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Buffalo Bills News - April 15, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills hosting free agent wide receiver Brad Smith [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's not entirely clear where Smith might fit in with the Bills, who already have two receivers, Marcus Easley and Marcus Thigpen, playing significant roles on special teams. Smith's experience as a wildcat quarterback may interest the Bills, who seem interested in getting creative on offense given their deficiency at quarterback.'

Marker Rex Ryan wants to 'kick the s---' out of Jets when Buffalo Bills play them [1:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“We’re going to try to whip your ass. There are people in that organization who are going to be lifelong friends to me. But this (the Bills) is my damn football family now.”'

Marker Rex Ryan talking trash: I want ‘to kick the s—’ out of the Jets [1:53 AM]
New York Post reports: '“They were trying to pull away from me,” Ryan added. “Like it was my fault, somehow, that people identified the Jets with me, and that was a bad thing and not a good thing. I was just being who I was. From that point on I knew I wasn’t going to be long for that job.”'

Marker Brad Smith, former Eagles and Jets receiver, moving toward reunion with Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan [1:52 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Smith, 31, often saw action out of the wildcat formation with the Jets. He enjoyed the most productive years of his career with them. Smith's career numbers: 134 rushes for 972 yards and four touchdowns, 104 catches for 987 yards and five touchdowns, and 112 kickoff returns for 2,873 yards and four touchdowns.'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan sells Summit home for $2.6M -- well above listing price [1:51 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Three of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, and the master has radiant floors. There is also an eat-in kitchen, a family room and office with built-in bookshelves, a rec room, an exercise room that could be converted to a sixth bedroom, and a patio with an outdoor fireplace. The lot is about a third of an acre, and the property taxes are $37,642.'

Marker The Rex Effect [1:50 AM]
SI reports: '“We’re not only a national brand, we’re starting to be a destination because of Rex and what we’re building here,” says general manager Doug Whaley, who credits Ryan with luring players such as free-agent wideout Percy Harvin. “We’re trying to be a serious contender.”'

Marker Can the Bills find an impact player at #50? [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here’s a look at the most recent #50 overall draft picks, and a historic look at that spot...'.

Marker Roman, Crossman excited to work with Harvin [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Percy is a world-class athlete,” Roman said. “He is a very tough, strong, physical football player who we envision being a big factor for us at the receiver position. I personally think his best days are ahead of him as a receiver.”'

Marker OL coach Aaron Kromer: All 5 spots open to competition [1:47 AM] reports: '“Obviously watching the tape is one thing. It gives me the opportunity to see their movement skills and how they play,” said Kromer. “But understanding I don’t know what they were being told or how they were being coached to do things, it’s a case where I want to get with these guys and get out on the grass with them and get a feel for how they learn and how they pick up the things I’m going to teach them. I don’t want to evaluate them too soon.”'

Marker Former Bill Brad Smith visits One Bills Drive [1:46 AM] reports: 'He appeared in 13 games for the Eagles in 2014 serving mainly on special teams.'

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April 14, 2015

Marker Bills’ OC Roman has the tools for the job [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I mean, these guys want to win,” he said. “That’s our prime directive. The stat that we care about is winning. And everybody understands that in a team sport, sometimes you’re doing the dirty work, sometimes you’re getting the glory. But if it all ends up in helping the team win, then everybody benefits and it’s pretty obvious."'

Marker Bills OC Greg Roman reveling in revamped offense [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Our front office did a tremendous job," Roman said. "We kind of presented a vision of how we wanted to look and be. It's a totally new beginning here, they understand that, and they took what we communicated to them and went out to find those pieces."'

Marker Can QB coach David Lee improve the Bills' quarterback situation? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“His mindset right now is: I'm ready to come in here and run," Lee said. "My first conversation with him was, 'EJ, when I looked at you coming out, the Florida game, you beat them three times with your legs against a fast secondary.' I said to get those chains off and get running."'

April 12, 2015

Marker Manuel happy about clean slate [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s all I want for myself,” Manuel said. “I just want to be able to compete, let it be open, and at the end of the day the best man will play.”'

April 11, 2015

Marker Why a dominant running back means more now than ever [1:59 AM] reports: '“If they have great feet and can make someone miss in space that’s valuable, but even being able to run through arm tackles helps,” said Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. “Where they can take an edge and get through arm tackles. You don’t have to break ankles. You have to have a feel and instinct as far as angles with running the ball.”'

April 10, 2015

Marker EJ Manuel seeks new chapter after Marrone's departure [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I don't know because he's not here with us anymore," said Manuel, a wry grin creasing his face. "I think God works in mysterious ways and I'm excited with the coach we have now. I think he's built a great staff around him. Offensively, I know we have some great guys. I'm very excited to work with (quarterbacks coach David) Lee. I met with him during the pre-draft and all that kind of stuff and I loved him. I'm very happy that he's here with us now."'

