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Buffalo Bills News - August 3, 2015

Marker For Bills’ Jackson, it’s a case of challenge accepted [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I go into an off-season expecting something to happen,” Jackson said. “It’s been that way for the last five, six years now. It started that way. It’s not anything that I don’t expect. I just make sure that I’m ready when I come in. That title — ‘Oldest Running Back in the League’ — travels with you.'

Marker Bills suspend Kromer for six games [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The suspension will run from Monday, Sept. 7, six days before the season-opener against Indianapolis, and end with the conclusion of the Bills’ game against Cincinnati on Oct. 18.'

Marker Who will be the Bills' QB? Our Day Three report [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In what might be a sign of an early leader, Matt Cassel took starting reps for the third day in a row while Tyrod Taylor, who worked as a backup Saturday, alternated with the starters. None of the three looked particularly impressive, with EJ Manuel struggling the most.'

Marker Ralph Wilson put trust in trustees to disburse foundation’s $1.2 billion [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Ralph was a great visionary,” Mary Wilson said. “He knew things changed, so he didn’t want to put us in a box. He believed in us, which is such a great honor for the four of us. He knew that we knew him, that we loved him and we knew what he had (supported) in the past.”'

Marker Kouandjio looks to rebound from rough rookie season [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“What happened last year happened and I don’t want to go back there, it’s not even in my mind,” Kouandjio continued. “Just keep being optimistic and keep working, that’s all you can do in this situation.”'

Marker Sal's snapshot of the Bills' QB conundrum [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel is maddening. He looks the part of an NFL quarterback with his size and his athleticism, but he just drives you crazy with his inaccuracy. It's a problem in team drills, for sure, but he even struggles to put the ball on the money in 7-on-7.'

Marker Bills suspend coach Aaron Kromer for six games [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Over the past several weeks the Bills organization has gathered information regarding the incident involving offensive line coach Aaron Kromer," Brandon said in a statement. "Today we have concluded our investigation and the Buffalo Bills will suspend coach Kromer without pay for the first six games of the 2015 NFL regular season. The suspension will begin on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 and end with the conclusion of the Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on Oct. 18, 2015.'

Marker Buffalo Bills suspend OL coach Aaron Kromer 6 games without pay after offseason arrest [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: ''"We worked in conjunction with the NFL on this matter and we are highly supportive of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard.'

Marker Ronda Rousey among 5 Rex Ryan takeaways from day 3 of Buffalo Bills training camp [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Alright, I think it's appropriate to start with Ronda Rousey — might be the baddest person on the planet," Ryan said. "The problem was, so you know a bunch of us wanted to go watch the fight, thought the fight was going to be at like 10 o clock ... fight didn't happen till like 1:30. But then 30 seconds later it was over at 1:30:30. But yeah, pretty impressive.'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan 'blown away' by Richie Incognito, names him starter 3 days into camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I've been back home grinding," Incognito said. "I know what I've got. To take it and put it out here on the field, a lot of people laid their neck out on the line for me and I just want to prove them right. I went out there and crushed the conditioning test and let everybody know I'm here."'

Marker Sammy Watkins shows Rex Ryan something new [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Sammy can do everything," Rex Ryan said after practice Sunday. "Alright, so, I mean I've never seen it. I mean he literally lifted the guy up off his feet and was driven back like 10 yards. I've never seen it in all the years coaching, so that was impressive."'

Marker Rex Ryan lists guard Richie Incognito among Bills starters [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'That's a significant step for Incognito, the eighth-year player who signed a one-year contract with Buffalo in February. He had been out of football since midway through the 2013 season, when he was suspended for being a central figure in a bullying scandal that led to offensive lineman Jonathan Martin leaving the Dolphins.'

Marker Bills suspend offensive line coach Kromer for first 6 games [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills President Russ Brandon announced the suspension Sunday night. The disciplinary action comes two days after prosecutors in Florida dropped a battery charge for causing bodily harm against Kromer for allegedly confronting two boys for using his beach chairs, pushing one to the ground and punching him in the face last month.'

Marker Bills OL coach Kromer suspended 6 games [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'After the end of the suspension, Kromer will be eligible to join the team for its Oct. 25 game in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars.'

