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Buffalo Bills News - September 4, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan shouldn't give up on Dan Carpenter despite poor kicking in preseason [1:50 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But the Bills shouldn't give up on Carpenter just yet. In his first two years with the team, Carpenter has put up career highs in field goals made. Last year, he made six field goals of 50 or more yards. His performance since 2013 has made him one of the best kickers in the NFL.'

Marker Bills season preview: Buffalo becoming exciting [1:48 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'Predicted finish: No. 3 in AFC East, No. 9 in the AFC, No. 17 overall in Around the NFL's Power Poll.'

Marker AP sources: Bills cut Enemkpali, ex-Jet who punched QB Smith [1:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Enemkpali appeared in three preseason games with Buffalo. His playing status was uncertain because the NFL could still discipline Enemkpali for punching Smith.'

Marker IK Enemkpali, who punched Jets quarterback Geno Smith, cut by Bills [1:45 PM]
New York Daily News reports: 'However, after a few weeks in Buffalo, Enemkpali is without a team again. It isn't entirely surprising — even before punching Smith, Enemkpali was far from a lock to make the Jets' roster.'

Marker Bills lag on style points in preseason finale [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We did some of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen in football,” Ryan said. “That was awful. … Just some dumb things, so I’m not real happy.”'

Marker Bills’ first two games are tests, but not musts [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What’s more critical, in my view, is how they play against Miami, Cincinnati and Kansas City, teams they could be fighting for a wild-card spot. Remember, a home loss to the Chiefs seriously damaged their playoff hopes a year ago.'

Marker Whaley says he didn’t act alone in cutting Jackson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Let’s put it this way,” Whaley said. “I gather information from everybody, from the running backs coach to the offensive coordinator to the head coach and the owners. I wouldn’t be in this position – especially with new ownership – I’m going to include them.'

Marker Some tough decisions for Ryan & Bills [1:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the son of Phil, the former Giants star, didn’t look good against the Lions reserves, particularly in the critical area of decision-making. His passing stats were OK — 22-of-38 for 223 yards and a 74.8 passer rating — but he was also sacked three times and had a trio of fumbles, losing them all.'

Marker Rex Ryan upset with Bills kicker Dan Carpenter, says team will explore other options [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm tired of missing field goals," Ryan said. "We have a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don't get it. So we'll certainly be looking out there. I don't know if there's any out there, but nobody gets this job by default. You have to earn your way out here. I'm very disappointed in that, and I don't care who knows it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley denies acting on his own in decision to cut Fred Jackson [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, it's not an easy move," Whaley said. "It wasn't. He's been the heart and soul of not only our team but the community. It's one of those things where we decided it something we had to do and especially the timing we thought would be best for him and obviously look, he went out to Seattle and everything. But to say I acted alone ... that would be irresponsible for me to do something without informing the coaches, the owners, the running back coach, the offensive coordinator."'

Marker 5 players who made a final roster push in preseason finale [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ever since Ty Powell went down with a torn ACL, A.J. Tarpley has stepped into the backup MIKE linebacker role. While his adjustment wasn't completely smooth, Tarpley had a strong finish to the preseason against the Lions. He led the Bills with eight tackles, including two for loss, and looks like a lock to make the roster.'

Marker Dan Carpenter, Matt Simms struggle [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'All Simms proved is that he is, and likely always will be, a practice squad-level quarterback. His stats were somewhat respectable at 22 for 38 and 223 yards, but his yards per attempt was mediocre at best and he looked like the type of quarterback you would expect to play the majority of a meaningless preseason game.'

Marker Former NFL player a driving force for Auxiliary [1:51 AM]
Fayette County Citizen reports: '“It was tough. We played in a stadium we called the Old Rockpile and practiced in horse arenas among the manure, and parking lots,” Cunningham recalled. “We had to walk through the stands to go to and from the locker room. It was important to keep your helmet on and your chin strap buckled. Buffalo had great fans, but they weren’t too friendly during losing seasons.”'

Marker Lions beat Bills 17-10 in preseason finale [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We did some of the stupidest things I've ever seen in football," Bills coach Rex Ryan said. "It was awful. A football follies play, offside on a fourth down call on defense by a lineman."'

Marker Bills Close Out Preseason With 17-10 Loss in Detroit [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dan Carpenter connected on a 43-yard field goal late in the first half, tying the score 10-10, but a 40-yard attempt in the third bounced off the right upright. Carpenter, who may be on the bubble heading into final cuts, hit only 50 percent of his preseason field goal attempts (3 of 6). The Lions regained the lead in the final quarter on Zach Zenner's 3-yard run, capping a 37-yard drive that started after Simms' backward fumble.'

