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Buffalo Bills News - May 22, 2016

Marker Don't forget about Corbin Bryant, No. 3 WR, Tyrod a shot of hope through rough week [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And, hey, let's not forget about Corbin Bryant, who had 45 tackles a year ago. He's been the definition of NFL resiliency. Banished by the Pittsburgh Steelers --- repeatedly --- Bryant found a way to stick in Buffalo coordinator to coordinator. Flashy, he's not. But Bryant is a smart, proven pro who isn't going to relinquish a starting spot up front quietly. He's flexible enough to play in 3-4 or 4-3 looks and is now playing on the low RFA tender. Motivation will not be a problem for the 28-year-old still fighting for respect in the league after his GM threw a little shade his way.'

Marker Rex Ryan says he and Doug Whaley 'share blame' for Bills picking Shaq Lawson [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You don't want your first-round pick playing at 80% and limited and not playing at a level that everyone would think a first-round pick should play. A half season at full strength is better than a full season of playing with limitations."'

Marker Rex Ryan says Dri Archer won't return calls from Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'That would leave the Bills with an open competition for the role of return man. Meanwhile, Archer is starting to run out of options in his NFL career.'

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May 21, 2016

Marker Bills at TE: Expect more production from Clay [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' front office clearly agrees, because in the process of creating desperately needed salary-cap room to retain offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito, it moved $7.5 million of Clay's $24.5 million in guaranteed cash into latter portions of his deal. As a result, Clay will count $9 million against the cap in 2017, 2018 and 2019, according to sports salary website'

Marker Incognito, 3 former Bills make list of 40 most hated players in NFL history [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The other former Buffalo players on the list are wide receiver Terrell Owens (No. 2), who was with the team in 2009, and running back Marshawn Lynch (No. 39), who joined the Bills as a first-round draft pick in 2007 and remained with them until 2010 before joining the Seattle Seahawks.'

Marker Doubling down on bold, no camp fire, Pro Bowl plug needs pulling [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The guy seems unfazed by the criticism to which he and the rest of the Bills' organization have faced as a result of the Lawson situation. And Whaley is welcoming the elevated expectation that he is helping to create by touting the immediate impact he's expecting from the Bills' top three picks.'

Marker Rex Ryan, Doug Whaley explain why Bills aren’t sweating bad week [1:56 AM]
SI reports: '“That’s part of the deal with Shaq. We drafted him for the long haul success, not for one season. They say me and Doug Whaley share the blame. You’re damn right we do. We’ll share the blame, that’s fine. Oh, by the way, there should be another end to [the story" target="_blank">. Let’s see what kind of kind of player this kid is over the long haul. And we will stand by drafting this guy.”'

Marker Bills Today - Predicting the Bills 2016 starters [1:55 AM] reports: '“I don’t think you want Darby and Gilmore switching sides of the field because they were so good in their respective positions. They feel Gilmore is Revis caliber because they got lucky and found another good corner. Or they scouted him and got another really good corner.”'

May 20, 2016

Marker Bills at WR: Caution the word with Watkins [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Sammy Watkins recovering from his second offseason surgery since joining the Bills as the fourth overall pick in 2014, it's fair to wonder whether there might be more than a little regret at One Bills Drive over not targeting a receiver somewhere in the first few rounds.'

Marker Fans short on trust for Bills’ brass [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I can’t speak for everyone, but it’s clear from my email and Twitter that fans are very upset with them about the Lawson injury. Either they lied about it on draft night (which I believe) or they allowed their own doctors to tell them what they wanted to hear.'

Marker Bills to open training camp July 30 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Monday, Aug. 22 session is slated to be the last of training camp.'

Marker Return concern, Glenn's incentive & another vote for EJ [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What is known is that the Bills placed Archer on their reserve/did not report list Wednesday, eight days after claiming him off waivers from the New York Jets. Attendance isn't mandatory at the Bills' offseason conditioning program. However, the exceptionally fast running back, whom the Pittsburgh Steelers made a third-round draft pick from Kent State in 2014, apparently missed a required physical examination and also indicated that he wasn't planning to show up.'

Marker Buffalo Bills bringing in free agent WR Andre Roberts for visit [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With Watkins undergoing foot surgery a few weeks ago, the Bills need all the insurance they can get at wide receiver. Roberts won't necessarily be easy to reel in given the interest in him.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp schedule 2016: Dates, location, ticket information [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The team will have a total of 16 practices in Pittsford, including five night practices which will require a ticket for entry. All practices are free for fans to attend. This will be the 17th consecutive year the Bills hold training camp at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Lawson loss shows Bills could be lost in first round [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'That leaves Lawson as the next one, and he’s not off to a great start, and the front office’s ability to nab a player in the first round in a “comfortable” way, is still up for discussion.'

