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Buffalo Bills News - July 25, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills: 5 things to watch at 2017 training camp [1:47 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Peterman probably isn't going anywhere. The Bills could easily keep him as a No. 3 option. The question then is who will be No. 2? Will the Bills go with another young quarterback in Jones? Or will they sign Yates as a veteran option in case Taylor gets hurt? That's a competition worth watch.'

Marker 'We're looking to accrue good football players': Q&A with Bills' McDermott [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“Well, it’s always a challenge because of the limited opportunities that we do get. We try to make the most of those opportunities and encourage the players to do the same. Even though they may start off at one position on the depth chart, and may have fewer opportunities than somebody else in the upper part of the depth chart, they can make the most of those opportunities. When they do that, that’s controlling what they can control. And that’ll grab our attention.”'

Marker Bills DT Washington pleads not guilty to weapons charge [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'A pre-trial hearing for Washington is set for Aug. 1, according to the Hamilton County Municipal Criminal and Traffic Court.'

Marker Adolphus Washington pleads not guilty to misdemeanor gun charge [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I believe the charges are factually and legally inappropriate," Washington's attorney, Clyde Bennett, told ESPN. "I don't believe that Mr. Washington committed any crimes. That is why we have filed a motion to dismiss. Our intent and plan is to have the charges against him dismissed."'

Marker Bills' camp questions: Can Marcell Dareus rebound from lost 2016? [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Hopefully the new regime, the new culture, the new way of doing things -- what you'd like to see is for Marcell to jump on board,” Beane said. “And not only do it himself, but he's been in the league long enough, you'd like to see him grabbing some others. First of all, before you can lead, you have to do it yourself. I'm not just talking about Marcell. That's anybody."'

Marker Bills DT Washington pleads not guilty to weapons charge [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whether it's related or not to Washington, the Bills had three defensive tackles in for a visit on Monday in Devon Still, Leger Douzable, and Roy Miller.'

Marker Report: Bills host QB Marcus McDade for workout [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'There's no debate: Tyrod Taylor is the unquestioned starter heading into 2017. But it is fair to question what a potential signing could mean for Cardale Jones and Nathan Peterman.'

Marker Bills host WR Anquan Boldin on free agent visit [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While Boldin's production in terms of yards were the lowest of his career (584 yards) he remained one of the most reliable receivers in the red zone with six of his eight touchdowns coming inside the 20, which ranked tied for ninth among the position.'

Marker USA Today predicts Bills to go 4-12, Patriots to have perfect season [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Now, a 4-12 record could be music to Bills fan's ears, especially considering the club owns two first round picks in the 2018 draft.'

Marker Bills DT Adolphus Washington pleads not guilty to weapons charge [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Washington's lawyer Clyde Bennett told 7 Eyewitness Sports Reporter Nick Filipowski the charges against his client are "factually and legally inappropriate" and that he's filed a motion to dismiss the case.'

Marker Free agent WR Boldin visits Bills [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Despite being a 14-year vet, Boldin proved durable last season. He appeared in all 16 games and was on the field for 80 percent of the Lions’ snaps on offense.'

Marker 4 - Can McCoy reach 2,000 total yards? [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s a playmaker,” said fellow back Jonathan Williams. “He’s not just a running back. He can run the ball between the tackles. He can run outside. He can line up outside and threaten a defense there. It’s just about matchups. How can you create a matchup?"'

Marker Bills Today: Beane and McDermott plan steady dialogue with Pegulas [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’ll set something up during the season that I think Sean and I talked about a little bit depending on what they’ve got going on and where they’re at,” said Beane. “If they haven’t been in town for the week, we’ll set up a call to talk about how the week went and a little about the opponent and what to expect in the game based on who we have available injury-wise and what’s going on versus them. Anything that could be changing roster-wise (will also be communicated), but Terry and Kim are better than I realized the day I signed up. That’s the God’s honest truth.'

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July 24, 2017

Marker Training camp countdown: 4. What will Sean McDermott do about Adolphus Washington? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After preaching the importance of character since he was hired in January, how McDermott handles the situation with Washington will be closely scrutinized. Will the Bills simply let the legal process play out? Or will they try to make an example out of Washington, knowing that the second-year defensive tackle is a replaceable player?'

Marker Bills' Tyrod Taylor finds himself having to prove he's a franchise QB [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I feel like at my position, you have to prove it every year,” he said. “Contract or no contract, that’s my mindset. It’s a standard you set for yourself and a standard we set as a team and you want to go out there and prove that every week. That’s my focus, meeting that standard and even exceeding it as well.”'

