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Buffalo Bills News - July 29, 2015

Marker Bills depth chart: Analyzing the offense [7:49 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This year, Kouandjio had the better offseason and is in the driver’s seat, but now the pads go on. Incognito solidifies the RG spot, and Miller, a third-rounder in 2015, has been a nice surprise who was plugged in as a starter from the day the Bills picked him. Wood and Glenn are locked in, and Urbik will be the key backup at both guard spots and center.'

Marker Bills depth chart: Can Rex's defense be No. 1? [7:48 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bradham and Brown are going to be the two inside linebackers. The outside positions, in theory, will be manned by Mario Williams and Hughes, but as I said earlier, they aren't going to be performing normal LB duties too often. In essence, this defense is more like a 5-2 than a 3-4. This is what you need to know: The Bills are going to line up seven guys in the first two levels, and it will be a mish-mash of players in a variety of alignments. Powell and Johnson are the front-runners to earn the backup spots at ILB.'

Marker Buffalo Bills players torn over suspension of Patriots QB Tom Brady [7:48 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't really know how I feel about it. Honestly, there hasn't been a whole lot of precedent set in this regard. I felt that the consistency shown is refreshing, because sometimes it feels like they suspend a guy and then they always end up taking it away, or taking half of it back or whatever. The consistency is nice. I guess I don't know enough about the whole situation to determine what I think the punishment should have been but I did appreciate the consistency and I'm sure there will be a lot more going on from here."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Kyle Williams upset he didn't get the invite to LeSean McCoy's party [7:47 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm not on Twitter or social media, so it's hard to keep up with that," Williams said. "I'm a little upset I didn't get invited. Probably my wife's glad I didn't get invited."'

Marker Buffalo Bills bring in former Colts, Lions offensive lineman for visit [7:46 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills will have to examine the progress of Cherilus' recovery from an offseason knee surgery. He missed all of the Colts' offseason program due to the injury.'

Marker A.J. Tarpley or Tony Steward at linebacker? [7:45 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's not unreasonable to think the Bills will keep six linebackers on the roster, though it depends on how versatile they think some of their defensive ends can be. Lawson is a lock, while Johnson should make the team with a strong training camp. Bradham, Brown and Powell are safe bets to make the roster as well, so it's up to Steward, Tarpley or Jimmy Gaines to convince coaches the roster needs six linebackers.'

Marker High expectations apparent as Buffalo Bills set to open camp [7:44 PM]
AP reports: '"It's awesome that fans are excited," center Eric Wood said. "But from our perspective, we've got a long way to go and we haven't played a game yet."'

Marker AP source: Offensive tackle Cherilus visits Buffalo Bills [7:44 PM]
AP reports: 'The Colts cut Cherilus because of concerns they had of him coming off knee surgery.'

Marker Bills host OT Cherilus [7:43 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills parted with guard Chris Williams and tackle Wayne Hunter in the past week and have holes across the offensive line.'

Marker Bills training camp questions [7:42 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I still think Cassel is the favorite but that is solely based on the fact he has more NFL experience than Manuel and Taylor. Since they don't have an elite QB on the roster, I think Rex Ryan and Greg Roman will be looking for someone with a steady hand, who makes the right decisions more often than not, and gets the ball into the hands of the various play makers on offense.'

Marker OT Gosder Cherilus visits Bills [7:41 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6-7, 315 pound Cherilus has played 104 games, starting 100 in his NFL career. He was selected in the first round by the Lions (17th overall) in 2008.'

Marker Expectations high as Bills arrive at training camp [7:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It does feel different and I’m excited about it,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “We’ve got a group that can do some special things.”'

Marker Kouandjio geared for action in trying to earn starting O-line spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“But again, the race isn’t over by a long shot,” Ryan said, “so we’ll see. Seantrel has got to show that he can handle it mentally, physically all of it and then get out here. Obviously he’s a guy that started 16 games last year so I think competition is going to be good, and Kouandjio has got to show that when the pads come on that he can handle the physical aspect of the game.”'

Marker How would Tom Brady's suspension affect the AFC East? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After years of lackluster coaching hires, the Bills are now run by someone who has spent hours (upon hours) studying how to beat Bill Belichick. Even when his Jets teams were awful, they made Belichick sweat. Last year’s 4-12 disaster lost to the eventual Super Bowl champs 27-25 and 17-16 on last-second field goal misses.'

Marker Bills make serious upgrades on offense [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"There's a lot of different weapons that we're excited about, and I'm excited to play in this offense, more excited than I've been in a long time," said running back Fred Jackson, who once again this season is the oldest player in the NFL at his position. "We have to work, it's not going to just come at us, but we're excited."'

