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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2016

Marker Taylor impressing right people on the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That’s something I’ve picked up on, I’ve seen it; he’s actually been very vocal with the leadership," McCoy said. "Demanding respect in the huddle, demanding respect as the offensive main guy. He’s the main guy. He’s the quarterback. He’s taking that approach now where before, it was like, 'Alright, I’m just here.' Now, he’s actually arrived and he’s our main guy so it makes a difference in confidence."'

Marker Ryan admits some things didn’t go well last year [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You’re darn right I do,” he said. “I like that. We’re going to show up. I feel good about this football team, I can promise you that. It’s a zillion times – well, not a zillion – but we’re a lot further along than we were this time last year, and even any time this past season.”'

Marker Regular season will reveal what Tyrod Taylor will bring [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Like it or not, we’re just going to have to wait until the regular season to see if Taylor takes a leap forward. Hold your sweeping proclamations on Taylor until at least the morning of Oct. 3. That’s the day after we see if Tyrod outplays Jimmy Garoppolo. The Bills will be four games into the season. Then we’ll have a better idea.'

Marker Karlos Williams working hard to drop weight [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s nothing but work,” Williams said. “Heavy conditioning, hitting the weight room hard again as usual. It’s just about getting my body back where it’s supposed to be, at top peak shape.”'

Marker Day 1 Bills Training Camp Observations: Stephon's statement [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Stephon Gilmore couldn't have done it much better if he planned it this way. First play from scrimmage in the team period, a throw by Tyrod Taylor ... and an interception by Gilmore. That's the way you make a statement when you're looking to become one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. A short while later, Gilmore made a nice play to break up a pass.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp transcripts of Rex Ryan, Tyrod Taylor, Wilder Jr. & Karlos Williams [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So it’s almost double the reps like we did last year and the main reason for that is we now have an established starting quarterback, so I think that’s obviously where we’re at.'

Marker How the Bills Mafia became a movement [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since, the annual Bills Mafia tailgate has grown to include several hundred members. Held in “Hammer’s Lot,” it’s the game fans from out of town choose to attend because they can put faces to people they would otherwise only know virtually. Besides potluck food and drink and general fraternity, members participate in a chance to win a 50/50 raffle and a gift basket with all proceeds going to Roswell Park.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills Thoughts: Time to panic at OLB? [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan got a little perturbed when I framed a question about the depth at the position by saying he was "down to IK Enemkpali." Enemkpali is a Ryan favorite, the guy he took in last summer after he had seemingly ended his football career by delivering a jaw-breaking punch to Geno Smith when Enemkpali and the quarterback were New York Jets teammates.'

Marker NFL must change with times and expand regular season [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The longer schedule would generate more revenue, the No. 1 driving force in the NFL. Some fear more injuries, but players are susceptible to getting hurt in the preseason, too. Coaches see these guys enough in practice to evaluate them. The answer to injury, and uncertainty, would be expanding the rosters.'

Marker Karlos Williams: 'I'm disappointed in myself' [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I put myself, my teammates, and my family in a very bad situation,” Williams said as he met with the media for the first time since his suspension was announced. “I can learn from my mistakes this off-season, get ready to get back in shape and get ready to play football and move forward.”'

Marker Rex Ryan on hot seat? Don't believe it [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He won’t make that mistake this year nor will he sabotage his trademark hybrid defense he ran with great success in Baltimore and New York with creeping doubt. Ryan vowed Saturday his unit will operate true to itself, “simplified for your guys but complicated for your opponent.’’'

Marker Fans bring optimism into Bills training camp [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Fans were overwhelmingly in agreement; it is crucial that the Bills break their 16-year playoff drought.'

Marker Early to bed: Rex Ryan adds curfew, other changes to make Buffalo Bills healthy [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think we're also the only team in the league that had, like, a 10 o'clock curfew last night," Ryan said. "We're trying to avoid some of the things we went through last year."'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams says weight is 'not far' from where he wants it [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Not far at all," Williams said. "I'm getting comfortable every single day from minicamp to now. I'm pretty comfortable where I'm at now. It's just time to work and get back right. When it's time to touch the field it's time to touch the field."'

