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Buffalo Bills News - July 26, 2016

Marker Report: Bills' Gilmore will report to training camp [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As it stands now, Gilmore will play out the 2016 season under his one-year, $11.082 million for the Bills. He'll become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year in the NFL, in the beginning of March 2017.'

Marker Sammy Watkins ready for anything at Bills training camp [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m prepared to do everything on the side by myself if I need to,” said Watkins of how things might begin for him in terms of workload at training camp. “I don’t know what they’re going to do, so I’ve got my mind right. They might throw me out there (with the team) I don’t know. I think if they do I’ll be alright. I know they’re going to do that just to test me.”'

Marker Can Buffalo's defense return to the top 10? [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’re all working together and I think everybody does a great job of keeping each other accountable as far as everybody knowing what they’re supposed to do,” said Aaron Williams. “We try to do our best to help each other out on the field. Whoever is out there on the field we want them to know what they’re doing at all times.”'

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July 25, 2016

Marker Eight Bills veterans are on the bubble [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Any unused cap space can also be carried over into 2017 – an important factor to consider given that quarterback Tyrod Taylor and cornerback Stephon Gilmore are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after the coming season.'

Marker Bills training camp preview: QB, RB, FB [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Behind Taylor, there also shouldn't be a question as to who the number-two is. EJ Manuel is entering his fourth year and last under contract with the team. Because they didn't go out and upgrade the backup spot in the off-season and only drafted Jones, the message is clear heading into camp that the 2013 first round pick will be taking the field again if Taylor gets hurt.'

Marker Bills training camp preview: Offensive Line [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The job could also be there for Kouandjio to take, but he'll have to beat out Mills who will start day one of camp.'

Marker Can LeSean McCoy dominate again? [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Because the team needs him there when it matters most, his reps during training camp and preseason games are expected to be reduced as well.'

Marker Who will be the third receiver? [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Both Little and Hankerson were coveted draft choices when they entered the league. Both had prominent roles within their respective offenses to achieve successful seasons early in their careers. However, both stumbled to get their footing after they parted with the clubs that drafted them. With Watkins sidelined by surgery in the spring, Little and Hankerson had more snaps to get passes from Taylor. Lal believes that their past resumes give them a chance to secure the third spot.'

July 24, 2016

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan wraps arms around players others view as too risky [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ve all made mistakes. It’s 100 percent. Guys in our locker room, guys in the coaches’ locker room, all over the building, nobody’s perfect. There are a lot of really good people. Nobody’s perfect. Everybody’s made mistakes in their lives. It’s just you try to learn from them and grow from them.”'

Marker Increased communication has players optimistic of defensive resurgence [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s just really more so players taking ownership,” Lawson says. “We’re the ones that are out there on the field. If we don’t understand it, the coaches can’t play it for us, so we’ve got to do it.”'

Marker The bar can’t get any higher for Bills running backs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It will be a great challenge, there’s no question,” coach Rex Ryan says. “But it starts with the players. We have really good players. We’ve got a great stable of backs, we’ve got a physical offensive line, and we’ve got a scheme that changes. So it’s not just that you’ve got to stop the power. You might have to stop the counter. Can we run zone plays? Yes. Can we run gap schemes? Absolutely. Can we run zone reads? Yes. We run it all, we run the gamut.'

Marker Filling Mario’s shoes looks like complicated process for Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That leaves a gaping hole in the Bills’ starting lineup. Veteran Manny Lawson is most likely to get the first crack at replacing Shaq Lawson. Manny Lawson is a trusted veteran who has superior football intelligence. But he never has been much of a pass-rush option. Manny Lawson has just 24.5 sacks in 143 career games and only 2.5 over the past two years in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills enter camp hoping to avoid injury bug - for a change [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s ridiculous the amount of injuries we’ve had,” coach Rex Ryan lamented after the Bills were officially eliminated from playoff contention after an ugly loss to Washington in December. “Is that a contributing factor? Of course. And it would be ridiculous if you don’t think it is.”'

Marker Ten positions that figure to have the best competition [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An undrafted free agent out of Georgia, Morgan can steal the job by showing the Bills he’s better than Carpenter (or at least equal to him) and cheaper. He may also save them a roster spot if he can boom his kickoffs, making Gay expendable.'

Marker Headed to training camp? Here’s what you need to know [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The interactive games area adjacent to the practice fields is a highlight of camp for youths. It is open whenever the Bills practice. There will be a Bills Super Slide for kids. Here’s a rundown of the challenges...'.

