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Buffalo Bills News - June 17, 2015

Marker Andre Reed back with Bills on coaching fellowship [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I have a lot to give back to the game," said Reed. "I had a feeling I wanted to do something after I was done playing, but my kids were too small. They're older now and I can devote more time to it if I want to. Being in Kansas City two years ago, and here now, I feel a little more comfortable here because I played here."'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB Nigel Bradham seeking 'stability' entering contract year [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's still motivating," Bradham said Wednesday at Buffalo Bills minicamp. "That's the thing. I'm just going to keep grinding, man. I want to be great. I want to be up on this wall. That's what I have to work for ... "'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson says it's more fun to play for Rex Ryan than Doug Marrone [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The thing about Rex and being out here, as opposed to Marrone last year, is we have a lot of fun out here," Jackson said after the first day of Bills' minicamp Wednesday. "It's not always just business first. We come out here, we have fun. Anytime you get a coach like that it makes the days go by a lot faster."'

Marker 5 Rex Ryan takeaways from Day 1 of Buffalo Bills' minicamp [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think the commitment by our fan base is tremendous," Ryan said. "I knew before I even came here, I knew how awesome these fans were. This is just another thing to reinforce it. We're all excited about this season and it's not, look at our schedule, I get it man there's a lot of good teams on our schedule that we're playing here, but our fans aren't coming to see the opponent, they're coming to see the Buffalo Bills. They're seeing their football team. And that's what is exciting me, because when you come here, you're not just playing the Bills, you're playing this entire, you know, this fan base, you know, our fans, you're playing our football team obviously, but you're playing the community, and I think that our community takes a great deal of pride in their football team. But this is, this is about us and, you know, was I excited about that? Darn right I was man. Like come on in here and get a piece of this."'

Marker Quarterbacks show slight improvement, and 5 other observations from Buffalo Bills minicamp [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The thing that I want to see is the obvious mistakes be eliminated by now, and they weren't," Ryan said. "Like today, we had some. I gave a couple of examples on offense, a couple of examples on defense. That's kind of what you're hoping what we'll ratchet out these next two days and hopefully we can start eliminating some of these what I see as obvious mistakes."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign DT Andre Fluellen, waive S Deon Broomfield [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'At 6-feet-2-inches tall and 302 pounds, Fluellen isn't a physical specimen, but he will add depth and competition to a defensive line that is in need of both. With Marcell Dareus suspended for the first game of the season, the Bills are moving some pieces around to find the best replacement.'

Marker Sammy Watkins takes team drills; Seantrel Henderson absent [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While guard Chris Williams was back at One Bills Drive after missing the entirety of voluntary workouts, he did not participate in practice. Meanwhile, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson missed the session because of a travel issues. Coach Rex Ryan said he had spoken to Henderson about it and that he expects him back on the field when the Bills practice Wednesday.'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan welcomes raised expectations [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"Before I ever came here, I knew how awesome these fans were," said Ryan, the former New York Jets coach who was hired in January after Doug Marrone stepped down on Dec. 31. "This is just another thing to reinforce it."'

Marker Bills sign veteran free agent defensive tackle Fluellen [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Fluellen will compete for a backup job on a defensive line that features three Pro Bowl selections in Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.'

Marker Reed visits Bills, considers coaching [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Being in Kansas City two years ago, and here now, I feel a little more comfortable here because I played here," Reed said Tuesday as the Bills began their three-day mandatory minicamp.'

Marker Bills sign DT Fluellen [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Safety Deon Broomfield was designated as waived/injured to create a roster spot.'

Marker Bills' Ryan loves that fans expect a lot [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Many players and coaches have talked about the difficulty of playing in Orchard Park with the rabid fans here. Ryan said that’s why they’re buying tickets in record numbers, “I’m excited about it because of the commitment from out fan base is tremendous and I get it, there’s a lot of good teams on our schedule that we’re playing here, but our fans aren’t coming to see the opponent, they’re coming to see the Buffalo Bills, they’re seeing their football team.” Ryan added, “When you come here, you aren’t just playing the Bills, you’re playing this entire fan base, you’re playing the community and was I excited about that? You’re darn right I was. Come on in here and get a piece of this.”'

Marker QBs take step forward on first day of minicamp [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel worked mostly with the second-unit, but looked confident in the pocket and took chances. A couple of those chances resulted in big plays. However, he also short-armed a couple passes to the sideline, which has been a theme several times during these practices.'

Marker OT Henderson misses minicamp; OG Williams arrives [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan, when asked for his reaction to Henderson missing due to travel issues said, “you always tell guys, especially when you’re coming up, heading north and all that type of stuff, always try to prepare a little bit. But I’ll talk to him about that.” Ryan went on to say he expects Henderson at practice tomorrow.'

