Mario: Kouandjio's arm length a huge asset [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams went on to cite Kouandjio’s arm length and, although he says he doesn’t know exactly how long his teammates arms are, he’s been in this league long enough to know they’ll give him an edge. “Compared to other tackles in the league, I mean he’s definitely got that reach. So as far as pass blocking and run blocking, he has the extension and advantage in that situation.”'
No new scars: 31-year-old Kyle Williams feels fresh [1:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My arrow’s pointing up in all directions,” Williams said. “I’m excited about it. I’m excited about the year and everything that’s in front of us.”'
The wild early years, the football family that shaped Bills coach Rex Ryan [1:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The best way to learn about Rex Ryan and his family probably isn’t by calling former friends, coaches, associates and players. The best way is to let the Ryans tell stories about each other.'
We've known what traits Rex Ryan took from Buddy ... Or did they come from Doris? [1:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"About that time hot pants came in," Doris said. "I would just show up in hot pants with my boots and hose and everything."'
‘Rex Effect’ has Buffalo’s greatest sports fan in good spirits [1:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m not saying we can’t hold them to a standard,” Rex said. “But Pegula has brought a new belief to Buffalo. Maybe I’m getting old, but after all these years I realize it’s not so much the wins and losses that matter, but caring enough about something to put your feelings out there.”'
The day Rex Ryan and family marveled at this thing called 'tailgating' at the Rockpile [1:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know who came up with the idea of tailgating, but from my experience tailgating was invented in Buffalo."'
Lamar's Hamlin enjoying life as NFL assistant [1:03 AM]
Florence Morning News reports: '“ Rex is a great guy and is very loyal,” Hamlin said. “As long as you do what you are supposed to do and go by his guidelines, he is going to be behind you 100 percent. He doesn’t sugar coat anything. What you see is what you get. Rex is Rex and not going to pretend to be somebody he is not.”'
Thurman Thomas & Fred Jackson: Thousand-yard dads [1:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Braeden Jackson is an 8-year old standout on his youth football team in Hamburg. His father, Fred Jackson, says, “If you talk to him now, he’s going to be a first round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.”'
Fatherhood a ‘blessing’ for these Bills [1:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The hardest thing for me is when he cries right now,” Gilmore said. “I can’t really do anything because (Gabrielle) has to feed him. When he cries at night most of the time he is hungry or maybe he needs his diaper changed. It’s just time management and sleep; you have to sleep when he sleeps.”'
Who will be the odd man ou on contract extensions? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team will have to do some reworking of contracts and perhaps make a roster move or two to accommodate their plans of extending Dareus’ deal before the season. It would also make sense, given the fact they are built to win with defense, that they would make Bradham, arguably their best inside linebacker, and Gilmore, their most talented cornerback, priorities ahead of Glenn.'
Bills season ticket sales the perfect storm [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You could sell oceanfront property in Arizona to a Bills fan.'
Will LeSean McCoy live up to the hype for the Buffalo Bills? [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's tough to see the Bills keeping more than four running backs on the 53-man roster, despite how much they say they want to run the football. McCoy is going to take the bulk of the carries, and there won't be much need for a fifth running back. It's early to say Seantrel Henderson is on the outs with the new coaching staff, but he's certainly not off to a good start during minicamp. As for the nickel cornerback job, Nickell Robey pretty much has that locked down. The coaches like Darby as an outside cornerback.'
7 lingering questions for Buffalo Bills after minicamp [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills' offensive coaches have all said the quarterback competition will truly begin when the pads come on. EJ Manuel finished minicamp on a high note, but Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor are still very much in the mix for the job. The clock will start ticking on naming a starting quarterback when the team reports to St. John Fisher, and the Bills hope to find more answers in the coming months.'
Rex wants players to 'detox from football' during break [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I am getting away from it, as well. I think it's good to get away with all the coaches and things. But you know things are never that far away from you. But I want to get away and I want everyone to get away. Then when you come back you are fresh as a daisy and you are ready to roll. The grind, you plan on working six months and maybe having two days off. Now you get away, all the coaches everyone in the building gets away. I think that’s a good thing.”'
Bills Positional Briefs: Tight Ends [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Look out for MarQueis Gray. The former college quarterback has made a full-on transition to tight end, and a successful one at that. The Bills have really been impressed with Gray since he stepped foot into One Bills Drive in the middle of the 2014 season. He quickly rose up the depth chart last season, and in a short amount of time, to actually get reps on offense -- and he even made an impact on the passing game. Gray has an impressive amount of athleticism to go along with a big frame (6-foot-4, 242-pounds), and is developing as a blocker. Although still technically on the bubble, he has a fantastic shot to make the 53-man roster outright.'
