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Buffalo Bills News - August 31, 2015

Marker Ravens React To Tyrod Taylor Winning Bills' Starting Job [8:47 PM] reports: 'But with Flacco in front of him, Taylor never had a shot at regular-season action unless Flacco got hurt – which he never did.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor knows his arm sealed the deal [8:46 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are going to be times throughout the season when you have to use your legs to move the chains and string a play along," Taylor said. "We have a bunch of skill players, so if I can keep a play an extended amount of time and let Sammy get open on a defensive back who doesn't want to cover him that long, it's going to be hard for a DB. You have to pick and choose when that comes.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor the right choice as starting quarterback [8:45 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That means Cassel could be on the roster bubble. The Bills would save $4.15 million by cutting him. The team's issues with the salary cap in 2016 are well-documented. That's a big chunk of change it could carry over to next year to assist in re-signing players like Marcell Dareus, Nigel Bradham and Cordy Glenn.'

Marker EJ Manuel on his future in Buffalo: 'I'm still on the team thus far' [8:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Of course I want to be the second to go in if something happens to Ty," said Manuel, who said he stands behind Taylor "100 percent. As a professional athlete, you've got to be a man about it. You weren't chosen? It's not the end of the road for you. Who knows what can happen."'

Marker Bills release popular running back Fred Jackson [8:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jackson, 34, also seemingly was losing ground to before rookie running back Karlos Williams underwent surgery for an undisclosed issue, but is expected back soon. The Bills also have younger backups in Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown.'

Marker Bills cut loose the face of a franchise, Fred Jackson [8:43 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The news was a virtual August blizzard across all of Western New York. On social media, fans mourned the release like a death in the family. At One Bills Drive, players were surprised themselves — Boobie Dixon said he “froze” and “shook.” Jackson finishes as the No. 3 all-time leading rusher in Bills history with 5,646 yards and 30 touchdowns, trailing only Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson.'

Marker Fred Jackson's former teammates react with sadness, begrudging understanding to news of his rel [8:42 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“What does it mean to lose him? It's a deep blow for us in the locker room and people in the community, but at the same time, we can't dwell on it. I can't dwell on it. Nobody else can dwell on it. We've still got a season get ready for.”'

Marker Boobie Dixon: 'I'm like that dog on the leash that ain't ate' [8:42 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And yet, Dixon is a player who directly benefits from Jackson's release. In this crowded Bills backfield, the 6-foot-1, 233-pounder now has a legitimate chance despite missing almost all of training camp with a calf injury. So he hasn't lost sight of this, either. While sadness dominated the locker room, Dixon knows full well that Jackson's exit gives him a chance to stick around.'

Marker It was never about the numbers with Fred Jackson [8:41 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whaley considered waiving Jackson in March after acquiring LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso. Whaley concluded Fred had lost a step after he was stopped at the 1-yard line after a 41-yard run Saturday. It was Fred’s first play from scrimmage since injuring his hamstring.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor named Buffalo Bills starting quarterback [8:39 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Waiting four years in Baltimore for this opportunity, and in free agency this is one of the things I looked for, the opportunity to come showcase my talent and get a chance to be a starting quarterback in this league," Taylor said following practice Monday. "Coach Ryan and the Bills' organization gave me that opportunity ... I'm excited moving forward."'

Marker End of the line for Bills' Fred Jackson [8:38 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills made several moves to get down to the NFL-mandated 75-man limit, even though that didn't need to happen until 4 p.m. Tuesday. But none of the players released created a ripple in Jackson's ocean.'

Marker Ryan, Bills fumbled badly with Jackson decision [8:37 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Simply stated, Fred Jackson was still no worse than the second-best back on the team, someone who can get the tough third-down yards, pass protect, and catch passes out of the backfield. Just last Saturday, in a preseason victory over Pittsburgh, he ripped off a 41-yard run to the pylon then scored the touchdown. Afterwards, he talked about how he had to keep proving himself. It was vintage Jackson, setting an example for younger teammates on how to act.'

Marker What Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills players are saying about Tyrod Taylor being named starting QB [8:33 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It came down to basically that explosiveness that Tyrod brings to us. I think he has a great grasp of our system and again it certainly wasn't an easy decision, all three guys made it difficult. But at the end of the day that is kind of what we went with. I like that explosiveness that Tyrod gives us and the fact that I think he is on top of what we are doing.'

Marker What Rex Ryan, Aaron Williams and other Buffalo Bills are saying about Fred Jackson's release [8:32 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'I mean Fred is a heck of a football player and he is obviously a tremendous person as well. These days...this is probably the toughest day I have had since I have been here as a coach. The decision that go into things it is not always apples to apples. You know in fairness to Fred probably the best case scenario was that he was released today. Gives him an opportunity to look elsewhere to see if it is a better situation. That was rough without question. The respect that I have for Fred as a player goes back to obviously the years of going against him and the fact that I know he can still play.'

