Getting Kelly home was a game-changer [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I believe that this overwhelming love for my city and community was shaped out of the deep heartache that my family experienced during the life and death of my brother as well as my dad’s cancer battle. I’ve always loved Western New York, but never as much as I do now. And I’ve never witnessed people come together the way they did when my father battled cancer in 2013 and 2014. These aren’t the type of people who just rally with you during the good times. Rather, they see your need when you’re down for the count, and they pick you up off the ground and hold you up when you can no longer stand on your own.'
Ryan loves Fisher, can't wait to get camp started [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm excited," Ryan said as he stood on the field inside Growney Stadium under a sun-filled blue sky. "The facilities are first rate for a training camp. The way the dorms are set up, cafeteria, meetings rooms, and the people I've met here have been over the top, so it looks like it's going to be a great situation for us."'
Buffalo Bills 2015 training camp schedule: Full information for Rex Ryan's first camp [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Practices generally last about two hours and all practices are open to the public. The Bills open up the preseason with a home game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday, Aug. 14. They will also reportedly hold joint practices with the Cleveland Browns at St. John Fisher prior to playing a preseason game in Cleveland on Thursday, Aug. 20.'
Chip Kelly says Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is 'wrong' about race comments [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I've got great respect for LeSean," Kelly said. "However, in that situation, I think he's wrong. We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color's never been one of them."'
Will the Buffalo Bills give Marcell Dareus a contract on par with Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Is Dareus worth that much? He's been a step below those two in terms of production over the last few years, but not by much. The other factor at play is Dareus' history off the field. He'll be serving a one-game suspension for a drug arrest last spring, and that could affect how much guaranteed money the Bills are willing to hand him.'
Chip: Tried to call LeSean, not worried about perceptions [1:53 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'Asked if he has spoken with McCoy, Kelly said: "I reached out to him twice and he didn't accept my call. Then I talked to his agent (Drew Rosenhaus) and told him I'd like to talk to (McCoy) at some point in time, but I haven't had a chance to."'
Kelly responds to McCoy's racism charge [1:52 AM]
Burlington County Times reports: 'Kelly said he isn’t hurt by the allegations, nor has he addressed them within the locker room. He said he didn’t think it was necessary to talk with the players, then told reporters to ask the players if they thought it was a problem.'
Former Eagles mates not playing McCoy’s racial blame game [1:51 AM]
Delaware County Daily Times reports: '“I think everything around here is equal,” Cox, who maintains he’s a good friend of McCoy said after a voluntary team practice Thursday. “Everything around here is equal. Chip treats everybody the same. I don’t think there’s a difference.”'
Eagles' Fletcher Cox: LeSean McCoy's comments about Chip Kelly's race favoritism a &a [1:50 AM]
South Jersey Times reports: '"If you look at the guys we traded; we traded one white guy (Nick Foles) for another white guy (Sam Bradford). We cut Todd (Herremans, who is white). We cut Trent (Cole, who is black). We traded (McCoy) and we replaced him with DeMarco Murray. I think it's all about the players, it's not about black and white. That's how I see it.'''
Chip Kelly on LeSean McCoy's race allegations: 'He's wrong' [1:49 AM]
CSN Philadelphia reports: '"I've got great respect for LeSean,” Kelly said. “However, in that situation, I think he's wrong. We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color's never been one of them."'
Eagles' Kelly says McCoy was wrong to question his motives [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"That doesn't hurt me," Kelly said of the comments. "I'm not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don't elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understood what my beliefs are and I know who I am."'
Rex Ryan using lessons learned with Jets to shape Bills tenure [1:47 AM]
NFL.com reports: '"I've had six years of experience," he said Wednesday, a few feet away from the field where he held his second OTA session as the newest coach of the Buffalo Bills. "So am I gonna be better now? Of course. You're not gonna be worse by having experience. The other thing is understanding what's important, because the second time, I was lucky -- I got to choose where to go. The thing about that was, go to an organization where you see the direction, and it's the same direction (you believe in)."'
TEs Clay, O'Leary embrace new challenge together [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“There’s a lot to learn,” admitted Clay. “A lot of little minor detail things. It’s tough and you need to spend time in the books because it’s not something you’ll pick up overnight.”'
Graham takes long range look at safety [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’ve worked him a lot at corner, we’re confident he can jump right back in there,” said Rex Ryan. “He’s going to need a lot of reps at safety. That’s where he’s going to be getting the majority of his work. I’m not saying he won’t go to corner, I’m sure he’ll play some there. We really want him to focus on safety right now.”'
