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Buffalo Bills News - June 23, 2017

Marker Micah Hyde's role goes beyond making plays for Bills' defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think we are getting better," Hyde said after a mandatory minicamp session last week. "Every day, we are getting better. Everybody is out here working. I can’t speak for offense as much as defense, but the defense is getting better every day and we are communicating.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Richie Incognito reacts to making top 20 most hated player list [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's hard to argue with Incognito's series of tweets. Incognito is among the team's most passionate players, his performance with the Bills has led to back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances and he's certainly been accepted in Buffalo. While it's easy to reference Incognito's past as a reason to hate him, the Bills' left guard has worked hard to redeem himself from the incident that could have ended his career in 2013.'

Marker Betting on himself: Inside Brandon Beane's unlikely rise to Buffalo Bills GM [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Beane has been betting on himself all his life. He picked NFL games against his teacher during his seventh grade history class. He bet his high school golf coach a drink and a candy bar during practice rounds. Even today, he can't pass the putting green at Dick's Sporting Goods without turning it into a competition. It never matters whether money actually changes hands. Beane just craves having something on the line.'

Marker Friday feels: 5 thoughts on the Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Bills have a stranglehold on the Rochester market and there's really no reason to hold camp there anymore.'

Marker Top 10 superlatives that best describe the Bills 2017 offseason [1:55 AM] reports: 'John Murphy: I consider Marcell Dareus the most indispensable man on the Bills roster. If he can get back to his form of 2013-14, the Buffalo defense should also return to prominence. So far this offseason, Marcell has shown that he’s matured and more serious about his craft than he has appeared to be the last two seasons. He seems focused and has worked hard to get in good condition during his regular appearances at the voluntary workouts.'

Marker Bills Today: Bills 2004-05 special teams among best units since '87 [1:54 AM] reports: 'The Bills finished No. 1 in special-teams DVOA two straight seasons, powered primarily by kick returns from cornerback Terrence McGee. In 2004, he averaged 26.3 yards per return and scored three touchdowns. In 2005, he was even better: only one touchdown but 30.2 yards per return. That's the second-best kick return season in our database. Punter Brian Moorman was the other star of Buffalo's special teams and was selected first-team All-Pro after averaging 45.7 gross yards per punt in 2005.'

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June 22, 2017

Marker Bills cornerback Kevon Seymour winning over head coach with personality and play [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills added veteran cornerbacks Shareece Wright and Leonard Johnson, a former Panther, in the offseason and both will provide competition. However, Seymour did plenty to establish himself as a worthy candidate for significant playing time. During offseason workouts, he worked inside, covering the slot receiver in nickel defense, as well as outside.'

Marker Bills rank near the top of Football Outsiders' ranking of 30 best defenses of the last 30 years [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That 2004 team, which finished with a 9-7 record, has a unique distinction. The website Football Outsiders, which analyzes the NFL through use of advanced metrics, calls the 2004 Bills the best team of this century to miss the playoffs. The Bills had Football Outsiders' No. 1 defense and special teams that year, according to the website's DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average), which measures the success of each play based down and distance, then makes a comparison to the NFL average baseline adjusted for situation and opponent.'

Marker Q&A: Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy talks #BillsMafia mini-documentary [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'd say that documentary probably was about six months, between finding out who we're gonna shoot, getting in contact with them, going to Buffalo to shoot it, coming up with the voice narration. The voiceover was written by us, so it took a long time to put the thing together.'

Marker Kyle Williams and Jack Eichel visit Golisano Children's Hospital before AGR awards [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"You have somebody with five kids like I do, the opportunity to come in here, just smile and take a few pictures, you never know what that may do for the spirits of parents or kids," Williams said. "It's always fun to come in and spend a little time with those guys.'''

Marker Buffalo Bills' Sean McDermott ranked near bottom of NFL head coach power rankings [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Granted, McDermott has never been a head coach," said Harrison. "He's also taking over a franchise that underwent a front-office shift just months after he accepted the job. The Bills' new rookie GM, Brandon Beane, is a familiar face to McDermott, as the two worked together in Carolina. Worth noting here that McDermott's lack of experience as a head coach does not make him unqualified for the post. ... He just wrapped up eight straight seasons as a defensive coordinator (for the Eagles and Panthers), fielding a top-10 defense in half of them. Five of those teams made it to the postseason."'

Marker Fiery former Husker offensive lineman Richie Incognito doesn't disguise his past, works to shar [1:54 AM]
Omaha World Herald reports: 'He had a two-hour meeting with the Pegulas, who peppered him with questions. What did you learn? What will you do for our locker room? What will you do with your platform?'

Marker Former Husker Incognito stressing the positive [1:53 AM]
Lincoln Journal Star reports: '"A lot of growing up, a lot of maturing, a lot of figuring out who I am, what I want out of life," he says. "Back then, that guy didn't realize the ramifications his actions had. He was living in the now. Now that I got some time between me and him, I just shake my head and smile and work to distance myself every day from that guy."'

Marker Bills Today: Bills 2004 defense ranks fourth in last 30 years [1:52 AM] reports: 'On Football Outsiders advanced metric scale the Bills 2004 defense, which featured players like Sam Adams, Pat Williams, Aaron Schobel, London Fletcher, Takeo Spikes, Nate Clements and Lawyer Milloy, was the fourth-best defensive unit in the NFL in the last 30 years.'

June 21, 2017

Marker Shaq Lawson on second season with Bills: 'It's time to bring what I had back when I was in [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was familiar with his skill set and who he was as a person," the coach said. "That said, as we all know, when you transition to the NFL, it’s a different game."'

