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Buffalo Bills News - June 18, 2016

Marker What we learned about the Bills in offseason practices [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Whether it’s been throwing needle threader passes, directing traffic pre-snap or providing feedback or counsel to a teammate, Taylor knows all the requirements of the job and is delivering on each and every front.'

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Marker Bills HC Rex Ryan: 'We've won the off-season. I would challenge any team' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's really so much further along than where we were," he said. "Almost, individually, you can see it that this guy's getting better."'

Marker Rob Ryan seeing what his brother likes so much about coaching the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I wanted to come in because I had heard Rex talk about how great this team and the people in the building (were), from the management to the coaches to the players," he said. "He was so excited about this place, I wanted to see for myself … to see what it was really like."'

Marker Reed on 2015 Bills defense: 'If you watched the film, you saw a lot of confusion' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a given, you have to talk out there," Reed said Thursday, as the Bills wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp. "If you're not talking, then something's wrong. In order for you to talk, you have to understand your job, what you have to do to get guys lined up. If you're not talking, we're not going to be successful."'

Marker Roll call: S Corey Graham and OC Greg Roman win 'lottery,' get the day off [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills head coach held a "lottery" for one player and one coach to have the final minicamp practice off. The winners? Safety Corey Graham and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. While he joking that he wanted the rookies to get their hopes up, only players with at least three years of experience were eligible.'

Marker Bills assistant Rob Ryan: 'Preston Brown is going to be a star' [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This Preston Brown is going to be a star," said Rob Ryan, officially the Bills' assistant head coach/defense. "He's been fantastic. He's a vocal guy. He is extremely smart. He knows the defense, he knows the in's and out's now. So he's really going to grow in this system and he's got a young player next to him that is like his twin. They love football. They're both tough guys. And they're going to grow together. We're going to have something special here — you watch.'

Marker Buffalo Bills minicamp transcripts of Rex Ryan, Dennis Thurman, Rob Ryan & Ed Reed [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But anyway advice today get out of the parking lot as soon as possible, look both ways, because people are going to be flying out of the parking lot. But I will say this, this sounds nuts but usually this time being perfectly honest this time of year I can’t wait to get on vacation, I am excited about it and all that there is no doubt, but I can’t wait to get the season started. I think that is, I am just telling you right now. Forget the vacation I wish it was shorter and all that, I mean. I am excited about this team.'

Marker RB Jonathan Williams' message, Taylor throws to the middle, energy level high [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Football's been a big part of my life," he said. "I've been playing since I was five years old. Missing that last year was definitely tough. I have a lot of good guys in that room to learn from. Karlos has been teaching me, talking to me. LeSean is one of the best backs in the league. Even Felton and some of the other guys in the room have been helping me as well."'

Marker Bills building a (Greg) Roman empire [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It is tough,’’ Roman said. “A lot people you know when they see us, stopping the run is No. 1 on their must-do list. That is going to be tough. But our goal is to be the winningest offense in the NFL and however we have to do that we would like to do that.’’'

Marker Ed Reed saw 'confusion' and 'guys not giving effort' when watching 2015 Bills [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You have to talk out there," Reed said after minicamp Thursday. "If you're not talking, something's wrong. In order for you to talk, you have to know your job, what you have to do in order to get guys lined up. If you're not talking, we're not going to be successful. If you watch the film from last year, you saw a lot of confusion, a lot of not communication and guys not giving effort. So with that in mind, there couldn't have been too much communicating out there. Some of the offensive guys even said it. 'You could hear a pin drop at practice last year, Ed.' For that to be effective, for us to be effective we have to be communicate. To see those guys commenting like that, we're getting better. From where we were last year, from what I heard, we've gotten a lot better."'

Marker Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills won the 2016 offseason [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I do," Ryan said. "That's one I shouldn't say, because they're going to kill me, but we're on vacation, nobody's going to read it anyway. But I do. ... I don't know about these other teams. I'm sure they've had some great camps, too. I've been really impressed with this group."'

Marker Buffalo Bills are Stanley Cup Champions according to one confused banner [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Matthew Coller of WGR 550 in Buffalo shared this banner bought by a friend in China, proclaiming the NFL's Buffalo Bills to be the Stanley Cup Champions.'

Marker NFL sticks its nose in Bills’ stadium business [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Ralph Wilson Stadium, on the other hand, is a depreciating asset. Once a new stadium is built, it becomes a hulking white elephant that will eventually get torn down anyway.'

Marker Rex Ryan declares Bills winner of NFL's offseason [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We do things where you get points for how you perform [in the weight room] and all that," Ryan said Thursday. "It wasn't even close, from this season compared to last season. I thought we had a good offseason [last year] but not like this. It's so much different. We competed so well against each other. Even in those type of little things, the challenges that we have. I just feel great about it."'

Marker Ragland, Ryan looking forward to 2016 season [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It's difficult, but thankfully I came from a system like coach Saban's and his coaching staff," Ragland said. "I think the only thing different about it is the terminology. Once you figure out the terminology and the words and what everything means, it starting to come so much faster because everything means the same thing but it's just different words or forms. Once you get that down, everything starts to come down. Right now, most of the defense I understand it, and I just can't let this [break] in July [affect my learning of the defense]. I gotta keep learning everything that I'm learning so far."'

