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Buffalo Bills News - July 22, 2016

Marker Who are the Bills breakout candidates? [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While there are many worthy candidates, based on the current circumstances, these are the five players I've got my eye on to become "breakout" players in 2016.'

Marker 3 reasons Ronald Darby will excel in 2016 [1:50 AM] reports: '“I’ve seen a lot my first year. I’m more comfortable with recognizing formations and communication with vets and other guys on the field,” Darby said. “My second year being in the same defense will help me a lot.”'

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July 21, 2016

Marker Bills plan safety net for Aaron Williams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even though the delicate procedure was a success and Williams has been cleared to return, he’s cautiously admitted that he won’t be 100 percent sure his neck will respond favorably to the physical demands of football until the pads come on and he takes his first hit.'

Marker James Wilder Jr. hopes to make a name for himself in the Bills' backfield [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He’s not merely the son of James Wilder, a NFL great who rushed for more than 6,000 yards and 37 touchdowns. He’s not the practice-squad scrub in a state of depression. No, he’s an uber-confident, 6-foot-2, 228-pounder rocking an upside down, backward Bills visor and camouflaged shorts. He's the proud father now sprinting across this field with his daughter's kite, laughing with each stride. He’s the former No. 1 prospect in the country who really doesn’t care that his backfield in Buffalo is overcrowded.'

Marker Shaq Lawson responds to speculation on how much of his rookie season he could miss [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At least so far, the network has a pretty good track record of reporting on Lawson's injury. When he was drafted, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the following...'.

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the Miami Dolphins [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can Gase work his magic with Tannehill? Entering the fifth season of his career, the pressure will be on Miami's quarterback to deliver a playoff team. The 38-year-old Gase has gotten a lot of credit for his work with Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler the past five years. Tannehill has started all 64 games in his career, has more than 15,000 passing yards and 92 total touchdowns against 68 turnovers. But he's never led the Dolphins to a record better than .500.'

Marker Enemkpali eager to start training camp [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I want to go back to camp and be in shape," Enemkpali said on the John Murphy Show on Wednesday night. "I just want to let my teammates know that we're here to win a championship. I want to go out and work everyday and handle myself like a true professional on and off the field. I just want to take my preparation, eating habits, and everything to the next level each year. You know, you want to do that."'

Marker How much time will Shaq Lawson miss? [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'However, a league source familiar with Lawson’s rehab told me that although there is no specific timetable for the first-round pick’s return as of right now, they are clearly not expecting him to miss that much time, and even expressed surprise at Riddick's comments.'

Marker Who backs up McCoy the first 4 weeks for the Bills? [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While there are some reports that the Bills are interested in signing the 31-year-old Reggie Bush to the roster, fans should look no further than Mike Gillislee in the first four games. The mid-season pickup in 2015, Gillislee performed admirably for the team when pressed into the duties of the backup running back late in the year.'

Marker Will there be a sack resurgence? [1:52 AM] reports: '“I think a lot now is we’re going to try to dictate what an offense does,” said Manny Lawson, who is lining up at outside linebacker. “Instead of trying to mold our defense around the opposing offense we’re going to play our style of defense. We’re going to make the opponent game plan to stop our attack. You’re going to have to stop our attack to run or pass the ball.”'

Marker Which rookie will make the most immediate impact? [1:51 AM] reports: 'This offseason, the Bills filled up the roster with fresh faces. New talent on the field will contribute to the team’s efforts to come out on top this year. While the defense is focusing on turning a complete 180, the offense wants to piggyback off of the same success they achieved last year as the No. 1 rushing team in the league. Having the rookies on their side will give the Bills the push they need to hopefully get over the playoff hump this season. But who will play the biggest roles in that effort?'

Marker Sizing up the Buffalo Bills, the Browns’ Week 15 foe [1:50 AM] reports: 'The defense could potentially start as many three rookies next season and that could spell growing pains for the Bills if that’s indeed the case. It’s probably also worth watching how Taylor grows in his second season as the man in Buffalo and whether or not opposing defenses figure out a blueprint to slow down the dual-threat quarterback.'

July 20, 2016

Marker Sammy Watkins says he's 'right where I need to be' as training camp approaches [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Feeling good, healthy, nothing's bothering me. Just really prepared for whatever they do. I don't know what the situation is, but if they throw me out there, I just want to be prepared if they do. That's all I can do is prepare for it."'

