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Buffalo Bills News - September 4, 2015

Marker 5 players who made a final roster push in preseason finale [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ever since Ty Powell went down with a torn ACL, A.J. Tarpley has stepped into the backup MIKE linebacker role. While his adjustment wasn't completely smooth, Tarpley had a strong finish to the preseason against the Lions. He led the Bills with eight tackles, including two for loss, and looks like a lock to make the roster.'

Marker Dan Carpenter, Matt Simms struggle [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'All Simms proved is that he is, and likely always will be, a practice squad-level quarterback. His stats were somewhat respectable at 22 for 38 and 223 yards, but his yards per attempt was mediocre at best and he looked like the type of quarterback you would expect to play the majority of a meaningless preseason game.'

Marker Former NFL player a driving force for Auxiliary [1:51 AM]
Fayette County Citizen reports: '“It was tough. We played in a stadium we called the Old Rockpile and practiced in horse arenas among the manure, and parking lots,” Cunningham recalled. “We had to walk through the stands to go to and from the locker room. It was important to keep your helmet on and your chin strap buckled. Buffalo had great fans, but they weren’t too friendly during losing seasons.”'

Marker Lions beat Bills 17-10 in preseason finale [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We did some of the stupidest things I've ever seen in football," Bills coach Rex Ryan said. "It was awful. A football follies play, offside on a fourth down call on defense by a lineman."'

Marker Bills Close Out Preseason With 17-10 Loss in Detroit [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dan Carpenter connected on a 43-yard field goal late in the first half, tying the score 10-10, but a 40-yard attempt in the third bounced off the right upright. Carpenter, who may be on the bubble heading into final cuts, hit only 50 percent of his preseason field goal attempts (3 of 6). The Lions regained the lead in the final quarter on Zach Zenner's 3-yard run, capping a 37-yard drive that started after Simms' backward fumble.'

Marker Rex makes it clear he's unhappy with kicking game, will look at other kickers [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Certainly we’ve got some issues," he said. "Hell, we can’t make a field goal, so we better be looking for any guy who has ever kicked a football in his life. They will get an opportunity here. I'm tired of missing field goals. We have a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don't get it. So we'll certainly be looking out there. I don't know if there's any out there, but nobody gets this job by default. You have to earn your way out here. I'm very disappointed in that, and I don't care who knows it."'

Marker Bills 53-man roster projection [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills cut Jackson to keep Bryce Brown around — it’s that simple.'

Marker Turnovers lift Lions over Bills [1:46 AM] reports: 'Matt Simms got the start at quarterback and went 22-38 passing for 223 yards, but was plagued by three turnovers all of which came on fumbles. Two came on loose center to quarterback exchanges. The third came when he was spun down by a defender as he tried to throw. The ball went backwards and was live and the Lions recovered.'

Marker LB Tarpley, WR Lewis save their best for last [1:45 AM] reports: 'Tarpley played the majority of the snaps against the Lions because of an injury to linebacker Tony Steward and he took advantage of his opportunity. He led the team with eight tackles, two of which resulted in a loss of yards. More notably, he called the plays throughout the night for the defense.'

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September 3, 2015

Marker Matt Simms just looks to 'survive' in Bills' preseason-finale [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“In this league, every time you play you are always auditioning for someone, whether it is your own teammates, your own coaches, whoever else is watching,” said Simms, who has thrown only eight passes in the preseason. “But, of course, anytime that you play football people are always watching. No matter who it is, you just got to go out there play, play hard, execute the play and just have fun.”'

Marker NFL personnel people expect Bills to cut Cassel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The primary logic behind the potential move is, with a cap figure of nearly $5 million, Cassel is far too expensive to remain on the roster as a reserve and the Bills need all of the cap space they can get to extend the contract of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. The team is negotiating a deal with Dareus, and, as The News has reported, is offering him more than $90 million over six years.'

Marker Simms, other Bills have last chance to impress Rex Ryan [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Quite a bit of it is decided," Ryan said of the 53-man roster that will open the season Sept. 13 against Indianapolis. "But I still think this game is important and there is generally three or four guys that will come into this game and have a chance to win a job or, quite honestly, lose a job. So you never say, ‘Hey this is the roster that is made’ because there are always some guys that will step up and will earn a roster spot in this last game."'

Marker LeSean McCoy injury: Buffalo Bills RB may not be ready for Week 1, according to report [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's way too early to say whether (McCoy) will play or not," a source told Anderson. "He is doing a little bit more every day. But hell yes, I'm concerned about that. I can't say for sure he's going to be with us Week 1. I can't say that at all. It will take everything we got just to get him ready for game day, and then we get to game day (there's) no way he can be in great football shape. So I think he will be on a pitch count, I think at the very best."'

