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Buffalo Bills News - May 25, 2016

Marker Bills' new media policy veers into paranoia-land [1:40 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Even Bills guard Richie Incognito joined the fun: "Not sure if I'm supposed to be tweeting this with the new media policy but since we started practice there are cookies in the lunch room."'

Marker Bills new media policy makes Rex Ryan look like a shell of his former self [1:39 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Is that really Rex who's coaching this team? What happened to the Rex who couldn't get enough of the media in New York?'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley says humans aren’t supposed to play football [1:38 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'That's a refreshingly honest take from someone in the game. And it's worth noting that on the grand scale of football injuries, a broken foot is pretty mild.'

Marker Fun Rex Ryan is officially dead [1:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Bills fans probably would like the old Rex back – the one who led the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games, and didn’t try to overprotect his team from the media. Ryan has not had a winning season since 2010, including his first campaign in Buffalo when the Bills went 8-8.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM says humans aren’t made for a ‘violent game’ like football [1:36 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'His statement will likely give even more fodder to the current conversation being held regarding football’s safety. While the comments were made in relation to Watkins’s foot injury, the timing fits well (or poorly, if you’re the NFL) with the league’s very public concussion-CTE problem. The issue was brought to the forefront once again this week, when ESPN investigative reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada published their findings from a congressional report stating the NFL attempted to improperly influence funds meant for a study on the relationship between concussions, football and CTE.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign 2nd-round pick, linebacker Reggie Ragland [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills traded up eight spots in the draft to select the Alabama prospect and 2015 SEC defensive player of the year with the 41st pick. Ragland was two-year starter and was a unanimous All-American, leading the Crimson Tide with 102 tackles last year, including 60 solo.'

Marker No scoops for you: Bills media policy has many restrictions [1:34 AM]
AP reports: 'In an email to The Associated Press, Jeff Legwold, President of the Professional Football Writers of America, described the Bills' new rules as "a vast over-reach of the guidelines in the (NFL's) current media policy." Legwold added, the Bills' policy is "not only unnecessary, it is not in compliance."'

Marker Bills defend handling of Lawson injury [1:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'One of the stinging criticisms levied against the Bills is that with a 16-year playoff drought hanging around their collective necks, they didn't have the luxury of picking a player who probably won't be of much use to them this season. In effect, this is lining up as a redshirt year for Lawson, similar to what Jacksonville went through in 2015 when its first-round pick, edge rusher Dante Fowler, was felled by a knee injury on the first day of a rookie minicamp practice and was lost for the season.'

Marker LB Ragland signs with Bills [1:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'With Ragland under contract, the Bills have signed five of their seven 2016 draft picks. Still unsigned are first-round defensive end Shaq Lawson of Clemson and fourth-round quarterback Cardale Jones of Ohio State.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley says football not a game humans should play [1:31 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Whaley's thoughts came as part of a larger response to a question about whether top receiver Sammy Watkins is injury-prone.'

Marker Bills beat writers are not happy with the team's strict new media policy [1:30 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Here are some of the best reactions, including a few crafty tweets to adhere to the rules.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley doesn't think 'humans are supposed to play' football [1:29 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Sure, executives have admitted the dangers of playing football. Even Goodell has done that. But hearing Whaley say it's a sport that humans aren't meant to play is alarming. His comment stemmed from a question regarding Sammy Watkins being injury-prone.'

Marker Bills GM: I 'don't think humans are supposed to play' football [1:28 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Whaley isn't necessarily wrong, of course. In January, the NFL released a report that revealed a rise in concussions. In total, the NFL counted 271 concussions last season. They also counted 56 ACL sprains and 170 MCL sprains in 2015.'

Marker As Bills D turns page, Hughes willing to do 'whatever the coach needs me to do' [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, I mean it’s just going to be a lot more fun at the outside linebacker position now, I would say,” he told reporters after Tuesday’s OTA session. “I mean, I’m really just not that traditional down-end. I’ll be standing up more, so just understanding the depths and volumes that goes into playing linebacker, I mean it opens up the game for you a lot. You can have a lot more fun I’ll say when you’re out in coverage, when you’re out coming off the edge, really just playing with that look to kind of just mess with offensive’s heads.”'

Marker Wood excited to get back to work at OTAs [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"There's a lot of competing going on out there and it's good for us," Wood said. " Any work we can get, any chance we have to get better we will take full advantage of that. And it's fun. We have the option of being out here. Luckily with us, a lot of guys attend, a lot of guys are taking this serious and we're out there getting better."'

Marker Boykin, Blanton make impression (Bills Tuesday OTA notes) [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Robert Blanton saw plenty of time at safety and was extremely vocal. His voice was very easily heard over others and he was constantly moving guys around and taking charge in the secondary and overall on defense.'