Marker Buffalo Bills get younger by dumping Fred Jackson, but they may have riled football gods [8:31 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If this is a joke, it's a very bad one. If it's not, and if the football gods are paying attention, Buffalo's playoff drought — 14 years and counting — could well continue. Indeed, Ryan and the rest of the Bills' deciders have chosen to toss Bambi from the forest, and that's hardly the way to court favor from the universe.'

Marker Aaron Williams wears Fred Jackson's jersey at practice after Buffalo Bills released him [8:30 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams' move was an honorable tribute to one of the most important Bills players of the last decade. General manager Doug Whaley met with the media before practice and was emotional in discussing the call to Jackson.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release running back Fred Jackson [8:29 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jackson finishes his Bills career with 5,646 rushing yards, 2,640 receiving yards and 37 total touchdowns in eight seasons. He was also a four-time captain and twice the recipient of the Buffalo Bills' Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given to those who do exemplary work in the community.'

Marker Bills cutting Jackson surprises safety Aaron Williams [8:26 PM]
AP reports: 'With nine seasons in Buffalo, the 34-year-old Jackson had been the second-longest serving active player and one of the team's most popular players among fans. The move came as a slight surprise, though Jackson's tenure was in question because of his age and the team's moves to restock its running backs this offseason.'

Marker Taylor named Bills starting quarterback over Manuel, Cassel [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"It came down to the explosiveness Tyrod gives us," Ryan said.'

Marker Bills cut RB Jackson, 11 others [8:24 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Last week, coach Rex Ryan said he was excited that Jackson was ready to play in his first preseason game. Jackson said he wasn't surprised by doubters. Being released now gives him a chance to sign with another team before rosters are cut down to 53-man rosters on Saturday. One team to watch is the New England Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick has long praised Jackson for his professionalism and do-it-all, no-nonsense approach.'

Marker Taylor to open season as Bills' starting QB [8:24 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I don't have any regrets," Taylor said after completing 12 of 13 passes in Buffalo's 43-19 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night. "That is one thing I told myself going into the competition is to leave everything out on the field, practice field and on the game field. At the end of the day I don't have any regrets. Like I said I am pleased with the way that I played. There is still some things to correct, there is still ways to get better.'

Marker Bills GM says releasing Fred Jackson was 'difficult decision' [8:21 PM]
ESPN reports: '"We also let everybody know that everybody was on board. Reluctantly, because of the magnitude of this player and what he means, not only to the Buffalo Bills, but to the community of Buffalo -- him and his family. So we talked to [owners] Terry [Pegula] and Kim [Pegula] and conversed with them and decided that this was the best time to make that decision."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor to open season as Bills' starting quarterback [8:20 PM]
ESPN reports: '"But we brought him in because No. 1 -- it's a brand new offense -- but how he grasps our offense, and then his ability, not just his mobility, but his ability to throw the ball was the overriding thing. And I think he did a tremendous job of that."'

Marker Bills players know the reality of business in the NFL [8:18 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kyle Williams was the only player that had been in the Bills’ dressing room longer than Jackson. He said, “It’s a hard day, I think bigger than playing football, over a decade we were really together having families and living life together, it makes it tough.”'

Marker Post-Fred era begins; Aaron Williams honors Jackson [8:17 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo Bills players hit the practice field Monday for the first time in the post-Fred Jackson era, and safety Aaron Williams honored his former teammate by wearing his white jersey number-22.'

Marker Bills' Whaley knew cutting Jackson would be tough [8:16 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whaley wouldn’t go into specifics on why Jackson was released but did say, “We all know the NFL is a great business and a great sport, but there are some detriments to this business and a day like today, cut down day is always rough for everybody involved.” Whaley added, “A decision like this doesn’t come lightly, a decision like this is something that we put a lot of thought into. It makes it tough, not only with everybody you cut because they’re being rejected, but it also makes it tough when you’re talking about a guy like Fred Jackson.”'

Marker Bills starting Taylor is the right move [8:14 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Taylor represents the go-for-broke, swing-for-the-fences mentality that the Bills have been operating with the entire offseason. They've added multiple questionable personalities into the locker room, they've let go of the status quo, and they now have decided to make the biggest wildcard of the quarterback competition their starter.'

Marker 5 reasons why the Bills cut Fred Jackson [8:13 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills, despite having as run-heavy an approach as you'll find in 2015, did not have enough room to keep five running backs on the active roster heading into the season. LeSean McCoy is the bellcow, Karlos Williams is the impressive rookie that has received rave reviews, Anthony Dixon is a versatile special teams player, and Bryce Brown has flashed some ability despite fumbling problems. They couldn't afford to keep five, and Jackson was the odd man out.'

Marker Bills release Fred Jackson, 11 others [8:12 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Not only a mainstay of the organization, Jackson was known by many in the locker room as both a leader, and as a mentor to some of his younger teammates.'

Marker Players excited by what Taylor brings at quarterback [8:10 PM] reports: '“You guys have seen over the course of training camp all offseason long he’s a dual threat quarterback, but he’s very good with throwing the ball, very accurate, can extend plays and you could see it over the last couple of games,” said Marcus Easley. “We’re all happy for Tyrod. It’s a big day for him so congrats to him.”'

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