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Buffalo Bills News - June 9, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones doesn't feel threatened by Jeremy Maclin visit [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones, a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, returned from a sprained knee this week and is now a full participant in practice. The rookie has a clear path to start opposite Sammy Watkins when the Bills open the season against the New York Jets provided he can stay healthy. If the Bills signed Maclin, however, Jones' starting job and share of targets in the offense could be in jeopardy. Still, Jones lit up when talking about Maclin's visit and the chance to talk to him.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Walt Powell suspended four games by NFL [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I was disappointed to recently find out that I had mistakenly used a product that caused a positive result during testing," Powell said in a statement released by the team. "Although I'm frustrated with the result, I've accepted the league's discipline of a four game suspension. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire Bills organization and the Bills fans for my mistake. I will continue to give the Bills my best effort every day, and help contribute to a successful 2017 season."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said about Jeremy Maclin situation [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We don't look at it that way," McDermott said. "I appreciate the fact that those guys know and respect him in this case ... Anyway, that's a healthy dynamic that we have with a lot of our players. They've got to know that they have a voice too and there's ownership. I respect that and that's healthy. That said, we've got to do what we feel is in the best interest of this team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OTAs 2017: Sammy Watkins, Zay Jones return and 10 things we learned [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'By our count, Tyrod Taylor was 9-for-17 passing during team drills on Thursday. Taylor had one throw that was up for dispute. His final pass was a pretty toss to Andre Holmes in the end zone. Holmes caught the pass but there was some dispute over whether he caught the pass in bounds. The Bills didn't have referees on hand at practice.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB Jonathan Williams found not guilty of DUI [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams', the Bills' fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was stopped for suspicion of DUI last July in Arkansas. The video of the incident showed Williams admitting to drinking a 40 oz. bottle of beer and pleading with the officer not to arrest him because he had just been drafted into the NFL. He did not take a breathalyzer and his lawyer told TMZ that the prosecutors did not have enough evidence against Williams to charge him.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy found dead in Indiana [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hardy was committed to a mental health facility in 2014. He was accused of attacking three police officers and the judge ruled Hardy was not competent to stand trial.'

Marker Bills defense: Dareus waiting to fully examine defense, Ragland gets feet wet [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Realistically, I don’t even think about the past. We’re just moving on. We’re in McDermott’s regime and we’re having fun with it,” Dareus said. “The past is the past and we just really want a great future.”'

Marker 5 observations from Bills OTAs on Thursday [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Yikes, backup QBs look bad: Too high, too low, too far behind are a couple of way to describe passes thrown by TJ Yates and Cardale Jones. Yates tossed a pick during work with the second team and even Nate Peterman nearly did. But if there was a silver lining, Cardale Jones had a touchdown to round out the practice inside the red zone to Logan Thomas.'

Marker Bills player who took Uber from Chicago to Buffalo explains his story [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“He talked about how he got to Chicago and the United States, his family, and how he wants to go to school to be an astronaut,” Wright said. “It says a lot about his character. He’s all he has out here."'

Marker Uber from Chicago to NY: 9 hours, 560 miles, $632.08 — and a $300 tip [1:42 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '“I told him a lot of stuff. I felt comfortable because he was so friendly,” Abdollahian said.'

Marker Body in river that of star athlete Hardy [1:41 AM]
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports: 'Inklings that Hardy was suffering mentally came from Facebook posts. “I kept in touch with him like that. He began to rant a little bit. Next thing I knew, they were saying he went to a mental hospital,” Taylor said.'

Marker Investigators identify dead man found in Maumee as former Elmhurst standout James Hardy [1:40 AM]
Fort Wayne News Sentinel reports: 'For a long time Hardy had two sides to his life. A two-sport athlete, his death resonated on both coasts in addition to locally because of his work in Los Angeles as a model after injuries ended his NFL career with New York's Buffalo Bills, which had drafted the 6-foot-6 wide receiver in 2008. He played 16 games for Buffalo during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He also spent a limited time with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.'

Marker Bills' Watkins takes next step in recovery from foot surgery [1:39 AM]
AP reports: '''It's one day at a time at this point,'' McDermott said, referring to Watkins' recovery. ''We'll have a plan in place in terms of what will take place between now and the time he reports back to training camp.'''