Marker Sammy Watkins takes dig at former Buffalo Bills and Syracuse WR coach Rob Moore [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Now, we're understanding how to run routes off any press, off any leverage, to where you won't be covered," Watkins told the Buffalo News. "We were kind of limited last year with certain things. It was, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.' All" Moore "wanted to do was just tie-in what he knew and what he did in his career and just do that."'

Marker Buffalo Bills release guard Chris Williams after failed physical [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With Williams' release, the Bills only have six offensive linemen with NFL experience and just four guards. At this point, Richie Incognito and rookie John Miller look like safe bets to win starting jobs at that position.'

Marker Depth the only question surrounding Buffalo Bills defensive line in 2015 [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Alex Carrington, Corbin Bryant and Michael Buchanan are all likely battling for two spots once Dareus is back from his one-week suspension. Depending on how many linebackers the Bills keep, Buchanan may not be entirely safe, but the Bills will likely part ways with either Carrington or Bryant once Dareus returns.'

Marker Sammy Watkins expects to be 'full go' after hip injury [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'll definitely be ready to practice," Watkins said Tuesday at his youth football camp at Erie Community College. "It's really about me just going and having fun. I'll be at practice ready to go. I'll be full go. I'll be prepared to go out there and make plays."'

Marker Ryan's brash approach still can't answer Bills' QB question [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills struggled running the ball last year in finishing with 1,482 yards rushing, a franchise low in a 16-game season. Buffalo also lacked a player who topped 100 yards rushing in a game for only the third season in team history, and first since 1979.'

Marker Bills release G Chris Williams [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams had missed all of OTAs and minicamps this offseason recovering from back surgery. He signed a four-year, $13.5 million deal with the club last offseason. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $1.875 million this season plus bonuses totaling $600,000.'

Marker Sammy: I'll be ready and full-go for camp [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 22-year old Watkins is excited be re-joining his teammates on the field. "I can't wait," he said. "That's really why I'm here, to play football. I can't wait to get back to it and start training camp."'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 1 - DT Marcell Dareus [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Regardless of the change in defensive schemes from 2014 to 2015, Dareus has the skill to continue to dominate the opposing offensive line. He can line up at defensive end, defensive tackle, nose tackle, or really anything you could think of along the line, and he'd still be a matchup nightmare for whoever he goes up against. At only 25 years old, Dareus still has room to grow -- which is a scary thing for the opposition.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 2 - CB Stephon Gilmore [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Gilmore certainly came into his own during the 2014 season, and in Rex Ryan's system that leaves his cornerbacks on an island in man-to-man coverage, Gilmore quite could possibly become a household name. He is not a finished product yet, but, if he continues to work with defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, he has everything you want to become a star in this defensive scheme. Now, it's all on him to get to that next level that the Bills hoped he would when they selected him in the first round.'

Marker 2015 AFC Preview: Buffalo Bills [1:47 AM]
CSN New England reports: 'All have their flaws, and none of the three have been able to complete 60 percent of their passes during their career. Cassel has the most experience behind center, but it's Taylor whose running ability may gel best with new head coach Rex Ryan's desire to focus on ground-and-pound, ball-control offense that limits mistakes.'

Marker One player we might not know about on both sides of the ball to watch [1:46 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'While EJ Manuel was drafted by the former regime (with input from current GM Doug Whaley and current team President Russ Brandon), Ryan isn’t tied to him. This regime did bring in Matt Cassel in a trade with Minnesota for two low round picks. He would be the perfect choice for a game manager to get the ball in the hands of the abundant playmakers on offense while controlling the ball to allow the defense to win games for them. This was the formula Rex Ryan used to get to two straight AFC Championship games with Mark Sanchez at QB.'

Marker Bills release OL Chris Williams [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Williams was signed as a free agent on March 12, 2014. The 2014 season was his seventh in the NFL.'

Marker When will the starting quarterback be known? [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think they all have something to prove—how they’re going to be in this system—we’re going to find out,” said Ryan. “Some quarterbacks flourish in certain systems and I believe all three guys will have a chance to be successful. I hope that’s the case. Hopefully that decision is going to be tough, in a good way, not that this guy wins it by default. We’re going to have a good competition.” '

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July 28, 2015

Marker Bills’ Graham ready for challenge of playing safety [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I knew they were serious about it once they told me they wanted me to play safety only,” he said. “I knew it was real then. It’s been fun, to be honest with you. I’m looking forward to it. It’s like starting all over again, learning a new position, the nuances of it and all that. It’s like I’m a rookie all over again. So I’m excited about it. I want to see where it can take me.”'

Marker Who makes the team at wide receiver? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Harvin are presumably locks. Beyond them, who knows?'

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