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Buffalo Bills News - June 16, 2017

Marker Bills announce 2017 Connors & Ferris Training Camp dates [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The start of training camp is right around the corner and we are excited to return to St. John Fisher College, the summer home of the Buffalo Bills since 2000,” said Bills Managing Partner and President Russ Brandon. “We appreciate the hospitality that St. John Fisher and our fans in Rochester continue to provide us on a yearly basis.”'

Marker Bills Today: LeSean McCoy stands out again [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s not just a running back. He can run the ball between the tackles. He can run outside. He can line up outside and threaten a defense there,” said Williams. “LeSean is a great guy, a great professional on and off the football field, so I’m just learning from him. He’s a playmaker.”'

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June 15, 2017

Marker McDermott takes different approach to Bills’ discipline [11:49 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“There’s obviously value in continuity, and that comes through years of being able to do things the right way where you can acquire, you can develop, and then you look to retain those players,” McDermott said. “It’s our first year in this situation. That said – we’re not looking for any excuses, we’re looking to get the job done and be ready to play when that time comes.”'

Marker Jonathan Williams gets a small taste of what it will be like as Bills' No. 2 running back [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is something that can happen during the season," he told reporters. "You never know with the running back position, how physical it is. It could be an injury, or it could be an illness, or something like that and the guys have to step up."'

Marker Bills minicamp notebook: Cardale Jones a clear fourth string, Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde working we [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jones is at a disadvantage in terms of knowing then offense when compared to Taylor and Yates, both of whom have previously played under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. He was also drafted under a different front office and coaching staff than currently is in place, so Peterman is ahead of him in that regard, too. Considering all that, it's fair to put Jones squarely on the hot seat at training camp.'

Marker Fred Jackson to Prep Talk Awards audience: 'Never get complacent' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"To be able to take part in something like this, enjoy it, but don't let it feel like the icing on the cake. One day maybe you'll end up back here doing the same thing I'm doing right now and you'll see how fun it is."'

Marker Buffalo Bills minicamp 2017: T.J. Yates bounces back and 10 observations from day 2 [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The first-team defense has been a step ahead of the first-team offense this spring, and that continued on Wednesday. Tyrod Taylor led the first-team offense during the two-minute drill portion of practice and the group went 0-2. The offense went four-and-out on their first attempt thanks to a drop from Zay Jones. The group's second attempt was a bit more successful. Jones caught three passes but a sack stalled the drive. '

Marker Uphill battle underway for Bills QB Cardale Jones [1:55 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Jones, a national champion at Ohio State, isn't doing himself any favors with his performance on the field early this offseason either as the 24-year-old is looking like the odd man out for the Bills.'

Marker 5 observations from Bills minicamp on Wednesday [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Signed this offseason to replace EJ Manuel as the veteran backup to Tyrod Taylor, TJ Yates stole the show on the second day of minicamp.'

Marker Sammy Watkins looking mighty fine at Bills camp [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“All I can say is he looked great,” backup quarterback Cardale Jones said. “I don’t want to compare last year to this year. The reps that he took yesterday and today — he looked good to me.”'

Marker Bills' Dareus makes 1st pitch in bid to put troubles behind [1:52 AM]
AP reports: '"We're just moving on," he said. "We're in McDermott's regime now, and we're going to do his thing. And we're going to make the best out of it."'

Marker Lawson: 'Very comfortable' with the 4-3 defense [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I’ve always had my hand in the dirt, been an attack type of defensive end, not standing up and dropping back in coverage a lot of times'" Lawson said. "So that’s what I’ve been doing, that’s what got me drafted in the first round. I’m just very comfortable with it because I’ve been doing it all my life.”'

Marker Hyde embracing jack-of-all-trades role with Bills [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, McDermott often ran wa package referred to as a “big nickel” or, ironically now that’s he’s the Bills head coach, “buffalo nickel." That’s using a hybrid safety/linebacker-type player in the box, close to the line of scrimmage, to line up against bigger tight ends or receivers, but also help in run support. Mcdermott often used linebacker Shaq Thompson in that role with the Panthers. At 6-foot, 197-pounds, Hyde isn’t as big as Thompson (6-2, 231), but he’s better in coverage.'

Marker Video, notes, and observations from Day 2 of Bills minicamp [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team will be back on the field Thursday for their last mandatory minicamp. It will be their final offseason workout before training camp opens in late July.'

Marker Joe B: 7 observations from Buffalo Bills minicamp: Day Two (6/14/17) [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is a crucial next few months for second-year quarterback Cardale Jones. Now surrounded by a coaching staff that didn't draft him, a general manager that didn't draft him, and a rookie draft pick that the coaching staff did bring in -- the deck is stacked against Jones this spring and summer.'

