Gilmore standoff, Rex's psychology & Reed's read [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the point is, the Bills don't have to go to wall for Gilmore. Nor should they. He's a top-level cornerback, a critical component of a defense that requires its corners to constantly play man-to-man coverage. But just because he wants to use Norman as the standard for his salary doesn't mean the Bills have to.'
Bills' Ryan is selling title hopes in summer ... again [1:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'He's dressing up average and calling it exceptional. It's a lot of hot air floating even more hope.'
Offensive tackle signed by Bills after minicamp tryout [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Renfrow was one of seven players the Bills brought in on a tryout basis to their three-day mandatory practices, which ended Thursday.'
Bills add T Renfrow to roster [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo also designated safety Phillip Thomas as waived/injured.'
Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 1 - WR Sammy Watkins [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Sammy Watkins watch will be on during the summer at St. John Fisher College. Watkins underwent offseason foot surgery and the Bills have yet to release a firm timetable as to when he's expected back in action. The Bills don't believe he's in any jeopardy of missing time in the regular season, but at the very least, it's a situation worth tracking. Once he's back on the field, Watkins hopes to combine with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to top the marks they had together over the final nine games in 2015. If they can recapture the magic, the sky is the limit for Watkins in 2016.'
Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 2 - DL Marcell Dareus [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'For Dareus, it's a bit of a scheme switch for him in the upcoming season. However, with how the Bills have shown through minicamp that they're going to make their defensive linemen essentially interchangeable, Dareus won't be stuck at either nose tackle or at five-technique defensive end. Instead, they can find the weakness on an opponent's offensive line, stick Dareus there and exploit it all game if they so choose. With a healthier and talented front-seven around him, expect a few more flash plays from Dareus in the upcoming season.'
Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 3 - CB Stephon Gilmore [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Following the conclusion of minicamp, the outlook for Stephon Gilmore this season is looking a little murky. Clearly not happy with only a one-year contract, Gilmore abstained from all 10 session of Organized Team Activities, and only watched practice from the sidelines during the three-day, mandatory minicamp. He even hinted that he might hold out from training camp if the two sides don't have a new deal in place. The short-term isn't looking good for Gilmore. However, if/when he gets back on the field, he's immediately one of the best the Bills have.'
7 Bills thoughts & 3 random thoughts, too [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Listen, as far as OTAs and minicamps go, we’ve all fallen into the trap of being fooled by standout play. The truth of the matter is this: offseason practices are a watered down version of football. There isn’t any hitting and contact is minimal, which allows some players to shine through. But with Tyrod Taylor, his offseason matters, and here’s why: Even in these few workouts, Taylor just looks different.'
The Bills' Ryan brothers, a tandem bike, and Delaware Park [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Some pictures are worth 1,000 words, and then there's this one.'
Bills CB Mario Butler loves to give back [1:48 AM]
WJXT-TV reports: '"A lot of times kids in the inner city don't get enough credit," said Butler. "I was one of those kids that went against the grain but was able to come out positive. Now I want to be a positive impact on my community."'
Tryout player Renfrow signs with Bills [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'An undrafted prospect in 2014 out of Miami, Renfrow has been on the roster of four different NFL teams over the last two years, but has not appeared in any games. A former defensive end early in his college career, Renfrow is still young at the offensive tackle position and is likely seen as a developmental prospect.'
What we learned about the Bills in offseason practices [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Whether it’s been throwing needle threader passes, directing traffic pre-snap or providing feedback or counsel to a teammate, Taylor knows all the requirements of the job and is delivering on each and every front.'
Bills HC Rex Ryan: 'We've won the off-season. I would challenge any team' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's really so much further along than where we were," he said. "Almost, individually, you can see it that this guy's getting better."'
Rob Ryan seeing what his brother likes so much about coaching the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I wanted to come in because I had heard Rex talk about how great this team and the people in the building (were), from the management to the coaches to the players," he said. "He was so excited about this place, I wanted to see for myself … to see what it was really like."'
Reed on 2015 Bills defense: 'If you watched the film, you saw a lot of confusion' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a given, you have to talk out there," Reed said Thursday, as the Bills wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp. "If you're not talking, then something's wrong. In order for you to talk, you have to understand your job, what you have to do to get guys lined up. If you're not talking, we're not going to be successful."'
Roll call: S Corey Graham and OC Greg Roman win 'lottery,' get the day off [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills head coach held a "lottery" for one player and one coach to have the final minicamp practice off. The winners? Safety Corey Graham and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. While he joking that he wanted the rookies to get their hopes up, only players with at least three years of experience were eligible.'
Bills assistant Rob Ryan: 'Preston Brown is going to be a star' [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This Preston Brown is going to be a star," said Rob Ryan, officially the Bills' assistant head coach/defense. "He's been fantastic. He's a vocal guy. He is extremely smart. He knows the defense, he knows the in's and out's now. So he's really going to grow in this system and he's got a young player next to him that is like his twin. They love football. They're both tough guys. And they're going to grow together. We're going to have something special here — you watch.'