Marker Bills Minicamp Observations, Day 1 [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Of the three, Manuel had the strongest day, but all have a long way to go.'

Marker Minicamp notes: Day 1 [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tyrod Taylor also delivered some good throws. His throwing motion looks very effortless as he can just flick the ball 40 yards downfield or from the far side hash to the sideline without much of a wind-up. His best work came during red zone work when he threw a pair of touchdowns on two consecutive snaps.'

Marker Bills sign DT Andre Fluellen [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The 6-2, 280-pound Florida State product originally entered the league in 2008 as a third round pick (87th overall) of the Detroit Lions. Fluellen has spent the majority of his career with the Lions, with the exception of two games in 2012 with the Dolphins. The eight-year veteran has played in 77 career games totaling 65 tackles (39 solo), 4.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss. Fluellen saw action in eight games for Detroit in 2014.'

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June 16, 2015

Marker Former Bills player visits Wellsville United Way Golf Tourney [5:04 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“I think we have a good group of guys incoming,” White said. “Rex Ryan, he’ll bring a different culture to the team as a high profile coach. We have all the pieces in place. I think the success of the team all lies in the hands of the developing quarterback. Whether it’s E.J. (Manuel), Matt (Cassel), or Tyrod Taylor.'

Marker Bills season-ticket sale breaks record [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Anyone looking to purchase tickets on an individual basis had better be prepared to shell out plenty of money in the secondary market. For instance, as of late Monday afternoon, tickets on StubHub! for the Sept. 13 season-opener against Indianapolis ranged from $120 for a seat in the upper deck to $526 for a sideline seat in the lower bowl.'

Marker Bills selling tickets like they did in Super Bowl years [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'That’s what makes this rush on tickets so remarkable. These next-generation Bills have not made the playoffs since 1999, a 15-year drought which is the longest active streak in the NFL, and more than double in length the previous drought for the Bills (1967-73).'

Marker Buffalo Bills announce record-breaking season-ticket sales for 2015 season [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The NFL did away with its blackout policy for the 2015 season, but the Bills obviously aren't concerned about that. The Bills will have a limited amount of individual game tickets available to the general public in the coming months, but it's going to be tougher than usual to get into Ralph Wilson Stadium this season.

Marker History says Buffalo Bills can make playoffs despite quarterback situation [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The teams that found a way to overcome poor quarterback play did so with strong defenses. The Bills could have the best defense in the NFL this season, so they check that box. It also helps that Buffalo has LeSean McCoy to lean on in the running game and a trio of weapons in the passing game with Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay.'

Marker 'It's the fans' who gave Buffalo Bills' season-ticket record [1:55 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '“I think it is a combination of everything, but the foundation of where we are today squarely is pointed at the Pegula’s buying the franchise,” Brandon said.'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio impresses new coach Rex Ryan after lost rookie season [1:54 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"I learned that you can't mistakes," Kouandjio said. "You've just got to work really hard in the NFL. In college, you could make a mistake here, make a mistake there. You're stronger, faster, smarter than the other guy. You can get away with it. But here, it's professionals. It takes a lot of work, and this is my job."'

Marker Bills set record with season ticket sales [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'New owner Terry Pegula says the organization has been "humbled by the fans and their outpouring of emotion when they learned this team would remain in Buffalo."'

Marker Bills set season-ticket sales record [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills plan to cap season tickets at 60,000 and institute a waiting list if demand exceeds that number. Individual tickets are sold out for all home games except Buffalo's regular-season finale against the Jets.'

Marker Brandon cites Pegula-Effect for season tix record [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We thought we were going to get the record in 2008. We had 56,011 season tickets in 2008, and that was our goal that year. We fell a little bit short. We look back at the analysis over the last seventeen years (since Brandon joined the club in 1997), our average season tickets over that time frame has been 42,944.”'

Marker What Bills starting spots are locked down? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rex Ryan joked that the organization paid Clay so much money he calls him “Cassius Clay.” After the Dolphins placed the transition tag on Clay, giving them the right to match any free agent offers, the Bills signed him to a five year, $38 million offer sheet, and lured him away from South Florida. Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have made no secret that they want Clay to play all three downs, essentially not coming off the field when the team is on offense.'

Marker Bills eclipse record for season ticket sales [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills said they will cap the season ticket sales around 60,000 if they get to that level. At this point, seven of the eight games will have tickets that are very hard to come by if you are not a season ticket holder. Only the home contest with the New York Jets has a limited amount of individual tickets remaining.'

Marker Bills Positional Briefs: Safety [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Graham gets the nod over Williams because of his playmaking ability, but there may not be a guaranteed starter all season. Expect Aaron Williams will be out there all the time (health permitting), but it'd also be fair to look for a healthy amount of switching things up from Rex Ryan with the safety position. All three will have a role.'

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