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Buffalo Bills News - May 27, 2016

Marker Bills at coaching: Brotherly love highlights defensive changes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just think it is in the classroom, and listening in the classroom, and how it is being taught, the back and forth from players to coach and all that," the head coach told reporters Tuesday. "I think it is a great understanding, we have some great teachers."'

Marker Bills' Robert Woods (finally healthy) leads group of Watkins-less WR's through OTA's [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So in this offense, Woods views himself as “an all-around guy.” After catching a myriad of passes on shorter routes in his career, averaging 12.1 yards per catch, he hopes to develop into more of a deep threat for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He expects cornerbacks to press up closely on him, which will put his new wheels to the test.'

Marker Corey Graham determined to make things right after disappointing 2015 season [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Defense is night and day from last year, where we are at this point,” safety Corey Graham said after the Bills completed their second spring practice. “They’re doing a great job as coaches, installing everything, making sure everybody understands everything. It's a lot – I wouldn't say simpler – but it's just, easier to understand. Everything is going pretty smooth. Guys are picking it up. I like where we're at right now.”'

Marker Bills going for broke, but fix it if it breaks [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But if the Bills go sub-.500 this season, they absolutely should restructure how they construct a roster.'

Marker Whaley misspoke, but Bills have lost benefit of the doubt [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whaley is like many working along One Bills Drive who have lost the benefit of the doubt. People long ago grew fatigued by nonsense spewed from the organization. Therefore, when the Bills say something asinine, they invite criticism.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin's summer, Shaq Lawson's timeline, Jerry Hughes' health [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's good to see the Bills supporting Goodwin's pursuit of the gold. With that being said, there is no question he's firmly on the team's roster bubble. Missing all of spring practice and a good portion of training camp undoubtedly puts Goodwin behind in what promises to be a heated competition at wide receiver. Surely, he knows that.'

Marker Where does Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan rank on worst-to-first NFL coaches list? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Ryan is known as a brilliant defensive mind, but he's going to need a bounce back season to retain that title. He hasn't produced a top-10 unit in three seasons, and he hasn't led his team to a winning record since 2010."'

Marker 4 interesting things Bills WR coach Sanjay Lal said about Buffalo's receivers [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Outside of Woods and Watkins, there aren't too many locks to make the 53-man roster. Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal joined WGR on Wednesday night and broke down the position a bit. He said it's only realistic for the team to keep five or six receivers from this group.'

Marker Not just a playbook [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“If I’m smart while I'm playing football, I can use the resources I gain during my career to help me transition out of football and springboard into my next phase in life,” Woods said.'

Marker Should Bills show Gilmore the money? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When it comes to Gilmore, I’m not so sure. I want them to keep Gilmore, who forms a terrific cornerback tandem with Ronald Darby and is one of the core players on the Bills defense. But I’ve never been a fan of paying a cornerback elite level money. The Bills already have three players whose average salary for the upcoming season ranks in the top five for their position and a fourth player is getting paid top 10 money for his spot.'

Marker Archer playing football on beach in Florida as he still hasn't contacted Bills [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Archer has posted four different pictures in that time, all with check-ins in Florida. Two at a painting/art studio in Port Charlotte on May 17 and two from Siesta Key Beach within the past week (one of those was a post he shared).'

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May 26, 2016

Marker Bills at special teams: A rookie challenger for Carpenter [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They didn't bring in a whole bunch of challengers to make sure Carpenter knew they truly meant business about the need for him to bounce back. They simply (or at least so far) let him know that he needs to outperform a rookie, making a far smaller salary, to keep his job.'

Marker Bills' GM Doug Whaley: 'Clearly, I used a poor choice of words' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Wednesday, Whaley and the Bills were in full damage-control mode.'

Marker Policy motivation, a human moment & put on a happy face [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It doesn't work that way in the real world. You credential reporters to watch practice, we're going to report what we watch. We're going to provide opinions on what we see. It's all part of a process that leads to the same thing being done when we're sitting in the press box on game day. And pointing out which players are starting and which are not is also relevant and will continue to be done, just as it will when training camp begins and the stands are filled with people who will make conclusions based on what they see. By the way, the original policy included training camp in the practice-coverage rules, but Berchtold later said that was amended "because of all the fans who are there."'

