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Buffalo Bills News - May 15, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills sign 2015 draft picks John Miller and Karlos Williams [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams, a fifth-round selection from Florida State, comes with some off-the-field concerns and adds to an already crowded running back depth chart. A former safety, Williams saw his playing time decrease during his final season at Florida State, but the Bills are excited about the value he could bring to special teams.'

Marker Who would the Buffalo Bills have if Mel Kiper's NFL mock drafts were correct? [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Stephon Gilmore battled injuries early in his career as a top 10 pick, he has developed into a legitimate No. 1 cornerback in the NFL. Meanwhile, Courtney Upshaw was a second-round pick of the Ravens back in 2012 and has recorded just one sack in three NFL seasons. The Bills were better off without Kiper again.'

Marker Quarterback competition among 5 toughest roster decisions facing 2015 Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills will have a three-man quarterback competition between Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor. Not only will the winner of the competition be the Bills' opening week starter in 2015, but the player who comes out on bottom could end up getting cut. Most teams keep just two quarterbacks on the active roster, so the team may not have room for Cassel, Manuel and Taylor. Buffalo's front office will have an interesting decision to make at the end of training camp.'

Marker Jim Kelly backs Phila. cause that is close to his heart [1:55 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: '"Without Hunter's Hope and Jim Kelly, there would be no newborn screening," said Maria Kefalas, a sociology professor at St. Joseph's University whose charity, the Calliope Joy Foundation, funds research and programs to help children with leukodystrophy. "Jim set all these events in motiion."'

Marker Bills sign rookies Miller, Williams to contracts [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Miller was chosen 81st overall and has a chance to start at guard this season for the Bills. The 6-foot-2, 312-pound from Louisville started 47 of 48 games with the Cardinals.'

Marker Bills sign draft picks Miller, Williams [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams finished ninth in Florida State history with 22 rushing touchdowns.'

Marker Bills quiz: How well do you know your Williams? [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills now have seven players with the last name "Williams" on their roster.'

Marker Two more Bills picks sign [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Second-round choice Ronald Darby (CB, FSU) and sixth-round choice Tony Steward (LB, Clemson) are the only two remaining draft picks yet to sign their deals.'

Marker G John Miller signs rookie deal with Bills [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to sign my contract and officially become a Buffalo Bill,” Miller told Buffalobills.com. “It’s great I get to put this behind me and focus on football and learning the plays.”'

Marker Bills sign rookie RB Karlos Williams [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m not afraid of it and I’m going to be behind some great guys, some guys who’ve proven themselves and great backs. Having the challenge and going up there is going to be great and learning from those guys.”'

Marker 3 rookies who can make an impact, and 3 others to watch [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Watching from the sidelines, it’s possible to make some initial observations on the rookie class as well. Here are the top three rookies with a chance to impact the Bills in 2015, and three other rookies to keep an eye on as the team moves through the offseason.'

Marker Top of the heap or bust for Bills special teams [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Easley is a special teams phenom,” said Rex Ryan. “He’s as good as it gets on special teams.”'

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May 14, 2015

Marker Power play: Bills sign fullback Conner [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A lot of teams don’t even have a fullback, and we’ve got two of them,” Ryan said Wednesday, after the team announced it had signed Conner as a free agent. “Two of the best fullbacks in the league are on our football team. So I think that may tell you a little bit about the type of style of football that we want to play.”'

Marker Ryan’s approach to Week Two: Brady or not, here we come [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Your job as a coach is to prepare your team to the best of your ability and that’s what I did,” he said. “I saw the Patriots as obviously a very capable opponent and that was really how I prepared. ... Any time you travel to a team, you’re conscious of leaving playbooks, stuff like that around. You’re always conscious of that. So that would be no different than any other team, I think, as far as playing a team.”'

Marker Physical fullback John Conner signs with Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When you look at 'What kind of team are the Bills?' Well, a lot of teams don't even have a fullback," Ryan said. "We have two of them, two of the best fullbacks in the league on our football team. So I think that may tell you a little bit about the type of style of football we want to play."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said about Tom Brady suspension and the New England Patriots [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"One thing I can tell you is we will be prepared to play against whoever we play. I'm not feeling sorry for anybody. We're going to play. Whoever shows up, we're going to play against them and we're going to be prepared."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Rex Ryan favorite John Conner, waive Corey Knox [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' offense is going to feature a fullback under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, but Conner is still a long shot to make the roster. The Bills signed fullback Jerome Felton in free agency, and he figures to get most of the action with the first-team offense.'