Marker Bills not changing their philosophy on players with past issues [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“If you look at it, the numbers are pointing to the fact that a lot of guys get in trouble in off-seasons after their first year, up until about their fourth year,” Whaley said. “So if the NFL and NFLPA can come together and create a program just to keep those guys engaged, and in a structured environment, I don’t think that would hurt.”'

Marker Canada-Soviet Union Summit Series riveted Bills coach Rex Ryan [1:44 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“No question,” Ryan said. “I remember my mom bought a brand new TV, and that was big for us. I’ll never forget, it had a button you could press for a brighter picture and all that stuff. But, man, she bought that thing, and we watched (almost) every game together as a family.”'

Marker Bills QB Taylor reflects on how far he's come in 1 year [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"There's nothing that people just give to you. You have to go out and earn respect," Taylor said. "And of course, leadership comes from the quarterback position. I welcome that role and am looking forward to leading these guys."'

Marker Gilmore decides to report to Bills camp [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Like many in the industry, Gilmore was blown away by the five-year, $75 million contract the Redskins gave Norman after the Panthers pulled the franchise tag and allowed him to enter free agency. It's clear Gilmore thinks he's a better player than Norman and wants to be paid accordingly. "I mean, he's a good football player," Gilmore said. "He's a good football player. Can't take nothing from him. He makes plays, took his team to the Super Bowl. Shut down the top guys. He's a good player."'

Marker RB McCoy wants to focus on football [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'McCoy had not spoken to western New York reporters since the end of the 2015 season, so when he met the media Friday following the Bills' conditioning test, he addressed the brawl and said he learned a valuable lesson. "I had a long talk with (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell about the incident," McCoy said. "As a leader, the guy I want to be for this team, things like that just can't happen. There's no excuses for it. You don't hear other guys like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady getting into incidents like that. That's over with, I'm not going to talk about it no more."'

Marker Rex, Tyrod weigh in on the growth of WR Dez Lewis [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Sometimes, you might have had two or three meetings a week maybe at a small college, then here you got like two or three a day. So I think he had a tough time with that as a lot of rookies do. But I like the way he came on late last year. You saw him getting a little better as the weeks piled on and at the end of the year we actually played him some. I know he’s confident. I think his body type is what you look for in today’s game, with that kind of size that he has and he’s got good hands. We’ll see what happens.”'

Marker Bills sign DT Walker, release DE Reed [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A team source told me the Bills had worked out two other defensive players on Saturday, as well. Walker was the only one signed.'

Marker Lewis, White stand out on first day (full Bills practice notes) [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Today was “toss sweep day” for the offense. They ran a ton of toss sweeps during their team portion (not against the defense) from a lot of different formations, different motions, and varying lead blockers and ways to block it.'

Marker Karlos Williams eyeing redemption heading into second season [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“Being a young guy, a young kid, just making bad decisions. Not thinking things through. I think that happens to a lot of people coming into the NFL, they have good success and kind of go off the hinges just a little bit,” he added. “That happened to me but it’s time to move forward, it’s time to move on and progress.”'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (7/30/16) [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Now, Enemkpali is plugged in as a linebacker, and that’s where Rex Ryan want him all along, saying he’s “playing the position they envisioned” at right outside linebacker.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 1 (7/30) [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'However, in his first day at training camp, Taylor was a little off when dropping back to pass.'

Marker Karlos Williams 'disappointed' in himself [1:34 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"I'm not really a big person on talking about changing, it’s all about showing people," Williams said. "Showing my family, showing my friends, the ownership, the coaches, my teammates, definitely earning my teammate’s trust back."'

Marker Bills sign DT Casey Walker [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The 6-1, 340-pound Oklahoma product originally entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers. Walker has appeared in eight games with one start throughout his career while recording 14 tackles, one sack, one quarterback hit and two tackles for a loss. Walker, 27, comes to Buffalo after spending the second half of the 2015 season with the Dallas Cowboys.'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from day 1 at Bills Training Camp [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I understand that I’m under contract for this year and if things happen, I’m all for it. If things don’t happen, ill play out and I’ll be a free agent next year. But that’s not the focus for me, its never been the focus for me” Taylor said. “I’m out here to help the Bills as an organization and win football games. Help bring this community what they’ve been looking towards for years. That’s what my focus is and that’s what the team’s focus is. The contract situation will handle itself.”'

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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.'

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