Marker Rex: Seymour looks like 'the real deal' as rookie CB gets 1st-team reps at OTAs [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Well, he’s already elevated,” Ryan said to reporters after the team’s open practice session Tuesday on the grass field outside. “You know, kind of like we saw immediately with Ronald Darby. How we knew Darby had a chance to be special. I’m not going to put him in that class yet, but we’re close.”'

Marker Bills sign secound-round pick Ragland [1:23 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The agency that represents Buffalo Bills second-round pick Reggie Ragland has announced that the former Alabama linebacker has agreed to a contract with the team.'

Marker Whaley: Lawson could have played through shoulder injury [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills' GM told Howard Simon and Jeremy White that Lawson could have continued to play through the shoulder injury, but the team was concerned about "flare ups" like the one that happened in rookie mini camp.'

Marker 7 Bills observations from OTAs (5/24) [1:21 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It’s been a popular conversation amongst Bills fans: Who will start at right tackle in 2016? The early answer to that, before the competition really gets into the swing of things at training camp, is Jordan Mills.'

Marker Bills new media policy called 'unnecessary' [1:20 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Rex or not -- wherever it came from, it did not go over well on what should have been a day focused on the team on the field, and what they need to do to finally end the playoff drought. Instead, the strict new media policy is the talk of the league, fair or not.'

Marker Thoughts on the Bills new media policy [1:19 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Why would the team take away the very source of news and notes on the team, when around this time of year a good portion of fans like hearing about what’s going on with the team? And, if they don’t get it from me, then from one of the other writers that do a fantastic job at covering the team — fans lose out there as well.'

Marker Buffalo Bills new media policy takes NFL insecurity to a childish extreme [1:18 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'But banning info on the team just because it isn't positive enough is turning media angst into child's play. That Sammy Watkins dropped one pass or that Tyrod Taylor was just 7 of 14 on his throws on a given day in May will have as much impact on this year's wins and losses as sharing what kind of potatoes they're serving in the cafeteria.'

Marker Bills feel Watkins' absence is manageable [1:17 AM] reports: '“(I’m) not necessarily disappointed right now,” said Taylor. “I kind of moved past that. The main thing is that Sammy gets healthy. We know he wants to be out here and he’s going to get out as soon as he can. The main thing is that we just talked through a bunch of things that happened last year. Once it’s his time to come back in training camp then we’ll get on the same page as far as getting chemistry back.”'

Marker Bills OTA notes [1:16 AM] reports: '“It’s good to have the guys out there competing against the defense,” said Taylor. “The defense is giving us a bunch of different looks, but the main thing is that we are going out there and competing. Guys are making plays on the ball. It’s good to have everybody out there.”'

Marker Whaley sheds light on Lawson surgery decision [1:15 AM] reports: '“The more and more we thought about it in talking about it with ownership, the head coach, the medical staff and myself and Shaq and his representatives, we said, ‘Let’s be proactive with this thing. Let’s not have an incident which may come up five months from now or five days,’” said Whaley. “So the unpredictability of when it could happen again we decided to remove all doubt. We said, ‘Let’s get the shoulder surgery done now and that’s pre-emptive and then we remove all doubt as to when this could flare up again either during the season or two years from now.'”'

Marker Bills sign second-round pick Reggie Ragland [1:14 AM] reports: '“It feels great,” Ragland told “You get this opportunity and you work so hard your whole life as a kid just to be in this position. You’ve put yourself in this position so now you’ve got to come through. So I’m very thankful I got the deal done and now it’s time to get to work.”'

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May 24, 2016

Marker Bills at LB: Despite Lawson glitch, upgrade is likely [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ragland also has a health issue, an enlarged aorta that he and the Bills insist won't give him any problems. Where have we heard that one before?'

Marker Buffalo-native Corey Knox wants a 2nd chance with Bills: 'I am not afraid to die for it' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I had frost all over my face, my arms were beat red," Knox said, "and I was frozen but I didn’t care because I wanted Russ Brandon to see, I wanted Rex to see, I wanted Doug Whaley to see, I wanted every single coach who came in that day to see that nobody in or out of that team wants it more than me and I know I got my message across. I emailed Rex Ryan, I emailed Greg Roman and I keep trying to put it in their mind what I am willing to do. I’m not trying to say these others guys aren’t but when they see a guy not giving it everything they have or they are at the end of their career or maybe they just don’t have the same passion for the Bills that I do, (I hope) that they will think of me."'

Marker Tyler Dunne's players to watch through Bills OTAs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reggie Ragland. No, the Bills won't get see returns on their first-round investment any time soon. Lawson, the 19th overall pick, might not return until mid-season... and how much will he help after missing so much time? The shoulder surgery certainly is a blow to Rex Ryan's defense this year and will put even more pressure on Reggie Ragland, the 41st overall pick, to be an instant contributor. Both Ryan and Doug Whaley were quick to say the team landed three starters "off the bus" this draft. Without money to find such talents in free agency, that was the goal in the draft.'

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