Marker Report: WR Andre Roberts to visit Bills [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Roberts was released by Washington after making just 11 catches in nine games last season. In 2012, he managed 64 catches in Arizona. Rapaport reports he has other visits scheduled.'

Marker ESPN writer calls Bills a 'Super Bowl sleeper' [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Buffalo is also a lot closer to having an elite passing attack than it might seem. Last season, Tyrod Taylor had eight games with a Total QBR of 70 or higher. He tied for fourth in that measurement, sharing the ranking with Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins and Andy Dalton, some very strong company."'

Marker Bills to bring in FA WR Andre Roberts for visit [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Roberts, 28, played through his rookie contract with the Arizona Cardinals for four years, and then spent the last two seasons with Washington after signing there as a free agent in 2014. Washington released him earlier in the week, which made him an unrestricted free agent.'

Marker Bills hosting free agent WR Roberts, LB Lattimore [1:49 AM] reports: 'The Bills pursuit of improving their roster is a never ending process. That was made evident on Thursday evening when they hosted free agent WR Andre Roberts and LB Jamari Lattimore in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills announce 2016 Connors & Ferris Training Camp dates [1:48 AM] reports: 'The Bills will host five public night practices during Bills Training Camp presented by Connors & Ferris at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY. The first night practice will be on August 2, followed by August 6, 11, 18 and 22.'

May 19, 2016

Marker Bills place Archer on did-not-report list [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now, the search for a consistently strong returner continues.'

Marker Bills at RB: Making a strength even stronger [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Consistently effective running is the Bills' offensive identity. And they clearly devoted a large part of their offseason to making sure that remains the case in 2016 -- especially when it currently stands as the best thing they do on either side of the ball.'

Marker Whaley, Ryan share the blame for gamble on Lawson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan certainly has to take a large share of the blame for this one. He’s the driving force in the organization. Rex needed an infusion of defensive help to shore up his reputation and help him get back to the playoffs. He wore a Clemson helmet to a news conference last year. His son, Seth, is the holder for the national runner-up. On draft night, Lawson talked about his close relationship with Seth Ryan.'

Marker Taking a risk, Watkins' fragility & who steps up at OLB? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The questions don't end with the medical staff, however. Scouting is as much about gathering information as it is about the ability to assess talent and project whether it belongs in the NFL. Millions of dollars are spent by each team, including the Bills, to go through this intensely detail-oriented process to find out, with as much certainty as humanly possible, what you're getting: especially with your first-round pick. That's because millions of more dollars will be spent on that player.'

Marker Bills place Dri Archer on reserve/did not report list a week after claiming him [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Archer was also expected to be in the mix to compete for the Bills' return specialist gig. Buffalo is not without options at that spot, though. Gillislee, Robert Woods, Walt Powell, Marquise Goodwin and rookies Kolby Listenbee and Kevon Seymour could all be in the mix for that job.'

Marker Are the Buffalo Bills a sleeper to make a Super Bowl run in 2016? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Joyner also notes that quarterback Tyrod Taylor could be poised to take another step forward in 2016. If that happens, the Bills could become the type of balanced offense every coach dreams about. Taylor already put together an impressive 2015 season, so if he continues to develop, the Bills have room to improve on offense.'

Marker Watkins' latest injury a worrisome sign for the Bills [1:53 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Remember, the Bills nabbed Watkins in a draft that featured Odell Beckham, Jr. (who went 12th overall to the New York Giants), Mike Evans (seventh overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Brandin Cooks (20th overall to the New Orleans Saints) and Kelvin Benjamin (28th overall to the Carolina Panthers). Beckham, Jr. is already a two-time Pro Bowler and a former first-team All-Pro.'

Marker RB Archer fails to report to Bills [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Jets had signed Archer to a reserve/future contract in February, but he was cut last week and never arrived in Buffalo.'

Marker Quarterbacks with the most to prove in 2016: Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor [1:51 AM]
SI reports: 'Last year, the Bills got an unexpected bargain by putting their faith in a former backup, who generated starter’s numbers for an $833,333 cap hit. This season, Taylor will either prove his worth as a long-term starter and raise his price accordingly or fall back to the middle and struggle to gain a foothold as anything more than a reliable reserve. The tape indicates that Taylor is more than a one-year wonder, but the circumstances surrounding 2016 undoubtedly make it the most important season of his career.'

Marker Bills place Archer on Reserve/Did Not Report list [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Archer originally began his NFL career as a third round pick (97th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Laurel, Florida native has played in 20 games in his career, totaling 10 rush attempts for 40 yards and seven receptions for 23 yards. Archer has also returned 23 kicks for 515 yards.'

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