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Buffalo Bills News - August 17, 2015

Marker Troubling trend developing for EJ Manuel [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While Ryan continues to insist the quarterbacks are simply rotating, it's been more and more apparent that Manuel isn't on even footing in that rotation.'

Marker Mike Pettine and Rex Ryan together again as Browns, Bills prepare for week of competition [1:52 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"Our relationship hasn't changed," Pettine said Saturday. "It was good then and it's good now. Good natured, we take our shots at each other. Some people interpret that the wrong way. Now, if you've ever been on the headset with us you'd think that we'll never speak to each other ever again.'

Marker Bills cornerback Darby still adjusting to NFL game [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"First game as an NFL pro," Darby said. "Just adjusting to the game speed, tempo, understanding things. First piece is the game, got it under my belt, so I'm just going to continue to get better each week."'

Marker Ryan says Wynn could miss season with ACL injury [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan called the injury "devastating" to both the Bills and Wynn, and said that Wynn will miss the season if an ACL tear is confirmed.'

Marker Ryan hopes for good work in practices with Browns [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We'll conduct business as business is being done to us, I can promise you that," Ryan said Sunday. "You don't want a pillow fight, you want to compete, and that's why it should be a higher intensity level anytime you're going against another opponent. But at the same time we want to practice football. If you just want to fight, we'll go to the local gym and grab some guy to fight somebody. That defeats the purpose, but we're not going to be bullied. I was hoping the idea was to get better as a football team."'

Marker Bills K Carpenter activated [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Carpenter was on the non-football injury list. He sustained a hamstring injury just before camp during individual training.'

Marker Bills/Browns connections run deep [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here is a list of the connections between both teams, with information gathered courtesy of the Bills Media Relations Department...'.

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 12 [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'With due respect, had the rotation been upheld as it has been for the sake of fairness, Manuel would be with the second-team offense, and Matt Cassel would be with the third-team offense. Ryan went on to justify the current standing by saying Manuel would get the majority of the game on Thursday with Cleveland, but that he’d be doing so with the third-team.'

Marker The Jacksons go camping -- Buffalo Bills style [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It's not really anything that I do," Jackson said. "I gotta say it's more mom than me. You know she manages everything at the house and allows me to just come out here and focus on football."'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 12 at Bills Camp [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jarius Wynn, a valuable defensive end for Buffalo’s second wave of linemen behind the starters appears to be out for the year after suffering a knee injury in Friday’s preseason game.'

Marker What the Bills are saying about practicing against the Browns [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think having somebody else coming in here it immediately brings more intensity to those types of practices and especially during this time of year you hit that lull. So it’ll be good to play against somebody else and I think the competitive edge for both teams will increase that energy level during practice and we’ll get more work out of it.”'

Marker Buffalo's QB working just as hard in the film room [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Those guys work in the film room more than anybody,” said Bills head coach Rex Ryan. “They spend hours together in the film room because (the position) is unique that way. You have to know the entire balance of the offense and why we’re doing things.'

Marker What to watch for in Bills-Browns joint practices [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The one-on-one matchups are always fun to watch from the sidelines especially when one player gets the better of the other. That only ratchets up the determination of the beaten player to come back and win the next play. Among the better matchups to watch include Joe Haden on Sammy Watkins, Donte Whitner on Charles Clay, Jerry Hughes vs. Joe Thomas and Marcell Dareus vs. Alex Mack.'

Marker 7 Buffalo Bills storylines to know as Browns begin joint practices [1:40 AM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'Whether it be skydiving, repeatedly proclaiming the Bills will make the playoffs in his first season as coach or saying the Bills were the “only team in New York,” Ryan has been himself from the day he arrived at his new job. And that’s been welcomed on a team that is hungry to end a 16-year playoff drought.'

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Marker Bills facing a tough call at receiver [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a strong competition,” Lal said. “Everyone in the group, they’re all talented, but they bring different skill sets. So on any given day you see someone excel at a certain route, which is a good thing to see. The group as a whole is taking the coaching, the technique and the scheme, and applying it on the field.”'

Marker Debunking an image [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Saint Rex has granted second chances to several outcasts, but no player is more perplexing than Harvin. Cancer or competitor? Soft or soldier? Friend or foe? You’ve read all the Harvin headlines.'

Marker Browns talking tough about practices with Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We' re on a mission," Dansby said. "We've got a vision, but if that line gets crossed then we're going to cross it. Sometimes, it's unnecessary and sometimes you have to take it to the next level. If that line gets crossed, like I say, then it is what it is."'

