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Buffalo Bills News - July 29, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills are reportedly interested in free agent QB Nick Foles [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Foles would be an upgrade, though maybe not a drastic one. After a breakout season in 2013 in which he threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions, Foles has come back down to earth. He's started just 19 games the last two seasons and thrown 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.'

Marker Bills' Sammy Watkins says foot is healed heading into camp, plays pickup basketball [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"With this injury it's more mental than physical," Watkins said. "There's going to be good days and bad days, but I feel great."'

Marker Here are 5 players who could make or break the Bills in 2016 [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Break: For a guy who’s as proven as Shady, it comes down to staying healthy. In one year as a Bill, Shady’s headlines have included the words ankle, hamstring, knee, and shoulder, to name a few.'

Marker Football is back! Sort of... [1:50 AM]
Livingston County News reports: 'The offense should be good enough to catapult the Bills into the playoffs. It’s the defense that remains the biggest question mark, and the success of the Bills will largely be defined by their performance on that side of the ball.'

Marker New Patriots receiver Chris Hogan on why he wanted out of Buffalo [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I think I just needed a change. I wanted to get out. I kind of got a little complacent where I was, and this really has kind of (been) a rebirth of me as a football player.”'

Marker Ryan banking on rookies to shore up defense [1:48 AM]
SI reports: 'The first three games against the Colts, Giants and Redskins give Ryan’s defense a chance to get reps against some dangerous passing games. Will the unit be able to get consistent pressure on Luck, Manning and Cousins in the short time it’s on the field against them?'

Marker Bills training camp preview: Defensive Backs (CB and S) [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It appears as though Gilmore is healthy and ready to go, but we won’t know until we actually see him on the field after recovering from shoulder surgery. That is, assuming he will even be at camp as he could possibly make a statement about his contractual situation. I expect him to be there day one, or shortly after if he misses any time at all. And as soon as he is, he’s immediately the team’s number one CB with Darby right behind him and lined up across from him. Last year, that tandem made up one of the best duos in the league and both will get the unquestioned starters’ reps at Fisher.'

Marker Ryan: Adolphus to get First-Team Reps in Training Camp [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think a veteran guy needs to probably be in that leadership role for the Bills to sign, but I'm looking forward to what they have. It's not like they don't have running backs back there. There are young guys, are you looking for a veteran guy? I don't know. At this point I would maybe just wait and see," he said.'

Marker Expectations among Bills staff are high [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We went in [to minicamp" target="_blank"> with the idea that we're going to get better, focus more, and learn our assignments to the best of our abilities, and we did that," Ryan said on the John Murphy Show on Thursday afternoon at training camp. "As we were leaving, it was like, 'Man, I guess we got this little bump in the road called summer vacation.' Everybody looks forward to it, but to me, I couldn't wait for [training camp" target="_blank">, to get back with the players. It's good that they get away a little bit, but they did so well. I just can't wait to see how we are, and if, in fact, we're taking off from where we left off."'

Marker Thurman Thomas Weighs in Taylor, Bush, Drought [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think a veteran guy needs to probably be in that leadership role for the Bills to sign, but I'm looking forward to what they have. It's not like they don't have running backs back there. There are young guys, are you looking for a veteran guy? I don't know. At this point I would maybe just wait and see," he said.'

Marker Report: Bills one of likely landing spots for QB Nick Foles [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The move obviously wouldn't impact Taylor's status as the starting quarterback by any means. He would at worst be competing for the backup job held by Manuel, in which the former first-round pick failed to impress the coaching staff in his two starts during the 2015 campaign.'

Marker Kim Pegula on Bills 2016 expectations: 'Win' [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Win. Winning," she started off. "We're expecting wins."'

Marker Greenville's Zimmer gets his NFL shot [1:41 AM]
WZZM-TV reports: '"I mean everybody is just massive on the offensive and defensive lines and you think because they are so big they aren't going to be as quick." says Zimmer, "but they are just as quick too."'

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July 28, 2016

Marker When will Sammy Watkins get the green light? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think I’ve been doing a great job playing with the injuries and little nicks and bruises. I’m not going to be the last person in this world that plays football that has an injury or plays with injuries. … I don’t care what nobody else says. As long as the staff, this organization, my teammates trust in me and have got my back, I really don’t care.”'

Marker Bills, Taylor talking 'frequently' about contract extension [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From Taylor's perspective, he and his representative, Adisa Bakari, clearly have to believe the standard for an extension was established with the $18-million-per-year deal Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans after making his first seven career starts with the Denver Broncos last season.'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the Pittsburgh Steelers [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How much better will the secondary be? The Steelers ranked 30th in the NFL against the pass last season, and addressed that by spending their first two picks of the draft on defensive backs. Will that be enough? Pittsburgh likely is comfortable with getting into shootouts with teams because of its high-powered offense, but improving the secondary could push the Steelers from a playoff team to a Super Bowl contender.'

