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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2015

Marker Full go the expectation for Sammy Watkins [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ll definitely be out there,” said Watkins. “I don’t know what the circumstance will be with the (athletic training) staff and what I’m going to be doing or how limited I’m going to be, but I’m definitely going to be practicing.”'

Marker Carpenter, McKelvin, Mario to start camp on non-football injury list [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The NFI designation covers injuries sustained away from football-related activities. The club did not disclose the nature of the injuries sustained by the three veteran players.'

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July 30, 2015

Marker Bills settle in for Camp Rex [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Attitude change, player additions, I think you would be lying if you said you didn’t see it or feel it. We’re excited about where we could go. But we have a whole lot of work before we get there. We’ve got a whole lot of work before we have that first game in September. Obviously, we’ve got some talented guys, but hopefully they understand that there’s a lot of work to get done before we can realize any kind of potential we have.”'

Marker Do the Bills have enough at quarterback? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s not real accurate,” the executive said. “He has a weird, dart-throwing motion. For a big, strong-looking guy, he doesn’t throw the ball like one. … But sometimes it takes time. Sometimes, it’s tough when you’re thrown in there right away if you’re not Andrew Luck.”'

Marker Confident Watkins says it’s playoffs or bust [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We have to show up. We have to win. Win games,” Watkins said. “Everybody’s buying tickets and everybody’s got this Super Bowl thing on us. We’ve got to come out here and win. Coming in Friday for practice, we’ve got to start it up. We’re not going to just go out there and win games because we have all these players. I think if we handle our business in practice, we definitely have a shot at the playoffs.'

Marker Goodell shows might by standing up to Brady [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Goodell knows public sentiment is on his side. He also has the power that comes with knowing that his league is more popular and lucrative than ever, despite the recent scandals. If it’s a fight Brady wants, Goodell is saying that the NFL is bigger than any one player, even the greatest quarterback of all time.'

Marker Bills ready to meet lofty expectations head-on [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’ve got some talented guys, but hopefully they understand there’s a lot of work to get done before we can realize any kind of potential we have.”'

Marker Bills depth chart: Analyzing the offense [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This year, Kouandjio had the better offseason and is in the driver’s seat, but now the pads go on. Incognito solidifies the RG spot, and Miller, a third-rounder in 2015, has been a nice surprise who was plugged in as a starter from the day the Bills picked him. Wood and Glenn are locked in, and Urbik will be the key backup at both guard spots and center.'

Marker Bills depth chart: Can Rex's defense be No. 1? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bradham and Brown are going to be the two inside linebackers. The outside positions, in theory, will be manned by Mario Williams and Hughes, but as I said earlier, they aren't going to be performing normal LB duties too often. In essence, this defense is more like a 5-2 than a 3-4. This is what you need to know: The Bills are going to line up seven guys in the first two levels, and it will be a mish-mash of players in a variety of alignments. Powell and Johnson are the front-runners to earn the backup spots at ILB.'

Marker Buffalo Bills players torn over suspension of Patriots QB Tom Brady [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't really know how I feel about it. Honestly, there hasn't been a whole lot of precedent set in this regard. I felt that the consistency shown is refreshing, because sometimes it feels like they suspend a guy and then they always end up taking it away, or taking half of it back or whatever. The consistency is nice. I guess I don't know enough about the whole situation to determine what I think the punishment should have been but I did appreciate the consistency and I'm sure there will be a lot more going on from here."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Kyle Williams upset he didn't get the invite to LeSean McCoy's party [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm not on Twitter or social media, so it's hard to keep up with that," Williams said. "I'm a little upset I didn't get invited. Probably my wife's glad I didn't get invited."'

Marker Buffalo Bills bring in former Colts, Lions offensive lineman for visit [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills will have to examine the progress of Cherilus' recovery from an offseason knee surgery. He missed all of the Colts' offseason program due to the injury.'

Marker A.J. Tarpley or Tony Steward at linebacker? [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's not unreasonable to think the Bills will keep six linebackers on the roster, though it depends on how versatile they think some of their defensive ends can be. Lawson is a lock, while Johnson should make the team with a strong training camp. Bradham, Brown and Powell are safe bets to make the roster as well, so it's up to Steward, Tarpley or Jimmy Gaines to convince coaches the roster needs six linebackers.'

Marker High expectations apparent as Buffalo Bills set to open camp [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"It's awesome that fans are excited," center Eric Wood said. "But from our perspective, we've got a long way to go and we haven't played a game yet."'