Marker Bills' camp battles: five starting spots with the most competition [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In a perfect world, rookie Zay Jones wins this job and the coaching staff knows they have a solid wideout for the next several years. But it's not a perfect world and there is certainly competition for the spot opposite Sammy Watkins.'

Marker How losing Brandon Beane may have played a role in the Panthers firing GM Dave Gettleman [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to the Observer, Beane, known to have a personality that allowed him to talk to and get along with players, coaches, and front office personnel, was a nice buffer between them and the blunt and less personable Gettleman.'

Marker 5 - Who will be the No. 2 wide receiver? [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Arguably the most turnover on the Bills roster this offseason occurred in the wide receiver corps. The departure of Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Justin Hunter left a serious hole in the Bills depth at the position. To remedy this turnover, the Bills brought in both veteran and rookie wide receivers. With many new faces, and plenty of roles to be had, the battle at wide receiver should be one of the best at training camp. With starting positions up for grabs, here are the three most likely players to factor into the battle for number two wide receiver.'

July 23, 2017

Marker Pollock: O.J.’s disastrous life continues as a free man [12:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Simpson was legally entitled to parole based on the reason for his being jailed in Nevada, so I wasn’t particularly bothered – indeed expected – that he would get it. My ire is reserved for the jury that got it wrong 22 years ago.'

Marker Training camp countdown: 5. Will Sammy Watkins be ready to go? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Credit to Sammy, credit to our training staff and the way he’s attacked the rehab with them," coach Sean McDermott said at that time, according to the Bills' official website. "That has to continue, though. This is one step in that process of getting Sammy back to where he needs to be and where we need him to be."'

Marker Rick Dennison back to where it all started with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Through the years, Dennison would be involved in plenty of games, as a player and coach, at the stadium his current team calls home. “Some unfortunate ones and some good ones,” he said. But none would overshadow that first summer in Western New York, brief as it might have been.'

Marker New Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane took an early career risk that paid off [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My wife didn’t kick me out for that, so that was pretty good,” Beane said recently, recalling that potential deal-breaking moment when the just-out-of-college soon-to-be-newlyweds were preparing to start a life for themselves.'

Marker Editorial: We want the Buffalo Bills to stay [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'We are hearing rumblings that you might make it eight, perhaps even before the Bills’ current contract with St. John Fisher College expires in 2021.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy predicted to lead NFL in rushing by NFL.com writer [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'For whatever reason, not too many folks realize how effective McCoy was last season.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp capsule [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Too many changes to coaching staff and roster to expect McDermott building immediate contender and ending playoff drought in first year. With so many newcomers and emphasis on building through youth, team needs to show signs of improvement as season progresses. QB Taylor running out of chances to establish himself as long-term starter entering third year, and only after agreeing to pay cut by restructuring contract in March.'

Marker Thurman Thomas: "The most confident I've felt in a head coach" [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Obviously that doesn't translate into win-loss records but I can tell you it'll be a more disciplined football team out there. They're going to play hard every single week. I know guys say that all the time but it just has a different feel with this guy and who the coach is and everybody that he's brought in."'

Marker 6 - Will Sammy Watkins have a career year? [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Credit to Sammy, credit to our training staff and the way he’s attacked the rehab with them. That has to continue, though. This is one step in that process of getting Sammy back to where he needs to be and where we need him to be,” said head coach Sean McDermott.'

July 22, 2017

Marker Report: Bills to host WR Anquan Boldin on free-agent visit [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Boldin, 36, had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns last season for Detroit. He ranks 14th in NFL history with 13,779 receiving yards and won the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his work off the field. A 14-year veteran, he's a three-time Pro Bowler. If signed by the Bills, he would figure to compete with Andre Holmes and Philly Brown for the No. 3 receiver job behind Sammy Watkins and rookie Zay Jones.'

Marker Training camp countdown: 6. Can the Bills' special teams rebound after two down years? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The biggest change, however, is with the team’s personnel. Gone from last year are mainstays Jonathan Meeks (second on the team with 316 snaps on special teams), Lerentee McCray (fourth with 255 snaps) and Corey White (fifth, 247). Kicker Dan Carpenter was also cut, as was long snapper Garrison Sanborn.'

Marker The top positional battles at Bills training camp (and our predicted winners) [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While there could be a surprise or two elsewhere, here are 10 positions that figure to have the best competition starting Saturday.'

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