Marker Cassel gets 1st team reps 3rd straight day; #2 TE battle continues [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Matt Cassel also worked with the first-unit and, although not great by any means, in 7-on-7 work he had a much better day than he did Friday and clearly was better than Manuel Saturday. Most of the throws Cassel connected on were of the short variety, however, but there were a few of those he fit into tight spots for his pass catchers. He was not nearly as sharp on deeper passes.'

Marker Bills Day 2: QB update, new defensive wrinkle [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once again, Corey Graham got first-team reps at safety over Duke Williams. After practice Rex Ryan said he wants to have Aaron Williams and Graham work together because Williams missed OTAs and minicamp and Graham is new to the position for this scheme. He wants them to get used to communication.'

Marker Bills suspend Kromer 6 games [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson has been coaching the unit in Kromer’s absence.'

Marker Bills name Incognito starter at left guard [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Following Sunday's practice, Bills head coach Rex Ryan told reporters that Richie Incognito, the man in the middle of the bullying scandal in Miami in 2013, has been named the starter at left guard for the team. Ryan also said that Cordy Glenn had secured the starting left tackle position.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 3 [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are in the unenviable position to try and manufacture a starting quarterback out of a trio of players that really shouldn’t be starting options around the league. However, the Bills charged forward on Sunday, and third-year player EJ Manuel had a day he will want to forget.'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 3 at Bills Camp [1:40 AM] reports: '“We installed a lot of ‘46’ stuff, that type of defense and when you do that a lot of mistakes usually happen on offense,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “That happened a little bit, but overall I was pleased with the effort.”'

Marker Statement from Bills Managing Partner and President Russ Brandon [1:39 AM] reports: '“Over the past several weeks the Bills organization has gathered information regarding the incident involving Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer. Today we have concluded our investigation and the Buffalo Bills will suspend Coach Kromer without pay for the first six games of the 2015 NFL regular season. The suspension will begin on Monday, September 7, 2015 and end with the conclusion of the Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on October 18, 2015.'

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August 2, 2015

Marker Bills’ Dareus on verge of big payday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Dareus, who is due to receive a guaranteed salary of $8.06 million in the final year of the rookie contract he signed after joining the Bills as a first-round draft pick from Alabama in 2011, seemed encouraged by the progress that has been made, and is expecting to eventually be in Suh’s financial neighborhood.'

Marker Bills seeing a different Harvin [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Oh, yeah. I’m aware of it,” Harvin said Saturday after practice at St. John Fisher. “It doesn’t rub me the wrong way at all. I know the person I am and the person I’m going to become. I enjoy being out here. I’ll keep growing as a player and I’m looking forward to the season.”'

Marker Ankle injury keeps McKelvin on sidelines [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McKelvin, who turns 30 years old in September, has played a full 16 games in three of his seven pro seasons. He had 48 tackles and four interceptions last season before fracturing his ankle in a Nov. 13 loss at Miami. He practiced on a limited basis through organized team activities and minicamp in the spring before suffering this setback.'

Marker Who will be the Bills' QB? Our Day Two report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marginal improvement over Day One. The majority of completions came on short and intermediate routes. Longer throws were generally problematic.'

Marker Charges dropped against Bills assistant Kromer and his son [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now, legally, both are in the clear. The Bills are expected to suspend Kromer for a certain number of games to start the regular season, per a source, though he would be able to work at training camp.'

Marker Camp’s opening no fun for family [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The day our husbands pack their vehicles and set off for training camp is the day we become single – single women, single parents. The rigors of professional football cause our husbands to mostly withdraw from family life for six months. They’re tailoring themselves for a long, grueling season and we’re low on the totem pole of priorities.'

Marker Jackson out to prove that age isn’t factor [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I definitely don’t feel like physically it’s my last year, but I have to come out here and continue to compete and show everybody that I can still contribute, and the rest will take care of itself,” Jackson said at the conclusion of Buffalo’s first training camp practice at St. John Fisher College on Friday.'

Marker Walking in Wilson's steps suits Pegulas well [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've never been here before at all,'' Terry Pegula said. "They told me this was a good day to see things that we are working on. It's fun to see the fans get such a big kick out of practice.'''

Marker Stokoe Farms a-maze-ing tribute to Bills [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Stokoe Farms on South Road tweeted a photo of the maze, complete with a profile of Bills head coach Rex Ryan, his name, a football and "Go Bills."'

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