Jackson said last week. “So it’s a juggling game who we’re going to be playing with, but also we’ve got to know what we’re doing when we get out there.” All the more reason for coach Rex Ryan to make his decision as soon as possible in training camp.'

Marker Will Bryce Brown make the cut in 2015? [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Karlos Williams, Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown will be competing for two spots in the roster. Dixon was ahead of both Williams and Brown in the pecking order during minicamp, while Dixon and Williams both contribute more on special teams. General manager Doug Whaley likes Brown, but the fourth-year running back has something to prove in camp.'

Marker Maine’s Mulligan looking for new start in NFL with Bills [1:57 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '“He’s in a perfect situation with Rex,” said Mike DeVito, the defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs and a former teammate of Mulligan’s from both UMaine and the Jets. “That’s a perfect offensive system for him to be in."'

Marker Allentown native, NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed proud to have Allentown street and park named in his [1:56 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"You can have great stats as a football player or a basketball player, or even as a businessman, but when it's all said and done, it's what you do with the rest of your life that matters most," O'Connell said. "Andre Reed will touch the lives of children for the rest of his life. Hopefully, he'll touch as many lives as he can to help make them better citizens in our community."'

Marker Allentown honors NFL star wide receiver Andre Reed with park, street dedication [1:55 AM]
Easton Express Times reports: '"You were No. 83 in the NFL, you were No. 11 here at Dieruff, but you're always going to be considered No. 1 in the city of Allentown," Pawlowski told Reed.'

Marker Bills WR Goodwin to jump at U.S. track championships [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'If Goodwin were to place in the top three in Eugene, he would qualify for the World Championships in Beijing, Aug. 22-30. Bills training camp runs through Aug. 25, and Goodwin is working to keep a spot on the roster behind Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods.'

Marker Bills receiver and Olympian Marquise Goodwin to make return to track [1:53 AM]
SI reports: 'A USATF official told that Goodwin was added to the meet by petition by men’s chairman Ed Gorman. The petition was granted due to his personal history in the sport.'

Marker Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cassel was brought in to be the steady veteran QB the team knows they can turn to if Manuel or Taylor don’t take hold of the job. But he was anything but steady in the practices the media was able to watch. Far too inconsistent on a regular basis, Cassel hasn’t given the coaching staff any reason to think he’s a better option than either of the two younger guys headed to camp, leaving more questions than answers about where this competition will ultimately wind up.'

June 22, 2015

Marker Thoughts on Bills, Scherzer and the U.S. Open’s Day [8:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What does it really mean in June, while learning a new offensive system, if EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor complete every pass … or none?'

Marker Robey aims to return to ‘13 form [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s better,” Robey said of how what the Bills will do this year on defense suits him. “Last year, I was more just in coverage, basically. Softer coverage, too. I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do as far as being aggressive and being able to play like I really like to play. This year, Rex allows me to do that.”'

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