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Buffalo Bills News - July 30, 2016

Marker Gilmore: Reporting to Bills camp was 'smart thing' to do [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I looked at every situation, but it was a smart thing for me to come here and be with my teammates, work on my game, do whatever I can to improve myself individually and as a team," Gilmore told reporters after he and his teammates went through their conditioning testing in preparation for Saturday's start of practices at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Dareus, Watkins top long list of Bills players not cleared for practice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Outside linebacker Manny Lawson and wide receiver Kolby Listenbee are on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. Whaley said Lawson suffered an "upper-body injury" while working out right before camp. Listenbee, one of the Bills' sixth-round draft picks last May, underwent double sports-hernia surgery right before the draft.'

Marker Bills' McCoy on nightclub incident: 'Things like that can't happen' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I had a long talk with Mr. Goodell about the incident," McCoy, addressing Western New York media for the first time since the end of last season, said of the fight that resulted in two off-duty Philadelphia police officers being hospitalized. "Just sitting back and viewing the whole situation, as a leader, the guy that I want to be for this team, things like that just can't happen. I mean, there's no excuses for it.'

Marker 3 camp hot spots [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At the moment, there isn't a clear No. 2 behind LeSean McCoy.'

Marker 10 questions the Buffalo Bills must answer during camp [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was certainly a different scene at training camp in 2015 when Taylor was battling EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel for the starting job. Taylor won it with veritable ease, and went on to prove the coaching staff right as he put forth a solid first season as a full-time NFL starter. Now he has to be better, especially if he wants to land the big free agent contract that he’s angling for in this, the final season of the deal he signed with the Bills in 2015.'

Marker Buffalo Bills depth chart: The battle for positions during camp [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Taylor has the Bills in a better QB situation than they’ve had in recent memory if he continues to grow as a player. Manuel is in his last year as a Bill and will only play if Taylor gets hurt. If Jones gets on the field this year, that means you may as well kiss the season goodbye because he’s not ready to play in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp: What you need to know [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills boast that their training camp is among “the top training camps in the NFL,’’ maybe in the Top 5. They won’t get an argument here.'

Marker 10 Bills' players, including Sammy Watkins and Marcell Dareus, not ready for camp [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Lawson was a surprise. He suffered an "upper body injury" working out right before camp, according to general manager Doug Whaley.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore doesn't think he and the Buffalo Bills' DBs get enough credit [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gilmore currently has the highest base salary on the roster at just north of $11 million. However, the Bills haven't committed to him with a long-term deal. Meanwhile, other cornerbacks got paid big money on the open market. Darius Slay signed a deal with the Lions worth $23 million in guaranteed money.Josh Norman got $50 million guaranteed from Washington. Gilmore tipped his cap to Norman, but it's clear that's the type of deal he's eyeing.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy: 'No excuses' for incidents like Philly bar fight [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm an honest person," McCoy said. "I've never been in trouble a day in my life. I'm from nothing, a hard-working family. I told everybody, I was honest and I was right. I didn't do anything wrong. It was obvious. Y'all read it, y'all seen what happened. Nothing came out of it. It just sucks that my name was dragged into so much negative press for just being in that situation that you had nothing to do with. But that's life. I'm not going to sit here and complain about it. It is what it is."'

Marker Assistant Jeff Weeks broke his foot falling down stairs at Buffalo Bills training camp [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We forgot to touch on one medical issue or one injury update," Rex Ryan said in his first press conference of training camp Friday. "Jeff Weeks was injured. He broke his foot falling down the stairs. He was just bragging about the new shoes he was wearing. No truth to the fact that he was doing one of those Pokemon things. He was trying to text somebody and fell down the step and actually broke his foot. That's the only injury update. I know everybody is concerned."'

Marker Doug Whaley leaves door open for Cardale Jones to win Buffalo Bills' backup QB job [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There's always a chance, but we're going into this hoping to get the old school approach," Whaley said. "Just store (Jones) for a year and see how he progresses and not put any pressure on him or a timetable and see what happens. You never know what's going to happen and I never say never, but right now, we just want him to try to be the best he can every single day."'

Marker Watkins, others won't be ready at start of Bills camp [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"We're confident," Whaley said Friday, a day before the Bills open training camp. "You never know what's going to happen with medical issues. There could be some setbacks. But all signs are positive for him being ready for Baltimore."'

Marker LeSean McCoy arrives at Bills camp motivated and focused [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"I've got lots to prove this year, you know," McCoy said Friday, a day before Buffalo opens training camp outside Rochester. "A lot of people are doubting me and doubting this team, this offense. So I'm big into answering a lot of doubts."'