Marker Baseball's Opening Day a tradition for Bills' Rex Ryan [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Unfortunately I forgot the freakish type of movement I have on my pitch," he joked.'

Marker Buffalo Bills preseason schedule: Panthers, Browns, Steelers, Lions are 2015 opponents [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The game against the Browns will be on national television on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. It's the second year in a row that the Bills will play a preseason game on national TV: They faced the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game in 2014.'

Marker Bills’ running back Jackson proud of D-III past [1:56 AM]
Cedar Rapids Gazette reports: 'Jackson has amassed almost 8,300 yards, including 5,646 on the ground with 37 total touchdowns. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in 2009 for Buffalo, rushing for 1,062 yards. Jackson will be playing for Rex Ryan, who has taken over the Bills’ helm. “He’s not afraid to speak his mind, but everybody loves him,” Jackson said. “When we announced he was going to be our head coach, I got three or four text messages and phone calls saying you’re going to love playing for Rex. Everybody loves him.”'

Marker Robert Woods has high expectations for Bills - and himself [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I don’t think that slows us down,” Woods said on the Howard Simon Show on WGR Thursday morning. “During this time period we’re able to work with each and every quarterback that we have here. So the timing will be there. It’s going to make each quarterback better to have to make every throw because if you don’t the next one will and that’s great for this team. They have to understand the offense, understand the players, and get this offense going. But I think with the new additions it won’t be too hard.”'

Marker Bills announce 2015 preseason schedule [1:54 AM] reports: 'The Bills will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Thursday, August 20 at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised match-up on ESPN. It will mark the 11th time the Bills and Browns will have faced off in preseason play and the first time since 2006. It will also be the second consecutive season in which the Bills play before a nationwide audience during the preseason, after they appeared on NBC in the Hall of Fame Game in 2014.'

April 9, 2015

Marker McCoy excited by Bills’ talent [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You don’t really notice it until you get here,” he said. “The atmosphere, the people and coaches – the talent level – that’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed. From being on winning teams to this team – this is a talented group.”'

Marker LeSean McCoy has one more parting shot for Chip Kelly, the Eagles and Philadelphia [1:58 AM]
South Jersey Times reports: 'The Bills' offseason workouts this week have turned into a de-facto McCoy media tour, and the league's leading rusher in 2013 hasn't been shy that he feels right at home in Buffalo.'

Marker McCoy: Ready to share; ready to win [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After being traded to the Bills, McCoy restructured his contract and is now signed for five more years in Buffalo, through 2019. The commitment and resources ownership invested in him, showed McCoy how serious they are to winning right away. “They want to win now. That’s the kind of mindset they’re banging into our heads. We have some young guys you can wait to develop, but why wait? I think this is a team that’s ready to take off now.”'

April 8, 2015

Marker Bills were perfect fit for Harvin [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Me and Rex Ryan, we fell in love with each other,” Harvin said. “Just that whole staff there. When I came here, they were excited to have me.”'

Marker Bills’ Marcell Dareus pleads guilty to violations in crash [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Tuesday, the case was resolved when Dareus, 25, pleaded guilty in Hamburg Town Court to non-criminal charges of imprudent speed and failure to keep right. He paid a $300 fine and agreed to host a free football camp for varsity football players from throughout Erie County.'

Marker Percy Harvin expects to 'explode' with Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I just ask people to judge me off of what they see, which is what I did in New York," he said. "Me and Rex Ryan, we fell in love with each other. When I came here, they were excited to have me here. I don't look at the past, I just look at the future. Like I said, the world has yet to see me really explode like I'm about to."'

Marker Buffalo Bills hosting safety Dawan Landry on free agent visit [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Landry, a nine-year NFL veteran, has long been a favorite of Bills coach Rex Ryan, who has coached Landry since he came into the league with the Baltimore Ravens back in 2006. Landry spent five seasons with the Ravens before signing with the Jaguars in 2011. After two seasons in Jacksonville, Landry was released and reunited with Ryan in New York with the Jets.'

Marker Marcell Dareus reaches plea agreement, has misdemeanor charges dropped in street-racing incident [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"This is a very unfortunate incident," Dareus said Tuesday."I really didn't mean to be a distraction to the team and to the community. I'm really looking forward to being a very positive influence for many years to come."'

Marker LeSean McCoy: Chip Kelly traded me to Bills because he doesn’t like stars [1:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It was 'DeSean Jackson - a high-flying, take-off-the-top-of-the-defense receiver' or 'the quick, elusive LeSean McCoy,' " added McCoy, who tallied 1,319 yards and five touchdowns for Philadelphia last season. "I don't think [Kelly] likes that."'

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