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Buffalo Bills News - April 8, 2015

Marker Veteran S Dawan Landry visits Bills [1:48 AM] reports: 'Landry, 32, is very familiar with Bills head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. The strong safety played for the New York Jets each of the last two seasons under Ryan and Thurman making 30 starts posting back-to-back 100 tackles seasons with 2.5 sacks and an interception.'

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April 7, 2015

Marker Incognito welcomes fresh start [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The spotlight’s definitely going to be on me, no doubt, but all I can do is just keeping work hard to show that I’m changed and to show that I’m willing to do what it takes to be a productive member of the Buffalo community.”'

Marker Richie Incognito seeks comeback after 'some dark days' [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It kind of forced me to go back and really look at things and say, 'Is this still important to you? Is this still what you want?' And the answer was always a resounding yes," he said. "It's the NFL, it's always a prove-it type thing. I'm just anxious to get in here and get going. I know what I bring to the team, I know what I bring to the table."'

Marker Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson among Buffalo Bills limited at start of offseason conditioning [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In total, the Bills had 66 of the 71 players on their roster present for the start of voluntary workouts, with cornerback Stephon Gilmore and defensive end Jerry Hughes being the notable absences. Gilmore is celebrating the birth of his child, while Hughes is getting married this week.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin says the world has yet to see him 'explode' [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The best has yet to come," Harvin said Monday at the start of the Bills' voluntary conditioning program. "The world has not seen my best ball yet. That's why coming here was so important to me. When I see the dominant running game, Sammy Watkins on the other side, me on the other side with Robert Woods, it spells nothing but success for me."'

Marker A humbled Richie Incognito says he owes Buffalo Bills, Pegulas a 'great deal of debt' [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was definitely difficult sitting out," Incognito said. "Knowing I could still play, knowing I had talent to contribute. Like I said, it was a learning process. At first there was a lot of frustration. 'Why am I not signed? Why am I not on a team?' It was a time for inner reflection. Kind of a time for growth. Then it was an acceptance, and accepting the fact that I'm not going to play this year, that I'm going to have to chalk it up and wait for another opportunity."'

Marker EJ Manuel on Doug Marrone departure from Bills: 'God works in mysterious ways' [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's neither here nor there," Manuel said of how the last coaching staff handled him. "That's how I look at it now. I do think looking back, I learned a lot from it. I learned about the business of the NFL. And I definitely learned a lot about my manhood and about myself and what I can handle and what I can take."'

Marker Stephon Gilmore, Jerry Hughes absent for start of Buffalo Bills' voluntary offseason conditioni [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Gilmore recently celebrated the birth of a child, so that was likely his reason for not being in attendance. Hughes, meanwhile, is getting ready for his wedding this week.'

Marker LeSean McCoy says Chip Kelly doesn't respect stars [1:52 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: '"I don't think he likes or respects the stars. I'm being honest," McCoy told The Inquirer on Monday. "I think he likes the fact that it's 'Chip Kelly and the Eagles.'"'

Marker LeSean McCoy on Philadelphia Eagles under head coach Chip Kelly, ''It was more like a coll [1:51 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: 'But McCoy wasn't talking geography. In an interview with NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," the Eagles all-time leading rusher indicated that the Bills had a more "NFL type of feel."'

Marker Richie Incognito ready to put BullyGate in the past [1:50 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Incognito was the main focus of the 2013 scandal in the Dolphins locker room and it resulted in his suspension. On Monday he showed some remorse for his role in the bullying of then-teammate Jonathan Martin, who recently signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was suspended by the Dolphins in November of 2013.'

Marker Jets' Nick Mangold has conflicting emotions about Rex Ryan coaching Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: '"Obviously, happy for Rex," Mangold said Monday during a conference call with reporters, as the Jets began offseason workouts. "I'm excited for him and I hope that he does well, but not that well."'

Marker Incognito indebted to Bills for offering him second chance [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I definitely have a lot to live up to," Incognito said. "Nobody's perfect. And I think the biggest thing is I've learned from what I went through, learned from what went down. And I've grown from it, so that's where I'm at."'

Marker Sitting out last season 'humbled' Bills' Incognito [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It was definitely difficult sitting out, knowing I could still play, knowing I had talent to contribute," Incognito said. "It was a learning process. At first there was a lot of frustration: 'Why am I not signed? Why am I not on a team?' It was a time for inner reflection. Kind of a time for growth.'

Marker Ten Bills not fully cleared yet [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dan Carpenter, Anthony Dixon, Stephon Gilmore, Chris Gragg, Chris Hogan, Fred Jackson, Leodis McKelvin, Sammy Watkins, Aaron Williams, and Chris Williams were all either unable to participate at all or only in a limited capacity.'

