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Buffalo Bills News - June 7, 2015

Marker Al Bemiller at home in Buffalo and its' Sports Hall of Fame [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'When asked why he stayed in the Buffalo area after his football career ended in 1970, Bemiller had a quick reply. “The one main thing was the great people here. I met up with some great people,” he said. “Another thing, we didn’t make enough money to move.”'

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June 6, 2015

Marker QB play will determine fate of offense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From what I’ve seen so far in OTA practices, the Bills don’t have a true difference-maker at quarterback and aren’t likely to have one emerge between now and the start of the season. EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor – the three vying for the starting job – have had, at best, decent stretches. But there have been too many times when their throws have been off target or they have simply been unable to find open receivers.'

Marker QB salaries put new spin on ‘hike!’ [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Before long, we could see quarterbacks making more money in a season than Kelly made in his career. It’s mind-boggling. Times have changed, indeed.'

Marker Take a guess at what else is for sale [1:57 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'So the National Football League will salute the troops if they are paid enough to do so. I have come to assume not a step is taken in professional football unless money is somewhere being exchanged; a single attendance at a game confirms it. Will they go green, become an ecologically pure sport, if enough dough is thrown at them? Would they become the anti-war sport if a collection was taken for that cause?'

Marker New beginnings for Urbik in 2015 [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He handled it like a pro should handle it,” said Glenn. “He did everything he was asked to do, and always tried to help out his teammates. He continued to do all the little things such as extra film study, staying after practice, things like that. I actually took notice of what he was doing and tried to implement it into my game.”'

Marker Why you should be excited for the 2015 Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Excitement for the Bills regular season has reached heights that have not been seen in a long time. From the hiring of Rex Ryan to the trade for LeSean McCoy and the re-signing of Jerry Hughes, Bills fans have a lot to look forward to come September.'

June 5, 2015

Marker Jackson carries on for Bills in reserve role [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now, his mainstay days are behind him. The marquee role in the backfield belongs to McCoy, who, after having his contract reworked by the Bills, is receiving $16 million. That’s the sort of financial commitment, along with the rest of the heavy spending the team has done in the offseason, that helps raise expectations on multiple levels. The Bills are expected to make the playoffs, something coach Rex Ryan is on record as saying. And McCoy should be expected to lead the league in rushing, or least be very near the top of that category.'

Marker Bills could resemble ’99 group [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Anyway, the parallels to 1999 are apt. That team rode a great defense – quite possibly the best in Bills history – and conservative, power running game to an 11-5 record and a wild-card berth. They won despite the fact that Flutie was in decline and unable to throw effectively down the field anymore.'

Marker QB Matt Simms looking for an opportunity in Buffalo [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"How I felt with the situation with the Jets is different than how I feel about the situation with the Bills," Simms said the other day. "I feel like here I'll have more opportunity to get more experience and get more reps on the field and to give myself a fair shot to succeed. Whereas I didn't feel I got that same respect there from the Jets the past couple months."'

Marker Full information for Buffalo Bills' joint training camp practices with Cleveland Browns [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Joint practices give you more of a chance to evaluate players and do different things," Rex Ryan said in a statement. "It peaks the competition. We want these two days to be productive and we are excited to work against the Browns."'

Marker How Buffalo Bills WR coach Sanjay Lal is teaching Sammy Watkins the art of route running [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't think you can quantify a receiver's worth by yards," Lal said. "That's system-based, or I've seen a lot of teams that are behind the whole year so there's a lot of yards. He has a lot of room to grow and he can be one of the best route runners, because physically there's not really anything Sammy Watkins can't do."'

Marker Marcell Dareus back at Buffalo Bills' OTAs; Percy Harvin expected back next week [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills have had strong attendance thus far in OTAs. Guard Chris Williams is the only player who hasn't reported, and head coach Rex Ryan said he still hasn't heard from him. Meanwhile, a handful of Bills have been limited participants because of injuries, including safety Aaron Williams, tight end Chris Gragg and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, among others.'

Marker Bovada sets over/under on Buffalo Bills' 2015 win total at 8.5 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bovada recently set the initial over/under on the Bills' win total for the 2015 season, and it sits at 8.5. Those who think the Bills will surpass that total and have a winning season will get -130 odds, while the Bills going under that win total is at even money right now.'

Marker Bills to host Browns for 2 training camp practices [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Last year, the Bills held joint practice with Pittsburgh at the Steelers' training camp site.'

Marker Predictably, Ryan high on Bills [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan said "when it's all said and done, we'll be fine" at quarterback. He said the situation is not ideal, and there is not one quarterback well ahead of the competition at this stage in the offseason.'