Bills announce changes in player personnel department [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Rob Hanrahan has been promoted to Director of Pro Personnel. Hanrahan is entering his 15th season with the Bills after serving as the team’s assistant director of pro personnel in 2014 and pro personnel coordinator from 2008-13. From 2004 – 2007, Hanrahan served as a pro personnel assistant after two years as the team’s scouting assistant from 2002 – 2003. He first joined the Bills as an intern in the media relations department in 2001.'
4 players whose stock is on the rise this offseason [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '““I’ve felt a huge improvement in my balance,” Kouandjio noted when the minicamp ended. “Being able to do what you want at a certain speed it takes a lot of balance, which requires a lot of core strength. It helps your game a lot. There are a lot of little things that I see in my game that I can fix. I still have a few things I can pinpoint that I need to work on during the break. It’s a process.”'
Ryan gives Bills’ offense a chance to break on high note [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You have to get a couple new systems taught,” Ryan said. “You have to see what you have from a physical standpoint as best you can without putting the pads on, enthusiasm and all that type of stuff. And, obviously,” there’s “the physical conditioning of your players. I have been happy with all of it.”'
Kouandjio makes offseason strides [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan said Thursday the performance of the 2014 second-round draft pick from Alabama during offseason drills “probably puts him ahead” of Seantrel Henderson at offensive tackle. Kouandjio has worked at right tackle, where Henderson started for all 16 games as a rookie last season, during the three-day mandatory minicamp that ended Thursday while Henderson worked as a backup.'
Bills mini-camp ends, QB dilemma rages on [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'None of the three quarterbacks in the running to be the starter, EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, or Tyrod Taylor, looked impressive whenever they had to go against the Buffalo defense in 11-on-11 drills. And that's with no threat of them being sacked. For that matter, they often struggled throwing against air, which means, when there were no defenders to go against.'
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan explains why Cyrus Kouandjio is ahead of Seantrel Henderson [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think he's making a lot of progress. That's the number one thing. Guy is coming in every day, showing up number one, showing up on time, working hard and showing improvement, and that's what he's done," Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday.'
Rex Ryan expects Buffalo Bills to sign former Jets OT Wayne Hunter [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Yeah, I think he'll be signed," Ryan said Thursday. "We're just putting him through the individual drills. We weren't putting him out there for any team drills. Just so he gets his feet wet and picks up some terminology and things like that. Where he will have a better chance is when we get back out there in training camp. It is good for a veteran player just to get out. I think he has impressed some coaches with how athletic he is. And he looks like he is in great shape. It will be fun watching him compete."'
EJ Manuel lights up the backup defense, and 5 other observations from Buffalo Bills' minicamp [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In the battle between second-year offensive tackles, Cyrus Kouandjio is ahead of Seantrel Henderson, who missed practice Tuesday because of a travel issue. Kouandjio again took all of the first-team reps at offensive tackle, and Ryan said it's because of the offseason work he put in. Henderson was not made available to the media for the second-straight day.'
Rex Ryan holds Buffalo Bills defensive line out of minicamp practice to help quarterbacks [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"No, I wouldn't say that," Ryan said. "You guys posted every stat known to man in there, and I thought, 'That's enough. Big boys ain't in there today.' It's a little easier to function when that front four ain't in there, so we did that a little bit. When you combine talent with scheme, it's going to be pretty spectacular on the other side, I believe."'
How soon does Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan need to name a starting quarterback? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'That competition can complicate things for an offense. When three quarterbacks are dividing the reps with the first team offense, it's tough for any of them to establish rhythm during practice, building chemistry becomes a challenge and even evaluating their play is difficult.'
EJ Manuel builds on adversity of 2014 [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“You just have to practice it. I think it’s just making things muscle memory. Once you make it muscle memory, then you can just go out and do it, like in a two-minute drill. You have to think about what the defence is doing. You can’t think about your fundamentals. So once it becomes second nature, I think you start to play better.”'
Famed Bills receiver Reed joins team as coaching intern [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"I have a lot to give back to the game," Reed said. "I had a feeling I wanted to do something after I was done playing, even before that but my kids were too small and I think as they're older now I can devote more time to it if I want to."'
Bills afflicted with high expectations [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"There's not going to be any separation until the pads come on," Ryan said of the three-man competition. "It's not going to be one until we get to playing real football. The No. 1 thing is to pick the right guy. Is time on our side a little bit? Yes, it is. In an ideal world would you already have your quarterback named by now? Yeah, that's an ideal situation, but you know what, we're not there, we're in an ideal situation to have competition at that spot and I welcome it."'
Bills sign TE Mulligan, release DB Noel [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Noel was an undrafted free agent the Bills signed out of Wake Forest.'
Manuel impressive on final day; offense works play-action [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Today in 2-minute offense, the former first-round pick made two impressive deeper throws that were complete. One was almost a carbon-copy of the one he threw yesterday to Gray. This time it was to Marcus Easley, and it went for a TD. That touchdown was the finishing touch to a 65-yard drive.'
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