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Buffalo Bills News - August 13, 2016

Marker Colin Cowherd rips Tyrod Taylor contract, calls Buffalo 'low self-esteem sports city' [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Tyrod Taylor, $100 million," Cowherd said. "Did he win the lottery? I mean, what was your first reaction? What the? I mean, seriously, say it out loud. Tyrod Taylor, $100 million quarterback. At this time last year, he was a backup. This is Buffalo. Certain cities in America are low self esteem sports cities. Cleveland and Buffalo. Ryan Fitzpatrick is good for a half? Keys to the city. Mario Williams wants to play for us? Keys to the city. This is ridiculous."'

Marker Bills, Tyrod strike deal [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'NFL Network reports Taylor’s deal could be front loaded, but complex later on with incentives based on performance.'

Marker Bills sign QB Tyrod Taylor to $92M deal, but can opt out after this season and next [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In other words, if Taylor struggles this year, and can’t repeat his accurate, efficient, promising play of 2015, then the Bills surely will cut him by next March.'

Marker Breaking down Bills QB Tyrod Taylor's 5-year, $90 million deal [1:45 AM]
USA Today reports: 'It’s a unique tradeoff in a unique situation. Taylor, who made his first 14 NFL starts last season, gets a not insignificant short-term bump and a contract that ties for 15th among quarterbacks in new-money average. If he plays well, the Bills have the deal in place that carries Taylor through his prime. If he doesn’t — and/or if the people who did this deal get fired — it’s an easy out.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign QB Tyrod Taylor to contract extension [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'He is being rewarded for displaying his dynamic dual-threat potential with his strong arm and scrambling ability in going 8-6 as a first-time starter last season.'

Marker Bills sign QB Taylor to contract extension [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: ;"His mechanics are outstanding. He protects the football team, doesn't make bad choices. He's smart, and man, he can throw it and he can run with it."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor agrees to new deal [1:42 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter the deal is for six years and $90 million. Taylor could earn millions more through difficult-to-reach incentives, sources said, but the Bills have a $10 million buyout option after the first year and another out after the second.'

Marker Bills announce contract extension for Tyrod Taylor worth a reported $90 million [1:41 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'It will be very interesting to see the final numbers on a potential Taylor contract. Other than Robert Griffin III, every starting quarterback that is signed for multiple years and isn't still on his rookie deal has an average salary of at least $16 million per season, per Spotrac. Taylor, though, has far less experience and a much shorter track record than any of those players.'

Marker Here's why the Bills had no choice but to pay up for Tyrod Taylor [1:40 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Quarterback-needy teams like the Jets, 49ers or even the Browns would have lined up to sign Taylor. And when that happens, a bidding war occurs. Look at the Broncos’ situation with Brock Osweiler during the offseason. He had a few decent games, and the Texans paid him $72 million over four years as a result.'

Marker Bills, Taylor sign contract extension [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor was set to go into the final year of his contract. He was scheduled to make only $3 million this coming season after making the Pro Bowl last year'

Marker Taylor extension done just before season starts [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'That said, Whaley has shown a track record of taking chances, whether in the draft or in free agency. This deal was no different, and Whaley knew that the stakes are higher, "We're not afraid to make a move that we, as an organization, believe will get us to the Super Bowl."'

Marker Bills, Tyrod Taylor sign contract extension [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The question that will be asked between now and the start of the regular season is this: did the Bills sign Taylor to a deal too early into his starting tenure? There are certainly two schools of thought on that, and you could make a compelling argument for each.'

Marker Bills adding metal detectors to all entry gates [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'To make the entry process go quickly you are allowed to walk through the metal detectors with your wallet, keys, and belt. Things the Bills ask you to take out before going through security are glasses cases, cameras, and cell phones.'

Marker Perseverance pays off for Tyrod Taylor [1:35 AM] reports: 'The two sides had been in back and forth contract negotiations for the better part of the last month as it was apparent both the Bills and the Taylor camp wanted to address the quarterback’s contract before he entered the final season of his current deal.'

Marker How to Watch Bills vs. Colts [1:34 AM] reports: 'WKBW-TV Buffalo, WHAM-TV Rochester, WTVH-TV Syracuse.'