Marker Taylor confident in offense in year two [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"My mindset going into camp this camp was more so just to build off the things we worked on as a team this past minicamp and OTAs," Taylor said. "We 've done a lot of good things as an offensive group, and as a team as well. We want to build on those. You don't take any steps backwards. We wanna continue to keep moving forward and see how well we can do out there on the field against other teams."'

Marker Bills place WR Watkins on PUP list [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In addition, the team has placed defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, defensive back Jonathan Dowling, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson and running back Karlos Williams on the active/non-football illness list.'

Marker LeSean McCoy on alleged role in bar fight: 'There's no excuses for it' [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: '"You don't hear about other guys like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady getting into incidents like that. So I think sometimes you get so lackadaisical about being successful as a football player, and then you let all the minor, small things go. In a situation like that, [if" target="_blank"> you got security or you got even off-duty officers working for me at the time, and this thing never even gets out of hand."'

Marker McCoy: No excuses for bar incident, thankful for support from Pegulas [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I called my owners, my coaches, to let them know exactly what happened,” he said. “I’m an honest person. I've never been in trouble a day in my life. I've been from nothing, a hardworking family, so I told everybody. I was honest and I was right. I didn't do anything wrong. And it was obvious. I mean you all read it. you all seen what happened. Nothing came out of it. It just sucks that your name gets dragged into so much negative press, you know, for just being in a situation that you had nothing to do with. But I mean but that's life. I'm not going to sit here and complain about it. It is what it is.”'

Marker Whaley: 'Lines of Communication Open' with Taylor, Gilmore Camps [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"All contract situations are usually a long, drawn-out process, and we'll see where it goes," Whaley said Friday before the first day of training camp. Both Taylor and Gilmore are present for camp, even as they seen long-term deals. Gilmore has said looking in the ballpark of the record-setting contract signed by Josh Norman.'

Marker Bills make roster moves before camp [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills made a total of 10 roster moves, which includes two players being added to the Active / Non-Football Injury List, four players to the Physically Unable to Perform List, and four more players to the Active / Non-Football Illness List.'

Marker 7 things learned from Bills camp Friday [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'That much isn’t certain, but as opposed to how grim everything has sounded regarding Gilmore, optimism seems to be rising that something could be struck between the two sides ahead of the year, or more likely, into the season.'

Marker McCoy moving on from nightclub incident [1:39 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"What might have been a down year for him (last year), we all looked as 'this guy was awesome, he was a fantastic player for us'," Ryan said. "This is going to be scary because if he can play much better than he did last year, we'll sign up for that."'

Marker Stephon Gilmore committed to his team, his game and his value [1:38 AM] reports: '“It wasn’t really a long thinking process. I just sat down and said this is the smart thing for me to do,” said Gilmore. “It was a smart thing for me to come here and be with my teammates and work on my game and do whatever I can to improve myself individually and as a team.”'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from report day at Bills Camp [1:37 AM] reports: 'McCoy said he has a giant chip on his shoulder after not meeting his own expectations last season. Much more on McCoy in our feature story on the Bills feature back Saturday morning.'

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July 29, 2016

Marker Tyrod Taylor must take steps forward for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Being the quarterback, guys look to you for motivation, they look to you for a number of things,” he said. “But more so, the execution starts with you. If you can get everybody in the right place, if you’re going out there and executing at a high level each and every play, the guys can trust you and rely on you. So it starts with me and I have to lead by example out there on the field and continue to spread the message to my teammates, offense and defense.”'

Marker Bills not among teams with interest in Foles [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'General Manager Doug Whaley has made no secret about the tremendous amount of faith he has in Manuel as a backup. He has gone as far as to describe him as the best No. 2 QB in the NFL.'

Marker Power Take: Listenbee, Goodwin could give Bills no speed limit [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive coordinators are going to play a safety over the top of Sammy Watkins a lot. But if Listenbee or Goodwin is a legitimate threat on the other side, opposing defensive coordinators will experience extreme pucker factor. I have to defend elite speed on both sides of the field? And I have to worry about LeSean McCoy’s elite speed? If the defense has to respect all three of those speed options, it will be as if the field is 70 yards wide and 120 yards long. It would give Buffalo a critical mass of elite speed.'

Marker Power Take: Woods doesn’t look the part of No. 2 receiver [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defenses will double Sammy Watkins and dare Taylor to make tough throws. He needs another playmaking wideout. Woods doesn’t fit the bill.'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the Cleveland Browns [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How many of the Browns' 14 draft picks will stick on the 53-man roster. Answering that question will begin to show just how far along the Browns' rebuild really is.'

Marker Ragged defense gets Ragland [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’re in the elevator and my dad goes, ‘My son is going to be the next Bruce Smith,’ " Ragland said of the chance encounter. “It’s crazy how it worked out. I’m going to play like Bruce, be like Bruce, but at the same time I know I have to create my own legacy.’''

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