Marker Ed Reed: Former star is pied piper of Bills' coaches [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s more like the pied piper, people follow him,” Ryan said of Reed, who he coached for seven years in Baltimore and for the last half of the 2013 season in New York when Reed closed out his magnificent career with the Jets. “And that was even when he wasn’t the dominant player that he used to be with Baltimore,” Ryan continued. “When I had him with the Jets, he took that whole group and they’d follow him. They all want part of that wisdom he has and I thought for our team, you can’t have a better guy.”'

Marker What role would Reggie Bush play on the Bills? [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Obviously McCoy’s spot is safe, and it would appear Gillislee’s is, as well, knowing what he did in his limited time towards the end of last season. Karlos Williams is facing a four-game suspension and after showing up out of shape and overweight to minicamp, some have speculated his roster status could be in jeopardy. However, since Williams won’t count against the final 53-man roster during his suspension, there’s really no reason to make that move until after he’s eligible to return and surveying the situation at that time. Unless, of course, the team is totally convinced he won’t be able to get back on the right track long-term.'

Marker Bills training camp preview: Defensive Ends and Linebackers [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Don't be surprised to see Douzable getting more reps then you might anticipate, at least near the start. He played for Rex Ryan with the Jets and knows his scheme, giving him an early leg-up on some others in camp.'

Marker Drought, politics have put Doug Whaley under pressure [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Things have gone awry when Whaley has tried too hard to sound GM-ish. It isn’t a place he’s comfortable. When Whaley wanted to project that he wasn’t concerned about Sammy Watkins’ injury history, it came off as exactly the opposite. The “humans shouldn’t play football” quote doesn’t make you feel more confident that Watkins’ foot will heal properly. And we all know the idea of Watkins missing time scares the hell out of Whaley (and every other Bills fan, coach, front office person).'

Marker Bills training camp preview: Defensive Line [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Zimmer will probably have to show what he can do mostly on special teams, but if any injuries occur ahead of him, he’ll get his chances to impress, as well. He could ultimately be a perfect practice squad candidate, but he’ll be a player that will get noticed at camp because of his strength and athleticism.'

Marker 9 Bills questions heading into training camp [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Known around the locker room as a great teammate and a hard worker, Manuel will have his chance during preseason this year to impress not only the Bills, but future employers in the NFL as well. His NFL story isn't over by any means, he's got enough to work with to land elsewhere. However, as far as the Bills are concerned, 2016 is likely to be the swan song for Manuel.'

Marker Rams cut QB Nick Foles, should the Bills sign him? [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'By no means am I a proponent of Nick Foles. In fact, I remained unimpressed with Foles even immediately after his unbelievable run with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. To me, he was the byproduct of Chip Kelly's system going unchecked in the head coach's first year in the NFL.'

Marker Will Tyrod Taylor perform like a franchise QB? [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ve been with Chad Pennington and Drew Bledsoe, I’ve been with Vinny Testaverde, those guys all had that common thread of preparation,” said Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee. “Tyrod’s in here at 6:15 every day. Last season he was out at 7:30 pm. He knows how to prepare, and that’s going to pay off.”'

Marker Why the Bills are on the right path for postseason [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think for me everywhere I’ve been you have to have a plan,” Whaley told Buffalobills.com. “Everyone has to completely buy into that plan. And ownership is the most important part of the organization that has to be committed to the plan. So much so that it drowns out all the outside noise, because once the outside noise begins to influence your plan, that’s when knee jerk decisions happen and it compromises the process.”'

July 27, 2016

Marker What to watch as Bills begin training camp [8:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'How about running back?'

Marker Bills address 'deal points' for contract with Bush [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked if he thought the discussions would lead to an agreement, the source said, "I would guess, yes."'

Marker Brandon gets down to business with his full plate for PSE [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You think you have a pretty good plan as I went into it. I’ve altered that a few times, just with office days and travel and strategically planning my schedule, which I didn’t realize at the time was much easier with just the Bills. But we talk about working in team sports and if you’re in this role that I happen to be in, you’d better live it every day – the true definition of team.”'

Marker Training Camp Questions: How many running backs are enough? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills haven’t even reported to camp yet this year, and there is already a reason for the tire-kicking on Bush. Second-year running back Karlos Williams has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for flunking a drug test. Rookie fifth-round draft pick Jonathan Williams got busted for driving while intoxicated in Arkansas.'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the Oakland Raiders [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can the Raiders win the AFC West? The division seems there for the taking, with the Broncos likely starting Mark Sanchez at quarterback and the Chargers coming off a 4-12 season. That leaves the Chiefs and Raiders. Anything less than a 10-win season and playoff spot would be a disappointment for Oakland.'

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