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Buffalo Bills News - May 7, 2015

Marker Ryan defends Bills’ background checks on draft picks [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I had the benefit of meeting most of these players, and I feel great,” he said. “No player that we have in that locker room is perfect. Everybody’s had something in their lives they’re probably not proud of. I know certainly I’ve had more than my share.'

Marker McCoy’s revelations have no real merit [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It makes McCoy seem petty and resentful, like he’s too proud to accept the fact that Kelly got rid of him because he didn’t feel he was worth top running back money. Maybe what Kelly didn’t like was backs who don’t always hit the hole and run sideways at times.'

Marker Ryan mum on McCoy's comments, dinner with Collins [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"You see how fast he got rid of all the good players, especially all the good black players; he got rid of them the fastest," McCoy said, referring to himself and wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. McCoy, who was traded by Kelly to the Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso in early March, then added, "There's a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that," though he didn't elaborate on what he actually meant.'

Marker Brady deserves four-game suspension [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Given the serious punishment handed out in Spygate (first-round draft pick taken from Patriots), Bountygate (a year's suspension for Saints coach Sean Payton), Textgate (four games for Browns GM Ray Farmer) and Noisegate (fifth-round draft pick and suspension of Falcons president/CEO Rich McKay from the competition committee), I'd expect at minimum a four-game suspension for Brady, the Patriots stripped of a first-round draft pick and some hefty fines.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan explains why team took chances on Ronald Darby, Karlos Williams in NFL [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Well I had the benefit of meeting most of these players and I feel great," Ryan said. "I think there is a common...no player we have in that locker room is perfect. Everybody has had something in their lives that they are probably not proud of. I know certainly I have had more than my share. It does not mean they are a bad person or whatever. These guys I know for a fact will respect the guys in the locker room and that is all I ask. We all respect each other and play your butt off. That is what they are going to do. As far as outside in the community, I expect them to be respectful of the people in the community and to be good characters. I believe we will have that."'

Marker Possible Tom Brady deflategate suspension could benefit Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While the league doesn't have precedent for this type of issue, it's safe to wonder whether Brady could be suspended. Any time the star quarterback misses for New England would only help the Bills' cause of getting a leg up in the AFC East, but it's also worth noting that the Bills play the Patriots in Week 2.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan won't 'put muzzle on' LeSean McCoy, any other player [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We are not going to be lined up, but I think it is better for our fans just like you guys reporting here—this goes to our fans and I would rather be honest," Ryan added. "We are not going to be 100-percent lined up. Why? Because we do not feel like we have to come out and, 'Here is a blank statement.' Somebody reads it and then he is going to follow it up."'

Marker Former Bills LB Brandon Spikes reportedly meeting with Patriots [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Spikes did not have the smoothest departure from New England. He sent out tweets saying he couldn't wait to hand the Patriots two losses a year and seemed happy to be out of Bill Belichick's locker room.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan uncharacteristically quiet about LSU OT La'el Collins [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"When you look at it from my perspective, I had the opportunity to have dinner with him, and that's what I did. I'll just leave it at that."'

Marker Former Syracuse football long snapper Sam Rodgers to attend Buffalo Bills rookie camp [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He'll become the third Syracuse player to join the Bills in rookie camp. Running back Prince-Tyson Gulley and defensive back Darius Kelly will also be with the Bills this weekend.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy says Eagles coach Chip Kelly got rid of 'all the good black playe [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The relationship was never really great," McCoy told ESPN. "I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that's the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That's the truth. There's a reason. ... It's hard to explain with him. But there's a reason he got rid of all the black players -- the good ones -- like that."'

Marker LeSean McCoy says Chip Kelly doesn't respect stars [1:47 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'McCoy said that he has no animosity toward Kelly and that he intends to call his former coach soon. He understands the NFL is a business, but he said he felt disrespected with how the trade went down without his prior knowledge.'

Marker LeSean McCoy shows why he's an ex-Eagle [1:46 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'It seems more likely, given all we know about Kelly and all we have heard from McCoy since his departure, that the coach got rid of all of the players who viewed themselves as bigger than the system he was selling.'

Marker LeSean McCoy wrong about Chip Kelly [1:45 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'Those inclined to agree with McCoy are so entrenched in a mindset of racial bias that even the most logical argument against McCoy will not register with them.'

Marker LeSean McCoy echoes Stephen A. sentiment in magazine interview [1:44 AM]
CSN Philadelphia reports: '“Other players have talked about it,” he added. “But that's one of the things where you don't even care no more. I'm on a new team, ready to play. So it's nothing to do with Chip. I have no hatred toward him, nothing to say negative about him. When he got [to Philadelphia], I didn't know what to expect. When he let DeSean go last year, I was like: 'C'mon. DeSean Jackson?' So it is what it is.”'