Marker Signing of Bush would add another link of ’06 draft [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If they sign Bush, the Bills will have employed the top three picks of the 2006 draft, and five of the top 10. Mario Williams was the top pick in the ’06 draft. Bush was second. Vince Young, who competed for the Bills’ backup quarterback job in 2012 but was cut late in camp, was No. 3 overall.'

Marker Adding Boldin would add veteran presence to Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If you want to add a veteran, let’s talk about receiver Anquan Boldin. He’ll be 36 in October. He’s probably waiting for what he feels is the ideal situation. It might not be Buffalo. But Boldin was superb under Greg Roman with the Niners in 2013 and 2014. He had 69 catches last season.'

Marker Tickets for Bills night practices available Wednesday [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' The limit is four per person.'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the San Francisco 49ers [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'New coach Jim Tomsula was an embarrassment from the beginning, the 49ers watched a seemingly endless parade of talented players walk out the door and they plummeted to a 5-11 record.'

Marker Jim Kelly's message: Cherish every day [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The more I speak and travel, I realize I don’t have it that bad. There are so many people that have it so much worse than I do," said the Pro Football Hall of Famer. "I just thank the good Lord for each and every day I have, and a lot of you guys do know me, I’m going to have fun. I might be going through a little pain, but who doesn’t? That’s all part of it. I played football."'

Marker Here's where to get free Bills night practice tickets [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Tickets (limit four per person) for all five of the practices will be made available at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the following Rochester-area locations...'.

Marker Perry's launches Sundae at the Ralph ice cream [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sundae at the Ralph has vanilla ice cream with hot fudge swirls along with the sprinkles and peanut butter. Its name pays homage to Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL franchise.'

Marker Where, how to get tickets to night practices [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The tickets, which are free, will be available on Wednesday, July 20 at 9 a.m.. There is a limit of four tickets per person.'

Marker 3 big questions surrounding tight ends [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At this point, it's fair to wonder if the stat line Clay posted in 2015 is the indication of the type of player he is. He's an above-average blocker for the tight end position and a capable receiver who will never post 1,000 yards in a season or double-digit touchdowns. To be fair, Clay isn't featured in this offense the way other tight ends are in the NFL. He plays in a run-first offense and competes with Sammy Watkins for targets. Meanwhile, quarterback Tyrod Taylor didn't attack the middle of the field too often in his first year under center.'

Marker Bills' Watkins unsure when he'll return to field [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I don't know how much I'm gonna be doing or when I'm gonna be on the field, but I'm definitely going to be active and engaged," Watkins said at his football camp Tuesday, via ESPN. "I don't know what the schedule is like with me being on the field competing-wise, but I'm right where I need to be at - feeling good, healthy. Nothing is bothering me. Just really prepare for whatever they do.'

Marker Rex's Bills must make statement on the field [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Here is a closer look at the newcomers and key players and how they should factor into the 2016 Bills team...'.

Marker Why Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan deserves to be on the hot seat in 2016 [1:47 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Ryan came to Buffalo promising to bring the franchise back to the playoffs. His sample size with the Bills is small, but his track record of late hasn't been great, even outside Buffalo. He hasn't made the playoffs since 2010 with the Jets and has zero winning seasons in the last five seasons. And as a head coach, he's never won a division title. Not once.'

Marker Sammy: 'Right where I need to be,' but WR still unsure of when he'll return [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Speaking at his annual football camp, Watkins said that even though he doesn't know how much actual on-field work he will do during training camp, he is “feeling great” and “right where I need to be." '

Marker With Bills RB situation in flux, Wilder says he "has to take advantage" [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I am aware of the position that I’m in now,” he said. “It gives me a shot to be able show a little more, maybe in preseason. Gives me that extra boost to make that 53 (man roster). It’s just a good opportunity for me. We’re not fortunate to lose both guys. It’s a bad thing. But it’s an opportunity for me and something I have to take advantage of.”'

Marker PFF's Moy: 'Bills have truly found someone special' in Taylor [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Tyrod alone is enough to make me very optimistic about the season,” Moy said.'

Marker Which undrafted Bills rookies might stick? [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Based on how the roster is constructed at the moment, the majority of the players are long shots to make the roster, but in my opinion there are three players of those 11 that have a better chance to make the roster this summer.'

July 19, 2016

Marker Report: With Karlos Williams suspended, Bills targeting RB Reggie Bush [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bush has since sued the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, blaming the season-ending injury on the "concrete ring of death," surrounding the field. The Rams have since moved to Los Angeles.'

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