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Buffalo Bills News - June 19, 2015

Marker Rex Ryan expects Buffalo Bills to sign former Jets OT Wayne Hunter [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Yeah, I think he'll be signed," Ryan said Thursday. "We're just putting him through the individual drills. We weren't putting him out there for any team drills. Just so he gets his feet wet and picks up some terminology and things like that. Where he will have a better chance is when we get back out there in training camp. It is good for a veteran player just to get out. I think he has impressed some coaches with how athletic he is. And he looks like he is in great shape. It will be fun watching him compete."'

Marker EJ Manuel lights up the backup defense, and 5 other observations from Buffalo Bills' minicamp [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In the battle between second-year offensive tackles, Cyrus Kouandjio is ahead of Seantrel Henderson, who missed practice Tuesday because of a travel issue. Kouandjio again took all of the first-team reps at offensive tackle, and Ryan said it's because of the offseason work he put in. Henderson was not made available to the media for the second-straight day.'

Marker Rex Ryan holds Buffalo Bills defensive line out of minicamp practice to help quarterbacks [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"No, I wouldn't say that," Ryan said. "You guys posted every stat known to man in there, and I thought, 'That's enough. Big boys ain't in there today.' It's a little easier to function when that front four ain't in there, so we did that a little bit. When you combine talent with scheme, it's going to be pretty spectacular on the other side, I believe."'

Marker How soon does Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan need to name a starting quarterback? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'That competition can complicate things for an offense. When three quarterbacks are dividing the reps with the first team offense, it's tough for any of them to establish rhythm during practice, building chemistry becomes a challenge and even evaluating their play is difficult.'

Marker EJ Manuel builds on adversity of 2014 [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“You just have to practice it. I think it’s just making things muscle memory. Once you make it muscle memory, then you can just go out and do it, like in a two-minute drill. You have to think about what the defence is doing. You can’t think about your fundamentals. So once it becomes second nature, I think you start to play better.”'

Marker Famed Bills receiver Reed joins team as coaching intern [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"I have a lot to give back to the game," Reed said. "I had a feeling I wanted to do something after I was done playing, even before that but my kids were too small and I think as they're older now I can devote more time to it if I want to."'

Marker Bills afflicted with high expectations [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"There's not going to be any separation until the pads come on," Ryan said of the three-man competition. "It's not going to be one until we get to playing real football. The No. 1 thing is to pick the right guy. Is time on our side a little bit? Yes, it is. In an ideal world would you already have your quarterback named by now? Yeah, that's an ideal situation, but you know what, we're not there, we're in an ideal situation to have competition at that spot and I welcome it."'

Marker Bills sign TE Mulligan, release DB Noel [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Noel was an undrafted free agent the Bills signed out of Wake Forest.'

Marker Manuel impressive on final day; offense works play-action [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Today in 2-minute offense, the former first-round pick made two impressive deeper throws that were complete. One was almost a carbon-copy of the one he threw yesterday to Gray. This time it was to Marcus Easley, and it went for a TD. That touchdown was the finishing touch to a 65-yard drive.'

Marker Bills Minicamp Observations, Day 3 [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It couldn't have gotten any worse for the Bills on offense on Wednesday, but on the same hand, they couldn't have asked for a step forward any better than the one they got from EJ Manuel on Thursday.'

Marker TE Matthew Mulligan signed by Bills [1:45 AM] reports: 'Mulligan, 30, like a good number of the free agents signed by Buffalo this offseason has a history with Bills head coach Rex Ryan. The tight end began his career with the New York Jets under Ryan in 2009 and played three seasons in New York.'

Marker Minicamp Notes: Day 3 [1:44 AM] reports: 'Manuel put together one of his better practices Thursday and has improved in a couple of specific areas with respect to his personal game. He’s much less hesitant in his decision making and his accuracy is more consistent. Perhaps the area of his game that has seen the greatest jump is his footwork in the pocket and leading up to the throw.'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio confident 2015 will bring marked progress [1:43 AM] reports: '“I think the work that Cyrus has done overall in the offseason probably puts him ahead right now,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “But again, the race isn’t over by a long shot, so we’ll see.”'

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Marker Bills’ Incognito says he’s matured in time off [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You know, it’s six one way, half dozen the other,” he said. “I’ve definitely grown, definitely matured. I definitely did take some steps forward. But, you know, I think what this whole thing was, it really just shook me down to my core values, and really just kind of” made me think about “the kind of man I am.”'

Marker Bills quarterbacks have rough day in minicamp [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A few drops here, a few protection issues,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said when asked why the offense struggled so much to throw the ball. “There were some good plays, some bad plays. Very similar to yesterday. We didn’t throw the ball downfield that much today as we did yesterday, though.”'

Marker Chris Hogan ready to battle for Bills roster spot [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I see myself fitting in the same kind of role I had last year," said Hogan, who enjoyed a breakout 2014 when he was Buffalo's third receiver and caught 41 passes for 426 yards and 4 touchdowns. "I'm a guy that can play inside or outside. It's really going to come down to who does what the best and that's what we're trying to get to in these OTAs and mini-camps. For me, I'm going to try to do everything good and hopefully that carries into training camp and from there, I hope I can find my way onto the field."'

