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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2015

Marker AP Source: Bills agree to deal with LB Quentin Groves [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Groves is a seven-year journeyman who had three starts in 16 games with Tennessee last season. Groves was selected by Jacksonville in the second round of the 2008 draft and spent two seasons playing for the Jaguars. He also has played for Oakland, Arizona and Cleveland, and has 32 starts in 100 career games.'

Marker Manuel confident he can succeed in Buffalo or somewhere else [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"At the end of the day, if I play well, it should take care of itself. Whether it's here or whether it's somewhere else, I don't know," Manuel told The Associated Press on Monday, after the Bills finished a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns.'

Marker Bills shuffle cornerbacks: sign Lankster, cut Westbrooks [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Lankster is back with the Bills after being selected by Buffalo in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He spent his rookie season in Buffalo before being cut the following year.'

Marker Ryan: Linebacker Powell's knee injury could be season ending [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Powell was hurt an hour into the Bills' joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on Monday. It happened during a team drill when Browns running back Jalen Parmele ran to his left toward Powell.'

Marker Bills RB Williams hospitalized [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Once we find out, you guys will know," Ryan said Monday. "He woke up in the morning. He felt a little something weight lifting in the afternoon (Sunday). But it wasn't anything. But now he obviously he had this thing where if you'd touch him ... obviously he's in a lot of pain."'

Marker Bills replace LB Powell (ACL) with Groves [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Powell was a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and spent time on the practice squads of both the Seahawks and New York Giants before the Bills picked him up in October 2013.'

Marker An opportunity for Taylor [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor, who I've thought all along is the guy the coaches are hoping takes control of this thing, has a great opportunity here in the next few days. Practicing against the Cleveland Browns twice and then getting the start against them Thursday.'

Marker Report: Bills agree to terms with LB Groves [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After being selected in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Groves went on to play for the Jags, Raiders, Cardinals, Browns, Texans, and Titans, playing 100 games, starting 32 of them.'

Marker Bills' Powell may be done for the season [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ty Powell went down during 11-on-11 and Rex Ryan said it’s bad, “We had some terrible news happen, Ty Powell got carted off and that’s a possible ACL and that young man would be done for the year of that’s the case, but that’s horrible news because that guy had been playing great for us and really coming into his own.”'

Marker Bills WRs dominate Browns DBs on first day [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I’ve tweeted about rookie wide receiver Andre Davis several times this offseason and how impressed I am with him. Today was his best day. He had a step on a Browns DB down the sideline in a 1-on-1 drill when Matt Cassel threw a perfect pass over his shoulder that he grabbed for a touchdown. He was running right at me in the corner of the end zone when it happened and as he approached me I could see a big smile on his face and then he said, “so sweet, so sweet!” to himself.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 13 [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Manuel was in fact working with the second-team offense, but it wasn’t without yet another sign that he was clearly the third man on the quarterback depth chart. Tyrod Taylor took the first-team reps, followed by Manuel with the second unit, and then Matt Cassel trotted into the huddle. Except, instead of Cassel being with the third-team, the veteran quarterback was surrounded by the first-team offense. So, once again, Manuel was reminded that he was clearly third in the pecking order. The question to him after practice was simple. Does he think he’s gotten a fair shot at the quarterback position?'

Marker Bills sign CB Ellis Lankster [1:38 AM] reports: 'The 5-9, 190-pound West Virginia product makes his return to the Bills after entering the NFL as a 7th round (211th overall) pick of the Bills in the 2009 NFL Draft. In addition to spending the 2009 season and 2010 training camp with the Bills, Lankster has spent time with the New York Jets in each of the past four seasons. Lankster, a Mobile, AL native, has played in 49 career games, starting one.'

Marker 4 things to know from Bills-Browns practice [1:37 AM] reports: 'Woods had five catches for an unofficial 115 yards and a touchdown against the Browns defensive backs, who were depleted as well without top corner Joe Haden.'

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Marker Karlos Williams has chance to win job with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There is,” Williams said. “There’s a really good chance. But it’s part of the process. There are always ups and downs during camp. You never know who’s going to come back and how long guys are going to be out. You’ve just got to be able to take advantage of the opportunity in front of you every day. I’m going to continue to do that and hopefully that builds trust and confidence within the coaches in me to be able to play early.”'