Marker NFL suspends Buffalo Bills receiver Walt Powell for 4 games [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Powell is entering his fourth NFL season and third with Buffalo. He had 14 catches for 142 yards in nine games before sustaining a season-ending injury to his left ankle in late November.'

Marker Body of former NFL player James Hardy found in Indiana river [1:37 AM]
AP reports: 'The former Indiana University star was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Bills. A series of injuries limited him to 16 games over two seasons in Buffalo. He also played for Baltimore before being released in 2011.'

Marker Focus is on wide receivers at Bills' camp [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins' situation was one reason the Bills brought in free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for what turned into a two-day visit. Maclin was cut by the Chiefs last Friday, and Buffalo was his first stop as he seeks employment.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins progressing in return from surgery [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"This is one step in that process to get him back to where he needs to be," McDermott told reporters on Thursday.'

Marker Bills' Powell suspended four games [1:34 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Powell is eligible to participate in offseason workouts, preseason practices and exhibition games.'

Marker Former Bills WR Hardy found dead [1:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Hardy, who is from Fort Wayne, was a second-round pick by the Bills in 2008 but didn't pan out in the NFL. He caught 10 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns in 16 NFL games over two seasons.'

Marker Sammy Watkins returns to field for Bills [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Head coach Sean McDermott said Watkins “has done a nice job” since returning, crediting both the player and training staff for the way he has “attacked the rehab with them,” adding “that has to continue, though. This is one step in the process of getting Sammy back to where he needs to be and where we need him to be.”'

Marker Bills/Maclin still communicating as WR leaves Baltimore without a deal [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While he left both Buffalo and Baltimore without deals, multiple reports suggest both teams are still in play for his services.'

Marker Bills' Powell suspended 4 games [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Powell will be eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on Monday, October 2 following the team’s October 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.'

Marker Former Bills WR James Hardy found dead [1:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hardy played for the Bills in 2008 and 2009 after being selected in the second round in 2008. He was the 41st overall pick that year. Hardy played in 14 games in his rookie season, making just 9 catches for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns. In an injury riddled season, he played just 2 games in 2009 and was cut before the 2010 season.'

Marker NFL suspends Buffalo Bills wide receiver Walt Powell four games [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In the meantime, Powell is allowed to participate in all remaining offseason practices, training camp practices, and preseason games before his suspension takes hold.'

Marker 7 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs - Week 3 (6/8/17) [1:27 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'After undergoing a second surgery on his foot, the Bills haven't given many updates on the wide receiver -- so when head coach Sean McDermott made it known that Watkins has returned to practice to take part in individual drills, that is a big step in his rehab process.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills 2nd round pick James Hardy found dead [1:26 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'According to multiple reports, former Bills wide receiver James Hardy was confirmed as the person found dead on Wednesday in the Maumee River. Hardy's body was pulled from the river, only to be identified on Thursday.'

Marker NFL announces four-game suspension for Walter Powell [1:25 AM] reports: 'Powell will be eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on Monday, October 2 following the team’s October 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons.'

Marker McDermott: Maclin visit went well [1:24 AM] reports: '“We had a nice visit,” said McDermott. “Jeremy and I as well as some other members of our staff overlapped in Philadelphia for a couple of years there. Jeremy is a very good person and a good football player. That’s all I’m going to say at this point. I don’t want to get into the other parts of it.”'

Marker OTA Notes - Week 3 [1:23 AM] reports: '“It’s a big difference being out there and then watching it on the sideline,” said Ragland. “When you’re out there everything is moving so fast. You’ve got to get used to things before everybody slows down. But it felt good to get back out there after nine or 10 months of sitting and watching. It felt real good.”'

Marker Bills Today: Brown: You don't have to be fast to cover [1:22 AM] reports: '“Everybody thinks you’ve got to be fast to cover, but I don’t think that’s necessary,” said Brown. “I mean, a lot of fast guys overrun stuff, so you’ve got to study. I take a lot of time to study routes and those things to be better at pass coverage. I think we all can do better at pass coverage as a better unit to get more turnovers to help the team.”'

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