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Buffalo Bills News - July 22, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills safety Duke Williams returns home to pass on skills at football camp [1:53 AM]
Sparks Tribune reports: '“I wanted to come back and give back to the kids. Growing up in Reno, you didn’t get any NFL athletes coming … It’s a pleasure to be involved with this.”'

Marker Bills cut offensive tackle Hunter 3 weeks after signing him [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Hunter never had an opportunity to even practice with Buffalo.'

Marker OT Hunter's stay a brief one with Bills [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Hunter, 34, was with the New York Jets from 2008 to 2010 when Rex Ryan, now the Bills' head coach, was in New York. The Hawaiian started all 16 games for the Jets in 2011 and has seen action in 77 career games with 25 starts.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin says competing in two sports 'is a gift' [1:50 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Goodwin says training for the long jump not only keeps him from sitting on the couch eating potato chips, but it also improves him as a receiver because it helps maintain his explosiveness and helps him make more precise cuts while running routes. Plus, he enjoys long jumping.'

Marker What To Make Of: Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
WEEI-FM reports: 'If their quarterback position is productive and not self-destructive, a fight for a wild-card spot is viable. If one of their quarterbacks has a career year, then they could challenge the Patriots atop the division.'

Marker Robey should benefit from more aggressive scheme [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yes, very similar. The scheme is Pettine's but a lot more aggressive. I feel like the coverage is a more aggressive on the back end. The D-line they are able to rush more aggressively, too, so it helps out everybody. Last year I was more just coverage basically. And softer coverage, too. I didn’t get to do everything that I wanted to do, as far as being aggressive, being able to play like I really wanted to play. But this year, Rex is allowing me to do that.”'

Marker Goodwin qualifies for Pan Am Finals [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Goodwin told me via text Monday his plan was to hit the qualifying mark for the long jump finals in his very first preliminary jump and be “one and done.” That’s exactly what he did. To qualify for the finals a jumper must hit 8.0-meters or have their best jump rank in the top-12 out of 18 competitors. All jumpers are allowed three attempts. Goodwin was the first competitor and only needed to go down the runway once.'

Marker Rex Ryan's DB scheme change [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Now in Buffalo, Rex will obviously want to go back to using his staple in-your-face, man-to-man, pressure defense, and feels he can with cornerbacks like Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey, and second round pick Ronald Darby, a linebacker who can run like Nigel Bradham, and of course, arguably the best pass-rushing group in the league up-front.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 17 - C Eric Wood [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Wood, who plays one of the most important positions on the offensive line, will have to be the leader not only in voice, but by play on the field as well. The Bills will certainly be depending on that group to pave the way for the rushing attack in lieu of having a solidified answer at quarterback.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 18 - K Dan Carpenter [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'He has turned himself into one of the most consistent kickers in the league.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 19 - S/CB Corey Graham [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills and Graham both made the decision for him to work exclusively at safety, in an effort to both bolster the position, and to get him in the starting lineup. Graham is a little limited as a man coverage cornerback, and that would have been exploited in the Rex Ryan pressure-based scheme. Now working as a part of the last line of defense, Graham can highlight the strong points of his game -- instincts, playmaking, tackling -- more effectively.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 20 - G John Miller [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The performance level by the guards on the Buffalo Bills in 2014 was horrid, which means the job is wide open for Miller to grab ahold of as a rookie.'

Marker Which team possesses the best defensive line? [1:41 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'We explore who has the best DL in the division with bloggers from around the division in our AFC East roundtable.'

Marker T Wayne Hunter released [1:40 AM] reports: 'The 6-5, 318-pound Hawaii product originally signed with the Bills on July 1.'

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July 21, 2015

Marker Bills’ Powell may have (finally) found a permanent position [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve proven that through all my years in football and all my years in the league,” Powell said. “I can be put in any situation possible, whether that’s being on the field for three downs or I could pass rush if they need someone to pass rush. I could cover. I could tackle the ball. I could bring a lot to the defense.”'

Marker John Beard inadvertently broke news about Van Miller’s death [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He announced Miller’s death on Twitter before the family was ready to share it with the community. Other media outlets quickly followed by tweeting the news that several media outlets – including this newspaper and Channel 4, where Miller worked for decades – had the decency to delay for almost a full day as the family tried to contact people to give them the sad news before it became public.'

