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Buffalo Bills News - August 16, 2017

Marker Bills Today: Jonathan Williams learned from last season [1:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I definitely think there was a learning curve,” said Williams. “I have a lot of confidence in myself, and it was a year where I didn’t do as well as I wanted. I think I needed it to get ready for this year and my future career. It helped me get introduced to the NFL, and it helped learn what I needed to work on. It let me know it wasn’t where I wanted to be last year, and I use it as motivation.”'

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Marker New Bills receiver Jordan Matthews suffers chip fracture in sternum less than 15 minutes into first [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Beane said that, in reviewing video of the practice Sunday night, it was apparent the injury occurred when Matthews collided with cornerback Shareece Wright within the first 15 minutes of practice. Wright left Sunday's session early with an injury to his right thumb.'

Marker Bills' practice raises McDermott's ire, which then creates chippy tone [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Coach brought us up and really just kind of grabbed us by the facemasks and gave us a good butt-chewing and a lot of guys needed to hear that," Incognito said. "A lot of guys at this level are not used to hearing that.'

Marker Leslie Frazier says Bills will have 'open competition' to fill Ronald Darby's startin [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Candidates for the job include second-year pro Kevon Seymour, Shareece Wright and newly acquired E.J. Gaines, who came to the team in a separate trade from the Los Angeles Rams. Leonard Johnson, who is currently listed first on the Bills' depth chart, has been working exclusively in the slot.'

Marker What we learned at Bills Camp: Day 14 [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're what? A day away from breaking camp? It was going to happen sooner or later," said right tackle Jordan Mills, who found himself in the middle of one of those skirmishes, with defensive end Shaq Lawson. "It was a little hot today. We've been grinding for what, two weeks, 14-plus days? Hitting the same person day in and day out. ... That's with every training camp, it's going to have a couple days where you just get after each other."'

Marker What They Said: Jerry Hughes, Richie Incognito, Lorenzo Alexander, Leslie Frazier and more after a c [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Absolutely, especially being on the defensive side of things, but you have to play within the rules and just use all that bottled up frustration to play in between the whistles. You know, just be a smart player, you understand things are going to get chippy, but at the same time just play in between the whistles.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Boldness of trades can't be overestimated [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Beane and McDermott had the guts to ignore that logic and take on a whole lot of pressure -- even more than what already comes with the massive burden of finding a solution to 17 years of futility.'

Marker Bills say Jordan Matthews has chip fracture in sternum, could be out weeks [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's not ideal. Jordan missed a lot of last year's preseason," Beane said. "He got hit in the knee in Philly. He and Carson (Wentz) spent a lot of nights together. He's going to do everything he can to be ready when he can get back out there."'

Marker They were the brawling Bills on a feisty training camp day at St. John Fisher [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills got after each other during live tackling periods, to the point where several scuffles broke out between offensive and defensive players. When it was over, and things were simmering after Sean McDermott called the session to an end, the players felt like it was a positive step in the right direction.'

Marker Jordan Matthews injury: Buffalo Bills WR week-to-week with sternum fracture [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The challenge now is trying to get Matthews up to speed without the benefit of practice time or preseason games. It will be tough for Matthews to develop chemistry.'

Marker Buffalo Bills don't know what they're doing, says PTI's Wilbon and Kornheiser [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, it really doesn't (make sense)," said Wilbon. "If you want to win now and you've got LeSean McCoy and you can put Sammy Watkins out there and sort of spread the field, why would you trade to get a defensive back and a second round pick? What is the point here? What are the Bills doing? Oh wait! They've had five GMs in ten years, they've had six coaches in 10 years, they don't know what they're doing at the top of the pyramid. That's what makes sense to me."'

Marker Ronald Darby didn't buy into Buffalo Bills' new administration, says Peter King [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Everyone would say Darby is a better corner than Gaines, and Watkins is a better wideout than Matthews," King said. "I don't worry about the Darby deal for Buffalo, because he hadn't bought into the new administration of Beane and head coach Sean McDermott, and because he wasn't a great scheme fit for McDermott's zone coverage."'

Marker What Jerry Hughes, other Buffalo Bills are saying about losing cool at practice [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Losers assemble in little groups, and complain about the coaches and the players in other little groups. Winners assemble as a team."'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp day 14: Sean McDermott rips into players (11 observations) [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Coach brought us up and really grabbed us by the facemask and gave us a good butt-chewing," guard Richie Incognito said. "A lot of guys needed to hear that. A lot of guys at this level are not used to hearing that and the practice instantly changed. It got chippy, it got physical, it got violent. We had some live periods in there. You mix in a little bit of coach McDermott's speech and a little bit of just being hot and tired and you kind of get a powder keg getting ready to explode."'

Marker David Bruce: Bills fan needs football diversion [1:46 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'But I couldn’t help feeling that this upcoming season will be a waste of time. It made me feel, frankly, like a Cleveland Browns fan.'

Marker New Bills receiver Jordan Matthews out with chest injury [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'It's unclear when Matthews was hurt, though he did fall hard along the sideline while attempting to make a leaping catch in one-on-one coverage with cornerback Shareece Wright during a team drill.'

Marker New Bills WR Matthews suffers chip fracture in sternum [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 25-year-old Matthews is expected to be one of the top options at wide receiver after the Bills also traded Sammy Watkins along with a 2018 sixth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round draft pick.'

