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Buffalo Bills News - July 25, 2015

Marker What's Harvin's role in offense? Any breakouts? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That doesn’t figure to leave a whole lot for a third receiver, which is the spot I am expecting Harvin to fill. That also doesn’t mean he will be an afterthought. The Bills want him to be more than the gadget-type player he has been for most of his six NFL seasons. They likely will still involve him in sweeps and screens, but as receivers coach Sanjay Lal pointed out during offseason workouts, those plays aren’t nearly as effective if the Bills don’t first allow Harvin to establish himself as a legitimate threat as a true receiver.'

Marker Russ Brandon Q&A: Bills ‘yearn for great times ahead’ [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I defer to coach Ryan and Doug Whaley who run that part of our operation. The entire organization has been focused on improving this team, and obviously we had a very aggressive offseason, a very solid draft the last few years that Doug Whaley and his staff have put together, coupled with the veterans on this team that have done very good things. A year ago we were 9-7 with the fourth-best defense, and people also forget that we had the third-rated special teams unit, so we have some excellent building blocks in this organization. But the development of the quarterback position, Greg Roman, David Lee, Chris Palmer, and the coaches that surround that position, they’ll do everything in their power to get as much production as possible. We’re looking forward to seeing good things from that position.'

Marker 4 predictions for the Buffalo Bills' 2015 wide receiver group [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After fighting through injuries last year, Watkins should enter the season at full strength. With a full offseason under his belt, Watkins will be a better play in 2015. The problem is he will also have to share the ball with Harvin, Woods, Clay and running back LeSean McCoy. There won't be a lot of passes to go around in Buffalo this season, and Watkins likely won't get the numbers he deserves.'

Marker Van was the man in local sports [1:55 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'He was a mentor who never had a bad word to say about anybody (except when Don Paul stole time from his sportscast). After my worst day in broadcasting, filling in as a sports anchor on a weekend that included Bills pre-season highlights (trust me it was a train-wreck of truly epic proportions), that following Monday Van looked at the tape and said, “Rico, as a sports guy, you’re a pretty good newsman.” I never forgot that support.'

Marker Bills’ quarterback makes stop at local car dealership [1:54 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"It's been great," Cassel said. "It's as good of a fan base as I've been around my entire career. And obviously I've played against the Bills and been on the opposite side. I'm really excited to be coming into the Buffalo Bills and having them be part of that home-field advantage for us. The 12th man so to speak."'

Marker Bills, Dareus still talking contract [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Whatever they’re going to do, they’re going to do. It’s not anything right now that I can even focus on. It’s out of my hands. I’m just going to continue to do what I have to do for the team, because they have me for a year. And at the same time I’m going to do the best I can no matter if they’re paying me one, two-hundred, it doesn’t even matter to me. I’m just going to do the best I can. I love my job, so it is what it is.”'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 11 - S Aaron Williams [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Williams will once again be depended on as the mainstay of the safety position in 2015, now that Duke Williams and Corey Graham will battle it out to be the starter next to him. He's at his best when he's reading the quarterback and can make a play on the ball. And when he was under the tutelage of Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator in 2013, his production was quite evident. He'll look to return to that level of play in 2015 with the similar defensive play-calling style that Rex Ryan will provide.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 12 - OT Cordy Glenn [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In an effort to revamp the entire offensive line, the Bills declared that all starting positions would be up for grabs. It's really not that big of a stretch to think that the Bills don't have another option at left tackle besides Glenn, though. He'll likely resume his role as a starting left tackle, but the pressure is on him this year. He is a free agent as of March, and will need to show he can regain the form of his first two seasons before hitting the open market, or, to prove to the Bills that he should be re-signed when they have a bevy of other players on the roster to do the same with.'

Marker Will Jerry Hughes make the Pro Bowl? [1:50 AM] reports: '“It’s rare that you have to pull a guy from practice because he’s ruining your practice,” Ryan said. “But I had to pull him today. If we were keeping track he might have had five-six sacks. It’s one of those deals, it’s like OK, let’s pull him out. Let’s get a pass off or something like that. He really did have that kind of day today.”'

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July 24, 2015

Marker Will the Bills guard play turn around? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“With Greg Roman there’s so much multiplicity to it with the different things we do,” Miller said. “From the zone read to two backs, one back, power. There are so many different things that we do which is good for us up front."'

Marker 10 questions entering Bills training camp [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who will the starting quarterback be? Rock, paper, scissors? Who knows, it might come down to that school yard activity to decide between EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, and Tyrod Taylor. Quarterback is always a fascinating position to watch in training camp, but it will reach epic levels this year because the Bills do not have a starting quarterback, and the job is wide open.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin named NFL's 'most hated player in locker room' by Sport [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't know if (his reputation) digs at him," Lal said. "I mean, no one wants to hear negative things about themselves, so I'm sure he's not happy about it. But he knows what's real, and then the people in the know, they also know.'

Marker Offseason of Bills' LeSean McCoy will conclude with private, 'females-only' party [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Females attending the part must be 21 years or older and sign a confidentiality agreement. They also must send a photograph and links to their social media profiles in order to RSVP. Considering the weekend McCoy had in Las Vegas last weekend, these stipulations shouldn't surprise people.'