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August 12, 2016

Marker It’s been a tough start for the Bills [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, there’ll be plenty to look at Saturday night, but likely not much reason for optimism.'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula: 'In my mind, the team hasn’t been to the playoffs in one year [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"How'd you like to be the other guys on this team? You lose one guy, and people say that the season's over. That's crazy," said Pegula, who added he felt most sorry for Ragland "because this is his life. He was making a significant impact at camp, as per the coaches and I guess you probably saw it yourself. Now he can’t play football this year. To me, it has more of an impact on him personally. Obviously the team’s going to miss him, but we’ve got to work our way through that."'

Marker Preston Brown takes steps to avoid being 'odd man out' of Bills' LB picture [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You could be the odd man out," he said after a recent practice at the Bills' St. John Fisher training camp. "That's just the simple fact of it. So you've got to go into each day trying to get better and that's what I'm trying to take on a personal level -- trying to get myself better and make the team better by making plays, calling things out and just making sure that I need to be on the field showing the coaches that I need to be out there."'

Marker Waiting and seeing, leading and following [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whether Dareus factored the health status of either rookie into his measured outlook is unknown. You get the feeling that he might have offered the same response had both players been available for the entire season, especially after hearing him point out that third-rounder Adolphus Washington, starting next to him on the line, has his "rookie ways." Based on Dareus' own experience, rookies receive a rude awakening when it comes to getting accustomed to the pace and quality of talent in the NFL.'

Marker Aaron Williams suffers possible concussion after scary collision [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lewis, a second-year receiver, was running a slant route and when Williams, a veteran safety coming back from neck surgery, ran over to cover him, they collided. The loud clatter of plastic on plastic and the sight of Williams and Lewis each going down in a heap caused the crowd at St. John Fisher College to let out a collective gasp before going mostly quiet.'

Marker Say goodbye to the wands. Metal detectors coming to all gates at the Ralph [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The metal detectors are designed to be less annoying, quicker and more effective than the hand-held wands that had been a fixture since 2012. Fans still will have to remove their cell phones and glass cases, but not their belts, shoes, wallets, keys, coins or watches.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp transcripts of Rex Ryan, Brown, Graham, Woods & Kyle Williams [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I think this is going to be a pretty straightforward type plan. But I want to see us communicate. I want to see us hit. I want to see us, you know, run to the ball and be productive. You know. Maybe playing a little more straightforward than maybe you would in a regular—you know last time we played the Colts was probably all but that. You know I think we, I’m not so sure we had a whatever regular coverage that whole game. This is going to be more straightforward. That’s probably how we’ll play it.'

Marker Injuries haven't slowed Bills' offensive line [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Is it ideal? No,” Kromer said the other day. “Is it OK for us and good for us? I think it’s great for us. Everyone has to move up a unit and they have to play against better players. You want everybody to be able to get reps, but in this situation, it’s a great time for the young guys to have to step up and play against the ones.”'

Marker Scary moment for Bills' Aaron Williams [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The collision came during 11-on-11 work. Lewis was running a crossing route, Williams tried to jump the pattern, and with both players looking for the ball, they inadvertently smashed into each other. As soon as it happened, the big crowd gasped in unison and the place went silent.'

Marker Next move for Bills end Douzable is rush into sports TV [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When I went to the NFL broadcast boot camp, I really found out how hard the media's job is,'' Douzable said.'

Marker Rochester JROTC students to perform before Bills, Jets games [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Students in the JROTC program at Rochester's Leadership Academy for Young Men will serve as the Color Guard before two preseason NFL games this weekend, including the Bills' home game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday.'

Marker Injury bug bites Bills again on Thursday, other camp observations [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Head coach Rex Ryan indicated that starters would see very little time on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts during the Bills preseason opener. Maybe a quarter. Those out include Glenn, Incognito, Sammy Watkins, and very little Bush and LeSean McCoy will be seen.'

Marker EJ still feels love from Bills fans, making most of new veteran role [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“There are a lot of supporters out there still. Sometimes negativity has a lot of volume, but at the same time you have to remember there are a lot of people who believe in you and at the end of the day you have to believe in yourself. That alone will help, that’s what I learned,” Manuel said.'

Marker Bills' Aaron Williams, WR Dez Lewis injured after collision [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The collision took place during a team drill. Both players stayed on the ground before eventually walking to the locker room under their own power. Lewis appeared to be holding his right arm as he walked to the locker room.'

Marker NFL's first female coach anticipates more to follow [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"It's crazy," Smith says when reminded of the nationwide attention she's drawn — including a retweet by Chelsea Clinton — in the eight months since Rex Ryan promoted her to be Buffalo Bills special teams quality control coach.'

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