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Buffalo Bills News - August 14, 2016

Marker Colts Hold Off Bills 19-18 [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jones provided some late excitement under center, leading the Bills an 83-yard drive in a little over a minute. For the game, Jones -- in his pro debut -- finished 11 of 21 for 162 yards and the 4-yard scoring pass to Boykin.'

Marker Bills' Jones shows some promise [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As the ball was snapped I was really surprised the poise Jones showed in the pocked. He ripped the ball on a slant to Boykin and it was 19-18. The poise that Jones showed on that last TD pass wasn’t lost on Rex Ryan, “We saw a guy that has poise and he’s a sharp young man, he’s really smart. Is he maybe improving faster than we thought, maybe so. This is a young man that just keeps getting better and better.”'

Marker Bills-Colts Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The more things change, the more they stay the same. What plagued Rex Ryan's team last year showed up right away in their first time back on the field. 11 penalties for 106 yards is unacceptable to have happen right away. Several of those flags were on special teams, where there are players trying to make the team who may be more prone to making mistakes, so that can happen sometimes. But, that's still not an excuse for the lack of attention to detail overall once again. Ryan tried push-ups last year. He tried wristbands with reminders. This training camp, he's having players run a lap when they have a false start or go offsides. So, I'm not sure what the answer is, but he has to come up with one and it has to work soon.'

Marker Bills, New Era Reach Agreement on Stadium Naming Rights [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to the team, a press conference will come at some point this week.'

Marker Jones' nearly leads Bills to preseason win over Colts [1:32 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While it may be a new season, against the Colts on Saturday, it was the same old Bills. Buffalo was flagged 11 times for 106 yards. They were flagged a league leading 143 times in 2015, tied for the most with Tampa Bay.'

Marker 7 observations from Bills - Colts (8/13/16) [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'First the injury bug attacked the outside linebackers with both Shaq Lawson and Manny Lawson, then it hit the inside linebackers with Reggie Ragland and Jamari Lattimore, and it once again hit the outside linebackers with the loss of IK Enemkpali on Saturday.'

Marker Bills & New Era Cap Company reach stadium naming rights deal [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and the New Era Cap Company reached an agreement on the naming rights for the stadium, the team announced on Saturday.'

Marker Colts outlast Bills in preseason opener, 19-18 [1:29 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Tyrod Taylor played one series, going 2-3 with 7 yards passing. Backup EJ Manuel played just more than two quarters, completing 10 of 18 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown to tight end Chris Gragg. Gragg also blocked a Colts punt in the first quarter that resulted in a safety and a 2-0 Bills lead.'

Marker Jones stars for Bills, but mistakes loom large in 19-18 loss [1:28 AM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'But just like it was in 2015, the yellow laundry was once again all over the field. Buffalo committed 11 penalties for 106 yards. They also appeared to lose linebacker I.K. Enemkpali, who left the game in the second quarter with what Rex Ryan said was likely "a serious knee injury."'

Marker Bills announce new stadium naming agreement [1:27 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Buffalo has not had a stadium naming agreement with any company since their 25 year deal with Rich Products expired in 1998.'

Marker Bills edged out by Colts in preseason opener [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo used special teams to open the scoring and an early touchdown drive to stake themselves to a 9-0 first quarter lead, but they couldn’t make the lead stand up. Indianapolis outscored the Bills 19-3 over the final three quarters until the waning seconds when a last ditch touchdown drive by Cardale Jones pulled Buffalo to within one (19-18). But Jones two-point conversion attempt for the win on the game’s final play fell incomplete, giving the Colts the one-point win.'

Marker Enemkpali injury is another for Bills OLB position [1:25 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It looks like a major knee, so that’s a tough thing right there,” said head coach Rex Ryan of Enemkpali’s injury. “I don’t know the extent of it yet, but it looks like a major knee injury.”'

Marker Taylor's teammates encouraged by QB's contract extension [1:24 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Oh, it’s good,” said McCoy. “Anytime you get your quarterback to lock in and be the guy for this franchise, it’s special. Especially a guy like Tyrod Taylor, we need him here. He’s done the right things with the contract and taking care of us, so we’re happy in this offense. Looking for a big year.”'

Marker Bills agree to a naming rights deal for the stadium [1:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced earlier on Saturday that the team has reached an agreement with New Era Cap Company on a naming rights deal for the stadium. More information will be announced later this week.'

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Marker Five things to watch for in Saturday's preseason opener against Indianapolis [3:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The outside linebacker competition. This is the position Ryan said he'll most be eager to watch. Finding a starter opposite Jerry Hughes has proven to be a challenge for the Bills after rookie Shaq Lawson had shoulder surgery. First, it was going to be veteran Manny Lawson, but he's out with a pectoral injury. IK Enemkpali and Eric Striker have gotten looks with the first team in practice, but neither have impressed.'