Marker WR depth may be separating as Bills wrap-up 3-day minicamp [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The starting WRs for most of the first-unit work in various periods, including red zone and 2-minute were Robert Woods, Greg Salas (slot), and a combination of Dez Lewis and Leonard Hankerson. That position seemed to have some separation towards the end of the week with those players getting more of the reps. Greg Little worked in as the next WR in most cases, especially in red zone work.'

Marker Of all the Bills WRs, Dez Lewis caught Rex's eye [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"You saw him. As the year went on, he kept getting better and better, but I think he’s made strides even from that point to now," Ryan said. "Here’s a guy, a young man that came in from a small college, but man, has he really taken off. And you can talk to any of our guys in the weight room and all that. He’s done a phenomenal job there, getting stronger, faster, and then, [the offense is" target="_blank"> not Chinese to him anymore. Last year, I think there was a little of that."'

Marker Rex Ryan says the Bills have won the offseason, even over other teams around the league [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Yeah, I do. And that’s one that I shouldn’t say because they’re going to kill me anyway, but, we’re on vacation, nobody’s going to read it anyway," the Bills head coach said. "But, I do. I don’t know about these other teams, I’m sure they’ve had some great camps, too, but I’ve been really impressed with this group."'

Marker The Ryan brothers believe Bills LB Preston Brown will 'be a star' [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"This Preston Brown is gonna be a star," said assistant head coach/defense Rob Ryan. "He’s been fantastic. He’s a vocal guy, he’s extremely smart, he knows the defense, he knows the inns and outs now. So he’s really gonna grow in this system."'

Marker 7 observations from Day 3 of 2016 Bills minicamp [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In lieu of Stephon Gilmore not participating in the offseason practices, sixth-round pick and rookie Kevon Seymour has had an extended stay with the first-team at cornerback, and has drawn some rave reviews in the meantime.'

Marker Bills minicamp notes - Day 3 [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’re all just coming out here to work hard,” said Hankerson. “These past 10 weeks have been fun. We enjoyed them. We took pride in coming out here and getting the job done.”'

June 16, 2016

Marker NFL outcast Jerel Worthy has found new hope on the Bills' D-Line [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Coming from Michigan State, a lot of things came easy to me,” he said. “I was playing well, I was taught well and even in a tough conference, I was able to dominate. Coming into the NFL, everybody was the dominant figure in their conference. You have to get better with your game and create more opportunities. So I had to start from scratch, man.”'

Marker As NFL's first full-time female assistant coach, Bills' Smith is focused on the job, not a [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Right now, with minicamp going on, it’s meeting prep, prepping for practice," Smith said. "We’ll go in and watch tape this afternoon and then get ready for tomorrow again in the morning, get ready for the meetings and practice cards and all that kind of stuff. Once the season gets here, we’ll see what that brings."'

Marker ILB Preston Brown takes some swings at his teammate's weight on Twitter [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe some playful bullying will help, too. Inside linebacker Preston Brown took it to Williams on Twitter Wednesday night. Enjoy.'

Marker Bills' QB coach on Taylor: 'His eyes are in the right place all the time' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"His eyes are in the right place all the time this spring," Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee said Wednesday, after the Bills' second of three minicamp workouts. "We've made a lot of improvement, I think, in those areas of the fundamentals of where his eyes are in looking for mismatches."'

Marker Kevon Seymour shines, Good Cardale/Bad Cardale, more [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor has been sharp. Buffalo's starter has made quick reads and is displaying good accuracy through OTA's and minicamp. He hit Greg Little on one deep touchdown, though it might've been vs. a busted coverage. Whether it's 7 on 7 or 11 on 11, Taylor is making the right decisions, hitting Robert Woods and Charles Clay several times down the middle on Wednesday. There's been no hesitation to throw over the middle by Taylor. Clay dropped one pass Taylor put in the proverbial bucket up the seam.'

Marker Overweight RB opens door for those behind him, Jerry Hughes provides hope, Kyle Watch [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams was one of the team's most pleasant surprises last season, a threat to get to the next level every time he touched the ball with 517 yards and seven scores on 93 carries. He played in the 240's then, which means he could be the high 250's (maybe the 260's?) now. What now? Those other, uh, hungry backs have a chance to make noise on the NFL's No. 1-ranked rushing attack. Motivation isn't a problem for rookie Jonathan Williams, returnee Mike Gillislee and James Wilder Jr. behind starter LeSean McCoy. Jonathan Williams found a whole new love for the game after missing all of last fall with a foot injury, Gillislee is eager to prove he belongs and Wilder Jr., the son of a NFL great, impressed in OTA's.'

Marker Rex Ryan allowing Marquise Goodwin to pursue Olympic dream [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I didn’t even approach coach Ryan about it; I saw him on the internet at this same podium give an okay for me to do it,” Goodwin said Tuesday when the Bills began their mandatory three-day mini-camp at One Bills Drive. “That was all I needed, really. When he said that it was kind of like, okay I guess I’ll do it.”'

Marker Bills CB Stephon Gilmore won't rule out training camp holdout, but maybe he should [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Either way, it seems we're a ways away from figuring out whether Gilmore will be a part of the Bills long term.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin not worried about Zika, Bills roster spot as he trains for Olympics [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I really believed it," Goodwin said at Bills minicamp Tuesday. "No one really embraced track and field like Rex and the staff that he does. So I kind of felt like I had to get rid of it just so I could thrive in the NFL, but now I am embrace it a lot. I try to live my life the best that I can for me and not live it for a coach, or my wife, or anybody else. Just live it the best I can for me."'

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