Marker Talley/Thomas road trips were adventures [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darryl drove the RV with the same gusto with which he drove his Porsche. We descended the New Mexico terrain like we were on a bobsled. As we approached our hotel, we saw how close the RV was to a street sign. In chorus, Thurman, Patti and I yelled to Darryl to “watch out for the sign!”'

Marker In assessing the Bills' three QBs, it wasn't bad [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But at least there were some encouraging signs. They combined to complete 16 of 24 passes for 171 yards with three touchdown drives, no turnovers, and just one sack, that the result of a poor shotgun snap to Manuel. Further, they were victimized by four flat-out drops, and also had a couple nice gains wiped out by penalties.'

Marker After rough preseason debut, will Buffalo Bills CB Ronald Darby be ready for Colts in Week 1? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Never played as well as I was hoping," Ryan said after the game. "I think he will learn from it. Obviously that big dude is tough to defend in some of those one-on-one situations. What we did though was feed him to the wolves. We flat played cover... if anything we put coverage away from him. So we put him out there by himself and let him learn. And that's what you got to do.'

Marker Strong QB play leaves competition cloudy [1:53 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Reading through the lines of Ryan's postgame press conference, it certainly seems Manuel will have a tough time winning the starting job. Ryan announced that Taylor will start Thursday against Cleveland and get most of the snaps with the first team. Ryan was non-committal when asked if Manuel would get a chance to show what he can do with the starters in the third preseason game. He wouldn't even commit to EJ receiving any snaps with the second team Thursday in Cleveland.'

Marker Bills quarterbacks still in three-way battle for starting job [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Taylor’s biggest upsides include a strong arm. Best of all, as he did Friday against Carolina, he threatens a defence at all four corners and everywhere in between, because of his speed, evasiveness and willingness to run. That opens up the interior run game.'

Marker Raised to Be Respectful, Ikemefuna Enemkpali Lets a Dispute Get the Better of Him [1:51 AM]
New York Times reports: '“I don’t condone what he did, but he’s being portrayed as a thug,” Stan Eggen, who was one of Enemkpali’s coaches at Louisiana Tech, said in a telephone interview. “When you get the image of a thug, that’s not IK Enemkpali, I can tell you that. I would trust him taking care of my house.”'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan crossed the line grabbing the player who assaulted QB Geno Smith [1:50 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'This is a cutthroat business, but Ryan should have stayed away from Enemkpali out of respect for the Jets by refusing to give a job to a player who’d just committed an unforgivable act of workplace violence and who will likely get suspended by Roger Goodell for violating the personal conduct policy.'

Marker Is Rex Ryan assembling the NFL’s most violent team? [1:49 AM]
New York Post reports: '“The first thing I thought of was the old [1970s-era] Raiders,” a NFC personnel executive told The Post on Friday when asked to describe Ryan’s version of the Bills. “Those teams had some guys who could just as easily have been in jail. They won, but you can’t get away with that stuff now. Not even close. Rex had better be careful.”'

Marker IK Enemkpali: Many Jets players called to ‘check’ how I was doing [1:48 AM]
New York Post reports: '“They called to see how I’m doing and called to check on me,” Enemkpali said of his former Jets mates after the Bills’ 25-24 loss to the Panthers in the preseason opener for both teams at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker IK Enemkpali says former Jets teammates reached out to him after he punched Geno Smith [1:47 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'It quickly became clear that Smith was far from innocent for his role in the altercation. Coach Todd Bowles and cornerback Darrelle Revis said as much later Tuesday.'

Marker Competitive or combative? Browns and Bills hold joint practices next week anticipating 'firewor [1:46 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The Browns boast one of the NFL's best offensive lines. The Bills feature one of league's toughest defensive fronts. There's Browns' safety Donte Whitner and his history with his former team. There's Bills bad boy guard Ritchie Incognito. There's truculent Rex Ryan, who in January said, "we're going to build a bully" in Buffalo.'

Marker Are Rex Ryan and the Bills inviting trouble? [1:45 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Except Ryan and the Bills might be taking that last statement a little too literally. The Bills are quickly becoming the new Oakland Raiders, adopting a renegade persona and taking chances on several players — and even a coach — with a history of emotional issues and character risks.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Training Camp Report [1:44 AM]
SI reports: 'layer I saw and really liked. A.J. Tarpley, linebacker. There’s so much emphasis on the front seven in a Rex Ryan-coached team, specifically versatility. When Kiko Alonso was traded to the Eagles, Buffalo looked a little thin at linebacker. Tarpley — underrated out of Stanford — can play different linebacker positions, as well as special teams, and is a dark horse candidate to make the team.'

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