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Buffalo Bills News - June 23, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula discusses the possibility of a new stadium [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pegula plays things close to the vest and didn't divulge much, but he knows the chatter is out there both from other owners in the league and the commissioner.'

Marker Bills' owner: NFL asked about stadium plans [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I think they think we need a new stadium, that's where they're coming from," Pegula said. "You listen to that and you make your own judgment. Our stadium is one of the older venues in the league, if not the oldest."'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula on new stadium plans: 'We'll look into that' [1:52 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Multiple NFL owners, including the New York Giants' John Mara, told The Buffalo News at the owners meetings in March that the Bills should be making strides toward building a new facility.'

Marker Source: Bills, Taylor continue dialogue; both sides open to in-season extension [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'However, indications I've received are that Gilmore's agent is looking for a deal in the range of what Josh Norman recently signed with the Washington Redskins which made him the highest paid player at his position in the league. Norman got $75 million over five years with $50 million guaranteed. The Bills are unlikely willing to go that high for Gilmore, who hinted last week he could miss some training camp time over the contractual situation.'

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June 22, 2016

Marker Bills’ Ryan encouraged by OTAs [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Cynics, of course, will point to that fact that winning the offseason doesn’t seem to be the proper assessment of a team that won’t have its top draft choice (defensive end Shaq Lawson) until possibly halfway through the regular season due to a shoulder injury, with its top wide receiver (Sammy Watkins) recovering from foot surgery that will likely delay his starting training camp, its star second-year running back (Karlos Williams) grossly overweight, and with no obvious No. 2 wideout.'

Marker Dareus says Gilmore needs to be 'patient' in talks with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t want no outside distractions. I’m a pro now, I don’t need that. I have an agent, I have a lawyer, y’all talk about it with them. But other than that, I’m out here practicing, I’m on time, I’m working out, I’m getting in shape. Don’t bring it to me, I don’t want no outside distractions.'

Marker Bills shake up training, scouting staffs with Kelvin Fisher moving to new role [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced a slew of changes to their scouting and training staffs on Tuesday, moving one of the higher members on the front-office totem pole into a new role.'

Marker 12 opinions on the MSG-Pegula Sports deal [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'PSE’s Mark Preisler and the Bills’ Marc Honan believe the move of John Murphy’s WGR radio show on the Bills to noon to 3 p.m. from nights will enable Murphy and a new co-host to get more players and coaches to guest on the program being aired live from studios at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Keep the Ralph? The cost of a new stadium to Bills fans [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But even then, with the threat of the team moving out of town if those seats weren’t sold, there were whispers that a new stadium might have been a smarter play than gussying up what soon became known as Ralph Wilson Stadium. And through the years, those whispers grew louder and louder to the point where, when the next major renovation plan was put into motion, there was clear opposition. Some of it was local, but most of it emanated from other NFL owners who thought it was foolhardy to spend more money on a stadium entering its fifth decade of existence.'

Marker Marcell Dareus' contract advice to Stephon Gilmore: Be patient and do your job [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's got to understand that it's a business and you've got to be patient," Dareus said. "You have to be patient, you can't just be like this, like that. You still have a job. You still have a job. Do your job and just come to be patient. Let things fall as they may."'

Marker Deal adds Buffalo Bills content, keeps Sabres games on MSG Networks [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'MSG also has the right to carry any of the Pegula Sports-produced programs in areas beyond Western New York where it is carried, meaning the programs could air in Syracuse.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin Is Making the Jump [1:53 AM]
SI reports: '“I know it is a risk,” Goodwin says. “I want a second contract. I’d love it to be in Buffalo. I love football. But I know how important it is to live your life like you want to. I know some organizations wouldn’t allow that, but Rex [Ryan] does and I’m so appreciative of that.”'

Marker Bills make changes in personnel department and training staff [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Pete Harris has been promoted to College Area Scout. Harris, who is entering his ninth season with the Bills, spent the past three seasons as the team’s BLESTO Scout. He spent time as a scouting assistant for the team during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.'

Marker Bills announce changes in player personnel department [1:51 AM] reports: 'Kelvin Fisher has been named Player Personnel Advisor. Prior to coming to Buffalo in 2013, Fisher spent 13 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers after joining the team in 2000.'

Marker Bills announce promotions in athletic training staff [1:50 AM] reports: 'Bud Carpenter has been promoted to Director of Athletic Training Operations. Carpenter is entering his 32nd season with the Bills and served the past 21 years as the team's head athletic trainer. He was recently selected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Carpenter, who originally joined the team in 1985, attended St. Bonaventure and SUNY Fredonia.'

