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Buffalo Bills News - August 14, 2015

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."'

Marker Jets' Willie Colon on Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills signing Geno Smith puncher IK Enemkpali [1:43 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"You guys know," right guard Willie Colon told reporters, laughing. "You know what it is, man. Rex is Rex. So we weren't surprised that he went to Buffalo."'

Marker Buffalo Bills claiming IK Enemkpali is 'ultimate troll move' by Rex Ryan [1:42 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I think it's like the ultimate troll move by Rex picking up the guy who broke his former quarterback's jaw," Woody told NJ Advance Media. "But obviously Rex was his coach last year. I tend to think Rex wouldn't bring someone in that he felt wouldn't be a good fit in his locker room. So it remains to be seen how everything works out but Rex does know the player. I'm pretty sure they probably talked, had some discussion about what happened and feels good about it."'

Marker IK Enemkpali of Buffalo Bills: 'I want to apologize to the Jets organization' [1:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'With the Bills, Enemkpali has been reunited with head coach Rex Ryan, who had drafted him in the sixth round last year, when Ryan was the head coach of the Jets. Much of Ryan's former Jets staff, including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, is on the Bills' staff now, too.'

Marker Without mentioning Geno Smith, Enemkpali says he's sorry [1:40 AM]
AP reports: '"I want to apologize to the Jets organization, the fans, my teammates and the coaches. I apologize for what happened," Enemkpali said, speaking at a podium placed beneath a goalpost on one of the fields of the Bills' training camp facility in suburban Rochester.'

Marker Ex-Jets LB Enemkpali, now with Bills, apologizes [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'A day after he was claimed by the Buffalo Bills, linebacker IK Enemkpali apologized for the incident that led to his dismissal from the New York Jets and said he plans to be a good teammate in Buffalo.'

Marker Counterpunch: Why Buffalo Added Enemkpali [1:38 AM]
SI reports: '“And you know what, people are going to blame me for it, too. I get blamed for everything that goes on there,” Ryan said on the practice field Wednesday night. “Whatever. That part of my life is over. That’s all behind me. I’m just trying to focus on this football team. We’re going to do what is in the best interests of this team.”'

Marker Bills, fans ready to put eventful offseason to test [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Up until now, we’ve only been able to wonder how all the parts would fit together. How all those personalities, meshed with the many already on the roster, would be able to work together for the same goal. As of Friday night, the wondering stops and the watching begins. Albeit in extremely limited action for most, the Bills will take the field against the Carolina Panthers with the most talent they’ve had from top-to-bottom of their roster since the previous millennium.'

Marker Enemkpali makes statement [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was never my intention to hurt anybody. I’m just very grateful for Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills organization for giving me an opportunity to further my career here in 2015. I’m very grateful and thankful and happy to be a Bill. I look forward to being a good teammate, accountable player, and accountable teammate to this organization. I'm just happy to be here and thankful. Thank you.'

Marker Enemkpali no doubt a risk, but what's the reward? [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'You'll probably hear a lot of this or that about depth and special teams. Just remember when you hear it that a starting rookie middle linebacker who played every snap on a good defense missed a whole season and in every measurable way the defense was better. (And, that talking about special teams as if it isn't almost completely random who's good from year to year is wasted brain matter.)'

Marker IK Enemkpali apologizes for punching Geno Smith, thankful to Rex Ryan for new opportunity [1:34 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“Rex firmly believes in this guy,” General Manager Doug Whaley added. “I firmly believe in Rex and the Pegula’s firmly believe that if Rex says this is the type of guy on this team, we will support him.”'

Marker 5 things to watch in Bills - Panthers [1:33 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Rex Ryan said that he would look at the quarterbacks over the first two games, which could mean that the Bills will be tempted to narrow the competition down to two. It all starts against Carolina, and it will be a humongous evening for all three men. Cassel could go a long way to put a stronghold on the competition with a solid showing, while Taylor and Manuel could also get themselves back into it with a strong showing of their own.'