Marker Richie Incognito among 5 biggest question marks on Buffalo Bills offensive line [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Since joining the Bills, Richie Incognito has done everything right. He's been in attendance for every workout — both voluntary and mandatory. He has said all the right things to media and even managed to work himself into the bulk of the first-team reps at guard. While the off-the-field concerns are the main issue with Incognito, there also isn't a guarantee that he can still play at a high level. He's been out of the league for more than a year, so he's going to have to prove himself all over again.'

Marker Bills tell McCoy no-go on logo [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills official logo was included on the invite, which was deleted from Instagram shortly after the team released the following statement...'.

Marker What players can't afford a slow start at Bills camp? [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Any Tight End not named Charles Clay.'

Marker McCoy posts, deletes 'females only' party invite [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The party was scheduled for Sunday, July 26. The Bills are set to check in at training camp at St. John Fisher College on Wednesday. July 29.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 13 - LB Preston Brown [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Now with Alonso out of the way, Brown is in the clear to resume his role as a starter at linebacker. When in a 4-3 scheme, Brown will be the middle linebacker, and then just an inside backer when in an odd-man front. He'll team up with Nigel Bradham as an up-and-coming duo that will help stabilize Rex Ryan's defense. While Brown may not have as much potential for improvement as Bradham, he's still a solid product in his own right.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 14 - CB Ronald Darby [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As it stands, there is no immediate playing time available to Darby at the start of training camp. Stephon Gilmore is the top cornerback, Leodis McKelvin is the other starter, and Nickell Robey has a firm grasp on the nickel corner position. For Darby to begin the season as a regular starter, he'll have to vastly outplay McKelvin through camp and the preseason, or, an injury will have to occur. However, Darby's talents indicate he should get a shot sooner rather than later. And with the way that McKelvin has struggled throughout his career in man-to-man matchups, it would be fair to think Darby could start as early as the second month of the season.'

July 23, 2015

Marker Can Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins be a star in second year? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In retrospect, the Bills probably could’ve stayed put at No. 9 and taken the ridiculous talent from LSU. Beckham Jr. averaged 109 yards and one touchdown per game. If Watkins was solid, Beckham Jr. looked potentially transcendent. Beyond him, Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans (68 receptions for 1,051 yards with 12 touchdowns), Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin (73-1,008-9), Miami’s Jarvis Landry (84-758-5) and Philadelphia’s Jordan Matthews (67-872-8) all burst onto the scene.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin takes silver at Pan Am Games [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 2013 third-round pick placed second in the long jump at the Pan American Games with a jump of 27 feet, 1 3/4 inches. Goodwin, who was a two-time NCAA champion at Texas, previously took 10th at the 2012 Olympics in London and fourth at the U.S. championships last month. Whether or not Goodwin looks to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro probably depends on where his football career is at that point.'

Marker Dinosaur BBQ to serve at Bills games [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The deal between the team and the restaurant chain had been in the works since the Bills played the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium last October, when Bills officials spoke with Dinosaur owner John Stage about a possible sponsorship. The agreement was completed a few weeks ago, Clancy said. The chain had previously offered a suite menu in conjunction with Delaware North during the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.'

Marker Which Buffalo Bills running backs will make the roster after LeSean McCoy? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fred Jackson Age:34 Chances of making the roster: 80 percent.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin wins silver medal for long jump at Pan Am Games [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I like track and field for the simple reason that I determine my own outcome," Goodwin said. "I don't rely on my coach or the president or the CEO making a decision. I'm kind of like the CEO of my own corporation. I make the calls on if I'm going to be here or going to be there, as opposed to football where other people are making that decision. Other people are in charge of how much you play and what plays you get. In that aspect, I like that about long jumping."'

Marker Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to debut at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2015 [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The popular barbecue restaurant which opened a location in Syracuse back in 1988 and arrived in Buffalo in 2014, has been named the official barbecue of the Buffalo Bills and will now be featured at concessions stands inside Ralph Wilson Stadium during Bills home games. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will also have a standalone concession stand inside the stadium operated by the restaurant's staff.'

Marker Late NFL owner aims part of $1.2B to SE Michigan causes [1:53 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'The foundation could not say how much money will go to Michigan, as there is no set allocation of dollars between the two regions and some money could also go to charities around the country. Priorities for funding include health lifestyles, early childhood and youth development, caregivers, community development and economic growth.'

Marker Ralph Wilson foundation dedicates itself to Mich., N.Y. [1:52 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Formal, long-term grant cycles for the foundation will begin in 2016, official said. Official guidelines for applying for 2016 grants will be announced after the foundation’s program officers are in place, foundation officials said.'

Marker Southeast Michigan causes part of $1.2 billion commitment from Ralph Wilson Foundation [1:51 AM]
Ann Arbor News reports: '"Ralph saw firsthand the impact of his generosity in his lifetime," Wilson's widow Mary said in a statement. "Always thinking of others even in his own legacy, his hope with this trust was that the Foundation's work may make a direct impact in the lifetimes of those who knew him best."'

Marker Bills receiver Goodwin gets silver in long jump at Pan Am [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Goodwin was a two-time NCAA champion in the long jump at the University of Texas and finished 10th in three years ago at the London Olympics.'

Marker Late Buffalo Bills owner Wilson's foundation outlines plans [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'A mission statement released Wednesday said grants will go to causes that resonated with Wilson. The Hall of Fame owner's priorities included supporting healthy lifestyles, early childhood and youth development, caregivers, community development and economic growth.'

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