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Buffalo Bills News - June 23, 2015

Marker Will Bryce Brown make the cut in 2015? [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Karlos Williams, Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown will be competing for two spots in the roster. Dixon was ahead of both Williams and Brown in the pecking order during minicamp, while Dixon and Williams both contribute more on special teams. General manager Doug Whaley likes Brown, but the fourth-year running back has something to prove in camp.'

Marker Maine’s Mulligan looking for new start in NFL with Bills [1:57 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '“He’s in a perfect situation with Rex,” said Mike DeVito, the defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs and a former teammate of Mulligan’s from both UMaine and the Jets. “That’s a perfect offensive system for him to be in."'

Marker Allentown native, NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed proud to have Allentown street and park named in his [1:56 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"You can have great stats as a football player or a basketball player, or even as a businessman, but when it's all said and done, it's what you do with the rest of your life that matters most," O'Connell said. "Andre Reed will touch the lives of children for the rest of his life. Hopefully, he'll touch as many lives as he can to help make them better citizens in our community."'

Marker Allentown honors NFL star wide receiver Andre Reed with park, street dedication [1:55 AM]
Easton Express Times reports: '"You were No. 83 in the NFL, you were No. 11 here at Dieruff, but you're always going to be considered No. 1 in the city of Allentown," Pawlowski told Reed.'

Marker Bills WR Goodwin to jump at U.S. track championships [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'If Goodwin were to place in the top three in Eugene, he would qualify for the World Championships in Beijing, Aug. 22-30. Bills training camp runs through Aug. 25, and Goodwin is working to keep a spot on the roster behind Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods.'

Marker Bills receiver and Olympian Marquise Goodwin to make return to track [1:53 AM]
SI reports: 'A USATF official told SI.com that Goodwin was added to the meet by petition by men’s chairman Ed Gorman. The petition was granted due to his personal history in the sport.'

Marker Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cassel was brought in to be the steady veteran QB the team knows they can turn to if Manuel or Taylor don’t take hold of the job. But he was anything but steady in the practices the media was able to watch. Far too inconsistent on a regular basis, Cassel hasn’t given the coaching staff any reason to think he’s a better option than either of the two younger guys headed to camp, leaving more questions than answers about where this competition will ultimately wind up.'

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June 22, 2015

Marker Thoughts on Bills, Scherzer and the U.S. Open’s Day [8:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What does it really mean in June, while learning a new offensive system, if EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor complete every pass … or none?'

Marker Robey aims to return to ‘13 form [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s better,” Robey said of how what the Bills will do this year on defense suits him. “Last year, I was more just in coverage, basically. Softer coverage, too. I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do as far as being aggressive and being able to play like I really like to play. This year, Rex allows me to do that.”'

Marker Mario: Kouandjio's arm length a huge asset [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams went on to cite Kouandjio’s arm length and, although he says he doesn’t know exactly how long his teammates arms are, he’s been in this league long enough to know they’ll give him an edge. “Compared to other tackles in the league, I mean he’s definitely got that reach. So as far as pass blocking and run blocking, he has the extension and advantage in that situation.”'

June 21, 2015

Marker No new scars: 31-year-old Kyle Williams feels fresh [1:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My arrow’s pointing up in all directions,” Williams said. “I’m excited about it. I’m excited about the year and everything that’s in front of us.”'

Marker The wild early years, the football family that shaped Bills coach Rex Ryan [1:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The best way to learn about Rex Ryan and his family probably isn’t by calling former friends, coaches, associates and players. The best way is to let the Ryans tell stories about each other.'

Marker We've known what traits Rex Ryan took from Buddy ... Or did they come from Doris? [1:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"About that time hot pants came in," Doris said. "I would just show up in hot pants with my boots and hose and everything."'

Marker ‘Rex Effect’ has Buffalo’s greatest sports fan in good spirits [1:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m not saying we can’t hold them to a standard,” Rex said. “But Pegula has brought a new belief to Buffalo. Maybe I’m getting old, but after all these years I realize it’s not so much the wins and losses that matter, but caring enough about something to put your feelings out there.”'

Marker The day Rex Ryan and family marveled at this thing called 'tailgating' at the Rockpile [1:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know who came up with the idea of tailgating, but from my experience tailgating was invented in Buffalo."'

Marker Lamar's Hamlin enjoying life as NFL assistant [1:03 AM]
Florence Morning News reports: '“ Rex is a great guy and is very loyal,” Hamlin said. “As long as you do what you are supposed to do and go by his guidelines, he is going to be behind you 100 percent. He doesn’t sugar coat anything. What you see is what you get. Rex is Rex and not going to pretend to be somebody he is not.”'

Marker Thurman Thomas & Fred Jackson: Thousand-yard dads [1:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Braeden Jackson is an 8-year old standout on his youth football team in Hamburg. His father, Fred Jackson, says, “If you talk to him now, he’s going to be a first round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.”'

