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Buffalo Bills News - August 26, 2015

Marker The NFL’s Best Practice: No Wasted Time [1:48 AM]
Wall Street Journal reports: 'So Roman devised a plan to change the way Buffalo practices. The first part is to effectively split practice into two practices on separate parts of the field, so that everyone is running a play at all times—and there’s no more standing around.'

Marker Bills close camp with playoffs-or-bust expectations [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Calling this the best team he's been a part of, the eighth-year player said "without a doubt" that the Bills have a playoffs-or-bust mentality in a bid to end a 15-season playoff drought.'

Marker Rex Ryan Has Found the Next Darrelle Revis [1:46 AM]
SI reports: 'Or, he’s right enough. Maybe Revis, one of the best cover corners in history and the best of his era, is technically peerless. But the larger point—that Gilmore is an elite, shutdown artist—will prove to be true. Gilmore is long and strong. He understands angles and timing. He’s fluid and can contort and readjust his body in confined areas. Last season, he was impermeable in both man and zone. That was in a No. 4 ranked Bills defense whose strength was its secondary.'

Marker Ryan: Bills haven’t had discussions about Ray Rice [1:45 AM]
Sportsnet reports: '“No. Absolutely not,” Bills head coach Rex Ryan told Sportsnet 590 The Fan in an interview that will air Wednesday morning on Dean Blundell & Co.'

Marker Four things we learned from Bills training camp [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The starting offensive line has done a nice job. The Bills are far, far better in the interior than they were a year ago now with Richie Incognito and John Miller at guard surrounding Eric Wood at center. Cordy Glenn has been steady at left tackle and Seantrel Henderson has really stepped up his game on the right edge.'

Marker Bills' Ryan has this training camp thing down [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is Ryan’s first trip to Fisher and he really was impressed, “I can’t thank everybody involved with St. John Fisher College enough, the staff here has been really incredible, first rate. It couldn’t have gone any better. But really from the weather, the people here, and the fans coming out it really added to training camp. I thought it was terrific. I think we got a lot done. Obviously in training camp it’s kind of tough because you’re installing new systems at the same time you’re evaluating your players. There’s so much going into it and you hope your team is coming together. I think we accomplished all that type of stuff. We’re not complete, but we are way ahead of the game and as we get ready to break camp, I couldn’t be happier with it.”'

Marker If Matt Cassel wins the job, should we panic? [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While it seems the fan base is split between rooting like crazy for Tyrod Taylor to win the competition and yelling at shopping carts – err, sorry, trying to convince other people that EJ Manuel has never had a fair shot – it seems Matt Cassel has gone from the obvious choice to the option fans would be most unhappy with.'

Marker The Battle for Second Place: Bills vs. Dolphins [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Having said that, the team the Bills will probably have to surpass if they have any hopes in getting into the playoffs this year is in fact the Miami Dolphins. Let’s take a look at each core position group (QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, etc.) and see who will have the advantage heading into this season.'

Marker 2015 Bills Training Camp Awards [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Once Jackson and Dixon suffered an injury, the reps were shared between Williams and Brown, and Williams was far and away the best runner between the two. In fact, he was doing so well that some even believed he could push Jackson for the number-two job, and if something happened to McCoy, that he would even take over the lead-back duties.'

Marker Bills Training Camp 2015 -- That's a wrap! [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In fact, every fan our 7 Eyewitness News team talked with on the final day of training camp was on "Team Tyrod."'

Marker Who has to perform in the pivotal third preseason game? [1:38 AM]
Bills Daily reports: The Offensive starter for the Bills to watch during Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers is Matt Cassel. The QB competition is still a three horse race with Rex Ryan indicating that all three of them will get time with the first unit. Cassel is still the leader with Tyrod Taylor on his heels and EJ Manuel in third place. Cassel didn’t play last week as the coaching staff wanted an extended look at Taylor and Manuel. All that did was bunch things up even more.

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 17 at Bills camp [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s been a nip and tuck battle for the starting quarterback job in training camp, chiefly between Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. Head coach Rex Ryan has maintained that not much should be read into the reps that each quarterback takes in practice, but EJ Manuel hasn’t gotten nearly as many with the first team offense.'

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Marker Woods has been a good catch for the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I just feel like the cornerback never really knows what I’m doing,” Woods said. “I think that’s the biggest key of it. Just always selling vertical — and I can stop faster than they can.”'

