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Buffalo Bills News - June 10, 2016

Marker After yet another death hits close to home, Bills DT Marcell Dareus finds ways to cope [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He was my guy,” Dareus said. “We went to high school together. He helped me with a lot of stress off the field. He was my security back home. A real, real close friend. He worked at Wells Fargo. Just a real close friend of mine. When I’m home, we’re together somewhere just relaxing.”'

Marker O'Leary might be pushed off roster, Gilmore ready to return & interesting training methods [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clay is their only viable tight end. He's the best they have there as a receiver and blocker. Take him away for any length of time, and the Bills' offense would suffer greatly. For that matter, take him away for a day -- as was the case at Wednesday's OTA practice when Clay was missing for an undisclosed non-injury reason -- and you saw the less-than-attractive results.'

Marker Bills release former Syracuse DB Julian Whigham, re-sign Dan 'Boom' Herron [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Whigham, a multi-year starter for Syracuse, was signed as a free agent after going undrafted in April. He participated in rookie camp and spent more than two weeks with the Bills in organized team activities.'

Marker Marcell Dareus wishes Bills could have done something to keep Mario Williams [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I mean, he's a big deal to me," Dareus said when asked about his reaction to Williams leaving. "He's a real close friend of mine. I wish we could have did something, but at the same time, hey, it's a business. They're going to do what they have to do. It hit us all different ways, but that's how it is."'

Marker Running back Dan Herron gets 2nd chance with Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'The signing was announced a day after starter LeSean McCoy was the only one of Buffalo's five running backs present for a voluntary practice session.'

Marker Bills re-sign 'Boom' Herron [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'To create a roster spot, the Bills waived former Syracuse defensive back Julian Whigham, the first of the team's 14 undrafted free agents in the 2016 draft class to be released.'

Marker Bills sign RB Boom Herron (again) [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the addition of Herron, the Bills now have six RBs on their roster: LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams, Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams, James Wilder Jr, and Herron. They also have two fullbacks - Jerome Felton and Glenn Gronkowksi.'

Marker Brown drawing from dad's football wisdom to become leader of Bills defense [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Definitely,” he said about using his his father’s tutelage now as he and his teammates face the task. “You want to go out there and be the best, and we weren’t that last year, we all know that, and take it into account and seeing what I can improve on and what the whole defense can improve on. And I’m going to make that effort to try to make it happen.”'

Marker Bills bring back RB Boom Herron [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'To keep everyone fresh, there's a chance Herron could stick on through training camp. However, the odds for him making the roster by the end of the summer are long with McCoy, Karlos Williams, Gillislee, and Jonathan Williams all ahead of him at this point.'

Marker No playoffs for Bills? If so, Jim Kelly says Rex Ryan probably out of a job [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We've got a heck of a football team, but you can't win if you're not on the football field competing and playing," Kelly said. "I just hope we stay healthy, because if we do, and we don't make it, there's no excuses whatsoever."'

Marker Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 7 - HB LeSean McCoy [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As for the upcoming season, though, as long as he stays healthy McCoy should be an impact player for the Bills on the offensive side of the ball. This is still a run-oriented offense when things are going their way, and McCoy will be the centerpiece for that system. He showed both an ability on the ground and in the passing attack, which will continue -- all while the Bills have a competent second running back in Karlos Williams to take some pressure and carries off of him. As long as he stays healthy, the Bills should get a big season out of McCoy in 2016.'

Marker Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 8 - LG Richie Incognito [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: ' In the upcoming season, Incognito will once again be the starting left guard between Cordy Glenn and Eric Wood, and be chraged with the duties of being the main pulling offensive lineman in Greg Roman's run-heavy scheme. There haven't been any indications of Incognito slowing down this year, and armed with a brand new contract and talent around him, it appears as though Incognito can continue his dominant ways from 2015.'

Marker Bills sign RB Boom Herron [1:46 AM] reports: 'Herron returns to Buffalo after spending time with the team during the 2015 season. The 5-10, 212-pound Ohio State product has played in 35 career games, starting three, and racking up 468 yards and one touchdown on 112 carries. He has also caught 31 passes for 277 yards. Herron, 27, originally entered the league as a sixth round pick (191st overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft.'

Marker RB Jonathan Williams driven by setbacks [1:45 AM] reports: '“That was a moment that he had been waiting for,” said Williams mother. “Every kid is excited about graduating high school and moving onto the next stage. I had been there too. I remember having a good senior year and I went to the University of Oklahoma and I had the best time there. So you want to put your kids before you in a situation like that. You always know the circumstances are going to change.”'

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June 9, 2016

Marker With more responsibility in Bills' D, Preston Brown is turning up the volume and commitment [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, it really wasn’t much thought: just talk more," Brown said. "He told me to be more vocal, that’s what I have to do. I mean, if that’s going to help us win games -- me being more vocal, getting people lined up in the right things -- that’s what a Mike linebacker’s supposed to do. So it wasn’t no thinking, it was go out and do it if I want to be here.'

