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Buffalo Bills News - June 21, 2016

Marker Rex, Rob, and Dennis Thurman provide some clarity, and more mystery, of roles [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'All three coaches were asked about the situation and their roles after the team’s final minicamp practice last week. Here’s what each of them said...'.

Marker Familiarity pushes Bills QBs forward [1:54 AM] reports: '“There’s a good reason he’s here,” said Lee of Manuel. “He’s here because we still believe in him. The general manager believes in him, the head coach believes in him, I believe in him, Greg does. He’s got a big arm. He’s one of the finest people I’ve ever met in my life. He’s such a great person, and he studies he does everything right.'

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June 20, 2016

Marker Bills WR Watkins expects to be ready for camp [1:59 AM]
TSN reports: '“For training camp, I think I’ll definitely be available,” Watkins told “I might sit out two or three days. It’s all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp.”'

Marker WR Dez Lewis: Pray more, worry less [1:58 AM] reports: '“It’s always good to be big and use my size to my advantage, so that’s the main thing. Just trying to stay big,” Lewis said. “My main thing is to give (the coaches) options, so that’s why I continue to stay in the weight room over the offseason and workout.”'

June 19, 2016

Marker A vote to stick with Rex [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You can roll your eyes and shake your head. You can sigh, smirk, sneer, sniff, spit. Do whatever you like to express your disgust because your football purity has been violated by the suggestion a coach should stick around simply because he's great copy. But that's exactly what Rex is, and it's exactly what those of us who are expected to produce more and more Bills content need. Desperately.'

Marker Reggie Ragland has plans for his NFL break: Keep working [1:58 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"This is the most important time for football players, especially in the NFL," Ragland said. "During the break, the guys who are going to stay disciplined are the ones that are normally successful during the season. So you've got to stay disciplined, get the extra cardio in, make sure you're ready for the conditioning test. Because when training camp comes, the next thing you know, a couple of weeks of training camp you're right into the preseason, and once the preseason's over, there goes the season."'

Marker Laughs and competition: New Bern native Reddick conducts local camp [1:57 AM]
New Bern Sun Journal reports: '“It’s important, especially growing up here and knowing how it was when I was coming up,” said Reddick, who plays for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. “We didn’t really have this but it’s good to be able to come back and do this."'

Marker Athletic TE Blake Annen making his presence felt [1:56 AM] reports: '“He’s a very gifted athlete,” said Bills tight ends coach Tony Sparano Jr. “His speed, his athleticism are there for all to see. But the fact that he’s able to pair that with his work ethic and with being as coachable as he is and being a student of the game that he is, is why I’m a big believer in his ability and his potential.”'

June 18, 2016

Marker Q&A with Bills QB Tyrod Taylor: 'I play this game to be one of the greatest players to ever [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m just trying to better myself. At the end of the day, I play this game to be one of the greatest players to ever play. I have goals for myself and I feel I can meet those goals if I do the things necessary. I take it one day at a time, just keeping a level head. Never getting too high. That’s what I did last year—never getting too high, never getting too low. Just staying even keel through all situations.'

Marker Rex & Rob Ryan go viral ... on a tandem bicycle [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You probably have seen the tweet.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Bills add T Renfrow to roster [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo also designated safety Phillip Thomas as waived/injured.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker Tryout player Renfrow signs with Bills [1:47 AM] 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.'

Marker What we learned about the Bills in offseason practices [1:46 AM] 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.'

June 17, 2016

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.’’'

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