Marker Fatherhood a ‘blessing’ for these Bills [1:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The hardest thing for me is when he cries right now,” Gilmore said. “I can’t really do anything because (Gabrielle) has to feed him. When he cries at night most of the time he is hungry or maybe he needs his diaper changed. It’s just time management and sleep; you have to sleep when he sleeps.”'

June 20, 2015

Marker Who will be the odd man ou on contract extensions? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team will have to do some reworking of contracts and perhaps make a roster move or two to accommodate their plans of extending Dareus’ deal before the season. It would also make sense, given the fact they are built to win with defense, that they would make Bradham, arguably their best inside linebacker, and Gilmore, their most talented cornerback, priorities ahead of Glenn.'

Marker Bills season ticket sales the perfect storm [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You could sell oceanfront property in Arizona to a Bills fan.'

Marker Will LeSean McCoy live up to the hype for the Buffalo Bills? [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's tough to see the Bills keeping more than four running backs on the 53-man roster, despite how much they say they want to run the football. McCoy is going to take the bulk of the carries, and there won't be much need for a fifth running back. It's early to say Seantrel Henderson is on the outs with the new coaching staff, but he's certainly not off to a good start during minicamp. As for the nickel cornerback job, Nickell Robey pretty much has that locked down. The coaches like Darby as an outside cornerback.'

Marker 7 lingering questions for Buffalo Bills after minicamp [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills' offensive coaches have all said the quarterback competition will truly begin when the pads come on. EJ Manuel finished minicamp on a high note, but Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor are still very much in the mix for the job. The clock will start ticking on naming a starting quarterback when the team reports to St. John Fisher, and the Bills hope to find more answers in the coming months.'

Marker Rex wants players to 'detox from football' during break [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I am getting away from it, as well. I think it's good to get away with all the coaches and things. But you know things are never that far away from you. But I want to get away and I want everyone to get away. Then when you come back you are fresh as a daisy and you are ready to roll. The grind, you plan on working six months and maybe having two days off. Now you get away, all the coaches everyone in the building gets away. I think that’s a good thing.”'

Marker Bills Positional Briefs: Tight Ends [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Look out for MarQueis Gray. The former college quarterback has made a full-on transition to tight end, and a successful one at that. The Bills have really been impressed with Gray since he stepped foot into One Bills Drive in the middle of the 2014 season. He quickly rose up the depth chart last season, and in a short amount of time, to actually get reps on offense -- and he even made an impact on the passing game. Gray has an impressive amount of athleticism to go along with a big frame (6-foot-4, 242-pounds), and is developing as a blocker. Although still technically on the bubble, he has a fantastic shot to make the 53-man roster outright.'

Marker Bills announce changes in player personnel department [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Rob Hanrahan has been promoted to Director of Pro Personnel. Hanrahan is entering his 15th season with the Bills after serving as the team’s assistant director of pro personnel in 2014 and pro personnel coordinator from 2008-13. From 2004 – 2007, Hanrahan served as a pro personnel assistant after two years as the team’s scouting assistant from 2002 – 2003. He first joined the Bills as an intern in the media relations department in 2001.'

Marker 4 players whose stock is on the rise this offseason [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '““I’ve felt a huge improvement in my balance,” Kouandjio noted when the minicamp ended. “Being able to do what you want at a certain speed it takes a lot of balance, which requires a lot of core strength. It helps your game a lot. There are a lot of little things that I see in my game that I can fix. I still have a few things I can pinpoint that I need to work on during the break. It’s a process.”'

June 19, 2015

Marker Ryan gives Bills’ offense a chance to break on high note [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You have to get a couple new systems taught,” Ryan said. “You have to see what you have from a physical standpoint as best you can without putting the pads on, enthusiasm and all that type of stuff. And, obviously,” there’s “the physical conditioning of your players. I have been happy with all of it.”'

Marker Kouandjio makes offseason strides [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan said Thursday the performance of the 2014 second-round draft pick from Alabama during offseason drills “probably puts him ahead” of Seantrel Henderson at offensive tackle. Kouandjio has worked at right tackle, where Henderson started for all 16 games as a rookie last season, during the three-day mandatory minicamp that ended Thursday while Henderson worked as a backup.'

Marker Bills mini-camp ends, QB dilemma rages on [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'None of the three quarterbacks in the running to be the starter, EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, or Tyrod Taylor, looked impressive whenever they had to go against the Buffalo defense in 11-on-11 drills. And that's with no threat of them being sacked. For that matter, they often struggled throwing against air, which means, when there were no defenders to go against.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan explains why Cyrus Kouandjio is ahead of Seantrel Henderson [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think he's making a lot of progress. That's the number one thing. Guy is coming in every day, showing up number one, showing up on time, working hard and showing improvement, and that's what he's done," Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday.'

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