Marker Jordan Matthews week-to-week with chip fracture in sternum [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Bills general manager Brandon Beane told WGR 550 on Monday that Matthews suffered the injury early in practice when he went up for a contested ball and came down hard. Matthews finished the session and later left the field with a trainer. He was not made available to reporters because of the injury.'

Marker Matthews out week-to-week with chip fracture in sternum [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"He hurt it very early in practice," Bills general manager Brandon Beane told Howard Simon and Jeremy White Monday morning on WGR. "He went up on a contested ball, diving and fell on it probably in the first 15 minutes of practice. He played through it, but I talked to him last night after he got back from the doctors. He said something wasn't right, he knew something was up. You have to give him credit, he tried to fight through it. That's what it is. It's a week-to-week deal with that, and we'll let the medical guys [handle it>. It's still early. We found this out early last night. That's really all I know."'

Marker Bills practice gets chippy after McDermott gets after team [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Almost immediately following that talk from McDermott, things started getting very chippy between players. There were several small scraps and scrums. The first was WR Walter Powell getting into it with S Colt Anderson, then almost everyone on both sides coming together doing some pushing and shoving. Then OT Jordan Mills mixed it up with LB Ramon Humber followed by DE Shaq Lawson. On the very next play two different scrums broke out. One saw WR Zay Jones and CB Leonard Johnson pushing each other away from the play while multiple people were gathered around near the line of scrimmage.'

Marker Yarbrough a nice surprise for the Bills [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“For me personally I was hurting, I was hurting real bad,” said Yarbrough in an interview with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR Monday morning. “I was at home on the couch watching Monday Night Football, and I’m watching defensive ends and they’re making mistakes I know I wouldn’t make. I know I’m better than that guy playing right now on TV. It was just hard for me to kind of constitute, ‘Hey, your time’s coming. Be patient, stay diligent, stay working hard.’ You know all things come to those who work hard so, just had to stay diligent.”'

Marker Bills' McDermott had to stop practice [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After Hughes and Taylor tried to get at each other, McDermott made the defensive end get off the field. After practice they had a long talk and Hughes said it had nothing to do with practice, “We were talking about something completely separate, an off the field issue, but it was goal-line period, pads flying, the offense wants to get touchdowns and the defense is doing our job not to let them get in.”'

Marker Beane focused on the future after trading Watkins, Darby [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Our job is to look at everything, anything that can help us today and help us tomorrow; you have to look at both," Beane said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White live at training camp on Monday. "You can’t look at just one year. You have to look at this year, the following year and after that. If you don’t, you’re not following a plan so to speak. Again, we’re trying to do things right this year, but we could just not turn down the opportunity to add the draft currency that we did for 2018."'

Marker Buffalo Bills new WR Jordan Matthews has chip fracture in sternum [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While there is no way of knowing what "week-to-week" means, considering most their other injuries have been described as "day-to-day," that likely casts some doubt on the wide receiver's availability on the preseason, and in a worst-case scenario, potentially into the regular season -- but that's pure speculation at this point.'

Marker Joe B: 7 Buffalo Bills training camp observations, Day 14 (8/14/17) [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It just kind of seemed like they were going through the motions a bit, and Sean McDermott was not happy about it. He called all his players to the field and had them take a knee as he addressed every last one of them. In an animated, fiery, and stern talking to, the Bills head coach said he was unhappy with the attitude and body language, and urged to his team that they needed to do things the right way at all times. He urged the leaders of the team to do just that, hold each other accountable and yelled out that some of the players needed to step it up.'

Marker WR Matthews sidelined with chipped sternum [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The injury happened when he went to the ground hard after competing with a defensive back for a pass. Matthews finished practiced, but afterwards he underwent examination for discomfort in his chest and the chip fracture was discovered.'

Marker Top 3 things to know from Day 13 at Bills Camp [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We started off kind of slow,” admitted Jerry Hughes. “Some guys were asking for some plays to be repeated and he gave us a very important life lesson. Whenever you put the pads on there are no repeats in life. You’ve got to come out fast and come out ready. We understand that and also know we have to start fast.”'

Marker Bills Today: Eddie Yarbrough impressing during camp [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“As Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus say, it’s not a destination, it’s a journey,” said Yarbrough. “It’s not a game of what you did last week, it’s a game of what have you done for me lately. You can’t really dwell on the past, you have to keep moving forward and keep trying to get better every day.”'

August 14, 2017

Marker Bills fans wonder: Did Buffalo win in Friday trades? [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If he stays healthy, a concern Buffalo’s management clearly had when not exercising his fifth-year option for 2018, the Bills will have lost the Watkins versus Matthews value contest on sheer talent differential.'

Marker Kelly, Thomas reflect on return to Hall of Fame [10:04 AM]
Salamanca Press reports: '“When you're able to walk into that Ray Nitschke Luncheon,” Kelly said Monday at Elkdale, “and you see Roger Staubach, Bob Griese, Joe Namath, guys you looked up to. Then all the other guys, it's all the running backs, Gale Sayers and seeing Thurman there, Emmitt (Smith), I can go on and on ... Troy Aikman, (John) Elway, (Dan) Marino. It's amazing that I'm a part of it growing up in a little country town (East Brady) in Pennsylvania and being able to say I'm one of them.”'

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