Charges against Bills coach Kromer dropped [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Kurt’s obviously going to head up coaching the offensive line,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said. “He’s obviously been here throughout (the offseason, not to mention four years on previous Bills staffs). I think he’s got the qualities to be a fine offensive line coach, but it’s just business as usual for us.”'
Ryan enthused as the Bills open camp [1:50 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“You get out here and experience the fans, you experience the great weather … on the grass, man it’s tremendous. I’m glad I’m getting paid what I’m getting paid, but when you look at this, you would do it for a heckuva lot less. I mean way, way, way less.”'
Drake vs. Meek Mill: LeSean McCoy, Duke Williams and other Buffalo Bills weigh in on rappers' f [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Finally, on Thursday night, almost a week after Drake's first diss track came out, Meek Mill responded. So when Williams made it back to his dorm ready to turn in before his first training camp practice Friday morning, he couldn't sleep. First, he had to listen to Meek Mill's "Wanna Know" at least a few times. He came away disappointed.'
Bills' Seantrel Henderson not worried about Aaron Kromer's absence, competition with Cyrus [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Kurt was there when I got here last year, so that's my man," Henderson said. "Me and Kurt already got that chemistry. He was a big reason why I played last year. He stayed on me, stayed with me, you know what I'm saying? He told me exactly how to do everything, and so did coach Pat Morris. But Kurt is my man. I love working with Kurt. They all just wanted to see me do well and succeed in this league."'
Charges against Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer dropped but suspension still possibl [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'What does this mean for Kromer's future with the Bills? It can't hurt. Rex Ryan and the Bills opened training camp Friday with Kurt Anderson as the offensive line coach, but Kromer is still under contract with the team and can return to coaching as soon as Ryan and the rest of the organization's decision makers are comfortable.'
Percy Harvin asked Rex Ryan to play cornerback at Buffalo Bills training camp [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He wanted to help this team out in anyway," Ryan said. "And you know you have a guy like Leodis go down or whatever you can't have enough depth at cornerback in my opinion first hand info. So lets see what he can do. Obviously we are not going to over coach him and all that stuff. We expect him to be a top receiver."'
5 Rex Ryan takeaways from day one [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It just had a different feel," Ryan said. "I don't know if it is because it is my second chance or whatever it is. I think I am better prepared now than I was then even though that same enthusiasm that I have now I had back then I can promise you."'
Ugly day for Matt Cassel, QBs and 6 other observations [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Cassel was off the mark throughout the day, missing Sammy Watkins deep on a few occasions and settling for check-downs often. Tyrod Taylor also got to mix in with the first-team offense, but he looked a bit uncomfortable in the pocket. Taylor took a few sacks and was looking to scramble often, even during seven-on-seven drills in which the defensive line was not participating.'
LeSean McCoy on women-only party: 'There wasn't going to be any weird orgy' [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, I'm lying, he did (talk to me)," McCoy said. "He was pissed off I didn't invite him. He gave me a whole speech for about two hours — 'You've got to be about the team. If one guy has women, we all need women.' No, I'm joking, he didn't say that. We didn't really talk about it. On a serious note, it's a thing I do every year with teammates. I didn't do it this year. It got too wild. I should never have posted it. I take blame for that."'
9 non-quarterbacks to watch during practices [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Kouandjio, a second-round pick in 2014, didn't see the field as a rookie. He had a rough training camp and preseason a year ago while Henderson, a 2014 seventh-round pick, made a quicker transition. Has time allowed Kouandjio to catch up? We'll see when the pads come on during practice Sunday.'
No timeline for choosing QB, Bills GM says [1:41 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“That’s the one thing I’ve truly believed since I’ve been in this business. Players will see through anything that you put out there that’s not right. They know. They’re smarter than a lot of people give them credit for. And they’re going to know who the guy should be behind centre.”'
Bills' McCoy says there was nothing shady about party [1:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“But for the record, it was no weird orgy thing going on ... I cancelled it. It got too wild. I felt like everybody took it out of context so I just, I just cancelled it ... I should have never posted it.”'
Buffalo Bills kick off training camp at St. John Fisher [1:39 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'But this season, it’s different. Optimism is at an all-time high and with new coach Rex Ryan, new running back LeSean McCoy and a defense that’s among the NFL’s best, expectations are immense. The Bills haven’t been to the playoffs in 15 years, currently the longest drought in the NFL.'
Buffalo Bills feeding hunger of long offseason [1:38 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“Oh man, this is the best thing in the world,” fullback Boobie Dixon said after practice ended. “This is what I love to do … The fans out here cheering, it’s a motivator. It feeds the soul.”'