Marker Could IK Enemkpali push for a starting position? 'Absolutely,' Rex Ryan says [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Absolutely he could do that with Shaq being on the shelf. Yeah, no doubt," Ryan said. "Like I've always said with Manny is Manny can be a catch-all for this team. Outside. Inside. Wherever. You can always play him. But IK's done really well. I think we had him with the one's primarily today. We're bumping guys around and stuff but, yeah, he'll have a chance. IK is a physical player. He's doing a much better job in his pass-coverage responsibility. So I could definitely see him pushing for playing time, without question."'

Marker For Bills and McCoy, ‘hamstring’ is a dirty word [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s not a serious injury,” Ryan said. “This week I think is the only time he’s missed anything.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills OTAs transcripts of Rex Ryan, Preston Brown, Ron Darby, Marcell Dareus & Cardale J [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I have been really impressed with EJ [Manuel" target="_blank"> this past week, this whole week really. Done a good job, think he has done a great job. We are really emphasized the red zone. So every day we put the ball in the red zone because there are tighter windows to throw through and you know the timing has to be right. Our guy is doing a pretty good job of it. But EJ in particular I like the touch he has had on the football and the accuracy he is throwing with.'

Marker A rough, windy day for QB Cardale Jones, WR Dezmin Lewis impressive, T.J. Barnes back to defense [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But, if anything, Wednesday was another reminder that the pecking order at quarterback is clear in Buffalo right now — Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel and then Cardale Jones.'

Marker Preston Brown making presence felt, Taylor's next step, players to watch [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You'd be hard-pressed to find a downright nicer guy in the locker room than Brown but the Bills need him to show such nastiness this season. If a play is run incorrectly this year, Brown vowed to correct it. If a player gets out of line, Brown vowed to reel that player back in. On the field, he promised to be louder before the snap and let everyone know what's going on. He's taking ownership of the defense. But does he have all of this in him? Those who know Brown best said "yes."'

Marker Perseverance pays off for Bills wide receiver Hankerson [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It was very difficult,” Hankerson, a wide receiver trying to hook on with the Buffalo Bills, said recently following an organized team activity at One Bills Drive. “A lot of kids growing up, they need their fathers, they need both their parents, and not having my father figure around to tell me what to do and not to do, it kind of makes you wonder how life would have been if I did have my father.”'

Marker Bills' IK Enemkpali not sure he'll ever live down Geno Smith punch, but he's trying [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I thought he did a really good job, because that's not easy," Rex Ryan said. "He certainly didn't want that to ... he doesn't want that mark on him. Everybody sees him as the guy that punched Geno or something like that. This guy's just a football player and that's what he wants to be known as. That's just an unfortunate thing that happened to him."'

Marker Bills great Thomas enjoys time spent in Batavia [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I meet people in other cities who are from Batavia, and they say ‘Oh, I love your bar. I love going.’” Thomas said. “I go out there anywhere from 10 to 15 times a year and interact with the people.”'

Marker Former Bills WR Chris Hogan quite a catch for Patriots [1:50 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Of course, the Bills coach would hate losing a game of tiddlywinks to Bill Belichick, but to surrender a player who might help his mortal enemy? Allow the rich to get richer in a position that’s so valuable to Tom Brady? That cuts deep, and the pain is only getting worse for Ryan.'

Marker Henderson limited to individual workouts in return to Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan said it was premature to provide any timeline on when Henderson could be cleared for practice.'

Marker Goodell lobbies for new Bills stadium [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'It is known that several NFL owners were against Buffalo's decision to renovate 40-year-old Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2013-14. At the NFL owners' meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., in March, a few commented that it would be in the best interest of the Bills and the league to build a new stadium.'

Marker Heading into 2nd season, Darby feeling 'great,' refining game [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“(A year of experience) is going to best serve me because I’ve seen a lot my first year,” the 5-11, 193-pounder said after Wednesday’s OTA session. “I’m more comfortable with recognizing formations and just communication-wise with the vets and guys on the field, so the second year of being in the same defense will help me a lot.”'

Marker For Bills QBs, footwork not just important in the passing game [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah,” Jones affirmed when I asked if that was the case after Wednesday’s OTA in Orchard Park. “Because coming out of college, all our runs came out of the shotgun and every time I was under center all I did was a quarterback sneak, so there was really no footwork to that. But, you know, kind of in college with shotgun, almost all the footwork was the same unless we had laterals, zone-read, things like that. But being under center, your footwork changes a lot because you got pulling guards right next to you and fullbacks coming underneath you, so you step the wrong way, you could mess up. You mess up not just the running back’s path, but you can have somebody run into you.”

Marker WR battle heating up as Bills hit stretch run of OTAs [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The wide receiver spots behind Sammy Watkins (who is still out) and Robert Woods continues to be a big battle, and should continue that way throughout training camp. Today, Greg Little got a lot of work in, and looked very good, especially early in the session during the separate offensive and defensive team portion of work. When the offense and defense came together there was a lot more interchanging, with Leonard Hankerson, Dez Lewis, and Jarrett Boykin all splitting the majority of reps and joining Woods. Lewis made a terrific one-handed catch for a touchdown late in practice.'

Marker Bills hold LeSean McCoy out of team drills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"He just had a tight hamstring, so we’re just trying to be smart with him. He did do a little work, but we’re keeping him out of the team drills," head coach Rex Ryan said after the practice. "It’s not a serious injury. I think it was this week was the only time he’s missed anything."'

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