Marker Manuel looks like odd quarterback out [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills don’t have much time to get chemistry down. Of late, both of the top quarterbacks have found more of a rhythm with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Charles Clay.'

Marker Who will be the Bills' QB? Our Day 12 report [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'EJ Manuel: He may not get another first-team rep as a Bill.'

Marker Bills, Browns ready to square off at Fisher [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We'll conduct business as business is being done to us, I can promise you that," Ryan said Sunday following a no-pads practice under a blazing hot sun. "You don't want a pillow fight, you want to compete, and that's why it should be a higher intensity level anytime you're going against another opponent. But at the same time we want to practice football. If you just want to fight, we'll go to the local gym and grab some guy to fight somebody. That defeats the purpose, but we're not going to be bullied. I was hoping the idea was to get better as a football team."'

Marker Reflections on Bills’ preseason loss to Panthers [1:55 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The D-line wanted some more snaps,” Ryan said of that units seven plays in the first two series. “I think that’s part of the conditioning more than anything else. Unfortunately we got more than we wanted (13 snaps on the possession) because they ended up driving down and scoring a touchdown.”'

Marker Rex Ryan: Buffalo Bills won't be 'bullied' in joint practices with Cleveland Browns [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, yeah, it was a lateral move and a lot of guys left didn't they?" Ryan said with a grin. "I wonder why that is? But you know I think everybody's ... anytime you get a new GM it is like, 'Get out.' So that's kind of what happens and take a bunch of them with you ... and then you realize, 'Wait a second, I'm still here and I have to coach.' So that's kind of what happens, but no, it was a good time to leave."'

Marker Troubling trend developing for EJ Manuel [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While Ryan continues to insist the quarterbacks are simply rotating, it's been more and more apparent that Manuel isn't on even footing in that rotation.'

Marker Mike Pettine and Rex Ryan together again as Browns, Bills prepare for week of competition [1:52 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"Our relationship hasn't changed," Pettine said Saturday. "It was good then and it's good now. Good natured, we take our shots at each other. Some people interpret that the wrong way. Now, if you've ever been on the headset with us you'd think that we'll never speak to each other ever again.'

Marker Bills cornerback Darby still adjusting to NFL game [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"First game as an NFL pro," Darby said. "Just adjusting to the game speed, tempo, understanding things. First piece is the game, got it under my belt, so I'm just going to continue to get better each week."'

Marker Ryan says Wynn could miss season with ACL injury [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan called the injury "devastating" to both the Bills and Wynn, and said that Wynn will miss the season if an ACL tear is confirmed.'

Marker Ryan hopes for good work in practices with Browns [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We'll conduct business as business is being done to us, I can promise you that," Ryan said Sunday. "You don't want a pillow fight, you want to compete, and that's why it should be a higher intensity level anytime you're going against another opponent. But at the same time we want to practice football. If you just want to fight, we'll go to the local gym and grab some guy to fight somebody. That defeats the purpose, but we're not going to be bullied. I was hoping the idea was to get better as a football team."'

Marker Bills K Carpenter activated [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Carpenter was on the non-football injury list. He sustained a hamstring injury just before camp during individual training.'

Marker Bills/Browns connections run deep [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here is a list of the connections between both teams, with information gathered courtesy of the Bills Media Relations Department...'.

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 12 [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'With due respect, had the rotation been upheld as it has been for the sake of fairness, Manuel would be with the second-team offense, and Matt Cassel would be with the third-team offense. Ryan went on to justify the current standing by saying Manuel would get the majority of the game on Thursday with Cleveland, but that he’d be doing so with the third-team.'

Marker The Jacksons go camping -- Buffalo Bills style [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It's not really anything that I do," Jackson said. "I gotta say it's more mom than me. You know she manages everything at the house and allows me to just come out here and focus on football."'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 12 at Bills Camp [1:44 AM] reports: 'Jarius Wynn, a valuable defensive end for Buffalo’s second wave of linemen behind the starters appears to be out for the year after suffering a knee injury in Friday’s preseason game.'

Marker What the Bills are saying about practicing against the Browns [1:43 AM] reports: '“I think having somebody else coming in here it immediately brings more intensity to those types of practices and especially during this time of year you hit that lull. So it’ll be good to play against somebody else and I think the competitive edge for both teams will increase that energy level during practice and we’ll get more work out of it.”'

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