Marker Watkins on the mend from surgery [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I am not there every day with the guys running routes. So mentally I've got to watch the defense and the coverages, watch how things move, because I am going to be coming back soon and everything is going to be fast and I have to pick it up."'

Marker The Bills could be Rex Ryan's best team yet -- just ask him [1:49 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We're not tiptoeing into anything," Ryan said. "We expect to be good. We expect to win this year. We're not afraid to say it."'

Marker Roman: Kouandjio's arrow keeps pointing up [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If Kouandjio’s arrow continues to point upward, and his play lands him in the starting lineup, that means one of last season’s two starters will be forced out and into a reserve role. For now, it appears the coaching staff does not want to move Glenn inside to guard as had been previously speculated, partly because head coach Rex Ryan said he’s “ecstatic” how rookie John Miller has played there so far. Richie Incognito is holding down the other guard spot.'

Marker Sabres coach Bylsma takes in Bills OTA [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'New Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma showed up at Buffalo Bills practice this morning in Orchard Park. Sabres and Bills owner Terry Pegula was on hand once again for a second straight day, as well.'

Marker Bills to host Browns for practice sessions at St. John Fisher [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan announced the planned practices with his former defensive coordinator and current head coach of the Browns, Mike Pettine. The Bills and Browns have agreed to hold joint practices at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 17 and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18. The two sessions will be a lead up to the Bills-Browns preseason game in Cleveland on Thursday, August 20.'

Marker Dareus is third Bill on NFL's Top 100 [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'As the NFL Network continued its countdown of the Top 100 players, a third Bills defensive player made the list Wednesday night. In this week’s episode of the countdown from 60-51, Dareus was number 53 on this year’s list.'

June 4, 2015

Marker Bills’ Simms will be ready if he gets a chance [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I was just extremely happy to go into the game and the score was what it was, but when you’re just dying to get out there and get experience, I play every down like it’s the Super Bowl,” he said Wednesday. “As the backup quarterback with the Jets, I prepared as if I was a starter every week, and my teammates from the Jets know that about me. They know I’m ready to play at a moment’s notice, and I felt like I held my own.”'

Marker McCoy tries to put race issue behind him [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was disappointing, but not at all surprising. When an athlete says anything remotely controversial these days, you can be sure he’ll distance himself from it later. You can almost script the words in advance. It’s all in the past. Let’s move on. Or that horrifying cliche, it is what it is.'

Marker Watkins pain free but taking it slow [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watkins would not specify what “soon” meant, saying he was leaving it to the training staff to let him know when he would be medically cleared to practice. The Bills have five more OTA workouts (Thursday and four more next week – June 8, 9, 10 and 11) and a mandatory minicamp from June 16-18 to wrap up their offseason program, but initial reports from NFL sources had him returning to action for training camp, which begins July 31.'

Marker Bills, Jaguars to make history as part of free live webcast [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You’re seeing where the world is going and how and where people are getting their content,” said Schroeder, the NFL’s senior vice president for media strategy, business development and sales. “Over a longer period of time, there will be different parties that want to get into the sports distribution business.”

Marker LeSean McCoy refuses to address Chip Kelly remarks [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm in Buffalo," McCoy continued. "Everything in Philadelphia is over, and I have nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. Everybody can make their own thoughts and assumptions, but I'm done talking about it."'

Marker Buffalo Jills lawsuit inspires bill [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“As we continue the fight for equal pay across the state, we cannot overlook any worker entitled to fair pay under the law,” Rozic said in a statement. “Sports teams and owners should not continue to capitalize without providing the most basic workplace protections.”'

Marker LeSean McCoy takes center stage, and 5 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'McCoy insisted he didn't think his comments created a distraction. Considering it's only June, he has a point. Even on this Wednesday in June, though, McCoy raising the discussion on Kelly made it tough for him to focus the questions on football or how he's fitting into the new offense.'

Marker Rex Ryan drives six hours to attend Boomer Esiason charity softball game, says Buffalo Bills will ma [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I know what's been written about me and other things," Ryan said. "So do I have a chip on my shoulder? Absolutely. And it'll be fun. I know one thing: We ain't hiding. We ain't hiding from anybody — New England, Jets, anybody else. We'll take on all challenges and I'm looking forward to it. I haven't studied anybody else [in the AFC East]. I just know the talent that we have. And I'm excited about it."'

Marker Marcell Dareus, Percy Harvin among those absent from Buffalo Bills OTAs Wednesday [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills have five OTA practices remaining before mandatory minicamp at the end of the month.'

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