Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills won the 2016 offseason [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I do," Ryan said. "That's one I shouldn't say, because they're going to kill me, but we're on vacation, nobody's going to read it anyway. But I do. ... I don't know about these other teams. I'm sure they've had some great camps, too. I've been really impressed with this group."'
Buffalo Bills are Stanley Cup Champions according to one confused banner [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Matthew Coller of WGR 550 in Buffalo shared this banner bought by a friend in China, proclaiming the NFL's Buffalo Bills to be the Stanley Cup Champions.'
NFL sticks its nose in Bills’ stadium business [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Ralph Wilson Stadium, on the other hand, is a depreciating asset. Once a new stadium is built, it becomes a hulking white elephant that will eventually get torn down anyway.'
Rex Ryan declares Bills winner of NFL's offseason [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We do things where you get points for how you perform [in the weight room] and all that," Ryan said Thursday. "It wasn't even close, from this season compared to last season. I thought we had a good offseason [last year] but not like this. It's so much different. We competed so well against each other. Even in those type of little things, the challenges that we have. I just feel great about it."'
Ragland, Ryan looking forward to 2016 season [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It's difficult, but thankfully I came from a system like coach Saban's and his coaching staff," Ragland said. "I think the only thing different about it is the terminology. Once you figure out the terminology and the words and what everything means, it starting to come so much faster because everything means the same thing but it's just different words or forms. Once you get that down, everything starts to come down. Right now, most of the defense I understand it, and I just can't let this [break] in July [affect my learning of the defense]. I gotta keep learning everything that I'm learning so far."'
WR depth may be separating as Bills wrap-up 3-day minicamp [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The starting WRs for most of the first-unit work in various periods, including red zone and 2-minute were Robert Woods, Greg Salas (slot), and a combination of Dez Lewis and Leonard Hankerson. That position seemed to have some separation towards the end of the week with those players getting more of the reps. Greg Little worked in as the next WR in most cases, especially in red zone work.'
Of all the Bills WRs, Dez Lewis caught Rex's eye [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"You saw him. As the year went on, he kept getting better and better, but I think he’s made strides even from that point to now," Ryan said. "Here’s a guy, a young man that came in from a small college, but man, has he really taken off. And you can talk to any of our guys in the weight room and all that. He’s done a phenomenal job there, getting stronger, faster, and then, [the offense is" target="_blank"> not Chinese to him anymore. Last year, I think there was a little of that."'
Rex Ryan says the Bills have won the offseason, even over other teams around the league [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Yeah, I do. And that’s one that I shouldn’t say because they’re going to kill me anyway, but, we’re on vacation, nobody’s going to read it anyway," the Bills head coach said. "But, I do. I don’t know about these other teams, I’m sure they’ve had some great camps, too, but I’ve been really impressed with this group."'
The Ryan brothers believe Bills LB Preston Brown will 'be a star' [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"This Preston Brown is gonna be a star," said assistant head coach/defense Rob Ryan. "He’s been fantastic. He’s a vocal guy, he’s extremely smart, he knows the defense, he knows the inns and outs now. So he’s really gonna grow in this system."'
7 observations from Day 3 of 2016 Bills minicamp [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In lieu of Stephon Gilmore not participating in the offseason practices, sixth-round pick and rookie Kevon Seymour has had an extended stay with the first-team at cornerback, and has drawn some rave reviews in the meantime.'
Bills minicamp notes - Day 3 [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’re all just coming out here to work hard,” said Hankerson. “These past 10 weeks have been fun. We enjoyed them. We took pride in coming out here and getting the job done.”'
NFL outcast Jerel Worthy has found new hope on the Bills' D-Line [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Coming from Michigan State, a lot of things came easy to me,” he said. “I was playing well, I was taught well and even in a tough conference, I was able to dominate. Coming into the NFL, everybody was the dominant figure in their conference. You have to get better with your game and create more opportunities. So I had to start from scratch, man.”'
As NFL's first full-time female assistant coach, Bills' Smith is focused on the job, not a [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Right now, with minicamp going on, it’s meeting prep, prepping for practice," Smith said. "We’ll go in and watch tape this afternoon and then get ready for tomorrow again in the morning, get ready for the meetings and practice cards and all that kind of stuff. Once the season gets here, we’ll see what that brings."'
ILB Preston Brown takes some swings at his teammate's weight on Twitter [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe some playful bullying will help, too. Inside linebacker Preston Brown took it to Williams on Twitter Wednesday night. Enjoy.'
Bills' QB coach on Taylor: 'His eyes are in the right place all the time' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"His eyes are in the right place all the time this spring," Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee said Wednesday, after the Bills' second of three minicamp workouts. "We've made a lot of improvement, I think, in those areas of the fundamentals of where his eyes are in looking for mismatches."'
Kevon Seymour shines, Good Cardale/Bad Cardale, more [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor has been sharp. Buffalo's starter has made quick reads and is displaying good accuracy through OTA's and minicamp. He hit Greg Little on one deep touchdown, though it might've been vs. a busted coverage. Whether it's 7 on 7 or 11 on 11, Taylor is making the right decisions, hitting Robert Woods and Charles Clay several times down the middle on Wednesday. There's been no hesitation to throw over the middle by Taylor. Clay dropped one pass Taylor put in the proverbial bucket up the seam.'