Marker Offseason addition Corey White recommended by Rob Ryan [1:49 AM] reports: '“I can play pretty much any position: secondary, nickel, corner, free safety, strong safety, dom,” he said in the final day of mandatory minicamp. “That’s what we did with me in New Orleans when I was with Rob, so that’s what I’m here for. Just be that guy that can help out in any position.”'

June 21, 2016

Marker At right tackle for Bills, it looks like Jordan Mills' job to lose [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Right now, it's a case where Seantrel's sick and Mills has started at Chicago for me and started for us this year," offensive line coach Aaron Kromer said. "He's doing a solid job. He understands what to do and how to do it."'

Marker Zoo visit gives Bills rookies a chance to be kids again [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The event was part of the new NFL Rookie Transition Program hosted by each of the 32 clubs for drafted and undrafted rookies. The program replaces the Rookie Symposium, which was held in a central location (most recently in Ohio) and was open only to drafted rookies. The new program, which has the players hearing all sorts of cautionary tales about life as an NFL player, runs through this week, providing the rookies a chance to get to learn more about the communities in which they play and to give back.'

Marker Dezmin Lewis gains ground, Karlos Williams gains weight, Tyrod Taylor shines [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones both struggled in the practices open to the media. Manuel threw multiple pick-sixes and was hesitant in 7-on-7 drills, a familiar sight. Jones unleashed one eye-popping throw deep, yet floated several passes high and short in addition to footwork problems in other drills. One play, he smashed into his fullback. Jones is clearly a project. Granted, a lot of teams would be waving the white flag if their starting QB went down but the back-up plan is especially worrisome here in Buffalo.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake Up Call: If it can happen in Cleveland ... [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If nothing else, the hope might feel a little more real than it did before. For many people, that will do. For now.'

Marker Rex, Rob, and Dennis Thurman provide some clarity, and more mystery, of roles [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'All three coaches were asked about the situation and their roles after the team’s final minicamp practice last week. Here’s what each of them said...'.

Marker Familiarity pushes Bills QBs forward [1:54 AM] reports: '“There’s a good reason he’s here,” said Lee of Manuel. “He’s here because we still believe in him. The general manager believes in him, the head coach believes in him, I believe in him, Greg does. He’s got a big arm. He’s one of the finest people I’ve ever met in my life. He’s such a great person, and he studies he does everything right.'

June 20, 2016

Marker Bills WR Watkins expects to be ready for camp [1:59 AM]
TSN reports: '“For training camp, I think I’ll definitely be available,” Watkins told “I might sit out two or three days. It’s all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp.”'

Marker WR Dez Lewis: Pray more, worry less [1:58 AM] reports: '“It’s always good to be big and use my size to my advantage, so that’s the main thing. Just trying to stay big,” Lewis said. “My main thing is to give (the coaches) options, so that’s why I continue to stay in the weight room over the offseason and workout.”'

June 19, 2016

Marker A vote to stick with Rex [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You can roll your eyes and shake your head. You can sigh, smirk, sneer, sniff, spit. Do whatever you like to express your disgust because your football purity has been violated by the suggestion a coach should stick around simply because he's great copy. But that's exactly what Rex is, and it's exactly what those of us who are expected to produce more and more Bills content need. Desperately.'

Marker Reggie Ragland has plans for his NFL break: Keep working [1:58 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"This is the most important time for football players, especially in the NFL," Ragland said. "During the break, the guys who are going to stay disciplined are the ones that are normally successful during the season. So you've got to stay disciplined, get the extra cardio in, make sure you're ready for the conditioning test. Because when training camp comes, the next thing you know, a couple of weeks of training camp you're right into the preseason, and once the preseason's over, there goes the season."'

Marker Laughs and competition: New Bern native Reddick conducts local camp [1:57 AM]
New Bern Sun Journal reports: '“It’s important, especially growing up here and knowing how it was when I was coming up,” said Reddick, who plays for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. “We didn’t really have this but it’s good to be able to come back and do this."'

Marker Athletic TE Blake Annen making his presence felt [1:56 AM] reports: '“He’s a very gifted athlete,” said Bills tight ends coach Tony Sparano Jr. “His speed, his athleticism are there for all to see. But the fact that he’s able to pair that with his work ethic and with being as coachable as he is and being a student of the game that he is, is why I’m a big believer in his ability and his potential.”'

June 18, 2016

Marker Q&A with Bills QB Tyrod Taylor: 'I play this game to be one of the greatest players to ever [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m just trying to better myself. At the end of the day, I play this game to be one of the greatest players to ever play. I have goals for myself and I feel I can meet those goals if I do the things necessary. I take it one day at a time, just keeping a level head. Never getting too high. That’s what I did last year—never getting too high, never getting too low. Just staying even keel through all situations.'

Marker Rex & Rob Ryan go viral ... on a tandem bicycle [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You probably have seen the tweet.'

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