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Buffalo Bills News - July 11, 2017

Marker Bills DT Washington Arrested on Weapons Charge [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is Washington's second arrest in less than two years. The Cincinnati native was arrested while a student-athelete at Ohio State in December, 2015 when he attempted to solicit a prostitute. He was suspended for the Fiesta Bowl by head coach Urban Meyer.'

Marker Fred Jackson gets ready for Spring League [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The 36-year-old running back will be participating in the Spring League, a summer showcase for former NFL players to hopefully catch the eye of an organization, and get a second shot at joining the league.'

Marker Bills DL Adolphus Washington arrested on weapons charge [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Sharonville Police Department tells that Washington has a concealed carry permit that is valid in Ohio, but that he is being charged for a violation of Ohio's concealed carry law.'

Marker NFL player arrested outside Sharonville water park [1:46 AM]
WXIX-TV reports: '"Suspect reached for and displayed a gun while sitting inside his vehicle; Just feet away from officers. The suspect did not inform officers beforehand," reads the Sharonville arrest report.'

Marker 18 - 5 defensive playmakers to look for at camp [1:45 AM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills cornerback, Ronald Darby, is headed into his third year in the league. With Stephon Gilmore headed to the New England Patriots, Darby moved to the top of the team’s cornerback depth chart. With that, Darby may be asked to cover more prominent receivers than he has had to in the past.'

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July 10, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills expected to sit out of the 2017 NFL supplemental draft [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 2017 supplemental draft will take place on Wednesday, July 12. Georgia Military College defensive lineman Tavares Bingham and Western New Mexico running back Marques Rodgers will be eligible for Wednesday's draft, but neither is expected to be selected.'

Marker 19 - 3 ways changes on special teams will help most [1:58 AM] reports: '“Having the ability of guys like Micah hyde, who has done the true primary player in poor conditions in Green Bay, to have a young rookie come in like T. White who had great production at LSU… the more guys you have that have that ability, based on the course of the game, If we’d been playing a game this spring, you may have seen two maybe three guys on the field as a punt return group based on situation because they all have great abilities to handle the pressure,” said special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. “They’ve done it in big games and a lot of times they’ve done it in poor environments, weather wise.”'

July 9, 2017

Marker Pistol permit chief, an original Bill, hangs up holster at age 80 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And now, he says, he’ll have more time to enjoy all his pastimes – including watching the Buffalo Bills. “I think we’re going to see some really good football this year. I really do."'

Marker Buffalo Bills named best fit for free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I believe that Anquan Boldin is gonna get signed," said Baldinger. "Everybody knows what kind of professional he is, he's been the [Walter Payton] Man of the Year. I just think a team right now that really is in desperate need of wide receivers is the Buffalo Bills... I mean you got Zay Jones who's a rookie, we've seen where Sammy Watkins has struggled to stay healthy. Andre Holmes comes from Oakland. I just think he'd be a great signing in Buffalo."'

Marker Should the Bills rebuild now to prepare for a future playoff run? [1:57 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Accept that: the Buffalo Bills have the fourth toughest strength of schedule this upcoming season. Accept that: the Patriots are kings of the AFC East right now, but they can be overthrown in the future — Tom Brady won’t be around forever. Accept that: wishful thinking has led to your demise for over 17 years. Accept that: the Buffalo Bills are not a playoff contender this year and the playoff drought will likely have its 18th birthday next season. But it doesn’t have to reach 19 or 20.'

Marker 20 - 5 positions to watch at camp [1:56 AM] reports: 'The battle at linebacker is completely wide open. With a mixture of rookies and veterans with various limitations, this position is shaping up to be the best battle of training camp.'

July 8, 2017

Marker AFC East offseason review: Jets hoping short-term pain will mean long-term gain [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What's for certain is that they'll have plenty of cap room in 2018, about $80 million worth, and will rely heavily on a roster loaded with young players for the foreseeable future. That's quite a change from 2015, when the Jets paid $168 million to five players. That included cornerback Darrelle Revis, one of the prominent names in this year's purging.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Mailbag: Best Bill ever? Which will be better, defense or offense? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For best player -- as in pure talent, athleticism, and production -- I'll go with Bruce Smith. He has few pass-rushing peers in the history of the game; none when it comes to most sacks, of course. For that matter, he's on the short list of players at any position capable of having the most consistent dominance.'

Marker Adolphus Washington named Buffalo Bills' 2017 secret weapon by Bleacher Report [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'There's no doubting that the Bills have excellent starting talent at defensive tackle, but what about the depth behind Williams and Dareus? Jerel Worthy and Adolphus Washington will compete for playing time behind the starting duo and Bleacher Report's Sean Tomlinson recently named one of the players as Buffalo's secret weapon for 2017. Washington, the former Ohio State Buckeye and second-year pro, will emerge as the team's secret weapon this season according to Tomlinson.'

Marker Buffalo Bills HOF wide receiver Andre Reed to appear on Celebrity Family Feud [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Reed will participate on the NFLPA legend team against current NFL stars on Celebrity Family Feud. Joining Reed will be Derrick Brooks, Marshall Faulk, Anthony Munoz and Rod Woodson. The current NFL all-star team will include Le'Veon Bell, DeAndre Hopkins, Derrick Johnson, Patrick Peterson and Joe Thomas.'