Marker Bills-Panthers game preview [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'How long Cassel plays is anyone’s guess at this point. The starting units on both sides of the ball are only expected to go a few series, but will the quarterback competition give Cassel the chance to play longer?'

Marker Bills top rookies impressing early [1:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I hate to say this because it’s going to sound like I’m tooting my own horn, but it’s the play of our top two picks,” Whaley said in a recent radio interview on Bills flagship WGR. “With the Leodis McKelvin injury Ronald Darby has stepped up and exceeded our expectations and John Miller has been rock solid. To go against the two Pro Bowlers every day in practice and hold his own has been very exciting to see.”'

Marker Five players to watch [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'John Miller: The rookie right guard has done nothing to disappoint since being plugged into the starting role in the spring. He’s likely to play a bit longer than some of the other starters to get some additional game experience. How he fares against an interior defensive front with the likes of Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei will be interesting to see.'

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August 13, 2015

Marker Enemkpali joins Bills’ second-chance club [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“IK, he made a mistake,” Ryan said, “there’s no question about that. We had IK last year, a lot of us were around IK and he was a good teammate – simple as that.”'

Marker Enemkpali not worth the risk for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fact is, Ryan knows Enemkpali. He was part of the decision to select the former Louisiana Tech player with the 210th overall pick of last year’s draft. And he firmly believes he’s far more familiar with Enemkpali than the rest of us think we are, based on one ugly incident, and he used that to get the approval of Bills owner Terry Pegula before submitting the claim.'

Marker Roman: Offense is on schedule [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m happy with where we’re at right now,” Roman said Wednesday prior to practice at St. John Fisher College in his first public comments since training camp began. “I thought we started off a little slow. I thought the first couple days, the passing game was a little out of sync. Around the fourth day, we started to get going. Guys are starting to really get it. We’ve been throwing a lot at them, and I think we’re right on schedule. It’s all about where we go from this point forward.”'

Marker Who will be the Bills' QB? Our Day 11 report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel's struggles continued Wednesday night. His first pass in 11-on-11 work was incomplete to tight end Nick O'Leary on a ball that maybe should have been caught, but also may have been slightly overthrown. Manuel did go 3 for 5 in his next set of 11-on-11, but his turn in the two-minute was a disaster.'

Marker Bills claim IK Enemkpali, Jets' LB who broke Geno Smith's jaw [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If Ryan was willing to take on a player who had been suspended by the NFL and out of the league for nearly a year and a half due to a bullying incident in Miami, signing one of his former Jets just a day after Enemkpali slugged New York quarterback Geno Smith in the face and broke his jaw seems in line.'

Marker This is one signing Ryan’s Big Top did not need [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Did Ryan really think another team wanted his former Jets’ player with three career tackles so badly he couldn’t wait at least long enough to speak with him and get some facts behind an ugly incident that even by NFL standards was blowing up Twitter and giving sports talk enough fodder for a month of shows?'

Marker For Bills, Neanderthal football a good thing [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s a true statement on the game when the fullback has basically been eliminated,’’ Ryan said. “(But for us) when you have a running game and Neanderthal football if you will … well to me, that fullback can be a vital part; and ours can run the ball, they’re great blockers and you can release them out wide because both guys can catch the football.’’'

Marker IK Enemkpali signing overshadows QB competition [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor may have been the best quarterback on the field Wednesday night. He continued to prove that he's a threat to make plays with his legs and was the only quarterback to get points on his drive during the two-minute drill. He'll work with the second-team offense Friday night.'

Marker What Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills' players are saying about IK Enemkpali signing [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm not surprised at all. We are trying to get better and that's what those guys are doing. They're looking for anybody that can make us better and he happens to be a guy that they believe in. So when he gets here he's got a clean slate with us, we'll see how everything works out, but I'm excited to have him."'

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