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Buffalo Bills News - July 13, 2015

Marker Bills OL coach Kromer arrested for battery [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Kromer had a "physical altercation" with his neighbor's son, according to the Walton County (Fla.) Jail. Kromer was booked at 1:51 a.m. ET Sunday and released at 3:10 a.m. on the misdemeanor battery charge with intent to cause bodily harm.'

Marker Bills O-Line Coach Kromer Arrested [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was stated Kromer then told the boys to return the chairs to where they found them. The victim stated Kromer also told him if he reported him to the police he would kill his family.'

Marker What's next in legal process for Kromer? [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If all this happens, the Florida legal expert expects Kromer to plead not guilty, because that will give Kromer and his lawyer time to review the evidence against him, develop a defense, negotiate a plea bargain, etc..'

Marker 5 Defensive playmakers to look for at camp [1:46 AM] reports: '“You’ve got to be physical now,” he said. “You’ve got to put that on film where you’ve got some heads snapping back. You can’t show that you’re just taking on blocks. You’ve got to show a physical presence so your opponents know they’re in for a fight.”'

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July 12, 2015

Marker Late mom still a presence in life of Bills’ Robey [1:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whenever Robey is wheezing in fatigue during practice, whenever he stares at a receiver across the line who’s six, seven inches taller, he thinks of his mother. “It gives me more of a push,” Robey said. “That makes me go. Because I know if she was living, she’d be appreciating everything that I’m doing and pushing me through it.'

Marker Treatment helps Darryl Talley to bounce back [1:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darryl talked about a subject that isn’t easy for him, his own struggle with depression. He took the step when I was finally able to convince him that he had no clarity. It was like he was swimming in oatmeal. He couldn’t order from a McDonald’s menu, let alone make prudent business decisions. Darryl was team captain for many years with the Buffalo Bills and called most of the defensive plays, a skill that required repetitive split-second decision-making. Now he can’t decide if he wants bacon or sausage with his eggs.'

Marker Will Rex Ryan end the hex? [1:30 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'There’s definitely a buzz. There’s a certain expectation. I think the playoffs is a fair expectation for this team, and that is kind of rare. I guess the No. 1 reason would be Rex Ryan. They’ve got a big-name coach. There haven’t been a lot of big-name coaches around here since Marv Levy. It’s been Chan Gailey, Mike Mularkey, Gregg Williams, Dick Jauron. To get a name like Rex Ryan in and a proven defensive coach has created a buzz we haven’t seen in years.'

Marker 5 positions to watch at camp [1:29 AM] reports: 'Heading into training camp, the Bills have plenty of positions to keep an eye on. Players will be looking to impress head coach Rex Ryan and company during their time at St. John Fisher College. Here’s a look at five positions to pay attention to in August.'

Marker Bills Records are tough to be broken [1:28 AM] reports: 'Behind Simpson's record-setting season, the Bills set an NFL record for most team rushing yards in a 14-game season, with 3,088. The Patriots surpassed this mark when the League moved to a 16-game schedule in1978, but in a League that has become pass-happy, this 14 game total may never be broken.'

Marker 3 ways Greg Roman will help the offense most [1:27 AM] reports: 'This past season San Francisco had the fourth-best running game in the league. The key to Roman’s success has been his ability to modernize the tried and true run game concepts of the past. His whole approach on run plays is to obtain a numerical advantage in the box to open up what he likes to call “cavernous holes” for his running backs.'

July 10, 2015

Marker Bills’ prospect Gaines is running down a dream [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Smart. Tough. Gritty,” Gaines said. “I’m willing to do anything. It doesn’t really matter. I’ll do it. If I have to be on an island like” Darrelle “Revis, I’ll do it. If I have to check” Charles “Clay in practice or whether I have to check” LeSean “McCoy in practice, whatever’s asked of me, I’ll do it. I’m not going to think, ‘OK, he is who he is.’ I’m who I am as well. I’m confident in my abilities and I’m confident in what I can do.”'

Marker Naval Park displays to honor Ralph Wilson, Bob Kalsu [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the display, the NFL Hall of Fame has loaned Wilson’s 13 military medals from World War II to the Naval Park and Wilson’s family also donated the uniform he wore in the Navy, the American flag he received from President Obama in 2012 and other military memorabilia.'

Marker Local child with disability reaches out to Jim Kelly, who reaches back [1:57 AM]
Bradford Era reports: '“Jim sat with us for a while, which was really special considering there were at least 600 children at the camp,” Bruno said. “He remembered Matthew from all the years that we’d been coming. He told us to ‘keep going, stay positive and surround yourselves with positive people who love you,’ which was really great to hear. He saw Matthew’s G-tube and told him that he used to have one too, then he kissed Matthew on the forehead, signed a football for him and gave me a hug.”'

Marker Ex-Hug/Pack star Duke Williams holding local youth camp [1:56 AM]
Reno Gazette Journal reports: 'Williams will be joined by Hug High alum Ryan Jones, who signed with the New York Giants in April, and Wolf Pack grad Isaiah Frey, who played for the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, as instructors.'