Overweight RB opens door for those behind him, Jerry Hughes provides hope, Kyle Watch [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams was one of the team's most pleasant surprises last season, a threat to get to the next level every time he touched the ball with 517 yards and seven scores on 93 carries. He played in the 240's then, which means he could be the high 250's (maybe the 260's?) now. What now? Those other, uh, hungry backs have a chance to make noise on the NFL's No. 1-ranked rushing attack. Motivation isn't a problem for rookie Jonathan Williams, returnee Mike Gillislee and James Wilder Jr. behind starter LeSean McCoy. Jonathan Williams found a whole new love for the game after missing all of last fall with a foot injury, Gillislee is eager to prove he belongs and Wilder Jr., the son of a NFL great, impressed in OTA's.'
Rex Ryan allowing Marquise Goodwin to pursue Olympic dream [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I didn’t even approach coach Ryan about it; I saw him on the internet at this same podium give an okay for me to do it,” Goodwin said Tuesday when the Bills began their mandatory three-day mini-camp at One Bills Drive. “That was all I needed, really. When he said that it was kind of like, okay I guess I’ll do it.”'
Bills CB Stephon Gilmore won't rule out training camp holdout, but maybe he should [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Either way, it seems we're a ways away from figuring out whether Gilmore will be a part of the Bills long term.'
Marquise Goodwin not worried about Zika, Bills roster spot as he trains for Olympics [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I really believed it," Goodwin said at Bills minicamp Tuesday. "No one really embraced track and field like Rex and the staff that he does. So I kind of felt like I had to get rid of it just so I could thrive in the NFL, but now I am embrace it a lot. I try to live my life the best that I can for me and not live it for a coach, or my wife, or anybody else. Just live it the best I can for me."'
LeSean McCoy could see decrease in goal line touches, Buffalo Bills RB coach says [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He hates to not be in on the goal line, because he's always been a goal line back," Lynn said. "And when you put him in goal line situations, he's always been successful. But that's one less hit he has to take, one less defender that he has to meet in the hole. I would use a bigger back for that going into this year. But if a bigger back's available, we'll see. Last year, our guy wasn't available and I had to use him some. We'll see."'
Everything Buffalo Bills assistant Kathryn Smith said in her first press conference [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Again, because I know them and they know me and I think some of that was already established, I didn't really want to overstep my bounds or anything, I'm trying to learn. I think they see that I'm working hard and trying to learn everything and do everything as best I can so I think through that they see that.'
Trailblazing Bills coach saying all the right (and boring) things [1:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I suppose, yes, there is (something to being the NFL’s first female coach). But that’s not really what I’m focused on … I recognize the honour in it, but I’m just trying to help the team and be the best coach that I can.”'
Kathryn Smith easing into her role as Bills assistant coach [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"We want qualified people to help us win. And she fits the mold for that," Sanborn said. "You don't look at it as male versus female. You look at it as a name versus a name. And we already knew the name, and know what she's capable of. So we're happy to have her on board."'
Bills' RB Williams eats way off the field [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Obviously he's not anywhere close to where he needs to play at a high level," Ryan said. "So we've got to get some weight off him and he certainly understands that. You guys can see him as well as I do; he's clearly overweight.'
Bills to limit preseason workload on RB LeSean McCoy [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that McCoy's lack of reps this spring has been "by design," adding, "[to] keep him fresh, going into his eighth year, [there is] a lot of miles on those legs. So we'll do the same thing with training camp with him."'
Tyrod continues strong OTA and minicamp performance (Wednesday notes) [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel wasn’t very sharp overall, throwing one would-be pick-six interception to Corey White (although the whistle had blown shortly before the throw) and another into the chest of defensive lineman Corbin Bryant who had dropped into coverage. It wasn't all bad for Manuel, who had a couple nice mid-range throws over linebackers that got to his wideouts just before they went out of bounds for completions.'
Six months on the job, Bills' Kathryn Smith doesn't think she's been treated any diff [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It was an honor. It was really incredible," Smith said. "It was really amazing that it made that much of a splash. A bit overwhelming too just because, again, I was just trying to do my job and wasn’t expecting all of that but it’s been good. For the most part, it’s been positive so that’s been nice."'
The Bills' early plan for QB Cardale Jones [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"You know we are trying to really throw everything at him which is somewhat unfair, but in the long run it is probably the best way to do things," Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said after Wednesday's minicamp practice. "At some point we will titrate down, define the player and customize what we do with him. Right now we are exposing him to everything to get a feel for him. So we are not really in the evaluation phase, we are simply trying to get him prepared for training camp."'
7 observations from 2016 Bills minicamp - Day 2 [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While Tyrod Taylor was once again the best quarterback on the field — as he should be — the day for Cardale Jones is one that had as many twists and turns as a soap opera.'
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