Marker Is Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito a changed man? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Do I feel like I'm changed?" Incognito asked Wednesday at the Bills' mandatory minicamp. "You know, it's six one way, half dozen the other. I've definitely grown, definitely matured. I definitely did take some steps forward. But you know I think what this whole thing was, it really just shook me down to my core values, and really just kind of (made me think about) the kind of man I am."'

Marker Offense hits rock bottom and 5 other observations from Buffalo Bills minicamp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While some of that can be chalked up to solid defensive play, it's not ideal for the offense to take that kind of step back, particularly after a day when they showed some progress. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman isn't ready to judge the team until training camp. Still, it's obvious a break could do them some good.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson back but demoted [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan didn't meet with the media Wednesday, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman didn't provide much of an explanation other than to say Henderson was a day behind after missing practice Tuesday because of a travel issues. The Bills did not make Henderson available to the media.'

Marker “I think the goal is really just kind of assimilate to the team as fast as possible,” he [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In a pair of 11-on-11 sessions, quarterbacks Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor (who, by mini-camp rotation, took his Wednesday reps with first-teamers) and Matt Simms saw nearly all of their passes bounce, or klunk off receivers’ hands, or sail high over their heads, or get broken up, or get intercepted. One after another.'

Marker Bills' Richie Incognito discusses Dolphins bullying scandal, suspension [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I think the goal is really just kind of assimilate to the team as fast as possible,” he said after Wednesday’s mandatory-minicamp practice, the second of three. “It’s been a nice spring: just come up here and really concentrate on football. Really, just get back into it, and get back into a good rhythm.'

Marker Rex Ryan apparently won't stop till the Buffalo Bills are the 2009-14 Jets [1:51 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Wayne Hunter hasn't played in the NFL since 2012. That Ryan would give him a tryout now speaks to Ryan's loyalty to those who have played and worked for him. But it also speaks to Ryan's rather noticeable insistence on transforming the Bills into a replica of the Jets teams he coached from 2009 to 2014.'

Marker Jim Kelly, who has fought cancer, still strives to make a difference [1:50 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"At the beginning, I didn't know if I wanted the disease to be a tool," Kelly said. "I didn't want to share it with anybody. But my wife said, 'We need as many people praying for you as possible.' As time went on, that kept me going."'

Marker Rex Ryan's defense promises to dominate, but will Bills' QB situation hold Buffalo back? [1:49 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'The suspicion here is that the problems for quarterbacks will likely be the same. Opponents are going to have to get the ball out fast, and do it against a scheme that won't have to gamble at the line of scrimmage and should have creative coverage opportunities in the back end. Buffalo also should have the flexibility that Chicago didn't – namely the personnel to move in and out of the 4-3 and 3-4, and a variety of sub-packages. Basically, this roster will be a toy store for Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman.'

Marker Fred Jackson: Roman's power run game suits me [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“The power running is something I’ve molded myself into being able to do,” Jackson told reporters this week. “They also ask us to run some routes out of the backfield, and I feel like I’m a guy that can get that done anytime you ask him to.”'

Marker Bills' Watkins is slowly getting back [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins is trying to get used to three other quarterbacks and of course he knows EJ Manuel. He said it’s difficult to get to know all three, “It is and that’s where training camp will come in, you get more time with the starter and the backups, so you just have to find your way where you fit in and get as much work as you can.” Watkins added, “That’s why we having training camp and I think for the most part, the coach has an idea who the starter will be and that’s who will probably get the most reps with, but we’ll have to do it quick.”'

Marker Screen passes a theme at Bills minicamp Wednesday [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Screens were the theme early and often during the second of a three-day mandatory minicamp at One Bills Drive. Screens to the wide receivers. Screens to the tight ends. Screens to the running backs. Even screens to the H-Back/fullback. You name it, they ran it, especially in the offensive portion of practice before going live against the defense. The screen game was almost non-existent in last year's offense, whether due to unwillingness by the coaching staff or inability by the offensive line.'

Marker Andre Reed excited to coach and be a part of Bills - again [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I have a lot to give back to the game and I had a feeling I wanted to do something after I was done playing,” Reed told the media after the team’s first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday. “Even before that, but my kids were too small and I think as they are older now I can devote more time to it if I want too.”'

Marker Bills Minicamp Observations, Day 2 [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This disclaimer should always be used around this time of the year when it comes to player performance: it's only June. However, this was not a banner day for the Bills offense.'

Marker Minicamp Notes: Day 2 [1:43 AM] reports: 'The safety combinations have varied somewhat week to week. On Wednesday the starting tandem was again Duke Williams and Bacarri Rambo as was the case Tuesday. The other pairing was Corey Graham and Jonathan Meeks. Kenny Ladler rotated in and out for Graham for a snap here and there.'

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