Marker What we learned at Bills minicamp - day two [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On a day where the offense had five cracks at a game-winning opportunity during the two-minute drill segment of practice, the defense got stops on four of the five drives.'

Marker Bills Today: McDermott praises Taylor's leadership [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When you look at [Tyrod Taylor], certainly this is not a new offense for him because of his familiarity with Rick Dennison from their time together in Baltimore. That said, it’s a new offense because the offense he was in last year was different than what we are asking him to do this year. I’ve really been impressed with the leadership, the intangible qualities that are inherent or must be inherent to that quarterback position,” McDermott said. “I’ve watched [Tyrod Taylor] develop in those areas and that’s important as we look to move forward. There’s leadership qualities at that quarterback position that are important to winning football games and I think he’s done a nice job in that area.”'

June 14, 2017

Marker With Cordy Glenn ailing, Dion Dawkins fills the void at left tackle for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Officially, the word from the Bills is that Glenn is “week to week” with an ankle injury. Given that the team has just two more practices before taking about six weeks off, it’s a safe bet that the next time Glenn takes the practice field, it will be at St. John Fisher College during training camp.'

Marker Bills notebook: Sammy Watkins makes more progress [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was just really, Sammy was in a position, going into practice, where he felt in a good place," coach Sean McDermott told reporters. "Last week it was individual, and he built a nice foundation last week. And the pitch count" Tuesday "was right around four or five reps of team drills, and he did a nice job."'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Missing out on Jeremy Maclin hurts, top 100 list, Cordy Glenn&a [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' inability to land free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is a setback for the team.'

Marker Sammy Watkins gets on the field as Bills start mandatory mini-camp [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The foundation was built last week with the individual period and then today he was able to put some reps on top of the individual period which was good to see,” said McDermott.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release tight end Blake Annen [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'After releasing Annen, the Bills are now left with six tight ends on their roster. Among them, Charles Clay is the only player who should be considered a lock for Buffalo's final 53-man roster. The other tight ends on the roster are Nick O'Leary, former quarterback Logan Thomas, Jason Croom, Keith Towbridge and Wes Saxton.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said about pursuing WR Eric Decker [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, until that comes through via the league, we can't really discuss that - we're always going to look," said McDermott. "We're always going to look to add at every position - adding competition is healthy, and there's positions that perceptually some may say 'hey check the box, they're good' - well, we're always going to look to add, even at those positions. That's the pursuit of winning - that we have to stay hungry."'

Marker Bills, move on from Maclin, still confident in WR core [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"Definitely think we're taking steps in the right direction. Sammy getting out there taking some reps today, Zay out there for the second week in a row getting reps, and even Dre still making plays. I think we're coming together nicely," Taylor said.'

Marker 5 observations from Bills minicamp on Tuesday [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'By our count, Tyrod Taylor had a Tyrod-like day.'

Marker The times they are a-changing for Marcell Dareus [1:51 AM]
Birmingham News reports: ' "He carries himself differently, with more of a purpose," Hughes said. "The way he comes in meetings and how he interacts with the other guys and how he passes on his wisdom to the younger players is the type of person you want on your team. He often tells the younger guys to not only be like him but strive to be better. This attitude all transpired after his trip to Haiti."'

Marker Bills being 'smart' with WR Watkins [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins had been doing nothing on the field during the OTA segments as he spent the bulk of his time in the training room doing rehab exercises. Last week, he was able to participate briefly in some of the individual drills, running routes and catching passes, but once the Bills went into 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team work, Watkins sat out.'

Marker Sammy takes team reps for first time, Lawson impressive as Bills open minicamp [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McDermott said he doesn’t know how long McCoy will be out with his stomach bug, but added “the important thing is that we get him hydrated and in a position where he can perform.”'

Marker With Gillislee gone and McCoy out, Williams gets shot as top RB in Bills offense [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“This is something that could happen during the season,” Williams said about his sudden opportunity. “You never know with the running back position, you know how physical it is. It could be an injury, or it could be an illness or something like that and the guys have to step up. So this is an opportunity for me to get used to maybe having to do that one day, one game.”'

Marker Bills' Crossman continues to lead special teams [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Crossman is the only coach held over from a pretty bad staff led by the Ryan brothers. He said, “It’s been outstanding so far. You never hope for change. Change is a part of this business, but the group that Sean has established here with this coaching staff. Everybody’s been outstanding to work with, great backgrounds, great history. Lot of different roles a lot these guys have done so it’s really made it enjoyable for me moving forward.”'

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