Marker AP source: Offensive tackle Cherilus visits Buffalo Bills [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The Colts cut Cherilus because of concerns they had of him coming off knee surgery.'

Marker Bills host OT Cherilus [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills parted with guard Chris Williams and tackle Wayne Hunter in the past week and have holes across the offensive line.'

Marker Bills players know expectations are running higher [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, I think so. I think you see everything,” Williams said, as he enters his tenth camp. “From Rex, to the players, to the attitude change and player additions, you know I think you would be blind if you said you didn’t see it or feel it, but like I said we’re excited to be here. We’re excited about where we could go, but we have a whole lot of work before we get there. We got a whole lot of work before we have that first game in September, and hopefully, obviously we’ve got some talented guys but I think, hopefully, they understand that there’s a whole lot of work to get done before we can realize any kind of potential that we have.”'

Marker Bills training camp questions [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I still think Cassel is the favorite but that is solely based on the fact he has more NFL experience than Manuel and Taylor. Since they don't have an elite QB on the roster, I think Rex Ryan and Greg Roman will be looking for someone with a steady hand, who makes the right decisions more often than not, and gets the ball into the hands of the various play makers on offense.'

Marker OT Gosder Cherilus visits Bills [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6-7, 315 pound Cherilus has played 104 games, starting 100 in his NFL career. He was selected in the first round by the Lions (17th overall) in 2008.'

Marker Expectations high as Bills arrive at training camp [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It does feel different and I’m excited about it,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “We’ve got a group that can do some special things.”'

Marker Will the postseason be reached? [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Just happy to have the talent we have,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “They were good last year. Our job, for this entire defense, as coaches, from Rex (Ryan) on down is to see if we can get this group from great to elite. One of the defenses that people are talking about for years to come.”'

July 29, 2015

Marker Kouandjio geared for action in trying to earn starting O-line spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“But again, the race isn’t over by a long shot,” Ryan said, “so we’ll see. Seantrel has got to show that he can handle it mentally, physically all of it and then get out here. Obviously he’s a guy that started 16 games last year so I think competition is going to be good, and Kouandjio has got to show that when the pads come on that he can handle the physical aspect of the game.”'

Marker How would Tom Brady's suspension affect the AFC East? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After years of lackluster coaching hires, the Bills are now run by someone who has spent hours (upon hours) studying how to beat Bill Belichick. Even when his Jets teams were awful, they made Belichick sweat. Last year’s 4-12 disaster lost to the eventual Super Bowl champs 27-25 and 17-16 on last-second field goal misses.'

Marker Bills make serious upgrades on offense [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"There's a lot of different weapons that we're excited about, and I'm excited to play in this offense, more excited than I've been in a long time," said running back Fred Jackson, who once again this season is the oldest player in the NFL at his position. "We have to work, it's not going to just come at us, but we're excited."'

Marker Sammy Watkins takes dig at former Buffalo Bills and Syracuse WR coach Rob Moore [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Now, we're understanding how to run routes off any press, off any leverage, to where you won't be covered," Watkins told the Buffalo News. "We were kind of limited last year with certain things. It was, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.' All" Moore "wanted to do was just tie-in what he knew and what he did in his career and just do that."'

Marker Buffalo Bills release guard Chris Williams after failed physical [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With Williams' release, the Bills only have six offensive linemen with NFL experience and just four guards. At this point, Richie Incognito and rookie John Miller look like safe bets to win starting jobs at that position.'

Marker Depth the only question surrounding Buffalo Bills defensive line in 2015 [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Alex Carrington, Corbin Bryant and Michael Buchanan are all likely battling for two spots once Dareus is back from his one-week suspension. Depending on how many linebackers the Bills keep, Buchanan may not be entirely safe, but the Bills will likely part ways with either Carrington or Bryant once Dareus returns.'

Marker Sammy Watkins expects to be 'full go' after hip injury [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'll definitely be ready to practice," Watkins said Tuesday at his youth football camp at Erie Community College. "It's really about me just going and having fun. I'll be at practice ready to go. I'll be full go. I'll be prepared to go out there and make plays."'

Marker Ryan's brash approach still can't answer Bills' QB question [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills struggled running the ball last year in finishing with 1,482 yards rushing, a franchise low in a 16-game season. Buffalo also lacked a player who topped 100 yards rushing in a game for only the third season in team history, and first since 1979.'

Marker Bills release G Chris Williams [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams had missed all of OTAs and minicamps this offseason recovering from back surgery. He signed a four-year, $13.5 million deal with the club last offseason. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $1.875 million this season plus bonuses totaling $600,000.'

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