Marker Rex makes it clear he's unhappy with kicking game, will look at other kickers [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Certainly we’ve got some issues," he said. "Hell, we can’t make a field goal, so we better be looking for any guy who has ever kicked a football in his life. They will get an opportunity here. I'm tired of missing field goals. We have a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don't get it. So we'll certainly be looking out there. I don't know if there's any out there, but nobody gets this job by default. You have to earn your way out here. I'm very disappointed in that, and I don't care who knows it."'

Marker Bills 53-man roster projection [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills cut Jackson to keep Bryce Brown around — it’s that simple.'

Marker Turnovers lift Lions over Bills [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Matt Simms got the start at quarterback and went 22-38 passing for 223 yards, but was plagued by three turnovers all of which came on fumbles. Two came on loose center to quarterback exchanges. The third came when he was spun down by a defender as he tried to throw. The ball went backwards and was live and the Lions recovered.'

Marker LB Tarpley, WR Lewis save their best for last [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tarpley played the majority of the snaps against the Lions because of an injury to linebacker Tony Steward and he took advantage of his opportunity. He led the team with eight tackles, two of which resulted in a loss of yards. More notably, he called the plays throughout the night for the defense.'

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September 3, 2015

Marker Matt Simms just looks to 'survive' in Bills' preseason-finale [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“In this league, every time you play you are always auditioning for someone, whether it is your own teammates, your own coaches, whoever else is watching,” said Simms, who has thrown only eight passes in the preseason. “But, of course, anytime that you play football people are always watching. No matter who it is, you just got to go out there play, play hard, execute the play and just have fun.”'

Marker NFL personnel people expect Bills to cut Cassel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The primary logic behind the potential move is, with a cap figure of nearly $5 million, Cassel is far too expensive to remain on the roster as a reserve and the Bills need all of the cap space they can get to extend the contract of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. The team is negotiating a deal with Dareus, and, as The News has reported, is offering him more than $90 million over six years.'

Marker Simms, other Bills have last chance to impress Rex Ryan [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Quite a bit of it is decided," Ryan said of the 53-man roster that will open the season Sept. 13 against Indianapolis. "But I still think this game is important and there is generally three or four guys that will come into this game and have a chance to win a job or, quite honestly, lose a job. So you never say, ‘Hey this is the roster that is made’ because there are always some guys that will step up and will earn a roster spot in this last game."'

Marker LeSean McCoy injury: Buffalo Bills RB may not be ready for Week 1, according to report [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's way too early to say whether (McCoy) will play or not," a source told Anderson. "He is doing a little bit more every day. But hell yes, I'm concerned about that. I can't say for sure he's going to be with us Week 1. I can't say that at all. It will take everything we got just to get him ready for game day, and then we get to game day (there's) no way he can be in great football shape. So I think he will be on a pitch count, I think at the very best."'

Marker You could see first Bills melodrama of Terry Pegula-Rex Ryan eras coming [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But it must be said: the blame for the Bills being in this mess falls on Terry and Kim Pegula.'

Marker Fred Jackson takes parting shot at Bills GM Doug Whaley as Rex Ryan says Buffalo his ‘last sto [1:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Doug Whaley was behind it, to my knowledge," Jackson said. "He wasn't honest with me the entire time that I've known him. I have the utmost respect for the organization. There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was him."'

Marker Rex Ryan goes from incompetent Idzik to ‘rogue’ Bills GM [1:53 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Rex Ryan just can’t find himself a team with a normal general manager, can he?'

Marker Jackson critical of GM Whaley in parting shot from Bills [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"He wasn't honest with me the entire time that I've known him," Jackson told the Buffalo News. "I have the utmost respect for the organization. There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was him."'

Marker Bills worried LeSean McCoy may not be fully ready Week 1 due to injury [1:51 AM]
ESPN reports: 'McCoy suffered a left hamstring injury in practice on Aug. 18. The source told Anderson that McCoy's MRI showed, what was described internally as, a "small tear," adding: "They say it tore in a spot where it couldn't have been any better for us. It tore in a spot that is kind of high up, surrounded by stronger muscles in the glutes and things like that."'

Marker Source: Bills having internal debate about cutting Cassel [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The coaching staff may prefer to have a veteran backup, while the front office could prefer to use the roster spot elsewhere.'

Marker Five players to watch [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Chris Gragg: The third-year tight end has made a compelling case for himself to stick on the 53-man roster. Gragg is second on the team in receptions in the preseason and leads the team in receiving yardage. His blocking in pass protection has improved and he’s been consistent with his route running.'

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