Marker Bills have gaping hole at right tackle [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If all had gone according to plan, the Bills wouldn’t be in this mess, but Kouandjio has been a colossal disappointment. He found himself in former coach Doug Marrone’s dog house almost immediately, and never escaped. He lost out to Henderson that first year and did not play a single snap on offense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley responds to backlash over 'poor choice of words' [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football. I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment."'

Marker Adam Schefter calls Buffalo Bills media policy 'Draconian' and 'a waste of time' [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Schefter later went on to say all sides need to show some professionalism, and a media relations department should treat reporters professionally. He wasn't the only ESPN employee critical of the media policy. Scott Van Pelt dedicated an entire segment to ripping it.'

Marker Mike Golic 'dumbfounded' by Bills GM Doug Whaley comments about NFL injuries [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"To say that line, I was dumbfounded, just dumbfounded," Golic said. "There's one thing to talk about injury prone and all the other stuff he said I get, how each person comes back individually. But humans weren't meant to play football, where the NFL and football is now in the larger scope of all levels? For that to come out of a general manager's mouth, I was stunned. Stunned."'

Marker So why, exactly, did Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley feel need to 'clarify' his remarks? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'What is so scandalous about that? Why is it so radical to suggest that huge men, running into each other at frightening speeds with painful intent while wearing hard shells on their heads amounts to a fairly unhealthy endeavor? Where is the sacrilege in Whaley's statement?'

Marker Bills’ Whaley addresses previous statements [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment."'

Marker Bad week in Buffalo: from injuries to apologies [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'It was a nine-day, what-could-go-wrong-next stretch that began May 16, when the Bills revealed rookie first-round draft pick linebacker Shaq Lawson and starting receiver Sammy Watkins had surgery. It continued Wednesday when general manager Doug Whaley acknowledged he used "a poor choice of words" when referring to football being a violent game that he didn't think was intended to be played by humans.'

Marker Bills GM clarifies comment over whether NFL's fit for humans [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Whaley's clarification was issued in a statement the Bills posted on their public relations Twitter account Wednesday. A day earlier, in an interview with Buffalo's WGR Radio, the GM wondered whether football was meant for "humans" when answering a question whether receiver Sammy Watkins was injury prone.'

Marker Bills GM: 'Poor choice of words' to say humans shouldn't play football [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Clearly I used a poor choice of words in my comment yesterday morning," Whaley said in the statement. "As a former player who has the utmost respect and love for the game, the point that I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and injuries are a part of it."'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley says he 'used a poor choice of words' [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"Playing football no doubt is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what makes the game so compelling to play and watch," he said in the statement. "The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley backpedals on claim that humans aren't supposed to play football [1:46 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Whaley took a lot of heat for that claim on Tuesday, so he and the Bills issued a statement saying he used a poor choice of words.'

Marker Bills' Whaley clarifies his 'humans playing football' comments [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Predictably, there was a bit of an outcry over the comments, and now Whaley has issued a statement on those comments.'

Marker Bills GM Whaley: “I used a poor choice of words” [1:44 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The Bills will continue Offseason Training Activities this week. Whaley’s statement comes on the heels of another round of national criticism, after the team issued a stricter media policy than in previous years.'

Marker LeSean McCoy the latest Bill to appear on NFL's Top 100 [1:43 AM] reports: '“I feel like (last) year I didn’t play up to the standards I hold for myself,” said McCoy. “There were a lot of plays that I missed. I missed games, been hurt, and when I was on field I didn’t make the plays I should have made. This past year I got tackled more one on one than ever. Just being honest. I didn’t think I had the type of year that I’m used to having. I’ll make sure that I get things worked out. Come in healthy, more hungry, more determined. I think this team has a lot of potential.”'

May 25, 2016

Marker One Lawson (Manny) set to replace another (Shaq) on defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Guys, he can play right now. If we never had the surgery, he could play right now. But what we’re trying to get is Shaq Lawson at 100 percent,” Ryan said. “That’s why we decided to have the surgery when we did. We could have waited during the season and then at some point if he had to go with the surgery, he would have been lost for the rest of the year. This way, we get him and we know at some point we’re going to have him – and not just have him out there playing, but at 100 percent.”'

Marker Reggie Ragland signs contract; just two members of rookie class without deals [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left unsigned from the team's seven-player draft class are first-round pick Shaq Lawson, a defensive end/outsider linebacker from Clemson, and fourth-rounder Cardale Jones, the Ohio State quarterback.'

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