Marker Ryan won't 'muzzle' Bills after McCoy questions Chip Kelly [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"I'd rather just be ourselves," Ryan said following the team's voluntary conditioning session Wednesday. "I think the players are more comfortable doing that. I know I'm more comfortable doing that. And I think that's the way it is. I think you'll get a real feel for who we are."'

Marker Race-based criticism of Kelly is off the mark [1:42 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Like it or not the only real narrative here is that Chip Kelly is football 24-7. He's not trying or even thinking about improving race relations in this country. He is only attempting to make the Philadelphia Eagles a championship contender and while many (including yours truly) believe he's made some very poor personnel decisions, none of them have been based on the color of people's skin.'

Marker Bills' McCoy says Kelly ran off 'all the good black players' [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"To be honest, I didn't want to come," McCoy said. "I really didn't. I was so angry at first. You take a guy who's made his whole name and career in Philadelphia and move him. I didn't know anything about Buffalo, so I didn't want to go. But when you sit back and you really analyze just the good things here, it makes a lot of things better."'

Marker LeSean McCoy: 'I'm gonna show them' with Bills [1:40 AM]
ESPN reports: 'You've had three practices with Rex at the helm. What is his personality like on the field? Laid back. He wants the guys to have fun. It's work, but enjoy it. His approach is how a player approaches it. It's no surprise, because in his family, football is everything. You can just see that in the way he runs everything.'

Marker Bills' Ryan was pretty mum on Collins [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Look at it whatever way you want, but as Ozzie Newsome told me before, he used to say this and he goes if he needed someone to recruit to get him in to heaven, than I would be the guy that he would choose. He has someone else that he would stay there with, but recruiting is a part of it. I’ve done it in the past. Sometimes you get locked in with an undrafted free agent and you’re going head to head with somebody, so I still think you do that even if there is free agents that you get on your own roster that there is still a little bit of that recruiting that goes on.”'

Marker Corey Graham learns about life after football [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It was above and beyond anything I have expected,” Graham recalled in an interview during The John Murphy Show. “It was so informative, you learn so much about the aspect of franchises and different businesses along with how you go about owning a business and what it takes. It was long days, but I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to own their own business.”'

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May 6, 2015

Marker Manuel, Watkins sign up for LeSean McCoy softball event [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel and Watkins were among several Buffalo Bills players to commit to playing in new teammate LeSean McCoy's celebrity softball event on June 13.'

Marker Syracuse running back Prince-Tyson Gulley will attend rookie mini-camp with Buffalo Bills [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Gulley's presence with the Bills makes nine Syracuse players that will get at least a look from an NFL franchise either in mini-camps or training camps.'

Marker What are the Buffalo Bills' chances of landing La'el Collins? [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But what are the Bills' chances of signing Collins? If he's cleared of any wrongdoing, it's safe to say every NFL team will have some level of interest in the former Tiger. The Bills have a couple of things working in their favor. The first is Rex Ryan. His recruiting skills have been top notch this offseason. The Bills also have an opportunity for Collins to possibly come in and play immediately. There's a cap on what he can make as an undrafted free agent, but money shouldn't be an issue with Buffalo's new ownership, either.'

May 5, 2015

Marker Brown brings maturity to his job [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s fun. I’m a 22-year-old guy telling these old guys what do,” Brown said after a recent minicamp presence. “That’s something I had to learn back in college. They taught me how to be more assertive and just have that presence about myself. I’m starting to get with the flow here.”'

Marker Carrington returns to Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given that the Bills will run a defensive scheme in 2015 under Rex Ryan that bares some similarities to the one in 2013, reuniting with Carrington makes sense. He will likely play a similar role to the one he held in 2013 - primarily being counted on to stop the run. He joins Stefan Charles and Corbin Bryant in providing depth along the defensive line.'

Marker Reports: Bills coach Rex Ryan dining with La'el Collins in Louisiana [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Collins was expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft last week, even going to Chicago for the event. But he was passed over entirely after his name surfaced in a murder investigation. Baton Rouge homicide detectives wanted to talk to Collins about the death of 29-year-old Brittney Mills, who was pregnant at the time of her death April 24. The baby, Breton, was born, but died May 1.'

Marker Undrafted LSU OT La'el Collins reportedly meeting with Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Right now we haven't thought about it," Whaley said. "We still want that process to continue out. I know from what I understand he's got something on Monday, so I think we would reserve judgment until we get some more information. It's too cloudy at this time."'

Marker Buffalo Bills bring back former DL Alex Carrington [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Carrington was active for just eight games during the 2014 season. He played in only 191 snaps with the Rams and recorded one tackle.'

Marker Former Syracuse safety Darius Kelly will attend Buffalo Bills mini-camp [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I was excited to get an opportunity to get back on the field," Kelly said. "Especially since there's still a little SU connection, with the weightlifting coach (Hal Luther) and (defensive backs coach) Coach (Donnie) Henderson, who recruited me to Syracuse."'

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