Marker Bills' Richie Incognito makes top 10 of NFL's 20 'most hated' players [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In October 2013, an offensive tackle for the Dolphins, Jonathan Martin, left the team for 'emotional reasons.' Not long after, it was reported this resulted from alleged harassment by some teammates, particularly Incognito. A report compiled by independent investigator Ted Wells produced evidence including texts from Incognito to Martin using sexual threats against Martin’s sister, and text exchanges between Incognito and teammate Mike Pouncey in which both use homophobic slurs.'

Marker Jay Skurski's post-spring practices 53-man roster projection [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Analysis: Jones is clearly fourth on the depth chart, sometimes failing to get any reps at all during 11-on-11 drills in the spring. He threw a brutal interception on one of the few that he did get to end a minicamp practice -- the type of play that is hard to forget because of how bad it was. There might still be time for him to catch up, but he'll have to take full advantage of the opportunities he does get once training camp arrives. Ahead of him, Yates and Peterman didn't really do much to stand out, but the former is a veteran who is familiar with the offense and the latter was drafted by the team in the fifth round. Those are significant advantages when compared to Jones, who has no ties to this front office or coaching staff.'

Marker Five takeaways from Barstool's #BillsMafia documentary [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The problem with the Bills," one fan said, "I mean, we love 'em, but the product on the field's obviously sucked for years. So we have our fun with the tailgate, and that's how it all started."'

Marker Post minicamp Bills 53-man roster projection [1:55 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'A Micah Hyde or Jordan Poyer injury could be a big blow to the Bills this season. Yes, even Poyer who has very little starting experience. Colt Anderson provides special teams presence and the fourth spot is anyone’s to win. Addition is possible.'

Marker Jim Kelly: A Buffalo icon with a story to tell [1:54 AM]
Utica Observer Dispatch reports: 'It was a marriage of a gritty, blue-collar populace and a just as gritty, just as blue-collar football star from Western Pennsylvania that was further cemented by the resolve and resilience Kelly displayed in dealing with extreme circumstances. The hard-to-swallow losses in each of those Super Bowls are among them, of course, but even more to the point were the death of his son Hunter at age 8 from Krabbe’s Disease, and two bitter fights of his own with cancer.'

Marker 10 Bills players I'd protect if there was an NFL expansion draft [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McCoy may be the teams' best offensive player, but Watkins could be if he stays healthy.'

Marker Zay Jones keeps offseason training in the family [1:52 AM] reports: '“We both thought it would be a good idea to both train in Los Angeles and kind of be near my little brother and help him transition to his freshman year in college,” said Zay Jones of the idea he and his older brother Cayleb came up with for the five weeks between minicamp and training camp.'

Marker Bills Today: Polian likes new offense for Taylor and Clay [1:51 AM] reports: '“Who is going to emerge at receiver? Who is going to back up Shady? The Mike Gillislee departure left a void to fill,” Polian said. “I have no question that the defense will come together. It just might take a while. It will come more sooner than later because (the scheme is) so similar to what Jim Schwartz did there. You’ll see them get cohesive relatively soon. I want to see how the offensive line performs. That’s an area where I think there are some question marks as to how well it can perform.”'

June 20, 2017

Marker Sean McDermott impressed with Tyrod Taylor's leadership during Bills' offseason workouts [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I’ve really been impressed with the leadership," Taylor displayed, "the intangible qualities that are inherent or must be inherent to that quarterback position," McDermott told reporters during last week's mandatory minicamp. "I’ve watched him develop in those areas and that’s important as we look to move forward. There’s leadership qualities at that quarterback position that are important to winning football games, and I think he’s done a nice job in that area."'

Marker CB Leonard Johnson shows the fight of a 'little Tyson,' Bills coach Sean McDermott says [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re both sort of short and stocky – and aggressive,” Johnson said. “Mike Tyson was fearless. He knew every time he stepped in the ring, he was going to dominate somebody. So to be compared to that, that’s pretty good. But I have to uphold my part.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson to play in Spring League Showcase game [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pro Football Talk reported on Monday that Jackson will participate in a Spring League Showcase game on July 15 at Napa Memorial Stadium. Jackson won't be the only former Bills player or coach in attendance. Fellow running back Anthony Dixon will also take part in the game and former defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson will coach the Spring League East team.'

Marker Jim Kelly visits patients at Mohawk Valley Health System [1:56 AM]
Utica Observer Dispatch reports: 'Kelly, who played 11 seasons as an NFL quarterback, all of them with the Buffalo Bills, was in Utica on Monday to be the guest speaker at the Observer-Dispatch’s inaugural All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars Awards Banquet. O-D Publisher Terry Cascioli said Kelly made it a condition of his contract that he have time to visit local patients before the event.'

Marker Sal's Bills' post-minicamp All-90 depth chart [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This depth chart is how I believe the coaches have it set after what I witnessed in OTAs and minicamp regarding reps, etc.. It's not necessarily how I would have the depth chart. Essentially, how I believe they'll line up when training camp begins July 27.'

Marker Breaking down the 90: Buffalo Bills defensive ends (6/19/17) [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Putting pressure on the quarterback used to be a staple of the Bills' identity, but now, all the team can do is hope.'

Marker Former Bills RB Fred Jackson to participate in Spring League [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I want to play and it’s one of those where we’ll see what happens,” he said during the Kelly for Kids Foundation Gala on June 4. “Training camps are around the corner and if teams lose a back or two, maybe they’ll give me a call.'

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