Marker 21 - Who will be the starting middle linebacker? [1:55 AM] reports: '“There’s some that I still have to get used to,” said Ragland. “I never played in a 4-3 before, but I’m getting there and taking my time with it. I’m just asking all the questions that I can. It’s different from being out there and then just being in the classroom, learning. I’m just taking my time.”'

July 7, 2017

Marker AFC East offseason review: Dolphins take methodical approach to improvement [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rather than throw a heaping pile of cash at a singular difference-making force, the Dolphins invested in retaining some of their best players while using free agency, trades, and the draft to enhance the defense around Suh.'

Marker 22 - 3 reasons Charles Clay will excel in 2017 [1:58 AM] reports: 'Entering 2017 with a new offensive coordinator in Rick Dennison, the prospects for Clay to have an even more productive campaign this fall are encouraging. Here’s why...'.

July 6, 2017

Marker AFC East offseason review: Leave it to the Patriots to find ways to get even stronger [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The rich didn't just get richer. They managed to achieve unparalleled wealth in a system supposedly designed to promote parity.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Richie Incognito doesn't see Tom Brady retiring anytime soon [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Shannon (Sharpe), you know, barring any major injury, you can play as long as you want" said Incognito. "And we were just talking about how guys are playing not only longer but they're playing better. And what I think Tom has going right now is he has his complete ecosystem supporting him, and he'll be able to play as long as he wants. He does the nutrition. He does the body work with his guy up there in Boston. He's going all the little things that will enable him to do that guys maybe 10 or 15 years ago didn't know about. So barring a major injury, he keeps playing at a high level like this, he'll play as long as he wants."'

Marker 23 - Who will be the primary returner? [1:57 AM] reports: 'While Hyde may not be the front-runner, he provides experience and depth. He has just a good shot as the others. Versatility is something that coach McDermott has repeatedly stated as important throughout his time in Buffalo and Hyde is an example of that.'

July 5, 2017

Marker Bills at ST: Stephen Hauschka figures to spark a rebound in the kicking game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hauschka was integral part of the Seahawks' 13-3 season in 2013, which ended with 43-8 victory against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. He is the Seahawks’ all-time leader in field goals (175) and their No. 2 all-time producer of points (759).'

Marker Pro Football Focus names OL Ryan Groy as the Buffalo Bills' secret superstar [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Groy started the final seven games of the season for the Bills, filling in for Eric Wood in the middle of the offensive line and playing largely well over that span, particularly in the final two games of the season against tough divisional rivals on the defensive line in the Dolphins and Jets. Groy didn't allow a sack all season, and surrendered just nine total pressures - seven across those final seven games.'

Marker Training-camp battle ahead for Reggie Ragland with Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Birmingham News reports: 'It wasn't supposed to be this way. When the Bills chose Ragland out of Alabama in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, he was supposed to play alongside Brown as Buffalo's inside linebackers, stepping into the same position in Buffalo that he'd played with the Crimson Tide.'

Marker 24 - 3 reasons why Jonathan Williams' game can take a big leap forward [1:56 AM] reports: '“Before every rep where I know it’s a run play called or a pass play where I could get the ball, just in my head I’m thinking, ball security high and tight and put two hands on it in traffic,” said Williams. “That ball is everybody’s money out there. I’ve made a conscious effort to work on my ball positioning.”'

July 4, 2017

Marker Bills at DB: Hard to see immediate improvement in revamped secondary [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to expect immediate improvement with a cornerback pairing of Ronald Darby -- who did not play as well last season as he did in his rookie year in 2015 and his transitioning to a new defense -- and a rookie, first-round draft pick Tre'Davious White. It's also hard to expect immediate improvement with two new safeties -- free-agent acquisitions Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer -- who have yet to be starters for a full NFL season and who are also learning a new scheme.'

Marker Uncle Jim's advice to Chad Kelly: 'Shut your mouth, work hard' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think it hinders it a little bit, but until you go out there and make a couple mistakes, you got to learn," Kelly said. "Right now, I'm kind of just visualizing everything, pretending like you're calling out the MIKE even in your hotel room every day. You got to pretend like you're out there doing exactly what those other quarterbacks are doing so when you're out there, you can't miss a beat."'

Marker Buffalo Bills named as a top landing spot for free agent WR Dorial Green-Beckham [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Sammy Watkins can't stay healthy, Robert Woods is gone, Zay Jones is a rookie, and Andre Holmes is the definition of meh," said Wagner-McGough. "For as loud as critics of Tyrod Taylor are, critics of the Bills' receiver group should be even louder. The Bills are depending on someone who's appeared in 21 games the past two years and someone who's never played a down of football in the NFL.'

Marker 25 - 5 offensive playmakers to look for at camp [1:56 AM] reports: '“I still feel young and the guys here will tell you it’s been hard to cover me and catch me in the practices we’ve had,” McCoy said. “We’ll see that’s something the coaches will have to figure out. With technology today man they’ve got to find a way to make the workloads work.”'

July 3, 2017

Marker Bills at LB: Could new role and additions help Lorenzo Alexander have a strong encore to impressive [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alexander was the best story on the team last season. Signed to a one-year contract as a reserve who was only supposed to only help on special teams, he was suddenly pushed into the starting lineup while first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson -- now at end -- recovered from shoulder surgery.'

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