Marker You could see first Bills melodrama of Terry Pegula-Rex Ryan eras coming [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But it must be said: the blame for the Bills being in this mess falls on Terry and Kim Pegula.'

Marker Fred Jackson takes parting shot at Bills GM Doug Whaley as Rex Ryan says Buffalo his ‘last sto [1:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Doug Whaley was behind it, to my knowledge," Jackson said. "He wasn't honest with me the entire time that I've known him. I have the utmost respect for the organization. There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was him."'

Marker Rex Ryan goes from incompetent Idzik to ‘rogue’ Bills GM [1:53 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Rex Ryan just can’t find himself a team with a normal general manager, can he?'

Marker Jackson critical of GM Whaley in parting shot from Bills [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"He wasn't honest with me the entire time that I've known him," Jackson told the Buffalo News. "I have the utmost respect for the organization. There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was him."'

Marker Bills worried LeSean McCoy may not be fully ready Week 1 due to injury [1:51 AM]
ESPN reports: 'McCoy suffered a left hamstring injury in practice on Aug. 18. The source told Anderson that McCoy's MRI showed, what was described internally as, a "small tear," adding: "They say it tore in a spot where it couldn't have been any better for us. It tore in a spot that is kind of high up, surrounded by stronger muscles in the glutes and things like that."'

Marker Source: Bills having internal debate about cutting Cassel [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The coaching staff may prefer to have a veteran backup, while the front office could prefer to use the roster spot elsewhere.'

Marker Five players to watch [1:49 AM] reports: 'Chris Gragg: The third-year tight end has made a compelling case for himself to stick on the 53-man roster. Gragg is second on the team in receptions in the preseason and leads the team in receiving yardage. His blocking in pass protection has improved and he’s been consistent with his route running.'

September 2, 2015

Marker Bills were left with no easy choices [12:31 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Fred was the league’s oldest running back. In three of the last four years, he did not play a full season due to injury and he dealt with a potentially nagging hamstring this preseason. His role was backup running back … period. No special teams contribution.'

Marker Duke Williams re-adjusting to backing up Graham [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m not frustrated at all because I know what I can do and I know how good of a football player I am,” Williams said after the Bills’ practice Tuesday. “Whatever role I have, I’m going to fill it to the best of my ability. That’s what I’m worried about, instead of who’s on the field first. It’s important to some guys. Of course I want to be a starter, of course I feel like I worked for it, but with Corey being the starter, I’m going to back him up and help us win games.”'

Marker Jackson blindsided, but he’ll be fine [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It definitely was tough,” Jackson said Tuesday night by telephone from Seattle. “I’ve said all along that the goal was to finish my career as a Buffalo Bill. That ended yesterday. It was a tough pill to swallow, especially because I felt like I can still contribute. I didn’t get that opportunity.”'

Marker Fred Jackson’s 10 greatest games [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sept. 25, 2011. Vs. New England. Jackson’s 38-yard catch-and-run play sets up last-second winning field goal as Bills snap 15-game losing streak to Patriots with 34-31 victory. Gains 161 scrimmage yards (74 rushing and 87 receiving).'

Marker Carpenter’s kicking woes becoming worrisome to Ryan [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re the only team in the league that keeps a kickoff specialist. With that being said, you do that to make sure you’re giving your kicker a chance to focus on one thing and that’s field goals.”'

Marker Ryan calls out Bills kicker Dan Carpenter [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He missed a couple field goals and an extra point; that's concerning because he missed a lot of camp, so we have to see him kick better, quite honestly," Ryan said, reviewing Carpenter's shaky preseason performance to date.'

Marker Fred Jackson's release cuts into M&T's marketing [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"As a leader on the Buffalo Bills, in our community and an official partner of M&T Bank, we thank Fred Jackson for his contributions, we congratulate him on his accomplishments, and we wish him the very best in the future," said Chet Bridger, a spokesman for the bank. "Fred will always have a place in our community and in our hearts, and as such we will be looking at our marketing plans going forward."'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley reportedly 'went rogue' cutting Fred Jackson [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'There is plenty of reason to believe Whaley was the one pushing for the move. For starters, he's the one who traded a fourth-round pick for running back Bryce Brown, who is one of the players who took a potential spot for Jackson on the depth chart. Whaley was also the only one included in the team's statement regarding the release of Jackson, and he alone addressed the media about the move prior to practice Monday.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson will start at right tackle, and 3 other notes from Buffalo Bills practice [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'He showed up to camp in shape, passed his conditioning test and quickly overtook Cyrus Kouandjio at right tackle. On Tuesday, Rex Ryan named him the starter at the position for the regular season.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson visiting Seattle Seahawks [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Playing behind a patchwork offensive line and with a mediocre quarterback in 2014, Jackson had 1,000 yards from scrimmage and set a career high with 66 catches while also having a career-low 3.7 yards per carry.'

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