Rex Ryan hints at Jets ‘agendas’ in subtle Idzik, Woody shots [1:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'As predictable as December snowfall in Buffalo, Bills fans and media are eating out of Ryan’s hand. He could be serving cat food and the masses would be devouring it as if it were their last meal.'
Charges against NFL coach, son dismissed [1:36 AM]
Northwest Florida Daily News reports: 'The families felt that continued prosecution would result in “substantial disruption of the lives of the minor children and their respective families,” according to a letter from the State Attorney’s Office to the Kromers’ attorney.'
McCoy creates buzz as Buffalo Bills open training camp [1:35 AM]
AP reports: '"I always try to get the fans involved," said McCoy, who was acquired in a trade that sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles. "No player is there actually looking forward to camp. So the fans come out here and cheer us up and get us going. I try to do the same."'
Ryan: Bills hiring Pat Meyer has no ties to Kromer's status [1:34 AM]
AP reports: 'Though the Bills announced Meyer was hired as a football operations consult on Friday, Ryan said the hiring actually took place in June. That was before Kromer was arrested and charged with battery following an alleged altercation on July 12.'
Bills defensive end Williams passes physical, joins camp [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills say defensive end Mario Williams has passed his physical and was activated in time for the team's opening practice at training camp.'
Bills' celebrated QB battle begins with a whimper [1:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan made it clear throughout the offseason that when the Bills came to training camp, the quarterback job would be wide open -- and may the best man win. To that end, he has adopted offensive coordinator Greg Roman's two-spot system where team drills are going on simultaneously at both ends of the practice field in order to give not only the quarterbacks, but everyone else, more reps. However, it is specifically helpful to the quarterbacks who need all the time they can get.'
Charge against Bills' Kromer dismissed [1:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Assistant state attorney Bobby Elmore told ESPN that the accusers' parents asked for the charge to be dismissed after they reached an "amicable resolution" with Kromer's attorneys.'
Bills DE Williams cleared for practice [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams was cleared for the team's first practice of training camp on Friday morning at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y.'
Charges against Bills assistant coach Aaron Kromer dropped [1:29 AM]
ESPN reports: 'A misdemeanor battery charge against Zachery Kromer was also dropped Friday.'
Bills' Ryan is giddy about day one of camp [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As you can imagine Rex Ryan was also off the charts too and couldn’t contain his excitement, “I would like to say I thought it was going to be tough to find something to top jumping out of a plane, but as a football coach I think this topped it. The reason I say it is this day was a long time coming, you can’t wait to get out, you itch and are ready to go and you get out here and you experience the fans, you experience the great weather, on the grass it’s tremendous.”'
Kromer Update [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to ESPN Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak, charges against Bills Offensive Line coach Aaron Kromer have been dropped at the request of the victims parents after sides reached an agreement.'
Darby, Sammy shine; QBs struggle on Day One [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel didn’t look any different than the EJ we’ve seen through two years so far. He was able to hit on some shorter throws, but too many passes that he should connect on were off the mark.'
Bills Prez: Time to toss playoff drought anvil into Lake Erie [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' "They’ve been together for a while, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They got a taste of it last year, we were close but you know we couldn’t get over the hump. They’re holding each other accountable as great teams do. Just being around these guys, I have a feeling they know there’s something special on the horizon if they can just put it all together. We said we put the anvil in Lake Erie when the Pegulas bought the franchise, we need to put this anvil in Lake Erie as well and get this playoff drought off of our backs.”'
Bills' Harvin gets some work at corner [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As far as Harvin pulling a Troy Brown and playing both ways, Ryan said it was actually the wide receiver’s idea, “He came to me and wanted to help this team out in any way. You can’t have enough depth at corner, so let’s see what he can do.” Ryan added, “Obviously we aren’t going to over coach him, but if he can help out in that area. Obviously he’s got the physical skills that you’d think he’d probably be pretty good at it.”'
7 Bills training camp observations: Day 1 [1:23 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The highly anticipated three-man quarterback competition is underway in Pittsford, NY, and as to be expected, neither of the three jumped out into an early lead.'
Darby's opportunity comes sooner than expected [1:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ronald Darby may be a second-round pick, but in a secondary steeped in veteran talent, the rookie was hoping to see some prime opportunities here and there. On day one of training camp Darby got that and a whole lot more. With Leodis McKelvin on the Active/Non-Football Injury list and no timetable for a return, Darby appears to have a golden opportunity to make a name for himself at left cornerback early in camp.'
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