Marker A guide to the newcomers at Bills’ training camp [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Arenas provides cornerback depth, but to make the roster he’ll have to win the punt-return job. The good news for him is the Bills do not have a lot of proven options for that job. He has a decent chance of doing just that.'

Marker If Tyrod Taylor wants mega contract, Bills say prove it [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If he gets off to a great start in 2016 and convinces the Bills he’s their man, perhaps the organization will try to complete an in-season extension and prevent Taylor from hitting free agency in March, similar to what it did with Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2011. On the flip side of that scenario, maybe Taylor will bet on himself by playing the season out and then jumping into the free agency pool to see what he can get from someone else.'

Marker Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy returns home to host Play60 event in Harrisburg [1:50 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: '"Fortunately for us, LeSean hasn't forgotten about his roots," said Paul Kreider, who helped coach McCoy at McDevitt and remains a close mentor. "His family is in the area, his parents live in Harrisburg. He cares about the place, and it cares about him."'

Marker Will Sammy Watkins make the Pro Bowl? [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'That’s if he can stay healthy. Sammy Watkins missed most of Buffalo’s spring workouts after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. Earlier this week, Watkins told reporters in Buffalo that he feels good about his recovery and his chances of being ready for the start of training camp.'

July 23, 2016

Marker Roster turnover has Bills special teams rebuilding and aiming to bounce back [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You’d rather the cycle not have such an exodus,” special teams coordinator Danny Crossman told the team’s official website earlier this offseason. “You’d like to keep some guys and maintain that nucleus, but that’s just how it works sometimes. It’s going to be one of those years with how the situation has worked out that we’ll have a bunch of new faces, but it’s also exciting at the same time.”'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the Cincinnati Bengals [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Is this the year the Bengals finally get over the hump in the playoffs? Cincinnati has won 52 regular-season games the past five seasons, but has lost on wild-card weekend every time. In fact, the Bengals haven't won a playoff game since 1991. The roster is stacked with talent, but so far, coach Marvin Lewis hasn't been able to get the most out of it when stakes are highest.'

Marker 3 reasons to be excited about Buffalo Bills linebackers in 2016 [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brown had an excellent rookie season playing in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense, but the transition to Ryan's 3-4 in his second year as a pro was not a smooth one. It's only fair to see how Brown adjusts after a full season in the system. He didn't back down from the public criticism and instead responded by showing greater vocal leadership and command of the scheme throughout spring practices. Now he has to carry that over into the season.'

Marker Bills arrive at training camp with questions to answer [1:56 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'As we transition from the off-season to the preseason, here are some things I’ll be keeping my eyes on...'.

Marker Rapoport: Gilmore to play out contract [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills picked up the fifth-year option on Gilmore's rookie contract, guaranteeing him just over $11 million this season on a one-year deal. Gilmore would like long-term security.'

Marker Fisher wrapping up Bills camp prep [1:54 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"The merchandise tent is probably the biggest thing I get asked about," said Harrison. "Still one story, but it's a much more permanent-looking structure and with more space for merchandise."'

July 22, 2016

Marker Bills receiver battles in camp should be intriguing [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Watkins misses some or all of camp, there will be an even bigger opportunity for the players behind him on the depth chart. Watkins and Robert Woods are the only two receivers who are locks for the 53-man roster heading to training camp.'

Marker Aaron Williams makes plea for Bills to re-sign Fred Jackson [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That decision will ultimately rest with General Manager Doug Whaley. It would be a reversal of Whaley's thinking from a year ago, when the team parted with one of its most popular players shortly before the start of the season.'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason review of the Seattle Seahawks [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Will Rawls and Graham be ready to start the season coming off major injuries? Rawls, the undrafted free agent who took over at running back when Lynch was hurt, suffered a broken ankle and ligament damage, ending his rookie year early. He led the NFL with 5.65 yards per carry. Graham, meanwhile, tore the patellar tendon in his knee – a difficult injury to come back from. Even though his season was a disappointment when he got hurt, Graham led the team in targets at the time of the injury. It's clear both players are major contributors to the offense.'

Marker Bad news for Bills overshadows Rex Ryan's rosy outlook [1:56 AM]
AP reports: '"I thought we had a good offseason last year, but not like this. It's so much different," Ryan said. "I will challenge any team. I think we've won the offseason. But we need to win July."'

Marker Buffalo Bills capsule [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'High hopes that followed Ryan's hiring last year have been replaced by skepticism after Bills lacked consistency and looked nothing like so-called bully coach proclaimed he would build.'

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