Marker Things to watch in Bills first preseason game today vs. Colts [3:25 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Mike Gillislee, James Wilder Jr., Jonathan Williams, and Boom Herron will see a majority of the reps at running back.'

Marker 5 things to watch for in Bills - Colts [3:25 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'With this upcoming contest being only the first of four preseason games, I’d expect a low output from established starters on Saturday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they just elect to sit players like Sammy Watkins, Kyle Wililams, Marcell Dareus, and maybe even LeSean McCoy in the upcoming contest.'

Marker Scouting Report - Bills-Colts [3:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Definitely big for us to move the ball up and down the field, build confidence, and as well just going out there and executing our plays that we’ve worked so hard on each day in camp,” said Taylor. “For us to take our practice and translate it into a game situation definitely is big for us on Saturday.”'

Marker Five players to watch [3:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Nicknamed ‘Big Bird’ by Rex Ryan because of his height and long, floppy blonde locks, Albright has flashed at times as Jerry Hughes backup at outside linebacker. His 6-5 frame makes him a fit for the position. Now he’ll need to show the NFL game isn’t too big for him.'

Marker Bills, Taylor reach agreement on contract extension [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills didn't reveal terms, but The News learned from multiple sources that it covers six years and worth approximately $90 million.'

Marker Bills' long-term deal with Taylor gives them a quick out [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We looked at it as we have a quarterback now and I hate to say it, but (for) lack of a better term, we didn't want to be greedy," Whaley said during a conference call. "We like working with Tyrod, we have faith in Tyrod, the coaching staff has faith in Tyrod, but most importantly, the team has faith in Tyrod and Tyrod has faith in himself.'

Marker Transcript of GM Doug Whaley's conference call on Tyrod Taylor's contract extension [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well from day one we always said that we wanted to get a deal done that would be beneficial to the player as well as to the organization. And what we’ve seen from the offseason and in camp leads us to have strong feelings and belief that Tyrod Taylor is the guy that can help us go to where we want to go and reach the heights we want to reach.'

Marker Transcript of Tyrod Taylor's press conference about his contract extension [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I would like to say definitely thankful for the Pegula’s, for the Bills organization, and for Rex giving me an opportunity, first and foremost. Them offering me a contract for this many years definitely shows that they’re all in, that’s what our phrase is for this year. As far as a mindset going to a game, having financial stability or not having it, I mean I’m a competitor from day one, so I’m going to go out there and give my all whether I’m under contract or not. I guess it makes it, I guess I can speak in terms of it being done now. I’m not going to say that it puts the ease off my mind but it’s definitely refreshing to know that the deal is done.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Tyrod Taylor signs contract extension [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Instead, Whaley said Taylor has impressed everyone throughout the offseason program and now early in training camp at St. John Fisher College to go ahead and finalize the deal and lock him up before he got the chance to test the free agent market.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor deal is one both sides can live with [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Is that all it takes these days in an NFL starving for quarterbacks that can throw and chew gum at the same time? Truthfully, it didn’t hurt that the Bills were nudged along by a quarterback market gone wild.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin jumping into Bills' WR competition [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Best thing that could have happened to him (in terms of his football career) because he’s setting himself up as one of our top receivers through the first two weeks of camp and he wouldn’t have even been here yet,” receivers coach Sanjay Lal said of Goodwin missing out on the Olympics. “That dream was put on hold, but now this one can take hold.”'

Marker Fans at Bills camp have reasons for what they wear [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'AJ Kimmins, 16, of Penfield, who wore an Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers jersey, had a more cynical motive. He wanted to tick off people.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have reached a contract extension with QB Tyrod Taylor [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Without official numbers on the deal, it's tough to say what type of risk the Bills are taking. Throughout the offseason, the Bills have publicly said they wanted to see more from Taylor. However, it's been clear in recent weeks that the team is intent on doing right by their quarterback. Contract talks really heated up in the last week, and it appears this distraction will be out of the way in time for the season.'

Marker Doug Whaley explains why Buffalo Bills didn't want to be greedy with QB Tyrod Taylor [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We looked at it as we have a quarterback now," Whaley said. "I hate to say it, but for lack of a better term, we didn't want to be greedy. We like working with Tyrod, we have faith in Tyrod, the coaching staff has faith in Tyrod, but most importantly, the team has faith in Tyrod and Tyrod has faith in himself. So we said, 'Let's go with what we have on hand.' And we're excited about the future."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract: Details of deal give Buffalo Bills flexibility [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Every year I have something to prove," Taylor told reporters at St. John Fisher College Friday. "This is a competition driven league. It's not like the NBA where everything's guaranteed. You can get cut at any given time. So anytime you step on the field there's something to prove. That's been my mind set. Every time I step on the practice field there's something to prove. I'm going to keep showing that every time I lace my cleats up."'

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