Dan Bylsma has a fan in the Bills football department [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“If you want it and you have a case for something to make the Sabres a better team, a team that can consistently compete for championships, don’t ever hesitate to ask them,” he said he would tell the new Sabres coach. “They will give you anything and everything you need to get the job done.”'
Suspension in place, Dareus moving on [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve got to go out here and really perform and do what I have to do,” he said. “I mean, however they want to play it is how they play it. I’m excited for the upcoming year. I’m excited to move forward, I’m excited to be with my new teammates.”'
Taylor sees opportunity in crowded QB field [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor is the flavor of the month. Granted, the month is May, but there’s a lot of buzz around the league that Taylor has a real chance to win the Bills’ starting job, that he might be a hidden gem who shines when he gets a fair shot at a starting job'
Bills officially move Graham to safety [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a lot more thinking, it’s a lot more studying, it’s a lot more preparing, a lot more anticipating. But you’ll make a lot more plays if you know what you’re doing.”'
Erin Kelly discover that crying can help build character [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As his little girl I was tough too. Tough but shattered – with my tears coming from a kind of heartbreak I had never felt before. Nearly paralyzed, all I could do was sit there and pray, hold his hand, and weep with him. And in that rare, recklessly vulnerable moment, we threw away the playbook, and allowed our unguarded eyes to meet, my father trusting me with his tears and me hanging my broken heart on my sleeve. I’ve never felt closer to my dad, never seen him stronger, and I don’t think either of us have ever been more “Kelly Tough!”'
Ryan to give Graham a shot at safety [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm not saying he won't go to corner, because I'm sure he'll play some there, but we really want him to focus on safety right now," Ryan said of Graham, who played corner, nickel corner, and some safety last year for Buffalo.'
Quarterback competition off to a slow start, and 5 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Right now, you're not making a decision on who you're starting quarterback is in the OTAs," Ryan said. "You may have an idea who it may end up being, but this is just leading up and getting guys ready for training camp."'
Matt Cassel brushes off questions about Patriots QB Tom Brady, 'Deflategate' [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm really not going to get into that," said Cassel said at Bills OTAs. "Obviously that was a league decision and it's something that, the league came down with a ruling, and we're going to go out there and play against whoever's going to be out there on the field. But in terms of the actual penalty itself, like I said, you're going to have to ask the league about that."'
Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus on contract negotiations: 'Just turn on the tape' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It weighs on me heavily," Dareus admitted at Bills OTAs Wednesday. "I want to go out and perform and do what I have to do like I always do and have fun with it. Whatever the outcome is, that's the outcome. However they want to play it is how they play it."'
Undrafted safety Wes Miller (Memorial High, UTEP) gets a shot with Buffalo Bills [1:51 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: '“All the rookies have to prove themselves at this point and it will be challenging for all of us,” Miller said. “A challenge is another word for an opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the veterans.”'
Bills GM tells AP he's had initial talks to re-sign Dareus [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We'll try our best, yeah. Now will it happen? Who knows," Whaley told The Associated Press following the team's voluntary minicamp practice Wednesday. "We've got to see where they're coming from and what they're thinking and everything. Typical negotiation process."'
Bills move to get stronger at strong safety [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"And this is no slam on Duke or on Rambo or on Meeks or any of those guys, but this is us doing what's best for the team. And if that means we feel good about him playing safety, then that's where he'll be."'
Bills' Ryan has his team practicing differently [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has brought something with him from the Niners. The coaches don’t correct mistakes on the field, it’s done during film work and meetings. That puts quite a few more reps on the field. Ryan said, “We have two drills going at once. It might be hard to follow, but the reps are so much different. The third group used to get only seven reps if I would’ve kept the same way of doing things and now they’re getting 30 reps, so it’s a big difference.”'
Bills begin OTAs; sights and notes [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Although both Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio got plenty of time at right tackle, it was interesting to note second-year free agent Darryl Johnson also saw time with the first unit in that spot.'
Rex Ryan talking up Tyrod Taylor [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Tyrod is a young man that I'm excited about," Ryan said. "It's well documented that I tried to trade for him several times because he gives you that athleticism for that position that as a defensive coach you're nervous about. He's a guy that can not just do things wit his arm but create a lot of things with his legs, whether it's organized runs or when things break down."'
Bills OTA Observations (5/27) [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'However, if a winner had to be crowned based on the day of work, the honors would go to the veteran Matt Cassel.'
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