Marker Bills' Ryan wants win against Pats -- Brady or not [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"No matter who's there, we're playing the Patriots Week 2, they're playing us," Ryan said Wednesday. "(Coach Bill) Belichick's going to bring his team in and he's going to have them prepared. And I'll promise you, I'm going to have our team prepared, as well. So that's really all I think about it. All the particulars and all that stuff, I really haven't given any thought to it."'

Marker Time may have finally arrived for Bills' Powell [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Powell knows nothing is going to be handed to him. The Bills have a total of eight linebackers on the roster, and given Ryan’s hybrid schemes, several of them can be asked to play inside or outside at any given time. It’s also a young position group, with players doing whatever they can to get noticed and win jobs. That means there’s always competition for Powell. “They’re coming in to compete and take your spot. And it’s a long season so anything can happen from now to the beginning of the season.”'

Marker Bills sign FB John Conner [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tomake room for Conner and keep the Bills at the 90-man roster limit, the team announced the released of FB and Buffalo native Corey Knox.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin looking forward to a fresh start [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I do enjoy the coaching staff that we have here,” Goodwin told reporters last week after one of the team’s voluntary workouts in Orchard Park. “I am very confident in everything. The changes that the organization has made, I think they will benefit me a lot. Definitely a fresh start. I am looking forward to this season.”'

Marker Deflategate - Make It Stop [1:50 AM]
Bills Daily reports: I’m happy to see a richly deserved punishment be served, but the amount of whining, crying, nonsensical arguments that permeates things here makes me think another 110” of snow might be a good thing – at least there would be something else to talk about.

Marker 11 questions with Rex Ryan on the Patriots, John Conner, and Bills rookies [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The good thing, and Doug Whaley and I talk about it all the time, is that we’ll keep the best players. If that means two fullbacks, then so be it. Both (Jerome) Felton and John, can they contribute on special teams as well? I think both guys can. Clearly we brought Felton in to be the guy, but it just so happens that John Conner is still sitting out there and you know what, I know John and he’s a heck of a football player. He’s an excellent teammate, so let’s bring him in, let him compete and I would not be surprised if John makes our team.'

Marker Free agent FB John Conner signs with Bills [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Conner, 27, visited with coaches at One Bills Drive Tuesday and signed Wednesday morning. A five-year veteran, Conner began his NFL career under Bills head coach Rex Ryan with the Jets in 2010, but he was not re-signed by New York after the 2012 campaign. After short stints with the Bengals and Giants, Conner, 27, returned to the Jets in 2014.'

Marker LB Tony Steward trying to move past thrill of being a pro [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I went down and visited my agent and had my girlfriend with me and we really just stayed busy all day,” Steward told Buffalobills.com. “We didn’t even watch the draft and in a fit of perfect timing we went back to his office to check in with one of his assistants and as soon as we sat down is when I got the call from the Bills. We kept ourselves busy, but when it happened it was an awesome moment for me and my girlfriend, my agent and my family."'

May 13, 2015

Marker Graham could be safety net for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m able to play safety,” Graham said last week. “I’m able to play whatever they want. I’m pretty sure we’re going to be able to be creative to get guys on the field. If they ask me to do it, I’ll do it."'

Marker Bills cash in on military salutes, local arenas do not [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What the $679,000 bought from the Buffalo Bills is unclear.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign 2015 draft picks Nick O'Leary, Dezmin Lewis [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, Lewis, a wide receiver who played at Central Arkansas, faces a bit of an uphill climb to make the roster. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver brings a size element that the Bills lack at wide receiver, but he will have to beat out 2013 third-round pick Marquise Goodwin just to be the No. 6 wide receiver on the depth chart. Even then, there's no guarantee the team will keep that many receiver.'

Marker ESPN '30 for 30' will feature Buffalo Bills' four straight Super Bowl losses [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'ESPN announced the news Tuesday morning, and Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reported that the working title for the documentary is "The Four Falls of Buffalo." No date for the feature has been announced at this point.'

Marker Aaron Williams, Eric Wood weigh in on how Tom Brady suspension impacts Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"They'll make a push, and I'm sure they'll have a really good team again next year, and that's good, because we have a lot of confidence in our team as well," Wood said. "I wouldn't want there to be a whole lot of excuses if we do pull that thing out."'

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