Marker NFL player: Bigger, faster and injury prone [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'While that would seem to be a good thing, saving players from wear and tear, coaches like Bill Belichick think the CBA is having the exact opposite effect. There is a difference between being in "shape'' and being in "football shape.'' Between a "preparation level'' and a "competition level.'''

Marker Marlon Kerner named Bills' director of alumni [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The guy is a people person, someone who knows how to forge a relationship and make it lasting and beneficial for both parties, which made him the ideal choice to lead the Bills' renewed effort to strengthen their relationship with their alumni.'

Marker Bills donate to help build city football field [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills and their community partners have donated $200,000 to the Rochester City School District to go toward the construction of a new synthetic turf football field at the Franklin campus. The field will be used by two high schools, Vanguard Collegiate High and Integrated Arts and Technology High. In addition, district modified and city youth football teams will have access to the facility.'

Marker Buffalo Bills surpass 60,000 season tickets sold for 2015 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The team plans to honor each season-ticket holder on a graphic featured on the team's website and mounted on a wall in the tunnel at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' three QBs remain patient as they await Rex Ryan's decision [1:54 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Through the repeated questions and uncertainty, however, the quarterbacks emphasize they’re not altering their strategy because of the delayed announcement.'

Marker Bills selling season tickets at record pace, pass 60,000 [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'The latest figure released Monday is about 12,000 short of Ralph Wilson Stadium's capacity. It's also 3,000 more than the previous franchise record set in 1992, when the Bills were in the midst of making four consecutive Super Bowl appearances — all losses.'

Marker Bills top 60,000 season tickets [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'To mark the milestone, the Bills launched a website -- Buffalobills.com/60K -- to recognize each account holder.'

Marker Manuel: ''I love it here, and I want to stay here'' [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I don’t look at it as fairness,” he said. “You look at it as it is life, and you take what your given and you roll with and just do your best. I feel like I’ve been putting a good product out there on tape in these games and my main thing in practice is just be consistent. That’s all I work on every day.”'

Marker Bills reach 60K in season ticket sales [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Bills Season Ticket Members are the most loyal, faithful and passionate fans in the National Football League,” said Bills President and Managing Partner Russ Brandon. “We want to take this opportunity to celebrate this record-setting achievement and honor our Season Ticket Members publicly with the 60K club website and graphic. The organization and all Bills fans are excited for a great 2015 season.”'

August 24, 2015

Marker Bills turning to Steward [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ve thrown a lot at this young man and we’re going to throw some more at him,” Ryan said after Saturday’s practice at St. John Fisher College. “Have him play some ‘MIKE’ also, which he doesn’t know about yet, but it’s going to be good.'

Marker Rookie receiver Dezmin Lewis must get physical [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I came out, competed, was physical — that’s what my coach talked to me about today — but I have to stay consistent with it,” Lewis said. “I can’t go back anymore. I can’t digress. I have to continue to progress and get better.”'

Marker Tyler Dunne's practice report: Day 16 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You look at it as it is life, and you take what you’re given and you roll with and just do your best,” Manuel said. “I feel like I’ve been putting a good product out there on tape in these games and my main thing in practice is just be consistent. That’s all I work on every day.”'

Marker Who will be the Bills' QB? Our Day 16 report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Matt Cassel: He took a team-high 14 reps by unofficial count against the scout team, although seven of those were run plays.'

Marker Bills QB competition wide open as camp nears end [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ryan was asked whether the three quarterbacks – Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, and EJ Manuel – might all get a chance to play with the first-string offense. With a smirk on his face, Ryan said to the inquiring reporter, "I'm not going to tip my hand, but you are very intelligent."'

Marker Some random thoughts on football: Big 30, college and the NFL [1:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'To which Dareus added, “We all know how I feel … we all know how the team feels. I want to be a part of the Buffalo Bills. I want to be a part of the history that we’re going to make here. But at the same time it’s a business and we all have to go through negotiations just like anybody else in any other career.'

Marker Rex Ryan could make QB decision after Steelers game [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think they've had a fair shake all the way through camp. I don't think there's any doubt in that," Ryan said. "Everybody's had a ton of reps and things. I think I was honest with that and we're still evaluating it, so we'll just continue."'

Marker Buffalo Bills hopeful Mario Butler shares how he overcame the brutal unsolved murder of his father [1:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The family never got the closure of justice for his father’s killer, and they haven’t delved into Jeffery Butler’s struggles with drugs and divorce from Butler’s mother, he told the newspaper. The elder Butler's death shows up as one of 32 cold cases from 2000 still listed by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. His son, who was 10 years old at the time, couldn’t sleep for three full days after the murder.'

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