Marker Matt Cassel among 8 Buffalo Bills on roster bubble heading into training camp [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Matt Cassel worked his way onto the roster bubble with a string of shaky practices during the spring. In the three-way quarterback competition the Bills are having this summer, the odd man out may end up losing his roster spot. Cassel could be in danger because of his $4.75 million salary, money the Bills are going to need when trying to re-sign a handful of key contributors next offseason.'

Marker Van Miller was an artist of words [1:56 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Miller, more than any radio play-by-play man in any sport I ever heard, let you see the game as it happened. You didn't just know who had the ball, but where the play was going, how it succeeded or failed. He never left the call unfinished for the analyst to rehash.'

Marker Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin competing in long jump at Pan Am Games [1:55 AM]
National Post reports: 'Goodwin has the Olympic rings tattooed on his left forearm, a memento from three years ago, when he represented the United States at the London Olympics. He qualified for the Games while balancing track and football at the University of Texas.'

Marker Goodwin set to compete at Pan Am Games [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The former University of Texas football and track and field standout will compete against seventeen other long jumpers, with preliminary flights between 10:00am - 12:00pm at CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium located at York University. The long jump finals will be held Wednesday evening at the same venue.'

Marker What will be the biggest changes at the tight end position? [1:53 AM] reports: '“I like to use what is available,” said Roman. “Various places I’ve been I’ve had some very good tight end groups. They were good and we used them. That’s the thing here. There’s a huge opportunity here for those guys. Whoever steps forward to grab that brass ring—if you’re a good tight end you can block defensive ends and outside backers and beat safeties in coverage, then there’s a lot of different things you can do with that player. The best players are going to play.”'

July 20, 2015

Marker Miller leaves us with plenty of memories [7:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'A Western New York kid — Van grew up in Dunkirk — couldn’t have dreamed of a more fulfilling career.'

Marker Miller will never be forgotten [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'People were eulogizing him in death, but they paid tribute to him in life every time they turned down their television and turned up the radio. At his best, he was Van-tastic.'

Marker Remembering A Legend. Van Miller [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But, the thing is, he made it so simple and easy to just sit and talk - and laugh - with him. I got a chance to see him a few more times in the press box after that over the past few years, and even though his health was deteriorating, you would never know it by his spirit and enthusiasm. Van cared about you having a good time and took pride in making you smile when he spoke. And how could anyone not do that? His love of life and football was infectious, even at 87.'

Marker Marv Levy and Bill Polian remember Van Miller [1:57 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"That's what I remember most was his friendship, positive attitude. No matter how well or poorly we played, we'd get on the plane after a road game and he'd have a one liner or a joke for everybody and a pat on the back."'

Marker What step will Sammy Watkins take in 2015? [1:56 AM] reports: 'Another area that Watkins can improve is in his route running abilities. Watkins has been a diligent worker when it's come to route running since his days as a Clemson Tiger, but his exposure to the NFL game has demanded a lot more. Bills wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal thinks that he can become an elite wide receiver and that he wouldn’t “put any limits on him.”'

July 19, 2015

Marker Bills' Brooks up against the clock [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“To be honest with you, this is the final year of my contract,” he said. “So I’m going up with everything I’ve got. I’m going to try to solidify myself in Buffalo – for at least a little while longer. If not Buffalo, somewhere else. And just try to go out and showcase myself. Show what I can do.”'

Marker Van Miller, longtime voice of the Bills, dies at age 87 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There are a handful of broadcasters who are so distinctive when you hear their voice you immediately think of their teams,” said Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films who died in 2012. “Van is associated with the Bills the way Ray Scott was with the Packers and Chuck Thompson was with the Colts. I could be blindfolded and hear that voice and in my mind I’m in Buffalo and it is Jim Kelly or Bruce Smith. Like all the great radio broadcasters, his delivery and the timbre of his voice approximates the rhythms and the shifts of the game. He has a certain energy to his voice that added to the pictures.”'

Marker 'There was only one Van Miller': a critic’s appreciation [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Diagnosed with the eye disease macular degeneration, Miller couldn’t drive anymore. He needed a walker to get around his neighborhood at times. He had recently fallen a few times while adjusting to the walker, landing in the hospital for a few weeks earlier in the year.'

Marker Medical team puts Darryl in good hands [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'My husband, Darryl Talley, was very fortunate to have been included in this effort and was evaluated by The Massachusetts General Hospital Brain and Body Clinic for the NFLPA Trust. While we were thrilled that our concerns for Darryl’s health were going to become a priority, we were anxious about what any potential diagnoses could hold for Darryl’s future.'

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