Marker A ‘No brainer’ for Percy Harvin to join Bills [1:45 AM] reports: '“It was just so perfect from so many aspects,” said Harvin. “From playing with Sammy Watkins to having a dominant run game. I think me and Sammy can face a lot of single coverage with (Robert) Woods in there. There’s just mismatches that are going to be all over the field. When I looked at the special teams unit, those guys were in the top five last year, so I look to plug in there and have a lot of success. It was a no brainer.”'

Marker 7 observations from day one of offseason conditioning [1:44 AM] reports: 'Veteran corner Leodis McKelvin found himself in a group with several big offensive linemen, and he breezed to easy, comfortable leads in each one of the sprints. “I’m the rabbit,” he teased his teammates, “you’ve gotta catch me.”'

Marker Bills coaches eager to get started with players [1:43 AM] reports: '“We definitely took a look at what they did in 2013 when Mike (Pettine) came in and installed the system,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “We looked at how the guys performed within it. Looking at that along with 2014 tape and how well they played you have to look at everything as a whole. We did that and we’re going to incorporate some of the things they did in 2014 as well because they played very sound fundamental defense.”'

April 6, 2015

Marker Time for Bills to get to work [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It will be the first time a vast majority of players will be together under one roof with new coach Rex Ryan and his assembled staff.'

April 5, 2015

Marker Ryan promises competition will be fair at quarterback [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m lining them up to literally have a competition for the position,” Ryan said. “People will say, ‘Well, is this guy ahead of the other?’ There’s going to be assumptions, but the great thing is, let it play out. Give both guys the opportunity and then at the end of the day, the cream will rise to the top. It usually does.'

Marker NFL hoping draft snubs aren’t trend setting [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You look at the style of runner that” coach Chip “Kelly wants in his offense and even though Shady is one of the best backs in the league, he’s not necessarily what Chip is looking for all the time,” Jenkins told NFL Network. “Chip thinks he’s a great running back, he knows his talent is there, but our” system “is really predicated on downhill, somebody who is going to hit the hole every time. It’s about getting up in the defender’s face as fast as you can and that’s not necessarily Shady’s running style.”'

April 4, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins reportedly had hip surgery this offseason [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Watkins had surgery this offseason to repair a hip injury he suffered against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13.'

Marker Source: Bills receiver Sammy Watkins underwent hip surgery [1:58 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The team will manage his recovery during OTAs and minicamp and it hasn't been decided if he will be limited or will sit out practices. That decision will come when the team gathers for spring workouts later this month.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins recovering from hip surgery [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In the game against the Browns on Nov. 30, Watkins had three catches for a season-low 11 yards but played every offensive snap. The following week, he caught seven passes for 127 yards.'

Marker 9 changes you'll notice on the 2015 roster [1:56 AM] reports: 'There’s only one returning QB who spent the 2014 season on the roster - third-year man EJ Manuel. Jeff Tuelreturns after spending last year on the practice squad. But there are two new intriguing QB candidates, both veterans. Matt Cassel has extensive experience playing with the Patriots, the Chiefs and the Vikings in his 10-year career. And Tyrod Taylor goes into his fifth year looking to build on his resume after spot duty with the Ravens.'

April 3, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills announce 2015 offseason workout schedule [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The first mandatory workout of the offseason doesn't come until late May, when the Bills will hold organized team activity on Tuesday, May 26. Mandatory minicamp will take place from June 16 to June 18.'

Marker Bills offseason program and schedule announced [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team's preseason game schedule should be announced by the league within the next two weeks, with the regular season schedule announced towards the end of April. Training camp will begin in July. Stay with WGR for all the latest news and notes from the first phase of conditioning starting Monday morning.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor: Wild-card in Bills QB battle [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor is flattered by his new coach mentioning his skill set with Russell Wilson, and also sees similarities in their games. “I have definitely been around him, and I believe that is a compliment. He has played at a high level throughout his professional career. He has been to back-to-back Super Bowls so I take that as a compliment. Hopefully I can do some of those same things. As far as being capable, pulling the ball down and making moves with my feet—I am definitely capable of doing that. Like Russell, I can throw as well.”'

Marker Possible Bills shuffle on the O-Line? [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Regardless of position, the team must add another player capable of starting to the group. It doesn't matter if he's a guard, a tackle, or heck -- even a center. The important part is to find five offensive linemen that can keep the quarterback upright and make some lanes for running back LeSean McCoy.'

Marker Bills announce dates for 2015 offseason program [1:55 AM] reports: 'Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2015 may begin on May 11. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of the post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.'

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