Buffalo Bills minicamp transcripts of Rex Ryan, Dennis Thurman, Rob Ryan & Ed Reed [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But anyway advice today get out of the parking lot as soon as possible, look both ways, because people are going to be flying out of the parking lot. But I will say this, this sounds nuts but usually this time being perfectly honest this time of year I can’t wait to get on vacation, I am excited about it and all that there is no doubt, but I can’t wait to get the season started. I think that is, I am just telling you right now. Forget the vacation I wish it was shorter and all that, I mean. I am excited about this team.'
RB Jonathan Williams' message, Taylor throws to the middle, energy level high [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Football's been a big part of my life," he said. "I've been playing since I was five years old. Missing that last year was definitely tough. I have a lot of good guys in that room to learn from. Karlos has been teaching me, talking to me. LeSean is one of the best backs in the league. Even Felton and some of the other guys in the room have been helping me as well."'
Bills building a (Greg) Roman empire [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It is tough,’’ Roman said. “A lot people you know when they see us, stopping the run is No. 1 on their must-do list. That is going to be tough. But our goal is to be the winningest offense in the NFL and however we have to do that we would like to do that.’’'
Ed Reed saw 'confusion' and 'guys not giving effort' when watching 2015 Bills [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You have to talk out there," Reed said after minicamp Thursday. "If you're not talking, something's wrong. In order for you to talk, you have to know your job, what you have to do in order to get guys lined up. If you're not talking, we're not going to be successful. If you watch the film from last year, you saw a lot of confusion, a lot of not communication and guys not giving effort. So with that in mind, there couldn't have been too much communicating out there. Some of the offensive guys even said it. 'You could hear a pin drop at practice last year, Ed.' For that to be effective, for us to be effective we have to be communicate. To see those guys commenting like that, we're getting better. From where we were last year, from what I heard, we've gotten a lot better."'
Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills won the 2016 offseason [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I do," Ryan said. "That's one I shouldn't say, because they're going to kill me, but we're on vacation, nobody's going to read it anyway. But I do. ... I don't know about these other teams. I'm sure they've had some great camps, too. I've been really impressed with this group."'
Buffalo Bills are Stanley Cup Champions according to one confused banner [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Matthew Coller of WGR 550 in Buffalo shared this banner bought by a friend in China, proclaiming the NFL's Buffalo Bills to be the Stanley Cup Champions.'
NFL sticks its nose in Bills’ stadium business [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Ralph Wilson Stadium, on the other hand, is a depreciating asset. Once a new stadium is built, it becomes a hulking white elephant that will eventually get torn down anyway.'
Rex Ryan declares Bills winner of NFL's offseason [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We do things where you get points for how you perform [in the weight room] and all that," Ryan said Thursday. "It wasn't even close, from this season compared to last season. I thought we had a good offseason [last year] but not like this. It's so much different. We competed so well against each other. Even in those type of little things, the challenges that we have. I just feel great about it."'
Ragland, Ryan looking forward to 2016 season [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It's difficult, but thankfully I came from a system like coach Saban's and his coaching staff," Ragland said. "I think the only thing different about it is the terminology. Once you figure out the terminology and the words and what everything means, it starting to come so much faster because everything means the same thing but it's just different words or forms. Once you get that down, everything starts to come down. Right now, most of the defense I understand it, and I just can't let this [break] in July [affect my learning of the defense]. I gotta keep learning everything that I'm learning so far."'
WR depth may be separating as Bills wrap-up 3-day minicamp [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The starting WRs for most of the first-unit work in various periods, including red zone and 2-minute were Robert Woods, Greg Salas (slot), and a combination of Dez Lewis and Leonard Hankerson. That position seemed to have some separation towards the end of the week with those players getting more of the reps. Greg Little worked in as the next WR in most cases, especially in red zone work.'
Of all the Bills WRs, Dez Lewis caught Rex's eye [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"You saw him. As the year went on, he kept getting better and better, but I think he’s made strides even from that point to now," Ryan said. "Here’s a guy, a young man that came in from a small college, but man, has he really taken off. And you can talk to any of our guys in the weight room and all that. He’s done a phenomenal job there, getting stronger, faster, and then, [the offense is" target="_blank"> not Chinese to him anymore. Last year, I think there was a little of that."'
Rex Ryan says the Bills have won the offseason, even over other teams around the league [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Yeah, I do. And that’s one that I shouldn’t say because they’re going to kill me anyway, but, we’re on vacation, nobody’s going to read it anyway," the Bills head coach said. "But, I do. I don’t know about these other teams, I’m sure they’ve had some great camps, too, but I’ve been really impressed with this group."'
The Ryan brothers believe Bills LB Preston Brown will 'be a star' [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"This Preston Brown is gonna be a star," said assistant head coach/defense Rob Ryan. "He’s been fantastic. He’s a vocal guy, he’s extremely smart, he knows the defense, he knows the inns and outs now. So he’s really gonna grow in this system."'
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