Marker Buffalo Bills founder's military medals displayed in Buffalo [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Wilson's medals are being loaned by the NFL Hall of Fame for two months. His family has added his Navy uniform and other memorabilia to the Buffalo display. Wilson died last year.'

Marker Can special teams be number one? [1:54 AM] reports: '“Knowing the moves they made last offseason and as good a unit as we were all year long, to add on a couple of more pieces like Percy and Alex Carrington, expectations are very high for everybody,” said Marcus Easley.'

July 9, 2015

Marker Bills camp won't be first rodeo for Mississippi native Hamilton [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I grew up around horses my whole life,” Hamilton said. “It’s just something that’s been with me since I was young. I’m from the country. I’ve lived in the country. I’ve never really lived in town. Having horses and going to rodeos every weekend was a big responsibility.'

Marker Do the Bills have the worst QB situation in the NFL? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And yet... the age-old problem here in Western New York lingers. Quarterback. Veteran Matt Cassel, 2013 first-rounder E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor will all compete for the No. 1 job at St. John Fisher College this summer. This off-season, the Bills decided not to overspend, overdraft or pull off a costly trade for someone else. Time will tell if Rex Ryan can win the old fashioned way — with defense and a running game.'

Marker Former TCU DE Jerry Hughes will donate $15,000 to Fort Worth North Side football program [1:57 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Hughes donation, Turner said, will go toward weight room equipment, practice equipment, game gloves, cleats for players who need them and game day attire for coaches and players.'

Marker NFL star Stephon Gilmore holds first youth football camp in Rock Hill [1:56 AM]
Rock Hill Herald reports: '“I always wanted to go to camps growing up and they didn’t really have any camps in Rock Hill,” said Gilmore during a break in the action. “I always said if I made it to the NFL I would come back and do some camps for some kids and help motivate them to get to where I’m at.”'

Marker Bills defense long on talent, short on age [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kempski lists the Bills projected front seven with a current average of 26.3 years of age. That’s tied for 10th-youngest overall. Depending on what alignment and/or personnel being used, there could obviously be a slight adjustment up or down there, but using these totals, only the St. Louis Rams have a lower average age in BOTH position areas.'

Marker 4 reasons Stephon Gilmore will excel in 2015 [1:54 AM] reports: '“I’ll be full go at camp,” Gilmore told “I feel great. I felt good in June. This is one of the offseasons where I’m coming in healthy and can run and do everything, so I’m just trying to be smart and doing whatever I can now so it can help me in the long run.”'

July 8, 2015

Marker Bills’ Steward draws mental strength from rehab ordeal [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s one of those things you don’t want to have to deal with,” said Steward, selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in May. “The mental is probably just as bad – if not worse – as the physical part of it because you need to stay positive and make sure you’re staying on top of everything."'

Marker Goodwin to compete at Pan American Games [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I cater those workouts to track-specific things, so I don't lose the rhythm I've always had to keep football and track in balance. I don't want to get too much on the football side and gain weight, so I'm as fast on the field."'

Marker Bills rookie faces backlash for tweets [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Darby did attend the league’s Rookie Symposium last month, where social media training and domestic violence awareness are typically some of the topics covered to educate players.'

Marker Bills attend OT Battle's pro day workout [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Teams place bids on prospects in the supplemental draft that correspond to next year’s draft. The team with the highest bid is awarded that player but forfeits next year’s draft pick in that round. If the Bills want to bid on Battle, they will not be able to place a sixth-rounder on him because they do not have that selection in next year’s draft as part of the deal they made with the Vikings to acquire quarterback Matt Cassel.'

Marker Off-field bond helps fuel Bills D-Line on-field production [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think it’s very rare,” Mario Williams said after a one of the team’s minicamp practices last month. “Mostly I’ve seen coaching staff turnover. I’ve had a different coach I think every year just about. But to be able to play in general with guys, especially in the same group, in the same room, I think it’s very important.”'

Marker Bills Positional Briefs: Running Back [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Anthony Dixon - This is where the position starts to go completely up in the air. Dixon, as beloved as he is by fans, is in serious trouble to make the roster. Unless an injury happens to one of the top three, Dixon will be battling Bryce Brown for one spot -- if they even keep four at the position. Dixon is the better special teams player between him and Brown, but are those requirements filled because of the addition of Karlos Williams? He'll likely have to prove himself as a better runner than Brown.'

Marker Who will be the primary kick returner? [1:53 AM] reports: 'Despite a strong overall performance by Buffalo’s special teams last season, the Bills have some work to do on kick return. The Bills have finished in the bottom half of the NFL in kick return yards in three of the past four seasons.'

Marker Which rookies will contribute early? [1:52 AM] reports: '“Athletic, fast, that’s why we drafted him,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman of Darby. “Looks like a pretty good man-to-man cover guy. Usually if you can cover, you can cover. It usually doesn’t matter who it is, but he’s been pretty impressive so far.”'

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